Tuesday, January 31, 2017

February Challenge - No Spend Month

Don’t spend any extra money this month is the basic rule, but there are some exceptions and clarifications I want to make here.

  • No spending money on any food other that what is absolutely necessary
  • No spending money on junk food not even Zero. Learn to drink water, tea, frozen juice etc in place of pop
  • No spending money online at all. No e-Bay, no Wish, no Amazon, no Facebook
  • Do Pay Bills.
  • Do buy toilet paper and other household necessities. Necessities defined as those things it would be gross to go without- soap, shampoo, toothpaste
  • Limit mailing costs to $20 CAD for the month

Outcome of January Challenge

The Plan: I do not socialize much, and never with anyone but family. I want to change that and maybe find my tribe if it exists.
I live in a small city so there are lots of options if I can be brave enough to leave my home and actually go places where other people are.
In my building there are a group of 3 women who meet nearly every day for a chat, my first little step is going to be stepping out and joining them when I hear them talking in the hall.
On Wednesday morning there is a group of older adults who meet at a nearby place. I plan to join them at least one Wednesday this month and maybe more if the weather lets me and I don't punk out.
Also nearby is a housebound friend from my younger years I want to make it a habit to stop in and check on her at least once a week.
Lastly there is a place nearby that runs daily activities for older adults and seniors. I want to go there and check it out maybe even join.
That is my goal and my plan, wish me luck

The Outcome: I was able to visit with a local friend once and talk to the other ladies several times during the month. I did not make it to the public group nor did I make it to Activity Haven.
As an experiment in self socialization I would have to say I was 50% successful which is better than a complete fail but I know I could have done better.
On the Wednesdays I planned to attend the public group I ended up sleeping the day away. That tells me that it is something I am really uncomfortable doing, it also tells me that it is the public part of socialization that I am afraid of.
The sense that strangers will judge me because they do not know me, first impressions and all that, scares the heck out of me. I am afraid I do not give good first impressions. Now that is probably in my mind but it is the basis for my issues I think.
Activity Haven is an activity centre for older adults as a way to combat the loneliness and lack of physical movement that we usually have as singles living without family. The problem for me is that most of the programs require a donation of some sort, usually money and I don't have a lot of it. I will continue to look into this perhaps I will find a program I really like that isn't too expensive.
So for me I did in 2017 something I did not do before, I talked to my neighbours and went out to visit a housebound friend. But I did not go to places where the people were complete strangers. 50% success rate. In February I intend to continue working on this and I might even make it to my first public group.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Imaginary World of .... Cherylann Marois Part 7

So we have a space that is home. Step outside this space. What is outside this place? Is it a street a path what? Give it a name. Walk a few feet down the street. On the right hand side there is what appears to be a mailbox. You see an envelope sticking out. You pull it out and find it addressed to you. You open it. This is what you see ...

If you like what you have created it is time to create a map and add them to it. If not you can begin again. What does your world look like? What does the landscape look like?

Project 365 Week #4

I had a nice long nap when I got back home but the fact remains I was able to walk 1.88 km without collapsing and only a couple of stops to catch my breath so I figure I am not in as bad shape as I thought but no where near the 10 km I used to be able to do. I figured I'd get to the Tim's then have to wait for a bus the Tims is maybe a quarter of a km from the Shoppers. I ran into a friend who asked me to walk with him but I told him I was in too bad of shape for that. I walked and additional 200m to the bus stop and stood waiting. I got cold and the bus was taking forever so I decided to start walking, thinking I could get to the next bus stop before the bus came. I walked past two  and had almost reached the third when the bus went by. I tried to run to catch it but was just too slow, He/she drove away before I could get to it. Rather than wait for the next one I continued to walk, I was nearly half way home by this point anyway. I stopped once to take a photo of the house I lived in when I first moved to Peterborough and a second time as I was crossing Jackson Creek.

I lived upstairs here

Jackson Creek

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Would You Rather #6

1.Would you rather be an unknown major league baseball player or a famous badminton star? Baseball because I don't know how to play badminton

2. Would you rather go without TV or junk food the rest of your life? I already go without TV and it was a lot easier to do without than junk food is

3. Would you rather spend the day at an amusement park or lazing on the beach? Lazing on a beach I don't have the energy for an amusement park

4. Would you rather be fluent in all languages or be a master of every musical instrument? Hmmm that is tricky, for myself I think I would rather be able to speak all languages.

