Sunday, December 30, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
It just so happens that Google launched a new flight tracking service today. According to Google:
For the latest information on a flight's status, simply search for an airline and flight number, and the first result will tell you whether your flight is on time or delayed as well as the estimated departure and arrival times. Here's a quick example for a specific American Airlines flight:
That's even easier!!
This "service" for sale on eBay right now is hysterical! It's a little pricey, with the current bid at $190.50, but this prank would be legen... (wait for it) ..dary!
According to the description:
You are bidding on a rare chance to traumatize a treasured friend or relative with baffling, mind-numbing, mystery correspondence from abroad.Too bad I'm all done with my Christmas shopping!! :)
Here is the arrangement:
I will be spending the Christmas holiday in Poland in a tiny village that has one church with no bell because angry Germans stole it. Aside from vodka, there is not a lot for me to do.
During the course of my holiday I will send three postcards to one person of your choosing.
These postcards will be rant-ravingly insane, yet they will be peppered with unmistakable personal details about the addressee. Details you will provide me.
The postcards will not be coherently signed, leaving your mark confused, guessing wildly, crying out in anguish.
"How do I know this person? And how does he know I had a ferret named Goliath?"
Your beloved friend or relative will try in vain to figure out who it is. Best of all, it can't possibly be you because you'll have the perfect alibi: you're not in Poland. You're home, wherever that is, doing whatever it is you do when not driving your friends loopy with international prankery.
Your target will rack their brains in the shower. At dinner. During long drives. At work. On the golf course.
"Who did I tell about the time I got fired by a note on my chair?" they'll ponder, "And where the hell is Szczeczinek?"
But wait, there's more.
To add to the sheer confusion and genuine discomfort, one missive will be on an original promotional postcard announcing the 1995 television premiere of Central Park West on CBS.
Another will be a postcard celebrating Atlanta's disastrous hosting of the 1996 summer Olympic games.
Your mark will be at a complete loss, desperate for answers, debating contacting people he or she hasn't talked to in years.
"I know this will sound weird," they'll say, "but by any chance were you in Eastern Europe ranting about cantaloupe... twelve years ago... right before some show with Mariel Hemingway debuted?"
When you decide to end the torment is completely up to you. If you can, I recommend owning up on 1 April 2008 - giving you nearly half a year of joy and a George Clooney-esque level of prankage. If you can't hold it in that long, I totally understand.
Monday, December 17, 2007
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Instead, it traveled over 2,045 miles from Points A to H:
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Oh well, at least it got there!
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
This has to be the ultimate Christmas present this year! Should you ever find yourself lost in the galaxy, and wanting desperately to return home... or maybe you were taken against your will?
"In case of alien abduction, these dog tags may save your life. The crucial data an alien will need to get you back to Earth is die-stamped into these dog tags."Don't worry, they do offer a full money-back guarantee:
"Should you ever be abducted by aliens while wearing Location Earth Dog Tags and not returned safely to Earth you will be entitled to a full refund of the purchase price."(How exactly will you be able to collect on that refund?!?)
Hurry! Order your dog tags now!!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Ken Levine, an Emmy-winning writer, posted several helpful Thanksgiving Travel Tips on his blog. A few clever favorites:
* Leave for the airport NOW. Especially if your flight is on Wednesday.
* Bring no luggage. Wearing the same clothes for a week is a small price to pay.
* Southwest has no reserved seating. Get in one of the latter groups boarding. You don’t want to be one of the first to sit then watch as fifty people glance at the empty seat next to you, then to you, and decide to sit somewhere else.
* Those people in the Stand-By line – those are the same people who think they can get rich selling Amway products, and the Tooth Fairy really exists. Don’t fly Stand-By unless you like sleeping in airport terminals for five days.
* Air travelers: avoid O’Hare. Better to land in
* If you’re dropping someone off at the airport don’t even think you’ll be able to stop. Have your travelers practice the tuck and roll from a moving car. The first couple of times they’ll bounce but by the fourth or fifth try they should have it down.
* There’s more legroom in Exit rows. When the flight attendants ask if you are willing to help out in case of emergency just say yes. Like it’s going to make a big difference anyway if you crash.
* If you’re flying on an airline that doesn’t have reserved seating never sit next to anyone whose already eating or reading Ann Coulter.
* Put a big strip of duct tape on your luggage so you’ll recognize it easily. And it makes a nice fashion statement.
* Watch "PLANES, TRAINS, & AUTOMOBILES" again and think of it as a “best” case scenario.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Random environmental awareness...
