Novel Adventures

November 11, 2008

Oh my gosh, whoa.  I was going on to CBS.com to catch the episode of How I Met Your Mother that I missed last night and I saw the add to the new CBS online mini show called Novel Adventures presented by Saturn.  And boy is it ever presented by Saturn.  About ever other word is ” and that’s why I love the safety features of the Saturn Vue Hybrid.”  The main character is the wife of a Saturn dealer (who’da thunk.)  It’s completely cheesy.  Oh and in the latest episode Lizzie starts out by missing her friends in Boston, when her new friends of 2 weeks surprise her with a male stripper on the set of CSI:NY.  She says as she’s driving away in her…wait for it… Saturn Vue, that it was the best birthday of her entire life.  I just don’t get it.  They are obviously trying to to market to women (it’s about a woman’s book club) but it seems like it was written by male ad writers on a strict deadline.  Our lead, the one with the Saturns and the birthday, wears twin sets and buns, but do you know what her favorite music is?  50cent and The Vampire Club (or something like that.)  Oh and guess what the they’re doing next week… pole dancing lessons.

They say that product placement is going to take over advertising… with all the people being able to fast froward through commercials.  But if this is what it looks like were in trouble.

The things around me

November 10, 2008

  • Wet carpet smells like wet dog.  I know.
  • I signed up for the beta test of the new Netflix player… for Mac… ’bout time.
  • Mini muffins should not be cooked at 425 degrees in a plastic muffin tin.  (Or would that be a muffin plastic?)  I now have a cookie sheet, melted plastic, and  burnt lemon poppy seed muffins sandwich.

11/9 Sunday Quotations

November 9, 2008

So in college we all used AIM… and I used to put quotes up on my profile.  And now I have this list of quotes just sitting around.  So I’m instituting “Sunday Quotations.”  I’ll share a quote and something else every Sunday.  Because I think just posting quotes is pretentious.  So you’ll get a thought or a picture or a question or something too.  Let’s start this shall we?

The Brain – is wider than the Sky –
For – put them side by side –
The one the other will contain
With ease – and You – beside-

The Brain is deeper than the sea –
For – hold them – Blue to Bue –
The one the other will absorb –
As sponges – Buckets – do

The Brain is just the weight of God –
For – Heft them – Pound for Pound –
And they will differ – if they do –
As syllable from Sound –

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

So I thought I’d tell some stories about the things that I did from my list.

I have been to the highest point in Florida… but that’s not really a mountain.  The mountain I am thinking about is in South Carolina at Camp Awaninta.  We went there with youth group a few times for the end of Mission-fest.  That was one week in the summer when we’d gather to do in-town mission work in the morning and then have devotions and fun stuff in the afternoons and evenings.  Then at the end of the week we went on a trip someplace fun.  We went to this camp at least 3 times.  They had all sorts of fun stuff to do and then we went whitewater rafting.  They have a zip line and a hummer ride and a ropes course.  It was always a lot of fun.

At the top of one of the mountains they had a cross that you could climb up to, and benches to sit and think and pray.  There was a steep face of the mountain that is clay and then a back way that was more like a nature trail.  So we climbed up the nature trail way and we decided we’d go down the steep way.  I don’t know who’s idea it was but it was not a good one.  We started out walking down but the momentum was so great that at about half way down you couldn’t help but run or fall down.  The only problem was that… you know… mountains end.  And boy did I see it coming.  I came running down full tilt this steep hill, I took one step onto the leavel ground and my body kept moving down that incline right into the clay.  And right in front of my group.  And to add insult to literal injury, I had to go to dinner with my red-clay stained outfit.  Man.

hill

I got flowers

November 7, 2008

flowers

They match my blog.

Moving on

November 6, 2008

  • I should have a new job by Wednesday.  Step one.
  • I stepped on the scale again because it’s the one year anniversary of starting Weight Watchers.  I lost 20 pounds in the three months I was active in the program.  Now I’m 35 pounds down from my starting weight.  Which I think is okay for not trying.  I could tell because my jeans fit me much better this winter. Maybe I’ll go back to really trying.
  • I think I need some stinking goals.
  • I don’t know what my stinking goals should be.
  • I’m moving on. Not in a direction that I know yet (is it forward or back), but the brakes are off and I’m moving on.
  • I will create my own happiness.

The Robo-calls end today

November 4, 2008

And thanks for that.  There’s been entirely to much money spent on this campaign, local and presidential.  I heard that the candidates will have spent 10 dollars per vote.  More than double the amount of money was raised than in the last election.  I also heard that the Obama-murcial was done because the campaign could not spend all it’s money. So much waste.  How about feeding a hungry child with that 25 dollars next time.  This is getting ridiculous.

Here’s the Deal. Bold the ones you’ve done.

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper

21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster

35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and didn’t care who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Taken a midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football

61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain

65. Gone to a drive-in theatre

66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on a television news program as an “expert”
83. Gotten flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Passed out cold
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote article for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a TV game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for 30 hours in a 48 hour period
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. States
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about

130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad and The Odyssey

135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life

Well I suppose some of those are open to certain interpretation.

My Tivo is freaking out

November 2, 2008

It keeps recording the same two episodes of Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style and Mythbusters over and over again.  And today it was supposed to record Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind on FX from 8-10 and instead it recorded the Style channel from 8-10:30 which was like two and a half episodes of Clean House.  I don’t know what’s going on. I think it needs a reboot.

I forgot to say that our young adult group won the “Best Christian Theme” at the Trunk or Treat last Sunday.  Our decor was the leftover VBS surf boards that said “Be Kind” and “Be Bold” and “Believe.”  But I got extra points for coming up with the title of our installation… “Saint Paul’s Spring Break.”