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The Latest Addition to the Endangered Words List: Thank You

Published November 27, 2011 - 1 Comment

I’m a firm believe in what I call “The Little Things”, and one of those includes politeness… in particular thanking someone who may have done some little (or not so little) thing on your behalf.

It really amazes me how difficult it is for some people to say those two little words.  “Thank you”.  If that’s too much, even a simple “Thanks” will suffice in most situations, but I still prefer a “Thank you”.  Regardless of your preference, it’s mind boggling how difficult it can be for some people to verbally express any sentiment of gratitude.  Do they not realize how easy it is to say “Thank you”?  Do they not realize how it can come off when they don’t?  Obviously you don’t want to overdo it.  But there are some pretty blatant times when a “Thank you” might be appropriate.

I strive to hammer into my children the importance of being polite and respectful of others.  I continually correct them, but they’re children… that’s part of their job.  And part of my job as a parent is to make sure that I do my best to give them the tools they need… so they don’t get thumped in the playground!  And “Thank you” is part of those tools.

Sadly though, it seems far too often that it’s not my children, but adults, who forget the important of basic manners.  It’s certainly not everyone.  Far from it.  But recently I’ve been left standing there on more than one occasion where I’ve been surprised by the lack of a simple “Thank you”.  It’s that awkward (for me) silence where I feel like I’m supposed to be prompt them with  “And what do you say??   If you know what you’re supposed to say, then I shouldn’t have to remind you… now go clean your room before your mother gets home.”

Frustrating.

It’ll All Be Over in a Month

Published November 26, 2011 - 0 Comments

Some people think that yesterday, November 25, is the big “One more month!” moment.  Not me! Nope.  That distinction is reserved for today, November 26.

One month from today it will all be over.

Oh sure, I’ll have some packing up to do over the next few days, but for the most part… December 26 brings a collective sigh from many a person who just wants to see the Holidays done and over with.  I’m pretty sure that if I did not have kids the fact that it’s Christmas would barely register at all.

Can I just hit the fast forward button?

Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?

Published November 25, 2011 - 0 Comments

What happens when you open up to someone… REALLY open up to them… only to have your words cause them to run?  Is there ever a time that honesty isn’t the best policy?  Does one little white lie always have to snowball into an unchecked vortex of deceit?  Can you get away with a little truth-like here, and a little less truth-like there?  What if you didn’t tell that person?  Would the end result have been better?  Would they have found out anyway?  Did you only expedite the inevitable?  Do they respect you for your honesty, or reject you for it?

Really… what’s the point?

Snooooooooooooow….

Published November 24, 2011 - 2 Comments

Yesterday was the first storm of the season…  I think November is a little early but then again, last year we had a couple by this time…   so much for Global warming… Hey Al Gore!  The Nobel Committee called and they want their prize back… you quack!

Just in case you somehow missed it… this was the view out the front door…

There's a car in there somewhere...

Thankfully I have a guy who comes and plows out my driveway, but it still sucks.  I’m not a fan of winter at all, so even going out to shovel around my car, or the deathtrap stairs… that’s more energy than I normally want to expend on any given day.  I will say this about today though… It was a really nice day.  Not nice enough that the snow was going to melt on its own… but I wasn’t freezing out there while I shovelled.

This is the view from the back door… as you can see it looks quite nice…  the first snowfall usually is… and then if goes down hill real fast!  I think that it’s time to hibernate again… Wake me up in June!

Snowshoes anyone?

MyFitnessPal.com Might Actually Be Working!

Published November 24, 2011 - 0 Comments

I’m sure that you’ve noticed that my weight tracker on the side shows that I’m down 5 pounds.  It had been 6, but then I crept back up.  That’s ok.  That’s going to happen.  But what I’m very happy with so far is that those 5 pounds seem to be really gone, instead of just a fluctuation.  I know that weight goes up and down, and there were times that mine would go down a few pounds and then back up again quickly.  That’s just regular eating.  But I’ve been on MFP for 35 days now and that weight number has maintained relatively constant.  I know that it’s still a tiny amount, but hey… I’m happy with 5 pounds!

