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Only because he's sleeping on the floor.

Lofty Due to the extra fun the kids had at their sleepover, the boy needs a new bed.  He's currently sleeping on the floor on his mattress until this loft bed gets here.  It's on backorder, and to be honest, I'd rather get a different one than wait so long for this particular style.  I don't like wood to begin with - I was looking at an IKEA metal model, but Bob doesn't think they are sturdy enough.  Wood isn't sturdy enough, he saw what happened to the wooden bed!  I also don't think he got the extra parts to this, for the price he paid, it doesn't seem like it was expensive enough, though if it all arrives as shown, I won't complain.  The boy's room is entirely empty right now, and I called Empire Today!  No, really, I did.  Goodness knows who will show up, but I called for carpeting to be installed for the kids' rooms - since getting the wood floors in each refinished is next to impossible since we live in the house.  The refinishing STINKS.  We had it done in the dining area last year while we were in another state -and it still stunk enough when we got home.

Yes, next time they have a sleepover, it's gonna be in tent.  Outdoors.  So what if it's, oh 10 degrees outside?! 

Pincushioned & Best wishes...

If I wasn't anemic before I went into the doctors' office today, I am now.  Four separate pokes and eight tubes later.  Where did my blood go?  Guess this rules out being a blood donor.  The phlebotomist poked the crook of my left arm, not a drop, in my "lucky vein" - then the left hand, nothing.   Then, the right side was a winner on the second poke there.  The doctor is going to check my B-12 levels, to see if I'm low, because I feel like it.  If so, I'm going to get the B-12 injections.  I need something.  I'm like a corpse lately.  I'm still sick, too, with the gobs of green snot.  Aren't you glad you read that?  Go away green snot, it's been a week.  My weigh-in, fully clothed, 160 lbs.  A week ago, it was higher, so I will take it.

I was chatting with a woman in the lab today.  She asked why I had so many vials of blood being taken, and I said that a few of them must be because of my vitamin level checks, because "I had a gastric bypass almost two years ago, blah blah blah."  She said,  "Oh, I'm having that today."  So, to the random woman in the blood lab, I hope you've come to the loser side healthy and happy!

Ten Ways to Help Someone Lose Weight

From WebMD:

1. Be a cheerleader, not a coach. "You don't want to find faults with what the dieter is doing," says Wolfe-Radbill. "Instead, you want to encourage and cheer on the things they are doing right." That means applauding them for reaching goals, or even for trying. And don't dwell on goals they haven't met, particularly if they don't bring them up.

2. Become an active part of their program. "Volunteer to eat some of their diet foods with them, or at least taste the dishes they prepare," says Waugh. "If they are joining a gym and you can afford a membership, join it as well. Be an active participant in their healthy behaviors."

3. Help develop healthy incentives. If the dieter has met a goal for the week or month, Waugh advises, plan a celebratory activity that doesn't focus on food. "Do something that reinforces spending time together, and create healthy activities that can further encourage their goals," she says.

4. Show them you care about the person, not the diet. "The idea here is to pull up real close to them, but not about the issue of dieting," says Baard. "Let them see you care about them overall, and not just about their weight problems." The key, he says, is to let them know they can count on your caring and your participation in their life -- no matter what their size.

5. When they've had a bad day, listen but don't judge. "Ask them about their progress, and be there to listen if they have faltered," says Waugh. "If you know that the dieter usually turns to food when things go wrong, get them to turn to you instead so they can talk it out, and not eat it out, of their system."

6. Be "aggressively supportive." "And by this, I mean don't wait for the dieter to come after you for support," Baard says. "Let them know that you are there, and wanting to help." If the dieter is a friend or relative you don't see every day, call or email frequently to let them know you're thinking about them -- not their weight. "Ask how they are, how the job is going, how their life is going," says Baard. "You don't have to mention dieting or food, just be assertively there for them."

7. Find non-food ways to celebrate the small goals along the way. Be creative in finding ways to celebrate the dieter's successes. Bring them flowers, pay for a manicure, treat them to a golf game, movie, or sporting event -- just don't focus the celebration on eating, Waugh says.

8. Encourage a healthy lifestyle, not just weight loss. "By encouragement, I mean participation," says Waugh. "Don't just tell someone they need to walk more, offer to walk with them …. The point here is to encourage a healthy lifestyle overall by making it a part of the time you spend together."

