Tuesday, January 27, 2009

25 more things!

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.) If you can't find "notes" click the "+" sign it will be under there.

Here goes:

1. I love my children I really do! I love being a SAHM! And miss them terribly when I am away from them. Although sometimes I wish we had better babysitter situation. Anyone?

2. I am still nursing my little one almost 2.5 years now.

3. I love chocolate, good chocolate, good coffee and tea.

4. I had trouble learning to read. And now amazed at my son who seems to love to read and get it so much better than I did.

5. I have never been out of the USA. Except Mexico (in my Mothers tummy) and Canada twice (Niagara Falls and the Washington State Boarder)

6.My husband is a much better cook than I, and I love him so much for that, otherwise I might starve. LOL

7. I like to clean, really I am a clean freak and I like to organize. I had a boss call me anal and I had no idea what it meant and hated that word.

8. I was on Mt. Saint Helens when it blew.

9. I don't really like Doctors (mainly because I don't feel like they listen to me and just want to throw a pill at me), but I love my chiropractor!

10. I morn the loss of a few relationships that I wish were better.

11. I have dreams that have come true.

12. My whole family sleeps in one room. We co sleep and love it.

13. I used to go dancing 5 nights a week. I miss it some days.

14.I have lived in 4 states. CA, WA, NV, RI.

15.I really feel conflicted about unresolved conflicts.

16. My husband is my best friend.

17. I don't like the smell of nursing homes or old people but I think aging people are beautiful and wonderful. Well most of them.

18. I like to read but I have trouble finding time.

19. I love to learn new things. By myself, with my husband, with my kids, with my family, with my friends!

20. I would love to give birth again but I really don't want more children.

21.I was a brownie and a girl scout.

22. I played/took piano lessons for 4 years, but never learned to read music.

23. Growing up I was in tap, ballet, baton, gymnastics, and played volleyball, basketball all at different times. Until I turned 15 and got a job.

24. I love where I live 2 hrs or less to the mountains, desert, ocean...

25. I just reread my 16 things and realised that I had way more than 16 things... so can I stop yet?

And more! Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Turning Us Into Mad Hatters?



and this one...


Some heavy metal with that sweet roll?

Some heavy metal with that sweet roll?

The FDA sat on evidence of mercury-tainted high-fructose corn syrup
Posted by Tom Philpott at 2:04 PM on 26 Jan 2009

High-fructose corn syrup rose from obscurity to ubiquity starting in the late 1970s, borne up by an informal public-private partnership between grain-processing giant Archer Daniels Midland and the federal government. For me, HFCS is at best a highly processed, lavishly subsidized, calorie-heavy, nutritional vacuum.

I recently visited a public high school in Boone, N.C. The main hall literally hummed with machines peddling variations on Coca-Cola's formula for success: fizzy water with artificial flavor, artificial color, added caffeine, and a jolt of HFCS. Other machines displayed snack "foods" tarted up with HFCS. Why are we feeding our kids this crap, again?

Now comes news that makes even an HFCS cynic like me do a spit-take over my home-brewed morning coffee. Turns out that HFCS is commonly tainted with mercury -- a highly toxic substance -- according to a peer-reviewed report published by Environmental Health (abstract here; PDF of the must-read full text here.)

The Environmental Health study draws on samples of high-fructose corn syrup taken straight from the factory. But no one drinks the stuff straight. What about, say, cookies sweetened with HFCS? The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy plucked HFCS-containing products from supermarket shelves and tested them for mercury. The result?

Overall, we found detectable mercury in 17 of 55 samples, or around 31 percent
Traces of mercury turned up in name-brand products from makers including Quaker, Hunt's, Manwich, Hershey's, Smucker's, Kraft, Nutri-Grain, and Yoplait.

That a ubiquitous industrial-food ingredient such as HFCS should be tainted by mercury is bad enough. But it gets worse. The FDA has apparently known about this since 2005 -- and done nothing to publicize it or change it.

In 2005, EH study lead author Renee Dufault was an FDA researcher. At that time, she conducted the tests now cited in the EH report. Her results found mercury in 9 of 20 HFCS samples -- 45 percent.

She doesn't comment on why, but the FDA apparently did nothing with her results in the years since they emerged. She retired from the agency in March 2008 -- and evidently decided to go public. She deserves praise for the decision to publish her work -- essentially blowing the whistle on what looks like an egregious attempt to hide key information from the public.

