Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Power of Positive Thinking

I am a huge Norman Vincent Peale fan.  Back in the olden days… I guess when I was about 23 or so (ca. early-ish ’90s)… I was in the process of “finding” myself, doing a little soul searching as a lot of us do around that time in our life, and I ran across Norman Vincent Peale’s book, “The Power of Positive Thinking.”  It changed my whole perspective on life.  I should say I changed my whole perspective on life after reading that book.

Dr. Peale states that if you practice positivity daily then it becomes a habit, second nature, a way of living.  And he was right.  I have become that annoying eternal optimist who refuses to acknowledge negatives or give them the power they so desire.  There’s always a bright side… there’s always a reason you are where you are… things happen for a reason, accept it and move on… it’s all in how you view things.  Some may consider this as being “naive,” “unrealistic,” “impractical,” “romantic,” whatever.  Call it what you like, but it’s how I choose to live my life, and I personally would much rather be around a person who looks at life as a good thing and a blessing as opposed to a person who wallows in self pity day in and day out.  Don’t get me wrong… we all have our downer days as that’s just life, but I’m pretty certain that 98% of my days are spent being happy and thankful for everything that I have and everything that I am.

That being said, I have been challenged by Kristy at Palatable Adventures to the 3-day quote challenge.  Thank you Kristy!  I get so much inspiration from quotes and sayings, even turning some into a run mantra when I’m out on the trail.

Day 1

quote NVP

Rules:  Post 1-3 quotes for 3 consecutive days, nominating 3 fellow bloggers to do the same.

For today, I’d like to nominate the following bloggers.  Please don’t feel obligated to participate… it’s just nice being able to give you a shout-out to let you know I appreciate you and your blog.

 My God, My Music, My Life

Living Out Loud

The World’s Biggest Fridge Magnet

Life is what you make it, friends, so make it a good one.

Music Time!

It’s Monday, so it must be time for another Motivational Music Monday with 50 in 50 Marathon Quest!  Anyone can join in on the fun, so go say hi to James and add a song!

It appears that Jamesy has chosen to go with some ’90s alternative something or another, and I have decided to follow suit (not that you have to… feel free to choose whatever song floats your boat this week, :D).

I was not a huge grunge or alternative music fan way back when; however, I thought these guys were great!  Loved the beat, the music, the sound, the freaky-deaky lyrics.  As a matter of fact, I enjoyed every single song on the album “The Real Thing”, which is not an easy feat to pull off, especially when you’re not Michael Buble.  These guys rocked then, and they rock now! I still will listen to their entire album, and I have at least 1 or 2 of their songs on every playlist I create. Like I said, they rock, and they keep me moving.

Faith No More, Falling to Pieces

Now what I didn’t know is they did a remake of “Easy.”  Mike Patton does a lovely job, is quite the singer… a good tune… I might have to add their version to my music library.

Enjoy your day… and be sure to do something that makes you smile!!

This, That, and The Other

The flu bug in my house is thankfully all gone now.  James got lucky… he was not affected.  He thinks it has something to do with having gotten the flu shot.  I don’t believe that for an instant. I think he avoided the flu because he’s meticulous about washing his hands and using hand sanitizer (inside joke because I don’t believe in getting the flu shot). Regardless, we are once again a healthy and happy family!  I’ll be spending the next week bleaching and sanitizing everything we’ve ever touched.  Yay.

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Tuesday was Jamesy’s birthday!  Even though AJ and I had some resemblance of an illness, we still managed to give James a nice, happy evening!  I actually made some home-made cupcakes… with frosting!  And I even made some type of chicken parmesan dinner for him that he really enjoyed.  The secret was in the frying of the chicken pieces… I went full fat and full flavor for this baby!!  Bread crumbs, egg, and milk for dipping, and good old fashioned vegetable oil for frying!!  No oven baking… no boring panko crumbs… full flavor all the way!  (I am such a rebellious soul, hehe)  No worries… we went back to healthy on Wednesday (well, at least until Friday Happy Hour, :D).


Speaking of healthy, we got a new little toy… the Nutribullet by Magic Bullet!  We’ve always made our shakes and smoothies in the Magic Bullet, but the motor started to die, so enter the Nutribullet!  Much bigger than a Magic Bullet… kind of like a full size blender and super powerful.  You can make 2 servings in one go, and not near as klunky to wash as a blender.  We just love our little gadgets.


Can’t leave out the recipe book it came with, with lots of healthy smoothies to create!


As for work, it’s been a week!  Fawns being born, ducklings losing their mothers, bunny nests being uncovered, fledgling birds that really don’t need to be rescued… it’s just crazy.  Some of you may not be aware, but I work at a rescue and rehab for wild animals.  A couple of tips if you run across a wild baby animal:


Geese will foster orphaned goslings. Ducks will kill ducklings that are not their own.

