Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
And here's what he looks like today!
I think he's kind of creepy looking. He lost the hot somewhere over the last 18 years.
Verdict: NOT HOT!
And I just realized that my next post will be my 100th! I'll have to think of something special to do...
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The other reason I'm excited is because Survivor is in Gabon. I've always wanted to go to Africa, and was going to study abroad in Tanzania. Then the embassy there and in Kenya were attacked and my parents wouldn't let me go anymore. I'll get there one day.
Ooooh! Look at the elephants. The perfectly toned bodies! Jeff Probst!
Fun fact for you. I once sent in the most boring Survivor application video. I wrote a witty poem and sat with Monty on my shoulder while I read it. Can you believe they didn't want me?
In other news, I took my computer to a new place today and the word is I will get it back all fixed in 1-2 weeks. More on that later. Sorry I have no pictures to spice up this boring post. Okay, gotta run because I need to absorb every second of Survivor.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Well, last night I was reading Perez and the screen went black. I tried not to freak out, and slept on it. This morning I took it to Circuit City and paid $60 for the diagnostics. After googling this problem, I suspected something was wrong with the screen-LCD light went out or something. I was reassured when the guy from Firedog called and told me he got it up and running, and was going to do some more diagnostics.
That was short-lived because they called me this evening to tell me that my mother fucking board is out. Oh, and that's the most expensive repair and I'd be better off buying a new computer. WTF? This computer is literally a month off of warranty. OF COURSE the fucking motherboard went out. The nice lady from Firedog told me that computers these days have a shelf life of 18 months, and something big like the hard drive or motherboard goes out. So basically these companies go around making total pieces of shit products and you have to live with it.
So, my options are to either find a new motherboard myself online and have it installed or buy a new computer. The motherboard alone will run around $500, but that doesn't include installation. I would have to live without my laptop for who knows how long. My LIFE is on there. I am finishing a manuscript for publication, I am aligning sequences for my job, I am getting a fucking PhD and I need a computer.
Fortunately, they will be able to retrieve the data on the hard drive. I guess I should be thankful, huh? Lucky me! But that alone will cost me another $100. And what kind of computer would I even buy? I swore off Dell, and now I want to swear off HP. I really liked my computer until this happened. I am not ready for the Mac transition. I guess the moral of this story is to buy those outrageously expensive warranties they try to sell you when you buy electronics. And if I get a new computer, I have to reinstall all the programs and it is the biggest pain in the ass to transfer all your files, music, pictures, etc.
I wish I could put a picture on this post, but I can't because I don't have my laptop! Fuck you, HP!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Well, I'm thrilled to report that since we adopted Levi, Monty has stopped pulling out his feathers! I'm so proud of him. I can't explain why this has happened. Many people comment that maybe Monty was lonely. Monty and Levi aren't in the same room while we are at work, so that can't be it. My best guess is that maybe we were focusing too much on Monty (what?!) and it's better for him now that we have another outlet. Maybe we were smothering poor Monty.
We are taking Monty to the vet on Sat. to get his wings clipped and nails trimmed. I am fearful that he will start picking again after his wings are clipped. However, for his safety, it is imperative that his wings stay clipped. Otherwise, he tries to follow us, and he could get caught in a closing door or land in a pot of hot water.
Remember when Monty looked like this?
And this? (post-bath and you can see where he picked his scab)
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
First let me say that it's messier than usual because Jason's clothes are all over the place. He must have just done laundry. I am not sugar-coating for my blog readers! This is real life-in a garbage can!
- Recycle computer. This is done! It took me an entire day to figure out how to wipe the hard drive clean. It was difficult since the computer is so old, isn't connected to the internet, and won't read flash drives. Jason is actually taking it to the recycling center today. We tried donating the monitor, speakers, and keyboard to Goodwill, but they didn't want them.
- Rent a storage unit. We have no more storage space in our condo, and our storage unit in the basement is pretty full. We have things we want to save for our future house, but don't have room for. So, the desk, that white chair, the office chair, and a lot of the extra "stuff" (e.g. Beanie Babies) are going into storage. We will also take things from our storage unit and from other parts of the condo and put them into storage as well.
- That tall bookcase is going into the living room, which is relatively empty.
- Jason's bikes are going in the storage unit. I wish! This will never happen, unfortunately. He insists on keeping them in the condo, so they will be a permanent fixture in the office. He doesn't demand much, so I'll let him have this one.
- Paint the walls. We have some paint at home that we were going to use for the living room, but didn't like the way it looked with the crown molding. It's a very neutral tan color.
- Get nice blinds or curtains. We have some nice red curtains in the bedroom that don't really match our bedding, so I will probably move those in there.
- Rework the closet. Jason did such an awesome job of making a custom closet for me in the bedroom, and it would be nice if he could do something similar in the office to maximize the space.
- Get a very small desk to house my office supplies and the printer. Since I work on a laptop, mostly on the couch, I have no need for a large desk. What do you think about these (Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs)?
- Get a daybed. I don't know if a daybed will fit, but I think it would make the room look nice, especially when we go to put it on the market (Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs).
Just to remind you that I don't live in complete clutter, remember how nice my dining room looked after we painted it?
I'll post after pictures, but don't expect to see those anytime soon; the next few weekends are pretty booked solid for us.
Monday, September 8, 2008
I purchased my fourth Joachim Knill photograph. The other three are in the kitchen, so this one will likely join them:
I purchased my fourth William Thayer. I have two Paris scenes and a Venice. I loved this one of a cemetery in Ireland. He told us it's a 10th century cemetery, and the headstones are so weather-worn, you can't read them. This one will likely join the others in our bedroom.
