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Sunday, November 29, 2009

It's (not) beginning to look a lot like Christmas...


When I was a kid one of my favorite months was November. Not only because it was my birthday month, but because it was the month before my favorite (December), when the temperature dropped and the frost set into the ground making a great base for the first snow fall, the lakes would start to form a skim of ice and I knew it would only be a matter of weeks before we (us kids) would be out skating on the pond in our back yard.

I was thinking of how different winter was when I was a kid while hubby and I (mostly hubby) were putting up the holiday lights on the house. We were up bright and early this morning taking advantage of our unseasonably warm temperature today, decking the house with white lights, putting up swags and wreaths, cleaning up the yard, pulling weeds and raking leaves; my flower garden still has a few plants in bloom even after the first frost a couple of weeks ago. I even dug out the snow shovels that were stored in the back of the shed in anticipation of shoveling snow possibly in the next few weeks. I put the lawn mower to the back of the shed, but today felt like a great day to give the lawn one more cut... if only I had had the time.

The only thing reminding me that it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas is the lights that decorate the houses in the neighborhood.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Rainy, Tired Morning

This morning I woke to the soft pitter-patter of rain hitting my window (5 days of rain = 1 blah Jack). I had the hardest time dragging my tired ass out of bed this morning... another night of crazy dreams. This kind of morning is meant to be spent in bed, covering my head with the blankets, listening to the swishing sound made by the cars passing my house. I eventually got up though; did not want to go back to dreaming.

My dream last night was about gruesome creatures chasing me though an unfamiliar dark city. I read somewhere once that chase dreams, often stem from feelings of anxiety in your walking life - you want to escape from someone or something. What you are suppose to do is stop, turn around and ask your pursuer why they are chasing you and they'll (the monsters of your dreams) give you an answer, but I can never remember to stop and ask what the hell they want. Then again... maybe it's best to not ask and just keep running.

Hope all my American friends had a wonderful Turkey Day filled with yummy treats and good company. Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend everyone!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Kokology - Skimming the Surface

Are you ready to play KOKOLOGY?

What is Kokology?
    Tips: 
  • Say the first thing that pops into your head 
  • Don’t try to predict answers 
  • Be honest with yourself 
  • Be prepared 
  • Keep an open mind
{pg. 66, Book 2} We humans excel at many things. However, floating isn't one of them. Sure, with a little practice and a lot of effort we might manage to keep our heads above water for a few laps in the swimming pool, but none of us would fare very well if dropped in the middle of the ocean without a life preserver. But, as always seems to be the case, human ingenuity has made up for the short-comings of the body and provided us with boats. And thanks to those seaworthy craft, now there is no spot on the surface of the world's waters that lies beyond our reach.

Imagine that you are a boat floating on the water. Which of the following describes you?
1. A raft of rough-hewn logs.
2. A sturdy rowboat.
3. A racing yacht.
4. A cruise ship.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Contest Winner Announcement!


Congratulations to Amber from Mommy Mania who is the winner of My Birthday Give-Away!

Thank you to all for your birthday wishes and contest entries. I loved reading all of them!  Amber, I will be sending you a notification via e-mail so write back with your info, and I'll get your prize out to you.




Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Dark side of the moon - Dream

I was just over at Gal Friday's blog reading her latest post about a recent dream she had.  She inspired me to write down what I can remember from a freaky dream I had last night.

I believe dreams are our subconscious taking in information, small details that the conscious mind cannot comprehend and telling you through dreams.  What to you think?  Do you believe your dreams have a significant meaning?


Dark Side of The Moon

I am at a cross roads in the woods. A man approaches me from the path on my right, he is dressed in a long leather coat and leather motorcycle boots (his clothing reminds me of Neo from The Matrix).  His face is rough and weathered looking but familiar to me somehow... He reaches out, touches my arm and through telekinesis shows me:

