Author Archives: Meagan Freeman

What do your dreams mean?

Ever had one of those crazy dreams where you woke up and wasn’t completely sure the dream wasn’t reality?

Well that happened to me last night. I dreamt that I was fired from my job for some random reason. Obviously, it was a dream or I wouldn’t be writing this right now. Or maybe, no one has the heart to tell me to go home….

Anyways, this post is not about my dream, but about dreams in general.

After my crazy dream, I began to wonder. What do dreams mean? I know it would be crazy to try to answer this question in a few paragraphs, but I would like to share some interesting information I have came across.

First of all I found an online dream dictionary, where you can look up certain elements of a dream to see what it symbolizes. Let’s try it out. Let’s say I had a dream about chocolate. First of all, I love chocolate so this might not be too far-fetched. What would you say that symbolized?

The Dream Dictionary says, “To see chocolate in your dream, signifies love, celebration and self-reward. It also denotes that you may be indulging in too many excesses and need to practice some restraint.”

What about dreaming about being in an airport?

“To see a busy airport in your dream, signifies the desire for freedom, high ideals, ambition, and hopes. It is an indication that you are approaching a new departure in your life. Some new idea is taking off or is ready to take off. You may be experiencing a new relationship, new career path or new adventure.”

So if you’ve been having some strange or reoccurring dreams, maybe your mind is trying to tell you something. Let us know, what do you dream about?

Facebook-holics, Twitter-heads, and other internet obsessions

Everyone has those few websites they visit everyday (okay, more like multiple times a day).

Of course there’s Facebook, Twitter, and other social network phenomena.

And you can’t forget that mandatory e-mail check, then a couple of Skype sessions. Oh, and then you browse over to YouTube to check out the latest laughing baby video.

I have decided to break out of the internet rut, and you should too. With millions of websites in existence, there are certainly other websites that are worth our spare time. **Important disclaimer: There are many websites that are not worth our time, as well**

As I set off on my quest for and internet goldmine, I thought I would share some of websites that are worth checking out, that you might not have known about.

1. Tablespoon.com

This website is dedicated to recipes, party tips, and all things “foodie”. Now, we aren’t talking the frou-frou foods that take hours to make, and ingredients  you have never even heard of, much less pronounce. For example, they have a section dedicated to rainbow foods. Rainbow cakes, cookies, doughnuts, and the list goes on. Rainbows make me happy, cake makes me happy. Rainbow cake, I’m pretty sure that’s the answer to world peace. They also have some offbeat recipes that make even the worst cook pull out the pots and pans. I’ve already started planning my dinner plans after coming across a recipe for red velvet-coated chicken fingers. Sounds interesting, they are supposed to be delicious. As my dad used to say, “Don’t knock it, till you’ve tried it.” The recipes are accompanied by step-by-step instructions, AND pictures, for the culinary-challenged. There are also links to other great food blogs. Definitely a must see.

2. Unusual Things

I came across this blog a couple of days ago. I haven’t read much of it, but it seems pretty interesting. There are some very unusual things discussed on this site. For example, a bean bag chair that looks exactly like a sleeping brown bear, a roof for your bicycle, fruit carvings… I’m sure you get the idea. A good website to learn about some very unique subjects. A lot of archived posts too, the site goes back to 2007.

3. The Daytripper

I couldn’t resist. This is one of my favorite shows. Texas is a huge state with so many things to do. Each episode of this show features the crew visiting a Texas town packing as many fun activities as possible into one day. And in true Texas fashion, most episodes involve a large plate of BBQ. You can catch this show on KERA on Saturday mornings, and also on other cities public broadcasting channels.Their website has a lot of great Texas information and more information about this show, another must see.

4. The Appetizer

I can’t forget this one. The Appetizer is a locally produced radio show featuring a wide array of music. Each episode features tracks from musicians you’ve heard of, but songs you haven’t indulged in. Also, music from up-and-coming artists. AND, interviews and exclusive sessions with many talented artists. The website has links to The Appetizer blog, Facebook, and the brand-new YouTube channel. In fact, an exclusive acoustic session with William Fitzsimmons has just been posted!

So what are you waiting for? Your email and Facebook page could use a quick break.

