Eight Years of ME, Talking About Stuff

pi-be rationalAnd another blogiversary rolls around. Last year’s little black cloud has become a tsunami of Charlton Heston/Ten Commandment’s proportions that I only manage to stay ahead of on a daily basis.

Philippians 4:13, always my favorite scripture, has become a mantra of sorts.

I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

Eight years is longer than one of my career stops. Most cars/marriages/fruit cakes don’t last that long. If you’re new to this dark little asteroid, you can check out the one post that started it all, plus all seven of the previous anniversary posts – The First, Year One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, and Seven.

Many, many friends have been made along the way. Many prayers said. So much support offered. Special thanks go out to Fausta for her continued friendship, and as always to The Anchoress, Elizabeth Scalia, my blog-mother. It’s all her fault.

As I adjust to this new normal, I’ll be lurking about more often. Really. I will.

Prayers for Stephen Green & Family

Pray for rain and safety for Coloradians. Including fellow blogger Stephen Green (aka VodkaPundit) and his family, who live too close to the fire line.

Not Even a Bridesmaid

Forget the bride. I can’t even get the flower girl gig.

Yet again, I am left off this list.

Lance wasn’t on it, again, either. And he’s even written for John and wasn’t mentioned in the mea culpa PS #3.

I blame ACORN.

Call for Prayer and Help

The internetz is an amazing thing. Before, prayer warriors only learned about needs through letters, prayer lists and phone calls. Now, with the push of the Publish button, thousands will take to their knees to pray for someone they’ve never met. I know. I’ve felt those prayers on more than one occasion. Now it’s our turn to care for another friend we haven’t met yet.

Amusing Bunni, a favorite commenter at many sites for years, has learned she has terminal liver cancer.

Please pray for her and her family. More details here.

Off to RedState!

Tomorrow morning we leave at the crack of dawn, heading to Jacksonville and this year’s RedState Gathering.

Hopefully the wi-fi will work so I can post a bit. This year’s agenda looks great, and as usual, Erick does a wonderful job organizing the entire weekend.

Plus we get to greet a brand new, squeaky new Senator!

Blog O’The Day

Mind-Numbed Robot has the best photo-shop evah. Head on over leave him some galactic love.

New Blog in the Blogroll

Due to the dreaded sickness, I am even more behind than usual.

There’s a new blog in the blogroll – Nathan Smith. Nathan is a fellow Peach Punditeer. Follow the link and share some galactic love!

The 2011 Fab Fifty

Doug Ross has picked his Fabulous 50 Blogs for 2011. Alas, I am not listed (there’s always next year!), but my pal Fausta was named Best Latin American Coverage. Woot!

Second Verse, Same As The First

Well, after a week of non-planned-mental-absence, nothing much has changed. While I gather what is left of my thoughts, amuse yourself with the following:

Eric Holder hasn’t quit, yet.

The Herman Cain smears have started, right on schedule.

Our beloved Gerard has pulled a Lazarus on us. Thankfully, according to insider reports, he is mending nicely and will be back to his fully-operational Death Star status soon.

“Every writer is unique, both in thievery… and in execution.”

24-20. Heh. Gators eat boogers.

An uncle explains redistribution of wealth to his nephew.

When what to my wondering eyes should appear…

…but an old friend starting up a blog! Check out Deep Thoughts from The Deep South, where the story unfolds of a regular guy with a regular house that’s going to be in a Ben Stiller movie. This is going to be fun!

East Coast Earthquake

Yet another metaphor lurking in the continental plates.

A 5.8 earthquake shook most of the East Coast yesterday.

An earthquake relief fund has been set up for Maryland victims. Please find it in your heart to contribute.

UPDATE: All jostling aside, the National Cathedral has sustained significant damage.

A Disturbance in The Force

One of my favorite “Friends I Haven’t Meet Yet” is closing her blog. No Sheeples Here is no more.

We are diminished, but resilient, and will continue to fight until we have our country back.

Good luck and Godspeed, Dear Friend!

Fashionably Late, As Usual

I got the email over the weekend. I knew it was going to happen. If you haven’t stopped by the site in a while, well, work is consuming my bandwidth to such a point that my blog-fu now resembles Anakin crawling out of the lava on Mustafar, nubbed, scorched and gooey.

Joy McCann, aka Little Miss Attila and short-lister CPAC partner-in-crime and Dan Collins of POWIP have launched a cool new web gathering place for conservatives. Check out The Conservatory.

It Would’ve Been a Trifecta, But There Was More Than Three

Friday was a busy, busy day.

The government didn’t shutdown after all. Dems blinked, but only nanoseconds before the GOP did. And we get to do all this again in September, when Congress has to pass a budget for 2012. What fun. Can’t wait.

After a shaky start, the Braves won their home opener against the Phillies. In a sweet ‘passing the torch’ moment before the game, former skipper Bobby Cox threw out the first pitch to Fredi Gonzalez, the new coach. Boy, does he have some big shoes to fill.

Elizabeth Scalia, The Anchoress, sent a belated bloggibirthday shout-out to yours truly. For newer readers, I claim Elizabeth as my Blog Mother, since her blog inspired me to start my own. Just do a search here, you’ll see.

The Masters… ahhh… The Masters. Besides being one of the most breath-taking places on Earth, Friday was a banner day for 24 year old Australian Jason Day. He shot a course record low for second day play of 64, 8 under par. And it’s his first Masters. We’ll have to keep an eye on this boy.

Ryo Ishikawa also made a bit of buzz in Augusta due to his pledge to donate all his 2011 tour winning to the Japanese earthquake/tsunami relief, along with 100K yen for each birdie he makes. Last year he was third on the Japanese money list, winning 151 million yen. He will be in Group 12 today, teeing off at 12:25.

I won’t even mention the sock. See, I don’t have a problem.

And finally, the last business day before the project I’ve worked on for over two years goes “live” came and went with little fanfare. By the end of next week, I may have most of my life back.

Various and Sundry

Since the Anniversary Parade, I’ve kicked back a bit due to family stuff and work-bandwidth-suckage. Yes, that is an IT term. At least some people noticed. You know who you are, and your devotion has been duly noted.

Of course, there was the pilgrimage (parts I, II, III), plus a big party, being glued to the tube over the tragedy of Japan, then the pre-Easter musical* and mom’s birthday, the annual spring ritual of taxes and FAFSA, tons of bad weather, (literally) tons of pollen that drags you down like the chains of Davy Jones, a scary medical test that turned out okay and the never-ending project from H-E-doublehockeysticks that is supposed to go live in two weeks.

Not to mention distractions like this. Be quiet while I feed my addiction.

While I was gone, Trog got his million hits, a reporter got locked in a closet on purpose, Gerard wrote another required reading piece, the Big Brother crap became even more ridiculous, we got to see Smitty’s room at the Bagram Hilton, my 2011 brackets were an epic FAIL, Oregon State University proved that it is run by idiots, and Herman Cain showed why he’s Da Man.

And I got a new phone, which is vexing me greatly. So don’t call me or text me. Or email me or IM me. The thing beeps and chirps and carries on, and I just stare at it, mesmerized by the pretty screen and blinky lights. Yesterday, my friend poked fun saying, “But you’re in IT!’ I said, “Yeah, but I don’t do hardware.”

It may take several hours for a return anything, and that includes factoring in two Advil and another try in the morning.

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*This year, Hubster scheduled his Easter musical early, since he had planned to be on a Far East musical tour in April that would have traveled through parts of China and Korea. We all watched as the hand of God protected these men earlier this year, causing the trip to the rescheduled in 2012.

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