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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Running Photo

From July 14, which was 15 miles. This was taken after the run... it's my group!


Debra, Tom, Kim, Ellen, Natalie, Sue & Kristy

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Quotes

Ok, I'm going through a lot of old stuff and throwing most of it away. I have a notebook that I used to write quotes down in high school and college (because I'm a reader and I'm quote geek... maybe that's one thing that appealed to me about Tastefully Simple). Anyway, I'm throwing the notebook away, but not before I do a quiz on some of the quotes I'd written down. The type of quote it is is written in parenthesis after the quote itself. They are in the same order that I wrote them down.

  1. After all, tomorrow is another day and Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn. (book) (WN, Joanna, Jaime, Nick - Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell)
  2. It is no ordinary skeleton. (book)
  3. There is incessant influx of novelty into the world, and yet we tolerate incredible dulness. and The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star. (book)
  4. All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. (book) (WN & Nick - Animal Farm by George Orwell)
  5. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. (play) (WN, Joanna, Nick & Jaime - Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare)
  6. XXX believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter - tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther... and one fine morning -- So, we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. (one of my favorite quotes, I have it memorized. It's a book) (WN & Nick - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald)
  7. It takes a big man to cry, but it takes an even bigger man to laugh at that man. (tv show) (WN - Saturday Night Live - Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey)
  8. If they can call the champagne province Champagne, why don't they call Wisconsin cheese? -- A guy in my French IV class, you don't need to guess that one.
  9. Well, there's bound to be rough waters, and I know I'll take some falls, but with the good Lord as my captain, I can make it through them all. (song) (WN - The River by Garth Brooks)
  10. There's small choice in rotten apples. (play)
  11. All true believers shall break their eggs at the convenient end. (book)
  12. I died that day! And you can die too for all I care! (movie) (WN, Jaime & Nick - The Princess Bride)
  13. Ah, distinctly I remember, it was in the bleak December, and each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor. (book/poem type thing) (WN, Joanna & kinda Jaime - The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe)
  14. The bridge is crossed, so stand and watch it burn. (play/musical) (Joanna - The Phantom of the Opera)
  15. There are years that ask questions and years that answer. (book) (Mary - There Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston)
  16. In the rain, the pavement shines like silver, all the lights are misty in the river. (play/musical) (Joanna & Jaime - Les Miserables)
  17. When I was seventeen, I walked into the jungle and when I was twenty-one I walked out. And by God, I was rich! (play)
  18. Nature's first green is gold. (poem, but if you can get just the author, that's fine.)
  19. They drive their shiny Datsuns and Buicks back to the phone company, the record store, too. (song, which I liked because I drove a Buick and worked in a record store) (Joanna, Jaime & Nick - Sheryl Crow, All I Wanna Do)
  20. Why you buggin'? (person, but Jess would know this one)
  21. Home is where your rump rests. (movie) (Jaime - The Lion King (poumbaa specifically))
  22. Some pig! (book) (Jaime, Nick & WN - Charlottes Web by EB White)
  23. Bacon tastes good, pork chops taste good. (movie) (Joanna - Pulp Fiction)
  24. I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. (poem) (WN, Joanna, Jaime, Nick - The Road Less Traveled by Robert Frost)
  25. O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I. (play) (WN, Joanna, Jaime - Hamlet by William Shakespeare)
  26. Wind the frog! (movie)
There were more, but I'm bored now.

Twitter?

Does anyone use Twitter?? Because, honestly, what I need more than anything is to have one more web thing to keep up to date and waste my time.

There's Something Sexy About the Rain

by Kenny Chesney

Here's hoping that a little rain song will bring on some desperately needed rain (my flowers are hurting). Plus, this is just a good song... even though it's sad, it makes me happy.

There's something sexy about the rain,
She said as it came pouring down.
It feels like kisses on my skin,
She spread her arms and spun around.
In a summer island storm,
In a field of sugarcane,
She taught me how and showed me why,
There's something sexy about the rain.

And sometimes it rained all night,
And everything she did was perfect,
And every way we were was right.
We loved like there was no tomorrow,
Then suddenly tomorrow came,
And it was raining at the airport,
And kept on raining on the plane.

