weekend motivation…or…death awaits me…

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A few of my friends on Facebook……you know who you are……….have started running.  And if I weren’t so RIDICULOUSLY competitive, I would have let it go.

But no.

There is no possible way I could read about their progress without thinking about my … laziness “For crying out loud!” my brain screamed..  “You live in the most beautiful city, with the most beautiful weather….no job, kids all grown…”

OK. OK!  OKAY!!!!!

So…I got out and ran.  And by the way, no, those are NOT my legs in the picture.  Mine are shorter and slower.

Here are a few of my running rules:

  1. I do not like to run with a partner
  2. I do not like to talk while running because I am listening to my wheeze and my faint heart beat
  3. I will not move out of your way because I could fall and die
  4. If it sounds like a scary old man is running behind you, it is probably me
  5. I never stop for potty breaks
  6. I turn beet red when I run because I am a non-sweater..er

I’ve have raced in a marathon in Paris, done countless half-marathons and the local 10 and 5K’s, but it’s has been a long time since these old legs were moving at a faster- than – walking speed.

So Thank you, Facebook friends for dragging my buns off the couch and back out into the streets.  But I swear, if I break a hip, I’m coming after you………slowly, but definitely coming after you…

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just a ‘grillin…..

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Backyard grilling!  It wouldn’t be summertime without it! 

ALTHOUGH……………… (leave it to me to throw a wet blanket on your picnic)

Grilling – whether by gas flame or charcoal or even an electric element – demands temperatures 4 – 6 times higher than can be reached in your oven!  And unfortunately, the high heat that makes that wonderful caramelization and browning has a less desirable aspect…..

Your food may become charred before the inside is cooked through!

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Another hazard is cancer causing substances called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons which form when the fat from the meat drips onto hot coals and then sneak into your food through the smoke.  HCA’s or heterocyclic amines, are created from heating meat, poultry or fish to a too high temperature and have been linked to cancer.

But before I totally destroy your backyard plans….here are ways to minimize the cancer risks for you and your family:

  1. Avoid flare-ups, since burning juice or fat can produce harmful smoke.  If smoke from dripping fat is too heavy, move the food to another section of the grill, rotate the grill or reduce the heat.
  2. Cook meat until it is done without charring it.  Remove any charred pieces — don’t eat them.
  3. Don’t place the heat source directly under the meat.  For example, place coals slightly to the side so the fat doesn’t drip on them.  Keep a water bottle handy for coals that become hot or flare up.
  4. Cover the grill with punctured aluminum foil before you cook.  The foil protects the food from the smoke and fire.
  5. Keep meat portions small so they don’t have to spend as long on the grill.
  6. Defrost frozen meats before grilling.  {source}

Grilling is best reserved for quick cooking foods, like fish or even thinner cuts of meat and poultry.  How about throwing some vegetables , such as eggplant, zucchini, peppers or mushrooms on that grill?  Even fruit like, apples, peaches or bananas are great grilled!

Now, get outside and have some spring-time-can’t-wait-for-summertime, BACKYARD FUN!!

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Remember your first car? Check this out…

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Ok, friends….this is cool.   Find your first car…the one you drove in high school or college; hopefully your car brochure is available. This has to be one of the best web sites I’ve seen in a while!

Whether you have gasoline in your veins, or not, it’s fun to look up that favorite vehicle!
This website features the original factory brochures for nearly every American car you’ve ever owned.                         
Pick the manufacturer, year, and model.
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can’t relax? go fly a kite…like this guy…

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The gentleman flying these kites, is from Canada.  His name is Ray Bethell and he is a World Champion and World Record Holder of flying multiple kites.  He comes to the Washington State International Kite Festival every year.

He generally flies the kites without his shirt, hence the brown leathery skin.  He is also deaf and when he flies the crowd holds up their hands instead of giving him applause.

Two kites are flown with his hands and the other is tied to his waist.  And of course the music is glorious.

Watch until the end so you can see the last kite land………..and hey……………………relax!  You’re going to LOVE this!

just some of the coolest pics from 2012….

