18 September 2009
17 September 2009
16 September 2009
I'll be back...
Following a busy day at work, the whole fam went to Target to shop for groceries. For dinner we ended up eating a nice variety of sushi and then things got busy! busy! busy! I cooked a huge batch of Curry Chicken to freeze for near future camping meal, baked this mouth watering recipe for Cheesecake Marbled Brownies to share at the campsite, made a big batch of Turkey Chili to also share with the camp; multiple loads of laundry and dishes, etc!
So ready to get outta town!
11 September 2009
09 September 2009
The first tidbit came via my Peaceful Daily tip that automagically arrives in my in-box daily and involves PLU (Price Look Up) codes on produce:
"Note that each one is composed of four- or five-digit numbers. What do these numbers mean to us? As a matter of fact, they are very important:
A four-digit number means it's conventionally grown.
A five-digit number beginning with 9 means it's organic.
A five-digit number beginning with 8 means it's genetically modified."
The second bit comes from my Rachel Ray mag that I neglected to read this summer (so I missed out on the Summer recipes!) and it involves the tactics used by grocery stores to get you to buy things you might not necessarily need. I have long suspected Wal-Mart of these shenanigans when while grocery shopping one day with my then toddler, I was forced to look upward following her gaze. Lots of stuff going on UP in stores. Try looking up for a minute next time you hit the store. There are "security" devices hanging down in the aisles and I suspect they emit barely audible messages in an effort to get you to buy more Oreos.
And apparently stores use theatrical lighting to make their produce look better (And WHY don't they use this same lighting in department store fitting rooms?) so be sure to squeeze and sniff your produce before purchasing. Also, they play that old-timey musak in an effort to make you purchase things based on nostalgia and feelings. Those attempts are futile when my daughter is in tow -- she can talk over the best of piped in music (favorite TV shows, important conversations, etc).
06 September 2009
05 September 2009
The first time we happened upon the water moccasin he was on the bank only a few feet away from us as we were looking at the plants. After he struck out at us, we ran to the Jeep and drove back to the cabin, adrenaline flowing. When we let the guys know about the encounter with death, they asked if we shot the snake. They were not impressed that we instead opted to crack open some beers and do our nails...and play Guitar Hero...
and commune with nature...
Later we hiked up to the bear trap and camera at dusk scaring ourselves numerous times walking through spider webs. No bear sitings (thank God) even though we smelled bear (or deer?) urine along the trail.
04 September 2009
02 September 2009
01 September 2009
With so many reports of H1N1 hitting the local schools - many of Emi's schoolmates have been out with some sort of illness - and hearing about so many friends across the country with their kids staying home with fever and aches, I've fired up the old Germ Guardian in my cubicle. (2 months earlier than in the past)
I've been trying to walk 2 miles twice weekly and do Zumba 1x weekly, but it doesn't always work out for me. (i.e. Last Week) My walks are great because they get me out of my chair and I get to catch up with a really good friend (dual purpose) and Zumba is great because I get to see another really good friend. Not that we can talk during class but we CAN pretend to kick each other Karate Kid style while we catch our breath... and the dancing is FUN! My instructor sent me our playlist last week (Thanks, Pam!) so I now have the songs safely on my iPod so I can practice the dance moves solo. I want to teach Emi some of the moves and am hoping that it will help me look a little more graceful in class (I can hope).
Now that Emi is back in school there is more hope! Hope that I can dust off my trusty old steed of a bike and bike to work while the biking is good. Maybe with this variety of exercise I might be able to whittle down the waistline and drop the pounds that the Wii says I've packed on this summer. As Jillian says in the Level 1 workout, "we'll see".
Emi and I start this class called Move For Life tonight in the city. Her pediatrician recommended it some time back because Emi is a big girl and we want her to be healthy. She's grown a foot in the 4 years we've been in this house so that accounts for some of the weight, but she's got a belleh! The class starts off with a healthy snack and we will be edutained by a nutrition counselor and P.E. teacher and someone else. I will post more after class. I am hoping that the information will seep into Emi's brain more readily coming from someone else other than her parents who can be "boring" and "health freaks" (Come on!). We'll see. Soccer starts up for her tomorrow that that's another step in the right direction....