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7 Quick Takes Friday- February 19

I really don’t know what I would do if I hadn’t discovered this blog meme (I think that’s the right term?), because otherwise I would never remember to update my own blog.  Please don’t prove me wrong by looking to see when my last 7QT was, though.  🙂  As always, this brought to you by/the brainchild of Jennifer at Conversion Diary.

1 – I was sad that I moved away from my home state in the Mid-Atlantic last year, even though I only moved a day’s drive into the upper South.  Mostly sad because I would miss the snow (and of course my family and friends).  Well, I didn’t have to worry because this year, my new home got record amounts of snow (10″ in one storm, PLUS snow for TWO weekends in a row!).  Not to mention, I had the good fortune to miss the “Snowpacolypse” that my old home was subjected to.  Best of both worlds!

2 – That being said, I am ready for spring. Perhaps because I know as soon as spring gets here, my baby will too (or should!) since I am due at the end of April.  My husband and I are REALLY excited and all we can talk about is baby stuff.  I hear that will get old eventually, but right now it’s so fun.

3 – Speaking of baby things, since I am mostly at home these days because my part-time work has been in a slow mode, I spend a lot of time online checking out information, etc. Now, being a former scientist and teacher, I tend to take almost everything I read online with a large grain of salt, but I thought I would share a couple websites I have found useful.  First, as far as the sites that send you weekly updates about your baby’s development in which they compare your unborn child to a fruit or vegetable (it’s cute until they get to “kumquat” and “rutabaga”, then you know it’s gone too far)- I like BabyCenter and Parents.

4 – I am also a voracious reader, and have read 3 pregnancy books cover-to-cover so far, as well as numerous others.  My favorite pregnancy book is You: Having a Baby by Dr. Oz.  It’s the newest and most scientific one I could find, and has a great sense of humor.  I also liked What to Expect When You’re Expecting, though the format is kind of random and not for everyone.  The other one that I just found “OK” is Your Pregnancy Week by Week.  It’s a little dry, and the information is divided up into weeks (duh) which means that you only get little bits at a time.  I like more information at once, so this wasn’t my favorite.

5 – Hubby and I have gotten a few new toys recently.  Carseat and stroller for the baby.  We ended up with this one, by the way.  A long, drawn-out decision because the travel system I originally registered for (recommended by Consumer Reports, my new best friend these days) looks like it’s being phased out and is nearly impossible to find.  Plus, I have done some reading recently suggesting that children do better when they are facing their parents in the stroller- they get more interaction, obviously.  So we decided to give it a shot, even though it’s so new it doesn’t have many reviews.

We also got a new digital camera, after much research.  We ended up with this one.  It’s really cool- I like the photo quality and that it’s got an animation on the front screen that supposedly makes it easier to get photos of babies actually looking *at* the camera.  That remains to be seen, in our case.  Hubby likes the touch screen, and we both like the LCD on the front that makes it really easy to take self-portraits since we are the type of people too shy to ask someone to take our picture.

6 – BIRDS!  Everywhere!  I don’t know if it’s the state where live, or the specific neighborhood, but we have WAY too many birds.  I know some of it is due to our pond, and I have complained about the ducks and geese before.  Of course, it doesn’t help that my new neighbor feeds the ducks, or that *my own husband* nearly caused a waterfowl riot when he fed an entire glazed donut to one duck, who was then set upon by a large number of other ducks and gulls, and who was too small to carry off the donut in the first place, poor thing.  (The environmental police are showing up any minute to revoke my environmental-science-teacher/aquarium-volunteer/recycler/caring-about-the-environment-in-general card, I am sure.)

Anyway, the point is, we also have mourning doves, pigeons, and crows- typical for the suburbs, I think.  As I was typing this entry, a gang of 3 pigeons landed on the railing to my deck, strutting around like they owned the place.  And then inspected my deck for the next 10 minutes.  Why?  There’s no food.  Can they see me in here?  I’m not eating or anything.  Just typing.  WHAT DO THEY WANT??  (I did try to take a pic with the fancy new camera, but they did not cooperate.)

7 – Lent has begun, and I am really excited.  Which seems odd, since Lent is the season of sacrifice and all that.  But it’s also a good period for reflection and rejuvenation, and at the end of it, our baby’s arrival will be imminent!  So I am definitely looking forward to it this year.  Check out this happy/cheesy song about the season that I found on Faith and Family Live.

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weird science, again…

The Story of Mike the Headless Chicken.  No lie.

