Aug. 6th, 2010 09:49 am
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.... So a friend's recent entry got me curious again about Dreamwidth. Would someone be willing to send me an invite code at this user name @gmail.com? If so, thanks! And please leave a comment so folks can see I got one and not send me 5 different ones.

Yes, yes, I know. I haven't posted in about a year, but I was thinking it was time to change that.


Mar. 12th, 2009 12:45 pm
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My user icon has just changed to Cameron from House. WHAT? I don't think 'confused' begins to cover it. I am hoping this is a temporary glitch.

I've just changed my default picture, but seriously, look at my user pics and look at the one titled "Flower Hat" which was previously the one of me in a black hat with a pink flower thing on it.
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1 very large mug's worth of milk. I think mine are more than 16 oz. As long as you are going for hot cocoa, you may as well go for broke.

In small saucepan:

3 heaping teaspoons of cocoa powder
3 teaspoons of sugar
Just enough milk to get it all wet.

Whisk (with mini-whisk or fork) over medium heat to get it to all meld together into perfect chocolate goo.

Whisk in:
2 hefty shakes cinnamon
1 gentle shake of chili powder

The rest of the milk.

Keep stirring until desired heat; do not let it boil.

Optional: a dash of salt (I don't use it)
Or instead of cinnamon and chili powder use just cinnamon, or a light pinch of pumpkin pie seasoning. Or ginger and orange zest/flavoring (without the cinnamon).

Mmmmm. But first, we go out to play in the snow.
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One or both of the girls sat down at my computer and randomly bought from the iTunes store:

A surprisingly long list of random music )

My first thought is -- I had no idea they could do this much damage as I have it set to prompt me for a password before purchasing music, so I must have left iTunes open on my desktop right after a purchase, and I am never doing that again.

My next thought is -- what a great opportunity to get to know some new music! I know only a handful of these artists remotely, and am eager to hear thoughts on all of them from anyone who has heard of them.

My third thought is -- how on earth did THESE SONGS get selected? I cannot figure out what weird random search resulted in them turning up, or how clicking one led naturally to the next, except by the random association of what people tend to purchase together. I imagine this might be clearer if I understand most of this music at all. Any thoughts on that?


Dec. 9th, 2008 01:32 pm
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Time to get rid of a few things in the coming weeks:

Crib bedding with matching lampshade (w/ lamp base, probably), window valances, crib bumper, and possibly other odds and ends I've forgotten about. This is in a gender-neutral ecru-on-ecru print of moons and stars.

A high-end Bellini crib in bleached wood with a matching dresser. These cost a fortune and were a gift from my mother, so I will be negotiating with her as to just how I can rid myself of them. She may insist that I sell, but I can probably convince her it is OK to give them away (or at least 'loan' them for a few years) if they are going to a friend or friend-of-friend. This comes with a barely-used high-end mattress (water proof/resistant/something and other details that escape me) plus whatever associated stuff like mattress pads I can find. Or maybe those go with the bedding. Whichever! The dresser btw is a changing table and I believe I still have the pad for it with two peach pad covers, but I wouldn't want to swear to that.

We may also be getting rid of two full-depth twin mattresses.

This is all in preparation for getting the girls bunk beds with a built-in dresser and setting them up in a new bedroom (formerly ours; we're taking the room that is now Big Girl's).
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This amuses me, given that it's well, me. So I am stealing it from [livejournal.com profile] jfbat


If you saw a police car with ME in it, what would you think I got arrested for?

Post your answer here and then post this question on your LJ and see how many crimes you get accused of!!!!
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OK, I did a meme. I promised myself a while ago I would try to keep the signal-to-noise ratio high on the journal, as I haven't posted a lot, I've avoided posting any memes, but I really enjoyed this one, and suspect many of you will as well. For one thing: Only two questions, and for another: Lovely leading lady photos from the golden (silver?) era of Hollywood!

So, via ,What Mad Men-era Female Icon Are you?

I'm an Audrey )

I wouldn't say they nailed me, but hey, they said I was Audrey Hepburn! And they were nearly-all right.
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Can the FDIC really cover everyone if all the banks fail?

Why has nobody made a clear and succinct statement about how credit keeps Main St. functioning? It does, but nobody understands why.

Suze Ormand says the market may not recover until 2015.

She sensibly notes that the government should stop calling it a 'bailout plan' and call it an 'investment plan'.

Is it true they won't try to get a new version passed for 2 days due to the Jewish holidays? That's crazy talk.

If your congresspeople voted against this bill, please call them and scream at them.
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Before the knee, we were in the midst of massive home-improvement projects.

We, and I use the word "we" loosely to mean Christopher, repainted the bathroom, ordered a new vanity with sink to replace the one that is falling apart (exactly as pictured here -- viewable when it is not Shabbot, when they close the website), got a new faucet for said sink, a new light fixture, and are eagerly anticipating being able to afford a total retiling and putting in of a new tub next year.

