Wednesday, August 30, 2006

10 Radom things in my office

  1. a "stress ball" in the shape of a green car from progressive
  2. a picture of tadpole
  3. a twin peaks pin
  4. a key chain with tinkert toys attached
  5. a magic eight ball
  6. a wolves calendar
  7. a fortune cookie that says, "sing badly, if you must, but sing"
  8. a bottle of cream soda
  9. a signed napkin from Chrarlie Webber (Ben from Buffy)
  10. a nun-chukka bean trading card

nun-chukka bean

The Owls are not what they seem

I watched Eraserhead last night with some friends. Most of them did not like it, but one of them did and a couple of them "appreciated" parts of it. I expected no more - Eraserhead is not user-friendly. Anyway, I have had Twin Peaks on the brain a lot lately, and watching Lynch's Eraserhead with the lovable Jack Nance and the zigmatic floor has only intensified my desire to pop in my Twin Peaks season one. I also came across this video - it is a SNL parody of Twin Peaks. It may not be funny to those who don't know the show, but its worth a chuckle to those who've seen it.

Fall into Butterfinger

It is beautifully gloomy outside! I love this weather! I just love it. Fall is my favorite season: I love the gloom, I love the non-gloomy perfectly cool days, I love the changing colors, and I love Halloween. Fall is also the season I associate most closely with the Butterfinger Candy Bar. In honor of Fall (which, I realize is not here to stay yet), I ate said candy bar. It was delicous.

Word of the Week!

Thanks for all the entries!
The words: (from

Piqueto affect with sharp irritation and resentment, a feeling of irritation or resentment (to be in a pique)
to wound (the pride)
to excite (interest, curiosity)
to arouse emotion

Behooveto be necessary or proper for, as for moral or ethical considerations
to be worthwhile to, as for personal profit or advantage

this appears not to be a word at all, or at least dictionary dot com does not have a definition for it, I will make one up:Having characteristics of David Lynch's famous black and white floor (featured in Eraserhead and Twin Peaks)

This week's word of the week winner:
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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

I stared death in the face

and it ignored me to look for berries...

Monday, August 21, 2006

Word Box Aug 21-23

know it. love it. fill it.
The word box will close on Wednesday at 12noon.

good class!

I have been (very) slowly taking classes towards my initial certification and masters in teaching. During all this time and all these classes I had yet to have one that offered any instruction on teaching or discussion of practical applications for the classroom. That was...until tonight. I have to tell you, I looked at the clock a lot less in this class than any any of my other classes. Now, I'm not saying I didn't enjoy some of my other classes. My writing class (professor notwithstanding) was awesome, Free Speech was pretty cool, and the ed. phylosophy classes were interesting. Non of them, however, really prepared me for anything in the classroom. Judging by tonight, I think things are going to be different this semester, and I am so very excited!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

check it out!

My first crochet project.

Monday, August 14, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth

On vacation I saw the documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. Run, don't walk to go see this movie. It is fantastic. Not only does it give you an great explination of global warming showing that it is an actual phenomenom not some paranoid theory of environmentalists, but it is a times funny. There is a special treat for all you Futurama fans out there. In the movie, Al Gore brings the facts of excessive CO2 use front and center. Viewers are shown not only what will happen, but what is happening because of our actions. I also liked this movie because unlike other environmental awareness projects, this did not pull at heartstrings as a means to get people to care. Instead, it layed out the facts of the matter, and people who care will hopefully be called into action while people who didn't care before will realize why they should. Go see this movie! Then, sign up for green energy (if you can afford it), change all you light bulbs to compact floresent lightbulbs, and visit the website to learn more.

Now, for all of you are going to say, "it doesn't help if only one person does it." or some other similar crap that really makes me angry, don't. True, it doesn't help enough if only one person does it, but if everyone stopped saying that and did something, then more than just one person would be doing it, wouldn't they? In order for laws and programs to change to make it easy for people to be envirionmentally responsible, people have to change their mindset and demand that programs be made to make environmentally responsilbe choices easy. Its a cycle that has to start somewhere, and once it does has the potentail to spin blissfully out of control until it becomes second nature for people to make the smart choice. So, don't do nothing because you can't do everything - do what you can and complain that you community doesn't make it easier for you do to the rest!
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forced vacation time

This is the second time in the last month that I have had to leave work because of a power outtage. As a result, I am taking vacation time for which I have not planned. What worse is that I actually have a lot of stuff I need to get done in the office. Frankly, this sucks.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

feeling better

Its all relative, I guess. I feel a hell of a lot better than I did yesterday, but I'm still not in tip-top condition. Add to that the fact that panda is on a backpacking trip with fishfrog and nell and the result is that I am both bored and jealous. I'm hoping I have enough energy to clean the apartment or crochet so this weekend isn't a whole waste.

Friday, August 11, 2006

New passenger!

There is a new passenger on the blogwagon, folks! My friend Sweet Cactus who recently moved to Arizona has started her own blog, "Arizona or bust." Help me welcome her!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

My trip was totally awesome!

Despite the unexpected night's stay in Denver on the way to MT and the missing bag at the St. Louis baggage claim, I had the best time on my trip!

We started out in Glacier, which is the most beautiful place I have ever been. I've been there just twice now, but it is my favorite of all the National Parks. The first day was a bit of a bust because of my stupid airline delaying me overnight, but on the second day we got up and hiked to Avalanch Lake. It was gorgeous - I highly recommend this hike. It starts out as the Trail of the Cedars, which is an easy paved trail, and continutes on a slightly more strenuous hike until it opens up to the beautiful Avalanche Lake. The rocks all around the lake were this weird light blue-green color - very cool.

We drove the Going to the Sun Road and saw lots of wildlife: big horned sheep, mountain goats, etc and on the way back, we saw a bear! It was a black bear meandering down the road. When it saw us it detoured into the forest, but overall seemed completly unconcerned with our presence. Needless to say, this pretty much made my vacation. It was topped only by seeing the look on SP's face when I told her the tale.

Day three, we lounged, and I mean lounged, by Lake MacDonald. The next day (our last day at Glacier), we went white water rafting. The rapids were not that fierce, and we were with a family who had no idea how the hell to paddle, so it was a bit frustrating. Seriously, I do not know what this family's problem was. They did not paddle in sync - I cannot tell you how many tmes I heard paddles clang against each other. At one point, the mom completely lost all reason and started paddeling the opposit direction from everyone else. The young girl, who cold not paddle to save her life, finally decided to stop, but her dad kept yelling at her to paddle. So, clang, clang, clang went the oars once again. Idiots. Still, we were going down a river in the middle of 3 million acres of protected land, so it was pretty freaking awesome.

Then we headed to Missoula and my heart immediately felt at home. We saw a pretty cool band called the Warsaw Poland Brothers. They have a bit of ska to them and we danced some jigs and had a really awesome time. We also saw The Inconvenient Truth. Everyone should see this movie! We also went to an experimental short film fest and the first documentary was by Werner Herzog (unfortunately, I've forgotten the title).

We ate a bunch of good food, climbed the "M," met Steve Frost (one of the writers for Twin Peaks), and walked all over town - many, many times - to take in the cool chillin' atomosphere of my favorite town. Me at the top of the M:

My trip ended in Billings where the unthinkable happened - my friend Brandi beat me at Trivial Pursuit. Neither of us could recall this happening before. I'm pretty sure she cheated.