Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Here's a new technology that will make the whole thing much more pleasant - a quick procedure with no radiation and no squishing! It's not perfected yet - or widely available - but I'm looking forward to that day with great anticipation.
Speaking of breast cancer, the National Race for the Cure is coming up on June 2 in Washington, DC. Be warned, I'll be hitting up all of you for contributions to the cause. :)
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
"No you will not teach or show that propagandist Al Gore video to my child, blaming our nation -- the greatest nation ever to exist on this planet -- for global warming,"
So, just because we are a great nation, we can't be doing anything wrong? Sounds like something Dubya would say!
The school board has lifted the "moratorium" so that the teacher can show the movie -- as long as she also presents the other side of the story. Unfortuntely, she's having trouble finding anything that *doesn't* say the world is getting warmer!
[Flashbacks to Inherit the Wind, anyone? We aren't harming the planet, and we didn't evolve from monkeys, either.]
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Saturday, January 20, 2007
We decided to have dinner at Stubb's, too. There was a huge line outside, but it turned out those people were waiting to get in and get their tickets for the show; there was only a very short wait to eat at the restaurant. The food was very good! I had the brisket sandwich, but everybody's food - the brisket, the sausage, the chopped beef - looked excellent. We listened to the opening band from the (heated) patio, and then went inside and downstairs at 10pm to see Carbon Leaf. We ended up standing near the bar at the back of the room, but I didn't mind much - less ringing in the ears afterwards! The only problem was when the tall people in front of me leaned over to talk to each other and completely blocked my view! [and remind me, next time I go to one of these things, to leave my coat in the car!]
It turns out that this is their first time headlining their own tour - until now, they've been opening for other bands, like Dave Matthews - and the Austin tour date is the closest they've come to selling out so far! :) They said they'd come back and play a big venue in Austin, but it was up to all of us to bring 30 friends to fill the place.
They played a lot of the songs I knew from Indian Summer and Echo Echo (although we had to wait for the last song of the night to hear The Boxer) and also a lot of songs from the new album, Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat. I remember the song, The War Was In Color, from the DC Show. It's a bittersweet song. They also sang the same five-part harmony on the "Jesus song" that they did last year, but this time I recognized it and appreciated it for what it was. And of course they had to play their new song "Texas Star." You can listen to all of the songs from the album on the Carbon Leaf website. :)
I want the new album. I'd ask for it for my birthday, but I don't think I can wait a month! It's been on my Amazon wish list for a while, maybe I'll just break down and get it now.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Yep, cannabinoids. The stuff that makes people "feel no pain" when they smoke marijuana* is also what kills your headache when you take Tylenol. So, if this is true, couldn't marijuana be made legal? Or, conversely, couldn't the people who get to take medical marijuana just take Tylenol instead? NORML is going to have a field day with this!
"Although paracetamol has been used clinically for more than a century, its mode of action has been a mystery until about one year ago, when two independent groups (Zygmunt and colleagues and Bertolini and colleagues) produced experimental data unequivocally demonstrating that the analgesic effect of paracetamol is due to the indirect activation of cannabinoid CB(1) receptors."
* Having never smoked the stuff, I have no first-hand knowledge of this. Really.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Then I stepped out the back door and caught the ice forming on the pine needles. This is apparently the worst ice storm to hit Austin in 8 years.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Apparently there's a Knitting movie in the works! I know you muggles (in addition to non-magic folk in the Harry Potter series, that's the term that the Yarn Harlot uses for non-knitters) out there might not be terribly excited, but it just sounds like fun! I'll admit, a movie of a bunch of women sitting around knitting might not be that fantastic, but I'm sure the story line has more to it than that. And if Julia Roberts likes the idea, then it may turn into a pretty good movie. :)
I might have to get the book, although the reviews aren't too stellar. Here's hoping Hollywood can do something to improve it!
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Saturday, January 13, 2007
[I am also starting to think that I may be allergic to mold - my allergies are always worse when I've been in my bedroom for a few hours, and this may be the culprit.]
So, I got up and went to the kitchen to get a mixing bowl to put on the windowsill. Turning around from the sink, I noticed something moving out of the corner of my eye. Wouldn't you know it? A HUGE roach running across the floor. He probably just came in to get out of the rain. I whipped out my trusty can of (floral scented) RAID and nailed the sucker. Blech, blech, blech. *shudder* I hate bugs.
Back to the bedroom, to put the large bowl under the drips. Unfortunately, I'm a really light sleeper, and the dripping sound would have kept me up forever. Off to the sofa! I took my tea, and my blanket, and moved into the living room. Got all settled, then when I reached for my tea, I knocked it over! All over the magazines, my iPod cable, and various yarn projects on the table! ACK! (Fortunately, I managed not to soak the laptop) I scurried back to the kitchen (watching out for the bug carcass), got paper towels and dishtowels, cleared everything away off the coffee table, wiped everything down... ugh.
