Saturday, January 31, 2009

Thought of the Day #31

Even though I know, or think I know, my peanut butter is "safe", I still hesitated making peanut butter cookies for tomorrow. I think the time has come for giant food processing plants to end. Everything should be processed locally and in small quantities. So says I, queen of everything!

Thought of the Day #30

I just finished watching Bangkok Dangerous with Nicolas Cage. I don't recommend the movie at all. But it did get me thinking about how just small details can ruin a movie. From the first moment of the movie, I was fixated upon Nicolas Cage's "Gene Simmons-style" hair. I find Gene a bit on the repulsive side. Oh, wait, make that REALLY repulsive. The hair is just the tip of the iceberg on that guy. Anyway, Nicolas Cage wearing the same icky hair ruined the entire movie. I don't mean to say that if the hair was "ok" the movie would have been fabulous, but it sincerely distracted me from potentially enjoying other details.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Thought of the Day #29

The world would be a much better place if there was an incurable
outbreak of patience and empathy.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Thought of the Day #28

I'm seeking the answers. If you have them, please let me know.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Thought of the Day #27

When having blood drawn and you're given a choice between a woman that
barely passed nursing exams and one that placed in a national blood
letting competition(I'm sure there's a nifty official title, I don't
know what it is..), go for the blue ribbon winner. It makes for a quick
and painless experience.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Thought of the Day #26

I've been thinking a lot about time passing. Probably more than I should. Time has been tripping far too fast and it's starting to freak me out a bit. Ok, a lot more than it should. There is no braking system on this car and it's speeding out of control....

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Thought of the Day #25

I'm a bit disturbed that MSG is making its way back into foodstuff. I
noticed recently that Doritos now has it. I'm betting it was put back
in the chips when they developed their "extreme" flavors a few years
ago. So, for me, no more Doritos. I'll stick with chips that are
MSG-free, thank you.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Thought of the Day #24

Fresh is much better than moldy.

Thought of the Day #23

True talent in drawing is evident with how little erasing is done. In my
case, I always end up erasing more than I sketch. Maybe it's the marble
sculptor in me -- don't they scuplt by removing the marble not part of
the final artwork?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thought of the Day #22

The local news show has a guy that solves problems with erroneously
charged bills, bureaucracy or other personal injustice. It never fails
that the individual needing assistance has pleaded with the offending
company/entity with no luck in getting a resolution.
What's disturbing is that the minute the news guy calls the
company/entity, there is an immediate resolution to the problem. All
because it's a member of the media calling. Apparently, the voice of
the common man isn't valid anymore -- one needs to have the threat of
puplic outing to deal honestly. It's just disgusting.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Thought of the Day #21

Dry semolina pasta -- all have the same ingredients and the same flavor,
but the prices per pound varies widely. The least respected and most
inexpensive -- elbow macaroni. Why? Little rounded tubes can't be
easier to produce than spaghetti or acini de pepe. So, what gives? Is
it that there's a large supply and limited demand? Hard to believe with
the amount of mac'n'cheese being consumed. So? What is it? Why the price
difference?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Thought of the Day #20

I'm pleased the inaugural day has come to a close without any of my
fears realized. Now, the hard part starts. I hope that President Obama
surpasses expectations in the coming days, months and years. I have
high hopes, but realize that sincere change doesn't lie upon the
shoilders of just one man, but more importantly, it lies squarely and
solidly upon all of us.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Thought of the Day #19

Reality television is well known for fostering and rewarding bad
behavior. I appreciate "True Beauty"'s twist by removing the rudest,
most poorly behaved contestants. The contestants are under the
assumption that it's strictly a beauty competition, so their crappy
attitudes are independent of the presumed scope. When voted off, the
show's true scope is revealed to the contestant. Videos demonstrating
the contestant's inner ugliness are shown, and the contestants squirm.
Gotta love that!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Thought of the Day #18

I had a dream last night that I had a prime hotel room in DC for the
inauguration. I ended up walking back and forth to my room as I kept
forgetting things as I was prepping for a day at the capitol mall. Last
time I left my room, I forgot my shoes, but decided to press on. I got
to the mall, only to see a small personal size jet flying out of
control. Circling much like a crashing helicopter. I stepped quickly
behing a building. I could see terror upon the faces of people directly
across the street from me. They had a clear view of the jet's movements.
I could hear it whirring, and all of a sudden, it flies just above the
street in front of me. Of course, I decided to hide behind a fire
hydrant...that would save me!! Well, I woke up at that moment.

