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Disappointing fair food

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Went to the fair today. Planned to have something totally unhealthy, but tasty! One day isn't going to kill me or pack on the pounds. I went looking for fried Oreos. Or fried Twinkies. Or a fried candy bar! I did draw the line at fried butter. That makes me gag just to think about it! YUCK!

So I looked. And I looked. And I looked. Nothing! Sure, they had Elephant Ears and corn dogs (had one of those with extra mustard) and chorizos and a whole bunch of other stuff that just don't do it for me. I decided to try an Italian sausage on a bakery bun with marinara sauce. Meh! It was okay. Don't get me wrong....I ate the whole thing! But I don't have to go back for it...ever!

I did the same thing last year...tried something and wasn't impressed. Maybe my expectations are too high. Maybe I remember things tasting better at the fair because I was a kid and everything was better at the fair!

Either way, it kept me from eating WAY too much. I am over on my calories for today, but I knew I would be. The good thing is that I didn't eat myself into a coma and I didn't spend hundreds of dollars on fair food. I spent a lot! But it could have been worse! LOL!

On that note, time to sign off. Need to get to bed so I can have another fun-filled family day tomorrow.

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AUNTIEANNE22 8/28/2010 11:01PM

  It's hard to enjoy junk food. I find myself looking for the good stuff more and more. Apples, grapes, tomatoes. The good things just hit the spot more. I do eat junk food - don't get me wrong - it's just less often.
My son and I always get the same things at the one fair we go to every year. Most of it is things I got as a kid at the same fair.

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NEWNAC304 8/28/2010 3:45PM

    Why is it that fair food just doesn't taste as good as it used to? I used to love corndogs now they're just okay. Maybe this healthy eating thing is a good thing?

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KENDRACARROLL 8/28/2010 12:36PM

    Don't you just hate it, when you make up your mind to eat really badly and then you can't find a thing that hits the spot?

Keeps happening to me more and more.
For the past few Fridays (my long work days) I've set out on my way home to stop and get a cheeseburger and fries, but I never do, cause it just doesn't feel like it's going to hit the spot.

So, besides the food - hope you had fun at the fair anyway.

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BKNOCK 8/28/2010 11:23AM

    So did you ride any rides? At our state fair we have grilled corn on the cob which is to die for! I usually get an italian sausage but not with marinara sauce! I hope that rest of your weekend is good!

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CARLANNIE 8/28/2010 11:16AM

    You nailed it - everything was better at the fair when we were kids! Especially those carnival attractions, like tossing coins in the dish for a gold fish, or throwing darts at balloons or trying to get the mechanic claw to grasp a prize and drop it in the slot before time ran out. My mom would never let us do any of those, so of course, that made them more attractive. Now I look at them and shake my head.

Glad you didn't find any fried Twinkies, silly.

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GLOBALKEEWEE 8/28/2010 10:56AM

    Are you at the Minnesota State Fair or some poor other state's?

I had a very similar experience last year in Indiana...only to feel later that it was OK that I didn't want any of that stuff, but then, frankly, why go? So I can totally comiserate. emoticon

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LIQUID11 8/28/2010 10:29AM

    Totally agree with Bill!

It has been happening to me, over the last months. Several times.
We have simply started to not like anything containing B' quality ingredients!
Collateral Profit? LOL


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ELYMWX 8/28/2010 8:18AM

    Or perhaps it's just your tastes are changing...

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Live like you're dying? Really?

Friday, August 27, 2010

After I finished my workout and my iPod finished playing the play list (I don't have it on repeat), I heard the song "Live Like You're Dying." At least I think that was the name of the song. Sorry, don't know who sang it. The main theme of the song was to (I know, big surprise) live as though you were dying.

We've all heard these songs. The lyrics help to remind you to celebrate what is good in your life. Appreciate what you have. Stop, smell the roses, enjoy the journey, all that good stuff!

This might surprise some of you, but my mind took that thought in a different direction. (I know! I'm shocked too! LOL!) Live like you're dying, huh? What would I do differently? Let's see...I would work out less. Why? Because I work out to be healthy. To live longer. If I'm dying, what's the point? And why would I want to spend my time sweating and smelling up the joint (and trust me, I was smelling up the joint! Pee-ew!)

