THE MIND OF THE MOTHER-IN-LAWÂ The editors at Reader's Digest compiled this list of things your mother-in-law thinks, but would never say to you. It's not only great insight into the mind of the mother-in-law -- but a good guide to developing a better relationship with the mother of your man.Things Your Mother-in-Law Won't Tell You:1. "I spent a couple of decades being the leading lady; now I have a character role. It hurts to be downsized." 2. "I know he's your husband now, but he's still my son." 3. "You don't seem very confident about yourself. The littlest comment from me is taken as a criticism, so I'm very careful what I say around you." 4. "Every year, I send you a birthday present, but you never even pick up the phone to thank me. This year, I said, 'That's it. No more.' Yet look at me: I'm about to send another present. I guess that's how I am."5. "We mothers say to our children, 'I want you to be happy.' And we mean that. What we don't say is, 'But I would like to be happy too.'"6. "I've bought and sold 13 houses in my life. Why won't you ask for my advice?"7. "When I visit you, I'm not coming for a white-glove inspection. I'm just coming to see the family."8. "When I really want to talk to my son privately, I don't call your house. I call his cell phone." 9. "I'm in competition with your mother. She takes you on vacations every year and buys things I can't afford. All I can do is love you and babysit for you. I hope that's enough and that it's appreciated."
How to Protect Yourself Without Dangerous Drugs and VaccinationsAn excerpt from Mercola.com
I have not caught a flu in over two decades, and you can avoid it too, without getting vaccinated, by following these simple guidelines, which will keep your immune system in optimal working order so that you're far less likely to acquire the infection to begin with.
Optimize your vitamin D levels. As I've previously reported, optimizing your vitamin D levels is one of the absolute best strategies for avoiding infections of ALL kinds, and vitamin D deficiency is likely the TRUE culprit behind the seasonality of the flu -- not the flu virus itself.
This is probably the single most important and least expensive action you can take.
Avoid Sugarand Processed Foods. Sugar decreases the function of your immune system almost immediately, and as you likely know, a strong immune system is key to fighting off viruses and other illness. Be aware that sugar is present in foods you may not suspect, like ketchup and fruit juice.
Get Enough Rest. Just like it becomes harder for you to get your daily tasks done if you're tired, if your body is overly fatigued it will be harder for it to fight the flu. Be sure to check out my article Guide to a Good Night's Sleep for some great tips to help you get quality rest.
Have Effective Tools to Address Stress . We all face some stress every day, but if stress becomes overwhelming then your body will be less able to fight off the flu and other illness.
Exercise When you exercise, you increase your circulation and your blood flow throughout your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of finding an illness before it spreads.
Take a good source of animal based omega-3 fats. Increase your intake of healthy and essential fats like omega-3, which is crucial for maintaining health. It is also vitally important to avoid damaged omega-6 oils that are trans fats and in processed foods as it will seriously damage your immune response.
Wash Your Hands. Washing your hands will decrease your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or other people. Be sure you don't use antibacterial soap for this -- antibacterial soaps are completely unnecessary, and they cause far more harm than good. Instead, identify a simple chemical-free soap that you can switch your family to.
Eat Garlic Regularly. Garlic works like a broad-spectrum antibiotic against bacteria, virus, and protozoa in the body. And unlike with antibiotics, no resistance can be built up so it is an absolutely safe product to use. However, if you are allergic or don't enjoy garlic it would be best to avoid as it will likely cause more harm than good
Lyrid meteor shower visible to Central Texans(from the Austin American Statesman and Sky and Telescope)
Central Texas should see quite a few meteors over the next few days during the annual Lyrid meteor shower, said Bob Rose, a meteorologist with the Lower Colorado River Authority.
Rose said the shower is named Lyrid after the star, Lyra, which is the point where most of the meteors seem to fall near.
He said the shower will peak early Wednesday morning, two to three hours before dawn, when about 10 to 20 meteors will fall every hour.
Lyra is easy to find because it's marked by the brilliant blue-white star Vega. Vega ranks fifth brightest of all nighttime stars.
It's best to view meteor showers without optical aid. Viewers should use just their eyes, so as not to restrict the field of view. Before midnight, face eastward, and look about halfway up. After midnight, looking overhead will probably net you the most meteors.
Astronomy magazine has more on the Lyrid shower here.
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I got this email in my in-box this morning. I slowly started to read and realized what a great list of things to pursue. I might even print it out and hang it on my refridgerator! It was from Jim Gentil, who I don't know, but if he's anything like his list, I'd like to know him.
Take a chance! All life is a chance. The person who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. - Dale Carnegie
40 Tips For 2009
1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile.
It is the ultimate anti-depressant.
2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
3. Buy a DVR and tape your late night shows and get more sleep.
4. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, 'My purpose is to __________ today.'
5. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
6. Play more games and read more books than you did in 2008.
7. Make time to practice meditation and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.
8. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
9. Dream more while you are awake.
10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
11. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds, & walnuts .
12. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
13. Clear clutter from your house, your car, your desk, and let new and flowing energy into your life.
14. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, OR issues of the past, negative thoughts, or things you cannot control. Instead, invest your energy in the positive present moment.
15. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class, but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
16. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
17. Smile and laugh more. It will keep the NEGATIVE BLUES away.
18. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
20. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
21. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree!
22. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
23. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
24. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will this matter?'
26. Forgive everyone for everything.
27. What other people think of you is none of your business.
28. REMEMBER, GOD heals everything.
29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
30. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
31. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful, or joyful.
32. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
33. The best is yet to come.
34. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.
35. Do the right thing!
36. Call your family often. (Or e-mail them to death!)
37. Each night before you go to bed, complete the following statements: I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished _________.
39. Enjoy the ride. Remember this is not Disney World and you certainly don't want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life, so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.
40. Share this with those you care about. May your troubles be less, May your blessings be more,
May nothing but happiness, come through your door!Jim Gentil - Mr. Positive
P.O. Box 340108 - Austin, TX 78734
Office: 512-261-4940 Fax: 512-261-4979
www.JimGentil.comTo all meeting planners – Jim offers programs on Creating Your Personal Success, Motivation, Balance in Your Life, Put Magic in your Presentation Skills, Customer Service, Humor. Great programs with Texas talent at affordable rates. Check it out at 512-261-4940 or www.jimgentil.com.
I wanted to vary-up my cardio exercise routine, I mean one can only do the treadmill so much . . . so I got a new bike--and I love it!
Here is a picture:
In order to buy it I had to put my old bike up on Craig'sÂ List, sell an old computer and an old office chair.Â This was expensive, but IÂ know that if you buy a qualityÂ bike and maintain it that it will last for decades.Â Â So I made sure it was a model that would last for 20 years.Â It's aÂ "Townie" by "Electra" it's a 21 speed andÂ a really nice ride.
Now all I got to do is ride it slow enough to not get too far ahead of my kids,Â a 3 year-old and 5 year-old on training wheels.Â Â Â