rivkasmom: (B5 Badge)
I want this SO bad!  http://www.wildtvstore.com/product.php?productid=38170 ; I've been waiting forever for the price to come down.  If you know of a site that's cheaper, let me know!

Unfortunately, any extra money I have will go to getting me new glasses, otherwise I won't be watching much of anything.  :-(

This would be shiny, too.

Rivka would like this.

I'm also looking for:
Forever Knight
Made in Canada
Absolutely Fabulous
Vicar of Dibley
rivkasmom: (Blue Angel)

Happy Thanksgiving!
25% off Special.

Lots of new items have been added to my site, especially rings, necklaces and bracelets.  There are many more items to be added over the next few days, so keep checking back. 

Click the pics to go directly to that item's description.

Gifts for the gents, tie clips, pins and cuff links galore.
Don't know what to get?  Get a gift certificate!

Use coupon code STEAMCON to get your discount.
Exceptional accessories and one of a kind steampunk designs for men and women. 
Custom orders a specialty.  http://www.Rivkasmom.com
rivkasmom: (Otter LOL)
I'm 4 days behind on LJ, what did I miss?

Steamcon was full of epic win and awesomesauce.  Rivka got scared by a zombie, but the invisible flying monkeys were well under control.  Much fun was had by all, and detailed posts will follow, as soon as my brain stops spinning.

In other news, OMG THE CLIMATE IS CHANGING!  Seattle has snow.  Yay!!!

I have entirely too much work to do between now and New Years.  If you see me on LJ too much, kick me.  OK?
rivkasmom: (Rose in the Rain)
This is such a beautiful video.  I think it sums up why Halloween is really the opposite of Jewish ideals.  We've had a bellyful of death, and then some.  Why give it an audience now, even for pretend?  We don't need to play at being scared.  Time is always too short, let's enjoy LIFE, death will come for us all eventually. 

May she live to 120 and a day.
rivkasmom: (Default)
Pink not your thing?  No worries here!   100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. 

Bid this up for a good cause!  

Check out all of the other cool auction items that have been gathered by the amazingly big-hearted Donna Ricci of Clockwork Couture.
rivkasmom: (Obama Nose)


I do not like this Uncle Sam,

I do not like his health care scam.

I do not like these dirty crooks,

or how they lie and cook the books.

I do not like when Congress steals,

I do not like their secret deals.

I do not like this speaker Nan ,

I do not like this 'YES, WE CAN'.

I do not like this spending spree---

I'm smart, I know that nothing's free.

I do not like your smug replies,

when I complain about your lies.

I do not like this kind of hope.

I do not like it. nope, nope, nope!

Go green - recycle Congress in 2010

rivkasmom: (Default)
My very, very picky daughter LOVE this recipe.  This reheats really well and makes awesome leftovers.  We ate it for a week and never complained. 

Spanish Chicken with Green Olives
It's good over rice, or with a side of crusty bread to soak up the tomato juice.

If your chicken is frozen, no worries.  Run hot water over it so you can get the wrapper off, and then throw it in the crock pot.  Just add a few extra hours to the cooking time, or make it overnight. 

Put chicken in crock pot with two cans of green beans, or 4 cups of frozen green beans.  Add a can of chopped tomatoes (not sauce) and some oregano and garlic.  On top of it all, add 1/4 cup of brine from the olives, and a couple dozen green olives sliced in half.  It's especially good if they have the pimentos inside.

Simmer for a few hours until the chicken slides off of the bone.  Best of all, only one pot to wash! ;-)

Try it with pot roast, too.
rivkasmom: (Rose in the Rain)
I've fallen madly in love with Yuri Norshteyn.  I could spend hours watching his little films. 
rivkasmom: (Default)
If you are going to unfriend me, at least have the courtesy of PMing me and letting me know how I managed to piss you off.

I'm still getting posts from you, and when I try to respond it says "friends only", and won't let me say anything.  That's just plain rude.

