Welcome 2012

3 01 2012

Happy New Year Everyone!

So, has anyone else made resolutions? I prefer to set goals for the year. Here are a few of mine. If you have any you want to share, please do so.

  • Get rid of the rest of the books. 

I’ve gotten my book collection down to a manageable level but I still have far too many. My goal is to have only one bookshelf full by the end of the year. I have a digital copy of every single book I possible could have and have stored copies on a hard drive so my Kindle isn’t overloaded. As it is, if I live to be 150 I will never get through all the new books I have yet to read….and that is if I stop today. Oh well, I can think of worse problems to have.

  • Improve my health.

I know I’m a geek but running through Azaroth and killing Orcs does NOT equal a fitness program. I need to actually step away from the computer (shudder) every now and then and actually venture outside. I actually live in a really cool place. I’m not out on my porch for 5 minutes before I see other humans actually walking around. Kids play, pets roam. The last place I lived I never ever saw that. In 20 years I never saw kids playing outside. Spooky. Anyway, my goal is to get in a walk at least every other day. Outside. I’ll take my phone. LOL. Me without technology is NOT pretty.

  • Go to church more often

Bet you didn’t see THAT coming, did you? Yes, the resident Techno-Geek, holder of advance science degrees is a Christian. It’s okay; I’m Catholic. That means I’m from the branch that believes in Evolution, Medicine and all of the other advantages of the 21 century. I’m also a firm believer that a healthy spiritual life is as important as a healthy body and education. It’s all about balance my friends.

  • Read more books

Again, it’s about balance. A little less time sitting in front of the computer screen and a little more time sitting and…oh, wait. Anyway, reading on my Kindle is a good break from the instant communication world of the Internet. Oh, heck, who am I kidding? I just need to get some of the books read so I can buy more.

Well that’s it for now. See you all soon!


Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments

3 05 2009

Are you or someone you love affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis? If so, I hope you are keep up to date on the latest in treatment options.

When I was first diagnosed, I was scared and not sure where to turn. My doctor gave me some information and then I started to research. The more I learned, the less afraid I became.

I tried several popular drugs but they were not working so my doctor kept switching until we found a good match. Between that and physical therapy, I’m doing great. Just don’t get discouraged if the first attempt at drug therapy doesn’t work. Sometimes it takes awhile.

Rheumatoid Arthritis does still bother me a bit emotionally. I get upset when my body simply can’t do some of the things that I would like it to do. I try to remember that it could be worse. But sometimes I still get frustrated.

One of the things that bothers me is when drug companies, people that are not themselves affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis try and tell me that they understand and tell me what it’s like to live with it. I prefer to hear from real people like myself. Not some corporation, no matter how well meaning.

Personally, if I were writing an ad for one of these companies I would use real people who actually have this and have them talk about how the drug has helped them personally and what side effects they have personally had to deal with.

That’s one of the things I like about the ads for the drug I’m currently taking, Humira. They have people who at least look and act like me. That gets my attention more than some guy in a lab coat telling me he knows how I feel. He doesn’t unless he has this disease.

Educate yourselves. Talk to your doctor about the latest in treatments and whatever else you do DON’T GIVE UP!


The Flat Belly Diet

20 11 2008

Here is the new diet that everyone is talking about. It’s called the Flat Belly Diet and it works incredibly well. There are no exercises required. Just hop over to the site and give it a look. This is by far the best diet I’ve tried in years and it even got rid of that little pooch that nothing else worked on.

It’s even recommended by Prevention magazine, that magazine you find in all the doctors offices, so you know it’s not some fad diet and that it is safe. It’s also quick and very easy. It’s not even one of those that leaves you feeling deprived and anxious. You don’t have to eat weird food or do strange and often time consuming workouts or exercises. Why are you still reading this? Go to the website if you are interested and check it out for yourself. You will be glad that you did.

