Friday, January 29, 2010

LOL (laugh out loud) Maxine

Crude humor warning!

I was in Starbucks yesterday when I suddenly realized I desperately needed to fart. The music was really, really loud, so I timed my farts with the beat.

After a couple of songs, I started to feel better. I finished my Latte
and then noticed that everybody was staring at me.

Then I suddenly remembered that I was listening to my iPod.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Mouse Trap

This reminds me of an Aesop's Fable. It has a very, very good message:

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. "What food might this contain?" The mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed this warning:

"There is a mousetrap in the house!
There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."

The mouse turned to the pig and told him,"There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The pig sympathized, but said, "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers."

The mouse turned to the cow and said, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The cow said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my nose."
So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap... Alone. . .
That very night a sound was heard throughout the house-- the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it. It was a venomous snake whose tail was caught in the trap. The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital. Then she returned home she still had a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup. So the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient. But his wife's sickness continued.
Friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. But, alas, the farmer's wife did not get well...She died.

So many people came for her funeral that the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them for the funeral luncheon. And the mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness. The next time you hear someone is facing a problem and you think it doesn't concern you, remember:
When one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life.We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Biggest Loser Week 3

Week 3 was good...not great, but considering I went to 2 different buffets to eat last week I am pleased.

I lost another 2 lbs!!! That brings the total up to 17lbs.


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Dining Room Before and After

This was a productive week-end! I finally have gotten the dining room back in order. After piling things up in there and not having anything on the walls for months...I could not take it anymore.
Here is the before:

And here is the after:

Thursday, January 21, 2010



When I become excessively critical towards others, it means I am going in the wrong direction. We are usually very good at spotting mistakes, but we should develop the quality of also spotting goodness. If I can see what is good in others or in situations and go beyond the curtain of negativity, I feel good about myself. If I constantly think "he is wrong", I instead create a barrier which blocks me from reaching my own goodness.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Biggest Loser Week 2

Week 2......down 6 more pounds!!!!!!!!!So far I have lost a total of 15 lbs in 2 weeks. WooHoo!!!!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Harlem Globetrotters

We had a really fun day today. We went to see the Harlem Globetrotters with my son's boyscout pack. One of the boys had a birthday party there also...we got in early, saw the Globetrotters early show, had pizza and snacks (Yes I blew the diet), then watched the game. The boys all had a good time, and so did the adults (I know I did!).
Here are some pictures from today:

Monday, January 11, 2010

Today was the first weigh in for our "biggest loser" contest…..

Drum roll please………….........................

I LOST 9 pounds!!!! WooHoo…9 lbs!

Passing on the fudge and doughnuts paid off…who would have thought (hahaha)

Friday, January 08, 2010

Contest Update

We have officially begun the "Biggest Loser" at work. Our very first weigh in was Monday. Well, 5 days into it and I have not cheated once! Woo-hoo!!!!!!!

But today was a very big test…a patient brought us fresh doughnuts from a local bakery! Are you kidding me??!! They were still warm for goodness sake. Augh! Oh, how I wanted one, or two, or three…but I did not take any. I did however, smell them once or twice….aaaahhhhhhh…doughnuts (drool).

Come Monday I better have lost some weight…LOL. Anyone have any good low-fat recipes they want to share?

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Tropical Chicken

This is a bright dish for a black and white winter day....


1 broiler/fryer chicken (3-1/2 to 4 pounds), cut up

3 tablespoons canola oil, divided

3/4 cup chopped onion

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped

3 cups fresh or canned pineapple chunks

1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained

1/4 cup pineapple juice

1 red hot pepper (4-1/2 to 5 inches), seeded and chopped

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 pound fresh snow peas

1 tablespoon minced chives

Hot cooked rice


In a large skillet over medium heat, brown chicken in 2 tablespoons oil; remove and set aside.

In the same skillet, saute onion in remaining oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the tomatoes, pineapple, water chestnuts, pineapple juice, hot pepper, salt and pepper.

Return chicken to the pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Add peas and chives; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until peas are tender and chicken juices run clear. Thicken pan juices if desired. Serve with rice. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 451 calories, 24 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 102 mg cholesterol, 396 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 35 g protein.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Two Quizzes

2 will you live your life?

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.

4 Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.
Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4.. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special!!

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

The lesson:

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials..

the most money...or the most awards.

They simply are the ones who care the most