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Dietary Solutions

(FYI ** The kids are down this weekend. They've been down since Wednesday, actually, spending some good, uninterrupted, quality time with dad. Not my dad, their dad. Anyone wanting to see them must make an appointment in advance with Eric.)

I've been realizing that I have a very unhealthy diet. I pig out on bad food. Not bad tasting, just bad-for-you food. So, I decided to take a dietary sabbatical (thank you, Steve, for your phrase). Although I dont need to lose weight, I needed something to clean my system. Steve is on the Atkins, but I find it a bit too meaty. Dada is on the South Beach, but that sounds too complicated. I remember a couple of co-workers that had tried a diet for a week, which helped them to clean their system, as well as lose weight. I needed a solution, and I needed one fast. So begins my journey through the......Cabbage Soup Diet!

Monday, which was day one, I did my fruits & soup. Of course, I also added Cheese Nips and Sour Cream & Onion chips. Oh yeah, and a coffee and snapple.

Day 2, which was leafy greens and soup day. I had more fruits, soup, and junk food, as stated above.

Day 3 was fruits, leafies, and soup day. I, yet again, did the fruits, soup, and junk food.

Day 4, which is today, was bananas, milk and soup day. I did the bananas and milk and soup. I also did Thai instant noodles and siew long bao.

As you all can see, I have skipped one day of dieting. It did not really "clean" my system, as it should've. However, I did lose about 2lbs. This diet is only good for a week. It's not meant for long-term because you would not get your daily nutrients. I still have 3 days to go, even though I'm not really following the diet. But after 3 days, I think I'll be good on cabbage for a while. If followed "religiously," one can lose up to 10lbs in 7 days. You'll definitely be "clean."

Dada made some cabbage soup for us last weekend, as starter. Just to see how it would taste. It was good but did nothing for me. But it definitely cleaned her system for about a week. I, personally, dont think it was just the soup. I mean, it really did absolutely nothing for me. I believe she lost a few pounds just from that!

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Pop the Balloons

Steve sent out an e-mail to the Shams about an online game where you pop balloons. He says it's pretty addictive and he got up to leave 32. I haven't tried playing it yet, but after Henry saw that e-mail, all I heard were the damn balloons popping while I was trying to do my work.

Play at:

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Adorable Girl in Video

Ok, this has nothing to do with the Shams or Ruizes(?), but it was too cute and adorable not to share. Enjoy!

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Henry is Back!

I got voicemail from Henry that he is back in the US. Hooray!! He is very happy to be back after his many excursions around Morocco. He was complaining how he still has sand in his sneakers from the desert.

But unfortunately I can’t rush home to see him. We have a company dinner for new employees that we hired, so I will have to wait until I’m done with dinner before I can see him, hopefully he’ll still be awake.

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Another Update from Henry

I heard from Henry again, he sounds like he is very eager to come home.

...there have been a series of unfortunate circumstances that have stopped me from being able to write. i was in the desert the next day, which was QUITE the experience. i will tell you all about it when i get back. then we stayed at a five star hotel that had internet broken for 2 days! anyways, needless to say, me and almost everyone else is dying to get back. we have had enough, which is not the case for normal vacations. usually people feel they haven;t had enough...

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