Monday, May 18, 2009

Weekend Update (Copyscape, Star Trek, Mice, and Australia)

For those of you born after 1976, that's Jane Curtin doing SNL's "Weekend Update." Just looking at her fake intense-but-pleasant anchor stare cracks me up.

So on with my weekend update, although it would be better if I had a co-anchor to banter with. Any volunteers for bantering?

Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape Copyscaping. I've noticed a big to-do recently over plagiarism. It seems several of my blogging friends' posts have been "compromised."

("Compromised" because this weekend I saw the Star Trek movie, so I'm feeling rather ... unemotional, logical and highly intelligent. Great movie, btw. One finally worth the ticket price.)

I would like to note that I did check my blog at the Copyscape site to see if my writing has been ripped off. (There goes the intelligent talk. Smartness by Spock immersion is a short-lived phenomenon, apparently.)

And now, the shocking revelation to that query: Nope.

I should be happy, right?

I should be happy that no one thought my writing clever or witty or informative enough to steal. They're like, "What a mess. I could do better." And so they're off to steal yours.

Therefore, I do not have the headaches that those of you being plagiarized must bear. The moral of this post is:

Sometimes it's better to be Adam West than Val Kilmer.
Better to be Peter Scolari than Tom Hanks.
Better to be George Costanza than George Clooney.
Rhoda Morgenstern than Mary Richards.

Here's to all the "B" people--no one's stealin' our stuff, and we don't have to dodge the paparazzi. It's good to be average. Yeah, not great or anything, just ... sorta OK.

This joker has moved into a house on campus with three other guys this summer. Do not panic; they are all good, solid characters. It is the first summer he has not moved home.

I asked him what he was going to do about sleeping because he wouldn't have his dorm bed, and he said, "Somebody gave me a mattress."


All the mothers out there say, "Ugh."

(Collective "Ugh.")

So I said, "What about a frame and box springs?"

He said, "I'm just going to put the mattress on the floor."

Oh my.

Jorge said for me to look at this as Jordan's summer of camping in a house. I think that's a helpful perspective.

So last night was his first night in the house. We called him today to see how things are going, and he said, "There are mice in this house."

Not good. The boy doesn't even like centipedes, let alone mice.

So he is having a whole new life experience.

How much do you want to bet that mattress gets moved off the floor tonight?!

This one made it to Australia and is living it up. Here is an excerpt from her email:

Right now it's 4:08 p.m. here and we've just returned from our first full day of sightseeing--we took a tour of the Sydney Opera House and then walked around an area called The Rocks (don't worry, it's not a "bad" place as the name might make it seem.)

This cracks me up because she is totally cutting me off at the pass on worrying.

The hostel is really nice and clean, and we've already been to a seafood barbecue that was on the rooftop last night--fresh shrimp, salmon, and calamari! It was SO GOOD. I also tried Vegemite this morning at breakfast on my toast, and it was the most awful thing I've ever tasted. It's super salty and vinegar-y and disgusting, although it looks like Nutella.

From her comment and all the comments made on this blog about Vegemite, I believe it's safe to say it's in the proverbial "acquired taste" category.

So that's the weekend update. Good night and have a pleasant tomorrow.

PS: Still waiting on Amy.
PPS: Drinking 80 oz of water a day (4 20oz bottles). Yes, you read that right.

Did you do anything fun this weekend?


Mama Kat said...

1.) You make pretty babies.

2.) I have not been plagiarized.

3.) Oh My GOSH!!! Amy GRANT!?!?!!?

Lilly said...

That was so funny. I love your writing style. Better to be George Costanza then George Clooney - he he. now that cracked me up - very clever.

My daughter's name is Jordan she is out of home now though - your son will appreciate home more than ever now though! As for your daughter well I hope she has a great time in Australia - The Rocks is the oldest part of Sydney and is a great tourist attraction. As for Vegemite it is most definitely an acquired taste! And the trick is to only have a scraping on toast not too much!

LadyFi said...

Love the update! Lucky girl being Australia!

I had a fun weekend - went to the funfair with husband and kids to celebrate my wedding anniversary.

Mrs. E said...

