Thursday, December 25, 2008

a golden christmas


santogold is a fly chic. we got her record on vinyl and damn. this is the best fucking record of the year.

i am only buying vinyl from now on.


1. it just sounds better.

2. you get a free digital download with most new vinyls now anyways.

so you get the cover art and you can put the shit on your zune to play in the car.

i really do think if i had listened to santogold on cd i wouldn't be digging it as much as i do. i would dig it , but not like this.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

ducks in the snow

more ducks!
i have never seen it snow so much. ever. snow today. snow tonight. snow tomorrow. snow tuesday. snow wednesday. and its sticking too. i hate driving in the snow, but i love the weather. we got madeleine some rubber duckies and i have been taking pictures of them. they are just so photogenic and seem at home in the snow.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Blah, Blah, Blah....again

I finished 'Tis and I must say 'tis a great book. I almost didn't read it. When I was mulling over all the books in my closet and came across it I thought to myself No fucking way do I wanna read a extend play of Angela's Ashes. Its probably a book written because It could be published and because once it was published it could sell. I was so wrong.

Its funny, poignant(poignant. what a ridiculous word), and there are no quotation marks which just does wonders for dialogue.

Read it.

its alright to have a good time. yeah, its alright.

chris and i went out together, without the baby, for the first time in almost a year. it was a great time. i drank some wine and i can't think of an appropriate euphemism, but... i had a great time. we laughed and talked and it was nice.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Blah, Blah, Blah....

All the books I have read over the past year have been memoirs or autobiographies. I am uncertain of the difference between memoirs and autobiographies, so I will Google it and tell you later.

In January I read Barack Obama's Dreams of My Father.
In May, I read Infidelby Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

In August, I read The Places In Between by Rory Stewart. Rory Stewart is a bad ass Scottish dude who walked across Afghanistan. And when I say he walked I mean, he walked (on foot) across the whole country. Its a great read: often humorous, always enlightening, and only confusing in respect to the impossible foreign names.

Now, I am half-way through 'Tisa memoir (I know this, because it says 'memoir' on the cover) by Frank McCourt, the author of Angela's Ashes 'Tis is much better than Angela's Ashes. So far Frank McCourt is self-conscious immigrant that dreams of being admired. One thing he knows for sure is that he must get an education. Ayaan Hirsi Ali had that same determination to get an education too.

I am starting to think that maybe I should get an education too. Education has done well for me so far. I would be stuck in the mud with out it. So far, my education hasn't had to do with school. But they say, only papered dogs are worth money. What I really need is to learn how to type.


Bush had a shoe thrown at him by an Iraqi reporter. Two actually. What I don't understand is why the news reporters feel the need to inform us, the viewers, that in Arab culture it is an insult to throw a shoe at someone. ?????? Isn't that the case in every culture?

Monday, December 8, 2008

F15's and unicorns: my childhood icons.

fucking bad-ass. this is from a t-shirt maker i found on etsy. i love this one. click the shirt to see the seller's other items.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

go joe

joe biden, today, mentioned investing in a high-speed train system. joe biden took the train, back and forth, from delaware to d.c. for 26 years. i think this is an awesome idea. if we are going to pour $700 billion in infrastructure/stimulus, we might as well have something to show for after its all gone. think of how we would feel if after throwing all this money at the problem nothing substantive was accomplished. seriously, $8 trillion might be the end number with the bailout and he stimulus and who knows what else. most other developed nations have high-speed trains.

high-speed train. hospitals. broadband lines in rural areas.

my new favorite band is she & him.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

throw your hands in the air / like you just don't care

Originally uploaded by therussiansarehere

so, there is now news that brand name baby formula in the u.s. has trace amounts of melamine and another similar compound. melamine is dangerous, because it collects in the kidneys and forms crystals that lead to kidney stones or even kidney failure. this is so utterly outrageous.

if melamine is in america's baby formula than imagine all the other foods it is in. i read a report in the new york times not long ago, about the exponential rise in kidney stones in children. the report said that this rise was probably due to so much salt in the diet of modern kids, but i wonder if maybe it has more to do with melamine in their diets.

