Saturday, November 30, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
A turkey farmer was always experimenting with breeding the perfect turkey, specifically one with more legs to satisfy his family's preference for dark meat. After many frustrating attempts, the farmer was telling his friends about his recent success.
"Well I finally did it! I bred a turkey that has six legs!"
His friends all asked the farmer how it tasted.
I don't know," said the farmer. "I never could catch the darn thing!"
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Answer to Riddle 1: He was traveling on a horse called Friday.
Answer to Riddle 2: A stamp!
Answer to Riddle 3: Your Thumb.You can use your thumb (left hand or right) when hitching (travelling over cobblestone or gravel). Thumbs up is a show of success, thumbs down not so great.
Answer to Riddle 4: You walk across the bridge as you normally would, and after half an hour, you've reached the middle of the bridge, and the guard wakes up. Right before he wakes up, turn around and face the other direction so that the guard will think that you were heading the opposite direction. The guard will automatically carry you back to the side where he thought you came from, which is the side you wanted to go to.
Answer to Riddle 5: Only the person reciting has explicitly said that he was going to St. Ives. The riddle says nothing about everyone he met along the way.
1. A man travels to a town on Friday stays for 2 nights and travels back on Friday,How can this be?
2.What travels around the world but stays in one corner?
3. Used left or right, I get to travel,
Over cobblestone or gravel.
Used up, I vie for sweet success,
Used down, I cause men great duress.
What am I?
4.A man wants to cross a bridge to get to the other side of the crevice, but there's a problem. The bridge, which takes an hour to walk across, is guarded in the middle by a guard who wakes up every half hour and carries back anybody crossing the bridge back to where he or she came from. How do you get to the other side?
5. Apparently this is the oldest riddle in history according to Google (because of course, Google knows all.)
As I was going to St. Ives
I met a man with seven wives.
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits;
Kits, cats, sacks and wives,
How many were going to St. Ives?
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
The women of the Thrive program are Wicked Smaht and Wicked Strong!
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
So if things go wrong, keep calm, use a bit of duct tape and carry on! Oh, and before I forget, may the Force be with you!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The Story of A Chocolate Cake
I went to an event this evening
And as many events do
This meeting included dinner
And pieces of chocolate cake too!
The presence of cake was fortuitous
As I would soon find out
And it was lucky I had the presence of mind
To grab pieces for my roommates on my way out
Upon arriving home I knew something was wrong
Tears were flowing and I didn't know what to say
But suddenly I realized there was something that could save the day!
After all the happiness power of chocolate cake is mighty strong!
Fear not, I declared! things will eventually be all right!
Especially because I brought home cake tonight!
Just a little something to make a bad day a little sweeter
Plus chocolate cake is a sadness beater!
Even though it might not solve the problems they had
After eating some cake my roommates didn't feel so bad
And the fact that they were no longer so sad
Caused me to also feel tremendously glad!
Dear reader if your day is cake-less and has also gone sour
I've created this poem as sweet as I can make it be
And have written it to remind you that days end in a few hours
Things will get better, I promise, just wait and see!
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
I hope that wherever you are there are flowers in your life!
Flowers in the Window
A melting snowman I was told
But there was no one there to hold before
I swore that I would be alone forever more
Wow look at you now
Flowers in the window
It's such a lovely day
And I'm glad you feel the same
'Cause to stand up, out in the crowd
You are one in a million
And I love you so
Let's watch the flowers grow
But there are many seasons to feel glad, sad, mad
It's just a bunch of feelings that we have to hold
But I am here to help you with the load
So far away from there and there is time, time, time
To plant new seeds and watch them grow
So there'll be flowers in the window when we go
Flowers in the window
It's such a lovely day
And I'm glad you feel the same
'Cause to stand up, out out in the crowd
You are one in a million
And I love you so
Let's watch the flowers grow
Saturday, November 16, 2013
I think the thing I like best about being a mentor is that I can actively support someone and we've become good friends as a result of the program. I was really happy to hear today that my friend got a job after searching for one for a while. I've learned a lot from the experience of being a mentor. Mainly that I really want to help people reach their goals so it means a lot to me to see her succeed and be happy. Plus, it's fun to see the world from the perspective of someone else. Like today the look of delight on her face after the movie and how she talked animatedly about it after we'd left the theater was great. Just to see her get really excited about seeing the movie made the experience more fun for me.
