Holiday Meet-Up with a Twist

So let's try this whole blogging from the phone thing. After our fantastic ongoing Thanksgiving weekend, my thoughts are drawn to holiday gatherings yet to come before the end of the year.

I would like to plan a Holiday Blogger Meet-Up in December. And I'm thinking of a couple options.

First, we could always do the familiar Happy Hour at a local watering hole. Second, we could do something different like bowling or skating or something similarly cheesy and fun. Or third, and I'm kinda partial to this idea, we could plan it to coincide with the annual Santa Rampage. Looks like Chicago's is scheduled for December 13th.


So…are you interested in a Holiday meet-up? If so, any interest in these ideas or perhaps another idea you'd like to share? And, probably most importantly, what days/times would work best for you?

I don't think we've had a Blogger meet-up in quite awhile. Anybody game?


Kanye's latest tune is stuck in my head

Love Lockdown - Kanye West

Here's a link to official video which is not embeddable.


Really like this song. It's a perfect sound for a wistful song. Plus, I love the drums. And the bass.

Love me some bass....

Some of the scuttlebutt is that it's about his mother dying or maybe about his break-up with his wife. Personally, I think it's more about him and where his head is at right now after *both* of these events.

Sometimes, you just have to wallow.


I can't even really call them tidbits today

I'm sick and I've been laying around my house doing absolutely nothing for days. Didn't even get on the internets until today, really. Thought I had bronchitis or something. I coughed so hard that I barfed Sunday night. And I really hadn't gotten any better.

I finally went to the doctor today and apparently, I have some sort of lung inflammation. I got an inhaler, some prednisone, some antibiotics, and some cough syrup with some sorta narcotic in it that will apparently allow me to sleep without waking up and coughing uncontrollably.

Oh, and I picked up some nicotine gum. I think this episode is exactly what I needed. I kinda realized that if I keep on smoking, this is going to be my life when I get old. And that would suck immensely. I mean, shit, I CAN'T BREATHE!!! Well, after a couple doses of prednisone and the breathing treatment at the doctor's office today, I can, but before that I couldn't.

So, other than The Real Housewives of Atlanta/Orange County and daytime TV (I sorta dozed through Snoop Dogg on Martha Stewart yesterday---I swear, I thought I was dreaming....), I have nothing to share.

Except this:

Boy, I sure hope this cough syrup stuff works cuz I'm freaking BORED out of my mind at home. I'm hoping to work tomorrow---if only for half a day. Now that I can actually BREATHE, that might be a real possibility.



So there is projectile regurgitation amongst the youngest members of the household and it has led to a *mountain* of laundry---sheets, comforters, rugs, etc. That and some snot-sucking from the baby's head with those little bulb thingies.

Baby girl screamed her head off while falling asleep because, as my sister texted "I want my binky but I can't breathe with it in wwwwwaaaaaaaaa :-("

And, yes, we text each other from different floors of the same house. Deal.

So...speaking of disgusting bodily fluids...

I spent the afternoon doing a bit o' laundry and dozing on the couch with the boy while watching Alien Resurrection. We've now successfully made it through the Alien series and are now going to watch the Predator series. He'd seen the Alien vs. Predator movie and asked me a million questions about it that I knew could be answered by simply forcing the child to watch the Alien movies and like it.

Sigourney is a favorite of mine and I love the whole series---Aliens being my favorite because Bill Paxton's character has great lines. Plus the action scenes are terrifically thrilling...but it's directed by James Cameron, so what else can you expect? And Aliens 3 has Charles Dutton and I'm a big fan of his as well.

I think my Sci-Fi indoctrination has taken hold. The other day when Alien vs. Predator was on TV, he realized the actor that played Bishop was in AVP.

Made my day....

Didn't realize til the other day that Joss Whedon (whom I adore) wrote Alien Resurrection. After watching it again, I can see shades of Firefly in the movie. Really like that series as well.

I think the Predator series will hold up okay. I tried to get him to watch an old Star Trek movie one time---total fail. I think he needs better graphics---though he liked Godzilla when he was a wee little boy. Course, it was Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. And he likes robots. He pointed out today that there is always a robot in every Alien movie.

He also pointed out that people shouldn't go off by themselves when Aliens are around: you're just gonna die cuz they are always behind you...drooling.


Sam the Writer?

Joe the Plumber - SecureOurDream.com

For $15 you can get a one-year Freedom Membership. However, Freedom Membership Benefits won't arrive until Version-2 of the website is up. You will get to read his blog, join his online forum, and get free shipping on Joe the Plumber merch---things most people give away.

