Friday, September 20, 2013

September 20, 2013

Good morning! Not only did I get up earlier than usual today, but I even got some extra sleep in. Yesterday I got the mail, cleaned the house, went for a walk around the neighborhood, took the dogs out, the FD got toned out to an odor investigation, I did laundry, looked for specific CPR materials that I used to have & couldn't find them anywhere & couldn't remember it if was a book, a paper, a file ... but whatever it was, it's gone now. When I finally gave up looking for the materials, I decided to sit down & relax w/ my braided mile-a-minute afghan that I'm working on. Yesterday's Sims game was 7 Towers & my Sim Xavier has been working on his gardening. This morning I took the dogs out & loaded up Nottingham. My Sim Queen (2nd gen) is still a toddler & her parents are going to be reading her books to increase her skills.

Coworker is ready to give you the stink-eye. Don't be intimidated. Just give it right back & top it off w/ a bird salute.

Dirty Dozen:
The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Use EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides™ to reduce your exposures as much as possible, but eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all. The Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic. You can lower your pesticide intake by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and choosing the least contaminated produce.
For the second year, we have expanded the Dirty Dozen™ with a Plus category to highlight two crops – domestically-grown summer squash and leafy greens, specifically kale and collards. These crops did not meet traditional Dirty Dozen™ criteria but were commonly contaminated with pesticides exceptionally toxic to the nervous system.
Though the Environmental Protection Agency has been restricting the uses of the most toxic pesticides, they are still detected on some foods. For example, green beans were on last year's Plus list because they were often contaminated with two highly toxic organophosphates. Those pesticides are being withdrawn from agriculture. But leafy greens still show residues of organophosphates and other risky pesticides. That's why they are on the Plus list for 2013.
Tests in 2008 found that some domestically-grown summer squash – zucchini and yellow crookneck squash -- contained residues of harmful organochlorine pesticides that were phased out of agriculture in the 1970s and 1980s but that linger on some farm fields.
Genetically modified plants, or GMOs, are not often found in the produce section of grocery stores. Field corn, nearly all of which is produced with genetically modified seeds, is used to make tortillas, chips, corn syrup, animal feed and biofuels. Because it is not sold as a fresh vegetable, it is not included in EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce. Nor is soy, another heavily GMO crop that makes its way into processed food.
The genetically modified crops likely to be found in produce aisles of American supermarkets are zucchini, Hawaiian papaya and some varieties of sweet corn. Most Hawaiian papaya is GMO. Only a small fraction of zucchini and sweet corn are GMO. Since U.S. law does not require labeling of GMO produce, EWG advises people who want to avoid it to purchase the organically-grown versions of these items.

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App features:
- Track any outdoor sport including duration, distance, speed and calories
- Get audio feedback for every mile or km while exercising
- Enter a workout manually, e.g., a treadmill run, spinning or weight training
- Check out the newsfeed with recent workouts and other activities done by your friends
- Send peptalks to your friends in real-time from the newsfeed (you write a message that is played aloud to them a few seconds later) and comment on their workouts
- Track your heart rate (works with ANT+ heart rate monitors and requires a Fisica Sensor Key, more info at
- Set a distance goal and have the audio coach speak to that as your target
- Study routes nearby and use the map to navigate your way around
- View history of workouts and study routes and split times per km or mile
- Race against a friend's time and have the audio coach help you perform better
- Compete on a specific route nearby and race against the route champion
- Set the app to pause automatically when you are not moving
- Enable countdown (customizable)
- Customize the main screen to show the information that you find most valuable
- Sign up with your Facebook account
- Use Facebook and/or phone book to hook up with friends on Endomondo
All data is sent automatically to your profile at, where you analyze your training, compete against your friends, follow them live and communicate with the vibrant community of active people throughout the world, no matter what other GPS phone or tracking device they are using. You can also set up automatic sharing to Facebook and Twitter from the website.
Time to free your endorphins!
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- Training Plans: Reach your running goal with a personal training plan
- Heart rate zones in workout summary
- Weather info in workout summary
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Please note: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. The GPS is only used if you are tracking a workout, so please ensure that you stop the workout when you are done, so the GPS can power off.

Foods that originated in the Americas top 10:
  1. Avocado
  2. Chili pepper
  3. Chocolate
  4. Corn
  5. Papaya
  6. Peanut
  7. Tomato
  8. Pineapple
  9. Potato
  10. Vanilla
French entartainer Monsieur Mangetout ("Mister Eat Anything") once ate a Cessna 150 airplane. It took him roughly 2 years to do so.

Go to a cosmetic counter at a department store & have your makeup applied for free. It's good for at least a half-hour of pure relaxation & pampering.

Requisition an abacus for the accounting department.

There was a disturbing thing in the paper today. ... They said 60% of California teachers are substandard at math. And the teachers said, "Well, at least it's not a majority." -Johnny Carson 1990

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