In the past 36 hours, my little grey cells have been exposed to quite the variety of stimuli. Let’s see how the following three activities rank in terms of mental engagement…
1) Watching “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”
Sunday eve, I got the brainwave to check out and see if I could find some Real Housewives episodes, online, available for free viewing. Before now, I’ve watched only one season each of RH of New York City (loved!) and RH of Atlanta (menh). I intend to eventually watch them allllll!!!!
I had good luck with the online search! I decided to re-start my RH viewing with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. One episode and I’m hooked already. Did you know that one of the featured women is Kelsey Grammar’s wife (Camille), while two of the ladies are aunts to Paris Hilton (Kim and Kyle)?! (Thought that info would make your day). It’s going to be The Summer of the Real Housewives, warning you now.
Ranking on the Kiki Brain-o-Meter:
2) Socializing with my friend Lisa
Can you believe the last time we visited was in August? We had a most marvelous time. I ♥ Lisa! Studies have shown that meet-ups with close friends are good for the brain – those warm endorphins are released, and our moods brighten (I have no proof to link you to – I just know that in some magazine or newspaper article, I have read references to these facts!). I know that being with friends energizes me, and my brain gets all happy and activated!
Completing Attempting crossword puzzles
The urge to do crossword puzzles has struck! I think it’s a delayed hankering because I did not take a xword puzzle book to Aruba this year; that’s always been a poolside past-time, and this year, I plum forgot.
I bought this book at Chapters a while ago.
I really like to do crossword puzzles as long as I have a chance of getting some of the answers. My favourite xword is the one found in the back of People magazine. You want me on your team for Trivial Pursuit, celebrity gossip category.
Barring People, an EASY CROSSWORD BOOK will suffice. This New York Times one is NOT THAT EASY.
So far, I have yet to get one puzzle completely filled in.
Here are some sample questions:
~ Clues that get me excited because I can answer them tout-de-suite:
* ___ Tacs (breath mints)
* Bill of Microsoft
~ Words I can figure out with a little bit of contemplation:
* Lands’ End competitor
* Brown shade used in old photos
~ Answers that I have not a hope in h$ll of deciphering and are just really not fair:
*Siouan tribe (4 letters)
* Part of ancient Asia Minor
~ When I wish I could call a friend:
* Shrinking Arctic mass (11 letters) The Brother??
* Texas’ official flower (10 letters) Dorry??
Doing crosswords involves a few specifics: coloured gel-pens, and this chaise-longue chair, planted in front of the Condo Casa windows:
I also set a time limit for how long I am
willing to suffer going to work away. One xword a night is as good for the mind as an apple a day is as good for the body, no?!
What flatlines your brain and what challenges your mind?!