Thursday, January 31, 2019


It B Cold.

Frigid, actually.

You know my thing:  you can only can complain about the cold or the heat. I don't think you can do both.

I've opted long ago to bitch about the cold.  Though really I'm not bitching.

Yes, it's very very cold.  The walk from my work parking garage to my office was beyond painful.  Mostly, if not exclusively, to my face.  I can take it a step further - my eyes.

I'm speculating, of course, but it seemed the air went behind my glasses to my eyeballs. I've had surgeries that caused less pain.

Shep's "out" time has been relegated to the yard at 60 seconds per.  His days are not with the walker, but it's daycare. Indoor. Though he has opportunities to go outside there.

Right now, I'm just happy our pipes have not frozen or burst.

This is all short-lived, I believe. If the weather folks are correct, it will be 50-ish by Sunday. So we will have one more day of frozen hell, and then it will just be back to rain - which is ok, as we have so much ice build up everywhere, I need it to melt away.

Song by: Linda Ronstadt, Philip Glass & the Kronos Quartet

Wednesday, January 30, 2019


Do you think BLOTUS reads any of the tweets that come his way - or the ones that respond to his 280 character vomit?

I'm thinking now. I think his communication is outbound only. If it's not about him, why even bother, right?

The problem I find with folks who do respond to him is they don't use the @BLOTUS so it not only goes back to his account, but to everyone who follows that buffoon.  Make sure they all get the message.

Case in point - look to your left.

It's a great response.  Period.

Those who allege to be Christian can't even argue with this. It's true. 

Well, as true as one book can be, I suppose.  But since said Christians use the bible as their life manual - except when it's not convenient for their current / past / future behaviour - if any of them tried to slam the responder, what could possibly be their rationale?

BLOTUS committing adultery isn't an alternative fact. It's just a fact.  Much like the rules for haircare are simple and finite, so are the laws of the bible.

Of course, people cherry pick the parts of the bible they want to be believe or go by - so I'm assuming that is why evangelicals and the likes will say that part of the book is outdated.   ....but the gay thing is not.  It's why planting certain crops side by side is outdated.  .....but the gay thing is not.  Can't touch the skin of a pig is outdated.  .....but the gay thing is not. A woman being silent in church is outdated.  ....but the gay thing is not. (I could really keep this going for days, but I won't.)

Still, I love Rabia's response........whomever she may be.

Song by: Ghost

Tuesday, January 29, 2019


First off, it seems I don't have any songs that have titles containing 'Nixon' or 'Crook'.

They exist, but not in my music liberry. That I found this one, seems to work. That Garbage is the artist just seems to work on multiple levels.

I'm not really surprised at the arrest of Roger Stone. I am super glad it was a long long long time associate of BLOTUS.  Not one he can discount or say he barely knew him and was only with the campaign a short time.

That Stone thinks he's untouchable - or I think he thinks that he is - as you can see from the video he made below. just infuriates me.  Though let's be honest, it doesn't take much anymore.  He doesn't help his case.

.....though he seems to think it's all fun and games. Or at least funny.  He's no Shecky Greene.

I thought the Nixonian, arms-thrusted peace signs were a bit much after his arrest / bail, until I found that this fucktard takes his love of Nixon one step further.

In what fucked up world does someone idolize Nixon in the form of permanent ink? Which way does his moral compass point? 

Oh who am I kidding. This guy has no morals. But look at his buddy.

BLOTUS has hitched himself to one cray-cray wagon. It seem they deserve each other. There are lot of options when it comes to Presidential pardons.  I'm guessing the guy BLOTUS has known for 30+ years has a better chance of getting one than say a Manafort. And he'll probably get it before any trial, let alone sentencing.

Stone has reason to be a confident fucktard.  But make no mistake - he IS a fucktard.

Song by: Garbage

Monday, January 28, 2019

My Music Monday

Do you know how most British singers don't necessarily have an accent in song?  Usually it seems, but not always. Herman's Hermits "Henry the 8th" comes to mind.

Oh Snow Patrol with their Scottish accents.  It's adorable when trying to sing "beside" and it comes out "burrside".  You don't quite need Rosetta Stone to get through some of their songs, but it's fun to figger out stuff.  Or when they sing "hahn'd" instead of "hand".

