Friday, May 30, 2008

Ladies I Subscribe To

I've been adding some great blogs to my blogroll over the past few weeks and I wanted to take a moment to highlight a few of them... especially since most of them are fellow sexy-ass ladies! And, yes, my Sapphism will be running high in this post.

ALWAYS ON - This is a blog maintained by possibly the horniest virgin in the USA. She's freakishly fascinated with sex, but is holding out for the right guy. Meanwhile, she's exploring just about everything she can find about doing the nasty and because of it, she's got some incredible stories to share. Plus, it's hot.

Campaign for the Unshaved Snatch (CUSS) & Other Rants
- I mentioned this blogger a few days ago, since I stole the Anti-"Sex and the City" Meme from her. She writes about her life and society around her with an sarcastic and sassy voice that cracks me up. Read it!

Dirty. Filthy. Princess. - Some sexy lady's blog about her sex life. Reads like erotica. 'Nuff said.

Home Ec 101 - It's not all about sex with me! Really! This blog covers everything from simple household tasks like cleaning and cooking to crafty and green ideas for reusing objects and more.

Lesbiatopia - Written by lesbians, for lesbians (but you can go ahead and read it too) covering pop culture, current events, dating and fashion.

Local Girl's Day in Pictures - This is the blog of a British woman who cartoons out silly, weird and or random events from her day. It makes me laugh every time I read it. Really, EVERY TIME. She is so silly and she knows some very odd people.

Mad Atoms (beta) - This is a bunch of people in LA mocking the other people there as well as current events and pop culture. It's another one that makes me laugh.

Team Building Is for Suckers - Written by a "punk rock HR professional," she mocks the business world, while raising serious concerns about it. Gotta love that.

Let me know if you like any of these, mkay?

Have a great weekend everybody, and you living in Kansas City, make sure you make it down to Pride. I'll be there Saturday trying to help my friend Emily pick up chicks. ;)

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Choose Your Own Adventure with Jane Austen

Oh. my. god. My friend Sara gave me the best piece of Austen rip-offery I've ever seen: Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure (even funnier than Pride and Promiscuity: The Lost Sex Scenes of Jane Austen)! It combines choose-your-own-adventure style narration with DnD-like scoring (which is optional) and a complete mashup of all Jane Austen's novels. How cool is that?

Your name: Elizabeth Bennet
Your mission: To marry both prudently and for love, avoiding family scandal. Equipped with only your sharp wit, natural good sense, and tolerable beauty, you must navigate your way through a variety of decisions that will determine your own romantic (and financial) fate. [from the back cover]

So far the story is generally a retelling of Pride & Prejudice up to where Jane is sick at the Bingley's (assuming you haven't choosen badly and been bludgeoned into ugly spinsterhood by vagrants). Then the Collins show up from Mansfield Park and the plot has suddenly become putting on the forbidden play. And that's as far as I've gotten, but hopefully it will give you an idea of how funny this is. All you other Jane Austen freaks will love it. For serious.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sushi Heaven is Domo Sushi & Grill

I ate some sushi I absolutely loved last night.

If you know me well, you know that is not a statement that should be coming out of my mouth. I've always been sad about my inability to enjoy sushi, but every time I ate it, I just hated it. Couldn't be helped. But now, thanks to Domo, that has all changed around for me.

Domo Sushi & Grill is tucked into Brookside Plaza between a Mexican restaurant and a fairly craptastic-looking bar, but when you walk in you forget about all that. The decor is simple and calming with lots of plants and flowers... except for the enormous TV that was showing salsa dancing on ESPN2. All the staff was Asian and the menu was impressive - even before I saw the entirely separate list of sushi they offer (more than I've seen offered anywhere)!

The veggie-only sushi options were minimal compared to the others (5 or 6 versus 30 or more), but they were all options I would probably eat. Of course, the fried veggie with cream cheese sushi sounded the best to me so I got that and some miso soup. My non-veg dinner companions ordered tuna sushi and green chicken curry, and no one walked away unhappy.

I could go on an on about this sushi, but I'll just say that it was absolutely the perfect sushi experience I've been waiting for.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Detox Your Petcare (How To)

Detox Your Life was so well-liked that I'm going to do some more posts based off the same idea. Today's post is about detoxing your petcare - because most of us feel like our pets are our babies and anyway, their care can also affect your health. Before we officially get started, I'd like to introduce you to my inspiration for this post, my cat Frederick:


According to last year's National Pet Ownership Survey, Americans own approximately 73 million dogs and 90 million cats! That's a lot of animals probably being exposed to dangerous chemicals & toxins and sharing them with us. Yikes! So how can we be sure Fido, Fluffy and Frederick are safe?

1. Detox your pet food. The guide below, which I borrowed from Naturapet.com, lays out the basic guidelines of what you want for your pet's food:
Just reading the ingredients on the bag will let you know if your food is really good for your pet, or just filling them up. Like people, pets are sensitive to the hormones and toxins present in most factory farmed foods. So be sure what's going in them is good for them if you want your pet to have optimum health.

I feed my Frederick Avoderm Natural and not only does he love it, but his coat has also gotten glossier since he's been eating it.

2. Detox your pet's excrement area. This should be simple enough for dog owners - all you have to do is throw the poo in a plastic bag and then into the trash and you're all set. As long as your dog's not living in his own crap, you should be fine.

For cat owners, this is a little more tricky, because litter can be bad for your cat and for you. Clumping litters are often made from sodium bentonite, a natural swelling clay that can absorb many times its weight in liquid. While this makes it convenient for absorbing and disposing of urine, it acts the same way inside your cat's intestines. If your cat eats or accidentally ingests clumping litter, it may cause gastrointestinal problems, possibly even death. Clay dust also contains crystalline silica, which is registered as a carcinogen by OSHA, and may cause respiratory illnesses.

There are lots of alternatives to clay kitty litter. Some materials are recycled newspapers, cedar- or wood-based litters, wheat, alfalfa, oat hulls, peanut hulls and corn cobs. Here are a few of your options:

3. Detox your pet's cleaning system. There are lots of things we want to clean off of our pets: pests, dirt and more. But a lot of the harsh chemicals used in most cleansers are highly toxic to animals and some can even affect your pet's immune system!

AllTheBestPetcare.com has a great article about getting rid of fleas without harsh chemicals that get on your furniture, clothes and skin. You can click through to read the entire article which covers removing fleas from your home as well as from your pet. Here's what they have to say about keeping fleas off of your pet:
Erigeron is a rare herb that contains limonene, a natural botanical insecticide that dissolves the shell of the flea without harming skin cells. You can find erigeron in our FleaBane Spray, Shampoo and Intensive Treatment. Two other flea remedies from nature include pyrethrum, powdered chrysanthemum petals, and citrus oils and extracts, another source of limonene.

While you are waiting for your preventive methods to kick in, here are some things you can do about the fleas you see crawling and jumping. Combing is the best first step for cats and dogs. It removes live fleas, dirt, and eggs, and lets you know how bad the problem is. Shampooing drowns fleas, and washes away the skin flakes that attract more fleas. You may shampoo up to once a week if necessary, but be careful to choose a non-drying shampoo to protect the beneficial oils building up on the skin. If your pet’s skin is very damaged, dilute the shampoo with an equal amount of aloe vera. A sulfur-containing shampoo will also help repel fleas and sooth itchy skin. Thorough vacuuming will pick up fleas and eggs, and washing bedding in a hot washer or dryer will kill any eggs that might otherwise hatch. (read the rest here)
Now, while we're talking about shampooing, let's talk about natural products for that. I use the simple dilution of Dr. Bronner's Hemp Almond Castile soap, which is 100% natural and not really made for pets, but Frederick jumped into the bath one day when that was in it and it cleaned him so well and he liked it so much that we haven't tried anything yet. Now if you want something specifically for your pet, there are lots of options. For dog owners, the Green Daily suggests these five shampoos, and for everyone Pet Comfort Products offers a step-by-step guide to choosing the best shampoo for your pet.

