My mother has always been a very cautious and nervous person. She taught me to be afraid of large dogs, important exams, crowded streets, the big city and strangers. She even taught me to be afraid of silica sand, which I initially found bizarre. She told me that this type of sand could cause lung cancer. Since I didn’t want to increase my risks of getting lung cancer, I went out of my way to avoid the stuff. I actually still avoid it to this day. My friends at first all find it bizarre that I’m so wary of it. Once I explain the situation to them, however, they completely understand. My mother has good intentions and is the classic “worried” parent. When she’s intent on keeping me away from something, she can be persistent to a fault. This can be pretty annoying. It can also be pretty charming. She’s a wonderful mother.
My husband and I both work full-time, and we have four children. As the result of this, we do not get to spend a lot of time together alone. That is why when we do get to spend time alone, we truly treasure those moments. Last Saturday, we got to spend the entire day together. Neither one of us had to work, and the kids were spending the day with their friends.
First, we ran a few errands. We went to the store and brought some resin bound porous paving material and groceries. After that, we made a trip to the bank. We then went out to eat at our favorite restaurant. We then went to the movies. After the movie, we went out for ice cream. We laughed and had fun. It was just like it was when we first started dating.
While you wouldn’t think of it, since one’s a solid at room temperature and the other is a trace atmospheric gas, silica equestrian sand is the homologous compound to carbon dioxide. Both carbon and silicon can make four separate bonds with other elements, and oxygen can make two bonds with another element. While sand isn’t pure silicon dioxide, it does go to show just how common silicon is in the makeup of the earth’s crust. This also explains why sand and carbon dioxide are both used as fire extinguishers – the energy of the fire isn’t high enough to break down the bonds holding the oxygen in the sand (or the CO2) and they smother it.
Until you get to exotic chemicals. Like chlorine triflouride, which was a hypergolic (self igniting and oxydizing) compound investigated as a rocket fuel component. Putting sand on a chlorine triflouride fire ignites it. And releases things like hydroflouric acid.
I needed shed some pounds that I gained while I was pregnant. I had to go on bed rest while pregnant, so I gained some weight I couldn’t lose and I became unfit. Having a child was a lot of work, but it wasn’t giving me the exercise that I needed to lose weight and become fit again. I decided to do the exercising the old fashion way– diet and exercise as well as using a Manchester thai massage for the hard parts. I watched what I ate and exercised when I could. I parked further away from the door at shopping centers, so I’d have to walk to the door. In addition, I did an exercise video when my son was taking naps. I was determined to get in shape, and so I eventually did lose ten pounds. This allowed me to go back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I am a happy person for it!