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Apr. 2nd, 2018

Books and dogs

Born a Crime

I didn't know much about Trevor Noah when he first took over the Daily Show. I admit, I'm out of the loop. It doesn't bother me... I'm busy. But anyway, I really did enjoy his stand up. I have only read two chapters of this book so far, but I have to say, I have high expectations. I already think it's goign to be one of my favorite books of the year. This guy really has a story to tell.

Mar. 23rd, 2018

with love

Jumanji 2017

Two thumbs up! Love the subtle tribute to Robin Williams, too.

Mar. 18th, 2018


You know how when you walk into a room

And then you forget what you are in there for? I keep doing that with the internet.

Feb. 17th, 2018


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Feb. 9th, 2018


Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

I just finished this one today. It's not a very long book, but I don't have loads of time anymore. Anyway, this would make a great book to bring to a book club. I wanted to dissect and discuss immediately. There are some complicated situations and dynamics and just does a fantastic job presenting all of the various perspectives. They were multi-layered. The entitlement of the affluent is immediately recognizable, and yet you can still find yourself if not exactly sympathizing then at least understanding some of their emotions and what a mess we can make.
Something that really struck a cord with me was when one character tells another that she is resentful because she sees something in her she had to give up in her own life. I think that nails what is going on with our culture. People tend to demonize the poor - just one popular example is the welfare queen. We even refer to pulic assistance as "entitlement benefits". You know, because the lazy poor think they're entitled to things like food and shelter. But is this in large part because the affluent feel they are so entitled? They play by rules, they "work hard", they are "good people." Why should anyone else get something for free? I've long had a problem with my own mother's attitude toward the poor because she herself is always trying to get something for nothing. But it isn't just her. It's a widespread epidemic with people deciding what they deserve and judging others by that one limited perspective.
Anyway, just my two cents. Take it or leave it. But I do recommend this book.

Jan. 25th, 2018


Fashion first

Today someone complimented my outfit and said it's very pretty on me in a punk rock school marm kind of way.
I'll take it.

Jan. 8th, 2018


Note to self:

If you have less than 4 hours of sleep, stay far from Indian buffets.

Dec. 28th, 2017

nac mac feegles

Books, books, and more books!

Hi Livejournal, remember me?

I think seeing as how we are already on the last Thursday of the month, I can call it good for my reading list this year. (https://rubygloomrox.livejournal.com/1127688.html)

I didn't do so spectacular at first glance. But when you throw in home improvements and commuting around 90 minutes each way, it looks a tad better, no?
I'm going to try for 25 in 2018, but I may be changing, adding, or subtracting. In a new twist, I'll include more kinds of books as well. I'm still not including things like the sewing books or dieting/fitness books, but I do read a lot of management and leadership texts, and so I should throw those in, too. I'll carry some over from last year's list, but some of them seem like stinkers I can leave. I'll put a few of them last, because realistically I never get to them, I just don't want them to fall off my radar. In fact, they may be a few after 25. I'm keeping it super basic and easy, and even then I am assuming things will pop up, just as I'm assuming I'll eventually live closer to work and have my life back... But I think I'm going to HAVE to read the Trump book.
Here's what we have:

1. The Merry Spinster - Mallory Ortberg
2. Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
3. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House - Michael Wolff
4. A Blackbird House -Alice Hoffman
5. The Girl in the Ice - Robert Bryndza
6. Mindwise: Why We Misunderstand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want - Nicholas Epley
7. The GOAL Formula - Erik Therwanger
8. Macbeth - Jo Nesbo
9. The Odyssey - Emily Wilsontranslation
10. Born a Crime - Trevor Noah
11. Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly
12. Shadow Prey - John Sanford
13. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
14. The Good House - Ann Leary
15. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
16. Sometimes I Lie - Alice Feeney
17. The Bitter Season - Tami Hoag
18. Secrets to the Grave - Tami Hoag
19. Economics in Wonderland - Robert Reich
20. The Antidote : Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking - Oliver Burkeman
21. When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi
22. Secondhand Souls - Christopher Moore
23. The Invention of Wings - Sue Monk Kidd
24. Over Sea Under Stone - Susan Cooper
25. The Scarred Woman - Jussi Adler-Olsen
26. The Philosophy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained - Will Buckingham
27. Lone Survivors: How We Came to Be the Only Humans on Earth - Chris Stringer
28. Pyramids - Terry Pratchett
29. Bonk - Mary Roach
30. Anna and the Swallow Man - Gavriel Savit
31. Comic Book Tattoo - Rantz Hoseley

Dec. 13th, 2017

stupid people 1


I love how everyone on social media is going nuts over Doug Jones winning in Alabama. We're even"capturing celebrity reactions." Really? Has the bar been set so low that we think not electing a pedophile is progressive? Wtf America?

Dec. 8th, 2017

big red

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That tax plan. Shrinking protected areas. Pouring gas on the Middle East. Now this: http://news.groopspeak.com/trump-admin-to-pass-rule-forcing-waiters-to-give-their-tips-to-employers/

I mean really, people. Get out and vote in 2018. It will probably be too late for net neutrality at that point. But it really is our only hope for this country's future. Possibly all our future in general. They just give zero fucks anymore.

Meanwhile, maybe if they keep us focused on sexual harassment charges we won't be worried about net neutrality. Remember when Democrats could at least get a hearing?

Wake up, people. This is just the beginning.

Nov. 7th, 2017

local revolution

Way to go, America

There was a great turnout today for the elections. I'm not saying that because it was a good night for Democrats. I'm saying that because people actually went out and voted. Could Americans finally be getting it? Keep it up folks. 45 is handing it over, basically. You just need to be willing to grab it.
Stand for something.

Having said that, go Virginia! Wow. Is Utah always going to be our embarrassing racist cousin?

Nov. 4th, 2017

amazon barbie

Meming to get writing again

51: think of a person. What song do you associate with them?

This is a tough one. Usually if a song reminds me of a person, then many songs remind me of that person. Then I can spend way too long trying to figure out which one to choose or which one should be THE song. But I know a lot of times when I think of my daughter, I think of Sinead O'Connor's version of Silent Night. When she was a baby and would get sick or have an ear infection, Sinead could calm her like no other.

52: What are your favorite memes of the year so far?

There have been some pretty funny anti-Trump memes. Funny but not.... There is another meme regarding songs I think I'll like. But honestly, I don't spend much time on the internet by the time I get home at night. It's all commuting and dogs at the moment. I'll do better once we move.

53: have you ever watched the Rocky Horror Picture Show? Heathers?Beetlejuice? Pulp Fiction? What do you think of them?

We used to go see Rocky Horror in Houston fairly often. Good times! The other three movies are classics, though I've probably watched Pulp Fiction the least out of them. I'm not as into violence in movies.

54: Who's the last person you saw with a true look of sadness on their face?

There's been all too much of that lately. 

55: What's the most dramatic thing you've ever done to prove a point?

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Oct. 15th, 2017


Blade Runner 2049

Were you planning to go see Blade Runner 2049? If not, then you should be. If you liked the first one, don't worry, you're going to like this one as well. You know how when a movie sequel or reboot comes out, it's always an updated version with our newer, modern styles, information, technology, etc.? This movie doesn't do that. It's a true continuation of the universe created in Blade Runner. They use practical effects more than CGI, and it's visually stunning. So much so that I am glad I didn't see it in Imax because I would have been distracted or overwhelmed. I also think the small screen (even on a large tv) wouldn't truly do it justice. This is one of those movies that will have you thinking about it later and appreciating it more and more as you do so.
They did an EXCELLENT job with this. We'll no doubt buy it and enjoy it on blu-ray, but I still say you need to see it on a really good regular screen movie theater. And that is really all I can tell you about it, because I wouldn't want to ruin anything else for you.
But it's SO well written. It's so well directed. All of the acting is really good. Yes, even Dave Bautista. The atmosphere of this movie, the absolute respect and love they have for the original comes through and makes this noir at its very finest.

Go see this so we can talk about it.

Sep. 2nd, 2017

bite the power

True story


I know the reality of this article. I lived very close to that plant at one time, in fact. But you can't tell a Texan squat. Obviously now isn't a good time, anyway. And if they are willing to concede anything, they'll simply blame this all on the fact that they are French owned. But they will fight against regulation tooth and nail. I wish there were lessons learned from Harvey, but I would be really surprised.

Aug. 14th, 2017


I'm still here

So is she. For now. I came home today and she had either a mild stroke or seizure. She did some limping and a recovery. I don' think there's any way she's going to make it to Texas with us. I coudn't leave her. She pepped up and we went to her favorite store, the local pet store. That place is so great. Initially this was the second location to open by these folks, and people thought our town was a weird choice of to try and open something "specialty" when all the mom and pop shops barely make it a year. But they made it and they thrive and the past two years have opened up in a few other communities. And each store is local to that community. They know us. They know and adore our dogs. They know Ripley isn't doing so good. So today when I walked in, they gave her lovings and a soft treat that took her two tries to eat. I ended up having to carry her in the store. They had some of these treats she loves in as a sample. They are crunchy, but soft enough for her to still handle. Anyway, I picked her up and carried her around the store, and as the girl behind the counter was putting some of those treats in a bag to send home with us, Ripley sighed and put her head on my shoulder in the crook of my neck. The girl dumped all the treats back in the bag and said to just take it.
This is why we go there. Shopping at this store we spend more. Sometimes a lot more. But the bang we get for our buck is so worth it in quality and quantity, and they have so many frequent buyer programs and rebates that we get a lot back and the difference between them and the box scores becomes really minimal.
But when you shop local, it's more than that. You get community. In a world gone mad with increasing social isolation and strife, people outraged about everything, Neo-Nazi white supremacists who don't even feel the need to wear hoods and hide anymore, and almost no one willing to stop pointing the finger and take a thorough personal inventory of the role they play, every tiny little thing we do to build community is so important.

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