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Public Transit Adventure

In an effort to save gas, which is $4.69 a gallon, and some parking fees, my kids and I decided to take the bus downtown to an event.

Even though we are in the Capitol, our public transit is not what I am used to from the city, so I never take it anywhere. So the night before, I printed out a schedule of all routes that we could take (and there were, surprisingly, several.), and I called the RT to find out how the transfers, etc worked. LOL..I am sure the guy thought I was a total country bumpkin :).

Geared up with water, my schedule, exact change, and my cell phone for emergency pick-ups, we headed out in the morning. We were exactly 25 minutes too early, something that never happens with us! So we sat around in the heat, and waited for our bus. It came, right on time! GREAT AC!!!

Of course, I picked the route where we transfer in the ghetto. Yes sir, everything was fine until we got closer to downtown. My kids are pretty traveled, but they inched so close to me that they could have been my second skin.

It did only take us 36 minutes, and it was really not so bad. Granted, I am used to excentric characters, as I lived downtown Frankfurt and took the subway everywhere. My kids lead a sheltered life of being chauffered around by mama.

In these times of high gas prices and stinky air, that public transit is becoming a very welcome alternative, and I saved about $10 on gas and parking fees. My kids learned that they have a pretty comfy lifestyle, so there was a little lesson for us all on that public bus :)……

Public Transit Adventure

In an effort to save gas, which is $4.69 a gallon, and some parking fees, my kids and I decided to take the bus downtown to an event.

Even though we are in the Capitol, our public transit is not what I am used to from the city, so I never take it anywhere. So the night before, I printed out a schedule of all routes that we could take (and there were, surprisingly, several.), and I called the RT to find out how the transfers, etc worked. LOL..I am sure the guy thought I was a total country bumpkin :).

Geared up with water, my schedule, exact change, and my cell phone for emergency pick-ups, we headed out in the morning. We were exactly 25 minutes too early, something that never happens with us! So we sat around in the heat, and waited for our bus. It came, right on time! GREAT AC!!!

Of course, I picked the route where we transfer in the ghetto. Yes sir, everything was fine until we got closer to downtown. My kids are pretty traveled, but they inched so close to me that they could have been my second skin.

It did only take us 36 minutes, and it was really not so bad. Granted, I am used to excentric characters, as I lived downtown Frankfurt and took the subway everywhere. My kids lead a sheltered life of being chauffered around by mama.

In these times of high gas prices and stinky air, that public transit is becoming a very welcome alternative, and I saved about $10 on gas and parking fees. My kids learned that they have a pretty comfy lifestyle, so there was a little lesson for us all on that public bus :)……

The time has come, the limits are overtaxed, it is time to ZEN this house!! Week One, Health & Family.

If you know me, you know that deep inside I really want to Feng Shui the world! I found Feng Shui many years ago, before it was hip, and secretly wish I could do this for living. I am very good at giving tips, feng shui’ing my friends’ house or business, etc. When it comes to my own house, I am obviously totally oblivious to the fact that is in deep shit. Literally, our house is busting out of the seam with crap. It is time to dust off my books, put on some gear, and tackle my house.

When you see these shocking pictures, don’t judge me. I am going to show you pictures that would make my Oma shriek! Thank the Goddess she does not have a computer…I am showing this so you can follow along. Join me if you like! Let me know if you are, and we can send each telepathic booster, or just chin-chin to a big glass of wine at the end of a hard working day.

I am going to tackle one section a week. I always recommend tackling your highest priority first. Mine is our Health & Family. That is because my body feels like shit, and my kids are getting alot of allergy symptons lately…we are not the sickly type. So my first challenge: Health & Family (this may make my husband nicer, my kids behave, and my dog listen too!!!). Here is a Bagua map. Virtually lay it over your house to find your sections, with the bottom row over your entrance. Your entrance is the starting point.

