Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hate is NOT Constitutional in California - Take That Mormon Church!

I haven't said much in a long time but I had to come here after reading the news to share my joy.

Proposition 8 was struck down by the Federal District Court in San Francisco today.

I am so happy for all of my gay friends, even those that have passed on )boy would R have fought this battle with vigor and would have been jumping for joy right now!), gay people everywhere and my fellow straight people.

This is a victory for all of us, as "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere", as the wonderful Martin Luther King Jr. once said.  I think of he and Bayard Rustin today.  I think of young people who will grow up in a different world.  I think of those that are for federally mandated hatred and injustice and hope that we can bridge the gap somehow.

I'm sorry this is all over the place, I'm just quickly typing in my joy!

Oh, and Mormon Church?  Neeneer, neeneer, neeneer!!!!  Now, just as you allowed black men to fully join your church (long after you accepted their tithing), please have some of humble pie, prepared by the Relief Society of course, and remember that Primary song, "Jesus said love everyone, treat them kindly too".

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Greenest Book Club!

So, I joined Jessica Gottlieb's book club.

An internet book club has got to be the greenest way for doing this there is!

You can borrow a book from the library and discuss the book from your own living room without having to drive!

I am however, going to buy the book on Kindle.  For me, the library is not a good choice.  The library has cost me pretty penny and even got me sent to a collection agency - twice!

That's right, I am not good about returning on time.  I don't mind paying the late fees.  However, when the late fees add up to more than the price of a book it's time to look at yourself in the mirror and admit that you are too lame for the library to lend to - so Kindle it is!

If you want to join us, the first book is The Saturday Wife.

This will be interesting!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Planned Obsolescence Kicked My Arse - HARD!

When I moved out on my own for the first time, I like most every other person starting out, had hardly any money.


My "furniture" consisted of crates and boxes scrounged from behind grocery stores garbage bins with sheets, stolen/borrowed from my Dad's house, thrown over them.  Typical.


I moved in during summer and had to keep my front door open because, while the apartment had a window air conditioner, I was terrified of using it, running up my electric bill, being unable to pay the bill, having my electricity turned off and I spiraling into living in my car!  You know, the logical stuff everyone worries about!


Anyway, a neighbor kept walking by my door and sneaking a peek in.  I thought it was a bit odd at first but quickly realized that she walked by my door a lot and was a bit creeped out but the heat won over my suspicions.


After the end of my first week, she approached me saying that she "noticed" that I didn't have a fridge and wondered if I would be getting one soon.  I told her no - the no money thing.  I was willing to engage her because, truth be told, I was a bit afraid of her and her stern look constantly peeking into my house.


She said that her brother had an extra one that I could buy if I wanted.  I laughed.  I couldn't buy anything I wanted.  She replied that she figured that and had already spoken with him and he would charge me $40, I could pay $5 per month, starting the next month and he would deliver it anytime I wanted.  WTH?!  Her "stern look" turned out to be worry for me, a stranger!


Wow!  I could not believe my luck.


Her brother arrived the next day with the ugliest fridge ever made.  It was dark brown with some yellow/gold accents and gold trim on the door handles.


This is not a picture of my fridge, but this picture was definitely the prettier cousin in my fridge's family:
I payed off my debt to her brother and was so happy to have a fridge, albeit an incredibly ugly one.


I moved to my next apartment and took my fridge and few pieces of "real" furniture I had acquired.  I did leave behind the waterbed (i.e. gigantic baggie filled with water), my boyfriend so generously bought for "me".  Should I have been insulted that he found it in the Pennysaver for $50?!


I moved to another apartment, taking the fridge and by then, a television too!


I moved again, this time to a cute duplex, and again, took the fridge with me.  My brother, strongman that he was, lifted that fridge by himself on both ends of that move.  On New Years Eve day to boot!


I moved again, this time with a friend who had just bought his first house and needed someone to move in and pay rent so he could afford the mortgage.  The fridge was a lifesaver because he could not afford one at the time.