It's night and I’m laying down on a grassy hill top with an old friend from high school. The sky is clear and filled with so many stars... more stars then I have ever seen in my life.  My friend and I are laying shoulder to shoulder gazing into the night sky, then he sits up quickly and runs to the far side of the hill and points down to the city below.  I get up and walk to where he is standing and see what he is point at... The city is in panic and chaos.  There are explosions, fires, car crashes, alarms going off.  I turn to say something to my friend but he is gone and I’m alone. My first thought is "my family",  I run down the hill and go into a building. Inside, I get in an elevator, push the first button "Basement".  The elevator music is "Brain Damage" by Pink Floyd:
"...The lunatic is in the hall
The lunatics are in my hall
The paper holds their folded faces to the floor
And every day the paper boy brings more...
"
The elevator door slides open and I run out, down the hall to the door at the end of the hallway.  Through the door is a dark pathway leading into the forest.   I run through the door and down the path; it's dark and stormy and I stumble on  rocks and uprooted trees.  The path leads to a crossroads.  A man approaches me from the path to my left -- he is dressed in a white trench coat and white fedora... it's my old high school friend.  I ask him if he has seen my family, he reaches out, touches my arm and shows me the image of me standing on a hill top standing beside him looking down at the burning city.  Then through telekinesis says:

"if the dam breaks open many years too soon
And if there is no room upon the hill
And if your head explodes with dark forbodings too

They'll see you on the dark side of the moon."

Pretty creepy huh?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Kokology - On Your Birthday

Are you ready to play KOKOLOGY?

What is Kokology?
    Tips: 
  • Say the first thing that pops into your head 
  • Don ’t try to predict answers 
  • Be honest with yourself 
  • Be prepared 
  • Keep an open mind
{Pg.27, Book 1} Your Birthday is the one day a year when you're justified in expecting things to be just a little nicer than usual. Well wishes and congratulations, presents and cards, maybe even a party or romantic dinner for two.

It's your birthday today, and when you check your mailbox you see you've gotten a card from someone you would have never expected. who is the sender? You have also received a number of gifts from family & Friends. Of that group, who sent you the biggest package? (Give the names of people in your life when answering the quiz.)

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Birthday Week x 3

This week is what is referred to in our house as, "Birthday Week". My two girls and myself all have a birthday a day apart. My youngest daughter's birth date is the 19th, my oldest birth date is the 20th and mine is the 21st... how about that for a busy birthday week! Just imagine how hectic birthday week was when the girls were younger and wanted birthday parties... Now the girls are older, they just pick a day to celebrate our birthdays all together. This year we are celebrating our 17th, 22nd and *whisper* 42nd, with a brunch at our house on Sunday with our closest family members and friends - Can't wait!

In honor of our birthdays, I'm giving away one of my favourite gifts I like to get as well as give.  It's a little goodie package of my favourite bath products from Lush.  Also, who can enjoy a luxurious bath without some delicious smelling candles from Clair de Lune.

If you want a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment telling me how you like to celebrate your birthday. All followers of Slightly Off-Center will get a second entry  (just be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry).  I will randomly choose a winner one week from today on November 25th.  Good luck everyone and can't wait to read through all your comments!

(No global restrictions. Must be 18 years or older. Contest winner will be chosen using BuzzMyBlog Contest Winner Picker)

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Kokology - The Labyrinth

Are you ready to play KOKOLOGY?

What is Kokology?
    Tips: 
  • Say the first thing that pops into your head 
  • Don ’t try to predict answers 
  • Be honest with yourself 
  • Be prepared 
  • Keep an open mind

{Pg. 135, Book 1} Remember the Kokology quiz "The Ride Of Your Life"? Well lets return once again to the amusement park to continue our exploration into the attractions of the unconscious mind. You're already familiar with some of the rides, like the dizzing excitement of the roller coaster. The house of horrors still lies waiting, but that's best left for couples to explore. How about a walk through the labyrinth instead?

You found your way through the giant maze and are standing at the exit. Which of these statements best describes how you feel?

1. "That was too easy. I was done in no time. What a piece of cake!"

2. "Well, it took a while to get through, but looking back, I guess it was really no big deal."

3. "Boy, was I lost! For a while there I thought I was never going to get out."

4. "I hooked up with a group of people inside and they showed me the way out. Otherwise I might still be in there."

My Answer: #3 - "Boy, was I lost!..."

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bonding Moments (craft night)

Saturday night bonding time with my two girls... lucky me!

This is what we made:


Instruction for DIY Coasters

Ps.  This was my oldest daughters idea.  She called on Friday night to ask if we could spend Saturday evening together making a craft.  love Love LOVE ♥

Friday, November 6, 2009

Snow Covered Friday

Look at what we woke up to this morning...

Happy Friday! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend :)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Kokology - A Flash Of Red

Are you ready to play KOKOLOGY?

What is Kokology?
    Tips: 
  • Say the first thing that pops into your head 
  • Don ’t try to predict answers 
  • Be honest with yourself 
  • Be prepared 
  • Keep an open mind

{Pg. 158, Book2} From red as a rose to red as a beet, when we see red it affects us emotionally. Scientific experiments have shown that people asked to remain in a room with red walls become more passionate, aggressive, and easily aroused than people in rooms with muted backgrounds. Research has even shown that exposure to red can make the body temperature rise. Red may be at the low end of the spectrum of light, but it has power to move us like no other color.

Imagine three women, each of whom is fond of the color red and uses it to accent her appearance. The first of these women has her nails painted red, the second wears red lipstick, and the third has her hair colored the same shade. Now imagine their personalities and describe each one.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Honestly Larry...

thank you for finding my ramblings worthy of the "Honest Scrap" award.



You all know Larry, right?
Larry G writes the most amazing, inspirational posts over at his little corner of the cyberspace universe -Yesterday, Today, and Forever. If you haven't been for a visit, you simply must stop reading this post and head over right this minute - take your time, I'm not going anywhere.

So now that your back from your little visit with Larry, here are my "10 Honest Things" you might not know about me.
  1. I agonize over decisions.
  2. I swear way too much.
  3. My greatest fear is being alone.
  4. I hate winter but love when it snows.
  5. The sound of bagpipes makes me cry.
  6. I'm afraid of failing.
  7. I crave a cig daily (smoke free over a year)
  8. I have very vivid dreams, sometimes in technicolour sometimes all one colour.
  9. I prefer an extra helping of mashed potatoes over dessert of any kind.
  10. I have the best husband ever! (but I think I have mentioned this before)
Thank you Larry! xxoo

    Rules for the Award:
    • Say thank you and give a link to the presenter of the award
    • Share “10 Honest Things” about yourself
    • Present the award to 10 (give or take) other bloggers whose blogs you find brilliant in content and/or design or to those who have encouraged you
    • Be sure to tell the 10 (give or take) bloggers chosen that you are giving them the Honest Scrap award and provide the guidelines for them
    The nominees are:

    Monday, November 2, 2009

    Tap, Tap, Tapping into Energy Meridians


    Emotional Freedom Technique

    Last week I was home with my sick teen who was laid  up in bed with the flu so I had plenty of time on my hands.  I have been doing some reading up on EFT for dealing with my recent panic and anxiety attacks (see here).

    EFT is a series of tapping on certain points where the qi (energy) flows close to  the skins surface.  As you tap the acupuncture points with your fingers, you repeat a positive mantra:
    "Even though I am feeling anxious/panic at this moment, I deeply love and accept myself".  "It's ok that I'm feeling panic about ________, I completely love and accept ALL OF ME anyway".
    Then you are suppose to rate the level of anxiety/panic/pain you are feeling - 1-10.  You repeat these steps over and over, until your anxiety (or whatever is going on) level is low or gone.  It is said the tapping works by stimulating certain points (like acupuncture), as a result changing brain patterns by slowing the direction of electrical flow. The affirmation or the mantra,  releases the emotional "charge" that carries the negative feelings — did you understand any of that or did I totally confuse the hell out of you?  Here is a much better explanation of EFT.

    So I practiced all week, tapping the pressure points and saying my mantra.  I didn't notice an immediate relief for an attack, however, I did feel more and more relaxed with every round of taps I completed.  Although, I don't know how I would apply this technique out in a public setting — tapping and repeating a mantra might make me look... well, somewhat "off-center" one might say.  Can't you just picture it?... standing in a lineup at the bank/theater/store, tapping various body parts, chanting  under my breath: "... I completely love and accept myself", "...deeply love myself".  Yup, a few crumpets short of a proper tea!

    Some helpful EFT links:
    If anyone else knows of any good links involving EFT or if you have tried this technique, give me a shout.  I would love to hear if it worked for you or someone you know.