you know, it is ridiculous that there are higher security standards on dvds than on baby formula.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

At least my blog is only contaminated with gratuitous grammatical errors

I was struck by the recent news that food products, imported from china, were being held at U.S. ports for more thorough inspection by the FDA. I heard about the concern that Chinese baby formula was tainted with dangerous additives like melamine . But, the news reports about the tainted baby formula, the reporters were always sure to let one know that the U.S. has banned milk imports from China. Little did I know that hundreds of other imported Chinese food products, such as additives, preservatives, and even chicken are consumed by Americans everyday.

You read right-- chicken from china. According to the Washington Post, "Last year, under high-level pressure from China, the USDA passed a rule allowing China to export to the United States chickens that were grown and slaughtered in North America and then processed in China -- a rule that quickly passed through multiple levels of review and was approved the day before Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Washington last April."

W-T-F? Yes, it makes perfect fucking sense to slaughter the chickens, send them to China for processing, and then send the processed chicken back to America for consumption. This is dirty capitalism. You see our version of capitalism rewards profits, not efficiency. And this convoluted market is profitable, sure, but not efficient or right. Think of all the energy it takes to send that chicken to China and then send it back. Why should we support a country that builds a coal plant every week, suppresses human rights, and oh yeah--poisons its infants food supply?
One source, for the Washington Post article, said that he had seen Chinese herbal tea manufacturers drive over tea leafs with huge trucks in a warehouse, so that fumes from the trucks would dry leaves faster. Sounds bad? Well it gets worse; China still uses leaded fuel.

Here is a link to the FDA's list of rejected Chinese products in the month of October. The rejections range from a shipment of Pleasure Plus Condoms with holes in them to hot chocolate powder contaminated with Melamine.

What's sad is that consumers aren't even able to make an informed decision, because there are no food origin labels required. How is that for the 'Oh so Glorious Ayn Rand Utopian Free Market'? If capitalists believe in true competition than shouldn't they be for a law requiring food origin labels on all food products? Competition isn't only contingent on the lowest price, it also has a little something to do with quality.

I have more to bitch about, but my boss is calling, so I have to go change her diaper.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

bullshit! bullshit! bullshit!

half of all imported apple juice comes from china. bullshit!

more later.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

my moon, my man

i am sure you have heard of Feist or at least seen the '1234' iPod commercial. '1234' is a good tune, but 'My moon, my man' is my favorite tune off of her record. "My moon, my man' sounds a bit like the band Spoon; its hooky and grooving. The video is great. It is one long shot on moving sidewalk in an airport. Its worth it.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

family portrait

We got all dressed up and had my uncle take our picture. I was thinking about sending out greeting cards this year. You know, so we can show off our handsome family. Maybe I will, maybe I won't. You'll find out soon enough.

p.s. I have been digging on the following bands: MGMT and Department of Eagles.
Google them, Myspace them, or 'Tube them.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Local Man is Confident He Performed Well on Ballot, Despite Hangover (Profile of a Millennial Voter)

It is 8:00 a.m. Chris Libe stumbles out of bed to a harsh world. As he makes his way through his studio apartment, in a desperate search for some aspirin and glass of water, he is greeted by the relics of last night's party; there are empty Pabst Blue Ribbon cans strewn about, an empty bottle of Wild Turkey, two ash trays full of cigarette butts, and a three foot bong hanging precariously on the edge the coffee table. It is 8:00 a.m. and Chris has just realized today is election day and he has to vote. "Oh, fuck man, my head feels like a fucking--it feels like shit, you know. Fuck."

Chris's predicament isn't unique to him, every four years millions of young Americans party the night before they have to go to the polls to vote. It is estimated that such 'hangover voting', as its called, results in huge numbers of unintended Republican votes and an equal number lost votes for Democrats and third-party candidates.

"Its a real problem," says Democratic strategist Coco Rosli. "Often these young Americans don't realize what a disservice they are doing to themselves and our candidates when they drink and vote. They think they can just down a cup of coffee, take three aspirin, have a shot have Yeager and they'll be fine, but the opposite is true." In fact, Rosli says that there are documented cases of habitual-marijuana users actually voting against propositions to legalize small amounts of marijuana because they are so lit.

As for Chris, he sticks with a Monster energy drink and some cold pizza. After that, "good breakfast" he seems to perk up a little. However, when he arrives at the polling place he is faced with an hour wait. For the first 15 minutes, Chris, a young student, seems almost excited. He talks about the party the night before, "That shit was awesome. Oh man, I totally dodged a bullet this morning. I am actually feeling prettyyyy, preettyyy, preeeettyyyy good."

This is a reference to 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' he seems to make a lot. When at first I don't immediately show signs of getting the reference, he asks me if I watch the show. When I tell him that I had indeed seen the show he begins asking me if I remember specific episodes, such as "the one where Larry gets a pube' stuck in his throat after going down on Cheryl."

When I try to ask him about some of the issues that he finds important he mumbles something about "injustice", mentions the word "regime" several times in concert with the word "establishment" and finally concludes with, "Sarah Palin is hot, though."

At this point, Chris appears as though he might be ill. The conversation falls silent and a few minutes later he is obviously trying to suppresses heaves. When the heaves stop, Chris begins talking about how he doesn't know, "...why they have to have these damn tests so early in the morning."

At this point, I am beginning to get the impression that Chris is very confused and when Chris finally gets his ballot and he turns and looks at me and says, "Wish me luck," my suspicions are confirmed.

Forty minutes later, Chris emerges from the voting booth. When I ask how he feels about the whole process he says that he thinks he did a pretty good job, but that he had trouble filling in the bubbles with a No. 2 pencil "without going outside the lines", that he was sort of distracted by the "hot Asian" girl voting in the booth next to his, but that he was glad that there was no essay portion. All in all, he expects to score at least a 22.

*all the characters in this article are completely fictional--mostly. i apologize for the fact that this story is completely moot now that Obama won. i would have published it on election day, but i didn't come up with the idea until after i voted this afternoon. btw, i am stoked obama is the president elect. America deserves more credit than i give it.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

these are a few of my favorite things

i love the caveman commercials. this is one of the first. the song is, "remind me" by Royksopp.

this one. i love this one. it never gets old for me. the song is "hurt you" by The Sounds.

the free credit tunes get stuck in my head for weeks at a time, so i have just learned to live with it and i have even grown to like it. oh, and the credit report is NOT free. its a lie-- a lie that i want to be told over and over again.

this is not a commercial. this a music video a la Wes Anderson from Vampire Weekend, with whom i share a similar grammatical philosophy . "Oxford Comma" is the name of the tune.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

B! Bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

I have fond memories of my mother's banana bread. I mostly remember the anticipation I felt while waiting for the bread to bake and of course the awesomeness of a warm slice of banana bread with tons of butter. Yum. Well, I found my mom's old recipe and I happened to have some overly ripe bananas, so I baked a loaf and Chris called it "Awesome". This made me happy, indeed. So here is the recipe:


3 well-mashed, ripe bananas
2 beaten eggs
2 cups of flour
1 tsp. of baking soda
3/4 cup of sugar
1 tsp. of salt
2 tbs. of melted butter

cook 1 hour at 350

don't forget to grease the pan.

and remember, when you use bananas you are contributing to the degradation of the rain forest. just kidding...sort of.

i forgot to take a picture of the banana bread.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

angry baby

i just document the truth.

Friday, October 10, 2008

show off your spirit animal for only $19.95

chris has been picking up these animals shirts at d&b supply and i think he is slightly ahead of the curve.

this is one of the coolest animal shirts, but unfortunately it is sold out.

Madeleine and Rachael wear animal shirts too; though young they be hip.

this dude and his shirt are finds of face hunter, one of my favorite blogs. click to see.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


today ...

i drank some coffee.

i took some pictures of madeleine.

i vacuumed.

i called chris and complained. (sorry baby)

i talked back to palin through the tv.

Saturday, September 6, 2008


even cowgirls get the blues.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

frack mitt romney, that glorified weather man

war was fashionable, i am fashionable.

<--- this is someone glaring, smoking a cigarette, and thinking mean things

i heart huckabee. though i wish he weren't a republican.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

fuax "paw"

i just finished watching joe biden's speech and man, he brought down the house. i was like "fuck yeah! this is the dude i want as obama's v.p. what a bad ass team." then jill biden came out on stage and introduced a surprise guest. it was obama. he went to go kiss her on the cheek and uh oh! he kissed her on the lips! i was squealing in my seat. oh my!oh my! rachael and i were so scared to rewind it and see if it really happened, but finally we did and it went like this: silence.. silence...silence..[kiss]"OHHHHHNOOOOO! NOOO!! NOOO! NO!" oh! i was so embarrassed for him and for it to happen right after that great speech... you could tell the pundits were uncertain if they really saw what they just saw. they didn't mention it, but you could hear it in their voices. obama was sort of thrown off by it.

these things happen though and you just got to keep on like nothing happened. biden verbally bloodied the nose of McCain, though. the best speech of all the convention.

Friday, August 1, 2008

a real bright idea! real bright.

i have been thinking about compact fluorescent bulbs lately. the first news item about cfl's that caught my attention was on morning joe on msnbc. the story was about the capitol building going green or "carbon neutral" , well half of it anyway. the house of representatives' chambers are powered by natural gas and the senate is still getting its energy from the coal plant just down the street. its odd, funny really, the idea that the capitol building is dived right down to its energy supply. anyway, morning joe was interviewing a female representative (her name eludes me)and she was talking about the "Green the Capitol" project and they got on the subject of compact fluorescents light bulbs. she then brought up the fact that the sale of the classic incandescent light bulbs will be outlawed in 2010 (very american, indeed). the representative had legislation in the works that would overturn the the fast approaching ban on incandescents. i remember thinking at the time, "thank god that someone has the sense and minerals to to stand up against this bullshit ban." how can they just outlaw incandescents because they use a little more energy than cfl's.

i'm not a full-fledged conservative. i hate that ridiculous, ayn rand, "the-free-market-will-take-care-of-it" ideology, but i do, generally, believe in limited government. the ban on trans fats and smoking in california and new york piss me off. now, i now the dangers of unnatural hydrogenated oils and i don't smoke, but i do believe in a persons right to choose. i also believe that health workers shouldn't be forced to preform an abortion if it offends their morals. i can't imagine if abortion did offend a health worker's morals they would be working at an abortion clinic and i don't know under what circumstances in general practice they might face such circumstances, but they shouldn't be legally obligated to do so unless the mother's life is at risk. birth control is another story.

my thoughts are convoluted. anyway. i should be able to choose an incandescent light bulb over a cfl, if i want. especially, considering the mercury content in cfl's. if you break a cfl, you have to call a professionals to clean up the mess. no one ever stops to consider the danger this may pose to children or the fact that there aren't hazardous material waste sites conveniently located across the nation, so most of that mercury will end up in the landfill or in the ally or on the kitchen floor, where children walk barefoot. not to mention a ton of people don't even know how dangerous cfl's are. its ridiculous! here is a link to a Washington Times article about cfl's. check it out.

there is a whole bunch of money to be made off of the green movement. there are going to a whole sleuth of companies and legislators doing the wrong thing for the wrong reasons and hiding behind the pretext of saving the earth. ethanol, for example. what a farce. even wind energy is an excuse for billionare, t. boone pickens, to get out of millions of dollars worth of taxes and trade in carbon credits. like stephen clobert said, "the market has spoken global warming is real."

Sunday, July 13, 2008


chris left for sioux falls today and left his camera here, so i took a couple pictures. i love point and shoots. i took a picture of my lavender and of this plant i have growing which looks a lot like an artichoke in bloom, but i actually have no idea what it is. i bought it at paul's back in april. it wasn't labeled, but it was so cute, i just had to get it. the picture is blurry, but you get the idea. my herb garden didn't work out as planned, mostly because it was so cold all spring and then when i finely sowed my seeds, it rained for two days straight and washed them away. i should have started them indoors, but i figured it was warm enough to just plant them in the ground. hopefully, i won't have to learn that lesson twice. i took a picture of our aging kitchen sink. there is no story behind this one. i did the dishes and clicked it. a few weeks ago there was a violent wind storm that ripped up our apple tree. it was actually fortunate. the apple tree was leaning east because of the constant wind from the west over the years. well, the tree was ripped up by the roots and so uncle chris and my dad got a stake and some rope and set the tree straight. oh, and i have officially seen every episode of the "the o.c." and have subsequently adopted a new fix: "battle star galactica". yeah, thats sort of like giving up drinking for cocaine. lord help me. i have ordered some books on health care policy, which are essentially text books and whose authors are objective in their analysis. this is just what i am looking for straight facts. no coke. no tonic. i have my own.

Friday, June 20, 2008

! ^_^ !

i think McCain's prize for a much improved battery is awesome. not only would a better battery be great for hybrid or electric cars, but we could get so much more out of wind and solar energy too. i hope Obama co-opts this idea. ha. my laptop could use a better battery too, that way i could spout my ideas outside in the sun.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

slc hunk

i punned a title. i think this means i am an official blogger. well, the wedding came and went and it wasn't so bad as i supposed. by 9:30 in the evening madeleine was asleep and we were well on our way to salt lake. deligluh, the radio dj, was on roll. she played such gems as "quit playing games with my heart", that one song by third eye blind, and "you say it best when you say nothing at all" by faith hill. it was a blast from the past and it was nice to be sitting in the back seat with chris and having nothing to do but reminisce about 1998.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


if i could improve any one of my five senses, i would choose to improve my sense of smell. i think there is a connection between smell and emotional intelligence. i also believe that if i had a more acute sense of smell i might be able locate that awful stench that is emanating from everywhere, but nowhere in particular.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

a day without power

a storm blew threw last night and took the electricity with it.

Friday, April 25, 2008

i'm so vain and its no fun.

sometimes i think i might be suffering from alzheimers. i just can't remember anything. things my mom and sister remember from growing up. what ever happened to my sewing machine. news anchors names. what i am talking about. the location of my keys. and fuck, you know what i can't remember what the hell else i can't remember, but i know i've forgotten lots. i wonder if it bothers some people that i type in all smalls in my blog and on myspace. its funny, because when i write, i write in all caps. i am nervous about going to the wedding, because i'll just be uncomfortable and self-conscious the whole time. everyone will ask "how do you know the bride and groom?" and i'll say i'm engaged to the groom's brother chris. and then they'll say "really? hmm. wow." and then they will go around saying "i never would have figured. i'm mean he is so handsome and she is, well... you know." and then the other hypothetical guest will say "maybe she's funny." and the first hypothetical guest will grimace and shake her head no.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

tales from the wind farm

ahh! the wind is relentless. this sunday it was so nice out. i was able to take Madeleine outside for the first time and later that day she laughed for the first time. it was bliss. i have been able to get into a book for the first time since i gave birth. the book is an auto biography by Katharine Hepburn . her great uncle was the founder of the corning glass company. how weird is that. i think that is why i am enjoying it so much. but the past few days the wind has not stopped. 40 mph constantly. i shouldn't complain because if it weren't for the wind Chris wouldn't have such a good job on the wind farm. they say the wind in ones face makes one wise. if this is true i am a sage. i need seeds for my garden. i need to sign up for school too. the debates were on tonight. i was non-plussed, that is, aside from wanting to waterboard Hillary Clinton.

Saturday, March 29, 2008


the whole family has been cooking a lot lately. it's nice. dad, uncle chrih, and chris all come home for lunch everday and keep madeleine and me company. i'd like to grow an herb garden so we can cook with fresh herbs and save money. it would be a nice for me too; edifying. i'm not sure that i use semi-colons appropriately, but i sure do like them. if i get around to growing a garden i will document the process. i need to get out more. i'm loosing my mind. i've already lost really.