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Blog Profile / Irrational Woman


URL :http://irrational-woman.blogspot.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:83
Posts / Week:0.3
Archived Since:March 19, 2008

Blog Post Archive

My Take on the HIMYM finale

I haven't read a lot of commentary on the How I Met Your Mother finale from Monday night, but I've a heard a little bit here and there. A lot of people don't like that they killed off Mom and put Ted with Robin in the end. I'm not really fond of the idea either, but that's not really my main complaint with the episode. Show More Summary

Song that move me

Today I was listening to a CD and a song came on that was just really moving. The sound of the singer voice was the most important part. In fact, most of the lyrics I can't even understand. The song was Reynardine by Fairport Convention, but there are some other songs that fit into that same category. Show More Summary

2013 Book List

Here is a list of the books I read in 2013:Monday Mourning - Kathy ReichsCross Bones - Kathy ReichsA Study in Scarlet - Sir Arthur Conan DoyleThe Sign of Four - Sir Arthur Conan DoyleCat's Cradle - Kurt VonnegutHeat Rises - Richard CastlePlayer...Show More Summary

2012 Book List

Here is a list of the books I read in 2012.Galapagos - Kurt VonnegutChariots of the Gods - Erich Von DanikenThe X President - Philip BaruthHeat Wave - Richard CastleThe Island of Doctor Moreau - H.G. WellsThe Knowland Retribution - Richard GreenerUbik - Philip K. Show More Summary

Thought to the day - from my husband

If the grocery store sells extra virgin olive oil, why don't they sell extra slutty olive oil?

Tiger in the Gazebo

My cat seems to be really enjoying the new addition to our yard. I think this is his way of saying, "Thanks for buying me a new bed." And, unfortunately, he also thinks it is his new scratching post. Because, as every cat caregiver knows, every new purchase made is always for the cat.

Something New

We took out our above ground pool and replaced it with a gazebo, or more accurately a "teahouse". It has a double swing inside. We haven't finished the landscaping, obviously, but I think it is coming along nicely. The plan is to plant spirea and butterfly bushes, along with some lantana and some annuals which are yet to be determined. Show More Summary

Reelected!

As is obvious by the previous post, I'm happy to see that President Obama has won a second term. Results from here in Alabama were about what I had expected; however, Judge Roy Moore's opponent, Bob Vance, gave a better showing than I had expected.I am very happy to hear, too, that Jon Tester (D-Mont) has won reelection to his senate seat in Montana. Show More Summary

I voted!

I did my civic duty and voted. I voted for Obama/Biden, but since I live in Alabama, I'm sure most of the few people I had the option of voting for will win. It is AMAZING how many offices were not contested. But at least I did haveShow More Summary

Music Midtown Festival

Wow, it's been a while since I posted anything here. But this definitely seemed worth posting about. I went to the Music Midtown Festival over the weekend. It was so much fun. I've never been to a music festival like this before. It was like a sea of people out there. Show More Summary

Playing with Wordle

I decided that it might be interesting to make a word cloud of the words actually spoken by Jesus in the New Testament. I looked to see if I could find one and I couldn't. So I started making one. I only got through Matthew. Maybe I'll finish later. Here is what I got. For some reason the code from Wordle isn't working to show it here, but here is the link

I finally went digital

The question is, was it worth it? It certainly shouldn't have been as difficult a process as it turned out to be. But ultimately I did get to watch tonight's premiere of Doctor Who, so it all worked out okay. I do, however, find myself...Show More Summary

Enjoying Number 11

I have finally gotten around to watching the newest series of Doctor Who with the eleventh Doctor. I wondered how I would feel about the new Doctor because I was so accustomed to David Tennant and I didn't know how the show would be with a new writer. Show More Summary

Update to "My Map"

Today I was looking back at an old post to find a link to a site to make a colored map for use in my American National Government class. I ended up not using the site, because it was specifically for making a map of the US states you have visited, but it reminded me of how out of date my map is. Show More Summary

My little "lasagna garden"

Here are some pictures of the little garden I planted this year. I never got around to making one last year, because here at the new house it needs protection from the deer in the neighborhood. This year I built a really deep lasagna garden and put a 5 foot tall fence around it. Show More Summary

Religion and Rock and Roll

As this Lenten season draws to close, I find myself going over two song in my head and contemplating their potential for religious insight. The two songs are Like a Stone by AudioSlave and Michael Jordan by Five for Fighting. Near the beginning of Lent, I read through the Catechism in my Book of Common Prayer. Show More Summary

Political bumper sticker

Today when I was out finishing my Christmas shopping in Montgomery, I saw a bumper sticker on a car in the Target parking lot. The bumper sticker said "Pray for Obama, Psalm 109:8" I wrote the chapter and verse down so that I could look it up when I got home. Show More Summary

A sad day

Today is a sad day for my family. My uncle, William Ray Strickland died this morning after an extended illness. He was only 44 years old, but has had health issues since 1996 when he contracted encephalitis during the outbreak in Atlanta. Rest in Peace, Will. We will all miss you.

Musing on conspiracy theories & the 16th Amendment

At the suggestion/request of a student, I watched the Zeitgeist video yesterday. One of many of the conspiracy theories set forth in the video is that the Federal Income Tax is unconstitutional because the 16th Amendment was not properly ratified. Show More Summary

American National Government & Monty Python

This morning I am working on constructing a quiz for my American National Government classes. To date, the classes have not done exceptionally well on these quizzes, which consist of questions solely from the reading material combined with questions from the power point presentations. Show More Summary

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