Thursday, June 21, 2007

Future Job Endeavors

I think that I want to get into the "exotic" world of pampered pet products. Really, think about it, people spend hundreds, some thousands on their pets, so Fifi and Fluffy can express themselves just like "Mommy" with her designer jacket and shiny nail polish.

What product for the pamper pet do you think will sell best? Let's brainstorm!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I Shouldn't Have To Tell You!

A preacher of a small South Texas town, in order to get a little added income, contracted to paint the small frame church used by the congregation. After he got nearly finished and was preparing to paint the tall steeple that topped the church, he discovered that he didn't order enough paint. Realizing that if he bought additional paint he would clear very little profit, and realizing that the height of the steeple made it nearly impossible for the congregation to see, he decided to thin the remaining paint with thinner to make it go further. Doing this, he was able to finish the job without additional cost. As he painted the steeple with the thinned-down paint, he could see that the white paint barely covered the exposed wood.

"But," he thought, "from down there the folks won't be able to see the wood showing through." Just as he finished, a huge dark cloud appeared over the church and a pouring rain came down in torrents. The preacher was dismayed to see the thin white paint running down the steeple. This was sure to expose his deceptive paint job. "What shall I do?" he cried aloud.

From the dark cloud came a booming voice, "Repaint, and thin no more!"

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Meat Without Murder

I got sick to my stomach just reading this....there is no way I would go for it!************************************************************
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Would you eat a hamburger if it were made without killing a cow? Can you imagine a world where cruelty-free applies not just to shoes and shampoos but also to sausages and chicken nuggets?

Jason Matheny can. He's not only a vegetarian, he's a doctoral student and scientist at the University of Maryland in College Park, and he's committed to changing the way meat gets to the dinner table. Last July, he and an international team of researchers announced a new method for "making" meat. Instead of slaughtering farm animals, they're growing meat in the laboratory. "In theory, technology could produce the world's entire supply of meat without ever killing a single animal," says Matheny.

The technique involves a relatively painless process of removing muscle cells from a live animal through a thin needle, then letting the cells grow and divide in a sort of giant petri dish—a vat kept at the same temperature as the animal's body and filled with glucose, amino acids and minerals. This nutritional soup is then poured onto large plastic sheets that are continually stretched to "exercise" the cells and keep them growing. After a few weeks, a millimeter-thick sheet of meat can be peeled off, rolled up and minced into hamburger.

Vat-grown meat would also be safer and more healthful than today's meat, Matheny says. "There are so many health problems associated with farmed meat. In addition to worrying about antibiotics, steroids and contamination, meat has a very high saturated fat content. But with tissue culture, we can reduce that or even replace it with a healthier fat," he says. And people wouldn't have to worry about mad cow disease or avian flu.

If there is demand, it can be available and on the market in the next five to 10 years," says Mironov. In fact, he sees a future where people will have countertop devices similar to breadmakers that could produce meat overnight. "It's not a question of time, it's a question of money. "Just like any new technology, it will be very, very expensive to produce at first," says Mironov, "at least $5,000 per pound. But eventually, the price will go down dramatically—1,000 times.

—the bottom line will be whether people actually want to buy meat that's grown in a vat. I don't know if they will."

Full article can be found at http://www.vegetariantimes.com/document/515
(I had to shorten it so no one would complain.)

Map Colors

I was talking to my co-worker and I said the following, "I wish I had some map colors."

She had no idea what I was talking about.

I said, "Map colors, you know, colored pencils."

Then she knew. She had never heard the term "map colors". She grew up in California, so that got me to wondering if the term "map colors" was a Texas thing.

I went over to another co-worker and asked her if she knew what map colors were. She had no idea what I was talking about. She knew colored pencils thought. She grew up in Alabama.

I asked a third co-worker if she knew what map colors were. She did. She grew up in Texas. So now my curiosity was up. I went around asking several people if they knew what "map colors" were. (I know, I know, it was a very busy day at work.)

My findings where that people who grew up in Texas, knew the term "map colors" and people who did not grow up here either didn't know or had not heard of it until they moved here. The ones that didn't know it at all did know what colored pencils were, however.

I never thought of the term "map colors" as being Texas, but so far that is what my findings show.

Updated List of Texas Words:

*Fixing To (As in: I am fixing to go to the store.)
*Pole Cat (Skunk)
*Coke (Meaning any kind of soda -
Ex: ME "I am fixing to go to the store, do you want a coke?"
YOU "Yes."
ME "What kind?"
YOU "Dr. Pepper."
)
*Y'all (and also All Y'all or Y'all All)
*Blue Northern (Really big cold front)
*Map Colors (aka: Colored Pencils)

Got any to add to this list? Anymore confirmations on the term "map colors" being largely Texas?