She only loved me for a season,
But my heart won't ever be the same.
Even now her love's the reason,
There's something sexy about the rain.

And sometimes when it's pouring down,
I feel her kisses on my skin.
I spread my arms and spin around,
And let that summer island storm,
Hit me like a hurricane,
It's like she's right here whispering,
There's something sexy about the rain.

She followed me back to the city,
In a picture in my mind.
She's still young and she's still pretty,
And even after all this time,
There's something sexy about the rain.

She said as it came pouring down,
It feels like kisses on my skin.
She spread her arms and spun around.
In a summer island storm,
In a field, in a field of sugarcane,
She taught me how and showed me why,
There's something sexy about the rain.

She taught me how and she's still why,
There's something sexy about the rain.
Something sexy about the rain.
Feels like kisses on my skin,
In a summer island storm.
Something sexy...

Monday, July 23, 2007

My Presidential Candidates

Jesse, on his myspace blog, posted a link to a presidential candidate selector, which I did and here are my results. Not a surprise, as I've been praying for Al Gore to say he will run. FRUSTRATING!!


1. Theoretical Ideal Candidate (100%)
2. Al Gore (not announced) (67%)
3. Barack Obama (64%)
4. Wesley Clark (not announced) (64%)
5. Dennis Kucinich (63%)
6. Christopher Dodd (62%)
7. John Edwards (61%)
8. Joseph Biden (61%)
9. Hillary Clinton (59%)
10. Alan Augustson (campaign suspended) (57%)
11. Mike Gravel (49%)
12. Michael Bloomberg (not announced) (47%)
13. Bill Richardson (46%)
14. Ron Paul (45%)
15. Rudolph Giuliani (38%)
16. Kent McManigal (campaign suspended) (35%)
17. John McCain (34%)
18. Chuck Hagel (not announced) (31%)
19. Elaine Brown (30%)
20. Newt Gingrich (not announced) (27%)
21. Tommy Thompson (27%)
23. Mitt Romney (25%)
24. Fred Thompson (not announced) (22%)
25. Duncan Hunter (21%)
26. Sam Brownback (21%)
27. Jim Gilmore (withdrawn) (17%)
28. Tom Tancredo (16%)

Honestly, I want to know where the fictional presidents fall in the list. I think my list would look something like this:

1. Jed Bartlett (The West Wing)
2. Andrew Shephard (The American President)
3. Nathan Petrelli (Heroes -- he can fly, dammit!!)
4. Jack Stanton (Primary Colors... because I miss Clinton)
5. David Palmer (24)
6. Tom Beck (Deep Impact)
7. James Marshall (Air Force One)
8. Dave Kovic (Dave)
9. Thomas Whitmore (Independence Day - what a great speech!!)


Hell, at this point, I think I'd even take 24's president Logan over what we've got now, and he plotted to attack the US.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Deathly Hallows, Day 2

I started this morning again around 9:30, plan to be done tonight. Yay!

UPDATE, 6:45PM: Finished. Actually, I finished like an hour and a half ago, but I had other things to take care of, like starting dinner and taking a shower, before I wrote here. I don't feel like going into a review or spoilers now, but I may do so in a day or two. I'll just say that, in all, I was pleased with the ending.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Grrr...

Amazon said they were preparing my order for shipping, but I didn't get a tracking ID. I better get that damn book today.

UPDATE, 1:50PM: Well, I have tracking number. And it arrived in Sparks yesterday. But still no book.

UPDATE, 3:20PM: It was in the mailbox!! Damn that amazon. They should have told me to check the mailbox. Stupid mailman, he should have walked it up to the door. Anyway, timer's on. I'm reading.

UPDATE, 12:50AM: Well, I'm halfway through. No, I didn't read that whole time. I stopped and ate dinner (salmon... yum) and cleaned up dinner and I also am doing laundry and such. But, it's late and I should sleep and I met my goal of getting halfway through today.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Get Drunk and Be Somebody

by Toby Keith

Yeah the big boss man, he likes to crack that whip
I ain't nothing but a number on his timecard slip,
I give him 40 hours and a piece of my soul,
Puts me somewhere at the bottom of his totem pole,
Hell I don't even think he knows my name...

