Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Name seven animals you think would belong on your own totem pole.
Cat - Guardianship, detachment, sensuality, mystery,
magic and independence. I've always liked cats. I'm not sure any of the characteristics associated with this animal are appropriate for me - though I suppose some might say I'm a little mysterious.
Spider - Balance, wisdom, creativity, communication. I've always been fascinated by spiders so this was a no-brainer.
Wolf - Loyalty, perseverance, success, intuition and spirit. Likewise, I've always been attracted to wolves. Another obvious choice for me.
The last 3 took a while to come up with as I didn't feel particularly drawn to any of the remaining animals. I instead looked at the characteristics associated with them and chose them that way.
Deer - Compassion, peace, intellectual, gentle, caring, kind, subtlety, gracefulness, femininity, gentleness, innocence, seller of adventure. I chose this because I like to think that I'm compassionate, gentle, kind and caring. I'm not, however, particularly graceful - nor feminine
for that matter.
Dolphin - Kind, salvation, wisdom, happiness, playfulness, prudent, capable
of deep emotion and happy. I chose this one because of the phrase "capable of deep emotion." I think sometimes that I must feel things more deeply than most others but perhaps I'm mistaken and I just don't hide my emotions as well as others do.
Ostrich - Grounded, practical. That's me, I suppose. I'm not prone to flights of fancy. My feet are firmly on the ground. It's boring, but true!
Saturday, August 27, 2011
2. If given a choice and all prices are the same, which airline would you most be likely to choose for your own travel? I don't think I have a preference.
3. With which airline have you had the most negative experiences? I've really never had a bad experience. *knocks on wood*
4. You come to the security checkpoint and you find a new full-body scanner: would you voluntarily be scanned? um... ugh. I guess so as it's better than the alternative.
5. Security agents tell you that the scanner is being calibrated and that it would take 30 minutes before you could pass through security unless you allow them to do a full putdown. If waiting 30 minutes won’t endanger the chance of you getting to your gate on time, would you wait or agree to the patdown? Oh, dear. I think I'd honestly prefer to wait.
6. Which airline fee bothers you the most and why? The fee for luggage irritates me. It's already annoying enough if you have to check luggage and wait for it but seems absurd to pay for the privilege.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
- Mollusks - the creatures who live inside a seashell - are invertebrate animals who use the shells to protect themselves from predators.
- Mollusks ingest salt and chemicals and excrete calcium carbonate which hardens into a shell.
- The shell is not part of the living animal. It is not made of cells, but minerals.
- Different colors in the shells are due to the mollusk's diet! Mollusks living in tropical climates have more of a variety in their diet so their shells are more colorful than mollusks who live in colder climates with fewer food choices.
- Lines and patterns in the shell are due to varying rates of secretion of the calcium carbonate.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."
'via Blog this'
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Name seven “classic” sitcoms you’d schedule in an all-day cable network comedy schedule.
2. Get Smart - Another oldie but goodie! I remember this show's reruns aired right after school one year and I would hurry home to watch it before dinner!
Saturday, August 20, 2011
2. Once the cold hits for real, what over-the-counter medicine are you most likely to turn to? I'm prone to sinus infections so I'll usually take Tylenol Sinus or something like that. If it's a bad cold with a cough that keeps me up, I'll take NyQuil at night.
3. How often will you just suffer through a cold without any medicine? Not very often. As I mentioned, I'm prone to sinus infections so I need to keep them running at the very least.
4. What does it take to persuade you to finally go to the doctor for a bad cold? I can't remember going to the doctor for a cold - at least not in recent years. I suppose it would have to be pretty bad!
5. Are you more likely to go to the doctor or call in sick for a day at your workplace? I'm more likely to call in sick. I have to be able to think clearly at my job and sometimes I realize that isn't going to be a possibility so I'll call off. This doesn't happen often, though.
6. Which medicine has the absolute worst taste you’ve ever encountered? Hmm... Well, NyQuil is pretty bad but I've learned to put up with it. I tried some Theraflu stuff several years ago - a powder added to hot water - and I thought that was nasty.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
If you look for myths about redheads you certainly find a lot of them! Some of them contradict each other within the same culture! For example, in ancient Egypt, many of the pharaohs were redheads - including Ramses! Despite this fact, redheads were considered unlucky and women with red hair were sometimes burned to death to prevent spreading the hair color to another generation!
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
- An iPad. Yes. I know. I really, truly did not want to like these but... I really find that I want to own one the more I see them in use. I won't purchase one for myself, however.