I would not go to work. I like the people I work with, but I don't want to spend my last days in an over-air-conditioned cubicle writing documents and replying to e-mails. That could present issues to my family, huh? They've gotten used to having a roof over their heads, food in their bellies and some of the other "luxuries" my working has provided.

I would eat more food and more unhealthy food. I'd still eat broccoli because I like broccoli. BUT, I would also eat more burgers and fries and fry sauce and steak with mushrooms and lobster with butter and peanut butter and peanut butter cookies and M&M pretzels and...well, you get the idea. Dang! I'm hungry now!

I'd probably drive faster too.

So, living like I'm dying might not be the best idea for me. However, I do get the point. So, tomorrow, while the kids and I are at the fair, I will enjoy myself! I will have a corn dog and savor every bite. I will watch my kids ride some rides and revel in their joy. I will watch people and appreciate the weather and the day and the freedom to take a day off from work. But I won't drive toooooo fast! LOL!

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STEELKICKIN 8/28/2010 3:52PM

    Barb....go this the song you're talking about???

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AUNTIEANNE22 8/27/2010 10:52PM

  Tim McGraw sings that song as a tribute to his dad Tug McGraw who died of a brain tumor a few years ago. In the song he does do things out of the ordinary - why live like you always have? You might as well have some fun. I take care of a 96 year old man who is kept on a strict lowfat, no salt diet and must exercise every day! He has a pacemaker and has congestive heart failure. He is on oxygen 24/7. When are his kids going to let him enjoy life? The other caregiver and I struggle every week with the restrictions, but we have to follow the family's orders.

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SCOOTER4263 8/27/2010 9:38PM

    That would be, I believe, Tim McGraw. And I agree with you - if I were dying, I'd blow out the credit cards, eat whatever sounded good, and do whatever appealed.

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STEELKICKIN 8/27/2010 12:19PM

    Kris Allen. That's who sings that song. He's hot. ANYWAYS! You're too funny....but how true! Maybe once in awhile it's okay to live like that, though. Smellin' up the joint, huh? At least you can say you "Smell Like You're Dyin'"! LOL! I crack me up!

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KENDRACARROLL 8/27/2010 10:42AM

    Absolutely. I'd certainly not be gearing up for a 12 hr work day today... ;-)
Have fun at the fair (and you don't need to eat a corn dog for me - I hate those!).

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CARLANNIE 8/27/2010 9:36AM

    Enjoy that corn dog! And maybe the weather will cooperate with you and be better than Thursday?
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MRE1956 8/27/2010 9:35AM

    I'm thinking that if I were to "live like I were dying", more than likely I'd be in a significant degree of pain and with a highly compromised ability to function......but then, again, this is just my own take on the phrase.....YMMV, of course.....

Great post, BTW - you bring up some excellent points!

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SUZYMOBILE 8/27/2010 9:17AM

    Hee hee! I bet I'd do the same!

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BKNOCK 8/27/2010 8:31AM

    You crack me up! Enjoy the fair! Ours is some time in October and I can't wait!

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NEWNAC304 8/27/2010 7:31AM

    You are too funny!

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SARAHCAT24 8/27/2010 1:11AM

    :-) You make some good points. I never really thought about the lyrics that way. Have fun at the fair!

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New faucet and no fighting!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Yesterday, my son went to get a drink of water and the handle came off in his hand. emoticon The handle had been coming loose for awhile, so I know he wasn't throwing a fit or anything. Not that MY Perfect son would ever throw a fit. LOL!

We bought a new faucet last night and decided to wait until today to install it. I was a little shell-shocked by the price - the cheapest one was $50 and it was just! The one we got was a little over $200 (gulp!), but I'm looking at the long-term investment.

It is a brushed stainless steel model that arcs pretty high over the sink and has the detachable part of the faucet so you can spray. It doesn't have as much pressure as the old one, but it's working.

The part that took us the longest was getting the old faucet off. The bolt that was holding it on had corroded and was a pain to get off! DH and I worked together and finally managed to pry that thing off! And we did it with no fighting! And only minimal cursing! LOL!

Once the faucet was installed and the kitchen cleaned up, I began a marathon of cooking. I made burritos, buffalo chicken, sweet potato fries, potato soup, cooked broccoli and assembled beef enchiladas for tomorrow night's dinner. Suffice it to say that the kids and I have plenty to choose from for the next few days for lunch!

