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May 06, 2008 >>>

They're baaaaaack

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As a professed animal lover, I hate to hate on anything, but the gd squirrels are back in my bedroom wall. I'd prefer not to awaken in the middle of the night, having re-read Harry Potter waaaay to close to bedtime and dreaming about Dementors clawing off the flesh on my arms, when a rat with a prettier tail is attempting to burrow into my room. Creepy! And yes Lynn, I got out the Swiffer. Didn't help.

posted by on May 06, 2008 at 7:54 PM |

November 04, 2007 >>>

Avast!

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I have quickly become addicted to Pirates of the Caribbean Online. Released on Halloween, basic access to the game is free and, surprisingly, the client is available for both Mac & PC.

Most of the game involves killing things: undead pirates, giant scorpions, Navy guards, etc. You also get quests to complete which range from easy to nearly impossible. One involved me walking across the street in Tortuga to talk to someone, then returning to the pub to talk to the barkeep. Of course, since I am remarkably adept at following directions, this part of the quest took me over 30 minutes to figure out. After this performance, I decided that the Disney programmers probably had a younger audience in mind, and I was over-thinking these "quests" a bit. And that's when I shut the damn thing off.

So far in the two days I have been playing, I've managed to get to Notoriety Level 7 and join a pirate guild. So, if you be in the Pirates world, me name be Ned Sharkmalley, and I'll be sailing through rough waters near Davy Jones' Locker.

posted by on November 04, 2007 at 9:00 PM |

November 01, 2007 >>>

Feelin' Breezy

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I am wearing a new cute funky retro flower power pattern top and slinkly black sweater today. I am also wearing new jeans and heels, but I really doubt anyone will notice as I have been walking around all with my fly down. I don't know how I keep missing it; suddenly my pants are much more comfortable. And breezy. A couple of times I caught people averting their eyes when you would typically give the silent: "Hi there, yes, yes, how are YOU?!?" smile. In retrospect I think they were polite enough not to check out my holy American Eagle fairy glitter underpants but not bold enough to tell me so.

posted by on November 01, 2007 at 4:45 PM |

October 19, 2007 >>>

Team Building and Pumpkin Carving

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Can carving a pumpkin be considered a team-building exercise? This is a question I would have never expected to answer on a Friday afternoon.

It all began when I innocently mentioned to a coworker that my family never carved Jack O'Lanterns for Halloween. Angela was very disturbed at hearing this. Apparently, every red-blooded American child is expected to wield a knife and gut a pumpkin each October, and my childhood was therefore depressing and bleak. Angela then insisted that we were going to carve a pumpkin during our afternoon break. Little did I know that when Angela says we are carving a pumpkin this afternoon, she means we are carving a pumpkin this afternoon. With the raw materials procured over lunch, we informed our boss of the plan and told our coworkers that, if needed, we could be reached in the break room between 3 and 3:15 p.m.

The actual carving wasn't too difficult. Of course, working with an experienced carver helps. There was a brief moment when I stopped mid-cut while we considered what would happen to the discarded pumpkin flesh over the weekend. Would the cleaning crew take out the trash tonight, or would we return Monday morning to the sickly smell of rotting pumpkin? After some deliberation, we agreed that if they didn't clean tonight, the pumpkin smell was preferable to the toxic fumes from the freshly-waxed lobby floor, and pressed on. As the curious wandered by the break room to gawk and give advice, we stated that this was a team-building exercise to build trust between the members of the marketing department. Angela had to trust that I wouldn't cut her fingers off, and I had to trust Angela to hold Mr. Pumpkin steady during his delicate surgical procedure.

So, does pumpkin carving make for a stronger team? In my experience, yes. Today, my colleague and I completed our daily job duties and created a new objet d'art for the conference room. I also learned how to safely handle a deadly weapon in the workplace. And, Angela says that if I die this weekend, she'll feel better knowing that at least I got to carve a pumpkin once in my life. You can't build that type of camaraderie with a two-day business retreat.

posted by on October 19, 2007 at 7:44 PM |

October 07, 2007 >>>

Operation: Welcome Home

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If you've ever had the great pleasure of meeting my friend Patti (one of the finest cookies in the aisle) you might be aware that her boyfriend Rob (pictured on a visit home) has been serving in Iraq. We are expecting that sometime before October 13 Rob, who is making his way through Kuwait back to MI for a time, will be back in North Platte for the return home ceremonies.

I am going to drive up and be part of the welcome gang. I am putting together a Welcome Home kit. I had a bath-tub brainstorm and thought how wonderful it would be if we could throw in lots of Welcome Home cards. I have so many cool, fun, creative friends who could draw a funny picture or use the attached for inspiration, write a note, and maybe just include your first name and city. I will print them all off / burn messages / include this in my kit. if you want to contribute something physical I can shoot you mailing info. I know it's short notice but I thought I would love to fill up his basket with lots of love!

posted by on October 07, 2007 at 2:27 PM |

June 04, 2007 >>>

Dannielle's Wish List

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posted by on June 04, 2007 at 6:36 PM |

May 28, 2007 >>>

As Heard on Bdline #79: BWE Interview with Ben from LOST

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Here's Michael Emerson from LOST being interviewed on Vh1's Best Week Ever. If you're not watching this stuff on cable or via the vidcast feed, then you are seriously missing out.

posted by on May 28, 2007 at 2:26 PM |

January 28, 2007 >>>

"Sucking is good for you, find out why!"

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I decided to do some research on these Chupa Chups which after breaking through a long and foggy memory block realized I used to eat these in high school. The Chupa Chups company touts that sucking helps you in the following ways:

  1. It's Natural
  2. It stimulates your Immune System
  3. It makes you feel good
  4. It stops those bad habits
It's interesting how they really promote these as an alternative to smoking. Also, check out this hilarious French commercial for les nouveaux Chupa Chups flavors. And I will cut out all sucking makes you feel good / oral fixation innuendo jokes. tee hee.

posted by on January 28, 2007 at 3:03 PM |

January 02, 2007 >>>

Danni's New Year Resolutions

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1. Obviously will lose at least 20 pounds
2. Will memorize The Immaculate Collection in case of Thai prison incarceration
3. Adopt a fish (frogs need not apply)
4. Take the bus to work
5. Learn how to use buses
6. Get back to riding at least 50 miles / week
7. Learn how to make gravy that doesn't frighten even Marines when inspecting the soup pot. It's going to need siving!
8. Post at least once a week on my blog
9. Begin planning European vacation
10. Stop kicking strays for fun
11. Go to the Podcast Expo 2007
12. Beat Ferg in danceoff after he's lost the Car Bomb off to Lynn
13. Return emails when sent to me
14. Stop sharking people when I don't get my way
15. Climb a mountain, and then sing "Climb Every Mountain" when have reached the summit
16. Learn how to do this "dusting" thing
17. Bust a cap
18. Reach 365 days with no self-inflicted knife wounds
19. Read at least 12 books that aren't my special picture pages
20. Take the GRE

posted by on January 02, 2007 at 2:36 PM |

January 01, 2007 >>>

Grandma Wilson's Sugar Cookies

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As heard in Borderline #71, here is the recipe for my grandma's famous sugar cookies. Enjoy!

Remember, if you try and pass this recipe off as your own, I will hunt you down. Hunt... you... down!

RECIPE: Sugar Cookies
SOURCE: Grandma Wilson
CATEGORIES: Desserts
PREHEAT: 375 degrees F

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp water
1 cup butter
3 cups flour
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt


METHOD:

1st Bowl: sugar, eggs, water - beat together
2nd Bowl: butter, flour, soda, salt

Mix flour, soda and salt, add liquid ingredients and cut in butter like pie dough, then chill. Roll out and cut into shapes, then bake on greased cookie sheets at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 8 minutes or golden brown.

posted by on January 01, 2007 at 4:50 PM |

December 18, 2006 >>>

Cagey

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The weekend before last I whooped it up in San Francisco, in particular with my friend Scott, new awesome friend Katie and her friend Tobias. We ended up at The Cat Club there and I danced with this tranny in the cage for a while. Brandon later to me that she had, what he calls, "an alphalpha headlock." Just think it over.

posted by on December 18, 2006 at 4:55 PM |

December 05, 2006 >>>

Big Dan's Quote of the Day

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Me: Dad, my lips are so dry and cracked they're killing me.

Big Dan: "Apply bacon grease and stay away from dogs." = gold

posted by on December 05, 2006 at 3:46 PM |

November 29, 2006 >>>

This ad makes my head explode

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What the hell is going on here? Did someone drive into a canal? Were they so morose about the fact that the nearest Puma Store is 100 miles away that they decided to end it all?

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Punctuation is what separates us from the monkeys. Clearly, monkeys created this ad: Monkeys that work for Puma.

Original Link: copyranter

posted by on November 29, 2006 at 12:29 PM |

November 20, 2006 >>>

Tiddy Bits - Hey Michael Richards, I'm talking to you

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In the same vein as Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic DUI blowup, Michael Richards, aka Seinfeld's "Kramer" has chosen to join the bigot ranks. The performer, I'm sure now just days away from "rehab," was on-stage in LA when he turned friendly heckling into a racist shout match. Don't watch if you're easily upset by the N word. It's horrifying.

UPDATE: I just read that Richards was the original audience member tossed with water in the Andy Kaufman act. I don't know if this is a Man on the Moon stunt but it seems grossly unnecessary. Thoughts?

posted by on November 20, 2006 at 4:30 PM |

November 13, 2006 >>>

Hey, Wanna Watch The Fifth Element?

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In answer to the previous question, yes, I did want to watch The Fifth Element. And Christiana from Hey, Want to Watch a Movie? was nice enough to give me a chance to do just that this weekend. I had a great time and stayed up until the wee morning hours providing commentary on one of my favorite films. Check out the podcast and let me know how I did.

posted by on November 13, 2006 at 3:39 PM |