Has anyone else discovered iGoogle?!?! I just happened to stumble across it today and I think it’s changed my life! I normally have up to three different browser windows open at the same time with two of my email accounts and iGoogle allows for not just Gmail but also Yahoo and even Hotmail if you have it so I’ve managed to reduce my browsers down to one! It also allows you to sync up to Twitter AND Facebook! It’s like a quadrupple social media whammy!
Isn’t Google awesome!?* I’ve been finding myself more and more lately turning to Google for things like their documents programs, Google Reader and others. I have a feeling I’ll be slowly moving EVERYTHING to Google just out of convenience sake. It’s just so convenient to have all of my information so easily accessible (not that I put anything personal on there and anything important I back up)!
I also have a countdown on my page to the Scotiabank Half Marathon (the half I’m doing in September).
Breakfast was equally as astounding as my iGoogle discovery!
Coconut and Dark Chocolate Oatmeal
My good friend Kristina shared with me her brilliance at adding coconut milk to her overnight oats the other day and as I was out of yogurt but was really craving oats I actually made up some hot oatmeal for the first time in months! This time, however, I used coconut milk instead of soya milk!
This bowl of yumminess contained:
- 1/3c oats
- 3/4c coconut milk
- 1/4c water
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- blob of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter
- handful of Fibre 1 Honey Oats
No fruit, I know! We need to get groceries! This was pretty darned tasty, I must say! Is there anything coconut can’t do?!
I’m a single gal for the evening (Alan’s working) and as I just said, we need groceries, so dinner was light! I had some Sesame Garlic Tempeh that’s been sitting in the freezer for a while! This stuff is AWESOME! Just a hint of flavour (that comes out when you grilled it) and pretty low in calories, six of these strips are 100 calories!
I had four strips on a thin bun with greens, onion and white wine mustard with a side of carrot sticks and Green Goddess Dressing.
I was talking to Alan the other day about someone in my life and he thought I should share what I told him to you as you might get something from it.
Normally I’m a pretty easy-going person but when someone bugs me, I can really let it get to me. Sometimes I let it get to me so badly that it clouds my judgment and I become snippy towards that person. This specific individual, I’ve always said, isn’t a bad person, they just have a very different way of doing things than I do to the point that I can feel suffocated at times. The problem is that I can’t do anything about it for reasons I won’t get into on this blog. For three years I’ve let this person get to me, I started taking things personally and they are one of the only people that I can get short with. But at the end of May I started really thinking about it and I knew that I didn’t like being that snippy person, it made me feel ugly. So I implemented some steps and now, two months later, my relationship with this person is much better. Here’s what I did:
- I stopped taking what they did and said to me personally. Nothing they did had anything to do with how they felt about me or how did my work. When they said things using words that I would normally take personally I would stop, breathe, and remind myself that it’s just they way they talk and not a judgment against me. Some people just use the wrong words to get their point across or to get you to do something!
- I started to understand this person. I may not like the way they did things but I made myself understand where they were coming from and why they acted the way they did. Although I may not agree with it, it helped me to calm down and respond accordingly.
- I realized that I cannot change this person, all I can do is change the way I approach the situation. You can’t change others but you CAN change yourself to make the situation more bearable.
The last two are huge keys in handling situations/people that bother you. If you honestly cannot change the situation (and you absolutely cannot change people), recognize it and then equally as important, recognize that all you can do is change the way you approach it. When it comes to another person, try to take yourself out of the situation and see the two of you from the view of a spectator. Try to understand the other person and why they do/say things that they do/say and then to take a hard look at yourself. What are you doing to provoke the situation? In my case, I provoked the declining relationship by being hard-nosed, snippy and admittedly, I stopped paying attention to this person altogether (I know, immature and ugly…). Noticing that I did that and how it was not conducive to a healthy environment, I started to change my own attitude. The result has been two months of a LOT less stress and better co-operation between the both of us.
What are your tips for handling situations and people that you can’t change?
*I was in no way paid to say that. I just speak the truth!