Friday, November 19, 2010

One more vote

So I have been looking into the possibility of going back to school to study massage. Yesterday I met with a recruiter for a local university and had a tour of the campus.

He was really friendly and used my name a lot in conversation throughout our time together so I found it marvelously funny when, at the end of the interview he said, "It was great to meet you. I look forward to hearing back from you about what you decide. Take care Heather." I walked out the door and broke into laughter.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


So I tried Stand Up Paddle boarding today and let me tell you, on a scale of 1-10: One being "Never going to do THAT again," and ten being, "Yeah, I just worked a 12 hour shift and it's 3 in the morning, but I could probably squeeze an hour in," I would go for eleven with an added hour of excitement.

Yesterday a few guys from work told me that they were going to go surfing today and I was welcome to come along if I wanted. I wanted. I went. It rocked.

Stand Up Paddle boarding is totally my cup of tea. Surfing, while no doubt very good for you and totally awesome once you get the knack of it, is painfully difficult to learn when you have arms of my caliber. SUPing, yes as lame as that sounds I'm going to use this acronym-suffix combination, plays more to my strengths: 1. Paddling 2. Balancing and 3. Standing up.

For a first timer I don't think I did too bad. My friend Colorado Nick took me out at first so I could get a feel for the board. We looked something like this:

Ok. That's a lie and we all know it. A more appropriate posture was something more akin to this:
 ...except I was sitting, not standing on the front, and I was wearing a top. And I wasn't a man. Anyway you get the idea. 

After paddling around for awhile we rowed, pardon, paddled back to shore and dropped him off while I went out da solo. It was suh-weeeet! I totally caught a wave and rode it a good distance before biting it. I saw a turtle, I didn't get sunburned despite the fact that I wasn't wearing sunscreen, and I am properly sore now from paddling! All in all it was a fantastic first go-round. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Catch phrase

I was playing "Know me fast" Sunday morning with some new friends when this question came up. "What is your favorite catch phrase or slogan?" I had to think about it for awhile and when I answered I still hadn't come up with anything pithy or clever. Not being able to deliver on command always gets my goat because I like being clever. Kind of like I like being fed. If a decision ever had to be made between food and cleverness, cleverness would most certainly win out. At least for a day or two.

A clever person is someone whose whit is on par with their knowledge or intelligence insofar as all of those variables are high. There are of course individuals whose whit and intelligence are equal but very low, and they are not clever. (Or if they are it is oftentimes by accident or somewhat tragic.) But I digress. Let's get back to the original question of favorite catch phrases or slogans.

There are so many of them out there that entire volumes have been dedicated to recording and explaining them. Many stem from popular T.V. shows or movies, while others have withstood the test of time in the form of idioms and maxims. In the quest to find the one I like the best I have read hundreds with varying degrees of cleverness and originality. For funzies I resurrected many phrases out of the 90's because I thought a trip down memory lane would be fun. Here is a sampling in no particular order:

"The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs, which are brief and pithy." -William Penn

"The secret of many a man's success in the world resides in his insight into the moods of men and his tact in dealing with them." - J.G. Holland

(Those by definition were not catch phrases but I liked them so I put them in. My blog. My rules. Now we shall move on to our nation's "wisdom." Heaven help us.)

"It's going to be legen- wait for it and I hope you're not lactose intolerant because the second half of that word is -dairy! Legendary!"

"Six of one, half dozen of the other."

"The early bird catches the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese."

"I'll be back."

"That was easy."

"But my lips hurt real bad!"

"Can you hear me now?"


"No duh!"

"No doi!"

"Oh snap!"

"What up?!"

"High five!"

"Right on!"

"That was sick!"

"Bite me."


"Wicked awesome."

"Shut down!"

"Cool beans!"

"No way!"

"Gosh!" (Said like Napoleon Dynamite)


"What the what?!"

"Suh weeeet!"

"It's all good."

"Da bomb."

"That's Phat!"

"Peace out."

"Chill." (Or "Take a chill pill.")

"My bad."


"You go girl!"


"Happy happy, joy joy"

"As if!"


"...just saying."


So what's my favorite? A phrase I just can't get enough of? That always makes me laugh inside  and makes even the most mundane situations better and that also negates any clever bone in my body?

"That's what she said."

Monday, November 8, 2010

Eyes appointments

So the captain's eye exploded this weekend and we can't figure out what caused it. Friday morning he woke up and his obicularis occuli muscle was aching. By that evening it had swelled a noticeable amount and we had entered the "I'm hideous. Don't look at me" stage. Very sad. 

Sabbath morning the swelling had lessened slightly but it was still achy. Being the trooper that he is, he decided to ride it out and see if it would get any better. -Shrugging non-commitally- It didn't get worse but it was still a nuisance by that evening so we decided to go to urgent care on Sunday or a doctor by Monday. 

Let me tell you, it is a pain in the butt to find a physician on our insurance. I was under the impression that Adventist Health was an easy system to navigate and find physicians in but I am about ready to tear out my hair. I have spent the entire morning trying to track down a doctor that takes our insurance, which is ridiculous because I was calling numbers on the approved physician list. 

I was hoping to find one in Honolulu but after calling around I am now having to drive all the way to Kailua to get what we need done. Clearly I am not seeing something here.