Sunday, September 30, 2007
My favorite board game ever, and I mean my favoritist ,bestest game to play is Scrabble!
I LOVE IT!
And I am pretty good at it. I love a good competition and winning fair and square. If I lose...congrats to you and I'll try harder next time. :)
I will however go for your jugular-fairly of course. ;)
I just played some really fun fast 3 minute games with someone called jitterbug on WordBiz 1.7. We were a great match for each other. Fast and furious with a little wit typed in between plays. (You can type to each other) They won some and I won some.
However, tonight I just hit my best 3 minute game score in 2 minutes and 48 seconds I scored 445 and won the game. Yeeha! :) The deal sealer was getting 78 points on the triple with an "s" with a "q" word one way and another going the other way. I think my highest scoring word ever (not in this game) was something like 113 or so because it was a triple using all 7 letters giving the extra 50 point bonus.
I am a good scrabble player and I have played approximately 4,000 almost 5,ooo games on this site over the last (approximately) 4 years years. (I don't watch much TV) My stats look like I lose like half of those but if you look, you will see that my scores are really high (not always) but I forfeit on time. If I play 5 minutes or more -I win often but if I lose it is usually because of time. Although, I get whooped with words/scores too.
This site has been great for honing my scrabble skills. Prior to playing on this site, when I played with friends, they could get up, cook dinner, or do whatever and maybe, just maybe I would have made a move. Now? Sheesh! Now? Bam! Done! And good words and plays. I just think really fast!
I haven't played on line much this year because blogging has taken that spot. At one point when I first got sick and was pretty much home all the time because I was stented, I played so much scrabble on line that when I would drift off to sleep and be in that in between state, I would see scrabble boards with plays on them. :)
If anyone likes to play scrabble come play with me on WordBiz 1.7 I am SeaSpray88 there. We just have to set up a time to meet over there. Also, we can play longer games if you want to. :)
P.S. I am just adding this. Sometimes you end up playing with IDIOTS! They really irritate me too and they usually do there thing when they see that are going to lose. We were just playing a good, I thought fair game. They started making fake words connecting everything together and getting a ridiculously high score. I didn't see it at first (my fault) and he used a totally erroneous q word. Then I had to keep challenging all his fake words which uses up my time. If you quit - your score is affected. IDIOTS! Thing is they get you either way. If you quit-hurts you. If you get mad - they know they got to you.
Friday, September 28, 2007
O.k. -I'm back (Friday night now)
A while back I joked about my nether regions being exposed so much over so many months that I was surprised that I don't automatically assume the stirrup position as in some Pavlovian response every time I now see a white coat or blue scrubs. I then joked...well at least they haven't seen the girls! Then not long after that statement, I was in the ER getting an EKG by a guy named Ralph and later blogged that even the girls weren't sacred anymore.
So...what else could possibly happen? Everything has been seen. All barriers broken. Nothing else could possibly embarrass me. Right??? Hahaha....ha! I can be so naive sometimes. :)
Nothing like the element of surprise in getting a girl to say yes! As a matter of fact after I agreed, someone else was discussing something with me and for any of you that watch scrubs..you know how JD gets that look and he is visualizing something in connection to what was said and he hears this dialog in his head regarding the topic. Well that was me yesterday. I saw the person's mouth moving while she was explaining something before the audience arrived, I was trying to listen but admittedly was having a whole other scenario/dialog in my head. (stress will do that or a vivid imagination)
If I sold tickets, I could've made some money. Oh, heck I'd do it again...anything to further the cause of medicine. It was both interesting and helpful and time will tell for sure. But dang! It wasn't even just a matter of being on display...action was involved too! Interesting, educational and even kind of fun being part of the process.
However, if anything embarrassing is gonna happen...it is gonna to happen to me. I think it is one of the universal laws. Makes me wonder if there is anything to this "law of attraction" stuff...then what the heck did I do in my life that I attract all these embarrassing moments into my life??
Sometimes when it comes to my own personal stuff it takes a little while to register. I'm not sorry I did it. I am glad-seriously I am..that I helped...but...GEEZ!! :) And believe me, while it is actually a serious matter, the humor doesn't get past this girl and is why I am posting about it.