I’ve been very truthful with my recordings.  As I mentioned before, there’s no point in cheating because it doesn’t help you at all.  If you’re serious about losing the weight, then you need to be true to yourself.  So when I have a shitty day, I put it in there.  Granted, there have been days that I missed entering my diary, but I’ve usually written a post in there explaining why.

Anyway…

Yesterday was an incredible day for me, so I decided to share it with the blog readers.  I’m happy to see that a few of you have joined the site, even if only to keep me accountable.  That honestly DOES help!  But for those who may have missed it… yesterday was a day that I swore to eat nothing pre-packaged… just natural, healthy foods…  Yeah, I’ve said that before, but…

Your Food Diary For:

PrevWednesday November 23, 2011Next

Breakfast Calories Carbs Fat Protein Chol Sodium
White Dairy – 1% Lowfat Milk, 1 cup 110 13 3 9 15 130 Ico_delete
Generic – Clementine, 1 Clementine 35 9 0 1 0 1 Ico_delete
Large – Scrambled Egg, 2.5 egg 175 0 13 15 463 175 Ico_delete
Raspberries – Raw, 0.5 cup 32 7 0 1 0 1 Ico_delete
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352 29 16 26 478 307
Lunch
Generic – Kiwi Medium Skinless, 1 kiwi 26 11 0 0 0 2 Ico_delete
Compliments – Garden Salad, 2 cups 15 3 0 1 0 20 Ico_delete
Compliments – Baby Spinach, 1 cups 6 1 0 1 0 20 Ico_delete
Cucumber – Peeled, raw, 0.25 cup, pared, chopped 4 1 0 0 0 1 Ico_delete
Cherry Berries – Grape Tomatoes Raw Red , 4 tomatoes 8 2 0 0 0 0 Ico_delete
Kraft Salad Dressing – Sundried Tomato & Oregano Calorie Wise, 15 ml 35 2 3 0 0 170 Ico_delete
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94 20 3 2 0 213
Supper
Compliments – Caesar Salad Kit, 3 cups (100g) 225 15 17 5 8 465 Ico_delete
Raspberries – Raw, 1 cup 64 15 1 1 0 1 Ico_delete
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289 30 18 6 8 466
Snacks
Life Brand – Sierra Trail Mix, 50 g 280 15 20 9 0 15 Ico_delete
Activia – Yogurt – Drinkable – Mixed Berry Duo, 200 ml 150 23 3 7 15 95 Ico_delete
Add Food

430 38 23 16 15 110
smbelyea Today is “all natural.. nothing out of a box.. no processed… no crap” day. I think my body is going to go into shock, but that’s the plan! 🙂 I’ll post my food diary later today, but breakfast was scrambled eggs, clementine, raspberries and a glass of milk. Lunch is planned to be a salad… supper is a piece of chicken with salad. Lots of water. No pop. No juice. Today is going to be a great day of cleaning the house, staying inside, and watching the first snowfall of the season from the comfort of INSIDE…
smbelyea OK.. just finished a late lunch… salad consisted of lettuce, baby spinach, tiny little tomatoes, very small amount of shredded cheese (I know… but it really does help me get through the rest of it), sun dried tomatoes, and a tiny amount of almond slivers… light sun dried tomato dressing.. a slice of lemon in my water… and a kiwi for dessert… I might just keel over from lack of grease, saturated fat, and refined sugar today…
smbelyea I can’t believe it.. I just inputted all three meals for the day.. and I’m still not even halfway to my calorie goal? (I didn’t end up having chicken for supper after all. I settled for a caesar salad and some raspberries). It’s like there’s almost no calories in veggies! (I understand the caesar salad dressing isn’t the best… I’m talking more about lunch, but even supper was still much much better than any other day). Come to think of it… I’ve eaten three meals today… and have consumed fewer calories than if I went to McDonalds for lunch! Wow…

Freak LunchBox is a Neat Store… But You’d Better Be Prepared to Hold Onto Your Wallet Tight!

