Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Short Post...

I only have 6 minutes left in today, so I'm just giving you a picture...

The only thing I'll say about this day was that 1976 was the 200 year anniversary of US Independence. In this year, the bicentennial quarter was made. My great granddaddy used to collect those quarters and I still have a roll that he collected and gave to me. I know they'll probably never be worth more than .25 cents, but I'll always hang on to them.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Today's number:

It's been a great weekend, and we're down another 5 days! It's getting closer, and I really am getting excited. As I get further along and I can feel the baby moving more and more, I get more anxious to actually see her and hold her. I want to be able to see those little legs kicking, not just feel them.....but all in good time. As Vicki said this weekend, she's not done baking :-)

Glen and Vicki did come up for a visit this weekend, and if you're friends with any of us on facebook, you've probably seen all the pictures Glen posted. From the moment they got here, we were busy doing stuff; we went to the movies, went to the zoo, went to an Indian's game and they even stuck around on Sunday to watch Nathan play softball after church. We had a blast, but now we're worn out!

Now on to the important things ;)

Significant things associated with 77:

- It is possible for a Sudoku puzzle to have as many as 77 givens yet lack a unique solution.
- Portland Trail Blazers coach Jack Ramsay led his team to their only NBA title in his first season. #77 was retired in honor of the 1977 NBA title.
- During World War II in Sweden, at the border with Norway, "77" was used as a Shibboleth (password), because the tricky pronunciation in Swedish made it easy to instantly discern whether the speaker was native Swedish, Norwegian, or German.

In the year 1977:

- The world's first personal computer, the Commodore PET, is demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago.
- Apple Computer Inc. is incorporated.
- The Oakland Raiders defeat the Minnesota Vikings 32–14 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
- Snow falls in Miami, Florida (despite its ordinarily tropical climate) for the only time in its history. Snowfall has occurred farther south in the United States only on the high mountains of the state of Hawaii.
- Focus on the Family is founded by Dr. James Dobson.
- Star Wars opens in cinemas and subsequently becomes the then-highest grossing film of all time
- The Portland Trail Blazers defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 109–107 to win the NBA finals 4–2. Bill Walton is named series MVP.
- Elvis Presley performs his last-ever concert, in Indianapolis, Indiana's Market Square Arena. Later that year, the king of rock and roll dies in his home in Graceland at age 42. 75,000 fans lined the streets of Memphis for this funeral.
- Groucho Marx Dies
- The modern Food Stamp Program begins when the Food Stamp Act of 1977 is enacted.
- Reggie Jackson blasts 3 home runs to lead the New York Yankees to a World Series victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In the Movies:

As previously mentioned, George Lucas took over the screen in 1977 with the release of Star Wars: A New Hope, which grossed $461M in its box office stint. A few others worth mentioning from this year....Richard had a close encounter, while Woody encountered Annie. Travolta danced the night away in his white suit, and the Bandit outran Smokey.

Unfortunately as the numbers get smaller, the movie section will get shorter...that's just the way it works. We'll have to switch to classic novels and radio specials at the end ;-)

Have a wonderful Monday!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Another Down....Lots More To Go...

Today's number:

Significant things about the number 82:

- The code for international direct dial phone calls to South Korea.

- The ISBN Group Identifier for books published in Norway.

- Joseph Haydn's Symphony #82 in C Major is called "The Bear" (composed in 1786).

- Six hexagons can be arranged together in 82 different ways.

In the year 1982:

- A crowd of over 100,000 attends the first day of the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee.

- The Weather Channel airs on cable television for the first time.

- Cal Ripken, Jr. starts the first game of what eventually becomes his record-breaking consecutive games played streak of 2,632.

- Prince William is born at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, West London.

- The first compact discs (CDs) are released to the public in Germany.

- The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C., after a march to its site by thousands of Vietnam War veterans.

- Michael Jackson releases "Thriller", the number 1 selling album of all time.

