Monthly Archives: November 2011

Nearly Wordless Wednesday

I can’t imbed this video, so click and watch this through to the end.  No; really….

FOREST WHITAKER!!  I nearly died laughing.  (Also, Keith?  It’s Waylon FLOWERS and Madam, not Waylon Jennings.  Facepalm.)


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Ten Things Tuesday

Ten things.  Just things…

1.  It’s freakishly warm for the end of November.  Not that I’m complaining, mind you, but it bears notice.  I hope it doesn’t portend a hellish winter.

2.  I’m kind of loving my new iPhone.  I didn’t think that the upgrade would be that big a deal, but I’m finding that I really like some of the new features.

3.  I can see the light at the end of my Local U. tunnel.  I’m looking forward to getting through it.

4.  I really need to get my act together in terms of holiday gift plans.  I have some far-flung people to whom I send gifts from Stonewall Kitchen, and I need to get that ordered.  I am planning on doing a lot of cooking and baking this year for gifts, and I need to narrow down my recipe choices in the next few days.

5.  I’ve retained the services of a friend of Auntie’s for our Christmas picture this year.  This woman took some lovely photos of the girls while Mr. Chili and I were in Bermuda (the resulting album was our anniversary gift from our daughters and Auntie and the Girl).  I want her to come over when we’ve got our tree set up, so we should do that in the next two weeks or so.

6.  We got an invite to a really nice private tree farm for our tree this year.  We got into this place last year through our neighbor (who is a regular invitee), but our name made it onto the guest list this year.  I’m looking forward to it – last year, we had a terrible time picking from among the all near-perfect trees.

7.  Oh, my GOD!  I’m LOVING Sons of Anarchy right now.  I’m going to be SO sad when this season ends; it’s been a WILD ride!

8.  While watching an episode of Sons, we came across a commercial for the next season of Justified.  I’m looking forward to that, too!  (According to the ad, it starts up again in January)

9.  I need to get my oil changed.  I think, when I do, I’m going to buy a couple of oil changes and interior detailing for christmas gifts.  My in-laws could use them, and they would meet my “buy local” demand.

10.  I’ve begun re-reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in anticipation of seeing the film.  I have it in paper, but I also bought the ebook; I’m finding that I really prefer to read ebooks in bed.


Happy Tuesday!


Filed under Little Bits of Nothingness, movies, my oh-so-exciting life, television, ten things Tuesday

Monday Meme

Boosted from Kwizgiver.
1. Why did you sign up for writing your blog?

I was inspired by Kizz, over at  I loved the idea of having a place to write that would be accessible to others; I’m someone who thrives on feedback, and I think that’s why I never took up journalling in the traditional sense.

2. Why did you choose your blog’s name? What does it mean?

I told that story here.

3. Have you ever had another blog?

I have several – check out the sidebar – but this and A Teacher’s Education are the places I most often post.  I’m gearing up for a hefty cooking season, though, and I’m sure I’ll be posting new recipes over at my kitchen site soon, too.

4. What do you do online when you’re not on your blog?

Facebook, Pinterest, reading other people’s blogs.

5. How about when you’re not on the computer?

Reading, cleaning, grading papers.

6. What do you wish people who read your blog knew about you?

I wish a couple of things.  First, I wish that people wouldn’t assume anything about what I think or how I believe.  I think I’m pigeon-holed a lot more than is fair.  Second, I wish that people would realize that just because I’m nice doesn’t mean I’m a doormat.  I fucking hate it when people assume that they can be mean to me because I make a habit of kindness and compassion.  It’s mean, and I don’t like it.
7. What is your favorite community in the blogosphere?

The one that’s right here.  I love my readers.
8. What is your philosophy on your blog layout?

I can’t bear to change anything.  I’ve found what I like and don’t feel the need to make it any different.  I’m sorry if some people are bored with that, but I’ve never been one who needs constant changes of scenery.  I strive for contentment; once I have it, I’m good for pretty much forever.

9. Tell me about your picture you use to represent you on your blog.

I love this image of the iris.  I use it for everything – it’s the wallpaper on my desktop and on my phone, too.  I love it because it’s elegant and beautiful.  I don’t necessarily equate those qualities with me (I tend to think of myself as plain and adequate), but I strive for beautiful elegance.

10. Pick 3 random blogs from your blogroll and tell us about them.

Just THREE?!  GAH!  Well, I love Kwizgiver because she’s got a zillion little things on her blog.  While I really appreciate the people who write long and careful treatises, I hold a special place in my heart for Kwizgiver’s steady diet of book reviews, internet memes, and meaningless little quizzes.  I never feel pressured reading her blog, and I love that I can pop over and get a dose of happy pretty much anytime.

