Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I am Uri!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Total loss: -54 lbs
Sorry for the weird filming on this video. I was trying a different setting on my camera so I'm not sure if it was that or Windows Movie Maker but it is really weird whatever the cause.
Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the
success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. -- Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer
Sunday, October 26, 2008
I really enjoyed this movie. Like most superhero movies, there was a bit of ridiculousness. I don't mind the whole "ridiculousness" of the superhero but it is some of the situations that have nothing to do with the "superheroness." But, that's okay. The other complaint I have with this movie was the writing at least for the scene between Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) where she is helping him repair his heart thing. Another thing that bugged me was Jeff Bridges. I've never cared much for him. He kind of irks me a bit. And what was with that ridiculous beard?
I do like Robert Downey, Jr. & I'm glad to see he has gotten his life back on track (or at least appears to have) & is back to making movies.
The closing scene was by far the best part of this movie. One of the best endings I've seen in a while. Also, I'm sure that this soundtrack would, undoubtedly, be awesome.
So, I guess I'm all ready for the next ones. Yes, there are to be more. In fact, they are in pre-production now for Iron Man 2 & with the way The Incredible Hulk ended, there is to be an expectation of Iron Man showing up in the next Hulk film.
I would definitely recommend this movie. It is not going to be one that goes down in history as being a "great," but it is a nice escape from reality for a couple of hours & a necessisty if you are keeping up with the superhero movies. It is rated PG-13 & that is mainly because of violence (bombs, shooting, explosions, etc...no extreme graphicness) & Tony is a bit of a "lady's man."
I give this film a "B." It is worth a watch if for no other reason than to be prepared to answer movie trivia questions in some future version of Scene It. :)
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I actually forgot to add 2 T of sugar-free pudding, but it turned out great so I don't think it needed it. Maybe if I made plain vanilla ice cream it would need it but not necessarily for this recipe.
2c Half & Half
8oz canned pumpkin
cinnamon & nutmeg or pumpkin spice to taste
Whisk together, pour into ice cream freezer, churn for about 20 min, & enjoy.
Nutrition for 1 cup:
Her ice cream video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM1rvDHJnmY
The other video I kind of copied from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFMvuD-7KZE
Friday, October 24, 2008
I don't really know. I remember some things from my childhood that I'm not sure if they are truly my memories or just stories I have heard & imagined in my own mind. For example, I remember going hiking with my parents, Aunt Connee, & Uncle Randy when I was like one or two years old. Uncle Randy carried me around on his back in this harness thing. Now I've heard this story over & over again so I'm not really sure if I remember it or if hearing the story has just put the memory in my mind.
Another example would be when my mom was pregnant with my sister & a really bad storm blew through. We had to hide in the bathroom because we were afraid it was a tornado. Mom kept singing to me & Dad kept running in & out of the bathroom telling us how bad it was out there. I really don't know if I remember this or not. I have a little movie that plays in my mind about it but I'm not really sure if I truly remember it.
I guess one of the earliest memories that I can say I truly do remember is the night my sister was born. I remember I was staying at Papa & Grannies house (back when that had that 1960's rough to bare knees carpet). They had some friends over drinking coffee & talking. I don't really remember who they were but I knew that I knew them (probably from church). Then Dad called to tell me I had a baby sister & I remember running around the living room & dancing & singing, "I have a baby sister. I have a baby sister." All of that I actually do remember.
I also remember when we were going to bring her home from the hospital. They wheeled out an incubator with a baby doll in it for me. That was so cool. Later that doll got very sick & Dr. Kristy had to perform emergency surgery with a marker on the doll. I still have that doll. She now has matted hair & scars (aka marker) over her abdomen, but I will always have her. However, I think she is still at Mom & Dad's house right now. :)
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Total Loss: -51 lbs
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, that also officially puts me in Onderland. Whoot Whoot!!!
I'm totally loving the way I look so tan in this video. One of my light bulbs burned out so the lighting is off a bit. I may keep it that way. Haha.
