Friday, December 23, 2005

Gambling on Sports....

The 2005-2006 College Football Bowl Contest (Pat vs. Emily) has begun. Although we aren't gambling for money, there is something equally as valuable on the line - my pride. Going into this bet, I was aware of my lack of knowledge on any college football team other than Ohio State and BG but yet I still accepted the challenge. Was Pat asking me to participate in this contest to take advantage of my lack of expertise? This isn't the first time I've been asked by a male to get involved in some sort of gambling on college sports (i.e. March madness). I got to thinking about it and I'm wondering if this is some sort of ploy guys use to try and get girls involved in sports. Talk about killing 2 birds with 1 stone (disclaimer - I would never intentionally kill a bird at all, especially with a stone). If a guy gets his girl of interest involved in the sports he would like to be watching, he can hang out with her and watch the games at the same time. Every guys dream huh? I would like to think that there is more to me than that and I would not so easily fall for such a strategy. However, I must admit... I have become obsessed with this bowl contest. Let me add, I am not off to a winning start. My first mistake was picking UTEP to beat Toledo. Sorry, but I saw Toledo play in the BG game and I was not impressed. Sure, they beat us.. but let's be honest - does that really give them bragging rights? Someone told me I should always choose Ohio teams to win (a male someone)... is this true? Is this some type of strategy I wasn't aware of? Well sorry, I couldn't do it. Pat was obviously aware of this strategy and picked Toledo to win the game...putting him at a one win lead over me. So I'm sure you're wondering... what are the stakes of this bet, other than my pride. I will tell you. If I win, Pat will be spending a wonderful evening filled with scrapbooking, cardmaking, etc. He might not being scrapbooking himself, but his input in the scrapbooking I am doing will be required. It gets better. The fun doesn't stop there.
Along with scrapbooking,
Pat and I will also be watching an entire season of Sex and the City (the season of my choice). If you ask me, that sounds like a terrific night. Especially since Pat isn't familiar with scrapbooking or Sex and the City. I will be honored to be the first to introduce him to both. But I won't get cocky, I don't want to jinx my chances of winning. If by chance I shouldn't win this bet, let me tell you what Pat will be winning. First I have to cook him a meal, including chocolate chip cookies for dessert. He argues that I have to cook this meal at his house, but as I will explain further, this could be quite disgusting based on the cleanliness of his house. Therefore, I will argue to cook at my apartment and then bring the food over to his house, where there isn't even a nice place to sit down and eat it.. how much sense does that make? Oh well, it's his bet. After cooking his meal (and then washing the dishes) I must then stay the night at his house in his room on his fouton. You might be thinking, what's the big deal? Let me add that Pat's room is the size of a closet that leads into the community bathroom (which is even more disgusting). Therefore, whenever anyone needs to use the bathroom, they must walk through Pat's closet, I mean bedroom. Also, Pat rarely sleeps with a sheet on that fouton... who knows what has gone on in that bed. I have never stayed the night at his house which is why it is something that is worth it to him to add to the stakes of this bet. I will keep you all updated as I know the suspense will be eating you alive.

Monday, December 19, 2005

I Have...

My Grandma had her surgery today and everything went well. They were able to remove the lump and as far as we know, the cancer hadn't spread. We'll know more when the pathology report comes back from the lump, but so far so good! Hopefully we'll get good news this week about Mark too who is getting scanned this week to find out if it's cancer in his lympth node or if it was just swollen from his infection. Keep your fingers crossed!

3 Things...

Three Things
Three things that scare me:
1:Severe weather (tornados, hurricanes, lightening)
2:People dying
Three people who make me laugh:
1:Dan Brigadoi
2:Jeffrey McClish
3:Ben Cline
Three Things I love:
1:My family
2:My friends
Three Things I hate:
1:Mean people
2:Waking up in the morning
3:Having no money
Three things I don't understand:
Three things on my desk:
2:DVD Player
Three things I'm doing right now:
1:Watching a movie
2:Talking online
3:Filling out this survey
Three things I want to do before I die:
1:See the Grand Canyon
2:Get my PhD.
3:Open a rescue shelter for stray animals
Three things I can do:
Three ways to describe my personality:
Three things I can't do:
3:I Can't Do
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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Help Save Zonka!

