Thursday, April 28, 2011

Brain Food

As mentioned in an earlier blog post, I need to snack while I'm studying.  Maybe it's because I eat during stressful situations.  Maybe I need to actively move my jaw like a cud-chewing cow to stay awake and focus.  Maybe it's because I just like to eat.  Yup, i think it's that last one.

Thanks to the lovely Oh, Mishka, I discovered a powerhouse snack food for my late night study marathon: Roasted Chickpeas!  I tweaked her recipe a bit, and decided to just use seasoned salt.  I figured something spicy wouldn't be the best idea for a late night snack.  Boy are these li'l guys TASTY!  Also, I don't feel guilty eating handfuls of them because chickpeas are a healthy food :)  win.

But wait...there's more.  Of course, with all that salty goodness, I needed something sweet to balance out my tastebuds.  So Matt made a white cake from scratch, and I made some peanut butter frosting to put on it.  YUM.  So much for the healthy snacks.

And what about the "brain food" that helps me procrastinate and avoid studying?  Because it's not really a time waster if you are learning something or exercising your mind, right?!

Well first there is mentalfloss.com, an abundant treasure trove of interesting factoids and links from the interwebz.  Mental Floss also hosts a monthly trivia contest called How Did You Know? which is like an online easter egg hunt.  A site that I just recently rediscovered is sporcle.com, with all of it's ridiculous quizzes, like the Chemical Element Border Blitz!  I also have a plethora of crossword and sudoku puzzle books around the apartment.  Lastly, have you heard about Google's new daily search engine trivia game?  A Google a Day is a creative way to learn new and interesting facts while at the same time, allowing Google to do research on their search engine capabilities.  Every day the question gets harder and harder (a la NYTimes Crosswords).  It's pretty fun!

OK, 5 more days of cramming and examming, and I will be officially done with my first semester of grad school!  I can do this!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

He is Risen!

He suffered and died so that I may live.  He rose again so that I would believe.  

Oh how He loves a sinner like me.

Savior
He can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save
He is mighty to save
Forever
Author of Salvation
He rose & conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave


Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead... 1 Peter 1:3








Monday, April 11, 2011

Star Wars: the musical?

Oh. my. goodness.  A simple little equation for you:

1 = In high school I was a big theatre nerd, and I am still a huge fan of musicals.  I've seen numerous Broadway shows and touring casts, and have performed in many community theater and high school productions.

2 = You all already know of my love for Star Wars.

1 + 2 = 3

3 being this awful/amazing production of Star Wars the Musical.  While watching, I am particularly enjoying playing the "name that musical tune" game (there are some obscure ones...I'm impressed!) in addition to enjoying the awful witty lyrics that often don't rhyme or follow the musical phrase.

Enjoy!




Star Wars the Musical: Act 1, Part 1 from Funny Farm Films on Vimeo.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Dreamz with a Z...

I have always had a very active and creative imagination.  When I was little, I had not one, but TWO imaginary friends.  When I was a little older in elementary school, my friends and I would "play" different characters from our favorite book series (which included The Babysitter's Club and Animorphs).  Not to mention a game called "Civil War" that my friend and I made up using colored marbles on a trampoline "battlefield."

So it shouldn't surprise you that I have CRAZY dreams.  Many times they are in "video game" format where I am trying to "beat" different levels in my dream (how about THAT, Inception?).  Sometimes they are in the form of a fantasy epic journey, such as the one where I had to help a group of refugees escape from a landscape with crumbling ground and rain that fell UP into the sky.  How does that even work?!  Sometimes they are altered memories from my past, and sometimes I don't remember my dreams at all.

Well last night, I had another fun one.  We were battling DINOSAURS with LIGHTSABERS.  And this makes perfect sense to me due to what I was doing before bed last night: watching episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and playing my new favorite iPad addiction game, Pocket Frogs.

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I should really keep a dream journal.

P.S. The title of this post comes from the so-bad-its-good movie, American Dreamz, with Mandy Moore and Hugh Grant.  If you love American Idol, watch and enjoy this parody.  If you hate American Idol, watch and enjoy this parody :)