Thursday, January 15, 2009

I Believe

A birth certificate shows that we were born, a death certificate shows that we died, and pictures show that we lived.....have a seat, relax, and read this slowly.

I Believe ..
That just because two people argue,
doesn't mean they don't love each other.
And just because they don't argue,
doesn't mean they do love each other.

I Believe...
That we don't have to change friends if
we understand that friends change.

I Believe...
That no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I Believe...
That true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance.
Same goes for true love.

I Believe...
That you can do something in an instant
that will give you heartache for life.

I Believe...
That it's taking me a long time
to become the person I want to be.

I Believe...
That you should always leave loved ones with
loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I Believe...
That you can keep going long after you think you can't.

I Believe....
That we are responsible for what
we do, no matter how we feel.

I Believe...
That either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I Believe...
That heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I Believe...
That money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I Believe...
That my best friend and I can do anything, or nothing, and have the best time.

I Believe...
That sometimes the people you expect to kick you When you're down, will be the ones to help you get back up.

I Believe...
That sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry,
but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

I Believe...
That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had,
and what you've learned from them.....and less to do with how many
birthdays you've celebrated.

I Believe...
That it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others.
Sometimes, you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I Believe...
That no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief.

I Believe...
That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are,
but we are responsible for who we become.

I Believe...
That you shouldn't be so eager to find
out a secret. It could change your life Forever.

I Believe...
Two people can look at the exact same
thing and see something totally different.

I Believe...
That your life can be changed in a matter of
hours by people who don't even know you.

I Believe...
That even when you think you have no more to give, if
a friend cries out to will find the strength to help.

I Believe...
That credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

I Believe...
That the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.

I Believe...

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything;
They just make the most of everything.

Thanks to all the wonderful people who help us throughout the journey of life.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Got soy?

I love(d)milk. A big tall ice cold glass of milk is the one thing that really quenches my thirst when I'm hot and sweaty. I would always have a big glass of milk if my stomach was upset and usually would start my day with a cup of milk along with my toast.

However, the other day my son casually made a remark that he would rather I started to purchase soy milk for him because milk has mucous in it. Just the remark gagged me but then I started reading up on the subject and the gallon and a half of milk that is now in my fridge is going to be given to the neighbors who have 5 children! I will tell them about the mucous another day.

The supposedly hip milk mustache is actually a creamy layer of mucus, live bacteria, and pus.

I actually have tried both chocolate and vanilla soy milk and like the flavor but it is a little more expensive so I've stuck with regular milk but after reading up on the subject I'm willing to pay the extra money. Regular milk would just go bad now as I can't get it past my nose. I'll cut back on something else that isn't as good for me in order to afford the soy milk. I'm hoping more people will make this decision too and the local soy growers will benefit by the change too.


Believe in your heart that
something wonderful is about to happen.
Love your life.
Believe in your own powers,
and your own potential,
and in your own innate goodness.
Wake every morning
with the awe of just being alive.
Discover each day the magnificent,
awesome beauty in the world.
Explore and embrace life in yourself
and in everyone you see each day.
Reach within to find your own specialness.
Amaze yourself and rouse those around you
to the potential of each new day.
Don't be afraid to admit
that you are less than perfect;
this is the essence of your humanity.
Let those who love you help you.
Trust enough to be able to take.
Look with hope to the horizon of today,
for today is all we truly have.
Live this day well.
Let a little sun out as well as in.
Create your own rainbows.
Be open to all your possibilities;
all possibilities and Miracles.

Always believe in Miracles.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Learning Tai Chi and incorporating my yoga stretches

All my friends know that I have been interested in learning Tai Chi for many years. When I was living in the city I was in touch with a Tai Chi master and was in the process of learning from him but various life changes happened and we never got "around tuit".

Since I have been dealing with a collapsed disc in my back I have been trying to incorporate more of my yoga stretches to alleviate the pain and have been stretching almost daily. Tai Chi is a low impact aerobic activity that is designed to enhance both physical and emotion well-being. It consists of breathing exercises and a series of postures that flow into one another. These slow graceful body movements are said to improve body awareness and enhance strength and flexibility while helping a person to achieve inner peace.

Before engaging in Tai Chi you are supposed to warm up your muscles by stretching so this is where my yoga stretching will come into play. I will do about 10 to 15 minutes of yoga before started my Tai Chi routine.

Since I am not in touch with nor can I afford a Tai Chi master to instruct me I will be teaching myself with a DVD and various books and internet information.

Here is a good instruction lesson on YouTube that you might try too.

The Daily Om When Isolation is Okay

When Isolation is Okay

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Check on me in a few minutes and don't let me drown

I'm ready for a soak in the tub. Would somebody please check in on me in a few minutes to make sure I haven't fallen asleep and slipped into the abyss to drown? My body aches and I'm so drowsy even making a cup of coffee seems like a major chore. I don't want to enter or look at my kitchen again for at least a week.

