Friday, July 5, 2019

Houseplants -- Outdoor Begonia and Geranium

Begonia and Geranium are classified as annuals by nurseries and garden centers.  However, they make excellent houseplants if given enough light.

As you can see below, I like to keep my flowering begonias and geraniums outside in bright sunlight when temperatures are well above freezing.  Then I bring them indoors during Winter and keep them in front of a South-facing window.

These plants are nearly like weeds.  They're easy to propagate by taking stem cuttings, and I've even managed to root leaf cuttings.  Geraniums tolerate neglect very well; some begonias, not so much.

Nurseries tend to heavily discount annuals in the Fall.  No normal person wants them at that time of year.  But SquarePegs are not normal -- we're happy to "adopt" a plant for a 90% discount.


Geranium in background; Begonia in foreground.  I've have this geranium for many years.

Geranium from an old hanging plant, which most people would throw out in the Fall.
A Begonia that started out as a tiny, after-season discard.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Moon Phase and Its Effect on Sleep

The article Evidence that the Lunar Cycle Influences Human Sleep was published six years ago, but I only just became aware of it today.  Nevertheless, I suspected as much.

I was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea in 2006.  But lately I feel there's more to my sleep disturbances than just cessation of breath.  Some days I wake up after a mere four hours unable to get back to sleep.  Other nights I'll sleep for six hours.

So I think it's ridiculous that health insurance companies will limit coverage for a sleep study to a single one-night study over the member's lifetime.  How can a single study capture all the variations in someone's sleep patterns?

Maybe this study and others like it will motivate The National Sleep Foundation to advocate for policy change.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Wednesday Weigh-In 20190627

Just another weigh-in.

Waist = 39.25"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Wednesday Weigh-In 20190620

I cooked my first ever batch of Mung Beans over the weekend. They're a great substitute for lentils.

Edited on 2019-06-30 to add...

For this first batch, I cooked them according to the advice here, except that I omitted the garlic, and I rinsed the beans several times.

This is similar to how I cook rice, except I don't rinse rice, and mung beans require twice as much liquid.

My goal was to add them to some sort of cold grain salad dish, perhaps quinoa salad. But another family member finished that salad, and the beans came out overcooked, which made them a great candidate for filing a vegan Empanada.

They stunk quite a bit while cooking -- a musty earthy smell. I'm surprised that my housemates didn't complain about it, as they usually complain when I make ghee or hard boiled eggs. Anyway, I hope you try and enjoy them!

Waist = 39.25"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Wednesday Weigh-In 20190605

I just found out that our cellphones need to be upgraded because they are "non-VoLTE." I was almost going to wistfully remark about how backward compatible landlines are until I realized that support for Pulse dialing (as in rotary phones) was dropped about ten years ago by our telcom. I never liked rotary phones, anyway.

Waist = 43.25"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Wednesday Weigh-In 20190529

Another weigh-in.

Waist = 40.0"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Wednesday Weigh-In 20190522

Most people focus on What to eat. But, like reporting news, What is just part of the story. Recall the "Who, What, Where, When, How, Why" of journalism? They apply to eating, as well. Yes, even Who, although, grammatically is Whom, and the question isn't "Whom do you eat?" but rather "Whom do you eat with?" Apparently, folks tend to eat more moderately when there are witnesses. This is true for me, too. If I'm alone in the break room with a box of donuts or birthday cake, there can be bad consequences. But if someone else is there, I'll avoid the temptation.

Waist = 40.25"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wednesday Weigh-In 20190515

I think I might write a diet book. DO you think you might want to read it?

Waist = 41.0"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wednesday Weigh-In 20190508

Just another weigh-in plus a blatant plug for my first and favorite cloud storage site:

Please join Dropbox using this referral link. You'll get 500MB free storage, and I'll get an additional 500MB of storage space.

Thank you!

Waist = 41.0"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Wednesday Weigh-In 20190430

I keep falling asleep while trying to create this post. Yawn...

Waist = 41"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Wednesday Weigh-In 20190425

I like the weight loss, but I'm still struggling with allergies.

Waist = 41.25"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Wednesday Weigh-In 20190416

Mindfulness is an important part of dieting. When I don't pay attention while I eat, I tend to eat more than I need to. It's easy for me to keep eating until I reach a point of uncomfortable fullness. But when I pay attention, I'm aware of when I reach a point where I've had enough.

Waist = 41.5"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Wednesday Weigh-In 20190410

I keep forgetting to measure my waist, so the measurements for this week and last are carried over from the previous measurement.

Waist = 43.25"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Wednesday Weigh-In 20190403

I mentioned before that I am avoiding cold foods and raw foods in order to mitigate Spleen Qi Deficiency. But I'm also incorporating food combining principles. I often need to buy prepared food, and I've been even more frustrated than ever trying to find suitable prepared meals.

Eventually it dawned on me that if I chose non-dairy vegetarian (or vegan) meals, the food combining would be effortless.

So I use animal protein in my own cooking, and I buy vegan prepared meals.

Waist = 43.25"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Wednesday Weigh-In 20190322

Recently I was diagnosed as deficient in Spleen Qi. It explains so much! Now I'm avoiding cold foods and raw foods. And I always thought raw was best.

