Monday, February 25, 2008


I was watching TV today, minding my own business, when suddenly an unexpected commercial had me, and Trey and Amy who were also there, rolling with laughter.

The commercial was for a drug for acid reflux. A drug I haven't heard of before today. Honestly, I don't know what pharmaceutical companies are thinking when they name their drugs. If only I thought the name of the drug sounded funny, then it wouldn't be such a big deal. But we were all laughing, and all thinking of the same thing when we heard the name of the drug. It's called AcipHex. I suppose the name comes from 'acid' and 'pH'. But it's just a wrong way to pair the words. You may not notice it right now, but say the word out loud, as many times as possible in 45 seconds, because that's how they do it in the commercial. AcipHex. AcipHex. AcipHex.

Maybe you don't think it's funny. Are you sure you're pronouncing it correctly? Man, I should do an audio blog. The joke would be so much better in audio. Ok, this might help - the name of the drug is pronounced "ass-effects." How can you take a drug seriously when it's called ass-effects? Who would name a drug that? Do they not think about how the word sounds when they make it up? Ass-effects... [giggling]

Monday, February 18, 2008

vamlumtimes day

Yes, I have to admit, it was the best one ever. Not totally romancey, but just enough.

We were planning to celebrate one weekend when Rodgers didn't have to work. We didn't expect to actually be together on the 14th. But then the plans changed for the better.

Rodgers drove up here and met me Thursday when I got off work. We had dinner at a Mediterranean/Italian type restaurant, which was booked solid all night, so good thing I made reservations. The food was good, but nothing to write home about. The atmosphere was totally romantic. Candles, flowers, dim lighting, a lone guitarist plucking Italian sounding tunes. The music really sealed the deal. That was probably my second favorite part. That and the fact that it was quiet enough to have a conversation using our inside voices. My first favorite part was, of course, my date.

It had been 24 days since we last saw each other, which is entirely too long, given that we live in the same state now. Since we've been dating, the most consecutive days that we've seen each other was 3. So, in effort to break that record, I took off work Friday, and Rodgers, who didn't have to work this weekend after all, stayed until Sunday.

We had a long weekend of hanging out, watching movies, and shopping. We really love going to parks and hanging out together outside. But this weekend was much too cold for us to be outside much. That was too bad.

But we did do my second favorite thing last night, which is cooking dinner together. When I'm by myself, I don't really like cooking - not that I dislike it, I just don't enjoy cooking for only me. I'd rather just heat something up real quick so I can eat and not starve to death, though I do cook meals occasionally. I really enjoy cooking with Rodgers. I guess it's because of the companionship - just doing something together. It's much more fun that watching movies together, though I enjoy that too. Even cleaning up and loading the dishwasher is enjoyable when we do it together. This time we made Amy's Enchilada Casserole - easy, cheesy, and delicious. Can't think of a word meaning yummy that rhymes with easy...

He left me early this morning. Back to life and the real world. 'Twas a great weekend, though.

Here is my favorite Valentine's Cartoon:

Sunday, February 10, 2008

bedtime story

Just found this fabulous bedtime story that was told to my roommate and me, via Yahoo! Messenger, while we lived on Doulos. To protect the innocent, we will use screen names rather than our actual names. rachet1282 is my roommate and me - you'll have to discern for yourselves which one of us was talking at what time. andy_hodges85 is the story teller. Sadly, I didn't copy the timestamps. It's so much better if you know how long it takes to get from one line to the next. I enjoy reading it again and again anyway. This is quite amusing...