I would trade places with your daughter in a moment...your son, not so much! (I HATE mice!! Give me snakes and spiders, but mice--no way! Sounds like your kids are having an exciting summer.

Kim said...

I'm not so sure about the banter, since I tend to get tongue tied in public situations... but can I be your backup singer? I've always wanted to be a backup singer, preferably for a Motown group but a pasty white blonde girl from Indiana would do. And wouldn't a backup singer be better anyway, not stealing any of the attention and just providing a nice...well, backup?

Jenn said...

I had a good weekend. Friday night I went and got a long-awaited new matress, and even got one for my 2 yr. old. Saturday I made my hubby go w/ us to our small town festival for a parade (so small!!!) Yesterday, went to church and met w/ friends at night for some fellowship and prayer. Was all good! Thanks for writing such (easy to identify with) blogs!

a Tonggu Momma said...

When I was in college, I slept on a mattress that sat on the floor. Moral of the story: It's not just for guys!

Tammy Howard said...

Thanks for stopping by!

When my eldest daughter was born, she was hitting all her marks. When I said she was average, my mother hit the roof. "Why would you SAY that?!?" Um - because she IS. I'm with you. Average is way underrated. Maybe we like it that way...

Also, anyone who begins and ends a post with an old school SNL reference will surely be followed by this ignorant misguided... well, you know the rest...

Merrie said...

Don't you love how our kids - even though they are no longer in our house - still manage to keep us on our knees and involved!
Kids... gotta love um!

Heather of the EO said...

Way to go with your Weekend Update.

I was born in 75, so I totally recognize Jane. From Kate and Allie :)

I had a garage sale this weekend. Yup, I'm VERY exciting.

Heth said...

Wasn't that Star Trek movie great?! Did you cry? I did. And I'm not afraid to admit it.

The whole "camping in a house" thing has me cracking up. Good way to look at it. Look at your babies, all grown up and off seeing the world! Wow!

sara said...

mattress on the floor + mice = time to move out!!! yikes! you did get an "ugh" from me!!

still no word from Amy, huh?!

Beth in NC said...

Mattress on the floor and MICE?!?!?!? Scream! Boys ... sigh.

How can you drink that much water and sit here long enough to type this post? lol

My ADHD Me said...

At the risk of plagiarizing you, as I read your post I was thinking...I bet that mattress comes off the floor soon! (and then you wrote it).

Then I was thinking, I wonder if she has tried vegimite sandwiches yet? (and then you wrote it)

Sigh....My weekend was, well, it was a Saturday and a Sunday.

H-Mama said...

what an experience your kids are having... both for very different reasons. ;)

yes, i've heard the vegemite isn't all it's cracked up to be. except from my friends who were born & raised there. must be just a 'local' thing. ha!

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

Or, you could say that your work is so original that no one dare try to copy it. :>)

Mocha with Linda said...

My husband says when he was at school there was one guy in the dorm who slept on the mattress without sheets. And another one who never changed his sheets the Whole.Semester.

What did I do fun this weekend? Can't remember - it seemed like all one l-o-n-g day 'cause my girl had to be at the school at 5:00 a.m. Saturday and got back at 1:30 a.m. Sunday (trip to Dallas for a choir festival and Six Flags). I think I was tireder than she was!

Greg C said...

I will go toe to toe with you as I remember many of the lines; Jane you ignorant...( )

I had a photo stolen but it was by Time magazine and I was so flattered that I just went with it.

Is it water time again? Awww come on, it can't be that time again. I am learning to hate water.

Dita said...

Jane you IG*@$ANT S*%T, some of us recall with great hilarity the REAL SNT!

Money says Jordan won't make it the whole summer with his posse...the mice alone may drive him out sooner than he thinks when he wakes up to them eeking and squeaking boxspring or not!

Oh, to be young again and traveling the world and trying new things. The only new thing I'm trying this week is to get my butt back on the treadmill! TODAY!

May I ask wy 80oz of water? How can that really be good for you? I'd never leave the restroom at work!

Angie said...

Thought my life was busy with four kids...we grow right along with them, don't we! I've got my oldest in her first job and first serious dating relationship...that extra boy around the house has been fun - interesting, but fun.

