The Rally to Restore Sanity

I’ve never ever in my life attended any sort of a rally, or protest, or anything political. But this, folks, is going to be phenomenal. I just have a feeling. My husband is a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge fan of the Daily Show, and of Jon Stewart in general.

Did I mention he’s a huge fan? Huge.

I spent 3 months trying to get tickets to the show for his birthday earlier this year and finally succeeded. And a week ago, I just happened to browse on over to the Daily Show website, and right there on the home page, there happened to be extra tickets left for a show next week, and just like that, I got 4 tickets!! Love it.

The rally just goes to show that the small percentage of extremist Americans who are just freaking wacky, are the ones who happen to get the most publicity and it’s driving people nuts.

I watched Stewart on Oprah last week, it was such an amazing segment. This guy is hilarious! I don’t know where it comes from, but it’s constantly entertaining.

I plan on taking tons of pictures and submitting a post of the whole thing to share with my loyal readers 🙂 I’m really really excited!

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iPAD’s new competition

iPad with on display keyboard

Image via Wikipedia

Sure, Apple‘s totally ruling the market with the iPAD and competitors are itching to release something that will be a direct hit. It was all a matter of time of course, before something was in development and the announcements were released of the next big tablet.

Research In Motion (RIM) announced its new tablet on the opening day of it’s annual developers conference. The Blackberry Playbook with its 7 inch screen, rumored to have an 8 hour battery life, 2 video cameras, bluetooth and wi-fi, is definitely going to give the iPAD a run for its money. Or is it? Guess we’ll find out in 2011!

It was shown at the conference, but only behind a glass encased box. How awful is that?! Those tekkies were surely having a panic attack being unable to touch and play with the darn thing.

The market for a tablet is definitely growing. Being in the healthcare industry, I’ve heard doctors requesting for us to upload our proprietary software onto their iPADs, and I’m sure the same will come of the Playbook. Healthcare and EMR companies with web based software have an in with this stuff so doctors can access patient records from literally anywhere. It’s really a fun time to be in healthcare technology.

Freaky Fortune??

I always get freaked out when horoscopes are spot on. Like how do they know this stuff?? My horoscope has been pretty close to reality for the past several days and it just gives me the heeby jeebies!

Here is my horoscope from Friday …

Cancer Sep 24 2010
You are in a long process of transformation, Moonchild. This may feel, at times, like the universe is out to get you. Things have gone wrong, people have betrayed you for no reason, and challenge after challenge has appeared before you to block your path. But all of the seemingly daunting or damaging things you are experiencing now are for your own good. You are learning. You are growing. And the paths you are being forced down are the paths you are supposed to be on. What you are going through now will lead you exactly where you need to go.

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Starry Night – Celestial Events this week

Today is the first day of Autumn. Goodbye shorts and t-shirts, hello cute sweaters and trench coats.

Deep down inside, I’m a geek. An engineer at heart and by education, I do have an appreciation for science. I’ve never really been into astronomy, but I came across some pretty cool happenings going on in our galaxy this week 🙂 So take this as your “current events guide to the solar system“!

Today (9/22) at 3pm Eastern Time,  Jupiter and Uranus will be in conjunction, and less than one degree apart in the sky. You’ll be able to see both of them close to each other just after sunset.

Later tonight, at approximately 11:09pm Eastern Time, the equinox, meaning “equal nights” will begin.

An equinox occurs twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth‘s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, the center of the Sun being in the same plane as the Earth’s equator.

This means that daytime and nighttime are of equal lengths everywhere on Earth, about 12 hours each.

Tomorrow (9/23)  at 5:17am Eastern Time, since the moon and sun are exactly opposite in the sky, the September full moon will occur. They call this full moon the Harvest Moon because it’s closest to the equinox.

So according to MSNBC, since the two planets and moon are all directly opposite the Sun, you’ll be able to see all 3 of them close together in the sky with your fancy telescopes 🙂 I may not be an astronomy nerd, but I still think that’s pretty damn cool.

In all honesty, when someone says Milky Way, I totally think of the chocolate bar. 🙂

Milky Way - Simply Caramel

Image by define23 via Flickr

Where are they now?

I don’t know why it occurred to me yesterday, but it did. Where are all those childhood TV/Movie stars that I was addicted to watching back in the 80s and 90s ALL the freakin time??? And I don’t mean the ones that are still in the limelight (good or bad). I had to dig and find my favorites….

Well hello Topanga

Topanga (Boy Meets World): um wow. Ok didn’t mean to start it off this way, she was just at the top of my list originally, but not because of what I thought I would find. Well who am I kidding, she looked like she was a bad girl hiding behind those frumpy clothes the entire show, am I right?! Ms. Danielle Fishel‘s work most recently can be found on TV shows such as The Dish and The Fuse 20.

