geminigirl: (Umbrella)
I've taken to using this as a spot for just dumping things...I save them up and then make posts that are a collection of all the various things that have been going on.

Things like the weird dreams I've been having-most of them are about places that I used to have to go, like junior high school, where I had to talk about the people I had crushes on back then, or high school where I forgot my locker combination. And then there was the airplane dream. No one needs to tell me that the airplane dream was a birth dream....I dreamed about airplanes, on the ground, rolling through tunnels and into hangars that were smaller than their wingspans. Yeah, that was a birth dream.

There was the strange experience this morning. I got up and got out of bed and heard noise. Before I went to the bathroom or brushed my teeth, I went to investigate what it was, thinking that Cayne had left the TV on or something when he was getting ready for work, only to discover Cayne sitting on the couch watching TV-about an hour later than he usually leaves for work. I asked him what he was doing, and he responded "Sitting on the couch." I asked if he was taking the day off from work and he said "No, it's Saturday." I reminded him it was Friday and he looked shocked. He scurried off, got dressed very quickly and sheepishly headed in to work.

We got the second trimester screening results back-this looked at the risk of Down's Syndrome-1/3000, Trisomy 18 (Edward's Synrome)-1/10,000 and Spina Bifida-1/1600. That of course still means that there are plenty of other thing that could go wrong, but at least that's somewhat reassuring.

We bought a chair last arrived the other day and is in a box in the living room, on it's side. It will probably stay there until we figure out what to do with the two chairs it's replacing (one spot is getting a chair, the other is getting a new filing cabinet, but I need to decide if I'm going to Freecycle or Craig's List or what with the old chairs.) But the box is right where a coffee table would go if/when we buy one for the living room. And it's become a hot spot for cats to nap in lately. I wonder if the same thing would happen with a coffee table.

The craving for salty foods is going to drive me crazy. I really wish I could cut back on them, but I can't get enough pickles. I'm going to go open another jar when I'm done with this post.

I hope the writer's strike doesn't mean that the new shoes I like on TV disappear. Not much in the way of new shows that we're watching, just Big Bang Theory and Chuck, I think. And on the subject of TV...NBC Universal has been going on and on this week about all sorts of environmental stuff. They also sent correspondents to the Equator, the Arctic Circle and Antarctica. And my first thought when I heard about this was "I wonder if they accounted for the environmental impact of moving crew and equipment there, and what they did to balance it."

We've both been reading Scott Westerfield's books-in particular the Uglies series. I finished the first one about a year ago, on one of our winter trips, picked up the second one months later and caught the third one on a remainder table at Borders recently. They're adolescent fiction, so they're quick reads, but they're pretty good. Someone at Border's suggested them to me last year. I gave Cayne the fist one when we were traveling recently and he liked it, devoured the second and third within a matter of days, and insisted on having the fourth one, which had just come out in hardcover, and between a coupon and a sale, it was reasonable. The third one felt unevenly written, but the fourth one, the writing has gone back to what we expected, but the concept is really interesting. I'm enjoying the concept of a reputation economy, though I'm wondering how different some of that is from the way adolescents currently live today.

And the links, since I collect them.

This one talks about post partum sex...someone fears that her vagina will be too loose after giving birth. And also on the subject of vaginae, [ profile] slinkr pointed me at The New York Times on the word Va-jay-jay.

This one (text follows behind the cut) is about a woman who was asked to cover up or leave Universal Studios because she was breastfeeding. (The end result, by the way, is that Universal apologized to her, because Florida law allows her to breastfeed in public.)

The Cut )

There's also Abstinence Doesn't Curb Teen Sex

Read about how abstinence fails )

Has anyone looked into Sony's Digital Book Reader? Despite his hatred of Sony, [ profile] zedrikcayne has suggested that if I want one, I should get it. I haven't really investigated it much yet, but the idea of being able to read while nursing late at night in the dark if I'm awake, for example, is kind of appealing. It's bigger than a Palm, which is also appealing, as I've always found reading on my Palm screen rather irritating. Does anyone know more about it than I do?

