Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ramen noodles, rent and resumes blog

Found a wonderful life-after-college blog

I am reading Kristen Fischer's wonderful book about life after college, just to prepare for when my own daughter is done. I have already decided to give the book, "Ramen Noodles, Rent and Resumes - after-college guide to life" to any college graduate on my list. It is engagingly written, makes total sense, and for us older folks out there, is a real eye opener of what our grads will face.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Thermogenix Weight Loss Pills

Wednesday, April 18, 2012: Two weeks ago, Alex received a bottle of Thermogenic fatburner pills which she ordered online (s+h, plus pills, came to $40). Over the weekend she texted me that she lost 5 lbs in one week. I asked her if it makes her eat less (her problem is nighttime eating, something most college students are prone to, and it had made her gain several pounds since she started college). She said yes and that she also works out. The pills make her feel hot, as in higher body temperature, since they are called thermo. It must raise your temperature to burn fat. I do not like it and cautioned her to be careful with it.

Alex, do not try to lose too much weight fast, because your body will start thinking starvation is ahead and hold on to fat much more. 1-2 Pounds/week is the best way to do it. Don’t trick your metabolism into thinking it has to slow down to preserve fat reserves, sorry, that’s how it would be.

Not only that, but it just doesn’t sound healthy. I will monitor it as much as I can from home, but have to remember that as a teenager, I also used diet pills many times. The ones that really helped are off the market now, but I do not recall having had any problems with it. I will update here to let everybody know if they really work or if it was a quick fix and then all the weight comes right back on.


Alex is going to Germany this summer with her oldest, bestest friend, visiting my family and the capitol, Berlin. It’s good for kids to travel, see what’s out there and how it compares to home. When she was in tenth grade, she and a fellow Girl Scout friend traveled from New Jersey to Wisconsin, to spend ten days at Camp Ehawee. At that time, my husband and I saved every spare dollar for her college education, cutting our expenses back to the bare bones. But when I read about Camp Ehawee, amidst corn fields and cow pastures, I wanted her to go. What an experience this would be. We live between New York City, Philadelphia, and the Jersey Shore, in one of the most happening and expensive states in the country. Midoro, Wisconsin sounded so dramatically different, even though they had great outings planned: Wisconsin dells water park, Wisconsin state fair, hiking, camp fires, and a sleep-over at the Mall of America!

The girls flew from Newark to Chicago, switched planes to I forgot where, then changed planes again. They ended up in one not much bigger than a crop duster that took them to La Crosse airport. When she returned and told us about the trip, Alex said excitedly: “There were only Girl Scouts and soldiers on that plane. If something would have happened, the whole nation would have done anything to help us, to save America’s most precious cargo!”

As expected, it was one of her greatest trips so far, because the camaraderie between 50 girls from all over America, even Europe, the slow pace of this state, fields that stretched out for miles, and sleeping under the sea horse tank at the mall’s aquarium was something she’ll always remember. I gladly paid for this experience from her college fund.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sony Vaio and health food

Sunday March 4, 2012: We just drove to her campus to bring her the new Sony Vaio laptop. As we were driving back she texted us: I am in love with my new computer. Thank you both so much!

So happy to hear. How do you already know it’s a good one?

Cuz its not making scary noises like the other one and lol and I connected to the internet and its really fast. And it’s a lot lighter.

Please take good care of it so it doesn’t get stolen. It’s a very popular computer. I marked it with nail polish and wrote down all the numbers on the back, so you have proof it’s yours if it gets stolen. Just don’t leave it lying around.
Ik I wont
Thursday, March 8, 2012:
Text: I hate that healthy food is so expensive
Are you shopping?
What r u buying? Glad to hear it’s healthy. At least some of it.
Yes, and its 4 freaking dollars for a stinking lean cuisine
Wow, must not be on sale. I usually get them for 2 dollars. Find something similar that’s cheaper
The cheap stuff has more calories
Then buy the more expensive stuff if it’s better. Lesson in life.
March 28, 2012: look what a reader posted on my facebook wall: I read your book this weekend, i was visiting my daughter, started reading and couldn't stop. I went home 2 hrs. later than planned because i was not going to leave until i was finished. I absolutely loved it. If i had teenagers at home, boy or girl , i would make them read it. Can't wait for your other book to come out. I know i will enjoy it too.
Aww that's cutee

