Sunday, January 31, 2010

Suzanne's Soundtrack Sunday

On the TV, there's a piano theme. One of the most recognizable movie themes: Halloween. It begs the question, how many movie themes or songs do you hear and instantly are transported to watching that movie.

I may be one of the few people on the planet who has not seen Jaws, but I know the theme well. It came out in 1976, and if my dad dared to take me to the theater to see it that summer, it wouldn't bode well for his Sunday ritual of soaking in the sun at Jones Beach.

That wasn't the first theme that was memorable. Once again, a horror movie captured the attention, but that time, I didn't realize it was. Mike Oldfield wrote Tubular Bells, and The Exorcist may have catapulted to the top of the box office because that song was everywhere when the movie came out.

Other songs may have extremely strong associations with the movies that contain them, but the horror movie themes? They stay with me.

How about you?

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Desk Dilemma

You would think, with the amount of studying I do, that I would have a desk to contemplate the workload every day. Unfortunately, that is not the case. I do my studying on the couch.

It's not the perfect solution. The leg issues necessitate keeping My Stupid Leg (trademark pending) elevated as much as possible, but it means I'm trying to balance laptop and books on one table. Sitting at a desk before (if I had my own, that is) would not have been comfortable. Now, with the spread of the RSD and post op complications, I didn't think a solution would be feasible.

Until the other day.

I was out shopping and saw this:

Initially, I contemplated it for putting all my school stuff because there is just so much more of it this semester. Then, I thought, "Hey, maybe I could use that to prop up my leg under a desk while I'm studying!"

Until someone makes my dream item, a desk that is at the height of a chaise, this might be my work around. I think the next step is to get a tape measure out and see if I can fit one of those under a desk!

Just think, I could still put all my books and study materials in the thing, too!

Friday, January 29, 2010

In Search of That Last W-2

I'm stalking the postman. Well, post lady, because our carrier is female. Ed's had his W-2 for about 2 weeks, my unemployment W-2 showed up on Monday and now I'm just waiting on the Census.

Yes, I'm one of those people who does their taxes as early as possible. Part of the reason is to do my FAFSA early and get whatever grants I can get to come my way, part of it is for verification for Game Teen's Patient Assistance.

This year, after the bills are paid off and the tuition is tucked away for the summer classes, we are splurging. Yes, alert the media, we're going to make a major purchase.

A new bed.

I know, exciting, right? The current bed was purchased when I was expecting Chef and it's no longer comfortable for either one of us. Since I developed RSD, it's impossible for me to get a full night's sleep on it. Ed's final straw was when he cracked his ribs.

Lately, it seems like there have been a heck of a lot more commercials on TV for sleep number beds, Tempurpedic beds, Serta, Sealy and whomever else is selling them. It's like they all know that we've decided that this is the year we get a good night's sleep again.

That's the plan, anyway. Now, if you'll excuse me, I think I'm going to look at some websites.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thursday Tidbits

It was a long academic day, but at the end of it, I am weary and in pain-but the mind is swimming from the scholarly pursuits. So, little bits of this and that are the order for the day.

*While waiting for my 8am class to start this morning, I was chatting with a classmate and we agreed that the professor is definitely the type that you want for an 8am class. It was mentioned that Game Teen gets on the bus at 6:00, then I head over to Tampa from Lakeland. Then I was paid a compliment, that he should have figured me for a Poly student by the kind of questions I ask in class.

*I realized something today. For the drive between campuses, I dug out my Spanish for Gringoes CDs, but inspiration struck. The spanish textbook publisher has a website that we utilize for listening exercises. If I access that with my phone and plug it in to the car stereo. While those CDs are good, it's much better to practice the exact materials during the drive!

*There aren't a lot of food options close to campus (We're not going to go into the cafeteria on campus. Trust me on this.) Nearby, I'd passed a place that has a sign that says "Warning, our burgers are habit forming!" and the parking lot is always packed.

Today, I decided to see if the believed in truth in advertising. That lot was packed, the burgers were bargain priced, and indeed, I probably will develop a Thursday afternoon patty melt craving! When nearly everyone who was served was greeted by first name, I suspect that people are addicted.

*This semester, a class requires group work, but it might change my opinion somewhat. At least everyone contributes in this one.

*The 75 minute class is rough on the leg, the 2 hour one is worse and if I've spent the day in between classes in the computer lab, by the time I get to my last class, the leg was screaming in agony. At one month post op, I think it's time to visit with the neurologist to assess the degree of damage this last surgery caused.

