Friday, June 27, 2008

Futility is Resistance

I like that title. Maybe it will trick me into more power!

What a week. Worried about my sick parents. No good post ideas. Nothing funny happened, except my little one did ask me why the sign on the front of the carryout doesn't say anything about pants. I didn't eat dinner three nights in a row even though not eating makes me feel doomed and vice versa. Projects make daily work suffer and daily work makes projects suffer and delegating is more work than work.

UPDATE: Interesting, "Futility is Resistance" is a slogan of a group called the Ludic Society. If I'm understanding it right, they're messing up technology by adding fake information?

Monday, June 23, 2008

Are you old enough to drink coffee?

I want to write a note to the coffee drinker who not only doesn't know how to work spoons, but also doesn't know how to work paper towels... But what do you say to a person like that???

Friday, June 20, 2008

P*tty Mouth

This post on the Velvet Blog about the new Mike Myers movie made me realize something: Potty humor is really prevalent in a house full of boys. It even comes up when I'm trying to discuss statistics. (At least the upside is having someone on hand who thinks plungers are fun.)

Anyway, that post and the fact we just had chinese food last night reminded me of something we do. On the TV show "Friends", when they open their fortune cookies, they read them out loud and tack on the phrase " the bedroom." But that's not appropriate or even funny for kids. What's funny in a bedroom for them? Snoring! Putting someone's hand in warm water!

I tried our fortune cookies with a couple of phrases: " the hospital" and "...during an earthquake." Results were hit or miss.

The very best fortune cookie tag for kids is " the bathroom." Works every time.

The Things I Cannot Change

Okay, trying to get a handle on some issues with the software we use...
I just accidentally reinvented the Serenity prayer. LOL!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

What We Had For Lunch

I used to have an internet pen-pal. We weren't very well-suited to each other. She told me I talk like Frasier. (And I didn't even do anything to deserve it!)

Eventually the whole exchange devolved into her writing me every day and telling me what she had for lunch. It was always either a baloney sandwich and chips or a peanut butter & jelly sandwich and chips. She only liked grape jelly. So, I told her what I had for lunch, which was usually a Healthy Choice entree. But I had like 20 different kinds to choose from, see... Eventually, we noticed it was pointless and broke it off.

I hope all the personal stuff on my blog lately hasn't bored you too much! I will try to get back to being interesting as soon as I think of anything interesting. : )

In other news, pics are up!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Home from the You Be the Chemist Challenge

We're back! We had a really great time in Philadelphia.

Jeremiah (Z) studied in the airport, studied on the airplane, we got to the hotel too early so he studied in the visitor's center, studied in the salon while I got a haircut. We went to the rehearsal and then to dinner at the City Tavern. Z fell asleep studying at 9:00.

The contest was tough, all the kids were so smart. He was eliminated in the 2nd of 5 preliminary rounds. When it came down to the finals, they were tied for 2nd and 3rd and had to do a "lightning round" to choose who to eliminate. The lightning round went on for 40 questions before anyone missed anything. The winner was Christopher Pillay. 2nd was Ethan Li and 3rd was Nabil Shaikh.

The You Be the Chemist Challenge was a privilege. They treated us so wonderfully. It was fascinating to learn so much about chemistry. He is going to have a leg up in his science classes in high school. It was a good experience. He's never studied so hard for anything before and that's a good skill. It's good to be challenged.

Treva Jeffries, the science director from Toledo Public Schools came to support Jeremiah. We were so grateful. Thank you so much for everything you did to organize it in our area and give TPS kids the opportunity! : )

After the contest was over the tone changed and all the kids were able to relax and have fun. They took us on a double decker bus. I got whacked by a tree branch. If you ever sit on a double decker bus, sit on the left side. : ) We went to the Franklin Institute to see the IMAX movie, "Wild Oceans". (I still saw swirling shoals of sardines when I closed my eyes that night.) After the IMAX we saw the "Real Pirates" exhibit about the pirate ship, The Wyhdah, that was salvaged. It was a great exhibit. Then we went to dinner at Dave and Busters and the kids played games. My parents and I had a lovely time talking to Christopher's dad, Prem. My dad left early and we also talked to Cori's parents and Treva. We got to meet and hang out with such nice people! : ) I peeked into the game room and saw Jeremiah and the other boys laughing and talking. It was neat because he'd been so quiet before.

Saturday we went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. We really enjoyed it. We love art. Going to the 3rd largest museum in the country made me feel extra proud of the Toledo Museum of Art, which stacks up well. Come see us! : )

We also went to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Yes it would have been sweltering in there. Our founding fathers rock!

We missed everyone and we've glad to be home. I'll put pictures on flickr soon.

Monday, June 9, 2008


We are so busy studying for the YBTC contest this week!

But we figured out why one of the hamsters was so fat, she had babies!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Secret Signs

Here's something we noticed while we were out and about.
Do you see the "A" in the circle?

Hmmm... Maybe that's how the sign hanger really feels about towing "all others"? Did he think this would ever see the light of day?
Did he even use enough glue?

Ha! : )

I wonder how many other signs are covering up other signs?

Mashup I am not going to make: "Anarchy in the U.K." and "Both Sides Now"

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Lunch, the Universe and Everything

I'm worried about food. It's not like I snack all day long or anything but I know that when I have a headache, my lunch is going to make me feel better. I am trying to replace my crunchies: carrots or celery instead of chips and my fruit: an apple instead of applesauce. But, I know that a bowl of lettuce is not going to make me feel better. :(

My husband once said to me during a discussion about housework, "How can you call it work if you're just sitting there?" Cold, but true. But not true. I've had lots of days where I come home feeling like I just took my SAT's again. It is what it is.

I'm thinking about doing the Atkins diet again. Not because it doesn't stink or anything, but because it works fast. But extreme diets cause total food obsession.

Mashup I am not going to make: "Ba-Da-Ba-Ba-Ba (I'm Lovin' It)" and "Stupify"

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


Aack. I'm getting interrupted so much, it's making me flakey!

It's like the right hand doesn't know what Sybil is doing.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


We put our economic stimulus check in the bank to pay bills. But I did get to spend a portion of it for new photographic equipment

...which I used to take a picture of these cameras.

Scared you and your PowerShot, didn't I? : )

Seriously, dozens of people at the NASA open house had incredible cameras. Most of those people were reporters. These belonged to a regular guy with a hobby who sat at the next table for lunch with his wife and baby. The reporters had lenses that stuck out at least a foot. How do you walk through a crowd with that? They did.

I got a really nice Kodak, that I probably wouldn't have gotten without the check. (Got the two-year accident warranty. Suckahs!)

Hope that affects the economy somehow... Mostly hope it affects my photography skills. Might have to bother to "learn how".

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Commencing Countdown

We spent the day yesterday at the NASA open house. It was a blast! You can see more photos on Flickr.