Go forth and multiply?

I have to admit that when I read that the woman who had octuplets in California has 6other children my jaw dropped, then a large question mark formed over my head.

Who, in their right minds would go and have fertility treatments if you already have 6 kids? What, the Brady Bunch wasn't enough? I can't understand it, really.


A weighty issue..

For the last couple of days whenever I've signed onto MSN and the Windows Live Today pops up, there has been at least one blurb about Jessica Simpson's weight gain.

Any browser I opened on a test machine that automatically has MSN set as it's homepage, also contains bits and pieces of Jessica Simpson's now bountiful bod. First there was the picture of her ass, and a caption along the lines of "She's a big star now..." Then articles of her sister defending her weight gain.. and I'm thinking to myself, there are wars going on, people are dying, losing their jobs, their homes, their minds, and all people seem to care about is that Jessica Simpson went from a size 2 to a size 8? First off, good on her for having a normal body, and secondly who cares???

The media needs to stop doing stuff like this as it's grossly unhealthy for adolescent girls to read this crap, and soak it up they do! Not too long ago the press went nuts because Jennifer Love Hewitt went from a size 0 to a size 2 and they were treating her like she had become obese. For too long Hollywood and the media has put too much emphasis on skin and bones, and not enough on health.

I wear a size 10, so that must make me morbidly obese? I'm 5'11, how do you think Size 0 would look on me? A stick person comes to mind..


..it was a $15 screw..

..that had slowly been letting the air out of my rear tire over the last couple of weeks and it cost a whole $15 to remove it and plug up the hole. At least it explained why my tire was acting screwy.

I guess someone had a screw loose...... I'm tired.

Idiot Awards for 2008.

<Forwarded from work so excuse any formatting errors>


Idiot Number One of 2008

I am a medical student currently doing a rotation in toxicology at the poison control center. Today, this woman called in very upset because she caught her little daughter eating ants. I quickly reassured her that the ants are not harmful and there would be no need to bring her daughter into the hospital. She calmed down and at the end of the conversation happened to mention that she gave her daughter some ant poison to eat in order to kill the ants.  I told her that she better bring her daughter into the emergency room right away.

Here's your sign, lady. Wear it with pride.


Idiot Number Two of 2008

Early this year, some Boeing employees on the airfield decided to steal a life raft from one of the 747s. They were successful in getting it out of the plane and home. Shortly after they took it for a float on the river, they noticed a Coast Guard helicopter coming towards them.

It turned out that the chopper was homing in on the emergency locator beacon that activated when the raft was inflated. They are no longer employed at Boeing.

Here's your sign, guys. Don't get it wet; the paint might run.


Idiot Number Three of 2008

A man, wanting to rob a downtown Bank of America, walked into the Branch and wrote this, 'Put all your muny in this bag.' While standing in line, waiting to give his note to the teller, he began to worry that someone had seen him write the note and might call the police before he reached the teller's window. So he left the Bank of America and crossed the street to the Wells Fargo Bank. After waiting a few minutes in line, he handed his note to the Wells Fargo teller. She read it and, surmising from his spelling errors that he wasn't the brightest light in the harbor, told him that she could not accept his stickup note because it was written on a Bank of America deposit slip and that he would either have to fill out a Wells Fargo deposit slip or go back to Bank of America.  Looking somewhat defeated, the man said, 'OK' and left.  He was arrested a few minutes later, as he was waiting in line back at Bank of America.

Don't bother with this guy's sign.  He probably couldn't read it anyway.


Idiot Number Four of 2008

A motorist was unknowingly caught in an automated speed trap that; measured his speed using radar and photographed his car.   He later received in the mail a ticket for $ 40 and a photo of his car. Instead of payment, he sent the police department a photograph of $40.  Several days later, he received a letter from the police that contained another picture, this time of handcuffs.   He immediately mailed in his $40.

Wise guy........ But you still get a sign


Idiot Number Five of 2008

A guy walked into a little corner store with a shotgun and demanded all of the cash from the cash drawer.  After the cashier put the cash in a bag, the robber saw a bottle of Scotch that he wanted behind the counter on the shelf.  He told the cashier to put it in the bag as well, but the cashier refused and said, 'Because I don't believe you are over 21.' The robber said he was, but the clerk still refused to give it to him because she didn't believe him. At this point, the robber took his driver's license out of his wallet and gave it to the clerk. The clerk looked it over and agreed that the man was in fact over 21 and she put the Scotch in the bag.  The robber then ran from the store with his loot. The cashier promptly called the police and gave the name and address of the robber that he got off the license.  They arrested the robber two hours later.

This guy definitely needs a sign.


Idiot Number Six of 2008

A pair of  Michigan  robbers entered a record shop nervously waving revolvers.  The first one shouted, ' Nobody move!'   When his partner moved, the startled first bandit shot him.

This guy doesn't even deserve a sign


Idiot Number Seven of 2008

Arkansas:  Seems this guy wanted some beer pretty badly.  He decided that he'd just throw a cinder block through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run.  So he lifted the cinder block and heaved it over his head at the window.  The cinder block bounced back knocking him unconscious.  It seems the liquor store window was made of Plexi-Glass.  The whole event was caught on videotape.

Yep, here's your sign


Idiot Number Eight of 2008

I live in a semi-rural area. (Weyauwega, Wisconsin)  We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the Deer Crossing sign on our road.

The reason: 'Too many deer are being hit by cars out here! - I don't think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.'



