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Mon, Jul. 7th, 2008, 08:50 pm
Grilled watermelon and mayo is good in the heat!

These turn upside down what I've always think about when someone says "summer picnic".

1. Grilled watermelon

2. Mayonaise can reduce the chances of spoiled food. From the NY Times:

"This is the time of year when food poisoning typically spikes, and one popular picnic ingredient that always attracts suspicion is mayonnaise.

But studies cast doubt on that.

Most commercial brands of mayonnaise contain vinegar and other ingredients that make them acidic — and therefore very likely to protect against spoilage. When problems occur, they usually result from other contaminated or low-acid ingredients (like chicken and seafood), improper storage and handling, or homemade versions that contain unpasteurized eggs.

One prominent study published in The Journal of Food Protection found, for example, that in the presence of commercial mayonnaise, the growth of salmonella and staphylococcus bacteria in contaminated chicken and ham salad either slowed or stopped altogether. As the amount of mayonnaise increased, the rate of growth decreased. When temperatures rose to those of a hot summer day, the growth increased, but not as much as in samples that did not contain mayonnaise.

For backyard chefs, some high-risk foods in summer are raw shellfish, bulk ground beef (health officials say a single hamburger can contain meat from hundreds of animals) and unwashed fruits and vegetables.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Despite its reputation, mayonnaise can reduce food spoilage."

Sun, Jul. 6th, 2008, 06:50 pm
Reading and staying cool

I've been doing more reading lately. Part of it is that it is so hot in the summer that I don't get out as much other than going to work.
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Mon, May. 26th, 2008, 02:01 pm
Farewells, prisons, buses and history

I got back from NYC a week ago and it's been a busy month between getting ready to go, a busy 2 weeks in NYC and a busy week when I got back.
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Sat, Apr. 26th, 2008, 08:19 pm
In the moment - Day 15 - Trees and chalk

This morning I went on a tour of the U of A campus to see their great collection of trees. It was led by Doug Koppinger as an outreach program for Trees for Tucson. He was aided by Elizabeth Davison, the director of the University of Arizona Arboreteum, which is the whole campus and the only campus that is an arboreteum.
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Tue, Apr. 22nd, 2008, 07:06 pm
In the moment - Day 11 - Eating, cleaning and horror

I ate on Saturday, cleaned and cooked on Sunday, saw a film on human trafficking on Monday and worked my butt off today. Did I pay attention? I did.
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Wed, Apr. 16th, 2008, 07:25 pm
In the moment - Day 5 - Catch it!

I spent a lot of today paying attention. We had an afternoon of team building while throwing balls at each other using nylon stockings, playing a team type of rock, paper, scissors but with different words(mosquito bites bear, bear eats fish, fish eats mosquito), balancing on a cable and climbing a wall. This was all done to teach us teamwork and how to work together. It was fun but I wasn't good at it.

I can't catch, throw, run, climb or balance on a cable. With the climbing and balancing I was a spotter as I don't have good balance or the strength to climb the wall even with people pushing me up and people above pulling me. The other activities I could participate in but wasn't very good at. It's all very well to say that everyone's contribution counts but when I have minimal contribution it's not fun. Also I work with a bunch of extremely competitive people, which I'm not, so too often the others efforts went into being the BEST team player.

I like team building that takes less physical ability and/or strength and more working out problems as a team. So today I did pay attention but it wasn't at something I liked to do or was comfortable doing.

Tue, Apr. 15th, 2008, 08:07 pm
In the moment - Day 4 - Redoing

Today was a redoing day. Nothing major but it slows things down when I feel too busy to double check and then have to take more time to fix it. I've noticed that I get more done when I slow down just a little and pay more attention to what I'm doing. It's hard because I want to get things done and there is always more to do. Today, when I slowed down I got more done. Duh!

Now I can be slow and not paying attention when I'm thinking of something else or day dreaming or just tired. Just slow isn't the answer, paying attention is.

Sun, Apr. 13th, 2008, 08:25 pm
In the moment - Day 2 - Listening to God and other people

I realized today how much time in church I spend not paying attention. Not major disconnect but just realizing I missed something because I was looking for the next hymn, or wondering about after church, or thinking about something I needed to do. I liked that they used the New Zealand Lord's Prayer which I like much better than the usual one.

This is the first time I've been in a while so it was enjoyable to listen to the liturgy and sing the songs.

After church I went to a Women's Brunch Meeting that I found through Meetups. I always like brunch and now, once a month, I can have it with a bunch of people I'm getting to know. We went to a mexican restaurant so we had chili rellenos and burritos as well as eggs and bacon. They also had the salad bar going and the roast beef so you could call it any meal you wanted.

Sat, Apr. 12th, 2008, 08:10 pm
In the moment - Day 1 - Cleaning the Rillito

Paying attention, staying in the moment is a lot like meditation in that you can only do it for about 10 seconds before you find yourself thinking of other things. All day I tried to and it was hard.
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Fri, Apr. 11th, 2008, 06:18 pm
Resolution: In the moment - Day 0

Ok, I'm going to try for one resolution a month. Life is in such an upheaval between the issues due to my father dying and some major changes at work that I decided that since life is just not normal right now I might as well try making some positive changes. Instead of trying to do a bunch of changes at once I'm going to try for one a month. Even if it doesn't work it will give me something to think about that I have some control over and even just a little control will be nice.
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