Tuesday, September 30, 2008


We have to vote absentee this year because we are still registered in Newton County. I received the ballot this past week. I have to say that Newton County has some of the most efficient and helpful workers I've ever experience. It's one of the reasons why I love living there. Anyway, I'm looking over the ballot and am just surprised and a little disgusted at the number of people running unchallenged. I counted 9 and I just can't fathom how there are absolutely no qualified opponents in Newton County for these seats. Perhaps, even more annoying is that they've wasted ink putting it on the ballot. I have no intention of "voting" for any of them because whether we vote for them or not, they will still retain their seat. It's a waste of time and frankly, a little pathetic.

Friday, September 26, 2008


This is apparently the incident that prompted the huge police presence yesterday. Very sad...The Ledger-Enquirer has figured out what their job is since I just discovered this on their web site. Notice all the detail in the article. Someone's death should warrant a bit more indepth reporting than this don't ya think.

15-year-old killed in Columbus car wreck
By Lily Gordon - lgordon@ledger-enquirer.com --

A Columbus teen was killed in a two-vehicle crash Thursday on **** Street.

Muscogee County Coroner Bill Thrower said John Paul Morgan Jr., 15, was involved in a car crash at ****** about 5:30 p.m.

Morgan was transported to The Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 5:58 p.m., the coroner said. The teen's body was sent to Atlanta for an autopsy.

Great Night....Almost

I’ve been playing Bunco once a month with some of my co-workers for almost a year now. We rotate hosting the game night and the host provides dinner and drinks. My husband did a great job helping me get the house ready. He moved some of our furniture down to Columbus from Covington …by himself mostly because I was pretty useless with certain things like the sofabed. I did a really good job of renting the U-Haul though :-). He finally put up the bathroom accessories that I bought over a year ago. He put up my curtain rods. The house has 10 foot high ceilings so the windows are really up there. He set up the music for me. He didn’t complain once and was absolutely great about it. I spent way too much on food but I wanted to do something different so I got Caribbean food from Rose’s. She is a bit overpriced but the food is good and she is the only good Caribbean restaurant in the area so I guess she can do that. Everyone came and we had a great time.

It must have been a full moon last night because there were two incidents in my otherwise quiet with some seedy elements…mainly drugs and prostitution…neighborhood. There was something going on two streets over because the police were out there and there was crime scene tape up. All of my co-workers were showing up telling me there was something going on. I had no idea what it was. Having lived near Atlanta , I have the expectation that if there is a major incident, the local news crew will be there reporting live no matter when it happens. Well, Columbus is not a “live” kind of town. Even though this was happening at around 6:00, it was not reported on any of the 11:00 news reports. It is still not on their websites this morning nor is it in the Ledger-Enquirer. I could assume that it was not a major incident but I’ve been in Columbus long enough to know better. They report that someone has been killed or robbed days after it’s happened…if at all. The news reporting here in Columbus is another area that is light years behind other metro areas in Georgia ...the whole country probably. I have given up on watching it. It is the most uninformative 30 minutes so, why waste my time. The top news story, pretty much all week, has been Bill Heard closing. Well, darn it, if a possible murder doesn’t top that, I don’t know what does. Being dead is a lot worse than losing your job.

The second incident occurred right in front of my house. Our house is in an unfortunate location right in front of an intersecting street. This intersecting street is where the crazy and seedy folks tend to reside/frequent. Although…some red-neck looking folks moved in next door around Labor Day. I could be wrong about them but that’s my first impression. Time will tell. Anyway, we’re playing around the coffee table in the living room with the front door open and we look out the screen door and see this man with his arm around the back and front of a woman’s neck. In retrospect, it looked like a wrestling hold but at the time, it just looked like one or both was drunk and they were holding each other up. We notice the man arguing with another man in a vehicle. No one is playing Bunco now. We’re all standing at the front door watching. I pick up my cell phone and go out onto the porch because I am one who WILL call the police and tell them everything I know. When I hear strange noises, I make a note of the time, just in case they come knocking. The woman manages to wrestle herself away and hops in the car with the other guy and they drive off. The guy then pitches his cell phone after the car. Guess where it landed? Right in my azalea bush! He at least had the good sense to ask me if he could retrieve the phone before he crossed my fence into my yard.

