Shuttle Launch

I saw this article in my inbox when I got home from work today and I couldn’t help but share. Apparently us lucky people on the east coast get to be able to watch the shuttle launch from the comfort of our own homes. I thought that that was really cool. The really neat part is for those of use inside of both circles will be able to watch the solid rocket boosters and the main engine cutoff too.

The only problem is that it’s going to happen a little after 1:30 AM. A bit over 6 hours from now. Considering that I have to leave for work at 5 in the morning I doubt I’ll be able to watch. So not fair. 😦

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Writer’s Block: Theme Dining

Okay, the writer’s block question today is what sort of theme restuarant would you open and how would you express the theme to your customers.

I don’t know if it’s much of a theme, but I did have this idea come to me a long time back that intreguied me. I would love to create a diabetic friendly restuarant. It would primarily be a sit down restuarantwhile still allowing take out orders. Perhaps even have a staff member on hand for blood sugar testing before or after meals upon request. The entire menu would be organized by carb amounts. Perhaps also the sodium amounts. I know my mom at least has to watch her sodium also. Maybe little notations by each item that contains milk and other allergens. And there would be someone on hand all the time in the case of emergencies. Kind of like a paid paramedic.

Just a thought. 🙂

Water and Calorie Burning

I was watching the Animal Planet’s The Most Extreme the other night and one of the animals that they were featuring was the penguin. They were talking about how the male penguins would eat the snow just to be able to put something in their stomachs. Pretty fascinating, especially when they mentioned how dangerous it is for them to do this because their bodies burn calories in the attempt to turn the snow to their body temperature. Apparently the coldness forces the body to warm the water up to turn it into body temperature. They also claim that it works that way for humans to. I just verified it at a few other websites that while it does work, you only burn around 8 calories per 8 ounce glass of ice water. So it’s not really worth it.

But it did get me to thinking about burning calories through using the cold. If you dropped the temperature of your shower water a few degrees, would it work the same way? Or even going for a swim in a cold water pool. I’m not saying it would work or even if it’s healthy, but it is food for thought. 😉

It would give kudos to the Polar Bear Clubs. 🙂

Poor Poor Webserver

Okay, it may be a pain when a website’s page won’t load up, but don’t despair yet! Read the page not found page that shows up. Not all are filled with boring or confusing techno jargon. Take this little gem that I copied from LiveJournal herself.

I’m sorry, you’ve reached a page that I cannot find. I’m really sorry about this. It’s kind of embarassing. Here you are, the user, trying to get to a page on LiveJournal and I can’t even serve it to you. What does that say about me? I’m just a webserver. My sole purpose in life is to serve you webpages and I can’t even do that! I suck. Please don’t be mad, I’ll try harder. I promise! Who am I kidding? You’re probably all like, "Man, LiveJournal’s webserver sucks. It can’t even get me where I want to go." I’m really sorry. Maybe it’s my CPU…no that’s ok…how bout my hard drives? Maybe. Where’s my admin? I can’t run self-diagnostics on myself. It’s so boring in this datacenter. It’s the same thing everyday. Oh man, I’m so lonely. I’m really sorry about rambling about myself, I’m selfish. I think I’m going to go cut my ethernet cables. I hope you get to the page you’re looking for…goodbye cruel world!

-the webserver

I thought that that was so funny just now. I was only going to LiveJournal to see if anyone had posted any comments to my last message. I didn’t figure anyone had but I suppose I was feeling as lonely as the aforementioned web server. 🙂 I wasn’t going to post anything until I read that.

It just goes to show you that the simplest things can make a person’s day. 🙂 It certainly brightened mine!

Close to God

"I was hoping that you’d pray for me. I know that you’re close to God and all."

I’ve never called myself religious. And God knows I’m no saint. I try my best but I make more than my fair share of mistakes. For heaven sakes, I’m a single mom. I think that says it all. I do however try to learn from my mistakes.

That one little conversation just stunned me. Like I said, I never really thought of myself as religious, and I certainly never thought of myself as "close" to God. I mean really, to me it sounds a bit to close to the old time euphemism for death, walk with God. That one comment, question really, made me think about myself. I just can’t seem to see myself as others see me I guess. All I’ve ever done is try to do my best to live the way I think I’m supposed to. I certainly don’t see myself having whispered conversations with the Good Lord in the Garden. The closest I’ve ever gotten was the sense of love and peace when I feel the warmth of the sun on my face or even when I just happen to notice something beautiful that I wouldn’t normally look at, like my precious sky pictures that I’ve started posting in facebook.

I don’t feel special, but I do notice a difference between my coworkers and myself, although I just chalked it up to being raised differently. I don’t like curse words. Except for the British use of the word bloody. Although I think it’s just the British accent when they say it. It’s the standard curse words that get to me. They make me feel uncomfortable to the point where I’ve found myself wincing when hearing them. I especially dislike reading novels that use them. It’s almost as if they echo around in my mind for long minutes afterwards, probably from my lack of using them. I can’t stand them, but everyone else is okay with them.

And I’m sure that anyone who I’ve talked to on any sort of regular basis knows about my gripes about a particular manager of the store that I work at. Maybe she’s not that bad a person. Maybe she doesn’t really dislike me as much as I thought. Perhaps it’s just that I look at life differently than her… Maybe that’s pushing it a bit. She can be very cruel sometimes. But is it really cruel or does it just seem cruel to me? It’s too bad the whole concept of walking a mile in another’s shoes doesn’t really work. I would love to know why she is the way she is.

And just what makes a person seem close to God? How can someone that I’ve only known for around a month, and very infrequently at that, decide that not only am I close to God but that I would make a good person to ask to pray for them. I’ve never talked about God to anyone there. I rarely talk about any sort of religious topic to anyone really, but certainly never at work. I have always been adamant about not working on Sundays, but to be honest that has always been more about my singing in the choir than church itself. I’d feel lost if I didn’t go to church at all, but I see no problem with going on Saturday instead.

I suppose I’ll figure it out eventually. In the meantime I need to get off to bed. It sucks sometimes having a morning shift. But at least I get to have the majority of the daylight to enjoy afterwards. Tomorrow is the season premiere of Psych! I can’t wait for that. Two of my favorite shows are coming on, Eureka and Psych. If only there was a Doctor Who or Monk episode my life would be complete tomorrow. 🙂 I’ll just have to be satisfied with what I can get. Catch ya all later! I need to start thinking about my next posting at Catholic Chicks, I’ve been slacking lately. 😦