This is my blogchalk: United States, Canada, Neverland, English, Spanish, Tinker, Female, 36-40, Jazz, Laying on the beach all day!.
[=100 THINGS...AND THEN SOME=]
~1. One of my favorite things to do is to go storm watching. ~2. I discovered the best time to go to the beach is right after a rain storm because the best shells and sea life wash up on the beach. ~3. Gary Brana-Shute is the professor I admired the most during my college career. He was a great man and will be missed, but never, ever forgotten. ~4. The most mysterious gift I ever got was a gourd filled with the soul of a dead fisherman given to me by Gary Brana-Shute. ~5. My favorite author is Stephen King. ~6. NPR is my favorite radii station to listen to due to great programming. ~7. The music I love the most to listen to is Celtic, Jazz and Classical. ~8. I have no idea what "my milkshake is the best in the yard and they'r like it's better than yours" MEANS??!!!???! ~9. I love sushi and when I was pregnant, I had sushi cravings for a week and satisfied them by eating sushi for 4 days in a row for breakfast, lunch and dinner. ~10. I am a cat person! MEOW! ~10. When I am down the things that cheer me up are a good English drama(public television) or watching The Color Purple.
~11. I have only been scuba diving once in the Caribbean and when I did I visited a coral reef 30 feet below the oceans' surface. The beauty was incredible! I want to go again! ~12. My favorite coffee table book is called " American Folk Painters of Three Centuries," by Jean Lipman and Tom Armstrong. It was given to me many years ago for my 26th birthday by a dear friend and lover. ~13. If the day has been bad, the only thing that takes the edge off is a shot of iced ABSOLUT Kurant vodka. ~14. My favorite CD of the moment is Paganini: After A Dream by Regina Carter. ~15. I try to live by the Four Agreements. I discovered them 3 years ago. ~16. Aliens are real and are living among us. I know...I have seen a ship. ~17. I think I am developing "blog addiction". ~18. I love Canada as well as the United States. I call both my home. ~19. My zodiac sign is LEO. ~20. Grief takes my breath away to the places of silence between breaths. I am there now.
~21. My passion is anthropology and I have the dream of floating down the Amazon River in a dugout canoe. ~22. I used to be very shy and introverted. ~23. My Spanish is fair, but I plan to study up to become fluent again. ~24. I was the one who wrote "butterball is a pig" on the blackboard in 6th grade resulting in the whole class getting detention. ~25. I have never felt loved by my mother due to a great divide that has been there since my birth. ~26. Baths are the only true way to wash and I take a tub bath every day! ~27. I spend a lot of money at Bath and Body Works. ~28. I have had an out of body experience and I was worried I would not get back into my body. It was hard to get back in. ~29. I have had a secret lover in the past--for many years. ~30. Out of my siblings, I am not the favorite child. I am clearly the outcast yet have always been the more responsible, more educated, more gainfully employed child of them all.
~31. Coke is my favorite soft drink. ~32. My worst date ever was the guy who went with me to my senior prom. ~33. Diamonds are my favorite gemstone. ~34. They say what comes around, goes around but I want to be there to see it happen to at least get a little satisfaction. ~35. The one who loves me the best is my child. ~36. I spend an hour every Christmas eve just watching the night sky and listening for sleigh bells with my child before packing her off to bed. ~37. Tinkerbell is my favorite Disney character. ~38. Writing is my secret passion and would love that to be my dream job. ~39. I love ice cream and milk products but they do not like me. Soymilk has become my friend. ~40. My goal for 2005 is to learn how to climb the climbing wall.
~41. When I lived in North Carolina my favorite place to go was the Eno River. ~42. Go shopping when all else fails...that is what I do. ~43. I play the violin and have been playing since the 4th grade. ~44. The Matrix is real. Do you think that is air you are breathing? I am trying to unplug. ~45. Shoes make my day. If I have on bad shoes, I will have a bad day. ~46. Silence of the Lambs is one of my favorite movies. Clarice, is that you? ~47. I live for Halloween! ~48. Martha Stewart is my homemaking idol--Still. Will always be. ~49. Survivor is my favorite reality television show. ~50. Did I say I was a cat person? If not, I am a cat person.