Well, all week long I'm a real nobody,
But I just punched out and it's paycheck Friday,
Weekend's here, good God almighty,
I'm gonna get drunk and be somebody
Yeah, yeah, yeah...

My baby cuts hair at a beauty boutique,
Just blowin' and goin' till she's dead on her feet,
They walk right in and sit right down,
She gives them what they want and then she spins them around,
Hey I don't think they even know her name...

All week long she's a real nobody,
But I just picked her up and it's paycheck Friday,
Weekend's here, good God almighty,
Baby lets get drunk and be somebody
Yeah, yeah, yeah...

We're just average people, in an everyday bar,
Driving from work in our ordinary cars,
And I like to come here with the regular Joes,
Drink all you want, be the star of the show

All week long a bunch of real nobodies,
But we just punched out and it's paycheck Friday,
Weekend's here, good God almighty,
People lets get drunk (lets get drunk!)
All week long we're some real nobodies,
But we just punched out and i'ts paycheck Friday,
Weekend's here, good God almighty,
People lets get drunk and be somebody
Yeah, yeah, yeah...

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Cool Site: Remember the Milk!

I've been slacking on the household chores and I have a lot of stuff going on right now. I'm also a big fan of making lists, so today I opened my todolist.txt file that is always on my desktop of my PC and updated it. Then, I thought, "Hey, I wonder if there's a decent tool to do this online..." I had a dumb piece of software for a while that kept track of tasks, and I also used Outlook for a while. Both sucked. Well, today I found the solution!!

Awesome site... Remember the Milk. It is written using Ajax, which I don't know, but I've read a book and could probably do. It's super-fast and really cool. You can publish your lists, share them with other RTM users, have reminders sent to email, instant messenger, or SMS. You can hook it up with Google Calendar. You can print cool little lists that have little checkboxes (I LOVE checking off checkboxes on a To Do list). You can organize them and search and just basically just do all sorts of cool stuff. I'm very excited, and it has reminded me today that I wanted to Roomba the living room. Roomba is going right now.

Check it out if you like lists like I do!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

New Running Pics

Courtesy of Davida... The first ones are small because I forgot to resize and I don't feel like fixing them. Click to see bigger.



June 16 (My birthday!!) on the trail - me & Kristy. The rest of the group is behind us.


The rest of our group.


Later in the run, that is me & Amanda with some of the group behind us. I forget that guy's name. Joe or something.


Pikesville 5k - the whole group - I'm bottom row second from the left.


Celeste singing the national anthem - this was a surprise to us!


Todd hauling ass


Me, not hauling ass

Monday, July 9, 2007

8 Random Things

Well, Neon tagged me for this. While I normally post such things on my Private Blog (Neon, do you want access?), I'll go ahead and post this one here.

THE RULES
1. All right, here are the rules.
2. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
3. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
4. People who are tagged write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
5. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

So here goes…eight pointless things about me. Hmm. The difficulty is in finding the pointless things...


8. I want to write. It was pointed out to me that the only things in life that I really put interest in these days and truly get passionate about involve writing. I've been writing since I learned how, and in high school I started (but never finished) about 5 novels. No time in college and I have had ideas for novels since but have never started them. I have an excellent idea for one right now, but just need the courage and time to start writing it.

7. The two little known talents that I have are Calligraphy and speed reading. I took a speed reading course on cassette in middle school or so. My dad had gotten a random box of junk at an auction sale and that was one of the items. I read really fast to this day. I also got a Calligraphy set for Christmas in the fourth grade and still can do it - kinda. I did one of my sister's wedding invitations, my own wedding invitations, and my friend Vicki's wedding invitations.

6. I'm not adopted, but all of my siblings are. I'm an "oops," and that's also why my siblings are significantly older than I am. Interestingly, Todd has the same scenario and if we were to ever have a baby, it would be a miracle child.

5. I have never been stung by a bee. I guess bees just like me. So, I don't know if I'm allergic to bee stings or not.

4. "Gone with the Wind" has always been my favorite book. Well, since I read it in the 8th grade. I practically have the movie memorized, but these days a better book for me has been "Behind the Scenes at the Museum."

