Showing posts from December, 2010

Dribble Dribble Drool

I have plans for an upcoming post regarding one of my Christmas presents this year. It wasn't on my list, but boy do I love it and want to share it with you.

However, it's going to have to wait a couple days. I'll be taking the National Certification test for massage and bodywork tomorrow afternoon at 1pm. Today was "let's see how much we can fit into one brain" day.

I've studied for about seven hours today. It went really well with the exception of a short binge of leftover Christmas cookies at the fifth hour.

The rest of the cookies have been tossed out.

It's after 9pm now and I'm going to stop studying. If it isn't in there now, pushing myself to exhaustion isn't going to do any good. So, I'm going to sit back and study something a little more interesting for a couple hours, then go to bed happy:

Good night, all.

Return of the Sun

Very significant cosmic goings-on lately, n'est-ce pas?

I had very high hopes for viewing the lunar eclipse in the wee hours of Tuesday morning; I was even going to set my alarm clock for 3:30am so I could wake up and see the pinnacle of it. Alas, we had thick cloud cover and there was no point.

However, last night we managed to pull together an impromptu Soltice celebration, complete with a bonfire. Which was actually more of a really good fire as we were in an urban area and actual bonfires are forboden. Still, we did a little ritual, stood around and told stories, chatted, and a couple of us even jumped over the fire as we were putting it out.

All in all, it was a good evening. A lovely, if slightly irreverent, return of days. Which is exactly how I prefer it.

In terms of the more widely accepted holiday that happens in a couple days, I'm pretty much all finished my preparations for it. I've got my presents purchased (what few there are this year), and today I'll be…

New York City!

I returned home from my whirlwind "weekend" in NYC last night around midnight. I cannot begin to tell you how much fun I had while I was there. I arrived late Monday evening and arrived at my friend's place later than planned because 1)plane took 45 minutes to de-ice. WTF? and 2) I completely missed the subway stop by like 5 stops and had to back track.

Tuesday during the day was my "free" day: my friend had to work so I had the day to do with as I pleased. I spent it wandering around lower Manhattan, specifically China Town.

I must have walked close to 10 miles that day, because not only did I hit China Town, I somehow also managed to include SoHo, the Bowery, The Village (both east and west and Greenwich), NoLita, a piece of Little Italy, and another neighborhood I believe I'm forgetting. So, by the time I met up with my friend in Union Square, I was completely exhausted and my knee had given up the goat and gone home early. But the evening was just begin…

Southward, ho!

Well, "south" in a manner of speaking. I've tweaked my Monday schedule somewhat, and after work today I'll be heading to to New York City to visit my friend Mary for a couple days. I am soooo excited! I've needed to get away for a couple days.

It's a short trip, but I'll be packing as much as possible into it. Tomorrow I'm going to do something I've never done in all my years of going to NYC - I'm going to explore China Town and Little Italy. I don't know how I've managed to avoid these two areas. I think I've always been focused on mid-town Manhattan. But my friend lives within walking distance of both so I'm going to take advantage of that.

Tomorrow evening we have reservations at Pure Food and Wine. It is the place to go for raw, vegan food. I'm looking forward to it, although I think my wallet may curse the day I ever heard of it. I am so unused to going into a restaurant and having my choice of items, it may take me fo…

This Post Demonstrates How Far Away My Mind Wanders When Not Actively Engaged

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Dream Interpretation?

Anyone? Bueller?

So.... this is the big dream I had last night/this morning. Any thoughts as to the meaning?

We are hiking through the woods (ubiquitous "we". Not quite royal but more than me). We are on a mission of some kind to find something. I somehow get separated from the rest of the group and end up next to a frozen large stream. It is important for me to cross this stream. As I attempt to do so, the ice breaks up and the water is no longer frozen but moving along at "mountain stream in the spring" velocity. However, I don't get swept away (or wet, for that matter). Instead, I use my shirt to scoop up a ton of pebbles from the stream floor. They are beautiful, multicolored pebbles, and they are important. In fact, it was what we were hoping to find.

The pebbles are the key to everything. They will help solve the energy problems. Unfortunately, as soon as I scoop the pebbles up, there are a lot of other people clamoring for the pebbles too. They come out …

Lessons from Sandy

I finally scheduled my National Certification examination. December 29th. Just squeaking in with my goal to be nationally certified by the end of the year.

As a result, I've amped up my studying. Ie, I've actually started studying. As I was sitting in the laundromat trying to ignore the creepy guy sitting at the table behind me studying, I happened upon this little tidbit in one of my textbooks and thought I'd share.

Behavior seems to be the outward manifestation of attempts at homeostasis, and we seek sensations that organize our brains. When behavior is effective in achieving some sort of balance, it will be reinforced. ... It is important to recognize that repeated behavior is accomplishing some form of homeostasis - even destructive behavior such as drug addiction, excessive exercise, eating disorders, rage, thrill seeking, crisis orientation, and the deliberate creation of pain. An attempt to eliminate one form of behavior without replacing it with another way of achie…