Jun 29, 2009

7 Small Things that are Awesome

I work in a call center. There are no cubicles, just long row desks with a workstation set up at each indent. Every morning I get to work, fire up the computer at my preferred workstation and go looking for a suitable chair. You see, just about every chair in the center has something wrong with it. Either it doesn't go up and down, it it's missing the levers to adjust them, it squeaks every time you breath or any number of other issues. So, one recent Monday morning, I found a chair that HAD NOTHING WRONG WITH IT. It's such a small thing, but it was pretty awesome at the time, and really made my morning a little better. It made me think of some other small moments that totally rock.

  • When You buy something and it's cheaper then the tag price when the cashier rings it in.
  • Waking up thinking it's Thursday, and finding out it's actually Friday.
  • When you buy something from a vending machine and two things fall.
  • When you find money you didn't know you had in the pocket of something you haven't worn for awhile.
  • Waking up before the alarm, and realizing you have tons of time left to sleep.
  • When a song you used to love, but had forgotten about comes on the radio.
  • When you're running late for an appointment/work/whatever, and you hit every green light.

What about you? What's your favorite awesome small moment?

ps: if this sort of thing delights you (as it does me!), you should check out 1000 Awesome Things. It's pretty much just like this post, but much much much better.

Jun 26, 2009

Facts for Friday

Mars has the largest canyon in the solar system. It would reach from Los Angeles to Chicago if it was on Earth. (Source)

The longest movie in the world according to Guinness World Records is The Cure for Insomnia, directed by John Henry Timmis IV. Released in 1987, the running time is 5220 minutes (87 hours) and has no plot. Instead, it consists of poet L. D. Groban reciting his 4,080-page poem "A Cure for Insomnia" over the course of three and a half days. The movie is inter-spliced with clips from porno and heavy metal music videos. (Source)

Approximately one billion snails are served in restaurants annually. (Source)

A German World War II submarine was sunk due to malfunction of the toilet. (Source)

"Jaws" is the most common name for a goldfish. (Source)

Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible. (Source)

On an average work day, a typist's fingers travel 12.6 miles. (Source)

Russia has the most movie theaters in the world. (Source)

The correct response to the Irish greeting, "Top of the morning to you," is "and the rest of the day to yourself." (Source)

The average lifespan of lions in the wild is 15 years but they may life up to 25 years or beyond in captivity. (Source)

Jun 25, 2009

Things I Love Thursday



My Back Deck - The Boyfriend and my parents finished the main part yesterday afternoon while I was at work (there's just some railings and other small things left) and it's beautiful.

Fresh Picked Strawberries - On Sunday we were at my Grandfather's for Father's Day, and my mom, my aunts and I picked strawberries from his little strawberry patch. Yum! And, my couple of strawberry plants have had a few berries on them as well! There is nothing better then fresh picked strawberries. They are so much better then the ones from the store.

A little bit of sun - It's been raining for what seems like FOREVER (Reality: 5 days or so), so seeing the sun when I left work yesterday afternoon was a welcome surprise! Even if it was crazy humid. Today was kinda the same. Drizzly and gross in the morning, sunny and humid in the afternoon. Weird. But great.

Lilies! - My lilies are in bloom, and that brings me endless joy.

Other: Coffee, Kraft Dinner (unnaturally orange cheesy goodness), The Sims3 (still), Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie, Getting a good annual performance review at work, Dark dark dark blue nail polish, payweek!, midday chocolate milk breaks, cbc radio.

Jun 23, 2009

Quote

"Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why." - Eddie Cantor

Chomp


Chomp, originally uploaded by deedoucette.

Jun 21, 2009

Leaves


Leaves, originally uploaded by deedoucette.

Links!

9 Most Outrageous Outlaw Heroes

Surviving The World is funny and insightful lessons, written on a chalkboard.

Life gives us some never published photos of Marylin Monroe

A horror story about the vaccine Gardasil.

Some Creative Bus Stop Designs.

I love this photo: House for Sale

Wanted: Braaaaaaaaaaaaains!

Scary Washing Machine for sale. It's actually already been sold, but the description is hilarious.

18 Kit-Kat Flavors you may have never heard of and probably have not tried. Oh Japan, I love you.

US Army Raises the world's largest heard of white deer.

Breakfast floss - for if you've ever wanted to floss your teeth with bacon, but couldn't figure out how. Now is your chance.

Ribcage purse!

This Help Wanted ad raises some unexpected questions.

I Hate My Message Board shares their Museum of Snack Food - strange food they bought and have eaten. Pork Brains, Whole Canned Chicken, Cheeseburger in a Can, and More.

McDonald's Japan is now serving Bacon Potato Pie. Um, drool?

All Hail Alton Brown: Punchable Genius. I love A.B., but this is too true.

The Cardboard Scooter. It doesn't seem very practical, but it is pretty awesome!

I totally want a tiny, usb powered Microwave!

Awesome Tattoo: Cut on the Dotted Line

Tiny rat steals Leopard's lunch. Some of the most adorable photos I've ever seen are on the other side of that link.

14 cool vending machines from Japan. I'm not sure why the links are so Japan-centric, but whatever. I like the one full of beer!

The Maple Bacon Latte Bacon + Maple + Coffee?? Sounds like a dangerously addictive...

