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40 Questions

1. My uncle once…said that the only way he would vote for Al Gore was if Gore was running against Idi Amin.  My uncle was a Tennessean, but not a Gore fan (can ya tell?)

2. Never in my life…do I think I’d able to kill another living thing (except mosquitoes and roaches)

3. When I was five…I started first grade in Mrs. Ritchie’s class.  Mrs. Ritchie is one of my favorite teachers of all time.

4. High school was…unpleasant.

5. I will never forget the day…I gave my man (now ex-man) the heave-ho.  Because he was a man-ho.

6. Once I met….Lesley Stahl from “60 Minutes.”  The interesting thing was where I met her — in a little cafe in the middle of nowhere in the Peruvian countryside.

7. There’s this boy I know…who is thoroughly precious all the time, even in photos where he’s picking his nose.  Said boy is my one-year-old nephew.

8. Once, at a bar,…..I drank several Black Russians, went to the ladies’ room, got sick, then ordered another Black Russian.  I sure don’t drink like that anymore.

9. By noon…by noon today?  Well, I didn’t really accomplish much by noon today (it’s Sunday).

10. Last night…I enjoyed the Saturday Night Live opener… Tina Fey and Amy Poehler playing Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton.

11. If only I had…more free time, I would get more done.

12. “Next time I go to church” I will probably be attending a wedding or a funeral.

13. What worries me most…is the thought of four more years of the Republican Party in control of this country.

14. When I turn my head left I see a stack of mail that needs to be read/dealt with.

15. When I turn my head right I see my cat napping in her favorite spot by the window.

16. You know I’m lying when….what?  lie?  moi?  I’m not a very good liar, so I try to be truthful.  Try, anyway.

17. What I miss most about the Eighties…is the music.

18. If I were a character in Shakespeare I’d be…I’d be that cool, outspoken, gun-toting, pot-smoking granny.

What?  You say she’s not a Shakespearean character?  Crap.  Never mind.

19. By this time next year…I hope to be taking the ARE (Architectural Registration Examination).

20. A better name for me would be…I’m pretty happy with the name I already have.  But I hated it when I was a kid — seeing as how it rhymes with everything.

21. I have a hard time understanding…why people can’t live and let live.

22. If I ever go back to school…somebody please remind me how miserable I was in grad school.

23. You know I like you if…I’m not sure — I generally like everyone unless they give me a reason not to.  But you’ll definitely know if I don’t like somebody.  I’ll do my best to be polite, but I’m not very good at hiding my feelings.

24. If I ever won an award, the first person I would thank would be…my family.

25. Take my advice, never… try to get a cat to wear a sweater.  Don’t ask me how I know this.

26. My ideal breakfast is… Eggs Benedict and a Bloody Mary.  Mmmmm.

27. A song I love but do not have is… I can’t think of one that I love but don’t have (damn that Amazon and their one-click MP3 downloading!)

28. If you visit my hometown, I suggest that you visit… nearby beaches, affectionately referred to as the Redneck Riviera.

29. Why won’t people…just get a clue?  (this includes me)

30. If you spend a night at my house…you will also probably be aggravated by my upstairs neighbors, who are very noisy.  I think they are training elephants.

31. I’d stop my wedding for…Wait… am I engaged and somebody forgot to tell me?

32. The world could do without…intolerance.

33. I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than… eeewwww… we’re speaking figuratively here, right?

34. My favorite blondie is… the yummy tollhouse brownie dessert.

35. Paper clips are more useful than….staples?

36. If I do anything well it’s…come up with a theme song for every occasion.

37. I can’t help but feel lazy on a Sunday afternoon.

38. I usually cry… when I’m really pissed off.  Which tends to piss me off even more.

39. My advice to my nephew/niece is… to never forget how much your whole family adores you.

40. And by the way, I wish I could think of some witty parting line, but I’ll end up thinking of it twenty minutes after I post this.

