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Spinning in control

It’s been a rough year.  Maybe it’s the media bombarding us with political enmity, flood, fire, war, death, illness . . .  but it does seem rougher than usual.   My resiliency is running low.  

To put things in perspective on this last day of the year I remind myself that this earth has been around billions of years and I am standing on a planet hurtling through space and haven’t fallen off . . . yet

NASA archive image, relase date October 17, 2000. This true-color image shows North and South America as they would appear from space 35,000 km (22,000 miles) above the Earth. The image is a combination of data from two satellites. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA’s Terra satellite collected the land surface data over 16 days, while NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) produced a snapshot of the Earth’s clouds. Image created by Reto Stöckli, Nazmi El Saleous, and Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, NASA GSFC Credit: NASA Earth Observatory NASA Goddard Space Flight Center enables NASA’s mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leading role in NASA’s accomplishments by contributing compelling scientific knowledge to advance the Agency’s mission. Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook Find us on Instagram
NASA archive image, release date October 17, 2000.
This true-color image shows North and South America as they would appear from space 35,000 km (22,000 miles) above the Earth.  Image created by Reto Stöckli, Nazmi El Saleous, and Marit Jentoft-Nilsen, NASA GSFC
Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

The earth is moving about our sun at a speed of nearly 30 kilometers per second, or 67,000 miles per hour.  Our solar system–Earth and all–whirls around the center of our galaxy at some 220 kilometers per second, or 490,000 miles per hour.

“There are anywhere between 200-400 billion stars in the Milky Way and an estimated 100 billion planets. Around one in five stars are like our sun, and astronomers have estimated that about 22% of them have planets the size of Earth in their habitable zone, where water can exist as a liquid. This means there could be 8.8 billion planets within the galaxy capable of supporting life (not accounting for composition of the planet or its atmosphere).”

“God has created the world as one—the boundaries are marked out by man.”

‘Abdu’l-Baha, Baha’i World Faith

 

21 ways to keep your sanity for the holidays

 Only  15 days till Chanukah!    15 days till Christmas!  22 days till New Year’s!  Time for my yearly reminder on how to keep sane.

Christmas:

  1. Instead of buying  a tree watch your friends decorate (and take down) theirs
  2. Convert to Judaism
  3. Sit in the lobby of a 5-star hotel and enjoy EXPENSIVE decorations.
  4. ADOPT a pig, instead of eating one.
  5. Make dinner potluck, you supply the paper plates and plastic cutlery
  6. Christmas dinner – Start with dessert and forget the rest.
  7. Sit on the beach in Bali.

8.  Go to bed on the 23rd and get up on January 3rd.*

9.  Only buy presents for Jesus.

10. Put a cover on the outside chimney opening so you don’t have to put out cookies and milk.

Chanukah:

11. Watch your friends decorate (and take down) their Christmas tree.

12. Convert.

13. Stay in a 5-star hotel for 8 days and nights.

14. Use credit cards instead of gelt

15. Instead of gambling with a dreidle at home go to Vegas

16. Don’t give presents, do good deeds

17. Go to bed on Thanksgiving and wake up on New Years**

18. Bake potatoes instead of grating them to death

19. Eat macaroons with Ben & Jerry

New Years:

20. *Remember! Stay in bed until the 3rd, unless you’re Jewish.

21. **If you are Jewish, go back to bed.

 

Peace on Earth & Sanity to all my Friends!

I Resolve to be Resolute about my New Year’s Resolutions

Changing behavior is VERY hard work.  I think conserving energy is very important in this hectic world and that’s why I’ve always tried to avoid toooooo much behavior change toooooo fast.

HOWEVER, as I get older there is less and less time to do all the things I want to accomplish.  So this year I’m determined to keep my resolutions.

My 2016 Resolutions:  

  1. I will think a lot more about how I could get a lot more organized.
  2. I will read more real life stories about how women lost weight and successfully kept it off.
  3. I will focus more on doing things that come easily to reduce the amount of wasted time on figuring out how to do what is difficult.
  4. I will stop dwelling on what I resolved to do in 2015.
  5. I will spend 2016 getting ready for 2017.

Wish me luck!

I wish you a HEALTHY 2016 filled with LOVE.P1040230

"There she goes . . . again"
“There she goes . . . again”

21 Ways to Keep Your Sanity for the Holidays

Oh my gosh!  I missed reposting my annual holiday post.  For those of you who already celebrated Chanukah you’ll have images-7to remember the tips for next year when I might forget to post them again.  For those of you who celebrate Christmas you have 4 days to follow the tips.  For the rest of you, you can ALWAYS follow the last two tips any time you run out of steam or time …
So! As I speak, time is running out. (Actually “time” doesn’t run out it since linear “time” is just a tiny mechanism in our brains that helps us keep our sanity).

Peace on Earth & Sanity to all my Friends!

