Wednesday, November 07, 2007

"Want to Know" Wednesday

I get most of my news online. I rarely have the TV turned on at all during the day in our home. So, because I doubt know you all are super curious as to where I spend my time online (when I'm not reading your blogs, of course), I'm gonna try to post some of the articles that I find online that are of interest to me.

My comments are in a different color.

Red Wine Headache
Chemists working with NASA-funded technology designed to find life on Mars have created a device they say can easily detect chemicals that many scientists believe can turn wine and other beloved indulgences into ingredients for agony.

The chemicals, called biogenic amines, occur naturally in a wide variety of aged, pickled and fermented foods prized by gourmet palates, including wine, chocolate, cheese, olives, nuts and cured meats.

I have always gotten headaches from even half a glass of red wine. So I don't drink it. Lately, I've had some of the symptoms with the food mentioned. So...I've given up these foods to see if it makes a difference. The only thing I can say for sure is that I'm dropping weight really well too fast. Over a pound a day for 3 days in a row. Now, I desperately need to lose 10-15lbs, so this isn't tragic by any stretch. But it is too fast. I'm trying to find ways to boost my caloric intake without increasing my sugar. And avoiding these foods (that are almost staples to me). That's why I've spent some time reading this article and researching others like it.

The US Dollar
New Record Low for Dollar
By MATT MOORE, AP Business Writer
FRANKFURT, Germany - The dollar slumped to another record low against the euro on Wednesday, while the British pound reached $2.10.

One day before the European Central Bank and the Bank of England decide on interest rates, the euro gained more than one cent amid speculation that China may shift more of its foreign currency stockpiles away from the dollar.

The 13-nation euro hit $1.4703 in morning European trading before slipping back to $1.4668 _ still well above the $1.4554 it bought in New York late Tuesday. The new record beat a previous high of $1.4571 set on Tuesday.

What? Did you think I was only interested in food, frugality and homeschooling? ;D In all seriousness, I think this should concern us all.

Planet Discovery
Record 5th planet found around nearby star

By Robert Sanders, Media Relations 06 November 2007

BERKELEY – A team of American astronomers announced today (Tuesday, Nov. 6) the discovery of a record-breaking fifth planet around the nearby star 55 Cancri, making it the only star aside from the sun known to have five planets.

We may get to see the space shuttle today.
Traveling on a southeast trajectory, the orbiter will be passing over northwestern Montana just a minute later (10:40 a.m. MST). Four minutes later (11:44 a.m. CST), Discovery will be streaking over southern Nebraska. After another two minutes have elapsed, it will be racing over Springfield, Missouri, and by 11:49 a.m. CST it will be over central Alabama. At 12:55:16 p.m. EST, the shuttle will decelerate to two and a half times the speed of sound (mach 2.5), dropping to an altitude of 80,000-feet just to the northwest of Cape Canaveral. Touchdown is scheduled for 1:01:50 p.m. EST.

There may be sonic booms as well.

Well, that's all the time I have for today. I've got Christmas shopping to get done. Girls to shuttle here and there. A casserole to prepare before Bible Study. And I really need to get a few groceries, do laundry, dust and vacuum. We'll see.


Hi. My name is Alanna. said...

Fiber might help bulk things up a bit?? I don't know THAT much about dropping weight, but I think at some point, it will start to level out. Maybe if you add more protein so it takes longer for the body to digest just while you're going thru this phase?

On a completely hilarious note, I just had to say I got such a kick out of scrolling thru your myriad of articles and comments. Such diversity - and so randomly unexpected that it just tickled me pink. (I'm in the south so I can say that now.) ;P Have a great rest of your week!

My name is Michelle. said...

Alanna, yeah the food thing is really weird. I actually didn't drop any weight today. Just stayed where I was yesterday. BUT, I did have a little cheese in a casserole. I don't know. It's definitely something I'll have to work on.

And the blog, yeah. I'm all over the place. It's starting to imitate my life. ;D