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6th November, 2012. 7:51 pm. Who else is sitting with their hearts in their mouths watching this election?

My kid says his nerves are shot. It is entirely possible that we spend too much time and energy on the American election. Dude, it's not even our country.

Current mood: distressed.

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6th October, 2012. 12:36 pm. Anybody know what these men all have in common?

Neil Armstrong, astronaut, first man on the Moon
Marion Barry, mayor of Washington, DC
Lloyd Bentsen, Senator from Texas, vice-presidential nominee
Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York
Guion Bluford, first black astronaut
James Brady, Gun control advocate, White House Press Secretary under President Ronald Reagan
William DeVries, cardiac surgeon who performed the first successful heart transplant of an artificial heart
Michael Dukakis, governor of New York and Presidential candidate
Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States
Robert Gates, CIA director
L. Ron Hubbard, writer & founder of Scientology
Alfred Kinsey, of the Kinsey Reports on human sexuality
James Lovell, astronaut, commander of Apollo 13
David Lynch, filmmaker and actor
Robert MacNamara, Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War
Michael Moore, filmmaker
Ross Perot, business leader
Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro Baptist Church
Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs
Stephen Spielberg, filmmaker
John Tesh, musician
Zach Wahls, LGBT activist
William Westmoreland, Army Chief of Staff

This list has only men I personally recognized; the full thing is two million names long. It includes forty astronauts... and three serial killers, so I'm not sure what that means.

Current mood: contemplative.

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30th September, 2012. 12:17 pm. Her name was an unholy cross of feminism and blasphemy

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Current mood: contemplative.

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29th September, 2012. 6:09 pm. Wow. I haven't posted since JULY?!

Weird. Guess I've been busy, and also Facebook is much easier to post on. Which sucks, because I don't much like Facebook's policies and relentless spam and random oopsies which leave your private mail displayed for the world to see and... well, anything, really :(

Then again, livejournal's not my fave either, what with their own random policy changes and total disregard for fandom and... myeah.

So. Since July. Um. Went to Europe for three weeks, both kids now in school, elderly cat died, (sort of) started my own sole practitioner business, fallen headfirst into Avengers fandom... I think? I'm sure more has happened.

Damn. I use livejournal to help me write our family Christmas letter. Guess I'll have to actually try to remember stuff for myself this year. This is not good. Memory like sieve :(

Current mood: busy.

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21st July, 2012. 9:34 pm. Life with boys

So a few days ago, Justin used the word "threesome." Yes, that meaning of the word. No, I don't know where he got it from. Can't decide whether I'm amused, horrified, or kinda proud.

Chris has no such qualms. "That's my boy!" he said. ::sigh::

Current mood: amused.

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17th July, 2012. 12:19 am. Just noticed the date

It's strange how it really doesn't seem possible that it was eight years ago that my mother died. The time elapsed seems both infinitely shorter and longer.

Current mood: thoughtful.

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13th July, 2012. 2:41 pm. Well done

So Ottawa is at Level 2 drought, 40 hectares around Moodie burned last night and we could smell the smoke at our house, there hasn't been any bloody rain since forever... but our neighbours are still diligently watering their lawn - and, better yet, their DRIVEWAY - twice a day. ::sigh::

Current mood: annoyed.

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3rd July, 2012. 11:35 pm. Reefer Madness

I'm feeling sudden, violent, uncontrollable laughter, but please don't call the cops on me ;)


The motion picture you are about to witness may startle you.

It would not have been possible, otherwise, to sufficiently emphasize the frightful toll of the new drug menace which is destroying the youth of America in alarmingly-increasing numbers.

Marihuana is that drug - a violent narcotic - an unspeakable scourge - The Real Public Enemy Number One!

Its first effect is sudden, violent, uncontrollable laughter; then come dangerous hallucinations - space expands - time slows down, almost stands still... fixed ideas come next, conjuring up monstrous extravagances - followed by emotional disturbances, the total inability to direct thoughts, the loss of all power to resist physical emotions... leading finally to acts of shocking violence, ending often in incurably insanity.

In picturing its soul-destroying effects no attempt was made to equivocate. The scenes and incidents, while fictionized for the purposes of this story, are based upon actual research in the results of Marihuana addiction.

If their stark reality will make you think, will make you aware that something must be done to wipe out this ghastly menace, then the picture will not have failed in its purpose...

Because the dread marihuana may be reaching forth next for your son or your daughter ... or yours ... or YOURS!

Damn. The copy I linked to has no sound, and I so, so, so want to watch this thing! Apparently it was filmed in 1936 and then rediscovered in the 1970s, where it became a cult classic of unintentional hilarity. I wonder if it was ever MST3K'd?

Current mood: LMAO.

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1st July, 2012. 1:05 pm. This is all kinds of awesome :)

Happy Canada Day!

Current mood: chipper.

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29th June, 2012. 9:28 am. From the bottom to the top

...of the class :)

Justin is three years younger than Daniel, Daniel is a bit of a freak, intellect-wise, and Chris and I are grownups and relatively bright ourselves. And Justin has been home schooled for five years. And while that has been overall a very positive experience, it does mean that for five years, Justin has effectively been at the bottom of the totem pole in terms of feeling - or appearing - smart.

He went to school part-time this year. Got his report card back yesterday. Straight A's :) :) :)

I'm proud of him for that, but not as proud as I was when he told us he'd won a Principal's Award (at his school apparently that's for being one of the top students in his class). Shortly after getting it, he walked past one of his classmates, who sneered, "Super nerd!"

Justin just brandished his Principal's Award at the kid. "Yeah!! SUPER Nerd!"

Current mood: impressed.

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