*I think I hear my pillow...


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Fun with Numbers

Before this semester, everyone had the same statement to offer about one of the required classes I am taking:

Statistics SUCKS

I scoffed at them, because number crunching can be fun. There, I said it-I enjoy calculating probability, percentages and interest rates.

The assurances were that once I got involved with the sum of squares, standard deviations, Z scores and statistical significance, I'd change my tune. However, the opposite is happening: I am geeking over the stuff I can now calculate!

The homework has required thinking, but it's definitely real world applications we are using. One of the questions involved a fictitious Canadian city and temperatures over 10 years. We made a lot of jokes about the information we were asked to provide ("what would you tell someone who doesn't know statistics? It's damn COLD in Canada on December 26th!") So, we calculated out all our information and the professor asked what all the numbers told us. Blank stares.

Then I answer "Well, what we see from this is that the average temperature is -7, but the variance indicates that the temperature can be as high as zero and as low as -14." Like I said, I enjoy number crunching.

Sometimes, it pays to be analytical.

Like this semester.




Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I Hate Vista Redux

Once upon a time, I was well versed in all the wonderful things that you could do with Excel and Word. Creating forms for work? No problem. Making professional looking flyers? Sure thing.

Then I bought a laptop with Vista and Office 2007. All the wonderfulness that is Windows XP and Office 2003 was left behind. I think I have griped before about how much I loathe Vista. Today, it is time to bash Office.

I'm making frequency graphs and histograms for one of my classes. Once I input field data, if I insert a label, Office removes the data! Oy. I've been playing with this stuff for two hours. It is extremely frustrating, but I need to figure this all out-as four classes will utilize these representations all semester long. Too bad the search feature doesn't bring up hyperlinks that jump to the needed function, as in 2003.

I'll get this all figured out-just in time for something else to come along!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Second Verse, Same as the First

Or, second trip to WDW in a week and I'll visit the same park again!

The next couple of months, it seems like a lot of friends are making tracks for the Mouse's house. My former boss, Joyce and Tim, a blogging friend, a few YaYa sistahs and more. Today, I went over to meet my friends Liz and Greg.

It was great to see them and make our way around the park. What I liked the best was that because they're coming down again in a few months, we enjoyed a relaxed pace today. They suggested doing one of their favorite activities, which I'd never seen before.

Over the years, I'd heard about Miyuki, the artisan who crafts beautiful animals out of taffy at the Japan pavillion, but I'd never taken the time to watch her in action. It's one of Greg's favorites, so we hung around waiting for her next show time.

It was impressive, and something I need to bring the boys to see. In a couple of minutes, talking the whole time, Miyuki takes a ball of hot candy and turns it into a beautiful work of art. Yes, it's edible, but it seems a shame to bite into such beauty.






It just goes to show that you can visit your favorite place dozens of times and still find new things to do.

Thanks for the great day, Liz and Greg!


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Suzanne's Soundtrack Sunday

It's always cool when a favorite artist teaches you a word or five in a foreign language within a good song.

This came to mind the other day in my Spanish class, as we were learning about the different subjectivos
en espanol. (gotta figure out how to get that tilde on there) We learned about historia, anthropologia and psicologia and my mind went to a wonderful gem of a song from Julia Fordham, "Genius".

In the song, she talks about having to be a genius to work out the relationship issues she is having as she sings the song to her partner. This bossa nova inspired song then shifts to Portuguese, though I thought it might be Spanish. Alas, I tried to find a decent video on You Tube to share it, but the one good video only performs the song in English, but I did find Genius at Lastfm.com.

One that came out while I was taking French in middle school was this gem from Billy Joel. I remember singing it while walking into class and my teacher got annoyed with me that I paid more attention to learning the French in a song than the verbs in class!


Then there are the songs with languages that are hard to understand, much less sing along. I can think of about a dozen Basia songs that feature her native Polish, but the fast pace of most of those songs makes it difficult. I end up humming along.

Yes, the years of studying choral music means I do have a smattering of understanding of Italian, German, and French. Strangely, in the time that I was in the choir, we never did a song in Spanish.

I need to find some, because they tend to help us remember those lessons, like Schoolhouse Rock did. Besides 'Eres Tu', any suggestions?

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Things to Consider When Transferring Colleges

Last month, while I was sitting in the hospital reviewing my transcript online (neat feature we have in the Florida higher education system), I noticed something: my math class taken in Maryland had transferred in to USF, but just as a 3 credit elective and not as a math class.

