Monday, March 28, 2005

Hahahahaha

This is a message we got on our answering machine tonight (we don't answer the phone unless we recognize the name or number). You may need to turn your speaker volume up a bit, as we were about 4 feet short of cord between the telephone and Matt's microphone.

After you're done cracking up, feel free to call the toll free number and ask them what the heck their operators are smoking.

I really don't like where this issue is going

Pharmacists’ rights at front of new debate - This mostly has to do with women's reproductive issues. I don't like it. Ultimately I don't feel that a pharmacist should have the right to refuse me medication that a doctor has legally prescribed. Read it for yourself and decide.

On a more humorous note, my mom got a bad haircut from WalMart the other day. I've had them from WalMart before without problems. But the funny thing was that she also got an oil change and bought a ham at the same time. Anywhere you can get a ham, a haircut, and an oil change all at once, you can't be surprised if one of them doesn't work out.

A commercial for a luxury import car dealer has the line "For the discriminating car buyer..." We saw the commercial last night and I said, "Discriminating car buyer?" To which Matt replied (in a ghetto voice), "They only want the white cars!"

And now, I get to go home. Woot!

But first, a brief update. This is disgusting: Burger King Expands its Breakfast Menu - and your waistline. It's a 730 calorie breakfast sandwich, with 47 grams of fat. The head of marketing is quoted as saying "By expanding our indulgent breakfast sandwich menu, Burger King restaurants now offer even more alternatives for our guests who want a convenient and filling breakfast." And by indulgent, they mean gluttony. And by guests who want a convenient and filling breakfast, they mean obese. Good grief.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Happy Easter Everyone!


This is Lon Solomon, the pastor of McLean Bible Church in VA. He comes on the radio every so often as a commercial for the church and usually does a sermon on Sunday morning as well. Matt listened to it and came to the conclusion that Pastor Solomon is black. I didn't believe this, so I went to the church's website and looked up the picture. Vindicated, I walked into the den with my laptop to prove I was right:
C: This is Lon Solomon. I told you he wasn't black.
M: That's not Lon Solomon!
C: Not only is he not black, but he's also a mobster!
M: He's a lobster?!?
C: What??
M: What?

Saturday, March 26, 2005

In preparation for the bunnies!

"Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces." - Judith Viorst
"What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate." - Katharine Hepburn
"It's not that chocolates are a substitute for love. Love is a substitute for chocolate. Chocolate is, let's face it, far more reliable than a man." - Miranda Ingram
"Exercise is a dirty word. Every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate." - Charles Schultz

The apple pie came out beautifully, as expected. I also made sugar cookies with pastel candy sprinkles (break-and-bake). Matt whooped my butt in Yahtzee after lunch today. Well, I shouldn't say "whooped my butt." I beat him in four rounds out of six. Unfortunately, he got three yahtzees in the 5th round. Punk. Now I'm trying to decide if I want to go out to eat tonight.

I just remembered the other two things I wanted to say today (two hours later). One was that, out of the 12 e-mails that have come to my Johns Hopkins e-mail account so far today, 9 of them have been spam. And that I have a runny nose today, which I *never* get. I'm more of a congestion kind of girl. Something is majorly wrong here.

I listened to the Pat McGee Band before listening to the Pat McGee Band was cool.

Now Listening: Pat McGee Band - Beautiful Way

Friday, March 25, 2005

Friiiiiiiiday

TGIF. I mean really, this has been a long week. We didn't get the condo we bid on three days ago. The guy refused our bid, because we wouldn't offer to pay more than the appraisal (we can't - and I seriously doubt anyone who would actually bid on this condo can either). I'm slightly disappointed, but this place was no where near "perfect" and I doubt we'll ever find something that I'm "in love with" so it's okay. We'll keep looking - the right place is out there somewhere.

I really like the "Comcast SportsNet" theme song. It's just a cool, rocking song.

What else, what else. We went to the Good Friday service at church today. The youth group did a good job. I made cookies and am bringing an apple pie to Mom and Dad's on Sunday. Daniel is going to be home, and we're bringing Dottie, an older woman from our church, with us as well. Should have a full table!

Should hear about Colorado in a few weeks (two?) Also just registered for May's Let's Dish :-) In other fun stuff, I've started playing these three games online everyday. It's fun. I always win at Set, and I'm so-so at Quiddler. But I can never beat Xactika.