I moved again and took it with me when I bought a house.  Back to the same financial situation when I first moved out on my own - zero extra money.


As the years wore on, and I had a little extra cash, I began to really hate that fridge.  Not because it didn't work well.  In fact, the fridge NEVER, not even once, gave the slightest hiccup of trouble.  I hated it because it was ugly.


I grew tired of the too big for my kitchen ugly brown from the very early 1970's fridge.  I was being vain.  I wanted a fridge to match my dishwasher and stove.


Every time I looked into my kitchen I resented the solid but ugly fridge.


I started looking for new models.  I ogled stainless.  I admired the brilliance of a bottom freezer drawer.  I nearly wept at the sight of french doors.  An ice maker AND a water dispenser?  Oh, my!


In 2004, I bought a new fridge.  I negotiated the price.  I paid $2,000 for a fridge that was selling for $2,800 elsewhere.  A "deal".  Jenn-Air.  Even the name is beautiful.  Gorgeous:
The delivery guys arrive and carefully brought my gleaming $2,000 fridge up my stairs.  They chuckled when they saw the fridge it was replacing.


Good riddance to my dependable but shockingly ugly fridge that worked perfectly well when they unplugged it.


I felt my $2,000 was well spent.


Any why not?  If the fridge lasted 20 years, about 1/2 of the brown monstrosity's life (which I cut short don't forget), it would cost me $100 a year.  $100 a year was a pittance for a beautiful, sleek fridge that made me happy every time I saw it, right?  RIGHT?!


Planned obsolescence is for printers, PC's that you buy from Costco, men that you meet at bars.  Certainly not for expensive, well made appliances.  Right?


Fast forward, 2010.  My beautiful $2,000 fridge stopped working.


It can be fixed.  Hallelujah!


For a minimum of $1,000 and no guarantee.  Oh.


Stupid AND foolish.


I had stupidly disposed of a perfectly good fridge because I didn't like the way it looked or functioned in my kitchen.  Into the landfill it went.  Foolishly, I never even gave it a second thought.  All because I lusted after stainless, french doors, beauty, etc...


After much research I am about to replace my too expensive, foolish fridge.


It will be here by the beginning of next week.


While I wish I didn't have to buy a new one so soon, I am excited about my choice.  Once it arrives, I'll tell you all about it!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Watch "Food, Inc."

April 21st, POV will air "Food, Inc."



Check your local listings here.


If you miss it tomorrow, you will be able to watch it online from 04/22 through 04/29 here.


Before I watch "Food, Inc.", I will be bawling while watching "Through A Dog's Eyes":




Monday, April 19, 2010

I AM

I am...

I am inspired by the woman I saw walking today, pushing a triple stroller with infant twins and a very animated young toddler UP a big hill.

I am thankful my dog decided to poop less than 5 feet from a trash can on our walk today which prevented me from having to carry a bag of poop for the rest of the walk.

I am sad for the man that I met today does not feel free enough to be himself.

I am loving the beautiful day we are having here in southern California.

I am enjoying watching the birds feed from the improvised bird feeder that I made and hoping my hummingbird feeder lasts a little longer.

I am hoping that a gift that ordered today from Purrfect Play arrives today for a friend that adopted her best dog friend from a shelter one year ago today.

I am going to watch, and hopefully be reenergized by, "The Seeds of a Revolution: Earth Days", tonight on PBS' American Experience:



 I am, what are you today?

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bye Bye Birdies

For 13 years, birds have nested in the eaves right outside my front door every spring.


One night a couple of weeks ago I opened my door to take my dog for a walk and was greeted by this...
I was so excited, I knew they were back.  I looked up and saw this...
The only trouble they ever seemed to have experienced, was when I have had the audacity to walk out my front door.  They don't like it and I get squawked at and dive bombed!


