Couch Potatoes

December 12th, 2011 → 6:32 am

“I were better to be eaten to death with a rust than to be scoured to nothing with perpetual motion.” – Henry IV, Part II

This weekend my husband sat on the couch doing nothing, while I ran around the house baking, cleaning, and holiday decorating.  By Sunday afternoon it got on my nerves and we had one of our occassional spats about his couch potato tendencies.  But in the end, who really is right?  Was it really necessary for me to bake my ass off just to give the neighbors some holiday cookies?  Sometimes I wish I could be more of a couch potato, but I actually fear I just don’t have it in me.

Filed under: Blog & Self/My Life

Vladimir Putin

December 10th, 2011 → 7:52 am

    “The laws are mine, not thine. 
    Who can arraign me for’t?” – King Lear

I woke up this morning to find that the protest bug has hit Russia too.  Apparently thousands gathered Saturday morning in Moscow to protest apparently rigged elections in Putin’s favor.  I hope the rally is a success; Putin is a demagogue who seems to think that Russia is his personal playground. It’s time for him to go already.

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians

Ups & Downs

December 8th, 2011 → 7:43 am

“The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together.” – All’s Well That Ends Well

I had a really good week last week (if you remember my happy online shopping and holiday planning), and then this week went to pot.  There was a major scare at my child’s day care, and then my husband had an accident…  Life just goes up, and then down, doesn’t it?  Good and ill together.  Here’s looking forward to the next up already…

Filed under: Blog & Self/My Life

Republican Presidential Field

December 6th, 2011 → 6:55 am

“There’s small choice in rotten apples.” – The Taming of the Shrew

Need I say more?

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians & Stupid/Evil People

Syria & Turkey

December 4th, 2011 → 6:29 am

    “After summer evermore succeeds
    Barren winter, with his wrathful nipping cold.” – Henry VI, Part II

I’ve been fascinated lately with the morphing relationship between Syria (and President Assad) and Turkey (and Prime Minister Erdogan).  Just a few years ago they were the best of friends, with a warm, laughing relationship.  Now Turkey is imposing sanctions on Syria and Erdogan is lecturing Assad like a grandmother.  It is really, truly fascinating to watch.

Filed under: Blog & Politics/Politicians

The Stock Market

December 2nd, 2011 → 6:20 am

“Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble.” – Macbeth

This is one of my favorite Shakespeare quotes, that I used to recite even when I was a kid (I probably couldn’t stay awake past the first act when I was younger to remember anymore 😉 ).  Right now I feel like it applies to the volatility in the stock market.  Down 2% one day, up 4% another!  It didn’t used to be quite this volatile!  And I know there are reasons for it, like EU announcements and government jobs reports, but it still feels crazy sometimes, like a hot bubbling cauldron…

Filed under: Blog & Economics/Money