In the Movies:

Dustin Hoffman became Dorothy Michaels and marched around in a red sequined dress. Richard saved Debra from her horrible life as a factory worker, and Elliot saved the alien and sent him home. I'm not gonna lie...those were the only decent movies from 1982. The only other ones I'd give mention to are Poltergeist and Annie. Other than that...seriously dead year for movies :-/

In other news:

We've finished all of the episodes of Lost that we can get our hands on...season 6 comes out in August. So until then, we'll just have to wait. We've started watching Heroes now, but are only a couple of episodes in so I'm not hooked yet. I'll let you know if I get as hooked on this one as I did on Lost. Truly, Netflix Instant Queue is an amazing thing. Love. It.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Few Days Behind...

So I've had an extremely busy weekend, and this is really the first time I've been able to sit down and think about blogging...which is nice, because the weekend flew by.

Down to business.

Significant things associated with the number 83:

- Eighty-three is the sum of three consecutive primes (23 + 29 + 31) as well as the sum of five consecutive primes (11 + 13 + 17 + 19 + 23).

- No stable isotope of any element has an atomic mass of 83.

- Frank Sinatra charted 83 Billboard Top Hits.

Things that happened in the year 1983:

- My baby daddy was born.
- Seatbelt use for drivers and front seat passengers became mandatory in the United Kingdom.
- The final episode of M*A*S*H is aired and the record for most watched television episode is broken.
- Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space, on the Space Shuttle Challenger.
- Ronald Reagan announced that the Global Positioning System (GPS) would be made available for civilian use.
- McDonald's introduces the McNugget. (I find this one to be incredibly appropriate because my first official craving happened today when I woke up. The first words out of my mouth were "I need chicken nuggets!")

In the Movies:

Pacino had his little friend and Leia had her gold bikini. Eddie and Dan traded places while Matthew Broderick started a global thermonuclear war. Chevy took his family to Walley World and while a bunch of college friends got together to mourn their lost buddy (Kevin Costner....whose face is never shown in the movie). Tom Cruise danced in his underwear, while Jennifer Beals danced to "What a Feelin'". Shirley and Debra made every woman in America cry, and Michael Keaton became a "mom". The Bond legacy passed from Roger Moore to Sean Connery, and the scariest things of all....Cujo scared the living daylights out of every dog owner, and the biggest shark in the world quite literally jumped off the screen and into audiences everywhere.

In other news, Glen and Vicki are coming to visit us this weekend, and the week after that we are coming home for a WHOLE week! We'll be in town for TWO Sundays! (This is where you all gasp and say "NO WAY! THAT'S AWESOME! I'LL GET TO SEE SO MUCH KACEY!!!!"....but you'd better mean that figuratively and not literally because there currently is SO MUCH Kacey to see.) Fortunately, I feel okay about this fact because it's for a good reason. Sure, I'm measuring larger than my week count, yes I'm constantly and insatiably hungry, Perhaps I'm feeling like I may explode, but at least I'm sweating enough to make up for the weight gain :-)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Apparently I missed a day and I didn't mean to! It's working!!! Not that I dislike being pregnant, but I really do miss coffee.

So let's see where we are today.....

Significant things associated with the number 87:

- .......I fear as the numbers get smaller, the facts get less interesting.

In the year 1987:

- Aretha Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame.
- Construction on Disneyland Paris began.
- Margaret Thatcher was elected for a third term as the British Prime Minister.
- The United States is caught up in a drama that unfolds on television as a young child, Jessica McClure, falls down a well in Midland, Texas, and is later rescued.
- Prozac makes its debut in the United States.
- Microsoft releases Windows 2.0.

In the Movies:

"Aaaaasssssssss Yooooooooouuuuu Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiisssssssshhhhhhhhh!" Baby was put in a corner, Michael Douglas lectured about greed, while Mel and Danny made their partnership official. Space went to the nutjobs, the Lost Boys left Neverland, and Brian De Palma gave us the Untouchables. Glenn boiled a bunny rabbit, and Robin smelled some napalm while 3 men smelled a lot of dirty diapers. There were Steakouts and Predators and a Moonstruck diva, but most importantly....

Two of the funniest movies ever made, and they both have to do with trains...

Although my mother would argue that one of those is the wrong Steve Martin movie...as her other favorite was made this year; the classic tale of Cyrano de Bergerac, the man with the nose.