We're also working on replacing the dining room table (ours is staggering on its last legs, literally), and as such have been scouring options.

In the midst of this I cam upon the Treadwell Galleries. And now I have massive object lust for almost everything on that site, or at least in that listing.

Now of course a lot of the projects are stalled with boxes piled around. Bad timing!

Wish List

Sep. 9th, 2008 12:40 pm
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I wish that James Carville would sneak into Barak Obama's bedroom in the wee hours and wake him up by jumping up on his bed screaming, "IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID!"

Then Obama would realize that if he had a handgun he could defend himself and suddenly start appealing to the NRA groups out there.*

I wish the democratic party would issue daily talking point snark to to the news media. "Confused" should be attached to Sarah Palin's name**, if we are going with polite terms, and "Biggest flip-flopper in history" to McCain's.

Then we need a time machine to go back and have Obama be totally generous and conciliatory about the Michigan and Florida delegations. THIS ISSUE WAS BIGGER THAN YOU, MR. OBAMA, AND YOU DIDN'T GET IT.

It is not stating a candidate preference for to say that Hillary was right that there was no reason she should have just decided to home with her tail between her legs because the cool kids told her to. That is what our primary process is FOR, and why it's not over until the Convention. If you don't want that to be legally true, then the party should ditch the super delegates.

* I am pro-smart gun control (which is not what we have for the most part), but I realize my party needs to throw this issue out of bed, because voters are totally irrational and we get hammered on this one.

** She seems to think Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are being funded by the taxpayers? WTF?


Jul. 10th, 2008 10:03 am
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My head spins as I try to encompass all the ins and outs of this FISA nonsense.

Ultimately what I do not get is:

How on earth is it remotely legal for congress to vote retroactive immunity to the Constitution?

Isn't that a call purely for the courts, short of congress amending the constitution?
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Hours of sleep last night: 4ish
Cups of coffee consumed average day: .5
Cups of coffee consumed today: 3
Computers that would not burn a digital photo to CD: 2
Hard copies of photo needing copying found: 0
Hard copies of class photo picked up after driving across town and embarrassing myself: 1
Number of non-working scanners spread across 2 households: 2 (1 if you don't count the one we ditched)
Number of printers that would not print spread across 2 households: 2
Proper meals eaten thus far today: 0
Truffles accidentally consumed while they were sitting there in the office with me while NOTHING WOULD WORK: 3
Projects for end-of-year-party next week absolutely needing to be finished by 2:15 pm today: 1
Projects for end-of-year-party next week finished by 2:15 today: 0

Walks in the woods to calm down: 1
Walks in the woods resulting in 2 year old sitting in mud and trying to fling herself in the brook: 1

I am going to Belizzi in a few minutes to meet Rosanne so that the kids can kill each other in the playroom and we can sit together and talk like sane adults.

And eat salad, because I done blown my points on those truffles.


So I will get the 'thanks for a great year' projects done before Tuesday's party and the kids will sign during the party and the world will not end.

And I will not say yes to being a class mother next year.
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I am buckling into her car seat and Glory says, "Great job helping me buckle my car seat, Mommy."

Glory rolls over at 5 am and pokes one eye open and asks, "Where... is... my... baby... elephant?" I tell her, soothingly, "In the living room." She goes back to sleep.

Glory is counting the ladybugs in the Ten Little Ladybugs book: "One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, twelve, sixteen..."

Glory sits a moment looking out the window then turns to me, "Guess what, Mommy!" I say, gamely, "What?" And she says, "Glory, Zoe, Daddy, all break eggies, mix pancakes, flip pancakes. Gwen, Hannah, Scott make pancakes." And she beams at me. (This is true, we had two sets of girls with two daddies working in the kitchen that day).

Glory looks around randomly day or night and wonders, "Where's my friend Tony?" We ask her where -- she says at work or on the train or in the city. She will also ask for her friend Mommy, her friend Gwennie, and her friend Daddy.

I pick Glory up at pre-preschool and she whooshes up into my arms and hugs me and says, "I so love you!"

I have trouble remembering to write about these things. But they are worth noting down.

ETA: Behind the cut, Glory and I with shoggoth and volcano )

Next up -- Gwen!
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[livejournal.com profile] mr_niggle is ill, and in Atlanta. Very ill. Very in Atlanta. I call him to fret at him about his being ill and getting home with a snowstorm coming.

Me: You shouldn't be driving in your state.

Him: I'm not, I'm driving in Georgia.


Movie Meme

Feb. 16th, 2008 02:03 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] qwrrty has inspired me

Pick 10 of your favorite movies.
Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
Post them here for everyone to guess.
Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.

And, obviously, no fair looking them up and then guessing.

These quotes come just about verbatim from IMDb. I've changed them only to remove key characters' names. Ordered alphabetically by quote. I may have removed a few movies from my top ten either for having no quotes on IMDB or just being too darned easy (Big Lebowski, Godfather, Star Wars, etc.) or being used by [livejournal.com profile] qwrrty.