And that about covers the basics. I hope you find this even a little bit helpful and your pets stay happy and healthy for a long, long time!

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Back Talk

I've been asking a lot more questions lately (it's all Twitter's fault) but I've also been getting some kick-ass comments. So today I will be lazy and turn the programing over to the viewers.

Yesterday's storm inspired a blog about rainfall and EMAWKC wrote a fricken poem!

Well, I love a rainy night
It's such a beautiful sight
I love to feel the rain
On my face
Taste the rain on my lips
In the moonlight shadow

Showers washed
All my cares away
I wake up to a sunny day
'Cos I love a rainy night
My second favorite comment on that was from Zach who said:
Storms are one of the many reasons I love Kansas. I hate drizzle. I was living in Germany this time last year, and it just spat the entire month of June. When it rains in Kansas it is an event! People skip class and camp out on their porches to watch the street turn into a torrent of muddy water. I love it!
A few days earlier, I whinged about littering, and y'all had this to say:
Darknemesis - I know what you mean, I used to live in Philly, and it was disgusting...
Meesha - conclusion:litter in a community you don't belong to!
Jenna - I can NOT stand seeing people throw stuff out of their car windows as they're driving down the street. A couple of weeks ago I was walking in my hometown downtown and someone chucked a fast food soda glass out of their car -- right in the middle of the road. Good post -- this is something I'm sure EVERYONE could stand to be reminded of.
Heh heh.. and before that I posted about my stupid armpit hair, which I consider to be littler more than a gimmick to make me appear odder than I actually am (or not, that could be total crap), but you thought differently:
TonyKC - TKC is all for letting it hang out or whatever. I'm not a big fan of armpit hair but this post is simply NICE.

A mysterious individual - Hair is practical, smooth is sexy. Call it a learned response from my culture but that is what I am stuck with at this point. I can live with either if the attitude is right. Went out with someone once who didn't shave but also just wasn't that clean. The two did not mix well. I like pretty smells.

Dan - Grow some back hair and I will really be impressed.
Needless to say, I am certainly more amused by my blog these days and it's all thanks to you.
That's why you all get a shiny medal:

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Why I Love a Good Storm




For those of you who have never experienced a good ole Kansas City thunderstorm, you should watch the video and see what it's like.

I've finally been away from Seattle long enough to enjoy a good walk in the rain like I used to, which is lucky for me, really since I got caught in the deluge this morning because I was late for work. And now, just like I did for months on end in Seattle, I'm sitting here working with my legs encased in ice cold denim. Totally awesome!

But another reason I am so happy about the rain here is that we actually have thunderstorms! I don't about where you live, but in Westport it was thundering and lightening almost all night. Every time I woke up, I was grinning because after two years without thunderstorms (it's not something that happens in Seattle), I was really beginning to miss them.

On top of that, my gratitude for rain in general has risen after I learned some unfortunate facts through research for a program @ work:

  • water tables are dropping 5-8 feet each year (that's where we get our fresh water from mostly) which is compounded by the fact that
  • deforestation is causing more rainfall to fall over the oceans instead of on land, because large groups of trees in part cause rain clouds to form (did you know that? I didn't).
So this whole spring, every time we've had a rainfall, I've closed my eyes and taken a deep breath and feel reassured that we're going to live through another year. Water keeps us alive and I love it!

What do you like about rain? Or hate?

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Anti-"Sex and The City" Meme

Campaign for Unshaved Snatch (CUSS) & Other Rants is a blog that always cracks me up, or leaves me nodding my head, murmuring MMMMHmmm! to myself. But today, she posted a meme that made me do both, so I had to post it here. First, her reasoning for creating said meme:

I do love the idea that the show revolves around four female friends sharing their lives and supporting one another, but the fashion obsessions revolt me.

