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I'm back, sorta

Saturday, December 25, 2004
Just long enough to wish you a happy holiday!

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Still busy

Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Don't you just love the holidays? By the way, funerals suck. Funerals right before Christmas are worse, especially when it's someone you loved dearly. Funerals in 24 degree weather suck even more. But do you know what's possibly even worse? Having conversations about death and dying with an extremely sensitive four year old.

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Oh, hilarious

Friday, December 17, 2004
I swear, I love Boing Boing. I find the oddest things there. For instance, a link to It's a Wonderful Life in 30 seconds, as performed by bunnies. Takes a while to load, but as a huge fan of this movie, I can tell you it's hilarious as all hell.

12/17/2004 02:10:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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I wish I was that talented . . .

The ever-amazing Lori-Lyn has been participating in Illustration Friday. This is her entry - doesn't it just make you happy?

Her creations are beautiful, and I enjoy looking at the other entries as well, especially this week. The topic is Adoption this week, and I am the annoyingly proud aunt of two of the most amazing kids on the planet, my niece and nephew, both age three, and ten weeks apart in age. Both joined our family through adoption, and we are so very grateful. Speaking of LL, have you checked out her Dream Life Studio? Beautiful things, great holiday gifts. Go see.

12/17/2004 10:06:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Very nice indeed

You might want to read the I Miss Republicans post on Kung Fu Monkey - found the link on World O'Crap Also, take a look at 1984 is Today at BeatBushBlog. Also cribbed from WOC.

12/17/2004 08:30:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Another great idea for the holidays

Thursday, December 16, 2004
Visit Modest Needs Love, love, love this idea. It's called Modest Needs, and they "grant modest (under $200) one-time cash gifts to those who require just a little help to get them through a tough time. A need, if honored, is granted within 72 hours, with no strings attached." Found it on Cool Tools.

12/16/2004 09:02:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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How wonderful!

How great would this be for a kid? Furniture and other items meant for kids to make and paint themselves, with some assistance. Man, I wish I'd seen it sooner - Lauren would LOVE this, as would a few other kids on my holiday list. Oh well, maybe for their birthdays. Found it on Boing Boing.

12/16/2004 08:27:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Light posting

For the next few days, actually the next couple of weeks, I may not have a lot of time to post. We had a death in the family last night. It wasn't unexpected, and she had certainly had a long, happy, healthy life (healthy up until the last year or so). But still, it's sad that she's gone and there's things to do. Also, my kiddo gets out of school tomorrow at noon for the winter break, and doesn't go back until Jan. 4th. Thank goodness I was already off for much of that time anyway. One of the positives about my current employment is time off at the holidays. However, that does mean that I'll be entertaining a 4 year old for more than 2 weeks. With the husband working crazy hours on a big project, look for me to lose my everloving mind sometime around the end of next week, or the first part of the following week. That's my best bet, anyway. Feel free to use the comments to place your bets . . .

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We now return you to your regular schedule

Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Because I just have to share this link. I love to read Mark Morford.

12/15/2004 03:47:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Something to think about

John Scalzi has some things to say about friendship today, and it got me thinking. I see things somewhat differently, I guess. Because of the web, I've increased the energy spent on friends who are also online. I have less energy for face-to-face these days. Online seems to be about the best I can do in the last year or so. I tend to communicate more online than any other way. Hell, if left to my own devices, I suppose I'd end up a hermit. I never was particularly sociable, and I find that I'm getting less so as I get older. Frankly, I don't have that many friends. Just a few, but they're good ones. Since we moved to this godforsaken little town, I've only rarely seen my friends, and have sadly lost touch with a few. Seems like time kind of gets away from me, and I suddenly realize that I haven't talked to Pat in months, and she's kind of pissed at me. Then I get a little pissy myself and realize that her phone works, and she could have called me. Then I decide not to get all blaming, time goes on, and I suddenly realize that I haven't talked to Pat in even longer. Lather, rinse, repeat. But my friends and family with whom I communicate mostly online, those relationships have strengthened (you listening, LL? You silly girl, got your package today, L will be thrilled). One of the main reasons I really started this blog was as a way to keep up with some of my friends and family who are scattered all over the place. Let's face it, I'm not really sociable, I don't like talking on the phone, and with a child, it gets harder and harder to get together. Plus I'm old and cranky. I find, these days, that I lack patience with people who don't communicate in the same ways I do. They don't use instant messaging or even e-mail that much. They have no idea what a blog is, or how to leave comments, or anything. They may not even have a computer at home. As I said, I don't really like talking on the phone, so blogging and IM'ing are my usual ways to navigate the world. It's really an entirely different worldview than some of my friends. They say "Why would I go online to read about your life when I can just talk to you?" To which I say, "Yeah, but you don't find out much that way. I don't do that chit-chat stuff well, and I'm not real likely to have lots of free time to chat, even if I could stand doing it. Why would I talk on the phone when I can 'see' them online?" Like I said, different worldviews, I guess. Hmm, just realized something. We've lived here for a year and change. I haven't made one new friend. I mean, I have some people I know from work that I'm friendly with, but I don't really see them any more since I'm not working in the same place. And they were co-workers, rather than friends, for the most part. I'm friendly with the neighbors, but I wouldn't say that we're friends. I'm friendly with a couple of other parents at L's school, but wouldn't really think of making plans with them, unless it were something for the kids. Please note that this doesn't bother me in the least, I just think it's odd. What do you think? Edited for a typo, because I am somewhat obsessive about grammar and spelling.

