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Friday, April 18, 2014


Watch out, spouse!!

New research suggests that, no matter how companionable your marriage might be in general, when you're hungry you're also way more likely to get angry with your spouse.

And that's apparently because low blood sugar affects those centres in the brain which exert self control over angry impulses.

Hunger + angry = hangry.

So is the best remedy really a high carb snack to bolster blood sugar levels? Sitting on the couch zoned out and munching potato chips? I'm not thinking so actually -- maybe better to bite back the angry words, call it a day and just toddle off to bed.

It does take will power to control snacking, and it does take will power to control snapping!!

And yup, I've long been aware that my will power fades towards the end of the day: it just gets worn out. Worn out from making multiple decisions not to engage in high calorie foods, and worn out from making multiple decisions to be pleasant and to be kind. For sure.

Which is fine. Which is normal. Which is human.

To be slim requires experiencing hunger. To be married requires experiencing exasperation!!

(And: I'm pretty sure I'm equally exasperating. Although most of the time DH is too kind to tell me so.)

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ALIIDA 4/18/2014 11:00AM

    It's so important to watch out for these things. As well as encouraging ourselves, we need to catch ourselves before we do, or especially say, things we shouldn't. Thank you again for giving us valuable resources and tools.

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New binoculars, new bird feeder

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

All right then: we have LOTS of snow.


But: I also have new binoculars (a gift from DH, after I left mine in our rental car returning to the airport from our February Florida vacation).

And: I also have a marvellous new bird feeder that thwarts squirrels (a gift from DS, installed last weekend).

So the combo provided for some fun bird watching after work yesterday. Not robins -- but at my house lots of slate coloured juncos and a few song sparrows. It IS spring, at least by the light lingering past 7 p.m. So the show went on for some time.


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ALIIDA 4/17/2014 9:40PM

    The snow, the robins and the bird feeder put me in another world. I love the city, but I wouldn't mind a bit less concrete in my surroundings LOL.

It's lovely to have the good binoculars and the new bird table ready to welcome the spring. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KALIGIRL 4/17/2014 8:32AM

    Perfect! Watching and feeding - giving and taking - snow and spring...
Gotta love those emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 4/17/2014 7:59AM

    Nice gifts!! And - one of my favorite past times!
This week I get to set up my hummingbird feeders!!

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NANCY- 4/17/2014 7:42AM

    We have had our squirrel buster for over 5 years and it is holding up well. We put the ring on it and enjoy the angst the big birds have when they cannot access the seed. The juncos are so cute. A pair of cardinals have staked a claim and nest in our yard.
Enjoy the sunshine!!!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/16/2014 7:36PM

    Very nice birdfeeder! We used to have a similar one that also closed when a squirrel put his weight on it, but one ambitious squirrel learned to hang from the top of the feeder by his toenails and eat upside down! In this house we don't have problems with squirrels, just raccoons.

Sorry about the snow. Winter MUST be on its way out!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/16/2014 6:54PM

    I was just noticing the increase in birdsong this week... that sunlight brings them out, even while it stays cold / snowy! Happy Springtime (and Easter). emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 4/16/2014 5:17PM

    Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a wonderful day! Sending sunshine your way!
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DSHONEYC 4/16/2014 11:04AM

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Next you'll be seeing the sprouting of green. Enjoy every blessed minute of it! Have a a great day!
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PHOENIX1949 4/16/2014 11:03AM

    Interesting feeder. I've lost count of the variety of ones we've had that were destroyed by the squirrels. Gave away the bird bath 'cuz the grackles commandeered it. Now we are down to several hummingbird feeders.


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_LINDA 4/16/2014 10:06AM

    emoticon emoticon Timely gifts!!
We didn't get much snow, just enough to irritate and make the lawns white again.

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KANOE10 4/16/2014 9:00AM

    We have a bird feeder similar to that. It is fun to watch the arrivals. I am glad the sun is staying out late for you as well.

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PHEBESS 4/16/2014 8:45AM

    We had a bird feeder like that - they're great!

And more birds will arrive shortly!

(One of the best things when we visited the states for my dad's funeral was that it was time for the trumpeter swans, filling fields and lakes and flying across the sky.)

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Robins Singing in the Snow

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lots of white stuff falling here this morning -- and yet the morning chorus of robins full strength and regardless. Genuine robin song too: not irritable robin scolding sounds.

I will wear my robin redbreast leather jacket in their honour!

And: I too will refrain from irritable noises!!

Singing though might be more than I can muster.

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ALIIDA 4/16/2014 5:46AM

    "I too will refrain from irritable noises."

