My New Perch

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I finally gave up on my old coffee-house. I will still go there but I will not try to work there. Every Sunday Shawn and I pack up our laptops and we go on a coffee date. I usually plan my week while I am there. I plan our homeschool week, write, and journal. The Panera I had been going to has terrible internet. They upgraded their internet awhile ago but it made no difference, and now it seems they are upgrading again. They also seem to want to limit the time you can be online which really doesn’t work for us. You might think finding a place to have a coffee date would be easy in a place like Madison. There are tons of places to get a cup of coffee but few that meet all of my criteria.

My Coffee Date

My Coffee Date

First they must have a good frappe. I want it to be cold, blended, and it needs to have whipped cream on top. Don’t judge me! It took my about 35 years to learn to like coffee and cold and creamy is really the only way I can drink it.

Frappe Mocha

Frappe Mocha

They must also have enough seating. Good music is a plus too, although I can use my headphones if the music is bad. Panera had these really weird covers on their musak. Their music was loud too. I could hear it’s jazziness even with my headphones on. The biggest must is decent internet. Nothing will put a crimp in my style like spotty unreliable internet access. If all of these stars align then we can hang.

This morning we are trying a new coffee spot. The name of the coffee-house is Barriques. We have one really close to our house, but I always get bad service there. In fact, that is why I started visiting Panera to begin with. Recently I discovered there is another Barriques not far from my home that is more spacious and seems to have better service so that is where we are today.

View From My Perch

View From My Perch

We got off to a good start. The internet was fast, the coffee cold, and the lemon poppy-seed bread delicious. The decor is inviting and I love the window seat I found. The people watching has been interesting, especially the couple behind us who seem to be on a first date. :)

Pretty

Pretty

All this was making for a delightful coffee date and then….the internet went out! So I have been sitting here for about 15 mins. waiting for the internet to come back. Hopefully I will be able to finish this post since Word Press can’t save when the web is down. I should be writing this in Pages on my Mac, then the saving issue would not be a factor.

When I started this post I was listening to the Jason Mraz iTunes internet radio station I created. I can’t listen to that cause the connection has been lost. Instead I am listening to Adele and tapping my fingers nervously. Have I ever mentioned that patience is not a virtue I possess? I can be patient with children, the elderly, and animals. Waiting is not something that comes easy for me. Whew! Ok the internet is back.:) I think I will definitely come back to this spot, and maybe it will become our spot.

D

xoxo

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Zinio

I really like to read, and magazines are a guilty pleasure of mine. What I don’t like about magazines is all the paper they leave behind. I use some of them for making vision boards but most of them end up in the recycle bin. Because of this I have been investigating magazine reading apps. One that caught my eye was Zinio. Zinio is an Apple app. I would love to check it out. Have any of you tried this app? What did you think of it?

My interests are varied so it is important to me that the selection be large. I would also be interested in hearing from any of you who have tried Next Issue or News Stand.

Thanks

D

xoxo

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Accepting Acceptance

I am not good at acceptance. I have to work hard on it. As you may already know I have been through some tough times lately. Mostly I have been caught up in things I have no control over. Members of my family have had some issues that have caused a pretty big upheaval in my life. Through all of this I have been working on acceptance.

 “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” Lao Tzu

Today something came up in conversation and before I knew it my thoughts were spiraling out of control. All of the “what ifs” and worry about the future starting kicking in. These thoughts were followed by their dear friend, worrying about the past. 

“For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Did I do enough? Did I do the right thing? Was any of this my fault? It just goes on and on. Before I knew what was happening the tears were filling my eyes and I was really starting to become depressed. In the midst of all that a small voice reminded me about acceptance.

“I let it go. It’s like swimming against the current. It exhausts you. After a while, whoever you are, you just have to let go, and the river brings you home.”
Joanne Harris, Five Quarters of the Orange

Silently in my head I started talking myself through what was brewing in my mind. None of this was my fault. I can only control myself. No one knows what the future holds so it does us no good to worry about it. You can only do what you can do and that has to be enough. Stop trying to control what is out of your control. All you will do is create suffering for yourself. Let it go. Along with this I worked on slowing down my breathing and tried to let the building stress drain out of me. 

It did not take too long before I was feeling much calmer. There are some things in our lives we have to work to let go of over and over. Each time I walk through the steps and try to let go without falling into the trap of blaming myself. It is a process. I’m happy to say I am feeling much better now. I am back to center and I know it will be ok, I will be ok. 

D

xoxo

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Strength Through Adversity

I am feeling pretty damn strong today. Spring and summer have been extremely stressful for my family and I. As the matriarch of my clan I end up being the one who holds it all together. At the same time I shelter the young ones from the worst of it. Some days I have felt like the only thing keeping the world spinning for my family.

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
― Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

There have been days that it has felt a bit like scorched earth around here. I have not always felt pretty as I have pushed through the stress, but I have felt strong. Even as the tears have won and I feel like doing nothing but sleeping, I have a sense of how strong I am.

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
― Maya Angelou

I may not feel like this everyday, but today I walk with my head held high. I am a little crispy around the edges but that’s ok. Satisfaction has come from knowing I have weathered the storm and continue to move forward. Even through adversity I have continued to blog everyday and I have continued to keep up with my fitness goals. So today’s post is a “Yay Me!” post…lol. 

“From the mud of adversity grows the lotus of joy”
― Carolyn Marsden, The Buddha’s Diamonds

D

xoxo

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Things I Am Grateful For This Week

I have so much to be grateful for this week. I work hard to live from a place of gratitude. It just makes life so much better.

1. Grokker. I am so grateful that I found Grokker. I have been using that site to jump-start my meditation practice. Starting the day with meditation helps me to stay grounded and centered. Plus the site is free!

2. Resources. I am so thankful that I have the resources to buy healthy food and have a gym membership.

3. Sunny days. We have been having more sunny days lately. The clouds have really been getting me down.

4. Family and Friends. My friends and family keep me from going crazy! They remind me to take care of myself.

5. Yarn. I have been having so much fun knitting lately. It is such a wonderful stress reliever. Plus you have something pretty when you are done.

6. Balanced Bites Modern Paleo Living Podcast. I am loving this podcast! It is inspiring and helps me to keep my goals.

What are you grateful for this week?

D

xoxo

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Amazon Prime

Shawn and I now have an Amazon Prime account. I have not had time to play with it much. I’m glad we have it because I am hoping it will help me make the choice to pull the plug on cable. I’m super excited to be able to watch Orphan Black. Amazon is the only place you can watch season one right now. I am wondering who out there has Amazon Prime and what do you do with it? How much content do you consume through Prime.

http://lifehacker.com/is-amazon-prime-worth-it-1038496234

http://www.savingwithshellie.com/amazon-prime/

I would love to get feedback from those of you who use Prime!

D

xoxo

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Grokker Meditation

This morning I tried my first guided meditation on Grokker.

http://www.grokker.com

I have been wanting to add more meditation to my life because I know it can be a great stress reliever. This morning I did the 30 minute “Fire” themed guided meditation with Christy Evans. It was really enjoyable. I felt super relaxed when I was finished but also energized. All that is needed for this video is a candle and a comfy place to sit. I loved the breath work.

http://grokker.com/yoga/video/energy-meditation-series-fire/5185bb5b5edebb055000072c

I am really looking forward to exploring this site more and seeing what else it has to offer. I saw some complaints about videos not working when I was on over the weekend. I have never experienced this. I have watched 5 or 6 videos on this site and they have all worked fine. :)

I will let you all know when I try another class. I want to do kick boxing next!

D

xoxo

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