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The need for this could only have been thought up by a man: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6606927.stm
‘Sex-boost slimming pill’ indeed! OK, I know it’s a journalistic interpretation of something that’s probably completely different but honestly.
Did you ever have a ‘worry thing’? You know, like a piece of wood, a stone, or that little string of beads that you carried around and fiddled with? I know I did. I was looking at somebody in a meeting today (well, they were in a meeting, I was looking at them through the office window), and they were playing with their phone. Not in any specific way – not fiddling with the buttons, just turning it round in their hands. And I realised – I do exactly the same thing with mine. And it’s exactly the same thing I did with my worry wood when I still had it. Phones seems to have become just the perfect size to sit in the palm of your hand and fiddle with. So next time you see someone playing with their phone, they might not be being rude – it might just be today’s substitute for their old worry thing.
So, a study has found that dieting triggers chocolate cravings. I think most people could have guessed that – doesn’t denying yourself something you enjoy increase your desire for it? Also, the association between guilt and chocolate is fairly understandable. I think it probably exists in most females, even those who haven’t dieted. We’re all given so many mixed messages about it. ‘You have to be thin and pretty’. ‘Chocolate makes you fat and gives you spots’. ‘Chocolate is indulgent’. ‘Women love chocolate’. ‘Chocolate is good for you’. ‘Chocolate is unhealthy’. No wonder we’re mixed up.
My feelings? Anything is bad for you in excess. Yes, chocolate tastes good. Even the ‘bad’ stuff. So why deny yourself something that makes life a little more pleasant? Every once in a while, if you want chocolate, have chocolate. Just don’t try to live on the stuff.
I was at the airport on Tuesday. Edinburgh airport, Scotland. Now, in the arrivals hall, there’s a large billboard reading “Welcome to Scotland. The best small country in the world”.
Now, that slogan doesn’t fit right to me. That’s too definite. Who decided it was best? What defines it as ‘small’ – to a smaller country, Scotland might seem quite large. No, I want to change it. Not much, just a single word, but it makes all the difference:
“Scotland. The best wee country in the world.”
January. Start of another year. Traditionally, the time for making plans and promises for all those things you know you’re not really going to achieve (otherwise known as ‘resolutions’).
So what are mine? Hmm.
I think I’d like to try to be less bitchy – the general ‘try to be a nicer person’ thing. Can’t really set a measurable target for that, so it’s a good one.
An attempt to reduce my spending would be a good thing – I think most people want to do this just after Christmas! Target? Double the amount currently in my savings account by the end of the year.
I’d like to be fitter. So let’s say I’ll take a brisk walk for 1 hour 5 times a week. And figure out a strength training programme I can do at home 3 times a week. That should do something.
I really ought to catalogue my jewellery – the stuff I’ve made myself. So by the end of the year I’ll have a document on some sort, listing every piece, with details of the sizes and rough amounts of the rings used to make it. For chains, a rough cost-per-inch, and for earrings a rough cost-per-pair. I feel a spreadsheet coming on…
Four things. I think that’s enough to be getting on with.
...sucks. Although it does present some good challenges. Like how to make interesting, filling, healthy meals that come in at 400 calories or under. And, as I love baking, how to still be able to make things that can actually be eaten without blowing the calorie budget. I’m currently mulling over how I can still make decent chocolate brownies. Prunes will probably come into it somewhere…
Let’s suppose you have managed to obtain a PhD/doctorate in some field – let’s say some specialism of chemistry or biology. You’re now not working in that field, or anything related to it – you’re in business software. Do you continue to use the title Dr? Is it misleading to anybody in any way to have that title on your company business cards?
Petty, but cartons being put in the bin without the air squashed out of them first. It’s just wasted space. And when you only have small bins, and go through a lot of milk cartons in a day, it means the bin is overflowing at the end of the day, and doesn’t need to be.
And the coffee can being left with the lid off.