~51. The two best performances I have seen in person in recent years has been "Lord of the Dance" and "Yanni." Before that it was "Sting Live." ~52. I went thru the punk rock phase for about 6 months in college and wore nothing but black leather, spikes and purple streaks in my hair. ~53. The book I am reading right now is The Da Vinci Code. ~54. B1 d- t- k- s+ u f+ i o++ x e- l c+ is my blogger code. ~55. The greatest joy in my life is my child. ~56. I want to be a contestant on Survivor. ~57. Last Easter, I ate ostrich eggs and alligator sausages for Easter breakfast. ~58. I am addicted to Starbuck's Java Chip Frappuccino's. ~60. A nice steaming cup of green tea is what I have every morning once I get to the office.
~61. The Four Agreementshave made a lasting impression on my life. ~62. I am into Feng Shui..so much so I have a Zen garden at my desk at work. ~63. I love to buy lobster from the grocery store and cook it myself at home. Restaurant lobster is not as good. ~64. Oval diamonds are my favorite diamond shape. ~65. I eat whole garlic cloves and drink lemon water when I have a cold to cure it. ~66. Pirates of the Caribbean is one of my weekend favorites to watch on DVD. Savvy?! ~67. I learned to swim in college. ~68. People tend to think I am aloof, but I am just a little shy, and am taking it all in before making any sort of outward demonstrations. ~69. When Miami Vice used to come on in the 1980's I was seriously in love with Don Johnson for many years. ~70. If I am lagging at work in the afternoon, nothing "perks" me up more than 5 chocolate covered expresso beans.
~71. People other than my immediate family(toxic) have treated me the best throughout my life. ~72. I have over 35 pairs of shoes. ~73. I have never been in an adult book store--too embarrassing--someone might see me. ~74. I can sew, cross stitch and paint--generally arts and crafty. ~75. I have never gotten over the crushing news that Santa was really my parents. My mother told me the summer of my 12th birthday. I have never forgiven her. ~76. The summer of my sophomore year in college, I participated in an archeological dig for colonial and Indian artifacts. ~77. The best time I ever had dancing was to Can't Touch This by M.C. Hammer. I had flown to the Bahamas for vacation to Paradise Island . I had on a formal, black strapless dress that had one sleeve. The front of the dress had a train that hung on the right side. I was doing the dance called the Chinese typewriter that MC Hammer used to do. My formal gown split in the back seam all the way to my butt. I had to go change into another formal and then I continued to party on! ~78. Sleeping naked is the most comfortable way for me to sleep. ~79. Gardening is one of my favorite ways to relax. ~80. I have 3 windchimes handing in my garden.
~81. I have a dreadful fear of the praying mantis. I was even attached by one once. ~82. My biggest disappointment came when I was in eighth grade. I was first chair violin and we were having a performance at the local auditorium. My mother refused to come to the performance to see me. That was one of my biggest accomplishments/performances in grade school. ~83. I danced ballet for many years and performed in The Nutcracker in the Teapot Scene for the city ballet company. ~84. I love to juice. I do not have the Jack Lalanne power juicer but mine is just as good! ~85. Fur is something I love. I have 3 stoles, a muskrat jacket, a fox cape and hat and a full length muskrat, mink and fox coat. ~86. I believe that angels have saved my life three times. ~87. Tae-Bo is my favorite exercise of the moment. I have every tape there is to have by Billy Blanks. ~89. I have met two celebrities in my lifetime: Dom DeLuise and Wally Kurth who plays Ned Ashton on General Hospital. I even have their autographs! ~90. My favorite fragrances are: Pleasures, Knowing, Picasso, Laila and White Witch.
