November 30, 2006

Direct to you from (and me....)

This email may contain words like, "hi," "bye," and "how are you?" It may even contain a few smiley faces. But it doesn't contain formaldehyde, which is used to preserve dead people. There isn't any methane either, which is in cow farts. No, none of those ingredients are in this email, but they are in cigarettes and/or cigarette smoke.

How long did it take you to read the above email? 15 seconds? 30 seconds? Yep, time is money. Especially if you're Big Tobacco which spends $42 million every day on advertising. So in the time it took you to read this, Big T. just dropped around $14,580. That's some serious moolah.

This email may contain confidential information that is solely for the use of the intended recipient. In other words, it's top secret. And since we're on the topic of secrets, Big Tobacco has a few crazy secrets of their own. One that we came across in a 1993 tobacco document said, "Would disclosure of urea as a tobacco additive have a negative effect on consumer perception, given that it is a constituent of urine?" MMmmm... urine.

Spreading some TRUTH

While (finally) browsing through, I found a very interesting little fact that shot my eyebrows up (not that I'm surprised by much, even when it comes to smoking...).

I don't know if you heard about this Russian spy that recently died, but the same radioactive material that's supposed to have poisoned him, Polonium-210, is also in cigarettes!!! Considering it's history, it's interesting that it's supposed to have killed this spy. But, think of the hundreds it kills each year as well.....

November 27, 2006

Fwd: Just checking in....

Just checking to see if this will add lots of fun to my emailing/posting pleasure if it does!!! :-D

November 26, 2006

30 and I've reached my limit??

Well now, a lot has happened in the last week.

I've been having heart palpitations for a while, I really can't remember how long. It may have started as recently as April...I don't remember them happening before then, and there was a very stressful event that started then. I told my doctor about them at my monthly check up, which was almost 2 weeks ago. He ordered a stress test, echo, and an event monitor. He was really great, and I was able to have the stress test be a non-nuclear one so I could keep breastfeeding. It went well. I didn't have the heart palpitations after that, but then I didn't expect to either. :-| But I have of course had them since.

Our Thanksgiving went just fine. Didn't expect it not to. No real drama, unless you count my husband and I bumping around each other in the kitchen doing the last bit of prep for it. LOL. That's what happens when you have two cooks in a smallish kitchen :-D Many of our recipes come from either the Good Eats episode "Romancing the Bird" or from Everything turned out just GREAT. Especially the turkey. Alton's recipe's the only way to make it!!!! :-D My daughter helped with the pie crust for one of the pies---I had grabbed the wrong can of pumpkin, and we ended up being able to make 2 pies. She made one of the pie crusts :-D It was a bit tough, but she's new at it too :-D

The next day, our friends C and D stopped by. C's mom and dad live in town, so they came by to see us. Her 'rents and the 4 of us are the only reasons she says she has to come to town anymore---kinda sad because this is her hometown, and where she went to college, but then her other classmates have all gone home/moved away (one's dad is our mail carrier, so I've talked to him a few times about her :-)), so it's not much of a surprise. Many people I went to high school with are out of town too. Not as many as I would have thought, LOL!!!!

Thing is, after I brought the last of the veggies from T day in and C and I polished them off, I started feeling horrible. I'm now really starting to think it WAS (is?) the flu. That's about the only thing that the symptoms fit. I felt horrible all that evening, spent at least an hour, probably 2 on the couch (my husband had Thursday and Friday off, so he could be dad and take the load off of mom for a while), and my event monitor kicked in 5 times that evening---3 when I was about ready to faint, and 2 when I had gotten up after being on the couch for those 2 hours to get something to eat. Then once at 2 in the morning, and then this morning at 5. I also sent in one this afternoon, but that was the regular palpitations that I originally started complaining about. I don't like the monitor because it doesn't record on its own when I have my own problems, then when I'm just dealing with normal life, boom....?? I don't like the heart palpitations because they are bothersome, and occur when I'm friggin' trying to RELAX!!!! Not when I'm up and moving, which I would understand---when I'm sitting on the couch, at the computer, when I'm going to bed. I can't see any other reason than stress or being fat.

I can't do much to reduce my stress. I've got money stress----that's "normal" I've got to find a way to get rid of that problem. And I have. I've got life, husband, a house, etc. Normal, just gotta go with it. I've got outdoor life stress. Can't kill anyone, just gotta deal with that too. So, about the only thing I'm left with is losing weight. Which I intend to do whatever my doctor tells me. :-|

So I think I need to sit down with a bit of paper and do somethings an email from Flylady talked about today. And maybe some more deep thought with my journal again.

But now I have to get some sleep. So off I go :-)

November 18, 2006

11 years today

We've been married 11 years today, yippee. We went on a "date" and it went well. We saw Flushed Away then went to a local restaurant Ellicott Brewing Company West(Click on the Menu, it will give you the address to the one here in town :-)). Great food, it smelled awesome just as soon as we went in. And my husband loved the beers he had there. :-)

The only thing I don't like about today, really, is the fact that I now share an anniversary with a famous Tom---Tom *friggin* Cruise I can't stand the guy---haven't been able to since he broke up with Nicole Kidman, and what's more, most of his last few movies have been flops. I mean, have you SEEN War of the Worlds??? Gag me with a spoon, PUHLEASE!!!

November 09, 2006

Checking up on me?

It's been a while since I wrote here, and the last really shouldn't count because I just posted a link.

I've been working my tail off still. I've almost got my inner entryway to my liking. My living room pretty much is, though it would be nice if people would stop putting things on my mantel all the time (really only one person...). My kitchen is really good, though right now my counter seems to be over populated by containers (for uncooked macaroni, marked down Halloween candy, other food containers, my oven mitts, the re-enameled microwave, etc etc. Maybe I should put the food containers in the lazy susan with the others...what a *great* idea! LOL!). My dishes are washed--frankly, the only way I will *shine* my sink! My table is cleared off and, a new feature, positioned in the almost middle of the floor. Works well there, too! :-) We've eaten dinner at the kitchen table as a family almost every day for most of the last month plus. We used to eat in the living room, in front of the tv. I can't say it always ends well, but most of the time we get along and have an okay time. :-) My computer room still needs a little work, but I've got it pretty good really. My futon has been cleared off for a few weeks. I've got things that need to go upstairs and things I'm going to need to bring down and bring out.

But I think things are going really well. I wouldn't LIKE bringing the people who are going to be doing the park inspection later in the month in with the house like it is, but I would let them. I want to get it so I feel better about that idea.

My only problem is getting to better at a decent time. I'm going to go take a shower and then go to bed as soon as I'm done here. Okay, maybe a little computer time, but not much!!!