I gave up on SBD the day Will was born because a combination of things - 1) I was in the mood to celebrate and reward myself, 2) I didn’t want to have to think about eating or cooking, 3) It was just easier. Well, it was easier until the cravings came back. About a month ago I started to have an ice cream sunday every Friday & the week Kirky was gone in California I was a horrible, horrible sugar/snack binging fiend.
I haven’t weighed myself recently but I probably gained about 15lbs back which would put me at about 280lbs total. I think my lowest was 264lbs. Anyway, its not just about the weight. As much as I love all the junk it seriously effects my blood sugar and puts me into these draining “food comas” after meals. I daresay it even contributes to my lethargy & poor moods.
Luckily, I’m starting back up pretty quickly so the weight gained doesn’t have time to, er, get stored & solidify. However exercise will be interesting - since I haven’t done my walks since May, I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to cope with the heat.]]>
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Thomas Vincent reminds me that the US Congress already officially labeled the Darfur situation a genocide and that USAID is trying to rally efforts & a comprehensive emergency aid package, to help out. PotP, of course, has some excellent suggestions on what to do.
It really bothers me that the UN gave Sudan 30 days to get their act together and to take out the militias. According to a USAID briefing, 300,000 to 350,000 could die in Darfur this year of disease & starvation - a number that is approximate to the entire city of Miami, Florida according to the 2000 census. Can you imagine that amount of deaths? It’s unthinkable and I think we can do something about it.
The question is, how many people may die in relationship to this situation, and the truth of the matter is nobody knows because we do not have comprehensive access now and we have not had comprehensive access all along. We have made our own projections – the professionals who work in this field, there are epidemiologists who do this kind of work in Africa, specializing in the Horn of Africa and so forth – and our projection is that by the end of the year, starting from earlier in the year, in the neighborhood of 300- to 350,000 excess deaths will occur - Roger Winter, USAID Assistant Administrator For The Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance Bureau
Whether its lobbying Congress for more action and monetary aid, donating money or time youself, or harassing your own government and even taking it to the UN - do your part. So little by so many of us can do a lot.]]>
“Why don’t they get new jobs if they’re unhappy – or go on Prozac?” said Susan Sheybani, an assistant to Bush campaign spokesman Terry Holt.
So I wonder how much longer she has hers? (From American Street)]]>
According to SongFacts.com, King first sung the song in 1971 and won a Grammy for it as “Song of the Year.
This was a big hit for King’s friend James Taylor in 1971, going to #1 in the U.S. for him. Taylor played guitar on several of King’s albums.
But, come on - how many of you were really surprised?]]>
That’s the problem with bloggers - especially those who completely lack journalist experience. It’s always good to keep a few things in mind - cite your sources, (unless you interview the person first hand - though video and audio are always a good backup), have 2-3 quotes in your article from different people, on different sides if possible - and finally, clearly denote satire, sarcasm and in some cases, the difference between actual news and opinion.]]>