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Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
11:44 am
linguisa "gumbo"
Last night's dinner was good enough to share:

In the Vitamix toss: two very ripe tomatoes, a red bell pepper with seeds, one fresh garlic clove.  Add to a pot with 2 cups of water and 1 cup of rice.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low.  Add 2 cooked linguisa sausages (in quarter inch slices), diced celery, and 2 sliced green onions.  Cook for 15 minutes, stirring often.
Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
8:55 pm
From the Writer's Block MeMe - Based on the books on your bookshelf, what conclusions would people draw about you?

I don't have a single bookshelf.  I have 9 completely full bookshelves and more books in boxes in the garage.  I think it says I don't know how to do anything, from birth to death, without reading a book first.
Sunday, March 28th, 2010
4:28 pm

The world lost beautiful soul this weekend.  My friend Sharon was generous of heart and spirit.  She gave of herself always in whatever way she could.  She was young and a tremendously hard worker, an in-home nurse who worked multiple jobs just to keep a studio apt roof over her kids' heads and food in their bellies.  


There wasn't a penny left over, so she had no insurance.  After two trips to hospitals to find out why she was in so much pain, where she was turned away without care because she had no insurance (once after actually being told she was wasting tax payer money!), she had a heart attack and died.  I'm blessed to have known her and to have had my grandparents under her care during their last days.  Goodbye, Miss Sharon, you will be missed.

Monday, February 15th, 2010
10:47 pm
I apologize to my friends in the East, who have spent days shoveling the white stuff, but my boys were both in sandals today out enjoying our spectacular 70 degree weather.
Friday, October 16th, 2009
1:54 pm
Ryan had his first trip to the dentist.  Despite what I thought were pretty decent cleaning habits, he has 3 (!!!) cavities.  I guess I need to rethink his vitamin regime, since most of them have a lot of sugar.   I think Mean Mom will have to limit the Halloween intake this year :(
Monday, March 30th, 2009
10:57 am
Happy Birthday to me
For my birthday, the boys gave me a cold.  I hope there's no return policy.  We're all sick of being sick.
Sunday, March 15th, 2009
10:20 pm
The month is half over.  In 15 days I will be 40. 

Excuse me while I go freak out.
Friday, January 23rd, 2009
10:11 pm
Getting older sucks
I just pulled a rogue eyebrow hair that was close to an inch long. Yes, I measured. Is this what I have to look forward to?

Friday, January 9th, 2009
1:37 pm
The hypocrisy of people is amazing.

"Yesterday, the leadership of Yes on Prop 8 filed a lawsuit in federal court to void a voter-passed proposition that requires the disclosure of information for people who donate more than $100 to a campaign. They claim their donors have been victimized for bankrolling the ban on marriage for LGBT couples...This is the same "leadership" that sent menacing letters to Equality California donors and corporate sponsors, threatening to "expose" them if they did not make a similar donation to the Yes on 8 campaign."
Sunday, December 28th, 2008
11:20 am
I'm dreaming of a white... Boxing Day?
I couldn't have a white Christmas, since we wanted to stay at home and have a low-key day, but I did talk Bob into loading up the kids and his mom and headed down to Yosemite on the day after. They had a huge dump of snow Christmas day, so we were greeted by the most spectacular winter wonderland that I've ever experienced. Ryan had a great time sledding and his first experience on ice skates (which he was begging to do, but of course after one turn around the rink, he was done :)

The view from our room at Tenaya Lodge:

Sunday, December 14th, 2008
6:57 pm
on-line shanaghans
It's amazing how the internet and the cover of anonymity makes perfectly sane, sober adults think they can act like 12-year old school children without repercussions? That's a rhetorical question -- the answer being that there are seeming sane, sober adults who really are no more mature than a 12-year old, and the anonymity lets them express their true nature. I really treasure some of the message boards on which I've gotten great parenting advice or made a few genuine friends. But, man, it only takes one ass the ruin the whole thing -- for a day or two anyway, because message board memories are short (funny since the internet stores them indefinitely...)
Sunday, November 16th, 2008
12:36 pm
Joining the Impact
We were moving too slow Saturday morning to get the larger rallies in the Bay Area. So we opted to go to the one in the next town over -- a very red, very CA Central Valley, kind of place where Yes got almost 70% of the vote. We knew it'd be small, but were happy to add our little collective of 4 to the crowd (and no Marriage Ban folks turned up to beat the crap out of us, which is a bonus).

Thursday, November 13th, 2008
8:15 pm
1. My uncle once:
I can't think of anything interesting to share about my uncle. But I have a family friend, whom I have called Bob my entire life. When I was in my early 30s, he asked me to start calling him Uncle Bob. That was just really, really creepy.

