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There's this goal-oriented meme that's going around: set yourself one hundred and one goals to complete in the next one thousand and one days (roughly 2.75 years). This is a bandwagon I am jumping on. It's BIGGER than New Year's Resolutions! It's more awesome than a locomotive...it's 101/1001!

101 in 1001: )
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Thanks for coming over, [livejournal.com profile] slammer2012! We had a blast playing Rock Band and Mario Kart with you. Thank you for lending us Mario Kart.
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If you are in Ann Arbor/Southeast Michigan this holiday and are reading this message, you are invited for board games and hanging out this Boxing Day (December 26), noon to 7pm. We will provide soup or sandwiches or chili or something like that, and will have lemonade, iced tea, and/or kool aid on hand. We will probably make some popcorn, too. If there is a beverage or food you would like to bring to share, please do. But also don't let it stop you from coming if you don't!

If you need directions or have questions, please email me (cherydactyl@livejournal.com works). If you either will be coming or might be coming, please reply or let me know in some way so I can make sure we're not woefully underprovisioned. :)

Have a wonderful holiday. We hope to see you!
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On Saturday, I went to visit my friend A. A and I have been friends since middle school. In high school, she turned me into a movie watcher with numerous movie nights which inevitably included Little Caesars "garbage can" (everything) pizza. We lived together my freshman year at UM, which was her sophomore year, and lived in apartments together the next two years after that. But we haven't seen that much of each other in the last few years, partly because I have kids and she doesn't, partly because her work life has largely been drama-filled in the last several-to-many years (which appears to be well and truly over, yahoo!), and partly because it's a pretty far haul between our residences (especially if you don't use the freeway, like I didn't on Saturday).

Anyway, the reason I went was to pick up a very important item for our family Christmas... they gave us an extra Wii they had, which came from a misunderstanding about who was buying a group gift among some other friends. Shhhh. Rock Band 2 is in the closet, along with an extra controller and some other accessories. Double Shhhh.

In any case, as is common when we get together, I had to make myself leave, several hours later, because we can talk for hours and hours. I told her and her husband of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, of which they had not heard. They showed me some Top Gear video (of their amphibious cars episode). We talked and talked and talked. About Tibetian Buddhism and roleplaying and movies and our lives and many other things. And there was tea.

Which leads to the revelation of the day: Agave nectar is a low glycemic sweetener. Score!
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So yesterday was the solstice. We celebrated Christmas with [livejournal.com profile] illyaa's family, including some cousins we don't see that often. Or, in a few cases, that we expect to see a little more of, since they have just moved to Toledo from West Virginia. Festivities included way too much food and chocolate, presents of course, Fluxx of both the Zombie and Monty Python varieties, which I inflicted on people to keep my kids amused, and Guitar Hero. Our nephew is pretty wizard at Guitar Hero, as is Mark, husband of [livejournal.com profile] illyaa's cousin Kim. We got to meet the newest addition to the family, their son Max. Some members of [livejournal.com profile] illyaa's family keep trying to civilize us with gifts of china and other stereotypically gifty things. It never works.
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It's been a pretty long time since I wrote anything that wasn't a meme. I've been on and off sick, extremely busy with a second micro-job and holiday stuff, worrying about the global economy and our family economy, and playing too much Power Grid on BSW.

[livejournal.com profile] illyaa's phone finally gave up the ghost about a week ago. So we suddenly had to move on the front of getting new phones, which I had been hemming and hawing over for about 6 weeks. We've been out of contract for a long time, longer than I thought as it turns out. By the time we actually did something about it this week, we'd been out of contract for two years. Yes, you did read that right. My Treo is four years old, and looks like it. We attempted to upgrade our phones and deal with Sprint, and had several bad or frustrating experiences on the web site and in the store we visited (the one on Washtenaw between BeanersBigby and Chipoltle). The biggest source of frustration is that to get the full rebates on a Centro, Sprint was forcing us to have a data plan for me. I want a PDA phone because I want a calendar and note taker and some control over applications without downloading crap from a provider's proprietary store only, and the ability to get photos off my phone by USB connection. I don't expect to use email or web on the phone. So, the extra monthly $ were feeling like a deal-breaker. Then [livejournal.com profile] illyaa went on his company's web site to look for other provider's offers.

