May 8, 2008

How High?

So how high do energy prices need to go before we can muster the public will to overcome the lock the environmentalist faction has on utilizing our native energy sources?

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April 30, 2008

Blog Tech Stuff

Just an FYI that I'm trying to get a quote on how much it will cost to get the RSS feed fixed. I know it's been broken for something like two years, but I just wasn't blogging enough for me to want to spend more money on the place :) Since I'm blogging more regularly now, I figured it was time to get it fixed. Depending on the cost, of course. As for all the other broken bits, it's been suggested I switch over to WordPress, but while I'm blogging more, I'm not sure I'm blogging enough to justify what that would cost to have installed and set up. Same thing with just upgrading to the newest MT, which seems to do all the things I've wanted for quite a while.

So, RSS first, and then see if it's worth doing a complete overhaul at some later date.

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February 11, 2008

Personal Update

If anyone cares. Which I'm pretty sure they don't. But.

There really isn't a whole lot to report. I was really sick over Xmas, and then again a few weeks ago. I swear I seem to get seriously ill after having major dental work done. This time, it was a root canal. It's been two months, and it still hurts. They said it can hurt up to three months after, but I'm getting tired of it all.

We went to visit the family in Utah the second week of January. Had a relaxing sort of time. I always forget how much warmed it is without the coastal dampness, even though the temperature is 20 degrees cooler.

Nin has been working lots of nights, so making dinners has been a chore, plus I haven't been feeling well, but she starts on more days this week. I'm going to try and make homemade chow mein for the first time, to go with the gyoza we got at Trader Joe's.

Movies: Enchanted!!! We adored it! Saw it twice, bought the soundtrack. It was charming and fun and struck just the right balance. Really strong marriage and family message too.

TV: Oh, the writer's strike! not that I didn't support them, but I'm still going to whine about the truncated TV season. Especially since Peter Wingfield finally got a role on 24 this season, and now we won't see him till 2009! Argh!

Speaking of Peter, Nin and I will be going to the PWFC Road Trip in Vegas this year. Should be much fun! Unfortunately, I don't think we can do Denver Worldcon.

Writing, I've been doing some. In all my series pretty much. Let's see...

I actually wrote a Highlander/Twilight Zone story. I was pretty pleased with it: Silver Service

Two 'anti-Valentine Day' stories: So Close, and Live to Tell

And I started a Queen of Swords series! I loved it when it was on, and had the urge to pick up where the series left off: Santa Elena Welcomes You

And my current Work In Progress, which utilizes the Star Trek Mirror Universe: I Remember You Not Fondly

Now you know why I haven't been so good with the blogging!

That's the recap. Now, I need to get some dinner!

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January 29, 2008

See What Happens?

I try to start blogging more regularly, and I get sick again! It's been one of those winters. Once I stop coughing, I'll see if I can't rustle something up.

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August 4, 2007

Five Character Deaths

Did this on LJ last night, and in lieu of any real posting, shall share it here as well!

List five character deaths that affected you.

~ Helen Burns, Jane Eyre's best friend. At age seven, that had a fairly profound influence on me.

~ Boromir in Lord of the Rings.

~ Lucy Muir in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.

~ Aragorn, and then Arwen in the appendices of LotR

~ Beth in Little Women

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MT for Dummies?

An email from a reader reminded me yet again my RSS feed is broken. I've tried to figure out how to fix it over the last many months, but have had no luck. I need MT for dummies or something.

Again, I apologize for the broken bits, and I swear I'll try and get them fixed one of these days :) Hey, at least I kinda sorta got the comments working! That's something.

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July 13, 2007

A Question, Let Me Ask You It

So let me ask my question of the day: am I the only American who doesn't give a toss about David Beckham and his wife? Because judging by the news coverage they're getting on their arrival here, I feel like I must be.

I have an awareness of who they are, but geez! I can't understand why I need to see them plastered all over my TV. Not to mention the idea that somehow this guy is going to singlehandedly create hordes of American soccer fans just seems very far fetched. I certainly have no sudden burst of desire to suddenly start watching soccer games. But again, maybe it's just me. It very frequently is [g]

(bet you never thought you'd ever read a post about soccer on my blog!) (chalk it up to Friday the 13th)

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July 9, 2007

What Passes For a Weekend

We went to see Transformers yesterday, though I only went because Nin really wanted to go. I think I ended up liking it more than she did! [g] It was a good, mindless, chock full of special effects sorta summer movie.

After the movie, we went to Whole Paycheck Foods and got some wonderful, delightful, and pleasure inducing cheeses, along with some La Brea baguettes, and had that for dinner. I stuffed myself!

Tried to catch up with 4400, and watched Army Wives. Then Nin went to play her video game, and then I watched Enterprise episodes and websurfed.

I need to remember I shouldn't post fic on weekends. No one sees it. But when I get something finished, I just want to get it posted! And before I forget, I should set up this week's S4 Highlander discussion post.

Very odd now I realize the Andorian Shran is Kevin on 4400! I kept thinking, I've seen this guy recently! Then realized it was Shran!

Also made enfrijolada sauce tonight's dinner. Nin just needs to op it all in the oven.

So quickly the weekend is over [sigh]

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June 6, 2007

Feed Broken?

I didn't realize the feed thingie here was still broken. Or at least I think it is. Does anyone know how one would fix it? I'm willing to give it a try if I had even the remotest clue about it.

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June 3, 2007

Hey, Western Canadians

My uncle just got married, and my mum wants to give him and his wife a gift certificate from a store local to them. Is there a Canadian equivalent of Bed, Bath and Beyond (those may even be in Canada for all I know)? Someplace that sells housewares and linens. They're going to be building a house in Vernon, and currently live in Terrace. Our default is a gift certificate from the Bay.

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June 2, 2007


It's not that I'm not used to days of fog, but this is getting to be a drag. I can't remember the last time I saw more than half an hour of sun. And this is supposed to go on through next week. The dampness and the dreariness are getting me down -- and making my poor bones ache.

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February 9, 2007


I'm trying to get back into the swing of blogging, but seemingly with only limited success. Maybe I need a co-blogger? I dunno. Would anyone even want to be one?

What did people like best when I used to blog regularly? The political stuff? The everyday stuff? TV/Movie discussion?

Well, until I get back my groove, things may be a bit slow around here.

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December 13, 2006


Just wanted to thank everyone who has emailed with suggestions and pleas not to leave forever. While the comment problem isn't fixed, Russ is going to take one last look and see if he can get them working. But it may be a few more weeks till he can fit it into his schedule.

Until then, if you really miss me, you can always look for me on my Live Journal, though there's no politics, just regular old stuff :)

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November 14, 2006

Once a Week

Okay, I suppose once a week posting is better than once a month or none at all. I don't have a whole lot to blog about. Unless you care that I made posole for dinner last night. Nin liked it, so I guess it will be added to our menu list. I made it with red hominy I mail ordered from the Santa ana Pueblo. I also bought some blue corn meal and venison summer sausage from there. Oh, and I am now making homemade yogurt. It's good stuff!

Haven't seen a movie since I last saw Dead Man's Chest on my birthday in July, so nothing current to discuss on that front. TV, the usual, with this year's additions of Supernatural, Ugly Betty, Torchwood, and Holby City.

Still don't have the comments situation sorted out, so you're more than free to email me if you're dying to talk to me [g]

Oh, and guest bloggers -- still looking for some. so there you go.

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October 26, 2006

Let's See...

if I can get back into the habit of posting here at least a few times a week.

Just watching a few minutes of FNC this morning had me rolling my eyes. It always amazes me that the Dems think we're that stupid. No, I don't believe your crap this year anymore than I did last year.

Comments: I now have the ability to moderate comments so only trusted commenters get their comments published right away. Other comments are held in moderation. Thoughts on using this feature? Would those of you that do comment here regularly have any objection to having to log in when commenting? I suppose if you did, the comment you made would just be delayed anyway, right?

I have a bit of a con report up on my LJ, for those interested in that sort of fannish activity.

I am way behind on TV what with having no satellite for ten days and then going on vacation. I still haven't seen a single ep of Lost. Plus I now have the shows from the UK I'm watching like Holby City and Torchwood, so I'm knee deep in TV to watch.

I have caught up with BSG however, and it's been pretty good so far. The other show I'm really enjoying is Ugly Betty. And of course, my obsession with House and Grey's Anatomy is undiminished :)

Fave song right now is 'Chasing Cars' by Snow Patrol, and I really want to get the new Evanescence CD.

How's that for a first post?

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October 25, 2006


Just a quick post to let you know we're home safe. And while I was gone, Russ got comments working! Yay! I saw/read virtually no news while I was gone, so I suppose I need to catch up. Hopefully, I'll feel more like posting here now we're moving into election time.

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September 29, 2006

Feel the Excitement!

Yes, it's another pointless update. No change from last time, but figured I should at least check in, let you know I'm still alive. Still don't know if I can go on vacation, and it's only seven days away. Stress aplenty around my house right now.

I did start a Grey's Anatomy email list last week, so if you're a fan, check it out. It's a sister list to my House M.D. list, and I decided there was enough OT GA posts there that we needed our own list.

As always, email me if you like until comments are fixed.

Everyone have a great weekend.

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September 20, 2006

Checking In

I hadn't really realized how long it had been since I'd posted here. It just seems odd to post when people can't comment. Sounds weird, but that's how I feel :) Once the comments are working again, I'll be posting more, honest!

So Grey's Anatomy starts tomorrow! Yay!

House has been awesome so far this season.

I have half a dozen stories in progress, plus one more I just added for a Halloween challenge.

May not be going on vacation since my truck won't pass smog, and repairs are eating away at my vacation savings. Hopefully will know by tomorrow if I'm going or not.

That's the quick roundup.

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June 17, 2006

What Have I Been Up To?

Well, obviously not blogging, huh? I'm still here, just back to spending more of my time in fannish sorts of activities.

Tonight, Nin and I are going to treat ourselves to a meal out. Something we only do every three of four months.

I've started watching Supernatural. It's pretty good.

I wrote my first ever drabble (a story that's exactly 100 words) for an LJ friend last night. I was quite pleased with myself :)

I think we're going to try and brave Trader Joes tomorrow night. It's a nightmare for parking and getting around, but it can't be beat for finding the stuff Nin and I eat.

Still on goal for saving for our trip to Memphis in October. I really, really, want to go! It's been years since we've had an actual two week holiday.

Mediterranean yogurt and honey on bagels is lovely! I loathe cream cheese, so it occurred to me to try the yogurt I had left over from last week's dinner.

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June 10, 2006

Sat. Stuff

It's foggy again today [sigh] I hate Monterey weather [grumble] Just watch, once I move to Utah, I'll be whining about the incessant sun and how freakin' hot it is :)

I'd forgotten how hard it is to get really glittery nail polish off, even if it's a very pale colour.

Need to bathe the cat today. Joy! But she's stinky.

Not that you can tell by the weather, but since it's nearly summer, I'm going to make tzatziki for dinner, so that means actually leaving apartment to go to the produce store for ingredients. I want to make homemade pita as well, but I don't think I'm feeling quite that motivated. Tomorrow I'll make a batch of pot beans to turn into Ranchero Beans later.

Once Nin wakes up, it's bath the cat, bath us after [g], go to store, set tzatziki to get happy, colour hair, and try and catch up on the stuff sitting on the DVR. We got behind last weekend since we watched Highlander instead. Nin wants to go see X3 tomorrow, and I want to see if there's any new PotC stuff at Claire's and Hot Topic -- I read there is.

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May 24, 2006


If you are commenting, and you have a URL, your comment will go into moderation. The spammers have been using spaces addies like all heck lately, so it's on Blacklist.

I will approve your comment, or you can comment without the URL for instant posting.


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May 13, 2006

While She Was Out

Nin is at TarJay while I'm here cooking dinner (Enfrijoladas, if you're wondering) and everytime I start, she calls to tell me she's found a shirt, a cami, pants, that I might like. It's like going shopping without going shopping :)

So far, the onions and garlic are done. Oh, and the dishwasher is loaded and running.

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May 11, 2006

Site Meter?

Anyone else's Site Meter basically cease to exist? It recognizes my log in, but there's no stats, no nothing, just the blurb/info pages.

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May 10, 2006

Is It Working Yet?

Blogrolling's updated thingbobby that is.

Seconds Later: It is!!! [happy dance of glee and destruction]

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May 7, 2006


We're actually leaving the apartment today! Waiting for the groceries to be delivered, then we'll head to the produce store and get the veggies for the week. I also need to find red curry paste for the chicken dish I'm making tomorrow. And it's actually sunny today! At least for a bit.

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May 4, 2006

Bored Now

Entertain me!

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May 3, 2006


After realizing my swim suit wouldn't make it another year safely, I ordered a new one tonight. not one of my favourite things to do. My last one, bought for the cruise we took 9 years ago, has indeed served me well, but the elastic on the bottoms is just about shot, and if I want to use it anywhere but at Jen's it was time for a new one. Found a sale on at Victoria's Secret, so got a floral print top and solid bottom from them. I wanted both bits floral, but they were sold out of nearly every combo I wanted. Figures.

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May 1, 2006

This & That

One of the things I got to do this weekend was watch the first three eps of the second season of the new Dr. Who! Wheeeee! Awesome possum! Also got to see the Xmas special from last year. "School Reunion" had me all weepy, but I won't say more so as to not spoil it.

Currently watching Charmed for the sole purpose of seeing Peter Wingfield. Well, he does have a very nifty coat! I'd forgotten Charmed was so bad.

In other news, Nin picked me up and told me flowers had been delivered for me this afternoon. I had a small fantasy moment when I imagined they might be from a secret admirer. The only person that's ever given me flowers is my mum, on my 40th birthday, so I had a brief moment where I imagined I might have actually received flowers from, you know, a guy. Hey, even spinsters have dreams! Got home, read the card -- they're from my mother. Of course they are! :)

Charmed just ended. Well, he did have a very nice coat [weg]

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April 21, 2006

Is It Me?

Is my blog rejecting trackbacks? I have reason to believe this might be so. If you have a moment, could you try and link to this post and see if the trackback shows up?

Thank you kindly!

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April 19, 2006

Making Myself Giggle

Suri with a fringe on top!


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April 17, 2006


Denise's creature-nemesis:

The Dreaded JACK BAUER
'What creature will become your nemesis?' at
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No Idea

Believe it or not, I just woke after laying down at 4pm after the dental appointment. I can't quite recall if I really talked to Nin before she went to work or not. So now, do I stay up for an hour, or go back to bed? Mouth hurts, and I'm not really hungry even though I haven't eaten since 10am.

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April 14, 2006

I Haven't Deserted You

Well, not quite :)

Remember I told you I got a Live Journal last month as a place to put my fic? Well, it's sorta sucked me in. Turns out that the majority of the fandoms I was involved in moved to LJ lock, stock, and barrel, and I missed the memo! I've rediscovered old friends I'd lost track of over the last few years, alive and well and very chatty on LJ. It's been kind of like revisiting the goold old online days back in the late 90s. And the way it's all set up makes it really easy, and addictive, to comment and keep track of your comments for follwup. It's like a giant party line. So between that and writing fic, my poor old blog has been a litte left out. But all of this goes in cycles, so never fear, I'll spend more time here, especially when I get my angry politcal muse going again!

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April 12, 2006

Redecorating on a Docket

Via friend Jen's hubby, the sequel to Rock, Paper, Saddam.

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April 6, 2006

I Am Sick

Gods, I'm watching 'Krull'. Just to see if it's as bad as I remember it being in 1983. Though I recall the weeding dress was amazing -- if I'm remembering the correct bad SF movies from the 80s....

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March 30, 2006

Someone Talk To Me!

Where has everyone gone? It just seems so quiet out in the ether these days, both here and in email. I'm beginning to feel internet lonliness :)

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March 24, 2006

It's Friday...

and I got nothing.

I've hardly watched any TV, I haven't really written anything, I'm just a blob.

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March 20, 2006

Talk About a Shift

From listening to Sara McLachlan straight into Gretchen Wilson!

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March 17, 2006


For some reason Tecnorati had my blog twice, so I deleted one of them, which somehow deleted both of them. So I started the claiming process all over again, and now it's all the way it should be!

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March 1, 2006

For Those Keeping Track

My little mouse buddy is back. I guess I should have taken him farther away from home.

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February 27, 2006

Late Monday

Terribly busy and stressful day at work. The aftermath of last week. Add to that, prepping for end of month closing. Stress by the bushel load. Came home. ate a little, a few glasses of wine, half watching STNG on the DVR and finishing up my latest fic. Hopefully will get it posted over the next few days. Will watch 24 in a bit, and then read a bit more of Sharpe's Trafalger, then sleepy time!

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February 20, 2006


I've had a cold all weekend, and today I'm all muzzy from too much Benadryl. And my head hurts. We had company this weekend, and we basically just watched all my Sharpe DVDs. They got hooked on the first one and wanted to them all.

Remember, House is on tonight this week instead of Tuesday.

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February 16, 2006

Number One

I'm number one -- no kidding -- for a very specific search: Blogs That List Upton Tea & Absinthe. Makes you wonder why someone would be looking for that.

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February 15, 2006

More Of Those Iranian Emails

So I've started getting several a week again. The last two are titled: tanha rahe nejate iran, and they both have an attachment of a letter in Farsi.

The first one starts with "payame sazmane alame hagh va edalat be raahbarie Yeganeh nejat dahandeye mellate iran AghA Pro. Dr. Ebrahim Mirzaii raahbar", and the second says "organization of "alam-e-hagh-va-edalat" has shortage of facilities and lack of time because of iranian cruel goverment of "mollahs" . so we are not able to translate this letter . please translate it to english with your facilities."

I really wish I knew what these were about. Of course, it may just be the Iranian version of, "Dear friend, my name is George and I have put 120 million U.S. dollars in an African bank." !

I'll put the attachment down in the extended entry.

Update Thursday: Thanks to reader Jim and a friend of his, I now have an answer:

That guy claims he is the savior of Iran and he claims he is the 12th Imam of the shiite sect of Islam

Nothing serious but funny and for laugh indeed.

Mystery solved! Thanks, guys!


(click for full size)

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February 13, 2006

Sorry For The Lack of Bloggage

Monday's are always the worst for me when it comes to blogging.

Boss and Sales Guy are out of town, we're busy, and the cypress tree pollen continues to kill me. Currently am enjoying a nice glass of red wine and watching Olympic Ice I recorded off of USA earlier. Scotty Hamilton -- my guy! -- is a co-host, and this makes me happy. It'll be on every day of the Olympics and is devoted totally to figure skating! Gettting ready to start the bruschetta for dinner. MMMMMM!! Last night we treated ourselves to a selection of cheeses from Whole Paycheck, err, Foods, for dinner, along with a couple of La Brea Bakery sourdough baguettes.

Later, Pairs long program (yes, I'm unspoiled as to who won) and 24!

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February 10, 2006

Olympics with a DVR

The only way to watch!

I never really watch the summer games -- other than gymnastics -- but I'm quite fond of the winter games. I guess I'm more of a snow girl than a sandy beach one :)

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Want To Go Home

I either have a cold, or my allergies are really bad today. Finally had to take a benadryl, so now I'm miserable and sleepy. Horrible pressure against my eyes. And it's only 10:30am.

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February 9, 2006

To Go, Or To Hunker Down

One of my favourite groups, Tempest, is playing in town on Saturday night. Which is kewl, since I've gone from seeing them several times a year in the past, to having not seen them even once now in quite a few years. But there's a problem. This weekend is also AT&T week, and I make it a policy to not venture from my home over the tournament because the entire Peninsula becomes a freakin' zoo! And downtown will be the zoo and a circus combined. So, is the lure of Tempest enough to draw me from my lair and brave the crowds of manic golf fans/celeb seekers? Not sure if it is.

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February 2, 2006

Odd Desires!

Number One on Google UK for same.

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Is The Internet Broken Today?

Having a heck of a time with slow loading sites, or sites not loading at all. Including my Yahoo email account.

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Groundhog Day

Am I the only one who has never seen the movie?

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January 31, 2006


* Still in allergy hell

* EOM today, so very busy, less bloggage than usual (which isn't saying much these days!)

* Had a food log. Mmmmm!!

* Is it Friday yet?

* 24 last night. Who else was hoping Jack would get to start removing eyeballs? And Cummings, what a doofus! Well, so far it appears he's a doofus, but I wouldn't be surprised if he has something else up his sleeve.

* Nin had to be at work at 7:15 this morning, so for once, tea was ready for me! It's quite nice, let me tell you.

* Made a one pan Coq a Vin last night for dinner. Was pretty tasty!

* My newest 'thing' is sparkling mineral water with a slice of lime. I know I don't drink enough water, so this helps get more into me.

* I'm so out of the mainstream. I had to get down to Art Direction before I hit a movie I'd actually seen that had been nominated for an Oscar.

* New Gilmore Girls tonight! Though, I'm beginning to think Luke is going to be the one to trash the relationship, not Loreli.

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January 29, 2006

A Nice Satruday

I got the FAQ for my House M.D. email list done while Nin got a fill for her nails. Then we watched "Best of Both Worlds" parts 1 & 2 off the DVR. After that we decided we should go do what we keep saying we are, and rent "Generations" & "First Contact" . s we went to Hollywood Video and got them, plus "Nemesis" (we saw Insurrection fairly recently on TV). When to Pho King Vietnamese noodle bowl restaurant and had a nice cheap dinner out, then came home and did our Trek marathon.

Now, of course, I have the urge to write! What was interesting, is that over the last few days, I've been working on our fic universe timeline, and that coupled with a recently refreshed memory, made me realize that where we placed stories was mostly correct. amazing how much subconscious info your brain keeps track of. But now I know when Imladris was colonized, and when Lucia was born, and T'Rayla as well.

Not sure what's happening today. Other than grocery shopping, which is a must happen today.

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January 27, 2006

Bunny Pinchers

East/West Horoscope thingie.

Via Mickey

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January 23, 2006

Sickly Monday

Came down with a cold, or something, yesterday, so decided to stay home. Nin built a new shelf unit yesterday since we had piles of books everywhere, so I'm entertaining myself by alphabetizing CDs.

I did finish my latest fic Friday night. TamTam is betaing it for me, so hopefully it will be up and ready to read sometime this week.

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January 22, 2006

Better Late Than Never

That photo from the Buzz Light Year ride I mentioned weeks ago is finally up on Nin's blog. Yes, it's a horrible photo of me, but the camera didn't have much to work with to start.

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January 17, 2006

And Now For Something Completely Different

No, not really. Still no content!!

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January 16, 2006

Because No One Expects the Spanish Inquisition!

What? You expected a post with actual content?

Hah! I say, HAH!

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January 9, 2006


We're home.

Now for the unpacking and making something for dinner portion of the evening. Will be around more tomorrow!

Thanks to all my wonderful guest bloggers! Y'all are awesome :)

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December 30, 2005


Off for the next week. See you in the New Year!

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December 28, 2005


I leave on Saturday to visit my parents for a little over a week. I'm at work, coming down with something, trying to get stuff done ahead of time. No one 'does my job' when I'm away, so that means getting as much pre-done as possible. Including doing month end closing on Friday, instead of Tuesday, since I won't be here. In amongst all that, my blogging muse seems to have taken a holiday in Tahiti, cus there's not much happening here, gentle readers.

I realize I never told you how I liked Narnia when we finally got to see it. For me, it could have been a rental. It was a fine movie, but I had no emotional investment in it, I guess. I'd never read the books, and I don't have kids. Oddly enough, the part that impacted me the most was the first minutes of the movie with the scenes of the Blitz and the children being sent away. That made me cry. The end annoyed the heck out of me. If I'd read the book when I was a kid, I would have hated the ending! Bleah! :) One of my fantasy pet peeves.

However, the 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men's Chest' trailer rocked!!

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December 27, 2005


If you've ever guest blogged for me before, and you'd like to again starting on Saturday, then let me know! I'll be away for a little over a week.

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December 25, 2005

Time Crawl

It seems much later than it actually is.

Just saying.

But before it's too late, I hope you all had a great Christmas! And here's wishing you a Happy Hanukkah!

Posted by Ith at 7:34 PM | Comments (2)

Christmas After Report

Nin went to work at 330pm, and I took a nap. Now what? Well, I suppose I could write a very boring blog post, so here goes.

We'd intended to go to church this morning, but due to some health issues, all I managed to do was get myself in gear in time to make this for Nin's pre going to work on Xmas Day brunch, along with fried potatoes and onions and mimosas. While I cooked, she watched some of the Muppet show from the DVD set I got her for Christmas. We ate, listened to some holiday CDs, she played on the computer, I called my mum, then cleaned up the kitchen from the cooking and eating, and then she skedaddled for work. So here I sit, in dead silence, no stereo, no TV, only the roof shaking thump of children in the apartment upstairs running around like they've been on a sugar IV. It's 530pm and it's many hours till Nin comes home, so I need to do something or other. I'm seriously thinking of watching Return of the King, since we watched Love Actually last night, and I made the mistake of watching Bridget Jones to recently to want to watch it again, hence ruining my seeming tradition of watching it over the holidays. Or I could watch the umpteen eps of ST:TNG on the DVR, but I'm feeling Star Trekked out, having watched like six of the suckers on Friday.

I'll come up with something, I suppose. Or I could just sit here and stare at the computer screen.

Posted by Ith at 5:25 PM

December 24, 2005

Nice Accent

David MacDougall, who is an FNC reporter in Iraq, has the loveliest Scottish accent.

Just thought I'd mention it :)

Posted by Ith at 11:04 AM

December 23, 2005

We Got Sprung!

At 1:30 actually, but I'm just now getting around to the computer. I cleaned the cat box, cleared the dining table of a few weeks of mail, loaded the dishwasher, emptied my freezer, and cleaned off the blackboard, then put everything back in the freeezer, noting what it was on the blackboard as it went back in. Then dragged in the 50 lb box containing our faux cherry pressboard shelf bits. No more using the edges of boxes as bookshelves! whew!

In other news, I finished wrtiting the story I mentioned yesterday! TamTam is now betaing it for me, and hopefully, I'll get to start posting it tomorrow. Still pondering a title though.

Posted by Ith at 3:14 PM | Comments (2)

The Eternal Question

So who else is stuck at work? Not very darn many if the drive to work this morning is any indication!

Posted by Ith at 8:27 AM | Comments (5)

December 17, 2005

Today's List

Listening to this. Most excellent. What makes it better is that I'm actually getting to listen to it on my stereo!! Santa aka Jen and Dave, gave us a new amp/receiver for Christmas. You have no idea how much I missed listening to music over the last six or so months. For the techie geeks amongst you, it's this one. It was one of the ones I'd had on my short list for a some day in the future purchase, so it was kewl to get it so very unexpectedly!

Going to Nin's work 'Christmas Party' tonight. One we have to pay for. Ho ho ho! But she seems to really want to go, so...

After dinner, she's dragging me to Narnia. On the bright side, POTC II trailer!

Going to do a little writing this afternoon. Tried last night, but it was a bad pain day so I couldn't concentrate. The story is bursting at the seams inside my brain, so must get some done.

Nin's at work. supposed to be off, but got called in.

Now to figure out what to wear tonight.

Still haven't eaten anything today.

BTW, we'll be gone the first week in January to visit the family. If any of my past guest bloggers would like to fill in again, let me know!

Posted by Ith at 1:04 PM

December 15, 2005

Too Old To Begin The Training

The Jedi Trainer

Via The Corner

Posted by Ith at 11:29 AM

December 14, 2005


I've got about twenty pages of fic written so far. I've been on a real writing jag or something. But, I hadn't failed to notice that I'm blogging a lot less. Since I always wondered if my beginning blogging lead in part to my lack of fiction writing, I have to think the two are indeed related.

Later: I finally found the power cable for my external drive a few nights back, which had all my old fic files on it, including what turned out to be well over a dozen unfinished stories. I'd forgotten how much I used to write before blogging. Thinking back, I guess I did scribble at something for a few hours most every night. Then there were the nights on IRC where I would write and paste to entertain the channel. We used to take turns. That's actually when I wrote my first story and was convinced to post it on the various fanfic lists. It was the great POST IT! campaign of 1997.

Time sure flies.

Posted by Ith at 11:59 AM | Comments (7)

November 30, 2005

More Tinker Toys

Yahoo! now lets you create an avatar. This is "me":

Yahoo! Avatars

Note my pet dragon!

Posted by Ith at 12:48 PM | Comments (6)

November 27, 2005


Spike TV is running a James Bond marathon. Right now Diamonds are Forever is on, which is one I've never seen straight through.

Posted by Ith at 5:15 PM | Comments (1)

November 26, 2005

Anyone Else Out There?

Just asking.

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November 24, 2005

I've Been Hearing...

that's it's a holiday today. Fancy that! So Happy Thanksgiving, gentle readers! Nin is working, in fact, she just left. I made her a lunch of ham steak, cheese grits, and pumpkin pie for dessert. If I do say so myself, my pie was excellent! We watched Lost from last night since she was working, and it made me cry. Ana Lucia and Sayid are two sides of a coin. Now, i'm trying to decide how to waste the day, other than cleaning the kitchen. I'll probably write more -- I have 8 pages so far!

