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More Random Thoughts

Today I have a lot on my mind, so I’m afraid this will be another one of my random, all-over-the-place posts.

1. I just watched Say Yes to the Dress and it has me all fired up.  There is a girl who is a 20 (which is still a touch smaller than me).  She can’t fit into any of the sample plus size dresses (this is the Atlanta show which doesn’t seem to have the plus size selection of Kleinfelds).  Anyway, as she fails in trying on the bridal dresses the upset woman says “Its not that bad.  I’m not that big.  I’m not this horrible person”.  What is wrong with our culture that big girls feel their size is not just a health concern but a sin, an evil- that it makes you a horrible person.   It is a classic example of the prevalence of fat stigma in our culture.  It makes me crazy!

2. So the former political science grad  in me has been eating up this recent debt ceiling debate.  I find it fascinating to watch the back and forth and try to guess what is going to happen (not only now but in 2012 as well).   It is a source of pride for me that the principles I helped fight for in the tea party rallies are being instituted by both parties.  Of course, I am the biggest fan of the cut, cap and balance bill but I think any spending cuts are a step in the right direction.

I’ve also given it a lot of thought and I don’t know what I would do if I was in Congress.  I respect the representatives that are sticky to pure principles but I also understand those that are accepting a practical compromise. I will be very curious to see how everything plays out. What would you’all do and why?

the government listened to my sign! 🙂

3. Today I made delicious whole wheat banana bread.  It is really good and actually good for you.  Here is the recipe:

1/3 cup grape seed oil

1/2 cup clear agave

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 cup mashed bananas (2 large bananas, 4 small bananas)

1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup hot water

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
In a large bowl, beat oil and agave together. Add eggs, and mix well. Stir in bananas and vanilla. Stir in flour and salt. Add baking soda to hot water, stir to mix, and then add to batter. Blend in chopped nuts. Spread batter into a greased 9×5 inch loaf pan.
Bake for 55 to 60 minutes. Cool on wire rack for 1/2 hour before slicing

4. Relationships are so confusing.  Its like the great mystery of life.  How does anybody get together in the end?  It happens every day so we just accept it but it seems impossible sometimes.  We hear a million talks in the church about how great marriage is and how we should all get married- if someone would please tell me how to do that I will be glad to oblige?  Anyway, finding love is hard  and that’s all I have to say on the topic.

5.  I am in need of good book suggestions.  I just finished reading the July-September book club picks (Life as We Knew It, All Creatures Great and Small, Anne of Green Gables- 2 out of 3 were terrific).  I figure I can’t read the October book so quickly (I’ve read it before, the Book Theif, but I want it to be fresh for book club).  Anyway, I am looking for engaging, creative, whimsical books.  They can be sad or even tragic but it just has to be something with likable, interesting characters.  I like historical fiction, classics, high-quality chick literature, poetry, and even some fantasy.  Please send me your recommendations.  Even if you think it is not my cup of tea please let me know what you have enjoyed and I will give it a shot.

6. My quest for the open water swim is going well.  As I mentioned in a previous post I had a great effort last week.  It was exhausting but thrilling. I did 5 tough work outs in one week.  However, this week was not quite as successful because of some stomach upset.  I have stepped up my dosage of victoza and once again my body did not like it.  I was doing so well for weeks that I thought I could up the dosage but not so much. Anyway, we will see.  Including tomorrow I will get 4 workouts this week which is pretty good considering I had 2 sick days.  I just want to be ready for the swim.  Next Thursday I will do a practice swim so that will be a good test to see if I am prepared.  If not, I can wait for the October swim but I hope I can participate.  Wish me luck!

7.  Today is the end of week 1 for the cpap machine.  It has been a hard adjustment but I’m improving each day.  Its difficult to get used to sleeping with a mask and it is hard to keep it from leaking.  I also miss being able to read before going to sleep.  Thank goodness for ipods.  (Also, thankfully I am not in a couple because the mask is not a romantic look!).

this is at the sleep lab but my mask is basically the same. Darth Vader here we come!

So that’s my random thoughts.   Love you guys!

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Random Thoughts

I sat down to write three or four different blogs tonight and I finally decided I just had too much on my mind.  So, in a shift from my normal style of topic based posts I am doing things a little bit differently.

Random Thoughts

Things on my mind:

1. I can’t believe that Casey Anthony was acquitted.  I am sorry but a mother (or aunt, or grandma or human being) does not lose their child for 31 days and not say anything to authorities.  Then there is the duct tape, emails, smells, the partying and pathological lying.  Just the fact that a case is based on circumstantial evidence is not a reason alone for reasonable doubt.  No prosecution’s case is perfect because usually if it is than there is a plea deal and no trial!  Reasonable doubt is not no doubt.  It just makes me sick that she could do this to her beautiful daughter and that she is getting away with it.  I’m sorry but it does.  Plus she was not found to be innocent.  I hate it when people say that . All she was found of is not guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  There’s a difference!