Oh and while you are there, be sure to check out the testimonials from other people like yourself (and like me!) who have tried this and had it work for them. You really have nothing to lose except for ugly fat and that it nothing to mourn. So go check out the diet and get ready for a flat belly this holiday season!
Flat Belly Diet



A Great Site For Information on Healthcare

28 08 2008

Hey gang, not a techno post today but one that relates to a prior post. I posted a week or so ago about the Alzheimer Walk. Well I found another site that is really great for getting more information about alzheimers and in general for caring about your older parents and loved ones. It has a great layout and tons of information. It’s called Springfield homecare and this site is really outstanding. It has information about everything from illness, choosing a home health care provider and even advice for talking to your elderly family members about various topics. That can be the most difficult, talking. It’s hard to talk to someone you love about the fact they are getting older and what services or help that they may need without them feeling attacked or diminished as responsible adults. This site can certainly help with that. I strongly urge all of my Techno-Geek buddies with older family members to look into this site. A little information now can help a lot in the future.

JourneyLite – Weight Loss Surgery

9 08 2008

No, that’s not a UFO…it’s my digital scale. I was talking to a friend recently who had weight loss surgery and how it had changed her life. What could really be more high-tech that that? She asked me to recommend a good digital scale. I recommended the one I own.

She went to the JourneyLite center down in Tampa for her lap band surgery and said that she was really surprised at how nice and easy they made everything. She was treated like a friend instead of as just another patient. She said that the doctors and nurses really seemed to care about her as a person and not just a body.

Her specific procedure was the Lap-band system and she is absolutely thrilled with the results. If you are looking into weight loss surgery, I strongly encourage you to look into the Journeylite centers. My friend didn’t just lose weight, she became healthy. That’s what is important in the long run.
This Post Brought to you by Journeylite, Thank you to my Sponsor Journeylite.
lap band surgery

The Great American Seafood Cookoff

31 07 2008

Besides loving cookies, I also love seafood. I especially love domestic seafood. I prefer to know the source of my food and prefer it to be as local as possible.
Because I love to cook, I love cooking contests. So I would love to enter my own special Crab Pepper Alfredo in The Great American Seafood Cook Off! Or maybe I’d enter my incredible seafood salad that is served in a bread bowl…..or maybe my crab bisque. Of course the three of them make a wonderful meal when served together! Hmmm…..makes me think that i know what is on the menu for dinner tonight!
My special recipe is made with only the freshest ingredients so it would fit right in with this group and their promotion of domestic seafood sustainability. It’s an important concept that is often overlooked. As an important part of our food supply, we must protect it.

The Great American Seafood Cook Off features chefs from around the nation fixing the most incredibly yummy foods imaginable. If last years event was any indication, this years event should be a feast! I recommend that those of you who like to cook and/or like to eat, check out the recipes of the latest and greatest. Maybe even consider entering the Cook off yourself! I would love to be able to blog on here about knowing the winner of this years event!
Cook off


31 07 2008

I was going to post a review today about my cookie jar (it’s really cool) but decided that it doesn’t mean much to have a cookie jar if you don’t have cookies to put in it.

I do not like store bought cookies. They lack a certain something. I make mine or get them from friends. My two best friends cook like you wouldn’t believe. Jane is the grandmotherly type (she IS a grandmother of 3 after all) and she is a country cook. At her house you are going to be served stews, chili and southern friend chicken.

My other best friend, Judy is a type A, hyper attorney. She cooks things like Pumpkin Bisque, quiche and organic blue corn tortilla chips (with homemade salsa).

They both make outstanding cookies and candy platters….at Christmas (Yule for our Pagan readers). Me, I make cookies all year. After all they are one of the 4 basic food groups for Techno-Geeks (the others being Coke, Cup-o-noodles, and Gummy worms).

Anyway, I invented a new cookie recipe. It’s essentially the chocolate chip cookie recipe you find on all those chip bags….but with 1 1/4 cup of cocoa powder instead of the chips. They turn out to be very yummy and a bit like a brownie cookie.

In case you don’t have a chip bag handy, here is the recipe:
1 cup butter (2 sticks) softened
3/4 cup of white sugar
1 cup of brown sugar (packed)
2 eggs
1 1/4 cup baking cocoa
1 3/4 cup flour
2tsp vanilla
2tsp baking soda

Mix it all together, drop it in spoonfuls on the cookie sheet and cook about 10 minutes on 350.

I swap the white and brown sugar amounts (always do with cookies) because I prefer chewy cookies.

And that’s my cookie recipe!