I will make that my mantra. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Thank you for your wisdom. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/15/2014 4:01PM

  Awesome photos!

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DSHONEYC 4/15/2014 10:48AM

    emoticon Make some beautiful music today!

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_LINDA 4/15/2014 10:46AM

    Wow! That's good! Cool photos!! Our robins have not found their voice as of yet! Mom thinks the cold has frozen their poor little beaks shut :PP

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BOOKAPHILE 4/15/2014 10:31AM

    When does spring usually come in your area? I like all the seasons, but I'm usually ready for the next one before it actually arrives.

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KALIGIRL 4/15/2014 10:20AM

    Here's to singing through the blessings of life!
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JIBBIE49 4/15/2014 9:56AM

    Those robins should come down here on the Gulf Coast and enjoy the nice weather here in Pensacola where my Robins are eating from my bird feeder. The Doves are pigs who chase the others off, but then the Blue Jay has a lot of nerve and will get in on the side of the feeder.

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PHEBESS 4/15/2014 9:34AM

    Don't you just love how nature seems to have more wisdom than we mere mortals? Even a robin can sing despite the snow.

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DDOORN 4/15/2014 9:26AM

    Our turn comes tonight as the temps drop precipitously to 18 with snow as well!


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NANCY- 4/15/2014 8:52AM

    Love your spirit.

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ROXYZMOM 4/15/2014 8:14AM

    What a pretty sight and sound to wake up to!
Thanks for the share!

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KANOE10 4/15/2014 7:55AM

    Enjoy that jacket and honor those poor freezing birds! It has got to get warmer soon up there!


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ONEKIDSMOM 4/15/2014 7:39AM

    emoticon Here's to "joyful noise"! And robin redbreast leather jackets. emoticon

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HTML? Profanity?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tried to post this on ONEKIDSMOM's blog and was blocked because of HTML and profanity???

None that I can see -- so will it post here?

Another Siebold equation:

D + V + P > C

where D = dissatisfaction
V = vision
P = process
> = must be greater than
C= Cost.

And I'd quarrel with Siebold on this one only in so far as I think D could be "desire" and need not be "dissatisfaction" actually.

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NANCY- 4/15/2014 8:51AM

    It could be both... Dissatisfaction and desire. It depends on where the passion emanates from.
As for the HTML it is the greater than sign.
Profanity... I don't see any.
But I had problems with springtime pussy willows.

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    My jury is still out on the equation as my scientist are mulling it over.
In what context was this equation?
Sometimes cost can be equal to or greater than the process of vision and "desire".
You need to decide if the benefits are worth the cost.
My reluctance to join the expensive gym (cost) where I will reap the benefits (desire) of companionship of newfound friends, the (vision) of a better body and the (process) of making the exercise stick. Is the cost greater than or or less than than the end result?

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1CRAZYDOG 4/14/2014 9:08PM

  Looks like you had your question answered. Frankly, it's kinda silly! But there you have it!

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/14/2014 7:41PM

    The angle brackets, also know as "less than" and "greater than" signs are often interpreted as part of an HTML tag even if they are not intended as such. I get that error if I manage to split an emoticon by having my cursor in the wrong place when I insert one.

And I was not allowed to call something BS (written out) as considered profane. Most often unintended or our sensibilities aren't as strict as the software watching over us! LOL!

I like desire in your sense better than dissatisfaction, although both work.

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DSHONEYC 4/14/2014 10:34AM

    I recently got that error as well trying to post on someone's blog...glitch I guess. I think I agree about the D - at least that was my most recent case. It took dissatisfaction with my current circumstances to motivate me and dispel the "excuses". But then, at some point desire must take over as we recalculate the costs.

Happy Monday! emoticon

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PHEBESS 4/14/2014 10:30AM

    Definitely the greater than sign - it's used in html.

Doesn't let you do sh*take mushrooms, either.

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_LINDA 4/14/2014 9:52AM

    I get that error message too if I try to use certain symbols -too strange.
For sure need must outweigh the cost..

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JOPAPGH 4/14/2014 9:27AM

    It's the greater than sign that makes Spark puke. If you type out the words "greater than" it will allow the post.

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GODZDESIGN95 4/14/2014 8:40AM

    I have saw that message many times. sometimes it is a greater or less than sign somewhere or a letter and sign. My sight is not what good(needing glasses and fingers getting a little stiffer) I always go over things when I get that no hmlt.

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KANOE10 4/14/2014 8:24AM

    I could see desire being stronger than dissatisfaction..plus also a more positive spin than dissatisfaction. Definitely vision and process are important also and outweigh the

I think the greater than sign was the problem. I have gotten that message also.

