Alive and Kicking

April 21st, 2017

I know-  I know — it has been a while.    While life has definitely been keeping me busy-  the reality of why I haven’t written is a little more complicated.

My laptop died.    (insert sad music here)

If there is a silver lining to this-  it’s that my beloved was still under warranty-   so it left this week to be repaired (or hopefully replaced) .

It started acting oddly about two months ago-  the screen would randomly go black, even though it was still running.   The only thing I could do was shut it down and restart.    I suspected a video card driver was the problem, but before I could sort that out-  it started shutting down and rebooting randomly.   I checked the activity log- and it would show that it was a critical shut down, but no clear reason why-    so the puzzle continued.

Even though it was under warranty-  I didn’t want to have to send it for warranty work, because I need my computer for work-  so-   I backed everything up- did a reset.

For a few days it worked perfectly and all was well in the world.

But then around the time of the full moon (cue Twilight Zone music here) the thing went HAYWIRE!       It started with the aforementioned ‘issues’ which escalated to my computer having this weird white noise looking screen where I had to restart-  and it said it was updating and then wouldn’t do anything- and finally it went out-   completely out- and wouldn’t start.. (insert sad face here )

I have always loved Toshiba computers– have had quite a few-  plus recommended them to others, but this one has not been as great as the others I’ve owned.

I packaged it up, returned it on Tuesday, so hopefully I’ll have some answers soon.

In the meantime-    My communication may continued to be sporadic- as typing on an iPhone isn’t ideal.

It’s FriYAY though- and that’s worth celebrating!

Being Neighborly

April 21st, 2017

I think I’ve mentioned it here before, but I often accept packages for my musician (and other) neighbor when no one is at home- and they happen to be able to catch me at home. Yesterday I was walking in from an appointment and they snagged me to ask if I would accept a package. I knew my neighbor was out of town, but he had told me that he was expecting a http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/adam-audio-a7x-powered-studio-monitor and asked if I would be willing to accept it if he arrived while he was away. Since they travel a lot, they have also given us a key to water their plants and so forth when they are away- so last night I sent him a message and let him know what had arrived- and told him that I’d put it in the house since I knew we would miss each other this weekend- as I’ll be out of town and he is coming back into town. He was thrilled- and grateful but I call it the neighborly thing to do.

Happy Spring

March 12th, 2017

Spring has sprung-   Daylight savings time is in full effect, and hopefully ‘all set your clocks ahead an hour and weren’t too late for any appointments today.     I love seeing the sun stream through the windows at an earlier time, and since our weather is always a bit up in the air-  I love seeing so much sunshine the last days.

I’ll admit, I’ve spent as much time outside as possible, which has not only been great for absorbing a little natural Vitamin D via the sun, but also to keep me moving and get a little exercise, which I definitely  need.  Well, we all need it, only some of us (me) more than others.

Despite the amazing weather, we’ve had a few grey days as well, but it hasn’t been many.  I have to wonder if the grey is going to start being more the exception than the rule and the blue will take over.

A few days ago, I took a snap and the sky was so blown out, that when I went to process it, I thought it looked better in black and white.   I rarely do that, but even in this world where everything is awakening from the sleep of winter-   and everything is coming to life-  and colors begin to pop-  the black and white still looked best.

As the new week begins, I’m excited at all the potential and the energy buzz that I am feeling.  I have quite a bit of work to do this week, but at the same time-  plenty of time to have a little play, which I’m very grateful for.

All things in balance, right?

I’m still buzzing along with Whole 30 and doing really great.   I will admit that I’ve craved sugar, but mostly I’ve been craving black beans and dairy.  Crazy combination I know, but it’s true.   I’m getting close to being at the half way point, and from there it’s all down hill.  In the meantime, I’m glad I have no dinners out planned,  I’m even having to abandon my beloved Starbucks this month.   That’s quite ok though, as I love keeping Starbucks for the treat, rather than something I get used to having all the time.

 

Spring Cometh and Daylight Savings Time

March 9th, 2017

I am sure I’m not the only one who feels solar powered at times.   This morning I woke up to fog, but within a few hours it had burned off and it was an absolutely gorgeous Spring day.   It was a little windy- and for some probably a little too chilly, but for me-   perfect!   I felt as though I was plugged into the sun and my batteries were charging away.

Even JJ was feeling the energy from the sun as he was definitely showing a case of Spring fever.   SO much so that it was difficult for me to get him to sit still long enough to pose for a photo in the crocus- but he did- and I was a happy pup owner.

This coming Sunday-   the clocks in the United States spring forward one hour.   Giving an extra hour of daylight.   Don’t forget to set your clock forward an hour late Saturday night before bed, so you won’t be late to any Sunday appointments, or even work on Monday- if you happen to forget to spring forward all together.

On Getting Older

March 8th, 2017

My favorite feline is turning 12 this year. I’ve noticed small changes in him that start to occur when cats get older. He’s losing muscle mass and in turn seeming a little thinner. Ragdoll cats are large breeds, and he still weighs more than 10 pounds, but those little things tell me he’s getting older. I’m so grateful that he still plays. In fact, lately he plays more than he has in years. For a long time after we got JJ he wouldn’t play at all, because every single time he did, JJ would intervene and spoil the fun. He still tries to, but Mister M. will often turn the tables and pounce on JJ, which leads to a crazy chase or some other fun for the two of them. It more often than not leads to me breaking them up, to avoid excessive hair flying all over the house. They love each other, even if they don’t necessarily admit it.

