Saturday, June 06, 2009
So the hubs and I are planning to go pick strawberries today. They are in season at local farms, and we thought it would be fun. After all, we enjoyed picking blueberries, raspberries and cherries last summer.
After I posted an article in my Examiner column about apple-picking last fall, someone left a comment saying another farm that I had not heard of is "amazing." We liked the farm we went to before but is not organic, so I thought I would check into this other recommended farm to see if by chance it was.
I called over there this morning and asked one simple question: Are your crops grown organically? First, a woman answered the phone. The woman hemmed and hawed, then said they were not but I should speak with her husband because she just sells the produce, she doesn't grow it so she is not the best person to ask. Her husband got on the phone and our conversation went something like this:
Farmer: Our crops are not organic but consciously grown.
Me: OK, great! What does that entail?
Farmer: Well, we don't just spray them willy-nilly, but we monitor them and use when needed.
Methods have changed dramatically and are much gentler than in the past. There is no difference in plants that are organic and those that are not. It can get pretty technical, how much do you know about this?
Me: Well, I didn't study this in school, I just want to minimize my pesticide consumption.
Farmer: Do you know what a phermone is?
Farmer: (laughs) Do you have a background in chemistry?
Me: No, do I have to?
Farmer: Well, if you want to understand organic farming, you better. You should research how many people die from organic produce vs. non-organic. It's just not widely publicized because it's not politically correct to do so. That spinach scare- have you seen a picture of that farm?
Farmer (laughs again) Well there was a big sign in front of it that said "organic." And I personally would never eat organic produce, because it can make you sick. If an apple falls into manure and you eat it, you can get sick. I can tell you more but you probably won't believe me.
All that my strawberries get is just some fungicide if they need it and nothing else. If I didn't do that, I would lose them to rot. Do your research on how many people die from organic produce.
Me: OK! Thank you for your time. Have a great day. Goodbye.
Well, dude, I just called to ask a simple question: Are your crops organic? I did not argue the merits of organic v. conventional crops. I did not tell you that you should be growing organically. I did not say I wouldn't come to your farm if it was not organic. I also understand that you need to make a living and the trend toward buying organic is digging into your profits so I see why you are so passionate about this topic.
However, I did not call for a lecture on why organic farming is inferior to pesticide use. I also did not appreciate your patronizing tone. I don't always buy organic; in fact I have some non-organic strawberries in the fridge right now. Had you not made me feel like an idiot for not having a "background in chemistry" and instead simply answered my question, I might have visited your farm to pick my strawberries today. Instead, I'm going back to the other (yes, non-organic) farm. And BTW, thanks for the mental image of strawberries and apples covered in manure. YUM!
Update: We picked some beautiful strawberries ... it was fun. I had to add a pic!
Monday, June 01, 2009
I am sitting here ready to cry, and hoping that typing out this blog will distract me from actually bursting into tears. I have been following this story on the news: last week some f_ing idiot doused a poor dog in gasoline and set it on fire. The dog was saved by a police officer, I believe, and vets were doing their best to care for her. She suffered burns on 100% of her body. Over the weekend, I couldn't get this dog out of my mind. I just kept thinking about how much pain she must be in and how much suffering she went through. You could go on to the local station's Web site to stay updated on the dog's condition but I avoided doing that because I didn't want to get even more upset. Anyway, they just said on the news that they euthanized her today because her kidneys began to fail. So incredibly sad, and such an act of unbelievable cruelty. Who would do such a thing and what was going through this person's mind? I wonder what happened in this person's life to make him/her so mean and ugly inside. Some people have no soul. We need stiffer punishment for these types of crimes too. It's always a slap on the wrist. OK, don't get me started...
Thank you to everyone who commented on my last blog and wished me good luck with my 3-hour glucose test. Thankfully the test results were good!! I'm very relieved not to have gestational diabetes!
Over the weekend I saw the musical "Annie." It was cute - I remember loving that movie as a kid. Duff and the team from Ace of Cakes made a cake for the cast and crew. Also, Duff and the lady (Mary Alice - is that her name?) had a small cameo in one scene.
I am trying to keep up with my fitness as much as possible. Went for a walk yesterday although it was my day off from the gym. Today I pumped some iron in my Body Pump class. I am sad that maybe sometime soon I will no longer be able to participate in my kickboxing class. I am doing very low impact now, but feel kind of silly when everyone around me in the class is totally high energy and well, FIERCE. I try to stay in the back; I used to find a spot much closer to the front. LOL. Oh well. I definitely can't kick as high as I used to. But I figure as long as I am staying active in some way, it's all good.