Christmas:

  1. Instead of buying a tree watch your friends decorate (and take down) theirs
  2. Convert to Judaism
  3. Sit in the lobby of a 5-star hotel and enjoy EXPENSIVE decorations.
  4. Adopt a turkey, instead of eating one.
  5. Make dinner potluck, you supply the paper plates and plastic cutlery
  6. Christmas dinner – Start with dessert and forget the rest.
  7. Sit on the beach in Bali
  8. Go to bed on the 23rd and get up on the 3rd
  9. Only buy presents for Jesus.
  10. Put a cover on the outside chimney opening so you don’t have to put out cookies and milk.

Chanukah:

images-3-111. Watch your friends decorate (and take down) their Christmas tree.

12. Convert to Christianity

13. Stay in a 5-star hotel for 8 days and nights.

14. Use credit cards instead of gelt

15. Instead of gambling with a dreidle at home go to Vegasimages-1-1

16. Don’t give presents, do good deeds

17. Go to bed on Thanksgiving and wake up on Christmas

18. Bake a potato instead of grating them to death

19. Eat macaroons with Ben & Jerry

New Years:

20. Remember, you are in bed until the 3rd, unless you’re Jewish.

21. If you are Jewish, go back to bed.

3 Wishes for the New Year, from MAX

Dear All my Best Friends,

EVERY year my Human encourages me to write you my wishes for the New Year.  This year she says that she is on vacation and I have to re-post my wishes from last year.  She insists that I have so many new Best Friends that they will never know it’s from last year and all you others won’t remember.  I think that is rude of her.  (Don’t tell her I said that)

But being the “bigger person” I am humoring her because she is very tired and when she is tired she gets grumpy and when she gets grumpy I don’t get as many cookies as I should get.

So please pretend that you don’t remember this post, even if you do.  Otherwise I won’t get ANY cookies.

Dear all my Best Friends,

Here are my NEXT YEAR’s wishes for you.  I could only think of 3 wishes but I liked 6 pictures.

May all your friends bring you love

May your human feed you what you want to eat.

May you always feel in the Pink

May you have as much fun as you can before someone makes you stop

May you feel satisfied and at Peace

Just in case she’s grumpy next year and makes me re-post the re-post please forget you read this.

Lickingly Yours, LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

Max

P.S.  I snuck in two new, additional wishes . . . (don’t tell her I did that)

26 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Stress until New Year’s

Only 1 day till Thanksgiving, 27 days till Chanukah!  31 days till Christmas! 38 days till New Year’s!  Time is running out.  (Actually “time” doesn’t run out it since linear “time” is just a tiny mechanism in our brains that helps us keep our sanity).

Thanksgiving

Instead of having a traditional Thanksgiving meal loaded with high calorie, fat filled, sugar laden food shake things up and start a new tradition:  Here’s some possibilities:

1.  Serve only things that begin with the letter T (for Thanksgiving of course):

  • TWINKIES (for Maureen)
  • Taco
  • Tamales
  • Turnips
  • Tangerines
  • Turtle cheesecake
  • Toast
  • Tofu
  • Tuna fish
  • Trix cereal
  • Tabuli
  • Tiramisu
  • Tripe
  • Tostada
  • Tootsie rolls (for Wendy)
  • Truffles
  • Tortilla chips
  • Tempura
  • TURKEY!

2.  Go straight for the fat filled, sugar laden empty calories  – Start with desert and skip the rest.

3. Do not get together with anyone you’re related to so you can be honest about who and what you are thankful for.

4. Hold a cranberry stomp in a wine barrel and drink the juice.

5. Adopt a turkey, instead of eating one.

6.  Go to bed tonight and don’t get out until January 3, 2012

Christmas:

  1. Instead of buying  a tree watch your friends decorate (and take down) theirs
  2. Convert to Judaism
  3. Sit in the lobby of a 5-star hotel and enjoy EXPENSIVE decorations.
  4. Make dinner potluck, you supply the paper plates and plastic cutlery
  5. Christmas dinner – Start with dessert and forget the rest.
  6. Sit on the beach in Bali
  7. Go to bed on the 23rd and get up on the 3rd
  8. Only buy presents for Jesus.
  9. Put a cover on the outside chimney opening so you don’t have to put out cookies and milk.

Chanukah:

1. Watch your friends decorate (and take down) their Christmas tree.

2. Convert to Christianity

3. Stay in a 5-star hotel for 8 days and nights.

4. Use credit cards instead of gelt

5. Instead of gambling with a dreidle at home go to Vegas

6. Don’t give presents, do good deeds

7. Go to bed on Thanksgiving and wake up on Christmas

8. Bake a potato instead of grating them to death

9. Eat macaroons with Ben & Jerry

New Years:

1. Remember, you are in bed until the 3rd, unless you’re Jewish.

2. If you are Jewish, go back to bed.


God Bless, Peace on Earth & Sanity to all my Friends!

P.S.  I am Thankful for EVERYONE OF YOU!