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Saturday Sanity

Trivia #1:
So we were watching The Manhattan Project the other night. The movie itself is pretty straightforward - very dated and not lacking in some plot holes relating to a high school kid who steals some high grade plutonium and makes an atomic bomb.

But, his girlfriend... there was something familiar about her... her smile, her teeth, her voice... tired of being puzzled, I looked her up on imdb. Turns out she's a younger and blonde Miranda (Cynthia Nixon, SatC). Kinda cool that *i* "called it [usually it's Kosh who catches things like this!].

Then, because his mother too was vaguely familiar, I looked *her* up too. Heh. That took me back 15 years! Turns out she was Ann Kelsey on L.A. Law! I used to watch that show religiously in my high school days :-)

Trivia #2:
Finally made it though all the tapes of Da Vinci's Inquest Kosh had recorded for me. WGN had cycled through it, so the final episode (where DaVinci announced his candidacy for Mayor) was followed by E…

Wednesday Waddles

Guess who's feeling large today? :-( nvm, just ordered this from amazon.com, should be here in two days, then I can get a handle [haha] on just how bad the fat% on me is, then get a more useful target defined.

yeah.

Anyways - thought I'd share a little bit of trivia I came across today:

We've all seen those court scenes on tv, where witnesses called to the stand swear that they will tell "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth".

Did anyone stop and think it through why it would be specified so, well, specifically?

1. "the truth" : understood lah - not supposed to lie lah

2. "the whole truth" : you can lie by omission mah! Then again, is it the onus of the lawyers to ask the correct probing question? Otherwise, well, "you don't ask, I don't tell" maaah!

3. "nothing but the truth" : You could answer a question truthfully but mix it with an untruthful statement. After all, the best lie is one th…

Tuesday Travels

Okay so it looks like blogger is having problems today. So tried blogging via flickr rather than risk my blood going upstairs! But flickr had problems talking to blogger! Aarrggghhh! Now back to blogger!!

Travel Tales #1:

One of the big news yesterday/today was that whoohoo, chances are slimmer that we'd be needing to fly in the buff [see pic! scary, eh?]! At least for the near future lah, seeing as the TSA has relaxed its NO LIQUIDS ruling, and is now allowing *some* liquids back on carry-on in planes. Yay.


Travel Tales #2:
I was looking through my old old Malaysian passports. Dunno about other countries, but Malaysia specifies countries a Malaysian is NOT allowed to travel to on the passport.

It was interesting to see the changes over the years:1984: Albania, China, Cuba, German Democratic Republic (East Germany), Israel, North Korea, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, South Africa.

1989: China, Cuba, Israel, North Korea, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, South Africa.

1994: Israel &…

Monday Mutterings

Muttering #1:So a priest, a minister and a rabbi walk into a bar.

The bartender looks up and snarls "What is this, some kind of joke?"

Muttering #2:What *is* it with some bloggers jumping out of things recently?? My heart fell down to tummy go boom when Karljumped out of a plane to mark his 40th birthday - the actual dare was to bungee jump but he couldn't find such a service provider over at his neck o' the woods. Then Kenny, on holiday in NZ [*home* of bungee jumping, for those who didn't know], did his first bungee, all caught on video too. Gotta love the aaarrrrgggghhhhhhhhh when he jumps off the platform! Why am I muttering about this? Because a big part of me has always wanted to do something like this,,, and I wonder if I ever will...

Muttering #3:That last post took *so* much out of me [i know, i didn't *have* to hunt down the pix and all then spend another hour playing with them so that they'd appear on the post...] that it was all I could do t…

... i was hoping I'd be Willow ...

Courtesy of Ms. Q @ Whirled Peas, yesterday I was pointed to where I could find the answer to this burning question:
Am I a Nerd, a Geek, or a Dork?

And it turns out... I am...
Pure Nerd
52 % Nerd, 26% Geek, 30% Dork
For The Record:
A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored better than half in Nerd, earning you the title of: Pure Nerd.
The times, they are a-changing. It used to be that being exceptionally smart led to being unpopular, which would ultimately lead to picking up all of the traits and tendences associated with the "dork." No-longer. Being smart isn't as socially crippling as it once was, and even more so as you get older: eventually being a Pure Nerd will likely be replaced with the following label: Purely Successful.

Congratulations!

Link…

long overdue...

