lpsrocks's Blog


Rockville, Maryland,
web developer, NOLA native, mom of two, concerned citizen living apparently waaaayyy too close to the Beltway, as I have become part of the "chattering classes"... just a political junkie, I guess...concerned about the environment, the wetlands, and keeping the world safe for democracy... no wonder we can't sleep at night...


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JANUARY 20, 2009 8:11PM

Live Blogging continues with Inaugural Balls & Parties

Hi again, friends -

After an historic day, it's time to grab your beverage of choice and settle in for the night for a little bit lighter take on the Inaugural Action. Of course, once again, I failed to score (or being a tightwad, buy) tickets to any of the… Read full post »

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JANUARY 20, 2009 10:53AM

Live-Blogging Inauguration Day


Hey, OS friends,

I guess I'm cheating, but since I failed to land tickets through any of my less-than-deep connections, I am watching the Inauguration from the comfort of my couch.

So, please join me with your comments, thoughts, humor, whatever...

At 10:48 a.m., President-elect Obama and out… Read full post »

Or why I’m not going to the Mall

In case you haven’t heard, there are a ton of events and activities going on around Washington, DC this weekend in celebration of the Inauguration of Barack Obama, our 44th President. I mean to take nothing away from the significance of this historic… Read full post »

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JANUARY 12, 2009 8:55PM

Good-Enough Parenting

We all want to be perfect parents, don’t we?

I’m not talking about the uber-mom who makes her own baby food, nor super-Dad who not only coaches both kids’ soccer teams, but also invites everyone over for perfectly cooked steaks afterward. Nor am I talking about out-perfecting one an… Read full post »

I have a question: What would you do?

Imagine you are part of a family. A big, sprawling, loving extended family.

The good: lots of parties, someone’s always up for game night, you can count on an open door and a hot meal whenever you need one, shared memories

The bad:Read full post »

  1. There are now 25 unread messages in my OS inbox. Just to show you how far behind I am. (this post is my attempt to wade back into the OS waters)
  2. Apparently, there are over 150 posters doing this 25 thingee, but I still don’t know how it got/
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Last night I had the strangest dream,
I sailed away to China, in a little row boat to find ya,
and you said you had to get your laundry cleaned

Lyrics from Break my Stride, Ace of Base

Freaky in a raft 

troll on washing machineWell, no, as much as I ADORE her-Freaky-Highness, goddess of energy, I didn’t… Read full post »

News you may have missed & Nuggets from the Wired World

*lagniappe – in Louisiana, lagniappe refers to "a small gift given to a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase" (such as a 13th beignet when buying a dozen), or more broadly, "something given or obtainedRead full post »
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DECEMBER 9, 2008 5:28PM

Lisa’s Handy Holiday Giving Guide

I know, I know. We’re all supposed to be “above the fray” and renounce consumerism and all that. And, as much as I’d like to just avoid the subject and recommend that everyone send a “please don’t buy us anything and we are giving to charity” letter, I realiz… Read full post »

DECEMBER 7, 2008 10:21AM

Onomatopoeia in Verse

languid. languor. liquid.
body floating on a cloud

lithe and supple
body in his hands

friction. contact.
bone on bone
muscle on muscle

excruciating climb
exquisite release

sweet savasana

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DECEMBER 4, 2008 7:10PM

Annual Christmas Card Contest

Hey, folks, it’s that time of year, again. Time for decking the halls, roasting chestnuts, and sharing the joy. Time to send season’s greetings and the yearly shout-out to friends and relatives, both close and long-lost.

Christmas cards. Holiday greetings.

First off, there is NO actu… Read full post »

I know, “it’s the economy, stupid” and economic issues have rightly been the central focus of news these last few weeks. However, among all the navel-gazing over the Hillary selection and other Cabinet picks, rehashing the BCS/playoff thingee, and even Palin’s turkey pardon vi… Read full post »

Since I was left out of round 1 and since there really isn't anything more to be said about Hillary as Secretary of State...

