May 12, 2010

Random Wednesday

I'm going Random on Wednesday. There is just too much in my head for a bunch of little posts, so you get one longish weird post.

Of Sheep and Men

So I've been detailing the dissection of sheep stuff this week. First was the Pluck and then today the heart. Here is my take.

Don't eat Sheep.

I know it's not a food most in America pine for and one not readily available in our supermarkets, but after what I saw today while dissecting these hearts, stay away.

These sheep had heart disease.

Folks, I'm here to tell you, either we got our sheep plucks from some sheep heart disease housing center, American sheep are fed fatty foods, or sheep are just fatty meat.

If you're looking to eat healthy, if we opt for #3, sheep are fatty meat or #2, American sheep have bad diets, stay away from their meat. I tell you what... I was aghast. First there was the large layer of fat surrounding the hearts themselves, fat that I had to help pull away in some cases so the kids could actually GET to the hearts. Second, there was the state of the heart, some with such horribly necrotic tissue, I feel certain they had had a horrible case of angina. Nitro pills ground into their food would have improved the qualities of these sheeps' lives.

I haven't googled it due to time constraints, but perhaps this is what sheep are known for, fatty hearts.

Either way, I'm swearing off Sheep Meat. Eat More Chik'n.

A Bunch of Frickin' Freddy Kruegers

The cutting of the Plucks did not phase me. The absolute vast mutilation of the hearts after the learning process was done, but 25% of the boys in the class, had me going to some happy place in the recesses of my brain. Little chopped up pieces of heart was a bit more than I could take.

I can't relive it. I'll end this random post... now.


Coupons are Friends to the Wallet, but NOT Your Waist

Twice now I have been at Publix and had the honor of being directly behind folks with some mad coupon clipping skillz.

Here's a PSA.

Just because you have a coupon for it, doesn't mean you should eat it. Just because you can buy 5 frozen pizzas and get 5 for FREE, does not mean it is the right thing to do... eating pizza every single day.

I got behind a guy who bought $250 in groceries for $40. I was thoroughly entertained and as he looked at me apologizing, sifting through coupons as the cashier rang him up, I said, "No, this is fascinating... take your time."

Forty bucks.

He was proud.

The Cashier was amazed.

I thought some sort of bell should be rung, giving him the frugal shopper prize.

A young guy...

... on the path to heart disease.

He needed Dr. Oz at his grocery cart. There was NOT ONE fresh fruit or vegetable in the cart. There were 10 frozen pizzas, scads of frozen TV dinners, cereal, milk, juices... and not one thing fresh.

Today, I got behind a woman on the same mission. Not quite as good as he was, she had a $200 grocery bill, but I suspect $400 in groceries and the make up of her cart was exactly the same.

Frozen foods... nothing fresh. NOTHING FRESH.

This time my kids were with me, and they watched... in absolute horror. AFTER she left, Bones leaned in and said, "Mom, do you think she knows all that food day after day is bad for her?"

Mr. T chimed in "Mom, eating all that frozen food isn't good for your body. I mean, I like pizza, but she had TEN of them... And I didn't see anything to make a salad. She did have 10 gallons of ice cream that must've been on sale..."

Bonus points for my kids to realize they need to eat out of the fresh food category.

Seriously, they need coupons for fresh fruit and vegies. If this country is SERIOUS about getting this next generation to eat right, maybe coupons is the way to go.

I don't know. I just know that instead of actually being proud of these folks for saving so much money, I got depressed.


Eyes of the Beholder

I think Mickey Rourke is hotter now than he was way back when he was the BIG star. Color me blind, but perhaps its the fact I think he looks like he's traveled through hell to find some sort of inner peace... and he seems to still be on the journey.

THAT to me, is hot. Save the pretty boy easy life for someone else. I'll take a man who's lived a life and learned... good and bad.


Small to One Person... Larger than...

Hell. This one deserves it's own post. Just trying to figure out how to express it without sounding... like a victim?

