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30 November 2008 @ 12:28 pm
I'm trying to put together some semblance of a Christmas list for my parents, so am going through important websites like Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie page-by-page, because I am that kind of white girl. Sometimes these stores really crack me up/make me want to buy nothing from them ever again because they are so fucking ridiculous. For instance, Anthropologie has this bag:

I like this bag very much. However, the description is so horrifically self-consciously trite that I can't possibly be expected to put it on any kind of a list:

"Winter-white stitching skips along the contours of spicy cinnamon-apple leather..."

Cinnamon-apple leather? Look, I dig apple cider and all, but I'm not planning to lick this bag. Let's continue though, shall we?

"... With enough pockets and cargo space for cozy mittens and sheet music, this is the satchel for neighborhood serenades."

Sheet music? SHEET MUSIC?? Oh, sure, I carry sheet music around in my handbags all the time. Come on, Anthropologie, I didn't carry sheet music in my handbag when I was playing piano competitively and singing in school choir. Who are these people, and what the hell is the matter with them?
Current Mood: amusedamused
20 November 2008 @ 05:07 pm
This morning Goddaughter informed me that I need a haircut.

You know, you're awfully cute, but you'll have to forgive me if I don't take grooming advice very seriously when it comes from someone sitting naked in a high chair with bedhead and Nilla wafer crumbs all over her chin.

(She throws a damn good tea party, though.)
Current Mood: amusedamused
20 November 2008 @ 12:27 am
Yes, Virginia, there is an actual wide-release documentary about Jelena Jankovic!

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Current Mood: chipperchipper
17 November 2008 @ 07:46 pm
I agreed to help J and R corral Goddaughter and the P Twins for their Christmas card pictures tomorrow. G has developed a Native American-like fear of photography ("No no noooooooo..." as she sprints off screaming) and the P Twins are alternately mellow or extremely skittish. And I don't even get to be on the card! (Uh, thank God :), I'm not a whole lot better about having my picture taken than G.) I'm going to tell J and R that this is definitely their Christmas present, though.
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05 November 2008 @ 05:32 am
I just woke up and felt this odd compulsion to turn on my computer and make sure.

Did we do it? Did we really?

We did!!!!!

(I cried. Kind of a lot. I just can't believe it!)
Current Mood: happyhappy
04 November 2008 @ 05:44 pm

I just got back from 12 days at a human rights law seminar in Ireland. Talking to the other participants (including lawyers from countries like Liberia, Iran and Sudan) about this election, and the right to vote in general was an incredibly moving experience. Once a year, we get the chance to pick the people we think are best qualified to run this amazing experiment in democracy. Abandoning that right does a disservice to the country and to those not lucky enough to enjoy that right.

So please. Vote.
12 October 2008 @ 01:30 am
You know, it's not that I can't understand the respect people have for John McCain's record and biography, and that's fine.

But my brother has gone from respect for McCain to falling hook, line and sinker for the most outlandish and reprehensible of Republican claims and politics. Seriously, any day now I expect to see him posting FOX news stories that Obama is a "secret Muslim". You think I'm exaggerating, except I already had to see the one about how Obama pals around with "domestic terrorists" (really? we're really going to bring the Weather Underground into this? with everything else happening in the country and in the world... the Weather Underground??)

The last two stories he's linked (with supportive comments) have been about Sarah Palin. My brother. Defending Sarah Palin. Somehow I can't help but take it personally; I wish I didn't, but I do. Supporting John McCain is one thing, defending Sarah Palin is quite another. Of all the pandering political choices, of all the offensively anti-feminist pretenders, of all the anti-intellectual "middle America" low brows, she has got to be the most offensively pandering, misogynist, disingeniously "folksy" of them all.

The last article was about how Palin is right when she says Obama is going to drive us all into debt.
(a) Except every nonpartisan economic analysis shows that the middle class will be better off under Obama
(b) Seriously, as if Sarah Palin understands the first thing about the economy and
(c) Even if it was true that I'd have more money in my pocket under McCain (which, incidentally, it is universally confirmed that it is not, you know, just to reiterate, but I know that to him at this point, "non-partisan" probably means "communist"), for what? So I could pay higher insurance premiums for being in posession of a vagina because, you know, those rape kits sure are pricey.

