Tuesday, December 22, 2009
~ The Eskimo language has more than 20 words to describe different kinds of snow.
~ The characters of Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "It's A Wonderful Life."
~ The leaves of the Victorian water lily are sometimes more than 6 feet in diameter.
~ Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to enter space.
~ Michael Jordan shaves his head on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
"What is considered trash or quality in the South has nothing to do with money. Some of the best families around here haven't had money for generations. The emphasis is on breeding and manners. No amount of money can make you quality if you don't act like quality. For instance, good Southern belles don't place much importance on paying $400 to buy a pocketbook that's got some Italian designer's initials all over it. In the South, grandmother's monogrammed napkin rings are much more important than Gucci's monogrammed luggage. To think otherwise is just considered tacky. And around here, nothing is more tacky than being tacky."
-Alabama belle discussing the intricacies of being Southern
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
~ An octupus will eat its own arms if it gets really hungry.
~ Thomas Edison, the inventor of the lightbulb, was afraid of the dark.
~ The Nobel Prize was first awarded in 1901. It resulted from a late change in the will of Alfred Nobel, who did not want to be remembered after his death as a propagator of violence - he invented dynamite.
~ Jeans were named after Genoa, Italy, where the first denim cloth was made.
It seems to be turning into a pretty hectic Christmas. Here is where things stand:
1. I have not finished my shopping
2. I have not finished addressing my cards
3. I have not finished my Mom's shopping
4. I have not received all the internet ordered gifts
5. My dog is not putting pressure on his back right leg, so he is hurt
6. My cat is licking all the hair off her back at the base of her tail, so she is crazy
7. I have not spent all of my pre-tax medical money - have to spend $500 more before 12/31
Thursday, December 10, 2009
- Willie Morris
"To Coach Bryant, that guy who played three plays was just as important as Joe Namath."
- Jackie Sherrill, Head Coach, Mississippi State University
"The doctors say it's 85% smoking, poor diet, and the pressures of coaching, and 15% booze and other things. I wish it had been 85% booze and other things."
- Paul "Bear" Bryant, beloved University of Alabama Crimson Tide Head Coach, about his health problems
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
~ Hitler was claustrophobic. The elevator leading to his "Eagle's Nest" in the Austrian Alps was mirrored so it would appear larger and more open.
~ The tail section of an airplane gives the bumpiest ride.
~ To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs. It will let you go instantly.
~ Laws forbidding the sale of sodas on Sunday prompted William Garwood to invent the ice-cream sundae in Evanston, Illinois, in 1875.
Monday, December 7, 2009
I asked her last night if she didn't want to put her own lights on this year. This was a big step for me because, you see, I am a fanatic about the tree lights. I have to have a lot (I mean a lot) of lights and they have to be on there just right. Jimmy said one year my tree was a fire hazard! Anyway, when I asked Rachel if she wanted to do the lights (only on her little tree - never on the big family tree) her response was, "No. I won't do lights until I am 25."
Not sure what the significance of the age is, but she was pretty adamant!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Now that I think of it, of course he will. It is not that big of a deal, and I was doing a good thing.
(I just hope the little blue haired lady that was behind me can get over it!)
Have a great weekend.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Today I have some really neat quotes by Eudora Welty. She was a writer from Mississippi.
"Southerners love a good tale. They are born reciters, great memory retainers, diary keepers, letter exchangers, letter savers, history tracers and debaters, and - outstaying all the rest - great talkers."
"I am myself touched off by place. The place where I am and the place I know...are what set me to writing my stories. Southerners feel passionate about place. Not simply in the historical or philosophical connotation of the word, but in the sensory thing, the experienced world of sight and sound and smell, in its earth and water and sky and seasons."
"In a way, I think Southerners care about each other, about human beings, in a more accessible way than some other people."
"...at the end of the day...I'd have a drink, a bourbon and water - and then I could do anything I wanted to."
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
We went to Jason's deli. I knew I should have gotten the potato with chili and cheese, that is what I always get. But NOOOOO, I had to try something different - the Chicken Milano. It was described as bow tie pasta with chicken, artichokes, olives, tomato sauce, etc. It sounded delicious...
But it was cold and gross. I sent it back, but the moment had been ruined for me. When will I learn that once I like something at a restaurant, I need never order anything else or I will be disappointed. Does that make me crotchety?
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I did not touch a computer from Wednesday at 5:00 pm until this morning. I was sick as a dog Sunday night and yesterday morning. Must have had a stomach bug! YUCK.
But I am better now, just super busy...so without further ado...
USELESS INFO TUESDAY
~ Kite flying is a professional sport in Thailand.
