Monthly Archives: August 2009

7 Quick Takes

Aaaaaaand, once again, time for the 7 Quick Takes update, brainchild of Jennifer at Conversion Diary.  Sorry I missed last week, but it was kind of crazy around here.

1 – The last time I did this, I posted that I was scheduled to go on a surprise date with my husband.  It turned out to be awesome! It was dinner and a free outdoor concert, and we had a great time.  Weather was perfect and music was great.  In these days of saving money constantly, it was nice to go to a concert, since neither of us has been to one in a while.  In fact, my last concert may have been TWO YEARS ago when I saw Barry Manilow in Las Vegas.  Wow!  That’s frightening….not the Barry Manilow part, cause I really like him (yes, I know…)- but the two years part!

2 – I am a TV addict.  It’s time to admit it.  This week, though, is especially fun for my addiction.  Wil Wheaton guest starred on Leverage, and there is another very funny new episode of Psych lined up for tonight!

3 – I got replies about THREE jobs this week!  Yay!  Nothing concrete yet, but at least some responses finally.  It’s a sad day in the world when a teacher can’t find a job, you know?

4 – We got a new hermit crab.  I have posted about my hermits (or “hermans” as we say in my family) before- we are a little too attached to them, yes, but they are so cute and interesting!  We “rescued” one from a beach shop where they were being kept in a wire cage with no food or water.  Very sad.  However, this herman is very spry and loves to be held- he is not scared of us at all.  He’s also HUGE- bigger than a golf ball (I can’t think of something that size to compare him to).  I don’t have a pic at the moment but will try and post one soon.

5 – I know a lot of people (OK, mostly my husband) who love to mess around with Google Earth.  I myself am a fan of Google Ocean, because I am a marine science teacher, not enough people realize how little we know about the oceans, and Sylvia Earle, my favorite scientist, was involved in creating it.  Anyway, this guy seems to have spent a little *too* much time with Google Earth…

6 – I found this cool song on another blog I read.  I love Taylor Swift (although not in an obsessive teeny-bopper way like 99% of her apparent fans), and this is a neat composition.

7 – Even though I am not a science teacher anymore (and believe me, it is really strange to say that…even stranger than feeling left out this week as my old colleagues went back to school)- I like to keep up with what those crazy scientists are up to.  And Discover magazine is really good for that.  Here’s an example- a wrap up of science last week in various journals.  (And I can really sympathize with poor Mozart, since I had strep throat 4 times last year before I finally had to get my tonsils out.)


camping: pros and cons, or in other words…why?

I have been thinking a lot about camping lately.  The husband and I enjoy camping but unfortunately only have the time and energy to do it about twice a year.  So, I was thinking about WHY we bother so much to go camping at all.

First, what makes it difficult? Could it possibly be the massive amount of organization required (at least in our family)?  The purchasing of camping-specific food like hot dogs, marshmallows, graham crackers, and mountain pie supplies?  The packing of way too many supplies in case of sun/heat/rain/cold/bears/loud campers next to you?  The bug bites (don’t even get me started…I still have scars from the camping trip 3 weeks ago)?  The expense (although through the amazing use of coupons and gift cards, we managed to buy a 3-person tent and some other supplies for $1.57, woo!)?  Not to mention that camping is so complicated that it seems to justify a Wikipedia entry. (What’s next?  A Wikipedia post about socks?)

And then, what about the good?  S’mores! Campfires!  Nature!  Cute little animals!  S’mores!  Relaxation! Hiking!  S’mores!  Hmm…maybe we should just get a fire pit for the backyard and have s’mores at home….?

As I was googling “camping”, just to see if I could find anything extra interesting for this post, I found this.  And it’s “legit”.  As in, The Oregon Trail is NOT just the name of that awesome game I played on the Apple IIe’s in elementary school when my wagon was a series of green lines on a black screen!  It’s a real trail!  Who knew?

To sum it up, for a laugh, check out what the good folks at Stuff White People Like have to say about camping.

7 quick takes

Yay!  It’s Friday again, time to update the ol’ blog.  Again, this comes to you courtesy of Jennifer at Conversion Diary.  I feel like mine are a little boring this week, so sorry folks! I will try to get a more exciting life going soon.

1 – Yay! It’s Friday!  I have a mystery date with my hubby tonight.  We are going to dinner then….?  I have not been told where Phase II is- exciting!

2 – Went to a workshop/class designed for new military spouses today, which was very informative and I met a lot of great spouses.  Really thankful that I could attend, and for all the volunteers who made it happen.

3 – Our place is *almost* completely organized, huzzah!

4 -I have been struggling with my TV addiction this week….sigh…it’s so hard for me to resist when I am at home with no job.

5 -Hooray for rain- we are having a drought right now in much of the East Coast, and where I live, there has been a good soaking rain/thunderstorm every night this week.

6 -Next week I will be able to get together with some of my friends and family who I haven’t seen since I got married.  I am really looking forward to it and thankful for the opportunity.

7 – I just found out – through Facebook, no less – that John Hughes died!  Yes, that John Hughes – Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, does-Barry-Manilow-know-you’ve-raided-his-wardrobe, THAT John Hughes.  (side note to readers: I am a rather huge Barry Manilow fan, and why yes, that is a bit unusual for a thirtysomething science teacher, and you wanna make something of it?)

So, here’s a bit of my favorite of his, The Breakfast Club (my 2nd favorite is Pretty in Pink)…this one always makes me smile!

Hot Men of Science: Round 2

I apologize for the absence of another entry in this series, especially since my 2 buddies who helped me come up with the concept have been anxiously waiting, so…drumroll, please……….!

Our next “Hot Man of Science” is actually two men.  It’s Adam and Jamie from Mythbusters!

Adam and Jamie

Now, nerdy and geeky women have always had a soft spot for these two mischief-makers.  Speaking as a scientist, I can tell you that we love the Mythbusters because of their use of the scientific method when testing myths.  They make sure that there are controls, and they test all the variables separately (to the best of their ability).  I love it! (P.S. If you are not a Discovery Channel nerd like myself, read all about their show and what they do here.)

Everyone has their favorite Myths that have been tested by the team…one of mine is the whole episode of Shark Myths based on “Jaws”– I show that one to my Marine Science classes all that time. In fact, my co-teacher was going to try and make a “Sha-rammer” one summer so that we could use it to decorate our classroom, but it just wasn’t meant to be.

Another great one is the recent episode where Jamie flew with one of the Blue Angels (U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron- GO NAVY!). Actually, I can’t even remember what myth they were testing there, it was so entertaining…(edit: I looked it up, and it’s testing if a sonic boom can break glass.)  Check out the video “Savage Test Flight” (warning – as is usual with the Mythbusters, there are many gratuitous “cookie-tossing” scenes, as they put it).

Lastly, for the total Mythbusters geeks, here is a website that lists all the outcomes of their tests. And they have many!