Anutha day anutha dolla'

So a new budget was proposed for the Canadian people today. They actually want to put the Government in deficit to help stimulate the economy and help keep or create jobs for the people. I'm all for that, because honestly what does the Government need a surplus for if it means people losing jobs.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the staring stagiaire as he has now been unaffectionately nicknamed was given a new task. Since he can't focus his day without staring at me, we unceremoniously dumped a whack of dirty keyboards, video cables, extensions, null modem cables and mice for him to test if they work and if they do clean them thoroughly. The look on his face was priceless.. I had to run off and giggle myself silly. I was able to work in peace this afternoon as he finally had too much work on his hands to waste his time staring.

During my break today, instead of doing my blog hops, I went shopping on Amazon. After watching the show True Blood and seeing that it originated from a book series, I decided to check it out. They were having a special on the boxed set at $39.99. Not bad for 7 books! I also ordered a new copy of Lord of the Rings as the copy I have had for 27 years now is finally toast. No book collection is complete with out a little Tolkien. For the final purchase, I bought a book of sheet music for Supertramp. I've always liked this group and I love the piano playing, so, I'll be able to try it myself.

Now, I must eat and see how badly Laoch is killing me in Wordscaper.


Some more goodies.

It was a particularly hectic day at work, and one engineer was a thorn in my side for most of the day. I had a couple of emails from a buddy of mine in Ottawa and one of the links he forwarded will give me nightmares for days to come.


Chad had me a little worried on page 1, but when I saw The Queen on page 2, I ran screaming.


Had to share this..


I'm still giggling.



I read this article on CNN with my morning tea and toast and thought to myself what's the big deal? Then again, I've always had males as friends and never thought any differently. I wasn't the average girly girl growing up, always the tomboy, always rolling around in the dirt. I couldn't get into the girly stuff of pink ribbons and frilly dresses (the thought still makes me shudder), so it seemed just natural to hang out with the boys instead. They liked all the things I did. Softball, soccer, climbing hills, climbing trees, pretending every nook and cranny in the park was the step to the next big adventure. Then of course there were those infamous "For a million dollars would you....." conversations. As I got older, I found like-wise female friends and have a pleasant blend of both.

I still don't wear pink and frills (I do however, own dresses and skirts now), my obsession with rolling in the dirt has now turned into a fascination with gadgets (still a guy thing for the most part), and I still like to hang out with the guys. Strangely enough I find some women just too high maintenance? I guess I could call that guy thinking too.


Interesting reading

Exit the Boy King




This is the life.

Ever stop to wonder who invented the bathtub?

Just one of those things that hit me the other night as I was stepping into the shower.   


One answer I found was:  John Michael Kohler did when he enameled a cast iron horse trough in 1883.


The concept of bathing goes way back.  Further research showed that the Greeks had baths with drainage as far back as 1700 B.C.


Of course, this question also leads to who invented showers?


That answer was found here.


Let’s see what other Cliff Clavin like questions I can come up with tonight’s shower.


I love this commercial..

I think it should be show in Sex Ed classes to promote safe sex..


I wonder....

...is there a laxative for mental block?


Get out the sunscreen!

The cold snap is being pushed aside by snow. Of course it warmed up enough to snow. Today's high will be a whopping -10c (or 14f if you prefer).

I have a headache thinking of going into work tomorrow. Every 4 months we get a new student (co-op) and some are good, or even very very good, and then you get some who can dazzle you with bullshit in an interview, get the position and then fail miserably. The new guy is, well, I'm still looking for a word to describe him. The first week he was with us, he spent 80% of his time reading various news sites about the Gaza situation. When he wasn't doing that he was busy spending the other 20% staring at what was going on at my desk and 0% productivity. We also have a 30 minute lunch, 2 x 15 minute break rule too. He decided on one hour lunches with half hour breaks. We took him aside for a talk on Tuesday and confronted him with all this and of course he had an excuse for everything. While he is no longer taking the 1 hour lunch, half hour break routine (we threatened to edit his timesheet), he's still sitting at his desk, staring off at the news, my desk, every move I make, anyone who walks by or his iPod.

On another note, a Snuggie commercial came on TV and I had a flashback to Laoch's blog, then my 5 year old says, "Mommy, can you get one of those, they look so soft!" I think the horrified look on my face gave him his answer.

Tylenol please.


I wanna do bad things with you..

True Blood has me hooked, line and sinker!

I am currently half-way through the first season and was happy to read they are working on a second season.

Finally, a show I can sink my teeth into.


Miracles can happen.


Kudos to the pilot of US Airways Flight 1549 for a masterful landing and avoiding what could have been a horrific tragedy.


Brain Freeze

This was me on my way to work this morning.

Current Weather Updated: Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 20:00 EST - P.E.Trudeau Airport

Feels Like: -32°C
Wind: W 17km/h

..and for my American friends...

Feels Like: -26°F

But of course since it's hot in the lab where I work, I have to wear a T-shirt otherwise I'd die and slowly melt into a puddle on the lab floor. So the object of the game is layers.
Stay tuned for another episode of "My Life as Human Popsicle."


I survived the holidays...

...my bank account didn't fare as well though.

The good:

My brother made it up from Atlanta.
The US border was practically empty on Christmas day.
I got a lovely pair of boots at a great sale price in Macy's.
I finally got my hair cut.
There was no snow.
It went up to 18c one day.
I got to taxi Mom around.
I now know the way to my brother's blindfolded.
My niece wasn't so shy around me anymore.
$20 to fill up the van.

The bad:

The exchange rate.
The boots gave me blisters the first day wearing them.
It got cold (like Montreal cold) the last couple of days we were there.
Traffic on Route-22

Holiday food weight gain.

The ugly:

3 hour wait to cross Canadian Customs on the way back.