Pattisons Academy Spin Fund Raiser

Josh and I are going to participate in a 4-hour spin and fund raising marathon at our gym (Eco Fitness) on March 7. All money raised will be donated to the Pattison’s Academy. They are a rehabilitation meets education organization for children with severe and multiple disabilities.
We are looking to our friends and family to help us reach (and hopefully exceed) our goal.
We have set our goal at $150 each. We encourage everyone, even if it’s just $5, to donate to this cause.

All donations for our ride can be sent through PayPal using the button on the right.
If you don’t have PayPal, don’t worry. You can still use the donate button. Just scroll down and under “Don’t Have a PayPal Account?” click the Continue button to use a credit card or bank account.

To make it more interesting for you, Josh and I will email you some exclusive images (and maybe a video!) after the ride.

Here is a video of last year’s fund raiser at Eco:
Pedal for the Petal Ride 2008

To learn more about Pattisons Academy check out their website:
Pattisons Academy.org

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Laundry

Josh was folding the laundry on the bed and Boomer insisted on helping. There’s just one problem, Boomer makes a terrible table.

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Second Half

I have a huge exam tomorrow morning at 7 am.  I feel pretty prepared (read: unprepared) for it, which is always scary.  It’s not my best subject, so I’m kind of freaking out.  Luckily, the best way to deal with freaking out is to read about stuff I like.  Hence the subject of tonight’s post:  Conspiracy Theories I Like Reading About. I love reading about conspiracy theories for a simple reason: there are people out there worrying about dumber stuff than I am.

The Battle of Los Angeles

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Back in WWII, like three months after Pearl Harbor.  Some UFO appeared over Los Angeles, and we (The US Military) shot at it.  Apparently 1400 rounds were fired as the object(s?) flew from Santa Monica to Long Beach.  Three civilians were killed.  A lot of people think it was a group of UFO’s.  I just think it’s friggin weird.

DIA

Many people believe that when the world will be taken over by a New World Government, it will begin at their super-secret staging ground, called only the DIA: The Denver International Airport.  If you read up on it, the nuts go on and on about secret huge underground bases for human processing, the murals (which I do admit are WEIRD) which are supposed to depict the New World Government taking over or some weird stuff.  I think aliens are involved, aliens that eat children and nazi’s and moon people and stuff.

Yes, I’m serious, people think the Denver International Airport is a secret staging ground for aliens.  I’d use somewhere else as a hub.  But, I will admit that this statue is CRAZY:

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WELCOME TO DENVER I AM THE HORSE OF THE APOCALYPSE

So that’s how I’ve been destressing.  By reading crazy conspiracy theories about airports.  In other news, school sucks, the dogs are cute, I’m trying to go to the gym pretty often, and I hope to God I don’t go crazy as classes continue to get more difficult.

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Sullivans Island Beach

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I went up to the beach at Sullivans Island today. It was a gloomy day but it was very peaceful to go up and just sit and see the ocean that I have missed SO much. I got some pretty pictures that I hope you will all like.

Also, here’s a picture of Ben and Boomer at the park this Saturday:

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Quick note for viewers

When you click on a picture in the “flickroll” it takes you over to our flickr site. If you click “Moustachio’s Photostream” on that page, you can see all the pictures we’ve uploaded!
*Don’t Forget!* When you look at the pictures on flickr, there may be “boxes” on the image! Hover over the box with your mouse to see a note from us about that picture! It’s great for tagging things we want to point out about the picture 🙂

I’ve also added a page up at the top right (Up there ^^) with info about flickr and how to navigate it. Check it out for some great tips!!

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Eating Healthy

So we did our shopping on Sunday and the result was awesome. Below are pictures of sandwiches we made and other items we bought that are really going to improve our diet!
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The first sandwich I made after the shopping trip! It has roast beef, pastrami, swiss cheese, mustard greens, whole grain grainy mustard, roasted garlic hummus, pickles, tapenade, all on whole wheat whole grain bread! With a side of carrots, total calories: 400, fat: 14 g.

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Josh’s first sandwich! Smoked salmon, avocado, tomatos, red onion, hummus and goat cheese! Deliciiiiiiiiiious!

Check out the flickroll for a few more pics! Including a few of our pantry and fridge that now include Quinoa, Kidney beans, Artichoke Hearts, Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil (half the fat and calories!!) fresh produce like Spinach, Squash, Ginger root, Leeks, and Pears!

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Eating Guides for Regular People

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These books have become manuals for our shopping and eating out. In a few words: They are awesome! They are made for regular people who shop brand name at the grocery store or eat out occasionally. Josh bought “Eat This Not That!: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution!”, by David Zinczenko, a few weeks ago. It is chock-full of popular chain restaurants like Subway and menu “decoders” for everything from Italian to Chinese restaurants. We don’t eat out often, but when we do now we know exactly what to avoid. I added some pictures on the flickroll of our favorite pages, like Outback Steakhouse, and Josh’s new found pick, Smoothie King.

Today we were in Barnes and Noble and stumbled across another version called “Eat This Not That!: Supermarket Survival Guide”. It includes everything from packaged goods like ramen and macaroni and cheese, to candy bars like Reese’s. Its perfect for people who try to eat healthy, stick to a budget, and go to a regular grocery store (not for people who can afford to shop at Whole Foods). It includes brand names that people recognize like Uncle Ben’s rice and Jell-O brand pudding. We are so excited about the supermarket guide that we are planning on making a brand name friendly shopping list tonight for our Sunday shopping tomorrow. Writing down “tuna” and “pasta” on our grocery list will be fine once we know what brands to choose from.

I don’t mean to be gushing over a healthy food guide, but it really is a great look at what we buy. It’s not geared toward any specific diet by only picking out lower-calorie items or fat-free products. It gives you great hints on why one is better for you than the other. A great example is the recommendation to buy Polander All Fruit Spread, Apricot (40 cals, 0g fat, 8g sugar) over Smuckers Organic Apricot Preserves (50 cals, 0g fat, 12g sugar). Look at the nutritional value difference! Not much! But guess what, the main ingredient in Smucker’s organic preserves is organic sugar, which spikes your blood sugar just as quickly as a regular non-organic sugar! It reminds you about “common-sense” buying that we overlook or forget so that we can buy a brand we’re used to. Example: A good rule to follow is to buy only fruit spreads that have real fruit as the first ingredient. Skip the stuff with unpronounceable chemicals! Duh, right?

I would definitely recommend the “Eat This Not That!” series to anyone who is looking to eat healthier or cut down on calories without killing yourself (and your wallet) by thinking you have to shop at organic, gluten-free, vegan, very pricey food-marts (not that there is anything wrong with people who can afford to).

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