SWMBO has an annual bloodtest coming next week -- so she's on her "best
behavior". In fact, quite annoyed with my choice of "timing" for
these (I have one more to bake tonight) -- as if intentionally chosen
to coincide with her exam! :>
Afaict, it's just annual checkup. CBC, lipids, etc.
I learned many years ago NOT to schedule *my* physical around the holidays;
with all the baking I do, even just the *taste testing* drives all my tests
crazy! All that sugar and butter in such a short period of time
(esp when it isn't normally in my diet)
Silly to alarm the doctor for a "transient" anomaly. Then, have him
wondering where the "problem" went -- when he ops to retest a month later!
I think they do the BS and CBC/lipds at the same time, at least they do
when I go in for that checkup.
So, do you make fudge? My mom used to make it a lot, then suddenly her
recipe wouldn't set up solid, so we'd get a spoonful of fudge when that
would happen. mmmmmmmmm! Us kids loved it that way, but she quit making
it after a few tries didn't turn out.
Dunno. I think she is most concerned with the lipds. Esp if you're
eating a block of (essentially) solid fat! :-/
No. I'm not big on sweets. I primarily bake -- cookies, coffee/cheese
cakes, pizzelles, breads, etc. From time to time, I will make almonds
coated with dark chocolate and rolled in cacao powder (SWMBO is a chocaholic)
but my source of "quality" almonds has gone out of business.
Aside from "chocolate" (as in bar chocolate), I don't think I know many
people who eat "candy". I guess as you get older, your tastes tend towards
other ways of "acquiring sugar". I can't recall the last time I saw
someone eat a "candy bar"...
Occasionally, if I'm out running errands and have a low (bs low) I'll
grab a candy bar that has a mix of nuts, salt, sugar, and fat in it.
It'll level off the bs low and keep me going until I can eat something
more substantial. There's been times when the bs low was to the point I
couldn't communicate. Once I was at a Walmart check out and thought I
had enough time to pay for my stuff and go get something to eat, but it
didn't turn out that way. I looked at the cashier and couldn't really
respond verbally except to say "food". She knew someone with a similar
problem and asked if I was diabetic and all I could do is nod, so she
ran and got me some candy bar with nuts in it, opened it up for me, and
help me take the first couple of bites. About 10 mins. later I was back
to normal, could talk fine, and thanked her for helping me.
I tend to make note of where the candy bars are in all the stores I go
to, but that's usually the only time I'd even eat a candy bar.
Yes, I've complained to my MD that, from time to time, I will get
"the shakes" and crave sugar (i.e., walk into a restaurant and
eat a packet of sugar). He explains this as low blood sugar -- brought
on by my "forgetting" to eat (for a day or two -- did I mention I'm
not keen on eating?? :> )
His solution: remember to eat a couple of times a day! :>
I just forget ("it's not important").
Wife used to grill me every day when I got home from work: "Did you
Then, when she suspected I was just answering "yes" to avoid the
confrontation, she'd start asking for details: "Ok, *what*?"
As eating wasn't a priority, I would really have to struggle to remember
if & what I ate: "I had pizza!" "No, you had that *yesterday*..."
Nobody can multitask, it's just sequential flipping back and forth.
Women may just need to do more flipping than guys do.
When I needed shoes for my daughter's wedding I ended up trying up
everything that might vaguely go with my dress in the quest for
something that didn't hurt. I took the winners off as soon as I could
sit down at the reception. Some men's tennies are OK, but they suck for
Our only REAL hardware store closed several months ago. One of the
things of which I'm most proud is that Mrs. Berg offered me a job there
45 years ago when I was buying a lot of weird stuff to build a tape
recorder. Couldn't take it, but it made me really feel good. Still does.
Damn Harbor Freight stopped giving them out even if you didn't buy
anything. Those are nifty little flashlights.
Yard sales. People buy way too many clothes, so I might as well buy
used t-shirts for a quarter and levi's for $2. This means that *I* buy
way too many clothes.
In software engineering, multitasking is a commonly used mechanism
for making more robust, reliable, maintainable, etc. programs. Do
a bunch of little things AS IF that was *all* you had to do.
But, there is an implicit overhead in doing so -- because a
computer can really only *do* one thing at a time. So, you
have to "switch" between these different tasks. That means
remembering EVERYTHING about what you *were* doing on the first
task while you *recall* everything that you had previously *done*
on the second task. The time/effort that it takes to do this
is "overhead" (waste).
The same things apply to human brains. It takes effort to remember
where you are in a given task in enough ACCURATE detail that you will
be able to later return to that point -- while simultaneously recalling
the details of the *other* task that you are now going to resume.
All that effort "switching" is "waste".
And, opportunity to screw up!
I wasn't specifically commenting on shoes -- though understand your
reference in light of the point at which I injected my comments.
Rather, women (sorry to generalize) tend to be content to look at lots
of *anything* and then leave with *nothing*. AND, not be distressed over
this fact! If I've made a trip out to buy/acquire something, I am
upset if I don't come home *with* it! "Wasted trip".
Furthermore, men will tend to keep that on their ToDo list as an
unfinished task. Women seem not to mind (arbitraily?) deciding that
they don't *need* it, afterall! ("I'll make do with what I have...")
[If the man could have rationalized a way of "making do", he would
have done so to get out of that *task*!]
[Of course, I am painting with a broad brush...]
I haven't been in a "real" hardware store since I left New England.
It was silly of them to offer them as free WITHOUT purchase. OTOH, much
of their stuff is of dubious quality. I was looking to buy a drywall
lift and looked at their offering: would I want to be standing under
a sheet of drywall supported by *this*??
<frown> >>> That being said, I hate shopping anywhere but 99-Cents-Only and Costco and I
The idea of "previously worn" clothing gives me the heebie-jeebies.
Kind of like a *used* toothbrush... who cares how many times it's
been WASHED!!! <frown>
Jeans (several identical pair) and black or white T-shirt (see post elsewhere
re: how I invariably choose the wrong color to wear).
If it's a special occasion (party, funeral, etc.) I drag out black dress
slacks and a black shirt (the "Johnny Cash" look).
Once in a blue moon I'll get "to the nines" in a three-piece suit.
Usually, my friends find that disturbing...
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