I am often in the sun during the day. In LA, it’s hard not to be. I walk the dog and I run between errands, teaching yoga classes, and cleaning up around the house. Over the past few weeks, I’ve started to apply Vitamin C Serum at night on my skin to help recuperate any sun damage that I may receive during the day. They say that this is a natural way to help put back together the cells that eventually cause wrinkles. At 40, I am starting to think about these things. I have always looked young for my age, but I’d like to keep it that way.
When I first had the idea of getting a dog, I had no idea how my life would change so much. This week, as I put an organizer on the backseat of my passenger seat in the car, I realized that my life is no longer the same.
Maggie now not only has a definitive place in the car for her “things”, but she has a permanent stamp on my life. Her leash, bowl, and snacks all are organized in special pockets so that I can easily grab them when we are on the run. I got this organizer because I was tired of fishing around the backseat when I needed something. Initially, I thought that I would rarely reach for these items, but after many frustrated moments, I decided my time without an organizer had come to an end. In my mind, these were for mothers and hoarders, but alas I had become a doggie mother and I could no longer deny it.
I also have changed my lifestyle in that I no longer travel as much and I choose projects based on how much time I can spend at home and/or take her with me. Although she is fine staying at home for hours by herself, I don’t like to leave her. She is much happier when either we are home with her or she can come with us. If I have an option, I always choose to take her with me. Good bye are the days of jetting off to Europe at a moment’s notice or being out all day in town. To be more grounded was a big part of why I got her, but I didn’t think she would go with me everywhere I go.
If I think back to when I decided to adopt Maggie over three years ago, I had no idea how my life would change. It’s certainly different and it’s certainly better. Despite now having an organizer in my car and seeing the airport less, it’s improved. Seeing her face everyday and sharing this joy with my husband, who also doesn’t travel much, is worth it’s weight in gold.
Recently, I have seen one of my role models, The 4-Hour Body author Tim Ferriss, create a video on how to prepare “Bulletproof Tea”. It’s a take-off on the Bulletproof coffee recipe that came out about a year ago.
The idea is to add “good fats” to help sustain the burn of the caffeine. I like the idea and combined with the fact that my accupuncturist recommends I increase my good fat content, I’m jumping on the bandwagon. I agree with Tim that the caffeine rush is not as severe and the energy is more prolonged.
Here I am trying it out with my morning ritual with some Palmtree Coconut Oil:
This week, I sent a new set of measuring spoons to my sister-in-law. We had ordered a set for ourselves and thought they were great. Supposedly, she was missing this in her kitchen and so I had Amazon send her a “Christmas stocking stuffer in June”.
When they arrived, she told us that she already had a set, but that it’s always useful to have an extra set for when they are baking or cooking a lot of things. I loved that idea! What great efficiency to not have to clean and/or search the kitchen for a critical item when you need it.
The groomer where we take Maggie is so great. Not only does she look after our little dog like it’s her own, but she posts on Facebook everyday with photos of all the cute little doggies who come into her shop. I feel so grateful to have found someone who really cares about the health of dogs everywhere. If you live near Playa del Rey, I highly recommend WAGZ!
If you don’t live near LA, then I recommend Dancing Pet Best Groomer’s Natural Pet Shampoo. It’s great. It’s so important to use only natural ingredients for our pets’ skin. All the chemicals make the skin dry and have potentially bad reactions. Let’s keep our pets all healthy and happy!
Last weekend, a good friend of my husbands came by to borrow some camping and first aid gear. He is taking his family into the outdoors for a few days next weekend and they want to be prepared. My husband is known amongst his friends as the go-to guy for these types of items and we were happy to lend things that could be useful.
Just recently, my husband was preparing a list of must-haves for a first aid kit and I was happy to contribute by getting him a Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor. He didn’t have one yet, but said it could be useful. My dad had just gotten one for his house a few years back and I too have had my blood pressure taken at doctor’s visits quite often recently.
I decided to look up what blood pressure indicates and found an insightful article: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1948157-overview#a1. It talks about hypertension and also about prescribing medicine based one’s reading. My husband and I also just completed our earthquake preparedness course and I often saw EMT staff measuring blood pressure during video demonstrations of emergency situations. For this reason, I’m glad we now have our own monitor.
