Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
I saw this quote on twitter this morning, and it really struck a cord. I tend to be impulsive and expect great things from it! LOL!
I'm struggling today, getting back into the grind of the work. I had a lovely extended weekend sharing it with family and friends. I hope you all did as well.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I am excited to once again spend the day with my sister and brother-in-law and their kids, as well as my family!
Wishing all of you a very special Thanksgiving, and if you’re not in the USA – enjoy tomorrow anyways!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Thankfully I had a delightful weekend which I will post about a little later, and a quite exhaustive past day and a half on Jury Duty. Bleh! Don't get me wrong, I am quite willing to do my civic duty to serve on a Jury and had been a Juror just a year ago. But the process of choosing a jury is just.plain.dull.
So I'm back, and hopefully will be able to tell you all about my weekend - it was pure bliss!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
1) What books are on your favorite shelf?
All of Marilu Henner's books, Hip tranquil chick, all of Mariel Hemingway's books, and all of Ina Garten's books.
2) What DVDs are on your favorite shelf?
The Grinch, Kill Bill series, The Wedding Planner, What lies beneath (crazy selection...I know)
3) What are you 2 favorite cookbooks?
I can't choose just 2, really! Anything by Ina Garten (she rocks), and Betty Crocker (I have my mom's old one...like from the 1950's-cool huh?)
4) Select one to three recipes you will cook for your special guests?
I make a mean lasagna, a delish roasted chicken, or rockin steak!
5) What will we be drinking that's available?
Chardonnay, iced tea, or water...
Now list 5 random facts about myself.....
1) I like raw peaches, but cannot stand cooked peaches (like in a pie, ewww, tastes like soap)
2) When I grew up, my merged family was the opposite of the Brady Bunch (my 2 sisters and I were from my dad, my stepmother had 3 sons)
3) I shamelessly talk to my dog, as in carry on a conversation with her...am I nuts?
4) I shamelessly talk to any animal...okay, I am nuts!
5) I have recently taken to making my own pizzas, from the homemade pizza dough on up!
Now it's your turn to list your favorite fives!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Vitamin D has been found to help the immune system to successfully defeat viruses of all kinds.
Extract of elderberry (sambucol) has been found to fight the standard strains of influenza. It has been shown to reduce the duration of flues and colds by several days.
Other items that may help fight off those nasty viruses are selenium, Echinacea, goldenseal, zinc, and vitamin C.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
I participated in Melita’s Tea Trade and last week I received an amazing care package from Kim of Revisionista! Imagine me squealing with glee as I opened her package to find not only an amazing assortment of teas, but a darling tea/mystery book and the cutest stationary!
Merci beaucoup to Kim for my tea package, as well as Melita for sponsoring such a fun event!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
HomeGoods StyleScope - I'm an Earthy Casual
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The second is actually a meme from Pink Heels and is a fun way for me to end my workday ~ yes, by not actually working! LOL!
1) Grab the book nearest to you, turn on page 18 and find line 4.
"Can I have him call you when he gets to San Francisco? I realize this is asking a lot" from "Lifetime Encyclopedia of Letters" by Harold E. Meyer. Yes, I'm sitting at my desk at work.
2) Stretch your left arm out as far as you can & catch ___.
The phone receiver.
3) What is the last thing you watched on TV?
Angels baseball game - went to bed early, so I don't know who won.
4) Without looking, guess what time it is?
5) Now look at the clock, what is the actual time?
6) With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
The office air conditioner, I work w/Engineers so it's pretty quite around here.
7) When did you last step outside?
2 hours ago to fetch the mail.
8) Before you started this Q&A, what did you look at?
Our office software - Deltek, to see which engineer was working on a particular project.
9) What are you wearing?
Linen blouse with navy slacks.
10) When did you last laugh?
Monday at my hubbies 50th b-day bar-b-que.
11) What is on the walls of the room you are in?
Our engineers licenses - booring I know!
12) Seen anything weird lately?
On my way home last night, I noticed that the man behind me was brushing his teeth in the car - for like 5 minutes! I'm anal about brushing my teeth, but that takes the cake!
13) What do you think of this quiz?
Fun, and a little different than other meme's.
14) What is the last film you saw?
I could never be you woman - had never heard of it before but it was on HBO, kinda cute!
15) If you became a multimillionaire overnight, what's the first thing you would do?
Pay off all our debts.
16) Tell me something about you that I dunno!
I really want to become a Health Counselor, but it hasn't fallen into place....YET.
17) If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
End human physical suffering.
18) Do you like to dance?
19) Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
Funny you should ask, my first child was a girl and her name is Breanna Marlene.
20) Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?
Well, my second child was a boy, his name is Patrick Erroll.
21) Would you ever consider living abroad?
