Tuesday, August 24, 2010
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Of course, the continuing drama about the overpaid, arrogant, and possibly mentally unstable "member" of the 'skins, Fat Albert Haynesworth, makes my blood boil. In a time of high unemployment and recession, this person could not be bothered to make the effort to work out once in a while, and repeately failed to turn up to training camp. Haynesworth now says he has a condition, rhabdomyolysis, that makes him unable to participate fully in training. According to the rhabdomyolysis entry in the online Sports Injury Bulletin, athletes most at risk for rhabdomyolysis are: "Out-of-shape athletes who begin training seriously in the summer are thus at particular risk; their lack of fitness places more stress on their muscles, and their lack of acclimatisation to the heat raises the risks of heat stress and dehydration." Effectively, if he worked out in the off-season and attended training camp, he might not be suffering from this. Folks are saying that he should be traded, but what team wants his lazy, uncooperative behind?
No, spoiled athletes are not whom I admire--my role model in physical fitness is this shining senior, Ernestine Shepherd:
Friday, August 20, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Beanstalk reaching for the sky
Grape tomatoes doing a Jackie Gleason impression
Marigolds and green peppers
Thyme (one of the three types there)
Name these flowers!
Anise hyssop in bloom
At least the community center (which is next door to an elementary school) had the good sense to keep a garden, unlike Bancroft Elementary in DC, which demolished its garden (which Michelle Obama helped the school revive). The little garden that could shows how much food can be grown in a small space; even most townhomes have this amount of space (if you count the front and back), and many of the herbs and tomatoes can be grown in containers. If I could only rip out the entire monster juniper the developer put in front!
Monday, August 16, 2010
Succotash (serves 4)
2 ears corn
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
half a large onion, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup (thawed) edamame or (cooked) lima beans
salt, pepper to taste (sometimes use Season All instead, or add dried thyme also)
1 large tomato, coarsely chopped
2 cups hot cooked rice
Cut the corn kernels off their cobs, and set aside. In a large frypan (preferably cast iron), heat oil over medium heat (swirl oil around in the pan a bit). Add the onion, stir and cook a few seconds, then add the garlic and stir some more, about another minute. Add the cut corn and stir some more to cook another minute. Add the edamame or lima beans, add the seasonings, and stir again to cook a couple more minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes, stir, and cover the pan to let cook another five or so minutes, until the skins are slightly falling off the tomatoes and the mixture is thickened.
Serve over hot cooked rice and enjoy.
Friday, August 13, 2010
(This video also emphasizes the importance of exercise, for the participants and the viewer, who can get aerobic exercise from all the laughing.)
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
For instance, last summer, the swivel chair I had in the den finally gave up the ghost, so it was time to find its replacement. As it happens, with all the back to school hoopla, I was able to find a cheap, decent chair. Actually, a few--a couple from Staples, and one from Target.
Of course, because college students must go fully equipped to college, just about anything conceivable is on sale at this time of year. So, Costco currently is having a such a sale, particularly for cell phones. As you might have guessed, Amazon couldn't be far behind, and it's participating in such a sale, too. (I was looking in its grocery section, and noticed such a promotion in the coffee area, presumably for college kids needing their caffeine fix. I'm sure it's having a back to school promotion in other parts of its site this month.)
I always have to make the pilgrimage this time of year to Staples, because office products that might be too pricey come down to earth, more or less. For instance, you get 100% back in rewards (rebate/discount) if you buy a ream or two of copy paper. The regular Staples copy paper is about $4.99; however, I buy the 100% recycled, which is normally $6.99. With rewards of 100%, I'll be getting a coupon for that amount (6.99) or more (since I recycle my ink cartridges, which automatically gets you $2 in rewards per cartridge[but it used to be $3--oh, the economy]). And other items are directly on sale, so paper clips, etc., anything that you might need, come and get it!
Now you too can be this excited, even if you don't have youngsters...