Thursday, December 23, 2010


I hope all of you who bother to stop by here are on your way to enjoying some holiday down time, and party time, too! I've been busy shopping and baking and spending quality time with my "kid" - who turns 20 on Saturday - but it's all good. I'm likely to be absent from blogland for the next several days, but I do want to wish all my friends here a merry and peaceful Yuletide.

I know that the holidays are a difficult time for many; we're supposed to subscribe to some Disney-Hallmark-Rockwell fairytale of how things "should" be, or we're having a first Christmas without someone near and dear to share it with, or maybe a few of us are just born Grinches... yet I can't help but believe that there is some small something to celebrate at this time of year.

Even if it's just congratulating ourselves for making it through another year.

Friday, December 17, 2010

funky friday, frisky-n-festive edition

Feel free to stop the video at about three minutes in, when the unfortunate remix begins -- although the photos are still nice:

You know, I don't doubt Eartha got every thing she asked for that year!

Monday, December 13, 2010

monday meh, n/a edition

Interestingly enough, I do not feel "Meh" at all today.

(Update 12:00pm EST - 12 degrees with wind chills as low as 16 below. Cool!)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Dear Santa

Dear Santa,

I'm not sure why I have to leave it to an old white guy to bring me stuff, but then you fellows do have all the power - that fact of life was made plain yet again to even non-believers last month. And so, although other old white guys are at the top of your list this year, I would like to ask for just a few presents, myself.

I'll start with the big item first: World peace. I know that the boys like to play at war, but Santa, if you brought Playstations and Call of Duty to all the girls and boys serving in the military (and to Dick Cheney, too, even though he should be permanently on the naughty list), there still would be plenty left in the $895 billion defense budget to send the troops home, heal their wounds, clean up the environment, and even put candy in all our stockings.

If the whole war thing is too much to ask for, maybe we can start smaller. Can you just bring all the haters new hearts? That way they can stop perpetrataing violence on people who look, love, live and believe differently than they do.

Mass organ transplants still too tall an order? Well, I have a few family members who've been sick, Santa, so maybe you can bring them the drugs and treatments that they need to maintain some quality of life. You see, their insurance companies have decided not to continue paying for meds and therapy for their conditions anymore, so I'm hoping you can help out.

I'd also really like it if you could give homes to all the dogs and cats in need. Lots of kids will be asking you for puppies and kittens, so I hope you'll do what's right and visit the animal shelters to fill those requests. Come to think of it, some of the critters in residence there were last year's Christmas presents, so Santa, please choose wisely!

That's really all I want this year. I am one of the lucky ones, Santa, with a roof over my head and a job to dread going to every day, so I don't need anything for myself. I know last year you tried to give me a 37-year-old Californian, but he wasn't the right ideological fit. If you're feeling generous this year, a 25-year-old Scotch will do. And it'll help see me through the new congress year.

God jul!


(image from Karen's Whimsy)

Friday, December 10, 2010

funky friday, naughty or nice edition

Feeling pretty merry here today - I got my class project turned in before the midnight deadline last night, and I'm blissfully DONE with student-type stresses until sometime next month. Yippee! Now I can read all those books that have been patiently waiting for their spines to be cracked. (Speaking of spines cracking, I hope Santa gives me a gift certificate to my favorite massage therapist! I haven't been too naughty - but I don't know if that's in my favor or not...)

Here's some Friday funkiness from Satchmo:

Monday, December 6, 2010

monday meh, F.Y.B.O. edition

UK illustrator Jackie Morris captures my mood today.
(Note, however, that a dachshund makes for a poor polar bear surrogate.)

Hibernation season comes early to the NE TN mountains this year. It's been snowing since Saturday morning. Wind chills are best left uncontemplated.