Sunday, November 26, 2006

Procrastination

Main Entry: pro·cras·ti·nate>
Pronunciation: pr&-'kras-t&-"nAt,prO-t
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): -nat·ed; -nat·ing
Etymology: Latin procrastinatus, past participle of procrastinare, from pro- forward + crastinus of tomorrow, from cras tomorrow
transitive verb : to put off intentionally and habitually
intransiti
ve verb : to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done

Yup...this is my word of the day, OKAY it's my word of the weekend. I have this presentation to do on Tuesday, which I need to finish...and I have a paper due on the book "Becoming America" Wednesday that I have only gotten to page 16 out of 247. So, YES, I am being a procrastinator and doing anything I can to avoide working on them, including putting definitions on my blog.

40 Things that Only Happen in the Movies

1. It is always possible to find a parking spot directly outside or opposite the building you are visiting.

2. When paying for a taxi, don't look at your wallet as you take out a note. Just grab one out at random and hand it over. It will always be the exact fare.

3. Television news bulletins usually contain a story that affects you personally at the precise moment it's aired.

4. Creepy music (or satanic chanting) coming from a graveyard should always be closely investigated.

5. Any lock can be picked with a credit card or paperclip in seconds. UNLESS it's the door to a burning building with a child inside.

6. If you decide to start dancing in the street, everyone you bump into will know all the steps.

7. All bombs are fitted with electronic timing devices with large red digital displays so you know exactly when they are going to explode.

8. Should you wish to pass yourself off as a German officer, it will not be necessary to learn to speak German. Simply speaking English with a German accent will do. Similarly, when they are alone, all German soldiers prefer to speak English to each other.

9. Once applied, lipstick will never rub off. Even while scuba diving.

10. The Eiffel Tower can be seen from any window of any building in Paris.

11. Any police officer about to retire from the force will more often than not die on their last day (especially if their family have planned a party). (Caveat: Detectives can only solve a case after they have been suspended from duty).

12. Getaway cars never start first go. But all cop cars do. (They will also slide to a dramatic stop in the midst of a crime scene).

13. If staying in a haunted house, women should investigate any strange noises wearing their most revealing underwear.

14. On a police stake-out, the action will only ever take place when food is being consumed and scalding hot coffees are perched precariously on the dashboard . . .

15. All grocery shopping involves the purchase of French loaves which will be placed in open brown paper bags (Caveat: when said bags break, only fruit will spill out).

16. Cars never need fuel (unless they're involved in a pursuit).

17. If you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involving martial arts, your opponents will wait patiently to attack you one by one by dancing around you in a threatening manner until you have defeated their predecessor.

18. If a microphone is turned on it will immediately feedback.

19. Guns are like disposable razors. If you run out of bullets, just throw the gun away. you will always find another one.

20. All single women have a cat.

21. Cars will explode instantly when struck by a single bullet.

22. No matter how savagely a spaceship is attacked, its internal gravity system is never damaged.

23. If being chased through a city you can usually take cover in a passing St Patrick's Day parade - at any time of the year.

24. The ventilation system of any building is the perfect hiding place. Nobody will ever think of looking for you in there and you can travel to any other part of the building undetected.

25. You will survive any battle in any war UNLESS you show someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.

26. Prostitutes always look like Julia Roberts or Jamie Lee Curtis. They have expensive clothes and nice apartments but no pimps. They are friendly with the shopkeepers in their neighbourhood who don't mind at all what the girl does for a living.

27. A single match is usually sufficient to light up a room the size of a football stadium.

28. It is not necessary to say "Hello" or "Goodbye" when beginning a telephone conversation. A disconnected call can always be restored by frantically beating the cradle and saying "Hello? Hello?" repeatedly.

29. One man shooting at 20 men has a better chance of killing them all than 20 men firing at once (it's called Stallone's Law).

30. When you turn out the light to go to bed, everything in you room will still be visible, just slightly bluish.

31. Plain or even ugly girls can become movie star pretty simply by removing their glasses and rearranging their hair.

32. Rather than wasting bullets, megalomaniacs prefer to kill their enemies with complicated devices incorporating fuses, pulleys, deadly gases, lasers and man-eating sharks.

33. All beds have special L-shaped sheets that reach to armpit level on a woman but only up to the waist of the man lying beside her.

34. Anyone can land a 747 as long as there is someone in the control tower to talk you down.

35. During all police investigations it will be necessary to visit a strip club at least once.

36. You can always find a chainsaw when you need one.

37. Most musical instruments (especially wind instruments and accordions) can be played without moving your fingers.

38. In Middle America, all gas station attendants have red handkerchiefs hanging out of their back pockets.

39. All teen house parties have one of every stereotypical subculture present (even people who aren't liked and would never get invited to parties).

