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Archive: February 2007

remember to take your vitamins. or don’t. it doesn’t matter.

I read a news article today that said antioxidants don’t help you live longer. This is extremely disappointing to me as I am pretty vitamin-obsessed. I just love the fact that I can have a completely s****y day eating wise, and then pop a few vitamins before bed and feel a-ok about myself. Sad I know and not really justifiable, but it’s been working for me up until now. Now, the article actually said, people who take vitamins have a higher risk of death. What??? Sooo, you’re telling me if I stop taking my vitamins, I might actually live longer? They say they’re not sure why the people died earlier, which I guess is pretty important to the study, huh.

When I was a kid, my mom wouldn’t even let me take vitamins. And I so badly wanted to try those Flinstones colored candies everyone else got to have every night. She said I was a healthy eater and got all the vitamins I needed through my food. Then I grew up, moved out, and stopped getting my parent’s home-cooked antioxidant-filled meals. And started making vitamin pills and capsules an important food group in my pyramid.

The “experts” in the article said vitamins may only be effective when in food. But now they think that possibly, people who eat vitamin-rich foods just take better care of themselves in general and that’s why they live longer. And it has nothing to do with vitamins and antioxidants. I don’t get why everyone isn’t up in arms over this…we don’t need to eat vitamin-rich foods anymore?? We might actually die sooner if we do eat them?? One Harvard professor said, “This study does not advance our understanding, and could easily lead to misinterpretation of the data.” You think? I’m already frantically trying to figure out why I’ve been wasting all this money and swallowing so many pills. I don’t understand why so many half-ass studies are published that end up a) not telling me anything useful and b) making me panic over things that I don’t necessarily need to panic about, yet. It’s really frustrating.

Not to mention, if this vitamin research is valid, can a scientist please help me understand why, whenever I’m feeling sick, a glass full of airborne makes me feel 100% better?

“Alcohol is a misunderstood vitamin.” -P. G. Wodehouse

play it again, toothbrush.

The strangest thing I’ve seen in a long time….Tooth Tunes, Hasbro’s new singing toothbrushes. Now, I think it’s perfectly fine if a kid’s toothbrush plays a little “tune,” especially if it plays for the exact length they should be brushing their teeth, so the kid knows when to stop brushing. But these toothbrushes play actual songs. And by songs I mean, Black Eyed Peas “Let’s Get It Started,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Walk Away,” and even that Jamairoquai song from Napolean Dynamite. If that doesn’t get you brushing, I don’t know what will.

This just seems weird to me. Why do we need to turn toothbrushes into radios? Especially radios that only play one song. And how long do you think it would take to get sick of listening to Destiny Child’s “Survivor” 2-3 times a day? While I suppose it would be nice waking up in the morning and brushing your teeth to Hilary Duff’s “Wake Up,” is this really what parents want their little girls listening to when it’s bedtime? Some of the brushes even offer congratulations after the brushing is completed. Woo hoo.

Furthermore, according to the website, Tooth Tunes don’t just “play” music. They actually “send music through your teeth and into your head.” What does that mean?? Then, “With the push of a button and then touching the brush to your teeth, sound waves stream through the bristles and travel through the jawbone to the inner ear, where music is heard.” I’m not sure exactly what they’re trying to say, but I do know that I miss the days when our parents taught us to brush our teeth because it was the only way to prevent decay and that we would be thankful in the future. Not because our toothbrush would play a pop song through our teeth.

caffeine and inspiration. what else could I ask for?

Oftentimes I get my daily dose of inspiration (in addition to caffeine) from my Starbucks coffee cup. Seriously though. Their “The Way I See It” series is actually quite fun and often adds some feel-good encouragement that helps me get through the second half of my four hour night classes. My night can feel ruined when I get my coffee only to find that I have the same quote on my cup that I had the night before.

Tonight’s quote was one of my best yet: “There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstances permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, just results.”
-Art Turock (author of Invent Business Opportunities No One Else Can Imagine)

This quote explains to me why I’ve been staying up until 2 or 3 a.m. every night. I am not merely interested in what I’m doing, I’m strongly committed. And while right now I can think of a billion excuses as to why I don’t have time to get it done, I’m somehow doing it.

Thank you Starbucks for making my day a little brighter. I love the fact that they put a disclaimer on all of their cups: “Please note: The opinions put forth by contributors to ‘The Way I See It’ do not necessarily reflect the views of Starbucks.” But seriously, apparently some people have been getting upset about some of the cups’ quotes. I don’t understand why people can’t just take these sayings with a grain of salt. If you enjoy the quote, great. If not, grab one of those little recycled corrugated paper sleeves, slide it on the cup, and it will nicely cover up the text.

As a side note, the Starbucks series also got me listening to Tristan Prettyman after I read her quote, “There’s something so amazing about music; it can transform the dullest of environments into beautiful places. Put it on, hear it out, look around, revel in the moment. Here lie the beauty and clarity that get you through your day.” – Tristan Prettyman

I love that. Tristan is Jason Mraz’s girlfriend and their song together “Shy That Way” is beautiful. Actually, her whole album is good. OK, done with my Starbucks craziness and off to work on tomorrow night’s presentation.

my dreams miss me.

For some reason I am really fascinated by that Rozerem commercial featuring Abraham Lincoln, a beaver, and a man who can’t sleep. This is one of those ads I’ve seen a million times but every time I see it, I like it even more. Just like the Comcast Slowsky ads (hehe). I can’t explain it. I usually hate ads for medications.

I think I like the idea that when I dream, I’m in a different world where I have people waiting for me. What does that say about me? That I long for better people in my life who I can maybe only find in my dreams? Maybe. Or maybe I’m just sleep-deprived and miss dreaming. That’s probably more likely. I guess I like the idea that my dreams may “miss me.” And how true is it that “When you can’t sleep, you can’t dream.” Of course, I never have trouble sleeping once I lie down. It’s finding the time to lie down that’s the problem.

Interestingly, I did a google search on this commercial and a TON of critiques came up. Who knew so many people critiqued television advertisements; many people love this ad, while just as many hate it. I have to say that if I had insomnia, I would definitely be using Rozerem…I’m a sucker for ads I guess.

Well, I think I’ll go hit the hay and hope I meet Abe Lincoln and beaver. I think my dreams miss me. Strange.

nursie.

It’s been a while because my life as been a bit crazy as of late. I’m learning what it would be like to be a nurse. Seriously though. I have been discovering a lot about myself this last week or so. For instance, I do not like being woken up in the middle of a deep sleep multiple times per night to take care of someone. And no matter how hard I try to just get over it and be pleasant, I cannot put a smile on my face. I am not a nice person at 4:00 a.m. Anyway, when you deeply care about someone, you do things you don’t want to do. And you just hope that they would do the same for you. Anyway, me as a nurse…probably not a good idea.

Anyway, funny how right when I finish my full-time job, things start getting crazy. The other night I had a dream my mom hated me and wanted to disown me. Immediately after, I had a dream my sister announced she was running for president. My mom says it sounds like I’m ultra-stressed out. Which is odd since I don’t have a job anymore.

Oh well, aside from that I’m doing well. Busy with freelance work. Hopefully I will find more jobs too. And make lots of money. And be rich. That would be just fabulous.

Okay. back to nursing.