5. Would you rather sing a song in front of complete strangers or your closest friends? Neither but if I must close friends

6. Would you rather own your own boat or your own plane? Oh for a boat to sail the seven seas.

7. Would you rather meet the president of the United States or a movie star? A movie star, I have no interest in politics

8. Would you rather spend two weeks stuck in a psychiatric hospital or stuck in an airport? There are good drugs at a psychiatric hospital but I would prefer an airport there is usually a hotel close by so I would not have to spend all my time there.

9. If you had to give up one thing for the rest of your life, would it be brushing your hair or brushing your teeth? Brushing my hair I need my teeth.

10. Would you rather spend 20 years in prison and be exonerated as innocent or be put away for four years (despite your innocence) and be considered guilty forever? I suppose it would depend on what I'm charged with ... I'd rather do the 20 years and get exonerated I think

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

386 Questions A meme for you

So the game is this pick any 20 questions and answer them either here or in your own blog.

  1. first name:
  2. Were you named after anyone?
  3. Which finger is your favorite?
  4. When did you last cry?
  5. Do you like your handwriting?
  6. What is your favorite lunchmeat?
  7. Any bad habits?
  8. What is your most embarrassing CD on the shelf?
  9. If you were another person, would you be friends with yourself?
  10. Have you ever told a secret you swore not to tell?
  11. Do looks matter?
  12. How do you release anger?
  13. Where is your second home?
  14. Do you trust others easily?
  15. What was your favorite toy as a child?
  16. What class in school do you think is totally useless?
  17. Do you have a journal?
  18. Do you use sarcasm?
  19. Have you ever been in a mosh pit?
  20. What do you look for in a guy or girl?
  21. What are your nicknames?
  22. Would you bungee jump?
  23. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
  24. Do you think that you are strong?
  25. What's your favorite ice cream flavor?
  26. What's your shoe size?
  27. What are your favorite colors?
  28. How many wisdom teeth do you have?
  29. Who do you miss most right now?
  30. Do you believe in love at first sight?
  31. What are you listening to right now?
  32. Last thing you ate?
  33. The first thing you notice in the opposite sex?
  34. Do you like the person who sent this to you?
  35. How are you today?
  36. Favorite drink?
  37. Favorite sports?
  38. Hair color?
  39. Eye color?
  40. Do you wear contacts?
  41. Siblings?
  42. Favorite month?
  43. Favorite food?
  44. Last movie you watched?
  45. Favorite day of the year?
  46. Are you too shy to ask someone out?
  47. What pets do you have?
  48. Summer or winter?
  49. Hugs or kisses?
  50. Do you offer to shake hands with people when you meet them?
  51. What's the weather like?
  52. What do you wish the weather was like?
  53. What books are you reading?
  54. What's on your mouse pad?
  55. Favorite board game?
  56. What did you watch on TV last night?
  57. Favorite smells?
  58. What is the first thing you think of when you wake up?
  59. Say one nice thing about the person who sent this to you:
  60. If you were sent to an abandoned island, what are the 5 things you'd take with you? Boat is not an option.
  61. What color best describes your personality? Be specific.
  62. If you had a theme song, which one would it be?
  63. If you had a crystal ball to answer any one burning question, what question would you ask?
  64. If you had the power to change the world, what one thing would you change?
  65. What famous person (living or dead) would you most like to have dinner with? Why?
  66. Who are you most like in your family? How?
  67. What would you order in a {insert type} restaurant? (send a menu too!)
  68. What's your name?
  69. What's your middle name?
  70. What are your nicknames?
  71. When's your birthday?
  72. How old are you?
  73. Where were you born?
  74. Where did you grow up?
  75. What color is your hair?
  76. What color are your eyes?
  77. How tall are you?
  78. How much do you weigh?
  79. What nationality are you?
  80. What's your favorite food?
  81. What's your favorite candy?
  82. What's your favorite TV show?
  83. What are your favorite movies?
  84. Who's your favorite actor or actress?
  85. What's your favorite cartoon?
  86. What's your favorite color?
  87. What's your favorite pass time?
  88. What's your favorite book?
  89. What's your favorite quote?
  90. What's your favorite phrase?
  91. What's your favorite word?
  92. What's your favorite flavor of ice cream?
  93. What's your favorite sport?
  94. What's your favorite day of the week?
  95. If you were standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, what would be on your mind?
  96. Why do they announce power shortages on TV?
  97. If you were stranded on a desert island in the middle of nowhere, what three things would you take with you?
  98. If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be?
  99. If you won the lottery, how long would you wait to tell people?
  100. Can you juggle?
  101. What did you have for breakfast this morning?
