Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
So to all that read these words today, I wish you a peaceful Thanksgiving. Whether it be a can of spam or Turkey with all the goods, take time today to be thankful for life's many small blessings. If you can't think of any at the moment, just ponder the last eight years, and hopefully you'll find one or two. :)
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Since then I watch her in the kitchen room very intently. I've tried to hypnotize her into dropping all manner of interesting stuff, but as yet no luck. But yesterday I overheard her talking about a HUGE damn chicken they'll be eating tomorrow, and I am feeling really lucky. My plan is to watch her very carefully. If she can't move a damn chicken from pot to plate, I would wager that would go more than twice for anything bigger. I will just focus on her, silently thinking "drop it, drop it, drop it".
It could work. :P
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
I have worked for several campaigns in my life, and never did I get anything like this e-mail the evening of the election. What a class act. I CAN HARDLY WAIT to see this man in action in Washington!
I'm about to head to Grant Park to talk to everyone gathered there, but I wanted to write to you first. We just made history. And I don't want you to forget how we did it. You made history every single day during this campaign -- every day you knocked on doors, made a donation, or talked to your family, friends, and neighbors about why you believe it's time for change. I want to thank all of you who gave your time, talent, and passion to this campaign. We have a lot of work to do to get our country back on track, and I'll be in touch soon about what comes next. But I want to be very clear about one thing... All of this happened because of you.
Thank you, Barack
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
In any case, she stepped up to plate for Obama this year, and every one of my nieces wore their Obama buttons to school today. The bad news was that her husband, who had massive stock market losses and was laid off just three weeks ago, voted for McCain. She threatened to make him sleep in the van over this. I fed him chili anyway, as his vote isn't my concern. My "everywoman " sister's vote is.
At about 9 am the call went out for available Madison County van drivers to pick up bottled water and fruit snacks to deliver to a larger city in my area for people that were waiting in a long outdoor line to vote. Since I was not available to deliver that far out of town another van met me halfway to unload the cases of bottled water our town had on hand. If Obama runs the country like his organization ran this get out the vote campaign, we will be in great hands indeed.
Then it was home to make my traditional Election Day Ex Girlfriend chili. Read the chili story here: Ex .Made five pounds this year, and I slurped up this bowl soon after this picture was taken. Life is good. Now I'm crossing my fingers and watching the results like everybody else :)
Monday, November 03, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I have never voted early before, and what we encountered at the polling place was definitely a real surprise to me. I live in a town about the size of Wasilla, Alaska: I have voted here before and never even had a line to contend with. But today? Today we waited in a very long line of early voters, it took 40 minutes for all three of us to get through the process. Any time I ever voted here I was generally the youngest person in the room, but not today. Young people, barely out of high school, mamas balancing babies on their hip, some people you know haven't darkened the door of a polling station in years. It struck me so many people were voting from a position of fear, Republicans scared of the bogeyman Obama, Democrats scared of four more years. But everyone was polite, things went smoothly, and now we can only wait and pray for the right outcome for this country.
I will be driving the van on Tuesday to deliver people to the polls for the Democratic Party as I have in the last four elections. I will also be making my famous election day ex-girlfriend chili, you know, the stuff we've drowned our sorrows in for the last two elections. I hope this year's chili will be the celebration kind.
Just saw Obama's infomercial on television. The HOPE gave me goosebumps. I've made my stand, and I choose to stand with him. THAT ONE...the one with the clear vision of what America was and can be again.
Monday, October 27, 2008
All the food stalls were covered in giant banners like the old carnival freak shows,with people shouting their various slogans at passersby. It hit me that the old freak shows have become interactive, and consuming big freakish food was now the entertainment. I assure you from my vantage point, nothing is as unattractive as watching people balance their various food items, and attempt to actually eat these giant things.
