Friday, March 30, 2007

Rich and I recently discovered
McDonald's New Cinnamon Melts
460 calories and 19 grams of fat later - give anyone with anorexia this baby and they'll instantly bulk up and become addicted at the same time.
Ever tried the recipe called Monkey Bread? McDonalds has recreated monkey bread in a microwaveable, gooey, warm melted icing and crispy cream like bread of deliciousness!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Cinnamon Toast Doesn't Make You Fat, Lack of Sleep Does!
Sleep the Fat Off
Imagine... shedding pounds simply by spending more time in never-neverland. Sounds like something out of a late-night infomercial.

But two studies show a striking connection between amount of sleep and levels of appetite-regulating hormones in the body. The findings suggest that chronic sleep deprivation could be making you fat.

American adults have cut their average nightly sleep time by nearly two hours in the last 40 years. And while we've lost sleep, we've gained weight: In 1960, only one out of four adults was overweight, and one out of nine was considered obese. Now, two out of three adults are overweight, and nearly one out of three is obese.

Previous research had shown an association between shorter sleep time and higher body mass index, but no one knew why, says Dr. Shahrad Teheri, an endocrinologist at Bristol University, and lead author of one of the two studies.

He and his colleagues used data from the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort, which has tracked the sleep habits of over 1,000 volunteers for 17 years. They found that those people who slumbered (on average) five compared to eight hours each night had a higher body mass index.

And when the researchers collected blood samples from the volunteers, they discovered that the sleep-deprived had higher levels of ghrelin in their blood. Ghrelin is a hormone produced in the stomach that sends out hunger signals to the brain, which then commands you to be interested in food.

At the same time the sleep-deprived had high levels of hunger-stimulating ghrelin, they had lower levels of leptin. Leptin is another appetite-regulating hormone; it's produced by fat cells and delivers satiation signals to the brain. The particular hormonal ratio of high ghrelin/low leptin was likely encouraging the group to load up on unnecessary calories.

"Before this, people thought obesity was the result of sitting on your butt and stuffing your face," Teheri says. "But it turns out sleep has an influence. It makes sense to me personally, because when I was a sleep-deprived resident, I always had the munchies."

The second study hails from the University of Chicago's sleep laboratory. It shows that sleep loss has an immediate effect on the body's levels of ghrelin and leptin. A few nights of insomnia could thus trick your brain into thinking your body needs more food.

In the sleep lab, a small group of young men were forced to function on four hours of sleep a night for six days. The next year, they returned to the lab, but were allowed a full night's rest for six nights, so that researchers could directly compare their hormone levels and appetite.

During their sleep-deprived week, the men not only showed lower levels of leptin and higher levels of ghrelin, but they also reported stronger cravings for sweet, fatty and salty foods. Sound familiar?

"While there is a lot of attention on diet and exercise [for weight loss], these two studies underscore the importance of adequate sleep," says Terry Young, co-author of Teheri's study and professor of population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin.

"Unfortunately, people think of sleep as an irresponsible activity. It's as if they are being macho, and want to prove how busy and important their lives are. I predict someday that attitude will be as socially unacceptable as smoking."

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

With Leland as good as on his way to a Mexican prison, I thought it was time for me to look for his replacement.
I found him!!! I found him!!!!!

Alli, you probably know this guy too. But I'm sorry, he's mine and I'm not sharing!

If any of you watch Miami Ink, this is Ami James - I think he owns the shop.

He's mine. Back off.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

I read something once that said, "You always sell to the heart, not the head."

Yesterday Becky asked me to write an ad for a dog they'd had in foster care for 9 months. Clifford, an older dog, had a few health issues, but his cute, little face told his story.

So I channeled my inner Clifford and conjured up a heart-string-tugger of a story for an ad.

We posted the new ad yesterday and Clifford went home to be with this forever family in Zionsville today !!! Yeah for Clifford!!!!

If you want to read Clifford's ad, I think it's still online:

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Need a good laugh?

Go to

This blog lists packaging, advertising and all kinds of stuff that's not quite right. Here are a couple of examples that gave me a good chuckle:

Broken: Lowery Park Zoo flyer

The pricing scheme is on the back of a flyer for the Lowery Park Zoo in Tampa Florida:

Adults ( ages 12-49)
Seniors (60+)
Children ( Ages 3-11) Ages 2 and under are FREE

How much is admission for people that are between 50-59? Or are people between the ages of 50-59 not allowed to visit the zoo?

