Obiter Dictum

Woman's virtue is man's greatest invention --- Cornelia Otis Skinner

Monday, January 31


I don't have TIME to watch this!

I guess that's what VCRs are for......because I simply cannot miss it. Black in the 80s? Oh yeah. I'm all over that.

And, completely off topic, Hey Evan! How you doin' down there in Georgia? Haven't heard a peep from ya since ya'll got iced over. I hope you and the family are doing all right.

Sapere Aude

Check out the link on the side (or here, if you prefer) to IU-Indy's blog. Many things may have changed since the last time you saw it. If you ever saw it. Many things have changed, yes, but the name....leaves a little bit to be desired. I know, I know, its easier to say, to remember, to type....yes, yes, yes. But it doesn't have any......character. I'm not criticizing, mind you. I think Lucas has done a very nice job since he has taken over the reins. And, of course, I can't think of anything better to call it. Except, maybe, Sapere Aude. So, that is how I will continue to refer to it. Its a great name.

Super Target

I don't like to get lost. I know, its crazy, but its true. As a result, I don't go exploring as much as I should. I like exploring....when someone else is driving. Anyway, I went exploring on Michigan Rd. on Saturday and ran into Super Target. Its ten minute from my house. I had just never gone past 90th and Michigan before. Its at 100something & Michigan Rd. for all you NW siders who might not have known it was there. (ha!) I heart Super Target.

Compulsive Arm Stretches

The person who used to raise their hand a hundred times per class period has not done so one time since the semester started.

Ah Monday

Full of promise. Full of COLD AIR!! Here are few random thoughts inspired by the last day of January, 2005.

My dentist is left handed and likes oldies music.

Oldies music, as defined by Gold 104.5 includes Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl."

Sleeping in today did almost as much for my attitude as the little bit of sun I saw when I finally got out of bed!

Still having to go to work this afternoon is having the opposite effect on my mood....

It looks like I'll be able to wash my car this weekend? Maybe? Friday?

Essie Mae Washington-Williams is on the Diane Rehm show as I type this. She's a very good talk show guest.

Friday, January 28

Making Fridays Fun

Thanks to Kelly, I am all about the Wrong Songs on Friday mornings. Especially Friday mornings when you're cold, and the last place you want to be is in the car, on the way to work. They need this on Monday too!

I wanted to be assault!

Thursday, January 27

Do you hear what I hear?

There is a woman salsa dancing as she is standing at the computer. I don't know what she's looking at or listening to, but I wish I could see and hear it too! She looks like she's having a great time.

I can't see!

I like to sit in the back of the class. Prof. Hill likes to write on the board in Con Law. Those two don't mix. I'm going to have to move to the front of the class.


Damn AI

Why did I turn on the tv when I got home last night? I had WAY too much to do! It just turned it on for a minute while I was eating dinner, and, just like that, I was hooked on American Idol again. I had been so good not watching it! At least I turned the tv off before I got sucked back down the West Wing well too! I soooo don't have time for that!

Tuesday, January 25

Is there

a coin box in the world that takes pennies? I haven't met one yet. Someone kept trying to put pennies into the copy machine today. Pennies. The kicker is that she had quarters dimes and nickels. She just wanted to get rid of some pennies. Now me, if I kept getting pennies back, I might try a different coin. Her? She comes to the desk and (in a rather irritated voice) demands to know what is wrong with the copy machine.

Allergic to pennies.

Is it Spring Yet?

I just took a call from a very nice lady who wanted to know how to cite something in MLB format.

I'm not the only one who has baseball on the brain, I guess!

I hope MLA format was sufficient.