Until I looked that day, there is something I hadn't considered: every single college out there has different names and course numbers for similar content. When I transferred credits from the college in Maryland back to New York for my Associate's, NCC (the school in NY) was not familiar with Business English, a course taken in Maryland. Once they were provided with a course description from the second school, NCC applied the course to their English requirement.

At that same school in Maryland, another course I took was Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics. USF transferred it in as an elective. When I was accepted as a transfer student, I was just so tickled that USF took every single credit, I didn't scrutinize all the classes. The requirements needed to get my Bachelor's made sense. It wasn't until I took the time to really look at the SASS that I realized I had one math class already.

It paid to be thorough. I sent an email to my advisor, asking for a review. In it, I provided the course description from the school in Maryland with a hyperlink, as well as one to my SASS audit, which showed that it wasn't coded as a math class. Also included was the link and description from the USF catalog to the comparable math class offered.

Ten days later, I got a reply, stating that it fulfilled the math requirement. Woohoo, one less class to take!

Today, I was chatting with a friend on Facebook. We were talking about school. She asked what I had to take after this semester. Biology, a CLEP exam, Spanish and five Psychology classes. I mentioned that I've already taken two lab sciences, but I have to take biology, too. Ugh.

Me being me, I decided to go look at exactly what my options were. Last time I looked, I'd seen a course that sounded interesting, Sex and Today's World. Definitely more appealing than Cellular Processes.

Wait a minute.

At NCC, I took Family and Human Sexuality. Thanks to last month's experience, I wondered how it was transferred for two reasons. One, NCC required the course to graduate. Two, it was part of the Physical Education department, not Life Sciences or Biology. It was accepted in Health Learning Processes. Comparing the two course catalogs, the Bio course at USF and Human Sexuality at NCC were very similar.

Another email was sent out, hyperlinks, descriptions and all. In about two weeks, I'm pretty sure I'll get the answer I'm hoping: the courses are essentially the same and I can scratch the Biology requirement off my list as fulfilled.

Now, some people might find it irritating that they have to do the leg work to get the proper credit. I don't. Each college or university is a unique entity. As a result, I shouldn't expect them to know what courses from other schools match theirs. To spend fifteen minutes gathering and compiling all the information they need to see that the courses are the same is a small investment.

So, if you transfer from one school to another, keep this in mind. Only YOU know what you took and why you took it. In most cases, we take a class to meet a requirement. Look over what is required to graduate and compare what you took against those you need. If you've got a question about something that just might meet the criteria, send an email with links and descriptions.

If you're like me, it may mean that you are two classes closer to your degree!

Friday, January 22, 2010

A Bad Day at Epcot is Better Than

...just about anything.

But I didn't have a bad day at Epcot, I had a good one. Some pictures and few notes today. My apologies to those of you following along on Facebook today, some of these are duplicates.

(If it doesn't take a dog's age to upload video, there might be some Soarin' video tomorrow, too).
The morning started with rain. A LOT of rain. I almost canned the planned visit, but I thought that even with the rain, I'd have a good day.

The reason Disney hates people like me. This is the only thing I purchased in the whole time I was in the park. Have Vitamin Water, will travel.

The first ride I went on. In the line, I recognized someone from a message board and thanks to using the scooter, I experienced the standby line for the first time. With the walker, I end up in the alternate queue. Sitting in the scooter is better in some respects-I'll take the wait.

Looking for Spanish wherever I can for my class. It was funny, I heard a couple talk to each other on Soarin ("Nos Vemos de San Fransisco") and I realized the guy said that he'd see the woman in San Fran. Cool.

Mission Space has your choice of experience:Orange for Intense and Green for non spinning. I love the Orange, but thought better of it, what with the chiari and the leg. Less intense still is an enjoyable ride.

Waiting for the Canada movie to start.

The Rose and Crown, the British themed restaurant.

What will you celebrate today? Do I have to celebrate something? Will you give me cake?

Koi in Japan

Then, minutes later, I met some Redcoats in America.

Gondolas at the Italy Isola.

The park was lightly attended today, but half of those there were Brazilian tour groups.

Germany, from across the water.

Interesting architectural details in China

A trio from Morocco.


Closer




The little details throughout this country's pavillion are incredible. I love looking each time I visit.

Germany, up close and in miniature.

