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I’m happy to say I’ve discovered some very healthy frozen waffles. Beth and I have been trying to eat more organic and natural foods, but there are times that I’m just in too much of a hurry, especially in the morning. Also, my doctor wants me to each more foods with Omega-3 fatty acids, because these help correct the cholesterol and triglyceride problem I have. One way to get more Omega-3’s is to eat these special eggs you can get at King Soopers. They feed the chickens flaxseed, which has a lot of Omega-3. Then, the eggs they lay also have Omega-3. But I’m often too lazy to scramble up an egg for breakfast. The other way to get lots of Omega-3 is to work flaxseed into your diet. So for a while I was grinding up organic flaxseed to mix in with oatmeal for breakfast. But that’s kind of a hassle, too. So I was really excited when I discovered that my local King Soopers is now carrying flaxseed toaster waffles. These are like Eggo waffles, but made with natural ingredients, including flax! They have 1000 mg of Omega-3 per serving (2 waffles) which is like eating 3 or 4 of the good eggs. So I’ve been getting those and having them for breakfast a couple times a week.

But then, last week, I discovered something even cooler. The same company that makes the flaxseed waffles also makes hempseed waffles! That’s right, hemp. I found that Vitamin Cottage down on Wadsworth carries these, so I picked up a couple boxes. They taste pretty much the same, but they have 1500 mg of Omega-3 per serving, plus they’re helping support the hemp industry. You don’t believe people make breakfast waffles out of hemp? Well, here’s where you can read more.

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I just finished my first ever wardriving experience. Now I’m safely back home eating a bowl of organic raspberry sorbet. Yum. My home internet connection sucks right now. I’m getting 35% packet loss, for reasons I don’t really understand. My ISP can’t seem to help me. I think the problem is the tree that’s between my antenna and the tower.

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It’s Tuesday. I took Friday and Monday off work to go to Grand Junction and then Redstone. Friday, after driving to the Western Slope, we went for a long hike with my dad up Dominguez Canyon. We were looking for desert bighorn sheep, but didn’t see any. But we saw some birds and nice rock formations, instead. Saturday, I spent the morning running errands and then that afternoon was the memorial service for my grandmother, Delma North. She passed away on March 31 at the ripe old age of 92. I had thought of trying to write something to say to everyone at the memorial, and I had a great idea but just didn’t have time to fully develop it, since my life has been so hectic the past couple weeks. I may be able to turn it into a little article for the North Wind, which is the family newsletter for that side of my family.

Saturday night we drove up to my parents’ house in Redstone. Then, Sunday was Easter. We had a lot of family staying in Redstone – people who had come to town for Delma’s memorial and Easter. My mom made Easter dinner for us all. It was a feast, of course. Three pies! Monday morning we came home, stopping long enough to visit my grandfather in the nursing home in Carbondale (he had no idea who we were and mostly just drooled while we talked to him). That afternoon caught up on bills, etc.

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I got my new Echo Indigo card today, installed it, and mixed down one of the new pieces for the next 404 Not Found CD. This thing’s great, once you get it installed! It’s mixing down 24 bit audio like a champ, and sounds great. It’s got way more headroom than I could want, and is also very, very quiet.

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Yahoo! News – Looters Sack Baghdad Antiquities Museum – This is sad. If the people of Iraq are so happy at being liberated, why is it that the first thing they do is go looting their own culture’s treasures?

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McDonald’s® Wireless – This is bizarre. Can you believe McDonald’s is now offering wireless internet access, like Starbuck’s does?

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Compressed natural gas has gone up to $1.45 a gallon. It had been steady at $1.25 a gallon for quite a while. Still, $1.45 is better than what most people are paying for gasoline in the Denver area right now.

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This past weekend, Beth and I decided to get away from it all and head to the mountains – Hot Sulphur Springs, to be exact. We visited the hot springs 2002 and told each other we’d like to go back. Maybe we’ll even make it a regular annual event!

I did some research online about lodging and decided on the Canyon Motel, which has a “romance package”. You get a king size bed in “one of the best rooms”. They also throw in passes to the hot springs resort, fresh flowers, a fresh baked treat, and a bottle of champagne. I told them we only needed a single pair of passes, since we wouldn’t get up there in time to go soak in the mineral springs pools Friday night.

Hot Sulphur Springs is the county seat of Grand County and home to around 300 people. There’s not much in town, but people visit for the hot springs and for the hunting, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding in the vicinity. It’s a little over two hours from our house.

I left work later than I’d hoped on Friday, and then had a lot of stuff to deal with at home before I could even start packing. So we didn’t leave the house until around 6 PM, and then immediately stopped for dinner. We got to the motel around 9 PM, where we were checked in by a very bubbly young English woman.

The motel has been recently renovated and is in nice shape. Our room wasn’t huge (“one of the best” may not really mean that much) but it was comfortable. Sure enough, our guest passes to the hot springs were waiting for us, as was a huge bottle of sparkling wine in the fridge. And someone had baked us a little red velvet cake in the shape of a valentine.

Saturday morning, we eventually got out of bed and went to the only place in town to eat breakfast, the County Seat Grill. Service was terrible, as I remember it was last year when we visited. Note to self: when dining in Hot Sulphur Springs, go to the restaurant about an hour BEFORE you’re hungry. After breakfast, we went to the hot springs and soaked in several pools for about an hour and a half. That was enough to get prune skin, so we went back to the motel.

We had planned to have a pizza delivered for lunch, but when Beth dialed 0 on the phone, nobody answered. I went to the office to have a look and saw that they were closed until 2 PM. So we needed to find another place for lunch. The reason we were looking for pizza was that we paid $10 extra to have pizza while we were here. They bake a pizza for you at the front desk and then deliver it to your door for $10.

So I walked down to Jim’s Fat Boy Deli to find some sandwiches, but they were closed. That gave us three options for lunch – either go back to the County Seat, eat frozen burritos or hamburgers from the gas station, or drive to another town. We decided to drive to Granby, where we had lunch at a nice family restaurant (with good fast service, this time).

After lunch, we went back to the motel. Beth took a nap and read her book, while I read a magazine and worked on some music stuff and some work stuff. Then we went back to the hot springs. Beth had a facial and I soaked in the pools for a long time, while the snow fell and the local deer came down the hill. Once I got pruney again, I got dressed and went inside to read my magazine. Beth soaked for a while longer and then we headed back to the motel. We ordered our pizza (which was DiGiorno, baked by the bubbly young English woman and delivered to our door) and dined on the bed, while watching CNN and drinking champagne. That night we just relaxed and watched a bunch of TV. I didn’t feel like reading my book anymore, and my notebook computer wasn’t cooperating with me. So we watched a mind numbing series of shows on commercial television. The one I liked most was called American Chopper. I may even watch it again, since the first episode pulled me in!

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I just got back from the grocery store and see that Tostitos is now selling blue corn chips made with “certified organic corn.” So I bought a bag. Pretty good. Crispier than the Garden of Eatin’ brand.