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Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] nadyezhda!

Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] cute_fuzzy_evil!

Elena told us both last night that when she grows up, she wants to be a doctor. No word yet on whether she will be the kind of doctor who gives shots. (She was up till nearly midnight, just NOT SLEEPING. Thank the gods she's in school today, because if she were home with me, I have a feeling it would be whininess galore.)

Also, a cool link for you. The accompanying link is pretty cool too. (scroll down for COOL MAPS)

Aaaaaaand, I should be working. Back in the breach, dear friends!
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See this amazing article here, about the cultural differences between liberal and conservative families around sex and teen pregnancy and whatnot. A few choice quotes:

During the campaign, the media has largely respected calls to treat Bristol Palin’s pregnancy as a private matter. But the reactions to it have exposed a cultural rift that mirrors America’s dominant political divide. Social liberals in the country’s "blue states" tend to support sex education and are not particularly troubled by the idea that many teen-agers have sex before marriage, but would regard a teen-age daughter’s pregnancy as devastating news. And the social conservatives in "red states" generally advocate abstinence-only education and denounce sex before marriage, but are relatively unruffled if a teen-ager becomes pregnant, as long as she doesn’t choose to have an abortion.

"Abstinence works," Knox said at the hearing. "Abstinence-only-until-marriage does not."
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This gives me chills.

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A friend sent this to me: Palin Debate


May. 26th, 2008 08:51 pm
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I recently discovered the community of [livejournal.com profile] whatwasthatbook - which aims to help people remember books they've forgotten the title of..... It's mostly YA/children's books, which is kind of fun, actually. Many of you would totally groove on this community. I posted last week, but haven't had any luck. I'll put my description under the cut )

Also, Geek Alert!

Also, I am now on Ravelry.com (first name, last initial). I befriended the people I knew to look for, but if you're over there, poke me.
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Signal-boosting from [livejournal.com profile] fairoriana:

The Hill, a DC paper, asked all 97 of the senators who are not running for president if they would consider the position of vice president if asked. It's hilarious. Be sure to click through at the bottom of the article to the full list of all 97 answers.
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We've had a [livejournal.com profile] sanj visitation! She even got to tour the new house (the first person to do so, really), and gave my wardrobe a quick scan (well, just what was hanging in the closet). And..... we get her back on Monday too.

We went out for dinner tonight (we are moving in less than 2 days. There is NO food in the house. It's dire. But I categorically refuse to bring anything into this house that I will have to carry out again. That includes packaging.), and Elena ate tons of salsa, while barely blinking an eye. It wasn't hugely spicy - this is Massachusetts, after all - but I was still impressed.

So yes, with the moving. I am having trouble measuring our progress, but I guess we're doing okay. It will all get done. And I rather like the unpacking part - finding new spots for things to live, and all that. So I'm looking forward to that.

I should be packing now, but I'm So. Tired. I think I'll go to bed instead, and see if being a functional upright person tomorrow helps with productivity levels. I sorta suspect it might.

A propos of nothing - are you (that is, the collective you) familiar with Neil Gaiman's story "The Problem of Susan"? About Susan Pevensie from the Chronicles of Narnia. I found it online here, and it's quite fascinating. I should add that as a non-Christian child, the allegory of Narnia went straight over my head by a million miles, and so I didn't get that Susan's love for lipstick and nylons meant that she was going to hell, or that there was no room for a sexualized (or pubertal?) woman in heaven, or whatever it is I'm supposed to have gotten from that. Like, I still always forget that it's supposed to be an allegory - usually to me, it's just a cool children's book series in which occasionally characters spout off things that don't make sense in context. So I read these things now, and the lightbulb goes on. 25 years later. Yup.

I'm feeling rather too parenthetical and tangential to make any sense tonight. So it's off to bed. If I don't post tomorrow, I'll, um, see you on the other side (i.e. once we have internets in the New! House! Whee!).

Bed. Yes. Thud.
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All fannish types of various persuasions should go check out [livejournal.com profile] doll_shop for teh cutest dolls evar, including various Austen characters, House and Cameron, Wimsey and Vane, Doctor Who, Snape..... This chick is awesome, *and* she takes orders!!! :)

(I do NOT. Need. an Elizabeth Bennet doll. Or the Wimsey/Vane pair. But, oh the cuteness!)

I remembered a small addendum to my second-birthday post. We've been trying to teach Elena her full name, and if you ask her, she will say "Eh-LEHN. Ta-hop ta-hop. CAP. *pause* winger."

Her middle name is Katherine. Not Ta-hop Ta-hop.

She also counts her toes. Yesterday she apparently had 11, but today it's back to 10.

I'm starting to get out some boxes and pack stuff. Just now was the craft stuff - yarn, fabric, etc. Do you have *any* idea how many old jeans, T-shirts, and clothes I have cut up, the pieces just sitting there waiting for some magic project to turn them into something interesting and/or useful? No wonder I have to quit my job - I need all my time to wade through all this crap I've saved. I'm just incapable of throwing this stuff away. Sheesh.
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My hands are so cold I'm having trouble typing, but I feel like posting, so you're stuck with me, bad spelling and all.

Here's a link I couldn't resist, for the lawyers and also for anyone who lives in a small town: Jury selection in Montana's least populous county. I should note that my hometown would not be in this situation, lest you all get the wrong idea about Montana. Just *parts* of Montana are like this.