So how does mercury work its way into our the food industry's favorite sweetener? It finds its way into Pop Tarts and the like through the stunning array chemicals required to transform corn into a cane sugar substitute. (As you read the following list, marvel that the FDA recently ruled that manufacturers can label HFCS-sweetened foods "natural.") According the the EH study:

Several chemicals are required to make HFCS, including caustic soda, hydrochloric acid, alpha-amylase, gluco-amylase, isomerase, ilter aid, powdered carbon, calcium chloride, and magnesium sulfate.
Two of those charming-sounding chemicals -- caustic soda and hydrochloric acid -- can contain traces of mercury.

Caustic soda and hydrochloric acid are made through the same processes that produce chlorine. It can be done in one of two ways. The first involves pumping saltwater through a vat of mercury. The stuff produced this way is known as "mercury grade."

The second process involves no mercury. The industry is shifting to the second process, but the mercury style has by no means been phased out. According to IATP, "Today, the chlorine industry remains the largest intentional consumer (end user) of mercury."

So you've got this "mercury grade" caustic soda and hydrochloric acid floating around. Guess who's using it? According to the EH study, "mercury grade caustic soda and hydrochloric acid are primarily used by the high fructose corn syrup industry."

Not only did the FDA fail to inform the public of HFCS's mercury problem; food manufacturers that use HFCS may have been in the dark, IATP reports.

There is one hopeful tidbit from the highly disturbing Environmental Health and Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy studies. Several years ago, then-Sen. Barack Obama introduced legislation that would have forced the chlorine industry to phase out mercury.

That bill failed. I hope the new Congress revives it. And I hope the Obama FDA investigates precisely why the agency sat on information that could have saved consumers from mercury exposure. The officials who made that decision -- as well as the HFCS industry, led by Archer Daniels Midland -- must be held to account.

Monday, January 19, 2009

We started cleaning our garage...

and we have a lot of stuff we want to give away or sell... look here!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Let Your Love Shine

THE DAILY GROOVE ~ by Scott Noelle

:: Let Your Love Shine ::

Love is like the sun: every member of your family can fully receive the warmth of your love without depriving the others.

Only when you position them in front of or behind one another does love seem exclusive -- giving to some while casting a shadow on others.

Love shines *through* you rather then *from* you, which means you can never really run out of it. When loving your children, your partner, and yourself, there is no limit on how much Love you can shine.

The more you release thoughts of limitation and practice *knowing* that Love is infinite -- even when others are temporarily focused on the shadows
-- the more you will experience parenthood as a sunny, joyful, empowering journey.


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Copyright (c) 2008 by Scott Noelle

I did it for you, girls: Barack Obama pens letter to his daughters

Barack Obama has written a letter to his daughters, explaining how he has missed them during his campaign for the White House, why he wanted to be president and what he wants to achieve.

He was asked to write the letter by US magazine Parade. This is what he wrote:

Dear Malia and Sasha,

I know that you've both had a lot of fun these last two years on the campaign trail, going to picnics and parades and state fairs, eating all sorts of junk food your mother and I probably shouldn't have let you have. But I also know that it hasn't always been easy for you and Mom, and that as excited as you both are about that new puppy, it doesn't make up for all the time we've been apart. I know how much I've missed these past two years, and today I want to tell you a little more about why I decided to take our family on this journey.

When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me - about how I'd make my way in the world, become successful, and get the things I want. But then the two of you came into my world with all your curiosity and mischief and those smiles that never fail to fill my heart and light up my day. And suddenly, all my big plans for myself didn't seem so important anymore. I soon found that the greatest joy in my life was the joy I saw in yours. And I realized that my own life wouldn't count for much unless I was able to ensure that you had every opportunity for happiness and fulfillment in yours. In the end, girls, that's why I ran for President: because of what I want for you and for every child in this nation.

I want all our children to go to schools worthy of their potential-schools that challenge them, inspire them, and instill in them a sense of wonder about the world around them. I want them to have the chance to go to college-even if their parents aren't rich. And I want them to get good jobs: jobs that pay well and give them benefits like health care, jobs that let them spend time with their own kids and retire with dignity.

I want us to push the boundaries of discovery so that you'll live to see new technologies and inventions that improve our lives and make our planet cleaner and safer. And I want us to push our own human boundaries to reach beyond the divides of race and region, gender and religion that keep us from seeing the best in each other.

Sometimes we have to send our young men and women into war and other dangerous situations to protect our country-but when we do, I want to make sure that it is only for a very good reason, that we try our best to settle our differences with others peacefully, and that we do everything possible to keep our servicemen and women safe. And I want every child to understand that the blessings these brave Americans fight for are not free-that with the great privilege of being a citizen of this nation comes great responsibility.

That was the lesson your grandmother tried to teach me when I was your age, reading me the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence and telling me about the men and women who marched for equality because they believed those words put to paper two centuries ago should mean something.

