Wednesday, October 16, 2013
I just read these two articles... I've always known that I can't eat "just one" Oreo, or two, or however many a serving size includes. When I read SparkPeople articles that refer to repackaging favorite foods, like putting each serving of cookie into its own zippy bag, so that one only eats what is in that bag, instead of trying to eat "just one" out of the entire opened bag of cookies (or ice cream, or cake or brownies or potato chips or crisps, or whatever is addictive to you.), I just laugh and laugh because some of those ideas are out of touch with (my) reality... and that is, I can't have any bag of Oreos in my house what.so.ever, because I will hunt down and devour every Oreo (that wasn't already eaten up by the other addicted people in the same general location.).
And contrary to these studies, I really prefer to eat my Oreos biting straight down, getting both the cookie sides as well as the middles. I've tried the "eat middles first" route and, well, it just takes too long, and I just like that crispy cookie texture as much as I like the middles "frosting" texture.
So now I don't feel odd being around recovering cocaine addicts - I can empathize, being a recovering Oreos addict myself. It's hard.
Monday, October 07, 2013
A note from my favorite Red Cross Blood Donation Recruiter & Liaison, with other tidbits sprinkled in by me:
The next American Red Cross blood drive will be held this Wednesday, October 9th from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Once again, we will be using the NetApp Auditorium, which is adjacent to the front lobby at the main entrance on the southwest corner of the building, located at 3718 N. Rock Road, in Wichita, KS. Our goal for this drive is 45 units. A number of you made appointments for this drive at the last drive; thank you for your support! Even so, we need more donors. Letís make that goal!
Please click here to schedule your life saving appointment, or just call Jon at (316) 636-8748 or Alden at (316) 636-8845.
The following volunteer opportunities are available during the blood drive:
8:00-9:30 Carry in equipment
9:30-2:30 Check in donors
9:30-2:30 Escort donors to snacks / serve snacks
2:30-4:00 Carry out equipment
If you're interested in helping with any or all of these, please contact Jon or Alden. Let us know what you want to do and how long you can serve. This is a perfect opportunity for those that have always wanted to help but canít donate blood! NetApp employees who want to serve all day can use volunteer time off (VTO).
You do not have to be a NetApp employee - we have employees from the area businesses at that intersection, and from the housing developments in that area who also come donate. We're considered an unusual donation site because we make it a point to have HEALTHY snacks like fruit and veggie trays, as well as the usual cookies and snacks donated by the Keebler Cookie Company and other companies.
Remember, there is no substitute for blood. Your donation could give someone a second chance at life. The need is constant, the gratification instant. Please make an appointment or volunteer today.
You can also register online at www.redcrossblood.org and then type in NetApp for the Sponsor Code (in the blue "search by" fields kind of in the left center of the page - can also search by date. You will need to log in (or create a logon profile, if you have not already done so.).
Tip: For any O Negative, O Positive, A Negative or B Negative donors: If double red cell donation is available at the drive below and you meet the eligibility requirements ( www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood
/eligibility-requirements ), please consider scheduling a double red cell appointment. Learn more about double red cell donation. http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-bloo
ls-donation . I'm waiting for confirmation from Jon - we had the double red cell donation last time, I think only 1 or 2 slots per 30 minutes - would need to call Jon (or make arrangements at the downtown Red Cross Blood donation center.). I'm too short!!!! Waaah! (they have height and weight minimums for both male and female).
Anyway, hope you can join us!? or pass the word along on your Facebook or other social media.
Thank You For Your Life-Giving Donation!!
Sunday, October 06, 2013
Just finding interesting articles and videos that SPARKED various ideas and seem to address various aspect of our Sparked lives...
Fun and thoughtful video "Virtue Is Beautiful" - young Morman fellas praising the modesty of beautiful women. And it is #capti
"Know when to splurge on that special item" by Debra Bass, St. Louis Dispatch - printed in the Wichita Eagle on Sept. 16, 2013
(Edited: finally found that link: http://www.kansas.com/2013/09/16/3001697/k
but the link I found first is to an earlier version written Aug. 8, 2013 not as tightly edited, called "Shoppers Dilemma: When To Splurge".
It partly answers an ongoing question I've wondered about elsewhere on SparkPeople, selecting rewards for various short and long-term goals. So many things I could simply just buy, but there have been those really expensive items I didn't feel like I could justify, and Ms. Bass' final point in these two versions of her article really helped clarify for me how to use those types of accessories or clothing items as goal rewards (even though she does not discus what kind of goal a person might be working on, like lifestyle changes etc.).
And here is a fun video to watch. It is essentially a 4:35 minute music video promo for a small video camera to wear on your body or on your sports equipment - shows people skiing, biking, surfing, snowboarding, parasailing, hiking, interacting with wild animals, all sorts of adventures!
Friday, October 04, 2013
Go Bar Macrobar Peanut Butter Chocolate - a review
Organic brown rice syrup
Organic peanut butter
Organic Protein Blend (Organic Brown Rice Protein, Organic Pea Protein), Organic Puffed Brown Rice, Organic Fair Trade Organic Chocolate Chips (Organic Cane syrup, O Chocolate Liquor, Organic Cocoa Butter), Organic Peanuts
In case you are wondering - "cut and paste" is my favorite computing tool. Imagine how batty I'd be now, if I had to type "Organic" each and every time I saw it on the label!
So.... No soy protein or soy isolates or soy anything else (as far as they are admitting), and no "kicked in the gut" feeling soon after I eat it. I'm cautiously optimistic.
It's not a crispy bar - chewy and not too sweet, but not so chewy as to be sticky or pull on your dentures or orthodontal or other dental apparatus you may have.
It has a nice mild peanut flavor and the chocolate chip was not overpowering either. I didn't taste or smell anything like moldy peanut smell, like I do with other types of protein bars. Seems like it was under $3 a bar at Nature's Grocers (where I think I got it, but I can't remember exactly when - maybe a month or so ago? Like August?)
Thought I'd share this, as no one sent me a free case of the stuff to sample and write about (I wish!). I bought it with our own money (hubby earns, I spend. And he liked it too!).
Thursday, October 03, 2013
My Travel Plans for the Year:
I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.
I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.
I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work. I live close, so it's a short drive.
I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often.
I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.
Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older.
One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!
And, sometimes I think I am in Vincible, but life shows me I am not.
People keep telling me I'm in Denial but I'm positive I've never been there before!
So far, I haven't been in Continent, but my travel agent says I'll be going soon.
I have been in DeepShoe many times; the older I get, the easier it is to get there. I actually kind of enjoy it there.
PLEASE DO YOUR PART!
Today is one of the many National Mental Health Days throughout the year.
You can do your bit by remembering to send an e-mail to at least one unstable person.
My job is done! You might want to adopt this rule for your everyday behavior:
"Life is short. Smile while you still have your teeth."
From one unstable person to another... I hope everyone is happy in your head - we're all doing pretty well in mine!
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