Monthly Archives: October 2014

Music on Friday

Here’s a funny version of Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” from Avi Kaplan and friends for your Friday Entertainment –

I’m sure you’ve all heard it on the radio by now (apologies to those of you living under rocks) and maybe you’re even tired of it, but I love this song and will sing along any time I hear it. Thankfully, I live alone 🙂

And that led to finding this version –

Wow, right? These guys have some talent AND they collaborate with Avi Kaplan –

Gotta get these tunes for my MP3 player…


Posted by on October 31, 2014 in Music



Share Your World – Week 43

Must be Wednesday if you’re reading this post. Yawn. Sorry. It’s been a very busy couple of weeks and I’m not yet fully recovered from the weekend.

Here are Cee’s Share Your World questions for the week. Do play along in the comments.

What is your favorite time of day?

Those precious few minutes between waking and having to get up in the morning. If I’m lucky Sabu doesn’t notice the change in my breathing and I get to float up to consciousness quietly, planning my day. More often lately the alarm goes off and I bolt upright to hit the snooze button for another four minutes of dearly needed sleep. The alarm goes off at 0615. Sabu goes off at 0617. I need a vacation!

What’s your favorite charitable cause and why?

I don’t have a favorite because I’m concerned about how much of each donation actually makes it to the intended recipient. I’m suspicious about large charitable organizations and their huge number of employees and many administrative layers.

How do you like to spend a rainy day?

Inside 🙂 If it’s cold and I have the day off work I like to lay on the couch under a blanket drinking cup after cup of hot tea.

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen?

I prefer a gel pen with a very smooth roller ball. I hate it when the lines skip because the roller ball isn’t running smoothly. Haven’t found the Perfect Pen yet but occasionally I buy a new one to see if it will live up to its hype.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful that Dawn dish soap (the Original formula, not the new “improved” stuff) besides being my favorite wool washing soap, also removes baby oil from human hair. Awkward questions at work avoided, so, YAY!

The weekend marks the first of a series of six craft faires The Sweatshop Girls will be attending. I am grateful to have found a supportive pair of co-conspirators to explore the whole cottage industry thing. Details another day. IF we don’t become rich and famous and stop blogging altogether 🙂


Posted by on October 29, 2014 in Memes, Share Your World



More White Trash Observations

Y’all remember the white trash family that moved into the church house? No? Click here and read that post first.

Okay? Okay.

Yesterday I was taking Sabu out for her afternoon walk. There was a young man washing a tarp in the front yard. The women who frequent the house were standing around watching and not saying much. One of the older children (I think it’s a boy?) was also present.

I could tell by his body language the man was agitated.

Sabu and I reached the end of the alley where we could see the full tableau when a little hot-rod car came screaming around the corner and sped down the street at probably 50 MPH, like a drag race of one. A man was behind the wheel. The man washing the tarp started screaming obscenities and running down the street after the car, shaking his fists in the air.

He made it about 20 feet before his pants came down over his butt because he’s one of those saggy-butt-jeans-wearing assholes who love to strut around holding their pants up with one hand while fiddling with their phone with the other. You know That Guy. Dontcha hate him? Ever want to just smack some sense into his empty head?

Sorry. I digress.

Being a short block, and not wanting to get the woman of the house all riled up, Sabu and I crossed the street to put as much distance between the lunatic who doesn’t understand the function of belts and our sane selves but it was not enough that we couldn’t hear the conversation going on in front of the church house.

“I will kill that mutherfucker if he does that again!”

Laughter. “No you won’t. Don’t be stupid.” General laughter and muttering amongst the group of women. They must have thought it was cute to see him so mad.

“I’ll throw something at his car!”

“Don’t be doing that – that’s destruction of property and you WILL go to jail again for that…”

More laughter.

It went on in this vein for awhile but I got us out of there before I could say something smart-assy and get the woman of the house pissed off at me again.

I mean, really? These people have no class or charm at all. And they live 5 feet away from a church! Some people’s kids, I swear!


Posted by on October 28, 2014 in Crazy, Rants, right?, You're kidding


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Music on Friday

Life is really busy right now and I have no time to put up anything but a lame music post, but maybe this can become a Regular Thing.

Once again, Pink has wowed me, this time with her collaboration with Dallas Green of City and Colour and a new album (is that word even relevant any more?) called Rose Ave. Together Pink and Dallas are You + Me. Have a listen –


Posted by on October 24, 2014 in Music



Share Your World – Week 42

Doesn’t seem like I’ve been keeping this up for 42 weeks already, but here we are again with another installment of Cee’s Share Your World Challenge.

This week’s questions –

What would be your preference, awake before dawn or awake before noon?

I am soooo not a Night Owl! I prefer to be up before dawn (this time of year it’s a requirement in order to get to the office before 0730) and in bed by 2200. If it’s a day off and nothing else is pressing, I love to have a nap in the afternoon, too.

If you could choose between Wisdom and Luck, which one would you pick?

Wisdom. If you’re wise enough you can make your own luck, but luck with no wisdom leads to really stupid people doing stuff they shouldn’t be doing and setting a bad example for those who are not so lucky.

If you were given the opportunity for free skydiving lessons would you take them? Why or why not?

Not a chance! Flying through the air while relying on a scrap of fabric to break my fall is not my idea of a good time. Thank you, no.

Is the glass half empty or half full? What is in the glass?

The glass is always half full of tea, usually Darjeeling. I’ve always been an optimist, so no matter the glass, it’s always half full.



Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Memes, Share Your World



Real men are always in control — of themselves, not others

A beautiful post from The Other Side.

Ned's Blog

image Anyone who reads my weekly newspaper column or blog posts knows I try to keep life in perspective through humor. In fact, I’d say it’s one of the reasons my children are still alive today. While I joke about that, for many years humor was also part of a coping mechanism from a childhood witnessing both verbal and physical abuse by the men in my family — specifically, my father and older brothers.

The good news is that each of them eventually turned themselves, their lives and the lives of the people they loved, around. It wasn’t until I became a father that I realized the impact that a childhood witnessing abuse had on me, and how some of those wounds — as both a witness and recipient — had never truly healed.

I know this because I occasionally saw reflections of my father and brothers in myself as I…

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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in Uncategorized


Share Your World – Week 41

Hump day = Share Your World courtesy of Cee’s Photography. Do play along at home 🙂

Would you rather take pictures or be in pictures?

I prefer to be behind the camera. I have lots of great pics of things I’ve been doing lately but haven’t had time to post anything.

What did you most enjoy doing this past week?

Uh…I can’t give any details. Friday night. That is all 🙂

What is your greatest extravagance?

I like good Darjeeling leaf tea and buy it in bulk. I’m a bit of a tea snob – only the best will do! I shop Boston Tea Campaign for all my Darjeeling needs. A three-cup pot of tea on a Sunday morning is just about the best thing evar.

Which letter of the alphabet describes you best?

This is a hard one. M because it’s a wide, solid letter, well-balanced and secure like I am if you’re my friend. It can also crush the puny skinny letters if they make it mad 🙂

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful for good friends, good food and lots of laughter and looking forward to more of the same in the coming week.


Posted by on October 15, 2014 in Memes, Share Your World



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