3. I have never taken a physics class. Mr Haluck, my chemistry teacher in high school, got very upset about it. But, I realized that I didn't have to take physics to graduate, and knowing my preference of liberal arts, I doubted I'd need physics in college. Mr. Haluck told me otherwise and said I'd be sorry when I was in college-level physics having never taken high school level physics. Well, I showed him. Even when I switched to a more science-oriented major, physics was still not a requirement.

2. My first car was a 1980 Pontiac Firebird. Black. Stalled frequently (even though it was an automatic). Didn't have door keys because that model of cars had a separate door and ignition key. My dad had driven the car before me and had left the keys in the car one night. Thieves tried to steal it, but it kept stalling so they left it on the street and stole the keys instead. Dad never had a new door key made, so I had to remember to not lock the doors and to not leave ANYTHING in the car. I drove it for a few months before getting the Buick that most people remember me driving in high school and college, and after we sold the Firebird, the police later called saying that whoever had bought it (at an auction sale) had abandoned it in Washington, DC and never updated the title. I don't know what happened to it after that.

1. I own a piece of the Berlin Wall. My sister and her then boyfriend (now husband) chipped it themselves and brought it back for me. It has pink spray paint on it.


The following people are tagged...

The Wacky Neighbor
Marathon? Eep!
This Historian for Hire
Brainy Writer Chick
Strongchemistry
Disappointing Intellectual Games
Foxdeath (just for fun... he won't do it)
There Are No Ordinary Moments

Review: Soy Joy Berry Bar

Soy Joy Bars

Well... I've had worse.

It's shaped like a small stick of butter. It looks brown. It tastes like a stale muffin.

I'm not sure where I got it, I think it was in a bag with a race packet for the Shamrock 5k, but maybe it came from somewhere else. Regardless, I know it was a sample. It definitely wasn't enough for breakfast. I ate it at about 8am and I was FAMISHED by 10. But for 130 calories, it makes a halfway decent snack, I guess. Other than that, there are few redeeming qualities.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Pikesville 5k 2007

I must preface this by stating that I didn't try very hard at this race... And for good reason. I was on vacation and missed our 13 mile long run last weekend. As a result, I needed to make up some of that mileage this week. So, yesterday I went out and ran 10 miles. I do not recommend running 10 miles the day before a race. I had originally planned to try for a PR for this race, but when I found out I was going to miss the long run and then make it up this weekend, it naturally put all plans for a PR out of my mind. I did quite the opposite of a PR - my worst 5k time ever.

Starting out, I felt my legs crying at me right off the bat. They weren't sore until I started running. I suffered through the first mile in 12:10, which is fairly respectable and would have put me at the finish in 37:48 (in the middle of my 5k times). Second mile was fairly miserable - the sun was out, it was hot and the Pikesville 5k course is hilly. They did a wonderful thing (and I say that dripping with sarcasm) by changing the course so that we run up a bit of an alley rather than out onto Hooks Lane, which added an extra hill into the course (something we really needed, uh huh). This happened in mile 2 and I was starting to feel just terrible, my hands got numb and I started hoping I'd pass out so that they'd pull me off of the course. I just don't have the mental energy to keep up with such torture for only a 5k.

The second mile was 12:44, still pretty decent, but after I passed the second mile marker, I pretty much decided to give up. I wasn't going to get a PR, I felt awful, and I'd gotten my ten miles worth of exercise the day before. So, I walked almost the entire third mile. Dianne almost caught up with me, the rest of my group was WAY ahead, and I ran past Davida for the picture that she took of me.

Oh well. I really don't care about it at all. Maybe I'll squeeze in another PR-potential 5k later in the year. In hindsight, I should have just run 13 miles on Saturday and slept in today.

Final time: an abysmal 41:31... bleh. See all the results

Friday, July 6, 2007

Little Cayman, July 2007

Kim and Todd took a trip to Little Cayman island, June 28 to July 5, 2007.  Little Cayman is a small island - one mile wide by ten miles long.  Only 100 or so people live on the island, and it almost seemed as if we met all of them during our stay.

 Photos

Topside Photos - Courtesy of Kim (and some are by Todd)

Underwater Photos - Courtesy of Todd (underwater photos are Copyright Todd Krebs, 2007.  All rights reserved.)


The Resort
We stayed at Southern Cross Club Fish and Dive Resort.  It only has 12 rooms, and our room was at the "Blossom Cottage," which is a two-bedroom cottage at the edge of the resort.  When we weren't diving, we were resting in the resort's hammocks or dipping in the pool.  We had breakfast, lunch and dinner included in our stay.  Omlettes for breakfast, sandwiches or other snacky things for lunch.  Dinners were fish or pork or chicken.  Sometimes dinner was a buffet, sometimes it was a sit down dinner.  Sometimes meals were outside by the pool, sometimes they were inside.  Our last night at the resort was a dinner on the beach, followed by fireworks out over the water.  After dinner, we usually sat on the dock with some of our friends that we met at the resort.

So, a basic day was...

6:30am - Wake up, get ready
7:00am - Breakfast
8:00am - Dive boat departs for 2 tank dives
12:30pm - Back at the resort, have lunch.
2:00pm - Afternoon Dive, hammock and resting on the beach afterwards OR
4:00pm - Dusk Dive, with hammock and resting on the beach before.
6:00pm or so - Cocktail hour
7:00pm - Dinner
8:30pm - Hanging out on the dock under the [full] moon or stars
10:00pm - Back in the room for relaxation / bedtime

New Friends

We met Matt and Ellen, who are from Indiana.  They stayed the same length of time that we did (arriving the same day and leaving the same day).  Matt reminds us of Todd's Dad.  Both of them travel as much as I'd like to travel.

We also met Ed and Adele, from Chicago, who are excellent divers.  David came later in our trip, and he is from Atlanta.  Trish is from Colorado, and there was another family from Colorado who were not divers, but seem to want to start diving soon.  Caroline and Sunil live in New Jersey, but Caroline is originally from France.


Diving

We completed 17 dives.  We arrived at the resort on Thursday the 28th at 1:30pm, and we were immediately approached by Mark, a divemaster from London, who wanted us to go on the 2pm dive.  We resisted, since I was opting for lunch instead, but it was clear that Todd was giving the 2pm dive serious thought.  We rested in hammocks after lunch and then our very first dive of the trip was a night dive at 7pm that night on the Soto Trader.  We usually did 3 dives per day, with the exception of day 2 (only 2 dives in the morning) and our last day (July 4, we couldn't dive in the evening or afternoon so that we could fly the next day).  We did 2 dusk dives, where the reef was winding down for the evening, which meant that the fish were mating (woo hoo!) and feeding (yummy yummy!).

Our divemasters were Mark (from London), Steve (a world traveler), Ron (who didn't lead any dives, but doubled as the chef for the resort), and Chris (manager of the resort and a big fan of swim throughs).  We got to pet an octopus, we saw plenty of squid, a few of which came within inches of my mask, lots of lobsters, three nurse sharks (two were sleeping, one was motoring past us probably considering some sort of meal), Turtles (we saw at least one turtle a day, and usually saw one on every dive), Spotted Eagle Rays, stingrays, eels (Goldentail, Green Moray, Spotted) and lots of fish and beautiful corals.

Kim got very used to swim throughs, which she really hadn't done before.  At Randy's Gazebo, we passed through a very exciting chimney that we'd looked forward to all week.  

The Cactus

One night, after a few gin & tonics, Kim went to the bathroom and on the way tripped over a cactus.  The spines were stuck all down her legs and Todd spent the evening pulling them out (he is awesome).  We think there are still a few left in there...

Going Home

We headed out on July 5, leaving the little tiny island (the airport is very small, and the runway was only recently paved), and headed to Grand Cayman.  All was well until flying into Miami, where we circled the airport for 40 minutes.  We finally landed and faced a horrible crowd at the baggage claim.  After waiting almost an hour for our bags (one was lost for a while, but mysteriously appeared while we were filling out paperwork.  Our 9pm flight was delayed until 9:45 when we checked in.  We had dinner at the hotel and then got a phone call from American Airlines that the flight had been canceled due to weather (thunderstorms).  So, we spent the night in the Miami Crowne Plaza, finally making it home (after a 1 hour delay on a 4pm flight on Friday) the next night at 9pm.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Warning for Runners!!

This is why you don't wear your headphones while you run.
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