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Today Is The Last Day Or Soon Will Be

Posted by terrepruitt on March 23, 2020

For those of you my age or older you may remember a time when it was unusual to know someone with cancer. Now the reasons for that can be many things including but not limited to the fact that there is different testing in place. Also it could be that there was less contact with a large number of people and in so many different places. I mean, we might have known all the people in our neighborhood, but we didn’t have thousands of “friends” throughout the world that we “know” on Twitter. Either way/whatever the case there was a time when you MAY have known ONE person with cancer. Now, it is common place. Every one of us knows AT LEAST one person with some form of cancer or someone that “had” cancer. Well, I believe that today is the day, today is the last day that I will be able to say that I don’t know anyone personally that has had or has COVID-19. I feel that we are reaching the point very soon where everyone is going to know someone that has had it or has it.

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Now, that “knowing” that I am talking about could be a person I actually know and have met face-to-face OR it could be friend from Facebook or Twitter that I have not met face-to-face. But with the way things are going there is going to be a “knowing” very soon.

I just wanted to go on record and remember this day. Today, Monday, March 23, 2020 I did not know anyone with COVID-19. I am loving that feeling. I am sad and sorry for anyone and everyone that cannot say the same thing as me, today, right now.  And I am sorry because I feel like soon none of us will be able to make that claim.

It is a sad historical thing and I will be the first to celebrate if I turn out wrong.

I waffled about posting this because originally I thought I would keep my blog virus free, but I don’t believe that such a thing is possible.  I mean, I already posted routines because of the situation.

I do hope that all of us that are participating fully in flattening the curve can continue to stick to our guns and not let the people who are being careless get to us. Sometimes it is difficult to stay in quarantine when so many others are not (“Well, if she’s going out, I want to too!”) but it will be awesome to know that we did not contribute to the spread of the virus at all.

Do stay safe and healthy.  Do comment and “talk” with me because, ya know, isolation is lonely.  Tell me how you are doing.

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My Love Has Not Faded

Posted by terrepruitt on March 11, 2020

This is somewhat of an update from a previous post. I love Zheng Gu Shui. My husband first learned about it years ago when he was participating in Jujitsu. When we first started using it, there was not a lot of information – in English – included in the package . . . in fact, there wasn’t a package it was just the bottle. But now it comes in a box with an insert and it is being touted as an analgesic.

The main marketing seems to be “sports pain relief” so use it to help sore muscles after a workout. Well, since DOMS is part of the process in which the body changes, I personally don’t use it for that. But, I see how that might be something people want relief from. Since, as I mentioned, there used to not be any information with the product, I didn’t realize it is an analgesic. To me it actually helps bruises and “things” heal so that is what I use it for. That could be another reason it could be used for “sports pain relief” . . . it might help a body heal from that.

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Sadly – and I am assuming it is because it is being marketed for “sports pain relief” – the price has more than doubled. It used to be under four dollars, now it is it ten.

If you choose to use it do heed the warnings about mucus membranes or sensitive areas of the skin like insides of knees and elbows. Also keep in mind that if light skinned it may discolor your skin. Also, it may dry out your skin. Discoloration and dryness happens to me.

I constantly find myself turning to this to help me heal and I feel it works.

Do you have an ointment, salve, or lotion you turn to to help you heal and/or feel better?

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Classes Are Still Happening

Posted by terrepruitt on March 9, 2020

Sigh. I usually don’t post about the latest things going on in the news because that is not what my blog is about. Usually. I don’t USUALLY post about current events because I often feel that is just a way people try to get traffic to their blog . . . but in this case – the COVID-19 case – I am getting a lot of questions from students. You may or may not know that I teach classes. I teach Nia, yoga, and stretch. All of these things can be done at home, but there are several reasons people gather to do them. One reason – especially for Nia – is the energy, it is much more fun dancing in a room with other people than it is at home on your own. Another reason is motivation; it is much easier to actually do it (Nia, yoga, stretch) when you have paid for a class and made a commitment. Another reason is just the plain social aspect of it. Most of my classes have people that are friends and we care what is going on in each others’ lives. So since I teach in a class room setting I have students asking me about classes.

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As you know the best defense is hand washing. Wash your hands as soon as you can after you touch anything outside your home. Using hand sanitizer is second to hand washing and at this point I hear there isn’t anywhere you can buy it so those of you that have bought it, use it. But washing your hands with soap and water is still the best defense. It takes soap (or 60% alcohol) to break through the outer lipid membrane layer of the virus.