2. The debate of a debt ceiling has also been on my mind.  Unfortunately I think the Republicans will capitulate to the President and continue the status quo of debt without any guarantee of real reforms.  Cuts will be bantered about but no sacred cows will be touched, no real entitlement reform.  Neither party wants to be seen as the ‘bad guy’ that is hurting babies and senior citizens- how about who is hurting our entire country? The greater debt we sink into the weaker our country becomes.  The only thing that Obama seems willing to cut is defense- something very comforting with the 9/11 ten year anniversary quickly approaching us (even if he cut the entire defense budget it still wouldn’t make a dent when compared to entitlement reforms of medicare, medicaid and social security).  Now Moody is considering lowering our rating, which means the dollar gets weaker, while the Chinese get stronger.  Is that what we want?  Not me.  Come on Republicans- get some guts!

3. On an entirely different note- Can’t wait for the new Harry Potter movie to come out.  I wasn’t nuts about the last one because I felt it dragged a bit, but I am eagerly anticipating this final chapter.  Every review I have read is full of praise (97% on Rottentomatoes.com).   I am not a huge fantasy fan but I loved the books and have also thoroughly enjoyed the movies.  The performances, special effects, and screen adaptations are first rate.   Its nice to have one summer movie to look forward to.  It just wouldn’t be summer without it. Btw- my sister is seeing it like 4 times this weekend! Now that’s hard core

4. On another movie note I saw Woody Allen’s new movie Midnight in Paris over the weekend and loved it.  For some reason it hasn’t gotten much play but it is a whimsical and funny story of a liberal writer who arrives in Paris with his less-sincere fiance and her parents.  He wants to soak up the mystique of Paris (the photography is great- makes you want to go to Paris so bad!  Anyone interested?).  Meanwhile, the fiance is more interested with her pedantic professor friend who muses in a different sort of way- he is all about knowledge, even trivia, where the writer wonders about life and love.  One night he steps through time and ends up in 1920’s Paris and then meets his literary and artistic idols of the day such as Gertrude Stein, Picaso, and Hemingway.  The movie asks the question- would life be better if only we had lived in a previous golden age?

5. I must admit that coming back from my break has been harder than I would have thought.  I miss the ocean so badly it hurts.  Sometimes I pretend the sound of the traffic outside my apartment is the waves and then I almost don’t want to step on to the patio and have the illusion ruined.  Its been cloudy and gray here and yesterday I was feeling a little depressed.  I have also been struggling to get low blood sugar readings (they are ok) here like the I did in Hawaii.  It makes no sense because I ate terribly in Hawaii. I think it may be that I went longer without eating so my levels got low and just couldn’t rise as much as they do, even with mediocre food.  I have been back at the diet front; however, and I think I have already lost 1 lb.

6.  My trainer is setting up a boot camp system that will help me record my progress in ways besides weight loss.  Starting next Wednesday we are going to do a set of challenges (push ups, tricep  curls, crunches etc).  Then we will repeat the same things every 6 weeks with a small prize for improvement.  I am very excited about.  I am also on the lookout for long-term goals for this year, something sort of like surfing was for me the last 2 years.  Any ideas?

7. Read a book this week that was a real snooze (how do you make the end of the world so dull?  she does it!)  but one of the things that annoyed me is the author threw in a number of references of how lame Fox News is and how the President from Texas (obviously President Bush) is an idiot.  It didn’t have anything to do with the thoroughly boring story but it still annoyed me.  If you want to write an opinion piece call the New York Times, don’t write a novel and subject the rest of us unwillingly to it.

I also reread All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Its funny because you wouldn’t think an animal-phobe like me would like a story about a country vet but I do.  You see the story really isn’t about the animals- but the animal owners.  I counted over 40 different characters that Herriot creates throughout the book.  They are funny, sad, charming and totally delightful.  It is a terrific book- particularly for the light and airy days of the summer.  If you haven’t read it- read it!

8. Had a Chinese cooking lesson with my friends Taylor, Darcy and Melissa.  Was a lot of fun and totally what I needed to get out of my funk. We made egg rolls with pulled pork, pineapple, cabbage, carrots and scallions; along with wantons stuffed with real crab and cream cheese.  I even bought a fry daddy for the activity- something I’ve wanted for years and felt was too fattening.  Its still for a rare indulgence but it is healthier to fry at home.  Anyway, it was a good time and just what I needed.  Sadly I did not take any photos.  I always forget because other people in my family were always taking the photos. Plus, I’m kind of in between cameras right now.  I am still researching before I buy a new one.

9. I received, you won’t believe it, a REFUND from my eye doctor for a payment I had made previous to my surgery.  In order to work I had to pay  my doctor $1356- part deductible and part my 20%.  Well, I get my mail coming home and there is a refund check!  I call the doctors and they said the insurance company only applied $695 to the deductible so the rest was sent as a refund!  Who ever gets money back from the doctor? When does the insurance company cover more than expected?  Never.  I still can’t believe my good luck (and let’s be honest I was due for some good luck after the year I’ve had!)

10.  What did I do with that refund?  Well, I spent a small portion of it on an item I have wanted for several years- I bought a kindle!  Over the course of this trip I realized how much I wanted one and how tired I was of lugging around those heavy books.  I went ahead and ordered the 3G wireless and have been downloading up  a storm- mostly novels before 1923 which are free!  I have all my Jane Austen, George Elliot and Elizabeth Gaskell.  Its great!  I can also download all my audible downloads on the kindle at no extra charge.  I’ve always loved gadgets but come on the kindle is just fun!

this is supposed to look like I am deep in thought 🙂

Anyway, so those are my random thoughts for the day.  I love you all.  Thanks for listening to me ramble…