Another Dilemma

Last night as I was having a tasty midnight snack (BLAT), the Romgi was looking up trivia about avocados and other random foods. Somehow he got over to the cashews article at Wikipedia.

Did you know that cashews are actually the seeds of the cashew fruit, and are related to poison ivy? The workers who shell the seeds typically suffer from intense, extremely painful skin rashes. That makes me want to boycott cashews so that the workers won’t get hurt so much. But then I realized that a drop in cashew sales will mean those workers become unemployed, and possibly turn to an even more dangerous job, like making fireworks. And that is not what I want.

What is my best course of action now? Eat cashews, or don’t?

Oh wait…we never buy cashews anyway. I guess I’ll eat some at a friend’s house, then, if it comes up.

Life is Beautiful

The house is a mess, I have a paper due tomorrow that hasn’t been started yet, and my to-do list is growing longer and longer, but life is beautiful.

The Romgi brought me these flowers last night:

Hooray for the 남편! And hooray for good things.

new blog

Sometimes I just like to be in a bad mood. And sometimes I overhear people saying silly things (often I am one of those people). I have a new blog where we can keep track of ridiculous conversations, or snippets thereof, that we hear.

Check it out here!

Harry Potter

Ok, so if you thought that I was a late arrival into the world of blogging, then you are definitely are going to go into a state of shock when I say that I just finished the last Harry Potter book. I started with Sorcerer’s Stone and moved up from there. I swore up and down that I would never read the books, and then I got married. The Roni is an avid fan of the series and she was sad that she would not have anybody to discuss the final book with when it came out. So I told her that I would get as far in the series as I could before the release of Deathly Hallows.

Well, in the week and a half before the book came out I got through book 1-4. I stopped after the book came out, because I figured I had missed the deadline, and… well… I had just seen the movie for Order of the Phoenix and it really didn’t make a lot of sense to me. The movie just seemed jumbled together. For people that had already read the book (and probably re-read it leading up to the movie) I’m sure that leaving out so much of the book was necessary; It took two hundred pages just to get through the first two weeks of the story. However, the point is that the movie was really just confusing, and I wasn’t too keen on reading the book.

Again, enter the Roni. She began to read the book out loud to me any time we were making a trip up to see parents, grandparents or other relatives. This made me see that the book made a whole lot more sense than the movie. So in the past 4 days I finished books 5-7. So here are my favorites of the series.

Favorite Character: Without a doubt, Luna Lovegood. I laughed more at the parts with Luna in them than any of the rest of the books combined. She is such a great character. It makes me wish that I had friends like Luna growing up.

Favorite Villain: I think most people will agree with me when I say Dolores Umbridge. Sure Voldemort is the main bad guy, but he knows he is bad. He takes no joy in hurting others, he does it just for power. Umbridge, however, takes a perverse pleasure in the pain of others, and to make matter worse, she thinks that what she is doing is for the benefit of society. To me, that makes her worse. Plus she is just so easy to hate!

Favorite book: The book that I enjoyed the most was Half-Blood Prince. In that book I was the most involved in the story. The characters seemed to be people that I could relate to. Also, who doesn’t like it when Luna does the announcing for the quidditch game?

Least Favorite Good-guy: Hermione Granger. Especially in book 7 when she keeps harping on Harry about occlumency. I just skipped over those parts because I wanted to start yelling at her. And when you want to start yelling at a fictional character, it is time to move on.

Still alive…still blogging

No, I haven’t disappeared forever. Yes, I had my share of being too exhausted to get out of bed. Yes, things have been happening. And no, I don’t remember what all those things are.

But some of them:

– I got a little tiny 1gb mp3 player with a volume up button that has a picture of a chicken/goat. The mp3 player is therefore affectionately referred to as The Choat. Like all good words, Choat has become the word we use for everything else that doesn’t have a name: stupid drivers, people in class who make dumb comments, unidentifiable objects, and so on. Although I am not a Choat.

– Last week I was asked to give a woman in my ward (apparently someone who had been put on my VT route and nobody informed me) a ride to the bishop’s storehouse in Orem. Her husband and 20-month old daughter came too; the woman is about 6 months pregnant and needed her husband to help load up the groceries. Anyway, I’d never met them before, but the husband sat in front with me (I guess there was more leg room…) and told me his opinions about why the Civil War really happened (not slavery, like you might think; Southerners didn’t want slaves at all, and were too poor to have slaves anyway), why Mormons are so judgmental, and how blacks (he referred to them as “Cain’s people”) are, as a group, unable to feel good emotions and have contributed nothing to society. I’m not sure I have ever been so offended. While he was talking I got so angry I was near tears. And the thing was, he was so calm telling me all of this. When I finally dropped them back at their apartment I rushed home and shared my fury with the Romgi, who was appropriately shocked and dumbfounded. I will elaborate in a later post what exactly the guy said, but this is the gist of it. Horrible!

– I do need to mention that in our biology class this semester (the Romgi and I are taking it together) students get into pairs and do a 5-minute presentation on a current event that is somehow related to biology. People are getting really weird about it; the most common issues are steroids and air pollution, but there have been other things like reconstructive surgery for knee tendons, conjoined twins, and so on. A few weeks ago two guys got up and one of them introduced their topic: rhinos. He said that rhinos are his favorite animals, and he showed us pictures of the Malaysian rhino (or something like that) that he really likes because it so closely resembles the prehistoric wooly rhino. Yeah. After his presentation I started seeing him everywhere on campus, and I have to smile every time. Ah, Rhino Boy! So much fun.

– More later. I have a study group in a few minutes. This week I have 5 tests and 3 papers. Yuck!