Obiter Dictum

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

Tuesday, November 28

Speaking volumes

Christian Coalition pres.-elect leaves

"The Rev. Joel Hunter, who was scheduled to take over the socially conservative group in January from Roberta Combs, said he had hoped to focus on issues such as poverty and the environment.
"These are issues that Jesus would want us to care about," said Hunter, a senior pastor at Northland Church in Longwood, Fla."

Saturday, November 25

Somebody stop me

My new cousin is so cute I can hardly stand it! Nolan was born in the wee small hours of November 21st. So, I think he was all of 3 days old when I took this. Sooooo cute.

He wasn't real big on opening his eyes, and when he did it was a big deal! I think he just wanted us to leave him be to get situated in peace. Couldn't do that, though. Had to hold him. But, then I gave him up to my sister so I could take pictures.

Friday, November 24

Man oh Man

Cynical C recently did a post about favorite TV opening sequences, complete with You Tube posty goodness. This should keep ya'll busy for awhile......
Michael Richards' Standup - Sinbad Reaction on CNN

Spot on.

Thursday, November 23

Happy Thanksgiving

Hey you. Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 22

A friend of a friend of a friend.....

I was talking to my aunt on the phone and heard that the the great nephew of one of my mom & dad's oldest friends plays basketball for Butler this year. I remember I had heard he was going to be coming here, but I'd heard that so long ago that I'd forgotten.

I guess I'll have to make my way to a Bulldogs game this season.

If I could post

a link to every single George Pelecanos interview/article on planet earth, I would.

He's that wonderful.

But, I can't. But, here is another one anyway......

Tuesday, November 21

If there are Archaeology major deities....

Whose side are you on?

In the important battle of the Stars?

I'm squarely in Kelly Ripa's corner on this one. I have very few "rules" but one of them is you don't put your hands in my face. Not ever.

Thanksgiving Week Heatwave

Who knew it would be darn near sixty for Thanksgiving?! Well, Al Gore knew, but who else?

I'm driving for Thanksgiving, so I'm glad it's going to be good weather. It means I get to Illinois to see my new baby cousin all the sooner. I'm sure he's adorable as can be, if not a bit stubborn.....

Before that, though, a full day of work tomorrow and class tonight. I can't believe there are only 5 (class) days left until the end of the semester.

Monday, November 20

Check this book out.

This is a cute book for the TV lovers on your list. Well, maybe "cute" isn't the correct word. It's much too big for cute to apply. The book is mostly pictures, with small quotes on the different stars by other stars. A great coffee table book.


You know, a conspiracy theorist might say that the Cold War never ended.....

We can't even talk about

how happy I am to have my laptop back. No, seriously, we can't discuss it.

We also can't discuss how I went to see Casino Royale again on Sunday. The show before noon is only 4 bucks at Glendale! Who knew? I hadn't been to the theater there in quite awhile.

I came home and read for class so I didn't feel like quite so much of a slacker. Bears won. Raiders lost. You know, same old same week in and week out.

I had really not good cheese enchiladas on Saturday. The tacos were all right, the enchiladas.....not so much. They were tiny, for one thing, and they just weren't good. I think I'm going on a mission to find the best mexican food in town now that El Sol seems to have disappeared from their Washington St. location. The downtown one is okay, but it isn't the same.

Favorite mexican restaurants in the area? The floor is now open for suggestions.

Saturday, November 18

Double Oh (my God!) Seven

Color me smitten with the new Bond. The movie and the man.

First, I absolutely loved the movie. Loved it. In fact, I'm tempted to go and see it again tomorrow. It was that good. Yes, it really was. It reminded me a lot of the Brit tv that I have taken to recently. Now, I'm a Bond novice, definitely. I think I've seen all the Brosnan bonds. I absolutely HATED the last one. Loved Goldeneye. I've seen Timothy Dalton. I've seen bits and pieces of Connery......but I'm no afficianado by any stretch. This was, far and away, the best Bond I've ever seen. It was, was it sexy. It was actiony, Ahem.

Speaking of sexy, I wasn't sure what I thought of Daniel Craig until I started seeing promos for the movie. Before that, I guess I was just unimpressed. He still isn't someone I'd label "hot" in the traditional way. I mean, most women would agree that Brad Pitt is hot. (most men would agree that Brad Pitt is hot.) Daniel Craig isn't that kind of hot. He takes a second look. And a third. And then, without even realizing it, you're drooling! :o) Maybe that was just me.

Go see Casino Royale. The worst part of the movie was the god awful opening sequence. It was just........awful. After that, brilliance.

Now that's what I call marketing!

Thursday, November 16

When I was younger......

I wanted to be an archaeologist. I couldn't spell it, but that's what I wanted to be. Blame it on Indiana Jones, but that just seemed so fun! But, later, I decided that all of the "good stuff" had already been discovered so no point in doing that.

