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May 2006

What Kind of American English do you Speak?

The types of quizzes you can find on the Internet amuse me sometimes, but this one was pretty accurate. Based on a few questions, it judges what kind of American English you speak, and I'm not totally surprised at the results, given that I'm from Michigan and have lived in California for 11 years.

Your Linguistic Profile::

50% General American English
25% Upper Midwestern
20% Yankee
0% Dixie
0% Midwestern
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My Name is Michelle....and I'm a Scrapbooker

I just got back from a full scrapbook weekend, courtesy of Scrapbook Dreams. The dream camp was held at the Carmel Mission Inn in Carmel, CA. Cropping started at 2pm on Friday, and ended roughly at 3pm on Sunday. It was a flurry of activity from the beginning. I brought only my regular crop bag and my Cricut, but other people literally brought small stores. I shouldn't necessarily complain about that though since I ended up borrowing correctly-colored paper from a few people (thanks Mary!).

All meals except for dinner on Saturday night were provided, so we could crop to our heart's content, and eat to our heart's content with all the junk food around. Saturday night we went to the Rio Grill (right across the street from the hotel), and had the most amazing dinner. I had herb-crusted chicken stuffed with goat cheese in a tomato basil cream sauce. I highly recommend this place to anyone going to Carmel.

I got a bunch of layouts done, here's one of my favorites:

Sharks Scrapbook Page 1Sharks Scrapbook Page 2

The layout actually came about from playing Iron Scrapbooker.  The same concept as Iron Chef, but with scrapbook supplies.  On this layout, the 2 quotes, and the little tags are leftover from the contest.  They had given us this weird green paper, some mesh, a snowflake frame, and 2 shamrocks as well which I used at the time, but as soon as judging was done I ripped those pieces off and fixed my layout.

Sharks Fans Called for Unsportsmanlike Conduct

The Sharks have been playing a series against Edmonton, so that means both "Oh Canada" and "The Star Spangled Banner" get sung at all the games. At yesterdays game, I was completely mortified when several fans booed the singing of "Oh Canada." Fortunately my section wasn't doing it, and we all looked at each other wondering what was going on. As if on cue, everyone who wasn't booing started singing the Canadian theme very loudly, and about halfway through the song, the singing drowned out the booing.

Today I heard that people did it because the national anthem was booed by the fans in Edmonton at the last game, but that's absolutely no excuse. Any national anthem should be held in the highest respect, and just because they do it doesn't mean we should do it.

I'm glad most people had the sense to not do it and stand up for what they thought was wrong, but at that moment I was completely embarrassed to be a Sharks fan.

Michelle and Leif on Shark Byte

As part of the Fantasy Hockey camp thing we did, for those who read the ultralong writeup, you'll know Leif and I were interviewed for Shark Byte, the Sharks mini TV show that airs before some of the games on FSN Bay Area. The episode aired a few weeks ago, and imagine my surprise when I realized how much I was in it. I was interviewed twice, multiple game shots were shown of me, and of Leif, and it turned out real well.

Someone was kind enough to upload it to You Tube, so here it is for your enjoyment. The clip is about 4 minutes.

Coolest Thing Ever in Hockey

At the Sharks game on Monday (which the Sharks won 2-1!) against Edmonton, there was a point in the 2nd period where Edmonton got a 2-man advantage for about 1:40. To top that off, partway through the Sharks penalty kill, 2 of their sticks broke....and they couldn't get off the ice. So you have 1 Shark out there with a stick, 2 without sticks, and 5 Edmonton players. Needless to say, EDMONTON DIDN'T SCORE. Toskala had some great saves, and with 20 seconds left in the penalty, Hannan blocked a shot with his body, dove for the puck, and pushed it out of the zone. Probably the most unbelievable and coolest thing I've ever seen in hockey before.

The SJ Sharks posted the video to their website, but of course it only works in Windows, so some kind soul uploaded it to YouTube, which you can see below.

Herding Ducks

On the way home from work, after picking up the dogs, we were driving on Tasman, and suddenly Leif said, "what's that?" I looked, and crossing the road was a mother duck and her 9 ducklings. We were the only car on that strip of road (2 lanes going east), so I told Leif to let me out of the car since I didn't want them to get hit. He stopped, and I tried to chase the ducks off the road. Stupid ducks ran towards the light rail tracks, but turned around after the little ducklings couldn't get up the curb. By this time other cars had come and could see what was happening, and the ducks decided the middle of the road was a good place to lie down. Some idiot on his cell phone decided to pull into the other lane and narrowly missed hitting the poor little things, but fortunately the person behind him saw the ducks and stopped.

I was being extremely careful since I didn't want to get hit either, but finally I was able to run up to them suddenly (once the smart person had seen them and stopped her car, allowing me to do so) and scare them back towards the office building - away from light rail. The poor little ducklings were peeping since they were too small to get back up on the curb, so I had to scoop them up to help them. Mother and children scooted safely away and traffic continued as normal.

What they were doing out there who knows, but at least I was able to walk away knowing I had helped creatures in need.

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