The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.
The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.
If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.
Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.
When my wife and I talked about purchasing books to read on first pregnancy, I told her I wanted to read books that were funny. In fact, I remember saying, "I want Dave Barry to write a serious book on pregnancy and fatherhood."
After a quick look at Amazon, I found three books to buy: The Caveman's Pregnancy Companion: A Survival Guide for Expectant Fathers by David Port and John Ralston, The Guy's Guide to Surviving Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the First Year of Fatherhood by Michael Crider, and Keeping the Baby Alive till Your Wife Gets Home by Walter Roark.
I decided to only read the books up to childbirth, as it was many (although not as far as I think) months away.
I completed Caveman since it covers everything up to childbirth. The book takes the premise that I am a caveman when it comes to pregnancy and guides me through everything I need to know about the next nine months. I learned a lot, and was proud to spout the new words I'd learned to my wife. The book was lighthearted and had many funny sections. It also had a chapters on healthy meals I could cook, massage techniques to lower her pain, and even advise on making sex possible in the later months.
I just finished reading Guy's Guide up to the section on childbirth, and I must say it's much funnier than Caveman. Crider writes the book in his own experience with his first child and writes just as funny as anyone I've read before. However, his book doesn't provide too much insight to the whole experience. While it's great to laugh at his cynical and humorous portrayals of everything from finding out his wife was pregnant to the baby showers, not too much information was gleamed from his writing.
I haven't started Keeping the Baby Alive since it deals with the basics of parenting chores (changing diapers, feeding, etc.). I expect it to be funny as well, but don't know how it will compare to Guy's Guide.
Overall, I'd suggest both Caveman and Guy's Guide to any dad-to-be, and will probably buy both books for every new dad that I know. While Caveman isn't 100% comedic, it gives a lot of "inside" information to what's happening, why, and how to deal with it. Reversely, Guy's Guide doesn't give too much information, but educates you on the broad topic while making it hilarious.
Are there any books you suggest for the dad-to-be? If so, why should he read it? Have you read any of the above books? If so, what did you think about them? Were they helpful for you?
Went to OB/GYN last Thursday. Everything looks good for both baby and mom. Doc estimated we're 8-10 weeks along. She tried to find the heartbeat, as that supposedly occurs at 10 weeks. She couldn't find it, though.
Tomorrow, we go for the first ultrasound. We should get an almost-exact time, as well as good photos. :P
As most of you in the country have heard, St. Louis had its worst power outage ever on Wednesday. A storm traveling southwest (very rare) ripped through the area, taking power from over 500,000 houses. On Friday, after that number had decreased to around 350,000, another storm ripped through the area, taking the number back to around 550,000. Currently, about 240,000 houses are still without power, roughly 10% of the area.
We've been without power since Wednesday evening. It's estimated that we won't receive power again until Wednesday or Thursday.
Luckily, Elayne has relatives in the area who have power. Wednesday night, we slept at home. On Thursday, we slept at Elayne's parents' house. We already had plans to leave for the weekend, so we spent Friday and Saturday night in Cincinnati. Last night, we basically moved to her parents' house, bringing enough clothes to stay for about a week.
Our property was spared on Wednesday's storm. However, on Friday's, the tree closest to the back of the house dropped two of its main branches right next to the house. You can view the photos here: http://pics.livejournal.com/yaw4god_emt/gallery/00003934. The only part of the house it hit was the corner of the gutter. We can't see the fence, but it's probably damaged as well. It will all be covered under insurance, and we found that we can also add to the claim all of the food in the refrigerator that was ruined due to the outage. Elayne had just bought food earlier in the week, so there was a good amount of it in there.
What makes me upset is that some people have power, but don't extend any invitations to friends or coworkers to stay over. I feel that if we were fortunate enough to have never lost power, I would have invited anyone that needed a place. All they would need is something to sleep on, as we only have one other bed and a couch. It's times like this that you see who true friends are.
After a year away, I've decided to continue my Paramedic training. However, I'm still not at the point where I can actually take a Paramedic class.
This semester, I'll be taking: * Anatomy and Physiology * American History II
A&P is required before starting Medic classes. History is required for the AAS degree, and I took it before but failed it (due to me not withdrawing), so taking it again will "erase" it from the class record.
Since I'm going to Swings at work starting next week, my classes will be during the day. After taking night classes, I'm not a fan of the day classes, but it'll work.
1. Lite-Brite 2. Talk 'n Play 3. My Pet Monster 4. He-Man figures 5. Nintendo 6. Ewok Stuffed Animal 7. Matchbox cars 8. Slip 'n Slide 9. Apple IIGS 10. Not really a toy, but I loved my microscope set. (I know -- geeky)
Let's do some more fill-in-the-blanks this week! =) Thanks for playing Monday Madness, all of my faithful participants!
1. I have a picture of Hawaii Photos on my computer desktop.
I have a program that puts a new background up every hour. I use vacation photos as the group. Currently, Dad is feeding ducks at the Garden of Eden on the Road to Hana.
2. There are three pictures hanging on my living room walls.
Two are painted by Elayne's mom. I don't know where the third came from. We also have three in our dining room; they are my mom's drawings of a covered bridge in NC.
