Thursday, September 30

Cabo San Lucas

I'm supposed to be going to Cabo San Lucas in a couple of weeks but, it's with my sister, some nieces and nephews, etc., and . . . as expected, my sister is being her FUITH self (fucked up in the head). Not unexpected. When I booked my flight, I contemplated making a reservation for a hotel in case she got nutty and I wanted an alternate place to stay cuz she invariably does something cuckoo.

So, I'm looking at hotels there and . . . no idea what's nice, not nice, what areas are good, not good, etc.

Any input?


Oct 1

welcome back emma?

Thursday, September 23

Since it's officially Fall

Even though it was in the 90s today and will be again tomorrow, it's still Fall! For the past month I have been making one new soup a week and then eating it all week for lunch or supper. I am here alone almost every day and most evenings so making a dinner for more than me and the kid is silly. I pack a breakfast and lunch for my guy, so leftovers do get eaten, but never in time to use them up good.

I LOVE SOUP and find a cup of soup a day helps keep me on track. Tonight I made an asparagus soup that uses those left-over ends on the asparagus that most people toss out. I liked it and will make it again, and I can see this being good for left over broccoli ends too. The recipe calls for 1.25lbs of asparagus and I only had about 1 lb, so I tossed some frozen (thawed) broccoli in there and it fits in.

I got 7 servings of soup that will last me several days for lunch. Last week I made a large pot of vegetarian veggie soup that got me 16 servings and was very good, it was like minnestone without the beans or pasta. The veggie soup froze well and so it earns an A+ for me.

What soups are you looking forward to making? Have you tried anything new recently you'd like to share? It's a challenge to constantly come up with ideas for 4-6 meals a day and not be too repetative.

Wednesday, September 22

Is it just me . . .

Or do you find this odd as well . . .

I've been looking for a chiropractor for a while (in my spare time) and talked to one at my local farmer's market who said that he was good friends with my former chiropractor (that I really liked but he's too far away now) and had a similar practice.

I got excited about that, made an appointment and went to see him for my introductory appointment.  During my initial discussion with this guy (at the farmer's market), I explained that I prefer someone who is not new agey and who just cracks me and gets me on my way and he said that was his practice.

So, I went in and they did all of these things that my other chiro didn't do -- x-rays, some weird machines, etc. It was making me a little uncomfortable but I thought I'd give them the benefit of the doubt. I went through the question and answer session where they kept trying to put words in my mouth -- "So, would you say that makes you feel frustrated?"

"No, it's just a little annoying."
"Isn't annoying the same as frustrated?"
"I'm going to put down that you are frustrated."
"I'm not frustrated, that's not what I said."
"I'll just put it down, it doesn't matter."
"If it doesn't matter, then why put that?"


Then . . . it got really weird, in my opinion. On my way out, they wanted to schedule my follow-up appointment to go over their findings. I made the appointment and then they said, "Oh, I want to let you know that it's very important that you are on time for this appointment because we shut the office down for this type of appointment."

I asked what they meant and they said that they make sure there are no other clients scheduled, they lock the front door and turn off the phones so they can make sure the doctor isn't interrupted.  I pointed out that their treatment rooms had doors and asked why it wasn't as simple as me being in a treatment room with the door shut and them just not interrupting. They had no answer other than that this is their preference.

So, I come in, they lock the doors, turn off the phones and shut the blinds and the chiropractor and his four assistants focus all their attention on me?  I don't think so. Scenes of a brainwashing flashed in my mind, the Stepford Wives, etc. It creeped me out but I thought I'd think on it and I did and the more I thought about it, the creepier it seemed to me so, I cancelled.

That was a week and a half ago and they've called me twice a day, everyday (except weekends) since then and emailed me a few times. I explained that I didn't feel that it was a good fit and that I was going to continue my search for a chiropractor but they kept calling. I responded to one of their emails saying the same thing and now the doctor himself is emailing me.

Is it just me or . . . are they creepy?

Sunday, September 19

Christine O'Donnell on AIDS -The Daily Beast -

Shocking... Sarah Palin backs this witchy whackjob. (she admits to dabbling in witchcraft)

Christine O'Donnell on AIDS -The Daily Beast -

Thursday, September 16

i often wonder about this when i am trying to start a fire.

How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?


Sarah Brightman sing with Jackie Evancho on America's Got Talent FINALE

Jackie lost last night. but the voice coming out of this 10 year old girl is still unbelievable.

Tuesday, September 14

how about a change?

look okay?

Saturday, September 11


hello to anyone who may be out there.

is there a movie that you can watch over and over and over and over again? and you still enjoy it?

me, yes.

here is my list.

office space
grumpy old men
grumpier old men
home alone
home alone 2
it's a wonderful life
a christmas story
peggy sue got married (when she visits her grandparents, i bawl my eyes out)
any of the andy hardy movies
wizard of oz
any of the old dagwood bumstead blondie movies
the long long trailer
coraline(i know, i am weird)

i am sure i can come up with more. please feel free to post your list.

Monday, September 6

Happy Labor Day

to all you laborers.
I for one will totally enjoy this paid day off!

Saturday, September 4

Grade School Science

I understand that not everyone loves science as I do but . . . I have a really hard time understanding how people think that by being higher in elevation makes the stars in the sky look closer because you are closer to them.

The stars in our sky are billions of light years away. Thinking that being at 1,500 elevation (vs. sea level) brings you closer to them is like thinking that moving your big toe forward 1/4" while standing in San Francisco makes the Statue of Liberty in New York look closer (and, frankly, that 1/4" move of your big toe would bring you considerably closer to the Statue of Liberty than a 1,500 elevation increase would bring you closer to the stars . . . any star . . . including our sun).

The nearest star, technically, is our sun. The sun is 93,000,000 miles away which is 491,040,000,000 feet away.  So, by raising your elevation to 1,500 feet, that brings you .0000003 times closer to the sun.  That's 3/10s of a billion times closer. To calculate this in relation to other stars, add many, many, many more 0s to the front of that number.

Being higher in elevation, here on earth, means that the atmosphere is thinner which does have an impact on how you might see the stars. Also, if you're away from city lights, you'll see many more stars but . . . the stars are not closer. And your being technically closer to the stars doesn't impact anything because you're a fraction of a number which is so large that it doesn't have a name (that I know of) closer. Something like:


percent closer. And even that number is probably low.

The scary thing is, I know many, many people who think that you see more stars higher up cuz you're closer or that you get sunburnt faster because you're closer to the sun, etc.  I've given up trying to explain this to people but, it never ceases to amaze me.