Archive for November, 2011

Oh, the List(s)…

Last day before my 12-day Thanksgiving break.   It’s a break from work, yes.  It’s time of the year to make plan for vacation and use up remaining vacation days/holidays, to get personal to-do’s done, to shop and prep for the holidays.  As usual, I am checking off my work accomplishments before I can go on vacay.  What’s pending and what’s to follow-up, what can be delegated…   Turn my Email and Voicemail ‘s “Out of Office” option ON.   Voila.  Clear the desk and I am out of office.

And then I move on to my personal to-do’s list, in chronological order.   Remember to pick up the T-shirt for Thanksgiving morning race.  I am going to come out and trot, to support the Sheltering Arms Senior Services.  Then, have to remember to check out for any fun, musical shows for kids, my favorite little buddies.  Andy has a new interest – theater arts/acting, so he wanted to go see some Broadway and musical shows.   I gave him a list from The Nutcracker, to Riverdance,…  Cirque du Soleil.  I had in mind the Siberia orchestra – not sure if it fits his style or age.  Never underestimate a kid, huh?  How about “Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream”?  It must be good for his younger brother.  “My Fair Lady” sounds like the best choice.   A few medical/dental appointments are in line – checked.  This reminds me of one pending issue from the Flex Spending account.   The Made Ya Smile dental office has not done me any help.  I requested a statement to accompany the receipt of my copay for FSA, and what they sent me was an Account Ledger.  Bummer!   What a horrible decline of customer service!   With the sisters in town and some guests on Thanksgiving, I will be busy with cooking, prepping the houses for the holidays.  What else? Oh, it’s about time for car maintenance service.  Shop for my next car? I have been thinking about this (sport vehicle – a Jeep Wrangler describes me best), but I’d put a low priority on it, must be after my next property.  Then I will have a few days for resting, for pampering, for a bunch of meetups and holiday events, and there will be plenty of time for gym.  I probably won’t be able to get out of town until hopefully later this year…

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Sustainable habit

October is over.  November is here.  It’s the month of light saving , of light transitioning from north to south.  There will be more colder, rainy days, and absolutely windy days of falling leaves…   Such are nature’s laws.   Speaking of laws, I have been sticking on my principles of living until… recently I have a new habit.  Drinking coffee – is it a bad habit?   I used to think so.  No smoking, no liquor, no coffee, no soft drinks – strictly for my healthy living.   I love the aroma of coffee – no doubt about it.   I passed by the coffee aisle at Kroger’s this weekend and could not resist checking out the Organic Columbia coffee beans.   Suprisingly, drinking coffee does not make me go to sleep as it used to.  I am more alert during daytime, and have slept much better at night.  That is a good sign.  So I am now into it – the freshly roasted and recently grinded.  It’s ok to drink coffee from time to time, as suggested by Mary Jane (my asthetician).  It all started with her; oh and the irrestible  “Keurig” coffee maker at the training class last week.   On the side note, Kroger’s was said in an GCImagazine article soon to become a hypermarket not only for groceries but also for private label health and beauty products.   I read that coffee helps with reducing pigmentation;  also read that it can make skin worse.  One thing I know is, I am drinking more water.  Coffee does dehydrate your body/skin.  Just like wine, there are so many controversies of coffee/wine intake.  Some coworkers I know have been drinking coffee all their lives and look really older than their ages.  I am setting the weekly limit: 1- 2 coffees only, no sugar added.   Keep in mind anything over-consumed is not healthy for your body.  Sustain it!

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