Exercise?

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My whole life I have been advised to exercise. And I really have tried over the years. To no avail.

When I was in grade school I was always the last one chosen on teams. “You can have her, you can have her”. The captains would argue about who would have to have me on their team. (I never got to be the captain).

When I was finally chosen, I always got the worst positions. I spent my entire sports life playing right or left field in girls baseball. I was terrified of the ball. Don’t even get me started about field hockey. Those terrible sticks.

When I got to high school, I chose tennis as my sport. I could hit the ball over the fence and spend the entire period looking for it.

Then it was college. UCLA. And you had to take a physical education class. First I took bowling. This was sort of fun and we got to go to a real bowling alley and wear cute shoes.

The next semester I signed up for square dancing. I thought that would be fun to learn. Uh, oh. The ‘class’ was in the evening. That should have been my first clue.

When I walked into the gym wearing my regular sweater and skirt, there were about twenty couples, all in square dance clothes. Also a professional caller.

Everyone broke into squares and again, nobody wanted me. I didn’t have a partner and I was dressed all wrong. Plus I didn’t know any of the steps.

This wasn’t really a class. It was a place for square dance couples to do their thing. All I knew was Do Si Do. Square dancing is very fast and the dancers get very angry at you if you screw up their square.

Since then I have tried all sorts of exercise. In the 60’s, I worked out with Jack LaLane. I had three children under four and so my days were mostly at home as a housewife. Jack had very simple exercise equipment for his methods.  A chair and a broom, as I recall.

Later I tried yoga. I especially liked the leotards. Everyone looks pretty good in a leotard and tights. The yoga was OK, but nothing to write home about. I never really ‘got’ it.

Through the years, I tried Gold’s Gym, 24 hour Fitness and even the YMCA. I really don’t like exercise at all. Usually for exercise, I shop faster.

So imagine my delight, when I got the email today that I have printed below.

HEALTH MESSAGE:   1. If walking/cycling is good for your health, the postman would be immortal. 2. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water and is fat. 3. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years. 4. A tortoise doesn’t run, does nothing, just eating…yet lives for 450 years.   AND YOU TELL ME TO EXERCISE?? Pleassseee!! 

 

I am going on vacation for a few days, so I WON’T be posting a blog until I get back on June 1. Sorry. But then I should have lots of new exciting things to blog about. I am going all the way to Waikiki for three days. That is about a ten minute drive from my house, but a whole different world. See ya then. Sandy

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Need a Good Painter?-These are Flat Walls

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This is so amazing. I have seen building murals, but nothing like this.

          ERIC, THE ARTIST

Hard to imagine that these plain ugly buildings could be so transformed. Below is a wall from a brewery. It is an interior hallway.

Wait till you see what the artist did!

SIMPLY AMAZING, ISN’T IT?

I wonder how many people walk into the
Walls, while trying to go down a hallway
That does not exist!
 

Alter Boyz-the Musical

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Altar Boyz is the hilarious account of a struggling Christian boy-band (with one nice Jewish boy) looking for their big break in the Big Apple. The show tells the story of five small-town boys – Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham – trying to save the world one screaming fan at a time. Their pious but irreverent pop act, worked wonders on the Ohio bingo-hall-and-pancake breakfast circuit. But when fate brings them to New York, will the boyz take a bite out of the forbidden apple? Full of sharp parody, spectacular dancing, and irreverent humor, this musical is 90 minutes of pure delight that’s suitable for all ages.

If you live in Honolulu, this show will be playing at the Diamond Head Theater until June 5. I am going to go on Thursday May 26. I think it will be a lot of fun.

I loved Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. This is a Christian version of that. No drugs or crime.

Tickets are very reasonable. $22, $32 and $42. Plus a $5 discount if you are over 62, or a student.

That is something to be said for Hawaii. We have pretty good theater here and the ticket prices are not bad compared to the mainland. It is not uncommon in Los Angeles or San Francisco for tickets to shows like this to be $150-$300 a ticket.

OK. So tonight I actually went to see Alter Boyz. It was terrific. The theater was sold out and the audience was very responsive through the whole performance.

The show was 90 minutes with no intermission. There were five Altar Boys, who sang and danced constantly for the entire time. Each boy was a star in his own right.

There was Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham. Very fast paced, light and funny. The dancing was outstanding.