So, that was my night last night. The Farmer’s Almanac reports that the moon was only 15% visible last night so it was not a full moon. So, why my neighbors chose last night of all nights to act the fool, I have no idea.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Are we in a time of crisis? Everything we hear on the news says we should be. Somehow, I don’t feel overly concerned. I did't even watch Bush's speech tonight. Mainly because the man gets on my last nerve. My husband and I tend to be calm people who take things in stride. The only thing that generally sends me over the edge is when people don’t do what they say they’re going to do. I don’t deal with disappointment well. We are preparing our house in Covington for sale so we drive up to Covington from Columbus , every weekend to work on it. This past weekend, finding gas was a challenge. In Columbus , the second gas station I went to had gas but there was a line. When we arrived in Covington , none of the gas stations off our highway exit had gas. We have to pass 7 gas stations on the drive to our house. I’ve been watching the news this week and it seems that the gas problems are getting worse. Everyone is upset about it and understandably so. I don’t know. It seems like a good opportunity to decrease our dependency on automobiles to me. Take the train, ride a bike, walk, etc…

The economy is apparently going to hell in a handbasket. I have a love/hate relationship with capitalism. I think this phase is called reaping what you sow. This is one of the downsides to placing money, possessions, and wealth before people. No economic model is perfect but I finished my economics class in college not completely convinced that some of the theories were rational.

I’m not sure what to think about all this. I am not a happy-go-lucky person. This is exactly the type of doom and gloom that I often take comfort in. It fits in so neatly with my cynical world view. Surprisingly though, I’m not worried. I don’t think this is the end of the “good life” as we have come to know it. The instability in the financial markets and the ridiculously high gas prices will not lead to the country’s financial ruin. Whatever happens, we’ll get through it. What other option is there?

Thursday, September 11, 2008

P90 Masters

I'm ending my 2nd week of a P90 Masters rotation and I'm surprised that I'm still hanging in there. Doing only Sculpt 5/6 and Sweat 5/6 for the first 3 weeks did not appeal to me but it hasn't been as bad as I thought. I did do Low Impact Step today instead of Sweat 5/6 but one deviation in a week and a half is an accomplishment for me.

Natural Sunscreens

I'm about to delete my aromatherapy blog and combine it with this one. So' I'll be copying some of the posts here...starting with this one.

Friday, March 23, 2007
Natural Sunscreens

The fact that we are experiencing some of the hottest weather on record made me think of a question I received earlier this year about natural sunscreens...specificially PABA. I took this as an opportunity to do a little research and here is what I found.

There are typically two types of sunscreens, chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreens are synthetic and provide protection from the sun by being absorbed into the skin. Chemical sunscreens feel lighter on the skin than physical sunscreens and generally have a higher SPF level than physical sunscreens. However, chemical sunscreens are typically more likely to irritate sensitive skin. Apply chemical sunscreens at least 20 minutes before heading outside since they need time to absorb into the skin.

Perhaps the best-known chemical sunscreen used for protection against UVA rays is avobenzone, or Parsol 1789. In 1997, the Food and Drug Administration approved Parsol 1789 for sunscreens. Parsol 1789 chemically alters the way sunlight enters your skin and there are no known dangers to using it . Broad spectrum protection is also provided by other synthetic ingredients such as benzophenone and oxybenzone, which protect by absorbing UV light. PABA (paraaminobenzoic acid) was once a popular UV-absorbing sunscreen ingredient, but it can cause skin irritation in some people and is now replaced by Padimate-O, a derivative of PABA. Other synthetic ingredients are octyl methoxycinnamate and menthyl anthranilate.

Physical sunscreens are the natural sunscreens that provide protection from the sun by sitting on top of the skin. They reflect or scatter ultraviolet light as it hits the skin forming a barrier between your skin and the sun. They start to work almost immediately after applying. The most common natural sunscreens are the natural minerals zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These mineral compounds work by reflecting UVA rays and have long-standing safety records. Skin care experts debate which UVA blockers are most effective, but all of them work. One drawback to mineral-based ingredients is that they often show up white on your skin, but some transparent sunscreens now use them.

Antioxidants are often combined with titanium dioxide to slow down the oxidation of oils. Some popular natural antioxidants are vitamins E and C, rice bran oil (SPF 4), sesame seed oil (SPF 4), natural shea butter (SPF 6), and green tea (increases the sun protection activity of ingredients).

Recent research shows that green tea is indeed an effective sunscreen. A 1999 study published in the journal Photochemistry and Photobiology found that topical application of green tea may protect against the sun's UVB rays. This supports the findings of previous animal studies, which have also suggested that topical application of green tea may protect against the sun. The major polyphenolic constituent in green tea, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), is probably responsible for green tea's protective effect.

Recent research also shows that antioxidant supplementation may protect our skin. A paper published in a recent issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that supplementation with carotenoids (25 mg/day) and vitamin E (500 IU/day) "may be useful for diminishing sensitivity to ultraviolet light."

Click here for an ingredient list for a true natural sunscreen.

Click here for some natural sunscreen recipes.

Most sources recommend a minimum SPF 8 when going outside but the lower SPF of natural ingredients can be suitable for less intense sun exposure. Also be sure to wear sunglasses and a hat to further protect the eyes and face.