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The Accident

I was in a bad car accident today. A pickup truck slammed right into the driver’s side of my car. Of course, the car was totaled, but I escaped with chest bruising, probably from hitting the steering wheel. However, I don’t feel lucky to be alive.

You see, the cops said it was 100% my fault, because I was pulling out into oncoming traffic without making sure the coast was clear. That means my insurance won’t pay for a new car, and I have a court day in May. So now, in my mind, what was once an unfortunate, well, accident has now become a failure, a sign of how incompetent I am.

And it’s only the latest one. Last Thursday, I drove over a curb, blew out a tire, and was almost stranded in Millersburg, because every auto service place there closes at 5 or 6. On Friday, Wal-Mart (where I’d been towed) couldn’t fix the car, because for some reason, they couldn’t get the right rim. I was an utterly useless, crying mess for an hour and a half. Everybody at work had to help me–I owe them so much. The car was fixed on Monday. On Wednesday, I tried to drive to a restaurant for an inspection, and got lost; I never made it there. Of course, it was partly over confusion over the address, and I tried to buoy up my self-esteem by telling myself that. I actually made it there and did the inspection yesterday. And now, this horrible thing has happened. That doesn’t even count the small failures I’ve had all week.

I can’t do anything right. No wonder like I’m just being tolerated and humored, like a mentally-handicapped kid at school. No wonder I feel like my parents regard me as their incompetent daughter, whom they have to keep pulling out of these situations and for whom they have to keep driving up to Wooster and spending money. I feel humiliated and degraded by it all, and I’ve practically lost all confidence in myself.

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An amazing discovery

The Science Geek

For those who missed my post on 1 April 2016 here is a re-blog of the amazing discovery of the first intelligent alien life.

—Original post below

News is just reaching us of the most amazing astronomical discovery which I am ever likely to experience in my lifetime, one which I never thought I would see.  As regular followers of this blog will know, the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute has been searching for evidence of life in the universe by looking for some signature of its technology. Using the most  powerful astronomical equipment humanity has managed to invent, Frank Drake and his associates have been hunting the universe for alien life forms for well over fifty years.

Astronomers are now thrilled to announce the presence of not only life, but intelligent life, on a hollow planet far, far away.  Pictures just arriving back at Earth from Voyager 2 have stunned scientists…

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Hot Chocolate Ice Cream

A delicious sounding desert recipe!

Andrea Monet Fitness

This is SO easy. 2 ingredients (3 if you count the strawberry).

Ingredients:

vanilla ice cream

Powdered hot chocolate mix

  • Scoop of your favorite natural vanilla ice cream (no corn syrup!)
  • Spoonful of your favorite powder hot chocolate mix
  • Stir until soft
  • Top with fresh berry(optional)

It’s a bit reminiscent of a Frosty from Wendy’s, but without all the chemical additives. A cheat dessert you can feel good about.

I love cheat meals!

Let me know if you want a made from scratch version. Just comment below.

Yours in health and fitness, and cheat meals too..

-Andrea

From skinny jeans to “Are you pregnant?” in under 24 hours.

The best Ever (Copycat Disneyland) Chimichurri Sauce. Go ahead, lick the bowl.

Oatmeal Bliss Bowl

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14 Popular Sugar Substitutes

14 Popular Sugar Substitutes

Check out this Food Revolution article on sugar, how bad it is for you, and some of the most popular sugar substitutes and their health benefits (or lack thereof). Here are the five best sugar substitutes:

  1. Stevia, from a bush native to South America.
  2. Xylitol
  3. Molasses
  4. Yacon syrup, from a plant in the Andes
  5. Date sugar

Of course, the article says that fresh fruit is the best sweetener.

15 Heart-Healthy Foods

The latest article on the Food Revolution Network is all about heart disease. I will read the article in detail later, but right now, I want to list the 15 heart-healthy foods the article named:

  1. Berries
  2. Leafy greens
  3. Avocados
  4. Nuts
  5. Seeds
  6. Dark chocolate
  7. Beans
  8. Tomatoes
  9. Apples
  10. Garlic
  11. Turmeric
  12. Ginger
  13. Black pepper
  14. Cinnamon
  15. Coriander

Luckily, these are all foods I like.

All About Avocados

Avocado Health Benefits

Who’d have thought avocados would be so good for you? Now, I’m used to hearing about how fatty they are, so I’ve always been careful about avocado intake. But it turns out they do have other benefits.

Readers, how do you like to eat avocados? My favorite is guacamole (of course!), and I also like them in salads and on sandwiches, as long as they’re seasoned or covered in dressing. I always thought they were pretty bland by themselves.

Has anybody had a chocolate-avocado dessert? I heard chocolate and avocados was a thing now, but I’ve never tried it; it seems a little weird.

(I would have reposted this article, but the Food Revolution Network doesn’t let you repost on this site.)

A Job at Last

At last, at last, I have the job I always wanted.

I am now a Sanitarian-in-Training at the Holmes County General Health District.

I’ve been waiting and working towards this for almost four years. I’m so grateful and thankful to have this job at last. I’m getting training on restaurant and grocery store inspections now, and I hope I’ll become the best Sanitarian I can be later.