One advantage of his working for a global information behemoth (Thomson-Reuters) is they have good deals they negotiate for their employees. [The Sprint store employee we had tried to deal with kept saying Thomsom-Rooters, rhyming with Hooters. It was all I could do not to crack up.] Upshot: We are now with Verizon, who did not attempt to force me into a data plan. We have new phones, including a Centro for me. My Centro is a boring metallic navy blue instead of "vibrant rose," but I'm okay with that. lol. It came with a sudoku application, so my fidget-game needs are set for a while. :) All three phones arrived via Fed Ex yesterday evening, and we activated them this morning.

Yes, you did read "three phones." Older daughter S also has a phone now. Same model LG flip phone as her dad, but in candy apple red. It's locked to only accept calls from numbers in her contact list as of now, which is just our numbers so far. We plan to add her aunts and grandparents at least, and some of her friends too. Yes, we realize we are crazy. We figure this is an experiment, and will pay off when we go to game conventions. It will make me feel a little better about loosening the supervision tether on her. If she doesn't lose her phone by then. ;^) She needs a belt clip or a way to hang her phone on a lanyard, which we plan to work on this week.

Scary

Dec. 8th, 2008 09:03 am
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IMO, a version of this with a grey area for the extra $ in a pie the same size of the bailout pie would have been more visually effective.

Only, I'm wondering if this is right...is this falling afoul of the American Billion vs. British Billion problem? I didn't think our bailout was in the trillions yet....

Apparently, the source for the numbers is this article at Boing Boing porsted by Cory Doctrow. It includes the Citi bailout money, which is why it's over 4 trillion.

Yikes.



Oh My. There are some sources out there saying it's even worse than that:
http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2008/12/calculating-the-total-bailout-costs/
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I made roasted sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving. I peeled and cut the sweet potatoes into cubes, tossed with olive oil and a mixture of ground ancho chili pepper, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, freshly ground black pepper, and kosher salt, and then roasted it in a 350-degree oven for about 50 minutes.

They were delicious. However, most of my family thought they were way too spicy. I specifically used ancho chili because it's one of the milder chilies with very little heat. To me, they were barely spicy; I would have said not at all spicy, but, having been told the sweet potatoes had "too much kick," I tasted again and detected a very slight kick. At least [livejournal.com profile] elsbon said they were good, and [livejournal.com profile] illyaa and I enjoyed them.

Next time, I'll use cumin with no chili and see if they still say it's too spicy. ;-)
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Announcing the arrival of LJ Friend O' The Day!

1. Reply to this entry if you want me to tell you how cool you are!
2. Watch my journal over the next few days for a post just about you and why you rock my socks.
3. Post these instructions in your journal and give your friends a much needed dose of love and adoration!.
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In a long list of reasons to give presents in a recent blog post of why we should all buy art from the Comics Legal Defense Fund auctions, Neil Gaiman included not only Christmas, Kwanzaa, etc, but also "I'm-An-Atheist-But-I-Don't-See-Why-I-Can't-Have-A-Party-And-Presents-Day." That acronymnizes to almost-pronouncable IAABIDSWICHAPP, or ya-BID-switch-ap.

Oh I suppose I could go one further and name the day for myself as "I'm-A-Buddhist-slash-Atheist-But-I-Don't-See-Why-I-Can't-Have-A-Party-And-Presents-Day" or IABABIDSWICHAPP (YA-ba-BID-switch-ap).

Is that too silly? ::bats eylashes::
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I'm not that large. Really. Okay, I could stand to loose 10-15 pounds, so could many people. But what has that got to do with glove sizes?

I recently bought a really nice dress coat from Lands' End. They had my size for that; it's not even the biggest size of the regular size range (non-plus-size). It's lovely and warm, a camel colored wool walking coat.

I also ordered some gloves. Beautiful plum purple lambskin leather gloves lined with cashmere, the most expensive gloves I have ever bought. In size L. They are too freaking small. I have long fingers, which I have known for a long time, but even discounting that, they are really tight around my fingers. I called LE up and they don't make these gloves in XL. I am SOL. I suppose it saved me from buying the matching cashmere baby cable scarf and hat (which would have been a little over $100 together), but I still need good, warm dress gloves, long and large enough to fit my long-fingered, not-so-small hands.
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I finally had my first few trick-or-treaters, at 10 to 7 pm. At that point, my own kids had been out for nearly an hour, in the other, newer part of the neighborhood.