And ...I am VENTING! Blogging is an excellent tool for venting! Y'all know my rule. I never tell personal details or give descriptions that would violate anyone's identity under any circumstances. No one did anything wrong here either-just unusual for me. No I will never say what I am talking about. Yes, I know I am being cryptic. Tell you what...if you guess? Maybe, I will tell you what I was doing. Or I won't. ;)
P.S. I am not sure...but I think I am already reaping the benefit of what I learned. Again...time will tell.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I have wanted the answer to this question since the summer of 2006. Actually, I have had the question since the days that the Phil Donahue show was on but I basically blew it off and forgot about it and that is when I first heard about it-in the 1980's.
So, I have googled it but nothing is conclusive. I asked a couple of girlfriends. One said she didn't know. The other one said yes. After doing some personal research- I still don't know. I think it is "possible" but so many variables.
The medical conversation kind of provided an opening and so I decided to take the plunge. I guarantee you I am not someone who has a difficult time communicating but it probably took me a good minute or more to work up to the question after I announced to him that I wanted to ask this question. He was patient and I can only imagine what must have been going through his mind as I was saying everything but the question while trying to work the courage up to ask.
He contained himself and remained professional and I am thinking that in all his years of training and practice, no one has ever asked him that. It's possible- but I doubt it. (honestly-it would be a funny blog story from a physician or as dinner party conversation (definitely would evoke chuckles and comments) so long as pt was anonymous. The humor of this doesn't get past me!
That being said-I was really serious. I really wanted/want to know. He didn't know the answer and he said it wasn't mentioned in the medical literature pertaining to his field. I had reasons to think there was a possible connection.
So, this inquiring mind still wants to know, but I am thinking that his "I don't know" probably is the answer....that there is no definitive answer. Besides if true- I would think it would be obvious and common knowledge wouldn't it?
Well...for sure- since I have asked this question, I can honestly say there isn't a question that I will ever be too shy about asking. Liberating in a way! :) I then asked a couple more and I have 1 more to ask and possibly revisit question 2 and 3 I asked today. It is important to me and oddly it ties in to something else that I am considering, although even if it didn't ..I still want to know.
Really...I don't know how doctors keep straight faces sometimes. :) What is their secret? is there a "No Laughing" 101 course in med school? And if there were such a class...what would they have to do to pass? Would they be faced with a daily barrage of the most outlandish and hilarious scenarios and then penalized for laughing? What about a smirk when looking off to the side? Although, I suppose if you even smirk...you run the risk of losing it all together. I know...Seaspray's imagination gone wild again. ;)
Actually, I do have a funny story about a PCP I used to see who was dying to crack up at something I stated (as relayed to me by someone else) and then questioned. I swear he was turning magenta and looked like he was going to explode while still trying to answer the question. Really...it would have relieved the tension in the room if he just would've given in to his heaving shoulders, magenta face oh and dancing eyes. Well, I'll save this story for another time. :)
* I liked this pcp but when he and his partner split I went with the partner because he (my current pcp) liked to talk during the appointments and I like the extended visits and not being rushed. Conversely, this pcp who I am talking about in this post was more of a wham bam -thank you mam type. Real nice but in and out and rushed.
Btw - this statement and question had NOTHING to do with the question I asked my Doc today- 2 totally different topics.
A coworker from the hospital just sent me this e-mail that said she was relocating and so I thought, "Oh, is she getting another job or is she moving?" and then it said, "I'm moving to Houston and I'm setting my house on fire!" and then instructions were to scroll down and this is the reason why. Very funny! :)
Monday, September 24, 2007
This piece of double entendre humor was written in 1966 by humorist Marty Storm and was often printed in the Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren advice columns as well as photocopied and passed around. (where I got mine) I went on line to look it up as I really didn’t feel like typing the whole thing and came across this edition with a couple of extra paragraphs.
This makes me laugh every time I read it. It also reminds me of how younger son and I have joked about ridiculous names to name our next dog. He doesn’t know it but I am opting for naming our next dog Throckmorton, regardless of the dog’s sex. Throckmorton does me in everytime. It will be my little secret and I’m grinning already! ;) (inside joke)
I hope you enjoy reading about SEX! (sorry-couldn’t RESIST!) ;)
A Dog Named Sex
Everybody I know who has a dog usually calls him “Rover” or “Spot”. I call mine Sex. Now, Sex has been very embarrassing to me. When I went to the City Hall to renew the dog’s license, I told the clerk that I would like a license for Sex.