The worst, and I do mean the worst offering I saw was the new improved fried guacamole on a stick. Being an old Texan, I was curious just how this was accomplished. I questioned the vendor, and was told they make the guacamole and let it sit out unrefrigerated for five days until it "sticks together", then the form it like patties on a stick and drop it into a deep fryer. Anyone with any guacamole experience will tell you, in five days the avocado has turned deep green black and I suspect what was "sticking" this mass together was bacteria holding hands and singing Kumbaya. Just the thought of what guacamole looks like in five days was enough to send me running to find the Port-a-potty. And yet someone was buying and actually eating this.
So I passed on the food freak show, and found a local bakery/bistro that actually served edible portions of food. I then bought my mini hamburger cookies and went home marveling.(LOL)
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Set in the Los Angeles of the 20's, a little immigrant girl finds herself in a hospital recovering from a fall harvesting orange trees. She strikes up an unlikely friendship with a bedridden man who captivates her with a whimsical story that removes her far from the bleak confines of the hospital into the exotic landscapes of her imagination. I have never seen a child's eye view so carefully committed to film before, and this is a film as lush and stunningly beautiful as
I have so much updating to do over the next few days, as Doodle has grown ENORMOUS (three full pounds in two months!), I have all kinds of good pictures and arty stuff I've been saving, and of course there are my birthday lamps. You gotta see them to believe them :) Yippeeee!
I want to take this opportunity to say a belated happy birthday to Judith. I was in Indiana for your birthday where there was no cell phone reception, and I thought of you all day on your birthday. Hope you had a good one and knew I was thinking of you in the wilds of Indiana.
So I will get on with updating. Enjoy :)
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
HERE! HERE! This is not the "Miss Teen America" Pagent, where nerves and lack of clear communication can be laughed away as "adorable", but the office of the Vice President of the United States of America we are talking about here.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
It is doubly frightening to me that half of the American electorate is totally "OK" with voting in a candidate for vice president of America that has not faced questions from the press. I don't mean sit down interviews with favorable television talking heads, I mean PRESS. Stonewalling the bipartisan investigation in Alaska, campaign stumping like a wind up doll, the same speaking points over and over even when disproved as a lie, this is lunacy. There is not one other candidate in this campaign didn't have to walk through the ring of press fire to get there. Even the vice presidential debate has been carefully crafted, since Ms. Palin "doesn't have the debate experience" to face Biden. If she can't crawl out from under her rock and stand up to the big boys now, how on earth would she be able to lead this country in a crisis? It is obviously not that important that she be able to think on her feet or speak to the people she represents, her handlers will do that for her. Don't know about anyone else, but I am not voting for "handlers." Her "presentation" seems to be the final curtain call before closing the current Washington Puppet Show. With any hope that is.
Now see why I try to stay out of discussing politics on my blog? (LOL)
Friday, September 12, 2008
You know, the funny thing about "doublespeak" is that you must first understand the concept in question to be able to do it. It doesn't really work very well if used in covering up what you yourself do not know.
Works well when playing poker, but I'm not really comfortable gambling with America's future by electing a leader who can't admit they need more information, or one who doesn't take the time to really think through a situation and instead relies on "Don't Blink" as a first response. Does this initial response sound familiar? It should...as we have had eight long years of "Don't Blink." from "He-who-will-not-be-named-by-the-Republican-party." We've all seen how effective that was.
Thanks for the suggestion Sarah. But after your performance last week you can be sure you added even more voters sufficiently terrified with your hubris (you can look that word up) to the Democratic Party.
We won't be blinking or exhaling until after you are sent packing back to Alaska.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
That was for you New Orleans...OK, I'm done :)
The first question in my mind after the selection of Sarah Palin as McCain's running mate was "Why on EARTH this woman?" There are many, many Republican woman that would be far more effective and suitable if this were just a "fill in" for Hillary voters. Just off the top of my head I think of Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas who would have been a really serious asset to this ticket. With all the controversy that immediately swirled around the choice of Sarah Palin, it seems to be clear she was not vetted for this position properly. Or was she?
