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19 April 2014 @ 10:04 am
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April 19, 2014
Between the Lines
Sagittarius Daily Horoscope

You may find it easy to unearth information that is both subtle and complex while conversing with others today. Even if the speech patterns of your colleagues, loved ones, or peers make comprehending the meaning underlying their words difficult, your perceptivity will likely grant you the ability to zero in on important facts or figures. This developing ability can leave you feeling insightful, and you may feel that this is a good time to revisit challenging conversations that were left unresolved in the past. If you are conscious of the way others speak and move today, you will likely have little trouble reading between the lines when necessary.

The more perceptive we are when dealing with the individuals we encounter each day, the better equipped we are to discern whether they are sharing the whole truth, a partial truth, or masking the truth entirely. When we pay attention not only to speech but also to verbal cues in the form of tone of voice, physical gestures, and the energy discharged by those we talk to, we discover that there are many layers in each conversation. The seeds of truth become obvious to us, and we can dig more deeply to determine how much data is being relayed or held back. Though specific information we need may still be hidden from us, we can nonetheless begin unearthing the facts relevant to our particular situation. Your ability to perceive multiple layers of communication today will help you discern the pure truth beneath mere words.
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19 April 2014 @ 08:05 am
18 April 2014 @ 09:41 pm
The story of this is that the poor boy had his underwear stolen off the balcony by a fan in Australia. So he threw on those sweat pants, and wandered out, not knowing the pap was there to catch it all on film. God bless that pap...

Marginally NSFW Liam Payne. No naughty bits, just some window dressing. And he was 20, so not underage...Collapse )

Also, at the next Concert, Harry Styles gave him hell about it, and he adorably and awkwardly tried to change the subject...

You know, I might be starting to slow down just a little bit on this hilarious obsession of mine. Maybe a little. But this boy is a kicked puppy, and you know how I love kicked puppies...
18 April 2014 @ 08:06 am
17 April 2014 @ 06:30 pm

           It wouldn’t be another year if we didn’t come across lists of new words, something I discussed when the year was new. But what about old words? Now I’ve also found a list of words that at least one expert (insert air quotes here) believes should be retired. Next week, maybe I’ll find a list of annoying writing habits (such as the overuse of parenthesis).

           One that made the list is the word “huge”, not because of the word itself but because of the way it’s been used. This is maybe nit-picking, a term that was banned in 1994, but huge does not mean very important or very interesting. Sometimes it’s used both ways in the same sentence:

           “Astronomers have made the huge discovery of a huge planet way out where it shouldn’t be, in a huge orbit far from its huge sun.”

           “We’re having a huge sale on king size mattresses! They’re huge!”

           More accurate would be: “Oprah’s huge this year! No, I don’t mean her ratings; she must have gone off her diet.”

           Or, “Is Rush Limbaugh still huge? Let me wave away that cigar smoke … yep. Dude, even talk show hosts exercise.”

           Here’s another one: “The ___ cliff”. One commentator said he was happy we averted the fiscal cliff last year, but that it’s a horrible metaphor.

           I don’t know if I’d use the term “averted” … that makes it sound as if the problem went away, instead of being kicked down the road, which is another overused but descriptive term. Still, maybe he had a point. Maybe we’re headed toward a fiscal concrete wall, or perhaps more accurately, a fiscal train wreck. This will be comforting for those of you who are afraid of heights.Collapse )

           Here’s one I agree with wholeheartedly: YOLO. The new generation can’t be bothered to spell things out, but for those of you over forty that means “You only live once”. Unless you’re James Bond, who only lived twice on Her Majesty’s Secret Service while sipping Thunderballs with Dr. No and Goldfinger.

           In theory, YOLO is a great concept. You only live once, so work hard for that college education! Keep a good attitude! Pursue your chosen career! Make good karmic points, just in case you’re wrong and get reincarnated!

           Unfortunately, in practice YOLO is used as an excuse for stupidity. “Dude – I’ll only live once, so I’m going to get so wasted and jump my
skateboard over the shed and onto a moving pickup truck. YOLO!”

           If you only live once, shouldn’t you want to stick around for a while?

           Sequester means setting something apart, separating it. Well, it’s supposed to. Now it’s synonymous with that overused term, kicking the can down the road. Sequester, in today’s terms, signifies a group of elected officials who can’t be bothered to follow their actual job description, and so put off working on budget issues because they know they’ll probably get reelected even if they go on camera and call their constituents blind idiots. We should retire sequester and replace it with “bureaucratic dictator for life”.

           Bubble. I used to like bubbles. They floated around, reflected the light, delighted kids and dogs. Now they burst and cause economic crisis, so off with them!

           We had a tech bubble and a housing bubble and a stock-market bubble, and now apparently we have a bitcoin bubble. The longer a bubble lasts, the worse things go when it bursts. So here’s an idea for you to chew on: The federal government spending bubble has been expanding for a long, long time. Because we keep kicking it down the road.

           The New Normal. It means things have changed. Well, things always change, people. I’ve been through a half dozen new normals in my lifetime. Forty, if you count clothing styles.

           Bromance. Kirk and Spock, Han and Chewie, Starsky and Hutch, Goose and Maverick, Ernie and Bert … I could go on all day about guys who love each other like brothers, including Sam and Dean from Supernatural, who not only love each other like brothers but actually are brothers.

           It’s living proof that two guys can be incredible close without being close in that way, not that there’s anything wrong with that way. But these guys spend all their time together without getting together – except in the infamous slash fanfictions that suggest Kirk would go for a guy who only gets in the mood once every seven years.

           Then we have Man___. Man what, you say? Mancave, manplaining, mancation … manopause. I think I’m going through that last one right now.

           Mancaves often end up being in the garage … to show you how out of touch I am, my mancave has a desk, computer, and stacks upon stacks of books. It’s my literary Hoosier Heaven.

           I’m not sure, but I suspect the term was invented to give men a sense of ownership, now that they’re becoming more and more aware that they never were really in charge.

           Here’s another term some people think should go away: online waiting room.

           Apparently that’s where you’re expected to wait while spins around and decides whether to tell you how much higher your premiums and deductible are going to be. I’ve got news for you on that one:

           It’s not going away soon, even if we kick it down the road and over a cliff.
17 April 2014 @ 11:09 am
Wow, I haven't posted since April 2012. In three days that would be 2 years. Damn. I used to live on here.

Let's see - what's happened since I last posted:

Got promoted at work to community manager and transferred to a new location in 05/2012, my divorce was finalized in 06/2012, got married in 09/2012, had my first baby Kennedi Sue on 3/14/13 and just had my second baby, Mackenzie Jean on 4/10/14 and have off for another 7 weeks for maternity leave.

Yup, that pretty much sums it up.
Current Mood: calmcalm
17 April 2014 @ 08:06 am
  • Thu, 07:27: RT @XplodingUnicorn: 3-year-old daughter: *watches me type* That’s the wrong letter Me: You can’t read 3: But I know when you’re wrong. …
16 April 2014 @ 09:02 pm
Game of Thrones. :)

So how about that there Purple Wedding?
16 April 2014 @ 12:00 pm
  • Tue, 14:03: Lady, it would be easier to tolerate your perfection if you weren't so obviously trying to achieve it.
16 April 2014 @ 09:48 am
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