A friend of mine wore a t-shirt today that said “New York Los Angeles”. It made me smile since these are two of my homes. I grew up in New York and now I live in LA. It made me think of NYC and the experiences I had there. There were so many great ones…friends, career, and family.
One of the bad experiences I had was one with bed bugs. Ever since I lived in NYC and got an infestation of these ugly creatures, I have been overly protective of my sleeping quarters. I use not only a mattress “sack” that zippers up to ensure no critters touch my body during the night, but I also just got a waterproof mattress protector to double-up on my protection.
Although I haven’t had an infestation in LA, I am still scared by the event and take any precautions to ensure we are protected. The hard part about bed bugs is that they can enter the home via a variety of routes and we really can’t do much to prevent them. Even nice hotel rooms have them so I am always nervous about bringing them home without knowing.
I even made a video about how secure my new mattress cover is. Fortunately, this was the worst of my experience in NYC. I loved my time there and am happy to return for visits from LA…bed bug free.
Over the past few weeks, my dad and I have been touring potential apartments for him to buy and move to California. He is narrowing down his choices and we thinking that we’re close to finalizing a deal.
We’ve seen about 30 units in about 10 days and we can say easily that the units where the furniture is orderly, the windows are clean, and the clutter is minimal are the best ones. The ones with neglect were more easily crossed off our list.
It makes me realize how important it is to keep our homes clean. I just got some cool new glass cleaner and after our tour of homes, I am inspired to ensure all our surfaces are glistening. My husband and I are not looking to sell our home for a long time, but I want to make sure we live in a model home despite that. Just like looking at units, we are happier when the home surroundings are more beautiful.
A girlfriend and I are both trying to add turmeric to our meals due to a similar recommendation from our unique acupuncturists. We are both 40 and trying to keep our fertility alive and healthy. I decided to look up the benefits of turmeric after getting a bottle of the supplement (http://www.amazon.com/turmerex-turmeric-extract-bioperine-capsules/dp/b00rc2xkq0) since I just wasn’t able to add it to enough recipes. Here is an excerpt from Dr. Weil’s website:
Alzheimer’s disease: Duke found more than 50 studies on turmeric’s effects in addressing Alzheimer’s disease. The reports indicate that extracts of turmeric contain a number of natural agents that block the formation of beta-amyloid, the substance responsible for the plaques that slowly obstruct cerebral function in Alzheimer’s disease.
Arthritis: Turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, including sixdifferent COX-2-inhibitors (the COX-2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling and inflammation; inhibitors selectively block that enzyme). By itself, writes Duke, curcumin – the component in turmeric most often cited for its healthful effects – is a multifaceted anti-inflammatory agent, and studies of the efficacy of curcumin have demonstrated positive changes in arthritic symptoms.
Cancer: Duke found more than 200 citations for turmeric and cancer and more than 700 for curcumin and cancer. He noted that in the handbook Phytochemicals: Mechanisms of Action, curcumin and/or turmeric were effective in animal models in prevention and/or treatment of colon cancer, mammary cancer, prostate cancer, murine hepatocarcinogenesis (liver cancer in rats), esophageal cancer, and oral cancer. Duke said that the effectiveness of the herb against these cancers compared favorably with that reported for pharmaceuticals.
Sounds good to me!
This year marks the 15 year anniversary of selling my childhood home. I’m glad we did it then because I’m not sure I could do it now. I’m glad the separation is behind me. Over the last few days I’ve been thinking more about what it would be like if we still lived there. I think about how cool it would be to stand in our old kitchen and talk the way we used to. My grandmother raised my dad and uncles there too. There is so much history in those countertops.
I think I’m getting my sentimental with age. My dad is thinking of moving again and it’s making me long for a place that we’ve lived in for a long time. He hopes to bring our dining room set with him and I think that will be nice. We have used excellent polish and have looked after it immaculately. Initially, I thought he was being silly. It seats ten people so it’s been difficult to find a retirement home that has a dining room to fit it. Over the last few days, I have seen why it’s so important.
Tradition and family is so important. We build our lives on these beliefs, foundations, and what our relatives think of our choices. As I mentioned, I don’t think I could part with that house now that I am 40. When I was 25, I was looking for new adventures and happy to leave home behind. Now, all I want to do is go home.