If you pick the free membership, you can buy his book for $15 bucks *and* get a one-year Freedom Membership.

You can also donate to the "soon to be established non-profit organization SecureOurDream.org" that, as of right now, just goes back to secureourdream.com.

Oh yah, and four crawls on the home page.

Apparently, his book is set to release in December from a publishing company based out of Austin, TX that has one other fiction title with a novel-dedicated website that looks suspiciously like Joe the Plumber's website---complete with crawl.

Regardless of...everything, $15 is a good price point. You might even get a few curiosity seekers at that price. Plus, it's probably going to help keep down the level of trolling on his forum. However, if I were a betting person, I would bet he'll still find those who think $15 is a small price to pay to mess with him.

And I'm not insinuating that there won't be successful opposition groups to Obama's administration. I'm just not sure this one is gonna get much traction.

Know what I mean?

Lurking mode on

So...like 6 people on my Facebook feed have said something like tired, need sleep, resting, need a break, etc. I think exhaustion is going around. Plus, the time changed, it gets dark earlier and the moon is coming up during the day right now so not much moonlight at night either. And it's just about to get *ridiculously* cold outside. With Halloween and an astounding election behind us, people need to recharge.

I'm feeling sluggish as well. Need to do really fun stuff this weekend like put plastic up on a couple windows and change out my summer covers for my winter comforter and maybe get shit ready in the yard and car for snow.

I did say they are predicting snow for Saturday, right?

Yah, so...I think the cocooning feeling is completely justified.

But I'm still reading. And I like what I see regarding some of the potential picks that are being floated around.

RFK Jr. for EPA? Outstanding.

I'd, of course, like to see Richardson at SoS as I've said before. I also think that Lugar or Hagel will show up somewhere. I know Lugar has refused a position, but who knows.

And I think Patrick J. Fitzgerald at Justice (you know, the one who's looking into all that "Public Official A" stuff) would be a *terrific* pick.

Anyone feel like venturing out on a limb and offering some picks for positions? Or maybe just people you'd like to see in an Obama administration?

I can think of one scenario I *never* want to see....



Margin in Missouri Presidential race as I'm going to bed tonight. (Recount)

Oh, and tonight I couldn't remember the Montana Governor and it nearly drove me crazy.

Brian Schweitzer.

He just won re-election in Montana---66% to 32%. I really hope we see some more of him.

I'm exhausted, happy, and filled with hope. I heard people yelling "OBAMA" in the streets of downtown Champaign. There's photos of students on the Alma Mater. I need to sleep and ponder but I think Barack has helped show that Democrats don't need the deep south to win an election. He's helped show us that a minority *can* be elected. And he's help show us that we can come together.

Obama is a centrist and he has a history of working with the opposition to get stuff done. I don't think his new office will change *that* at all.

And I can't wait to see some of his picks. I have some people I think would be good (Schweitzer - Dept. of Energy; Richardson - SoS; etc...) but right now, I'm going to sleep and dream happy dreams....


Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go....

Yah, I'm freaking out. I relieved that the big day is finally here, and yet, I'm also freaked out that the big day is finally here.

Tomorrow is either going to the the sweetest, most exquisitely wonderful release to the longest anticipated *desire* I've ever hoped for...or I'm going *need* to be sedated.

Also, I will be quitting smoking in celebration on Wednesday.

Obama Pictures and McCain Pictures
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Synchronized Debating

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A friend posted this Synchronized Debating link last week and since then, I've heard the same lines from either Palin or McCain every single morning on MSNBC/CNN/etc. saying the same thing.

Every day. The same speeches. Again and again.

This is probably one reason we are all a bit burned out.

I mean, I get that they have a new crowd every time the candidates give their speeches, but really, is that news?


These are stump speeches---meant to highlight positions in a quick way. They aren't designed to make news. And I can't for the *life* of me figure out why they keep showing up as "news" in the morning on CNN and MSNBC.

I mean, I'm fairly certain there's real shit going on in the world. I read about it online everyday. I can't be the only person that flicks on the news while getting up and going in the morning. For me, it helps warm up my brain after sleeping.

But stump speeches aren't news. They just aren't. And don't get me started on the network morning shows---those stopped being news programs long ago. Britney Spears performing and being interviewed on Good Morning America isn't news either.... Entertaining, perhaps. But not news.

I've had to watch CNBC lately. I may not fully understand what these business pundits are talking about but at the very least, CNBC actually does *news* in the morning. Financial/business/economic news, but it's news. And maybe this is just the time to take an interest in financial news....