Campaign smearing

This is so not cool: Okay - I'm sure that like me, you know people who feel pretty darn strongly about the presidential candidates. Maybe also like me you want to slap those people. I am so, so, soooo tired of getting e-mails and warnings and general lectures regarding the evils of certain candidates from people who don't bother to do a little background check on the information that they are spreading.

I received an e-mail this week about Senator Barack Obama that I found incredibly offensive; bigoted and blatantly libelous. I immediately fired back a detailed reply that included this:

"...the word muslim was repeatedly used as a negative term, and all-capped in order to make it stand out - so that at initial perusal OBAMA & MUSLIM were figuratively jumping off the screen. This is standard propogandic tactics, as any jew who survived the holocaust can attest. Recall that there are several Muslim sects, as there are multiple Christian, Jewish, and Buddhist sects (to name a few of the most well-known religious flavors.). The Taliban, a group of extremist Sunni Muslims, are generally regarded by the people of Islam to be false muslims - ie, men without true understanding of the Qu'ran who have perverted its teachings. Throughout the Qur'an men are exhorted to love and cherish women and to treat them always well. Nowhere does it say that women should be killed for speaking too loudly, or beaten for vanity. Here is a great article written by a muslim woman about the misconceptions surrounding her faith: http://www.peak.sfu.ca/the-peak/2004-3/issue10/lastword.html That being said, Barack Obama is not a man of Muslim faith. He was baptized in a Christian church, and attends service every week."
I followed this with the passionate request to the sender, and also the other addresses listed: "If you choose to vote or not to vote for Barack Obama, please let it be based on his performance in the senate, not on hateful rhetoric full of invictiveness."

I personally have not yet made my decision regarding the candidate to whom I will give my vote - I intend to weigh that decision carefully. Because I truly believe that every vote counts, and I want mine to be for the best possible candidate. To that end I keep myself informed about the issues, the stance each candidate is taking on them and also their previous record in Congress.

So, in conclusion I am telling you that if you have something snotty to say, you'd better be prepared to back it up, 'cause momma ain't about to hear that.

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Seven Things I Really Love Right Now...

In my very first post I mentioned that I am a Gemini. For those of you who are all about astrology, you totally get me. For those who aren't , please click on this quick explanation. Now, now - I'm not trying to turn you to the dark side, it's just fun - and a darn accurate description of my personality.

What I mean to say is that I really love stuff, right up until I really love something else (though people are entirely different - I'm not sure I ever truly stopped loving anyone).

Today, on this Maybe Monday, I'd like to tell you about Seven Things I Really Love Right Now:

Uno: I really love Baby Toolkit - self-described geeks with loads of personality. I love that they named their son Ranger, and I love that they are so willing to check stuff out for the rest of us who are floundering in the dark. Though I am a little intimidated by the miles long category list, I do like to randomly grab one to see just what Jim & Adrienne have to say about cardboard, or marshmallows, social justice or zip-ties. (Don't those last two almost go together?) For your pleasure, they are even hosting a giveaway right now featuring Annabel Karmel's new Toddler Cookbook. I have to warn you though - the pics posted of those delish-looking banana muffins are heady. You may need to snack before you dive in!

Dos: I really love Prizey. Maybe you've noticed how often I refer to giveaways - that's 'cause they are awesome! I've even won a few, and I owe it all to Prizey, a blog giveaway round-up that I check a couple of times a day. You should love them too - so check them out, you won't be disappointed. Also - because of the good folks over there I've found so many of my fave blogs. Thanks Guys! (I even have a Prizey widget to the left, if you're interested!)

Tres: I really love craigslist. If you haven't heard of craigslist, then you must live in a cave. You name it - it can be found there, ad-free and at your own risk! You can access it via individualized localities, mine is baltimore.craigslist.org, for example. Work, play, home and more - it's all there!



Quatro: I really love italian cookies. Yum. Yum, yum. I bought a small container from a local diner yesterday and it brought me right back to my childhood. They literally melt in your mouth. Find an italian bakery today and buy some! You will not be sorry, I promise. (photo courtesy of freefoto.com)

Cinco: I love Steve & Barry's. Seriously, I think this may be my all-time fave clothing retailer. Featuring clothing lines from the likes of no less than Sarah Jessica Parker, Amanda Bynes, Venus Williams, Stephan Marbury, and Ben Wallace - at prices from $20 and under (Yes! you read that right!) Last week during their close-out sale I spent $160 and picked up a purse, belt, sneakers, dress flats, a LBD (or little black dress), pretty ivory sweater, tuxedo style pinstripe top, three tee's, hoodie, two pairs of dress pants and denim capris. It's practically an entire wardrobe! Love, love these guys!

Seis: I love scanimation, "optically animated artwork that engages, awes and inspires!" Particularly in board-book form. Specifically Gallop! by Rufus Butler Seder. So cute, and both my three year old daughter and eight month old son are totally enraptured. Mr. Seder is the founder of EyeThink, Inc. EyeThink sells rulers, greeting cards and sun-catchers all featuring this very neat technique. Use this link to check out what it looks like, http://www.eyethinkinc.com/greetingcards/images/smartdemo.wmv and run to a bookstore near you for Gallop! 'Round here we like to "glippety-gloap-gloap" with the turtles.



Siete: I really love that twenty minute chunk of time when both of my children are asleep during the day. Sometimes I clean, or attend to my bath, but mostly I just sit down and breathe in the quiet. Ahhhh.










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This week in politics...

Because this week saw so many great changes, I'm devoting today's post to ...

The greater world view:

Though Benazir Bhutto did not live to see it, her party has managed to if not form a majority, at the very least take enough control to make them a force to be reckoned with. The former Pakistani Prime Minister was assassinated recently - perhaps you heard about it? Maybe you were busy making lunch, or doing laundry or filing your taxes - maybe you're not sure about why you should even care. Please, please read this essay (it's not too long, I swear) written by Nadeem Qureshi, (click the link)
http://www.savingpakistan.org/files/jan2008_Benazir_and_September_11.pdf , he says it so much better than I ever could.

In Cuba this morning, the most amazing thing has happened. Fidel is stepping down. Can Castro retire? Is that even allowed? He's been a thorn in the Washington's side for nigh on 50 years! The man has outlasted such powerhouses as JFK, Reagan, and the original Bushie. (Please don't mistake my humor for approval, here - I'm just pointing out the absurdity of Fidel Castro lazing his retirement away with a fishing rod and a couple of novels he's been meaning to get to - ya know what I mean?)

And just the day before yesterday Kosovo declared itself an independent state. Though officially supported by the US - Conde Rice was quick to offer appeasements to Serbia; "The unusual combination of factors found in the Kosovo situation -- including the context of Yugoslavia's breakup, the history of ethnic cleansing and crimes against civilians in Kosovo, and the extended period of UN administration -- are not found elsewhere and therefore make Kosovo a special case. Kosovo cannot be seen as a precedent for any other situation in the world today.
The United States takes this opportunity to reaffirm our friendship with Serbia, an ally during two world wars. We invite Serbia's leaders to work together with the United States and our partners to accomplish shared goals, such as the protection of the rights, security, culture and livelihood of the Serb community in Kosovo.
As Kosovo today begins its life as an independent state, the United States pledges to continue to be its close friend and partner;"
because the official Serbian stand is denial of said Independence, despite the 95% Albanian majority in Kosovo. It's a situation that requires utmost delicacy, in a region that has already endured too much.

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One last thing - ( and on a much lighter note) I'm super excited about The Bay Area Giveaway, so check it out here at one of my fave review sites Oh! Baby Buy Products. The folks behind the name are big on supporting local businesses, and so like to host giveaways that feature great baby finds from companies based in particular area. This one stars goodies from companies found in and around the San Francisco Bay. (If you recall I've mentioned that our first station was Alameda, a small island in the bay, just off Oakland. In fact, on a clear day we could even see Jack London Square from our house in the CG housing tract.) Please check out Oh! Baby Buy Products - you can get there via the great widget to the left! (They are actually hosting a couple of other great giveaways - I love these ladies!)

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Thoughts on Faith

About a month ago, my husband and I joined a couples bible study group. You'd have to really know us both to understand just how big a deal that is.

To begin with, it's hosted at the church we started attending last September, after we moved to Catonsville. It's a Methodist church - and I was raised as a Catholic. I left the Catholic church as a young teen, because I overheard my mother telling someone that the priest refused to offer her penance and forgiveness and that her sins were going to send her straight to hell. (My mother had contracted H.I.V. from a blood transfusion following a car accident before nationwide testing was in place.) She was sick, and she hoped for peace of mind - instead she was rebuffed by a man of God! (She passed away just three months later.) I still believed, and held faith, but I blamed the church system years later when my brother died at just fourteen years old, acting out because the pastor at the Christian school he attended had failed to see that he was in desperate need of guidance. He'd asked, was rejected, and two weeks later, was gone.

