Thursday, October 30, 2003

the way i see it...

i just found this very good quote about the dilemma that the episcopal church finds itself in these days (i hesitated on using the word dilemma-i'm not sure it's exactly the right term to use, it may be too negative for a situation that i, personally, do not find to be negative). the quote came from natep, who found it in the daily telegraph:

"The lesson of the Anglican schism is that belief in one God is not nearly enough to make Christians love one another: what works is a belief in the same devil."

it really says, concisely, what i believe to be the problem with many extreme religions these days-that they don't do enough to promote the 'love one another' message of christianity and they do way too much to promote the 'if you're not like us or you don't believe the same things we do, then you're going to hell' part of it.

it really, really just makes my heart ache sometimes.

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

i want my mtv!

hey, there's a hilarious review of the new britney/madonna video at vividblurry.

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

laugh until you cry

so work is super-dee-super-dee slow this week. most everyone i work with is off at conferences of some sort, and my present work load happens to be the kind that i can get done by 10 in the morning. so this morning i was delving a little deeper into some of my usual blog haunts.

mighty girl is on her honeymoon, but is posting some of her favorite entries from other blogs. so i'm checking out some of the actual blogs, because i got the time today and what else am i going to do? i come across this entry from defective yeti. i laughed so hard i had to wipe my eyes and if anyone had come by my cube at that moment, i wouldn't have been able to speak and they surely would have thought i was crying.

Brush With Disaster

This morning I was running a little late, so I tried to hurry my routine a bit. Rushing into the bathroom, I grabbed my toothbrush with my right hand and began squeezing toothpaste onto it with my other. But apparently, in my hastened and groggy state, I was unknowingly pushing down on the bristle-end of the brush with the tip of the toothpaste tube, and compensating by applying a little more "lift" to the handle end. This I discovered when the toothpaste tube slipped off the brush, the bristle-end flipped upwards, and the toothpaste catapulted directly into MY EYE! IT BURNS OH GOD HOW IT BURRRRRNS! THE BAKING SODA AND PEROXIDE ARE WHITENING AND BRIGHTING MY CORONA, DEEP CLEANING EVEN THE HARD-TO-REACH SPACES BETWEEN MY EYEBALL AND SOCKET!

I did the classic, cinematic, mook-with-a-gun-getting-shot maneuver: cried out ("Aaa!"), staggered backwards, clutched my wound and slumped into the wall, all while the dropped toothbrush dramatically clattered to the bathroom floor. It would have been just like a scene from a Mike Hammer novel if Mike Hammer had been in the business of removing tarter.

Pick your moral:

1. It is very important that all activities you perform before the consumption of coffee be done in exactly the same manner, order, and speed that they are done every morning, or ruination shall surely befall you.
2. There really ought to be a warning on toothpaste that reads "DO NOT FLIP INTO EYE!"
3. Fuckin' Tuesdays.

sometimes i wish i was as clever at writing as some of these folks...

i am the queen

since we're working with one car right now, this morning brian dropped me off at work, then took rory to daycare. and because he didn't want to have to go grocery shopping with me and The Button after work, AND he didn't have to be at work until mid morning, he decided he would do the grocery shopping before work. and let me tell you, he HATES to do grocery shopping. i gave him a semi-long list, and knowing that he might panic once he got to the store and want to get out as quickly as possible, i helpfully highlighted the absolutely necessary items so he wouldn't have to tax himself with spending more time in the store than he could handle.

so he calls me when he gets home saying he managed to get everything on the list, but then proceeds to thank me profusely over and over again for being the one that usually does the grocery shopping.

every once in a while, i think it's a good thing for him to go shopping.

Monday, October 27, 2003

trying to ignore

the bag of halloween candy (fun sized 100 grand bars if you must know) in my desk drawer, bought in a moment of weakness at the grocery store last week. i fear it is a losing battle.

trucker hats?

a comment on stupid fashion fads

Thursday, October 23, 2003

the joys of being a child

this i such a cute series of pictures, i can't help but grin like an idiot when i see them.

Wednesday, October 22, 2003


apparently this memo has been the talk of the business world in manhattan since it came out in july. a little background of the story can be found here. the whole thing is pretty appalling. it really illustrates about how pompous and self important people can become when they think they have achieved some sort of higher status.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

fun fact # 543

this time of year, us folks up here in the upper regions of the US are losing approximately 4 minutes of light every day. that amounts to almost a half an hour every week. sheesh.

weekend movies

we rented and watched 2 movies this weekend and i would recommend both to anyone who's looking for something to watch.

the first was showtime with eddie murphy and robert deniro. didn't win any awards, but it was just what we needed (i was coming off a rory cold, brian was in the beginning of it)-entertainment for our tired brains. and even tho he mostly plays the same character over and over again, eddie murphy is one talented, funny m.f.

we also watched identity with john cusack (one of my faves) and a bunch of other good actors. i wasn't sure about this one because scary movies sometimes prevent me from sleeping, but since i wouldn't be watching it alone, i figured it was okay. boy, howdy, it was pretty darn creepy, but let me tell you-i would have never guessed that ending in a million years. well, okay, i got part of it right, but only a small bit. it's loosely based on ten little indians by agatha christie.

Friday, October 17, 2003

a good read

if, like me, you're having trouble finding a book to read, try whichbook to get a few titles. it seems uncanny the way it picks books. not that i really need any more books, but, you know, always gotta keep an eye out...

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Yahoo! News - "Sixteen Candles," 16 Years Later

thirty-two candles?

sixteen candles is one of my favorite all time movies, but a sequel? i'm not so sure about that...

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

all animals are wild

“There was a guy who used to have an iguana in his apartment. He would slip acid in people’s drinks, turn off the lights, and throw the iguana in the room. I thought I was going to swallow my harmonica. ”
-Dan Aykroyd, on keeping exotic animals in one’s home (from intelligencer)

fresh factor aire with bill o'reilly?

if you didn't hear terry gross' interview with bill o'reilly on fresh air, you can catch it here.

really, that guy is a total piece of work. he goes on and on about extremists exciting people (mostly referring to liberal satirists like al franken because you know), and i'm thinking, hello? didn't you just described yourself?

Thursday, October 09, 2003

quite frankly

now that the giants and a's are out of the running, i'm inclined to second this editorial in the NYT. plus, i believe i'm supposed to be rooting for the red sox, purely because of geographic proximity, although the cubbies do have dusty baker now...

of course, if the sox and the cubbies do get to play each other in the world series, only one of them will end their streak of bad's that for profound?

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

holy cholesterol batman!

check out this essay on the swanson hungry man all day breakfast. it's interesting in a humorous and slightly gross way.

Monday, October 06, 2003

power of 10

this is too cool for words.

Thursday, October 02, 2003

i love jon stewart

You know, if he stinks, you can't go to the future and send somebody back to stop him.
--JON STEWART on Arnold Schwarzenegger, at the Emmy awards.

sick, but funny

I have no idea what that was about, unless it was a genetic experiment to breed a bullet-proof Kennedy.
-- WILL DURST, on Arnold Schwarzenegger's marriage to Maria Shriver.