Inspired by Life

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Standing still...

"There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still."
Franklin D. Roosevelt  
 

Lately, my life has been moving so fast, with barely a minute to catch my breath or to take it all in, and exhale. Through this madness, being sick has been a blessing in disguise. It has forced me to be motionless at times, and fully appreciate this wonderful husband of mine. He has watched over me, cooked for me, cleaned for me, and has tucked me into bed on various occasions. He brought me lovely flowers to cheer me up and brighten up our apartment. 

There are times when I have taken that for granted, but this time, I watch silently, with a prayer of gratitude in my heart, for the great joy he is in my life. He is my best friend, my soul mate, my love, and so much more. 

I love that there are so many ways in which we can go forward, but only one way of standing still—and I want to stand still by his side, for all eternity.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

A walking drugstore


What started out as an itchy throat, quickly escalated to a full-blown sinus infection, bronchitis and laryngitis - brings back memories of two years ago when I had the same thing just before my marriage, and could barely eek out the word 'Yes' at the altar! I am sure that burning the candle on both ends for almost two months straight has a little bit to do with this state of affairs.  Traveling to three states, and sleeping only 4 hours a night for about 10 days in a row may also have contributed to my sorry condition.

I've had enough antibiotics to hang up my name right next to the CVS symbol on Duke Street. You know it's bad when your doctor jumps 10 feet backwards, with the most ghastly look on his face, as he takes one quick look at the back of your throat, while your mouth is open. It is really quite unfair! How can one be expected to have any modicum of etiquette and respond in a lady-like manner, if one is sitting in a doctors' office, on paper that makes crumpling sounds, and one's mouth gaping open?

"That bad, huh?", was all I could say, when I had a chance to close my mouth and return to somewhat normal facial position. He says, "Don't go in to work unless you are willing to give everyone else my business cards—they will need it once you are done there!" Quite a morale booster, that one!

It seems to be my fate to deal with one of these every year, so one would think that I would not be such a crabby cactus. But, oooh, I get prickly after 3 days of breathing through my mouth so much that I could use my tongue to sand down the dining table. Or, after 3 days of using so many tissues, that I could easily win the vote for Kleenex Spokesperson of the Year.

It is during this time when my usually, somewhat dormant (emphasis on somewhat), sarcastic nature reaches new heights. So it is probably best that I was advised to stay home till I am no longer contagious :)

Hope the rest of you stay healthy and safe!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A-photo-a-day: 1/25/2012 - Flowers from Aaron


Saturday, January 14, 2012

A-photo-a-day: 1/14/2012 - Sunrise in Salt Lake


Friday, January 13, 2012

A-photo-a-day: 1/13/2012 - Viva Las Vegas


Thursday, January 12, 2012

A-photo-a-day: 1/12/2012 - Benz concept car


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A-photo-a-day: 1/11/2012 - Dunking your iPhone on CBS


Jennifer Jolley of CBS fame, doing a demo of dunking an iPhone, coated by HzO's WaterBlock technology.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A-photo-a-day: 1/10/2012 - Robotics


Monday, January 9, 2012

A-photo-a-day: 1/9/2012 - Good Morning America


This was taken at 2:45am with Good Morning America host, Lara Spencer (in red), and Tech Gadget Guru, Becky Worley (in gray), at the International Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.  Becky demo'd WaterBlock—the technology created by our client, HzO—and put HzO on the map, in terms of media. Lara Spencer said, "...technology at its best!" 

WaterBlock protects your electronic gadgets from the inside out, so it can fall into the water or other liquids, and still keep working!!  You can see the iPhone submerged in water on the table behind Lara, and the screen is still on, while the device is playing the Black Eyed Peas. 

To learn more about HzO, go to their website: www.hzoinside.com. 

Pretty cool opportunity to handle international media at this event! 


Sunday, January 8, 2012

A-photo-a-day: 1/8/2012 - The Sun and the Moon


Taken as we drove to Vegas from SLC - the sun rising in the front, and the moon behind us, seen in the mirror.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

A-photo-a-day: 1/7/2012 - Stuffed and mounted


Taken at Aaron's aunt's house. His uncle has a whole wall of these!

