Friday, June 15, 2012
I was looking around for a recipe for a perfect iced coffee. I found one that simple was just too involved. tastykitchen.com/recipes/drinks/perf
ect-iced-coffee/ You are asked to soak ground coffee for eight hours then filter is to get the coffee into a pitcher.
I have a Keurig. It has an iced coffee button but it always seems too weak. It makes a very strong small cup, but it melts all my ice. I think I have finally discovered that my only option is to plan on having iced-coffee, make the cup in the morning, stick it in the refrigerator and have it in the afternoon.
Maybe I should just find my way over to the Six Mile Coffee House (Starbucks is too far to walk and I am not spending gasoline to get a cup of coffee).
That site did make a suggestion I like. Use sweetened condensed milk. Mmmm, that is very good. High in calories, but good. I wonder how good this recipe is: Sugar Free Fat Free Evaporated Milk recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
Thursday, June 14, 2012
... Ok. It IS a silly sounding word. But it is also an abbreviation of another word. Rather a contraction of two words.
Web Log. Originally a weblog was a list of stuff I read today.
Today, my blog is a weblog.
Today, I read some interesting stuff. I started by reading in the Greatist about how to turn your everyday activities from drudgery to workouts. Shake a little booty while you are doing the laundry. Turn Housework Into a Workout greatist.com/tips/turn-housework-int
That article had a link to "Calories burned in 30 minutes for people of three different weights" from Harvard Health Publications. www.health.harvard.edu/newsweek/Calo
nd-routine-activities.htm It is a very useful list of activities and calories burned in 30 minutes by a 125 pounds, 155 pound and 185 pound person. The Mayo Clinic has a link to one called Exercise for weight loss: Calories burned in 1 hour. It's shorter list, but for people 160, 200, and 240, www.mayoclinic.com/health/exe
We all know the trick of Taking the Stairs to Lose Weight. (Duke University) today.duke.edu/2011/10/takethestairs
The Greatist article linked me to this one from the New York Times: Sitting Is Lethal. www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/
mag-17sitting-t.html?_r=3 In it it is suggested that sitting is one of the worst things we can do to our health.
"The posture of sitting itself probably isn’t worse than any other type of daytime physical inactivity, like lying on the couch watching 'Wheel of Fortune.' But for most of us, when we’re awake and not moving, we’re sitting. This is your body on chairs: Electrical activity in the muscles drops — 'the muscles go as silent as those of a dead horse,' Hamilton says — leading to a cascade of harmful metabolic effects. Your calorie-burning rate immediately plunges to about one per minute, a third of what it would be if you got up and walked. Insulin effectiveness drops within a single day, and the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes rises. So does the risk of being obese. The enzymes responsible for breaking down lipids and triglycerides — for 'vacuuming up fat out of the bloodstream,' as Hamilton puts it — plunge, which in turn causes the levels of good (HDL) cholesterol to fall."
Wow! Get up off your butt and stop stuffing your face.
Finally I was linked to NASA Science News that discussed "Why do Workouts Work?" science.nasa.gov/science-news/scienc
e-at-nasa/2004/10dec_muscles/ This is an interesting subject for NASA because even though astronauts exercise daily, they still have a problem with muscle atrophy. By learning how and why muscles grow from exercise, they hope to find out how to prevent muscle atrophy on long space missions.
All that before breakfast. And I was at my stand-up desk!
Monday, June 11, 2012
I have mentioned before that Mom has suffered a series of strokes. Last week she was in the hospital due to some fainting. I was able to observe some of her memory loss first hand. She used her maiden name, for example, when asked her name. She didn't know her age (91) or birthday (on June 24). She doesn't seem to know the names of the two sisters who provide her most care. That girl and the other girl. Fortunately, both sisters have worked medically with geriatrics so they are not hurt. When anyone enters the room, she is introduced. When I came in they told her, "This is your son Timothy." She looked at Pat irritatedly and said "I know, I know who he is." Pat just laughed and whispered to me "But I'm just 'that girl.'" What are you gonna do?
Today was my 59th birthday. And I got all the Happy birthday wishes in email and on my Facebook page.
But no birthday greeting was better than a phone call I just got. The caller ID said "Elaine." I always take a deep breath for calls from Elaine or Pat.
Deep breath. "Hello?"
"Timothy, I have a call for you. Hold for Mom."
"Timothy, I asked her to call you for me." Then she had real trouble finding the right words, but just asking Elaine to call me meant the world to me. Finally she said "Happy birthday. It is your birthday today, right?"
How about that? She can't remember her own, but she remembered mine. Even at my age, Happy Birthday from Mom is special. And it's extra special knowing that she is in her final years or days.
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