12/15/2004 03:06:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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What she said . . .

Yes, this is it exactly. Just change the name to Lauren:
It's just that I see Gert being such a kid, and she's so beautiful and perfect in each and every moment that it hurts, like looking into a bright light and never wanting to look away. When people told me that being a parent is hard, I thought they were talking about messy, exhausting, nerve-wracking things. I didn't know it would be so hard to let go of each perfect moment while you're reaching to grasp at the next one. Children shed them like scales and laugh at us for trying to hold each one so close.
12/15/2004 08:05:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Go go go

Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Go read Atrios, then do it! It'd be nice to turn their own tactics against them. Payback's a bitch. But where oh where are all the fundies on this travesty? Haven't heard a peep.

12/14/2004 07:29:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Good idea for the holidays

Monday, December 13, 2004
Check this out. Pick up some prepurchased phone cards and send them to recuperating soldiers at Walter Reed.

12/13/2004 01:42:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Christmas comes early?

With a new GYWO. Also, check this out.
You may have voted blue, but were you aware that every day, you unknowingly help dump millions of dollars into the conservative warchest? Simply by buying products and services from companies which heavily donate to conservatives, we have been defeating our own interests as liberals and progressives on a daily basis. Buy Blue is a concerted effort to educate the public on making informed buying decisions as a consumer. We identify businesses which support our ideals and spotlight their dedication to progressive politics. In turn, we shine that spotlight on unsupportive businesses in the form of massive boycotts and action alerts.
12/13/2004 08:34:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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I can't think of a title for this post

Saturday, December 11, 2004
Have you been hearing the chitter-chatter about Michael Moore lately? Seems like he's getting some blame for Kerry's loss in the election, apparently because he's such a polarizing figure. I think it's ridiculous, myself, because he's no more divisive than, say, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, or Bill O'Reilly. And then there's the fact that I don't believe one word that comes out of any of their right wing wacko lying mouths. Considering Moore, I don't believe everything that was in Fahrenheit 911, but I believe most of it. It makes sense, and there haven't been any significant errors pointed out (that I'm aware of, at least). Anyway, I love Fafblog's take on this whole deal. Also, I hate that the LA Times requires registration, because this column is pretty darn good. Try Bugmenot. Download the extension if you run into registration-required stuff frequently. It's invaluable.

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Some pics

Friday, December 10, 2004
The other day, LL left a comment asking if I was going to post photos of the stuff I've knitted. I am. So there.

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Places to go, things to do, people to see

Phantom of the Opera - can't wait for this one The Santaland Diaries by AGL - anything written by David Sedaris is bound to be terrific Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp? Oh, my, yes. Odd that two of those are movies. I don't usually care for movies in the least. Let's put it this way, until Finding Nemo and Polar Express, the last movie I saw in a theatre was The Birdcage. What was that, 1995 or 1996? But I'll definitely go see Phantom; I've seen the stage version several times and I the music.

