February 28, 2011
February 24, 2011
February 23, 2011
February 22, 2011
I have my list made out for the grocery to start eating healthy. As of now, no more chips, soda, cake, fast food, etc. My knees and back are copping it with al the extra weight.
If anyone has good tips on going from walking to jogging, let me know....might be things I don't know.
February 20, 2011
It was intriguing so now this is my new experiment. I picked 20 things that I use all the time and I am going to see if after commenting, if I do indeed get anything in return. I've made a list of the items and will keep track of which I get something in return from and which I don't. Just to see what happens.
Yes, I'm bored.
Planet could be 'unrecognizable' by 2050, experts say
WASHINGTON (AFP) – A growing, more affluent population competing for ever scarcer resources could make for an "unrecognizable" world by 2050, researchers warned at a major US science conference Sunday.
The United Nations has predicted the global population will reach seven billion this year, and climb to nine billion by 2050, "with almost all of the growth occurring in poor countries, particularly Africa and South Asia," said John Bongaarts of the non-profit Population Council.
To feed all those mouths, "we will need to produce as much food in the next 40 years as we have in the last 8,000," said Jason Clay of the World Wildlife Fund at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
"By 2050 we will not have a planet left that is recognizable" if current trends continue, Clay said.
The swelling population will exacerbate problems, such as resource depletion, said John Casterline, director of the Initiative in Population Research at Ohio State University.
But incomes are also expected to rise over the next 40 years -- tripling globally and quintupling in developing nations -- and add more strain to global food supplies.
People tend to move up the food chain as their incomes rise, consuming more meat than they might have when they made less money, the experts said.
It takes around seven pounds (3.4 kilograms) of grain to produce a pound of meat, and around three to four pounds of grain to produce a pound of cheese or eggs, experts told AFP.
"More people, more money, more consumption, but the same planet," Clay told AFP, urging scientists and governments to start making changes now to how food is produced.
Population experts, meanwhile, called for more funding for family planning programs to help control the growth in the number of humans, especially in developing nations.
"For 20 years, there's been very little investment in family planning, but there's a return of interest now, partly because of the environmental factors like global warming and food prices," said Bongaarts.
"We want to minimize population growth, and the only viable way to do that is through more effective family planning," said Casterline.
February 18, 2011
In the afternoon I met with my caseworker. Instead of staying inside, we went for a long brisk walk in a park ad chatted while walking It was really nice!
Sam got a treat today, I opened the living room window. At first she sat on the couch and just sniffed the new air lol. Then I put her on the window sill, but she was too overwhelmed and ran :p After a while she got braver and would stand on her feet and look out the window. She likes if I sit by it because she can stand on me and get a good view. I bet with time she'll love the window and it's outside smells and views.
Tonight I'm cooking a DiGiorno pizza for Jen, her mom and myself...should be yummy!
February 17, 2011
Once that happens then I will most likely get a job pretty fast! They want to try and put me into an office/typing job since it is what I excel at. Sounds good to me. I want something similar to the lab job I had, with a lot of data entry/typing. I'm sort of in my own element when I do jobs on a computer and generally enjoy those jobs much more than physical jobs.
I've noticed my typing has slowed some, so I need to make sure I come up here to the library as often as I can and blog so I keep up my typing speed. It's one really good asset I have.... I tested on a website while I still had the lab job and I was typing around 54 wpm... wonder how much it has gone down!
Today is an absolutely gorgeous day. It has hit 70 degrees here in town! Is wonderful to walk down the street in the sun with the breeze blowing my hair...... :)
Across the street from our building, half a block of old buildings is being torn down right now. Made for interesting viewing this morning... watching the big iron ball crashing and smashing into the building! I'll have to take a pic when I go back and post it on facebook. All of a sudden we have a much longer view... only problem is, those buildings blocked the music a lot from a local bar that does outdoor music in summer... now we are gonna get it full force :(
Talked to my cuz today, she's doing well. I'm excited at the thought of Easter on the way. Dad told me he had a convo with my Uncle in Kansas and they might come through and pick me up for Easter! Now I need to call them and figure that all out. I really want to go, as I miss family so much. My cuz and I might hang out at her place for a day, which would be fun.
Not much else going on.... watching Jen's ma next to me playing a game on her computer lol.
February 15, 2011
February 14, 2011
I do enjoy it all.... who else can end up with 50 comments on their facebook status where every comment gets naughtier and naughtier.... or just out of control goofy....
