I talked to one of my nieces (I once blogged about her here) who told me her dad is doing ok--they are keeping him overnight at the hospital, and my sister is staying with him. He had 99% blockage in 2 arteries--the doctor said they call it "the widow-maker"--and they put a total of 4 stents into him. As long as there are no complications, he should be ok.
Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers!
Carnivals! Carnivals everywhere! There are Cats, and Kids and Best and Worst Carnivals. There are Carnivals for Christians and Conservatives and Capitalists...there's even a handy all-purpose submission form with dozens of Carnivals to choose from here.
But this has to be the best Carnival, because it's the least work: Carnival of the Trackbacks.
Kevin, you rule!
I just made Steve's Hash Brown Casserole. It was cheesy and greasy and to die for, just as he promised. I think I'll put more garlic in it, next time...
When one is imprisoned in one's technologically-impaired workplace for over half a solar day, threading and running 15 shows single-handedly, there comes a time between nagging the employees to sweep the lobby and getting fives for the box office when one must grab the odd moment to decompress and restore sanity in order to avoid ending up on the roof with a sniper rifle and a year's supply of Oreos.
I was laughing so loud the employees came rushing into the office to see if I was being attacked by a herd of rogue stand-up comedians.
Now, I have read funny cookbooks before--usually the fund-raising models, because Aunt Martha [disclaimer: not an actual relative] had submitted her prize-winning goat cheese and pear casserole concoction and coughing up the six bucks would keep me in the will--but this is the funniest cookbook ever written. Only, in this case it's not the recipes that are funny. The recipes are awesome!
Ok, I haven't actually tried to make any of them yet, but I do cook (or at least used to before I
joined the Foreign Legion took this job at the theater) and, like a mathematician who can look at a formula and tell you your pi is in the wrong place, I can see that these recipes are not only chock full of high cholesterol goodness [and I have added lard and suet to my grocery list] but also cookonomically sound.
The first recipe I intend to try is the Hash Brown Casserole. I might even eat it with the Chicken-Fried Rib-Eye. I don't think I'll eat the steak on the Super-Giant Biscuit, though--that's for Real Men, and being a girl I don't qualify. I'll probably also never try the BBQ rib recipe, since I was born without the grilling gene, but if someone wants to make them for me I'll be happy to get sauce all over my chin taste-testing them.
Do not read this book if you are at all sensitive to gender-awareness issues [translation: if you are a chick with no sense of humor you could be offended by Steve's guy-humor, like his Star Trek parody--especially his Star Trek parody]. But I always say, offensiveness is in the mind of the beholder, and humor has to have a grain of truth to be funny. Take this sage piece of advice I like to pass along to men of my acquaintance:
The woman always has the last word in any argument. The next thing a man says is the beginning of a new argument.
If men would just accept that, the world would be a better place today.
Anyway, buy Steve's cookbook, even if you don't cook, because it may keep you off the roof.
And "Thank you" to Wind Rider for
wreaking havoc on Bill's blog posting about this book. I owe you, WR (but no boobie pictures).
My pal the Bartender (yes, proprietor of the raunchiest bar in the blogosphere) sent me the script for the "show comments" thingy that all the cool kids have, and I think I actually managed to paste it into my main template without fractulating my defribulator. Yay!
Now I just need a few comments to see if it's working... (hint, hint!)
Thanks, Barkeep!!!! You're the greatest!
I'm glad everyone enjoyed the Bestofme Symphony! I had fun compiling it.
Before I forget, though, I want to point everyone to a post that totally rocks. If you ever get frustrated on how to explain to some numskull why we don't take the time to understand terrorists and what they really want, just memorize this answer from the Sage of Munuvia, Pixy Misa.
Pixy, you rock, Dude! Totally...
I'm up at this ridiculous hour because sleep is eluding me. I hate it when that happens! However, I did find out I was fortunate enough to be included in the Commissar's Bestiary of Bloggers, and he found a way cool picture of a penumbra for my image.
Curse Thank you, Commissar! As always, I find your attention repulsive flattering!
Beal Awareness Week is half over, and I want to thank all those bloggers who have helped to publicize the epidemic. I am particularly grateful because no one has pointed out that I have consistently misspelled the condition's name--I discovered that it should actually be "Beale". That looks funny, though, doesn't it? Let's just go with the misspelling...
