Conversations At Our House v.24

Wednesday, March 28, 2007 | 0 Comments

SSB: [reading something from his computer] Michael Jackson wants a giant robot likeness of himself to roam the Vegas desert firing laser beams.

Sy: [giggling] Oh, are you reading The Onion?

SSB: No, they only do fake news.

Click on the post title to read the story.


sideshow bob said...


Sylvana said...

SSB, is MJ taboo?

Shamus O'Drunkahan said...

You failed to mention that the laser beams will be firing out of his butt.

Sylvana said...

Shamus, I thought that was understood.

Shannon said...

As a Las Vegan, i'm speechless.

Just utterly speechless.

Sylvana said...

Shannon, he's yours now!

Randi said...

that is too funny!!!

ps i moved

Sylvana said...

Randi, HA! I was just looking for you! Thanks. I'll update your link.


Monday, March 26, 2007 | 0 Comments

It's my birthday - the big 3-5. I really don't feel that old, and everyone seems surprised when they hear how old I actually am - but then again, I am really getting sick of people asking me if SSB is my son. *sigh*

SSB got me a DQ cake. It was Deelishus! Especially since I haven't had much else to eat today. And he's bringing me to the Mexican restaurant tonight. Maybe I'll get a free margarita cause it's my birthday. A girl can dream. Eh, I make the best ones anyway.

What pearl of wisdom does an old relic like myself have to pass down to all you yunguns?
We're all going to die - so live like it.


sideshow bob said...

Feliz cumpleanos!

ag said...

Happy DQ Cake Day!!!!

Shannon said...

I think I'm going to celebrate your birthday by getting myself a DQ cake as well.

Happy Birthday!!

Laurie said...

Happy Birthday!

Shamus O'Drunkahan said...

Love the attitude - have a great birthday and keep kicking ass.

Flubberwinkle said...

Happy belated birthday!

OldRoses said...

Happy belated birthday! Hope it was a good one.

Sylvana said...

THANKS ALL!! It was a great birthday!

Derek Knight said...

happy (belated) birthday...Mine was one day prior to yours. Except for how you're all old and I'm not.

Ok, I LOOK old. I can't avoid that.

pastamasta said...

Argh, you're not that old. My own wizened ancientness comes perilously close, and yet I can still do things like run up the stairs, turn cartwheels, bend over and touch my toes, and >>OW<< *OOH* okay, maybe I shouldn't have bent over to touch my toes... anyone know a good chiropractor?

P.S. Happy birthday!

Sylvana said...

Derek, happy belated birthday yourself!

PastaMasta, oh, come on. You know it's all downhill after 30.

Kari said...

Happy Belated Birthday and Happy Easter!!

Sylvana said...

Kari, thanks!

Mrs. Loquacious said...

Happy Very Belated Birthday! :)

And now that I've commented, maybe I can be moved over from the "Never Comment Here" section?

Very entertaining blog, and BTW 35 is SO totally not old! I keep telling myself the 30's are the new 20's...and a colleague of mine sat in disbelief the other day when I divulged my 31 years to her. She totally thought I was 25 so God bless her (she's 21?). LOL! So this age business is all a matter of how well we preserve..and how young we think we are (in my head, I'm 24). :)

Sylvana said...

Mrs. Loquacious, welcome to my blog! and thank you!

When I went back to college 5 years ago, I was afraid I'd stick out like a sore thumb being 10 years older than most other students - but they thought I was their age.


Sunday, March 25, 2007 | 0 Comments

3/25/2007 09:44:00 PM | 3 Comments

Tonight was the end of season bowling banquet. Tonight we were actually playing for money, which was cool - but I didn't even know that until afterwards.

We played 9-pin, which means that if you get nine pins on your first roll it counts as a strike. I didn't get to take advantage of that too much - I think I only got that three time in our three games. But, it really didn't matter because I was on fire, baby!

Well, relatively speaking, I mean.

My first game I bowled a 177!!! A FRICKIN 177!! That is my all-time high score! I did have one 9-pin, but even so, that's an awesome score for me.