Spending $750 on a pair of stiletto heels just seems morally wrong. Not only because I can't fathom throwing away that kind of money on a freaking pair of shoes, but also it would just be more practical for me to pay a hit man $750 to break my ankles than to do so by wearing absurdly uncomfortable and dangerous shoes. The bags, hats, scarves, and whatever else was slavishly fawned over by the press and certain fans - just, ugh.

So, as the Sex and the City Movie comes to theaters near you and there is no escape from its press coverage, I present a meme for feisty, spirited women who share our lives and support one another, yet are also slovenly and/or miserly (or is it practical?)
So, in that spirit, here we go!
What's the cheapest pair of shoes you own?: I got a fabulous pair of kitten heels at the shoe store on sale for $5! That's the cheapest I've ever gotten a pair of new shoes. I had to do a little dance. And now I wear them just about every day.

What's your favorite piece of jewelry, if you own any?: I have this incredible necklace I bought from Kneehighs-n-Pigtails Jewelry on Etsy. It's made of beads & a big ole snake charm. I love it so much that I keep buying stuff from them to give other people.

What's your favorite t-shirt?: One from Old Navy that says "Save the Planet" or something. It's light, comfy, and my friend gave it to me.

If you could wear jeans every day, would you?: Hellz no! I'd wear a skirt or dress every day if it wasn't so cold most of the time. I have recently rediscovered my girlyness and it is way more fun to play dress up all day every day than to walk around in some tight ass denim.

Do you comb your hair every day?: Nope, I don't. And you can't make me.

Feel free to pick this up if you feel so inspired.

Ninjas Are After Me

I swear on his noodley appendage, poison ivy ninjas are out to get me!

And no, I'm not crazy. I'm simply deducing the only logical conclusion from the facts as they present themselves. Let me tell you what I mean: Every year, no matter what, it seems the divine will of the Universe that I am afflicted with a rash of poison ivy. Now, when I was a kid, this made sense, because I was always running amok in the woods and I had no idea what poison ivy looks like... so I'd end up with a rash on my leg, food, hand or all over my back if I was super unlucky like that one summer (shudder).

But the past 6 years, I've been living in cities and barely making it out into nature (especially when I was in school and did nothing but work and study) and yet I still manage to end up with a small, mysterious rash of goddamned poison ivy! Yesterday, I noticed that the right side of my jaw was itchy. So I scratched it, then I realized it was bumpy too and I rushed to the bathroom to confirm my suspicions. And, yes, I have poison ivy yet again! So not fair! I haven't been around it, I've barely been off the sidewalk! The only possible explanation is that someone has been infecting me in my sleep. And who else could do something like that, except a ninja?

Just imagine: poison ivy ninjas all twitchy with the itches they can't scratch climbing up to the 3rd floor and sneaking in the open window. The cat raises his haunches and backs away as he feels an evil presence in the room, and a dark shadow falls across me. I feel a tickle on my chin as the dratted plant is swept across it, and then he's suddenly gone. And I've got poison ivy on my chin.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Your Mamma Shoulda Told You: Clean Up After Yourself

Today is the world premier of my new series of posts "Your Mamma Shoulda Told You." I hope you enjoy it. Let's begin, shall we?


Vinyl Ready Art - Road Signs
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Litter has always pissed me off. I don't understand how someone can look at their community or their city as a gigantic garbage can, but I certainly can't. I love Kansas City and I want it to be beautiful. Even when I wasn't living here, I still hated how full of shit the streets of Pennsylvania and Seattle were, because someone wouldn't take thirty seconds to put something in the trash or recycling bin and just chucked it out their window instead.

Your mamma shoulda told you that you are responsible for your own mess. Stop expecting litter crews, concerned citizens - or worse - sewers to pick up your trash for you. Whether you want to recognize it or not, on the other side of your urban assault vehicle is a community you belong to. So stop acting like a spoiled brat and throw your trash away!

