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A classy broad's life... with footnotes.
gonna be an early night for me :)
And since we've no place to go, get mo' hoes get mo' hoes get mo' hoes

We haven't gotten hit by that storm yet, but we're only expecting five-to-eight inches tonight.

Pfft. That's nothing. I may have to bring the shovel to get into the office. Not a big deal up here.

Heh. Even the weatherguy said it was a "minor storm." We're jaded, I tellya.

How do we get Wesley Crusher Will Wheaton to audition for us?

We had improv rehearsal last night. (No matter how many times I type that, it still strikes me as Terribly Silly). I really like the new guy, and the new girl has potential.

Fearless Leader has shorn his locks, and donated them to Locks of Love (I'm assuming that's the organization he chose). Good for him :) It's a nice look, really.

We have auditions Friday-- I plan to be there.

And then Abbylicious will be up for a visit! Hooray! Hoorah!

My momma told me, you'd better shop around hit the January sales

Michele bought me flannel sheets. Oh, yum. And we went clothes shopping at Kohl's the other night. Oh. My. Gawd. It was my first time there. I lost my Kohl's virginity with three pairs of pants, four or five shirts, a sweater, and something else maybe? for ~$100. Most things were under $10. I'm in shock.

Oh, and we went shopping for walking shoes for my trip to the UK. I figured I'd just wear sneakers; M wouldn't hear of it. I suppose, in the end, we compromised. I couldn't find anything anywhere, then went to Payless and found the perfect walking shoes for $12. TWELVE DOLLARS. (Man, can you tell I dig a good bargain?) I have really flat feet and wear orthotics, so I almost never buy cheap shoes. I consider it an investment in not turning my ankles. These are great though! Black lace-up, kind of a suedey leather, boot soles, high-top with a cushioned ankle... click this link to see one up close and personal. It's not as pretty a shoe as perhaps M might have wanted me to have, but it's better than sneakers, in both looks and performance. I waterproofed them last night, and started breaking them in today :) I'll probably still bring my black boots with the heel, but these will be better for major walking days.

Speaking of major walking days, Neil Gaiman pointed me (and fifty thousand other fans) to a wonderful source of great walking tours of London. He couldn't have had better timing :) We'll definitely hit a couple of these! I'm psyched-- thanks Neil!! (Like he'll ever see this...)

A weighty matter

P has determined that he's sixty pounds overweight. He's jumped with both feet into Atkins, and has already lost ten-to-fifteen pounds in just over two weeks! I like playing devil's advocate and arguing* with him about it :) Don't tell him-- although I still have concerns about its long-term effects on the kidneys, and want him to up his EFAs and lower his saturated fats because of cardiac concerns (perhaps consider Southbeach for that same reason), I'm secretly very impressed by the program, and with Dr. Atkins' activism. But you probably knew that already.

I'm even more impressed by P's passion and sticktoitiveness. When he makes up his mind, he can be positively scary with his verve and bulldogishness. He doesn't take no for an answer, not even from himself.

Meanwhile, I've been watching my caloric intake as well. It's about time. I was five-to-ten pounds heavier than my ideal when I quit smoking, and have gained another ten-to-fifteen pounds since quitting. (Did I mention that I've also given up any fantasy of smoking cloves again? I have.)

No Atkins for me, though. I don't eat much meat to begin with (though I do believe it's important to up one's protein intake in general, especially at breakfast). I don't even really diet, as such. Never have. I just become hyperaware of what I'm eating.

In my life thus far, I've been overweight, and I've been anorexic. I've been staying in the "healthy" range for the past fifteen or twenty years, though my weight generally fluxuates by ten or fifteen pounds annually. This is the first time in quite awhile that I've actively worked towards losing weight. This time, I'll be doing it with a much firmer grasp of nutrition, so I'm sure it will be an interesting ride :)

I don't expect to see results immediately. As much as I'd like to drop ten pounds for my trip with Paul to the UK, I don't think it's wise for me. I'll just put it back on during the vacation. I'd rather take a closer look at my eating habits, eat small servings of good food when I'm hungry, and drop the weight slowly. I may not be as hot as I'd like for Valentine's Day, but I'll be superhot by the time I move south.

