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Healthy Mind

One of the most important things you can do to stay young is keep an active mind. Here are some things we do to keep our brains stimulated:

Music – we play music all the time. It’s an eclectic variety. We keep a list of artists and styles that we would like to explore so that we can pick them up when we have a chance. I have iTunes set up with a complicated playlist system that randomly picks songs based on some parameters like day of the week, exercise versus relaxing, keywords for the mood, how recently the song has been heard, and so on.  We might be listening to classical, Indian, punk, prog rock, new wave, experimental, African, anything at any time.

Hobbies – I love to cook and we both enjoy creating art and photography. We like to learn about new places to visit and learn about.

Skills – We try to pick up new skills both directly related and tangentially related to our careers. For example, I might learn all about High Performance Computing and Jason about Flash. At the same time, we’ll study something about medical history or linguistics.

Challenge both sides of the brain – I have slight APD (auditory processing disorder) which is a form of auditory dyslexia. Jason has slight visual dyslexia (he’s ambidextrous and has a hard time telling left from right).  We try to challenge ourselves with activities that overcome these problems. For me, trying to talk while doing something else is a huge challenge.

Physical activity – Another great thing to do is something that challenges your mind and body at the same time. I’m practicing using a hula hoop and try to mimic dance steps that I see on TV and movies.

We Tossed the Microwave

It’s true. We got rid of our microwave.

Jason was reading about causes of cancer and there is some evidence to support that exposure to radiation, even at small amounts, may be enough to tip a cell into mutation.

So, I got a new toaster oven, with a dehydrator function, and built-in convection oven. I have to say that food tastes a lot better. Heating leftovers in the toaster oven makes them taste better than fresh most of the time.

Literally Dreaming About the Future

Recently, I started taking melatonin every night at bedtime. I was reading Suzanne Somers’ book, Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness, and there was a passage in the beginning about how proper sleep restores your body – the natural repair functions kick in, your hormones are balanced, stress is reduced – so I decided to start taking melatonin.

Disclaimer: BLOG RULE #1: Just because I read a book and mention it in this blog, doesn’t mean that I agree with everything in the book. I have a voracious and open-minded attitude towards information. I like to research every angle.

I was also reading a novel, Immortality by Kevin Bohacz, which is a fantastic techno-thriller. It was given to me by William F. Nolan (crazy enough, the author of Logan’s Run, and a personal friend and neighbor, referred to herein as ‘Bill’) who said, “Here, you might like this, read it and tell me what you think…”
Without giving away too much, because you really should read this book, it’s excellent; there are some nanotechnology elements to the story.

I had also just finished reading How Not to Look Old by Charla Krupp which is a style guide for middle-age women advising on how to look Y&H (“Young and Hip”). More on that to come in future postings, but for this article, I had been obsessing over the shapewear and lingerie chapter.

Melatonin is a wonderful sleep aide. I use Natrol’s Sleep’n Restore 20 Tablets, a product I found at Whole Foods. It does have an interesting side effect – it makes me have very vivid dreams.

I had this bizarre, but cool dream. Jason, Bill and I were far in the future. The moon had been destroyed and knocked out of orbit by an asteroid. Fortunately, some scientists had saved Earth by putting a replacment gravity sphere into orbit to keep the Earth’s axis and tides from being affected. Unfortunately, the thing was small, black and not visible. There was no illuminated moon to gaze at in the night sky. So some famous scientist was going to restore it. This guy is famous in the future. He’s old and he’s just a brain and brainstem floating around in a suspended holographic body. He’s kind of see-through and he’s been dubbed the first “holoborg”. He’s holding this massive event – it’s like a rock concert or an Obama rally. He’s going to project a holographic moon back into the sky – live.

So Bill, Jason and I are at the big event. The guy floats out onto the stage all ghosty with his brainstem bobbing about, gives a speech, and then flips the switch. But no moon appears. The projection just looks like a rainbow. This prompts Jason to start making Dio jokes (Rainbow in the Dark) and then Bill and I started going “Where’s the Moon?!?” (like from the Wendy’s commercial – where’s the beef?) We’re totally heckling this poor guy.

Next scene, I’m going to a cosmetic surgeon to get a new “nanobra”. The Dr. Rey of the future paints a thin liquid onto my topless torso. He calls it “nanofilm”. Next, he looks at a computer display where a special scanner and camera have superimposed the nanobra onto my real-time image. He controls the nanobra like a cad program and in realtime gives me a total boob lift. Perfect. He tells me that the nanofilm will gradually absorb and as it does, the little nanobots will restore and repair my skin and the underlying fat and muscle for my new boob shape. I won’t need a new one for a few years. Excellent!

I’m very inspired by this and sick of desiging search widgets for Microhoo, so I start a new comany for nano skin and hair care. The secret is that the programming is all in the bottle. When you buy a product at the store, you are buying a bottle that has the software and charging station and a starter set of nanos. You can buy multiple products at once and they can all share nanobots. When you use the product, the nanos perform their function that was set by the bottle. For example, the facial cleanser will exfoliate, open pores, remove makeup residue, and so on. The dandruff shampoo removes all the flakes from your scalp. When you shower, the nanobots are rinsed down the drain. But, new showers are designed to capture gray water so they don’t go to the sewer. The nanobots are reactivated by the water and they release any detrus (skin cells, gunk) into the water, then crawl back to the nearest bottle that’s advertising for replacements. As a bottle refills, it advertises less and less frequently until it is full. This way, the bottles are continuously refilled as needed. Also, refill blank slate nanobots can be purchased to replace the ones that stop functioning or get lost.

So yes, it sounds like a crazy dream – and it felt like it went on all night.

But I do have to say that I feel great after being on the melatonin for about 3 weeks. More energy, more relaxed, and I think my skin has improved.

Seeking Longevity and Optimum Quality of Life

I’m about to turn 40.

I don’t want to go down the hill.

This blog is about the quest to stay right at the top, right at the peak, at premium functioning, for as long as possible.

My husband and I are always improving our lives – lifestyle, diet, supplements, and learning, learning, learning…

The goal is to be smarter, stronger, sexier than ever until we die at a very chronologically old age. We know there will be technological breakthoughs we can take advantage of in the future, but to do that, we have to start taking care of ourselves now.

We’ll share our experiences, knowledge, and rants here.