Jan 27, 2005

Uninteresting times

A woman at work today asked me how I've been. We had been talking about the fact that her daughter's father, step-mother, half-sister and sibling-on-the-way all lost their lives in Thailand during the tsunami. My reply was that I was not subject to the Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times." Compared to so many others right now, my life is pure bliss.

So what have I been up to? Not much and everything. I'm working on starting an astrology group in Bergen, together with another astrology buff. We were introduced to each other via the Norwegian Astrological Society. The Bergen group will be a subset of the Norwegian umbrella organization. Currently, we're planning meetings and making posters and will present ourselves and try to get members during the New Age fair in February in Bergen. In the meantime, I've had a couple of very pleasant Saturday meetings, and have learned that Bergen has a sci-fi club.

A couple of weeks ago I came across a low-carb recipe book, with easy and quick meals. I set about cooking for myself and got my waist back almost immediately. But it's not the sort of food I really like. I don't really care for meat. However, the food I have made has been tasty and fun to make. With recipes for two, I have half the work; I just re-heat the 2nd portion the next day. Now it's onto the next phase, re-introducing carbohydrates. I already did. Couldn't stand lunchmeat/eggs for breakfast again, and had whole rolled grains with nuts – no sugar, no milk, no rice milk. The only thing that really appeals in the recipes now are the breakfasts and lunches, but they look like full meals. Tonight I'm going to plan my shopping for the weekend. Cooking for oneself, with lots of vegetables (I cooked asparages for myself for the first time) is always more healthy than ready-made meals from the supermarket.

I need to firm up a bit, but am not much for exercise. Still, a few yoga moves and some push-ups should be doable. I just have to do it!

Bergen/Norway has had miserable weather up till now, but I live in a place where we hardly ever notice the bad stuff. We don't experience floods or hurricane-force winds in my neighborhood. I'm safe and can enjoy a wild and wicked Mother Nature, knowing I won't get hurt – unlike some other parts of Norway and the world. Since Saturday we've had snow and freezing temperatures. Lovely!

Some magpies were up in a tree, apparantly arguing about last year's nest (magpies build solid structures). And it reminded me that February is when they usually start pairing off and looking for twigs to build with. Gave me a whiff of spring! I think I'm tired of winter already. It's been so dreary this time and I'm hungry for brighter days.

I'm still focused on spiritual reading, Emmet Fox and the like. At work, a president who's been with the company for 23 years, was fired. Not a usual occurrence, and it started a lot of talk. He has Jupiter transitting his Sun. I'm still wondering what will happen with Jupiter now transitting my 10th house, house of career (among other things). I think it's time to put all my knowledge about affirmations to use and help myself focus more on writing.

And I'm wondering about this comment thing. Don't like the way it works, but haven't found an alternative (though I saw something at Blogger – I just have to find it again.)

I hope your life is as happily uninteresting as mine.

Jan 2, 2005

New Year's resolution

Yeah, right. So I got help.

In the year 2005 I resolve to:
Not eat cloned meat.

Get your resolution here

So this is 2005...

For me personally, it's been a pleasant weekend and week. I've watched a lot of good movies on TV – all of them interrupted by news updates from South Asia.

I don't usually get worked up about anything. Life just is, and death is a part of it. Shit happens and all that. If I'm able to help, I will, but often I do pick and choose who I donate money to. I have a few favorite organizations who get part of my paycheck and then I ignore the rest.

But this time I am gripped. This time I felt, without anyone telling me just how awful it all is, that I must act. It's the numbers. (This could possibly be due to having my Moon (emotions) in an element that likes numbers and logic and facts (Air).) As the numbers keep creeping up, I am constantly on the verge of tears. For Norway, there are about 1400 missing from the stricken tourist areas of Thailand and now we have to assume that they will be missing forever. Empty homes that won't see their occupants return, empty desks at school tomorrow, possibly even at work.

Yesterday was declared a national day of mourning in Norway, and it was rather depressing to look out on the year's first day and see flags at half-staff.

I don't mean this blog entry to be depressing. For me personally, 2005 already feels good. I feel good. I am trying to make some changes in the new year, changes I became aware of in late 2004. So one of them is introducing comments on my blog. It's not retroactive, however, but if you want to comment on older posts, there's always e-mail.

So, comment, please? So I can tell if it works (and that you're out there). Thanks! And Happy New Year!