Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hey, other cop wives - A question

Do you guys ever listen to your hubbies' stories from shift and just get horribly depressed about human nature?

It's that, combined with what I read in the local news that just has me in a funk. A murder trial just wrapped up this week in Cincinnati, ending in the jury recommending the death penalty. I'll spare you details (as I have spared myself most of them too) but the jury foreman said the man on trial was worse than a monster.

I know that by the very nature of his job, J is going to run into the seedy side of society. That's no surprise. And if you're only seeing the trash dump out your window, you're likely to think the landscape is crap everywhere. I know this, inherently. But sometimes even the mere existence of the scum and the heinous things they can do just... really hit me hard.

I've got such a bleeding heart ;)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Zipped lips

Argh! Multiple cases going on that I want to talk about, and I CAN'T! One that I'd love more opinions on, but alas, is still in investigation.

And the other is going on right.this.very moment as I blog. The most frustrating thing is not being able to find anything on the news. Not that I have a scanner anyway, but even if I did I'm not sure we live close enough for me to pick up on the bands.

So instead I will tell you this much. Today I spent more than a few minutes drooling over some of the recent recipes on the Pioneer Woman's website. Monkey bread muffins and funnel cakes, to name a few specifics. In fact I am pretty sure I tried to take a bite out of my monitor while reading the Monkey Bread recipe.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Ohio cop saves teen's life

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/35685484#35685484

It's a video clip that will give you chills. Traffic stops are dangerous enough in good, sunny weather. This cop stopped to assist a stranded motorist, and while helping him, another car slides out of control, straight into them. The video is caught on his dash-cam. I'll warn you that they replay the clip at least four or five times to show you how close the car comes.

The story also says the officer is still in the hospital and faces up to a year of rehabilitation from his injuries.

I still have goosebumps as I'm typing this. I believe they said this is in Ohio, but this is the first I've heard of it.

Study on snacking gets it wrong

I am non-police blogging today. It's a subject I'm passionate about, though.

Read about a new study via Reuters today. I'm so angry about the obesity epidemic and the misplaced blame. Did you know we're headed toward 75% of the nation being overweight or obese? The article and study blames daily snacking as explaining the rise in childhood obesity.

WRONG.

It's not the extra snacking that's doing it. It's the items kids are given to snack on that is doing it. It's the increase in indoor activities, and decrease in outdoor activities doing it. Here's a tip: eating every 3 hours increases metabolism. A higher metabolism means you are burning more calories. You're actually keeping your body digesting more often, and even the act of digestion burns calories.

But when the snacking options are crap, crap and more crap, naturally the caloric intake outweighs the increase in metabolism. Here's another tip: eating crap foods is like putting regular gasoline in a lawnmower that requires an oil-fuel mix. It makes the process break down. Salt, fat, sugar, sure all these are OK and even helpful to your body IN MODERATION. When that is all that a snack consists of, the body starts reacting poorly. I don't have the time or patience today to really break it all down, but it's true, if you care to do the research on your own. Eat a sugary snack, for example, and your body ramps up insulin production. Once the speed rush of this little process slows down, your blood sugar plummets, energy goes down, and you feel hungry. You're not really hungry so much as needing energy, but it doesn't matter. You eat another sugary snack to counter the effects. Meanwhile your body starts flipping out from the excess and other healthier processes slow down.

I'm getting away from myself. If kids want to snack and they're eating healthy, natural foods, they're not going to get fat. If your kid wants a snack between lunch and dinner and you give him an apple with peanut butter, that is AWESOME. If you give him a bag of Doritos, well, of course he's going to end up fat.

I'd be willing to bet that the kids who eat the awful snacks between meals are also being fed awful meals, thus lending to the epidemic.

One last note: children's bodies are designed to grow. As a result, they also create fat cells much faster than adults. When a child starts out on the wrong path, being fed crap and being overweight so early, they are being set up for a lifetime of failure. It is that much harder to lose fat when you start creating the fat cells so early.

I could ramble on and on about this. I'm going to try not to. It's just an issue that really gets under my skin.

Monday, March 01, 2010

I'm reposting!!

Wives Behind The Badge: Are you a Real Police Wife?

Love it

LEO wife blogs

I've finally had a chance to start surfing around the link-lists of the other LEO wife blogs I've started visiting. A few of them are readers who must've found me a while ago, while I was in hiatus. I am surprised and pleased, though, to see how many blogs there are now!! When I first started this blog, there really weren't a lot of other cop-wife blogs out there.

If Blogger will start cooperating with me this afternoon, I will hopefully get some more links added to my sidebar!