Sunday, October 31, 2010

How Much is Too Much: Soda.

The past week has been interesting; I have been going from meetings to meetings all week long. Needless to say, the week has past by very quickly for me. The project I am currently working on involves meeting with the scientists and lawyers. I can tell you that I have learned more about biology, chemistry, and communication law more than I would ever had in college.

It is nice to be in the same room as all these experts, and be able to ask them questions and get straight answers. One thing that was intriguing to me was the myth about having to drink 8 glass of water a day. The scientist indicated that most human body requires 2000 cc of water a day, but it doesn’t limit from obtaining water from drinking it. The water can come from the food you eat, for example: fruits. If you are not dehydrated, you don’t need to drink 8 glasses of water, it’ll make you swell up. However, most people are dehydrated these days, hence we need to take in more water.

You know some people drink coffee of caffeinated soda to stay awake during the day? And then these people will have consume more to maintain the same buzz they get from these caffeinated drinks? What I have gathered from the discussion is that caffeine does not give you energy, it’s the sugar that does. What is energy? It is essentially calories. Sugar has calories, and 1 can (12Oz.) of regular Dr. Pepper has 40 grams of sugar, which converts to 150 calories.

Caffeine on the other hand, does not give you energy. It is a stimulant that makes people go hay wired in their brain.  And ahhhhh….. But what about the 5 hour energy thing? I’ll ask my scientist friends about that later, since it claims that it only has 5 calories.

Personally, I don’t drink much soda. Maybe it’s because my mother has ingrained the idea of drinking soda is bad for your body, and too much sugar makes your skin ugly. (Some Chinese myth I guess) My mom is not the only one that tells me that, even my uncle (who’s Chinese also) said too much soda could prevent your body absorbing calcium, and it weakens your bone. I will have to research more about that. Although I have read somewhere on parenting about children obesity, cavity problems, bone structure issues relating to soda.

There is nothing wrong for drinking soda, I drink soda when I have greasy food. But not 32oz., you know, one of those giant mugs, by 10am in the morning. More soda by lunch, and then 3pm hits, more soda, and then even more soda by dinner time. Think about it 12 oz of regular Dr. Pepper has 150 calories, 32 oz in the morning. You do the math, that is a lot of empty calories that you do not need. So, where does all the extra calories/pounds go? Your waist, thigh, mid section, under your chin and etc. Why are American are comparably heavier than the rest of the world? Excess soda is part of the answer.

Friday, October 22, 2010

What do you read before you go to bed?

One thing that my mother taught me that I actually still do on my own is, give myself homework, even if I am not in school. So my homework has been reading as many English book as I can. I don't force myself to HAVE TO finish a book by certain time, but just to be able to finish a book. I think that's a good goal, don't you think so?

English is my second language, and the only time I read was to prepare for school exams. Those are kinda boring. Although I loved my English class in high school, which 3 out of the 4 required English class I took was with one of my mostly favorite teacher, Mr. Thune. (his younger brother is a US senate, John Thune). I wished other kids would appreciate for all the hard work Mr. Thune put in teaching kids like me, who speaks English as a second language. It's not easy explaining why this rule works here, but not there. We break almost every single rule in the English language. For someone who is learning English, it can be frustrating.

Between regular school work, sports, and show choir, I didn't have much time to read as leisure. I wasn't able to enjoy the book most American kids were enjoying. At that time, I had to look up many words in the book, which can be distracting from the story, and very discouraging on my part. I guess time does its tricks.

After graduating college, I finally had time to just read for fun. Not for school, not for exams. Just read, and immerse myself in another world from the works of the author. The first book I actually read from cover to cover without skipping was the Twilight series. (com'on, Edward sounded so hot in the book, wouldn't you want to read more about him?) I got to start somewhere right? I can't just start reading Pride and Prejudice or Shakespeare. I like the movie, but the language is in a different level. 

It probably took me longer than most people to finish a young adult book like Twilight, but it caught my attention and I finished it! That's all it matters right? One of my life goals that I wrote down when I was 19 years old, " Read 100 books before I am 50 years old." I think I am on track! I just finished the "Fablehaven" series. that's 4 books. If I average 4 books a year at least, hitting 100 books before I am 50 is not a problem at all.