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Monday, May 19, 2008

It's the Pits

After a comment interchange with meesha.v about armpit hair on my post Why I'm Never Shopping at Victoria's Secret Again, I was inspired to talk about this, once again. Especially since way back when I was first growing pit hair, I promised to keep people up to date with the reactions.

But first, here's the first and only picture of me letting it all hang out:


For the curious, that's as long as it gets (also, I notice this shirt is one I am too small for now... I look like I'm wearing a sack!). It's curly like a guys' (at the bottom right pit, that's a ringlet), and like a guys' it also means I get sweatier there sometimes. Otherwise, there's really no difference now that I've gotten used to it.

But I really find it strange that it's received no comments. At all! Not from family, not from friends, not from coworkers and not from strangers. So what am I supposed to take away from this? That everyone is cool with pit hair? I doubt it, but I really don't know why I've gotten zero comments on such a weird thing. I've gotten looks from strangers (like that varicose-vein-infested, over-the-hill housewife bitch at ATC the other day who was totally giving me evils) and some of my girl friends touch it & giggle, but nobody says nothing. Why do you think that is?

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

This Is a True Story

When I was still living in Seattle and this close to finishing my master's degree, I had to fly back to Kansas City for my sister's wedding [again, login required, sorry]. While I was here, my friend Sara sprained her ankle pretty severely and had to go into the hospital. A few weeks later after I'd just moved back & started my job, she was having really bad pain in her leg so she went back into hospital, where she discovered that there was a large blood clot in her leg, and one in her lung -- a potentially life-threatening situation.

After a week in the hospital on blood-thinners, the clot in her lung had mostly dissipated, but her leg was still a concern and a source of what looked like some god-awful pain. She was able to go home, but because of the clot and the pain it was causing, she could hardly walk, shower or move. Because of the blood-thinners she was suddenly deprived of cigarettes, alcohol, the Pill and maybe more that I am forgetting. At the age of 26, she had basically become helpless in many ways while having to deal with enormous lifestyle changes and not knowing what was causing any of this.

Almost one year later, Sara has been through physical therapy and is walking again. She replaced her birth control with an IUD and all her heels (which were a big part of her personality) have been traded in for flats. She is still on the blood-thinners and she will be for the rest of her life. She will never not be affected by this, but at least she now has some sort of an answer.

An article in the Washington Post reported that air pollution has been linked to blood clots in the thigh and leg:

Baccarelli and his colleagues assessed the effect of air polluted with particulate matter smaller than 10 micrometers in diameter -- about one-40th the width of a human hair. Such particles come from the exhaust of vehicles, especially those with diesel engines, and burning of fossil fuels, the researchers said.

The scientists compared the exposure to such pollution on 870 residents of the Lombardy region of Italy who had been diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis, and 1,210 residents who did not have deep vein thrombosis. The researchers used the average concentration of particulate matter measured by monitors at 53 sites.

Compensating for other environmental and health factors, the researchers found that the risk of deep vein thrombosis increased by 70 percent for every increase in particulate matter of 10 micrograms per square meter. Tests showed that the blood of people more exposed to such pollution took less time to form clots.

Sara's story and so many others like hers are the reason why I am so broken hearted when people brush aside environmental problems as if they don't actually affect anyone. That all this climate change nonsense is no concern of the average person. Yet child asthma, allergies, cancer and a host of other health problems are on the rise. Killing us because we're too proud or stubborn or uninterested to create real change. I challenge you to look at the people you love and decide if they're worth it. Look at yourself in the mirror and ask if you want to live in a world that is killing you faster than it should. Seriously think about what you would do to save the ones you love. Because there's absolutely nothing else at stake.

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Why I'm Never Shopping at Victoria's Secret Again

Read on to find out how I know all these women have saggy boobs

Stupid Victoria's Secret. All I wanted was a nice bra that fit and didn't have any underwire... and they couldn't get that right at all.