Now Watching: Discovery Channel OnDemand

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Timeline

Sunday - Condo in Gaithersburg is listed on the market
Monday, 8pm - Matt and I see listed condo. We like it, and ask to sleep on it before making a decision.
Tuesday, 10:15 am - We tell realtor that we would like to make an offer, and make arrangements to meet tonight or tomorrow night to sign paperwork.
Tuesday, 11:40am - Realtor calls. There are already two offers on condo, and all offers must be in by 4pm today. Paperwork is prepared, and is supposed to be faxed round-robin at 3pm for signatures.
Tuesday, 3:52pm - Fax begins to arrive. Frantic reading/signing ensues at my end.
Tuesday, 4:10pm - Fax is sent to Matt for signatures.
Tuesday, 4:42pm - All paperwork is received by realtor. I am told that, if the seller decides to *consider* our offer, we need to meet at 8pm to sign everything again.
Tuesday, 4:45pm - Mental collapse.

Good grief.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Continuing with the theme du jour

Does Congress seek due process or political gain? - From USA Today. I tend to lean towards the latter.

And for a slightly different (and I must admit, slightly surprising) take, Jim's blog post on the subject.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

What were they thinking?

ebaumsworld.com is not that great of a site. Michael and Lisa told me about it a few weeks ago, but I never got around to looking at it until tonight. I didn't laugh once. On a scale of 1-10, I give this a 2 - not as dry as an encyclopedia, but definitely not recommended.

On the other hand, Maddox never fails to deliver.

Now Listening: Mr. Big - To Be With You

A good editorial...and some other stuff

The time has come to let Terri Schiavo die - I agree with the writer of this editorial. I also agree with Michael Schiavo. I also think that we are setting an extremely dangerous legal prescedent in this country (Jim, care to comment?).

UPDATE: Another excellent short piece, courtesy of the St. Petersburg Times

We had a pretty good weekend. We had planned on a little tennis on Sunday afternoon, but got rained out. Maybe next weekend. Poker night was Saturday, and I unfortunately was the first one out. Phil was second, and Chrissy was third out - even though she never showed up (we played her blinds anyways in case she got there late). How embarrassing. Mike and Dan were the next two to go. It came down to Matt and Kim in the head-to-head, and Matt finally won - with an extremely anti-climactic ace high. Sunday was church and the Palm Sunday choir presentation, and then we went to lunch with Norm and Laura and their girls at a mongolian barbeque place. It was pretty good - not quite Mickey Chow's, and a little more expensive than that place as well, but I think we'll definitely be heading back sometime.

The housing market here is very frustrating. We took a (worthless) first-time homebuyers class yesterday morning to get qualified to get money from the county. We had gotten info on two nice condos in Germantown from Eunice (our Realtor) on Wednesday, and by the time we had made arrangements on Friday night to see them the following day, they both had offers on them. We're going to look at another one in Gaithersburg tomorrow night, and it looks good on paper but I'm worried it'll slip away before we have a chance to act. This is not our parents' housing market - this is insanity.

We saw the movie "Robots" a few days ago (last weekend I think). It was a funny, cute movie. But there was also a great storyline behind it. Aside from the warm fuzzy message about people's worth, one of the lines that sticks with me best was the inventor robot's motto: "See a need, fill a need." I'm really trying to do that lately.

Now Listening: Blind Melon - No Rain

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Who approves this stuff?

Study: Malt Liquor Drink of Homeless and Unemployed - In case you couldn't figure that one out on your own, let's throw some tax dollars at it!

On the other hand, this is pretty neat: Emergency Shelter - Just Add Water

Now Listening: By the Tree - Walk

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Call up the patent office, I'm on fire!

I need to invent two things. When I say this, I am disregarding any physical hurdles to actually inventing these things. But it sure would be nice.

1. Detachable limbs. My arms always get in the way or fall asleep when I'm in bed at night. I'd like to be able to take them off and set them aside to help me sleep. Plus, wouldn't it be fun to take off your arm and hit someone with it?

2. Frozen salad. I like salad, but I always buy it and then it goes bad before I can eat it. We have practically every other vegetable frozen, why not salad?