Still, there is a lot of their music I like. And there is finally enough distance from the 45,020,085 plays of "Chasing Cars" for me to be able to listen to it again.

But I've been partial to "Just Say Yes", which I believe is a song tacked on to a greatest hits compilation.  Break out your Scottish to English translation app and let the fun begin.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Black Man

I honestly thought we were done with movies for January. There was nothing on the books I wanted to see - that includes Green Book.  But then the Oscar nominations came out, and those movies that were out of - or about to be out of - the theaters that got a nod, got another life.

Bohemian Rhapsody went from two theaters with one showing, to multiple theaters with multiple showings per day.  And BlacKkKlansman came back, period. I had regrettably missed it the first time around, but not this one. We jumped at the chance.

Us and 4 others. Until the movie started it was just 710 and myself. Then two couples came in - one to occupy the seats RIGHT behind us where the guy continually kicked my seat.  Really???

First off - if you have the chance to see this movie still, do it.  I'm not a huge Spike Lee fan, but there are no missteps here on his part, or any of the actors.

Based on a true story, how an African-American law officer (played expertly by John David Washington) helped infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in or around 1971-72 with the help from his white co-worker (Adam Driver)

BlacKkKlansman isn't easy to watch. There is such hate from the white population. It's uncomfortable, and it should be. Then there was the discomfort of 'are they going to get caught doing what they're doing'?

You feel the pain of the black population of that time, including for Washington's character who is straddling the need for change in the black one, while working in the white world of which the former group is suspicious at best.

Still, the hate and the language which falls off these actor's tongues seemingly so easily, when you know it couldn't have - or hoped it didn't. And we discussed after wards, that being Jewish or black in that movie had to be incredibly difficult even knowing it was film. These times were really not that long ago, and not only have they not changed much, we are backsliding..............and fast.

I thought Driver did a really good job - and it wasn't his normal ranting and yelling he always does. I stand corrected on that front. Washington as great. And you know, Topher Grace was very solid as David Duke.

While during the movie, you're 94.3% sure that Lee isn't just talking about 1971. There is even a reference of regarding Duke - and how no one would ever elect someone like him to office, which clearly about BLOTUS.

The epilogue makes no doubts about how the problem has not gone but escalated. It's tough to watch and I found myself getting very emotional at that part.

I get why it's up for best picture and director. I get why Driver is up for best supporting role, but don't get why Washington isn't up for best lead.

Had I seen BlacKkKlansman in 2018, it might have been the best movie of the year for me.  That ain't nothin'.

Now I see no movies in our near future. The well has run dry - as I have no desire to see the new Jordan Peele scary thing. Or the Chloë Grace Moretz scary thing. Or the absolutely shtiteous remake of What Women Want, but now called What Men Want. Still, at least it's not Mel Gibson and / or Helen Hunt. There was a pairing that no one needed (and no one saw!)

Maybe some other art-house things will appear. If not, perhaps the Cleveland International Film Festival.   Either way, we've got a good jump on the 2019 goal - and I feel more confident in beating Mike in our annual Oscar fest.

2019 Movie Count / Goal: 04 of 15

Song by: Stevie Wonder

Saturday, January 26, 2019


It was a good week of pics.  So much so, that I didn't use some in case I need to save a few for next week.

You're welcome.

Pic of the Week

Short Legs. Big Snow. Too low to poop in the yard.  But he seemingly enjoyed the snow. 

Shep's blanket?  Check. 
Comfy ottoman?  Check. 
Heat from radiator? Check. 
Sophie is set for the day 

The pick-up. 

He leaps to see me. Another guy waiting for his dog was impressed by Shep's vertical jump. It is quite impressive for such a short-legged pooch. 

Sass.  At 06:00.  
It's too early for sass. 

At a park with new play pal, Maggie and her dad. 
Dad had treats.....and someone figured it out.  

Song by: Styx

Friday, January 25, 2019


I've never once seen an episode of Who's the Boss?.  But I'm up enough on pop culture to know who Alyssa Milano is. And I'm ok with her using her "celebrity" (I mean, is she?) to stand up against the Harvey Weinsteins and BLOTUS' of the world.

