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What Rhymes With Dietitian? Nothing! Nothing Rhymes with Dietitian!

Published February 13, 2015 - 1 Comment

I’ve been going to see a dietitian for a few weeks.  If you’ve ever wondered what the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist is, go ahead and call a dietitian a “nutritionist” and see what happens. I dare ya.  Apparently one is a registered health professional, regulated by professional and government guidelines… and the other is some poor schmuck who wants to give themselves a fancy title. Kinda like a consultant.  But I digress.

Here are three topics that I brought to the discussion this morning.  I’m such an informed client.

Coca-Cola Canada is reducing the amount of syrup in their drinks by 8%.

Apparently our 458097843Coke is sweeter than their Coke.  Well, isn’t that the way everything is supposed to work?  Not anymore!  In an effort to help curb the obesity epidemic in this country, Coca-Cola Canada is reducing the amount of syrup in their drinks by 8%, reducing the size of some of their bottles and moving to slimmer cans.  I say stock up now because this change is going into effect immediately.  There might even be markets where the newly diluted Coke is already on shelves.  If not, it won’t be long.  Can somebody hook me up with a bottling company? I think it’s time to order a barrel of syrup off the black market.

Lays Canada has introduced chocolate covered ruffled chips.   

So the Coke is getting weaker, lays2and the chips are getting sweeter.  Have you tried these things?  Oh my!  One part salty.  One part sweet.  All parts deadly!  They’re not cheap, though.  You’ll be forking out over $4 for a small bag that is barely 1/3 filled, but trust me… that 1/3 bag is better than any other 1/3 bag of Lays chips you’ve ever had.  The milk chocolate that they coat the chips with is thick, and extremely tasty.  At 270 calories for 5 chips you probably don’t want to eat them all in one sitting, because you know… that… would… be… bad.  Oh, and they’re only here in Canada and for a limited time only!

Weight Watchers Super Bowl Ad makes ya think!

Everyone loves the Super Bowl ads; sometimes more than the game itself!  Most of them are funny, or sexy, or just over the top in some way or another.  When you’re paying $4.5 million for a 30 second spot, you want it to be memorable. I think that Weight Watchers managed to do exactly that by going another route.  Their message is a powerful one, and I couldn’t agree more!  Take a look-see and tell me what you think.  And yes, that’s Aaron Paul’s voice.  You’re welcome, Ladies.

 

 

Why Eve Adams’ Defection to Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party is Meaningless

Published February 11, 2015 - 2 Comments

MP Adams takes part in a news conference in OttawaWhen former Conservative MP Eve Adams announced her decision to cross the floor of the House of Commons and join Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party, some heralded it as a sign that there may be divisive cracks forming in the foundation of the Harper empire.  As much as I would love to believe that is the case, nothing about this move strikes me as anything more than a desperate grasp for continued relevance.  And though I consider myself a Liberal through and through, I have to question why Mr Trudeau would even consider taking on the likes of Ms Adams.  Here’s why it’s a dumb move:

It doesn’t change anything.  There are 308 seats in the House of Commons.  The Conservatives currently possess 162 of those seats, well beyond the 155 required for a majority government.  Swinging a single MP from one side of the House to the other is nothing more than a ripple in a big sea of Conservative Blue.  It’s symbolic at best.

It reeks of desperation.  After losing a bitter nomination vote, Eve Adams was informed that she would not be representing the Conservative Party in any riding.  She’s effectively out of a job after the fall election unless she can hitch her wagon to another party.  And who’s got a wagon handy?  Justin Trudeau.  Heading into his first election as leader of the Liberal Party, and desperate to live up to his father’s legacy.

She’s a loose cannon. There’s a reason that Eve Adams did not win the Conservative nomination for the riding of Oakville Burlington-North.  There’s a reason that the Conservative Party President informed her that she would not be welcome to run for the Conservatives in any riding.  Was it being caught on camera arguing with a gas station attendant about the quality of a $6 car wash after blocking the pumps with her vehicle?  Or was it the makeup and nail salon visits that she attempted to claim as part of her expense allowance?    Either way, the Conservative Party was smart in prohibiting her to run under their banner.

Nobody likes a turncoat.  Can you trust someone who switches teams?  Really, can you?

The bottom line is this.  This is not some high level Conservative insider defecting to the Liberals.  Eve Adams is about as outside of the inner circle as you can get.  Her departure certainly doesn’t hurt Stephen Harper, and may possibly do more harm to Justin Trudeau than good.  Does he really want to go into the next election surrounding himself with anything less than the most stellar candidates?  I hope not!  I personally like the NDP’s policy on MPs crossing the floor.  They are unwelcome.  Period.

Bring on the election.

Don’t Wish Your Life Away

Published February 9, 2015 - 1 Comment

125848712609512954500201197_LifeEndCardYou never want to get into a state where you wish your life away.  You want to enjoy each and every day because life really is precious.

So it’s amazing to me when I look at the blog and realize that the last date I posted anything was November 24.  That was almost two and a half months ago!  Where does the time go?  Why haven’t I written anything?  It’s not like my life has been that boring.  So what then?

It’s so easy to get blown off course.  I blame the constant barrage of distractions and my inability to focus myself properly to achieve my goals.  And puppies.  Yes, that’s right.  I’m sure that everyone and their dog (har har) knows this by now, but we brought home two little furry bundles of joy last month.  Jax and Opie, our miniature dachshund puppies.  Yes, they’re named after characters from the FX show Sons of Anarchy.  (Another reason I haven’t written much lately.. binge watching TV.  There’s a definitely downside!)

I’ve told myself that I need to set aside an hour each and every day to to work on my writing.  It’s a skill.  I know that.  It’s something that needs to improve, and the only way that will happen is to actually write!   Writers write.  Dreamers dream.  Writing won’t make me rich, but it sure as hell will help pay the bills more than dreaming will! 🙂

So write, dammit!