Friday, October 31, 2008

Sugar Plum Fairy!! The shoes!

Almost forgot my favorite part!


Happy Halloween!

Sugar Plum Fairy!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008

MySpace/Facebook and Credit Unions

My $.02

As a CU employee - creating a MySpace/Facebook page for the CU is a great idea. Over 70% of 15 to 34 year olds are using MySpace/Facebook. Why not go for the target market where they spend the majority of their time. MySpace is the most trafficked website in the US. Keep it current, not sales-pitchy, and relevant to the age demographic and it could do wonders for your deposit and loan growth. Have someone on your staff who's using the sites (and young enough) to develop it for you. You'd be amazed at what the non IT staff folks can do with a page layout and graphics these days.

As a MySpace/Facebook user - there is no way I would friend my financial institution on a social networking site. Seriously... that's like asking for ID theft. Let's see, myspace gives your age, location and now I know where you bank. It doesn't take much to look through a few photos and friend comments, read your blog, use a little zaba search and any decent hacker will have your ssn and all sorts of information to crack your account in well under 24 hours. I might take a look if I saw a great rate displayed on the screen, but even then, the ad-viruses that are rampant on that website are so well known for wreaking havoc that if you're smart you won't click on it no matter how safe it looks.

So in the end... it's still good for CU's to get the free marketing. Plus the average MySpace/Facebook user isn't going to be as smart as those of us who work in a financial institution and see the effects of ID theft on a daily basis so your CU might get a few thousand friends if you're lucky... Actually your CU profile will probably be invited out for drinks and a few other encounters as well. And offered a few ringtones, and get invited to play mafia, etc...

Durian Party 2008!


The durian (pronounced /ˈdʊəriən/)[1] is the fruit of trees from the genus Durio belonging to the Malvaceae, a large family which includes hibiscus, okra, cotton, mallows, and linden trees. Widely known and revered in Southeast Asia as the "King of Fruits", the fruit is distinctive for its large size, unique odour, and formidable thorn-covered husk. The fruit can grow up to 30 centimetres (12 in) long and 15 centimetres (6 in) in diameter, and typically weighs one to four kilograms (2 to 7 lb). Its shape ranges from oblong to round, the colour of its husk green to brown, and its flesh pale-yellow to red, depending on the species.

The edible flesh emits a distinctive odour, strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Regarded by some as fragrant, others as overpowering and offensive, the smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust. The odour has led to the fruit's banishment from certain hotels and public transportation in Southeast Asia.

"The five cells are silky-white within, and are filled with a mass of firm, cream-coloured pulp, containing about three seeds each. This pulp is the edible part, and its consistence and flavour are indescribable. A rich custard highly flavoured with almonds gives the best general idea of it, but there are occasional wafts of flavour that call to mind cream-cheese, onion-sauce, sherry-wine, and other incongruous dishes. Then there is a rich glutinous smoothness in the pulp which nothing else possesses, but which adds to its delicacy. It is neither acid nor sweet nor juicy; yet it wants neither of these qualities, for it is in itself perfect. It produces no nausea or other bad effect, and the more you eat of it the less you feel inclined to stop. In fact, to eat Durians is a new sensation worth a voyage to the East to experience. ... as producing a food of the most exquisite flavour it is unsurpassed"

All That being said… as a foodie and lover of all things Anthony Bourdain this episode: lead to my insane fascination with obtaining and consuming the fruit.

The fruit itself is banned in public transit and hotels in Asia, due to the smell. So as you might guess, obtaining one in the US is not an easy task. That's where having fellow curious foodie friends comes in handy! Mike and Tiffany appeared at my doorstep one cloudy Sunday afternoon with the prized stink fruit in hand.

To our surprise, the initial odor checking of the fruit rendered a sweet passion fruit smell. We thought for a while we might have been tricked with the tales of stinky produce, but then after poking at it for a while, we pulled back the spiny sharp exterior to reveal a custardy stench like no other. To me the smell was one of a sulphur bomb. Yet I had to see what all the fuss was about. So I dug in, grabbed a tablespoon sized chunk of the goo. At first the sensation was that of chewing sulphur laced aluminum foil, but once you start chewing it emits a sweet lychee-like essence with an interesting finish and aftertaste of papaya. One you get past the smell, the taste really is unique and pleasant.

I made sticky rice to accompany, and it was a fun time!

Lessons learned –

Eat Durian outside with plenty of ventilation

Invite friends, there is lots of fruit to be shared.

Durian is best served cold. It has a natural heat to it and as it heats up the smell gets stronger and stronger.

Do not place extra durian in the fridge.

If you do place extra durian in the fridge, open up 2-3 boxes of baking soda to absorb smell.

To remove durian smell from your hands, run the seeds in your palms

Don't drop the durian on your head, it could have deadly consequences.


It was wonderful seeing my BFF in Utah. I just wish I could have stayed longer, or that it didn’t require airlines to see each other. Maybe one of these days we’ll get around to residing within driving distance of one another.

Short summary – CATS was a lot of fun… all-day-spa-day was super excellent… baby Greta is such a cutie and such a good baby!!!... I miss having cats… ART!!! - George Bush made out of army men!!!... crafty witch places are super fun… pumpkin gnocchi and mojitos – yum… I miss my BFF already!!!

And I am all too aware that I don’t have enough time to blog or do anything else lately in a timely manner!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

lava lamp +chocolate syrup = bad google search

Lesson learned today:

Do not look up craft instructions at work.

lava lamp + chocolate syrup +google search = nasty results

All I wanted to know is what they used the chocolate syrup for in the lava lamp project. I was guessing to counter balance an oil substance, but couldn’t figure out why they weren’t using a corn syrup or similar substance instead. All I got were a bunch of links to pron.


I also find it humorous that they (work web filter) blocked (the originator of the craft project instructions) for “explicit content”. That’s the first time I have seen Mormon and explicit content on the same page.