Wednesday, November 27, 2013
I thought I'd take a brief study break from acids & bases, nuclear fission, balancing redox equations (or trying to), and equilibrium equations to do yesterday's Thankful blog. I was actually going to do it yesterday, but my ancient laptop was being uncooperative and I just threw in the towel. I'll post Day 27 (today's) tonight sometime.
Today [yesterday] I am thankful for the children in my life. Mostly these consist of my friend's children, since out of 10 of us, only one of my cousins has kids. There was a time in my life were I was completely anti-kid. I had no patience for them. Now, I'm at a point in my life where I'm wondering if I'll ever get to have any of my own. At this point it seems disappointingly unlikely. So, I enjoy my friend's kids while I'm around to.
I don't have an updated photo of Aibree and I, so this will have to do. She is much, much older than this now. And is set to be a big sister to a brother just a few days after my birthday in January!
This is Murray (or MurMur, as I call him). He's the son of my hairdresser friend. Adorable and sweet, this kid is super fun to be around. There are photos of us together, but I don't seem to have them.
This is a little older, too, but it's a photo of Coraline and I. She's the daughter of some family friends.
And finally, this is Killian. He's the brother of Coraline. We were celebrating his baptism. He was looking right at the camera and then when I pushed the shutter button, he looked away. Of course! :-)
Monday, November 25, 2013
Today I am thankful for my literacy. No, really. It is something that is so easily taken for granted. Everyone reading this has no problem doing so, but the reality is, even in this day and age, that there are a lot of people that can't read or struggle to read (due to disability). In the U.S. alone 32 million adults can't read. And think about it... what do we all do in our daily lives that require all of us to read? Street signs, billboards, store fronts, advertising flyers, bills to pay, etc. It's just mind blowing! I can't imagine having to navigate this already complicated life unable to read. I can't imagine life without a good book to read to escape reality once in a while. Literacy is something no one thinks about, but is so necessary.
That's where my stats came from... well, the links in that link...
Louis enjoys his comfort while I have to utilize my literacy skillz in chem.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Today... err... Friday, I was thankful for my Kindle Fire. I am the type of person that likes books made out of paper and ink. But, I got my Kindle Fire for ease of travel and because I'd always wanted one for use on a treadmill. By sheer dumb luck I ended up with a treadmill, too. The treadmill I got has a plug and speaker built into it. So, I'm able to plug my Kindle into the treadmill itself and have the sound blast out at me. Good thing, too, 'cuz my headphones are going out on me and I hate earbuds. Anyway, I'm able to watch my Netflix on my Kindle, so I can watch a show and walk/jog at the same time. It's a nice distraction.
Um... I'm pretty sure ya'll know what a Kindle looks like, so I'm just going to not put a photo here.
Saturday I was/am thankful fo my cousin Olivia. She's 2 years older than I am, but we grew up pretty close. Lately she's been the one to take me to church and encourage my spiritual growth. We always have fun and laugh constantly whenever we get together. We're goofy and odd. Intellectual and humorous. Sometimes it feels like she's my only friend here.
We were engaged in some sort of coffee related shenanigans at some point.
Today, now that I'm caught up, I'm thankful for 1960's & 1970's rock'n'roll. That's my main music genre of choice. My YouTube playlist is off the chain:
Electric Light Orchestra
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
And LOTS of:
The only thing cooler than Jimi Hendrix is Bill Murray dressed as Jimi Hendrix.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Today I'm thankful for salad. I know it's crazy, but I could seriously eat salad every day. As long as it wasn't the same salad every day. And that's the best part about salad! There are so many things that can go into a salad and make it awesome so that you could have a different yummy salad every day UNTIL YOU DIE. Plus, what easier way to get in a ton of veggies and/or fruits into your diet. If you ate 2 cups of salad with your dinner every night, BOOM! That's like 2-3 servings of your daily freggies right there. It's a no-brainer. Keeping it to mostly freggies, vinaigrette dressings, a few seeds or nuts for some good fats, lean protein on top, and you've got a healthy meal. Salad, it should always be what's for part of dinner.
Chicken Chef Salad from a few weeks ago: grilled chicken breast, yellow cherry tomatoes, shredded beets, cucumber, purple cabbage, black olives, hard-boiled egg, and REAL bacon crumbles (none of that jarred crap- I cooked my own bacon THEN CRUMBLED IT), and some bleu cheese crumbles, topped with a bleu cheese red wine vinaigrette. YUM!!!
And for this Christmas, you might wanna consider this massive hit:
Can be found at my other blog (that I keep meaning to update)
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Today I am thankful for free treadmills. That's right! I finally got it and jammed it in my house. I set it up today and took her for a test run. I was quite pleased. It's a little more narrow than I'm used to (after all, it's for home use, not a gym). But, as long as I can raise and lower the incline, speed it up and slow it down, and keep track of the time, then I'm good to go. And this treadmill does all that, so woo! I did my training on it today since it was warm outside. Having it keep a steady pace involves a lot of benefits for me: I know how fast I'm going, I don't tire out too quickly, I can avoid shin splints, and it's easier on my asthma (which is uncontrolled at the present :-S). I also don't have to jump over puddles, avoid uneven ground, and dodge piles of garbage or broken glass on my canal route.
Unfortunately, that also means I average a slower pace. While I've been doing around a 16 minute mile outdoors, I averaged a 19 minute mile on the treadmill. So, now I know I can go a little faster than I thought and be okay. And I'll work on controlling my asthma with my meds... that the doc forgot to call in to the pharmacy... and then the doc's office was closed today mysteriously... so I'll try to get all that sorted tomorrow.
Lou was curious about the new treadmill while it was off and unplugged. As soon as I turned that thing on he was all "WTF!!!!" And I didn't see him again until I turned it back off and unplugged it after my training.
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