Her comment on the MAGA hat being the new 'hood' is on the mark - even if she wasn't the first to make the statement.

There was also some house rep calls BLOTUS the "Grand Wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue".

They both have gotten flak for their comments.  Yet, I'll take it a step further.  BLOTUS' wizardry goes well beyond DC.  It goes at least to Covington KY - not that there was any danger in folks from Kentucky being enlightened enough to not want to be in the KKK.

Regardless if that kid in that picture was a menace or not - I still want to rub his face over rough asphalt...........but just for 3-4 hours....continuously.

And that is the real problem, isn't it?

Not my asphalt assault. Not exactly. Or, maybe actually.

Let's says - hypothetically - that the snot-faced kid did nothing wrong. The visceral reaction from many (myself included) was that he was wearing "that hat" so inherently he was a fucking asshole and of whatever he be accused, it must be true.

I don't know if he is or isn't, the thing is, I don't care if he isn't.

The reality is, if you wear one of those hats, pins, shirts - you condone the behaviour of this administration. You condone racism. You condone behaviour unbefitting. You are the divide.

You can say otherwise, but I think the number of FB posts, tweets, memes, et al with that fucking kids smarmy face tells me and millions otherwise.

I will say, the difference between the hood and the hat is, the KKK operated a lot more in secret and by cloak of darkness. This is all out in the open now. Right there for all to see. And yet, here we are - and moving not closer to shutting this down.

We, are fucked.

Song by: Perfume Genius

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Shopping with Blobby

Yet another installment in the drudgery that is everyday shopping. The camera-phone makes it a bit more fun - though I get looks whenever I take pics of products. Like I care what people think

Well, it beats expensive IVF treatments.

I'm about 17% sure it has FDA approval.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Mean Girl

It has been said, that life is an extension of high school.

You see it time and time again, mostly in how people treat each other..........or how they don't.

As it turns out, there is no age limit to this behaviour.

My mother, who is in independent living now, has gotten to experience this possibly for the first time in her life. Ok - maybe not, but you know, it just seems more prevalent.

So Ellie, my mom, sits with "Sasha", "Jane" and "Dorothy".  Oh, and those are all their actual names. I think whomever fake writes the letters for Dear Abby tries to throw us off by using quotes, when it's really actual monikers.

At first Jane wasn't at the table, but a guy at her original table sang through every meal and it drove Jane to ask for a new assignment. Of course, I was curious about his repertoire.

But before her arrival, my mom tried to bond with the other two. Both would tell about their own lives - homes, kids, etc, but would never ask my mother a thing. Honestly, I didn't find this odd. I figure in places like this, people are probably guarded and don't go digging, but they probably have no issues spewing 4-1-1.

Early on, it became my mother's mission to get them to open up or act differently. She doesn't knit or play canasta, so, at least it would help her pass the time.  And allegedly she had some wins as well, I'm sure manipulating the dinner table.

It seemingly got easier with a fourth.

But then it just got weird.

Dorothy and Sasha are alleged friends. But Sasha accused Dorothy of stealing her jewelry. And somewhere down the line Sasha's daughter visited and jumped on that bandwagon, blaming Dorothy. And she didn't want to complain about Sasha to anyone because well, alleged friendship.

Then Sasha started in on my mother.

My mother has macular degeneration. On a scheduled basis - and don't get grossed out - but she gets injections directly into her eyeballs {shudder}.   How this came up at lunch or dinner I don't know, though I'm guessing my mother mentioned an appointment at which she had to go.  Sahsa told my mother she was a liar and went on and on about how this wasn't true.


There was a lot of back and forth with the table members. When it was the three (san Sasha), they all agreed they didn't want her at the table, yet no one was willing to speak up.  No one wanted to be the bad guy.  Yet someone did - and it wasn't my mother. Allegedly.

Sasha has blamed my mother. But I think individually she has blamed the others as well.

At one point, the manager moved Sasha to another table. But when said manager was out ill, Sasha moved herself back.

