Thursday, December 31, 2009

Funiculi, Funicula

It's the end of the year.

Sorry for the dearth of posts, though I can see that my audience is rather smaller recently, too.

The computer's been acting a bit hinky lately, and as such, we've been wanting for internet access for a while. I've just (sort of) fixed the wireless, though it's unsecured now.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

For the Rest of Us

Happy Festivus!

I got a lot of problems with you people*




(* in this context, "you people" refers to the discourse/level of maturity in this country)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

What is it about mornings

that make my kids not want to get ready? I think it has something to do with their not being happy until I'm sufficiently angry.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Kudos to Bill

I'm not a big fan of Bill O'Reilly, but he deserves credit for dressing down Laura Ingraham here for being unable to accept a compliment directed at the First Lady:

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/12/yglesias-award-nominee-3.html#more

Friday, December 18, 2009

Random Biblical Trivia

Noah invented wine.

Friday Afternoon

So we got the afternoon off of work today - it was nice. We didn't get bonuses this year - that wasn't so nice. Still, we work for the paycheck and the internal reward, not the bonuses, right? After all, I don't have benefits or insurance or profit sharing or any semblance of job security...

I sometimes wonder if being a school teacher would somehow be less stressful, but I think it's more the grass is greener syndrome. I'm generally in a bit more of a cantankerous mood in the Christmastime, anyway...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Like having a Kidney Returned

For the 3 of you who still occasionally view this blog, you'll be happy to know that I have gotten my computer back, which means that I have the ability to waste a few moments of your time with my drivel from time to time again!

The holidays are wearing on me. I'm tired, I'm irritable, and I am ready for time off. How are you?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Nearing Christmas

We had brunch yesterday with the Photogs. It was rather fun, and a habit that needs to happen more often. I've still not got my computer back - not that I'm having withdrawals or anything.
Oh, and I still hate CSI Miami.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Saturday, December 12, 2009

From the Urban Dictionary

Misogynist. - a man who wins an argument with a feminist.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday

So, my first day off since returning from Rome and I start the day by working. I only put in a couple hours, though so it wasn't too bad. Then off to run errands. Had to drop off the laptop for a diagnostic and see if we can get it up and running again. Then to the Korean market to buy some bulgoki fixings for the party tomorrow. After that, I had to run to the mall to get some books for the kids to take to school, a couple gifts, and then to Kroger for some groceries. I also bought a new desktop computer today, which should be delivered by mid January.
It'll be nice to have. What a day off.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Busy week

Discovery is due on our case tomorrow. As such, we have been quite busy with discovery. Depo cuts took a lot longer than the powers that be anticipated. I have worked no less than 12 hours per day for the last 8days, and really have been worn down. The wife has been phenomenal with watching the kids and holding down the fort.
Our laptop died this week, which made work somewhat more difficult, and puts us in the market for a new desktop. I'm looking to upgrade - it's been nearly six years, we're due.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Sorry for the Absence

But discovery's due on Friday and we've been cranking in the overtime to try to get it all done.

I should have more time next week.

And while I have nothing against Time Tebow as an individual (he seems like a class act and carries himself well, and really, who wouldn't want him as a captain on their team?), I'm so tired of hearing about Florida and Urban Meyer that I'm glad to see them lose. Even to a Nick Saban team.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Afghan Surge

The parts of President Obama's speech that I heard last night (I was working and helping deal with kids) sounded much like President Bush's surge speech. I'd considered copying and pasting my post on his surge here, but instead decided I'd just echo my thoughts then - I referred to it as "hopeful pessimism."

I do hope the surge works to create some stability in Afghanistan, and I hope that it will give us the space to be able to withdraw safely and with some dignity - a la Nixon. But I'm unconvinced because we're dealing with a country that does not appreciate foreign influence and who has no stable centralized government.

I believe the invasion of Afghanistan was justified - more so than the invasion of Iraq (which the President had the authority to do based on the 1991 AUMF and subsequent cease-fire), and I think it's important to do our best to create some stability out of the mess we've helped make through several years of neglect and half-hearted commitment. For that, I am hopeful.

We'll see how it goes.