Survivor Fitness Challenge: http://tbossbone.com/
Less than a week after the federal government committed $85 billion to bail
out AIG, executives of the giant AIG insurance company headed for a week-long
retreat at a luxury resort and spa, the St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach,
California, Congressional investigators revealed today.
"Rooms at this resort can cost over $1,000 a night," Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) said this morning as his committee continued its investigation of Wall Street and its CEOs.
AIG documents obtained by Waxman's investigators show the company paid
more than $440,000 for the retreat, including nearly $200,000 for rooms,
$150,000 for meals and $23,000 in spa charges.
"Their getting their pedicures and their manicures and the American people are paying for that," said Cong. Elijah Cummings (D-MD).
"This unbridled greed," said Cong. Mark Souder (R-IN), "it's an insensitivity to how people are spending our dollars."...
Sadly, there is no sarc tag to be put here. Hang em high!"
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
1.) I'm voting Democrat because owning a gun is a privilege and a
responsibility, not a right.
2.) I'm voting Democrat because I love my fellow humans and I respect their right to the same happiness I have found in my personal relationships. Happier people
make happier communities.
Since when do love & respect have anything to do with political party? I've heard unloving, disrespectful comments come out of both parties. And, since when is it the government's job to make people happy? Happiness is a choice, not something that can be granted to a person. The Declaration of Independence states we have "unalienable rights" that are "...Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." That is the pursuit of happiness, not happiness alone. You have the right to desire & seek happiness but you are not guaranteed you will find it. Like I said, you must choose to whether you will be happy or whether you will be miserable. Happiness is up to you, not the government.
3.) I'm voting Democrat because I believe oil, insurance, pharmaceutical and
other large companies have a right to profit from their businesses without being
able to use those profits to buy the people who run our government.
From what I remember, it was Clinton & the Democrats that fought for NAFTA. That agreement did nothing but hurt the common man by taking away his job & benefited no one but the "big" businesses by giving tax incentives to those businesses that sent jobs overseas.
4.) I'm voting Democrat because I would rather have the government use the taxes I pay in a responsible manner. Yes, Democrats tend to spend money on social
programs to help their fellow man while Republicans spend just as much or more
borrowing and bailing out large corrupt companies and giving to those who
already have enough or more than enough.
I think it is clear that both parties are guilty of this by the way they both fought for the insane bail out of the latest baking fiasco.
5.) I'm voting Democrat because freedom of speech is a responsibility as
well as a right. It is patriotic to speak out against my government if I feel
that government is acting in an irresponsible and dangerous manner. It is
possible to be patriotic and support our troops while not supporting an immoral
I don't really even understand this point. However, what did jump out at me is that all of a sudden freedom of speech is a right but freedom to bear arms isn't. I'm confused. Are we able to pick & choose what bits of the Constitution we want to abide by & what bits we don't?
It kind of reminds me how some people treat the Bible. Picking out which bits they want to follow & which bits they don't. It is funny to me that the parts they like to follow they never question, but the more difficult bits they all of a sudden claim were either misinterpreted, mistranslated, or were written only for that era. My comment is this, "Yes, times have changed, but God doesn't." Sorry, I got off on a bit of a tangent there. Oh well, I'll leave it because it is true & never hurts to rehash it a bit.
Also, labeling it as an "immoral" war is an opinion. At that point, have there been many moral wars? I can't remember. What would a moral war look like?
6.) I'm voting Democrat because we should not have engaged in a war with
Iraq in the first place. The terrorists who bombed the World Trade Center were
not Iraqi; they were hiding in the mountains of Afghanistan. Before we decide to
occupy a country (this one being one of the oldest civilizations in the world)
we should ask ourselves why there are people who hate us in the first place.
Maybe they think of us as the "terrorists" and this is the only way they know
how to fight back, in a way that truly frightens us. Our country needs to
realize that we are all created equal and one is not necessarily better than the
No, we probably shouldn't have gone to war in Iraq but hind sight is always 20/20, isn't it? Regardless as to whether or not we should have gone, we are there & responsible for what has happened. You can not walk into a room, make a mess, then say, "Oops. I shouldn't have done that," then not expect to have to clean up the mess. Leaving it up to whom ever owns the house to clean up is childish & irresponsible.
Also, you would think that the country "being one of the oldest civilizations in the world" would at least act like one of the more civilized ones. But, after all these years, they haven't figured out a way to control their citizens & live peacefully with each other much less the rest of the world.
The way this woman ends her statement completely infuriates me. "...this is the only way they know how to fight back, in a way that truly frightens us." Are you kidding me?! Is she actually trying to defend the actions of terrorists? I really don't know how to respond to this, so I'll just move on to the next comment.
7.) I'm voting Democrat because global warming is a threat and we need to
take it seriously, if not for the rest of the world, then for ourselves. Each
species depends on another for survival. This should probably be our biggest
concern; it is more important than the economy, who pays which taxes, the war,
etc. If we end up killing our world nothing else will matter because there will
be nothing left to matter. We will be dead!
I agree that global warming is an important issue. However, in order to fix this problem it is going to take a lot of money. Prices of goods & necessities will rise. Gas, electricity, food, etc... will be more & more expensive. Not only that, but the social programs, Democrats love so much, will be diminished. If we are going to fight this issue, then we will all have to sacrifice & sacrifice is rarely something we enjoy or want to do.
8.) I'm voting Democrat because I'm concerned about the babies after
they are born. Who will take care of them if their parents are unable to take
care of them? Republicans believe in the "right to life" until the child is
born; then they are unwilling to help to pay for the social programs, education,
medical care, etc. that will help that child to become a self-respecting, cared
for, contributing human being.
It is time for people to step up & take responsibility for their own actions & quit relying on the government to fix everything they break or screw up in the first place. Government is supposed to take care of the nation, not each individual person. You have to take responsibility for your own self. If young people aren't taught to be responsible for their actions, what is going to happen to this country when they are the leaders? If someone is always there to bail them out, how will they every learn?
9.) I'm voting Democrat because I believe that businesses should be
allowed to make profits for themselves, but not to use that money to buy a
government that works only for those who have money and against those are
are less fortunate.
This comment is the same as argument #3. So, see my argument up there.
10.) A Liberal is a person who cares about all the people of the world
and believes that we are all connected, no matter what color, race, religion, or
income level. We are all in this together and we take care of ourselves by
taking care of our fellow humans. If we can afford to supply some financial help
in the form of job training, good education for all, medical care, etc. we will
be helping to make the world a better happier place for all, especially
A conservative, in my opinion, is one who holds to moral values as more important that selfish desires & pleasure, a person who believes citizenship & respect are earned not handed out like candy.
Life is not fair. Not everyone is treated the same. Not everyone is given the same privileges & opportunities. It takes everyone to make this country work. If everyone is given the chance to go to college & get a bachelors degree or higher then who will do the blue collar work? Who will cook our food? Who will pick up our trash? Who will make the clothes we wear? To run a small town of say 1000 people, you only need one or two doctors but you need several teachers & even more sanitation workers. Yes, it would be nice if we could all get a great education but it is not realistic or necessarily good for society.
In closing, I am surprised about all the negative propaganda about Barack
Obama. Obama is a very intelligent caring man who will probably do a lot to get
us out of the mess that George W. got us into. Republicans always say that the
Democrats are into big government. I don't think anyone could ever have imagined the huge deficit, the bad economy, the expensive war, the lack of privacy, and
the FEAR enveloping this country right now that has been caused by Bush, Cheney, Rove, etc. Now that's the "biggest government" I think anyone has ever seen. I
guess in the end, I want live in a country of "We", not "Me". That's why my vote
will be for Barack Obama, the Democratic condidate.
I'm sick of everyone blaming Bush for every bad thing in their life. Do you really think the President has that much power?
Yes, I do believe he has made poor choices but I don't believe he is the cause of all our nation's problems. (For example, most major nations are having serious economic problems right now but Bush isn't running their country, is he?) Let's remember who is in control of Congress.
