Tuesday, January 31, 2006

just fyi

Spicy noodles and sunflower seeds? Not such a good aftertaste combo. Blech. Tastes like dirty man sweat in my mouth. No, not sexy dirty man sweat. The bad kind.

Murr murr murr murr Murr.

I need a small room where I can walk in, scream at people as if they were in the room, then walk out knowing that my bitchfest has been had but that there will be no consequences. I have about 4 people I'd really like to have it out with at the moment, and it's just not going to go well if I do. Murr again. Murr. Murr.

I'd like to clarify: When I'm annoyed with or pissed off at people I want a little room with a door that I can enter, close the door to, scream at the imaginary version of said people, open the door, walk out, then be all done with my need to say certain very inappropriate things such as, "shut the hell up, you fucking whiner!" or, "stop being a n*sty c*nt b*g b*tch!", or "stop trying to offload your work onto our group, mothereffer!", etc. etc. Murr.

Take 3: Murr. :)

The drive in

This morning someone in a car that had definitely been hit from behind before was straddling both lanes of the internstate so as to jockey for best position. I got to a point where I could pass him and I stared him down. I have no idea if he "got it" but he never straddled again.

I saw a Hummer blocking a pedestrian walk and thought of Moxie and Freeway Blogger, so considered flipping the bird, but then I saw the license plate and recognized that the person in the vehicle is one of our small business owners. He won't have the cash flow to own that baby for too much longer so I figured he might as well have fun while he still does and chose to just flip the car off in my mind. Trust me, no one here needs an H2. Except the army. And he's not in the army. :)

Monday, January 30, 2006

Georgie stinks!

This one makes me laugh so hard that I really just needed to share. Here's a video from this morning of Georgie doing her litter box business for me:

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Man, it stunk sooooo bad!!! Yes, that's me talking. Yes, I'm really 31. Yes, I sound like a little kid. :P Please ignore the babble at the end, B knows what happened there and I think that's one too many people knowing. :)

You may want to put headphones on, or at least not watch this during a business meeting since I'm pretty sure you'll mutter some reaction – either laughter or disgust – out loud.

(I am aware that you can't see very well, the audio is much more important than watching my girl's modest action.)


I just spent all day trying to get the Georgie pooping video uploaded for everyone else to see and it just is "Processing" all day. Argh.

A conversation with myself

Poppy: I'm bored...
Poppy: Me too!
Poppy: Wanna go do something?
Poppy: Okay! What?
Poppy: Hmm, I thought maybe you'd have a suggestion.
Poppy: Yah... I got nothin'.
Poppy: Man, this bites.
Poppy: Yup!

Happy birthday, B!

Today is Bdogg's birthday. Show her some love either here or there. Thank you very much.

This past weekend she rocked it in Austin with a few bloggers who flew out to see her. Note that I was not one of those bloggers. I assure you it is only for economic reasons. Where I live it's expensive to fly down the effing street, let alone to Texas.

This morning I tried to corral the furry girls into making a birthday video for B. Thirteen takes later I realized it just wasn't going to work out, but I did get a dark video of Georgie doing her poopies for me! A 10 on the STANK-meter. P-U. I'm sending B links to the videos anyway so she can be amused at our attempts. :)

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Movie review quickies

Dark Water, 2005
An American remake of the original Japanese version. A recently divorced mother and her daughter move into a less-than-desirable building in Manhatten where they are disturbed by the ghost of the former tenant. I actually preferred the American version because the story line flowed better for me and the ending had closure.

Infection, 2004
A Japanese horror film with English sub-titles for our viewing pleasure. An infection that takes over a hospital staff involved in the cover-up of a patient's death. I expect this will be made into an American film, although IMDb does not show one filming. I think I'll classify this as a B movie since many of the "horror" scenes actually make me laugh. A great write-up of the film is available at Bloody-Disgusting.com.

Flightplan, 2005
A woman takes a nap on a plane and wakes up to find her daughter missing. Is her daughter really on the plane? Slightly original, but not pulled off well enough to be considered fantastic. The antagonist is a surprise if you're not paying attention. Otherwise, not so much. The reason why this story line pulls together is too far-fetched. The whole time we watched the movie Hay and I kept yelling "SAAAAARSGAAAAARD" in tribute to the SNL pirate sketch about Peter Sarsgaard. :D I was left confused why they even bothered to cast the fabulously talented Erika Christensen's character since it adds nothing to any portion of the story line. Perhaps her character was meant to throw us off the scent of the real "bad guys".