Would love to! Although I feel I would need to learn the language first.
22) What do you want GOD to say to you when you reach the pearly gates?
23) What time is it now?
Now it's your turn to participate in the fun meme! Enjoy!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Essential Oils of cinnamon, clove bud and eucalyptus are a great combination to help your body naturally support your immune system to ward off those nasty bugs.
* Cinnamon has a warm aroma and has antibacterial, antiviral and respiratory support properties.
* Clove Bud has a rich, spicy aroma with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
* Eucalyptus has an invigorating and fresh aroma with respiratory support and anti-inflammatory properties as well.
Bath: *It is always recommended to do a skin patch test before use to ensure there is no sensitivity issues with each of the oils to be used on the skin.
Cinnamon essential oil: 1-2 drops into the bath or carrier oil
Clove essential oil: 1 drop into the bath
Eucalyptus essential oil: 1-2 drops into the bath.
Diffuser/Nebulizer: same ratio of essential oils.
Information gathered from Apothecary Shoppe.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Nancy sent me this adorable blog award, and I'm thrilled to pass it along!
Please visit these lovely ladies, they each have amazing information, ideas, passion and their just plain fun!
Hangon little Tomato
Gussying up the Tuttle
Thank you again Nancy, and your blog is magical as well!
Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Then a few days ago, I had a revelation: I – Julie – have a bad attitude. I was squattly sitting in my own little pity party. Where I should have been basking in gratitude with my memories of this past summer, vacation in Washington, fun times at the beach, dinner with the best of friends, Laughlin NV, I instead was lamenting that they had past, and that there was “nothing” to look forward to. Yeah, I know….whoa is me! My focus was way off.
I just wanted to share that I have honestly had a change of “heart”. My heart hadn’t been involved in my past attitude; it was purely my mind that was leading me astray. But as of yesterday, I vow to live with an attitude based from my heart.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I thought I'd list my "12 for 12" for accountability and also to encourage YOU to join along also! So here is my list of 12:
2) no alcohol during the weekdays
3) body brush
4) make personal time w/hubby
5) clean/declutter 15 min. per day
6) moisturize daily
7) post on the Marilu boards daily
8) do something fun daily
9) eat greens
10) eat fruit first thing in the am
What would your 12 be?
Monday, August 10, 2009
We spend the first 5 days at the Lake, enjoying the company of 30 of our relatives. There was no shortage of food, card playing, wake boarding, jet skiing, boating, swimming, and storytelling of adventures past.
My son wake boarding
We then headed south to my Mothers home for 2 days. It was very relaxing and I always enjoy spending time with her. After, we headed to Eugene Oregon to visit with my mother & brother in law, Nieces and Nephew.
Deciding to take the scenic route home, we headed towards Reno, Nevada and spent 2 nights at a really nice hotel. The remainder of the trip was a 9 hour drive, broken up by periodic stops, The first was my favorite, Walker River just south of Tahoe. We then stopped for lunch in Bishop then straight thru to Huntington Beach, stopping once for gas.
I'm sad that my vacation is over, as always, time went by too quickly. But am savoring the memories. Thankfully we'll be on a mini vacation this weekend - we're heading to Laughlin Nevada to go boating on Mojave Lake and the Colorado River with good friends. Fun in the Sun!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
"Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape" ~ Author Unknown
Let's hear it for flexibility in body, mind and spirit!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I'm super excited to share my vacation stories, pictures, etc. with all of you, but it will take me a while because my vacation elves are MIA ~!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
So today, as I promised last week, I will start my Transformational Journal. There are SO many areas I need to change. I am easily overwhelmed, but have learned that baby steps (micro movements) are the way to go. Being that as of Friday I will be in Washington and Oregon for vacation for a week, the easiest change would be exercise (also being that I will be out of my normal elements, schedule, etc.).
I have not exercised since my little mishap with my toe on the 4th of July. It has healed up nicely now, so it will be easy-peasy to keep up with on my vacation. So excited, will be at a family reunion with oodles of lovely relatives on a lovely lake on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington! There will be lots of walks, swimming, water skiing (if I dare-it’s been 20+ years since I’ve tried!)(Eeekk!), tennis, bike rides, laughing (yes, laughing counts as abdominal w/o-don’t you agree?). I know that exercise will help elevate my mood, get me into better shape, thus improving my self image, and clear out the mental cobwebs to make room for steps 2, 3, 4, etc….
I’m hoping to venture onto step 2 of my journey as well. There will be oodles of little ones at the reunion. I’m envisioning lots of bubble blowing, arts and crafts with nature and nature treasure hunts. Sounds wonderful, I can’t wait!