Broken: Triple thick shake
Robert Lee observes:
McDonald's advertises a "Triple Thick® shake". I've been trying to locate the National Shake Thickness Standard to verify that these shakes are three times thicker than the standard. [Maybe not "broken", but an apparently unprovable promise...]

Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Girls of TechPG
Mom was in Noblesville auditing one of their agents this week. We met her there and ate lunch - then did a little shopping before heading back to work.
Terri (aka the Boss Lady) is on the right and Mary Ann (our recruiter) is on the left.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Is it possible to fall in love with a plumbing fixture?

If so, I think Rich and are are head over heels. The plumbing crew was out today to finish the slab leak clean up stuff. While they were here we had them install new faucets. Rich called me at work to tell me how much he loved the new one we got for the kitchen. I knew I hated our old one and sure didn't think I'd form an emotional attachment to a plumbing fixture.

Oh, but I have.

I'm in love with my faucets......heard faintly in the background.... "Hi I'm Andrea and I'm addicted to plumbing ammenities."

We've always wanted one of those restaurant sprayers for our kitchen but knew it wouldn't HELP sell the house in the long run. So we compromised and got a cool pull down faucet. We can't quit playing with it tonight. It's sad.

We also got new bathroom fixtures. I love it, but I can only have one TRUE love going at a time, so the kitchen wins out.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Monday, March 12, 2007

Thank you Alli-Gal - you little quality checker you! The April show's actual date is April 27th. This is the 10 year anniversary of the show, there will be a spill over event on Saturday, but the actual show (if you want to get your hands on anything good) is Friday the 27th.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

The April Show
Left: Snowy Church by Connell

Every year, Rich's brother displays his art in a show called the April Show. It's usually held the first Friday in April and nearly every year it rains.

So in an effort to win out over rain, they moved the show to April the 28th. Here's a website about the show:

If you want to go, get there early. This show is held in a man's home. It's becoming more and more popular every year. It draws an enormous crowd - Wall to Wall, Body to Body. It's packed and usually pretty hot in the house. But it's worth it. The art is great!
Come one, come all!
Hot Water Fest

It's baaaack! We've got hot water again. They were here about 6 hours today, digging through our floor, digging out pea gravel to get to the pipe that was leaking.

They filled the hole back with the pea gravel and then concrete on top. I wanted to carve something into the concrete like, "here lies my mother in-law" or "never thought you'd look here!" - you know something a skosh deranged. Here's why: eventually, we'll get off our butts and move. Some day, someone will want to replace the carpet. When they pull up the carpet and pad they will see this repair - so.....why not make em wonder!

Rich didn't want me to. So I carved our initials and the date in it. It's still really soft so if any of you have a good idea - shoot it my way. I have about a 2x2 ft area to work with. hehehehe

Monday, March 05, 2007

An Experiment in Amishism

I don't know how they do it, the Amish.

How do they live without electricity? Without hot water? Without so much that we take for granted?

Rich and I have been living an Experiment in Amishism, though reluctantly.

Our slab leak is going to be fixed tomorrow. It's none too soon. (I promise pictures of the jackhammered part of my closet floor! Check back soon!!!)

We've been turning off the hot water heater so it doesn't leak out into the slab. I get up about 2 hours before I need to actually get up to turn the hot water heater back on so if I'm lucky, I'll have luke-cold water to wash my hair in and take a sink bath with.

The hot water leaks out into the slab just about as fast as the hot water heater can produce it. So you play a game of hot water roulette every morning - gotta get to the bathroom at precisely the right moment, or the luke warm water has all escaped and the bathroom floor, though not heated, is now toasty warm.

Oh yes, kids, the Amish have something in them that I lack. Though I admit, I know the difference between icy cold water and luke-cold water now. And the difference is big, let me tell ya.

Of course it's hot water that's leaking, not cold. So our light bill was $300.00 this month! What a shocker! Wouldn't you think the light company would send a little note with the bill.."hey we noticed your consumption of electricity shot to near record perportions- what's up over there?" ....but no. They happily sent the $300.00 bill and are now anxiously awaiting my check to arrive!

Our insurance adjuster has been all but non-existent. Her excuse for ignoring our phone calls? "She's single and is behind in her work." What? Did she just say she's single?

Anyway, the end is in sight. I can't wait to take a shower again.

I'll never take you for granted again Mr. Hot Water Pipe Under the House.