Monday, November 07, 2005

Welcome Back, Guthrie




Welcome back to the States, Guthrie! Rest up, and we'll be ready to hear stories you have to share with us about your adventures, reflections and more from your Trek Asia trip to Vietnam.

For more information about Guthrie's trip, go to his online TrekAsia journal at:

www.guthrietrekasia.blogspot.com

Again, welcome back! Hugs!

Friday, November 04, 2005

An Educational Sick Day

What an educational sick day so far. I've been watching the National Geographical Channel for few hours while resting on the couch. Each hour was devoted to a specific species or region.

I learned some new things about zebras and observed lions' interesting bite positions while attacking a zebra. It seems that when a pride takes down a zebra, there are always 2 lions head-by-head guaranteed at the zebra's butt, biting and... *ahem* *shuddering* I hypothesize that it is due to the massive buttock muscles which, when taken down, helps weaken the rear legs, forcing the zebra to succumb to the ground. Sad. Did you also know that zebras don't walk in circle-like groups while travelling? They line up like schoolchildren and are arranged according to hierarchy, led by the dominant male. It was touching to learn that the dominant male maintains close affectionate relationships with all its sons. The sons can leave or stay with the group as long as they want to. If not the leader's son, the male zebra would otherwise be forced to leave and join another group. Different groups do respect each other. When groups meet, the leaders meet and nuzzle affectionately and playfully. Aww!

During another hour, I learned that when a baby elephant dies, the entire group, especially the mother, actually cries - not from their eyes but from something between the eyes and ears, creating wet trails down the sides of their heads. This is brought on by stress and emotions. Elephants cry!!!

Ok, end of my excited nerd ramblings. I'm off to either take a nap or watch one of my roommates' netflix rentals - either Bride & Prejudice or Best in Show.

Yuckity Yuck!

Yuck.

Yuck.

Yuck.

That's how my day started. Make that early morning hours. Nauseous. Vomiting. Spikey fever. Stomach aches. Bleh.

Yuck.

Going back to bed soon. My cat seemed to know last night and curled up right next to my head all night. (I know that animals tend to know or sense things before they happen or are about to happen. Did she know last night?) This morning, she stayed with me in bed and was a little clingy which she does when I'm sick. Sweet cat. Now, she's all curled up on the couch sleeping soundly. I know that she'll follow me to bed when I get up from the computer to go to bed.

Got a mini-course at school tonight. I hope I feel well enough to go later tonight. It's tonight and all day tomorrow. I do not want to lose money after I already paid for the mini-course. Have champ interpreters for the course. I should go back to bed soon and keep on resting and hopefully feel better as the day goes on.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Ready to Be 30?

Ready to be 30 years old? I sure am. This is from an article posted somewhere on Netscape. Have fun learning about yourselves.

-S



You Won't Believe What Happens at Age 30

The new age of adulthood: 30. Our extended adolescence has really, well, extended. But according to Josh Albertson, Lockhart Steele, and Jonathan Van Gieson, authors of the new "Book of Ages 30," life begins at 30. Thirty is cool. Party on, dude!


That should be good news to the 3,789,800 Americans who will turn 30 this year. Unlike their parents, today's thirtysomethings think of this milestone as a new beginning and not an end. Priorities shift. New things become important. Uh oh. You're adulthood is showing.

"When we started writing this book, I really didn't feel like there was a whole lot of buzz about being 30," Albertson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Now there is a lot of talk of 30 being the new 21. People are looking at it as the beginning of adulthood. I think people put off growing up for longer. Sometimes people look up when they're 30 and sort of wonder where they are and what they've done."

So who are America's thirtysomethings and what do they have to look forward to? "Book of Ages 30" has an interesting take on it:


How Old IS 30?
If you're 30, you're old--specifically, you're older than 42 percent of all Americans. But you're not alone. Fifteen percent of Americans are also in their 30s.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Being 30
If you're 30, you've already lost 10 percent of your muscle mass. You're likely to be in debt to the tune of $20,000. But the good news is that you're also likely to be having sex 2.24 times a week.

