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We're on Diets (and a rant)
Tuesday, April 05, 2011      6 comments

This morning the fiance came into my computer room and declared he's on a diet. He gave me a list of how he wants his meals prepared. 1) Meats no larger than 3 oz. Sounds good. Check. 2) Small portions of starch. Check. 3) Lots of ve... Read more
Patio Gardening Tips
Monday, April 04, 2011      3 comments

Urban gardening isn't new, but it is relatively new to me. When I lived in Colorado, the weather was too extreme for planting. When I lived in Washington, I didn't have a sunny balcony. Last year I experimented with patio gardening. I di... Read more
Promising Tomatoes
Sunday, April 03, 2011      4 comments

Looks like I'm on track for delicious salsa this spring/summer! I posted pictures of my balcony garden yesterday. This morning I went to check on my tomatoes, and they are popping with fruit and flowers in the Georgia sun. I bought the pl... Read more
Balcony Garden
Saturday, April 02, 2011      6 comments

When I lived in Washington state, I was spoiled by farm fresh food. Now that I know what a vine ripe tomato and lettuce straight from the ground tastes like, I miss it. I live in an apartment. I can grow a few things on my east facing balc... Read more
Shocked by a Friend's Cancer
Friday, April 01, 2011      7 comments

I just found out a friend has lymphoblastic lymphoma. He has a very aggressive kind, and as soon as he was diagnosed, he was admitted the same day for chemotherapy. He's only 40. One of the worst things about getting older isn't the wrink... Read more
Cherishing Life
Tuesday, March 15, 2011      3 comments

My heart breaks with Japanese earthquake tragedy. I am shaken and saddened. The morning the earthquake hit, everyone was just going about their lives. For even the most technologically advanced country in the world, lives ended abruptly. The... Read more
My Cat is Fat
Monday, March 14, 2011      15 comments

I have a fat cat. She has always been fat. When I got her spayed as a kitten, the vet put in capital letters and exclamation marks on her medical chart, "OBESE!!!!" I've tried to put her on various 'diets' throughout the years. Diet food... Read more
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Review Part II
Friday, March 11, 2011      8 comments

Now that I had a few days to digest, I have a few additional words to say. My parents pushed me to do well because I was capable of it. The incident where my mom asked me if I wanted to clean toilets for the rest of my life was because I t... Read more
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother Review
Wednesday, March 09, 2011      11 comments

I'm out of it. I don't watch at lot of TV, so I had no idea this book was making a stir. I was looking to join a book club, and this came up as the monthly book. In case you also live outside pop culture, it's about a Chinese-American mot... Read more
My Fate in Books?
Tuesday, March 08, 2011      10 comments

I wrote a few days ago a rant about public education in defense of teachers. I wrote it with the intent of supporting the rallies and protests in certain states. It seems the theme is reoccurring in unusual aspects of my life. I went ... Read more
Exercise Before Breakfast
Monday, March 07, 2011      1 comments

I've been trying unsuccessfully to wake up at 6am and get an hour workout before starting work at 7 for the past couple of months. While I've long since grown out of the college girl "sleep til 11" phase, early rising isn't one of my strongest ... Read more
Teaching Friend about Nutrition, Part II
Sunday, March 06, 2011      9 comments

I wrote about how I was trying to help 'coach' or 'teach' a friend to make some changes in her life. She says she knows she needs to lose some weight. She said she was inspired to get started by me (a very nice feeling!) One of the things... Read more
Traveling Like a Local
Sunday, March 06, 2011      6 comments

Many of our friends have the mistaken impression since we like to travel that we're high flying globetrotters, dining at the finest restaurants in London and Paris. We aren't, and we don't. When we travel, we travel like a local. Many... Read more
Trying to Teach Friend about Nutrition
Saturday, March 05, 2011      8 comments

In my last post, I gave high praises to teachers and the job they do. I don't know how they do it, day in, day out. Especially kids in grade school. I'm tearing my hair out trying to teach an adult friend about good nutrition. She has to... Read more
Public Education is Essential to a Good Society
Friday, March 04, 2011      10 comments

I don't often engage in political discussions here. Not that aren't about food or fitness debate, anyway. This one is a bit off topic, but I am deeply passionate about it. It's about public education. I'm absolutely appalled by what is h... Read more

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