Thursday, January 22, 2015

Five Thoughts - Five Photos

I'm linking up with Emmy Mom for Friday 5!

1.  I have had sinus infections (possibly bronchitis, possibly strep throat) since Christmas.  I have - whatever it is I have - for a week to ten days, get well for a couple of days to a week, and get sick again.  I went to the Dr. for the third time today.  She didn't test for strep because the treatment is the same for a sinus infection, so I am starting new medication.  I'm tired of not feeling well.  If I could only swallow without pain, I'd feel so much better.

2.  Group texts - I hate them.  I have two friends in particular that like to send group texts.  Some people don't know how to set their reply to send the reply just to the original sender, so it goes to everyone, including me.  I get texts from people I don't even know!  It irritates me!

3.  I want you to check out this new blogger, A New Paige is Here.  Go over and give her some encouragement.

4.  I'm disappointed that James Harden didn't get voted in as a starter in the All-Star game.  He will likely start anyway, since Kobe Bryant is injured, but he deserved to be in that spot to begin with.

5.  We had some mild weather for a couple of days, but now it's cold again, and very wet!  Tomorrow looks to be more of the same.  I don't mind the rain - except driving in it.  Otherwise, I like rain.

Beautiful sky on Saturday last weekend.

My mom and daughter when we went to see Diavalo a few weeks ago.

Being silly at the basketball game.  That's my face!

Flashback Friday  - the twins and my nephew when they were 7 and 12.

My beautiful Lacy!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Thursday Thirteen - About Dairy...

Lately, I have had two people, aquaintances, really, not exactly friends, tell me they don't eat dairy. One of them said that she (and her group at Cross Fit) believe it's strange to eat dairy or drink milk because humans are the only mammals that drink other mammal's milk.

I wanted to say, "That's because we're at the top of the food chain!" But I didn't say it. She's about half my age, so I don't argue with her about it.

I just found out another friend thinks dairy is "evil." Her word; not mine. So, today's Thursday Thirteen is all about dairy.

 1. There are no antibiotics in milk, regular or organic. Milk is tested, and if it is positive for antibiotics, it is disposed of.

 2. 72% of all the calcium in the United States comes from dairy foods (milk, yougurt, cheese.

 3. These products are also a good source of protein.

 4. American eat approximately 350 slices of pizza a year, all topped with cheese.

 5. Calcium in soy milk is not as readily available for the body to use as the calcium in cow's milk.

 6. June is dairy month. I'll have to be sure and tell my "friends!"

 7. Calcium and dairy can lower the risk of osteoporosis as well as colon cancer.

8. Low fat/skim milk and low fat cottage cheese are healthy choices to get your calcium, protein, and Vitamin D while you maintain healthy eating habits.

 9. Eating healthy dairy foods can keep your bones strong so you can live a longer and more active lifestyle.

10. Eating low or no fat dairy products can help lower your cholesterol.

11. Diets higher in dairy calcium caused greater excretion of fat than diets which were lower in calcium.

12. A diet rich in ice cream and other high-fat dairy foods may lower the risk of one type of infertility.

13. And the best reason to eat dairy? Milk tastes great with cookies or cake!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Photo taken in Galveston on January 17, 2015 - one of the city's many beautiful churches.  There are a few more pictures here if you like this one.  Happy Wednesday!
Link up with Wordless Wednesday!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Random Nonsense on Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stacy Uncorked for some randomness.  Wanna join us?

 It seemed like everyone had the MLK holiday except the teachers in my school district.  The surrounding districts gave both teachers and students a holiday, but my district had "professional development" for teachers.  Not fair!

On a positive note, the workshop was good, not something you typically hear a teacher say. The language arts teachers in my grade level (about 35 of us) had the good fortune of working with Jeff Anderson for the second time.    We did bits and pieces of his book Ten Things Every Writer Needs to Know.   I really like his approach to teaching!

And speaking of teaching, Our lesson plans are usually due on Monday at 8AM, but since we didn't have students today, I thought we'd get an extra day.  Not so.  Oh well.  I'm a day late and a dollar short as usual.  I prefer to have my ducks in a row where my job is concerned.

On a completely different note, this weekend, my husband and I went to Galveston just to walk around and do something slightly better than sitting on the couch.  I took some random pictures.
Galveston's First Presbyterian Church built in 1876.

The US Customs House built in 1861
Blue sky and palm trees.  It was a gorgeous day!

Have a great week!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Musing Mondays

Musing Mondays is hosted by Should be Reading.   Hop on over there for the prompts and join us!

I'm currently reading The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier for a book club.  I didn't select the book, and I had my doubts about whether I would like it, but I'm halfway through, and it's hard to put down. Instead of buying it, I checked it out at the library (they do exist) just in case I decided not to read all of it.  I've averaged about 100 pages a day (in between all the other things I have to do), so I guess you could say I'm going to finish it.

It's about two women who lived centuries apart who share a family legacy.  It's part detective story and part historical fiction.  I don't want to spoil it for anyone who might like to read it.

This week, I blogged about some Friday Confessions Complaining, Texas Colleges, A Little Bit of Randomness, and about ten days ago, My Year in Books.  I also introduced a new blogger who needs some blogger love and encouragement.  You can visit her at A New Paige is Here.  You remember what it was like when you first started blogging, right?

Up next on my reading list is The Governor's Wife by Mark Giminez.  It's about an ambitious Texas governor who has his eyes on running for President.  However, a drug lord wants him dead.   Sounds interesting, no?  Hope you get some reading in this week!  Have a great one!


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