Snow Is Glistening

So there seem to be three categories of feelings about winter.

You either want nothing to do with it…

You see it as a force to be conquered…

Or it’s quite simply the most magical time of the year where everything is transformed and shimmery and clean and beautiful and cozy and festive. (Not to give away my feelings about it or anything.)

 

Either way we’ve got 19 days of it left (according to the calendar at any rate. Those of us in Colorado know winter doesn’t REALLY start till March anymore and doesn’t end before May) and today’s project is to write a poem (or multiple poems, whatever you’re feeling) about how winter makes you feel, whether you like it or hate it or coexist begrudgingly or wonder why the hell it never bothered showing up this year, let’s hear what your heart has to say about it in the comment section.  No one has to be a poetic genius. I don’t care if you rhyme or don’t rhyme or free form or write Shakespearian sonnets, write what’s in you.  The soul needs a little poetry sometimes.  Even when it’s not a thing of beauty, it can be a thing of humor, and that can be just as satisfying.  When I was in the fifth grade and had recently moved to North Dakota my teacher assigned a project to rewrite the lyrics to “This Land Was Made For You and Me” to be about North Dakota.  She was a native and I think she was not as impressed by my clever lyrics as she should have been, but my family and I had a good time thinking of all the various things about North Dakota that sucked and making them fit the song.  I wish I had kept that assignment. I think I was mad that it got no red penned remarks about how brilliant it was and just got a grade with no feedback.  That teacher had a mental breakdown and moved to teaching kindergarten.  But I digress. The point is, it’s a fun, creative outlet for getting out whatever feelings you may have about winter, whether you’re ready for it to be over or ready for it to show up or have fond childhood memories.

It has been a LONG time since I wrote poetry, and while I used to be quite good I’m EXTREMELY out of practice, so to get me moving and into the spirit of things I thought I would ask my friends for suggestions of words related to winter and write a poem that included every word they gave me.  I only got one response and it was “gelid”  o_O  So in honor of that being my only response, it shall also be the title of the poem, and I haven’t written it yet, so here we go to see what my brain does with it:

Gelid

Around the house the frigid wind does whip
While, beneath my quilt, on spiced cider I sip
I dread the cold, the chill in my bone
Sure to come, when I venture out alone
Arming myself with boots, coat and gloves
I venture out to the snowflakes I love
But softly falling these flakes are not
It’s freezing rain, becoming ice on the spot
I slowly step and creep along
Sliding my way through the frigid dawn
Stumbling my way out too my car
This morning journey seems much too far
I reach the door, the end’s in sight
But it’s frozen shut as if for spite
I manage to force my way into my trunk
Seeking de-icer spray amid all the junk
The door is open and victory is near
But I still have to battle my windshield, I fear
Defroster running, it makes no dent
My ice-scraper is the weapon that seems heaven sent
But it glides across the ice without the tiniest scratch
I feel defeated, as though I’ve met my match
But one cannot miss work because of the ice
So I had better double my efforts and do so in a trice
I scrape and chip and claw and grumble
Cursing my icy foe I mumble
At last I make that mighty crack
The ice gives way and I scurry back
Behind the wheel I’m safely seated
When by the sun I’m suddenly greeted
Golden through the falling sleet
It shines brightly on the icy street
Just in time to start my day
Sun lights the ice along my way
The hard part of the morning is done
My gelid battle hard fought and won
I now see beauty in the ice lit by sun

And then writing one just for me cause I can’t do winter and just write about ice and I’m still trying to get back in practice.  It came out more holiday themed than intended, but what can you do, if you’re on the loving winter end of the spectrum there are traditions that end up falling in there too.

Yuletide

The snow is heavy, soft, and thick
The moonlight shines on the silent scene
Frosted windows transform the view
But the candle light shows it’s all serene

The days have been busy
Sledding and sleighing
Cooking and shopping
Singing and playing

Snowmen have been made
Presents all in wraps
Snowball fights followed
By fireside naps

Trees decorated
With pinecones and snow
A wreath on the door
Wears holly and a bow

Tranquil and lovely
The longest night of the year
Winter’s just starting
But the sun will be met with cheer

I ponder the virtues
Of these silent nights to myself
Whether it’s selfish to love them
If embracing the winter is good for my health

But spring soon will come
Summer quick to follow
And beneath the snow
Seeds sleep in a hollow

Loving the winter
Loving the snow
Means loving the moisture
That feeds life below

So guiltless I sing on
Carols in my heart
Wassail and glad tidings
Until the season does part

And that’s it from me 🙂  Let’s see what you’ve got about winter in you!  It should go without saying, but for absolute clarity all poetry and writings shared here both in the blog and in the comments are the sole intellectual property of their authors and are not for sharing or re-printing without express written permission from the author who posts them.

And my apologies for the lateness of the post. I thought it would be done in time for late night posting but politics got me all meh, and I do the monthly recap so I figured a midday posting was good anyway but I forgot that any day I have therapy I get so emotionally exhausted that I just come home and sleep, so I was not awake in time to post it earlier than this.  But I’ve still got 5 hous left of the day so I’m gonna call it good 🙂

A word about music:  We include songs for a reason.  Music helps us deal with the world, helps to soothe the soul, and gives us something else we can focus on when everything is too much.  Listen to the songs we post. Even if you already know them. Listen to them like you don’t. Pay attention to the lyrics. Pay attention to what the instruments are telling you. They all have a message, they all have a purpose, they’re all chosen for a reason.  If you like the song, please support the artist by purchasing the MP3 or Album that features it.
Today’s music can be found on Amazon.com:
MP3: Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride
Album: Christmas Number 1’s

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Tired of Letting Go

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So in our second month we accomplished a lot!

We made soup:

 

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“All That’s Left Is Potatoes and Leeks” Soup in soup crock

We looked at cute old pictures, we discussed zodiac star signs, we failed to hear back from an author, we got a massive sinus infection turned bronchitis, and we lost internet:

Notice that’s today’s date, things still aren’t fixed.

But some of us quite loyaly stuck with the Question of the Day and had good thoughts to share while waiting for things to be fixed, a million doctor’s got richer, hopefully everyone kept up their journaling and daily tasks, and we missed you all tremendously, so we’re gonna smash month three out of the park.

I have an early appointment to get to so today’s real entry/project will come later, but I think it’ll be a fun one IF people participate 🙂

Hopefully I’ll keep it fun even if people are shy about jumping back in though. My new heart medication promises I’ll be a comedic pro. Or really easily amused. Either way there will be pro LOLing:

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A word about music:  We include songs for a reason.  Music helps us deal with the world, helps to soothe the soul, and gives us something else we can focus on when everything is too much.  Listen to the songs we post. Even if you already know them. Listen to them like you don’t. Pay attention to the lyrics. Pay attention to what the instruments are telling you. They all have a message, they all have a purpose, they’re all chosen for a reason.  If you like the song, please support the artist by purchasing the MP3 or Album that features it.
Today’s music can be found on Amazon.com:
MP3: Failure
Album: Dark Before Dawn

 

Yikes! For such a short post the formatting on this one got all kinds of jacked up from posting it from my phone :\  Sorry y’all!

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Preparing For Our Triumphant Return

Comcast has got our internet working intermittently.  So, whatever, we’ll work with it.  My massive sinus infection has as always turned into bronchitis but is on the upswing, however today’s trip to the neurologist involved more shots in my head that always take a few days to recover from. SO.  We are staging our come-back tour as of March 1st.  We’ve got the calendar updated with things that you’ll need for the first week (we’re not going to list the regular daily task stuff in the calendar any more, we trust you’ve acquired what you need or are aware of it by now, so it will just be whatever you need for that day’s bigger project.)

For the sake of convenience since we’re jumping back in:

March 1st:
Just a notebook or word processor or something to write with and on.

March 2nd:
A healthy snack with healthy dip of your choice.

March 3rd:
Nothin, it’ll just be a read and write kinda day.

March 4th:
1554 Black Lager (or Root Beer if you’re a non-drinker), Camembert and Fontina Cheeses and Barbecue or a Pot Roast (You’re in charge of cooking it, we’re not giving a recipe)

March 5th:
The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman – Book or eBook, if you suspect it’ll take you longer than a day to read 384 pages feel free to acquire and start reading now.  It has been turned into a movie recently so I would expect most libraries probably have a copy or two.
If you’re among our younger readers be aware that while I consider the topics of historical war and Nazi invasion to be appropriate for all ages, I did promise to warn about potential adult topics and this book DOES include images of war and execution. As described in our guidelines if you want to participate in something but aren’t sure whether it’s appropriate for your age or whether it’s something your parents would allow we recommend discussing it with them in advance.  This is a book we don’t want you to miss out on but if you’re on the sensitive end of the human spectrum we recommend that a parent might want to read it while you do so that you can discuss things together if you are confused or upset by any of the content.

