Monday, December 31, 2012

New Years Resolutions

Every year I make them. Usually, I forget what they were shortly after I made them. Hopefully, that won't be the case this coming year.

1. Eat Paleo all year. I most definitely am allergic to grains and I need to stay away from them.
2. Monitor my blood glucose levels and keep them in a healthy range. My husband bought me a glucometer for Christmas and I'll be doing an n=1 experiment on myself. I suspect that I'm insulin resistant.
3. Finish 1 book every month
4. Visit my parents once a week. I already do this but I think it's important to schedule it.
5. Finish 1 project each month (sewing, knitting, crochet, etc)
6. Keep a food log

I very much hope that I can keep and maintain each of these. Time will tell.

Friday, December 21, 2012

A Birthday Party

Tonight was rather wonderful. My Nana turned 91 and my parents threw her a party. I think she had quite a bit of fun. My boys had a blast playing with their cousins. The most fun came right at the end when they were given their Christmas gifts from their Uncle and Aunt. Our oldest got a tub full of Civil War army men with canons and horses. He was in love. Our baby got a drum. He spent quite a while practicing hitting it.

Happy Birthday Nana!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Speed Reading

I've been listening and watching a seminar called Super Hero You. It was very good. Jim Kwik hosted the event and made several mentions that he teaches speed reading but then never covered it. Finally, two weeks after the seminar is over he released his talk on speed reading.

This is so cool. I tested at 204 words a minute in the beginning. Then, halfway through his talk he tested us again having us use two of the techniques he described. Whoa. I came in at 348 words per minute.

I didn't change much at all. First, I used my finger to track the words on the page so I wouldn't reread stuff. And second I held the book upright where I could see it better. All this while juggling a nursing baby in my lap. Had I not had the distraction of the child I don't know where I would be in terms of speed.

I haven't tested with the third piece of advice which is to use the right side of your brain by tracking with your left hand. With practice I'll get better and better. :)

Sunday, December 2, 2012


We had wild weather last night and this morning. Gale force winds and 4.7 inches of rain! As long as I've a cozy place to be I love this sort of weather. It really shows God's awesome power.

Today is also the first Sunday of Advent. Here is a favorite rhyme I learned from the film Courage Mountain:

Advent, Advent the little light burns
First one
Then two
Then three
Then four
Then the Christ child knocking at the door