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Christmas Music I’m Listening To In 2017

Posted by terrepruitt on December 13, 2017

While I was decorating for Christmas and making some Christmas gifts I was listening to Christmas music. I was listening to Pandora. I have a few Christmas CDs, but I thought I would listen to something else to see if there was any new stuff out there. To me it seems as if anyone sings they’ve done a Christmas album. Most often it is the same Christmas songs over and over. I have to admit that sometimes I like a new version of a traditional Christmas song. I can still like the old version, but it is nice to hear a new take on it. Well, this year on Pandora I was introduced to a Christmas album a couple of years old that had new-to-me songs on it.  PLUS there are two versions of two songs that I didn’t even think I liked until I heard this group’s version. A couple of the songs I liked so much, I talked my hubby into an early Christmas gift of the album. The album I am talking about is Train’s Christmas in Tahoe.

First of all, last year was the first time – that I know of – that I had heard Joni Mitchell’s River (1971). And the version I heard I did not like. I think it turns out that I just don’t like any Christmas songs that particular artist sings on her album (2014). She has WAY TOO MANY dramatic pauses and they are WAAAAAAAY too long. Geez. It is to the point of annoying. So I thought I didn’t like the song. But I like Train’s version. Just now, before I typed this, I listened to their version then listened to the other artist’s version. I realized – as I FORCED myself to listen to the whole song -I had never listened to the whole song by that artist because I just don’t like it or so I thought. Turns out it is her version I don’t like.  I need to listen to Joni Mitchell’s version to see how it is for me.

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There is not one song on this album that I skip. And I was really happy to see that the album/CD has bonus tracks on it. It was purchased from Amazon so we had advanced access to it on Amazon music, but when the CD arrived it had more songs on it. Yay. Amazon music has 15 tracks, but the CD has 20! And one of them I don’t ever remember ever having heard.  Have you heard of The Cherry Tree Carol?

What Christmas music are you listening to?  What is your favorite Christmas song?

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Easy Decorations With A POP!

Posted by terrepruitt on December 11, 2017

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First, is my lighted berry garland.  I have two strands.  These are the best things every.  I have looked for them over and over and I cannot find them.  I have some really pretty berry garland, but it is glass/plastic covered styrofoam so it is kind of delicate.  It sheds no matter how careful I am.  And so little bits of coating (I don’t even know if it is glass or plastic, but I don’t want my cats to eat it!) come off.  So while, I love the look of it, it is not that easy to display and take care of, but the berry garland I am showing you here is awesome.  It is plastic and it is very hearty.  I actually just lift it off of the shelves and put it in a box.  It somewhat stays in that formation in the box so I can just lift it out of the box and put it over the shelf and BAM!  Just like that the shelf is decorated and looking very festive.  This is one of my favorite decorations.  It is usually one of the first things to go up.  So easy and so decorative.Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFit

Another easy but beautiful (in my opinion) decoration is my wreath made of ornaments.  This one is a cheap plastic version, but hanging on the door, ya can’t tell.  It looks like nice ornaments.  I think this is another easy thing to decorate with.  Just pull it out of the box and hang it and you have all kinds of colors going on.  It is shiny and colorful.  Speaking of wreaths another great one for easy decorating is my bell wreath.  This one I received as a gift from a friend and I love it.  It is made of metal so it is a better quality than my other wreath.  These two things along with my berry garland are the first to go up.

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Then there are big red bows.  I don’t know that it gets any easier than that.  Just huge red bows placed about the space.  Big red bows give it a nice cheery feeling.  So festive!

 

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And if you have some, why not use the Christmas plates.  I actually have a plate holder on my wall that has plates in it all year round so when Christmastime comes I just replace our regular decorative plates with the Christmas plates.  Easy-peasy.  They have so many types of Christmas plates you can probably find just the right ones to match the rest of your Christmas decor.  Or get some really fancy ones to be the highlight of your decorations.  However you do it, plates are an easy way to decorate.

Whenever I pull out my berry garland and put it over the shelves I think, “Dang that was easy!”  This year is occurred to me to share and to pick a few things that I think have a decorative POW but that are really easy to put up/put out/display.

What do you think?  Do you have any decorations that take absolutely no time to put out, but really POP?

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A Little Relief For Long Hours Of Sitting

Posted by terrepruitt on December 6, 2017

Ah, the Holidays are upon us . . . we have even made it through one. I should have actually done this post BEFORE Thanksgiving, but I hadn’t actually thought of it as a blog post until last week when one my students thanked me, saying it really helped her during her travels recently. One time when she had traveled she said sitting in one position for so long really affected her hip adversely.  So I made a suggestion to her.  This is a suggestion to help with the long hours of sitting for travel whether it be in a car or on a plane (or even a bus or a train). The best thing to do, of course is to get up and walk a bit . . . stretching your entire body, but that is not always possible. Sometimes it is HOURS before you can get up. So one way to help fight off that soreness that overcomes the body is to shift your sitting position.

Sitting with your legs curled up under you or outstretched in front of you would be a way to shift the way you are sitting, but again, I am talking about sitting in a car or an airplane where the room might not allow for curling your legs under you or stretching them out in front of you. So an alternative is to just take something and stick it under one buttock. It could be a rolled towel, a jacket, a scarf, a pair of socks . . . something soft and comfortable, but that will give you a bit of lift. Granted having one hip hiked up higher than the other is not really optimum posture, but it sometimes is enough of a shift to prevent that sitting-in-the-same-spot-for-hours-soreness that comes on. After a little while, move the bundle. You can move it lower down your thigh, or under your leg at the edge of the seat, or to the other buttock . . . just move it. Then after a little while – you are deciding on the length of time you move it – move it to another place. You can move it randomly and just put it wherever you want or you can be methodical and move it from one cheek, down to the thigh, down to the lowest part of your thigh, then up to the next cheek . . . going in a pattern. Whatever works for you. Whatever allows your body to get a bit of a shift.

This can work if you are driving too, as long as you can safely still work the gas and brake pedals.

Again, this is not the best thing . . . .getting up and moving would be the best think, but sometimes that just isn’t possible . . . so this is the next best thing. It can help a lot. It relieves the muscles giving them a break from being in the same spot. Being it the same spot tires them out. Let the rolled up towel (or whatever) help let your muscles relax and prevent them from getting tired and sore.

What are your tips for preventing soreness associated with sitting for a long period of time?

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What Do You Go To?

Posted by terrepruitt on November 13, 2017

What is your “go-to” recipe?  Whether it is one that you make because you always have the ingredients on hand or whether it is that one recipe you use when making something special.  Or even that everyday kind of recipe but you still need to get the ingredients . . . . what is it?  What is your go to recipe?  Do you have one?

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To Do List Fail

Posted by terrepruitt on November 1, 2017

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Sigh.  How is it that I was busy all day and I got a lot done, but I made no progress?  Ugh!  I totally failed on my to-do (for today) list.

How did you do today?

 

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Top Three Halloween Songs

Posted by terrepruitt on October 30, 2017

Not many holidays or occasions have a plethora of music associated with them. New Year’s has one song, Auld Lang Syne. Any love song might be attached to Valentine’s Day, but I can’t think of a specific song that comes to many-a-mind for the occasion. Easter has the one song about Peter Cottontail and his bunny trail. I can’t think of ONE Fourth Of July Song nor does any song come to mind for Thanksgiving. But Christmas and Halloween have a lot of songs. Christmas has songs written just for the Holiday itself AND the surrounding season. Halloween might have a few written just for it, but it seems like most songs that are associated with Halloween just got that way because they mention monsters. Additionally, songs that mention the devil, witches, pumpkins, ghosts, ghouls, the moon, werewolves, and anything “Halloweeny” seem to get lumped into the Halloween Song category. Ha, if it mentions candy, some might put it in the pile of Halloween songs . . . thinking specifically about Bow Wow Wow’s I Want Candy – even though that song has NOTHING to do with the sweet confection known as candy! It is my opinion that there are, presently, three main songs that the majority thinks about when they think about Halloween songs. Of course, I am not saying that there are not a lot of other songs, but I am just talking about the top three – what I think of as most people knowing and thinking of when they think of Halloween.

I think the top three are – and this is not in order of popularity or in order of which I think people think of them:

Thriller. Michael Jackson’s Thriller has scary sound effects.  The video has monsters in it and then there is a cool dance associated with the song. I believe this is how it earned its place as one of the all time Halloween songs. Surprising to me, Thriller only made it to number 4 on Billboard Hot 100. It got to number two on the Billboard Hot Digital Singles Chart in 2009, after Michael Jackson died.

Then there is This is Halloween. C’mon it is stating that it is Halloween. I think ever since 1993, when the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas came out, that has been a top Halloween song. The song was written by Danny Elfman and recorded by the cast of the movie. In 2006 Marilyn Manson recorded for a special release of the movie’s soundtrack. This is Halloween has not been around as  long as Thriller, but I think it is here to stay.

And then there is the Monster Mash. This song has been around the longest. The Monster Mash was released in 1962. I am not sure if it has been a Halloween hit for 55 years, but I know that it has been a Halloween hit for as long as I can remember. In 1962, this song was number from October 20 to October 27 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has hit the charts again twice, once in August of 1970 and once in May of 1973.

So that my opinion regarding the most popular Halloween songs. Again, I am not saying that there are not others that are super popular, but I just think that these three are the ones that the majority think about.

What about you? What do you think? What song come to mind when you think of Halloween?

