Sunday, December 14, 2008

Congratulate me, I'm a certified phlebotomist.Also, 100% of

Congratulate me, I'm a certified phlebotomist.

Also, 100% of the votes are in, and the 2008 Christmas card has been chosen.

L and I stayed home today because he has a bery bad code. I am fighting it off with Zicam, which works pretty well for me - alas, we caught his cold a little late.

So lots of football, online Christmas shopping, and reading The Kitchen Boy and The Private Patient.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Help pick the Christmas card!

Choose A:
Or B:

Intermittent babble about boring me, economy, coal in the stocking and MIDWESTERN MOVIE REVIEW!!!

Okay, the all-caps and exclamation points were seriously not warranted.

Wow, am I boring. Don't even show up for my own blog. I could be pasting in pictures of My Little Pony or other things I want for Christmas. Not expecting much, though... I've been a very, very bad girl, and I'm sure the info's trickled up to Santa.

Speaking of not expecting much: Been lookin' at home sales in our area. It's gonna be bad, soon as the aid money for the GM and GM-related layoffs peters out and people realize that there's no Dodge or Honda on the horizon waiting to swoop in and take over the plant and save those 3,000+ jobs.

Better get your house on the block by January - moderate homes are on the market in excess of 120 days. I guess the good news is that they're selling at all.

Kills me - the local business bureau has launched an ad campaign to get people motivated and going to the local Tech College. So they can then move to Madison, Rockford or Milwaukee and environs for the jobs we no longer have for them. Smart Choice!

Midwestern Movie Review, as promised
So we watched 30 Days of Night last night. Gory, Nosferatu-like vampire leader who speaks some form of old high German or related Transelvanic language; cool young everyday hero and heroine; devil child and angel child show up (**spoiler parenthetical:**anyone from the upper Midwest will guess the former by her inappropriate clothing, but she's still so cute!); not too scary-suspenseful; lots of Strategery! None of it over-scripted, and all of it in the dark, in the snow. Yay, winter!

Heh, an appropriate pic from my childhood:

Nah, I was never that cute. More like this:

Now go get ready for Hannukkah or it'll sneak up on you again this year, even though it's not 'til the 21st. I'm off to get my phlebotomy certificate tomorrow in the city.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Fighting back

It's saved thousands of children from abduction.

It's the posture being taken in schools and colleges in response to and preparation for Columbine- and Dekalb-style mass murder attempts.

What do the two have in common? Preparing younger children in an uncontrollable world.

To some, "To put that expectation on young, emotional, scared, frightened children is really a slippery slope," says Kenneth Trump, the president of National School Safety and Security Services. "It has a high risk and higher probability of escalating a situation than it would to neutralize the situation."

Frankly, my kids wouldn't need anyone besides me to teach them this: Be aware of your surroundings, look for protection options (escape, blockade, hiding places) and weapon options, and remember that when your life is threatened by knife or gun, no option is off the table including any sort of first-strike opportunity.

But my kids' lives may depend on other kids knowing their options, too.

Why be afraid to teach them? What's the worst that could happen - they freeze in someone's gunsights? They have anxiety that this could happen to them? Sadly, these are realities without the schools stepping in. Give the kids options.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

So Obama says, "I had no contact with the governor or his

So Obama says, "I had no contact with the governor or his office, and so I was not aware of what was happening" concerning any possible dealing about Blagojevich's appointment of a successor.

I'm not surprised by Blagojevich at all. But what about the Obama flak who listened to Blago without saying, "You know what you're doing is illegal." And passing it on to the athoriTIs.

Change, Obama, means not letting this scum grow in your shadow if you know about it. And your people clearly did.

And I'm not looking for a cheap Repub pile-on here - I'd really like Obama to be a great President in whose footsteps few can follow.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Interesting poll at Janesville Gazette online

Poll question:
How do you think the state should handle a projected $5 billion budget deficit?
The winning answer surprised me.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

More wisdom from the road

Following up on my PSA of last Thursday, Braggadocio is a place in Missouri.

Being that it's also in Pemiscot County, it's no exageration to say you shouldn't do anything that might earn you a moving violation if your plates are not Missouri plates.