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23 September 2008 @ 08:56 am
Dear American:

I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship
with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.

I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country
has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of
800 billion dollars US. If you would assist me in this transfer, it
would be most profitable to you.

I am working with Mr. Phil Gram, lobbyist for UBS, who will be my
replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As a Senator, you
may know him as the leader of the American banking deregulation
movement in the 1990s. This transaction is 100% safe.

This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank check. We need
the funds as quickly as possible. We cannot directly transfer these
funds in the names of our close friends because we are constantly
under surveillance. My family lawyer advised me that I should look for
a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the
funds can be transferred.

Please reply with all of your bank account, IRA and college fund
account numbers and those of your children and grandchildren to
wallstreetbailout@treasury.gov so that we may transfer your commission
for this transaction. After I receive that information, I will
respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be used
to protect the funds.

Yours Faithfully
Minister of Treasury Paulson
14 September 2008 @ 05:33 pm
04 September 2008 @ 08:15 am
02 September 2008 @ 07:09 pm

I was talking to my parents about this website/video this weekend, and I thought I'd post it here. My coworker friend Jessica sent it to me a while back. I know it's made its rounds on the internet, but in case you haven't seen it, it's very much worth the time it takes to watch. Kind of ironic that my icon has my cat in a Target bag :)
23 August 2008 @ 06:05 pm

So my lovely, wonderful oldest sister Susan got married in June. I will share some of the pictures taken by others later (which are much better than mine), but here are some of mine:Collapse )
21 August 2008 @ 05:41 pm

"...the burden of safety is on the motorcycle rider or scooter rider. They are in, I mean, on a much smaller vehicle and, you know, a lot harder for people in passenger vehicles to observe them."

-Sgt Bob Sheffield of the Metro Police

I'm sure he doesn't mean that this accident was Will's fault, because it was clearly the van driver who failed to yield. I guess he is trying to say that when you're on a motorbike, you should take care to be the best defensive driver you can be. But shouldn't we all do that all the time?

He is just helping to reinforce the idea that anyone in a vehicle is king of the road over motorbikes, bicycles, and pedestrians. You know, there is this guy that rides his bike around my work that blatantly disobeys traffic laws. It is really aggravating. And there is this one area I am in a lot that pedestrians just walk right out in front of me, even though there are designated crosswalks, and even though I am going the speed limit, it really freaks me out. But in general, the most aggravating thing are people in cars that drive wrecklessly and endanger bike riders and pedestrians by not respecting their right to the road.

As gas prices get higher and people become more interested in lessening their impact on the environment, there are going to be more and more people on the road using other forms of transportation than cars. So I wish Sgt Bob had mentioned something about drivers needing to look out for people using alternate transportation. Don't always look for 2 headlights. Look for one, look for a blinking red light, look for reflectors or reflective clothing. And YIELD when you should!
21 August 2008 @ 01:06 pm

He's got a little boy who's about a year and a half old.
11 August 2008 @ 07:18 pm
Anyone else think synchronized diving is silly?

Diving? Good.
Synchronized swimming? Good.
Combined? No.
09 August 2008 @ 09:06 am
these are some pretty neat pictures of the opening ceremony of the Olympics from Boston.com. The guy in the space suit cracks me up.

04 August 2008 @ 11:58 am
A Month Without Plastic - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7508321.stm

Had a good weekend. Went thrifting with Andi on Saturday. Had some friends over Saturday night for games - Clue, Kuuduk, & Sorry. Yes, we are geeks, but it was really fun.

Went bike riding with Alex yesterday at a local greenway (paved paths). We went about 8 miles. I had forgotten how much fun riding a bike can be. I can't wait to get back out there.

Saw The Dark Knight yesterday since everyone has been saying how good it is. And it was! Although I had seen clips and was impressed, I thought the praise of Heath Ledger's acting might have partly been posthumous sympathy or fascination, but wow, he was very convincing. I want to see it again just for his character.
18 July 2008 @ 09:34 pm
I'm in Massachusetts and Vermont this week. Tell you all about it when I get back. Until then: http://www.drhorrible.com/
02 June 2008 @ 06:47 pm
02 June 2008 @ 10:59 am
Between moving and working on the side for Plumgood, life has been busy. I have managed to do a few fun things - went to a signing for this book with Kerry, went to a This American Life movie thing, went to see Josh Ritter and Ingrid Michaelson. Josh was great as usual. Ingrid is adorable. And so funny! She's a PG-13 version of Matt Nathanson.

