Monday, April 30, 2007

Bloggers Unite For Peace

One Day Blog Silence


it is not the silence that unites us, it is the words spoken over and over by billions of people around the world every day who hope one day we can find a peaceful place to co-exist.

The words are for victims everywhere in the world, for soldiers who need our voice because they are couragiously working in silence, for victims of senseless violence, for abused children too young to stand up for themselves, for battered wives who've lost hope, for students now afraid to attend school, for people seaching for a better life outside the realm of their borders.

Yes, pictures speak a thousand words but a voice speaks volumes.


[Banner courtesy of Mo at It's A Blog Eat Blog World]

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Stress Can Be Relieved Harmlessly


I'm feeling extremely stressed out at the moment. Is there something I can do to relieve what's boiling up inside?


Every one of us has daily stress factors that alter our everyday lives.

In this day and age it's not uncommon to find ones plate full and then some but, what do you do about it. Usually we go back for seconds and even thirds to feel like we've accomplished something as each day passes.

Striving to 'do-it-all' and achieve goals too quickly can often dampen the glory of the win but, if you pace yourself, you might just find that you will accomplish the same goal without putting so much emphasis on the time frame.

If there is no way to avoid situations that put the binders on your emotions, look for ways to relax when you have a spare moment. Sex or masturbation are sure ways to release endorphins that usually will cause your body to let down for a moment and give you a little 'piece' of mind.

You can also turn off the television, put down the newspaper and avoid world news that is far too disturbing to digest. Cognitive centers will hold painful information far longer than that which we perceive as pleasant so avoid things that disturb you.

If it's housework that's got you overwhelmed, put it off for a day or two. Forget the fact that your laundry pile may have taken on a life of it's own. Wear a crinkled up dirty shirt and tell people it's linen. If it's the kids that have got you spiraling out of control, send them packing to a friends house for a night (or a week if you can get away with that).

If you need something more tangible to do immediately then you might want to watch this video that I previously posted on my other site The Not So News. It's sure to make you laugh, which in turn should help you release some pent up stress.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Booze Can Ruin Childhood


How early can alcoholism begin?


Without a doubt, drinking is almost always promoted by parents worldwide as early as infancy.

From the moment a child born it's forced to suck back as much liquid as possible both by breast and bottle.

No studies have been conducted as of yet on the adverse effects of such early training but in this video it's clear to see that the early onset of binge drinking can have devastating lifelong affects.

(Footnote: Pearl, now 24 months, is now a recovering alcoholic and attends daily AA meetings)

Friday, April 13, 2007

Wife May End Procrastination


I have so many things to do and I don't know where to start. It seems like I'm always behind in everything. What do I do?


First of all, if you get the urge to procrastinate, just put it off!

Try to remember that you are not alone when it comes to staying current with everyday chores such as laundry, paying bills, taking care of a family, preparing meals, picking up dry cleaning, getting to work on time, picking up the dog from the groomers, getting the kids to and from school, organizing your office or even something as mundane as unloading the clean dishes from the dishwasher so the dirty ones in the kitchen sink can take their place. Yes...the list can be endless!

In the fast paced world that we live in, it's easy to let things pile up until they become overwhelming. Sometimes this makes us feel 'let down' about ourselves because we're always reading about people who are so busy, but, manage to pull everything off and get everything done in a timely manner. What we don't do is read between the lines of their life.

Many of these so called 'doers' have people. Yes, maids, drivers, assistants, nannies, chef's, accountants or WIVES. If you cannot afford people, your best bet would be to find a wife who would eliminate your need to even think about these daily chores thus allowing you to concentrate strictly on bringing home the bacon.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

See If Your Dreams Will Come True

Sometimes a test comes along that helps you slow down and think.

If you care to take this Personality Test and see what the future may hold for you do so at your own risk. I quite enjoyed it and if you really are truthful it's pretty exact.

The music is lovely so enjoy!

Dr. J

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Dealing With Grief



Life does not always work out the way you think it should. People come and go in our lives and although we experience great sadness we are usually pretty freaking glad that it's not us that has passed.

As for this picture, I think the moral of the story is that we should always make sure our plate is full before we get fried. Live life to the fullest!

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Where Have I Been You Wonder???

First of all for the record, getting a new site off the ground is always tedious and requires a lot of patience. I am willing to wait and not pain over not having traffic. This site is for fun and I refuse to let it put pressure on me like my Not So News site that I felt I had to post on everyday for more than a year.

Secondly, since I received nary a single question, which by the way is very assuring because this leads me to believe that all is well with the world, I decided to take on the remodelling of my entire back yard as a way of providing my own sorry ass with a little physical therapy.

I have taken on this project with only a little help from a few people because to make things level two people are needed. I also contracted a plumber to run a gas line out to what will eventually become the hub of the back yard...our glorious fire pit. I think in the long run, doing all the work myself, we will have saved several thousand dollars in labor and I will have re-developed muscles that once, in my younger day were predominantly displayed.

This ugly old wall has been hidden by trees and vines for years and once uncovered became even uglier. Everything came out and when all was said and done I questioned whether or not it was the right decision. Once I got moving it started to improve thought and a sense of satisfaction started to invade my wondering mind.

All of this dirt, which has not seen a lick of water in forever had to be turned and a lot of it moved to other parts of the yard to get a level playing field so to speak.

Now, with a new facade along the top (bamboo from which I received eight million tiny slivers from) I can live with the wall. And yes, that is my celebrity husband swinging the pick. (of course he quit after he realized that this type of work makes you break a sweat) The plants, bolganvia, will eventually cover the wall creating a span of color like you will only see in California.

As you can see, exiting the house to the back yard has not been an option since we removed the unsightly wimpy two steps that were here when we bought this house some twenty years ago. I don't know why we waited so long to do something about it but during this remodel they have undergone a major transformation.

Now, where those ugly two stairs sat, are a beautiful replacement that I will tile with travertine begining Wednesday next week. Building these took a lot of braun because all the conrete mix (a dump truck full) had to be dumped in my front yard on the driveway. That meant many back breaking 100 yard trips to transport it to where it needed to be.

This is my friend Jim the plumber putting the finishing touched on the gas line. It was a labor of love and when he lit it for the first time my heart beat quickened and I knew that everything would go smoothly from there. The pit had to be done to accept the solid limestone top that will be set in place by 5 or 6 sweating (hopefully good looking studs) on Monday afternoon.

This is what you will not see once the top goes on. Okay so it may not seem like this would be a tough project but it took me a good part of an entire day plus an extra scoop of concrete mix, which only got delivered because I went there in person wearing a tiny little tank top. Mixing concrete ( in a wheelbarrel by hand) is not for the faint of heart.

Just in case you don't think I'm actually doing the work, here I am in the flesh removing the last of the dirt before I can lay the sand. Although it is not a flattering picture I can assure that that is really a wet t-shirt. LOL!

And last but not least, my helper. For nearly every shovel full of dirt I dug so did my yard guard Miles. I think he had a blast out there with me, pulling roots out of the ground and eating everything he wasn't supposed to including a lot of dirt.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Whose The Fool Now

As you know, today is April Fool's Day.

This means that you should use caution when listening to people, especially me. While none of what I have to say will lead to detrimental circumstances, be advised that you should use my advise sparingly and with a good sense of humor.

While I try to give my best shot advising people on how to deal with serious life issues, there may be some advise that is worthy of walking away from as fast as you can in order to eliminate any possible embarrassing situations!

The Doctor will be back in the office tomorrow so don't forget to leave me a question!

Dr. J