Light it up, light it up, now I’m burning
Feel the rush, feel the rush of adrenaline
We are young, we are strong, we will rise
‘Cause I’m back, back, back from the dead tonight – Skillet
Merriam Webster defines tranquility as the state of freedom from disturbance, agitation or turmoil; steady or stable. And who couldn’t use a little tranquility from time to time?
When your day seems topsy turvy and as stormy as can be,
there’s nothing quite as tranquil as a hot cup of tea.
Over the last few weeks, I have felt like a hamster on a wheel, running until I’m exhausted, but never really getting anywhere! Or even catching up.
So, while David’s Tulsi Tranquility might not really live up to its name, I am looking forward to a time when I can pair it with a good book and my new recliner on the back porch!
This caffeine-free tea contains rosehip shells and seeds, apple, rose petals, hibiscus, red currants, raspberries, strawberries and tulsi, also known as holy basil. Tulsi is a sweet and aromatic herb thought to relieve anxiety, stress, acne, and respiratory issues such as the common cold. It may also reduce inflammation and pain, and boost the immune system.
Normally, tulsi is used as an oil in herbal medicines or steeped in boiling water, rather than for cooking because it has a bitter flavour. This tea reminds me of chamomile, but although you can taste the apple and berries, the tulsi adds a refreshing, peppery zing!
As for tranquility, well…maybe it’s time to rethink my approach to the wheel.Happy Monday!
Day 14 – Lemon Pound Cake. I want to bottle the smell! Typically, lemon teas can be overpowered by other flavours, or simply too weak. This oolong tea contained lemon grass, lemon peel, sunflower blossoms, white hibiscus blossoms, and artificial pound cake. While I would be tempted to add a dash of lemon juice to make it tarter, it had a pleasant lemon flavour and balanced the hint of grass and flower perfume. It is made in China and has a medium caffeine rating.
All right, I’ve been thinking, when life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade! Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don’t want your damn lemons! What am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life’s manager!
Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am? I’m the man whose gonna burn your house down – with the lemons! – Cave Johnson, Portal 2
Have a happy Monday (but keep your snow shovel close)!
It’s Wednesday and we’re all a little stressed. The days are charging forward to Christmas faster than a Weight Watcher’s Group at a Lindt store sale. Two weeks from now it will be all over! So let’s have some fun before we break out our stretchy pants.
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Art is long. Life is short. A picture can become for us a highway between a particular thing and a universal feeling.- Lawren Harris
Lawren Harris was a Canadian artist with the Group of Seven. Last year, Little Guy wrote two research papers on Harris’ friend, Tom Thomson, and we visited a museum to see some of their work. Harris’ works were often abstract and stark landscapes of the Canadian north and Arctic. He was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1969.
THIS IS PART OF CEE’S FUN PHOTO CHALLENGE– Drawing inspiration from her photo of a workbench inside a auto painter/detailer’s garage.
I’ll be an honest. It’s been a long week. The irony is that Monday is barely started! It started with a road raging pedestrian and hurtled right into a dentist appointment. I’m still numb up to my eyebrows…but I have tea and Audrey, so maybe things will start to look up!
I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles – Audrey Hepburn
I discovered a new way to feel “old” – buy new technology!
This weekend, I finally broke down and purchased a new gaming system. Our Xbox 360 has been acting up…and we’ve lost multiple worlds. Including the one I featured in photos a few weeks ago!
Step 1: Purchase
We went to the store – you know the kind?! Colourful wall-to-wall displays with weird gadgets, geek wear, and video game cases. Large screens hung from the ceiling while distracting videos played in HD. A weird 30 year old man with a pasty white belly oozing from the gap between his tee and shorts, rifling through a rack of used games. And let’s not overlook the gangling 20 year old retailer in a bright Marvel t-shirt.
I took Big Guy with me because he speaks “geek” more fluently than I do, especially when it comes to tech. I vaguely remember starting the conversation and nodding intelligently while circus music piped in my head. By the middle of the transaction, the clerk asked questions, I turned and stared blankly at Big Guy (who answered with a monotone “yes” while texting someone else), and nodded “yes” to the clerk. By the end, I was numb and confused. I remember swiping my card and quietly following Big Guy from the store with a big, heavy bag and a very light wallet. A few words have floated to the surface since then…Gears of War, Halo, terra-something, cloud. That’s about it!
Step 2: Set up the System
Big Guy started the set-up, and then he went out. He told me to “just text” if we ran into any problems. I’m sure he was less than 2 blocks away when we hit the first hiccup. There were more words, like passkey and lockdown. I had to set a password (which I wrote down as I went along) using a series of finger twerks with buttons, bumpers and triggers… and then my password locked me out. Five minutes later I discovered that while I wanted a “7” (left bumper), I had tapped the right bumper, and finally, when I made the correction to my paper copy to accommodate my mistake, I wrote down the wrong number…again.
We struggled with buttons controls to register it. None of them seemed to work – so we tried them all. We did it eventually with the minimum use of colourful language explosions. At least in this area, I showed signs of aging gracefully. And then the power kicked off!
The t.v., the system, and the answering machine all went off…but not the controllers. They continued to wink at us smugly. By then over 16 texts had passed back and forth, and I rec’d the text “WHAT DID YOU DO?!” I had to answer truthfully – “I think we broke it”. He told me to try the touch sensor…it doesn’t have one!
When it regained consciousness, we continued to navigate down the rabbit hole. It made my profile pic a mafia panda wearing heavy bling. Hubby thought it was funny! I texted a photo of it to Big Guy who texted back “Ahahaha”! – I was not amused!
Fortunately it had saved my avatar from the old system and I could use it instead. My avatar is this cute girl in a plaid skirt, black boots and a red t-shirt that says “I love Minecraft”. I am also wearing a Halo helmet, which shall remain on forevermore. Let’s just say, my avatar’s appearance so startled Little Guy when I took the helmet off, he hollered for me to “put it back on…quick!”. My feelings were hurt. I think the Panda was better.
We added users. Little Guy became a cute hamburger. Hubby, a weird yellow 6-sided shape with a face. I got stuck in Edge. We had to update the controller (even though it is brand new)! After several hours, an extended break to clear our heads, and over 20 texts, the system was set up.
It was finally time to start uploading actual games. I was forewarned…this could days…