Superbugs and Bees

So I found a huge batch of these old photos I'd saved of interest to me in a random folder on my computer. I'll be sharing them once in a while here, but I would LOVE to be able to give credit. On most of them, I have no recollection of where they came from since it's been so long, but if you know, please let me know!
So I found a huge batch of these old photos I’d saved of interest to me in a random folder on my computer. I’ll be sharing them once in a while here, but I would LOVE to be able to give credit. On most of them, I have no recollection of where they came from since it’s been so long, but if you know, please update me!

So I don’t have many links for the week.  I may change these posts to be every two weeks, but I’ll see how it goes.

Links of the Week:

  • Bees Chase Car for 2 Days to Rescue Queen–So a little back history about me, I am fascinated by bees.  When I was younger and immature, I may have dated this dude that I was only partially interested in longer than I should have because his parents were beekeepers, and I didn’t know how to end it ( Don’t judge me! I was young and stupid!  ).  I needed to know all I could about bees, and he did bring me a little bear of honey on our first date so that kind of won me over, too. I realize I look like an ass in this story, but again, I was young and making poor choices.  I am always interested in anything bee related.  A friend and I recently discussed how often in the world, some people don’t think that faith and science can go hand and hand.  I find the opposite to be true.  For me, science has only reinforced and increased my faith.  The intricacies of things like beehives or bird migration routes or whatever, always point to a Creator to me.  It’s too complicated.  There’s too much there for me.  To sum it up, bees are awesome.
  • “Pied Piper of Glamorous Oldsters” Ari Seth Cohen Debuts a New Set of Stylish Seniors–My Grandma has the best style of anyone I know.  She wears amazing hats, and she takes risks and has fun which is the point of fashion.  There are many other seniors just like her.  I loved the first book of Ari’s, and I’m excited for his second.  Many of these women are my style gurus.  Age shouldn’t stop you from being daring.  If anything, I go out on a limb more as I get older.  I know myself better with each passing year, and I care less about what other people think.
  • A Dreaded Superbug Found for the First Time in a U.S. Woman –I don’t watch stuff like this on television usually.  I try to avoid it because I’ll start coughing next week and convince myself that I have a superbug. I’ve watched news stories about the potential of this for years, and now, here we go.  Scary stuff, but I guess you have to move on with your life (note: that bit of advice is for me).

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Feeling Good

So I’m usually behind on everything because I’m picky and because I can be kind of stubborn and fight the tastes of the masses.  Anyway, I’d heard about Hayao Miyazaki’s work for ages here in Internetland and from friends, but I just recently checked out some of his movies from the library.  I watched Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro over the weekend.  I really loved Spirited Away, and My Neighbor Totoro was pretty cute.  I’ll have to check out his other films now, too.

So in crisis news, I discovered our indoor cats (as in don’t ever go outside) have fleas.  I’m thinking it’s from a two second escape one made one day or from the cat tree we got.  All the cats have been dosed with meds that promise to kill fleas and their eggs, but I still feel freaked the eff out as if my kids came home with head lice.  I can’t deal with little creepy shit.  I also freaked out because ants are invading around our sink.  I nuked them with some chemical smelling Clorox kitchen cleaning spray which will probably be ingested because it was near our dishes where I was spraying.  Undoubtedly, K. and I will have a third eyeballs soon, but I don’t care.  Not in my house, dudes.  I told Kelly to say a prayer all the creepy crawlies left soon, or I’d be forced to move out.

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Thankful Thursday for May 26th

Just so you know, when I start these blogs, I always in my head imagine addressing you all in a radio voice.  “Good afternoon, blog world.  It’s Thursday again, and you know what that means,” and so on and so on.  I always have to fight the urge to do that at work when I use the radio, too.  Instead of saying, “Does anybody copy?” I always have to fight not to start my own little radio show right then and there.  I don’t know what it is about the radio because I hate the sound of my own voice (especially on Snapchat), and I rarely have anything that interesting to say.  I think I just like how radio voices always remind of summer. This week has been great, but I think that’s because I’m eagerly anticipating a three day weekend, too.  So without further ado, here’s your top ten countdown of good things (say in radio voice.  It’s not really a top ten.  I don’t know how many it will be, I just was thinking in radio speak, again.)!

