October 6, 2011

Friday Randomness

  • Quick personal update: I finally got my appointment call from the cardiologist yesterday - for exactly one month from today. Boo.

    I hate waiting, not because I'm nervous about bad news. I'm just pretty stinkin' curious to finally find out what all those tests were actually for. Like, why did I need an X-ray for a blood pressure issue? That makes no sense to me. So my curiosity is killing me.

    I was this way with tests in school, too. When no one else wanted to find out how they did on a test, I couldn't wait to find out. *sigh* Oh well. Only one more month.

  • I'm sure you all know by now that Steve Jobs died Wednesday. One of the first things I thought of was this:

    For more, I highly recommend Pirates of Silicon Valley, How William Shatner Changed the World and The Pixar Story.

  • Ran across this the other day and thought it was very interesting. My favorite articles are the ones that have multiple applications, beyond just the topic they are covering: "When we project poverty on people where it doesn’t exist, we also overlook the actual poverty with which they struggle."

  • I enjoyed this:

  • If you believe anything in print anymore, you deserve to be lied to.

  • It's fall, y'all! And that means - among other things - yummy fall meals! Have you guys found Crock Pot Girls yet? I am so excited to really start utilizing my crock pot. I've successfully done a pot roast (not from their site) and a trial-Jambalaya (needs some tweaking, I'll get back to you).

    I will say, I'm not a very intuitive person when it comes to recipes. I really need pictures, at least one of the final result. Or a very descriptive title. Preferably both. Unfortunately, the CPG website...has neither of these. Example: I whipped something up the other day called Easy Crock Pot Chicken. I was halfway through throwing everything together before I realized this was basically an Italian chicken pasta thing that I could've done in 30 minutes on the stove. This is why my recipe posts have lots of pictures.

    However, if you're a better cook than I am, you can probably read those recipes and instantly visualize the final results and not get surprised like me. :)

  • It's approaching the time for me to color my hair again. I'm at a crossroads. I always love having red hair. I've had red hair since I was 17...with a few "interruptions". I'm currently going through one of those interruptions. It was time to give my hair a new dark base (the red was starting to go brassy too soon) so I bought what turned out to be an awesome color:

  • That's not the exact shade, but close. Anyway, I loved it. I have never used the foam application technique before, and let me tell you, it's amazing. SO easy to apply, you just rub it on like shampoo. And it is thick enough that I didn't even need clips to hold my hair up while it processed. I just did a simple French twist and it held itself in place the full 25 minutes. Washed out like a breeze and came with the best post-color conditioner I've ever used.

    The sad thing is, they only have like 15 shades and all very natural looking. Which is fine if you're doing your basic browns and blondes. But not reds. Not for me, anyway. I like some pretty extreme red. And I have my staple color under the bathroom sink right now.

    But I am really enjoying my dark hair, especially for the fall. But I really love and miss my red hair. I don't have good recent pictures to show you of either, really. But I just can't decide.

  • I don't really have an opinion of the whole Amanda Knox situation. Although I do think it's pretty funny to follow twitter on days like that. "She was only convicted because Italian courts are so corrupt! Italian court acquits Amanda Knox!" Uh-huh.

    The most ridiculous one, though - and it's not limited to Amanda Knox - is when people say, "Well, they can't convict, there wasn't enough/any DNA evidence." Listen, I love NCIS as much as anyone, but anyone who hangs their hat on slam-dunk DNA evidence and nothing else doesn't live in reality.

    For years, people were rightfully convicted of capital crimes without DNA evidence. DNA testing is a great tool for the justice system, but it's still a tool used by people, and susceptible to human error...or worse.

    In Oklahoma, at least in OKC, say the name Joyce Gilchrist and you'll be met with red faces and flaring nostrils. Why? Because she was found responsible for falsifying the results for nearly a dozen men who were convicted - based on her DNA evidence analysis - of murder. Thankfully, those cases were appealed and the verdicts overturned. But she was involved in over 2,000 cases. They're still investigating all the cases she worked on to make sure she didn't screw up any others.

    Oh, and she's never served any time. Never even been prosecuted for falsifying evidence. And if it's happened in one place....

    DNA evidence will never take the place of plain ol' investigation and deduction.

  • I saw these quotes from Randy Alcorn on facebook the other day and loved them. I think they're important for men but can be applied to woman as well:

    Many fathers live as if their job outside the home is their most important calling in life. The last thing they want to do is come home to a second job. But being a husband and a father is a job. If we view it properly, it’s not second to our vocation. It’s first and foremost, a calling of God. “Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely” (Titus 2:2, ESV).

    At the end of his life, no man says, “I wish I’d done more at the office and on the golf course.” He says, “I wish I’d done more with my family.” So instead of one day looking back and wishing you’d done it, why not choose to do it now? “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant’”’ (Matthew 25:23, NLT).


  1. are you ready for the Red River Rivalry?! BOOMER SOONER! and i love the quote about women! Have a great weekend! Go OU!

  2. I'm not sure how I feel about the Amanda Knox situation. I always felt like they were using her - and even the other guy - as a scapegoat because they were easy targets. I mean, they did live together right?! It always seemed very fishy to me, but I didn't follow the case letter by letter either.

    I definitely think those Alcorn quotes could be applied to women as well. Being a husband/father/wife/mother is the most important job...but we don't get paid for it. If you're able to, you guys should totally try to see Courageous. It hits on that exact issue and is AMAZING. If it's not playing in your area, definitely check it out when it comes out on DVD. =)

  3. I want to dye my hair! Last time I tried, the dye didn't "stick" :(

  4. Love the commercial. I hadn't seen it before! Also LOVE LOVE LOVE the bottom two paragraphs. Passing them on to Nate. :)

  5. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Women of God quote! I found that on pinterest the other day and I really want it framed in my home!


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