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Tag Archives: thinking

  1. Raw Feedback

    I shot two photos in RAW the other day. First time. I hate life now. It’s like Paris Hilton getting to release an album. Talent optional. That is all.

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  2. That’s New

    I was just watching what I believe to be Korean news with another Asian language overdub. It was like watching a bad kung-fu movie and still not understanding what they are saying.

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  3. Moist Slices

    The phrase “yummy mummy” repulses me to the core.

    ** Check out the cute board book Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli at Amazon.

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  4. Hmm…

    Until this week, I was unaware that “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” was to the tune of “God Save the Queen”. Is it wrong to suggest there was some sloppy lyric-writing when it results in “Queen” rhyming with itself FOUR times?

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  5. Quote of the Day

    Regarding the fact that most of the online April Fools Day jokes will happen tomorrow…

    “It’s so hard living in the future.” ~Pete

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  6. Go, Canada!

    In my hometown high school, there was always a bit of a traditional ribbing of Canadians due to the large influx of them every school year. Who knows why my rural Iowa hometown has the college of choice for them? They DO have a hockey team, but until recently they had to practice nearly an hour away for lack of a local indoor rink. While I took classes there with some very lovely Canadians, I’ve never considered myself to be much of a Canada fan.

    Until today, that is, when I found out that several of their cities have a Green Bin Program for organic waste. Everything from food to soiled food papers to plants to kitty litter. Brilliant! Then they turn it into biogas and free compost.

    I had wanted to compost for years but never had until I moved here. Now I don’t understand why more people don’t. Between our recycling bin and the compost, we barely throw anything out. It’s so wonderful, and I love them for making it so easy.

    ** Compost indoors with bokashi bins from Amazon.

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  7. Touched by a Child

    I’ve been feeling a bit tenderhearted lately for various reasons, but this is one of those things that has moved me.

    Sunday we watched an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition featuring the Byers family of Oregon which apparently aired opposite the Super Bowl (Cheese Fest ’08!) as well. Their little girl Jenessa had fought cancer before, but it had returned. She was such a charming articulate 8-year-old girl, and when they said that the cancer was now in her bones, I was overcome with sadness. I think because whenever I have lost someone to cancer, the bones was always the indicator that the end was near. That show is always tear-jerking, but I sobbed more than once.

    They had mentioned that the little girl made videos and posted them to her website to help other kids with cancer. After the program was over, I naturally went to find it only to learn that she had passed away just this past December 28.

    That family may never know the impact that they have had on people, not just me, but others too. Seeing the love spilled out and their great faith has inspired this household to shine a little brighter.

    What’s more, her nickname was “Boey”, just like the song I wrote about below that has been stuck in my head. So perfectly orchestrated as a reminder.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtwfZZX5E4I

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  8. Obligatory Heath Ledger Post

    I was watching one of the morning shows yesterday when the news came through, and I spent the rest of the day refreshing the local paper website and tmz.com. So sad and shocking. Even more sad that reporters are quick to jump on any detail that might imply something scandalous. (i.e. him being “surrounded by pills”… or really just having bottles of pills in the house.)

    I can’t really say I’ve seen any of his work in the last five years though. Oops. I’ll have to rewatch Two Hands now after becoming semi-fluent in Aussie slang.

    ** Have a look at the Heath Ledger movies at Amazon.

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  9. A Thought

    I love the way my wedding ring catches the light as I type on days when I’ve scrubbed it in the morning. I should really remember to do that more often.

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  10. News Disservice

    The local paper has a tendency to print first, ask questions later, and here’s another example of their reporting. Take this headline: Hitler’s love child alive and well. Then read the story they are referencing here. The story suggests there MAY have been a lovechild who was adopted, but the child hasn’t been identified and thus can’t be proven to live in England or even be alive at all. They do this all the time, and it drives me crazy.

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  11. Packing Panic

    We leave the house in 8.5 hours. I’m not packed yet. Typical.

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  12. Thunder Only Happens When It’s Raining

    We’ve had some lovely thunderstorms come through the area again. And yesterday the power was out at work for all but a couple hours. Gotta love that.

    In unrelated news, the coffee machine here doesn’t work anymore. Hence my lack of motivation to do anything.

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  13. Right Brain or Left Brain

    Have you all seen the spinning dancer silhouette? Which way does she turn for you? On my first take, she is always going clockwise. Though the other day after much eye-crossing and headache-suffering, I did manage to get her to flip.

    I guess I’m a righty, which seems about right.

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  14. People Suck

    I’m cranky, and the people at the markets made me this way. It’s hard, because as an expat, I’m perhaps overly conscious of the stereotypical opinion about Americans. So I try to do my part to show that we’re not all pushy or overbearing or loud or inconsiderate or what-have-you. But today, I just couldn’t believe the other people.

    Hans and I were waiting patiently for a couple to leave their breakfast table so that we could have a seat. The people had barely stood when another couple literally ran in front of us and took the chairs out from underneath those departing.

    I didn’t even try to hide my disgust when the guy looked over at us. I suppose they could have gotten bonus points for offering to let us join them, but we were in need of four chairs as the in-laws were there with us.

    Hans’s mother eventually was in the right place at the right time, and we did sit for coffee. When we were through, I noticed there was a man glancing our direction. I gave the nod that is universal for “we’re about to leave; you’re welcome to have this table”. No sooner had we stood when this loud woman came right up to Hans’s dad and asked if we were leaving as she started to put her things on the table.

    I cut her off and said, “Yes, but I believe that gentleman has been waiting patiently for this seat.”

    She took her things with a bit of attitude, but the guy seemed grateful for the intervention. My gosh. Where do these people come from and didn’t their mothers teach them anything?

    *grumble*

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  15. A Thought

    I wonder how many marriages have been saved by the simple words “His” and “Hers” embroidered on the towels.

    (And does anyone here embroider?)

    ** Or check out these His & Hers Chromosome Towels at Amazon.

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