August 26, 2008

Big News Around Town

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , at 10:41 pm by Jenn

Well, looks like a big whig from the US is going to be paying us a visit here in Azerbaijan. None other than VP Dick Cheney! Azerbaijan is just one of his stops on a round the region trip including stops in Ukraine, Georgia and of course nice sunny Italy.

I haven’t seen much of my husband these past few days and I’m sure I’ll be seeing even less of him in the coming days. I’m also sure that by the end of this visit I will be so thoroughly disgusted with the amount of taxpayer dollars that will have been wasted on non-essentials during this trip that it’s not even funny.

And in other news, my health insurance company finally said something I completely 100% totally agree with – “the healthcare in Baku is substandard”. Why yes, yes it is.

August 23, 2008

I Wordled

Posted in Journal tagged , , at 10:11 pm by Jenn

Have you wordled today?  Wordle is a neat little website that generates word clouds.  I discovered it while doing what I do…surfing the next.

I generated a Learning to Walk in Stilettos word cloud, but of course I can’t figure out how to get the thing to show up…..GRRR!

Oh, wait….I think this is it…

Pretty neat right. You can do all sorts of things. I’m still playing around with it. I think I may have just discovered the perfect graphic for my business flyer!

August 19, 2008

In God We Trust?

Posted in Journal tagged , , , at 10:29 pm by Jenn

I received an email from my friend Carey today asking me to go over to MSNBC and take this surveyabout taking “In God We Trust” off of American currency.  I clicked, I chose and then I wondered….hmm, how long has it even been on there to begin with. 

So, me being me, I “googled” “In god we trust” and found this Fact Sheet from the US Treasury.

I was surprised to learn that on paper money these words appeared as recently as 1966, and that on some coins (did you know we used to have 2 and 3 cent coins) it has come and gone and come again.

If we took “In God We Trust” off the currency, what would we put on there in its place?  “Land of the Free”, “Home of the Brave”, “Freedom and Justice for All”.  If they took it off would anyone even notice? 

Did you know that “In God We Trust” is or national motto so why shouldn’t it be on our currency.  We Americans apparently just need something to bitch about.  Now I’m fired up.

In my opinion, there are real problems in the good old US of A that need major focus and attention.  I seriously doubt that spending millions of dollars (just my personal estimate) to remake currency molds and printing blocks is the best use of my tax money when there are MILLIONS of Americans (I remember reading recently over 30 million – and that was 2001 date I believe) who will be going to bed hungry tonight.

So where am I going with all of this?  I have no idea, but I do have a suggestion.  Anyone who wants “In God We Trust” removed from the US currency should take all of the money they physically possess right now (cash, money in piggy banks, loose change, etc.) to their local food bank and from now on only use plastic.  This way, not only will you be rid of the offending currency, Americans in need will benefit.

Ok, I’m getting off my soapbox now and going to watch House.

August 17, 2008

The Vegetable Game

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , at 10:24 pm by Jenn

Tonight I reminded myself of the BEST party game of all time.  5-8 people is the perfect recipe for fun.  Alcohol is a plus, but not mandatory, though now that I’m thinking about it I’ve never played this game sober, always at an “after” party so I guess you should at least have a buzz.

The Rules:

Every person pics a vegetable and an adjective for that vegetable for example in a 4 player game you might have Creamed Corn, Leafy Lettuce, Crunchy Carrot and my all time favorite Stewed Tomatoes (Pickled Beets is a good one too). 

Picka person to start, that person says their vegetable and then another persons vegetable….for example the dialouge would be “Creamed Corn and Stewed Tomatoes”, then Stewed Tomatoes would say his/her vegetable and then another persons vegetable (“Stewed Tomatoes and Leafy Lettuce”) and so on until someone messes up. 

When you mess up you drink. 

Oh, and you can’t show your teeth during the game!  LOL!  That’s what makes it so much fun.  Ok, all together now, curl your lips around your teeth and say out loud “Stewed Tomatoes”. 

If you show your teeth you drink. 

Even if it isn’t your turn you can’t show your teeth.  THE WHOLE GAME you have to talk like that. 

See why it’s so much fun?  Sorry for not posting this on a Thursday.  Now you all have to wait til next weekend.  Unless you party like a rock star during the week in which case….go for it.

To all my friends at “Da Beach”.  I miss you P’s.

August 16, 2008

Need a Favor from George

Posted in Journal tagged , , at 11:24 pm by Jenn

This message is going out to George Strait.

George, I don’t know if you remember me.  My name is Jenn, I was wearing black wranglers, a purple western style shirt with black fringe and a black cowgirl hat.  I was sitting in Section X, Row 104 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia with my friend Robin (I don’t remember what she was wearing).  Anyway, I left home that evening with every intention of never returning.  I just knew that our eyes would connect, you would instantly fall in love with me and I’d be living on your Ranch somewhere southwest of San Antonio today. 

Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned for me, but it may have worked out in your favor, and here’s why.

My friend John Luskey is a musician and an amazing songwriter.  You see, if I had run away with you that night in 1994, my friendship with John wouldn’t have formed and I wouldn’t be able to share your next number one hit with you.  So without further ado, here it is

George, I know you are the dot from Texas on my stat map and I’m hoping that you are reading this post, clicking over to hear the song and contacting John in the next 10 minutes.  Thanks!  I’m heading off now to get my monthly Dusty dose (watching Pure Country).

And Luskey, if you are reading this, you owe me brother, and you can pay me back by learning “The Chair” and buying me a house of course, oh, and a pair of Paige Denim jeans!

Major Bummer!

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , at 4:14 pm by Jenn

 

Today I learned that the date November 21, 2008 will no longer hold special meaning for me.  No longer will I wait for this date to arrive.  I just can’t believe this is happening to me.  Don’t they know that I had already begun my preparations?  This just confirms that the execs at Warner Brothers care nothing about me, my feelings and my knitting queue!  Can you believe it?

Sorry, I was rambling, but I just read that the release of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince has been pushed backto JULY 17, 2009!  NOOOOOOOOOOOO!

They just can simply NOT do this.  Knitters will revolt.  Do you realize how many hats, scarves, sweaters and socks have been made in preparation for November 21, 2008?  Do they realize that I have been watching Harry Potter movies in Russian as practice for the big day (when I would likely be sitting in a theater in Azerbaijan, watching the movie in Russian, with Azeri subtitles).  DO THEY CARE?  Nope!  They didn’t even ask me.

Anyway, that’s the news.  Now I have to start planning a Potter themed wardrobe for July 17, 2009.  Hell, I don’t even know what country I’ll be living in then.  Maybe I will still be able to wear that scarf, and socks afterall! (Did I just type that outloud?….shit, I probably just jinxed myself!)

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