My second game I bowled a 135. I was even excited to get that, even after getting a 177, because my average is 116. The 135 was straight up too; no 9-pins.

My final game I wasn't doing so hot, but I finished strong (triple X's in the tenth frame helped me a lot- first time ever for that - sweet!) with a 158!

I was so giddy I was practically dancing to our table for the banquet portion of the night. The food was even really good. I stuffed myself so full I was in pain. But I practically forgot all about the pain when my name was announced as coming in 5th for women series* in the 9-pin tournament and an envelope was handed to me with actual money in it! Wahhoo! It was only $10, but it was more than I was expecting and I had the added bonus of placing in the tournament - so I'll take that!

And it got better.

There was a door prize drawing. Each team was to bring one $10 gift for a man and one $10 gift for a woman. Names were drawn and these gifts were given away. Only half the people were going to get a gift, and SSB and I both got one! He got a gift card to Menards (which he promptly, and wisely, handed to me) and I got a gift card to Walmart (which I promptly handed to him - he picks up pet supplies from there on his way home from school sometimes).

All-in-all I had bowl-tastic night!

*handicaps were applied.


Heather said...

What an exiting night!! Congrats!! :)

ag said...

I'd love to see some pics sometime! Not just of the food, of course.

Sylvana said...

Heather, I'm still excited!

AG, we always forget to take our camera to the lanes. But we should be going again in the next couple of weeks - so maybe soon.

Blog On

Sunday, March 25, 2007 | 0 Comments

There seem to be so many bloggers that I visit that are suddenly giving up blogging and shutting down their blogs. They cite nothing to say, or wanting spend more time doing other things in their lives.
Well, don't you worry - I will be here (even if only sporadically during busy times in my life) droning on and on about something (even if it is actually nothing) to give you a diversion from work.

OK, I haven't been doing much posting on this blog. I have been doing most of my posting on my garden blog. Check it out if you like to cook because I have been posting recipes (you can find links to all the recipes that I have posted in my sidebar in the Sylvana Recipes drop-down menu).

One recipe I am particularly proud of is one I just made up today - one for digestive biscuits, a whole wheat cookie. I first had these while in Scotland a couple years ago. They are very popular in Scotland, England, and Ireland. The most popular brand, McVitie's, is an Irish company. The recipe that I worked out today, after 6-1/2 hours of trial and error, I think come pretty close to McVitie's. If you know what these are GO THERE NOW!! If you don't know what these are, you might just want to give them a try anyway. Don't let the ingredient list scare you off.

After I finished tweaking and baking all the batches that I had made up, we went to our friend's (Ally) house warming party. We got to meet this little old lady (Ida) who was da bomb! I seriously want to adopt her. She told us a story about Ally's roommate's parrot and the vet. "The vet did something that the parrot didn't like and the parrot screamed, 'Fuck off!'" My friend corrects her by saying that the parrot actually said, "You Fucker!" To which she replied, "Are you sure? I really thought he said fuck off."
Then she was telling us how she met Ally: "She was a caregiver to my husband when he was in the nursing home. He passed away two years ago." I told her that I was sorry to hear that. She said, "Oh no. It was for the best. He was in a nursing home for ten years. Ten years everyday I visited him at the nursing home. Ten years. Every day. Can you imagine? It's so nice to not have to go there anymore."
SSB and I were going to go get Moolattes (we had a coupon for bogo at that town's DQ and we don't get to that town very often). Ida asked what a Moolatte was. I explained it. Her face lit up. "Mmm, that sounds good." When I got back I gave her some of mine. She loved it.

She was exactly how I hope to still be at that age. Sassy, direct, and still full of wonder for life and the world.


Kari said...

That's how I want to be too!! Sassy and with a twinkle in my eye while I cut off the young teens in my big boat of a car and then flip them the bird for no reason.

HAHa! I can't wait!

ag said...

It's so easy to push DQ on others and get them hooked! I wish they had a referral system.

I'm out of steam for my blog...I'm glad you're still going!

Sylvana said...

Kari, I like you. Let's be old ladies together.

AG, I think we really should get commission.

Oh, and it's not just you - there are a lot of blogs being abandoned. It's kind of eerie, really.


