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Archive for September, 2008

Today’s embarrassing factoid

Posted by Lissa on September 25, 2008

I meant to bring a fork in my lunch bag.  I also meant to grab some spare plastic forks from Ye Olde Financial Company’s cafeteria.  I forgot on both counts and am both irritated at myself and lazy.

So I am in the midst of eating salad with a plastic spoon.  With reduced-fat Feta sprinkles and Caesar Italian dressing.

Pride?  Ain’t got none!

You may now return to your regularly scheduled lunchtime.  And may you have better utensils than I.

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Three-picture Thursday: 9/25/08

Posted by Lissa on September 25, 2008

Hey cool!  I placed in the annual photo contest at Ye Olde Financial Firm!  This little snap picked up second place in the Creative category:

(If you’re puzzled, it’s a drain at the Dunkin Donuts where I used to work part time; I noticed that if you poured coffee down the drain and dripped cream into it you got ghost trails.  There’s a better word for it — used for car custom paint jobs — but I absolutely can’t remember it right now.  The white block is the overhead light reflecting on the liquid.  Cool, huh?)

You know I have a cat, named Rajah, whom I love.  However, I think we’re changing his name.  To Doofus.  He obviously has no clue that cats are graceful, independent beings that walk alone.  But at least he DOES have the courtesy to use a Modesty Paw. [shaking head]  Sorry for the poor picture quality; we were just finishing dinner and all I had handy was my cell.

Finally, I spent last night lusting after these shoes and it’s all Breda‘s fault.  I salved my poor broken heart by taking an encore of my now-famous (snort) shoe-snap:

Happy Thursday!

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A Very Serious Question

Posted by Lissa on September 25, 2008

How does one tickle a hermit?  What would such a hermit sound like, when tickled?  And where can I find the nearest hermit, anyway?  Enquiring minds want to know . . .

P.S.  Actually, Jay G, I hopped up and down clapping my hands and going “SQUEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!”  Mike was there.  He’ll tell you. 


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Quote of the Day

Posted by Lissa on September 25, 2008

Dude.  You’d need a flowchart to sort this out.

Burdett is a former brother-in-law of Hanson’s estranged wife Carolyn’s brother, Craig Batton, and still speaks with many family members.

Does that ring a bell in anyone else’s mind?

Dark Helmet: Before you die there is something you should know about us, Lone Star.
Lone Starr: What?
Dark Helmet: I am your father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin’s former roommate.
Lone Starr: What’s that make us?
Dark Helmet: Absolutely nothing! Which is what you are about to become.

Soooooo . . . Sarah Palin had an affair with Darth Vader?  Is that what I’m hearing?

(h/t Dan Riehl, who took it from the National Enquirer)

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Iiiiiiiiiiiit’s BACON!!!*

Posted by Lissa on September 24, 2008

Now that we’ve settled the caliber question for velociraptors and sandworms, what’s the proper ammo to take out a pig the size of a Shetland pony?

Caroline Hayes and her neighbours in Uki, in northern New South Wales, began feeding the pig, which they named Bruce, when it appeared in the village 10 days ago after apparently being dumped in a nearby rainforest.

But the animal grew increasingly aggressive, demanding more and more food.

When Mrs Hayes, 63, tried to leave her house early in the morning to use the outdoor toilet, the pig bit her leg and herded her back inside the house, where she is trapped.

You do not FEED the pig, dear lady.  You feed ON the pig.  You’re welcome.

More pigs!  And still more!  How about pig candy?

*That has GOT to be one of the most effective ads of all time.  Can’t you just hear it?

(h/t Don Surber)

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Spirit and fire and dew

Posted by Lissa on September 24, 2008

Oh, how sad!

Despite her great success, it is known that she suffered from depression, that she was isolated, sad and filled with worry and dread for much of her life. But our family has never spoken publicly about the extent of her illness.

What has never been revealed is that L.M. Montgomery took her own life at the age of 67 through a drug overdose.

I loved, loved, loved Anne of Green Gables and re-read it more often than I’d like to admit.  During one trip to Canada my older sister dug it out for a trip companion; occasionally she’d giggle and read a line or paragraph out loud, one that was funny or memorable.  EVERY TIME, I’d amaze her by quoting the next sentence or line.  It’s that bad.

One of our favorite childhood memories (the kind that gets re-told at every damn Christmas) comes from that book.  I was, and am still, the type of person who has a pretty broad vocabulary due to copious reading . . . which does NOT imbue the reader with the knowledge of how to PRONOUNCE the big words.  When I was about ten, I prettily admired one of my Christmas presents and declared it “exquisite.”  Only I thought it was pronounced “ex-qui-SEET.”  Damn that Anne of Green Gables!  My family’s STILL laughing at me!

