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Happy birthday to jacksrubberduck! I hope it's a good one :-)

Ramadan Mubarak

Several years ago, virtually overnight I went from being an active, athletic, healthy person to being incapacitated to the point that I really didn’t leave my house for almost two years. I went from being rock-solid reliable and dependable, always there for anyone who needed me, to being a social recluse who made plans but always backed out at the last minute.

I won’t go into the specifics of my illness in an unlocked post, but suffice it to say that I’ve been through the acute phase of what turned out to be a chronic condition; been told by doctors I would improve and go back to normal, which did not and will not ever happen; endured years of tests, misdiagnoses, and inappropriate medications before I finally went to the right specialist who knew exactly what was going on with me and was finally able to offer some real help.

I know what it’s like to make commitments and to have to withdraw from them, leaving other people hanging. I know what it’s like to want to do something with all my being, only to have my body shut down and make doing that something impossible. I’ve had to redefine who I am based on my health.

When I read grav_ity’s post aboutirony_rocks, it immediately struck a chord with me. I’ve been in that situation, and I know how wrenching it can be. Yes, everyone understands that your physical condition precludes you from doing something that would normally be expected of you, but that doesn’t make you feel any better about not being able to do it.  And if by observing Ramadan for one day I can help irony_rocks to feel better about things, even if it’s just the tiniest bit, I’m happy to do it.

Today, for me, will be a day of looking inward: giving thanks for the good things that have come my way, including the major improvement in my health over the years; giving serious thought to the questions of how I can be a better person and make the world around me a better place.


I pre-ordered my new iPhone at 6 a.m. eastern time on Friday, 14 September, and the latest is I won't receive the phone until November.


There is no damn way I'm paying the upgrade and activation fees on this phone. The AT&T boards are showing all manner of people who ordered after me and have their phones in hand.

In fact, I might just cancel the order altogether and order a phone from Apple instead.

I think I missed again

...the birthday of dremiel, that is. Happy belated birthday!


Happy birthday to queenofthorns! I wish you many more! 

Merry happy joy joy

But no Mr Hanky.

Best wishes to everyone this holiday season!

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I am told it is the birthday of cbackson. Happy birthday!


Of all the reasons I think Rick Perry would make a terrible United States president, the executions of Humberto Leal (a foreign national who was not told he could ask for consular assistance when he was arrested) and Cameron Todd Willingham (there is serious doubt he was guilty of the crime for which he was executed) top the list.

Given Rick Perry's complete disregard for international law and modern science, and the damage it's caused at the state level, imagine how much more damage he could do at the federal level.

I know the fundies love him, but I am frankly shocked that any Catholic could vote for him without having serious misgivings. As far as I can tell, Rick Perry thinks a human being's right to state protection and support ends at birth.

another birthday!

 It is the birthday of mylittleredgirl ! I hope it's fantastic!


It is the birthday of raisintorte! Happy birthday!

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It is the birthday of lesbiassparrow ! I hope it's a good one! 

RIP Elisabeth Sladen

Sad news indeed.

the sun'll come out?

I've had "We'd Like to Thank You Herbert Hoover" stuck in my head all week.

Pretty appropriate, I'd say. 

An open letter

To my flist, e-mail acquaintances, facebook friends, twitter pals, etc., etc.:

No, Pat Robertson DID NOT make a comment about snow being God's punishment toward those who were "planning to drive to do something gay."

Trust me. He didn't. Yes, Andy Borowitz says he did, but Andy Borowitz is a political satirist, and this whole "news report" is satire. Only thing is, it's so close to the truth that everyone believed it really happened.

In closing, do NOT send me this link anymore, and save your outrage for when Pat Robertson really does say something ridiculous.


Dear local meteorologist:

What we have experienced over the past two days was not "a wet weather event." It was RAIN.

No Love,

La Vida

You know, if I finally give up on Chuck, it's because I don't want to see a frakking commercial for cars, or sandwiches, or anything else embedded in the episodes themselves.

As a result of all the stupid Subway promos in the show, I'm much less likely to eat there because I'm just that annoyed.


I'm home. Hooray! 

Dear LiveJournal

I'm not sure who told you it was a fantastic idea to change the default entries to 10 on everyone's friends pages, but it was a really bad idea.

LaVida, who could use the half hour back that it took to find the place to change the setting back to 20 entries 

Dear LiveJournal

Dear LiveJournal:

Part of the reason I have a paid account is so I don't have to deal with advertisements on my LJ page.

Therefore, it really, REALLY pisses me off when you hijack my browser by forcing one of those "this ad will display for 15 seconds" screens on me the instant I log out.

Every. Damn. Time.

No Love,
La Vida