James came today and showed me these pictures - I laughed hysterically!! He's planning to take funny shots every Friday now he says. Take a look at these ... oh my goodness!
This last one is an early shot, he said. He set his camera to take rapid shots and took ~200 photos, of which these are the best. I said, James, these are amazing! When I saw them, I thought of Mission Impossible, below. And it's perfect. It's James, levitating, in front of a laptop! He has one as his profile picture now on facebook. It's very appropriate - a laptop should always be in pictures with James - he loves computers and is majoring in IT.
Mission Impossible: this is James
Doesn't this remind you of Chronicles of Narnia? A lamp post, in the evening ... beautiful sunset ... ahhh.
Maybe I should make a "humor blog." I don't want too many blogs though. Random blog will do for it.
John and I were totally silly this Saturday. We just spent time with each other, because all last week, he was just as busy as I was, I was always home late, and I felt like, we didn't see each other much. We had a good, peaceful day - went to O'Charlies as a date. I got to hear about the books John's reading, some about Warmachine, and stuff. The waitress said we were so cute! That's the second waitress to say that in a month! <3 Makes me happy, oh yes - John is amazing!
Exhibit of a Particularly Ridiculous Conversation
I was fluffing and laying on John's pillow while he did something with his laptop and I said, "You're pillow is so soft!"
He said, "No, it's filled with ... [wait for it, wait for it - what non sequitur will he say?] ... chicken livers."
I laughed. "Chicken livers feel good!" He was made speechless by this comment - a rarity for John. I laughed even harder.
"Have you ever felt a chicken liver?" He turned around, slowly, and gave me this *stunned* look. It was SO amazing! I've never laughed that hard in a LONG time!! Probably in at least a year.
I told him, I bet you didn't expect me to say that! He said, that would be a true statement. It's so hard to get any reaction out of John - he's pretty stoic, most of the time - nothing surprises him. So, when he does make a face, it's *good.* And it's true. Chicken livers feel amazingly silky smooth and so cool - I love touching them - mom cooked some for the cats once, and I helped.
Shortly after this, he did a silly dance and I told him he looked like an egg head - and laughed hysterically at *that* because, I said, I had no idea what that meant. He said, that makes two of us and I must be still tired. I was laughing an unusually lot, it's true.
Brandon Sanderson, my favorite author, says that kids find things that don't make sense funny, but adults usually graduate to more subtle forms of humor, that rely on word plays and such. I, on the other hand, have never graduated to this more refined kind of humor - non sequiturs and nonsense are still my *favorite* - and I laugh hysterically at such things. I wonder what this says about me. I do like other humor ... nonsense though, is such fun.
More Flula Borg - ha!
I watched "Fish in a barrel" twice this week - I think it's my favorite that he's done - I love this guy! He makes fun of American idioms. Not all of them are good, but I've found a lot of funny ones. The phrase "easy as shooting fish in a barrel" never made sense to me either, and I wonder about it as a kid, along with others, so hearing someone voice some of these things makes me laugh hysterically. The part about the cake in this one is my favorite - John even laughed - though he doesn't find these as funny as I do.
Here's one about "skeletons in the closet."
Here's one on "Whatever floats your boat."
The "cat's pajamas" - I am not even really sure what that one means, though I've heard it. I think it means something is "awesome" but as to the origin of it - I haven't a clue.
This interview is GREAT!
One of the papers in Wei-wei's pile! I saw his stack of papers - so neat and orderly - and he told me that Walmart sells these stacking crates he uses - I'm totally getting some of those! His papers he reads are almost always so fascinating! He's also hilarious. Wei-wei is the awesome. I'm going to miss him so much when he leaves.
A hammer head worm! These are rare - I always used to be so excited if I found one in the yard while I was a kid. I saw this one on the sidewalk after the rain this week and put him back in the bushes. Whenever I walk outside after the rain, I always keep my eye on the sidewalk and save all the poor worms crawling around. They need help. I hope they all live and keep making good dirt for us.
I ran out of sugar in the lab recently and I was so distraught that I didn't have any more sugar for my tea. So on Th, I bought some at the CVS. Look at how HUGE it is! It's almost as big as the TEA KETTLE! It makes me chuckle, when I see it. Now all the other grad students can continue making jokes about how much sugar I eat. It's true. At least, for my tea. I love sugar. But I don't use it all at once, promise.
Spock the cat (left) and the night sky passing by (right) - more coming soon! He took more, but I realized I hadn't saved them correctly on my computer and I don't have time to fix it now.
I was worried about the post yesterday but I was surprised - God gave me peace about it and I'm no longer worried. I worry far too much - I have to cut that out. He's helping me with that slowly but surely. I'm thankful that He's brought me such a long way from where I was 3-4 years ago.
Pastor Jeff's Sermon
Jeff talked about how important it was to speak words of life into people and not death. This encompasses not only not saying negative things but also intentionally saying positive things we see in people, because the world is so geared toward negativity. This can apply to anyone, but especially family (1st) and friends (2nd). We shouldn't just assume that they know - because people are quick to doubt and are always being torn down, for the most part. Also, to be careful about sarcasm - the enemy can use it to twist meanings and rip people apart. I've seen this happen and I hate it.
I'm not perfect at this. I like what it says in James 3:2, "For we all stumble in many things. If anyone stumbles not in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body." I was thinking back over things and remembered at least three things/ situations recently in which I said something negative and plenty in which I didn't say positives. I'm going to be asking the Lord for help with this again specifically. It's a good reminder - because this kind of thing is something people can't "try better" to do. It's something we have to let Him do through us - as we focus on Him and put Him first - He just spills out. That's how it's supposed to be.
Funny Article: A Brief History of Buildings That Melt Things
My cousin Matt linked this article on his Facebook... I couldn't resist taking a peek - and I *died* laughing. It's hilarious!
"In London this week, a parabolic 'death ray' of sunshine—reflected off of London's newest skyscraper—is destroying luxury cars, starting fires, and frying eggs for comedic effect (oh, England). It's a sensational story, but this isn't the first time an architectural laser has literally burned the hair off of passersby. [...]"
The article just gets even more funny from there. It went on to describe these deadly reflective buildings singing the hair off swimmers in nearby pools and destroying expensive art. Reading it to John, I couldn't get the words out I was laughing so hard. He said he could imagine that - someone standing out in a bathrobe with a frying pan on the street, frying an egg, waving to people - "Mornin'!"
I had no idea some buildings had this problem - but it makes sense. Now *that's* a great example of an unintentional engineering design flaw! I've been reading of unintentional effects of nanoparticles and it amused me greatly that engineering problems of this nature appear to be universal, from the nano scale all the way to the LARGE macro scale.
I did some lit search this afternoon at the Petrees, sitting by John. Read an article. John watched some football. I have no interest in it, but I don't mind that he likes it. We hung out with the youth up at church. Kyle and Haley the youth pastor and his wife brought their dog today! So cute! He's almost full grown - Maltese Yorkie. I read more article. We ate pizza. Got home, printed more things. Yup. Now here are some pictures!
Beautiful Pictures Dad Took of Backyard!
Dad loves taking pictures. These are some of my favorites he took just recently. Mom and dad love sitting out on the porch on Saturdays, watching birds. This Saturday it was really dewy, so Dad took lots of pictures of the dew on garden vegetables with his macro lens. I have one as my lock screen on my iphone now - I love dew pictures. Some day, whenever I join the lab, he says he wants to come visit Emory with his camera. This may involve him taking lots of pictures and slightly embarrassing me. But oh well - it's ok. I like his pictures.
John and Warmachine Crew Playing Cards
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