Thursday, October 30, 2008

Don't Stand Too Close to Me

Our entire family is sharing a cold. I'm not feeling particularly interested in much at the moment. I have been at least getting the girls to their respective lessons. I'm hoping I'll feel better by the weekend so I can accomplish things. Halloween tomorrow will be easy. Just bundle up and sit outside and watch Mr. BTEG throw candy into bags. Fortunately, the girls put their own costumes together this year. Not sure what the Equestrienne is wearing, but the Dancer is recycling her ballet costume from her recital and going as a ballerina. Not sure whether she will wear her mostly-outgrown ballet slippers or just tennis shoes.

I'm trying out contact lenses again. I wore them for years, but quit several years back when we couldn't afford the contacts. I may also get a new pair of back-up glasses. We need to use up the money on our benefits card before the end of the year. I was pleasantly surprised that my eyesight has slightly improved. Ever since I started with glasses at the age of 5, my eyesight has mostly deteriorated.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

It's Science!

Read this, and you'll know why my husband and I think it would be cool to take bananas along while trick-or-treating. It's "fashionable" around here to put a black light in the outdoor light fixture for Halloween.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Points of Interest

Orson Scott Card, sci-fi god, wants to have a Constitutional convention and sees homeschooling as a way to get around government subversion. Apparently it's rocking the world of sci-fi geeks. He also asks, Would the Last Honest Reporter Please Turn on the Lights?

Monday, October 20, 2008

Keep Your Hands Off My State

Dear members of ACORN and Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner,
Please stay out of my beloved state with your voter fraud. If your guy can't win on his own, that's just too bad. Cry me a rainbow. Brunner, I hope your ass gets voted out in the next election.

Dear Gov. Ted Strickland, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and Mayor of Columbus Ted Coleman,
Don't even talk to me about being lying and deceitful. The Chicago machine wrote the book on it, and now it's coming to the national stage. You disgust me. Grow some integrity. I hope you lose your next elections too.

Check out this story by the "unbiased media." Think it could be slanted towards the Democrats any more than it is?

Hope that RICO action works out.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Halloween Scene

In some ways I hate this time of year. Maybe I just have a weak stomach, but the decorations seem to be getting gorier and gorier, and it almost makes me ill sometimes. Am I the only one who finds fake blood (that new window gel stuff) on the window of a pizza joint a little stomach turning when you go in to get your pizza or meatball sub? Also why I'm not going with the husband and kids to Halloweekends.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Giant Killers

The analogy is so apt, isn't it? The Cleveland Browns, one of the "Davids" of the National Football League, beat the mighty Giants handily last night. Mr. BTEG tried to get us tickets, but they were too expensive. I'm happy, anyway. And I'll bet there are a lot of sleepy/"sick" workers in Cleveland today.

UPDATE: The Dancer's ballet class assistant was at the game last night and called in sick to school today. Although she actually *was* kinda sick also.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Light But Deadly?

A man was killed near where we live in a car collision while he was riding a scooter. This is what worries me about these light scooters and new teeny-tiny cars. They may be great on the gas mileage but they're not safe in an accident with any other type of vehicle except maybe an Amish buggy. Not to mention, around here I think they're a luxury, as I can't see driving them during our winters so they're not drivable year-round.

Friday, October 10, 2008

You're Joking, Right?

A little while back, Iceland was held up to me as a socialist utopia, where "healthcare and education are considered human rights and equality means something." Well, Iceland has just gone bankrupt. Yes, the country. The entire country has gone bankrupt and is looking to borrow money from Russia. Yeah, good luck with that. They poison their own, what are they going to do to a country that doesn't pay back its loans? So where's the money for the "free" healthcare and education gonna come from now?

And by the way, equality means quite a bit here. It's written into our Constitution. The only difference is, we offer equality of opportunity, not outcome. It feels all swell for everyone to end up the same, no matter how much effort they put in or how effectively they use their talents. Frankly, if everyone is gonna end up the same as me, why should I try? It's another old problem of the socialist state that gets swept under the rug by people who just want to live in a world that's "fair." As I posted a long time ago, life ain't fair, Buttercup. Man up or go home.

Hat tip to The Common Room for the Iceland link.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

It's Getting to Be Hunting Season

If you're into bow hunting and you're looking for a nice, girly bow, look here. It's also supporting an Ohio company.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Why I Don't Want Universal Healthcare

This article is a large part of the reason why I am terrified by universal healthcare. The Australian government is willing to pay for weight-loss programs which are not proven to work long-term, or for bariatric surgery which would mean I would never eat normally again and probably cause me great pain for the rest of my life, but it would not provide health care for me. Mind you, although I am over the average weight, my blood pressure tends to be low, I've had several normal EKGs, and I have my cholesterol tested yearly and have never had a problem. Overweight does not automatically equal unhealthy. Yet the Australian government has latched onto several medical untruths and is proving that "universal" only means "if you fit our unscientific notions of what we politicians think is best."

I'm warning everyone right now that anyone who leaves a nasty, condescending or otherwise impolite comment will have it deleted. This is my house. I'm sharing somewhat private information only because I feel the overall message needs to get out. I won't stand for being lectured in my house.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Saturday Sewing

For some reason my sewing mojo left quite a while ago, and hasn't come back. I've explored a number of reasons, from perfectionism becoming paralyzing, to being distracted by all the other work I have to do. However, I *need* a new skirt for church. All I have is one summery one which I just can't wear anymore. So it's off to the salt mines sewing room to see if I can rediscover my mojo, or at least slog through.