Got spicy so I could talk about it

Posted on 3:41 AM by jr cline | 0 comments

mitswhateyeknow posted this food adventure: Let's all get spicy and talk about it. I like playing along so I made the strawberry shortcake on Sunday.

Here is the recipe she posted.

Instructions:

1. Wash all the strawberries and cut off the stems
2. Cut half the strawberries into small pieces
3. Put the other 20 or so into a blender with 2 or 3 tbsp sugar. puree.
4. get individual serving dishes out
5. put a piece of cake on each dish (We used Hostess shortcakes)
6. get the ice cream out and ready to scoop (We had Breyer's Vanilla)
7. pour about 1/4 cup of the puree right onto each cake piece
8. then put 1 scoop of ice cream on top of puree
9. pour another 1/4 cup strawberry puree on top of ice cream
10. sprinkle the top with cut up strawberries
11. devour!

Unlike the the time we made chili and talked about it, I followed this recipe as exactly as I could. 

Jeremy was the first to have a bowl and gave it the 'thumbs up'. Christy and I had ours after dinner. It was so delicious I had some more for breakfast this morning.
Of course, I couldn't miss this opportunity to do a silly video of the adventure.


Got spicy so I could talk about it from jr cline on Vimeo.

Warning: philosophical wandering ahead

Posted on 12:03 PM by jr cline | 1 comments

Change....wow....never ending. 

I was stuck for several years after my divorce in a cycle of loneliness and depression.  One day I decided I had to make changes.
I started small.
There are five ways to go to my job and I started trying to take a different one to and from work each day.
I began doing more things with my left hand.
On the rare occasions when I go out to eat I try to eat somewhere I've never been before and if I can't do that, I try to select something I've never ordered there before.
Sometimes I have ice cream for breakfast.
Lots of small things. 
Then one day major life changes came along. (not in order of occurrence)
Both my parents died.
My son moved to Atlanta.
Jesse was born.
Christy, Jeremy, and Jesse moved here.
All those things happened in the course of 8 months. 

WOW WOW WOW Talk about a brain zap! 

I seek change. It is going to happen anyway, I may as well go with it and direct it when I can. 
Sure it is difficult to get out of my comfortable rut.  Funny thing is, right now there is no comfortable rut.  I don't expect one too soon.  I'm changing job duties at work in August and some other major life changes in November 2011 (more on that in another blog).

Along time ago Yogi Frank told me he did everything different every day to keep his mind fresh and flexible.  I think that is good advice to some degree.
Remember, every time you look out the window things are different.  May not seem different, but if you look close enough, it is all different.

Embrace change.  It is happening to you anyway.   

Act and Think LIke a Kid Again Day

Posted on 4:37 AM by jr cline | 0 comments

Act and Think Like a Kid Again Day was a wonderful success.  
Talk about some fun!  
w00t w00t









We drew all over the sidewalk, on the front porch and even in the driveway.





My son came over from Georgia and Christy and Jeremy's dads came over.  The late lunch we all shared was grilled steak, grilled corn, yeast rolls, green salad, and Italian potatoes, followed by an ice cream sandwich/cool whip frozen treat.
There are a lot more pictures that I haven't uploaded to the netbook yet.  I'll post some of them in the coming days.
I hope Father's Day and/or Act and Think Like a Kid Again Day was a wonderful day for you and those you love.

Act and Think LIke a Kid Again Day

Posted on 4:47 AM by jr cline | 0 comments

Attention ladies and gentlemen, potential boys and girls, 
tomorrow is the first annual Act and Think Like a Kid Day.
Join in the fun!!! 

I have gathered some toys and three friends to play with.   I have two big bubble wands, a box of sidewalk chalk, swings, a slide, and a bubble machine. rofl....fun fun fun!

Zimbo suggested I remind everyone to take photos and/or videos of their antics.  Post them on your blog, send me a link and I'll compile and post them all in one blog next Friday so everyone can share in the fun.

If you're having a problem coming up with what to do, check out these ideas submitted by others.  

POETIC_ISIS Scribble outside the lines and "The best way to think and feel like a kid is to hang out with kids."
Zimbo Photos and videos of all this would be good and it happens to be Father's Day in the UK
travelerblue thinks she will follow a cat up a tree
Kowpatty found a book of Mad LIbs to play.
Babyboomerjill  is going slip and sliding (I'd like to do that too) 
CrazyKey123 is going to swing
Kowpatty says eat dessert first
Find a beach and swim and play in the sand comes from ata_grandma
Three ideas from WildWomanOfTheWest
'"Put your arm out the window of a moving car~ and let your hand play against the wind force. 
Lay on the grass and find shapes on the clouds. 
Box with a praying mantis."
traveler  suggested:
"Play real "board games" with friends on the porch.
(I like to play board games myself)"
Ride bikes around the block over and over and over."
kpsmom3 is putting children in charge to guide the way. (Nothing like having a tour guide)
If you have a cat (or dog), PartlySane suggested tying a helium balloon to its tale.  That should make for some excitement!
The longest list of kid ideas comes from DessertHer
"Sit and lay on the floor instead of the couch or a chair.
Study rocks and the clouds.
Ask lots of questions about seemingly random things throughout the day.
Imitate the sounds of the animals you see.
Yell A LOT... happy yelling.
Make up songs on the spot and sing them out loud.
Pretend, pretend, pretend.
Play dress up.
Invite your friends over for a tea party, make sure they dress up.
Jump, skip, and run rather than walk.
Dance, make up your own moves and give them names.
Eat a Popsicle.
Go outside and play with sticks and dirt.
Go barefoot.
Watch your favorite animated Disney movie (hand drawn animation of course).
Wonder if there really are goblins, faeries, and aliens.
Be amazed at how things work."


Participants that dropped by this blog:

ata_grandma
BoureeMusique

ChasingPirates
ChristyGrimes
CrazyKey123
Diva_Jyoti
DessertHer
hapax23
Kowpatty
kpsmom3
lil_mama2499
myrealnameisemo
Norcani
PartlySane
PPhilip
razzle_dazzle_lip_gloss
samanthabecicka
Shining_Garnet
the_rocking_of_socks
traveler
WildWomanOfTheWest

If I left you off this list, comment here or send me a message and I will add you.  :-)
 
Kudos to samanthabecicka. None of this would be happening if it weren't for her.  If you don't know her, drop by and say hello.

This Rocks

Posted on 6:31 AM by jr cline | 0 comments


roflmao

OK, it is just a picture of rocks taken with an iPhone. 
Here is the rest of this week's, My Life Seen Through a Cell Phone

A squad of vacuums greeted me at the local donation box the other morning.

Sitting in my jeep waiting for the rain to stop at my parent's old place

 Sitting in my jeep waiting for the rain to stop at the grocery store
It rained a lot one afternoon. It was nice though. We needed some rain.

Hay waiting in the field

More hay waiting
I see this field most mornings on the way to work and I have taken many photographs of its changing personality over the years.


Bad to the bone




Photographs copyright 2010 jr cline


Change gives us branches

Posted on 6:41 PM by jr cline | 0 comments


Twenty-four years ago I came to the college as the programmer. 
Over a period of time, I became a professor.  
Today I accepted a different job at work.
I'll be programming more than I am teaching. 
An interesting offer and one that seemed appropriate to accept.  
Seems I'll be ending my career in the same way I began.  


All photos taken at the Memphis Zoo
Copyright 2010 jr cline.

Update: Act and Think Like a Kid Again Day

Posted on 8:14 PM by jr cline | 0 comments

samanthabecicka and I unofficial declare June 20th  

Act and Think Like a Kid Again Day

This is your big chance to let your inner child out to play for the entire day.  Enlist your family and friends.  
Toss away your cares and have some fun!

Suggested activities:

Play games
Blow bubbles
Laugh as much as possible
Take naps for no reason at all
Dance and sing
Let you imagination have free reign.  
Bounce the ball off the wall
Leave your toys laying around
Watch cartoons
Eat your favorite treat


More ideas sent in by you:

CrazyKey123 is going to swing
Kowpatty says eat dessert first
Find a beach and swim and play in the sand comes from ata_grandma Three ideas from WildWomanOfTheWest
"Put your arm out the window of a moving car~ and let your hand play against the wind force. 
Lay on the grass and find shapes on the clouds. 
Box with a praying mantis."
traveler  suggested: "Play real "board games" with friends on the porch. (I like to play board games myself)"
Ride bikes around the block over and over and over."
kpsmom3 is putting children in charge to guide the way. (Nothing like having a tour guide)
If you have a cat (or dog), PartlySane suggested tying a helium balloon to its tale.  That should make for some excitment!
The longest list of kid ideas comes from DessertHer
"Sit and lay on the floor instead of the couch or a chair.
Study rocks and the clouds.
Ask lots of questions about seemingly random things throughout the day.
Immitate the sounds of the animals you see.
Yell A LOT... happy yelling.
Make up songs on the spot and sing them out loud.
Pretend, pretend, pretend.
Play dress up.
Invite your friends over for a tea party, make sure they dress up.
Jump, skip, and run rather than walk.
Dance, make up your own moves and give them names.
Eat a popcicle.
Go outside and play with sticks and dirt.
Go barefoot.
Watch your favorite animated Disney movie (hand drawn animation of course).
Wonder if there really are goblins, faries, and aliens.
Be amazed at how things work."

If you have any ideas to add to the list, let me know and I'll include them.
How are you going to celebrate Act and Think Like a Kid Again Day?
Don't miss the fun. 
Sign up now and spread the word.