Archive for December 2008

Duchess Digest Wednesday

December 31, 2008

Today is New Year’s Eve – so before you head out – check out this week’s Duchess Digest Blog on the Single Minded Woman website. I’ve been writing a weekly column there for several months now and I have to say, this week’s article is my favorite I’ve written so far.

So cheers to all of you looking to make ’09 your Year of the Phoenix, I hope you’ll join me!

Happy New Year! See you again on Monday . . .




Two days of ’08 Remain

December 30, 2008

Only today and tomorrow left of ’08 – and this transitional time between Christmas and New Years always gets the wheels turning. I’m starting to like it more and more here in L.A. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it will be my forever home, I miss the mountains and the snow too much. But I think it could be a nice place to rest my hat for another year and see what happens. I’m trying to sort through all that jumble in my head this week, as it’s “go” time so to speak. When Feb ends I can get a new lease or I can move away – so I really need to decide where my hearts at for another year.

Part of the decision making process for me has been faith. Faith that I am smart enough to figure it out for myself. And faith to trust gut instincts. I am really trying to step into ’09 with an open mind. And I know I’ve been doing a lot of James Allen the past few weeks but his work is really resonating with me right now. So today, another quote from As A Man Thinketh. Enjoy and remember, it’s one of your last days in ’08 so make it count!


“The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of reality.”



Sounds like somebody’s got a case of the Mondays

December 29, 2008

Bob: “It looks like you’ve been missing a lot of work lately.”

Peter: “I wouldn’t exactly say I’ve been ‘missing’ it Bob.”

I wouldn’t exactly say that I’ve been “missing” work either. It has been a nice four and half day break from the office. I took Jeff to the airport at 4am this morning and made it back with just enough time to not justify going back to bed before work. Damn. Only three days this week and then another four day weekend. That sounds like heaven. I’m trying to get out of town for it . . . not too sure where yet but I have ideas.

It was an unexpectedly wonderful Christmas this year. I really enjoyed having my brother here. Yesterday we took a drive up PCH to Point Dume a little north of Malibu. It was so sunny and warm! We took Labrador too and found a little stretch of beach with no people where we could walk and let Betty run free. It was very beautiful and it felt so nice to be warm enough to get my feet in the ocean again.

Now that it’s back to work this morning, I’m feeling a little bit of the Holiday hangover. A mixture of being a little sad it’s ended with tired from company and running around L.A. I read another chapter of As a Man Thinketh last night before bed and it helped to remind me why I’m here and what I’m trying to accomplish. I hope it helps to motivate you and ease you through this week as we transition out of ’08 and into a brand new year.


“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your Ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.”


Twas the Night before Christmas . . .

December 25, 2008

And all through the house, I’m sitting here at my computer, using my mouse . . .

Okay, that’s as far as I’m taking the rhyming this evening. Jeff’s flight has been delayed about seven hours, so I’m posting while I wait to hear that he’s getting close to LAX. Winter storms effect us all – even in Los Angeles.

This has been a Christmas of firsts for me. First Christmas without snow. First Christmas in California.

And I was thinking tonight about what I’m grateful for . . . first, for a sweet little brother who braved the madness of the airports this season to be with his sister. I am so blessed to have my brother! I’m grateful for my family too. My mom has called several times today. So has my sister and I got to talk to my niece, who at seven, is the embodiment of Christmas enthusiasm.

I am also thinking of my friends here. My roomie who called from her home to wish me well. My beautiful friend who met me for lunch to give me all the herbs and detox info I need for releasing all the old energy from her intuitive healer (if that isn’t an L.A. sentence – I don’t know what is! But it works). And for my friend Jason, who,  invited me over to his home to spend Christmas Eve with him, his mother and friends. He opened his home, had gifts made out for me and for Labrador (a man after my heart – through Betty’s!), shared a wonderful Christmas dinner and an evening of laughter. It was such a fun night. To open up his home and share his family meant the world (it’s no surprise he is a Cancer – which was one of the first things I asked after the first time we hung out and got along so well). What wonderful friends I have been blessed with in L.A.

That’s all for now. I have to walk Labrador and head out to LAX shortly. I hope you all had a beautiful Holiday with your friends and family. I am so grateful for mine! This is the latest I’ve been up in months!

Merry Christmas!!

(Oh – and this morning was the MOST stunning sunrise I’ve seen in L.A. So I went up on the roof and watched the sun rise for about twenty minutes. . . here are some of the pictures. GORGEOUS. I was truly in awe).

























Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays to you all! This morning is the last scheduled post for the week. I’m putting in a short day at my job and then picking up my little brother for Christmas Eve. I can’t wait!

