Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Great Debate

So in the county where I work, they've enacted a law that bans smoking in public places such as restaurants, bars and other various places. However, there is a controversy brewing (go fig!) about how some places are exempt and others are not. Various cities in this county state their city laws supersede the county's. Therefore, they are exempt from enforcing this law. Those who are opposing it are those in the townships who think that their businesses will hurt from this b/c patrons can go down the street into the cities and smoke there.

Personally, I am all for this law! I abhor smoking and going to places where you end up smelling like you've power-smoked a carton of cigarettes. It would be nice to go to a bar or restaurant and not have to worry about getting a stuffy nose and headache from being in there. It would also be nice to not have to worry about walking through the smoking section to either get TO the
non-smoking section or to the bathroom.

Being a child and grandchild of smokers, I understand that it's s
omething they like to do, learned to do, or have just become so addicted to it that they just can't imagine doing anything else. But I wonder if they realized how they've put the people they love in jeopardy.

Greater than this though
, is that they also don't realize how much we worry about them and their health b/c of the smoking!!

Maybe this law will be a step in the right direction. Hopefully it won't be recinded. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Here are some fun facts from Thetruth.com. I'm sure you've seen their commercials on TV before.

Every year, tobacco-related disease kills over 178,000 women.

There are 8.5 million people sick with diseases caused by smoking.
About 1/3 of youth smokers will eventually die from a tobacco-related disease.

In the U.S., about 440,000 people die a tobacco-related death every year.

About 90% of lung cancer deaths among women who continue to smoke are tobacco related.

By the year 2020, tobacco is projected to kill about 10 million people a year worldwide.

Carbon monoxide is in tobacco smoke.

Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemical compounds.

Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S.

Cigarettes and other smoking materials are the number one cause of fire deaths in the U.S.

Cigarette companies advertised “light” cigarettes as less harmful to the smoker, although they can deliver the same levels of tar and nicotine.

Every 8 seconds, someone in the world dies from a smoking-related disease.

Every day, cows release methane gas into the air. From you know where. But methane is also found somewhere else. Yesiree, in cigarette smoke.

Every day, about 1,500 youth become daily smokers.

Every single day, in the U.S., the tobacco industry spends about $42 million on advertising and promotions.

Every year, cigarettes leave about 12,000 kids motherless.

Every year, cigarettes leave about 31,000 kids fatherless.

Every day, about 3,900 youth ages 12 to 17 try a cigarette for the first time.

Hydrogen cyanide has been used in prison executions. It's also found in cigarettes smoke.

There’s hydrogen cyanide in rat poison. The same stuff is in cigarette smoke.

In 1989, millions of cases of imported fruit were banned after a small amount of cyanide was found in just two grapes. There’s 33 times more cyanide in a single cigarette.

In the U.S., about 50,000 people die each year from secondhand-smoke-related disease.

Tobacco kills more Americans than auto accidents, homicide, AIDS, drugs and fires combined.

Today, in the U.S., tobacco products will kill about 1,200 people.

Maternal smoking during pregnancy and exposure to secondhand smoke in infancy doubles the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

More than 85% of the "top 25" films from 1988-1997 contained tobacco use, and 70% of those included brand appearances. Brand appearances were as common in films for teen audiences as for adult audiences and were also present in 20% of those rated for children.

Nicotine has been found in the breast milk of smokers.

One tobacco company secretly developed a strain of tobacco they named "Y1" that contained 50% more nicotine.

In 1994, one tobacco company reported finding “insect infestation” in their cigarettes.

Pee contains urea. So do cigarettes. (I love this one!)

Radioactive polonium-210 is found in cigarette smoke.
Since 1964, there have been 12 million tobacco-related deaths in the U.S.

Smoking during pregnancy results in the deaths of about 900 infants every year in the U.S.

Sunburns can cause wrinkles; so can cigarettes.

Because of the tobacco industry’s products, about 339 people in the U.S. die of lung cancer every day.

The impact of nicotine is jacked up because tobacco companies add ammonia to cigarettes.

Soups, cereals and other products we consume have to list ingredients on their labels, but cigarettes, a product that kills a third of its users, are not required to list any of the 599 possible additives.

