Monday, August 29, 2005

Best letter EVAR

DEAR ABBY: I am 62 and my husband is 93. Our next-door neighbor, "Sam," likes to expose himself. Other than that, he's a good neighbor and always ready to help out.

One day, a couple of my women friends were over visiting, and Sam stood in his doorway naked as a jaybird, waving at them. Maybe he thinks it pays to advertise. Mostly, he does this when my husband has gone inside the house.

His behavior worries me. If anything should happen to my husband, do you think Sam would try to force himself on me? Could he attack me and try to rape or murder me, or is he just a nice guy who likes to expose himself, and not the least bit dangerous?

All sorts of stuff for your Monday enjoyment

I meant to post this on Friday, but I forgot:
"The Los Angeles Times leads with Americans' newfound penchant for dipping into their home equity to finance snazzy lifestyles. The $59 billion U.S. homeowners took out of their houses in the second quarter of 2005 was twice what it was the year before, and a whopping 16 times what it was in the mid-90s. Meanwhile mortgage debt has risen 69% in the past five years and the savings rate is still at zero."

Our mortgage debt most likely pales in comparison to that number; we do not plan to tap our equity until we roll over into a new home, and our savings rate is currently about 4.25% (not counting Matt's 401K). We also don't have credit card debt, which puts us way ahead of the pack. All in all, I'd say we are doing pretty well.

Speaking of money (and religion, as it happens to be):

How true. I find it interesting that, on average, Christians contribute basically the same percent of their incomes as non-Christians, and that less than 4% of Christians say they tithe.

John Loftus was fired by Fox News for reading a family's address on air and saying that the people at that address were connected with the failed London bombings a few weeks ago. Turns out that the information was *three years* out of date. The family has been harassed and threatened for several weeks; Fox News has yet to apologize.

Unless you've been under a rock for the past three days, you know that Hurricane Katrina is about to turn New Orleans into the lost city of Atlantis. Maybe I should get that scuba certification after all, so I'll be prepared for Underwater Mardi Gras 2006.

Poker night and dinner on Sunday were both successful. Two events down, umpteen more to go before the end of the year.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

UPS is teh suck

UPS = Unorganized, Pitiful Service

1. It's a $15 skirt. Why do you need my signature?? Just deliver the package!
2. If you have already tried to deliver two separate packages all in the same time window (2-5pm) and no one is home, maybe you should try another time window. Some of us have to work real jobs.
3. Why they heck aren't you open on Saturday? Are you biased against people with real jobs?

Rawr.

Friday, August 26, 2005

I am a robot...do as I say


Cybernetic Operational Unit Responsible for Troubleshooting, Nullification and Efficient Yelling


I especially like the fact that my yelling is efficient.

The radio station has already exceeded their goal of 1,000 children, and they will be continuing their drive until 6:30PM! I checked the webpage a few minutes ago, and while it is not updated as often as I'd like, they were already up to 1,104 children sponsored. That's awesome.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

My God is an awesome God!

So I've been doing this bible study, Believing God by Beth Moore. This past week was week 3, "Believing God can do what He says He can do." Sunday was apparantly a difficult day for Matt's family, and so after I had finished my daily "assignment," I was praying and I said, "Lord, You don't need me to tell You this, but now would be a really good time to step in with a miracle!"

Today, Matt's mom called me on my way to work to tell me that Julie had eaten her first solid food yesterday! They will be consulting with a therapist to start weaning her off the feeding tube (hopefully within the next few weeks or so). The therapist also said that patients are often able to start speaking soon after they can eat on their own.

So what have I learned this week?
1. My faith cannot be dependent on God's "performances" but rather on His promises.
2. God may prioritize the internal over the external; that is, the faith required to keep believing when I don't get what I ask for may be more important than the faith required to receive what I ask for.
3. God's timing is never late!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Tuesday Stuff

So I'd say it was a good weekend. Birthday stuff, a barbeque at Staci and John's place, and then a leisurely Sunday.

I have a full schedule for like, the next two and a half months. There's poker night and dinner with Randi this weekend. Two Sweet Briar events in September (a tea/lecture in DC and Homecoming weekend back on campus) and then down to SC for a few days after that. Matt and Sarah's wedding, Matt's birthday, and the Baltimore Heart Walk in October. And then a weekend trip to NJ and down to SC for Thanksgiving in November. And then the holiday parties start! Sheesh.

We signed up to sponsor a child this morning. One of the radio stations we listen to is doing their annual Compassion Week, where they partner with Compassion International Ministries to help find sponsors for children. Their goal this year is 1000, and as of 10am they were up to 199. If you're interested in participating, you can go to the WRBS home page and click on the Compassion Week banner about halfway down the page. Our little girl is named Monik; she is 7 years old and lives in Indonesia. Matt wanted a girl from Taiwan Thailand, because he said that child prostitution is a big problem there, but there weren't any on the list. So I guess that's a good thing! Maybe next year there will be; I'm intrested in sponsoring another when we have more money (either a girl from Taiwan Thailand or a boy from Africa would be my pick).

