Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Popped up in my e-mail yesterday on it's way around the cyberworld, I have not verified the veracity of most but they sound good....
Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury
Men can read smaller print than can women but women can hear better
Coca-Cola was originally green
It is impossible to lick your elbow
The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work…Alaska
The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this…)
The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
The cost of raising a medium size dog to the age of eleven…$16,400
The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour…61,000
Intelligent people have more zinc & copper in their hair
The first novel ever written on a typewriter…Tom Sawyer
The San Francisco cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments
Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
Spades = King David
Hearts = Charlemagne
Clubs=Alexander the Great
Diamonds = Julius Caesar
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321 (FFK's note...when doing the math the last 3 digits are actually 300 but 321 must have looked better)
Only 2 people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776…John Hancock & Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed of August 2; the last signature wasn’t added until 5 years later.
Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace
Most boat owners name their boats. The most popular name…Obsession
If you were to spell out numbers how high would you have to count before you found the letter “a”? All the way to one thousand.
What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers & laser printers have in common? All were invented by women.
On which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the year? Father’s Day.
In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase 'Goodnight, sleep tight'
It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.
In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England , when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them 'Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.' It's where we get the phrase 'mind your P's and Q's
Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. 'Wet your whistle' is the phrase inspired by this practice.
At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow! (FFK's note...guilty! Personally I think it's a higher % and doubt anyone will succeed...unless they have some sort of mutant giraffe tongue LOL!)
Sunday, May 08, 2011
FINALLY! The rain stopped. At least for the last 2 days. It has been beautiful outside, low to mid 60s (Fahrenheit), sunny - I even got a sunburn! Practically overnight flowers have come up, leaves have appeared on trees...and my "swampland" backyard had morphed into marshland with grass halfway to my knees. I kid you not, it was TALL; the grass was so tall I swear that DNR was about to declare my backyard a protected marshland
So steps had to be taken.
Over the last 2 days I have mowed 4/3 of my backyard. No, that is not a typo. Yesterday I mowed 2/3 but I had to use the highest blade setting on half of it b/c the grass was so tall. Then my lawn mower battery was drained so recharged overnight & mowed the last 1/3 of the backyard today. Then went back & re-mowed the first 1/3 on a lower blade setting. Then did most of the weed wacking
I built the 6 raised bed boxes I needed for my garden & got them placed. I made my first dirt run today and got enough to fill 4 of them. I'll get the rest of the dirt tomorrow for the new boxes, then I can start getting the compost & additional dirt to fill all of the boxes the rest of the way. Those bags of garden soil are HEAVY! Good thing I've been doing strength training, but even so I had to lift each one 4 times (stack to cart to car to cart to garden). The bags say they only weigh 25 pound a piece but I think it is a lie, they are much heavier. Tomorrow I'll go to Lowe's during lunch & will let them load my car. I'm thinking that this is the last time I should need to add soil for a while b/c now the boxes will all be completely filled. Last year I was only able to get them filled about 2/3 of the way.
By the weekend I should be able to start planting. WooHoo, I'm going to be on-time this year! Usually I haven't gotten my act together to plant until the 1st weekend of June or later.
The 2 pear trees I planted last year have survived the winter. One has pretty white flowers all over it. The other one has leaves but no flowers, it is a different variety so maybe it doesn't flower yet. And the 2 kiwi trees I planted last summer have also survived the winter, I wasn't sure that they would here in Michigan. But the dwarf maple I planted in the front died. It was at the end of my porch, underneath a huge pine tree. I have not been able to get anything to grow on that end so I need to sit down & figure out what I'm going to do there. In the garden my chives appear to have survived as well and are growing again. I'm going to have to transplant them to a different bed.
I pruned the raspberry bushes today; they are escaping the bed and starting to invade the yard. I've got a HUGE pile of wood I need to get rid of from when I took down the playscape a few years ago. It's all just been sitting there in a pile on the side of the back garage but I need to get it gone this year. Unfortunately I can't cut it up to use in the fire pit, that would have been the easiest way to use it up (it's pressure treated & so not a good idea to burn it up). Once the wood is gone I think I'm going to plant blueberries on that side; the raspberries take up the back and have been expanding around to the other side.
Saturday night I took Jacq to the drive in movie theater to see Thor & Suckerpunch. The drive in is pretty cool, it brings back a lot of memories from when I was a kid & we had one locally. This drive in is an hour's drive away; we didn't get home until 2 am this morning. So I slept until 10:30, had breakfast & really wanted to go back to bed for a nap but went lawn mowing instead.
