Cats! My parents’ elderly tomcat Jethro had to have his teeth cleaned on Monday, and they decided to remove some lipomas from his sides while he was under anesthesia. Jet did fine, but the incisions on his sides were large enough that he has some decent stitches, so he was the proud recipient of an Elizabethan collar (a.k.a. the cone). Minion had apparently never seen another cat in a cone because he puffed up… which is impressive when you consider that he’s a 15 lb kitty cat. His puffed tail is probably the best part. He also got hissy and started growling, so he was exiled from my parents’ room that night. Meanwhile, Jet was really stoned to the point that he was standing there watching TV. (He then started bumping into walls.)
Alpine, Washington. My literary catnip at the moment is Mary Daheim’s series of murder mysteries involving the fictitious town of Alpine, Washington in the Cascade Mountains. I was first acquainted with them 10 years ago and read them out of order over the last decade. I’m finally buying the e-book versions and putting them on my e-reader, and I am finding that I am enjoying them now that I am reading them in order, especially as I now am acquainted with the location of some of the places. The protagonist is a newspaper editor named Emma Lord, and I find that I can actually picture a lot of the events after living in a bunch of small towns.
Fauci ouchies, round 2. My parents get their second doses of COVID vaccine this weekend. I’m hoping that I hit the top of the list sooner than later. I will also be curious to know if I can get my shot at the local vaccine clinic or if I’ll have to go elsewhere given that I’m at risk for side effects. (I have an egg allergy, so they’ve always made me hang out after getting any vaccines or my flu shot even at my local pharmacy. I’ve also gotten allergy shots, so waiting for 20 minutes afterward is normal for me.)
What’s in a mortician’s purse? Caitlin does a riff on the “what’s in my purse?” thing that people were doing 6-7 years ago. And yes, she’s being sarcastic, especially about the fetal human skull made of white chocolate.
Christian Picciolini. It’s unnerving to me that Christian was recruited to the White Power movement by someone seemingly expressing concern for him. He also admits that some of his music helped to radicalize Dylan Roof, the shooter in the attack on Mother Emmanuel church in South Carolina.
Lucy Hone. This was helpful in seeing behaviors in my life that are beneficial in dealing with adversity. Lucy’s daughter was killed in a car accident, and all of her psych training had to ber sifted through to help her cope.
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead… This has some creepy elements to it (like what happens with the bodies), but it is pretty interesting in terms of history. (I already knew about the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald because I’m the daughter of Gordon Lightfoot fans.)
Looks are deceiving. A serious math teacher turns out to be the baby cuddler at Children’s Hospital. (It’s an old story, but it’s one that is dear to my heart as a preemie mom as someone who has been at a few children’s hospitals.)
A supermarket in the coldest city in Russia. I’m a fan of Maria’s channel Life in Yakutia and this is a chance to see a grocery store at the other end of the world. (Her channel was recommended to me a few months ago, and it’s worth checking out if you like to see how other people live.)
Putting your money where your mouth is. A reporter makes a flippant comment about where “the absolute worst place to live in America” is (Red Lake County, Minnesota)… and ends up moving his family there after visiting.
(I used to live in rural Minnesota and was happy there. I see that there’s now even a Starbucks within an hour’s drive of where I used to live!)
Burial places of presidents. Apparently, YouTube has guessed that I’m a history junkie, so I probably want to see where presidents are buried, right? (The answer is “sure!”) I didn’t realize how many burial sites have been within 2-3 hours of driving distance during the last 20 years.
Fauci spills the tea. Dr. Anthony Fauci did an interview with the New York Times over the past weekend on what it was like to work with Donald Trump, and it explains why a lot of misinformation (especially the fallacy about hydroxychloroquine being effective) was spread.
If you can’t get behind the paywall for the New York Times, the Seattle Times has it here.
Media bias. As we are still in a very polarized country, I wanted to share the media bias chart as it’s helpful in evaluating the media you consume. When I saw it a few years ago, I stopped sharing articles from the Huffington Post because they skew left. When I read an article online that sounds too good to be true, I check it against Reuters, NPR, or the Associated Press as they tend to be closer to bias-free.
