Sunday, December 30, 2012

FB - December 2009

"Family Ties" actress Meredith Baxter made the media rounds Wednesday confirming the rumors that she is a lesbian.
December 2, 2009 at 12:42 pm Friends

No apology needed. Where he chooses to put his, er . . club . . is a private matter between him and his wife. The public and press can STFU and go deal with their own baggage.

Golfer Tiger Woods apologized Wednesday for "transgressions" that let his family down -- the same day a gossip magazine published a report alleging he had an affair.
December 2, 2009 at 12:58 pm Friends

On the phone, on hold, for 51 minutes now . . but thank God "my call is important to [them]".
December 2, 2009 at 12:59 pm Friends

I bought Smiley a gumball from a quarter machine. He rejected it when I brought it home, pointing to his teeth and starting a fit. Ten minutes later I asked if we were cool. "na-uh," he said, patting his breast. "ooo bwoke my [h]eart". Jeez, what a momma's boy lol
December 2, 2009 at 5:47 pm Friends

If you read today's Journal-Sentinel, you'll know that three of the 4 teens in this video were killed just hours later in an East Troy car accident; the fourth, the Andy mentioned in the title, is hospitalized with severe head injuries. RIP.

December 5, 2009 at 2:49 pm

An unusually quiet and Hallmark-y morning, with Lisa sitting with the two oldest girls in the living room, teaching them to sew so they can make their own costumes from some old sheets they found. Oh, and 'Bama crushed Florida. What a nice weekend so far.
December 6, 2009 at 1:18 pm Friends

Took the kids to school, went to Mass (Feast of the Immaculate Conception), shoveled my walk, now writing and working up the nerve to hit the road to get some things done. Or, I may nap. Either/or.
December 8, 2009 at 12:15 pm Friends

No. No. No! ATWT is a classic and an icon of my childhood ;(
is reporting that As The World Turns, Procter and Gamble's lone soap opera in production has been cancelled! According to Newcomb, the soap will cease production in June and last airin Sept. 2010.Damn. Just damn.
December 8, 2009 at 4:47 pm Friends

Just gave a hitchiker a ride, which would be a first for me. He came begging for a lift at a gas station, drunk and stranded at 7 at night. Gotta love the South Side.
December 8, 2009 at 8:31 pm Friends

Lisa broke her glasses, I lost five pages of newly written text due to gremlins in the computer, it's snowing, and As The World Turns was cancelled. :(
December 9, 2009 at 1:22 am Friends

Spent all evening getting the house ready for a visit from Smiley's speech therapist, only to have her cxl this morning because of illness. Good luck keeping this house clean until the rescheduled appt.
December 11, 2009 at 10:08 am Friends

I finally got around to watching Glee's fall finale. GREAT episode - I literally had a smile on my face beginning to end.
December 11, 2009 at 10:18 am Friends

Anyone live/work in Menominee Falls? I have a Xmas present to pick up but I'm not relishing a 60 minute round trip in my car . . .
December 15, 2009 at 12:16 pm Friends


Evangelist Oral Roberts, founder of the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association and Oral Roberts University, died Tuesday from complications of pneumonia in Newport Beach, California, his spokeswoman said. He was 91.
December 15, 2009 at 4:22 pm Friends

So Smiley is wrapping presents with Lisa at the dining room table, and he spots the Zuzu pets we've kept hidden. Speech problems? Not today "Zuhzu Pets!" he yells, inspiring his two year old sister to run around the house repeating news of the sighting.
December 15, 2009 at 8:02 pm Friends

RIP Roy Disney, age 79. December 16, 2009 at 3:06 pm Friends
Just received word I'll be in the Journal again on Christmas Day. You've got plenty of notice, so no excuses for not buying a paper that day :) That'll be the 13th or 14th column of the year for me. Kinda neat it's happened so often I've lost count.
December 17, 2009 at 3:29 pm Friends

Barnes and Noble has at least OK'd "Merry Christmas", after what I'm told were a few years of PC "Happy Holidays!". But note that while their current gift card selection rightly includes a menorah for Hannukah none - not one of the cards I've seen - includes anything but secular depictions of Christmas. Santa, snowflake, nutcracker, odd Christmas rabbit, winter scene. Baby in a manger? Naw - but after all, who thinks of Jesus at this time of year? December 20, 2009 at 1:09 pm Friends

