Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
1 cup soy sauce
3/4 cup finely chopped yellow onions
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons sriracha (hot red pepper chili paste)
2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
2 tablespoons chopped fresh gingerroot
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons sesame oil
12 skin-on chicken thighs (about 3 1/2 pounds), or drummettes
In a large bowl, combine soy sauce, onions, rice wine vinegar, honey, cilantro, sriracha, sesame seeds, ginger, garlic and sesame oil, and stir well to combine. Place the chicken in a large plastic bag or baking dish and cover with the marinade. Toss to combine and place in the refrigerator, turning frequently, to marinate at least 6 hours.
Preheat the grill to medium and the oven to 350 degrees F.
Remove the chicken from the marinade, reserving the marinade. Pat the chicken dry, and grill the chicken, skin-side up, until browned, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place the leftover marinade in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and simmer until slightly thick, about 10 minutes.
Turn the chicken, and grill until the skin is browned and crispy, about 5 minutes. Transfer the chicken skin-side up to a roasting pan and roast, basting with the marinade occasionally, until cooked through, about 10 to 15 minutes more.
Arrange the chicken on a platter, and spoon the reduced marinade on top.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Last night we went and bought the newest and bestest or latest and greatest Magellen handheld GPS made just for Geocaching. I cannot wait for this weekend when we can get out and really use it. And its a 3 day weekend for me. Little bit of rain expected, but, that's okay. Urban explorer that's ME!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
I work as an engineer in a mill. And being an old mill, there are a lot of problems need to be solved. Some of them are quite critical and challenging, and I often cannot stop thinking about them even at home. This is not good, as I don’t want to bring work back home. So I established the rule that anything I can’t fix now, I will forget about it until tomorrow.
What’s the point of thinking about a machine that is in the mill when you are at home? My family deserves better attention from me. Some will say that by thinking about the problem at home, I may stumble upon the solution and it will make work tomorrow so much easier. Personally, I think nothing is worth sacrificing your family time. The machine will still be there even after 10 years, but can I say the same about family members. The children will grow up fast before my eyes and there’s nothing I can do to gain back the time I missed.
This is by far one of the most important technique to achieve Zen Master-like calmness. A clear example of how to apply this is just like when I woke up last weekend. I don’t need to think about anything else besides enjoying my lying awake in bed. The same goes for everything else you do.
If you are typing your next blog post, stop Digging / Stumbling interesting articles. You can do this later when you have the time. For some, this may look like a waste of time, since we can do so much with our multitasking-capable minds. I agree, but we have to retrain our mind sometimes to just focus on one thing. Nothing else. Believe me, miraculous things can and will happen when you focus.
Once you started doing this, you will become more focus in everything you do. After a while, you will see that you are no longer worrying about what future will hold for you. As long as you stick to your plan, you will be doing great. You do have a plan, don’t you?
Not all problems in your life need to be fixed. Some are meant for someone else, like curing cancer and so on. Others are not meant to be solved at all. An example is the boss who bullies. You do what you can to fix this. You send letters to the top management
, even to the Labour Department, but still he doesn’t change. All you can do is to let it go. Either quit your job or just bear it all. Either way he will still be the bully he is.
In the end, you can’t have everything. So let it go, stop trying to fix it. Minimize the damage and go on with your life. A rock falling will hurt you less if you catch it with your hand moving down. It will hurt more if you catch it with your hand moving up.
This is the most important techniques of all three. Take a piece of paper and a pen and write the three techniques down. Then write down, what are the cases when the three techniques are no longer valid.
For example, technique number 1 states that you must forget things you can’t fix now. Set up a few cases that will void this technique. Maybe if the problem may make you lose your job if not handled promptly. Or if it is a family problem. Write them all down for your reference and repeat for all the remaining two techniques.
Being calm is important. But not to the extent of losing your job, or your family. Certain things require urgency and that is why we need these guidelines to refer to.
Being calm doesn’t mean you have to slow down your life. You still can be aggressively active in your life, rush to work, meet tight deadlines, etc. But if you keep all four techniques in mind, you will remain calm even though the whole world is in chaos.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Looking forward to a fun weekend. Sunday I am taking my husband on a date. It's my turn to plan the date. So far I've decided pedicures in the morning, IMAX is see the movie Hubble and then for a nice lunch. Where I have not decided yet.
