Favorite People, Smart Car

Self is in love with Stella and Tina’s bright red Smart car!

Capable of reaching freeway speeds of 100 mph!

Is it not so adorable, dear blog readers?

This little thing ferried Stella and Tina all the way to San Carlos yesterday, where self met with them for coffee and pastries at the Zest Bakery on Arroyo Street.

Self must admit, there was something wee bit different about the appearance of her two friends, and finally, after two hours or so, she learned why:  they have each lost something like 20 lbs.!!!

Mama mia!  How did that happen?

They explained that it had something to do with sticking only to gluten-free food, and becoming vegan.

No, it wasn’t as easy as that.  To find out more, here’s a link that Stella sent.  (Self wishes Tina and Stella would sit down and write a book!  It should be called:  “The No-Exercise Way to Lose 20 lbs. in One Month”!  Self thinks such a book would be an instant best-seller!  Stella and Tina, e-books awaits!)

Anyhoo, Happy Monday to One and All!

Stay tuned.

Sunday Night, Reading Cary Tennis in Salon.com

One of self’s favorite sections of Salon.com is Cary Tennis’ advice column, “Since You Asked.”

Tonight, self decides to read only Mr. Tennis’ answers, not the letters he is responding to.  Below is one that self thinks is pretty interesting.  Tennis’ response is addressed to “Superwoman Some Days.”

Here’s a simple suggestion:  Just dial it back 10 percent.  Dial everything back 10 percent.


Give it a try.  Just take 10 percent of what you’re expending and save it.  Rest up 10 percent more.  Do 10 percent less work.  Give your all  —  minus 10 percent.  Hold back 10 percent in reserve.  Use that 10 percent to stay well.

If you’re working 40 hours a week, take it down to 36.  If you’re sleeping seven hours a night, increase it to seven hours and 42 minutes.  If you’re studying six hours a day, decrease it to five hours and 24 minutes.

You’re never going to stop the cycles.  So the thing to do is allow cushions around the corners, around the extremes.  Those points where you are completely exhausted and yet you keep pushing on are probably the points where you are breaking down.  So if you can avoid those breaking points, you can perhaps live more comfortably.

After reading Cary Tennis’ most excellent advice, self dreams up a letter that she thinks sounds like something “Superwoman Some Days” might have written:

I’m so stressed!  I’m on the edge of flipping out!  I’ve always been able to multi-task!  But lately, when I try putting all my fruit into a vanilla parfait, I find myself having a total meltdown!  Crying at the kitchen counter!  I feel fragile and weepy, and depressed about everything!  I have a great job, a great car, a cute house, two cats, and no dependents!  Why am I so sad?

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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