He said, “I would like to have one too!” Then I said, “But she is a dog!” He said he didn’t care what she looked like. I said, “You don’t understand. … I have had Sex since I was nine years old.” He replied, “You must have been quite a kid.” When I decided to get married, I told the minister that I would like to have Sex at the wedding. He told me to wait until after the wedding was over. I said, “But Sex has played a big part in my life and my whole world revolves around Sex.” He said he didn’t want to hear about my personal life and would not marry us in his church. I told him everyone would enjoy having Sex at the wedding. The next day we were married at the Justice of the Peace. My family is barred from the church from then on.
When my wife and I went on our honeymoon, I took the dog with me. When we checked into the motel, I told the clerk that I wanted a room for me and my wife and a special room for Sex. He said that every room in the motel is a place for sex. I said, “You don’t understand. … Sex keeps me awake at night.” The clerk said, “Me too!”
One day I entered Sex in a contest. But before the competition began, the dog ran away. Another contestant asked me why I was just looking around. I told him that I was going to have Sex in the contest. He said that I should have sold my own tickets. “You don’t understand,” I said, “I hoped to have Sex on TV.” He called me a show off.
When my wife and I separated, we went to court to fight for custody of the dog. I said, “Your Honor, I had Sex before I was married but Sex left me after I was married.” The Judge said, “Me too!”
Last night Sex ran off again. I spent hours looking all over for her. A cop came over and asked me what I was doing in the alley at 4 o’clock in the morning. I said, “I’m looking for Sex.” — My case comes up next Thursday.
Well now I’ve been thrown in jail, been divorced and had more damn troubles with that dog than I ever foresaw. Why just the other day when I went for my first session with the psychiatrist, she asked me, “What seems to be the trouble?” I replied, “Sex has been my best friend all my life but now it has left me for ever. I couldn’t live any longer so lonely.” and the doctor said, “Look mister, you should understand that sex isn’t a man’s best friend:
So get yourself a dog.”
I love the way the sun highlights the beautiful fall foliage as it comes up over the mountains. There are still shadows in the valley because the sun isn't high in the sky yet and so there are contrasts of shaded colors with a splash here and there of crimson or gold brilliance. Our zinnias are tall now and rise above the windows on both sides our house.
I have always loved our view across from the front of our house. ( north easterly view) It's a view with woods across the street to the left, open fields in the valley straight ahead contrasted by the mountains which surround us on almost 3 sides. There is a slight break in the mountains behind us because of some old farm fields and then the mountains continue again in the west.
As of September 15th we have officially lived in this house 30 years. (we lived in an apt during the 1st 2 years of our marriage prior to getting the house) The view from the front was even prettier when we first bought our house because it was an empty field. Now there is a house across the street and so even though still pretty it's not the same as having an open field.
Once, when it was an open field a camera crew wanted to know if they could use our electricity to shoot a magazine add. I said yes but never asked them where the pic would be.
Another interesting thing about this valley view that I enjoy is you can watch the weather. You can see the fog rolling in, sometimes hiding the mountains or a snow storm moving across the field. My favorite view is in late November when the leaves are off the trees and the sun is going down. The mountains are this dark blue with the trees looking like a gold filagree contrasting the dark autumn sky. I so LOVE this time of year!
I have to go as I baked another apple cinnamon walnut cake (MMMM c-i-n-a-m-o-n) and the timer is going off. I picked the apples from our tree over the weekend. I need to think of some other apple recipes (open to ideas) besides applesauce and cake. I don't do pies, although I should learn I suppose.
Also made an excellent (says me) tomato salad last night for tonight's dinner. We have so many tomatoes that we can't give them away fast enough! They're delicious too!
Oh, I am rested up and feel bright eyed and bushy tailed again! Sleep...sweet sleep....made all the difference. :)
Friday, September 21, 2007
I think I am blogged... out?
Or maybe I am just tired?