12/10/2004 01:18:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Surprise, surprise, surprise

Hmmm. Just got a call for a job interview on Monday. Interesting. I was recommended by a friend of my family, and the person I'm meeting with is actually someone I know. She used to work for the Cabinet for Families and Children, and now works in Mental Health. She's cool. We worked together on some projects several years ago when I came back from maternity leave. We were getting to be friends, and then she left to take another position and I lost track of her. She said that my resume came through from the head honcho dude asking them to consider me, and she was thrilled because she already knows me and knows how hard I work. I'm going to take that as a good sign, but won't get my hopes up too high. I've been disappointed before, ya know. The job is an EKU job, but not through the same place I work now. I could be a substance abuse coordinator, arranging treatment for women with SA issues and working with service providers. I can do that. And apparently they never have to go to EKU for any reason, that's just where their paychecks come from. (As opposed to me driving 2 hours a day, two to three days a week. Update on that: it sucks.) Don't know about the money yet, but they're located in the same building where my dear husband works. That would be nice. It would also be interesting to get back into human services, because I've missed parts of that. Although I still love technology . . . I suppose I will have to pick a direction, won't I? What do I want to be when I grow up?

12/10/2004 09:22:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Laugh out loud funny

I have to be in the proper mood for World O'Crap. Today I am, apparently, because I almost choked on my coffee over these two posts. Wonkette, too. Too damned funny.

12/10/2004 08:28:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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I'm in. Who's with me???

Thursday, December 09, 2004
hickonfire is . . . well . . . on fire.

12/09/2004 06:51:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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As Atrios said,

Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Just go read. Via Atrios. Godammit. This is just one story. I'm sure the other 1,275 (U.S. casualties at this exact moment) have their stories as well. Not that you'd ever know about it, for the most part.

12/08/2004 05:51:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Another take

Liberal Oasis hits the nail on the head as well:
What Dean understood, and Bienart does not, is that liberals are already quite committed to defeating terrorism. The primary motivation for liberals in dislodging Bush was the belief that Bush's mishandling of terrorism would dramatically worsen the problem. And that's why liberals were, and are, constantly calling for a far greater focus on Al Qaeda. That means an honest assessment of what the terror threat is, which will help us design a comprehensive strategy to win support among Arabs and Muslims and deny Al Qaeda the ability to recruit and expand, so it will wither and die. It does not mean more hawkish posturing.
12/08/2004 03:53:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Good read

Orcinus has another pov that I usually agree with on a variety of topics. If you read some of the same things I do, you may have seen a bit of a battle this week between TAPPED, Kevin Drum, and Atrios, among others, following this article in The New Republic. I was pretty much coming down on the side of Atrios, but then again, I'm no hawk. Orcinus pins it down for me.
Of course, if the Democrats have any grassroots strength now, it is associated with the MoveOn and Howard Dean factions (and mentioning Michael Moore is just silly, since he is a nonentity organizationally speaking). How exactly does he intend to transform the party at its grassroots by excising the people who are its grassroots? If we jettison these folks, as he's suggesting, who do we replace them with? This sounds like a classic formula for self-evisceration. More to the point, why exactly should we drive out the faction that proved, in fact, to be right about the Iraq war? Perhaps so people like Beinart won't have to be constantly reminded reminded just how wrong they were? MoveOn.org has never indicated anything but support for combating terrorism, and particularly for hunting down bin Laden. What the grassroots antiwar factions objected to was a willy-nilly invasion of another country without adequate assessment in the case of Afghanistan, and in the case of Iraq, the unwarranted invasion of another country, one only marginally associated with terrorism and unconnected to 9/11, under false pretenses and without a well-planned exit strategy. And you know what? They were right in most cases. Very few mainstream progressives opposed the Afghanistan invasion on principle; many questioned its necessity and its planning and execution, questions that remain legitimate in light of the outcome there, with bin Laden and Al Qaeda still at large and the Taliban still a political force. But generally speaking, liberal opposition was very muted and generally limited to the factions that oppose war in any form. Iraq, however, was a wholly different matter. Many mainstream liberals immediately questioned the rationale for invading Iraq (as well as some mainstream conservatives who made similar cases) -- and were pooh-poohed by the New Republic crew as a bunch of peaceniks. Then as now, the essence of their attacks on the antiwar factions boiled down to image over substance.
12/08/2004 09:47:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Well said

I agree with the New Donkey:
I think today's Republican Party, and its leader, are built on a foundation of fundamental dishonesty about who they are, what they want, and where they are taking the country. As a Christian [for me, not so much. As a human, perhaps -- J], I will endeavor not to hate them for that. As an American, I will endeavor to respect those who voted for Bush, because after all, they have as much right to the franchise as I do. But until they demonstrate the ability to walk, or perhaps I should say swagger, in a straight line, I will continue to hold the president, his advisors, and his allies in Congress in minimum high regard. That did not change on November 3.
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Kind of funny

Monday, December 06, 2004
Following up on the info about higher divorce rates in red states and among fundies, now we have this. I'm amused, in a sick sort of way.