Sunday, March 18, 2007 | 0 Comments

Boy, did SSB and I have a busy day Saturday!!

The movie "300" came to one of the discount theaters that we like to go to and I really wanted to see it. We knew that our friends Mo and Fry* would be up for that and we haven't seen them for almost 2 months. When SSB emailed Mo she was excited - "Yes, we just saw a 'history behind 300' last night!!" Yay, for geeks!!

As we were driving to the theater Mo asked what about the movie appealed to us. I said that the reason that I wanted to see it was because of the commercials. Fry pointed at her triumphantly and said, "See!!" (they like to argue - it's like flirting to them). I think the commercials did a fantastic job of showcasing the artistic qualities of the film. It is in the same style as "Sin City", which I also like for its artistic value. I loved this movie and highly recommend it. But, when you watch it, be aware that it is not meant to be historically accurate. It is the story that Dilios tells the people of Greece of the 300 Spartans that gave their lives for Sparta, Greece and freedom. He tells it to honor his friends as well as to rally Greece to fight the Persian army.
I would also like to say that I was warned that it was a "gore-fest". I did not find it to be overly violent. "Kill Bill" was way worse than "300".

After the movie we went to Borders. A very dangerous place for all of us. I got an awesome book. I have been looking for a a good party/potluck food book for awhile and I think that this one completely fits the bill. I could not put the book down. Everything looks DELICIOUS!!

It even has a sushi section. Our friend Obi makes awesome sushi and has inspired me to learn how to make it. We even stopped at World Market later and I purchased a sushi mat and a bunch of sushi ingredients. I can't wait to get started!!!

(BTW- I am often posting on my garden blog things I cook/bake. Check the sidebar "Sylvana Recipes" pull-down menu for a list of links to these recipes. I make up many of the recipes myself using a handful of similar recipes or just off the top of my head!)

We had a great time with Mo and Fry. They are really intelligent, so they get our jokes, but they aren't above being completely goofy - which I absolutely love. I get bored with people who try to hard to be above being fascinated with the world and loving life. I find people who retain their child-like wonder and humor to be very fun and interesting people to be with.

When we got home we called Obi and Jill*. Obi had called while we at Borders to see if we wanted to come over for a little Patty-Day celebration of Irish whisky and "Darby O'Gill and the Little People". We did go over and had a great time. I LOVE that movie! I watched it when I was young and thought that it was so sweet, sassy and funny. I would recommend any of you who don't know this movie to rent it - good times! It was strange that even though that movie was made in the 50s, some** of the special effects were still amazing! On the DVD they explain how they do it and even say that the same special effects were used in "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. That Disney was a pioneer!

We didn't get home until nearly 1am and still had to get up early this morning to get ready for bowling. JD bowled the best game of his life - 120! And he was just hoping to finally get over 100. The ball we got him has really helped out his game

*See "Syllogistic Players" in the sidebar.
** And some of the special effects were not so amazing, but it was still as great a movie as I remembered it!


Shannon said...

Eee. I thought 300 was cheesy in a way that begged it to be on MST3K. I didn't care for it at all, however. I liked Sin city, but left the theater this time laughing at all the corny dialogue.

I'm glad you had a great weekend, however! Can't wait to hear about your adventures in sushi.

Sylvana said...

Shannon, it's OK. I know so many people who LOVE Heroes, but I can't stand to watch it because I find most of the acting/situations/dialog to be insufferably cheesy. And it kind of bothers me because I know so many very smart people who really like the show.

Both Sin City and 300 are both actually "graphic novel" films. I have always found graphic novels to have a certain "cheesiness" to them, but not an unpleasant cheesiness. I guess that is the other warning that I would give people - be sure to keep in mind that it is a graphic novel in motion and it is intensely dramatic as graphic novels tend to be.

sideshow bob said...

And don't forget about "Lost"...I didn't think it was physically possible, but that show both sucks and blows;)

ag said...

I wish I lived closer to you guys.

Sylvana said...

SSB, agreed. What's up with that show?

AG, that would be cool. We could go have coffee and rant about stupid people, then go bowling.

