Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Santa's little helpers

My sisters have created Elves of my nieces and I can't get enough of this.

So here you go: Cate, Abby, and Ellie.

And we all knew this was coming...Dave.

EDIT: I fixed the link to Ellie Bellie, oops.

Elfamorphosis

My friend Catherine just sent me a link so funny that I CANNOT stop watching it, or stop laughing at it.

And yes, that is my face she put on there.

And yes, I dance that good in real life.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

No, we don't have a problem

Lauren, Dave and I have developed a strategy that has enabled us to enjoy Thanksgiving a little bit more. Anytime someone says Happy, Turkey, or QVC we drink more champagne. I highly recommend trying this at home.

Happy Turkey Day everyone! (yes, I got you twice)

Monday, November 20, 2006

Accepting thirty?

The hunt begins
you lie there
still
cold
and covered in steel
hiding beneath your flaxen sisters
I bend
stretch
and contort to find you
my hands fail me
once
twice
until I have you
and face the question my ancestors faced
to pluck
or not to pluck

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Evil

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Vajdahunyad Castle in Budapest is a little creepy. We visited there on a gloomy day, so I am sure that played a part in how spooky it felt. Combine that with the lagoon, the drooping trees, and the scary statue of anonymous, and you can understand why it was so eerie.

But it wasn't evil. I had to turn up the volume a bit for it to be evil.

Photo Friday entry for Evil.

Friday, November 17, 2006

I've come to fluff your pillows

I have to few housekeeping notes for you:

1. Embarrassing birthday photos have ended. I have had no upset people, but I want to stop before I get any upset people.

2. My very good friend Catherine launched her website today! Cat runs her own design business, and has produced some amazing work. I know this because a. I used to live with her and our apartment rocked, b. I used to work in the restaurants she designed, and c. She redesigned my office at work and I have the coolest furniture in the building, by far. So check out the website: Catherinehaileydesign.com The pictures are fabulous, so go and admire her design aesthetic. Then hire her.

3. Lastly, cheers to my friend Lis who designed Catherine's website! Lis did a beautiful job capturing Catherine's style. For her first full fledged web design job, she killed it. Lis also has a very cool blog that you should read, Inchoate Debate. She is also available for more web design work, so hire her too.

Forgive me for gushing, but I introduced Catherine and Lis, and I am a very proud friend today! Good show ladies, good show.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Oh pissa!

There is a link on kottke today to the wikipedia entry on Boston slang. I use those words, they are very familiar to me. Like just the othah day I put my directional on and banged a u-ie so I could go this spa in Dot. I bought a frappe, and it was wicked good. When I was done I threw it in the barrel.

Your own sentences with Boston slang are encouraged.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Gross

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Smoking is Gross. Dave is not gross. But smoking is gross. After about 15 years of sucking on the cancer stick, Dave gave it up. Today is the one year anniversary of Dave being smoke free. 365 whole days. For those playing at home, that is 10,950 cigarettes that have not passed through his lungs.

When I played Little League Softball, after every game, we sang a chant. "We are the Red Team (we had red shirts, come on we were softball players and not cheerleaders for a reason) we couldn't be more prouder, and if you cannot hear us we'll shout a little louder." Poor grammar yes, but we were badasses. My point is, we were wrong, I could be more prouder. And I am.

So here is to the first year of being smoke free David, from the proudest former little leaguer out there.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

I said it once before but it bears repeating

I love voting. Every time I go to vote, and step inside the polling place, I get a little verklempt. Call me lame, call me over emotional, call me late for dinner, I don't care. Voting causes me to consider my time and place in this world, and that is a good thing. There are no men with guns intimidating my vote, no clause saying that my grandfather had to be a registered voter, nowhere am I required to pass a literacy test, and I don't even need a penis to be able to cast a ballot. People have fought for my rights, and I enjoy taking advantage of them. I feel lucky.

Never has my vote mattered more than this year, where in Virginia the Senate race is down to a difference of 7,000 votes. That's it. 7,000. There are more people in my small little neighborhood then there is a difference in votes. Those 7,000 votes will probably also decide the balance of power for the entire U.S. Senate. I am used to my vote not mattering so much. In the last two Presidential elections, the states that I voted in, Massachusetts and Virginia, were so strongly leaning in one direction that my vote did not sway anything. This year is different. I like to think that I am one of those 7,000 votes. In fact, I am sure that my ballot is not with the other 1.2 million votes for my candidate (And it should be a surprise to no one who I voted for). My vote is in that 7,000 pile. Essentially, after all this counting and recounting, I will be the one deciding whether the Democrats take over the Senate. Me. Well, me and 6,999 of my friends that voted for Jim Webb, but still. I am important. See how cool voting is!! We really are lucky. Especially lucky that I voted. You can thank me later.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

GO VOTE!!!

Damn it. I mean it.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

The A-Rod of Football

I am sooo fired up for tonight's came against the Colts. I have been all week. Peyton Manning is probably one of my least favorite people. But I have blogged about that before, so I won't bore you again with why I think he is the heir apparent to Voldemort. Tom Brady was on fire last Monday night against the Vikings, and it better carry over to some serious ass whooping tonight. Tom is the unquestionably the greatest quarterback playing in the league today. You will not win that argument with me, so don't even try. Peyton on the other hand...The Sports Guy wrote a great article about this in his column the other day, and he explains it much better than I could:
"Getting constantly bombarded by those insufferable Manning commercials makes me want to throw my remote against the wall. And after seeing him choke like Aurora Snow against Pittsburgh last January, I thought everyone would realize he was the A-Rod of football, someone who couldn't deliver in the clutch, someone who routinely shrunk from the pressure. How many more seasons of evidence did we need?"
I can't wait for tonight!! I am looking forward to reports from NTS tomorrow about how the crowd reacted to Vinatieri. This is gonna be good.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Light

From the top of the Empire State Building

Each of those little building lights represents a person. You gotta love New York.

This was taken on the Empire State Building observation deck, and is my Photo Friday entry for Light.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Hope?

A few months ago I wrote a post detailing my concern for the sad state of the national mall. Well it looks as if the National Park Service also believes that there needs to be something else on the mall besides vacant dirt patches. They have launched a site called the National Mall Plan, which lacks much information at the moment. According to an article in the Washington Post, the Feds are looking for our input, and we can leave our suggestions on the Park Services web site. My excitement upon first reading this has waned into caution. I would love to see better open spaces on the mall, and I would love to see the Park Service succeed in this endeavor. However, this will take massive amounts of cash, which hasn't always been flowing towards our National Parks. I am worried that corporate donors will step in, and we will start to see things like the "New Martin Luther King Memorial by Target." Or, the ever popular "Home Depot Gardens." If the scandal with the Smithsonian and Showtime has taught us anything, it is that our federal property should remain in the hands of every American, not corporate America. I know that seeing our Federal Government pony up for a project as large and important as this will cause some people's temperatures to rise, but it needs to happen. Hell, if we can finance a giant six billion dollar wall, we have the money for this. The Mall is important. It is our backyard, our frontyard, our museum space, our open space, and our memorial space. It should be nurtured. I really want this to work.