Also, try to keep your hands away from your face. This virus gets to us through our lungs so you don’t want it near your mouth and nose so it can have a chance to infect you.

Follow all the stuff you hear to do that is from reputable sources, I did not mean for this post to end up with me telling you what to do because I am not an expert at all. This post is meant to clear up some information around the classes.

The City of San Jose has decided to cancel some of the Active Adult (Senior) Classes at some of the community centers. Their focus is on LARGE classes. The more people in a room the more chances of infection. The closer people are the more chance of viruses spreading. So, they have cancelled LARGE Active Adult (Senior) classes. If you attend a small class with few people then – as of Monday, March 09, 2020 – the class is not being cancelled. I have not heard of a cancellation of any of the non-senior classes.

The yoga classes and the stretch class I teach at the community centers are small enough that we have plenty of room to spread out and not cough on anyone – and, by the way, if you have a cough – stay home!

The YMCA has not yet cancelled any classes that I know of. But I am talking primarily about the three branches that I work at and my classes.

Keep in mind that things can change. If you attend any of my classes please check my website frequently for updates. If my schedule changes I will send out an e-mail, but my site will be updated faster and first.

I personally feel that the media is all about fear-mongering. It is as if they think it is their job to cause fear and panic. But, I also understand this is serious and we don’t really know how it will turn out. I mean, if people would have just followed the safety guidelines in the first place it might not be as bad as it is. And since that seems to be such a challenge who knows what will end up happening. What you need to do is what is best for you. We all have our own unique situations and psyches so you need to protect yourself. You need to feel safe and comfortable. If not attending a class make you more comfortable then don’t. And we can all be kind and respect whatever it is that each person needs to do to feel safe.

Is there anything you are doing different than usual to feel safe?

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They Say Variety Is The Spice . . .

Posted by terrepruitt on March 4, 2020

So recently I went out to dinner and I ordered a farro and kale salad. I was craving greens and it sounded interesting. It was delicious. On a quick search to see the nutrient values of farro I saw a lot of information stating you can switch it out for rice or pasta. Why not, right? So I was thinking it is “grainier” than rice and it might make a good substitute. Since it seems more like a seed than pasta I was thinking it might be good to switch out orzo for farro, but . . . sometimes it really depends on what you are looking for. Remember, food is there to provide us with nutrients so even foods deemed as “healthy” could not be what you need at the moment. Again, it all depends on what you are looking for.

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Portion: values per 100g

Energy 375 kcal
Protein 12.5 g
Total lipid (fat) 1.79 g
Carbohydrate, by difference 78.57 g
Fiber, total dietary 3.6 g
Sugars 3.57 g
Calcium, Ca 0 mg
Iron, Fe 3.21 mg
Thiamin 1 mg
Riboflavin 0.304 mg
Niacin 5.357 mg

It contains no sodium, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, or Cholesterol

 

When I had the idea for this post I was more concerned about protein and iron so I was not thinking I would switch out orzo for farro. But . . . things have changed and I might be looking for more fiber and potassium. I think that adding farro to our diet would be a good thing.  But I don’t necessarily have to switch one for the other.  I think variety is good. So we can have farro, rice, orzo, pasta, and end up getting a lot of different nutrients.

Just recently I cooked up some orzo and added some chopped kale. Mmmmmmm, so good. I forgot to get farro when I went to the store, but it is on my list for my next trip.  I am looking forward to adding it to our rotation of side dishes (or in some case making it the main).

Do you cook with rice, farro, pasta, orzo?  What is your favorite?

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Single Has Its Advantages

Posted by terrepruitt on March 2, 2020

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I was unable to use one at time.  Seriously, I tried several different times to figure out a way to just use one, but I couldn’t do it.  My husband couldn’t get them to work as a single either.  Then about a week or two after my post both of us turned to the other and said, “I can use one now.”  It was so weird.  One time when I was taking them out to put away the one that was in my ear kept playing.  So, they do work as a single AirPod.

This ends up being really great when they are at low power.  I don’t have to stop listening all together.  When the AirPods make their little noise notifying me they are at low power I just put one in the case and keep listening.  In about five minutes the one in the case can be charged up pretty high so then I can just switch.  No lost listening time.

So . . . amendment:  AirPods can be used as a single AirPod.