9. Learn about their weight loss program. Make an effort to learn as much about their diet plan as you can -- the kinds of foods they're eating, how the plan works, and what it involves, such as attending meetings or participating in online support groups. Then, respect the time they want to devote to these activities -- and don't nag if that means spending a little less time with you, Wolfe-Radbill says. "If you learn about their diet plan you won't have to ask them as many questions, and more of their behaviors and choices may make more sense," she says.

10. Be positive! This is the most important tip of all. When you're fighting a battle, says Wolfe-Radbill, nothing beats the feeling of knowing there's someone who believes in your ability to win. "If the dieter stumbles, and feels bad about themselves, remind them of their other accomplishments and encourage them to move forward -- and whatever you do, don't throw in the towel with them, no matter how discouraged they may sound," she says.

What Not to Do

While it's vital for family and friends to concentrate on the positive things that can help a dieter, it's also important to check some negative habits at the door. Our experts offer this checklist of what not to do when someone you love is on a diet:

1. Don't tempt them. Respect the dieter's food choices, and don't tempt them with a "bite" or a "nibble." " Not only can this take the dieter off track, at the end of the week, bites and nibbles add up and can sabotage a weight loss plan," says Wolfe-Radbill.

2. Don't become the "food police." "You can ask someone if they'd like you to play that role, but I can almost guarantee they won't," says Waugh. As such, don't take on the role of reciting out loud everything a person eats, or locking away food you think they shouldn't have, or reprimanding them for eating the "wrong" thing.

3. Don't say anything to the dieter you wouldn't want said to you. While you may not be struggling with a weight problem yourself, Wolfe-Radbill says, think of a challenge you're trying to overcome, then think about how you'd feel if someone was "in your face" about it.

4. Don't use judgmental language. "Avoid phrases such as 'Did you stick to the plan today?' Or 'You should have been more careful,' or 'Why did you eat that?' You are not the umpire of their life, so remember it's not your role to criticize or judge," says Baard.

5. Don't overdo -- anything! "Don't bombard the dieter with weight loss books and articles, subscriptions to fitness magazines, or low-calorie cookbooks unless they say that's what they want," says Wolfe-Radbill. She reminds us that even when that kind of behavior is invited, it's easy to overdo it and come off as rude: "Keep a lid on the helpfulness, and when in doubt, think under-do, not overkill!

Because it's nearly over.

Winter hell vacation is nearly over.  Today, a celebration.  Each child has a sleepover guest.  That means we are outnumbered by four children right now.  Actually, until nearly 6pm, I was outnumbered by five on my own.  It's almost 9pm, and one is sleeping, the youngest, but only because she's just two and I laid down and put her to bed.  My three year old is flipping out, and the big kids seem to be settled now.  I didn't even attempt making dinner for everyone - so he brought home Boston Market rotisserie chickens and sides.

The big kids have had their guests here since early today - and we've only lost one major piece of furniture.  Someone jumped on the bed, and it broke.  I mean, it really broke.  This is a one year old piece of furniture.  Shows the quality, right?  It was one of those wooden twin beds with underbed storage drawers.  The entire side cracked, broke, and the slats all ripped off and snapped in half.  So, now my son has a real sleepover, on the floor entirely.  We're going to have to replace the entire thing now.  He could really use a spacesaver bunk sort of set-up, with a desk if possible.

Yeah, I'm still sick.  The cough won't end.  You wouldn't believe how sleepy I am.  I was happy to lay down to put the little one to bed, though I fell asleep first, twice.

Polar Diet Pomegranate Dry

Pom On my quest to cut back on the caffeine, I came home with a few new choices of anti-water.  Tonight's trial:  Polar's Diet Pomegranate Dry.  While the bubbles are intense, letting it sit for a while to lose some of them helps.  Don't drink carbonation if your surgeon tells you not to, of course, but I'm a rule breaker. 

The color, a little too much red #40.  The flavor, pretty good, not too sweet, although I've never had pomegranate fruit, so I didn't know what to expect.  I normally don't really enjoy the diet fruit only flavors of soda, as they're too sappy sweet.

Ingredients: Carbonated water, pomegranate juice concentrate, natural flavors, citric acid, potassium benzoate and potassium sorbate (preservatives), sucralose, red 40, acesulfame potassium.


  • Calories 10
  • Sugars 2 (apparently from the 2% pomegranate juice)

Like fingernails on a chalkboard.