I'm loving the coverage in Minnesota! Childress tried to bench Favre in last nights game, Favre refused (!) and words have been exchanged in the press. The Star-Tribune is abuzzin'. Hillbilly done gone prima donna again. Sit back and enjoy folks, sit back and enjoy!
December 21, 2009 at 10:53 am Friends

(Dec. 21) -- Days before Christmas, archaeologists on Monday unveiled what they said were the remains of the first dwelling in Nazareth that can be dated back to the time of Jesus รข€” a find that could ...
December 21, 2009 at 3:25 pm Friends

The newly divorced mom of eight told talk-show host Jay Leno on Friday night that she would be interested shake her groove thing as a contestant on ABC's hit dance competition show, "Dancing With The Stars."
December 21, 2009 at 11:33 pm Friends
[she would appear, do horribly and come off as a mean spirited woman, and essentially tank her career]

So a businessman books into a travel lodge and says to the desk clerk "I hope the porn Channel is disabled". The clerk looks disgusted and replies "No, its ordinary porn you sick bastard!"
December 22, 2009 at 12:21 am Friends

Publicist Billy Laurence says Reed-Amini died Thursday at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica after a two-year battle with breast cancer.
December 22, 2009 at 9:46 am Friends

I think it's appalling that 'legitimate' media outlets like CNN and CBS are using gossip sites like TMZ as official sources and then running pieces with no legitimacy . . do I think Brittany Murphy died of drugs? Probably. But I wouldn't write a headline piece about it just because a quack on TMZ (who didn't know her or work on the case) said it "must have been drugs".
December 22, 2009 at 1:52 pm Friends
[she didn’t; it was pneumonia]

In the midst of our first family fun night . . . homemade tacos, now getting ready to play Topple and Go Fish
December 22, 2009 at 6:24 pm Friends

Mike Leach was the best thing to happen to Lubbock since Buddy Holly. Now, thanks to a Daddy who works for ESPN and isn't happy that his son is nothing more than a mediocre, part time college player, the man is out of a job. Ugh.

Texas Tech has fired football coach Mike Leach.
December 30, 2009 at 2:21 pm Friends

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December 31, 2009 at 10:15 am Friends

Odd question: does anyone on FB have an old police scanner you're willing to part with?
December 31, 2009 at 12:13 pm Friends

FB - Jan 1 thru 20th, 2010

Happy New Year everyone! May 2010 far surpass the suckassy '09!
January 1, 2010 at 12:48 am Friends
[it didn’t; to date, 2010 was the worst year of my life]
Listening to the Glee soundtrack on the computer, with Joe Mac's new album playing in the dining room, while Dance Your Ass off is on the TV and the Twilight Zone and Doctor Who marathons are recording on the DVR . . how I ever got laid, much less married, escapes belief.
January 1, 2010 at 1:28 pm Friends

Our turtle tank was just shattered, sending water across the floor. Franklin is OK, but I guess I'll have to spend my morning looking for a cheap tank to replace his home.
January 1, 2010 at 9:15 pm Friends

I'm proud that my two oldest are sad (and a bit concerned) that David Tenant's time as the Doctor is coming to an end tonight. They know far more about the show and its characters than I ever could have guessed, even ID'ing an episode after seeing one scene. Nice to know I've done something right.
January 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm Friends

The Ginger's Godfather, who we haven't seen in over a year, just called to say he's on his way over to drop off a gift for her. Yikes - and us, with a turtle in the bathtub and Chinese takeout half-eaten in the living room.
January 2, 2010 at 2:15 pm Friends

Worked until midnight, came home and watched the very well done Tennant finale and the premiere of Demons (yawn), then had to crawl into Smiley's bed for 5 hours of sleep because my two youngest girls were sprawled next to Lisa in our bed- and rule #1 is, and always will be, never wake a sleeping baby/toddler. Ever.
January 3, 2010 at 10:34 am Friends

The Journal editor just called my cell while I was grocery shopping and asked me to stay on for another year, through the first part of 2011! Hot dog!
January 4, 2010 at 7:22 pm Friends

A string of earthquakes rattled the Solomon Islands Monday morning, while another quake struck the Philippines, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
January 5, 2010 at 12:28 am Friends

After school I took my two oldest girls to help organize my Godson's nursery, as he's due to arrive home in less than a day. My girls were polite, helpful, eager to work, and kept their cool. I was very proud of them both!
January 5, 2010 at 12:33 am Friends

Markas was the play by play man w/ Del Crandall for the Brewers back in the early '90's.

