Monthly Archives: October 2012

Nearly Wordless Wednesday, Part II

Please, I’m begging you, donate some money to the American Red Cross.  It’s SUPER easy and DESPERATELY needed.  Don’t believe me?  Go here and check out some of the pictures, then bust out your credit card.  If that’s too much for you, you can donate 10 bucks just by texting REDCROSS to 90999 on your cell phone.

Really.  Please.

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Nearly Wordless Wednesday

This isn’t photoshopped.   Go to thesaurus.com and look up “fascist.”  Seriously.

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Ten Things Tuesday

Mr. Chili rented a dumpster.  Here are 10 things that are going to go into it:

1.  The girls’ old mattresses.  We bought cheap-o mattresses when the girls were little-little.  Once they put some weight on, we got higher quality mattresses, so the old ones have been sitting in the basement for too long.  Out they go.

2.  25 year old computer monitors and a box full of non-functioning, outdated, nonfunctional computer parts, wires, connectors, and discs.

3.  A couple of dead TiVo units.

4.  A set of old (and not in a good way) golf clubs.

5.  A bag of fabric scraps and drier lint.

6.  A couple of boxes full of receipts, contracts, and other miscellaneous paper.

7.  A few broken plastic bins, some scrap wood, and a broken bed frame.

8.  The old pool and all its accompanying accessories, along with a few deflated toys, a couple of rotted wooden deck trays, and some old plastic lawn furniture.

9.  A piece of entirely useless exercise equipment (obtained at a yard sale by a neighbor for 10 bucks).

10.  All the stress of a cluttered, messy, unmanageable basement!

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Monday Meme

Stolen, with love and a hearty “WELCOME BACK TO BLOGGING; I’VE MISSED YOU!”  from Morgan!

1. What was the last clothing item that you bought?  A couple of weeks ago, I bought a few pairs of jeans from Saver’s.  I tried them all on and they all fit, but I’m finding that spending more time in a couple of them than I spent in the fitting booth reveals that they’re not quite as comfortable as I thought they’d be.  I’m not too broken up about it, though; I think the most I paid for any of them was 7 bucks (and the least was $3).
2. If you could stay one age forever, what age would you choose?  Once I got past my 20’s, my life got really, really good.  I don’t think I could really pick any age to stay with; the one I’m in is always perfectly satisfactory.
3. When you say “lol”, are you really laughing? I don’t use lol; I usually write “AH, hahahahah!” or “bwahahahaha!” and in either case, yes; I’m really laughing.
4. What is the most interesting thing you’ve done in the past year?   I’m really not that interesting.  I’m writing a seminar paper on DOMA, which is taking up much of my time and intellectual energy, but I’m not sure I’d qualify it as ‘interesting.’
5. If you started a business, what would it be?  I flirted for a while with the idea of opening a dessert catering business.
6. Do your friends/family/coworkers know about your blog?  A number of people in my real life know that I blog.  A few super-trusted blog friends know me in real life, too.  My veil of anonymity is pretty thin, but I work to maintain it because I need it to be able to write what I think, regardless of how others might feel about it.
7. How long does it take you to write an average blog post?   That depends.  If there’s something I’m hot about, I can write a post in 20 minutes.  If I’m uninspired, though, it can take me all day of leaving and coming back to get anything down.
8. How do you keep up with the blogs you follow?  I use the google feed reader.  I need to clean it out, though; I think I’ve outgrown the lolcats.
9. What is your bedtime? Is sex always involved? I’m usually heading bedward somewhere in the 9:00 range (earlier as the days grow shorter).  There’s always reading involved, but not always sex.
10. Introvert or extrovert? I’m an extrovert with occasional acute attacks of introvert.  It all depends on my confidence level at the moment.
11. What is your biggest fear?   My biggest fear is unanticipated loss.  I can deal with death I know is coming, but car crashes, heart attacks, and the like haunt my nightmares.
12. What is the best job you ever had?  I love teaching.  LOVE it.  I can’t wait to get back into the classroom.
13. Dog person/cat person/both/neither?  I’m torn about this one.  I love my cat (and loved having multiples when we did).  I also love the bond that one can form with a dog that one rarely (not never, but rarely) forms with cats, but I’m too lazy to own a dog (the idea of walking a dog in New England winters is just too much for me), so cats it is.
14. If you had $1,000 to spend any way you wanted, what would you do with it?   The holidays are coming, and both my children want electronica; Bean wants a phone and Punk wants a computer.  An extra grand would go toward those things.
15. How do you “dress” your toast?  I had toast for breakfast this morning!  We found a delightful, crunchy, whole grain bread that we love, and it makes fantastic toast.  I just slathered it with butter (thereby diminishing, I’m sure, any nutritional value the bread may have had) because I only had one piece.  If I’d had two, the other would have gotten a good spread of Stonewall Kitchen’s sour cherry jam.  Mmmmmm!
16. How do you feel about snow?   I have a complicated relationship with snow.  I’m always excited for the first snowfall, and I have to admit to a secret love of a good blizzard, but I really only like snow if I don’t have to be out in it.  It makes people stupid (they either overcompensate and start driving like a grandmother or they don’t heed conditions and put everyone else at risk), it’s cold, and it’s messy.  If I get to stay home and watch it out my windows, though, I kinda love it.
17. What was the worst job you ever had?  I worked for exactly ONE day as a document filer at a manufacturing firm.  Fortunately, I was working with a temp agency, so I could call that night to tell them not to send me back.
18. What song can you not stop listening to?    There are a lot of songs that I’ll listen to over and over.  Stuff from Billy Joel, Rush, Genesis, that sort of thing.
19. Love your name or hate it?  I’m pretty neutral about it.  It’s not a common name – the only  other person who has it in my immediate circle is a check-out lady at the grocery store – but I’m not entirely sure it suits me.
20. How did you choose your blog/twitter handle?  *I* didn’t; Kizz did.  She started blogging long before I did, and she needed a pseudonym by which to refer to me.  She came up with Chili as a riff on my last name and my personality.  I loved it and kept it for my own.