Published November 22, 2011 - 3 Comments

Here’s the really ironic thing about my first time in Freak LunchBox… I arrived uptown about 40 mins early for my night shift, and decided that I was going to go for a walk, and try to burn off a few extra calories from the supper I’d just eaten.  I didn’t walk very far before I noticed that Freak LunchBox was opened, and there wasn’t anyone in there (other than a couple of cute candy girls).  So instead of burning off calories, I was in a store completely dedicated to candy.  Candy.  Candy.  More Candy.  If ever you’ve wanted to rot your sweet tooth, Freak LunchBox is the place for you!  (Which reminds me.. I have a dentist appointment this afternoon… opps!)

One of the nice things about Freak Lunchbox is that their bulk candy is all the same price, so you can just mix and match within the same bag.  The downside of this is that you’re not forced to choose one or two things, so you can just keep adding candy until your heart’s content… without really realizing just how much you’re spending until they weight that bad at the cash register.  My bag o’ refined sugar cost me over $13… including the $2 Charleston Chew that I picked up as well!  I’ve seen the mini ones periodically over the years, but haven’t seen the full sized bars since I was a kid.  Still, $2 seems a little steep for a chocolate bar… but hey… I can throw it in the freezer for 30 mins, and then smash it into little pieces!  That’s pretty neat!

What Is That Strange Building I See Infront of Me? Is That.. A Gym? (repost)

Published November 20, 2011 - 0 Comments
[Originally posted Feb 3, 2009]

This is getting to be a bit of an old song, but I decided to go back to the gym again today.  It had been awhile, again.  I’ve been in a bit of a funk, and today seemed like just as good a day as any to go and re-introduce myself, yet again, to the wonders of workout-ville.

So I popped over after my Business Law class, and went inside.  There were two blonde Barbie dolls standing behind the desk.  I think that it’s a requirement of the job.  I asked for a towel, scanned the door of my favourite gym membership administrator to see that it was closed, and went to get changed.

As I stepped onto the treadmill, I told myself that I needed to take it easy today.  This was not going to be pretty.  I turned on my iPod and began to walk slowly.  I glanced around at the other people doing their workout.  Most people under the age of 90 seemed to be wearing earphones and some form of mp3 player.  I’m sure that they were listening to some kickass workout tunes.  And then I heard through my headphones…

“Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen.  Chapter 7…”

Yes, that’s right… the playlist of the day wasn’t On the Go1, or GymTunes… It was Northanger Abbey.  I’m supposed to have finished reading this book for my English course, but I’m falling behind again.  I’ve bought the book (twice, I think.  I can’t seem to find the first one), and then managed to find a free copy of the audiobook.  It’s actually kind of neat to listen to.  Each chapter is read by a female reader with a British accent (although it varies quite a bit from reader to reader) and I think that it lends a little more authenticity to the experience.  I try to imagine that Jane Austen herself is reading the book to me, while I shovel snow, or walk a mile.  I’ve compared it at different points to the written book, and I’ve found it to be identical, so I’m not too worried about missing anything, and I find that I do absorb a fair amount of it, although I have repeated chapters that I couldn’t quite remember what the content was about.  So it’s just another form of learning, and trust me.. I’m less likely to fall asleep from listening to it on the treadmill than I am to try to read it at home.  Now if only I could get Great Expectations in audio book form.

As I treaded to my heart’s content, I watched a couple of muscle-bound giants lifting what appeared to be small cars above their heads.  “Yeah, but can they articulate the subtle nuances of the 19th Century gothic novel?” I said to myself…  “No, I don’t think so!”  It was a small victory.

Afterwards, I attempted one of those other exercise machines that I can never properly spell.  I started to get a little pain in my chest, and figured that I’d had enough for the day.  Back into the freshly scented locker room, I retreated.  The locker room was empty when I went in, and I was quite shocked to find it full when I completed my shower and hobbled back to my locker.  Standing there with a bunch of naked men can make you forget the simplest of things… like the combination to your brand new lock.  I required both hands, and stood there in all my naked glory, becoming more frustrated as time went on.  I remembered the numbers, but I couldn’t seem to get the whole clockwise, counter-clockwise thing working properly.  Four times it took me to open that damn lock.

When I had finally gotten dressed, and was walking to the exit, I noticed that the earlier-closed door was now opened, and my friendly membership administrator (I’m sure that she has a better title, but since she’s the one who signed me up, and sucked me in, last fall.. that’s how I think of her) was at her desk.  I always stop to talk to her.  Other than the overwhelming feeling of pain, seeing her is one of the few perks.  We gabbed for a few minutes, getting caught on my most recent excuses as to why she hadn’t seen me in there lately.  I’m starting to run out of excuses, so I might just have to show up a little more often.  I made mention of the Barbie doll hiring policy at the front desk and asked when I could start.  She laughed, told me to fill out an application. Yeah, like anyone wants to see the likes of me standing behind the front desk when they walk through the door!

All in all, the gym was a somewhat pleasant experience.  I should probably try to repeat it again this month.  It’s a short month though, so I’d better hurry up.

NB Food Premises Inspection Results

Published November 20, 2011 - 2 Comments

Ever wonder how your favourite restaurant is doing when it comes to health and safety violations?  Me neither!  There’s something to be said for “Ignorance is Bliss”… but just in case you are at all curious…  this link was given to me by a co-workers,  and I’ve found myself sitting here going through a lot of the places that I eat out at.  Thankfully I haven’t run into any problems yet, although I did have quite a scare when I thought that the Chinese restaurant that I love in KV was the one with mouse droppings reported 3 times in a row… but turned out that it was a different Chinese restaurant!  *phew*

I find the search engine useless.  It’s easier to just click the letters at the bottom of the page, and find your restaurant that way.

The good news is that almost all the results are either green or yellow.  There are very few red ones.  I found it more interesting to click on the report, so you can read a copy of the actual report.  “mouse droppings…”  ewww…

New Brunswick government’s Food Premises Inspection Results.

Can’t Get Enough of my Skype

Published November 19, 2011 - 3 Comments

If you’re not using Skype, you’re really missing out on something great.  I’ve been using it for years, but it still seems to be difficult to convince people to try it for some reason.  I have no idea why… Check this out:

Everyone knows that Skype to Skype calls are free.  But what you might not realize is that you can use Skype to call people who aren’t on Skype too!  Anywhere in the world.  Those calls are not free, but they’re a hell of a lot cheaper than regular long distance charges!  And you can register your regular telephone number with your Skype account, so it actually shows up in the caller ID box of the other person!  They don’t even know that you’re calling them from a computer.

I’ve been making quite a few phone calls to the USA lately so I went looking to see what my options were.  A long distance plan through my carrier is $30 month for unlimited calling to the States.  Sure, that’s better than having no plan at all… but then I went and looked on Skype.  $2.99/month unlimited calling to Canada and USA land line and mobile numbers!  Pay for a year, and receive 15% discount.  That’s a total of $30.48 FOR A WHOLE YEAR OF UNLIMITED CALLING!  It was a no brainer!

[skype-status skype_id=”write-clickmedia” user_name=”Stephen”]

I’ve made calls now from my iPhone.. my iPad.. Macbook.. and iMac…  I even use Skype when I’m too lazy to get out of bed to get my regular phone, if my iPad is nearby (and let’s be honest… it’s always nearby).  I just dial someone and it connects as if it was my cellphone.  The other person has no idea.

Yesterday I tested something out with my iPhone.  I walked down to the mall from my workplace and connected to a free WiFi hotspot and then made a Skype call to the USA.  The connection was good!  It’s amazing that more people do not use this technology!  And you don’t need an iPhone to benefit from Skype.  You can use it for free on any computer, PC, Mac, Linux…  I’m sure that Android phone / tablet users can run it as well.  And now Skype offers phones from their website that you don’t even need a computer to make calls.  It looks just like a regular handset, except makes calls through the Skype network.

Very slick!

Rude Awakening

Published November 18, 2011 - 0 Comments

I know that it’s Nov 18, and that our weather has been generally pretty good thus far… but that still doesn’t lessen the sting of waking up at 5am to find the yard covered in snow.  Sure, it wasn’t a lot of snow.  That doesn’t matter either.  What matters is that I had to go find my window scraper, gloves, and wear my winter jacket into work!  Not a great way to start the day.  I suppose that I’d better suck it up… it’s only going to get worse from this point on.

Not a fan of Old Man Winter… not even a little bit… 🙁

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