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Month: January, 2006

“Not a Low Calorie Food”

I bought a pack of gum at lunch and was just looking at the label. It’s Trident Crystal Frost Freshmint Flavor, for those of you who want to follow along at home.

The gum is made with Xylitol, which is a great name for a villian in a sci-fi movie. I assume this is the sweetener used to make the gum “sugar free” but I haven’t looked it up. Right under that, it says “Not a low calorie food.”

I never thought of gum as a food because I don’t swallow it. Not on purpose, anyway. So without that disclaimer, would people go on a “Trident diet?” I was thinking that maybe there is something about it that makes it a high calorie food without the sweetener, but it says it’s got less than 5 calories “per serving.” I fear looking on the web to see if there are people with eating disorders out there going on a sugarfree gum diet, so I’m not going to look. Given the choice, I’d rather go on the pickle diet that I previously mentioned (0 calories eachie!) because I think pickles are more filling than gum.

But that’s just me.

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"Not a Low Calorie Food"

I bought a pack of gum at lunch and was just looking at the label. It’s Trident Crystal Frost Freshmint Flavor, for those of you who want to follow along at home.

The gum is made with Xylitol, which is a great name for a villian in a sci-fi movie. I assume this is the sweetener used to make the gum “sugar free” but I haven’t looked it up. Right under that, it says “Not a low calorie food.”

I never thought of gum as a food because I don’t swallow it. Not on purpose, anyway. So without that disclaimer, would people go on a “Trident diet?” I was thinking that maybe there is something about it that makes it a high calorie food without the sweetener, but it says it’s got less than 5 calories “per serving.” I fear looking on the web to see if there are people with eating disorders out there going on a sugarfree gum diet, so I’m not going to look. Given the choice, I’d rather go on the pickle diet that I previously mentioned (0 calories eachie!) because I think pickles are more filling than gum.

But that’s just me.

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Other Than the Wind and Rain, It’s Nice Out!

Holy cow, scary wind! Scary destructive wind! I hope the lack of leaves makes it harder for the wind to blow over a tree in my yard, but I guess I’ll find out when I get home.

We lost power here at work for about 30-40 minutes, so that was exciting. I assume it was wind-related but I suppose someone could have run into a pole. They haven’t actually told us why it was out.

But other than that, it’s 50+ degrees outside and that’s just how I like my January. Junior’s ski lesson last Saturday was postponed because of the weather (i.e. rain and 50 degrees equal slushy foggy conditions that aren’t particularly safe when you have 7 year olds careening down a mountain. Those trees are just hiding in the fog waiting for one of the little buggers to wander by.) Looking ahead, I see we’re due for 50 degrees all week. I’m going to stick my neck out and say that it doesn’t sound good for skiing this coming weekend, but I could be wrong. If today’s rain doesn’t melt everything, that is. It doesn’t look like it’s going below freezing at night, so they won’t be able to make snow either. Tough winter to own a ski resort.

Let’s see, what else do you need to be told? Hmmm. Nope, I’ve got nuthin.

Oh wait, yes I do. New Red Sox blog over in the blogroll. www.redsoxsoul.com Cause you know you can’t wait for spring training.

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Meanwhile, Out on the Interweb

I love that word – Interweb. It goes in the same mental pile as “waitron.”

In the “well, small world but you already knew that” department, I went to my yahoo home page, upon which I have several feeds and news from various sourses. One of my modules is a list of “Leominster News” via a feed at Topix.net. It’s not the most accurate module, and half the time I can’t figure out why the links are even there, but yet, I leave it. Today there was one and I clicked on it and was surprised to go to a blog. And the blog entry in question refers to a “Christine from Leominster”. And I poked around a little and realized that yes, it’s our Leominster Christine. And to close the loop, I am not writing about the site that wrote about Christine, who is a regular here. Now it will be her turn to write about me, if I’m following this correctly.

