Archives for February 2008

Save your home equity loan for something that works

Did any of you get yourselves a cute outfit from Bitten last weekend?

I’m still fightin’ the frump frugal style this week.

If you are a woman, you most likely have a drawer full closet full room full few pieces of makeup or skin care treatment that you don’t use. Either you discovered you hated the color once you got home and away from the sales lady who was Just Amazed At How Lovely You Look in that $30.00 tube of Sweet Mandarin Orange lipstick!! (I got a bridge to sell you), or you realized that the product just flat out lied and doesn’t do what it said it did (Hello, Cellulite Remover?!?)

The best way to save money when buying beauty products is to not waste it on products that don’t work!

Enter this book:
Over 30,000 products were tested and are rated on their claims. Paula Begoun cuts through the jungle of hype for you. I was rather amazed at some the findings.

It might save you from falling for this:

* Of course, I borrowed it from the library, so I saved myself even more.

One man’s katydid is another man’s Cream of Katydid Soup

I like the idea that ignorance is bliss. I’ve lived a long life enjoying being ignorant about many things, though some things, I have embraced and am now pleased to know.

This is not about such a thing.

This falls under the heading: Things I could have lived 5 million years not knowing and died a happy woman.

While I was incapacitated with the flu (which, by the way, must be one of the fastest moving viruses ever… hard to believe I felt like death warmed over a mere 20 hours ago…) I entertained my TheraFlu drugged mind with the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.

Over 200 channels, with OnDemand, and what did I choose to watch? A show titled Bug Brother. At the time, I guess, I was too out of it to be disgusted.

Unfortunately, retrospect doesn’t have such an advantage.

I’ve been aware of the fact that no matter how tidy we keep our homes, there are bugs in our cereal… bugs in our beds… bugs in our carpets… (feeling itchy?) Thanks to my (retired) Home Ec. teacher mother, I’ve known for years that the FDA allows for a certain amount of bugs and rodent hair in foods before taking legal action. Even the Lord allowed locusts and grasshoppers as food. (see Leviticus 11:20-23)

(feeling nauseous?)
(you may not want to view the chart on this page then…)

But what I didn’t know was that there are real live people; civilized, educated people; people who don’t live in the Amazon jungles… who CHOOSE to eat such things larvae and termites and cockroaches. And there is a name for it: Entomophagy.

There is even a Food Insects Newsletter.
An entire newsletter.
Full of recipes.
For eating insects.
Real ones. Not the gummy kind.

Restaurants in Singapore serve larvae and scorpions and seat sell-out crowds nightly.

There are cookbooks available. And you can even order them Express Mail, if you just can’t wait a moment longer than necessary before making Chocolate Cricket Torte or Curried Termite Stew to impress your friends.

I suppose the author of The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook makes a good point when he asks what is inherently more disgusting about eating a grasshopper than say, an oyster? But the problem with that question is that I think oysters look like a wad of snot. So, I don’t eat those either.

Call me ignorant.
Call me snooty.
Call me ethnocentric.
Call me a stupid American.
But don’t call me for dinner if you are serving up any of these:

  1. Natural Treat (Earthworms)
  2. Mealworm Fried Rice
  3. Fried Giant Silkworm Pupae
  4. Slug Fritters
  5. Banana Worm Bread
  6. Chocolate Chirpie Chip Cookies
  7. Fried Green Tomato Hornworms
  8. Ant Brood Tacos (you ‘ll need to scroll down to find this tasty nugget)
  9. Grasshopper Goulash
  10. Rootworm Beetle Dip
  11. Stinkbug Pate
  12. Mealworm Spaghetti
  13. Leaf-footed Bug Pizza

Never, in my wildest dreams could I imagine ever cooking up anything in which the recipe calls for 1000 grasshoppers, the younger the better

That Can’t Be Comfortable

My daughter spent much of her first year of panty wearing days with them on backwards. Blame it on the fact the I refused to buy her panties with Disney characters. I went for the cheap brands that have all-over pattens.

I used to do the same thing when I was little, and I remember that it was not a comfortable fit. Often, I didn’t notice it until I sat down on the bus to school.


It didn’t matter how many times my mom showed me her little trick of laying them out and seeing how the leg holes didn’t line up… I’m a bit thick headed like that…

Now my daughter has a small black dot inside the front of her panties. She knows now that if she doesn’t see the dot, she’s got ’em on wrong.

She’s so lucky she got that figured out before tenth grade when she is still little.

Works for me!

What the? Week 12

Want a chance to win a new blog header? Guess what the following closeup is a picture of. (If you’d like to see some of my work before you decide to answer that question, view this page for some samples)

To enter to win:
Make your guess in the comments.
The first person with the correct answer will have their name put into a drawing for the header.
There will be one prize winner per month.
That winner will be randomly chosen from the prior weeks’ winners. (I will draw a name once a month from that months winners.)

*For more info on the contest, please see this page.

**Let me know if you are interested in giving something away in the future. You would be responsible for getting it to the winner.

This weeks photo:

Leave your guess in the comments.

Good luck!


Answer to Last week’s photo:

Congrats to Alana at Gray Matters who correctly guessed a roll of 35 mm film. We don’t see that too much anymore, do we!? Alana has a fun blog, well-written blog. And she is part of a group writing project.

The February winner will be announced next Tuesday with the new posting. Next month, I’m giving away some fab jewelry.

I’m sick with the flu

Please send help.