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My Vitamix Routine

I've been using Vitamix twice a day, non-stop, for last 6 years.  Below is a picture of my typical mix (one serving - 2 tall glasses)

First of all, I don't use Vitamix for taste.  Vitamix is a chore.. I just gulp it down and move on with my life.  I make one when I wake up, and make another one when I come home from work (before dinner).

It takes so little time to make Vitamix juice. I cannot think of any faster way to eat.  So, in part, I do this because I am lazy.

I put some ice and water to start.

I put:

  • Flax seeds (of Chia seeds) - About 1 tbl spoon.
  • Celeries - 3 or less (depends on how thick)
  • 1/2 apple - normal size
  • some carrots
  • Spinach to fill the container to top (or green mix)
  • Ginger to taste (when I feel like it)
  • Lemon to taste (when I feel like it)

There is no rule.  I may buy random vegetables whenever I see them on sale.

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I want to see Milky Way

I would like to see the best view of Milky Way Galaxy possible with my own naked eyes, preferably at some place in the continental US (48 states). I guess I will take a trip for 1-2 nights.  I am willing to spend x amount of money.

I can use your help.  Let me know if:

  • You own or know airbnb location where viewing of Milky Way is possible.
  • If you know places where I can go to view Milky Way.
  • If you know astronomy clubs you can recommend.
  • If you want to go with me or meet up with me there.
  • If you know of Milky Way viewing events.
  • If you have anything to tell me about it.

So far, all I know is that the best time to view Milky Way is Summer months centering July.  I have about 5 months (20 weeks) to get ready.  So, search is on.

The only picture of Milky Way I photographed so far.

PS. Next on my list is to see Northern Lights (Aurora) - This will require me to travel to Alaska or Canada.   After that, I will travel to Texas or New York to see Total Solar Eclipse in April 8, 2024.

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Back to work / Song of the Month

My song of the month
Gal Costa & Caetano Veloso - Sorte

There are some leftover candies at work, but we are now back in full working mode.  2017 was a relaxing year for me, except it ended with a bang.

I came to work and got my morning coffee. I set at my desk and played my favorite song of the month. Before start working, I looked at the other side of my cubicle.  The wall looked beautiful with morning Sunlight.  I can see shapes of leaves from a tree outside. It's hard to describe but that moment was personal and enjoyable. It felt like my whole life story was painted on that wall.

'Life isn't that bad'  I smiled as I sipped coffee.

Song of the month:

Gal Costa is one of my favorite singers. She's in her mid 70's.  She's still alive!!  As far as I am concerned, she and her duet singer Caetano Veloso are legends in Brazil and Latin music in general.

She sings in Portuguese and I don't understand a word she says, but I love this song so much it makes me want to cry.  It's just so beautiful.

If you liked the song, watch this video.  it's cute.  It's the same song live, from 1985.

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OMG. History was made.

This is about my favorite show, Maury.
History was made.  The first time ever!!

Let Maury himself tell you what just happened.  You have to see it to believe.  I don't know about you guys, but this is significant.

This is the greatest TV moment in history.
Air date: December 29, 2017 - The last show of the year.

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Christmas Raffle - blendSMART Makeup Brush. $110 value

Raffle is over - The winner is being contacted.

blendSMART has a Christmas raffle exclusively for my visitors.

blendSMART is a Rotating Makeup Brush that's highly rated at Amazon and Sephora.  Costco is selling them for $69.99 each.  This set sells for $110 outside of Costco.  It comes with 3 brush heads (Blush brush, powder brush, & foundation brush).

I don't wear makeup (sorry).  I will let the video explain it for you (below)

To enter blendSMART Christmas raffle, go to my contact page and enter your name, email address, and don't forget to write "blendSMART" on comment section.  I will contact the winner on December 20 and announce the winner on my blog as well. If I don't hear back from you in a week, I will pick someone else.

Visit below pages to learn more about blendSMART products and/or buy products now.  Good luck. :)

* I am not a professional raffle person.  I will do my best to be fair and accurate.  But, I do not take any responsibility for errors or mistakes.  So... don't be hatin'

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I will puke

Video will start at 27 second mark.  This is Apple commercial - artistically done. But... Oh God.

If she pulls that out from her ear hole and put it in my ear hole... I will puke.  I don't even use the same Q-Tip for both left and right side of my own ear-canals.  It's gross.

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Looking for Snack at Work

I was working... then I had a sudden craving for some snacks.  I have cookies at my desk, but I wanted to see what else was out there.  This is what I saw.

Merry Christmas.

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Hate calling cable company for discount

It is a common knowledge that we should call our cable company and ask for better price.  With today's technology, a lot of people cut ties with cable providers.  So, when you call them, they must try to make you happy.

When I first sign up for Verizon FIOS, I was paying $130 a month for cable, internet, & phone service. After several years, my monthly bill is now $169/m.

I knew I should call them and ask for better price, but I hate calling cable company. So, I've been putting it off for a few years.  I am pretty sure that cable companies know we hate calling them.

Today I finally called them, now it's Frontier FIOS.  And they gave me $25/m discount just like that.  That's $300 extra annual income for me.

So... I lost $1000+ last several years because I was not on top of this game... because I hate calling my cable company.

I am the only person to blame on this.  I need to be more proactive.  I feel stupid.  I will not let this happen again.

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I have a mild concussion.

Update:

Doctor thinks I have a mild concussion.  The x-ray showed minor neck injury (not too bad).  But, my problem is the headache that will not go away (nausea & dizziness).

He prescribed me physical therapy.  And wants me to check with him in 10 days.  We are guessing I will be better by then, or else... (bigger issue)

Doctor didn't seem worried.  He thinks I will be OK.   Now I know there isn't anything horribly wrong with me. For now, I still have the headache.

I am OK.  I can still enjoy everyday life.  :)

Merry Christmas. Happy holidays.

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OMG, I'm a yuppy.

After the accident, I had to buy a car ASAP.  So, I bought what I thought was the most boring & economical car.  I wanted my car to blend in with the rest.  It also had to be garage sale friendly.  So, I bought a Prius station wagon - a used one, of course.

I felt depressed and alone after the accident.  So, I bought some Christmas gifts to myself to cheer me up.  I bought a leather briefcase from Coach and a wallet from Paul Smith.  They were on sale.

I am getting old.  I work with kids 10-20(+) years younger than I am.  At this point of my life, I refuse to walk around with a DELL computer case anymore.  And no more JanSport.  I shall carry a nice leather case like the rest of the grown ups. I thought they will go nicely with my Italian shoes.

I texted my friend about what I bought.  Then my friend pointed out that I was a yuppy.

PS. I still have a headache. I have a dizzy spell also.  I am going to see a doctor tomorrow morning.  I will update you.

 

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