- A Zen alarm clock. Yes, they are pricey, but I love the idea of waking up gradually instead of startling awake.
- A weather station. I'm not entirely sure why, but I am totally fascinated with the idea of being able to view the wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure and track the amount of rain fall in my little corner of the world. Perhaps I missed my calling and I should have gone into meteorology or something but the mere thought of owning something like the item I linked makes me giddy. The total lack of practicality combined with no real reason that I would need to own one prevents me from purchasing one nor even asking for one.
- Books. I have an Amazon wish list full of them. Lots of books. ;-)
- Shoes. Impractical ones, at that! As much as I love heels, I don't dress up enough to wear them often so it is really rather ridiculous for me to want to own more. This doesn't stop me from looking at them when I pass a shoe store, though.
- A GPS device for my car. I like the idea of having one of these when I am travelling alone. I hate having to follow written directions from Google Maps or such while I'm driving! It's dangerous, too!
- A gym membership that includes working with a trainer. I really need to lose weight and I have a severe lack of motivation. A trainer could probably get me going in the right direction and help out a great deal.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
2. Extend your right arm all the way to the side: what object is your hand closest to at that moment? the telephone
3. Same exercise with your left arm: what object is your left hand closest to at that moment? my dog, Brooke
4. What book is closest to you now? I'm not going to count the phone book as a book - even though it technically is one. The next closest book is "The Snowball - Warren Buffett and the Business of Life" by Alice Schroeder
5. Other than your computer, what electronic gadget is closest to you now? Hmm... the satellite (TV) box.
6. And now, an old-school writing question: how many pencils and pens are within reaching distance of you right this minute? 3 pens. No pencils because I hide my good mechanical pencils so no one walks off with them. ;-)
Friday, August 12, 2011
And...here we go!
1. The only question is why not?
2. Not enough hours in one day.
3. Three things on my desk: coffee cup, box of tissues, a small stuff chicken that crows when you squeeze its wing.
4. Finish up work is the one thing I HAVE to do today!
5. I love playing with my granddaughter!
6. The detergent/fabric softener isle at the grocery store overwhelms the senses.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching football, tomorrow my plans include housework and grocery shopping and Sunday, I want to watch Big Brother! (It's my weakness. It's the only show I watch on TV right now!)
Thursday, August 11, 2011
- A compound containing mercury was used by hat makers from the mid-18th century until the mid-19th century to separate the fur from a pelt. The expression "mad as a hatter" came about because of the psychological symptoms of mercury poisoning which many hatters suffered from due to the toxic vapors they inhaled!
- Lewis and Clark took liberal doses of a laxative called Dr. Rush's Billious Pills - which were about 50% mercury - on their travels. To this day, one can follow their trail by following the um... heavy metal deposits left behind.
- Mercury was named after the Roman god of the same name.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
One of my online friends lives in England - but thankfully not in a city affected by the riots - and he states that the rioting has absolutely nothing to do with the initial shooting of a young man by the police. Most commentators seem to agree.
- The rioters feel as if they are not a part of the community
- A general feeling of malcontent
- The widening gap between rich and poor
- Racial inequality
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
- Keep a regular sleep schedule. You should go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
- Make sure you are getting enough sleep. Adults need between 7 and 9 hours a night.
- Use your bedroom only for sleeping and sex. Do not work in the bedroom or watch TV.
- Pay attention to what you eat or drink. Limit caffeine, especially later in the day. Don't eat right before bedtime but don't go to bed hungry. Don't drink alcohol before bedtime. It can make it easier to fall asleep but can cause you to awaken during the night.
- Make sure your bedroom is comfortable! It should be cool and dark and your bed, itself, should be comfortable.
- Try to establish a relaxing bedtime routine. Maybe a warm bath followed by 1/2 hour of reading. If your mind tends to race when you're trying to get to sleep, try sitting down and writing what is on your mind 20 minutes before bed. Then set it aside and tell yourself that you are ready to sleep - then go to bed.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
1. Politics. I think, generally speaking, when I talk about politics or the government I will get comments. I love when we can get a respectful dialogue going in the comments with people from different points of view chiming in.
2. What was the last gift that you received? Good question. I guess it was last Christmas. My girls bought me a DVD.
3. What do you spend your extra cash on? Extra cash? *chuckles* Well, when there is extra cash, I guess I'd sooner spend it on books than anything else! I have bought some music from iTunes on occasion, too!
4. If you could live anywhere would you live? I'm not sure! I really, truly love Vermont but I'm not sure I'd like the winters there. I'm totally enamored with the UK but I don't know if I'd like to live there!
