Going to Miami

miami_skyline_downtown_235011_l.jpegLittle brother is getting married and I will need to start saving $$ to get down there.  I know priceline usually has good deals and with my federal employee discount…could be useful in renting a car.

Not sure about getting plane tickets though. (Can always fly on a military hop out of Scott Air Force Base with my daughter if when I do return to the Army)…..I need to renew my VFW membership and they usually have discounts for veteran’s who are members.

I hope I get to go because I see how happy my brother is and his fiance is sweet.

We may check out this place called the Mambo Room…kind of heard about it but not in any depth so this little researcher will no doubt be scouring the ‘net to find more info on it. (If anyone has heard of this place please drop me a line)  :^)

I have not had a vacation in ages, wellllll…….not a real one anyway.  My sister and brother still wish to celebrate my 40th down there at South Beach…where I think the Mambo Room is…again will have to look it up.  Maybe if I drink enough tequila sunrises I will forget turning 40 (gasp)!

The will of God…

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When God takes something from your grasp, He’s not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better. Concentrate on this sentence….. “The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.”

Hitting that peak in the day

ishmael_grass_playing_98060_l.jpegnikon_safari_sleeping_37943_l.jpegYes folks…I have hit mine and it is 2pm.  Not surprised.  Usually at this time I want my nap.  It is programmed into me, hard wired to take a nap in the afternoon. Could it be my Spanish blood?  Could it be I have been up since a little after 5am…could but then how do you explain the fatigue when I sleep in on the weekends?

I will be lumbering on down to the breakroom for a quick snack of coffee (yes) and a granola bar and see if that doesn’t kick start the metabolism.

Interesting info on this very issue:

Reason Number One: Blood sugar swings.
There are currently 20 million American’s with type II diabetes. There are an estimated 40 million more with pre-diabetes, otherwise known as glucose intolerance. Millions of people are also dealing with hypoglycemia, insulin resistance, or metabolic syndrome (Syndrome X).

So what do these have to do with feeling sleepy at 3 PM?

The answer is that an amazing number of American’s are losing the healthy function of insulin in the body. Insulin is the hormone that let’s glucose into cells for fuel. It is also a growth hormone and is involved with a multitude of physical operations.

When you eat refined carbs, sugar for instance, your body produces a surge of insulin to match the surge of glucose that has just entered your blood stream. This surge does two things:

  • One, the glucose is put into the cells for use.
  • Two, the excess glucose that cannot be used is stored as fat in the body. The rapid change of glucose into fat leaves the body needing more immediate fuel. This is the classic sugar roller coaster. You can eat a ton of caloric dense food and be hungry in 20 minutes. After years of this, the body’s ability to manage blood sugar and insulin becomes impaired.

This summarizes the first reason that you become tired at 3 PM, your insulin production needs to be stabilized.

Here’s what doctors and scientists recommend: First of all, get up and move around. It would be best if you can go out of the office and take a short walk, ten minutes should be more than enough. If you can’t leave your office, take the first memo you see and go climb some stairs, the memo being your cover. If you shouldn’t stand up when being at work, open up the window and take slow, deep breaths: inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.

Second, try some amateur aromatherapy. Research shows that scents of orange peel, peppermint or rosemary can have an invigorating effect. You can simply put your favorite oil in a ceramic diffuser, or better yet, get the whole set.

Your last resort in overcoming the afternoon slump is food. With food I don’t mean chocolate, which will give you the instant rush and make you even more tired after a while. I’m telling you to eat some fruit (apple, nectarines, peaches, bananas etc.), or to nibble on some almonds (without added sugar). You could also ring for a delivery of healthy food.

The key here is IMPLEMENTING and CHANGINGyour current lifestyle that may be making your groggy, bitchy…whatever you wish to call this.  I know once I get into this mood some might call me bitchy…just kidding but seriously…improving your health and lifestyle will inevitably show itself in your work performance, stamina and zest for better living.