Well, my birthday has snuck up on me. It's tomorrow. I'll be 31. I think once 30 happens, only the decade years will be noteworthy.

Coming up later this month: My sister Susan's wedding! I am looking forward to our family being together to celebrate.
15 April 2008 @ 10:35 am
You must watch:

HAHAHA!!!! This is so scary similar to how my cats behave, and the stupid things I do to entertain myself.
03 April 2008 @ 10:29 am
I was just thinking yesterday that I missed the old Wild Oats in Green Hills b/c it was so easy for me to get to for lunch. Today I find out that a Trader Joe's is going to be there now. Whoohoo!
26 March 2008 @ 12:42 pm
I hope everyone is having a good spring so far. I have been busy.

Due to my mad QuickBooks skillz, I am doing some temp work on the side for Plumgood Food. It's been great to stretch my brain some, since I don't get to do that much at my current job. However, if I never hear the word "IIF file" again, I would be fine. I wouldn't want to work there full time, but it's neat to get a peek at what it's like. I had Friday and Monday off at my regular job, so I was able to go Plumgood those days and work.

Saturday night I met up with my friend Tiffany (darcyzero)and two of her friends at Zanie's (comedy place). Jimmy Fallon was the secret guest!!! Only it wasn't such a secret to most folks there :) We ended up at a table right next to the stage. Jimmy was very cute, and had me cracking up, especially his impression of a guy with anal leakage from taking a weight loss drug. He brought his guitar and did a few funny songs as well. The guy who headlined (Brett Ernst?) was hilarious as well. I laughed pretty much all through his set. It was nice to laugh - I forget how relaxed it makes me. It's also funny how one of them would make fun of something or someone, I'd start laughing cuz it was funny, then think, "Wait, I do that!" Then I'll just keep laughing cuz it really is funny. Nothing like laughing at myself to help me take life less seriously.
27 February 2008 @ 06:04 pm
This makes me cry:

Lots more I could post about, but I wanted to share that.

If you have not seen the movie Once, you really should.
06 February 2008 @ 08:10 am
Last night was a long night.
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
17 January 2008 @ 02:35 pm
I was giggling over email with a few friends about Chuck Norris-related things, and there are some new "facts" on this site that are cracking me up - http://www.chucknorrisfacts.com/

My favorites are the MySpace one, and this one: Chuck Norris can divide by zero.
Current Mood: gigglygiggly
09 January 2008 @ 02:34 pm
Hallmark had a card design contest, and you can now vote on the top 10 on their website. If you have a second, I would like to sway you to go vote for my friend Emily, who made it into the final 10! She's the last one - bottom right corner.


08 January 2008 @ 10:58 am
Sunday night I went to "Barack the Vote", an event for Obama, timed with the beginning of the primaries and the last chance to vote before the primary here. It was fun - relaxed atmosphere with a variety of acts, like a festival. Alex (friend I went with) was able to update his voter registration stuff. It is going to be an interesting year in many ways - politically, for sure.

I got to see my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew on their way back to PA last week. I love my nephew Mason's red hair. He'll be 2 on the 15th. He kept wanting to put on my hat and gloves on at dinner. He had my hat on, then he kept having me put my gloves on him. But then he'd want me to take them right off so he could drink from his sippy cup or eat a piece of bread. After I bit I stopped taking them off, but he quickly stopped whining and just embraced the situation and picked up his sippy cup with them on. It was so cute - big hat and gloves with the fingers dangling wrapping around his sippy cup as he drank. I want to go up and visit them, maybe sometime this summer. I still have yet to see the sights in Philadelphia. I could do that, too.

Not that I particularly liked the frigid temps last week, but this 70-degree weather in January is strange.
05 January 2008 @ 04:56 pm
79% John Edwards
78% Mike Gravel
78% Dennis Kucinich
78% Barack Obama
77% Hillary Clinton
73% Chris Dodd
69% Joe Biden
69% Bill Richardson
37% Rudy Giuliani
29% John McCain
24% Mike Huckabee
24% Tom Tancredo
23% Mitt Romney
17% Ron Paul
12% Fred Thompson

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz
31 December 2007 @ 10:55 am
In addition to cooking books, random crappy fiction, and books with Dylan, I've read the following this year:

* Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller

* Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

* Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin - No, I am not pregnant. I heard about these from a Grey's Anatomy blog, got them for my sister, and read them before I gave them to her.

* Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
* Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
* Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
* Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
* Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
* Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
* Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling - All of these books really got me back into fiction reading. I haven't read much fiction the last few years.

* A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

* The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine by Sue Monk Kidd - This book was healing for me. I found myself reading things several times because they were so powerful, and I really wanted to absorb it. It also paved the way for the book I'm currently reading.