Sex
While 81 percent of women and 71 percent of men have been married by their early 30s, there are plenty who are still virgins after their 30th birthday: 1 in 33 men and 1 in 25 women.

Your Good Looks
Men at 30 are on average 5' 10.2" tall and weigh 174 pounds, while 30-year-old women are 5' 4.6" tall and weigh 130 pounds.

Let's Talk Money
The median income for 30-year-old men is $30,510, while the median income for 30-year-old women is $21,473. On average, 30 year olds have held 7.5 jobs. They have a 24 percent chance of being promoted in the next year.

Career Peaks and Valleys
J.K. Rowling published the first volume in the "Harry Potter" series just before she turned 32. By 30, Harrison Ford went from being a carpenter to an actor in "American Graffiti," and back to being a carpenter. Remember Mr. T? At age 30, in case you wondered, he was about to play the villain in "Rocky III." When they were 30, no one other than their family and friends knew who Oprah Winfrey or Jane Austen were.

No More Naps
You're less likely to fall asleep at your desk than those young twentysomething whippersnappers down the hallway. Just over half of 18- to 29-year-olds report substantial daytime sleepiness, compared with 33 percent of the over-30 crowd.

Don't Shoot!
Nearly half, 45 percent, of all thirtysomethings own a firearm. In fact, more people in their 30s own firearms than do people in any other decade of their lives.

Lesbian Version: Mathematics & Arithmetic

Got this from a friend. Some might find this amusing while others find this offensive or stereotypical. While reading this, I was wondering, "What would a lesbian version of this look like?" Interesting what roles gender plays in this. Suggestions, anyone?
-S



Mathematics & Arithmetic


Romance Mathematics

Smart man + smart woman = romance

Smart man + dumb woman = affair

Dumb man + smart woman = marriage

Dumb man + dumb woman = pregnancy
______________________________


OFFICE ARITHMETIC

Smart boss + smart employee = profit

Smart boss + dumb employee = production

Dumb boss + smart employee = promotion

Dumb boss + dumb employee = overtime
_____________________________


SHOPPING MATH

A man will pay $20 for a $10 item he needs.

A woman will pay $10 for a $20 item that she doesn't need.
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GENERAL EQUATIONS & STATISTICS

A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.

A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.

A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
_____________________________


HAPPINESS

To be happy with a man, you must understand him a lot and love him a little.

To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.
______________________________


LONGEVITY

Married men live longer than single men do, but married men are a lot more willing to die.
______________________________


PROPENSITY TO CHANGE

A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.

A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, and she does.
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DISCUSSION TECHNIQUE

A woman has the last word in any argument.

Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
_____________________________


HOW TO STOP PEOPLE FROM BUGGING YOU ABOUT GETTING MARRIED

Old aunts used to come up to me at weddings, poking me in the ribs and cackling, telling me, "You're next." They stopped after I started doing the same thing to them at funerals.

News Flash???

Why do they need to write up an article about something we might as well have already known all along since precivilization times.... that honesty and ethics are not politicians' strengths or part of their dictionary.
-S


Congress Gets Poor Marks on Honesty, Ethics
By WILL LESTER, AP

WASHINGTON (Oct. 29) - Only one-third of Americans give Congress good ratings for its ethics and honesty, according to an AP-Ipsos poll that found more evidence of the public's longstanding disdain for the legislative branch of government.

Investigations of two top congressional leaders have drawn more attention to Congress' low standings, though analysts say other factors such as the Iraq war and gas prices are likely contributors to the dip this year in Congress' ratings.

Almost half in the poll, 45 percent, give Congress poor marks for its honesty and ethics, and 21 percent said congressional ethics were neither good nor poor.

Congressional ethics have been in the spotlight recently with the probe of stock sales by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and the indictment of Texas Rep. Tom DeLay, former House majority leader, on charges of violating campaign finance laws. DeLay recently notified House officials that he has failed to disclose all contributions to his legal defense fund.

