Friday, August 28, 2009

Goodbye, Reading Rainbow

I have just learned (via Pannie's status on facebook) that Reading Rainbow is ending today. My sister and I loved that show. As young children with no cable TV our television programs consisted of Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, and Reading Rainbow. Zoobilee Zoo was added to our repertoire soon after, and as we got older, Ghostwriter and Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? I actually think that not watching much TV was good for us. We read books, played out all sorts of make believe scenarios, and drew under the coffee table. (Literally. The underside of the wood is covered with markers. Dad didn't even know till a couple years ago!) But the shows we did watch had an impact; I'm fairly certain that on more than one occasion, I went to the library with a list of book titles I learned about while watching Reading Rainbow. I haven't watched the show in years, but I am still saddened that no new episodes will be created.

At least I still know the theme song

Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high
Take a look, it's in a book... Reading Rainbow!

Monday, August 24, 2009

I did not write this, but it's fun

One of my facebook friends posted the following text this weekend. It's pretty funny. I couldn't figure out what to write about today so, voila! Plagiarism. In my defense, I have no idea who originally wrote it, or I'd cite it so as to avoid upsetting my librarian mother.

• I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

• More often than not, when someone is telling me a story all I can think about is that I can’t wait for them to finish so that I can tell my own story that’s not only better, but also more directly involves me.

• Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

• I don't understand the purpose of the line, "I don't need to drink to have fun." Great, no one does. But why start a fire with flint and sticks when they've invented the lighter?

• Have you ever been walking down the street and realized that you're going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to be going? But instead of just turning a 180 and walking back in the direction from which you came, you have to first do something like check your watch or phone or make a grand arm gesture and mutter to yourself to ensure that no one in the surrounding area thinks you're crazy by randomly switching directions on the sidewalk.

• I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

• The letters T and G are very close to each other on a keyboard. This recently became all too apparent to me and consequently I will never be ending a work email with the phrase "Regards" again.

• Do you remember when you were a kid, playing Nintendo and it wouldn't work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magically fix the problem. Every kid in America did that, but how did we all know how to fix the problem? There was no internet or message boards or FAQ's. We just figured it out. Today's kids are soft.

• There is a great need for sarcasm font.

• Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the fuck was going on when I first saw it.

• I think everyone has a movie that they love so much; it actually becomes stressful to watch it with other people. I'll end up wasting 90 minutes shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone's laughing at the right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little bit harder (and a millisecond earlier) to prove that I'm still the only one who really, really gets it.

• How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet? (I actually know this one)

• I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in. (My mom taught me this. She also taught me to make a lot of noise to get other family members to help)

• I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

• Was learning cursive really necessary?

• Lol has gone from meaning, "laugh out loud" to "I have nothing else to say".

• I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

• Answering the same letter three times or more in a row on a Scantron test is absolutely petrifying.

• Whenever someone says "I'm not book smart, but I'm street smart", all I hear is "I'm not real smart, but I'm imaginary smart".

• How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear what they said?

• I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up to prevent a dick from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers!

• While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and instinctively swerved to avoid it...thanks Mario Kart.

• MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

• Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died. (I have thought this for YEARS)

• I find it hard to believe there are actually people who get in the shower first and THEN turn on the water.

• Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

• I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

• Bad decisions make good stories

• Whenever I'm Facebook stalking someone and I find out that their profile is public I feel like a kid on Christmas morning who just got the Red Ryder BB gun that I always wanted. 546 pictures? Don't mind if I do!

• Is it just me or do high school girls get sluttier & sluttier every year?

• If Carmen San Diego and Waldo ever got together, their offspring would probably just be completely invisible.

• Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to go around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I'm from; this shouldn't be a problem....

• You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you've made up your mind that you just aren’t doing anything productive for the rest of the day.

• Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after DVDs? I don't want to have to restart my collection.

• There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

• I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

• "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this ever.

• I hate being the one with the remote in a room full of people watching TV.. There's so much pressure. 'I love this show, but will they judge me if I keep it on? I bet everyone is wishing we weren’t watching this. It's only a matter of time before they all get up and leave the room. Will we still be friends after this?'

• While watching the Olympics, I find myself cheering equally for China and USA . No, I am not of Chinese descent, but I am fairly certain that when Chinese athletes don’t win, they are executed.

• I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Darn it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

• I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

• I like all of the music in my iTunes, except when it's on shuffle, then I like about one in every fifteen songs in my iTunes.

• Why is a school zone 20 mph? That seems like the optimal cruising speed for pedophiles...

• As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.

• Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

• It should probably be called Unplanned Parenthood.

• I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

• I think that if, years down the road when I’m trying to have a kid, I find out that I’m sterile, most of my disappointment will stem from the fact that I was not aware of my condition in college.

• Even if I knew your social security number, I wouldn't know what do to with it.

• I wonder if cops ever get pissed off at the fact that everyone they drive behind obeys the speed limit.

• I think the freezer deserves a light as well. (Mine has one!)

• I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites than Kay.

• The other night I ordered takeout, and when I looked in the bag, saw they had included four sets of plastic silverware. In other words, someone at the restaurant packed my order, took a second to think about it, and then estimate d that there must be at least four people eating to require such a large amount of food. Too bad I was eating by myself. There’s nothing like being made to feel like a fat bastard before dinner.

