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I feel...healthier?...already!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Sorry about the picture quality - that's what you get with a phone in a weirdly lit kitchen.

Anyway, that's my Green Smoothie (or juice - I'm still not quite sure of the difference - possibly a smoothie uses a blender and juice comes from a juicer.) The larger pitcher behind it is the rest of the batch - I got a little carried away adjusting the flavors.

The tiny glass in front is my Chia Shot. I'm not a fan of gelatinous drinks, so I may have to work with this one a bit.

In the back is my newly started batch of kombucha.

My meals lately seem to consist largely of chlorophyll, bacteria and fungi. And yeast...I forget what kingdom yeast belongs in. It's something like a eukaryote, isn't it? *waves away question*

The Green Smoothie actually isn't bad. I've learned that wheat grass just Parsley, however, which looks simply green, actually has a really strong flavor. A bag of spinach doesn't give very much juice. Neither does a bag of carrots. A knuckle-sized lump of ginger helps almost everything. I can see that a juice-alone diet would use a *huge* amount of vegetation weekly.

I have no clue as to how to track a green smoothie (or juice) nutritionally. I'm not much for tracking anyway, but I'd be interested to know. Perhaps I should consult my Green Smoothie Lover teammates.

And in other news, I got my new FitBit - the old one quit about three weeks after it's one year warranty expired, but the Customer Service people were extremely nice and gave me a free new One. So now I have no excuses about not knowing how far I walked or how hard I worked - FitBit and SP sync flawlessly.

So, soon I will be so healthy none of us will be able to stand me. You can blame this on my daughters - one just wants to fit into her cute clothes, and the other has been insufferable ever since she ran that marathon. *grumbles somewhat enviously* But they've been reading stuff and juicing things and pestering me to buy goji berries - I don't know what they are, but whatever it is, Wegman's is always out of them. And I have hemp hearts and cacao and Lord knows what other healthy oddities lying about waiting for me to consume them.

Oh well. I said I'd do it, and I am.


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FLORIDASUN 6/1/2013 5:14PM

    I'm a green drink fanatic! It's just SO good for you how can you possibly turn your nose up to it. I've tried and tried to convince some of my sparky friends that could really use a burst of green in their lives and they are the ones that are the MOST resistant...and the MOST in need.

I guess I've just never been a 'picky' about anything. Growing up poor will do that for you! I used to chew corn cobs after the corn was all eaten away...just because that was the only thing in the house to eat. My daddy was a gardener and definitely preached waste not, have not...or does it go the other way around?

My mom was a professional person MUCH more interested in her career than it was one pot meals from whatever came out of the garden. I grew up in vibrant health and skinny as a stick.

Course I didn't know how to put a balanced meal together for years! emoticon and I'm STILL a big fan of one pot meals...this time in the crock pot! emoticon emoticon

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    I admit I'm a weenie. I can't do the green thingie. Ick, LOL. Nor the chia shot. You are very brave!!! I don't want any kombucha either. What I want is some chicken and dumplings - can't have that. LOL.

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JUSTYNA7 5/26/2013 9:29AM

    Wow, what a change from the gal who first joined SP who did not care what she ate! emoticon

I think smoothies are great... and just like everything should be taken in moderation. When you blend it all up too small then you don't get the fiber you think you are getting but you sure get the nutrients...or as many as your body will use... and then the rest just passes through you. I used to add a bit of flax seed oil as my healthy fat to make it a meal replacement but fiber and protein have become bigger things for me. Good question. How DO you track these? I used to measure everything to get an idea and put them all in the tracker. Just to get a ballpark. Some things like spinach are not worth measuring. Butter on the other hand... I am measuring again for a reality check because I am changing my way of eating to the "full plate" way of eating... half fruits and veggies a quarter meat and a quarter grain or root vegetable. But I am downsizing my plate size and want to make sure I am still getting enough calories. This is a crazy business learning to eat healthy!

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AJDOVER1 5/25/2013 7:34PM

    My Guy used to be into juicing, but I was horrified at the waste. We've got a Nutribullet and LOVE IT! I think many people define smoothies as having some kind of dairy in it. I have a green drink most days. I put a couple tablespoons of chia seeds into it so I don't have to deal with the gelatinous nature of chia alone.

It's not complicated. It works for me.

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    Anytime someone says "and it doesn't taste bad" I stay away cuz they couldn't force themselves to say it tastes good!! ugh.. I think the difference between a smoothie and juice is that a smoothie is everything (the leaf, stem, etc.) put in a blender (like a vitamix) and blended.. where as juice issssss.. .well, juice... only. Of course, I don't really know cuz I do not juice or do smoothies but I do own a Vitamix! I have a thang that if it's going to count as a calorie it need sto be CHEWED.. LOL

Your daughters sound like they love you very much.. so JUICE ON friend.. JUICE ON!