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Quick Hit: Battening Down the Hatches

Everything around the house is secured.  Schools are already closed.  We don’t expect a whole lot of weather from the system this far north, but we’re in the area expecting power outages.  In anticipation of that, Mr. Chili has prepped the generator and bought an extra can of gas.  We’re as ready as we can be.

I’ll post updates as conditions warrant.

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Six Word Saturday

Five stars in EVERY category!  WOOT!

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Friday Figures

So, it’s been suggested that “nothing’s changed” in women’s health and choice access.  Well, I’m here to set that record straight.

For starters, let’s begin with this chart, from the Guttmacher Institute, which tracks abortion issues nation- and world wide:

As the graphic clearly shows, there was a marked increase in abortion legislation enacted (not just proposed, but actually put into practice) after the 2010 mid-term elections.  Apparently, instead of getting right to work on the “jobs, jobs, jobs” platforms they campaigned on, the newly-elected Republican Congress decided that their most important priority was restricting abortion rights.  In fact, HR3THREE, the third piece of legislation this Congress undertook! – was a bill about restricting abortion rights (HR1 ensured the Congress get paid (natch), and HR2 was the first of – what are we up to, now?  33?  Something like that – attempts to repeal Obamacare).

The Guttmacher Institute research shows that “fully 55% of U.S. women of reproductive age now live in one of the 26 states considered hostile to abortion rights.”  We’ve got forced ultrasounds (which, by the way, the women have to pay for) and regulations that apply ONLY to abortion clinics in Virginia.  We’ve got Congress holding the budget hostage over Planned Parenthood funding.  Eight states restrict insurance companies’ coverage of abortion.  Seventeen states mandate that women be given counseling before an abortion that includes information on at least one of the following: the purported link between abortion and breast cancer (5 states), the ability of a fetus to feel pain (11 states) or long-term mental health consequences for the woman (8 states).  Twenty-six states require a waiting period (usually for 24 hours) that necessitate a woman’s making two trips to the clinic; for some women, this can be literally hundreds of miles.  There are efforts to place restrictions on women’s access to contraceptives under their insurance plans (S 2043, which says that your boss can deny you coverage if your boss’s religion says so) and Arizona’s anti-abortion law, which not only bans abortion after 20 weeks, but also calculates that time from the first day of the woman’s last menstrual period, effectively declaring a woman pregnant two weeks before she has sex.  No, really.

Beyond the very demonstrable changes in legislation is the palpable change in the nature of discourse around women’s health.  Rush Limbaugh (and others like him) think that it’s perfectly acceptable to call women who stand against efforts to limit their choices and options “sluts.”  GOP candidates (up to and including their vice presidential candidate) are saying, out loud and in public and seemingly ALL THE TIME, that there should be no exceptions to their hardline abortion ban for women who are victims of rape.

A lot has changed.  Anyone who claims otherwise just isn’t paying attention.

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