Click here for a printable Bagua map from www.wsfs.com

Just a note: I am not a professional feng shui consultant :). Yes, I think I know what I am doing, but there are several different practices of Feng Shui. This is how I do it. Please don’t send me criticism, only great messages or Feng Shui tips. If you see something you need, let me know before I get rid of it…I love to pass things on! I will share my favorite books below, and may add more as I go. These are the ones you can refer to if you wish to do this at home. This blog is not intended to teach Feng Shui (though I love to talk about it!!), but to show you my progression, and hopefully report all the great changes it invokes.

Ok, are you ready for the NOW pictures??

oh la la! This is what I look at when I open the door to my laundry room/pantry/catch-all-the-shit-that-has-no-place-elsewhere-in-the-house. My goddess! This is my Health & Family area. Is it any wonder I yucky, and we are sick all the time lately?

Yes, I lean over that junk to get to my washer…and way back there is the dog food canister and toilet paper :)..


One of my many stashes of yarn. Yes, one. I have at least 4 around the house, and several up in the attic…

The top of the dryer is the catch all for all things that the dryer catches, so you see several Legos, rocks, money, etc. Also dog snacks, duct tape, etc, since I can’t make it back to the pantry and tool box, which you see here:

Yes, this is where I stash my cans, tools, and art supplies for the kids. As well as many coffee canisters, bottles, glasses, ( I think I have a box/canister addiction??), and any other materials that can be turned into something, someday.

Ok, here are my favorite books. Some of them are a quicker read, such as the Western Guide to Feng Shui, since you can go right to your section and start making changes. Others, like Sacred Space, are deeper, and it is was my intro into Feng Shui :).

Amazon.com Widgets

As you will read anywhere, the first step is to get rid of clutter, broken, old, and just plain old nasty. I will post if I find any treasures as I purge, or any mysterious objects…ew…hopefully no black widows :(….

The time has come, the limits are overtaxed, it is time to ZEN this house!! Week One, Health & Family.

If you know me, you know that deep inside I really want to Feng Shui the world! I found Feng Shui many years ago, before it was hip, and secretly wish I could do this for living. I am very good at giving tips, feng shui’ing my friends’ house or business, etc. When it comes to my own house, I am obviously totally oblivious to the fact that is in deep shit. Literally, our house is busting out of the seam with crap. It is time to dust off my books, put on some gear, and tackle my house.

When you see these shocking pictures, don’t judge me. I am going to show you pictures that would make my Oma shriek! Thank the Goddess she does not have a computer…I am showing this so you can follow along. Join me if you like! Let me know if you are, and we can send each telepathic booster, or just chin-chin to a big glass of wine at the end of a hard working day.

I am going to tackle one section a week. I always recommend tackling your highest priority first. Mine is our Health & Family. That is because my body feels like shit, and my kids are getting alot of allergy symptons lately…we are not the sickly type. So my first challenge: Health & Family (this may make my husband nicer, my kids behave, and my dog listen too!!!). Here is a Bagua map. Virtually lay it over your house to find your sections, with the bottom row over your entrance. Your entrance is the starting point.

Click here for a printable Bagua map from www.wsfs.com

Just a note: I am not a professional feng shui consultant :). Yes, I think I know what I am doing, but there are several different practices of Feng Shui. This is how I do it. Please don’t send me criticism, only great messages or Feng Shui tips. If you see something you need, let me know before I get rid of it…I love to pass things on! I will share my favorite books below, and may add more as I go. These are the ones you can refer to if you wish to do this at home. This blog is not intended to teach Feng Shui (though I love to talk about it!!), but to show you my progression, and hopefully report all the great changes it invokes.

Ok, are you ready for the NOW pictures??

oh la la! This is what I look at when I open the door to my laundry room/pantry/catch-all-the-shit-that-has-no-place-elsewhere-in-the-house. My goddess! This is my Health & Family area. Is it any wonder I yucky, and we are sick all the time lately?


Yes, I lean over that junk to get to my washer…and way back there is the dog food canister and toilet paper :)..


