I just spent a half hour trying to get that little widget to the right there onto the blog. Linda from afar helped me (Thanks, Linda!). Then I spent another 30 minutes checking out Dooce, a blog.Heather Armstrong is funny! Just check out this You Tube video of a Japanese Commercial.
Look no further, exercise is the magic bullet! My clients can tell you what a nag I am about this. Since I live in the real world I struggle practicing what I preach. What keeps me moving isn't lofty thoughts of self-improvement... it's pain. Chronic illness and the pain that often comes with it has been with me since my mid-twenties. Scleroderma effects connective tissue which in turn effects joints. I couldn't take the usual pain medication because my kidneys were touchy. My doctor told me to move. I whined and begged for mercy but he was insistent and he was right. Exercise can be the best pain killer for many conditions. An unexpected bonus was that the depression that haunted me began to lift. I was happier! It's a lesson worth learning over and over again....which I do, because often enough, I fall off the wagon.
Right now over the rim of my desk I see several piles of papers, CDs, old mail, office supplies and magazines. Because I consolidated clutter that was in the living and dining room, my office is worse off than it was this morning. Admittedly, that glow of satisfaction isn't quite there. Instead of cleansing my workspace I spent time talking with someone in emotional pain, I made connections needed to further the good works of my biotech company, I listened to my daughter who worries about when her braces will come off and I noticed how vivid the green of new grass is when it is wet with spring rain. OK, so now I can feel some of that glow and my chi can manage around the papers for a bit longer.
My home office is more like the old fashioned attic where stray stuff goes to collect dust. For a while it's OK until a critical mass of junk starts getting on my nerves. My Chi is blocked! That's when it's time to channel my friend and organization guru Linda Groat, owner of Simply Back to Basics. She's won awards for her organization skills and has helped me get a grip on clutter. The reward is what my sister calls "...that glowing feeling of tangible accomplishment," as we survey our uncluttered domain. Happy Chi!
Look for The Real Deal: Ravin' Reviews on the last Thursday of every month!
Hey there you guys, Vanessa here letting you in on a new Real Deal feature called Ravin' Reviews, where my mom and I will each comment on either a book, movie, or piece of music that we think is something that wouldn't be incredibly embarrassing to read, watch, or listen to with your mom. This week's entry will be on the book Hacking Harvard by Robin Wassarmen.
The book Hacking Harvard by: Robin Wassarmen takes place in Boston, Massachusetts where, of course, Harvard stands over high school students intimidating those who are brave enough to attempt to get in. Over the years things have gone quite smoothly, the same old students getting accepted and the same old getting rejected, that is before three boys, one freshmen in Harvard who goes by the name of Schwartz and his two high school senior friends Eric and Max, begin to question the admission offices ethics and rights to say who is right and who isn't. The book follows the boy's attempt to win a bet by getting a low-life senior, named Clay Porter, through the system and into Harvard to prove that anyone can get in. This book is an exceptionally wonderful read! It is nothing like those sappy teen novels that make you want hit your head against the nearest coffee table, it is a novel that makes you want to know more to the point where you are staying up till midnight sitting in bed reading (I know you thought that would never happen) and it is also a book that boys and girls could read so it is most definitely not sappy! Plus, Wassarmen adds her own sense of humor into the book giving each character their own colorful personality. I give this book five stars and two thumbs up! It is a must-read!
Dr. A's POV :)
From a Mom's point of view I have found that sharing common interests with your tween an important conduit for communication. Sometimes those common spots don't fall into our laps, we need to make them happen. For example, Vanessa likes to read, I like to read. When I stopped reading out loud to her (I'm pretty our last read-out-loud book was a Harry Potter) we stopped sharing an important part of our lives.
Last summer I noticed Vanessa was reading a lot of what's called YA (Young Adult) literature and it was all new to me. On the radio or somewhere I heard mothers and daughters were forming book clubs. Another book club wasn't in the cards for us (sounds too much like homework) but reading the same book and then discussing it...why not? Vanessa was raving about a book she just finished and I asked her if I could read it. It was an eye opener to me to learn the depth of feeling in The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen. This was not a "children's" book. It addressed serious issues like recovering from sudden profound loss and hidden hurtful prejudice. And it had humor, too, and a light, natural sounding voice, making it all go down with ease. Vanessa and I had fun discussing the characters and the situations they found themselves in, just like in my 'old lady' book club.
I haven't read Hacking Harvard yet; Vanessa lent it to a friend before I could make a grab for it; but I do look forward to reading it and talking it over with her, especially after reading her review.
Since we were the winners of last years competition, John and I were treated like mini-celebrities. We got valet parking and free drinks! OK, everyone got that, but we had reserved seats right in the front row! That was cool. It was sooo nice to be an observer instead of a presenter, especially at the end when they dragged out announcing the winners, like waiting for Heidi Klum to say:
"Christian...............................!!!..................................congratulations, you are the winner!" I remember how grueling that was last year and my heart was in my throat in sympathy.
The winners for 2008....in second place was a simple but exciting idea to develop an eharmony-like website service to match up college students and mentors. The Mentor Cafe team was appealing and their concept elegant. I can imagine referring people to them in the future. The grand prize winners were Nanoaxis, manufacturers of quantum dots, a promising microscopic delivery system for future drug therapies. When their name was announced the team of four jumped up with whoops and hugged each other like when
Peter Jackson and his production team won their Oscars for Lord of the Rings. Everyone in the room was smiling and clapping for them and the promise of the future.
She did what she said she wanted to do but later wasn't sure she could. She achieved a personal best and broke a record for women everywhere. Women at fifty especially, whether they are runners or not, are proud.
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