Day 3 of the 3 Day Fast! / “Hold my doll” story

morning babble / Thursday 05-13-21

Whew – I didn’t have any scribble written out this morning! Watch that babble!

3rd day of 3 day fast / 5:55pm – pasta w/ spicy sausage / red wine

I did cut up some cucumbers for my water today.

No headaches! Normally, I have one during the fast – nothing yet.

Stay busy!!

My daughter sings her own theme songs whether it’s scootering down the street, attempting to climb a tree, or running up the slide on the playground.
Hold my doll story – watch the video!

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” – by William Penn

morning babble / Wednesday 05-12-21

Day 2 of the 3 day fast – it’s the toughest one.

To the people who have reached out and said to me . . . “boy, you look like junk.” Thanks. I realize allergies have been rough for me. Puffy eyes / Red eyes / Nasally – I’m always nasally though. Last week, I really felt it coming on and kind of wish I did the fast when I originally planned it, but too late now. One of the reasons that I held off was weight. I wanted to see if there was a bump in weight after the April Alcohol Drought. There wasn’t.

My grandfather – we called him Pop or Pop-pop. I always remembered him doing that and then exclaiming “Great Caesar’s Ghost”. I looked that up. Allusion to the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, in which Roman emperor Julius Caesar’s ghost appears to Brutus. So instead of saying – some sort of profanity – you say, Great Caesar’s Ghost. great googly-moogly, / I’ve always thought Crab Apple was a good one. You do this as a parent.

I had a bad VW car, so I’ll say Fahrvergnügen as my “profanity.” I use “crab apple” too. Later on, it’s funny getting around friends and dropping the kid friendly f-bomb – fuuuuuudge.

I ran – 132 runs / 132 vlogs

Fasting Tips – Use the Zero app / Stay busy

Zero app – love it / check ins on you throughout the day

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“It’s not about what it is. It’s about what it can become.” – by Dr. Seuss

morning babble / Tuesday 05-11-21

This is the scribble that helps with the babble. Sometimes I have time to tidy it up, sometimes I just need to get my butt to work.

3 day fast is underway – as I always say, today is the easiest day. You don’t really notice anything until dinner time. That’s when you’re like – wow – 2 more days? Also, what did I eat? two hot dogs and a blueberry muffin. Finished that muffin around 5:55pm. They suggest typically, the night before to have a low carb dinner in order to deplete your glycogen (glai kuh jn) storage. This will help your body enter into ketosis faster.

Bit the inside of my cheek yesterday like several times. So, that’s gonna easily clear up by Thursday. I’ll be so mad if my first bite on Thursday – crunch. My grandfather – we called him Pop or Pop-pop. I always remembered him doing that and then exclaiming “Great Caesar’s Ghost” instead of profanity.

Fasting tip – Liven up your water. Lemon juice / slices of cucumbers – don’t eat them at the end / sparkling water is fine as well. Mix it up. / No sugar and no sweeteners

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“More effort is wasted doing things that don’t matter than is wasted doing things inefficiently. Elimination is the highest form of optimization.” – by James Clear. Taken from his weekly newsletter, go sign up for it here.

morning babble / Monday 05-10-21

Back at it on a Monday! A little slower, but back at it!

3 Day Fast begins tonight. It’s what you would call a Non-Caloric Liquid Fast. I still have water, tea, and coffee – no sugar (or milk/cream) in any of them. NCLF can be practiced for anywhere between 24 hours and several days. Typically, the longer you engage in this type of fast, the deeper the body gets into cellular cleansing. I do it because of how it “resets the body” and it then fights off my allergies better. Less pill popping of Claritin, Benadryl, etc.

“Fasting Decoded” is a good short breakdown of fasting. You’ll have to do some signing up, but click here to get your own copy via Kion. Ben Greenfield also has a good podcast and breakdown of fasting – click here for that.

130 runs / 130 vlogs

I got new soap from Happy Nuts. AND – it’s scent is called No Blue Balls. The competitor soap is from Dr. Bronner and his 6 pack of flavors should be arriving soon.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Failure is success training.” by Kevin Smith

morning babble / Sunday 05-09-21

Happy Mother’s Day! The smell of flowers is in the air and kicking my allergies into high gear – Yeah!! Seriously though – go love those mamas out there. Wives, sisters, moms, grandmothers . . . it goes on & on. Whatever they want – do it. That’s why I’m blitzing through all of this stuff.

I ran – 129 runs / 129 vlogs

FYI – 3 Day Fast begins Monday

Books!

