Bye-bye, blog


Several families wave goodbye ot loved ones in Charleston, SC, 1960.

Wave goodbye to the menfolk who must work so that we can vacation in 1960s Charleston, SC.

I’ve decided it’s time for a new web presence. I’ve changed my user name, my gravatar (to [almost] match my Facebook profile pic), and my primary blog.  That means I’m throwing in the towel here.  I haven’t updated in quite a while for a number of reasons, mostly because SciFi Chicks has kept me pretty busy these past several months.  But I’m saying goodbye there, too.

I’m combining my three blogs into one more streamlined blog, currently called “The NEW Stream of Consciousness.”  I plan to include a couple regular features, a few polls and other interactivity, and some entertaining stories.

If you’re one of the dozen followers here, please mosey over to The NEW Stream of Consciousness and follow me there.

[Photo Credit: Not in the News Today Poems by Pat Smith, via South Florida Food and Wine]

Weather it’s nice or not

I love learning something new, not matter how trivial.

Trees are blooming in Washington, DC.

Beautiful to look at, but difficult to breathe.

Today I learned the AccuWeather app on my iPad can do more than help me plan what to wear.   I discovered several tabs I’d not noticed before.  So of course I checked them out.

Today is an Excellent day for all sports.  Well, except skiing.  That’s poor.  (Hee.)  It’s also a Low Risk day for most health concerns, except the one that concerns me the most—sinuses.  Even that isn’t too bad, being just Moderate.  That’s pretty good for this time of year considering the trees in Northern Virginia are starting to blossom.

Donald Trump has a Bad Hair Life, too.

Well, at least it’s not this bad.  I think.

But the best tab is the Outdoor tab.  Today’s an Excellent day for barbequing (which I plan to do this evening), walking the dog, and mowing the lawn.  And it’s a Low Risk day for Hair Frizz.  Yes!  It tickles me that the possibility of having a Bad Hair Day is important enough for AccuWeather to note.  Of course, it doesn’t matter to me.  I have a Bad Hair Life, so every day is a Bad Hair Day.  It’s what happens when you have 7 cowlicks.

Thanks, Mom.  You gave me your long, shapely legs, but also the crazy hair.  Not to worry, I still love ya.

April Fool’s! Twice.

Why’s it always seem to go
that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone..

I hate it when life throws me a curve ball.  All set to begin my April Resolutions, I woke up yesterday to no electricity.  It was a lovely calm, sunny day; so it wasn’t weather-related.  It was off for three hours—or more).

It’s amazing how much we depend on electricity.  I couldn’t make coffee, couldn’t toast a bagel, couldn’t make oatmeal.  So I settled for a trip to McDonalds.  (Need the coffee!)  Couldn’t pay bills, thanks to the convenience of online bill pay.  I wrote a letter but couldn’t check the price of stamps.  Couldn’t check the weather to see what clothes to wear.  I’d let the iPad battery run down the night before and hadn’t recharged.  My iPod was charged, but the router doesn’t work without power.   At least it was a sunny day and I didn’t need a flashlight—except for the closet.

This morning I woke up to no hot water—and I really needed to take a shower.  Fortunately, the laundry I didn’t get done yesterday required cold water only.  But the dishes in the kitchen would have to wait.  Who wants to wash dishes in cold water?

Why do we realize how much we depend on our modern conveniences only when we don’t have them?

I was tempted to use both days as an excuse to delay (or worse, forgo) my April resolutions.  But I muddled through as best I could.  It wasn’t perfect, but perfect shouldn’t always be the goal.  Sometimes the goal is just to move forward.

Ok, April.  All your jokes are over now.  Right?

Daily Prompts and Messy Homes

Does a messy home (or office) make you anxious and cranky, or is cleaning something you just do before company comes over?

That’s today’s Daily Prompt (henceforth called DP, because I’m lazy; plus it can also stand for Daily Post).  I’ve written only one response to a DP, last December.  The prompt was to recall your earliest memory.  Not only was mine vivid, it was appropriate for the season.  Hell, I even had a picture to go with it!  [I have picture that could go with this DP, too, but it’s too embarrassing to post.]  Earlier this week, the DP asked what brings out your competitive nature.  I started a post, but began to ramble on.  It was getting late and I was too tired to edit it into some kind of order.  So there it sits in my inbox.*

My inbox is a lot like my home.  Messy.  So messy in fact that I started a blog to chronicle my attempt to declutter and clean out.  I was hoping it would motivate me to get moving, but so far my success has been lackluster.  Perhaps today’s prompt is a sign that I should start again.

Or should I?  As it is, this blog doesn’t get much action.  I spend most of my time at SciFi Chick(s), especially right now with the Supernatural March Madness tournament is in full swing.  That will be over in a week or so, but Game of Thrones is starting tonight, and I’m debating whether I should cover it.  (I have a like-hate relationship with the show.)  If I do, that will further tie up my blogging time.

