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Bucca有很多眼神,無辜的眼神、撒嬌的眼神、飢餓的眼神、搗蛋過嗨的眼神,還有這放空的眼神。

這種放空的眼神,要學起來可真不容易。說他空,但是又是專注地看著妳的。

其實,這是他最近學會Sit之後,自以為只要Sit就會有食物吃,看著移動的我們,如果手裡好像有東西,或者手插在口袋裡,他就自以為坐下來就有吃的。

這個眼神厲害吧:「喵~媽瞇,我很乖, 給我吃的。」

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我愛骨頭 骨頭愛我

Nylabone, Rawhide bone, chocolate bone 我都愛


唯有骨頭,可以讓我看鏡頭。




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Bucca 會Sit了!
我的天啊,我也覺得我們家狗應該是天才狗XDDDD

其實今天早上起來非常沮喪的,因為昨天擦了他一整天尿尿便便,帶他去廁所,他死不肯上,每次都硬耗了半小時,一出來馬上拉OR尿在回他房子的走廊上。

分明是故意的!

尤其知道他今天短短的一天居然學會了坐下,我分外確定,這傢伙除了膀胱還不成熟hold 不住大噗的尿外,他硬是不在人類的廁所裡上廁所,一定是故意的!

一噗一噗的黃色小水漬,從family room,沿著可惡的尿腳印佈滿了整個樓下,好了,今天還被我抓包,Bucca其實有偷尿尿在地毯上,那個地毯有三個顏色,白色那一條是他撒賴的地盤,所以他就尿在黑色那一條上……也是因為是黑色的,所以我們都一直這麼信任他>”<<br />
除了便便尿尿的戰爭外,這小壞蛋的精力過於旺盛,半夜想睡但是又好黏,所以大白一點放他去睡,他兩點還在哭,大白三點時下來放他尿尿,我四點的時候又去探監……最後大白受不了他的哀嚎哭聲,又放他出來,睡在沙發上陪他…..

有沒有好伎倆,教我一下吧:>

但是小傢伙今天會聽懂Sit了,知道要乖乖坐好才有好料的。

哈哈哈,天才媽媽的天才狗XDDDD

照片一:受害的地毯照一張
照片二:Bucca闖禍後仍大搖大擺的睡在他喜愛的白色區塊地毯

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第一天, Bucca的心情一定很複雜: where's mom? where're my buddies? where is this place with slippery floors?

還好, 有會好好愛你的new Mom and Dad會好好的幫你把屎把尿, 長成一隻帥氣的黃金弟


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Bucca搖晃著他金黃小屁股,在我打電腦的當下正在探索他的新家樓上的好風景;沒過多久,他開始抓地毯跟咬花了。


我一把把它抓開,放到我腳邊,給他一個媽媽玉腿馬殺雞,我心想:手腳並用照顧他真是一個好方法,狗狗應該不會覺得我用比較次等的肢體撫慰他吧,狗的世界裡,四隻腳應該是一樣的吧。
今天是Bucca來我們家的第二天,感覺他的適應力似乎蠻強的,昨天還有點緊張跟過度興奮,我還在跟大白說,他該不會有憂鬱症吧;今天他已經大搖大擺地在四處留下他的口水、噓噓和噗噗,宣示他正式入主這個家。



我現在真正意識到,我們的人生決定,將要為Bucca做出很多改變。(之前固然知道,但是知道跟意識到還是有一段差距),Bucca就像是一個Baby 一樣,會為我們的生活帶來許多不同,他是我們家的新成員。






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這幾天狂睡不好,都要到三點以後才睡的著。

身體很累,眼睛很酸,腦袋卻像個陀螺一樣轉不停,有它自己的意志,不想休息,好像休息了,就有好多事情永遠沒有機會去完成。
嘉嘉說越大越羨慕我,一直過著自己想要的生活;芭樂也說有了小孩之後,要去哪都不容易,很羨慕我想做什麼就做什麼,想去哪就去哪。
媽媽最近跟我玩起了「家書」的遊戲,其實是我先開始的啦,我Email一些健康食品的資訊給她,她就嚴肅地回起了「家書」(一切就是吳姐的風格啊…)表達了對我的期望、關心與身為媽媽永遠不會卸下的擔心。
媽媽說妹妹正值青春期,需要我多給她心靈上的「諮詢」,她最聽我的話,希望我多開導她,找到自己的「自我價值」。