If you like this sort of thing, I highly recommend the How Stuff Works: Stuff You Should Know podcast.  Irreverent and fun.  I don’t have much time to listen to podcasts anymore (anyone have any tips for when is a good time to listen when you don’t drive much anymore?), but I always enjoyed theirs.

end of the year science wackiness

Well, I know that now it’s the beginning of the new year already, but I saw this on Discover‘s blog yesterday: “The stupidest things celebrities said about science in 2009.”  I can’t resist stupid celebrity quotes, and neither should you.

A short synopsis is here.  And a little more detail over here at New Scientist.  My favorite thing that I learned from this is that meat stays in your gut for 40 years and eventually leads to your death.  I’m so glad that celebrities are smarter than me.

both the scientist and the 12-year-old in me love this…

…video which I found from Science Blogs, which I thought was too silly to post on my science blog, and too strange for my Facebook page where my little nephews might see it.  It originally appeared on yet another blog under the label, “You are being shagged by a rare parrot.”  Consider yourself warned, and about to laugh your head off.

Please note that if you click through to the original YouTube link there are some very inappropriate comments, as you can imagine.  But the video itself is just (bizarre) nature in action.

7 Quick Takes: Sept. 25

Wow, it’s been a while since I updated the blog!  My apologies to my regular reader.

I will do my 7 quick takes courtesy of Jennifer at Conversion Diary, then if I have any other random thoughts I might do TWO posts! Wow!

1 – I now have a job!  Yay!  For those not in the know, I have been searching for a job since May, when I knew I was moving to this area.  Since MAY.  NO BITES.  And I am a TEACHER, people.  A good, experienced one.  Yikes!  Anyway, I now have a part time job in environmental education, which as of this moment, is exactly what I want and need.  Hooray!  (Side note: dealing with the Unemployment Office is decidedly unpleasant.  I recommend against it if at all possible.  As it is, they have told me that “moving to a different state to be with my new husband” is not a good reason to quit a perfectly good job that I already had and too bad that I can’t find a new one.  ARGH!)

2 – My husband and I are still getting settled in our new digs, and one of our missions is to get out more. I mean, you can only play Rock Band so many times (see #3).  And when I saw a commercial for this on TV, I knew I had to go!  I mean, Star Wars – live music – movie props – movie clips: any ONE of those phrases is a reason to get off the couch.

3 – As I documented our longing for Beatles: Rock Band on Facebook, we decided to just get the darn thing.  We are spending money very carefully these days, but we saved for it and ate ramen noodles for 2 weeks.  Just kidding about the noodles!  It’s an awesome game, in case you were wondering.  We are fans of the original Rock Band, but don’t know many of the songs (I believe I’ve mentioned my Manilow handicap before)- and not only do we know almost all the songs here, I find them significantly easier to play on guitar than the original game.  Don’t know if that has to do with the Beatles writing style or something, but we beat the game after only 2-3 playing sessions and only had to take that long because we were tired and needed to get some sleep.

4 – If I was living in my hometown, I would be welcoming fall right now. Here at the beach, it’s still summer weather.  It’s weird.  I really want to get out the jeans and long sleeved t-shirts, but unless I want to swelter it’s no go.

5 – The fall TV season has started! Yay!  I watch *much* less than I used to, now that I have a husband and a life and all, but I still live for Tuesdays (now there are TWO NCIS shows!).  Lately I have also been into Bones and the Biggest Loser.  Unfortunately, all my friends and family have radically different tastes in TV and no 2 of us usually watch the same shows, so if I want to discuss them or squee about some fangirl moment, I have to resort to the internet.

6 – Despite the fact that I haven’t posted in forever, I appear to be running out of things to say!  Those who know me are shocked.  So I will end with a couple funny things I saw on the web recently.  First is this quiz from Mental Floss: Celebrity Baby Name or Computer Virus?  hehe.

7 – I am not a Dan Brown fan- I did read the Da Vinci Code back in the day just out of curiosity, but was unimpressed, and now that I am more aware of his staggeringly uninformed writing style, I am even less impressed.  So, this list of his “20 Worst Sentences” is pretty amusing, whether you have read his books or not.

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.

genius!

Found this priceless video on Wil Wheaton’s blog so I will just link to it.

Apparently I need to re-watch me some Next Gen- I don’t remember all the Picard dancing. Some great quotes in there, though- There are 4 lights! Make it so! Awesome.