~ James Bond is known as "Mr. Kiss-Kiss-Bang-Bang" in Italy.
~ When the divorce rate goes up in the US, toy makers say the sale of toys also rises.
~ Former Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has been struck by lightning twice in his life.
~ The chocolate chip cookie was invented in 1933.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
~ Jenfer colored her hair a dark brown/auburn. She said people like it, but it is very different. I asked her if we were going to have to start making up names for her like the Cracker Barrel lady. I suggested Heinz 57 #2.
~ Watched The Exorcist again last night with Rachel and her peeps. We fast forwarded to the good parts.
~ Why are there no turkey breasts with pop up thermometers this year?
~ I heard I have a new blog reader. Shout out to Amy Sweep-hay. You know who she is. She owns a flower shop in Decatur. (Changing her name to protect the innocent)
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
~ Before 1859, baseball umpires sat in rocking chairs behind home plate.
~ About 200 babies are born worldwide every minute.
~ Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.
~ Las Vegas has more chapels per capita than any other city.
Friday, November 20, 2009
This has been the best Survivor season ever! Russel has found the hidden immunity idol for the 3rd time! The first two times he found it without any clues! And he has played it spectacularly! The last 3 Tribal Councils have been thrilling to watch! Everybody getting blindsided by Russel and his group!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
...Rachel tried Catfish last night at McCullums and she liked it. We went to celebrate her 93 and to get my catfish fix. She told me not to tell Tim, and the next time we all went she was going to order it and watch him flip out.
...I just ate a turkey sandwich with turkey meat that said "Sell by Nov 14th." If you know anything about me, you would realize what a big step that was for me! I am a stickler for expiration, sell buy dates! Hope I don't get sick.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
~ Debra Winger was the voice of ET.
~ During World War I, almost 14 million people died in battle.
~ Boxing rings are so called because they used to be round.
~ According to a British law passed in 1845, attempting to commit suicide was a capital offense. Offenders could be hanged for trying.
Monday, November 16, 2009
I have been uninspired lately. From my blog, to everything. Not really much to blog about because I really haven't done anything fun, funny or exciting. Really, no one around me has either.
I spent my weekend with my dog on the couch, either cross-stitching or watching TV or napping. That is it.
The most energy I spent was going to the cross-stitch store on Saturday, then going to eat at Cracker Barrel with TCW yesterday. (and no, Strawberry Shortcake Heaven #92 was not there! - hope she didn't read my blog then quit! - yeah, right).
I should have made myself shower and gone to Andy's Birthday celebration at the Brick on Saturday...I am sure I would have had a lot to blog about then!
Oh, TCW did tell me a funny story about Btut. He was sitting at the bar during Andy's party, watching the football game, and the guys next to him were paying their tab and leaving. So, he called Btut over to sit there when they got up. Well, Btut started talking to them, finding out all about them, just gabbing away for about 10 minutes. Then, all of a sudden, she was like "Ok, it is time for ya'll to leave so I can sit down." Totally Btut! Love.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Paraskevidekatriaphobia, or an irrational fear of Friday the 13th,
Friday the 13th occurs when the thirteenth day of a month falls on Friday, which superstition holds to be a day of good or bad luck. In the Gregorian calendar, this day occurs at least once, but at most three times a year. Any month's 13th day will fall on a Friday if the month starts on a Sunday. In 2009 this applies to the months of February, March, and November. The next year to have three Friday the 13th dates will be 2015.
In numerology, the number twelve is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve signs of the zodiac, twelve hours of the clock, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve Apostles of Jesus, twelve gods of Olympus, etc., whereas the number thirteen was considered irregular, transgressing this completeness. There is also a superstition, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper or a Norse myth, that having thirteen people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners.
Friday has been considered an unlucky day at least since the 14th century's The Canterbury Tales, and many other professions have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects. Black Friday has been associated with stock market crashes and other disasters since the 1800s. It has also been suggested that Friday has been considered an unlucky day because, according to Christian scripture and tradition, Jesus was crucified on a Friday.
This has always been a luck day for me!
Sorry not much content this week on the blog....not feeling very inspired.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
She was sitting at her desk listening to the professor lecture, you know, usual class stuff. Then she said he just walked up to her desk (during the middle of lecture) and asked her if she wanted to go outside and smoke. He was like "Rachel, you want to go smoke?" Of course, after sitting n class for over an hour she said yes.
I thought how odd. I asked her if he invited anyone else to smoke with them, and she said yea. He told the class, "If anyone else wants to smoke with us you can." Rachel explained that he had not had time to smoke in between her class and the class before, so he really wanted a cigarette. And they are usually both outside smoking before class.
