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Use my light box every morning (winter goal) (read all 3 entries…)
Still meeting this goal.

A couple mornings I didn’t make time to use the light in the morning, so I used it in the afternoon.

walk 10,000 steps a day (read all 60 entries…)

Almost 10,000. Steps came from: walking to meditation class (almost a mile each way), walking to work from the parking garage (almost half a mile each way), walking to town (half a mile or so each way)

meditate regularly (read all 10 entries…)
Went today

to meditation class. It was about zero degrees (Fahrenheit) with the wind. I walked there.

give away 50 things I don't need (read all 34 entries…)

Still doing good on this goal. I filled up a box with old records, video games, clothes, and more.

After we went to Goodwill, I started a new ‘donation box’. Our new box is almost full.

walk 10,000 steps a day (read all 60 entries…)

Boy am I tired! At 4pm I noticed I had only gotten a couple thousand steps in so far (and I had walked all over, I thought). So I put on my walking shoes, scarf, hat, and grabbed an mp3 player. It was snowing heavily (at times) and I walked down and around town for an hour, up every street 5-6 times…quite briskly… until I reached 10,000 steps.

Use my light box every morning (winter goal) (read all 3 entries…)
Used it

the past few days.

This morning I was running so late so I started the day with the light. When I got home I used the light for 30 minutes.

Use my light box every morning (winter goal) (read all 3 entries…)

used it all this week. For 15-30 minutes every morning as I ate breakfast. Sometimes I also surfed the web at the same time.

I definitely felt more alert and awake after using the light. Will keep track over time…

meditate regularly (read all 10 entries…)
Made it to

class today. Many new faces. Reminded me that I can do this at home.

walk 10,000 steps a day (read all 60 entries…)

I walked to meditation class and also took a walk downtown with the hubby

walk 10,000 steps a day (read all 60 entries…)

I plan to start wearing my pedometer again. I need to incorporate walking into my daily life again. Two thoughts: 1) I am thinking of doing a reduced workday (switching from working four long days per week to five somewhat shorter days). This would give me more time in the morning or late afternoon. 2) I was thinking of starting a lunch-time walking group at my work. I don’t know if anyone would join me though…

Today we visited my sister in law and hiked around with her. 3.23 miles

give away 50 things I don't need (read all 34 entries…)

Our New Years resolution was to take a box of things to Goodwill every week. We missed last week, and so broght two large boxes this week. We also brought a box two weeks ago. Donated all sorts of things: old video games, new jackets, ceramic cookware, a printer, etc.

It feels good to get things out of our home.

I already started a box for next week. It is almost full!

list three things every day that made me happy (read all 238 entries…)

1) Went to a nearby town to visit the “largest Asian art store in America”; it had giant rooms FULL of beautiful art, some carved, some antique, some gold, many hand-made – paintings, religious items, scupltures, two small houses.
2) I was invited (by a former professor) to a “Day of Happyness” – a small conference, with maybe 25 people in attendance. I had to drive several hours to get there but I am glad I went. We talked about happyness all day – what happyness is; how to increase happyness, gratitude, mindfulness; the physiological changes in your body.
3) Went snow shoeing today at a nearby mountain

Drink tea every day (and savor the moment) (read all 3 entries…)
This has been

easy lately. We have some excellent teas on hand. Our landlord just gifted us a Chinese oolong tea that is quite delicious.

More culinary endeavors! (read all 12 entries…)
The cooking

class starts this week – Thursday. I’ve already read the book and the workbook. Looking forward to hearing what the instructor has to say.


Last week I engaged in some “cooking adventures.” One day I made mustard. I used a mortar and pestle to grind mustard seeds, added in mustard powder, apple cider vinegar, aged vinegar, sweetener, and maybe a few other things. The resulting mustard was spicy but good. Very thick because I didn’t add a lot of vinegar.

Another day I made peanut butter cups. For the filling I crushed graham crackers and added powdered sugar, vanilla extract, a tiny bit of creamer for liquid, and PB. For the chocolate coating I used half of a one pound bar of chocolate and added in a quarter cup of cocoa butter and some (non-dairy) creamer. I melted the choc in a double boiler and poured a tiny amount in bottom of my silicone PB molds. I put the mold in the freezer for a few minutes then added in tiny scoops of the PB mixture and covered it in chocolate. Then I put the tray back in the freezer for ten minutes. The result? Pure delicious-ness. The molds worked wonderfully, the PB filling was a little dry but tasty, and the chocolate was creamy (though maybe a little too thick). Success!

And another delicious adventure… we made our own chocolate. My husband and I made this one together. We had gotten a dozen or so cocoa beans on a chocolate tour when we visited Costa Rica last year. Most of the beans were still good. They were fermented and roasted. We crushed the beans in the mortar and pestle, then removed the outer shells. After completely crushing the beans we added in some sugar and crushed it into the chocolate mixture. We tried to melt the mixture and it sort of worked, but not really. The beans likely did not have much oil in them… The chocolate mixture clumped together. C made some hot cocoa with part of it and we just ate the rest. It was delicious.

meditate regularly (read all 10 entries…)
I've been to

meditation class at the hospital 3 times so far. I’ve walked there twice from work. I was going to go on Friday but my office was closed (due to snow) so I stayed home.

Yesterday I was at a small conference (on happyness and neuropsychology) and we had a guided group meditation. We also talked about the health benefits of mindfulness.

Keep a snowcone diary throughout the winter season (read all 3 entries…)


list three things every day that made me happy (read all 238 entries…)
blue birds fly

1- late afternoon miso soup
2- making it home from work safely (snowy drive, slipping wheels)
3- home, hot shower, nice and cozy (wearing many shirts)

Drink tea every day (and savor the moment) (read all 3 entries…)
2 perfectly

brewed cups of tea today.

Keep a snowcone diary throughout the winter season (read all 3 entries…)
7 (total)


list three things every day that made me happy (read all 238 entries…)
how's it going to be

1- cups of tea
2- a quiet day alone
3- listening to music

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