"Public opinion about Congress is at low ebb," said John Hibbing, a University of Nebraska professor and a co-author of "Congress as Public Enemy." But Hibbing said he doubts that recent news about Frist and DeLay are big factors.

"Congress always lags behind the other two institutions of government and most other institutions," he said. "People don't really like to hear about conflict about important decisions."

Just over a third in the poll, 35 percent, approve of the way Congress is handling its job - down from 44 percent in February, according to the poll of 1,000 adults taken Oct. 3-5. The poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Recent polling has shown public regard for Republican leaders in Congress has dipped during the past year, but Democrats are down as well.

"We have the best Congress money can buy," said Greg Goldstein, a salesman from New York City who is a political independent. "The entire political-economic system is very money-driven."

Republican pollster Ed Goeas said recently that it's lucky for the GOP that voters won't be focused on elections for another 10 months. Republicans are more likely than Democrats to take a positive view of the honesty and ethics of Congress.

"I hear so many people talking about how dishonest they are, but I have a hard time believing they're as bad as people say," said Krista Gneiting, a Republican from Caldwell, Idaho. "I have not heard much specifically about Bill Frist and Tom DeLay."

10/29/05 04:26 EDT

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.

For the Nerds in Us...

For the nerds in us who enjoy articles like these... there is so much we do not know and also assume about other living creatures on earth. Just because we do not see, hear, taste, smell or feel something while observing, interacting or reading about such creatures does not mean these do not exist in their worlds. We merely do not know because... as in this article... they might communicate and hear on levels that we simply cannot hear/speak.

-S



Mice Take a Page From Birds' Songbook
Study Suggests Males Sing During Courtship
By CHERYL WITTENAUER, AP


APResearchers were surprised to find patterns in the twitterings of mice.

They Sing -- but Who Listens?

ST. LOUIS (Nov. 1) - Songbirds may be the Sinatras of the animal world, but male mice can carry a tune too, say Washington University researchers who were surprised by what they heard.

Scientists have known for decades that male lab mice produce high-frequency sounds - undetectable by human ears - when they pick up the scent of a female mouse. This high-pitched babble is presumably for courtship, although scientists are not certain.

But it turns out those sounds are more complex and interesting than previously thought.

"It soon became ... apparent that these vocalizations were not random twitterings but songs," said researcher Timothy Holy. "There was a pattern to them. They sounded a lot like bird songs."

To make their point, the researchers provided audio recordings of the sounds, which have been modified for human ears. The recordings do indeed sound birdlike.

The findings by the researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are published online Tuesday in the journal Public Library of Science Biology.

If the analysis by the researchers is confirmed, mice can be added to the short list of creatures that sing in the presence of the opposite sex, including songbirds, humpback whales, porpoises, insects and, possibly, bats.

"There was joy in this discovery," Holy said. "We didn't expect it."

The finding opens the possibility of using mice to study and develop treatments for autism and other communication disorders, said Holy, the lead author and assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the university's medical school.

Bird song, how it is perceived and learned, is used to understand how the human brain works. But some questions might be posed better with mice, for experimental convenience, he said.

If it is true that the male mice are producing songs, it raises questions about how their sounds develop and whether mice - like birds - are able to learn new sounds, said animal communication expert Peter Marler, a behavioral neurobiologist at University of California, Davis.

He said "extraordinarily little" is known about how the human brain helps people learn to speak.

"We don't know even where to look in the (human) brain," he said. "If it were to turn out that (mice) songs are learned, and that parts of the brain are involved in learning, that might open a new area of investigation."

Marler said the only mammals known to learn new sounds are whales and porpoises, and "they're not exactly ideal for study."

Holy and co-author Zhongsheng Guo were studying the brain response in male mice to chemical signals emitted by female mice. The mice sounds were not audible to humans without technical amplification. Initially, researchers recorded the sounds with a microphone, stored them in a computer and converted them to an image.

Later, they developed a way to hear the sounds by recording them on tape and reconstructing them four octaves lower. Holy said the mice sounds met two key criteria for song - distinct syllables and recurring themes, "like the melodic hook in a catchy tune."