Posted by Ith at 1:28 PM

November 23, 2005

For Your Amusement

"Make me one with everything" ---Buddhist priest to hotdog vendor
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November 22, 2005


In the winter, we usually have mice wander into the warehouse looking for a warm bed and a bit to eat. This morning, one of the guys asked if I'd seen anything, because he thought he'd hear some rustling. I hadn't, but said it was that time of year. Well, about an hour ago, I happen to look down by my right foot, and there's a teensy little field mouse looking up at me. I think he was aiming for the bit of peanut on the floor next to my garbage can. Of course, as soon as he noticed me noticing him, he scurried off. I just got back from lunch, and sure enough, the peanut is gone. Time to get out the humane traps. I'll bait them with peanut butter, and release the occupents.

I hope this one doesn't decide to sleep in my deks plant! A few years back, I came into work to find dirt all over my desk, and a neat little hole down into the roots of the plant. It was home to that year's field mouse. I kid you not!

Posted by Ith at 3:04 PM | Comments (4)

November 21, 2005

If I Was Sleepy Before...

you should see me now. Long lunch, pool, a couple of drinks. I'm walking around the warehouse trying to stay awake. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Posted by Ith at 4:10 PM

Monday Sleepy Sorta Post

We did not get a whole lot accomplished yesterday. I did water the pants plants, and make food, but that was about it. We watched a few moives, an ep of Highlander (Don Juan DeMarco, Bridget Jones, Indiscretions) and then Grey's Anatomy when it came on at ten. My only other accomplishment was getting three pages of my new story done. The 12th century fireplace one, for those keeping track.

Today is our work Thanksgiving luncheon, and for something different, we're going to eat and play pool. Spmewhere in between, I need to do payroll and try and wake up.

Posted by Ith at 9:02 AM | Comments (3)

November 19, 2005

Amazon & Such

I've been in the beta of Amazon's preview links program. Basically, if you see a - - - - - link, it will generate a preview window of the product linked. It's supposed to work in IE and in Netscape/Firefox, but for me, it's only working in IE. Can't figure out why. Oh, and it's in beta, so whether you see the preview link is done by a virtual coin toss. But that's not the problem in Firefox for me.

This brings me to:

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, put another penny in Ithy's hat!

My Amazon hat, that is. Click through sales from A&C help keep the lights on around here. So, if you're so inclined, and you're doing some Xmas shopping at Amazon, would you click through from any of the Amazon links you find in posts, on the sidebar, or in comments? I get a few cents of every sale, and as you might imagine, the bulk of that comes from shopping over the holidays. Thank you!

Of course, if you prefer a more direct route, you can always use the Paypal link on the sidebar.

Posted by Ith at 1:10 PM

Joined Together Around The World...

by the Backstreet Boys.

Two Chinese students let it all out. Not quite as hilarious as the Romanian lip synch from earlier in the year, but amusing nonetheless.

Via The Corner.

Posted by Ith at 12:43 PM | Comments (2)

November 18, 2005

Random Friday Question

What movie are you most looking forward to seeing between now and the end of the year?

Me? Memoirs of a Geisha and The Libertine (yes that's two, but it's my blog, so NYEAH!!)

Posted by Ith at 12:45 PM | Comments (9)

November 17, 2005

Bits & Pieces

Wasn't Lost great last night?

Nightstalker was canceled

Today's mood: pensive


Nin has to work Thanksgiving from 1-9pm, which means we don't even get to go out to eat as planned.

Thinking if seeing the new Harry Potter movie Sunday night -- or not.

I'm in a rut

Just finished reading another Master & Commander book. Only 16 more to go!

Nin's turning 30 in a few weeks which makes me feel older than dirt

Posted by Ith at 11:57 AM | Comments (10)

November 13, 2005


Saw Zorro, and enjoyed it a great deal! I mean, it's Zorro! What's not to love? Plus you have Antonio Banderas, and Catherine Zita Jones in the coolest costumes, swordplay, a beautiful horse. There you go!

Currently, I'm making dinner. Enfrijoladas with tomatillio avacado salsa. The bean mixture is currently simmering and Nin is making me a Sidecar. I'm hungry!

Posted by Ith at 6:42 PM | Comments (2)

El Zorro

I think we're going to go see Zorro this afternoon. Got my hair cut -- FINALLY!!! -- late yesterday, then Nin and I treated ourselves and ate out. Then we watched some Forever Knight tapes so I could get flow of Ashes to Ashes back in my brain. Yes, it's all still fic related :) Now for tea!!

Posted by Ith at 11:34 AM | Comments (5)

November 12, 2005

So (mostly) Not Me

Your Heart Is Red
You're a passionate lover - you always have a huge fire in your heart.
Too bad it's hard for you to be passionate about just one person!

Your flirting style: Outgoing and sexy

Your lucky first date: Drinks and dancing

Your dream lover: Is both stable and intense

What you bring to relationships: Honesty
What Color Heart Do You Have?

My problem is exactly the opposite. I can't be passionate about more than one person. I'm like a loyal dog or something else uncomplimentary, I'm sure :) And flirting? I can't flirt. Way too shy. There are reasons I'm 42 and never married, after all. Okay, now I'm depressed. Heh. The drinks and dancing thing, yeah. Not that I've ever done that, but it sounds fun. I like to dance.

Via the Jedi-Solos -- both of them!

Posted by Ith at 12:04 PM | Comments (3)

Here's a Question For You

I'm trying to do some research on fireplaces. Haven't had a lot of luck online, so I'm tossing it out here. So far, all I've been able to discover is that:

About the 12th century the fireplace was moved from its central location to a perimeter wall and eventually the fireplace began to be enclosed by side walls and covered with a smoke hood. The necessity for having a large hearth to burn big logs increased the size of collecting hoods and their supporting side walls in large, drafty common halls. The result was literally the building of little rooms within large ones.

But when in the 12th century? And at what point did it start turning into the fireplace corner?

It's not a huge important thing, just a litte humourous scene leading to a flashback in fic I'm wanting to write. And I always have a bee in my bonnet over historical accuracy. If it makes a dfference, the fireplace in question will probably be in the north of England, somewhere around York. So if you have some knowledge on the subject, please help a gal out!

See the things you get to read about here?

Posted by Ith at 11:29 AM | Comments (3)

November 11, 2005


Somebody nominated me for the blogger card deck thingie over at Aaron's. Wasn't expecting to see my name on the list, so it was quite a surprise. As long as I don't come in dead last, it won't be utterly humiliating :) I've already voted, and it was for CTG, as promised.

Posted by Ith at 3:45 PM | Comments (2)

I Don't Have The Day Off...

what about you?

Posted by Ith at 9:25 AM | Comments (4)

November 6, 2005

Really Odd

As I mentioned, I watched "Guess Who" (apparently the actual title rather than what I originally typed in). Now, I've never seen this Ashton Kutcher dude before, so I don't know. Does he always sound exactly like David Boreanaz? It was creepy as all get out! I swear, if I'd closed my eyes and just listened, I would have sworn it was him.

Posted by Ith at 4:58 PM | Comments (2)

See Saw

I'm back on the evolutionary see saw. One day a mammal, another a primate, then back and forth and back and forth. I'm getting dizzy!

Posted by Ith at 4:49 PM | Comments (6)

I Did

So I did watch a football game! Cal at Oregon. T'was fun. I cleaned up a bit, talked to my mum for a while on the phone, watched Food Network, watched a PPV movie -- "Guess Who's Coming?" (I liked it), made fried potatoes with parmesan, rosemary, and garlic, reread my old fanfic as a way to avoid writing new fic [g], and finally, Nin came home!

Today, I scrubbed all the burner liners and the stove top, and the sink, watched "Guess Who's Coming" again so Nin could watch it, put away groceries, and now I'm rewatching Methos episodes of Highlander. I think I'm going to make Garlic Bread soup later. Do I not lead an exciting life? That's my weekends -- party, party! The life a single woman. Wooo!

Posted by Ith at 4:37 PM | Comments (2)

November 2, 2005


Keith Urban is gorgeous. I'm just saying.

Ibrought to you by seeing his video for "Making Memories Of Us" on GAC)

So ends my girly girl moment :)

Posted by Ith at 5:36 PM | Comments (4)

October 29, 2005

Who Else?

Other than me, and Dave J., who else is wasting their Saturday blog surfing? (not that there's anything wrong with that!)

Posted by Ith at 2:13 PM | Comments (6)

October 27, 2005


Nin's working another night shift, so I'm entertaining myself. I'm so sleepy! I can barely keep my eyes open right now. But if I go to bed now, I'll wake up in a few hours, and that will be it for the night. BLEAH!

Posted by Ith at 7:42 PM

October 25, 2005

Yes, I'm Still Alive

Just checking in. Home sick today, nothing serious, just lots of little things and lots of pain. bleah.

Roberta's visit was much fun, only wish she could have stayed longer.

Here's a link to the St. Cripin's Day speech from the movie Henry V, since today is St. Crispin's Day. From somehwhere, but don't recall :)

Posted by Ith at 1:33 PM

October 20, 2005

As My Traffic Plummets...

I think I'm in a funk. Can't seem to blog about anything interesting, and the 'topics de jour' just make me angry/sad/depressed and I can't work up the energy to actually blog about them. So instead of blogging, I email all sorts of things I suppose I could post here, but don't. Then you hear just awful things on the news that have nothing to do with Plame, or Meirs, or Scooter --locally, a woman dumped her three little children into San Francisco Bay last night -- just horrifying. I'm thinking it would nice to just ignore the news sometimes, but I can't really imagine doing so.

On the bright side, Roberta arrives late tonight, and on Saturday, I've arranged a dinner at a local eatery so she can meet some of my local conservative cabal. And Sunday, Jen and Dave will be coming down to see her and Jen is bringing cake.

Posted by Ith at 11:01 AM | Comments (10)

October 17, 2005

What Have I Been Doing?

Well, not blogging, it would seem.

I've been rewatching Firefly DVDs, and contemplating going to see Serenity for a fourth time. Other than that, trying not to let anxiety take over my life. Roberta will be visitng for a few days starting Thursday, so I hope that will cheer me up. Just going through a bad phase right now.

I think it's time for another episode....

Posted by Ith at 8:09 PM | Comments (6)

October 14, 2005

I Haven't Posted Today

Yes, thanks, I noticed.

Posted by Ith at 3:59 PM

September 30, 2005

I Loved Mike & the Mechanics

I just heard "Silent Running" on the radio and thought I'd share. Great song!

Posted by Ith at 8:57 AM | Comments (2)

September 19, 2005

I'm Here

Never got around to posting over the weekend since I actually went out and did stuff -- concept! Right now, I'm home, watching the Dish Network guy set up our new system. DVR!! DVR!! Then I'm going to work.

What did i do this weekend? We took my coworker who's going through the messy divorce to the movies. He loves Reese Withersppon, so we went to see "Just Like Heaven". Good flick. Worth the price of the ticket. Yesterday, we went to see Nin's fave authour, Terry Pratchett, in Capitola. She enjoyed it a great deal.

More later.

Posted by Ith at 10:00 AM | Comments (2)

September 16, 2005

Things That Make You Look Twice

So I'm on the phone with a client, I glance out the window and see a guy getting out of his pickup and walk away, then I look again because I realize he's wearing a bathrobe, bedroom slippers, and a baseball cap.

I kid you not.

Geez, you think he could have worn a nightcap to complete his ensemble.

Posted by Ith at 9:16 AM | Comments (1)

September 14, 2005

Iran Spam?

Anyone else been getting email about Iran in, I'm assuming, Farsi? Usually with a graphic or what appears to be a newspaper clipping scan? I've been getting a couple pieces a week, all different as far as I can tell -- not speaking Farsi and all.

Posted by Ith at 3:59 PM | Comments (5)

September 13, 2005

I Love Weddings!

Drinks all 'round!

Ilyka's such a romantic!

Posted by Ith at 7:07 PM

September 12, 2005

Grabbing My Chance

Since Nin is buried in her game system with a new game, I have the computer!!

I made apple crisp. It's warm, anmd yummy, and covered in heavy cream -- much better than sweetened whipped cream.

and then I read this:

Harry Potter Playing 007?

Contact Music reported a rumor that Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is one of the young actors under consideration to play James Bond in his teen years. Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell is also rumored to be up for the role in a movie based on Silverfin, the first in a series of books by British comic Charlie Higston about 007 as a 13-year-old, the site reported.

Citing an anonymous source, the site reported that the film's storyline would center on Bond's time in Britain's public school Eton, but movie producers are planning to raise the age of the teenage spy to secure either 16-year-old Radcliffe or Bell, 19, in the lead role, the site reported.

And remember to watch the Emmys! How can you miss this?:

Shatner To Sing Trek

O riginal Star Trek star William Shatner will sing the theme from his show at the 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, airing Sept. 18 on CBS, TV Guide Online reported. Shatner, now on the cast of ABC's Boston Legal, will be joined by opera star Frederica von Stade.

The stunt is part of a segment called "Emmy Idol," in which actors will perform classic TV theme songs throughout the telecast and viewers will pick a winner.

And now I'm going to go read a bit and go sleep. But maybe some more apple crisp first....

Posted by Ith at 9:50 PM | Comments (1)

September 4, 2005

It Is, Isn't It?

I keep forgetting it's a holiday weekend.

Posted by Ith at 12:22 PM | Comments (2)

August 30, 2005

Checking In

Just so you know, we're home. Thanks to my wonderful guest bloggers for keeping the lights on while I was gone.

Posted by Ith at 4:02 PM | Comments (3)

August 24, 2005

Timing is everything...

MuNu appears to be terminal for the nonce. However, all of your favorite MuNus are scrambling for backup and are beginning to post elsewhere... Several non-MuNu friends of the collective are posting the backup links of the MuNus who have been able to get back online.

Beth of MY Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, Basil, and Confederate Yankee are all keeping track. Look for your favorite MuNu there, or try their old blogsplat site. As for myself, I'm going to take advantage of Ith's hospitality and share my thoughts with you over here!

Posted by Caltechgirl at 10:03 AM | Comments (2)

August 23, 2005


This is probably it for me and blogging today. Lots to do, leaving work early, packing the car and hitting the road, hopefully no later than 4pm. We should make St George by 5am if all goes well [knock wood] Traveling with Sparrow for the first time since there was no one to watch her while we were gone. So it could be interesting.

Guest bloggers, feel free to post starting today, if you like. And if you have any log in problems, I'll be reading email till after lunch at least.

Posted by Ith at 8:59 AM | Comments (1)

August 17, 2005


I've lived in Monterey for almost 20 years, but I'd never been to the county fair. Since we now live within walking distance, Nin and I decided to go last night. Our fair brings new meaning to "cheesy". It was pretty pathetic. But I did get my tri-tip sandwich! And that's pretty much all that matters. The other odd thing was the major ag companies like Dole and Tanimura and Antle, competing in the produce competitions. You never saw such amazing boxes of lettuce, cauliflower, carrots, broccoli that was whole, florets, and pre-washed and bagged. Also saw many cute bunnies, goats, cows, and sheep with cute lil jackets.

Posted by Ith at 9:34 PM | Comments (5)

August 15, 2005

Times Have Changed

I was born in the early sixties, and I remember we always had nice crystal ashtrays, along with the one someone gave my parents as a souvenir from Hawaii of a foot with the big toe sticking up. Now, neither of my parents smoked, but some of their friends did, and it never entered their minds that said friends wouldn't sit in our living room and smoke when they came to visit. It just shows how times have changed, when now, my friends who smoke don't even smoke in their own homes -- they go out on the porch.

Inspired by this post.

Posted by Ith at 3:42 PM | Comments (3)

August 12, 2005

This Is Different

Perusing Site Meter referrals, and I have a bunch from a link somewhere on a site called "Catholic Match" which looks to be a Catholic online dating service sorta thing. They're all heading to a post made by a guest blogger last year while I was on vacation.

Posted by Ith at 9:05 AM

August 10, 2005

Mmmm, Pizza!

Everything Pizza
Diverse and adaptable You enjoy the full buffet of life It's hard to you play favorites with friends... or flavors There's very little that you dislike!
What's Your Pizza Personality?

Via the one and only Jay.

Posted by Ith at 4:37 PM

I Wish


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August 8, 2005

The Places I Show Up

Found me listed on this website. Interesting.

Posted by Ith at 8:12 PM

August 6, 2005

What Am I Doing?

Following FugiJen's blogathon.

Reading a most excellent Harry Potter fic called Harry Potter and the Battle of Wills

Watching the Cowboy Junkies DVD Nin gave me for my birthday. Though having to listen through my TV speakers sucks dead bunnies through a straw. I dearly wish I could afford a new amp. [whine]

Drinking muchos tea

Afdd to the list: Gennie's blogathonning too!

Posted by Ith at 3:22 PM

August 4, 2005

Tummy Full

Every so often, the guys go and get breakfast sandwiches from Spacs, but they usually forget to ask if I want one. Today, they remembered. I just finsished eating 3/4s of scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese, and fried potatoes on a big seasame seed hoagie/sub type bun. That's more than I usually eat at work in a week! My normal fare here is a few cups of yogurt drink, a hard boiled egg, and a handful of nuts. No, it's not a diet, it's just I hate thinking of lunch food, so I make do with as little and as simple as possible. I hate yogurt, but it really helps my tummy problems, and I find the liquid version much more palatable than the spoon kind.

Posted by Ith at 9:11 AM | Comments (4)

August 2, 2005

Self Promotion

It's email list advert time! I have many lists, so here's a varied selection.

If you like Science Fiction & Fantasy in any of its forms, you might like Speculatrix

Then there's a list for all things Celtic: Celts in Space.

Or if books are more your thing, there's ALRR

TV? If you're a fan of Stargate, check out Farscape SG1, or you really like House, then the list for you is Dr House and its companion fic list, Histories

So many lists, so little time.

Posted by Ith at 9:57 AM

July 30, 2005


You read your horoscope, and think it means Voldemort.

Something wild's in the air today? Is it you or you-know-who? Either way, there's no point in trying to tame what can't be contained. Let loose instead -- you're in for a fantastic time.

(You know you've been reading too much Harry Potter when...)

Posted by Ith at 1:35 PM

July 19, 2005

In Retrospect

If I didn't have a misery inducing head cold, I would have thought of a really nifty title like this one, for the "elf zoning" post I made prior to this one. At least that's my little fantasy, and I'm sticking to it.

Also in retrospect, (and I'm blaming the cold again) this portion just seeped into my brain:

In Iceland, settled by Scandinavian Vikings and their Irish slaves in the 10th century, democracy preceded Christianity.

So now I'm wondering if there's a reparations movement, and if the elves are the instigators. You know what they say, "Never trust an elf!" (cus they'll toss you every time)

Yes, you have it in one: we're blaming the cold for everything, espceially this post.

Anyone have any Miruvor?

Posted by Ith at 3:09 PM

July 15, 2005

Admit it!

Who's searching my blog for 'voyeur'?

Posted by Ith at 12:32 PM | Comments (3)

Hey, I Grew Up In Berkeley!

I am 14% Hippie.
So Not a Hippie.
What? Am I a Republican? Why did I even bother taken this test?! I guess Iíll back to my George W. Bush fan club and tell them I just wasted 10 minutes of my life. At least I donít stink, man.
Take the
Hippie Test
@ FualiDotCom

I blame the 14% on the tie dye shirt question! What do you think they have you make in a Berkeley elementary school arts and crafts class anyway?

A Hearty AVAST! to the Llama Dudes for the test.

Posted by Ith at 12:28 PM | Comments (7)

July 12, 2005


Was it La Femme Nikita that had one word titles season one, two words the next...? I know some series did, I'm just blanking on which one. Anywho... I was thinking (always dangerous) that it would be kinda kewl and happening if all my blog posts had single words titles. It could be my thing. Not sure I could sustain it, but it might be worth a shot, and at a minimum, amuse me for a few days!

Posted by Ith at 4:07 PM | Comments (2)

I Know Why!

Brad Pitt Hospitalized in Los Angeles

A coworker of mine -- let's call him "B" -- just told me he met Pitt when "B" was working at Laguna Seca this weekend for the big races. Apparently Pitt was there and shook his hand when he walked by. So I told him, "You're the one that infected him and put him in the hospital!"

A little workplace amusement.

Posted by Ith at 1:11 PM

July 10, 2005

More "Me"

Okay, as is usually the way, I slept on it and recalled things I'd wanted to include. So my 'all about me' page is new and improved!

(what's with all the fighter jets around here this weekend?) (it's just a little odd)

Posted by Ith at 1:13 PM | Comments (2)

July 6, 2005

How Odd Is It...

to be reading an article from E! on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and read this:

"It's very scary," laughs Houston-based blogger Laurence Simon.

Like other moviegoers, Simon made the Depp-Jackson-Wonka connection almost instantly when he saw the Chocolate Factory trailer. An offhanded remark last month on his blog, This Blog Is Full of Crap (, about how much he wasn't looking forward to Burton's film led one commentator to crack, "What's the problem...? Don't have the stomach for Michael Jackson and the Chocolate Factory?"

A reporter mentions a blog and it isn't Instapundit! And it's a blog I even read. Will wonders ever cease?

Posted by Ith at 7:51 PM

June 30, 2005

Lack Of Content

Busy day today, so there will be a serious lack of content forthcoming. So play amongst yourselves in the comments and keep me amused! I have faith in you.

One note before I go: getting slammed with searches for Domino Harvey, the bounty hunter, who I mentioned ages back in relation to Keira Knightly and a movie she's doing playing her. Well, I heard on FNC this morning that Domino was found dead in her home, and now everyone seems to be looking for info on it.

Posted by Ith at 9:26 AM | Comments (1)

June 25, 2005

Cable Or Dish?

Currently, we use Comcast cable. It's expensive, the signal isn't that great, and they don't offer the DVR option in our area. So we've been thinking of switching to a dish. It doesn't really save us money, but it does include the precious DVR :) and the signal would be such an improvment. My question: DishNetwork or DirecTV? Thoughts?

Posted by Ith at 12:01 PM | Comments (16)

June 24, 2005

Home I Am

I stayed home today. After yesterday, you probably aren't surprised. And what am I doing with my time? Reading more on the possible Avian Flu Pandemic. Annie, I ain't :) I think I'm more Wednesday.

Posted by Ith at 10:39 AM

June 23, 2005

Miranda Sex Garden

Anyone heard their music? Just came up on my Launch station. It's listed as Indie rock, Gothic, and Modern rock. It's kinda strange, but I like it.

Posted by Ith at 6:28 PM

Whatever: Almost 5pm Edition

Jaw's worse, and I'm just feeling like an old dish rag (as my grandmother used to say). Glad it's nearly five so I can go home and be down in the dumps in peace :)

Posted by Ith at 4:44 PM | Comments (4)

Question Two

Lori asks what I've always wondered about.

(it's only peripheral Cruise posting!)

Posted by Ith at 10:49 AM


It's just going to be one of those days.

The right side of my jaw has gone out again, so pain and difficulty eating are what I get to look forward to today. Lots of blogworthy stuff in the news, but I can't seem to work up the oomph to post about any of it. I think I'm a little down because I had to cancel my trip to visit my family next week -- lack of fundage amongst other things. Yes, I sound like Eeyore.

Posted by Ith at 9:26 AM | Comments (4)

June 15, 2005

80's Lunchtime Music Moment

Yes, that A&C feature you loved so much is back! It's been months and months since I did one of these, so it's time for a trip back down memory lane. As always (usually) this is dedicated to that lover of everything 80's... Paul!

Today's selection: "Hot In The City" by Billy Idol

Stranger, stranger, stranger, stranger

It's hot here at night, lonely, black and quiet
On a hot summer night
Don't be afraid of the world we made
On a hot summer night

'Cause when a long-legged lovely walks by
Yeah you can see the look in her eye
Then you know that it's

Hot in the city, hot in the city tonight, tonight
Hot in the city, hot in the city tonight, tonight

Stranger, stranger

For all the dreams and schemes,
people are as they seem
On a hot summer night
Don't be no fun, don't forget you're young
On a hot summer night

A sometime someone you're not
Don't wait to see what you got
'Cause you know that you're


We'll walk until my feet drop
I'm a train when I'm hateful
Yeah, lay right down now
And ride until your head breaks
I'm a-walkin' 'til my brain pops
I will move with the beat now
I'm a chain 'round an A-bomb
I'm a ribbon in the heat now
New York!

Posted by Ith at 12:59 PM

June 14, 2005


My Yahoo TV listings have a show listed for tonight called, "Fire Me... Please", so I clicked to see what it's about. Well, there was no description, but the episode title cracked me up:

"She's Like School in the Summer ... No Class"

Posted by Ith at 12:34 PM

Peter's Test

I scored:

Look down in the extended entry. It's all wonky, so I moved it to where it won't matter.

You scored as Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan. You are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God's grace enables you to choose to believe in him, even though you yourself are totally depraved. The gift of the Holy Spirit gives you assurance of your salvation, and he also enables you to live the life of obedience to which God has called us. You are influenced heavly by John Wesley and the Methodists.

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan


Neo orthodox


Roman Catholic


Classical Liberal


Reformed Evangelical








Modern Liberal


What's your theological worldview?
created with

I'll admit I didn't understand some of the questions. So take it as you will.

Via Peter Sean

Posted by Ith at 11:43 AM | Comments (7)

June 13, 2005


I don't know why, but I always find blogging a hard thing to do on a Monday. Well, I did post over the weekend, so it's not like there isn't anything new to read for most of you :)

Posted by Ith at 11:26 AM

June 12, 2005

Around & About

Dinner with Peter was great, and then he joined us for some Firefly DVD viewing.

Saturday, I mostly putzed around the kitchen and made pizza from scratch, dough and all. This morning/afternoon, I'm attempting yeast cinnamon rolls. Later plans include colouring my hair to get rid of the abundance of grey, and at Nin's request, making tzatziki again for dinner. So we'll have to head over to the produce market at some point to get the Middle Eastern yougurt. If I'm feeling animated, I may try to make pita bread from scratch!

Posted by Ith at 12:50 PM

June 9, 2005


I've been a blogging fool today!

Posted by Ith at 7:04 PM | Comments (1)

Five Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me

* My favourite piece of music is "Moonlight Serenade" by Glenn Miller

* I adore fresh raspberries right off the cane

* I have a fear of driving

* The first time I entered the doors of York Minster, I started to cry.

* I watched Bicentennial fireworks from the Berkeley Marina with a station wagon load of Japanese businessmen.

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June 3, 2005


I guess everyone out in Blogland has a life -- 'cept for me!

Well, I guess I could go make the guac.

Posted by Ith at 6:12 PM | Comments (4)

"Hit Me, Baby"

Anyone else see this last night? It was most odd! I think Tiffany's voice has held up the best, though I'd never heard C.C. or Arrested Development before, so I guess I can't comment. In other reality shows... the ballroom dancing one. Not sure what to make of that one. Seems very "PBS" for network TeeVee, don't you think?

If you haven't seen "The 4400", I recommend you check it out this weekend. It's a different sort of show. They're reairing the original mini-series before the new episode. Other than that, it's probably HGTV & the Travel Channel for weekend viewing.

Posted by Ith at 4:25 PM | Comments (3)

I Got Nuthin'

I've been wracking my brain, trying to think of something, anything to blog about, but I'm fresh out of inspiration.

Well, hmmm... How about news from Utah? Okay, my mum tells me they're drowning in cherries, and they're about to be drowning in apricots and peaches. She and my brother can barely keep up getting the fruit off the trees. My father got a part time job, and he has cataract surgery on Tuesday, my mum is working full time now (ain't retirement great?), and my brother is waiting to get confirmation on a job offer.

Chiana was having liver problems, but after some heavy duty vitamins and meds, she seems to have perked right up. The vet is pleased. All the other kitties, dog. parrots, are doing fine.

And keep your fingers crossed, but just maybe, some of the financial pressure will be off me soon. I won't quite believe it since I'm seriously not into counting chickens before they've hatched, but I need a little hope right now.

Posted by Ith at 9:56 AM | Comments (2)

June 2, 2005

You Know The Line

Okay, no one is going to get this, except CB (since she witnessed a Ninjababe reenactment at Monday's dinner party) but here goes!

You know the line from ROTS, the "Hold me, Anakin! Hold me like you did on the shores of Lake Naboo!"? Of all the groaners, that particular line has been the one that tickled our funny bone the most. Nin does a glorious job of replicating it, but the version that's her favourite is, "Hold me, Anakin! Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah." It's even her sig quote. So, I'm reading The Corner today, and JPod is getting grief for his trashing of the movie, and his response is, "Tiens-moi, Anakin! Tiens moi en la maniŤre que tu as faites par le lac sur Naboo!" Yes, I know, you had to have been here, but it sure made me do the "at my desk giggle".

Posted by Ith at 4:23 PM | Comments (3)

May 27, 2005

So What?

Is everyone but me off today? No phone calls here at the office, almost zero email, and very little new blogging.

Posted by Ith at 3:11 PM | Comments (5)

May 26, 2005

American Idol

We just watched the tape from last night and it was much more entertaining than expected! The skit with Simon's secret love had me and nin with tears in our eyes, we were laughing so hard. and I was thrilled Carrie won -- after all, we share a last name! :) All in all, a pretty good season!

