Monday, September 26, 2011


I was able to visit the Tim Burton exibition this weekend.  I don't go to galleries enough to suit my wants, so when I do go it is a real treat.  This show was interesting as it hung a lot of Burton's sketchings and notes, along with some of the props from some of the movies he has worked on.  While none of it was 'high art' in my book, they were fun to look at and I can appreciate that LACMA chose to hang the work on their walls for a period of time.  Based on the crowds that were present during my visit, it is easy to see I am not the only person who is interested in seeing the work of a highly successful man.  I guess it just goes to show what  a person can do if he/she has the right drive, at the right time, in the right location, with the right connections... and maybe a little luck.  I am grateful for galleries and that my life allows me enough leisure time that I may attend showings.

Friday, September 23, 2011


Audio books, I am grateful for audio books.  This goes hand-in-hand with also being incredibly grateful for being able to download a great variety of audio books from my public library!  Not only is the process convenient, it is free... two of my favorite things right now.  Who am I kidding, I have always love convenient and free.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


The alarm I speak of is not so much the one that jolts one awake from a dead slumber, though with my dream of being attacked by a black panther this morning, even that alarm may have been a welcome.  No, instead, I mean the alarms on my phone that attempts to keep me honest and aware of what I should be doing and when I should be doing it.  I want my word to always remain as impeccable as possible, and staying on schedule is part of this. So today, I am grateful for my electronic alarm.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Time Slipping Away

Oughf, when I started this project, I did expect I would miss some days posting, but I did not expect that I would start missing them so quickly.  Ah, that is life.  As I am out to attempt to create more appreciation in my life, I refuse to feel poorly for missing posts these last two days.  This is not to say that I did not think of posting, on the contray.  I just did not stop to put the thought into action.

Had I posted on Sunday, I would have posted that I was (and still am) grateful for a clean kitchen.  I dedicated five hours on Sunday to do a thorough spring... er, fall cleaning of my kitchen which allowed me to take everything out of the shelves, wipe them and the shelf down and replace in to a more orderly fashion.  I love it when my life if more organized and wonder why I don't stop to do it more often.

Yesterday I would have posted that I am grateful for being able to attend a  great new exercise class by Dr. Michael Huan.  It was like no other I have attended. While we were doing little movements, I was sweating.  We then used foam rollers to straighten out the muscles again.  I thought I would be more sore today, but am surprisingly not.

Today, I am grateful that I have a garden at work I can plant in.  I plan to put in lettuce today and see what else would be good to start growing this time of year.  

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Quiet Mornings

I am up early this Saturday morning.  I am up for a morning run?  Not yet, maybe one day, but not today.  Today I am up early so that I can get some work out of the way.  I need quiet to work and early mornings are great for this.  :)  I am grateful for early mornings as this will allow me me more time with my honey later.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Gratefully Continuing On

I stayed up late last night working.  I seem to be doing this a lot these days.  It would be easy for me to be grateful for all the jobs I have, and I am grateful, but today's post is about being grateful for a flexible schedule.  I am grateful my husband does not challenge me about how much time I spend working and I am grateful that if I need to sleep in the next morning to recover from the night before I often can.  This is a luxury, I am aware of it, and very grateful for it.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Being Grateful

Being grateful... that is such an odd word - grateful.  I have always thought it would be better suited to be spelled like 'greatful.  Instead, it sounds like I/we should be full of grate.  I just looked it up online and grate is:

Verb: Reduce (something, esp. food) to small shreds by rubbing it on a grater.
Noun: The recess of a fireplace or furnace.  (Thank you

Hmmm... I am not sure I want to reduce the great things in my life, though I certainly could do with less.  Maybe I can see the word as simplifying my day down to one thing that I am grateful for.  One thing that I want to rub on this board. Or one thing that I find recessing in all that is around me.  Something that I can shine a light on.  This board will be an experiment in being grateful, thankful, and just give my life a broader, recognized appreciation for all that goes on around me.

Whew, OK, with all that said, today I am grateful the body repairs itself.  

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

President Obama

I learned that Obama is going to be our next president. Lord, help this man in our time of need.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

There are these amazing crystal caverns in Mexico

There are these amazing crystal caverns in Mexico.

You have just got to see this.

I am adding it to the list of things I want to see before I die.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

jack o'lantern face lift

I just learned that you can restore a wilting jack o'lantern by soaking it in water overnight. Kinda makes me want to try the experiment out!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Fruit has UPCs

While standing in line at the checkout counter with LOTS of fresh fruit, I marveled at how the young lady entering the codes could keep all these numbers in her head. Then I wondered if she went to another store, would she have to learn new codes, so I asked. Apparently, larger stores all have the same codes for fruit. They use the standard Universal Product Code that you see on all the other material in the store.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

dilating my pupils

I learned how to dilate my pupils voluntarily today.  Just need to tighten my stomach or send a small shot of adrenaline through my system.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The mobile looks like...