The Stave Church in Norway. This actually is the first place that I had a minor issue. Someone playing stupid and ignoring my "Excuse me" "Perdon" and "Excusez Moi" that got louder and more snarky as the guy played dumb. Think it would have been justifiable if I'd run over his foot after saying it three times in each language?
Spaceship Earth.
If all goes well, I'll be back on Disney property on Monday to meet up with my friend Liz. Apparently, United really screwed up her reservation, so she's not sure if she will be flying to Orlando tomorrow. Boo.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Leaving it to The Last Minute

Back in July, I got a free ticket to Walt Disney World for my birthday. Well, sort of.

The thing was, when I showed up at one of their parks, fifteen minutes before it closed, it was POURING out. I went to actually claim one of the other things that they'd advertised, the $75.00 gift card-but I had to have a ticket or pass to get that gift.

Sooo, there I was, I could have a ticket and it was not optimal park touring weather. I asked the cast member what my options were. She suggested that I take my free ticket and convert it into a three day play pass for a nominal fee. So I did.

Of course, I felt guilty that I had a ticket and the men did not-so I haven't used the thing. It expires on the 26th, and I still have three days. However, I do have friends vacationing at the Happiest Place on Earth, and I will see them on Monday-that's one of the days.

Tomorrow, while the boys are in school, I'm taking a scooter and touring a park. I've ruled out Hollywood Studios, because the post surgery situation prevents me from enjoying my favorites. Then, factor in what Maureen told me about Toy Story Mania, and that ride definitely puts me in the 'do not fly' category, possibly permanently. Thanks, Chiari malformation.

Tomorrow is a bonus day. Sometimes, leaving it to the last minute isn't such a bad thing.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Good News For Lego Fans

Do you like Legos? You know, this stuff?


Do you vacation in Florida, or plan to sometime in the future?


What if you could capitalize on your love of Legos while visiting the Sunshine State? Wouldn't that be cool?


The beleaguered Cypress Gardens was sold last week and the information was leaked that Legoland's parent company is the new owner. I even commented to Ed "wouldn't it be cool to have a Legoland a half hour away?" We'd loved the Carlsbad, California location when we visited three years ago. He scoffed at the idea.

Apparently, tomorrow, there's a press conference scheduled with Charlie Crist, governor of Florida and Maverick, the new owners of the Cypress Gardens property.

I think I see another trip to Legoland in my future without leaving the state.

And here's the official announcement. I'm a happy camper!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Fun With Facebook

Lately, there's been interesting things afoot on Facebook.

First, a message. "Help raise awareness for breast cancer research. Put your bra color in your status. Nothing else, just your color. Let's have some fun." I was game, so I put my color up (not boring, lol) and many of my friends did it, too. The funny part was when guys put up "Blue", "Navy" and "Turquoise." Interesting that they didn't know what was going on, but the ones who did it all chose shades of blue.

Then it was retro week. Put up a picture of you when you were younger. I actually had one in my facebook photos because my sister Giggles scanned a picture of me from a vacation when I was eleven. It was comical, because I'm holding a cotton candy that was bigger than my head.

It was cool to see all the pictures, to see what friends looked like as kids, how some people look like they did at ten and others look nothing like they did as a toddler. Not everybody participated, but enough to make it fun.

Tonight, I got another request:
Ok everybody! Retro week is over! Starting now, post a picture of someone fictional that you think best represents your personality. Be creative. Copy and paste this so we can all play along.

Immediately, I think of Mary Poppins and Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Ed, on the other hand, immediately says "Oh, that is SO easy!" Meanwhile, I thought he was going with the Mary Poppins, but he came up with this person instead:

She's a braniac. It fits.

So, who are YOU putting in your profile this week?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Yum!


Unfortunately, there are no pictures of the strawberry shortcake that followed.

The update to our freeze here in Florida is that the strawberries will probably be fine. Approximately a third of the citrus crop got hammered. Answers on that front will probably come by the end of the week.

Meanwhile, pass me some shortcake.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Suzanne's Soundtrack Sunday

Fun and Games on the Radio

Nowadays, my morning drive involves listening to Morning Edition as I head into Tampa. One, because I finally found out that USF has the local NPR affiliate and two, because the best disc jockey in this radio purgatory got canned in April (Skip Mehaffie, I miss you!).

The other day, a conversation about a wedding of all things got me thinking about the games that the morning hosts would have that made us laugh and/or go nuts trying to be the contestant and win cool prizes.

On LI, I'd vary between the two big rock outlets, but my favorite was WNEW from NYC. Dave Herman and Marty Martinez had great banter, good music and the best part? Fun games. They would do Old, New, Borrowed and Blue, Name that Tune and Rock and Roll Jeopardy.