We're also starting to shop for cameras-it's amazing what's become lumped in with "baby expenses" even though they really have very little to do with the baby. The two things that first come to mind are more life insurance and the camera. We're looking for a point and shoot, throw into the diaper bag kind of camera. I bought Mom a Canon of some variety last year, and the camera that I'm replacing (nothing wrong with it but the LCD screen is shot, and frankly, the cost of the LCD replacement isn't worth it) is also a Canon.

In case you haven't read about it already, comment editing is in place for paid users. Can't edit a comment that's already been replied to, but it was nice when it helped me correct some bad HTML today.

Okay, that's enough. It's time for pickles.
geminigirl: (Gay Dog)
I've used many public restrooms in my life, and in fact, sat on many public restroom toilets. In all my experience with public restroom toilets, I can't recall any time when my foot has bumped the foot of the person in the stall next to me, accidentally or on purpose.
geminigirl: (Wanker)
We're watching the CNN/YouTube Debate at the moment. Here's a conversation we just had:

Cayne:"He's trying to tap dance around that question. If he can't tap dance around that question, he doesn't deserve my vote. I'm a Canadian and I know that."

Me:"You don't get a vote."

Cayne: "Okay, you're right, but you guys have namby-pamby debates down here."

(Follow with discussion of Prime Minister's Question Hour, and the shows "Yes, Minister" and "Yes, Prime Minster".)
geminigirl: (Books)
While I, like many people on my f'list got a hold of the latest Harry Potter book as soon as I could (somewhere around 2 AM, because we went out for a long and leisurely late supper and got to the bookstore at about 11:30) I'm not feeling the same drive to rush through reading it as I have with previous books. Perhaps because it's the last one, or perhaps because the story is so different from the others I'm trying to savor it, to soak it in and make it last. I read one chapter last night when we got home, before I went to sleep. I read one chapter this morning before breakfast. I read another later on, and one more as a break from other things.

I'll finish the book, but slowly, in small bites.
geminigirl: (Fertility)
"Apparently, as a healthy, successful woman in her 30's, I don't deserve to have a baby. Maybe I'd have a fighting chance if I were gay, or a teenager, or a member of the AARP."

Kate Walsh as Addison Montgomery on Grey's Anatomy
geminigirl: (Rubber Duckie Two Daddies)
And I am looking at this and going, OMG, 'faggot' is the new 'nigger'! When the hell did that happen in popular culture, when was the critical mass accumulated to elevate faggot to that status? [ profile] fj, on the TR Knight/Isaiah Washington issue, and the Ellen interview.

I have the interview on my TiVo at the moment if anyone hasn't seen it and wants to, and can't find it. (Though if I send it to you, I'm going to send it along with the phone call to Gladys that Ellen made.)
geminigirl: (Two Daddies)
I regularly watch the TV program "Brothers and Sisters" on ABC (in the US-I don't know what networks it's carried on elsewhere if at all.) And I quite enjoy the program-each of the characters enjoys his or her own sort of dysfunction, and the gay character seems no more or less dysfunctional than anyone else in his family. This afternoon, I had time to watch the episode that aired on Sunday evening.

The gay character (Kevin) meets a man at the gym, who seems to be interested in him. They have a few interactions, and Kevin seems unable to determine whether or not the object of his affection is gay or not. One of his sisters suggests that he might be bisexual, to which Kevin replies "No one is bisexual. Have you ever met a 70 year old bisexual? That's why the phrase is 'Bi now, gay later. Everyone chooses at some point." (Note: That may not be a precise quote, but it's as accurate as I can recall at the moment, and the sentiment is all there.)

The show continues, and Kevin becomes intimate with the character, after finding out he has a girlfriend-in fact the character says something to the effect of "She doesn't mind. I've seen her make out with tons of girls."