Yes, I did leave some long comments in other blogs yesterday But that's it. Oh and the Mad Men post. But-I've got nothing. Maybe it just drained me because someone's post put me in touch with a difficult time in my life, one where I had to be the strong one and keep MY emotions in check. (It did have a good ending though)
Usually, ideas are popping into my head everywhere I go no matter what I am doing. Thoughts always come along that suggest "this" experience is blog worthy. Now, I am not saying the ideas are or aren't good- just that they pop into my head and I am always thinking about a story of some sort. I suspect the same thing happens to any serious blogger who gets bitten by the blogosphere bug. At the very least I should be able to come up with a quote or a YouTube. But I've got nothing. The well is dry. Maybe I sapped myself opening the other blog. I don't feel like reading a post. I don't feel like writing a post. I don't feel like even sitting in front of the computer.
I feel like Forrest Gump must have felt when he was jogging across country to "run" away from his emotional pain of losing his treasured wife and lifelong friend. He ran and ran and ran and ran, until one day he just stopped. It was like a light bulb went off in his head and he just stopped. My creative well is dry.
It doesn't escape me that the irony here is that I am blogging at this very moment. :)
I did want to post on my experience as a recent ER patient and I had/have some special people in my life that I wanted to blog about. But inspiration is key and no where to be found right now.
I suppose this would be a good time to catch up on the FOUR memes I was tagged to do and have yet to comply. (Thank you for the tags-I like memes)
I have thoroughly enjoyed all the blogs I visit, appreciate the blog rolls and comments, along with having learned so much from some wonderful and learned people from all walks of life who frequent the blogosphere, sharing in their collective knowledge and laughing often and hard at the exquisite humor. It is an amazing hobby!
I also greatly appreciate and value the genuine friendships that I have made along the way.
Maybe I am just tired. Tired because I have been living like a Bohemian this past week as my urine diary will bear out. (yes-I said URINE diary) I am not working and for whatever reason, I have totally flipped my schedule this last week and have been going to bed when the birds wake up. I am a night owl by nature but this has been extreme, not to mention it has caused me to squander time that could have been used more productively. It's a fact that I get way more accomplished the earlier I start my day and finish early.
I have plans and this bass ackward routine of reversing my hours surely doesn't work for me. Do you ever wish that you didn't have to sleep because you just want to keep doing things? Personally, I love the beautiful early (when the sun comes up) morning and cozy late nights- just can't have both. And I don't like staying up until the birds wake up-it just worked out that way.It's 01:49 now, but EARLY to bed tonight...at least on the other side of midnight! :)
Thursday, September 20, 2007
MAD MEN! Have you seen that show? I LOVE it! It's written by the same guy who wrote "The Sopranos", which I never did see one episode of, but heard it had a large following. It airs Thursday nights, EDT at 10p.m. on the AMC channel (Channel 45 for us locals) and there is an encore presentation at 11p.m.
It's about the men who work at a Madison Avenue advertising agency and their jobs and personal lives- affairs, friendships and families. The lead guy, yes I'll say it, sexy-Don Draper is my favorite along with his wife. Great show!
I am all for equal rights for women but also love being treated like a lady and I cringe at how women were treated back then. We've come a l-o-o-o-n-g way baby!
The mores of the time were different and the double standard favoring men was very much in tact. Not that these things didn't happen, of course they did but were taboo for the good girls or were supposed to be.
They do a great job with the sets, going out of their way to keep everything looking authentic 1960 and before.
The women evidently wore very pointy bras back then! Doctors smoked in their patients faces and it seems everyone smoked. Liquid business lunches were commonplace and accepted. Can you imagine going back to work just a bit sloshed?? The women smoke and drank while pregnant! If someone drove drunk, no one seemed to think twice about it and no one used seat belts and certainly not child restraints. It brings up issues and concerns that I had long forgotten about or I just take the knowledge for granted now.
The agency is busily promoting Nixon for president, while helping to secure the cigarette companies hold on the market regardless of the newly released information that smoking causes cancer, among other advertising campaigns.
Being an entrepreneur at heart, I am personally intrigued by their thinking processes for advertising their products.
My cringe-o-meter alarm goes off several times in an episode because of all their erroneous perceptions and subsequent actions.