Friday, January 6, 2012

A-photo-a-day: 1/6/2012 - Flying to SLC


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A-photo-a-day: 1/4/2012 - Flowers from Aaron


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Iowa Caucus 2012

"The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over its government." Franklin Roosevelt (1938)


I just finished watching the Iowa caucus for the first time and I am proud to live in America, where the citizens are involved in the decisions that affect this country, and where civil rights were exercised beautifully. To the caucus virgin and an organizer at heart, the process seems very rudimentary, but, this caucus is so pivotal to the presidential candidates and is a process that began in 1972.  In 1980, Republicans started the straw poll tradition and it stuck. These caucuses are followed closely by the media, and can be an important factor in determining who drops out of the race and who remains.

It is great to see everyday Americans come together in a common spirit, and exercise their rights to determine their next leader. They write out the names of the candidate on little, pieces of paper, and toss it into a bucket. The votes are taken into a room, and counted one by one by a small group of people. Simple. No technology. Just regular Americans doing things the same way since 1972. The votes are counted not once, but three times to make sure they are correct, and the results are announced at the caucus. After that, the chair person leading the caucus or the secretary calls the county to record the votes in their area. This is repeated about 1774 times in Iowa tonight, while the media keeps a detailed watch on the results as they come in. 

Tonight, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum tie for the top spot, followed closely by Ron Paul, with about 50% of precincts reporting. It is a very tight and close race, and the results will be fully in hopefully by midnight. I am going to bed :) 

It was a wonderful opportunity to watch the Iowa caucuses for the first time, and be a part of what makes America the greatest country in the world: democracy at its best. I may not be an American citizen yet, but I am proud to be American. 
 

A-photo-a-day: 1/3/2012 - Iowa Caucus

 Sorry for the reposting of the image but this is how I spent my whole evening :) 
Fascinating to understand the straw poll.

Monday, January 2, 2012

A-photo-a-day: 1/2/2012 - A precious two-year-old

Today, we had the Kacher family come over for FHE and we loved playing with Paije! And Paije loved chocolate chip cookies.

Camera: Sony DSC-TX55
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Focal Length: 9.6mm

30 going on 60

That's how I felt this morning, when Aaron asked me to go running with him. I still live in the past, where I used to wake up at 6:00am and do a hardcore workout for an hour, have a post-workout protein shake, shower and get ready for the day by 8am. I weighed 119lbs, had 20% body fat, and was toned all over. Fast forward eight years later, and I could barely run 1/4 mile or one lap around a track this morning! Ack! What happened, and why do I not know when this happened? 

How's this for motivation?



These days, I am lucky if I get in a good stretch in the morning. Sedentary is the box I now check when I try to calculate what my calorie intake should be. Sedentary! When did I go from Active to Sedentary?? I feel like an unwelcome guest in that box and hate to see it being checked to describe my activity level or lack thereof. The only thing that has been getting a workout has been my imagination! Whilst I was imagining how I used to look and feel, my body had taken things into its own hands, and decided that the terms like bloated, pudgy, soft in the middle, breathless (not in the gorgeous sense), creaky joints and achy muscles could all be synonymous with my name.

I know that things need to change, and they need to change quick if I am to survive and dial back to my actual age, versus feeling like an older version of myself, physically. I always procrastinate while searching for this gadget or that gizmo to tell me what I am burning, stepping, running, etc. Or I am always looking to start on the perfect Monday because it makes it easier to track things.

An old man, who could easily be 70 years old, beat the tar out of me on the track this morning. I stopped after two laps around the track, wheezing and holding my chest (partly because I was breathing in cold air and partly, ok, mostly because I was completely out of shape, and he just waltzed past me on his fourth lap, and I am sure I heard him whistling. Taunting me.

So, people, the only way to break my bad habit cycle of staying up late, not getting enough sleep, and not exercising is to reverse all of that and go to bed early, wake up early and work out EVERY DAY! I need some help here! How do you stay motivated and push yourself to get into a workout routine? How do you stay consistent? Please share.  How do I go from feeling like the lady on the left to the one on the right??




Sunday, January 1, 2012

A-photo-a-day: 1/1/2012 - Baltimore, Maryland


Camera: Sony DSC-TX55
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ISO: 100
Focal Length: 8.6mm 

A Psalm of Life by Henry W. Longfellow

Start off your New Year with this classic motivator!

A Psalm of Life

Tell me not in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou are, to dust thou returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each tomorrow
Find us farther than today.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world's broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act, - act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o'erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sand of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solenm main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait. 

Henry W. Longfellow