Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Haitian Earthquake Relief Fraud Alert

Just saw this on the internet. What a shame that people have to take advantage of others during a time like this. Click on this link to see warning.

Different Strokes For Different Folks

photo borrowed from Wikipedia
Last night I sat down to watch some television and saw that American Idol was having its first new show of the season, so I watched it while continuing to knit my scarf. I thought overall, it was entertaining enough. There was really only 2 things that rubbed me the wrong way. One is Kara DioGuardi. I don't know why I don't like her, but I know that I don't. Before I decided to write these thoughts on my blog, I tried to do some digging into why we like some people.... but find it so difficult to like others. I really didn't find the answer to my question, even after listening to three 15-20 minute lectures on the brain and behavior. I guess I thought I could find a quick simple explanation to why this happens. Didn't find one. And then I find myself wondering if it is wrong or sinful to not like people. I think I do try to be open minded and fair in these situations, and I almost always try to put myself in another person's shoes, or follow the old "Golden Rule". But still....just don't like her. I wish I could. I know I am not unique in feeling this way. We all like or dislike certain foods and beverages and clothes and decor, and on and on. That is what makes special. I guess liking or disliking people could be compared to liking or disliking certain foods or beverages. One food that I don't like.. and don't think I ever could like is tofu. A beverage I don't like soy milk. However, if I were stranded on an island and the only thing I had to survive on was tofu and soy milk, I think I would get creative enough to figure out a way to like it or tolerate it. The same thing could apply to Kara DioGuardi. If we were forced to be together maybe we would find a way to like each other. But for now...just don't care for her.
The other thing that rubbed me the wrong way was... the people that they allow to audition just so they can make fun of them, or create some drama. I have been irritated by that before in past years, but this year it was just so clear to me that those people have to know they are going to be put on TV and be made to look like fools. If not, couldn't they try to sue them. I think they sign some papers agreeing to allow them to portray them in that way. It is still kind of irritating to me for some reason.
I heard Dolly Parton was considered to be a judge instead of Kara D. Or Conan O'Brien. I would have liked that. But that is just me.......

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Look Up In The Air...No.. Down On The Ground...It's Superwoman!

This was one of the new exercise poses I learned yesterday. Superman. I met with my trainer at the gym for my 3rd and final visit, unless we wanted to pay for more sessions. I have to say this lady knows her stuff! Very impressed with her. She is my height and is in really good shape. Very small build... but solid muscle. She doesn't look muscular though. She is about 10 years younger than me, but has 2 kids the same age as mine and grandchildren the same age as mine. Half of the session was us sitting down and discussing if I wanted to continue with sessions and if I did, they would include a diet program. She asked me if I watched the "Biggest Loser" on TV and I had to admit I have never seen the show. 24 Hour Fitness must really work with this show because she said they sell the BodyBugg, an arm band that you wear all day that calculates how many calories you have burned. Apparently the TV show uses this same band. She asked me if I had lost any weight after a month of working out, and I said no I gained 5. So we talked about diets in general for awhile. I told her I had already decided to go on Weight Watchers, and she said to just watch the sodium in the frozen dinners, etc. As much as I would like to think I am such a "Know-It-All" when it comes to nutrition, I realise I could still listen to others and learn some more. All the years that I was a Mom and a Wife and preparing most all the meals we ate...I thought I had learned a thing or two along the way. I used to know the vitamin content in vegetables, grains, meats, etc. But my memory is really going downhill these past few years...along with my hearing. And stubbornness has been rearing it's ugly head with my ageing process also....or is that just my Irish/Scottish blood.
The rest of our session she really worked with me on teaching me some exercises I could do with the balance ball. I bought one a year or two ago and never used it. Let me tell you...there is A LOT you can do with those! I have homework to do with that thing. My balance is really off...and I am looking forward to seeing where this will lead me in that regard. I was really very self-conscious doing these exercises because you are in a area where you are "On Display". She kept trying to reassure me that no one was looking at me, but I felt like I was going to fall on my ass right in front of everyone. She held on to me so that I wouldn't. That is why I have homework to do. If I plan on doing those exercises there at the gym, without a spotter I need to work on it in the privacy of our home. She was really very kind and did not make me feel like an idiot or anything. This morning when I woke up, I actually FELT some of my muscles. I haven't been in touch with them for a long time. Welcome back...old friends. Use it or lose it. It is never too late. All of those cliches...so true!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Sounds like?


video

Our daughter has met some Moms through a group on the computer that all have babies the same age. She has been able to meet a few of them face to face, and just got back from DC where she met one of the Moms. Bob and I asked her if they seem different when you actually meet them in person. She said ....Not really, because after a couple of years of reading updates about their daily or weekly lives you feel like you really know them, and you see pictures of most of them. The one thing that is usually lacking though on the Internet social world is a voice to connect with the person. I have made a lame attempt at video taping myself, talking dribble....but hopefully you get an idea of what my voice sounds like. I think when I read a book I imagine in my mind what the character looks like and sounds like...to me. I doubt if most people would agree on the same images and sounds. So here is my little experiment. Did you think my voice would sound like this? Ha....be honest!

PS Sorry for the crazy view....the sun was so bright I really couldn't see what I was doing. Loved the sun today though!!!!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

So much to be Grateful for....

Photo borrowed from this site.
This morning when I got up, I went to turn on the dishwasher and it just didn't want to work right. We noticed that there was no hot water coming out from the kitchen sink which is next to the dishwasher. We are assuming that a pipe has frozen up in that area somewhere. If the temps don't warm up enough today I may have to unload the dishes and heat up some water on the stove to wash them. Boy did this thought bring back some memories. The house I grew up in until I was about 13 was a four room farm home with 7 people living in it. My Mom and Dad, myself and four brothers. We had no running hot water and all bath water and dish washing hot water had to be heated in large pots on the stove. We had a pot bellied stove for heat in the living room with a flue that bent in the back of the stove that allowed enough room for a tin tub like the one in the photo for bathing. Having lived with so little when I was a young girl makes me really appreciate everything I have today. It was hard growing up that way only because we were the only farmers in the area. The land around where we lived started to develop with new subdivisions in the late 50's. So we kinda stuck out like a sore thumb. I often wonder what it would have been like to have had neighbors and friends that had similar living conditions as ours. We had one thing they did not have though....and that was a lot of land to roam around on and explore.
Some days I think that we are just too accustomed to our modern conveniences and something like having to heat up our own water to wash dishes is such an ordeal...when my Mom had to do that every single day... for many years.... and wash all our clothes that way. With that many people in the family we didn't get a bath everyday either. I think it was an "as needed"....maybe once a week thing.
I am not embarrassed anymore that I came from such a humble background. I really do appreciate every thing I have today.

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
The Best Dog Ever