Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Anyway since I'm doing that I'm not here and there are no posts from me for your enjoyment. .. .. Meanwhile I highly recommend you swing over to Phlegmfatale's blog and catch up on her Tooth Pick Test. Part One. Part Two. Part Three. Part Four.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
But, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society. To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as its been interpreted and Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the Federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf, and that hasn’t shifted and one of the, I think, tragedies of the civil rights movement was, um, because the civil rights movement became so court focused I think there was a tendency [sic] to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change. In some ways we still suffer from that.I'm not surprised. One of the reasons I'm so unhappy with the thought of obama is his socialist attitude. The other big one lately is the treatment of "Joe the Plumber" but that's a post for another time.
At any rate Fox News did a story on that little foot in mouth moment of obama's this past weekend sometime. Of course the nobama camp jumped to the defensive and called Fox news liers oh and in McCains pocket to boot. Because gosh heaven forbid a news outlet (be in tv, radio, or print) actually report anything that's negative towards the One.
The giggle moment for me came when watching Megyn Kelly and Bill Burton go at it over the issue.
I didn't even make him do any silly tricks to earn it, I just gave it to him!! That should be good karma for like a year I'm thinking. Yep I'm in the green zone now for sure.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
This is not the way a sewing machine needle is supposed to look. Sadly it happend in the dark hours of last night and happens to be my very last one. ((grumble))
Second try was painting these cute little snowmen. Except I found out that they're dirty so I'll have to go buy some white spray paint before I can paint them.
Final Result - I'm taking the day off, nothing productive will get done today. Once I wrap my mind around that I might actually enjoy having a free day.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Anyway the Man did his usual intro spiel. He gave his new recruit (we will henceforth refer to her as Grasshopper) the four rules of firearm safety (I have them listed on the side of my blog). Then the grip and stance rundown, and an idea of what the site picture should be like.
Then when we got there, we strapped the kiddo into the stroller (see monday cuteness) and let Grasshopper do her thing. She did really well! It isn't hard to shoot a .22 but if you don't pay attention to the basics you wont hit the target no matter what you're shooting and she hit it every time ... AND she hit it in the black every time. The more rounds she put down range the better she got too! It was definitely an afternoon well spent and I'm so glad we went. I always learn something more about MY shooting when the Man teaches somebody else. This trip I learned my trigger pull is bouncy and bouncy is bad. I also learned that my finger placement on the trigger is a little low (which causes my bullets to hit the target low because it pulls the gun down). I can't wait to get out there again and work on that, I get excited when I see my shooting improve!
I do, of course, have a few pictures of the Man instructing his Grasshopper.
(click em to big em folks)
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
It may seem unlikely, but simply clutching a warm cup of coffee can bring on a flood of warm feelings, U.S. researchers said on Thursday in a finding that suggests a strong link between physical and emotional warmth.
"Physical warmth can make us see others as warmer people, but also cause us to be warmer -- more generous and trusting -- as well," said John Bargh, a professor of psychology at Yale University in Connecticut, whose research appears in the journal Science."
The moral of the story? If you're a bear in the morning consider doing the world a favor and sip on something hot for a few minutes... see if that doesn't sunny up your disposition.
Now that I've done my part to spread the news I'm off to make a hot cup of cider and cuddle the kiddo.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
And yes, you did see that correctly, he's got spidey bloomers on to go with his spidey jammie top *snicker* We actually got them when he was itty bitty, I think they went with a 6month onesie set but they were HUGE and he never wore them. He "found" them in a pile of giveaway cloths and got super excited that we had "spiderman underwear" so I let him keep them to wear around the house when he wants.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
This is obvious to anybody who knows me... I LOVE cheese. The Mans bro came to visit us several years ago and brought his son with him. I think his kid was 9 at the time. After that visit we didn't see him again until at least a year had passed. When we did see him again he said something to the effect of: "oh hey I remember you, you're the one who really liked cheese." (and then something about how many rollos I had, which is another story for another time).
At any rate... Muffy's Cheese Song:
Sad but not deterred (as I am still trying to avoid the real work on pinning and cutting the next pattern) I set about making my niece one. I love hers, if it was bigger I'd just keep it for me!