If you don't like my politics, my parenting style, or what side I part my hair on, that's cool.  I'm a grownup, I can deal with it.  Just have some internet manners, OK?  
rivkasmom: (Bootstraps get you some!)
Why are people so threatened  by success?  Because they are afraid that  you are going to judge them and hold them to the same standard that you judge yourself by.  Because they are afraid that they might actually be expected to move out of their comfort zone, and give up some of their security blankets like pity, drugs, excuses or other coping mechanisms.  Because if they are going to fail, they want company, they don't want to be left behind all alone.

I have heard to much negativity in the past few months, it's just unreal.  Some of it comes right out of left field, from people who I'd least expect it from.  Fortunately, I'm able to see that it's only a reflection of their own insecurities, and has nothing to do with me personally.  I'm very proud that I've become strong enough to realize that and not give up.

When I first started this diet, a friend told me "You look fine just the way you are."  (That's nice, I get that a lot.)  22 pounds later, the SAME friend, when I tell her I went from a size 14 to a size 12, says "Well, at your height you shouldn't be more than a 10."  WTF?  I feel scrawny and unhealthy at a size 10, and I'm quite happy at a 12.  This friend had lap band surgery, lost 100 pounds, and gained it all back within two years. 

I could go on, but I'm sure that anyone who's tried to undertake anything challenging can tell similar stories.  It doesn't matter if you want to move to Europe, open a new business, or remodel your house, someone, somewhere, is going to be threatened by it.  They are going to NEED to give you negative feedback because the very survival of their self identity depends on it.  

Try not to judge them for being negative.  Most people don't even realize when they are doing it (I'm just worried about you.) or they don't know why they are doing it.  It's like explaining water to a fish, so don't bother. It will only make things worse.  Just take their comments and treat it as their concern for you, and leave it at that.

Now, once in a rare while you will find a really emotionally healthy friend or partner who "gets it", and will be your cheerleader and support.  CLING to them and tell them how much you appreciate them.  They are worth more than all the gold in the world and you can trust them with your life because you know that their concern for you is coming from a positive, selfless place. 

Sometimes you may have to go to an online support group, because people who know you and have to see you in real life can't be as objective, and are more easily threatened.  Online people are every bit as valid and valuable as allies, and you should nurture those relationships just as much as if you were sitting over a cup of real coffee with them. 

If you're going to try the HCG Protocol, this group is really, really wonderful. http://hcgdietinfo.com/hcgvanillaforum/  
rivkasmom: (Dove)


Our Mission is to End Identity Politics in America forever. We desire a society based on the content of ones character and NOT race nor the color of ones skin. With our message, we are ready to combat the NAACP, the Al Sharptons, Jesse Jacksons and the Left, who profit from tearing America apart. We are Pro-America!! If you are like minded and believe in our mission then join us.

We need to maintain the Soul of America. We must be proud of our Great Country. We must defend the values that make us exceptional. Our organization is not driven by hate but by LOVE. Love of God, Love of Family and Love of Country! However we must Unite against the forces that thrive upon racial divide.

The concept of a colorblind* society is build upon the teachings of our greatest thinkers. As Thomas Jefferson once articulated, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal…” Here at NAACPC we live our lives by those words. We believe that race is an institution designed to keep like minded citizens apart and separate. The institution of race has given us racism, social and political segregation and numerous barriers both physically and psychologically. The NAACPC stands strong behind the belief that there are no differences in people relative to skin color.


*OK, I totally bristled at the use of the word "colorblind", but I agree so much with the basic ideas of this that I'm going to look past it.  I understand why I they used it, I just wish they had found a more effective and accurate term.  
rivkasmom: (Default)
Walnuts are a migraine trigger.  Bummer! 

My body is SO not ready for wheat, if ever.  I had 1/4 of a whole wheat bagel yesterday, and today my belly is all swollen and gassy. :-(  Everything else I ate yesterday was pretty good as far as diet goes, so it had to be the bread.  

My weight is staying stable at around 150, give or take a pound.  I'm still hoping to drop 5 more pounds over the next few weeks.  I have to remind myself to eat, because if I don't get enough calories my metabolism will get too slow again.  I just don't get so hungry!  

