Thursday, April 28, 2011

5 Things

5 Things I could be doing right now instead of working:
1. Watching paint dry
2. Walking over hot coals
3. Discuss politics… not really, I'd rather work
4. Squishing a spider…. just got the willies…
5. Watch 90210 (torture)

5 Things I'd rather be doing than work:1. Playing with my pup
2. Working on my knitting so I can finish it before Linley's little girl is born
3. Sitting in the sun soaking it up before the snow/rain expected on Saturday
4. Going to see a movie at the theater but not paying the exorbitant theater prices.
5. Learning guitar
5 Things I really wish I could be doing:
1. Flying to a new place to excavate at an ancient archaeological site
2. Scratching the million dollar winning lottery ticket
3. Taking a hot air baloon ride
4. Hiking in New Zealand
5.. Working as an extra on the Hobbit

Sunday, April 24, 2011


I find myself with a bit of writers blog... hehe. Forgive the horrible wordplay. The reason I don't write a daily blog is because well, lets face it, my job is very boring. I would write more often if I had more interesting things to write about. Alas, my current situation inhibits my material.

I know what you're thinking... I probably need to get a hobby. Well, it just so happens, I have recently taken up knitting. Yes, another riveting topic that I don't want to bore my 7 little readers with.

Well, I do have my dog, who often keeps our lives interesting but he's been fairly well behaved, of late, except the shoe that he destroyed today, however that episode was short lived and entirely uneventful.

It seems I need a hobby that involves people. People have quirks, idiosyncrasies, annoyances that can be turned into interesting observances. Then again, do I really need to be annoyed with a bunch of quirky idiots! I jest.

Well, for now I'll have to focus on finding some interesting topics to keep my few readers engaged. Until then... Comments? Questions? Suggestions?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Lycosi... what?!

Caution: If you hate creepy crawlies as much as I do you may want to skip this post!

Hi, my name is Tara and I'm an arachnaphobic…

I HATE spiders. I mean seriously absolutely, positively HATE them. Could God have made them any creepier?! Eight legs, multiple eyes, some hairy, ALL UGLY! From the tiny to the tarantula size they all give me the creeps. Oh sure, people tell me "but they help because they eat the other pests", yeah yeah, you say that but when you find a large Lycosidae - Hogna in your garage! Lycosidae is the biological family name of the wolf spider. Hogna is the genus as explained to me by Dr. Paula Cushing of the Denver Musuem of Nature and Science. This is what Marc found in a 5 gallon bucket in our garage when he was digging stuff out of it

Disgusting right?!! If you aren't creeped out by it, you're not normal in my book! That was about the size of a fifty scent piece. And that's just what it looks like in its dead curled up form! Check this out for a live version

Although the one Marc found was dead, it didn’t make it any less freaky!. I mean that thing was alive when it crawled in there! That means it was alive crawling it's little happy spider butt around my garage and in my other things! UGH!!! I just wanna keep spiders out of my house and surrounding bubble. Is that really so much for me to ask?!

Friday, April 1, 2011


In our current technologically advanced world we discover new planets through highly sophisticated telescopes and determine within a reasonable doubt whether or not they are able to support human life just from the light they reflect; or we can discover what the climate was like millions of years ago based on air pockets in glaciers... yet I still believe that there are many things in this world that remain undiscovered. One of them, some consider to be controversial. It has become a legend for many followers of sightings in North America. What intriguing, mystery could I be referring to? The elusive, harry, oft blurr-ily photographed... Bigfoot.

Is Bigfoot real? Do I believe there is a 6 foot lumbering humanoid hiding in the forests of North America? I can say, without a doubt in my mind… I'm on the fence. Marc however is a believer! He loves to watch those Discovery Channel, History Channel, etc. "documentary's" about bigfoot. I don't mind watching some of them. Namely the ones that have people using scientific methods to test things like stride, hair samples, video analysis and such, but I absolutely loathe the ones with the hoakey "re-enactments". They start out with the "victim" telling their story of…The Encounter. The screen then fades into a forrest setting looking pleasant and quiet... cue the creepy music. A branch snaps and a quick flash of a dark shadow is seen just to the peripheral. The camera quickly pans in that direction and ARG GRRR RAWR! All of a sudden there's a snarling sasquatch in the distance running as the camera bounces in and out of frame! Really? What annoys me most in these little "re-enactments" is that they either use a guy in a really bad gorilla suit that they try to make look mangy and Patterson-Gimlin-esque tromping around or with the new technical advancements, they'll use a computer generated image that looks something like a rabid cartoon ape man. Now, I totally understand that they can't go to the nearest animal trainers and rent out a well-trained Bigfoot for such scenes because afterall, that's the point, there's not a zoo with these guys in there, but really?

Now if you didn't get my Patterson-Gimlin reference up there, fear not, that just means you have a life outside of Bigfoot hunting (which everyone needs a break from their passions :). They were the dudes who shot the famous, much debated Bigfoot footage in 1967. That's another thing, why are all the videos/photographs blurry/bouncy or far away? Check out this most recent one out from North Carolina. Really?! He's walking across the road and you can't get your camera to focus? That looks like it could be a guy in an ewok suit who lost his ride to the sci-fi convention! And if your camera is a worthless piece of tin, and you rule out the ewok scenario follow him! Cautiously of course but if you really wanted these photos to be worth something, money or credibility, make sure it's in focus!!