The last dish is washed and in the drainer to dry. The Christmas tablecloth and decorations from the kitchen and dining room have been stacked into a pile and are ready to be placed in a plastic bin and put away for yet another holiday season.

How many women have made the comment today "If I never see another dirty dish in my life it would be too soon?"

The last holiday meal has been cooked, eaten and the leftovers are in the fridge and I had the thought that I wouldn't have to cook another huge meal again until Easter.

However, I also had to think on the positive side and remind myself that at least we had food to eat this holiday season. We've had a tough year and I couldn't afford all the little extras I've had in years gone by such as all the snacky little concoctions. We even had lasagna for Christmas because I couldn't afford a turkey and today on New Years day I had a turkey that was purchased on sale after Christmas instead of the traditional corn beef and cabbage because it was more frugal than buying what was expected. But we had food and didn't go hungry and that's a blessing and something I recognize and am thankful for.

Has anybody else had to change their lifestyle as much as I have this year? I hear little snippets from friends about how they have cut down their gift giving, have had to cut back on certain things but it seems as though people just aren't talking about how much they've had to curb or my situation is drastically different because their sacrafices haven't seemed as bad as mine.

Let's talk. Tell me how your family has had to cut back and what you have done to maintain the semblance of normalcy in your life. Has it really affected the true meaning of the season? Have you found some new freedom in not being able to do the expected or having the excuse not to do has much? Have you been able to look on these lifestyle changes as a blessing and not a curse and looked at the positive side?

Super Size My Aspartame

Lyrics and more information under video.

Super Size My Aspartame by trillion

"hi, can i take your order?"

"yes, I'll have the depression, insomnia, migraines,
muscle cramps and chronic fatigue thanks..."

"so that's 4 packs of gum for you sir, anything else with that?..."

"ah.. and the chemical soup..."

"so that's a diet soda and 4 packets of gum, that comes to $4.60 thank you sir"

(sample - Sage Francis)
"they tell me that it's not that bad -- it fucks you up good but it's not that bad"

leave it in the fridge -- or right there it on shelf
cause it's time to grow up and take care of yourself
you don't put water in the petrol tank, so why ya puttin petrol in your water tank...
you'd think grown ups would be sure to think . so think about what you oughta drink
cos you aren't a baby now...

danger! Danger!
NutraSweet - Equal - Aspartame
it's poison...
danger! Danger!

"today we are talking about as-par-tame or aspart-a-me... it's the same thing.."

yo Someone will be peeved that I crash the game
cos those suckers wanna leave you with a plastic brain
It's drastic. They're sane but they act deranged
just read up all the facts about Aspartame
It's aspartic acid, methanol and phenylalanine as carrier;
which easily helps it get through the blood-brain barrier,
methanol is the poison in Metholated spirits and
it's a solvent and fuel in common death related irritants
it becomes formaldehyde and your body cant break it down...

eating Formaldehyde is deceit because your health's denied

so then it travels through your body depositing in your tissue.
The likely end is in your brain and to slowly dismiss you.
and look who's at the helm of this dreadful rotten barge
it's Captain Monsanto and it's deadly entourage

leave it in the fridge -- or right there it on shelf
cause it's time to grow up and take care of yourself
you don't put water in the petrol tank, so why ya puttin petrol in your water tank...
you'd think grown ups would be sure to think . so think about what you oughta drink
cos you aren't a baby now...

danger! Danger!
NutraSweet - Equal - Aspartame
it's poison...
danger! Danger!

dying to be thin -- crying, trying to fit in
expiring in the gym after buying diet slims
a grim outlook - a lunch brim full of naught
We've got more than a hunch but these crims are never caught
we can't trust insider studies - dump the books
cos the FDA are a bunch of crooks
allegiance to evil, deceit and bad facts
a seizure's the sequel of disease in lab rats
doctors see it in people on reprise of flagged snacks
it's a reason for unease in knees and bad backs

blasphemous swindlers playing tricks on the blind
the facts are like kindling -- sticks in your mind
then your action is instinct and quickly defined
so when you're actually dwindling it kicks you in line.

leave it in the fridge -- or right there it on shelf
cause it's time to grow up and take care of yourself
you don't put water in the petrol tank, so why ya puttin petrol in your water tank...
you'd think grown ups would be sure to think . so think about what you oughta drink
cos you are a big kid now...

danger! Danger!
NutraSweet -- Equal - Aspartame
it's poison...
danger! Danger!

"The corporations that make diet chemicals are the pharmaceutical companies making the medications that treat the symptoms from the use of these chemical sweeteners."

"oh hi, welcome back, can I help you sir?"

"hi, I'll have those anti-depressants, please"

"anything else? Would you like that super-sized?"

"yeah yeah, make it extra large thanks..."

"good choice sir, we wouldnt want you thinking and causing trouble..."

Learn more about this issue: Pick Your Poison-Aspartame Vs. Splenda