Monday, June 18, 2007

Yesterday There Was Sunshine In My Heart...Make That Face

Sunday evening at church as we sat and listen to the lesson, the sun was shining brightly through the windows. It was nice to see since it had been cloudy all day. As the sun headed toward the western horizon, the flood of light crept along the carpet. It kept creeping ever so closer towards my husband and me. It reached our feet and then climbed up our legs. As it got to our necks, I told my husband that if the preacher didn't finish soon we would be blinded, me before him since I am shorter. It started to get hotter as the sun poured onto us. We wanted to move, but knew the preacher had to be almost done. So we stuck it out. Well he kept a' preaching. That sun found no mercy on us and continued on to our faces. So there we sit the only people in the entire auditorium bathed in sunlight not even able to look up due to the brightness.

Finally, finally the preacher said, "Ok, I am going to end here. Will everyone stand for the invitation song?" We stood up quickly and that put the sun off our faces. Instant relief!

I never thought that I could get tanned while at church!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Combinations

Sorry, if you got happy seeing the title, thinking some math was coming your way. Not this time. And if you have no idea that the word combinations can even be used in the realm of math, that is ok, not everyone is "different" like me.

I have found in my life food combinations (some strange, others not) that are really good and I wanted to share them.

Vanilla Wafers dipped in coffee

Silk Very Vanilla Soymilk drunk while eating a banana

Yeast rolls dipped in soft serve vanilla ice cream

French fries dipped in chocolate frosting

Pepperoni, pineapple, and bacon pizza (Thank you Frankie)

Hershey Kisses wrapped in a tortilla

A few M&M's with a good slice of cheddar cheese

Those are the first ones I can think of...what are some of your odd combinations?

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Moonlight Madness and Emergency Alarm Clocks

I love to shop at thrift stores. You can find so many different things there and of course the price is right. Yesterday one of the local thrift stores had a "Moonlight Madness Sale". If you are thinking, ok, the store was open late into the night, not quite. The sale was from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM...the sun hadn't even gone down yet. Maybe they should have called it "Early Evening Madness Sale", but I guess that really doesn't have the same ring to it.

The deal was you shop, then bring your purchases to the register and draw a slip of paper out of a bowl. That paper will have a percentage that you will get taken off of your total purchase, anywhere from 25 to 100%. So no mater what you were going to get at least 25% off.

My husband bought some books and reached into the bowl and pulled out a 25% slip. He said he had one in his hand and could see that it was only 25% so he discreetly dropped it back and picked a different one. Didn't do a whole lot of good for him though.

I bought a few items and reached into the bowl and pulled out a slip. I could see the 5, so I figured I had a 25% one too. I opened it up fully and there to my great surprise was 75%! What was originally going to cost me $4.00, I got for only ONE DOLLAR!

You, don't know how much I love a bargin. It is hereditary...my granddad on my dad's side will buy a can of food without a label because it is marked at 10 cents. He will shake it and say...well it is either dog food or chilli...let's hope for chilli! My grandma on my mom's side will see something marked down and will buy it, having absolutely no use for it, but justifies it by saying...well I can give it to so-and-so. So I got it coming from both sides!

TOPIC CHANGE

Yesterday I forgot to set my alarm, but our cat, Pan, was making noise about 15 minutes after what time it normally goes off (6:30 AM), so that luckily woke me up. Today I did set the alarm, but when it went off I stopped it and went back to sleep. I think I would have slept until 7:30 if my emergency alarm clock hadn't gone off. The clock ran and jumped on the bed and planted himself on my stomach. Nothing like an orange bomb in the gut to wake you up. I have said it before, but I really do think that Pan has an internal clock or maybe he can tell time!

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Smiling At Death

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During an impassioned sermon on death and facing judgment, the visiting evangelist said forcefully, "Every member of this church is going to die and face judgment." Early on in the sermon he noticed a gentleman smiling on the front row.

The minister kept pushing his theme: "Every member of this church is going to die." The guy smiled even more while everyone else in the congregation had a very somber look. In an effort to get through to the guy, the preacher repeated it several more times forcefully, "EACH MEMBER OF THIS CHURCH IS GOING TO DIE."

Each time the phrase was repeated, the man smiled more. This really got the preacher wound up and he preached even harder. The man still smiled. The preacher finally walked down off the platform to stand just in front of the smiling man and shouted, "I SAID, EACH MEMBER OF THIS CHURCH IS GOING TO DIE!"

At the end of the service the man was smiling from ear to ear. While everyone else was looking pretty grim from the prospect of entering eternity, the man seemed quite happy. After the service the preacher jumped down off the platform and worked through the crowd to find the man. Pulling him aside, the preacher said, "I don't get it. Every time I said, 'Every member of this church is going to die,' you were laughing. I want to know why you did that?"