BONUS! (or, the interactive element)
Ten points to whoever guesses my favorite bullet point

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Happy Birthdays!

While it's true that August has no official holidays printed on the calendar, today happens to be a special day in birthday-ville. August 20 is the birthday of (youngest to oldest) Pannie, Auntie, and Al Roker. It's probably other people's birthdays, too, but I like these three the best.

Happy Birthday to all, eat lots of cake!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Group Participation

To quote Kara DioGuardi, "So, here's the thing" I have two ear piercings in each ear. Well, I actually have 3 but the top left one closed up awhile ago. These piercings occurred in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Al and I went together when I was in 6th grade and then hers had a problem so they closed up and she re-tried the next year, so I said "Oh I'll get a second one" The same thing happened to Al again and when she went a 3rd time (which was not the charm) I got a 3rd hole. (My dad was not pleased. "What do you need another hole in your head for?") I wonder what would have happened if Al had tried again.... would I have a pierced nose?! Haha kidding

Anyway.... I always wear a silver ball in the top hole and a small hoop of some kind in the bottom. Always. I sleep with the stud earrings, swim with them, etc. etc. They are almost a permanent fixture in my head.

I am wearing my momsie's very nice diamond earrings for the wedding. They are the fun little "s" shape that starts off with tiny diamonds by the lobe and gradually get bigger as the earring dangles. They look ridiculous with the silver ball earrings. So initially I thought Well I'll just wear tiny diamond studs in my top hole. And Michael even said he'd buy me some because they're not that expensive. (A MAN AGREED ON THE SPOT, IN A JEWELRY STORE, TO BUY ME DIAMONDS OHMYGOSH)

Here's the group participation time

Is it weird to wear two earrings in each ear at your wedding? Is that a 1990s trend that I should probably give up on and definitely not be embracing in my 26th year on my wedding day? In other words.... are mom's earrings enough? Part of me says to wear two in each ear because it's what I always do. The other part is wondering if I will regret it in the photos in three months or 10 years or whatever.


Sunday, August 16, 2009


Last weekend we went into EPCOT to see a Tom Petty cover band. They were good. We also rode Spaceship Earth, which is the ride inside the big silver ball at the entrance to the park. The ride has an interactive element to it, and upon entering your ride vehicle, you must choose a language (So you understand what's going on at the end). They are listed on a touch screen as:
and what I assume to be Japanese and Chinese

I looked at Michael and said "I want to be Dutch!" at which point he looked at me and said "That's German"

Don't you love how he knew what I meant, even when I was making no sense?!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Julia & Julia

Last month I read Julie and Julia by Julie Powell. It chronicles Julie's year of cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Powell's book is fluffy, but fun and entertaining. Definitely a good summer book. I initially picked it up because I had heard of it awhile ago and with the movie Julie & Julia coming out decided I should read the book first.

Upon further research I discovered the movie, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, was based on both the Powell book and Julia Child's My Life in France. (Coincidentally, as I read J&J, Hannah was reading My Life in France. What are the odds?!) In order to 'read the book before seeing the movie' I had to tackle another book. I am almost done with My Life in France and it is quite enjoyable. In reading it I have discovered that I have a few things in common with Julia Child.
  • We are both named Julia
  • We are both tall Americans
  • We have both been to France (though I was there only 2 weeks, and Julia lived there for years!)
  • We both have big feet
  • We are both a little bit loud
  • We both love to eat good food
  • We both love (LOVE) butter in most forms
We differ in that
  • I have never published a cookbook
  • I have never hosted my own cooking show
  • Meryl Streep has never played me on screen (though some say my mother looks like Meryl)
  • I don't eat aspic

Monday, August 10, 2009

By the numbers

102- temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, on my car thermometer this afternoon. It eventually adjusted to 95
10- number of place settings I unpacked this afternoon
10- number of corresponding dish boxes I broke down and hauled out to the car (during oppressive heat) for recycling
2- number of Home Improvement re-runs watched while breaking down said boxes
8- number of old place settings that still have to be packed up and donated (I took a break to blog!)
2- number of place settings still in Ohio, to be delivered this fall
3- number of guests (so far) who have decided to invited extra people to the wedding
100- number of 'yes' RSVPs so far
6- number of 'no' RSVPs so far
75- number of 'need to answer by Saturday' RSVPs remaining

Friday, August 7, 2009

YAY for Pannie (a haiku)

Pannie is the best
She got a big promotion
I'm so proud of her

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Auditory Amusements

Michael: I can't eat those Fiber One bars anymore
Me: Why? Do they make you sick?
Michael: No, they turn me into a ball of gas. I'm Jupiter. I'm a gas giant

Monday, August 3, 2009

Take Back the Beep

David Pogue is great. I only know he exists because I am marrying one of his biggest fans. Michael knows about his articles, books, and everything else the man does. In Michael's defense, DP is pretty cool. His story today (which I read thanks to Donald's facebook status) talks about "Take back the Beep" in which we, the consumers, tell the cell phone companies we don't need to hear their stupid automated voice recordings telling us how to leave a message after we hear our friend's voice telling us s/he is unavailable. Not only is it annoying, but it takes up minutes that we pay for! Grrrrrr. DP includes links on how to complain to each carrier. I love it! I strongly suggest reading the story. It's entertaining, brief, and quite relevant!