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January 5, 2009 | Filed under: un-vlogged
Embarking on 2009’s version of a New Year’s Diet Resolution, I’m trying to reduce my carbs and sugar intake in order to make my jeans fit. Jeans I wore two years ago now don’t make it too far past my knees. Seriously. So it’s sort of a modified South Beach diet I like to call "Bekah Beach Diet".
One thing that tripped me up last time was that I have a zero tolerance policy for artificial sweeteners. They’re vile. I’ve tried Equal, Splenda, Sweet n’ Low and even the 50/50 Splenda/sugar baking blend to no avail. They’re hellagross.
Stevia? I had high hopes.
The sh*t is nasty. It makes my coffee taste contaminated. It sort of tastes like this.
So I keep the added sugar in my coffee and try and reduce it elsewhere.
December 5, 2008 | Filed under: un-vlogged, oddball
I think the Nativity Chocolate Candy Mold set is “currently unavailable” from Amazon.com not because it is a popular item but because it’s incredibly weird to want to make a little chocolate baby Jesus and eat him.
All other things being equal, the simplest solution is the best. What does this change? Oh, for me not much. A fantabulously sick and delicious rumor has been replaced by a totally pedestrian one, and that’s fine. In the end, we’re still left with Sarah Palin, BFF (Big Fat Fibber).
Sure, go ahead and work the “I was protecting my daughter” angle. Be my guest. If anyone actually believes for one second that Sarah Palin wasn’t trying to keep this story down for as long as humanly possible (let’s see, if Bristol is five months pregnant now, she’d be due, let’s see now… after November 4th) then they are sadly deluded.
If that crazy-ass Trig rumor hadn’t started this would not have come to light. There would have been a small quiet wedding (”Just close family!”) and then in Winter a new baby for the happy young couple. Maybe they’d even try to pull the old “she’s a preemie, but she’s 8 lbs! We’re so lucky!” trick that so many people pull when they get pregnant before they get married. So where does that leave us? It leaves us with Sarah Palin, she of the crappy judgment, she of the pregnancy-hiding, she of Troopergate, she of the “signed, Your Creator” emails.
God, I love holiday weekends.
Oh, and you know what else? Abstinence-only teaching doesn’t. F*cking. Work.
(embedding YouTube videos wreaks havoc on my layout. Don’t know why; posts look fine in the preview but then when I publish it gets crazed. So click here for an interesting video where Sarah Palin discusses motherhood and politics without mentioning that she’s 7 months pregnant herself…all while sitting cross-legged…and leaning forward.)
…or BabyGate, if you prefer. Or WaterBreakGate, which is my new favorite. I wish I’d thought of it.
I don’t read People or Us or even OK (tagline “We’re 50 cents cheaper than People!”). Neither Perez Hilton nor TMZ can be found in my feedreader. I don’t watch Entertainment Tonight or any morning “news” programs. My point being: I don’t “do” gossip. I just don’t care. But do I ever loooooove me some pregnancy gossip! And this Sarah Palin thing is just too juicy to ignore. This is the most over-the-top uterine news story since Little Baby Spears birthed yet another Little Baby Spears. To be perfectly honest, I’m obsessed. I’m an out-of-control internet gossip-mongering fool over this. The Palin pregnancy rumor has even crept into my subconscious. I dreamt last night that I went to work and my charge nurse said “Hurry up and get to room 34; you have to have Sarah Palin’s baby” and I looked down and my tummy and said “but Miz Nelson, I’m not pregnant!” and she said “well neither is she; now get to work!”.
The remainder of the dream took place in the organic produce aisle of Super Wal-Mart for reasons I cannot explain.
You’ve heard the rumor, yes? Need I explain it? Well, for those who don’t know, rumor has it that Sarah Palin’s fifth child Trig, may not actually be hers, but rather the son of her 16-year old daughter, Bristol.
Now, right off the bat I’d like to say that I’m no fan of Sarah Palin or John McCain or republicans in general, I’m pro-choice to the point of near violence, I like polar bears and I was against that stupid bridge. Clearly Palin’s not my kind of people. Not even a wee little bit, so for me she’s an easy gossip target. What we have here is either
a) a massive cover-up scandal of World Weekly News-type type proportions OR
b) a demonstration by Sarah Palin that she is a whackadoo whose evangelical tendencies lean so very far to the right that that she made a medically lousy (LOUSY) judgment call and risked her baby’s health as well as her own because why should she care she’s okay with meeting her maker, anyways.
Either way, I don’t want her to even visit the White House with a tour group much less be next in line for the throne.