* YOU: The Owner's Manual by Dr. Roizen and Dr. Oz - Interesting stuff about how your body works as well as how to keep it healthy and young.

* The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His Ex-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace by Sally Bjornsen - This one's a little embarrassing, but it was very helpful to me.

* Voices from the Farm: Adventures in Community Living edited by Rupert Fike - This one I became interested in after reading the 2 Ina May Gaskin pregnancy/midwife books. This book is about The Farm (www.thefarm.org) in Summertown, TN. Ina May, her husband, and several other people started this "hippie commune" in the 70s, and it's filled with stories over the years of various members' experiences.

* YOU: The Smart Patient by Dr. Roizen and Dr. Oz

* Dandelions in Paradise by Kit Duncan - A cute, poignant story about the afterlife. Was written by a coworker's friend.

Currently I am reading Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert. I've read the Italy and India parts, and next up is Indonesia. I have a tough time describing how this book is changing me as I'm reading it, but it really is. I feel my core moving, changing, and sprouting all sorts of new things. I'm discovering levels I never knew were there, and paradigm shifts are happening just from one sentence. Maybe I'll give it a better try after I'm finished and have sat with it for a while.

Here's what's in store for 2008, based on my library list and Christmas presents:
* One Man's Wilderness: an Alaskan Odyssey by Richard (Dick) Proenneke
* You: On A Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management by Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen
* 2 books about/written by Carl Jung
* Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo
* Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh
* The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
* The Road by Cormac McCarthy
* Reading the Bible Again For the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally by Marcus J. Borg
* Better Basics for the Home: Simple Solutions for Less Toxic Living by Annie Berthold-Bond
* When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life's Sacred Questions by Sue Monk Kidd
21 December 2007 @ 11:42 am
On the twelfth day of Christmas, gem77 sent to me...
Twelve politics reading
Eleven popsicles sewing
Ten concerts a-camping
Nine books baking
Eight tennis a-hiking
Seven calculus a-recycling
Six outdoors a-cooking
Five eli-i-i-iot morris
Four sugar alternatives
Three gilmore girls
Two norah jones
...and a math in an amos lee.
Get your own Twelve Days:
19 December 2007 @ 09:40 pm
I just noticed this adult content tab on here. How long has that been there? And what constitutes explicit adult content. I mean, I need to know, cuz my journal can get pretty racy :P

Last Saturday I went to Jackson, mostly to hang out with my niece and help her make Christmas presents for people. When I got to town, I hung out with my Mom for a while. We made 3 batches of peanut brittle. I think each batch got progressively better. I love my Mom. I appreciate her more and more as I get older. I like talking to her about various food things, recipes, healthy eating, and such. Then I went to my sister and brother-in-law's house. Drew (niece) and I talked about various things she could make. I brought some stuff with me, and we also looked through a book I had, and then found other stuff at Hobby Lobby that she liked as well (r.i.p. Michael's in Jackson). We spent the evening working on crafty stuff and baby sitting baby Lucas while Becky and Andy went to a work Christmas party. It was so fun. I loved getting to spend quality time with both of them.

I got many things done really early for the holidays, then I took a break, and now I'm feeling behind. I've gotta learn to be the tortoise more instead of the hare.

I really miss Scrubs. The writers' strike hasn't affected me that much personally, but I'm sad that it might not have an ending. I wonder how Lost will be affected.
05 December 2007 @ 06:47 pm
I read my friends page often, but I haven't been updating a lot these days. There's just not much out of the ordinary happening. So I'll write about the ordinary. Last Friday Barb and I went to Whole Body, a separate store next to Whole Foods. Didn't get anything, just looked around for a while at all the pricey earth- and body-friendly stuff. Then we went to Whole Foods, got some stuff, and ate and talked at a table there. I love spending time with Barb. We can geek out about recycling and the other 2 R's as well as share our germ-phobia stories. I like that she is always one step ahead of me when it comes to thinking about the planet and our bodies and health stuff, and that I can learn so much from her.

Saturday Kerry and I went to see Gabe Dixon, Dave Barnes, and Matt Wertz. The show was really great, and we managed to get some exercise in, too. The parking over in the Gulch is pretty crazy, so we ended up parking at Cummins Station and walking over the Demonbreun Bridge to get to the show. We both had good shoes on, the new bridge has a sidewalk and even a bike lane, and the weather was unusually warm for a December evening. So it worked out well. Gabe really needs to come out with another CD. He's been playing all this new material, but no CD. I want it on my iPod, please and thank you.

