The Zarb Homestead

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It’s Hotter Than… July 27, 2011

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I know it’s not just me, it is hot out. I think the high today was 97!

How do we stay cool you may ask? Tubing on the lake, of course. Last weekend we went tubing on Douglas Lake with our friends and family and had a blast. I personal have never “tubed” before and really wanted to give it a try. The tube we, as in Phil my husband,  purchased was the O’Brien Super Screamer 2 person tube. This thing is a beast.

It is huge and well worth the money. It has 6 handles, also includes two neoprene pads on the topside for optimal comfort, and four EVA-filled handles with knuckle guards to protect your hands. This is a “super tube”, and also my favorite color, green.

My first experience on the tube was extremely fun. It felt like I was on a water roller coaster. I think we were screaming the whole time. The only part I didn’t enjoy was falling off. Which is hard to do when you have 2 people on the tube. Once one person falls you pretty much have to too. Also, it is a false belief that it doesn’t hurt because it is just water. Water tends to fell your sinus cavities once you fall off and you can lose a part of your swimsuit if your not careful. We didn’t get away without some elbow burns but it was worth it.  If you haven’t tried it you should look into buying or renting one.

Everyone please try to stay cool in some form or fashion this summer!


Vertical Art July 26, 2011

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I have gained a new respect for pole dancers. Yesterday was my first class or 6 at Pole LaRotic Fitness. Me and my friend Maria thought this would be a fun way to help us get into shape on top of our yoga, zumba, spin and kickboxing classes. Once we arrived we were a little taken away by the look of the brick building. It was aged and looked like it had been built in the 1950’s. At first we thought it was a post office until we looked at the bottom of the building and in a blackout window there was a pink sign that had Pole LaRotic Fitness.  We had arrived early to stretch and get to know the place before the class at 6:00. We walked through the doors into the large dance room that was filled with 3 professional dancers and some other people just sitting or walking around. Some of the dancers were dancing on the floor and others on the poles; it was a bit odd at first. The room was painted very bright pink with black circle designs on the walls. In the front of the room was a wall of mirrors and spread thought-out the rooms were 7 black poles with workout mats beside them.
We put our things away and found our pole, there was 2 people per pole rule. By this time the other girls had started arriving and class was about to begin. First we did you necessary leg and arm stretches on the floor mats. Then we started doing the basic “pole dancer stretch” where we had the hold on the pole with one hand and pull our leg up behind of backs with the other, some people were more flexible than others. Next was the “pole up’s” and advanced “pole up’s” this was to build our upper body strength. That was so hard! You had to pull your body up like a pull up but on a pole. Needless to say I did a lot of jumping. The advanced pole up was like climbing a ladder. You had to pull yourself up and take a step up, very hard.  Finally, it was time to start learning the dance routine. Sarah, our instructor, started out by teaching us basic spins, pole moves and the pole dancer walk. We were split up into 3 different groups because there weren’t enough poles for everyone to use. Group 1 would learn the move first and then it would move to group 2, Maria’s group and finally group 3, my group. We learn basic 1, 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 steps and in the end we added all the small moves into one routine.
It was extremely fun and an excellent upper body workout. I am sore in my arms and bruised on my legs, that pole is hard on your body. Since we are not advanced enough yet to wear heels we did the workout barefoot. I am not a huge fan of running around without shoes so they said you could wear ballet shoes. I also ordered some dry hands to help me hold on to the pole since my hands tend to sweat. I can’t wait until our next class.


The Things People Say July 22, 2011

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We say a lot of different phrases in our day to day life and most honestly don’t know the meaning of them. For example:  When someone is grumpy, people say they got out of the wrong side of the bed. What does that truely mean? Well I looked it up.

Get out of bed on the wrong side – be bad tempered, grumpy
The wrong side of the bed is the left. According to a superstition that goes back to Roman times, it is unlucky to get out of bed on the left side because that is where evil spirits dwell and to do so means their influence will then be with you through your waking hours. Naturally, if one is expecting to suffer the whim of malevolent spirits by inadvertently getting out on the wrong side of a bed, they cannot be blamed for being a little grumpy.

Then this got me wondering and reseaching a few other phases and here are a few I would like to share:

Face the music – face the consequences of one’s actions, especially punishment
In the mid-19th century this meant to meet a test without flinching; the modern sense emerged over half a century later. The origin is almost certainly military, either from forcing a cavalry horse to face the regimental band to accustom it to the noise, or from formally expelling a disgraced soldier to the beat of drums.
Eat your heart out
The ancients believed that sorrow or envy were bad for the heart, and would eat away at it, each sigh draining blood from the organ. This idea made its way to England and became well established – Shakespeare often refers to it, as in, ‘Might liquid tears, of heart-offending groans, / Or blood-consuming sighs recall his life, / I would be blind with weeping, sick with groans, / Look pale as primrose with blood-drinking sighs’ (Henry VI, part 2, III.ii). We still describe someone as broken-hearted by grief. By the beginning of the 20th century, to eat your heart out was well-established as a term for pining; but more recently, it has also been used as a cry of triumph when someone else has cause to envy the speaker.
Wild-goose chase – hopeless or foolish quest or pursuit of something unattainable or never found
A chase in the manner of a wild goose, not a wild chase after a goose (i.e. ‘wild goose-chase’) which the normal pronunciation implies.
…In the 16th century, wild-goose chase was the name given to a sort of cross-country horse-race; it was so called because the participants had to follow the course of the leader, as a flight of wild geese does. The basic idea is therefore that of a pursuit over an erratic course.
At the eleventh hour – at the very last moment
An allusion to the parable of the labourers in the vineyard who were hired literally ‘at the eleventh hour’ of a 12-hour working day (Matthew, 20: 1-16). This was not actually ‘at the very last moment’ but the point of the parable is that it was certainly later than the hour at which the other labourers were hired, and the result was a demand that those who had worked less should be paid less. The modern meaning comes from this sense of comparison between the eleventh hour and earlier ones.
Pipe down – stop talking
In nautical language this was a command given on a bosun’s pipe, last thing at night, for silence and lights-out.
Out on a limb – in an exposed and precarious position
Limb has long been standard English for a main branch of a tree, though it is little used in that sense. American English has retained the use of the word, however, and has recently (about 1945, perhaps from infiltration by American servicemen’s vocabulary) exported the idea of someone being out on a limb, i.e. at the end of a branch, unable to go any further or at risk of having his position collapse under him.
X marks the spot
A cliché from the earliest days of newspaper photography where the scene of the crime would be shown with an X to mark where the deed was done. It goes back even further in romantic accounts of such things as pirate treasure maps. The expression was being used jokingly by the 1920s, and now can be found as a formula phrase.