40. Trucks use their horns at random (no hang on, that happens in real life too!).

Leftovers


Why is it that food tastes so much better the second time around?? Yesterday it was leftover night at the Porter house. We have so much leftover food from Thursday it's going to take weeks to eat it, but I'm not complaining because food is so much better the second time around!!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

I'm Thankful For...


So it's that time of year to remember the things I am thankful for. Of course there is the usual family, friends, love and freedom, but I thought I would also share some things that don't usually get remembered.

1. The T9 function for text messaging. It sure made texting under the table in class so much easier.

2. Thumb drives. Without which I would not be able to have my "secret" IM talks.

3. Google. Now that man was a genius.

4. Drive thru starbucks. Not only do I get my coffee...I don't even have to get out of my car.

5. Bluetooth. Not only can I talk on the phone without holding it to my ear, this allows my handset to be free so I can talk and text. What an amazing thing!!

6. TIVO. Oh this is my friend.

7. TV shows on DVD. I can watch a whole season of West Wing in a weekend.

8. The Rolls at Texas Road House...and lets not forget that cinnamon butter too. YUMMMM!!

9. Colored pens. I get tired of writing in black and blue, I love the purple and pink I have added to my life.

10. The little light you can put on your key chain so you can see the lock when locking or unlocking doors.

11. Self sticking envelopes. Sure saves having to taste that icky glue.

12. Individually packaged meals. Without which I would not have breakfast or lunch.

13. Strawberry flavored Chap stick.

14. Automatic shut-off lights for the headlights on my car.

15. Self Check line at the grocery store. I was never a fan, now I'm a believer.

16. My ionic blow dryer which has cut my hair drying time in half.

17. Rechargeable batteries for my camera. I go through them like crazy.

18. Haha....the words "Just in Case!!" =)

19. Daily contacts.

20. Two words...Grey's Anatomy. They give me the drama in life I need.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

I Have Seen it All


When pigs fly?? NO, I would say when you see a horse in a drive thru. Yeah that's right...a horse in a drive thru. Today I was sitting in the drive thru line at Dion's, which is a local pizza place, about to pick up some salad and pizza for lunch when a horse came strolling up and got in line behind the car which was behind me. Everyone was staring. First of all it's crazy to see a horse in the city, let alone waiting in a drive thru line to pick up food. I was talking with the kid at the window and he didn't know how he was going to keep a straight face when the man on the horse got to the window to pick up food. I wish I would have had my phone with me so I could have taken a picture, but seriously I think I have seen it all now that I have seen a horse in the drive thru. I guess that's one way to save on gas...

Monday, November 20, 2006

Me, I want a Hula-Hoop


Well, I'm finally getting into the spirit of this lovely time of year called Christmas, not to be confused with Xmas!! The Christmas music is now playing 24 hours a day on Magic 99.5 our local easy listening station and I am thrilled. I head a couple of songs on my way into work today that really took me back to my youth.

The first was The Chipmunks singing "Christmas Don't Be Late." This was one of my favorite songs as a kiddo, I think it had to do with how much I really enjoyed watching the Chipmunks. I remember sitting in our living room and getting into the collection of records (yes, records and not CD's or tapes) my parents used to have in our book case. I would search through them until I found that familiar blue cover. I would put the record on and play that same song over and over while singing to my little hearts content.

The second song, which came on after The Chipmunks, took me back to my year on the gymnastics team. Being on the team, we would have to practice 6 days a week, and that meant Saturdays were spent at the gym. I remember one Saturday in particular when we were practicing tumbling a song came on, it was Elvis's "Blue Christmas." I remember my coach, who was a huge Elvis fan, turning it up and singing, while us girls were busting our butts on the mat. Good times!!!

So, I suppose I'm finally in the spirit. I know it's still a little before Turkey day, but it's still Turkey week so that counts...right??

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Embrace your Happy Feet


Last night, Jeremy and I went to see the movie Happy Feet. It was a story about a young Penguin, named Mumble, who, when hatched was different than the other Penguins. Even before he was completely hatched, Mumble had this amazing love for tapping his feet. He didn't really waddle like the rest of the penguins, he tap danced his way here and there. The young Penguins went to school not to learn to read and write like we do, what purpose would they have for that? Rather, they went to school to develop their "heart-song" which is used to find a mate. Mumble, however, could not sing (boy can I relate!!) and this was unheard of in the bird community. Every bird sings, and since Mumble didn't he was always considered an outcast and who the elders thought of as one who would lead a rebellion. The other problem with Mumble's inability to sing was the question of how he would find his mate. In the penguin community, it is your "heart-song" that allows you to find a mate, and since Mumble couldn't carry a note to save his life, there was always the question as to how he would do this.