I love Trey Givens. I love him more than ever.
Why's that, Susie? you wonder.
Because his blogroll is alphabetized correctly!
Look ye mere mortals and tremble in awe:
The Musings of Brian J. Noggle
Thank you, God, for Trey Givens!
If you've noticed that I've spiffed the place up a little, it's all due to my fabulous designer-- the Barkeep of Madfish Willie's and Hammerhead Blog Designs. Some fresh paint, a few throw pillows and voila! If you like it, head over and toss some change in his tip jar. If you don't, then, uh, dont.
Yay! It's Friday! Yay! And, because here in Indiana we have psychotic weather (state motto: if you don't like the weather, wait a minute) it's 40° and raining...
I want to thank all the Alliance members who voted in the New Blog Showcase this week, particularly those who haven't been regular voters up 'til now. Also I want to thank my blog buddies, Matt, Harvey, Frank and the Emperor...(although the latter two have added some gray to my lusterous dark brown hair with their tendency to wait until the last minute!!)
Here's a list of the good guys and gals:
Anti-Idiotarian Rotweiler (537 links) - 4135 visits/day V
Flying Chair (174 links) - 3332 visits/day V
IMAO (552 links) - 3261 visits/day V
Blackfive - The Paratrooper of Love (292 links) - 2017 visits/day V
annika's journal & poetry (125 links) - 260 visits/day V
Bad Money (155 links) - 253 visits/day V
Colorado Conservative (65 links) - 231 visits/day V
Ramblings of Silver Blue (167 links) - 230 visits/day V
Patriot Paradox (126 links) - 220 visits/day V
Being American in T.O. (94 links) - 218 visits/day V
Leaning Towards the Dark Side (70 links) - 211 visits/day V
The Inscrutable American (97 links) - 191 visits/day V
Practical Penumbra (230 links) - 186 visits/day V
the evangelical outpost (149 links) - 186 visits/day V
The Alliance (174 links) - 175 visits/day V
Pardon My English (92 links) - 170 visits/day V
From the Halls to the Shores (68 links) - 169 visits/day V
Absinthe & Cookies (190 links) - 162 visits/day V
angelweave (133 links) - 122 visits/day V
An Englishman's Castle (60 links) - 104 visits/day V
dogtulosba, ink. - soapiate of the masses (50 links) - 100 visits/day V
Who Tends The Fires (113 links) - 94 visits/day V
Judicious Asininity (118 links) - 84 visits/day V
Five Wasps (56 links) - 81 visits/day V
Idiot Villager (59 links) - 77 visits/day V
physics geek (72 links) - 74 visits/day V
AvGuru.net (39 links) - 70 visits/day V
The S-Train Canvass (66 links) - 64 visits/day V
Le Sabot Post-Moderne (79 links) - 58 visits/day V
VRWC, Inc. (89 links) - 52 visits/day V
Left Coast Conservative (142 links) - 47 visits/day V
Semi-Intelligent Thoughts (71 links) - 44 visits/day V
The Gleeful Extremist (59 links) - 42 visits/day V
Wince and Nod (84 links) - 39 visits/day V
Frizzen Sparks (54 links) - 36 visits/day V
Civilization Calls (56 links) - 35 visits/day V
BigRedGiant.com (55 links) - 34 visits/day V
Homicidal Maniak (60 links) - 31 visits/day V
Grim's Hall (58 links) - 30 visits/day V
curi's domain (59 links) - 30 visits/day V
Pinto's Blog (44 links) - 27 visits/day V
Cavalier Attitude (47 links) - 24 visits/day V
Elegance Against Ignorance (73 links) - 20 visits/day V
Single White Male (48 links) - 19 visits/day V
Ninjababe's Ramble (59 links) - 17 visits/day V
Hypocrisy and Hypotheses (63 links) - 17 visits/day V
Cannon's Canon (57 links) - 15 visits/day V
Irreconcilable Musings (58 links) - 15 visits/day V
The Conservative Cajun (42 links) - 15 visits/day
Shameless Self-Promotion (55 links) - 14 visits/day V
Hoppings of Roxette Bunny (63 links) - 14 visits/day V
Johnalism.com (39 links) - 11 visits/day V
Newmanisms (57 links) - 11 visits/day V
CandyUniverse (89 links) - 3 visits/day V
Interested-Participant (115 links) - visits/day V
Eckernet.com (58 links) - visits/day V
Ripe Bananas (70 links) - visits/day V
eTALKINGHEAD.com: Political Commentary (132 links) - visits/day V
The New American Revolutionist (54 links) - visits/day V
I'm a beer girl. I'll drink wine if it tastes like kool-aid, and hard stuff if it tastes like a milkshake, but usually I'll take beer. Tom likes beer, too. Only he's a little bit of a beer snob, I think:
Sure, Europe has its share of bad beer too, but even good American Beer is bad Bier.
