My stepsister and her family survived the tornado that hit in Mississippi on Wednesday night. They lost everything they owned.

I saw pictures. There is no logical reason why they survived that tornado. Horrific.

So, Amber and I…we’ve spoken maybe 3-4 times over the past 10 years. She actually slept with a boyfriend of mine (when I wouldn’t) back in high school. So, we aren’t the best of friends or anything.

I get some clothes together, get some friends to donate some things for her and her family. My husband is asking me “Why? You don’t like her, you don’t like your parents, why bother?” He thinks I’m a sucker.

1. I feel bad for her. She’s lost her home, her sense of security. She clutched her infant to her while they were buffeted about the house that was falling down around her. No one deserves such things.

2. Karma. I don’t particularly believe in it, but hey, it can’t hurt.

3. Atheists can have compassion; be moral and good people.

4. I’m a softie. I’ll talk shit about you, say I hate you, but in crisis, I’m there for you.

5. I don’t want my stepmother to tell people I stood by and offered nothing. She would do that.

Call me hypocritical…eh.

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My sister-in-law is in an opera at her college tonight. Her last performance before graduation. Michael and I were planning on going tonight. We were assured of at least one comp ticket, so that would cut down on our expenses for this week.

Denied. She gave it away to her semi-boyfriend’s mother.

This is AFTER we gave her $60 to pay for her character shoes for the opera. AFTER we have given her $150 for various things over the past few months. Now she wants us to shell out another $30 to see her on stage for 10 minutes?

No thank you’s, no “I’m sorry”….nada.

I’m tapped out, and I’m pissed.

I’m a blog addict. I have 200 blogs on my Google reader, yet I read maybe 10 of them. I just keep adding them, and adding them…

I’m on a frugality kick. If we plan on moving next year, possibly buying a house, I need to find more ways to save, to cut back, to live a more frugal lifestyle. I’m always perusing frugality sites/blogs for more insight, more tips, more hacks.

I cannot remember the last time I came across a frugality/simple living blog that wasn’t run by a blatant Christian. What I mean by blatant is: scripture all over the page, posts of “living for God”, “frugality is Godly” blah blah blah.

I just want tips, man. I don’t want to hear about your god.

I came across one today, which I won’t name because I’m not interested in bashing these people. They have some genuinely good ideas, and I will continue to read them.

I perused their homeschooling curriculum. They use textbooks from http://www.apologia.com/.  Science textbooks. CREATION SCIENCE TEXTBOOKS!!!!! I threw up in my mouth a little.

From the site: “Apologia Ministries exists to give the home-schooled student a scientific education that will help him or her make a reasoned defense of the Christian Faith.”

My head explodes.

The science question of the week?

The show Veggie Tales has always bothered me. It’s not that I don’t enjoy watching it. The episodes are fun and generally have a good message. The problem is that they really should be called “Fruity Tales,” because most of the characters are actually fruits.

Question:
Of the the following characters:

Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, Junior Asparagus, Madame Blueberry, Petunia Rhubarb, and Pa Grape

which are actually vegetables?

This “disclaimer” at the bottom really blew my mind.

Once again, the Science Question of the Week is for students of age 13 – 18 years.

Really???? Really????? You are telling me that HIGH SCHOOLERS are being asked what fucking character on a cartoon belongs to what category, fruit or vegetable??????

I’m so glad my family (meaning me, my husband and hopefully the girl-child) does not subscribe to this type of thinking. Creation science is a, what’s the word for it…when the two words are exact opposite of each other???

Oxymoron. That’s it. Should have known with the word “moron” in it.

Yes, so I got off on a tangent. It’s what I do.

Do you have any secular frugal blogs you subscribe to? Leave a comment. 🙂

Thanks for listening.

I ordered from Schwan’s for the very first time last week. Today is delivery day.

It’s 5:15 and no frozen food has come to my door.

I want my Orange Sherbet Push-ups.

NOW.

The cake was an awesome finish to the meal. I had no idea it would taste so good.

Only 3 pieces were cut out of it last night. It’s mighty dangerous to have a loaded chocolate cake hanging around the kitchen. Especially when I’m home all day.

Willpower. Can I haz it?

So, I decided to cook dinner for the family tonight. On the menu:

Irish Soda Bread (I’m actually going to make it!)

Corned beef brisket cooked with Guinness

Cabbage patties (blanched cabbage with egg, bread crumbs, seasonings, made into patties , then pan fried)

Garlic mashed potatoes

Guinness Chocolate Cake

I don’t like Guinness, except in food. Too thick for my taste. I’ll pick up some Harp’s for me.

The husband’s family being part-Irish (paternal side from County Kerry, I do believe) makes St. Patty’s Day a must-celebrate holiday. Even if it’s just buying Guinness, Killian’s, Boddington’s and Harp’s and drinking and visiting. Of course, with the girl-child around, it’s not much drinking these days. Someone has to stay sharp to keep her out of the kitchen knives.

Yay! My newest Amazon order shipped today. Soon to be on my reading shelf:

The Thirteen American Arguments: Enduring Debates That Define and Inspire Our Country by Howard Fineman.

You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times by Howard Zinn.

Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief by Dale McGowan, et al.

We have Zinn’s “A People’s History” and McGowan’s “Parenting Beyond Belief” (yes, I’m too lazy to link these for you. You should already  have them, anyway), so these will be good supplements to our library. I’m very interested to read Fineman’s book…the Supreme Court has always fascinated me.

I was disappointed (but not surprised) that my parish (county, for you folks in the other 49 states)  library system carries none of these books. If  you aren’t Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, James Dobson, Danielle Steele or Nora Roberts, your books are not deemed important enough to be carried in our system.

Fuck, I’m ready to move out of this stifling area.

Michael and I saw “Watchmen” yesterday. I thought it was awesome.

I’ve never read the graphic novel. We have it on the computer; I’ve just never taken the time to read it.

It was gorier (is that a word?) than I thought; lots of blood, slashing and hacking. The full frontal of Dr. Manhattan wasn’t too distracting. Except when he walked. You couldn’t help but let your eyes drift downward…and watch his magnificent package sway back and forth. Ahem.

The sex scene between Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II….HOT. Something about making love to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” (roughed up bow-chicka-bow-wow) version) while floating in the clouds in Archie…nice. Michael got to reap the rewards when we returned home.

I need to get a pair of those boots.

I went into the movie with no fanboy (fangrrl?) expectations. I was just looking for a good story, great effects, escapist film. I got what I was looking for. I’m sorry for those who couldn’t just see the film for the action movie, human-nature telling story it was. Maybe when I read the graphic novel, I’ll get a different take on it.

It’s time to get the girl-child up from her nap, and work on laundry and supper. Would anyone make a movie about that?

We’ll see how long I can keep this blog up. Just saving some space for now.

I’m heading out to dinner with my husband and daughter, so maybe I’ll be back tomorrow with some witty banter.

Or not. 🙂

Cheers!