Star Trek, oh my, LOVED IT! Since coming back from the movie last night, I've been going through the list of people I can drag along so I can see it again. SO GOOD! I might even have to blog about it. :)

Have a great week!

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

If I was going to steal someone's writing, I'd totally pick yours first...I promise :)

Susan said...

I'm always amazed at how and where my guys can sleep. I could NOT put a mattress on the floor ESPECIALLY if there were critters "down there". of course, I know mice can climb too. Anyway, I know it'll be good memories for him.

Australia is one of my dream places to go. I hope she's having a blast.

I think your blog is fabulous. Maybe you just have the most honest know?


2Thinks said...

I hear ya- again. (Are you my twin sister separated from me at birth?) Anyway- Pilgrim catches the Greyhound at 6 tonight,off to CA, will be sleeping on the floor of an empty studio apartment that is only $1000/month, apparently. Not bad, right?

And to clarify my math calculation problem on the H2O error. I thought my bottle held 12 ounces, but it actually had a 20 oz. capacity. Thus the extra 40 oz. in error. But yes, the word "quotient" it is good. Give us a post on using polynomial, Lid.


Susanne said...

Wasn't that a great movie? Loved it. Except I didn't come home all Spock-like intellegent or anything. It would take more than watching a movie to do that. LOL.

You crack me up with the B list.

Mice and mattresses on the floor, ewww. Bet he'll find some creative way to get that mattress up off the floor by tonight.

I so want to be your girl right now. I could go with being half way around the world in a hot country eating seafood bar-b-que on top of a roof instead of sitting here cleaning my carpets and wondering whether it's safe enough from frost so that I could put my bedding out plants already.

Jenny said...

Copyscape won't let me see if anyone is trying to copy my magnificant blog:( I highly doubt anyone would:D

I have been slacking on my water intake and I threw my back out last night, I guess I will get the slacker award this time.

Lisa said...

LOL, the second post I've visited today with an SNL reference. I had a VERY busy weekend (only taking the time to visit a couple other's blogs instead of posting myself). Hubbie is a youth minister & it was graduation weekend - yep, lot's of pomp and circumstance here. We always say, "'Our' kids graduate every year, but we don't have to buy gifts, throw a party or pay for college" :)

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Joanna said...

You got an Ugh from me followed by a double ick!

Michele Renee said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog--I'm the one who hates to fly...but don't hate travel. In fact I am flying next month for pleasure and I am not as frightened as the recent flight from ATL to Mississippi. Just spent some time on your blog and see that we are the same age and one day my kids will graduate (I started having babies later). ALSO, I live about 5 miles from where you had your conference!! I'll be back to visit your blog.

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

Checked out the Copyscape site and I think I plagiarized myself. Is that possible? Whatever. Don't think anyone really want to quote me.

granny said...

Hey !!Vegemite is good!!I do think its funny how only us Aussies love it :0)(cheese and vegemite sandwhiches are great !)

Anonymous said...

1) If you're "B", then you're B+ for sure! : )

2) I've slept with my mattress on the floor for the past 2 years (one of them in a dorm), and I just hunkered it down again for the coming senior year. By choice.*

*Mice not included!! :P

skoots1mom said...

omgoodness! more prayers as katie travels...prayers for good rest and lots of fun.

please tell me he's found a new place to live...

got my exercise today walking through two parking decks, across two street thoroughfares, one tunnel and four elevators to get to BeStill&Know family and their daughter after dd made it successfully through scoliosis back surgery today...
They covet your prayers of praise for her successful surgery, the doctor and staff who worked through the procedure.

Now on to rest and recovery...thankful for good meds to get her through the next 48 hours, especially!

Pam Warden Art said...

One day in my very first store I noticed that one of my paintings was gone, vanished....stolen. Outwardly I was outraged (and told everybody, "a painting was STOLEN"), inwardly I was so pleased with myself. ("My work caused someone to have such intense pleasure just looking at it, they had to have it by hook or by crook.") Anyway, the next week I moved displays around to vac and there it was, sitting on the floor waiting for me to find it and hang it back on the wall for sale. I am a dork.