In one episode, the Draper children were playing with a plastic dry cleaning bag. The little girl was in the plastic bag and their mother's only concern was that her clothes had better not be wrinkled. She lets her little daughter go running off with the bag over her. (Everything in me wanted to lunge through the set to rip that plastic bag off of her!)
Then aside from all of that there is another plot evolving about Don's past. A past so painful and secretive that he changed his identity and no one-not even his wife knows this. But that will probably unravel in some way because his half brother has surfaced.
In this girl's opinion, Mad Men is both entertaining and thought provoking! I'm glad that I am who I am in this era but it is fascinating to take a peek backward into this familiar yet seemingly oh so distant time.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I was looking for a pic of a confused guy but then I saw this and thought...what the heck! ;)
I had a hair appointment today and decided to have a chunk of hair length cut off.
I can't believe I uttered these words (with great fear and trepidation) to the hairdresser, but I said, "Do whatever you want, whatever you think will look good."
She knows I like longer hair and even thinks I should maintain it at a certain length and no shorter, so I believed she wouldn't go crazy with the scissors and she didn't. She took about 2 or 3 inches off and I like the way she angled the bangs. They came down the side before but I think she did more of a precision cut with them. The hair still falls below my shoulder but is noticeably shorter.
I am happy with it! :)
I asked my husband what he thought of my hair.
Now I know there are certain questions men are afraid to answer when a woman asks them about herself. I could see the "deer in the headlights look" and his brain scrambling for what to say.
Seeing that he didn't notice that it was shorter or styled differently, I asked him what was different? He said with a question, "It's styled differently?" He said it like it was supposed to be an answer but it still came out like a question. He didn't know. To his defense it is a similar style- just shorter, more shaped and with a bit more precision. :) O.k. it's different, but I am trying here.
Guys don't like answering these types of questions for women. They think they are being put on the spot because there is a wrong answer and that they are going to say it. Maybe experience has proven that to them.
I used to love watching "Everybody Loves Raymond" and all three of the men- the father, Raymond and his brother Robert all squirmed and gave wrong answers when put in that situation. :)
Some guys are observant and do notice though...and that is always nice. :)
Here is a fun clip for my fellow cult members of Grey's Anatomy. This surgical groupie for one is thrilled that the Grey's season opener is scheduled for next Thursday, September 27th. I think I want to work at Seattle Grace. A girl can dream... ;)
Friday, September 14, 2007
Pic above - Bordello Moulin Rouge and the pic below is Vamps Bordello. Both are guest rooms at the Magnolia Mansion in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Historically, bordellos have been known for their forbidden pleasures of fine tobacco, whiskey and women. So what am I thinking about that would prompt me to post on this topic?
Well, I was over at the veterinarian’s office today picking up medicine for Bob, our German shepherd. I was talking with the receptionists and commented that they must have some funny stories to tell. I told them that I had worked at the hospital with the original vet’s wife and that she had said someday her husband is going to write a book about all the comical things that have happened in the practice.
To this the receptionist said, “It’s the people! The animals are normal!” So I asked her for an example.
She said they had someone call them to schedule an appointment for their dog to get a BORDELLO VACCINE! (emphasis mine)
I LOVE it! Boy…some people will do anything for their dogs! Of course what the owners really meant (one can only hope) was that they wanted to schedule their dog for the Bordetella vaccine to help protect against kennel cough when their dog is boarded.
She then said that another person called to schedule an appointment for their pet to get the DISTEMPERAMENT shot. DISTEMPERAMENT shot??? The owner thought that giving the DISTEMPERAMENT shot would make their pet a nicer animal! LOL!!
This one hot day, he was standing by the poolside looking longingly at his friend swimming in her pool. My dear friend (the funniest person I know), this little girl's mother comes outside and stands next to him and says, "Chris- why aren't you swimming in the pool?
He says, "I can't."
"Why Can't you?"
He glumly says, "Because I have wrongitis."
LOL! He had bronchitis. :)
Urology is too, too easy for this.
Me: "Hi, this is Urology, I was paged?
Me: "No, urology."
Nurse/Resident/Student (heard calling out): "Did anyone page neurology?"
Me: "Noooo, U-rology."
Nurse/Resident/Student: "Nope, no one paged neurology."
