Friday, March 25, 2011

Random Youth

So it seems that I've infected my eldest daughter with a case of the randoms. Over the past few weeks, she's shared the following (out of the blue, mind you):

1. There are more Subway restaurants than McDonalds in the world.

2. The Sky Mall magazine is the germiest part of a plane.

3. We obtained Oregon from the United Kingdom in 1846.

What do you think? Do I have another randomite, or what?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


"Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out our courage and strength."

-- Anonymous

Monday, March 21, 2011

Bad News

Sigh. It seems like all that I've been getting lately is bad news, so I've been especially slow to blog. I'll spare you the litany, and just stick with some randoms about bad news.

Apparently, we humans have more brain activity when confronted with bad news than with good news -- according to Psychology Today. There is a demonstrable surge of electrical activity in the brain when subjected to negative stimuli as compared to positive stimuli. Seems to help us survive when presented with danger.

According to Psychology Today, this laps over to our intimate relationships, and in at least one study, this has been shown to affect marital bliss. Couples that fight a lot can still be happily married, so long as they can balance the negativity from the fighting with sufficient positivity, and that happiness ratio appears to be 5 to 1. So, as long as a couple has five times as much positive interaction and feeling as negative, the couple tends to be stable and content.

Hmmm. Does this mean that I can step on my husband's toes once as long as I hug him five times?

Monday, March 14, 2011

Daylight Savings Time Again


The first Monday after the beginning of Spring Daylight Savings Time is the sleepiest day of the year around my house. We just don't do "springing forward" very well, and this time, my eldest daughter is on a trip to Washington, D.C., so she gets a double time change.

Sigh, but at least we're not alone in our sleep deprivation. Much of the rest of the world is waking up to a new schedule this week too.

Daylight saving time is called "summer time" in Britain, and "Sommerzeit" in Germany, while Italy uses "ora legale" or "legal time."

Notice how I slipped in "daylight saving time" instead of "daylight savings time?" Technically, we should be calling this period "daylight saving time" because the present participle "saving" is used as an adjective.

But, truly, I'm a bit too sleepy to get it right today.

Happy napping!