February 27, 2015

At least chew slower?

One of the best things about being at Punta Cana was how everything and everyone kept me doing things at the slow pace. I'm notorious for doing everything in a rush - I think it's  remnant of a habit I picked up during the days when I used to work. Every day felt like I literally had no time to get everything done. 

During breakfast one morning I went up to get ours seats. There were lots of people and a bit of commotion everywhere and when it was finally my turn I quickly said, "Hello. Table for two please." The lady behind the podium in charge of seating people remained composed and smiled and said ,"Hello. How are you?" I don't know why I felt so embarrassed but I smiled an apologetic smile and replied, "I'm doing great. How are you?" After that exchange I noticed it everywhere --- people always asking "How are you" before starting a conversation. I realized how that phrase had been missing in my dialogue for a long time. I got into the habit of saying it more during those short days away. 

Another thing I noticed was that I was actually chewing my food. People who know me well know that I chew maybe twice or three times before swallowing. Again a remnant of a bad habit I'm still trying to shake off. But while at Punta Cana I chewed, at first counting in my head to fifty, like a little child, and then subconsciously doing it on my own. While in the Dominican Republic, Yangkyu and I enjoyed some of our longest meals ever together. 

Unfortunately I'm back to my old habits again. Of course I ask "How are you" to folks over text or email but I don't think I say it often in actual face to face conversations. And I'm not chewing again. I'm gobbling everything up. I at least want to get back into the habit of chewing and eating my meals more slowly. 

Do you have a trick? I'd love to get in on it if you do. 

This weekend we're saying good-bye to our 8-week old Westie guest, Nala, and welcoming back Napoleon, the mini doxie, for one night. He's become a regular at Piri's Place. 

Have a lovely weekend! 

February 26, 2015

Snowing right now

A few days ago we were dumped with about 4 or maybe 5 inches of snow. I normally would have dreaded it but it turns out our current DogVacay guest, Nala, loves snow so much. As her human put it in one of our conversations during my daily update to her, "Nala may have been a polar bear in another life!" I think so. Her playfulness has also rubbed off on Piri and all of us, too. We all went outside and built a lopsided snowman whose head resembled Crayon Shin-chan, had a snow ball fight and ran around slipping and sliding and some patches of ice. 

At Punta Cana we met a family from Syracuse, New York. I knew because one of the little boys was wearing a Syracuse tee shirt. I remarked how I went to school there and we immediately began to talk about the harsh cold snowy winters. Snow is the one conversation starter I don't have trouble with when I meet people from upstate New York. 

It's snowing again right now. And it's again one of those pretty snow falls where each flake is big and fluffy. But I'm hoping that it's the last snowfall before it's officially spring. 

February 25, 2015

Vegan Cuts: February Box

A couple of days ago my February Vegan Cuts Beauty Box arrived in the mail. I was doubly pleased with what I got in January {when I opened the contents and when I began to use the products} and sort of had the same feelings all over again when I opened up this month's box. 

Inside I found: 

 + Red Apple Lipstick in Strawberry Lips : I have a had a thing with lipstick since a few years ago and so I'm delighted to add this to my collection. It's gluten free, paraban free and of course cruelty free. 

 + Blissoma Mild Rice Cleanser : I have been using tea tree oil cleanser for a while and I have been meaning to try something new so this comes at a great time. 

 + Balanced Guru Scalp Detox : I've been on a mission to get my hair healthy again and looking forward to working on the scalp as well. I have used apple cider vinegar in the past but haven't noticed a lot of changes {it may be that I was just unaware of them} and I'm most eager to try this detox. You just add a few drops and there is no need to rinse. 

 + Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques  Organic Sweet Chai Lip Scrub : I have read on other blogs about the genius of lip scrubs and have been meaning to get my hands on one. It's like Vegan Cuts read my mind. 

 + Alexandria Professionals Phenomen-all Skin Repair : Looking forward to adding this to my skin regiment as well. 

I believe the lipstick came in full size and the rest were sample/travel sizes. 

So far I have a subscription to Vegan Cuts Beauty Box until March and most likely I'll be renewing it at least for another three months. I'm looking forward to what next month has in store. 

If you're interested, you can sign up to receive your Vegan Cuts Beauty Products here! {There is also a Vegan Cuts Snack box as well}

 // I paid for Vegan Cuts on my own, but this post contains affiliate links. This means I get a small commission if you sign up for the service through the links. All opinions are my own. 

February 24, 2015

Life lately, according to my iphone

"What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner." -- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

February 23, 2015

February Project Color: Orange

I didn't realize how much orange I had in my life until I began to look out for it for this month's color project post. Looking back on my camera roll, I had curated quite a few images, some which I didn't end up using, like my orange LP player and the citrus flavored sundae Yangkyu and I shared in Punta Cana. 

March is going to be all about the color yellow. 

If you'd like to join in, email me one photo at windingridgelane [at] gmail [dot] com that depicts the color yellow by Friday, March 13. Please send the picture as a cropped square image, otherwise I will crop at my own discretion. Photos should not be smaller than 900x900 px. Along with your picture, please include your name and blog name and url {if applicable}. If using social media, let's use the hashtag #WRLprojectcolor {WRL stands for Winding Ridge Lane} 

February 22, 2015

February Wishing

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Just some wishing to help pass these last few days of February --  some whimsical bowls, neckware, fruity scents, everlasting flowers and a beautiful indigo dyed meditation cushion. 

What are you wishing up this month? 

February 20, 2015


Do you hear me, I'm talking to you
Across the water across the deep blue ocean
Under the open sky oh, my, baby, I'm trying

Boy I hear you in my dreams
I feel you whisper across the sea

I keep you with me in my heart

You make it easier when life gets hard

A long time ago, Yangkyu and I found this amazing couple singing along to Lucky by Jason Mraz and even had videos breaking down the female and male versions {and of course I can no longer find those videos..darn!}. We practiced and practiced and practiced - while cooking, driving and before going to sleep and we finally went to noraebang {you know, those private rooms you get so you can sing your heart out?} and we sang it. And recorded it. And while it didn't quite sound like those amazing people on Youtube it was still ok. Well.. maybe just ok enough for us to hear. 

I really hate the way I came out in the last picture but I'm slowly trying to be nicer to myself and say that I don't always look so bad. Sometimes we're our harshest critics right? 

What do you have planned for the weekend? 

We have an 8-week old Westie staying with us right now and so it'll be just us and the dogs. I'm also going to look through a vegetable gardening book Yangkyu got for me for Valentine's Day. He snuck that one and a cute little card up on me just minutes before Valentine's Day was going to end. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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