Waist = 43.0"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Wednesday Weigh-In 20190226

I've scaled back the daily dose of Nuvigil from a whole pill at 150mg to a half pill. As it built up in my system, my anxiety level became nearly unbearable. Also, I don't drink coffee too much anymore. I used to drink two cups in the morning. Now I have an Earl Grey tea or Pu-reh tea.

Waist = 43.0"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

The Magic of Suspenders

In December I made the switch from wearing a belt to wearing suspenders.

I had already bought pants with a larger waist to relieve the pressure on my abdomen.  But this meant that I had to wear a belt to keep the pants from falling down.  And a belt isn’t terribly effective if one’s waist greatly exceeds one’s hips.  So the new pants didn’t really change anything.  That’s when I decided to switch.

The first day that I replaced the belt with suspenders was magical.  I achieved the intended effect of relief around my waist.  But there were other improvements, too.

The first improvement was the illusion of becoming taller and slimmer.  With its two bold vertical lines replacing the single horizontal line of the belt, the suspenders had the same effect one gets by changing out of a sweater that sports horizontal stripes with another with vertical stripes.

The second improvement was that suspenders encouraged me stand more erect.  They reminded me that if I wanted to keep my pants in place, I shouldn’t slouch.  Better posture also made me taller and made me feel more confident.  And with the better posture, it was easier to suck in my gut.

The third improvement was style.  Before, I’d choose between a brown belt for khakis or a black belt for grey, black or navy blue pants.  But suspenders come in a much greater variety of colors and patterns, such as blue, red, gold, green, and solid, plaid, striped, argyle, that you can bring out an accent color from a plaid or checkered shirt.  Plus, you can find novelty suspenders that can show off your favorite hobby, passion or line of work.  For example, you can find themes of flyfishing, golf, camouflage, clovers, American flag, and the one that I chose, circuit board.

If you decide to make the switch, I strongly advise you to practice lowering your pants a few times lest you find yourself “in urgent need of a haircut”1 and get stymied trying to drop your drawers quickly.



1A euphemism on Car Talk (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car_Talk) for “desperately needing to go to the bathroom.”

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Wednesday Weigh-In 20190207

Finally got the scale set up properly. The % body fat below is not carried over from prior weeks. Also, I resumed taking Nuvigil this week. I think I could give up coffee while on this stuff!

Waist = 44.0"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Wednesday Weigh-In 20190130

Today's weigh-in comes right after I shoveled snow off the driveway. I weigh about thirteen pounds less than three weeks ago! So again I do not have correct readings for body fat because I didn't reconfigure the scale to remember me. And I didn't do a waist measurement.

Waist = 43.25"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Wednesday Weigh-In 20190123

I lost so much weight so quickly that my scale didn't recognize me! It didn't report my body fat; the number below is from last week.

Waist = 43.25"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wednesday Weigh-In 20190116

Snickers now has a chocolate bar with layers of almond butter and caramel with almond bits. Wow.

Waist = 44.0"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Wednesday Weigh-In 20190109

My latest thing is suspenders. I gave up on wearing a belt. They work only if your waist isn't as big as your hips. In my case, the belt was counter-productive.

So I've bought a few different colored suspenders and some pants with a larger waist band. It's strange that a size 37 waist fits great even though my waist is more than 40" around.

Waist = 43.5"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Dear APA -- Let's Rethink ADD

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. (Attributed to Albert Einstein by author Matthew Kelly)
This is an open letter to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), which came up with the term “Attention Deficit Disorder”...

How dare you!  I see myself as Perception Enhanced.  You so-called normal people have a deficit.  I can’t imagine how you can endure such a severely filtered experience.

My inability to block out distraction is my Superpower.  While I might not catch every word said to me in a conversation, I’ve listened to five other simultaneous conversations and determined that the car trouble that the woman is describing is probably due to a clogged fuel filter.  I’m referring to the woman in the red dress who’s standing by the window who’s been nursing the same drink for 45 minutes.

Also I’ve been hearing excess noise from the vacuum pump in the factory.  It sounds like the bearings are wearing out.  It’s been getting progressively worse over the last few weeks.  Why doesn’t anyone else know about it?

I’m wondering which of my idiot coworkers put the toaster oven right under the paper towel dispenser.  It’s an obvious safety hazard!

As well, why is the clock on the fax machine 1 hour 15 minutes ahead?  I can understand how it can be exactly 1 hour ahead as we’ve switched away from Daylight Savings Time 8 weeks ago.

What if Perception Enhanced individuals were in the majority?  You APA folks who are Perception Deficient would have to live in our world.  Suppose I were your boss: “Why didn’t you advise that woman to have her car’s fuel filter checked?  Why didn’t you have the pump serviced before it failed?  Didn’t you notice the sound it was making?  Relocate that toaster oven before it starts a fire!  Why haven't you fixed the clock on this fax machine yet?”

Anyway APA, instead putting so much energy into devising derogatory terms for us, tweaking diagnostic criteria, and developing treatments and therapies, you should direct most of your resources into changing society.  Promote acceptance of Perception Enhanced people and help us find ways to be rewarded for our strengths.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Wednesday Weigh-In 20190102

I'm starting up the weekly Wednesday Weigh-In for the new year. Note that I'm using a shorter value for height -- 5' 7" (170.2cm) instead of 5' 9". As a result, I'm starting out with a higher Body Mass Index (BMI). My "fighting weight" is 155lb.

Waist = 43.75"
Height = 5' 7"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Balance Body Composition Bath Scale
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.