Now Listening: Keene - Somewhere Only We Know

UPDATE:
3. Chicken-flavored antibiotics. For cats and dogs. They're just not digging the pink bubblegum stuff we got when we were kids.

Friday, March 11, 2005

It's always an adventure

I took the cats to the vet this morning. We had the usual crying and digestive expelling, but all in all I'd say that Max and Roxie did very well. My poor babies...they got 5 vaccinations each (four shots and a nasal drip) and they've been asleep in the bedroom all day - they haven't even moved since I've been home. Awwww.

We're putting together March poker night. Technically we didn't miss February because we played in West Virginia (it's your own fault if you didn't come skiing!) Our poker circle is ever-widening. We're going to have to go to a multi-table tournament format soon if it keeps growing.

I've really got nothing creative for the moment. I still feel drained from Wednesday's exam - it went fine, but it was a lot of mental energy.

Has anyone ever read "The Sneeches and Other Stories" by Dr. Seuss? This has come up recently at work. It was one of my favorite books. There were four stories - the Sneeches (some of them had "stars upon thars"), the Zaks, who were so stubborn they stood in each others' way for years because neither wanted to move for the other, the woman who had 30-some-odd sons and named them all Dave, and the pants with nobody inside 'em. Ahh, children's lit.

Okay, that's it for me tonight. I'll try to have something better tomorrow.

Now Watching: Food Network OnDemand

Thursday, March 10, 2005

No Penguins!!


I find this extremely humorous :-)

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Personality, courtesy of The Green

Following a thread on Matt Green's page:

Enneagram - I am a 3w2 with a self-preservation variant
Meyers-Briggs - I an an ENTJ

Both of those fit me pretty well, don't you think?

Now Listening: The Refreshments - Banditos

Monday, March 07, 2005

Don't get your feathers ruffled just yet

Tax Cuts Lose Spot On GOP Agenda - But it doesn't matter because they won't expire til 2010 anyways. So everyone will have four more years of nice refunds (or lower bills) before all hell breaks loose. My advice - invest your refund smartly, you might need it. There's also a comment at the end about raising the S.S. income cap to $140K, causing many people to pay up to $3000 more each year ($6000 if they're self-employed). It's a temporary fix, if they raise benefits when those people retire to compensate for the additional amount they've paid into the system. Or it's forced government charity if they're still only getting the benefits of someone who made $90K. Either way, it's a drop in the bucket, and I think part of the problem is that the government wants to "fix" social security or "fix" the deficit while only looking at these issues in a vacuum. What they're either failing to realize, or not saying, is that all these components are part of a living, breathing system and that you can't fix one without overhauling the entire beast. The only way this country is going to survive financially into the next century is if we take a long, hard look at the entire government. And frankly, I'd rather pay a couple extra bucks in taxes now than pay $45 for a gallon of milk 30 years from now.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Money Management

Credit card penalties, fees bury debtors - an interesting article citing several examples of people that have been unable to keep their credit card balances from rising (even though they are not using them for new purchases) because of fees and penalty interest rates. Clearly no one ever taught them how to manange money. I sympathize with their difficulty (or is it empathize? I never remember which one...I've never had credit problems) but the bottom line is that if you a) only make the minimum payments and b) regularly make payments late (or send bad checks, as one woman is cited as doing!!) then you will never get out of debt. And if you don't spend beyond your means, you're unlikely to get into debt in the first place.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Disappointment

The Forgotten is not that great of a movie. It doesn't take much for me to enjoy a movie...I mean come on, one of my favorites is The Wedding Singer. I even liked Legally Blond. But I felt really let down after watching this movie. I think the problem was that I kept waiting for a twist that never happened. They gave away the ending of the movie halfway through. And the last three minutes were what Matt called a deus ex machina - basically one moment that makes everything okay again. Very dissappointing.

But what was not disappointing was Famous Dave's Barbeque. I don't think I'll have to eat again for like, three days. We ordered the two-person sampler feast. They bring it to you on an inverted trash can lid. How cool! It comes with ribs, BBQ chicken, pulled pork, corn on the cob, fries, baked beans, cole slaw and cornbread. Mmmmm-mmm! Although I must say that the ribs were the best part of it.

Off to bed on our old sheets because I forgot to put our regular ones in the dryer in time for bed.

"Again, something that could have been brought to my attention YESTERDAY!!!"

"They were cones!!"