Breakin' da rulz...

...yo. Hay and I love this dish:

...but, we love the texture of all-day-cooked chops, so instead I am making them like this:

Crockpot Pork Chops à la Poppy
2 medium shallots, halved then sliced into semi-circles
1 T olive oil
4 medium carrots, peeled and halved
4 small onions, skinned
3 large Yukon potatoes, quartered
4 cups chicken broth
salt, pepper, paprika
3 medium pork chops
McCormick spice packet

Sauté shallots in olive oil until they smell awesome (~3 minutes on low), set aside. Add potatoes, carrots, and onions to large crock. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and paprika to coat. Pour chicken broth over vegetables. Sprinkle salt and pepper over chops then coat with McCormick spice packet. Place chops on top of vegetable mixture. Place shallots on top of chops, and add any remaining shallots to vegetable mixture. Cover crock, cook on high for 2 hours. Switch to low and cook for additional 4-6 hours. When chops are completely cooked through and vegetables are cooked through it's time to eat!

What it looks like right now in its raw form:

Mmm, nummy trichinosis! I'll have to post a follow-up photo later. :)

Update: A little après-ski, anyone?

Saturday, January 28, 2006

menty fresh

You Are Sunshine

Soothing and calm
You are often held up by others as the ideal
But too much of you, and they'll get burned

You are best known for: your warmth

Your dominant state: connecting
You Are Mud Pie

You're the perfect combo of flavor and depth
Those who like you give into their impulses

tell-tale heart

P'nut inspires me to tell you more about myself.

[X] I've run away from home
[ ] I listen to political music
[ ] I collect[ed] comic books.
[X] I shut others out when I'm sad
[X] I open up to others easily
    If I know the person
[X] I am keeping a secret from the world
[ ] I watch the news
[X] I own over 5 rap CDs
[ ] I own something from Hot Topic
[ ] I love Disney movies
[ ] I am a sucker for hair/eyes
[X] I don't kill bugs
[X] I curse regularly
[ ] I have "x"s in my screen name
[ ] I've slipped out a "lol" in a real conversation
[ ] I love Spam
[X] I bake well
[ ] I would wear pajamas to school
[X] I have a job
[ ] I love Martha Stewart
[X] I am in love/like with someone
[ ] I am guilty of tYpInG lIkE tHiS
[X] I am self conscious
[X] I like to laugh
[ ] I smoke a pack a day
[ ] I loved Go Ask Alice
[ ] I have cough drops when I'm not sick
[ ] I can't swallow pills
[X] I have many scars
[X] I've been out of this country
[ ] I can't sleep if there is a spider in the room
[ ] I am really ticklish
[X] I love chocolate!!
[ ] I bite my nails
[X] I am comfortable with being me
[ ] I play computer games/video games when I'm bored
[X] Gotten lost in the city
[X] Saw a shooting star
[X] I had Surgery
[X] Gone out in public in your pajamas
[ ] I have kissed a stranger
[ ] Hugged a stranger
[ ] Been in a fist fight with the same sex
[X] Laughed and had milk/soda come out of your nose
[ ] Pushed all the buttons on an elevator
[ ] Made out in an elevator
[X] Swore at your parents
[X] Kicked a guy where it hurts
[ ] Been skydiving
[ ] Been bungee jumping
[ ] Broken a bone
[ ] Played spin the bottle
[X] Gotten stitches
[ ] Drank a whole gallon of milk in one hour
[X] Bitten someone
[ ] Been to Niagara Falls
[ ] Gotten the chicken pox
    ...but I'm naturally immune.
[X] Crashed into a car
    Only because the biatch in back of me pushed me into the car in front (and if that punk “Matt” is reading this: Physics, mothereffer, PHYS-ICS. If someone is going fast enough their car can push the car in front of them into another car even if the cars in front of the biatch are practicing proper distance. So, F U.)