DH's childhood was centered around the methodist church in his home town of Victorville, so much so that as soon as he was old enough he rebelled against that upbringing and swore never to attend again.

After my daughter was born, I came to understand human frailty in a way I never had before. So I began to attend a methodist church with my good friend. It was perfect for me - traditional service, but no confession, open invitation to worship and break bread, fellowship. I truly felt at peace there. DH, however, simply was not interested.
When our son was born, and those first few terrifying days immediately following, when we were not sure if he'd live, prayer - fevered, desperate - was our only recourse. DH made a fateful choice. He called his mother and asked her to pray, and to call on her prayer circle. With tears streaming down our faces we put our newborn baby boy in God's hands. Within hours more than a thousand people also prayed with and for us. And we were given a miracle. That morning, I was told to prepare myself for the inevitable - and that afternoon suddenly the diagnosis was just an allergy and a major, but treatable, infection. Though we spent two more weeks at the hospital surrounded by monitors, and he endured multiple pokes and prods, IV's and antibiotics, we knew that God had stepped in and also knew that we could no longer deny his great presence in our lives.
Circumstances forced us to move to a new house in a new town. We immediately began attending Catonsville United Methodist Church. We were welcomed with open arms. I cannot say enough about how wonderful the Pastor at this church is. When we saw that a couples bible study was slated to begin, DH and I knew that we had to attend. Though we have both made great strides in our personal faith, our utterly different approach has left us unable to communicate about it in a loving manner. It all kind of degenerates into a "my way is the right way" kind of thing.
Which led us to realize that most of our disagreements come from the same attitude. I think this class affords us the opportunity to work through these things - but since we are part of a group, we're forced to keep our tones civil, and our minds open. Next week, I'll fill you in a little more on what the class is studying, and how well DH and I are utilizing all these new tools we're being given.
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Friday already?

Wow - I had a crazy week involving small children, cable mishaps and grounded barges. The first involves separation anxiety and sleepless nights, the second ensured that I missed American Idol and the last meant that DH spent two days in a little town called Bivalve. Taken all together that adds up to very, very little computer time. Sorry it's been so long, so I'll try to make up for it.

Super Tuesday:
Barack Obama is looking like he might be pulling ahead in the Democratic race - however, the party's convoluted nomination system leaves it all kinda messy. Superdelegates - I mean really. People who can vote no matter what their constituency wants? What a crappy idea. 'Course that's what makes our system so beautiful - big money and crappy delegates go hand-in-hand. Whoops! I meant crappy ideas. Really - I swear!
But getting back to the Democratic Golden Boy - a funny thing seems to be happening. The media, usually cruel - has been soft on the freshman senator. I've even heard about media personnel bringing family members to Obama's appearances! He's talking about "Hope" and the people are eating it up. Hard to know, though, exactly how it will translate at 1600 Penn. Ave. USA Today's Raasch has a similar view; check out his thoughts
here.
Now - looking back over these last two paragraphs, you might be getting the impression that I'm anti-Obama, but you'd be wrong. I'm just still on the fence.

This is So Cool: So yesterday was Valentine's Day. Maybe you did it up all romantic - maybe you didn't. DH and I were somewhere in between. Because of the aforementioned
barge incident - we decided to order Chinese food, and hang out at home with our kiddos. Smart man that he is, he walked in the door last night carrying flowers, (Never roses, he knows better - I'm not impressed with roses because there's just no effort involved,) chocolate (every year I tell him not to, and every year he does anyway - like I said, he knows better,) and two cards (also something he does every year, one funny & one sweet.) He even broght home a stuffed monkey, pink carnation and a sugar-free chocolate heart for Liv. He's good, isn't he? In the everyday of a marriage you can forget how it is that you got to your particular place in the world. And every so often my sweetie reminds me. It isn't the stuff he brought home (getting laughed at I'm sure while buying Valentine's gifts at 7:30 p.m. the day of) it's the care he takes in getting them. He knows not only what flowers I like, but also that I hate coconut, so he always buys the chocolate assortment that comes without it. He also knows that Liv missed her Daddy, so he spent an extra forty minutes on her bedtime routine (giving me sadly just enough time to fall asleep on the couch - poor guy.) My honey is a mighty good man.

I should mention that he gave me a set of Teething Bling by SmartMom earlier in the week. So cute! My daughter has been playing with it every day since. Now - it's meant to be worn by me for purpose of keeping the baby busy - but I'm not complaining.. Check them out - I love my set! Never mind the attractiveness of the necklace and matching bangle, the fun color choices and the great price, I love that a portion of all proceeds goes to CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation and Dress For Success, which helps disadvantaged women find not just work, but careers. Both incredibly worthy causes. SmartMom, indeed.

