Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tuesday Trivia: Inventions

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post offering interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment if you know the answer or if you'd like to take a guess. The answer will be posted tomorrow.

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What two food products did modern waterbed creator Charles P. Hall experiment with before finally filling his invention with water?

Monday, September 29, 2008

It's a good thing they were passing out mints as we went in

This past weekend DBF and I went down to College Station for the A&M v. Army football game. DBF went to A&M too, though I didn't know him while we were there. Friday night he wanted to go to Midnight Yell Practice (for you non-Aggies, it's kinda like a pep rally only way cooler because at the end they turn out the lights in the stadium and you kiss your date.)

I had never had a date to yell before and always thought I would be self-conscious kissing a guy in front of a few thousand current and former students even if the lights were turned out. Well, I'm pleased to report that was not the case. For those brief, dark seconds, I felt like I was 20 again. Oh, and DBF enjoyed it too.

Similarly, I had never had a date to a football game. (For you non-Aggies, when the football team scores, you score, meaning you get to kiss your date.) And though things looked a little dismal for the first quarter and a half as our team couldn't even get a first down, we did eventually score, and so did I.

It was a weekend of firsts, and you'll have to excuse me some gushiness as I'm so thrilled I got to experience them with DBF.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Grey's Anatomy S5ep1

Welcome back Grey's! We missed you. Sorry for the delay in getting this up. I didn't actually watch the episode until today. I'm blaming DBF because last night he wanted to watch the Fringe episodes he's missed. I was okay with it because since I'm unemployed I have so much time on my hands I wasn't worried about getting to it today.

So, back to Grey's...

Everyone was freaking out in this episode. Over the same and also some different things. But they're all related. How? They're all connected to the characters' dreams. The three dream sequences (Derek dying, Meredith and Cristina old together [which I just LOVED!] and Izzie showing Denny her prom dress) set that theme for the episode.

They all have a common dream as surgeons to work in a top rate hospital. And now that they've been ranked 12th that dream is shattered. So they're questioning their place there and what they can do about it. Cristina actually thinks of transferring. Bailey steals trauma patients from Mercy West. Richard is determined to not let a single patient die and demands better than the best from everyone, especially Meredith. And Callie experiments. But in the end, it's Richard who decides that things are changing. So they're warned and so are we.

George's dream is to claim his proper place as a second year resident rather than as an intern. So he's freaking out over the test and whether he'll actually get to take it and possibly failing it for a second time. But continues to study.

Erica's dream is to be the best at her job, her whole job. She freaks out over being told she's a bad teacher and becomes obnoxious about it making pointed comments in surgery and trying to pick up tips on how to be a better teacher. But eventually helps and teaches Callie.

Meredith's dream is to be whole and have a happily ever after. Her freakout is constant chatter about her relationship with Derek and whether or not they should move in together. It also manifests in her cynicism that there is no happily ever after in reality. But bites the bullet and moves in with Derek.

Rose lost her dream, Derek. So she rightly freaks out in working closely with him still, ultimately stabbing him while handing off an instrument. But moves to a different specialty because that's the right thing to do.

Callie and Erica's dream... love with that right person, perhaps? They freak out over their kiss, clearly ignoring and avoiding each other. But work together to help a man walk.

Lexie's dream is George. So she freaks out at the news that he slept with Meredith and at the thought of actually revealing to George how she truly feels with the risk that he might not reciprocate. But Lexie doesn't do anything about her dream. She starts to only to stop when she realizes George only sees her as a friend. Will she give him up? I don't think so. I think she's going to bide her time until George will see as something more.

A few other things...

They've clearly established a new love interest for Cristina. Major Hunt (or should we say, Major Hunk!) intrigues her with his hardcoreness. Which is natural considering how much Cristina prides herself for being hardcore, of course that is a trait she is attracted to. The man put a frakkin' pen in a guys neck and just ripped the icicle out of her gut. Though he didn't accept the job Richard offered him in this episode, I'm betting he'll be back when his tour is over.

Side note - Was anyone else expecting him to describe trauma surgery in the army as meatball surgery? No. Just me then? Could be all the M*A*S*H I watch. Seriously though, if he had said meatball surgery I would have had to hit pause on TiVo while I laughed my ass off on the floor.

