People Scare Me

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/20/world/europe/20austria.html?hp

Horrifying. There are some truly scary folks in this world. Hopefully his prison sentence will mirror something like the conditions he kept her in, plus the fact that she gave birth to SEVEN CHILDREN over time… *shudder*

It’s confusing to me though – how did no one ever look in the basement? Did he live with his wife and forbid her to go down there? How did no one hear the girl? Did he soundproof the walls or build another antechamber? I don’t want to look up more details now, but I feel like I’m missing some major details.

Humans are too scary for the fiction bestseller list.

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Jesus Vs the Dinos – link exchange

Starting you off with a balanced breakfast of 100 Links to Inspire Your Designs, courtesy of Mashable.com.

In other news: a tuatara!

Also, some folks at a church said they saw the face of Jesus in a seat cushion. Uh, that looks more like a Golem to me, but whatever works, I guess.

Trial Run

So J came home with a blender last week, and just in time for me to start in on another OMG-Healthy-Eating-Kick(tm). I can’t say that’s a bad thing.

Anyway, I went and bought a metric ton of fruits & veggies, and am trying out my first homemade smoothie. It’s not bad at all for a trial, but not perfect. Then again if it was perfect I would have just come back from Jamba Juice, $4+ poorer, amped up on sugar.

So here’s the recap. Mostly it’s just for my own reference, but maybe it’ll inspire somebody else out there to do this. I’ve been reading up quite a bit on “green smoothies“, and though this one is decidedly some sort of berry color, I know exactly what’s in it and am pleased. Whatever helps with the health, right?

Ingredients:
~Organic* Frozen Berry Medley
~1 & 3/4 cup orange juice (pulp free minute maid)
~1/2 cup of 1% milk
~small handful of spinach leaves, torn up before blending

Time: Blended for about… 2 minutes, or until super-smooth (save for some little seeds from the berries).
Blender type: Personal twist, similar to this, with 2 sizes of cups. I’d say this is about a 10oz cup.
Consistency: A little too foamy for my liking, but very smooth. Not too watery.
Flavor: Good! Refreshing, not overly tangy, not too sweet, but definitely has a solid orange juice flavor.
Effects?: Well, I finished it about ten minutes ago, and halfway through noticed I no longer was dying for a nap. Not feeling jittery, though we’ll see if my tummy can handle the dairy/OJ combo.
Overall? I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5.

I have to wonder what it would taste like if I dropped in a banana or avocado, so that’s my goal for next time, with slightly less orange juice and slightly more spinach. Down the road I may also add a little bit of tofu for the energy boost, and will consider some cocoa powder with it as well. Other goals include using soy milk and frozen yogurt (when I want more of a dessert and less of a meal-replacement).

That’s all for the moment – wish me luck on converting to greener pastures!

*My goal wasn’t OMG ORGANIC, however that was the only selection of frozen berries I could find, and it was cheaper than buying individual frozen or non-frozen servings. Who am I to complain at $2.39 a bag, that will give me at least three servings?

Bookmarks and coffee

Cereal.
Coffee.

At work, consuming both, and taking a moment to myself before heading into the plethora of tasks ahead of me. Though I enjoy my Sundays off – allowing myself to overindulge on laziness, cuddling, and day-long brunch – being in the office isn’t bad either. It’s usually quiet enough to get real work done and consider a Plan Of Action for various projects. That doesn’t mean I want to spend all my Sundays here, it means that the rare times I have to come into the office aren’t completely horrendous.

Plus I get Monday & Tuesday off.

iGoogle is my homepage here, and one of my favorite widgets is the “Most Recent Public Bookmarks” provided by del.icio.us. Sometimes (okay, a lot of the time) it tosses up a great one, and today was no exception.

Here it is.

Booooooom.com gives you 17 Creative Websites To Bookmark (Unless You Are Dumb).

Just like it says – unless you are dumb. Mimes are excluded in this case.

I skimmed the list, got about a page deep into Meathaus and immediately closed my browser because it was causing me to go into Artsy Mind Convulsions. A quick scan of the other sites proved much of the same.

Give yourself some awesome – GO TO THESE SITES.

Anyway, back to Cup 2 of coffee, and using my destruct-o rays on the disaster that is my inbox. Happy Sunday, kids.

Bees, a brief history of

This is for all those who doubt bees have wings and I know you are out there.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:HoneyBeeAnatomy.png

“Bees all have two pairs of wings…” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee

My next magical trick will be to debunk this myth of Thanksgiving. Stay tuned.

Parasitic Telepathic Octopii

Just wanted to let you all know that a coworker let me borrow Stephenie Meyer’s new book, “The Host”.

I’m about 2 chapters in, and my subject line seems to sum it up accurately so far.

It is late, and that is all. Tomorrow: more.