Tonight I’m looking forward to a girl’s night in with my bf Deborah. My guys have already headed up north; I’ll be flying in on Friday – so currently my home is testosterone free, yippee! Okay, I’ll admit that I miss them dearly, but it’s so freeing to be able to come home and flip the TV onto any channel I choose without their moans of horror. (Yes, Food Network sends them running – away!) LOL! So tonight we will be watching “Only You” with Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr., Deb gives it 2 thumbs up – a romantic comedy, count me in!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
So, my kids are ALMOST grown up (16 & 18), my job is mindless and dull (not that I'm really complaining but...), my relationship with hubby is comfy & strong (20 years this October). My conclusion, I have not been honoring my “self”, my ideas, my beliefs, my values.
Do you see that little bit about me over there to the left (under that picky of me)? That is the self that I desire. The truth? I’m far from it. I haven’t been actively pursuing any of my dreams and goals.
“A goal without a plan is just a wish” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I want to live within my true identity and my most authentic self. I can still put little sparks of my authentic self out in the world each day. I think of my co-worker, an Accountant. You may think, “Blah, an Accountant can’t sparkle”. But she does. She loves color and displays it in her choice of clothing, her cheerful demeanor, and her rainbow of colored pens, markers and highlighters she works with daily.
I want to ooze spunk. I want to be a quirky old lady that has lived a glorious life. Right now I’d be a boring, grumpy old lady that wouldn’t have much of a story to tell.
That’s going to change my friends. For too long I’ve suppressed the Authentic me and taken the easy road. You know the one, with as little confrontation, bending the rules and discomfort as possible.
That Authentic me is Creative, Healthy, full of Fun, Spirit, and Love.
Perhaps Tuesdays can be my weekly muse on the journey to the Authentic Me.
Friday, July 10, 2009
1) Flip Flops
2) Sand between my toes
3) Cool evening breezes on sun kissed skin
4) The sound of the waves crashing on the beach
5) The coo of the Morning Doves
6) The smell of sun tan lotion
7) The warmth of the sun on my skin
8) A fresh Greek Salad
What are some of your favorite "summer" things?
Photo Credit: GINDERBELL
Thursday, July 9, 2009
This past Saturday (yes, the one that included my tangle with some bikes, which I’m still finding new bruises from) my hubby and I had an altercation with some relatives. Nothing huge, just a parenting issue that we brought to their attention. They address the child who in turn, tearfully apologized and we forgave and moved on, or so we thought. Then the mother comes to us and blames us that we were unclear on the boundaries of what is correct behavior –vs- incorrect behavior with this child. Meaning that we were inconsistent with this child. I then stated that this issue is not ours, but the parents place to set these boundaries. Her response was “how dare we instruct her on how to raise her son”…blah, blah, blah...I then decided to bite my tongue, realizing that this was going to go nowhere quickly, and was going to turn ugly. We stated that this is water under the bridge, we were resolved and we left.
Apparently they are still holding a grudge. My husband ran into them the following day and was met with snide, personal comments and the like. And truthfully I’m perplexed. I don’t know what to make of it, nor do I know how to take the next step.
I am always looking for input on how to better myself, my relationships, my parenting. You can tell me ANYTHING…I will thank you for it, mull it over a bit, and glean from it what I deem is true to me. How do I deal with someone who feels that they must be right and responds with spite and ugliness? These are our closest relatives and spend several days a month with them. Honestly, I feel like I’m back in High school! I don’t do well with drama!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Photo Credit: Me!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Dear husband gets up at O’dark thirty to let our Chloe dog out to go pee. Not able to go back to bed, he decides to be productive = hair up his butt, annoying beyond all get out! He first decides to wash the dishes (what a love) and makes as much racket as he can muster. This takes a good 20+ minutes because of course the dishes from dinner last night were still in the sink. Then he decides to open the automatic garage door….nope, close the garage door. Ah, fresh coffee, out comes the coffee grinder. GGGRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! Oh, the sink is a little clogged, on goes the garbage disposal. (can’t think of what sound that would make, but you get my drift). At this point I’m at the bedroom door, yelling “There is no possible way for you to make any more noise, is there?” This gets a feeble “sorry” from him.
On to more dishes… Argh. He then decides he needs a shower because he’s been “working” so proceeds to hop in the shower right when my alarm goes off for me to get in the shower. I was seeing RED! This is WAR! So Miss Cranky Pants marches into the bathroom declaring that this is MY Shower time. His response “Go to the bathroom, I’ll be out before your done.” Okay, that’s probably true. So I obliged, and sure enough he was out in a jiffy. Still feeling justified by my rudely awakened slumber I mumbled and frickafrashed and why-I-outta’d and stumbled myself into the shower.