She helped me understand that America is great not because it is perfect but because it can always be made better-and that the unfinished work of perfecting our union falls to each of us. It's a charge we pass on to our children, coming closer with each new generation to what we know America should be.

I hope both of you will take up that work, righting the wrongs that you see and working to give others the chances you've had. Not just because you have an obligation to give something back to this country that has given our family so much-although you do have that obligation. But because you have an obligation to yourself. Because it is only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you will realize your true potential.

These are the things I want for you-to grow up in a world with no limits on your dreams and no achievements beyond your reach, and to grow into compassionate, committed women who will help build that world. And I want every child to have the same chances to learn and dream and grow and thrive that you girls have. That's why I've taken our family on this great adventure.

I am so proud of both of you. I love you more than you can ever know. And I am grateful every day for your patience, poise, grace, and humor as we prepare to start our new life together in the White House.

Love, Dad


I took this quiz. Because I thought it would be interesting.

What Kind of Empath Are You?

You Scored as Universal

You are a Universal Empath, you possess all the qualities of the other seven empath groups. You are what is known as an "Implicate" or Imp, a product of evolutionary design and genetic mutation. You are a psychic hybrid. (from "The Book of Storms" by Jad Alexander at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Empaths/)

Universal 85%
Precog 80%
Healer 80%
Judge 80%
Fallen Angel 80%
Shaman 70%
Artist 70%
Traveler 70%

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


So I took this quiz twice and here are the results...

Your Type is
Introverted Intuitive Feeling Judging
Strength of the preferences %
22 38 62 22

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Kids... How tall?

I measured the kids today and was a little surprised.
Dylan is 50 3/4 inches tall.
Mataya is 37 inches tall even.
My how they grow!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

16 Random Things...

OK, I got tagged for this. Not sure I can come up with 16 new random things about myself...

Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 16 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end choose 16 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. Come on . . . life is short!

1. I was born in San Diego, but I have never been back.

2. I had been through 32 states by age 10. Lived in 4. Navy brat. Was also held back in 2nd grade because of a move.

3. I almost fell over Niagara Falls when I was about 10. Interesting story and I have the picture to prove it.

4. I climbed to the top of the Statue of Liberty even in the crown before they closed it to the public.

5. I wanted to be on the football team in high school...was told I was too thin so I started weightlifting, I did that for many years.

6. I went to modeling school. (I wanted to become a model so I could travel) Then was told I had too many muscles was too defined. Even thought I was not heavy. In my life I have also been anywhere from a size 1 to a size 12 and everywhere in between. Looks are not as important to me as this number may suggest. I love the Dove commercials! Inner beauty is really what matters.

7. I know how to West Coast Swing, 2-step, Waltz, many other partner dances, and line dance. Have even been in competitions. I miss Dancing so very much. Hubby and I still dance around the house and the kids laugh at us and then try to join in.

8. I have meet many singers, mostly country, gotten autographs. Mostly Chris LeDoux many times. Rest in Peace Chris you are truly missed. Also, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Joe Nichols, Trick Pony, Phil Vassar, Kathy Mattea, Don Williams, Ricky Skaggs, Dan Seals, Gary Allen, Pam Tillis, Clay Walker,

9. I would love to live in the country have a farm, animals, garden and lake, hiking trails. But then I might miss my Internet fix.

10. I don't cook much (I don't really like to) thanks to the awesome hubby. I do like to bake if I have the time.

11. I love to entertain, and wished we had more people over more often. Sometimes I am afraid though.

12. Being a Mom and parenting is the most important thing to me in my life. I intensely love and adore my children. They amaze me everyday.

12. I feel like I don't fit in anywhere in parts of my life. Feel like people don't truly know me.

13. I don't know what I want to be when I grow up.

14. I have never broken a bone, but I have a bad ankle (torn ligament) a bad wrist (from scooping ice cream at Basking Robbins 1st job) and a bad hip (honeymoon injury) but I do not have much pain thanks to an awesome chiropractor!

15. I have had two natural births but both at hospitals. With one born posterior after 8 hours of labor. And the other born in a the water (birthing tub) after barely making it to the hospital. I also thing Breast milk is awesome and pumped for 13 months for the first kid and still nursing the second.

16. I have natural curly hair and I have twirled it since I was 2. Hard habit to break. It is just so soft.

I really thought this was going to be hard... but not too bad.

If you read this... tag your it!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

I love these affirmations!

Affirmations are powerful and help you to affirm the life you want and deserve, and bring your thoughts back to a love basis.

Always use the first person when stating positive affirmations. For example: "I am healthy. I am calm and balanced. I am beautiful."