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Oh, That’s Fantastic

You know, just when I started to get over the whole Spears-Federline media frenzy pregnancy, we’re faced with a few more pregnancies that will keep People Magazine in overdrive in 2006. Angelina Jolie. The Tom Cruise Spawn. Gwen Stefani. And now Gwyneth Paltrow is pregnant again. Will our pain and suffering never end? We may as well just face the facts now – the clear winner in this horse race is going to be the Jolie-Pitt pregnancy. You won’t be able to shake a dead sheep without seeing a photo of Angie. The Cruise Spawn won’t get that kind of coverage because Angie is way more interesting to people than Katie or Gwen. Now if it was Tom vs. Brad with a big baby belly, I’d put my money on Tom because everyone likes watching that train wreck. Gwyneth is “been there done that” until she names the baby something odd. Again.

Related to this idiocy is the bigger idiocy of the local paper running a front page story about how local people feel about the Jolie-Pitt thing. Are you kidding me? Are you out of your minds? There is NOTHING ELSE going on in this area that you can write about? I can yammer about it here on my website because I AM NOT A FREAKING NEWSPAPER. That’s it. I am so done with them. Whoever edits that paper should just turn in whatever brain cells are still rattling around.

Where was I going with this? I don’t remember. I’m in a daze ever since reading the news that CMonks met a Danish woman named Trinka playing Blokus and moved to Køgehoffenborg Denmark to live with her and her three stepsisters in a home overrun with mutton but lacking a television set. I have, as he said, broken into a million little pieces. I certainly hope he’s not putting any fiction on his completely non-fiction website. If he says he obtains food by running over sheep with a jeep, who am I to question his honesty. As Oprah would say, that would be much ado about nothing.

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Everything I Say Is True or a Lie

It’s all about lies this week, isn’t it? Arlen Spector lies about receiving Ted Kennedy’s letter, Alito lies about knowing he was a member of CAP at Princeton. (Dude, don’t put anything on your resume that you may not want to come up in the future. And don’t join an organization without at least checking to see if the prime directive is bigoted. Okay?) And then we have my favorite, the fray about James Frey. Oprah’s pal couldn’t sell his book as fiction so he called it non-fiction and made a kazillion dollars.

It occurs to me that there are plenty of things I could say in print that any number of people could probably refute. And if I got a lot of money and fame from saying it, you’d bet they would. If I said that I was once the Mayor of Leominster, I’m sure people would jump up and say something. They’d be wrong, because I was once Mayor of Leominster, but they’d still jump up and down. (See, I won an essay contest to be Mayor for a Day in high school. I was also the chief of police for a day, and the vice principal for a day. Man, I should have entered some REAL essay contests with that track record). But I have the certificate somewhere that says I was mayor, and there is probably some written record at city hall or the high school.

So you need to know that the book I’m writing, the one that you’re all going to buy? It’s going to be non-fiction. But it’s not 100% true and I would never say it was. There will be some fiction in it. I will be proud of that fiction. This is not going to be my biography, because I’m just not that interesting. And apparently, neither was Mr. Frey.

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Pot Roast Review

A huge hit! Even Junior had some of the meat, and he said it was great. This is a big complement from my little pasta eater. Mr. Dump said it tasted exactly like his mom’s old recipe, even though it’s not made the same way. Who knew?

I’m looking forward to tonight’s leftovers. Leftovers rock. Not as much as having a crockpot full of hot food waiting for me when I walked through the door last night, let me tell you.

The recipe gathering is going well. Right now I have 10. One of them came from Friend of the Dump Cindy, who says she’s been reading for years even though I have never heard from her before. The nerve!

Okay, so here’s my potroast recipe, for anyone who cares. I’m sure it’s the same as everyone else’s.

Dumptruck Pot Roast
2lb pot roast
1 can low fat/low salt cream of mushroom soup
1 can of beef broth
½ cup red wine
5 or 6 medium potatoes, quartered
carrots (I used the bag of baby carrots)
half an onion, sliced
garlic salt

Put the veggies on the bottom of the crock pot, and put the roast on top of them. Sprinkle meat with garlic salt and add soups and wine. Cook on low 8-10 hours.

Note: You can put the potatoes in halfway through cooking if you want them more “al dente”. I work all day so I don’t have that option. The other “issue” is that the potatoes absorbed the red color from the wine, so they tasted fine but looked odd. If this is a problem, you could use white wine (or no wine) but the “sauce” won’t be as dark.

