Saturday, April 28, 2007

eating more raw / live foods

Last week, somehow, I started reading about the benefits of eating raw foods; lots of fresh veggies, salads and fruit. Somehow, I came upon Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Book Eat To Live which outlines the serious health benefits which come about when a person decides to significantly increase their intake of fruits and vegetables. I have been moving towards not eating meat lately. It really grosses me out, has done for years. I have decided to try to eat along the lines of the diet lifestyle outlined in Dr. Fuhrman's book. I think that eating more raw, unprocessed foods is going to be a major health lifestyle for a lot of people. The research is pretty amazing.


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

we are downsizing. pronto.

Tolpin has built and lived in cottages his whole life, and understands why people love them. “[Cottages] are more human in scale and proportion, which to me means that they elicit in us an acknowledgement that these spaces are made for us,” he says.

“I think people long for a home environment that ‘holds’ them. If you come home to a cavernous box, with acres of drywall and furniture that has to be outscaled to fit the space, it’s not cozy. It doesn’t hold what a person needs to recharge, to feel rejuvenated.

“Cottages satisfy on a gut level,” says Tolpin. “Sometimes a house seems intellectually right -- it has all the elements going for it that are intellectually satisfying -- but it doesn’t mean you want to live there. That’s why you find people living in funky cabins on beaches, with sand coming in the door every day. They’re nuts, right? And they love where they live. They’re smiling.”

Tolpin sees the trend toward moderate houses as one driven by people who are reevaluating what’s important to them on a gut level, rather than an intellectual or status-seeking level. And for him, it’s a work in progress, one that is shifting the cultural focus from the individual to community life.

“And as for the economic aspect, a smaller, well-crafted house will likely cost the same as a larger, boxier house that lacks detail. Quality of space is the thing -- one’s rapport with the house. It’s not about square footage, it’s about livable square feet.”

By all indications, the shift toward more moderately sized homes is here to stay. The myriad reasons include economic, social and a simple return to reason: Human beings simply aren’t designed to thrive in built environments that are out of scale to their general proportions. We may not articulate this fact often, but we know it. We feel it.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Dyed Salmon. Yum.

The European Union (always way ahead of us here in North America) is requiring salmon farms to cut the dose of pigment found in salmon feed. The pigment, called canthaxanthin, has been found to damage human eyesight by accumulating in the retina. Most of the salmon in the wild get their pink hue by eating lots of shrimp, but in the farms they would be grey if not artificially colored.

United States and Canada list canthaxanthin as “generally recognized as safe for human use” and do not restrict the use of these pink dyes in fish farms.

Dr. Fuhrman comments:

Considering that farm-raised salmon also has been found to be high in cancer-causing polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) levels and are the most PCB-contaminated source in the current U.S. food supply, it does not seem to be the “health” food most people think. Fish raised under such crowded conditions are treated with drugs, pesticides to ward off parasites, and toxic chemicals to keep nets free of algae.


Monday, April 23, 2007

How cold is it in Canada?

In winter, it gets so cold in Canada that our cat, Cricket, waits for the furnace to kick on and then sits on the vent to warm her feet. Every day. For six months! Poor cat!

Isn't she gorgeous, though?

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Royal Tattletales

Another "tell all" book is on the way about Princess Diana.

I feel bad for Diana, no other woman is subjected to so many books being written about her post-humorously. I mean, really. Let the poor woman rest in peace. After ten years, people are still trying to write "tell all" books about her. I find this sad.

Sad, yet captivating.

I have always been intrigued by Diana. I guess I'm not alone. Yes, I will probably read this book, as I am currently and coincidentally reading the one written by her butler. I know. It's terrible. At least her Butler's book is complimentary of Diana. The new book is not...

From Times of London...

"With 200,000 copies scheduled to be released in America and Britain, and the publishers already taking advance orders on Amazon, it is certain to be a bestseller. The trenchant account is being defended vigorously by Brown's entourage, who say it is authoritative, meticulously researched and dispenses with the romantic myth that a ruinously self-absorbed and paranoid Diana had turned her life around. A friend of Brown who has seen a copy of the book said: "Almost everyone except Charles, William and Harry comes off badly - the Queen, Camilla and, most of all, Di.

"It is going to be highly controversial, but this book isn't based on the myths that Diana created about herself and it certainly isn't gossip.

"Tina is incredibly well-connected. She has been able to persuade an unparalleled range of sources and eyewitnesses to talk fully and honestly for the first time, sorting through the layers of contradictions about Diana.

"Diana was a humanitarian who at one level really identified with the common people, as she thought of them. But she was also a very messed-up woman whose downfall was due to her own insane jealousy and self-obsession."


I don't know. Who knows anymore? I'm just glad nobody is writing about my life. Egad.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Why I am a Cat Person

A husky had to be rescued by firefighters after it trapped its head in a brick wall.
The six-month-old male husky, called Keano, had become trapped by his jaw in a garden in Whitchurch, Hampshire, on Friday afternoon.

A neighbour alerted the dog's owner, who found Keano's head stuck in the ornamental brick wall and called in Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

A chisel was used to chip off part of the wall that was trapping the dog.

In related news, a dog who got her head stuck in a pot had to be rescued by the fire service in Hampshire.
The mishap occurred when Siberian husky, Scarlet, got her head stuck in a terracotta pot while playing in her garden in Church Road, Locks Heath.

The 17-month-old popped her head inside the pot when a pebble dropped into it.

Duh. No cat would ever do that.

from the bbc

Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Best Commencement Speech in History

Commencement Speech to the Havard Class of 2000
by Conan O'Brien

I'd like to thank the Class Marshals for inviting me here today. The last time I was invited to Harvard it cost me $110,000, so you'll forgive me if I'm a bit suspicious. I'd like to announce up front that I have one goal this afternoon: to be half as funny as tomorrow's Commencement Speaker, Moral Philosopher and Economist, Amartya Sen. Must get more laughs than seminal wage/price theoretician.

Students of the Harvard Class of 2000, fifteen years ago I sat where you sit now and I thought exactly what you are now thinking: What's going to happen to me? Will I find my place in the world? Am I really graduating a virgin? I still have 24 hours and my roommate's Mom is hot. I swear she was checking me out. Being here today is very special for me. I miss this place. I especially miss Harvard Square - it's so unique. No where else in the world will you find a man with a turban wearing a Red Sox jacket and working in a lesbian bookstore. Hey, I'm just glad my dad's working.

Read Conan's Full Speech (worth it)

Friday, April 06, 2007

Hipster PDA

It's exhausting always being on the cutting edge. First a MacBook Pro, then Pandora, now Hipster PDAs. Yep, that's right. I'm all over this idea...

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Folded Bags, Icelandic Style

Now this is cool. From a blog called The Idea Index. They show instructions on how to fold all your plastic shopping bags into neat little triangles, so you can bring them along when you walk the dog, or shop, etc. Throw them in your car and you won't need to bring more and more bags home. Yay!

What is up with the new blogger not allowing you to do linking? I have to write my own code, which is a total pain in the backside. Smarten up, blogger people. I do not have the patience to be writing my own code, trust me. Hello! Get your act together for Safari, already.


Hack your Ikea

We've all done it. Don't pretend you haven't. We've all purchased Ikea furniture. Here's a cool site to help us, ermmm... update our tired Ikea furniture. I challenge anybody to tell me that they have not a stick of Ikea in their house!

Now this hack I have wanted to do FOREVER. Of course, I would paint the bed white. I paint everything white. And Kitty would get an Amy Butler duvet. I am totally running to Ikea to buy this doll pet and paint it for my cat (whom I love):