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bad news, emily!

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Pathology Report from Day 3

I had my old medical records sent to me awhile ago. They'd been scanned and put on a CD so I just printed them out today and was reading through them. I came across one that sounded cool. It was a pathology report from when I was 3 days old.

SPECIMEN: Preauricular skin tags

GROSS: Two pieces of tissue, one a skin-covered lobulated mass about 12mm in greatest dimension. The other is smaller. The entire specimen is embedded in 1 block.

MICROSCOPIC: Section shows normal skin, subcutaneous tissue and pieces of cartilage.


Yes, you read that right. I had an "accessory ear" that they removed. My mom didn't even tell me about it until I was 13, and it came out because she was talking to my orthodontist about my jaw assymetry. I think it's a cool story.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

09.21.06 News of the Day

1) I turned the heat on in my car this morning because it was cold.
2) The cats were chasing each other around the house this morning and as the chasee was rounding the corner she slid on the hardwood floor and finally got traction... on my foot. She totally gouged my toe.
3) I resisted really intense temptation to eat a brownie for breakfast. You don't even understand. These are super moist brownies with Bailey's icing on them. I'm so proud of myself.
4) I'm getting my hair cut short tomorrow.
5) Last night I watched the first of four chapters of the National Geographic special "Guns, Germs, and Steel", based on Jared Diamond's book of the same title. I can't wait for the next chapter.
6) When I was at the mall tonight, a hot israeli guy gave me a free sample of hand lotion and made me promise to visit his country.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Where's Olive?

I went to a matinee showing of "Little Miss Sunshine" on Friday, by myself, as a little treat to myself. I love going to the movies alone. And sometimes I just need to take a quiet break from people.
The movie was fantastic. It had been strongly recommended to me by KC and JR and I was not disappointed.
A seriously disfunctional family takes a roadtrip from New Mexico to California in an unreliable VW van to get the little daughter to the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant. It was a brilliant ensemble cast. Toni Collette, Steve Carrell, Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Paul Dano (who I had never heard of, but he was fantastic), and the little girl is played by Abigail Breslin who you may remember from "Signs" and "Raising Helen". She's a real star. I hope someone gets recognized at the Oscars. Maybe Steve Carrell?
I was brilliant how the writers took secondary plotlines that could have been really depressing and wove comedy into them.
I cried. I laughed. I laughed until I cried.
All this to say: Go see it.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Just in case you have an outhouse

I was reading an article on wral.com about cold weather predictions for this winter and I read the following:

"Published since 1792, the Old Farmer's Almanac is North America's oldest continuously published periodical. The little yellow magazine still comes with the hole in the corner so it can hang in outhouses."

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Y, oh Y

Bless his little ignorant heart.
Applejack just broke off the "y" key on my laptop. I turned away and he climbed on top of it and then when I turned around he jumped off, knocking the "y" out of position. I tried for 20 minutes to get the darn thing back in, aided by overhead lights, a lamp, a flashlight, tweezers and a cross-stitch needle. (Sidenote: When those people in the movies and on TV hold flashlights in their mouths so they can use two hands on whatever they're working on, it's totally fake because, as I have learned - unless it's just me - it's hard to hold it without starting to drool out the side of your mouth after about 15 seconds) Anyway, I was comforted with the knowledge that I could still type "y"s without the actual key, but I wanted it back in. Finally, I got it back in. But then it kept getting stuck and I'd tyyyyyyyyyyyyyyype like this.
But, as you can see, it's working again. It's not totally 100% what it was, but it works and that's what really matters.
The End.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Orange Mocha Frappuccino!!!

(Male model friends Brint, Meekus, and Rufus take Derek Zoolander on a joyride with their Orange Mocha Frappuccinos, while blasting Wham!'s "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go".)

My housemates had a Ben Stiller Reconciliation Party on Saturday where we watched a double-feature of "Zoolander" and "Mystery Men". The goal was to help those who didn't like one of them to come to appreciate it. It didn't have the results we'd hoped for, but between the two movies everyone was entertained at some point during the evening.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Me Lucky Charms

As Daniel went to pour himself a bowl of Lucky Charms, Applejack jumped up on the chair, ready to eat what he assumed had just been poured for him.