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Thursday, February 22, 2018

James Clear

This is just a share about a writer I have discovered.  It may or may not be of interest to you.  It won't hurt my feelings if it doesn't interest you or is something you do not have time to spend on.  Just FYI. 

I know that a lot of you, like me, like to think about healthy thinking.  I mean healthy in the mental sense not physical.

Along this line, I've been reading articles by a writer named James Clear. 

Today I read his article 5 Common Mental Errors That Sway You From Making Good Decisions. I enjoyed this article and wanted to share.  I especially wanted to think about #5 Confirmation Bias.  With the volatile situation our country faces in politics, among other situations, we need to be sure that we neither stick our head in the sand nor dig out only the information that supports our opinion. I need to assess what facts I am using to form my opinions

Anyway, if you are interested, click on the link above and read the short article. 

Below is a quote from his About Me:

About James Clear

James Clear

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About James Clear

Hi there, I'm James Clear. I'm an American author, entrepreneur, and photographer. I'm also the guy behind JamesClear.com (naturally).
This website is the home of my life's work. I write about habits and human potential. The central question I’m trying to answer through my work is, “How can we live better?”
In order to answer that question, I uncover the latest scientific research and explain it in a way that you can easily understand and actually use. As I share these science-based ideas for living a better life, I like to showcase the habits and rituals of athletes, artists, and entrepreneurs. By analyzing the stories of top performers from many different fields and understanding proven scientific principles, we can start to tease out the common characteristics that make these people the best at what they do.
My specific focus is on self-improvement tips based on proven scientific research.
I believe the best way to change the world is in concentric circles: start with yourself and work your way out from there.
I believe the best way to change the world is in concentric circles: start with yourself and work your way out from there. If you get yourself sorted out, then that is one less person for the world to worry about. You'll be in a position to contribute rather than consume. You will add order rather than disorder.
I write about the art and science of how to live better. Science because I am concerned with the root causes of our behavior and the data behind high performance. Art because I want to figure out how to apply these ideas and put them into daily practice.
But I don't merely write about things. Along the way, I like to try out the concepts for myself as I experiment with building better habits as an entrepreneur, writer, and weightlifter. In the end, my work ends up being one-part storytelling, one-part academic research, one-part personal experiment. It's a colorful blend of inspirational stories, academic science, hard-earned wisdom.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Today is My Birthday

This was my pre-birthday share on Facebook.  If you are near my age, you will remember these classic candies.  Neither were any good for you but that was before we worried about too much sugar.  

I started training for my new little job last week.  I think it will be just what I need to get out of the house and also put a little change in my pocket.  

Not much to tell otherwise.  I dropped another insulin bottle which caused me to go into a frantic search on the internet to find something to protect the vials.  Who knew - on ADW Diabetic website I found a vial protector, kind of like a cozy for drinks, and a little contraption to slip over the syringe to magnify the numbers.  Yep, I'm officially at the stage where you start buying contraptions to help you handle that which you cannot easily do anymore.  

My new boss gave me a gift card for my Birthday so I bought a new set of sheets.  I've tried to let myself buy new sheets for quite a while but just couldn't seem to push the button.  So a gift card gave me permission to buy something I wanted but was not on "Need" list yet.  

I also think I might be up for going out to dinner tonight.  I try to live a frugal lifestyle and eating out is an expense I do not often allow myself.  It just seems wasteful to me but a birthday is special so if I can think of something I am in the mood for, the daughter and I may go out tonight.  The son and grandgirls are too far away to join us.  I'll make a birthday celebration when the grandgirls next visit.  They don't care if it is the exact date and the little artist loves to draw birthday pictures and tape to the wall.

I'll tell you more about the job later.  I trained two half days last week and will go three half days this week, then full time the next week.  It is very nice having this in-depth training.  I also go for a blood work up on Wednesday.  Since my numbers have been wacko lately, I do have to worry about organs being damaged.  So far no problem.  I'm sure it will be the same this time. 

Here are a couple of my favorite Maxine cartoons on Birthdays: 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Feeling Knackered

I'm sitting here this morning, after reading my email and drinking my coffee, thinking about whether I have a blog in me to share today.  

I just couldn't think of anything interesting to share and then I thought to myself that I'm just too knackered to write today.  Hahaha.  I had to laugh at myself.  "Knackered."  Now I'm thinking in British Slang.  Kind of like when you start dreaming in a foreign language they say you have mastered it.  

I watch a lot of British TV and some of the blogs I read are written by British bloggers.  Somewhere along the line, I seem to have assimilated some British slang into my own way of thinking.  (I quite like the term "Bloody" too but haven't figure out if it is a curse word.) 

