Archive for July, 2008

I Don’t See the Problem!!

So, my dad called me today, which is (usually) a good thing, however, he called and the first thing he hit me with was why are you calling everyone asking who I’m with or what I’m doing??? I advised him I hadn’t called anyone but my brother, and he NEVER even picked up the phone, I did text him asking if my dad’s girlfriend (last I knew, that’s what she was) was up there with them, but my dad told me he wasn’t up north with him anymore, and I told him I didn’t know that, because he NEVER ANSWERED THE PHONE! It just makes me mad that my brother would tell him that I’m constantly calling him (of which I was doing so I could talk to my dad), and I’ve supposedly added more stress onto him, because he’s already so stressed out. It just bothers me that he gets after me about something I didn’t do!!! Well, I left a not-so-nice message for him, which wasn’t the best thing to do, but he had no business tattling to my dad, he’s not like that (usually)!!!!! And then, I told my dad I just wanted to know what was going on because I wanted to see him, but (I told him) last summer, he didn’t even seem to care whether or not he saw me, and doesn’t seem that interested this year either. I’ve only seen him for about 48 hours (max) in the last 2 years, and apparently, I’m not one of his priorities!!! Now, my brother, with his depression, which has led him to withdraw from college classes, is still the golden child, makes sense to me!!!!!!

August is . . . . National Catfish Month, National Golf Month, National Eye Exam Month, National Water Quality Month, Romance Awareness Month, Peach Month, and Foot Health Month

August 1 is . . . . . Friendship Day and National Raspberry Cream Pie Day (My mother’s birthday too!)

August 2 is . . . . . National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

August 3 is . . . . . National Watermelon Day

August 4 is . . . . . Twins Day Festival

August 5 is . . . . . National Mustard Day

August 6 is . . . . . Wiggle Your Toes Day

August 7 is . . . . . Sea Serpent Day

August 8 is . . . . . Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night

August 9 is . . . . . National Polka Festival

August 10 is . . . . Lazy Day

August 11 is . . . . Presidential Joke Day

August 12 is . . . . Middle Child’s Day

August 13 is . . . . Blame Someone Else Day

August 14 is . . . . National Creamsicle Day

August 15 is . . . . National Relaxation Day and National Failures Day

August 16 is . . . . Bratwurst Festival

August 17 is . . . . National Thriftshop Day

August 18 is . . . . Bad Poetry Day

August 19 is . . . . Potato Day

August 20 is . . . . National Radio Day

August 21 is . . . . National Spumoni Day

August 22 is . . . . Be An Angel Day

August 23 is . . . . National Spongecake Day

August 24 is . . . . Knife Day

August 25 is . . . . Kiss-And-Make-Up Day

August 26 is . . . . National Cherry Popsicle Day

August 27 is . . . . Petroleum Day

August 28 is . . . . World Sauntering Day

August 29 is . . . . More Herbs, Less Salt Day

August 30 is . . . . National Toasted Marshmallow Day

August 31 is . . . . National Trail Mix Day

Why I Love Karaoke

We have FUN!!!!! Even I don’t get judged for my HORRIBLE singing, and what’s more fun than watching a bunch of drunks make even bigger fools of themselves??

Case in point:

This is my friend, Katie, singing, and I was trying to figure out why it is we can’t hear her sing, and it’s because the god-awful singing in the background is me!!!! Oh, and I did giggle periodically through it! The men in the background, they are, what they call themselves, the Whoresmen! They came up with their own moves to Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats”!!!!

Later, I’ll post the other video of Katie singing Suds in the Bucket! She said her husband had never heard her sing, so now he has!

I decided not to sing that night, only because it didn’t start out the greatest, we had one of these lovely contraptions attached to my vehicle, along with a ticket saying it’ll cost me $50!!! We literally had left the car for less than 10 minutes, and it was already taken hostage!!