Well, I usually try to keep my blog relatively non-political.  But this week marks the most passionate I’ve felt about electoral politics for the first time since 1992.  Don’t get me wrong, I was really inspired by the Democratic National Convention.  What an amazing and historic time to be an American, when the top two people vying for a major party nomination are African-American and female.

I had already made up my mind to vote for Barack Obama long before the announcement of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate on the Republican ticket.  The fact that his VP candidate is female does not change my mind.  You see, while I would love to see a woman in the Oval Office (and I think it could happen in my lifetime), Sarah Palin is not the one.

I’m a little bit puzzled by the tremendous splash that she’s made, considering that we know so little about her.  Sure, we know that she’s a hockey mom, her husband’s a snowmobiling champion, and her teenage daughter is pregnant engaged and expecting a baby with her fiancé.  But none of those things are relevant, in my opinion.  Here are some things that are:

1.  As the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, she asked the town librarian if it would be possible to have certain books banned from the library (the librarian refused).  A few months later, Palin tried to fire the librarian; a groundswell of public support helped save the librarian’s job.

2.  Palin is currently under investigation by the Alaska State Legislature for abuse of power with regard to the dismissal of Alaska’s Commissioner of Public Safety.  Recently, Palin’s lawyers have pressed for an end to the investigation, saying that the issue falls within the purview of the state Personnel Board.  Members of the Alaska Personnel Board are appointed by the Governor.

3.  Palin made several misrepresentations in her Vice-Presidential nomination acceptance speech.  Among these was her claim that she said “thanks but no thanks” to federal funding for the “Bridge to Nowhere.”  While she did eventually decline the funding, a promise to pursue federal funding for the bridge was part of her gubernatorial campaign.  More of these “misstatements” and their rebuttals can be found in this article by  Associated Press writer Jim Kuhnhenn.

4.  In an address at her church in Wasilla, she referred to the Iraq War as part of “God’s plan.”  Video here.  She said the same thing about the Alaskan Pipeline.

5.  In her speech Wednesday, Palin spoke of helping families of children with special needs.  I don’t doubt that she now wants to help, especially since she now has a child with Down Syndrome.  However, as Governor of Alaska, she has slashed spending for special needs education by 62%.

6.  Palin has made no secret of her anti-abortion stance; she is opposed to legal abortion, even in cases of rape or incest.  She has also supported “abstinence-only” sex education programs.  And if those don’t work, I guess there’s always marriage, right?  Unless you’re gay (sorry).

7.  Palin is a creationist, and believes creationism should be taught in school science classes alongside evolution (to her credit, she has not tried to push a creationist agenda as Alaska’s governor).

8.  Palin and her husband were fundraisers for Pat Buchanan, erstwhile presidential candidate with a storied history of racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, sexism, and general hatefulness.

Still curious?  Here are some other great links:

One more very important thing: Sarah Palin is UNQUALIFIED to occupy a position that is a 72-year-old’s heartbeat away from the Presidency of the United States of America.

Thanks for reading, and feel free to forward this post to anyone if you’re worried that they’re about to drink the Palin Koolaid.

Full of WIN!

That’s my favorite recent phrase from the internet.  I hope it catches on.

So far, this weekend has been Full of WIN.  And the best thing about it is that it’s only about half over.

Yesterday I picked up Little Sister N. (name truncated because of scary internet people that Dateline NBC’s Chris Hanson probably needs to talk to).  Her 7th birthday was Thursday.  It cracked me up when I called her on Thursday to wish her a happy birthday, and she said, “Guess what?  Today’s my BIRTHDAY!”  Anyway, I picked her up to take her to Friendly’s (her absolutely most favoritest restaurant ever) for a birthday lunch.  I also gave her this:

It’s not easy to find charm bracelets anymore, but I found this and lots of cute charms at the Piercing Pagoda in the mall.  Oddly enough, they have more than just piercings.  And the kiosk has no pagoda-like attributes.