Posted by Ith at 9:43 PM

More Poof

It's like a chunk of the internet disappeared. I can't get to Yahoo mail, I can't get to quite a few blogs, or blogrolling, and everything else is slow.

Posted by Ith at 12:46 PM | Comments (11)

May 25, 2005

I Got A Purple One!

Not sure about the description, "Peacefulness and Purification", uhh, huh? But it's purple, so its all good. Though I'd rather have a purple one and kick ass. But it is better to look good than feel good, so colour and accessorizing is important. It'll go nicely with my deep purple leather Jedi outfit with the thigh high boots. And don't forget the cape!

Purple Saber
You have a Purple Lightsaber.

Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity,
independence, creativity, mystery, and magic.
Purple denotes high spirituality and religious
aspiration. Purple also represents Peacefulness
and Purification. It also has a sense of
intuitive understanding and a feeling of
intimacy with the world.

What Colored Lightsaber Would You Have?
brought to you by Quizilla

Via Michele.

Posted by Ith at 5:42 PM | Comments (2)

AI Tidbit

I heard on FNC this morning that Bo had food poisoning, and Carrie had an earache. Apparently, they pushed her ear piece too far into her ear canal at some point.

Posted by Ith at 8:41 AM

May 24, 2005

All About Me?

Do you guys think I should have one of those "about me" blurbs on the blog? And if so, I need help! I want something amusing, or at least partly amusing. You all are funny, so I'm depending on you!

Later: oh, and speaking of "me", I'm two spots from being a Playful Primate. Now there's no way I'm really at 102, so the Ecosystem must be wonky again, but seeing that number is nice -- no matter how temporary!

Posted by Ith at 12:02 PM | Comments (11)

May 22, 2005

Pins Dropping

I can't believe how quiet it is this weekend. I've gotten virtually no email from any of my lists, and blogwise, the majority of comments are from spammers. I guess everyone is out and about standing in line for Star Wars.

Speaking of which, we did get through all three movies yesterday. I hadn't seen the revisionist versions since they were released in the theater, and I see there were more revisions since then. About the only thing, other than the Han/Greedo scene I don't like is the new ending of ROTJ. Pan pipes!! The magic of Zamfir. Argh. I loved the "nub nub" song, no to mention, now everyone on Endor is dancing totally out of whack to the music. And I adored the choir coming in at the end and the big crescendo.

On tap for today: probably the bonus DVD that came with the set, maybe watch one with the audio commentary, and rewatch last week's House.

Posted by Ith at 12:26 PM

May 20, 2005

I'm Just Saying

I love the music of Glenn Miller.

(listening to my "Forces Sweethearts" CD)

Posted by Ith at 12:34 PM | Comments (1)

May 19, 2005

Random "Alias" Commentary

Said while watching Sydney cram the bad guy's head into a toilet multiple times to get him to talk: "I guess it's okay as long as he doesn't have a Koran on top of his head."

Posted by Ith at 5:56 PM | Comments (2)


That was a great album!

But that's not what this post is about.

Another goofy quiz, via the Jedi-Solos.

Results in the extended entry....

Si... Silicon
You scored 51 Mass, 32 Electronegativity, 38 Metal, and 0 Radioactivity!

Interesting. Take a bunch of really common person-elements and throw
them together to get something truely exceptional... that's you. You
are probably someone that gave up on trying to understand society at
large a long time ago. You don't fear it, but you don't try to be one
with it either. You are more or less unperturbed by things... if a
problem comes up you might deal with it, or you might avoid it...
whatever. You don't take kindly to people pushing you around, and you
don't really push anyone else around. You're probably the only one that
can tame oxygen simply because you don't understand it's raging
neediness, but that doesn't mean that you'll really enjoy having a tame
oxygen hanging around all that much either. You can probably get along
with people like yourself really well, but you aren't your own
soulmate... if only they could make entire colonies of people like you
you'd be stoked. Just like you don't understand society, society
doesn't understand you... and yes that is my excuse for not knowing how
to describe you better.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 89% on Mass
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 56% on Electroneg
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 18% on Metal
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 0% on Radioactivity
Link: The Which Chemical Element Am I Test written by effataigus on OkCupid Free Online Dating

Posted by Ith at 12:16 PM

May 18, 2005

Missing An Opportunity

I saw an ad for "War of the Worlds" last night, and it occured to me that Steven Speilberg is missing a great movie making opportunity. How about a movie that combines the whole spectrum of his movie aliens? Can't you just see a movie featuring "ET", the aliens from "Close Encounters" & "War of the Worlds"? Well, can't you? Huh? Huh?

Steven, call me! We'll do lunch.

Posted by Ith at 8:22 AM | Comments (3)

May 17, 2005

As I Continue To Be Sucked In...

Via Jay

Well, it was a Star Wars test, but even though I put in the code, there's nothing showing. For what it's worth, it was Leia.

Posted by Ith at 9:07 AM | Comments (3)

May 15, 2005

Substitute Human

There's lots and lots of outdoor cats at my apartment complex, and several of them are incredibly lovey-dovey sorts of kitties. Today, I have my front door open and Hamster, one of the uber-friendly cats, keeps coming up to the screen and crying because he's lonely. He really wants me to let him in. So I feel guilty, and he's not even my cat! Luckily, Sparrow is camped out in my closet, so she doesn't know a strange cat is trying to break in.

Posted by Ith at 2:21 PM

May 12, 2005

Yes, I Know

I haven't blogged for several days.

But now I have!

Posted by Ith at 11:47 AM | Comments (5)

May 9, 2005


I just wanted to thank Jami for her donation to the "upgrade the blog software" fund. I didn't even know I had such a fund, but she informed me that I do :) She also told me my paypal links were broken. Nin fixed those this weekend, so if you've ever had the urge to fling money in this direction, it's now quite possible!

Thanks, Jami!!

Posted by Ith at 12:09 PM | Comments (1)

Weekend Recap

We actually did stuff this weekend. It was really nice on Saturday, so I asked Nin if she'd like to go for a walk. Most surprisingly, she said yes! So we walked on the rec path up over the dunes, all the way to the Monterey Beach Hotel. Then we walked down to the beach and walked back via the beach, then up and over the dunes to Del Monte. Back home I cleaned, then we went to Target and got some plastic deck chairs and a table and then I made dinner.

Sunday, I toiled with all the plants on the patio. I HATE anything to do with gardening, so I feel like I was a real trooper yesterday :) all the nasty slugs and snails and bugs in general. Now everything is all nice and neat and trimmed and I actually sat on the patio last night and surveyed my handiwork. A quick trip to Whole Paycheck was next, followed by making dinner (Brie quesadillas with avocado, tomatoes, scallions, and a little chipotle habbanera sauce) along with some more Firefly eps and some quick strawberry shortcake.

Posted by Ith at 10:07 AM | Comments (3)

May 5, 2005


I think I may have been a little quick on the trigger finger in cleaning up old images from the server. My flag seems to have goon poof! Better go find another one....

Posted by Ith at 5:50 PM

And So A Day Passes

I stayed home today feeling pretty icky in general. Just realized it's nearly 5pm and I've pretty much accomplished zilch. Add in the prescription anti inflammatories I took , and I'm feeling rather smooshy. No, I don't know what smooshy means, just that's how I'm feeling.

Posted by Ith at 4:52 PM

April 30, 2005

It's Just A Fluke

But yes, another post on "Kingdom of Heaven".

I was just on FNC's website, and the movie is running a banner add that featured rave reviews from Christian publications and information services. Just thought that was an interesting bit of marketing.

Posted by Ith at 9:05 PM

April 29, 2005


If I'm still feeling motivated I'm going to make a thematic change to the look of the blog. I think I'm going back to Royo for inspiration, though I'll use a different piece of art than the one I'd used prior to the current blog theme -- then again, maybe not. Depends on how the mood strikes me. Right now, I have nearly a dozen I've chosen as potentials. I need to see if some of them can be cropped to keep this blog no more than a PG 13!

Posted by Ith at 6:55 PM | Comments (4)

April 28, 2005

I Got Nothing

Honest to god, I can't seem to work up any enthusiasm for blogging. I think I should have left the guests to entertain you for another week.

I could do a post on illegal immigration, which has had me in full verbal rant over the last couple of weeks, but I don't feel like being angry today. I will mention I saw a show on CNN while on the road, and it was so slanted. Full of boo hoo sob stories about poor illegals. GAH! Okay, full stop, no anger today :)

Then there's Revenge of the Sith. I am so not getting sucked in this time. I swear, George has jumped the Jawa! If he manages a decent movie this time around, then I'll have a nice surprise. Otherwise, I won't be at all disappointed. So there!

It's raining here. It's like winter just won't give it up this year.

I have some pics from the trip and I'll try and get some of them up this weekend.

Did you know I had lunch with Rae when I was away? She's the nicest, most genuine lady. Getting to know her better will be one of the highlights of the move when it finally happens.

I can't believe Scott is still on AI!! Geez Louise!

More as it happens, but don't hold your breath!

Posted by Ith at 10:27 AM | Comments (3)

April 25, 2005

Dereliction of Duty...

Well, Ith is about to return from her international criminal pursuitsvacation shortly, and I notice we've been a tad remiss over the weekend. Oops. Sorry.

Anyway, that stinkin' Pirate made a mess of his cage and I need to clean it up before Ith gets back and notices the smell...

I'm hoping she doesn't notice the broken furniture and the bloodstains....

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April 22, 2005

Taking it a LOT too far

Have you seen this story out of Florida? A 5 YEAR OLD KINDERGARTENER throwing a tantrum was handcuffed and subdued by 3 (count 'em, 3) policemen after her teacher couldn't get her to stop... and it was all captured on video.

The various videos are here, here, and here.

My husband gets kicked so hard his leg is still swollen 5 days later trying to break up a fight alone between two high school students and this little brat gets 3 policemen? You think the response was a little overblown?

Kevin at Wizbang and Baldilocks each weigh in...

Posted by Caltechgirl at 8:28 PM | Comments (19)

April 21, 2005

What's Your Inner European?

Evidently mine is French...

Your Inner European is French!

Smart and sophisticated.

You have the best of everything - at least, *you* think so.

Who's Your Inner European?

Oh well...
Sorry, folks, there's no Scottish option....
(found here)

Posted by Caltechgirl at 10:13 AM | Comments (5)

April 12, 2005

Must Be The Hole In The Ozone Layer

I didn't start out the day like this, but for no one reason I can come up with, I'm really angry today. Not angry like I'm screaming at people and throwing things, more like clenching my jaw and simmering like a kettle on low. Cumulative stress maybe? I know I've been worrying about a lot of things, almost to the point of anxiety. The last 7 or 8 months have not been good ones, and I'm not sure that there's anything better in the offing any time soon. I also hurt. I suppose a lot of constant pain isn't good for the nerves either. So it could be anxiety or pain, or both. Or maybe it is the hole in the ozone layer :)

Well, they say venting is good. So there, I vented. I sit here impatiently waiting for bliss.

Posted by Ith at 10:16 AM | Comments (11)

April 9, 2005

How Very Strange

MSNBC is airing the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana from the original NBC broadcast. It was 1981, I had just turned 19 and was spending the summer with a friend in CA. We were up in the wee hours to watch every second of what was aired. It doesn't seem that long ago, and watching it now, more than 20 years later and in retrospect, it's made me much more emotional than I would have thought.

I remember meeting the Princess of Wales during a walkabout in Victoria not long after, and she really was quite beautiful and had an amazing smile. As the years pass, I think that will always be my memory of her. Not the sad and tragic figure she became, but the happy young woman in the blue hat I saw in Victoria one afternoon long ago.

Posted by Ith at 4:16 PM | Comments (6)

Making Toast

This is one of those things that you probably had to be there for, but what the heck. Many years ago, late one night on IRC, we were all a little punchy, and somehow "toast" became a euphemism. So we got insanely silly with things like, "How would you like your toast?" You get the idea. A few weeks ago, when Brad Paisley's latest, "Get a Little Mud On the Tires" came on the radio, we were in the truck and going to work, and out of the blue, I turned to Nin and told her that I thought it was a euphemism. (nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more.) For those that haven't heard the song, it's about a guy who has just bought a new truck, and is asking his girlfriend to come out with that night to the end of the road to the lake, and "get a little mud on the tires". What brought all this on? The video was just on CMT and I'm sitting here mentally chortling. And I thought I'd share. and it's a post that has absolutely nothing to do with Scotland!

(argh. allergies are killing me!!)

Posted by Ith at 12:22 PM | Comments (2)

April 8, 2005

This & That

Since I'm getting so much traffic from MSNBC, let me take the opportunity to welcome you all to A & C. And if you're a fan of the show "House" on FOX, you might like to check out my House M.D. email list right here! And the Stargate SG-1 list isn't bad either.

And while you're here, go visit Lornkanaga's journal. She'd really like that!

There's lots of great stuff over on the sidebar, so enjoy!

Extra! CTG has finally dumped Blogsplat and has joined the ranks of the free! Check out her new digs here.

Posted by Ith at 11:08 AM | Comments (6)


Anyone ever heard of Clicked on MSNBC's website? I was getting a lot of referrers from the site and it turns out they linked to the Tartan Day post. So I may have never had an Instalanche, but I got a link from "the major media"! Go me!

A little later: this blog has been linked by Jonah Goldberg on The Corner before, but that was when I was on vacation and a guest blogger's post. So I can't take credit for that.

Posted by Ith at 11:03 AM | Comments (3)

April 5, 2005


Wow! This could be great -- or horrible.

Sorry, talking about American Idol's theme tonight.

Posted by Ith at 8:04 PM | Comments (1)

Nonsense Spam?

What's with the rash of what I call, "Nonsense Spam"? Basically, you get spammed with strings of unrelated letters and numbers as URLs. Blacklist doens't catch most of them because each one has a different string of garble.

I've been getting waves of it for about an hour and they're spamming me as fast as I can delete them.

Posted by Ith at 12:15 PM | Comments (1)

April 4, 2005

Yes, Quiet

quite result
Quiet Girl

What kind of little girl were YOU?
brought to you by Quizilla

Via Sue

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March 29, 2005

Storytime Dreams

I had a dream last night that crossed Forever Knight and Firefly! Oddly enough, it worked. No, I refuse to write it! I don't need any more xover universes in my fanfic!

Posted by Ith at 8:54 AM | Comments (1)

March 28, 2005

The Urge

I haven't written any fanfic in ages. My muse seemed to flee about the time I started seriously blogging. The last few days, I've been watching my Season Two Forever Knight DVDs and I have the urge to start up again. Of course, I don't have the urge to finish the third part of the trilogy I started a few years back, I have whole new stories banging around my brain [sigh]. Maybe if I ignore them long enough, they'll go away!

Posted by Ith at 6:05 PM | Comments (2)

March 26, 2005

Google Nuts

"loving women in a warm country"??

"absinthe laughing"

Posted by Ith at 11:27 AM

March 25, 2005


I'm a Clumber Spaniel.

Posted by Ith at 10:17 AM

March 22, 2005

Just A Note

Rusty Nails are of the good.

I go sleep now.

Posted by Ith at 10:10 PM | Comments (3)

March 18, 2005

Yet More Goofy Tests!

You scored as Celtic Pantheonic Pagan. Your answers leaned very close to that of the Celtic Pantheon. Very popular now among pagans, the Celtic Gods seem to draw those who are sensitive and insightful, but also very passionate about their beliefs. Many Pagan Holidays are named for this pantheon and here is where you'll find many stories on Horned God, Green Man, and Druids. You likely either have been or want to visit Stonehenge one day. Many Arthurian legnds include references to the Celtic faith, as well.

Celtic Pantheonic Pagan


Kabbalistic Pagan


Shamanic Pagan


Zoroastrian Pagan


Norse Pantheonic Pagan (Asatru)


Catholic (Pagan?)


Eastern Pagan


Ecclectic Pagan


Roman Pantheonic Pagan


Egyptian Pantheonic Pagan


Sumerian, Babylonian, and Mesopotamian Pagans


Greek Pantheonic Pagan


What kind of Pagan are you?
created with

Via the one, the only, JAY, the Zorro Worshipper!

Posted by Ith at 10:01 AM | Comments (6)

March 17, 2005

Yet More Goofy Tests

Bacardi 151
Congratulations! You're 139 proof, with specific scores in beer (60) , wine (133), and liquor (121).

All right. No more messing around. Your knowledge of alcohol is so high that you have drinking and getting plastered down to a science. Sure, you could get wasted drinking beer, but who needs all those trips to the bathroom? You head straight for the bar and pick up that which is most efficient.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
You scored higher than 88% on proof
You scored higher than 90% on beer index
You scored higher than 97% on wine index
You scored higher than 99% on liquor index
Link: The Alcohol Knowledge Test written by hoppersplit on Ok Cupid

All those years of watching my father when he worked as a bartender obviously paid off!

Via Misplaced Keys

Posted by Ith at 11:55 AM | Comments (4)

March 16, 2005

Goofy Tests

According to the "Gender Test" I scored 33% masculine

This is based on how you scored on a variety of traits that, founded on classic research and our own studies, are typically associated with men.

You're also 67% feminine, which is based on how you scored on traits that are typically associated with women. When we compare your results with other women it shows that you are somewhat more masculine than other women.

Posted by Ith at 3:18 PM | Comments (4)

March 14, 2005

Busy Day

Won't be much in the way of posting this morning, but I posted lots over the weekend, so you have time to catch up :)

A few items:

Mario from American Idol -- who I thought was fairly mediocre -- left the competion under his own steam, rumour has it that he was offered a big contract by someone else. Can't imagine why, but that's just me.

Nin and I watched "The Notebook" last night. Yes, everyone was right -- it's a three hankie movie.

Still waiting for them to finish our windows -- one month and counting.

Posted by Ith at 8:18 AM

March 13, 2005


The Paladin
You scored 36% Cardinal, 30% Monk, 55% Lady, and 51% Knight!

You are highly moral but also don't shy away from using force if your lord commands it. You are honourable to the point that you would readily sacrifice yourself for a noble cause. Your name will be the subject of tales and song for generations, however their concentration will be less on your deeds in life as on your martyrdom. You scored high as both the Knight and the Lady. You can try again to get a more precise description of the Knight or the Lady, or you can be happy that you're an individual.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
You scored higher than 71% on Cardinal
You scored higher than 28% on Monk
You scored higher than 42% on Lady
You scored higher than 71% on Knight
Link: The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test written by KnightlyKnave on Ok Cupid

Via the Jayster.

Posted by Ith at 3:11 PM | Comments (2)

March 12, 2005

Wish Me Luck!

When I was in 8th grade, I had a friend who was Greek, and it was at her house I discovered my love of Avgolemono soup. I always order it if it's on the menu at my favourite Greek place. But I've never tried to make it before -- till tonight. I'm christening the stock I made last weekend to do it too. We'll see how it goes!

Posted by Ith at 5:02 PM | Comments (3)

Not As Clever As I Thought

I was going to reuse the banners and buttons I made last year for the Gathering of the Blogs/Tartan Day, but just realized I put 2004 on them [pout]. I know what I'm working on today!

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March 10, 2005

What Jami Wants...

will Jami get? So in the comments to the completed round robin, Nebulous Dreams", from last week, Jami said she was looking forward to doing it again this week. So here's the question: should we continue on with another chapter in last week's, or start a brand new one?

And take this as your warning to put your creative thinking caps on for your segment.

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March 8, 2005

What's In A Name?

Last week, in an email thread, someone mentioned "SLO" as a place name here in CA and I drew an absolute blank. Turned out it was San Luis Obispo. Other than a brief stint as a teenager in Canada/Washington state, I've lived in California my entire life, and it was a new one on me (maybe it's a SoCal thing). It reminded me of a few months back when a friend of mine from the East Coast came to visit and was talking about "the PCH". Now, the only thing "PCH" means to me is the Port Charles Hotel form General Hospital, and I figured that wasn't what she meant! Turned out she was referring to the Pacific Coast Highway. To me, it's "One" or "Hwy One", or the really long way to Hearst Castle (when I worked in the hotel business I spent a lot of time explaining to touristos just how long it was really going to take them to "pop down the coast to Hearst Castle and back". ). Then there's "Marriott's". That's how you can tell how long someone has lived in the area: when they call Great America amusement park (currently run by Paramount), "Marriott's" (as in Marriott's Great America, which was what it started out as in the seventies) instead of "Great America". And you can gauge nativeness by the responses as well.

What regional shorthand do they use where you live?

Little bit later: Talking with two coworkers who are from the south end of the state, and they say that "SLO" is more of a SoCal thing. And on an unrelated note, we just realized that everyone that works here is a native of the state. Kind of odd in a state where everyone is supposed to be from somewhere else.

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March 4, 2005

Round Robin Friday

This works on paper, and in email, but I have no idea how it will work as a blog thing. Usually what happens is someone starts a story, then passes it on to the next person, and they write a snippet before passing it on, and so and so forth. Now normally, you can only read the snippet from the person before you, so that when you put it all together you get something more than a little odd. Since there's no way to hide previous comments, you'll just have to be on the honour system and try not and read all the comments before yours. (assuming anyone participates, that is!) At the end of it all, I'll finish it and post all of it in one entry. Hey, it's something to do on a rainy Friday! And it just might be fun. Maybe.

To see the beginning of the story, click on the extended entry.

It was a dark and rainy afternoon, and Mitzie was just sitting down to her computer, getting ready to do a little blogging. Unexpectedly, the doorbell rang. Mitzie went to the door, wondering who could possibly be visiting her today of all days. She opened the door, gasping in shock at seeing who it was.....


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That Test

Seen all over and in email.

The Commonly Confused Words Test

Advanced You scored 100% Beginner, 93% Intermediate, 87% Advanced, and 66% Expert! You have an extremely good understanding of beginner, intermediate, and advanced level commonly confused English words, getting at least 75% of each of these three levels' questions correct. This is an exceptional score. Remember, these are commonly confused English words, which means most people don't use them properly. You got an extremely respectable score.
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February 24, 2005

Republican Commando?

Oops, read that one wrong! That would be "Republic Commando" as in "Star Wars: Republic Commando"

Tricksy eyes!

Posted by Ith at 4:45 PM

Busy, Busy

So expect a lack of bloggage today.

In the meantime, a few questions for those of you old like me :)

What was the first TV show you ever saw in colour?

What was your favourite board game?

For the gals: do you remember wearing hat and gloves for holidays/church/special occasions? Short dresses with "hot pants" underneath (aka shorts)

For gals and guys: anyone else have one of those faux leather jackets with the fringed sleeves?

Birds Eye chocolate pudding! (that was good stuff)

What was your favourite toy?

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February 20, 2005

Bored Me

I am so bored, I went to Mapquest to get driving times to different cities from St. George, so when we move, I'll know how long it will take.

I am so bored, I cleared out old catalogs for the recycle bin.

I am so bored, I'm writing this post.

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February 19, 2005

Music To Bake By

This afternoon's musical selections were:

Tchaikovsky vol. 2 Greatest Hits

Capercaille, "Get Out"

Cyndi Thompson, "My World"

Keith Urban, "Golden Road"

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Now That They're Written

the recipes, that is, I'm on a banana bread baking spree. I'm trying out two recipes: Banana Chocolate Tea Bread & Banana Cranberry Bread. I think the cranberry one will be muffins though instead of a loaf. Meanwhile, the rain continues to fall, and fall, and fall, and will for the next three or four days. And I have a new Keith Urban CD to listen to while I bake. Considering the weather, ironically enough, it's the one with "Raining on Sunday" on it.

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I Really Need A Printer

I'm tired of handwritng recipes out [whine]

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Don't You Hate It?

When you click on the wrong button in a program? You intend to do one thing, but as you zone, your subconscious takes over and you do something else.

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February 18, 2005


I just sent an email via my Yahoo account, and I had to enter a code before I could send it. Is that new, or is it just random?

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February 16, 2005


For some reason, the last few hours I've thought it was Friday. I just realized it isn't. Isn't that just a bummer?

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February 14, 2005

Who Knew?

Thanks to everyone who offered their opinion over the weekend on the subject of freezing sandwich meat. I had no idea I'd get that much information!

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February 12, 2005


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You are Rizzo the Rat.
You have few friends, but are loyal to those you do
have. Maybe if you didn't smell like sewage
you would have more.

Rodentia Digesta Lotta Grub
Brooklyn, USA

"Rat On A Hot Tin Roof"

"The Pest Is Yet To Come"

You got it, I'll eat it.

See "Favorite Food".

"When do we eat?"

What Muppet are you?
brought to you by Quizilla


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February 11, 2005

Can You?

Can you freeze that thin sliced deli meat? I was given a pound of each instead of 1/2 a pound and there's no way two of us can eat it all before it goes bad.

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February 8, 2005

Memory Assault!

Dirk Benedict on the Donny & Marie show, singing with Marie. Yes, I remember it. Though I didn't know I remembered it till five minutes ago.

(They were engaged at the time, you know)

(I was heartbroken when they split up)

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The "official" unofficial website.

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February 7, 2005

Is There?

Anyone out there other than me who didn't watch the Superbowl?

I baked and cooked and watched second season Gilmore Girls DVDs and then we watched Sense & Sensibility (the Emma Thompson version). Great movie!

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February 3, 2005

On My Feet

I did go to work today, didn't feel great, but toughed it out.

Watched taped stuff last night, including Gilmore Girls and House. I have to say, House was very good. It was definitely more character driven than some have been. The "disease of the week" was more of a vehicle to explore a little deeper into the characters personalities, and I loved that. Here's hoping this is a trend.

Too tired to cook tonight, so it's going to be grilled cheese sandwiches, made with sourdough, sharp Tillamook cheddar, and chopped onions.

Going to catch up on this week's General Hospital episodes. I'm about three behind at this point.

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January 31, 2005

Raining On Sunday

Damn, I like this song. Okay, maybe I like the video just slightly more [ahem].

(wondering if Keith Urban has a DVD out...)

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Isn't it odd that SBC is buying AT&T, which it used to be part of till the government broke the company up?

Why is the weekend only Saturday and Sunday? Why not Friday, Saturday, Sunday?

How come I start out with a recipe and end up with a whole other creation?

Banana Corn Muffins are of the good!

Why won't my Forever Knight Season Two DVDS not be here till March?!?!!?

West Wing next season: Alan Alda's character President, Jimmy Smit's character Vice President? I just saw last week's last night on tape, and I'm wondering if they're setting that up.

If Michael Jackson were to be found guilty, how in the heck would a prison deal with someone like him as a prisoner? Has anyone as famous as him ever been to prison?

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January 26, 2005

Letting Let Your Imagination Run Wild

There's an advert in our local weekly rag for massage. After the usual, it says, "....also introducing new and creative body waxing". Creative? Do I even want to know? Probably not, but I'm a curious chicklette.

Posted by Ith at 4:08 PM

For Those Of You Here For The Food....

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January 25, 2005

For Two Days

I've had a craving for a Patty Melt.

What do you think it means?

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Do A Gal A Favour

Rue has a very important quest, and maybe one of my awesome possum readers could help her out. No rock shall remain unturned! (cus that would crush the cookies)

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January 22, 2005

The Marathon Continues

We just put RotK in, but my guess is that none of us will make it to the end. We have J's air mattress ready to go so she can tumble into it when she finally calls it quits. We haven't had much to drink, and we got way too much pizza, and no one has even had any dessert yet! We party lousy :)

Posted by Ith at 10:56 PM

Solo & Jedi Have Checked In

I noticed this morning that Jay and Deb's blog was down, and Jay has asked me to pass on the following:

Could you do me a favor and let people know that we have discovered our blog is down and have a support request in to Hosting Matters? As far as we know, either the domain was hijacked, or Hosting Matters allowed exactly 2 days for a check to be mailed, get to FL, and be credited before pulling the plug after billing us on the 19th. Since that is not like them, I am assuming it's something worse.

FWIW we are in Boston at Arisia, I got told about the outage by my
brother via cell, and I managed to get computer time in the internet room
to confirm it. There's a blizzard that could drop as much as 25" and
we'll be lucky to get home tomorrow. Hell of a time for site antics. So
much for leaving the laptop home and taking a couple days off from the

Please pass this on to anyone else who would be wondering.

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January 21, 2005

Posting Fool

Gee, I've been a posting fool the last few days. Go me!

I look forward to planting myself in front of the TV (after I hook up the digital box which I don't have hooked up when I'm not watching the upper channels) tonight for a SF feast of Stargate, Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica, and the Stargate Lowdown special.

Tomorrow, a friend of Nin's from work is coming over for a extended edition marathon of the Lord of the Rings movies. She's bringing a sleeping bag!

Sunday, Jen and Dave are coming down so they can use the aquarium tickets I got them. While they're looking at the fishies, we'll go grocery shopping.

I have a feeling I'm going to need a weekend to get over my weekend. I really am so anti-social at times. But I shall be a sparkly hostess this weekend even if it kills me!!

Posted by Ith at 4:06 PM

Music Spam

I seem to be on some sort of music junk mail list. Yesterday, I got an email telling me that Atomic Hooligan's new single was out, and today, about the new fanclub (which apparently, I'm a member of) site for Barrage. Both say I'm getting the email because I signed up. Uhhh, yeah. I've never heard of either group. Anyone else ever heard of them?