Round Up: Cool happenings around the blog-world include a fun giveaway at Metropolitan Momma in celebration of Get Fit in February. Check out my button to the left if you want to know more about it. I'm trying to get my personal fitness in gear, so maybe it'll help. Now - I may not be ready for a race, but I am willing to commit to a daily walk with my kiddos. Wish me luck! I'll be sure to keep ya'll updated on my progress!
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Monday. maybe?

If you caught the Grammy’s last night, you may have been pleasantly surprised. I know that I was. From the very unsappy tributes to the artists of yesteryear to the tightly staged mixed genre musical numbers, I have to say that I was impressed. True – in order to keep a rein on the famously bloated awards ceremony, many more Grammy’s than usual were given off-air.
But that left room for a stellar performance by Cirque Du Soleil – (utterly fantastic, I really wish I’d caught LOVE when it came to town).
And how thrilled I was when Ludacris announced the Gospel m̩lange that literally brought my hair to a stand-still! Oh РMiss Aretha! That voice still soars! Duetting with BeBe Wynans, followed by The Clarks Sisters & Israel and The New Breed. Let there be a joyful noise!
Who didn’t laugh when Vince Gill called out Kanye West? And who didn’t get a little choked up when Kanye serenaded his mother, grief still ringing in his words?
One last thing – though I am not a fan of Sara Ferguson, formerly of Kids Inc., - a.k.a. Fergie, last night, while accompanied by one of my fave performers, John Legend, she not only held her own with the vocal talent of the evening, but may have even surpassed it (except for Aretha, of course). Looking and sounding like a grown-up may be worth exploring, hon.
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This is So Not Cool

Wow - can I just say that Debbie Dubrow of Delicious Baby is awesome? She saw a problem - and handled it. Ka-pow Advantage Car Rental! Take that!

Okay, maybe I'm getting a little ahead of myself.

Back in December, The Dubrows rented a car from Advantage, and requested two car seats. What they got ended up on the evening news a couple of days ago. The seats were filthy, damn near ancient and one was eight years past it's destruction date! Forced to choose from piles of dirty, moldy, broken seats - she and her husband took the best of a rotten bunch, and then let the manager know what they'd found, (smart couple that they are - they even took pictures.) Brushed off with little more than a credit on the rental, Debbie went to the media. Her local station headed an undercover investigation that led to Advantage making a major car-seat policy change.

Check out her site for the full story - not to mention that it's a fun family travel resource, too.


Debbie - I salute you for making the world just that much safer for our kids!
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This is So Cool

I am seriously excited about two things right now -

A Raisin In The Sun remake will be premiering on ABC on February 25th. If you didn't read this book somwhere between junior high and junior year, I will personally call your former principal and give 'em what for!

Here is a preview:



It's really an incredible story about a man whose struggle with family responsibility and frustrated ambition is portrayed against an early '50s era Chicago backdrop. The cast (many of whom are returning from the Tony award winning Broadway version) includes big names like Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald, Sanaa Latham and even John Stamos. Hope, love, racism, regret and redemption all come together in a truly brilliant story, written by Lorraine Hansberry at a time when being a black woman meant not having a voice at all. A Raisin in the Sun quickly became an American classic. It remains a relevant story, as its depiction of a struggling black family still resonates today.

Here is a killer review from All Hip Hop.com : http://allhiphop.com/stories/lifestylefilm/archive/2008/02/04/19213615.aspx

Mark your calenders people! Set your DVRs! This is a do not miss.



Now - for the second So Cool thing:

(Okay - ya'll are gonna laugh, but I can't help but be excited in a nostalgic for my youth kinda way.) New Kids On The Block are BACK! Check out their no-longer defunct homepage, http://www.nkotb.com/ and please, please hit the remote on the page and reminisce a little while watching Donny Wahlburg prance around in shredded jeans, a cropped HOME BOY tee , peace sign necklace and his trademark rat-tail. Oh, boy the eighties sure were something! Oh, oh, oh, o-oh!
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Round-Up!


I am scary addicted to reading momblogs. I'm not a huge commenter - though I do when I actually have something to say. Here are some cool articles, posts and such that you may be interested in checking out:

ZRecommends has a cute home-made block puzzle project how-to. I'm already thinking up a way to turn it into a Valentine's craft for my Liv.