You know how I keep yammering on about exercise and yoga and shit? Well, I've also been working out to be a lean, mean, sexy machine [login required] and over the past several weeks I've reduced the number of bras I own that "fit" me (at least good enough to work properly) from 13 to 5... and 3 of those are sports bras that I never need or want to wear. Hence, the need to visit V.S., get sized and finally be in bras that fit me again!

So, down to the closest one I go, which means down to the Plaza. I walk in and tell the chick behind the counter I want to be sized. She sluffs me off on the other girl working and we walk back to the dimly lit dressing room area. After having me hold out my arms like Jeanie, she proceeds to measure me... too lowly around the torso because she is scared of touching my tits for some reason. As if I didn't know what was involved in this process when I asked for it. Then she measures around my boobs, and told me I had lost 4 inches around my torso and a whole freaking cup size (booo).

I know I've lost a lot of weight, and I'll accept that I'm now back to a B cup but there is no way 4 inches have come off my torso. My ribs are too broad around for that - I know, I've measured myself at home. So I decide I'll try something larger probably and get ready to go wander around when she shoves a box of bras at me and says that all the styles I need are in there. She told me to try them on and then she'd get what I wanted.

So, this is my second WTF moment now. The whole fun of going to this stupid store in the first place is seeing all the pretty underwear. And now they're trying to keep me from browsing my sticking me with a box of all black bras? I decide to try them on anyway to see if I can find a style I like, though I have no intention of letting her fetch me a bra because I fucking want to pick the one I want, dammit.

I step into the dressing room and pull out the bras to look at them. Not a single one of them is without padding - which I don't need or want. My tits are perky and perfect and padding is just super uncomfortable. Second, none of them are without wire under the cup. Also something I neither need or want. Apparently, V.S. now only makes bras for saggy-boobed women - oh and when I tried them on neither the cup size or the torso band fit! My tits were popping out the back and I could barely fasten the strap. At first I thought it was just one, but it happened the same for the next two.

I gave up on the stupid box bras after that, scooted out the dressing room and into the store to browse like I wanted to do origionally. I see one bra that I would possibly wear just cuz it was so cute, but otherwise it seems that they've completely done away with the many various styles they used to have. And, unlike back in the day, absolutely nothing is without wire.

So I'm on my way out when the first chick waylays me and I tell her that I don't want anything with wire AND that the 32 doesn't fit me. She consults with bimbo #2 and they decide that a 34 A bra is exactly what I need. Now, I don't know about you, but going down another fucking cup size doesn't seem like a problem-solver to me. PLUS, V.S.'s A cup bras are always ugly and made out of t-shirt material or made to look like a sports bra, which I hate.

So Victoria's Secret, you failed on service, failed on product, and failed at keeping a customer. When did they start sucking this hard? V.S. used to be the only place I could buy a bra I liked!

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Television Revolution



All right, so that's a bit dated, but the point remains: Nothing important is going to happen with people sitting on their asses in front of TVs all the damn time.

Even when I used to get any channels on my TV, I still rarely watched any shows when they actually aired because 1) commercials suck and 2) I refuse to let my schedule be dictated by some random producer. These days, I don't watch anything except DVDs for basically the same reasons, with the additional motivations of more reading, loving, cooking & exercise time for myself.

Basically, without letting TV serve as the focus for my evening, I feel I have much more connection with myself and the people around me. The Magical Power of Focus post from Zen Habits puts it this way:

If we focus on being tired and wanting to veg out in front of the TV, we will get a lot of television watching done. If, however, we focus on being healthy and fit, we will become healthy and fit through exercise and good eating.
I don't think people use the TV as a substitute for really living their lives on purpose (and I know plenty who don't do it at all and still enjoy a good veg), but the question I'd like to ask you is this: What would you do if you had to spend one week TV free?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Science in the 21st and a Half Century!


I was happy to read what I consider proof that my vision of the future is coming to pass.
They've developed a nanotech gel that can heal spinal cord injuries in mice and there is a brand new brain-to-computer interface! If you'll remember, I said that nanotech and brain-computer functions would be big parts of our future.