I hope everyone has a fantastic week. Go hug your dog if you have one.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Well, I had my 3-hour glucose test yesterday morning. Ugh...NOT fun! First, I forgot my paperwork from the doctor at home and didn't realize it till after I got to the lab, signed in and sat down. Of course, they had nothing on file and told me they could not do anything until I had the paperwork. The doctor's office is on the same campus as the lab, so I told the woman at the desk that I would need to go to over and get another form from the doctor's office. She told me I had to hurry because they close for lunch at noon and they need to get me started since it was a 3 hour test. I ran over there, and of course they were closed. This was around 8:20 a.m. I knocked on the door and THANKFULLY someone opened it and asked if I had a morning appointment. I explained my situation and the lady let me in. It was the accountant and there was one doctor there (whom I haven't met yet). The secretaries (who fill out the forms) were not in yet. The accounting lady was so sweet though. She grabbed a form and somehow, with some guidance from the doctor, was able to fill it out. I went back to the lab with it, and they said I was missing a diagnosis code!! I was so stressed out by then because the doctor's office was not going to be open until 9. Anyway...they were able to get me started based on the form I brought and then called to get the code later.
The stuff they made me drink was so, so sweet. I felt sick to my stomach afterwards. I felt a bit better by the third time they drew the blood, but at first I could do nothing but sit there and hope I wouldn't throw up. Even reading the magazines I brought made me feel worse. Afterwards, I had Chick-fil-a for lunch, came home and just vegged on the couch all day. I felt much better then. I just hope I passed this test.
Over the weekend, I got some cute maternity clothes. I held out long enough. It was time. Got a few basics: black pants, brown pants, gray pants, jeans ( one long pair, one cropped), black skirt and then some fun tops and a floral skirt. I also have a few things that I received from my sister-in-law so I think I am all set now. As long as I don't grow out of everything!!! The jeans are SOOOO comfy! Maybe I can still wear them afterwards! LOL. Mom and I also hit the outlet mall in search of crib bedding and nursery accessories. Didn't find much but did get a good deal on two crib sheets.
One strange thing about maternity clothes (and baby bedding) that I didn't realize is that very few stores that carry them actually have them in stock. You have to shop online or in catalogs. I guess they are not big sellers so they don't want to take up store space with them. This was true for Old Navy (mat. clothes) , H&M (mat. clothes, though they did have one little rack), JC Penney (bedding) Baby Gap (bedding). These chains do have a few locations that carry them in-store, but there might be only one or two in your area. It was kind of annoying because at least for me, I like to try on the clothes, see and feel the items for quality, etc. I'm all for ordering online but I'd like to know what I am buying, especially if I am shopping for maternity clothes for the first time. I knew nothing about sizing, fit, etc. I ended up getting my clothes at motherhood maternity because I could see and try on everything. I hear the quality is not the best, but I'll only be wearing these clothes for a few months and they had some very cute things.
Hubby painted the nursery; the color is cute but turned out a bit like grape Laffy Taffy. We originally intended for a more neutral/subdued color but it is what it is. It's not too bright or anything, but just a bit different than what we expected. It will be nice for a little girl though. So things are coming along.
I am now in my third trimester! I can't believe how quickly time is passing! I've had a bit of a break from workouts due to my busy weekend and of course yesterday I was worthless in terms of doing anything. I haven't worked out since Thursday, so it's back to the gym for me today. I hope everyone is having a great week! So happy summer is finally here.
P.S. One piece of advice: DO NOT watch Marley & Me when you're pregnant! I bawled like a baby.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I went to the doctor this morning. Turns out, I failed the one-hour glucose test they give you to test for gestational diabetes. She said that my number was 135, and that I was right at the cutoff! Boo!! So now I have to take a three-hour glucose test next week. Apparently the three-hour is more accurate. Why they don't just have you take that one in the first place, I don't know. Anyway, they give you a super sweet beverage to drink and then you have to sit there for three hours, and then they draw your blood. I already have a big a$$ bruise from last week's bloodwork (the lab tech was not too careful) and it still looks pretty bad. Oh well. I just hope I pass the three hour test. I do NOT want to have gestational diabetes!! No no no!
It is such a pretty day today! I enjoyed my walk to the gym and my cycle class. Now I am procrastinating and sitting on the computer instead of doing chores. Yesterday I went through my closet to put away the winter stuff and also see what clothes still fit (not too many). This coming weekend I will be spending the weekend with my parents will hubby paints the baby's room. Mom and I plan to go shopping for maternity clothes. I am also getting my hair done. YAY!!
What does everyone think of the new changes to our Sparkpages?? Overall, I like them, but wish more of my friends could show up on my page, not the other way around. LOL!
Have a great day!
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