I do have to mention one more that I skipped in 88...because it is on the list of my Desert Island movies (and also currently what I'm watching on TV) :) ...Die Hard. Thank you Bruce for always kicking butt.

On another note, I went to see Toy Story 3 tonight with my lovely friend Elizabeth. It was absolutely adorable! I highly recommend seeing it :) My husband is currently out with a friend, but doing something a little different. He's helping a friend DJ a wedding...and getting paid to do it! He says he's having fun right now and just trying to enjoy himself. We'll see if he says the same thing when he gets home at 2:00 in the morning :)

So I'm gonna go curl up on the couch with my puppies and Die Hard and call it a night. Alan Rickman is just so evil...and so is this heartburn :/

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

One More Day...

89 more days!!

This daily mile marker is becoming something I very much look forward to. I like knowing that I'm one day closer to meeting my baby girl, and one day closer to being able to wear normal pants again :-)

Significant things associated with the number 89:

- Um...there's not much. Really.

- The Lakers just beat the Celtics 89-67 in game 6 of the the NBA Finals.

- 89% of people in Finland use a Nokia phone.

- In the year 89 there was a change of the Patriarch of Constantinople from Polycarpus to Plutarch

In the year 1989:

- George H. W. Bush succeeds Ronald Reagan as the 41st President of the United States of America.
- Exxon Valdez oil spill: In Alaska's Prince William Sound the Exxon Valdez spills 240,000 barrels (11 million gallons) of oil after running aground.
- The 61st Academy Awards are held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, with Rain Man winning Best Picture.
- Students from Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, and Nanjing begin protesting in Tiananmen Square. The massacre follows shortly thereafter.
- Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World opens to the public for the first time.
- Nintendo releases the Game Boy portable video game system in North America
- Record-setting baseball player Pete Rose agrees to a lifetime ban from the sport following allegations of illegal gambling, thereby preventing his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In the Movies: na na na na na na na na BATMAN! We discovered that Indiana was named after his dog, Gibson and Glover were Lethal for a second time, Bruce became a baby, Michael J. Fox went to 2015, Miss Daisy was chauffeured, The Mermaid was little, and the ghosts got busted again. Rick Moranis shrunk his kids, Steve Martin almost killed his kids, and Robin Williams inspired a room full of kids...Oh Captain, My Captain. Harry met Sally, Turner met Hooch, Tango met Cash, and Truvy met Annelle. Chevy went on a Christmas Vacation and Tom Cruise was Born on the 4th of July. John Cusack held his stereo high, while Matthew and Denzel held their heads high. The doggies went to Heaven while some guys vacationed at Bernie's. Baseball history was made when Charlie played for the Indians, but most importantly, Kevin built it and they came.

Getting Closer!

We're getting closer!

I'm entering my third trimester, and I can see my baby girl roll over on a daily basis....again, freaky but cool.

Now, for the countdown facts of the day!

Significant things associated with the number 90:

- I learned during the World Cup that all professional soccer matches are 90 minutes long...unless of course they go into extra minutes...to be honest, I don't pay attention to sports where the score ends up being 1-0 on a regular basis :)

- The right angle is a 90 degree measurement.

- In baseball, the bases are 90 feet apart. This, I will teach my children.

- Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers pitched a no-hitter against the Oakland Athletics on June 11, 1990.

- The latitude of the North Pole and the South Pole are 90 degrees.

- In the year 1990:
- Nelson Mandela was released from Prison.
- Joseph Hazelwood was put on trial for the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
- Mikhail Gorbachev was elected the first executive president of the Soviet Union.
- The Hubble Space Telescope was launched.
- (For my mom) - When the Stephen King novel The Stand was re-issued as a "Complete and Uncut Edition", the setting of the story was changed from 1980 to 1990.

In the movies: Julia got her Knight in Shining Armor, John McClane "Died Harder", The Corleone's came back for thirds, and Michael J. Fox went even farther back for thirds. Macaulay Culkin got left at home, Arnold went to Mars and then discovered he did not have "a tuma", Johnny trimmed lots of hedges, and Scorsese made the mob look "good". Costner learned to dance, Demi made some pottery, the Red October was hunted, Warren Beatty saved the world while wearing a yellow trench coat, Keifer, Kevin and Julia flatlined, and Kathy Bates made everyone miserable. Meg and Tom began their onscreen romance, the cowabunga dudes ate lots of pizza, and the Memphis Belle flew its last mission. Overall, it was a pretty great year for movies.

What are your memories from 1990?

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Countdown

I'm starting a countdown because I think that might be the only thing that gets me through the rest of this heat.

Days remaining until my due date:

Things to do with the number 92:

-Tumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaurehaeaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is the name of a hill in New Zealand. It has 92 characters.

- 92 is the number of pounds of sugar the average American child consumes per year. Yuck.

- There are 92 "atomic elements" in the Look-and-say sequence, corresponding to the 92 non-transuranic elements in the chemist's periodic table. (I have no idea what that means.)

- In 1992, the summer Olympics were held in Barcelona Spain. The United States walked away from those Olympics with 37 gold medals (37 just happens to be my favorite number.)

- The House on 92nd Street is a 1945 Oscar winning film about a Nazi spy ring and a man who protects the secrets of the atom bomb.

- The 92-county walk: "The 92 County Walk is a one–of–a–kind art experience that spotlights Indiana’s 92 counties by featuring an original sculpture for each one. The sculptures are incorporated into the building’s fa├žade, sidewalks and even a stair rail. The collection of sculptures showcases the craftsmanship of Indiana artisans and is designed to engage your imagination about the state’s rich cultural history."

- My mom got pregnant in 1992. The result was madness, chaos and the heaping mound of freckles known as Kevin.

- In 1992, Aladdin got his 3 wishes, Tom Cruise couldn't "handle the truth", Tom Hanks didn't allow "crying in baseball", Sharon Stone decided not to use the ice pick under her bed, Batman Returned and Clint Eastwood teamed up with Morgan Freeman to bring justice instead of forgiveness.

Now you know a little more about the number 92, and I've successfully pulled myself through another afternoon of heat!

If you have anything significant to point out about the number 92 (or any subsequent number), feel free to share!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Desert Island

In the spirit of having more spare time on our hands (and because I find myself now completely hooked on LOST - I'm only in season 3; if you ruin it, I'll beat you with a stick), I'm going to play one of my favorite games, and I expect you to all play along :) If you're reading this, consider yourself tagged.

The premise of Desert Island is to imagine that you are, in fact, stranded on an island and you are only allowed to take certain things with you...I suppose somebody is banishing you there, because if your plane crashed, you probably wouldn't have all of your favorite things with you....but like I said, "imagine".

Desert Island Books:
1. Little Women
2. 1984
3. Bible
4. Till We Have Faces
5. Crime and Punishment (because I want to read it before I die, and I feel like this would give me plenty of time to do so.)

Desert Island Movies:
1. The Lion King
2. Love Actually
3. Die Hard
4. America's Sweethearts
5. Hook

Desert Island Clothing (doesn't have to be weather appropriate):
1. My black knit skirt (because it's the most comfortable thing I own.)
2. My Rays hoodie
3. My skinny jeans
4. My favorite flip flops
5. My orange WIPM tshirt (so somebody could see me from the sky.)

Desert Island Music (I'm going by cd, not individual song.):
1. In Between Dreams - Jack Johnson
2. candycoatedwaterdrops - Plumb
3. Blue Light, Red Light - Harry Connick Jr.
4. Dreaming Out Loud - One Republic
5. If I Left The Zoo - Jars of Clay
(If I could sneak on one extra cd, it'd be the Pirate of the Caribbean: At World's End Soundtrack -- strictly so I could listen to it after I've built my raft and I go sailing off into the ocean by myself. It would be epic.)

Now, if we want to get into extreme detail, we could play Desert Island Tools, Desert Island Survival Kit, Desert Island Technology, etc....but we all know my answers to those questions would be things like "my hairbrush", "my pink blanket", "my lipgloss", etc....so I won't bore you with the details. However, if you would like to add to the list, feel free to grow the game to new heights and invent your own category!

Now get busy!