Ok, he admits he drinks Miller High Life occasionally....and I have to agree that he has a point when he says "Take for instance this low carb beer like Michelob Ultra. This is basically for people who do not like beer, but just like to pee a lot."
Personally I would rather drink donkey pee than Bud Light. And I never have understood why anyone would drink Coors when tap water is just as flavorful. But I also think there are some good American brand beers. Michelob has several good labels, like Amber Bock, HefeWeizen, Black & Tan and Honey Lager. I don't think a beer has to be bitter to be good (no stout for me--sorry!).
But to be fair to Tom, I've never been to Germany to drink bier, so maybe I've never had a really good beer.
I've had bad ones, though....and if you ever offer me a Bud Light, don't be surprised if I mock you for the rest of your life....
I have always admired the British. England is, after all, the "Mother Country," and even though we had those little disagreements with her in our rebellious teen-aged years, she eventually came to accept us as adults and we didn't hold a grudge. If you listen to the major media, however, you'd think the average Englishman today is as distainful of America as the French.
Not so! At least, not if this is anything to judge by. Go read "Europe Hates America"--you'll be glad you did!
Thanks to Harvey, I'm going to try somethin' new....
IMAO (558 links) - 3022 visits/day V
Anti-Idiotarian Rotweiler (463 links) - 2835 visits/day V
Blackfive - The Paratrooper of Love (154 links) - 763 visits/day V
annika's journal & poetry (79 links) - 249 visits/day V
Ramblings of Silver Blue (121 links) - 206 visits/day V
The Alliance (156 links) - 156 visits/day V
Patriot Paradox (37 links) - 149 visits/day V
Bad Money (140 links) - 146 visits/day V
angelweave (111 links) - 115 visits/day V
Madfish Willie's Cyber Saloon (84 links) - 98 visits/day V
Practical Penumbra (176 links) - 87 visits/day V
Pardon My English (47 links) - 84 visits/day V
Being American in T.O. (43 links) - 70 visits/day V
See The Donkey (15 links) - 68 visits/day V
Altered Perceptions (44 links) - 65 visits/day V
physics geek (39 links) - 63 visits/day V
The S-Train Canvass (26 links) - 61 visits/day V
Semi-Intelligent Thoughts (60 links) - 45 visits/day V
Civilization Calls (30 links) - 43 visits/day V
CandyUniverse (41 links) - 35 visits/day V
Grim's Hall (15 links) - 31 visits/day V
Wince and Nod (42 links) - 30 visits/day V
The Psychotic Rant (26 links) - 26 visits/day V
Peripheral Mind (48 links) - 24 visits/day V
Five Wasps (14 links) - 23 visits/day V
Not Quite Tea and Crumpets (31 links) - 22 visits/day V
Hypocrisy and Hypotheses (23 links) - 22 visits/day V
curi's domain (7 links) - 21 visits/day V
Various Orthodoxies (28 links) - 17 visits/day V
Newmanisms (21 links) - 17 visits/day V
Cannon's Canon (16 links) - 11 visits/day V
Hoppings of Roxette Bunny (23 links) - 10 visits/day V
Flying Chair (32 links) - 0 visits/day V
Interested-Participant (63 links) - visits/day V
Link-love for all the Alliance members who voted in the New Blog Showcase...
My dear blog friend Tuning Spork is a Monkees fan! He's also been keeping an eye on the Reagan "mini-series" and Congressional pay raises. But since a little of that serious stuff goes a long way with me, I really enjoyed his Baseball's Greatest series....
My most Marvelous Mentor and Benevolent Benefactor, Pixy Misa, Keeper of the Templates of Munuvia, points out an excellent New Blog Showcase entry that I overlooked: Totalitarianism 3.0 at Demosophia.
