Archive for December, 2013
No one wants to talk about resolutions this year. I think it’s because many people have made them and promptly broken them. People who work out at clubs can tell you that for 3-4 weeks beginning in January the places are jammed, but then, thankfully, all the newbies go back to their normal inactive lives.
The brink of a new year makes us think about ways to improve our lives. We imagine a leaner, healthier, more creative, happier new year. We make goals and begin to follow through on them. And then we just forget about it until next year. Why? Don’t we really want to have that life that we envision for ourselves? Then why don’t we do it?
I’ll tell you: all these resolutions are actually activities. Activities take time. You cannot just do more without giving up something that presently takes your time. So, every resolution has to have a positive and a negative; that is, they have to say what you will do more and what you will do less! Let’s try it out…
In 2014, I resolve to exercise for at least 30 minutes 3x per week AND shop for great deals at TJMaxx not more than 1x per month.
I do think it is unrealistic that you’ll give up entirely something useless that you do enjoy, but you get the idea. I think the resolution has to have 2 parts and then you probably have to hold yourself accountable with a chart that lives in the car. Record the date you went to the store for that month so you don’t forget. Also make a written record of your workouts. It does reinforce that you are being successful.
I also think that when people make too many resolutions they are dooming themselves to failure. You are not going to quit smoking, lose weight, start exercising, learn to cook healthy, stop yelling at your kids, and clean the house more all at once! I suggest picking 1 that you’d really like to conquer. That will be a huge accomplishment when you really incorporate it into your life for good. Pick the one that you’ve been wanting for the most time. Once you get that one under control you will have started a snowball to attempt the others one at a time.
I’d be interested to know how your resolutions work out this year, especially if you use any of my suggestions! Peace and prosperity, health and longevity, love and learning for all in 2014!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Never one to have a sense of humor, our resident alien did not like his first foray into the snow the other day. He especially didn’t like that I was laughing at him when he came up looking like he had a Santa beard!
He has a lot to learn about earth and he has realized this is not an easy mission.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 2 so far )
Chase it, whap it, bite down hard to
Pretend to keep it, but let it go
So it gets thrown!
Chase it, chew it, bite little bites to
Sit down and have a good chew to
Remove the cover in long fuzzy strips and
Pull out the squeaker to
Kill it dead.
This girl and her friends have been making appearances in our woods behind the house for several days now. They have just awoken to falling snow which has put a dusting over their bodies. That fur must be very insulating that their body heat doesn’t melt the snow.
What joy to watch them grazing on dry grasses and frolicking a bit to get the blood moving! It’s a bit dark, but its the best I could do in the early morning dim.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 2 so far )
As we travel around we find many fellow travelers who are friendly and enjoying their trips as much as we do. We also occasionally come upon what we term the Ugly American who makes us ashamed to come from the same place.
I think you are an Ugly American traveler if:
1. You expect to be able to have everything just as you like it at home. (“We insist on American-style coffee, not this espresso-stuff they drink here.”) If you even try unusual local food/drink you expect it to be unpalatable, or something that will make you sick.
2. You get angry that there are other people trying to travel too. You are surprised and irritated when you have to wait in line, share a table, or tolerate a crowd at an important attraction.
3. You look at people’s customs, dress, and language with disdain. You see nothing but inferiority everywhere you look.
4. You expect everything to go perfectly smoothly. When the inevitable disruption to your plans happens, you wallow in self-pity instead of finding a way to make lemonade out of lemons.
5. You are frightful of local people, expecting them to rob you when they have the first chance.
6. You are actually happy when you see McDonald’s, Starbucks, and the like in foreign countries.
When we run across Ugly Americans we try to slink away. They want co-conspirators, though, so there have been times we’ve tried to show them the bright side. Aren’t the differences in culture they are experiencing interesting? Haven’t locals been friendly and helpful considering how many tourists traipse through their area every season? Isn’t it amazing to see such wonderful, world-famous art/mountains/historical sites?
Trust me, there is no arguing Ugly Americans out of their mindset. Next time I might just say, “You should stay home.” That is the truth. If you can’t enjoy the differences between your destination and your home, then you should stay there, at home. If the food, drink, accommodation, weather, sights, people and transportation are irritating to you, why have you come at all?! You are not enjoying it and your fellow travelers are ashamed of you.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 9 so far )
This is for a day you are hanging out at home. Roasting the vegetables in the oven is not hard, but it helps to have time to do it without pressure because you want them to be completely soft.
Oven Roasted Veggie Soup
1. Scrub and chop off ends of winter vegetables: turnips, sweet potatoes, carrots, rutabagas, onion. Put in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and salt. Toss with big spoon and then lay out on a pan.
2. Do the same with squash and beets and put on a separate pan. Peel the squash if you want to make it easier later, otherwise you can scoop out the flesh later.
4. Put in a big soup pot with some chicken or vegetable stock (I used turkey stock I found in the freezer). Heat through. Blend with an immersion blender to make a smooth, creamy soup.
5. Add 1 whole can of coconut milk and blend together.
6. Here are some spices I used but make it your own: thyme, Penzey’s Berbere Seasoning, aleppo Pepper, fresh rosemary minced, roasted garlic (I threw some cleaned cloves into the oven with the veggies), S+P.
7. For a garnish I put a fresh chopped honey crisp apple on top. This was a perfect hearty dinner for a very cold winter’s night.
Thanks to Glenda for her inspiration on this recipe!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Look who’s turned up again for his usual Friday appearance. Charlie and Hudson easily dismissed him so now he’s working on me. Nice try, Mr. Alien, I have work to do! You are going to have to entertain yourself today.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
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