Anybody disagree with me?

Friday, May 9, 2008

Why I Can't Wait to See Kingdom of the Crystal Skull



I've been waiting to see the Indiana Jones trailer on the big screen and I finally got to watch it before Iron Man last night. OMG, I don't care what anyone else says, I can tell, I am going to absolutely love this movie. And I'll tell you why.

  • Harrison Ford looks like Harrison Ford should look - I don't know about you, but ever since H.F. got his ear pierced and let his hair go white... I've been less than impressed. But, damn, put that hat back on and I'm back to loving him like it was 1977 and he's doing the full-on Han Solo. Awesome! Even his wrinkles looked less wrinkledy.

  • Shai LaBeouf is playing the sidekick - I've loved this actor since he was on Even Stevens. He was the reason I watched the show at all, because, like Kenan & Kel, back in the day, his acting was always completely spot-on. Plus, then he went and starred in the adaptation of Holes (which I absolutely loved both as a book and a movie), proving that he can do seriousness just as well as goofiness. He's an amazing young actor and it doesn't hurt that he's growing up to be such a hottie.

  • Karen Allen is back to reprise her role as Marion - She was always my favorite Indy love interest. Whether it was the smoky voice (I've always wanted to sound like that, instead I have a little girl voice ::sigh::), the constant kidnapping attempts, the fact that she plays with a monkey, or her hellcat personality, I always thought Marion was the only chick fab enough for Indy. I'm totally jazzed to see her back and kicking ass (as I can only assume she will).

  • Cate Blanchett is playing the villian - Love her more than any actress alive. So smart and sexy and damn good at what she does. She will be more than half the reason my hand will be down my pants during this movie. Yum.
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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Would We Like You When You're Angry?


I don't know how you guys deal with anger, but it took me a long while to learn to deal with anger positively. I grew up in a household full of angry people and it was an emotion that was the most constant in my life ever since I can remember. So I found this article from Pathways to Happiness about understanding anger quite insightful.

Anger is the natural emotional response to pain or hurt. It is part of our instinctual system for protection and preservation. It is a force of energy that we project in order to push away a threat when we perceive being hurt. However anger ceases to be a form of protecting your life and becomes a means of destroying your life and relationships when the threat isn’t real.

Anger itself is a completely rational emotion to have when you perceive the thoughts and scenarios in your mind. There is nothing irrational or wrong with the anger from imagined scenarios and beliefs. Your emotional response system is working properly. The problem is with the thoughts, beliefs, and scenarios in your mind that generate an anger response. They are often not rational at all.

Other problems are created when you do not have the awareness and will power to refrain from outbursts of your anger. It's easy to assume that your anger is the problem because it is what you notice. It is the outbursts of anger that we see and that cause destruction. However your emotions of anger are just a natural response to what the mind imagines. If you perceive and believe what the mind imagines you will create emotions as a natural response. (Read the rest of the article here.)

I can get this, for sure, because I didn't really get a hold on my anger until I decided that I wouldn't express my anger to other people until I could perceive the underlying cuase of it and talk to them about it or until I could perceive the underlying cause and decide that it wasn't worth bothering someone about. Hopefully that makes sense?

How do you deal with anger? At work? At home? Is it different for different people? I know I'm less patient when random people give me shit on the street, but then I'm not really angry at them usually, just irritated that they're giving me shit. Anyway, thoughts?

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Step Away From the Pita!

Are there no good Mediterranean restaurants in Kansas City?

Jerusalem Cafe
kept getting suckier each time someone insisted we eat there. Now what is all up with that? First it was just their salads that seemed nasty, all sopping in dressing and what not. Then, the quality of the sandwiches started slipping and now I plain refuse to eat there. Plus, the service has gotten so shitty that I always get pissed off about it. And, I don't tend to frequent places where people piss me off, I don't know about you.