12/06/2004 03:15:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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You take the good with the bad

Well, my ex HIL's surgery got moved up, and actually took place this past Friday instead of this coming Friday. I was planning to go to the hospital, but it's probably best that I didn't take my germy self to a place with lots of sick people. Everything went swimmingly, I hear, and they're doing zillions of tests on the mass to determine the best treatment plan. I'm glad that part is done. In other news, Mark is feeling better, and now I'm feeling a bit worse. I think he gave it back to me, and after I gave it to him! The nerve. Re-gifting is usually fine with me, but not in this case. Blah. LL has the creeping crud too, but NOT MY FAULT, unless germs can be transmitted electronically. Haven't seen the girl in months. We must plan an outing soon. Everyone stay well, wash your hands often, drink lots of juice, get plenty of sleep, etc. etc. etc. Hey, what do you want? I'm a mom . . .

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Seriously, I'll knit for a living

Sunday, December 05, 2004
Yesterday, it was my dear husband's turn to be sick. He slept nearly all day long. In the interests of letting him rest, and because I was feeling better, I took Lauren out for lunch and to an alpaca/llama farm in the next county. They were having a big sale on yarn and rovings by area fiber artists. It was so cool. A little granola, but still cool. Lauren had great fun seeing the animals, and I got some gorgeous handpainted yarn and an alpaca-fur stuffed animal for her (a monkey she named George, of course). That thing is so incredibly soft! I may head back out there again today, sans child, (maybe with LL? Call me, girl!) so that I can actually look around. She was a little bored when we were inside, except when the farm's owner showed her the spinning machine. It just fascinated the kiddo that you could take wool (or, as she said, alapacpa fur) and turn it into the yarn that she sees me using all the time. Plus she was allowed to help push the pedals for a few minutes, which thrilled her. Later yesterday, Mark was feeling a bit better, so I ran out by myself for a few minutes. I went to a wonderful little shop downtown (because I shop locally when I can), and ran across some fancy scarves similar to this. I'm telling you, that's about $10 worth of yarn and a couple of hours, and they were selling for anywhere between $40 and $80!!! I want to get that kind of gig.

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Coupla things

Thursday, December 02, 2004
Didn't mean to miss the rest of the fun, but my job was keeping me busy yesterday. I appreciate the good wishes from everyone (including our visitor John) for my ex-h-i-l, and the support from my friends and family with all the craziness of the last couple of days. I don't know if our visitors are still coming back, and I'm too lazy to look. If I see them in the logs, I'll respond in the comments below. If not, I won't bother, because you all who know me can probably guess most of what I'll say. But I'll be polite. After all, I am a southern woman. Also, a rotten cold and fever have taken over. I felt so awful last night that I didn't even feel like knitting, and I knit just about every night. I was just saying to someone the other day that it seemed like I might actually get through the fall without my yearly bout of bronchitis. I think I jinxed myself! I don't have bronchitis now, just a cold, but fall colds tend to move rapidly in that direction unless I can stop them early. So I'm actually going to spend today lounging, resting, and yes, you guessed it, knitting. I have a couple of projects that I'm working on for others to give as Christmas gifts, so I need to get them done. Someone's actually going to pay me to make a purse? Bizarro. Hey, maybe I'll knit for a living. Also, Blogger sucks, and my ex-h-i-l's surgery will be next Friday. And yes, if you're wondering, my life does have it's soap opera-like moments, although it's not nearly as bizarre to us as it seems to be for other people. I mean, who in the hell remains very close friends with their ex-husband and his partner? Me, that's who. Now when I invited my ex to our wedding, and then nearly had to uninvite my brother over it, that was kind of trippy. All's well that ends well, however. Have a great day.

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