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52 FEATS – NUMBER 38 (Turning Off the TV)

25 Sep


Well here it is, Sunday, and I have successfully completed this Feat!  It wasn’t easy; I had to constantly remind myself – and my husband – that I couldn’t watch TV.  It’s normal for us to watch a show or a movie after the kids go to bed, and that was a hard thing to skip out on.  I don’t watch much TV during the day, but at night when I’m exhausted, it’s about all I have energy for!

But I’m so glad I did it, because it did lead to some fun opportunities.  One night, my husband and I played Scrabble!  Another night, we went for a walk at the park while the kids were at their grandparents’ house.  And on another night, I went out for a walk around the neighborhood alone.  Heavenly.

And the reading…oh the reading!  I finished an entire book and started another one.  And these are “just for fun” books, not Book Club books!  That feels so luxurious.  From now on, I am definitely going to think twice before mindlessly reaching for that remote!


You may not want to hear this, but this week is National TV Turnoff Week!  (I kind of don’t want to hear that, either.)  So I’m making that my Feat for the week.  I don’t watch a lot of TV, but if I include all kinds of screen time (facebook on my laptop, solitaire on my iPad), I’m sure I rack up a lot more than I realize.

According to www.screentimeinstitute.org:

“Screen time cuts into family time and is a leading cause of obesity in both adults and children. Excessive use of screens for recreational purposes leads to a more sedentary and solitary lifestyle and that is unhealthy for all of us, both mentally and physically.”

This week, I’m going to make a concerted effort to cut WAY down on my screen time.  (I still have to work on my computer and check emails!)  I plan to get a lot of reading done.  I have a stack of books a mile high on my nightstand that I’m dying to read, plus some favorites that I really want to re-read, like the Twlight series and The Shadow of the Wind.

I have to be honest, it doesn’t hurt that two of my favorite shows (True Blood and Torchwood) just ended their seasons, so I won’t have to miss them this week.  But hey, it’s not my fault!  That was just a happy coincidence.

I’m dragging my kids along with me, but that will be my little secret.  If I tell them that we’re not going to watch TV all week, they will seriously wonder why they’re being punished!  I’ll just try to keep them occupied in other ways, like scrubbing toilets.  (So far today, with 2 sick kids, it’s not going so well – all they want to do is watch TV!)

I invite all of you to join National TV Turn Off Week with me.  Leave those sets dark, and see what else you can accomplish with that time.  Exercise!  Read a book!  Take a walk outside and enjoy this nice, cool(er) weather!

Enjoy life!

National Suicide Prevention Week

31 Aug

Two years ago, on a sunny August afternoon, I was leaving a LLL meeting and got a call from my cousin Brian’s girlfriend, Jessica.  It was an unexpected call I was not prepared to handle.  It was a call about which every detail has been etched into my memory.  That call would forever alter my personal path here on Earth and the paths of many of my family and close friends.

Jessica called to tell me that Brian, my cousin and close friend, had taken his own life.  In the moment, I was completely stunned.  All of the breath was knocked out of me by some unknown force.  Miley Cyrus’ “It’s a Party in the USA” was playing in my car, oddly enough.  That song will forever remind me of that fateful moment in time.

Before Brian’s death, I didn’t know much about suicide and I didn’t know anyone personally who had made that choice.  Depression runs deeply through the veins of my family and so I had been through attempts with various family members, which in themselves were agonizing.  It’s an entirely different agony when someone you love actually completes suicide.

Brian’s death propelled Jessica (and I in her wake) to do something about suicide prevention.  She started attending Survivor of Suicide (SOS) groups on a regular basis.  She gathered the family together to walk in November at the annual SOS event.  She created The Jack Eight Remembrance Fund (www.jackeightfund.com).  She orchestrates a benefit fundraiser for different charities each year which promote healing for those who are left behind in the event of suicide, “survivors” we are termed.

September 4th through 10th is Annual National Suicide Prevention Week.  It’s hosted each year by the American Association of Suicidology (http://www.suicidology.org/web/guest/about-aas/nspw).   I find the statistics on suicide to be staggering.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health, in 2007, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.  There were 34,598 deaths by suicide reported that year, which means the overall rate was approximately 11 deaths per 100,000 people.  It is estimated that 11 attempts occur for every death by suicide.  (It’s ridiculous that the most current statistics are as old as 2007!)

