Thursday, January 29, 2009

Random Photo of the Day

Because I feel like posting a photo and not writing anything. And because I love giraffes. Fun stuff. What do giraffes make you think of?

Sunday, January 25, 2009

And this means I have scientists for parents!

Name That Element

This probably means I eat too much chocolate...

...but really, is there such a thing as too much chocolate?

Name That Candy Bar

I love Memes!

(Thanks, Motown Throwdown!)

The make your own band/album meme:

The first article title on the page is the name of your band.

The last few words of the very last quote is the title of your album.

The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

You then take the pic and add your band name and the album title to it, then post your pic.

Band: Hudson High School
Album: Have to Agonize

Here's what I say to the bicyclists on Franklin Ave.

Partly because it's awesome and partly because a certain SOMEONE over at Lucky Ball Charms wanted me to post it:

I'm only kidding of course, but I do feel a little full of rage with Monday coming on and all...

(Are you happy now, Em? I want to see some new content up on your site, like, STAT.)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

More motivational posters

Just because I know you loyal readers LOVE them.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

What I've been up to lately...

Until the day, this is what my workday consists of, in addition to Math tutoring. I speak for everyone when I say, I think I'll be a little sad when this is over.

Sunday, January 18, 2009


I had a video up about this, but I hate that YouTube now has a larger than square embedded video. So if you want to see it, go to YouTube yourself. It's annoying that it no longer fits on my blog. Blah.

More on this later. But I just wanted to check in and let you readers know that if you haven't yet, you must see this. Absolutely breathtaking. And all those other adjectives.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Detox Over

Thank god and all things holy (or wholly) for that. Tonight was a housemates birthday, so I found it rather fitting that on the last day of of the detox I had pumpkin pie and lasagne. Good stuff. I forgotten how much I miss sweet carbs. And I didn't really indulge and overdo it like I usually do. I don't feel bloated or sick, just satisfied. I suppose the detox did its job. Or maybe it's all in my head. Who knows. Now if only I can keep up with that moderate attitude throughout the year.

In other news, I'm making a lot of good progress at work. I feel really good about this year, like it can be a good thing. Positive relationships with other teachers and co-workers...supportive environment. I've switched my schedule around on Mondays and Wednesdays so that I can stay for after school without going over my hours during the day so I don't have come in until 10 am!

And how cool is the Rational Number Project? I will probably end up doing another post on this sometime soon, but I'll just say that this tool is very awesome. Lots to do this sememster, and lots to learn both in school and at work (in a school) I feel like a kid and a teacher all over again.

How cool is that?

Monday, January 12, 2009

In other Monday news...

I found out that I will now have two tutees with College House so that's exciting. My school was on the (local) news. You can read the transcript and see some pictures here. After school activities were cancelled today due to the weather. This never happens folks. It's bad out there. As of this writing, it is no longer snowing but the wind is blowing so hard, that it is actually blowing snow off the ground and onto the roads, affecting visibility. It's a good day to curl up under two or three covers with a book and drift off to dreamland until reality hits tomorrow morning. That sounds like its going to be my night. Also, I'm really sore in the shoulders from yoga yesterday, but it feels relatively good. Must do yoga more often. just a note to self...

Detox, Day 5

Over the hill, as they say. Really only two more days left to go for this. Not much longer now. Today was easier, I must say. I cut a pineapple up last night as I was making more miso soup. So this morning I put the pinapple and oranges into the blender and drank that and had miso soup and an orange for lunch. I didn't feel hungry until just now, when I had a bananna and some rice milk. I don't feel like I have more energy, but I do feel better from not putting crap into my body. I'm ready for a sandwich though. I'm ready for some fish. I think I may stop a day or two early, or at least make something more substantial in day 7. Not a big deal. I still question the effectiveness of what I'm doing now.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Detox, Day 4

Today being Sunday, I found it difficult to continue with this silly little plan of eating. But alas, I did.

I woke up later, around 11pm, and had some Naked berry blend juice shortly afterward. Then, after working on the computer doing a mixture of writing/planning/prepping for the week ahead (ALC starts this week) and I had a letter to write, I found out that my roommate had made a lovely speghetti squash and tomato/tofu sauce that complimented my afternoon quite nicely. Good thing too because I was getting ready to gnaw through my fingers. This kept me quite full up until after my YOGA class, which was delightful.