Meanwhile, poor hubby felt badly and decided to make us breakfast. We had bacon (yum!) country potatoes and scrambled eggs. Awww! I was softening already. Then the cherry on top…he offered to make my lunch, chicken salad in a pita. I am currently enjoying said pita on my lunch break and thinking how glad I married this guy almost 20 years ago, with or without his quirkiness. Hey, we all have our quirky moments.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
“Life is a bag of peaches. Be the juicy one.” ~ H. Jackson Brown
Love that quote! So relatable. Have you ever bitten into a peach and have it be dry, tough and tasteless? How about biting into a peach that was surprisingly soft, exploding with flavor and the juices are so overwhelming that they run down your chin? That’s what life should be!
Photo Credit: *Laura Ann's Photography*On to another subject: I am almost bouncing off the walls this morning. I have been coffee free for some time now, choosing herbal teas instead. I have been reading Mariel Hemingway’s books “Healthy Living from the Inside Out” and “Mariel’s Kitchen”. I would highly recommend both of these books. They are very well written and she has such a wholesome view of foods, space and being. Anyways, she recommends being “mindful” of what you eat. Eating foods that are wholesome, from nature and not “noisy”. (Sugar laden, caffeinated, ECT.) But if you choose to eat “noisy” foods, be aware of how you feel afterwards. Well my friends, the coffee smelt wonderful this morning so I had myself not only one cup, but two. Keeping Mariel’s suggestion at heart, I noticed after my first cup that I felt constricted. Like Sponge Bob when he visits Sandy in her underwater dome. After my second cup, I feel like a 3 year old, bouncing off the walls, jittery, attention span at zero! (Which is probably why this posting is ALL.OVER.THE.PLACE!) I have consumed coffee for years, and never had been “mindful” of what the effects are to my body and mind. This was a real eye opening experience. I plan on taking this “mindfulness” to all my meals and really tuning in to what these foods do for me.
Finally, just for fun I thought Id share with you a little splash of my IPod. I’m listing the first 15 songs from my IPod in Shuffle mode:
1) S.O.S. – ABBA
2) Lay my body down –Midge Ure
3) Storm in Africa – Enya
4) It it’s in my mind, it’s on my face – Seal
5) Session – Linkin Park
6) Everywhere – Michelle Tumes
7) Fumbling towards Ecstasy – Sarah McLachlan
8) Jamaica Inn – Tori Amos
9) The Chinese Way – Level 42
10) Pocketful of Sunshine – Natasha Bedingfield
11) Tall trees in Georgia – Eva Cassidy
12) Thank U – Alanis Morissette
13) Bears – Lyle Lovett
14) Barracuda – Heart
15) Man in the Moon – Martin Page
I don’t know what the above selection says about me, if anything – I think I’ll just leave that up to you!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
It was so lovely! I don't think I've ever had that type of experience before. It was exhilarating/challenging, but yet sooo relaxing. I did the whole tape, and enjoyed it immensely. Sean Corn is such a great instructor, but I still don't know how to breath thru your kidneys (I thought your lungs did that?!?!?) Anyways, I was curious if you practice at home, and if so, what instructor/DVD do you practice with? I do have Kimberly Wilson's CD but I need the visual of someone to follow.
Photo credit: Opus104
Monday, June 1, 2009
This weekend I was planning on my same ol same ol of laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping, you know...typical chores, when my son wanted a ride to the beach to go boogie boarding with some friends. Sounded like a great opportunity to stroll along the beach, sea shell hunt, and get breakfast at one of the great restaurants along Main Street.
Well, the weather was the typical "June Gloom" = overcast. And it was LOW tide, so the waves were far and few between. But I did score quite a few great sea shells, strolled with the hubby along the water, and rode our bikes along the beach walk and Main Street and had a huge breakfast at El Ranchito. My husband and I shared a plate, and we had enough to make 2 additional breakfast burritos for my son.
I don't know why I don't do things like this more often. It was so nice to get out and about and enjoy this great city that we live in!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
First I stopped by Stacey's and lo and behold, she's starting a series called Organizing 101. Sounds good so far right? Then I'm on twitter, and Carolyn twittered about a **FREE** workshop to simplify! How lucky can a girl get? Thanks Stacey & Carolyn, I feel a little lighter already!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
I just don't know where to begin! Then I get overwhelmed... then that book shelf over there needs rearranging, (classic sidetrack maneuver) just don't look at that purple elephant of a mess in the middle of the room! LOL! I don't know if ANYONE can relate, but if you can....what steps have you taken to move forward to a life of simplicity ~ minus all the junk!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Following is my list of current top 5: (I reserve the right to add to this list at any moment)
1) Painted toenails
Photo credit: stitch witch
2) Lady Bugs
Photo credit: -sunny-
Photo credit: Venkat Yarabati
4) Rolly Pollys
Photo credit: Bill Brown
5) Rolly Polly Babies!!!!
Photo credit: Snowdeal