My poor scarlett (I named my car, call me silly, but she was too pretty not to be named, and, no she’s not red, I wanted a red version of her, but the white works too, she needed a proper southern name though, and it doesn’t get more southern than scarlett LOL)!!!! The jerk who put it on was still there, and he said he’d knock my ticket down to $20, I advised him we went in to get some cash and came back out, he said three people had come and went in and came back out to pay in the time since we walked in (Bologna!), so I paid him (I hope he needed that $20 more than my unemployed butt did!), and went back in.

Words of Advice: If parking @ Cafe Coco, downtown Nashville, you will pay, whether be the normal amount, or more!!!!

And let me tell you, that parking attendant was VERY busy that night, so I wasn’t the only one!

Sex Fruit, 4real??

I was watching Regis and Kelly this morning, and they said there are names that are illegal in New Zealand to name your child. If you remember my post about Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s choice of baby names, I’m a fairly traditional girl, and think there’s a big difference between unique and strange!! A couple, in New Zealand, had tried to name their child “4real”, because when they saw the ultrasound, they realized it was “for real”, and now a judge has deemed it illegal because no names are allowed to start with a number, and because they ban any names that may be offensive, in order to “prevent too much imagination”!!! Other names in New Zealand that are illegal:

  • Fish and Chips
  • Yeah Detroit (Now the Michigander side of me would not be opposed to this one, but maybe lose the Yeah)
  • Keenan Got Lucy
  • Sex Fruit

I did some looking around, and you’d be surprised to know that the Germans regulate what you can name your child, saying it must be reflective of the gender of the child and not endanger the well being of the child (if they only regulated ALL celebrities, you know their children will be ridiculed, and probably scarred from it). All of the baby names must be approved by the German Office of Vital Statistics, and they rely on an international manual of first names, and if they still can’t decide, they may call on a foreign embassy for assistance. There apparently is a fee for registering a name, and should your name be rejected, you could appeal it, but if you lose that, you would be spending more to resubmit a name. They did reject the name “Huckleberry” because in Mark Twain’s novel, Huck was considered an outsider, but “Nemo” is supposedly an acceptable name! In Mexico, the government has tried regulating names, Lluvia (rain) and Azul (blue) have been deemed “improper” and they will only allow “common spellings” of names.

Here is a list of the 20 strangest celebrity baby names, they’re WAAAAY out there!

1. Audio Science. Parent: Shannyn Sossamon (she’s the actress from 40 Days and 40 Nights)

2. Blue Angel. Parent: The Edge (from U2)

3. God’iss Love Stone. Parent: Lil’ Mo

4. Heavenly Hiraana Tiger Lily. Parent: Michael Hutchence and Paula Yates.

5. Jermajesty. Parent: Jermaine Jackson

6. Kal-el. Parent: Nicholas Cage.
(Kat-el is Superman’s birthname).

7. Memphis Eve. Parent: Bono (U2)

8. Messiah Ya’majesty. Parent: T.I. (Atlanta Rapper)

9. Moxie Crimefighter. Parent: Penn Gillette

10. O’shea. Parent: Ice Cube

11. O’shun. Parent: Tamika Scott (Xscape)

O’shitt. (Sooner or later, some celeb will use this for an unplanned kid).

12. Peaches Honeyblossom. Parent: Bob Geldoff

13. Pilot Inspektor. Parent: Jason Lee
(Gee, how can I really mess up my child without doing anything illegal? GOT IT!)

14. Poppy Honey. Parent: Jamie Oliver.

15. Reign Beau. Parent: Ving Rhames.
(I would make a joke here but Ving Rhames is a big dude. Great names, sir).

16. Seven Sirius. Parents: Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000) and Erykah Badu

17. Sy’rai. Parent: Brandy (this one I don’t think is so bad, it means princess I think, and if this one’s up here, where’s Suri (Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes’ child)??