  102. What's the last movie you saw in theaters?
  103. How do you know when a Smurf suffocates?
  104. Have you ever been in a car accident?
  105. How many times did you fail your driver's test?
  106. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
  107. What's the most annoying thing people ask you?
  108. What time did you wake up this morning?
  109. When's your bedtime?
  110. When's the last time you cried?
  111. Do you have any piercings?
  112. Do you have any tattoos?
  113. How many candles were on your last birthday cake?
  114. Before this, who was your last letter from?
  115. Who are you most like in your family?
  116. Do frogs have ears?
  117. What's your best feature?
  118. What's your worst feature?
  119. What personality traits do you hate most in other people?
  120. What is the one thing you'd most like to change about the world?
  121. What do you want most right now?
  122. What are you most grateful for?
  123. What is the best thing about your youth? What is the worst?
  124. When have you felt most uncomfortable being nude?
  125. In what way are you least understood?
  126. What was the worst vacation you ever took?
  127. What would you most readily die for?
  128. What would you most like sympathy for?
  129. What is your favorite store in the world?
  130. What was your most disappointing sexual experience?
  131. What is the strongest opinion you hold?
  132. What is the most difficult problem you've ever had to solve?
  133. What is the best example of "perfection" you can think of?
  134. Who is the person you miss the most right now?
  135. Where would you most like to be right now?
  136. What was the biggest sin ever committed against you?
  137. What sin do you most enjoy committing?
  138. What is the one thing you'd most like to be forgiven for?
  139. When have you come the closest to meeting the devil?
  140. Who is the person you know with the purest soul?
  141. Who is the person most loyal to you?
  142. What is the greatest thing you'd sacrifice to find true love?
  143. Who made the strongest first impression on you?
  144. What is the biggest injustice you have ever suffered?
  145. What single word best describes you?
  146. What single word do you hate most?
  147. What is the most surprising action you've ever taken?
  148. When was your life most out of control?
  149. Who is the person most similar to yourself in the world?
  150. Who is the person most able to make you laugh?
  151. What is the most valuable thing you own?
  152. What person have you taken most advantage of?
  153. What subject would you most like to learn more about?
  154. Who in life have you felt the strongest need to protect?
  155. What would you most like to be remembered for after you die?
  156. Whose smile can most easily persuade or seduce you?
  157. What is the hardest thing about love?
  158. What is the cruelest thing a person has ever said to you?
  159. What is a recurring dream that you most enjoy?
  160. With whom is your willpower weakest?
  161. What are the best and worst letters you have ever received in the mail?
  162. What is the sexiest thing anyone has ever worn for you?
  163. What crime have you been most tempted to commit?
  164. What is the worst crime you have ever committed?
  165. What would be the best way to get rid of a dead body?
  166. What crime from history fascinates you the most?
  167. What is the worst punishment you've ever had to endure?
  168. Who do you think was the worst criminal in history?
  169. What's the weakest you've ever been?
  170. Who had the best body you ever made love with?
  171. When do you most need attention from your lover?
  172. Who is the dumbest person you've ever dated more than once?
  173. What in the world would you most like to see protected?
  174. Where would you most hate to be pierced?
  175. Who is the person you'd most like to take revenge on?
  176. Who is the most sensitive person to your needs?
  177. What is the most difficult confession you've ever had to make?
  178. What is the most painful thing a lover has ever done to you?
  179. Who most deserves your love?
  180. What is the hardest thing to forgive?
  181. Who was the least attractive person you were attracted to?
  182. What was your most difficult break up?
  183. What's the thing you know most about?
  184. Who have you been most frustrated by in your life?
  185. What is the best thing you've ever put in your mouth first thing in the morning?
  186. What was the most difficult choice you were ever forced to make?
  187. What is the single nastiest thing you've ever done to someone?
  188. What is the cruelest thing you've ever suffered?
  189. What is the best thing you've ever tasted?
  190. What thing about your family are you least proud of?
  191. What topic do you feel comfortable discussing with your lovers?
  192. What kind of power do you want most?
  193. What is the best gift you ever gave to someone?
  194. What is the hardest decision you ever had to make?
  195. What is the thing of the highest value you have ever lost?
  196. What is the most painful thing you've ever had to tell a friend?
  197. What is the biggest favor a friend has ever done for you?
  198. What is the cruelest thing you have ever done to a friend?
  199. What is the thing a friend has that you would most like to have yourself?