Monday, January 24

Apologizing for Assholes

To all those in Room 375 on Monday's right before the evening Civ Pro Class:

I'm sorry for all the assholes who hard to barge into your class before you even had a chance to close your books and get out of your seat. Personally, I don't see the need for getting into class as early as possible. I definitely don't see the need to be rude about it. But, as the title line suggests, there are plenty of assholes who would disagree. If getting into class early guarantees an A, then that would be one thing. Since I'm pretty sure it doesn't, I can't think of anything that would excuse the behavior. So, I'd like to apologize. I wish I could say it won't happen again, but it will. So, maybe this is just an apology in advance for the rest of the semester.

Well, I can't be all things to all people I suppose.....

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As seen on Kevin's blog

Monday Monday

Chipped nail polish looks sooooo tacky. So, why didn't I take it off this morning? Good question.

Lovely weekend! I nearly got run down by an idiot SUV driver on I-65 on Saturday afternoon while it was snowing (and blowing) profusely. But, I didn't, so can't complain there.

I did my taxes and accidentally used LAST year's W-2 instead of the one of this year. But, that too is easliy remedied so can't complain there either. Except to say that I'm an idiot. But ya'll knew that already, right?

Read something about Interpleader that confused the $%@*! out of me. Such big words and concepts don't belong in tiny minds.

The person who lives across the hall from me got evicted, but she'd already moved out a few days beforehand. Apparently, the apartment complex hasn't caught on that she has moved on because they keep putting notes on her door. The fact that the previous notes are still there hasn't tipped them off.....

I finished S3 of Farscape and, against all good judgment, started S4. I just couldn't help myself. I was over a friend's house yesterday, eating Bazbeaux pizza, drinking wine, and it was just....there. She pushes it on me, tells me to take it home....what else was I supposed to do?! There is only so much willpower where these things are concerned! I'm not a frelling saint, you know! Anyway, maybe I can get by just watching it on weekends. Now that, besides the Superbowl, there will only be soccer to distract me until baseball season...... well, I might take in a game or two of March Madness.

Saturday, January 22

Can't get enough quizzes!

This one is also fairly accurate!

Sober: 54/100
Rationality: 26/100
Constructiveness: 46/100
Leadership: 60/100

You are a SEDL--Sober Emotional Destructive Leader. This makes you a Dictator.

You prefer to control situations, and lack of control makes you physically sick. You feel have responsibility for everyone's welfare, and that you will be blamed when things go wrong. Things do go wrong, and you take it harder than you should.

You rely on the validation and support of others, but you have a secret distrust for people and distaste for their habits and weaknesses that make you keep your distance from them. This makes you very difficult to be with romantically. Still, a level-headed peacemaker can keep you balanced.

Despite your fierce temper and general hot-bloodedness, you have a soft spot for animals and a surprising passion for the arts. Sometimes you would almost rather live by your wits in the wilderness somewhere, if you could bring your books and your sketchbook.

20 questions to a better personality

You also have a strange, undeniable sexiness to you. You may go insane.

Found while enjoying....

a nice, tall glass of Brian's blog

Sunny/Dark: 5/10
drY/Gross: 5/10
Traditional/Offbeat: 6/10
Active/Passive: 8/10
You are a SGO--Sunny Gross Offbeat.
This makes you a Wild One.You have a laid-back approach to life, and your humor reflects that. What you think is funny is so broad and appealing that you can get a chuckle out of almost anybody. You're never offensive -- until you want to be.

It takes someone a while to get to know you and appreciate your point-of-view, but when you make friends they tend to be for life. You're the type of person who doesn't lose touch with friends after you get married. Rare. Rarely rare rare.

You might have some kind of semi-serious chronic health problem, or had an intense illness in the past. This experience has made sure you don't take life too seriously, and it's given you a down-to-earth perspective about your body.

You like porn. Kind of a lot. Not in a bad way, but yeah.

You might like Farrelly Brothers movies, Jim Carrey movies and stuff. You haven't liked what Ben Stiller's been doing for a lo-o-ong time.

Of the 7730 people who have taken this quiz, 6.1 % are this type.

Your Active humor score of 8/10 means you are a comic house on fire. You are Def Comedy Jam (for the first five minutes, before it becomes repetitive and degrading).

