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Posted By Mike on Thu-20-dec-2007 || Title: The slope looks good || (0) comments
The diet is going very well. But then again, for guys it is always easier at first.
So for I have continued to loose about 1 pound a day, but Christmas and Family will be here shortly :)
2007-12-12 214 lb
2007-12-13 213 lb
2007-12-14 212 lb
2007-12-15 211 lb
2007-12-16 210 lb
2007-12-17 209 lb
2007-12-18 209 lb
2007-12-19 208 lb
2007-12-20 206 lb
Posted By Mike on Wed-19-dec-2007 || Title: Look who showed up! || (0) comments
I took all the kids to what I thought was going to be a normal night at J's Dance Studio. But we were all surprised with when Mr St Nick showed up. The girls could hardly believe Santa was in Heyworth! :) I have all the photos I took in my photo album.

Aaron finally received this Fall school photos. I hope to have this uploaded soon to the photo album and either handed out in person or mailed.
Posted By Mike on Tue-18-dec-2007 || Title: At last! || (0) comments
At last Canada has apologized to the United States for all the bad things they have done to us!

Watch :)

Posted By Mike on Tue-18-dec-2007 || Title: Mild Grumbling || (0) comments
Well, this morning was my first stall in weight loss at 209. I guess it is good I did not gain. I was hoping to continue my pound a day rate.

Now once again, both of my blue and orange football teams have the same loosing record. Last night's game really upset me. I realize that the Bears' offense has some problems, but last night, their defense was awesome. But other than the Bears' offense, I can tell you something else that was not awesome -- the NFL Referees!!! Either they are worthless (I doubt), or biased (possible), or just plain paid off (I believe)! What THE HECK! As far as I am concerned you could knock off one of the Vikings' touchdowns. They would not call most of the holding by the Vikings, but they would call the exact same hold for the Bears. And that intentional down call was a load of Penny poo tm I dare one of those refs to defend their decision on that call. OK, this is no longer a mild grumbling, but more of a rant, so I will close this post with that (I am trying to keep my blood pressure down). By the way Bears, GREAT defense last night.
Posted By Mike on Mon-17-dec-2007 || Title: Winter Weight || (0) comments
Not feeling the greatest this last week, I decided to change my eating habits and go to the doctor. OK, the doctor idea was Anne's. The doctor put me on medication for high blood pressure and told me to start eating right and to start exercising. I had already agreed to the eating right, but still have not done any exercising. The good part so far is that I have lost a pound a day and have gone from 214 to 209. I had been bouncing from 211 to as much as 216 one morning. I hope to get down to the range of 190 to 195 so I can get off the medication. Getting old stinks :P
Posted By Mike on Fri-14-dec-2007 || Title: Happy Birthday! || (0) comments
Happy Birthday Uncle Lynn! I hope you have a good one.
Posted By Mike on Fri-14-dec-2007 || Title: Lucas Christmas Cards || (0) comments
OK, I'm classifying this post's topic as humours, although a few of these images would be better fitted for the topic geeky :)

Every year from 1977 to 2007, Lucas Films releases a Christmas card. You can't buy these cards at any store. They are only for friends, family, employees, and business partners of Mr. Lucas. Here are my favorite five ordered by date:





Posted By Mike on Wed-12-dec-2007 || Title: Family Treats - part II || (0) comments
This is a followup from the last post. After tasting all the treats, the Chocolate Peanut Butter Snacks were the better tasting one. We have decided, despite what the cereal box states, vanilla is best left out of rice crispy treats. On the other hand, peanut butter and Hershey Kissables is a great addition.

I have also created a new topic that is food related for the other recipies that I have posted and will post in the future.
Posted By Mike on Mon-10-dec-2007 || Title: Family Treats || (0) comments
The Gibson variation of classic treats. Mostly Anne's ideas, but my idea of the Kissables.

Christmas Chocolate/Vanilla Rice Crispy Treats
(it looks Christmasy anyway :) )

1/4 cup of butter
12 ounces of Marshmallows
1 teaspoon of vanilla
6 1/2 cups of of Rice Crispy Cereal.
10 ounces of Heresy multi-color Kissables.

*Note: The second batch we experimented some more - we put 1/2 cup of crunchy peanut butter - I will let you know how that taste :)

In a pan, melt butter and marshmallows over low heat while lightly stirring. Blend with vanilla. In a large bowl, add marshmallow mixture to cereal and Kissables. Stir till completely mixed. Spread into a greased pan. Cool. Cut into bars.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Snacks

1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup Heresy multi-color Kissables.
1/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of crunchy peanut butter
3 cups of Captain Crunch

Line cookie sheet with waxed paper. Combine corn syrup, Heresy Kissables, and sugar in medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat. stirring constantly until mixture just comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter until well blended. Stir in Cereal until all pieces are evenly coated. Drop by rounded teaspoon onto prepared cookie sheet. Chill 30 minutes or until firm.
Posted By Aaron on Sun-09-dec-2007 || Title: Freezing rain || (0) comments
The Gibson clan is sitting in the house this weekend. Why? Because we are on our second day of freezing rain. :) Actually it is nice not needing to be running around. We have our Christmas shopping 99% done. I have to buy for some friends and Anne. Anne is done. Additionally, the Christmas cards are done. I have to admit, having both tasks done earlier than normal is nice. Even the stuff that needs to be mailed out, is mailed with more than enough time to get there (instead of the last minute).

[Sigh] Football season is a wash. My Bears and Broncos could not do anything this year. In fact I have walked away from the TV this afternoon, and probably the rest of the football season.

Anne and I have started some online shopping for the baby's room. Sooo many options. So many price ranges, and with that I'm sure some of the price differences is due to quality and other because of the nature of the purchase. The key is trying to figure that out.

Aaron's baby room was done in the Winnie The Pooh theme. Paige's baby room was done in a Boyd's Bear theme. August's baby room was done in Raggedy Anne theme. For the newest Gibson, we at first was thinking of another Raggedy Anne theme, thinking it would save us money. What we discovered is that no-one sells Raggedy Anne stuff. Not marketable and no one pull royalties off it (such a capitalist world). So we simply can't find anything in this theme. Instead we are going with Hello Kitty.
Posted By Mike on Sun-09-dec-2007 || Title: Happy Birthday || (0) comments
It is that time of year again...Happy Birthday Dad and Aunt Liz!
Posted By Mike on Tue-04-dec-2007 || Title: Honey || (0) comments
When I was a kid, my Mom would give me honey for my sour throat. Well, I have some news that should make Mom proud. A teaspoon of honey before bed seems to calm children's coughs and help them sleep better, according to a new study that relied on parents' reports of their children's symptoms. OK. that does not prove anything, but it is evidence. This old folk time remedy did better than cough medicine or no treatment in a three-way comparison. Honey may work by coating and soothing an irritated throat, according to Dr. Ian Paul. "Many families are going to relate to these findings and say that grandma was right," said lead author Dr. Ian Paul of Pennsylvania State University's College of Medicine. The research appears in December's Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Federal health advisers have recently warned that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines shouldn't be used in children younger than 6, and manufacturers are taking some products for babies off the market. A few pediatricians interviewed by the media (I think) who read the study said they would tell parents seeking alternative remedies to try honey. They noted that honey should not be given to children under age 1 because of a rare but serious risk of botulism.

For this study, they recruited 105 children with upper respiratory infections from a clinic in Pennsylvania. Parents were given a paper bag with a dosing device inside. Some were empty. It does not say why some were empty, you would have thought it would at least had water. Some contained an age-appropriate dose of honey-flavored cough medicine containing dextromethorphan but no honey. And some contained a similar dose with real honey. The parents were asked about their children's sleep and cough symptoms, once before the bedtime treatment and once after.
All of the children got better, but honey consistently scored best in parents' rating of their children's cough symptoms.

OK, here is the big disclaimer: The study was funded by a grant from the National Honey Board (Surprise!), an industry-funded agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agency had no influence over the study design, data or results, Paul said.
Posted By Mike on Sat-01-dec-2007 || Title: Christmas pic || (0) comments
I think most family members has seen the photo the kids made today. I have an unformated, high-res version of the childrens santa photo, different than the one on Anne's blog and sent out in email. here it is.
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