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New Year’s Resolutions, IX

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71. Color a section of my hair a non-traditional color – like pink or blue or purple. I’m not a stiff but people wouldn’t expect this of me, so I think it’d be fun.

72. Get a manicure – I have a hard time spoiling myself and am rough on my hands but think a manicure would make them look nice.

73. Get a pedicure – I don’t like people touching my feet so this will be a brave goal.

74. Post a Vlog – everyone else is doing it. We’ll see what happens.

75. Repierce my nose – if the bank will let me. I dunno. Maybe I’ll have to find a cooler, hipper, more modern job! LOL

76. Buy a fun new hat – I can pull off cute hats so I should invest in a few new ones.

77. Wear blue eye shadow – I have blue eyes so I’m not supposed to but I think I should try to pull it off anyway.

78. Go camping – it’s one of the few things I miss about being married, my ex-husband loved to camp and so I had a buddy. Camping alone is probably not fun.

79. Hike in the Appalachian mountains – I’ll be living near enough soon enough. I’m not wary of hiking alone like I am of camping alone so this will take no time.

80. Ski on the East Coast – hopefully the mountains impress me as much as they do here on the West Coast.

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New Year’s Resolutions VIII

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61. Organize my music on iTunes – I have a slew of music on there that doesn’t have proper titles or artists and I need to put them in order so I know what I’m listening to!

62. Organize my music on my iPod – see #61

63. Take a cooking class (thanks Angie) – I think anyone could benefit from a cooking class; learning to make something really well could come in handy!

64. Bake a cake from scratch – learn to do this in a cooking class?

65. Bake brownies from scratch – see #64

66. Take a workout class – once I’m back in school, these classes can be counted for credit, so this one is a definite possibility for me.

67. Be able to do 50 (real) push ups in a row – the website one hundred push ups is a great program to get you on your way to having some amazing arms

68. Find a new tea I like – I’ve met very few teas that I didn’t like, so hopefully I can do this soon!

69. Try a new coffee drink – I’ve branched into soy and it hasn’t increased my migraines, so I shall continue to try new flavors with it and find my perfect cup!

70. Don’t drink alcohol for an entire month – my liver would appreciate the detox.

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New Year’s Resolutions, VII

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51. Swim in the ocean – I hear that’s nicer in South Carolina than in Oregon. Otherwise I’m going to freeze my ovaries off.

52. Learn to cook a fabulous new staple meal – I cook some mean soups and enchiladas, and some chicken dishes, but want something new to add to my list!

53. Get a massage – Everyone should get at least one massage a year.

54. Give a massage – I want to be able to make someone else feel good with my hands … and not in *that* way.

55. Finish a cross-stitch – I have about 25 mostly-started ones, I should finish one … or seven.

56. Wear my hair really big in public – don’t ask.

57. Ride in a cab – I enjoy riding in cabs (love not driving) and so this makes me a happy girl.

58. Wear a non-traditional colored shoe (purple or green or something!) – I have been lusting after a pair of peacock blue satin peep toe pumps and think they’d be fabulous to own. Too bad they’re $300+!

59. Find a job I like while going to graduate school – at a bank or a non-profit most likely. Maybe something using my degrees, or what I’m earning with this next degree.

60. Organize my CD collection – they’re not in alphabetical order and they’re annoying me. I can’t find ANYTHING when I’m looking for it!

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New Year’s Resolutions, IV

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21. Look into buying a photography domain – I do a lot of photography and used to own my own domain, but never really utilized it. I need to do this if I ever want to do anything with my photography!

22. Make photography business card – people need something to hold on to when they’re thinking about your photography, rigth?

23. Use said photography business cards – it’s rude to ask for the cards back after I hand them out. Use them.

24. Participate in NoBloPoMo – one post a day for a month, I’ve done it before.

25. Succeed in NoBloPoMo – I can do it again!

26. Watch Mama Mia – I’m a fan of musicals so I think this one will be easy! It could happen in just a few weeks, too!

27. Get a pair of skinny jeans – I think I could pull off this fad. I have yet to be brave enough to try on a pair, though, so we’ll see what happens after I do that.

28. See a Broadway (or off Broadway, heck) show – fan of musicals, need to see one!

29. Keep track of every book I read – already started this on my personal blog.

30. Write at least one sentence to “review” each book I read – reviewed The Elegant Gathering of White Snows already on my personal blog. If you’re interested in that link, drop me a line!

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Tips for women with waists

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Short-waisted women:
Do you frequently tuck your shirts into your pants? Get pants with lower rises then to lower your waistline.
Wear a bra. Even better? Wear a supportive bra. Keeping your breasts where they should be emphasizes your waist.
Buying longer tops draws your waistline lower.
When wearing a belt, opt for a narrow one, push it below the natural waist just a bit and match it to your shirt color – all tips to elongate your torso.

Long-waisted women:
Wear V-neck tops
Try jackets with curved hems rather than straight ones, they’ll cut you off less.
Narrow skirts with tapered sides will make your legs look longer, so will raised waistlines with a belt that matches your pants color.
Heels! Making your legs look longer with shoes is easy!

BTW – This has everything to do with health. Women feel their best when they look their best!

