Sunday, November 16, 2014

Baby it’s cold outside!

Well, I’ll tell ya’, it really is getting cold outside. I have seen photos of snow dustings from friends in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and New Hartford, New York, and doors each covered in a sheet of ice in Dayton, Ohio. 

So far as yet a sweatshirt has sufficed. I had to switch out my flip flops for socks and sneakers, but that was about it. Tonight I really should have worn a jacket to break this terrible gusting wind pummeling me as I walked the dog. It really was so forceful we had to bring the flag inside, and most of the decorations. The umbrella was blown into the pool! We fished it out but it was still so windy today that I couldn’t open it up to dry the inside. I flipped it over to dry more flaps and a gallon of water must have fallen from the folds.

I’m going to have to get my barn coat out and change out my fashion sweatshirt for a real one. Red ears need earmuffs or a warm cap and the neck is naked without scarf. I may not like decorating for the winter holidays before my birthday (in mid-November!) but I do like breaking out the mittens and scarves! I will even admit to (website) window shopping for fashionable coats. 

Baby it’s cold outside!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Drunk History – Cracks me up! And keeps me un-drunk

And by crack up I mean laugh out loud across the house funny. I’m literally cackling. Some poor kid is going to walk down the street and think there is a witch living in this house. I just can’t express how much pure enjoyment I get out of the way the sketch is fit around the speaker’s words. 

So the premise is someone learns the history of a subject (jazz) or person (Johnny Cash) etc., and then recounts what they learned as they slowly get inebriated. The mostly monologue-Derek Waters also “drinks” and has some comments throughout-is broken up by sketches visualizing what the speaker is saying, exactly what they are saying, or singing, or burping. HILARIOUS. And it gets better and better as the person goes from buzzed to drunk to trashed. Not everyone gets that bad. But you learn the whole time! And it isn’t dry or boring because the drunk person really gets into the parts, sometimes doing voices, and then actors in the skits (more like movie quality, really) mouth the words to the exact cadence of the speaker. 

Actually, the funniest thing is that these speakers talk just like me, young(ish), hip(ish), but totally down to earth. “Like, no, we still have work to do here, no…Segregation sucks.” There are expletives dropped so it might not be for everyone. But it is really so funny when you are watching the sketch and a cuss word pops out of the mouth of someone dressed in 18th century clothing. It’s like, whao!

This is after all HISTORY. Most of the time, it is the untold stories. The rest of what you might have learned in school. Take the first episode I saw, it focused on Claudette Colvin, a 15 year old pregnant girl who refused to give up her seat on a bus well before Rosa Parks was made famous for it. But this girl was dark skinned, and pregnant without marriage, so while the NAACP bailed her out of jail, they passed on using her as a role model for the movement. Did you know that? Did you know anything about her? I sure did not. So not only did I get a laugh from the random drunk comments portrayed by the actors, but I learned something. 

After I saw the episode I heard an interview on NPR, ‘DrunkHistory’ Serves An Educational Cocktail, With Comedic Twist, and I just had to record the show and watch as much as I could get my history loving eyeballs on. And no matter how many I see, or if it is a repeat, I have to watch it. Who doesn’t want to laugh for 30 mins to an hour? The facial expressions of these actors as they play out the dialogue is priceless in and of itself.

Definitely check it out. Even if it is just for the cameos, like Jack Black. 

I will admit, seeing how crazy sick drunk some of the speakers are, I definitely don't want to drink. Not at all. So this show is saving me tons of empty calories. And therefore, it deserves a spot on my diet blog.  Anything help you not to eat or drink unneeded empty calories?

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Happy Halloween without candy!

Well, we passed out candy. But we didn't eat any! How about that?

This was mostly because DH is on shift work and I was out of town for most of the month. So we didn't have any candy corn or the yummy like sitting around the house. The candy we hand out is stored in a spare room, in a drawer-out of sight, out of mind. (By accident, really.) And it was all left over from last year so no temptations this year.

I might have been temped to buy something last minute after I flew home but I have a terrible head cold, so any chance of leaving the house was nipped in the bud. For the better, I think.

Here is a picture of the dog dressed up and ready to hand out candy... actually he is bored during a lull between groups of kids.

One delicious temptation that made its way into the house is pumpkin pie flavored coffee creamer! Yum! DH bought it special for me because he knows I love pumpkin. But I am so terribly allergic to it that I painfully remembered why flavored creamer has been banned in the house. Poor guy completely forgot to look at the ingredients, it has been so long since I have been sick. The generally purchased flavored creamers have hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils. A big no-no for me. I was belly sick for a whole day and a half from two cups of coffee worth. Back to almond milk for me. I could have real dairy, but almond milk has less calories. So DH has to suffer using that delicious creamer until it is gone. Haha

But boy, was it yummy. I should look to see if there are any made without the oils. I did see a great, healthy way via Sparkpeople. It uses canned pumpkin filling and spice (which I do use now). Check it out Fat Free Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer.