Thursday, March 24, 2011

Juice Fast

I'm on the 4th day of my juice fast. One more day to go then I'm going to start my healthier plant-based vegan diet. I really hope I can stick to it this time.
UPDATE: It's 9:00 pm Friday night and my 5 day juice fast is over! I won't eat anything until morning but I made it.

IMDB to MARC Converter

Here's an interesting cataloging tool I found today that only a cataloging nerd would appreciate. You can find it here: Just type in the name of a movie and it takes the information from the IMDB and converts it into a MARC record. I love the IMDB and have used it for years when cataloging DVDs and this tool makes it even more useful and fun.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Tomorrow I'm going to try and start my vegan, or plant-based diet (again). Plant-based is so much nicer sounding than vegan. I just finished listening to the audio book Veganist by Kathy Freston and it convinced me this is the way to go. I don't expect to be 100% but will do my best. I'm also going to try and start this week with a juice fast. I used to do this all the time but haven't tried in awhile. I would like to make it through 5 days. It was a lot easier when my SO would get me a juice every night. Now I have to make my own. Luckily I have citrus juicer and a vegetable juicer.
UPDATE: It's almost 8 pm Monday and I've made it through the first day of my fast! I honestly didn't think I would make it yesterday when I was planning the fast so this is great. The first day is always the hardest for me. I also took the pups on 2 walks. One was at 6 this morning. The weather is totally awesome. I have all the windows open.
UPDATE: It's 8:20 pm Tuesday and I made it through another day. Spent 4 hours at the dentist too.
Wednesday Update: I made it through another day! Don't know how I used to stay on these fasts for more than 5 days though. I'll feel really good if I make it through tomorrow.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

my pimped pic!

Helping animals in Japan

After seeing the video on Yahoo today about the dog who wouldn't leave his canine companion I decided to send a contribution to World Vets, a non-government organization that provides veterinary assistance in 25 countries and is currently helping out with animal rescue in Japan. Here is a link to their website if you would like to help:

The good news is that these 2 dogs have been rescued.

Jane Goodall

Last Wednesday I went to hear Jane Goodall speak at an event sponsored by the Progressive Forum and the Houston Zoo. It's been 50 years since JG first started observing and working with chimpanzies in what is now Tanzania's Gombe National Park. She spoke about all of the changes in the world in the last 50 years and how these chances have impacted animals, people, and the environment. My favorite part of the speech was when she talked about how she first became interested in animals and what a key role her mother played by encourgaging and supporting her. She also discussed her organization for young people, Roots and Shoots. The mission of Roots and Shoots is to "foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment."