Friday, December 22, 2006

O Tannenbaum!

This is my and Jeremy's humble Christmas tree. We bought it a couple weeks ago but I've been too lazy to actually get a picture up of it. Plus, I was waiting until we got our ornaments for it. Yes, there are two ornaments on it - a tennis ball for me and a hamburger for him. It's hard to decorate a tree when you don't have any ornaments. We resorted to one strand of lights, candy canes, and a paper chain. For some reason, making paper chains was a lot more fun in the fourth grade than it is now. We got tired after a few sheets of paper and decided it was long enough and quit. Hence why it doesn't go all the way around the tree. We also bought a tree topper for our tree - a light up angel! It blinks.

Tomorrow we leave for Kansas City/Kansas/Michigan!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

'Tis the Season

For vinerbrods! I made a batch Thursday night and they're all gone already. I brought most of them to one of the courts I work with. We have the weekly docket meetings Friday morning so that seemed like a good time to share them. Plus I was told by my boss that bringing in some type of Christmas goody is a good way to keep all the court people on board with us and the research project. The rest of them Jeremy and I polished off my Friday night.

Here are some pictures from the endeavor:

Rolling and folding...
Final product!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Smart people don't eat cows

I ran across an interesting article in the Washington Post today about vegetarians entitled "Kids with High IQs Grow Up to Be Vegetarians." This is something that I have actually noticed recently. Out of all the vegetarians I know, none of them are dumb. Or even remotely dumb. All, in fact, are quite smart - very smart actually. (Not that I'm saying that I am smart, it's just that everyone I know that is a vegetarian is incredibly smart.) It makes sense really. A vegetarian diet is not only healthier, but the social implications of foregoing meat are also great. A diet full of meat similiar to that of which the typical American eats is in no way good for the planet. It takes an incredible amount of land, water, and other resources to raise animals so that we can eat them. There is a reason why most of the world's population does not eat meat - it is not efficient! They get much better use our of their land to grow vegetables to eat instead of raising cows or other animals. I strongly urge people to read Diet for a New America which I would link here, but I'm lazy and the link is on the right hand of the page already, scroll down.

And eat less meat!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Old Age

I financed my new car and I have a retirement plan and a 401(k). When did I get so old???

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Eating with Geeks

I just got back from a potluck for the computer science department here at UT. Jeremy made me go with him and it was everything I expected it to be and more. The comp sci stereotype definitely rang true - most of the students and staff were some what socially awkward and talked about geeky tech stuff a lot. I now know what it is like to be at Michigan Tech. I feel so bad for my sister, Allie, who's there. But then again,I bet she gets the honor of being the coolest person around a lot.

The event was particularly funny to me in how different it was from our social work events at Baylor. First of all, the social work potlucks were mostly all girls where as this one was nearly all guys. Also, social work students know how to cook and there is always a lot of good food at potluck type things. Comp sci guys are a little lacking in that area. Social work events always had something somewhat related to social work - guest speakers, lectures, social work paraphanelia raffles, etc. This had a geek trivia contest - everything was related to computers and technology and the prizes were little boxes of nerds. I am proud to say that I did know two of the answers (how much did google buy YouTube for and what two Steves started Apple computers). We never had trivia contests at social work events. I'm not sure what type of social work trivia there is though.

All in all it was an interesting event and I'm happy that I am involved in a discipline where people are generally sociable and not completely awkward.