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Different Ways To Recycle

Posted by terrepruitt on October 23, 2017

I like it when I have an idea for a blog post and I don’t have to think about what to write. I wish that were always the case. I like to post on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, but I just don’t always have that many posts in me. I have been struggling lately with posting on Mondays when I have been at my dad’s all weekend. Going through stuff and getting rid of items is proving more difficult than one would think. So many people and entities say to recycle and donate, but that is harder said than done. While trying to think of something to post about I got to wondering what I posted about on this day (or close to it) in the years past. So . . . speaking of recycling. (See how I did that?)

In 2009 I posted about the free songs iTunes used to give away. Do they still do that? Back then they used to give out cards at Starbucks and they had a code to a free song. I was introduced to a lot of artists and songs that way that I still listen to. I also posted about Collage Video which is a website you can get exercise DVDs from. I had liked the way they described the videos with a break down of minutes of each cycles.

In 2010, October 23rd fell on a Saturday and I was posting on Saturdays back then. I posted about Nutrition Facts of Bell Peppers. I LOVE bell peppers.

In 2011, the 23rd fell on a Sunday, on October 22nd, a Saturday, I posted about being Ready To Receive. In my post I talked about when we first experience or hear about something sometimes we put up our barriers and we don’t want to accept it, so we really have to be ready and “open” to receive in order to actually receive and learn. I also mentioned Natural Time and how we are ready and open in our own natural time. While I wasn’t talking exactly about what was going on at the time, it was somewhat related to it. October 2011 is the year my mother-in-law was in a fatal automobile accident. She died October 23, 2011, six years ago today.

October 2012 I was making smoothies. In September of that year I had gotten my super blender for my birthday and I was making and drinking smoothies. I found that during that period I did believe the science behind the need to rotate the vegetables according to the family, but I never quite got it right. I wrote about it in my The Greens Go Round And Round post, but for me it was easier said than done.

October 23, 2013 fell on a Wednesday and I wasn’t posting on Wednesday back then, I was posting on Tuesdays and Thursday. On Tuesday the 22nd I posted about a yoga pose. I posted Icky Name, Great Pose which is about the locust pose (Salabhasana) where you lift your legs and chest up off the ground creating a back bend. On Wednesday I posted about how Messing Up Is Fun. It is about Nia and what a student felt about it.

I was actually thinking about my post from October 23, 2014 just the other day! But I didn’t know that. I was thinking about the “tea” that I had heard about that one blogger drinks when she is sick. She calls it Sick People Tea. I wrote a little bit about it and the oregano that is part of the recipe.

October 23, 2015 was a Friday. I wasn’t posting on Fridays back then. But we had our cats and on the 22nd I posted about them. The post includes some of the best pictures I have ever taken of them. They are pretty darn beautiful. On the 24th I posted about the difference between what are labeled Leisure Classes with the City of San Jose and what are Group Ex classes. Although the City of San Jose no longer has the “Group Ex” program we have SJCITY Fit, which is similar. You might want to check it out as their annual membership is a GREAT deal!

In 2016 I was posting on my current schedule of Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The 23rd of October fell on a Sunday so the closest post to the 23rd is the 24th and I posted about Sunburns And Ants.

I do hope you will have a moment to click over and check out one or two of the posts from Octobers past.   Which one  has you wanting to click over and read it?  Perhaps you can click over and like it and leave a comment.

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Birthday 2017

Posted by terrepruitt on September 18, 2017

Sigh. We all grieve in different ways. We all feel it differently. For many of us we agree that there is no right or wrong way. Many of us navigate the waters of grief the best way we can. We also try to help others do so in their own way. Different days and different occasions affect people in different ways. Many people get emotional on the birthday of the loved ones that have died. I understand that because a birthday represents another year that the person WOULD HAVE been alive. It represents a passage of time when memories could have been created. Also the DATE of the death is a heavy one. I feel that even if I think I am going ok emotionally around the date of death, my body responds in its own way. The day I really get sad is on MY birthday. Today is my birthday and it is the first birthday where I am not getting a daughter card. You know, one of those mushy cards where a parent tells you how you are the greatest, bestest, light of their life. It is sad.

Last week, the 12th, marked a year since the last day I saw my dad alive. It was to be only two months until I visited him again, but . . . . .

So, today, I’m a little sad. There is a message on my answering machine (yes, we still have one of those) that I have played a few times. It is my dad wishing me happy birthday last year. I don’t know where I was that I wasn’t able to answer the phone. I think I called him back and talked to him . . .but it might have been the next day.

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Yesterday we were at a wedding and the father-daughter dance was sweet. It reminded me of my dad when we danced at my wedding. My husband and I danced a lot back then (Country Western; two-step, West Coast Swing, Waltz, and Cha-cha) so my dad said he was really nervous. We were just stepping and sway and he kept saying, “Do you want me to do something? Should I spin you? Do you want me to dip you? Is this ok?” It was cute. He made me laugh. Last night’s father-daughter dance made me teary-eyed.

Not to say I am not having a happy birthday, it is just sad, no card, no call this year. And, not ever again.

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The Amazing Internet

Posted by terrepruitt on September 13, 2017

I am always amazed and so very happy when my website brings someone to one of my classes. I know it is not very fancy and it might be a bit too much information, but I spend a lot of time on my website so I love it when it actually gets someone the information they need and they make it to one of my classes. So exciting to me. And the story of the latest student is really exciting to me. A few weeks ago there was a woman who came to one of my Nia classes. She introduced herself and said it was her first time taking Nia. Now, if you know about Nia, it is not about judgement, so I don’t look at my students often and make judgements, but the few times I focused on her I did think she must have had prior dance experience because she was catching on very fast and very well. After class I talked to her and she said no, she hadn’t danced before. “But,” she said, “I am really excited to be here.” I thought that was great. I was excited too. When she came back the next week I was telling her that we meet for coffee the last Thursday of the month. That is when she said she wasn’t going to be here. She was going home. I didn’t know she was visiting and I asked her where she was from and she said she was from Taiwan. She had found my class online and wanted to take it while she was visiting San Jose. She had found my class though my website.

That just makes me so happy. I was so excited. But then she explained more of the story and I was even more excited. She said that there is a Chinese Doctor who wrote a book. He had lost a lot of weight and decided to write a book to help people lose weight and get into shape. She said that in his book he talked about how diet was important. He also talked about how exercise is important. And in his book he said that he liked to do Nia. That is where this woman learned about Nia. She learned about it from a book written by a Chinese Doctor! So cool.

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Love it. So excited. Makes all the time I spend on my website so worth it!

She is going to come back, but not until next year. And when she comes back it will be for good. So I will have a new student. I am so excited.  It will be so fun to have her back in class.

Do you every look up your favorite exercise class to see if there is one you can take in a city you are visiting?

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A Cool Way To Sleep

Posted by terrepruitt on September 6, 2017

I really think that my body’s temperature is higher than everyone else’s. Not my temperature so much as the way I feel. Maybe not EVERYONE, but most people. When people tell me they are too hot to sleep I share with them I sleep with a bag of ice and they look at me as if I am insane, when to me, since we don’t have air conditioning, that is the ONLY way I can get to sleep and stay a sleep.  I wrote a post about what I did before we were in a drought, Relief From Too Hot To Sleep, but with the drought I thought I shouldn’t waste the water so I started putting ice in a baggie and sleeping with it. People ask me a lot of questions regarding that so I thought I would answer them here. First of all I put the ice in a zip lock sandwich bag, then I put that in a big zip lock freezer bag. I have no fear of it leaking, but then if it did, so what? It is only a little baggie full of water. I am sure some beds get a lot more liquid on them than that.

So the most common questions have to do with leaking.  Does it leak?  Aren’t you afraid it will leak? No. I double bag it and even if it does, I am not afraid of a little water on my bed.

Then there are the questions about why your feet? Well, have you ever had a bag of ice pressed up against your chest? Even when it is really hot having a bag of ice on your chest is REALLY cold. Same thing with my back or arms. What do people often do when they want to cool off? They hang their feet into a pool. Also putting the bag of ice at the end of the bed by my feet allows me to easily move away or close to the ice. Whereas if it were at my mid-body it is more difficult to move away or closer to. Feet are easy to move. I don’t even have to move my body. I can put my feet on the bag of ice then when it gets too cold move them off, then back on, then off. It is a great way to regulate the amount of cold. Sometimes I use the towel or a sheet as a buffer between the bag and my feet.

Does it melt? Well, most of the time yes. Especially if it is really hot and I have had my feet on it most of the night. Usually when I wake up the water in the baggie is room temperature. A couple of time it has still been cold. A couple of times I have pushed it off the bed. (It didn’t break or leak. It was just on the floor next to the bed.)

Over this last heat wave I have gotten up in the middle of the night to replace the ice. Granted when I do that I am half asleep and I don’t use the water to water my plants like I would normally do when emptying the bag.

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I prefer the bag of ice because it is more malleable and it can conform to my feet. The ice packer/cooler chiller things are just straight, they don’t bend so it doesn’t get my whole foot cold. Only the little portion that is resting on it gets cool. But, they don’t have any leakage risk involved, so that might be good for some.

Anyway, it was so hot, I haven’t slept upstairs in a week. The bag of ice and the ice packer allowed me to sleep downstairs on the couch. I thought I would share it again and the idea of the ice packer/cooler chiller things because I think we might have some more hot weather to come.

What did you do to keep cool?  Were you able to get any sleep?

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