Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Walk the Line

I just saw the movie 'Walk the Line'... it was great:)

From my hometown newspaper

The Capital-Journal online:Report shows obese Americans continue to grow, in number and size

Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — The gravy train — make that the sausage, biscuits and gravy train — just kept on rolling in most of America last year, with 31 states showing an increase in obesity.

Mississippi continued to lead the way. An estimated 29.5 percent of adults there are considered obese. That's an increase of 1.1 percentage points when compared with last year's report, which is compiled by Trust for America's Health, an advocacy group that promotes increased funding for public health programs.

Meanwhile, Colorado remains the leanest state. About 16.9 percent of its adults are considered obese. That mark was also up slightly from last year's report, but not enough to be considered statistically significant.

The only state that experienced a decrease in the percentage of obese adults last year was Nevada.

"Obesity now exceeds 25 percent in 13 states, which should sound some serious alarm bells," said Dr. Jeff Levi, executive director of the advocacy group.

Health officials warn that a high incidence of obesity in a particular state doesn't mean it treats the issue less seriously than others. States have different challenges to contend with when it comes to obesity, said Dr. Janet Collins of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Populations are not equal in terms of experiencing these health problems," Collins said. "Low-income populations tend to experience all the health problems we worry about at greater rates."

Indeed, the five states with the highest obesity rates — Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, Louisiana and Kentucky — exhibit much higher rates of poverty than the national norm.

Meanwhile, the five states with the lowest obesity have less poverty. They are Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont.

The leanest states shouldn't take a whole lot of comfort in their ranking, though, said Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, a former CDC director.

"This epidemic is a nationwide epidemic. Some some states are higher, some populations have it higher, but the trend has been up in every state, the trend has been up for every ethnic group, the trend has been up for rich and poor," Koplan said.

The group's estimate of obesity rates is based on a three-year average, 2003-2005. The data comes from an annual random sampling of adults via the telephone. The information is designed to help the government measure behavioral risks among adults.

The government equates obesity with a body mass index, or BMI, of at least 30. Someone who is 5-feet-4 would have to weigh 175 pounds to reach that threshold.

The index is calculated by dividing a person's weight in pounds by his height in inches, squared, and multiplying that total by 703. For some people, particularly athletes who exercise a great deal, the BMI index could show them as being obese when in fact they are in excellent physical condition.

Trust for America's Health made scores of recommendations for reducing obesity. For example:

—Employers should offer their workers benefits that help them stay healthy, such as nutrition counseling and subsidized health club memberships.

—The government should mandate routine screenings that measure the fitness of Medicaid beneficiaries, plus subsidize or reimburse them for participating in exercise and fitness programs.

—At the local level, governments should approve zoning and land use laws that give people more chances to walk or bike to the store or to work. Local governments also should set aside more funding for sidewalks.

The group also makes recommendations for individuals. But the recommendations that people eat well and exercise are known to Americans. And clearly, many just don't care to follow.

Collins said tobacco use is another area that could be labeled a personal choice, but government agencies have taken many steps to provide people with the environment and information they need to help them make their choices. The same should be done with obesity.

Levi said that a lot of the things that the government tells people to do about their weight aren't realistic, which makes obesity a societal problem, not just a personal problem.

"If we're urging people to walk more, and their streets are not safe, that's an unrealistic expectation," Levi said. "If we're urging people to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, and they don't have access to a supermarket or the cost is beyond their capacity, then we're not asking them to take responsibility for something they have control over."

The report says the health costs associated with obesity are in the billions of dollars annually. Citing a 2004 report, the advocacy group said $5.6 billion could be saved when it comes to treating heart disease if just one-tenth of Americans began a regular walking program.


Monday, August 28, 2006

More News from Yahoo!

Hundreds of pets homeless in New Orleans a year after Katrina by Mira Oberman
Thu Aug 24, 3:24 PM ET

NEW ORLEANS, United States (AFP) - A symphony of barks echoes through the converted warehouse acting as New Orleans' temporary animal shelter a year after Hurricane Katrina separated thousands of pets from their owners.


Most of the animals rescued after 80 percent of the city was flooded have found their way back to their owners or to new homes across the country.

But the city's only animal shelter - which operates out of an old coffee warehouse without air conditioning or drainage - is still full of hundreds of pets awaiting adoption.