Know some other great websites? Fill us in, we’d love to hear them.

Good Ole’ Home Remedies.

The other day, a friend shared via Facebook that her little boy wasn’t feeling well. He was sick throughout the night, and the poor child couldn’t even keep water down. Another friend commented that to keep her son from getting dehydrated, she should prepare some jello.  But instead of placing it in the fridge to solidify, she should pour it in a glass and let it cool room temperature. Apparently, this recipe made a homemade version of Pedialyte. The friend swore by it, saying that it was not only cheaper than the store bought drink, but also that children tend to like it  better because it can be made in a variety of flavors.

This got me thinking, what other home remedies are hiding out there. I remember when I was little, my grandmother had a book titled, Natural Home Remedies. This book had a homemade answer for everything. Back then I didn’t pay attention to the huge book, now I am more than curious about successful home remedies.

I found a great collection of unusual home remedies on The People’s Pharmacy’s website, a show that you can catch on KACU Wednesday at 1pm.

Here are some I that found interesting:

1. Black pepper for cuts: I have always heard that if you are clipping your pet’s nails and you accidentally draw blood, place the paw in a pile of pepper. Well, did you know that you can put a bit of pepper on a cut or gash? It is supposed to stop the bleeding sooner and help the injury heal with minimal scarring.

2. Chocolate for hiccups: This remedy sounds delicious. Next time you get a case of the hiccups, grab a handful of chocolate chips. I think I feel a case coming on right now.

3. Coffee for asthma: This one is only considered a short-term remedy. For relief from wheezing, if the medicine will take a while to reach, a couple of cups of coffee could gave some relief. The caffeine in coffee is similar to the asthma medicine, theophylline.

There are many other remedies on The People’s Pharmacy, posted by experts and listeners.

A reminder that home remedies should not substitute for doctor and medical care. Should you encounter an emergency, contact medical professionals immediately.

Do you have a home remedy that you think everyone should know about? Share with us, I would love to hear it.

Wildfires Ravage the Lone Star State

Burn bans are currently in effect in 195 of the state’s 254 counties.

Governor Perry has sent a letter to President Obama asking for him to declare the state a major disaster area.

I have lived in Texas all of my life. I have experienced droughts and grass fires, but nothing to this magnitude.

I had been following the news, but didn’t realize just how bad the fires had gotten until last Thursday. I was outside, filming a local concert and noticed that I kept having to brush dust off of the camera and myself. That’s when I realized it wasn’t dust, it was ash. I looked up at the moon and noticed the brown haze.

“They have called for evacuation in Rotan,” I heard a man say.

Although the fires were at least thirty minutes away, it was like they were burning right down the road. The smell of burning grass and smokey haze continues to linger in the air.

Since then, I have been staying up to date with the latest news regarding the fires.

There are currently six blazes:

1. Cooper Mountain Ranch Fire (162,000 acres, 80% contained): Fisher, Kent, Scurry, Stonewall counties.

2. East Sidywnicks Fire (3,000 acres, 95% contained): Eastland County

3. Jackson Ranch Fire (2,270 acres, 50% contained): Stephens County

4. County Road Fire (1,400 acres): Eastland County

5. Possum Kingdom West/Possum Kingdom East/ Hohertz Fire (55,000 acres, 10% contained): Stephens, Palo Pinto counties

6. Swenson Fire (120,000 acres, 90% contained): Stonewall, Knox, King counties

Over 1.5 million acres and 244 homes have been ravaged by the fires. High winds, high heat, and low humidity continue to feed the flames and The Texas Forest Service says the weather will only continue to make conditions worse this week. The Texas Forest Service has sent teams to help the crews fighting the fires. Most of these firemen are volunteers.

Take the time today and everyday until the fires are extinguished to pray for all of the people affected and all of the men and women bravely fighting these blazes.

What Does A Government Shutdown Mean?

I’ve been following the debates in Washington that could lead to a government shutdown by the end of today.

For those who haven’t been following the news, here is an update.

Someone asked me, “What does this actually mean? The country can’t actually stop everything, right?”

To be honest, I didn’t have an answer, but this perked my “journalistic ears.” I begin looking into it and found an interesting article about the last time the government had a major shutdown for 21 days back in 1996. Here’s a link to the story from Miller-McLune.

