Today is my day off from work and I have gotten a few chores done. Haircut, booked boiler service, collected new glasses... played FT...... |
Reply #321. Oct 16 12, 9:10 AM
I grew up in a small coal-mining village in the foothills of the Appalachians. Three days after graduating from high school, I found myself squeezed into the back seat of a 63 Dodge station wagon with my younger siblings and a trailer hitched to the rear. We were moving to Los Angeles. A mere three months later I began my university career at a school with a student population over thirty times that of my entire town. |
The schedule of classes listed the building, times, and professor's name of each class. If a particular class had not been assigned to a professor, the name read "Staff". I thought my American History professor's name was Dr. Staff for the first couple of lectures.
If that was not bad enough, for a time (the length of which is debatable) I would walk all the way across campus to the Student Center to use the restroom because it never would have occurred to me that there was one in every building.
I am just thankful that the academics were not nearly as daunting as the cultural shock.
Reply #322. Oct 16 12, 9:27 AM
Went out to dinner with my wife the other day. She was crazy tired and we went to see a movie also. She looked so tired she looked like she belonged in the movie. We went to see "Sinistar".|
Reply #323. Oct 16 12, 10:04 AM
I've just finished some renovations on my home, and it was money well spent so well pleased.|
Reply #324. Oct 16 12, 11:03 AM
Here's a story for the people who actually work for a living: I have two jobs, go to school full time in the evenings during said work week, contribute to the raising and education of my 11 and 6 year olds, all while managing to squeeze in watching my Oklahoma Sooners for three hours on Saturday. I wish I had more free time, but maybe one day the sacrifices just might pay off. In the mean time, I think it teaches my children that hard work pays off and you don't have to live off the government, receiving hand-outs. On the other hand, maybe all those people who drive to the grocery stores in their brand new cars and use their food stamp cards know something I don't. Hmmm...|
Reply #325. Oct 16 12, 11:25 AM
I live in Michigan and well for the most part if you visit the US there are better places to see. However, should you enjoy art and artists and find yourself in Ann Arbor (near Detroit) in July then by all means visit one of the worlds largest ad most diverse art fairs held annually. |
Reply #326. Oct 16 12, 11:54 AM
Finally did my Ironing today. Haven't done it for weeks, so you can imagine the amount. Was a lovely feeling when I had it all done and hung away. Phew! :)|
Reply #327. Oct 16 12, 11:59 AM
A co-worker of mine (a recent college graduate) had to write a SHORT story for one of her classes. The story had to include mystery and religion. She wrote “Good God, I’m pregnant, I wonder whose it is.” She got an A.|
Reply #328. Oct 16 12, 2:36 PM
Normally I can have a good guess at how much things are going to cost, but today I was way out. My passport will expire soon and I went to get the renewal forms. Strange, lots of information on how to fill out the forms but no mention of the cost. I log into the passport website and ... wow .. £72.50 to renew a UK passport. Maybe this is good value for money, maybe it's outragously priced, I'm not sure. I just didn't expect it to be that much.|
Reply #329. Oct 16 12, 3:38 PM
I am living in Southern China. After a long hot summer with temperatures of 30+ Celsius and a humidity of around 90%, it finally went down a bit to more bearable values: 27 degrees and 70-80% humidity. And now people are starting to complain already about the cold. Which cold? Finally, I can spend more than a few minutes outside again before running back to the airconditioning inside.|
Reply #330. Oct 16 12, 5:56 PM
Brilliant, carolmitch ;-)|
Every summer when we get the summer monsoons in the deserts of AZ, there are retention basins at my work that fill up and become frog/toad breeding grounds for a week or so. A few years back, one of the basins was drying up, so I rescued some of the condemned tadpoles and brought them home with the hopes of raising them into little toadlets and then releasing them into my garden (which, of course, is full of lizards but lacks toads).
I thought they were spadefoots -- cute 3-4 inch toads that are harmless to people and other animals (well, other than bugs -- they love termites, bless them). But after a few weeks, I realized, to my horror, that they were Sonoran desert toads -- dinner-plate-size toads that have toxic secretions that can kill a dog. So much for my idea of releasing them in the garden. Anyhow, Jabba, Han and Luke now live in a 6 foot long terrarium in my house.
Reply #331. Oct 16 12, 11:42 PM
It is going to be wet and miserable today, and I consider it to be a good day to stay in. So it will be a good day to watch those DVDs piling up by the television.|
Reply #332. Oct 17 12, 12:45 AM
I applied for a job today. Fingers crossed for me please as I really need it. Jobs are becoming harder to get, especially for those of us of a certain age.|
Reply #333. Oct 17 12, 1:31 AM
I might have finally cut the lawn for the last time this tear. Living in Ontario, Canada...it is sure to start getting cold soon. I don't like winter. Geez.|
Reply #334. Oct 17 12, 5:04 AM
There was a 3 inch long scorpion on my bathroom ceiling this morning. EW! My husband killed it with a pellet gun. That is the 3rd one that we found in the house in the past month or so.|
Reply #335. Oct 17 12, 7:03 AM
Yesterday I seared two beautiful Filets Mignon in a frying pan. Two minutes for each side on high heat. I then placed the frying pan with the meat into a 450 degree oven for about 7 minutes. I removed the pan from the oven and placed it on the stovetop. I removed the meat to a plate. Realizing that I had placed the pan on the same burner that I seared the meat on. I proceeded to remove the pan from the still hot burner. That's when I burned all of my finger tips and a large swathe of the left side of the palm of my left hand. I am now nursing some pretty gruesome looking wounds. What a brain fart I had doing that! Painfully good filets though. |
Reply #336. Oct 17 12, 7:59 AM
This is the second time that I was given the 'story' challenge. The first time was fruitless since I could not find the thread called Official Share a Story Thread on the General FunTrivia chat board. I thought it meant the chatboard, in general, not the General (category) chatboard on Funtrivia. Except for Harry Potter, the names are all the same as the quiz categories. So here I am, feeling rather miffed that I missed it first time round. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.|
Reply #337. Oct 17 12, 8:08 AM
Last month I visited Chichen Itza in the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico, and enjoyed a week in Cancun - unforgettable trip.|
Reply #338. Oct 17 12, 8:37 AM
What a wonderful day!|
It's cold. It's wet. My neck aches. And best of all: my son returned early from his vacation entertainment because they people said he wasn't feeling well. They were mistaken: he is amusing himself a lot since he came home. No sign of illness (thank heaven for this) I love him, but some time alone would have been wonderful.
Reply #339. Oct 17 12, 8:38 AM
Last week I bought a crock pot, and put all the ingredients in in the morning, happy to have my dinner cook itself while I was at work, but when I came back, the food had overcooked and stuck to the pot, so instead of a nice supper what I got was a disaster.|
Reply #340. Oct 17 12, 8:40 AM
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