Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The best answer in the show’s history to the time-honored why-do-you-want-to-be-an-American-Idol question:

“I really want to make David Hasselhoff cry.”
--Birmingham, Alabama hopeful Chris Sligh

The stars are blazing like rebel diamonds cut out of the sun

The Killers -- Read My Mind

This is my favorite song off of Sam's Town. I'm glad it's finally getting some decent radio airplay.

Monday, January 29, 2007


There is a fine line between a bag of unpopped kernels and a microwave that smells like burning. I did not find that line tonight.

I didn't write it, but I do agree...

The top 15 most annoying noises, in pictures. Amazingly, the article manages not to include the words 'Back' or 'Nickel'


We've been getting a lot of hits from out of state in the last few days. Why now? I don't know. Someone in or around Farmington, Michigan has especially taken an interest having come to our blog about 10 times in the last few days. So whoever you are, welcome and feel free to post and let us know who you are. We don't bite....much.

World Series of Pop Culture

On Friday Brad, Christie, and I went to our audition for the World Series of Pop Culture. Unfortunately it didn't turn out as well as we hoped for. I thought the test was easier than I was expecting so that gives me hope for next year. The first time going through the test, I answered about 80% without even having to think about it. I still had about half the time left to go back and work out some of the others. I had seen all of the movies and tv shows and heard all the songs represented on the test too so I'm on the right track.

It was fun even though we won't be going to New York. Some of the other people taking the test really liked our shirts and team name so that was cool. I can't really post any details about the test since they've been taking legal action against other bloggers who posted too much. I was able to memorize most of the test while I was taking it so after the competition is over we'll see if I can put that up or not.

Who can tell me our team name and where it came from?

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Friday, January 26, 2007


Well, today is the big day. At 4:00 pm Brad, Christie, and I have our audition for the World Series of Pop Culture. As part of my training, I tried to memorize the entire box of questions from the Trivial Pursuit Pop Culture edition. I found that many questions on the show last season were taken word for word from the game. However, now the game is just taking up space, because I seriously doubt I'll be allowed to play it ever again with anyone who reads this blog.

According to someone who auditioned in New York, they have been taking 4 teams from each audition time to move onto the next round and it doesn't seem like it's entirely based on who knows the most. As Jules said in Pulp Fiction, "Personality goes a long way." We're not too creative as far as costumes go. Brad made up some shirts with a logo for us which is cool. One of the New York teams showed up wearing puffy shirts from Seinfeld. It's tough since you can't use any image or phrase that is copyrighted.

Anywho, wish us luck. The grand prize is $250,000 for the team so winning this thing would mean the end of all our student loans and a chance to actually move up a bit in life!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Rough day

A few days after Christmas my grandma got a dizzy spell, fell and hit her head. She was taken to the hospital and they gave her a neck brace to wear when she needed. She's been wearing it off and on for the last few weeks, but the pain in her neck wasn't getting better. On Tuesday night my mom took her back to the hospital. They took more x-rays and found that she had broken a bone in her neck. Since it had never been set right, the bone had managed to twist around into a bad spot.

Yesterday I went to see her at the hospital. They had her in a hard neck brace which she hated. The doctor then told her that the only way they could stabilize her neck enough to let her heal was to put her in a halo for three months.

She really didn't want to do that. The only person she has known who had one had to have it on permanently. The doctor said if they didn't do this and the bone shifted any more that there was a huge risk for paralysis.

My mom and grandpa showed up after a while and we managed to convince her that this was something that had to be done. The doctors went ahead and put it on. She was pretty out of it after that so we went home so she could get some sleep. She still has to have surgery some time this week. They are going to do a bone graft with some bone from her hip to try and strengthen her neck.

Anyway, please pray for her recovery. My mom is helping to take care of my grandpa right now because his memory is going fast and he can't really take care of himself anymore so they could use some prayers as well to get through this time.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Fixed, Sort Of

I can not figure out how someone else was able to put their photos in my scratcher slide show, so I decided to just make a new one. This is scratcher has photos from Christmas to the preset. We have not done a whole lot in the new year as we are both working full time (at least for this month) and trying to save up some cash. I am hoping to land another long term position in the near future. We will see if it is possible within the week.

I am feeling a bit better, there have been no more stomach pyrotechincs today, however my nose and throat decided to add themselves to my list of ailments. I took another nap today, 2 whole hours. Hopefully I continue to feel better tomorrow.


I cannot guess what we'll discover
We turn the dirt with our palms cupped like shovels
But I know our filthy hands can wash one another’s
And not one speck will remain

I do believe it’s true
That there are roads left in both of our shoes
If the silence takes you
Then I hope it takes me too
So brown eyes I hold you near
Cause you’re the only song I want to hear
A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere


I don't know what happened, but if you do the scratcher thingie in our sidebar all of our pictures are gone. Now it switches off two pictures of some black girl standing around. I went to our account to see if I could figure it out, but it said we had never created a photo/slide show with them. Cyndi said she'll try and do something with it tomorrow since she is the one who set it all up.