So what did I find out? What should we expect?

While most government officials aren’t even sure who would still have to report to work, there are a few that we can be assured will stay working, according to Miller-McLune:
• Air traffic controllers
• Deployed troops
• Airport TSA screeners
• The U.S. Mint
• Federal prison guards
• Congress and the Office of the President
• The Treasury
• The Postal Service
• The Border Patrol and Coast Guard

It’s still pretty clear that millions will be pained by potential shutdown. There are some issues that I think will have some major impacts among the “common folk.”

The IRS will not process any paper returns during this time. This will affect me personally. I had to make a change to my tax return and the IRS required I submit it through the mail. Now I am stuck wondering when my check will come. As a broke college student, this bums me out a little.

Also, living in a military town  brought about another issue has been buzzing among some of my enlisted friends. US troop’s pay could be delayed. I have many friends that are supporting families solely on their military wages.  What will they do without their check?

The Federal Housing Commission will suspend loans. Small businesses and homeowners would be denied loans for a certain time.

Social Security and Medicare would continue working, although medical research would be halted.

The list could go on.

Until the deadline, stay updated with the government’s progress towards a compromise through CNN’s live blog.

“Nobody puts baby in the corner.”

Read the title? Name the movie….

Duh, Dirty Dancing.

Can you tell that’s my favorite movie? I have every line pretty much memorized and I’ve even been begging my fiance to let us do the famous dance at the end of the movie for our wedding. As most normal people would, he declined.

With any good movie, there comes copycats, imposters, and the inevitable sequel. For those unfortunate souls who had to see Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights, I apologize. Some people just don’t understand the saying, “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” No one could tell the love story of Johnny and Baby better than Patrick Swazye (R.I.P.) and Jennifer Grey.

So you can understand my disgust when I found out there was a tv series in 1988 that is based on the movie. Take my word for it, it’s terrible. For those of you who don’t trust me, take a look at this clip of the show’s opening.
That atrocity got me thinking. What other tv shows were created based on movies?

Here’s one that you probably know. NBC’s hit show, Parenthood, is based on Ron Howard’s 1989 film. I haven’t seen the film, but the tv show is hilarious. Perhaps it is worth checking out? Also, another little tidbit about the show, Parenthood, was introduced on NBC in 1990, but only survived one year. I think it is safe to say it is doing much better this time around.
Okay, you want another one? How about Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? This movie, also starring Jennifer Grey, was one of my favorite movies growing up. Another thing I am not ashamed to admit. This show, also airing on NBC in 1990, was titled, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose. Here’s clip for those that are curious.
I’ll leave you with another one of my favorite guilty pleasure movies, Clueless. Did anyone catch the 1999 tv series of the same name? No? “Oh my gosh. Whatever. As if.”

Remember the ’90s

I miss the ‘90’s. Sorry, but bring back Bill Clinton and the Spice Girls. I was fortunate enough to be born in 1988, so I was able to experience the entire 90’s era. Although if I would have been able to experience the ‘80’s I would work out with Jane Fonda and jam out to the latest hair band, and that would be AWESOME!

But I can’t complain the 90’s were full of scrunchies, pogs, and pop music.

Now I understand all the great technological advancements have been made since the ‘90’s, but some aspects of society would be much better if they took a blast back to the past.

Take for instance, cartoons. Remember The Animaniacs, Doug, Rugrats, Recess, and CatDog? Now poor kids have to watch a dimwitted sponge flip hamburgers.

Or even TV programming, in general. A perfect example was ABC’s ‘90’s Friday night lineup, TGIF. Primetime television packed with ratings gold. Family Matters with good old Steve Urkel, the dysfunctional family of Step by Step, and of course, who could forget, the comedic love story of Cory and Topanga in Boy Meets World.

Now the airwaves have been taken over by reality shows, if they can even be called that (cough, Jersey Shore, cough).

So while I blow the dust off of my Furbie, Tamagotchi, and collection of beanie babies, let’s all raise our can of Crystal Pepsi. (You didn’t stock up before it was discontinued?)

Cheers to the ‘90’s. Raise the roof.

He Says He’s Jesus

As I read today’s daily crime report for Abilene (I know what you’re thinking, who reads that? Well, I do everyday.) I came across a report about a man that claimed his name was “Jesus Christ” when approached by an officer.

Here the exact excerpt from the report:
“Officer Ohnheiser observed a vehicle blocking the alley in the 1400 block of Beech. He contacted a 33 year old male who was in a back yard near the truck. The subject stated the truck was his, but refused to move the truck. He was taken into custody and Officer Ohnheiser asked the subject his name. The subject responded by saying his name was “Jesus Christ”. The subject was asked again his name and he refused to provide it. His real identity was later determined and he was charged with Obstructing a Highway or Passageway and Fail to ID.”

As a person with a very active imagination, this got me thinking about all the people who use the Lord’s son identity. Some people are really, really crazy.

Then you have the people who find Jesus’ image in the weirdest places. These people may not be crazy, but let me just say, I’ve never seen Jesus in a grilled cheese.

Take this latest story about a man in California, who says he found an image of Jesus in an old rocking chair that he planned on throwing away. The image is formed by the old wood and flaking paint. The man says it could be a sign of being blessed.

Here is the complete story of the “holy rocking chair.”

Ponder on that for a bit and be careful throwing away your old furniture.

As for me, I will stick to the Bible when I am looking for Jesus.

Tacos to go? Thanks ACU…

Like the majority of college students I probably eat way too much fast food. Especially after I attend a university that is in close proximity to a number of fast food establishments. KFC, McDonalds, Rick & Carolyn’s…just to name a few.

Since my favorite type of fast food is Mexican, I tend to consume a lot of Rosa’s, Alfredo’s, and Taco Bueno. While some haven’t heard of the first two, I know that the majority of people (around here at least) knows about Taco Bueno.  I consider that place to be the big brother of Mexican fast food. After the recent Taco Bell beef “controversy”, I think we would all agree.

My idea that Taco Bueno is superior to other Mexican fast food chains was cemented by the fact that Taco Bueno was established by a fellow Wildcat.

William R Haugh, known by friends as Bill, graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1959 as an art major. In fact, the first Taco Bueno was built in Abilene. Since then the building is now a donut shop and different Taco Bueno locations have been established.

Now everyone knows that if you graduate from ACU you will achieve greatness. If this isn’t true, then just let me continue living in ignorant bliss.

Bill didn’t stop with Taco Bueno, he also helped create Casa Bonita. Casa Bonita was featured on an episode of South Park. I’m not a fan of that show, but I think being mentioned in a popular show can attest to greatness.

Just when I thought Bill’s story couldn’t get any better, I found out something that brings him to a new pinnacle of fast food greatness. Bill and his wife are responsible for the creation of Burger Street.

This man is a genius.

To those who are thinking that fast food companies are horrible and should be sued for the rising obesity rate in America, I say, “Don’t eat it!”  That leaves more for me.  I’ll say that on my way to the gym…

While I completely understand that fast food shouldn’t make up your entire diet, in moderation I see nothing wrong with a cheeseburger here and there.

Bill Waugh is just one example of an ACU grad achieving great things, but it is safe to say that Waugh’s accomplishments are the tastiest.

Pharmicist’s mistake threatens life

I consider myself a trustworthy person. I guess I could even say I trust too easily. I used to think there was some people that you could trust no matter what. Your teacher, your doctor, a police officer, just to name a few.

The other day I came across a news article about pharmacists giving customers the wrong prescription. “Wow,” I thought. “I never second guess my pharmacist, sometimes I don’t even check the bottle.”

I continued to research the topic, there were many cases of prescription mess-ups. One of the most appalling mistakes caught my eye.

Safeway Pharmacist gives pregnant woman abortion medicine

The headline made me sick. Fortunately the lady was ok, the baby is still alive, although any deformities or other health problems could possible appear after the birth.

I began to wonder what the pharmacist would do in this situation. In this certain case, the pharmacist tried to help after the fact. After the woman recovered, Safeway submitted a letter of apology.

I think everyone agrees when I say, “”Sorry doesn’t fix it.”

So I write this as a warning, while this big of a mess-up might not happen to you, take precaution when going to the  pharmacy. Remember, that everyone makes mistakes, even a medical professional.