M is a black cat: black pants, black fleece over white tee, white gloves, black cat ears, drawn-on nose and whiskers.

S is "Little Miss Smarty Pants;" Her pants have Smarties sewn on all over them. Though she ate more of them than she sewed on while making the costume. A few ended up in the treat basket in the end.

I am in full Mad Scientist regalia. White lab coat: check. Blue spiky hair: check. Blue nail polish: check. Yellow rubber gloves: check.

Treatses: candy, bubbles, temporary tattoos, more candy, bouncy balls, small toys, even more candy. check.

Kids: even fewer than last year. Now, at 8:05 pm, I have turned out my lights, and the basket of treats is still more than half full, even though I was encouraging kids to take several items each. This devolved into handfuls for the last couple of groups. It was over 60 degrees when the evening started; you'd think there would have been lots of kids out. We need to move, I swear. This is not the right neighborhood.

I lost one of my rubber gloves somewhere.

Time to go wash my hair to get the blue gunk out.
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Today was the Flagstar Bank/Detroit Free Press International Marathon and Half Marathon.

[livejournal.com profile] shekkara and I totally rocked it. She more so than I, as she *caught up to me* around mile 12 after getting about 2 minutes behind (according to the 7 mile split times) just after the Bridge to Canada due to need for a pit stop. We crossed the finish line together, a little under 3 hours 20 minutes gun time. The chip timing seems to have failed, but our actual race time should be about 5 minutes less, because we crossed the start line about 5 minutes after the starting gun. So I made my target time of 3 hours 15 no matter what the race results say. Not bad for having had a raging sinus infection and bronchitis just a few weeks ago.

I am very, very, *very* sore and tired. I woke up this morning at 3:30 and couldn't get back to sleep, which was useful for making sure we got Downtown on time, but not so much useful for being well rested. I usually take a nap after the race, so it's all normal/expected, but I am definitely in sore, wet noodle territory.
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Maybe you saw my previous posts on the Dalai Lama paper doll. Maybe you didn't.

In any case, Dover publications has been promoting McCain and Obama paper doll books as collectibles this season. It's kind of quirky and cool, if you're at all into that sort of thing.

Only, well, take a look at this:

vs.

Your assignment: compare and contrast their poses. Anything you notice?
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I suspect nearly everyone who might read this is already registered to vote, but just in case you're not, please read this message, forwarded to me by a friend, and take action to register. You can click here to follow up, or visit your locality's clerk registrar. Deadlines are approaching swiftly, so act now!

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Registration deadlines are coming up soon, and we need every single vote we can get to win this election.

Tell your friends, family, and neighbors to check out our new one-stop voter registration website.

Just forward this message.

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If you don't know your own registration status or you'd like to learn more, take a minute to visit the site right now.

This race is too close and too important to stay home on Election Day.

If you take the time to register and vote -- and make sure everyone you know is registered as well -- we'll be able to turn the tide of the past eight years.

It's people just like you who will transform this nation.

Thanks,

Barack
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On a recommendation from Diana Dyer, today I went to check out the newer of the Ypsilanti Farmer's Markets. I checked; it's only about a 7-mile round trip from my house. I *really* want those shopping panniers for my bike now! (They are ordered and I am waiting not-so-patiently for them to arrive late this month.) For <$30, I got two big bags of fruit and veg (A melon, beans, corn, a red onion, a very large sweet potato, Macintosh apples, Bartlett pears, a half gallon of apple cider, some hot peppers) and two packages of frozen bison, one of stew meat and one of ground meat. The bison was about half of my total expenditure.

I think I will change my shopping day to Tuesday from Wednesday, and even change my BookMooch mailing day to Tuesday, since the Ypsi downtown post office is across the street from the Tuesday market. Oh bike panniers nau, please!!
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I'm reposting this piece posted by [livejournal.com profile] fierce_femme21, because I think it's important.

An Open Letter to Gov. Sarah Palin on Women's Rights
By Lynn Paltrow, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, posted on September 4, 2008.