I'm a Schmuck

Thursday, March 15, 2007 | 0 Comments


I totally blanked on wishing my sweety a happy birthday!

I hope he can forgive me. I'm bringing home chocolate!



sideshow bob said...

That's OK...I still loves you!

And chocolate!

ag said...

Happy cake!!!!

Derek Knight said...

happy birthday!

Shannon said...

You were born on the Ides of March,eh? Happy birthday!

Sylvana said...

SSB, I thought you might go for the chocolate.

AG, every year for at least the past 12 years I have gotten SSB a DQ cake for his birthday. Not this year, I forgot. Oh well, it was a good run!

Derek, SSB thanks you.

Shannon, no, his birthday was the 14th! SEE! It was a really bad blank! I didn't even realize my mistake until the next day!
But he still loves me.

Laurie said...

Oopsy! Happy Birthday to sweety!

Sylvana said...

Laurie, he forgave me. I took him to our favorite Mexican restaurant and bought him a Marguerita!


Thursday, March 15, 2007 | 0 Comments

I just found out that NBC has some of their most popular series' shows online -


I have been watching shows I've missed, and some that haven't even aired yet, for the last few hours.



Shannon said...

i've been watching 30 Rock like this for a while. I love that NBC is doing this.

sideshow bob said...

I'm sick of NBC jerking my chain about The Office...they made it sound like it was going to be a new episode tonight!!!

Shannon said...

What! It's not! ARGH you NBC!

I get as giddy as a Japanese school girl when I have packages delivered to my house. Today I got two. Earlier this week I ordered some organizational items for work from Stacks and

We needed something that would be adjustable and look real nice since it would be at the front counter. Beautiful, huh? We are actually using this on end to hold sales catalogs.

It came today and I was able to run it down to work to see how it looks and works in context (because I'm obsessive like that). It's awesome! Blue has been trying forever to get the front end manager to clean up and organize her area. She was happy to see that finally in action.

But what I was really excited about getting today was something that I had ordered from I have been tracking the package all week. We holed ourselves in the house all day today just to make sure that we wouldn't miss the delivery. And it finally came!!

Isn't it great?! JD was having trouble finding a low weight ball at the lane that fit his ginormous hands, so we ordered one for him. His favorite colors are fire colors, so when I showed him this ball his eyes lit up. We were a little nervous about the drilling since he wouldn't be able to fit it first. But it all worked out perfectly! We are planning to go to the lanes tonight to break it in. It's a glo-ball so we will see it in all it's glory under the black lights they use for night bowling. We will also be using it as a back-up for league. There have been a few times that SSB and I were up at the same time - which doesn't work that well when we share one ball.


ag said...

Breaking in balls! What fun! It's a beauty!

Sylvana said...

AG, it is a really good ball too! It is well balanced and goes straight (our bowling style). We all enjoyed bowling with it. It also looks awesome under the black lights!
I was nervous about ordering a ball over the internet, but Tuesday I had an overwhelming feeling of confidence about it, so I just ordered it. Another successful use of The Force!

hellbunny said...

Lovely bowling ball.I love getting things in the mail.Im waiting for some cds and dvds.

Kari said...

Hey...that mini shelf thing is cute, it's sorta retro but not tacky. I like not tacky.

Sylvana said...

HellBunny, I don't know why getting things in the mail is more exciting than just going to the store and buying it. Maybe because it comes kind of wrapped, like a present.

Kari, I like not tacky too. And a couple of the people that I work with tend to be tacky, so I'm glad I got to pick this out.

Steven Novak said...

I haven't been bowling in years and I've NEEVR had my own specially made ball!

I'm not sure if I'm jealous though. ;)


Shamus O'Drunkahan said...

Next time, order the clear bowling ball with a skull in it.

That will generate some talk at the league. And it rocks.

Sylvana said...

Steven, you are! ADMIT IT! ;)

Shamus, That would be awesome. I always wonder how they balance those Vis-A-Balls.

Lyvvie said...

I love the shelving. If you tip it on it's side it would be great for LPs.