I haven’t really answered the Daily Prompt, have I?  I could answer it at Ms. Pack Brat, but I’m beginning to think three blogs too many.  Yes?  No?  An alternative might be to incorporate Ms. Pack Brat over here.  It might give this blog an overall theme, rather than just my ramblings.  Decisions, decisions.

I’ll leave the whole “how and why I live with clutter” spiel for another post.

*So, what brings out my competitive nature?  Ballroom dancing.  Yep, it’s true.

It’s beginning to look a little like Christmas!

It’s snowing at!  To show it off, I’ve gone to the black background for a little while.

In Alexandria, VA, it’s a bit dreary and is spritzing off and on.  This is important because I finally “renewed” my driver’s license.  Which means a picture.  I told the fellow who took it that my last 2 pictures were quite good (I’m not photogenic), so the pressure was on.  He said it turned out good, but I haven’t seen it yet, so the jury’s still out.  (VA no longer issues drivers’ licenses in person.)  It will likely be quite a shock since I got my hair cut yesterday, and even more color was cut off.  It’s really light.  Maybe I’ll just pretend it’s platinum blond.

To celebrate, I made my yearly trek to the liquor store for my yearly bottle of  scotch—Johnny Walker Red.  I’m secure enough in my scotch drinking that I don’t have to pretend to prefer single malt.  Besides, it’s a much more Christmasy color.  The store also had Old Overholt, which I was tempted to buy just for the name.  But I resisted.

And since it was a soup kind of day, I stopped at Panera for lunch—”grown-up” grilled cheese and tomato soup.  To quote Sam Winchester in the case of the meadowsweet Christmas wreath, “It was yummy.”

Childhood Revisited

My Earliest Memory

And how appropriate for the season!

A permanent traumas was averted

Entertaining guests. Permanent trauma averted.

Harken back to a slower, quieter time:  the mid-20th century, an age without digital cameras, when it took a few months to fill up the roll of film and get it developed.

Christmas day:  One 3½-year-old went to bed the night before, thinking of Santa Claus on his rounds, and worried she wouldn’t be able to sleep for all the excitement.

But I did fall asleep, which made the night pass more quickly.

As usual, I was the first one awake Christmas morning.  But I had orders not to go downstairs until my parents and older brother woke up.  It’s amazing that such an unruly, difficult child would obey.  But Christmas was special, and waiting just prolonged the happiness.

When the time finally came, we rambled down the stairs.  The (colored) lights were twinkling on the Christmas tree, and several presents which hadn’t been there the night before beckoned us.  My mother put on a pot of coffee for the grown-ups, but we kids didn’t need any additional stimulation.

One medium-sized box was the last to be opened—a Jack in the Box!  I put my face close to the lid and turned the handle.  A familiar tune played.

All around the Mulberry Bush
The monkey chased the weasel.
The monkey thought it was all in fun.

It’s the devil!  Right in my face! 

…goes the weasel.

It scared the living daylights out of me!  I began to sob and continued for an indeterminate amount of time.

Eventually I calmed down and took a closer look.  It wasn’t the devil, it was a clown.  In my defense, though, it was a pretty ugly clown.  And a little scary, especially when one’s face was just a couple inches away.

Turns out it was a pretty good present.  I played with it for hours that day.  Not too many months later, the clown’s felt hat had been torn off, but the music still played, and the clown still popped out on cue.  It continued to entertain me for a very long time.

When I look back, I’m always amazed that, even at that young age, I knew about God and the devil, and the true Christian meaning of Christmas.  It’s something we tend to forget in this modern era of materialism and over-commercialism.

[This post was written in response to a prompt from your friends at’s Daily Post.]

How to get caught up with Last Resort

Not even the entire Last Resort cast

This isn’t even all of the 10 (ten!) Last Resort regular cast members—not to mention the myriad recurring cast members.

I’m trying to encourage everyone I know to watch Last Resort on ABC.  Yes, I know ABC didn’t renew it.  No, I don’t think any type of “save our show” campaign will work.  But that’s not going to stop me from trying to recruit viewers.  If nothing else, it’ll give me more people to commiserate with when the show goes off the air.

So, you haven”t seen Last Resort and are afraid you won’t be able to follow along when the next new episode airs on Thur, Nov 29?  Not to worry!  I have you covered!

“Captain,” the premiere episode, is available for free on Yahoo!TV.  Episodes 103-107 are also available for free at ABC and (not Hulu Plus).  These five episodes are also available if you have On Demand.  Or, you can buy the episodes from Amazon, iTunes, VUDU. gives you all sorts of options.  (I went ahead and purchased the season pass from iTunes for a mere $18.00.  Well worth it!)

Or, if you don’t have time to watch, you can just read the Last Resort recaps at ABC, Television Without Pity, or better yet, at SciFi Chicks (because, you know,  those are the best!😉 ).