Wish List 2017

This is not a hint of any kind. Unless you’re someone who has been asking me for my holiday wish list, please pretend this post isn’t even here. Rockport cap toe oxfords, black, size 7 1/2 1-2 pairs of jeans from cabela’s, womens size 18 regular (this style also okay) Zojirushi micom 5.5 cup rice cooker ...

Things I remember from the strike 2

I grew up in a union house. My dad was a chief steward in the CWA (local 7750). I remember there being one strike (and the threat of others) when I was growing up. Looking at the CWA history, I’m pretty sure this is what I remember: 1986: Post Divestiture Bargaining 1986 presented CWA with ...

Let this be my act of defiance. 12

Let me start with a geology story. I promise, there’s a point to this. When I was a geologist at the research company, I had a core come in. There was a ten foot section of it that I didn’t know how to describe. It was fine-grained, filled with burrows. So far so good. But ...

(Personal) Wish List

My birthday is coming up, as is Christmas. As usual, putting this here for ease of reference for people close enough to me to want to throw a gift tied to a brick through my window. Everyone else, carry on, nothing to see here. In order of how desperately I need the thing: 2.5″ metal ...

Has it really been almost a month? 3

I look away for five minutes, and suddenly it’s been almost a month since I posted anything in my blog. Well, hi guys. I’m still alive. To be honest, I can’t say I’m having that much fun with it, though. Basically, I’m deep in the pit of home renovation hell. Every time I walk into ...

Been Busy Not Living in Texas 7

Been Busy Not Living in Texas
I can’t believe it’s been ten days since I finished my move. Where the fuck has the time gone? I feel like I just got here, and yet… I won’t say that I regret the time I spent in Houston. That would be grossly unfair to the wonderful coworkers and the stimulating and fun work ...

Exit, pursued by student loans (a small plea for help) 10

As of yesterday, I no longer have a job. I wish I could say this is because I’ve spontaneously become independently wealthy, but that’s not the case. I worked in the petroleum industry, and all you have to do is take a look at the per-barrel price of oil over the last year to understand why ...

Dear Santa ’14 1

It’s that time of year when people are asking about wish lists and stuff, so here it is. Just like last year, the best present you can give me is to buy my books, love them, and review them! Gift certificates to the Alamo Drafthouse, Saint Harridan, Brooks Brothers, and Kiva Rum horchata from Minhas Distillery ...

Too long for Twitter: I used to be a “strong female character” 2

I’ve realized that one of the reasons I’ve become increasingly frustrated with the whole you can tell she’s a strong female character because she spends all of her time rolling her eyes and threatening to punch the boys (as seen in The Maze Runner, for example) is that as a teenager I basically was that character. I spent ...

More divorce thoughts 10

More divorce thoughts
Now that the cat is out of the bag, there are some more kind of nitty-gritty things about divorce that I want to talk about, because I think they’re dumb or annoying or just kind of funny. It’s okay that we’re okay. While we were going through the whole process, we kept having these weird ...