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* Weirdly enough, I’m excited for school this week!  Mainly because we’re getting down to the wire and there are only six more weeks of school!  I’m behind on my Thursday reading, and I just discovered last night that I’m missing two books of required reading (one for each class), so a trip to the school bookstore is in order, but…that’s okay.  We’re getting there!

* David and I bought a NEW CAR (well, new to us) on Saturday.

ImageTechnically, it belongs to both of us (both names on the insurance, etc.) but it’s going to be primarily David’s car, since he drives so much more than I do, and my old car has over 165K miles on it.  But it’s beautiful, it’s new to us, it’s a 2007 Camry and I love it.  We love it.  Life is going to get a lot easier to manage from now on, no more juggling two schedules and one car!

* I went to my friend Tina’s shower yesterday.  It was good times, and I’m getting really excited for her bachelorette party at Foxwoods Casino next month.

* Came home last night to find out that David got us tickets to Wildfire Retreat in May!  Wildfire is a fire-spinning convention/camping trip that takes place in May, August, and September of every year in Connecticut.  We went to August 2011 Wildfire, and it was amazing, definitely the best part of the summer.  We weren’t sure if we’d be able to get tickets to the May Wildfire (they sold out in a record-breaking 8 minutes online yesterday), but David managed it while I was at the shower.  May is going to be an incredibly busy month, but hey, they’re all fun things!  I am so excited.  We have to get a tent (we  borrowed one last year but it’s really time we get one of our own), and David needs a new water bottle (his shattered last year — don’t ask), but other than that we’re raring to go!  I can’t wait.

* Dave is working 78 hours this week between both jobs.  I’m going to have a lot of time to finish that annotated bibliography.  I’m thinking tomorrow is going to be the night that gets done.

* I’m making crock pot pulled pork for dinner tonight (best meal ever).  I’m trying something new — instead of just piling the pork with BBQ sauce I added a little Woodchuck ale to it.  I’m hoping it comes out all right.  David improvised gravy with Sam Adams last week for St. Patrick’s Day and (supposedly) the shepherd’s pie he made came out magnificently (I don’t eat shepherd’s pie — no ground beef — so I wouldn’t know).

Monday’s shaping up to be pretty damn good. 🙂

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Random Historical Fact — February 23: In 1945, American photographer Joe Rosenthal took the famous picture Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima which later won the Pulitzer Prize for photography.

Last month, everyone was in a tizzy over the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s choice to pull funding from Planned Parenthood (and their subsequent rescinding of that decision when Komen executives realized how pissed off everyone was).  I followed the case as closely as I could from behind a computer, trying to weed out the truth from the propaganda.  (I know, I promised no politics — I promise that’s not where I’m going with this).

What really surprised me was all the evidence that many of these backlash websites were publishing about the causes of breast cancer.

Of course, you can tear up the internet and find a million websites that say that sugar is poison, and you can find an equal number of rebuttal websites stating that sugar (in moderation) is just fine.  But cancer runs in my family line, and if there’s something I can do to somehow lessen the risks, I’m going to take it.  Plus…I’m, uh, how you say?  Not exactly thin.  Or as my friend James puts it, “festively plump.”  Cutting sugar out of my diet would definitely not harm the weight loss goal.  Bottom line?  Sugar — especially white refined sugar — isn’t something that I need to survive.

SO.  As of February 22nd (Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent), I decided to start cutting sugar out of my diet. 

I quit white refined sugar cold turkey, and switched to raw sugar in my coffee (two teaspoons down from the four — four! — that I used to have).  I’m starting to look up more natural sweetners (I may try agave, and one of my friends recommended coconut butter — we’ll have to see), and realizing just how much I don’t need sugar or artificial sweeteners in my diet to survive.

It’s been about 36 hours since I quit white sugar cold turkey.  I’m not going to say it’s been easy.  I’ve had a raging headache since shortly after my morning coffee yesterday, and it hasn’t abated, it’s just moved from my left eye to my right eye.  I’m hoping that this is just a by-product of the weaning stages, and that after a couple of days it will even out.  I plan on hitting up Whole Foods on Saturday to see what I can find in the way of natural sweeteners.  The raw sugar isn’t bad in my coffee, but eventually I plan on cutting that out completely as well.

So we’re on Day 2, and we’ll see how long this takes, or how it goes.

Tomorrow: the return of Book Reviews You Won’t Care About.

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Happy Paczki Day!

Random Historical Fact – February 21st: On February 21st, 1848, the Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Frederich Engels, was first published.

For most of the Christian world, today is Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday.  It’s the last day before Ash Wednesday, signifying the start of Lent, forty days of fasting, prayer, and sacrifice in commemoration of the passion and death of Jesus Christ.  Traditionally, today is a day of celebration, the last day to eat all those fun things you weren’t supposed to eat during Lent (meats, fats, sugars, milk, etc).  Of course, the Christian fasting laws have changed a lot since those days — we can eat meat six out of the seven days of the week (excepting Fridays) and there’s no law that says we can’t have sugars, fats, or any of those other fun things.

In Poland, today is Paczki DayPaczki (pronounced POONTCH-key) are large, soft pastries that closely resemble filled donuts.  Traditionally, they are made with tons of butter, eggs, sugar and milk (all those good-tasting things that were forbidden during Lent), deep-fried, and once cool, are filled with all sorts of delicious fillings such as raspberry, blueberry, lemon, apple, and Bavarian creme.  Occasionally they are even glazed or dusted with powdered sugar.  They are delicious — and only available in the weeks prior to Ash Wednesday.

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Glazed, unpowdered paczki

I am not Polish, but my husband David is half-Polish (even though he doesn’t eat paczki).  I love them, and so do my friends, so last night I bought two boxes (raspberry and lemon) at Price Chopper for our Mardi Gras/Paczki Day dessert.  Tomorrow Lent begins, and I’ll be giving up fast food and refined sugars.  But as for today…Happy Mardi Gras!

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