“Jill Lepore notes in her review of More Perfect Unions, For Better, and the rest of the recent marriage-improvement books in The New Yorker, “there’s not much profit in pointing out that some things—like the unglamorous and blessed ordinariness of buttering the toast every morning for someone you’re terribly fond of—just don’t get any better.” I, for one wish people would spend more time talking about that buttered toast, because I suspect it’s the best part.”—
“Plus, they have goofy routines and nicknames. Nyjer Morgan has dubbed his lineup “the S.W.A.T. team.” Fans are calling the 8th and 9th innings “Clip and Save.” And maybe I missed the explanation on this, but Morgan seems to salute everyone within 500 yards after wins. So someone give me directions to the bandwagon; I’m gonna need ‘em.”—
“Steve and I both knew my newspaper ban wouldn’t last. But it did. There weren’t even any withdrawal symptoms. I changed a lifetime habit overnight and it didn’t hurt a bit. Every morning I turn on my laptop and catch up with the news. At first I wondered if I’d stay as well informed. That seems naïve now. I am better and more quickly informed. I no longer rely on an editor to pick and choose what news I will read. My news is no longer a day old. The only limit is the time I will give it. I hit links off my Twitter stream. I troll newspaper web sites. I visit all-digital news sites. Newspapers have cannibalized their product to make ends meet for so long, I’ve lost nothing in the way of quality. If a web site has a paywall, I move on. I can always find someone else who’s willing to give me the story for free.”—“Did it ever occur to you that even the most deathless love could wear out?” Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind.
“Last year, I discussed the culinary abomination of Fry Sauce, which is beloved by the Philistines in Utah. I was convinced that this was the dirtiest thing one could do with ketuchup. Oh, how I wish it only went as far that.”—
So, the new house has some quirks. Not deal-breakers or anything, just quirks. For example, of the 3.5 baths in the house, only one of them (master bath) actually has a toilet paper roll holder. Every bedroom has a beautiful ceiling fan/light with a remote control, but there’s only one toilet paper roll holder in the entire house.
The powder room doesn’t have a hand towel ring.
The upstairs hall bathroom is the only one with any kind of storage, a cabinet under the sink. None of the bathrooms have medicine cabinets or shelves, so right now Tom’s shaving stuff and our toothbrushes and my assorted skin care items are all awkwardly piled on top of the sink and back of the toilet, along with the spare rolls of toilet paper.
So, in our “furnish the new house” shopping, the list of stuff we need is growing. Like, baskets and shelves for the bathrooms. But at the very least, we have some groceries coming today. And Tom is going to get a lawnmower so we can address the jungle-like growth going on. And this weekend? Furniture shopping, no doubt.
“Language is like geology. Novelties periodically erupt, some of which remain a feature of the landscape, but most of which subside. More commonly, language is a collection of tectonic plates that separate or grind together very slowly over a long period as some features of the landscape erode and others metamorphose. Individual efforts to make the crooked straight and the rough places smooth are generally futile, and there are always anomalous features that must be negotiated with caution.”—
“The point is, part of owning a Kraken is accepting that at some point, you have to release him. You’re going to have to let him do things on his own like drive a car, stay overnight at another Kraken’s house, or mercilessly torture and maim thousands of helpless Greek villagers.”—Releasing Your Kraken « Understated Stupidity
“The Bible does not, however, guarantee universal health care any more than it protects an absolute right to private ownership. Arguing from presumptions about the American form of government and economy about the mandates of the Bible is dishonest, specious and irresponsible. It is also irrelevant. The values taught by the diverse interpretations of religious communities in the United States do not determine, individually or collectively, what kind of government we ought to have. Likewise, American values do not determine the beliefs and practices of diverse communities of faith.”—On Faith Panelists Blog: Personal (Ir)responsibility - Jack Moline
“Former quarterback Terry Bradshaw said Roethlisberger needs to stay away from night clubs.
“You just got to stay out of it,” Bradshaw said. “Fight the temptation and stay away from those places. Because once would scare me to death. Twice, I don’t even know how you sleep.
“You ask yourself, would they be paying any attention to you if you weren’t who you are? Of course not. Because I’m not that attractive and neither is Ben,” said Bradshaw, who led the Steelers to four NFL championships.”—
“Does this mean you get to expect everyone to approve of you? No. If you swallow a tapeworm because the boy you like only digs girls who look like Puccini heroines in the last act, I’m going to laugh at you. Hard. And probably make a bitchy comment about your daddy not showing up to enough ballet recitals. BUT. Other people’s disapproval is the price you pay for living the life you want, and it’s worth every penny.”—Suck It Fatosphere. » Manolo for the Big Girl!
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This is why my pre-order for the Kindle edition of “Changes,” the 12th Harry Dresden novel, just got canceled. Because the $15 Amazon was going to charge for it (similar to the hardcover price) wasn’t good enough.
So Amazon is now offering to sell me the hardcover for $9.99 to make up for it. (Of course, if I wanted to keep accumulating paper books, I wouldn’t have bought a damn Kindle.)