Crazy stuff always happens to her
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
~ Paul McCartney's mother was a midwife.
~ There are no words int he English language that rhyme with the words month, orange, silver, or purple.
~ The only continent without reptiles or snakes is Antarctica.
~ The 3 best-known Western names in China are Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis Presley.
Friday, November 6, 2009
...to go see them (Widespread Panic)....
...here in Atlanta (Phillips Arena - Dec. 30 and 31)....
...and stay here (the Westin Peachtree Plaza).
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Anyway, whenever we go to Cracker Barrel, I have to assign her hair color a new nickname. I have been doing this for years, just ask Tim and Rayray.
Some more memorable dye names:
Harem Crimson #24
African Desert Sunset #7
Cherry on Top #2
You get the picture. The next time you are in Cracker Barrel and see her, think of your own nickname for her hair color. Let's keep the tradition alive!
I apologize if she, "Blazin' Raven #11" (that was a good one!) is anyone's Nana.
P.S. This is my 350th post! Yea!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tim: Where is the cabin?
RR: I don't really know.
Tim: Have you been there?
RR: Yea, once but Christina drove so I did not pay much attention.
Tim: Is it East of here, like near Cow Ford (sp)? or West like you are going to Joe Wheeler?
RR: I don't even know. If I have to drive I will take Mom's GPS.
(so this is where I just had to say a little something...)
LL: Well, what the hell are you going to type in "River Cabin?"
I love you Rayray!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
~The abbreviation ORD for Chicago's O'Hare Airport comes from the old name Orchard Field.
~The longest inaugural address by a U.S. president was given by William Henry Harrison. It was one hour, forty-five minutes long during an intense snowstorm. One month later, he died of pneumonia.
~ Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
~ Vampire bats don't suck blood; they drink it. They make small cuts in the skin of a sleeping animal and lap up the blood. Vampire bats need about two tablespoons of blood each day and are able to extract their dinner in approximately twenty minutes.
~ Eating chocolate was once considered a temptation of the devil.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
The celebration of Halloween started in the United States as an autumn harvest festival. In pioneer days, some Americans celebrated Halloween with com-popping parties, taffy pulls and hayrides.
In the late nineteenth century, with the large influx of Irish immigrants into the U.S., Halloween became associated with ghosts, goblins and witches.
Jack-o-lanterns are an Irish tradition. In Ireland, oversized rutabagas, turnips and potatoes were hollowed-out, carved into faces and illuminated with candles to be used as lanterns during Halloween celebrations.
The word "witch" comes from the Old Saxon word "wica", meaning "wise one." The earliest witches were respected dealers in charms and medicinal herbs and tellers of fortunes.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
True story. I saw this on MSN. He vetoed a bill proposed by some person in the California legislature that he disliked. He sent the man a hidden message in his veto letter. Look at what you get if you take the first letter of each sentence in the two paragraphs below....
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
~ Professional hockey players skate at average speeds of twenty to twenty-five miles per hour.
~ Xenophobia is the fear of strangers or foreigners.
~ A tea in China called white tea is simply boiled water.
~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was the most famous editor at Doubleday & Co.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Kadie Bug made this real cute Frankenstein cake. She did it all by herself, and look, she even signed it!
Here is the barbecue area...boy some good meat came out of this! It was delicious!
Polly, Lois and Daina busy carving and eating!
Pumpkin Carving Rule #1...the most important...YOU GOTTA GETTA GUTTER! Lisa TutB is our number one gutter. My goodness, she has gutted mine (and most everyone elses) for the past 3 years. Thanks Lisa TutB - Love!
Jenfer (sitting next to Lisa Tutb in the light blue shirt) gutted a lot this year too! Thanks Jenfer! And her sausage balls were yummy! If anyone took a picture of the food, please send it to me. It would probably had to have been panoramic, there was so much! YUMYUM.
Friday, October 23, 2009
If you see your mom, tell her I asked how she was doing....(you know what I mean)
Excerpt from the Decatur Daily:
Decatur Council President Greg Reeves has accused District 1 counterpart Billy Jackson of threatening him.
The accusation, which Reeves posted on his blog Monday evening, alleges Jackson threatened Reeves during an argument that followed a contentious council meeting that morning.
It includes Reeves' account of the conversation:
He kept saying, "I will meet you anywhere, 24/7, anyplace, you name it," at which I said "OK."
And he kept repeating himself.
Finally, I said, "I will meet you , too," holding on to some faint hope that he wanted discussion and not a fight. But Billy continued this, over and over saying "24/7, anywhere, you name it," and again I said "OK."
