This is the third time I’ve had to do this in the last 10 months. I am not a good one for shopping. The color of this wedding is blue. Blue is apparently not in vogue this season because I had a really hard time finding anything. And now that I’m looking at these, I’m not sure that I like any of them. And obviously I would have a cardigan or blazer or something – the reception is outside, and still spring, so who knows in New England – hopefully we won’t still have snow!
And if anyone has any other suggestions, feel free! These are from Coldwater Creek, Macy’s, Chadwick’s, and Modcloth – in that order.
Also, while I have your attention, please PLEASE pray hard that a) I get in to the Nursing program, and b) that it is for the fall start. Really, REALLY important. It looks like I have a fantastic shot of getting in, but I just found out that the way they put people into the semesters is that they rank them in order and do odds fall, evens spring. That is to even out the classes. If I find out after all of this I got in, only to have to NOT go to school, while I am in school mode after all of these years, for 8 months of waiting, I think that would seriously put me over the edge for good.
Always, always something to stress about.
The words to Please, Please, Please keep repeating in my head, especially the last verse. PLEASE!
No, not me. Being the good mother I am, I used my one day off every two weeks to help my oldest move. I also wanted an excuse to go to Ikea ;).
Not quite sure why there are no pictures in there, but we loaded the van, drove to Ikea, where Anna and Sarah had never been before – imagine – and strolled through the just-got-my-tax-return crowds. Love Ikea.
Then we were treated to Wooster Street pizza, the famous New Haven specialty, as our moving thank you. Not quite sure why there are no pictures in there, either – just the ones of waiting to get in. Totally worth the very cold wait!
Happy Mardi Gras! I’ll be spending mine in Hematology Lab.
Hello everyone! I’m Kristin’s nutty-computer-coder turned nutritious-food-obsessor friend. Yes, you should all have a friend like this. It may keep you healthy and looking sane at the same time.
When Kristin talked about needing something quick, easy and healthy, she probably wasn’t expecting something as simple as a yogurt shake. But after finding out about the benefits of the good bacteria in yogurt and trying it out on my family and myself, I have been won over.
Last November my husband brought home from work the stomach flu. Isn’t he sweet? Everyone knows how contagious the flu is and so my older children and I all ended up getting it. However my youngest five didn’t even get queasy. I thought about what they might have done or eaten differently and the only difference was that they had been eating our homemade yogurt every day. But it’s not just the stomach flu that it helps prevent.
- Yogurt helps fight type 2 diabetes. [source]
- Yogurt helps prevent infection in patients. [source]
- Yogurt formula is used for infants to relieve persistent diarrhea. [source]
- Yogurt improves lactose tolerance in those who cannot absorb lactose. [source]
- Yogurt decreases cholesterol. [source]
- Yogurt prevents antibiotic-associated diarrhea. [source]
Eating yogurt each day is the best thing you can do for your intestinal health. The probiotic bacteria in yogurt balances your resident flora, and prevents the colonization of potential pathogens. Yogurt also accelerates your bowel movement, and those that are fortified with extra fiber are especially notable for promoting fast waste elimination. Yogurt is also the best source for easily absorbable calcium and vitamin D. Deficiency of these two nutrients can elevate your risk of colon cancer. The byproducts of yogurt digestion increase your colon acidity and create an inhibitory shield against polyps and tumor formation. [source]
The shake can be made many different ways but the main ingredient of homemade yogurt should not be substituted. I recommend making your yogurt with raw cow’s or goat’s milk rather than store-bought milk. Here are a few online sources to find raw milk in your area: Local Harvest, Eat Wild or Real Milk.
Some who are allergic to store-bought milk are still capable of eating yogurt as long as they strain the whey out of it. (Check with your allergist to make sure!) The whey is the liquid that contains most of the lactose and rests on top of the yogurt. If you are not allergic, this is very healthy for you and should be stirred back in. If you are allergic, simply strain the whey out with a large coffee filter and a colander.
Some of my children will drink it with homemade peanut butter, but I can’t because of the acid and am still in the process of healing my tooth. I drink mine with a tablespoon of coconut oil but my son can’t because he’s allergic to coconut. Some of them like it with a teaspoon of raw honey but I find that too sweet in combination with the overripe banana. In other words, check over the combinations below and make what works for you!
Homemade Raw Yogurt Shake
published by RANDAZZO inc - ORIGINAL
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And last but not least, it’s mobile! I needed something for my husband to be able to take these yogurt shakes to work with him and these jar mugs are perfect. The jar mugs are only 98¢ at Walmart and you can get the lid from any 1-pint jar. Our raw honey jar lid was the perfect fit.
My husband and I drink this shake daily, while our children drink it about 4-5 times a week. On days they don’t have a shake, they still have a nice big bowl of homemade yogurt.
Eat for your health and enjoy!
Waste of time. I made my quarterly phone call to my favorite state agency today – support enforcement.
I love how the woman on the other end of the line always makes me feel like I’m a ginormous inconvenience in her otherwise significant and productive day.
“Hello, I’m calling because nothing at all has been done on my case in over a year.”
“Social Security number and name of “father.” We have nothing on him.”
“Yes, I know. Why has no one served him or held him in contempt or done one thing to make him find suitable employment?”
“We don’t know where he is.”
“Yes, you do. I gave you the address last year.”
“You don’t understand. February 10th of this year we ran his social and got no employment, no unemployment or disability, no valid driver’s license, and his address is no longer valid. We can’t find him.”
“Have you looked?”
Seriously. I hung up after I got the supervisor’s name and number of the supervisor in my district who told me exactly one year ago, when it had been a year, “It’s not worth our time.” Meaning – they knew where he was then but didn’t bother driving the hour-and-a-half to haul his miserable carcass in. Nor did they find a sheriff down there. Nor did they do anything at all.
So now it’s been over a year – 13 months -since they last knew he was alive, by any means with which they could look him up.
Does anyone out there know the time-frame for claiming someone dead? Seriously, my next step is to go to Social Security, tell them he’s dead, gladly have them prove otherwise, and if they can’t – getting death benefits in place of the non-existent child support my children haven’t gotten for 7 years.
Either way I can’t lose.
Eventually, if he is alive somewhere, and found, and still has someone paying his keep (ew, makes me want to vomit thinking about it), and therefore eluding our wonderful system, then if this country still has social security when he’s 65, my kids will get their support then, and they’ll have the retirement account I never could establish, and hopefully take care of me in my old age. My elderly neighbor just got done receiving child support from her ex’s social security and her two daughters are my age.
So, anyone know how long it takes to declare someone who’s missing dead?