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It has come to this: I’m blogging about oatmeal

Oatmeal directly from the packing.
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No, I haven’t run out of things to write about.  I have over 100 partial drafts and ideas and wish I had time to write more. But this topic is so important it couldn’t wait.

First, I’ve been on an oatmeal kick lately for my 9:00 P.M. feeding.  I learned a trick from my wife, which is to put frozen fruit in with the milk and oats before I heat it in the microwave.  I have a variety of frozen fruit around for my shakes (blueberries, strawberries, mixed berries, cherries, peaches), and it adds some natural sweetness to the cereal.  Super healthy, filling and tasty.  Oh, and very inexpensive.

Then there’s this about McDonald’s new product: How to Make Oatmeal . . . Wrong.  They managed to mess up something as simple as oatmeal.  I just tried it the other day before I read this article.  I figured they had done something right in offering a healthy alternative, but instead of three ingredients (oats, milk, fruit) they end up with more than 15.

The oatmeal and McDonald’s story broke late last year, when Mickey D’s, in its ongoing effort to tell us that it’s offering “a selection of balanced choices” (and to keep in step with arch-rival Starbucks) began to sell the cereal. Yet in typical McDonald’s fashion, the company is doing everything it can to turn oatmeal into yet another bad choice. . . . “Cream” (which contains seven ingredients, two of them actual dairy) is automatically added; brown sugar is ostensibly optional, but it’s also added routinely unless a customer specifically requests otherwise. There are also diced apples, dried cranberries and raisins, the least processed of the ingredients (even the oatmeal contains seven ingredients, including “natural flavor”).

A more accurate description than “100 percent natural whole-grain oats,” “plump raisins,” “sweet cranberries” and “crisp fresh apples” would be “oats, sugar, sweetened dried fruit, cream and 11 weird ingredients you would never keep in your kitchen.”

. . .

The aspect one cannot argue is nutrition: Incredibly, the McDonald’s product contains more sugar than a Snickers bar and only 10 fewer calories than a McDonald’s cheeseburger or Egg McMuffin. (Even without the brown sugar it has more calories than a McDonald’s hamburger.)

It is so filling that I imagine it would be great for people trying to lose weight.  Eat oatmeal first then you won’t be as hungry for other things.

Finally, it occurred to me that for people on limited budgets – and definitely for people on welfare – oatmeal is one of those perfect foods: Inexpensive, filling, tasty (enough) and nutritious.

Sonic napkins

What is the major malfunction with Sonic Drive-ins not providing enough napkins with your order?  Are they just trying to save a few pennies?

It is a running joke in our family.  We get our order, then notice that there are no napkins or perhaps two napkins for four people.  Then you ask for more and the waiter looks at you like, “Well that’s a heckuva thing.  We’ve never had anyone ask for napkins before.”  Then they have to make a special trip back inside to get them for you.

Thanks for letting me vent.

Weekly roundup

So what was the rush to treat little girls like lab rats?  Seems that the HPV vaccine isn’t all it was advertised to be.  Something to remember the next time the gov’t rushes in to trample parental rights.

I was tagged by 4 Pointer with these questions:

Question 1. If you were to be in ministry 10 years from now (whether you’re in ministry now or not) what would you like to be doing and where?

We’re all ministers to some extent.  I’d like to be retired from my CPA/Finance/Audit career and doing lots of volunteer things – teaching, mission trips, Kairos prison ministry, enjoying family, etc.  Basically the same things I’m doing now, just more of them.

Question 2. If you could wake up tomorrow with a degree and all the learning that would have gone with it from any seminary which one would you pick and why?

Gordon Conwell.  I’ve heard good things about it, and it is a conservative, Bible-believing seminary in the Northeast.

Question 3. What’s your poison: donuts, beer, wine, pizza, chocolate, twinkies, key-lime pie?

Hazelnut creamer in my coffee.  LOTS of it.   And mayonnaise wherever I can use it.