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SPARKLINGME176 5/25/2013 4:51PM

    YES! Happy juicing! I just stick with Greens, lemons & apples. Ginger, too, sometimes. I've tried the kombucha, but it is not for me. I have issues with yeast things. emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 5/25/2013 11:22AM

    Hear Hip Hip Hurrah for Healthy!

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_UMAMI_ 5/25/2013 9:54AM

    Kombucha! I want to hear more.
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NORASPAT 5/25/2013 9:27AM

    I have tried most of those and I have opted for taste not waste. I love spinach raw or cooked but juiced left so much goodness behind our compost was better fed than
myself. I loved to juice carrot and apples but that led to eating Carrot apple cakes and muffins so it again was counterproductive. KIDS and DH loved the cakes. That was the Zucchini Chocolate cake era too. These days I only make them RUM cake if they ever come back to Maine at a holiday.
We all have to do it our own way, if you are loving it. GREAT!!!

You sure sound more like yourself again so if green smoothies keep you smiling. Whirl on !!!!. Its' nice to hear you are doing so much better. HUGS and much LOVE Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GEMLADYONE 5/25/2013 8:45AM

    Good luck with the juicing. I tried it a few years back and decided it was much more pleasant to just eat the whole freggies! And much more economical....unfortunately at that time, I didn't really start eating many, but now I am and loving it!

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BETHGILLIGAN 5/25/2013 8:01AM

    Wish I could say YUM! LOL What's in the miracle juice? If you feel healthier already, I may have to give it a try!

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BOMBSHELLY 5/25/2013 7:56AM

    That's some great looking juice there, my friend. Appears deeply vibrant and full of good for you goodness! What's in it???

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Is a little competence really too much to expect?

Friday, May 24, 2013

This is the latest installment in what is apparently a continuing saga of irritation and disappointment, stemming from dealings with people whom you'd think knew their jobs. This is even better than my usual complaints about Home Depot people who don't know a Phillips from a flat, and grocery store people who don't know where the mayo is. This is about the people who control the driving lives of all New Yorkers.

I'll skip the gory details of the back story and get right to the part where, in mid-March, I didn't have two nickels to rub together. One of the bills that didn't get paid that month was my car insurance. In New York, you MUST have car insurance at all times, or your outrageously expensive registration is revoked or suspended or some such nonsense.

Since I kept expecting to settle on the land sale momentarily (beginning on April 12th - we finally settled May 9th), I didn't really break out into the cold sweat that was apparently called for - I just carefully observed traffic laws and generally flew under the radar.

The minute I got the check from the land sale, I paid all my overdue stuff and got my car insurance reinstated. I assumed (oh, you can see the danger from here, can't you?) that the DMV would learn that my insurance had been reinstated by the same magical process through which they had learned it had been canceled, and my registration would be reinstated as well.

Oh, silly me.

I decided to do grown-up things on Wednesday, and one of those things was to telephone the DMV and be certain that all was forgiven. It wasn't. Not by a long shot. The woman on the phone told me that I not only had to pay a huge fine ($8/day for the first 30 days, $10/day for the second 30 days, and $12/day thereafter up to 90 days, upon which something unspecified but undoubtedly hideous occurs) but that I also had to turn in my plates and not drive the car for an amount of time equal to the length of time it was uninsured, which in my case would be until early August.

To say I was devastated would be an understatement. I repeated what the woman had said several times, because in my admittedly limited experience with various laws, you either pay the fine OR do the time, not both. In this situation, she assured me, I had to pony up the $720 *cough* AND be without a vehicle for 75 days. No way around it. Since my license was still perfectly fine, I could buy a new car (oh, sure), fix the pick-up and get it inspected and registered (right again) or drag the 1974 Opel out of the barn and do the whole re-title (it's in my late husband's name), inspect and register thing (once again, not happening.) I could walk to work (what the h...eck, it's only a 22 mile round trip)....or bicycle (22 miles of steep hills.) So I spent a goodly part of yesterday coming up with some pretty sketchy plans to title a vehicle in PA (where I technically still have an address), and after great hassles and nonsense, have something almost legal that I could drive until I got my license plates back.

I went back to bed at 9:30 in the morning and stayed there for 24 hours, emerging only for the occasional martini. I know you don't approve, but I couldn't cope. Not a bit of coping available there.

Then yesterday I rallied, got a decent breakfast and went to work. I asked at the place I work if by any chance we had a spare pick-up I could use for 75 days. My friend and supervisor Julie asked me why I needed it, and I told her the whole sordid tale. She said the same thing had happened to her two years ago and all she had to do was pay the fine and she didn't have to turn in her plates at all - that option was only if you couldn't or didn't want to pay the fine. WHAT??

I got home and called the DMV - got a different woman who assured me that, yes indeedy, that was true. Pay the fine and everything is copacetic. Keep the plates. Drive the car.