1. He had a mind like Aristotle and a form like mortal sin. [livejournal.com profile] jadiana - Lion in Winter

2. [He] thinks it's the end of civilization: People who are invited at 4 and arrive at 2:30.
Oh God.

3. He was dead just long enough for the murder rap to blow over. And then he had lunch. [livejournal.com profile] zantony - The Usual Suspects

4. I say give them an opportunity to decorate their own cells with their personal interior decorator. [livejournal.com profile] mr_niggle - Everyone Says I Love You

5. My top schools where I want to apply to are Oxford and the Sorbonne. My safety's Harvard. [livejournal.com profile] zantony - Rushmore

6. Oh, God is testing us.
If He's gonna test us, why doesn't He give us a written?
- [livejournal.com profile] mr_niggle - Love and Death

7. So why the sad face?
Job requirement. Happy piano players work the circus.
[livejournal.com profile] bethlet - Beautiful Girls

8. Tuesday's Wednesday.

9. You've just had a bad day, that's all.
That's a masterpiece of understatement.
[livejournal.com profile] calum - Bringing up Baby

10. A woman is the most fiendish instrument of torture ever devised to bedevil the days of man. [livejournal.com profile] calum - O Brother, Where Art Thou?
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So here it is, neatly spelled out, and better than I could have ever put it --

Goodbye to All That, Part 2 by Robin Morgan.

This sums up much better than I ever could why so much of the media coverage of Hillary Clinton makes me sick to my stomach, so much so that it's hard for me to separate my protective feelings towards her as a human being from my views of her as a candidate, though I find the more I delve and the more I look at the numbers, the more that falls away.
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I hear a lot of you talking about Obama and how excited you are about his presence, his leadership, his vision.

I am almost certainly voting for Hillary Clinton because I feel the Barak Obama healthcare plan does not go far enough; it will leave way too many Americans uninsured. I think he will spend a lot of time pandering to the right and will not stand his ground sufficiently against the republicans. (I may vote for someone on the ballot who is neither Obama or Hillary Clinton, but I'm not sure.) Still, I like Clinton's ferocious and unapologetic intelligence a great deal, and that she doesn't pander.

I won't be crushed if Obama wins. So long as he changes his health care plan. Frankly, I'd be happier if either of them would talk seriously about addressing poverty on a wide scale.

But here is my question, meant to get real responses, not to poke at anyone...

What is it in Obama's conrete vision of America that inspires you? I mean beyond the feel-good language -- what specific things are you for, that Hillary Clinton doesn't have? What makes you feel he actually has the experience or wherewithal to carry through on his promises to restore American prestige?

I could still be persuaded to change my mind.
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It is remotely possible that it is generally indicative of my personality that I insist that if Gwen's groovy girl dolls are going to ride their waterski, they must put on their life jacket first.

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Dear Maureen Dowd,

STFU about Hillary already. Find something constructive to say about something. Anything. Anywhere. Being a female NY Times columnist does not mean you have to tear down every woman who becomes a public figure as your personal vision quest.

That is all.

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[livejournal.com profile] gatopreto & [livejournal.com profile] meristem had hinted they might be in town for holiday week/New Year's Eve, and I was planning to surprise [livejournal.com profile] zinzinzinnia (who is in town til the end of the week only with [livejournal.com profile] thickie) by springing them on her tonight at our dinner party. But last week, [livejournal.com profile] gatopreto gave me to understand (without being explicit) that they were not coming. I was sad; we hadn't all been together in one place for years and years. They'd never met [livejournal.com profile] thickie. And I hadn't gotten to spend nearly enough time with them when they were in town for Thanksgiving.

Tonight, [livejournal.com profile] zantony spent time in the city with Y, who is visiting, and we'd told him he was welcome to bring her along to the dinner gathering if she was up to it. He told me she was pretty booked, and I thought no more of it, until, well after he was home, Christopher announced he'd gotten an SMS from her and she was coming in on the train, and could I pick her up because I hadn't been drinking yet. I dragged [livejournal.com profile] zantony along as he knew her by face, and I only met her the once, two (?) years ago.

So there we are at the station, [livejournal.com profile] zantony's gone to find Y, and he reappears, and I think to myself, "My, she looks a lot more like, [livejournal.com profile] meristem than I remembered. I thought she was taller."

And then I spotted [livejournal.com profile] gatopreto...


They were here! I totally bought the silly ruse about Y. Not only was I surprised, but we got to surprise [livejournal.com profile] zinzinzinnia when we got back.

Wait, let me correct that -- not only was I surprised, I was nearly exploding with joy. I still am!

It made my night, and the gathering, complete. (Well, apart from the lack of [livejournal.com profile] scottso, who'd stayed home sick, and whom I missed.)

I don't think I could love my friends more. (Those here last night, but also many far away.)

(Allow me to also mention the heroic efforts on [livejournal.com profile] zantony's part to keep the surprise intact despite some near-blowing by [livejournal.com profile] mr_niggle, who also gets points for setting it up.)


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