So You Want To Date My Daughter?

Lunch & Afternoon

I’m suddenly getting very sleepy.  Perhaps it’s the clouds that are moving in.  I got enough rest last night, I went to bed early and even slept through my cardio.  I figured my body needed a rest… with boot camp and BodyBlade Tuesday night and boot camp last night, and boot camp and BodyBlade tonight… LOL.   Yeah!  Rest was needed.

I had a tasty lunch today, one of my favorites actually.  Often I bring a lunch to work, but today I went to Baja Fresh for their side of grilled chicken.  I always sneak in my own low-carb tortilla’s (don’t tell) so between that and their fresh salsa, it makes a very healthy and filling lunch!

Of course, I had to go to the Barnes and Noble after, since it right near Baja Fresh.  My daily “after lunch decaf and dark chocolate” made it a wonderful hour out!

So You Want To Date My Daughter?

No, I do not have a daughter!  In fact, I don’t have any kids at the moment… but God willing, some day I will.

A friend posted this on his Facebook page today, and I thought it was GREAT!  If ever I am blessed with a daughter, I would hope her father would be as bold and thoughtful as this man is in regards to protecting her.

1. You must love Jesus. I don’t care if you’re a “good Christian boy.” I was one of those too. So I know the tricks. I’m going to ask you specific, heart-testing questions about your spiritual affections, your daily devotional life, your idols, your disciplines, and the like. I’ll cut you a little bit of slack because you’re young and hormonal and your pre-frontal lobe isn’t fully developed yet, but I’ll be watching you like a hawk. I know you. I was you. You will think you can fool me, and you likely have fooled many other dads who didn’t pay much attention to their daughters’ suitors, but I will be on you like Bourne on that guy whose neck he broke. Which guy was that? Every guy. So love Jesus more than my daughter or go home.


2. You will install X3Watch or Covenant Eyes on your computer and mobile devices and have your regular reports sent to me.


3. I will talk to your dad and tell him I will hold him responsible if you don’t treat my daughter like a lady. If he thinks I’m a crazy person, you fail the test and won’t get to date her. If he understands what I’m saying, that bodes well for you.


4. You will pay for everything. Oh, sure, every now and then my daughter can buy you a Coke or something and a gift on your birthday and at Christmas. But you pay for meals, movies, outings, whatever else. Don’t have a job? I’m sorry, why I am talking to you again?


5. You will accept my Facebook friend request.


6. If it looks like you need a belt to hold your pants up, I will assume you don’t have a job. See #4.


7. Young people dating are putting their best face forward, so if you appear impatient, ill-tempered, or ill-mannered, I know you will gradually become more so over time. I will have no jerks dating my daughters.


8. If I am not your pastor, I will talk to the man who is. If your pastor is a woman, why I am talking to you, again?


9. You don’t love my daughter. You have no idea what love is. You like her and you might love her someday. That’s an okay start with me, so put the seatbelt on the mushy gushy stuff. Don’t profess your undying love, quote stupid love song lyrics to her, tell her you’d die for her, or feed her any other boneheaded lines that are way out of your depth as a horny little idiot. A lady’s heart is a fragile thing. If you play with hers, I will show you yours.


10. If you ever find yourself alone with my daughter, don’t panic. Just correct the situation immediately. If I ever catch you trying to get alone with my daughter, that would be the time to panic.


11. It may sound like I’m joking in threatening you harm, and while I might not physically hurt you if you offend my daughter or violate her honor, when I am addressing the issue with you, you will not be laughing.


12. You may think all this sounds very legalistic. That’s fine. You can be one of the many antinomians not dating my daughter.

Good Stuff huh?! 😉  If you want to read more about the author/father check him out here.

Now… what about something like this for the 30-somethings men out there who STILL do not ‘get it’!

Off to boot camp… !  Have a great night!

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The Great Cookie Mystery

Cookie Mystery

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I got an email forwarded to me today about a lady who paid $250 for a Neiman Marcus cookie recipe.  Supposedly she asked the waitress for the recipe, and the waitress told her it was “two fifty”. The lady, of course, thought it was only $2.50 so she told the waitress to add it to her bill.   When she got her credit card statement later in the mail, she then saw the charge for $250.  She tried to fight Neiman Marcus on this, and they would not refund her money due to her already “seeing” the recipe.  Because she was so mad that they “over charged her” she wants to get this recipe out to everyone in the world with an email address.

Well, I am assuming this is not a true story.   I looked into it, and according to snopes, this email is False.

However, the cookie recipe did look yummy, so regardless of where it came from (it is a mystery), I thought I would share it with you all today.

Supposed Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe

2 cups butter
24 oz chocolate chips
4 cups flour
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp. soda
1 ts p. salt
2 cups sugar
18 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)
5 cups blended oatmeal
4 eggs
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice)

Measure oatmeal, and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream
the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix together with
flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey Bar, and nuts. Roll into balls, and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies

Happy Baking!  Let me know if you try this!

Off to boot camp…

The Car is Back!

Well I got my car back! Yay! As much as the Sonata is a nice car, (and 2011 “Car of the Year”), I missed my hatchback!


It’s amazing how your car becomes like your “buddy.” Is it just me, or do you get attached as well?


I didn’t think I would miss my Elantra Touring as much as I missed my blue Audi A4 Quattro when it died. I think I almost needed to have a funeral when that car bit the dust. I was so attached to that thing; it was a very sad day when I finally decided I had to “pull the plug” on the lil guy. I think I probably cried.


Thankfully, my Touring is back, and it seems to be driving just great. It really is a spring chicken; I’m so happy it’s been revived. Hopefully, I can hang on to this one for a million more miles and many years to come! 😉


Workout


This morning I did my 30 minute “usual” cardio routine on the elliptical. I’m thinking, soon I will have to switch that up. I’ve done that the last few days in a row. OH well. Sometimes you just get in that rut.


I’m looking forward to trying the 10 Minute Trainer. Then maybe I can squeeze one or two of those workouts in with my cardio before work in the mornings, especially on the days that I don’t have boot camp.


Lunch


Lunch today was tuna roll-ups. Love this stuff (and technically, I don’t even like seafood – Yuck!). It’s quick and easy.



All you need is canned tuna, spinach, tortilla roll-ups, and relish!


BTW… if you are looking for an MSG-free (broth free) tuna, Starkist very low sodium is where it’s at. It is the only canned tuna that I could find where the two ingredients are: tuna and water. Period!


Also, it’s so handy for on the go (or at work) because you do not need a can opener. They have a handy-dandy little “lift and pull” top.



Question of the morning:


What is your favorite tuna recipe?


Are you (or have you ever been) attached to a car?

Temptation

Well the alarm went off at 4:30 a.m. this morning.  As I mentioned, I was going to try to get some cardio in before work.  I dragged my butt out of bead, made a half-scoop of Shakeology shake and headed to the gym.  Honestly, it was not as hard as I thought.  Thankfully I was able to get to bed by 9:30 p.m. last night so that helped. I did 25 minutes of interval training on the stationary bike.  The time went by pretty fast, and I’m feeling pretty good.  I think I may shoot for this every morning. Yikes!  We shall see. 🙂

When I got to work, there was a box of fresh baked doughnuts sitting on the table directly to my left. The smell was hitting me in the face all morning long.  Why is it that this table of doom sits so close to me?  It started as the “bagel table” which holds the two dozen bagels that come in every Friday morning.  Now it has sort of become the all around treat table.  I can’t tell you how many days that table is filled with cookies, candies, cakes, etc. It is fun, but for those of us on special diets, it is torture.

I always have to stop and think, yes, I could give in right now.  But… that will void all of the hard work I’ve put in with strict eating, training and bootcamp. I want to reap the reward of those workouts and not be defeated by a moment of tastebud pleasure.

You know it’s so easy to be aware of “food temptations” but so much harder to see the spiritual temptations all around us.  We think we are good, walking with the Lord, following our “spiritual diet,” yet we can easily miss all the junk that we take in daily; junk that is robbing us from the reward of a disciplined life for Christ.

It is easy for me to see that box of doughnuts and say, there lies my temptation.  I will choose walk away.  But how much harder is it to turn down that song on the radio, commercial on TV, movie in the theater, or thought in the head? We do not see the immediate harm, or feel the belly ache, or watch the numbers on the scale shoot up.  Therefore, we justify that those things are not “ruining our diet” or harming us internally.

Just as with dieting, fat loss is about calories in versus calories out.  To loose weight you must burn more than you put in.  Spiritually, what we put into our hearts and minds is what is going to come out of us. 

 “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.” Matthew 15:19

As Christians, we need to be more aware of what we are taking in that is polluting our diet, poisoning our efforts and dragging us down.

As I venture on this journey of fitness, clean eating, and health, I want to be sure that the inside of my cup is as clean as the out.  What good would it be if I looked like Jillian Michaels, but my blood pressure was high, I was full of cholesterol and on the verge of a heart attack?  As it is spiritually; what does it profit me if I appear to be pure and “look” the part of follower of Christ, but my heart is black and my thoughts are dark, and my spiritual veins are clogged with life threatening junk? No good.  Absolutely NONE!

Something to meditate on…

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23

Buckwheat

This weekend flew by super fast as usual. The weather was perfect. I wish it did not have to end!

One of the things I enjoy doing on weekends is going out to breakfast. I don’t usually go too often, but it is such a treat. I don’t know why; the meal is usually so simple, something you could easily make at home, but just being out in the world, early in the morning, with other early birds, chowing down on some good eats and coffee, is FUN! This is what I did Saturday morning, and this was my pre-bootcamp morning feast (fuel)…

Do you have a Leo’s Coney Island near you? Did you know that some locations offer buckwheat pancakes? They are my new love.

Many people think that buckwheat is a grain (I always did), but it is actually a fruit seed. Would you guess that it is related to rhubarb and sorrel? Even though it is not a grain, it has the taste and texture similar to grains. This makes it an excellent grain substitute. It is gluten free, so perfect for people who have celiac disease or those who are choosing to eliminate gluten from their diet.

Buckwheat helps to maintain glucose levels and also is said to be good for your cardiovascular system. So next time you have the hankering for some pancakes, give buckwheat a try! 🙂

Hummus

Happy Friday!

I’n sitting here in a very nice, newly remodeled Starbucks. I have to say, I was a little worried when I saw that this one was closed for remodeling. It was my favorite Starbucks; very cozy and inviting. I especially enjoy sitting upstairs in their area by the fireplace (how many Starbucks have second floors and fireplaces)? I was afraid that this place would loose its charm and turn into one of those cold “Internet Cafe” types. Have you noticed the trend? A lot of Starbucks are pulling out their big cozy chairs and replacing them with more of the hard wood tables and chairs. I guess it’s not so bad; sometimes though you just want to sink down into that big squishy chair with your hot foo foo drink and relax for a while. Hmm. Maybe I need to open a coffee chain called “Foo Foos.” Ha. It could be full of big foo foo chairs and hot foo foo coffees (those are the fancy schmancy drinks by the way; usually “girly”). Anyway… I am pleasantly surprised with this new layout. I actually kind of like it. It’s modern, yet has it’s charm. Good deal!!

I survived the personal training session yesterday, but I am in some serious pain today. It is actually much worse than yesterday. I think I will have to take tonight off from bootcamp, and just go to tomorrow morning’s class.

It’s so nice to see the sun shinning again today. Although, our weather decided to stop taking its meds and be its bipolar self again today. We had rain, snow (and I’m talking complete white out) all in the first half of the day. I’m glad that for now, it decided to stay sunny!

Tonight I think I’m going to go eat my favorite cuisine; Middle Eastern! I absolutely LOVE that food. I could eat it every day. I know it’s a little pricey, but sometimes (well ok, a lot of times) you just have to splurge! It helps that Palm Palace is offering you a free appetizer if you vote for them in the “Best of Detroit” contest at Hour Magazine. With an offer like that, I have no excuse to not go, right?!? 😉 In fact, I think you should go too! VOTE HERE if you are up for some delicious (and nutritious) hot, bread-dippin hummus! You know, I often wonder if this food will be available in Heaven. After all, Jesus was from the Middle East. Wasn’t this His kind of food? Who knows, could it be the Marriage Supper of The Lamb? I’m kinda hoping so! 🙂

Two Questions:

What are your plans for the weekend? What is your favorite food that you hope will be in Heaven?

Hamantashen

Happy Purim!!

Purim is from the Assyrian word ‘pura’ meaning “lot,” referring to lots cast by Haman to determine the day decreed for the annihilation of the Jews.

A kind coworker of mine brought me a special treat today! It is a Hamantashen.

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Today I am remembering the story of Esther, and when the Jews living in Persia were saved from extinction. If you have never read the book of Esther, I highly recommend you read it. And even if you have, re-read it! 😉 It is a great reminder of how our sovereign God is faithful to His promises and how he can turn ordinary people into heros!