I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, 'wouldn't it be much worse if life *were* fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them?' So now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe. – M. Cole
Good morning world! I’ve been doing Noom (a weight loss program based on psychology and calorie counting) for three weeks now and I’ve lost weight, 182 to 178. I’ve also started exercising, doing various dance workouts I can watch on YouTube and I bought access to an older Zumba program for about US$10.
My goal is to be down 40 pounds by the end of the year. We’ll see if that happens, but heck anything is good for me right now.
Thanks to utterly incompetent gym/physical education teachers in elementary school, high school and college, I have to surmount the hate they instilled in me for exercise. They never taught *how* to do exercise or sports, and if I wasn’t good to begin with, they had no use for you at all. I was just a problem for them that they simply were too lazy or incompetent to deal with. The art teachers did much the same, too lazy to teach how to draw, how to think like an artist, etc.
I was very uncoordinated as a kid. I was put in a special class for learning coordination. That was hard since I was very smart for my age (reading at a 6th grade level in 2nd grade), but my physical skills were a bit delayed. So, I was the “other” in so many ways. I also simply would rather read a book than jump rope, and ooooh that was just not “normal”.
So, years later, my husband taught me *how* to throw and gee, I’m not bad at it! I had to learn that damn few can do a 30 minute aerobics routine at the beginning, and after an exertion induced headache that knocked me to my knees and made me sure I was dying, I learned that I have to slowly build up to that.
I still do hate that ignorance and laziness from teachers that I trusted to know what they were doing. It held me back for decades. Happily, I’m now an artist, getting paid for my work, and now I’m working on being as physically able as I am mentally.
Try things even if you are sure you “aren’t any good”. This helps cast off the shackles put on you by others who weren’t worth the time or respect you gave them.
“This patient underwent his own speech neuroprosthetic study via the use of electrodes which were implanted over the area of his brain that controls speech. A computer was then able to analyze his brain’s patterns in saying words such as “good,” eventually becoming able to differentiate between 50 words that could create over 1,000 sentences.
Eventually, the man was able to answer basic questions such as “How are you today?” with words that appeared on the computer’s screen roughly three to four seconds. “
Both my grandmothers had strokes and lost their ability to talk. I’d like to think this stuff will eventually help people like them.
This is just awesome. I’m a big fan of secret agents and supervillains since my mom introduced me to my first James Bond movie. My Myers Briggs type is INTJ which I’ve seen described as the “supervillain” (believe in MB or not, it’s accurate for me).
Well, here I am waiting for the big storm that is supposed to descend upon us on Wednesday. We’re supposed to get between 12″ and 30″ of snow, 30.5 to 76 cm for my friends out in the world that use a sensible measuring system.
So, I’ve laid in things to cook with. Hmmm, pierogis? Chinese dumplings? Some kind of cookie definitely.
Now, everyone in Pennsylvania, no matter if they are getting 2″ or 30″ will be madly getting eggs, milk and bread. Does that happen in other states/countries?
I was going through my photos on my phone and decided to put a handful up.
Pumpkin Pie that I made this weekend. I’ve found I like the Joy of Cooking version the best, which uses heavy cream rather than the common American ones that use evaporated and/or condensed milk.
This is Mr. Athena (top) and Hera (bottom). Mr. Athena (a male cat that we named before we could tell what sex the kittens were) is the kitten of Hera. Hera had five kittens who grew to this size. They are about twice as big as she is.
This is a pretty typical forest/creek in western PA. It’s in a place called Mineral Springs, outside of Emlenton, PA. There are many orange colored seeps in Western PA thanks to the coal, iron ore and sulfur in the area. It is called Mineral Springs because of
This mineral rich spring. You can see leaves and branches being coated with minerals. They’ll probably be fossils someday. At one point, people could take the waters here for their health.
A praying mantis that came with a delivery of plants when I was working as a plant merchandiser. She was having a good time eating.
You can see a hummingbird clearwing moth at the lower left. He was hard to get a picture of since he was moving fast. Those are butterfly bushes being visited.