Apparently, not all of the good stuff has been discovered.

And if you've ever seen Rome, you're probably wondering "why the %$#% do they need an aphrodisiac?! They do just fine without it......"


This is unfortunate. Another take here

On the one hand, you have to champion free speech. On the other hand, they're in middle school for crying out loud! This is what you want to teach a group of middle schoolers? On the other hand (how many hands do I have?!) it's funny to read about almost Orwellian political correctness in the same article that someone is trying to argue for pulling a play. I was for political correctness before I was against it?

Clearly (without having seen or read a bit of this play) I'm of the uninformed opinion that this is inappropriate for a middle school viewing. But, how many of them have seen The Sopranos? The Godfather? If they haven't seen it, how many of them know the basic premise? Growing up Gotti? Of course they're not experienced enough to "get it" in terms of this is not a lifestyle to be glamorized, etc. And, in all fairness, the Italian American community has been pretty vigilant in defending their reputation against shows like The Sopranos. But, I guess, you'd better be more vigilant.

Get your learn on here and here

Dear Karina Smirnoff

You lost.

No, you did. I was watching. okay, I wasn't watching, but I did see the end. You lost. And, what's worse, you're a sore loser. No, really, you are.

Mario may have been a better dancer, but this is half popularity contest, half dance contest. You've heard of American Idol, right? It's kinda like that. The best doesn't always win. Most people don't cry about it, or whine, or look absolutely graceless and tactless when their name isn't called.

What's more, Cheryl Burke is worth twenty five of you, so if Mario didn't win, you have only yourself to blame.

And Emmitt was pretty damn good.

I hope this clears things up for you.

Thanks for listening,


The Old Man and His Mountain

Norman Vaughan had a mountain in Antarctica named after him. That would be Mount Vaughan. When he was 89 (!) he climbed it for the last time.


And I'm tired from studying for finals?

Inspiration can come from the strangest of places.

This, and other amazing stories and pictures, can be found in the book: To the Ends of the Earth: Adventures of an expedition photographer.

Wednesday, November 15

Back in the flock

I realize that one of the reasons why I haven't been posting much is because my laptop has been out of commission. The power cord.....sigh. There was drama. It didn't work. I ordered a new one from Circuit City. It came. It didn't fit. I could get a "universal" power cord........for $129! Or......I could do what any sane, computer savvy person would do: Go to Ebay! I found the exact cord I need for $26.00. Not a universal, but a toshiba, factory original. Sweet! I just got it in the mail today, and I think I heard my laptop cry it was so excited to be charging again.

I know my hand is happy not to be put upon to take notes. I definitely do not write as fast as I type, and it seems like I did my best, but I missed things. Oh well. The nightmare is over now!

The Beauty Buyble

Sometimes, we buy books and we don't know they come with props! We ordered several of this book, and they each come with a box and samples! Yes! I've been having a fantastic time trying lots of things I've never heard of, and other things I've never bought.

So far, I love:

Chupa Chups Watermelon flavored lip balm. I'm usually not a big fan of the watermelon flavored anything, but this tastes like candy so I like it.

Selona whipped body butter Honestly, I don't know who came up with the concept up "body butter" and I don't know why it's better than lotion. But, I love this stuff.

Nivea Soft: could possibly be the best lotion ever. But, it has competition.

Yu-Be: I've never even HEARD of this lotion, but it is awesome. No, it really is. We got a little tube of it, and I'm already rationing the shit out. I LOVE it.

I thought this was okay:

Pencil & Pout: Its lip "color" and a lip liner. It's cute, definitely, but probably the wrong color for me. I like the idea, but, really, probably for someone more interested in looking good than I am.

Scaring me to death:

Plump Lips: this stuff is crazy. I put it on and I was like.....okay? It tingled, definitely. And then, about twenty minutes later, my top lip started burning. Maybe it was growing. It didn't burn a lot, but it was definitely more than a tingle. People do this willingly? Amy comes into my cube and tells me that Glamour said that stuff burns. NOW she tells me. :o) Won't be buying this.

Waiting to try:

Jellybath: it says "Find your Happy" on the package. I'm always on the lookout for some happy. Plus, I love their website.

Lip Mints: WTF?! I guess we'll just have to see.

Borba: I had no idea stuff like this even existed.

Three different types of Vitabath, something I never bought before. Two eyeliners and a lip liner by Cat Cosmetics, headed by none other than Mrs. Tad Martin (for you AMC fans)

Ah.. I love free stuff!

Monday, November 13

Today's CD

Saturday, November 11

Denis Leary cracks me up

I know he's a "love him or hate him" kind of guy. I love him, and this is why.

Thursday, November 9

Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Today-- I won $252 bucks on scratch off tickets. I spent about $15 getting the tickets, so not a bad score. Combine that with a $20 ticket I haven't cashed in yet, that is $272! Sweet. AND, we got out of Evidence a HALF HOUR early. (those of you who know can appreciate how crazy unbelieveable that is.)

Tomorrow -- shitty in-service day. It is good that I can see bunches of people that I never see. I like that part. It'll also be the end of a long week, and I'm actually looking forward to going in to work on Saturday to work in blissful silence. Oh yeah, its also my birthday....and I'm getting free lunch. Two good things outweight the bad. Of course, if I could have waited just 1 hour and 5 minutes, I could have been born on Veteran's Day. (those of you who know me are not surprised that I couldn't wait......)

Saturday -- Veteran's Day. I'm sure everyone knows a veteran. I know many. There is (at least) one who is a frequent poster on this blog, as a matter of fact. My dad is one. (Korea) Four uncles (WWII) a couple cousins (Vietnam) and I have a cousin currently in Iraq. I have often said, and I know I'm at odds with everyone else on Earth, that one year of service to the country should be mandatory for everyone in this country. Civilian service or military. One year is nothing compared to the fact we get to sit on our fat asses and soak up every benefit we seem to think we're entitled to just because we were born here and not somewhere else. But, that's a conversation for another day. Anyway, thanks to all the vets. Past, present and future.

Wednesday, November 8

Open Thread

It's not that I don't have anything to say.........But, I guess, I really don't have anything to say. This week has been hella busy.

Maybe next week.

In the meantime, what's on YOUR mind? Open Thread wants to know......

Saturday, November 4

Why does the military hate America?

The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps all agree on one thing: Donald Rumsfeld must go.

Are they suggesting cut and run on Rumsfeld? And Cheney?

"But until recently, the "hard bruising" truth about the Iraq war has been difficult to come by from leaders in Washington. One rosy reassurance after another has been handed down by President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: "mission accomplished," the insurgency is "in its last throes," and "back off," we know what we're doing, are a few choice examples"

Vanity Schedule

I should be ashamed of myself, really. Although, I must say, registering at 8am ROCKS MY WORLD. In fact, they were handing out mimosas and welcoming me to the front of the line. Sweet! So THAT is how the upperclassmen live, eh?

Anyway, what did I do with all of this new found registration power?

Sports law -- my only day class, and its semi day. 2ish-4ish, one day a week. Sweet. I'll only have 2 hours a day to make up instead of five hours a day. I may get my Saturdays back! (this is cause of rejoicing.)

Trusts & Estates -- Wed/Fri.

IP: Right of Publicity (yes, I really am interested in non-patent IP law so it isn't REALLY a vanity class.....except it is.) -- Tues

Advanced Torts -- Thurs night. I'm wondering just what this will be......

Anyway, its only 9 hours. 9. No class on Mondays. Its only 1 hour short of my regular schedule, but I still feel slacker-ific. I could have taken a 2 hour Monday class, going slightly over, instead of being slightly under. But, five classes means five finals? No way. So, I'm a slacker. Still, I'm happy with my schedule. I finally get my Sports Law class. I get more IP stuff, I have a "practical" course and maybe 2 "practical" courses, depending on what Torts ends up being. Not too bad, I guess.

Friday, November 3


all kinds of good book covers today!

Second best book cover of the day

Best Book cover of the day

Thursday, November 2

They will stop at nothing

truly. Sometimes, I think drastic measures are needed to end this silliness.

So, what have I been doing?

Not really much of anything. Reading for Evidence. Reading for Employment Discrimination and Reading for Copyright. This is probably the first semester where I love all three of my classes. Yep, I do. Love 'em.

Thinking about what classes to take. Commercial Paper, Trusts & Estates both offered Wed-Friday at night. That kinda makes life difficult. I think I have my schedule set. My experiment with day classes went okay. I would do it again, although it does make things difficult and working every Saturday to make up the time wasn't a picnic. We pick classes tomorrow, we'll see how it shakes out.

Watching TV.

Season 5 Hasn't quite made its way over here yet, but the Internet is a beautiful thing. A&E airs(aired?) the show here in the States, but I have no idea if its back, or what. Its on DVD. Best show ever. No, seriously. Better than my beloved 24. Yes, its really that good. Very thinky.

Brand New: Again, the Internet is a beautiful thing. I've seen the first two episodes, but I'm not all that excited about it. I've never been a Robin Hood fan, though, so its a wonder I liked it at all. I do like him...... I think that might be a little beside the point.

Can't wait for: So that's what happened to Sharon Gless? She went to England? Huh. Who knew. Anyway, this looks very interesting. The game is pretty cool too.

And of course there is always: Hustle. Love it.

What have ya'll been up to?
I Wish U Would

Don't blame me. Blame Matt.

Wednesday, November 1

Work it out

A mixture of blogspot being down, and me being somewhat like a chicken sans head, contributed to no posting lately. Sorry.