March 6th:
Just bring your opinions.

March 7th:
Nothin.  This’ll be another read and write kinda day.

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After These Messages

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Soooo Comcast sent an automated call to my boyfriend today letting him know our service was all fixed.  It is not.  Things are not working out the way they were supposed to when I bought the domain and started the project, so I hate that I gave like one whole post and am again taking a hiatus, but I’ve been fighting this cold of doom bug that everyone across the country seems to have and it’s made it impossible for me to pull off writing AND going anywhere to post and even my phone data has reached my monthly high speed limit (the month starts on the 5th and I even had an extra gig that rolled over from last month) and been throttled back to dial up speeds, so even if I get the wordpress app on my phone to start cooperating with my page I just don’t have any bandwidth to work with.  So.  I’m going to, for now, take out all of the “things you’ll need” from the calendar, post the daily stuff through the end of the month (though I hope to geezus that this won’t take the remainder of the month to resolve) and am going to resign myself to the fact that for right now, until I’ve had time to truly write ahead and get a backup system in place and kick this sinus infection crud and have my internet restored I just do not logistically have the resources to make this a daily extravaganza. I’m not giving up at all, things will get fixed and I will be all over it and will be way more reliable than my internet is (and I’ll be calling to yell at them again tomorrow.)  In the meantime if you feel up to writing an entry yourself and want to submit it, let me know and I will have someone with proper internet access that I trust with passwords post it for me.  You of course get full credit either in your name or whatever pseudonym you choose to use.  If you want to write an entry email us at info@dailyreasonstolive.com first so we can approve that the topic (your choice) is appropriate to the spirit of the blog.

I don’t actually expect anyone to do my job for me though, so, know that for the meantime I’m still here for you, you can email or Facebook message any time you need that Reason to Live pep talk and I can respond in those mediums easier.  I will return as quickly as able!

For the meantime:

02/13:
Lotion Your Hands
Wash ALL of your dirty dishes
Swim
Listen to a guided meditation and/or subliminal audio for motivation or stopping procrastination

02/14:
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Get or give yourself a Facial
Clean Your Living Room Furniture
Do Some Yoga for Flexibility

02/15:
Do some AM Yoga
Do a few loads of Laundry
Clean your Master Bathroom
Use the Rowing Machine
Take a bath in Epsom Salts
Use some Aromatherapy for Sleep
Do some PM Yoga

02/16:
Use a Facial Moisturizer
Clean Your Spare Room
Do Some Crunches
Eat Some Foods to Combat Allergies

02/17:
Ride a Bike
Get (or Give Yourself) a Foot Massage
Clean Your Laundry Room
Dance
Listen to a Guided Meditation and/or Subliminal Audio for Progressive Relaxation

02/18:
Listen to a Guided Meditation and/or Subliminal Audio to Quit Smoking, Quit Drinking, Quit Overeating, whatever your bad habits are
Clean Your Front Porch
Ride a Bicycle or Recumbent Bike
Eat a Detox Food

02/19:
Go for a Run or Walk
Do Some Body Hair Removal
Clean Your Pantry (For Real Throw Out EVERYTHING Expired)
Do Some Upper Body Exercise with Free-Weights
Listen to a Guided Meditation and/or Subliminal Audio for Mental Health

02/20:
Do Some Fingernail Sculpting
Clean Your Kitchen Floor
Swim
Listen to a Guided Meditation and/or Subliminal Audio for Motivation

02/21:
Lotion Your Body
Clean Your Living Room Windows & Television Screen
Do Some Yoga for Relaxation

02/22:
Dress Extra Nice
Clean Your Bathrooms
Walk or Run on the Treadmill
Give Yourself a Whitehead Treatment

02/23:
Use a Good Facial Toner
Clean All Of Your Bedrooms
Do Some Mat Exercises for Core Muscles
Listen to a Guided Meditation and/or Subliminal Audio for Allergies and Sinusitis

02/24:
Help Someone
Do Some Toenail Shaping
Use the Wii Fit
Clean Your Stairs
Listen to a Guided Meditation and/or Subliminal Audio for Mental Functioning

02/25:
Trim Your Hair
Clean Your Yards
Use Some Lower Body Weight Machines
Do Some Cardio
Listen to a Guided Meditation and/or Subliminal Audio for Detoxification

02/26:
Do Some Leg Hair Removal
Clean Your Dining Areas
Use Some Upper-Body Weight Machines

02/27:
Paint Your Fingernails
Clean Out Your Refrigerator (Everything Expired GOES)
Swim
Take a Wet Sauna
Listen to a Guided Meditation and/or Subliminal Audio for Motivation

02/28:
Steam Your Face
Clean Your Living Room Shelves & Tables
Do Some Yoga For Strength
Listen to a Guided Meditation and/or Subliminal Audio for Achieving or Maintaining a Healthy Weight

And I’d danged well better be back by then!

