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Hello and Happy Monday, gang!

I hope you had a great weekend.  Ours was hilarious, and proof that helping good causes can be a whole lot of fun.

Bubble Ball

Michael and I were lucky enough to be invited to emcee ChildServe’s Bubble Ball on Saturday night.  This was the second year for the event and it was amazing.  Our outfits pale in comparison to the elaborate designs created by talented people in the metro.  We were supposed to be Roy Rogers and Dale Evans but Michael kept saying he thought he looked like he should be waiting tables at Chi-Chi’s.  You don’t have to wear Bubble Wrap to this event, but if you want to attend a really fun, unique fundraiser for a great cause I would recommend putting this on your calendar for 2013.


I took this picture the other day after a bunch of us had a random conversation about what grosses us out.  I used to work with a photojournalist who had a visceral reaction to lipstick stains… didn’t matter if the goo was on a cup, a straw, a napkin … he would physically shudder.  Ed said his “EWWWWWWWW!” thing is hair.  I would have to agree – hair in a sink or a drain is icky.  My husband would probably pick vomit.  Whenever our cat pukes Michael starts gagging.  What grosses you out?

Words Matter

Lately, you might be grossed out at the grocery store!  The uproar over “Lean Finely Textured Beef”, or “Pink Slime” or “Beef Filler” continues this week, with Governor Terry Branstad asking fellow governors to stand up for the product.  Here is his letter.  What do you think?

I think words matter.  “Pink Slime” may not be an accurate way to describe what we’re talking about, but frankly I don’t think “Lean Finely Textured Ground Beef” is either.

I also think as consumers we should be able to read a label and know (really know) what’s in our food.  Want to know what the FDA allows?  Check out its website to see what defects could be in your grocery cart.  I remember my best friend having a fit about me eating hot dogs and saying, “The FDA allows nine rat hairs per hot dog!”  I thought, “Yeah, right.”  Hmmmmmmm… Beth might be right after all.  It probably won’t stop me from grabbing a hot dog at QT every once in a while, but this debate raises a lot of interesting issues.

On that note – I’m going to eat dinner.  Yum!