Cyndi came home sick today from work. She has a milder version of what I had over Christmas that she picked up from one of her kindergarteners. She was able to eat a little by late evening so we'll see what happens. She's been taking meds, drinking water, and getting lots of sleep today.

Monday, January 22, 2007

I'm just saying...

If you live in Alhambra or Monterey Park these directions would actually seem reasonable.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Pizza Night

I decided to make a pizza for dinner tonight. I used whole wheat flour so it would be a lot healthier. I created the entire thing from scratch. I made the dough last night while cooking dinner then put it in the fridge over night and took it out about a hour before I was ready to make it tonight. The recipe I used makes a double batch, but instead of cutting the ingredience in half I figured if I just made it all now then I can freeze the other half and we can have it another night. These are before, during and after photos. Paul said it tasted good, so score one point for healthier pizza.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Luc, I am your father!

Yesterday was Luc Robitaille day. Ric was able to get off work so we grabbed some tacos at Del Taco and got up to the XTRA Sports station around 2:30. There were a few other people there already so we chatted a bit. They also had filet mignion sandwiches that were really good. After an hour or so they let us into the studio. By that time there were 30-40 of us.

The show's hosts Petros Papadakis and Matt "Money" Smith came in at 4 followed shortly by Luc. They did a live radio broadcast for an hour and took some questions from the audience. Ric's question wasn't chosen...probably because he was trying to dig up some dirt on some of the other Kings players.

After the interview was done, they handed out some raffle tickets. The numbers before and after mine were chosen to be "King of the Day" and sit in thrones down at rinkside for today's game when Luc's jersey will be retired. They gave out some other prizes too, but neither of us were close.

Then they called out the names of the contest winners and one by one we got to go up and get autographs and take pictures with Luc. I didn't have anything for him to sign, but then they brought out official Kings jerseys for the winners, so he signed that for me.

By the time it was over, we were just in time to hit rush hour traffic. It took about an hour and a half to get back to home. Ric and I were going to go put on our NO MA'AM shirts and get some beers, but figured the women folk might not go for that plan. So instead we picked up Cyndi and Jeri and went to dinner at Red Robin.

BTW: Sometime this weekend they should be posting our pictures on the XTRA Sports website. You can also see me in the photo gallery for their All-In Weekend at the Stratosphere on the same page. I'm wearing my Red Sox jersey.

Friday, January 19, 2007

I (heart) crazy people

I know some of you stick it out for the whole season, but I just can't do it. I'll watch anytime they have the bad singers on. After that I'll check in occasionally when it gets to the final group. Even that can be rough when they throw in "ABBA week" or some other garbage no one wants to hear. Seriously, someone loses out on a chance to be a pop star because their cover of a Barry Manilow song isn't good enough?

Anywho, I found this website that's pretty cool. Some guy looked up and linked to the myspace pages of as many people as he could find from the awful Seattle and Minneapolis auditions. My personal favorites? Jessica "super Jewel fan" Rhode who works as a cosmotologist at Glamour Shots and loves the band "the Google Dolls". Steven "big scary red haired viking guy" Thoen lets us know that "it's always 420 somewhere".

Thursday, January 18, 2007

My day in sports...

Yesterday was a good sports day for me. (This is where Lisa stops reading the post.) The first good thing was when I walked in the door last night after work. There on the table was my first issue of Sports Illustrated. It was a Christmas gift from my mother in law, so I will be sure to think good things about her every Wednesday when I get the mail (ok, other times as well).

So there I am, watching tv, reading my new magazine, and trying to wind down for bed when Cyndi mentions that there was a message on the answering machine about some contest. When I listened to it, I found out I won a contest on XTRA Sports AM 570 to come to their studio on Friday and hang out with Luc Robitaille. For those of you who don't know, he spent most of his career playing for the LA Kings and recently retired as the highest scoring left winger in NHL history and is in the top 10 in career goals scored. I get to bring someone with me, so my first choice was Ric, who is the biggest Kings fan I know. Hopefully he can get off work early. It should be good times.

I really like this version...

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


I finally got my shipment of MS braclets! That means I will get them in the mail to those of you who ordered them tomorrow. For those of you who haven't bought one yet, what are you waiting for? They are only $2 and will go towards a great cause. If you would like to purchase one either post a comment or e-mail me at BUsoftball16 (at) msn (dot) com. Thank you for your support, you have no idea how much I appreciate it!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Monday, January 15, 2007


Two movies that I loved Freedom Writers and Pursuit of Happyness. Both are based on true events. I absolutely loved Pursuit of Happyness (not just because of Will Smith) it really moved me and Freedom Writers had a good message.

That is all for tonight as I have to get up early tomorrow to go "teach" Kindergartners. I hope you all had a nice three days off of work. More on my weekend tomorrow. For now I must sleep.

