Sunday, December 10, 2006

Happy Holidays?

How come the holidays are so stressful? I am not as stressed this year, but then again, I haven't put up the tree yet and and have only bought a few gifts. I went to the store yesterday to buy some gifts for my nephew and my Dad and Step Mom. The stores were so crowded! The shoppers were grouchy, and they kept wheeling out more items. I don't get it. How come this holiday season is so full of commercialism?

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Beef

(not for the squeamish) This video comes closest to how beef is currently processed in the U.S. Afterward, the carcasses must be cooled (quickly) and kept chilled below 40 degrees F for at least 48 hours. They can then be cut. They are cut in a large room that is kept chilled below 40 degrees. The workers wear clean coats, hairnets, hats, protective eyewear, gloves and boots. No jewelry or items are allowed. There are boot washes at the entrances to the room (which must be stepped into in order to enter or leave). There are also hand sanitizing stations. After leaving the room, the workers must put their overcoat (frock) into the dirty laundry. They receive a clean frock when they are ready to re-enter. There are USDA inspectors present in all areas of the plant. Workers cannot go from slaughter area to the cutting area without changing their clothing and sanitizing their boots and hands.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Happy Feet tops weekend box office at 42.3 million!!

Unbelievable! Everyone predicted Casino Royale at number 1 and Borat and number 2, but Happy Feet beat them all!!!!!!!

I took two of my kids to see Happy Feet this weekend. It was enjoyable and beautifully done and the music is great.

IMDB box office totals
Weekend Box Office

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Jim Webb' Novels are a Non-Issue

I do not live in Virginia, so I have no personal interest in this race other than the current issue brought up about his novels. I have read the passages in question. Besides the fact that these are fiction books, they are based on Jim Webb's personal experience in war. Believe it or not, these things do and have happened. I have heard similar stories from Air Force enlistees who have been sent to these areas of the world in the 1990's. They are a part of the military experience and have a definite effect on these military troops.

Jim Webb for U.S. Senate: Home

Monday, September 18, 2006

Pope apologizes

The Pope apologized for his speech and said the words that he quoted did not reflect his own opinions. See article below.

Mixed reaction as pope expresses regret - Yahoo! News

Saturday, September 16, 2006

My analysis of the Pope's speech

The transcript of this speech can be found on the Vatican Website at: Meeting with the representatives of science at the University of Regensburg

The speech the Pope made, the source of current controversy, was delivered at a university and was about Faith and Reason. The Pope describes his time teaching at the university and their tradition of the faculty meeting as a group before the students in order to discuss how the different departments fit together to form a whole of knowledge.

The Pope speaks about the relationship between faith and reason. He states that he was recently reminded of this subject while reading a 1391 dialogue between Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus and a Persian educated in Islam and Christianity. The quote the Pope specifically mentions is:

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached".

He goes on to explain that violent conversion is contrary to Christian/Greek Philosophical notion of reason, and therefore is against the nature of God. The Pope continues with: " But for Muslim teaching, God is absolutely transcendent. His will is not bound up with any of our categories, even that of rationality. Here Khoury quotes a work of the noted French Islamist R. Arnaldez, who points out that Ibn Hazn went so far as to state that God is not bound even by his own word, and that nothing would oblige him to reveal the truth to us. Were it God's will, we would even have to practise idolatry." In these statements it appears (to me, at least) that the Pope is declaring that Christianity is based on reason and Islam is not.

The Pope uses the rest of the speech to describe the evolution of Christian philosophy, from its fusion with the reason of Greek philosophy, through its various stages of dehellenization, up through the present conflicts/potential partnership with modern science.

Nowhere in the speech does the Pope contradict the insinuation that Islam is evil and without reason. (Some may argue that all religion is without reason. Please, see the transcript linked above if you are interested in the Pope's treatment of this subject.)