Let me take a moment to introduce you to someone I'm sure you don't know. Meet Zonka. Zonka is a single red male beta fish who currently lives on Troup St. in Bowling Green, Ohio. This picture of Zonka is somewhat misleading. First of all, I got this picture off of the internet so it's not even really Zonka. Second, although Zonka did look like this fish at one time, this is no longer the case. You see, Zonka was purchased for one reason... to be put in a small fish tank with another male Beta Fish, Roger. In case you aren't aware of the social behavior of male beta fish, let me explain. This was taken from a beta fish website:
"When two or more Siamese fighting (AKA beta) fish are together, they need to attack each other until one of them is dead. The male fish is the only one who will kill. Therefore, they should be separated from each other in aquariums."
Interesting, huh? This was taken from another beta fish website:
"No one should ever buy multiple males with the intention of using them for the morbid entertainment of allowing them to combat. This is inhumane and inexcusable treatment of a living creature."
I couldn't agree more. Zonka's health is fading fast. Each time I see him, there is less and less remaining of his formally beautiful, long, trailing fins as Roger has bitten them off. Each time I look in the tank, Zonka swims over and pleads for help with his eyes. I tried to ignore it is long as possible, but I finally I begged the owner to put them in seperate tanks. He refused. At one point, Zonka had a place to hide in the tank which is probably what kept him alive so long. However, the owner has now removed that object so Zonka has nowhere to go for safety. Something needs to be done. Please post a comment if you feel that Zonka needs to be saved (AKA... someone comes in and takes the fish to a safe place). Please join with me in "Operation Beta Fish" and help save Zonka. Remember... WWPETAD... What Would PETA Do?


So sick of this semester and ready for it to be over. After writing my eight page poem, I just spent a few hours filling out my review sheet for Friday's exam and I barely got through 1/3 of it. Nothing like a 3 page, 10 pt. font, single-spaced final exam review sheet.

Hope everyone's finals are going well. If you're done, I envy you and hate you at the same time.