Rory Markas, a play-by-play sportscaster who spent the past eight seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, has died. He was 54.
January 5, 2010 at 4:18 pm Friends

Not the greatest afternoon. The girls were angry that a kibosh was put on their chance to see the newborn and it went straight downhill from there, plus Smiley was in a mood. Still, we sat down to French toast for dinner and Family Game night continued (3rd week in a row now) but it was stressful, very stressful.
January 5, 2010 at 8:53 pm Friends

BTW, for anyone unsuccessfully calling our house: no, the home phone isn't disconnected. The fourth-born dumped a whole jar of pickle juice on the telephone base/answering machine, ruining it. It's replacement will have to wait until payday, if then.
January 5, 2010 at 8:55 pm Friends

Tonight, in the course of half an hour we moved YaYa and the Ginger into new rooms; very half-ass results but whataya gonna do in 30 minutes? YaYa and Lu are now roomies, while Ginger's on her own in YaYa's old room. I objected to it because it feels like rewarding Ginger for making nights hell, but she's actually taking the new digs as a punishment - screaming her head off as we speak.
January 6, 2010 at 8:35 pm Friends

"The Ginger" - woke up today proud of "my 'oom". Good. Maybe she won't cry and scream until 10:30 like she did last night. Like all my kids she's used to sleeping in a dark room, but the new surroundings scared her.
January 7, 2010 at 10:08 am Friends

Saw two movies last night, "Hangover" which I loved, and "Paranormal Activity". For the latter, what Lisa said: it's not half as scary as a day with our kids. Yawn. Aside from the Danny-girl lead, there was no reason to watch - and she not only remained clothed, she wore a bra to bed each night :( A waste of a rental.
January 7, 2010 at 10:17 am Friends

Still stuck @ home, w/ 14-15 inch drifts up and down the alley. We're mid block, and it'll take a while to dig out. Mucho thanks to Anne U. for picking up my girls and getting them to school today!
January 8, 2010 at 10:49 am Friends

Our landline is now replaced and good to go . . please call us on that as the minutes are up on the cell phones.
January 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm Friends

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Three churches in Malaysia were attacked with firebombs, causing extensive damage to one, as Muslims pledged Friday to prevent Christians from using the word "Allah," escalating religious tensions in the multiracial country.
January 8, 2010 at 2:35 pm Friends

Its official: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has confirmed that the State of the Union will not pre-empt the premiere of LOST The Final Season on 2/2. See you in 25 days. (from Lost's FB page)
January 8, 2010 at 4:48 pm Friends

(YaYa) is selling Girl Scout cookies, and any and all orders are appreciated!
January 9, 2010 at 12:59 pm Friends

That was a great 2nd half to watch, even if it was interrupted by Smiley throwing up Hot Fries for about two minutes (wicked to watch - A+ for effort little dude!) and the Ginger peeing on her Elmo couch. I no longer care who wins it all, so long as Hillbilly is sent packing next week. Oh, and memo to my sister - howsabout not giving a four year old an entire package of hot fries before sending him home to his pa :)
January 10, 2010 at 8:38 pm Friends

Air Force Pilot Remains From Vietnam War Identified, The Department of Defense says the remains of an Air Force pilot missing in action from the Vietnam War were identified.
January 13, 2010 at 1:41 am Friends

As our culture and our nation continues its slide into full Suckassyness, one bastion of our grand past still stands tall: The Match Game. Where have you gone Gene Rayburn, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you (woo woo woo).
January 13, 2010 at 2:35 pm Friends

Vanessa Wolfe's time on American Idol was enough to break your heart. She's very attractive, talented, and down to earth, but was so beaten down and low on confidence I could barely watch. That line about not wanting the judges to 'look down on her' was gut wrenching. I hope she's not eaten alive in Hollywood. I'll be rooting for her.
January 14, 2010 at 2:15 am Friends

Wednesday Lu called from school saying her stomach felt 'mushy', and w/in a day all the kids were down w/ it. It seems to be a quick 24-48 bug (3 are over it) but YaYa just puked all over my newly cleaned dining room floor. Dangnabbit.
January 15, 2010 at 10:38 am Friends

True, the top two designs were great, and the group seems much more talented than the horrific LA season. Still, I wasn't very inspired by the season premier of Project Runway, even if it does feature a Milwaukee native. Has it jumped the shark, or was I just in the wrong Mood (nudge-nudge) when watching the episode?
January 15, 2010 at 10:53 am Friends

E&P is back, w/ new owners and editors.

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin works with Latin American journalists to create sustainable training programs for reporters, editors, and photojournalists. ...
January 15, 2010 at 4:50 pm Friends

It's 9:30 in the morning. How the hell can you know, with certainty, that business will be soooo slow that you need to call me off for the day and take a days wages out of kids bellies? Utter Bull----t. In other news, I say Indy and the Saints move on today. And a very snarky "Very Generous!" to the NFL for donating a combined (gasp) $2.5 mil for Haiti.
January 16, 2010 at 11:41 am Friends

This . . . has been a crappy of crappy days, and it's only 12:30. Joy.
January 16, 2010 at 1:39 pm Friends

Happy Birthday to my stepfather-in-law Jaspare, who turned 72 today, and Lisa's friend Chris. Also - congrats to the Colts, and a thank you to the Saints for knocking off the Cards.
January 16, 2010 at 11:17 pm Friends

A nice day so far. My cousin Mary and her husband stopped by to see the house and visit over lunch, then @ 4 we had bunk beds delivered and set up for the girls (yay Craigslist!). Sure the Dark Side won the NFC game today, and the Chargers are down 10-7 right now, but I'm sure we can end the day as nice as it started . . .
January 17, 2010 at 7:12 pm Friends

Pope John Paul II's attempted assassin - a man who had been convicted of murder before - is released from prison.

January 18, 2010 at 9:54 am Friends

I posted a very cocky status update on how I refused to come to YaYa's aid w/ her missing book report. It turns out I was wrong. She did it, Lisa took it to proofread, and the Ginger used it as an art project. So . . .yeah. I threw my kid to the wolves.
January 18, 2010 at 12:04 pm Friends

True anecdote: according to Rod Serling (Twilight Zone), manufacturer Kimberly Clark turned down sponsorships for the shows "Rawhide" and "Black Saddle" because the company sold toilet paper, fearing the inevitable jokes at their expense.
January 18, 2010 at 12:37 pm Friends
Serling quoted it in his seminars at Antioch College in '62-63.
January 19, 2010 at 9:07 pm

A mysterious visitor who left roses and cognac at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe each year on the writer's birthday failed to show early Tuesday, breaking with a ritual that began more than 60 years ago.
January 19, 2010 at 1:16 pm Friends

Worst. Headache. Ever.
January 19, 2010 at 4:18 pm Friends

I took my two oldest to the dentist this morning. LuLu was very dramatic &the dentist asked me to leave the room so he could scold her w/out a 300# man glaring at him. YaYa, vet of many stiches, bore her cavities with stoic defiance. & good news: the 2 teeth loosened in a stumble at her Godfather's house are due out anyhow. I'd been worried they were adult teeth.
January 19, 2010 at 4:29 pm Friends

Call me dumb here, but when Mountain Dew 'Throwback' heavily advertises "Made with Real Sugar!" . . WTH is the stuff in the 'normal' can?
January 19, 2010 at 4:36 pm Friends
[high fructose corn syrup]

Not a great night post-dinner, as Family Night gave way to tons of homework (although Lis taught Lu Uno). We've got plans to watch American Idol on the DVR, Pandorum on DVD, and hopefully cheer a Brown win in Mass., but I'm not holding my breath for any of it.
January 19, 2010 at 9:00 pm Friends

Whoo-hoo! Multiple sources are now calling the Massachusetts race in favor of Scott Brown! Ted Kennedy's old seat now belongs to a Republican!
January 19, 2010 at 9:35 pm Friends

Erich Segal, the author of the hugely popular novel "Love Story," has died of a heart attack, his daughter said Tuesday. He was 72.
January 19, 2010 at 10:44 pm Friends

Parker is my favorite author, and the man I named my only son after him. What a crap way to start the day.

Robert B. Parker, whose spare, eloquent sentences turned the tough private investigator Spenser into one of Boston's most recognizable fictional characters, died in his Cambridge home Monday. He was 77.
January 20, 2010 at 9:43 am Friends

The Times has a much better obit for RBP than the Globe. "Robert Brown Parker was a large man of large appetites that were nonetheless satisfied with relative ease. He was as unpretentious and self-aware as Spenser. All he needed to be happy was his family and writing,” she said. RIP

Mr. Parker was the best-selling mystery writer who created Spenser, a tough, glib Boston private detective who was the hero of nearly 40 novels.
January 20, 2010 at 9:55 am Friends

Wife Swap would be a better show if they actually 'swapped' wives. Just an observation.
January 20, 2010 at 12:35 pm Friends