Muslim Brotherhood is right to be upset about the Pope's speech

It is gravely irresponsible for a religious leader of such international significance as the Pope to make these statements. His remarks, in effect, equate the basis of Islam with evil and alienate all Muslims. There are individuals who use their own twisted vision of Islam as an excuse for violence and terrorism. But Islam on the whole does not advocate violence, and Muslims are not evil. The Pope should be building bridges of understanding between the major world religions.

Muslim leaders condemn Pope's speech, want apology - Yahoo! News

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Is Couponing Worth It?

I have been out of work since June and I thought I'd try to save some more money grocery shopping. I already hit the loss-leader sales, stock up, compare prices. So, I decided to try couponing. I started collecting coupons and I joined a couple of coupon swaps online. Now I am trying to match up the coupons with the sales (which is what the expert couponers recommend). I am getting so tired of looking at/handling coupons! I have to wonder if it is really worth the time and extra effort. I have been spending hours on this, and I don't enjoy it. I am trying to get a job, but haven't had any luck. Hopefully, I'll get something soon, before I start dreaming I am drowning in a pile of coupons!

Monday, August 28, 2006

Bob Still Working!

My husband has been working for almost 12 hours since midnight on his night off. Hopefully he will get some sleep before our son's birthday dinner tonight.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Gaming Last Night - AD&D

A bunch of us got together to game last night. We get together about one or two Saturdays a month. I had one of those seemingly original gaming moments. My cleric used her staff of slinging to shoot a silver fork at a were bear, taking it to half its hit points!

Rachel Papo: Serial No. 3817131 - Israeli Female Soldiers Photo Essay

Check out these fascinating photos.

The End of Summer

randomness...feed your mind and your blog
Week of August 27: Goodbye Summer
"Well, this is it.Summer is nearly finished.That was fast.What have you done this summer?Did you go for a vacation like me? Did you work?Did you have a fling?How was your summer and are you happy or sad to see it end?till next time... "
I was home all Summer. We went to the beach in Rehoboth for a few days. While there, we went fishing and swimming. We also went to the Adventure Aquarium, this Summer. I am glad to see it ending, because the kids will be going back to school soon!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

My Kingdom for Some Sleep!

I have been having sleeping problems for what seems like forever. I was falling asleep on the way to and from work. Because of that, I stopped working in June and went to see a sleep specialist. The specialist scheduled me for a sleep study at the end of July, which I have since completed. They called me later that week and asked me to come in to do another sleep study at the end of August (next week). I asked them what was wrong with me and they said the doctor wouldn't talk to me about it until after my next sleep study. Wait, wait, wait. Meanwhile, I can't get any productive sleep, and I can't work. It's driving me crazy.

Man arrested in JonBenet Ramsey murder - Yahoo! News

Man arrested in JonBenet Ramsey murder - Yahoo! News

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Yesterday

Well, it looks like only one of the three pictures I sent actually uploaded to my blog. That's OK. We went to Big Fish last night for dinner. I love that place! I had the blackened catfish with fruit salsa, potato mashers and creamed spinach, with a shiraz. We walked the beach last night. It was beautiful. The moon was huge and orange. It was breezy and cool. Some groups of people were playing volleyball. Oh, and Rehoboth rocks! I had 4 wireless networks to choose from!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Vacation

We're going on vacation tomorrow for three days to Rehoboth beach. I can't wait. We have been running around all day to make sure we have everything. We were going to go for 5 days, but I had to take a leave of absence from work, so we cut it down to three. I just tested audio posting and posting pictures from my cell phone. I want to be able to blog while we are away.
this is an audio post - click to play

Test Post from my Mobile Phone

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Friday, June 30, 2006

We Watched Superman Returns on Wednesday

It was pretty good. It had great action. Kevin Spacey stole the show as Lex Luthor! There was a little too much mush, but otherwise it was good.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Rain Rain Go Away!

It's been raining on the East Coast of the US since last Thursday. It's been off and on, but mostly on. There is flooding and marshy ground. About a mile or two down the road there is a car completely submerged under water, on a major road. I know I am whining, but there is only so much rain a person can stand!