5. Who's your cell provider? AT&T
6. What's your favorite mall store? It used to be Borders but they went out of business and there is no other bookstore in the mall. How about Bath and Body Works?
7. What's the longest job that you've had? (No parenting does not count!) My present job. I've been with this company for 14 years in various positions.
8. If you won the lottery, who'd you call first? Hmm... My mother? I don't really know...
9. If you won, how would you spend your money after investments? I'd travel. And I'd probably buy a small cabin in the mountains for a vacation home.
10. When was the last time you went to church (or a religious house)? Just a couple weeks ago. Our family reunion was held in the Fellowship Hall of the church I grew up going to.
11. What's the biggest lie that you've heard? I'm not even sure how to answer this one.
12. When you go out with your friends, where do you go? We generally go out to eat or to a show or movie.
13. When was the last time that you cried? Earlier today. I'm still mourning the death of a friend and I was reminded how much I miss him this morning.
14. What food do you hate? I don't think I hate any food. I'm not very fond of brussel sprouts, though.
15. What do you like best about yourself? My ability to get along with a wide range of people.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
2. What was your favorite vacation ever? This is easy. It was our camping trip to Vermont several years ago! We had such a good time and I love how beautiful it is up there!
3. Do you like surprises? If yes, what kinds? Or are you one of those people who absolutely has to know what's going on before it happens? Well... I guess I like surprises alright. I don't like when I find out ahead of time, though, because I hate having to act surprised. This happens more often than not, I'm afraid. I just think folks around me aren't very good at keeping secrets!
4. Have you ever written a poem? Feel free to share one. Or even a dirty limerick is OK. Um.. no. Other than the poetry we had to write in school, I've not written poetry. (Nor am I likely to!)
5. Did anything interesting show up in your mail lately besides the bills? Interesting? No. I'm afraid not. Just "junk" and that is rarely interesting.
6. How many of your friendships have lasted more than ten years? Which of your current friends do you feel will still be important to you ten years from now? Family members don't count. Well... I have several online friends I've known for over 10 years.
7. Do you own a pet? If so, do you buy them presents for holidays? Do you consider your pet(s) spoiled? If you don't own one, do you think you will one day? We have a dog named Brooke. She is spoiled rotten thought we don't tend to buy her gifts for different occasions. We're more likely just to stop and buy her something when we feel like it.
8. It's Friday afternoon and you're planning your weekend. What's on your agenda on a hot August night? I had no real plans for this weekend. We had my fiance's parents and his aunt and uncle over for dinner today but that is it.
9. What's your worst nervous habit? I don't think I really have one that I can think of...
The term social media refers to the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into interactive dialogue.
2. How many social media networks have you joined, then stopped using because you didn’t care for their setup or operation? There are two that I can think of: LiveJournal and MySpace.
3. Which social media network do you use the most? I'm on Facebook almost all day - but Google + is starting to gain more of my attention. I tweet sporadically.
4. ?Take the quiz: Are You Facebook, MySpace or Twitter? Results: You are Facebook.You are interested in your friends' lives, and you enjoy adding your opinion to the mix.
While you enjoy sharing online, you don't want everyone to know your business.
You value your privacy. Your life is an open book to those you know but not to strangers.
5. How do you feel about geotagging networks like FourSquare, where users can post their current locations: cool idea or security risk? They can be a security risk - if you post your results on Twitter or Facebook and aren't careful about who can view those things. I have joined FourSquare and I use it occasionally when I go out and have a couple of friends who do, too. It's sort of neat to see where your friends are and let them know where to find you.
6. If you know a company that you do a lot of business with is on a social network that you belong to, are you more likely to “friend” or “like” them? Um, maybe. It depends on the network and how I think I come off on that network.These are my answers to this week's Saturday Six over at Patrick's Place.
Friday, August 5, 2011
[Background: K works as a temporary worker at a local company. When a company hires temp workers, there is a contract signed which tells them how long they must wait to hire the person full-time if they wish to do so. The employee is not actually employed by the company where he or she works, but employed by the temp agency.* K has worked through the temp agency for quite some time and long enough that he was asked to apply to work full-time.]
He came home yesterday to tell me that the company has told him that he is now hired. I rejoiced! Finally he can have medical insurance! "Not so fast", I was told. It seems he was hired by the company as a "seasonal employee". Now this is not the type of job that one would traditionally call seasonal so I was confused. It seems that, back in January when K was hired as a temp worker at this place, the company also hired some employees who they called "seasonal". Those "seasonal" workers - the ones who worked out - are now being hired full-time. There are now "seasonal" positions open so that is what K and some others are being hired as.