Me: "AUUUGHHH! PENIS!!!"
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
The cartoon above has nothing to do with the post other than I am discussing automated phone systems. Just amused by the cartoon. :)
The inspiration for this post came from Dr Keagirl over at her Urostream blog which has a new post up about her frustration as a physician in dealing with automated phone systems.
(Chuckling now) Once, I accidentally ordered life insurance while trying to respond to something from J C Penny when trying to discuss something on my credit card. One of my sons interrupted me when I was listening to the number sequence and so I hurriedly pressed a number thinking that was the correct one. Then when I got my credit card bill in the mail I was puzzled as to why I was now being charged for life insurance. Then it took a while to get removed, but I don't remember why.
The most awful one is my current credit card. You would think that when you call the customer service# on the back of the card that it would be user friendly. You know...customer s-e-r-v-i-c-e. But ohhhh n-o-o-o. Suffice it to know that any internal bliss I may have been feeling pre-customer service call was shattered in short order.
I needed, wanted and desired to speak with a customer service rep...a living, breathing thinking live human being. It was important! There were 5 numbers to press and I did keep trying to press 0, but to no avail. Finally, I gave up and pressed one that I remotely thought might give me a live person. FIVE more options but nothing that offered a customer service rep. I also had continued pressing 0. I then pressed another option which brought me back to the first menu. I am muttering out loud now and really hitting the zeros hard. I kept looking at the customer service number on my card as though it were going to reveal some secret code to get through. Silly girl! I press another number which I KNOW isn't what I want and it brings me to yet ANOTHER menu??? HOW MANY FREAKIN OPTIONS DO THEY HAVE????? Still HITTING ZEROS but to no avail. Practically apoplectic now... I go back to the main menu again. I honestly don't know HOW or Why but THIS TIME somewhere in the first menu- hitting A ZERO ACTUALLY WORKED.
The customer service rep comes on. I admit that at that point I was testy and I vented! (I am someone who is nice to telemarketers on the phone and Jehovah's witnesses when they come to the door, so for me to vent like this I was ticked!) She was polite and calmly stated that I could access them on line. Hahahahahahahaha! I didn't laugh, but I was beginning to feel like what Richard Dreyfus must have felt like in his role of the crazed Psychiatrist in "What About Bob?" Did I not just tell her that I was extremely frustrated because I had such a difficult time getting a customer service rep??? I make 3 payments a month on line to my credit card. I K-N-O-W I can access them on line!!! I can't talk to them on line!!!!
I don't get it though. Why don't they automatically give that option? I feel like canceling the card just on principal! And they DO have a number for that! :)
In keeping with the topic of this post, the following is an old joke that had been passed around the hospital years ago:
Welcome to the psychiatric hot line.
If you are obsessive compulsive, press 1 repeatedly.
If you are codependent, ask someone to press 2 for you.
If you have multiple personalities, please press 3, 4, 5, and 6.
If you are paranoid we know who you are and what you want. Please stay on the line so we can trace the call.
If you are schizophrenic listen to the little voice inside you to tell you which button to press.
If you are manic depressive it doesn't matter which button you press because none of them will work anyway.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
I am craving Grey's Anatomy which is My favorite show. So to satisfy this desire, albeit ever so temporary, I chose the following 2 clips.
The 1st is the season 2 finale (had a lot of great scenes throughout the entire episode) which is my all time favorite episode. And my absolute favorite romantic scene, EVER...is when Meredith & Derek are on the dance floor dancing with other partners and their eyes meet. (Oh my gosh- anyone have a fan...getting a bit hot in here. ;) Not only do their eyes meet, but they lock. Their eyes spoke volumes! The eyes will get me every time! :)
The 2nd clip is the promo for Grey's Anatomy season 4. Looks like it's going to be an interesting season. Still, even though season 3 was good- in my book nothing topped the finale in season 2. I hope this season goes over the top. :)
Friday, September 7, 2007
The above cartoon cracked me up. Credit goes to damnyoubanana.com
My Older son sent an e-mail to me regarding the health benefits of bananas. (Thanks Jon!) I am totally into berries, melons and tomatoes right now, also seeds and nuts, but I think I will buy some bananas on my next shopping trip. Who Knew?