We enjoyed a yummy lunch at Friendly’s — she had her old standby, mozzarella sticks, and I tried the Teriyaki Ginger Chicken Bites (not sure it that’s the exact name, but they were Full of WIN).  We finished off with yummy ice cream.  Nomnomnom Full of WIN.

I had really admired N’s shoes.  She’s very much a girly girl and loves clothes and jewelry.  I asked her if I could take a picture of her shoes because they were so cool.  Now you might find it a little weird and creepy that a grown woman could ask to take a photo of a 7-year-old’s shoes, but check out how Full of WIN these shoes are:

Replete with little silver guitars and everything.  Anyway, as I was snapping the photo, N. gleefully informed me, “They’re Hannah Montana!

Ugh.  Really?  Hannah Montana?  OK.  So they’re the product of overcommercialized  hype.  I still like them.  There.  I said it.

Last night I got together with a few of the girls and had an evening that was Full of WIN.  Started off with a yummy dinner and some Piña Coladas (a blender-full several blenders full of ice, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, Bacardi, and WIN).

Lots of fun conversation was had.  Lots of subtle, witty banter shameless sexual innuendo.  Some knitting was accomplished.  Anphoe’s cats (and perhaps her husband) were amused:

I borrowed totally stole this photo from WifeMomKnitter, because it was better than the one on my camera.

We played Rock Band, where everyone had a chance to try guitar, bass, drums, and vocals (sorry — no cowbell).  Sheer craziness.  Some of the girls got some pictures and perhaps — gasp — a YouTube video.  Someday we can all show our children and grandchildren that, one night in the waning summer of 2008, we were Rock Goddesses that were so Full of WIN.

Keeping an eye on that stupid ManWhore Hurricane Gustav.  Really hoping that it gets bored and heads back out to sea.  The only good thing that might come out of it is the abbreviation of the Republican National Convention.  Sarah Palin hates polar bears.  I love polar bears.  They are Full of WIN.

…or, Excuses for not Posting Recently (in no particular order):

  • Facebook
  • Ravelry
  • Work
  • Trying to clean up my apartment
  • Trying to convince my Little Sister that cleaning her room is a worthwhile pursuit (at her mom’s behest)
  • Browsing the news
  • Olympics (watching them, not competing in them)
  • Knitting
  • Cooking
  • Sleeping
  • Eating
  • Trying to keep up with the Couch to 5K podcasts

Short Skirt Long Jacket

I think my favorite line here has to be this one:

With fingernails that shine like justice…

When it comes to consistency, I am a very very very very bad blogger.  It seems the only time I update is when another interesting meme comes along and I get tagged.  So here’s the latest one — 50 questions.  I answered most of them on Friday night, but didn’t get around to the post until tonight.  Bad, bad blogger.


1. Do you like blue cheese? Yes.
2. Have you ever smoked a cigarette? I tried smoking when I was a teenager.  But it was hard to look cool once my allergies started to kick in, so it never became a habit.  The other day it occurred to me that all of my friends and family members are non-smokers.  I like that.
3. Do you own a gun? No
4. What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic? No Sonics here in the Nutmeg State, but when I lived in Baton Rouge, I used to get pineapple milkshakes.  Fortunately, I can get them at the Meriden Dairy Queen.
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? Only that the doctor will write “difficult” on my chart like Elaine’s doctor did.
6. What do you think of hot dogs? Meh, I could take them or leave them.

7. Favorite Christmas Song? I don’t know.  But if I never hear “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” again, I’ll consider myself fortunate.
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Diet Coke.  My co-workers have grown accustomed to the sound of the can popping open at 9am.
9. Can you do push ups? Nope.
10. Favorite movie? I think it might be “Love, Actually.”  It’s funny and cute, and it’s got tons of great people in it, including my boyfriend Hugh Grant and my other boyfriend Colin Firth.

11. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? The sapphire ring that belonged to my late grandmother – it was given to me on my 30th birthday.
12. Favorite hobby? Knitting
13. Do you work with people who idolize you? Doubtful.
14. Do you have ADD? No, although I’m a tremendous hypochondriac and have diagnosed myself with plenty of other disorders.

15. What’s one trait that you hate about yourself? My seemingly boundless ability to fit my size 10 foot right into my mouth.
16. Middle name: Campbell (family name)
17. Three thoughts at this moment: I should finish the blanket for the baby shower I’ll be attending in 18 hours.  My plants need to be watered, but I’ll probably end up killing them anyway.  Thank God it’s Friday.

18. Three things you bought yesterday: a sandwich at Panera, a Bailey’s Irish Crème at Ruby Tuesdays, and…um…another Bailey’s Irish Crème.
19. Name 3 drinks you drink regularly. Diet Coke, water, and Tropicana Orange Coolattas from Dunkin Donuts.
20. Current worry right now? The baby shower is in about 18 hours, and I still have about 10 inches of blanket to knit.
21. Current hate right now? Migraines.

22. Favorite place to be? At home, relaxing.  Or at the beach..

23. How did you bring in the New Year? I honestly don’t remember.  My weirdest New Year’s Eve was probably 12/31/03, when I was moving.  The truck pulled out of the driveway at 11:20pm.  I crawled into bed at about 11:21.  Started the new year in a sea of boxes.
24. Where would you like to go? Anywhere.  It has been a while since I’ve really traveled.
25. Name three people who will complete this. I don’t know – it seems that many people have already completed it.
26. Whose answer do you want to read the most? I’m enjoying reading the ones I’ve read so far.  I am looking forward to reading Knelley’s.  I find her blog very entertaining.  Hell, I find HER very entertaining.
27. What color shirt are you wearing? Purple.

28. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? I never have (blushes).
29. Can you whistle? Nope.
30. Favorite color? Blue
31. Would you be a pirate?   Probably not.  It takes a steady hand to apply all that eyeliner.
32. What songs do you sing in the shower? I don’t usually sing in the shower.

33. Favorite girl’s name? I’ll have to think about that one.
34. Favorite boy’s name? See #33.
35.What’s in your pocket right now? Nothing.  But the skirt I wore to work today had no pockets, which I find very aggravating.  Yeah, I know it’s so that the clothes “hang” better – whatever.
36. Last thing that made you laugh? A couple of YouTube videos that I found from links on Ravelry.
37. Best bed sheets as a child? I don’t know.  (Boy, if I said “satin sheets,” that would be a little creepy, wouldn’t it?)
38. Worst injury you’ve ever had?  Broke my collarbone when I was 4 – crashing into a loveseat when I was trying to show off my mad ballet skillz.
39. Do you love where you live? I’m pretty happy with it.

40. How many TVs do you have in your house? Two.
41. Who is your loudest friend? Ha!  I know at least two people named me in their answers.  I’m not sure who my loudest friend is.
42. How many dogs do you have? Zero.  But I do have a cat who is 187 years old.
43. Does someone have a crush on you? I’ve gotten a few winks on Match.com (yeah, I know you’re jealous).
44. If you could marry a movie actor/actress who would it be? If I married any of my celebrity crushes, then I wouldn’t be able to fool around with any of my other celebrity crushes…
45. What is your favorite book?  I don’t know if I have one – I’ll have to think about that one.
46. What is your favorite candy?  Skor or Heath (toffee and chocolate)
47. Who is your favorite sports team? LSU football – Geaux Tigers!.
48. What song do you want played at your funeral?  Yikes!  My funeral is not something I feel like thinking about right now.
49. What were you doing at 12 AM last night? Sleeping.  It’s what many of us 30-somethings tend to do at 12am.
50. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up this morning? Snooze button…just one more time…really…really I’m getting up…in a few more minutes…

I actually did finish the blanket: