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Being an athlete, I am already prone to certain superstitions... when I was skating, I would have some odd rituals before competition, the order in which I would take off my skate guards, and what trinkets I would have with me...

But, as a fan, I have already mentioned previously that when it comes to The Jets, I am becoming convinced that I am an albatross. I am not one of those people who never wash their lucky underwear, but I do swear that when I wear certain articles of clothing to games, it effects the outcome. Furthermore, I can't watch Jet football on TV, because when I tune in, they lose -- for example, the Raiders game lost in overtime a few weeks ago.

So last night was the big game, Pats v Jets in New England. We both won our games on Sunday, and this was going to be a tough game/week because both teams only had 4 days rest. I already knew that I was not going to watch the game, what I didn't know was that when I got home, after I ate an early dinner, that I would pass out on the couch on and off until 7am this morning.

I stirred around 11, and Jody informed me that the game just went into over time. I saw them prep for the coin toss and speedily changed the channel because I KNEW that if I kept it on, something bad would happen.

And dammit, I was right. I kept the game off, put The Daily Show on, as Jody peered on and off at and told me that the game was over -- Jets won with a field goal.

HOLY CRAP. The Jets beat the Pats in OT... I can't remember the last time we won against them.

So there you have it. More evidence to support my superstition that I cannot watch Jets games on TV... What a freaky season... Jets at 7-3 and Pats at 6-4... Jets first in their division?? Maybe I can't tell because of the face masks... but do all the Jets have goatees now? I feel like I am in a mirror universe...
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If you don't already watch it, I highly recommend The Big Bang Theory to my friends.

In a few words: It's incredibly nerdy comedy.

They play Klingon Boggle
They go to Renn Faires
They play MMOs as part of the plot - and go on raids
The nerdiest one of them all goes to Renn Faires dressed as "Spock on an away mission to study this strange new world"
The nerd group of friends all want to be The Flash for Halloween, hilarity ensues
They can talk about String Theory and make it funny
Watching socially awkward neurotic geniuses is amusing

There is more, but I think you should all just tune in.

Ok that's it. Just spreadin' the love.


Nov. 11th, 2008 02:40 pm
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Thank you for your suggestions for my new community. In the end, I went went super simple...

I introduce to you:

If anyone has ideas on what other "interests" to include, so people find the community, please comment. I am sure there are other academic areas where people do research, but all I could come up with during my break was psychology, sociology, biology, medicine, and commercial marketing.

I have to run to class now, but I wanted to share my new baby.

Now I need to think of a community icon....
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Sometimes I think it would be better if I just gave up my fandom and worshiped from afar... secretly rooting but not getting too into it, because sometimes I fear that when I root too hard, they lose. I admit to being a superstitious person in some cases, but record dictates that when I avoid watching the Jets games on TV, they win more... case in point, the other week against the Raiders... they were doing alright... but as soon as I turned on the game, we lost in the last few minutes.

I was expecting a loss this week, just out of habit, but ended up being happily surprised and unsure how to handle the first half smooshing of the Rams. It was just insane... the combination of fumble recoveries, interceptions (OMG the interception at the goal line was freakin' magic), and sweet catches was amazing. Overall I am glad they won, although I wish I knew what was going on in their minds for the second half where there wasn't as much magic... but good defense, keeping the Rams at 3 points.

We left when the score hit 47 points, we could have stayed longer but we underestimated how cold it would be in the shade, and didn't wear enough to stay comfortable. So we tottered out and picked up the useless piece of recyclable fanfodder, a heavy paper team picture with a coupon/ad on the bottom to enter the "Canon, Shoot Like a Pro" contest/raffle. Oooh... special.

Traffic was going to suck, so before heading home we did a bit of economic stimulus by doing some NJ priced grocery shopping and helped out Linens N Things by lightening their load as they go out of business... Best deal: hot pink silicon bendy keyboard for $6. I just hope it works, I haven't hooked it up yet...

Anyway... onward to face the week. More fieldwork calls are in order, errands to run, house to clean, clothes to sort, homework to do, yadda yadda yadda....
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We have been sooooooo good about eating at home, and only order out once every few weeks, and when we do, it's usually "greasy Mexican"* as we affectionately call it. Not only have our diets changed in general, but we realize that we get consistently better results when we cook at home than when we order out from most places. You can order a hamburger from the diner, but it's hit and miss, it can all depend on who assembles the platter - you can end up with a soggy bun, or have the cheese melt to the aluminum take out container... But if you make it at home, it's just perfect.