COVID vaccine. A lot of people in my church are getting their “Fauci ouchies” this week and next. My parents will get theirs on Sunday. They are already allowing the tier before mine to start getting their vaccines this week, so I’m hoping to get mine sooner or later.
The side effects I’m hearing about from those who have received theirs is arm pain for 24-36 hours after, and only one person has had fever or chills. (Those went away after 24 hours.) I’m absolutely used to arm pain after flu shots, so I’m not worrying too much. I’m also fine being watched for 20 minutes after my shot because that’s absolutely normal for me anyway. (I have weird allergies and sensitivities.)
Double-masking. I’m seeing people on Twitter complaining about double-masking meaning that masks aren’t effective, and I’m kind of wanting smack people. The reason this is called “novel” coronavirus is because it’s “NEW”. We are learning more and more about it daily, and the new information means that recommendations change from time to time. Also, if we’re being advised to double-mask, doesn’t that underscore the importance of wearing a mask in the first place???
Choir get-together. One of the altos hosted a Zoom meeting for all of us in choir to get a chance to socialize this evening. We can’t have choir practice over Zoom, but it was good to get together and talk to people, especially as one of our members is hospitalized with COVID and we’re all worried about her.
Much better situation on Inauguration Day 2021 than Inauguration Day 2017. I’m not even talking about the person being inaugurated. In 2017, I was dealing with a kid who had a stomach bug that landed him in the E.R. because he couldn’t even keep water in his system. (It’s not like I would have watched the Inauguration that day anyway.)
In 2021, I do still have 10 loads of his laundry to do (not even kidding), but at least he isn’t on an E.R. gurney sobbing because he wants apple juice.
Another vaccine take. My parents were able to make appointments to get their first COVID vaccine. They get their shots on the 31st, as Washington will be at Tier 1b starting on January 26th. I am Tier 1d, so I’m thinking my first vaccine appointment won’t be until late March/early April.
Duuuuude… “Wellerman” is addictive, and I am greatly amused that sea shanties are giving people joy. They are fun to sing, and it’s definitely not the worst thing we could all be binging now. There’s also an emphasis on harmonies, so yay part singing!
I have definitely gotten into Nathan Evanss on TikTok, and I even downloaded TikTok on my phone so I could listen to his stuff while working on my laptop.
Ummm… wow. My latest YouTube binge is “My 600-lb Life”, and it is rather… shocking. My Coca-Cola habit pales in comparison to people who eat multiple pizzas at a meal!!! Still, you see the really massive pain that drives people to eat compulsively, and I can definitely understand drowning your sorrows in food. Then again, you also see spouses and family members who are enabling the patients for some unhealthy reasons, and you want to shake some of them and ask them how they could be so stupid or selfish.
Jim Jordan. I’m repulsed that House member Jim Jordan got the Presidential Medal of Freedom after Bill Belicheck declined it. (Not quite as repulsed as I was at Rush Limbaugh receiving it, but close.) Jordan hasn’t done anything noteworthy other than covering up Richard Strauss’s sexual abuse of wrestlers at Ohio State and being Trump’s yes man. His House district is the dictionary definition of “gerrymandered” too.
Work take. My boss added another student to my tutoring load today, so I have officially maxed the numbers I can work during the week. 6 hours of it is drop-in tutoring, and the other 9 hours is split between a few different students.
Pizza for troops at the Capitol. There’s a pizza place in DC called We The Pizza that will let you donate toward feeding the National Guard troops at the Capitol. Order here, select “Curbside”, choose the donation option under “Pies” and put a note in your order about it being for the National Guard troops.
This Twitter thread, by the way, makes me simultaneously proud of all those “kids” (young soldiers) guarding the Capitol and sad that they have to be there in the first place.
I am about to lay a truth bomb down on all of you who voted for Trump, and you are probably not going to like what I am about to say. If you are feeling especially sensitive, go read something else because I’m not going to apologize for saying any of this.
