I've written before about heat emergencies, but with the hazy, hot, and humid weather we're having on the Seacoast this week it seemed a good idea to revisit the topic.

A few week ago I was having a conversation with someone and she mentioned that with the warmer weather she'd been having leg cramps.  Not the type we work out with stretching or movement, but ones that were brief.  So I asked her if she was drinking enough water, she could be dehydrated and getting heat cramps.  She replied that she couldn't be dehydrated as she drank diet soda all day.


So here's the advice I gave her.  Diet sodas are not hydrating.  She needs an electrolyte enriched drink or water.

BUT - she said doesn't like the taste of those.  So I had her try some water with a little lemon oil, and she liked that - hopefully problem solved! Flavoring water will have her drink more of it.

Our bodies need good fluids to work correctly. Coffee, tea, and carbonated beverages don't…

I moved ... a few months ago!

When I get super busy keeping up with the blogs takes a back seat to family and work stuff.  My last post was on moving out.  I never had time to post again.

So  I moved!!!! I'm excited.  I've rearranged the furniture like 4 times and I think it is finally how I want it to look.  I have someone who will be renting the front office beginning in June.

Closing out Nya Studio

Today was my last class at Nya Studio.  As of 1/31 Nya Studio is no more.

Nya was formed by Zabel Belly Dance and myself partnering to open a studio together for our part-time businesses.  We shared this studio for 4 years.  Nya stood for Not Your Average Studio.  Because where would you find Belly Dance and CPR Instruction in the same place... but not at the same time?

The last Belly Dance class was this past Wednesday.  Zabel will be teaching on a reduced schedule in Rochester.

My last class was today.  I am branching out on my own and moving to 861 Lafayette Road #7 in Hampton.  I am hoping a few friends will join me in the space.  I am not expanding to teach full-time.

My first class in the new space is a private class on February 2nd.  The regular class schedule will begin on Monday February 5th.  A grand opening party will be planned for later this Spring.

Irritated 1.11.18

I put the date in this post because at some point I'll probably write another post and want to call it Irritated.  With a date there is no confusion.

This is a bit of a vent, but I'm tired, irritated, miffed, sad, and overwhelmed.  Words starting going through my head and I always find it best just to write them all down.   So here is my vent.

I volunteer with a number of different organizations.  They are things that interest me or benefit my kids, which is why I do it.  At one point I was doing a lot of volunteering, and a lot of volunteer work.  Over the past year or so my life became a lot busier.  My business is growing, my kids have activities I need to transport them to/from, and I started doing a few things just for me.  Like walking and hiking.  And I began to read more.  It's really helped my stress levels.

Because I'm busier I asked some fellow volunteers to help out more so I could do a little less.  Not huge things, but to help share the load.  But what…


When Becca was in high school she became a vegetarian for a while.  I honestly didn't know much about it and just cooked a lot of vegetables.  She wanted to eat a lot of pre-made high-soy products that I wasn't a fan of. 

One of her college roommates is a vegetarian.  She might be visiting us, so I asked Becca what she ate, ...could she eat cheese?  Have dairy products? Fish?  Turns out there is more than just carnivore, vegetarian, and vegan.  So I looked it up.

Vegans do not consume any animal products at all.

There are several types of vegetarians:
Lacto Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish or eggs, but can consume cheese, milk and yogurt
Ovo Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or dairy products, but do eat eggs.
Lacto-ovo Vegetarians do not eat meat or fish, but do consume dairy products.  This is the most common type of vegetarian.
Pollotarian does not eat red meat or fish, but will eat poultry.
Pescatarian do not eat meat, but will eat fish.
Flexitarian is a plant based diet with l…

Not wasting paper

Last night I printed several copies of a meeting agenda, and left them all on the printer when I went to the meeting.


This morning I have housework, a meeting, shopping, and errands.  This afternoon is more projects and shuttling kids to robotics, dentist, etc.  I also have a class this evening.  But what I also need to do today is mentally process and transcribe all the ideas and tasks I learned the last two days at the workshop I attended.

One of the things we briefly discussed at the workshop was a book, Write it down, make it happn : knowing what you want - and getting it! by Henriette Anne Klauser.  I've requested the book through ILL at my library and I'm excited to read it later this week!  But I was thinking of that while seeing the paper on the printer and thinking of all the ideas needing to come out.

So I spread the paper out on my table this morning.  Gave several sheets a header for the different businesses and things I have going on.  And I wrote down the…

Blissful overwhelm

I've had a lot going on lately.  Work, family, and a lot of decisions/changes coming up that I need to figure out.

I've posted a bit over at Coastal CPR & First Aid about some of those changes.  These are things I cannot change, but need to decide how I am going to approach each change.

What has happened is that there is so many directions that I can take while deciding how to approach these changes that I've become stuck.  I can't seem to move in anyone one direction and haven't made any decisions.  It's been frustrating.

This week I'm attending a conference.  I've worked at this annual event for 5 years.  This year the focus and content has changed ... and it is amazing!  I'm working ... and taking copious notes ... as the content is addressing what I need to be considering right. this. very. minute.

It's overwhelming.  In a good sort of way.

First I have to say if you ever have the opportunity to work with, or attend a workshop provided b…