2. Never in my life:
Did I think I'd have one boy, let alone two. Of course, now I can't really imagine having a girl.

3. When I was five:
Tom Gallagher puked on my crayons -- for which I will never forgive him. Man, that image has been burned on my retinas for almost 35 years now...

4. High school was:
A long, long time ago.

5. I will never forget:
I've a crap memory. Chances are I'll forget my own name at some point.

6. Once I met (and befriended):
A kid who was tossed out on the streets when he was 12. I wish I could say I'd made a difference in his life, but he turned out pretty much how you'd expect a preteen how learned to forage through garbage and got hooked on speed at that age would.

7. There’s this girl I know:
Who is trying to figure out how she ended up in an almost 40-yr old body.

8. Once, at a bar:
I met a guy who'd lost a bet and as a result was dressed by his friend in neon board shorts, over sweats, and a red bandana tied around his ankle, with a black leather trench coat and a beret.

9. By noon, I’m usually:
Trying to figure out how to con Ryan into eating something other than bread with cream cheese.

10. Last night:
My snoring woke me up twice. Yay for colds.

11. If only I had:
More money than sense.

12. Next time I go to church:
Might be when we christen Aaron, assuming I can convince an unsuspecting AoD to come be a godmother ;)

13. What worries me most:
The kids.

14. When I turn my head left I see:
Aaron's sleeping face. So cute.

15. When I turn my head right I see:
The horror show that is my office.

16. You know I’m lying when:
I tell you.

17. What I miss most about the Eighties is:
Going clubbing every weekend. I really, really miss dancing.

18. If I were a character in Shakespeare I’d be:
According to "Which 12th Night Character are you?" I'm "Viola. You are cheerful yet strong; you are honest, yet able to keep a secret. You inspire love in those around you, even when it complicates things."

19. I have a hard time understanding:
How "Yes on 8 = Free Speech and Less Government"

20. If I ever go back to school:
Shoot me
Wednesday, November 12th, 2008
9:12 pm
oh man...
Sooo... those people that I was feeling bad for, the ones who'd paid double what we did 2 years ago and have lost half their home value, were interviewed on Nightline. They have a different facade than we do, and a much larger backyard, but my model made the news. Heh.

Thursday, November 6th, 2008
3:13 pm
My grandfather has been diagnosed with an inoperable, aggressive, malignant brain tumor. Please think good thoughts. With chemo et al, they're giving him a year.
Saturday, November 1st, 2008
7:07 am
Halloween 08
Aaron as the gnome:

And in Ryan's bee costume from last year:

Ryan as the pirate:

Who says "Aaarrrr!
Saturday, October 25th, 2008
11:26 am

We took to the cornerside yesterday with kids in tow for an impromptu rally

(a less than stellar photo of me):
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
2:23 pm
Sad but true
The only use for my BA in Art History is to get prefect scores on internet quizzes.

Your result for The Famous (and Not So Famous) Art Quiz...

Art History Major

100% Artiste!

Art History Major: You scored 100% Artiste!

You've studied art for years, and therefore you recognized almost if not all the works represented here. Way to go!

Take The Famous (and Not So Famous) Art Quiz at HelloQuizzy

Friday, October 17th, 2008
9:14 pm
I'm supposed to post a Black Adder quote in my LJ. You should too.

So many to choose from, I'll pick two.

"I'm absolutely top-hole, sir, with an ying and yang and yippiedeedoo." (George)


Nursie: You almost were a boy, my little cherry pip.
Queenie: What?
Nursie: Yeah, out you popped out of you mummy's tumkin and everyone shouted, 'It's a boy! It's a boy!', then somebody said, 'but he doesn't have a winkle.' Then, I said, 'A boy without a winkle? God be praised it's a miracle: a boy without a winkle!' And then, Sir Thomas Moore pointed out that a boy without a winkle is a girl. And everyone was really disappointed.
Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
1:22 pm
Oh Proponents of Prop 8, how I despise you...
Don't even get me started on Prop 8. Every time I see one of those signs, I get pissed off. The bigots couldn't get their way with Prop 22, which tried to change the Civil Code and got overturned as unconstitutional, for those who don't follow CA politics...And now gay people are allowed to marry in this state because restricting that right was deemed unconstitutional. So, of course what the conservative right wants to do is change to our freaking constitution. A change that takes away a right that gays currently have. It's truly unbelievable. It introduces hate and bigotry into our constitution, and in my mind is no different than, say, trying to change the words "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" or trying to rescind the 19th amendment. I wonder, if they win, if their next step will be to change the constitution to make divorce verboten. You know, because marriage is so sacred that the government should be sent to protect it. I'll remember that next time one of the big Christian Right leaders is exposed as an adulterer. I really just don't think this is what our constitution is for.
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