Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I did a little mind numbing Blog surfin' this morning to fully wake myself up. I found this picture of a print by Louise Bourgeois, and it spoke to my soul....
Here are a few other things that inspired me this morning, I hope they can be a nice distraction for you and whatever you have racing through your brain...
(the original poem said "I fear" but I changed it to I know, because I really don't have anything to fear.)
A Post Secret
I am waiting for Saturday at 10:00 am, what are you waiting for?
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
As a side note:
Did you know that for most of my life I have avoided buying white clothing due to the fact that I almost always spill something on myself... it will be interesting to have a full blown white outfit on... good thing we are not serving sloppy Joe's and red Kool-aid.
Monday, May 18, 2009
School is done.... AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! I will have to let you know what my report card is when I finally get it. Hopefully it is not too shameful and Chuck and I will be able to hang it on our fridge.
So I awoke this morning to an amazing feeling.... I had no obligations. I have errands to run, but I can do them when and where I want to, no rushing around. What a good feeling. I am about to read a book, that I WANT to read, FOR FUN!!!!! Almost four months of text-book free life coming my way.
Just for fun I am going to share with you a bit of marriage advice I have received over the last few weeks everyday until the wedding... And if you have anymore I would love it!
"Always show love and affection, and be forgiving."--Grandma Denny
Friday, May 15, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
This is the Sunday Scripture bag... used to haul my journals, pencils, tissues, lip gloss (never leave home without it!) and many other goodies that I may need during a 3 hour church block.
Black and white stripped make up bag.... an oldie but goodie. ALSO essential in overnights, filled with make-up, picks, bobby pins, Q-tips, contact stuff etc...
The Back Pack... (aka The Back Killer) which THANK GOODNESS, will be retired for the summer in just a few short days. This is pretty much a permanent attachment to my body during the school year. Also purchased on my mission at the good ole' MTC.
My NEW pink and orange polka dot make-up bag... also full of new make-up received at bridal showers and my Bare Essentials kit that my mom got for me (as a side note it really is the best foundation make-up ever created).
And last but definitely not least, my brown leather purse... on sale at Macy's. This used to be home to my moola... but it now just filled with receipts and credit cards I really should cut up. However now it serves as my camera case, and transport to lip gloss and gum.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Next enzymes are added to turn glucose molecules into fructose (molecule shown below)
This changes the syrup to be roughly 90% fructose. And then manufacturers add glucose back in to give it the common ratios used in foods (HFCS 55 which is 55% fructose and HFCS 42). And I know you are saying to yourself well what is so bad about that... I mean Sucrose (common table sugar) is a combination of fructose and glucose molecules as well (molecule shown below)
Well here is the kicker, historically humans consumed about 16 -20 grams of fructose a day in the fruits they ate, however today the typical American diet contains 85 to 100 grams as High Fructose Corn Syrup is in a plethora of foods.
Fructose is metabolized in the body different than other sugars...
Basically fructose is absorbed into the body and processed by the liver. However if you notice in the upper right hand corner of this diagram there is "no control" mechanism for fructose. Meaning when you eat a ton of it there is nothing in your body that says "I think I've had just enough!" The problem is that HFCS inhibits leptin secretion, so you never get the message that you’re full. And it never shuts off gherin, so, even though you have food in your stomach, you constantly get the message that you’re hungry. Meaning that if you keep eating it you will eventually deplete the enzymes in your liver and can cause of build up of VLDL (which is the way your body transports fat around).
- I trust the opponents of HFCS because really they have nothing to gain, most of them are educated people who want to take care of their bodies and feed their children good food. They are looking for answers to some of the problems that are plaguing our country and looking to prevent them.
- The corn growers association and food manufacturers have a lot to lose however. If people reject HFCS they will lose lots of money. HFCS is cheaper to produce (because of government subsidies and sugar tariffs in the US) and because it is sweeter then sucrose they can use less of it to get the same effects. Oh course they want you to believe it is harmless!
- Studies in rats have shown that taking fructose in excess can cause problems including anemia, high cholesterol, heart hypertrophy, and delayed sexual development
- Massive corn growing is bad for the environment. The genetically modified corn used to produce HFCS requires more pesticides and chemical fertilizers than natural corn. It is also not a crop that is rotated, which severely depletes top soil quality.
- Making HFCS requires a lot of processing, and therefore energy. Other sweeteners can be produced with less input of energy and chemicals than HFCS.
- Fructose gets converted to fat more readily in the liver than any other sugar.
- Many beverages and other processed foods made with high-fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners are high in calories and low in nutritional value. Regularly including these products in your diet has the potential to promote obesity — which, in turn, promotes conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease.
Here are some of the culprits...
You will note that I did not give you links to all of the articles that I read or gave references to all of the claims I made... frankly that would make this feel like a school assignment and I blog for fun and release. If you want to know if what I have just said is legit, well you are going to have to research it... 854,000 links to click if you google search it, that should keep you busy.
I am cutting myself off from the time being of researching this because I need to study for finals.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone. For some reason in high school, my friends and I used to always have a big celebration on Cinco De Mayo... even though we had no idea what it was really about. We just wanted to have a reason to scream "HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!!!" out of our car windows and throw a party. I think the Cinco De Mayo celebration that happens in Minnesota is primarily just an excuse for people to drink margaritas on a weekday.... it seems to be a very profitable night at the bars, kind of like people who aren't Irish getting all dressed up in green and acting like fools on St. Patricks Day. So if you are a caucasian getting all hyped up for Cinco De Mayo just know that you might stand out a little bit, just like the musical production of My LIttle Butter Cup sung to a bunch of Mexican outlaws. Enjoy. And please don't drink and drive.