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Sometimes life calls for us to be resourceful and to improvise with what we’ve got. The squirrels in my yard do all that and more. Last week when the sky unzipped and let out a torrential downpour, I spied something unusual as I walked across my family room towards the French doors. Moving very slowly across my deck was a squirrel’s tail with seemingly no body attached! “How could just the tail walk?” I murmured to myself as I leaned in for a closer look. Peering through the glass panes, I could make out the rest of the squirrel’s body. While nibbling on sunflower seeds, that had blown down from a feeder during the storm, this clever rodent had flipped his tail over the top of his body to shield himself from the deluge! Despite the fact that I’ve had minor struggles with squirrels in my attic and in my yard, I laughed and gave this guy a thumb’s up!

#1 – Make Lists to Lift Your Spirits
Whenever you need a pick-me-up consider making a list. Demanding Joy is a lovely site where I found an article entitled, “50 Lists to Write to Lift Your Spirits.” The author provides 50 thought-provoking topics which you can personalize. For example, make a list of the things you’re good at or list the ways you have grown since your early 20’s. The author says of these lists, “They’re sort of an inventory of your life and all the good things in it.”

#2 – How Well Do You Multitask?
Considering I’m a mom, I thought I’d mastered the art of multitasking. Well, after playing these multitasking games for a while, I’m apparently not as good at it as I thought! A note of warning: if you play these games at work, turn your computer’s volume down, lest the electronic-sounding music give you away!

#3 – Past and Present
By superimposing photos from the past onto scenes of today, this interesting collection of photographs pulls the past into the present.

#4 – Time to Burn Those Calories!
Here’s a calorie burn calculator that does the opposite of what most calorie counters do. Instead of telling how many calories different activities burn, this calculator tells you how long it will take you to burn “X” number of calories at that activity. For example, for me to burn off 2000 calories, I would need to do high impact aerobics for 5 hours, 1 minute and 53 seconds or I could do computer work for 17 hours, 46 minutes and 40 seconds!

#5 – Apologizing
Apologizing does not always mean that you are wrong and the other person is right. It just means that you value your relationship more than your ego.

No matter what the weather, have a wonderful weekend!

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Quick, how many words can you think of that contain the word “size”? I’ll get you started with capsize, apotheosize, emphasize, downsize, supersized, fantasize, hypothesize, oversized, sizeably, synthesized . . . Okay you take over!

#1 – Calorie Counter
At Calorie Lab you can type in almost any food and it will pull up different calorie counts for that item, depending on restaurant or manufacturer. Alternatively, you can look up a restaurant and search the menu for calorie counts. For example, I typed in lasagna and it pulled up a long list of frozen and restaurant prepared lasagnas and their corresponding calorie counts.

#2 – Making Sense of Portion Sizes
Here’s another site that helps you to make good choices. Meals Matter is a website that has a wealth of information on nutrition, healthy living, meal planning, recipes, creating a cookbook, and personal fitness planning. I read an article called Making Sense of Portions Sizes which has suggestions to help you remember portion sizes:

If you are confused when reading a food label, try relating the portion size of a serving to everyday items. It is an easy way to visualize what a true portion size looks like.
  • Woman’s fist or baseball—a serving of vegetables or fruit is about the size of your fist
  • A rounded handful—about one half cup cooked or raw veggies or cut fruit, a piece of fruit, or ½ cup of cooked rice or pasta – this is a good measure for a snack serving, such as chips or pretzels
  • Deck of cards—a serving of meat, fish or poultry or the palm of your hand (don’t count your fingers!) – for example, one chicken breast, ¼ pound hamburger patty or a medium pork chop
  • Golf ball or large egg—one quarter cup of dried fruit or nuts
  • Tennis ball—about one half cup of ice cream
  • Computer mouse—about the size of a small baked potato
  • Compact disc—about the size of one serving of pancake or small waffle
  • Thumb tip—about one teaspoon of peanut butter
  • Six dice—a serving of cheese
  • Check book—a serving of fish (approximately 3 oz.)

#3 – Mattress Fit for a King
Do your bed sheets never seem to fit? My main issue is that when I am shopping for sheets, I can never remember which king-sized mattress I have. So here’s a little refresher course on mattress sizes for anyone who gets as confused as I do.

King = 76″ wide by 80″ long

California King = 72″ wide by 84″ long (narrower and longer)

Queen = 60″ wide by 80″ long

Full (double or standard) = 54″ wide by 75″ long

Twin = 39″ wide by 75″ long

Okay, my mattress measures 72″ wide by 80″ long – so what size is that?

#4 – Expand Your View of the World
Cool Things In Random Places has great photos of fascinating things in the world. If you need to unwind, just spend a couple of minutes looking through some of these photos!

#5 – A Sizable Quote
“You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth. ”
– Shira Tehrani –

Hope you find all your Easter eggs this weekend! And remember, not to put all your eggs in one basket!

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