Sunday, November 30, 2008

Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Few Psychotic Apples Spoil The Bunch

I have no shopping incidents to report this year. Past experiences have included people walking up and just taking things out of my cart, that has happened several times actually, and one time I was standing in an aisle waiting for people to move so I could get through and a lady just started hitting my cart with hers. I guess she thought that would make everyone move faster if we knew there was a ticking time bomb in our midst. I get hit in the Achilles by the front of shopping carts every year. There are always the assholes that pull up right when the doors open, get out of the car and just walk right up to the door when there are 500 people that have been standing in line, some of them for hours. If the obscenities being hurled at them by the crowd are any indication, I'm sure it's these people that create the incidents that lead to injuries. Black Friday is not for the meek.

Everyone that shops on Black Friday is not crazy. I, for example, have 10 kids to buy Christmas presents for and unless I want to get them a nice stocking full of fruit, I have to try to get things at a good price. Example: I bought Jack a Crayola Glow Station, they are normally $30, I got it for $15 yesterday. I got $40 throw blankets that the older girls all want for $8. I got Magee a $70 pair of boots for $20.

Money, yes, it is the new religion. And the moguls of the Money Monarchy have become the priests and popes of this irrational age of corporate planetary domination and destruction. Yes, world bankers and trans-national corporate executives are the true religious leaders. Why? Because the highest, most esteemed calling is high finance. Whole nations are caught up in it. It has become the wishful will of the world and money, the worshipped god. The Wall Street Journal is the Bible, the bank is the cathedral and the people are the parish — and they will perish. They will perish because this religion of money seduces people into schemes and dreams of riches and doing in anyone who might get in the way.
- Wulf Zendik-

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Life Lessons From Elvis

Lesson #9:
One good way to tell the difference between dusk and dawn is to spill something, then wait to see if the day maid or the night maid comes to clean it up.

LB's Post Shower Crazy Hair - Ain't He Cute!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Party Like It's 1989

Most of you will remember the single 'So Alive' from this album but 'Bound For Hell' was my favorite track.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Kris's Word 'O The Day

1. Sudden impairment of neurological function, especially that resulting from a cerebral hemorrhage; a stroke.
2. A sudden effusion of blood into an organ or tissue.
3. A fit of extreme anger; rage

New Noise

The Cure - The Perfect Boy

Props to Kris's New Music this week.
The Gaslight Anthem

Saturday, November 22, 2008

My Spirit is Coming Back... Slowly But Shirley

I have been eyeballing these beautiful blue cashmere stockings for two years and finally got them at 75% off after the holidays last year. I managed to motivate myself enough to get the names and icicles on them. (You bitches better not start with the Martha Stewart crap again!) Oh, and I almost broke my nose getting my tree stuff out of the attic. Happy -friggin- Holidays!

Life Lessons From Elvis

Lesson #8:
Advice and medication should be taken the same way - very carefully, with the option to throw it up if it starts to make you sick.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Holiday Wish List

  1. World Peace
  2. Magee's eyeballs to be glued in place to prevent 'rolling'
  3. Every orphan a home
  4. New Years somewhere cool
  5. Pet population under control
  6. A Jim Morrison\Elvis Presley sandwich
  7. Safe wet lands and rain forests
  8. Men to piss 'IN' the toilet
  9. The polar ice caps to stop melting
  10. To snorkel around the Blue Hole in Belize

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Where Has All My Enthusiasm Gone?

This time every year I am doing my pre-hoiday cleaning, getting all of the xmas stuff out of the attic, putting up my tree, going through my gift list, getting my cards ready, etc. I have done none of it!! Not one thing. I am going to force myself to get the gift closet cleaned out and see if I can get some help with the tree later when everyone gets home. Maybe if I start messing with the gifts and see my beautiful tree I will start feeling the spirit....

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Morbid, I Know

Occasionally, something sparks my thirst for knowledge and I develop an insatiable need to possess the 'facts'. Tony likes to refer to these episodes as 'Information Binges'.
My most recent binge is the Killing Fields in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia. Weakened by the United States' illegal bombing of the Ho Chi Minh Trail during the Vietnam War, the people of Cambodia fell victim to a genocide that rivalled the Holocaust (Yes, it happened). The brutal campaign by Pol Pot's Khmer Rogue to rid Cambodia of any and all western influence resulted in the death of nearly 20% of the population.