Over my tenure at the gas station, I actually won quite a few things from NEW, and I think a couple of those prizes are in a box in my garage-I know there are several CD's in the shelves behind me, thanks to fast fingers. I got a consolation prize because I hadn't recognized a half second snippet of "All Around the Watchtower", but in my defense, I am not well versed in Jimi Hendrix.

Old, New, Borrowed and Blue (ONB&B for short) was probably my favorite. Four songs and you had to decipher the common theme. Dead Canadians, singers from Nebraska, all on the same label, about flowers, played at Monterey or any other possibility you could imagine.

Some were easy and some were impossibly hard.One time, the common thread was "a member played in a group with Ginger Baker" and I think that Dave and Marty took twenty minutes trying to find a winner. As often as they played Cream on the station back then, it was a bit of a head scratcher.


On the weekends, Pete Fornatele wasn't as inspired. He'd just ask a simple trivia question, and I rocked that on quite a few weekends, but I never did get through on the ONB&Bs that I knew. Perhaps the fact that it was one of the few things I never got to do is why I remember it so fondly.

Today, I give you an example of the concept. Four songs and you tell me the common thread:

Old:
(This one is a probably a neon sign to prog heads!)
(Relatively )New:

Borrowed:

Blue, which is the hardest one of nearly all ONB&B's, because not many artists/producers/musicians have any recorded. We kind of cheat, because this one isn't as peppy as the others in the quartet:

Ed will get this one in about three seconds. If I'd gone with the original choice, no one else would have gotten it. Seriously, tell me that YOU would know Lol Creme from 10cc and a Lazlo Bane cover! At least Godley and Creme supplied a blue song for the concept.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

My Day Has Been Farkled

If you're on Facebook, odds are you know exactly what I just said. If not, it's a dice game that is a rather addicting. The goal of the game is to get various trios of the dice with ones or fives and other combinations that remind you of poker-except they don't.

You get six dice, and if a roll has neither a one, a five or a trio of any of the numbers, you 'Farkle' and lose the points from that round. It's a battle to go ten rounds without farkling too much while racking up as many points as possible.

My day went fairly well on the study front for the most part. One one study break, I even played a round and got the awesomest round of Farkle ever:
Look at round three. That was my highest round EVER. Then I Farkled two of my last three rounds and ended up with a so-so 9100.

The day went in similar fashion. I'd been dealing with a headache for most of the afternoon of the Chiari type. Then when I went to start on dinner (Alton's rice pilaf and filets that were found on sale), all of a sudden, my body Farkled me bad. The headache went from manageable to impossible, nausea took over and well, I was feeling awful.

When Ed walked in the door from work, one look at me and he was asking "What's wrong?" and "Do I need to call 911?" No, I just need to get this stuff under control when medicine won't do it. A trip on the porcelain bus, and a nap and now it's 11:40 and I've wasted a whole evening.

Farkled.

Friday, January 15, 2010

In The Year 2010

NBC made the most dunderheaded move it has made since 1979. This week, it was confirmed that Jay Leno was rewarded for having a snoozefest of a show at 10pm by putting him back in the 11:35pm 'Tonight Show' slot.

I was the kid who was a night owl and would sneak to watch Carson's monologue far too many nights to count. I loved the rapport of Johnny and Ed, the Amazing Kreskin routines and Carson garbed in a plaid flannel jacket and Elmer Fudd jacket. As I got older, I'd watch the whole show.

Back then, it was assumed that David Letterman would be passed the baton when Johnny took his final bow. Instead, Jay Leno came in-and Letterman jumped over to CBS. Who could blame the man?

When Game Teen was born, the child's sleep schedule mirrored his Mom and Dad's nicely. My retail hours, and Ed's second shift mainframe job in downtown DC meant we liked to stay up until 1:30 or 2am. Somehow, we got hooked on the Late Show with Conan O'Brien.

It's been said here many times over the years, I'm not a big network television watcher. From time to time, there would be ONE show that I'd watch (Law and Order, the guilty pleasure 90210 and for several years, ER). My sense of humor may be warped, because we LOVED this guy from the beginning. He was sarcastic, smart, irreverent and had us laughing consistently. Andy Richter was Conan's very own Ed McMahon.

Eventually, our work schedules didn't allow us to stay up as late, and we had to give up our Conan habit. Here and there, we'd watch when we didn't have to be up early the next morning. We were sleep deprived the last week Andy was with late night. We'd randomly sing the "In the year 2000" song.

