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Friday, February 04, 2011

I just got it from my friend. It's a bit long but very funny. emoticon

ABOUT THE WRITER Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning humour columnist for the Miami Herald.

Colonoscopy Journal:
I called my friend Andy Sable, a gastroenterologist, to make an appointment for a colonoscopy. A few days later, in his office, Andy showed me a colour diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place, at one point passing briefly through Minneapolis.
Then Andy explained the colonoscopy procedure to me in a thorough, reassuring and patient manner. I nodded thoughtfully, but I didn't really hear anything he said, because my brain was shrieking, 'HE'S GOING TO STICK A TUBE 17,000 FEET UP YOUR BEHIND!'
I left Andy's office with some written instructions, and a prescription for a product called 'MoviPrep,' which comes in a box large enough to hold a microwave oven.
I will discuss MoviPrep in detail later; for now suffice it to say that we must never allow it to fall into the hands of Australia's enemies.
I spent the next several days productively sitting around being nervous. Then, on the day before my colonoscopy, I began my preparation. In accordance with my instructions, I didn't eat any solid food that day; all I had was chicken broth, which is basically water, only with less flavour.
Then, in the evening, I took the MoviPrep. You mix two packets of powder together in a one-litre plastic jug, and then you fill it with lukewarm water. (For those unfamiliar with the metric system, a litre is about 32 gallons).
Then you have to drink the whole jug. This takes about an hour, because MoviPrep tastes - and here I am being kind - like a mixture of goat spit and urinal cleanser, with just a hint of lemon.

The instructions for MoviPrep, clearly written by somebody with a great sense of humour, state that after you drink it, 'a loose, watery bowel movement may result.' This is kind of like saying that after you jump off your roof, you may experience contact with the ground. MoviPrep is a nuclear laxative. I don't want to be too graphic, here, but, have you ever seen a space-shuttle launch?
This is pretty much the MoviPrep experience, with you as the shuttle. There are times when you wish the commode had a seat belt. You spend several hours pretty much confined to the bathroom, spurting violently. You eliminate everything. And then, when you figure you must be totally empty, you have to drink another litre of MoviPrep, at which point, as far as I can tell, your bowels travel into the future and start eliminating food that you have not even eaten yet.

After an action-packed evening, I finally got to sleep. The next morning my wife drove me to the clinic. I was very nervous. Not only was I worried about the procedure, but I had been experiencing occasional return bouts of MoviPrep spurtage. I was thinking, 'What if I spurt on Andy?' How do you apologize to a friend for something like that? Flowers would not be enough.
At the clinic I had to sign many forms acknowledging that I understood and totally agreed with whatever the heck the forms said. Then they led me to a room full of other colonoscopy people, where I went inside a little curtained space and took off my clothes and put on one of those hospital garments designed by sadist perverts, the kind that, when you put it on, makes you feel even more naked than when you are actually naked..

Then a nurse named Eddie put a little needle in a vein in my left hand. Ordinarily I would have fainted, but Eddie was very good, and I was already lying down. Eddie also told me that some people put vodka in their MoviPrep.
At first I was ticked off that I hadn't thought of this, but then I pondered what would happen if you got yourself too tipsy to make it to the bathroom, so you were staggering around in full Fire Hose Mode. You would have no choice but to burn your house.

When everything was ready, Eddie wheeled me into the procedure room, where Andy was waiting with a nurse and an anaesthesiologist. I did not see the 17,000-foot tube, but I knew Andy had it hidden around there somewhere. I was seriously nervous at this point.
Andy had me roll over on my left side and the anaesthesiologist began hooking something up to the needle in my hand.
There was music playing in the room, and I realized that the song was 'Dancing Queen' by ABBA. I remarked to Andy that, of all the songs that could be playing during this particular procedure, 'Dancing Queen' had to be the least appropriate. 'You want me to turn it up?' said Andy, from somewhere behind me.
'Ha ha,' I said. And then it was time, the moment I had been dreading for more than a decade. If you are squeamish, prepare yourself, because I am going to tell you, in explicit detail, exactly what it was like. I have no idea.
Really. I slept through it. One moment, ABBA was yelling 'Dancing Queen, feel the beat of the tambourine,' and the next moment, I was back in the other room, waking up in a very mellow mood.
Andy was looking down at me and asking me how I felt. I felt excellent. I felt even more excellent when Andy told me that It was all over, and that my colon had passed with flying colours. I have never been prouder of an internal organ.