哈,我比我媽還多話,我回了她很長的Email:

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媽媽:

這個區域治安算不錯,我們也加裝了保全,加上初期我的客戶都是要預約,我會小心的。真的有什麼狀況,我有遙控器一按就連警局了。
我有機會會多跟小妹聊聊,她這個年紀的小女生,本來就是很注重同儕的啊,自己的價值就是來自於在同學之間受歡迎跟受重視的程度,這個我真的覺得沒什麼關係。我現在都還可以理解,想到自己每一個階段的好朋友好同學。妳還記得我念小班的時候,每天上學都哭嗎?在學校同學很喜歡孤立我,因為他們說我是愛哭鬼。轉到夏山之後,不知道怎麼一回事,我就開始變成了惡劣的孩子王,帶著幾個同學為非作歹,一天到晚被老師寫聯絡簿……接下來我的很多階段,好像都是這樣的,如果沒有好同學在旁邊一起瘋,人生就是沒有勁。
她本來就還小,只是長了一個大塊頭,很吃虧。也許她在心智上跟我很像也說不定,在沒有自己領會很多事情之前,感覺反而比別人遲鈍了些。自我價值這件事,對她來說也許太沈重太早了些,我很羨慕美國教育體制長大的小孩,都有獨立思考跟解決問題的能力。我覺得自己真正的開始培養這種能力,是出了國之後;出了國之後,才知道世界很大,才知道人有很多種,價值觀也有很多種,在台灣小小的社會裡,妳的不一樣不被容許,慢慢的,我們都失去了創造力跟獨立思考的能力。

(以下一大段都是在說一個朋友的故事,因為都是在負面舉例,怕她嫁不出去,Blog版省略)

總之,以上這個省略的故事告訴我們,人生有一天可能沒有選擇的。我們一直都可以選擇要念的學校,要上班的地方,作自己的每一個階段的決定,但是卻不能接受現在人生某個片刻(再衰一點人可能是人生大部分的時候)可能只有一個選項。
我在這邊看到很多這樣的台灣人;在同樣的狀況下,如果是美國人或是在這邊受到教育的小孩,可能會豁達很多(當然也不是絕對),他們充分接受人生的許多變化,鼓勵孩子去探險與發掘自己的花園,這真的是很不容易的一件事。
因為我們不管怎麼樣,都是一個人的。我們有家人朋友的親情圍繞,有愛情的沈溺,有神的看顧,但是我們的人生,畢竟都是自己的人生。學習自處會是小妹很大的一個功課,我也一直都在學習這件事。
有遊學的機會很好,早點出去看看這個世界,有多不一樣。但是如果她沒有準備好,她出來心眼也不會開,只會每天倒數著想著什麼時候可以回家。所以我會鼓勵她,多好的機會可以出來玩玩,但是如果她真的很勉強,就隨她吧,讓她繼續每天看韓劇吃零食,變成一個大屁股。

因為她要學著幫自己做決定了。
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怎麼樣?有遺傳到我媽吧,比她還愛講。

其實我寫這麼多給我媽看,是因為她跟妹妹說,自我價值不是來自於別人的肯定,像姊姊(就我啦)就不在意別人的感覺。
所以我生氣了。雖然沒有表達出來,其實心裡生氣了。我知道她要說的其實是我就想做就去做,只往前看,我找到了自己的「自我價值」。但是我生氣的是,其實一切沒有這麼單純簡單,這些都要付出好多代價。
我也絕對不是不在乎別人感覺的人,其實我就是太在乎了,所以在行動與思考分歧,做出了分裂的舉動的時候,我對周遭的人尤感歉疚……

唉,可能不是太好懂,最近有嚴重表達障礙的我,想說的是:

我‧行‧我‧素‧的‧人‧也‧是‧很‧寂‧寞‧的。

寂寞公路上,旁邊除了荒野雜草外,沒有什麼別的特別風景,所以我一直往前走,因為我想知道接下來會有什麼美好風景。

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While we make our blending, we always have our own unique way to decide what should be put into this blending to achieve our goal. Most people make their decision upon the combination of intuition and rationality while others need a more precise instruction to guide them through.