The company is probably not paying any more than they were for these workers when they were temp workers - though K will be making $1 more an hour - because the company still doesn't have to provide benefits for "seasonal" employees.
Yeah. Sounds like there is some sort of poorly-worded legislation which allows companies like this to take advantage of people, doesn't it? I'm sure it's entirely "legal" but it sure seems unethical to me! As it stands, I will be checking into the PA labor laws because I smell a rat here and it wouldn't hurt to check!
I had really hoped that K could finally get some health insurance but it looks like this won't be happening for at least another 6 months until he is hired full-time. The worst part is there is absolutely nothing we can do about it except continue to hope that he stays well and uninjured!
photo by Jakes_World
Thursday, August 4, 2011
While walking through the mall - or into a store - there is often a salesperson who is looking for someone to engage in conversation. They want to squirt a free sample of lotion on your hands or have you sample something. You know what I mean.
I generally have a lot of decorative containers hanging on my porch or setting around the porch or patio. I also have a flower garden. So, I've lots of opportunities to use petunias as a summer decoration.
This year we had a horribly wet spring up here in Pennsylvania so I really didn't plant anything in my garden. I've allowed the perennials to take over and it really doesn't look as bad as you'd think. The containers are a different matter, however. Most of them never were brought out of the basement after the winter was over but there are several larger containers which stay out over the winter and those are embarrassing bare.
I have to admit that I'm a little ashamed that I didn't hop to it and get things planted once I was able to this year - even if it wasn't until mid-June before I could. It is too late to worry about this now, however! I will simply have to try to do better next year. I miss the splashes of summer color that usually decorate my front porch!
Photo by Lewis Collard.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
I was not surprised, either, that - despite all the talk from our Senators and Representatives about how important jobs are in this economy and despite pleas from the administration that they act and despite the fact that this is going to cause a loss of $1.2 billion in tax revenue - that the Congress failed to extend FAA funding before heading home yesterday.
I am not surprised because Congress is consistently inconsistent.
Now, to be fair, I get that our representatives are worn out from the last minute haggling and deal-making concerning the debt limit. I really do. But seriously. Do these people think that their jobs are supposed to be stress-free? Of course they aren't. That is why they are paid decently to do their jobs.
So, in short: I'm disgusted but not the least bit surprised. Sounds like Congress is operating their business as usual to me.
photo by Sean MacEntee
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
There are 1882 if I use my nickname for my first name.
I use my iPod as my alarm clock. Why I do so is another story for another day.
Yesterday when it went off I found that the touch screen would not respond to my touch. I went online and tried everything they suggested to fix this but nothing worked. The only alternative was to contact support.
I mentioned the problem to K after work yesterday and he suggested that we go to the Apple Store. The closest Apple Store is 30 miles away and it was a work night but if you know K, you know that we had to go right then!! So... yeah. *rolls her eyes* Off we went.
Upon arrival at the store, one of the employees tried a couple things that I had already tried, but... I know. They have to go through the process. Then they reinstalled my software. It was not a software problem. After asking me twenty times if I got it wet (I did not get it wet) and peering inside the with a light to determine that I did not get it wet (*sighs*) they told me that they would set me up with an appointment with someone from the Genius bar.
In an hour. Yeah.
So... we walked around the shopping center. K bought a new pair of slippers. I got blisters on my feet. Finally we returned to the store for our appointment.
In short, since my iPod was less than a year old, I now have a new iPod - free of charge. I still need to sync it with my computer to get everything back on it, but yeah. I have a new one.
Don't get me wrong. I'm happy I have a new iPod. I really am. Overjoyed, even. I felt like someone chopped off my arm without it! I did not appreciate losing my entire evening to the process of obtaining a new one, though. But yeah. No biggie.
Monday, August 1, 2011
So, I had the day off last Friday. Before I left Thursday, I made sure that all my work was caught up. My desk was neat and tidy and the only paperwork left were for issues that I was unable to resolve until this week.
I arrived at the office today to discover a couple piles on the blotter in front of my monitor, a couple papers on top of my calculator and some mail in my in-box.
What I cannot understand is why all the paperwork was not placed in my in-box. Do people think that I won't see it there? Are they under the impression that the paperwork they are giving me is more important and needs to be the first thing I see on my arrival? Seriously! What gives?
Ah, well... I suppose no system is perfect. Perhaps next time I am off a day, I'll make a new label for my in-box to ensure that it is obvious what it's purpose is.