Wednesday, July 30, 2008
i forgot to put in my favorite line(s) from both the movie AND the book...
at the time, sarah barely registered the comment, giving herself up to the strong sensations flooding her body. later that night, though, it came back to her: beauty's overrated. He'd meant it to be comforting, but at three in the morning it had precisely the opposite effect. he had a beautiful wife, a knockout, and she was sleeping beside him right now, their legs intertwined beneath the covers. and where was sarah? wide awake in the dark, listening to the wheezy tedious breathing of the man she no longer considered her husband. beauty's overrated. only someone who took his own beauty for granted could have been able to say something so outrageously stupid with a straight face.
in 2 days finished Little Children by Tom Perrotta. if you remember, i blogged about the movie several weeks ago. finally i tracked down a franklin county owned version of the book (at the library with the weirdest hours ever... like only open from 1 to 5 3 days a week...), i checked it out, and i could not put it down! it took me 10 day (of the 14 it is checked out) to get started, but when i did i breezed right through it. it is a very good book, much like the movie (which was also quite pleasurable, probably due to the staring in it...)
so if you need a quick read, pick it up. i would recommend watching the movie, also, because the movie has a different (and better) ending. the book isn't nearly as disturbing as the movie was (there is a child molester in the story). before i know i mentioned that i didn't really like kate winslet in the movie (her boobs are so ugly) but actually, they picked a great person to play the part - in the book she has the same qualities, as well as bushy eyebrows (just like the real person!)
anyway, i recommend both.
on a totally separate note...
this morning kendal tasted his first rock. i was watering the tomatoes and he leaned over to reach a piece of smoky/iron quartz that was sitting on the rail (it had been cleaned numerous times with the water hose, nathaniel finds "cool" rocks and usually cleans them and sits them on the rail for all to see). anyway, kendal picked it up, put it right in his mouth, and then spit and dropped the rock (almost on my toe!)
p.s. my keyboard batteries are running low so if i am missing a letter here and there, that is why.
Monday, July 28, 2008
1. swallows flying low may indicate the air pressure is dropping.
2. static electricity may increase the grooming activities of cats.
3. the calls of some birds, including crows and geese, have been known to be more frequent with falling pressure.
4. deer sometimes react to wind and air pressure by coming down from mountains and seeking shelter.
5. some species from rabbits to rattlesnakes to certain kinds of fish may feed more before a storm so they can seek shelter.
6. some flowers close up as the humidity rises so rain doesn't wash away their pollen.
7. the leaves of some trees curl just before a storm.
8. the higher the humidity, the better sound travels. some english people gauged the chances of rain by the clarity with which they heard church bells sound. (i have to disagree with this one... ever tried to yell at someone in humid NC? you can't hear it nearly as well as if you were in arid NM. and the trees don't make a difference... because where i was in NM was both wooded AND hilly, unlike the flat, open soybean fields in NC where you can't hear from one row to the next...)
9. drop in barometric pressure often affects people with joint diseases, bad teeth, recently healed broken bones, or corns and bunions, bringing pain or pressure to those areas of the body.
10. cicadas can't vibrate their wings when the humidity is very high, so may be silent when rain is approaching. Flying insects are more active when the air pressure drops and stay closer to the ground, so they seem to be swarming before a rain storm.
11. the chirping of a cricket has been shown to provide a close indication of air temperature. By counting the number of cricket chirps in a 14-second period and adding 40, the total will equal the air temperature to within one degree 75% of the time.
12. after the barometric pressure dropped just a few millibars -- an occurrence that causes a similar change in hydrostatic pressure -- sharks swim to deeper waters, where there is more protection from the storm.
13. seagulls are sensitive to barometric changes. it's thought that they return to land if they feel pressure drop.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
at the readers' request (at least the ones i see and eat with on a regular basis), i will not continue my squirmy wormy blog topic.
so for a change, i want to pose the question for all who pay attention to the weather...
they give us milk, they give us leather,
can a dumb old cow predict the weather?
i've always heard (and believed) that you can look at a heard of cows and determine what the weather is going to be. for example, cows love to herd together and spend most days close to each other. if you see a heard of cows that are somewhat spread out, then you know it is going to be a nice day. (when the weather is clear and nice out, the cows feel confident to be apart.) likewise if they are clustering together, you know something is brewing... the closer the cows, the worse the weather is going to be.
when cows are lying down in a field, rain is on its way. this is explained by the fact that the cows sense the moisture in the air and are making sure they have somewhere dry to lie down. we usually look at a field and say "well, looks like 5 % chance of rain today" when only a couple of cows or calves are lying down. sometimes, all but 1 or 2 will be lying... which is like a 95% chance of rain!
