Interstellar Adventures

January 4, 2007

Thursday Thirteen, ed. xix

Filed under: Thursday Thirteen — by InterstellarLass @ 1:05 pm

Thirteen Thoughts from InterstellarLass

1. Perusing the news last night on CNN, I saw this story. Interesting with all the stuff going down around Katrina, someone managed to quickly find the specialized resources to rescue tanks of embryos. Good for this family though.

2. I’ve made it to the gym three times this week. If the week counts starting Sunday. I did a 2 hour workout Sunday (jump start on my resolution!), a lot of walking on Monday, a quick 40 minutes Tuesday, and 2 hours last night.

3. Last night was Cardio, Butts and Guts, which totally kicked my ass. Then I followed up with PiYo (pilates/yoga) for stretching and additional core work. Now I hurt today. Ouch.

4. We also took down the Christmas tree last night. I don’t think I missed any ornaments. MORT is out on the curb now, waiting to be picked up for recycling. All the ornaments are packed away. Now Nick just has to take them out to the garage. He’ll get that done quickly though, because it means he can put his chair back.

5. I was really proud of my Christmas dinner. Everything turned out really well. There were no major disappointments with how anything turned out, and I even made my first rissotto and my first roll cake.

6. This weekend Nick and I are going to Austin for his niece’s wedding. She’s getting married in a small outdoor chapel. Pray for good weather!

7. We’ll get to spend some family time, but we’ll also have some ‘us’ time. AND we’re staying at the hotel next to the official ‘wedding party’ hotel, so we can hang out, but can escape when we’re ready!

8. Zed and Elle started back to school today. When telling him to prepare his stuff for school, I reminded Zed that he needed his gym clothes. Then he reminded me that he doesn’t have gym this semester. He has some Explorer program. He doesn’t know what it is and neither do I, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t have anything to do with physical activity. Good thing he’s coming to the gym with me, otherwise he would be getting next to no exercise.

9. I’m also curious about their school lunches. Zed says they don’t have vegetables very often. It may just be him though. I checked out the school menu on the district web site and this is what’s listed:

Monday: Hamburger/Cheeseburger, Teriyaki Bowl, Chicken Nuggets w/Roll, Caesar Salad w/Deli Wrap. Tuesday: Hamburger/Cheeseburger, Crispito w/Cheese Sauce, Nacho Grande, Petite Salad w/Baked Potato. Wednesday: Hamburger/Cheeseburger, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Popcorn Chicken w/Roll, Tuna Chef Salad. Thursday: Hamburger/Cheeseburger, Lasagna w/Wheat Breadstick, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Yogurt Fruit Plate. Friday: Hamburger/Cheeseburger, Cheese/Pepperoni Pizza, Fish on Bun, Chicken Strip Salad.
Students must select one entree, and may select up to three sides; fruits, veggies and bread.

Doesn’t sound very nutritious or appetizing to me. Breaded, breaded, breaded. And what the hell is a Crispito?

10. In ironic news today, Nick and I had to reschedule our chiropractor appointments because our chiropractor threw out his back.

11. I’m considering looking into acupunture to help with my sciatic. Has anyone ever done acupunture before? Did it seem to help?

12. Tuesday night we encountered another plumbing debacle. After Zed’s shower, the tub wouldn’t drain and neither toilet would flush. A good 20 minutes of plunging, and two hours after a bottle of liquid plumber later, and we were finally able to flush twice before it stopped up again. We then dug around and found a bottle of something highly toxic and caustic that the Rotorooter men had left after a service last year. It worked it’s magic overnight. The toilet still wouldn’t flush, but the shower drained, so I was showering. Then during the shower I heard the toilet magically empty, and things have been fine since. This is good because I’m ass-deep in other projects around the house and I don’t need to add another one to the list!

13. It seems like things have been breaking, one after the other, around the house. The Saturday before Christmas it was the disposal. Thankfully Nick was able to install a new one. Now the plumbing (again!). I’m starting to become very frustrated. I’m wondering if our best bet would be to fix up what we can and then sell the house at the first of next year and move. It’ll have good equity. Must think on this plan.

