Saturday, April 29, 2006

Ahhh, married life...

Ain't it great?

Sometime last week, after Chris and I had tucked ourselves nicely into bed and fallen sweetly to sleep, I awoke to an odd sensation. Something was doing something to my ankle. My sleep-fogged brain wasn't very sure what was going on, but as I moved from comatose to conscious, I realized what was happening--Chris was pinching my ankle with his toes.

Now why he was doing this, I am still not sure, and he denies any memory of such an odd action, but I still have to wonder what he was dreaming about.

Glad he keeps his toenails trimmed. :-)

Friday, April 28, 2006

Where's Waldo?

Can you find the thirsty birdy?



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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Yesssssssss!!!!!

Aeon Flux came out on DVD yesterday, and it should land in my mailbox today courtesy of Netflix. I can't wait to watch it again! That is one fantastic movie, let me tell you. It's one of the few movies about a girl that doesn't end up making her just a prop for the main guy who shows up halfway through. Don't get me wrong--I don't have anything against movies with male main characters, but a movie that bills itself as about a girl should be about a girl, and Aeon Flux does that well. Props to the director!

The movie is worth watching for its acting (Charlize Theron, come on!) and special effects, but the philospohical take on life intrigued me the most. It walks the line between the price of perfect safety and the value of life as it comes with all its inherent risks. I like it a lot. Definitely worth watching more than once, and really pretty clean (violence and a few skimpy costumes, but no profanity--a welcome change).

Who are you?

With a nod to Camille's site, this is rather a fun little test.

I came up as Caspian: "As Prince Caspian you are a noble, goodhearted but mischievous scallywag! Fun loving, you are admired for your easy going nature."

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Please welcome the latest addition

This blog has undertaken the reorganization and updating of the sidebar. Please note that the wedding pictures have been moved to the brand new Fun Links section (because this blog thinks that being married is fun and also that speaking in the third person is amusing to this blog and probably annoying to everybody else) and that links have been added to The Button and Homestarrunner, each of which this blog considers to be a fantastic way to waste time. The musically inclined portion of this blog's audience will appreciate The Music Genome Project.

(OK, so this blog has been reading too much Dave Barry, but this blog thinks there are few people more amusingly addictive.)

We hate billboards, but...

It could be worse, folks.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Word of the Day

In light of Hu Jintao's recent visit, I found Ambrose Bierce's definition of interpreter particularly apropos.

Interpreter--One who enables two persons of different languages to understand each other by repeating to each what it would have been to the interpreter's advntage for the other to have said.

ETA: While I typically decry the source, here's a rather amusing interpretation.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

What if everybody did?

Reminds me of that kids book designed to get us to stop picking flowers and jumping on couch cushions.

Really, though what would happen if everybody had one?

Monday, April 17, 2006

Don't like your government?

Protest

A Little Monday Humor

After such a raging discussion on gender, I thought a little humor might be in order.

Law School Timeline

As law school exams approach, the time that you could spend studying would surely be spent most profitably in a look at your course throughout history.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Friday, April 07, 2006

Haircut and The Michelangelo Bird

I did it!! I chopped it all off, and I love it.





















Woo-hoo for short hair!










Take a look at DeWitt's new cage and perch. Many, many thanks to Kyle for the new perch. DeWitt thinks it's the best thing since Romaine lettuce (which he can't seem to get enough of--it turns his beak green *giggle*).

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

So...

A Feminine Mystique All Her Own

What do we think about this?

Ye be warned

Just thought I'd post this up for general edification...

It is important for men to remember that, as women grow older, it becomes harder for them to maintain the same quality of housekeeping as when they were younger. When you notice this, try not to yell at them. Some are overly sensitive, and there's nothing worse than an over-sensitive woman.

My name is Ron......Let me relate how I handled the situation with my wife, Julie. When I took "early retirement" last year, it became necessary for Julie to get a full-time job, both for extra income and for the health benefits that we needed. Shortly after she started working, I noticed she was beginning to show her age. I usually get home from the golf course about the same time she gets home from work. Although she knows how hungry I am, she almost always says she has to rest for half an hour or so before she starts dinner. I don't yell at her. Instead, I tell her to take her time and just wake me when she gets dinner on the table. I generally have lunch in the Men's Grill at the club so eating out is not reasonable. I'm ready for some home cooked grub when I hit that door.

She used to do the dishes as soon as we finished eating. But now it's not unusual for them to sit on the table for several hours after dinner. I do what I can by diplomatically reminding her several times each evening that they won't clean themselves. I know she really appreciates this, as it does seem to motivate her to get them done before she goes to bed.

Another symptom of aging is complaining, I think. For example, she will say that it is difficult for her to find time to pay the monthly bills during her lunch hour. But, boys, we take 'em for better or worse, so I just smile and offer encouragement. I tell her to stretch it out over two or even three days. That way she won't have to rush so much. I also remind her that missing lunch completely now and then wouldn't hurt her any (if you know what I mean). I like to think tact is one of my strong points.

When doing simple jobs, she seems to think she needs more rest periods. She had to take a break when she was only half finished mowing the yard. I try not to make a scene. I'm a fair man. I tell her to fix herself a nice, big, cold glass of freshly squeezed lemonade and just sit for a while. And, as long as she is making one for herself, she may as well make one for me too.

I know that I probably look like a saint in the way I support Julie. I'm not saying that showing this much consideration is easy. Many men will find it difficult. Some will find it impossible! Nobody knows better than I do how frustrating women get as they get older. However, guys, even if you just use a little more tact and less criticism of your aging wife because of this article, I will consider that writing it was well worthwhile. After all, we are put on this earth to help each other.....
Signed, Ron

*****EDITOR'S NOTE******

Ron died suddenly on May 27th. The police report says that he was found with a Calloway extra long 50-inch Big Bertha Driver II golf club rammed up his behind, with only 2 inches of grip showing. His wife Julie was arrested and charged with murder; however, the all-woman jury found her "Not Guilty", accepting her defense that he accidentally sat down on it very suddenly.

Good Idea

Massachusetts Sets Health Plan for Nearly All - New York Times

Granted that I haven't read the bill itself, but this sounds like a great idea. I'm curious as to what a "stripped down" plan would actually cover, and what incentives they're going to give to insurance companies, but hey--what if it works?

Monday, April 03, 2006

Announcing

Another blog, located for your convenience on the right sidebar. Please visit early and often. Ben is a classmate of my husband, and Chris and I appreciate his friendship. Best of luck, Ben, on your upcoming wedding! Married life is great. :-)

Ending the Music Wars

Now it's my turn to poach theology. (See Becca's blog for the first poaching.)

Mel posted this article up on her blog a few days ago, and I couldn't resist putting it up here. (Have patience--it loads slowly.) This one issue that has divided so many people and hurt so many young Christians. It really needs to stop. There's no reason to argue over this, and there's equally no reason to cut ourselves off from enjoying all of what God created.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

BULLETIN! BULLETIN! BULLETIN!

On this very auspicious occasion, I wish to announce the addition of a link to a site of highest quality. Take a look at got me a college girl. Come, read, be enriched.