I told her what the woman had told me Wednesday morning and was told, "Oh, she must have been mistaken." MISTAKEN? EXCUSE ME? "Mistaken" is when you think your friend's birthday is the 23rd instead of the 22nd. "Mistaken" is when you think you recognize someone, but it's not that person. "Mistaken" is NOT when it's your job to tell people the traffic laws and YOU DON'T KNOW THEM. And this isn't some vague, teensy paragraph buried deep in NY state's convoluted legal system - this is a situation that has to come up almost daily. Mistaken. *rubs temples*

So all I have to do is drive to the DMV, which opens in two hours (I've been dressed and ready to go for twenty minutes now...I woke up at 4:00 a.m.) and pay the absurdly high fine, and then I'll be totally legal again.

Unless I find the woman with the soft voice, that one from Wednesday morning who was "mistaken." Then we may be dealing with assault.

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RWETHAIRYET 5/25/2013 3:20PM

    Wow! That's incredible. But having had some major issues with the NH and Mass DMV a few years back that involved hours of travel time and I don't know how much money...along with computers that are supposed to talk and share information and don't, and different people misquoting rules and regulations....I still ended my last visit...which involved 2 hours of going back and forth between 2 different people, having a melt down in the NH DMV.
They must all hire from the same gene pool.

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IMREITE 5/25/2013 2:56AM

    too much buracracy and to many inerpretations of laws. people get to "rules are rules" but habe no intellagence/expereince in why they are there. We have too many regulations and to little common sense. and computer systems often do not let peoploe think for themsleves to come up with the best solution.

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_UMAMI_ 5/24/2013 11:43PM

    *Added to the "too crazy to make this $hit up" list....

Yeah, I would have been up and raring to go hours before they opened, myself.
I hope all turned out well!!

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GEMLADYONE 5/24/2013 11:16PM in NY sounds complicated! I do share your frustration with people not knowing their jobs. Sorry you had to go through all the tension and worry over bad info though.

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MCJULIEO 5/24/2013 10:47PM

    Yikes! What a mess!

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    What a nightmare. It sounds like they mean business in New York about you having insurance. In Illinois they could care less.

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SUSIQZER 5/24/2013 8:18PM

    Oh, I love how the insurance company is so quick to cut you off with the DMV, but can't be bothered to let them know when you're legal again... grrrrrrrr.

And soft-spoken girl probably has an amazing pension.

I don't blame you one bit for the martinis!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/24/2013 4:38PM

    I am so sorry you had all that stress imposed on you. That woman sounds like an unemployed Ph.D. who is employed demonstrating her flakiness. I have found, to my dismay, that I should never trust anyone who says something that sound too fishy because people all over the place have their facts wrong. Especially when they are "specialists".

Best wishes!

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AJDOVER1 5/24/2013 12:48PM

    Here in California, there's a little sign next to each and every DMV employee reminding us it was against the law to assault a State employee.

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SUZYMOBILE 5/24/2013 11:32AM

    OMG, this reminds me of some of Morticia's DMV blogs. Unbe-friggin-lievable!

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LIFE-FAITH 5/24/2013 11:07AM

    LOL... I am sorry your post is no where near funny, but your last statement got me going! I so understand!

I am tired of incompetent people KEEPING their jobs or OK not having to take any responsibility for a "mistake". I understand we all make mistakes - we all do, but I am fed up with incompetent people who really DO NOT CARE.
I could give a few examples but I will not.

I understand the martini thing! I would have been distressed and ready to take action too.

God bless and keep you!

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TURTLETALK 5/24/2013 10:55AM

    I know from your perspective this was infuriating but I must say it was an enjoyable read. Sorry for your pain with the DMV.

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CECE0330 5/24/2013 10:25AM

    Ha. I think government agencies sometimes purposely try to drive us insane. And holy cow those are strict laws. We have mandatory insurance here in IL, and if you're caught without it your car is impounded, but I don't *think* if you go without for a few and fly under the radar (don't get pulled over, don't get in an accident) there is no penalty. I mean, how do they know you were even DRIVING without insurance?? What about people who are hospitalized for a short time, or otherwise ill, or your car breaks down so you take public transportation? Sheesh.

Bright side, at least you can drive still!

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    I'm not making light of the situation.. but.. I gotta tell ya I did some snickering.. 24 hours in m bed with martini breaks!! ROFL...

I'm just glad it all got straightened out.. very glad.. now, assuming no assault has occured.. go have a martiini and relax.


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SLIMMERJESSE 5/24/2013 8:45AM

    Unreal. But a good rule of thumb when dealing with any govt agency is always get at least two answers to a question - no kidding. How about my city... the
land of uninsured drivers where I pay a higher premium on my
insurance to cover me because they choose to drive without?
Life is pretty strange indeed.

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CELIAMINER 5/24/2013 8:14AM

    Hon, I wish I could be a fly on the wall when you get to the DMV. I know you have to act all nice and grateful the monster is allowing you to drive again, but after all the stress you've had heaped on you, you deserve some revenge. Just don't know what it could be, unless the local TV stations have a consumer report section that takes on injustices and brings them out in the open.

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BETHGILLIGAN 5/24/2013 8:04AM

    OMG! Another DMV horror story!! So glad you're getting it straightened out. My son has had similar issues in VA. Your answer depends on day you call and who you talk to. It is unbelievable and they act as if it's a silly mistake!!! So frustrating!!

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New and exciting hummus recipes! Really!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

This is from the ReBoot with Joe website. I've made two of the hummus recipes, and they're not only good tasting, the color is fantastic. I've been making my own hummus for a long time, but the beet one is really special. Here's the link if you want to look at the photos or explore further:

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 16 - 20

Serving Size: 2 Tbsp.

We love hummus! It’s packed with fiber, protein, calcium, magnesium and healthy fats. We pumped up our hummus even more with fresh veggies like carrots, beets, and asparagus – not only making it colorful but fun to eat! We created a Roasted Carrot, Beautiful Beet and Mellow Asparagus Hummus.

Here’s the recipe for the Mellow Asparagus Hummus. If you want to try to the beet and carrot hummus, just roast 2 beets* and/or a half bunch of carrots* in place of or in addition to the asparagus!

1 can organic chickpeas (we prefer Eden Organic brand, their cans are BPA-free!)
1-2 cloves garlic
2-3 Tbsp. tahini
1 lemon, juiced
2-3 Tbsp. olive oil
Sea salt, to taste
1/2 bunch asparagus, roasted
1 small shallot, roughly chopped

1.) Begin by preheating oven to 425F/218C.

2.) Line a baking sheet with foil, spray lightly with olive oil.

3.) Wash and trim the asparagus. In a large bowl toss asparagus and shallot with olive oil, season with salt and fresh pepper. Lay onto baking sheet.

4.) Roast asparagus until tender, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
*If you are roasting beets and/or carrots you will need to up the time to about 30 – 45 minutes.

5.) While the asparagus is roasting, make the hummus. Rinse and drain chickpeas. In a food processor, add the chickpeas, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, process until smooth.

6.) Taste and adjust seasoning with sea salt to taste. Add more lemon juice/olive oil as need to reach your desired consistency.

7.) When the asparagus has cooled add it to the hummus and process until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.

8.) Serve with lightly toasted whole grain pita.

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LINOVER 5/23/2013 8:09PM

    Sounds good! Thanks for sharing!

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SKINNYROBIN100 5/21/2013 12:13AM

    This is awesome stuff...I love your ideas and I love hummus and have been making my own since Dec. when I bought a Vita-Mix!!! Thanks for the great recipes. I plan to make them all! emoticon

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MICKEYH 5/20/2013 11:19PM

    emoticon for sharing. emoticon

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    You know how picky I am. I tried some hummus at the grocery store and did not like it. I like beets though. And asparagus.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 5/20/2013 12:56PM

    Sounds delicious!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/20/2013 11:30AM

    Thank you! I love hummus and this recipe sounds fantastic. I'm headed out to see the "Reboot with Joe" web site.

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TURTLETALK 5/20/2013 11:19AM

    I love hummus I may have to try the roasted beet hummus.

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CMBELISLE 5/20/2013 8:35AM

    I love hummus but you lost me when you mentioned asparagus. Leave that out and I bet it is delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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HIPPICHICK1 5/20/2013 8:18AM

    I love hummus!
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OWL_20 5/20/2013 7:36AM

    Love hummus! I'm surprised the asparagus doesn't make it bitter somehow, but this is one I will definitely be trying. Thanks for the post!

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NORASPAT 5/19/2013 10:31PM

    SCOOTER thanks I love hummus I do not make it but I buy it often. I also like to drain a can of chick peas and put them in the fridge and I eat them as snacks, just like nuts.

I am so happy to have the other additions I never would have thought about Asparagus.

I hope you are doing well. I am still busy in the yard. It is coming very slowly. Clay is miserable to work with. HUGS Pat in Maine. HUGS I am playing catch up once again. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Sounds good.. especially with the asparagus!

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BETHGILLIGAN 5/19/2013 8:18PM

    Sounds yummy! Thanks!

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VALERIEMAHA 5/19/2013 7:49PM

    Me too, Sue and Scooter...these sound VERY tasty! And, funny thing, I just headed over to a friend's SP who is another hummus lover to give her the link to your blog and discovered that you two had recently friended one another (my real world friend Robin, aka GENKI_WARRIOR)!

BTW, LOVELOVELOVE your wallpaper!

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CYND59 5/19/2013 7:43PM

    I made hummus for the first time last week. It was very good. "Black bean spicy hummus". Thanks for the link. I love to juice so I am going to try some of his recipes.

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SUSANNAH31 5/19/2013 7:13PM

    I am a big hummus fan. Thanks!


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...wherein our heroine makes a potentially unpopular proclamation:

Monday, May 13, 2013

I agree, in theory, that we should make our lives count, and that we shouldn't always be putting off until tomorrow, etc. I *do* believe there's no time like the present for tackling issues like health, weight, exercise, even drinking a glass of water. Moreover, we *should* be concentrating on making our world a better place for those who dwell thereon.

However, I'm getting a little...overwhelmed? all the sayings about making every single moment count towards our one precious life. Don't the people who say these things ever...I dunno...take a long shower? Take three whole minutes to decide between navel and regular oranges? Press the snooze button on the alarm? Read the funnies in the newspaper?

These things that make up the minutiae of daily life don't seem to be contributing much to saving the planet, personal evolution, helping others or doing anything a darned bit of good. They could all honestly be labeled a "waste of time." But seriously, am I the only one who sees these minutes as the real fiber of life?

Long baths, snooze buttons and newspaper funnies (insert your own favorite time "wasters" here) make us the individuals that we are, and it is those individuals who can make a difference in the world. I suspect even Mother Theresa occasionally pondered what to put on her oatmeal (and probably chose nothing, but that's beside the point I'm trying to make here.)

If I truly had to evaluate whether every moment of my life was contributing in some way to my own good, let alone the overall good of all mankind, I think I'd forever be frozen in place. And that inability to move in *any* direction, because of the constant self-evaluation, truly would be a waste of time.

East or west, north or south? Buy this or that item? But what about fair trade? What about my own finances? What about sustainability? Nothing grows here in the winter, so what happens to eating locally? Juice!...but the juicer is made in China. Hydrofracking may ruin the environment, but if it doesn't, the many unemployed might find good jobs, which would support local sustainability. Wait, shouldn't I be writing deathless prose instead of griping on Spark People?... But what about washing the dishes?

I guess my point here is that people are composed of many parts, and some of these parts delight in "wasting" time - indeed, it defines them. I'm not advocating that we all blow off our good deeds and our healthy habits, but a day spent drinking tea and watching Hoarders reruns isn't something we should feel guilty about. Yes, there probably are folks who endeavor to make every minute count, who leap from bed every morning and head out to slay the dragons of the unfortunate, but we mere mortals don't stand a chance of living up to the standards set by these paragons - and I'm not sure even paragons always meet their own standards.

So I'm finished feeling guilty.

I'm just sayin'.

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I.M.MAGIC 5/26/2013 10:10AM

    My mom sure had it right! LOL

She always said that you can't get water from a dry well, that it needs time to replenish... She was a sister and daughter, a wife and mother, the most welcoming hostess to anyone in need, and the most compassionate registered nurse ...she poured more water on more dry souls than any one I know.

I think that's what you've all discovered. The time we spend with ourselves-- that is what gives us the things we need to spend time on others. And on the world.

Thinking about how short life is, how much there is to do and experience it... I think the real waste of time is just not doing SOMETHING, finding the joy or peace in it, and SAVORING IT!... Even washing dishes can be an enriching experience if we have the attitude, right?

You really hit on something here, and I think it struck a chord with a lot of us! LOL
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SLIMLILA 5/19/2013 6:37PM

    and very well said it was too.

I've always read the articles about how to save a few pennies every day and now I too wonder, yabut? (as my old pastor used to say).... There are some things that do cost money but so what, why do we have it if not to get things we need or long as we have enough...
No more guilt!!!! emoticon

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    Oh my stars.. you are killing me.. no, really.. my abs are on fire..and this belly laughing HURTS! It overwhelms me a bit too if you must know.. I was musing the other day about what would happen if everyone really did quit eating all the processed foods.. and how in reality, it would lead to mass chaos.. can you imagine every fast food place closing down? all those people out of work?? and my mind just kept going down that path.. it's good to know I"m not the only one! You SO rock my friend!

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NONIE_C 5/16/2013 8:45AM

    Clearly, the heroine's proclamation is not unpopular at all emoticon
And I'm right on board with it too. You see, I used to be one of those people who berated myself if I wasn't spending every waking moment trying to make the world a better place. This, it turns out, was the real waste of my time. I was so obsessed with looking out that I forgot to look in - to check in with myself - and I got stagnant and stuck as a result. Stunted people are not making the world a better place, IMHO. I didn't get un-stuck until I slowed down, stopped trying to save the world, and started saving myself. Now, what I have to offer the world, even though it's no longer my every waking moment, it so much richer and more wonderful.

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KASEYCOFF 5/16/2013 2:36AM

    Extremes are usually a sign that a person is following the letter of a statement, but not the spirit. I think a lot of the OCD revolving around "living in the now" isn't quite on the mark.

But maybe it's just me...

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SHIRAZSOLLY 5/16/2013 12:08AM

    I find that I do a lot of good decision making during time wasting activities.

