Sunday, May 29, 2011

Break from Blogging

Over the past few weeks, I've been on a break from blogging. In anticipation of a visit by my best friend (from out of state), I whipped the yard into shape. I weeded, planted, trimmed, and hauled about 10 lawn and leaf bags' worth of trimmings to the alley. It still looks a bit like a "before" picture, but an unusually cold spring has put everything behind, and the yard is designed to explode into blooms in summer.

I've also been painting. The last time I painted the living and dining rooms was almost 15 years ago and it was time for a fresh coat. I didn't finish, but I'm off to a good start.

Since my friend arrived, we've been cycling around Denver, shopping, dancing, clubbing, drinking, and eating gourmet food (her generous description of my cooking, and honest assessment of most of the meals we've eaten at restaurants--from a hole-in-the-wall Mexican place on Federal to a high-end Italian wine bar on Wynkoop). We've even had time to do some online value investing and visit our new acquisition: Gamestop.

I wish I'd had the energy to do all of this in my 20s and 30s. (I'm 42.) I credit the change in my diet (low-carb, high-fat, no grains) and taking a gaggle of minerals every day for my increased energy. That's mostly what I changed in the past year and a half. (Well, that and buying smaller pants.) Not having to spend much time working out helps, too: I have the time and energy to dance and garden instead.

When we visited Gamestop, it struck me that they deal in fantasy: regardless of what your fantasy is, they have a game for you to play it out. Now, I love games--if I had an Xbox or Nintendo or Wii and a few games, I'd be up until 3 a.m. playing them. Not good when you have to be on a bus at 7 a.m. to go to work. But over the past year, I've been able to accomplish things I very much wanted to do--fixing up the house and yard and having good times with my best friend. No Sims, Monopoly or dancing games needed.

Monday, May 9, 2011

An Empty Vessel Makes the Most Noise

Tonight at my party place I was standing at the dessert bar when an old guy came up and started loudly asking for service. He spoke to me and I told him I indulged in a gluten-free cookie once in a while (it would have been the first time since I started the cavity healing diet). I didn't mention the cavity healing diet because I just wanted to get a snack and go back to the dance. Nevertheless, Mr. vegan preacher made his spiel. Stuff this dude said:

"I came all the way up from Cherry Creek [one of Denver's high rent districts] to get a half price dessert." (He said this twice.)
"We've been eating wheat for tens of thousands of years without a problem."
"Japanese eat plenty of soy and they don't have a problem."
"Fruit isn't acid."
"What's acid reflux?"
"What do you eat for protein?" (Answer: meat. Unspoken answer: we've been eating meat for millions of years.)
"I wish I could help you."
"I teach people about health and nutrition and have a website..."

I was out at 10:30 on a Sunday night dancing; he came out for a sugar fix. And had an astounding level of ignorance and bad manners. The advice should have been going the other direction, but (1) I wouldn't have known where to begin to set him straight and (2) it would have been like telling him his religion was wrong.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Burned by the Experts

"Let's keep a record of the fool things we have done and criticize ourselves." -Dale Carnegie

All winter, I've kept reading about how sun exposure isn't as dangerous as we've been led to believe. I also tested as mildly deficient in vitamin D. So today, I went to the park for a long walk for a couple of hours. My dog splashed in the water.

When you've been sunburned in Florida in early February, when you've sunburned in 15 minutes in the summer in Colorado Springs, when you have visible blue veins, you should probably ignore expert advice and use sunscreen. D'oh.