Anway, I just thought "Knackered" was a lovely way to describe the tired (mentally and physically) why I was feeling.  Do you have any foreign terms, or worse, old-foggy words you use to describe feelings, likes or dislikes? 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

What Does Ambition Mean to a Boomer?

Isn't that a great quote?  Lately, I have been dealing with the 18-year-old Grandson who doesn't seem to have the drive I want for him.  (If I could only throw it in the nest for him!) 

I was doing a little thinking and researching over the internet - I'm beginning to think the internet is part of my internal thinking machine.  Scary.

Anyway, I fixated on the word Ambition and was trying to think how I could bring this into a good conversation with him.  Uh-oh.  I realized I had no example in my life that I could share with him.  

Then I got to thinking what was Ambition in the life of a Boomer?  What strong desire to do or achieve did I have?  
My Ambition is to become a (what)?  The things I had strived to be:  the cutest teenager I could be, the smartest student in the class (oh well, failed that one), the best Parent ever, the hardest working and most dependable Legal Assistant, on to Loving and Caring Grandparent, then on to Retiree with the most enjoyable lifestyle. 

As they say, "Been there, Done that."  Now what.  If I don't have an Ambition am I the same lazy dazy being my Grandson is?  I'm pretty sure I don't like that comparison. 

Are you still trying to climb Mt. Everest or become a Prima Ballerina?  Do you have any Ambition in your life?  What does Ambition Mean to a Boomer?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Essential Oils and Diffuser

Does anyone have any experience using Essential Oils and a Diffuser for treating symptoms from allergies? 

I've seen a lot of posts on Pinterest about Essential Oils.  They have recommendations for different scents like sleep, relaxation, energy, etc. as well as recommendations for just good old smell good combinations. 

I take a lot of allergy medicine.  I really hate taking pills so I thought maybe, just maybe, there is something to this essential oil business. 

I also saw this:

This process uses beeswax with essential oils.  Hahaha.  It reminds me of seeing police procedurals where they put this gunk under their nose before going into autopsies.  

I believe some of these ideas could work.  I just don't have any real experience with them.  

As anyone tried any essential oil treatment or some natural treatment for allergies that works for them?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Getting My Hair Re-Cut

This is not my hair, just a picture I like from Pinterest

Yesterday I went to get my hair re-cut because I didn't like the way it was cut last time.  I go to this inexpensive chain located all over the city.  In the past, I have gone to one of their salons located near my old house and let whoever was available cut it.  I have almost always gotten a good cut - I'm not that particular and my hair is so short it is hard to mess up. 

The night before the recent big ice storm hit I ran to the same chain but to a salon that is located closer to my new apartment.  The young lady who cut my hair had nice looking hair so I assumed she knew something about cutting hair. 

Nope. It was just not a good cut.  I thought maybe when I got home and fixed it myself it would lay better but it never did. 

I didn't want to go back to the same place and complain because I didn't want to get the young girl in trouble.  So I went to my old place today and she saw right away some of the mistakes. 

So I paid for a new haircut and vowed to drive the distance to my old favorite from now on. 

Have you ever had a really bad haircut?  Did you have the nerve to go back?  My friend said I should have but I just wasn't brave enough to complain.  Would you?

Friday, January 26, 2018

This, that and a bottle of Insulin

I haven't had anything to say because I've been completely lazy.  I've been cuddled up on the bed with the dogs and a couple of books on CD.  It was so pleasant and me being the one that was just complaining of boredom.  Shame.  Shame.

My sleep has changed again and I'm waking up at 3-4:00 a.m.  I like that better than going to bed at the same time in the a.m.  However, one thing is not working - my morning coffee.  For some reason, it doesn't taste the same and I am just not enjoying it like I usually do.  Anybody have any idea?  Same coffee, same coffeemaker.  I wonder if Folgers might have fiddled with the recipe.

Oh, a new one for me.  I dropped a brand new just opened bottle of insulin yesterday and chipped a hole in it.  I quickly called Costco to see if there was any way to save the insulin.  They told me to call the manufacturer and they would give me credit.  I called Novo Nordisk and they said no they could not do anything about it.  I called the pharmacy back and the pharmacist got on the line and said I know they will give you credit, you got someone on the phone who doesn't know their policy.  So I called Novo Nordisk back, got a different person and they too said no but I could go to Walmart and get it over the counter for $25.  Apparently the cheap insulin my doctor just changed me to is even cheaper than I thought.  I pulled out my statement to see what I paid in December for this medicine.  Aargh.  I paid $168.54 out of pocket in the Gap period and Medicare paid $210.44 for a drug I could have gotten for $75.00.  What is wrong with this system? 

I am going to research my other insulin and see if I can figure something out.  I talked to the pharmacy girl about it but she was not really knowledgeable and the line was too long to tie up the pharmacist with questions.  I'll get a little more information and then be able to discuss it intelligently with the pharmacist next time.   

Another lesson for those who take expensive drugs:  Research and shop around.  You might find a savings or you might not but you'll feel better that at least you tried. 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Old Habits, New Habits and the lingering Habits of the Work Week


I often laugh at myself when I wake up on Saturday morning and rejoice in the fact that I don't have to go to work today.  Why so funny?  Because I'm retired and I'm not heading into just a few short days of leisure activity.

This came to mind tonight as I sat here thinking "Darn, the weekend is over."  Ridiculous!  Most of the time I don't know what day of the week it is.

Other Habits

I still get that urge before school starts to see what school supplies are on sale.  Once upon a time I did buy them for my kids, then grandkids but now schools have those prepackaged bags of school supplies, sold by the PTA/PTO, and you've got everything you need for that grade. I miss school shopping.  I guess as long as I see advertisements for school supplies, I'll be longing to fill that new backpack.

I've heard people talk about cool weather being football weather although they haven't been to a Friday night game since their child/grandchild was playing.  Yet, when it turns cool they want to get their pom-poms out.

Daily Habits

My favorite Daily Habits are associated with mornings.

When I wake up in the morning, I stumble to the coffee pot, which I have already filled the night before, and push the go button.

I then following the morning routine of pot, face wash and teeth brushing.

When I walk out of the bathroom I go straight to my bed and make it.  I don't often make much of a mess out of the covers so I just pull them up straight and put on the decorator pillows.  (Making my bed also instructs my brain that I have accomplished at least one thing today. And believe me, that is sometimes my only accomplishment for the day!)

Then I sit down with my fresh cup of coffee, my laptop and a blanket to cover me until my body has reached room temperature.

After the coffee is drunk, I jump in the shower (which is the final wakeup call to my mind and body), dress and I'm ready to walk out the door with a happy face. This little routine is a habit that makes me happy.

Developing Habits

I guess the reason habits are on my mind is because I HAVE to develop new sleep habits.  (Blah, blah, blah.  You have heard me talk about this one on more than one occasion.)  Once I get that new habit firmly planted in my life, I know I will be waking up easier and happier. 

Yep, life is like that.  We must keep growing while we enjoy our lives.

Image result for waking up

Note the Pun: Waking up is hard to do - 
for you youngsters the title is
Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Houston, We have Snow .... Well Crunchy Ice

I'm not a doomsday believer but when you have snow/crunchy ice twice in one Winter in Houston, Texas - well, it just makes you wonder if the end is nearer than you think.  Hahaha.  I would have attached a picture but it was just too pitiful to claim after what some of you Yankees are going through. 

I've been playing around with new headers.  If I made New Year's Resolutions, getting back to serious blogging might have been one of them.  You can always tell when I am bored and restless, I start doing things that take in-depth research.  I guess that's what I miss about work - all the research and organization. 

I had an appointment scheduled with the Hypnotist/Life Coach this evening so, of course, I had to cancel with this weather.  Come to think of it maybe that is why we had this weather. 

Yes, I am that friend who tries quirky things.  All my friends shook their heads when I started my ice dyeing adventure but I had a lot of fun doing it.  Now I need a new little challenge to master. 

My dear friend has been moved from ICU to a room and she has passed the swallowing test several times.  Don't know what it means but I'm told that is good.  Her birthday was this month.  Yeah.  Happy Birthday to her.  I can't go see her with the bad roads but hopefully tomorrow or the next day.  Thanks for the kinds words of encouragement I received. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Old Friends

My BFF had a second stroke yesterday and is in the hospital.  This lady and I had our first apartments together when we were 19.  We have lived near and far from each other but never lost touch.  We were single parents together and now share grandchildren stories with each other.  She is not able to speak clearly.  The only thing anyone understands is when she says "I'm better". 

She has smoked all of her life.  She has been "going to quit" for so many years.  I think she quit taking her blood pressure medicine a while back as she told me she was off her medicine.  I didn't ask her which ones.  If I had told her this was dangerous it would not have made a difference.  She is stubborn.  Now she is very sick. 

Do you have a long time friend?  The thought of losing her is so sad but the thought of her being unable to speak is almost as heartbreaking.  She loves to talk on the phone and keeps up with so many people this way. 

In honor of my friend's illness, take the time to call you friend today and share your love.  You never know when it might be you or them.