This morning the sun is shining bright and the sky is nice and blue. We had a little frost over night, so, it is still not time to plan on planting any flowers. There is an old saying here, "Do not plant until the snow is off Mica Peak". And I'm sure this is correct.
Tomorrow I plan on getting the chores done that I normally due on Sunday. I do plan on getting out and hitting the next antique store on my list.
Today at lunch I am going to go and update my wholesale license with the state. It expired last January. I have set up the books for my little business so that is the last part of the paperwork to get it rolling again. Now I just need to make time and start making jewelry again. I have taken a break for awhile. Seems the episode I had with my health last Christmas really stunted my creativity. But little by little it's coming back. I think once I commit and sit down and start, I won't be able to stop. At least I hope so.
I am sending wishes to all for a splendid weekend. Go out and commit a random act of kindness and/or beauty. Sing, Laugh and Make Merry!!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
When you're having a conversation it's important to keep your focus on the person you're talking with. Naturally, you'll want to avert your gaze from time to time to avoid staring. But try not to become distracted by your surroundings. .
Don't think it's OK to multitask when you're talking on the phone. It's easy to tell, and annoying as heck, when the person on the other end of the line is checking her email. Next time you begin a conversation commit to giving the other person your undivided attention.
Your inner voice can be hazardous to conversations. You run the risk of missing half of what the other person is saying when you're listening to yourself. Well, now's the time to shut that nuisance down.
When you begin a conversation, mentally click off your inner voice. Try to stay focused on the other person. Listen to what they're saying.
This becomes a problem when people begin planning their response while the other person is still talking. How can you be listening to someone else if you are busy preparing a snappy reply? If you're honest with yourself, you know you can't.
Don't feel the need to fill up every moment of silence with words. Learn to gather your thoughts after the other person has finished speaking.
When someone speaks to you listen to the music, the tone of his or her voice. Do the words and tone agree? It's similar to looking at a fake smile. When someone really smiles her eyes sparkle and her face lights up. When the smile is fake only the corners of her mouth turn up. Big difference.
The next time you're having a conversation pay attention to the music. If the words and tone do not agree, he may be sending you a mixed message. Ask questions to find out what he means.
To paraphrase an old saying, "Nature gave us two ears and one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak." That's good advice when it comes to communication.
At least half of the communication equation is listening. But, listening is more than being there while someone else is talking. Good listening means understanding what is said.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Happy Cinco de Mayo! I took the time last night and this morning to make Pico de Gallo and Jalapeno Poppers for today's potluck at work.
To overcome this obstacle, you need to develop a strong sense of Life-Purpose, Vision and Mission before you even begin to contemplate your goals. You might call it: being concerned with 'doing the right things, before doing things right'. This is a vital key ingredient of success that is often completely missing from discussions on goal-setting; and why, for many people, they never seem to really manage to achieve the deep satisfaction and fulfilment in life that they are seeking.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Got an idea? Begin it now!
Are you waiting for many hours of spare time to begin your idea, your project, or your taxes? Stop waiting! Learn to use the spare half hour that comes up here and there.
Some of my coaching clients’ biggest victories have a lot more to do with getting over perfectionism and fear, than they do about getting it all done perfectly.
Most procrastinators have a hard time defining quantities. We think everything needs to be done NOW.
When are you going to do it? For how long? Which part of your office? The file cabinet? Or your desk?
Because you’re not lazy. You’re just trying to do too much.
Find out what it feels like to accomplish one thing instead of not quite getting to everything. Wow – what a difference this makes!
“Because you’re telling the universe that this is your priority. And then the universe lines up everything to align with your priority.”
Action grounds your priorities. It makes them real. It also makes your day easier because you’re not wasting energy thinking about this thing you’re supposed to be doing.
Change this pattern. Make your decision the night before. Commit to getting up and going right to the gym, the computer, the blank canvas. Don’t have coffee and sigh and think, “I’ll probably feel more like it at lunch time.” You won’t!
If it’s a priority, don’t waste time asking yourself how you feel about doing it. Feelings are an easy out.