I am loving Ed over at Gin and Tacos more and more and more.  If you’re not reading this guy, you should be.  He’s got a pretty wide cynical streak (some unhappy shit has been going down in his life lately), but he’s smart and pointy and isn’t afraid to look at an issue from an unflattering angle.

Even though he doesn’t post nearly enough for my liking, I’m going to include Carson’s blog in this list because, when he does post, he always gets me thinking.  I have a geeky academic crush on this man, and I always feel smarter after reading some of the things he has to say.  Even if he doesn’t give me any answers, he certainly gets me asking good questions.



Filed under Little Bits of Nothingness, meme

Quick Hit: Equal Time

Punkin’s been getting a lot of features around here lately, so here’s a lovely shot of Beanie that Auntie just recently uploaded to her fb account.

It’s part of a series titled “Beanie Reading.”  This particular work is called “Beanie reading in the middle of the damned driveway!”


Filed under family matters, kid cuteness, reading

Quick Hit: Hark!

Punkin’s band at the holiday parade!



Filed under admiration, celebration, family matters, holiday, kid cuteness

How to be Un-American

Yeah, this guy’s got it knocked.

image credit  – article is imbedded.

So, it seems that Bill Looman has decided that he’s not going to hire anyone until Obama is out of office.


Look, we can bicker all we want about policy and procedure and what we think would be the ideal situation, but let’s, just for a second please, all be grown-ups about this, shall we?  I have yet to hear this man point to one concrete thing that the current administration has done that has negatively affected him, and believe me, I’ve looked around for it (I even went to his facebook page).  He can’t say “because of this demonstrable, actual, real thing that has been implemented or enforced, my business has taken a demonstrable, actual, real hit.”  He’s just another idiot parroting the Fox talking points, and his behavior – tantamount to “I’m taking my ball and going home because I don’t like the opposing team’s uniforms” – is directly and fantastically opposed to anything that decent people would consider reasonable, never mind patriotic, particularly in this economic climate.

It may well be that Mr. Looman can’t afford to hire anyone right now.  It may well be that, in his neck of Georgia, there really IS less work to be had and fewer contracts to be made because of the economy.  It could also be that he has reached a point in his business where he doesn’t NEED to hire anyone else; he may have exactly as much labor as he needs to fulfill his contracts.  That’s fine; but to make the childish, ignorant, and frankly stupid move to say that he WON’T hire anyone else just to spite the President smacks of the same kind of anti-American sentiment that I suspect he and his ilk love to accuse me and my ilk of harboring.

Even at what I considered the height of the Bush nonsense, I still desperately wished that the President would do well, that he would make good and reasonable choices and decisions, and that he would earn the respect of the rest of the world; I genuinely did.  I complained bitterly when he didn’t do (any) of those things, but I still wished him well.  That the stated objective of the GOP is to make Obama a one-term president should tell us something important about the way these people are thinking.  They’re not interested in seeing you or I do well.  They don’t want the economy to get better – at least, not until one of them is in the White House and can claim credit for it (the discussion about how much control a single person has over the economy of a nation is best left aside for the moment, as is the fact that the Republican controlled Congress, who were elected on a platform of jobs, have done zip-point-shit in the way of jobs legislation).  Don’t try to tell me that you love this country more than I do, but that you’re willing to let it go to hell – and in fact take steps to assure the trip –  before you’ll see this President re-elected.  Anyone who believes that is not worthy of our time, our energy, or our respect.


Filed under Civics on Saturday, compassion and connection, concerns, critical thinking, doing my duty, duh!, dumbassery, frustrations, General Bitching, politics, technical difficulties, this is NOT a drill, Worries and Anxieties, WTF?!

Quick Hit: Stepping Back


Someone I know (and, for as much as I fucking hate to admit it right now, someone I love) is doing something profoundly stupid and destructive and wrong.  He’s decided to divorce his wife of more than 17 years to marry his girlfriend of 2 years so she can get a green card and stay in the country.

I cannot begin to say how fiercely this goes against everything I think is good or right, and I hate that someone I love can behave like someone I would never associate with under any circumstances.  Even though this whole thing has nothing to do with me (beyond my affection for both him (asshole!) and his wife who, it should be noted, has been almost ethereally patient and reasonable about all of this), yet I can barely bring myself to think about him right now.

I will not be extending my usual invitation to Christmas this year to him, because I’ve already extended the invitation to his soon-to-be ex-wife.  As circumstance would have it, I met her for coffee this morning and mentioned the invitation – my intention was to invite him this afternoon after I finished my housekeeping.  She just called me to give me the news that she just got 10 minutes ago.  So much for that idea.



Filed under dumbassery, family matters, frustrations, General Bitching, Home and Family, technical difficulties, this is NOT a drill, WTF?!