~91. I own over 20 handbags with 5 of them being my favorite brand--Oroton. ~92. Peonies are my favorite flower. ~93. Oreo cookies are my favorite kind of cookie! ~94. The first alcoholic drink I ever had was the Sloe Gin Fizz. ~95. I truly believe that Howard Stern is the King of all Media! I do listen to him from time to time. He is good! ~96. My favorite place to go for touring in Canada is Goat Island and the Cave of the Winds Hurricane Deck. ~97. I have a tattoo of a rose on my left shoulder blade. ~98. My Sunday mornings are reserved for leisurely breakfasts, several cups of coffee and A Prairie Home Companion on NPR. ~99. Star Trek forever made me a lover of all things sci-fi! ~100. Most of the time I feel that I am on the cusp of greatness...that just around the next corner, the next hour, the next minute something is going to happen. I am in a constant state of anticipation.
When I got the news of his passing I began a hunt to find a copy of this book for my library. It took awhile as it was out of print but thru the magic of EBAY, I was able to get a brand new copy. I was kind of questionable if it was a new copy but it was. The cover was shiny and you could tell the book had never been opened by looking at the spine. It still had the price tag on it. It came from someone in California.
I have a brand new copy! I am excited about that. I will read this again as it has been so long. Gary Brana-Shute was a great professor. I will never forget him. He was inspirational and knew how to ignite the spark for learning. He will never be forgotten.
One of my favorite cook books is "Lean and Luscious" by Bobbie Hinman and Millie Snyder. It has over 400 low fat recipes to use and they are all good! Each page has a nutritional breakdown as well so you can keep track of your calories and fats.
I bought Make the Connection years ago and never read it. It just sits on the book shelf. It was a real bargain as well. It was only $1.00 at the Dollar Store.
How many steps do you walk each day? Maybe you have heard the guidelines about walking 10,000 steps per day.
How far is 10,000, steps anyway? The average person's stride length is approximately 2.5 feet long. That means it takes just over 2000 steps to walk one mile, and 10,000 steps is close to 5 miles.
If you are a sedentary person you may only average about 2000 to 3000 steps a day. Adding steps has many health benefits including weight control, improved blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and a decrease in the risk of cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease.
A reasonable goal for most people is to increase average daily steps each week by 500 per day until you can easily average 10,000 per day. (Example: If you currently average 3000 daily steps your week one goal is 3500 each day. Week 2 goal is 4000 each day. Continue to increase each week and you should be averaging 10,000 steps by the end of 14 weeks.)
Wearing a pedometer is an easy way to track your steps each day. Start by wearing the pedometer every day for one week. Put it on when you get up in the morning and wear it until bed time. Record your daily steps in a log or notebook. By the end of the week you will know your average daily steps. You might be surprised how many (or how few) steps you get in each day.
There are many ways to increase your daily steps. Use your imagination and come up with your own list:
Take a walk with your spouse, child, or friend
Walk the dog
Use the stairs instead of the elevator
Park farther from the store
Better yet, walk to the store
Get up to change the channel (lose the remote or turn off the t.v.)
Plan a walking meeting
Walk over to visit a neighbor
Get outside to walk around the garden or do a little weeding
If you are in very poor physical condition or at any point you feel that you are progressing too rapidly slow down a bit and try smaller increases. If you have any health concerns seek your physician's advice prior to starting or changing your exercise routine.
Well what a week it has been. Working late every day and unable to get any workouts in at all. Today is a new day so hopefully it will happen.
Food for the last few days. I did manage to get 3 salads in for meals but breakfasts were usually coffee and whatever junk foor the office snack machines would cough up. Not so good with the breakfasts.
Dinners while they were salads, may have been eaten too late. 9pm of 10pm when I got home. Isn't there some rule that you are not supposed to eat after 7pm? I will have to work on that.
The woman in the pod over from me says that she bought a pedometer and walks 10k steps per day. I have heard some vauge rumor about women getting a certain number of steps...will have to investigate that.
Well, I think that since this is all about me, I will just post all about me . The next big project is really trying to steer clear of Starbucks and trying to loose some weight. I will keep track of what I eat and the dreaded weight loss here as well. In addition I will try to get in a little exercise daily. It is my goal to loose weight now. I have too many clothes that I just cannot get into as of the past year. What a difference a year can make.
With that said let’s begin.
I began the day with a very healthy breakfast at the office sitting at my desk: