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March 18, 2009

Spring Cleaning

Time to get in shape after the long winter. Cold/flu season and lots of rain has wiped out my exercise routine. I feel sluggish, stiff & I'm 15 pounds over my pre-kid weight.

I need to get back on the Mummy Tummy routine. I need to start getting daily cardio. Time to start hiking 2x/week, swimming, yoga, biking, weights... all the things I like to do and need to do. Cannot fall victim to the insidious creep of a sedentary habit.

Two little kids are definitely a challenge to performing exercise on a regular basis. Sometimes even just going for a walk around the block can be a hassle. But I'll have to figure it out somehow. I can swim and do yoga on the weekends when Dan is home to take over parenting duties. It's fitting an hour of exercise into the day during the week that's a challenge. I already have every waking moment jam-packed full of work and kids and household chores. But this has to be fit in somewhere. I don't want it to get away from me. It has to be built into my schedule.

Also need to do better meal planning, and more food prep so I have snack options ready. Smaller portions for meals too. I wish that I could go vegetarian for a while, but Dan isn't into that. I guess I could do plant-based meals for me and cook a separate piece of meat for him and the kids.

This is all going to take a lot of planning and effort. Well, I guess I can take it day-by-day at first, just eat less and do some kind of exercise for an hour a day. Then slowly build on that.

Today I'm taking the kids and going for an hour bike ride, about 10 miles. Some hills, which are a real workout with 75 pounds of kids on back. I don't know what we're going to do tomorrow. Hike?

Time to rally my friends to join me too. It's always more effective if you have a date, with someone else expecting you to show up. So, are you ready to bike, hike, walk or ???? I'll join you for just about anything but running.

March 06, 2009

Better late than never

Ha, you just got Rick Rolled! Now pass it on...How to Rick Roll Somebody (which is a priceless video in itself)

I have to say, at first I was cracking up at the cheese factor of this 1987 video, but the longer I watched it, the more I liked it. You GO, Rick Astley. You've got a great voice, snake hips, and that's one hell of a catchy pop song. It's not your fault those blonde chicks don't know how to dance.

March 03, 2009

Rainy Day Activities

Kids playing with the dollhouse on a rainy day. Julian decorates the house and Adrian undecorates it. All family members (mom, dad, two brothers) love to jump off the roof instead of using the ladder. Well, *sometimes* they use the ladder. But mostly not.

The next morning, it's still a nonstop downpour. Hmmm, what to do? We've played with playdough, rolled balls, played every Wii Sport, painted, drawn, worked in workbooks, taken baths, played cards, read books, played computer games, built train to the Children's Discovery Museum, I guess.

March 01, 2009

15 things you should know about Obama's plan (but probably don't)

Well, here it is. Last week, President Obama unveiled his budget—his blueprint for America—and it's ambitious, amazing, and unapologetically progressive. As Paul Krugman, the Nobel prize-winning economist said, it will set America on a "fundamentally new course." 1

President Obama called his budget "a threat to the status quo," and trust me, the status quo noticed. Oil companies, big banks and insurance companies are already mobilizing to stop it. 2

Unfortunately, most folks don't realize how far-reaching and progressive the plan is—that's where we all come in.

Here are 15 really incredible things about Obama's plan. Check them out and then send them on to your friends and family so that millions of people will have the information they need to fight to make this vision a reality.

1. Makes a $634 billion down payment on fixing health care that will go a long way toward paying for a more efficient, more affordable health care system that covers every single American. 3

2. Reduces taxes for 95% of working Americans. And if your family makes less than $250,000, your taxes won't go up one dime. 4

3. Invests more than $100 billion in clean energy technology, creating millions of green jobs that can never be outsourced. 5

4. Brings our troops home from Iraq on a firm timetable, finally bringing the war to a close—and freeing up almost ten billion dollars a month for domestic priorities. 6

5. Reverses growing income inequality. The plan lets the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans expire and focuses on strengthening the middle class. 7

6. Closes multi-billion-dollar tax loopholes for big oil companies. 8

7. Increases grants to help families pay for college—the largest increase ever. 9

8. Halves the deficit by 2013. President Obama inherited a legacy of huge deficits and an economy in shambles, but his plan brings the deficit under control as soon as the economy begins to recover. 10

9. Dramatically increases funding for the SEC and the CFTC—the agencies that police Wall Street. 11

10. Tells it straight. For years, budgets have used accounting tricks to hide the real costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush tax cuts, and too many other programs. Obama's budget gets rid of the smokescreens and lays out what America's priorities are, what they cost, and how we're going to pay for them. 12

11. Stops unnecessary government subsidies to big banks, health insurance companies and big agribusinesses. 13,14,15

12. Expands access to early childhood education and improves schools by investing in programs that make sure every child has a qualified, strong teacher. 16

13. Negotiates for better prescription drug prices using Medicaid's tremendous bargaining power. 17

14. Expands access to family planning for low-income women. 18

15. Caps the pollution that causes global warming, and makes polluters pay to support clean energy innovation.19


1. "Climate of Change," The New York Times, February 27, 2009

2. "Obama Calls His Budget Sweeping, Needed Change," The New York Times, February 28, 2009

3. "Obama Offers Broad Plan to Revamp Health Care," The New York Times, February 26, 2009

4. "Obama Expects Fight Over $3.55 Trillion Budget Plan" Bloomberg News, February 28, 2009

5. "Energy Budget Is Sunlight After Eight Years of Darkness" Center for American Progress, February 26, 2009

6. "The Economic Cost of War in Iraq and Afghanistan" The New York Times, March 1, 2009

7. "Tax Cuts" The New York Times, February 26, 2009

8. "Energy Budget Is Sunlight After Eight Years of Darkness" Center for American Progress, February 26, 2009

9. "Student Loans" The New York Times, February 26, 2009

10. "Obama unveils budget blueprint" CNN, February 26, 2009

11. "Obama budget would boost SEC, CFTC, FBI" Reuters, February 26, 2009

12. "Obama's budget" Los Angeles Times, February 27, 2009

13. "Student Loans," The New York Times, February 26, 2009

14. "Health Insurance Stocks Dive on Medicare Advantage Cuts" The Wall Street Journal, February 26, 2009

15. "Agriculture" The New York Times, February 26, 2009

16. "Investing Wisely in Our Children" Center for American Progress, February 26, 2009

17. "Obama Offers Broad Plan to Revamp Health Care" The New York Times, February 26, 2009

18. "Setting 'Green' Goals" The New York Times, February 26, 2009

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