YAY! NaBloPoMo is over!
I did NaBloPoMo - and it wasn't horrible. A couple of times I went blank, I'll admit, but I "wung it" and I'm glad I did.
Congratulations to all who succeeded - we rock!
So many things to absorb, think about, deal with and put up with - it simply makes the mind wobble...
I did NaBloPoMo - and it wasn't horrible. A couple of times I went blank, I'll admit, but I "wung it" and I'm glad I did.
Jackson Calls For Entertainment Industry N-Word Ban
Initiative Spurred By Michael Richards' Racial Rant
November 27, 2006
Los Angeles-- The Rev. Jesse Jackson is calling on the entertainment industry to stop using the racial slur that Michael Richards used against hecklers in a Los Angeles comedy club.
Jackson and others told reporters Monday that they'll meet with television networks, film companies and musicians to talk about the n-word.
Report: Kid Rock Blew Up At 'Borat' Screening
"A star-studded duo is heading for divorce after just four months of matrimony..."
OK, we're almost done with NaBloPoMo, I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel here...
The writing is very easy to read, but I found myself reading it slowly because I didn't want the book to end. While she is very funny and sarcastic, her feelings for her children, her friends and her parnter shine through. She is self-effacing and aware of her faults, but still has embraced herself and inspires you to feel good about yourself as well.I look forward to reading other books by Ellerbee and heartily recommend this book to everyone. I already gave a copy to a friend!
Labels: Book review
I stole this meme from Purplepassion who stole it from Dixiepeach - what can I say? I'm lazy and it's been a long month of posting. Thanks for the material ladies!
As I mentined in yesterday's entry, I spent an evening with my friends on Friday and in talking about their teenage kids, sexual activity - or hopefully lack thereof - was discussed. Among the topics discussed were "sex games" at parties or at "gettys" (get togethers, there *is* a difference!).
We had soooo much fun! Although my husband wasn't able to attend because of a bad back - some of the other husbands went and actually played cards with us. It was great - I of course lost.
Lazy day after Thanksgiving. I don't do the Black Friday shopping frenzy. I slept until 10:30, then while laying on the couch watching TV I dozed off several times. It was great. I watched like five "House" episodes which had been on my TIVO-like substance for weeks (apparently there was a "House" marathon at some point and they all got taped).
So, I'm sitting here blogging as I watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. I've been told that when I was around 3 or 4 years old, I actually went to the parade - I don't remember, but apparently I wasn't happy. To this day, I'm not a parade person. But, it's always on in the background for Thanksgiving. And I will actually stop what I'm doing to sit and watch Santa arrive - he always makes me cry - to me the Macy's Santa Claus is *the* real Santa Claus, the rest are merely his reasonable facsimiles.
In a video of the incident Richards purportedly screamed, "Fifty years ago we'd have you upside down with a f---ing fork up your a--." On the videotape, some audience members are gasping in disbelief. Directing his anger at one of the men, Richards said, "Throw his a-- out," and said, "He's a n-----!" five times.
OK, you know what? I'm sorry, but IMO this is unacceptable. He has since apologized, and I have no doubt he is sincere, I don't think he is a bad man. However, these words came too easily to him, they flowed too freely and instinctively. The whole "fork thing" is not a common comment - I had never heard it and frankly, don't really know if I understand it!
Once again, this is one of the many reasons I think using racial/ethnic epithets "as a joke" or making racial/ethnic jokes is so dangerous. The words become familiar to you, they come easily and then all of a sudden you say them when you aren't supposed to.
I saw Richards' appearance on Letterman and to his credit he did say that the outrage this has caused is correct, that we should be outraged when something like this happens. I hope he can come to terms with what happened, face whatever demons made him behave like this, and that he can make amends to those who deserve his apology.
Remember last Friday I posted an e-mail message I had sent to Fox and its local affiliate? Well Monday, I received two e-mail messages from the local affiliate, one in the morning thanking me for writing and telling me they would pass it along to the network. The second one came after 4 p.m. and consisted of the following press release:
News Corporation Cancels Simpson Book
and TV Special
New York, NY – November 20, 2006 –
News Corporation Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch today announced that the company has canceled publication of the book "If I Did It" as well as the corresponding Fox broadcast network special.
Mr. Murdoch said: “I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project. We are sorry for any pain this has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown-Simpson.”
"General Abizaid also publicly said for the first time that the American position in Iraq had been undermined by the Bush administration’s decision not to deploy a larger force to stabilize the country in 2003. That decision was made after Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, the Army chief of staff at the time, told Congress that several hundred thousand troops would be needed. His testimony was derided by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, and the general was ostracized at the Pentagon before his retirement a few months later.