Harvey is flattering me...I must ping him good in appreciation. Jennifer is taking questions for him, by the way. He is an expert on currency, penguin porn and dairy products, so be sure to ask something about one of those. Also, no one hates him.
Congrats to my pal Silver Blue! Here's a little link-love as a reward for being my ten thousandth visitor since I installed sitemeter. And the coveted runner's up linkage goes to Jon, who has an excellent post on military morale
I want to thank all the little people for making this possible.
Now everyone stop by Silver Blue's so he hits the coveted 10K today!
I am on my way in to work (Saturday night at the movies--oh, joy!) so I cannot be as effusive as I would like. However, I must once again proclaim to the world:
PIXY MISA IS THE BESTEST
The disappearance of John Collins is starting to make waves across the blogosphere. How are we going to survive without his particular brand of humor?
As a public service, I have decided to make a list of some of my favorite funny bloggers. None of these gentlemen (oddly, they are all male) has quite the command of invective that John Collins possess
edes, but some come close. All of them make me laugh, usually out loud, and abruptly enough to startle the cat....
In random disorder:
Bill of Bloviating Inanities
Don Watkins of Anger Management (his blogspot is not behaving--what a surprise!)
Frank J of IMAO
Harvey of Bad Money
Paul of Sanity's Edge
Pixy Misa of Ambient Irony
Tim the Michigander (now with added Strangeness!)
Thanks, guys! You make me laugh...and sometimes, it's not at you.....
Not much time before I head in for my long day, and I spent too much quality blogging time doing my homework. I hate it when that happens! Anyway, thanks to Jen for reminding me to use Kevin's blogtrick. I had tried his "show comments here" and was so flustered trying to UNdo it that I forgot I wanted to try trackbacks til Jennifer reminded me.
One of the worst things about waking up in the middle of the night with a panic attack is you're just wrung out the rest of the day. Luckily, although I have to open the theater my assistant will be closing it, so I don't have to stay til midnight.
But that's not the point of this post. Daniel, LeeAnn, Tunking Spork, go read this. Heck, everybody go read it. Everybody link to it!
Frank, link to it!
You too, Misha! We need to show this new blogger a warm welcome!
Paul's failure to interview me has distracted me from the more important task of linking to Frank's "Guns for Dummies" lecture. It was very edifying; now I know the difference between the "kill'n hole" and the "beat'n end" of a gun, which is very important information!
Tuning Spork has an awesome post on the stupidity of some liberals in Waukesha, WI.
All is not lost, dear Spork--I attended High School in Waukesha, and I turned out ok....(of course, I only went there for one year....)
Thanks to everyone who offered me comforting words and a shoulder to cry on in the comments to my last post. Although my eyes are still red-rimmed and I used up three boxes of tissues, the hiccups have finally subsided, and I can type again without short-circuiting the keyboard....
John, that was awesome.
Well, the massive intake of coffee seems to have restored a minimal functionality to my brain, so I am attempting to blog. Loyal Readers will remember that Sunday is usually one of my twelve hour days, but last night, realizing that the day from hell was going to induce an atypical bender, I asked my Assistant to cover opening for me. He graciously agreed (since he owes me for the ten days he was on vacation), and so I have a couple of hours before I need to head in.
That explained ad nauseam, let me announce that I am preparing to array myself in the cumbersome spelunking gear necessary to meddle in my main template and add a new link.
But first, a number. (Sorry. M*A*S*H* quote. Still a little alcohol in Susie's system).
In my wanderings across the blogosphere this morning--er, afternoon--I stopped by Bad Money, a site whose entry I linked for the New Blog Showcase. I found a post on blogosphere tipping etiquette (with its lovely image of a two dollar bill--I have been enamored of $2 bills since they were splashily re-introduced for our country's bicentennial) and decided that I would have to blogroll him.
Then I scrolled further and learned he dissed my color scheme!!!!!! However, since he did say some nice things about me, I decided to link to him after all. So go check out Harvey Olson. He's from Wisconsin. (Wisconsin is cool--it has the Dells.)
John Collins is quickly becoming not only a Rival to Frank for my affections, but also my (flutter eyelids) hero......
He has helped me get a good start on my paper on President Grant by posting this scholarly yet succinct analysis of Grant's leadership skills. Thanks, John!!!!!