Why do we need a winter school vacation?  Why can't we just have more hot fun in the summertime?  I Hate This Week.  The kids are going stir crazy.  They've been in the house for an entire day morning till night - I don't think we've had that happen since, well, last winter vacation?

I promised them a trip out to the playground today.  I got motivated enough to get out - and - my headache came back full-strength.  Then, it rained.

I'm full of phlegm wads and my head feels like it's stuffed with bricks.  This kind of cough lasts weeks with me, as it always turns into a bronchial infection.


I've locked the cat out of the house.  Please don't let me lock the kids out there too.  So help me if one of them pees on a wall, I will.  Anybody need a black cat?  He's all yours.  I've had it.  He cannot come back in this house.  I've been on my hands and knees sniffing out piss half of the day - and I've decided it's not pee on the floor, it's pee on the wall.  He's marking.  He won't stop until he's fixed.  Therefore - he's outside.  Neighborhood cats are pissing on my doors to outsmell my cat.  It's a cat piss heaven.  It's my fault letting him go so long without being fixed - but I can't allow him to pee in the house again.  I can't take it.  I'm gagging and retching and he can't pee here!  Please, if you're a kind soul and want The Nicest Cat On The Planet, I'll Fed Ex him to you?!  He's the best cat we've ever had, but I cannot take the pee.  I'm gagging still, and this is just like a few random sprays.  If it got worse, he'd be Kitty Jerky.  TAKE MY CAT.  TAKE HIM.  PLEASE.

Wal Mart To Sell Fake Splenda, Cheap

Wal*Mart will carry a store-brand version of the popular low-calorie sweetener Splenda in its U.S. supercenters soon.  They're going to make a bundle on this product.  Splenda can be quite expensive - especially for us massive consumers of artificial sweeteners.  (Yeah, we'll discuss the state of disrepair I will be in due to the chemicals floating in me later.)  A box o packets of Splenda runs about $6.50 at Wal-Mart, and that's always much cheaper than where grocery shop.  I wonder how much the fake Splenda will be?

"We're now introducing this product and it will be available in all of our supercenters by the end of February," she said in response to questions from Reuters."

Muffin Tops.

Today, February 23rd, is National Banana Bread Day, according to Hungry Girl.  She recommends celebrating by munching on a Vitalicious Sugar Free Banana Nut Muffin Top.  I'll show you muffin tops.  Eating muffin tops gives you muffin tops.  The Vitalicious Muffins are a better choice, though I cannot find the nutritional stats for the sugar-free versions.  Sugar-free = much farts.  Oh, yes.  Farty muffin tops!

I hate fat bloggers.

No, I don't.  I am one.  But this guy doesn't like us fat bloggers.

Fat"Every blogger has a right to discuss personal matters, but blogging about trying to lose weight would be like me blogging about this massive pimple that has been growing on my knee (I just popped it, and it was not a squirter). When you blog about your struggles about eating less and getting off your ass for more than 30 minutes a week, you make yourself less sexy and more ordinary. Guys don’t want to hear about that, and judging from other obviously insincere comments, neither do women."

Sorry to disappoint.  He's asked us fatties to stay out of the gym, because it's offensive to him, but asked us to get off our asses for more than 30 minutes a week, too.  What do you want?  I'm "lazy" - and I don't go to the gym.  If I did, you'd cry at the sight of my flabby loose skin on my thighs and upper arms that resemble chicken wings.  Don't even get me started on the belly that's grown several eight pound watermelons, and pushed 'em out.  Oh, that's sexy.  But, I lost most of the fat already.  And, I'm still a nasty fatty.  Maybe after three or four rounds of plastic surgery, I will be appropriately bodied for the gym?

It's not like we're blogging for anyone elses' benefit!  It is self-help.  If someone else can be inspired or motivated to get moving because of my journey or anyone elses' weight loss journey - that's wonderful.  I love read other peoples weight loss blogs, the daily grind of losing weight and maintaining a loss is boring, unless you're doing it too.  The regains, sure, I love to read those too, for motivation.  I am a regainer - and I will continue to write about it for my own benefit until I feel I am done losing and can maintain successfully without thinking about it.  That may never happen.  It's a lifetime struggle, one I do not wish on anyone, except you Mr. Fat Blogger Hater.  Where's the love?

Fart Free Beans! Rock On!

