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The Great Blog Loss of 2013

I got a comment via email yesterday and I couldn't respond to it because I have no internet connectivity.  

The commenter posted that my blog sucked lately and that Why Was That and did I plan on it sucking long time?  Well, that sounds ... dirty.  Is that better?  Innuendos help make a blog better long time?

I apologize.

I will tell you again (which I started to do so in the previous-but-now-deleted-post-which-abruptly-ended-and-was-posted-when-I-didn't-know-it-was-posted-because-I-had-a-seizure-mid-posting... Please excuse the previous three sentence post which is NOW GONE.) that I have been without any connection to the outside world since the Blizzard of 2013 and that's been more than a week. 

Shout out to Verizon!

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  • I have NO landline PHONE.
  • I have NO INTERNET aside from what I see scrolling on Facebook and what loads on Teh Googles when it wants to via phone cell tower.
  • I forced Mr. MM to buy a cell-phone hot-spot so I had internet access at all inside the house.  It doesn't work so well.  But, here I am.  It's worked for 300 words so far.  *hits save again*
  • I have NO cable TV, nor satellite, nor much of a DVD collection.
  • Did I mention there are four children here?  O-o
  • This IS the mini-apocalypse.  Forbid what happens when we have REAL WEATHER here.  9-10 days of power loss and communication fails for snow?  REALLY, 2013?
  • We have had ONE HALF DAY of school in the last 10 days, and now my kids on on VACATION.
  • The day after the blizzard, we had a death in the family, my kids had their first wake experience last night and funeral today.  (All is well, they did wonderfully...)
  • Are we having fun yet? 
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I can only claim the tall one. LOL.

I don't know what is going on in the world other than what I hear on NPR while cleaning my kitchen because that is where the non-internet radio IS.  

For example, during a post-wake gathering last night, my children and I surrounded a television that was on the local news.  

We saw an EXPLOSION IN THE SKY and thought the world was ending. WHAT IS THIS?!  WHAT WAS GOING ON!?  It was just the sky over Russia imploding, and very old news, but new to us. 

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 We might be losing it.  


#20LITTLEHANDS

#20LITTLEHANDS 

Chilling. 

We'll see this sign up close very soon.

"Documented the painting of 20 little hands for Stop Handgun Violence on the largest horizontal billboard in the country. This project was to honor the 20 children that passed away in Newtown, Connecticut. 

This project was also covered by local Boston news.

Check the links below:
Boston.com
Channel7"


It's The End Of The World ...

Any Regrets?  

I can't say it hasn't been on my mind,  "Could the Mayans been juuuuuuuust a little bit right?" 

Because the world's gone MAD.

See you on the flip-side!

The 2012 phenomenon comprises a range of eschatological beliefs according to which cataclysmic or transformative events will occur on 21 December 2012.[1][2][3][4][5][6] This date is regarded as the end-date of a 5125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar.[7] Various astronomical alignments and numerological formulae have been proposed as pertaining to this date, though none have been accepted by mainstream scholarship.

 


Oh. Yes. She. Did.

Hold the Press Releases, Suz!  

How do you go from not paying your taxes, failure to ship orders since 2011, closing your store, foreclosure, shutting down all communication to... THIS?

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Strictly hip hop, or I ain't singing this. My TED unreview.

NSFW or kids -

My kids don't know that Marky Mark ever had a funky bunch. You see, I was in middle school when that song came out, and Mark Wahlberg and his funky bunch were popular.  Mark Wahlberg is also from my hometown. So, when Beantown boys make famous, people notice. Take a moment to enjoy the Bunch.

I heard of TED from my kids. Right. "But all our friends have seen it!"

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Magic Mike! In which I realize I am not a typical girl.

I wrote this on my MM Facebook page yesterday, and got varying reactions from full-on apathy to You Simply Do Not Understand The Art!1!1!

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And last night, I went to see the movie.  I apologize, internet, curiosity sucked me in.  The online female SQUEE over this movie is palpable.  Moist, even.

No really.   The response online so far has been  -

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Should we drop food stamps to curb obesity?

Think Progress -

Santorum told the group he would cut the food stamp program, describing it as one of the fastest growing programs in Washington, D.C.

Forty-eight million people are on food stamps in a country with 300-million people, said Santorum.

“If hunger is a problem in America, then why do we have an obesity problem among the people who we say have a hunger program?” Santorum asked.