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The Moon Is In the Seventh House

Image Courtesy of The Big Bang Theory, Chuck Lorre Productions, and Warner Bros. Television

Today’s project is to put together or make a Zodiac Sign Themed ensemble or costume, your choice.  Depending on funds you may be able to complete that today or you may start planning today and finish as funds are available.  But it might be useful in a future project, or at Halloween if you get really creative with it, and it is just fun 🙂  Pictures encouraged, face painting totally allowed.

The point isn’t whether you do or don’t believe in astrology, we’ll get into that more in-depth in other entries, today is just to have fun expressing what your Star Sign says about you.  Whoever you are there’s some part of any star sign that will apply to you, so exaggerate it and give yourself a pass to enjoy those traits today.  Real astrology is more than star signs (AKA sun signs), which is a big part of why it’s so misunderstood, and why any star sign seems like it can apply to anyone, is because that’s just a tiny aspect of the astrological formula.  If you’re one of those practical people who doesn’t know your star sign, or does but doesn’t know anything about the qualities involved, that’s totally what we’re here for.  If you were born between the dates listed, that’s your sign:

Aries (March 21-April 19):  The Ram
Aries is a fire sign.  This means you’re unpredictable, temperamental, full of energy, and your emotions are lead by your mind.  If you get in touch with your emotional nature, you can create beauty, love, and childlike joy in the world.  You are passionate and impulsive, quick to anger, but also quick to forgiveness.  Fire signs are passionate about everything they do but stay constantly on the move.  Aries is the most temperamental of the fire signs.  You are full of dynamic energy and need to remind yourself to slow down and look to the past to learn from experience.  Aries is enthusiastic and childish, but is a leader that sparks the inner fire in others.

Taurus (April 20-May 20): The Bull
Taurus is an Earth Sign.  This means you’re practical and not prone to change.  It also means you find words empty, rely on the tangible, and like to get things done.  You can be conservative and lose sight of progress, and get uncomfortable or even fearful of the passing of time.   Taurus is the most stable of the earth signs and can be very rigid and stubborn, causing clashes particularly with air signs.  You are wise, nurturing, and reliable with a focus on physical and tangible satisfaction.  You build solid foundations for all of your relationships and have little patience for insecurity or fear.  You can seem clingy and tied up, but in the long run can make a perfect companion.

Gemini (May 21-June 20): The Twins
Gemini is an Air Sign.  This means you’re both a thinker and a socializer, but can be superficial and too quick to judge.  Geminis can be hard to follow and are the least stable of all zodiac signs.  They always crave something new and exciting and are never satisfied with enough information or social interaction.  They need room to explore and to showcase their intellectual and verbal skills.  As The Twins they can see both sides of every issue and consequently seem very indecisive. Their lives are a constant search for something or someone who will both complete and excite them.

Cancer (June 21-July 22): The Crab
Cancer is a Water Sign.  This makes your movements more predictable, but your depths mysterious.  Water signs are sensitive and compassionate and empathetic to the motives and needs of others.  You can tend towards overdramatic when hurt, but are by nature caring and helpful, and capable of great intimacy and devotion.  Cancers are compassionate, caring, open minded, and very open to diversity.  You will close yourself off after being hurt, including being overprotective to those you still love, your home, and your country.  You can become excessively attached to your home and become afraid of leaving it or of letting go of memories.

Leo (July 23-August 22): The Lion
Leo is a fire sign.  This means you’re unpredictable, temperamental, full of energy, and your emotions are lead by your mind.  If you get in touch with your emotional nature, you can create beauty, love, and childlike joy in the world.  You are passionate and impulsive, quick to anger, but also quick to forgiveness.  Fire signs are passionate about everything they do but stay constantly on the move. Leos crave attention and want to be at its center.  You are proud and constant and give little room to change.  You have deep, passionate respect for who you are, often at the expense of society or others.  You are the embodiment of passion and creativity.