Kosh and I are waaaaaay too much alike when it comes to procrastination... but here you go... the fruit of my labours of the past few daze days:

The (pseudo) (scrapbook-like) Wedding Announcement!!



please forgive the green ovals
I *am* still clinging to some anonymity, after all!

Some of you may soon be receiving a slightly different image,
*with* real names and *without* green ovals,
and some even with the actual wedding date, LOL!
So keep an eye out in your e-mail inbox, k?
[update: this applies only to people i know-know]

Scrapbook Credits:
TNChick for kinda getting me startedChristine Smith’s Superstar Sampler Kit from The Digi Chick Boutique1-computer-stationery.com’s Wedding Stationery Papers # 13 & 14

And I might as well put all those Wedding-related posts in one place:
In less than a month's time it will be all overNOBODY puts baby in a corner!Good NewsPersonal ShopperT minus TwoT minus OneT minus HalfT minus ZeroT plus ...
... and the bride wore black!

T plus ...

Previously: T minus Two, One, Half & Zero!

T plus One
Brunch at 10am-ish, hosted yet again by SIL and family - we invdaded their home three days in a row, and they still seem glad to have all of us, LOL! Kosh's parents leave soon after.

Nothing "solid" planned from after this brunch - had toyed with the idea of going on a boat cruise in Chicago itself, but my brother did request a shopping trip [his suitcase had been filled with chocolate bribes, now empty!] to take advantage of the better prices of clothes compared to Switzerland. So took him and the folks to Farm & Fleet. Yes, Farm & Fleet. My brother did say he wouldn't mind some flannel shirts and jeans, so tell me where else would one go? LOL! I picked myself up a pair of carpenter jeans: not that I do any carpentering, but I just like the idea of having those extra pockets and hoops, teeheehee! :-)

Thanfully, F&F fulfilled all the shopping requirements. The tired parents requested a sit-dow…

T minus Zero!

Previously: T minus Two, One & Half, we were carpooling to the Courthouse.

Getting into the buildingPerhaps we neglected to inform the parents about the fact that we would all be subject to scans & searches, kinda like getting on a plane, because, well, we were going to a Courthouse: you know, the kind where there are judges and accuseds and lawyers? Someone's belt and another's Swiss Pen knife caused problems and had to be taken to the car. Geeeez, yes, a pen knife. Brought to a courthouse. Yeeeaaaaahhhhhhhhhh.
Getting the courtroom
So Kosh and I hike it over to the administration office while the rest of the group is still going through the metal detectors, seeing as it's juuuuuuuuuuuust exactly the appointment time.

No one at the office/desk.

We wait around, and *still* no one.

I start to freak a bit, wondering if they would actually turn us back because we hadn't arrived 15mins prior to the appointment as recommended! Then there *is* someone there, we check…

T minus Half: the "transformation"

[continuation from T minus Two & One]

I have an 11am appointment for hair and make-up.

She's a bit late.

We haven't ever met before; haven't had a trial run.

So we discuss some hairstyle possibilities, then she gets to work blowdrying, then lightly curling, then pinning things up. Taking down. Pinning up another way. Down. Up. etc etc etc.

Spent almost 3 hours with her.

Probably 2hr 50mins on hair, and 10mins a hurried application of foundation/concealer, blusher, light eyeshadow, matte powder. I so do NOT like make-up! But I figured it was a necessary evil for this one day [one ouwld want to be a glowing bride, not a shiny one, eh?], but even then, I did not want to be all dolled-up and unrecognizable. She still put on more than I would have liked. Maybe it was just choice of products? Eh. Whatever.

We'd pretty much come head on to the end of my allocated buffers - I had to throw her $$ at her while I hurried to add on the other stuff like belt, earrings, nec…

Filler: Quizzes

This one was t.o.u.g.h!! But looks like I did quite well...
You Are Incredibly Logical
Move over Spock - you're the new master of logic
You think rationally, clearly, and quickly.
A seasoned problem solver, your mind is like a computer!How Logical Are You?
Wonder if i got them all right? Gave me a headache, though! I don't like thinking so carefully and logically!

... and maybe because my brain was so fried, I *so* failed this one!!
You Scored 30% Correct
You know some 80s stuff
Like that Paula Abdul was a star back then
But you're not sure who Suzie Q was
And you don't know what Samantha Fox was really famous for!How Much Do You Know About 80s Music?