  • The local farmer’s market has reopened.  We went recently and wandered around.  They didn’t have all the veggies ready that I like just yet, but we did leave with two tomato plants.  They also had greyhounds to pet which made me happy.  Although I am elated to get a pug, I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for hounds.  I love Greyhounds and Italian Greyhounds, but my favorite are Afghan Hounds.  It’s just too much dog for our family, and in my experience, Italian Greyhounds are a little too skittish for our life with Fran and the other cats.
    Pretty veggie display at the farmer's market
    Pretty veggie display at the farmer’s market
    Greyhounds representing a winery. Is there anything better than dogs and wine, I ask you?
    Greyhounds representing a winery. Is there anything better than dogs and wine, I ask you?

     

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Internetland

So I’m starting a new sort of post over here for Tuesdays.  Tuesday will now be a place on the blog to share links with you that I’ve found interesting over the week.  I’ve stolen this idea from a ton of blogs I frequent, but I always enjoy seeing what other people are looking into in Internetland.  These links aren’t necessarily recent, just stuff that interests me.

I’m slightly modifying it by adding something else, too.  So I came up with this idea, and it may be boring to some, but to share with you my Google searches every week.  I’ve always joked with Kelly, “If something ever happens to me, make sure my search history is cleared off my phone because it could seriously be embarrassing.”  I also vocalized around friends what I was putting in as search terms, and some people find it funny.  I hope you find it as funny as I do. If not, no worries.  I have a weird sense of humor. Really, it’s a record for me because I find it funny/interesting sometimes to open my phone and see recent searches.  I won’t elaborate on anything you see here.  I’m just presenting it for your pleasure.  I keep track by screenshotting (made that word up) every search I do on my phone so without further ado, let’s get started on the links and then the search history.

Links of the week:

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Friends and Family

The past weekend was a great weekend for our family.  We celebrated Mom’s upcoming retirement.  On Friday afternoon, she had a work celebration in the Humanities building, and all our family came down from St. Louis, too.  It was so nice to hear so many people say the amazing things I already knew about my Mom.  She had a great speech prepared, but the best pleasant surprise from the party was yet to come.  Several of the Deans honored her with the Robin Hicks Business Scholarship.  Our entire family were so touched and happy for Mom!  Well deserved, mind you. I can’t tell you how many times, I’ve had to wait as she problem solved for them in the parking lot on the way to the car, on the phone during the middle of our conversations, and other inconvenient times were I whispered threats in the background of telling them off.  She’s finally all our’s again!  It was really a very touching and fun afternoon.

Rhicks will live on forever at A-State!  Not that I ever doubted that.
Rhicks will live on forever at A-State! Not that I ever doubted that.

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Weekend Roundup

It’s Tuesday again, and I’m lamenting over how quickly the weekends fly by.  We haven’t been up to much lately, and it’s been nice.  Last Saturday, Kelly and I ran over to the nearby town of Paragould to check out a few flea markets.  We didn’t have much success, but it was the perfect opportunity for him to stop off at a hole in the wall restaurant that he likes, Hamburger Station.   He got his usual, ‘The Humburger” which is basically a huge burger piled with massive amounts of grilled onions.  It smelled like White Castle the entire ride back in the car, but it’s a once in a blue moon treat so I didn’t grumble too much.

Hamburger Station. Kelly loves a great dive.
Hamburger Station. Kelly loves a great dive.
I'm not sure why this knock off Hamburglar was out front, but I forced K. to take a photo by it.
I’m not sure why this Hamburglar was out front, but I forced K. to take a photo by it.

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