Websites:

http://www.thefinalsprint.com/2006/10/avoiding-afternoon-fatigue/

http://www.busywithstyle.com/50226711/beat_the_afternoon_fatigue.php

Update on Army enlistment

Recruiter just called me and my medical records were FOUND at the Department of Veteran Affair’s regional office here in St. Louis.  I guess my email which lit a fire up someone’s a$$ got the ball moving quicker.  Usually I let things go at their natural pace but not in this instance. I want back in, I want to finish my time in the service and I want to be able to get to my brother’s wedding in September.  The extra money will help me fly there and be comfortable and have fun.

So here is to hoping things run smoothly and am back “into the fold” of the Army in about a month!

Dance by the light of the moon

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Dance by the light of the moon
Kiss me, my fair one,
For the moon is bright.
The elven lords and ladies dance beneath the moon tonight.

Hear them sing in chorus,
Their voices grace the merry tune,
As they sing and dance and we romance by the light of the silvery moon.

See their glittering gowns and tunics,
Watch their graceful tread.
The elven lords and ladies dance til sighting dawn cloud’s thread.

Kiss me, my precious one,
For the moon is bright.
The elven lords and ladies dance beneath the stars tonight.

The elven queen upon her throne,
Her fair king by her side,
They watch and dance while we romance until the morning tide.

Do not fear as they come near,
Gaily stepping to time and tune,
Just come by the by and dance with the elves by the light of the silvery moon.

Kiss me, my dear one,
For the moon is bright.
And dance with elven lords and ladies beneath the moon tonight.

By Rebecca Mischa Brown
The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
“O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are, you are, you are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are.”
Pussy said to the Owl “You elegant fowl, 
How charmingly sweet you sing.
O let us be married, too long we have tarried;
But what shall we do for a ring?”
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows,
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose, his nose, his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.
“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling your ring?”
 Said the Piggy, “I will”
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the
Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon.
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand.
They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
By Henry Lear

Day 2 of overtime

It is 8:13am and already I feel beleaguered.  I drank a huge cup of coffee…extra strong and realize I am here for another 9 hours or so.  When my alarm went off at 5:20am (dark as hell outside) I was ready to chuck it and my cat out the window….I hope I can keep this up. 

When I drove home yesterday evening (dark as hell) my car was on auto-pilot (now THAT would be an awesome device)——-realized the native anal drivers around me were probably in the same zombie state so I had to ensure I was alert.  I tell you what whatever survey out there stated St. Louisans are in the top ten of most courteous drivers must have been smoking some serious crack when they tallied up the results because I don’t see it!!!

Take the opportunity to travel

cairo_egypt_citadel_267698_l.jpegOne thing I can say since I was a child I had the wonderful opportunity to travel.  My exposure began at the tender age of two and still today I suffer from this on-going wanderlust.

You don’t have to cross the seas to get to an exotic destination…think about what would be exotic for you.

Case in point…when I was traveling to Las Vegas for a wedding I drove through some of the most gorgeous scenery I could have ever laid eyes upon and these were the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and then traveling through the barren lands of Utah. I was amazed at all the rock formations, the colors, the height of these majestic beasts.

I was enthralled, hypnotized…in love.

Being able to move outside of your own comfort zone can be seen as a plus. At least for me…I grew up in the Midwest and well here we are cushioned in many ways against a lot of different issues and one of them being we are primarily homogeneous here.  Because of that I needed to explore my world to taste what else was outside of the cornfields and farms of Indiana.

I have been blessed with the pioneer spirit…being able to wander these lands and foreign countries at will.  I enjoyed my trip to the Middle East, visiting Dubai, Oman and hopefully one day I can visit Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon.  I was like a child in a candy store…soaking in the culture around me…the veiled women, the men dressed in white wearing their disdashas.  The souk, mosques, camels, sand…I was in total Heaven.

Though there was some apprehension (not on my part) in regards to visiting the Middle East a couple of years ago all I thought about was the awesome adventure I was about to begin.

Taking yourself out of your comfort zone can also mean exposing your senses to a wonderment of colors, sounds, smells, tastes…enjoy revelling in all your senses, make new friends along the way, widen your horizon, broaden your mind and really live life the way it was meant to well…be lived.