i've also heard, not that i know this for sure, but when a cow doesn't produce milk or if the cattle are licking their forefeet, rain is on the way. also when the cows are restless (in the stall or in the field), that is a sign of an atmospheric change... which can mean rain!
so what do you think? can cows predict rain? the next time you see a field with cattle, take a gander at them and see what they're saying.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
you think trich is the worst? i'd have to go with dipylidium (round worm). or, maybe even hook worms since they bore through your skin/foot to get to your intestines, then suck your blood for nutrients. or, what about the "butt itch" symptom of pinworms? they don't hurt you, per say, but one of the "side affects" is an itchy butt, when the larvae come out. mmm, ever found wiggly butt rice in your panties, or if you prefer commando... in your bed sheets? i haven't, and i don't want to either.
in all they (parasites from amoebas to nematodes to round worms) are all totally gross. i'm not sure why i picked that as a blog topic, cause it is rather strange and, um, gross.
and one of the reasons i didn't eat pork back in the day (for some reason i have over come this) is that no matter HOW much you cook it, the trich larvae are still there (dead or alive). and it just totally grossed me out that i would be eating dead (or alive) trich larvae.
i think though, in my infinite wisdom (chuckle chuckle), the animals we eat today are really raised and fed in troughs and/or live on a concrete pad of sorts. most of the parasites have things like snails as their intermediate host, or live in the soil. the way the animals contract them is by eating dirt, or eating a blade of grass where the snail sat and pooped.
(it appears that all evil arises from shit!)
so, maybe these organic, free range, grass fed, etc. animals aren't as safe as we think, since they are munching on dirt and fresh grass. maybe the CAFO operations are beneficial in the way that they save us from getting worms.
and maybe you're thinking by not eating meat you're safe? think again. snails can crawl on other plants besides grass, like cabbage and tomatoes and apples. birds poop on them too! ever tried to wash broccoli? i can say from experience (blech) that no matter how well you wash it, worms can still be in the head. heck, the worms that live in the very dirt the potatoes and carrots grow in (earthworm) carry more parasites than you can imagine!
... things to think about anyway.
the first thing that came to mind, of coarse since she wrote it, is that dogs (et al) get heartworms from mosquitoes.
dogs get tapeworms from fleas. fleas are the intermediate host for the tapeworm(Dipylidium) commonly seen in dogs, cats, etc. they don't get tapeworms from a flea bite, but from having a flea irritate their skin, ingesting the flea, at which point the dog then gets tapeworms. for more information on the life cycle of this parasite, click on this link... beware it is kinda gross (all the drawings are sketches, but it is still gross none the less).
this being said, lets consider a parasite that can be contracted by humans. (ready to get scared?)
dont really get scared. it is very unlikely that anyone undercooks their pork. maybe now you will understand WHY!
trichinella is a parasite that you can get from eating undercooked meat. the larvae LIVE in the muscle tissue of the pig (or whatever the host) - and then you eat it, not dead, and it lives in you and YOU become the host (thus you have trichinosis)!!! EEEW! this is exactly why for YEARS AND YEARS after vet tech school i would not eat pork. if you want specifics of the life cycle of trichinella, click on this link. no gross pictures there...
maybe i'll make this a blog topic for a while, as there are lots of things that host snails, which then sit atop a grass blade to be eaten by a cow, or deer... and ever hear about pinworms? you can get them from walking barefooted outside.
oh yea. this is a great topic. i can see everyone turning veggie already. :)
Do mosquitoes serve any positive purpose or is their sole job is to bite and annoy humans? Would the world “miss” mosquitoes if they disappeared? After reading an article in the July issue of Carolina Country, a magazine provided by our electric company, I learned that mosquitoes DO serve a purpose. I know, I know, I couldn’t believe it either.
Did you know that not only bats primarily rely on mosquitoes for food, so do spiders, birds, and fish?
... only female mosquitoes bite?
... like bees, mosquitoes pollinate plants?
Lets consider this scenario: If mosquitoes weren’t around, spiders would have nothing, or very little, to eat. If the spider population decreased, other bugs that didn’t eat mosquitoes would increase. That would mean more bees, wasps, hornets, and horse flies. Hum. Which hurts worse... a mosquito bite or a horse fly bite - or bee sting?
Even though they might be a nuisance at times, I suppose they are beneficial to not only the environment, but also to other animals in need of food. In other words, even the most annoying things in the universe contribute to the “circle of life." I still hate mosquitoes but at least I no longer wish for their complete eradication. One step at a time, right?
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
1. A friend of mine confused her Valium with her birth control pills... she has 14 kids but doesn't really care.
2. One of life's mysteries is how a 2-pound box of chocolates can make a woman gain 5 lbs.
3. My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely.
4. The best way to forget your troubles is to wear tight shoes.
5. The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don't know what you are doing, someone else does.
6. The older you get , the tougher it is to lose weight because by then, your body and your fat are really good friends.
7. Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today.
