Here's What We Did Today

Ozzy supervising the tree decorating

Do you think we could get any more ornaments on the tree?

Mark's handy work.  Poor Frosty.

Christmas is coming!

I spent this afternoon blocking (getting wet and stretching out to dry) some of the many knit and crocheted scarves that I have been working on.  I am planning on doing a video demonstrating a couple of these stitches.

Close up to show you the fun texture.  These were just straight stocking stitch (knit every row) 
If you are a knitter and interested in a GREAT place to buy yarn over the internet, check out Smiley's.  I believe they have a minimum $50 order (which I always easily surpass).  Do not blame me for turning you on this place! :-)

The Epley Maneuver

If you are dizzy or off balance, it may be as simple as needing to do this maneuver to get the follicles back through your ear canal so they can reattach and you can regain your equilibrium.

There are 4 positions (note the angles in the diagram below):

1) Sitting up, turn your head to one side and lay back with a pillow far down under your neck

2) With your head held to that side and your head tilted slight back, hold that position for 30 to 40 seconds

3) Turn your head to the other side and tile your head slightly back.  Hold that position for 30 to 40 seconds

4) Turn your nose down towards the bed/floor.  Hold that position for 30 to 40 seconds

Slowly sit up and hold that for 30 seconds.  Repeat for the other ear, reversing the sides.

I use this procedure several times a year when I get allergies (water on the ears) and notice I am off balance or just don't feel right.  It is amazing how many people suffer from this.  I have many friends who were going for MRI's etc thinking it was a serious problem and they tried this, and it fixed it!  I hope that this helps someone out there.

Thai Chicken Pizza

This is our favorite pizza!  It is so easy and yet tastes gourmet.  Enjoy!

Boboli thin or regular crust
Annie Chun's Peanut Sauce (mix in ¼ tsp ginger -- optional)
Diced chicken (we use "Just Chicken" from the refrigerated section at Trader Joe's and chop up the strips)
Grated Mozzarella Cheese

Peanuts, chopped
Green onions, diced
Bean sprouts
Cilantro, chopped
Carrot, julienned

Spread peanut sauce on crust, top with chicken and then mozzarella
Bake at 450F for 11 minutes

Sprinkle toppings over crust and bake 2 minutes to heat.

This is the peelers that Mark showed in the video:

Here are three things for when you are going through tough times:
  • Write down your goal/where you want to be
  • Remember, this is shaping your character and building you into an even better person
  • Think what a great story this will make of the journey you had to get there!