Monthly Archives: May 2012

Odds and ends

I recently bought some clothes. I’ve gained enough weight that I couldn’t face wearing clothes that didn’t fit. I was down to one pair of jeans and just didn’t want to repeat my mountain hippie work clothes look any more. I bought my stuff from Etsy. The store is called Coco and Juan, with the business located in California. These clothes are not made in China. It’s a style known as Lagenlook. Basically you wear loose unfitted layers. I spent roughly $300 which is a lot for me. I bought a dress, skirt,pants, a couple of tops and several layering tees. Now I have been working with a naturopathic doctor on weight loss and am a week into a low carb diet. I can wear these clothes if I’m successful in losing weight. I don’t feel overdressed. And this is a very comfortable way to dress. I’m going to keep adding some pieces.

On the geek front, Lon has a new Atrix2. His old Flipside became unusable this week. He loves the idea of having a lapdock for his phone (which we’ll pick up maybe next week). I’m still not an Android fan but it seems to be a nicer phone than he’s had so far. This time, I’m going to teach him how to use it. If he’s going to keep getting smartphones, it’s time he really uses one.

I have a new favorite app, #todo. It’s very clever. Tags like #today, #nextweek, #work set up a due date or a repeat or just a tag to filter. #list lets you create a list within the todo. And you can add a picture to a todo. It’s not as full featured as Life Balance but it’s a fairly new app.

I have been happily using my G5 Mac with Tiger. It’s odd because I spend all day logged into my work PC which is XP. When I get out of the remote session, I’m back in OSX. I’d considered getting a copy of Leopard but think I will leave it as is.

Lots of other stuff going on but will wait until it sorts itself out before I post about it.


In Ponca City, Oklahoma, there is this statue tribute to pioneer women:
(The link can be found here: link)

These were women that left everything they had, to move to a new part of the country and give their families a better life. In some cases, these women became property owners in their own names. They were a major reason for the Western states granting voting rights to women long before the Eastern states got around to it.

And this is how the current adminstration sees women: Life of Julia Is this honestly what happened to the offspring of those courageous women? Are women too incompetent to live their lives without some government official taking care of them? Good thing those earlier women didn’t consider children as something they needed to be protected against. (And let’s just set aside for a minute how anyone can consider living on $12000 a year from Social Security “comfortable”. Julia needs what she can grow in that garden to live on, provided the Government lets her keep it.) More Americans now need food stamps. Fewer Americans have jobs. Are we truly so much more unhealthy now that all we can think about is finding ways to pay for doctors? Sarah Bush Johnston educated Abraham Lincoln on her own. She did not have a degree and there was no Department of Education telling her how to do it. There are few politicians today capable of matching Lincoln’s eloquence.

I don’t think that women have somehow gotten less capable over the years. I have seen, in my own lifetime, contraceptives go from being prescribed only to married women to being openly sold in grocery stores. We sometimes forget how far we have come, in our demands for even more. And while we have been so worried about the government in our bedroom, we seem to have ignored their intrusion into every aspect of our lives. In short, we are less free today. When you look to the government for protection and services, you give up your ability to run your own life. We are the children of strong, strong women. Don’t let them tell you that you are weak.