Cat Wisdom Wednesday

So I’m going to try and put a new Cat Wisdom up every Wednesday (for any rss readers, it’s a feature on the sidebar of my blog that I change periodically).  From Duncan Sheik‘s song, Home:

And then I’m with you,
No longer alone.
When I’m with you,
it feels like I’m home.
And you are with me,
No longer alone.
How can it be?
It feels like I’m home.


Today I’m feeling kind of down.  Not really about anything in particular, but just … meh.  Things are looking up, in general – we got a check for Husband’s work and the money will be available in our bank account on Friday.  Not a whole ton, but enough to be better for a while.  I took my last midterm today, so I don’t have any looming tests.  But really tests aren’t such a focus for me right now, and there is still a project and homework sets and all the different things I want to work on in my research.  Papers to read, data to analyze, people to meet with, some new equipment to learn.  There are so many things to do – so many things to be done – and I just want to lay around and watch tv.  Or curl up in bed and sleep…maybe I should do that soon…it’s getting late and I’m getting up early tomorrow to sit for the kids.

Aiming for healthy

Well, I’ve officially lost 3 lbs on the “We’re f*cking broke” diet. You might think that doesn’t sound so great, but I’m pretty happy about it – it’s helping me to get used to only eating until full, or sometimes being a bit hungry, and I think helping me to get back on to a healthier schedule. We’ll have some money again this Friday, and then the broke part will go away (we’ll switch broke out for poor), and then I’ll get to eat healthier, more balanced foods. But hopefully I can stay on track as far as overeating and exercise – sometimes losing just a few pounds is enough to get me more motivated again.

Overall, I just want to be healthier. Right now, I’m overweight – at a BMI of 30.4, I’m technically considered obese, but I don’t think you’d call me obese by my appearance – I have really strong leg muscles from my days as an athlete, and I wear a size 14 largely because of my chest (a large chest runs in my family). I have high cholesterol, but much more good cholesterol (HDL – high density lipids) than bad (LDL – low density lipids), and my blood pressure is always in the completely normal range. Here’s a picture of what I look like today:

Me, today

As far as exercise, on a weekly basis I walk everywhere (to get around the city) and I run around with the kids. I go to the gym to bike, use the elliptical, or take a yoga class, but that varies a lot more. I also continue to practice a sport I was competitive in as a kid – but usually only once every few weeks (it’s been even less frequent lately) – as it’s tough to get to the training center for that.

Why do I want to be healthier? Well, it has little to do with my appearance. Unlike when I suffered from bulimia, I now am much more ok with my body. My husband finds me sexy and I’ve learned to buy clothes that fit my body type. As many of my readers know, however, I hope to have children in the future, and we’re not really talking that far off. Right now we’re thinking we might start trying to get pregnant in the Spring of 2009, which is about a year and a half away. And I want to be healthier for my future pregnancy, and for my future children, and yes, for myself. There are a lot of pregnancy complications that are more likely when one is overweight, and I think since I have lots of time to plan, I should do whatever I can to put myself in the healthiest place I can be before I decide to rent out my womb to a tiny little being. One of the largest factors of that will be losing weight. Another will be to exercise regularly, some of which should be in activities that can continue throughout pregnancy, so that I can exercise during pregnancy as well.

Getting healthy, for me, is part of pre-conception planning, a practice that has become more common in the past few years. I really found the book, Before Your Pregnancy: A 90 Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception, to be helpful. It includes a section on diet and exercise, with recommendations for a diet and activities that focus on the nutrients and muscles that are needed for a healthy pregnancy.

Spiderweb cupcakes

I made these spiderweb cupcakes for my Halloween/Anniversary party last weekend. They’re actually red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting – mmm.

Here is the recipe I used:


Red velvet cupcakes w/cream cheese frosting

2 1/2

cups all-purpose flour


teaspoon salt


cup unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2

cups sugar




tablespoons cocoa powder


ounces water


ounces red food coloring


cup buttermilk


teaspoon vanilla extract


teaspoon white vinegar


teaspoon baking soda


cream cheese frosting

1 (8

ounce) package cream cheese, softened


cup unsalted butter, softened


cups powdered sugar


teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12 cupcake cups or line with paper liners.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and blend well.
  4. Make a paste of cocoa and food coloring and add to the butter mixture.
  5. Sift flour and salt togethr into this mixture.
  6. One at a time, add the following ingredients: buttermilk, vanilla, and water.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar and the baking soda. Fold it into the cake batter. Make sure it’s incorporated, but don’t beat it.
  8. Pour the batter into the cupcake cups. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the cake springs back when touched.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes, then turn out of pan and onto a rack to finish cooling completely.
  10. Cream Cheese Frosting: Blend together the following: 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened, 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened, 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.

Project 365?

So I’ve seen a decent number of people doing a 365 blog, where they take a picture every day. I think it seems pretty cool and would like to try it out, except that I don’t think I’ll get to posting everyday, and I really like Flickr, so I think I’ll just post the pictures there but maybe have a group for my Project 365 which will contain only 1 picture from each day, with a title and description when I have time…Do any of my readers do this? How do you like it?

It’s dark outside

And I’m getting ready to head out to watch the kiddies.  They are so cute, every day I come home and tell my husband about how much fun I had watching the baby and toddler.

It’s been a rough time for Husband and I – we’ve been very broke.  Not just “we’re not paying some bills and we’re budgeting our weekly groceries broke,” but “oh crap we can’t afford that whole prescription” and “beans and rice, again?” and “I’d come down to campus for the free pizza event, but I can’t find $2 for the subway fare to get there” and “Con Ed we need more time before you shut off the electricity on us, I swear we can pay it next month” kind of broke.  We’ve been in this situation in the past and we’ll be here again in the future, I’m sure, but it is tiring.

Oh well, gotta run!

Great post on atheists and anger

This is a wonderful post over at Greta Christina’s blog: Atheists and anger.

An excerpt:

Condom_packageI’m angry that women are dying of AIDS in Africa and South America because the Catholic Church has convinced them that using condoms makes baby Jesus cry.

Coat_hangerI’m angry that women are having septic abortions — or are being forced to have unwanted children who they resent and mistreat — because religious organizations have gotten laws passed making abortion illegal or inaccessible.

GalileoI’m angry about what happened to Galileo. Still. And I’m angry that it took the Catholic Church until 1992 to apologize for it.

Christian_marriageI get angry when advice columnists tell their troubled letter-writers to talk to their priest or minister or rabbi… when there is absolutely no legal requirement that a religious leader have any sort of training in counseling or therapy.