Some are strays found wandering through the rubble of abandoned homes. Others were given up by owners unable to care for them because of the stress of living in tiny trailers while they rebuild their homes, among other reasons.

"People are still getting their lives together," explained Gloria Dauphin, the assistant director of the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). "Housing is a big, big issue and renting with an animal is next to impossible."

Tails wagging and tongues lagging, the dogs follow people walking by the rows of cages with bright eyes, yipping and begging for some attention. Cats meow and stick their paws through the bars, ready to play and purring at the scratch of an ear.

Between 2,000 and 3,000 animals died in the floods or in the hot, lonely days after evacuees were barred from taking their pets or returning to find them.

"So many people would not leave because the government came to rescue the people and left the pets behind," said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States.

"There was an incredible drama that played out and a recognition that an incredible bond exists between people and their animals, and if you fail to account for that bond your work is going to be undermined."

Animal rescue workers found their efforts stymied when they were barred from entering the city until a week after the storm hit. They paddled through floodwaters and broke into houses to rescue the pets of people who thought they would only be gone two or three days. Animals barred from evacuation buses were picked up on the streets as they rooted through garbage in search of food.

About 16,000 pets were rescued and shipped to shelters across the country.

Only 15 to 20 percent were eventually reunited with their owners. A lack of proper identification and technology to handle such a huge project slowed the reunion process, as did the time it took evacuees to find suitable housing.

A couple dozen families have since sued aid agencies because the new owners of their pets would not return them.

Pacelle said there a strong moral and legal case to be made that the animals should be returned to their original owners, but that the shelters could not house the pets indefinitely while waiting for owners to track them down.

Seven states and the federal government have since passed laws ensuring that evacuation plans include pets, and some of those laws have even provided funds for pet-friendly shelters.

Animal shelters across the country have contacted the Louisiana SPCA to get a copy of its evacuation plan, which managed to safely evacuate 263 animals ahead of the storm. That foresight saved their lives: when the shelter's staff was finally allowed to return they found the shelter swamped with eight feet of water, Dauphin said.

The SPCA is currently raising funds for a new 17 million dollar facility slated to open in January.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Halloween and UNICEF and the 'sins' of a child

I remember when I was a kid, about 8 or 10 years old, dressing up for Halloween with my brother and sister and cousins and going trick or treating. It was so much fun! It was fun when I got over being scared of having all the make up on my face , anyway. I was always a skinny kid, and couldn't eat all my candy, so I gave some toi my brothers and sisters, and my parents. I remember that sometimes when we went trick or treating and most of the time, they would give us little envelopes that said UNICEF on them with pennies, nickles, or dimes inside. There were pictures, cartoon pictures of children on the envelopes on the sides, so I figured that 'hey, I 'm a child, so the money must be for me'. So I kept it. I think I remember asking some other kids what UNICEF was, and they had no idea, either.Ok, technically, I dont think that what I did could be considered theft because I had no idea what what UNICEF was, and I didn't think to ask an adult what it was. I was just a naive kid. But I am glad that I could have a childhood:)

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Funny commercials

Friday, August 25, 2006

Cool animation!

From ViralVideo

Well, the weekend is here

Well, its Friday night as I am posting this, and I work tomorrow, so I am not heading out anywhere tonight. NOT staying up or out late. MUST MUST MUST be at work by 8am tomorrow. So I will turn in a bit early. Gone are the days that I could stay up til 2 am. Sometimes I am so GLAD that I do not have to get up in the middle of the night to feed a baby or take care of any kids! Sometimes I wish that I had a hubby though. SOMETIMES. Honestly I don't think that there is a guy out there that would put up with me for very long. For instance, I am a bit of a slob. I work about 50 plus hours a week, and sometimes when I get home.. housework.. huh.. draaags on. However, time on the computer is time well spent. Time flies by. Back in 1998, if you would have asked me if I would even try to turn on a personal computer, I would have informed you that you were insane. Look at me now. I am a complete computer nut. I love computers. Nix that. I love MY computer. No, not in THAT way! Though Dennis and I have emailed and Imed a few times and let me tell you, Uh ok I better not go there. I have not heard from the guy in a while, and I figure that he is kinda busy like me, so I just kinda take him with a grain of salt. I think that after church tomorrow, I will call Jeff and see if he wants to go to a movie. I think that I owe him one. Last time he called, last month, I never returned his call. I do not know why I do those things sometimes. I think it was kinda rude of me not to return his call. I definitely owe Jeff an apology for sorta blowing him off.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Tuesday, August 22, 2006


Would you believe that it has been almost a year( One year in September, I believe) that I began this blog! Time sure has gone by so fast, huh? Oh and I got a new bulb for my lava lamp, so it is up and running! On a much much sadder note, i think I may be coming down with a yeast infection. Oops, did I just say that? OH well, according to some, today is the day that the world was supposed to come to an end..