Well that's about it. Maybe I'll have links later today or tomorrow if I find anything interesting. But for now, I have work, lunch, lab meeting, and then shoe shopping!

Saturday, August 20, 2005

My state map!



This page generates a map of what states you've been to, courtesy of Seth's page. Although I didn't have to register for anything to do it. As you can see, I'm heavily East Coast.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Friday linkage

An honest look at why gas prices will never be solved through politics. I appreciate the suggestion at the end: "drive less." Thanks! Now I'll only go to work three days a week, because the government told me so! I also read a quote by some super-right-wing politician the other day, who said that buying SUVs (and thus more foreign oil) supports terrorism.

Penguin-suited activists - for all the Linux lovers out there.

And finally, the foot spa that Matt got me for my birthday. Sweeeeet.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Ahhhhh

Super awesome thanks to Kim for my pre-birthday celebration! She treated me to a half hour massage and manicure at her day spa today. It was great. I will definitely have to save my pennies and go again sometime! And lunch/dinner at Bertuccis (I'm not sure which it was, because we got there at like 3:45).

Just a few more hours left in this never-ending week (although this afternoon made up for a lot of crud). I have to work tomorrow from 8:30-11:30 to finish stuff up for the week, then it's over to Rhoda's for the barbeque-turned-chinese-food and swimming, then home for birthday dinner out! I also got monies and a DSW gift card in the mail today. Awesome.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Awesome Linkage

Ministry of Reshelving puts 1984 in its proper place - an effort to correct "erroneously" shelved books.

Rumsfeld Makes Surprise Visit To Wife's Vagina - if this doesn't make you laugh, something is wrong with you.

Police seek diaper-clad man who pesters women - same here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Cartoons!

Showdown with Sheehan - Cindy Sheehan is the mother of a fallen soldier, who is protesting outside of Bush's vacation home in Texas.

Subliminal Message

L.T. Smash: It's a three-pronged attack. Subliminal, liminal, and superliminal.
Lisa: Superliminal??
L.T. Smash: I'll show you. Hey you! Join the Navy!
Carl: Uh, yeah, alright.
Lenny: I'm in.

The needle on my cruise control speedometer icon is at the same angle as the needle on my speedometer when it's at 55 MPH.

I saw a man this morning wearing a bright orange shirt that said "Solid Waste Management Director." I couldn't decide if that was a job title or a poo joke.

And if the genie was set free
And by the laws of things, like that he's indebted to me
I'd bury my three wishes deep down in the ground
So I would not turn my whole life upside down

-Barenaked Ladies

Monday, August 15, 2005

This one's just for Matt

Study: Most Wild Chimps Are Southpaws

Amusing

A lot of radio stations around here do the "five in ten" game. Basically, if you are the right number caller, you're given a category and you have 10 seconds to name 5 things in that category. Here is where we see the difference between regular and christian radio. On the regular radio stations, you get "Name five buildings in Baltimore that used to have another name, go" or "Name five Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame inductees that died before age 50, go." On the christian radio stations, you get "Name five kinds of cake....do you think you can do that? Okay...ready...go."

Matt used my computer all day yesterday to play poker. Since my IM was still on, he put up a message saying "This is Matt. C is not at her computer." Staci left an IM at some point last night that said, "rhoda's going to be pissed if you offed courtney."

Back to work for another week. But this will be a good week! I won't have quite as much work to do as last week, and I will be leaving early on Thursday for Kim's birthday present, and early on Friday for the lab mandatory-fun barbeque and swimming, and Friday's my birthday...w00t!

Saturday, August 13, 2005

I Win!

$175 later, I have a vacuum that sucks. And by sucks, I mean AWESOME. I typically dreaded vacuuming, because it never picked up cat litter and it was loud, and messy to empty the canister. The new vacuum is soooo much nicer, and efficient.

I also bought new cat toys. Hey, I don't have any kids to splurge on! I got the kitties a scratching thingy with catnip (in an effort to save what's left of the furniture legs), a feathery thing on a ribbon, and a stuffed chicken (also with catnip). Max loves himself some 'nip.

We didn't really do much today - Matt played poker; I went grocery shopping and did my bible study section for today. I was going to go to the pool but somehow I never made it. Maybe tomorrow.

The Social Security debate continues

Debate over Social Security investment accounts resumes as GOP pushes for fall vote: "House Republican leaders expect to schedule a vote in September or October. Key lawmakers have introduced a bill that establishes individual investment accounts and deposits current surplus Social Security funds into them. Supporters say it prevents the government from using Social Security money to fund other government programs, but Democrats call it an accounting gimmick that adds billions to the national debt."

The fatal flaw in that sentence? There is no Social Security surplus; the money has already been used to fund other government programs. The only thing in the Social Security "trust fund" is a bunch of government IOUs that I don't trust the government to be able to pay back in the future.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Is this right? I don't think so

Ex-Klansman out on bond in civil rights case - it seems to me that, if you're convicted on 3 counts of manslaughter and sentenced to 60 years in jail, you shouldn't be out on bond while you appeal your case just because a) you're old and b) your friends can raise $600K on your behalf.