I did the outside in a dark red water repellent fabric. The cuff on the inside is a brown fur and the inside fabric is a rainbow pastel fleece with a thin pink cotton pocket for a hand warmer (to keep it extra snugly).
***as with nearly all photo's in my blog these pictures are "click it to big it"s
He also likes to sit and run and slide... All the usual little kid things.
His new phrase goes something like this: Hey mommie? You can _____ if you waaaant. (for example, hey mommie you can sit next to me if you waaant). He draws out the A and gets a goofy cute smile on his face when he says it.
He really likes to swing, he reaches up as high as he can and pretends to catch the clouds. It makes me warm and fuzzy just to watch him. It also makes me really glad we opted to spend the extra bucks on the darkening eye glasses!! (Thanks mom).
Monday, October 20, 2008
When you go to leave a comment, under the comment txt box are the "choose an identity" options. The third or fourth one down are what you'll want to use.
The third (Name/Url) lets you input your name (the url is optional)
The fourth (Anonymous) lets you leave the comment with no name at all (if you so choose).
I was browsing the news yesterday while watching Chance eat his lunch and I came across a local article about some parents who have a young baby daughter with ONH. They are trying to raise enough money to go over seas to China and get their daughter an operation to help her condition. My first thought was WHAT, there's IS an operation??!! Who, How, What, Why!!??!!
Then, after the initial shock I read further (and more thoroughly). Their daughter was born with ONH so severe she can't see at ALL. From either eye! That could have been us. The operation, it costs tens of thousands of dollars and it doesn't FIX the problem it just helps... maybe.
I can't help feeling blessed. Our wonderful perfect amazing son with his beautiful manners, and his quirky sense of humor. We are so fortunate that he only has the problem with one eye.
It's good to be reminded...
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Finally I am resorting to shopping online. At this point it's window shopping though, sadly a decent pair of boots will apparently cost us an arm and a leg!! Check these out (they run a slightly rediculous 72 bucks):
Even better, or worse (depending on how you look at things) are these (which run a jaw dropping $177!):
aah to be wealthy and stupid with money *sigh*
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Until then... since I KNOW most of you have NO idea what I'm talking about... check this out:
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
I'll give it to the kiddo, he only asked once if we could go see Santa. (We had our picture with Santa taken there last year, I loved it... They have an amazing Santa and we will definitely be doing that again this year).
The funniest part was when the Kiddo asked to see Santa the Man didn't hear what he said. He asked him "I didn't hear you, what did you want??" And the Kiddo said "I want a train".
hehe I think he was a bit confused don't you?
Yeah, it's a bit big on him. It's a 3T (he wears a 2T). The Man has pointed out on several occasions that he's got a 2T body and a 4T head (*snort/giggle*) which is actually rather true. We had to get the 3T so the coats hood would come up over his head and actually cover it. We got the beanie to make sure his ears stay covered on windy days.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
"mom, can I have a present?"
The cold and rain and ickyness helped us realize that The Kiddo needs a new coat (the one he has we bought two years ago, it's sized 18 months and the sleeves are a tiny bit short on him... he grows SLOW). Anyway we gritted our teeth and went and found a coat for him at Target last night. If the Kiddo's coat doesn't fit he'll get sick and I'd rather spend the money on a coat then on medicine!! I'll take a picture sometime today and put it up for y'all to see.
We did get to watch the Utes game (we won, of course hehe, that makes 7 strait wins no losses woot!!).
Anyway we went to bed last night and woke up to find THIS:
The weather report says 39 degrees today with rain and snow showers. So far it's just gray so we'll see what happens. Still (here comes a small whine session) I'm NOT READY FOR SNOW. We've been having an unseasonably warm fall and I was super happy that it was 70 degrees or higher on very nearly a daily basis. And now it's 40 with snow?!!! *deep breath* They DO say that by the end of the week we should be back up to the upper 60's or low 70's so there's hope I suppose. *shiver*
Friday, October 10, 2008
Best part is the kid says he has resolved to keep the style. I'm giving him kuddo's, way to stick to his guns, it almost gives me hope for the next generation.