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AUNTIEANNE22 8/23/2010 10:53PM

  I've been waiting a year for my landlady to replace my bathroom sink. How about a trip to NH?
You sure did a lot of cooking. I have all I can do to heat up a Healthy Choice meal - no time or motivation. I want my life back.

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NEWNAC304 8/23/2010 8:02AM

    How did you ever manage to do plumbing together without fighting or at least cursing? All home projects at my house involve at least a few 4 letter words! I'm impressed.

Great job on all that cooking!

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BKNOCK 8/23/2010 7:43AM

    What a team! Can you bring me some lunch?

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JOHNTJ1 8/23/2010 6:34AM

    If it is any consolation we had the same thing happen about ten years ago and from what it sounds like, we replaced it with the same faucet you guys did. Ten years later it still works fine and that is after ten years of growing teens pushing and pulling on and at it.

Way to go on the food prep. I know when we do that I eat better nd feel better.

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USFBULL 8/23/2010 1:17AM

    very good job and those old rusted fixtures can be a very big pain to get removed. emoticon
Although we got the edited version of the blue sunday school lesson, good to hear it was a minimalists festival. On a side note, I may need some help painting another members home page. Are you up for the task? LOL all in good fun I promise emoticon Good choice on the faucet, very good brand.

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DONNAORLENE 8/23/2010 12:55AM

    Ah, I remember those days. I use to do all of those things myself. And they can be a pain. Especially because of Homedale water. It corrodes everything. If I had known how much money a water softener would save me on plumbing and hot water heaters, etc. But you're right about cheap faucets - you get what you pay for. I bough a Peerless and when the sprayer that comes out of the faucet sprang a leak in the seam, I took it to American Standard Plumbing in Caldwell and they ordered a new one and gave it to me - no charge because they have a lifetime warranty.
But I can't do that stuff anymore, so I call my brother. LOL!!
Anyway, glad you got it fixed, and without arguing! That's even better! But it sounds like you better get some rest now, you had one heck of a weekend! And still had time to stop by and say Hi! Thanks for checking in on me. We had a quiet weekend and I am doing better and I'm thankful for it. Take care and hope you have a good week!

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GEEMAWEST 8/23/2010 12:35AM

    A family that curses together stays together!!

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Holy Moly am I ever tired!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Another one of my marathon days of getting stuff done. Up at 5:30 to get to the gym. Home, start laundry, eat breakfast, strip and remake the bed, wipe down the bathroom and get the boy ready for Jamboree. Jamboree for a little over two hours (it was fun and they kicked some butt!), birthday gift shopping, bank, boy to party, library and back home for lunch. Laundry, Sparking, go get boy.

FINALLY made it home a little after three o'clock. I was so tired that I fell asleep reading my book and stayed that way for a little over an hour...sitting up. The only reason I got up was cos I needed to go potty! LOL! Then the guilt set in and I worked on the laundry some more.

DH, MIL and FIL came home a little after five and we all headed to Red Robin for dinner. No cooking for me! Yay!!! And my big plans for tomorrow? Sleep in!! That's it! Yippee!!! emoticon

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STEELKICKIN 8/22/2010 10:52PM

    Hope you got some rest! Love how you call your son "the boy." My kids didn't know their real names until they started school. They all thought their names were "bubs" "sis" "pensie" and "bean." I still have to write it like that on their Christmas gift tags.

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BETHGILLIGAN 8/22/2010 9:22PM

    What a day!!! Hope you rested today!!

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RWETHAIRYET 8/22/2010 8:38PM

    I actually took yesterday afternoon off. Sat on the couch, watched a movie, talked to the husband. Body just decided it wasn't moving anymore.
Glad you got a lot done...and still found time for that nap

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BKNOCK 8/22/2010 8:33PM

    Wow, I am tired just reading this! I hope that you had a chance to get some rest!

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GERIKRAGH 8/22/2010 12:57PM

    Why do U have to strip to remake the bed? LOL!

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JOHNTJ1 8/22/2010 12:25PM

    No wonder you are always smiling, you have little time to dwell on other things. Glad you had a good weekend, friend.

What's your opinion of a Kindle. I am contemplating getting one.



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NEWNAC304 8/22/2010 11:58AM

    What a busy day! I hope you get to rest today.

