Monday, April 25, 2016

Motivational Monday

Wow, I'd been doing so good, then my RL job really took off and got in the way. So sorry. So let's start this week off with a motivational quote for writers. :D
 
 
 

Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy Leap Year

One more day this month...and one more day I have to wait for my birthday this week. LOL  Have a great Monday!



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wacky Wednesday

We are half way through the week!





Monday, February 08, 2016

Thursday, February 04, 2016

A Journey Back in Time

Brave knights. Horses. Kings. Princesses. Jousting. Squires. Tournaments. A lack of eating utensils.

What do all these words have in common? You'll experience them all at Medieval Times. Yes, the time period, but I'm also talking about the Dinner Show. They have multiple Castles - yes, real castles - around the country, but I visited the one in Orlando, FL.  Get there early and you can visit the museum and torture chamber. *evil laugh* Seriously, those things really gave me the hebbi jibbies. *shudder* The pieces around the museum are authentic. People were a lot shorter back then if you look at the bed they have on display.  As you wander the museum, you'll see how kitchens were situated around the main cooking area, where and how they made soap, garments, and candles. Walk through the armory and see the various weapons used in that time. Oh, and let's not forget the stables. It was very educational.

Then on to the show.

Upon entering you are assigned a Knight by color. We happened to be the black & white knight. We sat in the center of the entire arena, giving us a great view (perfect spot in my opinion). When your knight comes out or does a challenge you are to cheer for him and boo for his opponents. Each knight is trying to win the favor of the Princess, all of the tournament overseen by the King, of course.  Then of course there's the bad guy, wanting to have the Princess & kingdom all to himself. So, as the knights battle it out with jousting and showing off their skills, the best knight wins. Unfortunately, it was the Red Knight that night. Still, once he starts battling with the bad guy, everyone cheers for him & his squire. Oh, and did I mention that all the Knights were quite handsome with fit bodies and long hair? :P

Like most stories, this one has a happy ending. The good knight wins and the kingdom is safe. And I do believe he gets the girl as well. :)

And then there's food. All during the tournaments you have a server coming by putting your various dishes in front of you. You start off with a delicious soup & garlic bread. Tomato bisque that night. Very good. Nope, no spoons to slurp it. It's served in a bowl that you drink from.  Next comes the chicken. Not just a small thigh. This was a huge quarter, nicely roasted. Then some juicy corn on the cob. And a half of a baked potato. Then came an apple turnover for dessert. All of this food was eaten without a single utensil.

I left with spirits uplifted and a full stomach. It was a great entertaining evening. Well worth the visit if  you are near one of the castles.

Have you visited a Medieval Times? Good experience? Have you done something similar?

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Happy Groundhog Day

More Winter or early Spring? Only Phil can tell....


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Adult coloring craze


Coloring isn't just for kids anymore. I am one of those people that never outgrew coloring. I ignored the looks of adults when I sat and grew my own doodle just to color (I am not an artist at all, so I would just draw lines & circles all over a piece of paper and create my own mosaic masterpiece). Having kids allowed me an excuse to sit and color, even long after they were done. My anatomy teacher even thought I wasn't listening to his lectures when I was coloring my anatomy coloring book during Massage school (yes, there's such a thing & part of our course).

But did you know it also has some great health benefits? Let's list the many ways it can benefit us…

