Thursday, November 30, 2006

I've got my excuse

They're finding evidence for "chemo brain". I'm not saying I have chemo brain or even these types of effects all the time. But I do have days where it seems really hard to string thoughts together, focus my attention, or recall things. I haven't figured out any particular trigger for these not-so-sharp days. Diet, stress, enough sleep, weather? Like other labels, it might just be easier to use "chemo brain" as my excuse.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Time to play...

...our favorite game!

Jeweled office accessories... are they Classy, Tacky, or Stupid?

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Thanksgiving Recovery

So I may be the only person who feels this way but it is a good thing I have to go back to work tommorow!! I have learned what I do with a great deal of free time. I eat a lot, sleep a lot, watch football, movies and shop! Overall not a very productuve member of society!! As far as the shopping goes, we went out on Friday for FIVE hours which included standing in line at Kohl's for an hour!! It was worth it - we have about 75% of our shopping for Christmas done.

By the way, one of the movies we saw was Borat. Has anyone else seen it? We both agreed that we felt dirty after watching it.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 20, 2006

A fascinating article

Hey all,

I may not be the first person to stumble across this article on homosexuality, and I KNOW I'm not the first to think this way. But, it's good readin' if you haven't seen it yet, especially as it comes from a Baptist minister.

Friday, November 17, 2006


Hello! So what does everyone have planned for Thanksgiving?? We had thought about hosting dinner for some of our friends but our friend Faithe insists on cooking Thanksgiving dinner (she starts 3 days ahead of time). So we are going over to her house for dinner and our (which really means Josh's) only obligation is to bring dessert. At first I was a little disappointed at not getting to cook a turkey (I've only done it twice before) but then when I was watching the food network and they had all these specials about making the perfect turkey, I felt a great sense of relief to not have to worry about it!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Negative Ads

I know you are NPR newsies and may have already heard this but it is really funny! Hang in there until the 3 minute mark when they start reading nursery rhymes.


Sunday, November 12, 2006

Is this news?

(Photo credit: Larson/Grand Rapids Press/AP Photo)

I have a love-hate relationship with this story. Some might say it is sort of light-hearted, and a welcome break from scandal, war, and the economy. Not me. I've been more cynical about it. Maybe because I've seen all too much of it - this picture/link comes from NATIONAL news! Why are people interested in this? ARE people interested in this? Is it a point-and-laugh situation ("look at the silly deer")? Is it commentary on the impact humans have on animals?

What will happen to the deer now that it's free from it's plastic restraint? Well, it's hunting season...fortunately for the deer, it is now thin and unappealing as a catch.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

New project

Bye-bye ugly wallpaper!

Someone's been busy whilst I've been doing homework!

Creeping Progress

Hmmm...sometimes it seems like progress in this room is measured in INCHES! (Pun definitely intended...) When I opened the door yesterday to start measuring for the shelves, I realized that something like 2 weeks had passed since I'd even been IN the room! Sheesh. NOW the problem is, Tess says she wants shelves like this built into ALL the rooms. Yah. Right.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

MI results

Interesting. I never would have pegged the UP as democratic...

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Election Day

So, we spent the night at a B&B/llama farm. It was great! We got up, had a yummy "country breakfast" and got to spend time with some super-adorable llamas. AND the innkeepers are the organizers of LAMAFEST!

Here's the B&B:

Ok, so after that, we went to vote. I was glad that we didn't have any election officials (read: stalkers) there. I always feel a little intimidated by them, when of course, I shouldn't.

But anyway, there were some things with our ballot that annoyed me. Here's our sample ballot.
Annoying things:
1. The Republican party was listed first in every category.
2. There was no indication of incumbent (this really only annoyed me because most of the incumbents are Democrats).
3. Even with judges (supposedly non-partisan folk), they were basically listed in conservative rank, with the most conservative at the top of course.

Apparently the Republican SOS is the person that gets to design the ballot layout. Hmmm. I have a new appreciation for the importance of that office. They essentially determine who gets to vote (the rules around registering), when they can vote (registration and absentee rules), and can influence voters at the polling place with the layout of the ballot (there is a lot of psychology on the placement of ideas in paragraphs, etc. We humans pay more attention to the stuff at the top/beginning).

I hope everyone voted! I eagerly await the results.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Is Halloween dying?

Although it sounds like some of you had more than normal turnouts of trick-or-treaters, many that I have talked to had less. Could have been the weather. Could also be the latest in Halloween trends - "trunk-or-treat."

Trunk-or-Treat is usually organized by a local church who provides a parking lot for parents to park their cars so that there is an organized place, touted as safe, for kids to get their candy. Usually the church group provides some hot cider or games for the kiddies too.

Does anyone else find this practice a bit creepy? What about neighborhood unity? Are churches really going to overtake the last popularly celebrated pagan holiday?