Best lessons from this episode. Making mistakes is how we learn (Hunt). And. It's what we do after, how we make it right, that matters (Lexie). I agree with them both and especially with Lexie. I think it's what we do after our mistakes, rather than just our mistakes, that show who we truly are. I wish more people thought that way. Sigh.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

They'll have to change the carton designs to include pictures of breasts

PETA has asked Ben & Jerry's to replace cow's milk in their ice cream with human breast milk. Wait. What? That's right, human breast milk could be coming to a freezer near you. I hope I'm not the only one that says, "Ew, gross!"

Did PETA think this through at all? How do they expect to be taken seriously when people all across America are thinking (if they already didn't) that they're complete nut jobs. I mean just the logistics of the number of lactating women it would take to keep their production levels the same. I'm not sure there would be enough women that would be okay with their milk going into a commercial product for the average Joe and Jane to eat.

But I'm not a mother. So all you mothers out there, would you be willing to part with your breast milk knowing it would be in ice cream across the country? Assuming you would be compensated for your contributions.

Hump Day Humor: Palin and Clinton address the nation

You may have seen this SNL skit from a week and a half ago. But it's so frakkin' hilarious it deserves another watch. And if this is the first time you've seen it, you are in for the brilliant comedy of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as Sarah Palin and Hilary Clinton. Enjoy!



UPDATED: Okay, I have no idea why this video is not showing up. I've embedded the code several times and when I preview it, it's there but when I hit publish it disappears for some reason. So, I'll just link to it this week.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Definitions

You no doubt know what stenography is - but how about steganography?

It's the art of writing hidden messages, usually inside other seemingly harmless message. It dates back to ancient Greece, when a message was tattooed on the shaved head of a slave, who then let his hair grow back and crossed enemy lines to deliver it.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tuesday Trivia: Definitions

Tuesday Trivia is a weekly post offering interesting trivia questions. Leave a comment if you know the answer or if you'd like to take a guess. The answer will be posted tomorrow.

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You no doubt know what stenography is - but how about steganography?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Back to the real world


Vacation is over and I'm sad to see it go. Though it is nice to be home and back on a semi-regular schedule. Our trip was a lot of fun, only it didn't provide me with fun stories to tell you here. Unless you count how the first night I got drunk and decided to kick DBF for a comment he made only I missed him and kicked his chair. Hard. And now I have a nice bump and bruise on my shin. We must be getting older if that's the craziest story that came from the whole trip. I didn't even get to see my friend's Mike's ass that usually makes an appearance on these trips. Well, that might be a good thing. Anyway, we didn't do anything exciting like hike in a rainforest or swim in a waterfall like we did last year.



This time we just hung out by the pool.



Read our books.



Drank. A lot.




Played games (for some reason, this is the only pic I have of us playing games even though we played a ton... water volleyball, Pictionary, Five Crowns, Apples to Apples, Bones, Catch Phrase and of course, the Wii).



And along with the game playing was of course the trash talk. And the boys got an addition to their team with DBF joining us this year.




Played and gushed over the baby.



Walked the beach.



Marveled at how Ike was affecting the surf in Destin when it was 600 miles away.



Then marveled at how calm it was 2 days later (HUGE difference!).



All in all, a highly successful and relaxing vacation (except maybe the 16 hours it took us to get home).

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hump Day Humor: Corn Nuts Commercial

No idea if this was an actual Corn Nuts commercial or not. But hilarious regardless.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Literature

Who were the guests at the Mad Hatter's tea party in the Lewis Carroll classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland?

Alice, the March Hare and the Dormouse

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tuesday Trivia: Literature

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Who were the guests at the Mad Hatter's tea party in the Lewis Carroll classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland?

Monday, September 15, 2008

Book Review: The Book Thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Set in Nazi Germany, this story is about a young girl taken in by foster parents who is fascinated by books and the joy they bring. She periodically steals books as she can't afford them herself and at the beginning of the story, she can't even read them.

The foster father eventually takes in a Jew and hides him in their basement. The girl makes good friends with the Jew and several other characters that make for unique relationships. Her story is told by Death. This personification of the one event most dreaded by all in the world brings an interesting perspective and poignant insight into humanity.

The story was thoroughly enjoyable, easy to read and very insightful into a time period that has a different story for every one of the millions of lives directly affected by Hitler and his Nazis. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a touching, unique story with multiple layer.

Next month: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

Friday, September 12, 2008

It's beach time!

I'm driving to Destin today! For vacation (finally!). It's the annual trip with my friends from grad school. We're adding a couple people to the group this year (DBF and another's boyfriend, as well as a baby). So it should be very interesting. And as usual, lots of fun. Hopefully, I'll have a fun story or two to share.