On the subject of Colonoscopies...
Colonoscopies are no joke, but these comments during the exam were quite humorous.... A physician claimed that the following are actual comments made by his patients (predominately male) while he was performing their colonoscopies:

1.. 'Take it easy, Doc. You're boldly going where no man has gone before!'
2.. 'Find Amelia Earhart yet?'
3.. 'Can you hear me NOW?'
4.. 'Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?'
5.. 'You know, in Tasmania, we're now legally married.'
6.. 'Any sign of the trapped miners, Chief?'
7.. 'You put your left hand in, you take your left hand out...'
8.. 'Hey! Now I know how a Muppet feels!'
9.. 'If your hand doesn't fit, you must quit!'
10. 'Hey Doc, let me know if you find my dignity.'
11. 'You used to be an executive at BHP, didn't you?'
12. 'God, now I know why I am not gay.' And the best one of all:
13. 'Could you write a note for my wife saying that my head is not up there?'

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CARMEL466 2/6/2011 9:14PM

    Very funny. I had my first one last year and drinking that awful mixture was the worse. I can laugh about it now.. Thanks for posting this. Lol.

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SEYSARAH 2/5/2011 10:43PM

    Oh I so love this "laughter" and still have tears running down my face..funny stuff!

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AIDELADE27 2/5/2011 9:26PM

    My stomach is killing from laughing so hard. Thanks for the workout for my abs!

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MILLISMA 2/5/2011 7:27PM

    Ania, the first time I read this I laughed so hard I cried.....and am doing it again. Thanks for making my day!


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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 2/5/2011 5:58PM

    I need to have one, since it has been 15 years...after reading that...well...I can do this without laughing!!!

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GOANNA2 2/5/2011 5:40PM

    Having had 5 colonoscopies, in the last 10 years, I could
not stop laughing when aI read the blog again and again.
Thanks for the laughter therapy. emoticon

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ILOVEROSES 2/5/2011 5:27PM

    Dvora, I am happy to offer 'laughter therapy' for free to all my spark friends. emoticon

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IMAOFSEVEN 2/5/2011 12:58PM

    I'm with Runningwild. I was laughing so loud that my kids kept saying "what are you reading, Mom" and I wouldn't answer them, and now they're ticked off. But it was worth it for that laugh. Ania- you should charge for your laughter "therapy"!

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MINNA72 2/5/2011 5:48AM

    This had me laughing out loud! Thanks Ania!

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F8CONE8 2/4/2011 11:44PM

    I had my first this year and the experience was not what I had dreaded. The prep the day before? Well, Dave had it right. LOL

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RUNNINGWILD 2/4/2011 11:29PM

    Ania, that was awesome. The kids kept asking me why I was laughing but I couldn't explain it to them.. they're still (thankfully) a little young to understand "colonoscopy". I, on the other hand, have battled the surgical prep laxative so it was completely relatable. emoticon I have to share this.

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RUFFESS47 2/4/2011 9:47PM

    In my previous life that procedure was a Monday morning job lot in one OR.

I did have a laugh at the idea of a 17 " Colonoscope no hospital could afford one.
I sure would not like to clean a 17" colonoscope by hand emoticon

Thank God machine was invented to do the whole cleaning sterilizing job

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SUSIEPH1 2/4/2011 9:37PM

    Absolutely Hilarious!! .. Thank you so much Ania for the giggles!1
have had two of those procedures and I will never be able to go into the op theatre again without bursting out laughing ! emoticon emoticon

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How the Internet started!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

A revelation with an Incredibly Big Message (IBM):
Well, you might have thought that you knew how the Internet started,
but here's the TRUE story ....
In ancient Israel , it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot.
And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.
And she said unto Abraham, her husband: "Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?"
And Abraham did look at her - as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said: "How, dear?"
And Dot replied: "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price.
And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."
Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent.
To prevent neighbouring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was called Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures - Hebrew To The People (HTTP)
But this success did arouse envy. A man named Maccabia did secrete himself inside Abraham's drum and began to siphon off some of Abraham's business. But he was soon discovered, arrested and prosecuted – for insider trading.
And the young men did take to Dot Com's trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung.
They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS.
And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land.
And indeed did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates' drumheads and drumsticks.
And Dot did say: "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others."
And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel , or eBay as it came to be known. He said: "We need a name that reflects what we are."
And Dot replied: "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators." "YAHOO," said Abraham. And because it was Dot's idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com.
Abraham's cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot's drums to locate things around the countryside. It soon became known as God's Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE)
And that is how it all began.

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*MADHU* 2/4/2011 7:54AM

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OPALMOON 2/4/2011 2:51AM

    Ha Ha!! TOO funny!

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MINNA72 2/4/2011 2:49AM

    OMG! This was hilarious!
Thanks for the laugh!

Have an awesome Friday, Ania and big hugs to you!

