Monday, March 31, 2008

Tap, tap, tapping my way to a thinner me

I was so tired this Monday morning. I stayed up last night watching a new show (at least new to me)called I Can Make You Thin. Have you seen this? The idea is that people eat for reasons other than hunger; we often eat for emotional reasons.

A woman on the show headed for her stash of chocolate goodies every time she talked to her ex-husband and gained oodles of pounds. He had been having an affair with her sister-in-law. Please! Good riddance! But that's another show. Anyway, she tapped her way to a substantial weight loss.

You just use two fingers and tap on the acupuncture pressure points. I saw tapping on the cheek bone, forehead, chin, and collar bone. It is supposed to keep you from food cravings that result from emotional needs.

Every time she talked to her ex, she tapped him (& the chocolate goodies) out of her life. I've been tapping a lot today, but it's too soon to tell if it's going to come between me and my dark chocolate chips.

You know, chocolate (actually cocoa) got me through my Atkins phase. My daughter's boyfriend had to come over and remove all my carbs. He found me in the kitchen eating out of a can of Hershey's cocoa.

I'll let you know how it goes. But if you spot a woman driving around tapping on her check bones, do not become alarmed.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Spring renewal

On Easter I had lunch with my friend Eleanor and her family, including her 10-day old new granddaughter. I loved watching the new parents and hearing their plans for their new baby and new life.

I love spring because it is a time for renewal.... a time to clear out what you don't need anymore and look for new possibilities. Watching that tiny baby blink her eyes open to her new world reminds me that I, too, should stay open to new discoveries.

I hadn't kept up with Renee Trudeau since we worked together at health nonprofits many years ago. When I saw a newspaper article about her work recently, I contacted her about her work. Renee is now a nationally recognized career and work/life balance coach.

She is offering a Women's Spring Self-Renewal Retreat May 2-4 at The Crossings. Maybe the time is right to learn about self-care and quiet reflection. "Self-care is not about self-indulgence, it’s about self-preservation."—Audrey Lorde
Try to get a room with a view of the valley.... breathtaking!

I have a stack of self-improvement books in various stages of being read.But I'm thinking a massage, relaxation, and some quiet might do more!

Monday, March 17, 2008

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Sunday, March 9, 2008

There's nothing like a cozy fire to set the alarms off

I will no longer try to create picturesque moments of a cozy hearth on a cold night with a glass of wine and a kitty on my lap. Friday night I was so-o-o tired that I decided to skip dinner and rest. When I pulled into the garage I spotted some logs that I bought a long time ago and had forgotten. Since this may be the last cold night for a while, with spring due to arrive any day, I should use those logs and create some atmosphere to boot.

Wouldn't that be wonderful.... a warm, crackling fire. Actually, I'm not sure I had ever started a fire. But how hard could it be; I have a gas starter. Check to make sure the flue is open. Put the logs in, add a little newspaper, and light the starter. Ah-h-h there..... the logs are starting to catch. I sit in my chair with a book I've been meaning to read. Any minute I will be warm and relaxed.

H-m-m it's a little smoky; I'l open the sliding glass door just to make sure the smell doesn't linger. That's better. H-m-m maybe I'd better fan the smoke to the door. OK the fire seems to be doing fine now.

H-r-r-r-ng!! Blang!! R-r-r-ing! Victoria ran to hide under the bed. She's never heard a smoke alarm, much less three going off at once. Stay calm. Open all the doors. Turn on the AC fan. Wow, it's a lot colder than I expected with all the doors open. Oh no, Victoria decided to make a run for the outside.

She's on her own now. I can't leave. I have to fan the smoke out before the sprinkler system comes on. There needs to be a button on the system that says "This is a mistake. I'm not really on fire. Don't spray me with water!"

Good girl, the alarms have stopped sounding. Now put out the fire and stop the smoking. I wish I had fireplace tools. You know, kitchen tongs and a butcher knife work just fine when you REALLY need to get logs outside quickly.

I think I'll just skip the wine and go to bed.

SIDECAR history

My friend Jane is a teacher. But not just any teacher. She knows, or will find out, anything! But she surprised me at a wedding reception when someone mentioned wanting a Sidecar cocktail. Jane said, "The Sidecar was created by a World War I officer to keep warm after riding in a sidecar." I asked her how she knew that. "I researched it." Jane always knows the history of anything!

From Wikipedia here's a recipe for a Sidecar:

One part brandy or Cognac
One part Cointreau
One part lemon juice
Mix the ingredients in a shaker half full of ice. Strain and serve in a sugar-rimmed glass. Garnish with a strip of lemon rind