I just feel terrible about the whole thing. I wish I didn't think that people were so easily swayed by their affinity for a single person into falling completely in line with the most reprehenisble of campaigns, that are becoming more threateningly violent and racially divisive by the second. I wish I didn't have to confront the reality that even reasonable, intelligent people can convince themselves that racism and sexism don't matter; I'm sure the idea is "it's probably not that bad" and, in the end, "it's not like it affects me anyway" (which was the actual comment when I tried to detail exactly what a Republican presidency can mean to my-- his SISTER'S-- life). I wish I didn't feel so badly about it, I wish I thought there was some logic behind it, I wish I didn't have to struggle with what this says to me about him as a person every time I even see his name or think about him. I wish I could separate the personal from the political.

But in the end, politics have real, tangible effects on our lives, so maybe it's good that I can't? I don't know. But I know that I'm completely heartbroken over it. I really wish I wasn't, but I am. I just don't understand how this could have happened. (And let me make clear that it's not necessarily the "voting Republican" that has me so sad, it's the complete willingness to buy the most obviously fabricated political ploys. I just... defending Sarah Palin? Really?)
Current Mood: sadsad
02 October 2008 @ 11:01 pm
You fucking suck and I hate you. If I'm paying $100+ per month for my service, I believe I have a reasonable expectation of things WORKING. More to the point, if I am paying EXTRA for a specific channel, i.e., say, a sports channel, so that I can watch SPECIFIC EVENTS, I should not have to put up with crap like said channel randomly not working, even though every other channel in the package is working, and that specific channel is working for everyone else I know who has it.

And THEN, if I call you or use your chat line for HELP, I expect HELP. I do not expect to be told that I have to wait four days to get someone to "look at" SOMETHING I AM CURRENTLY PAYING FOR AND CANNOT USE. I want it TOMORROW because otherwise I am going to MISS SHIT, which is the ENTIRE REASON I am paying for the channel! This is not rocket science. Find out what is wrong and FIX IT. I highly doubt that the reason this channel isn't working is because something is wrong with my box. I think something is wrong with YOUR connection. So to tell me that I have to MISS WORK (which will cost me hundreds of dollars) to BE HOME so that someone can look at my box and shrug is UNACCEPTABLE.

I want credits. I want apologies. But mostly I want some GODDAM SOLUTIONS instead of this pussyfooting around and pretending there's nothing you can fucking do about it.
Current Mood: infuriatedinfuriated
29 September 2008 @ 12:30 am
Ode to This Week's Victim of My Sunday Night Cooking Bonanza.

Oh, Top of Left Thumbnail. You were growing so strong and pretty, doubtless aided by my attempts to consume more calcium. But all the skim milk consumption in the world could not save you tonight when you met sudden death at the hands of The Knife during the Chopping of the Garlic. You could not have seen it coming. Your absence was most sorely felt during the Peeling and Juicing of the Grapefruit, during which there was a constant stinging reminder of your recent departure. I am grateful for your sacrifice, though, because without you I would not be able to write this LJ entry at all, due to the inevitable loss of Top of Left Thumb.

Seriously, my Sunday night cooking bonanzas, during which I put together my "salad bar" for lunch for the week, grill the chicken for my salads, and make both protein- and carb-based dinners for the week, kind of tire me out. Right now pretty much every pot, pan, knife, and dish I own is in the dishwasher. But it is so totally worth it when I don't have to actually cook when I come home from work. :-P (See this week's carb and protein selections! The protein, bien sur, comes without the bread. :-P)
08 September 2008 @ 11:49 pm
AKA, more humour from the US Open, although this may or may not be intentional; at the very least it is moderately more intentional than poor Dinara Safina completely giving herself away during a cooking lesson.

This one comes straight from the mouth of my favourite crazytrains Serbian...

Q. You said in the past that your mother obviously has a hard time sometimes with, you know, what goes on out there. What did she say to you afterwards?

JELENA JANKOVIC: Actually, I haven't even seen her. You know, I don't know where she is now. I just received a vaccine, you know, so that's the first thing I've done, receive the needle in my arm and some more torture.

You know, it's ‑‑ you think it's easy being a professional athlete, what we go through? You would feel a little bit sorry for us. (laughter.)

So, she's had a lot of injury problems this summer, and my immediate thought was, oh God, is she getting more cortisone shots?? But never fear, because then...

Q. What was the vaccine for?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I don't know. It's ‑‑ all these women, I guess, for papilloma. I don't know what it is. I have no idea. I took three. You have to take three vaccines per year, and then women under 26 years old, I guess that's the time when you're supposed to take it and then you're free.

Q. After the championship match of the US Open you got this?

JELENA JANKOVIC: I just got it. Here. It's here. I have a Band‑Aid.

I guess no time's a good time for cervical cancer, right??