Jul 12

More Blue Apron

IMG_4619IMG_4620IMG_4621IMG_4622IMG_4623IMG_4624IMG_4638IMG_0033We have continued having Blue Apron for the last few weeks.  So far it’s been a good choice and we’ve only had a couple meals that we wouldn’t choose again.  The meals I hear my family complain the most about are the ones that are meat free. My middle son prefers the items that are chicken or beef,  not fish.   I have been happy though to see him try each thing.

Each meal comes with a card that has a description, an ingredient list, and instructions.  The box also includes all the ingredients but salt, pepper, and olive oil.  (It even has the butter when needed!)  I’ve found that it seems to be rare for the meals to have dairy in them.  There have been a couple with butter and one with creme fraise.  We also have had a couple with eggs.

Most though have been vegetables, some that that I have never tried before – see the tomatillo below!  I’ve really been surprised at the things I’ve tried.

Each box has showed up before dinner on Wednesday, so we’ve been having Blue Apron for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday dinner….

 

 

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Jul 02

A Secular Nation? Better or worse?

The paper today has an article about the horror of a secular nation.  Before debating this I should say I was born and raised Catholic and my ancestor on my dad’s side started several Baptist churches… so I’m not really bias either way… We do have friends that are of many religions and some that are of no religion.  We also have friends that are persecuted by some religions.

The argument the author was making seemed to be that the nation has always been based on one nation under God, even though it was separation of Church and State….  He seemed to feel that God is being pushed further out of the government more recently and this is a bad thing.

My argument would have to fall in the area that:

1. When this nation was founded the founding fathers said All MEN are created equal.  What this meant was not WOMEN and not slaves.  There were later amendments to give women the right to vote, and amendments to free slaves. Slaves were considered property….

2. How do you decide which religion?  It’s all great to say we are going to be a religious nation, but what religion?  Tenn. voted to make the Bible the state book, I never noticed which version – but there are a LOT of versions.  What if we were to say Mormon, or Jewish, or Baptist, or Catholic, or Quaker…. or….. you name it…..  I’m sure there is even a religion that worships the trees.

3. Many secular people I know are more tolerant than many of the religious people I know.  Why is the author assuming that by going secular the nation will fall into a heathen society?  Is that just because that is the author’s view of what secular people do?  I would almost bet that the author knows several secular people that aren’t wearing signs….. and don’t fit the authors mold… so they aren’t identified as such.

4. Having children that are unique, I fear a society where one group takes over and decides who the ‘right’ are….  Can anyone say genocide?  Anyone read the book about when left handed people were considered evil?  It really wasn’t that many years ago.  Speaking of which, I just read recently a story about a mother advised by a  family friend to get her autistic child an exorcism as the behavior was probably a genetically passed down curse inhabiting the child!  Seriously you can’t make this up.

5. Most wars have been caused because of religion…..  Here we are looking at the 4th of July Monday, Celebrating our freedom from Great Britain….  A large part of this war was freedom from taxes, but why did the colonist come to the New World to start with?  They came for religious freedom!

So the top question is: Who gets to choose the religion if we become a religious country?  What happens to people that aren’t religious?  How are they prosecuted?  Are they publicly stoned?  Are they executed?

I seem to remember this happening in the past…. If you aren’t the correct religion then you are shipped off to a camp….  Is that really the way of the future?

 

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Jul 01

That favorite pair of shoes!

I have a pair of shoes that I love! They are sketchers mary jane style tennis shoes. I’ve had them a few years and I CAN NOT find a pair like them.  I’ve found ones in leather, I’ve found similar, but not the same ones.  I always go back to my favorite pair. I’m missing the sole from the bottom of one. I have a hole through the bottom of one where I stepped on a nail (yes it went through my foot) … and I can’t give them up!

I’ve gotten about 10 pairs since to replace them, maybe more.  IMG_4773I’ve found a pair that’s similar, FINALLY, but

  1. they are not as wide
  2. They don’t have the elastic strap, it’s a non stretch strap with a fastener.
  3. the arch just seems different.

I’m hoping with time they will stretch and flatten, adjusting the fit.  The strap will never change, but hopefully as the rest adjusts they will become comfortable. The hardest part is that I can’t seem to just slip them on my feet without undoing the fastener and redoing it.

So my old shoes are still sitting where I can slip them on quickly.  If I’m going out for a while I’ll take the time to put shoes on, but running to the mailbox, or something quick – on go my old shoes.

Anyone know where I can find a pair of my ‘good’ shoes?

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Jun 30

Texas Trip – heading off with my mom…..

Once in a while it is fun to take a trip with just my mother and I, leaving my kids home and heading off…. Mom and I decided to head to my cousin’s wedding this time. – End of May!  My mother’s dogs had to be left with my children, the youngest of whom is afraid of dogs…..

We headed out on a Thursday around lunch time and off we went.  We did pretty good time, making it to Arkansas by time for bed.  Heading out the next morning we made it to Texas.  Visiting family was fun, but we found that the couple had already gotten married – something we hadn’t known ahead of time.  This was the public ceremony.

We planned to stay at my aunts….  No idea the address, still don’t know, even after spending a night there.  After following my cousin to my aunts, I planned ahead and dropped a pin in the GPS.  Lucky for us…  As we had no idea where we were and my aunt doesn’t drive.  That evening we headed off to the rehearsal dinner with my aunt.  (45 minutes away)…. For us, we don’t normally do late evenings, I don’t see well in the dark, and it was a strange town… Heading back after 11 pm, the GPS was all we had to go on….  And the GPS was telling us we couldn’t get there from where we were, but it could get us close….

After several questionable neighborhoods, and all of us saying we really didn’t think we would make it, we did find my aunts.  Turns out being a retirement home, and late at night, no noise is allowed.  Tough for me as I have a hard time hearing.  I also speak louder since I can’t hear myself as well…..  That did not go well…. add to that two bigger women trying to stay in an unfamiliar soft full bed…  And it added up to no sleep at all for the night!  What a long night. At one point I tried to convince my mother that letting me sleep on the floor was a good idea, but my allergies are bad and as soon as I got to sleep my mother woke me and got me back in the bed….  She tried the couch. Ha it was a loveseat….

We were still saying the next morning that we were shocked that we made it back!…..

On to the next morning when the home my dad stays in called to tell us he had fallen.  They thought he was ok, but….  So then I tried home to check on my family.  My husband had taken a bike ride, leaving my 7 year old with his brother (19) and the little one had been throwing up since 3 am.  Hmmmm what was he thinking?  THEN we found out they were taking my dad to the hospital…. (Note: My dad is ok now)

At that point we gave up and started packing the car.  We were going on no sleep, we had seen most of the family, and we thought it best to head back…  My mothers phone though was having issues, and there was an Apple store nearby in a mall, so we decided to run past on our way out of town.  We did think it was closer than it turned out to be…. I had set up to see friends at the mal, but we didn’t get a chance to meet up with them.  Next trip to Texas…..  – The issue involved my mothers phone refusing to ring when I called her and not notifying her when she got a text from me…. Anyone else no problem, but me it had something against.  We still aren’t completely sure what the apple store tech did, but they did get it fixed. I know they had to go in and have her sign in to something in her settings.  We had been trying for a month to figure it out and I had been texting my children and having them send her a text to get her a message when I was desperate.

The store took a few minutes, and I tried to get my mother to let me see a couple other cool things, we just don’t have things like that in other parts of the world….  but it was pretty much apple store and a bathroom break and we were out of there…. We did drop by the Swatch store for a few minutes to see what they had new…. My grandmother had gotten me a swatch when the store first opened and I still have a thing for that brand.  I found the new thin swatches and would have had a new watch if it wasn’t for my apply watch.  I really want the climber flowery from the classic thin collection.  I also looked at their new watches that recharge their batteries by the movement of the wrists.

Driving home took forever.  I had promised my little one a game that it turned out wasn’t released yet.  So that took a little while.  We did get it figured out, but finding something to get that would make up for it, wasn’t easy…. My mother’s car malfunctioned, similar to mine….. Hmmm I got the blame….  And We stopped a few places for food.  We really shouldn’t stop and eat so much.

By the time we were through Arkansas, we had upset several family members for leaving early….  and I’m probably more in the dog house now for writing it down…. but the point of traveling is to try a few new things.  My son also doesn’t ask for much, I also never leave him – so the whole guilt of leaving him necessitated bringing back something.

I found a note in his school journal after I got back about how sad he had been that I was gone…..  It is good to be back, much as it’s good to go places with my mom and see her.

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Jun 30

Treadmill

I was so excited to get a new treadmill with all the bells and whistles.  I settled on the Proform 520 VNI that SAID it had Bluetooth and linked to the iFit system to allow me to use an Android tablet or iOs device to control my treadmill and view a landscape as I walked or run.

Sounded great to me!  First glitch came when I found that there was no way to sign up for the $99/year service on their website.  Bad Link!!!! So I ended up paying $267 – I emailed and pointed out that the service was incorrectly charging and hoped they would get it fixed….. Then I tried to get set up…..

1.  Tried an IPad 2.0….  Hmmmm doesn’t work with that technology. I was also told that the version for iPad was in testing and would be released soon…

2. Bought an Android Tablet… Got a Firmware error.  Ughhhh!

3. Tested a friends Android. Same Error

4. By this point the iOs version was released….. Bought an iOs 3.0 Pro and returned the Android.  Sign in error!  Ughhhhhhh

5. Tech Support claimed they were giving me an extra 6 months of iFit service…. So lets see. I paid $267 for 2 1/2 year that should have been $99 a year…..  and you now have me at 2 1/2 years…. Where’s the free service.

6. Finally they got me logged in on the iPad by deleting that account and creating a new that wasn’t hooked to social media.  At least it’s logged in.  Now to try it!

7. Firmware Error!!!!!Unending loop

8. Email saying other people had the same error but they have fixed theirs….

9. Did I mention I have put a complaint in to the BBB and they offered 6 months free of this worthless service.

10. Debating disputing my CC charge since it is not working….

11. Was recommended I try BitGym…..  It doesn’t control the treadmill, but it does seem to work better… aka it works the way it says it does.

12. Never planning to buy a Proform treadmill or iFit again… Should have checked the reviews first….

 

BigGym works by using your camera to watch you as you move.  It then determines your steps per minute.   It doesn’t hook to your treadmill (also works with bike and elliptical) but it does allow you to see a trail, work with a trainer, and keeps track of your speed.  So definitely something I’m going to keep trying…..

Walking on the sidewalk in Venice I could hear the water lapping.  Walking on a trail in the mountains in Italy I had to be careful as my uncoordinated self to keep from trying to avoid rocks and falling flat on my face when I missed the tread on the treadmill….  Yes I’m that uncoordinated!

 

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