Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Tuesday Fun

If you like T-Shirt Hell's baby shirts, you have to check out this sight...really funny stuff for nieces, nephews or my kids if you're looking for someone to buy for! Posted by Picasa

Friday, September 16, 2005

Zoo Babies

I love the zoo. In fact, our membership was my Mother's Day gift this year (kudos to Jedd since I didn't even ask for it!) I really love all the exhibits but I'm having fun exploring the smaller ones, like the tiny wetlands area where we found this Sandhill Crane staring at us. I love to stare down in the water and see if I can spot the blue gill and red-ear sliders under the surface. Last week, we walked by the polar bears pretty early and this bear was standing at the edge of the pool, peeing into the water. When we walked by an hour later, he had gone back inside...this bear had come out for his morning piss and gone back to bed! We also learned from a friendly zoo employee on a bike that the gibbons are actually the most dangerous animals they have...this was right after he told us that, yes, they can swing right out of the exhibit...but don't worry, they stay there for the food...except for one that was loose for a few hours last week. Megan and I decided to take our babies and move on at that point! Today, we learned that elephants have only four teeth and they get six new sets in their lifetime. They also only digest about 50% of their food, so their dung has a lot of unprocessed food in it. This can feed small animals when food is scarce and is the first thing baby elephants eat...that's right, baby elephants eat their mothers' dookie because they don't have the enzymes to eat raw vegetation. Fascinating.

Elliet and a Sandhill Crane

Elliet sharing her water with Kenai Posted by Picasa

Thursday, September 15, 2005

More TV

Okay, I know it's probably pathetic to be blogging about tv...so it's got to be even worse to be blogging about kids' tv, but we love the Backyardigans! Austin (the kangaroo on the right) is the topic lately because he is frequently missing from entire episodes. Jedd thinks he is the cool, skater-type kid in the neighborhood but I think he's more likely absent because of flute lessons or something...I think he's a homeschooler.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Six Feet Under

Man, I love this show. I'm on season four, disc four and David's talking to Keith about getting married, Keith says, "We basically are married; even if the law refuses to recognize it. Then again, I refuse to recognize most of the Bush administration so I guess it all evens out."
It's a great show; Jedd crapped out third season, too dark and dramatic I guess. I love it though...except that Nate and Brenda are quickly turning into a (darker and more dramatic) Ross and Rachel.

Tuesday Fun

I think Jedd has an unspoken fear that he will come home and find this.
It actually made me think, "Aww, little Brad-and-Katrienlings" Geez, you two are fun to pick on! Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

What we have here is failure...

Google the word "Failure" It's totally worth it...
One more stolen post from Star Spangled Haggis.

Saturday, September 03, 2005


From the Washington Post--about a benefit on NBC last night--minus the crappy commentary from the author:

West and Mike Myers had been paired up to appear about halfway through the show. Their assignment: Take turns reading a script describing the breach in the levees around New Orleans.
Myers: The landscape of the city has changed dramatically, tragically and perhaps irreversibly. There is now over 25 feet of water where there was once city streets and thriving neighborhoods.
West: I hate the way they portray us in the media. You see a black family, it says, "They're looting." You see a white family, it says, "They're looking for food." And, you know, it's been five days [waiting for federal help] because most of the people are black. And even for me to complain about it, I would be a hypocrite because I've tried to turn away from the TV because it's too hard to watch. I've even been shopping before even giving a donation, so now I'm calling my business manager right now to see what is the biggest amount I can give, and just to imagine if I was down there, and those are my people down there. So anybody out there that wants to do anything that we can help -- with the way America is set up to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off, as slow as possible. I mean, the Red Cross is doing everything they can. We already realize a lot of people that could help are at war right now, fighting another way -- and they've given them permission to go down and shoot us!
Myers: And subtle, but in many ways even more profoundly devastating, is the lasting damage to the survivors' will to rebuild and remain in the area. The destruction of the spirit of the people of southern Louisiana and Mississippi may end up being the most tragic loss of all.
West: George Bush doesn't care about black people!
Myers: Please call . . .
At which point someone at NBC News finally regained control of the joystick and cut over to Chris Tucker, who started right in with more scripted blah, blah, blah.
West's comments would be cut from the West Coast feed, an NBC spokeswoman told The TV Column. (The Associated Press later reported that only his comment about the president was edited out.) The show was live on the East Coast with a several-second delay; someone with his finger on a button was keeping an ear peeled in case someone uttered an obscenity but did not realize that West had gone off-script, the
spokeswoman said.