I lately have been driving [ profile] cupofjode to school on Fridays, because I have to move the car for alternate side anyway. As a "treat" I thought it would be nice to have him make coffee for me in a mug, and we pick up bagels from a cart vendor or little deli... each time in the recent past that we have tried this, we have been less than enthused about what we received. All I want is a plain bagel with butter, which is supposed to taste better when someone else makes it for you! Alas, that is no more.

There is one more cart to try, but I suspect disappointment again. Which leads me to the title of my post. As much as I would hope that indulging in a bagel from the local cart would be pleasurable, I'd be much better off buying a bagel at the grocery store, and buttering it myself. It also ends up being cheaper - on average a bagel with butter is between $.75 and $1.25, but buying a plain bagel at the store is $.50, so all it costs me is a few minutes of manual labor to butter it.

So there ya have it. Convenience food, may be convenient but may not be happy - for your tummy or your wallet.

*"greasy Mexican" refers to a place called Fresco Tortilla Taco, which is part of a chain of Mexican holes in the wall, each run by Chinese people. They each have semi-unique names, like Fresco Tortilla Burrito or Fresco Burrito, New Fresco Tortillas... etc... you get the idea. You can order a #11 at any of them and get the same thing. If we could replicate their cheese enchiladas and nachos we would... but we can't, and the food is so cheap, it's our take-out of choice.
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I can hear through my window, some guys having a HUGE fight over a parking space. Ok, tensions are probably high in general... but still, screaming over a parking space, causing such a scene... alternate side is even suspended on Election Day.
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Please remember to vote! I don't care who you are voting for, but I do believe in participating in the system and having an opinion -- and making that opinion known.
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On my way home, something was in the air... something dare I say, magical.

While waiting for the Walk sign, I started to attempt a rewrite of "Twas the night before the election..." but came up dry. I am not that good. And as tempted as I was to replace "mouse" with "louse" I knew I'd offend someone, just an additional reason to giggle to myself instead of writing parody.

So this Election Eve, we're on the edge of history. Something big will happen tomorrow.

Remember to vote.
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This guy is an amazing craftsman... his latest "steakpunk mask" is a little unsettling, yet very cool. I hope one's safety word can be heard through the mask.
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So I'm in the car, waiting for alternate side to be over, and listening to NPR BBC News. They were discussing Prop 8 in CA, and they actually had someone saying 'If they let same sex couples get married, soon people will want to marry their dogs!'

I mean seriously. WTF. I've heard that some people have made that argument, but I never actually heard the words leave someone's mouth.

But, even if people DID end up wanting to marry their dogs, considering the average length of marriage is equal or less than the average life span of a dog, there would probably be less divorce. Oh, but then I wonder if divorce laws would need revising, so instead of irreconcilable differences, you could divorce on the grounds that your spouse keeps peeing on the carpet.

Ok, this post was becoming a rant. I deleted the rest of it. Needless to say, I'm pro-marriage. If it's your thing, that is. Regardless of sex or gender.
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Copy this sentence into your livejournal if you're in a heterosexual marriage and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.
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Oh Noodley One.

I call upon you today to bless me with the Noodles of Knowledge, so I can take my exam this afternoon with ease. I have been studying, although I have yet to find a perfect system that allows me to prepare for exams with little stress, I have been endeavoring to do so. I suppose one can only tackle a mountain of spaghetti and meatballs one bite at a time, and that is what I am trying to do, as your iconic holy image reminds me.

Although the results have not come back yet, I thank thee for thy blessing in last week's exam, for it was not as frightening as I worried it would be, or you just touched me with your noodley appendage and gave me the ability to relax my brain and access the answers more easily. The part you played is much appreciated. I ask again for the blessing of calm, and shall dine again in your honor upon my return.



Oct. 25th, 2008 11:56 am
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I know I owe people answers to the question meme, and some reply comments... I will get to them. My midterm hell is almost over... one left on Tuesday, and thank His Noodliness I think I love my prof's style of exams. She gave us 8 questions, she'll ask us 5 of the 8. She seems to be really into concise, concrete answers, and explicitly told us what she wants in an answer. We have a full "page" to respond to each, she wants no more than that, but if we can answer it in a 1/4 page paragraph, she's totally cool with it, as long as we have answered the question. I still have some reading to catch up on, but it's all good.

The research team stuff I have been working on has sucked too much time out of my life, and unnecessarily so, it seems... my eagerness and perfectionistic tendencies are appreciated by the professor leading the team, but in my own words, I need to "lighten up" and as funny as it sounds... research is not an exact science. My job was to pick the population to distribute the survey to, and there really is no perfect way to do it... so that just means that we include that tidbit as a limitation in our discussion section. Ta da! It makes the study no less valid, we just have to acknowledge that our distribution methods probably influences our results in XYZ ways.

