Exercise and anxiety

I have recently become very interested in healthy living and have noticed some unexpected results. 

Exercise is known to have a wide variety of benefits, including a 'mellowing of the mood'. This means that just 20 minutes a day of aerobic exercise can have the effect of elevating a depressed mental state and reducing anxiety and can last the entire day. I had heard this, ad nauseam, from friends and family for years. It took about a month of working out regularly, combined with eating real foods, for me to realize exactly how true it is. I suffer from generalized anxiety but have needed less medication recently and am thrilled about it! 

It's one thing to hear it, it's another to experience it for yourself. And it's pretty simple too; 20 minutes a day of walking, running, swimming, or any exercise that you can get yourself to do! 

Elmore Leonard

      My hero, my idol. Mr. Leonard, recently deceased this previous year, led the life I want even more than my parents' lives. He began his career in advertising (heyhey), before becoming a career crime novelist. His millions of characters in hundreds of books are his truest legacy. And I need to leave behind a similar legacy.

     As an obsessive reader, particularly in my childhood years, I have read and reread many of his novels and always favored them over any other author or even genre of book. As an empathetic person, I saw his characters and their lives circling behind me as if they were close enough to ask for my help. I need to create a similarly suffocating experience for others, and crime seems to be the perfect outlet for creating the more unexpected and perverse sides of human nature.

Plants! (MY FAVE)

     I'm not the best plant mother, IF you judge by survival rate only. I love them all more than society feels inanimate objects should be loved, and shamelessly so. Obsessively so.

     I do have favorites though... and Ferdinand is my star child. He is the beautiful 3-year-old baby palm (of some variety). His duration at the top of my hierarchy of love has earned him my favorite turquoise pot and great influence over the name of my potential children. He's f*ing beautiful.

     Second would have to be Tiger. She is a pale green vine that has tremendous growth potential. Followed by great fragility. She has grown 'arms' that dangle 8 inches! She has lost three of these arms. I feel badly for her, but I do not feel guilt, no plant should be quite so breakable. She is nearing her third birthday as well.

     Ernie, Marilyn, Doobie and Biggie are some of my deceased favorites, and I memorialize them here and in my memories of the places I lived when I took care of them.