Monthly Archives: October 2011

Monday Meme: Happy Hallowe’en

Boosted from Kwizgiver, as usual.

Are you scared of bats?   No.  I don’t love it when they’re in my living spaces, but I am not afraid of them.

When you were a kid, did you go out on Mischief Night? No, I had never heard of it. That doesn’t sound like a New England thing…

What is your favorite trick-or-treat candy? I don’t really have a favorite, but I really do love bite-sized candy bars.

Have you ever seen a ghost? SEEN? No. FELT? All the time.

The most memorable costume you ever wore? I have a great medieval gown and over jacket combination that has a very Hogwarts-y feel.

Do you dress up on Halloween? I didn’t before I got the job at the school; now I wear the Hogwarts-y dress.

Any cooking or baking you do for Halloween? Not really. Hallowe’en isn’t a big cooking holiday for me.

Have you ever been to The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland or Disneyworld? Yes.

Any element of the season you don’t like? I’m not wild about the teenagers who use the holiday as an excuse to vandalism.

What is your favorite scary movie? I love The Sixth Sense, and Mr. Chili and I just re-watched The Others.

Do you cook the pumpkin seeds from your carved jack-o-lanterns? Not always.

Are you intrigued with vampires? Yeah, I am, especially really well done imaginings of them.


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Quick Hit: Unity

When we figure out that we are all the same, when we stop creating artificial boundaries between us, when we learn to see ourselves in the plight of others and decide that it is not in our best interests to think of one another as separate from ourselves, we will finally understand what it means to be truly human.

Don’t afraid.  Go ahead.


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Six Word Saturday

Snowstorm in October; my husband celebrates.



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Quick Hit: Do the Math

Yeah… this….

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Thought for Thursday

Mrs. Chili is now a member of a credit union.  Mr. Chili thinks that there’s little difference between a bank and a credit union.  Thoughts?


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Wordy Wednesday: Outing Myself

I try to maintain at least a modicum of anonymity, but I feel strongly enough about this that I’m willing to reveal a detail about me that I’ve heretofore obscured.

I live in New Hampshire.  Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee sent a bill to the House of Representatives that seeks to overturn New Hampshire’s marriage equality.

Needless to say, I find this utterly, completely, totally fucking unacceptable.

Today, I wrote this to my “representatives” today (“representatives” is in quotes because, let’s be honest, they don’t actually represent me; if they did, we wouldn’t be having this conversation now, would we?).  I don’t expect it to do any real good, but you know that I couldn’t keep my mouth shut.  I plan on marching, on writing and calling more people, and on testifying if the opportunity ever presents itself.  I will not let this go down without a fight.

My name is Mrs. Chili and I am a resident of Small Coastal City.  I am also a mother, a teacher, and a passionate defender of civil rights and equality.  I am writing to you in support of marriage equality in New Hampshire, and to ask that you vote against limiting the definition of marriage in our state.

I do not understand what drives people to wish to limit the rights of our friends, family, and neighbors – our fellow citizens.  There are so many pressing issues that concern us now that it feels both foolish and blatantly mean-spirited to be spending this much energy and time arguing about marriage equality.

Since New Hampshire legalized same-sex marriage, our state has not suffered any ill-effects.  None of the doomsday predictions of the religious right or the neoconservatives has come to pass, here or anywhere else that marriage equality is law.  Our gay citizens were allowed to wed, just like everyone else; nothing more, nothing less.  Exactly who benefits by rescinding rights and limiting freedoms?  From whence does the motivation to press this issue come?

A poll completed in February by the University of New Hampshire shows that there is little support for a repeal of same-sex marriage.  If you vote to deny marriage equality in New Hampshire, you will not be representing me or my family or my friends and, as the UNH poll suggests, you would not be representing a significant portion of citizens in the state, either.

Stand up for what’s right and good.  Stand up for the people of this state who demand equality for themselves and for their families, friends, and neighbors.  Defend New Hampshire’s marriage equality.


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Wordy Wednesday

ONE kid is too many…



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