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Wool sweater. Check.
Wool socks. Check.
Long undies. Check.
Hiking boots at work (can't drive in my snow boots). Check.

Current temp, -13F. Check.
With wind chill feels like -40 F. Big check.


Let It Snow

Late Winter/early Spring snows are wet, messy and a pain in the ass. They're also very pretty. The photo below is a quick snap with my phone taken on my way to work.  Not that I'm doing justice to nature's handiwork, but here it is anyways:


Because emmbright did it and I'm a sheep

I have to say they nailed it. I'm from Wisconsin. Yes, it's North. Yes I live in a Great Lakes region.

What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

Northern. Whether you have the world famous Inland North accent of the Great Lakes area, or the radio-friendly sound of upstate NY and western New England, your accent is what used to set the standard for American English pronunciation (not much anymore now that the Inland North sounds like it does).

If you are not from the North, you are probably one of the following:
(a) A Southerner who hates Southern accents and tries really hard to "talk right"; or
(b) A New Yorker or New Jerseyan who doesn't have the full accent

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?

What a Week

Back from vacation, more on that later.

This is what's happening here.
We're making national news, too.

In a nutshell, the state of Wisconsin Gov. has proposed a bill to repair our budget. It includes large increases to what public employees will pay towards health care premiums and retirement. That takes some pressure off the state in terms of what it needs to pay towards those items. It also proposes to strip public employee unions of most of their negotiating rights.

I work for the state, at one of the universities. Most of us get that health premiums will go up and that we'll need to pay more toward retirement. If Walker had left it at that, I'm pretty sure we'd have swallowed it and moved on. What gets my goat is his gutting of union's rights to negotiate and the stripping of the right to unionize by some groups of public workers. Conveniently, law enforcement is not included in any of this. They are exempt.

It's been crazyish. Today, fran boy's school is closed due to a teacher 'sick out'. As a fellow public worker affected by the Gov. Walker's Budget Repair Bill, I say Go Them!. 

Also, I am wrangling with Sears over a warranty issue concerning my vacuum cleaner. Took me weeks and left lots of unreturned messages to finally get through to someone. If I was a new customer, I'd think Sears was run by a bunch of noodle heads. Hell, maybe it is.

Now, to cheer myself up, I am posting this link of cute puppies running

DeHumping Day

Chewy, my new dog (unless I find a home for him), is at the vet being dehumpitzed. Yay. Also in queue is nail clipping, micro chipping and teeth cleaning. It's like a spa treatment! Expect for the part where his balls are getting cut off. Ow.


Snow! Ice! Cold! More Snow!

It's on its way. Bleh. I should be glad I don't like in Duluth because they've had over 32 inches already.

Writer's Block: Hey, big spender

Should there be limits on how much money a political candidate can spend on an election campaign, and why?

Hell yes. Why? Because those with lots of money and/or money backing have a huge advantage over those who might have something to offer but few resources.

Yes, It All Goes Back To The X-Files

I was watching a Bones rerun a couple nights ago. Some guy, out in the desert with a flashlight, stumbles on a body he thinks is an alien. Freaks out, runs away and drops his cell phone while doing it.

Bones and Booth show up do stuff and are standing near the body when the XF theme starts to play. It's the guy's cell! The theme continues to play (gaining volume and quality) as they pan to the 'alien' body and segue into the opening credits. Yay! Later, Langly shows up as a cafe owner. Yay!

This is probably old news to those of you who watch the show. But, hey, it gave me a thrill.

Fruit Is Good

I am eating a nectarine. It's really, really good. One of the great things about summer is the fruit. Yay, fruit!

Another hot, humid day for us. I nearly slid off my bicycle on the way into work this morning. It's an attractive image, I know. I can see the headline now:




I'm off for a few days to go camping. Yes, in the woods in a tent. Yay! I hope there aren't too many people around.