NBC's "Green Week" was a good idea, but only really worked in this week's "30 Rock". You can see some pretty hilarious highlights here. I'm sure they're hoping that at the very least it got America's couch potato population thinking about their effect on the environment. Hopefully each of us considers our own carbon footprint, and the small changes we can make. This frightening article has me rethinking the plethora of plastic shopping bags that we definitely reuse in the Sprik household, but still receive way too many of. (Not a reflection of my addiction to Target, of course! ;) Many of you know that one of the shopping quirks at the company I work for, is that customers must purchase or bring their own bags for their groceries at our stores... which is a great way to cut down on plastic waste. Another clever way is a non-disposable shopping bag, like the customizable ones you can now make at LL Bean.
Friday, November 09, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
Every time we head to Michigan he talks about stopping at Sherman's, but without fail his mom has already picked up a gallon or two for him. A few weeks ago when we were in Madison,WI, we accidentally found a small ice cream shoppe that served the smurfy flavor... and he was in heaven! Later that week, he lucked out and we found it for sale at our local Meijer's.
If after all of this you're still curious about Blue Moon, you can make some for yourself:
6 servings - 30 min, 10 min prep
teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla oil
cups whipping cream
teaspoon blue food coloring
teaspoons vanilla pudding mix
teaspoon raspberry flavored oil, pureed or 1 cup frozen raspberries, pureed
teaspoon lemon flavored oil or lemon extract
- 1/2 cup of milk scalded in pan.
- Add 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/4 tsp of salt. Stir till dissolved.
- Add 1/2 cup of half and half.
- Add 11/2 cups of heavy whipping cream.
- Add vanilla, raspberry, lemon flavoring.
- Add blue food coloring.
- Chill in fridge till very cold.
- Put in ice cream machine!
Brian and I went to see "Dan in Real Life" last weekend...
It was hands-down, one of the best movies we've seen in the theaters in a long, long time - nice message, heartwarming, and completely hilarious. Professional movie-see-ers think so too. The soundtrack is definitely on my downloads list.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
My guess on ages:
Baby Jesus (ERIK) - about 2-3 yrs
Mary (KRISTEN) - about 6-7 yrs
Joseph (SCOTT) - about 8-9 yrs
Random shepherd/wise man (AIMEE) - about 10-11 yrs
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Currently, he's a featured contributor on "The Daily Show".
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
Well, we did it! We traded in our car, K.I.T.T., for a Nissan Murano. (Nice to see the dealership is making a profit, since they gave us the "we're in the red on this deal, we just want to earn your business" crapola.) So far, so good... we love it! We're interested to see how it handles in Chicago's winter weather - one of the main reasons we went for an SUV. Chicago's snow/ice is not like Utah's! You can find a very entertaining and educating look at how to negotiate a car purchase here.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
Think you can find all of the nothings that make up Seinfeld? Here is a poster full of images that represent Seinfeld catchphrases, sayings, nicknames, and other Seinfeld memories. Use your Seinfeld knowledge and find all 38 Seinfeld memories.
Answers can be found here.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Monday, September 03, 2007
I love fall!
It is just about the most perfect time of the year... crisp, cool air - but not too cold, leaves changing colors, apples, sweaters, pumpkins, etc. Chicago, with all of its forest preserves and the Morton Arboretum, is definitely a must see this time of year. Yep, I love pretty much everything about fall.
Except for that one speed bump, right in the middle, Halloween. Unlike Brian, I do enjoy a good, scary movie now and then... and haunted houses were always a good time during my college years. But, I don't really feel that we need a holiday to celebrate goblins, zombies, ghosts, witches, and ghouls. Baby costumes, princesses, and other funny characters are always cute on kids... but dressing your child as the undead or the disturbed, or helping them celebrate the possessed? No thanks.
To give my mom credit, she definitely tried... (obviously, the pumpkin costumes weren't a favorite of mine and Scott's). In later years, we skipped the traditional trick-or-treating in favor of really fun family nights. We played games, had scavenger hunts, and still ended up with more candy than we ever needed.
Once we're blessed with our own family, I'll have to get creative in the ways we'll celebrate the season. Less focus on Halloween, and more emphasis on all of the wonderful things there are to enjoy about fall.
A little background:
There's a bat loose in the office and Dwight K. Schrute has taken it upon himself to catch it. Everyone has cleared out for the day, scared of the bat, and Meredith is just coming out of the restroom.
I think I made Brian watch this scene about 25 times!