I didn't realize the fear I have that something bad will happen at the
inauguration was so deep. Normally my fears don't play a large part in
my dreams, unless it's a true stress point.

2 million people in one small section of the city makes me stressed just
thinking about it. One small panic and the overly compressed crowd could
easily turn into a trampling beast. Aaack. Scary. I'm going to think
happy thoughts. Happy thoughts. Happy thoughts. :-)

Thought of the Day #17

That which doesn't kill you, can really f* you up for a long time.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Thought of the Day #16

I'm sure most of us have heard that when baking, you must be precise in your measurements. Baking is an "exact science" they say. Poppycock! I think they just don't want anyone to invent new things! A little too much leavening or too little and you've got something lookin' new, but tasting pretty much the same. Change the proportions of spice or other flavorings and it can turn out incredible. If you are feelin' creative, let your baking juices flow! Life's too short to bake within the lines.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thought of the Day #15

For those of you in the deep freeze (at least minus 10F), go get the
bubbles. Yeah, the kind kids use. Blow them outside into the frigid
air. Frozen bubbles are beautiful when frozen solid then shattering
upon impact. Try it! It really is the best part of bone chilling temps.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Thought of the Day #14

Jumping a little bit off of yesterday's post with regards to potential famine and economic collapse, I was thinking about the necessities of life. Food, water, shelter and clothing. If the world's economy collapses and I find myself without a source of income, could I survive?

As good fortune would have it, I married someone who inherited a decent home and, in addition, we bought the house directly to our north. The house has a wood burning stove that can and has been used as a heater. Plenty of old growth trees on our property. Shelter covered.

On this property, we've got an orchard, plenty of land to farm and a little herd of sheep. I don't like lamb/mutton, but if I had to eat them, I would. It would be a stretch to survive all winter on the canned food from the previous year's harvest, but we could probably make it stretch. So, I would like to think I could cross off food.

Water, well, let's hope we will have some of that...maybe collect rain water? Snow? We are part of the part owners in the canal system, so, with any luck, our garden would get some nourishment, in order to nourish us.

Finally, clothing. The real purpose of this post. It has dawned on me at this ripe old age, that if I were to stop buying clothing completely, I could probably make it through the rest of my life without another purchase. I've got far more than I really need. Sure, fashions will change, but if I just need to block the rain/snow/cold/wind and sun, I'm pretty much set. I would garner to guess that 90% of the women in the US could say the same thing. We literally have stockpiles of clothing in our closets. Admit it!

If you've looked at photos from the great depression or dust bowl, etc, (see Shorpy for examples http://www.shorpy.com/) you'll see people in tattered and repaired clothing. In our "throw-away" society, we rarely patch anything. Got a hole? Throw it away. Got a thread-worn area? Throw it away. Got a spot that you can't remove? Throw it away. BUT, if we had to, we would patch and wear that stain proudly. It would be a huge amount of stress to wear stained and tattered clothing the first time. I'm betting if the economy collapses entirely, we'll all be in the same situation and even give patch advice to one another, and brag about how "I've made this sweater last for 10 years now..." rather than bragging about how we got an awesome deal at Macy's or The Gap or Old Navy or...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Thought of the Day #13

Previously, McDonald's accepted the fact that their food could potentially cause large hips. In fact, they used to celebrate it:
But seriously, ladies and germs, I do get a giggle out of McDonald's renaming their "super size" fries as "large", even though the fry size stayed the same. (Go to mcdonalds.com at archive.org for proof of the new vs. old nutritional info and name change.)

I understand they're trying to combat the "obesity epidemic" through public perception. And, in a way, that makes sense since the "epidemic" itself is all perception and skewed statistics. Don't get me wrong, there are a LOT of fat people out there, I see them every day. But contrary to popular opinion, this didn't happen overnight nor is it as dire as they would like to say. In fact, I wonder if the fatter population is just protecting itself against the impending famine? Much like squirrels that store up more reserves for a harsh winter, maybe we as humans are preparing for economic/social collapse? Just a thunk.

New Lambs on the Farm

 
In my Utah existance, I have the privilege of seeing cute little lambs like this running around. This little guy was born just a couple of days ago. He's a desert painted sheep lamb, so a little different looking than the woolies that you most often see.
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Monday, January 12, 2009

Thought of the Day #12

There are two major evils in this country which should be eliminated -- temp agencies and payday loan centers. Both take advantage of those who can least afford it. Temp agencies pay employees about half of their work's value and pocket the remaining monies. The payday loan/check cashing centers take 10-20% for the privilege of giving you a day or a week's advance in pay. In my little book of evil, they both rank pretty high.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Thought of the Day #11

I've always wondered if people who die of "natural causes" more often die suddenly -- massive heart attack, stroke, etc, or if more of people die from illnesses of which they are aware is destined to kill them, like cancer or AIDS, or other long time health complications. I've also wondered about the coincidence between blog/journal posts about death and the wicked coincidence of their own demise. If I'm able to post a "thought of the day" tomorrow, the curse is bunk.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Thought of the Day #10

The more you play video games, the more you play video games. Deep, huh?

Friday, January 09, 2009

Just Wanted to Share

 
This is a photo I took a few weeks ago. I really, really love my zoom lens! It makes purty pictures even for a photo hack like me!
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Thought of the Day #9

It's been said before and in so many different ways, but every day it is even more true: The more I know, the less I know.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Thought of the Day #8

While I don't use "cuss words" or "swear words" that often, it's not that they offend me. I choose to use other words, probably due to my upbringing where swearing was rarely used. Granted, once in a while, "sh*t" and "f*ck" will do the trick when the situation warrants. I know some people that use 'em a lot and it doesn't bother me in the least. I guess that's the thrust of this post -- people who are offended by "foul language" choose to be that way. They take umbrage at the d*mnits and f*ckenheimers because they choose to see the words as offensive. So often the "swear words" are just expressions of feeling. The anger, frustration, hatred, etc, is the problem, not the word itself. One could literally say "fluff you" and mean the same as someone saying "fuck you". So, why would "fuck you!" be offensive and not "fluff you!"? The disdain that the speaker feels is the same. The only difference is that the word "fuck" has been societally deemed offensive.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Thought of the Day #7

If the medicines advertised on television were as miraculous as they purport, they wouldn't need to be advertised on television.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Thought of the Day #6

When I lived in Minnesota, I never noticed the craters on the moon as much as I do here. I would wonder why the moon was so often represented with faces upon it. Now, seeing the craters so clearly, I understand why it's represented in that way. The outlines of facial features are so very distinct.

It makes me wonder...was it harder to see the moon in Minnesota or did I just not take the time to look? If it's the latter, what else am I missing?!

Monday, January 05, 2009

Thought of the Day #5

It makes me sad to read blogs on which women (or men) obsess over minor beauty flaws. It makes me sad to hear friends and family do it, too.

"I wish I weren't so fat," told by a girl weighing 160lbs. Seriously?

"If only my nose were straight, everything would be perfect..." That's right. That nose is inhibiting EVERYTHING...

You KNOW people who do this. You may actually be that person, too. Our self-centered obsession with appearance *flaws* which, other people don't notice or if they do, they don't care, we spend minutes and hours a day fretting over. It inhibits our lives. It keeps us from being "whole". So much self-hatred. Over what?? A pimple. A gut. A bald spot. A wart. A stretch mark. A big ass. A set of small boobs. A couple of small eyes. A skewed eyebrow. etc, etc, etc.

I promise you this: When you're on your deathbed, you won't even have these things on your mind. So, why waste the energy now??

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Thought of the Day #4

Technology is my friend...well, that is, unless it tears me apart from
the human ones.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Thought of the Day #3

Keep balance alive...when you buy something new, get rid of something
old. Donate or discard, the choice is yours.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Thought of the Day #2

Cheerful and proficient co-workers make a workday easy and enjoyable, whereas unreliable and emotionally unstable co-workers make for a very long day.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Thought of the Day #1

Distinctly flavored jelly beans should be consumed separately.