I stayed up until well after midnight last night listening to the vampires. I wrote down as much as I could, about four pages, then gave it up for the "day" and tweaked on my India story a bit. The India/horror piece is coming along nicely, but still it needs more polishing. I'm planning to rewrite a big chunk of it today and see if that tightens it up a bit.
After last night's writing session (and cabbage patch hunt, since the new edition kids are finally up on the dot com!), it was very hard for me to crawl out of bed this morning. Around seven Mini wanted a strawberry milk so we got up and I went to fetch it. I tinkered around on the net a few minutes, ordered copies of Kill Bill volumes 1 and 2 for Hubby's birthday, which is coming up at the end of this month and did a recipe hunt. I'm planning to make him a carb legit cake with homemade cream cheese frosting for his special day, since should be out of induction by that time.
Speaking of diets and weight, I'm down 5 pounds. Woot! I've been trying to get back on the Atkins' bandwagon with hubby, but oy, it's been hard going. I've been doing a modified induction, allowing myself whole grain, sugar free, low carb bread. So I guess mine has been more of a South Beach type thing. I tried that diet once before, but after three days I went down like the Titanic. I remember telling hubby if I didn't get a pizza with Candian bacon and black olives on it pronto I was gonna go homicidal. :*> Thusly I did fail. The pizza was yummy tho. :P
It's a week now since I started the induction phase, now if I can just last another week. Last time I did induction (which was the year I got pregnant with Mini) I lost 9 pounds the first 2 weeks. Here's hoping I can mirror those results. It would be really encouraging if I could.
So I mentioned before that I've been reading Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser. Surprise, surprise, it's actually a pretty good book! The book takes a look at every aspect of the fast food industry, from the marketing, the making of, the politics behind it, and everything between and beyond. He looks at the way companies work to build a friendly image to lure in diners, and how it both helps and hinders communities on all fronts: everything from adding jobs (albeit low paying), to obesity. The book even tells the way local and broader economies become dependent on the food chains, not just because of the menus put out themselves, but because of the products - everything from beef to lettuce - that are grown locally to make our fast food. You'll find takes on the beef industry, congress, personal attacks on the author himself. It's a non-fiction drama to behold.
The book is intended, I think, to promote an informative, unbiased opinion of the fast food world to the reader, but in my opinion it's written with a bit of a slant toward a sinister underhandedness of the food industry world wide. Well, it's an industry after all, and industry has never made any bones about their goals - money is money. I can't imagine any restaurant making double meat burgers with cheese simply for the greater good of mankind. And Congress being lobbied by the beef industry - that's never been a secret.
I can't vouch for all the statistics, etc., but quite a bit of Schlosser's anecdotes ring true, and while at times the information comes across with a whole conspiracy theory vibe, it's darn interesting. And quite convincing. Not a good book for an alarmist to read, but if you'd just like a little bit of insight into what really goes on behind your Big Mac and Diet Coke, it's a nifty, informative read.
Well, here it is close to 11 am. I better get around the house and do something productive. I hope you all have a happy hump day! And if not, hang in there, Friday's right around the corner. ~_^