    ... Ahhhhh, feeling much better now. :)
[ ] Been to Japan
[X] Ridden in a taxi
[X] Shoplifted
[ ] Been fired
[X] Had feelings for someone who didn't have them back
[X] Stole something from your job
[ ] Gone on a blind date
[X] Had a crush on a teacher/coach
[ ] Celebrated Mardi Gras in New Orleans
[X] Been to Europe
[X] Slept with a co-worker
[X] Been married
[ ] Gotten divorced
[X] Saw someone/something dying
[X] Driven over 400 miles in one day
[X] Been to Canada
[X] Been on a plane
[X] Seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show
[ ] Thrown up in a bar
[X] Eaten Sushi
[ ] Been snowboarding
[X] Been skiing
    XC only
[X] Been ice skating
[X] Met someone in person from the internet
[ ] Been to a motocross show
[X] Going to or have gone to college
[ ] Done hard drugs
[X] Taken painkillers
[X] Cheated on someone else

Friday, January 27, 2006


Digital Gurl, what can I say other than you have absolutely m@|) fOtO sk1llz:

© 2006 Digital Gurl

Isn't she fantastic?!
Who Should Paint You: Pablo Picasso

Your an expressive soul who shows many emotions, with many subtleties
Only a master painter could represent your glorious contradictions

Thanks again to Barbie Martini. Very cool, Picasso and Andy Warhol are tied as my two most favorite artists.

If you don't support fictional non-fiction the terrorists have won.

The author of Yeeeah! fell asleep watching Oprah grill the ass off James Frey and ended up having a dream about Oprah grilling George W. Bush about his (imaginary) new book titled A Million Little Pieces of Democracy. It's awesome. A snippet:

      [Oprah] A confused pause. 'Then what is the book about?'
      [GWB] 'It's about spreading Democracy.'
      [Oprah] 'Into a million little pieces?'
      [GWB] 'The more pieces Democracy is in, the freer we are as a people.'
      [Oprah] 'And what is your relation to Jack Abramoff?'
      [GWB] 'Jack who?'
      [Oprah] 'Abramoff, sir.'
      [GWB] 'Never heard of him.'
      [Oprah] 'You dedicated the book to him, sir.'
      [GWB] 'Well, Oprah, I dedicate books to a lot of people. It doesn't mean I have any idea who they are. I've dedicated books to you, I bet.'
      [Oprah] 'I don't think you have, sir.'
      [GWB] 'Well, I intend to.'


Take Five: Help!


I own Dave Brubeck's original version of Take Five, but I loved Paris Bennett's remake of Billie Holiday's version and am trying to locate Billie's version on vinyl or CD for purchase. Anyone know where I can find it?

Update: After some digging, it turns out that Billie Holiday could not have sung Take Five, since she died the year before Dave Brubeck wrote the song and his wife wrote the lyrics. So, it is assumed that either Paris thought that the Carmen McRae version was Billie, or that she simply meant that she would sing Take Five in the style of Billie Holiday, which I think she did very well! So, the only Billie Holiday version of Take Five is what you see in Paris Bennett's American Idol audition. Mystery solved!

Jack Johnson

I just bought this song in video form from iTunes, the live 'A Weekend At the Greek' version. I also just watched the backwards video, which isn't as good as live, à mon avis, but he's so yummy I'll take him however I can get him. I'm totally smitten with this kitten. I probably just freaked out Kim and B by telling them I'm in love with another man. Sorry about that, ladies. :)

PS - *swoon* He sent me a (form) email!

He must love (all his fans) me.

Gouda kittens

Hi all. P'nut, Bdogg, and I are trying to make the most comprehensive yet fun blog about kitties and our favorite snack and we need your help. If you have any favorite blogs or sites with a cheese or cat theme please share with me in the comments section. So far we are way overloaded on the kitties and not so much on the cheese, but if all you have are kitty links we'll take 'em!!!! :)

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Erotic Thriller

You've made your own rules in life - and sometimes that catches up with you.
Winding a web of deceit comes naturally, and no one really knows the true you.

Your best movie matches: Swimming Pool, Unfaithful, The Crush

Thanks to Barbie Martini

Paris Bennett

In case you want to hear her American Idol audition over and over and over again, rickey.org has posted the Paris Bennett audition. Ahhhhhhh. :)

Remember when Oprah defended James Frey?

Tis now but a memory.