Apparently, Sasha is all about wealth and bragging rights. No matter the other's ladies accomplishments, or how successful their children, she one-ups them. All. The. Time.  My sister was ready to go in with every piece of jewelry has ever owned just to see if her daughter could one up that.

So upon the return of manager, Sasha refused to move. So the three ladies got a new table and now Sasha sits alone, when and if she comes down for meals.

In a way, she's making everyone's life a pain in the ass, but in another I feel sorry for her. Those places cannot be fun to be in and to be ostracized in the last months / years of your life has got to be tough. I get she's brought it on herself, but.........I'd hate for my mom to be excluded.

My sister, her husband and 710 laughed when we were having dinner with my mom and I said, "on Wednesdays, we wear pink!". 

I don't thing my mom got the joke.  Well, I know she didn't.

Song by: Status Quo

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Cooking with Blobby

Fuck. When's the last time you saw one of these? (sorry for the language.)

Truth is, I haven't been trying much new. We have a set of standards and after a long day at work for both of us, we will go for the tried and true.  But, in the last month, I received an 'air fryer'.....whatever that is.

I mean, I know what and why it is, but I'm not 100% sure I see the use. Cooking might be "healthier", but it doesn't look like it will save any time and potentially, clean up could be messier and take longer, since one now has a big honking piece of machinery that now needs storage too.

That said, for the holidays, 710 gave me a America's Test Kitchen recipe book for air fryers. I mean, Julia and Bridget wouldn't steer me wrong - would they?

I'm not sure they did, but we have some work to do.

Out of the recipe book, I chose to make Korean Beef Tips (pssssst.........not made from real Koreans) and Korean slaw.

Sirloin Beef Tips      1.5 lbs
Soy Sauce                 2 T (1 for marinade; 1 for slaw)
Honey                       2 T
Gochujang                2T
Sesame Oil               2T (1 for marinate; 1 for slaw)
Garlic                        1 clove, minced to paste
Ginger                       2t (1 for marinate; 1 for slaw)
Carrot                        1 (peeled and grated)
Cabbage                    4 cups (chopped/shredded)
Rice Vinegar             3T
Sesame Seeds           2T toasted - split between salad and beef

Marinade / Meat

Combine 1t of ginger and 1T of sesame oil, garlic, soy and gochujang sauce in a large bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stirring halfway through.  Add the meat to the bowl and toss / coat.

....and let me tell you, it takes for-fucking-ever to grate a teaspoon of ginger, let alone two.

Place meat onto tray of air fryer and cook on 400 (apparently no pre-heating) for 13-18 minutes. Turn meat halfway through. 

This is what it looked like, which browned nicely. I cut into one piece and we ended up with at least another 8 minutes of cooking time and even some of the bigger pieces still were rare. 

Final product. Added some toasted sesame seeds and scallions.  The Korean chili paste wasn't really that hot at all. It added nice spice, but there are others products I might use instead the next time.

I liked it more than 710, but to be fair, he ended up with the rare pieces, which did not thrill him.

It was a decent first outing, so maybe the next ones will be a bit more successful.


It's a vinegar slaw, no mayonnaise base or anything.  This takes no time at all either.

For the dressing combine the vinegar, soy, honey and ginger. Whisk together. Add the slaw and carrot into the bowl and toss.  After sitting five minutes, add rest of the sesame seeds.

Boom. Done.

Kind of.

It had ok flavour, but we ended up not only adding pepper, but some of the left over scallions. The ginger helps as well, I'm not a huge fan of it, but it added some zing for sure.

We will see what this contraption brings. More on if it

Monday, January 21, 2019

My Music Monday

I think you know, I have a love / hate relationship with Sirius / XM radio.  It's not what it could or should be, but still leaps and bounds better than terrestrial radio - - but what isn't?

Now and then a new song - or a forgotten one - comes across the waves, that makes me go 'oh man, I like this' or 'oh man, I'd forgotten about this one'.

This post is of the latter.

I don't even know which channel it was that played it, but the Rolling Stones came on with, "One Hit to the Body", from their 1986 album, Dirty Work.

I won't say "One Hit...." is their last good song, but the albums after this start to wane a bit.