I don't know about you, but I don't feel like my privacy has been affected at all. Besides, I'm not hiding anything from the government. Are you? Wouldn't you be concerned if you knew someone was hiding something from the government? It is rarely good things that are being hidden anyway, right?
Liberals don't want to take responsibility. They want to rely on "social" programs to take care of their lives & families but don't want their privileges tampered with. If you live with your parents or someone else, & rely on them to meet your needs, then you must obey their rules & give up certain privileges such as privacy.
As for the economy, I believe that is a result of the Democrats & their precious NAFTA agreement as I stated in #3.
Well, to be honest, I believe I'm actually registered as a Democrat. This is because my parents told me to register as a Democrat when I turned 18 so that I could vote in local elections. I still don't actually understand this but I just didn't care at that age & wasn't about to do any real research on the topic.
The Presidential election between Gore & Bush occurred when I was in my second year in college. I was starting to get somewhat interested in politics then, or at least in the race for President (unfortunately, I am pretty much the same now. I really need to pay more attention to local & state elections to. I'm not being a good American.). During this race, I decided to really research the platforms of at least the two major parties & figure out which one I leaned toward, doubting I was full-blown one way or the other.
I was definitely a Republican. I don't necessarily agree with all of their viewpoints or the policies they pass but, value-wise, I lined up with the Republicans more times (especially on issues that were more important to me than others, i.e., abortion, education, etc) than I did with the Democrats. In recent years, I've even more strongly moved toward the Republican side of things; even more so with recent events, such as, health-care, immigration, the economy, etc. In fact, I'm probably more conservative in my views that most Republicans.
In reality, I really ought to research all the political party & see if there is another one that I would relate to better. But, until that time, I guess I will claim to be a Republican.
Embarrassingly, I must admit I have yet to change my registration to Republican but I don't think that really matters. Regardless of whether I change my affiliation or not, I will vote for the person & not the party. I don't believe all Republicans are good & all Democrats are bad. For example, with the exception of NAFTA & his "extracurricular" activities, I feel that Clinton will go down as one of our better Presidents (that is if he can keep his mouth shut; he seems to have gone a little nutty after leaving office, or at least during his wife's run for the White House).
So, he, John, also wanted us to explain why we affiliate with a certain party.
Obviously, from above, you can tell that I am a Republican. So, why?
I am pro-life, anti-socialized medicine/universal health care (even though I totally feel something needs to be done), believe we should enforce the immigration laws that we already have & maybe make them more strict (no amnesty) , pro-Israel, support the 2nd Amendment, anti-embryonic stem cell research, anti-human cloning, pro-capital punishment, & several others.
I will be voting for McCain this November. Not because I'm a huge fan of McCain (although, I do believe he is good man) but mainly because I am so against Obama. If Hilliary had won the Democratic ticket, I still probably would not have voted for her, but I would definitely not be as upset if she were to win the Presidency as I will be if Obama wins the election.
2008 Democrat Platform: Renewing America's Promise
Free pocket copy of the Constitution & Declaration of Independence (I think every American should have these documents so that they may be able remember what this country was built on to start with.)
Politics 1: Presidency 2008
P0litics 1: Political Parties
Wikipedia: List of Political Parties
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Create Your Own Crest
The commercials are weird but the author of this blog's comments are hilarious. My favorite is the Dennis Hopper commercial. I love his facial expressions when he is in the bath.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Eleventh Hour (American version), is a remake of a British TV show with the same name. The first episode of the American version was identical to an episode of the British version. So identical that they even used the same lines, down to the quirky little nuances & improvised comments. How annoying is that?! Were they at such a loss of interesting stories that they had to steal directly from the BBC?
The second episode was a new idea, at least out of the ones that I've seen on the BBCA. However, the acting was atrocious. It was like they had taken the entire town, with no acting experience what-so-ever & filmed them. The only redeeming quality was Rufus Sewell who played Jacob Hood. However, Sewell is British & true to recent Silver Screen antics, any British actors miraculously speak with an American accent when on American TV. This always aggravates me. I mean, if they want an actor who speaks with an American accent, then hire an American actor, or else let the man/woman use his/her real accent.
