Get Your Ritual On LED Style + Bits about Smartmeters

I love organizing stuff. From books & spices to clothes & data. My mother would say that I’ve fully embraced my virgo rising. So when SCE replaced my old analog electric meter with a new SmartConnect™ Meter, I discovered that I can check my usage month-by-month and hour-by-hour on a plotted graph. I was in heaven! I could determine every morning when we woke up, and every night when went go to bed – all neatly plotted on the graph in terms of energy usage.

Sitting in the dead heat of late southern california summer, air conditioner blasting for weeks, I was shocked to learn that I use more electricity in December than in the hottest summer months (September is a summer month heat-wise in So Cal).

SCE Monthly Trend

Monthly trend for my Edison Meter. The red line describes the height of usage in December, followed by September’s second highest usage in orange, and lastly, the green line describes the lowest usage point in March.

Why is it higher in December? For one, Standard Time is back in effect (my lowest electricity usage of course is when daylight savings kicks back in March) and two, Holiday lighting is abundant.

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Unexpected 3 Day Weekend Begins Now!

Alligator Brat– – spicy, fat-free, and more delicious than any other I’ve tasted!

Louisiana Marinated, from Brats Brothers Gourmet Sausage & Grill on Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks

Salon appointment with a FREE cut!

Cabernet sipped from a Styrofoam cup at Dej.

Hawaiian Primo Lager poured from a glowing mini-keg at Good (the First Time) with James and Ben

I over heard Dej’s owner and his client discussing the salons lack of a website. The client wanted to create one for him and the owner said he was looking to have it up in about 2 months (which I thought was a ridiculously long time to wait for a website, but what evs).

Most interesting to me was the level of comfort the client had soliciting the owner. The owner eventually declined and the client had to sit there getting his hair done for another ½ hour. Oh the humiliation of rejection! But this guy didn’t seem to care at all. Men have an enormous amount of confidence and ego that I wish to emulate.

They are busy talking people into why they’re so great, while I spend the same energy talking myself out of why I’m not great enough.

Perhaps these are Rules #1 & #2 for the page Rules of Business: Life Lessons I Sometimes Forget to

Follow.#1 Do not fear rejection.

#2 Self-empowerment.

If a prospective client does not want to do business, it’s up to me to convince them why they want to do business. If a client doesn’t like what I create, it’s up to me to show them why they like it.

And if I can’t convince them on either point, it’s their loss, and it’s ok.

I should just get out on a limb, practice makes perfect and I’m sure after a few tumbles I can figure how to turn rejection into success.

My thoughts on how men are such natural salesmen:

Men spend most of their developmental years being rejected by women (or building confidence wooing them left and right), so their egos can either snap back quickly from rejection and failure since they’re used to it, or their egos are so huge that nothing is going to burst that bubble. Women on the other hand only experience rejection by not being perfect enough and view success as perfection and there is room for nothing else. Or perhaps that’s my hang up.

Regardless, time to get to it! I’ve got a business to run! Start that page Eakins.

Pumpkin Ride, Valentine’s Day and LACMA are in the plans.

The First Two Week Round-up, give or take…

1/1/10

Beautiful day!– Even more fun than our fantastic new years eve!– Drinking mimosa’s and creating the Nameless Decade Deathpool
Creators: James, Sarah, Tanya, Troy.
While this sounds morbid, it was tons of fun – We even got the pizza guy in on it!*

New Years Resolution: Enjoy every minute!
Revel in each days awsomness
Remember everyday as if it was the most adventurous day of your life.

I was so inspired by how the characters “wrote” Dracula. Each strove to remember, verbatim, every moment and conversation. The years seem to get away from me, and bleed into each other. I want this year to be full, and I want to remember what happened or what I was thinking! That’s the inspiration of this blog.

*New Years Eve was spent with James (my Pi ), Robert, Tanya, Matt & Kim, Troy and Texan at Tikki Ti and Good Luck; then we cruised over to Jen & Justin’s house party for the Big Countdown (we went with the Dick Clark Clock) and James dipped me and gave me a passionate drunken kiss; and we put hats and masks on in all the wrong places and danced the night away!

1/10/10

Made it safely from behind the orange curtain.
Watched a lot of Satellite.
Terminator Salvation was pretty darn good! Sam Worthington is my new favorite action star.

What a GORGEOUS DAY!
Like Springtime, perfect and fresh. Lemony sun, delightfully warm, wind nuzzling like a lamb, flowers and branches bobbing, curtseying in the breeze.
There have been so many lovely Springtime days in the past few weeks. It’s only January, but my favorite season can’t come too early!

1/11/10

In the high middle ages, knights would gather at tournaments, dress up like Lancelot, Arthur and other chivalric romance characters and go about acting out those adventures.

*It’s amazing how similar human beings are to today’s human beings. Adventurous, playful and romantic.

Love the word: PROWESS

Christianity and Europe.

While listening to the early middle ages lectures, and currently the high middle ages I wonder how the world would be if Constantine had not converted to Christianity and thrust it onto the world stage as the primary European religion. Would our culture have been vastly different? Would The Western world be so poweful? Would I be happy? And would I realize that happiness is attainable?

1/12/10

The boug is flowering mightily! So beautiful and wintery with just bark and flowers.

A night of Assasin’s Creed II.
I love these nights of adventuring! This is one of the best games I have ever played!

The historical research that went into this game is remarkable! I’m learning all about the Italian renaissance: architecture, art and city planning to politics and religion, society and families of it’s time.

Courtesans and theives are my allys along with, most impressively, Leonardo Da Vinci.

The game developers did not stop at the citys for historical accuracy. My lectures on the middle ages describe EXACTLY what I am seeing in the country side: little fiefs with farms and manors dotting the countryside around fortified cities.

I love the broad scope of game play: both RPG and Action Adventure in one.
I build up my town and villa by investing in its businesses, people, infrastructure, etc and by purchasing works of art, weapons, armor. As the town does better, it makes more money and bankrolls my adventuring!

The training, tutorials and homebase of the game are very intuitive. I didn’t even realize that I had a home base or had been trained on something until the story mode craftily revealed it to me in the missions.

I am constantly being thrilled by the new missions, the places they take me, the spookiness, the variety of ways I can accomplish them. And of course the weaponry and wicked kill moves!

The mystery of the story is compelling as well. What is the “apple” of Eden?

How do the templar’s use it to gain power, what is their plan?

They must have built on top of the “weapon” motif of assasin’s creed I.

Whatever the case, just keep giving me more puzzles! More history! More art! More adventure!

Yes, I think this is my favorite game. (Zelda has always in the top spot, but Assasin’s creed II is actually almost there)

**Top Games!
Legend of Zelda: Ocorina of Time a
Assasin’s Creed II
Super Mario Bros Sunshine b
Little Big Planet
Oblivion: Elder Scrolls
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
Tomb Raider
a. subset legend of zelda’s in order
b. subset of mario bros’ in order

1/13/10

A mob of teens in the starbucks this morning.
A quick investigation revealed that school was starting late. For a second, I wanted to experience teen-dom again, almost… But the idea of facing an intense and brutal social hierarchy again was sobering.

Getting excited about finances again. Woo-hoo finally!
Next week Thursday: find a good Roth IRA

Sugar-pusher goes Down! cookies and skittles? Oh come on!
We’ve got a bonafide sugar pusher in these parts.
Today I make my stand.
No. More. Candy.!!