Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Focus Through the Clutter!

Hope your week's begun well; I'm hoping things pick up after the Super Bowl. The games are usually so mediocre that I started watching it only for the commercials a few years ago -- now the commercials aren't all that great anymore (although I liked the Fedex one and the Bud Light/Magic Fridge one).

Spent some time playing with a new toy -- a juicer! I've been drinking a lot of fresh-squeezed citrus juice lately; I have an electric juicer that's basically a manual one except the hemispherical ridged top "spins" when you push the fruit on it. I wondered if there were an easier way. Happened to see a Jack LaLanne juicer commercial where they tossed the entire fruit, peels and all, into the machine. That sounded a lot easier!

Ordered one and it came in the other day. Quickly learned three things:

1) The blade spins about 5,000,000,000,000,000 revolutions a minute. When you turn it off, it's going to take some time for the blade to stop. When remove the cover too soon, it splatters grated stuff ALL OVER THE KITCHEN at very high speeds!!!

2) Ever made "zest" -- you know, where you finely grate the colored part of the peel for oranges, lemons, etc. Remember how they say "Be careful not to get any of the bitter-tasting white part of the peel underneath the colored part." Guess what you get when you toss the entire unpeeled fruit in a juicer -- yep, the entire bitter tasting white part of the peel! Made beautiful-looking juice, but was the nastiest tasting stuff ever! Yuck! Tried peeling the fruits first, but that's too much trouble -- am back to the original electric/manual juicer I used at the beginning.

3) Target has the same machine for $60 less. Oh well, live and learn ...

The new juicer wasn't a total waste -- it's made great tomato juice (which I hate, but it helped make great spaghetti sauce and I didn't have to peel tomatoes). Am going to try fruits with better tasting or tasteless peels -- apples, perhaps -- and see what happens.

That, of course, brings up the trivia question of whether a tomatoe is a fruit or a vegatable. This is a trick question -- botanically, it's a fruit, but legally, it's a vegatable. Around the turn of the century, vegatables were taxed when imported, but fruits were not. The importer didn't want to pay taxes on his tomatoes; the state wanted him to (I believe it was New York). Went up to the Supreme Court who sided against botanical science and with politics -- so legally (since 1915 or so), tomatoes are a vegatable in the United States (but presumably a fruit elsewhere!)

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We'll again pull two cards -- the first suggests something we should focus on for the week. The second suggests things we might consider in order to fully benefit from the attributes of the first card.

The cards are:

Two of Pentacles

Seven of Cups

I always think of the Two of Pentacles as being those situations where you're trying to do laundry, balance your checkbook, and put things away while the phone is ringing, someone's knocking at the door, the dogs are barking, and the kids are hollering. You're involved in a hectic situations and there's a lot of distraction going on -- it's really hard to stay focused.

(Totally off the subject -- read yesterday where they found office workers lost 10 IQ points when they were distracted by hearing other people talk on the phone and keeping up with emails. Hmmmm ... maybe it's not so off-the-subject, after all!)

Dealing with hectic situations is just part of life -- happens to all of us; to some of us, it seems to happen quite frequently! The trick is figuring out how to handle it without going batty.

Our second card can help us here -- the Seven of Cups suggests we spend some time thinking about the rewards we'll gain when we work through the distractions and complete our tasks. Maybe it's little rewards, maybe it's something much bigger and more long term. No matter -- if we spend a little time focussing on the reasons why we want to complete our task, the distractions seem to fade to sideline issues; this makes it much easier to stay on task without getting too frazzled!

And that's about it this time! I hope things go well for you this week and look forward to talking to you again next week. As always, if you're interested in a private reading, please try my sponsors above or my list of readers at http://www.woodsongtarot.com/readers.html . I also welcome your comments at http://woodsongtarot.blogspot.com !

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