I'm so ashamed! sob sob!!

but indignant too! I know sam fox was more famous for her chestal appendages than her singing. but, well, I somehow associate Suzie Q with Prince & the Revolution [and vaguely with CCR], but looks like I'm waaaay off - can anyone help? [btw - i retook it, changed some answers after reading…

T minus One

[The boring countdown to the wedding continues...]

The day before the wedding:

Brother:
He arrived about 24hrs after my parents. Had already provided information for him to take the airport shuttle to the hotel. Was puzzled about why he was so quiet: turns out that his phone needed to be manually switched to whatever frequency/system used here in the U.S., so it took him a while to realise that, then to play around and figure out how to do that switching. But once that was achieved - yahooo! Technology is a wonderful thing, when it works!

Kosh:
Remember the whole crisis about him having/not having the necessary days off? Well, at T minus One, he was working, but one he got off work, he'd be off for THREE WHOLE DAYS! But... had no idea *when* he'd actually be able to leave the hospital.

This was the only major uncertainty of the whole weekend.

And boy oh boy.. what an uncertainty!! Even tho he did manage to leave slightly earlier than feared, he still needed to pack [I'd…

T minus two: the parents

[long overdue, probably boring. Will try to make it short and snappy!]


So, things really started happening two days before the wedding.

That's when my parents arrived.

... silence
Funny thing is - they didn't send me *any* text messages updating me on their progress, despite stopovers in Amsterdam *and* Detroit. Thaaaaaaanx. So I couldn't inform them that I was probably going to pick them up curbside, so please make your way outside once you emerge. Great.

Nvm, I thought, I'd text them as I got close to ORD anyway, so that they wouldn't have to spend time waiting outside.

No reply.

By the time I reached ORD it was well after their arrival time [in my mind I kept adding 30mins for immigration/ customs/ agriculture out of habit, but their international arrival was over in Detroit!], and since I'd not heard back from them, and didn't catch sight of them on the curbside of the terminal, I had to go park the car.

Then had to make my way through a huge maze to get fr…

the big four oh

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KARL!

[yes yes I owe updates on Kosh&my wedding. later. but in the meantime, my thanx to all the well-wishers who dropped by with comments / emails / text messages - special thanx to Sunny & Rail who made it a point to text me on the day itself, and getting it right despite the 13-hr time difference! cheers!]

... and the bride wore black!

... not *just* black lah...



.. got some green, maaaaah!



... and silver, loh!



.... and boots, oh my!


Yup, I managed to be myself despite being in a dress, LOL!



"... two become one ..."
Two Three sets of three threads, intertwined, form our rings.

Whether you think of them as representing the trinity of "me, myself and I", "id, ego and super-ego", or even "past, present and future", each set of these threads symbolise Kosh and I as the unique individuals that we are and always will be.

With our union, these entwined threads symbolise our lives now joined to form two parts of a greater whole: we draw and lend strength from/to each other, our joys and sorrows shared alike.

We are still two, yet we are also one.


Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present...
Dr Kosh & Mrs Lynne Naranek!
[NOTE: boring details on some of last week's goings-on will follow]

Filler: The Hitchhikers

[from my email inbox a while ago]
An elderly man walked into a confessional booth. The following conversation ensued:

Man: "I am 82 years old, and have a wonderful wife of 60 years, many children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Yesterday, I picked up two college girls, hitchhiking. For some reason, they thought I was kind of interesting. One thing led to another, and we ended up at a motel, where I had sex with each of them twice."

Priest: "Are you sorry for your sins?"

Man: "What sins?"

Priest: "What kind of a Catholic are you?"

Man: "I'm Jewish."

Priest: "Why are you telling me all this?"

Man: "I'm telling everybody!"Yes folks, it's 6am as I type this - Kosh has already stumbled off to work, and I'm unable to get back to sleep. Yay. Catching up on blogs time, whoohooo!

Bits & Pieces

Things slowly getting back to normal. Announcement & pix to follow soon.

In the meantime, noteworthy things from the past week or so:

1. Tales from Preggersville!
Tale #1: Overheard in Chicago's "happy fat"

Tale #2: Moxie's laughter & bladder mismatch
2. The eyewitness video of 9/11 - released 5 years later. I think listening to people seeing it unfold, hearing their reactions, and us the viewer thinking "you ain't seen nothing yet! another plane's gonna hit! then one tower's gonna fall. Then the other!" makes watching this all too painful. The collapse of the second tower, and the resulting billowing of ash/smoke/dust - wow.