18. Starlite Melody. Parent: Marisa Berenson

19. Spec Wildhorse (son) Parent: John Cougar Mellencamp

20. Tu. Parent: Rob Morrow
(”It sure is cloudy today Daddy.” “Don’t worry. The sun will come out, Tu Morrow”).

Just random things about me you may be interested in knowing:

  • My parents originally wanted to name me Katie, however, Christina had a better ring with my middle name, Eba
  • I was born with a congenital hip disorder. That, or the doctor had to dislocate my hip during birth, but either way, it caused me to have to have a pin put in my hip, a few surgeries and full body casts, physical therapy (I had to learn to walk all over again before kindergarten) and a lot of pain.
  • I have been diagnosed with “grossly abnormal” feet! My feet are soooooo wide, I am doomed to tennis shoes FOREVER, and have such difficulty finding shoes anyhow, I wear Men’s 8.5 6E, certifiably wide ass shoes!!!! Unfortunately, my feet are prone to fractures, as a result of congenital hip disorder. I’ve had to have removable casts on both feet, at different times.
  • I tend to stick my foot in my mouth all too often. I have a knack for saying TOO MUCH!!!
  • I truly believe I HATE science and math because I didn’t grow up playing an instrument. I’ve always wanted to play the piano
  • I LOVE black olives, but HATE green olives!!!!
  • I cry when I get the hiccups!!! I always have, and the more I hold back, the more the tears come.
  • My first concert was in 1998, the Backstreet Boys. I was a HUGE fan, and thought Nick Carter and I would live happily ever after. After Paris Hilton, unfortunately, he’s damaged goods!!!
  • I once went to school with a head full of curlers.  It was a psychology experiment, exploring deviation from the norm.  We all had to do something outside of our comfort zones, and my grandmother came up with the idea.  The bus driver looked at me strangely, and the hall monitor said “I hate to tell ya, but I think you forgot to take out your curlers this morning.”  I just chuckled a little and went on with my day.  I wanted to see how people would react at Kroger, but my mother wouldn’t let me! 😦  I got an A on the assignment, which was most important.

Paying kids to learn, what a great idea! I was watching this series on CNN, Black in America, and I’m intrigued! The whole thing’s great, but I thought this was a novel approach to motivate kids to learn.

They’re experimenting an incentive program in a handful of inner cities, and the one they were talking about would be based of 10 examinations they take throughout the school year, and they can earn up to $25 per test, allowing them to make as much as $250, which is HUGE for a 4th grader (the class they’re using). Some people are opposed to it, however, it makes sense! Isn’t the real world based on you applying yourself to your job, which results in more income, of which you are tested in so many ways. I think it’s great, especially, because these kids could use the money for their families, or college, and they can feel great about having earned it, plus the competitive sides will come out, and that would motivate kids as well. I just wish I’d had this as a kid, I may have applied myself more, and be in a lot better place now, not that I’m in a bad place now, just not a great place, but I just wonder why it took so long for someone to implement the idea.

Blank Stares

So, the olympics are about to kick off here in a few weeks, in Beijing, and the country’s thrilled, HOWEVER, the Chinese have been instructed on how to interact with foreigners, which I find a little crazy! Now, I used to live over in Southeast Asia, and they were strict in Thailand, about not saying anything negative toward the king, but listen to this list of things that can’t be asked:

  1. income/expenses
  2. age
  3. love life/marriage
  4. health
  5. home/address
  6. personal experiences
  7. religious beliefs/political views
  8. what they do for a living

They even have restrictions for dealing with handicapped athletes:

  1. Use polite and standard forms of address for handicapped athletes.
  2. Try to keep as light as you can with handicapped overtones.
  3. Pay attention to how you congratulate handicapped athletes. (this one I don’t get, how can you overcongratulate anyone?)

They have advised the natives to greet foreigners with a smile, saying it’s the best business card, which is good, but with these restrictions, I’d be afraid to talk to anyone, and that could come off as arrogance, which isn’t good either. All foreigners will get from the Chinese are blank stares or a lot of questions about the weather!

