Tag Archives: Valentine’s Day

The science of love

On Valentine’s Day, it seems rather redundant to blog about love…but to not mention it at all would be rather Scrooge-like.

So I send this online Valentine to Sir Alexander Fleming, who on this very day — Valentine’s Day, 1929 — introduced penicillin to the world.

Maybe Alexander was mooning over his love that day in the lab when he left a plate of staphylococcus bacteria uncovered.  He later noticed that a mold — penicillium notatum — had fallen upon it and killed many of the bacteria.

Penicillin was born, and future scientists would develop it into the medicinal form used to treat many serious diseases, like syphilis and the ever icky staph infection.

Isn’t that romantic.

Although I am personally allergic to penicillin, I still think Alexander deserves some recognition on his anniversary.  If he hadn’t made such an important discovery in the field of medicine, a lot of folks wouldn’t be able to celebrate in a such a big way tonight…iffin you know what I mean.

Nudge nudge.  Wink wink.

 

Originally posted on February 14, 2011. 

Right on the kisser

xoxo

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Egg

xoxo

The book of love

While I watched the Olympics last night, I did the only thing I could ever medal in —

Cleaning out closets.

I am world class both at organizing what I have and purging what I want to sell and/or give away.  And my timing couldn’t be better!

Today is not only Valentine’s Day, it’s also:

book giving day

After my big closet purge, I have two big boxes of books that I am going to donate to my local library.

Now, what could say love more than that?

Frosted

Feeling conflicted about Valentine’s Day?

Add some bitter to your sweet.

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These less-than-complimentary cookies are available in Kansas City at Sasha’s Baking Company.

I love them so much.

Thanks for sharing, Chuck! All thoughts of a normal Valentine’s Day just went out the door. But what can I say? I’m a hot mess.

Sweeeeeet

HAPPY LEAP DAY!

Thanks to last week’s episode of 30 Rock, February 29th has a whole new meaning to me.

It’s no longer just an extra day on the calendar every four years…or that day when, according to Irish folklore, women supposedly have ‘permission’ to ask men to marry them.

Lame.

No, Leap Day is right up there with Halloween, Easter and Valentine’s Day now, because it’s a holiday….

…all about CANDY!

Thank you, Leap Day Williams.

From the heart

you rock

Happy Valentine’s Day from The Sticky Egg!

 

Editor’s Note — If you’re not feeling it today, substitute heart of stone.
(It works both ways.)

Love sick

On Valentine’s Day, it seems rather redundant to blog about love…but to not mention it at all would be rather Scrooge-like.

So I send this online Valentine to Sir Alexander Fleming, who on this very day — Valentine’s Day, 1929 — introduced penicillin to the world.

Maybe Alexander was mooning over his love that day in the lab when he left a plate of staphylococcus bacteria uncovered.  He later noticed that a mold — penicillium notatum — had fallen upon it and killed many of the bacteria.

Penicillin was born, and future scientists would develop it into the medicinal form used to treat many serious diseases, like syphilis and the ever icky staph infection.

Isn’t that romantic.

Although I am personally allergic to penicillin, I still think Alexander deserves some recognition on his anniversary.  If he hadn’t made such an important discovery in the field of medicine, a lot of folks wouldn’t be able to celebrate in a such a big way tonight…iffin you know what I mean.

Nudge nudge.  Wink wink.

Best of the worst

Sunday was Valentine’s Day.  Hope yours was loverly.

As you probably know, a movie of the same name was released on Friday.  Did you see it?

I didn’t get a chance.  Too much Olympics coverage to watch.  (I did see a preview performance of “Miracle Worker” on Broadway with Abigail Breslin, which was spectacular).

According to rottentomatoes.com, “Valentine’s Day” the movie is 84 percent rotten.  As one reviewer put it, “This has not a single ounce of the charm that you might find in ‘Love Actually’ or a number of other films revolving around romance. It’s just plain bad.”

Oh well…I still want to witness the carnage.   There are a lot of actors in the film that I like and, even if they suck, well, I’ll enjoy seeing that, too.

So, in honor of the suckiest things that movies have to offer, I thought I would resurrect the Top Ten Worst Movie Quotes of All Time, which were compiled in a survey by Warburtons.

Enjoy!

Top 10 Worst Movie Quotes

1. “I’m the king of the world!”
– JACK DAWSON (Leonardo DiCaprio) with young ROSE DEWITT BUKATER (Kate Winslet) in Titanic (1997)

2. “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.”
– JOHNNY CASTLE (Patrick Swayze) about FRANCES “BABY” HOUSEMAN (Jennifer Grey) in Dirty Dancing (1987)

3. “Is it still raining? I hadn’t noticed.”
– CARRIE (Andie MacDowell) to CHARLES (Hugh Grant) in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

4. “I love you.”
“Ditto.”
– MOLLY JENSEN (Demi Moore) and SAM WHEAT (Patrick Swayze) in Ghost (1990)

5. “You can be my wingman any time.”
– TOM KASANZKY (Val Kilmer) to LT. PETE MITCHELL (Tom Cruise) in Top Gun (1986)

6. “I’m just a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love her.”
– ANNA SCOTT (Julia Roberts) to WILLIAM THACKER (Hugh Grant) in Notting Hill (1999)

7. “Today we celebrate our Independence Day.”
– US President THOMAS J. WHITMORE (Bill Pullman) in Independence Day (1996)

8. “They make take our lives, but they will never take our freedom!”
– WILLIAM WALLACE (Mel Gibson) in Braveheart (1995)

9. “You had me at hello.”
– DOROTHY BOYD (Renee Zellweger) to JERRY MAGUIRE (Tom Cruise) in Jerry Maguire (1996)

10. “You’re a godsend, a saviour.”
“No, I’m a postman.”
– A BLIND WOMAN to the POSTMAN (Kevin Costner) in The Postman (1997)

So bad it’s…

So many movie reviews caution you away from the real stinkers.

But on this day dedicated to making everyone self-conscious about what they love and why, I want to recommend one of the worst movies ever…because it’s badness is just so darn fun to watch.

“Green Card,” starring the beautiful-yet-horrendous actress Andie MacDowell and Gerard Depardieu, the conversely unattractive Frenchman who is supposed to be her love interest in this ridiculous film.

How can you not watch it?

Now, I know many of you may have already had the misfortune to watch, since it was released 20 years ago.  It was replayed again just this morning on Oxygen, so I was able to experience once again their awkward attempts to manufacture chemistry.

If you haven’t had the pleasure, here it is in short. MacDowell is a horticulturist who has found the perfect New York City apartment, but it’s for married couples only.  Depardieu has been offered a job in the U.S. but needs a green card.  They enter into a marriage of convenience even though they find each other repugnant and — wait for it — fall in love.

Watching MacDowell try to act in any movie is fun — she’s so truly awful — but watching her try to squeeze out any love or attraction for Depardieu is a master class in bad acting.

Enjoy!

Editor’s Note: In researching this piece, I discovered that “Green Card” received several award nominations, even winning the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, Comedy.

WHAT???