Thursday, April 30, 2009

Let's all take a deep breath and just relax

Rob and I have been planning to take a trip to Cancun when I graduate for a while--a long while, like three years. We bought our plane tickets and reserved our hotel months ago. We are supposed to leave next Saturday, the 9th. Recently, though, some potentially tricky complications have cropped up.

The Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) has this posted on their website:

Travel Warning: Swine Influenza and Severe Cases of Respiratory Illness in Mexico - Avoid Nonessential Travel to Mexico

Needless to say, we have been a little bit stressed out. There have supposedly been hundreds of cases of swine flu. And people--young, healthy people--are actually dying from this.

This all seems like a big media hype thing, but how could we know for sure? I decided to put my faith in the World Health Organization:

WHO advises no restriction of regular travel or closure of borders. It is considered prudent for people who are ill to delay international travel and for people developing symptoms following international travel to seek medical attention, in line with guidance from national authorities.

According to their website on April 30, there have been 97 confirmed cases in Mexico (including 7 deaths) and 109 confirmed cases in the United States (including 1 death). So basically, there have been more confirmed cases in the US than in Mexico. (Yes, I know that may be due to increased testing/better health care in the US, but that better health care is what I will receive if I do get sick, so I'm comfortable with that.) Besides that, I think I can handle the odds of only 7 deaths in the entire country of Mexico.

There is value in being cautious, but some of the measures being taken seem like overkill to me. The two days I worked this week I had multiple people ask where they could find masks (the answer is nowhere; they've been sold out for days). Park City has canceled everything from school and church to the prom. People don't seem to have a problem living their lives when it's flu season, but somehow this unique strain has paralyzed our society.

Can't we all just move along and remember to wash our hands more frequently?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Mall

Today I took a trip to Fashion Place Mall (Rob's birthday is next week :). I don't go to the mall very often, but when I do I am reminded of the things I could do without. I guess my biggest gripe is the kiosks.

As I was passing a mineral makeup kiosk, a salesgirl asked me something. I had to have her repeat it twice before I could understand a single word she was saying. Of course she was trying to sell her products to me and of course I wasn't going along with her plan. Here's what I got out of the experience:

-I had multiple colors of makeup smeared on the back of my hand. Not to worry; it comes off using a simple baby wipe! Great, now my hand can smell like baby powder for the next hour until I have a chance to wash it.

-Did you know that you can use a mixture of mineral eye shadow and Vaseline to make your own lipstick? Did you also know that the salesgirl is all too eager to smear the stuff all over you lips and/or teeth without asking your permission or telling you that she is going to be touching your face? When she did ask if she could put foundation on me, I flat out told her that I have a thing about people touching my face.

-You can mix a clear nail polish with mineral powder to make any color of nail polish you want . . . or don't want. Prime example: my purple thumbnail.

-The grand finale was the combination of ordinary lotion and their miracle powder to make a splotchy, strange bronzer cream (again, on the back of my hand).

The salespitch ended with an awkward silence between the two of us. I thanked the girl and vigorously wiped my lips as I walked away.

Moments later I had a man at a different kiosk try to sell me some lotion. I didn't even realize for a moment that he was talking to me because I was so focused on chipping away the nasty goop on my thumb. He asked if I wanted to try his lotion--it's from the ocean! I said no thanks, to which he repeated several times, "It's from the ocean!"

Oh!!--it's from the ocean! Why didn't you say so sooner?

Now I know what I'm getting for Rob's birthday.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Just 2 Things

-Last week I only worked a total of six hours. Now I'm afraid that I might be addicted to not working--I just don't really feel like ever going back.

-Yoplait French Vanilla yogurt + Just Bunches cereal = a little piece of heaven

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Rob's out of town . . .

. . . so I'm up later than I usually would be.

I think I'll go to bed now. I'm looking forward to having the blanket to myself, sprawling out as much as I like, and having free reign over both pillows.

But I miss my Rob. See you in a few days, honey.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Unboxing Our New iMac

Hi, this is Rob. Insert the "I'm the husband and I don't post on our blog very often even though I probably should" disclaimer here.

We ordered a new 24-inch Apple iMac on March 9th, and it arrived on April 17th. We could have gotten it within 2 weeks, but we configured it with the souped-up ATI graphics card, which bumped it 4-6 weeks. So we waited and waited.

For more background on us getting a new computer, see this previous post by Rebecca.

I had it delivered to my work because we're never home during the day when FedEx is out and about. So finally on Friday I received this enormous box, brought it home, and Rebecca got out the camera. It was fun. If someone accused me of being a computer nerd, I'd probably deny it, and then turn around and spend a bunch of hours in front of a computer. What is this typing? Here are the pictures.

Here's the big box it was shipped in. Note the loaf of bread conveniently placed next to the box, giving a sense of relative size. It's a big computer. This is cool. We've never had a home computer this big and cool. I only know two adjectives.

Pulling the iMac box out of the shipping box. (Again, relative size, Trix box.)

Gonna put it on the counter.

"What am I supposed to do with these?"

Power Button.

We set up our account, complete with a photo of us . . .

. . . and that's where I sat for the next seven hours.

Here's the final setup. Note: carton of ice cream, confetti lava lamp, kittens mouse pad.

I caught Rebecca both using the computer and eating the trail mix! She took a bunch of pics of me so I took some of her, too.

And there's the new one next to our old 17-inch monitor. (Well, it's been real. So long, sucka!)

Anyone else think the Faces feature in iPhoto '09 is really cool? It's funny when it thinks other peoples' faces are your own face. Oh my goodness.

I have yet to make the computer do a lot of heavy lifting. I forgot that the iMac only comes with a 9-pin firewire plug, not your typical 6-pin. So when our brand new $8 9-pin-to-4-pin cable arrives in the mail from the eBay, I'll start cooking up some video madness. And by "madness" I mean "our DV tapes," and by "cooking up" I mean "capturing and cataloging them, and then burning them to DVDs with motion menus."

New Computer Nerd Squad Activate!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

1-800-222-1222

Two weeks ago I started my last rotation (yay, yay, yay, yay, yay!!!). I am at the Poison Control Center, which can be interesting at times. Here are a couple of things I have learned (not necessarily related to poisonings):

1. A lot of people lie about overdosing on medications.

2. Being with a good friend while you're at work can make any miserable task at least somewhat enjoyable. (Thanks, Lisa :)

3. If you have the thought to eject your flash drive before going in to a meeting, DO IT . . . you never know when a virus is going to hit every computer in the office.

4. Not only do I not understand what an increased anion gap means, but I am now okay with the fact that I don't care.

5. You can eat honey from 1971.