All the boys were gifted, but my favorite was Mark. He either was, or just played a gay altar boy. He was fantastic. His dancing and his voice were spectacular. He looks like Justin Bieber but he moves like Ricky Martin. As I said, if he is not really gay, you would never know it.

At many points the audience clapped along. All in all an evening well spent.

Watermelon/Onion Salad and Watermelon Ice Cream!

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Watermelon/Onion Salad-This is the most delicious refreshing salad. So easy and so good. Now that it is watermelon season, this is a good thing to make with the ‘leftovers’.

I bought a watermelon that wasn’t very sweet. Rather than waste it, I cut it up in one inch chunks and looked up Paula Deen’s recipe on the internet. To make this even easier, buy a seedless watermelon.

She calls for fresh mint and feta cheese, which I didn’t happen to have on hand. I used dried mint flakes and some ground pepper. Yum.

Miracle of miracles, I happened to have some Vidalia onions on hand. Thank you Costco.

Ingredients

  • 1 (5-pound) watermelon
  • 1 Vidalia or other sweet onion
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 6 whole mint sprigs

Directions

Cut the flesh from the melon and cut into bite size pieces, removing and discarding the seeds, and set aside. Peel and slice the onion into rings.

In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, salt, pepper, and whisk until salt is dissolved. Slowly whisk in the olive oil, a few drops at a time. Add in the chopped mint, taste, and adjust seasonings.

In a large bowl, combine the melon, onion, and feta. Pour the dressing over the melon mixture and toss gently until everything is coated and evenly mixed. Garnish with mint sprigs.

To serve, divide salad among individual plates and garnish with mint leaves.

Another really good thing to do with watermelon is to take all the little leftover pieces and some of the juice and stir it into some softened vanilla Hagen Dazs ice cream. Yum.

And if you want to be really tricky, cut a watermelon in half, take out the meat to make salad or just chunks. Make the ice cream mixture I just descibed. Fold in some chocolate chips (to look like the seeds).

For a more authentic look, use rasberry sherbert or other bright pink sherbert. Stir in chocolate chips.  Fill the watermelon half with the ice cream or sherbert.

Or if you don’t want to make that much, or the watermelon won’t fit in your freezer, just make a quarter. Then cover with plastic wrap and freeze. Thaw a little, then slice and serve at your next bar-b-que.

To make it easier to slice after it is frozen, slice the rind, (not quite all the way through) into serving size portions. Do this before you fill the shell with ice cream. And do the slicing on the inside.

Then when you are ready to serve, just cut the ice cream/watermelon with a big sharp knife dipped in hot water. Voila. And the ‘seeds’ look amazing.

Your guests will be astonished.

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Homemade Fudge-Easy and Easier

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When I was a little girl my mother would make homemade fudge. She boiled the sugar, milk and squares of bitter chocholate. Then she added the vanilla and chopped nuts and beat the mixture with a wooden spoon until it started to ‘lose it’s gloss’.

Then she poured in on a buttered plate and we cut it into squares and ate it warm. We couldn’t even wait for it to completely cool.

Now there is a much easier method. So you have no excuse that it’s too much trouble. If the regular method is ‘too slow’, you can even do this in the microwave.

If you have someone special that could use a sweet treat here is the Kraft Fantasy Fudge recipe I used.

Homemade Fudge Recipe

3 cups sugar

3/4 cup  (1-1/2 sticks) butter

1 small can (5 oz.) evaporated milk (about 2/3 cup) (Do not use sweetened condensed milk.)

1- 12 oz package semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups  (7 oz.)  Marshmallow Creme

1 tsp. vanilla

Line a small pan (about 6″X10″ or 9″ square) with foil. Extend edges of foil over sides of pan and spray with cooking spray. Place sugar, butter and evaporated milk in large heavy saucepan. Bring to full rolling boil on medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 4 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 234°F, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Remove from heat.

Add chocolate chips and marshmallow creme; stir until completely melted. Add vanilla and mix well.

Pour immediately into the pan and spread evenly. Let stand at room temperature 4 hours or until completely cooled; cut into 1-inch squares. Store in tightly covered container at room temperature or in refrigerator.