Bored? ((Over 100 questions))
[x] Part 1 -- The Basics [x]
What's your name? :::Emily Steele
Birthplace :::Cincinnati, Ohio
Age :::22
Age you act :::13
Current location :::Bowling Green
Eye color :::Blue
Hair color :::Brown (at the moment...)
Right, lefty or ambidextrous? :::Right
Zodiac sign? :::Leo
Height? :::5' 2"
[x] Part 2 -- Describe... [x]
Your heritage/nationality :::German, Italian, and some other things...
Your hair :::Has always been blonde, but is now brown. Naturally wavy/curly.
Your fears :::People around me dying
Your perfect room :::A king size bed made of memory foam with a hot tub right next to it
What you practically do in a day :::Eat, Work, Class, Homework, Sleep... repeat
[x] Part 3 -- What is/are... [x]
Words you overuse :::Like
Phrases you overuse :::Pretty intense
Your first thought when you wake up :::Already???
Your greatest accomplishment :::Wow... I've thinking about this one for a while now and can't come up with anything.
Something you want to do :::Get my PhD.
[x] Part 4 -- This or that [x]
Pepsi or Coke :::Vanilla Coke
McDonald's or Burger Kings :::McDonalds
Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera :::Christina Aguilera
Chocolate or vanilla :::Chocolate
Adidas or Nike :::Adidas
Black or white :::It doesn't matter if you're black or white
Bills or Coins ((Think $$$)) :::Bills for sure
Burgers or hot dogs :::Burgers
Egypt or France :::France
Rock or rap :::Rock
[x] Part 5 -- Do you...[x]
Smoke :::Absolutely not
Cuss :::Absolutely
Sing well :::People call me Faith Hill
Sing in the shower :::I used to, I think I grew out of that
Talk to yourself --a lot-- :::Not really
Believe in yourself :::Sometimes
Like taking these longass surveys? :::Not really, but yet I do it all the time
Play an instrument :::Clarinet 6-7 grade
Want to go to college? :::I heard it's overrated
Want to get married? :::I heard it's overrated
Want to have children? :::I heard it's overrated
Think you're a health freak? :::Not even close
Get along with your parents :::Definitely
Get along with your siblings? :::Well... we try
Think you're popular :::I didn't win homecoming queen.. thanks a lot Tessa! :)
[x] Part 6 -- In the past month have you..[x]
Gone out of state :::Only to Michigan
Drank alchohal :::You betcha
Smoke :::Absolutely not
Get high :::On life
Done any drugs :::Nope
Eaten an entire box of oreos :::We know what happens when I eat too many oreos....
Been on stage :::Does Sky Bar count?
Gone skinny dipping :::Nope
Been dumped :::Funny you should ask....
Dyed your hair :::Ha ha! Only like 4 times
Stolen anything :::Nope
[x] Part 8 -- The Last... [x]
Last dream :::Last night... went to yellowstone with people from work
Last nightmare :::A few weeks ago probably
Car ride :::To Kroger earlier
Last time you cried :::Last week probably
Last movie seen :::Yours, Mine and Ours
Last movie rented :::Can't even remember....
Last book read :::Tuesday's with Morrie
Last word said :::Not sure... it was to Kari in the bathroom though
Last curse word said :::Your guess is as good as mine
Last time you laugh :::A few minutes ago when I was gargling with Listerine at the same time with Kari
Last phone call :::Pat
Last CD played :::Carrie Underwood
Last song you listened to :::Daughters - John Mayor
Last annoyance :::Not sure...
Last IM :::Grant
Last weird encounter :::Kari
Last person you hugged :::Pam at work
Last person you yelled at :::Probably Pat for making fun of me
Last time you wore a skirt :::Quite some time ago
Last time you've been evil :::Probably not too long ago
Sarcastic? :::Always
Last time you fought with your parents :::Quite some time ago
Last time you wished upon a star :::Quite some time ago
Played Truth or Dare :::We kind of played with Jenga over the weekend
Spent quality time alone :::Right now
[x] Part 9 -- I swear this is the last one! -- Randomness [x]
Are you talking to someone on AIM :::Nope
Do you feel lonely :::Sometimes
Ever TP'd someone's house :::Yes
How about egging someone's house :::Nope
Do you not like dislike not like me? :::What?
Ain't Eminem and 50 Cent just fine? :::Sure
Yo Momma :::Don't talk about Martha
Ever been so hungry you felt like you could eat the person next to you? :::Tried it.. Kari doesn't taste that good
What do you think of George Bush? :::Don't get me started.. don't even get me started
Any secret fetishes? :::Not really
Do you like to wear chains? O_o :::What?
How many languages do you speak? :::After 3 years of Spanish.. I would still say I only speak one language
Damn.. are your fingers tired? Cause mine sure are! :::Yes actually
Glad this is over? ((Say yes and I'll stalk you =P)) :::Very much so
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Monday, December 05, 2005


Okay, I kid you not... this is the picture that came up when I typed in avoidance. I am going to desperate measures at this point to avoid doing homework. So desperate that I'm going to fill out another one of those damn survey things. Then I promise to return to the homework. Here goes:

