Now Where Was I?

April 26, 2015 0 Comments
I practiced my Tai Chi in a beautiful Zen Garden while traveling Ireland

I practiced my Tai Chi in a beautiful Zen Garden while traveling Ireland

About a month ago, I got a renewal reminder for my Live Long Qigong Website license.  Having taken a sabbatical from posting since last July, it was time to think through my plans for the Blog.  Quit?  Postpone a decision?  Jump back in with a renewed commitment to regular posts?

That’s when the voices began inside my head.  The first voice was Ms. Practical.  “You know,” she said, “you have 500 business cards with LLQ as the address. You paid a lot of money for those cards.”  Next came Mrs. I’m Not That Talented.  She reminded me that my postings are less informative, less clever, less frequent and much less inspired than many of the other blogs I read.

Of course the Procrastination Twins named Maybe Tomorrow and Oh Look Another Interesting Item on the iPad began mocking me, “She’ll never follow through.  She’ll never follow through…..”

I shushed the voices and considered my options.

My last year has been full of adventure.  I took a trip to Ireland, two to Scotland, my husband and I went on his first cruise and we saw Mayan ruins.  We stayed at countless bed and breakfasts.  According to my Fitbit, I walked 2.5 million steps.  I found the perfect chocolate chip cook recipe.*  We installed a new furnace and air conditioner unit, and named him Phil.  We also got an adjustable bed, Charlotte is her name.  I also learned a new Tai Chi Fan form, added a Tai Chi class at Fitness World West, and I got my very own beautiful competition grade Tai Chi Sword.  Given such a rich and varied life, I’ve concluded that I have ample subject matter for a blog.

Since you are reading this, you surely know by now that I renewed my license and my commitment to blogging.  Ready. Set. Go.

As an added bonus for you, here’s some of what I learned last year:

  • Happiness is transient.  Aim to be grateful and peaceful instead.
  • There are many correct ways to practice Tai Chi forms.  There are no wrong ways.
  • Don’t take a Christmas cruise.  It’s not the same as being with family, and it costs more.
  • Breathe deeply, exhale slowly.
  • It’s going to be all right.  That’s right, friend, IT’S GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT.  Nama-stay around for the cookie recipe, below.  -b

 

*Empty Nester Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe stolen by Becky Goldin
 
Makes four nice size cookies
Adapts well with gluten-free flour when desired
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 firmly packed tablespoons of dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk – discard or set aside egg white for other use
  • ¼ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ¼ cup of all-purpose flour
  • 3 heaping tablespoons of semisweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, heat butter just until it starts to melt and is softened. Blend softened butter, sugars, salt, and vanilla together by hand.
  3. Add egg yolk and stir again.
  4. Add baking soda and flour and stir until combined.
  5. Then stir in chocolate chips.  You may also add nuts.
  6. Form cookie dough into four balls and place on baking sheet.
  7. The cookies will spread during baking, so make sure they are several inches apart.
  8. Bake for about 9 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
  9. Remove baking sheet from oven and give the baking sheet a firm, but careful bang on the counter top. This will deflate the cookies and give them that perfect wrinkly appearance.

 

 

 

 

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First born, awkward teenager, young professional, wife, Momma, divorced wife, Grammy, wife (again), business owner, Fortune 500 Corporation executive, career coach, reader, writer, fly fisher, joke teller, fast driver, INFJ, Aquarius, Feng Shui hobbyiest, Starbucks drinker, Tai Chi/Qigong practitioner and teacher, Iowan....Of all my labels, momma, grammy and wife are the most cherished

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