Will you take pictures of the glowing ball, because that would be neat!

Sylvana said...

Lyvvie, I will try next time we do Thunder Alley Bowling; but I have to tell you - my camera sucks!

Conversations At Our House v.23

Saturday, March 10, 2007 | 0 Comments

Sy: [Reading news headlines online] Hey, the lead singer of Boston died.

SSB: Yeah.

Sy: How?

SSB: I guess it was more than a feeling.


Shannon said...

ROFL! Well played SSB! I nominate this for the best Cov. at our House (CAOH) post.

Sylvana said...

Shannon, I'm glad that people enjoy our conversations. There are a few that are sitting in draft for one reason or another. I'm planning on dragging them out as "Lost COAHs". I'm not sure if I will post them as present posts or buried posts accessible through the side-bar. So I would suggest that fans of COAH check that drop-down occasionally :)

Kari said...

HAHA!! I like that post!

Kari said...

Sorry!!! I'm wrecking your comments window!! I double posted by accident!

Sylvana said...

Kari, don't worry, I fixed it!

The Doc said...

Booo-urns! Booo-urns!

No, I didn't mean it. That was high-larious.

ag said...

This is delighfully wrong!

Shamus O'Drunkahan said...

Keep passing these gems on Sy! Awesome.

Sylvana said...

The Doc, SSB is a funny, funny guy.

AG, excellent.

Shamus, I love having fans!

Sy: Hey, you say "pants" like a Wisconsinite!*

SSB: I do?

Sy: Yeah, "paynts"

SSB: I didn't notice.

Sy: At least you don't say "worsh". "Hangin out my worsh"-

SSB: Yeah, where does that come from?

Sy: It's not necessarily a Wisconsin thing. I hear old people say it a mostly. They're from the waste-not-want-not generation. Maybe they're trying to use up all those dropped consonants. "Fonalac" "Mwaukee"- And all those dropped "r"s from out east - "I've gotta go worsh my ca."

SSB: "Hey! You! You can't just throw those consonants away like that! They're still good!"

*Which is surprising because SSB has always been No-Accent Guy.


Shannon said...

My grandma says "warsh" and "Crik" for "Creek."

I think Warsh is from Indiana- a southern/mid-western hybrid.

I say Mahwaukee and people look at me funny.

Sylvana said...

Shannon, "Mahwaukee" is another popular pronunciation of Milwaukee for people from Wisconsin. Usually people that pronounce it "Mwaukee" grew up in Milwaukee or live near an Indian reservation.
I was actually thinking of you and Dr. Max when I was writing this post since you both are from Wisconsin. I knew you'd get it!

Lyvvie said...

I always thought it was because we New Englanders drop our Rs all over the place, that the wind must carry a few of them across the mountains and plains to settle where they, unfortunately don't belong. Like weeds, but pretty ones that could be useful in a pot display and not ruining a delightfully planned flower bed.

Rs are like poppies.

Lyvvie said...

And I say "MewAHkee. It's awful isn't it. Just, oh my.

Sylvana said...

Lyvvie, I like your explanation much better!

"Loose-Lip" Libby

Thursday, March 08, 2007 | 0 Comments

As I settled down at the kitchen table this morning with my oh-so-good cup of coffee I heard on NPR that Scooter Libby was found guilty.


Finally, someone takes a fall for that incredible violation against our country and intelligence. AND it was someone who was actually involved - BONUS!

I was reading (just to get the "fair and balanced"- or "crazy conservative"- point of view on this) and it was full of comments that supported Bush pardoning Libby. Most said that he shouldn't serve jail time because he didn't commit a crime or a "real" crime. Others said that his being in jail serves no purpose so he should just go free.

Well, he did commit a crime, hence the trial by jury and guilty verdict. And it was a real crime. He was being questioned during an investigation and deliberately lied to the investigators to cover-up the truth and hinder, if not altogether stop, the judicial system from doing their job. As far as his jail time not serving a purpose, why not set all criminals free? What good does it do having them in jail?
1. So they can't commit more crimes.
2. As a deterrent to other criminals.
Why have laws if you are not going to do anything if people break them? Anyone who watches those damn nanny shows can clearly see why the kids are such assholes - they are not held accountable for their actions.

