Archive for June, 2012

Sugar In The Morning, Sugar In…The Morning!

June 29, 2012

Researchers are now saying that eating a dessert after breakfast will help you lose weight because it satisfies a craving early in the day and would help curb binging. Is that answer to a dream, or what? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eat a breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. I think that’s how it goes. Overall portion control. Cabbage and water. Buying your pants a size larger… all ways to help you fit into your clothes.

Actually, I do like this idea of dessert after breakfast. Well, after a normal breakfast, not the kind I had over this past weekend. It was a “mess” omelette” and consisted of eggs, of course, hash browns, peppers, onions, mushrooms and the meat of my choice. I chose bacon. The first day. On the second day I had the sausage, but I wasn’t expecting to be the last one of the day to order it and get awarded the remainder of the eggs. I couldn’t fit air into my lungs after I shoveled that entire thing down my throat let along a hefty slice of chocolate cake.  My apologies to clothing manufacturers for blaming you for mismarking your waistlines.

But I always wondered why diners didn’t offer dessert on their breakfast menu. I mean, just because it’s considered breakfast, when one things of eggs and bacon, it could be dinner time for someone on the swing shift. But one time, we met with my aunt and uncle for breakfast near where they live and right across their menu was a yellow insert announcing the morning!

Speaking of chocolate cake, I’m taking a poll… when you serve your cake, do you serve it with the icing on the left or on the right? I’m very particular. Surprised?


Well, in just a few short hours I’ll be on vacation. I hope to be more active in July with my blogging.

Until then, Happy 4th of July!

Just In Time For Vacation

June 27, 2012

Yes, it’s me. Sound the trumpets!

Wow, it’s been almost a whole month since I’ve been here. How time flies! I just haven’t had anything to write about and I didn’t feel like bitching about stuff I was hearing on the news;  Okay, now we know things are off kilter here when you don’t want to bitch about something. Dharun Ravi (that farce and insult to the American public, not to mention the dead kid. I’m probably wrong, but I thought recording someone without their knowledge was a crime, not just something to get slapped on the wrist over, the whole Sandusky matter, the bus monitor lady… I’m not sure where I stand with this one, not having seen or heard the entire video. I feel bad for her, but, come on, she’s not much of a bus monitor if she can’t control the kids she was hired to control. And to take up a collection that has amassed over 600 thousand dollars so she can take a vacation..?  And where was the bus driver during all this? Couldnt’ he have stopped the bus and intervened or thrown the kids off the bus and let their parents deal with them? Oh, no, it’s all about the precious kids..and don’t inconvenience the parents. Can’t hurt or insult the kids. The wonderful kids who get away with everything because you can’t “pick” on them. People, that’s why they do this sort of thing because they have no guidance! Good Lord!  How about George Zimmerman … let’s not even get on that cluster F, and whatever the Kardashians are up to; can’t they just go away and take Justin Bieber with them?  Oh, there, I feel better now. Like I was never gone.

So, what have I been doing in the meantime? Well for one thing, I’ve been working.  I’ve learned and I think mastered a new program I installed on my PC. That makes me happy. I’ve also been raising my garden and battling whatever it is that’s getting in and eating my corn. Still! Well, it was one not so established stalk, but that’s not the point. There’s a picture below taken just yesterday that shows just how lush my garden is.

So, let’s see what else has been going on since I was last here. Well, I have my colonoscopy appointment set for next month. I’m now on Lipitor for my cholesterol. I think I’ve lost a few pounds.

I’ve been busy making plans for my summer vacation which starts as soon as I sign out of work this coming Friday. First up, tear down the fence in the back we put up a few years ago. Let’s see how close taking it down comes to killing me like it almost did putting it up. Some of you might know that story. For those that don’t, I’ll tell you real quick. We used those metal post boxes to get our uprights and because the ground is so rich with slate from when they dug the canal so all those years ago, it was difficult to get some of the boxes in. And, of course, it had recently rained and it was slick and at one point when I was trying to dig out a post box that had hit slate and turned, my foot slipped off the shovel and I fell flat back and the upturned tines of a little garden rake had just missed piercing my skull by a hair. They were about ½ inch away from my ear.

We had a second camping trip this past weekend and even though it rained on Friday, it was just little enough that it dried by the time we packed up to come home on Sunday. Thanks once again to the Rainman!

My rose bushes are blooming nicely thanks to the critter spray I’ve been using called Deer Off.

Apparently suntan lotion…sorry…sunblock is a no no in school according to the Tacoma, Washington school district. Apparently a young girl who is very sensitive to the sun got a burn in the school yard (she hadn’t lathered up in the morning because it was a cloudy day and hadn’t expected to be outside at recess). Kids are not allowed to carry it without a doctor’s note and none of the adults supervisors offered her any sunblock. One probable reason is that the adults could be accused of inappropriately touching the kids while applying sunblock on them. And we’ve already gone through one Jerry Sandusky case. Nor could the girl have worn a hat as hats are not allowed in the school. This policy is under review and should be changed by fall. Just in time for not needing it any more.

I still hate the word “amazing” though I think it fits in this case, watching seeds that for all intents and purposes all look alike and grow into individual and unique plants.

Check And Re-Check

June 1, 2012

I always wondered how useful the door checker person job at Costco really is and I thought I had the answer to that query sewn up last week when I was shopping for last minute stuff before our camping trip.

The woman ahead of me was seemingly making a stink about something-I was trying to Watergate but the conversation with the cashier and the cart loader guy was conducted in rather soft tones, yet no one seemed to be losing their cool. What could be going on? Then, someone else was called over into the mix and I just had to know what was happening. Now that my cart was unloaded and that gave me the go-ahead to advance in the line and get closer and zero in on the chatter.

Apparently, this woman was praising the cart loader guy with his cart loading prowess and just about wanted to make sure the entire store knew how she regarded his ability. That’s all very nice, lady, but I have more stores to get to. They told her to go to the front desk, tell them his name and tell them the same glorifying things she was just saying. Then it was my turn and you know how sometimes you should really just keep your mouth shut? I was feverishly trying to think of how I could add something to what has just transpired and nothing came to me. #embarrassingmomentavoided.

At my car, I was loading my purchase into the trunk of my car and I about shrieked in horror when I realized that woman’s bottle of POM juice was in my cart. I remembered seeing it near the end of her order just in front of the separator bar. Oh, the poor woman, and after she just spent five minutes espousing cart loader guy. Surely she couldn’t have gotten too far, she must be in the parking lot. I searched and scanned the parking lot, while I continued to pack up my trunk. Nope, didn’t see her. But, boy, did I feel bad for her..but I had a free bottle of juice.

Later, when I got home and was telling this story, I happened to be going through my receipts and it turns out, that free bottle of juice wasn’t so free.  In fact, it was not free to the tune of over eight dollars. Right! I got charged for it. While I was lamenting the fact that I was out eight dollars (no juice is worth that much, tasty, though it is….) I was also relieved I wasn’t more enthusiastic in trying to find her in the parking lot.

So, see? Sometimes not doing the right thing absolutely works out in your favor. And in the end, I can’t say for sure if the door checker actually does the job accurately or not because the items in my cart were all legit.