I’ll be back on Monday – until then I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. This will be my first ever without my family and without snow – so I will take some pictures on the beach!

Wednesday is still Duchess Digest Day on – so make sure you check out this week’s article called “You Light up Your Life.” It’s all about shining your brightest in the dark – always a fitting topic for the cold and wintry months.

Wishing you all the best this holiday!



Endorphins make you happy. Happy People just don’t kill their husbands.

December 23, 2008

Yes, I have returned to the Legally Blond quotes. As I sat bleary eyed and truly grumpy yesterday at work I had a little aha! moment. I say moment because I’m never sure how long these ahas! will last. I thought, “I’m pretty tired of feeling sad and tired.”

“Hmmm . . . go on . . .” mused my subconscious me, who is always listening.

“Well,” I continued, “I know I’ve done a lot of amazing things in my life. And I know I will continue to do amazing things and have extraordinary experiences. So why am I so tired and grumpy and melancholy? I’m not even really sure what it’s about. But it sures seems like a hell of a lot of effort to be this way. What’s the point? I think I’d like to have energy and be happy.”

“Eureka,” cried subconscious me, for that me was tired of being tired too.

And without further adieu we (my subconsious little me and myself) googled great nutrition tips and secrets to boosted energy. We plotted out our Christmas plans for when Jeff arrives – Cookie Party! Cookie Party! (Anyone else watch the very first episode of Sarah Silverman Show- if not, you’re missing out. My bro and I love her). The best news is that I seem to be fully recovered from my surgery. I tested the water out by going for a jog last night instead of a walk. I felt great. So I bumped it up to a run. That felt even better. Yay! I am healed. Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty I am free at last. I can exercise. I feel great this morning, no weird pains – so at 4.5 weeks of my 6 week recovery plan – I do believe I can add a little variety to my repertoire! And that my friends is where the endorphins come from – and that is where happiness begins.

And where happiness continues is with Tom Petty. Because last night I downloaded some old classic Tom Petty and man did that make me happy. “Free Falling” and “Don’t Come Around Here No More” are two very fabulous, if not very seasonably festive, songs. I also highly recommend Stevie Nicks and all things Fleetwood Mac. I happened to stumble across a remix by Linus Love of the Stevie Nicks song “Stand Back” and have fallen in love again. Great dance music. Great i-pod mix for walking, running, etc.

Then last night I read a chapter from James Allen’s book As A Man Thinketh. My mom gave it to me a while ago because, as she wrote inside the front cover, “I like-a the way you thinketh” (love my mom!). I was an underlining fool. I’ve felt stuck throughout my stay in L.A. and I’ve heard many friends say the same thing, especially lately. So this one if for all the ladies out there (okay, guys too) – a special dedication to keep on rocking it. Live your way into the answers.


“He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it. Columbus cherished a vision of a new world, and he discovered it; Copernicus fostered the vision of a multiplicity of worlds and a wider universe, and he revealed it; Buddha beheld the vision of a spiritual world of stainless beauty and perfect peace, and he entered into it.

Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these, if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.”


Zero Hours – 6am

December 22, 2008

Good Morning. I am barely able to focus on the words I’m writing I’m so beat this morning. It took me four attempts before I could log in -I kept hitting commas instead of periods and “N” instead of “M” – and then wondering what was wrong with my account. To top it all off I accidentally deleted a bunch of comments this morning – I don’t know how I did it or how to get them back, some of them were new. So if you’re seeing commas, and thinking, “that should really be a period” or you posted a comment and you don’t see it (in particular I think your name is James (?) from movie goer or movie guide) please re-post. I am among the blog slightly illiterate and should not be allowed computer access before 6am. My brain doesn’t function properly.

With that, I will leave you with the quote of the day. I found this quote because I made a morning coffee run with my Taurean Twin coworker, whom I love, and she reached over to grab her coffee and I noticed this gorgeous silver cuff bracelet she was wearing (did I mention I’m a Taurus – ha ha). So with my love for shiny, pretty, jewelry things I asked her to see it because it was engraved. She told me it was one of her favorite pieces of jewelry and when I read the quote I could see why. What could be better then a nice piece of jewelry? How about an inspirational one. I don’t know where she got it, but I love it. And it’s today’s quote. Hope you enjoy it and the few days left until Christmas. I had a shopping extravaganza yesterday with a friend at the Grove for about four hours. I’m looking forward to my little brother flying down here to spend Christmas Eve with me. I can’t wait to see him! Enjoy!

“Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” —  R.M. Rilke