Abyssinia!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Remembering


I know it's been 7 years. And I know as a nation we continue to try to move forward. But it also important that we stop to reflect and remember the day that changed everything and the people who were in the midst of it.

My story of that day is no different or more special than anyone else's. Like the world, I watched horrified as the unthinkable happened.

Let the stories of the heroes of that day inspire you. Don't get so caught up in your own world that you can't see what's going on around you. Our lives are interwoven and connected by the thinnest of threads. If you see someone struggling, stop and help them. Even a simple smile can make a world of difference.

And remember, how 7 years ago after the initial shock wore off, we were as one in our grief, in our mourning and in our healing spirit. God bless.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Hump Day Humor: Is McCain Palin's Bitch?

I hardly ever get political, in real life or on this blog. But this video is freaking hilarious.

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Animals

How many whiskers does the average cat have?

24, with 12 on each side of its face.

No winner this week. But thanks to those that left comments.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Tuesday Trivia: Animals

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How many whiskers does the average cat have?

Monday, September 8, 2008

Giving thanks

My life has changed. Dramatically. So I've decided not to wait two months to think of what I'm thankful for. Instead, I'm listing them today. Because there is no time like the present to reflect on life's blessings and use them as support when looking toward an uncertain future.
  • My family, for their unquestioning support
  • DBF, for allowing me to feel what I needed to and then helping me pick myself back up
  • My friends, for being so quick with words of comfort and offers to help
  • My faith, for providing me with the belief and focus that although I can't see around the bend, life will work itself out
  • My health
  • Exercise, because there's nothing better to help beat stress than pounding the street with my feet
  • My experience, because there is no better way to learn
What are you thankful for today?

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Adventures in Windsurfing

I'm beginning to think I may never windsurf again. At least not this summer. It would seem that Chuck is against me in this. I have not gotten my equipment wet (that's not a euphemism for anything. Shut it. It's not.) since June. Every weekend I've had something going on.

Okay that last part is a lie. I haven't had something going on *every* weekend. But the times I haven't, it's been so incredibly hot and the lake I prefer to go to has no shade. Zero. And I feel bad for DBF leaving him on the shore with no shade to protect his delicate, pale skin. (He might kill me for describing him as delicate. If I disappear, someone may want to call the authorities.)

So I've been putting it off. Well, my dad gave me a "tent". It's a "tent" because there are no walls, just basically a tarp you string up between trees. Of course the problem with that is there are no convenient trees to use for hanging up the "tent". Remember? No shade.

This past weekend, I finally got some poles to hold it up. So for Labor Day, DBF and I decided to go out to the lake for an afternoon of some windsurfing. Only to be thwarted. Again. When we got there, there were no other windsurfers there. None. Zero. And if I learned only one thing (actually I hope I learned more than one thing) in the learn-to-windsurf clinics I've attended, if there are no other windsurfers around, DON'T SAIL! So I didn't. Even though it made zero sense to me because there was actually some wind out on the lake.

Instead, DBF and I decided to try setting up the "tent" with the new poles. Only the poles are so freaking tall that the rope that comes with the "tent" is not long enough to tie it down to the stakes. Fuck. By this time, I'm hot and sweaty and cranky. So we threw the "tent" back in the car, jumped into the lake to cool off (which the water was not at all cool btw, ew!) and went back home after spending all of an hour at the lake. Awesome.

At this rate, I'm going to be a phenomenal windsurfer in about 50 years.

LOST S5 Casting Updates

Production is well underway in Hawaii for the 5th season of LOST. Lots of casting calls have been coming out of the studio for new characters. DarkUFO has a great roundup of all the new characters you can expect to see when LOST starts back up in January.

At least one of those characters have been cast. Zuleikha Robinson will play Ilana. I've never heard of Robinson before. But apparently she was on Rome and New Amsterdam.

I've been rewatching the season 4 episodes I have saved on my TiVo to get me through this long dry spell and probably will have to start over at season 1 soon.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Hump Day Humor: Dark Knight Spoof

ANSWER - Tuesday Trivia: Government

Which is the only one of the 13 colonies still governed by its original constitution?

Massachusetts. But its constitution, drafted by John Adams and adopted in 1780, was extensively amended between 1917 and 1919.


Congratulations to Mochaface friend David for being the first one to get the correct answer!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Tuesday Trivia: Government

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Which is the only one of the 13 colonies still governed by its original constitution?