  200. What is the strongest craving you get?
  201. What is the best toy you have ever owned?
  202. When in your life have you felt the loneliest?
  203. What is your strongest emotion?
  204. What's the best way to commit suicide?
  205. When were you most disappointed in yourself?
  206. What's the shortest amount of time between orgasms you've ever experienced?
  207. Which law would you most like to change?
  208. Who is the person you have hated the most in your lifetime?
  209. What has disappointed you the most?
  210. What is the oldest you'd like to live to?
  211. What's the best year of your life so far?
  212. What's the shortest time you've spent between meeting someone and having sex?
  213. What is the best position for sex?
  214. What's he best compliment you've ever received?
  215. What's the easiest money you have ever earned?
  216. What's the worst thing you have done on account of money?
  217. What would you find hardest about being in prison?
  218. Who is the person with whom you've been most infatuated with?
  219. What is the one thing you are proudest of in life?
  220. What one thing would you most like to happen tomorrow?
  221. What is the most indulgent thing you do each day or week?
  222. What is the worst sexual experience you ever had?
  223. What one thing would you most like to steal?
  224. What is the biggest thing you have ever stolen?
  225. Which sibling is or was most favored by your parents?
  226. What is the worst emotional pain you've ever suffered?
  227. Whose thoughts would you most like to read?
  228. Who is the person you know who you'd most like to see naked?
  229. What has truly been the most embarrassing moment of your life?
  230. Who is the person you'd most like to torture?
  231. What is the biggest risk you've ever taken?
  232. What have you lost that you'd most like to retrieve?
  233. Who is the person you'd like to help most?
  234. What is the worst thing you have ever said to your mother?
  235. What is the closest you've ever come to death?
  236. What is the biggest surprise you've ever had in bed?
  237. What is the worst physical harm you have ever inflicted on someone?
  238. What is the most erotic scent you have ever smelled?
  239. What is the most disgusting thing you've ever had to do?
  240. When do you have the most difficult time telling the truth?
  241. In which year of your life did you change the most?
  242. Who is the person you most wanted to have an affair with but didn't?
  243. Who is the person you'd most like to touch but never have?
  244. What is the best thing you have ever gotten for free?
  245. What is the wildest thing you've ever done in public?
  246. What do you least respect about your father?
  247. What is the thing your best at?
  248. What dream are you least likely to ever forget?
  249. What is the most original thing your lover has ever done?
  250. What is the most daring sexual thing you've ever done with someone of the gender you don't prefer sexually?
  251. Who is the one person you have learned the most from in life?
  252. What is the worst thing you have to do each morning?
  253. What do you have the worst reputation for? And the best?
  254. What is the least amount of money you'd accept to never have sex again?
  255. What is the longest amount of time you could spend on a desert island with your lover or spouse before needing the company of others?
  256. Who is the person you most regret having sex with?
  257. What is the most erotic moment in your life so far?
  258. What is the youngest age at which people should begin having sex?
  259. What is the longest you have gone without having sex?
  260. What is the single most bizarre place you've ever had sex?
  261. Who is the person you can most easily anger?
  262. Who was the best lover you ever had?
  263. Who is the person you are most open with?
  264. What is the most amount of money you would spend for proof if you suspected that your spouse was cheating on you?
  265. Who is the person you find hardest to please?
  266. What is the one thing you miss most about another place?
  267. Who taught you the most about good sex?
  268. What was the hardest secret you ever had to keep?
  269. What is the most sacred thing in your life?
  270. What is the biggest lie you've ever been told?
  271. What is the grandest lie you've ever told?
  272. What was the hardest apology you ever delivered?
  273. What do you feel most guilt for in life?
  274. What is the one thing you'd most like to forget?
  275. What is the single thing in your life you are least likely to ever forget?
  276. What is the most comforting thing you have in your home?
  277. What is the biggest myth about sex?
  278. What is the largest sacrifice you ever made?
  279. Who is the easiest person to be with that you know?
  280. What is the biggest regret of your life so far?
  281. Who is the worst enemy you ever made?
  282. What is the one thing in life you care about most?
  283. What is the one thing that gives you most joy in the world?
  284. What do you most look forward to? And dread?
  285. What was the biggest thing you ever got away with?
  286. When were you happiest to come home?
  287. What is the worst trouble you have ever gotten yourself into?