Living on coupons July 19, 2011

Filed under: postaday2011,Uncategorized — Sheena @ 12:43 am


many people are struggling today and I am one of them; however I don’t let it get me down. I find it as a new way to have fun. My new obsession is Living Social. It really opens your eyes to new things around your town and for cheap. I have been to new hair salons, had my yard sprayed for mosquitoes, and got tickets to go bowling.
The deal in Knoxville today to pole dancing lessons. If you know me then you know I love to dance! This was perfect for me since I have started my diet I need to get some exercise. I purchased 6 classes just to try it out. I did some research on pole dancing and found it was one of the best exercises for you since it uses your whole body. I will keep you updated once I start the classes.


Yes I am a Germaphobe July 14, 2011

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Growing up I was never a germaphobe. I always thought the people who were one were going to die if they caught the common cold because they never built up their immune systems. Well my view on that topic did a 360 once I started working at Whirlpool. I have never worked in an office before and my last job I was a vet tech. This is one of the grosses jobs out  there, it was even on the TV show Dirty Jobs, and I still wasn’t a germaphobe. I guess animals are cleaner than humans because  you get all kinds of nasty in an office.
I have never seen a womens bathroom that gross in my life. We are talking about grown women not flushing the toliet, dropping “stuff” in the floor and not picking it up. It is so nasty! I have 8 fl oz of hand gel sanitizer on my desk, which is right in front of the bathrooms 😦 and I use it all day long to prevent from getting the plague. I see people in there just talking to each other like it is a break room. Not me, I treat the bathroom like a war zone cover in land mines. I tip-toe through it as if each crack I step on I could lose my foot and I try to get out of it as fast as humanly possibly. I don’t understand how someone thinks this is a “rest” room. It is sad when management has to post a sign in each stall, asking people to flush the toilet if it doesn’t flush automatically and to pick up anything you “drop” on the floor. Gross! It is now lunch time and now I’m not even hungry. I now see what the germaphobe people are so scared of. So, here is my first step in recovery: Yes, I am a germaphobe.


Harry Potter Fun Facts July 13, 2011

Filed under: postaday2011 — Sheena @ 7:24 pm
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I have made this the offical Harry Potter week and to get ready for the big movie I have some fun facts to share:

  • As of 2008, Harry Potter books have sold over 400 million copies and have been translated into 67 languages.
  • A picture of Gandalf the Grey (from The Lord of the Rings) can be seen in the collection of great wizards in Professor Dumbledore’s study in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
  • Rowling is the first person to become a billionaire (U.S. dollars) by writing book
  • The actress who played Moaning Myrtle is actually 37 years old and is the oldest actress to portray a Hogwarts student.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released on July 21, 2007, and sold 11 million copies on the first day of its release, breaking Rowling’s earlier records for the fastest selling book of all time.
  • Harry’s birthday is July 31, 1980. Rowling’s birthday is also July 31—but in 1966.
  • Rowling says the idea of Harry Potter just “strolled into her head” during a four-hour train delay.
  • Daniel Radcliffe wore out  60-70 wands during the making of the Harry Potter films.
  • Every wand that you see in any of the Harry Potter films is created on-site. No two wands are alike…not even the Weasley twins’!
  • Wands are 13-15 inch long and haven’t changed in length, so the actors have had to grow into them over the years.
  • Dumbledore’s wand was a very elaborate design, even though its significance of being the Elder Wand was far from being known when made.
  • Over 25,000 items of clothing have been used on Harry Potter.
  • The scenes with the largest number of cast and extras to dress have been the battle scenes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with 400 Death Eaters and Snatchers and the Great Hall scenes with 400 children and teachers present.
  • 250 body casts have been made of actors for deaths, petrifications and stunning spells.

Hope you enjoyed!


I am getting excited! July 12, 2011

Filed under: postaday2011 — Sheena @ 2:35 pm

Yes I know I am a dork but I am super excited to get my Luna Lovegood Costume in the mail today! I can’t wait to see it. I am counting down the the minutes until I get to wear it watching my HP. Now I just have to figure out what I am going to dress that husband of mine up as? Any ideas?

3,685 minutes until Harry Potter

Who is Luna?

Luna Lovegood is a Ravenclaw student and is one of Harry Potter’s close friends. She is often picked on because of her unconventional beliefs and approach to life. While this torment usually only goes as far as people calling her ‘Loony’, it has also included people pushing her down stairs and theft of her things. Luna is extremely good-hearted and treats such acts as mere fun. She saw her mother die when she was little and therefore can see thestrals, toward which she feels a particular affection. Her father, Xenophilus Lovegood, publishes the Quibbler