I stopped by LUND's which I know I shouldn't stop by because it's the most expensive chain grocery store in the Twin Cities but it was closest to the bank and needed to pick up cash...long story short I ended up buying another Green Machine Naked Juice and a fruit cup. Such a convenient dinner. Haha. I sound like I true crazy person, no?

I also found some eggnog flavored herbal tea, caffiene free of course, that I might try later tonight.

I still want a piece of bread like its going out of style. I wonder if all this detox bit, other than making me excrete waste, is doing much good at all?

It is making me think about my eating habits, however. How much I reach for things to snack on when I'm not really hungry, what's there. What's a moderate snack or any restrictive diet will do. I wonder if it will make me binge on certain foods when it is all over, therefore defeating the purpose? Or if I will still keep the moderate attitude going after this is through and bring it to the foods we add back gradually. for thought? No pun intendend.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Detox, Day 3 (so far)

...and a little of day 2

Day 2 ended with a yummy stir fry concoction in which we decided to add some olive oil in trace amounts to a pan of assorted veggies (mostly kale, spinach, carrots, tomatoes) and we also decided to add some brown rice because we were feeling very overloaded on citric acid and needed some grain to absorb it all. I tell you, the rice made my day.

I'm no on my third day of this silly little thing, and I can not tell you the difference it has made. I don't feel symptoms one way or the other, and I'd reather eat bread. And cheese. And yogurt.

Miso soup today was a nice change. salty seaweed concoction with TOFU! and salt! I feel better than yesterday, that's for sure!

Other things I've eaten today include two oranges, a spinach-parsley-kiwi-rice milk smoothie, lots of filtered water, and lots of baby carrots.

I need to drink more tea.

And I will be glad when this silly little detox is done. That's all. Four more days.

Oh, my bad. Die toxins die! Clean system! Eat it, toxins. go to hell.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Detox, Day 2 (so far)

Breakfast: smoothie made with frozen blueberries, frozen cranberries, fresh pears, and two tablespoons flaxseed

Throughout morning: 20 oz. filtered water with lemon

Lunch: Mixed greens with avocado, tomato, and garlic dressing; two tangerines; 10 more ounces filtered water with lemon; handful baby carrots

Today I added Organic Raw Kombucha juice from the co-op (meant for detoxifying and adding probiotics)

Snack: 1 pear

Haven't eaten dinner yet, and will probably have a cup of tea made with filtered water for that.

No real symptoms other than having to pee every half-hour. (sorry if TMI.) I thought I would have a headache much worse from detoxing from caffiene, but I really don't. It was bad on Sunday when I orginally started caffiene detox, but I can't notice it anymore.

Major cravings so far: BREAD and CHOCOLATE

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Detox, Day 1

So the roommates and I, in an attempt to clean out our internals from all of that holiday eating and merriment, have decided to embark on a detox of sorts for a week to see how it goes. Fruits and Veggies, and needed supplements for functioning. I'm also detoxing from caffeine and alcohol for a week, so we shall see how that goes.

Day One, so far:

Glass of filtered water

Breakfast: Delightful smoothie made from just about every piece of fruit in our fridge. (blueberries, cranberries (frozen), kiwi, and flaxseed)

Snack: Banana, Tangerine (about an hour apart)

Lunch: Grapefruit

Snack: Cup of camomille tea

Dinner: Steamed vegetables (kale, brocolli, carrots, cabbage, spinach) and a little bit of overly spicy cabbage and beet soup prepared with way too much cayenne pepper and garlic earlier this week. Five glasses of filtered water and a cup of peach detox yogi brand tea.

So far, no serious symptoms or withdrawls. We'll see how this goes folks. We really do need a better way to prepare veggies, but we can't use oil or salt, so they were rather bland.

I'm looking forward to another smoothie tomorrow, maybe a pear/parsley/kiwi combo that comes recommended. And I think I need to bring more fruit for lunch, or maybe cut it all and make a yummy fruit salad.

Later tonight I'll do my liver detox drops with filtered water and maybe another cup of tea. I really think too that I need to eat more in the morning, because I was hungry ALL day. Later in the week we can add miso soup and plain yogurt, so maybe that will help too. And I keep thinking about the quantity of the things I'm eating, but I can and should eat more of the fruit at lunch, becuase there isn't a limit on the allowed foods.

I'm going to try to post what I eat tomorrow as well as how I feel.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

No, I still can't believe it's actually 2009

Here's something that will help me (and you, dear loyal readers) accept and cope.