mountain lion going to elementary school?

Okay, when you take your kids to schools these days you thing about risks. You think about the wacko pedifile that managed to get a job as a teacher, you think of kids bringing guns to school, you think of kids sharing their older brothers pills on the playground. How often do you think of the danger of mountain lions at school? More


I must be funnier than Ellen and discombobulation?!

So I put a cool couple of youtubes on my blog and guess what? My hits plummet… Now, is it because you enjoy my writing more than even Ellen DeGeneres? Could it be? Or, do you have your Aunt Thelma visiting and you haven’t had time to visit my blog? Or could it be that you really do have more important things to do than see what rjlight wrote for the day? You mean your life isn’t all about me?

I’ve been going back and forth with my blog. I seem to be facing an identity crisis. If you’ve noticed I changed my tagline from “some humor, some insight, always ice cream” to More

Ellen with Gladys again!

Ellen and Gladys Hardy  2007

Another benefit to eating chocolate?

I just read that the average chocolate bar has eight insect legs in it. What is so amazing is that I’ve never heard anyone promoting this added benefit. No, we hear about the antioxidants that help boost the immune system and fight cancer but do we hear about nature’s added protein?

I wonder if the nutrition label even reflects the insect-protein. Of course it probably depends on each bar. I imagine if you have one bar with eight fly legs in it, and another one with a two-wasp-leg/five-gnat-leg combination that the protein and carbohydrate count would be different. I would think the chocolate bar with grasshopper legs would be the most beneficial nutritionally–with all the jumping I’m sure those legs would be lean muscle.

The other thing I wonder about is the person in the lab with the microscope getting paid to count insect legs in chocolate bars. What kind of salary do you think that person brings home every couple of weeks? Does every chocolate bar maker have an insect leg counter on staff?

You don’t have to take my word for it, the next time you take a bite into your favorite Acme chocolate bar, stop, look for a microscope and start counting. Pat yourself on the back–you’re eating more protein than you thought! 


Gladys Hardy on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

This is so funny! I just had to share! Enjoy!

Almost boring truths from a mostly boring life

  • Be careful reading emails. I woke up Tuesday morning ready to post my Ben & Jerry Day Ice Cream flavor only to receive an email that said “RJ Light, we know it is time for your unhealthy fat to go.” Needless to say, that put a little damper on my B&J day. How did they know? 
  •  Goals are flexible. I was planning on working on my jogging goals only to be hit with a totally crazy week filled with, as you would know from my last post, various calls and searches and visits to senior housing facilities. My writing schedule, exercise schedule, sleeping schedule and even meal schedule was left behind.
  • Celebrations can be messy. Today, we found a great place for my mom and to celebrate I took my two youngest ones to Jamba Juice to get a “healthy” milkshake. We happily bounced out of the store carrying our frozen chocolate concoctions and got into the car. My daughter decided she didn’t like the bear in the back seat and tossed it to the front seat crashing it into my cherished Jamba Juice which flew out of the car and onto the pavement crushing the bottom of the cup. I don’t know how she could have hit it at that angle–it was physically impossible! I gave my daughter my stern look and told her I was rather displeased and then ran into the store and asked them to pour it into another cup (it landed okay, just with a bottom hole). The Jamba Juice maker-extraordinairre said that he wouldn’t put it in to another cup but make me another one. I told him to make it smaller than the last one–he didn’t listen. Maybe if I explained about not meeting my jogging goals he would have listened? I saved some for my husband, honestly I did.
  • Don’t go to the store when all you ate for the day was a Luna bar and Jamba Juice . When you are only going to buy a few ingredients for dinner and you are ravished you will come out of the store with not only the pasta and bread but also with the guacamole dip, Girl Scout Cookies (they accosted me at the door) and a protein bar–which you want to immediately shove into your mouth because your are so weak but you don’t want to go through the checkout line and pay for an empty wrapper because it would be like paying for nothing. You will also look at every item that has “New Flavor!” on it with utmost desire.
  •  The proper bath structure is important. After a great dinner of pasta salad, fruit salad, and warm Asiago cheese garlic bread it is nice to take a hot bath. It is especially nice when the bath is designed in a way to encourage relaxation. It is not nice when the bath is apparently designed for the military and you need to be at attention the entire time or risk permanent neck damage. Who sits upright in a bathtub? Well, my toddler so that he can push his boat. I came to the bathtime unprepared– I had no boat, just a magazine–what was I thinking?

I’m losing my humor or my mind…

Well, not exactly, but my week has been more stressful than the usual stress of mothering 3 children. This week I have been trying to locate a good residential care home for my mother. I have been thrown into a new vocabulary talking about Dementia, Alzheimer’s, mild cognitive impairment, assisted living, independent living and it goes on and on. It is a strange world I have been in and quite sobering at times. I will say I feel quite young this week–I keep hearing how young my mom is at 78 and then I think well, if 78 is young — hey, I was just born!

The mind is one fascinating thing. It is amazing how we have come so far with modern medicine and yet that brain is still such a mystery. I just read a story about new memory erasing drugs (Eternal Sunshine of A Spotless Mind ring a bell?) and here my siblings and I are trying to do all we can to keep my mom’s memory from deteriorating. After seeing how the mind can lose information with aging, I would want to stay very clear from some new memory erasing drugs. They are mainly looking into it to use with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but I still can’t think that trying to erase a memory could be healthy no matter how horrible that memory is — there has to be a better way. Especially when you consider how much they don’t know about the mind as it is–why take the chance?

My sister and I visited a care facility for Alzheimer’s/Dementia and other memory disorders and on our tour we were told that the facility was designed in what was called a “race-track” format as sometimes Alzheimer’s or Dementia sufferers find walking around a circle very therapeutic. I was watching a little lady walk around and around and thought how much my 20 month old would be so entertained doing the same thing. Aging is going back to where you started in so many ways isn’t it?

I also find it interesting that I have had the hardest time focusing and remembering this week — I am convinced Dementia can be contagious. If I can pick up an Irish accent while in a conversation with an Irishman, could I start forgetting something if I’m talking to someone whose losing their memory?

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