Posted by Boudicca at May 12, 2010 08:40 PM

I like the idea about coupons for 'fresh' food. Especially for people on a limited budget. Back when I was divorced and on food stamps, I had to buy food that would last a month. That meant really limiting buying 'fresh'. At least add 'fresh' food to the WIC program, so young children can get that good food.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at May 12, 2010 08:59 PM

Mrs. Who, Good Grief, they don't have fresh food on the WIC program? We are just BEGGING for our poor children to be unhealthy. My kids LOVE fresh fruit. I bought some cut up fruit the other day and I came into the kitchen to find Bones burning up my blender. He'd taken ice, canteloupe, watermelon, honeydo melon and strawberries and was trying to blend it all with milk. I have no idea how it tasted, but he is all about eating or blending fruit. We LIVE on fruit...

Posted by: Bou at May 12, 2010 09:23 PM

What is available via coupons is why I gave up clipping them years ago. I refuse to even look at them now. Could I save money? Well, if I wanted to buy drek I could. Geeze.

Even when we had zero money (the 3 of us living on $500 a month), I found a way to buy some fresh stuff. Not as much as one would like, but some. I even grew green beans and tomatoes in pots on our porch... Money does help in that regard. Now I can afford to pick up fresh stuff - although fruit is not always the best in the middle of winter up north.

Posted by: Teresa at May 12, 2010 09:52 PM

I'm happy when I save $10 in coupons... but my coupons are for toilet paper and the like. While I buy fresh fruits and vegies, my kids are in that EWWWWWWWWWW stage. The oldest is finally eating brocolli again. Geeze.

Posted by: vwbug at May 13, 2010 04:44 AM

My SIL (the one I like) is a huge coupon person. She can get hundreds of dollars of items for under $10. I'm amazed. But when they video chatted with me and showed me all the food they stocked up in their pantry, well, it's all stuff I'd never buy.

I clip coupons, but not for items I'd be disinclined to buy in the first place. I think it's a way to trick you into buying crap.

We try to do the BOGO sales at Publix. But for the most part, coupons I find are not for food I'd buy.

I'd love to have coupons for produce. I've begun buying frozen broccoli because it's cheaper than fresh, but other than that, we buy all fresh produce. Nothing canned. Nothing (else) frozen.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at May 13, 2010 08:19 AM

I don't know these people, but in there defense they could have a huge freezer and be putting these things in the freezer and only eating 1 a week.

If craps on sale, huge sale or I have a crazy money off coupon for it I buy in quantity and put it in the freezer or it stays in the pantry. Could take months to eat it but if I buy it on a regular basis and can get it crazy cheap I buy and store.

Most I have saved with coupons/sale is $50.

Posted by: Quality Weenie at May 13, 2010 08:48 AM

Thanks for clarifying that for me. I have wondered for years HOW people actually got all those groceries for such a small amount. The same goes for CVS stuff. No wonder I rarely clip coupons - none of the stuff on the coupon is what I use. Sometimes cat food and allergy med, maybe zip loc bags.....everything else is useless to me.

Posted by: susan humeston at May 13, 2010 07:43 PM

I served on Pluck.
My daughter got Haggis from her grandparents when she was one. Haggis, the sheep,[genuine product of Scotland] lost most of his hair because my daughter Plucked it from his head. We suspect that Haggis will go to college with my daughter.

Posted by: Curtis at May 14, 2010 05:01 AM

... I suspect that the haggis may be a bit off by now, Curtis.....

... but I will say this, those who disdain haggis are mostly those who have never tried it.... it's actually a very flavorful and mild dish that is quite tasty.... besides, everyone should try everything in life at least once... and I've never found eating haggis to be a negative experience....

... viva la haggis....

Posted by: Eric at May 15, 2010 06:16 AM

Almost 7 now. Silly little sheep instantly clutched at bedtime. It's odd what forms medicine takes. Good for the soul.

Posted by: Curtis at May 15, 2010 07:49 AM

Bou: It's been over 15 years since I've been on WIC, so it could have changed. But the only 'fresh' you got then was milk, eggs, cheese, and juices. If you got food stamps (which I did for awhile) you could get 'fresh' stuff. But again, you only got them once a month, and it makes it hard to stretch. Especially if you don't have regular transportation and/or can't afford gas to get to the Farmer's Market and get fresh food. Yes, it is practically making poor kids 'unhealthy'. Kids who eat a lot of processed foods (like mac-n-cheese, tuna helper, boxed foods that can sit on the shelf awhile) have a chemical 'smell' about them. It's really sad.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at May 16, 2010 01:14 PM