Thursday, February 21, 2008

GiveAway Follow Up.... Thoughts about Lickety Split Meals

After 123 people were interested in the Lickety Split Meals for Health Conscious People on the Go Give Away I had last month, I contacted the people at Zonya Health International (ZHI) and asked if they would be willing to give a discount of sorts to you who wanted the book, but didn't win it.

Here's what I pose to you ... Would you rather have a discount on the book or a Zonya CD freebie with purchase of the book?

Leave me a comment with your preference and I will forward the info to ZHI so they can put together an offer for you!

Monday, February 18, 2008


Well, it's taken this long to digest what happened on LOST last week. Sayid is one of the Oceanic 6, apparently. So far, that's Jack, Kate, Hurley, and Sayid.

Does Ben count as one of the Oceanic 6? Obviously, he made it off the island, but he had the ability to do so before Locke blew up the submarine. He wasn't on the plane when it crashed. He does, however, have a secret closet, in which he has a stash of passports, various currencies, a respectable wardrobe and more. Hmmmm..... more questions!

In the future, I cannot believe that Sayid is working with Ben. Sayid says, while they're still on the island, that he would would rather sell his soul than trust Ben. Obviously, something significant happens that would put the two of them in this type of relationship. What happened to Sayid that he's now working for Ben?

Over the last few days, I have talked to more people who watch LOST and they are rather bothered by the fact that the show doesn't seem to answer as many questions as it raises. I think that in this age where plots seems to be so predictable, I find LOST so refreshingly suspenseful.

The show doesn't follow the typical hour long mystery format: The first 5 minutes acquaint you with the characters. The next 5 to 10 minutes show you circumstances of the crime or murder. Then the next 30 minutes deal with chasing clues and finding who dunit and the final minutes deal with explaining how they found out who dunit and everyone marvels at the ability of the solver.

I find this show is so refreshingly atypical. It doesn't bother me that more questions are raised every week. Now, when the series ends and all of the questions aren't answered, then I'll be very peeved, but right now, I look forward to my weekly dose of LOST.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Update on "We've Moved!"

Well, apparently I did not articulate our fish's thoughts very well in my post titled, "We've Moved!" It's not that we have moved, but rather that our fish have moved. Instead of writing about our tank leaking from our point of view, I thought it would be more fun to write about it from their point of view. Sorry about the confusion.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

We've moved!

We saw the smallest one come and peek into our room and home very early this morning. He peeked and left quickly.

About two hours later, we saw the biggest one enter our room. We noticed that we couldn't swim as freely as we once did only hours earlier. The biggest one peered into our home and moved our filtration system out of our home. He also cleared off the flat surface that has four sticks that touch the floor where the two smaller ones do something with paper, plain and colored sticks of sorts, and bound paper. This is where he put the things he took out of our home. What's going on?

After the biggest one cleared surfaces and moved things out of our home, the world started shaking and moving and we could see things that we hadn't noticed before. The next thing we knew, we were put upon a slightly squishly surface in a room with squares on the floor, a cabinet, a huge floor to almost ceiling length cloth, and a looming white stool or chair of sorts.

We saw the long-haired one go into our previous room and she used this large barrel-shaped thing on wheels with a long hose, which she moved across the carpet. It was very noisy. The biggest one was no where to be seen. After awhile, the smaller ones looked at us and they seemed confused and groggy. It seemed we were in a room we weren't supposed to be in.

The noise died down and all four of them came into our view. The biggest one lowered a large vessel into our home and tried to catch us. We eluded the vessel and the bigger one by separating and swimming away as best as we could, though our water level was down to 3 inches now. He caught two of us, then the other three and put us into a smaller home with not nearly enough room. As we adapted to our new home, we realized that gravel was raining down into our home! We dodged the gravel as best we could.

Our much smaller house started shaking again and we were set upon a blue surface in a room with a large water source and shiny receptacle; a big surface, out of the top which fire leapt and the front had a large door with shelves inside; and we could see the biggest one and the two smaller ones eating something, but they didn't eat right out of the water like we do. Nor did they eat while they played or chased each other around the room. They ate out of these concave shaped things with shiny things in their fins, but they didn't really look like our fins.