You are a library of witty rejoinders, in-jokes, ad-libs and meatballs. Yeah, I said meatballs. They're underrated.

The trick for you is to ease yourself into a situation, since you have the capacity to dominate. If you're socially well-adjusted, you're awesome. If you're kind of nervous and twitchy like Daniel Radcliff in the Prisoner of Azkaban special features, then there can be trouble.

All in all, I have to say this is fairly accurate.

Go find your own humor


My car is a big, mobile, ball of dirt and slush

Friday, January 21

I like big warm hugs as much as the next girl.....

But I don't know if I want one for breakfast! There is an ad for Nature's Path Organic Oatmeal and the tagline is "It's like a big warm hug for Breakfast." I don't know. I don't find it very effective. If a big bowl of oatmeal tried to hug me in the morning, I'd probably cry. Just my opinion. Thoughts?

Fall 04 is finished

The final grades are in. I get to come back for second semester, they didn't boot me out the front door. I am EXTREMELY pleased with my Civ Pro grade (although there is always room for improvement.) LARC was my only disappointing grade. Damn LARC. But, its all done now and I'm ready for Spring. More classes. More reading. More eyestrain. Less Farscape. Bring it on.

Thursday, January 20

(un) Focused on the Family

This is ridiculous. And, not only is it ridiculous, its repugnant. But, I suppose, the silver lining is the more they talk, the more their idiocy comes to the forefront. You would have thought the Teletubbies lesson would have been enough.

And I wonder if millions of parents are now going to tell their toddler sons not to hold hands when they cross the street, or anytime, because its "gay." Give me a break, will ya?

Thanks Kevin, for the scoop.


Today was a super busy day.....even though it was my day off! It seemed like I was on the go all day! I did manage to steal a few minutes to clean out my fridge and freezer right before I put the new groceries in. I had pie crusts in the freezer that were best used before Jan 2004. I never made pie. Damn shame, if you ask me! Anyway, right after that I went down to school, only to find out that class was cancelled. Luckily for me, a classmate met me before I even got to the door (Thanks, Tony!) and I just turned right around and went back home. It wasn't until I woke up from my nap that I realized how tired I was! That was a much needed mid-week siesta. I am definitely not back in school shape just yet.

Wednesday, January 19

Right on the Money

Stolen, shamelessly, from Kelly's Blog.

You Are 31 Years Old


Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

Tuesday, January 18


There are just some voices, and some phrases said by certain voices, that annoy the hell out of me. It isn't that you don't like the person, but if they could just SHUT THE HELL UP that would be fine. There is one person who says "DUH" all the time. It wouldn't be so bad if this person wasn't damn near 40. Like nails on a chalkboard, I'm tellin' ya.

So, vent your linguistic frustrations and annoyances here. What phrase/saying/voice/ drives you absolutely crazy in class/work/life?

I promise I won't tell......


I'm from Illinois. Northwestern Illinois. I shouldn't be complaining. But its COLD! Its not as cold as I'm used to, or what I used to be used to. Living in Indiana has made me soft! SOFT! Its still above 0 and I'm complaining about the cold?!

Can't help it. Its cold.

School starts again today. Goodbye Farscape. Goodbye.....anything else I wanted to do. Hello Federalist Paper #51. I love school, but I'm thinking "slacker" may be more to my ability level and interest level at this point in time. Nah. I wouldn't know what to do with myself. I could stay home and watch tv all day, but even that gets boring after awhile.

Speaking of tv, 60 minutes ran some kind of story on Timmy Howard on Sunday. Tim Howard being the American goalkeeper for Manchester United. I'm usually not a 60 minutes kind of girl, but it was worth a watch.

And speaking of ManU, they deserved the win on Saturday. Liverpool had the advantage over them after Wes Brown was sent off, and they couldn't get it done. And it wasn't that United was "better" than they were, Liverpool just played badly. They just played badly. They should have at least been able to draw level, if not win, the match. It was disappointing.

Sunday, January 16

You know

it really irritates me when my dad is right. He's been saying, since about week 10, that it was going to be an all Pennsylvania Superbowl this year. Football has one more week to prove him wrong. Come on, football, I'm counting on you! He will be INSUFFERABLE if he turns out to be right!

Saturday, January 15

Donnie Abraham had seven sons....

Everytime I hear Donnie Abraham's name I think of this stupid song we sang all the time in Girl Scouts. I think it was Girl Scouts. Maybe it was Sunday School. The song is (really) about Father Abraham. Anyway, you can imagine it makes for a very LOOOOOOONG Jets game.

Noah's favorite soccer team?

It seems we aren't the only ones experiencing too much rain. This is Carlisle United's stadium in Carlisle, England.

Thursday, January 13

Happy Saturday

7:30 am.



Manchester United. The one soccer team that non-soccer fans in the US have probably heard of. Maybe.

Its nice to get these early morning rumbles out of the way so I can go shopping and then make it back in time to watch football and clean my living room! To quote the great philosopher, Col. John "Hannibal" Smith, "I love it when a plan comes together."

You can really be a Beau Brummell Baby.....

The link is shamelessly stolen from Lawren's blog. Shamelessly.
Check out the Men of Style. I like men. I like style. What's not to like about this link?

Rain, Rain, Blah

Streets are flooded all over town. Makes driving to work a frelling pain.

In other news, I was checking out the hometown paper online today and came across this great line: "Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan dropped a fiscal brick in the inaugural punchbowl Wednesday." (Scott Reeder/

Its the same news that every other state is getting this time of year, although Illinois was smart enough to vote for change in the fed. gov. I just thought it was a nice turn of phrase and bit of imagery.

Let's hope it doesn't get cold enough to freeze all this rain until after the evening rush hour.

Wednesday, January 12

Back to the Grind...

Assignments posted on Oncourse. Already. At least we are supposed to be getting our LARC papers back this week. Supposedly. Maybe. So they say. A grade would be nice too. Or maybe not. Sometimes, I guess you're better off not knowing....

Today would be a good day to just stay in bed, or on the couch, and just watch tv or read a book. The sun came out for the briefest of moments on Sunday, and now its gone back into hiding.

This weekend I AM going to look for a couch. (I can hear you, SB, saying "Sure you are." I really am!) That is my project. As much as I would love to stay home and finish S3 of Farscape, I'm going to do some shopping first. Who knew shopping would become like work.

Tuesday, January 11

More Favorite Channels and Shows

The Travel Channel: Great stuff on there. Traveling for a living doesn't seem like such a bad job to have. My favorite show in the Travel Channel is Great Hotels.

Fine Living Channel: I think my favorite show would be The Genuine Article although everything on there is good.

Farscape & 24

I had hoped to watch all four seasons of Farscape over break. I'm just starting season 3 tonight, so I probably won't get all four done. But, as I expected, I am loving this show. It is extremely well written, and that's why its not still on the air! I would recommend it to anyone who likes science fiction. And, you know, to anyone who doesn't like science fiction as long as being in space isn't going to bother you.....

The new season of 24 has started and its awesome. I gave up a lot of my tv shows when I started school, but this is one I simply refuse to abandon. If you like your tv shows with lots of action, and lots of twists and turns (and hot Kiefer Sutherland....) get into this show. It will keep you guessing, and on the edge of your seat, each and every hour.

