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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Darn it!

Yup. I taught myself another "new" (old) skill. And saved my favorite pair of wool boot socks. (Storebought, but much loved nonetheless.)

It's not the best job, but it's a far sight better than the threadbare and the huge hole. And I'll improve with practice. I went on to mend several small holes in my husband's favorite jeans. What a clever little trick--and I think that in many cases it's a lot better-looking than a patch.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Health food (not)

I was cleaning out my images "temp" file yesterday and found a series of photos I'd taken months ago while working at my local video rental store. They were intended for a tongue-in-cheek, sarcastic blog entry that never quite happened. I made a note to resurrect them soon.

And then within the next twelve hours I stumbled across (I swear, I wasn't looking!) two news articles about, well, the same topic. So now I'm current. Here ya go.

These folks said it better. And this guy said it funnier. As for me, I'll just let the labels speak for themselves. Go ahead, trust the claims. You'll be fine. In fact, you'll be HEALTHY! All of the following are claims printed on candy wrappers.


Swedish Fish. Fat free? Many real fish can't claim that!

Neon "Squorms" Let me repeat...NEON. That sounds good.

One of my favorites--it controls the portions for you, you helpless glutton! Even better, these little bags of gummy candies are advertised as "Sack Lunch". I shudder to think of the thoughtless parent who might mistake these for Lunchables...

"Rips", a fruit-flavored, sugar-dusted licorice candy.

Rasinets. OMG it's *this close* to being "part of a nutritious breakfast". LOL

Lemonheads. Fat Free? Load me up!

See? The Lemonheads are natural!

Low in fat, and full of tradition. Junior Mints.

Goobers. Hey, my doc said to get more protein. Wonder how many boxes I should eat?

This is my favorite. Why? Because it's on cotton candy. COTTON CANDY, people. Of course it is free of all of those things. It's two ingredients: sugar and food coloring. If you are surprised or delighted to learn that it imparts no fat, cholesterol, or sodium, you need a refresher in chemistry or cooking classes. If you are buying this item because you are concerned about limiting your fat/cholesterol/sodium intake, you need a personal dietitian and a kick to the head. I'm just sayin'.

And honorable mention. Because if you are waffling at the candy rack next to the checkout at the video store, I'm sure the large claims about calories per lollipop are going to sway you. It may be me, but if I were going to go into a panic about the calorie count of my candy, I wouldn't be eating...candy.

Don't get me wrong. I am not anti-candy. It's only 4 days past Halloween and it's still a "sure, why not" free-for-all around here. What I am against, however, is misleading advertising and the notion that there are people out there who are willing (or able) to be duped by it. Let's keep a little perspective, a little honesty, and the ability to flip the package over and read the list of ingredients instead of the advertising.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


He plays hockey. She wears sweaters. How to dry a load full?

A woman I know once huffily confided that she would never use a clothesline. She deemed it "low class" and "tacky"...she couldn't bear the thought of her neighbors seeing her clothes out on display in the yard. Well, let's just hope she doesn't drive past today, hmmm? LOL

Monday, November 2, 2009

A fabulous night for a moondance

Tonight's a full moon. Last night was close enough.

We had just wrapped up a crazy family birthday party, and were at the end of a long and exciting weekend which included Halloween. Lots of fun and noise and craziness, but it was over, and we were at that moment where half of the household has crashed into bed and the remaining wakeful folks are kind of kicking back and sighing. I knew I should be getting the kids into jammies, but I didn't have the energy just yet.

And then Cayden (3) asked, "Can we go on a listening walk tonight?"

Well, why not.

We've never done this before--it's a notion he just picked up from an episode of "Miss Spider", where an adult character guided a frightened child through a nighttime neighborhood to dispel some fears. And you know, it sounded like fun.

It was a crisp night with a bright moon. We bundled up warmly, found our new flashlights (seriously, aren't flashlights the best kid-gifts ever?), and headed out through the leaf-deep yard and down toward the woods.

We didn't go far. And between the cold weather and the excited children, we didn't really hear much either. But we had so much fun exploring the magical-looking landscapes that were suddenly unfamiliar in the different light. And we made "ghosts" with the flashlights. And, well, we made a really nice memory. :)