Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The mind is a powerful thing

9 years ago when I first came to Japan, I made friends with a small group of Jr. High students at the school I was ministering in. They invited me to go to the zoo with them and I agreed to go even though we could barely communicate with each other. The zoo has some small "rides" like we have at carnivals in the states and we enjoyed a day of walking around looking at animals and riding the rides together. Near the end of the day the girls took me on one ride where you sit inside a large cylinder, and the cylinder rotates around you making you feel like you are moving all kinds of crazy directions. This type of "fake" motion always makes me motion sick. I FELT horrible after riding this ride, but was unable to communicate to them what was wrong with me. I guess in an attempt to make me feel better they thought I should eat something. They also thought this would be a good time to introduce me to a new Japanese food, it is called "takoyaki" (pictured right). Takoyaki is small bread balls, with octopus meat in the middle, topped with a brown sauce and fish flakes. I was not used to these fishy smells or flavors yet, not to mention the fact that I was feeling terribly motion sick. Needless to say, it was not a pleasant experience and I was forever ruined for eating takoyaki.

There is another food in Japan that essentially the same thing as takoyaki, called okonomiyaki. I LOVE okonomiyaki and have no problems eating it. But it doesn't matter what I do, I can not eat takoyaki, and I always begin to feel nausious if I smell it or see it.

Tonight, Rocky had a craving for takoyaki and we went to get him some. When he got back in the car with them, I again felt nasious and could very vividly remember the sights at sounds of being at the zoo that day 9 years ago, riding that ride with my 5 little friends.

The mind is such a powerful thing. On Saturday night at a revival service where we sang, part of the speakers message talked about this same thing. The speakers daughter has a hearing impairment, not because of any physical dissability, but because of a tramatic experience as a child that mentally has her blocking out certain vocal frequencies. She can not hear low voice tones. I was amazed at this, another example of the power of our brains.

This pastors daughter is relearning how to hear to vocal tones she is mentally blocking. Can I relearn how to enjoy takoyaki???

Just a random thought...

Friday, October 27, 2006

Toddler Miracle Diet

This is so funny I laughed till I cried, as the mommy of a two year old, this is so close to true!

Toddler Miracle DietOver the years you may have noticed that most two year olds are trim.Now the formula to their success is available to all in this new diet.You may want to consult your doctor before embarking on this diet,otherwise, you may be seeing him afterwards. Success!!!

Breakfast: One scrambled egg, one piece of toast with grape jelly. Eat2 bites of egg, using your fingers; dump the rest on the floor. Take 1bite of toast, then smear the jelly over your face and clothes.
Lunch: Four crayons (any color), a handful of potato chips, and aglass of milk (3 sips only, then spill the rest).
Dinner: A dry stick, two pennies and a nickel, 4 sips of flat Pepsi.Bedtime snack: Throw a piece of toast on the kitchen floor.

Breakfast: Pick up stale toast from kitchen floor and eat it. Drinkhalf bottle of vanilla extract or one vial of vegetable dye.
Lunch: Eat a half tube of "Pulsating Pink" lipstick and a handful ofPurina Dog Chow (any flavor). One ice cube, if desired.
Afternoon snack: Lick an all-day sucker until sticky, take outside,drop in dirt. Retrieve and continue slurping until it is clean again.Then bring inside and drop on rug.
Dinner: A rock or an uncooked bean, which should be thrust up yourleft nostril. Pour Grape Kool-Aid over mashed potatoes; eat withspoon.

Breakfast: Two pancakes with plenty of syrup eat one with fingers, rubin hair. Glass of milk; drink half, stuff other pancake in glass.After breakfast, pick up yesterdays sucker from rug, lick off fuzz,put it on the cushion of best chair.
Lunch: Three matches, peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Spit severalbites onto the floor. Pour glass of milk on table and slurp up.
Dinner: Dish of ice cream, handful of potato chips, some red punch.Try to laugh some punch through your nose, if possible.

Breakfast: A quarter tube of toothpaste (any flavor), bit of soap, anolive. Pour a glass of milk over bowl of cornflakes; add half a cup ofsugar. Once cereal is soggy, drink milk and feed cereal to dog.
Lunch: Eat breadcrumbs off kitchen floor and dining room carpet. Findthat sucker and finish eating it.
Dinner: A glass of spaghetti and chocolate milk. Leave meatball onplate. Stick of mascara for dessert.

-Carole Libbe

trying this out...

My hubby the photographer, took this little picture of a cosmos flower last week. I'm just trying out my new blogger beta format, so I tried posting this... see how it goes...

Friday, October 20, 2006

A very special day for me....

I did three unbelievable things today...

1. I wore a pair of Jeans I bought in JAPAN!
2. I tucked my shirt in!
3. I wore a belt!

I have never been able to wear clothes bought in Japan, especially pants and jeans. Usually even extra large shirts weren't really very comfortable. I was amazed a few weeks ago to be able to buy some jeans that not only fit me, they were actually a little bit large in the waist.

I haven't tucked in my shirts in like YEARS unless I absolutely had to. I hated how fat it made me look. And likewise, I hated how fat belts made me look, and didn't need them anyways since I wasn't tucking in my shirts. When the belts I owned didn't fit anymore, I refused to buy new ones. BUT today...

So I went back and dug up a picture of myself before I started losing weight. I believe this was when I was the biggest I ever got, probably about 160 pounds, summer of 2005.

I can not believe the pictures of me today are really ME. It seems unreal!!! But so exciting!