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Let's Do It More Often

Okay, maybe I need to post on the battle of the sexes a little more often. At this point, there have been thirty comments, which is a whole lot for my blog. Thanks to all of you who participated!

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January 20, 2005

Parading In Silence

I have no sound on my work computer, so I have the FNC live feed playing in silence. It looks like a great parade! I only wish I could hear it :)

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January 19, 2005

Never Seen This Before

I got this on all my blogs:

A visitor to your weblog Absinthe & Cookies (a bit bitter, a bit
sweet) has automatically been banned by posting more than the allowed number
of comments in the last 50 seconds. This has been done to prevent a
malicious script from overwhelming your weblog with comments. The banned IP
address is

I didn't realize MT would send me a warning like this.

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January 18, 2005

Where Did The Day Go?

It's just been one of those days. I seem to have lots of those lately. It has to get better one day, doesn't it? Maybe you shouldn't answer that.

What's on for the evening? Why, American Idol of course! I need something silly to keep my mind of RL for a bit, don't I?

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January 15, 2005

In The Mood

That's what I'm listening to right now, from one of my favourite CDs: Forces Sweethearts that I bought when I was in England. As the title suggests, it's all popular music from WWII.

Battlestar Galactica was great! Enjoyed it a lot.

Currently making the mixture for the bruschetta we're having for dinner tonight.

Moved the stuff around in my bedroom so my airmatress has the head against in inside wall. Hoping it will be warmer!

What's everyone else up to?

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New Thing

As an addition to my Amazon affiliate program, I recently signed up to be an affiliate with a company that sells absinthe. A good portion of the searches to this site come from people looking for actual information on absinthe, so it seems like it might be a good tie in. Only time will tell!

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Website To Blog?

An email from my list here inspired this post. Just out of random curiosity, how many of you had a website before you started blogging? How many of you have a website but don't blog? And anything in between you'd care to share :)

I put up my first website in late 1995, and it got bigger and more involved as time passed. I loved making graphics, so I needed webpages for my graphics! When I started blogging, I ran blogger off my own server. I still have my website, but I haven't really touched it since I started blogging. I have a favourite restaurant page, a fiction archive, photos, friends. I used to spend a lot of time keeping my website up to date, now it's all lonely and forgotten. I guess because a lot of the things I maintained web pages for, now get covered on my blog as they happen. Really, the only thing I have kept updated is my fic archive, and even that is getting dusty since my fic writing has all but dried up.

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January 14, 2005


We here at Absinthe & Cookies (okay, that would be me, but "We" sounds cooler) will always accept money, payola, bribes, cold hard cash. So conservative think tank/political party types, feel free to wave your money in this direction.

(People actually being paid to blog. Boggles the mind a bit, it does)

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January 12, 2005


I'd forgotten what it looked like!

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January 11, 2005

Weather Update

As promised, the weather update. Yes, it's been very rainy here, but not that much more than usual for January. Looks like SoCal got hit with the brunt of this one.

Today, it is much colder. I guess the cold Alaska air is winning right now. My fingers are freezing as I type. Need tea!

And on a totally unrelated note, I'm debating posting about something that really upset me earlier this morning, but I'm a notorious self-editor. Well, I guess you all will be the first to know, right?

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January 10, 2005

Best Laid Plans

I actually walked home today! Yay! It was a bit of a haul, but staying another 90 minutes in the office, waiting for Nin to get off work was too much. So my plan was to get dinner done before 8pm for once, but.... Nin just called and she got off 45 minutes late. BAH!!! Well, another glass of wine I guess, and put dinner on simmer. Oh, and the menu? Penne a la Carbonara, the recipe of my own partial devising and Ceasar salad -- and lots and lots of wine! Then, 24! Two full hours!

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These Dreams

Boy, I have some strange dreams. Had one last night. I don't remember much, except I was at work (?) and talking to a group of people, apparently about new movie releases and what was good. The movie we were talking about? A biopic of Instapundit with Johhny Depp in the starring role.

The mind boggles!

Now if only I had any photoshopping talents....

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January 7, 2005

Truth Or Hype?

Roberta and I had a conversation in line this last weekend about hyping the weather on local news. Now, I saw the local weather last night, and you would have thought we should start building an ark or something. Well, either the storm slowed down -- because while it rained over night, it wasn't any more than usual for this time of year -- or we were being hyped. I shall report as the day progresses and we'll see if the monster storm materializes.

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January 6, 2005

We're All Friends Here

So come on, you can admit you watch North Shore too. You'll feel better with it off your chest -- honest.

And speaking of chest...


For Nin

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January 4, 2005

Around But Not Here

Our DSL has been down most of the day, plus I'm just pooped, hence the lack of posting. Wanted to thank once more my wonderful guest bloggers for all their efforts! Thanks, guys!

The comment spam over the last few days has been some of the worst I've seen. I took me quite a bit to weed out all of it, let me tell you.

I hope the NROalanch didn't wipe out all my bandwidth.

Didn't take many pics. I've come to the conclusion I need a less fancy, smaller, lighter weight, digital camera for places like Disneyland.

Amusing comment on a post from Jan. 2003! this morning from a Canadian telling me how stupid Americans are, complete with crappy grammar and spelling! Gotta love it.

Posted by Ith at 3:30 PM

What The....?

Okay, it is 3am, and we just got in from L.A., but can someone tell me why the blog has an average of 750 visits a day with tons of referrers from The Corner on NRO??? I just popped online while I was eating something before falling into bed, and I thought I was seeing things! I'd really like to know what the heck is going on. Go away for five days and all hell breaks loose....

And since I'm here, let me say, "Thanks!" to my great guest bloggers!

More tomorrow.

Well.... okay, okay, it's now almost 4am, but I had to know! Jonah Goldberg linked to Eclectra's post dissing Animal House. Should have known it wouldn't be a link to anything I posted. Maybe I need to hand my blog over to my guest bloggers since they do so much better than I do.... [shuffles off to bed feeling like Eeyore]

(Congrats, Eclectra! Someone finally got the brass ring :) )

(see y'all many hours from now)

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December 23, 2004

My Gift To You

Maya ha ha!!!

Via the ever evil Jonah Goldberg

(apparently this is a very popular Romanian pop song) (yes, the same folks who brought us Nadia)

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Tales Of The Black Pearl

Okay, I did it. Now I need volunteers! I have one person already that wants to post as Jack Sparrow, so I need one or two more. I've even set up an email address just so Captain Jack can have his own blogger account. I also need volunteers to post as Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann, and the Ghost of Barbossa. You can also create your own character, or pick another PotC one. So if you're really bored, email me -- edithna at yahoo dot com -- or leave a comment and I'll add you to the crew.

Oh, yeah! The blog is here.

Posted by Ith at 11:40 AM

Sparrow Pages

This is all his fault.

I'm wondering what a blog written by Jack Sparrow would be like? If only I still got around to writing fanfic....

And here's a gratuitous Jack pic:


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So, who's at work today? [raises hand]

Who's at work and it's dead, dead, dead? [raises hand]

Yes, I guess it's another interactive post. But I'm booooored!

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December 21, 2004

Open Or Wait?

Still home with the bug of yesterday, so here's a question to entertain me.

When you get Christmas gifts in the mail, do you open them when they arrive, or do you wait till Christmas?

Me? I open them when they arrive.

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December 15, 2004

My Eyes!

My coworker just handed me his latest music purchase -- the Brady Bunch Christmas album on CD. It burns!!!

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Sauron On A Pogo Stick

Nin and I got a little punchy while watching the extended RotK last night....

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December 14, 2004

Making A List, Checking It Twice...

Let's talk about Christmas and what your favourite things are (other than pressies)

Here's my list of lists:

O Holy Night
Good King Wenceslas
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman
Little Drummer Boy
Silent Night
Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem

Nanaimo Bars
My mum's fruit cake
Plum Pudding & Hard Sauce
See's Chocolate
Jam Tarts

Visual Media
Little Drummer Boy
Frosty the Snowman
Blackadder's Christmas Carol
Bernard & the Genie

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December 10, 2004

Attention Xmas Shoppers!

Blue light special in aisle two on Can Can dancing Gollum doll! No, not really :)

Actually, the point of this post is to request your clicks. If you happen to be doing any Xmas shopping through Amazon this year, and are feeling so inclined, may I request you click through any of the many Amazon links over on my sidebar? The pennies add up to helping pay for the site and such other mundane matters. And of course, you're always welcome to click on my wishlist! (duh, right?)

[hands out candy canes to one and all]

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December 8, 2004

My "When Pigs Fly" Xmas List

This is my imaginary Xmas list, as opposed to my firmly grounded in reality list.

A South Pacific cruise

A week here. **

One of these puppies! Oh, and one of these too. And this to complete the set.

An actual puppy just like this one.

A new truck to replace my 86 Jimmy.

All the dental work I need paid for.

New bedroom furniture to replace the air mattress I have now.

A laptop.

** (an editorial comment here: if you're ever in that part of Ontario, I can't reccomend the Domain highly enough. We stayed there for four days a few years back in the autumn, and it was one of the best vacations I've ever had. I'd go back in a heartbeat. Even if it was just for the bread! And the owners are the nicest people)

What's on your fantasy list?

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December 5, 2004


I was expecting friends from the Bay Area to visit this afternoon, but they never showed -- never heard from them either. So I haven't accomplished anything since I've been waiting at home. While I was waiting, we watched Bridget Jones (a fave Xmas movie) and now we're watching XXX since my brother hasn't ever seen it. Tonight's dinner is going to be Ceasar Chicken Cups, so maybe I should start making them now I'm pretty sure no one is coming to vist. And since it's now officially cocktail hour, I should take care of that too.

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December 3, 2004

Here I Be

Came down with a bit of a cold, so I stayed home today. To add to my enjoyment, my back is unhappy again :( It's probably the cold weather.

In other news, one of the cabanas here on the beach had a DNS attack yesterday. That's a first -- and hopefully a last!

The BFL is now up to 75 members! If this keeps up, the BFL blogroll is going to need its own page, 'cus my sidebar can't get much longer! And we're going to need a bigger place to meet for lunch.

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December 1, 2004

Because Nothing Says Xmas Quite Like A Severed Finger

Presented without comment:


a short while later.... Hey, I'm having a Llamalanche! Eww, smelly! (j/k, they're actually very clean llamas) (the scent of pine and tequila)

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November 30, 2004

November 28, 2004

Almost Over

The hours of work freedom are slowly dwindling down....

I haven't actually left the apartment since Friday afternoon -- go me! Yesterday I did some laundry, put up Xmas lights, cleaned, and made bruchetta for dinner. It was pretty damn spiffy, if I do say so myself! There was a Rick Steve's marathon on PBS that we watched most of the day/evening, so we were all ready to plan a Europe trip after :)

Cureently watching Alison Krause and Uniotn Staion on CMT and eating cinnamon toast. I think we'll have pecan pancakes for dinner.

Posted by Ith at 11:56 AM

November 26, 2004

Misery Loves Company

Where am I? I'm at work, that's where! And since misery loves company, I want a shout out from any of you who are chained to their desks today. I have no idea why we're open the day after Thanksgiving -- it's always so quiet we can hear our hair grow. But sit here we will hoping the hope that they'll let us leave early.

Now, what would I be doing if I wasn't working? For one thing, I'd still be asleep! But you can bet I wouldn't be anywhere near a store today. No way, Jose! There is nothing on god's green earth that could compel me to enter a retail establishment the day after "T" day. But back to my fantasy day off.... I'd be sleeping in, then sticking in a DVD, grabbing a book and reading and watching (or watching and reading). And since it's actually a very nice day, maybe I'd go for a walk. I would just enjoy having a day to myself.

Later: no rest for the wicked -- the Pirate is workin' too.

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November 24, 2004

This & That

Sitting around work when it seems the rest of the country is off already. It'll be the same thing Friday as well.

Been kinda down all week, and only getting more so as the week progresses.

Jen and Dave are coming down from the Bay Area tomorrow and we're going out for Thanksgiving since I don't have the equipment needed to put on a full blown turkey dinner.

Nin made a pumkpin cheesecake all by herself!

Watched the second ep of "House" last night, and I'm still loving it. I think I like it even more than "Lost". What can I say? I'm a sucker for a snarky guy :)

I'm just really tired these days.

My parents seem to be enjoying Utah, but I worry about them being on their own so far away.

Nin says she has a great pic of Johnny Depp that K gave her. She actually called to tell me this.

Quesadillas for dinner tonight.

I wish I was home right about now.

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November 21, 2004

Only Way

The only way to cook is to drink and cook. Mmmm... red wine! Oh, and there's something odd going on over at Margi's -- just thought I'd mention it.

And did I tell you I saw "Finding Neverland" today? Damn fine movie. Really, go see this one if you have a chance.

Need to go check on dinner. Back later.

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November 19, 2004

Amusing Yet Pointless

It's Friday, so let's do something pointless! (it remains to be seen if this qualifies as amusing)

If you're sitting at your desk drinking tea (or coffee) describe the vessel in which your hot liquid of choice is contained in. If you're feeling really motivated, take a picture, post it on your blog, and leave the link in the comments!

Posted by Ith at 9:38 AM | Comments (3)

What The...?

I just looked at site meter and there are dozens upon dozens of searches for "The Last Starfighter"! What's up with that? Was there some momentous news about the movie or what? I remember hearing something about a musical version a few months back, and even posted about it, I think, but I can't think of what would generate so much interest.

Posted by Ith at 9:32 AM | Comments (2)

November 17, 2004


It's been awhile since I've done a pirate type post, so I bring you this:


Anyone else seen it? I remember seeing it on TV when I was a wee one. I need to keep an eye out for it on AMC. Good stuff!

And in other pirate related news, something I meant to mention ages ago, but obviously forgot to -- the Pirate's Blog has me listed as Ship's Carpenter! It would seem actual skill in carpentry is not a requirement, but hey, I can say "Avast, me hearties!" with the best of them! At least I'm not the cabin boy. Me thinks a little climbing the ranks through nefarious means may be in order. Aye, indeed.

Posted by Ith at 4:48 PM | Comments (3)

November 15, 2004

A Question For Those Paratrooper Knowledgeable

As reported earlier, I was going to try and watch "Band of Brothers" this weekend. I'm happy to report, that over Sat. & Sun., we made it through the entire series. It was much better that how I first saw it on the History Channel with all the adverts and over the course of a week and a bit. DVDs are the way to go!! (Thanks, Roberta!)

While I was watching, I was reminded of a question I had last time, and forgot to ask. When the paratroopers are jumping, the planes are at all different levels and all spread out, so how do the paratroopers not hit other planes after they jump out of theirs? Maybe it's just the perspective you get seeing it on film, but it looks like all the parachutes are falling amongst the planes. Yes, it's a stupid question, but I'd like to know.

Posted by Ith at 11:39 AM | Comments (11)

November 12, 2004

Nothing's Perfect

Good News: Bridget Jones is playing here in town.

Bad News: it's at the Lighthouse in Pacific Grove, which is the crappiest of theaters.

I really wish the new theater would open soon. It was supposed to be open this summer, but it doesn't look as if it will be done before the New Year at this point.

Posted by Ith at 8:54 AM | Comments (3)

November 11, 2004

Isn't It Odd?

Why is it that so many people think that if you don't agree with them then you obviously don't know anything about the subject? I never make that assumption when someone disagrees with me. People have a right to their own opinion whether I agree with it or not -- is too much to expect the same courtesy? I guess I believe in "Do Unto Others" as silly as it seems these days.

There just seems to be a rash of such behavior these days, and it's bugging me enough to blog about it :)

Posted by Ith at 9:46 AM | Comments (3)

November 8, 2004

No News Is Good News

I just haven't felt the urge to blog, yet feel compelled to put some words in the space in case y'all forget about me. Okay, not really. Well, sorta?

Jen came down on Saturday, and I was a gracious hostess, I tell you! Not one "neener neener" or evil chortle, or any comment whatsoever about the election passed my lips! Nin even put away her "Imagine No Liberals" mug! The only election comment was about the ticker on election night and how some guy named "Crapo" got 99% of the vote in his race and how every time his name went by at our party, we all shouted, "CRAPO!" Hey, we're easily amused.

So anyway, Jen and her spousal unit visited and we -- I -- had a really awful dinner at an Italian place down the street that's been there since 1953. The marinara sauce was sweet!! EWWWW!!! If I'd wanted sweet, I'd have asked for it on ice cream, for pity's sake! During dinner, somehow, Nin had this burning desire to see "Van Helsing", and Jen discovered we had a Ralph's which meant she could get this awesome parmesan cheese she'd found in SoCal. So off to Blockbuster and Ralph's we went so we could spend the evening eating parmesan and watching Richard Roxbourgh. (well, maybe some of them were watching Hugh Jackman)

Sunday we exchanged Nin's video game for the Sims 2 (Warning: never, ever, got to the Wal Mart in Salinas. It is hell on earth. Trust me on this). Then we went to Target where they got some more of my paycheck in the never ending quest to fully stock the new apartment. Once home, I finally caught up on all my taped shows and General Hospital, and made soup for dinner tonight.

So that's the no news post for today. Hope you enjoyed it. If you didn't, then you don't get any cookies!

Posted by Ith at 4:45 PM | Comments (5)

November 3, 2004

Another Musical Interlude

[snicker] Sean Hannity just played a bit of this Bee Gees classic...

Feel I'm goin' ba-ack To Massachusetts Something's telling me-ee I must go ho-ome And the lights all went down In Massachusetts The day I-I left Her standing on her-er own

Tried to hitch a ride
To San Francisco
Gotta do the things
I wanna do-oo
And the lights all went down
In Massachusetts
They brought me back
To see my way with you

Talk about the life
In Massachusetts
Speak about the people
I have see-een
And the lights all went down
In Ma-assachusetts
And Massachusetts is one place
I ha-ave see-een

Posted by Ith at 12:58 PM | Comments (2)

November 1, 2004

What I Missed

I really missed a lot of news while I was away, but have been trying to catch up. I see Osama 's made another video -- I guess Michael Moore is moonlighting speech writing for him now, huh? The left in this country must be so damn proud! Considering he's specifically targeting states that vote for Bush in his latest, he must think we're going to be Spain -- I don't think so. Then that news about the Russians helping Saddam move weapons to Syria!! Wow! As for the election, I voted last week and all I can do now is wait. I honestly don't know how it's going to pan out. Either way I'll be crying, but for different reasons obviously. My only ray of light is that if Kerry wins [wards off evil eye], I can spend four years emulating the Dems and whine about him being an illegitimate President. Something for you all to look forward to, I'm sure. I'm going to a gathering tomorrow night for moral support, so either way, at least I won't be alone. I will be glad when it's all over, 'cus I don't think my nerves can take much more.

Posted by Ith at 11:43 AM | Comments (7)

October 13, 2004

A Small Request

Could those of you that still have this blog linked at the old URL: (and some even still have the old name: Gaggle of Gals) pretty please change the link to

What with the new and improved ecosystem, it would be great to have a nice fresh start. And it helps me to know who's actually linking here so I can go visit :)


Posted by Ith at 11:08 AM

October 3, 2004

Sunday, Sunday

The movers never brought more boxes, so we've actually been lazy today. I've spent the day playing on the internet, watching FNC, and now I'm starting on my set of season four Stargate DVDs. (thanks, Roberta!) I'm also doing laundry, so I'm getting something done.

Nothing seems to be on PPV, so I need to rifle through the DVD box and see what movie i want to see again. Though I did buy "Cold Mountain" a few months back and have never watched it. Or I could watch "Pirates of the Caribbean" for the 634th time! I really wish the extended version of "Return of the King" was out. [pout]

Oh, and I'm trying to read Neil Stephenson's "Quicksilver", but I'm finding it really hard to get into. Does it get easier farther in?

Season one of Due South is freakin' $111!! I really want it (Nin's taped off the TV tapes finally died), so I decided to add it to my Wishlist, and was amazed at how much they were. Someone is going to have to really love me to get me those! Geepers....

Anything else I can ramble on about?


Posted by Ith at 3:58 PM | Comments (8)

Strangers On My Flight

Via my liberal friend Jen, comes this ditty.

Posted by Ith at 12:13 PM

September 27, 2004

Good Answer!

Instead of any meaningful posting, I'll slide with this quiz. (via the lovely Jeb & Day)

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

Possessing a rare combination of wisdom and humility, while serenely dominating your environment you selflessly use your powers to care for others.

Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.

I'm quite happy with this result seeing as she's one mf my favourite LotR characters.

(still stressed, still no news, it's all back and forth and up and down) (I'm going to have a nervous breakdown real soon now)

Posted by Ith at 1:06 PM | Comments (6)

September 22, 2004


An Alvin & the Chipmunks movie?

Fox is developing a theatrical film featuring the adventures and musical stylings of Alvin and the Chipmunks, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will combine live-action and real actors with CG-animated chipmunks.
Posted by Ith at 5:52 PM | Comments (1)

September 21, 2004


Which British Literary Period are you?


1837-1900--Tennyson, Dickens, Hopkins. You are a product of those that came before you. You aren't afraid to question those in authority, but all in all, you're happy with the Empire

Personality Test Results

Click Here to Take This Quiz
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a hearty "AVAST!" to Fugitive Jen for the link!

Posted by Ith at 1:05 PM | Comments (3)

September 17, 2004

Like Top Gun

I was talking to Nin last night about George Bush, Fighter Pilot. I'd read on the Corner that this forgery scandal has made a lot of people aware, who weren't really before, that the President was an actual honest to god fighter pilot back in the day, and that that knowledge raised their estimation of him.

I started thinking a little more about it, and said that I think a lot of us have this image of fighter pilots from the movies. You think "fighter pilot" and think of Tom Cruise in "Top Gun". We admire them, we think they're cool, women think they're sexy, and we think they're brave and honourable -- an Officer and a Gentleman. And like Tom Cruise in "Top Gun", we figure they go for the gusto, living and partying hard, cutting a swathe through the ladies. I don't think we imagine them sitting in their apartment on a Saturday night playing solitaire. Whether or not our perceptions have any basis in reality, nevertheless it's an image seared, seared (sorry, couldn't resist!) into our culture by Hollywood.

Put all that together, and it isn't really surprising that the more people get to know the George Bush of yesteryear, the more their mental image of him would change: goodbye National Guard slacker, hello dashing fighter pilot!

Posted by Ith at 10:54 AM | Comments (8)

September 16, 2004

What's In Your Purse?

LONDON - British women are packing some pricey handbags. The average British woman's handbag is worth about $1,037, according to a survey published Wednesday that examined both the cost of the bag and its contents.

The results of the survey of 1,700 women by Prudential Home Insurance will come as a shock to many ó those surveyed estimated their bags and the things inside them to be worth only an average of $275.

The majority of women polled said makeup was the most valuable single item, with one in four carrying a set worth up to $90. Half of those surveyed said they regularly carry up to $90 in cash.

"Apart from the usual bits and bobs, women really do carry a lot of valuable items in their handbags without actually realizing it," said Prudential spokeswoman Nicole Dodunski.

The average handbag itself was worth $54, and British women carry cell phones worth an average of $360, the survey found. Sunglasses accounted for around $90, perfume $72, and house and car keys $180. Other items included a hairbrush and a diary.

Posted by Ith at 12:51 PM | Comments (5)

September 13, 2004


I got an email from somone wanting to buy my blog.

Posted by Ith at 11:38 AM | Comments (8)

September 10, 2004

Evocable Teacart

Don't ask me! It was the subject of a piece of email spam I just got.

Posted by Ith at 5:31 PM | Comments (2)

Now I Know

Now I know that this forgery story is big -- my mum knows all about it. I just got off the phone with her and she brought it up. Go, mum!

With all the news reading I do on the internet, plus morning talk radio, I'm never sure if what I think is a big story and know the ins and outs of is something those less interested in current events are even aware of. Anyone else ever have the experience of bringing up a topic only to have your friends look at you blankly?

Posted by Ith at 4:07 PM | Comments (1)

Would It Be Wrong?

Like everyone else, I'm following the forgery story with great interest. So I have to ask, if these are forgeries, and the documents came from the DNC, would it be wrong of me to be insanely gleeful?

I mean, wouldn't it be poetic justice that the hate the Dems have for the President becomes the vehicle of their own destruction? It would be delicious payback, wouldn't it?

So maybe it's not dignified, but it sure would be damn satisfying!

Digital Brownshirts ineed!

Posted by Ith at 9:16 AM | Comments (4)

August 24, 2004

Judging, Shmudging

Is anybody besides me getting really sick of all the whining?

Kerri Strug has an insider's take on the latest gymnastics judging controversy. (You may remember her as the 1996 Olympic gymnast who performed her final vault on an injured foot, sticking her landing on one leg (!) and thus catapulting the women's team to their gold medal victory.) She points out that anyone who might have suffered from the judging system this time around has certainly benefitted from it in the past.

It's not only the athletes and their handlers; it's the fans too. A non-scientific poll at MSNBC has it almost 2 to 1 that Paul Hamm should give up his all-around gold medal.

Excuse me? Was no one paying attention when the commentators pointed out the mandatory-deduction errors in the Korean gymnast's parallel bar routine that would have knocked him out of the running for the gold, even without the initial scoring error?

The closest I ever got to gymnastics was the 7th grade after-school acrobatics program (and I was breathtakingly bad at it) so I will admit to not knowing all the ins and outs. This is why I rely on the commentators and writers who DO know.

But even without an insider's knowledge of the finer points of gymnastics technique, whining is way outside the realm of good sportsmanship, and should not be rewarded.

And that and 50 cents will get you tomorrow's newspaper.

Posted by CrankyBeach at 8:23 AM

August 20, 2004


As I mentioned before, CB and Eclectra will be blogging while I'm gone. But I failed to mention that the inimitable Paul the Strongbow Man, will be keeping an eye on the blog in general while I'm gone.

Thanks, Paul!

And this is probably it for me till Thursday.

Posted by Ith at 6:23 PM | Comments (2)

August 14, 2004

This Is The Weekend

This is the time if you're a local, you stay home! The Monterey Peninsula is a giant parking lot for classic automobiles and so full of tourists you can't move. What started as the Concourse in Pebble Beach has spawned many more auctions and events over the years, till now I think every classic auto in the world is here!

The one perk of living over the highway is that when the Carmel Valley events let out, I can see the cars go by below. So perty! This will be the last year I get to see it since we won't be in this house next year.

Posted by Ith at 8:20 PM | Comments (1)

August 12, 2004

How To?

Could one of my ever so kind readers point me towards some sort of tutorial or resource that would give me a clue on how to do a template where the image stays put, instead of tiled, and then the text scrolls? Since that's a crappy explanation, like this.

I'm in the mood for a change, and that sort of look is one of my ideas.


Posted by Ith at 4:27 PM | Comments (7)

August 10, 2004

If You've Ever Wondered

Sake and hard cider... Whoa!

I'm going to bed now.

All my brother's fault....

Posted by Ith at 11:33 PM


I've been meaning to ask this for ages.

Why does Amber Frey (Scott Peterson's former mistress) need a lawyer? And a celebrity one at that. One that seems to spend more time on TV than anything else she might do.

Do witnesses in a trial usually have to get a lawyer?

Posted by Ith at 10:44 AM | Comments (6)

S.S.P. Time

aka Shameless Self-Promotion

Email lists: check out ALRR if you're a reader or writer or both. Celts In Space is my Celtic themed list.

If you'd like to be a part of a group blog, and you're female, I invite you to check out Girls! Girls! Girls!. No blogging background required to join us in the madness.

If you're buying from Amazon, you're always invited to click through one of the links on the sidebar. We get a few cents for every purchase made, and that in turn helps to keep the lights on here for the blogs that I host, in addition to my own. Thanks!

And remember that Mickey is hosting another Carnival of the Dogs, so if you have some puppy posting to share, head over to her blog for all the details.

Posted by Ith at 10:32 AM

July 31, 2004

A Plan Of Sorts

So Nin decided we needed margaritas to overcome the pain of cleaning/packing that we'd been doing all day. Well, after two of her very strong ones with a float of brandy, I now neither feel like cleaning or packing. (or spelling or typing either)

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July 24, 2004

A Post For DG

We went to the mall this afternoon so my mum and I could spend our birthday money. First we had a few margaritas, then we went shopping! I got two Asian styled tops and a pair of black slacks from Chicos, and I got "Cold Mountain" and "Mystery, Alaska" on DVD. Now I'm waiting for my Cherry Bancha tea to steep!

Posted by Ith at 8:41 PM | Comments (3)

July 22, 2004

I Knew It!

When I saw Rae's result, I just knew I'd get the same. Nice indeed! Piffle!

You Are

You are a beautiful person, in a wistful kind of way. If you could, you would spend all your time daydreaming and writing poetry. You are a tragic beauty.

You are sensitive and caring, and you don't take insults well. You don't smile much, but when you do, you really mean it.

People like to be around you because you are a calming influence. You have an appreciation for all things beautiful, and you probably have some potted plants. You also most likely own a cat.

You like Sundays and hot tea. You will spend your entire life yearning for quiet beauty, which is a rarity in this world, so you read a lot.