My Life with Rachel Compos-Duffy, courtesy of Parent Dish gives a great list of baby must-haves. (Hint: It's way, way shorter than you've been led to believe!) I have my own addition to that list - I love, love, love my Pack-n-Play. My mom bought a whole Graco set (the travel system, swing and Pack-n-Play) for my daughter in 2004. The Pack-n-Play came with a diaper changing table and bassinet setting. (It was also equipped with a vibrator, music & light which we rarely used.) We've been using it for various things ever since. As a changer and bassinet when Liv was a baby, a toy and clothes hamper after that (I'm just being honest here!) and then we lowered the mattress and used it as a crib for a little boy that I babysat for eight months, and now it's back to it's first function for my son. The newest ones have gotten pretty darn fancy with elevated changers (DH could've used that, as he has to bend over nearly in half to change a diaper right now), toy-mobiles, shelving and built-in diaper stations (which I'll admit, made me a little envious).

Speaking of baby stuff, here's something on the treaty side of the equation:

Oh! Baby Buy Products is hosting a fantastic Diaper Bag giveaway. The prize is worth over $150 and brimming with awesome treats for you and the babe (or your sis-in-law and her babe, or your niece, or BFF or whatever.) So go! Check it out! I gotta warn you though, you'll have to work for it (but in a fun way). It's a trivia based entry, so prepare to spend some time at the site. No worries - I just know you'll love it like I do. Nichole, contributing writer for the site, chose the same beautiful name for her daughter that I did - she even lives in Alameda - which if you check out my very first post is where we lived when my Liv was born - hmmm, wonder if she had her at Alta Bates, too? Whoa. Cool.

Speaking of giveaways, mod*mom is having a super-dupery sweet! V-Day giveaway for bloggers. Ya gotta link 'er up and it's soooo worth it - Here's what she's got to say about it :

"enter my fabulous valentine's giveaways worth $3500...be my valentine! tell your blog readers about my valentine's giveaways, then email me your url + i'll add you to my valentine's blogroll. 75 prizes!". These include things like fair-trade chocolate, software, deluxe doubles stroller, bedding, books, eco-friendly cleaning supplies & more! What are you waiting for? Get over there!

Hope you have fun web-surfing! Lemme know whatcha think, now!

Also I wanna thank Monkey Giggles for sharing the EBay Strike video. If you haven't heard about it yet, this video will fill you in:




Please join in and be heard.
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Super Tuesday

photo courtesy of freefoto.com








Ah, America - Land of Caucus. Wait, whuh?

Ok - if you need a quick rundown of the nominee race, this is a good start : http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/campaign_rdp

Basically it'll tell you who won, where. Maybe you haven't noticed that History, with a big 'H' is in the making. Maybe you aren't interested that for the first time, a black man and a white woman not only have a viable shot at the White House, but are neck and neck. Wake up people! The times, they are a changin'!

Are you at all interested in the hot-button issues?
Universal Healthcare?
Immigration?
Our failing public education system?
Iraq?
(For more info on these and more check out this page on quickoverview.com, one of my new fave sites.)



Maybe I should mention that I am a registered Democrat, but consider myself a "conservative liberal". For me - that means less government. I say that "we the people" are a whole lot better at figuring out how to live our lives than a group of elitists whose understanding of our needs is pretty much bogus. "Sir/Madam - when you can spend on a haircut what I have to stretch into two weeks of groceries for four people, two packs of diapers and five cans of the most expensive formula on the market (my son has a severe milk-protein allergy); I find it almost impossible to believe that you have my best interests at heart.

I'm a little squirmy right now - though I am pretty certain the Dems have got this one in the bag (I think we are all pretty well done with the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.) I'm not the biggest Hil fan, but c'mon! A Woman President! And just eighty-six years after getting the right to vote! (Alright - I'll tone down the sarcasm a bit.) But she really comes across to many men (in an informal poll I conducted of ALL of the men I know) as a bitch -on-wheels (sorry) and I worry that it will keep voters out of the booths. As for Barack - I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that we are finally at a place in our country's history that a young black man might just be the Leader of the Free World in less than a year.

I'm putting it this way, our elective system is jacked. We can be mad about it - you could read a long and vituperative post about the many ways it is stacked against the "little guy" or you could deal with the current reality. Your choices (as I am calling it) are John McCain, Mitt Romney*, Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama.

*update* yeah so -I called it, and I was wrong. Mitt Romney just dropped out of the race - leaving John McCain the favorite for the Republican ticket.

