Saturday, February 20, 2010

UK Cheerleading ROCKS!

Watch this. The dynasty of Kentucky Cheerleading continues. BTW, this was title #18. Go Cats!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Harry Potter: A Philosophy

For the past three years at Christmastime, I have read the entire series of Harry Potter. (Of course, in 2007 it was just the first six books as the seventh was released in July of 2008.) It's become a tradition for me but the New Year always leaves me feeling lonely and Harry Potter-less.

Yesterday, I finished the seventh and final novel in the series once again. It is by far my favorite but I can't seem to read the seventh book without reading the previous six. It just feels wrong. I contemplated just re-reading the seventh, but then, I'd miss out on my other favorites. Best to start at the beginning. This year it took me about a month to complete it whereas in 2007 I managed to read the first six books in two weeks! However, I read the seventh book in under two days, again. I cannot WAIT until the movies come out. Futhermore, I cannot wait until J.K. Rowling's encyclopedia is (written and) released. I crave more of the wonderful world of Hogwarts.

This leads me to a philosophical question. There are many things in life that we believe in as children, but grow up to find out they are make-believe: Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Bigfoot, Unicorns, etc. Seemingly unrelated, I happen to believe in the concept of positive affirmation or the power of positive thinking. This philosophy states that we can bring into our reality whatever it is that we choose. Many many books have been written about this philosophy and it has proven time and time again to be productive for me.

Expanding on this philosophy, some minds believe that the collective conscious can realize anything. What this means is, if enough people think or dwell on something, they can literally bring it to life. Sitings of Bigfoot and other unknown "mythical" creatures fall under this category as well. It is my theory that this can be applied to all things, including the wonderful world of Hogwarts.

These books are a worldwide sensation. Millions and millions of children and adults have read them in 67 languages. I would dare to say that there's more of a collective conscious regarding Harry Potter's world than there is of the Bible. Of course, my views on the Bible can be saved for another day. What this means is, out there, somewhere could be a place where witches and wizards exist and we are mere muggles. It may not be on this planet, but somewhere in the universe. It wouldn't be the first time that ideas have come to humans via a Greater Power.

Some would argue that J.K. Rowling has a gloriously detailed imagination. I find it hard to believe that all those details are imagined. Imaginations are a channel through which wonderful ideas emit. How many great minds were ridiculed because of their discoveries? How many times have your woken up with the previous day's problems somehow solved overnight? If we didn't consciously solve our own problems, where did the answers come from? I believe the same place all inspiration comes. Futhermore, I think that place exists just as plainly as where I am sitting today.

Is that place Hogwart? Not necessarily. But if all inspiration comes from the same place, and some of that inspiration has been proven to exist, then why wouldn't Hogwarts exist? I think it does. That will get me to next year when I pay Harry, Ron, and Hermione another visit.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

It's Time

It's time for all my readers who don't already know to hear the good news.

I'm pregnant!

It's very exciting and it was extremely tricky keeping this secret from you for the past two months. We really wanted to wait until we were past the danger zone. We're not quite to the 2nd trimester yet (that'll happen on January 12th) but we've seen the heartbeat on an ultrasound and heard the heartbeat on the doppler last week so we are feeling very optomistic about our little one.

In order to keep myself sane, I created a Baby Blog that started shortly after we started trying to have a baby. This way I could spill my guts but keep it private. Only a couple of people even knew this blog existed so don't feel left out. Now that we have come out to our family and friends, I invite you to follow that blog as well. It will be pretty much baby centered with all the details you'd expect (and perhaps some you wouldn't) so proceed with caution. http://tonyandamyjackson.blogspot.com/

I will probably be updating that blog the most since my mind is all baby all the time right now so forgive me if this blog gets neglected. I don't really find it necessary to have the two, but we'll keep this one in existance for now. I'm sure at some point I'll just merge the two and include some non-baby things as well.

Here's to a wonderful Christmas and a Happy Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Computer Adventure

Sunday evening, I shut my laptop down for the night. Had I known it might have been the last time, I would have done something different.

Let me first say, I have never ever had any problems with my MacBook Pro. Ever. Sure, the occasional locked up program, but I didn't even have to shut down the whole computer because it didn't freeze, just the one program. I "force quit" and two seconds (yes literally) I had it back open again. It aslo only took about 30 seconds from hitting power button until I was working in a program. Fantastic computer. So anyway, I shut down the computer like normal and later decided that I wanted to get back on the computer. I hit the power button and... nothing. I'm not going into details about what it was or wasn't doing because the point of this post is not for you to diagnose the problem. Just to read about it.

After about 5 minutes, I realized something was horribly, horribly wrong. I googled about the problem and went through every Troubleshooting step until there were no more I could do myself (anyone have a size 00 Phillips head screwdriver?). BTW, I am very thankful that my iPhone is kind of like a little laptop in my palm. So, I relented and scheduled an appointment at the Genius Bar. The only one is in Louisville an hour away.  Last time I went there was with two broken iPhones. I left with two brand new ones free of charge so I thought trying that again would be a good bet. I made my appointment for 7:30pm Monday and left right after work with laptop in tow.

When my turn finally came up, I was introduced to Will. Hi Will. This is my laptop. It won't boot. He asked all the appropriate "Have you's" and I responded with "Yes". "Didn't work?" "No." He tried all the same things again. I'm sure this is just procedure just in case people actually lie about trying something. But I wouldn't make a trip to Louisville for something as simple as "hold these buttons down and viola!" So anyway, I told him that I was concerned it was something big and hoped it wasn't. His response? "Actually, with this model, you want it to be something big. See, there was a certain problem with this model and if that's what's wrong, Apple with fix it even after the warranty has run out." Will, I love you. Apple, you too. After trying unsuccessfully for 10 minutes to get my computer to work, he decides that my computer has that "major" problem and needs to go to the Apple hospital for some surgery.

I haven't lost my faith in Apple but I'm still waiting to hear news about the problem. I believe certain parts need to be ordered and that could take a couple days and it could take a couple days to repair it. I'm praying that everything gets fixed (for free), no memory is lost, and I can pick it up on my way to Owensboro this weekend. I stand by my Apple. Best. Company. Ever. Oh, and their customer service rocks as well.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

OCD

I don't know what it is about today, but I seriously want to rip someone's head off. I found that they accountant had taken two of my folders and didn't replace them to the EXACT slot she took them from. So annoyed. Sometimes, she takes them (like two or three weeks worth) and when she puts them back, they AREN'T IN ORDER! I want to kill over that. It's supremely annoying.

I know I shouldn't let this bug me as much as it does but like I said, today is just one of those days. I shall rename the accountant briefly to "Blackie."

funny pictures of cats with captions

Friday, October 23, 2009

Ultra Lazy

I have been ultra lazy these part few weeks/months. No idea why, I just have no motivation outside of work. Tony and cleaned the house before Kelly came to visit but that was at the beginning of this month. The carpet desperately needs to get vacuumed and I have food that needs to be cooked. However, I feel so unmotivated that all I want to do is knit a scarf and watch TV. I eat just enough to not feel hungry and most of the time it isn't even a full meal, just chips and salsa or something. Not good.

funny pictures of cats with captions