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Tuesday, December 31, 2002
happy new year, y'all

No, no Southern jokes in this one. Just some entertainment for ya while you're waiting to go to that hot New Year's party tonight or tomorrow while you're lazing around in your PJs all day.

You can check out 2002's Dumbest Moments in Business, which even my capitalist readers will enjoy. The list is a bit long, but I found it worth digging through. Numbers 54, 55, 63, and 64 are among the choice tidbits in the middle. Also see number 64 if you've ever wondered where those rave reviews of awful movies come from.

Also, to inspire you to live a healthier, more earth-friendly life in 2003, check out the BBC's quiz to determine your ecological footprint. Now, I know that doesn't sound like the most exciting thing in the world, but the results are pretty interesting. Even as a recycling vegetarian it would take 3.6 worlds to support us if everyone lived the same lifestyle as me. Does that make sense? Go take the quiz & you'll understand.

Enjoy your day off tomorrow everyone...

Friday, December 27, 2002


1. What was your biggest accomplishment this year?

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I really did a lot I'm damn proud of this year. Gradumutated from NYU with honors, completed a 40-odd page honors thesis, was quoted in an article in the New York Times, found a cute boy to move in with, and found a job at which I make enough money to be financially independent.

2. What was your biggest disappointment?

The only one that comes to mind at the moment is not getting what was essentially my dream job at Girls Inc. I'm sure there must have been a bigger disappointment, but nothing else comes to mind right now.

3. Will you be making any New Year's resolutions?

Eh. I'd like to start writing in my journal more. That's about it.

4. Where will you be at midnight? Do you wish you could be somewhere else?

I'm not exactly sure where I'll be yet, but I know it'll be with the aforementioned cute boy, so that's enough for me. We might stay in, we might go out, we might hang with some friends. Who knows?

5. Aside from (possibly) staying up late, do you have any other New Year's traditions?

Not really. I do something different practically every year.

P.S.- Go check out the cutest splash ever.

Monday, December 23, 2002
my heroines!

First of all I'd like to say "hooray" for Time Magazine's Persons of the Year for 2002: Cynthia Cooper, Sherron Watkins, and Coleen Rowley, the whistle-blowers on WorldCom, Enron, and the FBI, respectively. Three tough chicks fighting corruption. Awesome.

R.I.P. Joe Strummer.

Hope everyone has a happy happy and a merry merry, and I'll return after Christmas. Let's all try to remember the real reason for the season, shall we? After all...


Sunday, December 22, 2002
too many photos of bryan

Not that you could ever truly have too many, of course. But he does feature rather prominently in this post. Anyway, even though I was still kinda sick this weekend, we had sooo much fun. On Saturday we made our big holiday dinner with a tofurky, which came out nice and juicy and wonderful, garlic mashed potatoes, baked tomatoes stuffed with creamed spinach, and cranberry sauce. YUM!

Then at night we went to see this completely insane band called the World/Inferno Friendship Society that apparently has a huge cult following of hipsters and wannabe weirdos. Anyway, World/Inferno has about 10 members who play everything from the accordian to guitars to saxophones and a frontman whose onstage personna reminded me exactly of one of those Southern-evangelical-healer-preacher guys, except, well, for Satan, in this case. I can't imagine Jesus freaks singing songs like "The Zen of Breaking Everything in the Room" or "Let's Steal Everything." It was different, to say the least.

Then today we continued our holiday cheeseball-fest by going to see the tree in Rockefeller Center and hitting the carousel in Bryant Park. I had to drag Bryan over there, but once he realized the possibilities for entertaining photos, he relented.


He got a little scared at first


but ended up enjoying his little froggie-ride.


Even though a certain SOMEONE completely ditched us while we were in the city, we had fun on our own.

Then we came home and baked some more cookies...


Mmmm, peanut butter kiss cookies make me happy...

Friday, December 20, 2002
so long

Thankfully, it seems that good ol' boy Trent Lott has voluntarily stepped down from his position as GOP Leader, saving plenty of precious time by removing the need for endless debate over whether or not he should have been forcibly removed. And I say, good riddance.

I mean, OK, maybe he was just grasping at straws to find something nice to say to Strommie. Maybe he didn't consciously mean to say something so racist. But regardless, it's clear that his racism is very real and would always, consciously or not, play a role in the decisions he made as a senator, and I think that's wrong, especially when he is supposed to represent and lead his entire party. There were plenty of other B.S. pleasantries he could have made up to say to Thurmond, and he chose to play the segregation card.

Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Trent.

Anyway, another real entry will follow shortly. This week was awful, I've been sick since Saturday night. But this weekend will be filled with cookie baking and, hopefully, a jaunt or two around the city, so more interesting stories and photos should be on their way.

Friday, December 13, 2002
if you weren't suspicious already

I've read plenty of articles indicating that this country is taking a frightening turn to the right, one that has a number of disturbing parallels to the rise of Nazism in Germany. I don't want to be too alarmist here; I don't believe that Bush is suddenly going to start herding up Jews... or maybe it would be people of Middle Eastern descent now?.. but it is deeply troubling to me, especially with the new plans Bush is working on WITHOUT the approval of Congress. He is writing new laws that allow government funding of religious organizations and worst of all, is attempting to pass a law that will make it legal for GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATIONS to discriminate based on faith, which he is also planning to pass without taking it through Congress. Please read Salon's article on these developments. I implore you to share this article with others, and write a letter to Bush telling him what a f*cking idiot he is, as I plan to. Well, maybe worded a bit differently.

In other news that is currently pissing me off, I got a flyer from someone who was apparently a transit worker this morning saying that the reason they are striking is because a) the MTA is refusing to accept the Union's requests for safer working conditions and b) because it didn't listen to their suggestions on how to avoid a fare hike. OK, those are valid arguments. So maybe if you drop this crap about getting a raise this coming year and accept the MTA's fair offer of waiting till 2004 for a raise, the MTA might be a bit more open to your "real" concerns about safety and fares. I certainly hope that these stupid flyers aren't going to garner any public sympathy for these selfish people. Don't get me wrong... I'm fully in support of the general practice of unions. But a transit strike during the holidays? When they're already raising fares and the economy is down the tubes? Argh!

Wednesday, December 11, 2002
all it needs is a little love

First some old pictures, from Battery Park in the snow storm.


He looks rather chilly.


And finally, here is our cute little Christmas tree we bought up the street. Just keep the "Charlie Brown's Christmas" jokes to yourself, please.


I think it's cute, dammit. And it's apartment-sized, which is important in our small space.

Tuesday, December 10, 2002
why doesn't he just use the signal?

The studio we are using at work to get our holiday cards printed is run by a guy whose last name (seriously) is Battman, so almost once a day our receptionist will buzz me and say, "Jen, Battman on 3." And I am such a dork, because it still makes me laugh every time.

Hey, did you know Bush is a sociopath? It sounds a bit extreme at first, but the author of this article does make a compelling argument. Link via No Brand Heroine.

So I had my first feminism meetup last night. All my attempts to advertise this apparently didn't help, as only one other person showed, but we had a fine time by ourselves anyway. Plus, I'm always happy to meet new feminist, vegetarian, Sleater-Kinney fans.

We're going to get our Christmas tree tonight! Pictures to follow.

Thursday, December 05, 2002
snowy slope



Since when is it winter?

i'll take a slice of plain with my feminist debate

As you may have noticed, a couple of new stickers have been added to my side bar for the feminist and vegetarian meetups. I haven't made it to either of these meetups yet because they always get canceled because there are never enough people who confirm that they will attend. The general idea, however, if you've never heard of, is that you go and meet up with mostly new, mostly like-minded people, hang out, chat or debate, and probably have a good time. The NYC feminist meetup is already planned for next Monday night in the Village- see the link for details. The veggie meetup is still taking votes on where it will be held.

Even if only ONE person happened to see this and decided to go it would probably prevent the December meetups from being canceled again... so go sign up!

Sunday, December 01, 2002

So another Thanksgiving has come and gone. And not without a little controversy in my last entry, apparently. Sheesh. Anyway, the weekend was nice and relaxing, but my tofurkey still waits for me in the freezer, so I'll have to cook it up soon.

And now what you all came here for: pictures of pets!! Here's a pig


a cat


and a PUPPY


with chicken legs!


Oh yeah, there were some other family members there, too


Everyone, meet Alex, the weird kid who posts comments all the time.

All in all, by Saturday afternoon, everyone was pretty much tuckered out.


Anyway, when y'all come out of your turkey comas, you should start reading my Park Slope buddy Janine's online journal. Cuz she's cool. Mhmm.


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