I’m supposed to think of 5 others to tag but don’t want to play favorites, so consider yourself tagged. 


Problems with the book of Mormon– just the tip of the iceberg, really.  It is not from God.


New addition to the blogroll: Thoughts Out Loud.  Lots of good posts, such as Lazy myths: Christians believe because they are told to.  Go check it out.  I’ll wait here.


Obama is lying about others lying– will the MSM check the facts and let voters know his real stand on abortion, partial birth abortion (aka infanticide) and his opposition to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act?

Obama wants change . . . except when it comes to abortion as birth control, inside the womb or outside it.

Obama wants you . . .

  • to pay for abortion!
  • to sanction the killing of infants born alive!
  • to believe that pregnancy is a “punishment”!
  • to accept partial birth abortion!
  • to forget his close association with radical abortion groups like NARAL and PP!
  • to endorse liberal activist Supreme Court Judges that support abortion in the 9th month!
  • to embrace a culture of death!

Listen to his own words, plus his silly comment about the question of when life begins being above his pay grade:

He couldn’t be more clear about his plans:


as_seen_on_tv.jpgSo I’m going to re-post some of my favorite pieces the next few weeks and take a partial sabbatical.  Some of you old-timers may recognize them, but the newer folks may not.  Many are from my pre-Wordpress days. 

I edited and updated many as I went along.  I didn’t necessarily pick the most popular (or the most un-popular), just ones that I liked the best.

I have a few series in mind but need some time to work on them and will work in some new stuff as well along with Weekly Roundups.

Thanks for being regulars (and visitors), and I hope you keep coming back!

By the way, if you ever do something similar I encourage you to leave your old posts as they are and just copy them to new posts.  Otherwise you’ll mess up any links to the old posts and have to fix them.  Not that I did that or anything.

Best thank-you ever

I taught an economics lesson for a 4th grade class at the school where my wife is a librarian.  I combined some old Junior Achievement lessons and did a chocolate chip cookie taste test.  I explained a lot of financial and decision making principles along the way, and we discussed how advertising works and what we can do to avoid being tricked. 

The kids were great.  They enjoyed the cookies and asked lots of good questions.  I’ve taken a couple years off after teaching JA classes for various grades for about 12 years.  It was a lot of fun, and I’m thinking about starting it up again.  JA classes are proven to reduce drop-outs.

The teacher had the students write thank-yous, and they were all sweet.  But this one was the best (emphasis added):

Dear Mr. Simpson,

Thank you so much!  You are the best!  You saved me probably more than $100!

Now I know that Mrs. Simpson is very lucky to live with you.

With care,


That’s what I’ve been saying all along!  Finally, someone agrees with me.  Be sure to tell Mrs. Simpson (actually, she read the note before I did and was equally amused).


I broke up the blogroll into various sections for easier navigating.  Enjoy!

I also added a category for Favorites (my favorite posts, not necessarily the most viewed).

My wife went to a librarian conference last week, so I was on my own.  When your kids are in High School and can drive themselves to school and ballet it really isn’t too taxing.  I’m glad she’s home, though!

The conference sounded pretty interesting.  They got to hear from various authors.  She even had fifth row seats to listen to Dave Barry, my favorite humor columnist (“I am not making this up!”).

She wanted a t-shirt that said Ha, ha – made you read!  but they were sold out.

Five out of four people are bad at fractions (Hat tip: Daughter #2).

Laugh of the day: The Bad Idea Jeans commercial from Saturday Night Live.  Bonus points for anyone coming up with their own “Bad Idea Jeans” line!

Do you all watch House?  The rest of my family does and I’ve slowly started to like it.  We think it is because he says the things we’d like to say but can’t.  His character does have a clever way of making points.  This is a paraphrase:

Student: You’re reading a comic book.

House: And you’re wearing a low-cut blouse to draw attention to your chest.  Now that we’re done playing the “State the obvious” game, what is your point?