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A Successful Change Of Pace

Posted by terrepruitt on February 24, 2020

Have you heard of farro? I had heard of it but it seems like there is a “new” old grain to try every week so I didn’t pay it much attention. Especially since the last thing I was told to try that I think of as trendy is still sitting in my pantry with only two servings having been used. And by “used” I don’t even mean eaten. I cooked it, forced it down. Then tried a second time and realized it can’t be that good for me if it is making me gag and making me dread eating breakfast. I believe sometimes there is a balance in eating healthy things. If buckwheat cereal was the only healthy think I ate, then I would eat it, but it is not. It was so mucus-y I just couldn’t eat it. Well, last night I ordered a farro salad. I usually don’t order salads for entrees, but I felt like having A LOT of greens so I decided to order one as a change of pace. I wasn’t entirely sure about it, but the roasted Brussels Sprouts were really calling to me.

It was really good. First of all, I never eat bacon any more because it just isn’t want it used to be, this bacon was good. But I had just glossed over that on the menu and forgot about it until my bowl came. I had ordered grilled chicken as an addition to the salad. Well, I have to say I really liked the farro. It was really soft. It was like biting into very large rice. But it didn’t feel like orzo. The texture was soft like rice and orzo, but the grain itself is more round it is really satisfying to chew.  I have to like the texture of something otherwise I won’t eat it even it the flavor is fine . . . hence the buckwheat cereal* in my pantry.

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So here is what I found for nutritional information for about 1/2 cup of ORGANIC PEARLED FARRO:

Energy 356 kcal
Protein 11.11 grams
Total lipid (fat) 2.22 grams
Carbohydrate 73.33 gram
Fiber (total dietary) 11.1 grams
Sugars 0 grams
Calcium, Ca 27 mg
Iron, Fe 2.22 mg
Potassium, K 393 mg

It has 0 Sodium, Vitamin D, Saturated fat, transfat, and Cholesterol.

Wiki has this to say about it “Farro is a food composed of the grains of certain wheat species, sold dried, and prepared by cooking in water until soft. It is eaten plain or is often used as an ingredient in salads, soups, and other dishes.”

I am thinking it really can be used like one would use rice. I bet I could use it in place of orzo in my Avgolemono. But I don’t know that I will ever do that because I love the orzo so much.

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So, have you tried farro?  Do you cook with it?  What do you make?

*I just realized as I was re-re-re-reading this before publishing that when I was young we ate Buckwheat FLAKES cereal, and that was ok, but what I am talking about it like grits or cream of wheat with a cold or sinus infection.  (Ewww.)

 

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Don’t Ask A Question If You Are Just TRYING To Be Polite

Posted by terrepruitt on February 19, 2020

So what is your opinion . . . .? I think that you shouldn’t ask a question if you are just TRYING to be polite, because then you end up being rude. I don’t think it IS polite for someone to ask a question if they don’t have time or the mental capability or capacity to listen to the answer. I don’t want to say that people don’t care about the answer, because I feel as if we all care, but sometimes we don’t have time for the answer. We might have somewhere else we need to be. Sometimes, it is not as if we are not smart enough that we don’t have the mental capability/capacity I mean we just might not be in the right space to listen to the answer. I know that when my mom was dying if someone were to have given me instructions on how I could have easily received a million dollars, I wouldn’t have been able to listen and remember. So that is what I mean by not having the mental capability. It could be that we are distracted, we have too much on our minds to listen to the response. So . . . to me, it is not polite to ask a question if we are just trying to be polite and we really aren’t going to listen to the answer. What do you think?

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What also comes to mind is when people say, “How are you doing?” as a greeting. Instead of just saying “Hello.” They say, “How are you doing?” as they walk on past. They really don’t mean it as a question they want an answer to, they just use it as their form of greeting.

Perhaps it is such a habit for some people to ask that they don’t stop themselves when they are in the don’t-have-time or can’t-really-engage stage. I don’t know. That is kind of what what I am asking.

What do you think?

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Yard Fairies

Posted by terrepruitt on February 12, 2020

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Oh, I was able to find pictures of the other fairies in the e-mail order confirmation. The pictures show the colors of the wings, but the wings are folded down. In the picture of my blue winged fairy you can see that the wings and be pulled out. The wings are on springs so they move.

They are a very good size. I think mine is a little less than one and half feet tall. So I think the other ones are at least that tall. The one with her arm up, the pink and blue winged one is a bit taller than the others due to her arm being extended.