Knowing that he is getting older leaves me faced with that one day I’ll have to say goodbye to him & that’s something I can’t begin to imagine. Thankfully, right now I don’t have to. Instead, I’ll continue to love him (even when he’s being naughty) and cherish every moment we have together. That’s what matters most.

Talent

March 8th, 2017

I was talking to an old friend from High School a few weeks ago about how many of the guys we graduated with went into the music industry. There are about six of them we could count off the top of our head, including one who just bought his first epiphone les paul standard at wwbw.com (which is actually what started the conversation). While that isn’t a huge number, when you consider the fact that it isn’t an ‘easy’ career choice- I think it’s actually a high percentage. Some have made it big, and some are still waiting for their big break, but ALL of them are having the time of their lives, which is what it’s all about. I love seeing people using their talents.

One Week Later

March 8th, 2017

It has been a little more than a week since I started round three of Whole 30 and while it’s going great, I’m having ‘moments’.    There have been a few things going on that have me feeling quite emotional, which in terms means I need to be more conscious-   doing Whole 30 means I can’t emotional eat-   which is a great thing, but also sometimes difficult when I want to have a piece of chocolate.     But it’s a positive-   it’s a lesson in being aware.   A lesson that I need, since it’s one I’ve had to learn time and time again.

There have been times this past week when I wanted to throw in the towel and say ‘forget it’, but I know that I am only defeating myself by giving up.   So I continue to move forward, as I know that anything that I’m facing in my life is temporary and the importance of going through the process, keeping my eyes open and learning along the way is the gift in all this.    Plus I’m committed.   Being committed to something doesn’t mean it’s always easy, but instead means that you are ‘all in’ no matter what.

This omelette is one of the breakfasts I’ve had this past week.  Always delicious and filling-  Plus the bonus of being healthy.   Can’t go wrong there, can you?

Is there something in your own life that you need to be more committed to?   What’s stopping you?

Musical Friends

March 8th, 2017

If you’ve ever heard me sing- then you know that I’m definitely not one who will be standing in line to be on any musical talent show, so when a friend sent me photos from guitar center roseville mi and said ‘wish you were here’, I had to giggle. I even asked why, but they responded with ‘so I could help them choose some new toys’. Shopping I’m good at, plus time spent with friends is always a good time.

Round 3 – Whole 30

March 1st, 2017

Happy March y’all!   I’m loving the sunshine we are seeing today & I’m feeling energized from all the Vitamin D I’ve been soaking up.    The days are getting longer qua daylight hours and I can practically smell Spring in the air.   It also seemed like a great time to kick off another Whole 30.    This will be my third one-  my first about a year ago which changed my life and how I felt so much, the second in August and now, this one.

I have heard quite a few people say that Whole 30 is hard.    No, honestly- it isn’t hard at all.   It takes thought, effort & in order to be 100% successful on the Whole 30 plan, you MUST be prepared.

I decided last week that it was time to do another Whole 30, so I started making mental notes (and some paper), of the things I knew I needed to do to set myself up for another Whole 30 success.

One of my favorite stores had boneless-skinless turkey breast on sale for an amazing price, so I called to see if they would grind some for me, but it wasn’t something that they do.  No problem- I did a little Googling and found a method to grind my own using the food processor.  Earlier this morning I spent some time doing exactly that.

I made some almond butter-   nothing but roasted almonds and salt.   That’s it.     Forget the fact that I burned the first batch because I got busy with something and remembered when I smelled the scent of burnt almonds (it’s not a good smell y’all).   The second  batch was a success.  I know exactly what’s in it, which is important.

I purchased and stuck in the freezer some packages of my favorite Whole 30 compliant bacon.   Plus, I found sweet potatoes on sale for a great price & decided to buy an entire box.   Kept cool, they keep for ages, so why not?

I also picked up some avocados, something I pretty much keep on hand all the time anyway, but this ensures I don’t run out.

Those are the ‘main’ things I’ve done thus far to ensure that I can manage without little stress and rock the next month.

 

More information can be found by visiting whole30.com.

Easy Brunch

February 22nd, 2017

Some mornings I’m not feeling the urge to eat when I first get up-   so rather than eat because I’m ‘supposed’ to, I wait until I feel a rumble in my stomach and then I eat.    Today-  I had quite a few things to check off my ‘to do’ list-  One of which was finalizing my business tax paperwork so it could be taken to the accountant, plus some cake prep for an upcoming order.

I have been trying to keep the protein on the higher side-so I decided to opt for some Greek yogurt, a few raspberries, pepitas, almonds and a few cacao nibs for a little something special.  You know-   give it that indulgent feel without being indulgent.

It was delicious-  sans any sugar except the natural sugars in the raspberries.   It kept me full until dinner time, which was my goal.

Now the taxes are dropped off-   I have the evening to myself, so it’s time to take a hot bath and curl up with some good TV.

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