Oprah is pissed that James Frey lied to America and embarrassed her on live television. (Gawker)

I still stick with my guns that Million and Leonard are great books, but my high regard for Frey's character has diminished. Not because of Oprah, but because he's still not being honest. Get your mind out of the shady side, James.


Penny Arcade is funny today. Quoting Gabe exactly:
I got a lot of mail about the recent WOW cyber sex comic we did. Essentially asking me how much truth there was to it. I’m sad to say its pretty much 100% accurate.

Kara and I play Wow together pretty much every night after lil’ Gabe goes to sleep. She will sometimes play downstairs in the living room on her laptop while I am up in the office. Now that we’ve both reached 60 I tend to spend all my time in BattleGrounds trying to get my next rank (Knight-Champion as of Tuesday) and she is off running instance raids with all the different Penny Arcade Alliance guilds. She’s also addicted to starting alts, she must have a dozen of them just on Dark Iron alone. This is all to say that we don’t always play together and she has lots of characters whose names I don’t know.

So a few nights ago I get a tell that says something like this:

Hey I’m a big fan of the comic and I think you’re hot!

Now I’m no idiot. I know perfectly well what I look like and so I immediately realize this must be one of Kara’s alts. Who else but my wife could find my spindly build and odd features even remotely appealing? I decide to mess with her a little and I send her back a tell that says:

Are you a girl?

She responds and tells me she is and it is at this point that I say to her

Send me a picture of your boobies.

Now as soon as I hit the enter button and the message is sent I get this sinking feeling in my stomach. I think to myself “holy shit, what if this isn’t Kara. What if she’s just downstairs watching Dr. Phil or something? I just told some random PA fan to send me a picture of her boobs! This is the sort of thing that ruins a career. I’m going to be the next creepy pervert web comic artist trading photos with underage girls on the internet. Oh shits!”

Thankfully I heard a scream from downstairs and I knew that I had in fact been dealing with my betrothed. The good news was that I had not in fact solicited pornographic images from a strange girl, the bad news was that my wife thought I was trying to. It turns out that’s not the sort of thing they laugh at.

-Gabe out

Attack of the Killer Foam

Last weekend Hay was sealing foam board insulation onto the basement walls using spray foam. One of the cans was empty enough so that the aerosol could not propel the foam out of the can. He left it out overnight without removing the straw. The next morning this is what I found:


See the full set, which includes Georgie and Ripley's fascination with "Ze Frahnch Chef" (my pet name for the foam blob).


So, I was emailing Mel about something that brought up the expression "oopsy daisy" and to verify my spelling I googled the expression and found Oopsy Daisy's tragic world which has the perfect shirt for Mel:

Ohhhh, that makes me chuckle...

Speaking of fou, I have an insane number of photos to post today. I shall be making sets so as not to make my page load take an hour. A bientôt!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

In the q

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what did you think?
"Do I need to put lotion on my forehead today?"

2. How much cash do you have on you?

3. What's a word that rhymes with "TEST"?

4. Favorite planet?
Saturn - it's the rings, baby!

5. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?
Forgot to renew my TracFone service before they shut off my number, so I don't have 4 missed calls with the new number yet.

6. What is your favorite ring on your phone?
I don't care about that.  Sorry.

7. What shirt are you wearing?
An Old Navy white- and teal- striped button-down with a tiny little pocket over my heart. Awww. :)

8. Do you "label" yourself?
Yes, I label myself by my first name, shortened.  That is who I am.

9. Name the brand of shoes you're currently wearing now.
Yah, socks, I'm on the couch.  Before I was wearing my Winnie-the-Pooh slippers.  The rest of today I wore my brown Lands' End boots.

10. Bright or Dark Room?

11. What do you think about the person who took this survey before you?
That'd be Jenna, and she rocks the house.

12. What were you doing at midnight last night?
Putting a towel on the bathroom closet shelf so Ripley could lie down.

13. What did your last text message you received on your cell say?
Let's try my pager instead - virus alert.

14. Where is your nearest 7-11?
I don't know.  The only one I knew about turned into a liquor store.

15. What's a saying(s) that you say a lot?
"Mother effer!"

16.Who told you they loved you last?

17. Last furry thing you touched?
The kittos

18. How many days of school did you miss this week?
Err.  Heh.  Zero.

19. How many rolls of film do you need to get developed?
Between 15 and 20, still the ones from when Georgie was a kitten.