After relaxing most of the day and adapting to our much smaller home, the biggest one took us through a door and boy, was it cold! We went to a building nearby and are now in a house that is much larger and we have more friends here. We hope the furry, barking thing on four legs and the furry, slinking thing that looks at us won't disturb us, but the thing that levitates around the room makes us very nervous.

Please don't send any house-warming gifts. Our home is well stocked. We hope to see the biggest one, the long-haired one, and the two smaller ones soon.

Is it a cold or allergies?

It has been a crazy sort of week. I've been fighting a cold for about 4 days and this past Sunday night, it hit me. HARD. Of course, if one stays up until 4 am on two consecutive Friday nights, then gets up at 6:30 am to work an All Day Crop or a Unit Meeting for my scrapbooking and stamping business, then stays up for most of the rest of the weeks until 2 am, the cold that's been hovering is going to hit and it will probably hit hard.

Yup, that is mostly what happened. Throw in a late night watching the first two discs of LOST (Season 3), cutting more paper for a workshop, and taking the whole family on a sleepover to our friends' house for more LOST after we put the boys to sleep.

So Monday comes and I wake up with a full-blown sore throat, coughing, and sinus pressure. I supervised school from my prone position on the couch. After school and lunch, I put in both discs of Pride and Prejudice and intermittently slept and watched both discs. I don't think I made dinner that night, I think we ate something my Dearest whipped up.

On Tuesday, I realize I cannot remember the last time I was sick. Two years ago? Three, or was it four? I almost feel like I'm dying. In addition to the sore throat, coughing and sinus pressure, now I have other symptoms. My nose is alternately running and stuffed. Breathing through my mouth is difficult and drying my throat.

My brother told me about grapefruit seed extract pills* and their ability to cut short the duration of a cold. I also read that cod liver oil* or more specifically the vitamin A & D also help with lessening the duration of a cold. I started popping pills to see if this will help.

By Wednesday, I realize that I'm acting like a typical male who is sick. Oh, you know what I'm talking about. I realized the reason I was acting this way was because I don't normally get sick! Usually, everyone else in the family gets sick and I don't.

Could it be my spring allergies are acting up and it's not a cold? We have had very interesting weather here lately - 40 and 60 degree days, then plummeting into the teens, plus lots of rain, sleet, snow, and every so often we had a dry day.

Something else to ponder as I try to breathe through my mouth until my nose clears and not make my sore throat worse.

*I make no claims about the efficiency of either grapefruit seed extract or cod liver oil capsules to lessen the duration of colds. I am not a doctor nor do I have medical training. Contact your family physician or herbalist for more information.

Why do they want Ben??

Please don't read any further if you haven't seen LOST yet; there may be questions I pose that spoil the episode for you. If you don't care, read on!

Nobody likes Ben. Why do they want him?? Who does he have on the boat? What kind of information does he have that could be helpful or useful for these people? What is the original pilot of 815 doing piloting a chopper back to the island? What are a physicist, "soil sample analyst" or medium of sorts, pilot, and anthropologist doing together? Not to mention that it sounds like the beginning of a joke.

On the other hand, I'm glad they answered the question of why they're on the island - to get Ben. But why? Questions, questions, questions. Looking forward to next week!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Bloggy Winner Announced!

Thank you to everyone who entered my Giveaway for Zonya Foco's book, Lickety Split Meals for Health Conscious People on the Go!

Congratulations to number 100: Mo! Email me your address so I can have the book shipped to you! If I don't hear from you by 7 am (EST), Saturday morning, I will choose another winner.

Congatulations, again, Mo!

LOST Season Premiere

We really enjoy LOST and have been waiting anxiously since the finale last season. But the questions they raise! So many questions! Who are the "rescuers?" Why is the freighter near the island, if not to rescue the survivors of Oceanic 815? If Hurley didn't choose to go with Jack, how does he end up off the island? Who are the other 3 who make it off the island (Hurley yells, "I'm one of the Oceanic 6!" when he's being arrested)? Who chooses to stay on the island?

So many questions and I can't wait to see the rest of the season!

What do you think is going on?