One of my dearest aromatherapist friends always asked me how I came out with all my recipes. In our training, we did a lot of interactive consultation with people. We had the luck to work and play at the same time surrounded by the great energy of essential oils. As an aromatherapist, we are not in any positions of healing or making health practices for people. We are just highly rely on the power of natural remedies could ease and sooth the burden of pain. And sorrow, sometimes.

There are usually two arena of blending techniques that we use. You can go with either one of them, or choose to go between, like I do. One is based on your intuition of the therapeutic properties of the essential oils; the other is analyze according to different criteria and grouping of the essential oils, such as their chemical families, specific chemical constituents, botanic families, plant parts, even using alternative technique, such as Chakras.

I came across of a Chinese article from a blog (the blogger might also copied this from somewhere else) talked about how to blend. Yes, how to blend.

This is really a big issue to discuss, isn’t it? Yet this article features more on blending according to the aroma which can be a great resource for those who like to be more analytical with some guidelines to follow:

Step 1: Make sure you know the problem in this case and the therapeutic properties/ emotional properties of the essential oils you would like to blend with.

Step 2: Test. When you blend, you have to understand the notes of each oil, whether they are top-noted, middle-noted, or base-noted. The note is determined according to the evaporation rate/time of each oil. Sandalwood being famous for evaporating slow, it’s a base note oil; Lavender evaporates fast, it’s a top note. (Lavender usually is categories as middle-to-top note. Not necessarily a top note. It’s quite subjective. However, almost everyone will agree all the citrus oils are top-noted.)

Step 3: Top-noted oil evaporates fast, so it’s the first aroma coming out in a blend. The aroma only flows about 30 minutes or even less. Therefore, add 5-20% top noted oil in a blending is appropriate. (Well, again, what does flow 30 minutes or less suggest? Still a subjective perception and it’ll differ from one to the other)

Step 4: Middle- noted oils determined the aroma of the synergy in your blend. They are used to balance each other and can last about 3 hours. 50-80% usage is appropriate.

Step 5: Base noted oils are usually quite aromatic and grounding. Adding the base noted oils can help to slow down the evaporation of this blend and make the aroma last longer. 5-20% is suggested.

I hope this can be helpful for those of you who struggle to decide the percentage and types of oils to blend from the aromatic perspective.

In my opinion, whenever the intentions are pure and great, the oils just smell wonderful and “right”.

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You don’t go out to look for people. They come to you.
I AM SO HIGH NOW. MY WHOLE BODY IS FILLED OUT WITH EXCITEMENT AND MY FINGERS ARE DANCING ON THE KEYBOARD AS I TALK NOW.
I GOT MY FIRST CLIENT.
I GOT MY FIRST CLIENT.
I GOT MY FIRST CLIENT.
I just returned from Sarasota yesterday and tried to organize myself when things been crazy the past week. I did the dishes. I cleaned to fridge. I replied the emails. And, I called the curtain guy, Bill, who hasn’t replied my last email about one last piece of shades he missed to install couple weeks ago.
We said hello and talked about the installation sometime this week. AND! Bill spoke up: “Ally, I was thinking about buying some things from you.”
Me: “Buying some things from me?” (Sounds confused, indeed, I was confused.)
Bill: “We just had an aroma therapy SPA experience in Hawaii and my wife found out that experience very soothing and comforting. And I still have the inhaler you gave me last time. My daughter is quite suffering from anxiety because of the school work. So I am wondering if you……”
Me: (Silent….speechless)
Bill: hello…?
Me: Seriously? (Yes I did say “seriously”. In my heart I meant to say YES YES YES ABSOLUTELY)
I was so blown away by the surprise. At the time when I know I’ll start to deal with the incorporation and the sponsorship issue. My mind was buried in those business worries and fear from uncertainty.
(I explained to Bill what I do with the consultation and blending. He is full of fun and willing to make referrals for me.)
I kept thinking: Is that a good idea to start in Chicago? How should my website look like? Can I make a living with just the consultation? Booooom….here comes the answer. I haven’t even started and I have a customer!
Listen to your heart and pray. You don’t go out to find people. They come to you.

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