Monday, July 30, 2007

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman is one of my favorite books and the movie coming out later this year looks amazing. The movie site is a gorgeous with a very fun "Meet Your Dæmon" application. Here's mine, Aradion...since it hasn't taken shape yet, anyone can comment on it. Take the test yourself, it's quite fun even if you aren't familiar with the books.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The price of smoking in Denmark

It seems Denmark has a problem with smoking... this country has one of the highest cancer mortality rates due to its high number of smokers according to the Copenhagen Post.

A whooping 24% of the population smokes. One doctor states, "It doesn't seem as if the warnings against smoking have gotten through to Danes." Well, duh.

I have a reputation for being the worst kind of ex-smoker amongst my co-workers and friends in Denmark--the reformed ex-smoker. But this country is obviously out of control with its attitudes on smoking. I walked past a cafe the other day with two parents nonchalenantly blowing smoke at their six month old baby. They have every right to smoke, and to pass on their second hand smoke to an innocent child. No wonder Denmark's mortality rate from cancer is by far the highest in western Europe.

It's also nice to know that my 50% in taxes goes to pay for people too stupid to read the warnings on that cheap pack of cigarettes they buy.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

(Maybe) it's a girl!

I had my 18 week scan, although it turns out I'm 19 weeks... they've pushed up my due date to December 6, 2007. Everything looked good, with the exception of the placement of the placenta. At the moment, I have placenta previa. Not to worry yet, though. I'll go back for another scan in my 3rd trimester to see if it's moved, and there's a good chance that it will.

So, we're not 100% sure, but it looks like it's a girl! I'm sure we'll be able to tell at our 3-D scan on August 29th. Can't wait!