invincible summers

in the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer. (albert camus)

happy post May 7, 2009

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It’s hard to find a good latte where I live and I don’t think I’ll ever find something like these:

monkey

panda

 

happy post May 1, 2009

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more of Maru the cat:

 

happy post April 27, 2009

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Maru-the box kitty. ah, I love cats!

 

acupuncture, sex and chocolate, oh my. March 7, 2009

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thanks to stephany at soulful sepulcher for this little treat found here:

Endorphins are among the brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters, which function to transmit electrical signals within the nervous system. At least 20 types of endorphins have been demonstrated in humans. Endorphins can be found in the pituitary gland, in other parts of the brain, or distributed throughout the nervous system.

Stress and pain are the two most common factors leading to the release of endorphins. Endorphins interact with the opiate receptors in the brain to reduce our perception of pain and act similarly to drugs such as morphine and codeine. In contrast to the opiate drugs, however, activation of the opiate receptors by the body’s endorphins does not lead to addiction or dependence.

In addition to decreased feelings of pain, secretion of endorphins leads to feelings of euphoria, modulation of appetite, release of sex hormones, and enhancement of the immune response. With high endorphin levels, we feel less pain and fewer negative effects of stress. Endorphins have been suggested as modulators of the so-called “runner’s high” that athletes achieve with prolonged exercise. While the role of endorphins and other compounds as potential triggers of this euphoric response has been debated extensively by doctors and scientists, it is at least known that the body does produce endorphins in response to prolonged, continuous exercise.

Endorphin release varies among individuals. This means that two people who exercise at the same level or suffer the same degree of pain will not necessarily produce similar levels of endorphins. Certain foods, such as chocolate or chili peppers, can also lead to enhanced secretion of endorphins. In the case of chili peppers, the spicier the pepper, the more endorphins are secreted. The release of endorphins upon ingestion of chocolate likely explains the comforting feelings that many people associate with this food and the craving for chocolate in times of stress.

Even if you don’t participate in strenuous athletics, you can also try various activities to increase your body’s endorphin levels. Studies of acupuncture and massage therapy have shown that both of these techniques can stimulate endorphin secretion. Sex is also a potent trigger for endorphin release. Finally, the practice of meditation can increase the amount of endorphins released in your body.

Okay, now I just need the energy and money for two of them! In all seriousness, I do believe this. Acupuncture has always worked for me and there is nothing better than a great orgasm. I usually keep chocolate around as well. My preferences-M&Ms or Dove dark chocolate. Or when I can afford it, a really nice truffle or two or three.

 

comedy pt. 1 February 13, 2009

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I posted this on my Facebook page yesterday and thought I’d share here.
comedy at its best:

 

happy post December 29, 2008

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wow. okay, it’s been 3 months since my first happy post. what does that tell you. anyway, this is one of my all time favorite videos.
it’s a tearjerker but also makes me very happy!

 

LOST December 27, 2008

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LOST season 5
25 days and counting…..

this is my favorite show on network television. actually the only show i watch on network tv (well, occasionally 30 Rock) i turned down working on the pilot and have no regrets but it’s a brilliant show. a few months ago i met michael emerson (benjamin linus) and it was quite possibly the geekiest moment of my career. i’m usually professional but could not contain my excitement! thank god he was a nice, cool, normal guy!