Saturday, February 15, 2014

Moving On

I'm not going to continue this blog. I'll probably start another at some point; most likely one with a topic.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Yay for That

I'm at the lowest weight I've been in eight years. This is not to be confused with thin- just thinner.  I no longer have to (hushed whisper) go upstairs for clothes at Macy's.


I've lost 35 pounds since my heaviest years, which were around 2009- 2012. I don't have ridiculous notions that a woman of my age and build should be 120 pounds. I'll be happy when I lose another 20 pounds, maybe 25. That will put me somewhere between a size 10 and 12 and I'm fine with that.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Happy Bar

Me, to elementary students I'm privileged to work with:"Your assignment is to create a new candy bar and design a wrapper for it."

Second grade boy: "The name of mine is going to be 'Happy Bar'.

Me: "Oh, that's a very nice name. It makes me think it's both delicious and fun to eat.  What are the ingredients in a Happy bar?"

Second grade boy: "Well, there's chocolate. And venom! And ground up glass..."

Monday, November 25, 2013

My Dingaling, Everybody Sing!

For some reason- memories of singing it on teen tour buses in Europe the summer of 1977? - Chuck  Berry's My Dingaling has been running through my head and amusing me greatly. "Sure was hard swimming cross that thing with both hands holding my DINGALING A LING!

Really funny lyrics.

That the song is critically reviled makes it all the more wonderful. I love Chuck Berry's ardent celebration of the innuendo.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Suicide Prevention

Don't say "Duh" to any of this. Just don't.

"Are you thinking of killing yourself?" is a great question to ask someone who is depressed or feeling hopeless. No, it does not plant the idea.

Keep a suicidal person talking. Feeling isolated and completely misunderstood is the worst thing that can happen to them.

In the Suicide Prevention training class I attended today almost everyone raised their hand when asked if they'd had a family member or friend who died by suicide. Suicide can't always be prevented, but sometimes it can. Get the person talking. That's the most important thing.

Here's a good resource: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free, 24 hour hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.






Saturday, November 02, 2013

Squash Sandwich

People have strange ideas as to what constitutes a suitable main course for a vegetarian. This is not an issue close to my heart. If I want a burger...I'll probably choose a Gardenburger. But anyway. I once heard of someone serving a vegetarian friend minted peas and carrots as an entrĂ©e. That was it. Minted peas and carrots. If someone served me mint-flavored peas and carrots, even as a side dish, I would like that person a little bit less. I might even hate them.

 I went to a party in my early 20s where the host though a platter of macaroni salad, potato salad and coleslaw was suitable fare for any possible vegetarians. Actually, throw in some bread and that sounds pretty good right now.

I recently chose a vegetarian boxed lunch over turkey. For some reason turkey tastes like dead bird to me lately.My vegetarian lunch featured a slice of grilled zucchini and a slice of grilled yellow squash on a croissant with some sort of mayonaissey condiment. It was weirdly good, but still...

Sunday, October 13, 2013