The man looked the preacher square in the eye and said confidently, "I'm not a member of this church." -James Merritt

"A merry heart doeth good . . ." -Proverbs 17:22

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

100 Words That All High School Graduates Should Know

The editors of the American Heritage® dictionaries have compiled a list of 100 words they recommend every high school graduate should know.

I have put "*" next to the ones I know or at least recognize. Why I want to show my ignorance is beyond me, but I actually know some of them from math (I marked those with "**").


The following is the entire list of 100 words:

abjure
abrogate
abstemious
acumen
antebellum
auspicious
belie
bellicose
bowdlerize
chicanery
*chromosome
churlish
circumlocution
**circumnavigate
*deciduous
deleterious
diffident
enervate
*enfranchise
*epiphany
*equinox
*euro
*evanescent
expurgate
*facetious
fatuous
feckless
fiduciary
*filibuster
gamete
gauche
gerrymander
hegemony
*hemoglobin
*homogeneous
hubris
**hypotenuse
*impeach
*incognito
incontrovertible
inculcate
*infrastructure
interpolate
*irony
jejune
*kinetic
kowtow
*laissez faire
lexicon
loquacious


lugubrious
*metamorphosis
*mitosis
moiety
*nanotechnology
*nihilism
nomenclature
*nonsectarian
*notarize
obsequious
oligarchy
*omnipotent
orthography
*oxidize
**parabola
*paradigm
**parameter
pecuniary
*photosynthesis
*plagiarize
*plasma
*polymer
precipitous
quasar
quotidian
recapitulate
**reciprocal
reparation
*respiration
sanguine
*soliloquy
subjugate
suffragist
supercilious
tautology
*taxonomy
tectonic
tempestuous
*thermodynamics
*totalitarian
unctuous
*usurp
*vacuous
*vehement
**vortex
winnow
*wrought
*xenophobe
yeoman
ziggurat

Sunday, June 3, 2007

We Are SO Cheap!

My husband and I finally turned on the air conditioning in the house. It took the house getting to a warm 90 degrees before we did it though!

And now I am off to attempt...ATTEMPT...to trim his hair. So next time you see him, if his head is shaved then you will know how well I did on trimming! HA!

UPDATE: Frankie did not have to shave his head, and he even thought that it looked really good! Yippee kai aie!

Friday, June 1, 2007

Oh Those Silly Atlanta Braves

Update: Bobby did it, he is now the record holder of getting kicked out of games the most time. *sniff, sniff* I am so proud!

Tossed out: Cox on verge of 'embarrassing' record

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer
June 1, 2007

ATLANTA (AP) -- With Bobby Cox, it usually starts this way: Sitting in an obscured corner of the dugout, he'll remove his cap with one hand, rub the other through his hair and begin grumbling in a not-so-subtle tone that's sure to catch the umpire's attention. Before long, Cox is bolting from the dugout on two surgically replaced knees, waddling along like a duck trying to make it across a busy highway. It might come across as amusing -- until he unleashes a rapid-fire stream of obscenities with such venom that one might think these men in blue had just done something horrible to his family.

Of course, their offense is usually nothing more than barking strike when Cox thought it was a ball, or calling a runner out when he saw it the other way. No matter. He'll stomp around angrily, his head twisting this way and that with impertinent disgust, his arms flying wildly for emphasis, a 66-year-old man resembling a petulant child who's just been told he can't go outside to play. And then it's done. The offended umpire hears the magic word -- sorry, it's never fit for print -- and whirls his right arm in a half-circle. Cox knows the drill. He goes back where he came from, muttering all the way, and keeps right on going.

He'll watch the rest of the game from the clubhouse. Mr. Ejection has been tossed out again.

"It's kind of embarrassing," the Atlanta Braves manager said during a reflective moment. Cox entered the weekend just one ejection shy of John McGraw's dubious mark, a badge of belligerence that doesn't show up in any official record books but was diligently compiled by the Society for American Baseball Research. SABR unearthed 131 ejections for "Little Napoleon" during his Hall of Fame career, though 14 of those came when he was a player. Cox already has more ejections than any other manager, leaving him just a couple of angry tirades away from passing McGraw as the overall MVB -- Most Vociferous Bickerer.

Although Cox seems a bit put off by all the attention, it hasn't slowed his penchant for getting tossed. Just last weekend, he was kicked out of back-to-back games against the Philadelphia Phillies. Looks like he'll go down kicking (the dirt) and screaming (at the umps). "Bobby doesn't care what anyone thinks of him," longtime Braves pitcher John Smoltz said. "He's going out there to fight for the cause."
Actually, the very people who should demand Cox sign up for anger-management classes come across as his biggest fans. The umps say all those ejections are nothing personal -- they're trying to do their jobs, he's trying to do his. When Cox steps over the line, he gets the heave-ho. Then all is forgiven.