Good Grief

Is it Friday already? This week has absolutely flown by. I guess that's what happens when you are working on five different project arms simultaneously. I'm bound to get something that works eventually!

Actually, I did get stuff that worked this week. Which is a nice change of pace. Now if I can just get the same answer two more times, we'll be in business. I have a bad habit (not really a habit, because it's not my fault, but I can't think of a better word) of geting really good data once, and then completely different results the next four times.

Anyway, I haven't posted since Monday because I didn't really have anything worth saying, and I didn't want to take up space with mindless drivel. Well, I had things worth saying, but just because something's true doesn't mean it needs to be said publically.

Woah, I just realized that August is basically half over, and my thesis proposal is due in less than 4 months. Better get cracking on that soon. But how am I supposed to concisely describe four broad, long term project goals in less than one page? Stupid contradictions.

News entertainment prizes today both go to men. First, there was the guy that got busted for bigamy after all three of his wives showed up to visit him in the hospital after triple-bypass surgery. Simultaneously. Seems as though they had a pow-wow in the parking lot and figured out what was going on. Second goes to the guy that got arrested at the Oklahoma City Airport for having a pipe bomb in his luggage. Worst excuse EVAR: "I forgot that there was a pipe bomb that I had made for fun in my bag when I drove to the airport."

Monday, August 08, 2005

Another Monday

So my antibiotics are here, and I can continue moving forward with the viral vector. I had a fairly good Sunday. The joint birthday party was a lot of fun - I got a Red Lobster gift card (more seafood!) and a miniature tea rose potted plant (pink, of course). I will have to repot that soon.

The best line of the night award goes to Matt's cousin John, who is 8 (?). While they were wrestling for the digital camera, John said to Matt, "You smell like you're from Maryland!" :-)

Sunday, August 07, 2005

The pursuit of trivia

Man, the 20th anniversary Trivial Pursuit game is hard. Matt beat me 6 pies to 4 last night. Although I did manage to guess the pie question for sports and games, and by guess, I mean that I said "Steinbrenner" because it was the only baseball owner that I could come up with, and it happened to be the right one.

We have a long day today - church is doing communion AND the vacation bible school program in the same service, and then this afternoon is the joint birthday party for me and Matt's grandma. Together, we're 100 years old this month! Good thing I got my nap in yesterday.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Where do we draw the line?

So tonight is Matt's friend Randi's welcome home party. She's been in California for a few years, and she just moved back to the east coast.

Why are we at home?

Because K comes before S in the alphabet, and no one trusts a certain person not to act like a 15-year old.

(Just for clarification, this isn't about me. I would have gladly stayed home if that meant Matt could go.)

Now Listening: Switchfoot - On Fire

Music and Dessert

On a day like this I want to crawl beneath a rock
A million miles from the world, the noise, the commotion
That never seems to stop

And on a day like this I want to run away from the routine
Run away from the daily grind that can suck the life
Right out of me
I only know of one place I can run to...

I...I want to hide in You
The way, the life, the truth
So I can disappear
And love is all there is to see
Coming out of me
And You become clear
As I disappear

I don’t want to care about earthly things
Be caught up in all the lies that trick my eyes
They say it’s all about me
I’m so tired of it being about me...

I...I want to hide in You
The way, the life, the truth
So I can disappear
And love is all there is to see
Coming out of me
And You become clear
As I disappear

I would rather be cast away
Separated from the human race
If I don’t bring You glory
If I don’t bring You glory
If I don’t bring You glory

I...I want to hide in You
The way, the life, the truth
So I can disappear
And love is all there is to see
Coming out of me
And You become clear
As I disappear

Know what I bought at the grocery store today? PUDDING POPS. That's right. The real ones too. Not the sub-par fudgesicles that someone once tried to pass off as pudding pops. Not that there's anything wrong with a fudgesicle. But man, you just can't beat a pudding pop.

Now Listening: Bebo Norman - Disappear

Friday, August 05, 2005

Somebody's birthday is coming up!

Blogger Ringnecked T - Anyone want to get me this? Size small, please :-)

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Almost Friday

This has been a fairly icky week. I've been crabby for the most part, for several reasons (including my back, and work, and James Dobson lying on the radio about stem cells).

This is what I did all weekend:

What else, what else. I almost got hit by a car on Tuesday, because some idiot started driving in reverse while I was in the crosswalk behind them. Our lab may have gotten scooped on something, but not anything that I work on personally. And I think we're going to Red Lobster this weekend.

I bought this yesterday. I'm looking forward to doing it.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Hooray!

Brain-dead woman gives birth - I've been checking up on this story for several months now. Susan Torres was only a little bit older than me, and she suffered a stroke due to metastatic melanoma to the brain. The stroke left her brain-dead...and 17 weeks pregnant. She's been on life support since the beginning of May in an attempt to give the baby enough time to have a chance of survival. They delivered a baby girl yesterday morning. I hope she makes it...her mom and dad and all the doctors fought hard just for her to get here.