andy_hodges85: Once upon a time.
rachet1282: good start
rachet1282: carry on
andy_hodges85: there was a little girl.
andy_hodges85: her name was called something,
rachet1282: that's a crappy name
rachet1282: i hope her parents were locked up for child abuser
andy_hodges85: hahaha i know i can't think of a name..
rachet1282: anyway, carry on
andy_hodges85: something lived in a small small village.
rachet1282: oooh
andy_hodges85: the village was called somewhere..
rachet1282: nice
andy_hodges85: because it was so small it was in the middle of somewhere..
rachet1282: but it's called somewhere
rachet1282: how can it be somewhere and in the middle of somewhere?
andy_hodges85: Good question.
andy_hodges85: any way..
andy_hodges85: Somewhere was a very nice place to live. many people would go there to visit and see the lovely flowers..
rachet1282: we like flowers
andy_hodges85: thats good..
andy_hodges85: something loved it when people came to the village becasue
andy_hodges85: they had lots and lots of money..
rachet1282: what a mercenary brat
andy_hodges85: hahahahahaha
andy_hodges85: and something was from a poor family..
rachet1282: how poor?
andy_hodges85: so poor there bank account was in the red..
rachet1282: so is mine
andy_hodges85: same here well if i had one i would be..
rachet1282: if you don't have one, you're not in the red dumbo
rachet1282: just broke
andy_hodges85: yeah..
rachet1282: or do you mean your pm account?
rachet1282: nevermind, back to the story
andy_hodges85: pm account..
andy_hodges85: Something had a flower shop hopeing the people would buy lovey flowers..
andy_hodges85: but one day no one came to the village.
andy_hodges85: are you a sleep yet
rachet1282: no
rachet1282: finish the story
rachet1282: i am in my jammies though
andy_hodges85: ok they lived happly ever after..
rachet1282: no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no
rachet1282: that's not the way it goes
andy_hodges85: ok one day no one came to the village..
andy_hodges85: and something started to cry.
rachet1282: what will she do?
rachet1282: [this was an emoticon-they didn't copy, it was probably nervously biting its fingernails]
andy_hodges85: something wanted to kill her self because she had no money at all.
andy_hodges85: then somebody walked in and said to something,
andy_hodges85: please don't kill yourself..
andy_hodges85: i can help you..
rachet1282: yea!!!!!!
andy_hodges85: she how you help me..
andy_hodges85: sorry that didn't make any sence
rachet1282: i know
andy_hodges85: she said how can you help me.
rachet1282: better
andy_hodges85: thanks.
andy_hodges85: he said ok let think..
rachet1282: i'm on pins and needles
andy_hodges85: hahahaha..
rachet1282: soooooooo??
andy_hodges85: in thinking..
andy_hodges85: ok
andy_hodges85: so he run away with me and leave this place behind you.
rachet1282: saucy
rachet1282: and? what did something do?
rachet1282: [this was an emoticon also]
andy_hodges85: but she NO i can't go. i like this place to much to leave it..
rachet1282: [this was an emoticon - imagine what face you would be making right now]
andy_hodges85: but afer a bit of talking they decied to get married and move away.
rachet1282: easily persuaded...
rachet1282: was somebody handsome?
rachet1282: it's important to know
andy_hodges85: somebody was ok looking he had a big spot on his head..
andy_hodges85: so big it was like haveing a second head.
rachet1282: [this was an emoticon-I think it was a disgusted face]
rachet1282: do you realize you've been telling this story for 38 minutes?
andy_hodges85: really thats crazy
rachet1282: ok, i'm ready for bed now
rachet1282: are they going to live happily ever after or what?
andy_hodges85: They live so happy together that something grew a big spot as well.
andy_hodges85: thats how happy they was,
rachet1282: ew...
rachet1282: i hope that doesn't happen to me
andy_hodges85: im sure it won't..
rachet1282: how do you know?
andy_hodges85: i don't know
rachet1282: great...
andy_hodges85: i mean i just do know..
rachet1282: by the way, is it the end yet? you have to say the end when it's the end.
rachet1282: ok
andy_hodges85: THE END

Saturday, February 9, 2008


Well, no real details here.

Did you ever read that children's book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie? It's basically like, if you give someone something or do something for them, they just want more and more. They get greedy. There has to be a point where you tell them "That's it. The end."

People get greedy. You can't stop them. But you don't have to give them everything they want.