20. Favorite age you have been so far?
31's starting to rock a little...

21. Your worst enemy?
Pinky!  Or, is it The Brain?

22. What is your current desktop picture?
Stolen artwork. 

23. What was the last thing you said to someone?
I just laughed my ass off at Hay who got to the end of his can of Easy Cheese and scared himself with the end-of-can noise.

24. If you had to choose between a million bucks or to be able to fly, which would you choose?
Only because I am afraid of heights, I'll take the cash.

25. Do you like someone?
Nah.  I hate everyone.  (Just kidding.)

26. The last song you listened to?
I am listening to someone on American Idol do a really horrible rap.

27. Carmen Electra or Pam Anderson?
Carmen, just so I can get to Dave.


Thanks to Barbie Martini for this one:

You are Betty Grable

The ulitmate girl next door
You're the perfect girl for most guys
Pretty yet approachable. Beautiful yet real.

I just broke the wall in our kitchen.

With my laptop.

I'm so ashamed. (I had already wiped the green paint off my laptop so CSI wouldn't find me guilty. Moo.)

Word of the day: ergo

That was for Mel who's having a great ergo week.

(Okay, okay, there's a bit of an inside story on that, but can I not do a shout-out on my own blog?! :P )

Darren McLikes himself, and a few others.

That Darren, he's such a sweetie. Since no one we know won the BoB awards he made his own awards ceremony. Shamelessly ripped from his blog:

Best Blog to Have Been Added to Darren's Blogroll Just Yesterday
Grumpy Frump

Best Blog to Have Some Sort of Home State Connection That Darren Hasn’t Quite Figured Out Yet
Big Red Blog

Best Blog to Incorporate an Umlaut in the Title
Jürgen Nation

Best Blog to Keep Darren Up at Night Wondering Who That Yellow Guy Is in That Infernal “Do You See Music?” Picture

Best Blog to Make Darren Think Having Kids Might Not Be So Bad but Who Are We Kidding Because, Seriously, Darren? A Parent?
The Big Yellow House

Best Blog with a Masthead That Darren Could Stare At. All. Day.
Lipstickface Lives

Best Blog to Not Update Frequently Enough to Suit Darren, but Please Don’t Let That Freak You Out Because, God, Darren Can’t Stand It When People Are All “Hey, Aren’t You Going to Post Today?”
The Cupcake Tent

Best Blog to Win Darren Over When the Author Listed People Who Say “Could Care Less” as One of Her Pet Peeves
Stefanie Says

Best Blog Written by a Fellow Hoosier Who Also Has Worked or Is Currently Working in a Library
Perks of Being a Librarian

Best Blog Written by the Mother of Darren's Only Niece
A Drawer Full of Papers

Best Blog Written by the Person Darren is Most Likely to Run in to on the Street
Now What?

Best Blog Written by Someone Who’s Been in Darren's Living Room

Best Overall Blog
Look at Me. I’m So Important That I Have a Blog.

Congrats to Don't call me MA'AM, Alyssa, Stacy, Maliavale, Red, Stef, Nabby's mom, and, of course, Darren!!! If I left anyone else out who's in my blogroll - désolée!

Devil spawn

Did you need to see some disturbing children? I thought you did. I see WhirlyGurly is herself a demonic tot!

Don't be an idiot. Or: How to be an idiot.

Need a job, but having trouble updating your resume? Here's a site dedicated to what not to write, including this little gem of TMI:

I love the fact that they let you rate the resumes. :)

“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

Geek alert: red hot

I was innocently reading through tech news this morning and saw a link to this blog entry. The blogger was trying to install Windows Vista on an Intel iMac, which did not work, until a little bit of hacking was performed. Interesting stuff for us geeks. My most favorite comment on that blog entry is:

Clearly not you, but some of the rest of us do, so suck it. :P


I was fishing around at the bottom of my blogroll and saw Who Links to Me and decided to click it. Here's what I found:

Wow. Just...wow. When the hell did I start to rate?! :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

one red paperclip progress

The current trade on one red paperclip is a box truck. So, let's recap:

one red paperclip

-> one fish pen -> one doorknob -> one coleman stove -> one red generator

-> one instant party -> one snowmobile -> one trip to Yahk, BC, Canada -> one box truck


We already know our Idol winner

Paris Bennett, people. Paris Bennett. Hay has rewound to watch her sing Billie Holiday three times, and has vowed to vote for her every week. I hope she actually shows up in Hollywood.

