Saturday, April 18, 2009

Fruit, Photos, and Facebook

I don't know why I keep taking photos of what I'm doing in the kitchen. Maybe it's because lately I've spent so much time on the computer that my only "breaks" take place five feet away, around the corner.

Among my morning tasks (washing Ibis' work shirt, squeezing OJ, sweeping) is making a shake for Ibis. Now, this isn't a shake by the standard definition. There is no dairy, and there are vegetables.

I've tried this a couple times, and yes, it's nasty. But Ibis loves it. I get everything prepared and let him blend it when it's ready so it doesn't settle. *vomits a little in mouth*

A funny side effect to making this every morning is my mind think I'm eating a lot of vegetables when, in fact, I'm not. I keep trying to remember to nibble on these while I'm preparing them, but I seem to only eat the fruit. I really need to get better about that.

Now, about Facebook. If you aren't on there, why not? What's stopping you? Because really, I'm on there pretty much all day and I miss those of you who don't have an account. It's like a constant party that one or two friends refuse to attend.

But be warned, it's very addictive (as you've probably heard.) My friend John pointed me to an op-ed article in the Washington Post by Kristen Hansen Brakeman that sums up the addiction nicely:

I started to check my friends' status updates a few times a day. Then a few more times. Soon, I was keenly interested in the hourly updates of their infinitely more fascinating lives. Wow, Leslie and Michele worked on the inauguration. Eric took his family to Disneyland. Jeremy had a great time at the Super Bowl. Braggarts.

Then she tried to get her husband to join:

"Come on honey, you should just join. There's no harm in it. And if you don't like it you can always quit. All the kids are doing it."

Then it got ugly:

I began to neglect my duties at the office, so busy was I uploading photos and posting links to hilarious videos. I learned to hide my omnipresent Facebook page by keeping a work-related document open on my desktop, which I would click on whenever my boss happened by.

Finally, she quit cold-turkey:

It hasn't been easy. During the first 48 hours, I lay awake wondering what I was missing: what trips my friends had taken, what jobs they were working on, what "cause" they were now "fans" of. As time has passed, the edge has softened, though my curiosity is still omnipresent.

So, what are you waiting for? :D

eta: Finished product. Barf.


Anonymous said...

Wow- that shake looks healthy! Well, gotta run and check my facebook now. :)


Melanie Avila said...

Krystal, LOL!

*runs off to continue conversation with Krystal on facebook*

Turkey Lurkey said...

LMAO! My word verification is MALTS. (I think Id rather drink a malt than even smell Ibis's shake.)

Melanie Avila said...

Turkey, I think you have the right idea. It kind of smells like a mixture of OJ, spinach, apple, papaya... well, you get the idea.

Have you ever shoved your nose into a unwashed head of lettuce? Kind of like that.

Nadine said...

That drink is, um, well, interesting. Do you guys get V8 there? Cause then he could just drink that and you wouldn't have to mix it. *glad my hubby doesn't read blogs as I'm sure he would want the same thing* :)

Melanie Avila said...

Nadine, I have TRIED to push V8 on him but he won't. I drink V8 Splash Berry Blend all the time. I don't know what his problem is. ;)

Janna Qualman said...

Bleh! But more power to him, I guess, for getting all that good stuff.

Facebook! Reap the rewards: You know you want to.

Melanie Avila said...

Janna, I love that slogan. :)

Travis Erwin said...

For a carnivore like myself that looks like the devil's nectar.

Jen said...

Good heavens, that's quite an interesting shake.

And by interesting, I mean, "Ewwwww!" More power to him, as I'm sure it's quite healthy. But wouldn't do me much good...I wouldn't be able to force it down. Yowza.

Hey, Mel, I think it's time for another round of Wordscraper! *grins* One day I WILL beat you. I swear it!

Melanie Avila said...

Travis, ROFL!! I feel the same way and I LOVE fruits and vegetables.

Melanie Avila said...

Jen, you and me, we're like this.

*does little hand gesture indicating we're "like this"*

Bring on the wordscraper!!

spyscribbler said...

Oooh, I like veggie juices, but... I'm not sure I could drink that. :-)

I love Facebook. :-) I need to go on there more often. I could seriously spend all day Facebooking, blogging, and Twittering. I've been trying to find a balance, but usually I just feel deprived.

Aimless Writer said...

My daughter makes a smoothie with fruit and spinach. Surprizingly it tastes very good but looks like pured moss.
I have a facebook but rarely go on it. I'm too busy blogging!
I've also forgo'ed Twitter. Gotta draw the line somewhere. . .

Melanie Avila said...

Spy, I've had to force myself to turn off Messenger so those email dings stop. That's the only way I get anything done sometimes!

Melanie Avila said...

Aimless, he used to make it with all fruit and just spinach and that wasn't too bad. It's the broccoli, carrot, and celery that's pushed it over the edge. ;)

EMC07 said...

I do love the facebook. However, as of late, it has been a procrastination tool to keep me from writing, of course so is anything else. I couldn't live without it.

The drink- hmmm. well he's getting his good stuff at least. You couldn't pay me to drink that though. I barely like eating them seperately!

Melanie Avila said...

EMC, I hear you!

Robin said...

I'm thinking that any drink you have to down quickly before it "settles" shouldn't exist.

I just can't do another computer thing. My head will explode. Not even a tiny little wafer.

Melanie Avila said...

Robin, not even if I whine?


Yes, settling is NOT a good thing in a beverage.