Good Friday Dilemma

Friday, April 6, 2012: I texted my daughter who is away in college: Today is Good Friday, no meat, okay.
She texts back: What about chicken?
On that note,
Happy Easter and Passover
Here are the responses I received after I posted this on Facebook:
Thanks for the laugh… We sometimes wonder if that money we are paying for education is going to good use, LOL!  My daughter gets straight A’s and sometimes she’ll say the silliest things!

lol, we have been having a discussion about that.......if you can eat eggs on Good Friday then why not chicken?

Technically, the eggs you eat are unfertilized and have no chance of every becoming a chicken … therefore, not meat. Just a by-product of a chicken (like milk from a cow). J

Just thought I'd let you know that chicken is considered poultry and not meat. So she can have Chicken.

Guys, for real? (Me)

LOL!!! Someone here gave up meat for lent saying how hard it is because she loves chicken.  Then, someone else asked, “you can’t eat chicken either??!!”So, don’t be so hard on your daughter!!

Fish is still meat, and that seems to be OK, so it’s not an unreasonable question.

And apparently muskrat is fish (at least in Michigan):  Muskrat love: Friday Lent delight for some OKed as fish alternative

Perhaps it tastes like chicken?

Makes you wonder what teens classify as vegetables, right? Thanks for the smile – Happy Easter Monday. 

My daughter attends Catholic school, and came home with this interesting tidbit at the start of Lent, so I thought I would share. She is 12 so as of 6th grade they students are "encouraged" to start following the guidelines.

Abstinence  The law of abstinence requires a Catholic 14 years of age until death to abstain from eating meat on Fridays in honor of the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday. Meat is considered to be the flesh and organs of mammals and fowl. Moral theologians have traditionally considered this also to forbid soups or gravies made from them. Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles and shellfish are permitted, as are animal-derived products such as gelatin, butter, cheese and eggs, which do not have any meat taste.
That is the Catholic Church’s definition of meat, not the dictionary definition.  I’ve found several dictionary definitions and they either define meat as the “The flesh of animals used as food” (Fish are part of the animal kingdom) or “The edible flesh of animals, especially that of mammals as opposed to that of fish or poultry”.   So either fish should be included OR poultry should be excluded.

Apparently back in the day when “The law of abstinence” came about, there was a very strong fishermen’s  lobby!

It’s okay – I make lamb….

Friday, March 2, 2012

New Computer and Travel Plans

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012: I was bartending today, it was epic so much fun
Awesome, so glad to hear. Did you serve others, got tips? Having fun is great.
Why can't you look on your fb profile before Saturday where your groups are listed? I need to know for my presentation with the "Sister in Crime" writers' group. Mom
I need a new computer bad. The fan is making the weirdest noise like something is stuck in it and I'm scared it will stop and overheat soo can we please look for one soon like real soon
Please send make and serial number of your laptop, so we can check if it's still under warranty. I might take it. We'll look for a new one, do you have anything in mind? (Yup, she sure did: the Sony Vaio it turns out). Just send me the number and name for now. And what about the groups on fb?
Tuesday, February 28, 2012: Hey Schatz,
Hannah is thinking of coming to Germany with us! I will call the airline guy if he has an extra seat available for the 17 of August, if not, she might have to fly in on her own or maybe the two of you can go together, we'll see. It would definitely be better if three of you would go to Berlin, safety wise. Wouldn't that be so cool? Mom
Yay!! That would be so awesomeee

Daughter's Funeral Song

Thursday, February 15, 2012:
lol remember when i told u that i wanted my funeral song to be from hollywood undead...well i just discovered this one and i think its a lot better so im changing it lol dont get scared im not gonna kill myself or anything im just letting u know just in case
its called if i die young by the band perry
Okay, I'll make a note of it. But only if you promise me not to die until you're 99. I'm all choked up.
Please, God can't handle me in heaven right now and satan is afraid of me I'm not going anywhere anytime soon
Good to know. Luv ya
Love u too is still think its a good song tho did u listen to it?
Yes, that's why I said I choked up