(Yes, we understand she comes from a famous family, but don't hold that against her.)


En français velo means bike. So, yah. Anyway, I finished Velocity by Dean Koontz at about 1:00am. I have the following to say in retrospect: far-fetched story line, commendable dealings with the situation, but far-fetched in resolve. WORTH reading if you like his work, just know it's going to end in favor of the underdog and you'll probably be able to "go with the flow" a bit better. One of the characters (Ivy) was just dropped, her importance seemed cut off and her special talent never seemed to add to the story. Also, Billy's realization of the person setting him up was way too rushed and implausible, à mon avis.

kung pao tofu photos

Here's the set.

N-u-m spells NUM! I so cannot wait to go home and eat the rest. I used a store-bought kung pao sauce, but if I'd had some oyster sauce I would have made my own.

Monday, January 23, 2006

speaking of tofu...

I took photos, which I will post tomorrow, but here's one teaser of the Kung Pao tofu:

S-e-x tag

Helen is funny, she wants me to do this meme. Okay, you asked for it...

The rules: The tagged victim lists 8 different points of their perfect lover/partner, mentioning the sex of said partner.
Tag 8 victims to join this game & leave a comment on a post letting them know they've been tagged.

If tagged before, no need to contribute.

The meme:

Target of My Perfect Partner: um... if a partner is perfect then gender doesn't actually matter, but since Hay is my perfect partner, we'll stick with male

My Perfect Partner:

1. loves my cats
2. loves me
3. loves himself
4. is not afraid to take chances with me
5. knows I am his equal, not subservient
6. knows he is my equal, not subservient
7. could live without me if he had to, but prefers not to do so
8. doesn't mind spending quiet time at home with just ourselves and the furry kids

Tagged: KIM, P'nut, Diamond Lil, ACW :P, Mel, Melissa.in.London, Bridget Jones, and Spider. I picked some of you so you'd learn about yourselves. I picked others of you so that I could learn more about you. If you prefer to just email me your answers, visit my profile for my address (remove the -- --'s).
Inspired by B, I give you my randomly generated award:

awarded to
in the category of
"Best Looking Weblogger"

crispy tofu

I love Asian-inspired tofu meals, but I prefer the tofu to be crispy on the outside. My favorite place to get this (to me) delicacy closed down when the owners were murdered by a rival restaurant owner. Very sad... Anyone have tips for crunchy tofu? I'm making it tonight, but if you answer a different day I'll use the knowledge another time.

Also, what's your favorite sauce recipe for tofu?

Hmmmm, I wonder how Research in Motion stock is doing today...

If you own a BlackBerry you might want to read the rest of the story.

No Sir, I do not like it.

Burnt cookies make me mad. If I buy cookies I expect them to be cooked to perfection, especially if they're mass produced. Today's M&M cookies (which, admittedly, were only 35¢) are overcooked. Argh.

the learned skill of sharing

If you have a MySpace please drop me a comment with your site address. I am starting to like it there, but I'd like some more (platonic) friends in my network. :D Oh, here's mine.

Cat, I'm a cheezy cat, and I dance dance dance, and I dance dance dance*

Last night P'nut and I started a blog called CheezyCatz. That's what happens when it's almost midnight and you're both giddy from figuring out all the MENSA questions...

*That one's for Mel. You rock. Sorry your day sucked, sweetie :(. ((hugs))

Update: Bdogg has graciously accepted our invitation to be an author on the blog. She is a turophile and ailurophile like us! Yay, B!

Winter Wonderland, but not mine

My bridesmaid and best friend from Chinese class in college sent me some photos of her surroundings at her cabin in Michigan. Talk about beau-ti-ful:

...and her puppy Peter:

Sunday, January 22, 2006

We did-ed it!

P'nut and I put our heads together in email/IM and just got all the questions right to the Mensa test! Woot!
I'm annoyed. Seriously annoyed. And I can't even talk about it because I don't want to offend those with whom I am annoyed. *sigh*

Oh, guess what? My co-worker is coming back from Iraq early! The army finally decided it was in their best interest to send him home. (Okay, I don't know the real story, and I don't actually care, I'm just glad he's coming home.)

