Stuff and Such

Monday, July 06, 2009
Today was one of those days where I should have stayed in bed. I would have loved to really but unfortunately without a legitimate, believable excuse … I came in to work. Turns out, half of the admin staff is out sick today. My boss looked quite relieved that I was sitting at my desk when the office opened for business. I don’t think we need to worry about a mass outbreak of swine flu in our office; the current sickies are a blend of colds, flus, and other long-term digestive ailments. And if the absence of half our staff wasn’t enough to send the powers that be into a tailspin…seems one of the big bosses is moving to another division, effective immediately. No clear indications of how or if this affects any of our jobs just yet.

My summer reading list has pretty much crashed and burned. I read one of the five nonfiction choices on my list. The other four weren’t as interesting as Amazon made them out to be. They made their way back to the local library’s shelves fairly quickly. I’ve read one substitute book on my fiction list and am having trouble finding others to fill my reading desires. At the moment, I have two nonfiction books requested from the library (American Lightning and In Cold Blood) but no lines on any decent fiction choices. Suggestions are welcome but, as you probably know by now, I’m fussy.

I decided to see just how much sodium I’m ingesting on any given day. It has a direct affect effect on my blood pressure and since I don’t really feel like exercising much, I should find another way to try and bring it down a bit (yes, my medication is still working but I hate taking pills). Now, I expect to find salt in some things…salsa, salad dressings, canned fruits/veggies, basically anything that doesn’t appear in my fridge or cupboards in a relatively natural state. What shocked me the most though this morning as I planned out my meals for the day was just how much!!! According to Statistics Canada’s website, people in my age bracket should consume 1500 mg of salt/sodium per day with a maximum allowable amount in the 2300 mg range. When ¼ cup of salsa contains a whopping 300 mg (or more) alone – note that’s not including the chips to dip in it – you’re headed for trouble. And don’t get me started on salad dressings. I almost had a heart attack this morning when I looked at the label! It looks like I’ll be making my own at home from now on. Sheesh! Needless to say, today’s little experiment was a revelation.


Milla said...

I loved In Cold Blood.

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