Thursday, September 29, 2011

Save The Tatas!

I wonder who is still out here reading my blog.  If it is just me writing for personal pleasure, and to see myself type, so be it.

I am sitting here at the Baylor Hospital Medical Pavilion at the Darlene G. CSAs Women's Imaging Center, where I am waiting to have a mammogram.  Yes, me, a guy....

First off, let me explain.  About 2-3 months ago, I had a bump above my left nipple, and I thought it was either a random pimple or an ingrown hair.  I let it be.

A month later, it was bigger.  I thought the amount of iced tea I drank on a daily basis could be causing a cyst, so I cut out caffeine.  No bueno.

I finally saw my doctor, and he thinks it is a chat, but in order to make sure, he ordered a mammogram to rule out and/or confirm his diagnosis.

So, I sit here, with my BFF Jana, as I wait to have what tiny piece of boob I have.  It is very uncomfortable sitting here, even with a female, as I am the one answering the questions and filling out paperwork, and even wearing the name bracelet.

However, the women here on staff have been quiet and discreet...well, almost discreet...

I was waiting and though I heard my name.  So, as a good patient, I jump up and go to the woman calling my name, and she had actually called out a name similar to "Brad."  Needless to say, I was a tad embarassed and sat back down.  The receptionist that checked me in came over and told me that they handle men in a different way, a bit more discreet, because it can be intimidating to be at a women's clinic.  I smiled, winked, chuckled, and told her, "NOW you tell me!"  She laughed and apologized, but now I sit here waiting for the technician to come to me, privately, and take me back, where they won't be shouting my name.

Kudos to the staff for making the waiting room a little more comfortable for men!  Just make sure you tell to.gentlemen WHEN they walk in!

Oh, by the way: 1 in every 1000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.  #justsayin and #savethetatas

Saturday, August 6, 2011

You Know You're a Flight Attendant If.....

• You never unpack
• You look to the ceiling when your doorbell chimes
• You wish you had jet engines mounted in your bedroom so you could fall asleep faster
• You don't ever write a full city name (and it bugs your non-aviation friends): DTW MCO FCO BOM
• You get excited over certain types of ice
• You silently curse every Bose headset-wearing dude -- ("Yes, the electronic device announcement means you, sir.")
• You know how to look fresh in 5 day old clothes
• No matter how many times you clean out your suitcase you still find ancient hidden treasures in there
• You HATE boarding
• You LOVE deplaning
• You have figured out that turbulence is not caused by clouds but by the initial movement of all meal carts
• You can't believe that people let their babies and toddlers play on the floor of the aircraft cabin -- ewww, nasty
• You remember the passengers with great manners (that's sad)
• You can't remember when UM's actually became bigger than you
• You love foreigners because they can't adequately complain in English
• You have to turn your head when you see a passenger in stocking feet enter a lavatory
• You secretly cheer when another flight attendant has to deal with the medical emergency
• You HATE on board duty free
• You can't stand the frequent flyer who says "I fly more than you..." (yeah, right)
• You hate running into your passengers at your layover hotel
• Blankety-blank tray stackers!
• You hate when the heavy drinkers start flirting and calling you by name
• You long for the days when it was easy to rig the TV for free movies
• You want to smack the nail clipping -- finger nail polishing -- nose picking -- snoring passengers
• You want no passengers talking to you while you are non-revving
• Even when you are not working a flight, you travel in uniform for the liquids, creams and gels exemption
• If passengers can't find the flush to the toilet -- they should stay in there till they do!
• You wish you had a button to press that would announce, "No I don't have a pen"
• You are excited to find a can of different soda that is not supposed to be on your airline
• You could scream when people use an empty seat to change their baby's diaper, and don't even put a blanket underneath the little one -- worse yet, they ask if they can change the baby on the floor of the galley!
• You know a meaning for "crop-dusting" that has nothing to do with agriculture
• You cruise the aircraft after all the passengers have deplaned to find the discarded magazines and paperback novels before the cleaners get them
• You can spot the cover of a new crossword or sudoku book on an airport newsstand rack from 50 feet away
• You hate early morning departures -- Who in the hell HAS to fly at 6 AM?
• You wish every airline manager actually WAS a flight attendant at one point in their life (this goes double for flight attendant supervisors)
• You can't believe the senior F/A at your airline is in their 80's (doesn't matter what airline they all have them)
• You try not to go to the bathroom on the plane but you sure can catch a good nap in there
• You hate that passengers think they can hear you without taking off their headsets
• You are glad there are no hidden cameras in the galley
• Your non-aviation friends truly don't get the commuting part: "So you have to fly when and your trip starts where??"
• YES, "Remain seated for the duration of our flight" DOES mean YOU
• You can't figure out why your manager is not held accountable for the same things you are
• Your jumpseat partner knows more about you than your spouse or life partner
• You have at least 6 items of your own you could add to this list
• You had a memory for all of these, and understood every one.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Homemade Bedbug Spray