  1.  According to clinical psychologist Ben Michaelis it relaxes the fear center of our brain (the amygdala) and allows the brain to rest.
  2. Coloring parties! It gives you a chance to be social and share a common interest.
  3. It reduces stress and anxiety. It goes back to #1 relaxing the amygdala. It can help retrain it to respond less harshly to stress.
  4. It helps you focus your brain. You are in the moment. You are only thinking about staying in the lines or getting the color just right. You forget your worries and just turn your thoughts to your current actions.
  5. You can be you. Want a pink unicorn with a rainbow horn? Or maybe a bright purple frog? Color it the way you want. It's your creation, no one else's.
  6.  Can help improve sleep. If you tend to use electronics before bed (like I do) it can disrupt your sleep. The blue light emitted from electronics disrupts your circadian rhythm and may increase insomnia. It also reduces melatonin that your body produces. So maybe coloring before bed might be more beneficial to your sleep.
  7. Enhance fine motor skill and vision. Coloring requires the use of both sides of the brain, including the area that involves fine motor skill & vision.
  8. Has been prescribed by psychologists for 100 years. Psychologist Carl Jung had his patients coloring mandalas for relaxation and self-discovery.
  9. Free decorations. Frame them. Put them on your fridge/corkboard. Make cards out of them. Decorate your space with your work.

I finally bought an adult coloring book and love to just sit and color between my clients or when I'm waiting for my dinner to cook. Sometimes when I don't want to watch what my husband is watching on tv, I put in earbuds to some soothing piano music and get to coloring. Talk about a good night of sleep. :D

So what do you think? Do you color? How has it helped you?


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wacky Wednesday

Mid-week laugh! Have a wonderful day.






Monday, January 18, 2016

Motivational Monday


Good things require time.
~ Dutch Proverb
Be patient. It will be worth the wait and commitment.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wacky Wednesday

We all need a little Minion in our life.
















Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New addiction...

Coffee or Tea?  Which is your vice?

Or maybe you are like me and go for both?

Coffee really gets me going in the morning better than anything else, the caffeine undulling my sleepy mind. However, drank too late in the day makes for nights of insomnia, which aren't bad if they are productive but not usually unless hooked into the pages of a book (reading that is). So I reach for some hot tea in the evenings or cooler afternoons. The last couple of years I've indulged in my Bigelow Mint Medley to soothe me (non-caffeine). But then along comes a friend to introduce me to Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea. *sigh* Yes, it's caffeinated, however it doesn't keep me up like coffee does. It smells like a fireball and full of cinnamon flavor, but also a hint of citrus. It's the perfect mix for my taste buds. It's sold loose, in sachets, tea bags, & pods, but I like the sachets best as you can actually see the pieces of cinnamon sticks & spices used rather than ground up like in the tea bags/pods. Also, there's no guessing how much with the loose. 

I highly recommend it.

Any you would recommend?


Sold on makers site - https://www.harney.com/hot-cinnamon-spice-tea.html
or Amazon. (but right now, better deal is through Harney site)


Monday, January 11, 2016

Motivational Monday


"The secret of getting ahead is getting started." 
~ Mark Twain

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Sensual Saturday

Something to heat up a cool day.
Have a great weekend!


Friday, January 08, 2016

GeekyCon ... Are you a Geek?






I'M A GEEK!

Yes, I said it and am proud of it. :)

I believe that we all have a bit of geekiness in us. Just look at your life. What are you hobbies? What do you like to do? How much knowledge do you have about your hobbie? If someone can tell me what years the New York Yankees won the World series, some stats from past or present years, player names - past & present, then yes, you are a geek. A sports geek, in my opinion.

My PRIMARY geekdom is the TV show Supernatural.
I've watched since day one. They hooked me with cliffhanger mid-season & season finales, keeping me coming back to see what happens. Not to mention the stars (Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles) are complete hotties.  Oh, & let's not forget Season 4's addition of Misha Collins. You're basically a Dean girl or a Sam girl - there are some Castiel girls now as well, but Sam & Dean are in every episode. I'm a Sam/Jared Padalecki girl! 

But my obsession, yes, I will admit to being obsessed with the show, but still not as much as some of my Supernatural friends, is more that just hot guys and paranormal adventure. In real life the actors and behind the scenes people like helping others. They are strong supporters of charities and encourage others to give as well.

