The absolutely lovely Nancy Parra--at her blog This Writer's Life--bestowed upon me the honor of a Butterfly Award this past week. The rules for passing it on are as follows:
1. Put the logo on your blog. (Yep. Look at the right-side column.)
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you. (Check. Thanks, Nance!)
3. Award up to ten other blogs. (See below. :-)
4. Add links to those blogs on yours. (Naturally!)
5. Leave a message for your awardees on their blogs.(Will, um, get to that, probably later...)
Since I had the pleasure of awarding some Blog Love to a few friends in the fall, I wanted to share this new and very kind award with a trio of wonderful writers I met for the first (but hopefully not only) time in San Francisco. The luncheon went by far too fast, but you know how you sometimes just like people instantly? For me, it was this way with Pam, Caryn and Robin. So, Butterfly Awards to you three! Spread them out as you will!
In other news, I've been on a quest to understand my deep and longstanding addiction to chocolate for many years. Not that I want to STOP the addiction, mind you, I merely want it to make full scientific sense. So, when I came across this piece of research in one of Dr. Neal Barnard's books (he's all about "understanding your fat genes" and things like that), I took notes. Literally.
FYI, Chocoholics: chocolate is the #1 most craved food ever (shocker...), followed by #2 other sweets, #3 savories like chips/pizza/meat, and #4 starchy stuff. Not only does it contain caffeine, it also has this amphetamine-like ingredient called "phenylethylamine" (or PEA), which works like an opiate. Apparently, in ERs, the docs use the drug "naloxone" to stop the effects of heroin and morphine because it blocks the opiate receptors in the brain and doesn't cause a narcotic high. When researchers presented this same opiate-blocking drug to serious chocoholics, it reportedly made the chocolate less appealing. After taking it, quote: "Chocolate becomes not much more exciting than, say, a piece of dry bread." Unquote.
Ha! Not that I'm advocating the use of opiate blockers or any other drugs but, c'mon. I would need to TRY THIS to believe it. We were at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in a nearby city last night and, let me tell you, pharmaceutical companies couldn't manufacture enough "naloxone" to block my desire for that dark English toffee... Sorry, Dr. Barnard. I'm throwing down the gauntlet on that one :-).