Hello again!

I’m writing to reconnect with my bloggers! It’s been a crazy last few months and I am so ready for school to be out!! My oldest son is in Austin taking summer classes! I dropped by unannounced and found his apartment very clean except for his bedroom and bathroom. (Typical for him).

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It’s why boys need moms to drop in periodically!
We have had recitals and end of year programs and a National honor society inductee as well as employees taking vacations and blah blah blah!
So I’m exhausted and what did I decide to do about it?
I’m adding more yoga classes to my routine. It will be good for me and I need to focus on overcoming the tedium that the end of the school year causes in a family. No they aren’t doing much in school but here it is summertime and what shall we do as parents?
I’m going to enjoy it and focus on my yoga classes!
Think! Live! Love!
Namaste!

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I HATE BRAS!!!!

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Okay so I’m not the only woman that walks in the door and takes off her bra before kicking off her shoes or setting her purse down. I know this because you’ve all told me you do it. Unless you took it off in the car on the way home, which I have done. So why, if we hate them so much do we subject ourselves to it. I was convinced a man invented bras but that is not the case. Both early patents where issued to women, one in Europe and one in America.
Bras were invented for modesty and to adhere to the standards of fashion.
Well, I’m not that modest or that fashionable I suppose!

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These are just a few au naturale photos and I just don’t care! I’ll never fit the norms of the perfect breast size so I say forget the bra. I use modesty inserts when needed and I have to wear a bra to work with most clothing but I also live in yoga clothes.
“Bra designers liken designing a bra to building a bridge, because similar forces are at work. Just as a bridge is affected vertically by gravity and horizontally by earth movement and wind, forces affecting a bra’s design include gravity and sometimes tangential forces created when a woman runs or turns her body.” , according to Wikipedia.

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I don’t want to wear a suspension bridge any longer! haha!
So, someone told us that our breasts would sag without a bra. My mother told me mine wouldn’t grow without a bra. I’ve done my time, worked in a corporate world, breast fed 3 children until they were 18-33 months old and I’m done.
“Women’s breasts naturally sag as a woman grows older. Bras don’t prevent breasts from sagging, with regard to stretching of the breast ligaments and drooping in later life, that occurs very regularly anyway, and that’s a function of the weight, often of heavy breasts, and these women are wearing bras and it doesn’t prevent it.”
Breast tissue is fat and cannot be toned like muscle. It makes no sense to me fight this and be miserable so I say,
“Burn the bra” ladies as long as you don’t embarrass your kids or boss!
Think! Live! Love!
Namaste!

Super Typhoon Haiyan

After a terrifying 7.2 earthquake last month, the Philippines has once again been rocked by devastation as super typhoon Haiyan surged the islands. My publishing liaison and his family live in the Philippines and I was horrified to see how little news coverage this has received on the networks. I emailed Julius to check on him and this is what he had to say,
“Thank you for writing and for your concerns. I hope I can express all the fears and sadness we have in this letter. There were so many lives that were lost compared as to what was counted over the news as well as thousands of houses and livelihood were devastated. Here in Cebu City were I work, took only less damages compared to Northern Visayas and Eastern Region were most of my family, relatives and friends resides – where lives and properties were lost. They need food, clothes, shelter and medicine and I don’t know if help coming from different countries can accommodate the majority.”

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The US has deployed an aircraft carrier and navy ships, while the UK is sending a naval destroyer.
The Philippines have been a major non-NATO alliance to the United States for 50 years, and we sit and discuss healthcare reform when thousands of our allies are going without medicine and drinking water.

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While millions of American dollars are spent at war and supporting countries that despise us, our friends in the Pacific Ocean are suffering.
“We need help. Nothing is happening. We haven’t eaten since yesterday afternoon,” pleaded a weeping Aristone Balute, an 81-year-old woman who failed to get a flight out of Tacloban for Manila, the capital. Her clothes were soaked from a pouring rain and tears streamed down her face.
Tacloban, a city of about 220,000 people on Leyte island, bore the full force of the winds and the tsunami-like storm surges Friday. Most of the city is in ruins, a tangled mess of destroyed houses, cars and trees. Malls, garages and shops have all been stripped of food and water by hungry residents.
Doctors in Tacloban said they were desperate for medicine.
I’ll be sending medicine. After the last Super Typhoon, I sent antibiotic creams, bandages, socks, shoes and anti fungal powders because when this kind of devastation hits, a small infection can be life threatening and these are inexpensive items here. Items such as toothbrushes and soap that may cost less than a dollar here are much needed there. I’m not sure how I’ll be handling my shipping yet so if you have any ideas let me know. I just feel that as a healthcare provider with children, knowing I could help someone I have a business relationship with, feels like a requirement. Same with Katrina, same with the India earthquakes. I’m calling on others to do the same.

