Currently wishing I didn't have to do any grading. Before that, graduate student and new mom. Now an actual Dr. of Something or Other and the Kid is two and some months. Before that, a Southern girl in the West. Now a Southern girl in the South, dreaming of being in the West. Before that, I can't remember. Still waiting for the flying car.


NOVEMBER 10, 2009 2:04PM

A Decision

I like it here mostly. I do. But the glee I saw yesterday over Ablonde's ill-advised decision to put a picture of a teddy bear with a large butcher knife through it gave me pause.

I get that people don't get along. I even understand, very clearly, that some people… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 9, 2009 7:59PM

When We Don't Get Along

I thought OS was a site populated by adults.

That was my assumption.

I realize that not all of us here are in complete possession of every one of our faculties 24 hours a day. Heck, I would say that's probably the majority of us.

I know absolutely that… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 9, 2009 12:00PM

The Little Bitch

This post is a thank  you post. Thank you everyone who was so kind to me, both here on OS and out in the world, when I lost my dog. Thank you. 

Thank you to the people who picked her up five blocks from here and took her to the Humane… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 8, 2009 3:29PM

A Terrible Very Bad Day

I know. Another list.

1. This worries me. I can't stop thinking about it. I've lost my dog. She's been missing over 48 hours. She escaped into a neighborhood full of coyotes. She's mostly deaf. She's old but spry. I miss her. I wish she were here. 

2. My father

He… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2009 2:07PM

A Thank You Just for YOU!!

I just want to thank you, Mr. Stud, for picking the Starbucks where I was today to cough up your lung!!!

Really, I totally enjoyed it!

 I know you're a tough guy. You can't be sick. You have to "get back out there" even at the expense of other people!! I… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 2, 2009 6:21PM

History Not Repeating Itself

So, this post is definitely a throwaway post, written before the Kid's dinner. It keeps coming to my attention that I read things, see things, think things, and then they disappear into the ether. Never to return. Perhaps it's for the best, but just in case it's not, I'm going to… Read full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2009 11:18AM

The Family Ghosts



The final story is about my family. And our ghosts. They are mild, calm ghosts mainly. So, in essence, there's not too much to tell. 

But it starts with an amazing coincidence.

As my father has explained it to me, our family was granted a large piece of land… Read full post »

I have a friend who does not believe in ghosts. He firmly believes that, when we die, we're dead. That's it. Adios. Nothing else. You're done. Finito. Pushing up daisies. 

He also doesn't believe animals have feelings, but instead, only have "instincts," which ... er ... I am often hard-pressed… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 29, 2009 10:56AM

The Double Standard of Naked Shirtless Hollywood

I promise to put up ghost stories tomorrow. But I've been busy! There's no time for fun. Boo. I have to pick up the Kid early today and go get our H1N1 vaccinations and then the grocery store and then my dissertation and then ...

Yeah, it's busy but also boring.… Read full post »

So, no ghost story yet for this week. I'm grading. Boo. Much scarier than a ghost story, believe me. And the sink in the kitchen has backed up. Just another moment in the Landlord Diaries, I'm sure. sigh.

So, here's something to listen to in the meantime. Alexi Murdoch. Fantastic. Seriously.… Read full post »

So, today I decided to skip working on the dissertation for the morning and instead, meet a friend in East Nashville for coffee at this little coffee/foodie shop that has really good food. East Nashville is full of hipsters these days, renovating the old houses and generally participating in hip-yup… Read full post »


I truly did not mean to take a week to update this story. Truly. Please do not hurt me. It was a very busy week, and I got caught up in it. Kind of like a girl in a horror flick, I kept going up the stairs… Read full post »

So, it's been a tough day here in the Land of Motherhood. There was an "incident" at dinner whereby the Kid threw her food and got a time out and then DID IT AGAIN and had a toy taken away (temporarily--I am not an ogre) along with a second time out.… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2009 12:10PM

Halloween Stories: An Open Call and A Haunted Car

So, as you all must know, since it's been in the store since, wow, JULY (really not kidding), Halloween will soon be upon us. 

Despite the commercialization of what I nearly consider a religious holiday (heh heh), I still love Halloween and especially ghost stories.

To get us all "in… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2009 8:20PM

MORE Hideous and Evil Confessions

I'm going to tell you  more terrible things here about myself. They are all true. 

Pretty much.

 1. I confess that I use twitter as a tool for spying on celebrities. I confess it! I like to see what's happening with Nicole Richie, of all people! I mean, I never even… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 10, 2009 4:32PM

It's An Ending, Not A Beginning

I don't know what force took me over on the drive to work this morning, but whole cloth, these ridiculous ENDINGS sprang into my head. Perhaps you can find the beginnings of them. Perhaps you have your own endings to add. 

 Here they are:

#1.  But, in the end, the people… Read full post »



Well. I can't find my camera. I've packed it somewhere. I'll eventually find it among the soaps or in a drawer or something. I've lost the stupid thing.

But when you move, well, when I move, I always find things that I thought I'd lost as well. Such… Read full post »

Soon and very soon, my field opens up its meager job offerings and presents them on a tiny tin platter to about 20,000 (or more) starving applicants. It's a busy time. I still can't get one of my old universities to send me all my old student evaluations, which they've been… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 7, 2009 12:12AM

One One One One One and Only OneThought

This post is not a real post.

These thoughts aren't even all that original.

(And neither are those.)

One thought, very long:

When I was little, we had a Thanksgiving Day play. I wanted to play an Indian (now correctly called an Amerindian or Native American but it wasRead full post »

AUGUST 31, 2009 2:31PM

Once Upon A Time

**Inspired by this post. Go there. 

When I read her the stories, I often change the endings.

 Sometimes, I say, "And she met in the woods seven dwarves who lived in a messy house. They offered her a place to live in exchange for doing the cooking and cleaning, but… Read full post »

I took Bill's advice and read bill 773. Thanks, Bill.

Here are the parts that interest me: 


(c) ASSESSMENT OF SECURE CODING EDUCATION IN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES- Within one year after the date of enactment of

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AUGUST 27, 2009 10:43PM

Terrible Confessions

1. I do not care. 

2. I do not know what it is that I do not care about. Okay, maybe grammar ... maybe I don't care about that.

3. When I was pregnant, every time I laughed or coughed I peed on myself a little.

4. That's not the terrible… Read full post »

Stories from the media that I am banishing from my mind. Sorry about putting them into yours, even for a second. See if you can identify the story for each one. Or hell. Make up your own.

 Story 1. Pole dancing? Really? What nudie bar do you frequent, because 30 seconds… Read full post »

AUGUST 4, 2009 9:44PM

Posting on the Light Boretastic

I must make a confession. After considering Stellaa's post for a big longer, I've decided I agree with her about a lot of it.

For me, sometimes, I get bored with narrative 'interest' pieces.

I get tired if I see the word 'vagina.'

I yawn over the word… Read full post »

JULY 31, 2009 6:50PM

Meme Time!!! Firsts for Odette

1. Who was your FIRST prom date?

 A guy named Jon. He was a lovely gay boy who wore white gloves, of which my brother made merciless fun.

2. Who was your FIRST love and do you still talk with him/her?  

I won't mention his name, but he was… Read full post »