Saturday, June 28, 2008

It's Easy Being Green Challenge

For a long time now, I've been trying to live a life that is friendly to both myself and the environment. But lately I've been feeling that what I do won't make a big difference and that nothing I do can be 100% friendly to the environment so why bother working so hard at it. I lost excitement for "going Green". I thought that I had to, overnight, have zero impact on the environment. Now I'm back on track with the realization that I don't have to be 100% Green overnight; one little bit at a time will get me there.

My ultimate goal? Be as close to 100% Green LIving as possible. My goal today? Do just one little thing to get me there.

So what did I do today? I bought PC Green Unbleached Coffee FIlters (I couldn't find a mesh basket but will keep looking. Promise.).

Take the It's Easy Being Green Challenge. You'll be making a big difference one tiny act at a time.

Spread the word. Invite your friends and family to the challenge. That could be your little change for today! And, post your tips here so that everyone can do the little things that you're doing. That could be your little change for tomorrow! See, it's easy being Green! I look forward to your comments.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

I think that men have as many, if not more, fears than women in business." —Christopher V. Flett, Author of What Men Don't Tell Women About Business. ISBN: 978-0-470-14508-1

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tuesday Tooth Report

Just had pineapple for dessert and now stringy bits are woven all through my braces and brackets. It was worth it!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Book Review — What Men Don't Tell Women About Business

Consultant Chris Flett, a self-described "former Alpha Male", originally created this as a document for his female clients to read before he met with them. Before long he realized that there was enough meat in the document and enough demand for its contents that he could develop it into a book.

With a writing style that makes you feel he's your mentor and he's sitting across the table from you, Flett has delivered a book that is so interesting and relevant to my business life that I read every word! Including every misspelled word. Yes, that's right, it suffers from grammatical and spelling errors but if you can get past that there are some real gems there. Hopefully his future efforts will be better proofed.

I encourage all women (and men, for that matter) to read it. It gives major insight into the professional relationships within an office. As the jacket promises, "Flett reveals everything you need to know to understand, communicate, and compete with men in business." Consider putting it at the top of your reading pile.

What Men Don't Tell Women About Business
By Christopher V. Flett
ISBN: 978-0-470-14508-1


Having visited other countries, David DeFranza was quickly forced to adapt to a bargaining-style of purchasing goods. His article "How Haggling Taught Me About Life" offers 6 tips that he now regularly employs while traveling. I can see these tips being handy in everyday life, too.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Most Dangerous Species in the Mediterranean

From the web site, this creative and eye-opening poster will really surprise you.

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

When women stop attacking each other and start supporting each other, the tides will change." —Christopher V. Flett, Author of What Men Don't Tell Women About Business. ISBN: 978-0-470-14508-1

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tuesday Tooth Report

This week I've had a bit of a reprieve from pain. Yay! And, many molars are making connections so I was able to eat Southern-style BBQ Ribs at the Big Stop yesterday. Yum-mer!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

There are a lot of backwards authors and advisors of women out there who think women need to learn how to play golf, go for drinks at the club, or talk hockey in order to get into the boys club. Nothing can be further from the truth. The people who get invited into the game are the people who bring something to the table. If you aren't authentic, you can't be trusted. People who are trying to be authentic will look to partner with people who also value integrity and authenticity. Women don't have to become men in order to be successful. In fact, they should appreciate that they hold a lot of the skills that men attempt to learn. Authenticity is the foundation of the new paradigm of business." —Christopher V. Flett, Author of What Men Don't Tell Women About Business. ISBN: 978-0-470-14508-1

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tuesday Tooth Report

I can definitely tell that the molars on my bottom jaw are moving. The 'arch' of my jar is widening. Again, it's my tongue that discovered it! My tongue noticed that it has more space to live in. This is very, very good for me because I've always noticed that my tongue feels cramped in my mouth.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Jerry's AutoFetch

Does this puppy not look like the happiest pup ever? His parents obviously loved him very much to have built this machine for him. Sadly, he's no longer living. But boy did he have a good life! Direct to YouTube or view the video below.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

The new [2007 business] model, is based on integrity, authenticity, and relationships. This is how women have been doing business for the last 50 years, but the Alpha Males have chastised them for it because they felt women spent too much time caring. But the truth is, the new model is perfectly suited to women. ...and no one has shared with women that they are the perfect pilots for this new paradigm." —Christopher V. Flett, Author of What Men Don't Tell Women About Business. ISBN: 978-0-470-14508-1

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Vienna Vegetable Orchestra

"Your mother probably told you not to play with your food. But did she tell you not to play your food? The members of the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra do just that. The morning of each performance, they go shopping at a local produce market and pick out the specimens they think will make the best sounds. Then they set to work creating the instruments for that night’s show—mostly percussion instruments, but also flutes made of carrots, horns made from bell peppers, and all sorts of other weird concoctions. And these guys can really get a groove on (as the video demonstrates). After the show, they serve vegetable soup to the audience—though not, thankfully, made from the actual instruments that were just played! Way cool." See the YouTube video at

Tuesday Tooth Report

Yesterday I received a new wire on the bottom jaw. It's a square wire, which they tell me is much stronger and will move teeth with more aggression than before. I felt the pressure immediately after they inserted it.

The top jaw received the same old wire on it -- they removed it, cleaned it, and reset it. (My top jaw has progressed faster than my bottom jaw due to fewer teeth needing straightening so it doesn't need a new wire yet.)

After the next 8 weeks, all teeth on both jaws should be aligned enough to begin the process of changing my bite. I've been forewarned that I will be wearing elastics on either my next or second-next visit.

See you next Tuesday!