Sigh. Back to the bedroom. The rain had slowed (it was already 7am), so the dripping quieted down. Took a Benadryl, popped in the earplugs, and passed out! Another three hours of sleep were well worth the effort. ;)
Now that I'm mostly awake, today's chores, other than staying dry, are to a) call the landlady and let her know about the dripping, although I suspect that it can't be fixed until everything is dry, and that may take until the end of the week; b) clean the house and c) finish crocheting R's poncho!
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
First, I assumed (incorrectly) that the infinitive was tejar - it's not. It's tejer. From context, I guessed that the word tejer is Spanish for knit... then I went to check. I usually use Babelfish to help with my translations, but over there, knitting translates as "hacer punto" - literally, to make points. I found another dictionary that lists tejer. I might have to use that site more often, as Babelfish tends to foul things up more often than not. [In case you're wondering, "tejar" means to tile, as in putting down the bathroom floor.] Speaking of Babelfish, here's a site with a fun script called Multibabel: you enter a sentence in English, and it translates in and out of five different languages, so the end result is totally skewed.
Spanish and knitting are two of the biggest things in my life, but this is the first time I have ever put the two together (for good reason, since clearly I didn't know what the correct terminology was!). In addition to all the knitting projects I'm going to do this year, I really should get back to practicing, reading, and using my Spanish. Maybe I'll rent some movies in Spanish, too, and hide the subtitles. (My high school Spanish teacher used to put toilet paper up across the bottom of the tv screen so we couldn't see the English subtitles... I think DVDs are advanced enough that I won't have to resort to that.) Besides, knitting and reading subtitles do not mix very well. ;) I could always turn on Telemundo or Univision and watch a novela or two!
Thursday, January 04, 2007
LiveScience has published an article about how women choose the men they want to have 'flings' with vs. the ones they would marry.
Overwhelmingly, participants said those with more masculine features were likely to be risky and competitive and also more apt to fight, challenge bosses, cheat on spouses and put less effort into parenting. Those with more feminine faces were seen as good parents and husbands, hard workers and emotionally supportive mates [compare examples].
They also link to an article that says that "fighting for a mate" makes men more apt to die sooner.
"excessive risk taking, aggression, and the suppression of emotions by boys and young men" [are] directly related to lower life expectancy in men.
If I'm reading this right, basically, if a woman chooses to marry the really high-testosterone and super-handsome (though not necessarily Mr. Risk-Taker), he'll either cheat or be a deadbeat dad or both. The more risk-taking the man is, the more likely he will die sooner. So what we're left with is the less risky, more feminine-looking man, who will live longer and be a good dad, but have as much personality as a wet noodle.
Maybe we are talking about Jewish guys again after all?
ha ha, just kidding...
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
* If you raised your right arm and heard the 'He-Man' theme in your head when you read these words, you're a child of the 80's, just like me. (Ahem. Not only is there a website, it seems a movie version of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is in the works! ACK!)
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Monday, January 01, 2007
1) Hanging out with the fam. Yes, they're a little bit nutty, but we have had a good time. Although for future reference, a week may be a little bit too long for family bonding.
2) Seeing all my pals. I managed to get together with most of the people I wanted to see this week, with one notable exception (she knows who she is, she was off getting tan in Florida!) I also missed seeing some of the new mommies and their wee ones, but I'll be back in either March or June - or both!
3) Driving mom's car. My car is just going to seem like a sluggish tin can when I get back. Oh well. I still love my Cruiser.
4) The food! I had sushi, Indian food (twice), dim sum, bison, and even some Mexican food this week. urp. (Have to find a dim sum place in Austin.)
5) Staying an extra day to watch USC in the Rose Bowl! As long as UT is closed for the President Ford remembrance day, Dad offered to pay for me to stay an extra day, and this way I don't get home at midnight tonight.
5 Worst Things about being in DC this week:
1) Smoke. Between my dad's cigars and pipes, and the ciggie smokers in the bars, it was a little much. I'm so thankful for the clean air in Austin!
2) Doing tech support. I had to reinstall printer drivers, replace printer cartridges, run backups, and fix email programs. ARGH.
3) Allergies. I never had allergies when I lived here, but as soon as I returned I started feeling sick, just as I did in LA at Thanksgiving. I'm guessing that the allergies were helped along by the dust and smoke in the house. So I've had a sore throat and a cough all week. UGH.
4) Traffic. 66 West any time of day. The Beltway at Tyson's. Yuck. So glad I don't have to do that any more.
5) The weather. Although I can't complain much... global warming made it warmer than I expected it to be. Well, that and the heated car seats!