Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Blah Blah Blah Randomness

Not much going on, so I'll pass the time with some random thoughts.

1. I don't like Valentine's Day, never have. The screaming reds and pinks in the stores bother me, and I get a stomachache looking at all the candy. It seems rather rude to play up a "holiday" with the objectives of selling lots of cheap crap and stuffed animals and making folks without a significant romantic other feel like losers.

2. Why do we expect the GOP to accept the latest election and realize their practices just don't work and were rejected by the electorate? They are only human, yes with flawed philosophy in my opinion yet still mere mortals. The elections of 2000 and 2004 certainly didn't make US think that liberal thought had been rejected, and that we should therefore roll over and die away. It made progressives work even harder, which is what I assume the conservatives will do. I don't like it, but why do we expect different?

3. I subbed in 1st grade today and had this exchange with a student:
Me: My Mom always said "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all". I say that to my kids too.
Kid: Yeah, my Mom says that too.
Me: Moms are pretty smart, aren't they?
Kid: Yeah, and Dads are kinda half-smart.

4. It's supposed to reach the 40s here later this week. It can't come quick enough.

5. I've lived in Minnesota since 1997 and have YET to see a hockey game.

6. I had some chocolate ice cream the other night and had forgotten how wonderful it is. For reasons unknown I haven't had chocolate ice cream in about 4 years. Now root beer floats are another story.

7. My back hurts. Wretched ultra firm mattress!

8. Just finished three superb novels regarding the Holocaust: Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Jack and Rochelle, and The Book Thief. Highly recommend them all, in particular Jack and Rochelle, a true story. Have now started A Pocketful of Names.


Missy said...

I have always liked making a mailbox for my valentines and sending them out. I have a friend who goes around to coffee shops on V-Day and gives valentines to random people.

Hockey is fun, I have only been to high school and Gopher games, the gopher games are better. Lots of fan participation, not always polite cheers, but cheers.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Not to brag or anything but it's supposed to hit 60 here on Saturday. Of course it's like 10 outside now and it's snowing too.

FranIAm said...

Ah - Valentine's Day. As someone who spent most of her life not in a couple, I really don't like it all that much either.

To counteract my disdain for it, somewhere back in the early 90's, I did start going out and buying kids valentines and sending them to everyone I knew. That was kind of fun... well maybe not fun, but it took the edge off.

Jennifer and Sandi said...

We need to get you to go see a Wild game!!!! You could also go watch the High School kids place at your local school. The HS kids are a blast to watch also!!

HAPPY 40 degree weather coming Wednesday!!
- Jennifer

Two Blessings From Above said...

I agree, high school hockey is a blast to watch!
I am looking so forward to the warmer weather, Last weekend was great!
I enjoy your blog I will be stopping back by.
Have a good Wednesday!

Some Guy said...

Ditto on Valentines Day. I think it's lame even though I have someone to share it with now. I'm looking forward to the warm-up, too. It was -10 when I left this morning.

Mommy said...

Monkey - Please redirect that snow to Brainerd, MN. We are headed there for snowmobiling this weekend.

- I can not believe you have never seen a hockey game?? Don't they play in Iowa too???

Anita said...

Valentines day is lame.
The GOP are lame
Moms are very smart!
My son read The Boy in the STriped Pajamas, and I did after him. We saw the movie, very well done. I'll take a look at the books you mention. He's only 11, and he read another book geared towards his age recently too.
Eat more chocoate ice cream.....in moderation!

Churlita said...

I prefer to call Valentine's Day, "Single's Appreciation Day".

I just read The Book Thief and really liked it.

I live in Iowa, but it isn't much warmer here. Bring on the 40's! (oz's or temps will do)

Bubs said...

I've never liked Valentine's Day as a manufactured holiday where you're expected to give cards and all...but I do like it as a chance to do something nice with my bride. On Friday the 13 we're going to the newly-reopened Trader Vic's and then to a burlesque show.

Shan said...

I love Valentine's Day, primarily because it is an excuse to eat chocolate. But maybe I feel that way because I have not been single in....a very long time. Hey, neither have you, what's YOUR problem with it?!

I'm an ice cream addict, AND a chocolate addict, but for some reason when it comes to ice cream I prefer vanilla ice cream that has goodies in it--you know, cookies & cream, or chocolate chip cookie dough, or some kind of almond fudge crunch type concoction. I don't know why. More interesting?

I am so sick of the cold I could scream. I have been fantasizing lately about those days when you can just walk outside and take the kiddos to the playground, no jackets, nothing. Ahhhhh!

themom said...

I can't figure out why I have been craving ICE CREAM in this frigid weather. Take it from me...it's not hormonal either. Love the kid's remark about dad being half-smart.

Liberality said...

yeah, but Moms are always smarter ;)

Lisa said...

I LOVE the Book Thief. I listened to it on tape. I would listen to it again. And again.

Boo to your mattress! I have the same problem.

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