Any rate, via Fatale Abstraction, I followed a link to yet another article (this one from across the pond no less) ... as I read the thing one paragraph jumped out at me as I'd read something similar in several different places. (I dutifully highlighted the pertinent sentence for you if you don't feel like going to read the entire article. I'm just saying... ... ...
"It's true that the improvident lending was not initiated by Fannie and Freddie: their role in this was to buy these loans and sell them on – but then the music stopped. Cynical students of the American political system will note that the biggest recipient of campaign contributions from the munificent duo of Fannie and Freddie over the past 20 years was one Christopher Dodd, Democrat Chairman of the Senate's Banking Committee.
Rather surprisingly, given that he has only been in the Senate for four of those years, the second biggest beneficiary was Barack Obama. In August the Washington Post reported that Obama's presidential campaign team had sought the advice of Franklin Raines "on mortgage and housing policy matters". Perhaps Mr Obama's team just wanted to know where all the bodies are buried – there are rather a lot of them. "
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The Kiddo: Good morning mommie (said while peering around the door to his room a little hesitant to come out)
Me: Good morning kiddo, you sure slept in this morning (glancing at a clock that read an enviable 10:20am!!)
The Kiddo: Um yeah, I did. I have pizza in my eye (scrubbing his eyes and trying to get the nighttime crusties out of them)
Me: you have PIZZA in your eye?!?!?!
The Kiddo: Yeah, but it's okay, it's gone now, I've got to go potty (as his rear disappears down the hall towards the bathroom)
The new TinkerBell movie is coming out here shortly (October 28th if I remember correctly) and one of the magazines I get has a contest to win tink stuff. Who can't use some tink stuff?
Anyway go here: http://www.goodyblog.com/ and scroll down until you see the entry about it. Click on the comments section and say something witty. You've only got until Friday Oct 10th (that's tomorrow folks) to enter so get off your booties and get it done.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Song for a Little House
I'm glad our house is a little house,
Not too tall nor too wide;
I'm glad the hovering butterflies
Feel free to come inside.
Our little house is a friendly house,
It is not shy or vain;
It gossips with the talking trees
And makes friends with the rain.
And quick leaves cast a shimmer of green
Against our whited walls,
And in the phlox, the courteous bees
Are paying duty calls.
I'll get it fixed soon hopefully, till then um erm I'll just assume you really are out there lurking around reading my random nuron firings.
If you by chance have any helpful tidbits of information on how to get it up and running let me know!! :D
******Edited to add: got it!! I figured it out, I read pages and pages of help documents and finally figured out what I was missing. Now I can FINALLY track ((grin)) ****
Sunday, October 5, 2008
The skills I covet tend to run towards the more active and outdoorsy type (shooting better then well being my current goal). And I'm sure there are plenty of folks out there who would love to be able to sew but can't figure out one end of a sewing machine from the other. Or, more likely, don't CARE to. Apparently I fake it well enough that they're willing to pay to let me do it. Sweet!
All that being said, I am going to see if any of those non-sewing people want to acquire the turtle costume I made last year. The Kiddo loves to play in it but it's starting to get small and as it's still in perfect (new) condition I might as well see if I can get any extra income out of it.
(follow the link to the listing to see a few more pictures)
I stole the recipe for said biscuits from Brigids blog last week. I highly suggest going there and getting it to try for yourself. They were amazingly yummy and hit the spot nicely.
After lunch it was off to the fabric store to buy some more fleece. I'm going to knock out a couple more wild things costumes. I'll list one for sale in my geminiwinds store, and keep the other for Chance to wear for Halloween.
All in all a boring but extremely productive day.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Today, as I said, we went out to Oakley. It was a really cute, really small, rather out of the way town. And it was cold as heck (49 degrees and raining!!) so I can't say I spent a lot of time absorbing the atmosphere. The best part of the afternoon was stopping at the local diner for lunch after the game. It was so very atmospheric... It's the Road Island Diner and was moved to Oakley (of all places) from New Jersey in 2007. If you want to read the whole history (which is kind of interesting) follow the link.
I love that they kept the whole thing authentically 1939 retro style. All except the fancy schmancy tv's on either end and the quarter juke boxes on each table.
I should say that they have some very yummy fry sauce and an outstanding grilled Reuben. YUM-O!!!