Monday, July 31, 2006

WTF is Variegate?

So, I was eating some Mayfield Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Ice Cream. I read the little description thinggie and it described it as "Cookie dough-flavored ice cream with a peanut butter variegate and cookie dough pieces."

I got to wondering -- first, what is a variegate. Then wondering who in Athens, TN knows what a variegate is.

I don't fathom myself as having an extensive vocabulary. In fact, I know I use words incorrectly left and right. But, generally I like to think I've heard of words that are on my food (outside of the monosodium glutimate and such in the ingredients). If you're going to describe a food, use ordinary words.

So I went to and looked up variegate and found this:
variegate Pronunciation Key (vair-ee-i-geyt, vair-i-geyt)
tr.v. variegated, variegating, variegates

1. To change the appearance of, especially by marking with different colors; streak.
2. To give variety to; make varied.
I'm confused first because references it as a verb, and it's used as a noun in the description. Then I'm even more confused as to why they didn't say "a peanut butter swirl."

Maybe Mayfield thinks their target audience is much more intelligent than me. I'm pondering on partaking in the purchasing of their products after this post.

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Something for a penny? Scary and TRUE

So, I did the strangest thing yesterday. I purchased something for $.01!

No, I didn't use coupons. No, it's not price after rebate. The actual price on the register receipt is $.01. (Maybe I'll scan it if people need proof)

I went to Wal-Mart to buy stuffs. I bought a lot more than I intended, but I was at the Super Wal-Mart and was getting the ingredients for my chili (which I have named "2"). One of the ingredients I need is a jalapeño. So I bought one.

I got to the register and the cashier was like "One?" - I said "Yeap" -- "Only one?" -- "That's all I need" -- she puts it on the scale, enters the PLU, and it rings up as $.01 (they're $.79/lb)

So, for everyone who gets pissed off at WalMart, here's what you do: Go in, and purchase 1 jalapeño. And pay for it with your credit card. It'll cost Wal-Mart more to process the transaction than you paid! (Note, I do NOT recommend doing this if you want to keep their prices low low low)

Friday, April 28, 2006

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas

Whelp, I survived Vegas. Went there on a business trip for a conference (Hyperion Conference, for those of you who care). I didn't do a lot while I was there outside of the conference (they had us going and going and going)

Firstly, I didn't lose a ton of money. I didn't win any money either. Gambling really ain't my thang. I wasn't even enthralled while I was playing the slots.

I did climb the rock wall one of the Vendors had at the conference. Made it all the way to the top! I'm pondering posting the photo in my pictures section.... it's a REALLY bad angle and I look FAT (Ok, I've got some weight on me, but I swear I don't look THAT bad)

The "Dinner and Entertainment" night SUCKED MAJORLY though. It was supposed to start at 7:30 and they had like 4000 people shoved in this small area and didn't open the doors to the dining hall until just after 8pm. There was no organization on seating.... All of our group didn't get to sit together... and there were a bunch of people in there who shouldn't have been there. Half of our group didn't even get to go. We started out with a Circque de Soleil like act... I was highly impressed. Then Dana Carvey was supposed to be our entertainment, but he unexpectedly got sick. Instead we had this other guy. Maybe you heard of him.... Jason Lemon... no, that's not right.. Jay Limo... no... Jay Leno... yeah, that's it.. Jay Leno was our entertainment... he was HILARIOUS. (I've now decided I have the "fat virus")

Vegas WAS a lot of fun though. And, I know they say "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" -- but since nothing happened in Vegas, well, nothing stays there ;-)

I've got ponderances to go back... it's expensive tho, so I'll have to win the lottery or something. I'd enjoy getting to see everything on the strip (maybe see hot guys strip?) and get to enjoy myself.

On another note, my grandmother goes to Tampa on the 9th. On that date she'll have been with me almost a full month. As of now, she's been with me for 2.5 weeks. When she came down, she was kinda relying on a cane and BARELY made it up to the third floor. A week later, she was "jumping baby gates" to put some of my clothes away (there's ANOTHER story there, which I will NOT post here), and while I was in Vegas, she took Bradley up and down the stairs several times a day. I'm happy she's doing so much better. I've got a bad feeling it may be her house that's killing her... I mean, there's YEARS of smoke in her house that's just embedded into the walls and all. Part of me is sad to see her sell her house (if she does it), but part of me is thrilled that she'd get a change of scenery and environment that would allow her to feel 15 years younger than her stature of 82.

Work's also a bit insane. Server Consolidation (SCON) is driving me beyond insane. I think I gained a few grey hairs.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

What do "my butt hurts" and "marathon" have in common?

No, not that, you sicko!

Yesterday, I biked 26.2 miles on the Silver Comet Trail. The first time I was on my bike this year. I'm a little exhausted today, but it's all good.

The strange thing is everytime I get all worked out, my appetite goes away. I don't understand, but yesterday I biked that distance -- and ate like next to nothing. I didn't have that much of an appetite today. Maybe it'll help me lose some of my weight I want to drop.