Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Happy Birthday!

Today, I celebrate my very first post on this blog on April 26, 2005. It is hard to believe that a year has passed since that day. Since I began with a poem, I shall post another. This one very different from the first. The title: Out, Out. The author: Robert Frost. Although it is quite sad and perhaps morbid, I have always had a strange fascination with it. So, here it is.

"Out, Out - "
by: Robert Frost

The buzz saw snarled and rattled in the yard
And made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood,
Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it.
And from there those that lifted eyes could count
Five mountain ranges one behing the other
Under the sunset far into Vermont.
And the saw snarled and rattled, snarled and rattled,
As it ran light, or had to bear a load.
And nothing happened: day was all but done.
Call it a day, I wish they might have said
To please the boy by giving him the half hour
That a boy counts so much when saved from work.
His sister stood beside him in her apron
To tell them "Supper." At the word, the saw,
As if it meant to prove saws know what supper meant,
Leaped out at the boy's hand, or seemed to leap -
He must have given the hand. However it was,
Neither refused the meeting. But the hand!
Half in appeal, but half as if to keep
The life from spilling. Then the boy saw all -
Since he was old enough to know, big boy
Doing a man's work, though a child at heart -
He saw all was spoiled. "Don't let him cut my hand off -
The doctor, when he comes. Don't let him, sister!"
So. The hand was gone already.
The doctor put him in the dark of ether.
He lay and puffed his lips out with his breath.
And then - the watcher at his pulse took a fright.
No one believed. They listened to his heart.
Little - less - nothing! - and that ended it.
No more to build on there. And they, since they
Were not the one dead, turned to their affairs.

Frost just had such a way with words. So, happy birthday, Kitchen Talk. And, many thanks to our readers. Wishing you the best on this day.

Early morning post

It is a little after 6:00 am, and I just finished my second-to-last history paper. No, no...I have not been up all night. Rather, I fell asleep around 10:30, and I awoke around 3:30. A good five-hour nap. Two and a half hours later, the paper is complete, and I still have two and a half to three hours before I actually need to get up for school. So, I think I'll take another short nap. :-)


Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Sitting in Lab

So I really have been trying to post pictures of our three day meeting because it was awesome!! But for some reason I can't post pictures right now. I don't know what's up but anyways hopefully soon. I am sitting in my very pointless genomic lab right now which as you can see is full of very stimulating thoughts. We learn so much in this lab, I mean there is no time for playing around or things like blogging. I really don't know how I have time to breathe really. It's amazing how much I have learned about...well I really can't tell you because it would be way too complicated for you.

Ok so next random topic, I am out of school in one week. ONE WEEK! WOW, I am not kidding, time flies. And college is gone in a flash. But I have found the best way to prevent this. Stay, four year degrees are totally overrated. Seriously, 8 years of school is definitely the way to go.

But speaking of ONE week I have a paper and 4 lovely finals that I must get to. So I depart.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Did you know??

"Emily" has been the most popular name for a girl since 1996!

Check your name out at the social security website.

Friday, April 14, 2006

For Cal-El and Elyow-eynay:

I am currently reading a book entitled Pink Think: Becoming a Woman in Many Uneasy Lessons by Lynn Peril. It has been quite entertaining, exploring ideas pertaining to femininity between the 1940's and 1970's. The back cover states:

Women from the 1940's to the 1970's were coaxed to "think pink" by persuasive advertisements and meticulous (though often misguided) advice experts. Feminine perfection meant conforming to a mythical standard, one that would come wrapped in an adorable pink package, of course. With a savvy eye for curious, absurd, and at times wildly funny period artifacts, Lynn Peril gathers here the memorabilia of the era - from the dreaded yet intriguing "Dud" of the Mystery Date board game and the impossibly glossy Campus Queen lunch box to a daunting array of self-proclaimed authorities whose books and magazines articles promised readers everything they needed to attain "true feminine success."

I have explored what a woman "should be", and how these ideas were taught to young girls, adolescent girls, etc. (Magazines advertised hope chests, sterling silver, etc., encouraging teens at an early age to prepare for marriage. Even girls as children were given toy vacuums, etc., because housework is fun! - Are you serious?? And, yet, I remember very fondly enjoying a toy vacuum of my own. And to this day, I'd still rather vacuum than dust.) the subject. Back to you, Ely and Cal-el. I just read a chapter entitled "A Manly Shade of Pink: A Brief Guide to the Other Side." And, I thought of you guys after reading this passage. I think you'll agree.

*Background: Ira Lunan Ferguson wrote 25 Good Reasons for Men to Marry in 1976. Pink Think provided two of the reasons:

Reason #5: A Wife Is a Built-In Chef Cook: And of course along with being the cook, a wife is a man's waitress de luxe. (Exactly what you had in mind, right boys?) She not only cooks and prepares his favorite dishes, but she serves them to him in style, treating him like the King-Emperor in his home that he is.

Reason #19: A Wife Is a Built-In Secretary: Of necessity the more educated man needs a wife who can act as his secretary at home when occasion demands. Not only does she have to take messages, parry questions, protect his privacy, run his errands, but often she has to do a lot of his paper work, some typing and even taking dictation.

