Monthly Archives: December 2009

Color Me Therapeutic

From my brain’s point of view, living amid blue is like taking a pretty little pill.  Except, of course,  it’s not a drug, at least not in the common sense.  Color therapy is amazing because its simple, and as evidenced by anyone who’s spent time around their favorite hue, it works.  Even simply gazing at colors changes our emotional reflections.  Think about it, or better yet, picture it.

Red, the color of power and excitement, is raw energy, sexual, primitive.  According to a study by the University of Rochester, women who wear scarlet are more likely to be asked out on a date.  How easy is that, right?

Yellow, on the other hand, conjures up happiness.  Serotonin levels actually increase when we see something sunny.

And blue?  It’s the favored color by men (at least when not on the prowl) and some studies suggest it helps weight lifters bench more ( I think there may be some connection here, guys.)  But all joking aside, blue is a great color with which to surround yourself, especially if your endeavors lean toward the right brain.

From lapis lazuli to turquoise, the peaceful hue bolsters creativity – a boon to any writer – and it also symbolizes calm.  So, the next time you’re tempted to throw you’re manuscript across the room shouting, “It’s certifiable crap!” maybe you’ll take breather instead.  Or maybe that’s just me . . .

I’m revamping my home office right now with this theory of tranquility in mind.  Currently the walls are taupe – as insisted by my ever practical husband – the floor is neutral, and the old wooden desk in the corner is a dull, scuffed brown.  It hardly inspires my imagination, much less that zen feeling I seek.  So, what’s a colorful girl to do in a blah world?  Paint.

But I’m facing a rather large obstacle.  I’m trying to decorate the room without painting the walls and the main reason is because I’m capricious.  I can’t commit to just one color.  Given the last few months I’ve been asking myself, “Should it be bonny lake or song bird?  Or maybe oceanside?  Or what about violet?  Violet inspires.”

Ha.  Given my track record of painting my old bedroom some five or so times, you can see my reticence.  So I’m all about the decor.  Painting the desk?  Check.  Painting some blue artwork?  Oh yeah.  And the more I search, the more I find.  I’m loving this stunningly beautiful peacock hue.  In fact, I’d like to splash that blue color all over the room.

(Attribution: By Dickelbers (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons)

And if that’s not enough, I can peruse this wonderful book, Blue: The History of a Color, something I will have to add to my all blue bookshelf.

Tell me what you think.  Do you have a blue obsession you’d like to share?  Or better yet, a blue room?  If not, perhaps you’ll want to get inspired.  Head over to House of Turquoise and indulge.  The collection of blue rooms on that blog is incredible.

Chocolate + Spinach = Yum?

Friday’s a great day to throw a little health into the equation before the weekend rolls into full (and fat!) view.  After all, we all know what those lazy days are for: indulging and getting the most fun time in before Monday.  Unfortunately, that often entails large amounts of unhealthy food and for many of us, guilt.  So, if you’re already dreaming of chocolate and it’s not yet noon, fix yourself a green smoothie.  I guarantee it will curb your chocolate cravings and give you a boost of nutrition too.  And did I mention it’s yummy?  If you haven’t yet tried a smoothie loaded with greens, believe me, you’ll hardly notice the difference, but your skin, hair, and nails will.   Yay for radiance!  And this time of year we could all use a bit of that, right?

 Chocolaty Pumpkin Giant

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1/3 cup of pomegranate juice (or water)
  • Handful of frozen strawberries or about 2 cups
  • ½ cup of pureed pumpkin
  • Big pinch of flax seeds
  • 2-3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Pinch Nutmeg and Cinnamon
  • Milk, Almond Milk, or Soy to thin smoothie out as desired (accustomed to a sweeter taste, use vanilla soy or almond milk)
  • 1 banana (optional, creates a creamier texture)

Add spinach and pomegranate first, puree, then add additional ingredients.   If you add more cocoa powder, watch out, my husband swears it makes the smoothie taste like cement (?!) 

If you are allergic to foods without added sugar, add just a small amount, but you probably won’t need it.  The strawberries sweeten it up and Saigon cinnamon (or sugar cinnamon) only makes you think it has added sugar – a handy trick if you’re diabetic.

 Need more ideas?  Or agree with my husband about the cement?  Head over to Green Monster Movement to explore some more super healthy smoothie recipes.

 

A Little Christmas Spice

Kristin Chenoweth

The 12 Men of Christmas

Every once in a while I crave a little girl time, the shamlessly, unadulterated and indugently pink kind.  If my husband has his man cave (three stall garage complete with couch and tv, blessed by yours truly) then I cling to some last vestiges of feminity in a modern world: romance novels, chick movies, and once in a blue moon, Lifetime television.   Yes, you heard me, Lifetime – known jokingly by some as the channel for women who hate men.   But amid the disparagement I found a gem.  The 12 Men of Christmas, aired during the month of Falalala Lifetime so you have time for reruns, was a bit witty and charming, a little like New in Town starring Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr. but actually watchable.   Yes, it’s predictable and formulaic, and there are moments of sketchy acting but somehow it succeeds by riding on the sexual tension and amusing repartee between Kristin Chenowith’s character EJ and  Will (Josh Hopkins).   I enjoyed it, mostly because I’ve ascribed to the “don’t watch, just indulge” mindset.   I liked the snappy character of EJ – she’s sassy and well, being likewise, I’m an admirer of tarty women.  So don’t be a grinch and partake in some girlish fun.   Analyzing is the enemy of enjoyment.  Just watch it for what it is and in the least, indulge in the men.

Why hello . . .

12 Men of Christmas Calendar