Situational assessment: GROSS.

Twitter is exploding about the situation with Julian Assange. I am averting my eyes and feeling creeped out. There is nothing in this situation that is not gross. Assange is wanted in Sweden over suspicion of sexual assault on two Swedish women. Gross. This is being downplayed by nearly everyone who is a fan of ...

10 things

I miss about home:¬† My husband, cats, parents, and friends. (Duh.) Sweating actually meaning something. The drivers. No, really. Colorado, I learned that I was so wrong to think you have terrible drivers. Compared to Houston, you’re like angels on four wheels. I suppose my standards were just far too high, or I had no ...

Paul Ryan. Whee.

Whee? Me, this morning on Twitter:¬†Gosh, I am at the edge of my seat over which anti-gay white guy who thinks women aren’t really people Mitt Romney will pick. And thus, Paul Ryan. Whee. He’s got the standard Republican anti-gay stuff going. He thinks women aren’t grownups who should be allowed bodily autonomy. He’s a ...

Is that the sound of the other shoe?

More people are crying today. A madman went into a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and killed six people before being killed by police. I’m sure more facts will come out later as once again we struggle to understand how someone could even conceive of doing something like this. The fact that this happened in a ...

Angry

  I have anger problems. When I tell people this, most of the time they don’t believe me. I often hear, “You seem okay,” or “You smile an awful lot,” as responses. There’s an expectation that there will be some sort of cartoonish outward sign, like I should be constantly throwing Donald Duck-style tantrums, or ...

The Mysterious Brotherhood of Shoulder Surgery Patients

I’m starting to think there’s something wrong with me. Mentally, I mean, since what’s physically wrong with me is as plain as the sling in which my right arm’s been trapped. But I’ve always gotten the impression that days on the couch with the cheerful company of the TV and absolutely no responsibility is supposed ...

Fitness for Fat Nerds Will Return

I apologize for not having any posts for the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, I’m going to be out of commission for at least another week. I’m having shoulder surgery tomorrow. (Bone is getting removed from the end of my clavicle so hopefully that will fix the extremely painful shoulder problems I’ve been having since ...

A month without meat

I read Working Undercover in a Slaughterhouse: an interview with Timothy Pachirat at BoingBoing today. Right before I went for my morning run, actually. Normally when I run, I think about what I want to work on, writing-wise. Or if I really get in the zone, I just sort of let the music wash around ...

"Make Sure That Your Question’s a Question"

Whether you’re a skeptical person or not, atheist or not, carbon-based life-form or not, if you have ever in your entire life gone to a convention/conference/seminar/large meeting, you want to go listen to this week’s Geologic Podcast. Particularly the bit that starts at 26:25. George Hrab was the MC for TAM this year. He kicked ...

Clarion Write-a-thon Day 21

Todays word count: 2061Cumulative word count: 49214 More than I expected to get in today thanks to an extra long lunch break. Stopped early since I’m feeling punchy and would rather be in full possession of my faculties before I write the next conversation.