If anything would make people fart less, it's a good thing.  Gastric bypass patients definitely fart a lot more than the person with the normal digestive system.  Fresh vegetables and many other foods can really reek (ha-ha) havoc on your natural state of intestinal comfort.  Give a gastric bypass post op some raw broccoli, wait about a half hour.  Hoo-boy.  So to me,  these fart-less sounds like a fantastic idea:

"Many people are put off from eating beans by the much joked-about side effect – flatulence. But a new variety of the flatulence-free manteca bean, grown in the UK, could help encourage more people to consume the fibre- and protein-rich food. Known as Prim Beans, the new variety was developed by Dr Colin Leakey who first started looking into flatulence-free beans in the late 1960s when he was working in Uganda. He noticed that mothers were reluctant to feed their children beans because they would develop colic. This meant that they were missing out on a very valuable source of protein. Manteca beans have long been grown in Chile, and their no-flatulence property is believed to be due to the tannins in their seed coat. Dr Leakey found a way to make these beans suitable for the UK climate. Part of the rationale behind this was to give farmers another crop, which could help with crop rotation and reduce the need for agrichemicals. Prim Beams are now being processed and marketed by Cambridge, UK-based Phaseolus, which sources beans from all around the world and soaks, cooks and freezes them for use by food manufacturers. Phaseolus’ Sandra Hopper told NutraIngredients.com that she believes Prim Beans will have a good use in foods aimed at people who are more susceptible to digestive problems, in particular children and elderly people. “I think kids' meals would be perfect,” she said. “But it is yet to be proven how far this will push more people into eating beans.” Hooper said that Phaseolus’ frozen beans has encouraged more food manufacturers to use beans in their products, and she likes to think that the company is contributing to a resurgence of interest in beans in the UK. In 2005 Phaseolus’ sales were up 40 per cent on the previous year. It currently sells over 600 tonnes of beans to manufactures. So far, the company has not found a food company that is prepared to market the benefits of Prim Beans, although Get Real, which has just started selling ready-to-cook organic adzuki beans, has expressed an interest in using them for a similar product. Between 5 and 6 tonnes of Prim Beans are currently grown in Essex each year, but this can be scaled up to meet demand. The first organic crop was announced in November. But Rebecca Foster, a nutrition scientist for the British Nutrition Foundation, said she is not sure that the flatulence issue is what puts people off beans. “The more you eat beans, the more your digestive system gets used to them and flatulence becomes less of a problem,” she said. She explained that intestinal gas results from colonic bacterial fermentation of the indigestible oligosaccharides, the carbohydrate in beans, and cited a small study which indicated that although there was no change in the quantity of gas excreted with long-term bean consumption over short-term, individuals reported greater tolerance and less physical discomfort the longer beans were in their diet. Foster stressed that beans are an excellent source of nutrition since they contain many of the important nutrients we need – that is, fibre, carbohydrates and protein. “We are fully for the bean,” she said."

Source:  Nutraingredients.

I woulda said flatulence, but FART FART FART will get more Google hits.

"Healthy" Chocolate?

Are chocoholics' dreams coming true?  I don't think so.

"Company promises 'healthy' chocolate; experts skeptical

ALBANY, Georgia (AP) -- It's every chocolate lover's wish that their favorite indulgence could somehow be healthy for them. Now, chocolate makers claim they have granted that wish. Mars Inc., maker of Milky Way, Snickers and M&M's candies, next month plans to launch nationwide a new line of products made with a dark chocolate the company claims has health benefits. Called CocoaVia, the products are made with a kind of dark chocolate high in flavanols, an antioxidant found in cocoa beans that is thought to have a blood-thinning effect similar to aspirin and may even lower blood pressure. The snacks also are enriched with vitamins and injected with cholesterol-lowering plant sterols from soy. But researchers are skeptical about using chocolate for its medicinal purposes and experts warn it's no substitute for a healthy diet. "To suggest that chocolate is a health food is risky," said Bonnie Liebman, nutrition director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Recent research has not established a link between flavanols and a reduced risk of cancer or heart disease, she said. And with obesity already a serious health problem, "the last thing we need is for Americans to think they can eat more chocolate."

Read more here, CNN.com.

I see no need for this.  It's just making excuses for us to eat more crap.  You can already eat dark chocolate that has the flavanols and less sugar and less artificial ingredients, in moderation.  Mars just wants money.  They make loads of snack-foods, rice and pet foods.  Just think about that when you bite into your next Twix.  That crunchy cookie = cat food!  Now that's a good way to stop the urge.