They are made of sturdy metal. I have tripped over mine several times and she her wings are able to be bent back to where they are displayed nicely.

Now that my friend has her fairies I can post them. They are really fun yard decorations!

Do you have any yard decorations? What do you have in your yard?

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Come On Baby Light My Candle

Posted by terrepruitt on February 5, 2020

I may have mentioned on my blog in a past post that I love candles. I love to buy candles. I love to receive candles as gifts. I love to burn candles. I prefer candles that are scented with essential oils. I also lean toward soy candles but I don’t necessarily restrict myself to them. There was a time when my husband didn’t like candles, they pose a certain risk and he didn’t think it was worth it. So I tried to make sure that the candles we had were in jars or were tea lights that could be placed in a holder that was jar like so at least the flames was somewhat contained. But now he is lighting candles even when I am not home. So it was really cool when I received this lighter for Christmas. We have a few like this, but they always seem to be out of fuel. And then we don’t think about it until we go to use it. So the butane doesn’t make it on our shopping list – ever, it seems like. So this one I received was an exciting change.

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The site says it is “gas appliance safe” so even if you don’t light candles, if you have gas appliances to light it might be something you would be interested in.

It makes a noise that one of my cats DOES NOT LIKE.  She runs away.  The other day I lit a candle using a match and she didn’t even look up, but if she sees me pick up the lighter she runs.  Which is fine by me, I would rather my pets be afraid of things that can hurt them then to be curious and get injured.  But I try not to use it when she is around, I don’t like to scare her.

Aside from it scaring my cat, it is super cool.

So, what do you think? Do you think it is nearly as cool as I think it is? Do you use lighters?

 

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Listening Reports And Badges

Posted by terrepruitt on February 3, 2020

I believe I started listening to Audible in August, but the little “report” only shows five months at a time. The photos show I have listened to 43 titles, but some of what you see are actually collections. Robot Geneticists is actually 6 books. Galaxy Outlaws is 16 books. Astral Prime is 12, but I think I’ve only listened to 8 of those. Mercy For Hire is 8, but I listened to four of the books twice – LOVE me some Wesley Wesley!!! And the Renegade Star Series is 13 books. So . . . that is about 89 books. Some of those I had listened to with my hubby on our drives to and from my dad’s so the hours won’t add up. But I am driving more because I have a different class schedule so I get to listen more. Also, I had typed this post and as I was editing the pictures I decided to post a nod to my mother on her birthday. So five days have past since I made the collage of the books in the library so I manually edited the three books I finished since I started the post. I think it is fun to see what I have listened to, for how long, how many hours a month, and the little badges they give.

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According to Audible I have listened a total of 25 days, 5 hours, and 44 minutes. In November I was cleaning a lot and listening and in December there was a lot of decorating time spent listening. When I started typing this I didn’t think I would get anywhere near November but then I had a long drive and I was listening a lot while I worked, so the last couple of days of January I was able to get some serious hours in. Thursday I finished listening to one book and started another (“Where the Crawdads Sing”), was able to finish that and this weekend start a new one (“The Golem and the Jinni”).

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFit, City of San Jose Exercise Classes, Cambrian Yoga & Cardio Dance, CYCD, Yin YogaThe badges are fun and silly. The 7-Day Stretch says that I completed 10 books in a week. I would be interested to know what books those were. Some books are super short like two hours, but some are super long so I would love to know what 10 I listened to in a week. I usually listen to a long one then a short one. But I think after one particularly long (and enjoyable) series I was listening to a lot of short books so as not to be stuck in a LONG book.

The Stenographer one is really hilarious – to me, because it says I placed at least 40 bookmarks. That is so funny because I think I only purposely place 2, but I have accidentally hit the “bookmark” 38 times. Ha!

The Nibbler badge say I have listen to at least 3 different titles on one day. I am thinking they mean they were played.  It doesn’t say FINISHED three books in one day.  I don’t think I listen to three different books in ONE day. I imagine I accidentally started one and then maybe listened to TWO in one day, but THREE. And that would be if one were short and I was in the middle of one in the same day. It would be fun if the stats showed information on the books.

I didn’t get the repeat listener because the first time I listened to the books I listened to twice I think I listened to it with my hubby. It was on my phone. I will probably listen to it again because I love Wesley Wesley, so it might show up then.

So, what about you? How much time do you spend reading? Do you listen to books? Does your app track your listening?

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