Archive for May, 2015

May 29, 2015

The Spud of my eye

by Janie Jones

The Spud heads north to visit for the summer tomorrow.

MJ Chick Pic

I haven’t seen my Spud since last August.  I hear she is now 4’10” tall and sports a blingy set of braces.  Apparently she’s picked up a nice downy layer of russet feathers too.  Glad they sent the pic, I might not have recognized her otherwise.

May 28, 2015

Just pretend it’s Tuesday, here’s a joke, or two, or three

by Janie Jones

Quantitative Chemical Analysis is how I am spending the first seven weeks of summer.  It’s like math camp for chemistry nerds.  It’s all about measuring chemical compounds and solutions to within insanely tight tolerances, and solving for the composition and concentration of unknowns using standardized chemicals.

I don’t think anyone actually enjoys it.  Not even the lab teacher.  She said she kinda hated it when she took it too.

This was in the front cover of my text book:chem cartoon textbook0001This is Janie in the first three labs:

a pinchQuestion asked right before lunch:  what is the common name for NaC2H3O2?

Did someone say nacho?  Is it Taco Tuesday in the cafeteria?  I could totally do nachos.

If you think this post is Fluorine Uranium Nitrogen Nitrogen Yttrium, click like.

May 27, 2015

This one’s for Frangipani

by Janie Jones

This morning I was not feeling particularly motivated, so I dawdled my way through my morning routine.  In the midst of the dawdling, for some reason, I was suddenly compelled to read the bottle of lotion I bought last January.  It’s from Bath and Body Works, the fragrance is called Amazon Rain.  Don’t ask, I have no idea how they come up with this stuff, but I think it smells nice. What caught my fancy was the list of ingredients which included frangipani.

I have a reader who goes by Frangipani.  I have not been a reliable reciprocal visitor, but she does some touching posts on life and a lot of beautiful and interesting photo posts.  All this time though, I never gave much thought her blog handle. 

Lots of people have blog handles that I don’t get. So when I read that bottle I had to know what a frangipani was.  Turns out, I learned something new!  Frangipani is another name for what I’m used to thinking of as plumeria, a lovely scented and beautifully flowering shrub.  What a wonderful blog handle.  It is a shame it took me so long to truly appreciate it.


Frangipanis_by_gemstars, click image to go to the site


So here’s to you, Frangipani!  What a beautiful name for a beautiful blogger.


May 22, 2015

You’ve probably heard this one before…

by Janie Jones

Because it’s been a while since I regaled you all with a shaggy dog story.  And because I just bought my 3rd vacuum this year.

A little old lady, down on her luck, answered a knock on the door one day to be confronted by a well-dressed young man carrying a vacuum cleaner.

‘Good morning, Ma’am,’ said the young man. ‘If I could take a couple minutes of your time, I would like to demonstrate the very latest in high-powered vacuum cleaners.’

‘A door to door salesman!  I didn’t know you existed anymore.  Well, don’t waste your time here, Son.  You don’t have anything that could interest me.  I’m broke and haven’t got any money!’ said the lady said brusquely.

‘But if I could just-‘  The young man began.

‘Go away!’ And she proceeded to close the door.

Quick as a flash, the young man wedged his foot in the door and pushed it wide open. ‘Now, now.  Don’t be too hasty,’ he commanded. ‘You have to see my free demonstration.’ And with that, he tossed a bucket of manure onto her hallway carpet.

‘What do you think you are doing!’  The lady yelled, horrified.

The young man flashed a charming smile and said, ‘I’m about to prove to you that this vacuum cleaner is worth every penny.  It features 12 different high suction attachments for hard to reach areas and a retractable 30 foot cord for vacuuming convenience.   Designed with a easy to clean cannister, you will never need to by vacuum cleaner bags.  Also, it has a long lasting HEPA filter which will remove allergens and dust from your air.  It has received top Energy Star ratings, so it will actually save you money on your electricity bill.  But that’s not all!  Not only does it have the highest powered suction available on the market, it is guaranteed for life to never loose it’s suction power!  And if it doesn’t remove all of this manure from your carpet, Madam, I will eat whatever it leaves behind.’

The lady frowned and said, ‘I see.  Well let me ask you one question first.’

‘Certainly!’ said the confident young man.

‘Do you prefer a spoon or a fork?’

The young man was taken aback, ‘What do you mean?’

‘I mean,’ the lady said, now smiling, ‘Do you prefer to eat with a spoon or a fork, because they cut off my electricity this morning.’

May 21, 2015

Must share

by Janie Jones

Leif just sent me this, and I had to share.

dog thoughtsHave you seen this face?

May 18, 2015

It’s Monday, back to the Madness

by Janie Jones

Summer school starts today.  I am not ready, but that seems to be the theme of my life these days.

I also have a lot of behind the scenes crap I’m dealing with right now, again, theme of my life these days, and as a result the blogging muse is somewhat lacking.

Hopefully we will return to our regular programming here at Janie’s Place soon.

May 14, 2015

Thursday Quote Du Jour: A stiff drink is in order, anyone got any vodka?

by Janie Jones

I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.

-Ron White

The semester is finally 100% over.  My last final was yesterday.  Ahhhh.  The freedom.  I think this calls for a celebratory drink.  You bring the vodka, I’ve got the lemons.  Oh, yes, have I got lemons.

Did I mention summer school starts Monday?