Remobo looks like a good program for sharing desktops. Look into this. listen

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Between Life Interviews

OK, so this one seems lame, but I can't think of what else I have learned today.

I was listening to a podcast called Theatre of the Mind and she was interviewing a guy who has done over 7000 interviews with people under hypnosis. Apparently, we do come from other dimensions and sometimes other planets. Or this is what people have called up for him.

It was odd though, he said that there have been people that have been born here (Earth) thousands of times. This just does not make sense to me as we have more people alive today than have ever been born in history. How is this possible if he has interviewed 7000? Does that mean that 3 billion souls have recently come here from another planet?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Frankincense was Chewing Gum

Frankincense, one of the precious items the wise men gave the baby Jesus, was actually an ancient form of chewing gum.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Johann Von Maedler Coined Photography

For years I thought that Sir John Frederick William Herschel coined the term "photography". This is what I was told in my History of Photography class. Tonight I found out that Johann Von Maedler, an astronomer and Hercules Florence were using this term before Herschel. Herschel suggested this term to Henry Fox Talbot.

Apparently, Herschel did coin the terms snap-shot, negative and positive.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Indian Monks Eat

Apparently Indian monks will eat less than desirable food once a week in order to keep their immune system strong.

Friday, October 24, 2008


In order to become a better online teacher, I have been learning how to use Captivate better today. It has so much to offer. I need to really make it work well for my classes.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Ubiquity and tiny URL.

Ubiquity and tiny URL.

I discoverer Ubiquity for Firefox - very, very cool!!!!

I knew of tiny URL, but did not understand exactly what it was for until today.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Bush and His Cabinet

President Bush and members of his cabinet, like Cheney and Rumsfeld, have a whole bunch of slime-mold beetles named after them. The names of the beetles are Agathidium bushi, Agathidium cheneyi and Agathidium rumsfeldi respectively.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Basting in Sewing

I found out what "basting" is with regards to sewing. I guess there are just some things that still need to be done my hand. :)

Monday, September 29, 2008

Da Vinci had 7 Principles He Lived By..

  • Curiosita, or curiosity. Stay curious about life.
  • Dimonstratzione means to always test your knowledge throughout you life
  • Sensazione is to become very aware of your senses. When you eat, taste the food. When you breathe, smell the air, and so on...
  • Sfumato: Coined after his style of painting, one should be ready to embrace uncertainty
  • Arte/Scienza suggests you should use both the right and left hemispheres of your brain well and often.
  • Corporalita is to be fit and able to use the whole body, both left and right sides well.
  • Connessione - know that ALL things are connected to one another.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Dreamweaver Anchors

Last night I figured out how to make and linked anchors in Dreamweaver. This is going to come in very handy.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Bamboo will grow its...

Bamboo will grow its entire height within several months, after that point it will stop growing, it will grow no more. listen

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

He, She or It...

English once had a pronoun "hae" that was not specific to gender. It was lost in medieval times, leaving us with only " he", "she", and " it".

Monday, September 15, 2008

Fly's Eyes

According to a scientist being interviewed on NPR's Science Friday...

Flies are able to see one image like humans do, but just do it with many different lenses. Their vision is very fast. If a fly were to watch a movie in a theater, it would look more like a slide show to them rather than the moving pictures we see. Apparently, this slide show would be rendered very chunky though. Something of the tune of 25 PPI...

Friday, September 12, 2008

School Matrix

I am looking at joining a committee at school. Today I learned about the matrix the schools structure is to get things done... No wonder it takes so long to accomplish anything.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Laziness is an Odd Thing

So, I haven't posted in a while. I can give all kinds of excuses, but when it comes down to it, I choose not to. It is not that I am not learning something new every day. Indeed I am and more importantly, to me, notice that I am. I just seem not to want to take the time out of the flow of what I am doing to post the learning.... or even Jott a quick reminder of what I learned. Discipline over time has never been my strong suit. While I am still interested in working on this project in 2009, I am really seeing how challenging it will be.

Friday, August 29, 2008

First ain't gonna have...

Birds don't have receptors in their mouths to taste the spiciness of chili. This way they can take the seed of the chili pepper and spread them around while other animals will stay away. It is thought that the spiciness of a chili is do to keep the fungus off the plant as the spice is anti-microbial.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Gunsmoke Longevity

"Gun Smoke:" was the longest running TV series. It ran for 20 years.