"The umpires have the utmost respect for Bobby Cox," said Richie Garcia, a longtime arbiter who now works as a major league supervisor. "The reason for that is he doesn't carry things over. What happens one night isn't carried over to the next." That's because Cox considers the men in blue "a part of us," not some mortal enemy. "If I have an argument with an umpire today, tomorrow it's forgotten," said Cox, the only manager -- or player, for that matter -- to get tossed from two World Series games. "Hopefully, it's both ways." Since moving into a supervisory role in 2002, Garcia has often chatted amiably with Cox before games.

"He'll have nothing but good things to say about the umpires," Garcia said with a chuckle. "Then, two innings later, he's getting ejected. It's just his passion for the game and his players. He really loves his players." Another former-umpire-turned-supervisor, Jim McKean, has known Cox since he was a Triple-A manager in the 1970s. "That's when he was at the top of his game," McKean said. "He was a lot younger, more energetic. He had two good knees. He was a little quicker, a little faster. He could get out of that dugout in a hurry."

Still, after 26 seasons as a major league manager, Cox is just as feisty. He's already been ejected five times this season, with more than a month until the All-Star break. Last weekend, Cox was tossed from a game against the Philadelphia Phillies for perhaps the most compelling of reasons: defending a player. Edgar Renteria began arguing a called third strike, and his manager quickly came out to join the cause. Home plate umpire Paul Emmel ejected both. The very next day, with the Braves trailing the Phillies 4-1, Cox stormed out of the dugout when first base umpire Ron Kulpa ruled a grounder over the bag was foul, taking away a possible hit from Willie Harris. Although TV replays appeared to show the ball landing on the foul side of the line, Cox insisted it was fair -- so strongly that Kulpa gave him the rest of the game off.

And that's just fine with Cox. "I have all the respect in the world for umpires, and I'd do anything if one of them got in trouble," Cox said. "I used to do a little umpiring when I was a kid in high school. I couldn't do anything similar to what they do, I assure you."
It's hard to imagine McGraw ever saying something like that. During three decades as manager of the New York Giants, he never backed down from a chance to intimidate an umpire, once calculating that his persistent needling might be worth an extra 50 runs a year. McGraw died in 1934, long before the era of television, so later managers such as Leo Durocher, Billy Martin and Earl Weaver got more attention for their epic showdowns with the men in blue. In fact, each of those guys seemed more calculated and contrived than Cox, who's never been one to turn around his cap so he can get right in umpire's face or kick a pile of dirt on home plate, knowing it will draw a big cheer from the crowd.

Cox might be a hothead, but at least he seems sincere. "Believe me, he's got no enemies in the umpire family," Garcia said. "You used to hear guys talk bad about Billy Martin or Earl Weaver or Dick Williams. But you don't hear umpires say anything bad about Bobby Cox. When you say Bobby Cox, they start laughing." Unlike McGraw, who ruled his team with an iron hand and wasn't above blaming his players for a loss, Cox is known for steadfastly defending his guys and letting the clubhouse largely run itself. (He's got two basic rules: be on time and no loud music.) But there are some similarities between McGraw and the man who soon will take away his record for ejections.

Both have spent most of their careers with one team; McGraw ran the Giants for 30 of his 33 seasons as a manager, while Cox has spent all but four years with the Braves. McGraw ranks second in career wins with 2,763, while Cox was fourth (2,201) before a weekend series against the Chicago Cubs. McGraw guided the Giants to 10 National League pennants, while Cox led the Braves to a record 14 straight division titles. Both had trouble winning the ultimate prize; McGraw went 3-7 in the World Series, while Cox's mark is 1-4. Many of Cox's ejections stem from his complaints about balls and strikes, a tendency that likely stemmed from having some of baseball's best pitchers for much of his career, including Cy Young winners Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux.

"He had great pitchers and very, very good control pitchers," Garcia said. "He just felt those guys are good enough that they should be getting those pitches." Although the Braves often seemed to benefit from liberal strike zones for Glavine and Maddux, it was never enough to assuage their manager. "I think I only caused one of them," Maddux, who now pitches for the Padres, quipped during a recent series in Atlanta. "I feel pretty good about that. I know Glavine got him a lot. Smoltzie got him a few times. At least I played a part in it anyway." So did the umpires, of course. Amazingly, they actually seem proud to have tossed Cox so many times. "If somebody is going to break that record, I'm glad it's him," Garcia said. "If it's possible to do it with dignity and class, he has."

Associated Press freelance writer Amy Jinkner-Lloyd contributed to this report.