First things first… I have to tell people this monthly:
ANTIFA IS NOT AN ORGANIZED GROUP, NOR DO THEY OFFICIALLY EXIST. IT’S A SLUR USED TO DENOTE PEOPLE WHO SPEAK OUT AGAINST FASCIST BEHAVOR.
There are idiots on Facebook who accuse me of being part of it because I speak out nonviolently against racist, homophobic, bigoted, fascist things. (What I do is called “treating people the way I would like to be treated”. I recommend it.) It has come to be a rallying cry against anyone protesting some injustice committed by Trump or his supporters.
Also, I will NEVER use the title “President” for Donald. He will never rise from the depths of his own depravity to deserve the title. NEVER.
Calling people out. If you voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and especially if you voted for him in 2020…
YOU ARE COMPLICIT IN THE INSURRECTION THAT TOOK PLACE AT THE U.S. CAPITOL BUILDING YESTERDAY.
Let me repeat…
YOU ARE COMPLICIT IN THE INSURRECTION THAT TOOK PLACE AT THE U.S. CAPITOL BUILDING YESTERDAY, EVERY TREASONOUS ACT CAUSED BY EVERY SEDITIOUS WORD OUT OF TRUMP’S MOUTH.
You heard and saw the horrible things he did and said during the 2016 election. You watched him discriminate against people, make racist statements that would have cost any other person their office, support people committing legitimate crimes, pardon his cronies to keep them from testifying against him in the Russia probe, pay off Stormy Daniels, and do all manner of horrible things. The country is worse off four years later because of his election in 2016, and you voted for him in 2020 knowing all of this.
THE MAN COMMITTED SEDITION, WHICH LED TO THIS INSURRECTION AND CAUSED MASSIVE PROPERTY DAMAGE TO A BEAUTIFUL BUILDING BECAUSE HE WAS BUTTHURT OVER LOSING THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.
Shame on all of you who enabled him to enter the White House four years ago. You should all be stripped of your voting rights.
Words have consequences. I fail to understand how anyone is surprised at what happened yesterday. Trump has egged these losers on from Day 1, called them “fine people” even as they menaced Charlottesville in 2017, put racist advisors close to him, told the Proud Boys to standby at one of the debates, supported their violent protest in DC in December, and *INVITED* them to DC for this.
HOW THE [INSERT STRING OF EXPLETIVES] CAN ANYONE BE SURPRISED THAT THIS HAPPENED?!?!?!?!
Some of the heroes yesterday. You want to know who the heroes are from yesterday?
[+] The parliamentarian assistants who safeguarded the electoral votes when the U.S. Capitol had to be evacuated so that the Hosuse and Senate could convene late last night to certify everything.
[+] Representative Andy Kim from New Jersey who helped the ATF and others clean up some of the damage
[+] Mike Pence who showed that he had *ACTUAL LEADERSHIP SKILLS* and told the horde of treasonist Trump supporters to leave long before Trump himself had the jones to say a word.
The certification process. I did actually watch the certification process last night (mostly because I wanted to make sure it happened), and it was pretty boring. The only cool part for me was that Zoe Lofgren, one of my House members when I was in high school and college, was one of the four tellers.
I also absolutely called it on which states would have objections. The only ones that had any bite to them were the ones for Arizona and Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania one was incredibly boring, at least in watching the House debating it. It was mostly Republican reps from there complaining about losing the election because of vote-by-mail (which the Republicans in the state staunchly supported originally) along with a handful of Republicans from other states speaking out of their rear sphincter openings. Those speaking in rebuttal on the Democrat side actually cited laws and statutes to back up their words instead of going on endlessly with their opinions on Act 77. The best speakers by far were Chrissy Houlihan and Conor Lamb. (Lamb actually caused several of the Republican reps from Pennsylvania to be escorted from the chamber for violating the House rules by yelling at him and behaving like toddlers.)
Seditionist senator Josh Hawley, the one who signed the objection to the Pennsylvania votes, just had his book deal cancelled by Simon & Schuster because of his conduct, so that actually made the freaking 2+ hour delay in certification for Pennsylvania’s votes worth it.
A parting quote… A friend of mine posted this quote from the end of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and I feel it describes Trump very accurately.
I couldn’t forgive him or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.