  • Birds:  Parents will still take care of their young while they’re on the ground learning to fly.  If you see parents in the area, leave the bird alone.  It’s also okay to re-nest the bird.  That thing where birds won’t accept their young after a person has touched it is just a myth.
  • Fawns:  You will never see the mother.  The mother will sometimes leave the baby for up to 12 hours to forage for food; however, she is still in the area.  Fawns are programmed to sit as still as possible until mom returns.  Unless you see obvious signs of it being hurt, leave the baby alone!
  • Bunnies:  If your dog or cat brings you a bunny, get it to a licensed rehabber as soon as possible.  Never, ever, ever feed a bunny milk, kitten replacement milk, or puppy replacement milk, or milk of any kind for that matter.  They will develop bloat and die.  If a nest has been uncovered, cover it back up in such a manner that the mother will have to disturb the covered area to get to her babies, that way you can tell if she’s returned to the nest or not.  If she doesn’t return after 12 hours, take them to a licensed rehabber. (If a bunny is the size of an apple, it’s big enough to be on its own).
  • Squirrels:  Put them back in the nest if you don’t see any obvious signs of injury.  If the nest is too high, gently pinch their little toes until they cry out then leave the area.  Mom will come down to get her baby and take it back up to the nest, but not while you’re still around.

As for this guy below, he was afraid to come down out of a tree because of a nearby barking dog.  A citizen thought he was stuck.  He was “freed” from this position and still wouldn’t come down. But once the dog was quieted and no one was around, he came down on his own accord. (If you’re unable to make out what it is… it’s a raccoon, and a very healthy one at that!)


I am now about to attempt my first 3-mile run after a 2-week break.  As long as I don’t cough up a lung in the process, I’ll be good to go.  After all, my next half is only a month away.  Holy crap.

Have a great week!!  


Happy Mother’s Day

It’s been a brutal week for me.  I was diagnosed with Influenza type A and have been basically confined to bed since last Monday night.  To top it off, my son came down with a wicked fever yesterday, and he, too, has been diagnosed with type A flu.

I’m feeling better now, basically normal, so I hope to do some catching up with my wonderful blogging friends, please forgive my absenteeism.

In the meantime, it’s time for Jamesy’s Motivational Music Monday again already!  Do you have a song that gets you up and motivates you?  Give him a visit and share your song.  We all need new music!

However, as it’s Mother’s Day, I would like to dedicate this particular post to every mom out there.  While your child may not necessarily always tell you, know that they love and appreciate you and everything you’ve ever been to them:  caregiver, nurse, teacher, guidance counselor, chef, maid, etc., … and they always will.

To all the moms (and dads substituting as mom), I truly hope you’ve had a beautiful day.

One of the greatest groups of all time …Boys II Men … “A Song For Mama” 

Have a great week!

Motivational Music Monday #11

It’s time once again for Jamesy’s Motivational Music Monday!  Anyone can contribute, so go check out 50 in 50 Marathon Quest and add a song and/or link in the comments!

I’m going to be the first to admit that my song choice isn’t exactly motivational, but what a freaky video!  Regardless, it’s still a catchy little ditty!  James chose a fun little tune from 2012, so I thought I’d take my cue from that… I went with the biggest hit from 2012, per Billboard.  I kind of think the song he chose and the song I chose appropriately… complement… each other.  😀  I don’t know… you decide.

Without further ado, I present…

Gotye, Somebody That I Used To Know

Happy Monday!  May you have a blessed week!

Seattle Date Day

Even though we live about 35 miles from Seattle, it’s not often we get to go spend the day there and just have fun.  Saturday was originally planned as a family outing, but the child was invited to a birthday sleepover party with bowling, so he much preferred that as opposed to spending the day with his parents, go figure.  We’re fun, I tell ya, really fun!!

20160430_190358.jpgSo James and I had a wonderful date day out all by ourselves without any cares or having to worry about being home at a certain time, so much like the carefree days of our younger years! (Or our racecations sans child, hehe).  First stop… hopping the train to Seattle to go watch the Sounders soccer team play!


After visiting the Pro Shop to buy a hat and eating a fabulous hot dog from a local vendor, we made our way to the nosebleed section, known otherwise during Seahawk season as the ‘Hawks nest.  Great view though.  We could see all the action happening on the pitch.



After the Sounders won against the Columbus Crew 1-0 and we enjoyed some post-game festivities…



…it was time to make our way into the city to see what trouble we could get into.  There’s some interesting people and stuff to see in downtown…


Then we found Pike’s Place Brewing Company, and that’s all she wrote.  A great place for a bite to eat and a few cocktails!





I had a couple Celestial Cosmos, their house special.  Wouldn’t want to light a match near me though… the fumes alone would’ve ignited.


Afterwards, we stopped in at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory to get treats for everyone, then headed to Westlake Center to catch the bus back home.  Interesting things going on there as well. Lots of pot smoking, game playing, people preaching about Jesus, people preaching about the first ever Hemp Fest in Boise… it was a menagerie of misfits.  Even a band playing in the midst of it all… I wonder if this is how Nirvana got their first nightclub gig?


It was a great day out!  Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend as well!!