Purely from the standpoint of my experience in marketing, I have come to the conclusion that Sarah Palin was chosen as a "smoke screen" for this ticket. I believe that she was chosen to do exactly what she is doing, take the full force of attention away from the messages of the respective campaigns and place it on a "shiny new media toy." Focus the "lightening quick video game" attention span of this country squarely on a candidate with more skeletons in her closet than Anna Nicole, and the media will follow suit. There is the very real possibility the news cycle may not be able to investigate all the leads and scandals attached to this woman within the slim eight weeks before this election. It already seems questions considered reasonable to a male candidate will be considered "sexism" if the answer is uncomfortable for Ms. Palin, and she is the only candidate I've witnessed in my voting experience who is taking several weeks during crucial campaign time deliberately shielded from the pesky, guaranteed by the American Constitution, free press. Need I remind anyone...eight weeks until we pull that lever...tick, tick, tick.
As much as I dislike Sarah Palin's politics I do feel some measure of pity for her. I think her blind ambition deludes her into believing she deserves the Vice Presidency at her low level of experience. (I lived in Alaska remember, and know how small and insulted that community is firsthand.) I don't think she was prepared for the media scrutiny she will endure, and I can't believe she actually gave much thought to the scrutiny her so called "normal" family would endure either. But in one stated position, she is the perfect choice for her handlers. BIG OIL and mega corporate interests need a person in office that dismisses warnings from science and will continue the march toward the depletion of the resources of this planet. To select her just proves, they don't care if the person in that position wears a skirt and lipstick. Yay, Girl Power!
Now back to the actual campaign. This time like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, I hope we'll all ignore orders and peak behind that smokescreen curtain. The message of "Change" is obviously very effective and so powerful Republicans are attempting to co-opt it. Democrats stay on message, do not react to daily gossip and innuendo as fact. There is clearly a very double standard at work here, as the Republican party would crucify a Democratic candidate with Sarah Palin's problems and sell roasted marshmallows at the event. But if you are given the opportunity to debate her Mr. Biden, just visualize Dick Cheney in a skirt. A true feminist knows the punches come with the position, ask Hillary. Keep to the facts, there are more than enough lies to expose that have nothing to do with her gender to suffice.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Today I had my puppy check up. I now weigh seven pounds, which is truly remarkable since I never get anything resembling actual food here. That is two whole pounds in six weeks, but even more astounding is my length. I have grown five inches !!! I think this may be because "she" frequently rubs my long belly with her toes when I lie at her feet. I assume if she keeps this up I will be as long as a yardstick by the end of the year.
I hear more "good dog" words than "bad dog" nowadays. I do wonder why "she" spends so much time throwing my string toy around. I keep bringing it back to her, and "she" gets all excited and just throws it again. I will never understand why "she" does this, but it seems to entertain her. I've discovered it is important to keep her occupied and out of trouble, this does it as well as anything.
So that's this dog's life. Still waiting for bacon.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
My horoscope today. As always, Rob hits it right on the head for me. Sometimes I think it would be quicker for him to just give me a call and then write his Libra horoscope weekly. :)
And here I am, with a vicious summer cold and a big bowl of homemade chicken and dumplings. I won't write about cooking it, but thanks to the friend that reminded me that a chicken could be my best friend fighting this. You were right, even if I didn't add Tabasco sauce.
Doodle is getting bigger, and is going through his "terrible twos". Chewing everything in sight and "talking back" when I correct him. But he's still the cutest thing on four feet so I'll keep him.
Working on a rhinestone studded medieval costume for my niece, as well as building a hat to match it. Over 1000 red and topaz rhinestones applied by hand, will upload a picture when we've finished. So handy to have an "arty aunt" around, thank God she's a senior this year and there won't be many of these left to make. There are actual wedding dresses that take less work, honestly. But I love her too, so I'll keep her.
So Rob, I am working at shifting my reality. But until then I am grateful for this quiet life.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
ALL DOODLE...ALL THE TIME (LOL) No...won't be doing that, I will get back to blogging about something other than Doodle or food sometime soon (hopefully). But I did want to say thank you to the friend (who wishes to remain anonymous) who sent us the fabulous Leopard Carpetbag "Doodle Carrier" that arrived today. Doodle especially likes that he has his own vinyl lined pocket in it. Now he thinks we need to go on a trip...maybe we should be planning one. :)