You have got to be kidding me.

Sir, have you ever been poor? 

Do you know how it is to eat when you have little money for groceries -- and have to choose between .99 cent offerings or a $1.50-$5 lb fruit?  (Or, in many situations,  toilet paper?) 

When forced to choose, (prior to having weight loss surgery, anyway...) I chose the cheapest food selections.  Hamburger Helper (Hey, $10 for 10....) instead of fresh veggies.

I can still get more calories + food at McDonald's than at the grocery store - if I were concerned about GETTING ENOUGH calories - and did not cook, or didn't understand much about nutrition - what would I choose?

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My double cheeseburger is cheaper than an apple.  (Yes, I still eat fast food sometimes.)

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I gained in excess of 100 pounds in a relatively short period of time because I was eating very cheaply.  I had a spouse who worked in quick serve restaurant management and we often had lower cost fast food, and then he moved into retail management (Wal*Mart), and often brought home discount groceries. 

He's never gone without a job, but at times we've been quite broke.  When you have to choose, sometimes it does (or did...) come down to quantity vs. quality of food choices.  I have a family of six, one working parent.  Our groceries, if I don't cut to the basics, can cost a LOT.  We often keep it to the very bare bones.  (Right now, I have two kitchens/we've been living apart since August/but we share food, money, and I often cook food to send to the house, and I run out of things often.  Today I am totally out of milk, juice, poultry... I don't have the ability to just run up to the store and replace things:  either for money or transportation issues.)

I completely believe that income is related to obesity for many people.  When you have little money, what else can you fall back on?  If you cannot afford extras -- you might still be able to afford ice cream.  It becomes a hobby for MANY OF US.  If we couldn't afford to go out -- we could stay in -- and eat.

Maybe I have learned since then, it takes some time and experience to understand frugality and nutrition.  I was a bit forced into my learning since I had gastric bypass surgery, and my husband had it five weeks after me.  Ironically, our economic situation bottomed out around the same time, when we were at our heaviest weights.  (An aside:  He was told he would not be promoted if he didn't "look better" in his job, so... he lost the weight.  It worked.  He's been promoted at least three times since the weight loss.  Yes.  I get it.  It cuts like a knife.)  

The Obesity Action Coalition states - "Individuals affected by obesity are often victims of negative stigma. Obesity stigma is a major issue and is the last socially acceptable form of discrimination in our society." 

We had a crash-course in nutrition and weight loss and maintenance.  This was nearly eight years ago.  We've been at normal weights since then, and haven't touched Little Debbie SINCE.  (She was a big part of the downfall.)

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But what of the entire country? 

Many are still buying $1 options, because they have to or do not understand their options.  Lots of people have grown up in households with little to no nutritional understanding, and need education on the basics that is easily broken down into to-do lists.  And it needs to be everywhere and long term.

Taking away the supplemental nutrition programs isn't going to solve the obesity issue.  You can be fat and malnourished.  It all comes down to affordabilty, availabilty, choice and educating the consumer.  I would suggest that handing a family food stamps with little to no guidance and rules is a poor idea, but if they were given more nutritional guidance on How To Feed Your Family With Real Foods, it could be a start.   You can reach a huge portion of Americans struggling with obesity by reaching out VIA the food stamp program.  Obesity is often economic, environmental and genetic.  You have to reach the whole family.

I have a unique perspective right now, as I am currently living in an apartment and cannot easily reach a grocery store.  I cannot drive, and the closest grocery store is one walk and two buses away.  My only option for groceries, is a local convenience and liquor store and there the actual food options are somewhat limited and overpriced. 

This store accepts Food Stamps, and are a likely huge recipient of the program locally, as I am in a somewhat depressed area of my town.  Recipients in my area are paying too much Food Stamp money for little choice in food, because of the store's limitations.  A participant CAN, in fact, spend the entire monthly allotment on soda if they chose to.  I imagine this issue could be much, much worse in more urban areas with more poverty and smaller convenience stores, I'd bet there are families buying nothing BUT junk food because it's all they can GET TO. 

Instead of talking about cutting off food stamps for the poorest of Americans who struggle with obesity, let's educate.

 


Real Housewife Melissa Gorga’s STUPID Obesity Fat Suit Stunt

"Gorga squished a 400 lb. fatsuit into the skin-tight sausage casings of a pink velour tracksuit."