I decided that this year, I would sprinkle some sunflower chips in a plant by my door so that the parents wouldn't have to go far to get some food for their babies...
This morning I heard a loud noise.  I looked around, my dog still asleep in a chair near me (she's back in the same spot but awake, temporarily I'm sure) had not even moved, but admittedly that is not unusal...
Then more noise.  Great, I've got a creature in my house.  I wonder if it's a mouse, a rat or a rabid bat?  


I soon realized that the sound was coming from outside my front door and it sounded like birds were "touching" my front door.  This was a relief because I did not want to deal with a mouse, rat or bat.  The activity at my front door went on for about 10 minutes.

I was so happy, they obviously discovered the sunflower chips I sprinkled in the flower pot...

About an hour later, I decided to go down to see if I should put more chips in the pot.

OMG - the beautiful nest was upside down on the ground.  I gently turned it over...

remnants of egg yolk and shells on my doorstep...
yolk running down my door frame...
on the threshold...
on the doormat...
I fear that me putting the food so close, another bird(s) became aware of and went after the nest.


The past 2 weeks there has been a lot of birds chirping and singing all day at my house.  Today it is eerily quiet.  The eave is empty...
Does anyone know if now that the safe haven has been discovered by a predator, is the spot useless?

Other than not putting food in the immediate area (I feel like an idiot), is there anything I can do to provide protection?



Will they re-use the nest?  I've left it outside, it's SO beautiful - look at the intricate work...
Yes, in case you are wondering, I am really upset with myself for not going down to the front door immediately as I may have been able to prevent it.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Drinking Bottled Water Is About As Chic, Smart & Sexy As Smoking While Pregnant!

Are you still drinking bottled water?

Check this out...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

I Have A Message for the GOP Faithful In Congress & The Senate...



If you aren't part of the solution,              
you are part of the problem.   

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Congressman Campbell, Your Rock At Scorekeeping! Advocating For The People? Eh, Not So Much...

Last week, as we all know, was the Health Care Summit.  

You probably aren't as lucky as me to be represented by someone like Congressman John Campbell who clearly has his ear to ground and is doing his job, not by listening to his constituents, but by being a loyal party lapdog and dude, a really good scorekeeper.

Yesterday, he wrote, "During the so-called Health Care Summit, the 17 Republicans in the room spoke for a total of 111 minutes.  The 18 Democrats from Congress in the room spoke for a total of 135 minutes.  But President Obama, all by himself, spoke for 122 minutes, more time than all the Republicans and nearly longer than all of the Democrats.  This speaks more about this President than his words ever could."

So what can we deduce from the above?  Congressman John Campbell is a douche?  Well, don't jump to conclusions people, let's break it down...

"...the so-called Health Care Summit...

Dude, are you kidding?  Republicans (that would be you Congressman Campbell) have been pushing for this.  I, for one, was really happy that it happened.  Personally, I wasn't so happy hearing Republicans being asked repeatedly for their solutions but instead taking the opportunity to campaign instead.  What was "so-called" about it?  

"...Republicans... spoke for... 111 minutes...Democrats... spoke for...135 minutes.  But President Obama, all by himself, spoke for 122 minutes..."

Scorekeeping, Congressman?  You cannot be serious.  People are suffering but you choose to report the minute score.  This is a joke right?

I can only guess that your lifestyle keeps you well insulated from the real world (and I don't mean the one with 8 strangers living in a house together) and your health insurance benefits provided by the American people through your job, protect you from the grim reality of our current health care "system". Which, reminds me, have you decided to drop your "socialist, government sponsored" health insurance yet

You could have addressed a lot of things about the Health Care Summit but you decided to report the minutes each side spoke.  Way to listen to the people.

Meet Bob Iritano, who is dying and simultaneously fighting with his health insurance company for treatments.  Is it really in the best interest of our country that this man has depleted his retirement account which will surely leave his wife and young children in a less than ideal financial position when he passes away?  To whose benefit is it that his family is paying $2,500 a month for health insurance?



"...President Obama, all by himself, spoke for 122 minutes, more time than all the Republicans and nearly longer than all of the Democrats."

Is it possible that Congressman Campbell has never moderated a conversation?  Is it surprising that the President spoke a lot since he was, you know, answering questions, moderating and fostering debate?  

Perhaps President Obama should look to the example President Bush set when he moderated a...   um, oh, that's right, President Bush never would have had the courage to listen and debate, unscripted, on live television.

"This speaks more about this President than his words ever could."

Congressman, you and I agree!!  The fact that President Obama was able to speak for 122 minutes, without a script, understand the issues, with the ability to think and speak on his feet, was able to listen and respond appropriately, keep his composure in the face of lunacy, stay patient even though the campaigning was in the forefront instead of the issue, does speak volumes about him!  More than words could ever appropriately express, we are a lucky nation to have President Obama leading us in this moment.

I know, the Congressman probably doesn't agree with the above.  He probably wishes we still had an Administration that really listened to the American public, you know, like this:


Thursday, February 18, 2010

CODE BLUE: Dr. Judgmental Jones Forgot The Hippocratic Oath

I am FIRED up.

I just received an e-mail from a friend of mine with the following letter from Dr. Starner Jones that according to Snopes is real and has been published several times:


Dear Mr. President: 
        During my shift in the Emergency Room last night, I had   the  pleasure of evaluating a patient whose smile revealed an expensive shiny gold tooth, whose body was adorned with a wide assortment of elaborate and costly tattoos, who wore a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and who chatted on a new cellular telephone equipped with a popular R&B ringtone. 
       While glancing over her patient chart, I happened to notice that   her payer status was listed as "Medicaid"! During my examination of her, the patient informed me that she smokes more than one costly pack of cigarettes every day and somehow still has money to buy pretzels and beer. 
       And, you and our Congress expect  me to pay for this woman's health care?  I contend that our nation's "health care crisis" is  not the result of a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses.  Rather, it is the result of a "crisis  of culture,"  a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on  luxuries and vices while refusing to take care of one's self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance.  It is a culture based in the irresponsible credo that "I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me." 
       Once you fix this  "culture crisis" that rewards irresponsibility and dependency, you'll be amazed at how quickly our nation's health care difficulties will disappear. 
       Respectfully, 
       STARNER JONES,  MD


Are you kidding me?

Here's my reply to the above drivel:

Dear President Obama and Dr. Jones,

What if I went to the ER where Dr. Jones works?  He would see my expensive dental restoration work, he would see my iPhone and if it rang hear that it has a ringtone, he would see my expensive athletic shoes, see my expensive purse and have someone whisper in his ear that I drove there in a luxury car.  Then he would see that I only had catastrophic insurance coverage with an insanely high deductible; he would assume that he would have a hard time collecting payment from me and probably that hat I wouldn't pay at all.

During his examination of me, which at this point with all of these assumptions about me I doubt he would be focusing on my health but more about how he was going to get paid and how dare I have these "luxuries" and not be able to pay him immediately.  He would learn that I spend an inordinate amount of money on alternative methods of healthcare.  He would be baffled at why I would make that choice instead of spending $400+ a month on a better insurance policy.

What he wouldn't know, because it's none of his business but more importantly because healthcare workers should be focused on the health of their patients not busy making assumptions, is that:

1.  I chose to spend a lot of money to remove the mercury fillings in my mouth because the mercury was leaking and I decided that it would be better for my long term health and that I paid for and did the work over a two year time span;

2.  I was able to sell my old cellphone for the same amount as my new one - no money spent and that ringtone?  I purchased it with a gift certificate;

3.  I only purchase one pair of shoes a year, the expensive athletic shoes you see on my feet, unless I get them as a gift and between them and the flip-flops that I bought at factory outlet 4 years ago are they only shoes I wear 99.9% of the time;

4.  I purchased my expensive purse used from e-bay for $12;

5.  My car is 11 years old and it was purchased used.  It was purchased primarily for the fact that it gets 28 miles to a gallon in the city and 36+ on the highway, the fact that the safety ratings are spectacular was another factor and hopefully keeps me out of the ER in an accident;

6.  I would prefer to stay away from healthcare workers like Dr. Jones, so I try to heal myself at home;

7.  I had that $400 a month policy; shockingly it hardly paid for anything, it was health insurance in name only, and I still got the pleasure of dealing with healthcare workers such as Dr. Jones.  


Dr. Jones, you might want to reacquaint yourself with the Hippocratic Oath, you are probably too busy judging your patients so I will highlight the areas which appear to be a problem:

".. I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug."

"...I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know."

"...this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God."

"...I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person's family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick."

"...May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help."

Respectfully,
GreenInOC, Human
Orange County, CA

For me, I hope that I never end up under the care of judgmental healthcare workers like Dr. Jones.

The old adage about assumptions rings true...

How does the Dr. know that these items weren't paid for in a more financially secure time?  Why does the doctor not assume that these items may have been bartered for, gifts given or in exchange for payment of a service or goods rendered?  How presumptuous to define someone else's values.

The person can afford cigarettes, beer and pretzels.  Doesn't that say more about society as a whole?  We continue to support the fact that poor quality, high priced foods are the foods that are abundantly available in financially depressed communities?

Doesn't this whole situation say more about our society as a whole?  We live in a country where racism is institutionalized and that seems okay with us?

I am fired up!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Cheap Thrills Are The Best Thrills!

Times are tough right now for all of us and just like for most everything that ails you, laughter is the best medicine!

My top three favorite FREE laughter inducing things right now:

1. Check out the Twitter page of "newlywedsontjob":

This Twitter page is the brainchild of a Best Man who has hidden some sort of motion sensor under the newlywed's mattress that sends out a Tweet each time they start "the job" with the time started and the weight on the bed.  It's followed by another Tweet when they're "off the job" with the total time spent, a frenzy index and the Judge's score!  The couple will be informed on the 26th of this month so make sure check this out before it disappears.

2.  Watch "Kell On Earth":

The new Bravo reality series that follows Kelly Cutrone, the brilliant PR "bitch" and by "bitch" I mean a brilliant business woman who I totally adore!  The funny is from laughing at the interns and their "brilliance" and by "brilliance" I mean how do they wipe without help?! The best laugh though is in the second episode starting at 32:37.

Watch the first 2 episodes for FREE on Hulu- 1st episode / Hulu - 2nd episode; you don't even need to pay for cable!!!

3.  Follow "shitmydadsays" on Twitter:

A 29 year old lives with his 74 year old Dad.  The Tweets are simply the brilliance Dad shares such as,

"The dog is an outside dog.  You want an inside dog, you go get your own inside."

"Here's a strawberry, sorry for farting near you...Hey!  Either take the strawberry and stop bitching, or no strawberry, that's the deal."

"Happy birthday, I didn't get you a present..Oh, mom got you one?  Well that's from me then too, unless it's shitty."

Bonus laughs (if 3 is good, 4 is better right?!):

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Treading Lightly On VD

For some, Valentines Day is a revered holiday.  For others, it is anticipated about as much as its ironical abbreviation, VD.

No matter where you fall on the VD spectrum - STD or love contest - if you are so inclined, you can give your loved ones tokens of affection that don't hurt other people, the environment or require a culture and a walk of shame to the public clinic.

CHOCOLATE

Chocolate - yum.  Chocolate milk, chocolate fudge, chocolate dipped bananas and strawberries, chocolate body paint, chocolate slaves - wait, slaves, what??

Years ago I saw a small piece on Dateline which highlighted the documentary, "Slavery: A Global Investigation"; you can now watch it online for free in two parts, here and here.  In it they interview a boy who was recently rescued from a cacao plantation.  They asked him if he had ever tasted chocolate, "No".  He was then asked what he wanted to tell people who ate chocolate, he answered, "Tell them when they eat chocolate they are eating my flesh".


I saw those scars, burst into tears, ordered the documentary, did lots of research and changed my ways.  I learned that most of the chocolate that comes into our country is harvested by slaves.  Chocolate is made from cacao which is predominately grown in Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and Ghana.  Both, but Cote d'Ivoire especially, are notorious for using slaves on the plantations that grow the cacao.

The easiest way to avoid this is to purchase Fair Trade Certified, which will have this label:  



Other things to look for is for cacao from south America instead.  

Newman's Own sources all of their chocolate from "slave free" farms - caramel filled chocolate cups, OMG!

If you live in Orange County, head on over to Mother's Market - they have quite a nice selection.

Here are some "safe" chocolate manufacturers (this is in no way a comprehensive list):

Sunspire (not all products are labeled FTC but according to the company all cacao is sourced from plantations with fairly paid employees)
Sweet Earth Chocolates (organic too!!)
Endangered Species (Bug Bites are great for kids and co-workers)
Rapunzel - (try their Choconut for body paint, yum!!!!!!!)
Kopali Organics (chocolate w/banana is the best combination on earth!)

FLOWERS

If your significant other swoons when they receive flowers, instead of ordering them when they are out of season, shipped from another country, possibly raised and picked by exploited labor check out California Organic Flowers.  Yes, overnight shipping is not ideal, even with purchasing carbon offsets, but baby steps.


EARTH FRIENDLY GIFTS

Does your lover really need another stuffed animal made from and stuffed with polyester (oil), made in China most likely by exploited labor and then had to be shipped to the US?  Yes?  Okay, in spite of my intense hatred for stuffed animals, I will suggest Stuffington.  Stuffington's creations are made in the US.  That still leaves polyester and shipping but baby steps people.

If you are looking to get laid on VD (hopefully without receiving the gift of VD), you are going to have to give your present some thought.

Something that your loved one NEEDS.  Do they hate walking the dog, doing the dishes, need a wall painted, need the garage cleaned, in dire need of a lap dance?  Do that for them!

Spend some time with your loved one.  Take your kid to the park, take your mother to a movie, take your husband to a strip club, talk to your wife!

Make a special meal.  Do it together.  Go to the local farmers market or if you are in south Orange County go to South Coast Farm, together.  Go home, put on your organic cotton apron (you don't want to be frying bacon nekid people!) and handle those meats and veggies - together.  Before you heat up some olive oil in the pan for the veggies, heat it up on their skin first!

Want something a little more tangible but personal?  Go check out Etsy!  Oh my gosh I lurve me some Etsy.  There is something for everyone there.  You can even search for sellers near you!  Once I place my order I always request of the seller, "please do not use any plastic to mail this and please use recycled (ugly and funky are fine with me) shipping materials".  

Have fun, be creative, tread lightly and show your love without hurting others, the earth or contracting an STD!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Sarah Palin The Teabagger Meets Sarah Palin The Hyprocrite



I don't drink coffee - can't stand the smell or the taste.

I do however love tea.  Herbal tea is the best!

My love for tea is being seriously challenged by the "Tea Party".  Now every time I think of having a cup of tea, I think of "Tea Party", which makes me think of Sarah Palin, which leads to pondering hypocrisy, which inevitably causes blood pressure increasing, heart palpitations and bile production!!!

If you don't see the Sarah Palin hypocrisy connection, here's a brief primer.

On The Use Of The Word "Retarded":

White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, used the word "retarded".  Sarah Palin called for his resignation.

Blowhard talk radio host and fellow hypocrite, Rush Limbaugh, used the word retarded.  Sarah Palin supported it as "satire".

Republican Governor Perry of Texas' Campaign Consultant, Dave Carney, used the word "retarded".  Sarah Palin did not call for Governor Perry to "axe" Carney but instead she campaigned for Perry.

On Using A Teleprompter:

Presidents have been using teleprompters since Lyndon Johnson.

President Reagan, a Republican, was nicknamed "The Great Communicator".  Sarah Palin, Republicans and Tea Baggers revere "Ronnie".  Ronnie loved the teleprompter almost as much as he did Nancy!

Here's a picture of Ronnie using a tele-prompter (see the smoky grey plastic thing on his right?):

                                                                                               Source: The Drudge Report

President Obama, a Democrat, has been hailed as a "great orator" but is often referred to as "The Teleprompter President" by the likes of Palin, Fox "News", Tea Partiers, et al.  Sarah Palin mocks President Obama's speaking skills and has called him "...that charasmastic guy with a teleprompter".

On February 7, 2009 Sarah Palin spoke and participated in a Q&A at the first Tea Party Convention.  Apparently she didn't use a teleprompter.  Instead, she wrote bullet points ON HER HAND.

Watch at the 47 second mark as she reads the notes ON HER HAND while trying to answer a question:


She wrote: "energy", "budget cuts" with a line through the word "budget", "tax" and "lift American spirits". 

The question was "...when we are successful and we have a conservative House and a conservative Senate, as soon as that happens, what do you think are the top three things that have got to be done?"

It's a BIG coincidence that she has three things written on her hand.  Did she know that question in advance?

Whether or not she knew the question in advance or that she wrote notes on her hand or used notes at all really isn't the issue.  The issue is that she has ridiculed our current President for using a teleprompter when:

1.  Her idol, Ronnie, was a master at using the teleprompter
2.  President Bush, in spite of using a teleprompter, still couldn't speak coherently
3.  Most profoundly, she, like most of us, uses prompts when speaking in public

Someone please write the word "hypocrite" on Palin's hand - maybe it will remind her to ask someone to look up the definition and explain it to her.



For an eloquent and impassioned post on how using the word "retarded" is "...pathetic and rude", head on over to Redneck Mommy's incredible post on the subject.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Being Sick & Green

I have been out of town helping a family member with this:


A new baby - SO wonderful.  This family member has a passel of kids; it's loud, it's hectic, it reminds me of my own childhood and oh my, IT'S FUN!!


Unfortunately, before I left their house I got REALLY sick.  In fact almost everyone in the house was sick.  I had to fly home sick - miserable.


I am still sick (12 days of sick so far) and it sucks.  I am getting better but I have a lingering cough and congested ears.


The amount of plastic used and wasted through this is in itself sickening.  I bought cough drops/lozenges for the flight.  Each of course wrapped individually in plastic.  I went to a co-op and a health food store but both only had the plastic wrapped ones.


For coughs I usually use Chestal Honey Cough Syrup which comes in glass.  It wasn't helping so I have bought two bottles of different brands (neither of which has worked as far as I can tell) and both came in plastic.


The one thing that I had that I LOVED were some bamboo fleece wipes that I purchased from Batik Bags on etsy.  What a luxury to wipe your nose with something so soft and lovely that didn't leave anything chapped or a trash can overflowing with chemical laden and bleached tissues.


The cough is at the base of my throat, dry and I cant "get" it.  I have tried an expectorant herbal cough syrup but it does not seem to be doing the trick.


I had read that a natural expectorant would be a "mustard plaster".  There are different instructions, but the one that I went with was I cut up some cheesecloth and sprinkled in some dried mustard on half of it and then folded the other half of the cheesecloth over it.  I then rolled it up like a jellyroll and ran it under warm water.  Just enough to get it wet.


I unrolled it and put it on my chest.  I was sitting up and oh my gosh - that was the best hour I've had, no coughing or wheezing!!


My skin wasn't irritated at all, sooooooo....

I decided to do it again but this time as I tried to go to sleep.

So I had it on while lying on my side so it was on my skin and then pushed between "the girls".

After a while it started to get really uncomfortable.  I stuck it out.  I was watching TV on my computer (by the way, have you seen Modern Family yet?!) and tried to put it out of my mind.

I realized that my skin wasn't uncomfortable but there was a burning stabbing pain so I decided to take it off.  It still hurt really bad.

I got up washed off my skin put on some coconut and argan oils.  It was raised and red but when I woke up this morning this is what I saw:





Lovely!

So now I am coughing until I feel nauseous, I can't hear my own voice and I have a self-inflicted burn!!!