He said their finding is not just perception, but a "very careful quantitative analysis of sounds."

Holy said adult bird songs are much more practiced, predictable and refined than those of mice, but even birds don't start out as great singers. They learn.

11/01/05 14:17 EST

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.

Interesting....

Interesting... I think I'm starting to get bored with www.blogthings.com.
-S


You Are 31 Years Old

Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Happy Birthday, Sabine!

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you, Dearest Sabine Hava!



Happy Birthday to you!

Awww, have a wonderful 7 month-old birthday! :)

Hugs,
Auntie Sarah

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Interesting....

Your Seduction Style: Au Natural

You rank up there with your seduction skills, though you might not know it.
That's because you're a natural at seduction. You don't realize your power!
The root of your natural seduction power: your innocence and optimism.

You're the type of person who happily plays around and creates a unique little world.
Little do you know that your personal paradise is so appealing that it sucks people in.
You find joy in everything - so is it any surprise that people find joy in you?

You bring back the inner child in everyone you meet with your sincere and spontaneous ways.
Your childlike (but not childish) behavior also inspires others to care for you.
As a result, those who you befriend and date tend to be incredibly loyal to you.

How True!

You Are Apple Cider

Smooth and comforting. But downright nasty when cold.


I'm not necessarily downright nasty. I just bicker more... either grin and bear it or bitch directly about what I do not like about feeling/being cold. I don't like to be cold, period. I do not like to feel suffocated by layers of clothes. I love my skin being bare and free. I do adjust tho. I bicker for a short bit then just adjust and look forwrad to spring. In fact, I'm already looking forward to spring!

My Pizza Personality

Veggie Pizza

Upscale and trendy.
You're the most likely to go for a gourmet pizza.
You have impeccable taste in everything.
You truly enjoy the finer things in life.


True. Also came up with this.

Cheese Pizza

Traditional and comforting.
You focus on living a quality life.
You're not easily impressed with novelty.
Yet, you easily impress others.

My Inner Child... Mmm....

Took a What's Your Inner Child quiz through www.blogthings.com. I wish I could choose few answers for few questions. But, here's my first result. I decided to retake the quiz and answer with the other ones I wanted to pick out too.

Your Inner Child Is Surprised

You see many things through the eyes of a child.
Meaning, you're rarely cynical or jaded.
You cherish all of the details in life.
Easily fascinated, you enjoy experiencing new things.



This was my other result...not complaining. :)

Your Inner Child Is Happy

You see life as simple, and simple is a very good thing.
You're cheerful and upbeat, taking everything as it comes.
And you decide not to worry, even when things look bad.
You figure there's just so many great things to look forward to.

Odds & Ends

  • Congratulations to Brook Shields for expecting her 2nd child

  • Out of all people, it's Anna Nicole Smith & her dogs who boycotts IAMS in a new advertisement for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). I've long been against IAMS because of the company's cruelty to animals and testings on animals in their labs. Why couldn't a better person have been chosen to bring light to this? This is an article written by the Associated Press and posted on AOL:

Anna Nicole Smith's Dogs Boycott Iams

NEW YORK (Oct. 28) - Anna Nicole Smith's dogs are boycotting pet food maker Iams. Smith's protesting pooches are refusing dog food from Iams in a new advertisement for PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

"Marilyn, Sugar Pie and Puppy are boycotting Iams until it stops testing on animals in labs," the poster reads beneath a picture of Smith, a former Playboy model, and her three dogs.

PETA claims an undercover investigation in 2002 and 2003 revealed "deplorable" conditions in Iams' contract laboratory. The group said at least 27 dogs were killed, and listed abuses including cramped conditions and having dogs' vocal cords removed to prevent barking.

Iams, which sells pet food and pet care products, disputes those allegations.

"We have constantly and publicly communicated with the public with what we do in our feeding studies," Kurt Iverson, a spokesman for Iams, told The Associated Press on Friday. "We also work with a number of well-respected officials from animal welfare groups, like the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States."