Fablehaven was so fun to read, it's nice to get out of the reality for a little bit.

I moved on to the Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief series, since I'm always fascinated by Greek Mythology. The story is taken place in a modern time, and written in the modern language... and a 12 year old guy is telling the story. Super easy read. I even had a dream that Poseidon is my father, and he couldn't interact with me, because I was demi-god. How ridiculous is that? But man-o-man was he beautiful in my dream. I guess I was the Percy Jackson in my own dream. lol.

YAY for reading~!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Baby shower

 my bestie Cindy and me

 Cindy made the diaper cake and put all the decorations together

 Emily!! The winner of "guess how big Jenn's stomach is"

 Nini eats very healthy, hence the bag.
I was hoping that there was a canelope in there, 
But found a pink piggy bank with tutu =^.^=

Sophie's college fund starts here. 

 Megan brought this awesome outfit!!

Marie had turtles on everything!! 
She knows how much I love turtles, cuz she hears it every day from sitting next to me for 3 years!


 Thank you Grami Peterson!! Loved the swaddle blanket, bunny, the outfits and everything!!

 Sweet Rene made the burpies and the blanket!!

 Loved the Lee's girls! They are just the awesomest people you'll ever meet.

Mary said, " read to your babies". Maybe that's why her kids are super smart!

 Thanks for the baby bouncer Michelle~!!

 Cindy love, thank you for the baby shower and the tub!!
you can come bath my baby anytime you want.

We couldn't decide what facial expression to have... eh.
it was fun!!

Thanks to all the ladies who came, I had alot of fun with you all. Hope you liked the treats we had, and I loved all the gifts!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

You hurt my feelers

My feeler hurts today. Someone hurt it. It really hurts my feelers when some random Asian come up to me and tell me that I look "HUUUUUGE" (that's how she said it). Then she continued, "... aren't you due like next month? You still have 1 more month, and you are biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig"

Why would anyone come up to a pregnant women and tell her that she looks huge? I don't need anyone to tell me that I look huge, I know I am huge. TRUST ME! I carry my baby belly 24/7 everywhere I go. I KNOW how it feels, I KNOW how I look. I have been dealing with pregnancy in the past 8 months.

So to y'all asians who can not say anything good, don't say it. It really hurts other people's feeling, and I will just end up hating you. There are some people I have stopped talking to, or avoid talking/seeing them for this very reason.  If you are on my "people I do not care for" list.... sorry, too bad, I don't need you in my life. So, shove it.

Anyway.... so the girl who told me I look huge today... Can I just say that my face still look 10 times better than hers? At least I have smooth, radiant skin. And she just looks brown, yellow and oily. Dude, if you don't like how you look, and that's why you are giving your negative comments. Stop! I can help you look younger, and have more youthful skin. Just ask me. 

Friday, October 1, 2010

a little piece of what???

Yesterday, I sliced a little piece of my finger off while cutting some card stock with one of those super sharp art cutting knives.  It bled for a while, even with direct pressure on it. I saw this little piece on my working station, and I thought "oh $h!t!!!" (Steve and I have agreed that you can only cuss under some circumstances, and this is one of them. I was in a lot of pain) I threw away the blade, since it has my blood on it. Applying pressure with my thumb like i am pinching something. I left work early, cuz my finger hurts, and i couldn't find any band-aid around.

Came home, got my first-aid kit out. Dranched my wound with tea tree oil. It kills germs and helps to heal. It hurt like hell. I was like OMG, how can this little cut bleed so much, and hurt so much?? Mybaby doctor did call me and told me that my iron is low, so i guess that's part of the reason why it took so long for it to stop bleeding.

I've been applying some mela gel on it, and it's healing pretty fast. Thank goodness it was a clean blade that was very sharp. Very clean cut i'd say.

I finished what I was cutting yesterday, i was a bit hesitant about cutting today. I did it slowly and very carefully. The project is done.