Tonight starts laundry for the week, I have been neglecting it again. I just looked at my calendar for the rest of the month & want to cry, I am so incredibly busy with extra-curriculars. And I don't even have all of them written down yet.
Jacq took me out to dinner for Mother's Day, I had a cup of strawberry soup which I have been wanting after working outside for the last 2 days. I have also managed to regain the 2.5 lbs I lost earlier this week, which is not a surprise. I think much of it is because I went WAY over on sodium for a few days since I haven't gone over my allotted calorie range (well, except for 1 day by a few calories but that happened b/c I changed my weight tracker/goal thing and it recalculated on me; I was within calories before the recalculation). But my last few months have been yo-yo like so I'm used to it and will get the weight gone again soon.
I hope your weekends were as good as mine! On to Monday!
Monday, May 02, 2011
I have developed multiple personalities.
In the days leading up to the race Old Me made a feeble attempt to reassert dominance. Right up to the last quarter mile I could hear that whiny little voice in my head. Yes, I talk to myself; I carry on complete conversations sometimes. Here is the one I had Saturday morning:
Old Me: You know we really don't have to run this race, we're not going to win.
New Me: It's not about winning, it's about doing & finishing.
OM: But there's no reason to run the race, it isn't part of our goals.
NM: I said I would run the race, I'm running the race, so shut up about it already.
OM: We don't have anything to prove, we don't gain anything by doing this.
NM: Shut up, I'm running.
OM: We don't have to run the entire way you know, we can walk. SP friends said it was OK to walk.
NM: I'm running, shut up before I smack you.
OM: We already know we can run the distance, we don't need to do it now, it's early, it's cool outside, we have to use the bathroom.
NM: Don't go there, last warning.
OM: I mean, we could get hurt jumping over roadkill, then where would we be? Having to start all over again.
NM: (giving The Look) 1...2...3...
OM: Oh crap, look ahead, there's a hill. That's going to be a pain, let's walk.
NM: (virtual sidekick backfist to Old Me for the knock out) New Me wins by TKO!
Crossing the finish line:
Crazy Me: Way to go New Me! We did it! I knew we would!
New Me: Thanks! I feel really good about it! Who are you?
Crazy Me: I'm Newer Me. Wow, we're so pumped, this is great! You know there's another 5k in a few weeks, we could do that one too!
New Me: We could...
Crazy Me: (interrupting and without pausing for breath) And then there's the Perch Run in July, and I bet there's other races around here in June and then there's the triathlon in New Baltimore and The Crim is in August and then there's the half marathon in October...
NM: (realizing that Newer Me isn't playing with a full deck) Wait just a minute there! The Perch Run is 4 miles! The Crim is 10! Who said anything about a triathlon, that involves swimming.
CM: (not pausing for breath) By July 4 miles will be nothing. We should add swimming to our routines, if we start now we can do a half mile easy, we were almost there a few years ago...
NM: Hold it! I am not doing a triathlon! Running is a means to an end, not the end itself. Remember my goal? Earn my Black Belt. That's it, not distance racing.
CM: (still not stopping for breath) But cross-training is very important, if we start swimming we'll build our endurance and strengthen our bones which is very important to us, and keep adding distance to the running, we can talk to IT Finance lady at work who's training for a half, and join a running club, and start training, and..
NM: (giving The Look) No. No triathlon. No 10 mile run. No half marathon. Don't even say marathon or I will b*tch slap you into next month.
CM: (dancing around like a cheerleader on speed) But we can do this! We can! It'll be fun! We'll get in better shape, we'll get t-shirts, we can buy cool running clothes...
NM: Two words for you...Chuck. Norris. Don't make me go there and go all kung fu on your a$$.
CM: Aw come on! Don't be a spoilsport, we can do it!
NM: (pointing at the prone unconscious body of Old Me)
CM: Um...I think I'll go over there and look at the fancy bikes now...
And, of course, I registered for the 5k at the local metropark on 5/21. My daughter wants to run too although she has stated she intends to walk a good part of it - she wants the t-shirt since I won't let her have mine.
The 4 mile is still up in the air. I know I can do it but it smells suspiciously like goal creep. I'm going to have to keep a close eye on Crazy Me and keep all caffeine away from her before I do something rash like register for the 10 mile or half marathon.
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