We're pretty much done Christmas shopping. Yay! Actually, most of it was done before Thanksgiving. I didn't want to be stressed out about it all December. I think we had 18 family members to buy for. Next year we are looking at gifts to charity, for my side of the family at least, unless you are a kid. Then you get fun stuff :)

This is actually going to be a pretty calm Advent. Christmas shopping done and no work Christmas parties (Daniel's is employee-only and mine is an Epiphany party). I think I'm going to decorate a little more than I have in year's past (I've got stuff I've collected over the years - might as well use it). I'm also going to make Christmas goodies for people at work :) And maybe I'll take a little time to do more spiritual aspects of Advent - pause, reflect, prepare.

Speaking of those types of things, Barb and I were going to go to a meditation session at a local Buddhist center tonight, but I have a cold and figured everyone there wouldn't appreciate my germs. But soon. I've done meditation before, but not in a group setting with a teacher, so I am looking forward to learning more about it, techniques, etc.

My cold medicine is wearing off, so I'll see y'all later.
30 November 2007 @ 11:44 am
Overheardinnewyork.com cracks me up sometimes. Here's an example:

Guy: I liked it. What'd you think?
Date: It was okay, I guess. I don't know about the ending, though.
Guy: Well, I'm pretty sure it has some deeper meaning. I'll have to check some message boards and find out.

--Regal Cinemas, Union Square

I forgot to mention that I went to Kentucky a few weeks ago to help my sister Susan try on wedding dresses. It was so fun, and she looked so beautiful in them! She bought one the day before Thanksgiving. Haven't seen it yet - apparently it's going to be a surprise.

Here are some pictures from Thanksgiving that my future bro-in-law Bob took: http://picasaweb.google.com/BobWinKY/Thanksgiving2007

Before Thanksgiving, gift wrap on amazon.com was $0.99. After Thanksgiving, it's $3.99 and $4.99. No thank you.
29 November 2007 @ 12:28 pm
Wow I haven't posted in a while. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Made a few things on Wednesday to take to my aunt's the next day. Then off to Jackson. My parents have redecorated some in their house, so it was neat to see all that, and they got a new tub put in! Very exciting. I got to spend some quality time with baby Lucas while my sister when shopping. He's a chunker - big cheeks and a big ole belly. Sooo cute.

I had gotten a puzzle for Drew, so we put that together. She really liked it, and wants the other puzzles in the set. She really takes to me for some reason, which is just fine with me :) I think it's because she likes my name so much. She named her cat Princess Sarah, one of her dolls Sarah...she is always trying to name something Sarah. I also think she is just so sweet that she makes everyone feel special. And she's only 6. She hasn't had it easy, having divorced parents and going from house to house - Becky and Andy, her Mom and step Dad, both sets of grandparents, as well as my parents. And she does it all so well - so cooperative and able to adapt to different schedules. My sister and her husband recently got full custody of her, which has made her life much more stable. Let's just say there is a vast difference in the quality of parenting that happens at Andy and Becky's vs. her mom and step Dad's. And I mean vast. She now goes to school at the same elementary school that me and my sisters went to. She rides the bus to my parents' house after school and my Dad gets her a snack, helps her with her homework, and watches kids TV before her Dad picks her up on his way home from work. That makes me happy. I adore her so much, and I'm glad she's in a safe, loving household.

I am not a big go to the movies person, but I want to see August Rush and The Bucket List.
07 November 2007 @ 04:40 pm
This is my cat Mya in the morning when she wants food:

06 November 2007 @ 05:40 pm
Let's see...I've been trying to go to the Y every day, and have been successful except for a knee problem. I went today, and it seems to be better. I meet with the trainer tomorrow, so I'm going to ask him and see what he thinks.

I'm finally doing something about my 2 problem teeth on Thursday. Pray for me, cuz they will probably just pull them both and pressure me to get my wisdom teeth out, too. I ordered tooth-removal-friendly food from Plumgood today - soup, popsicles, yogurt, eggs, bananas.

Speaking of organic/natural groceries, Whole Foods opened here last Thursday. I went to a preview tour with Barbara, then went to the grand opening with Melissa. Then I went again yesterday. They gave us free stuff at the tour, and had all kinds of free samples out for that and the grand opening. Yum! They also gave us a lot of coupons.

A few weeks ago I went to see Will Hoge. It was so fun. I really needed a night out with live music. And the best part was getting to hang out with friends, most whom I hadn't seen in a while - Kerry, Allison and her sister, Jennifer and Robin.