The photos and video that I’ve seen (compiled nicely here) blow my mind. She just doesn’t look all that pregnant, particularly when compared to photos of her during a previous pregnancy. I will admit that in the pictures where she’s supposedly quite far along she really doesn’t seem to be, but she is dressed in the manner of a woman who is trying to hide a pregnancy, I’ll giver her that. Long scarves, big jackets. This could, however, simply be her unbelievably crappy conservative fashion sense. Tough call.
But that picture of her in that brown track jacket with a sideways view is a real stumper. Seven months? Not! I’d say “eh, small baby” except that we know it wasn’t that small a baby. 6 lbs 2 oz is perfectly fine for a full-term kid. For an 8-monther? It’s like a bonus. 6lbs 2oz is not a teeny-weenie-where’s-your-belly-sized baby.
I have a terrible time buying that her water broke a month early and she flew back home then drove to a regional hospital instead of staying in Anchorage. It just doesn’t make sense. I’m a really open-minded gal when it comes to childbirth and I know in my heart that we (the American Medical “we”) over-intervene in birth more far often than we should, but if a woman of advanced maternal age with a known Down Syndrome baby who broke her water a month early tried to either leave the hospital or called a doc and refused to come in and said “I’m getting on a plane so I can deliver in a hospital that delivers 10 babies a month!” [Update: Mat-Su Regional’s website is down! ! repeat! Mat-su Regional’s website is down!] you’d better believe that child services would have been called whether she was a clinic patient from the ghetto or some high-powered hoo-ha. That shows incredibly poor judgment regarding the health of your kid and at both hospitals where I’ve worked that kind of behavior would warrant a psych consult. Seriously. I’m no medical expert, I’m just a lowly staff nurse, but here’s a list of the risks she was taking just off the top of my head. There may be even more be more due to the baby’s Down Syndrome that I don’t know about.
1) 5th baby, FTW! So many hours of travel was risky. Them 5th babies have a funny way of sliding out by themselves. She could have delivered on the plane easily and let’s remember: no one on the flight was told in advance that she was pregnant. Why? Gee, I don’t know. Most airlines have rules regarding pregnant passengers in their third trimester, Alaska Air does not.
2) Around half of babies born with trisomy 21 have heart defects, potentially causing a problem adjusting to life on outside. A particular problem if your are born on on a freakin’ plane where no one is expecting you to appear so very suddenly.
3) Breaking your water and sitting around not doing anything about it puts you at risk for infection and you’ll need antibiotics. The kind not found on airplanes. The kind of infection that maybe a preemie baby with Downs Syndrome can’t handle well at all. Palin claims that she ruptured 4/17 at 4AM Texas-time, and delivered 4/18 6:30AM Alaska time. PPROM (preterm premature rupture of membranes) is nogoodskees for babies.
4) Forgetting about the baby a sec, let’s look at the risks to her. Having a 5th baby wreaks hell on your bod. Every time you have a baby your uterus can get, for lack of a better term, really freakin’ tired. After delivering babies over the years a tired uterus may not “clamp down” as quickly as it used to after the baby is born (it’s a muscle remember? And extremely vascular: no clamping = postpartum hemorrhage). They don’t keep pre-packed units of O-negative on planes, last I checked. Actually, Palin’s risk of hemorrhage and *not* the risk to the baby was the first thing I thought of when I heard “she was in labor with her fifth and got on a plane”, that’s how scary that is to me. Very scary.
To add to the Giant Steaming Pile of Weird, when she finally got to the hospital she was supposedly induced (augmented, technically since she was already in early labor). This isn’t completely suspicious, but it is a wee odd since she was a month early. You just don’t go inducing preemies without a good medical reason…so what was it?
Then there’s poor Bristol. Oh man, I feel badly for this kid…but not so badly that I’m not going to talk about her.
I could totally believe that the family photo where her daughter is looking a little…well…pregnant (for lack of a better explanation, compared to looking like this in December) and that her “bump” could just be a little teen-cheeseburger tummy except for the fact that she was pulled out of school for months supposedly suffering from a raging case of mono. All the speculation regarding Bristol being out of school seems to come from student sources. Where are the school records for this? Attendance records aren’t private, so where are they? Was that girl was whisked away and kept somewhere? At home? At a nunnery? Canada? Where are her friends? Where are the yappy teenaged girls-on-the-sidewalk in front of the school just waiting to be swooped upon by the press? I don’t have a tv, did I miss it? Were there interviews of gum-smacking teens and I missed them? Let’s be frank: there’s only one reason a 16 year old gets taken out of school for five months and it ain’t mono.
What freaks me out about this whole thing is that if it’s all true, Sarah Palin’s only motivations for creating this cover-up are political. She’s worried about losing her evangelical base, she’s worried about how she is perceived, worried about her future. She simply cannot have a pregnant teenage daughter. She just can’t. Not only that, but her having a baby with Down Syndrome is a not-so-subtle nod to her anti-choice stance. Okay, she didn’t abort, ten heaven-points for her, but I guess that’s not enough points to keep her career afloat. Yes, I know how callous that sounded. There’s nothing creepier to me than a mother who messes with her kids lives to save her own reputation (when I did have a tv I used to watch a lot of LifetimeTV movies, so I feel like this happens all the time). I can just hear it now: “Bristol how could you do this to me!”. Drama, crying, plates are thrown, doors are slammed, wackiness ensues. Just a typical day at the governor’s mansion.
Let’s assume that Trig is indeed Sarah Palin’s child: for her to not even divulge that she was pregnant until seven months is really quite wango. It smacks of a last minute cover-up. She’d already had four kids, she’s a SuperProudMegaMommy (action figure pending), so why wait until March to mention it? Because she didn’t know? But she did know. Since December. Did they need to buy time to sort out the particulars? Did they needed to get their story straight?
I love this crap. It’s just too, too tasty. I eat it up. It’s like candy corn to me. It’s a cruel rumor for sure; to accuse a woman of not being her kid’s mom is terribly vicious. But you know what?
It really could be true. Really.
And anyway I’m so afraid of this woman being vice-president that I want this rumor to get as out of control as humanly possible. Dude: I say throw a kidnapping angle in there. The story is already at nuclear LifetimeTV levels! We’re at LifeCon 4, people, let’s go whole hog!! How about some incest? Maybe an illegal immigrant. Please let it be the baby of an illegal Chinese fisherman.
Let’s get it on. It’s all in good, clean fun. Or at least just plain fun.
(especially because Sarah Palin abuses her political power as much as the next schmuck)
A thousand thanks to Michael Verdi and Jen Simmons for pointing me toward neat-o Palin links and for feeding my hungry Gossip Beast!
August 30, 2008 | Filed under: un-vlogged, Uncategorized
My new sweet, sweet ride!
By missbhavens from The Beautiful (but darn hilly) Catskills on 8/30/2008
out of 5
Pros: Reasonably lightweight, SMOOTH, Agile, Handsome, Feels sturdy
Cons: Tricky shifting, Squeaky Breaks
Best Uses: Pavement, Path, Commuting
Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational
After my beloved (insert popular 7-speed cruiser-type bike company name here) met an untimely midsummer death by flying off the back of my fiancees truck (he was not my fiancee for the remainder of that weekend, but he’s since been forgiven) I was in need of some new wheels.
Up until I started shopping I would have categorized myself as the most casual of cyclists. I bike into town to get butter and eggs and cherry Slush Puppies. That is all. I wanted more, but I’m in pretty hilly terrain, and I assumed that it was my legs and not my bike that was holding me back from seeing more of the scenery. Not so.
What I needed was a far more powerful bike with oodles of speeds on it. This was WAY more bike than I was used to! I was chugging up hills I wouldn’t have dreamed of tackling with my old bike, and I was FLYING downhill so fast I was both exhilarated and a wee nervous.
I do find that shifting the gears on the left (1 2 3)can be clunky. Takes a little wiggling to make sure you’re in the gear you’re after. A friend mentioned that they need to “break in” a little, so I’m hoping this is true. The right gears (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8) however, are smooth like Cool Whip and have given me no troubles yet. The only other issue is that at high speeds the breaks squeak quite a bit.
This series of bikes caught my eye because of the step-in frame (I don’t care if people think it’s sissy, it’s EASIER!) and because I have a weak, twitchy lower back. I simply cannot hunch over a bike for long and hope to enjoy myself. I sat up straight on my old bike and I was looking for the same in a replacement.
I’m 5′9″ with long appendages and I actually *can’t* quite sit up straight on the largest sized 7200WSD, but I’m darn close and plan on having the handlebars adjusted upwards a bit to correct this, but it hasn’t stopped me from riding whenever I get the chance.
This bike is smooth, comfortable, fast, nimble, easy to ride and it’s an eye-catcher. Love that eggplant color! It handles well on pavement and dirt paths (avoid deep gravel, though, or you’ll skid out!) and hops onto curbs and over smaller tree roots no problem. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone with lower back problems who misses cycling, anyone who wants a hot-looking bike, anyone with a commute who wants to save on gas, and anyone who wants a comfortable ride while enjoying the scenery!
I’m crazy about my new bike!