So, I noticed that my taste has grown a little less traditional and a little more edgy. I loved these block prints by Wendy & Marvin Hill. They were so nice at that booth. They let us choose three that we liked and they are going to matte them together and send it to us. We chose "Artemis," from this group:And "Hermes of the Witches:"
I can't find a picture of "Atlas" on the website, but he rounded out our trio.
We picked up this awesome piece by Bryan Cunningham, aka MUTIE. I loved his work, and he even won a jury award. This really made me laugh. It's a voodoo doll and it says, "get results." Right now it's in the hallway, but it will need a special place when we have a house.
Finally, I HAD to get this little girl robot when I saw her. Look at her little boobs! She makes me smile every time I see her. I couldn't find his website, but here is Anthony Pack's Flickr photostream. She is on my dresser for now.
See, now that I'm collecting all this art, I need a house with more walls and tables to display it all, don't you think?
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I have thought about whether I would talk about the anniversary of his death on my blog. I have decided to devote this entry to the danger of cigarette smoking and facts associated with lung cancer. Although my dad quit nearly 10 years prior to his diagnosis, his lifelong two-pack-a-day habit no doubt contributed to his premature death at 63. But, the fact that he smoked did not make his death any more bearable for him or us than if he had died of another form of cancer.
I am not being judgemental about people smoking, I am just reporting the facts. Please consider encouraging your loved ones to quit, or to quit yourself if you are a smoker. It's not worth dying for a cigarette.
The following facts about smoking were found here.
Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S.
In the U.S., 123,836 people die each year from lung, trachea, and bronchus cancers caused by smoking.
In the U.S., 34,693 people die each year from cancers other than lung, trachea, and bronchus caused by smoking.
In the U.S., 3,000 people die each year from secondhand smoke-related lung cancer.
About one third of youth smokers will eventually die from a tobacco-related disease.
One half of all lifetime smokers will die prematurely as a result of smoking.
About 90% of all lung cancer deaths among U.S. women smokers are caused by smoking.
Tobacco is expected to kill 1 billion people this century. That’s 10 times the toll it took in the 20th century.
Cigarettes kill over 50 people an hour.
In 2006, over 5 million people around the world died from tobacco products.
The following facts about lung cancer were found here.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.
Approximately 50% of the people diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked or are former smokers.
Lung cancer accounts for approximately 29% of all cancer deaths.
Lung cancer kills more Americans each year than breast, prostate, colorectal, and pancreatic cancers combined.
Lung cancer kills more than three times as many men each year than prostate cancer.
Lung cancer kills more women each year than breast, ovarian, uterine, and cervical cancers combined.
During 2008, there will be about 215,020 new cases of lung cancer (114,690 among men and 100,330 among women).
Lung cancer kills 84% of newly diagnosed patients within five years. The survival rate is 49% for cases detected when the disease is localized to the lung, but only 16% of lung cancers are diagnosed that early.
More than 7% of American men and women will be diagnosed with lung cancer in the course of their lifetime.
In 2007, approximately $1,633 was spent on research per lung cancer death, compared with: $13,471 per breast cancer death $11,298 per prostate cancer death $4,774 per colorectal cancer death (this statistic makes me sick)
Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. There will be an estimated 161,840 deaths from lung cancer (90,810 among men and 71,030 among women) in 2008, accounting for around 29% of all cancer deaths.
While lung cancer causes one in three cancer deaths, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) invested less than 5% of its $4.8 billion budget in lung cancer research in 2007. The two other federal agencies with significant cancer research programs – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Defense (DOD) – have no money earmarked for lung cancer in 2007. Expressed in dollars per death, research funding through these three federal sources in 2007 totaled $23,754 for breast cancer, $11,959 for prostate cancer and $5,500 for colon cancer. Lung cancer research spending was $1,414 per death, a 23% drop from $1,829 in research funding per death in 2005.
Sorry to be a downer. I have never smoked and therefore cannot imagine how difficult it must be to quit. It's easy for me to sit here and tell people to quit because I have never experienced an addiction like nicotine. I wish I could convey the hell my family lived through watching my dad suffer and realize that he was dying. Those seven months were both too short and excruciatingly long. I wouldn't wish that on anyone.
Monday, September 1, 2008
According to a new study, "aging Americans who have been runners suffer fewer disabilities, live more active lives and are half as likely as aging nonrunners to die early."
Furthermore, "the study discovered running apparently delays the disabilities of aging, the aches, pains and weaknesses, by an average of 16 years. And those benefits increase as the runners move into their 70s, 80s, even 90s."
And finally, "over the 24 years of the study, researchers found that, contrary to popular belief, running did not lead to hip, back or knee problems. In fact, just the opposite. Runners were seven times less likely to require knee replacements than nonrunners, and runners suffered less cancer and neurological problems."
Personally, I feel like running is not doing good things to my body. I have had knee problems, but they are solved by getting new shoes. I have extreme lower back stiffness in spite of stretching and doing pilates. I started doing yoga, but my schedule got thrown off when we adopted Levi. Now that I've been running regularly for several years, I worry about switching to a different form of cardio because I feel like running burns the most calories in the shortest amount of time. I guess this study demonstrates that I should stick with it for my health's sake!
What about you other runners? Do you feel like running is wreaking havoc on your joints?
This is a pretty sexy picture of me after running my first half-marathon in 2005.