Oh, on that subject, if anyone is into it, true_nexus has put together a community called living_well. Seems to be a bunch of like-minded people looking to lose some weight, eat healthier, etc. It's nice to have that reminder pop up on my friends page during the day :)

Just for data research purposes (it's ALL ABOUT THE FREAKING DATA!)** I'm keeping a food journal over at ldysaphyre. It's really not terribly interesting. Seriously. I'm finding it quite helpful, though.


My boss had been pretty sick with what I'm guessing was the same thing that hit me... but he hasn't really been the same since. I'm rather worried about him. His memory is just shot. A lot is falling on my shoulders right now-- a whole lot. I'm hoping he and my staff will be OK while I'm gone for two weeks.

There's a wagging penis here. I'm just sayin'.

I know a lot of transgendered people, and I'm terribly keen on Jethro Tull-- especially older Tull-- but I still find this somewhat disturbing. I'm not sure why.

P is taking me here for lunch on Valentine's day (sadly, dinner's already booked solid there). Seriously, look at that link-- it's probably the most fabulous place I could ever imagine going to for Vday. We might do a ghost pub walk afterward. I'm all woozy with swoon.

That's it, goodnight :) I'm going to make a salad and jot a few more things down in LdySaphyre, then call it a night.

Hugs to those who need 'em, those who want 'em, and those who don't run away quickly enough :)

* Arguing in its truest sense-- not knocking the other person or seeking emotional validation, just discussing in a passionate manner :)

** Once, we argued REALLY passionately. Just once. I'd almost call it a fight. We were drunk. It was all about the data. I think we both shouted that several times. What was the actual argument? Whether data should stand alone or be interpreted by its source. Actually we had two arguments going on because the basic tenet was misconstrued and we both immediately agreed that it was all about the data. Whatever! We're such freaking geeks. We can't even fight like normal people! ;D

*** I had something interesting here, then stuck it someplace else. So... how does a monkey make toast in the zoo? He sticks it under the gorilla.

I'm feeling all kinds of: How do Vikings send secret messages?
What I hear: why, they use Norse code

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duinlas From: duinlas Date: January 27th, 2004 06:42 pm (UTC) (permalink)
hey chubby. ;)

How do you recommend we get Merle Haggard to sign our Guitar at the concert? before? after? talk to stage hands? email his wife and ask?
sunshine_two From: sunshine_two Date: January 27th, 2004 07:31 pm (UTC) (permalink)
wagging penis...lol
mrs_puma From: mrs_puma Date: January 27th, 2004 07:43 pm (UTC) (permalink)
The wagging penis captivated me at the end. I just sat and watched it sway to and fro, to and fro....
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woodwhat From: woodwhat Date: January 28th, 2004 03:55 am (UTC) (permalink)
I can't get the wagging penis to go! The first time I went to the page, it loaded to 91% and then stopped. Now, every time I visit, it just stays at 91%. Aaargh! Maybe I'll clear my cache and cookies and stuff and try again.
price From: price Date: January 28th, 2004 05:44 am (UTC) (permalink)
Atkins is an excellent diet, although I do have some issues with it. On a scale of percents, with 100% being the ideal human diet, Atkins is probably a 75%. The key parts of Atkins variety diets (including the Zone and Neanderthin) are maintaining a ceiling level on your carbohydrate levels, and maintaining a floor on your protein and fat (FDA == False Dietary Anecdotes || Fucking Dumb Asshats). Combined with a solid exercise regimen, the gains (or losses, as the case may be) border on miraculous.

I'm personally a proponent of the paleolithic diet. A few million years of evolution set us up to eat certain things. Some Agricultural Revolution in our (relatively) recent past does not make us biologically efficient at handling grains, tubers, and legumes. In fact, forensic anthropologists can plot the cases of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes found in human remains from the period (through compositional analysis of bone and tissue residues), and they all fall on one side of the Agricultural Revolution. I'll give you a guess which side that is. :)

Additionally, one of the key factors in dietary intake is maintianing a proper ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids (2:1, approx.). For most folks, this means supplementing with fish oil tablets from the drugstore. Paleo gets you to about 90%, the fish oil probably gets you up to 93%. The rest involves a solid knowledge of how your body feels when you eat paleo, and tweaking cycles of intake.

