Thursday, October 25, 2007

It's All CNN's Fault

This morning I couldn't figure out why I had to stitch. I couldn't stop stitching. Couldn't put the needle down. Then I looked over Kiran Chetry's shoulder and saw the big "X" and the word "Floss". CNN has been sending out subliminal messages. At least that will be what I tell the spousal unit when he wonders why absolutely nothing got accomplished around the house today!

And let me give a shout out to Laurie. Taking a picture of one's tv is definitely an acquired skill. This was not easy. I won't be trying it again any time soon. It doesn't help that our tv doesn't fit inside the armoire so it sits on top and watching tv at my house is like watching tv in a bar.
Did anyone catch the Planet in Peril series on CNN this week? I think it's going to be replayed this weekend. Definitely worth watching and a little scary.
I'm currently reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. To say this book is good is an understatement. In this day and age when more people are trying to eat local, are reminded about the politics of food, it's so timely. This is her family's story of their move from Arizona to Virginia, to attempt to eat off the land and if they don't grow it, to only buy from local farmers. This lifestyle takes dedication but aspects of the book does make me rethink a lot of my choices.
Back in the late 80s early 90s I was a vegetarian. I read Frances Moore Lappe's Diet for a Small Planet. It explained the politics of food, how our food choices here could affect people a world away. I lived by Shopping for a Better World, thought about what I bought at the store. The craving for bacon made me give up the vegetarian lifestyle. I just couldn't do it forever. But I can see the difference in the food choices my oldest son makes compared to his brothers. To this day he chooses fruit over cake, juice over soda. This summer I plan to make a solid effort to grow as much of our own produce as I can. The drought last year was not good, I think I got a total of three tomatoes from two plants.
There's no way I can commit to always buying local, not right now, but I do believe I'm going to think long and hard about the food choices I make for my family. The price of organic anything is now only a few cents more than the regular stuff. I had to buy beef broth the other day, the organic was only 20 cents more. There was a time when the organic version would have been at least a $1 more.
Also--does anyone have a problem with the music player? Would you all prefer that I remove it? I saw it on another blog, can't remember where, and thought I'd try it out. I can't decide if I like it or not. Sometimes it takes the page longer to load and other times it loads right up. Not sure if that's an internet issue or my computer.


Anna van Schurman said...

I can't comment at work if you have the music player on!!! It doesn't show up on the google reader, so I didn't hear it until I went to comment.

What is the context of the "floss" sign in re; the fires? Inquiring minds wat to know!

siobhan said...

Subliminal messages appear everywhere!! You must do what the messages tell you! Stitch! Stitch! Stitch!

Sharon said...

LOL LOL love it subliminal messages. I am going to stitch all weekend and tell my DH the same thing. I must stitch I must stitch, even CNN wants me to. LOL

I love your music, I have been wanting to download one of those players too but was having a bit of trouble with it. I think they are cool. Xoxoxox