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Bored

I'm so bored! It's been raining here for like three days, and I'm not working right now, so I am bored out of my skull. There's only so much you can watch on TV, read on the internet, etc.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Ready or Not! Here Comes Summer...

Yep, it's that time of year again. My middle son finished school on Friday, my oldest is off today (he has no finals today-high school) and has a half-day tomorrow, and my youngest has his last full day today, then two half-days. Tomorrow night, my youngest "graduates" from elementary school. Meanwhile, I have had to take a leave of absence from work, because I have been falling asleep while driving. (I have an appointment at the sleep clinic this week.) I hope they can fix me up, because we really need my income.

So, today is one of those quiet, boring days, where my oldest is bored and trying to find something interesting to do. This is the way it is all summer, every summer, for him. I hope he gets a job soon, to occupy his time. He has been applying for jobs for months and has not been hired yet. He really wants to work at McDonald's, because it is relatively close to home. In a couple hours, I'm going to take him to Burger King to apply for a job.

My husband sleeps all day, because he works at night. I am somewhat worried that, when I do go back to work, the kids will wake him up too much during the day. Oh well, there's always something.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci - Arounder - Milan - Da Vinci Code

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci - Arounder - Milan - Da Vinci Code

You can click on the picture and zoom-in. (I don't recommend doing this unless you have high-speed internet.) For one thing, there are at least 5 cups clearly visible on the table.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Spatulatta: cooking 4 kids online :: home page

Spatulatta: cooking 4 kids online :: home page Check out this cool web site! It is a cooking site to try recipes with your children. There are recipes with accompanying videos of children cooking.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Losers!

What's with all these losers? I'm talking about these female teachers having sex with their students (usually around 14 years old). It's sick, no matter how you slice it. I don't care that many guys say, "hey, I wish I had a teacher like that!" Kids want to drink too, but we don't give them keg parties or force alcohol down their throats! Oh, but they were grossed-out when one of the women was ugly. They only say that about the hot teachers. And what kind of loser has sex with a 14-year-old when they're that hot? I'll tell you what kind: a pediphile! Call these people what they are-criminals-and put them behind bars.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Why Ikea Sucks

Yes, Ikea does have interesting stuff and reasonably-priced furniture, I agree. But dealing with them is horrific. About a week and a half ago, my husband and I went to Ikea for the first time. We had received their catalog at the end of last year and wanted to see some of the book shelves in person. The parking lot was very large for a store. When we went inside we were amazed at how many people were there. There was a lobby area with some of their products on the wall and a large wire bin filled with shopping bags. We grabbed a bag and went up the stairs. There were sample rooms set up and a walkway with arrows pointing in some pre-determined circuit. The sample rooms were very appealing. There were also areas with little odds and ends, a bedding area, kids stuff, shelving units, etc. We spent about an hour and a half comparing the different shelves and beds. We wrote down our order on the provided info sheets, and we headed for the "checkout" area. We followed signs, we followed arrows, we went down stairs, we went up stairs, we passed a restaurant, a large coat closet full of kids (well, that's what it looked like). We could not find the way to the check out. We wandered through an area filled with bins of various small items. Other shoppers meandered around with the look of deer caught in the headlights. brrreeeport. It was ridiculous. 2o minutes later, we decided the heck with it-we just wanted to leave. We followed signs that said "exit" to find dead ends. (What would they do if there was ever a fire in Ikea!) Somehow, after numerous failed attempts, we pushed through an unmarked door into the lobby and escaped out into the rain. Was that enough for us? No. We figured we would go home and order the items online. We went to the Ikea.com website. Maneuvered our way around it, found most of the items we wanted and ordered them. I promptly received an email acknowledging my order and stating that I would be contacted in 5 to 7 days with the total for delivery and a confirmation. 10 days later I was wondering what happened. I went to Ikea.com and tried to look at my order. They have no capability for looking at your order online. I tried to find a phone number to call, that was another run around. When I finally called it, it was busy. I kept calling and it was still busy. Eventually, I got through, had to go through various menus until I got an option to talk to a person. Then, I waited 30 minutes (I kid you not) until I finally got a live person. I immediately cancelled my order. When they asked me why I was canceling I said that it is taking to long to get my furniture (I was trying to be nice, I figured this guy is just a phone guy doing the old 9-to-5 thing). I am never going to Ikea again.

