Monday, April 24, 2017

A Little Random and Some Coffee

I'm linking to Stacy for some random thoughts.

Not much going on in my brain right now other than academic things.  That's no fun.

It's also not fun trying to help my son with his college schedule.  It used to be so easy when I was in college. We would walk around the coliseum to the different departments and get stickers on our sheets for the class and time periods we wanted.  It was very straightforward.  Now, being on the computer, you have to have some slick tech skills to figure out what's what!

Have you ever heard of Cat Island?
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It's a real place... an island in Japan!  Aoshima Island.  Actually, there are about a dozen Cat Islands near Japan.  This one has a population of 22 people and about 120 feral cats.

I bet you've never seen this, either!  I haven't!
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A moose was loose on a bridge in Belfast, Maine.  The police department issued a warning of "heavy moose traffic" on the bridge.  No moose were hurt in the writing of this post.  In fact, I've never seen a moose anywhere except the zoo.  Cattle, yes.  Longhorns, yes.  Deer, yes.  Moose in Texas?  Nah!


Time for Coffee Chat!

Topic - Describe the perfect spring day.
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My allergies have really been bothering me, so being outside is less than ideal right now, but I'll give it a go, anyway.  My perfect spring day would be 68-72 degrees outside with mostly sunny or only slightly cloudy weather to keep the heat off.  I picture the greenest of green grass and oink, orange, and yellow wildflowers.  I also picture a creek, river, or lake nearby.  It's the perfect day for a picnic where you can just lie back on a blanket and read a book after having lunch.

Ta-ta for now!



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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

For the Love of Basketball

Linking up with Thursday Thirteen.

It's playoff season!  For hockey and basketball, anyway.  Since we don't even have a hockey team here anymore, and we don't ever get snowy weather, I'm much more interested in basketball.

Here are some little known basketball facts.

1.   Shaquille O'Neal has several rap songs.  It's kinda funny.

2.  The shortest person to play in the NBA was Mugsy Bogues who was only 5' 3" tall.  The Washington Bullets selected him as the 12th overall pick in 1987.  He played in the NBA for 14 years.

3.  Pau Gasol, who plays for the San Antonio Spurs, went to medical school in Barcelona, but left when he was drafted into the NBA.

4.  The American Basketball League, which began in 1976, was known for the flashy 3-point shots.  The ABA merged with the NBA in 1976, but the 3-point shot wasn't used in the NBA until 1979.

5.  Moses Malone was the first high school prospect who skipped college and went straight to the NBA.  He was signed to play for the University of Maryland, but the Utah Stars (in the ABA) came calling instead.  He was an NBA All Star 12 times, 5 of those while he was playing for my favorite team, the Houston Rockets.

6.  Did you know that jump balls used to be after EVERY BASKET?  I can't imagine that!

7.  The only player to average a triple/double for one season is Oscar Robertson who played for the Cincinnati Royals in 1962.

8.  Elvin Hayes never won an MVP award despite the fact that "he played in 12 consecutive All-Star games, won a championship and averaged 20 points per game or more in 10 of his 16 NBA seasons" (Bleacher Report)  He played for the University of Houston before the NBA, then  the San Diego/Houston Rockets, the Baltimore Bullets, and again for Houston.


9.  The Miami Heat is the only team to win both the slam dunk and 3 point contests during all-star week.  This happened in 1995, the same year Houston won their second championship in a row.


10.  Charles Barkley was cut from both his freshman and sophomore basketball teams.  He did, however, play his junior and senior years.


11.  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was known as Lew Alcindor before he converted to Islam.


12. Providence, Rhode Island once had a team.  They were called the Steamrollers.  They only lasted 3 seasons, and their overall record was abysmal:  46-122.


13.  Malice in the Palace - Some call this the scariest (or most embarrassing) moment in NBA history.  It took place on November 19, 2004 between the Pistons and the Pacers.  Take a look.




Most information in this post came from Bleacher Report

P. S. I really can't stand those GEICO commercials with the talking basketball!

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Can You Name This Landmark?

Do you know where I took these photos?




Let me know in the comments!
I'm linking up with Image-in-ing and WW.


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Monday, April 10, 2017

Some Random and Some Coffee Chat

I'm linking up with Stacy for some randomness.

One of my co-workers really brightened my day last week with these:

I don't know (for sure) who sent them, but I have my suspicions.  She wouldn't admit it, though.  I think not knowing as a certainty is part of why it really cheered up the bad week I was having.

I take a migraine preventative medication, and I ran out about ten days ago.  I'm had a headache every day since.  It feels like my head is in a vise.  Nauseated.  Exhausted.  Yep, it's just a party over here!  I have migraine medicine, but I only take it once or twice a year, and when I do, I have to lie down for at least half an hour.  It makes me feel worse at first, then all the pain subsides, usually within an hour.  I haven't been taking it, even though I feel like it, because I'd rather prevent them than treat them.  I finally get to see the doctor this afternoon.
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I finally saw the new Beauty and the Beast!  I loved it!  I also loved the changes they made in the story line.  Emma Watson was fabulous.  I had no idea she could sing!  Have you seen any comments or articles about there being a gay scene in the movie?   There was a funny part in the end where two men ended up partnered. That was just funny.  And maybe LeFou had intentions toward Gaston, but it wasn't blatant.  This article calls it, "In your face."  There was nothing offensive!  Just my opinion.  I adored it!

And now, Coffee Chat with Rory Bore.
Today, her topic is...
It's Angel Girl's birthday today.  
What advice would you go back and 
give your 10 year old self?

I've been asked to write letters to my younger self before, but it brings up a lot of feelings and memories I don't care to talk about or especially relive.   What I would say to myself is this:
This is me at 8 years old.  I couldn't find a picture of 10 year old me.
Glasses (I got them when I was ten) do not make you a nerd.  When you get to high school and college, you will be grateful for those "nerdy" grades you got!  Also, don't try so hard to fit in.  Don't compromise your values just to be accepted by those kids you think are popular or cool.  When you feel unwelcome, or you feel lonely, God is there for you.  Continue to stay active in church.  You are smart.  You are kind and sensitive.  And you are a child of God.  You can accomplish anything you set your mind to, but set your goals on personal preference rather than what everyone else is doing.  Enjoy being a kid.  You'll grow up soon enough.  Love you!

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Sunday, April 09, 2017

Sunday Synopsis

Cut to the Bone (Body Farm, #8)Cut to the Bone by Jefferson Bass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jefferson Bass does it again! This is a fascinating read. When I began reading this novel, I didn't realize that this was the prequel to his "body farm" series. I thought the timing was off, or perhaps I had read the books out of order, but I continued to read and finished the book. I didn't realize it was the prequel until I was ready to write my review. Makes sense now!

Dr. Bill Brockton is the head of the anthropology department at the University of Tennessee. He starts an experiment at the university where he studies dead bodies (sounds gross, but it isn't, really). One of his goals is to determine "time since death" by studying the evidence of decay and infestation. Another is to discover clues to the cause and manner of death. The purpose is to help the police solve crimes, thus, forensic anthropology is born.

This book finds Dr. Brockton helping the police with several murders. He then realizes that some of the cases are eerily familiar, like cases he has helped to solve in the past. There is a serial killer with a grudge out to get Dr. B.

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