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July 25, 2010

Beetle Juice

Okay, I know most people who know me well will not be surprised by this, but I have not seen the movie Beetle Juice.  In fact, for some reason in my mind I pictured Jonny Depp in the movie (though what I'm really picturing is him as Edward Scissor Hands), but I think it was that guy who was Mr.…
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April 14, 2010

1 2 3 4

This is my own real life LOST... at least once a week (sometimes multiple times) the numbers 1 2 3 4 appear somewhere. A clock, mileage,license plate, songs, statistics, and so on. I would dismiss it as coincidence, but it happens all the time and just in the last few months. Where's the prophet Daniel when you need him? Any…
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March 29, 2010

What I’d look like as a blue-eyed blonde

I recently chopped my hair off, but before I took the plunge, I did some investigating.  I was curious about hairstyles, and what would look good on me (or, more to the point, what would look horrible on me).  Cutting out hairstyles from magazines and gluing them to pictures of myself was an option that was too creepy... and too…
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February 4, 2010

Mattress Attack!

File this one under strange but true. This past Sunday on our way to a church meeting Jill and I saw this SUV on an exit ramp right by the church office.  Thankfully no one was injured, but it was sure a sight to behold.  Oddly enough, the blaze was caused by a mattress that was under the vehicle.  As…
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January 6, 2010

No Nail Polish

Nails can not be painted while in nursing school, at least not during clinicals (working in the hospitals) which is a majority of, if not the entirety of, the semester.  This rule was put into practice because even small chips and cracks in nail polish look tacky but also can carry germs with them.  Ew.  I began to realize that…
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October 19, 2009

Editor-At-Large

A term I've heard before, but not thought much of, came up tonight and I started laughing at it.  Editor-at-large.  Really?  Wondering what it meant, I Googled it and was surprised I found very little information on it except it seems to be described as a writer who doesn't have assignments but can write or edit articles of their choice…
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October 9, 2009

Thready or Not

Have you seen those ads for threading rather waxing eyebrows?  I can't tell you how many times I've seen them and either cringed or laughed at them. Well, a great friend of mine (who shall remain nameless), had it done.  She told me it didn't hurt very much, and on a recent stop at the Mall of America, she paid…
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August 31, 2009

What gives, CP?

I find it strange that though I can not say Circus Peanuts have changed at all since I was a kid (and I LOVED them!), but now they seem completely disgusting to me.  They smell the same, look the same, taste the same, and tempt me to eat them just as they ever did.  But when I put one in…
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July 14, 2009

Liquid Paper? Cool!

In life there are a few things that I wish really were what they say they are.  When they say someone is a dog person, it would be cool to actually see a dog-person. Today I wished that Liquid Paper was true to its claim.  Wouldn't it be cool to dump it out or brush it onto a surface and…
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July 13, 2009

Those Elves…

What are those elves called who come into places and move things around?  Because I think we have some in our cabin.  About ten minutes ago I walked into the 2nd bedroom in our cabin, which holds Matt's guitar, our swim-ware, and extra bedding (along with two unused bunk beds).  I was more than a little surprised when I saw…
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March 24, 2009

Must Haves

There is some sort of magic in the late night and early morning hours that turns stupid ideas into brilliant ones.  I don't mean my own ideas, though I'm sure the same could be said for those.  I mean infomercials. I don't straighten my hair, or buff my car a lot, or bedazzle things.  Yet at some magical hour my…
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March 3, 2009

Serious Snow Removal

I don't believe that I've seen this in Minnesota... the river coming out of that thing as amazing.
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January 27, 2009

Make it Mac Tonight?

Hey, remember that singing moon head from McDonald's commercials in the 80s?  For some of you that's a resounding 'NO!'  But for others, you do remember him.  He sang and played piano on the top of skyscrapers.  (I think McDonald's was actually sued for using that song.) On our recent trip to OK, we saw a church nursery with this…
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January 23, 2009

there’snoplacefornospace

It'sfairlylateandusuallyIgetalittlestrangeafter10pm.I'vedecidedtowriteanentirepostwithout typinganyspaces.It'smuchmoredifficultthanitseems.IfindthatIactuallyhavetopauseeachtime there'ssupposedtobeaspacetomakesureidon'thitthespacebar.It'sfascinatingandyoumightwant totryit.Spacesarereallytheneglectedchildofwriting.Wegetallgoo-gooandgagaoverwordsthatwe forgetthatwordswouldbenothingbutjibberishwithoutspaces.Withthattruthinmindweoweevery greatpieceofliteraturetothespace,fromtheBibletoTheOdyssey.It'stimethespacegottherecognitionit deserves.Here'stotheforgottenchampionofcommunication.Weaffirmourneedofyouand acknowledgeourneglect.Youaretrulyhumbleandwecanlearnmuchbyyourexample. There'snoplacefornospace.
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January 15, 2009

Balloon Phobia

I have shared with some people my strong dislike (one may even say phobia) of balloons. I can't say for sure, but I have a few theories on this.  I think it could stem from those games teachers made us play in school. Each child tied a balloon around their ankle and everyone chased each other around and tried to…
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December 27, 2008

Holy Birds!!

In early December we were in downtown Minneapolis and saw thousands of birds in Elliott Park. It was disgusting and amazing all at once. It's a little unclear, but the black dots on the trees are all birds.
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December 16, 2008

Profit Manager

This is my favorite calculator at work.  I've been using it for almost 6 years.  I just looked at it today and realized it's not a calculator.  It's a Texas Instruments Profit Manager.  Silly me.
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December 14, 2008

Say Cheese!

Ew gross! I bought some string cheese and when I peeled the wrapper back, it exposed this disgustingly odd strip of... mold? I don't know.  It wasn't very 'moldy' looking, more like dry and cracked and... ugh.  It's just gross. Needless to say I threw it away, but not before taking numerous pictures of it.
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September 30, 2008

Leave it.

This is an x-ray released today of a teenage boy who was stabbed last November trying to stop a mugging in London. He survived and is now enrolled in college. He survived in part because the knife remained in his head. So remember, don't take the knife out of your head. Leave it.
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June 17, 2008

Work Place

So I have this friend, we'll call her... Oh whatever, we'll call her Katie because that's her name. Katie works with a girl we'll call Francis, because I can't remember the girl's real name and because she should remain anonymous. Francis comes to Katie's desk and asks, "Is there anything you need me to do for you?" Katie says, "No…
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April 30, 2008

Where They Dump the Bodies

I recently discovered a room to the side of one of my nursing classes, never spoken of, in which were the piled bodies of mannequins I can only assume were killed by overdoses and abuse of practicing nursing students. After all, it's the mannequins who are the first to receive our trach care, wound care, and medication administration. Their risk…
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April 25, 2008

What’s in a Name?

Okay, so this was a little disturbing to me. I went to a resource we use to find pictures and typed in "camp" looking for a pic. I was surprised when Auschwitz pictures came up. I guess my "campy" image of lakes, cabins, etc left me a little unprepared to find a concentration "camp" on the screen. Odd, really, how…
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March 16, 2008

Chim-chim-in-ey

I'm afraid to even admit this but... last night for the first time in my life I consciously realized the "Chim-chim-in-ey" part of Bert's Chimney sweep song in Mary Poppins was actually saying "chimney." I'd never thought about it before (that I can remember anyway), and as a child had just assumed that it was another funny word, like "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious."…
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