  • On the serious side – I did finish Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho. A little too serious to go deep on for this particular day, so I’ll save it.
  • On the fun side – I did get my comic books. Issue #2 of BRZRKR (with Keanu Reeves) along with the very first issue of Marjorie Finnegan. Garth Ennis is a part of this one. He’s done the series – Preacher – along with – The Boys. Both naughty, but oh so fun to read. Very dark humor – big warnings everyone!
  • Lastly, the other day I read the day’s entry from The Daily Stoic. It states on 5/7 that “Here is how to guarantee you have a good day: do good things.” This is something that I had started years ago with my son when he was very little. Whenever I would leave for work, I would first state, “Make it a good day” but then would add, “and how do you make it a good day?” He would respond with, “By doing good things.” It’s as simple as that. Do good things today and make it a good one . . . especially for those mamas!

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
““It’s not easy being a mother. If it were, fathers would do it.” — The Golden Girls via Dorothy (Bea Arthur)

morning babble / Saturday 05-08-21

It’s broke, but as you’ll see in the video . . . maybe it’s not? I use this frother to whip up the coconut milk powder that I put in my MUD\WTR drink. It froths it up like a latte and it’s delightful. More importantly – no chunky powder balls.

AMA Saturday:

  • Question #1 – Relates to Kid Country who I was deemed during my 6 month midday tenure in Atlantic City on a country station. They emailed in and proclaimed – “I remember you!” To that I say – “I don’t believe you.” I mean, it was a long time ago. It did remind me of time when my friend Bob (now business partner) and I hit Klondike Kate’s in Newark. We had actually gotten a booth and he went to the bathroom or to get drinks – whatever. He left. Two girls slid into the booth across from me and proclaimed they knew who I was and that I was Kid Country. At first, I almost bought in because at the time I was at that radio station. Anyway – Bob set them up to do that to me. However, I have to admit country listeners were some of the most loyal and avid fans that I ever experienced in radio. It didn’t matter what I said – they all heard it, knew it, and thought it was great. I wasn’t great. In fact, one of my program directors (Top 40 & Rock) said that on country station you could fart between the records and they would still love you.
  • Question #2 – When’s the new Blue Card? To that I say – I’m not sure. I first started the blue card because I would do videos and forget to say that I ran. In turn, I put out a blue card that simply stated “I ran.” But then after I mangled some words, I created additional blue cards or flash cards for Smorgasbord, Charcuterie, Moqueca, and, of course, Worcestershire. I’ve been a “good talker” lately, so nothing has really jumped out. I was looking and found a website with the 20 most difficult words. Worcestershire is #2!

I ran. 128 runs of 5k / 128 morning babbling vlogs

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Resistance has no strength of its own. Every ounce of juice it possesses comes from us. We feed it with power by our fear of it. Master that fear and we conquer Resistance.” – via Steven Pressfield in his book – the War of Art (page 16)

morning babble / Friday 05-07-21

ATTENTION – Please be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel. I got a scare today with Instagram. They initially didn’t like my video and flagged it. I still don’t understand why. I reworded things slightly within the post and simply re-downloaded the video – the 2nd time everything worked just fine. BUT – it was scary and felt like Facebook all over again. Hopefully, all is well, but still . . . SUBSCRIBE!

Reminiscing blink-182: Yesterday, I was reading about Travis Barker – more on that later, but then it got me listening to blink-182 all day and I forgot how much I liked their 2001 album, Take Off Your Pants and Jacket. That one includes the trio Mark Hoppus / Tom DeLonge / Travis Barker. Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio has since replaced Tom DeLonge.

Heard Robert Smith (of the Cure) singing with the Blink boys on the song “All of This” – very random. It reminded me of the time that Ray Charles sang with INXS on “Please – You got that”. Remember – Sexy Tough? Click here for that scribble and babble link.

New Music Friday:

  • Van Weezer Day! I’ve talked about it enough, but it is finally here – the whole album. I think we’ve already heard 4 songs already off of it, but the whole sha-bang is here. 10 songs, just over 30 minutes. Great Weezer sound. Guitars are obviously back for this album after taking a hiatus on their OK Human album.
  • New Coldplay – who’s excited! Well, their song “Higher Power” was actually played aboard the International Space Station before a satellite beamed the track to Earth, at which time it was released officially on streaming services. As promised, click here for the rant by Chuck Klosterman about Coldplay.
  • New album – Better Mistakes – is out from Bebe Rexha. She had the big hit Meant To Be with Florida Georgia Line. The video for the song – “Break My Heart Myself” – is out today too. She’s not difficult to watch. Travis Barker of Blink 182 – he drums this tune.
  • Black Keys released another song off their upcoming album Delta Kream. Due out May 14th. Again, it’s all blues covers. This song is called “Going Down South”
  • J. Cole announced that his new album The Off-Season will be available everywhere next Friday (5/14). But today, we get the single, Interlude.
  • Finally – Reissue of an Elbow album, which was first released back 2001 in the UK. So, twenty years later – we get Asleep in the Back again. I’m going to be looking for the vinyl of it. True Elbow fans will point out this was NOT the bands first recording . . . but it was their first released album.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“With each step I take, I see that my ability to perform gets a little better. So until it starts getting worse, I’m going to keep moving forward.” – by Rivers Cuomo

morning babble / Thursday 05-06-21

Yup – I scribble and then I babble. The clean-up happens later . . .

