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Did everybody miss me?

Today was my first day back from vacation to work and the first thing I see on my desk is Fred. He is a striped beetle of some sort. Just hanging out in a canister…they were all surprised I didn’t scream, had Fred been loose then that would have been a different story!

About the title…it’s not that you all missed me, it’s all these animals missed me! My bird was so stressed out at birdie-sitting that he didn’t touch his regular food and only ate his treat millet. 😦 he also lost .2 ounces, which is like 5 lbs to humans. That scared me since he’s 14 years old! Shoving walnuts down him to fatten him up!!! He’s also wanted to become my second skin and crawl under mine any possible moment. Under my chin, back of neck, palm of hand, he even crawled in my sleeve the other day. He’s gone crazy! Must contain the birdie love…
The other guy who missed me was Mr. Higgley. He was whining at my desk all morning and would not leave me alone! Hard to get work done when you have a bulldog DEMANDING your attention.
Today was not a good day though. I thought it awesome that I can order pizza online so I got a GF no cheese pizza from Bellagio’s. as I was eating it I thought wow this GF crust tastes just….like….the…. Um…. GRRRR!!!! Called them up and ask how they tell the difference between Gluten Free and Gluten FULL… They totally gave me the wrong crust!!! O.o
I ate a whole slice too. :(… That is the most gluten I’ve eaten in 2 years. I instantly felt this lump in my stomach. Then gradually felt it digest….I don’t normally feel my food digesting….so this is not good. I was curious to see what my body would do. The worst part was the achy joints later in the day and the extreme fatigue. I’ve been laying in bed pretty much since I got home. I did ask for a refund and a GF pizza. I actually like GF crust way better.
I think Higgley was feeling sorry for me too cuz he totally tossed his doggie cookies today. He looked so sad afterwards! We were both a hot mess.

While I was waiting for my second pizza, my co-worker and I went for a walk along the bluff in Oregon City. Such a pretty day. It’s hard to believe all this industrial ruins will one day be retail and condos! That’s a lot of work coming within the next few years. BTW I heard this waterfall is the widest waterfall next to Niagara in the US. Hard to believe, I haven’t researched it either but I thought it a cool fact.

And last picture for today is last nights sunset (bottom pic) and tonight’s (top pic). I was closing up everything when I saw how beautiful the sunset was tonight! I was trying to load the 4990 photos from the wedding I took in San Antonio this weekend and so I had to use my iPhone for tonight’s shot. The bottom shot was with my new camera. Canon T5i. I LOVE IT! More pics and reviews on it and my new camera bag coming soon….
Time to rest these achy bones. TTFN!


Posted by on July 30, 2013 in A day in the life of Jeni


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More Eew factor from Fooducate… What is Red Dye Really From?

Article from Fooducate website.

Image by University of Turin, Italy

A) moldy jelly beans

B) microscopic view of sugar powder

C) Bugs

D) None of the above

Answer below

What you need to know:

This is a 10X zoom image of the female cochineal insect (Dactylpius Coccus), producer of what has been considered for centuries the best red dye in the world.

Originating in Aztec Mexcio, the female cochineal insects set up shop on cactii, where they breed and eat. The male lives for just one short week to reproduce and then die.

The Aztecs would collect the bugs, briefly boil them in water, dry the bodies in the sun and then pulverize them into a fine scarlet powder known as cochineal or carmine. The powder dye was used for royal garments and was later coveted by the Spanish conquistadors who brought it back to Europe.

The relevant pigment in the bugs is a bitter chemical called carminic acid. Food manufacturers began using it about 100 years ago to add luster to products such as pork sausages, dried shrimp, candies, jams, and maraschino cherries.

As food science progressed, cheaper artificial dyes Red #2 and Red #40 replaced the natural cochineal until its production became uneconomical.

However, fears over the carcinogenic effects of artificial food coloring helped cochineal stage a comeback, and it is now featured in various food products, including Yoplait strawberry yogurt.

Although carmine is considered safe by the FDA, about 1 in 10,000 people develop some sort of allergic reaction when consuming it. Thus, starting in January 2011, the FDA is requiring all foods and cosmetics using cochineal to explicitly state its presence in the ingredient list.

The new labeling will also be beneficial to vegetarians and Muslims who wish not to eat bugs. Interestingly, carmine is considered kosher by observant jews.

What to do at the supermarket:

Look for the following on the ingredient list – Carmine, Cochineal, E210.

This really ups the desire to eat more natural foods…not natural insects. 😛


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