Brand Web site
3 MUSKETEERS www.3musketeers.com
CELEBRATIONS www.celebrations365.com
COMBOS www.combos.com
COOKIES& www.cookiesand.com
DOVE www.dovechocolate.com
ETHEL-M www.ethelm.com
KUDOS www.kudosbar.com
M&M'S www.colorworks.com
M&M'S www.marsbrightideas.com
M&M'S www.mms.com
MILKY WAY www.milkywaybar.com
SKITTLES www.skittles.com
SNICKERS www.snickers.com
STARBURST www.starburst.com
TWIX www.twix.com
General Mars internet site(s) related to this product category


Brand Web site
CESAR www.cesar.com
PEDIGREE www.pedigree.com
SHEBA www.sheba.com
WALTHAM www.waltham.com
WHISKAS www.whiskas.com
General Mars internet site(s) related to this product category

Main meals

Brand Web site
MASTERFOODSERVICES www.masterfoodservices.com
UNCLE BEN'S www.unclebens.com

Obese boys, girls more likely to be bullied

"Obese grade-school children are more likely to be the targets of bullying than their leaner peers are, a UK study suggests.

Researchers found that among more than 8,000 7-year-olds, obese boys and girls were about 50 percent more likely to be bullied over the next year than their normal-weight classmates.

On the other hand, obese boys were also more inclined to describe themselves as bullies. Compared with normal-weight boys, they were 66 percent more likely to physically or verbally harass their peers -- presumably, the study authors speculate, because of their dominant size.

In contrast, obese girls were not more likely to be bullies, according to findings published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

The findings suggest that children need to learn from an early age that it's not okay to tease or bully over body size, said lead author Lucy J. Griffiths, a researcher at the Institute of Child Health in London.

Children as young as 4, she told Reuters Health, have been shown to have negative feelings toward drawings of overweight children their age. The "thin is good, fat is bad" view, Griffiths said, appears to take shape in the early preschool years.

Other studies have reached conclusions similar to her team's. One study of Canadian high school students found that obese teenagers, male and female, were more likely to have been bullied or to have bullied other kids. Those researchers speculated that some overweight teens may have become perpetrators in retaliation for being bullied at a younger age.

The fact that obese 8-year-old boys may be more likely to bully other kids is something schools should be aware of, Griffiths said.

The study included 8,210 children who were interviewed and had physical exams at the ages of 7 and 8. Overall, children who were obese at age 7 were at greater risk of being regularly bullied by the age of 8.

Among obese boys, 36 percent were victims of "overt" bullying -- meaning they were physically hurt, intimidated or called names -- and they were 54 percent more likely than their normal-weight peers to be bullied. The findings were similar for girls, with 34 percent being frequent targets of the same forms of bullying.

Fourteen percent of obese boys were self-described perpetrators, versus 10 percent of normal-weight boys. Still, Griffiths and her colleagues write, this finding should not overshadow the fact that heavy boys were much more likely to be victims than bullies.

So besides the long-term physical health consequences of obesity, the researchers conclude, many overweight children may also face the psychological and social effects of bullying.

"This study suggests that parents, school personnel, and health professionals need to reduce the occurrence of this behavior and the social marginalisation of obese children at an early age," they write.

Source:  Reuters, via Yahoo.

Thank you for the germs.

Maybe I've got the bird flu.  I don't know, but I think I might die.  I'm being slightly sarcastic, but I am sick.  I never get sick, this is weird.  I woke up yesterday with an instant cough and developed a fever, chills, shaking, body aches and I definitely fell back to the floor when I tried to get up from sitting on the floor while I was cleaning some stuff out of a closet.  The aching is the worst, it's like every nerve in my legs is twitching.  The cough sucks extra badly too, because after gastric bypass (this may be a weird problem that Bob & I have, but...) coughing is next to impossible.  I can't get the power behind my cough to move any mucus if i had to.  The cough just rumbles and rolls and I sound like I have cystic fibrosis.  I can't cough a damn thing up.  Yummy.  Of course with this kind of cough, you get the hack, hack, hack, gag, dry heave.  The heaving part rocks, because I can't throw up!  It doesn't work unless I've got too much food in my pouch, which isn't going to happen because my appetite is not so good.  I'm just avoiding eating boxes of dry cereal and crackers now.  At least I'm not having the other flu-ish symptoms that I could be having, right?!  No squirts or real puking, yay.

FAT Camp?

Fat Camp on MTV? I didn't see it yet- oh, but I will, they definitely rerun enough that I'll catch it.