Friday Eve!

No cargo shorts. Back to my jeans. I don’t have cargo pants anymore because you know – style and fashion. Earlier in the year, I mentioned about holes in my pants – well, it got worse, so they’re gone. Jeans – and I had a couple older women, like grandmothers take note that I was wearing jeans. Reminded me of my days when I was a midday host for a country station. I couldn’t go by Brent Evans because I was still on the air elsewhere. In turn, I was told to say I was “Kid Country”. Anyway, I had to go to events and such. Several times I hosted country line dances and the older women. Telling me to wear my jeans tighter and stuff.

126 runs / 126 vlogs!

Dave Chang podcast – Microwave Blue Balls / Stops it at :02 to keep it quiet / Microwave needs mute button / yukgaejang /

Meal Challenge #15 was inspired by Dave Change / Yukgaejang (Spicy Beef Soup with Vegetables)

Balls of Meat was next – #16 Meal Challenge

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” – by Pablo Picasso

52 Week Challenge – Meal #16 (12/13/20)

Rao’s Classic Meatballs

Rao’s is my wife’s favorite sauce, so this is the reason for the recipe choice. During this meal making my beloved birds (Eagles) were playing in the background AND they were actually winning. BUT – I remained meatball focused. In addition, the local radio station (99.5 WJBR) was playing “mis-mis” tunes because Christmas was 12 days away.

Like all previous recipes done here, simply click on the above title for the link of what was borrowed (adapted?). As always, I’ll lay out what we followed as well as any of the changes that were made along the way.

(The dinner’s beverage of choice – of course, it’s red)

The Line-up (Ingredients)

  • 1 lb Ground Pork
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of freshly grated parmesan
  • 1 1/2 TBSP, Chopped Parsley
  • 1/2 small garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 2 cups Breadcrumbs
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 cup Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 garlic clove, lightly smashed

Game Plan (Instructions)

1) Combine ground beef, veal, and pork in a large bowl. Add eggs, cheese, parsley, minced garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Using your hands, blend ingredients together.

(Yup – those are my hands – I dug into that meaty mess – gross)

2) Add the bread crumbs into meat mixture and combine. Slowly add water until the mixture is quite moist.

3) Shape the meat mixture into balls (2 1/2 to 3 inch balls)

(We made some good looking balls of meat)

4) Heat the oil in a large sauté pan and saute the smashed garlic clove until lightly brown to flavor the oil, and remove with a slotted spoon and discard

5) Fry the meatballs in batches

(First batch was 6 a little too many / smaller batches!)

6) When the bottom half of the meatball is very brown and slightly crisp, turn and cook the other half

(This saved us from being burnt again & again)

7) Remove from heat and drain on paper towels

8) Lower cooked meatballs into simmering Rao’s Homemade® Marinara Sauce and then cook for another 15 minutes

9) Serve over pasta, within a hoagie roll, or all on their own.

(We threw the balls over some farfalle pasta and some extra sauce)

They were great! However, I still want to do something different with meatballs. I would like to make a softball size meatball at some point. Cut that open and it just oozes with goodness. I’ll work on that. In the meantime, this recipe certainly did the trick for homemade meatballs. Double win because the kids enjoyed them as well!

morning babble / Wednesday 05-05-21

This is the scribble that helps with the babble . . .

Cinco De Mayo! Big drinking day – back in the day. Radio days – lots of events. Whew. Anyway – be sure you know what Cinco de Mayo is – not their Independence Day. It’s the holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. And now you can have a Corona, but instead of a lime, add a shot of Absolut Lime Flavored Vodka into the top of the bottle. Get you there a little faster . . . if that’s what you want.

Spanish class – pick a name – if you could, match it up to a Spanish name. Peter to Pedro. They didn’t have Brent, so I was allowed to just pick. I like Peter Gabriel. So, I picked Gabriel thinking that it was pronounced the same way – it’s not. My final was the teacher, another student, and me – all in the teacher’s office. I thought I nailed. After the other student and I left. I remember him saying do you know what you said in there? At that point I was crushed because he was really baffled. Apparently, I said how much I like to eat dog food with spaghetti sauce on top of it.

Coca-Cola Coffee? I want a Cherry Coke instead.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
Life tough; and if you have the ability to laugh at it, you have the ability to enjoy it. – by Salma Hayek