If anyone noticed on their RSS feed that this banana post went up about..oh...I don't know- 80 times, it is because it wouldn't transfer from the e-mail without glitches. I was wondering about "the facts" and so I googled some info regarding this e-mail. It turns out that one site said the info wasn't proven and then other sites seem to support the info. Either way, I would think bananas would be good for most people and this e-mail has directed my focus back toward bananas. (great for on the run - don't have to wash- just peel and eat) Another thing I found interesting (again, I don't know the actual research on it) and that is that oranges and bananas can help prevent childhood leukemia and here is the link to that article.
Also, I came across this interesting site: Health alternatives 2000 by a chiropractic physician, Dr. Decuypere. It contains user friendly charts for the nutrients in fruits, nuts and vegetables along with other interesting articles and links to other resources. I have already bookmarked this site- Thanks Dr. Decuypere! :)
I worked with an ER Doc who once told me to NEVER mention the word Chiropractor when I was in the same room with him. (he was frustrated about a particular patient) I have never been to one, but I do have friends that believe they have improved health resulting from their chiropractic treatment.
I do think there is good that comes from alternative medicine (within certain guidelines) and a more holistic approach. I think that some old "wives tales" hold true in the application of healing. I strongly advocate prayer because there IS "power in prayer". Others might say positive thinking, etc, but either way we know that there is a strong mind/body connection.
I would also like to add that there are many wonderful benefits to aloe juice but I will save that for another post.
Also, this morning I was over at the Throckmorton's Other Signs blog where in today's post about CNS QNS (abbreviation) this Doc discusses the fact that the scientific methods for gathering data regarding certain studies are slanted toward effecting a particular outcome and not necessarily for the good of all. (he says it more clearly)
Sorry about the small type. So, without further ado, the banana e-mail as follows:
This is interesting. After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again.
Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.
But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also
neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.
Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.
Strokes: According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine, "eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!
Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!
So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"
PASS IT ON TO YOUR FRIENDSPS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
I was seriously disappointed when for whatever reason my system was not picking up the audio on his debut program and so I was unable to listen live. I became even more disappointed when I realized that people could call in to talk with him and I realized that would be a wonderful opportunity to get to know some of our fellow bloggers a little better. Mother Jones, host of the Nurse Ratched's Place blog- you were great!
Tonight, (Tuesday 9/4) I found this link on his site that brought me to the archives and I am thrilled to say that I have listened to the show and am now enjoying the final song (Shout?) while typing this, which by the way makes me just want to get up and DANCE, DANCE, DANCE! I also found myself wanting to call in to chat...so who knows..maybe in the future?
Dr. A is the warm hearted, ever popular blogging doctor of the Doctor Anonymous blog, who is a practicing family physician from Ohio. Dr A also created the I'm A Blogaholic blog for those of us bloggers who are confessed blogaholics. :) I joined blogaholics Anonymous but have yet to contribute to this site...but I will this fall DR A. :) Check out these sites and enjoy! :)
Blogging is a wonderful medium through which you can share your thoughts through writing in your blog or commenting/communicating with others in their blogs. The dialogs can get really interesting and are sometimes just plain hilarious. :) But beware - it IS addicting! At least it is both a fun and creative addiction along with the fact that the collective knowledge on the blogosphere is fascinating. One of my favorite things is the exquisite humor shared on the med blogs. There are so many good blogs out there - something for everyone. Also, you make friends, becoming kindred spirits with some. I would love to hear Sis (A kindred spirit from across the pond (Bonnie Scotland) and her wonderful Scottish accent talking to Dr A sometime and Chrysalis Angel and a whole lot of other fun bloggers. Dr A is right - the world is smaller and it is amazing too me how in seconds we can be communicating to someone on the other side of the world. Totally awesome!
Frankly, I think this blogging thing is one of the BESTEST hobbies ever!! :)
So, anyone curious? Give it a whirl. It is so easy to set up. You can write for yourself or you can go public. It's your blog - you can do what you want with it. For me - it is the ultimate toy!! :)
Great job Dr A! I look forward to your next show and hopefully I WiLL be able to pick it up live. :)
Horse on the way over from England!
(Actually Horses can't really surf. This is a clip from the 1960's show -Mister ED.)