Read: The Lost Executioner: A Journey to the Heart of the Killing Fields by Nic Dunlop
Watch: The Killing Fields and S21: The Khmer Rogue Killing Machine

Oh, and have a Bright Sun-Shiny Day!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Anniversary Vacation Just 10 Miles From Home

We are going to spend the night at one of the area luxury Hotel, Spa & Casinos here in the KC area. We are going to take the free luxurious room and severely disappoint them with the amount that we gamble! Be back Tuesday.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Life Lessons From Elvis

Lesson #7:
If you're itchin' like a man on a fuzzy tree and your friends say you're acting wild as a bug, you might very well be in love. Either that, or you took one too many of those green pills.

Small World

I met a girl the other night whose name is Sondra. We engaged in a conversation about the fact that our name is very uncommon. She proceeded to tell me that the only other 'Sondra', same spelling, she ever knew was in Kindergarten. Seems she went to Blackburn Elementary with a girl named Sondra Freeman. Uh, that would be me.

Things Ashley Will Need When She Moves Out In 3 Weeks!

1. Utility Deposit Money
2. Dresser
3. Cleaning Supplies
4. Hangers
5. Hair Straightener
6. TV
7. Ironing Board
8. Laundry Supplies

Monday, November 10, 2008

'The Strangers' Gets An 8 on the -OH SHIT!- Meter

Magee and I just watched this movie and it scared the living shit out of us!! It's been a long time since I have literally jumped and gasped. We made Tony come in the living room because we were afraid! And this is from the biggest horror movie fans on the block....

New Music

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Henry Pics '08

This will be the last you will hear of Henry for a while. Thank you for enduring my obsession. Seeing Henry is to me kinda like Christmas is to a kid. I spend the whole year waiting and then it is always over too quickly.

For Kris - Henry Talking About Van Halen Last Night

Friday, November 7, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008

More Henry

This is my favorite picture of Henry that I have taken. I took it in Columbia at The Blue Note in '05 and he signed it the next year at Liberty Hall in Lawrence in '06. We didn't see him last year. More good ones tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Seeing Henry Again Friday...I Love Him So

I will be subjecting you to these over the next couple of days, maybe you will come to love him as I do. (Warning: He is not for the faint of heart.)


My kids were so involved in this election process. I am very sad to admit that I voted for the first time in 2000, even though I was old enough in '92 and '96. I just never felt engaged by politics or felt that they effected me in any way, which I'm sure is very normal for young people. I literally thought that it had absolutely no impact on my life whatsoever. Brett won't be 18 until July and he was just sick yesterday that he couldn't vote. MJ has had Obama tattoos on her hands for three days.
I am very proud of my generation right now. We have truly taught our children that differences are to be celebrated and that fear is bred from ignorance. Yes, the minorities in this country came out in record numbers yesterday but it was Young, White People that elected this President. I am so very proud of that.

We can be Heroes, just for one day.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

My Air Has Been Mixed And Freshened

I am so proud to have been a part of this.


MJ, Tony and I just stood in line for 2 hours and exercised our right to vote. Tony took the day off, so now we are going to lay around and watch T.V. all day. Whatever the outcome, I hope Americans will become less polarized. You can vote how you like and still have my respect as long as you vote for the right reasons. Lies and propaganda are your enemy.
"One day our generation is gonna rule the population."

Monday, November 3, 2008

Bumper Sticker Blues

I just realized that I have had my "The Emperor Has No Brains" sticker on my car for about 6 years. I have peeled it off of 2 cars to move it to my current one. Removing it for the last time in January will be bitter-sweet.....

Life Lessons From Elvis

Lesson #6:
It's pivot, thrust, point, kick, turn, gyrate, karate chop. Not thrust, point, kick, turn, gyrate, karate chop, pivot! If you're gonna impersonate me, do it right, man!

New Music Monday

Keane - Spiralling

Sunday, November 2, 2008