Virgo (August 23-September 22): The Virgin
Virgo is an Earth Sign.  This means you’re practical and not prone to change.  It also means you find words empty, rely on the tangible, and like to get things done.  You can be conservative and lose sight of progress, or get uncomfortable or even fearful of the passing of time.  Virgos are less firmly set in their ways than other earth signs, but have trouble carrying that flexible attitude over to emotional needs or matters of the heart.  You’re reliable and caring but need to let emotions lead occasionally to be truly satisfied.

Libra (September 23-October 22): The Scales
Libra is an Air Sign.  This means you’re both a thinker and a socializer, but can be superficial and too quick to judge.  You’re extremely open to new things and full of great ideas and innovation. You’re indecisive by nature, but bring balance into the lives of others and are naturally able to mend any relationship or conflict.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21): The Scorpion
Scorpio is a Water Sign.  This makes your movements more predictable, but your depths mysterious.  Water signs are sensitive and compassionate and empathetic to the motives and needs of others.  You can tend towards overdramatic when hurt, but are by nature caring and helpful, and capable of great intimacy and devotion.  Scorpios are intense and have deep ties with the ancestors who brought you to where you are today, carrying the memories of your entire family tree.  You represent the dark and dirty waters and often feel a need to be cleansed.  This is because you are tasked with overcoming the emotional challenges of all those ancestors that came before you.  Inside your subconscious you will find the greatest energy in the universe.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21): The Centaur
Sagittarius is a fire sign.  This means you’re unpredictable, temperamental, full of energy, and your emotions are lead by your mind.  If you get in touch with your emotional nature, you can create beauty, love, and childlike joy in the world.  You are passionate and impulsive, quick to anger, but also quick to forgiveness.  Fire signs are passionate about everything they do but stay constantly on the move.    More specifically to Sagittarius, you are idealistic and never satisfied, always aiming higher and reaching for the sky.  You are the gentlest of fire signs and inclined to philosophy.  You compliment air signs well.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19): The Goat
Capricorn is an Earth Sign.  This means you’re practical and not prone to change.  It also means you find words empty, rely on the tangible, and like to get things done.  You can be conservative and lose sight of progress, or get uncomfortable or even fearful of the passing of time.  More specific to Capricorn, you have strong, unwavering faith.  You’re more open to change than other earth signs, but skeptical of innovation and like to stick with tried and true methods.  You’ll try lots of new things, but still go back to what you know works.  You live in fear of failure or mistakes and are dedicated workers and career people.  You make valuable leaders.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18): The Water Bearer
Aquarius is an Air Sign.  This means you’re both a thinker and a socializer, but can be superficial and too quick to judge.  More specific to Aquarius, you’re full of ideas and originality.  You’re a driver of change and can only be happy when you’re in touch with the universe and the intrinsic knowledge the universe provides.  You may struggle with being too erratic and have trouble staying focused.  You are however a visionary that sees the world as it should be, and you’ll find great fulfillment in humanitarian work.

Pisces (February 19-March 20): The Fishes
Pisces is a Water Sign.  This makes your movements more predictable, but your depths mysterious.  Water signs are sensitive and compassionate and empathetic to the motives and needs of others.  You can tend towards overdramatic when hurt, but are by nature caring and helpful, and capable of great intimacy and devotion.  More specific to Pisces, you are the deepest water sign.  You often have trouble finding your mission or path in life but have many hidden talents. Often those talents aren’t approved of by your family which can cause you to feel incompetent.  You’re spiritual and sensitive and once you find your cause you have the talent to share it with the rest of the world.

Today’s Tasks:

  • Lotion Your Arms
  • Clean Your Dining Room
  • Body Weight Exercises For Your Upper-Body

On a side note – Comcast still has NOT fixed my internet, so I’m doing the best I can with what I’ve got but may still be very slow while I am still waiting for them to do their job.


A word about music:  We include songs for a reason.  Music helps us deal with the world, helps to soothe the soul, and gives us something else we can focus on when everything is too much.  Listen to the songs we post. Even if you already know them. Listen to them like you don’t. Pay attention to the lyrics. Pay attention to what the instruments are telling you. They all have a message, they all have a purpose, they’re all chosen for a reason.  If you like the song, please support the artist by purchasing the MP3 or Album that features it.
Today’s music can be found on Amazon.com:
MP3: Aquarius – Let The Sunshine In
Album: Forrest Gump

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What a Week

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For anyone who doesn’t follow our Facebook page but does read, I want to offer my sincere apologies for the lack of an entry yesterday without any explanation as to why.  Nothing wants to go quite right this week and I haven’t been able to get any part of my schedule on track.  The bigger problem is that the home internet through Comcast is out again.  I promised I would blog from the library if need be since it just was not working out when I tried from my phone’s internet.  The library gives me panic issues if I try to sit still in it cause omg people and omg germs.  So.  This is being written out in the parking lot, and I’m writing to say I’m going to take the rest of the week off to give Comcast a chance to fix their issue and to let me get everything back on track, cause right now it feels very helter skelter and all over the place.  So I will readjust the calendar accordingly after I’ve posted this, but apart from the big daily project, the daily tasks are all just mirroring the previous month, so, to carry you through until I’m back online:

Today/the 9th:
Skip Alcohol
Exfoliate Your Face & Neck
Clean Your Master Bedroom
Do Some Core Exercises
Make an Allergy Relief Drink

Friday the 10th:
Read a Book of you choice!
Get or Give Yourself a Manicure
Clean Your Kitchen Counters & Stove
Swim
Do a Guided Meditation and/or Listen to a Subliminal Audio for Motivation

Saturday the 11th:
Add Some Money To Your Savings
Make More Hair Detangler If You’re Out or Low
Clean Your Patio
Do Some Cardio (Preferably the Elliptical)
Have a Detox Drink

Sunday I’ll be back come hell or high water! I truly apologize and appreciate everyone’s patience. Once Comcast had resolved the issue they were having while I was building the site I assumed that would be the end of it and I wouldn’t have to deal with this again and I did not think through a back up plan, but bear with me and they’ll get this fixed and I’ll create a backup plan so I don’t have to worry about this again.  I promised this would be daily but didn’t anticipate I would have more to worry about than my own reliability. So I’m gonna use the next few days to regroup and come back stronger and I will see you all 100% for sure Sunday (Or for our international readers living a day ahead, Monday).  For the meantime still do the things mentioned above, don’t get out of the habit, I’ll be doing them too even if I can’t tell you about them and I don’t want anyone losing momentum. I’ll still be doing the question of the day on Facebook, because the Facebook app gets along with my page and is easily done from my phone.  The WordPress app and my page don’t get along at all because of self hosting and something I’m sure I’m doing wrong.

So I’ll see you all on Facebook shortly for today’s Question of the Day, and if you’re not a Facebooker then I shall see you on Sunday! Promise!

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I Could Offer You a Warm Embrace

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Well, I’ve actually been awake since 9 this morning so my post isn’t later than hoped because of sleeping in.  My post is later than hoped because my laptop was getting its keyboard replaced (and works much better now without all the crud in it and without the missing keys I’ve been trying to improvise with) and because I was hoping I’d get a last minute response from the author I both emailed and Facebook messaged a couple weeks or so ago but he has neither read nor responded to my message.  My hope was to make a video to read you all a little book of poetry today, but I don’t want to do it without the author’s permission even though if anything it would promote sales and I wouldn’t be taking credit for his work or making it an open video, just anyone who reads the blog and got the link. But. Whatevs, either he’s busy or whoever runs his page is busy and that’s okay.  So, I would offer you a warm embrace, but I don’t wanna risk copyright infringement 😉

Anyhow, I did have in the things you’ll need for today the book “I Love You” – A Gift of Love and Poetry for Children by Donald Verger, which I don’t know how many libraries would have, but it’s a beautiful little book. Donald Verger is an award winning photographer and the book definitely showcases that.  He’s also the Founder and President Emeritus of The Children’s Discovery Museum and The Science Discovery Museum, so I can totally understand him being busy.  This is a great little book, and I have absolutely no memory of how it was that I stumbled upon it, but I know I put it on my Amazon wishlist and my mom bought it for me, which was pretty awesome, particularly because I’ve expressed a few times how much trouble I have feeling loved, and a book from a parent to a child about children being loved is pretty impactful towards that.

So.  I was hoping to read it to you because I assumed it probably wasn’t widely available in libraries or local bookstores, mostly because if you look on Amazon it only shows the “Used & New” option so I assumed it was out of print, but actually the person selling the new copies is the author, so, maybe it’s more of a print on demand kind of thing.  Either way, sometimes we need people to read to us, it’s one of the recommended coping methods for anxiety actually, and I thought this was the perfect little book to start with. So, if you were able to get your hands on a copy I totally recommend either having someone read it to you or reading it to someone else, particularly if you’ve got kids or grandkids to share it with.  Or, if like me you’re reading it to yourself, that’s okay too, it’s a beautiful book and I think it’s calming all by itself.