So, after that fiasco, I decided to look up "Ikea sucks" on a search engine. Well, I hit the motherlode! There are people out there with worse stories than mine. Some of the sites are sad, some are funny, but I was glad I didn't actually get burned as bad as some people out there.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

2006 Movie Preview

This is a list of movies coming out this year that look like they may be worth watching. Here is the quick list, scroll down for more details.

Nanny McPhee
Hoodwinked
Pink Panther
Night Watch
Date Movie
V for Vendetta
Find me Guilty
R.V.
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
A Scanner Darkly
Lucky Number Slevin
The Benchwarmers
Lucky You
Scary Movie 4
The Notorious Bettie Page
Water
Mission: Impossible III
Poseidon
The DaVinci Code
Over the Hedge
X-Men 3
Nacho Libre
Cars
Click
Superman Returns
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Monster House
The Children of Men
Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny
Casino Royale
Eragon
The Good Shepherd
Clerks 2
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale

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Nanny McPhee
Hoodwinked - I actually saw this one already. It's funny and entertaining, very light-hearted.
Pink Panther - I have fond memories of the original movies, and can't wait to see this one. I love Steve Martin and I'm a big fan of physical comedy, so this should be great.
Night Watch
Date Movie - A spoof of "date movies" of course. Looks funny, it pokes at specific movies.
V for Vendetta - I love "comic book" movies. This is another Wachoski bros. movie (Matrix). Should be a visual treat.
Find me Guilty
R.V. - Comedy with Robin Williams and Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown - Well, my kids actually want to see this.
A Scanner Darkly
Lucky Number Slevin
The Benchwarmers - A comedy from Adam Sandler, looks good.
Lucky You
Scary Movie 4 - All right, this series is one of my guilty pleasures.
The Notorious Bettie Page - I'm a Bettie Page fan.
Water
Mission: Impossible III - Action, baby!
Poseidon
The DaVinci Code - I read this book and am looking forward to the movie. The preview shows stunning scenes of the Louvre.
Over the Hedge - This looks really funny.
X-Men 3
Nacho Libre
Cars
Click
Superman Returns - I love......Lex Luthor!!!!
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - This is a sequal that actually looks pretty good.
Monster House
The Children of Men
Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny - Two words: Jack Black! This should be the greatest movie in the world! Or at least a tribute! :)
Casino Royale
Eragon
The Good Shepherd
Clerks 2

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Movie Links

Internet Movie Database - General Movie Info
Movies.com - Great place for Movie Trailers
Screen it! - Movie Reviews for Parents

Saturday, January 14, 2006

2005 Most Notable Movies




Best Movie: Jarhead
Best Family Movie: The Chronicles of Narnia
Best Comedy: The 40 year old virgin
Summer Blockbuster: War of the Worlds
Best Special Effects: War of the Worlds
Best Cinematography: Jarhead
Most over-hyped: Crash
Disappointing sequal: The Devil's Rejects, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Just for Fun: Doom
Most Innovative: Sin City
Better than expected: The Island, and The Ringer
Best Car Chase: The Island
Best Actor: Jake Gyllenhaal for Jarhead
Best Actress: Georgie Henley for The Chronicals of Narnia
Best Animated Film: Robots
Honorable Mention: Transporter 2

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

A Million Little Lies - January 8, 2006

A Million Little Lies - January 8, 2006

Say it isn't so! I am incredibly disappointed! I liked this book, despite the bad writing and lack of punctuation. It somehow gave hope that someone as bad as James Frey could turn himself around, and without a Twelve-Step Program. I don't know if any of what he wrote is true. I spent a few hours reading the above article at the Smoking Gun, along with the supporting documents, including police reports. You have to read this article for yourself, if you are a fan of the book.