Archive for June, 2011

In answer to a Facebook Comment…

I am so glad you brought up this point! This is something I really struggle with. I am pretty careful about not posting a lot of things like this. I don’t want to interfere in anyones life. What people do is their business as long as it doesn’t interfere with me and my business.

I don’t really care what anyone eats. It’s not a philosophical question that I can answer for anyone but myself.
I made the choice last year, after being bombarded with images and stories, to stop eating meat. Though, it wasn’t just about the cruelty for me. I have always had issues with the concept of eating other creatures, so even if the animal were killed in the kindest possible ways I would try to abstain. The tipping point came when my wonderful sister watched Food, Inc. and couldn’t take it anymore and then kept graphically explaining to me why.  It’s also different for me since I am married to a vegetarian, it wasn’t exactly a big leap!

So, having said all of that, I still buy meat. My son is not a vegetarian, and I supply him food. So, yup I buy meat and chicken and pork and whatever else strikes his or my fancy.

If something moves me to post on Facebook or here it’s usually not about actually being vegetarian, or eating organic. In this case, it’s about the human nature behind the people who are cruel. Though, looking back on my facebook comment I see I forgot a word.  I meant to start with “I don’t know”. Not, “I know”.  Because my thought was,I don’t know why people behave that way. I don’t understand it and I can’t condone it. I just do not understand why they are cruel, and why it’s okay to be cruel.

I liked the strategy of the people in the article. They went to the grocer and said, don’t buy product from this producer. They didn’t say don’t carry pork at all. They didn’t stand outside of the store and hurl pig parts at people or throw fake blood on people who came out with bacon for a nice tasty BLT.

For me, it is not about letting the pigs roam free on the range eating high on the hog as it were, and then having a gentle slaughter experience, it was about not being cruel. Companies that let their employees behave that way make me nervous. What kind of person throws a live small animal across the room and laughs? Maybe I am overly sensitive to this kind of thing because I’ve always had pets and have always lived in the suburbs where any animal you run across is a pet, not livestock. The thought of someone gleefully throwing my dog across the room because she’s bouncy (she’s a beagle, so she probably is) hurts me and it’s just too easy for me to transfer that feeling to another animal.

It’s always a fine line for me to walk when it comes to saying my opinion publicly because I do not believe my way is better, I just believe my way is my choice. 

The eating organic thing is a different subject!  I do try to eat as healthy as I can within my lifestyle choices. I eat organic when it’s feasible just to avoid the extra chemicals. If I have a choice between a $3.00 good tasting can of organic soup or $2.79 can of non-organic I’ll buy the organic, but my cupboards are mostly filled with Campbells and Progresso! For me it’s a health issue, I take so much medicine and eat and drink (okay, mostly drink) so much garbage that anywhere I can eat healthier I do.

So in closing as I hop off of my non-organic but meat-free soap box, I don’t think my choices have to be your choices, and I would fight for your right to make your own choices, as long as they didn’t intentionally cause harm to anyone else. But I do think it’s important to remind people occasionally that we have to keep the cruelty in check. It’s so easy to be desensitized and I worry that the line too easily gets blurry for the people who are practising cruel behavior. If they do it as part of their job, what happens to their life outside of work.

Just my kin…

This whole grabbing any photo’s on my cell phone and turning them into a blog post is really cutting down on my having to think. 🙂



Since I showed you my table o’cheezits the other day I thought I would show you the snack of the current week.  I love these little crackers!  Even thought it looks like butter in my pyrex it’s actually a wedge of laughing cow. Good Snack.



I was in a meeting the other day and one of my co-workers sent me a picture of his sleepng baby.  so I sent him Brad. He’s not sleeping, he just looks like it.


The other day I had two Seans in my yard. 


That’s right, a picture of a parking garage in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  So?  Got something to say about my choice?


A little Bear on Bear action. I cannot begin to tell you all of the ways this picture amuses me.

Toledo is currently over-run with bunnies!  I saw this one next to the driveway at work on my way in to yoga last Saturday.


Jack Sprout had no Clout, his wife only had an Amex.

Well, I have finally crossed that line. 

I ordered a sprout kit and seeds.



I got this one:


And then some mixed seeds that can be eaten like micro greens in a salad as well as a big old bag of hulled raw sunflower seeds to sprout.

I like the thought of growing my own salad inside the house.  It only takes a a couple of days to have them grow big enough to eat.  They are ridiculously packed with nutrients.  I mean, like eating a vitamin! You don’t really need the sprouter you just need the seeds but I like the idea of a closed environment for things I’m going to eat.

We’ll see. It didn’t cost a lot, so if I eat four salads it will have mostly paid for itself. I like every sprouted seed I have ever tried and since they are so inexpensive and quick to grow I thought I might as well just do it myself.


My allergies are horrible today!  I woke this morning with my eyes crusted shut. That’s an attractive picture isn’t it? It’s very windy so I’m hoping it will be enough to knock all the pollen down.  It looks like it’s snowing yellow snow in my yard. MAN!  I was typing this and something started eating my leg!  Started stinging and now I’ve got this row of angry itchy bumps around my ankle!  Little bastard.

Had yoga last night instead of Wednesday. My husband is doing really well. It’s just astounding to see the difference in the way he moves.


That is all.

Park Pictures


Sunday on the spur of the moment my husband wanted to go to a park and walk around.  I think he was tired and was just trying to wake up.  So here are the random pictures I took with my cell phone.





The rose trees were beautiful.



There were at least 20 roses like this all blooming.





Squirrel Butt!

This reminded me of a Sundial.



I loved this tree! Look at that curl.







There are many fascinating bugs and such in these pictures. Sadly I used my cell phone camera so you can’t see them.


I like the leaf and then I noticed all of the small animal animal holes!

Corey always stands at an angle when his picture is being taken.


Loved this fungus stuff!



New Necklace yesterday

I bought a necklace yesterday at the farmers market in Ann Arbor.  It’s a shiny smooth jasper stone pendant.  I just looked it up and this is what I found about Jasper. The first sentence made me smile because I am a Virgo.  So if I believed in all of this stuff, I would have just picked the exact right necklace for myself. I picked mine because I like it and because the pattern looked to me like the stars in Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

Jasper Facts, Information and Description

Jasper is one of the birth stones listed for the Sun Sign of Virgo. It is also the Mystical birthstone for the month of October. See the birthstone tables for additional references to this stone.

Jasper is an opaque and fine grained variety of Chalcedony. It is found in all colors including: red, brown, pink, yellow, green, grey/white and shades of blue and purple.

It often contains organic material and mineral oxides which give it interesting patterns, bands and colors. Many of these patterns resemble landscapes with mountains and valleys, thus the name “picture” is part of the name of many well know jaspers.

Jasper was a favorite gem in ancient times and is referenced in Greek, Hebrew, Assyrian and Latin literature.

Found worldwide, a wide variety of named jaspers is found in the western areas of the Unites States; California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Washington.

Picture jasper is a petrified or silicated mud that dripped into gas pockets in molten lava. It became superheated and then solidified forming the unusual banded patterns which are typical of this stone.

A 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, Jasper is the state rock of Massachusetts, USA.


Folklore, Legend, and Healing Properties:

Poppy Jasper is said to help bring joy into life. Opalite Jasper is said to help one sleep.

Legend says that Jasper would drive away evil spirits and protect against snake and spider bites. In the fourth century, it was thought to bring about the rain.

Jasper is protective. It can align all the chakras and balance yin yang energies, it is stabilizing and healing.

Today’s Stuff

I overslept again because I slept so badly because the pollen from the stinky trees is trying to kill me!



Random Pictures from my phone again. 🙂

I probably should have done some research on Jasmine before putting it on a table underneath a hanging plant. What to do, what to do…



My red hot poker plant is blooming.  I think these are some of the ugliest flowers ever. The always look dead on the top and dead on the bottom. At least they bloom. That’s more than I can say for some of our other flowers.


Look what I noticed on my odometer yesterday! Please note, I was not going 50 miles an hour when I took this picture.


I am stalking ticketmaster this morning to try and get decent seats for Stevie Nicks in August.  My husband is a huge Stevie Nicks fan. Usually I can scare up a presale code but there doesn’t appear to be any this time.  I don’t have much luck with Ticketmaster any more, ever since they changed it so you only get shown a set of tickets at a time. You use to be able to choose between seats and now you only choose price level and they throw up tickets on some algorithm or another and you just keep declining the tickets until you see some you want.  I never get quite what I want. Pain in the ass.  Someday I’ll call Huntington Center and see if there is a better way to do it without standing in line. I’m too spoiled to stand in an overnight line for tickets.

EDIT – I got 3rd row, Right Section – Floor.





Just a quickie…

As most of you know, since I babble on about it incessantly, I track my food & exercise through a site called livestrong.

The way it works is you start typing your food or fitness in the appropriate box and it will start trying to guess what you want and give you a list to choose from.

I went to enter in rice crackers and it wasn’t until the list below came up that I realized I was in fitness instead of food.  The specificity of this amuses me.


I think the chances are good if you are harvesting rice while in a canoe, you probably don’t need to track your food & fitness!  That’s got to be some ridiculously hard work!



Only half food this time.

Since I am on a roll this week with pictures..


Getting in my car this morning I see something odd by the corner of the fence. So I start snapping pictures.



Then I get a little closer, still snapping away.






Went out to lunch with my daughter yesterday. We bought tons of side dishes and shared. The cup of lentil soup was just for me, a plate of vegetarian grape leaves, a plate of cut vegetables, a plate of olives & pepperocini, a plate of hummos, and a plate of french fries. Perfect lunch.


My daughter cannot eat gluten. So she ordered a cheesecake, and I ate the crust. 🙂

While staring at my pile of reduced fat cheez’its I started thinking that maybe there was a better use for them.


It didn’t work out as well as you might think. I could only get a few on floor 2 before it would collapse.






As Promised!

Water Bottles!

I went to take a picture of my Left Desk Drawer for Ofunlo, but then I remembered I don’t have one! We have no drawers on our desks.



It occurred to me last night that it might be easier for me to lose & maintain if I removed the table I keep on my lap.

And we finish with more work pictures.




This is my view if I look left. You can see the two doors to our conference room (with a big glossy map on the wall) and our server/lab/storage room.


This is the view looking right from my desk.  The exit door! I wish we had a window into the hallway. I would put up one way mirror film.


This is the view looking straight ahead from my desk.  Nothing to exciting here unless garbage cans and refridgerators flip your switch.

Morning calls.  It’s a good place to eat breakfast.  (I guess I should have taken a picture of my breakfast instead of my phone.)


Because of the time zone differences in our company most of our long intense calls are bright and early in the morning.



At least I have a better view in this office than the last one. Our old building didn’t have windows in the conference room. Just lots and lots of walls and noise. I have gotten out of the habit of doing other things during calls because I’ve caught myself drifting away too many times and then heard a voice say, “what do you think Tracy?” Never a pleasant moment. So, I try very hard to pay attention all the time now, and even take notes!

Did I tell you our whole office is packing up in September and going on a little trip? We’ll be heading to Texas where we will meet with all of the Texas people, plus some of the people from Stockholm will join us. Sounds like a nice team building experience! I really miss being around a large office full of people. The hustle and bustle keep you motivated.

Here is a picture that I just took, just this second! 

Of my desk. For no reason at all. I’ts my air plant collection and pen mug.


Tomorrow maybe I’ll show you the floor and Empty water cooler bottles. 🙂

Break’s over!  Back to work!  All of you!




Emily – after our discussion I had a sudden craving for salad that I could not get rid of!  Ended up having a Panera salad filled with fruit. Very nice.



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