The British version (starring Patrick Stewart, aka Capt. Picard) is very good. I've really been enjoying it. However, the American version lacks much to be desired. I really hope they get it together but I'm not putting much faith in it. Shows that cross "the pond" never seem to do well here, with the exception The Office. Unfortunately, I just found out that the BBC only produced 4 episodes of this show. Too bad.
The British version is very science minded & implies religion, or any other theory for that matter, as a primitive mind set, which annoys me but it is still a pretty good show.
The site Eleventh Hour Facts tries to factually explain what happens in each episode. I think that is pretty cool. I haven't really looked over the site that much but the intention behind it is great.
Body of Lies was great but had a lot of bad in it too. So, here's my perspective.
What was great:
- Russel Crowe & Leonardo DiCaprio are great actors. I'm not necessarily fans of them as people, but as actors, I think they are quite wonderful, not my favorites, but definitely good at what they do.
- The story line was really good.
- I loved the perspective showing Ed Hoffman (Crowe) as a normal family man. Makes you wonder how many "normal" people you know that lead double lives. Hehe
- They didn't explain every little nuance. I love that. It means that you have to be somewhat intelligent to watch the movie in order to pick up these little tidbits of information. It keeps you interested in the film & thinking. I don't always want to watch this type of movie but every once in a while it is a relief.
What I didn't like:
- A white man sent by the CIA to gather ground intelligence in the Middle East? Really? You mean to tell me there are no good Middle Eastern-looking actors out there that they could have cast in the role of Roger Ferris (DiCaprio)?
- The sound effects were distractingly terrible. Random common computer sounds were inserted in a odd sort of way. I know the method to this madness was to show how the unlikely character in the scene directed an entire mission from his typical "home computer," but it was very odd & irksome. And, of coarse, there was the ever annoying squealing of tires on sand. This is a huge pet peeve of mine in movies. Whenever a car is driving on sand, on dirt roads, or in a field, the sound guys always have the tires squealing. Aaahhhhh. Since when do car tires squeal when there is no pavement?
- The violence was quite graphic. If you have any aversion to graphic violence, pick a different film or wait until it becomes the "Sunday Night Movie" on NBC, ABC, CBS, or whatever channel (even though violence on TV is getting a bit out of hand, in my opinion). Graphic violence, like sex, in movies is completely unnecessary. You can imply these things without showing everything.
There was a bit of bad language but it wasn't as bad as some "R" rated movies are these days. The "F" word was said a couple of times, which I always feel is a lack of creativity on the writers part, but it was not that distracting. This movie definitely earned its "R" rating (so no kids) but, if you can get beyond the violence, I would definitely recommend you watch it.
I give this movie a B+.
Like I said, the response I got was amazing. Here is a response video that my friend, Steve, made to the video above. I must say, I love this community. :)
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Arrowhead Mills: http://www.arrowheadmills.com/
I had to leave that screen shot the way it was. There were better ones but you can't help but laugh at that face that I'm making. LOL Gotta love it.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Ugh. Archie has fleas. This is very embarrassing for me to admit, especially to my parents, but it is true. I feel really bad for Archie but I have banned him from my bedroom & won't let him sit in my lap. He's getting no loving & he doesn't understand but that will change soon. I know this is pretty pointless since he's probably had them for a while but still, those little critters give me the hibby-jibbies.
Tomorrow morning I'm going to run to PetCo & get some of those drop things.
My only question is how in the world did he pick up these mini spawns of Satan (really, is there any redeeming quality to fleas?)? Archie is an indoor cat. He has only been outside a total of 2 times since he has lived with me. I guess if I really think about it, last Friday I had him tied up outside for like 3 min & that is probably where he got them. Sorry, Archie, but no more outside time for you. Now I'm scratching all the time. I know it is just paranoia but *shudder*.