I have "wasted" about ten hours on here during my decision making process to become a runner and another five finding runners to make as friends so I could learn from and be inspired by them! Is that wasting time? Probably not. I'm old enough and have enough health and mobility issues so that I had to put some serious thought into what I wanted to do. I've taken serious college classes in anatomy, physiology and exercise science that didn't get me to the decisions I've made lurking around people's blogs.

I do a lot of good thinking doing menial labor, the kind I grew up hearing an educated person didn't do (if he or she could afford hired help). But I solve serious problems digging in the hardest, most compacted dirt. The harder and more difficult the work, the more problems I solve. Conversely, I also solve them sitting in a bath tub until the water gets cold. Both of these have one thing in common: I have shut out everyone else and am only in my own head.

And I feel so much better about the world after I play ridiculous games with my poodle. The more ridiculous, the better. If I get down on all "fours" and pretend to be a dog with him, he is just delighted and that makes us both happy.

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ANATASHIKI 5/15/2013 11:45AM

    lol , who says those things are 'wasting "time? aren't those people who want us half dead , working for them as zombies?nobody has to change the world , save the planet and sacrifice himself for humanity . somebody already did that. the only thing that we should try to change for the better is ourselves. and I'm sure a long shower and taking the time to breathe and look around us will do more than sweating our lungs out working or working out. I think modern times are eating our life away, we waste too much time working for a little comfort and forgetting the important things in life. we don't know what really counts in our lives . maybe all the buildings we built are zero compared to a kind word said to our sad neighbor in a rainy day. I confess that all those go -go things make me wish to sit on my b*tt and not move a finger, I usually ignore them

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RAINBOWCHOC 5/15/2013 11:36AM

    loved reading the blog AND all the responses, deserves to be a "featured blog"

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BEATLETOT 5/15/2013 11:18AM

    This blog popped up on my Friend Feed, and when I read it, I thought it was wonderful. You wrote so beautifully and really expressed something that I think we all feel so well. I'm clicking "I Liked This," because, well, I did. =)

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HIPPICHICK1 5/15/2013 10:55AM

    Navel gazing isn't just about oranges. I think people who think up those life slogans have humanity's best interest at heart but those slogans can often make one feel guilty or inspired, depending on how we handle guilt I suppose.

My favorite time wasters are not time wasters at all as it turns out. First of all I spend a lot of time on Spark and I just got a lovely note with a goodie this morning that made me cry. I am important to a few people here and they tell me so on a regular basis. How is that a waste of time? I love to play Scrabble on Facebook and have many games going. I do it because I'm exercising my brain. Not a time waster at all.

I think if most of us tried to make every minute count there would be a lot more anti anxiety meds being doled out by doctors globally.

Tonight, when my Pookie gets home we are going to eat dinner in front of the TV and watch the shows we love - Big Bang Theory and Mad Men. It's called "resting" not wasting time. And lordy knows we could both use some extra rest over here. We've been working HARD!!

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SUSANNAH31 5/15/2013 10:51AM

    'Down time' is what I call it, and to me it's a necessary part of life. There are some days when the body and/or the spirit just doesn't have what it takes. That's when I will watch a whole afternoon's worth of Hoarders - and just zone out for a while. No thinking is involved, just healing and resting.

Also, my soul is restored by those smaller private stolen moments that you mentioned: taking that long shower, or stopping to admire something beautiful, petting the purring cat on my lap, letting the tea steep, savoring someone's written words, lingering with a favorite memory.

I agree these are all important parts of our lives - and help to define us.

Guilt? Never!

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REBECCAMA 5/15/2013 10:39AM

  It's all perspective, isn't it? Yesterday I wanted to get my daughter signed up for summer camp (which is still 6 weeks away). I picked her up from school and we stopped at the doctor's office to get the paperwork. Then we COULD have made a mad dash to the camp office to get there before it closed OR we could and instead enjoy the beautiful gardens next door to the doctor's office. Sometimes watching a squirrel is more important than that mad dash, and YES we smelled the flowers too.

The camp office will still be there tomorrow or next week.

Certainly don't think anyone here will say we wasted our time.

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IMREITE 5/14/2013 8:42PM

    When we spend a lot of time feeling guily we spend les time feeling strong, gratetful for what we do have. We worry about little things and stress ourselves about every imperfection.
Sometimes wasting time is an easy way for ui to relax and unwind.

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DAWNSJOURNEY 5/14/2013 4:07PM

    whoo hoo girl.. I Love it. I Love to spend a rainy day in bed reading and nothing more..

While I do care about the earth and others .. I realize my limitations and do enjoy the moments of nothing or "time wasters" I can't go 24/7 my mind can but my body can't ..

Nothing feels as good as a nothing kind of day. I have them and don't feel guilty. I do what I can for human nature .. but don't obsess like it is my job..

Great Blog..
Hugs ,

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 5/14/2013 10:31AM

    What is a "waste of time"? For me it doing something I do not like, want to do, or am forced to do. My last job I was forced to sit in an office for 4 days a week doing nothing but waiting for a phone call or someone to stop in. Rarely happened. I was working 3 days until someone got the bright idea that we needed to open up one more day "just in case" someone would want to visit. I was bored and out of my mind. Needless to say I left the job. It was a waste of my time and their money. I would have been happier to work one day a week. It felt like prison.

But having the freedom to do the things I enjoy and want to do makes taking long showers if I feel like it (and can afford it) is a great idea. Watching movies or shows that entertain me regardless if it just Hoarders or a film epic is my choice. Having that CHOICE is what makes things a waste of time or not. Having a job you enjoy gives you you hate takes freedom away. So enjoy your freedom. THAT IS NOT A WASTE OF TIME.

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KENSHO 5/14/2013 9:28AM

    I really loved this blog. I'm more of a be present in every moment rather than a seize every moment kinda gal. I used to feel guilty about wasting time but I've changed a lot in the last couple of years and now I take my time and really soak in life. I've never been happier.

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SUSIQZER 5/14/2013 8:47AM

    Fantastic blog!!!!!

My husband and I recently had a conversation about how hard it was to be "good," and how the standard seemed impossible to reach! We'd never make it as vegans, can't always afford grass-fed, non-GMO, free-range, organic, made in the USA, etc. etc.

But we decided that we can be good enough. emoticon Heck, just think how many trees I saved by switching to Kindle books and magazines!!

And I agree completely that our time wasters define and sustain us! I'm not solving the world's problems when I'm watching Downton Abbey, but I don't care!!

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ADARKARA 5/14/2013 8:01AM

    As a person who doesn't give a rat's patootie about changing the world, either for better or worse, because the world is what it is, I agree, you should NOT feel guilty for "wasting time" taking a long shower. And if the goal is to "seize every moment" and a long shower beings you peace and comfort, then how is it wasting time? emoticon

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MISSLISA1973 5/14/2013 5:53AM

    Good for you for no longer feeling guilty. I read some of the inspirational sayings ("When you feel like you cannot go another step, just run,") and the like, and I think similar thoughts. I think about making every moment count, including moments that may not save the world, but that refresh me to do more with my "save the world moments." I can manage to see the absurdity of taking some of those inspirational phrases too literally. Where I struggle more is realizing the absurdity of comparing myself to those who do seem to live those crazy sayings. Why are other people my age doing this great thing or that great thing and generally being amazing, while I am overweight, struggling through school, and barely making ends meet while living in a one-bedroom apartment? I forget that their journey is different than mine and that is OK. Thanks for the reminder that some of us are Mere Mortals. emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 5/13/2013 11:37PM

    Uhhhhh, let's see...loooooooooong soaks with repeats on the hot water and a good book, stopping on the way home to look in on a friend, taking more time with said good book at some other point in the day, spiritual retreats, get comfy + close my eyes + zone out with Esperanza Spalding's spectacular music, head off to parts unknown with no agenda...oh, I could go on.

Some food for thought, "3 Ways to De-Clutter Your Life and Live Passionately:"

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GEMLADYONE 5/13/2013 10:33PM

    Yep, I think you've got it dead in the black. We all need to do what we should to take care of ourselves, our family, and neighbors. Part of that is just doing "nothing" sometimes, whatever that is. Me, I've got 2 cats snuggled up in the recliner with me and do I feel guilty? Nah... emoticon

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JLPEASE 5/13/2013 10:01PM

    Great blog! I love sleeping in and staying in my jammies all day sometimes. I also used to feel guilty about it, but I just don't care anymore and I'm tired of fighting my nature. This is who I am... deal with it!

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ISLANDNESTER 5/13/2013 9:36PM

  Well said,been relaxing since lunch:)

By the way,my husband and I love the Mother Theresa comment! emoticon

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NORASPAT 5/13/2013 8:54PM

    Hi there have you always been a philosopher or is it just you sitting at home doing nothing. I cannot think you ever do nothing.
i have to be busy all the time otherwise I call it a waste of time. HUGS Dear one Pat in Maine.
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AUGUSTDRAGON 5/13/2013 8:35PM

    My idea of a good time waster-bad movies on the Science Fiction channel, and old japanese monster movies, ie" Godzilla, Mothra.

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    I worked for one of these people who made every moment count. Of course he was the one who decided what was worthy to do. LOL. He was a genius in some respects but an idiot in others. At some point you have to just please yourself and not worry about others. You will never please them. They will decide that you are wasting your time gardening, or reading or playing the flute because it doesn't interest them. I've always liked to be thought of as someone who plays well alone and sometimes well with others depending on how we both feel on that given day. LOL.

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AJDOVER1 5/13/2013 7:29PM

    Love this blog!