  288. When have you most shocked yourself?
  289. When have you been the most shocked?
  290. Who is your greatest hero from history?
  291. What is the best telephone call you've ever received or made?
  292. What's the best thing you ever found?
  293. Who was the noisiest partner you ever made love with?
  294. What was the most jealous moment of your life?
  295. Where in the world have you felt safest? And most in danger?
  296. When did you have the most fun in your life?
  297. Who is the person you make feel guilty most often?
  298. What's the single most beautiful sight you've ever seen?
  299. Which nationality do you find best looking overall?
  300. What one part of your body do you think comes closest to being ideal?
  301. When have you found it hardest to look at yourself in the mirror?
  302. What's the most extreme thing you would do to your own appearance to make yourself look better?
  303. What's the best hiding place you know?
  304. What is the best gift you ever received?
  305. Whose absence have you felt most in your life?
  306. What was the best wish you ever had come true?
  307. What was the moment in your life you felt most in love?
  308. What is the worst way you abuse your body?
  309. Who have you most feared in your life?
  310. What's the most physical demanding sexual position you've ever tried?
  311. What was your quickest quickie?
  312. What is the best thing to do right after sex?
  313. In what situation do you have least control of your emotions?
  314. What is your best memory from your child hood?
  315. What would you most like to hear from your father?
  316. To whom do you talk most about sex?
  317. What is the one thing that most pleases you?
  318. What news do you most fear hearing?
  319. What is your worst addiction?
  320. What's the biggest advantage you have going for you?
  321. What do you most want to change in your life?
  322. What do you most need to change in your life?
  323. What is the best thing about your life?
  324. What was the worst accident you ever experienced?
  325. What habit would you most like to give up?
  326. In what situation do you most rely on your parents?
  327. In what area of your life are you neediest?
  328. What questions do you avoid most?
  329. What would you most like to stop?
  330. How do you flirt best?
  331. What would you like to change most about women?
  332. What is the best thing about being a man/woman?
  333. What is the biggest mistake you've ever made in a relationship?
  334. What is the quality you love most in your partner?
  335. What is the biggest advantage you have over your lover?
  336. What is the single best thing you've done for your lover?
  337. What is the most difficult thing about being married?
  338. What do you brag about most when trying to impress your lover?
  339. What would you least be able to forgive in your spouse?
  340. Who is the closest thing to a sex addict you've ever known?
  341. What makes you most nervous?
  342. What are you most greedy for?
  343. What makes you lose your temper most easily?
  344. What part of the female body fascinates you most?
  345. What is the wildest thing you've ever done in a car?
  346. What is the worst word anyone ever used to describe you?
  347. What would you most like to change in your house?
  348. What is the strongest drug you have ever tried?
  349. What makes you most content?
  350. What is the best game that you play?
  351. What's the worst revenge you've ever had to suffer?
  352. What's the best revenge you've ever taken on someone?
  353. What is the biggest favor you've ever done for a friend?
  354. What is the worst habit you've ever had?
  355. What was the worst experience you ever had involving alcohol?
  356. What's the deepest depression you've ever been in?
  357. What's the lowest thing you've ever done?
  358. What's the highest price you would pay for great sex?
  359. What's the most romantic evening you've ever had?
  360. What was the worst year of your life?
  361. When were you most disappointed by a friend?
  362. What is the most annoying habit your lover has? And how do you most annoy him/her?
  363. What was the greatest number of times you had sex in one day?
  364. What was the hardest you ever fought for something?
  365. What was the weakest excuse you ever used?
  366. What is the greatest sacrifice anyone has ever made for you?
  367. What has been the single most important influence on your life?
  368. What is the worthiest cause on Earth?
  369. What is the hardest test you've ever taken?
  370. What was the most difficult promise you've ever had to keep?
  371. In what situation would you most enjoy being temporarily invisible?
  372. What would be the quickest way to hell for you?
  373. Who is the most amazing relative in your family?
  374. What is the best place to touch, and to be touched?
  375. When did it take you the longest time to reach orgasm?
  376. What is the emptiest part of your life?
  377. What was the hardest question you've ever answered?
  378. What would you most easily be driven to kill for?
  379. What's the biggest surprise you've ever had?
  380. What's the biggest failure of your life so far?
  381. What is the thing you'd most like to begin?
  382. What is the thing you'd most like to complete?

" A Year of Yes" by Shonda Rhimes

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

Is it true? Can it be? A book by someone who is like me!

A biography yes but what a biography ... To say Yes for ONE WHOLE YEAR to things that scare you!? Terrifying! And yet ... sometimes it felt like she was in my head.

1) Shonda Rhimes has spent her entire life “making stuff up” and was lucky enough to make a career doing something she loves that comes naturally to her: writing fiction. Why, then, do you think it is such a challenge for Shonda to write this book and to tell the truth about herself?

In her own words "I’m a liar. And I don’t care who knows it. I make stuff up all the time." But she wanted to be honest and share the real story not a whitewashed, cleaned up version so her tendency towards lying sometimes got in her way. Her desire to appear perfect to the reader often made her want to lie to create a story that made her look better instead of the unvarnished truth.

2. Why does Shonda decide to spend a year saying yes to things that scare her? Do you think she makes the right choice? If you were in her place, would you have committed to a Year of Yes? Why or why not?

She decided to spend a year saying yes because her sister challenged her. I think for her it was the right choice. I am in a similar situation but without children and I am seriously considering a year of challenging myself

3. Compare Shonda’s previous experiences with publicity and media appearances, such as the TCA panels or the Oprah interview when she was “a walking panic attack” to her publicity experiences as the Year of Yes progresses. How does the Dartmouth commencement speech act as a turning point?

4. How does Shonda’s sense of humor affect her experiences throughout the Year of Yes? Does it help her along the way, or does she use it as a shield?

5. Early on in the Year of Yes, publicist Chris calls Shonda out to prove that it’s not just big talk and to hold her accountable to saying yes to publicity opportunities. Why is having a strong support network so important? How does it affect Shonda’s success and motivation?

6. What does Shonda learn from her own characters, such as Christina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy?

7. How does motherhood change Shonda’s priorities? How does it change her relationships with and perspective on working mothers?

8. Saying yes began to take Shonda away from home too often, away from her children, and from sleep. How does saying yes to saying no allow the pendulum swing back to moderation? How does Shonda’s family help ground her?

9. Shonda writes about the importance of uninterrupted time for yes, for love, for what makes us happy; with no cell phones, laundry, or growing to-do lists to get in the way. What can you do in your own life to be more present, to give your uninterrupted attention to your loved ones?

10. How was Shonda’s relationship with food and her own body changed by saying yes?

11. Shonda is often recognized as a trailblazer for the way she portrays diversity in her shows (which she calls just plain normal), and the stakes are often very high for Shonda as F.O.D. (First. Only. Different.) How does the pressure affect her and her pursuit of yes? Do you think she embraces her role as “trailblazer”? Why or why not?

12. Consider this passage as Shonda reflects on the difficulty many women have with accepting a compliment: “When you negate someone’s compliment, you are telling them they are wrong. You’re telling them they wasted their time. You are questioning their taste and judgment.” How does saying yes change the way Shonda thinks about giving and receiving compliments? How does this affect her overall confidence?

13. While it was difficult (okay, maybe excruciating), what does Shonda learn from her realization that she doesn’t want to get married? What would you have done in her situation? Why?

14. Shonda writes that when she does something, she really does it and throws herself into it 100 percent. What would you do if you weren’t restricted by fear?

Enhance Your Book Club

1. Watch Shonda's Dartmouth speech at https:// www.youtube.com/ watch? v = EuHQ6TH60_I https:// www.youtube.com/ watch? v = EuHQ6TH60_I. Watch for the moment when she exhales out her fear, then exhale out your own fear and share your best graduate-ready wisdom with your book club.

2. Dance it out. Prepare a playlist of your favorite songs that you can’t help but dance to, and have a dance party at the end of your book club meeting. Share your favorite songs, your favorite dance moves, and dance it out together!

3. Watch your favorite Shondaland shows with your book club. Go back to the beginning with Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal, or How to Get Away with Murder.

