March 29, 2004

Gosh it's hot

So I'm using a new program to edit my blog. It's called Ecto So far so good.

The Husband and I went biking yesterday. It was a lot of work and very hot but it was big fun.

I brought my fish back to work. I think he was developing a complex from being "hunted" by my cat. He seems much happier here. Every time I try to setup a "Fish Cam", he postures to the camera. It's so cute. He must be a private The down side is my cat now "hunts" the other fish. Luckily he's in a much bigger tank and is less susceptible to being knocked off on the floor. That's a good thing.

To quote the abominable snow man from the Bugs Bunny cartoons:

"Gosh it's hot!"


Posted by vew at 1:46 PM

March 27, 2004

Oarator supreme!

The Husband and I have agreed to "perform" two chapters of Free-Culture by Lawrence Lessig. I'm excited. I've never done this kind of thing before. Perhaps I'll get thrust into a career as a voice actress. (pshaw, right)


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March 26, 2004

Mmmmm, Chocolate

So The Husband and I watched Chocolat the other night. It was very good. I liked it. The soundtrack was especially good.

No really big news since my last post. I did break my middle finger on my left hand. As a result, I have a permanent "bird" now. If a bird is required, most of my co-workers defer to me. It makes typing a bit of a challenge, but I've never shied away from a challenge.


Posted by vew at 8:32 AM

March 17, 2004


The Husband and I started taking a Kumdo class last night. It was totally awesome. I can't seem to get the cuts right but that takes practice.

Master Eun and two of the more practiced students tried cutting something with actual swords. The duller one that belonged to one of the students made it more of an exercise in hacking. Then Master Eun had him try his sword and, well, see the title of this entry. He said it just cut right through, no hesitation at all. That is so cool. I wanna do that one day.


Posted by vew at 1:51 PM

March 15, 2004

Nature's Architect

I had to mail some stuff that I sold on Ebay this morning. As I was walking back to my office, I noticed these little...things laying on the ground. They're obviously a Seed Dispersal Unit for some tree (I was an English major, I don't know trees) much like a pine cone is for Pine trees. It's about the size of a cherry and it has the neatest design. I wish I could take a picture of it. I'll try scanning it in. I just can't find the words to describe it. It's beautiful in its simplicity. It just struck me that something that I just found took Eons to form. There is some reason that it is designed the way it is. The fact that it's pretty is merely a by-product.

I dunno. It seemed profound when I saw it...


Posted by vew at 10:00 AM

March 11, 2004

I'm taking my ball and going home.

CNN strikes again. Kerry makes a comment (In my opinion, a truthful one) and Bush starts jumping up and down screaming "Take it back! Take it back!" I'm waiting for Bush to tell Kerry "My dad can beat up your dad!" Seriously, do we need someone like him in the White House? Sheesh.

Posted by vew at 9:14 AM

March 10, 2004

30 second filling

I had to go to the dentist yesterday to get a filling. It's in the last tooth, waaay back there in the back. He gets me all numbed up and then does the filling, in under 5 minutes. I swear it took me longer to get numb than it did to actually do the stupid filling. The down side is that my mouth still hurts where I got the shot.

I'm on the phones this morning so I have a stunning view of the building next door. They have a guy on a cherry picker cleaning the brick. This is where your tax dollars brick. I wish they'd spend the money to clean the frickin windows instead.


Posted by vew at 8:15 AM

March 9, 2004

Attack of the hair care products.

While I did, indeed, get a haircut. I didn't quite go Halle Berry. I went more Charlize Theron. Over all, response has been positive. That or I look horrible and people don't want me to feel bad.

I talked to the lady (who was very nice) and she said that since I work at UT, I got the "VIP" discount of the $10 haircut. She also suckered me on a $10 thing of mousse (Is that the right version?). I decided last night, what the hey, we'll try it out. I put it on there, did a little brushing and tweaking and ended up looking fairly decent. I then paraded in front of The Husband who informed me that "It looks nice'. How very non-committal. At any rate, I decided not to give Revlon or L'oreal any more of my dollars and do the whole, shower and shake prep for my hair styling needs. As I lay there, reading in preparation for anticipated slumber, The Husband and I noticed a peculiar burning sensation in our noses and eyes. One shower later and the sensation (and accompanying chemical stench) lingered. Fortunately it managed to waft off somewhere. Eh, I tried anyway.

-The NinjaWife

Posted by vew at 12:28 PM

March 8, 2004

Leadership Skills

Ok, I know I'm harping but, I managed to find ANOTHER article that pissed me off. I swear that President Bush is riding his "War on Terror" straight to a second term. Even when the people directly affected and involved ask him to stop using the September 11 images for political gain, he KEEPS doing it. He even has the audacity to say that the people want to see it. I for one don't. It happened. We mourn the loss of those people. We learned. We remember. We don't need to relive it every single day to make Dubya feel like he's a good president. The Husband found a site where someone basically took one of his speeches and edited out everything except all his references to war and terror and the war on terror. It was amusing to say the least. Someone needs to find his speech writer and smack some sense into them.

On better fronts...

The weather was all wonderful for about 3-4 days. We slept with the windows open, the humidity was up, we slept beautifully. Then it got cold again. You know what they say about East TN, if you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes. That's a BIG 10-4.

I'm also debating getting a hair cut. I went from butt, to mid-back, to shoulder length. I'm now considering going all Halle Berry. I've spent the morning trying to determine my face shape I think I'm oval but I'm not sure. I'll definitely be soliciting the opinion of my "stylist".


Posted by vew at 11:41 AM

March 2, 2004

Theology of Voting

Don't get me wrong. I love my Dad, but I vote specifically to negate his vote. He loves President Bush. Thinks he's the greatest thing since sliced bread (What was the greatest thing before sliced bread anyway?). I think the man is nothing but a menace to this country. First we decide that we really need to get the bad man out of Iraq because he has Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD, of which coincidentally NO evidence has been found) now we have to get the bad man out of Haiti. When does it end?? When Bush controls every country out there? Wouldn't that be on par with Napoleon or maybe even Ghengis Kahn? Personally, I don't care who wins the Democratic nomination, I'll vote for him just to get Bush out of the white house.

I'm expecting a flame war to ensue on that one (From my one reader. And I know you're out there, I can hear you breathing) but I'm sorry, that's just how I feel. Maybe this is one of the dreaded "Me too" or "look at me" blog posts, but I read that story on CNN and it just infuriated me.

In happier news....

The weather here is warming up. I don't know for how long. It feels wonderful! We actually slept with the window open last night. Pure bliss. I love when it rains too because it makes the house smell divine.

Then I come into the office...and the sauna awaits.

In my office building, either the heat is on, or the air is on. Never both. So, I can turn my heat "off" (which coincidentally really doesn't make the hot air stop pouring out, a bit of a Hobson's Choice really). Fortunately (or unfortunately as you would have it) I'm stuck on phones today and it's not as bad down here. More as the never ending excitement unfolds...

"Remember, you pillage THEN burn."
-Supposedly Ghengis Kahn, somehow I don't buy it


Posted by vew at 11:53 AM