Friday, November 20, 2009

Acronyms & Cucumbers

Let's talk random. While on my run last night I did three things and came up with acronyms for each:
B.A.D. = Bark At Dogs
G.L.A.D. = Growl Loudly At Dogs
S.A.D. = Speed Away (from) Dogs
I'm not a dog person, and quite frankly, when I'm running I get mad at owners that let their dogs chase me (even while on a leash!) and bark at me excessively. Some dogs are in their fenced backyard and when I run past....BARK BARK BARK! So what do I do? I bark back. Hmpf. And I growl back too. Apparently, it helps with my uneasiness with dogs. I only S.A.D.'d once last night from a dog on a leash that was not being restrained by its owner. SERIOUSLY? Seriously. Oh brother. I am getting used to some dogs though, and I have proof!

Liz's parent's puppy, Tally, back in February...she's HUGE now, but I love her

Me & my puppy "nephew," Cohete (back in May)
See? I'm getting better with dogs.

OK, now onto cucumbers....
My Dad is really into forwarding every random e-mail that finds its way into his inbox, so I usually just delete them without reading (sorry, Dad!). This e-mail caught my fancy because it was interesting, plus I like cucumbers.
This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part of their "Spotlight on the Home" series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems.
1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5,Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.
2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.
3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.
4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.
5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!
6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!
7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.
8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.
9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!
10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam,
creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.
11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath. The phytochemcials will kill bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.
12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm your fingers or fingernails while you clean.
13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

Interesting, huh? Just thought I'd share. Happy Friday!


  1. Wow...I never new cucumbers where good for anything other than a cucumber and cream cheese sandwich.

    I'm going to try some of these (especially the hangover trick)!

  2. I would love to see what you look like barking back at those dogs! sounds hilarious!

  3. I am AFRAID of Dogs. LOL!

    Love the pictures. Happy Weekend!

  4. I can't believe people let their dogs chase you! That is so awful. I usually am not scared of dogs, but there is a neighbor's dog who barks and jumps on their fence (he's in their back yard), which causes the boards to bow out so far I can see all of him! The dog is a boxer, no less. Anyway, it's a little scary, especially if I have T Junior in the stroller in front of me.

    My dad forwards me random e-mails, too, but they are usually about politics and I don't really share his views (except he doesn't know that). Delete.

  5. i've only been chased by a dog once, luckily it didn't follow for very long, but I agree with you, they should be on a leash. Owners have no idea how YOU feel about a dog, and people certainly have genuine fears. Who know all that good stuff with cucumbers! I'll have to make sure I always have some onhand! Have a great weekend :)

  6. Hmm. Now I know why I don't like cucumbers.....

    And yes - I do fell *very* ccomplished when I'm done with a few hill repeats!

  7. This is post could not be further from what I'm into.

    a) I'm a TOTAL dog person


    b) I absolutely ABHOR cucumbers. The taste, the smell...all of it.

    Strangely enough, I'm cool with pickles. Go figure.


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