The ad will be posted next week on PETA's Web site, and it will appear on billboards this winter.
10/28/05 12:47 EDT

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press

Heard of These Fears?

  • Anthrophobia - Fear of flowers
  • Lachanophobia - Fear of vegetables
  • Helmintophobia - Fear of being infested with worms
  • Genuphobia - Fear of knees
  • Blennophobia - Fear of slime
  • Selenophobia - Fear of the moon
  • Arachibutyrophobia- Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth
  • Bogyphobia - Fear of the bogeyman
  • Chromatophobia - Fear of colors
  • Mnemophobia - Fear of memories
  • Sciophobia - Fear of shadows
  • Ablutophobia - Fear of washing or bathing
  • Mottephobia - Fear of moths
  • Triskadekaphobia - Fear of the number 13

Patricia Ordonez's Announcement!


Patty is the one in black - the first one on the right in the rear row.

Patty O


Fashion Designer

Custom-Fitted
Just for You

info@patriciaordonez.com
www.patriciaordonez.com



EXCITING NEWS FROM PATTY O!

I am expanding my business and working to provide individual attention to my most important customer – YOU!

You can find my new lineup of exclusive designs at The Market NYC (268 Mulberry Street between Houston and Prince Street) beginning October 29th. I will also be selling my clothing at the same location on November 12, November 26, December 3, December 10 and December 17th, so mark your calendars and be sure to stop by!

Additionally, in order to give my distinctive clients more individualized attention, I have opened my sewing studio on the Upper West Side for custom fittings. To set up an appointment you can visit me 24/7 on my website at patriciaordonez.com or feel free to contact me via email at info@patriciaordez.com.

Need to find the perfect gift for the perfect person?

A PattyO gift certificate for a fashion consulting session and custom fitting is something that they will NEVER re-gift! Inquire at info@patriciaordonez.com.

Russian Restaurants in Brighton Beach

Here are restaurants that come highly recommended should you venture down to Brighton Beach, Brooklyn for a night of Russian cuisine and entertainment (yes, a show):

1. Winter Garden
2. Imperator
3. Rasputin
4. Odessa

As for a good Turkish-Uzbek restaurant in Sheepshead Bay by the water where you go go for a lovely stroll after you eat, go to:

Bay Shish Kebab & Gyro
2255 Emmons Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11235
(718) 769-5396





Your Brain is 46.67% Female, 53.33% Male



Your brain is a healthy mix of male and female

You are both sensitive and savvy

Rational and reasonable, you tend to keep level headed

But you also tend to wear your heart on your sleeve


Delighted to Share.....

The engagement of Lauren & Doug!

They became engaged on August 20, 2005. What a great day! :) I was SO delighted and happy. I knew it was a matter of time before they got engaged. We were roommates when they began dating and beautifully evolved into a loving couple with fireworks. The fireworks show started in 2002. And, the firework show is nowhere near from being over! There is no end in sight. They moved in together over the past year. The magic and spark was there right from the start. In other words, they always clickety-clicked. And, I'm so happy for them!

Here is Lauren's email announcing the great news! I squealed in delight when I read it!

Hi Sarah-

I came back from Nassau last Friday, and as usual, Doug and I headed to the Hamptons but it was a most unusual day at the beach. While digging sand to make a sand castle (doug's idea), I unearthed a ring inside a little red plastic container. I was stunned, floored, flummoxed. So shocked he had to ask me "will you marry me?" three times before I finally understood what was going on, and happily (and so...uncoolly) said YES! I cried and laughed and sweated all at the samme time. I even got up and shimmied! What a messy yes that was!! I'm no longer on cloud 9-im now visiting cloud 10, 18, and 102. I'm blown away. Sure, we had talked about marriage but Doug always made it sound like it was something we'd do in 2, 3 years. This is alll surreal. We're shy and giddy all over again (yeah, I know, ew, gross, barf). :) :D anyway-this changes things a bit. This weekend his family and we are scouting out locations.