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MILLISMA 2/3/2011 7:50PM

    That is hysterical! emoticon

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GOANNA2 2/3/2011 4:07PM

    Love it, love it, love it!
Thanks Ania emoticon

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LINDA! 2/3/2011 3:17PM

    Very funny!! emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 2/3/2011 3:16PM

    Hillarious Ania great blog!
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SEYSARAH 2/3/2011 11:47AM

    This is by far the funniest thing I've read in ages...I hope everyone readin this will click on the like button so laughter can be spread to far more.

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MKKAYA 2/3/2011 10:08AM

    Thanks for the chuckle - you are so clever! Have a great day and thanks for sharing with us your creative juices!!!

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Do you have a couple of minutes to spare?

Thursday, February 03, 2011

If so, here's something productive you can do with that time: nothing.

A young student and website developer named Alex Tew has created a site called "do nothing for 2 minutes" ( The site opens on a view of a sunset over the ocean and the gentle sound of waves.

When you arrive at the site, a counter starts counting backwards from two minutes to zero. That may not sound challenging, but if you touch your mouse or keyboard before two minutes pass, this message pops up: FAIL.

I guess even relaxation has its pressures!

Alex told the website Tech Crunch: "There is evidence that our brains are being re-wired by the internet, because we get a little dopamine kick every time we check our e-mail or Twitter or Facebook and there's a new update. So we're all developing a bit of ADD."

I'm not sure that visiting will actually help lengthen your attention span, but it is relaxing if you can avoid the FAIL notice.

I just did it and really enjoyed listening to the gentle sound of the waves and didn't touch the mouse!
Try it!

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GRATEFULADY 2/7/2011 1:39PM

    Will have to check it out!! Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

Does watching the count down count as doing something? Boy, when it says do nothing, that is what it means. I touched the mouse as soon as it started and FAILed!!!

Comment edited on: 2/7/2011 1:44:20 PM

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MINNA72 2/4/2011 2:45AM

    Wow... that was interesting! I got so caught up in the pretty pic, analyzing what I'd do differently if I were to shoot it, that the time just flew by!


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FEISTY1949 2/3/2011 2:47PM

    It IS very difficult to sit still for 2 minutes, but I did it (after a fail when I turned on the computer's sound) and I feel better. Thanks for sharing.

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BESEVEN 2/3/2011 2:44PM

    No problem. Could have gone for 5 minutes. Although technically, I wasn't doing nothing, I was doing deep breathing. I think I'm going to make a point to do this twice a day. What an awesome site! It even said, "Well done!"
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BESEVEN 2/3/2011 2:39PM

    Thanks! I love this idea. I'm going to try it right now.

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MILLISMA 2/3/2011 2:37PM

    This is interesting! I'll have to give it a try.

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GRACIEC 2/3/2011 12:50PM

    I'll have to try it! I'll let you know how I did! LOL

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RUNNINGWILD 2/3/2011 12:23PM

    Thanks! I needed that. One of the challenges put forth to me yesterday, at work, was to take a few minutes each day to "relax and breathe". This will definitely help. I love the ocean and the sunrise and I would HATE to see the word "fail" come up on my screen because I can't take two minutes for myself.

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SEYSARAH 2/3/2011 12:06PM

    Love it..thanks so much for sharing..point well taken too..we don't just sit for a couple of minutes and do nothing..clear the mind..and we should..this is perfect!

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NANT406 2/3/2011 9:05AM

    Sounds interesting, I'll have to try it. emoticon

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LIZZYP609 2/3/2011 8:00AM

    Oh Ania, I did this a few days ago, I was shocked at how hard it was for me to sit for two minutes and do nothing!
Really made me think!

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What do you think?.....

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

I just read this email this morning and wonder what my Spark friends think.

"If you want to lose weight, there's one thing you must do...stop exercising.

And that's not some trick way of saying do more weights than cardio or make sure you only run in 3-minute bursts. I mean stop exercising. Back away from the treadmill, put down the weights, put your workout clothes away and cancel your gym membership.

I've been saying it for years. And now, a 20-year study proves I'm right.

But I didn't really need a study because I know it works. In fact, I lost almost 22 kilos/48 lbs without exercising at all./

Dumb belle

I've told you before how much I hate exercising. I used to really envy the people that loved it. I thought I could never get in shape or get healthier without torturing myself at the gym.

But then I figured something out.

I wasn't overweight because I didn't work out. After all, people have been thin for millennia before the advent of the treadmill, stair climber and running shoes.

I was overweight because of food and how I used it. I didn't eat for sustenance. I ate for entertainment.