One of my many stashes of yarn. Yes, one. I have at least 4 around the house, and several up in the attic…


The top of the dryer is the catch all for all things that the dryer catches, so you see several Legos, rocks, money, etc. Also dog snacks, duct tape, etc, since I can’t make it back to the pantry and tool box, which you see here:


Yes, this is where I stash my cans, tools, and art supplies for the kids. As well as many coffee canisters, bottles, glasses, ( I think I have a box/canister addiction??), and any other materials that can be turned into something, someday.

Ok, here are my favorite books. Some of them are a quicker read, such as the Western Guide to Feng Shui, since you can go right to your section and start making changes. Others, like Sacred Space, are deeper, and it is was my intro into Feng Shui :).

As you will read anywhere, the first step is to get rid of clutter, broken, old, and just plain old nasty. I will post if I find any treasures as I purge, or any mysterious objects…ew…hopefully no black widows :(….

I would be Tiramisu with real Amaretto

Copied from my bellisama friend, Frutto della Passione, though she added a cute photo mosaic…not going to happen here, as I am very bad with instructions.

1. Favourite food scene in a movie. The makings of chocolate in “Chocolat”
2. Favourite breakfast food. French toast
3. Favourite ethnic cuisine. Italian
4. Guilty pleasure. Eclairs stuffed with whipped cream
5. Favourite ice cream flavour. Stracciatella
6. Favourite cookbook. A very old cookbook that separates the recipes into different regions, ie. Dutch, South, etc. Very, very old, my treasure. Received it from a lady who owned a B&B in San Francisco in the early 40’s :)…But I have to send my love to Paula Deen, who I would just be tickled pink to cook with.
7. Favourite snack. Guacamole
8. Favourite kitchen gadget. My new Kitchenaid food processor
9. Chocolate: dark, milk or white. Dark, just like my man :)…(haha!! I have always wanted to say that somewhere!! Fabulously trashy!).
10. If you were a dish, what would you be? Tiramisu, with real Amaretto.
11. What did you have for lunch today? Leftover noodles with egg and ketchup
12. Favourite beverage. Ice cold beer

I like the idea of not tagging anyone, but please copy if I have inspired you, and let me know!!
Salute’!

I would be Tiramisu with real Amaretto

Copied from my bellisama friend, Frutto della Passione, though she added a cute photo mosaic…not going to happen here, as I am very bad with instructions.

1. Favourite food scene in a movie. The makings of chocolate in “Chocolat”
2. Favourite breakfast food. French toast
3. Favourite ethnic cuisine. Italian
4. Guilty pleasure. Eclairs stuffed with whipped cream
5. Favourite ice cream flavour. Stracciatella
6. Favourite cookbook. A very old cookbook that separates the recipes into different regions, ie. Dutch, South, etc. Very, very old, my treasure. Received it from a lady who owned a B&B in San Francisco in the early 40’s :)…But I have to send my love to Paula Deen, who I would just be tickled pink to cook with.
7. Favourite snack. Guacamole
8. Favourite kitchen gadget. My new Kitchenaid food processor
9. Chocolate: dark, milk or white. Dark, just like my man :)…(haha!! I have always wanted to say that somewhere!! Fabulously trashy!).
10. If you were a dish, what would you be? Tiramisu, with real Amaretto.
11. What did you have for lunch today? Leftover noodles with egg and ketchup
12. Favourite beverage. Ice cold beer

I like the idea of not tagging anyone, but please copy if I have inspired you, and let me know!!
Salute’!

Halfway through 2008…the tomato spoke.


This morning I was outside at 7a.m., before the sun turned my lovely “outside” into hot hell, talking to my tomatoes.

Yes, talking to my tomatoes.

🙂

It seems my epiphanies come to me when I am out weeding or otherwise scrounching around with my tomato plants. A few years ago, I made the major decision to “retire” from my position as a Director with a network marketing company, because I was miserable selling their products and upholding their shady ethics that were developing there. Today, I decided to take my goddess business in a different direction, and incllude my love of teaching/training. My book has been on the back burner for many incoherent reasons, and it is time for it to complete its’ cycle and mission.

On that note, my German heirloom tomato is not doing so well. Maybe because I favored it ONLY because it is “German”??? Yet, it is not delivering….Maybe another sign for me to clear my head and see what is real??