Mumble never allowed his inability to sing to damper his life. He would still sing his little heart out even though he was always off tune. And although he was often told how weird and different he was, he never let that stop him from tapping his happy feet. His Dad even said "It just ain't Penguin" for him to dance around the way he does. Through all the ridicule, Mumble never allowed this to get him down. He just used the gift he had to get him through life. It was his dancing feet that helped save the penguin community by finding the "alien" who was taking their fish, and even used his happy feet to tap the "heart-song" that found him the love of his life, Gloria.

I look at Mumble and think how I just need to use the gifts God has given me. In a society where conformity is how we get through life, we want to look a certain way, or act a certain way, we need to look to our gifts and talents and embrace them. What are your "Happy Feet" and will you embrace them?

Friday, November 17, 2006

Text Messaging


I have a crazy obsession with text messaging. Yes, I admitted it. I can tell you it's not the over 3,000 messages a month I used to send, but it's still quite a bit. It's just such an easy way of communicating. Granted you don't get to hear a person's voice, but when you're busy doing something it's easier to just send a few quick texts back and forth rather than take time to talk on the phone. Especially when conversations usually last a lot longer than intended for some reason. Don't ask me why this is, but it's true. So all I can say is the man who invented text messaging…he's a genius.



Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Around the Office


So I'm sitting at work trying to think of something to write about since I have been so lax lately, and I'm drawing a blank. So I have decided to describe some things to you I see while sitting at my desk.

1. On top of the filing shelves there is a skull of a horse. Granted it is a horse vet I am working for, but honestly the thing freaks me out. His (or maybe it was a her, I'm not quite sure) teeth are as long as my pinkie. I could fit my hand in its nose opening. It's just a little creepy. I love horses, but not when their skulls are staring at me. And why does he have to face me and stare at me?? Why can't he face the wall or the door or something? It was funny during Halloween one of the clients said we should put lights in his holes for his eye socket...no way, that would really creep me out.

2. The EXIT sign in its big glowing red letters right above the huge glass door. Honestly, I can understand the signs in the back where it's dark and the doors aren't a huge thing of glass, but if anyone mistakes this glass door for anything other than an exit...they are lacking a few marbles.

3. Outside this huge glass front door I have an amazing view of the mountains. They are big and beautiful. I usually work until 5 or 6 depending on the day and they are just magnificent when the sun starts to set.

4. The time clock has proven to be an interesting feature to the office. It is placed right by the big glass front door, so that when people come in they can punch in and when they leave just punch out. Inevitably, someone always forgets to do one or the other, or sometimes both. Me, unfortunately, being one of them.

Okay...that's all for now. I must get back to work, but I'll be sure to describe more for you at a later date.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Waiting

As most people know I am not a very patient person, or at least I didn't used to be very patient. I think patience is one of the biggest things I have learned from Jeremy. So now that I know I have become a more patient person, why do I still have trouble waiting?? Whether it be waiting at the Doctor's office, waiting for an e mail from a professor, or waiting for my water to heat for tea, I still have trouble waiting. Why is it that waiting for something we really want, or need is so difficult??

The Five E's of an Affair



"This is how you get an affair going. This is to warn you, not to train you alright! You start with the Elimination of tenderness and respect. You go from elimination to an Encounter - you meet someone. You go from an encounter to Enjoyment because that person gives you the hormone that your mate gave you and cut you off from. You go from enjoyment to Expedition and that's where you expedite the relationship and make sure you end up in that person's presence and you enjoy it from a distance - you have Fantasy Island. And then there comes a time that you build a bridge to Fantasy Island and that's the E of Expression." This is the weekly Audio Devotional from Tommy Nelson who does a study on the Song of Solomon.

It must be in the air, but the talk of infidelity and affairs keeps popping up this week, and quite frankly I'm getting disgusted. I was watching the Today show this past week and they were talking about affairs. A website "Affairmatch.com" was the center of the segment. Yes, can you believe there is a website that matches those people who wish to have affairs with their husbands or wives? They profiled this one guy who met a woman on the site and then agreed to meet with her. Of course the woman he was to meet was a decoy so that he could get caught on TV to discuss what he was doing. It was just sickening that he was there for "a little fun on the side".


Later in the week the Today show had a woman on who had written a book about women who date and seek out married men. This really set me off. I couldn't believe to the extent these women chase married men. They seek out married men like it's a game that they were able to take these men's attention from their wives.