His tone turned when he said, "I can back it up, I can back it up," about 4 or 5 times in a row to me. Finally I asked, "Are you threatening me?"
"Take it any way you want to take it, " he said, pointing his finger at me...
"Quit threatening me," I said as I walked away.
Makes you proud doesn't it?
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I was car shopping with my mom (no stress there) and she called me again. I was a little agitatied. Here is the conversation:
LL: Hey, I am carshopping with G-ma, what do you need.
R: We have to talk about something (partents hate to hear this!)
LL: What is it?
R: Remember the Chemistry test I had last Wednesday...
LL: Yes...(thinking OH SHIT!)
R: Well the class average was a 63...
R: So, you can guess how I did....
LL: How? (thinking the worst)
R: I MADE AN 84!
LL: I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!
She really had me going! She shouldn't do that to me. My heart can't take it. We celebrated with Steak Out when she got home!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I was getting ready to go to Target on Saturday, and I noticed that the screw on the right side of my eyeglasses was really loose. I have to tighten this screw at least every week and a half. I made a mental note to do this before I left.
Well, I forgot. As I parked at Target I looked in my purse to use the little screw driver that I carry. I had changed purses, and had not transferred that into the purse I was using. I entered Target and started looking at the check out for a little screw driver like these, that cost about $1.00
To my surprise, Target did not have these for sale. The checkout lady told me the only kits they had would be by the reading glasses. So I made my way over to the reading glasses section of the pharmacy. No simple little kits there, of course. But they did have a deluxe kit similar to the one below...
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
~ Ancient tomb robbers believed that knocking off Egyption sarcophagi's noses would stall curses.
~ Male monkeys lose the hair on their heads in the same manner human males do.
~ In ancient Greece, women counted their age from the date they were married.
~ Mr. Spock was second in command of the Starship Enterprise. His blood type was T-negative.
Monday, October 19, 2009
"Growing up Southern is a privilege, really. It's more than where you're born, it's an idea and state of mind that seems imparted at birth. It's more than loving fried chicken, sweet tea, football, and country music. It's being hospitable, devoted to front porches, magnolias, moon pies and coca-cola... and each other. We don't become Southern - we're born that way." - Unknown
"In the South, the breeze blows softer...neighbors are friendlier, nosier, and more talkative. (By contrast with the Yankee, the Southerner never uses one word when ten or twenty will do)...This is a different place. Our way of thinking is different, as are our ways of seeing, laughing, singing, eating, meeting and parting. Our walk is different, as the old song goes, our talk and our names. Nothing about us is quite the same as in the country to the north and west. What we carry in our memories is different too, and that may explain everything else."
--Charles Kuralt in "Southerners: Portrait of a People"
Friday, October 16, 2009
Have a great weekend.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
~ At the height of its power in 400 BCE, the Greek city of Sparta had 25,000 citizens and 500,000 slaves.
~ In the Middle Ages, everyone believed - as Aristotle had - that the heart was the seat of intelligence.
~ As much as 50 gallons of maple sap are used to make a single gallon of maple syrup.
~ Leif Ericson was the first European to set foot in North America, in 1000 AD, no Columbus.
Monday, October 12, 2009
....and guess what was in front of me? The most softest, pink Cadillac I have ever seen. And what a cute license plate "AIM HYE."
As you can tell by the trunk below, it was a Mary Kay Caddie. But this is what I don't get...It was being driven by a man. I thought, hum, maybe his car broke down and he had to borrow his wife's, or maybe he was driving his wife around in her car, or, just maybe he himself was a $1 million dollar seller of Mary Kay. (Probably no on that last one.)
Friday, October 9, 2009
Beth and I would take on you and Rachel anytime - You can't stop the Tutwiler Twosome!!! We were taught at the foot of the Master of all things dirty (board that is) - Just name the date and we will duke it out!! Loving the Blog - keep up the good work - It is the best part of my day here at DOC -
Sending Love and A Dirty Board Challenge,
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Last night we had the Partner's Dirty Board Championship for the week of 10/10/2009. Well, it was the Championship for the Week until Josh and Gram beat me and Rachel! Then it just became the Championship for Wednesday! (we play dirty with the championship rules!)
I don't know what happened. Rachel and I were killing them. Then all of a sudden Rachel was all home safe, Gram (somehow) got all home safe, and Josh and I had one man out and we both needed a one to win. Obviously, Josh rolled a one before I did.
It was an extremely exciting but emotional game! Rachel and I are both having a dry spell when it comes to dirty board wins lately. Hell, Tim beat me twice in a row last night before the big game!
WE NEED OUR DIRTY BOARD MOJO BACK!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
~ Pineapples do not continue to ripen after they have been picked.
~ Americans spend more than $5.4 billion on their pets each year.
~ The Ouija board is named after the French and German words for "yes" - oui and ja.
~ In Turkey, the color of mourning is violet. In most Muslim countries and in China, it is white.
Monday, October 5, 2009
And, in case you missed the wonderful game Saturday night, WAR DAMN EAGLE!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Last nights episode was full of firsts:
Russell (can't stand) found the hidden immunity idol in his camp with out any clues.
Ben (can't stand) got kicked out of a challenge for playing too dirty.
Quote of the night - Yasmin from Chicago (after spending a horrible night freezing and getting bitten by bugs) - "The hood is not the woods."
Have a good weekend.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
"It may also be a derivation of the Punic Ispanihad meaning "land of rabbits" or "edge", a reference to Spain's location at the end of the Mediterranean; Roman coins struck in the region from the reign of Hadrian show a female figure with a rabbit at her feet. "
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
~ The Academy Award statue is named after a librarian's uncle. One day Margaret Herrick, a librarian for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, made the remark that the statue looked like her uncle Oscar, and the name stuck.
~ Soccer legend Pele's real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento.
~ The bark of a redwood tree is fireproof. Fires that occur in a redwood forest take place inside the trees.
~ The hole in flyswatters are used to lower air resistance.
Friday, September 18, 2009
I heard Kanye West interrupted Patrick Swayze's funeral to say that Michael Jackson had "the best funeral of all time."
I thought it was hilarious! Have a good weekend. Go to Riverfest. I am going tonight.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
updated 3:44 p.m. CT, Tues., Sept . 15, 2009
WICHITA, Kan. - A tender moment in a trash bin went all wrong for a couple who found themselves being held up at pocket knifepoint.
Police said two 44-year-olds had climbed into a dumpster to be alone just after 6 p.m. Saturday when two men interrupted them and demanded their belongings. Officers said the man and woman were engaged in "an intimate moment" when they were robbed of their shoes, jewelry and the man's wallet.
Police said one of the robbers was a 64-year-old man who egged his 59-year-old companion on during the robbery.
The suspects were found a short time later and the stolen property was returned.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I thought it would be fun to hear from some of you, so please take the time to participate. Leave your 10 favorite songs of all time in the comments, or if you can't comment, please e-mail them to me, and I will post them later. It is harder than you think.
Here are mine:
MR TAMBORINE MAN - BOB DYLAN
BLOWING IN THE WIND - BOB DYLAN
THE ANGEL - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
I DON'T LIKE MONDAYS - BOOMTOWN RATS (BOB GELDOF)
YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE - DEBBIE BOONE
CRAZY ON YOU - HEART
COVER OF THE ROLLING STONE - DR JOHN
SAM STONE - JOHN PRINE
PARADISE - JOHN PRINE
TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE - LOU REED (this one just missed out-had to list for honorable mention)
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
~ Australia did not have any memebers of the cat family, hoofed animals, apes, or monkeys until they were imported into the country.
~ Halifax, Nova Scotia, has the largest number of bars per capita of anyplace in the world.
~ Experienced waitresses say that married men tip better than unmarried men.
~ To keep cool, ostriches urinate on their legs; it then evaporates like sweat.
~ The main library at Indiana University sinks more than an inch every year, because when it was built engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books.
Monday, September 14, 2009
It was the Canadian band The Guess Who. It was side B to their first #1 record "American Woman." Them being from Canada gives new meaning to that song. I don't think I like it as much anymore.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
We should have known we were in trouble for a number of reasons:
1. The van was parked at a house directly behind Bandito Burrito on Govenors
2. The guy asked Tim if we were towing it
3. When asked did it run, the guy answered, "Yes, but you know how volkswagons can be. They can be hard to drive."
4. Once there, the guy told Tim he had to give it gas all the time or it would conk (is that a word) out.
When Tim left the safety of my car to start driving home, I told him I loved him, and wished him luck. It could have been the last time I saw him alive!
An Ode to the Volkswagon Van...
This is the van that Dan bought on Ebay.
This is the van that Dan bought on Ebay, that burned oil and smoked all the way from Huntsville to Decatur, broken down on Wilson Street.
This is the van that Dan bought, that burned oil and smoked all the way from Huntsville to Decatur, that broke down on Wilson Street, getting assistance from a tow truck.
This is the van that Dan bought, that burnt oil and smoked all the way from Huntsville to Decatur, that broke down on Wilson Street, got assistance from a tow truck, now sitting at its temporary (final?) resting place on Pennylane.