Advertising Opportunity For All!

Today I went through my office supplies and tried to downsize (still working on it)!  I came across some random pens and markers and decided to see which ones I can throw away.  While I was doing this, an advertising idea came into mind.
People still advertise with flyers right?  So that’s what I did – I made a flyer.  I was going for random and colorful.  I think I succeeded.  Although it does look like a 5 year old made it.  I liked it.  It has character I think! 😉  I just hope it works.  I posted it in a local coffee shop so we shall see.
Do you have a website, blog, or forum?  You can reply to this entry and take it as an advertising opportunity and I won’t flag you for it!

Seeking a beautiful place in California.

Our second anniversary is coming up in a couple of months and my husband and I are trying to plan for it.  Our schedule is not that free where we can take a whole week off like we did for our honeymoon so we have to stay close to the northern part of California.  We’ve already been to San Francisco so we’re wanting to do something different (although I think that is our back up plan if we don’t figure out something else).

Here are some of our ideas but feel free to get in touch if you can think of anything else!

  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Point Reyes National Seashore

Shawie’s Feeling Blah….

I’m going to be turning in a little earlier tonight.  I am feeling sick.  Not so much like I want to throw up, it’s not a headache… just that blah feeling.   Drank water, now some hot tea, and I’m going to go sleep early and see if that fixes me.  The hubby says that it might be the lentils we ate yesterday.  He says that he thinks he read somewhere that if lentils aren’t cooked all the way it makes it really difficult for our digestive system to process.  I don’t really feel like looking it up right now.  I am writing this entry because I am DEDICATED to this blog.  …and I have a valid excuse to why this entry doesn’t really contain anything useful or interesting. lol  Tomorrow I will research lentils and update this so it’s not too useless. Goodnight!

So I feel much better today. I don’t know maybe I was just really tired last night.  It may or may not have been due to lentils.  Lentils have a lot of beneficial nutrients e.g. fiber, protein, iron, etc… I read though that one can consume too much.  Lentil have phytic acids which isn’t as dangerous as it sounds…it just means that lentils naturally keeps its nutrients in so your body tends to not absorb the nutrients in its entirety.  Just like nuts in moderations they have good fats but one should not eat a whole lot in one sitting as it is more beneficial when consumed in small amounts.

Sir Percy – The Majestic Cat

I remember I was at work when I got the text from my husband asking me if he could bring a cat home from visiting his dad.  Apparently his aunt had been leaving food for him but never let him in the house.  Also, at the time they believed he was a girl.  It wasn’t until we took him to the vet where it was determined that he was actually male but had been neutered already.  At the time while we thought he was a girl, I wanted to call her Persephone after the queen of the underworld in Greek mythology.  Jared thought that name was too long anyway.  To my delight when I found out he was in fact a boy I insisted we call him Percy and the name stuck especially when called him Sir Percy when I first met him.  The name sounds like the name of a gallant knight or something!

I had a pretty strong feeling that we were going to adopt a cat anyway because my husband has always been more of a cat person.  Percy is the sweetest cat I have ever met even sweeter than my former cat from when I was a child named Oreo.  Most of the time Percy is really good, minds his own business, and keeps to himself most times however when he is hungry or his litter box isn’t clean you will know about it.  There is no ignoring Percy.  He also has this tendency to go completely limp once you hold him. It never fails he looks totally at ease when you carry him. We absolutely love this cat no doubt about it.

Beautiful Monterey, California

Monterey is such a beautiful city.  There was a gray overcast all day today however I couldn’t help but still admire the surroundings.  I’ve lived here for for almost two months now and I can’t help but still feel like a tourist.  There is definitely a lot of history in this city I’m taking my time with learning them all. John Steinbeck – famous American writer known for his works such as Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row, and many other titles lived in this area including Pacific Grove, Salinas, and Monterey.
I still have yet to master the art of parallel parking.  It amazes me how fearless some people can when parallel parking.  There can be literally be three cars behind them but they have no issues with pressing on the breaks and reversing into the empty spot.   In downtown Monterey you’d be lucky if you can secure one of the 1 hour parking spaces sometimes even luckier if you can score a 90 minute one!  I still find myself aiming for one of the 2 hour parking spots because:
a) They usually don’t require me to reverse into a parking spot.
b) If I do want to parallel park there usually aren’t any traffic on those sides of the streets so I can do and take my time.
c) The extra walk allows me to see more of the city!

My husband and I parked our car near the Art Museum decorated with large sculptures in its vicinity.  We walked down to Fisherman’s Wharf and ate breakfast at a small but busy establishment called Crêpes of Brittany. We shared a fabulous savory crêpe which featured brie, salmon, and mushrooms.  Unfortunately we devoured the dish alongside our coffee before I could even take a picture of the dish! It was delicious!  The way I see Monterey… it’s like a mini San Francisco.  It’s not as crowded yet the feel of it is very close to San Francisco particularly in the Fisherman’s Wharf area. 

New Osio Cinemas – Small town movie theater-like experience

My husband and I went to a small movie theater called “New Osio Cinemas.”  It was a great experience.  Older audience surrounded us, however, I think I like that better than sharing a theater with noisy teenagers or children!

The movie we saw was Danny Collins.  It was a very enjoyable film.  I recommend it if you’re looking for a feel-good type movie.  It stars Al Pacino and I would definitely consider it more of a comedy/drama.  He plays a musician named Danny Collins who end up turning his life around from being a destructive rockstar and hoping for a more meaningful lifestyle after reading a letter he received from legendary John Lennon.

I really enjoyed our experience this evening.  The movie theatre seems to only have 5 screens.  It was small and intimate feeling.  I look forward to having more movie outings like this in the future.  For only $6.50 per ticket, I thought it was worth it.

Are Naps Good For You?

There is a misconception going on that napping is just for children and the elderly.   I think for us who enjoy to take naps shouldn’t be marked with the stigma that we are lazy, unambitious, and lethargic!  It’s been scientifically proven by experts that short naps during the day is actually quite productive particularly in instances where one didn’t get a full night’s rest.

According to a short nap of 20-30 minutes long is recommended for short term alertness.

There are Pros and Cons to napping as will most things in life.

Positive Effects of Napping

  • Restores alertness
  • Enhances performance
  • Reduces stress
  • Reduces mistakes/accidents
  • Improves mood
Negative Effects of Napping
  • Grogginess
  • Disorientation
  • Interrupts nighttime sleep
The negative effects typically happens when one take a nap longer than 30 minutes.  If you find yourself taking regular naps and still fall hard asleep at night there might be a chance that you are experiencing sleep apnea which is a medical term for when one’s sleep is interrupted in the middle of the night because they stop breathing.  If you think you might be experiencing this you should definitely consult your doctor about it as there is a machine that can you breathe more consistently while you sleep.

Of course naps are good for you but avoid taking such long ones because that will ruin your nighttime sleep.  You know who knows a lot about napping? My cat Percy.  Yes sir Percy loves to take naps he takes them constantly.  *sighs* we’re starting to get used to him scratching his scratch post at 3 in the morning.

Do you like to take naps?  What is your take on the matter?  Comment below, I would love to hear from you.