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Christmas Magic

Saturday, November 28, 2009

We did our holiday decorating today - that was great fun! The house really looks great. This year, I let my husband do a lot more decorating - I decided that he had some better ideas of where to put things. I was right - the place looks wonderful - better than last year.

Last year, we bought a fiber optic tree that we really love. We both can't wait for the sun to go down so we can turn it on. We would love to have a larger tree, but with ferrets, we can't take that chance. They would probably knock it over. We have a really cute little snowman doormat that makes me smile every time I come into the house.

I love decorating for the holidays even though I'm Jewish. I believe in the magic of Christmas!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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PJSTIME 11/28/2009 6:00PM

    We have or had a small fiber optic tree also. I loved it, unfortunately it quit turning so the lights just stay on. Tried to find a new motor that was impossible so I guess we will be purchasing a new one or maybe just look at it that way this year.

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The Best Decision Making Tool Ever

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

It's called the 10-10-10 rule, from best-selling author Suzy Welch. It's a way to re-think your thinking. What you do is, when faced with any complicated decisions - assess the impact it's have on your life in 10 minutes, 10 months and 10 years.

For example, the author decided to take her children with her on a business trip to Hawaii. However, nothing went right along the way. One child got sick on the 12-hour plane ride. The other one got heatstroke. As if that weren't enough, both kids escaped from a hotel-run hula class and burst into the middle of her big client presentation. At that time, she realized she needed to make better choices.

That's where 10-10-10 comes in. If she'd left her kids at home, in 10 minutes they might have been pouting. But in 10 months she's have been able to take them on a proper vacation with the money she'd earned. And in 10 years, they's all have forgotten that she'd even been away fro 3 days way back when.

This is a really neat process. I think it would work for anything at all - including cravings. If you really want that chocolate bar, think about it...in 10 minutes, the craving will probably be over. In 10 months, you will have lost more weight. In 10 years, you will be at your goal weight & feeling great.

I like this 10-10-10 and plan to start using it alot.

  
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MUSHCAT 11/24/2009 6:57AM

    Very interesting. I wonder if I time my cravings if they WILL dissapear in 10 minutes. Certainly worth a try.
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NUTRON3 11/24/2009 6:56AM

    I read about that too

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Too Soon

Monday, November 23, 2009

I was walking around my neighborhood yesterday and noticed that many, many houses were already decorated for Christmas. I don't know about any of you, but I feel that it's too soon! I know the stores are blasting us with "pre-Black Friday" sales and the radio stations are already playing Christmas tunes...but what has happened to celebrating Thanksgiving?

It's not just a day to eat! Really, it's not! We are supposed to reflect on things we are thankful for...like good health; family and good friends; a warm safe place to live; freedom to enjoy that life.

It just seems to me that the true meaning of Thanksgiving has been lost to the commercialization of Christmas. Isn't a month long enough to enjoy Christmas? Can't we give a month to Thanksgiving, too?

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JULJOH701 11/23/2009 7:52AM

    Here in Canada our Thanksgiving is much sooner then christmas (it is in October)... so by the time christmas stuff starts thanksgiving is over... but I agree that the Christmas blitz starts way too soon!!

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STOPTHECRAVING 11/23/2009 7:52AM

    I was thinking about how Thanksgiving is such a nice, universally appealing holiday. It's not religious, yet it has the same fundamental values that "religion" teaches. We all can be thankful for something in our lives. We all can bless others with at least a kind word. I hope you have a pleasant Thanksgiving and that you are able to enjoy it even with the twinkle of Christmas lights in the background. Hugs, Jenn

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KARIJO-OSAGE 11/23/2009 7:50AM

    I too get tired of the holiday campaign rapidly approaching!

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Water Aerobics

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Water aerobics are the greatest!! I used to do them all the time - I was even a substitute teacher for awhile - but now I just don't have the money to indulge in classes. I recommend water aerobics for everyone.

If you are afraid of the water - you don't have to do deep water aerobics. Many classes are held in the shallow end of the pool - the water stays at chest level.

It's great exercise for people with arthritis, knee pain or other joint pain. The water makes the exercise feel effortless.

If you haven't tried it - I suggest you do! It's easy on the body & a great workout, but you don't even feel like you did anything. Yes, you will notice some muscle pain the first few days, but that goes away quickly!

Once I get a job and money starts coming back in, I intend to join a water aerobics class again - I really miss it.

  
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HVMBRU 11/22/2009 9:43AM

    I've been thinking about it for a long, long time. Maybe it's time now! Thanks for bringing it up.

Helen

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Disappointment

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Well, I didn't get the job I interviewed for last Friday. I am very sad about it, too. I know that it was a perfect job for me, but apparently it was the perfect job for someone else, too. I'm glad that I at least got the interview because interview experience is invaluable. I just wish I knew what I had said or done that knocked me out of the running.

It's really hard to bounce back after this. I know the economy is lousy...but I have never had this much trouble finding work before.

I am going to try very hard to pick myself up and dust myself off and start all over again!

  
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KRESONNA_SUE 11/21/2009 8:48AM

    If it had been the perfect job for you, you would have gotten it.

Don't let this little bump derail you from your healthy eating and exercise program.

Self-sabotage at this time will not help you get the perfect job.

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VELVETCATT 11/21/2009 8:40AM

    Don't let this get you down, you hang in there and keep looking, the job for you is still out there. Good luck and keep a positive attitude.

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MYFEETHURT 11/21/2009 8:30AM

  Oh, heck...I'm sorry, Judy. But let's get that negative talk right out of here. First of all...maybe you didn't say or do anything that knocked you out of the running. maybe it's just that the other person said or did one more thing on their list of expectations. You really can never tell. With todays economy the employer knows they have the upper hand. They have a pool of so many to chose from. My poor brother-in-law goes from one "temporary" job to another. He's got a family to take care of and can't afford to be picky. It's so frustrating. Your job will come. Hang in there. mary

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