Although this post is longer than I expected, it still is a quickie, because I am typing REALLY fast. To end my post... regarding my prayers to the FSM regarding my test on Thursday, I think my prayers were answered. The test was still scary but not as scary as I imagined, and I am pretty sure I passed. Don't know if I passed with a 90+ or an 80+ but I passed, and will make up my grade with acing the final (which will be all about specific disorders, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, which I think I will be really good at).

Ok that's it... I need to get some stuff done, and as a reward when I take a break, I will go back to LJing and answer some meme-age.
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Oh Noodley One...

Thank thee for thy good fortune on my exam from last week, getting the results last night was most heartening. I ask you for the strength and good constitution of al dente, for I have another exam today that I am very paranoid about. The professor professes it will be "easy" and should be quick (10 questions, short answer definitions), but his nonchalance has me worried to the point of being over cooked. This last while at school has been rough, and I stayed up almost all night working on another assignment I had due today, and only 2 hours of sleep out of desperation... I feared that the lack of sleep in favor of propping my eyes open to read would backfire. I pray that your wisdom guided me toward that decision and you favor me with a steady and calm head as I continue with this day and open my mind enough to access the answers when needed.

I shall return to my studying now. In your honor I shall dine this evening on the noodley fruit of your loins, if it pleases you.

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I have two tickets available for this Sunday's Jets/Chiefs Game, 1pm at the Meadowlands. To any Jets fans or friends who can pass this info to an interested party, the tickets are $115 each, and my parking pass is also available, which is $20 - better parking than those without passes. (Total if you/someone else wants all both tickets and parking, would be $250)

I can email the tickets to the buyer, it's a really convenient system they have going on there. :)


Seat info:
Section 228 (Mezz, under the upper tier, safe from rain, and has good shade, on the, visitor's side/facing the Jets bench, on the goal line)
Row 5
Seats 1 and 2 (on the aisle)

Please don't invite Chiefs fans, that's my only request. :) My boys have enough trouble as it is. Only I may bring anti-Jet fans to games. Frankly, that bit is paranoia due to the new Fans First policy... instigation or bad reaction to being egged on and causing a stir will get me in trouble. I trust my friends, and friends of friends, but I don't want to put anyone in the middle of a possible roudy bunch of Jets fans getting angry at someone in my seats because they are in Chief's jerseys...
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Ok so... I love chewy granola bars. My problem is that most granola cereal and bars either have nuts in them or have the nut warning. A while ago, we became aware of Cascadian Farm products, and they had a Oat and Honey granola cereal that was NUT FREE! Then, about a month ago, I found they had chewy granola bars too, and specifically, Vanilla Chip Chewy Granola bars that are Nut Free and freakin' tasty as all get out!

Being the thrifty person I am, am unhappy paying for a box of 6 pre-made bars, when I am sure that I could make and bake these things myself. Trouble is, I have never made granola bars before, from scratch, from a recipe, or otherwise.

But, I had an idea. What if I can buy a box of the Oat and Honey granola cereal and turn it into the chewy bars (I don't really need the vanilla chips)? The ingredients are approximately the same, I linked both products below...

So, if anyone has ideas on how to morph the cereal into bars, I would love to hear it. Ideally, I'd like them to still be healthy-ish, and I am not opposed to using/trying things like agave or other vegetarian/vegan products.

Thanks in advance!
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I think I may have lost count, but I hope I have caught up on everyone I owe questions to, and this will be the last set of questions I had dangling... So I'm reporting/restarting on my end. Let me know if I owe you answers, and if you want questions!

1. Leave me a comment saying you want to do the meme.
2. I'll respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. You should update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You should include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be asked, you will ask them five questions.

Questions from [ profile] touchofwinter

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book meme

Oct. 16th, 2008 04:42 pm
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Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

"It is not the sheer process of ventilation that is important; it is not only the discovery that others have problems similar to one's own and the ensuing disconfirmation of one's wretched uniqueness that are important." -- The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy by Irvin D. Yalom

I never do these because I feel like I am too tempted to "find" a book, but today I just looked behind me for what was closest and ta da.

And because I feel it's important to say (and because I was debating which was actually the fifth sentence, versus the fifth full sentence on the page), I'm going to just add the following sentence from the book to put this in context.

"It is the affective sharing of one's inner world and then the acceptance by others that seem of paramount importance."
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To those I owe questions to... or answers (if I do, comment and remind me)... I will get back to LJing tomorrow, I have an exam tonight and have some studying to do, and damn my scheduling, I was dumb enough to schedule a doctor's appointment mid-day to interrupt my studiousness on a day I have an exam.

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