Archive for September, 2006

Vitamin D Cuts Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

Consuming just 450 IU (International Units) of Vitamin D per day, 50 IU over what is in the Centrum multivitamin, cuts the risk of Pancreatic Cancer by 46%.

This is an important study because Pancreatic Cancer has few unique early symptoms and is, for all intents and purposes, a death sentence. This is yet another reason to get a little sun or pop a pill that costs a penny a day, since Vitamin D has also been shown to cut the risk of other cancers too.

A Good Weekend

Monday, September 11th, 2006

I had a great weekend; what can I say? Jennifer came to visit me, and we did all kinds of things. We went out to eat on Friday, and on Saturday went to the Our Lady of Consolation Shrine in the afternoon. Then we went to Saturday evening Mass, followed by watching my school’s high school football team. We left that at half-time because it was raining. We got a bite to eat a Mexican restaurant called “Mi Jalapeno.” It was great! In fact we ate there the next night too.

On Sunday we went to the nearest state park, which is about 20 minutes away. They have a beach area there where I took the photos below. Now it is back to old grind of course, but a good weekend always makes the week go better.

The photos below are of Jennifer, her feet, and two friends walking on the beach (I have no idea who they are).

Jennifer on the beach

Jennifer washing off her shoes

Strangers walking on the beach

Go Bucks!

Friday, September 8th, 2006

Ohio State plays Texas this Saturday, which is Ohio State’s biggest game this year. Around here, OSU football is a big affair, so much that people won’t schedule Saturday weddings during the season because they know people won’t show up. That’s a bit extreme for me, but I do love watching Ohio State play. I also like watching the Cleveland Browns, whose season starts this Sunday.

The Bears Have It

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

GasolineGasoline prices are falling, and the situation seems rather bearish, meaning the market favors lower prices. I am glad. Gas prices have eating into my budget and I don’t even drive that much! Let’s hope Americans don’t forget how high prices have been, and keep making an effort to conserve and explore alternatives. After all, we are happy now with the “low” price of $2.39. I remember last summer when gas was pushing $2.29 I thought the price was way too high and couldn’t believe it had risen that far.

Alas, we Americans have short memories!

Getting My Butt in Gear

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

I have been really bad lately in my choice of foods and in being inactive. I need to get my butt in gear.

I have been busy at work and getting the apartment looking nice. Now that I have a routine at work and the apartment looks nice, what is my excuse? I don’t have a good one.

I have been making minor changes to improve my diet like:

-eating more whole grains (bread, pasta, etc)
-using light versions of foods
-avoiding sugar completely
-making sure my fiber content is at least 25g/day

Of course, I try to do these most of the time anyway. It is just that when I visit my parents or “go out” I usually eat way too much. Can we say stuffed-crust pizza anyone? Or how about a ham and cheese sub and a fries? There are just too many “special occasions” where I can justify eating way too much.

I also need to get more active. I ran quite a bit this summer, but not nearly enough. I need to find a good state park or running track around here. I really do enjoy running at new places and trying to improve my distance and time, etc, but I have been pretty lazy as of late I guess. I have been getting about 5000-8000 steps in at school, according to my pedometer. This isn’t enough for my liking. I am still in decent shape, considering I was running 2-3 miles at a time this summer, but it was a greater struggle than in the past.

Basically I have been feeling kind of “blah” lately, and I know why. It is because I am too full a lot, and my clothes don’t fit as well as I like. This general “blah” is most definitely related to my weight and inactivity. So, I am writing this to put into words what I need to do: get my butt in gear.

This Looks Interesting

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

Yes, there is a bed and breakfast that is entirely modeled after the Taylor home in the Andy Griffith Show, just in case you were wondering.

It is the Taylor Home Bed and Breakfast in Wisconsin.

I wonder if I can head down to the Junction Cafe and say a few words to Juanita? Or fill my car up at Wally’s and have a pop? Maybe that is too much to ask.

I Love Lucy

Sunday, September 3rd, 2006

Lucy Ricardo and Ethel MertzI have been getting into “I Love Lucy” lately. I used to kind of like the show, but never watched it much. When we met, Jennifer said she didn’t like it. Then she started watching it during her lunch hour since it comes after “The Andy Griffith Show.” She started liking it, and when I was home during the summer, I watched it with her. I came to really appreciate it.

So before I moved to start my new job I ordered three “I Love Lucy” DVD sets, and I really have been enjoying them (especially before I got net access). I also like it because it is from a time when Hollywood released fairly wholesome stuff. “I Love Lucy” and “The Andy Griffith Show” make people laugh, even modern young people, without resorting to profantity or sexual humor. I am not a puritan or anything, and I enjoy modern shows like the Simpsons (in fact it is near the top of my favorite shows), but can you imagine a primetime show making people laugh without using any crude humor? I don’t think modern TV writers could even do it if they tried.

However, when you like old shows it can be sad when you go and research the actors. Most of them have passed away. Desi Arnaz died from lung cancer, a result of smoking the cigarettes of the show’s sponsor, Philip Morris.

There is not much of a point to this post, just that like many before me, “I Love Lucy.”