Anyway, www.paleodiet.com.
ldy From: ldy Date: January 28th, 2004 07:23 am (UTC) (permalink)
I agree that the FDA sucks wet toast, and that we're not built for processing grains and such, but there is evidence that despite our production of hydrochloric acid we're not quite built for meat, either (long intestinal tract, molars, etc.). Heavy meat consumption was a convenient source of serious calories in cold climates, but I'm not sure it's "all that," and I'm not sure that we've really had that diet for millions of years. 500,000, maybe.

While I think it unlikely that I'll ever be a vegetarian again, I'm still more keen on veggies, fruits and fish than anything else... and I bet if I were a cavewoman and I had access to those things on a year-round basis, I'd choose them over red meat or fowl as well.

The paleodiet site is very interesting, though I so far find it so biased that it is difficult to take it seriously. Within the first article I read was an attempt to make the argument that raw vegetables are toxic (based solely on something yanked from a 1972 issue of Science), and yet this article conveniently makes no mention of fact that certain poisonous substances are present in meat. It also claimed that we are pure carnivores, which is, based on our bodies' internal structure, highly unlikely.

I suspect I just hit a bad article, because there probably are great benefits to a paleolithic diet, so I'll keep poking around :) All the people I know who do it claim they feel great. If you could point me to some of the more convincing stuff, all the better! Right now, for myself, I'm still leaning to more raw fruits and veggies, fish (or EFAs), high protein breakfasts, upping water intake, and of course, exercise (of which I get too little).

And I couldn't agree more on the EFAs. I can't think of anyone who couldn't do with EFA supplementation... it's one of those things we need desperately and simply can't manufacture. although I eat a lot of fish, I need to get back into the habit of taking those regularly myself. And even those who eat a much more carnivorous diet could probably do with CLA supplementation as well (meaty things shouldn't be fed grains any more than we should). Even when I didn't know the nutritional value and treatment of modern meat I wasn't a big meat-eater... but now that I do, I'm even less of one I guess.

I'm beginning to wander off on tangents; a sure sign I should move on ;)

Good to see you again-- I've missed you! *hugs*
price From: price Date: January 28th, 2004 10:18 am (UTC) (permalink)
I'd have to say that the proof is in the people that use it, and crossfit certainly has some rather impressive human specimens. I'd particularly eyeball the nutrition segment of the message board -- a toxicologist and biochemist are both regular posters. Robb Wolf's additions are incredibly lucid (he's the resident biochemist).

Additionally, I really don't buy the poisons in grains and legumes argument. There are a few newer books (not to mention the articles of Loren Cordain) which show how the biochemical pathways for breaking these chemicals down are rather inefficient and produce a number of toxic byproducts. I'm familiar with the article you're referring to, though, and I do like the statement that "if you can eat it raw, it's paleo."

I'm slowly breaking myself into the diet, and I have to say I feel a _lot_ better. The increased exercise probably helped in that, but I'm definitely enjoying it. I'd also like to note that a decent amount of paleo eaters aren't the idealistic types, and have a decent bit of common sense about their diet. Most of them eat paleo throughout the week, then permit themselves a less paleo dinner or dessert on the weekend. Many have found, though, that once they've switched to paleo, their body doesn't enjoy a lot of the foods the individual used to eat. Dairy products are the biggest offender here.

Ahwell, more food for thought. And *hugs* I've been about just quiet. The job keeps me busy. :)
alcestis From: alcestis Date: January 28th, 2004 07:23 am (UTC) (permalink)
Fearless leader with no locks? Hrm. Interesting.

You're super hot so just deal with it. Lose or gain weight -- still hot. :P

Just a couple of more days. We've got so much to talk about!
allyn From: allyn Date: January 28th, 2004 09:27 pm (UTC) (permalink)
He said he finally accepted the news when David rang him to say: "There's something I need to get off my increasingly ample chest."

bwaaaaa haaaa haaaa
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