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26th August 2010

8:22am: Love FB!
 So, yeah, I moved over to FB and I love it!
I'm in total NRE with FB. 
It is really easy to share photos, which I love!  Why didn't anyone tell me about this super cool feature earlier?
Hence, I am living more closely to my camera, which makes me happy. 

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1st August 2010

9:16pm: The Dark Side...
 Okay, maybe that is a bit dramatic... ;)
I have joined FB.  It's like a huge party! and so far, alot of fun.  Especially as my hula sisters are there and it is a great way to share those photos!  They don't have to email me photos anymore.  Check them out!  Recently some of us went to see Hapa in concert at Descanso Gardens!  And I got 2 kisses from Barry Flanigan, but I digress.

I figure it will take a week or two to get over the NRE with FB. Until then, I may have alot of posts.  Forgive me... it's NRE.  :)
We'll see.

Find me. (real name)... friend me! 

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30th July 2010

9:04am: Ponder this…
 
I wonder what might happen… if today, in our closest relationships, our love was greater than our want.

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25th July 2010

8:42am: To FB or not?
Since it has been a number of years since I was on LJ or even checking it, FB seems to have exploded and taken over.  LJ now seems ghost town-ish, while FB is having the longest, loudest party evah.

I don't have a FB account and have been vacillating over the past year on whether to open one or not.  The format seems less intimate and limiting (140 characters!).  But on the plus side it does seem like an easy way to update people of what you are doing and know what others are doing.  As lightling   said yesterday, "It's like getting to know the details of someone's life.  I like the details."

Much of my hesitancy comes from simply being shy.  In LJ, you have to know my 'lj name' in order to read what I write.  FB seems more public in that regard.  

For those still on LJ, why are you still here?  Do you also post to FB?  Any advice?  

(13 scoops | of ice cream)

23rd July 2010

9:21pm: New Picture and Resurrected Dream
I figured it was time to update my photo.  It had been about 5 years since the last one and well, my hair is no longer short... it is in fact, quite long.  I'm tempted to go bald again, but I am dancing hula for a halau (hawaiian dance troupe) and that would be a big no-no.  

Today I booked a guitar lesson for myself!  It is about time.  I bought a beautiful ruby colored acoustic Ovation about 9 years ago with intentions of learning...  Excuses aside... This is my new favorite song and I want to learn how to play La'ieikawai.  I think it will be pretty simple.  The singing part will be scary hard!  

I am tying up loose ends in my life.  Playing guitar was one of them.  I'm all about action now.

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23rd June 2010

1:21pm: Beauty has Value: Dahlia Flowers
Sometimes, some (NT) men will rationalize complain that buying a woman flowers doesn't make sense.  Why pay money for something that is dying and will be gone in a few days?  And I can see their point of view. Especially if it is a large expensive bouquet.... but a small bunch of flowers... they are worth it.  Why?  Because flowers provide beauty. And Beauty has value.  

Every once in a while, I come across a flower that takes me for a surprise.  It somehow makes my heart sing... is the best way to describe it. 
At the farmers market the other day, I saw these flowers and couldn't believe the color combination.  It was the most beautiful thing in that moment.  They were going for $5, I asked the vendor if he would take $4 and he said YES!

Here is Beauty, otherwise known as a Dahlia Flower.

Everyday Beauty, Everyday Joy

(6 scoops | of ice cream)

23rd June 2009

8:40am: Scary Words

What are some scary words you never want to hear?  Not phrases, just one word.

My list so far:

Metastasized


Raped


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27th May 2009

11:23pm: San Mateo
I'll be in San Mateo this weekend with my son, going to the Maker Faire for one day.
Any recommendations on where to eat Saturday night?
Leaning toward Indian...

Also, I have an extra ticket.... now sing!

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12th January 2009

9:48am: Metric Love

The world really needs to move to metric.
While I don't embrace it as much as I could, I do make small efforts here and there and if you were to give me measurements in centimeters or liters, I can visualize the lengths and liquid amounts.  Not too good with temperatures, though I used to be when I lived in Tokyo, Japan (metric) years ago.  I’ll be changing the temperature reading in my car to display metric so I can get better at it.