You might also like this fast fudge recipe made in the microwave

Ingredients


3 cups milk chocolate chips
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup butter
1 cup chopped walnuts or other favorite nuts (optional)
1/8 tsp salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Place milk chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, butter , salt and vanilla extract in large microwaveable bowl. Microwave on medium until chips are melted, about 2-5 minutes, stirring once or twice during melting. Stir in nuts, if desired.
  2. Pour into 8×8-inch pan that you have lined with foil and coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate until set. Cut into squares and enjoy!

The price of Gas versus Printer Ink

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The price of Gas versus Printer Ink


All these examples do NOT imply that gasoline is cheap; it just illustrates how outrageous some prices are…. You will be really shocked by the last one! (At least, I was…)


Compared with Gasoline……
Think a gallon of gas is expensive?

This makes one think, and also puts things in perspective.

 Diet Snapple 16 oz $1.29 … $10.32 per gallon

Lipton Ice Tea 16 oz $1.19 ……….$9.52 per gallon

Gatorade 20 oz $1.59 …. $10.17 per gallon

Ocean Spray 16 oz $1.25 ……… $10..00 per gallon

Brake Fluid 12 oz $3.15 …… $33.60 per gallon

Vick’s Nyquil 6 oz $8.35 … $178.13 per gallon

Pepto Bismol 4 oz $3.85 .. $123.20 per gallon

Whiteout 7 oz $1.39 ……. . $25.42 per gallon

Scope 1.5 oz $0.99 …..$84.48 per gallon

And this is the REAL KICKER…
Evian water 9 oz $1.49..$21.19 per gallon! $21.19 for WATER and the buyers don’t even know the source
(Evian spelled backwards is Naive.)

Ever wonder why printers are so cheap?  So they have you hooked for the ink. Someone calculated the cost of the ink at……………(you won’t believe it….but it is true……..)$5,200 a gal. (five thousand two hundred dollars)
So, the next time you’re at the pump,be glad your car doesn’t run on water, Scope, or Whiteout, Pepto Bismol, Nyquil or God forbid, Printer Ink!

Just a little humor to help ease the pain of your next trip to the pump…


Pirate Girl

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Pirate Girl

Yesterday I went to see the new Pirates of the Caribbean film. I always ‘dress’ the part when I am going to something special. I may be the only one in the whole theater wearing ‘pirate gear’, but I don’t care. I get a kick out of doing this. Plus I just happened to have a pirate girl tee shirt and a pirate necklace on hand.

I almost tied a bandanna around my head, but decided that would be a bit much for a Sunday afternoon in Honolulu. I also just wore regular shoes, rather than black boots with my pants tucked in. Conservative me.

Now to the movie. The theater was very crowded. Got my usual movie fare, the kiddie combo. This is a box of popcorn, a box of Junior Mints and a coke. You sprinkle the mints all over the popcorn and eat them together. Yum.

The audience was filled with families, most of whom seemed to have boys. I guess this movie is aimed at that audience, more than 73 year old women. (Me)

The coming attractions were selected for this very same audience. The Green Lantern, sort of an End of the Planet flick with very wild special effects was one. The other one is called Transformers and is a boxing movie where the boxers are robots.

I can imagine there will be some great ‘action’ figure toys to go along with both of these flicks. And some Lego sets too.

I think I’ll skip these two films, not only do I not like that type of movie, but becauseI don’t have a robot outfit.

The movie was long and there was lots of sword fighting and crashing about. I always love Johnny Depp and so the movie moved right along.

Penelope Cruz is another favorite and she was the ‘love’ interest. She is beautiful, but somehow she looked a little heavier than usual. I think I read that she is pregnant. Most of her shots were from the waist up. Still she is gorgeous and I only wish I was that ‘heavy’.

The first half of the movie appeared to be filmed in London, then on to the high seas in search of the Fountain of Youth. When they finally came to the FOY it was in a tropical paradise complete with mermaids.

These mermaids were very beautiful but deadly. They lured sailors into the depths where they drowned. I don’t know if this is an old legend, or just made up for the movie.

The tropical part was filmed on Kauai. There was a lot a local hoopla. There were even four pirates chosen from Hawaii. I wrote about this in an earlier blog.

I tried to ‘find’ them in the movie and I couldn’t pick them out of the other pirates. There were about fifty pirates on the ship and just a general medley of pirates, so it was hard to zero in on any one.

The plot was a little thin, but it was a fun movie. I had gotten the tickets on a Fandango deal, so only $9 for two tickets. Such a deal.

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