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When I asked Julius what I could do to help, he humbly responded,
“Madam, whatever form of help will be appreciated. My colleagues plan to go North over the weekend and offered me a free ride. I can only bring some few stocks of food and water and some used clothes from my friends. I don’t know how soon your help can get to us. I am thankful for your assistance and i am praying to God to shower you with more blessings and your family.”
I will be shipping a package tomorrow.
So many veterans speak highly of The Philippines and the time they spent there. The great love of the people towards their family and friends alike is world known.
The Royal Australian Air Force also landed at Cebu, delivering a portable field hospital that was soon sent on its way to Tacloban. Taiwanese troops also arrived with medical aid, and Doctors Without Borders said three of nine cargo shipments it has planned also arrived in Cebu on Wednesday.
The slowness of delivery of food and basic medical aid is the biggest threat to lives.
“There are people there right now who can be saved. And it could be as simple as antibiotics that cost a penny.”

Contribute to Doctors Without Borders if nothing else!
Think! Live! Love!
Namaste!

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You may be a bad mom if..

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You might be a bad mother if….. 1. Someone else picks your kids up from school and you don’t read the teachers notes. (I know you read them when you pick them up because they shove them up your nose … Continue reading

Peace

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Sometimes it’s simply the sight of your “peace” rose finally blooming or the laughter of your children. A fall breeze in the air and a spring in your step!
If it makes you happy, and it doesn’t hurt anyone, enjoy life! I am!
Think! Live! Love!
Namaste!
April🌞

Reading

I enjoy reading textbooks. It’s a terribly strange thing to admit but it’s true. Ok so I officially feel like a big geek. This one looks amazingly like the same book I had in college. Luckily, I had an amazing history professor that truly loved all things historical.

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Maybe it actually is, hopefully it’s a newer version than in 1990. Who knows?
So I’m off to learn something that I’ve learned before but in a different way because I’m older.
Think! Live! Love!
Namaste!
April

Bathroom clean out!

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So it isn’t time for spring cleaning, but my son recently moved to an apartment to go to college and I found myself with a whole lot of extra crap that was crowding my space and just not working anymore.20130905-003704.jpg
When my son moved out, he took what he wanted with him and left me with a mess to deal with. All but a few clothes and personal items were loaded up and hauled to Austin. I was left with out grown posters, books, music and misc. collectibles that needed to be dealt with. He was supposed to pack all this stuff up and leave me with a pristine new bedroom, right?
Wrong! The Tasmanian devil couldn’t have left a bigger mess!
I began on a cleaning tirade! Not really normal for me! I’ve lived in the same house for 12 years and only see under my furniture when I buy new furniture and it is most likely on delivery. This doesn’t happen often so, you understand?
Then my favorite necklace went missing and I went into total mania cleaning mode. Perhaps it’s the empty nesting syndrome but cleaning has become my major friend as I’ve searched for my much beloved necklace!
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I always took it off in my bathroom before my first yoga class on Tuesday mornings and I know it happened the same as always which began a massive bathroom clean out. I ended up cleaning out and repainting each drawer and cleaning each drain.

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The search has continued into my bedroom as I searched and cleaned each drawer, running my hands over each article of clothing, rummaging under my dresser and bed.
I’ve rifled through jewelry boxes and even repurposed a planter into a jewelry organizer so I can actually see where everything is and hopefully not misplace something I love. Every piece I own holds a memory of a jeweler or a vacation.

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I’ve chosen to enjoy the things that I have found during this cleaning expedition and try not to mourn the things lost. Life is a wonderful gift.
Think! Live! Love!
Namaste!