Relieve my Stress!

So I recently tweeted about the 5 things I find most relaxing and have received a lot of positive feedback on it. For me,

1. Biking (on a country road alone)
2. Writing (at night with house quiet)
3. Reading (with wine in hand)
4. Swimming (in our glorious pool - today is was NINETY degrees!)
5. Watching a movie in a theater with family or friends (popcorn munching and no pause button for interruptions)

So what do you do to REALLY relax? Let me know...

Then give this a try - Do ALL five of your relaxing things in one day.

I did and it freakin' rocked :)

How to Save Money at the Pharmacy: Our Best Kept Secrets!

Our Top Ten Best-Kept Secrets on how to Save $$ on Your Prescription Drugs:

1. Ask for a generic (pharmacists can by law substitute generic drugs, but it never hurts to ask.)
2. Ask if your medicine comes in a higher strength and can be cut to save costs.
3. Ask for a medicine that is preferred by your insurance as opposed to non-preferred.
4. Ask your pharmacist to review your patient profile and look for cost saving alternatives (we are HERE to do that for you!)
5. If you have an expensive co-pay on a medication that works well for you, look it up online! (Generally, if you look up, the manufacturer will offer coupons or programs to help you save money.)
6. Ask if your pharmacy will match the Walmart $4 generic program. (Most pharmacies will match the Walmart price without you having to switch over your prescriptions to Walmart.)
7. Ask for only a weeks supply of a new medication if you are paying a percentage of the costs. (Once a drug leaves the pharmacy, it cannot usually be returned. So, if you are starting a new med, ask for a reduced quantity to make sure you like how it works for you.)
8. Ask the pharmacist if any of your meds can be combined into one to eliminate one of your co-pays. (Often works best for blood-pressure medicine.)
9. Ask the pharmacist for coupons! (Drug reps often drop off coupons for medicine that we save for people with high prescription costs.)
10. If all else fails, just ASK YOUR PHARMACIST to help. That's what we do :)

Iowa Theatre: Romeo and Juliet opens June 18

Iowa Theatre: Romeo and Juliet opens June 18

Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou, Romeo?

So, I'm going to Iowa (yeah, I said it, IOWA - see link above!) this weekend to watch Romeo and Juliet and I was thinking about falling in love...

Romeo was "in love" with love and pitted against hate. We cheer for love to prevail, even over death. But how often can we fall in love?

When I skid my busy life to a halt and watch tv/movie, read, or see a play, I'm looking to fall in love. I want to read words on a page that speak to my heart and let me inside someone else's rich mind. I want to watch an actor on stage, not to see him portray a character, but fall in love with him by unobtrusively observing them practice their art and letting me see into their soul.

Fall in love by watching someone practice their art whether it be their bedside manner, their command of a room/meeting, the words they use to fill a page, or the details they use to bring a character to life on stage.

How do you let yourself fall in love? Like my beloved Romeo?

"But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east and Juliet is the sun!
Arise fair sun and kill the envious moon
Who is already sick and pale with grief
That thou her maid art far more fair than she."

Iowa Theatre: Romeo and Juliet opens June 18

Iowa Theatre: Romeo and Juliet opens June 18