So, just thought I'd share. And for note, pink was a popular color for not only women during the 50's, but also for men. Although it went out of style in the 60's, I'm glad to see it making a comeback. So instead of blue shirts this Sunday...wouldn't it be neat if ya'll all wore pink? :-)

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Jokes on Table!

OH I should have known. For any of you who have been reading our blog or Adam's as of the last two months or so, i don't really remember, you will recognize Boobah, my hated enemy....until today. Boobah has been the source of many an argument for me and has caused me much distress/ blog humor.I feel slightly ridiculous for arguing with you now BOOBAH over Adam's post but i must say I have not laughed that much in a long time. So thank you, you get all the credit for making April 9, 2006 a good day for me besides the credit i must give to the Lord for the amazing sermon I heard this morning, you understand. I have been studying today, and then found out derrick's in the hospital, etc. just bad news ya know. But for the first time, boobah you made me laugh super hard. Thanks. However, that does not mean i like boobahs or that I could ever like them. And while the joke is on me today, you're boobah revolution also just came crashing down and to that i give a very loud, evil, and continuous cackle.

Love ya Boobah, please continue to post.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Singin at the top of my lungs...

Today on my way home from Birmingham I was totally in the mood for some "girl" music. You other ladies out there know what I'm talking about. Music you feel a connection to, that you can sing really loud to, and only other girls would probably enjoy it with you. I'll give you some of my personal favorites...

*My own personal mix: This -downloaded- collection consists of artists such as Jewel, Sarah McLachlan, Aretha Franklin (R-E-S-P-E-C-T!), Alanis Morrisette, Sheryl Crow, Janis Joplin, and maybe one or two others.

*Shania Twain: Particularly her extremely popular and legendary album, Come On Over. (Table and I used to listen to this all the time...until we lost it. We are now working hard to get a new one, because this album just doesn't get old. You can listen to it again and again.)

*My Best Friends's Wedding Soundtrack: This album has "I love you" songs, "I miss you" songs, serious songs, funny songs. Just a great mix.

So, ladies, what are some of your personal favorites? Comments?

Monday, April 03, 2006

For Reaganizer

Because Nathan made me think of this and laugh at its truthfulness.

How To Write How to Write a College Paper:

1. Sit in a straight, comfortable chair in a well-lighted place with
plenty of freshly sharpened pencils.
2. Check your email.
3. Read over the assignment carefully, to make certain you understand
4. Walk down to the vending machines and buy some coffee to help you
5. Check your email.
6. Stop off at another floor, on the way back and visit with your
friend from class. If your friend hasn't started the paper yet either,
you can both walk to McDonald's and buy a hamburger to help you
concentrate. If your friend shows you his paper, typed, double-spaced
and bound in one of those irritating see-thru plastic folders, drop
7. When you get back to your room, sit in a straight, comfortable
chair in a clean, well-lighted place with plenty of freshly sharpened
8. Read over the assignment again to make absolutely certain you
understand it.
9. Check your email
10. You know, you haven't written to that kid you met at camp since
fourth grade. You'd better write that letter now and get it out of the
way so you can concentrate.
11. Look at your teeth in the bathroom mirror.
12. Listen to one side of your favorite tape and that's it, seriously,
as soon as it's over you are going to start that paper.
13. Listen to the other side.
14. Check your email.
15. Rearrange all of your CDs into alphabetical order.
16. Phone your friend on the other floor and ask if she's started
writing yet. Exchange derogatory remarks about your teacher, the
course, the college, the world at large.
17. Sit in a straight, comfortable chair in a clean, well-lighted
place with plenty of freshly sharpened pencils.
18. Read over the assignment again; roll the words across your tongue;
savor their special flavor.
19. Check your email.
20. Check the newspaper listings to make sure you aren't missing
something truly worthwhile on TV. NOTE: When you have a paper due in
less than 12 hours, anything on TV from Masterpiece Theater to “Sgt.
Preston of the Yukon” is truly worthwhile, with these exceptions:
a) Pro Bowlers Tour
b) any movie starring Don Ameche
21. Catch the last hour of “Soul Brother of Kung Fu” on Channel 26.
22. Phone your friend on the third floor to see if he was watching.
Discuss the finer points of the plot.
23. Check your email.
24. Look at your tongue in the bathroom miror.
25. Look through your roommate's book of pictures from home. Ask
whoeveryone is.
26. Sit down and do some serious thinking about your plans for the
27. Open your door and check to see if there are any mysterious,
trenchcoated strangers lurking in the hall.
28. Check your email.
29. Sit in a straight, comfortable chair in a clean, well-lighted
place with plenty of freshly sharpened pencils.
30. Read over the assignment one more time, just for heck of it.
31. Scoot your chair across the room to the window and watch the
32. Lie face down on the floor and moan.
33. Check your email.
34. Leap up and write the paper
35. Type the paper, and while you're at it, check your email.
36. Complain to everyone that you didn't get any sleep because you had
to write that darn paper.

Old School Quote

"The greatest cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and deny Him with their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable."

This quote popped into my head today. Don't know why...just did. I think I had the group's songs on my mind. As The Beehive would say...virtual m&ms to anyone who can guess the origin of this quote! :-)