Today I had an interview at a staffing agency here in Nashille, TN. Some background on me….I moved here from southern Illinois in 2005. Today during the interview the woman while she was looking over my paperwork I spent 2 hours doing she asked “So what brings you back to Nashville?”. “Back?” I asked.

Now this woman reminds you of a witchy old librarian or an old English teacher. “Do you know what BACK means?” I told her I didn’t move BACK to Nashville (the paperwork she was reading had the dates I worked in IL). She pushed her glasses to the tip of her nose and she eyed me over the rims “Honey, what town do you think you are in?”. I was so insulted. I showed her my history on the paperwork. She then apologized. Man, I was so happy to get out of there. What a dumbass.

The Dogs Have It Figured Out!!!

As a kid, I remember hearing that toilet water was safe to drink, but now it has been verified!!!

I was watching Oprah…again, and she had this girl on there, 12 years old, and she did this experiment to see if toilet water was really cleaner than some of the ice at restaurants. She went to 5 different fast food restaurants (she couldn’t say which ones, somehow it was confidential), and she tested the ice through the drive-thru and at the soda machine on the inside, and the toilet water. She then tested all the samples and found out that in 4/5 of the restaurants, the toilet water had less bacteria than the ice!!! No next time you go to the drive-thru, you may want to reconsider ice in your drink! She did say they went back to one of the restaurants, and they did improve, but Oprah then said “The dogs KNOW!!”

You may remember a post where I had said I’d live in Australia, if I could live anywhere, well I came across a website that compiled all the idiotic things foreigners have asked about Australia, they’re quite amusing!

Q: Does it ever get windy in Australia? I’ve never seen it rain on TV. How do your plants grow? (UK)
A: We import all of our plants fully grown and then sit around watching them die.

Q: My wife and I enjoy walking tours. How long will it take us to get from Perth to Sydney on foot? (Canada)
A: How long did it take you to do your last 4,000 kilometre walk? Bring a bottle of water.

Q: Are there any ATMs (cash machines) in Australia? If so, can you send me a list of all of them in Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville and Hervey Bay? (UK)
A: What did your last slave die of?

Q: What is the weather like in Vienna in May? (USA)
A: Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y.

Q: Are there supermarkets in Sydney, and is milk available year-round? (Germany)
A: No, we are a peaceful nation of vegan hunters and gatherers. Milk is illegal.

Q: Are the rattlesnakes in Melbourne deadly? Do you sell anti-venom at the grocery store? (USA)
A: Rattlesnakes live in A-mer-i-ca, which is where you come from. Australian snakes are perfectly harmless, can be safely handled and make great pets.

Q: Do you celebrate Christmas in Australia? If so, when? (France)
A: Occasionally, and if so than during our Christmas annual leave.

Q: Will I be able to speak English most places I go in Australia? (USA)

A: Yes, but you will have to learn it first.

Some guy then added what he’d been asked about Canada:

I live in Canada and I’ve been asked questions like:
Q: “Do you live in an igloo?”
A: Only in winter. In summer we build houses from the trees.

Q: “Are there any cars where you come from?”
A: Cars were sooooo 1989. We have gliders. You know… like The Jetsons did.

Q: “Does maple syrup really come from trees?”
A: “Yes. Once a year, every Candian picks one maple tree and squeeze it very hard while talking nicely to it. We do this for about an hour until you have convinced the tree to give up it’s bodily fluids.”

Q: “Does the sun ever shine over there?”
A: “Only if we dance around naked circling a pack of beavers singing: eh? eh? eh? eh?, over and over again. We don’t get much sun.

And many more… I don’t think the Americans know that southern Canda is just a little to the north of New York and Washington. Oh well…

Now, I remember when I moved to Egypt for the first time (at age 11, mind you) , thinking we would be living in pyramids and riding camels everywhere, however, I then realized my dad worked for a car company, I guess it’s a little more evolved than people walking like Egyptians!!!!