© 2005 truth

****This isn't meant to offend anyone. It's just my opinion and hopefully everyone is able to respect it regardless of whether or not he/she agrees with it.

Do you think you own the road???

I'm really irritated with people on the highway. You have to drive about 90mph when the speed limit is 65mph just to keep up. Then, when there's a semi in the left lane, it doesn't help matters when all the cars behind it get into the right lane to pass him. If you don't get into that lane, he can get over so you can go faster!

Then there's the issue of the construction zone. Where I live the major highway running north and south has been under construction since I was born I think! I rarely remember a time when there wasn't any construction on some portion of the road.

Anyway, the speed limit is 55mph through there, which is reasonable. But there are those asses who think that they can still go like bats out of hell thr
ough there. Yet these same people would be the first ones to complain about speeders through construction zones when one of their loved ones were killed while working in this construction zone!

Oh and I just love it when they're flying by you and a cop is sitting right there. Do you think that they get pulled over? Oh no! Why on earth would they get pulled over?!

I also love it when people who are flying see a cop and slam on their brakes slowing to like 10 UNDER the speed limit almost causing an accident.

<--- Apparently they're all reading this book!

I guess I could keep going on and on about this, but I really don't want to waste any more energy on this!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

My Worst Enemy

Yep...it's the Girl Scouts' Thin Mint Cookie. Man they are just the BEST!!! Yet, my worst enemy. With trying to watch what I eat to lose a few pounds, these little wafers of chocolatey minty goodness tempt and tease me every chance they get!

I remember selling these things when I was a girl scout and at that time I think they were like $1.50 a box! And of course, I made sure my mom bought about 50,000 boxes for us b/c well, they're just that good.

There hasn't been another cookie that the Girl Scouts have had that can beat these. Sure the others are pretty good, but still pale in comparison to the one, the only Thin Mint.

If you've never tried one, hunt down your nearest Girl Scout and buy a few boxes. You won't be disappointed!!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

The Model

Existing Side View

New Side View
(Behind this model you can see the existing
side facade that drew in CAD.)

Perspective View

(This is what my prof was so excited about. I didn't just plop a rectangular structure onto the existing building. But I pushed in the bottom part and pulled out the top part. Ingenious I know.)

Top View

(behind this model you can see the existing front facade that
I drew in CAD. Please try to contain your excitement.)

Monday, February 20, 2006

That's right! I deserve a gold star for today!

For my project I got to demo
lish the nasty house that's attached to it. Woo hoo!!! That's the good part.

The bad part....I had to come up with another structure to make up for it. Mind you, I'm not the greatest at designing buildings, so it was quite a struggle.

However, yesterday after hours the day prior of trying to sketch something, I came up with a new structure on CAD. (they tell us not to design on CAD b/c it might limit ourselves & the design)

This morning I decided to whip up a quick model to demonstrate to my prof what it would be like. It wa stellar too...I held it together with black tape & some glue.

He came over to give me my crit and immediately asked about my model. First off I think he was impressed that I actually HAD a model. As we were talking I asked him if he was proud of me with what I created. He said he was "Extremely proud!" Now that's a compliment since I had him for Architectural Theory and didn't do so well in that class.

I was SO excited. It just made my day! If I can remember to take the camera to school, I'll take a pic and post it.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

I got this from my friend Z, she's new to blogland, so check out her blog. I must say though that this quiz is kinda on the money here.

You Are a Peacemaker Soul

You strive to please others and compromise anyway you can.
War or conflict bothers you, and you would do anything to keep the peace.
You are a good mediator and a true negotiator.
Sometimes you do too much, trying so hard to make people happy.

While you keep the peace, you tend to be secretly judgmental.
You lose respect for people who don't like to both give and take.
On the flip side, you've got a great sense of humor and wit.
You're always dimplomatic and able to give good advice.

Souls you are most compatible with: Warrior Soul, Hunter Soul and Visionary Soul

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Sunday, February 12, 2006


Tonight's Grey's Anatomy was thrilling. I was so tense the whole hour just waiting to see what would happen. If you haven't seen it & taped it, you had better stop reading now.

There were just so many unexpected things tonight, yet in a way I knew what was going to happen. I never saw them moving the gurney to another OR, and I never saw the chief having just an anxiety attack. But I did see the bomb squad getting blown up. I don't know what it was, but as he was walking out of the OR, I kinda felt that the bomb wa
s going to explode. However, I didn't see Meredith going out into the hall. I thought maybe they would just show things blowing past the OR instead.

At the end when Derek came to see Meredith, I thought for sure when she said that she couldn't remember the last time they kissed that he was going to kiss her then. And when he replied with "I'm glad you didn't die tonight." I said
"you ass!!!" He redeemed himself though when he came back and recalled every detail of their last moments together including their last kiss. It was so touching. So loving. Yet heartbreaking.

Next week's episode looks good too...a lot lighter in tone though. If I saw it correctly, it seems that Derek's best friend, who also just happened to sleep with his wife, comes into town and hits on Meredith. Should be very interesting.

Seeing these past two episodes have brought up another guy who's really hot! I kinda forgot about him since he hasn't been seen on the telly in a while. I was torn as to who to drool over more....Kyle Chandler or Patrick Dempsy. I'll take one of each please! ;)

Friday, February 10, 2006


....it lasted 2 hours tonight which made me very happy :)

It's been star-studded.......

It's been suspenseful.......


Now it's over........

No more Model Homes in Iraq & USA.....

No more kissing cousins (who really aren't cousins after all!).......

No more Bluth family.......

This makes me very, VERY blue.....

*Addendum: I just discovered that HE was "the voice" narrating each and every episode. Had NO clue!!! And if you're still confused as to what this is all about.....click here.

Monday, February 06, 2006

I am the CHAMPION*!!!

In a great stroke of luck, I, Design Goddess, have won the whole enchilada in the Fantasy Football League I joined this year. AND, I didn't even have anyone playing in the Super Bowl!

Now I know all of you are just dying to know my secret, so.....


Are you ready????


Here it is.....

I picked the players who looked best in their uniforms and/or had really cool names!

Shocked? Well, you shouldn't be. I have NO clue about who's good and who's bad in football, and apparently you don't have to know squat in order to win.

*I used Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" b/c I couldn't find "We are the Champions"

Friday, February 03, 2006

Hooked on Hoff

I heard this awesome Hoff video was out (or out again) and I immediately thought of Mr. Shife. So this is for you Mr. Shife....enjoy!*

*the author of this blog is not responsible for any loss of brain cells from watching this video.

The "Others"

I found this site and thought I would do all my lefty friends a service by publishing it for them. And just to keep with the thought, I typed this all with my left hand!


Thursday, February 02, 2006

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Love Stinks

Last night I was avoiding working on my program for my project and was chatting with my cousin online. Ok, so I was actually still working on my project as I was chatting...sorry cuz!

Anyway, we got on the topic of dating. She's a couple years younger than me yet in the same boat. All our friends are married and we're the last singletons. That in and of itself sucks, but what sucks even more is that we both never go out to actually meet people.

I've had this discussion many a time with Z, but we never actually did anything about it. We went to some bars to see a band, but that was about it and we never really met anyone new. Maybe we just gave off the "I'm with the band" vibe which made everyone keep about 10' away. Or it was the "I'm not som
eone who's into being picked up in a bar" vibe. Either way, we'd sit at her house and contemplate why we never went anywhere to meet people. However, she's joined the ranks of my other friends and is now married and has a newborn. Lucky girl!

Back to my cousin and I, we've both been single for 6-7 years. In those years there have been some short-term beaus (although she's dated more than I), but nothing or none worth much. There was one for her, but extenuating circumstances made it impossible to continue. I feel sad for her b/c it's not often you find love and when you're basically forced to give it up, well that just makes it suck that much more. I do hope that some day she'll either find a way to be with this man or another man will sweep her off her feet and make her very happy.

On that note, we both also said that we can't imagine our Prince Charmings coming into our lives and rescuing us from the land of Singleton. Why is it that cool chicks can't find good men to treat them well and not be jerks? I know there are some out there, but where? Is it like the old saying "All the good men are either married or gay?" I sure hope not!

Where are the romantics of long ago??