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Jun. 10th, 2018

zero fox

Religion and crime

Someone tried to tell me a story today about something Muslims are doing to animals in London. I cut it short explaining that I am still recovering from something kids did to a dog not long ago here in the states.

I think there should be some kind of decree that any time someone breaks the law, commits a heinous act, or is just infamously stupid that the news report what religion the person is affiliated with. Or whether they aren't at all. I think that would be break-the-internet interesting.

In Florida alone — according to the almighty Google, 40% of Floridians consider themselves Christian. Out of those, about 14% are Catholic, 7% are other Christian, .69% are Jewish, and .89% affiliate with Islam. So less than 1% of Floridians are Muslim. And yet Florida Man is a meme. But some of us already knew Florida Man was a white, probably Christian male. Because if he were anything other, you better believe the media would have told us by now.

Jun. 9th, 2018


Sens8 Series finale

Only one thing this late in the moving game could make me procrastinate, and it was released at just the right time of the month. I am wrecked.

May. 13th, 2018


Happy Mother's Day to me

The doggos went potty then wanted to go directly back to bed with their daddy. My daughter is at Northern Invasion (really that should have been my Mother's Day gift, but I get it, they work for their money). Anyway. I am sitting here, with time on my hands, just going through files and drinking coffee.

I forgot how nice it can be to just do nothing. Once we get moved,  I will try to fit doing nothing in at least every other week or so.

May. 12th, 2018

amazon barbie

Obectivity is hard close up

But today someone came to get my older bookshelves. I had posted them on Craigslist as in great shape but I just didn't want to move them, so she asked if I was moving. I told her my plans this week and how I'd taken off work so I could get the house ready for an assessment and a listing. It turns out she just moved to town with her family. She repeated what I'd already heard about the housing market being hot around here. She says, "Oh, you'll definitely get your asking price." I told her I didn't even know what we could get, yet. She told me probably my asking price and possibly another bid at a little higher. Whoo! Good to hear! If I don't end up having to have something built on some land, I do hope I have at least one cool neighbor with a dog who can come over for play dates while I work in the yard or crochet on the deck. I can't wait to move....

Apr. 29th, 2018


Rose gold is trending so hard right now

More so than last year. It wasn't that long ago I was working way too hard to find it and now I'm a kid in a candy store just stocking on up....I've long infused dusty pinks and rose golds into my wardrobe and accessories. While I have never been a fan of regular gold jewelry, I have always had much love for the rose gold. 

I've been training for this.

Apr. 2nd, 2018

amazon barbie

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 Lonely City - Olivia Laing
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
32. The Keeper of Lost Things - Ruth Hogan
33. This is How it Always Is - Laurie Frankel

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.

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