The National Institute of Mental Health has a comprehensive list of whom to call, what to do, and how to prevent suicide:  http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/suicide-in-the-us-statistics-and-prevention/index.shtml.

We also have a great list of resources posted on the Jack Eight Remembrance Fund website:  http://www.jackeightfund.com/survivor-of-suicide-resources.

This November, we will be hosting the 2nd Annual Jack 8 Poker/Bingo Tournament to benefit the Alliance of Hope: http://www.forsuicidesurvivors.org/.  More details to come.  Right now, we are seeking donations for the silent auction.  If you have something you’d like to donate, please send an e-mail to lori@morethanmothers.com.

World Breastfeeding Week

3 Aug

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated around the world during the week of August 1st through the 7th.  In honor of breastfeeding moms and their babies across the globe, it is my goal to increase awareness.  If you have questions about the benefits of breastfeeding, I wrote a great blog about the ABCs of Breastfeeding – click here to read it!

Attend the virtual celebration on Facebook and join me in changing your profile picture to a breastfeeding picture or breastfeeding art:


Support a breastfeeding mom this week!

Mighty Massage

21 Jul

July 17th-23rd is Everybody Deserves a Massage Week!  I don’t think I need to explain the benefits of massage to anyone reading this blog!  It’s rare that I have the time and money to receive a massage myself, but when I do, I cherish that time.  I dream about it beforehand, I get myself all psyched up about it, I relish it in the moment & even meditate if I can, and once it’s over, I daydream about going back again and try my best to make the effects last as long as possible!

In honor of Everybody Deserves a Massage Week, I wanted to blog about perhaps one of the best kept secrets in Arlington: Good Feet.  Good Feet is owned and operated by a family from China who specialize in reflexology.  It’s located on Matlock, south of I-20.

The ambiance is great.  It’s dimly lit, has soft music playing in the background, and there’s a big screen TV in front of the massage chairs.  The chairs are oversized stuffed leather with huge comfy arm rests.  The masseur prepares a warm water soak for your tootsies, then rubs in some oil, and gives a very relaxing deep tissue massage on the toes, feet, and legs.

The best part is- it’s only $30 for an entire hour of relaxation and massage!  You can add in a back/shoulder/neck massage for a few bucks more as well.  I loved it so much I bought a 90 minute package for my husband on the spot!

Where is your favorite place to get a massage?

52 FEATS – Feat 1, Day 3

6 Jan

(Note:  I may not always do a FEATS update every single day.  I’m sure at some point I will run out of steam!  Until that time, enjoy my daily ramblings…)

Today went well.  Went to a store, said hello to people.  Went to the park, said some more hellos.  I’m definitely getting better at this!  It’s starting to not feel quite so fake.  And so far, I haven’t encountered anyone who seemed annoyed by my greetings.

Found out that discount skating night at the roller skating rink is NOT a great place to say hi to people.  Too crowded, too many teenagers.  (And yes, I realize that makes me sound like an old fart.  If the shoe fits…)  Why does it seem like the MORE people there are, the HARDER it is to acknowledge anyone??

My husband and I have talked about whether or not there would be some instances where me saying hello to someone – just a simple hello – might be misconstrued as flirting.  If I’m alone, and I make eye contact with a man who is alone and say hello, does he think I’m hitting on him?  My husband thinks yes.  I have to admit, if I was alone somewhere and some guy said hi to me, I would probably think the same thing.  Is that ridiculously arrogant of me?

For the original FEAT NUMBER 1 blog entry, click here.

For the original 52 FEATS blog entry, click here.


3 Jan

Feat: To say hello to every person I see, all week.  EVERY person, even just people I’m passing in a store.  If they’re within 10 feet of me, I plan to acknowledge them.

Why it will be hard: I am such an introvert; in fact, I deliberately avoid eye contact in public.  I sort of pretend like I’m having a conversation with something at the bottom of my purse.

Purpose: To connect with my fellow human beings, possibly also brighten someone’s day.

Inspiration: My uncle.  He says hello to everyone he sees, and often strikes up conversations with complete strangers.  It comes so easy for him, and he’s always been like that.

My initial thoughts: I’m nervous already, and part of me wants to stay home all week to avoid this.  But come on, it’s only the first week – suck it up!!  I just hope people don’t think I’m crazy…

Click here for the original 52 FEATS blog.

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