3. My big goal for this week is to meet the guy at UMSL.
I sent in an application to volunteer at one of the colleges nearby. I was told they had an opening to take over a database project from someone that is moving. I'm meeting her and the Director that's using the program on Friday.
4. I plan to visit very few blogs this week.
I only read my Friend's Blog for the most part. If I get a link to an interesting one, I'll read it and then find a way to syndicate it on LJ if I like it.
5. The weather we're having right now is warm.
Currently 80 outside. It's supposed to be hotter all week.
I've missed a few, so I'll answer them all in this one.
Would you rather be book smart, or street smart? I prefer to be a combination of both, with more books than street (around 60/40). Both can help and work off of each other with most everyday challenges.
What tv shows are on your summer watching schedule As far as new shows, I'm checking out "Saved" and "Windfall". I've got the first episodes of both recorded, but haven't watched them yet.
Do you tend to question things often? Would you consider yourself an analytical person most of the time? I am definitely an analytical person. I love to question things, especially at work. A lot of times, the questions have no answers, but sometimes I find interesting things by asking.
Do you/would you ride a motorcycle without a helmet? I don't want to ride a motorcycle (murdercycle), but if I did, I would wear a helmet.
Don't you think The Green Room is a silly name for a tv talk show waiting room? What would you call it instead? I don't know why they call it that, but I'm sure there's a good reason. If I had the choice, I'd call it "The Waiting Room". Boring, but describes it perfectly.
Are you a Type A Personality, or a Type B? I am a Type B Personality. I'm often really relaxed and very patient with people.
1. What is the color of the first vehicle you spot? Silver.
2. Is this the last vehicle you drove? If not, does this car belong to you or someone in your home? Yep. It's my Neon. I parked it on the street.
3. What kind of tree is closest to your front door? I believe it's a maple tree.
4. What's the weather like at the time you answer these questions? Did you feel any dramatic change of temperature or humidity as you stepped outside of your home? It's unusually cool. We had some strong thunderstorms last night, causing a major cool-down today. The humidity is higher due to the recent rain, and the outside is cooler than the inside.
5. Of your immediate neighbors -- those whose homes you can see from your front door -- how many of them do you know by name? Sadly, none. We haven't had a chance to talk to too many of the neighbors since we moved here.
6. How many of those do you speak to when you see them? I talk to them all when I see them, but usually small conversation. A few weeks ago, I talked for a bit with one of the neighbors -- he runs the Fire Academy in the area, so we talked a bit about EMS.
Work's been stressful lately. We've been on 12-hour shifts for over a month now. The good thing about it is we get 3 days off, but we're still working 48-hour weeks.
Luckily, it's supposed to end on the 19th. However, I'm being moved off of day shift. I knew it would happen one day, as the department likes to move things around every year or so. I'll be going to swing shift (3p-11p).
The good news is that I'm going to be the "Senior Operator" on the shift. Essentially, it means I'm the highest-ranked Operator on the shift (behind the Manager and Supervisor). If both the Manager and Supervisor need the day off, I'll be in charge. Amazing considering I've only been in the room for a year.
1. What is (or would be) your dream vacation? Europe, definitely. Not a particular part of Europe, either. Any place, but I'd love to travel the complete continent and see all that I can possibly see.
2. What's one thing no vacation can do without? Family. I couldn't travel alone, so anyone near and dear to me is needed.
3. What has been the best trip of your life so far? Hawai'i. The place is ten times as beautiful as the photos.
4. Who was with you on that trip and what is the role of that person in your life? I was with elayne_7, my wife, and my parents. These three are my normal travel-mates, so we have tons of fun together.
5. What's the worst thing that can happen during a vacation? Not too much. We've always found ways to deal with issues that come up. The worst thing that has happened in past vacations was when my iPod was stolen, or when our luggage was lost by the airlines. We dealt with them and still had a great vacation.
I never caught on to the "24" craze (the TV show, not the age). The one episode I watched was around the middle of the 3rd season, so nothing made sense to me.
A coworker at work has all of the season DVDs you can get, so I've decided to try out the show. After 2 episodes, I'm liking it. It's moving a little slow, but that makes sense when you're watching a "true" hour go by. Plus, watching it on DVD, I get none of the commercials and each episode is actually about 45 minutes long.
I'd love to devote 24 hours to watch them all in a row, but my body can't take sitting in the same place that long.
For the past few days, we've been hearing sounds similar to rats in the walls. The other morning, I woke up to the sound and decided to investigate. I found that the noise was coming from the vent that connects to our downstairs bathroom. Whatever was in there was moving around the vent. It was making noises similar to chomping on wood, but there is no wood present in the vent, and the vent isn't broken.
Today, I spied on the vent when I heard more noises. I saw a bird fly in, so I turned on the fan in the vent (far away from where the animals are). Two birds flew out.
It appears we have birds nesting in the vent. The help I need is how to get them out. I've got several ideas:
Let them stay
Scare them out, then seal the vent with chicken wire
The problem with #2 is that if they have baby birds, they'll die. I thought about scaring out the adults, then removing the tubing to empty out what's in there below the vent, then covering the vent to prevent them from re-nesting.
