Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Clapotis, Paris Version

Second Clapotis scarf I'm knitting. Fast this time through. Same type of yarn (Casbah sock yarn from Hand Maiden - a Canadian group), but the colorway is "Paris". Very pretty.



More White Trash

Sarah Palin's "family values" continues into the next generation: <a href=http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2008/12/sarah_palins_grandson_what_a_t.html>her daughter just gave birth to a boy</a>, Tripp. Yeah, great job with the stupid names, too.
Wonder if he'll grow up to be as rabidly moronic (and a high school dropout) as the rest of his clan?

Monday, December 29, 2008

Short Update

Gotta go run and catch the Metra.
Dear GOD, I don't know WHAT it was, but something did not like me that I ate. I don't think it was the drink. I mean, yes, I am a tequila wuss, but it was only ONE margarita and I've never felt like THAT after a margarita.
Horrible nausea and a headache, even after I took some advil.
I literally got out of bed, and lay down on the tiles in the bathroom with my head against the (cool) tub. That was the thing that sort of steadied me. I was in there for maybe 10 minutes and was finally able to get the nausea under control.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Band of Brothers, Spiers God of War

Holy fuck. Band of Brothers is on History Channel. It's the episode where Spiers takes over for the incompetent ass at Foy.
Jesus. Watching this part just astounds me every time. Spiers ran STRAIGHT INTO the German line...AND BACK. Unreal.

Monday, December 22, 2008


Jesus fucking Christ. I don't think I can come up with anything to say about my commute back to the city other than I AM SICK OF THESE FUCKING ASSHOLES CUTTING IN FRONT OF ME AND WHAT A FUCKING LONG DRIVE. It took me OVER an HOUR. And it wasn't even snowing!
And of course, I come back here to discover piles of nice, juicy cat puke. This, of course, was after I'd already been back to my place today and found crusty DRY cat puke there.
Double cat-puke duty. Lovely.
I slammed a bowl of soup in the microwave and then grabbed the bottle of white wine I started yesterday. I took a couple swigs OUT OF THE BOTTLE. Screw the glass.
I am so tired.
I am sitting next to the gas fireplace - cranked on high - wrapped in a blanket.


I miss the Cubs so much I'm even doing searches on TED LILLY.

Sunday, December 21, 2008


This is going to be one FUCKING MISERABLE winter. Ugh.
I was outside for over an HOUR in this BRUTAL COLD, trying to get my car unstuck. This is one instance where I would not mind having a truck because the undercarriage would sit higher. There was no way in hell I was going to get unstuck myself. Two enterprising young guys in a trashy pickup were driving around, towing people out all day. They stopped by me and eventually got me unstuck. (I'm just hoping I don't have any damage to the undercarriage!) I gave them all the money I had in my wallet - probably around $24.
I then drove to Whole Foods.
It was a good thing I went through all this hassle today instead of trying to do it tomorrow morning. I am definitely getting up at the asscrack of dawn to drive to work. I'm HOPING city streets and sanitation will come by and plow the streets again - to get where everyone has been parked - but I'm extremely doubtful.
I'll have to run and do some errands while I'm up in the 'burbs. Check on my own cats, change the litter, etc.
It is so cold and miserable, I am contemplating going to a tanning booth just to feel warm. Guh.


The wind chill makes it feel like it is NEGATIVE 30F!!! Are you fucking kidding me? It's -4F without the bloody wind chill.
I think this effectively settles the question of my leaving the place to go to the gym. I would have to walk at least half a mile in this to the Addison stop and wait for the train. In that time, my face will probably want to fall off. It's Rodney Yee yoga video time here.
I also have leftover chicken noodle soup. NO NEED TO GO OUT. I had thought about venturing outside to do a little more shopping, but HELL NO.
I still don't know what my plans are for tomorrow. I should take the train to work, but...I need to pick up some more stuff from home. In order to do that, I would have to drive. Ugh. If I want to drive, I'm gonna have to leave real early. Well, maybe not, I'm sure the drive will be light - most people will have taken off work Mon already.
Oh great. And the high tomorrow is supposed to be 10F. Again, the windchill will knock that back to -4F.

