jcollie719: (Collie Wink)
I scheduled my car's repair for July 25.

The rum and coke gummies turned out well. I used Captain Morgan spiced rum. The spiced rum is a good match for the sweet cola flavor of the gummies. I just drained the excess rum and drank it, so I'm buzzed at the moment.

I can now use the TSA Pre-Check line when I fly. I used some of my frequent flyer miles to pay for the Pre-Check sign-up.
jcollie719: (Lipton Lolly)
 As I thought, my light jacket was inside my fursuit case.

I let one of the KRCC engineers know the playlist system had Monday's playlist loaded when I came in instead of Sunday's. I don't know if the DJ from the night before clicked on the wrong date or the system itself auto-loaded the wrong date. I brought up the Sunday playlist around 6:20 AM. The "Weather Lady" called the studio this week. I hadn't heard from her for a couple of weeks, so I wasn't sure if something had happened to her. On the other hand, I haven't gotten a call from the "Slime Lady" in months; I hope she found something better to do on weekends. I think I may have forgotten to submit my time card this time. If I don't see the deposit on Friday, I'll add the hours to the next time card.

I went to Rocket Fizz after work to get some gummy cola bottles. I wanted to go to a downtown candy store, but there was no parking nearby (and some street closures) due to a motorcycle festival. I went to a liquor store later for some rum. I plan to soak the gummies in the rum to make rum-and-coke candies.
jcollie719: (Lipton Lolly)
Since Halloween fell on a Monday this year, I had a support group meeting during much of the prime trick-or-treating time. I had bought a small bag of candy on the way home, but I decided to just leave my porch light off until I go to bed.
jcollie719: (Lipton Lolly)
I didn't get any trick-or-treaters this year.  I had a couple dozen Reese's cups in a bowl by the door just in case.

Apparently a trick was played on an audio server this week.  The Friday night show I listen to (Turn Up The Night) went silent about 90 minutes into the program.  According to the hosts in the chat room, there was a DDoS attack on the Icecast server the show uses.

The Howl-O-Ween party in Denver is Saturday night!
jcollie719: (I Ruff You)
I made another batch of bacon chocolates this week. I used thicker-cut applewood bacon this time, which I can actually taste over the rich chocolate. Some of the molds didn't have enough of the chocolate pushed all the way down, so they look a bit rough but taste wonderful!


I'll be making a third batch shortly before my vacation, using a smaller mold so the chocolates aren't as thick.
jcollie719: (Lipton Lolly)
I got a new double boiler for making candy. I made my first batch of bacon chocolates last night. While they were good, I couldn't really taste the bacon in them. I couldn't find any maple-cured bacon, which the recipe called for, so I used regular bacon. I don't know if I need to use more bacon or find a less-rich chocolate (I used Cadbury Dairy Milk.)

My frequent flyer miles with United expire at the end of June. I wasn't accepted for an offer to keep them from expiring, but the program allows me to buy digital music downloads with the miles.

Aw, crap!

Apr. 26th, 2010 06:18 pm
jcollie719: (Lipton Lolly)
Study links chocolate and depression
Men and women who eat more of the sweets are also likely to be depressed, researchers find.
By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times

April 27, 2010

One need only look at the recent introduction of chocolate Cheerios to fully grasp Americans' fondness for the pulp from cacao beans. Savoring chocolate is normal.

But, researchers said Monday, overindulging in it could be a marker for depression.

Researchers at UC San Diego and UC Davis examined chocolate consumption and other dietary intake patterns among 931 men and women who were not using antidepressants. The participants were also given a depression screening test. Those who screened positive for possible depression consumed an average of 8.4 servings of chocolate — defined as one ounce of chocolate candy — per month. That compared with 5.4 servings per month among people who were not depressed.

Those who scored highest on the mood tests, indicating possible major depression, consumed an average of 11.8 servings per month. The findings were similar among women and men.

When the researchers controlled for other dietary factors that could be linked to mood — such as caffeine, fat and carbohydrate intake — they found only chocolate consumption correlated with mood.

It's not clear how the two are linked, the authors wrote. It could be that depression stimulates chocolate cravings as a form of self-treatment. Chocolate prompts the release of certain chemicals in the brain, such as dopamine, that produce feelings of pleasure.

There is no evidence, however, that chocolate has a sustained benefit on improving mood. Like alcohol, chocolate may contribute a short-term boost in mood followed by a return to depression or a worsened mood. A study published in 2007 in the journal Appetite found that eating chocolate improved mood but only for about three minutes.

It's also possible that depressed people seek chocolate to improve mood but that the trans fats in some chocolate counteract the effect of omega-3 fatty acid production in the body, the authors said in the paper. Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to improve mental health.

Another theory is that chocolate consumption contributes to depression or that some physiological mechanism, such as stress, drives both depression and chocolate cravings.

"It's unlikely that chocolate makes people depressed," said Marcia Levin Pelchat, a psychologist who studies food cravings at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. She was not involved in the new study. "Most people believe the beneficial effects of chocolate are on mood and that they are learned. You eat chocolate; it makes you feel good, and sometime when you're feeling badly it occurs to you, ‘Gee, if I eat some chocolate I might feel better.' "

Chocolate is popular in North America and Britain, she said. But in other cultures, different foods are considered pleasure-inducing pick-me-ups.

"In the United States, people consider chocolate really tasty," Pelchat said. "It has a high cultural value. It's an appropriate gift for Valentine's Day. But in China, you might give stuffed snails to someone you really like."

jcollie719: (I Ruff You)
...and other holidays which involve stores selling candy aren't my favorites. My favorites are the days after, when the unsold candy goes on sale!

I know, it's bad for my diet, but my "Fuck It Bucket" is running low.
jcollie719: (Default)

When I was a kid, a friend told me if I got a Tootsie Roll Pop wrapper with the image of an Indian shooting a star (which is only featured on a fraction of the wrappers,) I could take it to the store and get a free Tootsie Roll Pop. I looked this up online over the weekend to see if this was true. It turned out to be an urban legend, but some stores actually did honor the wrappers.

jcollie719: (Default)
I'm not sure if I'll actually get any replacements for my web prospects with wrong numbers. The site where I bought them says I need to report wrong numbers within 7 days of getting them, and its been almost two weeks. As Tourette's Guy would say, I guess I'm out of the butt and into the fuck (or was that a song by Neil Young?)

Since I listed chocolate as one of my interests, the Google ads next to the entry screen have links to sites about chocolate. It's making me drool! ;-).....

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