Monthly Archives: December 2008

Whimsy ünd vat not…

Dees von ees for Blue Müg ünd Jacques Halfaprayer (video posts courtesy of Life as a Tea Party). Stratsvoyecha! Ees vennetay pahzhaloostah! For beautiful whimscal magic you must visit Life as Tea Party. Her art is some of the most enchanting I’ve laid eyes on. Quite sublime. Meanwhile, back at the ranch….oh tired sün, come to me on my holistay. St. Lücia – we miss yoü and tell your sisters Türks and Caicos we shall visit soon. xoxoxoxoxoxox – The Üdos


Cosi? Cosi? Get cozy!

Time to get cozy! We’re expecting a brand new baby tv to arrive any day now… yeay! We’ve gone tv-less for the past 2 years and have finally saved up enough dough to purchase the one we want. This will not change the fact that hübby and I have banned cable from our lives – it will just be nicer now to view foreign films, our black and whites, documentaries, netflix, and other blu-ray gems on a screen larger than my postage-stamp sized desktop monitor. We’ll still be hulu-baloo and watching Charlie Rose – only this time we won’t have to hang over the sofa upside down and backwards as we huddle around my desk. Yippee!

One of the major complaints I do have about a television (IMO) is that when not in use it tends to gape, much like a chasm… a portal into nothingness. Eerie. So what’s a girl to do with a cosi cosi (so-so) object? Why cozy up of course! Check out this little screen “cozy” from our friends at Martha Stewart Living…
ALSO, WANT TO USE SOME GREAT FABRIC? Check out this link for amazingly hip fabrics with which to make your “cozy” – How About Orange?

Page Marchese Norman created this clever (and well, cozy) cover for Sarah’s new LCD TV. “It also added a little more color to the room,” says Page.

Cozy How-To:

*Üdo’s note- if you don’t sew or do not have access to a sewing machine, forget the sewing part and just use “stitch witchery” sewing gauze. All you do is steam iron your seams with the gauze. All fabric stores carry it (plus it sounds cool).

1. Measure the length (top to bottom) of the television screen; add 1 inch to this measurement for seam allowance. Then, measure the depth of the screen. Add this to the total length. Lastly, multiply this measurement by 2 to cover both the front and back of the television. For the cozy pictured, Page left the base of the television exposed; if you want to cover the entire television, measure from the top of the screen to the table it will be sitting on, adding 1 inch for seam allowance and multiplying this measurement by 2 to cover both the front and back of the television.

2. Measure the depth of the screen. Then measure the width of the screen. (You will need to add a 1/2 inch on each side for seam allowance.)

3. Select desired fabric and cut to your specific measurements.

4. Fold fabric square in half, with the desired side of fabric facing in.

5. Sew 1/2 inch in on both short ends to create a hem.

6. Sew up the left and right sides with a straight stitch allowing for a 1/2-inch hem.

7. Next, you will need to create a gusset, which is a simple triangular insert that creates a box edge that tailor fits the cozy to the television screen. To create the gusset, pinch the corner of the top-right seam of cozy. The pinch should be parallel to the seam hanging down the side of the cozy; it will form a triangular shape. Stitch a seam across right above where the fabric begins to taper.

8. Cut off any excess fabric from triangle. Repeat with top-left corner.

9. Turn right-side out and slip over television.

Things to do before Tuesday…

Things to do before Tuesday is my post regarding deadline things, doing things, due things… hence Tuesday is that day! Let’s see what’s on the list for the rest of the week(end). In no particular order a list of lah-te-dah…
  • Clean, clean, clean! I’ve invited myriad merrymakers over for a holiday tea and want our 1 bedroom palace to sparkle. Hübby and I are doing a top to bottom cleaning of living room, dining room, our offices, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and foyer.
  • Organize all “paperwork”
  • Dispose of useless junk
  • Donate clothing, books, games, magazines, etc.
  • Email Aunt Caren to ask about tours etc.,
  • Email cousin Mike to help with his resume
  • Lovingly dote on all living things (hubby, plants, flowers, Christmas tree, & rüby)
  • Enjoy some fresh air with a brisk walk around the lake and finish up the ends on my latest knitted scarf.
  • Try some new recipes
  • Color-code my closets
  • Laundry
  • Dust, vacuüm, and rearrange furniture
  • Write thank-you notes
  • Pay bills online
  • Organize my “desktop” and computer files (no, a folder titled “catch-all” is not acceptable)
  • Visit the sick and elderly
  • Hang out at the public library
  • Hydrate
  • Stretch
  • People watch
  • Start planning our Chinese New Year Party!
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Listen to a new music artist from a rarely listened to genre
  • Research information on PhD programs in my field
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Watch old movies, black and white movies, foreign films
  • Think of some resolutions
  • Light candles
  • Meditate on positive energy and the law of attraction
  • Draw a little
  • Paint a little
  • Write a little
  • Play chess
  • Make a mini movie in iMovie
  • Go to a movie
  • Learn how to play MahJong
  • Laugh until my sides split
  • Prepare for our 1 year anniversary! New Year’s Eve! ❤
  • Wish that I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair

Try mindful walking…

When you apply a few simple techniques, you can turn your daily walk into a rewarding practice.