8. Sometimes I think I understand everything, and then I regain consciousness.
9. I gave up jogging for my health when my thighs kept rubbing together and setting fire to my knickers.
10. Amazing! You hang something in your closet for a while and it shrinks 2 sizes!
11. Skinny people irritate me! Especially when they say things like...'You know sometimes I forget to eat!' .....Now I've forgotten my address, my mother's maiden name and my keys, but I have never forgotten to eat. You have to be a special kind of stupid to forget to eat!
12. The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing and then they marry him.
13. I read this article that said the typical symptoms of stress are eating too much, impulse buying, and driving too fast. Are they kidding? That's my idea of a perfect day!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
today for lunch, since i'm in raleigh working, i visited neomonde deli. in my life, i've probably been here 200 times. i generally love it. last time i was pregnant, i would alternate days between neomonde and greek fiesta (in cary) for lunch. i couldn't get enough greek food.
this pregnancy, greek food is not on my favorite list apparently. i wanted to eat it. i had no trouble picking out what to get on my 4-salad sampler platter. i picked couscous, baba ganoush, rice and lentil pilaf, and chicken salad.
know what? i've eaten half of my food and i am completely grossed out. the couscous has too much pepper and needs lemon. the rice is plain, over cooked, and mushy . the chicken salad has some spice in it that leaves that haaaaah feeling in the back of my throat. the baba ganoush is too chunky (not at all smooth) and has too much garlic. oh well. i suppose next time i'll take better notice of what i LIKE and don't like to eat, and then choose a restaurant accordingly.
the tea was good though! i drank the whole cup before i got back to the office, 3 miles away. boy is it hot outside today.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
If I were a doll, the accessories packaged with me would be:
not sure, but probably in the 6 to 7 pound range.
Next door to my house is:
food lion toilet cleaner
first, the good. i've found a wonderful dish washing liquid (for those of you who do dishes by hand like myself...) - it is the seventh generation brand which is vegetable based, not petroleum based, plus it is dye and perfume free. i haven't tried the laundry detergent yet, but i intend to next time i run out of all free and clear. we have hard hard hard water, and soaps, for me, just don't make suds. so, i end up having to use way too much soap in the sink just to make the bubbles (which makes me think that i'm cleaning better i suppose). well this stuff just takes a dab of soap to make a sink full of bubbles. and so long as you wash the dishes promptly, the bubbles will still be there. however if you let it sit for an hour, the bubbles all disappear. BUT, the water still feels soapy. i love it. i bought a bottle from harris teeter a couple of weeks ago to put in our bathroom for the "bottle sink". it cost the same as a large bottle of dawn ($2.99 i think), so i thought i'd try it for k's bottles. and it worked! plus it is "good" for the environment - maybe i'm evening out karma since i've been tossing recyclables these days... the garage is just too hot and cat-poop-stinky to walk out and put the recyclables in their proper place!
the ugly: food lion toilet cleaner. boy this stuff could peel the rust off of blackbeard's ship. for real - this stuff really works well on iron/rust stains, plus other nasty stuff (bacteria, dirt, grime, etc.). we have a bad iron problem with our well water, and it (the water) tends to stain everything orange. nothing will get it off, not bleach (obviously), not comet, not iron-out. but i noticed that the FOOD LION BRAND toilet cleaner (not any other brand has worked) got out the orange in the toilet, so i tried it in our shower. i am embarrassed to even show these before/after pictures (which i did color enhance them, so you can really see the difference - and please note our shower is a beige one, not a white one, so that why it still looks dingy! never ever again will we get any beige colored fixtures...). let me assure you that even though our shower was orange, it was clean... but now i can make it LOOK clean too! and please also note that i've only washed 2 of the walls (not the floor) as this stuff stinks, plus i'm probably not even supposed to be around such a bad chemical - it has horrible fumes AND when i go over it with the scrubber thing sometimes it'll splash on me. so, i've only cleaned 2 of the 3 walls, plus the bottom of the one seen in the photo... again, remember my shower was not dirty, it was only stained from the iron. but, now i have something that works! (really i am so embarrassed to show these pictures, but for the sake of "selling" you something that works... i will!)