I work hard to stay on track and maintain all my good healthy habits. I belong to teams with incessant challenges and I'm currently logging my daily steps in no less than 5 different places. I do calf raises and squats while I brush my teeth. I do kegel exercises at red lights. If I linger in a steamy bathtub, it's only because I'm simultaneously soaking the hard water stains off the tile. I think I'm loosing my mind.

You are my hero.

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SUZYMOBILE 5/13/2013 7:21PM

    Omigosh, I feel good to be snuggling with the puppies for no good reason!

Beautifully said!

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LIZZIE888 5/13/2013 6:05PM

  So beautifully said.

And power to the joy of the aimless.

I would go further. I would say all this boundless optimism we're all supposed to exude causes us naught but grief. While not wanting to promote pessimism, there is a great deal to be said for having modest ambition and perhaps reining in those wild hopes, for it's having those hopes repeatedly dashed, as hearts are broken, ambitions are thwarted and our own mediocrity is reflected back to us, that leads us to despair. I think we should revel in the ordinary and stive to be satisfied with the plenty we already have, we already are.

Are we all unique little snowflakes dancing in the storm of life? Undoubtedly. But the thing about unique little snowflakes is they all look the same!

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BETHGILLIGAN 5/13/2013 6:03PM

    I, GF, totally agree with you!!!

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MOM2ACAT 5/13/2013 5:40PM

    I agree, nothing wrong with slowing down and enjoying life, and sometimes, just doing nothing is the best thing to do.

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A Mother's Day Question:

Sunday, May 12, 2013

How could the years have gone by so quickly when some of the afternoons of toddlerhood were so incredibly long?

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SUSANNAH31 5/15/2013 11:01AM

    Isn't that the truth!!


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GEMLADYONE 5/13/2013 12:00PM

    So true...we should have understood this when those afternoons were dragging...might have made it easier to get through!

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CRYSTALJEM 5/13/2013 11:25AM

    Oh when you find out the answer to that one, please pass it on!

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NORASPAT 5/13/2013 10:46AM

    You sure do have that right.
I enjoyed those days but I wish I had enjoyed them even more. HUGS and much love Pat in Maine.

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ENUFF81020 5/12/2013 11:41PM

    it is so true--especially when I look at our youngest (of our 8)...It seems impossible that he could be in driver's ed now when I am sure that I was still getting him dressed yesterday. I don't get how time can fly in some ways and not in others.

Again, our oldest turned 31 in March and he sure seems to be the boy who needed me to explain when a kid was bullying him rather than being a friend. Some of these memories are not the kind I want to relive.

Happy Mother's Day,

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ACIMPEGGY 5/12/2013 7:56PM

    My Susie says I've changed since ACIM - I don't get mad at other drivers, for instance and the news on tv doesn't bother me as much. I try to remember to ask the Spirit within, "help me look at this another way..." Now I don't always have to's automatic to realize it's just an illusion.

Hey, we could be posting these comments of ours on the team page... emoticon

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STRONGDJ 5/12/2013 7:36PM

    YES! I was just thinking that yesterday.

Happy Mother's day.

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VALERIEMAHA 5/12/2013 7:23PM

    Here are two gifts for you (I have no comment, since I forgot to have children):



Happy Day (every day)!

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    hehe.. not a mom so I don't know.. but funny still!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/12/2013 2:57PM

    I know! And how do the decades speed by so quickly when a year used to be a lengthy chunk of time? And why do I feel that I can remember the days of the old Queen Victoria so well when I really wasn't there? But I find tomorrow a bit unimaginable?

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LUCKYSTAR99 5/12/2013 2:37PM

    My toddler has some molars coming in and is getting over being sick so it has been a looooong and fussy afternoon for us, but thankfully it is naptime now. And naptime for Mommy too! I love my little guy so much and I know it will all go by fast, but sometimes it really, really does seem like we have some long days. emoticon

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_UMAMI_ 5/12/2013 1:07PM

    Who said, "The days are long, the years are short"? So true.

Mine are still youngish (11 and 13), but I miss their younger selves.

Happy Mother's Day!

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SUZYMOBILE 5/12/2013 11:49AM

    Yes, yes. Have a wonderful Mother's Day! You've earned one.


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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/12/2013 11:45AM

    LOL!! So true!!! Happy Mother's Day!

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SLIMLILA 5/12/2013 11:42AM

    Ain't that the truth? Last year I was enjoying my 1 y.o. g.d. and this year my oldest dd turned 40!!!!

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BETHGILLIGAN 5/12/2013 11:37AM

    I totally agree! I would give my right arm to have one of those afternoons back!!! I've heard a quote "the days drag, but the years fly". I'm not sure that's it but that's the gist of it. Have a good day!

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YMWONG22 5/12/2013 11:21AM

  Happy Mother's Day to all mothers and mine too.
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ACIMPEGGY 5/12/2013 11:19AM

    You said it! Best days of my life, in some ways, working outside the home, crafts, walked everywhere pushing a stroller...120-125#. Wow! Trying to get there again!

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