My husband is much better at metric than I and sometimes it is like a cultural thing, where he speaks metric and then has to translate (convert) what he just said so I can understand it.  

 

This should help everyone convert to metric.

metric

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20th December 2008

12:59am: A... Breathe C...

I am attending a Neo Natal Resuscitation certification class today, tomorrow and Sunday.

10% of all babies need some sort of respitory assistance at birth.  There are some risk factors to watch out for, but even the baby of a healthy, low risk mother can get into trouble.    

Take for instance the birth I assisted earlier this week. 

Only if you are interested...Collapse )

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26th November 2008

9:27pm: Shared Vision for Nationally Licensed Midwives
Yeah, yeah... it has been forever since I posted anything real... been too busy with life.   
For quite a while, I wasn't even reading LJ on anything remotely resembling regularity. 
My icons are all old, I have long hair now, but that is neither here nor there....
Last weekend, I attended the fabulous B4 birthday bash  for  xleste   ,   kimeidoplex  , and   radiantsun   and CS.  That was a blast!
I stayed with a dear friend of mine, onemermaid   whom I have known for about 20 years!  

Anyway, the real reason for this post is this...
This is super cool.
Share your vision of what American could be with president-elect Obama here: change.gov/page/s/yourvision

The navelgazing midwife, a fabulous midwife with whom it would be a dream to work with... offers this letter as a starting point:

Dear Mr. President-Elect Obama,

Because I wholeheartedly support your desire to overhaul medical insurance availability…

Because I believe that home birth is a viable and safe option for women in the United States…

Because the mechanism for licensing non-nurse midwifery exists in this country through the North American Registry of Midwives…

Because studies increasingly demonstrate that non-nurse midwives are a safe option for women having normal pregnancies…

Because studies prove a midwife’s presence maintains low cesarean rates and saves an enormous amount of money when normal pregnant women utilize midwives instead of obstetricians…

Because non-nurse midwives are paid the least of all obstetric care providers even as they provide comprehensive quality care…

Because requiring Medicaid to include paying non-nurse midwives would save our country millions, if not billions, of dollars as women having normal pregnancies use the most cost effective care provider…

I hereby ask that non-nurse midwifery become a prominent part of your developing health plan. Midwifery must be standardized and national endorsement given, including removing testing and licensing from individual states and creating a national designation for all legal midwives.

I also ask that obstetricians be required to collaborate with nationally licensed midwives in order to provide the safest care for women in this country.

It must also be required for insurance companies to offer malpractice insurance to all nationally licensed midwives.

The women in our United States deserve to obtain and maintain the utmost of quality obstetric care and through your legislation that will come to fruition immediately and completely. A woman’s freedom of choice of the location in which she births must be upheld, and in that freedom, the safety and health of both mother and baby can be ensured through the national licensing of midwifery.

Your attention and concern in this matter is much appreciated. Thank you, Mr. President-Elect, for your choice to overhaul the healthcare in our country. Midwives must become a prominent part of your plan.




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15th November 2008

11:31am: Birthday Card



Happy Birthday RS!

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8th July 2008

1:00am: Business of Being Born
As some of you know, in this past year I have become a doula and midwife assistant.  The midwife I work with is showing the documentary "The Business of Being Born" this coming Saturday, July 12th at 7pm.

If you are interested in coming or know of someone who would be interested in seeing this movie, let me know!  For those that are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, you get to meet the midwives and see the birth center as well :)

Here is a link to the movies site:  http://www.thebusinessofbeingborn.com/
Synopsis:

Birth is a miracle, a rite of passage, a natural part of life. But birth is also big business.

Compelled to explore the subject after the delivery of her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to question the way American women have babies.

The film interlaces intimate birth stories with surprising historical, political and scientific insights and shocking statistics about the current maternity care system. When director Epstein discovers she is pregnant during the making of the film, the journey becomes even more personal.

Should most births be viewed as a natural life process, or should every delivery be treated as a potentially catastrophic medical emergency?



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24th October 2007

8:09pm: Final Fantasy
I want to see him
at the Troubadour
This Sun night.
Anyone else in?

