Friday, March 30, 2012

Pinterest

I read a quip somewhere lately that said Pinterest is fantasy football for women.  Having only a very vague understanding of fantasy football, I can't say for sure how much I agree with that statement, but I have noticed that Pinterest is where I get to pretend that I am someone I'm not.  Friends "pin" ideas for glamorous cakes, wonderful manicured garden designs, ideas for decorating rooms larger than my entire house--and I get a chance to sit there and think, "Hey, I could do that," so I "repin" the idea to one of my boards.  For a brief moment, I get to pretend that I am not too lazy to do anything but sheet cakes where the frosting is used to cover up whatever abnormal shape I have achieved this time.  I get to pretend that not only will everything grow in the garden where I actually put it (and that the things that grow are actually what I plant) but that I will be so diligent about weeding that my garden will be a visual delight.  I get to pretend that after 20+ years of cleaning a house with 3 bathrooms, we would have the money, energy, and stupidity to buy an even BIGGER house when we're older.  Whether that is similar to fantasy football or not, Pinterest is certainly where my fantasies run wild.  Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go check my boards to see what clothing ideas my friends are sharing for bodies that will never be older than 25...................

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Victory?

A huge part of the physical therapy/recovery process (now in it's 4th month) has been playing mind games with myself--setting little goals, a few yarn-themed rewards, celebrating little advances, and, of course, sulking like a child occasionally--and my rather battered ego was really extremely pleased when they had to upgrade me from the normal rubber bands I was using for the resistance-walking exercises to the "heavy duty" one after I broke my 4th band.  My physical therapist said if I broke THIS one, it would be a first.  Which is why,
this makes part of me just foolishly proud that this broke yesterday while doing my exercises........though of course that isn't the same part that just got flipped by a 6-inch-wide rubber band...............

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Now What?

I have been given several poinsettias over the years, and my current kill record is one week.  I don't know how exactly I killed it that fast, but it has long been my own personal record.  So when some friends gave us a poinsettia in the first week of December, I had actually made plans to have Andy go buy one Christmas eve so when they came for Christmas I wouldn't have to explain the torturous death I subjected their gift to. 

This

is what their poinsettia looks like today.  Not only have I not managed to kill it, it has thrived.  Considering how far down the list caring for the houseplants was during the last few months, this plant has QUITE the determination to survive and can handle LOTS of neglect.  My kind of plant!

So, I'm thinking I should probably repot the thing as it's still in it's little foil-lined fake planter, but I'm worried that if I actually start trying with this plant, it will realize who it is living with and die at once.  Has anyone ever kept these things as houseplants for any length of time?

For Idahoans - Good-Bye Chuck

An Iraq war veteran, James Mace, has stepped up as a write-in candidate in the Democratic primary for legislative district 20 and will be on the ballot in November against Chuck Winder, who deservedly incurred national wrath this week for saying, "Rape and incest was used as a reason to oppose this. I would hope that when a woman goes into a physician, with a rape issue, that that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage, or was it truly caused by a rape.  I assume that's part of the counseling that goes on."  Amazingly, this was during Winder's testimony in support of the mandatory ultrasound bill he sponsored which would--in most cases--have required women seeking lawful abortions to submit to trans-vaginal ultrasounds against their will, which I think most of us would certainly consider a "rape issue."  Idahoans are so thrilled with Chuck Winder that I have been fielding lots of requests for info on how they can help James Mace, so I'm sharing the link to donate to his campaign:  https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/20fordist20, and I have been asked to speak at one of the TWO rallies scheduled for the Idaho Statehouse on Monday.  There's a silent vigil planned for Monday night at 7:30PM, but the rally that begins at 11:00 AM is officially known as Pack 'Em Up And Move 'Em Out Rally, and I will be one of the speakers, then volunteers will be delivering moving boxes to our illustrious legislators who have chosen to waste our tax dollars fighting for bills being sent to us from conservative GOP national PACs rather than passing bills that actually address the problems we HAVE in Idaho--like lack of health insurance, bridges and roads that haven't been replaced, underfunded schools, numerous unchecked ethics violations by elected officials, unemployment and now how to boost the economy of a state that relies heavily on tourism and now looks like a place a sane woman would only come to if drug by force.

Normally, I'm not an "angry protest" sort of person, but Idaho was one of the "Wild West" states, and it wasn't so long ago that the legislators would have literally been run out town, and if the Idaho GOP is so obviously determined to drive us backward in time, maybe we should oblige them for a day..........

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Where I've Been - The Results Are In.....

I'm sure it's only for now, but for this legislative session--which will hopefully wrap up on Friday--the mandatory ultrasound bill is dead in Idaho:

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/03/22/2045732/re-election-anxieties-stall-ultrasound.html#storylink=omni_popular#wgt=pop

It will be back next year, because the elections will be over by then, but I spent 3 hours yesterday in a strategy session with a new organization dedicated to fighting the encroachment of the far-right agenda that is sweeping the nation.  Tuesday I spent researching and helping draft legislation that actually is designed to try to PREVENT teen pregnancies, which is still hopefully going to be presented before the session ends.  Yesterday a candidate was announced to challenge Chuck Winder, and the challenger already has more volunteers for his campaign than any local candidate has ever had.  It's been a LOOOONNNNG week, but I think the people of Idaho--one of the most conservative states in the union--have fought back against this nonsense and won.  For now................

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

And The Newest Contestants for "Houseplant Survivor" Are....


Sigh....

I'd like to say that this didn't actually happen in the Idaho Senate yesterday,

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/20/chuck-winder-rape-abortions_n_1366994.html

but it did.  Chuck Winder, an Idaho Senator, actually seems to believe that Idaho women don't know the difference between rape and "normal" sexual relations.  Luckily, Chucky-boy has left his Facebook page unmonitored, so helpful people have been explaining the difference.

It's days like these when I want to gather all my friends together and flee this hateful, mean-spirited "Christian" state............

Monday, March 19, 2012

Are You Sitting Down??

Something I planted outside actually behaved as it was supposed to:
 These are winter poppies, and the tag said they would survive the winter and bloom first thing in the spring....AND THEY ACTUALLY DID!  Those yellow things are FLOWERS.  Actual living flowers!

Maybe I should just stop now while I'm ahead?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

And Even a BETTER Reason To Celebrate.........

Seven years ago tonight was our first date and the day that Andy and I actually met.  Time certainly flies when one is having fun!

Happy St. Patty's Day

We celebrated St. Patty's day with some good friends--all 4 of us have an Irish ancestor, so it seems like this should be "our" holiday.  In all truthfulness, since I never met my Irish great-grandfather and there are no Irish family traditions, I've never really felt any more connection with my Irish heritage than any of the others.  My ancestors seemed to drop any traditions they had once they arrived in America, so I had never even tried corned beef and cabbage until after college.  Like the traditional Norwegian foods my great-grandmother would have grown up with, I think I can understand why they opted for other things when they married and raised a family.  I don't mind it once a year, though it always makes me eternally grateful that there isn't one day a year when everyone in America decides they are Norwegian and opts to celebrate with fish soaked in lye, though I think I could whole-heartedly endorse a day where everyone decides to have French baguettes, Brie, and some excellent wine.............

The New Additions

Shortly after moving, we had to put our oldest cat down, so we have adopted 2 new kittens to keep Theo company: Mostly Theo is not thr...