Aladdin's Cafe
was my great white hope after Jerusalem's epic fail, but after eating there once I never wanted to go back. The atmosphere was fine and the service was okay, but way slower than it should have been since we were the only people in the place. The veggie selection wasn't great, and even if it hadn't been, I wasn't too interested in much of anything on the menu. But I got an eggplant something and couldn't finish it, because it was just too disgusting. Even the rice wasn't very good, although the hummus was fine. It's hard to fuck up hummus, though.

But my point is, where the hell can I get some good Mediterranean food?

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Music You Should Be Listening To

So... my boyfriend gave me a whole bunch of music to listen to and I eventually got around to it last week when I defragged my computer and it yelled at me for having too many files. These were all bands I'd never heard before that I totally love now and you should to.

Ferraby Lionheart



Grab some tunes at download.com:

Find Ferraby Lionheart on MySpace, Last.FM & their website.

Headlights


Find Headlights on MySpace, their website & Last.FM.

Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs


Find Holly G @ their website, MySpace & Last.FM.

Oh No! Oh My!


Find Oh No! Oh My! on their website, Last.FM & MySpace.

Hope you enjoyed these! What music do you think I should be listening to?

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Monday, May 5, 2008

An Orgasm In My Mouth

No... not that kind, you perv. This kind:


All I have to say is this stuff is orgasmic... and I'm a little ashamed of how much I'm not joking.

Friday, May 2, 2008

PC Games I Miss

When I was younger I had time to waste playing video games, now I'm older and I make innocent people suffer while I reminisce about them.

Syndicate
Syndicate is probably the most messed up game I played back then, now that I look back on it. The premise of the game is that evil corporations rule the world and you want your syndicate to beat all the others. Good and bad don't exist, there's only what helps the corporation and what doesn't. That crap really creeps me out now, but at the time I just thought the freaking awesome cyborgs you got to build (women AND men! wooo!) and the seriously random ops missions were the shizzle. Plus, the soundtrack was kind of mesmerizing... I think I'll blame that for my love of techno & such.

You can download it over here, if you're interested.

Dune 2
I was completely obsessed with the Ordos. There was something about the color green and being tricky bastards that made me love 'em. Dune 2, of course, was based on the Dune books and takes place on Dune where you're scrabbling for spice like everyone else. I've never really cared much for the Dune saga in general, but I adored this game. I loved the spice gathering, loved the gigantic worm attacks, and all that shit. In fact, I liked this game so much that I used to "play" it with my brother when we walked the dog by associating everything that was the appropriate color with one of the several sides fighting on Dune. Totally dorky, right?

Download that shit over here.

Day of the Tentacle
I love this game so so much, I wish that I could have it's tentacley baby. Day of the Tentacle was a LucasArts follow-up to Maniac Mansion that featured an evil purple tentacle trying to take over the world, and the friendly green tentacle you help stop the other one. Oh, and by "you" I mean the three characters you get to play: Bernard, the mega-geek, Lavern, the med student who wants to stick a scalpel into everything, and Hoagie, the metal freak. Oh, and you get sent through a mad-cap adventure through time and space. Check it out (skip through the credits for more story):


Download it now!


Return To Zork
You are standing behind the white house. There is something in the mailbox. A video message from a wizard informing you that you are the sweepstakes winner to the Valley of the Sparrows... right now, by magic flight. Upon arriving at this mysterious place however, not everything is as it should be. There's nobody to meet you and those who you do come across don't seem to have any knowledge about a sweepstakes. It looks like this is a private vacation and you'll need to find your own way through this land. (from MobyGames.com)

If you have any idea what the hell that's about, you probably used to play Return to Zork. I used to freaking love this PC game for the totally weird story-line, eccentric characters, and mind-boggling riddlish tasks. To me, Return to Zork is interesting and engaging in the way that Myst wanted to be, but wasn't.

You can download it here (free, but you have to register), and cheat with the walk-through here.

And I'm spent... What old games do you miss?