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7th August 2007

9:46pm: Here's a Vicodin tip...
Here's the trick to getting vicodin, if you find yourself in pain, at the ER.... don't drive yourself.

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18th May 2007

7:43am: Congratulations!
Today, one of my best friends is graduating from graduate school.  I am so proud of her. Congratuations RS!!!

**

One of my other best friends in graduate school is offering a free workshop (for women) on "Bring Your Sexy Back!"
 on June 9th in San Francisco.  From the flyer:

Have you been stuck in a rut and feel like its time to rediscover yourself? 
Are you newly single and desire to re-invent yourself?
Want to enliven and spice up your existing relationship? 
Have your kids recently left home or started school and it’s now time to focus on you? 
·    Discover the 4 provocative dimensions of SEXY and how to fully inhabit each
·    Invite sexiness back into your life and relationships
·    Awaken all of your senses and embrace your passion
·    Come away with ideas and a plan of action to make this your sexiest year ever!
This FREE workshop is designed to inspire women to reframe SEXY into an internally driven feeling that serves as a tool for personal growth and fulfillment.

If you are interested in going, let me know and I will forward you her contact info!

Have a great day today!

(3 scoops | of ice cream)

8th April 2007

8:50pm: Random
The Hostile New Age TakeOver!

***
Hank Hill: Bobby, Are those oven mitts?
Peggy Hill: Hank, this is not what it looks like.
Bobbie Hill: Dad, I’m just gonna come right out and say it… I’ve baked a cake.
Hank Hill: What??? No…
Bobbie Hill: I think cooking is something I can be good at. It’s like Shop, but when you’re done, you get to lick your tools.
Hank Hill: Shop is nothing like baking. You can’t live inside a cake you’ve built. You can’t cut your finger off with a pasty bag.

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6th April 2007

12:53pm: Here's to you...
Why Geeks Make Better Lovers...

Agree or Disagree?

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7th February 2007

7:58am: Some Days
Today was a particularly rough day for DJ as his basketball team lost, 70 to 19.  Basketball is not DJ’s favorite sport, and being in a very small school and the tallest kid, he knew his schoolmates needed him, so he decided to play.  Plus he likes the physicality, competitiveness and teamwork required.  

As a parent, the game was painful to watch (cringe!)  Afterwards DJ went over to the other teams coach and congratulated him on a good game.  This, more than his sport performance, surprises me and makes me proud of him.  It is something I noticed he started doing since the season started.  No one told him to do this.  No one has done it before in the past and he is not even the team captain.  It was simply in his nature.  Wow.

As we were leaving, I could see DJ was pissed.  His breathing was fast, his lips pursed, jaw clenched.  He was pissed because he felt the referees were biased and did not call a lot of the fouls the other team made.  Now, I can imagine if you are playing the game it might seem that way, but I have to agree with DJ in this.  Even I could see the fouls not being called. Basketball is not meant to be a contact sport with holding.

On the way home, I decided to make him happy.  We stopped at In-N-Out.  Some days it is OK to ease your feelings with food. 


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2nd January 2007

9:41am: No Junk Offers in 2007
Get rid of junk mail offers for credit cards and insurance.
 Opt Out Now!

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30th December 2006

9:28pm: Truth and Beauty!
I do a New Year Card about once every 3-4 years. Since the last one, it just seems wasteful and old fashioned to make and mail a card.
When one's lifestyle is living with less stuff, especially paper, it is kind of insincere to force a paper card onto others.
Thus, here is the digital version!

Happy New Year!Collapse )

(8 scoops | of ice cream)

25th November 2006

9:32am: Amaryllis Bulbs for Sale
DJ’s class is selling these Amaryllis Bulbs in glass vases, pictured below for $30. Proceeds go towards their class trip to Costa Rica in June of next year.

Besides those vases shown there is a cylindrical one. If you would like to get one for yourself or as a gift for someone else, let me know asap. Local to LA please… not shipping these.

All you do is keep water in it to the bulb root line.






Becomes this:

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31st May 2006

8:23am: June 6th is Gubernatorial Primary Election:
There are 2 state measures, 81 and 82.
Vote 'NO' on both.

(2 scoops | of ice cream)

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