Kimmy Gibler (Full House): The annoying best friend of DJ Tanner, Andrea Barber, decided to live a nice normal life after the showbiz business. Married with two kids and a college education behind her, she seems happy. Good for you Kimmy!

Rudy all grown up

Rudy Huxtable (The Cosby Show): Our lovable little Rudy, or Keshia Knight Pulliam, is still somewhat in the spotlight, doing TV shows such as House of Payne, and films such as Madea Goes to Jail.

Randy Taylor (Home Improvement) – the heart throb of the show, Jonathan Taylor Thomas was definitely one of my favorite teen stars growing up.  He’s definitely done his fair share of movies and appearances on TV shows here and there since his run on Home Improvement, and has managed to stay out of trouble and away from any major headlines.

Chunk (Goonies) – This guy was my FAVORITE out of the classic Goonies clan. Maybe it was his simple hearted nature, or the fact that his name was Chunk 🙂 Regardless, Jeff Cohen definitely can’t go by the name “Chunk” anymore. Talk about toooooootally different!!

Jeff is pretty successful lawyer in Beverly Hills now. They had a 20 year Goonies reunion in 2005 which is crazy and cool at the same time.

What Not to Wear... yikes!

Cancer… how much do you really know?

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t know someone affected by cancer. I couldn’t say this so confidently 3 years ago. 3 years ago, I didn’t think it would come near me. I didn’t think it would touch anyone important in my life. For some reason, I thought that my friends and family would be safe from it.

I know that science has made a lot of progress when it comes to research and even treatment options. I saw a lot of great new technology when my dad was going through his chemotherapy, radiation, and clinical trial. It was truly impressive to see it firsthand that the millions of dollars of donations going towards cancer research is turning into reality for some. Even though it wasn’t enough to save his life, I do appreciate the attempts that cancer centers are trying to make with all this new research and technology.

One of our closest friends lost his mom yesterday to ovarian cancer. It spread quickly to her brain in the past several months and there were no more options left for them. I can imagine what he’s going through and the pain from my experience less than a year ago is all coming back to me.

After doing the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure for breast cancer research and awareness a few days ago, I heard some really crazy facts and wanted to research a little more to see what other facts and statistics are out there that I’m not aware of. I know I’m probably driving myself insane by doing this research, but that won’t stop me. These are from cancer.org, Facts & Figures 2010.

In the US, men have slightly less than a 1 in 2 lifetime risk of developing cancer; for women, the risk is a little more than 1 in 3.

Those numbers are frightening. Look around you. Look at how many people have the possiblity of being diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives.

The National Cancer Institute estimates that approximately 11.4 million Americans with a history of cancer were alive in January 2006, either cancer free, with some evidence of cancer, or undergoing treatment.

About 1,529,560 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2010. Of those cases, the states of California, New York, Texas, and Florida each dominate the numbers by having over 100,000 cases within its respective state.

About 569,490 Americans are expected to die of cancer in 2010. That’s more than 1,500 people per day. Cancer accounts for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths.

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Now onto some good news:

Although survival statistics vary greatly by cancer type and stage at diagnosis, the 5-year relative survival rate for all cancers diagnosed between 1999 and 2005 is 68%, up from 50% in 1975-1977.

So please keep donating to science and research, keep volunteering for cancer organizations throughout the country, and follow the guidelines recommended by Cancer.org to reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes:

  1. Maintain a healthy weight throughout life.
  2. Adopt a physically active lifestyle.
  3. Consume a healthy diet with an emphasis on plant sources.
  4. If you drink alcoholic beverages, limit consumption.

And I will add a #5 of my own:

5.  Quit smoking!!!!!

To those currently battling cancer, stay positive and keep fighting!

Pieces of heaven.. by the forkful.

Yesterday, after the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure in NYC, I stopped at Crumbs and had one of these:

And it was soooo good.

SO good, that I was at a loss of words.. until today. It really was pieces of heaven in every single bite. My sweet-tooth-who-is-in-denial-that-he-has-a-sweet-tooth husband ate more than I did. And that was after he actually said the words (and I quote):

I’ll just have a bite.

I am absolute fanatic of red velvet cakes, cupcakes, whatever type of cake, I’ll eat it. We passed by the shop on our way to the car, thank goodness for that, and I had to divulge.

I’m amazed at the cupcake craze right now. There are SO MANY freaking amazing cupcakes out there and the things people do with them (don’t worry I’m keeping it clean folks) is mind boggling!

I mean, imagine this sucker as your wedding cake!!

Shit. I’ll get married to my husband again just so I can have a cupcake wedding cake.

All this cupcake talk is making me crave something sweet. Hmm….

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