If you haven’t gotten ahold of it yet I think you should. Because really it is a beautiful book.  And with Valentine’s day coming up it may just be the perfect present for a special kid in your life who likes to read, likes being read to, likes poetry, or loves pictures.

Today’s Tasks:

  • Give yourself a Body Mask
  • Clean your Living Room Floor
  • Do some Yoga. Any kind.
  • Listen to a Guided Meditation and/or Subliminal Track for achieving/maintaining a healthy weight.

I shall see you all on Facebook shortly for the Question of the Day!

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Brains Are All I’ve Eaten All Week

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So you have three options for today, which hopefully translated well in the calendar, but today’s project is to try a Zombie Cocktail.  The Zombie was invented in 1934 by Donn Beach, and was hugely popular during the tiki-craze.  Donn was kind of a jerk about his recipes and even his own bartenders were only given coded references to ingredients which only he knew the contents of.  I guess customers couldn’t go to other bars and order a Zombie when one of the ingredients was “Don’s Mix”, which presumably only Don knew what that was (cinnamon syrup and grapefruit juice.)  Somehow despite Don’s secretive nature, the original Zombie recipe is known, as well as the fact that he changed it three times.  But the fact that he kept it secret plus just the fact that it’s a popular drink means that there are a million variations and if you order one you never know what you’re going to get.

Unless you live in Colorado Springs. Then what you’ll get is a blank stare.  I have collected some recommendations for new places to try that are hopefully more promising and maybe own a bartender’s guide or access to google. I don’t know how much faith I have that it will happen given I’ve been trying to make this particular little endeavor happen for years with no luck, but I’m gonna try again because I’m totally not on board with having to buy multiple full sized bottles of liquor to make one drink at home when SOMEONE should be able to make it for me.

So.  Your options for today’s participation, as a venture into experiencing pop culture, are to either go somewhere and order a zombie or a virgin zombie if you’re not a drinker (if you succeed at this I want to see a picture, and hear what your bartender said is in it), make a zombie at home, or if you’re not a drinker or shouldn’t be then make a zombie mocktail.  The original recipe includes some things you’re gonna have a helluvatime getting (or spend a fortune on if you do manage to make it happen) so I’m gonna go with a recipe from drinksmixer.com (recipe makes 1 cocktail):

  • 1 oz light rum
  • 1 oz dark rum
  • 1/2 oz creme de almond (AKA Creme de Noyaux)
  • 1 1/2 oz sweet and sour mix
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 1/2 oz orange juice
  • 1/2 oz 151 proof rum (I’m gonna call this element optional. It will not do anything for the taste and is strong stuff.  I personally would leave it out.)

Shake all ingredients, except 151 proof rum, with ice and strain into a collins glass over ice cubes. Float the 151 proof rum on top.  Add a cherry, if desired, and serve.

To make it into a mocktail, cause not drinking alcohol does NOT mean you can’t have fun mixed drinks, you’ll follow the same recipe except substituting pineapple juice for the light rum (can add 1 Tablespoon Imitation Rum if desired if it won’t tempt you back into any bad habits), apple juice in place of the dark rum, almond extract + cream in place of the creme de almond, and nix the 151 proof rum altogether.  There are non-alcoholic Triple Sec syrups available, but if you don’t want to spend the money on one just increase the orange juice to cover it.  Sweet and Sour Mix isn’t alcoholic but if alcohol related ingredients are in danger of throwing you off the wagon then just mix equal parts lemon and/or lime juice and simple syrup.

Today’s List of Tasks:

  • Lotion Your Feet
  • Clean Your Hallways
  • Go For a Walk
  • Spin in a circle or watch a ceiling fan, electric fan, or toy top

A word about music:  We include songs for a reason.  Music helps us deal with the world, helps to soothe the soul, and gives us something else we can focus on when everything is too much.  Listen to the songs we post. Even if you already know them. Listen to them like you don’t. Pay attention to the lyrics. Pay attention to what the instruments are telling you. They all have a message, they all have a purpose, they’re all chosen for a reason.  If you like the song, please support the artist by purchasing the MP3 or Album that features it.
Today’s music can be found on Amazon.com:
MP3: Zombie Love Song
(There’s no album for this song. There was one planned but contract disputes have the project defunct.)

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Free Day

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I meant to write way earlier but I had a hell of a time sleeping last night and every time I woke up today I just rolled back over. But you get a free day today! I had plans but didn’t know it was super bowl Sunday and that changes things but I found out on too short notice to actually come up with a worthwhile alternative. So today watch football if it’s your thing, read a book or do some yoga or watch a good movie if it isn’t.