I am surrounded by Angels now
The Angels shine the love of God upon me and thru me
I accept this love from God and the Angels
I deserve love
I deserve happiness
I deserve help from heaven and I accept it now
I call upon God and the Angels to help and guide me
I listen to my inner voice and feelings
My inner voice and feelings are guidance from God and the Angels
I follow my guidance in full faith

I know that God and the Angels love me and are guiding me right now
I accept love
I love
I am loving
I am very loved
I forgive everyone
I forgive myself
I allow the loving energy of God and the Angels to guide my every action
I am divinely protected
I send Gods love to everyone I meet

There is an abundance of love in the world
There is enough for everyone
I have an abundance of everything
I attract wonderful loving people into my life
My Angels and I enjoy new opportunities to give service to the world

I am rewarded constantly
My life is harmonious and peaceful
I am peaceful
I am radiant
I am joyful

Angel Blessings to you, and may the wonder of this Christmas Season be with you throughout the New Year.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year! Day 2! PEACE!

From the daily OM.... and a picture of me share my PEACE!

January 2, 2009
Share Your Peace
Aries Daily Horoscope

You could be experiencing a sense of tranquility today that may leave you feeling serene and at peace with the world, which could be due to your awareness that the universe is taking care of you and there is nothing to worry about. Perhaps today you can make best use of this feeling of peace by doing a loving-kindness meditation in which you send your positive vibrational energy to others. As your breath becomes calm and still, you can picture someone in your life about whom you care. Imagine the peace you feel while basking them in a warm, golden light that is filled with soothing energy. With each breath, feel this light intensify to slowly envelop everyone you know, and to eventually cover all beings on earth. In this loving-kindness meditation, you could notice that not only your sense of inner calm but also your love for the world around you increases.

Our feelings of peace can be a positive catalyst to spread peace to others in our world. When everything seems right in our lives, it is easy for us to simply relax into the feeling and wish to hold onto it. The more we try to contain this feeling, however, the more elusive it will become. Truly being able to delve into serenity means that we see what is peaceful around us, as well as within. By sharing this sense of peace through meditation, you will alter the vibrations of the people in your life as well as be a force for their own positive and healing change.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year! Day 1! Love!

I got this yesterday in my inbox from the Daily OM.

I really liked it and it fit so here it is.

December 31, 2008
New Year's Resolutions: The Two Lists
A Message from DailyOM Co-Founder Scott Blum

I was fortunate to spend time with an enigmatic man named Robert during a very special period of my life. Robert taught me many things during our days together, and this time of year reminds me of one particular interaction we had.

"Now that you are becoming more aware," Robert said, "you need to begin to set goals for yourself so you don't lose the momentum you have built."

"Like New Year's resolutions?" I asked.

"That's an interesting idea," he smirked. "Let's do that."

By then I was used to his cryptic responses, so I knew something was up because of the way his eyes sparkled as he let out an impish laugh.

"Tonight's assignment is to make two lists," Robert continued. "The first is a list of all the New Year's resolutions you WANT to keep, and the second is a list of all the New Year's resolutions you WILL keep. Write the WANT List first, and when you have exhausted all of your ideas, then write the second list on another sheet of paper."

That night I went home and spent several hours working on the two lists. The WANT List felt overwhelming at first, but after a while I got into writing all the things I had always wanted to do if the burdens of life hadn't gotten in the way. After nearly an hour, the list swelled to fill the entire page and contained nearly all of my ideas of an ideal life. The second list was much easier, and I was able to quickly commit ten practical resolutions that I felt would be both realistic and helpful.

The next day, I met Robert in front of the local food Co-op, where we seemed to have most of our enlightening conversations. "Tell me about your two lists," Robert said as the familiar smirk crept onto his face.

"The first list contains all the things I SHOULD do if I completely changed my life to be the person I always wanted to be. And the second list contains all the things I COULD do by accepting my current life, and taking realistic steps towards the life I want to lead."

"Let me see the second list," he said.

I handed him the second list, and without even looking at it, he ripped the paper into tiny pieces and threw it in the nearby garbage can. His disregard for the effort I had put into the list annoyed me at first, but after I calmed down I began to think about the first list in a different light. In my heart, I knew the second list was a cop out, and the first list was the only one that really mattered.

"And now, the first list." Robert bowed his head and held out both of his hands.

I purposefully handed him the first list and held his gaze for several seconds, waiting for him to begin reading the page. After an unusually long silence, he began to crumple the paper into a ball and once again tossed it into the can without looking at it.

"What did you do that for?!" I couldn't hide my anger any longer.

Robert began to speak in a quiet and assured voice. "What you SHOULD or COULD do with your life no longer matters. The only thing that matters, from this day forward, is what you MUST do."

He then drew a folded piece of paper from his back pocket and handed it to me.

I opened it carefully, and found a single word floating in the middle of the white page: