Friday, September 28, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Ten on Tuesday - 10 Things You Keep Putting Off:
Organizing my studio
Get new painting projects started and stick with them
Balance my checkbook
Clean out the mystery Tupperware contents from my refrigerator
Give the monster pooch a bath
Organize my pantry
Weed through clothing and drop at Goodwill
Weed through bookcases and donate volumes to Goodwill
Organise photographs that have been lying in wait
Clean the bird cage
Wait! Only 10? Trust me...I could go on...
Procrastination has been more and more of a problem for me since MS. Lack of motivation could be misinterpreted as a sign of depression. I feel like it's more of a lack of energy, therefore I have to choose my priorities on which task is of more importance. So, what is more important? Hmmm? Well, when you have gotten so far behind on what needs to get done, and yet want to save energy to enjoy what you want to do instead, it can be a tough a call.
*My studio is a mess
*I have yet to prep my next painting project
*My checkbook is hopeless
*There are very scary things in my refrigerator
*The dog smells like, well...a dog
*Sell and use by dates obviously mean nothing to me
*I have nothing to wear, yet my drawers and closet are full
* I have more books than bookcases
*I hope I remember who the pictures are of when I get around to filing them
*the hell with the birds
Maybe it just gets overwhelming sometimes. If I can just maintain equilibrium, stay just a hair below critical mass it will all be OK.
I found this interesting essay on Structured Procrastination written by John Perry in 1995.
I find it oddly comforting that I am not alone and that there will always be things that need to be done.
Friday, September 21, 2007
It's Friday! I know it's hard sometimes to make the distinction, for those of us not working due to disability....But still, it's the end of the week. Put it behind us, and do something that feels goooood!
This is a VERY special recipe for salsa. Believe me, it's not just any salsa. It's Black Bean Mango Salsa and it is goood! It makes you feel good. Trust me, we sometimes call it the Root Chakra Salsa. You'll just have to try it out to see what that means.
The secret is not just in the list of ingredients. The secret is how you make it.
Here's what you need:
- about 2 cups of cooked black beans
- 1/2 onion finely chopped
- about 2 cloves of garlic minced
- cilantro, a handful chopped
- a mango diced
- 1 to 2 jalapenos chopped
- juice of 1 lime
- 4 tomatoes chopped
- sea salt
- black pepper (don't be stingy)
Ok, so how to prepare this dish. First you have to get in the mood. You have to impart good energy into what you are preparing. Feeeeeel it. It's warm and zesty! Listen to your favorite music...move around a little, get that energy into your hands while you are chopping and put all ingredients into a large bowl. Now massage the ingredients together. NO GLOVES! You have to feeeel it. It has to be made with intention. This is going to be a sensual gastronomical experience like no other. Remember I said, root chakra.
My very good friend, Ms.Goat Momma, gave me this recipe. It is a favorite of ours. The secret of course is in the preparation, she reminded me. To get the very best results she recommends not only not wearing gloves, but wearing nothing at all.
Get some tortilla chips and Bon Appetite! It will be a great weekend.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
"There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad."
Salvador Dali Spanish painter
"When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained." - MARK TWAIN
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Well, I never have believed in the fiery after-life dimension called hell. I vividly recall, as a young "innocent" there were many a good sister looming largely over me at Saint Anthony's reminding me that I was heading there in a hand basket. "Hell" for me then was having to spend my days in the dreary institutional-green rooms, learning Latin prayers phonetically while never being taught the translation. But I digress......
Back to HELL.
Hell is finding yourself feeling like hell and not knowing what if anything you can do about it. How about taking a handful of pills everyday and none of them are any fun.
Not being able to plan events into the future...flares don't occur on a schedule.
Spending all your time and money on physicians and meds.
Days flying by with nothing accomplished.
Feeling like you've let your friends and family down.
OK...pity party over.
Snap out of it! It's OK. Everyone goes there from time to time...That's life.
Back to the Sloth.
Look at him. He's smiling! Actually he looks like he's high. He's a sloth and happy to be one.
Apparently I too am "slothy". I didn't used to be, but with MS and medications, I don't move very fast. Motivation is pretty low too.
I took an online quiz about the 7 deadly sins. It's been confirmed...I'm "slothy" (new word). And since I don't believe I'm going to hell, I should just be "slothier" and wear a big goofy grin.
Take the Seven Deadly Sins Quiz
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Outings are so much more fun when we can savor them through the children's eyes.
Lawana Blackwell, The Courtship of the Vicar's Daughter, 1998