Mick was still in his 40s and still in peak form here. I think. This is his preening at its best. There are moments here he almost looks, for lack of a better word, "pretty".  While the guitar work is good here, I love the video portion because I have no idea what the fuck Keith Richards is doing - but it doesn't synch up with the music per se.

Charlie Watts kills me. I think he has one drum beat - not just for this song. For ALL Stones songs. But it works for them. If you look quickly and closely, you see Bill Wyman, who'd leave the band about five years later.

Still, I love this song and happy it found its way back into my rotation.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Slice of Life

We are crushing 2019 movie goal.  CRUSHING it, I say. Three films in the first 13 days of the year  I still stand by the goal of 15.

As Raybeard alluded to the other day on my 12 of 12, he was hoping Roma was the movie we had seen. Obviously by now you know it wasn't - but as I mentioned, it was on the list.

The short list at that. We actually saw it the next day, but I'm just getting around to the post.

Roma was released simultaneously to the theater and Netflix (though only hyperlink I can find is via Netflix). If you have the chance - see it at the big screen - you'll thank me for it later. (though probably you will never really thank me!)

Now, before we go over the movie, I should say it made a brief during Mike's and my back-and-forth the other night at the Golden Globes award program.

Mike's reply came a bit later:  "not very".  I cut out the in between part where we talk about James Van Der Beek being at the Golden Globes......and what possible reason he needed for being there. {answer: none}

I can and can't give you a plot to Roma. There is one, of course, but it's not overt. It's a bit of memory from the writer, director and director of photography, Alfonso Cuarón's life. Knowing next to nothing of it when we saw it, for the first quarter, I was just uneasy waiting for something to happen. Rephrase: that something was going to happen.

The thing is, things are happening, but it's subtle. There isn't debris coming at the shuttle and space station like there was in Cuarón's Gravity, and nary a whomping willow or dementor, as there was in his highest grossing movie - Prisoner of Azkaban.

The movie follows a girl who work for, and lives with, a family in a small town outside Mexico City - called Roma. Cleo is the woman who by her station, is the caretaker for the children.  Cuarón dedicates this to the woman who helped raise him.

While clearly there is a loose plot, I'd say much of the movie is about (bl)observations - from the audience to what is on screen.

The visuals are amazing. Shot in black and white, the intricacies and the wider shots are just spectacular.  There is a recurring theme of the jets overhead flying into and out of Mexico City. Does it mean that life is moving on for folks outside of Roma?  Is it mean to be that the world is large and this is just a microcosm?  There is also a plane reference that was the worst and most blatant foreshadowing reference I've ever seen.

And the street where the family resides and the people who inhabit and use said street, is also recurring.

Cuarón, I believe, purposefully uses an opportunity when the family goes to the movie to see the 1969 film Marooned, which may or may not have been the impetus for (and a nod to) his own film, Gravity.

Yes, the movie season is young (even if this was a 2018 release), but so far it has been the best movie I've seen of the three.

2019 Movie Count / Goal: 03 of 15

Song by: Bauhaus

Saturday, January 19, 2019

the Right Profile

Another week.  Another weekend. Another pet post.  You get the idea.

....even though it's the left one. 

He's very regal. And with just a touch of grey. Already. 

Komfy Kat. 

Day Care Pick-Up with Mr. Underbite 

Add your own caption. 

Sophie is a lounger. 

Extreme Close-Up

Song by: the Clash

Friday, January 18, 2019

I Fought the Law

I'm putting this front and center

Ladies & Germs:  your potential (read:probable) Attorney General.

The nominee who believes in shutting down the Mueller investigation.  The nominee thinks "there are things that to be investigated" - but he means Hillary, not BLOTUS. The nominee who does not believe sitting presidents can be prosecuted.  Oh - and he plays bagpipes.......which, even with all the prior things listed, actually might be the most offensive thing about him.

And you still all might pooh-pooh the fall of Germany to the Nazis, but you might want to take a look at the tweet from the confirmation hearings on Bill Barr Baggins (ok, I added the 'Baggins' part).

BLOTUS has been systematically undermining the legitimacy of the press while still empowering State TV (FOX). Barr is seemingly unconcerned about taking it a step - or 17 - further: criminalizing reporters.

