February 15, 2010

Olympic Moments

Tonight I am going to sit down during prime time Olympic coverage on NBC and take some notes.  I will take one hour of coverage.

I will count
-- how many minutes are devoted to commercials 
-- how many minutes are devoted to stories about athletes
-- how many minutes are devoted to showing past athletic accomplishments or disasters of athletes
-- how many minutes devoted to anchors chit chatting
-- how much air time Jim Cantori receives


-- how many minutes any actual sport is shown. 

My guess is that the last category will be minuscule when we combine the others together.  We shall see if I'm correct.  

There may be other interesting stats too. 

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February 12, 2010

It's the Little Things

My husband and I have taken to watching House Hunters and timing how long it takes before the person looking at the house says: 

I'll have to redo the entire kitchen.  I really wanted stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops.

It doesn't matter how new the appliances are, even if they look brand new.  It doesn't matter if the counter tops are fabulous looking.  No, it all must go because it's not stainless and granite.  I have seen one show where these words were not mentioned.

We don't have granite counters, however, after watching those shows we discuss going out and buying all white appliances for the kitchen.  Just because. 

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February 11, 2010

Snow... The Day After

Well, we got maybe a half inch more snow last night.  It did manage to cover the driveway...

However, as you can see (compare and contrast from yesterday when it was cloudy) we had sun today.  I think it was up near 40!   I ambitiously went out and shoveled the steep bit of driveway.  The sun obliged by melting off the excess.  I may do the upper part tomorrow, but as far as snow goes - it didn't go far here. 

That's okay by me. 

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That's It?

I took this pic about an hour after it started snowing... I'll take another tomorrow (well technically later today but let's not be picky). We really didn't get much more than this.

They called off schools.  People left work early.  My pilates class was canceled (the real annoyance of the day if you want to know the truth).

All for about an inch of snow.

Oh well.  Maybe we will get hit with a huge blob of the stuff tonight.  I will grab another shot tomorrow to compare.

The only thing I won't complain about is not having to drag out the snowblower.  I will have to shovel the steep part of the driveway tomorrow (that part isn't in the picture) so we don't have to go sliding out to the street. 

Ah the joys of winter.

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February 10, 2010

Double Inspiration?

In keeping with my goal of inspiring A List Bloggers, I will now put up an inspiring picture for Laura whose attention I'm trying to get...

You see Laura is the Stab List Queen and as such, she needs a way to get rid of the evidence once she has dispatched all the annoying people. 

Therefore, I give her this fun item which she can use to bury the evidence. 

Inspiring isn't it!  I think this means she could do many many more Stab Lists.***

***as I mentioned in my post about Dogette's blog - you may need to wait til you get home to read Laura's inspiring lists... either that or be prepared to wrestle the work language filters to the ground and knock them out.   

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February 09, 2010


I'm sure she doesn't need the help (seeing as she's an A List blogger and all...) but I saw this post over at Dogette's and realized I could pitch in and help.

While I was walking this weekend, we stopped right next to the farm girl voodoo doll.  She's still there! 

Not really dressed for February in Massachusetts, but she's a voodoo girl and has ways of keeping herself warm (we won't ask).

I'm looking forward to Dogette's upcoming remake.  If I were you I'd click over there many times a day and leave lots of comments cause that's what people do on A List blogs.*** 

***you may want to be careful if you're checking blogs from work... since her blog is not PG language, it could spaz out your language filters in the workplace... just a friendly heads up.

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The Snow's A Comin'

While we aren't supposed to get the massive brunt of the storm (which is supposed to be farther south of us), this is the prediction for tomorrow from the NOAA:

Wednesday: Snow, mainly after 11am. High near 31. Blustery, with a northeast wind 5 to 8 mph increasing to between 18 and 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.

Wednesday Night: Snow, mainly before 1am. Low around 22. Blustery, with a north wind between 18 and 22 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Reading between the lines and going from historical data (aka - the kind of snow we've seen with each predicted storm)... we will be getting between 8-15 inches of snow.

About average.

I have my wine stocked up and I have a chuck roast for the crockpot.

I'm ready!

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February 08, 2010

Warm Enough for Pictures


It was in the 20's and the wind wasn't too bad AND we had sun!  So I took the camera when we walked yesterday. 

Look at this - you can see the rock walls!  There is sunlight!

The pond is frozen over, but the stream that drains the excess water (a pipe runs under the road) had some pretty fun ice formations.

Not quite frozen over on that side, and all the splashing causes some odd looking things to appear.

Pretty cool looking isn't it.

I like it.

Yet another dog to add to the list of dogs we have seen while out walking.  This guy was very placid, he looked at us for a minute and went right back to the important work of sniffing around.

At one point someone had cleared a place to play hockey.

It would need to be swept or shoveled to skate now since there's been a coating of snow. 

Ice fishing is a popular pastime too.  Usually the ice fishers are too far out to get a picture, this guy was done for the day and walking back to his car.

Then we're back to rock walls - the sun was good on this one.

However, one of the other walls looks like it was hit by a truck.

I mean that literally.  There are no tire tracks and no other reason a new wall should have fallen like that, but there is a driveway on the other side of the street. We figure a big box truck must have pulled out and just backed up a little too far.

The only saving grace - it's hard to ruin rocks. It should be rebuilt fairly easily.  

That's all for now.  There are more pics, but I'll save some for later posts.   After all, it's supposed to snow again on Wednesday so I'll need something to do.

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February 05, 2010

A Few More Pics

Sorry, no rock walls in this lot.  I'm scrounging out the few pics I took last month.

First is the pixelated dog

The pic was so dark, he pixelated when I lightened him enough to see his face. Heh.

A creek in the snow.

It's almost good - if there was more light it would really work.  Maybe next time we walk by...

And last of all - footprints in the snow.  They go out but don't come back.  There's a deep meaning to that somewhere, but right now I can't think what it would be.

Happy Friday Everyone.

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February 04, 2010

Weirdest Story of the Year So Far

Saw this over at Instapundit. 

Struck Down: Feds Refuse to Explain How Agent Injured Daily Caller Writer.

The writer in question blogs as "Jim Treacher" and is referred to by his real name (Sean Medlock) in the story. 

Ah yes, the Secret Service Department of State is acting all secretive and the story is changing wildly from the actual facts, but when I read this I had to laugh.  

From an email by Sarah Rosetti of the Department of State answering questions from the Daily Caller:

At approximately 7:10 PM last night, a jogger collided with one of the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service’s official vehicles.

The jogger was transported by ambulance to Georgetown University Hospital.

Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) responded to the scene and conducted an investigation. Diplomatic Security has since learned that the jogger was cited for Jaywalking. For further details regarding the investigation, we would refer you to MPD.

I'm betting someone told Sarah he was a "blogger".  Having no idea what a "blogger" might be, she substituted "jogger".  After all it was an accident with a pedestrian and a vehicle, therefore, the pedestrian must have been a "jogger".  There is no such thing as a "blogger"... right? 

Stay tuned for more fun details (well not so fun for Jim Treacher - he has to heal up first).  But so far this has reached farcical levels in the first 12 hours.  I can't wait to see what DSS does next.  Since they managed to involve the press instead of a regular Joe Sixpack, it should be entertaining to see what other coverups Daily Caller gets in response to their RFC's.  (that's Request For Comment for you non-techies out there).  The possibilities are endless.


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