🙂

I must tell you that I spent 19 hours in the heat this weekend as a vendor at festival that was doomed by hell heat. It was so hot that I had to constantly spray my friend (who I hope is still my friend after I made her sit there all day with me on Saturday. We did get to see a man with antlers in a wrap skirt :)…) and myself with water. My kids, who are normally super resilient, had a heat stroke at around 4 pm and were rescued by my personal fairy friend. It was a friggin’ disaster, and if I was not commited to being there with my Goddesses, I would have not ventured out there in that damn heat. I think my brain melted and then came back. Another reason to go and get some advice from my tomatoes…..

It is time to grab this bull by the horns and kick him in the ass.

One more thing I must share with you, as time to make a change this year is running out. This is from my favorite astrologer, Rob B. of FreeWillAstrology.com (his predications are right on the money, but be warned, he has a fabulous, dry humor that people like me love!):

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): How well are you capitalizing on this year’s unique opportunities, Gemini? Now that we’re halfway through 2008, let’s take an inventory. I’m hoping that six months from now, you’ll look back and make the following declaration: “This year I’ve learned more about togetherness and collaboration than I’d picked up in the previous five years combined. I’ve finally registered the fact that a successful alliance of any kind requires as much hard work as any job. Most of my important relationships are better and more interesting, and the rest have faded
away. I’ve surprised myself with how creative I’ve been in finding interesting ways to handle commitment.”

Yes, I have shed some friends and have made fabulous, commited, connections with women who make my spirit laugh and who I look forward to seeing every month. Now all I have to do is find the creative way to handle my commitments…….

Much love,
Heike

Halfway through 2008…the tomato spoke.


This morning I was outside at 7a.m., before the sun turned my lovely “outside” into hot hell, talking to my tomatoes.

Yes, talking to my tomatoes.

🙂

It seems my epiphanies come to me when I am out weeding or otherwise scrounching around with my tomato plants. A few years ago, I made the major decision to “retire” from my position as a Director with a network marketing company, because I was miserable selling their products and upholding their shady ethics that were developing there. Today, I decided to take my goddess business in a different direction, and incllude my love of teaching/training. My book has been on the back burner for many incoherent reasons, and it is time for it to complete its’ cycle and mission.

On that note, my German heirloom tomato is not doing so well. Maybe because I favored it ONLY because it is “German”??? Yet, it is not delivering….Maybe another sign for me to clear my head and see what is real??

🙂

I must tell you that I spent 19 hours in the heat this weekend as a vendor at festival that was doomed by hell heat. It was so hot that I had to constantly spray my friend (who I hope is still my friend after I made her sit there all day with me on Saturday. We did get to see a man with antlers in a wrap skirt :)…) and myself with water. My kids, who are normally super resilient, had a heat stroke at around 4 pm and were rescued by my personal fairy friend. It was a friggin’ disaster, and if I was not commited to being there with my Goddesses, I would have not ventured out there in that damn heat. I think my brain melted and then came back. Another reason to go and get some advice from my tomatoes…..

It is time to grab this bull by the horns and kick him in the ass.

One more thing I must share with you, as time to make a change this year is running out. This is from my favorite astrologer, Rob B. of FreeWillAstrology.com (his predications are right on the money, but be warned, he has a fabulous, dry humor that people like me love!):

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): How well are you capitalizing on this year’s unique opportunities, Gemini? Now that we’re halfway through 2008, let’s take an inventory. I’m hoping that six months from now, you’ll look back and make the following declaration: “This year I’ve learned more about togetherness and collaboration than I’d picked up in the previous five years combined. I’ve finally registered the fact that a successful alliance of any kind requires as much hard work as any job. Most of my important relationships are better and more interesting, and the rest have faded
away. I’ve surprised myself with how creative I’ve been in finding interesting ways to handle commitment.”

Yes, I have shed some friends and have made fabulous, commited, connections with women who make my spirit laugh and who I look forward to seeing every month. Now all I have to do is find the creative way to handle my commitments…….

Much love,
Heike