Once I learned how to stop doing that, the weight came off on its own. I lost about 22 kilos in 7 months and have kept it off for years.

The proof is in the (chocolate) pudding

Now I know what you're thinking...that I probably ate lettuce-wrapped tofu and drank hot water with lemon.

Well, I have done that (and grapefruit, apple cider, etc.), but none of that worked for me either.

So I designed my own plan to address my personal issues with food. I ate literally anything I wanted, but focused on when I ate and how much.

With that guiding principle in mind, here are five quick tips I built my plan around:

1. Don't eat until you're hungry. Don't plan in advance to eat at a certain time. Don't automatically eat breakfast or 3 snacks a day. Wait until your body tells you it wants food. (In fact, I never eat breakfast and I hardly ever snack.)

2. When you get hungry, don't eat yet, wait a little longer. Not an hour but 15 or 20 minutes. Try to push off your hunger when you can.

3. Stop eating when you're not hungry anymore. That means when the edge is off your hunger. Don't eat until you're full. If you eat out a lot, like I do, this usually means finishing less than half the food on your plate.

4. Always leave at least one bite on your plate. (I leave one bite of anything bigger than a cracker.) Once you decide to do this, you have to pay attention when you're eating. You can't just mindlessly shove food in your mouth.

5. Don't eat after 8 pm (or 2-3 hours before you go to bed).

I did this, plus a few other tricks here and there. Not only did I lose weight but my blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides all got in a healthy range (if you care about those sorts of things). All without exercising even one day.

Once I lost 19 kilos/41 lbs, I did start exercising because I wanted to tone and found out that I liked seeing some actual definition in my arms.

But for losing the weight, it's about the food and making the changes that you'll be able to live with long-term.

The real biggest losers

That was my story. Now let's see what happens when you DO exercise.

First, let's look at some shocking numbers...

Take 3,500 young subjects. Follow their weight gain and activity levels for 20 years. What do you get? A lot of people who still look a lot alike.

This study, reported recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that men with low activity levels weighed, on average, less than three kilos more than men with high activity levels.

Less than three kilos!

In 20 years!

And the average difference between their waistlines was only two and a half cms/1 inch.

So you have to wonder: How can all that stairmaster/exercycle/treadmill burning of calories result in such poor results?

It's actually pretty simple. When you burn those calories, your body craves replacement calories. And you're going to respond by eating. Maybe not at first. But the demands of your body will wear you down and win out.

You'll start by bargaining. You'll reward yourself with a little treat here, a little treat there. But those little indulgences are exactly the fuel your body craves and needs. Before you know it, those rewards completely offset your gains.

And then, if you're anything like me, you just give up altogether. I mean what's the point of exercising and eating right if it doesn't show on the scale?! Pass the pizza!

No question, I know from my own 20-year struggle that dealing with food and exercise separately is the best formula for effective, healthy, long-term weight loss."

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GOANNA2 2/2/2011 3:47PM

    Interesting aspect. I must just learn to eat only when
I am hungry, but alI I know is that by just sitting and
not moving, I am getting a huge backside.

As Susie says, we cannot generalise. I need to move
as well as doing some form of physical activity.

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SEYSARAH 2/2/2011 6:10AM

    The issue it seems is teaching your brain the difference between true hunger and "appetite" using behavioral therapy methods to "retrain your brain" so to speak.

There are several here on Spark who come in and lose quite a bit of weight prior to exercising much and after losing half or more then they slowly get into a cardio routine. Often this is done with those who lack medical insurance and for safety reasons prefer to lose a lot of bulk before putting more stress on an already burdened heart, lungs etc.

Weight Watcher for many the late 60s and 70s didn't really address the issue of fitness and yet those who were dedicated lost the weight.

It's possible there is merit to this only because we form such bad habits it's overwhelming to redo everything at once.

This much I know..most people I have known with weight issues have had to work hard on lowering portions and calories and have found that much harder both short and long run than getting into an exercise program such as walking..sounds strange but it's what I've found.

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IMAOFSEVEN 2/2/2011 1:05AM

    i definitely agree about being hungry after you exercise, but if you eat properly you can consume more calories and still stay fit. Exercise does so many good things for your mind and body aside from help you lose weight. I think that I would be depressed if I gave it up.

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ILOVEROSES 2/2/2011 12:25AM

    Jo Ann, I received this article from HSI - Jenny Thompson It's a daily newsletter I receive.

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SUSIEPH1 2/1/2011 11:44PM

    Ania I agree with you to a certain extent as I also have experienced hunger after exercise.
I counteract that with leaving some of my breakfast to finish when I get home from the Gym/Pool centre.
But and it is a huge But, So many of us must exercise, in order to not only tighten skin,but also to build muscle to help hold our spines and ribs up.. We also need to be able to keep joints moving..

