Thursday, November 29, 2007

creepy dentist training doll

This is wayyyy creepy. Check out this video of a new Japanese dental training "doll" - she has sensitive teeth, can move around and will even say 'that hurts' to the dentist-in-training if he gets to close to one of the many sensors in her mouth.

Creeepppyyyy.

From BoingBoing

you're going to take my temperature where?


This picture cracks me up. I know that the baby has no conscious knowledge of how funny this pose is, but it is just precious.

Check out more funny pics on Ebaums World.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Living at the mall

This article is positively dripping with snootiness. It's a little sickening, but I think I might just be jealous of these people who are going to live at the mall. Except for the lady in her Manolo shoes - I would definitely pour beer on her.

Living at the mall (from boston.com)

Monday, November 26, 2007

Southwest Airlines - ugh!

I used to be a big fan of Southwest Airlines; low fares, good routes, friendly staff - it was a winning combination for me. But lately my travels have taken me on routes largely served by JetBlue. Now, I can't say that JetBlue is fabulous, but the TVs in every seat are a tremendous help for boring flights. I used to be able to read on flights, but now I either sleep or watch TV. I'm not sure why that happened.

Steven and I booked tickets to see our good friends in Nashville after Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, JetBlue doesn't have a sensible route from south Florida to Nashville, but Southwest does.

My big gripe about Southwest has always been the seating deal. I understand their claim that by not issuing assigned seats they can pass along some savings to their customers, but I get all stressed out during the boarding process trying to fight for a good seat. With other airlines, I don't worry because my seat has already been assigned to me and hopefully I was able to get an exit row or a seat that isn't in the middle of two big dudes.

Southwest has recently changed their boarding process, but only slightly. Before it was a free-for-all, where whomever got to the gate first was the first one on the plane. Now, you can check-in 24 hours before your flight and you are assigned the A,B,C status when you print your boarding pass, but the twist is that they have added numbers to the passes to give you a defined position in the boarding line. We didn't see this helping a whole lot when we left Florida, but on the way back from Nashville the people were crazy about making sure they were in the correct numerical order to board. Personally, I think this is worse than before because now everyone has to scramble around in line to make sure they are in the correct order. Its a messy process.

To make matters worse, our flight was delayed almost two hours on the way home because of "mechanical problems". Once we all got on the plane, Steven and I were towards the end of the group for boarding, so we got crappy seats in the back of the plane. I know that neither of us are skinny, but with the two of us in our seats (Steven against the window and me in the middle), neither of us could put our arms down. No kidding. The seats were so small and cramped that we spent the entire 90 minute flight twisted at an odd angle. It was so ridiculous that I could only laugh. Lucky for us, the plane touched down in Tampa to let some people off, so we were able to snag an exit row where we weren't so cramped.

I know America is getting fatter and we are certainly no exception, but those seats on Southwest are really small (at least in the last row, where we sat two times during this trip). Personally, I am willing to pay more to fly on a plane with slightly larger seats than to be cramped in an uncomfortable position for the duration of a flight.

I should probably just shut up and lose some weight and I won't have these problems in the future!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

turkeys made from anything but turkeys

from Danielle Spencer:

interesting "turkeys"

USA jump rope all-stars

I was lucky enough to catch last night's 'Ellen's Really Big Show' or whatever it was called. I love Ellen. Everyone loves Ellen, I think that's her appeal. Anyway, the show was a variety show with a ton of performers. Everyone was great, but my favorite were the USA jump rop all-stars. Boy, could these people jump the hell out of a rope. It was really amazing, words can't do justice to the people.

Here is a video of them. I can't find the one from last night, but this one is good too. You have to be in really top-notch shape to do this. Needless to say, I am not on the team.

Monday, November 19, 2007

anatomy of a hangover

We went out with some friends on Friday night. Both of us had a horrible week at work and what we needed was to blow off some steam. Boy, did we.

I awoke on Saturday morning feeling fine. I made some coffee, walked the dog and even mowed the lawn. After mowing the lawn I realized that I wasn't feeling so fresh, so I made some breakfast and watched TV on the couch. That's when it hit me: I had a killer hangover coming on. Uh oh.

The only commitment we had for the daytime was to drop off our car for service. When Steven woke up and got ready for us to leave, I was feeling lousy, but I could manage to drop off the car and he wanted to get some lunch and look for a pair of jeans. By the time we arrived at the car place I was feeling pretty awful from the car ride. We dropped off the car and set out in our other car for lunch. At this point, just the movement from the car was making me want to throw up, but leaning my seat back wasn't working because I had drank so much water that morning and it was now all sloshing around in my stomach and making things worse. I figured once we got to the (outdoor) restaurant, I'd start feeling better.

