Monday, May 15, 2017

Random Nonsense and Coffee Chat

I'm joining Stacy for some randomness.

Now here's a job I wouldn't want!  Snakehunter!  I hate snakes! They give me the heebie jeebies.

Snakehunter gets big paycheck after catching longest snake of the season. 

This happened in South Florida. The snake was 16 feet 10 inches long.  The snakehunter makes $8.10 an hour plus "bonuses."  He received $375.00 for the catch.  Really?  That's not much in my opinion.  Luckily, it's not his day job.  He's an orchid grower.  Talk about contradictory jobs!  There is no amount of payment large enough to entice me to catch a snake, much less to do so for a living!  How about you?

I can't put the picture here because I can't stand snakes, and I can't look at it more than is required to read the story, but if you're curious, click on the above link, and you will see it.  I can't even put a cartoon snake.  That's how much it bothers me!

So... I went to see The Circle.  I love Tom Hanks and Emma Watson.  The movie, however, was a little disappointing, particularly the ending.  It was one of those, "You decide what happens" endings.  I like my ending tied up with a pretty bow.  Haha!  The movie is about technology and the loss of privacy.  Have you seen it?  Are you planning to see it?

How was your Mother's Day?  Mine was pretty good.  I got some pretty cala lillies.  I got to spend time with my son and husband who took me to eat Tex-Mex.  They rarely agree to do that.  I skyped with my daughter for an hour and a half, and it was so much fun.  I even got a bubble bath!  Best of all, I didn't have to go to the grocery store!

And now... Coffee Chat with Rory Bore.

Our lovely hostess asks...
What gets you turning green?
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I'm typically not a very jealous person.  When I was younger, I was very jealous when it came to my romantic partner, but I think a lot of that comes from a lack of self-esteem and a fear of rejection.

Now that I'm older, it just isn't worth it to be jealous to the extent I once was.  I admit there are little twinges every now and then when I think a waitress is flirting with my husband right in front of me.  But it's just a twinge.  It goes away as easily as blowing a match out.

I do get envious about some things that people have.  I work with many people who live in nicer neighborhoods than I do, have pools, decks with hot tubs, more square footage, prettier decor, beautiful clothing, and so on.  I do feel some envy, but I don't feel that envy toward the people, just the fact that they have things I would like to have.  Then I remind myself that I have everything I need and most of what I want.  I thank God for that. Jealousy is really a self-defeating emotion.  I think this quote sums it up:
That's all for now!  Have a good week!

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Recycled Plastics

In my neighborhood, the waste management company collects recycled paper and plastic on a bi-weekly basis.  I know a lot of uses for recycled paper, but I wasn't really sure what happened to recycled plastic, so I did some research.

1.  Plastic containers are often used to make "new" plastic containers.
2. Plastic bags such as those from grocery stores can be made into new bags, but they can also be made into plastic lumber to make picnic tables and benches.
3. Milk jugs, shampoo bottles, and laundry detergent bottles can be recycled into playground equipment.
4.  Plastic bottles can be made into T-shirts.  It takes about ten soda bottles to make one T-shirt.
5. Plastic caps can be recycled into batteries for your car.
6.  Plastic bottles can be made into sleeping bags.

7.  Plastic bubble wrap could become a playground fence.
8.  Water bottles are sometimes used in carpeting.
9. Plastic bottle caps can be made into gardening rakes.
10. Plastic foam packing might be made into a picture frame.
11. The bottles of household cleaners may be used to make recycling bins.
12. A recycled soda bottle could become insulation in your new jacket (fiberfill).  It takes about 14 bottles to create enough fiberfill for one jacket.
13. Plastic bottle caps can become yarn.

I had no idea!  Thanks to The American Chemistry Council for the information.
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Monday, May 08, 2017

A Little Random and Coffee Chat

I'm linking up with Stacy.

I'm gonna rant for a minute.  13 Reasons Why.  Have you seen it?  It's a Netflix series based on a book by Jay Asher.  Hannah Baker commits suicide, but before she does, she records messages for the people who have hurt her detailing the 13 reasons why she ends her life.

I don't know about you, but this series makes me mad.  First of all, I've got middle school students who've seen it, and it would definitely be rated R for language, drug use, and sexual situations. How do parents allow (or not know that) their children are seeing this?  The last "rape" scene (not the only one) and the suicide were particularly graphic.

Another thing some students are saying to people who make them mad or don't give them their way is, "You're my first reason."  They don't realize that suicide is not a joke!

Third, no one should use Hannah Baker as a barometer of how much humiliation is too much.  By her standards, I was probably made fun of or embarrassed so much that I should have committed suicide.  Frankly. I didn't see one sensible reason for her to commit suicide.  I realize that it's to point out that we should be kinder to each other, but I think they went about it the wrong way.

Her problems were not that horrible, not enough to want to kill herself.  She magnified the issues, which led to more negative thinking, and she dug herself in a hole.  I just don't feel like her reasons were really reasons.  Does anyone agree with me?

And one more thing... since when do high schools have students with multiple tattoos and body piercings?  Not in my school district in South Texas!  And students saying the F word in front of teachers.  Not so much.  Seemed really unrealistic to me.

I get that it is supposed to bring suicide awareness to the table as a topic worth talking about, and it is, but some girls could think they have it way worse than Hannah and kills themselves as a result.

Rant over.

Time for Coffee Chat

Our hostess says...
It's my birthday and Mother's Day soon... 
what should I do?

My suggestion is going to a

for some alone time.  Get a facial, a massage, a mani-pedi.
Take a book to read.  No phone.  Just a silk robe, chilled wine, chocolate dipped strawberries, and relaxation.  How does that sound?

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Sunday, May 07, 2017

Sunday Synopsis

The Absence of Guilt (Scott Fenney, #3)The Absence of Guilt by Mark Gimenez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mark Gimenez has officially taken over as my favorite courtroom drama author. I've read the other two books about A. Scott Fenney. This one is just as good.

Scott Fenney lives with his daughter Boo and his adopted daughter Pajamae, the African American daughter of the woman he defended against murder charges in book one. They live in the Highland Park neighborhood near SMU in Dallas. Fenney is now a federal judge.

He is presented with two cases on which to rule. One of them involves whether or not an Executive Order signed by the President to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants is Constitutional. This becomes complicated when he becomes involved with a woman whose parents will be affected if he rules against the Order.

The other case is about an Imam and his Muslim followers who are accused of setting up an elaborate plot to bomb Cowboy Stadium in Dallas on the day of the Superbowl. Due to circumstances that happen after these 23 offenders are in prison, the FBI realizes they don't have all of the jihadists. There are two more at large. The FBI, Judge Fenney, and his friends must find them in time to avoid killing thousands of Americans, not to mention those that he holds dearest.

There is a lot of suspense in this book! Twists and turns will keep the reader guessing all the way to the end. And in the end, the reader is rewarded with finding out what happened to Rebecca, Fenney's former wife who he represented at her trial for the murder of the golf pro she ran off with. It has a complex and intriguing plot that proves Giminez is becoming the master of the courtroom thrillers.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

All About Texas

Some of these things may apply to the state where you live, but I wonder if all of them do. 

1. Football is BIG in Texas, and there is no game bigger than Homecoming. Our girls wear mums on Homecoming (and the guys often wear smaller mums on a garter around their arm), and the bigger the mum, the better. Three or four flowers, dozens of ribbons, teddy bears, boas, and all other kinds of goodies. They have become gaudier over the years since I was in high school. Then, it was a single mum, a few ribbons, one with your name, one with your boyfriend's name, and one with your school name. They're over the top now.
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2. You can request a jury trial for a simple traffic offense. My husband served on a jury two years ago for an illegal left turn. Six people, including him, missed a day's work, plus the court's pay and time, for a $200 offense.

 3. People wear white after labor day because... who cares? It's 90-something degrees outside!

4. The lightning whelk is the state's official shell.  Who knew?
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5. "Fixin' to" is acceptable language. It means "about to" such as fixin' to do something.

 6. Our state capitol's slogan is "Keep Austin Weird" and has an annual WeirdFest.
7. Our state capitol is also the live music capital of the world.

 8. Texas is the only state to enter the union by treaty rather than by annexation.

9. Texas is the only state to have flags of 6 different countries fly over it.  Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States, and the United States.

10. We not only say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning at school, we also say the Texas Pledge every day. Honor the Texas flag, I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible. The words "one state under God" were added in 2007, about the same time they started making us say it every day in school.

 11. Yes Ma'am, No Ma'am, Yes Sir, and No Sir are considered respectful, not sarcastic or insulting.

12. Brides (and sometimes bridesmaids) often wear cowboy boots with their dresses. I was in a wedding three years ago, and the bride asked us to wear boots with our dresses. I don't own cowboy boots!  I had to borrow some.
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13. Yes Ma'am, No Ma'am, Yes Sir, and No Sir are considered respectful, not sarcastic or insulting.

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