Yay for crazy friends!! :)
I'm sorry... but this is ridiculous. A person's life is more valuable than scaring them to the point where they don't come in. What if a child is sick and they don't bring the child in because hospitals do this? Is it okay that child dies at home? Since when is this more important than human life? Illegal immigrants are still human beings last time I checked...-M
Ariz. may require hospitals to check citizenship
PHOENIX – Republican lawmakers want to widen Arizona's illegal immigration crackdown with a proposal to require hospitals to check on whether patients are in the country legally, causing outrage among medical professionals who fear becoming de facto immigration agents under the law.
The medical industry ripped the bill Monday as it was scheduled for a hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Doctors envisioned scenarios in which immigrants with contagious diseases such as tuberculosis would stay home from the clinic or hospital and put themselves and the public at a grave health risk.
"This is making us into a police state that will try to catch people when they are sick," said George Pauk, a retired doctor with an organization called Physicians for a National Health Program. "Do we want to stop sick people from coming in for health care?"
Arizona is the first Legislature to take up such a measure amid a national push in conservative states to crack down on illegal immigration, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Arizona lawmakers ignited the debate a year ago when they passed a bill that required local police, while enforcing other laws, to question the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally. A judge later put that provision on hold.
The discussion about the bill comes just days after an illegal immigrant in Texas with a banana-size tumor in her spine said she was ousted from her hospital because of her immigration status. She later found another hospital to get treatment.
Supporters say the hospital bill is necessary tool to fight illegal immigration at a time when hospitals lose tens of millions of dollars treating illegal immigrants in emergency rooms.
Senate President Russell Pearce, a Mesa Republican who was chief sponsor of last year's immigration law, says the hospitals bill is part of a broader effort to crack down on illegal immigration. The hospitals bill wouldn't bar people from getting care, but it would put the onus on hospitals to "do due diligence," Pearce said. "We're going to enforce our laws without apology."
Added Pearce: "It's the law. It's a felony to (aid and) abet. We're going to enforce the law without apology."
Other sponsors of the bill did not immediately return calls seeking comment. Discussion of the bill in the committee was put on hold late Monday until a later date.
The legislation, known as Senate Bill 1405, would require hospitals, when admitting nonemergency cases, to confirm that a person seeking care is a U.S. citizen or in the country legally. In emergency cases where the patient isn't here legally, the hospital would be required to call immigration authorities after the treatment is done. Hospitals in non-emergency situations would also be required to contact federal immigration authorities, but they would have more apparent discretion about whether to treat illegal immigrants.
Opponents say the bill could pose serious health risks to those here legally and illegally. They believe the threat of deportation would keep some people from seeking health care for everything from emergency situations to measures such as vaccinations, potentially leading to preventable deaths. They also said it would increase hospitals' already-strained workload.
"You are now turning medical professionals into full-time INS agents," said Democratic state Sen. Steve Gallardo, speaking at a news conference Monday. "Doctors that should be working to help treat ill patients are now turning into ICE agents."
Nicole Russell is the mother of a 3-year-old daughter named Kira, and she could not envision what it would be like for a parent to decide whether or not to take their child to the hospital for fear of being reported to the authorities.
"I can't imagine putting the health care of my daughter in the hands of politicians," she said.http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110215/ap_on_re_us/us_immigrants_hospitals
Went for a walk outside and it was great. Dragged Jen with me telling her exercise time! The weather should be even warmer tomorrow!
I love being in the sun....does a lot for my depression.
Tomorrow morning I have an early appt. to fix my food assistance, then meet with my caseworker at 1pm. Going to try to go to the library as well and get a good walk in.
February 11, 2011
The key maybe is routine? Sticking to an eating routine might just be the key....
February 10, 2011
Things are going good here. I'm doing a lot better than I was. My only real complaint is boredom. Since my mood has gotten better I've realized that A. I need more to do, B. I am starting to want a full time job so I have more money and C. I miss friends and family more than I thought.
I miss having lots of interaction like I had in Australia and miss running around with friends, visiting neat places, etc. It's driving me bonkers.....I didnt think I'd say it, but I miss being in the city....
February 9, 2011
February 8, 2011
February 5, 2011
I talked with my brother about this because I cannot walk outside with the ice and need to do cardio. He had a great solution. He's sending me a dvd pack that has a cardio disk you do at home. So excited :D
I'm setting up a plan to lose weight, including meals. I've stopped drinking soda again which will help too...drinking way too much of it.
We'll see how it goes!
February 3, 2011
February 1, 2011
I haven't been out there yet, before dusk though and take a few pics, with the phone cam for fb and with the big cam too.
Jen fell when she was coming back from a few errands and came in with her knee full of blood :[ No big gash, just many little gashes. Put a pic on FB of...like a warning to be careful.
When I look out the window...it's like a blizzard with the snow swirling off the building and blowing straight sideways. It looks pretty. I bet it looks gorgeous outside town but too harsh for pics. -M