Today, while speaking on the phone with a friend, she suddenly hollered out, "Don't buy a horse!"
So I said, "Don't buy a ......HORSE????"
She then proceeded to tell me that recently her 8 year old daughter came to her asking her for her credit card because she needed the numbers. The little girl said that she wanted to buy a horse on line but needed the credit card. Her mother then went flying over to the computer where she discovered that her daughter was indeed trying to buy a horse..on line....from.....ENGLAND!
After explaining this to me her Mom then hollered out, "You can get FREE horses from Pennsylvania!" (Evidently you can adopt a horse from some place in P.A.)
I LOVE it! EIGHT years old!! Obviously a very bright little girl! :)
Now I know this wouldn't really be funny if it happened and might actually be stressful...BUT..I also think it would be hilarious if they were to find out that there was a purchase for a horse on their credit card and even funnier if said horse was en route to the U.S. or showed up on their doorstep! (Hilarious as long as they weren't "saddled" with the bill!)
No doubt her little daughter would be pleased. :)
Monday, September 3, 2007
A nun, badly needing to use to the restroom, walked into a
local Hooters. The place was hopping with music and loud
conversation and every once in a while "the lights would turn off."
Each time the lights would go out, the place would erupt into cheers.
However, when the revelers saw the nun, the room went dead silent. She
walked up to the bartender, and asked, "May I please use the restroom?
The bartender replied, "OK, but I should warn you that there is a statue of
a naked man in there wearing only a fig leaf.
" Well, in that case I'll just look the other way," said the nun.
So, the bartender showed the nun to the back of the restaurant.
After a few minutes, she came back out, and the whole place stopped just
long enough to give the nun a loud round of applause. She went to the bartender
and said, "Sir, I don't understand. Why did they applaud for me just because
I went to the restroom?"
"Well, now they know you're one of us," said the bartender,
"Would you like a drink?"
"But, I still don't understand," said the puzzled nun.
" You see," laughed the bartender, "every time someone lifts the fig
leaf on that statue, the lights go out." "Now, how about that drink?"
Saturday, September 1, 2007
So...Mr. SeaSpray comes home yesterday and no sooner gets in the house when he exclaims," There are MORE choices for SANITARY PADS than there is YOGURT!"
Well that was a news flash to me....after almost 32 years of marriage (October 25th), I find out my husband peruses the yogurt section! Go figure- he doesn't even eat yogurt! :)
Oh wait...his point was the choice of feminine products, specifically the sanitary pads that are otherwise known as sanitary napkins. BTW -what is up with that? I have never used them when I set the table. I can see it now... "Honey, please put out the crystal glasses and use the good silver and oh...don't forget the good sanitary napkins, you know the ones with wings?" And I have yet to wipe my mouth or any other orifice with a sanitary "napkin". I don't care how sanitary they are!
He hates when I ask him to pick those things up but it's not MY fault he works only a few doors from a grocery store. He reminded me that he has told me to buy extra pads and why don't I because I buy EXTRA of EVERYTHING ELSE?! But everyone knows that when you are saying your vows at the alter, after the clergy says "until death do you part.", they then in hushed tones whisper "and the husband will buy sanitary pads per his beloved wife's request."
That being said, he goes on to say, "There were long ones, short ones, light, heavy, with wings and no wings. There were too many there...I was just staring at them! But then, when women came down the aisle, I turned my head and pretended I was looking at the shampoo. The thing is the way he demonstrated what he did, he left his body facing the feminine products while only turning his head behind him to the shampoos opposite the feminine products. I'm thinking they figured out what he was doing.
Which by the way, when I am looking at the feminine products and all those men come down the aisle to look at shampoo, I am guessing that THEY are also there to pick up a feminine product per their wife's request. It's in the vows. :)
So did he come home with the right ones? No- but he got 2 out of the 3 features important to me right and so I was happy. What? What did I want? Sorry, a girl's got to have some secrets! :)
Speaking of secrets-o.k., so now the www knows I am riding the cotton pony this weekend. Is it any worse than sitting through a Viagra commercial with your grandmother while they discuss a 4 hour erection? I think not. ;)
GIDDYAP! (SeaSpray is now riding off into the sunset whistling the Bonanza theme song.)