Everyone you know thinks you're "nice."

Take the Which Led Zeppelin Song Are You? Quiz

Posted by Ith at 5:45 PM | Comments (5)

July 21, 2004

Good To Know...

but I prefer malt vinegar on my fries.

Posted by Ith at 5:29 PM | Comments (1)

July 14, 2004

When Hobbits Go Bad

Or something....

This is an odd saga of fandom gone wrong with a little criminal activity thrown in for good measure. Truly strange stuff.

Posted by Ith at 6:23 PM | Comments (2)

Fish & Chips

Sorry for the lack of meaningful posting. I've been involved in a marathon email list discussion on abortion and gay marriage all at once. The posts I've been writing and reading seem to be running novella length, so my lil brain is as fried as a nice plate of fish and chips with little steam left for deep posts here.

My bad! I'll try and do better.

Posted by Ith at 9:26 AM

July 13, 2004


I've been watching "North Shore" on FOX this summer. I'm so ashamed. And worse, I've been watching "Blow Out" on BRAVO.

It's sad, isn't it?

Posted by Ith at 6:25 PM | Comments (3)

You Say Rodeo, I Say Rodeo

It's that time of year again, time for the annual fight over the Salinas Rodeo pronunciation. This is what we argue about just about when we get tired of the whole Paso Robles debate. See, it's pronounced Salinas Row Day Oh Grounds, not Row Dee Oh (though they're called Row Dee Oh events). Think Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Apparently, it's the regional/Spanish way to say it from back in the day. Anyway, every year at rodeo time, the argument erupts, and this morning it was the topic on KTOM. People get so irate over it! It's all rather entertaining, and we never seem to tire of it all. That's what happens when you live in the boonies, I guess.

Later: I should point out I don't really care either way, two, its been pronounced that way here for more than a century (at the minimum), and three I see it as a regional dialect thing, just the way some people in other states pronounce things funny.

Posted by Ith at 8:57 AM | Comments (3)

July 8, 2004

I Know

I haven't posted anything today. I think part of it is my outrage gasket is plum worn out. Between here, commenting other places, and maintaining a political discussion email list, I think I'm spread too thin sometimes.

Brain tired.

Really tired.

Anyway, it's another dreary overcast summer day here on the CA coast, I have the heat blasting, my sweater on and am thinking about lunch soon (bananna pancakes and peanut butter). Tomorrow I'm having lunch out with Margaret from my Townhall Meetup group, so that's something to look forward to. And tomorrow's Friday!

So chat amongst yourselves and I'll try and do some real blogging real soon like.

Posted by Ith at 12:18 PM | Comments (3)

July 7, 2004

Mickey Made Me Do It

Take the quiz: "Which Random Irish Gaelic Phrase Are You? "

Pog mo thoin
Pog mo thoin - 'Kiss my ass.'You're one tough bastard, and if anyone doesn't like it, they can kiss your ass. You enjoy fighting and causing grievous bodily harm. Hey! What are you lookin' at, punk?

Via: who do you think?

Posted by Ith at 12:09 PM | Comments (2)

July 6, 2004

Five Day Spread

My Ecosystem ranking is all over the place the last week. So I shall enjoy my lofty position while it lasts!

July 2: 272
July 3: 130
July 4: 236
July 5: 232
July 6: 114

Later the next day: July 7 -- 214! I dropped 100 places in one day.

Posted by Ith at 12:14 PM | Comments (3)

July 3, 2004

Care To Share?

Current temp: 55. Last time I saw sunshine: about three days ago. No, wait, the sun peeked through for about 10 minutes yesterday! But despite the fact we'll be shivering around the BBQ (and fireworks will consist of coloured fog) we will be doing all that 4o'J stuff tomorrow.

So, anyone have a kick ass BBQ burger recipe they'd like to share? My usual is toss stuff into hamburger, coat in bottled sauce, cook till really dead. Oh, and lots of fried onions! and maybe a few mushrooms. Last time I put on some blue cheese and chipotle sauce. That was good. I'm culinarily adventurous, so bring it on! Most of the family works tomorrow, so I'm the one putting this altogether for when they get home. I'd like to try something new.

Posted by Ith at 4:32 PM | Comments (5)

July 2, 2004

Is It 5 Yet?

Still have this icky cold and really want to go home. It's been a long, unhealthy week -- sunburn, tummy ailment, then the cold. Nin works this weekend, so we aren't going to be going anywhere for the holiday like we'd originally planned. We are both off Monday though, so we might try and see a movie. And I'm supposed to have coffee with "Emode Guy #2" on Monday as well. No pressure, right?

Did you see the no Daleks thing? And the girl whose cell phone caught fire in her pants?

Heck if I know....

Posted by Ith at 4:21 PM

June 23, 2004

Summer List

A few things I'm looking forward to this summer:

Day of Doon at Bonny Doon Winery

King Arthur

Stargate's new season

The launch of Stargate: Atlantis

Long weekend for the 4th

Trying out some more new grilling/BBQ recipes

Going somewhere warm enough, if even for just a couple days, to wear summer clothes

What's on your summer list?

Posted by Ith at 8:47 AM | Comments (11)

June 21, 2004

Bad Baby Names

Laugh out loud funny site about really bad baby names.

Via Tea Jen.

Posted by Ith at 12:20 PM | Comments (5)

There Will Be More Later

We saw Prisoner of Azkaban last night, but I'm busy busy today. so I'll get back to you on it. In other news, I'm determined not to let people I don't even know bring me down. Go me! If you have nothing better to do than be judgemental in somone's comments, you need a frickin' life.

Off to pour a cuppa and do payroll. Ooo! Fun!!

In the meantime go read the folks on my sidebar.

Later: I'm feeling less antagonistic now :) I knew you'd want to know.

Posted by Ith at 9:07 AM | Comments (2)

June 19, 2004

Just Call Me

If Madonna can do it....

Henceforth (as announced in the comments of this post) I wish to be called "Persephone"!

(all in aid of my self-imposed goal of keeping this weekend light and happy and my blood pressure down)

Posted by Ith at 2:31 PM | Comments (1)

In Case You Were Wondering

Yes, you can donate a few credits to our little blog community here at Over on the sidebar, under "the attic" you'll find a link to the donation page.

We don't hold pledge drives or anything (though I'm thinking of making Paul do a pinup calendar to sell as a fundraiser!), but random acts of donation are always greatly appreciated.

Posted by Ith at 2:11 PM | Comments (5)

June 18, 2004

Apropos Of Nothing

It's just odd to hear Adel Al-Jueber, the spokesman for Saudi Arabia, open his mouth to speak and hear an almost Irish/Scots accent.

Posted by Ith at 9:09 PM

Not Ernest Borgnine

I found this little thingjibbie over at the lovely Emma's.

My results are here for 24 hours.

I may have to try a different photo to see if it changes the results.

Later: yep, a different pic, different results. Still no Ernest Borgnine though :) And I haven't heard of any of them except Maria Callas & Juliette Binoche.

Later Later: Here's the side by sides:

me1.jpg to juliette.jpg and vanessa.jpg

The first one is Juliette Binoche, the second Vanessa Mae.

The other pic

me2.jpg to callas.jpg and gisele.jpg

First one is Maria Callas, the second one is Gisele Bundchen.

Posted by Ith at 5:40 PM | Comments (12)

June 16, 2004

Your Favourite Place

I have an email list discussion going on fave places in your state/province, and I thought it would be fun to bring it over here too. You can answer here or trackback with the answers on your own blog.

* What is your favourite place in the state you live in now?

* What is your favourite in a state you've lived in before?

My answers:

The North Coast of CA up by Crescent City.

Where I used to live:WA State, the San Juan Islands, B.C., Pacific Rim National Park and the Bulkley Valley.

Posted by Ith at 1:37 PM | Comments (2)

Mark Your Calendars!

My birthday. One month from now. That is all.

Posted by Ith at 8:48 AM | Comments (2)

June 14, 2004


There's some odd web searches out there that bring folks to my blog...

Today's favourites are "bitter homosexuals" & "did the allies or enemies get aided from the pearl harbour".

Posted by Ith at 5:52 PM

Cold Day In A Warm Nether Region!

That is a quote from my friend, Jayne, on reading an email I sent the list on "the man with two first names", Adrian Paul. See, he has many fans who think he'd be the perfect James Bond. I had thought such desires were confined to the Highlander lists I'm on, but they seem to have spread to other places. Today for example, I'm reading an article on a movie site, and they show the most recent message board threads on the sidebar. There I see the dreaded words, "Adrian Paul as James Bond". Then it gets worse! Unable to resist clicking the link, I read the thread and see someone saying that AP looks and sounds like Sean Connery!! My comment on that: "In what universe, pray tell?"

(For those of you have never even heard of him, he starred in the Highlander TV series. He's pretty -- if you like that sort of look -- but he's no Sean Connery. Or even Roger Moore for that matter.)

Posted by Ith at 5:44 PM | Comments (5)

June 10, 2004

When Bunnies & Icebergs Collide

I can't hear it, but it sure looks funny.

Posted by Ith at 11:42 AM

June 3, 2004

So Much For Cutting

I was doing the usual "my birthday is next month, so I better update my wishlist" task and instead of removing things, I ended up adding more. [sigh] Amazon is evil!

If I ever win the lottery, my one splurge would be to buy everythng on my wish list.

Later: I ruthlessly cut cut cut! Removed a whole page.

Posted by Ith at 5:09 PM | Comments (1)


aka Shameless Self-Promotion

There will be another edition of "Lend Me Your Links Friday" on, you guessed it, Friday! So start thinking about your contribution if you would. You can take a look at the last one here. Email lists: check out ALRR if you're a reader or writer or both. Celts In Space is my Celtic themed list. If you'd like to be a part of a group blog, and you're female, I invite you to check out Girls! Girls! Girls!. No blogging background required to join us in the madness. And remember that Mickey is hosting another Carnival of the Dogs, so if you have some puppy posting to share, head over to her blog for all the details.
Posted by Ith at 10:26 AM

May 27, 2004

Headlines That Make You Go Hmmmm....

"Group Uses Film to Promote Global Warming"

No kidding? There's a group that thinks global warming is a good thing!

Posted by Ith at 10:17 AM | Comments (1)

May 26, 2004

We Made The Radio

The Orcas killing the baby Gray Whales during the whale watching sail here in Monterey Bay made Rush today.

Oh, and here's a link to the local paper's report on it all.

Posted by Ith at 11:57 AM | Comments (3)

May 25, 2004


There's a Bush protest meandering its way past the pharmacy I work at.

I am so tempted to make my own sign and go protest the protest.

But, I'll probably end up in a fight and I don't want to go to jail for beating people up...

Posted by Ninjababe at 5:40 PM | Comments (3)

May 21, 2004

Cicada Test

Via my buddyette, TamTam:

Take the Cicada Test!

Posted by Ith at 5:18 PM | Comments (2)


Starting about 7pm last night, I started getting dozens of hits searching for the Cosby remarks I'd posted earlier in the week. It's now only 9am and I've already 350 visits, 140 in the last hour. To give you an idea, my average for a whole day is something like 225.

Freakin' nuts! This must be what an Instalanche is like, huh?

Update 530pm: Lordie! I think I'm going to break 1000 today. I'm at 991 as of this moment.

Posted by Ith at 9:01 AM

May 20, 2004

Only In California

Would someone create a ballet about the plight of illegal Mexican farmworkers.

Oh yeah, meant to mention: it's a 15 minute dance, and it got 6 whole pages devoted to it in our local lefty weekly rag.

And the cover!

Posted by Ith at 12:33 PM

May 19, 2004

S.S.P & B.N.

aka Shameless Self-Promotion & Blog Notes

I added a little text line under the banner as part of my effort to not devolve. In case you were wondering :) Needless to say, if you've never blogrolled or bookmarked me, you are of course invited to do so.

There will be another edition of "Lend Me Your Links Friday" on, guess, Friday! So start thinking about your contribution if you would.

A few people have asked me about my fanfic. The link is over on the sidebar -- Tales From The Darkwood. I have an archive with my fic and that of a few friends.

Email lists: check out ALRR if you're a reader or writer or both. Celts In Space is my Celtic themed list.

If you'd like to be a part of a group blog, and you're female, I invite you to check out Girls! Girls! Girls!. No blogging background required to join us in the madness.

Posted by Ith at 12:19 PM

May 18, 2004

Make A Note

Lip gloss + petting long haired kitty on your lap = cat hair floating up to stick all over your lips.

I knew this.

I forgot.



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May 17, 2004

The Moody Blog Blues

Interesting take on original content, linking, traffic -- all that good stuff. It's certainly something I've pondered, especially after I've written some heartfelt bit of bloggery (like this) to nary a comment, and then get oodles of comments on what I thought was a throwaway quick-note. I've decided I'm just a lousy judge of my audience. Maybe I need to conduct a study! Think I could get a grant? Seriously, even though, yes, to a certain extent I write for myself -- both blogs and fic -- I'm also writing for "you". "You" the person who drops by once to never return all the way to the "you" that has me blogrolled and is a frequent visitor. No, it's not my job, but I do feel a certain obligation to make that click worth your while. Though whether I succeed on any given day can be quite the mystery sometimes. I've been doing this more than two years (yikes!) and I have to figure out that perfect formula. I think it's because what I write and what I write about, depends on my mood. You've got you "mood rings", I've got a "mood blog" -- you never know if I'm running red, green, blue, or black! Hopefully that means I'm not boring. No, I know, I'm not counting on it.

A hearty AVAST! to XRLQ for the link.

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May 13, 2004

My Vote Is In

I've placed my vote for Rupert, and now to avoid Survivor Bloggers till the show airs here on the West Coast. As my boss said, "I'm going home now to see Rupert win a million."

And now I'm going home!

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My horoscope has some wise words today:

The small stuff is just that: small stuff. Take a break from the nitty-gritty.

Posted by Ith at 9:29 AM

May 11, 2004

What's Good For The Goose....

Since t-shirt babes are all the rage right now, I got to wondering if I wasn't missing out on the wave of the future. Maybe I need a t-shirt hunk for A&C. Huh? Ya think? It might spice things up, add a certain allure, to the environs.

Of course, I need a t-shirt first, but that's just a pesky detail!

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May 9, 2004

Wasting Time

I decided to try posting some of my fic on It turned out to be a great way to kill a few hours! Now if I could just start writing again. Fiction that is. Something about blogging seems to have sucked out the ability to write fiction. Maybe my brain can't switch gears between the two styles of writing.

I dunno.

I should probably actually do something.

Posted by Ith at 4:24 PM | Comments (9)

Talk Like A Pirate? Me?

Doctor Unheimlich has diagnosed me with
Cause:lack of sausages
Symptoms:aggression, going bump in the night, talking like a pirate
Cure:eat more polystyrene
Enter your name, for your own diagnosis:

I had sausages but a week ago.

This very odd thinglet found via a trackback on my post here to this post here.

There you go.

(have I mentioned lately how much I like Kenny Chesney?)


(Prepare t' be boarded!)

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May 7, 2004

It's Not Love, So....

I'd like to apologize to Deb for not apologizing before she apologized.

Errrr... something like that.

I'm confused.

Oh, and that post about "Wild Thing" from earlier today -- I'm really sorry about that too. And singing ABBA songs to Nin just to drive her insane.

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I could have gone another twenty years without needing to hear "Wild Thing" again on the radio.

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May 4, 2004


Quick! Someone do the Monty Python sketch!

I'm turning into one, a banana that is. My mum had pounds of over ripe ones from work and she's been making banana bread like there's no tomorrow. Guess what I've been eating for lunch and breakfast the last few days?

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May 3, 2004

Who Knew?

I get an email newsletter from the Nugget in Reno, and through it, I discover that Night Ranger and Loverboy are still together (separately) and still touring. That's kinda scary.

If you're interested, Night Ranger (who will forever make me think of Michele) will be playing June 18-19, and Loverboy will be there May 14-15.

Posted by Ith at 6:39 PM

Bertie Is Ethnically Insensitive!

My buddy, Roberta, is such an ethnically insensitive person! She's sending me Scottish jokes!! Pages of 'em!

The absolute nerve!

Now I need to find Italian jokes...

[/ teasing mode on ]

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May 2, 2004


I'd forgotten how icky "From Hell" is.

Not something to be watching while you eat dinner!

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April 30, 2004

80's Weekend

The Beach is having a totally 80's weekend (again) so here's a music moment a little later than the normal lunch hour one I normally do.

This was one of my faves from the time:

The Bangles: If She Knew What She Wants

If she knew what she wants
(He'd be giving it to her)
If she knew what she needs
(He could give her that too)
If she knew what she wants
(But he can't see through her)
If she knew what she wants
He'd be giving it to her
Giving it to her.

But she wants everything
(He can pretend to give her everything)
Or there's nothing she wants
(She don't want to sort it out)
He's crazy for this girl
(But she don't know what she's looking for)
If she knew what she wants
He'd be giving it to her
Giving it to her.

I'd say her values are corrupted
But she's open to change
Then one day she's satisfied
And the next I'll find her crying
And it's nothing she can explain.

If she knew what she wants
(He'd be giving it to her)
If she knew what she needs
(He could give her that too)
If she knew what she wants
(But he can't see through her)
If she knew what she wants
He'd be giving it to her
Giving it to her (giving it to her).

Some have a style That they work hard to refine So they walk a crooked line But she won't understand Why anyone would have to try To walk a line when they could fly.

No sense thinking I could rehabilitate her
When she's fine, fine, fine
She's got so many ideas traveling around in her head
She doesn't need nothing from mine.

If she knew what she wants
(He'd be giving it to her)
If she knew what she needs
(He could give her that too)
If she knew what she wants
(But he can't see through her)
If she knew what she wants
He'd be giving it to her
Giving it to her.

But she wants everything
(He can pretend to give her everything)
Or there's nothing she wants
(She don't want to sort it out)
He's crazy for this girl
(But she don't know what she's looking for)
If she knew what she wants
He'd be giving it to her
Giving it to her.

(He'd be giving it to her)
(He could give her that too)
(But he can't see through her)
Giving it to her
Giving it to her now.

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April 27, 2004

What About Me?

I've been pondering doing a profile, or an 'all about me' thingie, but I hate writing them. I always sound even dorkier than I actually am. A long time ago, Paul (who used to be the Guy on this blog back when it was a group blog) wrote a bio for me as if I were running for public office. It was a hoot and I wish I could find it. That might be more interesting than the usual bio, huh?

I know I have many bright and funny readers, so how about giving me some alternate bios to go along with my real one?

On another fairly unrelated note: I need to find a man who likes to dance! Real dancing, not the jumping up and down stuff they do in clubs (though that can be fun on occasion) I'm thinking of dragging Nin to Swing Dance classes so we can socialize and exercise. But my experience with couples dancing, and group dancing for that matter, is that there's always more women then men.

I used to Scottish Country dance, and I loved it. I was even in a performance group (she says modestly), but it wrecked my feet. Ended up with nerve damage in my right foot. We always had more women than men, so we did a lot of all women sets and women dancing as men in mixed sets. But I just loved dancing, and I miss it.

Okay, starting to ramble. It's unusually warm here, and I'm tired. Another hour till going home time.

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April 26, 2004

Easy Come, Easy Go

I'm devolving. Rather quickly too. I guess that's one of the pitfalls of changing your URL. From being in the mid hundreds, I've dropped like a cookie crumb in a glass of milk to 243.

Oh well.

On the up side, the weather this spring is lovely!

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April 20, 2004

One More Day

I'm so sleepy. Another 45 minutes till Nin gets here, then I can go hoooome! Well, not quite -- bank, RiteAid, then home. Then packing and getting the car ready for the trip tomorrow. In between, American Idol, Gilmore Girls, & 24. If we're lucky, we should get out of town by 3pm tomorrow. SoCal here we come! So lock up your menfolk.

On a related note: if you'd like to be a Magic Kingdom Guest Blogger here at the Cookie, it's still not too late! If you have a blog, you can shamelessly self promote yourself, and if you don't, you can experience the wonderful world of blogging guilt and carb free! What a deal! And wait, there's more! Order now and you'll get a ham and Ginzu knives!

Posted by Ith at 5:52 PM

April 18, 2004

Speaking Of Dinner

I'm making Tequila Shrimp Quesadillas.


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April 15, 2004


Now I've seen everything! You can buy Yak meat through Amazon.

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Isn't It Odd?

That we think of a specific colour when we hear "rose coloured" and yet roses are all different colours.

Though it's probably because rose the colour and rose the flower aren't connected.

Posted by Ith at 1:41 PM | Comments (3)

April 13, 2004


No, I'm not reenacting Spock's death scene from Wrath of Khan.

Just a wee reminder that the blog has a new URL, so if you change your bookmarks, I won't devolve into a fish or something :) That would be so sad. Honest.

Posted by Ith at 11:09 AM

April 9, 2004

Shoes Don't Stretch

"No matter what they say, shoes don't stretch and men don't change."

~ Amy Dalley -- Men Don't Change

This is the entire chorus

Cupid works for the devil
Be suspicious if he cries
You know sex is usually good
Yeah, but it ain't always right
Chocolate is a band-aid and no matter what they say
Shoes don't stretch and men don't change

You can hear the song here. It's a very catchy tune and she has a unique voice.

Posted by Ith at 6:31 PM | Comments (4)

April 5, 2004

Match Made In Middle Earth

Who is your Lord of the Rings love match?

Aragorn. It seems you seek a lover who doesn't wear his heart on his sleeve, a real man, strong, silent and determined. The kind of chap who can build a fire, track a man across hill and dale through darkness and survive in the wild for months at a time. Regular shaving may be beyond his reach, and you may have to make substantial concessions to secure his affection. Your dad won't be happy.

Posted by Ith at 1:31 PM

April 3, 2004

Who Knows

I've decided to colour my hair a little darker than my normal colour, mostly because I'm bored with my hair right now. It's either this, or cut it all spikey short again. So if you read screams of horror here later, you'll know why!

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April 2, 2004

Friday List

Just a few bits and pieces:

Remember, there's a chat room you can use now. The link is over on the sidebar, under "Bittersweet Patisserie & Chat Room"

If you'd like to participate in a group blog, and you're of the female persausion, check out "Girls! Girls! Girls!". We'd love to welcome you to the group.

If you're interested in chatting about books, writing, and a few extras, then may I suggest ALRR?

And a reminder that A&C is at a new URL, so if you'd like to change your bookmarks, that would be nifty.

Posted by Ith at 9:28 AM | Comments (2)

March 30, 2004

Right Up Nin's Alley

Hey, Nin, think you can get in on this?

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I really like the new scent I chose, I really do. At first, I wasn't sure but it's grown on me. I was wearing Allure by Chanel and ran out as the winter was coming on, but since I usually wear Dolce & Gabana in the winter, I didn't replace it. Well, a few months back, the new Sephora catalog came out (joy!) and it had a section on new perfumes, one of them being Les Nuits d' Hadrien. I think it was the bottle and colour that drew my eye first. Then I read the notes and description and had to give it a try. It had tangerine and sandalwood notes, two of my favourites, so it was worth a shot. Glad I did! So now, I have a new favourite scent -- like I needed another one!


Les Nuits d' Hadrien

In the spirit of the original d'Hadrien, this warmer, more seductive scent has the familiar fresh top notes of icy Sicilian lemons warmed with rich vanilla, amber, and musk, leaving an intriguing Oriental trail behind the woman who wears it.

Sicilian Lemon, Bergamot, Green Mandarin, Tangerine, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Indonesian Patchouli, Amber, White Musk.

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March 29, 2004

Something About The Morning seems to refuse to allow a ping before the late afternoon. All last week it would never accept a ping from any morning posts, but the ones I made in the late afternoon, pinged merrily away.

Very odd.

Posted by Ith at 9:56 AM

March 27, 2004


I've now moved from the copious amounts of tea portion of the day, to the copious amounts of wine portion of the evening.

(a nice Aussie Shiraz)

(and lots of La Brea Bakery bread)

(and remember, the new URL here is:

Posted by Ith at 6:35 PM

Badger, Badger, Badger


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March 26, 2004

80s Lunchtime Music Moment

"Only In My Dreams" by Debbie Gibson dedicated to that lover of 80s music, most especially "WHAM", Paul!

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March 25, 2004

This & That

Still coughing and not sleeping.

Glad tomorrow is Friday.

Just a reminder that the blog is now at a new URL (the autoredirect is so fast, some folks don't realize we moved) so change those bookmarks.

If you want more email, check out a few of my email lists: ALRR, & Celts In Space. And if you'd like a place to blog, check out Girls! Girls! Girls! We're always ready to welcome new members. seems to hate me today. I keep getting "connection refused" when MT tries to ping them.

Heh, Rush making a comment on Bob Kerrey lamenting the evil FOX News channel releasing that background transcript yesterday, noting that not only did the White House release Kathleen Willie's private letters to the President, but those letters are still on the CNN website! No, the Dems have never tried to undermine a citizen.

Thinking of making this a three column blog.

50 years ago today, RCA started producing colour TVs.

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March 23, 2004

Speaking Of Sitting On A Beach...

We're in the preplanning stages of where to go for vacation aka holiday in the autumn. New Mexico is on the list (again), Victoria (to visit old friends and not visit relatives), and the Texas Gulf Coast. I'm leaning towards Texas. I remember how much I loved the Gulf Coast when we took 10 cross country a few years back, and think it would be dandy to plop ourselves in one place and just veg.

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Wither Carol?

Anyone know why Carol isn't hosting "Changing Rooms" anymore? We were watching "Red Cap" last night on BBCA, and saw an advert for the newest season (for us here in the States) announcing Laurence as the new host. Don't get me wrong, I love LLB, but as the host? With no Carol?

Posted by Ith at 5:19 PM

March 19, 2004


Anyone have anything exciting planned for the weekend?

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My kingdom for a ping [sigh]

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March 11, 2004

Just A Little Odd

John Derbyshire, over at NRO, had mentioned yesterday that it was the 911 day since 9/11. No, I have no real point, just something that had stuck in my head, along with him also being told it was Bin Laden's birthday.

Posted by Ith at 5:23 PM | Comments (1)

March 10, 2004

What Do You Think?

As I mentioned yesterday, we're switching hosting companies, and one of the things I can have now is sub-domains. So, for a plethora of reasons, I'm going to be utilizing the feature. But what should I use?,,, or something else entirely? If I don't use absinthe, I could always change the name of my blog if the fancy struck, but will I be changing the name anytime soon? Heck if I know.

Reader input welcomed!

Posted by Ith at 6:45 AM | Comments (4)

March 9, 2004


Remember I was wondering why MT would ban comments from someone whose IP I hadn't banned? Well now it's banning my comments, and my IP is not on the list.

This is really odd.

Update: Fear not, fair commenters! MT Guru Kathy is on the case! I'll let you know when I know something, k? For now, I'm commenting via the posting template.

Updated Update: comments are up and running, thanks to Kathy. Hire this fine woman if your MT makes your eyes cross and your head hurt, seriously!

And one little test in reverse to see if the trackback error I've been getting is just Goldie or everything. (I realize no one has a klew as to what I'm babbling about)

Okay, MT is converting the trackback link into something funky on the way to posting and pinging. I have to manually add the link to the post I'm pinging down in the "URLs to Ping" box to get it to work.

Posted by Ith at 8:51 AM | Comments (9)

March 8, 2004

It's A Crime!

The crushing of artistic freedom continues unabated here in America! Forget Howard Stern, this tragic event will have you voting for Ralph Nader, since only he can stop such corporate evil.

This shall not stand!

(do I need to add my [humour] tags?)

(I hope not...)

Posted by Ith at 2:11 PM | Comments (1)

March 3, 2004

Dinner Time Conversation

Nin and I went out to dinner last night to our favourite Japanese place. In amongst our chatter -- where we decided we're 3 degrees from Johnny Depp -- the subject of family, relationships, and politics came up. I'd just read a story where the parents of one of the characters had fits because their daughter had married someone of the opposite political persuasion. Now to me, this seems nuts. But I've heard it happens. I remember being amazed to discover that the parents of a few of my friends actually still grill their kids over who they vote for, and would have kittens if they ever voted Republican. Of all the things my mum has ever worried about, I can guarantee that who I vote for is not on the list!

But back to the point -- somewhere in here -- of our mealtime chatter. I said I'd rather have an SO who's a Democrat and involved and interested in current events, than someone who doesn't vote, doesn't care, and thinks Condi Rice is some new version of Uncle Ben's.

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March 2, 2004


No, I'm not going to sing that song, so don't worry.

You know those nights when all you remember doing is dreaming? One after the other? And then you wake up feeling like you've been running around all night. That's what last night was like for me. I'm pooped! Several dreams involved bloggers. I remember one where Paul came to visit, but he just showed up on my doorstep with no warning and didn't have a place to stay. One of the others had Jay and Deb in it, but I don't recall the details of that one. Heck, maybe they were visiting too!

I need a nap!

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March 1, 2004

A Little Oscar Talk

I'm sure it's patently obvious I'm thrilled with the RotK sweep, huh? I will say that I wouldn't have been bummed had the lost best song -- I still think Annie Lennox was awful, and her live performance last night was painful to listen to. Especially after Alison Krause's exquisite renditions of her nominated songs. But it was nice that RotK went 11 for 11!

