Saturday, November 12, 2011
In the wake of all of the controversy surrounding Penn State I am struggling to understand something.
First, I think it is important to point out a few facts about myself, so perhaps someone may better understand my question.
I am a 2002 graduate of Penn State
I grew up less than 20 miles from the main campus
My father worked for Penn State for 35 years
I grew up "State" - my parents and grandparents were always taking me to Penn State to the Ag Barns, the Deer Pens, Ag Progress Days, the Creamery (which has the most fabulous ice cream in the world) - As I got older, I attended concerts on campus and went to exhibits.
So, given all of that, why is it when people shout WE ARE... PENN STATE the only thing I think is... shut the $&%^ Up? I don't feel any sense of school pride. My coworker owns every Penn State shirt known to man, and I own nothing. He, by the way, didn't even attend Penn State.
When I asked this question to a few other people, my boss said that the reason people have such a strong affinity for a school is because it helps identify them as part of a group. It helps people identify with other people and gives them a sense of belonging.
Ok, that makes sense, but that still makes me wonder what it is that I am not understanding. Is it that I have no desire to be part of a group? Or, is it that they have something figured out that I haven't?
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
a little white lie never hurt anyone right? My doctor wrote me a prescription for Adipex, and I am just going to lie to her and tell her I took them when I really didn't. I mean, I have taken them before, and bad things happened, so I just want to avoid that all together. I am going to tell her I took them for a week, they made me want to smoke and i flushed the rest. I think that is an acceptable answer.
We figured that we would try them because the insurance company is going to want to know that I tried that. I have an extensive history of being prescribed diet pills and them not working, so why should this time be any different?
On a different note, I made an awesome Cranberry-Apple chicken salad to take to work tonight. I don't know what it is about that combination that just sends my taste buds into orbit!
3 cups of shredded romaine lettuce
1/2 small onion
1/2 c of shredded carrot
1/3 cup of dried cranberries
1/2 Fuji apple cut into small chunks
3 oz of chicken breast seasoned w/ cracked pepper
1/4 cup of reduced fat blue cheese
I use a light raspberry vinaigrette dressing to top it off.
I love it. I actually made 2 of them. One for today and one for tomorrow.
Salads make me happy. I am so glad that they are not a food I will have to give up once my surgery is complete. I realize that I may need to make some changes to them, however I will still be allowed to include them in my diet.
I think that is all for now.
Monday, November 07, 2011
I grew up very near the main campus of PSU. I graduated from PSU. My father worked for PSU for 35 years. I never, ever thought I would be so ashamed of my Alma Mater.
They all need to be fired and charged.
It makes me sick
Monday, November 07, 2011
after several hospitalizations and a surgery - my Lucy cat is home.
We picked her up today.
The vet advised that she is to take it easy for ten days, Needless to say, she is not listening and her and Leroy are running around this house like two crazy cats.
I am hoping that she starts resting. I realize that she has spent four days penned up without a playmate, but she needs to heal and take the time to do that. She needs rest. Now, if she could only understand what I am telling her, we might get somewhere.
I talked to my surgeon's office, and I have now completed all phases except for the six months of Doctor supervised diet and exercise program. I have completed two months of that.
I will get the results from my sleep study on December 21st. That seems like a long time to wait. I will say that the sleep study was horrible. I was uncomfortable and I didn't sleep well. I am guessing that I did enough of it though to count.
The psychologist gave me the green light and the RD was amazed about by knowledge of nutrition.
My gym membership expired, and I was going to renew it, but I think it is going to have to wait until next month since the cat's vet bills pretty much wiped me out. I am going to be checking out a new gym. In the meantime, I think I will just ride my bike and walk.
that is all for now
Thursday, November 03, 2011
We finally got to bring Lucy home, and she had to go right back to the vet. The vet did blood work and it all came back alright. The next step was surgery. The vet performed the surgery and found that there was a string wrapped around the back of her tongue. It was so far down, they couldn't see it until she was knocked out. The string was into her stomach and into her small intestines.
She still has recovery ahead of her and will be staying at the vet office for the weekend allowing her to heal. Then once she comes home, she is still going to have a long road a head of her.
I feel a lot better now
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