I came down from 145 kilos ...
When I first came to Sparkpeople I was 116 kilos .....Heaps of flab and so unfit ...I could hardly walk. It is my exercise that has got me back on my feet and moving ..
I don't think we can generalise, as everyone is different ... It is a very interesting topic though!
Have a lovely day and thank you for the great blog ..
Love Susie emoticon

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MKKAYA 2/1/2011 11:07PM

    ania, I really like this and since I love to exercise and especially run it hit home.

I know when I do lots of running I am very hungry - when you are very hungry you make bad food choices and hence the issue.

I have heard it said by a few experts that weight loss is 80% food/nutruton and 20 % excercsie - the food we eat is the biggest issue we have Control the food and the weight will come off


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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 2/1/2011 10:19PM

    Interesting, it brings up valid points. I find the more I exercise the hungrier I am, and conversely no exercising, I'm not hungry. I don't mind some exercise, but I also know I don't have to exercise for hours during the day. I'm happy walking.
Who wrote the article?

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Gustave Moreau and the Eternal Feminine Exhibition.

Friday, January 28, 2011

It was a lovely summer's day today and I went with hubby to the National Gallery of Victoria to see an exhibition of Gustave Moreau's paintings, watercolours, pencil drawings and sketches.

History has bequeathed us a great repertoire of femmes fatales who are not Scarlet Johanssen or Sharon Stone – but had Gustave Moreau been alive today he probably would have painted them too, as kin to the endless number of heroines who captivated him in the late nineteenth century. Powerful and beautiful women like the legendary Cleopatra and the vampiric Messalina, the deadly but fascinating Salomé and Lady Macbeth, and luscious, hapless victims of male lust such as Helen of Troy – beauties whose names are the stuff of legend. Moreau brings them alive for us, as well as men like Oedipus whose lives were bound by tragic destiny.

Really enjoyed it. Afterwards we went for lunch and then later in the afternoon I met with my GF Margaret for a coffee.

As some of you know, I am part of the BLC15 Challenge...I am a Jade Dragon! The Maintenance team. We have 3 current and 4 former Dragons that are going to Miami this weekend to run/walk in the 5K, Half Marathon or Marathon, so I am Ghosting them (thanks Nan and Liz, I am copying and pasting from your blog) ;-).

Beth - Coopsmom...former Dragon
Suezette - Suezette-414 current Dragon and a co-captain
Jopa - Jopaph ...current dragon and former co-captain
Gail - Rhynic...former Dragon
Tammy - Tamtam64 ...former Dragon
John - Freedomstar...former Dragon
Christy - TOBEARUNNER...current Dragon and current co-captain in charge of challenges

What is a ghost you ask? Well, it is traditionally when a person/people who are NOT physically at the race run/walk at the same time as the people AT the race. Us Dragons have put our own little spin on it...there are SEVERAL of my fellow Dragons who are ghosting this weekend, each of us doing our own km/miles and times to get it done. So far these are the Dragons and the mileage.

Mike (MKKAYA) - Half Marathon
JoAnn (JOANN562)- 10k
Nan (SEYSARAH) - Marathon - Awesome
Penny (RUNNINGWILD)- 20k
Terri (TKAYSMILES)- 10k Saturday and 5k Sunday
Jackie (MISSJCISRUNNING)- 16 mile
Liz (LIZZYP609)- Half Marathon
Frank (DREBENEZER)- 5k
Tracy (RUNNERMOMTO3)- 8k
Madhu (*MADHU*)- 5k
Candis (CANDIS799)- 10k
Molly (WHITRIDGE)- Half Marathon
Kate (CHEMKATT)- 10k

Me? I am doing a 5k walk on Saturday morning. The actual race isn't until Sunday but it's gonna be very hot here on Sunday, expecting 41C/106F emoticonand tomorrow expecting just 31C/88F!

I am so excited and proud of all our Dragons past and present ( we believe that once a Dragon, always a Dragon!). Good luck and Safe Travels...praying the weather co-operates for everyone to get there and have a great race!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 1/28/2011 4:54PM

    Glad you had such a lovely day Ania .... Hugs Susie

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LIZZYP609 1/28/2011 7:51AM

    Yea Ania! Good for you! So excited about the number of Dragons that are able to participate!

I could really use some summer temps right now...Have a great weekend!

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GOANNA2 1/28/2011 6:24AM

    emoticonI hope the heat lets up a bit.
Sounds wonderful what you Dragons do.
Good for you.
Anna emoticon emoticon

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