Sunday, August 20, 2006


Today, Sunday, is my favourite day of the week. Just looking at my clock, and it is just a bit past midnight, which would make it Monday!. Well, I just happene to be up, because sill old me decided to just take a nap after church today. That nap turned into a 6 and a half hour deep sleep. Now I have messed up my sleep schedule for tonight. Yuck. It has been said that every one has dreams. I almost never remember what I dream about. I do remember dreaming about driving my car into a pond.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Afternoon Delight

I remember when this song came out, and I was just a little kid, in grade school maybe. I knew some of the words, but I did not know what the song meant!I remember singing to some of the words on the school bus, and just knowing the words 'Afternoon Delight' . Afternoon Delight
( Starland Vocal Band )

Gonna find my baby, gonna hold her tight
Gonna grab some afternoon delight
My motto's always been 'when it's right, it's right'
Why wait until the middle of a cold dark night?
When everything's a little clearer in the light of day
And we know the night is always gonna be there any way

Thinkin' of you's workin' up my appetite
Looking forward to a little afternoon delight
Rubbin' sticks and stones together makes the sparks ingite
And the thought of lovin' you is getting so exciting
Sky rockets in flight
Afternoon delight
Afternoon delight
Afternoon delight

Started out this morning feeling so polite
I always though a fish could not be caught who wouldn't bite
But you've got some bait a waitin' and I think I might try nibbling
A little afternoon delight
Sky rockets in flight
Afternoon delight
Afternoon delight
Afternoon delight

Please be waiting for me, baby, when I come around
We could make a lot of lovin' 'for the sun goes down

Thinkin' of you's workin' up my appetite
Looking forward to a little afternoon delight
Rubbin' sticks and stones together makes the sparks ingite
And the thought of lovin' you is getting so exciting
Sky rockets in flight
Afternoon delight
Afternoon delight
Afternoon delight

Afternoon delight!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Dennis IMed me last week. Have not heard too much from him lately. I sent him an email last week, he has not responded, so he must be very busy. He was touring out on the West coast a few months ago. This time of year, he gets busier.


Today is the 29th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. I loved him. Yes, I know , millions of others did. The man was as close to an ICON as one could get. Heck, he was an icon. I remember where I was on the day he died. I was in my swimsuit riding in the back of my mothers jeep when I heard the news over the radio. We (My family) were all shocked. I remember the rest of the day being in such a haze. watching the television seeing Elvis on tv and seeing some tributes. I remember thinking that the world of music would never be the same, and worried that it may never recover. Yes, I have heard all the Elvis jokes, the supposed 'sightings, etc, and I have even made a few and laughed at them myself. But in all seriousness, Elvis, if by any remote chance you are reading this at all, God Bless you. In a small way, you made the world a little bit of a better place through your music:)

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Build a computer

BuildYourOwnComputer.Net - Learn to build a computer


Remember a few posts back about the kid that I work with? The eighteen year old? Well he indeed seems to be getting along fine in his new apartment living with his girlfriend. I don't think I agree with the living situation, but I keep my mouth shut and my nose out of it.I know that he does not have a whole lot of money. Heck, who does at eighteen years of age, anyway? I think that he does get his bills paid. His girlfriend works, too. They will both be college students this fall, and still go to work after classes. Won't leave much time for play. I think playtime, or 'downtime' is important to have. I digress. I think I see a trainwreck coming for this kid, but seeing as he is of legal age, there is nada that I can do to stop him. The trainwreck: He recieved a credit card application in the mail specifically for college students, filled it out, and mailed it. Since this kid is not the greatest at handling personal finances, I would call his filling out the credit application a trainwreck waiting to happen. But who knows? maybe the credit card company will for once wise up and NOT GIVE HIM A CREDIT CARD. I mean, I have nothing agains credit cards. I have one myself. I keep just one, and I use it responsibly.But again, I digress. This kid is EIGHTEEN. He knows NOTHING about life. I sincerely hope that he does not obtain a card. I hope that if he and his girlfriend are physical, that they are using birth control. And I say NOTHING to them about anything. It is hard for me to bite my tounge. I keep telling myself IT IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS.

