Wednesday, March 28, 2007

My favorite blonde joke

Three pregnant women are sitting near each other in the doctor's waiting room. One is brunette, one is a red-head and the third is blonde.

The brunette and the red-head strike up a conversation.

"What are you having?" the brunette asks the red-head.

"A girl, because I conceived using the woman-on-top position."

"I guess I'm having a boy, because I conceived using the missionary position."

The blonde looks at the two women and then bursts into tears.

"I'm going to have puppies!"

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

I need help

Not that kind of help.

I have heard that mac computers do not require anti-virus software, because they're innately much more secure than a PC. Is this true? If any of y'all are mac users, I'd love to hear what you think of them.

Monday, March 19, 2007


I went and saw 300 last night. That is one naked movie. It took a little for me to get into the drama of the movie because I laughed out loud the first time I saw the Spartan uniform (an invention of Frank Miller's, not historically accurate). A red cloak, leather briefs and boots! How is that not funny? After commenting on it afterwards, my friends seemed to be under the impression that I was excited about so much male skin showing, but nothing could be farther from the truth. There were a lot of nice-looking men with great bodies on display, but those leather briefs, well, to me they were almost as silly looking as speedos! Of course, male skin was not the only thing showing - there were plenty of breasts on display, too. If nudity in movies offends you, this movie is not for you.

This is not a gritty historical drama. It is a grand, theatrical bardic tale. The heroes are Heroes and the villains are Villains. Frank Miller is lucky - so far, the people responsible for bringing his graphic novels to the screen have succeeded in turning them into cinematic art. Stylistically, 300 is very different from Sin City, but equally impressive.

I can see how this movie will appeal to a wide range of audiences - just about anyone can watch the movie and apply it to the context of their own life and personal beliefs. A democrat might watch it and see the Spartans as the insurgents in Iraq fighting against the tyranny of President Bush, while the Republican sitting next to her sees it as the fight between Western democracy and Islamic terrorism, while the Constitutionalist sitting in front of him will see it as the downtrodden citizen versus the corrupt and powerful government. The atheist will see it as science versus religion, the socialist as the poor workers versus the rich businessmen, the feminist will rant about the oppressive patriarchy and how wars would never happen if women were in charge, then go home and pull out her favorite toy while thinking of all the firm, sweaty man-muscles on display.

Certain elements of the film lead me to believe that either the film-makers or Frank Miller are biased towards the science vs religion application of the story; I am not familiar enough with the historic information to know if it was already a part of the story or if it was added in. Stripping away any political agendas and statements which may or may not be present in the movie, at its core, it is a true story of three hundred men who willingly went to their deaths to protect their country and their families from slavery or worse. Their courage and their sacrifice are something that should be admired in any age.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Arielle's town - explanation

I have to confess, I'm addicted to looking at pictures of pretty houses. I had this addiction long before we started house-hunting. Stone, brick, frame, farmhouses, bungalows, Spanish-style, Victorian, log cabins, cottages - I have an eclectic taste in houses but definitely favor older, historic homes.

I have decided to make a virtual village, for which I have already chosen houses for various family members. This is an activity in which my blog friends can participate as well - pick a picture of a house that you like (castle, mud hut, or anything in between, as long as it is a picture of a real dwelling) and either e-mail it to me (aja_hobbit @ or link to it in the comments, and I will add it to the virtual village.

For interested family members, I propose a game - I will list the family members that I have selected houses for so far, and you try to match each house to the person I intended it for - it will probably prove pretty easy, but I thought Mom & Jo at least might get a kick out of it.

And, after I reveal the house I chose for them, the family members that read my blog can submit a picture of a house they'd rather have for the virtual village. =)

The posts below contain the pictures of the houses for Mom, Aunt C, cousin Lisa, each of my sisters (including the youngest), Jared, Dad, my niece, one for myself and a guest house. Husbands & boyfriends' likes, dislikes and personalities were not taken into consideration - they just get to share with their woman. =P My youngest brother also does not get his own house just yet.


Arielle's Virtual Village

Brainiac6, Pablo aka Paul and Birdie all have houses there now too!