3. Another example of why the human race might be better off dead. Are Steve Irwin "fans" "taking revenge" on sting rays?? Read about it at KApgar's place. My lack of faith in humanity is restored. Go, world!

And on that note... I think I'll curl up to my Coke Zero and Disc#2 of t…

so, true or not??

Earlier this year, Veya had kept me updated about some drama unfolding on-air: some hubby was a successful caller to get a free bouquet of flowers, and he dedicated them to this girl; it so happened that his wife was listening, and that girl the flowers were being dedicated to? Not the wife. [i wrote a little about it here]

Then today, I received in my inbox a supposed on-air conversation between a radio DJ, an Indian wife, and her Indian husband - taking place in the u.s. It sounded exactly like the scenario Veya had told me, that I immediately smelled a rat. Especially since the husband's dedication message was quite over the top [thanking "sharon" for teaching him all those new/different positions]. {can't find an existing version online, so can't point you there, sorry!}

But then again, you never know - maybe that *was* a genuine situation - the last names and other identifying information were beeped out of that soundclip I'd received, after all...

But …

Another way to say "You reap what you sow"

[H/T: Ron Allan]
Building Your House

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family. He would miss the paycheck each week, but he wanted to retire. They could get by.

The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but over time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.

When the carpenter finished his work, his employer came to inspect the house. Then he handed the front-door key to the carpenter and said, "This is your house... my gift to you."

The carpenter was shocked!

What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently.

So it is with us. We build our live…

we tend to see the forest and forget the trees

Everyone knows what today is.

The 5th year anniversary of 9/11.

Please, take a step back and spare a minute or two just to meditate on how the world changed 5 years ago.

In some cases, for the better - but in most cases, things changed for the worse. With the time difference and all, events were unfolding on Sept 11th 2001 at night in Malaysia - I remember getting a call from my then-bf saying to "... quickly turn on the tv, World War 3 has started!" and I was then among the many who were watching the tv screen, scarcely believing that what was onscreen was happening in real life and not some horridly realistic special effect of some tv show.Even worse: at that time, KTN and CLB were in a train from Singapore to KL. They had finally managed to coordinate their schedules to come visit me over at my side of the world, 6 years after we graduated from U of I together. During their overnight journey, they knew "something" had happened, but news in the train was scarce.

Tatooine Art?

or rather, a-tatooine we will go, a-tatooine we will go, hey ho the derry-o a-tatooine we will go...

[H/T: Ganga over at Dextrous Doings]

So, if ever I was allowed to unleash my twisted creative talent onto an unsuspecting tattoo victim, I might just decide to do this:


But, I gotta say... this particular tattoo has stayed pretty much branded into my mind ever since a session of Trivial Pursuit 90's edition:

Anyone know who sports a similar tattooed message, and what it *used* to say?

You can create your own too - check out Crusty Demons Tattoo Parlour and have fun sans needles!

Maybe Lorena Bobbit works for a mamak shop? and other rambling thoughts

Karl [and other enquiring minds] - I'd describe the t-sheets as "warm and comfy", but not overpoweringly suffocating the way flannel sheets are. I suppose compared to flannel, t-sheets are cooling. Definitely comfy! Yes, they get a bit warped when washed, just like regular tee's. And a drawback to the specific brand we ended up buying three sets of is that the pillowcases don't have "flaps" on them, so the ends of the pillows might stick out a bit. But hey, overall, I'm happy with them. :-)

Cat - somehow, Kosh had the day kinda free yesterday, so we took the cat to a vet, where Kosh agreed to put the cat through its Senior Ageing Wellness Program or whatever, which essentially means you pay mucho dinero for blood tests & urine analysis targetted for elderly cats [I think she's 8 or 10 years old]. Except that they couldn't extract her urine - it seems she has a tiny bladder that would not suffer being poked by a needle too well. So…

Slow Blogging Day: Brain Twister

BRAIN TWISTER:

See if you can figure out what these words have in common .....
Assess
Banana
Dresser
Grammar
Potato
Revive
Uneven
Voodoo








Yup, those eight words really do have something in common.... can you figure out what?










Oh, c'mon..... you can do it.....







Give up?








Okayyyyyy.....