I've been doing a lot more walking, and really enjoying it a lot.  I hope to keep that up, at least a few miles every other day, and then going to daily when I feel like I don't need to recuperate in between.  Fall and winter are so mild here, and the rain is so misty, that I can take an umbrella and walk the park trails almost all season long if I really want to.  

I still can't believe how fast I recovered from that lower back injury last week.  Normally I'd be down for ages, but I've bounced back quickly.

I'm sleeping really well, so I've tapered down to 1/4 of a Lunesta tablet at night.  I'm getting sleepy earlier, sleeping all night, and waking up in a good mood.  Anyone who has ever had the displeasure of dealing with me in the morning (any time before noon - and two cups of coffee) can tell you that this is nothing short of miraculous!

You know those soft cookies with the thick frosting and sprinkles on top?  I had a TINY nibble off of one, and I mean tiny like the size of a pinkie nail.  It was so sickly sweet and gross, I had to spit it out and have a huge drink of water!  I thought I was going to throw up for a second.  I can't believe I used to eat those things.  I'm cringing right now just thinking about it.  Eeeeeew!

On the other hand, Dryer's Slow Churned ice cream, with no sugar added, is total crack.  OMG LOVE!  It still has all the delicious fat, cream, egg yolks, etc. but no processed sugar or corn syrups.  They use a combination of sugar substitutes, and I cannot tell the difference at ALL.  The butter pecan flavor is to absolutely die for.  I ate a whole gallon over the course of three days.  I think that this is something that I may have to have around only for special occasions. ;-)
rivkasmom: (Default)
This is an awesome post.  http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=2122

"The practice of kafkatrapping corrupts causes in many ways, some obvious and some more subtle. The most obvious way is that abusive and manipulative ways of controlling people tend to hollow out the causes for which they are employed, smothering whatever worthy goals they may have begun with and reducing them to vehicles for the attainment of power and privilege over others."

"One very notable pathology is a form of argument that, reduced to essence, runs like this: “Your refusal to acknowledge that you are guilty of {sin,racism,sexism, homophobia,oppression…} confirms that you are guilty of {sin,racism,sexism, homophobia,oppression…}.”
Go read the whole thing, it's worth it.

ETA:  I found this link in the comments to the blog entry.  http://archive.uua.org/ga/ga99/238thandeka.html ; Very powerful ideas in there.  I'm going to have to go over it again when I'm not so sleep deprived.
rivkasmom: (Where in Qur'an?)
The cost of war, the oppression, the blockades, the starvation and poverty and shortages and... oh, it's just too horrible to bear.  Don't take my word for it, read for yourself.

rivkasmom: (Default)
Down another 1.5 pounds without even trying!  Cheese, eggs, avocado, blueberries, salmon, peaches, melon, salad dressing, baked chicken with the crispy skin on (yum!), hamburger patties, mustard - so far, no reactions. :-D

Apparently, my body is wanting to head down to 145 (only 5 more pounds to go!) so I won't have to do another round of shots unless I start gaining again.  Hopefully I won't over do it on a trigger food and mess up my metabolism.  That's really the only way that you'll gain the weight back.

Something interesting that I've learned - turkey is REALLY bad for your diet.  It's very lean and high in protein, but the tryptophan will slow down your metabolism and keep you from burning off the calories.  Who knew?

I can't wait for the 9 Days to be over, because I am in serious need of wearing my new size 12 skirts.  
rivkasmom: (Frinkle Excited)
This phase of the diet (P3) is where you stop doing the injections, and start resetting your hypothalmus.  You are basically lowering your set point to lock in your current weight.  This phase lasts about three weeks.  In this phase, you get NO starch whatsoever, no challah, not a single cracker crumb.  Watch out for starchy vegetables, too.  No processed sugar, and moderate fruit intake.  Other than that, you can eat all the meat and non-starch veggies you want, tuna, salmon, etc.  It's actually a little weird to not have the restrictions anymore.

