Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
First, the Bay Bridge has been closed for three days and counting. I live in the north bay, over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. The past three days, I have lived in traffic hell. It is no wonder to me that there is always so much traffic on the Bay Bridge because I believe no one who drives into the city over the Bay Bridge knows how to drive correctly. (If anyone actually read this blog, I would be scared of the reprecussions, but since no does, I feel okay with my truthful statements.)
No one knows how to merge, how drive the speed of traffic so there isn't sudden stopping and starting and no one owns a fastrak. I mean why would you drive across the bridges of this area every day and fill up the cash lanes, not to mention face the lines of cars. It makes no sense. I am ready for the Bay Bridge to open again so I can get back and forth to the city like normal.
Now, Halloween.... I am not a big fan of this holiday. I am not creative nor do I love my kids eating days worth of candy, even months worth actually, in one day. Lilly gets scared and James, being James, will make it harder than necessary. However, I am looking forward to a party at my friend's house, and also sad that I am missing another party in the city with my other friends. It is nice to be wanted, and hopefully, the traffic will be fine and not make my head explode. Wait, this would make a nice costume.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
During my time on earth, I have had friends whom I supported and got little back. I have had friends who required so much of me that I became tired of being nice. These days I have few friends, but the ones I do have, I love and cherish and want nothing but to continue to be friends with them through it all.
I value those people who continue to love me and cherish me and understand me. It takes a strong person to be in my life. Just ask my husband.
Tonight I had the priviledge of spending the evening with one of these people. I hope to have her as a friend for my remaining years. We will have our moments and I promise to be a pain in the butt many times. However, my friends are my family. Always.
Now, here is where we spent our evening. NOPA is fun and the food is great. Even if you get stuck in the corner upstairs, the food is wonderful, service is way above par and even when you think they threw away your to go box, they just save it until the check.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
With the flu season, both seasonal and h1n1, bearing down on us with the force of a hurricane, here is an article my most loyal reader (hi, dad!) came across and since it is pretty simple and easy to follow advice, I wanted to post it.
Full Disclosure: I will also be vaccinating my children should it EVER become available at our pediatrician's office. In the interim, I am following these guidelines.
Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS,DRM,DNB (Intensivist and Thyroid specialist) having clinical experience of over 20 years. He has worked in institutions like Hinduja Hospital , Bombay Hospital , Saifee Hospital , Tata Memorial etc.. Presently, he is heading our Nuclear Medicine Department and Thyroid clinic at Riddhivinayak Cardiac and Critical Centre, Malad (W).
The following message given by him, I feel makes a lot of sense and is important for all to know.
The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.
While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):
1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).
2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe ).
3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected o one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.
4. Similar to 3 above, clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. (Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti - very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities) but blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.
5. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.
6. Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.****HappyMommy Note: These are preventative measures and by no means absolute or a guarantee that you won't contract h1n1 or seasonal flu. Just good practice for this year, and most likely all the years to come.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
My life's version.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I am sad!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I rose, I deflated, I rose and then kneaded and then rolled and then rose again. I baked and then I was done. In between all of this, I worked, took care of my youngest, worked a little more, greeted my oldest when Opa brought her home from her adventure day with the grandparents, cooked dinner, took care of both kids and finally ate dinner. Here it is 7:30 at night and I am finally trying one of my rolls and it is a little burnt at the bottom and not so great. However, I conquered the recipe and I know what I did wrong. I tried to make Julia Child's version of French Bread Rolls. I will stick to the ATK version of baking.
Tomorrow is another day and maybe I will try a fish recipe from Julia Child's The Way to Cook. Never cooked it before, but hey, I am on a roll and if I don't try, how can I learn?
Monday, October 19, 2009
The soup was great, and my bisquick biscuits helped as well. I am not sure what I did wrong from the beginning, but alas I will try again. I love to cook and this is just the beginning.
Here is my soup and please keep in mind, I am NOT a food photographer!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I got breakfast in bed, pancakes with sprinkles(help!). Lilly brought all my presents to me. My in-laws got me my perfume and almost my most favorite present of all, They Way To Cook by Julia Child. I can't wait to break into the recipes. So excited.
My most wonderful husband gave me, after much begging, a Wii, wii fit! I worked out this afternoon and just loved it! Lilly gave me her doll Loretta because she no longer needed it to keep the monsters away! Wow!
We had to go to get flu shots at UCSF today which resulted in the BIGGEST debacle of all time. We waited for three hours to get the shot. I was involved in yelling at the security guard and led the people to proper places in line. I embarrassed my four year old, but the kids got their shots and I was the victor.
The day ended with a wonderful time at my parents with my sister and her family. It is so wonderful to be with them and to have my parents watch it all! I continue to be amazed at my life and my family! I am one lucky gal with a gift certificate to get my hair done at the fancy place from my mom and pops! Not to mention a Starbucks card which will fuel my days!
Everyone watch out! I will MAKE it happen before I am 40 and then it will be nothing but gravy!
This is my year!
PS: My sister's present, napkins that say "Why is Happy Hour limited to an hour?" Does she know me or what?
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I have had the priviledge of having my cousin come spend the day and night with my crazy family. She has been wonderful with my kids, and now as we get ready to watch Bones and are visiting and drinking wine, I get to contemplate. Family is so important. They love you, they cherish your offspring and they will do anything for you.
I continue to be lucky to have the family I have.
I begged and begged for an i-phone after my previous phone "accidentally" fell into the kiddie pool at our local community center this past spring. I pouted and pouted until my lovely husband switched us to AT&T and got me an iphone. Then, somehow that phone got wet (not in the pool), and we had to upgrade to the 3GS. The new phone has been awesome, except for the battery issue and the occasional problem with the headphones. When it works, it is awesome. When it doesn't, I want to turn back time to get my big ol' flip phone and text with a real keyboard and apologize for putting on a full court pout to get what I want. See what happens....
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Maybe I will post later about not being able to find my parents, and especially my sister, in depth. For now, this is what I remember and keep in mind, this was before cell phones. I imagined my mother losing it mentally and driving through the Marina, which was on fire and having a horrible accident. I imagined my sister, a first year resident at UCSF, killed immediately by the falling debris in a hospital. I knew my dad was fine, well because he is my dad.
What really happened: Mom fine, drove home and waited for everyone to get there so we could go to dinner to celebrate my birthday. Sister fine, slept through it all as she was on call the night before. Dad, fine, well because he is my dad.
Me: took me many years to be fine but not because of the earthquake.