Coffee or Black Tar

Good LORD, I just made some black-ass coffee. I should not be allowed to use a conventional coffee maker. A french plunge pot I can do just fine, but the regular thing? Nuh-uh.
Oatmeal, check.
Time to do some work. Blargh. Boy, am I glad I have a TWO DAY WORK WEEK!!! WOOT!
I just wish this were my actual living space. It's rather pleasant being at the dining room table, with the blinds open and light coming in.
Except Ouzo is occasionally yowling his fool head off.

Saturday, December 20, 2008


Went and did a lot of walking in cold snowiness, but it was a good day. I bought a thoroughly evil holiday baking book at Hanger 18 (16? 14?) in Lincoln Square. I mean, really, do I NEED another cookbook full of evil deliciousness? The short answer is probably not, BUT OH MY GOD it looks so evil good.
Have been knitting scarf for a bit. Need to finish by xmas eve!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Madelines & pan

Madelines & pan
Originally uploaded by feigenbaum_04
My second batch of madelines. Gorgeous. Slightly different recipe this time around. This one used cardamom. I've never used cardamom before - it was rather strange and exotic smelling to me.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Blago is an ASSHOLE. He wants his high-profile, high $$$$ attorney to BE PAID BY TAXPAYER DOLLARS? FUCK YOU.


I'm gonna cry.
One of my co-workers who lives in Kenosha (just over the border) said her husband called and said we have a warning for 10-13" of ice/snow tomorrow night through Friday.
Now, I knew about the ice storm (possible 1-3" of THAT) coming tomorrow, but ALL THAT SNOW ON TOP OF IT?!

Preparation, preparation, preparation

It's the three most important things a Slayer can do, according to Wesley Wyndham Price.
I should go and get a new ice scraper tonight. You know, one that actually works. I'm sure I'll need it tomorrow.
The other thing is: I'm glad I have gainful employment. Seriously. I have the opportunity to get extra dollars since I'm helping out my old team. I fully plan on using that as much as possible in my push to GET OUT of my mom's house.
Come the first really good spring day, I am going to do some major culling of my crap in the garage. MAJOR.

You've got to be kidding me

Drew Peterson (modern day Blue Beard) is engaged to a 23 year old woman. Bride #5 as it were.
When she ends up mysteriously dead, I won't be surprised. Nor will I be sorry. What stupid bitch would even go near him?!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


I just got home. The roads are NASTY. I was listening to the radio - FOUR HOURS from Thorndale to downtown. Holy crap.
Anyhow, came home and got the mail. HOW THE FUCK did I get on the mailing list for the freaking CHAPEL? It's this stupid chain of churches in the area?
I very promptly called and left them a message telling them "I don't know HOW or WHY I'm on your mailing list, but I would very much prefer NOT to receive your mailings. If you could remove me as soon as possible, I would appreciate it." Then I gave the code that appeared on the mailer. I'm sure as hell not leaving my name. I hope that takes care of it. If not, I'll call at a time I can actually speak to someone (even though UGH).

Impeachment Hearings

Impeachment hearings for Blago now on.
Dear GOD: is EVERY single fucking member of the co (20?) going to waste five minutes or more going ON AND ON about how "serious" the allegations are, "take this duty very seriously", WAH WAH WAH WAAAAAH?
*rolls eyes*
SERIOUSY, people. Get a fucking MOVE ON already. I don't need to listen to you yap on about how honored you are to serve and how seriously you take this. I should think that goes without saying.
This just seems like more stalling, like you guys are fucking scared TO DO YOUR JOB. HURRY UP AND GET HIM OUT!

Monday, December 15, 2008

All Chicago All the Time

Holy crap. Arne Duncan gonna be named Sec of Ed.

Cluck Cluck

I don't know why, well, okay I do, but this is cool:
<a href=http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/lifestyle/green/chi-city-chickens-15-dec15,0,1181076.story>Chickens earning their keep in Chicago backyards</a>
That chicken in the initial video shot is pretty.
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I like the idea of keeping chickens. Fresh eggs - you know where they came from. You know what you fed the chickens. I bet they do become friendly pets.
I'm in a "nesting" stage of life (pun probably intended). If only I had the money. I would love to have a big vegetable garden and a couple chickens. I like the idea of producing at least some of my own food.

Yes, but who's paying?

Yeah. See, the GOP is all about saving money when it's THEIR money. When it's money to be spent on advancing them, then it's SPEND SPEND SPEND.
Normally, if our country weren't crashing into the next Great Depression, I'd be all for a special election. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? When IL is one of 43 states facing severe budget shortfalls, somehow, spending $12 million to elect a Senator chaps my fucking hide! And of course, the Goopers are already spending money on ad campaigns to "pressure Dems for a special election". There you go: your Goopers spending our money once again.
I'm willing to let slide and have Quinn appoint someone as an interim Senator because WE DO NOT HAVE TWELVE MILLLLLLLLLION.
<i>The GOP also plans to run television ads pressuring Democrats to approve a special election to replace Obama. Blagojevich still holds the power to appoint a new senator, and if he resigned, that power would go to Democratic Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn.

Illinois Republican Party chairman Andy McKenna told reporters the ads will "make the point that this is the people's seat, and the people deserve a special election."</i>



Muntadhar al-Zeidi

Dear Muntadhar al-Zeidi,
I only wish you'd actually hit that fucker with your shoe, but nice try! We should declare a "Shoe Day" shouldn't we?


WHY am I at work. I am the first one on my team in today (7:30). I couldn't sleep worth crap last night, what with the sounds of rain turning to pelting ice pellets.
It took at least thirty minutes for me to (1) open my doors and (2) scrape a hole to see through my windshield. My arms feel like they're about to fall off.
I should have just stayed home. No one else besides my boss and maybe the other contractor will show up. Not even the person who lives ACROSS THE BLOODY STREET will come in, and she could walk to work!
I should have. SHOULD HAVE. I could have just done my training session from home anyways, since it's a telecom.
*grumbles, weeps with tiredness*

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Oh, damn you

I finally downloaded that game of the Cubs and Rockies when we came back from 9-1 on the 30th of May. Back before...well, everything.
Scott Eyre pitched in that game. Bitterness. See?! See?! He gets traded and goes to the damn club that winds up winning everything.
We should have won it, there was absolutely NO EXCUSE. God, I shouldn't have watched it..now I'm all agitated again.
Who wants to bet that the Cleveland Indians win it in 09 because Kerry Wood got traded to them? Who wants to bet?

Saturday, December 13, 2008


Baseball WTF

Someone explain to me WHY we extended contracts (again) to Cedeno and WUERTZ? Jesus effin Christ.
And much as I harp on about Marsuck, getting rid of him only to pick up certified asshole Milton Bradley seems pretty damn stupid.
Oh, and Neal Cotts will be back. *cough* H *cough*
At least Reed is back.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Madigan Asks IL SC to Oust Blago

He's got to go, yes, but I'm a little wary as Rep. Franks is...doing this would set a potentially dangerous legal precedent. I would prefer he be impeached. It's clear he isn't going to step down. Idiot is still declaring he's innocent and will be proven so.
Fucking narcissist.

And the funny keeps coming

From The Chicago Trib, Phil Rosenthal's column gives a farewell to Spike O'Dell (the really GOOD morning host for WGN 720 AM), inserting a little amusing humor from the recent Blago scandal...
The final Spike: Spike O'Dell wraps up nearly 22 years at Chicago Tribune parent Tribune Co.'s WGN-AM 720 and almost nine as host of its popular morning program with Friday's 5-to-9 a.m. farewell show from the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

As part of O'Dell's finale, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, the state's highest-ranked official not in trouble with the feds, is scheduled to present the anti-shock jock a proclamation declaring it "Spike O'Dell Day" in Illinois.

You know, a thing like that is bleeping golden.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

You're better off f*#king a dead horse

From the man who brought you "It's like hunting COWS" the other day...
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Monday, December 08, 2008

BoA sucks ass

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard that factory workers at Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago are peacefully occupying the place of their former employment. The factory was abruptly shut down. The company had lost its line of credit from Bank of America and claimed they could no longer keep the location open because of it.
Union contract stipulates that 60 days notice or 60 days severance (+ unused vacation pay) be given - none of which was given to the workers. Nada, zip, zilch, zero. Pretty much a "don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out".
SO, Bank of America gets bailed out at the taxpayer's expense, and what do they do? Screw over the average hard working American, of course!
I had two lines of credit for computer purchases that were under BoA in the past. Usurious interest rates. I emailed them and said the wouldn't be getting any future business from me - not even to use their ATMs. They don't need to be making $3 a pop off of me so I can withdraw my own damn money.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Thursday, December 04, 2008

If you can't beat them [fairly], steal, steal, steal...

And the Rethuglican shenanigans continue. You all hear Alan Keyes (the nutjob black guy who ran against and was soundly whopped by Obama in the Senate election) is ONE of SEVERAL lawsuits trying to get the election overturned?
Some asshats claim Obama wasn't born in the U.S. You fucking dumbasses. Hawaii has backed up Obama's birth certificate.
*rolls eyes*
Just like always. Republicans can't win fair and square, so they try to steal. Party of "morality" my fucking ass.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

For those of you who like to bake

Chicago Tribune had a holiday cookie contest. There are some good looking recipes.
Of course, I think my almond buttersticks would have bitchslapped most of the contest entries around, but...I did not know about this.

Did I mention...

I dreamed about being on a sheep/goat/things you can make yarn out of farm last night? I'm getting rather fixated on yarn.


Holy crap I'm tired. I hate winter. I hate how it gets dark so freaking early. All I want to do is hibernate.
I came home last night, had some dinner, and then sat in bed to do a little knitting. (Trying to finish the left mitten.) I was intending to get up and do my yoga videa after digesting, but I could barely stay awake to knit. I was lying in bed, in my dark room, by 7:30.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

I Am....Mrs. Brian Roberts

You see, Mrs. Brian Roberts is my "take-no-prisoners" alter ego*.
Mrs. Brian Roberts gets a meeting invitation for FOUR PM. ON A FREAKING FRIDAY. Looks at it, and says who the fuck do you think you are? And then hits DECLINE.
Four pm. On a FRIDAY. During the HOLIDAY SEASON. You must be out of your goddamned fucking mind.
ERRRRP! Thanks for playing! Here's a year's supply of a dog food as a parting gift.
*For some stupid reason, when I punch in my telephone number to bring up my club card at Dominick's, it's under "Brian Roberts". WTF? So the cashiers look at the receipt and say "Thank you for shopping at Dominick's Mrs. Roberts." Okay, yeah, whatever. I hope Mr. Roberts is well-endowed and keeps Mrs. happy.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Blargh - A Complainy Post

I am so fucking bored today.
My shoulders are tense. I'm trying to make sure I don't hunch my shoulders up by my ears like I tend to do.
I dislike the dreary light outside right now. I hate that winter-snow light; it's flat, dull and so ungraceful and unflattering to everything.
Cyber-Monday? My email was stuffed with "SHOP TODAY! ZOMG SALE!!!!" emails. Zug. I just can't work up the desire to purchase much of anything right now. Not even that salt lamp. I'd probably get it and be like "meh" once it arrived. The one thing I *really* want (and need!) is a new Macbook. Except I do NOT have the $2200 for the one I want. I literally have no more hard drive space on my old Mac. There was one MLB game I tried to download from iTunes, but can't because I HAVE NO SPACE. I have to offload a bunch of shit and so some serious file cleanup.
I have to finish a few more gift purchases and I really have no desire to do that either. LOVELY xmas.
Ugh. So bored.