“General Shinseki was right that a greater international force contribution, U.S. force contribution and Iraqi force contribution should have been available immediately after major combat operations,” General Abizaid said. "
"In all of Iraq, attacks against allied troops last month averaged 180 per day, up from 170 per day in September and 70 per day in January, General Maples said in written testimony. Daily attacks on Iraqi civilians averaged roughly 40 per day last month, four times higher than the average in January. General Maples also noted that recent operations in Baghdad had achieved only a moderate success, because after American officials had turned neighborhoods over to the Iraqis, “attacks returned to and even surpassed preoperational levels.”
Reinforcing this view, General Hayden said the C.I.A. station in Baghdad assessed that Iraq was deteriorating to a chaotic state, with the political
center disintegrating and rival factions increasingly warring with each other."...
..."Many experts have advocated talking directly to Iran and Syria to help stabilize Iraq, an approach the Iraq Study Group is expected to endorse. "
I spent Saturday and today at my favorite Miami event the Miami Book Fair International 2006 .
This is the 23rd book fair, and I have missed only 2 of them. On these two days I completely allow myself to be absorbed into books and book stuff. I rarely buy books at the book fair, I go to the author sessions. Every year both my days are filled with author readings and presentations, there are always conflicts where I need to pick one over the other.
It is probably my favorite time of the year - in some ways superseding even holidays. I enjoy the fair in a way I can't enjoy the holidays because it expects nothing of me. I disappear into the throngs and immerse myself in the ambience. If someone I know happens to run into me it literally jars me to come back to the real world - it's a weird sort of literary disassociation!
I usually go alone, however, if I do go with someone, we go our separate ways, meeting when we have a common interest. I used to go with my father, comparing our schedules to see where we would coincide, trying to coordinate a time for lunch. This year I met up with my best friend on Sunday afternoon - it was her first time, so we stayed together for the afternoon. Next year, she'll probably have her own schedule.
So, who did I see and listen to this year? I'll tell you:
And to top it off we've had fabulous weather this weekend, the first cool weather we've had this year, with practically no humidity and lots of sunshine. All in all a perfect weekend before the holiday insanity begins.
"WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration, to the consternation of its critics, has picked the medical director of an organization that opposes premarital sex, contraception and abortion to lead the office that oversees federally funded teen pregnancy, family planning and abstinence programs."What the hell is this?
This administration isn't even trying to appear objective. They are shamelessly pushing their agenda. Unfortunately, as the article indicates, because this is a sub-level position it doesn't require the Senate's approval, which means Dubyuh and his handlers can continue to pull this crap for the remainder of his presidency.
I sent the e-mail message below to both the Fox network and its local affiliate. I intend to send it to advertisers on the local channel's web site as well.
"Simpson to tell how he could have killed pair - LA Times
"It is an all-time low for television," Goldman said. "To imagine that a major network would put a murderer on TV to have him tell how he would murder the mother of his children and my son is beyond comprehension." Goldman said he thinks the outrage should extend to the entire Fox network. "Send a message to Fox that if Fox believes their viewers want this kind of trash on television, they must not think very highly of their viewers," he said. "
From Wednesday's news:
"VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI has called a meeting Thursday with top Vatican officials to discuss lifting the celibacy requirement for priests seeking to marry or who have already married. "Link
I am shocked and awed. And skeptical.
As a Catholic I don't necessarily think priests should be allowed to marry. I think it would make their jobs very difficult and distract them from their obligations. Let's say, for example, a priest is married and has a young child. The same day he has to perform last rites on a long-standing and beloved parishoner who is on his deathbed, the priest's child becomes very ill. To whom does he tend? Which relationship is more important?
To me it is more important and a more logical and practical solution to allow women to become priests. They too would have to take vows of celibacy.
I know my opinion that priests should remain celibate is not a popular one - but then again, it wouldn't be the first time that was the case.
I'll be curious to see how this plays out.
Have you started your holiday shopping? I have, I've already gotten a lot of stuff and have a lot on order. 100% of the shopping I've done thus far has been on the Internet or from catalogs. I just don't have the patience to go shopping at malls in general, let alone during the holidays.
...and/or things that make me happy.
More some other time...:)
If you read my friend purplepassion's blog "Gimme Patience" you'll see she's also writing about the opera. That's because we went together. We got season tickets for this year's Florida Grand Opera, it's the inaugural season of the beautiful Ziff Opera and Ballet Center. We saw Verdi's "Aida" and it was fantastic.