I've gained a good friend from being a mentor. I hope everyone has the chance of being a mentor because it is a lot of fun and it's a great opportunity to help someone which is always an awesome thing to do!
Friday, November 15, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
I feel like Book Week shouldn't just be for kids, so my challenge for all who read this is to at least start reading a book this week and if you want to write in a comment and talk about how good the book is, I'd really look forward to hearing about it!
Monday, November 11, 2013
But If I had my way
There would be no more wars to fight
There's a part of me that hopes someday this day will just be
To remember people who've lived to a ripe old age.
If wars there must be
Then I guess I'll just have to be content
With the knowledge that I'm related
To people who fought and came home again
And be glad I'm part of the new life they created
So I write this to honor the veterans
Like many I'm proud of the people that serve
And I'm grateful too
Because of the freedom they protected
I'm free to write this blog to say thank you!
Sunday, November 10, 2013
- Former rule: Don't talking to strangers: Heck, I've blown that out of the water, I hug complete strangers! I have done this frequently and what is more, have enjoyed doing it.
- Former rule: Go to bed early (e.g. before midnight): Although I haven't entirely become a night owl, it can be fun to stay out a bit late and have some fun on weekends!
- Former rule: don't watch horror movies: I've broken this rule and have found that with the exception of slasher movies, some horror movies are actually all right. Ok ok I admit, I do fast forward through quite a bit, but hey I'm broadening my horizons slowly but surely!
- Former rule: Don't get lost: I get lost frequently but I've always found my way back home somehow. Plus, even though it puts me in a bit of a panic, I do find I see more of the world around me when I'm lost.
- Former rule: Don't take things offered by strangers: First let me say I'm very careful about this but there have been some instances where I've accepted things from people I had no connection with at all. Once I was trying to get to some location and I was very lost. A guy stopped and offered me a lift. I knew it was risky but it was also cold and wet out so I got in and he took me where I needed to go safely. I've never done that again (and don't plan to in future) but the experience did make me think that there are a lot of good people out there who will go out of their way to help someone.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Sometimes I feel like a hippie a little bit. No I don't smoke nasty substances (don't plan to ever) and I haven't protested anything as yet (although I might if the situation calls for it!) However, I have embraced a smidgen of the free love idea. I hugged a homeless guy the other day-well, maybe he wasn't homeless he was just sitting on the curb when I was walking past. He was going on about how he was going to this music festival in California and that he was sad because couldn't understand why people didn't stop and listen to him as he wasn't asking for money and he just wanted to talk to someone. I don't know what gets into me but I thought he looked a tad forlorn so I asked if I could give him a hug, he consented, I hugged him and then he laughed and declared me a modern-day hippie. So I'm a happy hippie!
Anyway, if you're in Boston hurry up and go to the MFA to see the Hippie Chic exhibit because it ends this Monday!!
Friday, November 8, 2013
- Bike 500 miles: In the summer between my first and second year of high school my mum decided I wasn't getting enough exercise so she signed me up for this bike trip around Michigan. The trip was sponsored by our local YMCA and was actually a lot of fun. I discovered that you see a lot more traveling by bike. I never really thought about how much beauty there is in nature until I went on that trip. We basically followed the Great Lakes Starting in Jackson Michigan, going up almost to the Upper Peninsula and back down to Jackson Michigan again. There were 2 counselors and 4 boys and 4 girls on the trip. The trip was spaced out just over 2 weeks. Each day's ride depended on the distance between campsites. What was nice was that one counselor would ride with us and the other would drive a van ahead of us with all our stuff and tell us where to turn next until we got to the next campsite. That way, everyone could just go at their own pace. After all, we weren't racing, we were just having fun! I think the longest ride we did was 90 miles in one day-which was hard but it was worth it! All in all I'm really glad I did the trip. Although I have ridden my bike since that trip, I haven't biked 500 miles again. If you do go to Michigan in the spring or summer I hope that you do some biking-maybe not 500 miles but just enough to get an idea of how beautiful my home state can be!