I started adding in more calories so that I'm eventually getting (according to my weight) around 1600 to 1700 a day.  The exact amount is not important, as long as I don't gain more than two pounds over my Phase 2 lowest weight.  Most people stay stable at this weight, and a few people continue to lose weight as their metabolism shifts.  My sister lost 7 pounds on P3 without even trying.  I just lost 2.3 pounds over the weekend.

It's important to get out and get some exercise, if you haven't been doing it by now.  I've started trying to do more yardwork and housework at the very least, and weather permitting I try to go for a two mile walk every day.  I feel AWESOME! I'm sleeping so well that I'm going to try tapering off of my sleeping pills.  Those little buggers are expensive.

Today, I put on a skirt that just barely fit me two months ago.  I zipped it up all of the way, and it hung down on my hips.  I gave it a little tug, and it was on the floor!  The skirt literally fell off of me.  I am officially no longer a size 14.  I'm starting a pile of clothing that needs to be taken in at the waistband.  :-D  I treated myself to a trip to Goodwill to get a couple of cute size 12 skirts.  I still didn't trust that they would fit so I had to try them on.  I was so amazed when they fit perfectly.  Ironically, I also found some really gorgeous skirts that I would have loved to buy, but they were size 14!  The thrift store fates, how they mock me.

Now, I have a few weeks to decide if I want to cycle back to Phase 2 and do another round of shots for 21 days, and try to lose 10 to 15 more pounds, or do I want to just continue at 1600 calories and daily exercise and see if I can get the last few pounds off that way. If I decide to not do another round, then I go straight to Phase 4, where I slowly, SLOWLY start adding in new foods, constantly checking for weight gain, fibro pains, migraine triggers, exhaustion or IBS symptoms.  In this regard, it is exactly like a food allergy diet.  


Jun. 30th, 2010 01:44 pm
rivkasmom: (Angrycat)
A friend of mine just posted this first hand account of the G20 riots.  It's long, but it deserves to be published far and wide.


Please cross post freely.  (Freely?  Oh, the irony.) 
rivkasmom: (Another Wankfest?)
I commented in a friend's journal last night, and this morning I woke up to an inbox full of wankery.

I just got unfriended by a bunch of people who can't tell when I'm being sarcastic, and don't have the nerve to ask me "Hey, what the heck did you mean by that?"  There was epic butthurt all around.  Of course, none of them were real life friends, because they would have been used to my sense of humor by now.  Still, a few of them were people that I kinda considered to be cool. 

Maybe it's the economy, or something in the water, but it seems to me that people are getting more and more thin skinned as time goes on.  People are taking things very literally, and then blowing them up to crazy proportions.  "If you really believe x, then you must think XXXXXX!  Nazi!!!" 

So from here on out, be warned.  I am silly, sarcastic, irreverent and occasionally not politically correct.  I own a gun, vote Libertarian, and I'm pro Israel 100%.  I think that everyone on the planet is created equal, and that nobody should get special rights, privileges, quotas, accommodations (except for disabilities). 

I judge individual people by their actions alone, not on fancy speeches, physical appearances, or group affiliations.  If you want to be my friend, show me.  I believe that there are good and bad, stupid and smart, ethical and evil people in every group.  There are always exceptions, and I am always open to finding them. 

If you think I'm out of line, say something.  If not, then you're a coward and I feel sorry for you.  Life is too short to be riding the Drama Llama all day.  
rivkasmom: (Frinkle Blankie)
We went to the kosher pizza place for Rivka's birthday.  Since my last weigh in I was at 156.8, I figured I'd go off for a day, and I had two slices of pizza.

Two delicious, greasy, cheesy, starchy slices of NOM NOM NOM goodness.

Now, this may be a total coincidence, it may be the power of suggestion, or just maybe it might be related, but I have a really nasty headache right now.  

I still want to lose another 10 to 15 pounds, so I'm going to keep doing this diet for another two weeks or so.  I'll get back on track and see what's going on with this headache.  Like I said, it may be coincidence, but if at the end of the program I add wheat or dairy back into my diet and get another headache, I'll have a better idea of what's going on with my body.

Oh pizza, why do you have to taste so good?  WHY?!

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