I’m so sad to hear that Lucy Maud Montgomery did not get to live happily ever after, but I’ll always be grateful that she wrote so endearingly, and enduringly, about one who did.

P.S. I also have the Little House books more-or-less memorized.  They’re chicken soup books — the kind of book that allows you to bring back the best part of childhood, books that somehow compress a soft bed, a warm blankie, a cup of coffee and a kitty into a paperback.  I think everyone should have a shelf of chicken soup books.

**”For Anne to take things calmly would have been to change her nature.  All “spirit and fire and dew,” as she was, the pleasures and pains of life came to her with trebled intensity.”

(h/t The Corner)

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Posted by Lissa on September 24, 2008

I’m all written out.  Wrote too much yesterday.  So go play around on my blogroll, whydoncha?  🙂

(Or, if you feel like daydreaming, so are Kim and Ambulance Driver.)

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Gross yet heartwarming story of the day.

Posted by Lissa on September 23, 2008

A little girl tied her jumprope around her wrist and put it out the car window to see it flap, not realizing it could snag on the axle and take her whole damn hand off.

The gross part is obvious, but it’s heartwarming ’cause of this:

That’s when people Rix calls “her angels” stepped in. Jim Bailey, 48, pulled over, assessed the situation, and put the first aid courses he had taken to good use.

“Just like a superhero I like to think of him as, he whipped off his belt and did a tourniquet on my daughter,” Rix related. That swift action may have saved Erica from bleeding to death.

And also ’cause of this:

Since the accident, total strangers have donated money to help defray her medical expenses. Others have volunteered to help keep a 24-hour watch on Erica to make sure she doesn’t damage her hand. The firemen who came to her rescue visited her at home and let her sit in the fire truck.

“I can’t thank them enough,” Rix said. “I’m so grateful for everything that everybody did.

Although . . . not to rain on the parade or anything, really, and I’m sure the Mom was SERIOUSLY traumatized (my god, who wouldn’t be?), but . . . I hope if I ever find myself in a crisis situation like that, my reaction is more survivalist than “Rix stood in the road screaming, “Where’s her hand? Where’s her hand?” and trying to wave down other drivers to help.”

Basic first aid was a long time ago, but I do remember pressure points and tourniquets and CPR for adults, children and infants.  I’ve mentioned several times to Mike that when/if we start planning for kids, one of the things on my To Do list will be more extensive training in first aid.  Since we all know that kids have a mysterious and magical ability to do insanely stupid or hurtful things, I think a good grounding in emergency health care would be a bang-up idea.

(Not a parent, but I helped raise two younger brothers.  Whether first aid was more relevant when Jin (not his name) split open his lip in the middle of hiking the Shenandoah mountains, or when the two of them managed to set off the fire extinguisher — spraying powder all over the room and DIRECTLY INTO THE COMPUTER HOLDING MY MOTHER’S CLIENTS’ TAX RETURNS — I will leave you to guess.  Feel free to leave your own stories in the comments!)

(h/t ShoothouseBarbie, by way of a similarly icky story but without the heartwarming part)

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For interested gunnies

Posted by Lissa on September 23, 2008

How totally sad, because when I first explored websites as an alternate to the MSM, Factcheck.org was the only one I thought was fair and unbiased.  Patterico seems to find differently, at least in this case.

Gunnies?  News junkies? What say you?

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Thank you

Posted by Lissa on September 23, 2008

While I’m still wicked hopped up about making Miss Lucas’ blogroll, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the rest of y’all.  Thank you everyone who stops by to read.  Thank you everyone who comments.  And thank you to everyone in the list below, who were kind enough to send readers my way.  (Unless you didn’t know your readers were cheating on you.  I’m so sorry.  Also, there were more, but the entire list was long enough to look ridiculous so I chopped it at one hundred.)

Believe me, there are days I feel too lazy to write, but the fact that people out there actually read my junk makes me turn on the computer.

Thank you.  You may all share my chili.  ‘Cause it was goooooood 🙂

P.S. Special shout-outs to Jay G (who, by organizing and inviting me to the bloggershoot, really gave me my start in blogging), and to Breda and Sarah (both of whom emailed me personally with the kind of encouragement that is lifeblood to a new blogger).  Likewise everyone on my “Bloggers I’ve Met” list.  Extra cookies for you!

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