Happy Monday. Hope you have a nice jacket for today. I am wearing a black and white print jacket.

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DDOORN 4/14/2014 8:18AM

    I think of desire as sort of a combination of the negative consequences of remaining the same plus the alluring vision of how one would prefer things to be.


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Lazy Asian Chicken and Biker Tattoos

Sunday, April 13, 2014

What a lazy soup recipe!

On hand: a bag of frozen Chinese style vegetables (carrots, broccoli, onion, water chestnuts, mushrooms); chicken broth; 3 frozen chicken breasts; some low cal Szechuan peanut sauce; brown rice vermicelli; chili flakes. And: a huge bunch of beet greens (tops from the fresh candy striped beets I bought for this week's salads).

Soaked the vermicelli (broken into shorter lengths) in boiling water for two minutes. Simmered the chicken, cubed, in the chicken broth. Stirred in the frozen vegetables and just brought to a simmer again. Added a good whack of the peanut sauce. Washed the beet greens carefully (very sandy!) and chopped lightly in the food processor with a bit of water and then stirred them into the hot broth, removing from the heat to retain the colour and a bit of crunchiness -- the stems are red, the leaves are green, and the overall effect is quite pretty!

Couldn't have been easier or quicker.

And: many thanks to all for your good wishes on that last clinic visit. So many of us experience cancer, either personally or at close hand among our family and friends. The c-word is still a terrifying one, the treatment process is still arduous: cut it out, burn it out, poison it out. But for many of us, and even though we may never be quite the same again, recovery does happen.

My tiny radiation tattoos haven't faded -- and of course it was those radiation tattoos that inspired me to start wearing leather "biker jackets" instead of stuffy suits to work. Tattoos weren't my chosen look (heck, I don't even have pierced ears, have never coloured my hair!!) But I figured: if I had to have the tattoos, might as well complete the look, and so I've acquired quite a collection of leather and suede jackets, mostly inexpensively off ebay and etsy. Some definite biker style and some more demure. Black, brown, beige, red, orange, blue, green, purple, pink . . . outrageous, really.

The slightly tough leather jacket style has just been my a private biker tattoo joke (which I guess I'm now sharing with you, right?)

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DSHONEYC 4/14/2014 11:17AM

    Hmmmmmm, my tattoos faded long ago. But my Italian, red leather coat with the zipper up the front fits me now!

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DALID414 4/13/2014 11:42PM

    Thanks for letting us in on the joke

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1CRAZYDOG 4/13/2014 9:32PM

  I like the story of survival behind the biker leather. Makes perfect sense!

You soup sounds incredibly good!

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ROXYZMOM 4/13/2014 9:10PM

    I totally love leather - especially when it fits like a glove!!

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DOGLADY13 4/13/2014 3:41PM

    The soup sounds delicious. Will you come to my house and make me some, please? I also like the leather jacket look. When you find something that works, you have to stick with it. It helps that it means something more for you.

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KANOE10 4/13/2014 1:03PM

    I think leather jackets of all colors are fun. That was an innovative way to adapt to the tattoos! Hope you find some new jackets this spring.

Your soup sounds easy and yummy. I love peanut sauce!

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_LINDA 4/13/2014 12:14PM

    You are just too emoticon Great idea with the leather jackets! You own it!!
Oh man, a few of my favorite things going into that soup!! emoticon emoticon
I have never seen candy stripe beets!

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/13/2014 11:07AM

    I have had the same history with leather jackets of all types. Like you, I get the deals. They are so much fun.

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TRAVELGRRL 4/13/2014 10:52AM

    Yeah, you're bad, YOU'RE BAD! Dangerous looking lawyer with tattoos in a leather jacket! I'm sure you rock the look!

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NANCY- 4/13/2014 10:49AM

    Love the soup.
You rock that leather.

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SMITTY4RL 4/13/2014 10:06AM

    Rock that leather jacket, girlfriend--you earned it! P.S. Thanks for the soup recipe ;-).

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DDOORN 4/13/2014 9:55AM

    I've got my navy beans soaking, some cabbage waiting to be shredded. Thinking about some canned tomatoes, onions, garlic and green beans, jazz up the spices and it oughta be good to go! :-)


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PHEBESS 4/13/2014 9:42AM

    The soup sounds fabulous! (I love satay mostly due to the fabulous spicy peanut sauce.)

And I love the biker moto jacket look to go with your tats, LOL! (Although I have a tattoo on my sacrum, to camouflage a birthmark I didn't like.)

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ONEKIDSMOM 4/13/2014 9:39AM

    Way to creatively adapt... and sounds like another winner of a soup recipe! emoticon

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