What is mindful walking? It’s a technique that uses awareness of the mind/body connection to improve the quality of your walking experience on all levels. By approaching a walk in a mindful way, you make it a practice like yoga, meditation, or tai chi; every session brings new insights and challenges. As in yoga, you think about your body position, breathing, movements, and awareness, turning inward and outward at the same time. You’re working to get fit, and to improve your life as a whole. Treat walking as a practice, and it will become not only something you do with your legs but also a way to bring your mind, body, and spirit into balance.

Five Steps to Make Walking a Mindful Practice

Identify your intention. The key to any mindful activity, intention provides focus and motivation, elevating your practice from routine to ritual. What is your intention? To walk for an hour every day? To develop a sense of centeredness and calm? To reduce stress? Your goals and intentions will evolve as you evolve. Let them, as long as they keep you in line with your higher sense of purpose — and keep you moving forward.

Be consistent. A true practice requires ongoing attention. Of course, it’s natural to feel resistant at times, no matter what kind of activity you do. Your mind will create a thousand excuses not to walk today. Don’t let these passing thoughts distract you from your deeper intention. Get moving; start walking around your office or home, or wherever you are. You can quiet the mind by moving your body and get yourself back on track.

Train your mind to focus. The mind loves — and craves — engagement. Without something to focus on, it will tend to wander, taking your practice with it. By learning to focus, you will be able to walk more efficiently.

Listen to your body. As with any relationship, the connection between mind and body depends on how well one listens to the other. Our tendency is to try to rule the body with the brain; however, they are more like equal partners, offering feedback and direction as you go. Listen to what your body is trying to tell you by noticing any sensations that come up while you’re walking. You may feel energized as your leg muscles engage or relaxed as your breathing deepens. If you detect any complaint from your body, such as pain or discomfort, identify the source. Then make small adjustments in your technique and see whether the sensation lessens.

Embrace the process. Goals provide a greater context for your practice. But building patient awareness of the process is even more important. Sometimes walking will feel easy and rewarding; other times, more like a chore. As part of a mindful practice, you accept the challenge as part of the process and continue to stick with it. My tai chi master sees difficulty as an opportunity — a lesson to be learned. Accepting all of these parts of the process lies at the heart of making walking a mindful exercise.

Would you like a cooked breakfast?

Christmas Morning French Toast Bake…. 

Ohhhh glory. This is  a beautiful recipe from the Baker’s Banter blog (listed below and to the right). I prepared the mix last night and it’s in the oven as we speak. Can’t wait to dig in!!! Click here to be taken to the recipe on the Baker’s Banter blog. 
UPDATE: This dish is FABULOUS. Tis confection perfection! 
This picture is one I took this morning before digging in. Yummmmmmm!!!!!!!

Tired of the same ol’ Christmas Carols, eh?

“This Christmastide” is a lovely “new” Christmas song hübby and I heard this year at the Philharmonic’s annual Christmas Spectacular. It was simply lovely. Here is a rendition for you to enjoy. Merry Tidings and Happy Christmas my friends. May you carry the hope and mirth of this season with you all through the year. A blessed and peaceful Hannukah. A carefree and vibrant Kwanza to you – This Christmastide.

An island in the sün…

Merry Christmas darlings! Oh, we’re going to talk about me now, are we? Goody. My result for Are You a Jackie or a Marilyn? Or Someone Else? Mad Men-era Female Icon Quiz

I am a Katharine!

You Are a Katharine!

You are a Katharine — “I am happy and open to new things” Katharines are energetic, lively, and optimistic. They want to contribute to the world.

How to Get Along with Me

  • Give me companionship, affection, and freedom.
  • Engage with me in stimulating conversation and laughter.
  • Appreciate my grand visions and listen to my stories.
  • Don’t try to change my style. Accept me the way I am.
  • Be responsible for yourself. I dislike clingy or needy people.
  • Don’t tell me what to do.

What I Like About Being a Katharine

  • being optimistic and not letting life’s troubles get me down
  • being spontaneous and free-spirited
  • being outspoken and outrageous. It’s part of the fun.
  • being generous and trying to make the world a better place
  • having the guts to take risks and to try exciting adventures
  • having such varied interests and abilities

What’s Hard About Being a Katharine

  • not having enough time to do all the things I want
  • not completing things I start
  • not being able to profit from the benefits that come from specializing; not making a commitment to a career
  • having a tendency to be ungrounded; getting lost in plans or fantasies
  • feeling confined when I’m in a one-to-one relationship

Katharines as Children Often

  • are action oriented and adventuresome
  • drum up excitement
  • prefer being with other children to being alone
  • finesse their way around adults
  • dream of the freedom they’ll have when they grow up

Katharines as Parents

  • are often enthusiastic and generous
  • want their children to be exposed to many adventures in life
  • may be too busy with their own activities to be attentive

Take this quiz.

And for all you Weezer fans… An island in the sun…hep, hep(burn)