I suffered through Steven's jean-buying session (which, gotta love him, was very quick), but by the time we sat down at the restaurant I was in terrible shape. The last thing I wanted was food, and everything on the menu turned my stomach. I ordered a cocktail in the hopes that the "hair of the dog" myth would pay off. It didn't. My drink was so sweet and syrupy. Yuck. I ordered the smallest thing on the menu that I could think of and when it arrived I couldn't even look at it. I asked Steven if it would be bad if I put my head down on the table. He said it would be. For what seemed like hours (but was in reality a quick lunch) I suffered and paid the price for my previous evening's overindulgence. On the walk back to the car from lunch I had the familiar signs of someone who is going to vomit: sweaty skin and that awful salty taste in my mouth. I really wanted to throw up and remove whatever was in my stomach that was giving me so many problems. One secret about me is that I rarely throw up. I'm not sure why, but my body refuses to throw up. I pretty much knew that I wasn't going to actually puke, but I was hoping that maybe my body would show some pity for me and just get it over with. Nope.

The ride home from lunch was even more awful than the ride there. As soon as we pulled into our driveway I launched out of the car and into bed. The only thing that got me out of bed was an even more intense urge to throw up, so I got a bucket and went back to bed. My morning of hangover agony had made me extremely tired, so I fell asleep quickly and slept the sleep of the dead.

Four hours later I woke up feeling completely refreshed and boy was I hungry. Something deep inside me told me to take my lunch with me at lunchtime when the waitress noticed I hadn't eaten anything. Nothing made me more excited than eating my leftover lunch after my afternoon nap. From that point on I was in pretty good shape.

So, the moral here is this: have fun when drinking, but if you realize that you're having too much fun, think of me and my day from hell. Remember: you will have to pay the next day. And pay hard.

Friday, November 16, 2007

we all saw this coming

Southwest passenger who was told she was too sexy to fly poses in Playboy

keep an eye on your restaurant checks

I don't ever compare my restaurant receipts to what comes through on my credit card statements. This is out of laziness on my part, but I do know that many people have been overcharged from restaurants either through human error or the waitstaff purposely overcharging customers and pocketing the difference.

BoingBoing has a neat way to combat this fraud.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

ode to my dinner salad last night

Last night I made us salads with the leftover vegetables from last weekend when my parents visited. What an unexpected treat. Normally I don't get jazzed up about a salad, but I was pleasantly surprised by my creation. Check it out:

* One bag of Dole Boston (or baby) lettuce mix. This is key because the baby lettuce is not overly crunchy/hard like iceberg lettuce.

* One chicken breast. I used a pre-cooked breast that we keep in the freezer for nights like this. Warm up the chicken in the microwave.

* Several small tomatoes. Not regular-sized tomatoes and not cherry tomatoes. These are in between. And quite delicious. I found them at Whole Foods. They are my fav.

* Shredded cheddar cheese sprinkled into the salad.

* Salted cashews. Who knew?

* Croutons. I mixed Cesar salad croutons and garlicky ones because we had a few of both.

* Cesar salad dressing.

Who knew that this seemingly uninteresting combination of ingredients would make a good salad. Boy did it make a good salad. I could eat another now and its only 9AM. The great thing about this salad is that it takes about 5 minutes to prepare, which is pretty much my attention span when it comes to cooking.

let's take a moment to reflect

It's been almost a year since we started our plans to move from Boston to Fort Lauderdale. Wow, how fast a year goes by. We got married, sold our house, drove 1500 miles to Florida, found jobs and now here we are one year later (we actually moved at the end of March, but our preparations began after Thanksgiving).

I want to take a moment to point out how nice the weather is here now. This summer was quite warm and that is fine, but in the past month the humidity has left us and our temperatures are consistently 80* every day. It is supposed to be like this until April or May when it will heat up again. It is so nice to go outside in the morning and have it be a pleasant 65*.

Here are the current conditions in our area. While we miss our friends and family something awful, I haven't worried about which sweater is clean and how I am going to bundle up for the trek to work :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

funny post from Craig's List

Sometimes I read the "Best Of" Craig's List postings. They are usually funny. This one is no exception:

http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/tpa/409930561.html

Monday, November 12, 2007

hillarious ad from Consumer Reports

Call me old fashioned, but I completely trust Consumer Reports. You know, the monthly magazine where they test out 50 toasters and tell you which one is best?

This video from them is great. I HATE all those commercials for drugs that are on TV. Shouldn't my doctor be the one recommending drugs to me and not the other way around? I don't want to see some drug on TV and then go to my doctor and request it. Come on! Consumer Reports puts all this into perspective with this video.

Way to go CR!

vinegar as wonder substance

This is a cool article from BoingBoing about all the wonderful uses of vinegar. I want to try the one for sweat stains on shirts.

Make creamy scrambled eggs: as eggs thicken when scrambling, add a tablespoon of vinegar for every two eggs.

