Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Marine Biology

Normally forwards are a pet peeve of mine, but this particular one I received from a friend who is also fiercely battling the never-ending school workload and I had to share it. The text that accompanied the picture reads: The photo shows two almost identical dolphins. The photo was used in a study on stress at St. Mary's Hospital. After you've read this, look at both dolphins jumping out of the water. The dolphins should appear identical; however, the closely monitored scientific study found that people under stress will find differences in the two dolphins. The more differences you see, the greater amount of stress you are probably experiencing. Look carefully at the photograph. If you find more than one or two minor differences between the two dolphins it may be time to consider taking a holiday. So...I don't know about you guys, but I see a hereford cow on the right. Does that qualify me for a holiday?? Female 1/2

Monday, February 27, 2006

Wedding dresses and Winter Olympics

Brent and I caught just a few minutes of the closing ceremonies of the Olympics yesterday...long enough to see Andre Boccelli (spelling?) sing and see all the girls in wedding dresses. They looked very pretty. I think I would definitely have volunteered to wear my wedding dress again and carry a calla lily light. Actually, I would take any opportunity to wear my wedding dress again. It seems like such a shame that wedding dresses are so expensive and so pretty but we only get to wear them once. I really liked mine. Now that I'm thinking about it, I remember when three couples in the Woodynook celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversaries (they had a triple wedding) all three of the wives wore their dresses again. I would like to hope I could possibly fit into my dress in twenty-five years! You never know, it had a corset so there's a lot of room for adjustment. On another dress note, Brent and I watched Pride and Prejucide saturday night. I absolutely love that movie. I could watch it over and over and never tire of it. Anyway, I really love all their dresses also. I wonder how I would look in an empire style dress. I'm not so sure I would like to show quite as much cleavage as they show though--especially Jane. However, Jane and Elizabeth's wedding dresses are especially pretty. I wish lived in a society wherein I could ress like that and live in a castle by a lake. Brent and I have decided that when we have ten million dollars we're going to buy some land west of Calgary and build a castle like Pemberley.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

London Fog

Quite possibly, aside from the times when I feel like I desperately need a coffee, my favorite drink from Starbucks, or Second Cup (preferably Second Cup for reasons which I will elaborate at another time...or you can ask me about it) is a London Fog. I was introduced to this delectable treat in my second year at RDC by two fellow students from my Children's Lit class. What is a London Fog, you might ask. A London Fog is merely this: Earl Grey tea (my absolute favorite) steeped in steamed milk rather than water with some vanilla syrup added...and of course, the mandatory foam on top. Two variations include whipping cream on top instead of foam, and caramel syrup delicately overlaid in a lattice on top of the foam or whipped cream. Yum!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Borrowed this picture from the CBC Olympic webpage...which I've been following closely lately seeing as I'm addicted to the Olympics. I think my addiction began in grade eight or nine when the Olympics were in Nagano and I had to do a olympic game scrapbook for Phys. Ed. If I were ever to go to the games, I'd want to do speedskating. I used to want to be a bobsledder but now that I run, I think I could handle speedskating...as long as they don't require me to stop very quickly...but maybe I'd learn to stop in training...

On a more serious note, also related to the cartoon, is the Danish/Muslim situation. Personally, I think the Muslim people involved in the threats and flag burnings etc. merely needed and excuse to get riled up. Why pick on the Danish country as a whole for the printing of a silly cartoon? Jesus is made fun of quite often and I don't go out burning flags and wrecking things. Actually, I've been feeling quite persecuted as a Christian in my university experience right now. That happens every now and again...Christians in the past were not very good people and did a lot of horrible things, but I wish contemporary society would not blame Christianity as a religion for the mistakes made in the past in the name of religion.

But to return again to the cartoon, it seems so strange that Denmark would be picked as the country of choice to persecute. Ok, they printed the cartoon first. But Denmark?? It's smaller than Alberta! In fact, I think you could probably fit five Denmarks into Alberta. Moreover, it's not even close to a world power. The Danish people are pretty peaceful, I'd say.

On an even more serious note, my Auntie Karen is a missionary in Turkey and things are not exactly all peace and happiness there either these days. In addition, she has strong connections with Denmark--she is supported by a church there. Consequently, if you feel like praying for her, please do. These are scary times for her.

That's it for me right now. I've got to go read about the murder of newly-married women in India by their mother-in-laws for a while...

Female 1/2

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Sargeant Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band

Sunday night Brent and I watched Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band, the movie. It was very very silly...you pretty much needed to be smoking something to think the storyline was anything profound. It was a musical of all Beatles music--the Beatles had an album called the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band, which is the first picture. While it was all Beatles music, the four band members were not played by the Beatles, they were played by the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton. Peter Frampton is second from the left with blonde hair. We decided that Jorgen's friend Dusty looks a lot like Peter Frampton... This is one of the lead Bee Gees...though I'm not sure which one he is. Bren figured that if he had really long hair, he would look like this guy. Isn't he "dreamy"? And I thought I'd throw in a picture of the Beatles on their Abbey Road album just for the heck of it. Someday I want to go there and get a picture taken of me crossing the street. Note that Paul is barefoot...conspiracists everywhere wonder why he's barefoot....