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Holiday destressing tips

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The holidays are stressful for a lot of people. I have two gifts left to buy and am hoping that getting those two gifts won’t be a stressful process, so I’m not too freaked out. For those of you who are stressed right now. Calm down, finish reading this entry, do one thing (or more!) on the list and try to relax a bit!

1. Take a hot bath with some fantastic bubbles or a salt soak. One of my favorite products to use while in a hot bath is Aveeno Stress Relief Foaming Bath. The smell of lavender and ylang ylang is very nice when you’re stressed out. Another product I love to use is a 3-in-1 shampoo, cleansing gel and bubble bath that smells like vanilla birthday cake by philosophy. It smells so good you’ll want to eat it, but just soak yourself in it instead.

2. Go for a walk. Get outside, or even walk on a treadmill, but get up and move around. Exercise has been shown to be a definite stress reducer. Whether you decide to venture into the cold (remember your hat, you lose 7-55% of your body heat through your head!) or sweatin’ with Richard Simmons in your living room, just move around!

3. Smile! Laugh! Enjoy yourself! Laughing reduces endorphins that are critical in reducing stress. Need something funny to check out? My recommendations include: LOL Cats, LOL Celebs or XKCD.

4. Vent to someone you trust, or to strangers you’ve never met before. I keep a personal blog I share some pretty strange things on … and I’m sharing them to get them out of my head and into the world. I really don’t care too much what people think about my venting, and for me it’s an intense stress reliever.

5. Brew a cup of tea, or if you can stand it while you’re anxious, have a cup of good coffee. I don’t like to add to my heart rate when I’m stressed and so I go for one of the teas from Yogi Tea. My favorite tea right now from Yogi Teas is their Berry DeTox. Even though for me it’s only a mental detox, sometimes tea is powerful enough to just do that! If you want, Yogi Tea is willing to send you a free sample!

What do you like to do to destress?

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Things I’m thankful for, II

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Continuing the trend from yesterday, here are some more things I’m thankful for. I encourage you to participate with me and share some of your thankfulness!

  1. boots – most everyone looks good in boots. I have been coveting (forgive me LORD) these boots for a while now but there is no way that I’d spend that kind of money on myself right now.
  2. candles – they warm my house and my spirit. The glow they cast on humans makes everyone look beautiful. The scents they can emit have the power to evoke all sorts of emotions.
  3. cheese – I’ve never met a cheese I didn’t like. This may be something that has to be eliminated from my diet in the near future for health reasons, though.
  4. toile – this fabric is my favorite. I would love to have a comforter in black and cream or maroon and cream toile. Don’t really understand why, but I find it exquisite.
  5. my faith – it leads me up mountains to see the face of GOD and then into deep dark valleys to seek the face of GOD. My faith is always growing and changing and making me a more full person.
  6. traveling – right now I have such a travel bug. I want to go to Greece ($850), Germany ($645) and London ($650). I am being smart about finances though so I am not going, but I rejoice in the freedom that we have and am thankful that if I did have the finances I could go.
  7. college-ruled paper – I don’t like the wide stuff. I’d much rather write in my measured handwriting on narrow ruled paper. Sometimes I wish that it came even closer lined.

What are you thankful for?

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Who doesn’t like free, right?

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Seasonal Affective Disorder: The Basics

February 2, 2007
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I mentioned yesterday that Oregonians are about to face a serious lack of sunshine and it will take it’s toll on many of us.

Seasonal affective disorder, otherwise known as SAD, is caused by a lack of sunlight during the “dark days” of winter. Bright light therapy, antidepressants and counseling have been known to help get through those days.

Some of the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder include:

  • depression – if you notice you’re feeling blue, sad, and without joy with no reason to feel this way; it could be a sign
  • lack of energy – nothing is exciting anymore, life is blah, and you just want to vegetate in your favorite char watching television; it could be a sign
  • general malaise – something is wrong and you can’t figure it out, it could be a sign
  • weight gain – the lack of energy (not doing your indoor workouts?) and comfort foods put together equals expanding waistline; it could be a sign
  • a need for more sleep – along with the lack of energy, if all you want to do is sleep; it could be a sign
  • difficulty concentrating – your brain has shut down, you can’t keep your facts straight, and your work is suddenly suffering; it could be a sign

If mid-fall you realize that you’re just not feeling right, these signs might be something to watch out for. I recommend you call your physician and talk to him or her about your symptoms and suggesting that it might be SAD; please remember you can be happy!

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Competition is for winners

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I am only a competitive person when it comes to a few things: grades and board games (especially puzzles). When it comes to sports, I am the least competitive player ever. I wouldn’t cut it in soccer; “oh, you want the ball? Here; have it!” I don’t care much about winning … I just want to play. This is why I never joined a team sport (that and they’re stinkin’ expensive).

My favorite exercise? Running. I can do it alone. My second favorite exercise? Down-hill skiing. I can do it alone. Throwing a frisbee? Who’s going to catch it? Playing basketball? Who’s going to keep track of how many times I miss the hoop? Soccer? Running and kicking things? (Oh that would be amusing!) Swimming? That requires a tight outfit I’m not comfortable in. I’ll stick to my lone sports and enjoy talking to myself, cheering myself on, and knowing that I’m only racing against myself.

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What is your favorite sport? Why do you like it so much? Do you prefer to be on a team or play solo?

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