This customer sounds like someone I might talk to in the run of a day...

Snapshots from Scotland: Deep Fried Mars Bar

Best My Little Ponies ever: Zombies!

The Monster Head Kiddie Car is amazing and terrifying.

Cake Wrecks teaches us the insulting inscriptions 101.

Send Me Your Head is a great site where you send in a head shot, and they might paint a picture of you. Awesome! I haven't sent one in yet, but I plan to!

Rocking a Champagne Life on a Beer Budget has some great advice for saving some cash and still living the good life.

Four Celebs Who Belong to Mensa, (and Two Who don't).

A Student Converts School Locker into Lending Library for Banned Books, which is totally awesome.

Jun 19, 2009

Facts for Friday

It's Friday! What better time to learn a bunch of facts?

Several species of turtles can live to be over a hundred years of age including the American Box Turtle. (Source)

Mars has a very thin atmosphere, mostly carbon dioxide, and dust storms can cover the whole planet for months at a time. (Source)

Ancient Egyptians knew how to cure meat and preserve food using natron, sodium bicarbonate, also used in the mummification process. (Source)


The Top Five Moneymaking Films of All time (To date) are: itanic (1997) [$1,835m], The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) [$1,129m], Jurassic Park [$920m], Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) [$1,060m], and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) [$968,657,891]. When adjusted for inflation, Gone With The Wind remains the highest grossing [$1,4 billion and growing], followed by Star Wars and Sound of Music. (Source)

There are 18 species of penguins. The largest of these is the Emperor penguin. (Source)

The word "cappuccino" comes from the 16th century Capuchin order of friars, whose hoods were called cappuccinos. A cappuccino is a coffee topped with steamed milk. (Source)

The highest percentage of natural redheads in the world is in Scotland (13%), followed closely by Ireland with 10%. In the US, about 2% of the population are natural redheads. (Source)

Male lions are the only cats with manes - a trait of which the origin and purpose has divided scientists. (Source)

All swans in England are the property of the queen or king (Source)

The brain is soft and gelatinous - its consistency is something between jelly and cooked pasta. (Source)

The avocado has the most calories of any fruit. (Source)

Marconi sent the first official west-to-east wireless ( radio) message across the Atlantic Ocean from Table Head, Cape Breton Island (Nova Scotia) in 1902.. (Source)

The simple ham sandwich is still the most popular sandwich in the US, and in second place is the BLT. (Source)

Jun 18, 2009

Things I Love Thursday



- Coffee
Coffee almost always tops my list. I Love Coffee!

- Chocolate Milk
Creamy, smooth, chocolaty milk. Mmmm.

- Walks
I've been going for walks with Jasmine every day this week. Even though she's completely foolish on the leash still, I've really enjoyed our daily walks. Plus it's been sunny and hot, which is a bonus.

- The Sims 3
I've been a huge sims fan since the original game. I really am enjoying this newest version. I like that the sims can walk around their neighbor hoods now, and am having fun learning all the new features.

- Alice and Kev
Speaking of The Sims 3, this is the story of two homeless sims. I know, it sounds kind of dull, but it's actually pretty internesting.

- My Clothes Line
When we first moved into our house, we didn't have a clothes line. It didn't much matter at the time, because it was February, but once it warmed up I really wanted to be able to hang my clothes outside again. The boyfriend put up a clothes line for me a few weeks ago. yay! Bonuses - it's good for the environment AND my power bill will be lower!

- etc.
Teal nail polish, the tv shows Royal Pains, Burn Notice & Mental, sitting on my back deck sipping beer, yellow finches & nuthatches, my strawberry plants (some of the berries are starting to turn red!), my new garden out front and This (click it. Seriously it's really funny).

Jun 17, 2009

Hello World

Hi Internet, I'm dee, and this is my newest site. The last place I've posted with any regularity was over on vox. My reason for changing? I don't know...boredom, the need for something different, wanting to give blogger a try...all good (true) reasons. I also had short affair with a free wordpress blog, but it left me underwhelmed. And thus, here I am.

I hummed and hawed over whither or not I was going to post a 'get to know me' first post or not. I'm really not good at these sorts of things and for the most part, no one cares, right? But then I got bored (I'm sensing a trend...) and decided, what the hell, I might as well do it so I can get on to more interesting things.

So. I'm dee. I live in small town Nova Scotia in a house with The Boyfriend, a fluffy kitty named Memo, and a beagle puppy named Jasmine.










I work in a call center, doing internet tech support, which as you can imagine is mostly terrible. It's by far not the worst job I've had though. It does give me lots of time to surf the net (in between calls!), and I have learned a ton from it, some useful, some not. Some people who work with me say they get bored of the internet, which I just don't get. How could you get bored of the internet? There is so much to see and do and learn! Where else can you learn how to make jalepeƱo infused tequila, read scandaous facts about historical figures AND see a photo of a cirucs lion in a bathtub? I Love The Internet.

I'm interested in photography (me @ flicker), and I also like reading, drinking, learning new things, bacon, playing the sims (Oh my god, the sims 3? Totally awesome, completly obsessed.), etc, etc.

So, that's me in a nutshell. What should you watch this space for? In short - this, that and a little of anything. Chances are you might see links to interesting things online, photos, videos, stories, product revies and more. I hope you'll come back and check it out.