(Update: I now know the real reason why my co-worker is coming home early, but I can't share it. Just know that it is indeed in everyone's best interest that he come home.)

a theory

I'm pretty sure the writers for SNL and for Daily Dish get all their content from blogs. I shan't elaborate. Doesn't seem necessary.

inside the box

For a reason which seems painfully obvious, I typed the keywords "i am so freaking bored i can't stand it" into Google and came up with [Boxed Thoughts] - An overview of human thought. Amusingly, the Thoughtstream is moderated.

Friday, January 20, 2006

I'm a genius!

I took the Mensa test and got 19# out of 33. Granted, it's just barely genius, but it's still genius. I'm too tired to keep trying now, but so far I correctly identified: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6*+, 7, 8, 9*, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14*, 15, 16, 17*, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26*@, 27, 29*, 32*, and 33*%.

(Yes, I rotated the image so I didn't need to shrink it.)

#Yes, I can count, but I've been identifying more correctly after a good night's sleep.

*added après le fait
+last night in my tiredness I was misinterpretting the (W), now that I've had sleep I got it. :D
%Holy feck, I can't believe I just guessed that one!!!!

playing favorites

What's your favorite blog? (Don't be silly and say mine, I'm looking for more sites to fall into obsession with and/or to add to the blogroll.)


I was googling to make sure I had actually not read Of Mice and Men in its entirety and found GradeSaver. How teachers and professors ever know a student is submitting original work without assuming every student is guilty until proven innocent is beyond me. Care to share? As I've mentioned before, I was (wrongly) accused, albeit informally, of plagiarizing in 10th grade, but back then there was no Internets to get us in trouble, just friends and nerds.


The most popularly banned books from 1990-2000 are listed below. The ones in bold I have read. Which ones have you read?
  1. Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
  2. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
  3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck ***excerpts were used in my HS classes, I've not read the entire book
  7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
  8. Forever by Judy Blume
  9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  10. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  11. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
  12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
  13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  14. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  15. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
  16. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
  17. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
  18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  19. Sex by Madonna
  20. Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
  21. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  23. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
  24. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
  25. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
  26. The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
  27. The Witches by Roald Dahl
  28. The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
  29. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
  30. The Goats by Brock Cole
  31. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
  32. Blubber by Judy Blume
  33. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
  34. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
  35. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
  36. Final Exit by Derek Humphry
  37. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  38. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  39. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  40. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
  41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  42. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  43. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  44. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
  45. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
  46. Deenie by Judy Blume
  47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  48. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
  49. The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
  50. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
  51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  52. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  53. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelare (Anne Rice)
  54. Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
  55. Cujo by Stephen King
  56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  57. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
  58. Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
  59. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
  60. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  61. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
  62. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume ***My favorite book as a kid.
  63. Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
  64. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
  65. Fade by Robert Cormier
  66. Guess What? by Mem Fox
  67. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
  68. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
  69. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  71. Native Son by Richard Wright
  72. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
  73. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
  74. Jack by A.M. Homes
  75. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
  76. Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
  77. Carrie by Stephen King
  78. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
  79. On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
  80. Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
  81. Family Secrets by Norma Klein
  82. Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
  83. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
  84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  85. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison ***My favorite book of all time.
  86. Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
  87. Private Parts by Howard Stern
  88. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford ***Really!!
  89. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
  90. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
  91. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  92. Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
  93. Sex Education by Jenny Davis
  94. The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
  95. Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
  96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
  97. View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
  98. The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  99. The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
  100. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

Borrowed from Melissa.in.London which officially came from ALA.


B, P'nut, Oregano - close your eyes. Thank you.

Now, for the rest of you, I present to you photos of my trip to a room filled with balloons. Were you there with me? If so, raise your hand. My favoritest photo of all is this one, which has nothing to do with balloons:


TJ is my drug dealer

She introduced me to Orisinal:

Tell me you are not addicted, too.

