Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Four Hours and Twenty-three Minutes

Four Hours and Twenty-three Minutes. Yep, that's how long I talked to my long, lost roommate from art school last night. He lives in San Francisco now. It's been a couple years since we last spoke and we picked up right where we left off. This is a picture I took of him down at Union Station in Denver in 1990. He was my model for a GAP ad I was designing for a school project.

In our conversation, we covered it all, even the break up of our friendship that lasted for several years, which was only repaired because of the passing of a mutual friend. There's a saying that says, "sometimes we need to eliminate certain people in our life because they become toxic". The good news is things can change, people grow up, they mature and get better and smarter. Well we both got better and smarter, I think, anyway. In any case, my friendship with Bradley Sanders is as strong as it has ever been and whenever I am in a creative mode, I can't help but think of our strong collaboration that brought us to be roommates in the first place at the Colorado Institute of Art. I am very grateful for this bond.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I want my, I want my, I want my gold iPhone...

Does this iPhone make me look skinny? Or perhaps cool? How about important? Sophisticated? Some accuse us of being superficial for ordering the newest gold iPhone. It's just that it's so incredibly pretty; I can't help it – I want one! It won't match my trusty AWD Honda or my casual wardrobe. I don't even wear gold jewelry, but who cares!?

Apple and various phone companies are making us crazy while we wait for supply to catch up to demand with these coveted devices. So crazy that many are buying them on craigslist and ebay for over $1,000. Keep in mind, the gold phone is the same price as the silver and space gray models. The picture above is of a heavily adorned gold iPhone from a company in the UK. You can impress all your friends with this particular model for a mere $6,000.

I might have to give in and switch my order to the very boring, space gray model. I planned to use the new and improved camera and flash for an upcoming video and photo shoot for a new client. AT&T lied when they told me the lovely gold phone would be in my hands no later than this Thursday. As of this morning, they have added three weeks to that delivery date. Some say AT&T knew the gold phone would not be ready in two or three weeks all along, but continued the deception to lure customers from Apple.

Is it possible to live with a space gray iPhone? Can it possibly be as fun as the gold model? Will my friends with gold iPhones look down on me? Will my social status be at stake? Unless I purchase a sparkly gold case, this could be my fate.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A New River - Colorado Under Water

This is the open space across the street from my home in Colorado Springs in the Oak Valley subdivision. I walked into my bedroom and the windows were open and I heard a sound I had not heard before - a raging river! Manitou Springs, less than ten miles from my home had a manhole cover burst with Fountain Creek raging. It resembled a geyser in Yellow Stone Park. Estes Park is landlocked. All valley highways leading to the small resort town are closed. A TV newscaster said that the amount of rain in Boulder, CO was the equivalent of 220 inches of snow!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Three Day Rainbow

Most of us know that the more colors of the rainbow we incorporate into our diet (from fruits and vegetables), the healthier we will be. We (I) don't enjoy spending time cutting veggies every single day.
So..... I take four firm vegetables, typically broccoli, red cabbage, carrots and cauliflower, cut them into medium sized pieces and try to get a balance of all four vibrant colors. Put the mixture in the fridge and you're ready to throw a handful on a salad or a stir fry or whatever. At meal time, all you need to prepare or cut are the onions, garlic and tomatoes (softer, wetter veggies).

I prepared this mixture while staying with my mother when she was in the middle stages of dementia and eating a horrible diet. What I surprisingly found is she started eating handfuls of the mixture throughout the day. Yea! Couldn't complain about that.

Now you don't want to cut the veggies too small as it causes more "stress" on the produce which would result in a loss of flavor, texture, dehydration and nutrients. Coarsely chopped is best.

In a perfect world, we would take the time to cut loads of veggies before each meal, but this proves to be a good solution for at least three good days of eating well. More than that, the veggies will lose their oomph. And don't buy them pre-cut from the grocery store. Heaven knows when they were cut.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Intention Detention

Intention Detention is where I put myself when I don’t live up to the ideals or goals I have inside my head. For instance, I could say, “I’m going to try and run 20 miles this week”. Note the word “try;” not very powerful. “I am” or “I will” would be much better choices. But when it comes right down to it (for me), I need to have all of my structures in place. These include my Garmin watch being plugged in and charged, along with my iPod shuffle. I don’t always run with music, but when it’s been a while, the music helps keep me going.

I probably ran an extra 8 miles this week because I bought a new running top from Athleta. has some great end of summer sales right now. Of course you need good shoes, but everything else is free. You don’t need all the gadgets I have, but they certainly do help. I got my iPod shuffle on the Apple refurb site for $45 several years ago. The Garmin watch, a definite treat, was $150. Always nice to see how far you’ve gone or have to go and to track your progress. Of course the biggest way to be committed to an exercise commitment is to schedule a race or a trip to a reunion. J

Monday, August 26, 2013

Teflon Turbulance

I remember reading a warning about the dangers of a certain cities tap water for pregnant women. I wasn't pregnant, but I sure wasn't going to drink that water after reading the warning. Research from before 2006 stated that "hundreds of birds are killed by the fumes and particles emitted from Teflon-coated products each year." This clearly, is not new information, but we continue to purchase Teflon products in abundance, turning a blind eye.

I spend hundreds of dollars on quality food each month but for years have had absolutely crappy cookware. I finally decided to upgrade my kitchen and visit the nearby Chef's Outlet Store. I purchased the Scanpan from Denmark, a ceramic, radiant, non-stick pan that does not emit chemicals for cooking low heat items like eggs. I also purchased a Cuisinart multi-clad pan for high heat cooking. If Teflon's chemical gasses are killing hundreds of birds, they have no place in my home.

Friday, August 23, 2013

WATCH OUT! Calcium supplements kill.

A new study in the British Medical Journal found that women age 40+ that got more than 1,400 mg of calcium daily from a combo of supplements and food had a 50% greater risk of dying from cardiovascular disease than those who had less. According to this month’s Health magazine, the bottom line is “until we know more, experts say, stick to the RDA” (1,200mg if you’re 50+ and 1,000mg if you’re younger) “and get it via food–you’re less likely to overdo it that way.”

WebMD has a great article of foods that are high in calcium – I prefer the dark leafy vegetables to dairy choices. Here’s the link:

I just tossed my bottle of Calcium tablets. My pharmacist recommended 2,000mg a day. Yikes!