- Eat a Chocolate Chip Cookiewich from Insomnia Cookies in Boston. This evening my friend took me to this ice cream place called Insomnia Cookies that have amazing ice cream sandwiches which consist solely of 2 chocolate chip cookies with ice cream between them. You can pick the ice cream you want inside it so we each got a Cookiewich with vanilla ice cream inside it. They turned out to be much bigger than expected so my friend and I decided to walk back to our respective apartments so we wouldn't feel so top heavy after eating the ice cream cookie wonderfulness. However, because the cookiedwiches were so big and left me feeling like I'd just eaten an entire meal, we both agreed we probably wouldn't get one again anytime soon, despite the fact that the cookiewiches did taste excellent-the cookies were actually warm! If you are near Boston or plan to visit, a Cookiewich is worth a try!
- Watch 4th of July fireworks on the Espinade on the banks of the Charles River: I did this once during the 3rd year after I moved to Boston. My friends and I decided to stake a spot on the Espinade and wait to watch the fireworks. We basically sat there from about 3pm to 11pm when the fireworks ended. It was fun because we had a big group of people to talk and laugh and have a good time with. The fireworks were also really nice. It's something I'm glad I did but I don't think I want to do it again anytime soon mostly because it is very crowded especially trying to get back home afterwards which was the only drawback for me. However, I hope that doesn't completely deter you from going. It is fun and worth seeing! :)
Thursday, November 7, 2013
- Fresh fruit-just try saying it (clearly) really fast-well anyway I think it's hard!
- She sells sea shells on the sea shore
- Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, Where's the peck of pickled peppers that Peter Piper picked? (Fun fact: This tongue twister was first written in 1813.)
- Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is it vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V." (I know this one was really long and probably impossible to say 3 times really fast but I still like it anyway!)
- Denise sees the fleece, Denise sees the fleas. At least Denise could sneeze
and feed and freeze the fleas!
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
- Recently in California there have been a string of nutty thefts! (Literally!) thieves have apparently made off with a total of $400,000 worth of walnuts and almonds on six separate occasions. It appears that the price of walnuts and almonds has gone up dramatically to $2 a pound. Then again, maybe these thieves aren't so nutty. It's reported that these heists are well planned. In one recent heist 80,000 pounds of nuts was stolen from a field. The thieves broke into a 3 double trailer sets that contained the nuts, hooked up their tractor to the trailer sets and drove it all out through a fence to the highway. I guess now that police know how they did it, the only thing left to do is catch the nutters!
- A homeless man in Pittsburgh decided to take a nap and what better place to do it than a penthouse? The man, named Jeffrey Lennon told police he had been living on Pittsburgh's streets for a month and was traveling back to California where he's from. He also said that he's been sleeping in any warm place he could find. To be fair, he didn't actually fall asleep in the penthouse itself but rather in the penthouse's parlor area which is used for parties and other events. Someone had left the door unlocked at an earlier event that day. I guess if you're going to take a nap, you might as well do it in style!
To read more about the classy homeless man click here.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
I am sweet and fun
And I can make tears go away
Because I am hot chocolate!
Even though I can't talk
And even if I can't see
I can still brighten someone's day
All you have to do is drink me!
I am hot chocolate
And I think it's the best drink to be
I'm not intoxicating or overly addictive
I'm just plain yummy!
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
- Hushabye Mountain: It is an actual lullaby from the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang that a father sings to his kids.
- Spiegel Im Spiegel By Arvo Part-It's just beautiful and it makes me feel all good inside.
- Al Otro Lado Del Rio-Jorge Drexler- it's very soothing and it just sounds like someone is singing good night, although I'm quite sure that's not what he's singing about.
- I Just Love You by Five for Fighting-it's a song about how much a father and daughter love each other and it reminds me of my home and family and how much I love them. That brings me peace.
- Love Me Tender (as sung by Norah Jones) It's smooth and soft and nice! :)