Answer:

In all of the words listed, if you take the first letter, place it at the end of the word, and then spell the word backwards, it will be the same word.
... if it makes you feel any better - *i* didn't get it....

more cat tales

Random Cat Tales, Part Deux

From ~Nov 2005: I had been getting lots of lap-time with the psycho kitty while Kosh was away on his rotations in St Louis and Iowa. And the cat seemed to be *so* passed out on my lap that sometimes I'd momentarily panic wondering if she’s breathing anymore, then I'd have to stop what I’m doing (usually sudoku or reading or watching tv) and just watch her to make sure there *was* movement in her chestal area.

From ~ 1999 or so: Here’s a tail tale of a stray male cat that was strutting its stuff, when some friends and I were at this outdoor stall in the Ampang Point area (before the crackdown on not allowing mamak shops to put extra tables & chairs on the pavement & road at night to accommodate their customers). I noticed the male cat exploring, sniffing at peoples’ legs, looking for food… then… I saw that arching of his back and wiggle of his tail: he had “marked” someone’s leg!! The guy didn’t realize what was going on since he was wearin…

match & mix!

The holiday weekend wasn't too productive, but it certainly provided a combined quality *and* quantity time catch-up for Kosh & I :-)

Now, about those t-sheets: Yes, Neil, they *do* get all creased when washed. In fact, I'd call them "warped" - which is what happens to regular tee's anyway, so I did expect that. And I figure it's a minor setback to the major comfy-ness :-) So we went to the store yesterday, and saw a whole lot more color options to choose from [lavender, yelow, grey, sky blue, ...]! In the end we went with two: a maroon [not "red", so not an x-mas combo with the olive green we have], and the khaki [there was a lighter/tan one, but the slightly darker khaki was better]. And they match each other too, so we have THREE to mix and match with, whoohoooooo!!

On Sunday, Kosh and I went out looking for a place to have brunch on the nearby eatery street. I'd originally requested we look for a place that served crepes, but, well, …

We accept the love we think we deserve

ponder upon that, dear readers.

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... on another note: H/T Dawn for finding this page featuring some amazing paper sculptures [my fave on that page is Down the River]. There's more of Mr Callesen's work here [check out Holding on to Myself]. I am totally blown away by this. Would love to see him at work! Or to own something of his! It's really really really amazing!! Have I mentioned that I am really really totally blown away? I don't usually gush, after all, do I?

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This weekend is kinda weird - Kosh is now in a different rotation/section within the hospital, and is on what they call home call: so he's not needed at the hospital, but needs to be page-able, contactable, and of course, able to get his butt to the hospital within a reasonable amount of time if needed. So it's kind of a limbo state: free to be at home/do stuff, but shouldn't be committed anything, so no movies, not going out to eat, etc etc etc. That's okay, he needs to be …

tales of the metatarsal

From here, item # 113.

So this was one of those summers between 1990 & 1995, when I was back in KL during summer break.

We're usually running around barefoot in the house.

So that fateful day I ran up the stairs like I'd done a thousand million times before, but somehow my right foot slipped off of the edge of a step, yet still took the full brunt of my weight anyway; I kinda fell forward, and almost passed out from the sharp pain in my foot.

I kinda lay there, stunned, blinking to clear the black/grey clouds outta my eyes; swallowing hard to clear that roaring in my ears...

The pain seemed gone, but the aftereffects were still there - I felt weak and queasy.

I limped gingerly back down the stairs, to the couch, and lay down, elevating the foot.

I remember my brother was also back for the summer: he asked if I was okay, I said yes, but certainly didn't feel like going out [I'd run up the stairs to change cos the mother was on the way back from work, was going to pick us u…

mix & match!

Our new discovery: bedding that's made out of t-shirt material!


It's *so* comfy!!
And comes in its own little bag too!
We discovered it during a visit to Anna's Linens: bought the olive green one.

Now ... seeing as we like them so much, we were going to get ourselves another set. Then a few days ago we got this mailer saying that among other things, these specific items will be going for 50% off this Monday! Whooohoooooo!

Now, Kosh and I are going to buy just one more set.

My question is - what color to get?
Because me being me... I wanna do a mix&match thing: one set would have the fitted sheet & one pillowcase of one color, while the normal sheet and other pillowcase would be another color. Set number two would be the inverse [reverse?] of #1. (I've done this before to halve the stiflingness of a flannel bedding set, and it worked out great!)So, if you haven't already done so - click here and see the color possibilities.

What would go well with olive??



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