Monday, June 30, 2008
I actually joined SparkPeople back in February to check it out for a patient but I really began using it this past week. There are a few things I really like about it. First, it is 100% free. Second, it's not trying to sell anything. I NEVER send a patient to a web site that is trying to sell them vitamins or miracle powdered drinks or anything else. I think all "education" on those sites is suspect at that point.
The biggest thing I think I like about it though is that the site encompasses so much. Not only can you track your weight loss, your daily calorie intake (it does most of the work for you, you just plug in what you ate), and your daily exercise but the site is big on motivation. There are tons of "SparkTeams" that you can join (much like the groups on Ravelry), there are message boards to ask questions and connect to people with your same interests or in your same area (there IS a knitter's group!), and there are SparkPoints.
You earn points for logging on, tracking your food intake, your exercise, drinking 8 glasses of water daily, basically most of what you do on/with the web site earns you points. The points go towards trophies which are displayed on your main log in page. Silly, I know, but motivation is motivation. Whatever it takes.
Check it out and let me know what you think.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Bear peed in the potty for the first time over a year ago and then promptly decided against it. This morning she woke up and decided that she had had enough of diapers. She took off her diaper, peed in the potty, and didn't look back.
So why am I complaining? Because she's using this whole "potty train me" routine as a rouse to get Sour Patch Kids. I know she has the physical ability to be potty trained. And she now knows how to meter out her pee into two or three separate trips to the potty in order to double or triple her candy haul. It's infuriating. I can't really tell her no, you can't go to the potty. But seriously. How much candy can I give her before her teeth fall out?
Thursday, June 26, 2008
A wee bit more than I have now? :-) Actually, I don't think there is a perfect amount per se, more a perfect composition. You need to have a a good base of regular wool and/or cotton (Cascade 220, Sugar n Cream), a hank or two of something decadent (cashmere maybe?), a few skeins you don't mind parting with for when friends want to learn, and enough for at least one or two projects that you have planned for the future.
Also while avoiding the mountains of work I still haven't caught up on, I stumbled upon these two Blogiversary Contests. And this contest to give away "green" bags.
OK, I have to go back to work now. Oh, and thanks for all your well-wishes. Besides being two (which I hear there is still no anti-biotic for) Bear is doing just fine.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
1. What's your favorite summertime drink?
Del's Lemonade. It's frozen lemonade, only 100 times better. You can only get it in Rhode Island and Southeast Massachusetts. You can order a powder mix, but trust me, it's a gazillion times better straight from the truck.
2. As a kid, what did you look forward to most about summer vacation/break/holiday?
Summer camp. Two weeks in a tent with seven other girls. No parents (the camp counselors seemed so old, but now I realize they were barely older than us), no little brothers, tons of fun.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I used the last of my alone time on the plane to finish Half Assed: A Weight Loss Memoir by Jennette Fulda. She lost 184 pounds on her own, via a healthy diet and plenty of exercise. The book had me laughing out loud on virtually every page (which probably annoyed my fellow passengers to no end). She writes the blog pastaqueen.com, but even if you read her blog, I would still highly recommend her book. It makes me want to get off the couch and go outside.
Watch as she shrinks before your eyes. (How cool is this video?)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU8L0l85dp8 (Well, here's the link, blogger won't show the video.)
Monday, June 16, 2008
But I have to admit it, even with all the super cool animals available for my ogling, my heart just wasn't in it. What fun is the zoo without a two-year old to share it with? I paid more attention to the little kids than the animals so I left before the parents had me put on a list somewhere.
I did get to see the Giant Pandas and I would show you a picture, however...
When a hotel has both "Free Wi-Fi" and a "Free Business Center" beware. I guess they assume that most people travel with their own laptops these days so why bother updating the business center? I am posting this from a computer that probably hasn't been used in about 15 years. I have to unplug the keyboard in order to plug in my flash drive because a) there is definitely no camera card slot and b) the USB port is in the back directly below the keyboard port and they don't both fit at the same time. My pictures of the pandas need to be rotated and while this computer is probably capable of performing such a task, I am checking out in two days so I don't think I'll have time to wait.
Besides the zoo, I stopped at a great LYS, Knit Happens.
Quick back story - I had originally planned on relying solely on public transportation during this trip but while waiting through our plane's delays a fellow passenger and DC native told me that I really didn't want to be at certain metro stations alone after dark so I ended up renting a car at Dulles and driving myself to the hotel. Yesterday morning I figured I'd drive myself to a metro stop and then go from there to the zoo. When I got to the metro stop nearest my hotel, I realized that alone during the day wasn't such a great idea either. I was tired, lost, and needed comfort and friends. So I went to one of the LYS's Wendy suggested. The people there were GREAT. They let me fondle all the yarn, looked up Seascape for me, and helped me pick out the perfect shade of Kidsilk Haze for a formal November wedding. Then they gave me directions to a more comfortable metro station. Really, this knitting thing is greater than the yarn and the needles and all the fabulous things we make. I walked in and felt at home. Perhaps this is how Harry Potter feels when he's out in the Muggle world? Like if he can just make it to Diagon Alley everything with be OK. Anyway, I digress.
Last night I also got to see an old friend I have known since my Girl Scout Camp days. She lives down here, so we met up at an Irish pub for dinner and Guinness ice cream. I also got to meet her new fiance - super nice, and they are so clearly in love. It was a great way to end the day.
On today's agenda? Bariatrics and Nutrition - conference room B.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Tomorrow afternoon, I leave for my first real business trip. And my first stretch of real time away from Bear ever. (Remember THE STORM?) I am both very excited to be going (all that uninterrupted knitting time on the plane!) and a bit apprehensive about navigating public transportation alone in a large & unfamiliar city.
I'm going to have a bit of "down" time while there, so I'm hoping to visit the National Zoo and maybe the Botanic Gardens. I'm bringing my camera (obviously) and hopefully I'll be able to update this site from the hotel.
Anyone know of any great local yarn shops? :-)
Monday, June 9, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
This is crap. Who the hell wants to knit lace anyway?*
*Due to their graphic nature, these photos have been sensored.