Friday, March 04, 2005

Randomness

I really like On Demand. Tonight, I watched an episode of Hey Arnold and Unwrapped: Chocolate. So much fun!

I've also found my new current favorite flavor of Ben & Jerry's ice cream: Dublin Mudslide. It's Bailey's-flavored ice cream with crushed chocolate cookies and a coffee-fudge swirl. So yummy, and worth every calorie.

This weekend we're planning on hitting the movies (trying to decide between The Pacifier and Be Cool) and heading out on Sunday afternoon to look at some places with our realtor. I also have to start hitting the books hard-core in preparation for my Pharm exam on Wednesday.

Monies

Is anyone interested in opening a savings account? We have one at ING direct with no fees/minimum balances, and 2.6% interest - this is over 10x better than Bank of America. If we refer you online, you get $25 and we get $10. Let me know if anyone wants to do this (I didn't want to send out a bunch of unsolicited e-mails).

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Public Service Announcement

Do you have a Yahoo! account? Yahoo.com is 10 years old today, and they're having a party at Baskin Robbins in their honor. Go here, log in to Yahoo, and print your coupon for a free scoop of ice cream at Baskin Robbins today.

AirTran Commercial

I've heard this commercial on the radio several times now. It always cracks me up. The gist of it goes like this.

Announcer: And on AirTran, we can guarantee that this won't happen.
Man: Hey cool, I'm sitting next to a robot!
Robot: I am the Insultabot 9000. You must be single.
Man: Why, because I'm sitting by myself?
Robot: No, because you're ugly. Ha ha ha.
Man: Huh?
Robot: Why did the chicken cross the road?
Man: To get to the other...
Robot: Because you're ugly.
Man: That's not nice.
Robot: I must say, you have a lovely eyebrow.
Man: Cut it out.
Robot: (long pause) You're ugly. (background robot laughter)
Man: Where's your off switch?
Robot: Here, pull my finger.
Man: Oh, ok. (farting noise) Gross!
Robot: Good one.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

The Skiing!! Part 2 (now with pictures!)

So here's the best of the pictures from my and Kim's camera. Next year we'll make sure that the camera batteries (both of them) are charged before we leave. After a harrowing drive and getting stuck in the snow in the driveway, we had an incredible weekend. I can't wait to go back!

So now, without further ado, I give you...THE PICTURES (dum dum dum!)


The view from the top - this is my new desktop background.

Matt, Ryan and I had the whole day to ourselves on Friday - the weather was beautiful, the lines were short, and the fresh snow made for incredible skiing. I picked the technique back up very quickly (it had been a year since our last go at Whitetail, PA) and hit the greens and blues. And a black - although we didn't know that it was a black until lunchtime when we looked at the map. It turns out we were supposed to go to the right to stay on the easier slopes. Oops.

Kim and Mike drove up Friday night (in much better driving conditions that we had) and we were back at it bright and early Saturday.


We skiied down the first little hill to get to the bunny slope lift. This is when we found out that the only thing Kim needed to learn is how to stop (besides falling over). We practiced for a little while on a small hill. Kim had her own personal lift during her skiing lesson.


Kim and Mike got the hang of it after a while. Here they are, demonstrating proper snowplowing technique (we're such good teachers!)


The guys (Ryan, Matt and Mike) on the lift. They look fairly friendly here, but the truth is that they tried to stab each other multiple times with ski poles throughout the weekend. Silly boys.


While the newbies practiced snowplowing, we hit the Dark Side of the Moon. Here we are at the top, in what could have possibly been the only way for the ski patrol to ID our bodies two minutes later. Luckily, it was unnecessary.


Don't I look super cool?


After skiing the black diamonds, we went back over to where Kim and Mike were skiing, where we promptly crashed into each other while getting of the bunny slope lift. If you look closely, you can see that Ryan started the chain reaction by stepping on my ski.


Looking cute (and cold) on Saturday. Thank goodness for neck warmers (yes I'm awesome!)


The gang (Ryan, Matt, me, Mike and Kim) on a much warmer Sunday afternoon.

So that's the trip in a nutshell. I even think Kim will go again, even though she had told the REI people that she was only planning on going once in her life. Hopefully next year all the rest of the slackers we invited will come along as well - you really missed out, but we'll give you another chance in 2006 because we're so nice :-)