Schrödinger’s Cat

The idea for this post started when my husband and I were watching a re-run episode of The Big Bang Theory, in which Sheldon helps both Penny and Leonard think through whether the two of them going on a date is a good idea or not by explaining the premise of Schrödinger’s Cat.

My plan was to look at the background of the experiment and summarize it – partly curiosity, partly for the blog – and sprinkle in my thoughts on the whole notion.

And after some Googling and reading of scientific websites…let’s just say there’s at least one reason I’m not a scientist.  I don’t get it.  Not completely anyway.  (I was good with biology and chemistry in high school.  Physics I struggled with.)  Therefore, I’m going with how Sheldon explained it 😀

Essentially, Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger designed an experiment where he put a cat and a vial of poison in a box and sealed it.  The vial would shatter at some point in time – killing the poor cat – but the exact moment was unknown.  (I don’t know where the experiment stemmed from or like that a sweet kitty was involved.  But I digress.)

The point of the experiment is that until someone opens the box, the cat could be considered both alive and dead, because you don’t know if the vial was intact (meaning the cat was alive) or if the vial had shattered (bye bye kitty).

It’s kind of a morbid way of thinking, but the point to me is this – until you “open the box”, you’ll never know what the outcome is.  Positive or negative.  Fun or not fun.  Exciting or boring.

This is true for any number of situations you may find yourself in – potential relationships, career changes, learning new skills, trying a new hobby, etc etc etc.

You’ll never know unless you take a peek in the box 🙂

And just for funsies – here’s something to make you laugh:

pavlov dog schroedinger cat

 

Have a great day, y’all!

Cheers,

SMR

Carpool Karaoke Faves

I simply adore the Carpool Karaoke segments on The Late Late Show with James Corden, both because I love music in general and because I have my own karaoke sessions while driving.

Seriously, I’m one of THOSE people you see completely rocking out in their car as they’re cruising down the highway.  And proud of it 🙂

Here are some of my favorites.  Enjoy!

Bruno Mars – Doesn’t he just seem like someone who would be fun to kick back and have a few drinks with?

 

Former First Lady Michelle Obama – She’s someone who I would love to hang with, too.  So cool, so classy, has a great heart, and seems super funny!

 

Gwen Stefani, Julia Roberts, and George Clooney – ’nuff said 🙂

 

Stevie Wonder – So many good songs, how did they choose??

 

Cheers!

SMR

Stand

My husband and I got a new-to-us car last weekend (eeeeek!!!), and one its features is an on-board CD library.  Essentially, you can store up to 20ish CDs in the car’s computer system and play them whenever you’d like.  Cool, huh?

So, as I’m driving the car last week, I decide to check out what was in the CD library at a stoplight and discover that the previous owner was a BIG fan of the country music group Rascal Flatts.  Literally, the only music stored were of that group 🙂

I flipped to one randomly and the very first song I heard was one that has a lot of meaning to me – “Stand”.

Back in January 2007, I wasn’t in a super great place.  There was some sad stuff going on with family, and I really didn’t like the job I was in (my first one out of college).  I was the unhappiest I had ever been, to be frank.

I had my iPod on random at work one afternoon, and a Rascal Flatts song I wasn’t super familiar with came on, “Stand”.  The melody grabbed my attention, and I stopped what I was doing to really listen to the song.  I was in tears by the end of it.  I guess it was kind of was the wake-up call I needed to realize that I was in control of my own life, and only me.  So if I wanted things to change, I had to do it myself instead of waiting for things to happen.

(In hindsight, it shouldn’t have taken a song for me to realize this, but whatevs – I was 22, fresh out of school, and living on my own in a brand new city where I didn’t know anyone.)

I’m glad I heard that song that day.  It inspired me to talk with people at work and change job tracks about a month later.  My new role was something that I really enjoyed and was really good at, steadily moving up the ranks for the next seven years.

I’ve shared the song with a couple friends over the years, too – particularly when I know they’re going through a rough patch.  Check out the lyrics below, and if they’re as impactful to you as they were to me, or you know someone who could use reading them, I encourage you to share them 🙂  

“Stand”, by Rascal Flatts

You feel like a candle in a hurricane
Just like a picture with a broken frame
Alone and helpless
Like you’ve lost your fight
But you’ll be alright, you’ll be alright

[Chorus:]
‘Cause when push comes to shove
You taste what you’re made of
You might bend, ’til you break
‘Cause it’s all you can take
On your knees you look up
Decide you’ve had enough
You get mad, you get strong
Wipe your hands, shake it off
Then you stand,
Then you stand

Life’s like a novel
With the end ripped out
The edge of a canyon
With only one way down
Take what you’re given before it’s gone
And start holding on, keep holding on

[Chorus:]
‘Cause when push comes to shove
You taste what you’re made of
You might bend ’til you break
‘Cause it’s all you can take
On your knees you look up
Decide you’ve had enough
You get mad, you get strong
Wipe your hands, shake it off
Then you stand,
Yeah, then you stand

Every time you get up
And get back in the race
One more small piece of you
Starts to fall into place

[Chorus:]
‘Cause when push comes to shove
You taste what you’re made of
You might bend ’til you break
‘Cause it’s all you can take
On your knees you look up
Decide you’ve had enough
You get mad, you get strong
Wipe your hands, shake it off
Then you stand,
Yeah, then you stand

Cheers!

SMR

 

I Will Survive

I just love Gloria Gaynor’s song “I Will Survive”, for a number of reasons.

Whenever I hear it, I can’t help but sing along (often as loud as I can, LOL) and dance a bit.  I have sooo many memories of this song being played at family weddings and other events.  It’s just one of those songs that EVERYBODY knows and that conjures up happy feelings and good vibes 😀

Recently there’s been a commercial for March Madness that features her and her song, and I laugh at that, too.  I also think of a scene in the movie “The Replacements” when a football team gets thrown in jail after a bar fight.

Whatever comes to mind when you hear this song, get up and shake your groove thang 😀  I guarantee it will instantly bring a smile to your face!

Here’s a full performance, straight out of the 70s.  I mean….

Cheers,

SMR

You’ve Got a Friend in Me

(who read the title of this post and started singing? 😉 )

I have some pretty fabulous friends.

Some I’ve known since I was a kid, some since high school or college, and others I’ve met further into my adult life.

Some of these friendships have been constant smooth sailing while others have had their bumps along the way.  But people who are truly meant to be in your life always end up back beside you, even if you drift apart for a bit.

Here’s a collection of memes dedicated to my friends 🙂

blurting out lyricslaugh a little loudermichelle obama wisdomoctopus on your facesing it back to yousomeone's gonna get itsoulmate friendshipso clear