Monthly Archives: December 2012

Goodbye 2012, and good riddance.

I sit here on the last day of 2012, looking at the past 366 days.  Thank God that’s over. It’s been a bad year.  None of my immediate family or closest circle of friends died, and no one ended up … Continue reading

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T-shirt du jour

Worn by the Rocket Scientist this morning: “1% of the known universe contains over 99% of the known life!  #OCCUPY EARTH #ASTROBIOLOGY

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The best gift I’ve ever given.

The Red-Headed Menace listed “dihydrogen monoxide” on his wish list for Christmas. So I gave him a full liter of the stuff. He loved it.

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Christmas Day.

I am sitting here on the couch in my mother-in-laws house.  It’s been  a couple of years since we have been here. We have not yet opened presents — we are waiting for my brother-in-law and my nieces to arrive. … Continue reading

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Clothing observations

Wearing my pretty wine-colored velvet calf-length dress from Coldwater Creek to a holiday party seems to invite people I’ve just met into asking if they can stroke my arm.  That’s a bit unnerving. It’s also hot to dance in.* Of … Continue reading

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Dear Mayan “expert”: An event that happens every 100 years is in astronomical terms (and pretty much in human terms, as well) not “very rare.”  In terms of the cosmos, that’s less than a blink of an eye. I think … Continue reading

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Today’s “I can’t believe I am even having this conversation” moment.*

After Railfan and The Red-Headed Menace attended a “Legend of Zelda” concert (a symphony playing music from the game series) through various backroads the discussion ended up about Link’s (“Legend”’s hero) sexual orientation. “Link has to be at least bi,” … Continue reading

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I can’t write about the Connecticut shooting yet.  I have very strong feelings about gun control (I was part of the Million Mom March a few years ago), and right now my head is simply screaming “Why does this surprise … Continue reading

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R.I.P., Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck died last week.  He was one of America’s treasures. I do not believe that music is intrinsically better than sex*, but I have a list of musical pieces that, if I had to choose between them and physical … Continue reading

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Calling Indiana Jones…. We’ve got your mail. If this turns out to be from an applicant, I hope Chicago has the good sense to admit them. You don’t see awesomeness like this every day.

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Song for the day.

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free ‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be, And when we find ourselves in the place just right, ‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.When true … Continue reading

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Well so much for *that* job…

[I decided that, on the whole, this paragraph was unwise.] Rats.  And I really liked this job (at least according to its Craiglist description).

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I am excited — I have a ticket to hear Sonia Sotomayor on January 28th in Redwood City. I generally find myself agreeing with most of her decisions.  I have great respect for the hard work she had to do … Continue reading

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More realistic problems.

Looking at my last post, I have to face the fact that the self-flagellation I engage in is a luxury. I don’t have to worry about living on a few dollars a day.I don’t have to decide between food and … Continue reading

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I wish my brain would just shut up, sometimes.

[Warning: this post is going to be a whine.  I am blogging this because it’s too long for Facebook and I want a reminder of the first part of the post. I am disabling comments because, while reassurance is always … Continue reading

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