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100 Days

According to www.disneyworld.com, it’s only 100 days until my vacation. Yes, that’s right, we’re venturing south again this year. Once more, we’ll be a “magical gathering” group. I don’t know if I’m going to have t-shirts made up. I’ll have to talk to the rest of the crew to find out if they’re interested. We did get a lot of attention, though, which is always nice. That’s because our group is called the “Monorail Breakfast Club” and Disney cast members who saw the t-shirt always had a comment. Prince Charming was talking to us at the Princess dinner at the Grand Floridian and said that he knew most everything about his “kingdom” but did not know they served breakfast on the monorail. (They don’t. And you aren’t supposed to eat on it. We called ourselves that after our first planning session, when Mr. Dump said he wanted to stay at one of the monorail hotels (Contemporary) and my dad said he didn’t care where we stayed as long as they had breakfast. Even the people on the phones at Disney got a giggle out of our group name. I think they are tired of people going with “Smith Party” or whatever. If you can’t sprinkle your life with creative, fun stuff, why bother living, really.

This time we’re trying out the Animal Kingdom Lodge. My sister’s family stayed there before and had nothing but good things to say about it. I have been down there enough, and know I’ll be going again, that I really didn’t care where we stayed. My preference was probably the Contemporary, but only because I really adore the convenience of the monorail being right there. But it’s also more expensive, and we’re taking the step-kids this time around, so AKL was slightly more affordable. Sure, we could have stayed offsite or at a lower level hotel, but
a)I didn’t want to and
b)it’s harder to fit 5 in a room at lower level hotels.

So where was I going with this? Oh, right…100 days. That doesn’t seem like a very long time, does it?

Oh, and for the mundane crowd, today I have a pot roast in the crock pot. I’ll let you know how it turns out. (I am gathering crock pot recipes from friends and putting them in a document that I’ll make available on this site. If you have a recipe that you love, preferably one you have modified so that you can really claim it as your own, drop me an email. I’m actually thinking of including these recipes throughout the “book” that I’m putting together, so see, you can be published and that way you’ll buy even more copies of the book. [See Bill?])

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Noah, Call Me

If the guy calling WXLO is to be believed, Noah Wylie owns a house in Leominster. I will admit I’m not sure I believe this. Look, I like Leominster. I have lived here almost my whole life (aside from college, I’ve lived briefly in 2 other towns).

But I wouldn’t live here if I could afford to step up to something a little more upscale. So no, I don’t think Mr. Wylie would choose Leominster. Lunenburg even, I would believe. But Leominster?

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Where Was I?

You mean I haven’t posted anything since Thursday? Shame on me. Well, I can put part of the blame on me trying to be tidy at home. In an effort to make the house presentable so the family could come over to sing Happy Birthday to Junior, I put away my laptop and all it’s various appendages, and I still haven’t taken it back out of the bag. So actually, I had a lovely computer-free weekend, which is shockingly unusual for me. So sorry, I’ll try to never let it happen again.

Yes, Junior is now 8. I resisted the urge to pull out his birth video and force him to listen to my screaming. I did that once (well, we fast forwarded past the bad audio…that’s all there was until he popped out, and by popped I mean “took his sweet time seeing as he was shoulder breech (facing left) and 8 pounds 12 ounces and he didn’t really have a burning urge to exit”) and he was more than a little distraught. Heh.

His “party” this year was for 10 family members to go to the Hibachi grill at Chopsticks in Leominster. MMmmmmmmm. A great time was had by all. And to top it off, a crushing win by the Pats on Saturday night. No wonder I had no need to entertain myself with the computer.

I will be pulling it back out this week, so don’t you fret. I started noodling around again with a book idea. Not a big “On sale everywhere” thing but maybe something a small press would pick up. And each and every one of you who promises to buy a copy will be mentioned by name in the book, just so you’ll have to buy multiple copies so that you can give them to people and say “Look, here is my name in print! I am somebody!” I should be in marketing, don’t you think?

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