From VH-1's Best Week Ever Blog:

"If anyone managed to catch MTV's Fat Camp, a reality show that takes place over a summer at a Poconos weight loss camp, you may have noticed it's hard to be fat and in high school.  But it's even harder when you have a camera following you around when you're getting undressed.

In last night's MTV special, the directors and producers got a little too documentary-style when it came to profiling these obese kids. They featured lots of unflattering bathing suit shots, followed one heavy-set girl around while she was buck naked and employed the Celebrity Fit Club method of weight loss display, dressing the kids in skivvies to reveal their bulging bodies before and after. All in all, pretty much a fat high school kid's worst nightmare.

While the show taught me that fat kids have the same problems as skinny kids (except they're also fat), it seems that these kids now have another problem: the whole world has seen them half-naked. MTV just may have guaranteed these kids a year's worth of painful, public wedgies."

Suing the pants off Spongebob.

From Alternet, Suing the Pants off Spongebob!Spong

"The case may sound silly, but it's not. SpongeBob SquarePants is being hauled into court in Massachusetts. His crime? Exploiting young children and contributing to escalating rates of obesity and diabetes. How can a cartoon character be guilty of such things? By corporate marketing run amok.

Late last month, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) announced their intention to sue Viacom (parent company of Nickelodeon) and Kellogg for unsavory marketing practices aimed at children under age 8. By all psychological measures, such children are too young to understand the persuasive intent of advertising.

It should come as no surprise to parents that these and other companies use popular children's cartoon characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer to hawk all manner of junk foods high in fat and sugar that are virtually devoid of nutritional value. The scientific findings released last month by the revered Institute of Medicine was also not a shocker: These marketing practices work, especially on impressionable young children, whose eating habits are just being formed.

Children's advocates have been fighting for 30 years to get companies to stop exploiting kids, to no avail. It has become painfully clear that consumer groups' calls for government action are now falling of deaf ears. As a result, CSPI and CCFC are turning to litigation as the only remaining remedy available.

And who can blame them? When the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Health and Human Services held a "workshop" last summer on childhood obesity and food marketing, the result was a massive public relations opportunity for junk food companies. Six months later, the agencies have yet to release a promised report on the proceedings, let alone promulgate regulations to actually address the problem. Similarly, Congress has taken no action.

And all the while food companies claim to be "part of the solution" when it comes to childhood obesity. But industry's version of solving the problem means no government tinkering with profit-making. Rather, industry favors "self-regulation," which translates to the fox guarding the henhouse. The Children's Advertising Review Unit, industry's self-appointed and corporate-funded regulatory body has failed miserably. As Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa -- one of few champions for children left in Congress -- has noted: "CARU, frankly, has become a poster child for how not to conduct self-regulation."

When all the other legal avenues have failed: government regulation, legislation, and industry self-regulation, that leaves one remaining option -- litigation.

And yet, this case is bound to suffer the slings and arrows of those who would label any lawsuit aimed at industry for contributing to obesity as "frivolous," the right wing's favorite moniker for any case aimed at curbing corporate excesses. But this case and others like it sure to follow are not about blaming any one company for making people fat. They are about getting irresponsible food and media corporations to stop using deceptive marketing practices to lure vulnerable children into a lifetime of destructive eating habits.

But what about the parents? Corporations are fond of blaming overworked and stressed out parents for giving in to their children's requests for unhealthy food. After all, children don't drive themselves to McDonald's, they say. But if food and advertising companies really want parents to be the decision makers, then they would market children's products only to adults. But instead, they go around the parents by directly targeting children. Corporations foster what advertising experts call the "nag factor," along with other tactics designed to undermine the parent-child relationship.

At an upcoming trade show called "Kid Power" devoted solely to marketing food and beverages to children, junk food peddlers can learn countless tricks of the trade at workshops such as, "Character Development to Create an Emotional Connection" and "Utilizing Branding to Create Increased Value Perception Among Kids In School Cafeterias." How is a parent supposed to compete with all of that psychological marketing savvy?

If both science and common sense tell us that it's inherently deceptive to market to young children, then it should stop. This is a lawsuit whose time has come. With every other legal avenue closed to protect children, suing the worse offenders is the last resort. Let's hope this door doesn't slam shut too. Children deserve better.

Source: http://www.alternet.org/story/31585/

One boys' regular.

