Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Computer's Back

Computer has been gone getting reworked for a few days. But now it is back and seems to be doing OK, except that Jack hasn't been able to load my favorite game (Welltris). I seem to be going through a draggy spell. Anyone have some words of wisdom?

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

What do you mean it counts as a meal?

A few years back, when the coffee craze had really hit the northwest, a patient of ours who owns an espresso stand, brought us a treat when she came in for her dental appointment. Now, I had not drunk coffee in many a year, but a few sips of that yummy mocha was all it took to get me hooked! Going out and bringing back mochas became a favorite thing to do when we had some spare time. Gradually, it really took over and now we are trying to back off a bit! But that doesn't mean we haven't branched out to include all sorts of frozen concoctions in the hot weather. Now, I knew, in the way back of my mind that these were probably pretty similar to milk shakes as far as calories goes. But I did a really good job of denial. Until today. Lo and behold, the paper printed an article with some of the calorie counts. It was rather astounding, for example, a 16 oz Caramel Frappucinno with whipped cream has 430 calories. A 16 oz. Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino with whipped cream has 600 calories and 17 grams of fat . (Sorry, Zandra!) Yikes! Perhaps if I just didn't eat breakfast and lunch, I could still enjoy my mochas?????

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

City Buffet

New Chinese Buffet opened in Richland fairly recently. Heard some good things about it, so we decided to give it a try tonight. Oh my! It should be illegal to walk inside one of those places unless you have not eaten for 2 or 3 days! (Or, as Rob said, unless you have Ghandi-sized yourself.) Rows of long tables with everything imaginable, and some that isn't. The first table consisted of a strange combination of sushi and dessert (of all things) . I decided my sushi-eating Bellingham friends would enjoy it, but I left it alone. (Was too full by dessert time to partake in that half of the goodies.) Moved on to the main course: three tables (not including the Mongolian BBQ table, which I'll leave for another time.) The first thing I noticed was the amount of crab dishes. It was Bubba in Forest Gump all over again, with crab instead of shrimp. Alaskan King Crab Legs, crab wontons, crab puffs, seafood delight, fried crab - just to name a few. Followed by many kinds of shrimp, salmon, fried fish and fried squid. (No, I didn't have that.) One dish was fried shrimp, with the shells, legs and eyes still there! What is the ettiquette on this??? Does one eat the black beady little eyes or leave them staring up at you on the plate??? Chicken, boneless ribs and the usual rice, noodles and soups type entrees were also available. The most unusual we found was called a Bum. It looked like a peach, with little green leaves even, but was actually made of some type of marshmellow or merangue confection. Inside, where the pit would be, was chocolate. We managed to wheel ourselves home without the aid of wheelbarrows and are now pleasantly recovering. The trick, of course, is to eat just enough so that you are not in danger of exploding later on in the evening!

Saturday, August 21, 2004

More Vs.

Driving in the East VS. driving in the West

Drivers run over pedestrians toes VS. drivers stop for pedestrians crossing street

Parkways and Turnpikes cost money VS. Freeways are free

Drive 2 hours and see different states VS Drive 2 hours from my house to get anywhere at all

Drivers carry cell phone and lead pipe VS. Drivers carry cell phone and Starbucks coffee

SUVs and expensive cars are popular VS. SUVs and pickups with guns or fishing rods in rack

Campers, trailers virtually nonexistant VS. Campers, trailers clog right (sometimes middle) lanes

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Food (One of my favorite subjects!)

Vacation at the beach food vs. Home food

My sisters did all the cooking (Thanks guys - it was great!) vs. I cook (sometimes)

yummy thin sliced fresh cold cuts vs. packaged or pre-sliced cold cuts

family owned pizzerias vs. corporate pizza

family owned deli sub sandwiches vs. Subway

$5.99/lb lobster vs. $25/lb lobster

Home cooked vs. Costco

Vacation Musings

Differences between the mid-Atlantic and the Pacific Northwest:

The Shore vs The Coast

Hills vs Mountains

Bikinis at the shore vs Sweatshirts at the coast

Trees vs Sagebrush (eastern half only)

The beaches are "groomed" every morning by truck with big rake attachment vs
The beaches are full of tree-sized driftwood and remains of campfires

The beaches are posted with long list of "Dont's" vs The beaches are sometimes posted with "In case of tidal wave, seek higher ground."

Must pay for badge to swim vs Free

Lifeguards vs No lifeguards

ice cream man at shore vs kites at coast