Wednesday, April 22, 2015

World Trade Center Elevator Time-Lapse

This is crazy.

The further up you go, the further forward in history you get, starting underground and before the first settlement by the First Nations people, right up to now.


Hard to believe it's been nine years since I started this little adventure.

Back then, the blog was a cabinet of curiosities. Cool stuff that caught my eye or made me think. It's grown with me, and shrunk with me.

My first post was on Earth Day, 2006. All about products that reduce or recycle.

Here's another Earth Day. I still don't have that purse. But according to Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom, it doesn't much matter anyway. It's worth your time to watch. They're not wrong. God, I got such a kick out of that show.

Anyway, happy blogoversary to me, and happy Earth Day to you!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015


This new species of glass frog, Hyalinobatrachium dianae, was discovered in Costa Rica.  Look familiar? And did they miss a naming opportunity or what?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Review: A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a lovely collection of stories and associated recipes. Wizenberg paints a loving picture of her family and young adulthood, and each chapter ties into food. For each story, she includes a recipe or two, complete with tips. Most sound pretty easy, and utterly delicious.

I started following her blog as a result of reading the book, and am adding recipes to my Pinterest board, and looking forward to trying them.

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Review: The Liar

The Liar
The Liar by Nora Roberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nora Roberts has contemporary and supernatural romance sewn up. In her latest, society wife Shelby is stunned to discover that her recently-deceased husband had been a liar. He never made a single mortgage payment on their house, the cars, furniture. She's in debt up to her ears and beyond.

She takes her three year old daughter and moves back to her hometown of Tennessee, determined to pay off the massive debt and move on with her life. There she meets Griff, a new-in-town contractor. As their relationship blooms, Shelby discovers even more about her late husband: there's still money out there, and someone wants it. Badly enough to kill.

I wouldn't call this one of Nora's best efforts. While parts were very absorbing, the mystery was thin. I had figured out the "big reveal" by the end of the first chapter. Still and honestly, Nora's worst book is usually better than average. She's spoiled me, no mistake.

The heroine, Shelby, was strong, capable and likable. The hero Griff was *so* perfect. Perhaps one of my favorites.

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Movie review: Lucy

Lucy is about a young woman (Scarlett Johansson) in who is exposed to a drug that unlocks the full capacity of the human brain. Once she realizes what's happened to her, she's in a race against time to get to a brain expert (Morgan Freeman) so she can share the sum of human potential before her body shuts down. Plus, the people who exposed her to the drug want it back.

The first reel is a little slow and frustrating, showing how Lucy came to be duped and forced to be a drug mule in Taiwan. The drugs were surgically inserted under the skin of her abdomen, and eventually the bag breaks, releasing a massive dose into her system.

The rest is a thrill ride of car chases, explosions and telekinesis that passes by way too fast with not nearly enough exposition. There's a lot of surreal cross cutting between scenes, but that actually made the whole thing more interesting.

Lucy was better than it had a right to be. The plot holes were huge and many, but the action was entertaining enough that it didn't matter. I'd watch it again, and even consider purchasing it.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Reason # 945 why I love people

They're fearless.

When Mathew Sitko drove his car off an embankment, it was hung up on a chain link fence above a 30 foot drop. Passing motorist Jason Warnock stopped to help, and rescued Sitko by pulling him out of the car window.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Moderate weight now gone

Strange though it is, I feel a sense of relief to have abandoned the 101 Things in 1001 Days. The self-imposed pressure is off, and I have a sense of freedom.

I got a new camera, and am looking forward to getting out into the warmer world and taking photographs again. I haven't been out to take pictures in almost a year, and I've missed it. I just have to get a memory card to store all these photos and I'll be on my way.

I'll be using a version of the reporting system from Marietta at Witchy Words to set monthly goals and track my achievement. And the goals will be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Tired of waiting

They're still here. It's been almost 10 months that my daughter, her husband and their four children have been living in my home. Things are looking better. The weather is cooperating, and the kids are no longer cooped up inside. There's a bit more elbow room. The family has a car now, which means a bit more freedom. It's amazing what a difference that car makes.

For the last nine months, I've been planning things for the house, for my life in general, that I would do when they were out on their own again. But Spring is making me restless. I'm tired of waiting to do what I want.

So I won't wait anymore. At least, not for things that I can do.

I'm taking a more determined look at my spirituality. I'm ditching the 101 Things in 1001 Days for a different format. I haven't quite figured out what, but I'll get there. One of the blogs I've started reading has a monthly check-in of her goals that I just love. I've got more than two weeks until April is over and I can get my May goals in order. I can start working on them, getting into a rhythm.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

One good thing

I'd heard of Italian Easter Rice Pie since moving to Rhode Island. Honestly, I can't remember if I've had it since we got here, but it sounds awesome. A custard of eggs, ricotta and rice baked in a pie shell with a little lemon and cinnamon. What's not to love?

Since it's a minor local tradition, I wanted to get one this Easter for my family to try, but just never got to it.

Yesterday my company's bank manager came in to meet with the boss. For some reason, she brought a tray of sandwich wraps and a tray of pastries with her. Guess what was included in the pastries? Rice pie!

I hunted up a recipe on Pinterest, and it seems pretty easy. But some nice lady brought it to us, completely unprompted and unexpected. And that's a good thing.