Monthly Archives: December 2009

Over the (L.A.) River and through (Holly)wood —

…to grandmother’s house-of-crazy we go.  At least, that's one of our holiday songs.   Thank goodness the bulk of the holiday season is behind us and the non-stop parade of wacky people and insane amounts of food are slowly coming to an end.  The construction on my son’s four foot 739 piece video rollercoaster model is almost complete and if my husband and I are still speaking to one another when it is over, it will be another of the […]

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I’m holding out for a hero.

Newsweek ran an article this month called Celebrity —  The Greatest Show on Earth devoting five pages to discuss America’s near hero worship and obsession with modern celebrity and how we hang on every personality tic of those who are only “known for their well-knowness.”  With all that’s going on in the world with healthcare, money woes and whatnot … Newsweek gave up FIVE glossy, multi-colored pages to those living in glass multi-angle houses who hold their hands up to […]

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Oh, sweet dictionary. How I love thee.

If you haven’t discovered the Merriam-Webster website, consider this an early Christmas present – or late birthday present, if I unwittingly missed your special day (I’ve been a little distracted this year, I’m sorry): www.merriam-webster.com Sign up for their Word of the Day and you’ll receive an email with a word you may or may not know and a little history lesson to boot.  It’s like those old flip dictionaries, you’d put on your desk but with no pesky papers […]

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Pardon me, while I catch my breath.

There are those who believe if you haven’t reached your potential (whatever the heck that really means) by a certain age that you are doomed to live out the rest of your natural days as an aging failure and waste of space.  Even the hit TV show American Idol has a cap on age, as the contestants can only range from 16-28 years old, so those closing in on 30 will have no chance whatsoever to be idolized.  Which is […]

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Fast & Cheap.

The New York Times recently stated in an article that the reason American have been getting more obese over the last couple of decades has to do with the increased consumption of fast foods.  They also cited a recent study by the researchers from the University of Chicago and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found low inflation-adjusted minimum wages are party to blame for increased obesity.  Sigh.  Why is it that the cheap, quick foods that fill […]

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The truth and nothin’ but the medicated truth.

When home computers were still pretty new, there was a lot being said about the dangers of inebriated emailing.  Speaking for myself, I believe the same can be said of muscle relaxants.   After a pretty wicked car collision last Friday, the doctor prescribed a pain pill and muscle relaxants to help me deal with the sharp twinges and constant ache of a fractured rib.  The pain pill proved to be too much for my lawn ornament-sized frame, so I […]

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Laughter is the best medicine. Unless your ribs hurt.

I woke up Saturday morning feeling as though I’d been hit by a truck … because Friday afternoon one DID hit my poor Honda.  While driving north on the 5 freeway, a very large black pickup truck smacked into the back of me at a rate of about 60+ miles per hour as I dropped my rate of speed to reflect what was going on in front me – a sea of red lights indicating an immediate slowing of our […]

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