Archive for August, 2011

August 29, 2011

A very inspiring day

Background for this post:

In the last months of my last semester of college, while preparing my 40-page thesis, teaching a remedial history class on campus, taking a full load of other  upper-division classes required for graduating along with working most nights and playing roller derby on the other nights (yes, the 115 lbs. that makes up my body plays roller derby), I received a call from my stepmom that my father had a minor heart attack and was in the hospital. Now this wasn’t TOO surprising since he had been in and out of the hospital for two years before this incident because of his heart. The doctors kept misdiagnosing him: acid reflux, heart burn, etc.

Little did we know that my father had 80% clogging in four of his major arteries of his heart and needed to have an immediate open heart, quadruple bypass surgery.

And they did so two days after he was admitted into the hospital.

MORE background: two months before my dad’s heart attack and surgery, my uncle passed away. How? He had slipped into a coma (he was brain-dead) two years before because he suffered from cardiac arrest, leaving his family to care for him night and day and spending more money than he would have ever allowed them to fork out for him to stay in a vegetative state. There were complications one day and he finally rested in peace at the age of 63.

Now my dad’s family is the epitome of a large, poor mexican family that had to depend on cheap, unhealthy food to feed a family of NINE CHILDREN!! Eating cereal with coffee instead of milk in your bowl was a norm for them because milk was sometimes too expensive. So for my father to have a heart attack and quadruple bypass at the age of 49 and my uncle to die from similar heart complications at the age of 63 is, unfortunately, not surprising at all.

So where am I going with this?What I am saying is that because of my father’s misfortunes, I have subconsciously turned my entire life around. I have found myself dedicating all of my free time to researching our food intake and where it comes from. Concurrently, the other half of my free time is spent sweating bullets in my kitchen, making [sometimes amazing] concoctions of fruits and vegetables and other good-for-you foods.

So, having given you my background, I would like to share two very important documentaries I watched today concerning this exact theme:

1.If you haven’t seen this, you NEED TO! It is a must. Extremely well put together and explained in such a way that even the most average middle-class American can understand the point. I specifically mention the middle-class because I feel like these are the people who need to make the big changes in order to change bigger things.

WARNING: It is pretty graphic. Honestly, if you’re not planning on changing your eating habits, you probably shouldn’t watch this film. Just saying!!

Overall theme for this movie:

Know who’s in your kitchen preparing your food.

2.

Now I suggest watching these films in this order. The first film will make you angry! It will make you want to march right down to your local supermarket and throw red paint on the meat and poultry section! It will make you want to join in on a raid and bash every fast food’s window in. OK OK you get the picture.

Now THIS film, however, will make you just want to eat healthy, plain and simple. I immediately made myself a giant mason jar filled with a blend of every kind of vegetable I could find in my fridge! It is absolutely inspiring. Here is a quote that can give you a little “taste” (pun intended) of this film: “the reason nutrients can cure so many illnesses is because lack of nutrients can cause so many illnesses.”

Overall theme for this movie:

Education, not medication.

Lastly, because you will be so inspired to make your own AWESOME food, I will leave you with one of the easiest and most ingenious recipes for chocolate mousse I have ever found. I found it on an amazing blog called Tasty Yummies. This is a direct copy from their entry on this recipe and you can find so many more deliciously good-for-you food ideas on their blog.

Vegan Chocolate Mousse
serves 2

2 ripe avocados, pitted and chopped into large chunks*
1/2 cup organic fair trade baking cocoa
1/2 cup agave nectar (you could also use maple syrup or honey)
2 teaspoons organic vanilla

Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or heavy-duty blender, process until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately or refrigerate and serve cold.

*your avocados need to be very ripe and very soft to be able to get that just right smooth silky texture.

I just made a batch with four avocados and I cannot stop sticking a spoon into the giant bowl every now and again throughout the day. So AMAZING! I’ve tricked all my friends. Five-year-old fun in every tricked bite!

Now You Know

August 24, 2011

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs just resigned as CEO of Apple computers.

In keeping with this theme, I’d like to add this amazingly inspirational speech Jobs gave at the Stanford University graduation ceremony in 2005.

Here is his resignation letter:

PRESS RELEASE: Letter from Steve Jobs

August 24, 2011–To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

August 24, 2011

Creepy Video coupled with Creepy Music

If You Dont Believe Watch This- Recent Mass UFO Sightings 2011 – YouTube.

I have never really looked into this sort of stuff, but this is definitely creepy. Especially because I think you’d have to be slightly naive to think that we are the only form of life in the entire universe. Plus, with 2012 just around the corner, they’re just in time!

Sadly, I can’t help but watch this and feel like I’m watching a movie. We’ve blended our fantasy with reality so much now that we’ve been desensitized ourselves to actual news. Like dead bodies or bombs or…

UFOs.

Also, would this video be nearly as creepy if the music wasn’t so damn scary?

 

Do I believe it? I’m not sure. But I definitely do not completely disregard it as fiction.

 

Either way, Now You Know.

August 23, 2011

Don’t worry guys, you’re really alive.

No Surprise for Bisexual Men – Report Indicates They Exist – NYTimes.com.

Now every bisexual man can rest easy knowing that they do, indeed, exist.

Does it really take a study to validate the sexual orientation of a person? Can’t we just believe the millions of people who claim to be gay or bi? And I’m sure that whether or not there are bisexual men has no affect on my own life or any of the people’s lives who conducted the study. Well done, ladies and gentlemen. Money and time well spent.

August 17, 2011

Terminals

I sat in my terminal and watched his plane until I couldn’t decipher between the silver lining of the plane and the clouds.

Swing low sweet chariot

August 15, 2011

Simpleton Style

I found this and it is awesome. I needed to find a way to visually understand the crisis we’ve gotten ourselves into and this pretty much sums it up.

And this one.

August 2, 2011

I’ve transferred

I’ve crossed over to the amazing world of WordPress. Let’s see how I end up liking this. That is all.

Let’s start with this.


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