book you read:: It's been a while since I've actually finished a book, but I'm currently reading "It's Called A Breakup Because It's Broken." It's by the same author who wrote "He's Just Not That Into You" and his wife. Good book, I highly recommend.
song you listened to:: Apple Candy - Ben Lee
cd you bought:: Coldplay X&Y
friend you saw:: Kari just went to bed
person you talked to on the phone:: My Mom! :)
wish:: I'll never tell
person you thought about:: Probably my mom
website you went to:: Facebook
movie you watched at home:: A Lot Like Love, I think?
movie you saw at the theatre:: "yours, Mine, and Ours"
song you sang:: I think "The First Noel" in Pat's car.. and needless to say, he loved it
injury:: The never-healing jammed thumb!
concert:: Wow.. only been to like one concert in my life and it was a LONG time ago. Unless you count the symphony orchestra which my mom drags me to too often.
picture you took:: A picture of Pat with my phone
shower:: about 4pm this afternoon
alcoholic drink:: Quite a few last night
cigarette:: Like 8th grade. Cigars however, different story.
car ride:: To dinner at Carabas
time you went to hell:: what the heck?
what kind of computer do you have?:: Apple iBook G4 :)
do you have any siblings?:: Have I mentioned how much I hate this question? 2 I guess
any step-parents?:: 2 again
who do you live with?:: During the school year: Emily, Kari and Lisa (and Nora and Briggs) During the summer/breaks, I switch back and forth between my mom and dad's houses.
do you wish you could move?:: Not really, I hate the packing, moving, unpacking process.
have you been in a 'fist' fight... recently?:: I can't say that I've ever been in an actual one
have you been to hawaii?:: No
does your mom have fancy china?:: Not so much china, but like antique plates and stuff from auctions if that counts?
are you a whore?:: I would certainly like to think not!
do you miss someone with all your heart?:: Always
are you wearing a watch?:: not at the moment
what time is it?:: 2:36am (oh man, and so much more homework to do)
are your legs smooth?:: Not even a little bit.. it's winter, come on!

*10 bands you like*

1. Coldplay
2. Jack Johnson
3. Dixie Chicks
4. Rascal Flatts
5. Maroon 5
6. Lifehouse
7. O.A.R.
8. Beatles
9. Ben Lee
10. Faith Hill/Tim McGraw

*9 friends you have*

1. Kari
2. Lisa
3. Emily
4. Aubrey Lynn
5. Erin
6. Beth
7. Jen
8. Tess
9. Julie
(Don't be upset if I didn't name you.. I was looking through pictures)

*8 of your favorite movies*

1. Crazy Beautiful
2. Dirty Dancing
3. 10 Things I Hate About You
4. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
5. Wedding Crashers
6. Oldschool
7. Napolean Dynamite
8. Singin' in the Rain

*7 things you see around*

1. Briggs
2. Nora
3. TV
4. Lamps
5. My notebook and notes
6. Candle
7. Textbook

*6 things you hate*

1. Death
2. Being poor
3. Narrow-minded people
4. Tornados (or any severe weather)
5. Mean people
6. Waking up in the morning

*5 favorite songs*

1. Catch My Disease- Ben Lee
2. The Stranger - O.A.R.
3. Love and Memories - O.A.R.
4. Like We Never Loved At All - Faith Hill & Tim McGraw
5.Cannonball - Damien Rice

*4 favorite colors*

1. Blue
2. Pink
3. Periwinkle
4. Kelly Green

*3 CDs you own*

1. Coldplay
2. Carrie Underwood
3. Dixie Chicks

*2 favorite TV shows*

1. Grey's Anatomy
2. The O.C.

*1 person or thing you love*

1. My dog Jackson

Saturday, December 03, 2005

You Sunk My Battleship!

I couldn't make fun of the fact that my roommates were playing games on the internet on a Friday night without admitting that Kari and I just got done playing about 10 games of battleship. P.S. I didn't win....

Friday, December 02, 2005

That's Hogwash!

Did you know that the word hogwash is in the dictionary? Well it is. It is one of the very few words in the dictionary with a definition that consists of only one word and that one word is: nonsense. Nonsense is what best describes my feelings right now as I sit and listen to my roommates all playing games on the internet that they're addicted to. Kari is playing "Gold Miner" and making up her own words to the tune of Kanye West's song Golddigger. The lyrics go something like this "I ain't sayin she a gold miner, but she's pretty damn good. She can kick your ass at this game.." You get the idea. Lisa and Emily are both addicted to a game called "Swashbucks." Unlike Kari's game, you can actually win money with this game... although I'm not convinced anyone actually does. So what is the big deal about everyone playing these games right now? I will tell you. Did I mention it is 11:45 on a Friday night? Well it is. That's hogwash.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Stressed Out...

After absolutely nothing was going right with my group project tonight, I then found out that my Grandma has breast cancer. What's next? Better yet... who's next?