Don’t you just love those crazy pictures you find on the internet?  Do people walk, run, swim or fly with their camera ON?

Well, maybe I should!  Check these out!

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edge-of-the-world-beach-head-chalk-cliff-southern-england Photograph by RHYS DAVIES
snow-tunnel-near-mutnovsky-kamchatka-russia Photograph by Michael Zelensky
Buddhist monks chant at Pongour Falls, the largest waterfall in Dalat, Vietnam. Photograph by DANG NGO
6530942539_fb46437b6e_b Photograph by HORST KIECHLE

4947149269_27c97269c4_b Photograph by T.-C on Flickr
iguazu-falls-waterfall-island Photograph by Andrew Murray
multiple-exposure-airplane-take-off-hannover-airport-ho-yeol-ryu Photograph by HO-YEOL RYU
most-waterskiers-ever-pulled-behind-a-single-boat Photograph by MARK SEATON PHOTOGRAPHY
rainbow-surf-shot Photograph by ZAK NOYLE

all the rules for a gunfight that you might need to know….

Have a gun has always been the first rule but here are some words to the wise…
Now,  if you own a gun, you will appreciate this.  If not, you should get one and learn how to use it…simple enough.
  1. Guns have two enemies:  rust and politicians
  2. It’s better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6
  3. Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not you
  4. Never let someone or something that threatens you, at arms length
  5. Never say, “I’ve got a gun!”  If you need to use deadly force, the first thing they hear should be the safety clicking off
  6. The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes.  The response time of a .357 is 1400 feet per second
  7. The most important rule in a gunfight is always win – cheat if necessary
  8. Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets.  You may get killed with your own gun, but he will have to beat you with it because it will be empty
  9. In a life or death situation, do something!  It may be wrong but do something!
  10. If you carry a gun, people may call you paranoid.  Nonsense!  If you carry a gun, what do you have to be paranoid about?
  11. You can say, “STOP!” in any language, but a large, bore muzzle pointed at someone’s head is pretty much universal
  12. You cannot save the planet, but you  may be able to save yourself and your family

Remember, when you are in a gunfight…

  • If you’re not shooting, you should be loading
  • If you’re not loading, you should be moving
  • If you’re not moving, you are dead

more tips that make you feel stupid…

Have you seen those ideas on the internet that make you smack your head and say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Yep, me too.  These crafty tips will totally impress your friends and make you feel glad you have an internet connection. (via)

Let’s get started:

1.  Using toothpaste to hang a picture..

Place a small amount on the back of the picture frame exactly where you want the nail to go..

Once you’ve found the perfect place to hang your picture, press the picture against the wall so the toothpaste leaves a mark. Now, whack the hammer with a nail on the toothpaste spot.  VOILA! This is a great technique for hanging pictures in a straight row, or as a collage.

2.  Open a jar

Place a rubber band around the lid and another one around the jar.  POP!  It’s opened!

3.  Use a mason jar to store leftover wine

Make sure the wine overflows so the jar is completely filled and no air gets into the wine. It’ll store in the fridge for a week, by golly!

4.  Moving a heavy appliance

Spray Windex around and in front of the feet of the appliance you’re trying to move. It will slide much more easily.  (and works best on lineoleum or tile…not sure about hardwoods!)

5.  Keep the mice away!

Rodents are allergic to peppermint. Dab on cotton balls and place in area of infestation. Or, mix with water and pour into a spray bottle; spritz rodent-infested areas with the mixture.

6.  Zip!

1) Tie one end of a ribbon/string through the circular end of the safety pin, tying a knot to secure it in place. 2) Hook the safety pin through the hole in your zipper. 3) Use the string to pull the zipper up.

In the photo: there’s a product that does this, but you could easily make your own.

7.  Put on a bracelet.. by yourself!

It will  keep one end in place while you hook the clasp!

Tomorrow I will share more tips.  If I put them all in one post your head would explode. … and I don’t have a tip for that.