I love Kanye and agree with the sentiment; I just wish he had said it in a way that made sense so it couldn't be dismissed. It sounds like maybe he didn't even have a real idea about what he was gonna say before he got up there.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Burning Man

Burning Man started last Sunday...I really want to know if the folks out there know about the Gulf coast...I mean, they knew it was coming but none of us knew it would be this bad. I just wonder if the organizers have let people know or left the week to be what it is, a week of seclusion from the real world (or the only week of true reality, depending on how you look at things). I know of one guy who said he was bringing a satellite phone with him (I cannot comprehend why he would do this) so I'm sure people know, I just wonder if they are telling everyone. I wonder if the people from the area would leave early or just stay since they can't do anything anyway. I really hope no one out there knows about the bigger tragedy of all the people we've left down there for days with no food, water, communication etc...When you are there, at Black Rock City, you really start believing in the goodness of people and the oneness of humanity...let them have their week, I say. I'm eager to hear this year's stories and I'm already planning for next year...Jedd and I are going!!! I think Em and her boyfriend will come with us and if anyone out there is interested, the bigger the group the better...economically speaking. Okay, enough of that geekery...these are the thoughts that fill my days; well, my good days.
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From The Conservative Voice:

Planned Parenthood's shameless post-hurricane publicity stunt
September 01, 2005 10:04 AM EST

WASHINGTON, D.C. - "It is absolutely unconscionable that Planned Parenthood would use the tragedy of hurricane Katrina to push its shameless agenda on the American public," said Jim Sedlak, executive director of American Life League's STOPP International. Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas has offered to provide free birth control pills at its Houston clinics to individuals with a Mississippi or Louisiana driver's license.
Those Bitch Lesbians, actually helping women. Making people think they actually care about women and the victims of Katrina when we all know they are really there to kill babies and convert our daughters into lesbians.

This article from the same folks who believe the looters are "scum of the earth" and "human waste" whose children should be institutionalized. They preface this punishment with the statement that it should only be for those who stole something besides basic needs...BUT that MOST of the looters were stealing jewelry and "fancy clothing". Amazing, these people have been abandoned by the country, have no food or water and were not considerate enough to steal the cheap clothes instead of the fancy ones.
I like what Neat Things had to say about the looters article.

Better Sources

This guy is posting from the ground in New Orleans. It's interesting and probably closer to reality then what we're getting from mainstream news sources. I got the link from Star Spangled Haggis who got it from a long line of others. It is also interesting to read Howie Luvzus as he evacuated from the area with his family, you can really feel his desperation and shock.

On another note, the president was just on, talking about how they were working on a long-term plan for the area...we all know how good they are at long-term planning. *sigh*

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Oh, You Fucking Moron

I was going to say something about the president's statements on tv this morning...I was so pissed I didn't really know what to say. I'll refer you to Bob Harris so I don't have to post all those links myself.
By the way, if you don't visit his site already, let me tell you, his polls are great fun.

Why I Wear House Shoes

This will sound ridiculous to some people but I haven't gone barefoot in a few years. I am never without my "house shoes", a term I actually picked up in the ghetto. The closest thing we had growing up were knit by my Nana and we called them slippers...we never wore shoes around the house. My Mom would yell at us to stop going around in our "stocking feet" (which she managed to make sound like a dirty word) because we were turning our white socks black. Anyway, living in Price Hill I started wearing house shoes and never stopped. My husband HATES them and truth be told, so do I. So, why wear them? Aside from the ghetto reason of, you're going to step on something dangerous...we have hardwood floors, I've only had carpet for about 6 mo. of my adult life. If you go barefoot, you have no choice but to recognize how disgustingly filthy your floors are. The thing is, you can mop everyday and your feet will still turn black and then you have to think about your little baby crawling around on the same floor that turns your feet black. If you wear house shoes, you can pretend your floors are clean until the kids start sticking to them!