Dear Governor Sarah Palin:
Many Americans agree with your position regarding abortion -- they do this as a matter of faith, ethics, personal experience and sometimes politics. I am just wondering though, if you have thought about what would happen if you succeeded in getting your position -- that fetuses have a right to life -- established as the law of the land? Did you know that it not only threatens the lives, health and freedom of women who might want or need someday to end their pregnancies, it would also give the government the power to control the lives of women -- like you who -- go to term?
Your last pregnancy, the one that has become the topic of widespread discussion and speculation provides an important opportunity to demonstrate how this could be true.
According to press reports your water broke while you were giving a keynote speech in Texas at the Republican Governors' Energy Conference. You did not immediately go to the hospital -- instead you gave your speech and then waited at least 11 hours to get to a hospital. You evaluated the risks, made a choice, and were able to carry on your life without state interference. Texas Governor Rick Perry worried about your pregnancy but didn't stop you from speaking or take you into custody to protect the rights of the fetus.
After Ayesha Madyun's water broke, she went to the hospital where she hoped and planned to have a vaginal birth. When she didn't give birth in a time-frame comfortable to her doctors, they argued that she should have a C-section. The doctors asserted that the fetus faced a 50-75 percent chance of infection if not delivered surgically. (Risks of infection are believed by some health care providers to increase with each hour after a woman's water has broken and she hasn't delivered).
The court, believing like you that fetuses have a right to life, said, "[a]ll that stood between the Madyun fetus and its independent existence, separate from its mother, was put simply, a doctor's scalpel." With that, the court granted the order and the scalpel sliced through Ms. Madyun's flesh, the muscles of her abdominal wall, and her uterus. The core principle justifying an end to legal abortion in the U.S. provided the same grounds used to deprive this pregnant and laboring woman of her rights to due process, bodily integrity, and physical liberty. When the procedure was done, there was no evidence of infection.
According to the press reports, instead of going straight to a hospital you chose to get on a long airplane flight back to Alaska.
When Pamela Rae Stewart, allegedly, didn't get to the hospital quickly enough on the day of her delivery, she was arrested in California on the theory that she had violated the rights of her fetus.
When Laura Pemberton chose to give birth at home in Florida, a Sheriff came to her house. Doctors believed that she was posing a risk to the life of her unborn child by having a vaginal birth after having had a previous c-section and were in the process of getting a court order to force her to have a c-section. The sheriff took her into custody during active labor, strapped her legs together and forced her to go to a hospital where an emergency hearing was taking place to determine the rights of her fetus. She was "allowed" to represent herself. A lawyer was appointed for the fetus. This woman, who vehemently opposes abortion, nevertheless believed in her right to evaluate medical risks and benefits to herself and her unborn child. She was forced to have the unnecessary surgery and when she later sued for violations of her civil rights, was told fetal rights outweighed hers.
You chose to continue working throughout your pregnancy -- even during your labor. Until 1991 women who worked in high paying blue color jobs that provided health benefits were being fired based on "fetal rights" policies that claimed if the woman became pregnant she would expose the unborn child to workplace health risks. Eventually, the Supreme Court said employers covered by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (the PDA) could not do this. But, millions of American women work part time or for small employers who are not covered by the PDA. If your political position on abortion is accepted -- all of these women could be forced to give up their jobs because an employer, family member, or state agent believed it necessary to ensure the health and rights of their unborn child.
Governor Palin, you have led an extraordinary life, balancing work and family, public service and private family obligations. We hope you know though that your freedom relies on exactly the same legal principals that guarantee that American women can choose to have an abortion when they need and want one.
Sixty one percent of women who have abortions are already mothers. Eighty-four percent of these will be mothers by the time they are in their forties. As a proud mother of five beautiful children, we hope you will recognize that the issue isn't abortion -- it is ensuring the lives, dignity and freedom of all pregnant women and their families.
Lynn Paltrow
Executive Director
National Advocates for Pregnant Women
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At least most people on my f'list will see this as confirmation/more of the same but...

A letter from a resident of Wasilla about Sarah Palin

Particularly chilling to me:
While Sarah was mayor of Wasilla, she tried to fire our highly respected city librarian because the librarian refused to consider removing from the library some books that Sarah wanted removed. City residents rallied to the defense of the city librarian and against Palin's attempt at out-and-out censorship, so Palin backed down and withdrew her termination letter. People who fought her attempt to oust the librarian are on her enemies list to this day.

The letter writer counts herself among those who are on Palin's enemies list due to this incident. She states that she *expects* to be paid back for speaking against Palin.

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