I did read another book, very very fast: Growing Up Fast by Joanna Lipper. About teen pregnancy, in beautiful Pittsfield MA (my current workplace 75% of the week). I've been meaning to read this book *forever*, based on the subject material and proximity to places I know. Now that I live here, it seemed like time to do it. Um. Highly depressing. She basically tells the stories of 6 teen moms, mostly in their own words. Abuse, drugs, lack of opportunities, missed opportunities, dysfunction, dysfunction, dysfunction..... A good depiction of what it's like to be stuck in a town that's going nowhere, and going nowhere yourself.

Elena is.... crazy. Talking more than ever, even if it doesn't always make sense:

Tonight at bedtime, getting a story to read before bed
Me: Okay, let's sit here and read the story.
E: (lying down) Ta[ke] nap.
Me: Okay, you can take a nap, but aren't we going to read the story?
E: (fake snoring noises)

"Ta[ke] nap" is one of her new favorite phrases, but often seems to have nothing to do with napping or sleeping. It's often hard to tell.

Her favorite books right now are The Bunny Book (Richard Scarry), If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and Green Eggs and Ham. Multiple consecutive readings. OTOH, she has some of the books memorized enough that she can recite some lines herself.

Her favorite food, bar none, is crackers. Specifically Wheat Thins, though she'll eat virtually any cracker we give her. At nearly every single meal, she ends up asking for "tat-ers? tat-ers?" and if I refuse ("But honey, you just had a metric ton of crackers at lunch!") she instantly gets hysterical and screams and her face turns bright red, while howling "tat-ers! tat-ers!" most pathetically. Her sodium levels are gonna go through the roof. Perhaps I should start buying low-sodium crackers. Sheesh.

I've been... turtling (to use [livejournal.com profile] sanj's phrase) a little bit, but I think I'm starting to come out of it. Maybe. Of course, it's hard to tell by my exciting not-so-varied routine - I take care of E, I go to work, I try to do a few rows of my exciting bathroom rug project (exciting only to me), and then read a little bit. Repeat daily.
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A link for [livejournal.com profile] sanj and anyone else who enjoys Harry Potter and Jane Austen. Ron/Hermione, anyone?

And for the crafters out there, I highly highly recommend The Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework. I have the 1979 edition, and the project photos are garish and hideous in that late-70s way, but the book itself is fabulous in the breadth of what it covers (embroidery, crewel, smocking, crocheting, knitting, quilting, patchwork, applique, tatting, rugmaking, lacemaking, macrame.....). I got mine at a garage sale a while back, and pulled it out the other day for technique ideas for an experimental bathroom rug I'm making (sort of like this) - and can't put it down. I keep opening up to random sections (the lacemaking and tatting sections are especially fun, because I know nothing about them) and just reading and reading and looking at all the pictures of examples. So cool. If you are interested in doing anything with a needle (besides sewing in a straight line, which this does not cover), then you should buy this book.
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This review of The Da Vinci Code rocks my world and is laugh-out-loud funny.
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A link and a quote:

First off, a video from the BBC who interviewed the wrong guy for a piece on downloading music. This guy was there for a job interview and there was a mix-up and he ended up on-air, and well, he just charged ahead and gave his opinion. The look on his face is priceless though.

And this quote made me laugh like crazy: "My sister and I used to joke that the best way to get a guy to stop bothering you at a bar was tell him you were doing your Masters thesis on post-colonial feminist theory. It totally works." Found here, from an interview of one of the writers of Feministing.com.
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Want to revisit your childhood? I was looking for a picture of an old toy we had and stumbled upon this site. See here the pictures of the fabulous present my new baby sister brought to me (I was 2 and 1/2) when she was born.

Or the cash register?

And the toy that I was looking for - the medical kit.

Oh man, I could wander this site for *hours*. Wow.

(E has a toy that was a hand-me-down that has been discontinued. I can't find it yet, so I have to wait till she's done napping to grab it and look at the model number.)
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Geoffrey Chaucer has a blog! I've just skimmed, but my favorite line so far is "Take two pintes of hagen dasz dulce de leche, a ful seson of buffie the vampyre slayre, and calle me in the morninge."

In other news, Elena got [livejournal.com profile] galagan's cold, so she is a walking snot factory.
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Hey, wow! I used to live here!

(If it is a satire or a spoof, it's a very well-constructed and highly detailed one.)
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When I was little, I loved dollhouses, and all things miniature. (That's what [livejournal.com profile] rivka and I played with the most, to the best of my memory.) It's been a long time since I dabbled in that field - but you gotta look at this: it's simply amazing.

And it's got hobbits!! Just wow.
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These are hilarious. It's a gallery of pictures of babies/toddlers who are scared of Santa. Go see. (And if you don't look at all of them, be sure to check out #65 - it's my favorite, I think.)

Happy New Year, everyone. I think I'm going to bed early. (My date is out of state, and I have a cold.)
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Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] wavyarms:
Examples of Christian Privilege, along the same lines of other "privilege" lists you've probably seen.

ETA: I'm not saying this is representative of all Christians, nor that all Christians do these things. I am merely saying that as a person who has always been in the religious minority, I have experienced a number of these things, and know of others who have, as well. That is all.

These lists of "privileges" exist to make people aware of their unexamined assumptions, not be accusatory.


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