Off to Tennessee

I’ll be leaving for Tennessee at 6 am with my folks. Matt unfortunately can’t come because of work and school. That sucks, but on the plus side, my best girl friend Sara is coming up from Atlanta to stay with us! And since she’s a member of the media (she’s a news producer), she hooked me up with a free ticket to Dollywood! And yes, I am proud to say that I am going to Dollywood. I know it’s a glorified Silver Dollar City, but I don’t care. :p
So, I’ll be gone from tomorrow (June 24) to Thursday (the 28th). If you really need me, I’ll have my cell phone on me. I’m bringing my laptop, but seeing as there is no internet, I won’t get any emails from you all. While I have my phone with me, I encourage you NOT to call me. 🙂 I probably won’t answer it anyways.
See you all later!


I’m watching how they make rum, which is really interesting. And in the “Everybody Cooks” magazine that I picked up at Dierberg’s, they have a great drink recipe that I think we should try on the 4th….
Morgan Street Pitcher Punch
12 oz. spiced rum
16 oz. fresh orange juice (about 4 oranges)
8 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1/3 c. simple syrup
2 oz. grenadine
Orange slices
Lemon slices
Mint sprigs
Fill 2-quart clear pitcher halfway with ice. Add rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, and grenadine. Stir to mix. Garnish with orange and lemon slices and sprigs of mint. Makes 6 servings.

Knitting for nerds (like us!)

So, my friend Nikki just knitted something that some of you may appreciate:
For those of you who don’t know what this is, let’s consult the great and powerful Wiki…..
Drupal is a free modular content management framework, content management system, web application framework and blogging engine which was originally written by Dries Buytaert as a bulletin board system. Today, it is used by many high-traffic websites, including The Onion, Spread Firefox, Ourmedia, KernelTrap, and the Defective by Design campaign. It is particularly popular for building online communities, and has the tag line “Community plumbing”. Drupal is written in PHP. As of January 29, 2007, the current version is 5.1.
Nikki, you did a fantastic job. 🙂


This honestly makes me sad. I grew up loving his show!
Television’s ‘Mr. Wizard’ dies at 89
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — Don Herbert, who as television’s “Mr. Wizard” introduced generations of young viewers to the joys of science, died Tuesday. He was 89.
Herbert, who had bone cancer, died at his suburban Bell Canyon home, said his son-in-law, Tom Nikosey.
“He really taught kids how to use the thinking skills of a scientist,” said former colleague Steve Jacobs. He worked with Herbert on a 1980s show that echoed the original 1950s “Watch Mr. Wizard” series, which became a fond baby boomer memory.
In “Watch Mr. Wizard,” which was produced from 1951 to 1964 and received a Peabody Award in 1954, Herbert turned TV into an entertaining classroom. On a simple, workshop-like set, he demonstrated experiments using household items.
“He modeled how to predict and measure and analyze. … The show today might seem slow but it was in-depth and forced you to think along,” Jacobs said. “You were learning about the forces of nature.”
Herbert encouraged children to duplicate experiments at home, said Jacobs, who recounted serving as a behind-the-scenes “science sidekick” to Herbert on the ’80s “Mr. Wizard’s World” that aired on the Nickelodeon channel.
When Jacobs would reach for beakers and flasks, Herbert would remind him that science didn’t require special tools.
“‘You could use a mayonnaise jar for that,”‘ Jacobs recalled being chided by Herbert. “He tried to bust the image of scientists and that science wasn’t just for special people and places.”
Herbert’s place in TV history was acknowledged by later stars. When “Late Night with David Letterman” debuted in 1982, Herbert was among the first-night guests.
Born in Waconia, Minnesota, Herbert was a 1940 graduate of LaCrosse State Teachers College and served as a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot during World War II. He worked as an actor, model and radio writer before starting “Watch Mr. Wizard” in Chicago on NBC.
The show moved to New York after several years.
He is survived by six children and stepchildren and by his second wife, Norma, his son-in-law said. A private funeral was planned.