No big project for today, but….

Today’s Tasks:

  • Do Some Armpit Grooming
  • Clean Your Dining Area/Breakfast Nook
  • Do Some Upper-Body Barbell Exercises
  • Do a Guided Meditation and/or Listen to a Subliminal Audio for Letting Go of the Past
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You Breathe Air Cleansed By Trees

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So, when I said don’t think if some items clump together to seem really similar a few days in a row that that meant that was the new focus of the blog, this is what I had in mind. The topics were chosen by me but the order is random, so we’ve already done some cooking this week, and some of us did some baby food yesterday, and today’s something to do, as you may have noticed if you’re using that “Things You’ll Need” tab, is to read 201 Organic Baby Purees: The Freshest, Most Wholesome Food Your Baby Can Eat! by Tamika L. Gardner.  As I’ve said, with books or movies or whatnot if you can’t find a library or otherwise free or reasonable way to obtain it, then just decide whether that day is something you want to do based on your budget and interest level. I do not want anyone going broke over my blog.

Again, this particular item was chosen when I anticipated “someday” kids, but I’m also quite addicted to cookbooks, and like understanding various lifestyles, including the parental lifestyle and the green lifestyle.  This book has a lot of interesting information and some really great sounding recipes.  It makes a really good case for why your babies and kids should be eating organic, even if you aren’t.  The author sites the EPA as saying “Children’s internal organs are still developing and maturing and their enzymatic, metabolic, and immune systems may provide less natural protection than those of an adult.  There are critical periods in human development when exposure to a toxin can permanently alter the way an individual’s biological system operates.  Children may be exposed more to certain pesticides because often they eat different foods than adults.”  That makes a whole lot of sense.

She also does a really good job of explaining the differences between USDA certified organic, 100% USDA certified organic, listing organic ingredients or food groups on the label, Certified Naturally Grown, and All-Natural. (Hint, All-Natural isn’t regulated and actually means nothing other than the seller wants your money for pretending to be green.) She talks about GMOs, the most heavily pesticided foods, what the hell antioxidants are and how they work (I’ve been wondering that one for a long time, cause anti- something that sounds like oxygen always sounds like a really bad thing), gives a list of “Superfoods” and their virtues, and talks about how to choose the right foods for the whole family.

She even talks about how to save money on organic foods, which realistically, the added expense is the biggest reason most of us aren’t shopping all organic.

The book goes into detail about preparation methods, basic items to keep stocked, and safety tips for making your organic baby foods (or, as we saw yesterday, purees can easily be modified into adult foods as well.)  They include a section of lovely pictures and then break down recipes by stages (age groups) and include menu plans for those stages.  The later recipes include things that could easily fit on the plate for any member of the family and not just a baby.

My only complaint about this book is that I don’t like when authors who write about your baby define them as a certain gender. They don’t know what gender your kid is and there’s no reason to do that.  Otherwise I’m impressed and give it two big thumbs up on content and on recipes, I know there are some that I’ll be trying.  If you are a parent or have done the parenting thing and have any experiences or opinions or thoughts on this book we’d love to hear them!

One final thought, not related to the book per se, but if you’re a green kind of person, an environmentalist of any caliber, or care about global warming/climate change, particularly if you have new babies to worry about inheriting this world, consider what’s going on in US politics right now, and that potentially the biggest way you can impact the environment since we have to do it on our own for now, is to buy organic.  Organic farms vs. big industrial farms with the focus of quality vs quantity are having a much more positive impact on the environment, and we need to be supporting them.  The more that people buy organic, the more that farmers will be growing organic.

Today’s List of Tasks:

  • Give yourself a Facial Cleanse.
  • Clean out your car or other mode of transportation.
  • Do some bodyweight exercises for your lower body.
  • Listen to a guided meditation and/or subliminal audio for detoxification.

I shall see you all on Facebook shortly for the question of the day 🙂

A word about music:  We include songs for a reason.  Music helps us deal with the world, helps to soothe the soul, and gives us something else we can focus on when everything is too much.  Listen to the songs we post. Even if you already know them. Listen to them like you don’t. Pay attention to the lyrics. Pay attention to what the instruments are telling you. They all have a message, they all have a purpose, they’re all chosen for a reason.  If you like the song, please support the artist by purchasing the MP3 or Album that features it.
Today’s music can be found on Amazon.com:
MP3: “D” Natural Blues
Album: Roaring Twenties : Hits Of The 20s

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