This is also being compared to Clinton's lie. No, he shouldn't have lied; but what the hell business was it of any grand jury what he was doing with another consenting adult? Yeah, it was a shitty thing to do to his family - but really had nothing to do with what he was hired to do. And it certainly was not threatening the security of our nation.

What Libby did was a threat to the security of this nation. It was a threat to the safety of Plame and other CIA agents. A complete disregard toward the sensitivity of the information that he was privy to. I don't work for the White House or the government and I knew you shouldn't give out the names of CIA agents!! And the whole argument that she wasn't covert is a moot point as SHE'S A FRICKIN' CIA OPERATIVE!! People aren't supposed to know what she is or isn't doing!*

Anyway, I would be ecstatic about the verdict; however, I know that he did not do this on his own - and I'm pretty sure that the real brains behind it will never be held accountable for their actions. Those assholes.

*Besides, she was covert.
from Wikepedia:
Larry C. Johnson is "a former CIA analyst who was in Plame's officer training class in 1985-86," and left the Agency in 1989. He served as Deputy Director for Special Operations, Transportation Security, and Anti-Terrorism Assistance in the U.S. State Department's Office of Counter Terrorism until October 1993. On 13 June 2005, posting as an invited "Special guest" in a blog called, Johnson stated that, prior to Novak's column of 14 July 2003, Valerie Plame was indeed a "non-official cover" (NOC) operative:

Valerie Plame was an undercover operations officer until outed in the press by Robert Novak. . . . Valerie Plame was a classmate of mine from the day she started with the CIA. I entered on duty at the CIA in September 1985. All of my classmates were undercover--in other words, we told our family and friends that we were working for other overt U.S. Government agencies. We had official cover. That means we had a black passport--i.e., a diplomatic passport. If we were caught overseas engaged in espionage activity the black passport was a get out of jail free card.
A few of my classmates, and Valerie was one of these, became a non-official cover officer. That meant she agreed to operate overseas without the protection of a diplomatic passport. If caught in that status she would have been executed.
The lies by people like Victoria Toensing, Representative Peter King, and P. J. O'Rourke insist that Valerie was nothing, just a desk jockey. Yet, until Robert Novak betrayed her she was still undercover and the company that was her front was still a secret to the world. When Novak outed Valerie he also compromised her company and every individual overseas who had been in contact with that company and with her.


sideshow bob said...

When it comes from an administration that labels clipping from major newspapers as 'highly classified', it's kind of difficult to take seriously the claim that outing an undercover agent is 'no big deal'.

Anonymous said...

Sunday, March 04, 2007 | 0 Comments

It has come to my attention that one of my long-time regular readers who has left Blogger for another platform can no longer leave comments because I do not have the "anonymous" feature enabled. I had decided when I started my blog to leave it at Blogger-only people to avoid trolls and spam. But, for AG I will, after two+ years of resisting, turn on anonymous comments. If I get any troll comments I will be deleting them, so I would suggest that everyone ignore them.

Welcome back, AG!


ag said...

Yay!!! Thanks!!!!

(I'll try not to act like a troll.)

Elizabeth said...

Great! Why can't AG keep a blogger profile for the sake of commenting on blogs? Just curious. What's up?

ag said...

Elizabeth- because I have a google/blogger account that is related to work and I don't want to post under that. I have another that is associated with my old blog but I can't log into it without getting logged out after one minute- just weird stuff. I also don't want to create a third account. I have an LJ and allow anon comments because Sy and SSB don't want an LJ account. Because I like them so much it's no trouble for me to allow anon people to comment, and not make my posts "friends only."

So, that's what's up. :)

Sylvana said...

Aw, you're welcome AG.
A few other people had requested this and I had declined every time - so consider yourself special. :)

Lyvvie said...

I've never had troll troubles. I do have comments e-mailed to me so anyone spamming my archives I can delete right away.

I think you'll be just fine.

Sylvana said...

Lyvvie, I have my comments emailed to me too. It really does help with cleaning those archives.