Billy Crystal's opening schtick was amusing in places -- especially Michael Moore getting squashed by an Oliphant!

Most everyone looked great -- with the notable exception of Uma Thurman. I called it Haute Couture Bag Lady. Johnny Depp was a sweetie when, just before the broadcast, the little girl nominated for Whale Rider got her wish to meet him courtesy of the ABC preshow guy.

Can't say anything else really caught my attention, just lots of people in movies I've never seen. But that's okay, it was all about LotR last night for me, and it was a good one!

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February 27, 2004

Another Goofy Test

Which Reality-TV Mouthpiece Are You Most Like?

Of course I'd rather have him than be him... [whistles innocently]

You're Simon Cowell

You're like that stuffy English teacher whom everybody dreads, but then
respects because your demanding class gave them an unforgettable education.
Of course you're a success in everything you do (you always knew you'd be),
and the only thing bigger than your career is your ego. Is that why you
always seem like you're dying of boredom? At least your snarky commentary
keeps everyone else entertained.

Posted by Ith at 5:47 PM | Comments (2)

This Is Better

I took this quiz yesterday and was not pleased with my results, so I just took it again:

You're Singapore!
You're small but well-built and people are a little afraid of you.  You might even walk with a cane that people find somewhat menacing, rather than seeing it as an aid to your mobility.  You like an urban lifestyle, with little time for nature or the more rural pleasures of life.  This fast-paced lifestyle suits you, and you wish everyone around you would just shape up.
Take the Country Quiz at the Blue Pyramid

Fear me and shape up! Words to live by.

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February 26, 2004

Mystery Meat

I have about 15 links that I've been gathering over the last few weeks to things I thought would make interesting blog posts. Now, whether I ever get around to making them into posts is anybody's guess, so maybe I should just make a mystery link post? Heck, I don't even remember what half of them are about, so it might be fun.

Posted by Ith at 5:10 PM | Comments (1)

February 24, 2004

Marriage -- A Question

Okay, okay, more than one question!

Just a mental musing on marriage. I hear proponents of gay marriage say that those against gay marriage are imposing their religious views on others. But not just Christians consider marriage between a man and a woman, either currently or historically. So if we remove religion from the equation, and just look at the historical and cultural record through the ages, does that make any difference? Should it be something we consider? And if we look at other cultures, and at history, isn't there a precedent for polygamy? And wouldn't that be a legal & social argument for polygamists and polyamorous "marriages"?

I fully support the concept of civil unions, in fact, the availability of such arrangements would be something I'd like to have for myself one day. But I'm also interested in a discussion of what our concept of marriage is, and how our view is shaped by things other than religion. Marriage is something that predates Christianity, and seems to be a fairly universal concept no matter what part of the world. If marriage as an institution is something that's thousands of years old, wouldn't it take some serious amount of time to make inroads into changing the one man/one woman idea?

I don't know if my questions make any sense, but they're things I'm genuinely curious about in my own rambling sort of way.

Posted by Ith at 6:48 PM | Comments (6)

What Shall We Talk About?

Since I'm not doing such a bang up job, what would you like to talk about? (and if I see "Holy Roman Empire"....) (you know who you are!)

Some suggested topics:

* Who will be the winners at the Oscars?

* Will Angel be saved from cancellation?

* How many more ways can they come up with to keep Jack out of an entire ep of SG1? And what creative ways could you come up with?

* If you could get someone to read one blog (other than your own) what would it be?

Okay, go for it!

Posted by Ith at 7:15 AM | Comments (4)

February 16, 2004

You Have To Inhale

I didn't catch the country, but somewhere, they're inhaling vodka through a tube -- it looked like an asthma inhaler. It's all the rage it would seem.

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February 14, 2004

Explain Please

What is "bling"? I've seen the word pop up with increasing frequency, and now it's making it into astronomy articles. I assume it has something to do with gemstones? Is this more teenage slang I'm not up on?

Posted by Ith at 1:36 PM | Comments (3)

February 13, 2004

No Pink

Tomorrow, you will find this blog a Valentine Free Zone (I need a graphic, don't I?). There will be no hearts, no mushy poetry, no candy, flowers, or anything remotely pink. I have spoken! And it shall be so.

Any troublemakers will be forced to listen to a rendition of "Tiny Bubbles" by the Chipmunks.

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February 7, 2004

Frittering The Day Away

I'm proud to say I haven't accomplished a single thing today! I spent the day reading fanfic, chatting with Helen in email [waves Australia way], watching three hours of Kenny Chesney (dang, he's cute!) stuff I taped earlier in the week, and drinking my way through two pots of tea. My Firefly DVDs came in today, so guess what I'm doing tonight? Tomorrow, mum and I are going to make brioche, which should be fun. Need to go to the mall and run some errands, but it's usually hell leaving the house over AT&T ProAm weekend.

Oh, and Stargate wasn't too bad last night. More Jack than usual -- which is usually makes me happy -- and an interesting story. Though the scenes from next week make no sense whatsoever.

I have GAC in right now, and the Alison Krause/James Taylor duet, "How's The World Treating You" is on. I really like this song. May have to look into the CD.

K, back to fic and more frittering!

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February 4, 2004

Not Hardly!

So the creator of Survivor talks about Richard and his penchant for nudity:

Mark Burnett also said he was hoping that the first winner, Richard Hatch, would keep his clothes on for "Survivor: All-Stars" ó despite the fact that the nudity could add spice to the program and possibly boost ratings.

Mark, I have to tell you, on my planet, Richard in the nude is much more likely to have me switch the channel than encourage me to watch!

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February 3, 2004

My Inner Snape

So I'm standing in my boss's office, and one of the guys walks in and says, "Dee, you look like a Slytherin today, not a Gryffindor." I objected and told him I took the test and I am too a Gryffinndor! But that Nin's a Slytherin.

"There's a test?" he asks.

So totally out of nowhere, my coworker thinks I look Slytherin.

Hmmm.... Not sure what one should make of that [g]

(I'm wearing black stretch jeans and a pale grey knit shirt that has
oxford shirt like cuffs and collar in white cotton, and the front is what I always think of as a tuxedo shirt, with the ribbing. Little bit of makeup and my silver oak leaf earrings and Orkney art style tree pendant.)

(a rare lunch time post)

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January 28, 2004

My Kingdom For A Blog Post

I think it's a result of not feeling well. Or being tired. Or stress. Pick one, pick any. Whichever or whatever, it seems I've lost the ability to do a serious news blog post. I don't think this is a permanent condition though.

I did find it interesting that Dean got himself a new campaign manager. I've only seen the headline so far, so don't know the details, but isn't it usually a bad sign to be making a change like that after the primary season has started? At the very least, it seems kind of odd.

As for the Dem nomination in general, I'm still thinking Edwards could go somewhere.

And how about American Idol? My brother, who has always dissed me over watching it, has gotten hooked this time around. I am so going to rub it on! I'm enjoying it yet again, and am not ashamed to say so!

Angel looks like it'll be good tonight. Overall, I've enjoyed the new eps since they've come back from their break. Can't say the same for Stargate. I've found the first few to be disappointing. But I'm hoping it's a temporary slump!

The new book list has been hopping! I can't believe how many fine folks have joined up.

Oh, yes, the Oscar noms! First, I'm a happy camper for the most part with the noms RotK got. I am a little bummed that Sean Astin at the very least, didn't get a nod. A friend said that she was told by someone in the biz that the reason he didn't get a nomination was because his performance was so strong that it overshadowed Elijah Wood's weaker performance. Ummm... okay. But on the bright side of the acting nominations: Johnny Depp! Now I think he deserves it, but movies like Pirates of the Caribbean just don't get noticed by the academy. I could hardly believe it when I saw the list on Tuesday.

I suppose that's enough rambling for one day.

Posted by Ith at 5:40 PM

January 26, 2004

Best Laid Plans

I was going to post about a couple things today, but I can't remember what....

I'm fighting the cold that won't die. Seems like I've had it for over a week. This weekend was miserable, and today isn't better.

I do have one announcement to make though! Rothy and I are starting an email list. Okay, so I really don't need another list to run, but this seemed like a good idea. It was inspired by this post of Rothy's, and we sort of ran with it. I'd link to the list now, but I'm still waiting to hear from my co-list mistress on how she likes the setup so far. So stay tuned!

Posted by Ith at 5:57 PM

January 20, 2004

Cast Iron Cooking

Now I know the proper care and cleaning routine for my cast iron (thanks to LW) I've been using them more. Sunday night, I used the griddle to sear the steaks we were having, and they were the closet I've had at home that compares to a restaurant steak. Last night, I used it to make pancakes. now, not to be immodest, but I make a damn fine pancake! But using the cast iron resulted in probably the best pancakes I've ever made. They were full of yummy pancake perfection!

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January 15, 2004


As I mentioned a bit ago, Nin finally got me to read "Harry Potter", and once that was done, she passed me a link for a good fanfic site. This site is a "Buffy" xover site, so almost all the fic I'm reading is HP/Buffy. The two universes actually fit to together quite well. (Yes, there is a point, and I'm getting to it) Now, one of the most popular pairings is Snape/Willow, and the disconcerting bit is that another popular theme is Willow being Snape's daughter. You really have to shift gears when you finish off a Snape/Willow fic and jump right into the parental style story! See? There was a point. Of sorts.

(One of the other popular pairings is Ginny/Draco)

(Really hoping that in the books, Draco doesn't become a Death Eater like his father)

(Trying to convince Nin to write an HP/PotC xover) (Jack Sparrow as the new DADA teacher -- it could work!)

Posted by Ith at 7:30 AM | Comments (5)

January 7, 2004

Quite Annoying

Don't you hate it when your site starts being wonky in one browser, but not another? Last week, out of the blue my entire sidebar started showing up all bold -- but only in Mozilla. In IE it still is only bold where I coded it so.

Go figure.

Posted by Ith at 6:06 PM | Comments (5)

January 5, 2004


A question for those that have upgraded to the newest version of MT: how difficult is it? I could never install MT, so I paid the MT folks to do it for me, so I'm a little leery about doing the upgrade. Is upgrading easier than installing it from scratch?

Any info greatly appreciated!

Posted by Ith at 5:38 PM | Comments (7)

December 28, 2003

For Paul

You Got That Plant for Christmas. Now What?

For Paul, who was wondering at some point (if I remember correctly), how to keep his poinsettia alive.

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December 12, 2003

Lend Me Your Ears

Just because I'm bored, and it's been on my list of things to blog about, you get this question!

For those of you over, say... 30. I have friends around my age who listen to primarily music from their late teens to early twenties. I, on the other hand, tend to listen to what's current. What about you? Is your musical environment past or present?

(Now I'm not saying I never listen to older stuff, because I do. It's just not the majority of what I listen to)

(Of course, if you're a classical music fan then you're a whole other kettle of fish!)

(I've decided I'm the Goddess of the parenthesis post)

(Somebody needs to be, after all)

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December 8, 2003

Do You Ever Get The Feeling...

that no one knows you exist?

I'm just asking is all.

Posted by Ith at 6:16 PM | Comments (5)

Excitement In The Boonies

Saturday was Nin's work Xmas party, which I think I mentioned at some point. So we went, ate, drank, were generally merry.

After that, we went out clubbing with some of her coworkers. Now, you need to understand, clubbing here isn't like in the "city" -- there's maybe 3 places downtown to go to, and it's been years since I've been out. So first, we go to Doc Rickett's, which was boring because the had a comedian -- no dancing. And "L" didn't want to go there since that was where all "the White people went"! So we decide to go to Club Octane (which I find out from the sales assistant here at work is where all the Blacks and Hispanics go) (go figure!). So, we're there 1/2 hour max, and there's a double shooting on the top level of the parking garage. Right out the window of the second story of the club! So Nin's phone was used to call 911 and the entire Monterey police force was in attendance. Do we know the night to party or what?

So, the night goes on, we dance, we drink (something good the bartender recommended to Nin) Not a single guy comes anywhere near me. About 1am I'm so tired I'm literally falling asleep on the couch. Nin had to wake me up. At this point, a guy comes over and wants to dance with me. Now I get an offer! When we're just getting ready to leave and I'm about as coherent as a carrot. I explain to him that I'm really wiped out and we're just waiting for the rest of our party so we can go. I figure this means he will go away now. But no! He asks if he can give me his phone #. Uhhh... huh? Okay, whatever. So he writes his number down and says he really hopes he hears from me, then toodles off.

Now, I've never had that happen before. Nowhere in my long life has a guy given me his phone number. Let alone a guy that I wasn't properly introduced to. So now what? Opinion is evenly split on whether I should call him or not. Guys, if you gave a woman your phone number after such a brief acquaintance, do you really want her to call, or is this just a way to increase your odds of meeting as many chicks as possible? Or will his feelings be hurt if I don't call?

Hell if I know!

So, gentle readers, help the dating inept with some words of wisdom, okay?

I'm too old for this crud!

Posted by Ith at 5:37 PM | Comments (8)

December 4, 2003

An Xmas Treat

For you, my gentle readers, this song of holiday joy.

NOT work safe!!!

This is the funny of the week here at work.

Posted by Ith at 5:03 PM

December 3, 2003


Just sneaking a post in on my break. I think site meter has gone nuts. Why? Because according to the summary, I've had 106 visits here before 10am, which is equal to how many I get in a whole day. Doesn't make sense -- especially since I haven't posted anything for a few days.

Huh. Go figure. I either did something really stupid to attract attention, or something cool. But this is me, so I'll go with stupid!

If anyone has an idea, let me know because I can't see any sort of trend or reason in the site meter stats.

Update: Must have been site metter being wonky. Now it says I've had no visits today. Ahhh, to have been popular for a few hours!

Posted by Ith at 9:57 AM | Comments (3)

November 21, 2003


Okay, here's the deal. I'm sleepy, I want to go home, but not only do I have to wait for Nin to get off work, I'll bet she'll be late AS USUAL!! So if I get home before 7 I'll be lucky. So here I sit, wondering if I should blog, should I email, should I read my latest NRODT, or maybe I should look at the yummy Johnny Depp piccies in People for the.. [murmer mumble]... t...h time. (Sexiest Man Alive 2003, you know). Oh, BTW, it's very windy here right now. Weather turned on a dime from fairly mild, to windy and nippy in about the space of 1/2 hour this afternoon. [deep breath]

I could tell you about lunch (just like Jen). Okay, I will. Today was the annual Thanksgiving employee lunch. so the 11 of us went to the same restaurant we've gone to the last 4 years. I have yet to have a good meal here. Every time I order something that you think the couldn't screw up, they manage to anyhow. I should order the burger next time -- I really should. So today, I order the beef dip. It has thinly sliced Angus steak, how could that be bad? Welllllll.... it came, not with au jus, but a gelatin-like mixture with a ton of rosemary and thyme. Now this wouldn't have been so bad, except they drowned the meat in it before the served it. So my entire French dip sandwich was permeated with this goo. NASTY! The two glasses of wine (hence the sleepiness) helped, but not enough. And to top it all off, we were yet again seated in what I call, "the garden shed". It was musty and drafty and there were spores growing on the walls. So there. [pout].

You could go look here, at some wonderful Aurora Borealis pics. Boy, do I want to see the Aurora.

On a happy note, my Amazon order was delivered today, so I can watch the movie I ordered. I also need to watch last weeks Gilmore Girls and 24. And can you believe the voted Rupert off?!?!!? I'm not sure I want to watch it anymore. I'm also thinking off doing a tribute LotR blog theme this weekend if I'm feeling motivated. I bet you can hardly wait, huh?

And here's an EWW! A gift for those you don't like, I guess:

A Rare Gift
Looking for the ultimate holiday present? Only 1,500 copies of this special autographed edition of Senator Hillary Clinton's Living History were printed, making it not only a great gift but also destined to be a collector's item.

Amazon has an odd idea about gift giving.

Well, that's about it till I think of something else!

Same bat time, same bat channel....

Posted by Ith at 5:43 PM | Comments (1)

November 20, 2003

And This One From Nick

This one is better!

Your soul is bound to the Second Totem, Luna:
The Wolf

Luna appears as a pair of coral colored wolves.
She embodies empathy, nurturing, insight,
and warmth
. She is associated with the
color coral, the season of spring, and the
element of wind. Her downfall is pathos.

You are most compatible with Doves and Ravens.

Which Animal Spirit Totem Are You?
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Posted by Ith at 5:23 PM | Comments (2)

One From Jay

And I'm blaming him for this depressing result!

Your soul is bound to the Solitary Rose: The

"When I wake up alone, the shades are still
drawn on the cold window pane so they cast
their lines on my bed and lines on my


The Solitary Rose is associated with loneliness,
melancholy, and patience. It is governed by
the goddess Merope and its sign is The Sword,
or Unrequited Love.

As a Solitary Rose, you may be summed up as a
hopeless romantic. You desire love and have so
much love to give, but thing just never seem to
work out the way you want them to. In life,
you can be very optomistic, even when things
are gray and nothing works out to your

What Rose Is Your Soul Bound To?
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November 17, 2003


Did you know alligators can be sent through the U.S. Mail as long as they aren't longer than 20'' in length?

Me either.

But that's what they keep telling me on the 1/2 hour on the radio news. I'm sure it relates to some news story, but I just keep hearing the bit about the USPS.

Posted by Ith at 5:46 PM | Comments (4)


Today's list:

Going back to work after being sick all weekend. Good news, my eyes aren't swollen anymore, bad news, they ITCH!

It's new Governor day!

Rush is back!

If I make it through the day, we're going to go see Master & Commander after work.

Filing. Much filing.

Hearing there will be no Saruman in RotK. Must toodle over to to see what's up.

Should weed out Amazon wish list after adding many items yesterday.

Drink much tea.

Posted by Ith at 6:16 AM | Comments (3)

November 16, 2003

The Copy

I saw "Trading Spaces" for the first time yesterday, and as luck would have it, they had Laurence Llewelyn Bowen from "Changing Rooms" as one of the designers. It's not going to replace "Changing Rooms" for me, but it's fun to watch. And the money sure goes a lot farther in the U.S. show, which is something Laurence commented on. So everything looks a little more 'done' than in the average CR ep. And to make sure I do watch next week, Anna Ryder Richardson from CR will be on TS next week. Anna and Laurence are my my two favourite designers!

Now I need to watch the American version of "What Not To Wear"! Now, I just can't see anyone being better than Trinny and Susanna, but we'll see.

Posted by Ith at 1:22 PM | Comments (3)

November 15, 2003

Blast From The Past

I was looking for the CMAs that I taped a few weeks back, and what do I find on the beginning of the tape? One of Bush/Gore debates!

Really odd....

Posted by Ith at 2:26 PM

November 13, 2003

Good For What Ails You

So I had a bucket 'o meat for lunch and it made me feel much better. One of the guys suggested the Thursday leftover tri-tip from Wed. tri-tip sandwich day at the local market. Basically, they give you a styrofoam bucket of meat. I had that with a roll. Damn fine eating!

Tri-tip is the food of the gods, and I pity you poor souls who've never had it!

Posted by Ith at 5:48 PM | Comments (5)

November 6, 2003

A Few Things

Jen is picking me up about 430pm today, and then we're loading the car and heading to Disneyland. If all goes well, we should be in Anaheim about 2am. As you might assume, that'll mean no blogging for the duration. So everyone have a great weekend!

I should have looked for a guest blogger, but I never thought about it till now. So go read all the great blogs over on the sidebar while I'm away. And use the comments of this post to chat amongst yourselves if you so desire.

Oh, and Biscuits & Gravy has moved, so make a note.


Added Note: Meant to link to this yesterday. Another top notch discussion going on at Dean's. And today brings another post on on the subject.

Posted by Ith at 7:17 AM | Comments (5)

November 4, 2003

Makes My Head Hurt

After fixing the latest damage wrought by "Lolita" I decided to give "Junkeater" a try. I found out about it on Serenity's Journal, and it seemd pretty kewl. But I just went to the website to see what's involved in installing it, and my eyes glazed over.

Has anyone used this progarm, and is it as hard to install as it seems? I don't want to blow up my blog.

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October 30, 2003


I really am going to bed, but I remembered something I'd meant to mention.

One of the searches on Site Meter today was: "Photo of Johnny Depp Drinking Absinthe".

Is that a hoot, or what?

Well, I thought it was!


Posted by Ith at 11:25 PM | Comments (3)

Before & After

Found this link over at Julie's.

Photos tell the story!

Posted by Ith at 5:30 PM

October 27, 2003

The Vote Was...

... to put a pic up of me here. I'm just using the one from Dragon's Muse for now, until I choose a new one.

Thanks for the input!

Posted by Ith at 8:46 PM | Comments (5)

Light Blogging

No kidding!

I suppose I could tell you how I just split my elbow open and how much it damn well hurts.

Or I could tell you about how much I'm looking forward to the weekend and sailing on the Lady Washington.

Or how about how I think we should stop changing the time and leave it as it is right now. Or go with my idea and change it by 1/2 an hour and leave it as is forever!

Oh, and Jen now has pics up of our joint Utah holiday.

Or I could just not mention any of the above and call it a day.

Posted by Ith at 5:43 PM | Comments (2)

October 24, 2003


You are Proverbs
You are Proverbs.

Which book of the Bible are you?
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Posted by Ith at 5:17 PM

80's Lunchtime Music Moment

Since it's Friday, and I havne't done one in awhile....

I loved this song and the video back in the day (unlike their stupid "picking up the hitchhiker and having his baby" one). When it came on today, I realized it had been years since I'd heard it.

Dedicated to all fellow Tolkien fans and dreamers everywhere.

These Dreams ~ Heart

Spare a little candle
Save some light for me
Figures up ahead
Moving in the trees
White skin in linen
Perfume on my wrist
And the full moon that hangs over
These dreams in the mist

Darkness on the edge
Shadows where I stand
I search for the time
On a watch with no hands
I want to see you clearly
Come closer than this
But all I remember
Are the dreams in the mist

These dreams go on when I close my eyes
Every second of the night I live another life
These dreams that sleep when it's cold outside
Every moment I'm awake the further I'm away

Is it cloak n dagger
Could it be spring or fall
I walk without a cut
Through a stained glass wall
Weaker in my eyesight
The candle in my grip
And words that have no form
Are falling from my lips

These dreams go on when I close my eyes
Every second of the night I live another life
These dreams that sleep when it's cold outside
Every moment I'm awake the further I'm away

There's something out there
I can't resist
I need to hide away from the pain
There's something out there
I can't resist

The sweetest song is silence
That I've ever heard
Funny how your feet
In dreams never touch the earth
In a wood full of princes
Freedom is a kiss
But the prince hides his face
From dreams in the mist

These dreams go on when I close my eyes
Every second of the night I live another life
These dreams that sleep when it's cold outside
Every moment I'm awake the further I'm away

These dreams go on when I close my eyes
Every second of the night I live another life
These dreams that sleep when it's cold outside
Every moment I'm awake the further I'm away

Posted by Ith at 12:28 PM | Comments (3)


Today is United Nations Day.

Can you feel the excitement?

Posted by Ith at 7:45 AM | Comments (4)

October 22, 2003

You Know You're Tired When.... see this headline: Schwarzenegger announces former aide to Pete Wilson, new chief of staff...

And you see: Schwarzenegger announces Peta Wilson new chief of staff...

Boy, did my brain produce some odd pictures at that one!

I need sleep. Or drugs.

Posted by Ith at 5:40 PM

Sweet Dreams, My Ass

Sweet Dreams
"Sweet Dreams" (by Eurythmics)
Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
Travel the world and the seven seas
Everybody's looking for something
Some of them want to use you
Some of them want to get used by you
Some of them want to abuse you
Some of them want to be abused

Which 80's Song Fits You?
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A hearty AVAST! to Margi for the link.

Posted by Ith at 5:28 PM | Comments (2)

The State Of Your Liver

The Drink-o-Meter

Posted by Ith at 5:26 PM

October 15, 2003

All Baseball Free, All The Time

Damn baseball has even infected my email lists! First the blogs, then the email lists [bleah]. I will make my genteel readers a solemn vow that no mention of Bear Cubs, or whatever other sort of furry creature the teams are named for, will ever pass my keyboard. The only time baseball will be mentioned here is to be ranted against as the evil that preempts my favoured TV shows. Do you know how many Buffy eps I missed? LOTS! How many STNG eps? LOTS! DS9? LOTS!

Baseball is not of the good. It is evil. So shall it always be!

(before all you basefall nuts freak, I'm kidding!! Well, mostly. I'm still ticked over missing my shows)

(enjoy your playoffs)

(and I'll pray they end very soon!)

(thank goodness for football!) (now that's a real sport!) [beam]

Posted by Ith at 1:52 PM | Comments (8)

October 12, 2003


See what happens when you read Jane Eyre at age 7?

which art movement are you?
this quiz was made by Caitlin
Founded by a bunch of Englishmen in 1848, "The group popularized a theatrically romantic style, marked by great beauty, an intricate realism, and a fondness for Arthurian legend." ( Creative license is taken here; not all Pre-Raphaelite art was dark, mediaeval, and deathly serious, like you are. But there were a lot of drowned maidens, and you'd like that. Famous Pre-Raphaelites: Waterhouse, Millais, Rossetti, and You.

A hearty Avast! to Da Goddess for the link!

Posted by Ith at 11:04 PM | Comments (2)

October 11, 2003

Refresh My Brain Cells

I know a fellow Bear Flagger will have the answer.

I was reminded of something by this post of Carl's. Didn't CA (under Wilson?) sue the Feds to have them pay for the social service costs of illegals since the Federal Government is responsible for securing the borders -- and they don't. I seem to remember we lost too.

Posted by Ith at 1:25 PM | Comments (1)

October 7, 2003

A Little Wine Talk

Something not about the election!

I got an email from Bonny Doon today telling me my favourite wine is now available for 2002.


"2002 is a full-bodied zinfandel, with berries-on-steroids flavor. Free of psychedelics."


No kidding though, this wine is awesome!

Posted by Ith at 6:03 PM | Comments (6)

October 6, 2003


This is the Monday "Why?" post.

Why did I wake up with, "Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree" stuck in my head?

Why did one of the guys at work decide to duct tape a roll of toilet paper to the roller?

Why can't I think of anything to blog about?

Why can't our politicians stop being hypocrites? (Yeah, that's a silly "why?", but I'm asking anyway)

Why did my mum get to see a whole pack of wolves run in front of her in Yellowstone, and I saw one on my trip? (no fair!!)

Posted by Ith at 7:55 AM | Comments (2)

October 4, 2003

I Remember Dress Codes

When I was in fourth/fifth grade in Canada, I remember a strict dress code. Boys hair could only be a certain length, no writing on your shoes, skirts below the knee. I thought public school dress codes were a thing of the past.

Not sure what this means, though: forbids blouses to be folded over the beltline??

Posted by Ith at 1:36 PM | Comments (2)

October 3, 2003

A Happy Post

It's Friday, my ballot went in yesterday's mail (the Dem Ops never showed up depsite my invitation), so how about some fun Friday stuff?

What's a new song you're currently fond of? I'm liking Toby Keith ~ I Love This Bar

What fun thing would you like to do in the next five years or so? I'd like to learn to fence.

Are you going to see Return of the King opening night? YES!

What are you doing this weekend? Saturday, nothing. Sunday we're going to see PotC and then eat tri-tip at Dakota Jakes.

What's for dinner tonight? McDonalds.

What are you wearing? Rust coloured cords and a paisley shirt in tans and rusts from the GAP. Oh, and my funky Indian blanket Born shoes.

Posted by Ith at 7:15 AM | Comments (3)

October 2, 2003


You know what I don't get about the whole Plame thing? What do you get out of it? ("You" being the White House supposedly.) Why would finding out a man's wife works for the CIA discredit him in any way? (unless you're a lefty moonbat that hates the CIA, FBI, etc...) I think working for the CIA is of the good, and finding out Wilson's wife was an agent certainly doens't make me think less of the guy.

See what I mean? I don't get it.

(Now, if she worked for the IRS, then maybe we'd have something going!)

Posted by Ith at 6:00 PM | Comments (4)

Because I'm Evil...

... I share with you this. And Paul thinks Jewel is bad!

[insert evil cackle]

A hearty Avast! to the Elfin Ethicist for the link.

Posted by Ith at 5:24 PM | Comments (5)

If You Think I'm A Sheep, That's Your Problem

You know, I do not get the hatred people have for Rush. It's like the people who hate the President. For Pete's sake, he's a guy that talks on the radio three hours a day! He's not Saddam -- now he's someone you can hate. I'm ashamed to admit I bought into a lot of the stuff I heard in the mainstream media about Rush, but just before Clinton and his cigar became news, I was listening to Dr. Wallach's show on the radio and it started at noon, so I'd switch the radio over about ten minutes early. So I started to hear Rush for about ten minutes a day, and I was baffled. This is the guy I hear so mush trash about? Why? I thought he was amusing, snarky, sarcastic, well informed. He encouraged people to think for themselves when they called. Then the Clinton thing happened. At the time I was listening to Ronn Owens on KGO in the mornings, and though he started out wanting to hold Clinton to account, he ended up becoming an apologist for him. I got fed up and switched to Rush, and I'm still listening. I don't agree with everything he says, hell there's no one alive I agree with 100%! But I sure get tired of being told that people that listen to Rush are stupid sheep who don't have two brain cells to rub together. If that's what you think, then I "Baaaa!" in your general direction.