It's an infrequent thing to find bisexuality addressed on TV...and I'm frustrated by the negative stereotypes that are continually demonstrated for the mainstream TV audience.

(I've left a comment on the Writer's Blog which may or may not appear-the comments are moderated. Do be prepared, if you read the blog, that there are some people who object to the fact that the episode showed two men kissing in the first place. I'll try and update this post and let you know if my comment appears at all. ETA-the comment does now appear in the writer's blog.)

This entry crossposted to my journal and [ profile] bisexual Apologies if you see it twice.
geminigirl: (Mike Holmes-Holmes on Holmes)
Mary Cheney, Pregnant

AP article behind the cut )

Very little attention has been paid to the fact that Dick Cheney's other daughter is also pregnant. Why? Because Mary Cheney is gay? Is that really a good reason to make a big deal out of it? More important, as far as I'm concerned, is that Mary Cheney and her partner of fifteen years live in a state where that partner will not be permitted any legal rights to the child that she helps raise. Suppose, fifteen years from now, a tragic accident takes the life of Mary Cheney (should have known better than to go hunting with Dad or something)-then what?

Assorted thing number 2: I didn't believe it when Conan O'Brien mentioned it on his show, but they made it happen. (Reasonably work safe, by the way. Unless your work doesn't like furry manatees)

Assorted thing number 3:
"Avenue Jew"-a piece performed by the casts of the musicals Avenue Q and Fiddler on the Roof, spoofing both. [ profile] melebeth was kind enough to provide a link to the script, too.

geminigirl: (Wanker)
Barak Obama responds to Jay Leno's question about marijuana use. (He also talks about Iraq, and some other stuff in the interview.)

Chris Matthews talks to Barak Obama about a similar subject )
geminigirl: (Just a Phase)
"A lot of people, when they talk about gay culture they have this idea that we all live in this sort of a big pink house, and that we share the same political and social and sexual views which is clearly not the case. I've sat at dinner tables with right wing homosexuals, and to me that's like being a vegeterian butcher."
geminigirl: (N'est Pas Un Blog)
First off, since I neglected to make an entry in my LJ yesterday, let me being by belatedly thanking the veterans on my f'list. I know of three, but there quite possibly may be more.

For those of you who don't read the comic strip For Better or For Worse, a bit of background. Lynn Johnston, who has drawn this strip for almost thirty years, honors veterans regularly in her strip. One of the major characters served with the RCAF in World War II. I found this year's strip particularly touching. You can see it here.

In addition to remembering what veand filled our saturday veterans have done for us, I did have a busy but satisfying weekend. We had a quiet Friday evening, and spent Saturday doing many many errands. We began with a quick trip to Linens and Things for a pizza stone, so that I can prepare a fruit pizza for our card game this week. Then a stop at Build a Bear so that I could get a stuffed Mumble to add to my collection of stuffed penguins. It was a madhouse there, and took quite a bit longer than expected, but we got the penguin built, and the promo-giveaway that made me want to go this weekend in the first place. Then a stop at Bath and Bodyworks for a few items, including part of my sister in laws's Christmas gift. An in and out stop at Ulta for something that I haven't been able to find anywhere else, and onto the next project. I wanted a loaf of sourdough bread to go with supper, so we headed to Panera for a loaf of bread, and of course some lunch! I had a tasty salad, [ profile] zedrikcayne had a sandwich, and we each had a cookie. Onto Target for two items, which of course is never really two items. In addition to a dishpan and slippers (our intended targets of course) we also came home with a runner for the dining room table, a bucket of cat litter, a refill for the catnip scratcher box, my sister's birthday gift, some new playing cards and a mini-slinky, intended for our nephew's stocking. Next stop was the grocery store, for a few things, but my own confusion about our schedule for next week meant that I neglected to buy the ingredients I needed for Tuesday night's dessert. Ooops. So I'll make a trip to the store on Tuesday for really fresh fruit for the pizza. One more stop at the pharmacy on the way home, and we were home for the evening. Put things away, and then do some housework and start supper. I had a soup base for corn chowder that we'd picked up at Omaha Steaks during the half price sale at the local store a few weeks ago, so I added a few basic chopped veggies (carrot, onions and celery-a basic mirepoix) and some crab, for a rather tasty crab and corn chowder, served with sourdough bread. (There are plenty of leftovers, if anyone is hungry.) While that was cooking, a little housecleaning. In the evening, some email, a phone call with my Mom, and not much else.

Today, laundry laundry laundry, which somehow seemed to get neglected over the last few weeks. I think we did four loads today, which is quite a bit. And more housecleaning-my bathrooms are sparkling. (We have a rather nice agreement...I'll clean the toilet and sink in Cayne's bathroom if he does the vacuuming. I hate vacuuming. He cleans the shower in that bathroom, because it's just easier to do that while you're in it.) And the lawn has been mowed, too. I finished the book I was reading and now I'm puttering around, flipping between Livejournal, IRC and my French Homework. The last load of laundry is in the dryer and will get folded later, though it probably won't get put away until tomorrow.

Back to the homework though.
geminigirl: (Jack O Lantern)
Wayne and Garth's Top 5 Worst Treats for Trick or Treaters

5. Pennies
4 Pop Rocks
3. Taffy Apples
2. Hurl
1. Mung

In other news, we had a pleasant housewarming, and a nice visit with my in laws. My mother in law did drive me nuts, a bit, but not in an intolerable way. She wouldn't sit still, and insisted on doing things like vaccuming and folding laundry. I felt like my house was being invaded. I tried out a new recipe, and it was just a generally pleasant visit.

And, it's nearly 4 PM and we've had no Trick or Treaters.

Studio 60

Sep. 26th, 2006 10:20 pm
geminigirl: (Black Cat with Pumpkins)
Brief commentary:

I don't believe Amanda Peet as a network exec.

I do like Steven Weber, but that's nothing new. And give me more Timothy Busfield, who I've liked since Thirtysomething.
geminigirl: (Scream Faces)
Also known as "life in Florida"

I'm not one to freak out over bugs, but the roaches here...the people eating roaches just gross me out.


Aug. 20th, 2006 01:59 am
geminigirl: (Default)
I have had stabbing pains in both ovaries today, and lots of uterine cramps. My period is beyond the crampy stage, so I think it's something totally unrelated to that. Feh. I'll mention it to the doctor when I'm there soon.

And oh wow, I can tell that Cayne was drinking tonight. He's snoring extra loud.

So, cool people, thumbs up or thumbs down on Pants of Dance Off? It's a post Full House, post meth, Jodie Swetin.

We shopped today. A lot. At Pier One. We bought a table, and chairs, and rugs, and stuff. And it will look nice. Slipcovers are probably the next project.

All I want right now is for it to be late enough that I can take strong drugs and go to bed. (Can't take the prescription stuff with alcohol, so I'm waiting a little longer so that I can take serious meds and go to bed. Need lots of energy for grape stomping tomorrow.

News Bites

Aug. 1st, 2006 02:48 pm
geminigirl: (Yip Yip)
Remember former Florida Secretary of State? She's a frequent news item here, because she's running for Senate against incumbent Bill Nelson. And apparently, even the rest of the Republicans don't think she's a good candidate.

Talk about Karma...A waitress asks to see ID before serving a patron a drink, only to be handed her own stolen license.

And, today is the 25th anniversary of MTV's debut. There are a few top N lists floating around. Here's one from the Detroit Free Press and a different one from the AP. Have an interesting opinion piece, for good measure, too.

VH1 Classic is re-running the programming from the first day. I do wish they would bring back Remote Control though. And is anyone else watching VH1's World Series of Pop Culture?


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