Such charity endeavors:
*Misha Collins has Random Acts and GISHWHES
*Jensen Ackles supports the Buddy Walk which raises money for a Down Syndrome organization (his nephew has Down Syndrom). Also in lieu of baby gifts he asked funds to be donated to a Cancer charity when his daughter was born.
*Mark Shepard did a T-shirt campaign for Diabetes.
*Jared Padalecki started the Always Keep Fighting campaign that supports several charities, most surrounding depression, suicide, addiction issues.
*Travis Aaron Wade supports the Arm the Animals charity as well as Bands for Arms charity
*And so much more…
I can't possibly name them all because, these are just ones from the past year that I was very aware of.

But I seem to have gotten off target…Sorry. I can talk about them all day long. O-O

In 2014 I discovered a convention in Orlando called LeakyCon. It was inexpensive and close enough for me to commute.  They had autograph and photo op opportunities (did I mention for free with admission?) for a large variety of celebrities (most would consider them minor celebrities as they have rose to fame on YouTube or TV shows).  This was a great introduction to fandom conventions. All sorts of vendors were there from all fandoms. Harry Potter was the biggest, which is where the name LeakyCon came from. But there was Dr. Who, Supernatural, Night Vale, Disney, Buffy, and more. There were panels where the guests spoke about specific shows. Panels with singing. Panels that were just fun fan interaction or trivia. Even a showing of Sharknado 2 or 3 in 2015. *lol*

Two of the Supernatural writers were there (Robbie Thompson/Adam Glass) as well as the actress who played Season 8/9 Abbadon (Alaina Huffman) and another actress who made an appearance (Amber Benson). So yes, the chance to go to my first fandom con as well as meet people I'm very familiar with through the show, I was there. It was a great experience and met to some interesting people.

2015 had the convention changing its name to GeekyCon and I was able to meet another writer/producer (Guy Norman Bee) as well as Kim Rhodes, and the fabulous Hilly sisters from the Hillywood Show.

I'm set already with tickets to the one this year but have no clue who is on the guest list. I'm hoping that there will be someone there related to Supernatural to expand my autograph collection.


So, what are you a Geek of? I want to know. :)



Thursday, January 07, 2016

2016 Resolutions


Happy New Year to everyone! I know I haven't exactly started the new year off with a bang on my blog, but between the holidays and traveling, I kind of got behind and I didn't always have internet (not always a bad thing). I know, I could have set posts up in advance, this is blogger after all, but I guess I thought I'd be able to do more live posting. So a sort of kind of resolution for 2016 is to do more advance blog posting. That way, even when I can't get online or on my computer, then at least I'll have something going out to those who subscribe/visit to this blog.

I do hope everyone had a great and safe new year. Did you set any resolutions? Have you already failed in them?

Normally I do the weight one. To lose so many pounds. Yeah, that never worked out. I have also tried the whole go to gym 3 times a week, rather than the whole get slimmer thing. That lasts about two months, if I'm lucky. I've tried the "buddy" thing. Nope. Even my darling husband has tried to get me into his weight lifting thing. That didn't work out either. However, I will be jumping back on my elliptical…next week. Yep, next week I'll have more time to exercise. ;)

Seriously though, I've decided not to make "resolutions". I'm more goal oriented. Okay, I'm sure you're saying "Isn't that the same thing?" Probably, I'm just using different words, but sometimes the way something is worded is more motivational. More inspiring.

So my 2016 goals:
*Enjoy life and the time that has been set aside to travel with my husband (He recently retired - yay!)
*Complete my current intensive revision class, which will help me revise a book that has been rejected in the past
*Complete my rewrite of "Journey to the Dark Side" & get it published
*Read 50 books (any genre/any length - including those on massage & writing)
*Eat healthier
*Get on the elliptical more or go for more walks (aka raise my fitbit goal)
*Prepare general blog posts in advance (ie Motivational Mondays)
*Promote my writing more - still researching this one

Those are my core goals for this year. I think they are all realistic goals that can be achieved this year.


Now tell me some of yours.