Hugs
Lauren



Here is the official story:

A Ponquogue Beach Story

Doug asked Lauren if she wanted to talk. Lying on a blanket on the quiet beach, Lauren closed her magazine and sat up. Sure, she said.



Doug asked Lauren if she wanted to build a sand castle. He knew that she harbored a secret hope—that the sand hid treasures and new worlds. It was no surprise when Lauren happily began digging. Before long, she uncovered a bright shiny red container. Turning the container over, she saw a ring inside. Someone hid this, she said.




Doug asked Lauren if she would marry him. What? She said.

Doug asked Lauren if she would marry him. Are you serious? She said.

Doug asked Lauren if she would marry him, for the third time.

Yes! She said.




We are engaged! :)

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Pascal's Quote

Another quote courtesy of friend ME:

We arrive at the truth, not by the reason only, but also by the heart.
~Blaise Pascal

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Yoo Hoo???

Any single suitable beautiful lesbian women out there for dating? Yoo hoo, anyone?

"Whew, She's Sane!"

Whew, my friend is sane!

She suddenly said on AIM:
I feel buzz buzz

I am thinking to myself:
Huh? What buzz buzz? Her head dizzy or body tired? Or, she's insane with buzzing in her head/body?

So, I asked her hopefully, with my fingers crossed:
What buzz buzz?

She said:
My pager

Me:
Whew!! Thank goodness she's sane!

*breathing a sigh of relief*

Popping Babies Like Baseball Ball Machine

You may have heard of "the mother who recently gave birth to 16th child." It seems like all it took was one head turn before she gave birth once again. I remember reading news about "the mother who gave birth to her 15th child." Now, it's the 16th child named J-something in the Duggar family.

Michelle Duggar, age 39, is the name of the baby popper. She first popped a baby at age 21. I think it's incredible how she loves and genuinely wants to have more children.

They have two websites. I'm not sure which one is current or if they run both websites:

www.jimbob.info and www.duggarfamily.com

Their children include two sets of twins, and the parents have stuck to the letter "J" for their names.

* Joshua, 17
* Jana and John-David, 15
* Jill, 14
* Jessa, 12
* Jinger, 11
* Joseph, 10
* Josiah, 9
* Joy-Anna, 8
* Jeremiah and Jedidiah, 6
* Jason, 5
* James, 4
* Justin, 2
* Jackson, 1
* Johannah, 0

Her husband, Jim Bob Duggar, quoted in an CNN article: "I have always left it up to Michelle because she's actually the one that carries them and does all the labor," he said. "But we both love children. Even yesterday, she said she would like to have some more." He later went on to say how happy and excited they were to have a baby girl, the first in 8 years for the family. Jim further states in the article that "We both just love children and we consider each a blessing from the Lord. I have asked Michelle if she wants more and she said yes, if the Lord wants to give us some she will accept them," he said in a telephone interview.

One word: Wow.

It always seem that large families like them are strongly rooted in their faith. In other words, they're always religious or strongly identified in their faith. And, their faith provides structure, discipline, and guidance in raising large families.
I've never read of a large family that was non-religious or not strongly rooted in faith and make faith their way of life.

It's just too interesting and remarkable that these large families of baby poppers always seem to be christians or religious. I've never seen a non-religious LARGE family where they love popping out babies at the rate of a baseball training ball popper that pops out balls at you every few seconds during practice. The only difference here is that there's no training, and these miracles of life are real.

With all due respect to these families and their faith, I can't help but wonder about this: if Kinsey's estimate that 1:10 people are gay, will at least one of their children later come out of the closet as a gay person? Nonetheless, I have faith that these children are growing up to become loving respectful adults with a wonderful large family like Michelle and Jim Duggar's.

Congratulations, Michelle and Jim, on your new addition and arrival!

Oh man!

Oh man! Just realized while looking up the Spring 2006 Schedule for class registration that I'll soon be registering for the last time during my graduate studies. Before I know it, I'll be starting my last semester of graduate school. In a blink, I'll be graduating. Oh man! Where's the fan? *deep sigh and breathing* Is this for real?