Update: What K-Lo said.

Posted by Ith at 6:50 AM | Comments (2)

September 27, 2003

Traveling Along

If you like to travel and share your travel exploits, I have an email list you might be interested in. It's very low volume -- though I'd like to change that! -- and fun when there's some participation. I also have a Celtic themed list I may as well plug while I'm here.

Posted by Ith at 1:23 PM | Comments (4)

September 26, 2003

So Tell Me...

Where in the heck do you come from? I average 130ish visitors here a day, and of those maybe a dozen comment regularly. So I've been wondering a couple of things: how did you find me, and where do you hail from -- either virtually or physically. How many of you have blogs?

It's Friday, and I'm curious! So if you've never left a comment before, take pity on my curiosity and tell me a bit about yourself. And if you do comment here, I'd still like to know a bit about you, so you're not off the hook!

Remember; curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought him back!

Posted by Ith at 7:58 AM | Comments (38)

September 24, 2003

Loved This Headline

Bond Girl Minister Hits Catwalk For The Clergy

Make up your own story, leave it in the comments, then read the actual article.

Posted by Ith at 5:32 PM | Comments (2)

80's Lunchtime Music Moment

Today's selections is "Eternal Flame" by the Bangles.

Close your eyes, give me your hand, darling Do you feel my heart beating, do you understand Do you feel the same, am I only dreaming Is this burning an eternal flame.

Say my name, sun shines through the rain
A whole life so lonely, and then you come and ease the pain
I don't want to lose this feeling.

Since this was one of my favourite songs of the era, I'm dedicating it to me!

Posted by Ith at 12:23 PM | Comments (6)

September 22, 2003

Happy Birthday!

To Bilbo & Frodo.

(and to Kyle, my whacky coworker)

Posted by Ith at 5:29 PM

Emmy Bits

David Letterman, a dad? Wow! Wonderful news.

Wayne Brady got an Emmy for 'Whose Line'! I love Wayne, and I think he was the only person, that I wanted to win, who did.

Who was the very unfunny guy who came out pretending to be Arnold and then Rumsfeld? Talk about pain inducing! It was bad enough they had him do the first skit, but to let him come out again! Yeeesh!

Favourite dress: Debra Messing's

Liked the bit where Conan O'Brien comes out to do a song and dance number, complete with dance girls, and they tell him it's been cut do to time.

Big, ugly earrings seem to be in fashion. I mean ugly! And big.

Never seen 'Sopranos'.

Never even heard of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'.

Posted by Ith at 6:38 AM | Comments (4)

September 18, 2003

Let This Be A Warning To Nin

Driver crashes after bee flies into mouth


DAYS CREEK, Ore. -- A Winston man told police he crashed his car after a
bee flew into his mouth while he was singing along with Justin Timberlake's
song "Rock Your Body" on the radio.

A Douglas County sheriff's spokeswoman said John L. Nunes, 19, was trying
to get rid of the bee or yellow jacket when his car hit a tree.

"I kind of panicked and went off the road," Nunes said yesterday.

He was taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg.

"I had to get a stitch in my tongue, and I got a gash on my left ankle,"
Nunes said. The tongue injury was from his teeth, not the bee, he said.

Posted by Ith at 12:26 PM

80's Lunchtime Music Moment

This 80's music moment is dedicated all the pretty people. (no, I have no idea what that means!) (I'm just grasping for something to dedicate to)

Goody Two Shoes ~ Adam Ant

With the heatbreak open So much you can't hide Put on a little makeup makeup Make sure they get your good side good side

If the words unspoken
Get stuck in your throat
Send a treasure token token
Write it on a pound note pound note

Don't drink don't smoke - what do you do?
Don't drink don't smoke - what do you do?
Subtle innuendos follow
There must be something inside he's hiding

We don't follow fashion
That would be a joke
You know we're going to set them set them
So everyone can take note take note

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September 17, 2003

Meandering Thoughts

Nin -- aka "The Ninja Piglet" -- is off today, so I'm getting off early to run some errands. After that, we're trucking over to Salinas to see "Once Upon A Time In Mexico", which friends have told me is great. Now, to arrange this movie night out required a Chinese fire drill of car trading. Currently, my Jimmy is experiencing an electrical problem which causes the interior lights to come on when the headlights are on. It also means there's no light in the console to see the speedometer, etc.. This all means we can't drive the truck after dark, so we traded cars with my parents. But they're going out tonight before we get home, so they're borrowing my brother's car to do that. Fun, eh?

You know, I think the 9th Circuit has a short circuit. No, really. We voted for governor, amongst other things, last year, and not only did I use a punch card ballot, I did it absentee! I didn't even have the ballot machine to pop out my chads (now that sounds odd) I did it with my finger nails. And Nin did hers absentee, but at the mall, using the new absentee ballot pre-election touch screen machines. Did the 9th Circuit come screaming in hysteria that we were potentially being disenfranchised? Did they demand a revote or a recount? I don't think so! Bunch of blithering hypocrites.

Burt's Bees pre-shampoo avocado hair treatment is wonderful! I just thought I'd pass that on.

Apparently there's a theory out there that Wesley Clark is Hillary Clinton's sock puppet. He becomes known, then Hillary takes the top spot and he gets to be VP. I just like the 'sock puppet' line. You know, the last Wesley I remember was Crusher. Hmmm....

A post vacation thought: St. George, UT has moved to the top of my potential relocation list. Really, really liked it.

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September 4, 2003

Is It Me?


What herb are you?
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Thanks, Jay!

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August 29, 2003

Friday Bric-a-Brac

I love the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack! (If you want to talk about PotC, there are several posts on the subject over at Girls! In a few weeks, it will turn to Return of the King, I'm sure)

Don't you hate it when the jewelry in your bellybutton piercing keeps getting caught on the waistband of your jeans?

Going to see Jen tomorrow to pick up the care package for Utah. We'll stay the weekend and then I'll use the Monday holiday to get ready for vacation.

We're going to do pizza, the LotR drinking game, and view The Two Towers on Jen's big screen Sunday.

Yes, we will go see PotC again!

I'm hungry!

One of my favourite tracks on the PotC soundtrack is #7 -- Barbossa is Hungry. It's the bit where the Pearl is running down the Interceptor just before the big battle. I love the choir bits in it.

I'm bummed there will be no more SG1 till January :(

I've always wanted to take fencing.

The week is almost over!

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August 28, 2003

Battle Cry!!

This was sent to an email list I own:

What Is Your Battle Cry?

Zang! Who is that, running amidst the icy wasteland! It is Ithy, hands clutching two hardened pitas! And with a cruel roar, her voice cometh:

"Vengeance and goo flow from my veins! I slice through beating hearts until Satan himself emerges from the pit to thank me!!"

Find out!
Enter username:
Are you a girl, or a guy ?

created by beatings : powered by monkeys

Lil Update: I thought my horoscope was amusing considering the above:

There is apt to be a powerful aggression to the day that may leave you feeling like you want to declare war on everyone you meet, dear Cancer. (You say it like there's something wrong with that!) You may get the feeling that everyone else is completely off their rocker and that you are the only one who really knows what is going on. (Well, DUH!!!) Be aware of misinformed people and false information. (again, I say, DUH!!) Wars could erupt over facts that seem true at first, but are actually just someone's misguided dreams.

(Has anyone ever fisked a horoscope before?)

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August 26, 2003

I'm Angel??


The ULTIMATE personality test
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A hearty avast to MoodVertigo for the link!

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August 22, 2003

Which Of Henry VIII's Wives Are You

Which of Henry VIII's wives are you?
this quiz was made by the proper Victorian ladies at Spookbot
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August 18, 2003

Bored Now

I just feel all blogged out today, and can't think of a single serious thing to say.

The dinner with the uncle and friends went really well. They'd never had Japanese food before, so I ordred for everyone and they loved it. Too bad they weren't here for more than the day.

I suppose I could flog the "Sexiest Female Blogger" contest again.

I'm trying to settle on a new cellphone plan and finding it all very annoying.

I want to go home!

I'm hungry too [pout]

You should go read Paul's blog, and Jay's, and Nin's, and Mickey's, and my other blog, just because!

Y'all should amuse and entertain me.

Update! Ask and ye shall receive. We're playing the "5 Questions Interview" thing over on Girls! in a group blog format. Kinda intersting. If you'd like to play, come on over!

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August 15, 2003

A Question

Do folks on the East Coast not lose power very often? We lose power at least twice a year, and one of the outages is usually more than 12 hours. We cook using our fireplace a lot!

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August 13, 2003

80's Lunchtime Music Moment

Haven't done this in awhile....

As always, this 80's music moment is dedicated to the Paulster, all the way out there in Montreal!

China Girl by David Bowie.

Iím a mess without my, little china girl Wake up mornings whereís my, little china girl I hear heartís beating, loud as thunder I saw they stars crashing down

I feel an tragic like an marlon brando
When I look at my china girl
I could pretend that nothing really meant too much
When I look at my china girl

I stumble into town just like a sacred cow
Visions of swastikas in my head
Plans for everyone
Itís in the white of my eyes

My little china girl
You shouldnít mess with me
Iíll ruin everything you are
Iíll give you television
Iíll give you eyes of blue
Iíll give you men who want to rule the world

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August 12, 2003

Niggle, Niggle

There's something that has been niggling at the back of my mind and I thought I'd try and write it all out as a blog post. Just a note that this is not meant to be provocative or to raise a ruckus. I just think it's something that could bear a little input from those with less muddled minds than mine!

1: I have several friends who frequently bring up the 'fact' that in ancient times, homosexuality was accepted and carried no stigma. Usually they use Rome as their example. And I've also seen similar statements in other forums.

2: The other 'fact' I see a lot of, especially over the last few weeks, has to do with the early church and their stance on homosexuality. What I'm often told is something along the lines of what Gene Robinson, the gay Bishop elect of the Episcopal church said in an interview: "Uh, when those Scriptures were written in both the Old and New Testaments, everyone was presumed to be heterosexual, so to act in any other manner would be against one's natural inclinations. The whole notion of sexual orientation is only about a hundred years old. So to take the concept of homosexuality as a sexual orientation and to read it back into an ancient text, uh-is very shaky ground to be on."

I think you can see where I get muddled! Both beliefs/facts usually come from people of the same political (though I'm not sure that's the right word) spectrum. How can both be right? Can they be? If, as I'm told, homosexuality was an accepted thing in the Roman Empire, wouldn't it follow that those that wrote the Bible were very aware of it? And because they were aware of it, they made sure to mention it in their writings?

And as I was wrting this, my brain chugged along and came up with this half-formed notion: the Romans were the oppressors in the case of early Christians and the Jews. Could some of their statements against homosexuality come from an antipathy for all things they perceived as Roman, including homosexual behavior? I know, that's way out in left field, but I'm tossing it out there.

I'm not a historian, or a theologian, just a regular Jill who wonders about all sorts of things. But if there are any historians or theologians out there, I'd love your input.

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August 9, 2003

Look! It's A Quiz!

Job - A comedy of justice
You belong in Job- A Comedy of Justice. Your
convictions are indomitable, even when they
don't fit what's happening around you. You
would travel to hell and back for true love.

Which Heinlein Book Should You Have Been A Character In?
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August 8, 2003

Just Because It's Icky

Firefighters admit defeat in battle against rats

Rats in New York are a fact of life. They scurry between the rails in subway stations. They startle late-night strollers, shooting across the pavement and vanishing into piles of rubbish bags.

The city's residents know they are there and ignore them. But sometimes, they just can't. The fire station in Queens has been battling rats for several weeks and, finally, the rodent army has triumphed.

After every attempt at extermination failed, the city authorities conceded this week that there was nothing to be done but to move the firefighters out. The station, meanwhile, will be gutted and rebuilt..

For the firefighters, the decision comes as a huge relief. Night after night, they heard the animals rustling in the walls. Beady eyes peered at them from crevices in their kitchen. Those killed by poison gave off an unbearable stench.

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August 7, 2003


I went to work today, but I'm still feeling pretty rotten. My boss thinks I should go home, and I may end up agreeing.

Lots of interesting discussion on Bishop elect Robinson, and I'm leaving lots of comments on other people's blogs, and writing lots of emails, but can't seem to gather everything into something to post here. I think partly it's I don't feel well, and partly I'm not all that comfortable talking about really personal issues in "public". Hey, I'm one of those Episcopalians that finds "the peace" cringe inducing :) And maybe I'm too coflicted right now to sort it out enough to write about it. You'd think being on an Anglican email list with many priests would help, but it seems to leave me even more confused!

The other big story is Arnold running for governor. Not much to say except I live in the goofiest of states! It's going to be something, that's for sure!

(meant to add: if you have links to other discussions on Canon Robinson, leave them in the comments)

Updates! There have been some takers in the comments.

Check out Tim the Michigander, Megan, Michael Williams, and the Ben File.

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August 5, 2003


You are The Cap'n!

Some men are born great, some achieve greatness and some slit the throats of any man that stands between them and the mantle of power. You never met a man you couldn't eviscerate. Not that mindless violence is the only avenue open to you - but why take an avenue when you have complete freeway access? You are the definitive Man of Action. You are James Bond in a blousy shirt and drawstring-fly pants. Your swash was buckled long ago and you have never been so sure of anything in your life as in your ability to bend everyone to your will. You will call anyone out and cut off their head if they show any sign of taking you on or backing down. You cannot be saddled with tedious underlings, but if one of your lieutenants shows an overly developed sense of ambition he may find more suitable accommodations in Davy Jones' locker. That is, of course, IF you notice him. You tend to be self absorbed - a weakness that may keep you from seeing enemies where they are and imagining them where they are not.
What's Yer Inner Pirate?
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Creole Proverbs

Found tonight on The Corner:

Ti bef ou wete nan labou a se li k bat ou. ("It is the donkey you drag from the mud that kicks you.")

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August 4, 2003

On The Same General Religion Subject

I've noticed on my blog travels that a lot of Catholic bloggers have a section of their blogrolls dedicated to other Catholic blogs. I was wondering if anyone had come across something similar for Episcopalian/Anglican blogs? And if so, could you point me in their general direction?

Many thanks!

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Having on awfully good day here traffic wise, and no real idea why. Maybe I should be sick and post virtually nothing more often!

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August 2, 2003

When Asshats Attack

Everyone's doing it, so here's my effort.

When Asshats Attack -- a movie in three parts.

Starring: moi, Ninjababe, Sunny, & Rachel. With guest appearances by Paul and Jay.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

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August 1, 2003

Friday Odds & Ends

Before reading all the Gigli stuff over the last week, this headline wouldn't have me thinking of J-Lo:

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble, Boom! "Turkey Bomb Injures Police"--headline, BBC Web site, Aug. 1

I think I found this link at Instapundit. Very funny takedown of SDB's critics. It certainly gave me flashbacks!

Some interesting stuff here on just how much of his own books Tom Clancy actually writes. Up to and including "Hunt For Red October".

From "Best of the Web" a nice bit of satire on the "quagmire" that is California. I for one, wouldn't mind a few cute Marines to protect my lunch from being pillaged by the guys at work!

And sharing one of my favourite websites from one of my favourite places: Orkney Jar.

Posted by Ith at 5:48 PM

July 29, 2003

Something In The Air?

The last few days I'm getting comments on all the blogs on really old posts.

Just thought I'd mention it :)

Posted by Ith at 1:25 PM

Not Alone

A little lunch time posting...

Michele asked for title suggestions on a short story she wrote. One of her readers suggested "Revenge of the Woman of Kleenex", which I thought was a hoot. (if you don't know why I think it's a hoot, check out this link) Very nice to find some other Niven fans out there! I think one of my favourites of his short stories was "Inconstant Moon" -- and what a great title!

I've always been a fan of Mr. Niven. One of the best moments of last year's WorldCon was getting to have dinner with him and some friends. I never had the nerve to actually talk to him, but it was a great night anyway!

Posted by Ith at 1:12 PM

July 27, 2003


I notice a lot of bloggers have buttons and banners, and I'm wondering if I should make one. Maybe a green fairy holding a cookie?

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I'm not blogathoning, but since I'm trying to stay up and watch Michele (and Laurence, and Meryl, and Julie, and Keith, and Kevin) blogathon, I figure I should be posting while I'm at it.

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July 25, 2003

The Green Fairy

After I'd decided to rename the site Absinthe & Cookies, I went hunting for more information on absinthe. I've never actually had any, but I've always found the subject fascinating. Turned out a few of the guys I work with have drunk it, and told me a bit about their experiences. Then I turned to Google, and the best website I found was la Fee Verte. It has everything from buying guides and recipes, to myths and facts about the liquor. They're even advertising a new book called "Absinthe: Sip of Seduction". (Nifty title!)

Yes, a pointless post, but it's Friday!

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It's Friday!

Nin works this weekend, but we went and saw "Pirates" again last night to make up for it! This movie is doing a nice bit of holding action for me till Return of the King comes out!

Tonight, mum is making me my fave dinner -- roast beef and Yorkshire pudding! And I got a lovely bottle of Cardinal Zin to go along with it. Nirvana!

What are your plans?

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July 22, 2003

Medicare and Medi-Cal

FYI: Medi-Cal is the state run medical and prescription program in California.

I'm starting to really despise Medicare and Medi-Cal.

Medicare will pay up to $421.66 for a erectile vaccum pump. Yes, Medicare will pay that much so men can use a vaccum tube on their penis to have sex.

And, how much does this great government agency pay for hearing aides? $0.00.

How much do they pay for bathroom equipment so people do not fall down in the bathtub and break their hip? $0.00.

So, you can have sex, but you can't hear or have unbroken hips.


And, then, there is Medi-Cal. If an item is not covered on Medi-Cal, we can get what is called a TAR form. This is a Treatment Authorization Form. Basically, it's information that Medi-Cal looks over (including diagnosis and justification) on why the doctor prescribed that drug over the drug that Medi-Cal covers.

Well, I've come across something interesting.

It turns out that if the patient is HIV positive, they get anything they want. I received an approved form for Viagra and Propecia. Propecia is a drug used to restore hair loss. The moment you start on this drug, you must stay on it for life. As soon as you stop using it, you start losing your hair again.

Yes, that's right, my tax dollars are going to this person's hair and sex life.

I could submit a TAR form for paper with a diagnosis of HIV positive, and it would go through!

Granted, it is an awful disease, but I personally don't see it as an excuse to give the patient everything and anything they want. Hair loss is a fact of life. It happens. Live with it!!


Oh, I feel better now. Back to annoying my co-workers with A Pirate's Life for Me.

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July 21, 2003

Stuff & Stuff

Back! You miss me? Had a great time at Jen's, saw Pirates for the second time, played in the pool while Nin served us margaritas, and today we went to Great Mall where we did a little shopping and had lunch at Dave & Busters.

Thanks for all the links and comments on the new look. You guys are awesome!

And check out this post over at RWN: Bloggers Select The 20 Greatest Figures In American History. Thanks, John for including me, I was proud to participate.

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July 18, 2003

Presto Chango!

I'm hoping to change over the blog tonight at some point. So, if things are wonky during your visit, that's why.

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July 16, 2003

What This?

Today, I'm getting referrers from this blogdex link.

It says: The following sites are the most contagious information currently spreading in the weblog community.

I'm contagious? That doesn't sound happy!

Posted by Ith at 5:14 PM

July 11, 2003

It's Friday!

And you know what that means!

Okay, I don't know what it means either. So I'll make some stuff up, I guess

New Stargate tonight! And Trinny and Susannah from "What Not To Wear" are going to be on "So Graham Norton" tonight, so that should be something. I'm also going to try and finish "The Onion Girl" by Charles De Lint.

For the weekend we're actually going to try and see a movie or two: Finding Nemo, Curse of the Black Pearl, Legally Blonde 2.

Over at Paul's place, they think I need to open a Cafe Press shop. Geez louise! I'm getting so much attention today, it's freaky!

Speaking of attention, remember, my birthday is next week! As I said to my boss, "Old grey mare, she ain't what she used to be."

Name change -- it's gonna happen. I'm going to go with "Absinth & Cookies" I think. Now, I just need to find the creative energy to do a whole new blog theme. Maybe while I'm at it, I can think of a creative blogroll scheme. But how do you use blogrolling with seperate grouping headers (like Jay's)? (or are you using blogrolling, Jay?)

More later.


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July 9, 2003

More Musings

So I've been pondering the whole name change idea, and that led me to wondering if I should roll this blog, and my personal journal into one. Hardly anyone reads my personal journal, so I don't think it will be missed. But would my regular readers here find the combination disconcerting or off putting? My other internal question is the URL. Should I keep it as is, or should I change it to match the blog name? I'm not sure that wouldn't be confusing to change too much at once.

As always, thoughts and opinions are welcome :)

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July 8, 2003

On Advice

Several readers have recommended Mozilla as a great broswer. so, being home sick today, I decided to download it. We'll see how it goes!

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In Local News

Some nesting hawks are making getting to work a bit of a problem for Ebay employees in San Jose.

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My weekly dose of snark and charm will be back!

Simon Says Yes to "Idol"

Perfect news on a sick day.

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July 7, 2003

Bits & Pieces

Got to go home at five, instead of spending my usual hour and a half waiting for my ride, so all my planned blog posts will probably happen tomorrow. So, in the meantime....

People don't listen!! When a person calls three times, and each time you tell them the person they want to talk to is not in the office today, well ARGH!!

I need to buy a Bush 2004 shirt soon.

Saw "Four Weddings & a Funeral" at Jen's yesterday. It's been years since I'd seen it, and it got me to wondering, "whatever happened to Andie McDowell?". And it reminded me how cute Hugh Grant is. Oddly enough, I've only seen two of his films, but he is very engaging, and I've always had a soft spot for charming Brits. My great-uncle Ralph was one, and he was so dear to me. He's been gone nearly 25 years and I still miss him.

Read somewhere over the weekend the analogy of Iraq as "flypaper" for terrorists. I like that concept.

Add strawberries to Mudslide mix. MMMMM!!

We may have a new guest gal blogger! Keep your fingers crossed.

My birthday's coming up real fast now.

I'm loving "What Not To Wear".

So we're supposed to scamper over to Liberia, and that's kewl, but Iraq isn't? Bah!!

We're going rafting in September. And riding. Adventure is us! Now how do I get out of it?

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July 2, 2003

What To Do?

Back when this blog started, there were five of us. Now we're down to me fulltime, and Nin occasionally, with some guest bloggers for seasoning [g] So it got me to wondering; should I change the name of the blog, since the current one doesn't really seem to apply anymore? Thoughts?

As I was pondering this, while falling asleep last night, I came up with a few alternates:

Absinthe & Cookies

In The Mood

Smoke Rings In The Dark

A More Permanent Hell

At the End Of All Things

In Western Lands

Council Of Ithildin

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June 28, 2003

A Picture Is Worth... (you know the rest)

This photo of Condi rice, our future President, is currently up on Drudge.


Yeah, I should be in bed. Soon!

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June 21, 2003

Did It?

Some people were telling me that the sidebar wasn't visible/or was down at the bottom of the blog. I tired inserting a tag that I read was supposed to help with that. Anyone who was having that problem, please let me know if it worked?


Posted by Ith at 3:37 PM | Comments (5)


Reading about the troubles other bloggers have been having with their blogs, and knowing I know nothing about MT should I start having trouble, I was wondering if anyone has any helpful hints as to what I can do as far as preventative medicine, and if our blogs did go down [knock wood] if I'd be better off seeking professional help as opposed to me messing around blindly.

Any hints and/or advice will be gratefully accepted! I figure I should think about this now, as opposed to waiting till trouble strikes!

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June 17, 2003

I Know

I have lots of admin type stuff to do with the blogroll. I'll get to it as soon as I can, and hope I remember all the blogs that have changed addresses!

If you're on our blogroll, and you've moved, (and you read this) could you email me your new URL? That would be kewl! edithna AT yahoo DOT com

Posted by Ith at 6:25 PM | Comments (1)


Frank makes me laugh out loud. It's a rare gift to be able to do that.

What's with Bill O'Reilly? Talk about whinging! So only people who are paid are allowed to opine? Where is that particular stipulation in the Constitution anyway? Get a frelling klew, Bill!

Saw the season seven opener of Stargate last night. Daniel being back didn't annoy me as much as I thought it would. Large helpings of Jack probably helped in that regard!

I like my new shoes -- they're comfy!

This article says Netscape is dead. I sure hope that isn't true! I've never liked IE, and I don't want to be forced to use it.

We stopped at the "Big Texan" in Amarillo on the way to OK and I had a blog moment. If you eat a 72 ounce steak in less than an hour, it's free. I was reading the list of those who'd done it, saw a "David DuToit" listed, and did a major double take!

NRO is having a fundraising drive this week. Cosmo needs new chew toys!

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June 13, 2003

Ithildin & Ninjababe...

Planning on coming back from vacation any time soon? ;-)

(Hey, someone had to ask sooner or later...)

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June 10, 2003

Kim Jong Il-Juche-Songun Watch

The circus freaks over at KCNA seem to be in fine form today...

A Romanian-Korean Solidarity Moment

U.S. styling itself "only superpower" can never destroy DPRK

Pyongyang, June 9 (KCNA) -- Daniel Dediu, Chairman of the Romanian Workers' Association, in a statement on June 2 said that the U.S. is arrogantly behaving as if it were the "master of the world" as evidenced by its armed invasion of Iraq despite the opposition of the international community but this "only superpower" can never destroy socialist Korea, according to the 89th issue of the newspaper Romania Muncitoare.

Well, I suppose that, if we were aiming for accuracy, we could say that it would take very few nukes to destroy socialist Korea; however, who am I to argue with the Chairman of the Romanian Workers' Association?

The DPRK is quite different from Iraq, he said, adding: the Korean people have the Songun policy pursued by Kim Jong Il, the might of single-hearted unity and powerful military capability.

Songun: the ultimate fig leaf...

The U.S. can never overpower this might. The U.S. forces will be driven out of South Korea sooner or later.

I'm assuming that this will be around the same time as the Great Pumpkin rises up from the fields...

The U.S. is well advised to mind its own business in its land.

The world is opposed to U.S. fascism.

Damn, and I forgot to say three "Heil Bushes!" this morning before getting out of bed...

Anyway, you can find the rest of today's North Korean news that's fit to reprint over at my place, if you're into that sort of thing.

Posted by at 7:35 AM

June 9, 2003

Saint Paul Strikes Again

I'll tell you where I've been all day.

I spent two hours helping my ersatz grandparents purchase an air conditioner. I then spent another two hours installing the bloody thing (where they got the idea that I knew anything about installing A/Cs, God only knows), followed by another two hours of explaining how to operate it.

Have you ever tried explaining how to operate an air conditioner's remote control to an eighty year old? I think I went through half a dozen cigarettes during that portion of the evening...

Between this, and getting that Newfoundland adopted out of the SPCA, all that I can say is this: nominate me for sainthood.

Mind you, I could also say that I've exhausted my quota of good deeds for the year, so I can go back to being a total bastard...

Anyway, relatively normal blogging will resume shortly.

That is all,


Posted by at 6:01 PM

June 8, 2003

By the Way...

I finally saw the latest Bond flick, Die Another Day, last night.

Being a Bond fan, overall, I was rather happy with the movie, even in spite of the usual inaccuracies (there's no such thing as an Antonov 124 with a windowed area on the lower deck, not to mention that you'd generally find quite a few more people than two on the flight deck, but anyway), two things, though:

- The Madonna theme song sucked. It was a massive step down from "The World is not Enough" by Garbage. To say that it was bloody awful does not even begin to do it justice.

- Madonna appearing as a fencing instructor?! That's way beyond laughable. Granted, credibility is not generally something present in spades in Bond movies, but come on.

At any rate, I just think it would be nice if Madonna just ceased annoying people on screen, and confined herself to doing what she's good at, whatever the Hell that is.

And then... the Flea seems to be of the same mind as me on this one, and he has pictures of Halle Berry, so go read (especially if you're interested in that sort of thing... I know I am).

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June 6, 2003

My Reign Of Terror Begins


OK, that's enough of that.

As you know, Ith & Nin are enjoying another vacation (tsk, the lives that some people lead), and, during their absence, I will be your MC (yes, yes, my pretties, the time has come).

I have no idea of when I'll be able to start posting in earnest, as I seem to be having an incredibly hectic day off (the irony of having bugger all to do at work, but extremely little spare time on my hands the minute I'm out of the office is slightly disturbing).

At any rate, what's keeping me relatively quiet today is that I've had to go down to the SPCA twice in twenty-four hours, and I'm going to have to return there twice in the next six.

Why am I so Hell-bent on spending my time at the SPCA all of a sudden? (Lord knows it's not a hobby, I used to volunteer down there; then I adopted my dog, and ceased wanting to spend time there - let's face it, it depresses me to no end.)

I had to take a friend and his dog down to the vet there yesterday (the dog's being castrated). After we dropped him off, we decided to go take a look at the adoption room, just to see what's going on in there, and I found a gorgeous Newfoundland. She must be the size of a house. It goes without saying that I was immediately smitten.

