July 2008

Just wanted to say, I am having a great day so far. I purchased my tickets for Stone Temple Pilots @ Grand Ole Opry [8/24] and I watched the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince trailer.

If you would like to view the trailer, go to Teaser-Trailer. Wonderful blog dedicated to teasers, trailers and all movies.

Big thanks to my friend @dalyne on Twitter for the heads-up.

Off for more coff-ay.

In light of the Knoxville church shooting [7/27], several Nashville-area bloggers are hurling the blame towards the media.

Jim David Adkisson’s note cited the ‘liberal movement,’ not being able to get a job and loss of food stamp benefits, amongst other reasons, for attacking the Tennessee Valley Universalist Unitarian Church; not to mention, his ex-wife used to go to this particular church. Talk Radio, Coulter, Limbaugh–these are just some of the names listed as being “to blame” by some people. Yes, the political speakers do harp about Democratic policies and the liberal movement ‘ruining the country.’ But just because someone believed in the political pandering and twisted it into his warped version of reality does not mean the ultra-conservative media are to blame. Anyone heard of Charles Manson? He was rather warped, too; the Beatles were blamed for that one for a minute.

Two people, Greg McKendry & Linda Kraeger, are dead; six others are injured. STOP hurling blame and venom-tipped barbs at the media, political pundits, movements, left wing, right wing, up, down…JUST STOP! Think about it: anytime someone does something tragically insane, the person will cite so-and-so & such-and-such as the motivating factor behind his/her actions. Then, the rest of the country/world will read the reasons, look at the actions & consequences and then throw feces blame at whomever ‘deserves’ it or ‘motivated’ the person’s actions. The blame lies solely with Jim David Adkisson with the sawed-off shotgun and extremely unstable mindset.

This is an absolute tragedy; do not completely focus on whom/what is to blame and instead, remember Mr. McKendry, Ms. Kraeger and the six injured.

For more info on this tragedy, read this Knox News-Sentinel article.


Evil, unspeakable evil, rose in our midst, and we as a people were too weak, too indecisive, too pusillanimous to deal with it.
— Kevin Myers, “An Irishman’s Diary”, Irish Times, October 20, 1999

For the family reunion this past weekend, I had to make a hot dish & a cold dish. The hot dish was easy: homemade mac & cheese w/ diced ham & green peppers. *Mwah* That’s a fam fav so there was no question about making that particular dish.

The cold item stumped me. Should I make a salad or a fruit plate? Cold pasta or pie? I perused the Kraft Foods website, which I have used for many meal ideas. Thank you, Kraft Foods! My search found “Quick Lemon-Berry Trifle.” Sounds daunting but I made it at 1 a.m. after a full day of work & three hours of driving to my mom’s house. My family devoured it; plus, they were surprised I had never before made it. Luckily I bought a lot of supplies, so I have enough left over to make another batch in the near future.

mmm, good.

mmm, good.

Here’s the recipe [below]. For nutritional info & a Flash instructional video, follow this link: Quick Lemon-Berry Trifle.

Quick Lemon-Berry Trifle

Prep Time:
15 min
Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
16 servings, 1/2 cup each
2-1/2 cups cold milk
2 pkg.  (4-serving size each) JELL-O Lemon Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling, or any other flavor
2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, divided
4 cups  mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries and sliced strawberries), divided
42 NILLA Wafers

POUR milk into large bowl. Add dry pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk 2 min. or until well blended. Gently stir in 1-1/2 cups of the whipped topping. Reserve 1/4 cup of the berries; set aside.

ARRANGE 21 of the wafers on bottom and up side of 2-1/2-qt. serving bowl. Spoon one-third of the pudding mixture into prepared bowl; cover with half of the remaining berries. Top with layers of half of the remaining pudding mixture, remaining 21 wafers and remaining berries. Cover with layers of the remaining pudding mixture, remaining 1/2 cup whipped topping and reserved 1/4 cup berries. Cover with plastic wrap.

REFRIGERATE at least 1 hour before serving. Store leftovers in refrigerator.

As I will not be here this weekend, I would like to share the following pleasurable events. Thanks to NashvilleScene.com, Tennessean.com and Murfreesboropost.com for the info!

Friday, July 25

Farmer’s Market
Cannonsburgh Village, Murfreesboro, 6-11 a.m.
Nashville Sounds vs. Tacoma Rainiers
Greer Stadium, 7 p.m.
Glow: An Illuminated Art Event
Limelight Nashville, 7-11 p.m.
American Artisian Cheese Tasting
Whole Foods Market, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Drum Corps International
Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 26

Music City Brewer’s Festival
Hilton Park, 2-8 p.m.
Kyle Andrews
12th & Porter, 9 p.m.
The Long Players: London Calling
Mercy Lounge, 9 p.m.

Sunday, July 27

‘Zine Workshop
Linebaugh Library, Murfreesboro, 2-5 p.m.

All Weekend

Murfreesboro Little Theater/The Widow’s Best Friend
Murfreesboro Little Theater, various times

Everyone have a fun & safe weekend! I’ll be running around in the mountains with my family but I’ll be back to the ‘Boro on Sunday.

I scream, you scream, we all scream…for Elton John?

Ephemeral ice creamery Ben & Jerry’s have released a limited-edition flavor entitled, “Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road.” The new flavor, created with British legend Elton John, was released to celebrate his inaugural performance in Vermont. Per Sir John’s request, all proceeds will go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Unfortunately, the flavor is listed as being available only “in B&J’s Vermont Scoop Shops from July 18-25.”

“Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road” is described in Rolling Stone magazine [who quoted directly from the press release…or pint container] as “an outrageous symphony of decadent chocolate ice cream, peanut butter cookie dough, butter brickle and white chocolate chunks.” Thanks to RS and the investigative journalism, we have now been informed butter brickle is “the stuff that Heath Bars are made of.”

Sir John does join a select club with this collaboration: famous people working with Ben & Jerry’s. Previous inductees include John Lennon (Imagine Whirled Peace); Phish (Phish Food); the ubiquitous Cherry, I mean Jerry, Garcia; and Stephen Colbert (Americone Dream). Colbert had an appropriate reaction on his 7/22 episode of The Colbert Report. The only quotes nailed down: “I thought Ben & Jerry’s were about saving the world. Do they know how many neon ostriches died for his sunglasses?” and “I want a label saying, ‘may contain trace amount of sequins’!” Check it out on iTunes or ComedyCentral.com tomorrow night.

I love B&J’s flavors but I can almost feel the sugar particles sanding away at my teeth. Thank goodness this was limited-edition. Although, if all proceeds are going to AIDS research, it would definitely be a great flavor to keep.

Read the Rolling Stone news blurb.

According to the Daily News-Journal, a “possible mountain lion” was reported to be under the bridge near the Rockvale schools approximately 10:10 a.m. this morning.

The Rutherford County dispatcher sent the “authorities to respond” to this sighting. No other news is available at this time.

My question is, how is it a “possible” mountain lion? It’s not a black panther, it’s not an African lion, it is definitely not a leopard or cheetah; what else could it be? The only other possibility: it’s just a rather large, feral cat and someone panicked (or is in a questionable mindset). C’mon DNJ, don’t keep me in suspense! If you need a cat-tamer, call me. I have plenty of catnip.

As I attempted to login to my Plurk account today, I was redirected to this image:

Plurk is undergoing maintenance and it’s just taking a little while. In the meantime, which ‘down’ image would you rather see: Twitter’s Fail Whale or the Plurk Party?

[edit @ 5:32] Plurk has been back up for a bit. Neat image though.

I’ve noticed a lack of convenient recycling options in Murfreesboro. Granted, I’ve recently become interested and maybe I’m not looking hard enough; but when you live in an 810 square foot apartment, convenience is the keyword. There is the Recyle Rutherford organization and there are recycling containers scattered around the ‘Boro.  But very few pick-up options.

Here’s the deal: I would love it if my entire aparment complex could get involved. Two hundred fifty units fill up two Dumpsters and then some; next to our mail boxes, there is a three foot trash can filled w/ junk mail when I get off work at 9:30 p.m.  Maybe just recycle paper and aluminum or glass containers at first but it would be a step in reducing the amount of trash in the dumpsters. Any thoughts for how I can speak to my neighbors and complex about having this done? Anyone know of recycle pick-ups that will service the Cason Lane part of town? I want opinions please!

[edit: 7/17]: I receive these emails from Ideal Bite about different things we can do, such as recycling, composting, packing lighter [saves on airline fuel!], etc. Today’s Bite? Recycling & composting to reduce the amount of trash left in landfills [Ideal Bite: Trashy Poe(m)].

After five years, my white 1992 Honda Accord has served its purpose & moved on to the great junkyard in the sky. It cut off as I was turning right onto Clark Blvd. from Memorial in Murfreesboro. My original train of thought went something like this: “Um, okay, no going…pull into the BP…uh, I can’t go any further than blocking the entrance & I’m by the car wash. Easy to find. Turn off radio, lights, wipers, roll up windows. Now burn up because it’s raining and you have no A/C!”

I called my friend to tell her I was close but it would be a bit before I could meet for drinks [it was her birthday]. I called my boyfriend & best friend, who then came to the BP while I was Twittering my predicament. After much laughing and yelling, they pushed my car while I steered to a parking spot. Apparently I’m terrible at driving in neutral when the car is off. The rain stopped about an hour later; we attempted to jump the car, no go. We had it towed to Gateway for repair [picture below].

Honda on the tow truck, 7/12.

Honda on the tow truck, 7/12.

The distributor assembly is burned up. For a minute, I thought it could be because I was low on gas, that’s cheap to fix compared to the distributor assembly. Not to mention, the timing belt assembly is messed up & throwing oil onto my belts, the A/C hasn’t worked in about three years and the windows stick. Rather than fix everything, I’ve been researching cars for over a year & saving for even longer than that. I purchased a 2002 VW Beetle GLS Turbo on 7/14 from Crencor Sales on Rivergate Parkway. They treated me very well, the price was nice and the car is awesome! Very smooth ride and the turbo helps me GO. Now I’m going to go have MARTA emissions done and get my tags.

Happy lil Beetle.

Happy lil Beetle.

Sometimes I like to randomly search for my name on the search engines, particularly Google. It’s rather narcisstic but I like to know the results. Never can be too sure what is out there with your name on it, especially since employers and everyone else can find you on the Internet, like this CBS Evening News article points out to jobseekers [amongst other networks & magazines]. Today’s search produced the following:

My LinkedIn profile is number one!

My LinkedIn profile is number one!

I’m very excited about these results. In the past three weeks, I have been working to increase my presence on the web. The first step was to update my LinkedIn profile following Guy Kawasaki’s post, LinkedIn Profile Extreme Makeover I’ve found old [and I mean old] websites with outdated information, such as the webpage I made for Orientation to Computer Science while at MTSU. There is probably a small chance one of the several webpages I made as a pre-teen/teenager are floating out there, back when AOL was ‘awesome’ and animated GIF’s were an annoying novelty. I had the animated lava lamp on one site.

Enough reminiscing; this is just happy news for me. I will work my online portfolio today but I just wanted to show “my” Google search.