Saturday, January 13, 2007


Amy and I tried to put together one of those puzzles that is made up of a bunch of little pictures. It is of Tigger and we thought it would be cool to do. However after two attempts we gave up. We only got a little more than what is showing in this picture completed before giving up. Then it was decided we would play Rummikub. 3 times Paul won. I still want a rematch. Once Bradley got home we played Scene It a pop culture game which Bradley won, but between Paul and Bradley it was a close race. Amy was not far behind them either. I sadly suck mud at this game. I try, and when other people have questions I know them but when it is my turn I draw blanks even on things I know.
All in all we had fun and that is whats important

Friday, January 12, 2007

Window in the Skies (part 2) -- U2

This guy has the coolest job in the world!

Meet Tom Dickson. He's the host of a series of videos on one of my favorite websites Will It Blend? He has a high powered blender and tosses in a bunch of different things to see what will happen. Sadly, he probably gets paid better than me for doing it too. Hot Wheels, Barbies, Ipods, golf balls....he does it all. They even take viewer suggestions for new things to blend. Mr. Dickson, you are truly a man among men.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

At work with Paul...

"My family's not poor. My mama doesn't even have to work and I'm richer than you. We get $1500 from SSI every month!"

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Anyone else remember these guys?

New schedules....again.

Someday I would like to have a job with a set schedule so I can actually plan more than a few days ahead of time. As long as I have my current job that isn't going to happen. For the second time in the last 5 months my work location has changed and with that comes different hours. I have been at our main facility in the independent living program since late August. Now one of the other group homes has been having issues, so as of Sunday I was pulled over there to help out. I don't know for how long, but it's looking like it will be at least a few months.

For now, they have me working all evenings which doesn't leave much together time with Cyndi's morning teaching hours. We're trying to work things out though. I'm trying to force myself to wind down on the way home so I can go to bed as soon as I get home. That way we can both get up early and see each other for a few hours over a bowl of cereal before Cyndi goes to work. It's not ideal, but we've had worse back when Cyndi was working and going to school.

Monday, January 08, 2007


They make me tired. Goodnight.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

1 down 51 to go

We have now reached the end of week one in our 2007 fitness challenge. We are feeling pretty good and have enjoyed spending time together while walking around the track. Next week we're planning to kick it up a notch by adding in some jogging to the walking. Paul's hours will be changing yet again for at least a few months so we will have to re-adjust our routine. Cyndi has taken a long term position in South Whittier as a Kinder teacher until Febuary. The new positions will add some stress until we figure out what is expected of us we are hoping the walking will help combat some of that.

Saturday, January 06, 2007


Tough Enough is now being updated daily, sometimes twice a day. Keep checking in for more details on our progress towards the 750 mile goal. Click Here.

My team for the MS Walk is now up to 3. I am hoping to reach my goal of 10 people. If you are interested all of the information is in the post titled Close to my Heart.

Thank you to Amy and Ang who have signed up to walk with me, and to Bethany and Ang who are purchasing a braclet. I really appreciate the support.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Alter Ego

Hum, maybe I'll have to start watching the show...

You scored as Kate. You're Kate! You're not really a bad person, you've just had some trouble with your past. You're a little secretive. Under all that, you really are a good person. You're ready to help even if it'll set you back a bit.

Who is your "Lost" alter ego?
created with

Thursday, January 04, 2007

New Years Eve

We spent New Years Eve with the Family. Amy wanted a rematch of Scum so five of us broke out the cards and began the challenge to obtain Presidency. Amy won this time!

Then it was time to join the adults and play two rounds of Contentintal the traditional card game for this evening. The first round Cyndi won and recieved a dollar from each player for her winnings. Dad then retired to the couch as we had a short break for ice cream or cookies if you so choose. Then it was time for round two, which Jean took. After the game it was just a few minutes into the new year so Amy and Cyndi tosted with some sparkling cider.

Bradley decided to see if Abby liked laser pointers as much as kitties do. She liked it more, Abby kept chasing it around everywhere and trying to bite it. You can't really see it in this picture but at the bottom directly in front of her nose is the red dot from the laser.

This was Mom's present from Paul W. last Christmas. Since it is the New Year and Chilly Willy will have to go back in his box till next year we decided to grab a quick photo opportunity.

I wish we could get through one holiday without these two not getting along and starting fights with each other.
Oh well, maybe next year.

Happy New Year

(sorry, I forgot to post this on Christmas, and now I have missed New Years. I suppose better late than never?)

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Healthy Start

Paul and I have discussed a few things that we want to accomplish this year. I am not so sure all of them are resolutions (things we want to change) but instead goals.

The one I want to share with you all is our Healthy Living Goal. We plan to walk 2 miles every day in 2007. This would give us a grand total of 728 miles this year. However, we are challenging ourselves to make it to 750. This does not include daily walking of to the car, or errands these are straight 2 miles either around a track, on the treadmill or hitting the pavement. On the side of our Hutchins Blog we will have a counter with the Goal and where each of us stand individually.

In addition I want to do some weight training or additional cardio 3 times a week. I am also trying to keep a food diary. Paul does extra at work every day with the crazy amount of stairs he is up and down for 8 hours. So... there you have it, hopefully you will all be seeing drastic changes in us.

Today Paul and I did our 2 miles at Biola's track.

Monday, January 01, 2007


49ers 26
Broncos 23

I'm just saying.