on Tim Tebow

Just heard today that Tebow signed a deal with ESPN to be a sports analyst. He is one of the nicest people in football, someone you want your kids to actually look up to as a role model.  Where most of the players are into drugs, drunk driving, or killing people; Tebow has been so faithful, giving, and mature.

Anyway, so I learned something new today: the Tebow Rule, which is basically prohibiting football players into writing messages in the eye black.

on sharing

Listening to the radio, I heard a commercial from T-mobile where it talked about “no sharing data plan).  I thought to myself, since when is sharing such a bad thing.  But commercials like this, and these ones from Kraft and Sprint, makes sharing sound like a really bad thing.

Is this further proof about the shift towards the ME-culture?

on making Sangrias

Here’s an easy-peasy way to make some white sangrias.

You need:

Moscato (it’s such a yummy, sweet white dessert wine)

Clear rum (I like Bacardi, I went out with this guy before who prefers Mt. Gay)

freshly squeezed orange

fruits: apples, mangoes, strawberries, peaches, oranges (those are my fave ones anyway)

You do:

Mix and Drink! It’s great with some chocolate fondue, assorted cheese and crackers, or/and some pastry

on orcas and Seaworld

Last night I watched the documentary Blackfish (it’s in Netflix for those interested to see it).  It was such an amazing horrible movie! Horrible because of how the orcas were treated, and taken from their ocean homes.

One of the things that really affected me was the scene were they talked about hunting orcas, and how the herd would separate.  The mommy and baby would go the opposite way he boats were trying to get them to go, the other big orcas would go with the boats.  They were trying to save their young!  The documentary also reported that orcas oral vocalizations to communicate with their own herd is different per herd.  They have their own language!* It was heartbreaking to hear the mommy orca cry when her young was separated from her, and moved to a different park.

Take a bow

Another thing they talked about was how trainers were taught a bunch of misconceptions about orcas, and the “trainer accidents” surrounding the orcas in captivity. Misconception (1) the orcas lifespan is about 30 years. While male orcas live about 30 in the wild, female orcas live to about 50; and that orcas in captivity barely makes it to 20.** Misconception (2) orcas dorsal fins are usually bent like the ones you see in Sea world. When in reality, only 1% of the orcas in the wild actually have collapsed dorsal fins.*** Misconception (3) the orcas really loved their trainers, and that they perform to the audience because they want to.  It was not in any way affected by the fact that performing is the main way to get fed. Misconception (4) the orcas are safe in the corals, there is no such thing as “bullying”.  Tilikum have been repeatedly “raked” by the other whales in the pen, and he has nowhere to go and escape. Misconception (5) trainers get killed by orcas, not because the orcas became aggressive, but because they did something wrong.

The movie is such a great eye opener about why we shouldn’t support companies who mistreat animals this way.

*Do Orcas Use Symbols

**Life Expectancy of Orcas in Captivity

***What Causes Dorsal Fin Collapse

on United Airlines

Editor’s note: I have been on christmas hiatus for a few days, and now I’m back!

Did you know that United Airlines do not have a customer service number you can call for complaints?  Yes, you can call them for reservations.  Yes, you can call them to make changes in your ticket. But no, if you have an issue, send us an email.  We will get back to you whenever.

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This post has been brought to you by an irate United customer whose flight got cancelled on christmas day due to mechanical errors.

on traveling with pets

Today we are flying to Dayton with the puppy!  Do you know how expensive it is to bring an 8 lb of wiggling rottenness with you domestically?  It really depends on the airline.  I will list the ones I normally travel with.

Airtran: $75 one-way (price will increase to $95 starting 2014)* This is actually the cheapest one, but also the one that requires the smallest sized carrier. The pet carrier is also considered as one hand carry, and you are only allowed two.

Delta: $125 one-way** You have to pay this at the check-in counter (even if the pet is a hand carry).  THe pet carrier also counts as one hand carry item.

United/Continental:  $125 one-way*** Pet carrier does not count towards the one bag, one personal bag policy.  There are only four pets per economy flight allowed.  So make sure to reserve early.

Southwest: $75 one-way (price will increase to $95 starting 2014)**** Same as most of the airlines, they consider a pet carrier a personal/hand carry item.  I have never actually traveled with Southwest Airlines cos the flight I need doesn’t let you travel with pets.

*AirTran Airways http://www.airtran.com/policies/general_information.aspx

**Delta Pet travel options http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/special-travel-needs/pets/pet-travel-options.html

***United Airlines In-cabin Pets http://www.united.com/web/en-US/content/travel/animals/in_cabin.aspx

****Southwest Airlines Pets http://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/traveling-with-animals/pets/index-pol.html

on liquify

Before

BeforeAfter

The before and after photos. I love how liquify makes you look taller. lol

on Baked Pineapple Casserole

Today was the Rehab Department’s Christmas Party.  And there was one amazing thing there that I really really loved.  It was the Baked Pineapple Casserole.  And here’s how you do it.

Baked Pineapple Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 5 slices of white bread torn
  • 20 oz crushed pineapple juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a medium-sized casserole dish.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Creaming means mixing the butter and sugar thoroughly that there’s no butter streaks present in the mixture.  I like doing this by hand (mainly cos I don’t have a mixer) Beat in eggs one at a time.  Add bread and crushed pineapple into the mixture. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until bubbly and lightly browned, about 60 minutes.

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on movies empowering women

A few months ago, I watched this TEDTalks video of Colin Stokes about picking the right movies for children.

One that accepts gender equality, and passed the Bechdel Test.  It talked about how movies like award-winning Argo, who have a few women as major characters, did not let these women interact with other (other than to talk about men), or how they did not contribute anything meaningful in progressing the plot.  The video also talked about how The Wizard of Oz was a very empowering movie for women because of it has a female lead, a female villain, and a female heroine who saved herself.  I just recently found out that the same can be said about Aliens.  You have Ripley, the strong lead female character who managed to save herself and the “weak”; the mother alien, who kicked pretty much everyone’s ass (except Ripley); and Vasques, the female soldier who died protecting the last few people who did manage to survive.  Definitely not your typical female roles.Image

on mollys

As heard on the radio, two new words in 2013: twerking and molly. Molly (as read on Urban Dictionary) is the pure form of ecstasy.

Nobody here particularly cares about twerking.  Unless Kate Upton posts a video doing it.  So until now, I am still stuck with cat daddy.