Thursday, August 30, 2007

Always worth a look

The Global Report From Down Under previously known as Jamie's Blog Archives

A giant hole in the Universe is devoid of galaxies, stars and even lacks dark matter, astronomers said on Thursday. The team at the University of Minnesota said the void is nearly a billion light-years across and they have no idea why it is there. Tom Cruise informed them that it was an excavation site cleared on the orders of Xenu.

A Japanese man arrested for making 388 prank phone calls to the local fire station between May 2006 and July this year said he did it because he was lonely. That broke the record set by Al Gore before he discovered global warming.

The navies of India, Japan, Singapore, Australia and the United States will hold war games in the Bay of Bengal next month, the first such joint exercises by the five nations. In the war games India is attacking the hottest curry, Japan is taking on Megaman and Wario, Singapore is hanging drug smugglers, Australia is fighting in a pub, and the USA is trying to deport Mexicans.

Congratulations!


To Beth and her crew on their newest member, Savannah!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Aimless Brainwork

Apparently my brain is pretty aimless these days.

Brainiac6 and I are in the same British literature class, as is my husband (he and I have doubled up on a few courses in order to save on text book costs). We are starting with the poets William Blake and Robert Burns. If Blake's brief biography is any indication, I may have to add poets to the list of Usually Fruity and Egotistical. This list already contains actors and popular musicians. Am I the only person that finds the lines "Tyger, Tyger burning bright, in the forests of the night" to be screamingly funny?

Speaking of the entertainment industry, here are a few things that have entertained me recently:

Hot Fuzz
From the creators of Shaun of the Dead - even funnier, in my opinion. It does have some moments of graphic, over-the-top violence that won't appeal to some viewers (like my mother =P).

The Chronicles of Chrestomanci volume I
by Diana Wynne Jones - children's fantasy - enjoyable and gently humorous

Pitch Black
Starring Vin Diesel - sci-fi horror, but not of the terrible "sci-fi channel original movie" variety

Nine hours of driving (plus 1 1/2 hours combined stop time) is surprisingly tiring. Thank goodness both of my boys do well riding in the car. Actually, considering that I was driving through Georgia and Florida in August without A/C, it's not that surprising.

Update:

I may enjoy reading poetry after all - this is the funniest description of being born I've ever read...

"My mother groand! My father wept.
Into the dangerous world I leapt.
Helpless, naked, piping loud;
Like a fiend hid in a cloud."

Comparing a newborn infant to a fiend hid in a cloud? Hilarious!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Aimless Brainwork

I know, two of these in a row, what gives?

It is very fun to watch what entertains young children. I was washing a load of laundry at my mom's house in her front-loader washing machine and my 10-month-old thought it was just the coolest thing. He stood there and watched the clothes and water churning for a surprisingly long time.

I like my family. I don't just love them; I don't just spend time with them from a sense of obligation. I actually enjoy spending time with them and feel as much at home with them as I do in my own home.

I am greatly looking forward to winter.

There was something I had thought of earlier that I had wanted to put in an Aimless Brainwork post, and now I can't remember what it was...

I love thrift stores. I acquired a handful of paperbacks and a skirt and a shirt that were only fifty cents apiece. Of course, that's a thrift store in my mom's area, in my area they're more expensive.

Motherhood has made me bossy.

Hmmm - still can't remember what I'd been thinking of earlier.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Aimless brainwork

I've been wanting to post more material, but (having reunited with my muse, who seems refreshed after her vacation) I now find myself with writer's block. Words refuse to come out the way I want them to.

I went to my dad's on Saturday and had some of the best hamburgers ever. Grilled and seasoned with crushed garlic & bell pepper, with a light coating of teriyaki sauce and a sprinkling of salt & pepper. I'm going to try that myself.

Every now and then I have rants which I hesitate to post, because I think the subject matter might be too risque. On that note, my mom thought the the uppermost romance novel cover spoof to be almost going to far. My sense of humor does tend to be a bit bawdy (okay, I was gifted with a t-shirt with the slogan "dirty old man" on it), though it gets far less exposure here than in real life.

One of my sisters once told me - meaning it to be a compliment - that I could write romance novels. It was a devastating blow. I still feel a little sting when I think about it, because there was truth in what she said. Even if I were willing to exploit that "talent" I could never become a successful romance novelist, though, because I wouldn't include sex scenes.

Blargh! I hate summer SO MUCH. The heat makes me become lethargic, depressed and vaguely irritable. I just keep telling myself it's only a couple of months until I start to see a hint of fall... Florida does not have winter or spring, only fall and summer, with a brief transitional period between each season.

Classes start again this week. I'll be taking early American history and British Literature (1800 to present, give or take fifty years). Britain seems to have produced several of my favorite authors, including J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Jane Austen, E. Nesbit, Agatha Christie and Douglas Adams. Unfortunately, none of them are on the reading list for the class.

I can't really think of a "closing" paragraph, so this will have to do.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Prayer request

It's not my story to tell, so I can't go into detail, but if you feel led to please pray for Joelle (Crazy Jo) and her son. They could really use the prayer right now.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Saturday, August 04, 2007

family blog update

For those of you with links to Serena & Rick's blogs, please be advised that they are no longer accessible. Rick has a new blog that can be linked and Serena will have one again in the future.