Finally! I can play poker! This year, I've had a bad streak. I don't think I've had a winning session this year. I decided to take a month off, starting at the end of May. Today, I decided to enter a Freeroll on PokerStars (a freeroll is a tournament that you don't pay to enter). The top 27 win an entry into another freeroll that has $1,000 prize pool. Over 4100 people entered.
It's nice to know that my almost 5 years in the area hasn't changed my dialect one bit!
I went to the [new] Busch Stadium tonight. We won -- of course. I have a good record for the team I'm rooting for. That said, if anyone has season tickets they want to give me to ensure a good home record, I'm game!
New Busch is nice. However, they've found some seats that don't work well. I got my ticket through a promotion they're running. Every morning before a home game, the first 125 people at the stadium get a voucher to purchase two tickets at the price of $5.50 each. You have no idea where you sit, but the seats are together and are guaranteed. You might get SRO, but you might get first row. We got 33rd row in Section 160. Our seats were literally in the aisle at the end of it, which was nice; more legroom. However, there was a Party Box to our left, which blocked all of Left Field when sitting. But, hey, it was only $5.50.
Start Date: 03/11/06 End Date: 05/16/06 Total Days: 66 Days Read: 7 Pages: 207 Pages per Day: Total Days - 3.1; Days Read - 29.6
Suggested: No Quick Plot: A family wants to go to a lighthouse. I think.
What I Thought: The only good thing I can say about this book is that it's on my bookshelf next to one of the best books of all time: "The Catcher in the Rye". This book was written with too much "sidebar". It appears the author wanted us to follow EVERY trail of thought in EVERY character's head EVERY chance she got. The book was so slow that I couldn't even follow the plot.
Start Date: 03/10/06 End Date: 03/10/06 Total Days: 1 Days Read: 1 Pages: 115 Pages per Day: Total Days - 115.0; Days Read - 115.0
Suggested: Yes Quick Plot: Farm animals take control of a farm.
What I Thought: Wonderful! This book not only chronicles a farm in England after the animals take over, but the book's political message is very obvious. Even if the political undertones of the novel is not obvious, the story itself is a great lesson in how power can manipulate people, much like in The Lord of the Flies.
Start Date: 02/16/06 End Date: 03/09/06 Total Days: 22 Days Read: 10 Pages: 447 Pages per Day: Total Days - 20.3; Days Read - 44.7
Suggested: Yes Quick Plot: A story following Yossarian, a bomber pilot, and other pilots in his group. As the pilots reach the mandatory number of missions, the Colonel keeps raising it. Many ironic situations follow.
What I Thought: This books is great! A good mix of comedy, drama, and thought-provoking sections makes this book very enjoyable!
Personal: 59 Radcliffe: 57 Modern Library: 96 Mod. Lib. Readers: Not Rated
Start Date: 01/12/06 End Date: 02/15/06 Total Days: 35 Days Read: 14 Pages: 513 Pages per Day: Total Days - 14.7; Days Read - 36.7
Suggested: Yes Quick Plot: The story chronicles Stingo, the author of the book, and Sophie, a former prisoner in a concentration camp during WW2. Many other characters enter the story, including Nathan, Sophie's boyfriend. The story is set in 1950s New York City. Stingo moves to the city after living in the South his whole life (other than his jaunt in the military during the war). Stingo falls in love with Sophie, but knows he can't have her.
What I Thought: This book was great! I expected a boring love story, but the love part of the story is so intertwined with the rest of the book that it doesn't even seem to be there. This story encompasses all emotions. Styron's writing flows so well that a page devoted to describing something didn't bore me like one that Henry James or Hemingway would. I suggest this book to anyone that enjoys reading. I can easily see why this book was placed on the list.
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Start Date: 01/08/06 End Date: 01/11/06 Total Days: 4 Days Read: 4 Pages: 227 Pages per Day: Total Days - 57; Days Read - 57
Suggested: Yes Quick Plot: It chronicles the world in the future, when everyone is made in a test tube and has no father or mother. While being "bred", everyone is decided what their life will be like; you are raised to fall into this life. On top of that, everyone is happy - even the "Epsilons" understand their place in society.
What I Thought: The book was very enjoyable. It was a fairly easy read and kept me interested throughout. The ideas given in the book are somewhat realistic, but many are far-fetched. It would be a great book for just about anyone.
Personal: 57 Radcliffe: 51 Modern Library: Not Rated Mod. Lib. Readers: 94
Start Date: 11/28/05 End Date: 01/07/06 Total Days: 41 Days Read: 7 Pages: 236 Pages per Day: Total Days - 6; Days Read - 34
Suggested: No Quick Plot: Jim moves to the country to live with his grandparents and becomes friends with Antonia, a recent immigrant from Bohemia. The story details their lives in the rural area, as well as their life after growing up.
What I Thought: The book was well written, but it didn't grab my attention too much. The book was written for young adults, so I can't complain about the fact that the book was too elementary. Aside from that, it was a good read, but I wouldn't want to read it again, and I wouldn't suggest it to someone looking for a good book.