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CARLANNIE 8/22/2010 11:50AM

    I slept in today until 9, which is something I do about twice a year. Heavenly! Sounds like you got a lot accomplished yesterday - maybe you can take a breather today.

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GEEMAWEST 8/22/2010 12:07AM

    Have a great sleep in. You earned it!!

Wish I could take a nap, never been very good at it. I'm jealous.

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Stealing from others

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I've seen this in a couple of Friends' blogs, so what the hey! Hey?

A - Available or Married? Married, and happily so!

B - Book? Always. Right now, Murder ala Mode by G.A. McKevett

C - Cake or Pie? Cheesecake, which is kind of a pie, right?

D - Drink of choice? Diet Pepsi, with an IV.

E - Essential item? Book. Always take a book with me. Always.

F - favourite colour? Green. Or orange.

G - game to play or watch? Play? Softball Watch? College football, the real football with a non-round ball :o)

H - Hometown? Buhl, Idaho (USA!)

I - Indulgence? Daily! Ummmm...cheeseburger or fries

J - Job? Assembly Product Engineer for a computer chip maker

K - Kids? Two, one of each (boy and girl, what were you thinking?)

L - Life is incomplete without...? Books!

M - Music group or singer? Billy Joel

N - Number of siblings. Two brothers

O - Oranges or apples? Apples

P - Phobias/Fears? Drowning

Q - favourite quote? I don't think I have one. :(

R - Reason to smile? Books? LOL! Family

S - Season? Fall - cos I get to wear sweaters and walk on frozen ground!

T - tattoos? None. Haven't found a good reason to get one yet.

U - Unknown fact about me? Are you sure you want to know?

V - Veg you love? Broccoli!

W - Worst habit? Swearing. I have a potty mouth. Sorry! :(

X - X rays you've had? Dental. That's it!

Y - your favourite food? Anything that someone else cooks for me. ANYTHING!!

Z - Zodiac? Capricorn. Would you believe that Capricorns are perfectionists? Woulda never thought it, huh? LOL!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 8/21/2010 2:50AM

    First reaction.... YOU ARE PIKING OUT!! but I'll get you, I WILL!!

Diet pepsi WITh an iv???!!??? that should have had a pic with it!! But then I rememberred, you ARE lazy ;0)

Orange?!!? That's MY kinda girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!

J ?? Holy moly, I did NOT know that, and god knows what it means... as I don't ;0) All I feel like saying is " come over here and fix my computer!!!!"

K.... I must be dutch, as I don't get it..... duh hey?!?

I'm GLAD about the potty mouth, at least I'm not the only one on spark... ;0)

and then about U... U U u u YESSSSSSS!!! I DOOOOO want to to know!!! tell me tell me... all of it ALL OF IT!!!! I PROMISE It'll be safe with me forever, but BUT.... I DO WANT TO KNOW!!!!





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KENDRACARROLL 8/20/2010 12:03AM

    I'm with you on your favorite food :)

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AUNTIEANNE22 8/19/2010 9:40PM

  I'm a Capricorn too and a perfectionist.

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BKNOCK 8/19/2010 8:57AM

    Barb, I am shocked! You have a potty mouth? Wow, I would have never known! The perfectionist thing is not a surprise at all! I always have a bad swearing streak after I come home from Florida thanks to my friend's mouth! But I think I am almost over it!

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BKNOCK 8/19/2010 8:57AM

    Barb, I am shocked! You have a potty mouth? Wow, I would have never known! The perfectionist thing is not a surprise at all! I always have a bad swearing streak after I come home from Florida thanks to my friend's mouth! But I think I am almost over it!

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GEEMAWEST 8/19/2010 12:53AM

    Now I know more about you than I ever needed to know, little Miss Potty Mouth. I had such high hopes for you. LOL

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DONNAORLENE 8/19/2010 12:31AM

    Aha! Not too surprising. But the last one confirmed it again. Perfectionist...leads back to in OCD! LOL! And I guess I'm going to have to admit it, it takes one to know one. Guilty, as charged! Hope you get everything done in time! I'll be rooting you on, but I'm sure you'll go through it like a whirlwind!! Have a good day tomorrow and the weekends almost here! Make sure you stop long enough to take a breath now and then too.

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