Cool Word of the Day!

June 23, 2009 at 4:59 pm (Cool Words) (, , , )

Pilfer (verb)

Definition: To steal articles of little value: filch.

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Day Quote

June 23, 2009 at 4:55 pm (Day Quote) (, , , , , , )

Welcome, thou kind deceiver!

Thou best of thieves; who, with an easy key,

Dost open life, and, unperceived by us,

Even steal us from ourselves.

—John Dryden

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June 23, 2009 at 4:36 pm (Butterflies, Caterpillars, Pictures) (, , , , , , , )


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Butterfly Party! With cake!

June 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm (Butterflies, Caterpillars, Day to Day, Pictures, Video) (, , , , , , , , , , )

So the party was a success. We had food and drinks and cake and butterflies! What more?

I do have some sad news though. It appears that we may have lost three of our little caterpillars. The ones that were still hanging never opened. It’s been 21 days and the temps have been brutal. For our very first time taking care of butterflies, I would say that eight out of eleven is pretty darn good!

The pics below are of the last three chrysalis. On the 18th and then today. There seems to be a hole in the side of one, and it looked hollow inside.

The pic above is the cake.

The video is the last two butterflies being released. The camera is a little jerky, and once they go, you really can’t see them. Also we are all talking way too loud and over each other. It can be annoying. But stay with it.

When the first butterfly actually picks up and flies away, the kids’ reactions are worth the time.

Still look viable.

Still look viable.

And now, 5 days and 90 degrees later, not so much.

And now, 5 days and 90 degrees later, not so much.

We did a good thing.

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And now for a little break.

June 23, 2009 at 11:42 am (Day to Day, School News) (, , , , , , , , , , )

It is Tuesday at 11 am. I am home from school and my second test. Nervous, sweaty, fear does not describe my total feelings, but it’s a start. It is really hot again today. Summer did come in with its usual vengeance. Sudden and swift. The first day of 90 degrees actually started during the night. Yes, it got hotter as the night progressed. It makes no sense. I think about it, but I have to stop. How can the temperature rise despite the setting sun and darkness, when theoretically it should get cooler. I know it’s a weather question and I am going to be a nurse, so, who cares? I will when I’m working emergency and it’s 100 degrees and everyone is over heated and ticked off and people start doing crazy things that end them up in the ER for me to work on. And I say, “How can it get hotter???” I’ll be praying for bad weather. It keeps people indoors and off the streets!

Anytesting…Second one was today. I literally studied most of the day Saturday, some Sunday, and hours more on Monday. In the day and the night. I can’t imagine when I have to do paperwork and skills. I’ll be sticking everyone I see with needles and taking their blood pressures and trying to give them enemas. I kid.

Unofficially, I missed zero questions on this test. All correct. That is good news. Without details, know that it is essential to miss as few as possible to achieve passing, for one, and higher scores, in the A and B range, for another. But I was sweating. You only have so much time, and I try not to second guess myself, and I studied for, like, 15 hours! Pressure.

(Personal revelation to follow, if you care.) I’ve always been strong with the book skills and pretty good with the hands-on. But I still get too nervous. I have a CPR class to take in the next few weeks and I want to go in strong. I know the whole thing has changed again since I did it last, but it still makes me jittery. I’m not sure if there is any breathing now, or if it’s just compression. I stink at the breaths. Luckily, for someone out there; experience-only-unlucky for me; I’ve never had to do it on a real person and when I was EMT (many many many years ago—very briefly) we used a bag. No mouth contact. Anyway, I’ve only used lifesaving once on a baby, choking. And that was just taps on the back.  That’s a good thing. With more experience comes more ease of care.  So we’ll find out.

Anyway, there’s a few more weeks left of school for the summer and one Final Test. Yikes.

As celebration I got McDonald’s–yay! I haven’t eaten those delicious burrito’s in WEEKS! For shame! I should have celebrated by running a fast four miles. Oh well. Don’t want to get heatstroke. And, I had to wait for my humiliation! It’s those hash browns. They take forever. But, it cost less than 5 bucks so, fair trade for my fat butt.

Next up are the butterflies. I have pics from the party. You didn’t think I forgot did you? I really have been focusing on school. I love it. And I want to do good. Stay tuned!

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June 23, 2009 at 11:30 am (Butterflies, Caterpillars, Pictures) (, , , , )


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The name’s Kanockers, Vod Kanockers.

June 23, 2009 at 12:26 am (Video) (, , , , , , , )

There’s pie???

If you do not laugh at this clip that I thankfully found on You Tube, from Two and a Half Men, one of the funniest episode ever, then I can never play the, “We Drink When Charlie Drinks”, game with you.

This kid is perfect. He is exactly portrayed like an eleven year old boy, going on twelve. I should know, because I have one.

Sadly, we have finished our DVD run for Two and a Half Men. The last season out (5th) is watched and put away. The days are long. The nights are longer. Thank goodness I’ve rediscovered Jack Daniels. Now I can relive my wild youth, while waiting for the next season.

Anyway, I’ve seen this one a few times and replayed this exact part for the kids and my own hilarity.

And it was just on regular TV mere minutes ago…(The free cable movie stations are gone. Channel Not Purchased. Call Customer Service. Sob.)

Gotta go to bed. Test in the morning. Until then, I leave you with this: Drink, gamble and hump!

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Find the New York Coffee Cup / Bringing Out The Dead

June 21, 2009 at 9:32 pm (Find The NY Coffee Cup, Movies, Video) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Nothing will keep you in the house for the entire weekend like a free preview of every movie station on cable television. It’s ridiculous. It’s 90 degrees outside and my butt has barely moved from the couch. I need to exercise. I need to do laundry. I need to study.

I’m going to do a separate post of all the movies I got to see these last few days and give some reviews, but this is the only one with the NY Coffee Cup. And I even found video. Thank you, You Tube!

This is one of my all time favorite movies. It’s one of the reasons I became an EMT. Check out the clips, but see the whole movie when you can. You will not be disappointed. It’s directed by Martin Scorsese. Nic Cage, John Goodman, Tom Sizemore, Ving Rhames, Patricia Arquette, and more are in it. And it has a killer soundtrack. SEE THIS MOVIE!

You have to keep the body going until the brain and heart recover enough to go on their own.

Here’s the first clip. Skip to the 6:10 mark and take a big drink.

And here it is again. At the 4:10 mark is the coffee cup cameos, but the whole clip is good. This should raise interest enough for the whole flick.

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Street Money Update!

June 19, 2009 at 9:13 am (Street Money) (, , , , , , , )

Everywhere we went, one cent, one cent, one cent, one cent.

Four more cents to add to the count!

Check here for the year!

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Butterfly Video. Birth. Adaptation. Flight.

June 17, 2009 at 1:14 pm (Butterflies, Caterpillars, Day to Day, Video) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

First up, as much as I could capture of the butterflies emerging. Excuse the jerky camera movement. I am not a professional. I was trying to get right in there!

This is our little gang fluttering around, flexing their wings. Again, some jerky movement and butterfly downtime. You can fast forward or watch it through. It’s actually somewhat soothing. I don’t know why.

And finally, the flight away from our temporary shelter. This whole process of emerging to flying took about 5 hours, approximately. This one is particularly long. Same bad camera work, but still really amazing. The real action is about at the  2:40 mark. It really is a cool thing to see.

In the end we still had two in the bin. Six in the world. And three still hanging.

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