Well, it's almost time for dinner...Greek salad...yum yum...
27 October 2007 @ 06:10 pm
I finally saw Across the Universe! It was great. If you love the Beatles' music, musicals in general, Evan Rachel Wood or any of the other great actors & singers, or just wanna see Bono singing "coo-coo-ca-choo", I highly recommend. It managed to avoid cheesiness, too.

Thursday I met with a personal trainer at the Y. And it was free. They have this program in which a trainer meets initially with a member, outlines an exercise program, then checks in every few weeks. So far so good - not too much soreness. But I just did the full workout today, so tomorrow I may swim if I'm hurting or sore.

And tonight? Fun will be had. Oh yes.
15 October 2007 @ 06:12 pm
In honor of blog action day being about the environment, here are a few sites:


For the locals:

There are tons of websites related to the environment; these are just 2 that I've come across recently.

Edit: Here's another one I found out about a while back - http://earth911.org/
11 October 2007 @ 06:02 pm
Ok, so I have been watching this thing occasionally today, and only once has it been going counterclockwise, and even then it went right back to clockwise. I'm right-brained what? That thing is just weird. And fascinating.

Since I have my 403(b) through them, I sent an email to Fidelity via the Investors Against Genocide website. I hope I don't end up on some list so that when I call, there's a red flag and a message saying, "Put this person on hold for a really long time!", or "Screw up this person's account so it shows she has no money!" My money with them is supposed to be invested in a socially- and environmentally-conscious fund, but I guess I should check the company list to see exactly in which ones it invests.

Fall is making itself known. It was really chilly on my way to the Y this morning, but when I was done and all hot and sweaty, I was grateful to come out to the coolness.

I took a couple of "which candidate most represents your views" quizzes today. This one - http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/candidate-match-game.htm and this one - http://www.vajoe.com/candidate_calculator.html

Best quote from The Office the other night. "Well, I guess he can't get any girl he wants." - Jim
24 September 2007 @ 05:34 pm
I really hope Across the Universe will be playing here soon.
19 September 2007 @ 11:25 am
It's very Nature/Discovery Channel-esque. I had to cover my eyes a few times, but it is DEFINITELY worth watching.

17 September 2007 @ 05:58 pm
* I went canoeing with Barb on the Duck River. We've found that although we enjoy doing many things together, maybe canoeing is not one of them. We still had a good time, but I think we took the slowest, crooked-est trip down that river.

* We also went to the farmers market on Saturday. I'm trying to eat more salads for meals, so I'm going to try to go more and get stuff from their local section. They were also having a crafts fair. I didn't get anything, but it was fun to look.

* We are also going to an exercise class starting tomorrow. I need some help in being more active, and unless I plan it with someone else, it doesn't usually happen.

* I went to a Pagan festival on Saturday. I am not Pagan, but I thought it would be interesting. It was slightly interesting, but mostly lackluster.

* I gave blood today, and I've never felt light-headed from giving until today. Usually I make it a point to eat plenty and drink a lot of water before I give, but I had some leftovers for lunch, and it was enough food for a meal, but not more than usual. Oops.

* When I went to vote last week, I accidentally went to the line for my old last name, not my new one. Another oops.

* My car battery was close to dying. Daniel went and got me a new battery and put it in and made sure everything was ok. He even vacuumed out my car for me :)
14 September 2007 @ 03:15 pm
My friend Barbara and I had decided a while back that we were going to donate our hair.

So on Tuesday I went from this:

To this:

It's really short! Even my last short hair cut two years ago wasn't this short. But it's just hair - it will grow back :) Plus I feel good about having donated it.
12 September 2007 @ 11:13 am
So cool!


Six Rainbows Across Norway
Credit & Copyright: Terje O. Nordvik

Explanation: Have you ever seen six rainbows at once? They are not only rare to see -- they are a puzzle to understand. The common rainbow is caused by sunlight internally reflected by the backs of falling raindrops, while also being refracted at the air / water boundary. To see a rainbow, look opposite the Sun towards a rainstorm. This primary rainbow is the brightest color swath in the above image. Multiple internal reflections inside water droplets sometimes make a secondary rainbow to become visible outside the first, with colors reversed. Just such a secondary rainbow is visible of the far left. Harder to explain is the intermediate rainbow, between the two. This rainbow is likely caused by sunlight that has first reflected off the lake before striking the distant raindrops that is reflecting sunlight back toward the observer. Each of these rainbows appears to be reflected by the calm lake, although because the positions of rainbows depend on the location of the observer, a slightly displaced image of each rainbow is actually being imaged.