Testing 2


Testing, testing

Important letters will be written tonight to the Social Security Administration. As an American citizen, I feel that the letters are important, and I had better get a response. I know it will take them probably a long time, but I am patient.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Social Security Administration

I recieved a letter from the Social Security Administration today. It gave me my financial figures. How much I have paid into Social Security, and the projected amounts that I will be eligible for once I reach certain ages. I have some suggestions for Social Security, and its time for me to write some letters. Tomorrow. Too sleepy now.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

68 year old bridge landmark(sort of) is gone and I was there to see it go!

Blvd. Bridge explosion draws huge crowd

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By Tim Hrenchir
The Capital-Journal

A controlled explosion generated by 240 pounds of dynamite ripped a page out of Topeka's history Wednesday, leveling a roughly 500-foot section of the Topeka Boulevard Bridge.

Topeka police Lt. Randy Carver said a crowd estimated to contain at least 15,000 people tolerated 100-degree temperatures to turn out to watch the blast.

City of Topeka spokesman David Bevens said flying debris injured two people who were watching east of the bridge: A female Topeka fire department inspector, who was taken by ambulance to a hospital with an injured lower lip, and a teenaged male who declined medical treatment for a cut under his eye.

Bevens said damage was also reported to windows of a storage building just to the west of the bridge, while debris broke a window and put a hole in an interior wall to the east of the bridge in a building housing an insurance company at 400 N.W. Curtis. Both damaged buildings were within a 600-foot area in which the public was asked to leave before the blast, Bevens said.

Pat Carney of Chicago Explosive Services, the company that conducted the blast, said he nevertheless thought it went fairly smoothly.

Carney said the explosion was set for 1 p.m. but didn't take place until 35 minutes later because he asked his workers preparing for the explosion to take more breaks than were previously planned because he didn't want them to dehydrate in the hot weather.

Topeka police cars in their area activated their sirens five minutes before the explosion and again one minute before the blast.

Two explosions occurred within a split second of each other -- one in the center columns of the bridge and the other on the outside columns -- before the bridge fell almost straight to the ground.

Jerry Smith, who was watching to the bridge's east with his 17-year-old daughter, said the bridge went to the ground faster than he'd expected.

"I thought it was pretty cool,” he said.

Carney said his company's next controlled explosion to help bring down the 3,718-foot-long bridge was expected to take place in five to 10 days along a steel portion of the bridge that is directly above the river.

Sunday, August 06, 2006


Donner had a growth in his mouth that was removed last week. It was a lichenoid chronic ulcerative. Since that was removed, another growth has appeared next to the one that was removed. A biopsy is scheduled for today. This new growth could possibly be discoid lupus or it could be ucontanious(sp?) mouth infection. I should find out what it is in a few days or so. I will call the dr to find out.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Good day

I had a good day. Had my dr appointment this am, went well. Have yet to get my rx filled. Will do that tomorrow. No hurry. Got my massage today. It was good. The guy was great! I will go back maybe next month. I did nothing else today. No housecleaning. Nada. A few weeks ago, my hometown newspaper said that it was looking for bloggers. Needless to say, I tried out, and did not hear back from them, so I guess that I was not selected. Too sad:(. Oh well, life goes on. P.S... hey Hugh, where are ya????????

Thursday, August 03, 2006


Tomorrow,(Friday) I am taking the day off of work. I have a doctors appointment in the morning, then getting an RX filled, then I am off to get an hour long massage! I am so happy. My leg muscles ache, mostly I think because of the edema. This guy that does the massage is supposed to be good. I hope so. I could really use one. On a much sadder note, my pup Donner has to go in for yet another biopsy.:( . He apparently has developed another cyst next to the one removed. I (and the drs ) fear that it could be lupus. I will find out more on Monday afternoon after his surgery.