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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Thoughts while waiting for tonite's Pats game...

We had our first snow here yesterday- ick! I'm not a snow/winter person, never have been...I don't believe it got out of the 30's wasn't a ground-covering snow here but it was quite a bit more than anticipated, it wasn't just flurries, it was a pretty steady snow at times...most of October was pretty lousy weather-wise this year; when it's nice, I've always believed October is the nicest month of the year in New England! But this year...very cool, very gray, very damp...the foliage around here is off this year, not too brilliant...and yet today? Sunny, warm, gentle breeze, close to one of the Top Ten days of the year! Go figure...

I think I've mentioned this before, but there is at least one helpful aspect to knowing my sizes in women's clothing; I have small feet, and increasingly, I cannot find athletic shoes in men's sizes to fit. Once again, I've had to buy women's running shoes (sz 7 1/2!) So you see...there is something to be said for being transgender (especially if you have small feet!) And yes- ugh- I have to kick up my running and working out and eating properly a notch again...the weather especially the last couple of weeks, as well as a few other things, has kept me from my usually consistent diet & exercise regimen, with the attendant results...ack! Some folks can eat anything and not gain a pound- I can look at food and gain 5 lbs! (I did have a nice dinner @ my mother's today, tho'...)

It's odd- this is the first Halloween I've yet to hear The Monster Mash! I've usually heard it enuf by now to make my ears bleed, but not once this Halloween season...I've always liked the Looney Tunes characters (Bugs, Daffy, Porky, et al) much more than the Disney ones (Mickey, Donald, and that crew)...I have a friend who recently purchased a home in the Sacramento, CA suburbs- congrats! The area sounds really nice, I'm sure he'll find it all he hopes it will be, and more...And I've heard from a few nice folks of late- gotta be a bit more diligent on returning email in a timely manner...Tedy Bruschi is back! His return can only help the Pats this season...

Full Tilt- Full Time!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Book recommendation!

Just a quickie...if I could make ONE recommendation for a policy/political issue-type book to read for this year, it would be: The FairTax Book, by Neal Boortz and John Linder. Presented in a breezy, easy-to-read-and-understand style, it promotes a plan I've always supported: replacing our current federal tax system with a national sales tax. The plan presented is revenue neutral, incorporates a "prebate" plan to satisfy "progressivity" concerns, encourages rather than penalizes economic activity we claim to desire (work and productivity, savings, investment, etc...) taxes currently untaxed "underground" economic activity, while giving the individual more control over their tax burden via their spending habits.

Read this book.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

A whine-free zone today (I promise!)

A gutsy win by my Patriots this afternoon, another Adam Vinatieri late-game kick to seal it! This is a team that is more-than-a-little banged up right now; if they can just keep plugging along, guys stepping in as best they can as needed, guys coming up with key plays when necessary, taking care of business, they should be alright come December, and January. A three-peat is a tough thing, but this team is as good as any...

And the Sox? Well, the Sox won their series...the White Sox that is! The Red Sox were simply outplayed in all three games, the White Sox were clearly the better team in that series and deserved to take it. It'll be interesting to see what changes are made off-season...

Random thoughts...more places should serve Imperial Stouts! In anticipation of the approaching chillier weather, I picked up a six-pack of Victory's Storm King Imperial 9.1% ABV, a couple of these give a nice glow! (Another outstanding one- I couldn't find it yesterday!- is Berkshire Brewing Co.'s Imperial Stout; their Pale Ale is quite tasty as well)...And it seems no place can keep my new fav, Coke Zero, in stock! C'mon...I oughtta get together some $$$ for a wagering bankroll- I've done pretty well picking NFL and college football winners vs. the spread so far this season (simply for entertainment purposes...dammit!) My fantasy league teams are holding their own...I've been feeling a lil better of late, not quite as frazzled (or b*tchy!) as some of my previous entries (and other tirades!) indicated...hafta start working out a bit more diligently again, tho'...I kinda slacked off the last few weeks...actually hit the gym yesterday, felt pretty good, fresher than I had...maybe the downtime was needed...but enuf! This is the best time of year for working out, for running, everything, and I'm ready to get back at it hard...I just started reading Pat Tillman: He Graduated Life With Honors and No Regrets...his sacrifice kinda puts any and all problems in a bit of perspective...Little known fact about Kellie- I'm one heckuva cook! There's lotsa stuff I can make and make quite well thank you very I made up a batch of my chili- came out dee-lish! I won't give away all of my recipe, but one ingredient I use which a lotta folks don't is...(shhhhhhh...) linguica! Yum yum!

See? No whining!

"We've got a five-dollar fine for whining/We'll tell you before you come in/If it ain't on your mind to have a good time/Y'all come back, and see us again!"

Monday, October 03, 2005

To paraphrase from 1986's Raw Deal, I guess I should not drink and blog! (Besides the obvious from last night below, also, too many empty, carb-y calories- which I'm, ahem, starting to notice- as well as that less-than-100% feeling first thing in the morning.)

Self-pity is poor box office!

"'Cuz the truth remains that no one wants to know..."

Sunday, October 02, 2005

I mentioned that I really loathe self-centeredness, yes?


**Addendum- I wasn't going to, but I'm going to expound on this a little more. I'm a pretty patient gal, and I'm pretty amenable to forgiving a lot of things. But a few things have really gotten to me of late, some truly shabby treatment by people from whom I deserve better.
One- This past spring, I was more than a lil peeved at someone whom I had been quite close to, for seemingly dropping/ignoring any and all contact with and from me. I did take this person to task, only to find out that this person was going thru some personal issues. While certainly these did not preclude staying in touch with me, once explained, I was forgiving, and following, I was supportive as best I could be. And, while the relationship was no longer as close as it had been, it still was a friendship. Last month, while chatting, I indicated to this person that I was in a bit of a funk (I believe my comment was, "I've been in a bit of a funk.") Did they ask what was wrong? Did they ask why? Did they ask how I'm doing? NO! And even after bringing it- albeit sarcastically- to this person's attention that they did NOT show any interest in my "funk," in what was bothering me, did they THEN follow up to ask what was wrong, how I was doing, if there was anything they could do to help? NO! Self-centered SOB.
Two- I have a TS friend, post-op now. Over the years I have always been VERY supportive of her, always interested in and solicitive of her, how she's doing, her journey, etc...always encouraging, always supportive, always interested. Once again, last month, I mentioned to her that things had been a lil rough of late, and yet- because I'm a selfless, considerate person!- I still inquired as to how things were going w/ her, a couple of things in particular she was dealing with as well. I finally hear back from her- ALL about her! Not even a mention of anything concerning me, nor any inquiry. Nothing. If she were an unintelligent, ignorant person, I could chalk it up to that. But she's not. And this isn't the first time from her...again, self-centered.
There are several others I could go on about right now as well. What I indicated a couple of posts below, about re-evaluating certain relationships, friendships, etc...? You betcha. I don't mean to whine, I don't mean to bitch and moan, and I don't want to bore folks with the details of what's been troubling me of late. Short story- several things seemingly building one on top of the other on top of the next with little positive- and little support- to offset them right now. I'll overcome and get through them, but for those who could've been a lil supportive, a lil interested, a lil understanding- in the same @#$%ing way in which I've always been to you!- and weren't? I'll forgive, as that's my nature. But forget? Hmmm...

Oh yeah- Yankees Suck!
(And with this post, I'll drop this topic for awhile.)

"Lonesome as a love that might have been..."