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My brain is on a slight mini-vacation. I’ve been busy people and I feel like I could sleep for days. When my brain gets nuked like this my tendency is to freak out and cry — as a reporter I used to break down over a beer at least once a week in preparation for the mound of things I had to do at work. I always got them done; I just had to lose my s*it a little in order to clear my head. Not a perfect system, but, as Landers reminded me earlier, everyone has their “process.” And you don’t mess with the process — but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve begun to take a different approach. I try not to worry and acknowledge that the earth will still be revolving around the sun and turning on its axis even if I don’t do that (whatever it is) RIGHT NOW and even if I still, for reasons yet unknown to me, am living in some weird Southern version of Groundhog Day. How did Bill Murray break the cycle? He started doing nice things for people. Can you do nice things for people in your sleep? In lieu of talking about the whole “Don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh” sentiment floating around Capitol Hill at the moment — c’mon, really? Last I checked we were FREE to listen, think, speak, etc. however we choose. I think statements like this indicate a serious insecurity — I’m just going to tuck in and keep my mouth shut (I know, I know, for once) because fighting the good fight can be exhausting.

Catch some ZZZZZzzzzzzs this weekend. Oh yeah, and watch some football!

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Just sayin’.

It’s really making me think about the idea of a “triumph of hope over experience.” Hopefully realistic might be the middle ground. Still trying to believe in you Mr. President. Maybe this group of economists are better advisors than Sour Puss Pelosi? I mean, it’s worth considering, right? Hello?

Anyway, here’s a breakdown of some of the numbers. I have no problem with the DoD testing out alterna-cars; it’s just the price per that’s insulting. Insulting because it’s hard to believe that it would cost several grand for each car to have its own charging station. So what will that leftover money be used for?

And then there’s this, admittedly “not at all helpful.” Also kind of awesome.

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Quickly, because I laughed aloud and love to share the funny, here’s a segment from a wordsmith site I recently discovered. Four words: I love Jason Bateman. Brother Dan, again, his delivery is so very reminiscent of you…

Agency Spy

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This is too awesome and I hope it happens. One of my all-time favorite movies is Good Will Hunting, soundtrack included. But I have a sneaking suspicion that playing a genius on film does not a genius make. It would be interesting to find out just what kind of chops Damon has, since I think he’s kind of hot but a little dumb. I would love to be proved wrong because a little hot becomes irresistible and scorching hot when a brain is thrown into the mix. I almost hope he does it and wins. But, alas, I suspect Kristol will mop the floor with his inflated ego. But, you know, humility is hot too…

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Listening for hope

So, my little excursion Wednesday to check out some new music was fruitful. Kate Morrissey is not only stunningly beautiful, her music is lovely and inspiring. You can hear some of it here. I really like The Little Prince. I had a few glasses of wine while I watched the show and I told the friend I went with that I felt like I was drinking the sacrament because the music came from a place of good and peace and reminded me that there’s still beauty here. Just look for it, and listen for it. And when you hear it, let it drown out the sounds of that other place. And LOST promised another good season. Does anyone else think Dan Faraday designed and built the wheel in the Orchid station at some point in time? Because I do…

I leave you with Krauthammer because I’m a little under the weather and am further bleary-eyed due to job hunt/current job shenanigans. Get some rest this weekend.

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As I sit here enjoying my basil fried rice and spring roll (thank you Steph for picking up lunch so I can continue to dazzle the DC media establishment with my superior cover letter and resume skills. Stop laughing.) I’m aware again of the innate tendency I have to panic. You can’t make me do it world. I accept none of your meaness and am resolute in my quest to find the place I fit and the people who accept me. I will settle for nothing less. This or something better, right Juje? So there.

That said, I’ll be listening to some good music tonight here. Yes, it means missing the season premier of LOST. But I’ve already set the timer to record (haven’t invested in TiVo yet…) so I’ll be able to stay up into the wee hours of the morning and watch it a little tipsy which can only make for a better experience. With that in mind, lookin’ good Matthew Fox.

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I feel pretty much like this about today’s peaceful transition of power. It is pretty awesome that we do it peacefully. And cool as hell that a segment of our society feels vindicated and empowered today. As much as I’m staying away from the drama and hype — I just can’t get into all the feel-good stuff about it because I just don’t think that way. It’s a job people. Let’s not forget that — I’m pleasantly pondering this experiment in leadership by a federated system of government (yeah, I had to update this. Chose the wrong words. I’m a little out of steam here lately). And I like it. I really, really do.

Good luck to you Mr. Obama. Make us proud. Carry on.

UPDATE: Does anyone else think it’s hilarious that Carter and Clinton seem not to care for one another. And if the reasons cited in this report are the correct reasons that’s funnier still. This is one of the reasons that our new President has to go a long way to convince conservatives of his worth. Because tweedle dee and tweedle dum are seen as your ideological forefathers. And their egos won’t allow them to play nice for the benefit of not only you President Obama, but the entire country. I’m just saying that if you ever find yourself, hand to forehead, wracking your brain about why those mean ol conservatives were so hard on you during the election and are making it hard for you to push your agenda, these two play a role.

UPDATE 2: Transcript of today’s speech. Not bad. You know I have some points of contention — I always do — but overall, fairly uplifting, not too alarmist and just vague enough to ultimately go either way.

UPDATE 3: A note on the editorial process — given that I had a mistake in this post of embarrassing proportions (it’s been corrected but suffice to say it was the opposite of what I meant. ahem.), and given that I’ve had to disable commenting again (for really good reasons, I promise) I’d like to invite anyone that knows me and is privy to my email address (assuming anyone actually reads this blog and cares if I look like a tool. If you’re happy when I look like a tool, by all means ignore this request…) to shoot me a slap upside the head email with the phrase my editor at the newspaper used to use a lot with me, “Did you really mean to say this?” Somber, I know you’re already on it and thanks for that. To the rest of you, help a sister out. I’d be grateful and maybe buy you a beer or something.

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