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
well here it goes again. picking baby names. uugh. this is the part of pregnancy that sucks.
our checkup this week went fine. i've only gained a pound or so, my BP was great, and the baby has a heart beat strong as ever. next month we get to have our anatomy ultrasound. last time, we didn't want to know the gender (not that it would have mattered, kendal wasn't positioned in a way that we could find out). so now, we have to decide once again if we want to find out. the decision is up to nathaniel this time... as last time it was i who insisted on not finding out. and i loved it that way. but, this pregnancy is already so different, why not make it REALLY different?
so i think he wants to find out this time. and not being a very private person (rather, secretive person), i would definitely like to share the results with everyone. and after jon and shannon had their girls and disclosed the names way prior to their delivery, i definitely want to do it that way this time (assuming we find out the gender).
so just to keep everyone updated, i have selected a boy name (or 2)... and i think nathaniel finally agrees to it. marshal benson (my fav) or marshal turner (N's and kate's fav). i'm interested to know what you think (and why, as i like benson because for short he'd be ben and then we'd have a ben and ken). and also just to forgo any questions... marshal would be for marshal south, who lived atop ghost mountain in anza borrego desert state park... both benson and turner would be family names for me.
so with this family name business... the thornburg lineage had loads of great choices, and we took the best 2 for kendal. therefore, there just isn't any super great ones left (that i want to name my own child anyway, which means that it cant be "ordinary" however i don't want it to be "unique" or "weird"). plus since we have one baby named for the Ts... i want this child to have something from my family, somewhat. which leads me to my final point. there just isn't any good names in my family (mildred? beatrice? lucile? NO!)! well, none that haven't been taken (caroline, etc.)
i'm left with just a few good ones... like lila, which unfortunately is becoming too popular for my taste. i also like cescile, but find that even for me it is hard to spell. (cecile, cescile?)
so the only girl name i can come up with is BLAIR. which is not a family name at all. blair would be pulled from blair valley... which lies at the base of ghost mountain! (return to the marshal south/ghost mountain part of this blog...)
Saturday, July 12, 2008
several years ago in an interview with al hodge, one of the questions he asked me was did i know the difference between conservation and preservation (in regard to wetlands)? well, i didn't. and although he explained it to me, still i get them confused.
well i found a great statement explaining the difference today, and thought i'd share it (just in case any of you sit around pondering the difference between conservation and preservation...)
"conservation is the equivalent of a coronary bypass,
while preservation is the equivalent of jogging and
eating lots of vegetables."
Friday, July 11, 2008
Reducing Your Exposure to Plastics
Experts disagree about whether chemicals found in countless consumer plastics pose a health risk. Some consumers are waiting for them to sort it out. Others are taking steps now to avoid these products when possible.
There's no proof that typical low-level human exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) and
- Check the recycling codes on the bottom of containers. ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, recommends avoiding unmarked plastic containers and those with a recycling code of 3, 6 or 7. Instead, it suggests choosing plastics with recycling numbers of 2, 4 or 5.
- Read ingredients panels. The Food and Drug
Administration(FDA) requires cosmetics and grooming products to list phthalates on their ingredients labels, with the exception of fragrances. Products containing these items may list one or more of the following ingredients:
- Dibutylphthalate (DBP)
- Dimethylphthalate (DMP)
- Diethylphthalate (DEP)
- Use care in the kitchen. Don't microwave plastic containers that aren't listed as microwavable, and throw them out if they're damaged. Some consumer groups suggest not heating plastic containers or putting them in the dishwasher, especially polycarbonates (hard, clear plastic -- most with a recycling code of 7). Consider eating fewer canned goods and plastic-packaged products.
- Consider alterative products. Some parents are switching to baby bottles made of glass or BPA/phthalate-free plastic and toddlers' sippy cups made of alternative plastics or stainless steel. Sporting goods stores are reporting increased interest in water bottles made of metal or alternative plastics. For brown-bagged office lunches, glass or ceramic dishes can replace those handier plastic containers.
- Shop around. The nationwide outdoors outfitter REI has already cleared its shelves of bottles containing BPA and other businesses are following suit. Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, has pledged to stop selling polycarbonate bottles in early 2009. Nalgene, a leading maker of sports bottles, says BPA is safe but has stopped using it because of customers' concerns.
- Speak up. Pressed by activists, California and the European Union have banned several phthalates in children's products. Canada's government has proposed banning polycarbonate baby bottles and otherwise restricting BPA. Some consumer groups are urging people to demand that legislators take further action. Or, if you think these products are safe and shouldn't be banished, you can also raise your voice about that.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
as you probably already know, this past tuesday, kendal had his first CT scan of his head... because it is so "big" (accd to the chart). large heads can be because of hydrocephalus (water head), or who knows what else. but i think that they really were checking to make sure he didn't have hydrocephalus.
turns out that there is NOTHING wrong with his head. it is just big. just like his daddy's!!!
(and his mama's, and his aunt melissa's)
Thursday, July 3, 2008
well yesterday, i went to lowes foods to buy cereal. i forgot ALL about their natural and organic brand (full circle)... the cereal is only $2.99 a box! the cost hasn't changed in over a year! and still, it uses no refined sugars and doesn't not preserve with BHT/BHA!!! awesome.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008