Saturday night I went to my Class of 1981 high school reunion, celebrating 25 years since our graduation. I'll admit I was ambivalent. Back in August or whenever I first got the invitation, I thought it was a great idea. After I sent the check, I pretty much changed my mind at least once a week about wanting to go. Saturday I was convinced it was a mistake.
I "borrowed" this from "Major Bedhead" which I found using the "NaBloPoMo Randomizer" feel free to use it on your blog:
FIRST NAME? Hilda
WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Yes, my mother
WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? Friday evening watching "General Hospital" - Laura's back!
DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? No
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHMEAT? Boar's Head Pepper Ham
IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? I think so
DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? Nope - just this Blog
DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes
WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? No!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Lucky Charms
DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Yes
DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Physically, no. Mentally, most of the time
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOUR? Today I'll say Strawberry Cheesecake
SHOE SIZE? 6.5 or 7
RED OR PINK? Red
WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? My teeth
WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My father
WHAT COLOR PANTS, SHIRT AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Aqua and white shorts set and black Birkenstocks
LAST THING YOU ATE? Tomato and Fresh Basil Pizza
WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? CNN report about something having to do with the military
IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Red
FAVORITE SMELL? Onions sauteeing
WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Cris
THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO? Eyes
DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON YOU STOLE THIS FROM? I like her Blog!
FAVORITE DRINK? Non-alcoholic - Coca Cola; Alcoholic: I'm really into red wines right now
FAVORITE SPORT? To watch: College Football; To play: None
EYE COLOR? Brown
HAT SIZE? No clue, but I have an unusually huge head - I'm not a hat person
DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Not any more
FAVORITE FOOD? Today I'll say Cuban food
SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy endings
SUMMER OR WINTER? Winter
HUGS OR KISSES? Hugs
FAVORITE DESSERT? Chocolate souffle
WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? "Take Big Bites" by Linda Ellerbee
WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Right now I'm on my laptop - no mousepad
WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV? "Men in Trees"
FAVORITE SOUNDS? Rain on a window
ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles
THE FURTHEST YOU'VE BEEN FROM HOME? Seattle, Washington
WHAT'S YOUR SPECIAL TALENT? Remembering useless trivia
WHERE WERE YOU BORN? New York
There's a bunch of stuff I haven't done that most women my age have...some of them I would like to do, some I'm not particularly intereted in doing.
That's all for now, but there's plenty more...
Added after initial posting:
I am so happy, albeit overwhelmed. Apparently the Virginia thing is pretty much done and Webb won!
I know, I know, I should save this for my NaBloPoMo entry for tomorrow - but I'm too happy.
Why? Let's review:
You should see how cool my sitting-in-an-office-chair-happy-dance is! It involves chair spinning, throwing my hands in the air and waving 'em like I just don't care ;) , bopping my head, and kicking my legs. I'm telling you Twyla Tharp would be wowed...
Happy, happy, joy, joy, happy, happy, joy...
First and foremost as of this writing (Wednesday at 12:05 a.m.) the Democrats have just won the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi will be the first female Speaker of the House and we may still win the Senate (tough but possible), so if you'll excuse me for a minute...
Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa [thumping my chest three times]. Why do I feel so guilty about this?The writing is wonderful - the details, the character development, it's all there. But the stream-of-consciousness was too difficult for me to keep up with.
I came across this quote the other day - some of the regular readers of this blog may have come across it as well - and it spoke, no it actually sang, to me...
"The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole.
Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else."
[A friend sent this to me via e-mail - I checked its veracity on www.Snope.com and it is legit]
I don't want to talk about Ted Haggard. We all know the story, blah, blah, blah. All I will say is that my prayers go to his family and to those who trusted and believed in this man, while I may not agree with them, no one deserves to be betrayed this way.
“God does things when he thinks they’re appropriate,” said Larry Stockstill, the pastor of the Bethany World Prayer Center in Louisiana, from which the New Life Church began in 1985 as an outreach mission.“What’s going to happen in the nation?” Mr. Stockstill said. “You know what — I don’t think that’s your concern or mine..."
"...He chose this incredibly important time for this sin to be revealed and I actually think it’s a good thing — I believe America needs a shaking,
Remember back in September when I wrote about The Big Red Purse ?
During the post-Halloween candy deluge in the office someone brought in Dark Chocolate Kit Kat Minis - OHMYGOD! But wait...there's more. Apparently these have out for a while, but I had never heard of them: Take 5 bars - this is a pretzel combined with peanuts, peanut butter and caramel covered by milk chocolate! Can you even begin to imagine? Phenomenal!
As you may remember from reading this blog a couple of days ago, on November 1st my husband and I celebrated our 9th anniversary - YAY!
I love these! I got this one from Katya's blog Observations of a Librarian.
...I got married!