July 31st, 2012 by Richard
We’re heading into the homestretch here, dudes.
Tomorrow is August 1, which means the summer is well and truly winding down towards its end. We’ve got 27 days until school starts and only 30 until college football blesses us with its first game of the season.
Even better, we’re starting to be able to see the slight downward slope that’s leading us toward cooler temperatures. Of course, considering how hot it’s been this summer, I’ll take cooler temperatures being in the high 80s and count myself lucky. It’s been a hot summer, is what I’m saying.
As the summer is winding down, I’m starting to gear back up.
Not only do we have to start shopping for back-to-school supplies for Hyper Lad, but we’ve got to begin getting Zippy the College Boy ready to head off to Wilmington. I’m sure this is going to be another wonderful experience, like it was when we sent Sarcasmo off last year.
Their mom is going to insist they have lots of necessities that no girl would dream of going to college without and they’re going to keep insisting that, hey, surprise, they’re not girls. And they don’t need more than two or three pair or shorts. Or any hangers. Or storage boxes, considering there’s a whole big floor right there to drop stuff onto.
Yeah, that’s a fun and enjoyable experience. Good thing I won’t be stuck in the middl– Oh, yeah. Right. Never mind.
Anyway. This is the time of the summer when I start feeling a little desperate. There’s only so many days left before school starts and I still have so much I want to do. And I’m not even a kid any more.
I feel like Phineas and Ferb, only without the bizarrely shaped heads and the affinity for large-scale mechanics. So much to do, so little time.
Which probably means I should get to it.
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July 30th, 2012 by Richard
We talk a lot around here about getting and staying healthy. We talk about exercise and having the right frame of mind. I’m thinking we also need to be talking about some foods out there that could be of an immense help to you dudes’ desire not to drop dead in the next seventeen minutes and twenty-one seconds.
Via the Huffington Post, by way of U.S. News, I came across a great story talking about foods that should be wearing costumes and starring in summer blockbusters. Yeah, they’re super foods.
Go check out the article if you’re interested (and you should be) for the full story, but I thought I’d hit a couple of the highlights here to give you an idea, a flavor (if you will) of the information you’ll find there.
The first food they recommend is Swiss chard, which, I’m sure, leaves you in exactly the same place as me. Namely, the town of Total Bewilderment And Buffoonary. What is Swiss chard? I mean, I know about Swiss, which means this is chard that probably has holes in it, right? Is a chard anything like a chad? And should it be hanging?
Turns out, Swiss chard doesn’t have holes. It’s a leafy vegetable with red and yellow stems, as well as dark-green leaves. That dark-green color is a sure sign that the food is going to be packed with nutrients. And, surprising no one, this one sure is. Low in calories, but packed full of the good stuff.
The next recommended food is flax seeds, which, as it turns out, have nothing to do with sunflower seeds and probably shouldn’t be spit out in public. Loaded with plant chemicals known as lignans, flax seeds may provide some protection against cancers that are sensitive to hormones, such as breast cancer. Plus their omega-3 essential fatty acids have heart-healthy effects.
The article goes on to suggest you try to eat them sprinkled on yogurts, salads or cereals.
The last food I want to go over from the article is also the last food I ever want to see on my plate (other than brussel sprouts, which, oh, good lord, I can’t even talk about it). They’re beets. Blech.
Still, (b)eets are one of the best sources of folate. Folate is especially important during periods of rapid cell division and growth, such as infancy and pregnancy.
Good thing I’m not thinking about getting pregnant any time soon because there is just no way I’m going to be eating beets.
I wonder why they didn’t put the cheeseburger on the list of healthy foods you’re no– Oh, yeah. Right. Because you’re already eating cheeseburgers, so it can’t be on the list of foods you’re not eating.
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July 29th, 2012 by Richard
Enjoy yourselves, dudes.
Take the day off.
Mostly because I had another traveling day leading up to this. Had to go pick Hyper Lad up at camp and then bring him back home. And Hyper Lad after two weeks of camp is a Hyper Lad who doesn’t stop talking until his voice just completely quits on him.
And that’s enough to tire anyone out.
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