I'm not quite sure what the point of this series was. Maybe it was for these women to get their stories out so they could wake up and realize what they're doing. Maybe it was for us women to realize what does go on sometimes. Either way, I have become disappointed in women, that some would hurt another woman like that, often times intentionally.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

It's a scary thought!!!



Well, the elections are over and it turns out the democrats have taken control of Congress. What a sad day in America...flags should be flying at half staff. But while watching the press conference today I was reminded of one thing...the third in line to the presidency if something were to happen to Bush and Cheney is Nancy Pelosi as the new Speaker of the House. Yeah, that is a scary thought...and a scary lady!!! I didn't think there could be anything worse than Hillary becoming president, but boy was I wrong!!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Earlier and Earlier


I am a huge fan of Christmas, especially Christmas music. We have this easy listening station here in town that plays Christmas music 24/7 starting the Friday after Thanksgiving, it's great!!! But how early is too early for Christmas to start coming? Stores start setting up Christmas stuff shortly after the 4th of July. I remember going to Hobby Lobby while Jeremy was in Poland in July and seeing Christmas decorations. I think it's just crazy for stores to start so early. We end up missing out on so many other holidays along the way because we are concentrating on getting to Christmas. I get annoyed by the early decorating. Yesterday while I was watching the Broncos win, there were so many Christmas commercials. I went to Hobby Lobby Saturday and not only did they have the decorations up, but they were playing Christmas music on the intercom. People!!! It's one thing to decorate, it's another to already be playing the Christmas music. I think everyone just needs to hold off and take one holiday at a time. Let's get through Thanksgiving first...and then we can think about Christmas!!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Observations



I know Jeremy is the one with the Observation blog, which honestly I think is great!! But because of this, I am more aware of observations I make during the day. Let me share with you some that I can remember that happened today!!

1. I really enjoy my Beauty Times 3 blog, however, I have sometime when I just really want to have a blog about the 3 things that really bug me or annoy me in the day. I am reminded, however, that Beauty Times 3 allows me to find what joy may be in these annoyances.

2. People who write blogs and post them publicly should be aware that there may be some that disagree with you and even attack you for your thoughts. You just have to be prepared to take this, sometimes even with a grain of salt, and not attack back. When you post something publicly you can't be upset when there are people who oppose you.

3. Women have this incredible sixth sense to communicate with one another without communicating. Take for instance this morning, there was an interesting woman who walked into Starbucks while my mom and I were there. Without saying a word, we just looked at each other and immediately knew what the other was thinking.

4. Jeremy has a love for movies and stories, however he doesn't like to read fiction books. To me they seemed the same until he gave me his reasoning for this. Now...it makes total sense!! He is great with his methods to his madness!!

There were more today....but now I'm forgetting...I'll get back to you with the rest when I remember. Until then....

Friday, November 03, 2006

Things at Work that Make me Sad

I have a great job, really I do. It's taking some getting used to, you know, to get back in the swing of things, but all in all I think it's really great. These last couple of days, though, it has made me sad. Like any other medical profession you have your good days and your bad. These past two days, however, I have had to process invoices for two authorizations for euthanasia. I understand it's the circle of life...WHATEVER...it's just sad to get an invoice thinking to process it for a routine visit and it turns out it's not.

I'm looking forward to Tuesday, and let me tell you why...

1. It's election day!!! That means no more political ads and no more signs lining the highway. I was watching the Today show this morning and during one commercial break all I saw were political commercials. It was so annoying!!

2. Phantom of the Opera!!! The Phantom of the Opera is going to be at our local theatre and we're going to see it. I'm so excited. I saw it when they were here last time a couple of years ago and it was AMAZING. I can't wait to see it again!!

3. CARS!!!! Yup, Cars is coming out on DVD Tuesday. I can't wait. I think it's one of my favorite recent movies. I mean, after all, I saw it 3 times in the theatre. Plus, it always reminds me of Jeremy and the time leading up to our relationship.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Leaf-less Tress in the Winter


I was telling Jeremy the other day how I looked forward to winter time and trees without leaves. He looked at me like I was crazy, but really I do have a method behind my madness! I really enjoy it during the wintertime when I can look across a field and see what's beyond it without the leaves of a tree blocking my view. I also really enjoy looking up and being able to see the dark beautiful sky, which during the summer months is blocked because of the leaves of the tree.

I was driving into school yesterday, however, and got to thinking about what the dying of trees in the winter means to me. It gives me hope and joy. Now before you go thinking I'm some whack job who enjoys things dying...hear me out. To me, the dying of trees in the winter and them blooming and coming to life again in the spring reminds me of my life with Jesus. It reminds me that even when I pass from this life, I can look forward to my new life which will bloom again like the trees in the spring eternally in the presence of God and Jesus.