Monday, April 23, 2012

The Chiropractor and Relief of A-fib

For the past few days I've been going in and out of A-fib - not major episodes, but enough to make me tired all the time and uncomfortable enough that I didn't want to do much other than sit around. While I do a lot of things from the computer, I also need to be mobile.

I decided over the weekend I was going to call the chiropractor. I've had good luck with this before, and hadn't been in months because of being occupied with other things. Fortunately, they could get me in at lunchtime today.

I'd been in a-fib pretty much constantly for a day and a half. He worked on me and my heart rate converted immediately. While I was on the table. Coincidence? Maybe. Regardless, I made another appointment for next week.

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National Festival Coming to Manhattan

This is really cool... If you love to bake bread, you should enter!

Here's the press release with info: 

National Festival of Breads to Land in the Little Apple

MANHATTAN, Kan. - America's only amateur bread baking contest will make its home in Manhattan, Kan. on June 22, 2013. The National Festival of Breads, sponsored by King Arthur Flour, Fleischmann's Yeast and the Kansas Wheat Commission, celebrates the relationship between farmer and consumer and highlights the art of baking bread at home.

The biennial competition, which seeks the best bread recipes from home bakers throughout the United States, is adding a Youth Category to this year's contest that is open to amateur youth bakers ages 12 to 17 from all over the nation. The adult competition is open to amateur home bakers ages 18 and up.

"Baking is an activity that can be used at all ages for positive experiences, learning and a feeling of accomplishment," says Cindy Falk, nutrition educator at the Kansas Wheat Commission, and contest coordinator.

Adult competition categories include Ethnic Breads, Rolls, Time-Saving Breads, and Whole Grain Breads. Judges will vet all entries and select eight adult finalists, each of whom will receive airfare to and accommodations in Manhattan, to participate in national competition events June 20-22, 2013.
In addition to the eight adult finalists' awards, four special awards will also be given for the best recipes using particular ingredients such as white whole wheat flour, cranberries and raisins. Each special award winner will receive a $500 cash prize.

Youth categories will include Rolls and Whole Grain Breads. One Youth Grand Prize Winner will be selected from the entries and will receive an invitation for them and a guardian to attend the National Festival of Breads to demonstrate their winning recipe.

"Inspiring youth to bake can foster future generations of home bakers," says Falk. "These youth bakers can then pass on their baking skills as a service to local schools, communities and clubs."

Contest finalists will bake their recipes on site in Manhattan on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Judging will be based on taste, originality, ease of preparation, healthfulness, and appearance. In addition, each finalist will receive a $500 cash award, as well as a Wheat Harvest Tour in the Heartland and a visit to a working Kansas wheat farm, flour mill and grain elevator on Friday, June 21.

One adult contestant will emerge as the 2013 National Festival of Breads champion and earn a prize package worth nearly $5,000, including cash, an expense paid trip to a King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center in Norwich, Vermont and a year's supply of Fleischmann's Yeast.

Beginning Sept. 1, 2012, amateur bakers can begin submitting original recipes A secure, easy-to-use form is available for bakers to enter recipes online; submissions will not be accepted by mail, fax, e-mail or phone. Original bread recipes must be submitted using the online entry form by 11:59 p.m. (CT) on Thursday, January 31, 2013. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.


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What Are You Willing To Spend Yourself On

Each of us has only so much time, energy, money and other resources to spend. How we spread them around indicates what we truly value.

But, beyond these things, there's the idea of our self - our very core being - our essence. What are we willing to give that to?

I've been thinking about this a lot the last few weeks. What am I willing to spend myself on? I don't have a solid answer yet, but I suspect there are very few things that fall into this category. It's a high price to pay. However, the rewards can also be stellar.

Maybe I will surprise myself at the number of things I'm willing to spend myself on. Maybe I do it far more often than I realize. More thought and analysis is required.

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