Monthly Archives: July 2010

20 Facts on Pet Ownership in the U.S.

We’re wacky for our pets; it can’t be denied. They may require tons of time and energy, lead to high hospital bills and even increase homeowners insurance rates, but they’re always worth it. Check out some of the crazy things we do for our pets — from including them in family portraits to giving them presents on their birthdays.

Source: Dogatar.com

Pet Ownership in America
Via: Homeowners Insurance

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Salad of the Moment: Scallops and Spinach Salad

This weekend I had a salad so delicious that it inspired me to start a new blog category – salad of the moment.

I don’t know if this is a type-A trait or just something that I do, but when I see/do/eat something I like, I watch/do/eat it over and over again until I get my fill.

The scallops and spinach salad at Romano’s Macaroni Grill is my new addiction and I plan to eat it as much as possible.

The salad is seared sea scallops with fresh spinach wilted and tossed with aged prosciutto, roasted garlic, fresh lemon and extra virgin olive oil.  It weighs in at a modest 330 calories, 4 grams of fat and 16 grams of carbs.

It is pure deliciousness.  One fair warning … this salad is garlic-laden so if you plan on going on a date or job interview, do not eat this salad until after.  You WILL smell like garlic. 

Buon Appetito.

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Fifteen Reasons to Donate Blood

I went in for my bi-monthly blood donation appointment today.  No matter how many times I donate, I still get a little nervous and queasy if I think about it too much.

All that said, there is never a doubt in my mind before, during or after the donation that it is the right thing to do.  I saw firsthand the importance of blood donation when my stepfather went through a grueling treatment for leukemia a year ago.  His blood transfusions were vital to his recovery.

If you’re on the fence about donating, here are some reasons (some selfish and some selfless) to do it:

  1. Whether you know it or not, you likely know someone who is alive today because of a blood transfusion they received.
  2. It is free to donate.
  3. There are a number of reasons that someone may need a blood transfusion, such as surgery (hip replacement), cancer treatment (chemo), burn victim, or a bad car accident.
  4. People of all ages can accept blood transfusions, including babies and children.
  5. You get to eat as many treats as you want after you are done donating.
  6. If you are a blood-type match with a loved one, your donation can be designated for a specific person in need.
  7. Most of the time there are major deficits in blood banks.
  8. You’ve got plenty of blood to spare.  The average adult has 10-12 pints of blood in his or her body.  Your body replenishes the blood deficit within 24 hours.
  9. It doesn’t hurt.
  10. Geography doesn’t matter.  There are blood banks and mobile donation centers every where.  If you can’t find one, most hospitals take donations directly on site.
  11. At any time you may need blood to help you survive.  You better bet at the time you need blood you’ll be grateful to those people who donated to you.
  12. While donating, you’re surrounded by nurses and health care professionals. If you faint or something goes wrong, you’re in good hands.
  13. You get a free health screening.  After donating you get information on your cholesterol, blood pressure, pulse and more.
  14. Some organizations, like the San Diego Blood Bank, offer incentive points for each donation made that can be redeemed for cool prizes like jackets, beach chairs and gift certificates.
  15. The people at the blood banks are so kind, cheerful and very grateful that you came.  From the time I arrive until the time I leave, I am told “thank you for donating” at least 10 times.

If you are in San Diego County, here are a few places you can go to donate:

If you’re on the fence, I’d be happy to answer questions for you or even schedule my next appointment with you so we can donate together.

Give blood.  Give life.

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Free Slurpee Day on 7-11

July 11, 2010 is 7-Eleven Day.  And to celebrate, 7-Eleven is offering FREE 7.11 oz slurpees at every store across the nation between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Hopefully the sun will be shining, giving us even more reason to celebrate 7-Eleven day with the cool and refreshing beverage.

Thanks, 7-Eleven and happy birthday to you!

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Scuba Diving Dachshund

We love our dogs and take them with us whenever we can, but I think it is safe to say that scuba diving is where we draw the line.

Check out this video and article from the LA Times blog.

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Dog owner Sergei Gorbunov of Vladivostok, Russia, doesn’t seem to share our qualms, however. The professional diver has equipped his dachshund, Boniface, with a wetsuit and helmet designed to allow him to breathe underwater, and he’s trying to convince the little guy that diving is really a great idea.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/unleashed/2010/07/russian-diver-attempts-to-teach-his-dachshund-to-scuba-dive.html.

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The First Thing Young Women Do in the Morning: Check Facebook

While the study covers all of social media, it’s clear that women in the 18-34 range are focused on their Facebook accounts. More than half of young women (57%) say they talk to people online more than face-to-face. A full 39% of them proclaim themselves Facebook addicts, while 34% of young women make Facebook the first thing they do when they wake up, even before brushing their teeth or going to the bathroom.

Full story: The First Thing Young Women Do in the Morning: Check Facebook [STUDY].

Source: Mashable

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The Ground is Shaking. What to Do?

I’m not gonna lie, my disaster preparedness plan is flacid to say the least.  But the earth has been moving more than usual as of late, so it is high time to get a plan in place.

This article from the North County Times, offers an excellent refresher on proper earthquake safety protocol.

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Drop, cover and hold on. Do not run outside. And forget about standing in a doorway.

The region’s been jiggling a lot recently —- including a 4.0 magnitude temblor on the Imperial County line Thursday morning, just one of hundreds of aftershocks from the large Easter quake centered near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Confused and potentially risky reactions to the recent quakes, especially the bigger ones, reveal that plenty of people still need to brush up on earthquake safety, said emergency services personnel and quake experts recently.

Full story here.

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