I may as well play...

 Skeptic - thanks so much for doing this. My avatar is a cropped part of a photo (that I took, so no… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 19, 2008 10:24PM

101 Words: After the Wedding

Picking up the challenge thrown down by Somyr Perry, Verbal RemedySkeptic Turtle, fingerlakeswanderer, and Sally Swift (who's cataloguing), I offer a story in 101 words. This is also a true story. 

After the wedding, we gather for the after-party after-party. To chill, dish, get the scoop:

The… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 19, 2008 6:09PM

Managing Expectations…

I’ve been reading and hearing a lot about how President-elect Obama needs to manage expectations for his Presidency. There’s been talk of unreasonable and unrealistic expectations for President Obama to solve every problem and crisis facing our country. Others contend that, in order to av… Read full post »

Late to the party, but I decided to take umbrellakinesis up on her thoughtful and challenging survey, called the Lyrics Meme (Survey) - Getting to Know You.

A quick preface - a couple of years ago, I made a CD called, “Songs for my mid-life crisis” which happened to occur… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 4, 2008 4:29PM

Google Maps Guide to OS Election Live-Blogging

In response to Zerry's Open Call, several OS bloggers have taken up the charge to Live Blog and report on voting, polls, and results in our states, particularly the swing states. Also, Liz Emrich, live blogger extraordinaire, will be hosting the OS Iron Pundit vs. Iron Stomach: Election Day Edition s… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 3, 2008 10:35PM

Voting in Virginia: Swing State Watch

What to watch for in turning Virginia Blue on Election Day

I’m getting a jump start on Election Day live-blogging. On Tuesday, I’ll be canvassing and hope to bring you pictures/stories/whatever else in the evening. I thought I’d provide some background and perspective while we watc… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2008 10:57PM

Rockin’ the Vote in Virginia

I feel good. For the first day in several, I’m feeling good about Tuesday.

The poll numbers haven’t changed (much, I hope, I haven’t checked them today) and the race is probably tightening, as the pundants suggest. The lies and smears continue. Friends tell me they have checked out… Read full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2008 3:40AM


 I confess. I am a Halloween grinch.

Halloween makes me crabby. It’s not that I have any religious objection to it. I don’t think it’s evil or crass (ok, maybe a little crass). And I don’t even object to the overall tackiness and sudden flagrant display of some friends&r… Read full post »

OCTOBER 28, 2008 11:22PM

Lingering Questions…

I know, I know…none of these questions matter in the big scheme…of life… or even, necessarily in this election, but still…
These little, nagging questions linger…
so, here goes my inner nutty narrative…anyone who has answers, ideas or questions of your own, fee… Read full post »

Some Friday afternoon Cajun music for happy hour. A New Orleans friend shared this with me and it made me smile. and want to get up & dance.


"Oui, on peut -- Yes we can!" OBAMA ZYDECO FROM LOUISIANA 2008!

Music and Lyrics copyright 2008 DirkRead full post »

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OCTOBER 20, 2008 10:20PM

Freakonomics & the Election

In the best-selling book Freakonomics, economist Steven Levitt and journalist Stephen Dubner apply economic theories to everyday questions, study data patterns and come up with some interesting correlations.

Among the controversial social questions that Levitt asks and answers are:

  1. If drug dealers
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or A Checklist/Helpful hints for Loving Republicans


“What’s so funny ‘bout peace, love and understanding”


Introduction: By now, you’ve hopefully read Part 1: On Loving Republicans about my journey from the Dark Side.

And thanks to Kerry&rsqu

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OCTOBER 16, 2008 8:42AM

On Loving Republicans

Part 1: Journey from the Dark Side or I used to be a Republican

Part 2: Sharing what I’ve Learned – Checklist/Helpful hints for loving Republicans (coming soon)

Like Barack Obama, there are some things I don’t understand. James Carville and Mary Matalin’s marriage, for one. Wh… Read full post »