Thursday, July 30, 2009

See Andrew run--Go Zippy! (cuz's nic-name for ATW)

www.mainerunningcompany.com

Click on Race & Results & then look for Wed 7-29's results!
Will keep you posted as Andrew will be running the Beach to Beacon on Saturday!!

He also did this on June 17th & has improved his time!!

GO ANDREW!!




*********************UPDATE--Andrew ran Maine's Beach To Beacon on Saturday August 1, 2009 & was ranked @ #287 @ a net time of 40:38!!!! His time last year was around 44 min! What a zippy run!!!*************************

Friday, July 03, 2009

Happy Happy Birthday to a One year old!

Little One--also known as CC for Curious Cat--has her 1st Birthday today!!





And this one year old has been tearing up my house! Just ask visiting CR!! They are driving me crazy!




She celebrated w/her side-kick & the sun! Yes!!! Sun!





She had a birthday bath too.


I couldn't get a real good picture of her, typical little kid--all over the place or intentionally looking outside for her birthday meal--

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Hump Day

So, this is me--all bright-eyed-and -bushy-tailed!!

I am sitting in a different department today @ work--happy to do something different, that's my job by the way, every day is something different, a learning day--everyday! I have learned to adapt, be a sponge & just go where I am needed.
To me this is also learning all aspects of the company I work for, or for anyone, I guess.
Feeling like a gopher--you go for this & you go for that! But also throw in some side-steps of learning.
The smile & positive attitude are there!
And the big "shit-eatin'-grin"
1. shit eating grin 406 up, 14 down
Sometimes shit-eating grin.

(1) n. A shit eating grin is a very wide and, to the outside observer, stupid looking grin, usually showing smugness, self-satisfaction, or inner humor. The term is most often seen in the expression "Wipe that shit eating grin off your face!", usually said by the aforementioned outside observer. This observer-based definition makes "shit eating grin" the negative counterpart to "You look like the cat who ate the canary." While the two expressions describe the same grin, they have very different connotations. This definition has nothing to do with the term "shit eater".

This is me: just add red curly hair & I do believe that this past week, my curls have even been curlier due to my (not stress) new frustrations, ok maybe the over-cast, drizzly, wet, froggy, loads of rain can do this too--but this is little ole me--green to the gill w/rain!
I also believe the lovely Maine CRAPPY weather has dampened alot of our spirits here in Maine.
I know there has been flooding elsewhere, so I am lucky we haven't had that, but still, talk about putting the covers over my head & not coming out. Helps too to stay in bed when you have three cats all over you so you can't move--my dog may try & fit too--so ayup--that's my excuse & I am sticking to it!




Ok, does this say it all??????
















Ayup, me, stretched right to the limit(okay maybe not that bad) & be pulled in many directions--again--kinda neat that I am needed & can adapt to several different areas of this company--but-------just been an all around tough week.
I am wishing for other people to understand that we are a team here & to help out. If we all did our own job & kept up(this is where I am nieve)we could all not feel so "cut-off-at-our heads." Instead of scrambling around, not telling one another persons you are doing, or leaving something & not notating what you did or left over, we be in a much better place.
Sometimes it is tough work to stay positive & happy.

Can anyone help--


Even Little Sebago Lkae is higher than high--and I may be stupid, but not this stupid to go out in it for a picture--













This is what I am looking for in all areas in my life--that wonderful fullfilled rainbow to shine all over.















How many muscles does it take to smile?



Scheve, Tom. "How many muscles does it take to smile?." 02 June 2009. HowStuffWorks.com. 01 July 2009.
Inside this Article
1.How many muscles does it take to smile?




Baby and mom both have smiles on their faces, but whose grin takes more effort?You've likely been told (or read in a forwarded e-mail) that it takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown, and that, in light of this fact, you should smile more often. There are quite a few numbers that get tossed around when this line is used. Some claim it takes 43 muscles to frown and 17 to smile, but open Aunt Milda's chain letter and you might be surprised to learn it takes 26 to smile and 62 to frown. And some naysayers claim it's quite the opposite, that in fact it takes more muscles to smile than to frown.



When we make facial expressions, we're essentially transmitting a packet of information that can be received, read and interpreted by others. By contracting or expanding our facial muscles in different degrees and combinations, we can produce thousands of different messages that provide cues to our overall emotional state, our short-term feelings about our immediate environment, our mental well-being, our personality and mood, our physical health, our creditability and whether or not we view others as being creditable.

The smile -- transmitted either consciously or subconsciously -- is viewed across cultures as a sign of friendliness, especially when greeting someone. Frowns, too, are generally recognized as indicating sadness or disapproval.

There are 43 muscles in the face, most of which are controlled by the seventh cranial nerve (also known as the facial nerve). This nerve exits the cerebral cortex and emerges from your skull just in front of your ears. It then splits into five primary branches: temporal, zygomatic, buccal, mandibular and cervical. These branches reach different areas of the face and enervate muscles that allow the face to twist and contort into a variety of expressions.





However, nobody has really come up with a definitive number for how many muscles it takes to smile or frown -- one person's smile is another person's smirk. Also, not everyone has the same number of facial muscles; some have more, enabling a wider range of expression, while some people actually have 40 percent fewer [source: Devlin].
Smile vs. Frown

2.Smile vs. Frown

Turning That Frown

Humans don't have a monopoly on facial expressions. Many primates, especially apes, have many of the same expressive muscles that we do and use them to express similar emotional information. Chimpanzees can hunt in groups using only nonverbal cues to transmit pertinent information and remain organized [source: Nicolay].


While nobody could possibly tell you with accuracy exactly how many muscles you use when you smile (43? 17? 26?), it's possible to tell you the minimum number of muscles that are used in the most insincere, subtle, restrained, mouth-only smile or frown.

If we analyze a smile that only raises the corners of the lips and the upper lip (the smile you give when you bump into your former boss in the grocery store, perhaps), then there are five muscle pairs (or 10 total muscles) that accomplish this. Two muscle pairs primarily raise the upper lip, while three other muscle pairs are tasked mainly with raising the corners of the mouth.

If we reduce a frown only to the lowering of the corners of the mouth along with a slight downward pouting of the lower lip, we're dealing with only three muscle pairs (one pair to drop the lower lip, and two pairs to lower the corners).

Counted individually (as you might count your biceps to be two different muscles, instead of one muscle pair), we reach a tally that very well may turn our understanding of the universe completely on end: 10 muscles to smile, and six muscles to frown.

But before you abandon your smile for a look of mild disappointment in order to conserve energy, consider that we can reduce both a smile and a frown even further, so that each is produced merely by raising or lowering the corners of the mouth into a robotic expression. In this case, we have a tie: two muscle pairs (for a total of four) to "smile," and the same number to "frown."

While such expressions would hardly be recognized as a proper smile or frown, the fact that the same amount of effort is used to produce one or the other means that the scientific minds of this generation and the next will have to continue searching for a good reason for humans to put a smile on their faces -- and not a frown of equal but opposing effort.





******I am throwing that question out there: "How many Muscles Does It Take To Smile And Frown?"
Please, to my two engineers out there: Help & you will be rewarded!!! And even maybe get me to smile & "wash" my troubles away!




Ayup, I wear this w/pride--I am known in the family as the black sheep--way too outspoken--can ya tell?