In 2002, when the announcement was made that Conan would succeed Jay Leno as host of the Tonight Show in 2009, Ed and I started counting down. Heck, we could hang in there until 12:30 to watch. Unfortunately, we were not in the habit of tuning in to the news or Leno, so we were slow to pick up on "Hey, Conan's on!" Well, we'd get used to it eventually.

How wrong we were.

Once again, Leno will take over a slot in the NBC lineup that had been given to someone else. Conan wrote a classy letter and commented that pushing the 'Tonight Show' to 12:05 will ruin the legacy of the show. Besides, wouldn't that be the first hour of the "Today" snow?

I'm hoping Conan ends up in that 11:35 slot somewhere else.


Somehow, I'll bet Brandon Tartikoff is out there in the great beyond, hoping that maybe, just maybe, this debacle will make us all forget that he was the one who gave the green light for Supertrain.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Week One Done

Last Thursday was my first class of the semester. As of tonight, I've finally attended each class at least once. The observations so far:

I'm glad that I took so many web based classes before this semester. They force a student to be much more disciplined about studying. As a result, with four on campus classes, I already have myself trained on a schedule of sorts to get my work done.

One of the benefits of managing the meal prep kitchen is one I didn't realize until last Thursday. It ends up that being surrounded by so many native Spanish speakers and having to find ways to communicate with them trained my ear without me realizing it. The pronunciation part will be a little easier, thanks to them!

When you're chatting with a classmate and professor after class about statistics and comment that it's 'real world math, but applied to psychology', the professor nods and agrees. The fact that he is as sarcastic as all get out is going to make those lectures better.

Everyone was trying to put the fear of God into me about the class, but I am the strange person who LIKES stats and number crunches things for fun sometimes. Please don't throw anything at me, there's a subject you love that I hate, I promise.

The Tampa campus class is taught by an Assistant Professor who is extremely energetic and irreverent. When a slide in this morning's lecture displays "I blog, therefore I am", you know I had a good laugh. If the auditorium full of students is laughing at the crazy early 8am class, that's a good sign.

Finally, tonight's class. I took this professor last semester and liked her teaching style. A known quantity for a course that is probably the hardest in this semester's schedule is a good thing. Apparently, a full third of my peers from that class agreed-it was like a reunion tonight. This time, we have group projects, but we got to choose our groups and I know all the others from two classes last semester. There won't be a repeat of that Ethics class on group work!

Five classes is not going to be a walk in the park. Unfortunately, the thing that's going to give me the most trouble has nothing to do with the course work. All week, I have been hurting after sitting in chairs. No matter how I sit, one of the incisions in my leg is affected OR the RSD (it now affects the whole stupid leg below the knee).

By the second class on Tuesday, I realized that this might present a problem, so I informed all the instructors that I need to get up and walk off the pain before it gets out of hand. One professor suggested propping up the leg on another chair, and I'll try it.

In trying to come up with solutions that can be carried in the backpack, I was thinking my cervical pillow might come to class. Then I got a free tee shirt on campus this afternoon and as I rolled it up to fit it in my bag, inspiration struck. It got placed under my leg and while the pain isn't gone, it wasn't as bad. Propping up my leg can't happen in at least two of those classes, but I will see what I can do so that I'm not miserable during those three hour lectures.

Fifteen weeks, seventy five chapters, and eighteen tests to go...


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Fun With Mad Libs Junior

Mad Libs. The staple of family road trips. You remember them, right? One person had the booklet, and asked the other people for adjectives, nouns, a person name, places and verbs to create funny stories.

Some were hilarious, some not as funny-but we'd keep buying them, wouldn't we?

Well, tonight, I took the boys to Wendy's for dinner before I had to head to campus. Game Teen, as always, ordered a kid's meal. This time, it had Mad Libs Junior. Instead of asking for parts of speech, it gives you a list of appropriate answers for each blank and you have to pick one. The picture illustrates here:


If you can't read it, It says "For my birthday, Mom and Dad bought me a pet ___________. He is so cute that I named him ____________." See if you can guess which family member answered this in which way.

Mom and Dad bought me a pet dolphin. He is so cute that I named him Happy.

Mom and Dad bought me a pet turnip. He is so cute that I named him Stinky.

Mom and Dad bought me an pet octopus. He is so cute that I named him Dinner. (yes, one of us couldn't choose from the list).

And from there, it went to jokes about "Did they buy it as a pet or for us to eat?" "How long before it's a Pentapus? Tripus? We give up and call it Bob?"

Yes, my kids are warped.