Friday, July 28, 2006

Newsworthy Articles

I've run across a couple interesting articles today and last night. The first one shows the benefits of eating a vegan diet. It pretty much is in line with one of the books I'm reading right now (see "Currently Reading" section). The article is all about how a vegan diet is much healthier and all that. If I had the will power, I'd be a vegan. I really don't think I can cut out all dairy and eggs though. Being a quasivegetarian (I eat fish and seafood) is hard enough, especially when I eat out. Maybe I should just cut down on the dairy and eggs. But that would mean less ice cream. I'm not sure if I could do that.

The second article Jeremy sent me and it's about a possible raise in the minimum wage! Also in my inbox this morning was an email from Sojourners urging me to call my representative about the bill. I'm resisting going on a rant about the current minimum wage and the republican controlled congress - just read the article instead.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

The quack attack is back, jack

From the mailbag at cnnsi.com/bocceball (bonus points to those who get this), which i hadn't read in quite a while before today:

Forget Wimbledon or Match Point. Check out the latest anime sensation to come out of Japan, The Prince of Tennis: 178 episodes focusing solely on the sport of tennis. Those with PCs and Internet Explorer can check out the new English dub (and get a good chuckle) at toonamijetstream.com. Unfortunately, neither Macs nor Firefox are supported at this time.
-- R. Light, Indianapolis

I can't open this either. But I'm typing this while staring at a Talladega Nights billboard and I'm thinking, you know what tennis could really use? A decent movie. Not that wince-inducing Wimbledon or the metaphor-fest that was Match Point. A real tennis movie that celebrates the sport (and its quirks), a flick that will do for tennis what Caddyshack did for golf or Slapshot (or even the Mighty Friggin' Ducks) did for hockey. You've got a global sport, played by the Beautiful People, a disproportionately large female fan base. Surely with all the tennis-Hollywood connections (Arnon Milchan, red courtesy phone), someone could make this happen.

Tennis anime?? No thank you. But I agree, we do need a Mighty Ducks for the tennis world. And while they're at it, they should make a trilogy, just like the "Mighty Friggin' Ducks." I love those movies...

Monday, July 17, 2006

I'm boycotting titles

Today Jeremy and I drove out to Oak Ridge, which was where the atomic bomB was worked on and all that during WWII. It was basically a secret town, not on any maps or anything and with ultra high security, during the war. Now however, it's no longer a secret. It's a full town now and there are still all these government projects that are going on including the assembling of nuclear weapons. Yes, the government is working on nuclear weapons about 30 minutes from where I live.

On a similar topic, who is freaked out by everything in the Middle East?? On the way back from Oak Ridge I saw a sign on a church that said "Pray for Jerusalem." Umm, shouldn't we be praying for MORE than Jerusalem?? How about praying for all of the Middle East or even the world... Just a thought.

Friday, July 14, 2006

And the travels never end

After being out of it for only a little over a week, I'm returning to the great state of Michigan on the 24th!! My sister, Betsy, and brother-in-law, Trent, are flying me up to visit them in Detroit! I'm VERY excited - I've never been to Detroit before! I hope I don't get mugged or shot.

In other news, Meredith, a friend of mine and Jeremy's, came to visit us! Well, she really came to look at a grad program at UT, but I'm pretending like she came to visit us. We tried to show her why she should probably move here and hopefully we convinced her.

It was a lot of fun to have a friend in town, I hope I make friends here soon.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Back

I'm finally back in Knoxville after 11 days split between Michigan and Texas. Jeremy and I went up to da UP for the Fourth and had a good time with the comrades. We actually watched the ENTIRE Gladstone Fourth of July parade this year. It's the longest parade on earth and will allow just about anyone to be in it, I swear. It's always fun though. Also got a good amount of fourwheeling in along with the eating of traditional yooper foods (pasties, walleye, sayklly's candies...). All in all, a great time was had in da U.P once again.

Left from there and went directly to Houston for Davra's wedding - got to see all my roommates and apartment friends from college. A good time was had by all. The reception was a blast! I have never seen that many people actually dancing at a wedding ever. And not just college/post-college people, but real adults and family members as well. We had an "after party" at the hotel after the reception and that was a lot of fun as well. We met some of Michael's friends and told funny Davra and Michael stories.

Oh, and I was a bridesmaid so I got to do fun bridesmaid things all weekend like get my hair done as well as a manicure and pedicure. Mine and Whitney's hair turned out HORRIBLE (we had the same lady) so we redid it the best we could at Davra's house. It was very entertaining at least - making fun of each other's hair the entire car ride back. At least our fingernails and toenails looked hot if our hair didn't.

We didn't have a car while in Houston so we had to rely on others for rides everywhere. Which was fine for the most part until everyone left Sunday afternoon and we were stuck at the hotel with nothing to do and no where to go since we were flying out the next morning. So for some reason Jeremy thinks that it would be a good idea to walk and find a place to eat dinner. And for some reason, I agree to do it. Keep in mind we're at this hotel on the highway with nothing really in walking distance. We ended up walking down the access road for over a mile in Houston summer weather (HOT and HUMID) to go to a Taco Cabana. And part of the time we had to walk over a bridge and there was no shoulder. It was so scary - all these cars kept zooming past and I was pretty convinced we were going to get hit. But we didn't. Whew.

We got back to Knoxville yesterday evening and it's great to be home. Travelling is exhausting, especially when you never really get to sleep much the entire time. I like my own bed.