After a near-tantrum, he got a haircut today.  Snip-its was a success.  Not one complaint.  He climbed into the hair, got the control for the game and the stylist treated him with sticky-sweet-sap that I couldn't deal with, and it worked.  He now has a fresh "boys' regular" cut.  Yes, we drove out of our way and paid about $7.00 more than we would had we just gone to the damn barbershop, but it's done.  After the successful haircut, lunch, at Bugaboo Creek.  Topped off a sub-par lunch with the kids' ice cream sandwiches that tasted as if they were left in a dirty mop bucket with bleach and mildew.  I told the on-duty hostess manager, who offered more ice cream.  Yeah.  That's appetizing.  It didn't help that I spent the entire time at dinner peeling fishy-tasting flour batter off of "Snowbird Chicken" that was more prevalent on the greasy oily strips of tenderloin that were smaller than the chunks of batter and oil clumps.  My eight year old said, "See, I told you that stuff was nasty!"  Apparently she had ordered the chicken strips last time they had dinner at Bugaboo, and was just as disgusted as I was.  It wasn't even my lunch, it was Bob's - I shared - I got the baked beans in the two ounce bowl.  I won't return to that restaurant.  I don't remember the food being gross in the other few Bugaboo Creeks that we've been to, so maybe this is just a single episode of a bad experience.

Fear of Fat!

Fat fear face

This is what happens when I think about gaining weight.   Oh No!  Fat!  Run!  Hide!  Have a cookie!

Anyways - there's more in the sidebar in the Flickr link.  Wasting a few moments this afternoon waiting on my date.  Those silly boys, always take so long getting ready. (muffled laugh over here)

School Vacation Time!


Are We Having Fun Yet? 

It is day one, going on hour number three four awake (yes, we got up at six in the morning on a Saturday), of February vacation, we've already made, eaten and cleaned up a nice start of vacation breakfast and we're BORED! 

Breakfast was Whole Wheat Pancakes made to the size of my three year olds' head.  I had no patience with the mix, because it was sticking to the pan, therefore I made giant pancakes to finish quicker.  We also had our usual turkey bacon.  The cat was going bonkers while I made the bacon, he is obsessed with the opening of the package, the smells involved in cooking the bacon, and the finished product.

One child ate a pancake with no complaint, and she was so excited because they were giant.  "Mom, you never do this."

Another, much like the Pediasure commercial "I don't think I like _________," refused to try a pancake until she saw that I brought out butter, too. (This child would eat sticks of butter if allowed.) I don't normally use real butter and I never allow margarine in the house, I give them Earths' Balance Buttery Sticks or Spread instead for stuff that the spray "just won't do" on.  She happily ate about a third of a giant pancake after it was smeared with a little of the buttery spread and jam. 

The third, declared he wasn't hungry, and didn't want anything.  He sat with a pancake for quite a few minutes, inspecting it, sniffing it, moving it, and then eventually ate about a quarter of it with the spread and a bit of syrup.  He was freaked out because they were wheat and lacked that white bread floppy pasty texture that he expected, even if we've had them a bunch of times previously.  He didn't fuss, and I'm impressed that he had a few bites.

We don't have any plans today.  I'd like to get sensory avoidance boy to the barber - he's getting shaggy.  He refused last two times to get in the chair to have a haircut.  His alternative is to have a "mom-cut" which is bad news.  That would be a complete buzz wiffle.  I cannot cut hair to save my life.  I know if I brought him to the fancy Snip-Its salon he'd eventually cave in and sit down, but it's such a drama to get him there and convince him that it won't bother him.  Not only that, but going to Snip-It's almost immediately guarantees me a tantrum from the little one, because she LOVES LOVES LOVES a haircut - and WANTS A DORA THE EXPLORER HAIRCUT, PLEASE!  If I cut her hair noone will be happy, except her.  (And of course, me, secretly because she won't have a ponytail for more than an hour a day.)

Okay, so todays' intake for ME, so help me food gods:


  • Few bites whole wheat pancake
  • 1 serving turkey bacon

I'm currently planning to have a scoop of protein in a big bottle of diluted orange Crystal Light for "Lunch" - (it's my favorite way to have vanilla protein powder.) Why?  Because, I may end up out on a "date" with the husband for dinner, which usually translates to a half a light beer, cheese and greens out of a salad.  We may end up in Rhode Island buying a Powerball Ticket for all I know.  This depends on when he gets home, as he's working in a different location today/will be late.

It's going to be a long nine days.