It would seem that the game was harder than I thought. Mom, Jo & Lisa each got six out of 12.

Blue house - Mom
Over-water bungalow - Lael (Lael is more of a party girl than the rest of us, and she likes to fish)
Faux-rustic - Joelle (I know you like The Blue Castle but I've never heard you express a fondness for blue castles, or even castles in general)
Spanish-style - Rachelle
Ornate gingerbread - Dad
Yellow house - Aunt C (apparently there was some confusion as to which Aunt C I was referring to - this seemed obvious to me. Only one Aunt C actually visits my blog!)
Front facing pink house - Gaelyn
Second pink house - Brianna
Castle - guest house (C'mon! Castles are more fun to visit than to live in!)
Antler house - Jared
Green & white with ivy - me (I went to Ireland, too)
Green & white with unusual design - Lisa
(I thought the quirky architecture would make this one easy)

Arielle's town III

Arielle's town II

Arielle's town

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

House hunting update

After several days of wrangling over the details, an agreement has been reached and we should be signing the contract for our new home this evening.


Of course, it's still not 100% certain that the sale will go through - written into the contract is the contingency that we can opt out if we do not like what turns up during the home inspection. I doubt anything major will show up, though.

As long as everything goes smoothly, we should be closing on our house April 13th - which I just realized is a Friday. Hah! It's a good thing I'm not superstitious.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Your Personality is Very Rare (INTP)

Your personality type is goofy, imaginative, relaxed, and brilliant.

Only about 4% of all people have your personality, including 2% of all women and 6% of all men

You are Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Perceiving.

Taken from Pablo who took it from Heidi

If only the 'brilliant' part were true. Oh well, 3 out of 4 isn't bad. In this case, at least. 3 out of 4 tires would be bad. Can anyone else think of some instances in which 3 out of 4 would be bad?

Only in Infancy

Only in infancy will women fawn over you and exclaim how cute you are, even though you're fat, drooling and inarticulate.

The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

This is the title of an e-mail I received regarding presidential hopeful Barack Obama. This e-mail details Senator Obama's Muslim background. I might be concerned - if I thought he even had a chance of making it through the Democrat primaries to emerge as their candidate. As it is, I can't help but feel that anyone forwarding this e-mail has unwittingly become Senator Rodham-Clinton's stooge (yes, that means you, Rick =P). Honestly, I think if Senator Obama were unlucky enough to take the lead in opinion polls prior to the primary, that we would shortly be 'discovering' something far more unsavory about him than a mere Muslim background!

Hillary - wise as a serpent, gentle as a cobra.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

House Hunting, part II

We may have found our house. It's a block home from the 70's, but fairly well cared for and not hideous to look at. The location seems to be a quiet family neighborhood. Unfortunately, it appears that we cannot afford a nicely kept older home (maybe someday). The block home is probably a better investment anyway, since they are less likely to be smashed in a hurricane.

And since my family will probably be interested in the details - it's a three bedroom, one bath, with 1318 square feet. It's got a living room and a family room, a nice open kitchen/dining room combo and an inside utility room (older Florida homes sometimes have detached utility rooms). The yard is large with a couple of mid-sized trees in the front. The backyard is already fenced. There's a tiny children's park across the street and a Super Wal*Mart just up the road (yes, the presence of Wally World is a plus, as it's where we do a lot of our shopping). Mike's commute should be comparable to what it is now, though he will no longer have the option of hopping on a toll road to cut the commute in half. Our living expenses will increase sharply, though not beyond what we can handle, and we will still be able to put money into savings monthly. It does need cosmetic work - new interior paint, flooring, a couple of closet doors and new kitchen cabinets - but otherwise seems pretty sound.

I hope to obtain a copy of the CMA (comparative market analysis) and the seller's disclosure later today. As long as nothing significantly wrong turns up, we hope to put an offer on the house sometime in the next few days.

It still saddens me that I could get twice the house and land for the money up in Mom's or Jo's neck of the woods in Tennessee. At least they both can take comfort in knowing that when they get around to purchasing a home, they'll be able to do so while shelling out a lot less than I am!