____ you.

"Melissa has it all, youth, wealth, beauty and a thin physique. Would things be different if she was 400 lbs instead of 115?"

You have to ASK?  Why do women spend $30,000 on weight loss surgery?  $100,000 on plastic surgery?

You are kidding, right?

This is not how we make it okay.  This is NOT how we create feelings of empathy for the obese.

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OMG HURRICANE! IRENE! EMERGE AND SEE! EMERGE! AND! SEE!

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A majority of you are in this path, including me.  You'll see me Facebooking about The Storm! on Monday.

Sorry.  We rarely get hurricanes here in New England, so admittedly some of us secretly enjoy it.  We may get snowed in, but hurricanes are a rare occasion.

THAT MEANS IT'S TIME TO PANIC!  Especially for anyone who watches mainstream TV.  

SUPERSUMMERSTORM 2011:  WE ALL GON BLOW AWAY.  

Full story at 11, followed by How To Look Skinny And Hot For Fall!

Panic!  Panic!  What if we run out of ________?  Oh noes!

To be make light of what can really be a devastation in your area, are YOU prepared for bad weather?  

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When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it's best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh waterfoodclean air and warmth.

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers

Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

MM adds life-saving equipment - and asks, "Who carries TRAVELERS' CHECKS?"

  • Instant coffee packets
  • Individual protein powder packet samples, sticks or scoops to add to bottled water
  • Where ARE your vitamins?  Have some set aside.  
  • Tylenol
  • Cooler + ice

What do you do to prepare?


FDA panel approves Lap-Band for the not-so-fat.

The FDA panel has approved the use of gastric banding on lower BMI individuals with one co-morbidity of their obesity.  This is HUGE, no pun intended, 'cause the patients aren't really that big.   (A little bigger than your friendly bypassed blogger here.)

I know I am overweight at 165 pounds, however, this still blows my mind a bit. 

It blows my mind that I (just as an example) could potentially qualify for weight loss surgery so very easily. 

I was at a qualifying weight last winter!  I am sure we'd find a co-morbid too! 

We found one the first time around.  I didn't have any known co-morbidities when I had my roux en y gastric bypass surgery in 2004. 

I am torn.  Is this a blessing or a curse?

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Graphic from Florida Bariatric Center

OC Register - FDA panel approves Lap-Band for the less fat

The Lap-Band, made by Irvine-based Allergan Inc., is only FDA-approved for people with a body-mass index of 40 or higher, or 35 if they have associated problems like high blood pressure or diabetes. The panel granted Allergan's request for permission to market the device to people with a BMI of 35, or 30 with related problems.


The Word - Control-Self-Delete

Surgically altering your appearance and getting rid of old friends will make you the ideal job candidate.

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Bethenny Frankel turns inside out and eats "nothing."

MM is not a fan of the "Housewives" -- because I am a 'housewife,' and those women are clearly Not Housewives.

However, this little gem popped out at me via "Life + Style" magazine online about Bethenny Frankel, who squeezed a baby out of her BODY just a few months ago -

How has the best-selling author bounced back so soon?

"There's been no real drastic any thing," Bethenny, who weighs a healthy 118 lbs, tells Life & Style. "I've really been eating, just not like a crazy person." The 5-foot-6 natural-food chef has a new mantra, "Taste everything, eat nothing."

That's also a freaking AWESOME mantra for triggering an eating disorder.  It goes right up there with chew and spit.  WLS crowd -- take notes.  O-O

PS.  Wait, she's... a nutritional professional?  Are you kidding me?


Bedbugs in Victoria's Secret - Check your panties!

Now, will you get that PINK off of your ASS, please?  Picture 4 

NBC - New York

Victoria's Secret had to close for a few hours this week after a bed bug sighting in the store on Lexington Avenue at 58th Street.

The lingerie retailer released a statement on Friday saying: "As a proactive measure, we tested our Manhattan stores.  When we found small, isolated areas that may have been impacted, we immediately took action to resolve the situation."

Now this follows after several other stores, like Hollister (OMGLIKENOWAY! Like Where Am I Supposed To Shop.  Like, OMG.  I Will Just DIIIIIIE.  <insert my 13 year old sarcasm here>) had issues with the creepy crawlies.  

New York City has a bigger problem with These Kind Of things than other areas, but SERIOUSLY, if you're going to put SOMETHING ON YOUR GENITAL AREA, PLEASE WASH IT FIRST?  What, your genitals? Yeah, THOSE TOO.

People are gross.  I'm not crazy for pre-washing clothing before wearing it, see?

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No more teachers, no more books.

It feels like the year just started and it is over. Summer vacation started a few hours ago, and we've already had three complaints of boredom. Two kids are off at sleepovers, and one has a friend over. This will last? One day, and then, complaining will begin. You seriously have NO. IDEA. 

Yes, you would think suggesting that they "go find something to do!" when the whining begins? But it just does not work that way. While I can find "things" for them to do - I empathize because I know how much it SUCKS to be stuck here - since I can't leave either.  (Remember, we're $32.00 from ANYTHING one-way in a taxi, so that quick trip to the PO Box and grocery store?  $64.00 just to get there.)  

Summer sort of snuck up on me.  I've been brain dead, a millionty milligrams of anti seizure meds will do that.  I was supposed to have saved money to sign up the middle kids for camp, like last year, and have them go off to day camp at least for a few weeks of sessions.  I blanked on that.  I should be able to get that arranged for late summer.  I did, however, force the boy into football.  He's not happy, but he did not cry.  :x  We'll see about this.

So, here's to a very. long. summer. with. no. car. 


Consumer Reports Investigates: What's in your protein drink?

Myoplex Lite

The following is the actual article from Consumer Reports regarding protein drinks that I had posted pieces of the information the other day.  Simply SHARING the information, don't shoot the messenger. - MM

Myoplex Lite

Consumer Reports July 2010 -

EAS Myoplex Original Rich Dark Chocolate and Muscle Milk Chocolate and Vanilla Crème can expose users to elevated levels of heavy metals when they consume three servings a day.

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Sarah Ferguson is a... shopaholic? Also on the cover of WLS Lifestyles magazine.

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NPR -

Just days ago, a British tabloid reported that Sarah Ferguson was caught on video offering access to her former husband, Prince Andrew, for $724,000. 

Now, she's going to tell her side of the story to Oprah.  

Why?  Today.msnbc says -

 “She’s totally broke,” one source told Us Weekly. “Her desperation led to the lack of judgment. What led to her financial situation? She never really made the transition from being a royal to being a civilian, according to the magazine.

“She’s a shopaholic, obsessed with designers like Chanel and Hermès,” the source told Us. “She didn’t know how to stop spending like a royal.”

Which is quite fitting, because I just noticed that she's on the COVER of the latest WLS LIFESTYLES magazine.  Yeah, we get it.  

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Forget childhood obesity, this toddler smokes 40 cigarettes a day.


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The Sumatran toddler was first given a cigarette when he was just 18 months old. 'I'm not worried about his health, he looks healthy,' shrugged the boy's father Mohammad Rizal. 'He cries and throws tantrums when we don't let him smoke. He's addicted.'


But I am not a terrorist.

I have decided a non-stop flight is a good thing, because gets the pain job done all in one shot, however, next time I need medication.  

We had a little turbulence.  When the flight attendant announced that it would be about "twenty more minutes of bouncing around, please keep your seatbelts fastened" I almost threw up.  I don't do well with movement, drops, shifts, shaking, anything that messes with my center of gravity.  

I was perfectly FINE until that one SWOOOOSH DROP and my stomach fell out of my ass and I wanted to climb out of the window and fly home on my batwings.  I always look around to see the responses of folks in the plane, to see if I am the only one FREAKING THE FUCK OUT because I do, because I don't need to be restrained and questioned because they think I am a terrorist.

It seemed most people were chill, watching our freebie JetBlue movies, so, it was mostly me.  

I did some labor breathing techniques and eventually the swoosh drops stopped and I didn't want to break a window anymore.  I have never had a panic attack, but that would have very quickly Gone There, and I don't think I ever want to feel a full-on panic.  Ever.

Other times that I have gone on flights, they've been shorter or not direct, and I haven't had to deal with 5 hours and 45 minutes of climbing the walls.  I can't even fathom the anxiety someone with a serious anxiety issue might feel in that situation.  

So, knock my ass out next time.  If I need to be on a long flight, I want to be sedated, at least enough so that I am not giving birth in my very small chair. 

My seat-mate confided that she had taken some drugs, hence she was feeling pretty good while we were watching Alice in Wonderland.  LOL.