Monthly Archives: August 2010

Ten Things Tuesday

I’ve been working a new eating plan lately, courtesy of Success Warrior. Here are 10 things that I can eat that blow my mind; I love that I can eat like this and still lose weight…

1. Fried cheese. I ate this one night when my family was having pasta (which is something I’m not supposed to eat right now). I dipped it in egg and dusted it with a teeny-tiny bit of bread crumbs and more Parmesan cheese. I could do this for the rest of my life.

2. Chicken. I’ve had it roasted, grilled, and flash-fried. Yum.

3. Chicken salad. I’ve learned to reproduce Willow Tree chicken salad (mix a couple of roasted chicken breasts in the KitchenAid fitted with the paddle attachment, sprinkle in celery seeds, chopped onion, a sprinkling of garlic powder, and about a tablespoon or so of brown sugar, then beat in enough mayo to hold the stuff together. It is divine).

4. Tuna salad. While I’m nervous about seafood in general (I have a raging shellfish allergy), I don’t mind canned tuna.

5. Steak. Mmmm. I’ve been totally loving the steak.

6. Greek yogurt. If SW had said “no” to the Greek yogurt, I’d have failed on this eating plan on the first day. This stuff is my breakfast, my mid-afternoon snack, and my dessert. LOVE. IT.

7. Almonds. Yummy, yummy, yummy. I have some dusted in cocoa powder (very lightly, SW, I swear) and others sprinkled with sea salt. I keep them in my classroom, I keep them in my car, I keep them in my kitchen.

8. Lettuce and spinach. I’m using these things to hold up my chicken and tuna salads.

9. Protein powder. I’ve manage to replace my morning Ovaltine habit with a protein shake. It’s way more expensive, but also way better for me.

10. Hamburger. The other day, I scrambled up a hamburger and dumped in a few chopped onions and a handful of grated cheese and called it lunch. It was awesome.

The last time I looked, I was down 2 pounds, and SW assures me I’m not nearly done yet. So far, so good!


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I love, love, LOVE this stuff.  It’s kind of long, but it’s so worth a listen.


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Guest Post

*Chili’s note:  someone I care about wanted to write this, and to send it out into the Universe.  He doesn’t keep a blog, so I offered up my space.  He accepted, and this is the result.*

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A Teachable Moment

A year and a half ago, he was a teacher.  He was a husband and a father.  He was a carpenter.  He had a family and friends who loved him.  And he had a muse.

The muse pushed until he picked up a guitar for the first time and taught himself to play.

And then the songs came. Sometimes they came so fast he could barely write them down before another appeared.

He would arrive at school, early, before the students came, and he would sing his songs to the other teachers, his friends. And we’d smile and cry and tell him how much they meant to us. And we’d tell him he ought to go to Nashville.

And he’d smile his easy smile, his aw-shucks smile, and go teach (and reach) his students.

Over Spring Break he took homemade CDs and his guitar and went to Nashville.

He met with Nick Autry of Soundstage Studios and Robert Cannon of RLC Studios of Rockmart, Georgia.  He played his songs – and they asked him to come back over the summer and record a CD.

And so in June he recorded a CD with Tully Kennedy on bass (he plays with Jason Aldean), Dan Dugmore on steel guitar (he plays with Tanya Tucker), Ben Evans (drummer), Coty Keller (lead guitar), Kevin Fuller (bass), Denver on rhythm guitar, and various other people.

And that is how he spent his summer vacation – recording, mixing, refining, nurturing his baby along.

School started, and he came, his heart torn between his duty and his future. And finally, with the encouragement of his wife, his friends, and his students, he gave his notice and decided to see how far this will go.

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His CD – Enough is Enough – will be available in various places (Facebook, Myspace, Amazon, Twitter, HP3, RapCity, and will be on  iTunes September 22nd).  If you’re so inclined, give him a listen.  I don’t think you’ll be sorry you took the time.


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The Dream

Today, I invite you to pause to remember what the dream was really about.  I beseech you to not let the memory of the honorable struggle for equality – indeed, for basic human life and dignity – ever be diminished or co-opted.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Quick Hit: Woof!

Dear Neighbors:

Leaving your dog out to bark before my 5:40 a.m. alarm rings (or anytime before 8 a.m. on a weekend) is not only inconsiderate to the neighborhood, but illegal, as well. Knock that shit off, or I’ll ask the police to encourage you to do so.




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It Never Really Goes Away

Punkin’s flute teacher (who, by the way, is awesome, but that’s another story) has set up a performance opportunity for some of her students at a local-ish assisted living facility on Saturday. When J sent out the email to her charges asking who would like to participate, I immediately replied that Punkin’ would do it (and yes, I’ll admit to doing that without consulting my daughter first, but in my defense we had already talked about Punk’s taking all the performance opportunities extended to her, and she was perfectly happy to agree to the show. I’m trying to actively encourage both her facility with and affection for her musical endeavors, and concerts are much more fun than boring old practice in the dining room. Again, though, that’s another story).

About three or four days ago, I was busy doing something else when a sinking, terrifying thought occurred to me. I know that my biologicals have moved back into the state after having tried to live closer to his family (if my intel is correct, they now live about 25 minutes from Chez Chili). I also know that neither of them is particularly well, but that the paternal unit is especially frail. The sinking, terrifying thought was that there was a fairly decent chance that the paternal is in an assisted living facility (for as much as he would hate every minute of such an existence, the hard fact may be that he simply has no practical choice in the matter). It is also true that the biologicals have an affinity for the community in which the facility in question is located – they lived there for about 20 years before their failed attempt at a northern migration – so it would not be entirely unthinkable that the paternal may well be in a position to enjoy Punk’s concert.

There was no way I was having any of that.

I emailed J with my concern and she – did I mention how awesome she is? – immediately emailed the coordinator at the facility and confirmed that neither of my biologicals is a resident of the place. My relief was palpable.

On with the show!

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Filed under admiration, concerns, family matters, general kid stuff, Home and Family, messages from the Universe, my oh-so-exciting life, strange but true, this is NOT a drill, Worries and Anxieties, WTF?!

Nearly Wordless Wednesday

Oh, how I wish there were an Imam in this picture…


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