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So the wife and I have recently decided to make some changes in our lives to better ourselves and our children. It all began with our decision, and some help from a good friend at EcoBuns, to try out cloth diapers with our daughter Lola who will be here around September 1st of this year. We are very excited about our new adventure and if you didn’t know, I will be documenting my journey in a segment called “Diaper Wars”. This is the first stage of an eye opening experience.
The second stage involves a 10 day pledge that my wife recently stumbled upon. This pledge involves 10 days full of eating real food and cutting out processed foods, which includes refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. When my wife sent me the link I did what any other man would do and skimmed through it. I guess you could say it was the equivalent of a man actually asking for directions to a specific location when he is obviously lost. Yeah, I was being stubborn. I told her to go for it since she seemed so dedicated and I was willing to try it. I had already decided to cut out pop so why not try this?
Our 10 day pledge toward eating “real food” starts today and so far it has been great. I have gone without pop since this past Thursday and though it was hard the first couple days at work, I’m feeling good and my stomach has not been hurting. I’m going to miss it but if I feel better then it’s worth it. McDonald’s and all other fast food joints will no longer get my business and although that too sucks I will feel better in the long run. So here it is, the two stages to a better life and health. I’m digging it and maybe you will too. Below is the link to the pledge and no there is no money that you are actually pledging. It gives an explanation of the pledge, recipes, and other items. The family that did this did it for 100 days but 10 days is enough for me…for now.
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I remember grade school being pretty fun. There was a different learning tool every year. Some seemed stupid back then but looking back at it now, I see where it helped. Some learning tools came with incentives and if it had not been for that I might not have read as much. I mean, I enjoyed reading back then but I would rather write than read. Now years later I have a 7 year old and yesterday he revealed a program that I used to participate in and it shot me back to grade school.
“I’m going to have pizza tonight”, yelled Logan.
“What”, I asked.
“Well…maybe, if that’s what we have.”
“What are you talking about?”
“I get a free pizza because of Book It.”
I chuckled at him and flashed back to my pin with gold stars and a hologram on the front of it that would switch between a book and the Book It logo. I asked him to give it to me so that I could see what it looks like now and when I saw it I was a little disappointed. Sure you still get the pizza for reading books but now it’s simply a slip of paper. That’s right, a slip of paper! Why!? What happened to the Book It pin? The pins were what made the program awesome! Well…at least it made it awesome to me. Logan was very happy about it but my wife and I lit up at the thought of our pins back in the day. We both grinned from ear to ear and you would’ve thought we were the ones getting the personal pan pizza. We ended up having pizza for dinner and I am very proud of my boy.
After dinner I started thinking about other things in school that were cool. The first thing I thought about was these inflatable figures that were used as a tool for learning your ABC’s. I thought these figures were so cool that my parents went looking for them but could not find a store that sold them. The figures had names like Mister M – Munching Mouth, Mr. B. – Beautiful Buttons, and others. If you don’t remember The Letter People then you should Google it but if you were a kid in elementary school during the early to mid 80’s then you know what I’m talking about.
Man those figure were awesome and if I remember correctly I think there were some records or tapes that included songs or skits where a specific letter person told a story or something. Next up is D.A.R.E. Do you remember this program? If so then you remember the weeks of education followed by a t-shirt, pencils, erasers, and bumper stickers at the end of the program where there was an actual graduation. Sounds like a lot but it happened. Now…how many of you graduated the program and smoked weed either way? Raise your hand if you did this. Are you actually raising your hand right now? If you are then that’s pretty funny!
I’m sure there are many more things that made school cool but I can’t think of anything else at this time. I’ll tell you one thing, I remember walking down the hallway in grade school and the fresh odor of saw dust. I remember walking to my locker and approaching a huge puddle in the middle of the hallway. As I got closer the odor was stronger and every time it was the same thing. Some kid showed up to school sick and chucked it all over the floor so the janitor would have to put this sawdust like substance over it to take away the smell. It didn’t always help but it was better than nothing. Along the same lines of gross was the fluoride that was provided in grade school. Do you remember this? When it first started we were given a small, clear, plastic cup with a light green fluoride rinse. It tasted nasty and not minty at all. It tasted more like hotdog water but there was a way to get out of it. Each cup was accompanied by a napkin. What my friends and I did was wrap the napkin around the cup so that our teacher couldn’t see it and fake the rest. It worked every time! Later on they began using a bubblegum flavor but by then I was older and the school didn’t care anymore. Either way it was all nasty and years later we find out that fluoride isn’t the best thing for us after all. Hmm….Well all of this, minus the sawdust and fluoride, made school cool. If you can remember anything from school like this then make sure to comment. If there are any school officials who are reading this then I request that you bring back the Book It pin and the Letter People! They were awesome and I think kids would dig it. Have a good one folks and happy reading!Post Views: 308
You’ve heard the saying, “Home is where the heart is”? Well the picture within this post is my old house in Fennville. Home is where the heart is relates more to home is where the ghosts are. And I say this because I truly believe that there was something going on at my home whether it’s ghosts, ghouls, or gnomes. From what I was told my house was once a funeral home. Between my parents and I we would take turns using the basement as a bedroom. What I didn’t know when I first started staying down there was that a section of the basement was where the funeral home cremated the deceased. Whenever I went down there it felt like someone else was present. While walking down to the main part of the basement there was a crawl space and it always seemed as though someone was watching from within. There was a curtain that covered the opening of the crawl space and whenever I walked by it I was sure something would jump out.
I’m sure everyone in the area had an old Michigan basement and it seemed creepy but mine was really bad. Even after my parents finished the basement and made it look nice, it still had a scary feel to it. One night I remember hearing little kids calling for help through the vents. I heard it several times and I remember running to my moms room so that I could sleep on the floor. It scared the crap out of me. I told my mom about it and she told me that back when they first bought the house they used to hear people screaming from the basement. There were bones that had been found down there after knocking down a wall and a priest was brought in to bless the home. The bones were buried and they never heard anything again but now my siblings and I were hearing things around the house. Along with the kids screaming through the vents, there was a time when a friend of mine and I heard someone or something running upstairs and down into the basement. We had been up late so that we could sleep the entire way to Six Flags and we heard something upstairs. I thought it was my dad up in the living room but he had already gone to bed. The footsteps turned into fast pounding on the floor above us and it sounded like it ran across and into the kitchen. We ran upstairs and stood by the doorway to the kitchen and we heard it coming towards us and we ran. I remember my friend jumping into one bed and I jumped into the other. I threw the blanket over my head and I could hear someone walking around. It felt as though someone was there staring at us and then it was gone.
There were a lot of scary and creepy things that happened at my house in Fennville. There were things that I can’t explain and maybe I don’t want to know but it’s definitely interesting and something I will never forget. Maybe the scariest thing that happened there was when my mom and siblings returned to the house after we had moved out. She had come back to clean out the basement since it had been sold and she says that it still felt like someone was down in the basement. While she was cleaning she heard something. She stood there for a moment and then heard it again. It was a little louder and it whispered, “I knew you would come back.” That was the last time any of us stepped foot in that house.Post Views: 324