Thursday, January 19, 2006


Tagged by the fantabulous Bridget Jones:

1. Hum a jingle of which you know all the words: "hmmmm hhmmmmm hmhmmmmhmhm hmhmmhmmmmmmmmmm hmhmhmhmmhm hmhmhmhmhmmmmmmmmmmmmm" :D

2. As a kid, you played a board game over and over. And you cheated you little bastard. What was the game?: I never ever ever ever ever cheated. My favorite boardgame was, for whatever perverse reason, Sorry. And I wonder why I have a guilty conscience?

3. What is the name of the song that you have been singing the incorrect words all these years? What were you singing? What should you have been singing?: Blinded by the Light - "Cut loose like a deuce, another runner in the night" (I thought deuce was goose)

4. What is the most embarrassing childhood story that your parents drag out just for their own private amusement: My parents don't do that to me. I do it to myself. I was 8. I had to pee. I left my key at home. I was locked out. I peed myself. Two minutes later someone came home and let me in. All the neighbors around us were home. Ever heard of knocking? Dur.

4 Jobs I've Had: all related to IT: database manager, hardware tech, project manager, instructor

4 TV shows I heart: The Office (UK, USA), My Name Is Earl, ER, CSI (Las Vegas aka “the original”)

4 Places I Have Been On Vacation: Quebec City; Ottawa; England (Kent, Reading, London); Liège, Belgium

4 Web Sites I visit daily: CNN, all my obsession blogs (yah, ALL of them, multiple times a day), Yahoo, Symantec (sarc.com, you should try it)

Favorite Foods: tacos (avec cheese), pizza, my mac & cheese, a salad topped with cheesy goodness

4 Places I Would Rather Be Right Now: There's no place like home

4 People I DO NOT heart: my last ex, my first ex, the unofficial stalker, the dead professor

Le tag - you are, how you say, “eet”?


I have an irrational fear of balloons, because I'm worried they will pop. So, today, when faced with a room of over 200 balloons, I almost lost it.

Yes, I confess - instead of blogging I was hanging out in a room filled with balloons. I apologize. I have returned.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006


Time to break out the helmets and catch me some Idol fevah. Are you ready for it? I wonder if this season will be any good. After all, Simon wasn't so right about Carrie U. surpassing all previous Idol winners. (I think he sold out after season 2.)

Monday, January 16, 2006

Parrot rats out cheater

CNN reports:
LONDON, England -- A computer programmer found out his girlfriend was having an affair when his pet parrot kept repeating her lover's name, British media reported Tuesday.

The African grey parrot kept squawking "I love you, Gary" as his owner, Chris Taylor, sat with girlfriend Suzy Collins on the sofa of their shared flat in Leeds, northern England.

But when Taylor saw Collins's embarrassed reaction, he realized she had been having an affair -- meeting her lover in the flat whilst Ziggy looked on, the UK's Press Association reported.

Ziggy even mimicked Collins's voice each time she answered her telephone, calling out "Hiya Gary," according to newspaper reports.

Call-center worker Collins, 25, admitted the four-month affair with a colleague called Gary to her boyfriend and left the flat she had shared with Taylor, 30, for a year.

Taylor said he had also been forced to part with Ziggy after the bird continued to call out Gary's name and refused to stop squawking the phrases in his ex-girlfriend's voice, media reports said.

"I wasn't sorry to see the back of Suzy after what she did, but it really broke my heart to let Ziggy go," he said.

"I love him to bits and I really miss having him around, but it was torture hearing him repeat that name over and over again.

"I still can't believe he's gone. I know I'll get over Suzy, but I don't think I'll ever get over Ziggy."

Taylor acquired Ziggy as a chick eight years ago and named him after the David Bowie character Ziggy Stardust.

The bird has now found a new home through the offices of a local parrot dealer. Collins, who admitted the affair, said: "I'm not proud of what I did but I'm sure Chris would be the first to admit we were having problems."

She added to The Guardian newspaper: "I am surprised to hear he got rid of that bird.

"He spent more time talking to it than he did to me."

<sarcasm on> Sooooo mature. </sarcasm off>


They can no longer deny that they use words from our computer to form the word verifications. I demand to know the code behind it!!!!!!!!@!@#!!!!!!!!! .

full moon haze

The moon outside my window last night:

This reminds me of Tom. I miss Tom. I think I'll head over and look at some photos of our beautiful universe...

Ripley's photo shoot

From “work it, girl” to “I'm in hiding”