For a heads-up on their (current) political stances, check out http://www.ontheissues.org/. It's a great nonpartisan resource.

Psst - can't say how much I love Ron Paul for this:

Finally - someone who has the guts to speak the truth!


Next week I promise to be more coherent. I'm running on very little sleep right now - please forgive.
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Maybe Monday

My mighty struggle with the family bug was mercifully brief. I pretty much told God that I couldn't get sick and He, obviously feeling magnanimous, went ahead and handled that for me!

As you very likely know - yesterday was Super Bowl XLII. The comeback kings Giants vs. the unbeaten Patriots. NY won! NY won, yee-haw! If you are at all interested in a run-down of this spectacular game ... in my own humble opinion, the Best Super Bowl Ever!!! ... check this out, an article by Barry Wilner, an Associated Press sportswriter (via Yahoo! news).

Because of the aforementioned family bug, we canceled the "big bash" (hah! we forgot to invite anyone!) we'd been planning and sat down with Chili Cheese Fries to cheer on my hometown's team, (DH is Cali born & bred, and an ardent Raiders fan, so he was just cheering for the underdog). Though it was just the two of us, our buddy Meg and our rambunctious little ones we really had a great time. And the food was delish! Want the recipe?



"Super" Chili Cheese Fries

1.5 pounds lean ground beef
.5 tsp onion powder
1 tsp ground cumin
.5 tsp chili powder
.5 tsp paprika
.5 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
.25 cup diced yellow onion
2 tbs minced garlic
1 14oz can diced tomatoes, italian style (undrained)
1 14oz can light red kidney beans (undrained)
1 14oz can Hunts chili sauce
1 tbs tomato paste
1 pound bag frozen french fries

Using a large sauce pot, brown ground beef. Stir in spices. When fragrant, add onion, and then garlic - be sure to allow plenty of time for onions to sweat, becoming soft. Stir in tomatoes, beans, sauce and paste. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Cover, lower heat and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally for at least thirty minutes. (The longer it simmers, the better it tastes!)
Cook fries according to directions (and preference - I bake them, but you may prefer to fry, after all, it's a special occasion!)

Ladle chili over fries and top with shredded cheddar, sour cream, olives, green onions, hot sauce - Whatever! These are so, so, so tasty, but I have to warn you, they are not particularly diet friendly. You could try ground turkey instead of beef, and a baked potato instead of fries, low fat sour cream and cheddar cheese, anything your family prefers is fine.

Nosh away my webby-friends.
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A Posting Plan -or- Subject to Whimsy

So - I've been thinking. If I don't come up with some kind of plan, I'll probably just type about weird thoughts that I have each day, and while likely cathartic, maybe a bit of a turn-off. So.....

Monday: Maybe Monday; speculation about the week ahead and general discourse

Tuesday: Super Tuesday; my political day - or "State of my Union"

Wednesday: (I still haven't decided)

Thursday: This is so cool -or- This so not cool; reviews about people, places and things that have grabbed my attention

Friday: Round-Up; some mentions of my fave blogs, posts and topics

Saturday: (also undecided)

Sunday: Thoughts on Faith; you get the idea

I may not post every day, but I sure will try. Of course, as the title suggests, these are all "subject to my whimsy", so I'll update when I change my mind. And if you read the first post there's a clue as to why I might do that. Hint: it starts with a G.
Also, I may have to find some cool images for these titles. Oooh, a mission. Yay!
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Ewwww!

Why is it that every time my husband gets sick, the kids do, too - but I don't? Huh? Why am I cleaning up the super nasties while DH gets to lounge about? I mean, if you knew him, you'd have to laugh at this big guy (he's 6'3" and 210+ pounds) moaning pitifully on my couch. And I do mean pitiful!
"Oh, honey - I feel so bad, (cough, cough) I wish I could help you with the kids (sniffle), but I just can't get up right now, (snore)." Uh, huh. Meanwhile my baby boy is emitting noxious fumes, and my sweet daughter is gagging over my -
"Oh, no! Liv - in the bucket! The bucket! " Apparently she likes the bucket too much to make a mess in it, however that affection does not extend to the gorgeous green blanket that my best friend brought to me from Japan. Seems that DH thought it would be an appropriate cover for a vomitous three year old. I can see what his fevered brain was thinking - okay, not really, but I'm trying not to sound like a total snot.
Sorry about the complaining - but I have a super sensitive schnoz, and between the three of them my house smells like the morning after (you can supply your own bad memory here).
I'm going to scrub my couch, and when I'm done I just might lie down, too.
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