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  1. Good list.

    My 13 are up.

    Comment by John — January 4, 2007 @ 1:25 pm |Reply

  2. “In ironic news today, Nick and I had to reschedule our chiropractor appointments because our chiropractor threw out his back.”

    That one just made me laugh.

    Glad the plumbing issues have been resolved.

    Happy TT!

    Comment by Lisa — January 4, 2007 @ 2:17 pm |Reply

  3. Oy! Plumbing problems are such a hassle.

    Comment by Gypsy — January 4, 2007 @ 2:49 pm |Reply

  4. I noticed that Hamburger/Cheeseburger was on the list every day! I wonder if some kids just eat a daily diet of burgers through the entire school year. Ugh.

    My 13 is up.

    Comment by Chickadee — January 4, 2007 @ 3:07 pm |Reply

  5. I love your list! I haven’t done 2 or 3 since, well since I can’t remember. And as for your #9, I have a little one in school also and I an sickened by what the schools considers nutritious. Luckly my boy is young enough that I can talk him into taking his lunch.

    Comment by Olivia Diane — January 4, 2007 @ 3:28 pm |Reply

  6. Maybe the explorer club will be hiking? That’s great exercise.

    I can’t believe what they serve kids for lunch in school these days. Horrible.

    Comment by Raehan — January 4, 2007 @ 4:00 pm |Reply

  7. Happy TT! Congrats on the gym attendance — I hope you don’t give it up before you get addicted (like me).

    Comment by Susan Helene Gottfried — January 4, 2007 @ 4:16 pm |Reply

  8. This is my first time…my 13 are up. See what you think.

    Comment by ~M~ — January 4, 2007 @ 4:37 pm |Reply

  9. You might be interested in the AHA’s Alliance For A Healthier Generation:
    You can register to receive updates as well (I put together the newsletters)

    Comment by J.Bradford — January 4, 2007 @ 4:37 pm |Reply

  10. Your chiropractor threw out his back. That is classic right there. Because it’s real.

    Why do we get PE and nap time in school, but then they take it away when we grow up? That sucks. I want it back.

    Comment by Bone — January 4, 2007 @ 5:00 pm |Reply

  11. I had a problem with my disposal one night. I had to call the plumber at 11:30 at night! Did you know that you were not supposed to put noodles in the garbage disposal? Haha! 🙂

    Comment by Chelle — January 4, 2007 @ 5:33 pm |Reply

  12. I am SO incredibly jealous (and impressed) that you’ve been to the gym 3 times this week. I’m still stuck at the office for the fourth night in a row! 😦 Good for you!

    Comment by buttercup — January 4, 2007 @ 5:34 pm |Reply

  13. Those school lunches sound disgusting. I would starve! It’s all meat!

    Thank goodness Nick can fix stuff so you don’t have that additional cost of a professional fixing breaking things.

    Good for you and the gym. I haven’t worked out forever. I think I would die after an hour of exercise.

    I think seeing a Christmas Tree on the curb being thrown out is just about the saddest thing.

    Comment by carnealian — January 4, 2007 @ 8:47 pm |Reply

  14. Very interesting list and quite a cool blog

    Comment by amy — January 4, 2007 @ 11:16 pm |Reply

  15. Yes I’ve had accupuncture to help with a really chronic case of sinusitis a couple of years back ~ it was brilliant! Cleared up in no time at all.

    There’s been a huge uproar in the UK over the last 2 years about school meals after a celebrity chef berated the government very publicly for not doing more about healthy food in school. Our school has recently opened a new kitchen ~ gorgeous low-fat desserts, all fresh veggies and home cooked unprocessed protein. The number of children eating school dinners has shot up :o)

    Comment by Laquet — January 4, 2007 @ 11:49 pm |Reply

  16. good list! I don’t know what has happened with school lunches. I can only remember one school that actually prepared a healthy meal for lunch. The district we are in now is pretty much junk all the time.
    I still have to take down all the Christmas stuff.
    Have a wonderful day!
    BTW I like the new look for your blog it has been awhile since I have been here. I came here a long time ago via FTS.
    My TT is posted

    Comment by Raggedy — January 5, 2007 @ 11:22 am |Reply

  17. A friend of mine tried accupuncture to quit smoking. Didn’t help. My mom had back surgery for her sciatica. That worked. What does your chiropractor with the thrown out back say?

    Our school lunch menus are pretty well rounded. Lots of healthy choices, not that the kids pick those very often….

    Comment by AbbyNormal — January 5, 2007 @ 2:14 pm |Reply

  18. Congratulations on the exercising routine this week!
    School lunches are an interesting topic. Our district instituted this “Health Policy” that is supposed to improve the nutritional content of school lunches. They aren’t allowed to serve foods with high fat contents. Still, though, I see a lot of kids leave with pizza and french fries on their trays. Yuck.
    On the other hand, Lima Bean asked for a salad for dinner the other night (!!!!) because he’d had one at school with ranch dressing and liked it! So maybe it’s working.

    My 13 are up.

    Comment by catryan — January 7, 2007 @ 8:42 am |Reply

  19. Hope your plumbing issues are over with. Ours have just begun *sigh*

    And the chiropractor comment made me laugh. that was ironic!

    Comment by Laura — January 8, 2007 @ 1:04 pm |Reply

  20. My kids have similar hot lunch. GROSS. They try to make their lunches.

    I have had acupuncture. It works and should relieve the pressure on that nerve. I get it sometimes OW!

    My stuff is down and almost put away.

    Comment by nancy — January 8, 2007 @ 1:13 pm |Reply

  21. i think i read that alka seltzer is a good way to keep your drains flowing and it’s a better alternative then that draino stuff, however, sounds like it wouldn’t have worked. i keep meaning to try it and see.

    Comment by better safe than sorry — January 8, 2007 @ 3:14 pm |Reply

  22. My dad’s name is Mort.

    Comment by coyotemike — January 8, 2007 @ 4:47 pm |Reply

  23. Hi, there. It’s been a while since I have posted (you may not even remember me). Actually, I don’t get a chance to get online too much at all anymore.

    I haven’t gone back to see when your sciatica problem started but wanted to add my 2 cents worth if it is ok.

    I have had sciatica for about… ummmm… going on 14-1/2 years now. I developed it in the 7th month of pregnancy with my 2nd child and during birth, my back went out. Completely. I was out of pocket for a full 3 months, all the while going to a chiropractor. No help there. Eventually, it got to a point to where I could function through the pain. I suffered through the first 8 years with pretty severe pain (starting in my lower back and shooting all the way down to the bottom of my left leg (right leg not affected). The left side of my left leg (from hip to the bottom of my foot) has been numb since I first had problems with the sciatica), then finally went and had a Laminectomy surgery (I was talked into it by my then husband who was tired of having to rub my back every night) done (on L5/S1). The Laminectomy helped some, but did not completely fix the problem. The shooting pain down the leg is gone, but the rest is still the same. Whenever my sciatica acts up I take anti-inflammatory meds and muscle relaxers (if needed)- my back muscles tend to knot up from protecting that area of my spine) and within a day or two I feel much better (I don’t bother with pain meds anymore… my pain thresh-hold is pretty high now a days).

    The LAST thing you want to do is go to a Chiropractor for your sciatica. It WILL NOT help you, it may even cause additional damage (when I had the surgery my surgeon told me this). I’m sorry I didn’t go back to read what all you have done about it and you may have done this already, but the best thing you can do is go to your family practitioner. The pain can be controlled for the most part if you don’t want to have surgery. The best meds to me are the anti-inflammatories. It gives me almost instant relief.

    Take care! I hope I can visit your blog more often.

    Comment by Texas_Ivy10 — January 20, 2007 @ 3:21 pm |Reply

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