Rhimes, Shonda. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person (p. 308). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Project 365 Week 3

Just a few pics from my every day, I am not feeling very inspired this week!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Born on my Birthday

Email or PM your partner with information about one of the celebrities (previously unknown to you) who shares your birthday

I had so many to choose from some of whom I only became aware of recently like Simon, V Putin and Bishop Tutu in the end I chose a pop singer I have heard about but never seen before; Cheondung, love that pink hair :)

This is what his bio says:


South Korean vocalist who gained famed as a member of the boy band MBLAQ. MBLAQ won the 2011 Soompi Gayo Award for Top Male Group of 2011. He has also made numerous appearances on reality shows like Star King and We Got Married.

Before Fame

His original dream was to become a professional soccer midfielder. ???? he looks too small


His good looks have led to a career in modeling, and he was named by Wanna Girls magazine as a Fashionista Icon.

Family Life

His older sister Sandara Park is famous for being a member of the South Korean girl group 2NE1.

Associated With

He was a special guest MC alongside Lee Joon as host of "M! Countdown" in 2013.

Its mixed Korean and English but I love the beat!

Clean Your House #4

For swap number four of this series I have decided to do several small tasks instead of one big one, wish me luck!

1) Reorganize my pantry and remove stuff I'm not going to use.

In doing this I ended up with a whole shelf leftover which means next time I go shopping at Costco I'll have room for a couple of cases of soups and stuff

2) Neaten 5 x5 cube shelf and clear the baskets from the top.

I managed to clear 2 of the three baskets from the top, the third one holds sheets and pillowcases and I'm not sure what to do with them just yet, the stepstool joined the ladder at the end of my bed

3) Neaten the space at the end of my bed and the two display shelves there.

As you can see the ladder fits nicely between the bed and the shelves so that is it out of the way, The display shelves I just neatened up a bit, they will eventually display my miniatures, like that pumpkin on the fourth shelf.

Before After
5 X 5 Cube
5 X 5 Cube
End of Bed
End of Bed

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Shuffle My Music - Jan 2017

Hey ... waves at everybody ... its that time of month again, no not THAT time of the month just time for some music. I was running late on some of my swaps, just haven't been able to get into it so I decided on some classic Rock and Roll and clicked on an Itunes playlist to have some music to work to. This is what I got ... connected to the Youtube versions of course!

Night Castle Trans-Siberian Orchestra
It Came out of the Night CCR
I Want You Savage Garden
Invincible  Pat Benetar
On the Loose Saga
What Child Is This TSO
Cum on Feel the Noize Quiet Riot
Pretty Woman Van Halen
Don't Look Now CCR
The Lions Roar TSO
I'll Do Anything For Love Meatloaf

And just because here is the video for Pretty Woman by Van Halen I loved it!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Word of the New Year 2017

It took me longer than expected to choose a word but between my oracle cards and Shonda's Year of Yes I found a beginning. I'll be reviewing "A Year of Yes" once I have finished reading it and I'll tell you how it influenced my decision until then here is my first collage for my word of the year "Nurture"

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Looking into self care

So the last time I had a mammogram was 2013 considering I turned 50 6 years ago that is not good at all. What's worse is that I still felt I had time even though I have watched friends and family fight with cancers of one type or another. I've been getting notices for the last year and a half but it kept slipping my mind. Today I finally went as it turns out I am the last woman on my floor to do that and it upsets me because I really should know better. I mean at 56 I know what I need to do to care for myself health wise but things like this and the colon testing don't seem important enough to do. I mean if I'm going to die soon from an incurable disease I don't really want to know about it, I just want to keep living day to day.

Good does that ever sound negative and it is a bad attitude. Oddly enough I found an infograph just before I started this that made me stop and think, Why am I being such a moron? I hope you read this over and maybe take care of your own tests. I know that when I go to see the doctor on the 23rd I'm going to be asking him to schedule a couple of tests for me

Monday, January 9, 2017

Word of the Year

Forget New Year’s Resolutions. Scrap that long list of goals you won’t remember a few weeks from now anyway!
Choose just one word.
One word you can focus on every day, all year long… One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live.
It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps.
Discover the big impact one word can make.
One word. 365 days. A changed life. 
Not as easy as it sounds, we have entered the second week of 2017 and I still have no real idea of what word I want to embody this year. My oracle cards suggest nurture as the best way to start the year. 
Now there's a thought ... nurture embodies a lot of things I have been looking at for this year. Nurturing relationships with past and future friends, nurturing myself by taking better physical and mental care of myself. Hmmmmmmm ...


Something to think about