I thought about the dog during the course of the evening, and mentioned her to my significant other in VT. She mentioned it to her employers, who have a huge house with plenty of acreage and ponds. They immediately concluded that they want her.

Today, I've had to go back to the SPCA to take a closer look, and take her for a walk. She walks well, she's well-behaved, she's definitely a catch; so I've made them reserve the dog for the rest of the day, until the SO shows up to pick her up.

Of course, I have to go back to the SPCA to pick up my friend's dog, and then I have to return again to pick up Cleo (the Newfoundland); so I'm essentially going to be running around like a headless chicken for the rest of the day.

Tonight should be quite interesting. Cleo won't be able to go down to VT until she gets her rabies shot, so I'll be stuck with my Alsatian and her in my tiny apartment for a couple of days; I just hope to Hell that they'll all get along.

Anyway, I'll try to spend some time over here in between drives to the SPCA, and moving my old blog to my new blog, so bear with me (and here's to hoping that Ith doesn't kill me when she gets back from holiday).

Here's to hoping that you'll continue to visit the Gaggle during Ith's absence. I'll try my damnedest to make it worth your while.



Posted by at 11:40 AM

June 5, 2003

Almost Time...

for the boys to take over! Think you're ready?

I'll miss blogging while I'm away, I'm sure. But I'll probably miss reading blogs more!

Everyone have fun while we're gone, be nice to the new guys, and we'll try to pop in to make the occasional travel report as we go.


Posted by Ith at 6:31 PM

June 1, 2003

Don't Mind Me...

I'm just trying to figure out how this MT thingy works.

I suppose that this is something of a milestone for me, as it is my first Movable Type posting ever (bloody Hell, you MT people sure do live the life of Riley compared to us silly buggers on Blogspot).

At any rate, as Ith has already told you, I, Paul Janť, will be your host starting on Friday. I am delighted (and mildly puzzled) that Ith chose me, and slightly terrorised by the daunting task of not screwing up. Fortunately, I have a few days to get over that.

In closing, I'd like to paraphrase Blackadder, by saying that, if you do right by me, you will find me to be a gracious and considerate host; however, if you cross me, you will soon find that, under this playful, boyish exterior, beats the heart of a ruthless, sadistic maniac. Mwahah!

Anyway, see you all on Friday. ;)

Posted by at 5:10 PM | Comments (6)

Oh, That Too

The other thing that has come out of these chats, is that we're going to have the chance to meet some fellow bloggers at Noreascon next year! We also are working on talking Paul into coming too.

It looks to be quite a crowd of us; between the bloggers and the group of longtime email list friends of mine and Nin's. Should be a blast!

Posted by Ith at 2:10 PM

May 30, 2003


This is one of those things I've talked about in RL with friends, but with all the news again about gay Scout leaders, I thought I'd pose the question here. I'm honestly curious to hear what people think, and I'm not trying to be inflammatory or stir up trouble. I just like to get a variety of input when I have one of my mental conundrums!

When I was in Scouting, men weren't allowed to be Girl Scout leaders. The reason for this wasn't because the assumption that every man had lascivious intent towards the girls in the troop, it was a matter of propriety and appropriateness, and to ensure that the male adult was not in a position where he could be accused of doing something inappropriate. Like male doctors having a nurse in the room with a female patient even if it's just a routine visit. I checked with a coworker who has daughters that were involved in scouting until a few years ago, and he says the same thing holds true. The only difference is that men at Brownie level can be involved if there is an adult female chaperone.

So maybe you see where I'm going with this. How is gay male being a boy's Scout leader different from a heterosexual man being a girl's Scout leader? Should men in general be allowed to be Girl Scout leaders without the need of a female chaperone? Should gay Scout leaders have a male chaperone? What about women being Boy Scout leaders?

I await your thoughts!

Posted by Ith at 7:35 AM | Comments (5)

May 28, 2003

Don't Turn Around, Uh Oh!

The Commissar's In Town, Uh Oh!

(Dedicated to Paul, just because)

Posted by Ith at 1:05 PM | Comments (5)

May 27, 2003

Everbody Wang Chung Tonight

That is all.

Posted by Ith at 1:01 PM | Comments (5)

May 24, 2003

In Other News

Falkland Islanders get own postcode

THE Falkland Islands are to get their own postcode - because items of mail keep turning up thousands of miles away in Falkirk instead.

The Foreign Office yesterday confirmed the move in a bid to prevent thousands of bills, parcels and postcards ending up in Scotland.

Islanders hope it will stop their correspondence going via places like the Faroe Islands, Iceland and the most popular destinations for lost letters - Falkirk in Stirlingshire or the village of Falkland, in Fife.

Falklands councillor Richard Cockwell said: "I posted some postcards in Chile in March and they arrived this week - thatís because people donít know where the Falklands are.

"Iíve had my mail come back from the Pacific and quite often it goes up to Scotland because they think itís meant for Fife."

The need for a postcode was reinforced by the emergence of the internet as Falklanders found they were excluded from shopping on many websites.

Posted by Ith at 2:28 PM

May 22, 2003

Plan For It!

For those of you who actually have a schedule, I was thinking of planning a Gaggle chat for tomorrow evening. If you're up for it, I'll probably show up around 5pm PST. The link to the room is over on the sidebar.

Be there, or have a life instead!

Posted by Ith at 6:16 PM | Comments (8)

Mr. June

Anyone interested in being our guest blogger for June? (Being a guy is not required)

Visigodred is more than welcome to continue on through June, since he didn't start till mid-month, but I thought one more person for June would be kewl.

Email me -- edithna AT yahoo DOT com -- if you'd be interested.

Posted by Ith at 5:51 PM

All Sex All The Time

Michele says her work blocks this site due to sex, and she wants to know where the sex is. Well hell, so do I!

While I'm searching for it, here's a pic of Nin's cleavage to hold you.

Posted by Ith at 5:46 PM | Comments (7)

May 21, 2003

Trip Report!

I know I promised some meaningful posts later today, but I'm so tired, my eyes hurt :) and I think I'm coming down with a bug since my throat has gotten progressively more sore as the afternoon has worn on. So instead of news, I'll talk a bit about the trip. I know, I know, that should be over on the personal blog, but rules -- especially those you make yourself -- are made to be broken!

The weather was great, especially as we were expecting it to be rainy at times. Instead, there was nary a cloud in the sky. We picked up Jen and Dave in Fremont and got to Reno in the early evening. We decided to have dinner at a Japanese steakhouse that was within walking distance from the condo. The entry to the building it was in was a little seedy -- but then, lots of seedy in Reno! -- but the restaurant itself was very nice. Good dinner, and the chef kept refilling our Sake.

Sunday, we drove to Tahoe, which Nin had never been to. Jen had the idea of taking a catamaran cruise out on the lake, which we decided to do. I love boats! And I haven't been on a boat in a while. I think the last lake cruise I took was of Loch Ness and that was in much colder weather (November). We had some very nice drinks, and then it was warm enough to sit on deck, where I even got a little sun. The bartender recommended a restaurant in South Lake Tahoe for dinner, and it was a place that you wouldn't know about unless you were a local. So we got to see the sunset on the lake, and I had some mighty tasty boar chops (I looooove game meat!).

Monday was Virginia City, which was one of my fave places as a kid, and the rest of our party had b\never been to before. Grandma's fudge was still there, along with the Bucket o' Blood Saloon! Great fun was had by all. Then we headed back to Reno and had the dinner we'd all been waiting for at the Nugget. Well, more specifically, the Coffee Diablo! Damn, that stuff is good! We toddled back to the condo, slept in a bit the next morning, and then packed up and headed home. Jen convinced us to stay at her place last night so I could see the Buffy finale then, instead of having to wait till we get it on Saturday. It was nice seeing it early and seeing it with other people. My main complaint was that Angel wasn't on the ep longer [pout].

So there's the exciting trip report!

Posted by Ith at 6:05 PM | Comments (3)

May 9, 2003

Follow The Leader

Since Jay shared a pic of himself over on his blog, and I've told John he needs to let us see his new haircut, I figured fair was fair. So here's pics of me and of Nin from a few months back.

I'm working on getting a pic of Kel and Paul because I'd like to know what they look like too!

update: blogspot archive links -- as usual -- are fried, so scroll down to May 3rd for John, and the first post of May 9 for Jay.

Posted by Ith at 5:59 PM

May 6, 2003

A Blog, Is A Blog, Is A Blog

A few of us here have personal type blogs. I have Dragon's Muse, Nin has Ninjababe's Ramble, and Paul (he really does exist!) (though maybe we need a designated alternate during his away times) has Blockhead's Journal. Sometimes I wonder if I should have kept all my blog stuff together, since my personal blog is a little lonely corner of my domain. I think if we hadn't decided to make this a group blog, that would have worked. But the thinking was having four people posting both current events/news type stuff and personal stuff, would be blog overload for our readers. While that was probably true, it's hard keeping up content for both. I always feel like I'm neglecting Muse for Gaggle.

Neither here nor there, but I've ben thinking about it lately I guess :)

Posted by Ith at 6:21 PM | Comments (10)

May 4, 2003

Another Day Wasted

Other than to do laundry, I have not moved from my computer. Am I good, or what? One thing I need to accomplish is a bio for my Slutpublican CIA directorship. I think it should be amusing, but I'm not good at amusing, so I keep putting off writing it. I mean, I'm CIA director, so shouldn't my bio be classified?

I'm going to take a shower now.

Posted by Ith at 5:19 PM | Comments (2)

May 3, 2003

The Politics of Blogging

Steven DenBeste has a post up today on linking and blogrolls. I've often pondered the politics of blogging, and have thought about writing some of it down, but never did. Steven's post reminded me, and, since I have no life and am spending my Saturday at the computer, I decided there's no time like the present!

When I first started blogging, I had no idea what was out there. I was so naive, that I actually asked people for permission to link to them! As time went on, I discovered there were "big name blogs", and that it was highly desirable to get them to link to you. Then I started reading things about "delinking", and so on and so forth. Who knew? Not me!

Our blogroll started without knowing any of the political ins and outs, and had no real theme or plan. (It probably still doesn't!) I linked to blogs I liked to read, and I found a lot of blogs I liked to read from them linking to us. Back in the beginning, I'm not sure I ever really thought so many people would link to us, and it's still nice to find new links. As it stands now, the bolded blogs in our roll are blogs we like to read, than that like to read us back. The other part of the list are the rest of the blogs we enjoy reading. As the list seems to grow and grow, I may have to come up with a new plan, but that would make my brain hurt, so I'll be putting that off for awhile!

We're not a big blog -- we average 100-125 readers a day -- but that's okay. I know it's not a lot compared to some blogs, but we're happy with where we are. If we grow, that would be kewl too, not going to complain about that. I mean, would it be nice to get a link from Instapundit, or Daily Pundit? Sure it would! But will my life be stripped of all joy if that never happens? Nah. I appreciate everyone who comes by to read, and I know I speak for Nin, Kel and Paul too. We are thrilled that you take a few minutes from your day to come read what we have to say. It's awesome! And thanks to every single person who has put a link to us on your blog -- our success is due in large measure to you. We've been very fortunate, so thank you for all of us here at Gaggle.

Posted by Ith at 2:18 PM | Comments (2)

Bulldozer Alert

Check out Laurence Simon's "Official Parody READY.PS Poster".

He's freaking scary, but in a good way. (And he has the cutest kitties)

Posted by Ith at 1:29 PM

April 29, 2003

My Fave

In the comments of this post, we're discussing our favorite 80's songs.

Here's my favorite (for the lighter side of a Tuesday lunch hour)


Standing there alone,
the ship is waiting.
All systems are go.
"Are you sure?"
Control is not convinced,
but the computer
has the evidence.
No need to abort.
The countdown starts.

Watching in a trance,
the crew is certain.
Nothing left to chance,
all is working.
Trying to relax
up in the capsule
"Send me up a drink."
jokes Major Tom.
The count goes on...

4, 3, 2, 1
Earth below us
drifting, falling.
Floating weightless
calling, calling home...

Second stage is cut.
We're now in orbit.
Stabilizers up,
runnning perfect.
Starting to collect
requested data.
"What will it affect
when all is done?"
thinks Major Tom.

Back at ground control,
there is a problem.
"Go to rockets full."
Not responding.
"Hello Major Tom.
Are you receiving?
Turn the thrusters on.
We're standing by."
There's no reply.

4, 3, 2, 1
Earth below us
drifting, falling.
Floating weightless
calling, calling home...

Across the stratosphere,
a final message:
"Give my wife my love."
Then nothing more.

Far beneath the ship,
the world is mourning.
They don't realize
he's alive.
No one understands,
but Major Tom sees.
"Now the light commands
this is my home,
I'm coming home."

Earth below us
drifting, falling.
Floating weightless
coming home...
Earth below us
drifting, falling.
Floating weightless
coming, coming

I love this song, and I had to do a yahoo search to remember the artist name, but I love hearing it as much today as I did back in the day!

Posted by Ith at 12:19 PM | Comments (2)

April 16, 2003

AIM Chat?

I'm on AIM right now, and I'm not to clear how all the details work (I'm more of an IRC gal myself) But, I'm in a chat room, and I can invite people in. So, if you're around, and want to chat, leave your AIM ID in the comments of this post, or email me, and I'll invite you in.

I'll be around for about an hour.

Posted by Ith at 5:18 PM | Comments (2)

April 10, 2003

IP Address?

Would one of our lovely readers be willing to tell me how you track an IP address? I guess, after today's nastiness, it's something I should know how to do.

Thanks to all the wonderful readers and commenters we have! You're great and we appreciate you.

(BTW: This is the 500th post of Gaggle on Movable Type -- Nin)

Posted by Ith at 3:42 PM | Comments (6)

April 3, 2003

You Know You've Been...

You know you've been watching Fox News too long when you're having a serious conversation on what the new font the ticker tape at the bottom of the screen is.

I think it's Ariel or Courier New. (I'm leaning towards Courier New)

It's kinda mesmerizing now...

Posted by Ninjababe at 7:52 PM | Comments (1)

The SARS scare

At the pharmacy I work at, we're inudated with calls from people for face masks so that they don't get SARS.

What they don't know is:

  • There is a nationwide shortage on masks now. We can't get any masks anymore.

  • The masks drug stores sell don't stop SARs. They're to stop the wearer's germs from infecting the air and for allergies. We've been told that the makss that do work aren't really available to the public.

  • The best way to stop the spread of SARS? Washing your hands for 30 seconds or more regularly. You don't even have to use soap! Just the rubbing motion under warm water is enough. (Antibacterial soap or Purell type products isn't the best. That kills all germs, including the germs that are beneficial to humans and help fight off infection. That, and multiple uses of no-wash hand sanitizers will dry your skin out badly. One of the technicians here used to use Purell about 20 times a day. In a week, her hands were raw)

    Posted by Ninjababe at 2:25 PM
  • April 2, 2003

    SARS & 1918

    Is this reminding anyone else of the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic and WWI?

    I hope any parallels are only on the surface. I've read as many articles saying we don't have anything to worry about as I have ones that are concerned. I have no idea which is true. Probably somewhere in the middle.

    Posted by Ith at 4:26 PM | Comments (3)

    March 30, 2003

    This One Is For Steve

    Guide to the FOX NEWS Blondes

    Saw it and thought of Steve.

    Posted by Ith at 1:39 PM


    So what does everyone make of Saddam's bodyguard -- who is never away from Saddam's side -- being seen in a press conference where Saddam wasn't?

    I know there's lots of speculation as to what it might mean, so I figured we could
    play too.

    Posted by Ith at 1:29 PM

    March 28, 2003

    Link Go-Round

    I've reorganized the links. Haven't removed any, only moved things around. When I first started this blog, I had my links set up on the assumption no one would ever actually want to link to us, and when people did, I ended up with an unwieldy mix of an old fashioned list, and a blogrolling one. So, I got rid of the traditional list, and combined everything on one blogrolling list. We'll see how it works out!

    Posted by Ith at 6:04 PM | Comments (3)

    March 26, 2003


    I'm a minor photography nut. And, I'm awed at some of the photographs taken in the last couple of days. Especially of the troops in the sandstorms.

    OK... back to work now.

    Posted by Ninjababe at 10:48 AM

    A Bit Of Funny

    Just another mood lightener... Today's Non Sequitur:


    Posted by Ninjababe at 10:02 AM

    March 25, 2003

    A Few Words From Me

    (I know, you're all thrilled and stuff)

    We got back late last night, and both Nin and I seem to have picked up a stomach bug. Not to mention, it was cheerleading competition weekend at Disneyland, and not only did they infest the park, but they were in our hotel and very noisy at all hours. So, I'm not feeling too blog-post-worthy right now!

    Just a few notes about the party (I'll post the non-war related party news on my personal blog tomorrow, stomach willing!) from when we were standing in line waiting to get through security. One, all the choppers overhead and the constant sound of them, it made me feel like I was seven again and living in Berkeley during the Vietnam riots. Back then, I thought riots, curfews, bomb scares, and tear gas, were normal! Two, a few times LAPD motorcycle and car officers went by, sirens blazing. Most of the line would cheer and applaud then as they drove by. A couple of the motorcycle officers gave us a little nod and salute as they went whizzing by.

    So that's it for me tonight. Hopefully I'll be back to normal blogging tomorrow!

    update: Nin put some pics up on her blog

    Posted by Ith at 6:27 PM

    March 23, 2003

    In Your Face, France

    Chemical weapons factory about 90 miles south of Baghdad. SCREW YOU, FRENCHY FROGS! Bend over and kiss our superior asses and those of the Brit and Ozzie military!


    Kel, loving

    Posted by at 5:01 PM | Comments (2)

    Not Even Vacation Will Stop Me!

    Even when I'm at Disneyland, I still find time to blog. Now, that's dedication.

    So, here are some tidbits I came up with...

  • I'm in shock and awe over how many non-military ways I've come up with saying 'shock and awe'
  • I saw the Iraqi Information Minister give a speech last night on Fox News. The only things I learned from the speech: 1) He loves the sound of his own voice. 2) He has no grip on reality.
  • Saw a strange situation on Highway 101 through Los Angeles. Saw 1 highway patrol car, 1 LAPD patrol car, 2 stealth police cars, and three motorcycle cops, and a police helicopter all in same traffic... Wondering what they were up to...
  • Ith came up with the observation that watching the Bombing at Umm Qasr was like watching Africam. And, since the camera was pointed away from the boming site, exactly like Africam! :-)
  • What does AAA mean when they're talking about Iraq? Anti-Aircraft Artillery? I know it doesn't mean American Automobile Association... Now, that's an image! "Today, the American Automobile Association launched cars at incoming missles..." [snort]
  • OK... now, I have to go... more later, probably...

    Posted by Ninjababe at 12:02 PM

    March 21, 2003

    Take Care

    Nin and I are off for the weekend and will be back late Monday. Everyone keep safe, and Kel and Paul will provide reading material for the weekend :)

    Posted by Ith at 11:30 PM | Comments (2)

    March 20, 2003

    'Shock & Awe'

    I'm starting to get tired of the term 'Shock and Awe'.

    Hey! Maybe 'Shock and Awe' is in terms on how little resistance we've met so far!

    I was away from the computer and giving my full attention to Fox News. They were following the same tank for so long, I was able to do a very detailed sketch of it. Sand, sand, more sand. Oh! A helicopter!

    Sand, sand, sand...

    Then, I had so much fun drawing the tank, I drew a sketch of the Fox News Channel screen, complete with a stick figure reporter with tie. (He needs a bit of a hair cut... His hair looks really shaggy.)

    Posted by Ninjababe at 10:40 PM

    Anyone know of one of these?

    What I really need is a ticker like the one that is on the bottom of the Fox News channel on my computer at work.

    That way, I can do more work and less net surfing, which is always good for work...

    Posted by Ninjababe at 7:49 PM | Comments (4)

    Watch out if you're in Frisco--

    There are fucktards abounding--they staged a vomit in.

    What a bunch of disgusting ass chunks. That is just fucking retarded. They weren't able to come up with a better way to get their point across?

    Go find a vomitorium. What a bunch of doofi. *rolling eyes*


    Posted by at 2:52 PM | Comments (5)

    March 5, 2003

    Random Stuff

    I'm back, but not back. You know how that goes. I pretty much was news free for four days, and had no access to a computer, so I'm trying to catch up on the world. So, without further ado, it's "random thoughts post" time!

    We caught one of the terrorist big fish in Pakistan!

    The wussy little "human shields" are all going home because, gee, it might get dangerous! What a waste of oxygen they turned out to be.

    SAG actually has the temerity to call bad press against idiotarian actors "blacklisting"?? What does it take for it to get through to these gimboids that free speech doesn't mean no consequences? Yeah, Martin, Susan, Babs, Sean, Sheryl, and the rest of you, you have the freedom to say whatever stupid thing pops into your heads, but guess what? I have the freedom to say you're morons and I don't want to listen to you. Got that? Freedom works both ways. I know that's a concept to those on the Left, but it's true. Honest.

    And a report form Dland. You now have to open up your jacket in addition to having your bags checked at the entrance gates. I wonder if they heard me talking when I was there at Thanksgiving? I thought it was something they should be doing, and lookee, here they are doing it! (We had a great time, BTW!)

    And a totally heartless random thought from the weekend: I wish the Crusaders had done a much better job. See what happens when you don't finish a job? Bleah.

    Posted by Ith at 5:43 PM | Comments (7)

    February 27, 2003

    Armed Forces Pets

    This came down on an email list I belong to:

    Shelters Overwhelmed by Animals Left Behind by Soldiers Animal shelters around Fort Campbell, Kentucky are being swamped with animals left behind by soldiers deploying to the Persian Gulf.

    Dogs of every breed, shape and size are being abandoned in the Clarksville, Tennessee - Hopkinsville, Kentucky area. Soldiers leaving for the Gulf are not all aware of foster programs that can care for their dogs when they are gone. Many dogs are just showing up as strays, but others are abandoned in the shelters by soldiers who feel like they have no other options.

    If you'd like to help foster the dog of a soldier, contact In the subject of your email, put "YOUR STATE, Foster Home Application." If you're in the military of other related government organization and need to find a temporary home for your cat, dog, or bird, call NetPets at (843) 249-5262.

    Posted by Ith at 5:32 PM

    You've Gotta Love America, Pt. 2...

    So, the lawyer of Jesica Santillan's family is lobbying Congress to stop legislation that will cap malpractice lawsuit damages.

    "They want to limit pain-and-suffering damages and that really would not be a good thing for the public in general," attorney Kurt Dixon said Thursday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "This case that I'm dealing with now makes that clear."

    I'm sorry, but this is pissing me off. Obviously, the lawyer is trying to stop this so that when his clients sue Duke University Medical Center, they don't have to worry about caps.

    "As you meet together this week to consider the issue of medical malpractice on the federal level, I urge you to save a seat for Jesica," Dixon wrote to the [House Energy and Commerce] committee. "America deserves to understand how people like Jesica and her family would be affected by the legislation your committee is considering and what is being done to ensure no other family in the future has to suffer as the Santillans have."

    But, Jesica doesn't deserve a 'seat'. It was a tragic mistake, and you really can't put a dollar amount on a human life. But, what about the lives that are going to end because a family brought their daughter here illegally? They were smuggled into the US four years ago. She received treatment for four years. I have some questions about that... Was the family paying for the treatment?

    Other countries would've given enough medical treatment to send the patient back to their home country. But, not America.

    And, now (as callous as it sounds), the family will become very rich because of this tragic mistake that will luckily never see a courtroom, and therefore costing us tax payers even more money.

    Posted by Ninjababe at 12:20 PM

    February 24, 2003

    Monday Funny

    This was forwarded to me in email today. It may be one of those things everyone has already seen, but I thought it was cute, so I'm passing it on. (Especially as Gary has made me an honorary Texan!)

    Here's how to tell if you're a liberal, conservative, or a Texan:

    Question: You're walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small
    children. Suddenly, a dangerous looking man with a huge knife comes around
    the corner and is running at you while screaming obscenities. In your hand
    is a Glock .40 and you are an expert shot. You have mere seconds before he
    reaches you and your family. What do you do?

    Liberal Answer:

    Well, that's not enough information to answer the question! Does the man
    look poor or oppressed? Have I ever done anything to him that is inspiring
    him to attack? Could we run away? What does my wife think? What about the
    kids? Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and knock the knife out of
    his hand? What does the law say about this situation? Is it possible he'd be
    happy with just killing me? Does he definitely want to kill me or would he
    just be content to wound me? If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could
    my family get away while he was stabbing me? This is all so confusing! I
    need to debate this with some friends for a few days to try to come to a

    Conservative Answer:


    Texan's Answer:

    BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! click... (sounds of clip being ejected and fresh clip installed)

    Wife: "Sweetheart, he looks like he's still moving, what do you kids think?"

    Son: "Mom's right Dad, I saw it too..."


    Daughter: "Nice grouping Daddy!"

    Posted by Ith at 5:08 PM | Comments (1)

    Ah Kan Spehl!

    I was reading through the Grammy winners from last night (I had forgotten it was on!), and after seeing Usher's win, it reminded me of something that's been bugging me off and on.

    A generation of Americans (And maybe people worldwide) are going to grow up misspelling basic words because of today's song titles... Just doing a search for songs that use 'U' instead of 'You', I came up with three immediately.

    U Don't Have To Call by Usher

    Thank U by Alanis Morissette

    Damn U by Prince

    I know there are others, and other words that are misspelled. I'm just blanking at the moment.

    Posted by Ninjababe at 12:08 PM

    You've gotta love America...

    Only in America can a person who entered the country illegally receive an organ transplant.

    Only in America can the family of the same person, also in the country illegally, sue the hospital when the young woman tragically dies.

    "We just want to make sure we know what the cause of death was," attorney Kurt Dixon said Sunday. "If there's going to be legal action down the road, you want to have a definite cause of death. You don't want to speculate about that." (Article from AP)

    Don't get me wrong. I feel for the girl and her family. It's always awful to lose a loved one.

    But, now, there are multiple citizens of this country, all most probably children, who will die because the organs needed for them are no longer available.

    Posted by Ninjababe at 11:29 AM | Comments (2)

    February 17, 2003


    I found this link through InstaPundit. The sad thing is, I'm not sure if this 'peace blog' is for real, or a joke. I guess that pretty much sums up the effect the looney left has had when the stuff that comes off like satire is really how they think.

    Posted by Ith at 4:32 PM | Comments (2)

    February 14, 2003


    I watched some of Hans Blix's presentation to the UN before I had to shut off the TV to get ready for work, and I don't have any profound insights on it all. But, with all the diplomatic talk, I had the strangest mental vision of Hans and his inspectors sitting around with Saddam and his goons, having tea and little sandwiches while they discussed the finer points of just what "material breach" was.

    Told, you no profound here! Just sleepy pre-breakfast delusions.

    Posted by Ith at 7:56 AM

    February 12, 2003


    My friend Mickey has a post on her blog that I wanted to expand on. It was a subject I was going to blog about, and never got around to. So thanks, Mickey for inspiring me!

    I read and hear people who think that President Bush isn't qualified to send troops into battle because he didn't serve in the military (though he was in the National Guard), or because no one in his family is in the military. I admit, this is something I don't get. It's the same train of thought that if you haven't been in the military, you don't have the right to an opinion on matters pertaining to the military.

    If some people think military service and children in the military is a meaningful criteria for being President, then should we make it so only persons that meet those criteria can be President? Then that would have to extend to Congress as well, since they're the ones that actually have to authorize a war. Do we want to really limit the pool of elected representatives to only those that have served in the military? Or who have children in the military? (and isn't there a law that you can't be Secretary of Defense if you've been in the military within a certain number of years? I thought I read that a few years back.)

    And what about other wartime Presidents? George Washington had no children of his own as far as I know. Lincoln had only one son that lived to adulthood, Tad. Did he serve in the military? Did Lincoln, for that matter? How about FDR? Did either he serve, or have children that did?

    Then to the matter of not being allowed to have an opinion at all if you hadn't served. Well, that leaves me out. What else haven't I ever experienced? Let's see... I've never had children, so I guess voting on school board issues is out. Never been a lawyer, so there goes my thoughts on torte reform. Never been a police officer or a fireman, so I can't make decisions regarding public safety issues. The list is endless. If all of us were only allowed to vote on, or have an opinion on, things we actually have experience at, we'd be in a pretty poor state.

    So no, President Bush has no children in the military, nor has he been to war. But he is the President, and the responsibility, and the burden, are his. It's the burden that ages presidents years and years in only a handful of time. We elect Presidents knowing that they may have to make hard decisions, that they have to send young men and women to die, and we can only hope that when the time comes, they make the right decision.

    This time around, our military is comprised of all volunteers, who signed up for a potentially dangerous job. Our police and firefighters also are in dangerous jobs, but like our military, they protect us despite the dangers -- voluntarily. As a country, we should be proud of our men and women in uniform, no matter how and where they serve.

    Posted by Ith at 5:59 PM | Comments (6)

    February 8, 2003


    I got an email ad for this book, and was wondering if anyone had ever read it, or if it seems like something worthwhile.

    Posted by Ith at 2:11 PM