Only the Ginger Will Survive the Apocalypse

Hey, some of us are looking forward to nuclear winter

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Sir Terry, your books were a transformative force in my life. Thank you for sixteen years* of laughter, tears, and footnotes.

*I read my first Discworld novel whilst visiting my sister in Germany when I was 19.

Rant, ahoy!
As a single mother, one of the things I've heard a lot from the men I've dated is, "I don't want to compete with your son for your attention." Sometimes, they get creative with the phrasing; usually not.

But after ten years of hearing various iterations of the same thing, I have one thing to say about that:


Kids require attention. Require. Good parents pay attention to their kids. My son is ridiculously extroverted and needs interaction. It is my job, as his parent, to interact with him.

You, however, are a grown-up. While I probably really like you and enjoy interacting with you, it is not my job to interact with you. You, as a grown-up, should have learned to entertain yourself a long time ago.

It's not a competition.

I am not your mother.

Be a fucking grown-up.

Either you want me in your life, or you don't. But if you are going to resent my son for being a child and for being my responsibility, then we really don't have anything else to talk about.

One of the things that I appreciate most about whitebuddha is that he gets this.

Variations on a theme
From the end of Little People, which I just finished:

"I guess that's the difference between romance and real life, Elfland and Humanside. I think they probably have tupperware hearts in Elfland, thin and bendy and impossible to break, and thus not worth having. This side, we have the real thing; we have all the real things good and bad, and it's the fact that they can be lost and bruised and broken that makes them valuable. They have all the looks and the style and the flowering cherry trees, we have grotty streets and lousy weather and love that can't be Araldited back together again if you're cack-handed enough to drop it. They have elves who can edit out the bad and boring bits and live for ever; we've just got little people, living short lives, living every second of them, whether we like it or not."

And from the beginning of Fragile Things, which I just started:

"There are so many fragile things, after all. People break so easily, and so do dreams and hearts."

Writer's Block: National Hugging Day
Who is the last person you hugged?

My son. :)

Writer's Block: B.Y.O.B. Holidays
What is your must-see holiday movie? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]

Scrooge is hands-down my favorite adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Albert Finney and Sir Alec Guiness are both brilliant. Finney plays both young and old Scrooge with a transformation so complete, he's hardly recognizable as the same man. The songs--it is a musical--are catchy and memorable without raising the cheese factor of the movie.

Go see it!

Writer's Block: It's payday!
  1. Talk to a financial planner.
  2. Pay off all my debt.
  3. Move.
  4. Fix up my car, which I will continue to drive until it costs me more in maintenance than it would to buy a new one.
  5. Set aside college/trade school tuition for my son.
  6. Go to pharmacy school.
  7. Invest.
  8. Travel.

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Major Monogram: Sorry, Phineas. It isn't safe. You know too much.

Phineas: Now I never wished so much that I could un-know something.

Carl: Sir, maybe there is a way. What about Dr. Doofenshmirtz's Amnesianator?

Doofenshmirtz: I never built an Amnesianator. I think I would remember building something like that.

(From Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension.)

Seriously, folks, if you're not watching Phineas and Ferb, you're missing out.
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These make me laugh
  • I got a dog translator app on my iPod. Since I can't make my dog bark on cue I decided to try it out on my own. I sat on the couch barking at my iPod. I can tell my brother and dad are worried about me. MLIA
  • Today I accidentally went into to men's room. I didn't notice until after I left my stall to find a boy at the urinals I completely missed on my way in. He was surprised too- I started blushing but made a joke of it admitting my mistake. He started laughing and said "don't worry, I'll get you out of here!" He then went into ninja mode and had me stalk behind him out the door, informed me no one saw us, and we made a run for it. We're in college. MLIA
  • Today I took a quiz that says there is an 85% chance my cat is going to kill me. I have a dog. I don't know whether to be relieved or nervous. MLIA
  • Today I got really bored so I decided to do some of my IT homework. We had to demonstrate knowledge on how to use at least one art/sound peice of software. Sounds boring? I created several Hogwarts acceptance letters on paint and then distributed them to random adults around town in full Harry Potter costume. I got several gleeful squeals, a few hugs and a kiss on the cheek of the cashier in Safeway. MLIA

More here.

As the Rapture approaches...
(... or not.)

Okay, folks. I know you love The Matrix and its sequels. I know they have passed into the annals of pop culture. But I still cringe every time I hear or read the word, "prophesized."

There's a reason your spell check flags it: it's not a word.

The word is "prophesied."
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Attention, teachers!
Via chiropteraclan , burlapdragon 's friend is trying to finish her doctorate this semester and needs K-12 teachers to participate in a survey. The original entry is here. Please help out, or repost if you have teachers on your F-lists.

Thank you!


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