Rub vinegar on the cut end of uncooked ham to prevent mold.

Add a tsp. of vinegar and sugar to correct a too-salty taste (in any recipe).

Pour a dash of white vinegar on a cloth and lay it over a burn, including sunburn.

Try vinegar ice cubes to clean and deodorize a garbage disposal.

Pour a cup of vinegar into the dishwasher and run the empty machine through the whole cycle to get rid of soap buildup and odors.

Use a paste of vinegar and baking soda to clean tarnished brass, copper, and pewter, or the scorch marks on the bottom of an iron.

Renew sponges, loofahs, dingy white socks, and dish rags by letting them soak overnight in dilute vinegar.

Remove grease and grime from fan blades, oven interiors, tops of refrigerators, etc.

Pour 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar into a sandwich-sized or quart-sized plastic bag and tying over a scummy shower-head for an hour.

Clean toilet bowl rings by turning off the input spigot, removing water from the bowl, and laying vinegar-soaked paper towels on the ring for an hour or more.

Stretch any commercial window cleaner by combining it with 1/3 water and 1/3 vinegar.

Scrub fireplace bricks with vinegar.

Decrease static or dust accumulation of plastic or vinyl surfaces by wiping them down with vinegar and water.

Use vinegar on mildewed garments that cannot take bleach.

Wash new clothes with 1/2 cup white vinegar to eliminate manufacturing chemicals.

Remove odor and perspiration or deodorant stains by spraying vinegar on underarm or collar areas.

Make nylon hose look smoother and last longer by adding a tablespoon over vinegar to the rinse water.

Get salt stains off shoes with a dilute vinegar wipe.

Stop itching from insect stings or poison ivy by dabbing or spraying with vinegar.

To cut appetite and reduce weight, drink one glass of a mixture of vinegar, honey, and grapefruit juice before meals.

Pour vinegar wherever you don't want ants to congregate.

Add it to the kids' sandbox to discourage cats from employing it. Also, spray vinegar on furniture or surfaces you want a cat to leave alone.

Get rid of rust on spigots, tools, or bolts by soaking them.

Tighten the cane in a sagging chair by sponging it with a heated solution of 50/50 vinegar and water.

Wash skinned game with a 50/50 vinegar/water solution to reduce the gamey taste.

Add vinegar to a pet's drinking water to discourage fleas and mange.

new look

I was having some problems with my previous layout so I am trying this new, kinda boring layout. It's simple and clean, but a little too simple and a little too clean. We'll see how long it stays. What do you think? Good or too boring?

forgive me father, it has been seven days since my last blog post

I was just reading my friend Stephanie's blog and she commented on how she missed one day with a blog post. Now, she is in a contest of sorts and promised to post, but it made me wonder when the last time I had posted. I was shocked to see that I had missed an entire week of blogging. I am not in any contests, but I have a rule with myself that I won't let more than a few days go by without blogging. The number one rule of blogging is to post fresh content. Without it, people will get bored and forget to read your blog, which is of course why we all do this, right? For me, this is part for others and part for me. I like to re-read my posts later on. I have terrible memory problems with some things, so this is a great place to store my thoughts.

Stephanie also mentioned that she scored five strikes in Wii bowling over the weekend. I am proud to report that I also scored five strikes in Wii bowling this weekend! What a coincidence! My parents were visiting this weekend and I thought that they would get a kick out of the Wii. They did and were pretty good, also. A side benefit was that i bowled my finest game of Wii bowling ever! Way to go Marky.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

I don't like the new boston.com layout

I don't like what boston.com did with their homepage. The old way was easy to navigate. The new page looks like a step back. They obviously didn't consult with me prior to making this change. What do you think? I mean, I am resistant to change and I was pissed when they changed from their original page a few years back, but I got over it.

Good or not good? Boston.com

Monday, November 05, 2007

to cut or not to cut?

There is a great article about male circumcision in the UK Times. Here in America we are fascinated with circumcising our young boys, but elsewhere in the world this isn't the case. What a big decision to make as parents while your newborn is so young. I don't think I am on board with all this cutting. It seems unnecessary in this day and age.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article2761868.ece

Thursday, November 01, 2007

the big chill and sick days at home

I stayed home sick today. I haven't been feeling good all week and I decided last night that I was going to stay home and rest today. I think its good to do that every now and then.

I am almost certain that I have blogged about The Big Chill movie, but I searched my blog and I can't find the post, so I am blogging about it again.

If you have Comcast OnDemand, the movie should show up in your free movies section. If you haven't seen it, its a movie about a group of college friends who get together 12 years after college for a funeral of one of the group members. What transpires over the weekend is that they all reflect on their past times and compare those to their current lives. Each person has some problems that they realize over the weekend. It's a wonderful movie and I suggest you stop what you're doing now and watch this movie. I really helps put things into perspective (and the soundtrack is great).