Every few months, as a flight attendant, you hear either a news report or "Galley Gossip" that there is a hotel out there with bedbugs. Unfortunately, you can't avoid them, especially if you travel for a living.

I found a recipe in Real Simple magazine recently for a homemade spray, and I have yet to try it, but after going to Bed, Bath & Beyond today and seeing a spray for $6.99, I figured you could get more for your money with this recipe. I plan on making it, but first, have to order the essential oils from Amazon (so far, the cheapest prices on the web...)

Homemade Bed Bug Spray

1 cup water
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil
3 drops clove essential oil (optional)

Put into a fine mis sprayer, shake well, and spray on mattresses, furniture, and other items that are (or could be) infested.

Recipe taken from: http://www.allpestco.com/2010/05/homemade-bedbugs-spray/

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Weight Watchers - Day #4

Today was definitely another improvement, but I'm still hungry throughout the day. When I get to LA tomorrow, I'll be stocking up on lots of fruit to carry, because that seems to be my issue....however, even being hungry, I managed to eat throughout the day, even with a few "off" snacks and stayed under my 47 points. Go me!

For the record, the green triangles are considered "Power Foods," which are described on the website as: "Nutritious and satisfying foods that work hard to help you lose weight."

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Morning
1 cup(s) cooked oatmeal
4
2 small Restaurant-style unsweetened fruit cup
0
1 cup(s) fat-free cottage cheese
3
1 medium whole hard-boiled egg(s)
2
1 tsp table salt
0
1 packet(s) SPLENDA No Calorie Sweetener
0
1 tsp black pepper
0
Subtotal9
Midday
1 cup(s) cooked brown rice
5
3 oz cooked center rib pork loin, lean and fat
5
1 item(s) Homestyle classic veggie burger
3
1/2 oz swiss cheese
1
1/8 cup(s) romaine lettuce
0
1 Tbsp Tomato Ketchup
0
1 slice(s) red onion(s)
0
Subtotal14
Evening
3 cup(s) greek salad, without dressing
3
1/8 Greek Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
0
Subtotal3
Anytime
13 item(s) animal crackers
3
1 cup(s) cooked brown rice
5
Dried Asian Pears - Quick added food
1
3 oz cooked center rib pork loin, lean and fat
5
1 Tbsp soy sauce
0
15 nut(s) almonds
3
Subtotal17
Food PointsPlus values total used43
Food PointsPlus values remaining4

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Weight Watchers - Day #3

Well, I think the hard part is over...for now. I didn't have a real breakfast, but did have half of an omelete after getting to Sacramento this morning, and then my bun-less burger for lunch, that I stretched into two parts, since I was 1) running out of time in the restaurant and 2) was very satisfied with only eating half. For dinner, I really did just have a big plate of vegetables from the JFK Terminal 5 "Hot Line," and had I known where I stood earlier, I probably would have gotten some stuffed Basa, but I'm actually quite content now.

My crew and I are going to the airport early for breakfast, so I'm going to figure out what I'm going to get before I go, so I have a good idea of what I can have. I did have 1c of boxed red beans and rice, as suggested on a specific recipe, and it was quoted as only being 5 points per cup, but of course, online, it shows 7. So, in order to be fair, I'm using the higher value, which still keeps me under. Any suggestions will be welcomed!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Morning
1/2 item(s) ham and cheese omelet
5
30 item(s) baby carrots
0
2 packet(s) SPLENDA No Calorie Sweetener
0
20 oz black coffee
0
Subtotal5
Midday
1 small Restaurant-style unsweetened fruit cup
0
1 oz swiss cheese
3
1 item(s) fast-food cheeseburger, small
8
1/8 cup(s) romaine lettuce
0
1 slice(s) tomato(es)
0
1 slice(s) red onion(s)
0
1 Tbsp Tomato Ketchup
0
1 Tbsp mustard
0
Subtotal11
Evening
3/4 cup(s) Brussels sprouts
0
1/4 cup(s) cooked carrots
0
1 Tbsp cooked green beans
0
1 cup(s) red beans and rice
7
Subtotal7
Anytime
1 piece(s) Hard candy twists assortment
1
Subtotal1
Food PointsPlus values total used24
Food PointsPlus values remaining23
Activity
No entries for activity.
Activity PointsPlus values earned0
Check off these important items daily:
Liquids
Milk & Milk Products
Fruit & vegetables
Multivitamin/Mineral
Healthy Oil
Activity


