Monthly Archives: February 2014

A Little Insight Into My Brain

The other day Derek and I had an interesting conversation where I tried to explain how my brain works, or in this case malfunctions. Now I am going to attempt to explain it to all of you!

The video clip above (sorry about the ad) is from WarGames and if you’re familiar with that movie, you’ll remember that scene. For the uninitiated: Essentially, the computer, Joshua, is trying to win a game that cannot be won. Currently, my brain is trying to solve a problem that can’t be solved: What will pre-surgery/the surgery/post-surgery/recovery really be like? On a smaller scale I do this all the time, and some of you may also do it occasionally. You might imagine how a conversation with your boss might go before you actually have the conversation. You might imagine doing a sick roast beef off a snowboard jump right before you launch yourself off a kicker. All very normal processes that the brain goes through to prepare us for different possibilities.

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More Progress In The Fight To Save Lives

Here’s an interesting report from NPR about getting donated organs to recipients more quickly. Less time on ice seems like a very good thing.

One Last Journey For Organ Donors Speeds Transplants

“When you look at patients in the hospital, the only ones who are happy are the ones who are delivering babies and those who are getting an organ transplant,” Doyle says.

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Power Crunch Protein Energy Bar – A Review

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05 grams of sugar?

You’ve all likely grown weary of our endless talk of protein intake post-surgery. But, I’m still a little pre-occupied with my impending protein binge fest so allow me to tell you about a product I recently tested. There’s no obligation to buy, and in fact, I recommend that you NOT purchase this product. And here’s why:

I picked up the Power Crunch Protein Energy Bar at my local Trader Joe’s last week. I like the idea of a protein packed bar that I can eat to possibly supplement my protein packed meals. This particular product boasts a whopping 13 grams of protein and only 05 grams of sugar. (They really put the zero in front of the five like that. Marketing people are so weird.) Sort of seems too good to be true, right?

It is. Listed as the final ingredient on this little bar is stevia leaf extract. I mistakenly thought: “Hey, it’s the last ingredient, I probably won’t notice it at all.”

But I did. This past weekend, Derek and I were prowling the aisles of Target when I felt a little peckish. Lo and behold, I had a Power Crunch Bar in my bag. I unwrapped it and started to eat it. “Hey Derek, this isn’t so bad. It’s sort of like eating chocolate covered air. Which is weird, but I don’t taste the Stevia.”

I finished the bar and we walked down the candy aisle to ‘window shop’ and suddenly, it hit me. STEVIA! The aftertaste was awful and it lingered for far too long. I wish these sugar substitutes didn’t taste so disgusting to me. I really can’t get over the fake taste. Big thumbs down for this product. Unless you like stevia, in which case, you should totally buy these bars. Just don’t try to foist one on me.

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What We’re Eating – Guacamole

On Sunday, we stashed some avocados in a brown paper bag along with a banana to quicken the ripening process. This isn’t quack science like this Bert and Ernie banana sketch, but based on fundamental laws of fruit ripening: ethylene gas. When our avocados do get nice and ripe, we will be making guacamole. There are probably 6.022×10^23* variations of  guacamole, but below you’ll find our basic process:

* See what I did there? A chemistry / physics joke (Avogadro’s constant) which sounds like avocado!
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So Many Avocados

Oh man. On Saturday when we got home from the auction there was a box on our porch filled with:



18 avocados to be exact, sent from California by Kevin, Val & Penny. The Morro Creek Ranch ships these beauties a few days away from ripe in a box filled with popcorn! The popcorn provides cushioning and helps to keep the avocados from ripening prematurely. We put the popcorn outside in the compost and the giant black birds came and helped themselves to a little snack.

Derek and I love avocados, and it’s an extra special bonus that they’re good for us too! There’s a lot of fascinating info about these delicious green fruits at the World’s Healthiest Foods website. Thank you so much Kev, Val & Penny, we can hardly wait until they’re ripe enough to eat!

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