Who else has control of - and / or punishes - the   Oh right, every dictator ever.

So - let me get this straight. Our potential Attorney General would actually and actively go against the Constitution. You know - the document that governs the laws of this nation.  So - chew on that for a while.

but there's more...................


...............since I'm running on government paranoia, let's talk shutdown.  Yes. Again.

Did you know the Federal Court system runs out of funds in seven more days?   Didya? Well, they do.

You do realize how fragile the current Justice system already is with this administration, right?  And how Individual 1 has ignored you know, the FBI, tried to thwart them, skirted or out and out ignored laws, blah blah blah.

So, hey, let's remove one more barrier: the Federal court system.  You know, that one system, where say, an "activist judge" (read: one who follows the prescribed set of laws), overturns bans on refugees, or blocks changing the census, or voids changes to Planned Parenthood, or the one who makes caged children be reunited with their parents. Silly things like that.

But where are the checks and balances when the government actually shuts down the federal court system?

That question is actually not rhetorical.

Anyone?   Anyone??

Song by: the Clash

Thursday, January 17, 2019

From Time to Time

I have never been a fan of Nancy Pelosi.  As IF girls can be Speaker of the House. 

Speakerette, maybe.

Ok........I kid.  But seriously, I never found her horribly effective at most things, and to be fair to her, I can say the same of Newt, Paul, Dennis or Bohener. 

They are all dividers, and never truly try to unify the House.  They're not even on the congressional Kinsey scale. There is no bi - just partisan-on-partisan action.

So good for Nance for her letter to the BLOTUS, asking him to put off the State of the Union - or providing it another way.  Except it was totally unneeded. The Constitution (the paper, not the ship....or my early morning walk) says so.

First of, Article 2, Section 3 pretty much tells us why no woman can be President.  "He shall from time to time....".   Not 'She'.  So let it be written, so let it be told.

Again......I kid.

But the Constitution also lays out that the President is invited, by the House Speaker, to give the State of the Union address. Somewhere down the line, 'time to time' became annual. The invite, might not be needed, but has always been given. It's still the President's constitutional requirement to provide the update.  And really - hasn't he been giving those to use daily, 140 280 characters at a time?

I think we're good here.

Song by: Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Ad of the Month

Apparently the average white male (well, I'm assuming white) are up in arms over this Gillette ad. A commercial that just asks men to be more thoughtful; more kind; more of a role model for boys and younger men.

White Charlottesville going, non-gay cake baking, lynching guys can't have that. They'll be weak. They'll be pussies. They'll be typical.  Or worse - snowflakes.

I don't think this is as good at the Nike / Kaepernick ad, but they're not quite for the same audience, yet they both pissed off the same audience.

Typical.  White men: it's all about them.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

.....and Justice for All

Two movies in less than half a month?  Crazy.

Let's face it, we know any decent flicks are about to dry up now that it's 'award season' (still awaiting my prize from the Globe win......).

Saturday, after a snowing / perilous walk, we dropped Shep at his apartment and hightailed it to see On the Basis of Sex.

Sure it's about the Notorious RBG, but you know, her husband is played by Armie Hammer, so why not throw his image up here?

I barely remember Felicity Jones from Star Wars: Rogue One, yet here she is, playing pre-Supreme Court member, Bader Ginsberg, in what seems a horribly miscast role.

I guess Jones is fine, but that's as far as I can take it.

The movie centers on her law school and first big case life. It's a 20 year period (or so) from the mid 50s to early 70s. While I was not familiar with RBG's work pre-SCOTUS, the story here seemed way to predictable (spoiler alert:  she doesn't lose the case.)

And when I say 'predictable' I don't mean with the particulars of the case, but the set up and execution.  The taking of the case, the worse case scenarios, the stumbling in the courtroom  - until that moment when the lead realizes Chutney couldn't have been washing her hair at risk of deactivating the ammonium thioglycolate in her perm!

Ok, it wasn't quite that, but you get the idea. It was very formulaic. ....and the end was extremely heavy-handed.

Kathy Bates, as usual, was probably the best thing in the movie. Steven Root and especially Sam Waterston were justifiably unlikeable - as they were the right-on-cue 50s-minded white males (read: predictable).  Justin Theroux was fine, but not horrible though you saw even for that time the 'liberal' white male wasn't all that liberal.

Hammer, and especially the girl who played their daughter, were possibly the best on screen. The girl would become the heart and promise of the movie - and while kind of expected, the filmmaker didn't overplay it.

The theater was well attended, opening weekend and all. Since it was a matinee, the audience was, well, elderly - present company included. Had there been a fire, we would have perished due to the walked and cane crowd. Or we could have escaped by running over folks I assume, but the fall-out from that would be horrible.

The  two folks behind us were talkers. The lights had already gone down, so we didn't see them arrive.  It's not only that they talked, it was just at weird times and well, the wrong kind of things.  A lot of "awww!", but with upward inflection that made it seem like it was an endearing moment, when it really wasn't.

It really got to the point you thought they'd say, "no girl!  do NOT go into that courtroom!" 

I am amazed by all the television advertising for this movie. It's not that great and the subject has what I would consider very limited appeal.

On the Basis of Sex isn't winning any awards. It's not a stinker, but it's not going to take home any Razzies either.

2019 Movie Count / Goal: 02 of 15

Song by: Metallica

Monday, January 14, 2019

My Music Monday

I totally forgot - new year; new My Music Monday logo. I went back where it all started for me:  AM radio.

I know AM still exists, but for the life of me, I can't tell you the last decade I tuned in.

This change made me think of some of the songs I'd hear on those airwaves, but no worries, I'm not doing an AM radio theme.......yet.

I don't have a theme. Sometimes I think they help me select songs, sometimes they are a hindrance. So, we are still in random phase.

I've used a number of Annie Lennox or Eurythmic's songs over the past years, and I'm sure there will be a few more here and there. Today I'm going with their last album, 1999's Peace, and their first single from it, "I Saved the World Today".

Peace was totally overlooked as an album, and while not stellar, it deserved more.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

12 of 12

So I'm doing my 106th 12 of 12.

Normally it is 12 pictures taken on the 12th of the month. Since I only post once per day, you get my images the following day. All pictures taken with my iPhone. Click images to enlarge, if you choose.

Created by Chad Darnell and picked up from, what I can tell, any number of random bloggers who then link back to him and vice versa. Chad is no longer doing this, nor is successor coordinating the linking of other 12 of 12'ers anymore. Now it's just Erik and myself - that I know it's the only blog post he's still doing......for now.  

I still continue to do this, because of all my consistent post topics, I actually like this one the most.

05:21.  Sadly the time I got out of bed, as Shep demanded.  
More sadly, I'd been up since 03:30, when Shep decided to come to bed after sleeping downstairs. 

06:00.  Return from freeeeeezing a.m. dog walk. 

08:18.  Prepping b'fast. 
Shep and I dozed on the couch after his walk. So a late morning meal for me.

10:47.  Blogging. 
I'd like to say these posts magically happen, but they don't.  They're work. 

12:30.  Lunch.  Tuna.  Made by me. 

13:30.  What to wear?  What to wear?
Planning on taking Shep out, but it be cold. 

14:00.  The more you know. 

14:30.  Winter hike.  
The wooded paths were all ice. Very very treacherous, but I didn't fall. Barely. 

16:00.  Off to the movies. 
None of the ones listed on this side of the marquee. 

18:30.  Bibibop (Asian chipotle) for dinner. Never been.  It wasn't bad at all. 

18:45.  Changing outfits again.  Fuzzy dog pants. 

20:15.  Dessert.  

There you have it. 

Saturday, January 12, 2019


I know Sophie has her fans out there.  So this week is a good one for you.

Sophie isn't at all subtle. She's an in-your-face kind of girl. 

Dinner?  Did you say "dinner"?

Henry & Co. 
Henry likes to put my arm in his mouth - so I let him. 

Most mornings - Soph gets my leftover cereal milk.

Shep isn't a cuddler with me per se. He is with 710, so extra special when last week he crawled on me for bunches of snuggies. 

Pic of the Week.  
She's kind of an angel. 

Song by: Fleetwood Mac