Monday, March 21, 2011

Weight Watchers–Day #2

Well, I totally bombed today, and I think I know why. First, I had a basic breakfast, just to tide me over (and yes, it was a salad, but so?) Lunch was a veggie burger and celery, and I was full at that point in time. I got on the plane to commute to work, and ate 1/2 a bag of baby carrots…also free. Of course, on the 2nd leg of my commute, I didn’t have anything, so by the time I finally got to Long Beach, I was ***STARVING***! This isn’t good. Of course, I told myself when I went out to eat, I’d just eat part of it, and take the rest home. WRONG. I was like a fat kid at a candy store….I attempted to eat just parts of the meal and allow my brain time to realize I was full, but I did not. I also did not make the right choices on my meal. I could’ve knocked off several points had I just told myself “no” but I was hungry. Fortunately, with Weight Watchers, you have your weekly allowance points, that if you do screw up, it deducts them from that total, which allows you overages for the week.

Tomorrow is a new day, and I’ll be focused again. Working also helps, and I plan on getting a huge plate of steamed veggies once I land at JFK. Below is my chart for today. Suggestions are welcomed. Looking at it, I’m sure some of the values are higher than I planned, because I was estimating, and figure that a higher estimate is better than lower, right?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Morning
8 fl oz Ruby Red Premium 100% Juice
3
1 small tomato(es)
0
1 cup(s) romaine lettuce
0
1/4 cup(s) Shredded Colby & Monterey Jack Cheese
3
3 piece(s) Pepperoncini
0
4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1
Subtotal7
Midday
1/2 Tbsp Light Mayonnaise
0
1 burger(s) Veggie Grillers™ Prime
4
1 tsp mustard
0
1 serving(s) Sargento Reduced-Fat Pepper Jack Cheese
1
1/2 Tbsp Tomato Ketchup
0
1 Tbsp sweet pickle relish
1
1 serving(s) Mrs. Baird's Whole Wheat Grillin' Thins
3
8 stalk(s) celery
0
Subtotal9
Evening
2 cup(s) tossed salad without dressing
0
4 Tbsp reduced-calorie italian salad dressing
2
2 cup(s) mashed potatoes
13
1/2 cup(s) Mushroom In Brown Gravy Mix
5
10 oz cooked trimmed beef chuck arm pot roast
20
1 item(s) dinner roll(s)
5
5 cup(s) Unsweetened iced tea
0
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
3
Subtotal48
Anytime
1 Tbsp apricot preserves
1
1 venti Beverages Iced Tazo Tea (unsweetened)
0
12 fl oz Diet Coke
0
30 baby carrot(s)
0
Subtotal1
Food PointsPlus values total used65
Food PointsPlus values remaining0

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Food For The Road, Weight Watchers Style

So, I spent most of the time cooking and preparing for my next 7 day tour of the United States, and I hope I can stick to it...this will be the biggest challenge, eating while away from home (and a kitchen) for that long.

I got simple stuff to prepare that could be easily frozen in vacuum seal bags, where I can heat it up in a microwave (when available) or in a coffee pot full of hot water. That seems to do the trick.

The contents of my lunch bag:

Smoky-Sweet Chili-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin
Red Beans & Rice
Brown Rice
Packets of tuna fish in water
2 cans Progresso Low Sodium Zesty Southwestern Vegetable Soup
Carrots
Celery

It doesn't sound like a lot, but I have 3 portions of each, and I can fill in the gaps with salads and vegetables from the road. I'm fortunate that our terminal at JFK International Airport has plenty of good food choices, so I won't starve, for sure....I'll continue to blog my daily progress and hopefully soon, I'll hear somebody say, "Have you lost weight?"