Me A-Z

Act your age? 31.
Born on what day of the week? Saturday
Chore you hate? Scrubbing the floor
Dad's name? James
Essential make-up? Probably all of it....
Favorite actor? Hmmm.....don't know if I have one.
Gold or silver? Silver.
Hometown? East Moline, Illinois
Instruments you play? Flute
Job title? Librarian
Kids? 0
Living arrangements? Me, Myself and I
Mom's name? Emma
Number of people you've slept with? More than necessary, yet not enough (obviously, because I'm still single)
Overnight hospital stays? 2
Phobia? Klanophobia.
Quote you like? "Do or Do not. There is no 'try'" Master Yoda
Religious affiliation? Baptist
Siblings? 1 Sister: Rhonda
Time you wake up? 5-ish during the week. Whatever time (usually 7ish) on the weekends.
Unique habit? Reading magazines from end to beginning.
Vegetable you refuse to eat? Tomato (but I love salsa!)
Worst habit? Expecting too much of people
X-rays you've had? Ankle. Lungs (for pneumonia a few times) Dental.
Yummy food you make? Creme de Menthe Cheesecake
Zodiac sign? Scorpio

I should have done better

Take the quiz. Its 100 questions, but fun. Its break. What else do you have to do?

Saturday, January 8

Now its just freaky

The third downtown explosion since New Year's Eve happened today. This time, there were some minor injuries and damage to a few buildings. Conventional wisdom says its the weather that is causing this (rain, freeze, thaw, repeat.) I don't know WHAT it is, but its freaky. The underground transformers in the area must have all been installed around the same time or something for them to all be blowing their stacks around the same time. Once again, I believe the library escaped harm. Of course, we have our own problem with a disintegrating roof. I wish everyone involved today a speedy recovery, businesses included.

They're Heeeeeeeeeere

Grades. At least one of them. I did much better in Torts than I would have done had I not gone to our study group. I had all but given up on that class, and was prepared for the C (or lower) that I deserved for completely tuning out the second half of the semester. Huh. Who knew that studying actually HELPED your grade?

For those of you who don't go to IU-Indy, the 1st year curve breaks down like this:

A+ -- A = 10%
A- -- B = 50%
B- -- C = 35%
C- -- below = 5%

So, while everyone always says "Its easy to get a B" it also appears its nearly as easy to get a B- or below. And probably impossible to get an A+ Always room for improvement......

Friday, January 7

Inquiring Minds Want to Know.....

What was your favorite childhood game?

Mine was, without a doubt, Candyland.

Way too close to home for my comfort

Muscatine, IA is only 40 miles (give or take) from where I grew up. But, you know, after reading the story, it isn't really that bad, is it........

The black conservative who "never appears" on the Russ Parr morning show...

Was paid to push the No Child Left Behind on "the community."

Remember kids (and parents) the first one is always free.....

UPDATE: Fired!

So it IS true

Once you go to law school you're never picked for jury duty again?

The Unreported Number

Which isn't exactly true. If I'm linking to it, it must have been reported. But it isn't reported widely or nearly enough.

Thursday, January 6


This was bookmarked on one of our reference computers. It seems to speak for itself.

Over and Out

So, I'm not the only one who thinks that Tucker Carlson is useless. He's the Paris Hilton of news. I guess that means he could be President....

Tuesday, January 4

I've always liked Kelly Clarkson

But I think I like her a little bit more now after seeing her Orange Bowl performance. Technical difficulties (legitimate ones, Ashlee Simpson) and she was a trooper. The show must go on and she did a great job. A true performer.

UPDATE: And three minutes after I posted that, the Simpson in question appears on stage to prove my point. Amazing.

When I work at night....

I don't get that much done. I did manage to order a few books (don't we have enough already anyway?) but I also checked out a few websites. I found them in journals I was reading, so I think it should count as work.

Thomas Haas: Canadian Chocolatier. I was intrigued by "Fresh Fruit Gelees" Gumdrops by any other name...... I love gumdrops.

Soda for grownups! (its called pop, anyway, but I digress..)
Fizzy Lizzy

Very intriguing. I'm always looking for something different. Each of those sounds....different.

And then there was Chambord, with its recipes. I'm very interested in the Chambord mousse, but what, exactly, is a "gelatin leaf?"