5 Energy Boosters To Do At Work

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As I’ve been working overtime at “The Company” the last few weeks, I’ve found myself more and more drained. Not just physically, but mentally and psychically, too.

I went on-line to try to find tips on how to get some little energy boosts in my cell cubicle country club.

Most of the tips I came across used yoga poses to generate a little energy.

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Ha! Can you see me doing this at work? I’d fall over and hit my head on my computer desk.

Wait a minute, concussion=time off work. Nah, I’ve heard that head injuries can contribute to dementia later in life. I already have my tent pitched on the outskirts of Alzheimersville.

The energy tips I’ve found most useful?

SIT UP STRAIGHT. Slouching or craning your neck to get a better view of your computer can cause fatigue and soreness in your back, neck and shoulders. Plus (woo-woo alert) keeping your spine straight allows your chi (energy) to flow unimpeded, while slouching goobers (technical term) your chi all to hell.

STAND UP AND STRETCH. Just don’t try the pose above, for goddess’ sake. The benefit of stretching is increased blood flow (and increased chi flow).

DRINK A LOT OF WATER. This keeps your brain hydrated. Not to mention giving you an excuse to get up often to go to the bathroom.

STEP OUTSIDE AND TAKE A FEW DEEP BREATHS. Don’t do this if it’s below freezing (Minnesota from October through April). Also, don’t do this next to the back door where all the smokers hang out.

HAVE A COMBINED PROTEIN CARBOHYDRATE/PROTEIN SNACK. A combined carb/protein snack, such as apple and cheese, or celery and peanut butter, will give you a long lasting energy boost. A chocolate doughnut will give you a short energy boost followed by a big crash. Unfortunately, I’ve been going for the chocolate doughnuts. Do as I say, not as I do.

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A woo-woo bonus tip (this should not be done at work).

ENERGY RETRIEVAL from Sarah Petruno Shamanism. This really works to reclaim a lot of the energy you spend at work and in your relationships. Go to Sarah’s blog here for instructions for this simple ritual.

Stay tuned…

WAC 2016, January

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My niece S3 (as opposed to her sisters, S1 and S2) arranged our Women’s Adventure Club outing for January.

We went to a concert by Peter Mayer. He’s a Minnesota folk singer-songwriter that I hadn’t heard of before our adventure. So good!

Peter put on a very fun concert. He’s very personable and chatted with the audience between numbers. The music was wonderful, uplifting at times, and sometimes very funny. One song is still stuck in my head, weeks later. (Dr. Seuss, is running loose, in my brain, in my brain, in my brain.)

I’d love to hear more of him, but I couldn’t decide which of his many CD’s to buy.

The concert was held in a Universalist Unitarian Church, or was it a Unitarian Universalist Church? Anyway, it was a fund-raiser for the UU church and it was packed.

Of course, I forgot my camera, AND my phone. A kind bystander took a group shot of the women with S3’s phone.

NO.2 SIS, S3, NO.1 SIS, ME, S2, C, D

NO.2 SIS, S3, NO.1 SIS, ME, S2, C, D

Stay tuned…


Working On The Chain Gang, or 322

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I literally worked on a chain gang once.

It was my first drafting job, at Peerless Chain. Their trucks all said “Peerless Chain- The Chain Gang”.

That was me, working on the Chain Gang.

Now I work in a cell cubicle country club at “The Company”. “The Company” informed me last Friday that we were going on overtime. That always helps my bank account, but slows down my progress on decluttering my cottage.

I have been slowly clearing out the Art Studio. I took one pile of boxes at a time, often going through them in one go. Those were stacks of single boxes, one on top of another.

When I got to the corner of the Studio, the remaining pile was about 4 interlocking stacks of boxes in a Jenga-like tower. I’ve been working on it here and there for weeks.



I got it down to this short pile, which is mostly papers to file. That means I have to clean out the file cabinet. That means I have to shred the old papers that come out of the filing cabinet.



Oh dear, I see I’ve tried to keep far too many books. I’m going to try to sell them at Half Price Books to see if I can make a little cash for the Cush Fund.

I shredded 5 bags of paper (still not done with the shredding, though). That brings me up to 322 bags, boxes, and small pieces of furniture cleared out of my cottage since January of 2014. Thank Goddess the recycling is picked up early next week.

Stay tuned…




Defying the Laws of Physics

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The laws of physics say that two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time.


We got six or seven inches of snow yesterday, along with strong winds. It started about 11:00 in the morning, and by noon I decided to go home to avoid being caught in the worst of the storm.

Apparently, a lot of other worker drones had the same idea, because traffic was heavy and slow. I was braking for a red light, with a stopped car ahead of me, and Gypsy Blue started sliding.

“No, no,” I was screaming in my head, “Stop, stop, stop!” But Gypsy Blue just kept going and tried to make the bumpers of both our cars occupy the same space at the same time.

Crap. The other driver and I both put on our flashing hazard lights and got out of our cars to inspect the damage.

Hmm, not too bad. The other driver (shall we call her “The Victim” to save time?) brushed the snow off her car’s rear bumper. There was no visible damage. She looked at me and smiled and said “Let’s just go home.”

Thank-you Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and the ass they rode in on! My Cush Fund lives to see another day!

Meanwhile, I had to find my passport to get it renewed, or be forever stuck in the frozen tundra of the northern U.S.A.

I looked in the Important Paper Drawer in the kitchen. Yikes.

important papers drawer-before-1

After cleaning out the drawer, I had accumulated a little recycling and a little trash, but not enough to increase my bag count. I’m still at 317 bags, boxes and small pieces of furniture that I’ve gotten rid of since January, 2014.

important papers drawer-after

And my passport is winging its way to the U.S. government for renewal for another 10 years. I can actually taste the freedom.

Stay tuned…