Tuesday, January 25, 2011

RTT - After a long hiatus I may be back, but then again...

Yo. It be Tuesday. You know the drill. Head over to the Unmom, grab the fugly button and come join the randomness.

Ok, now that's over...I figured Random Tuesday was the way to get back into the groove, so to speak. Between Christmas and hospitalizations and recuperation, I have not been to inclined to sit and blog. For a while, sitting at the computer was not conducive to keeping the swelling from making my leg blow up and then when I was back to work, I had sooo much work to catch up on that writing on the job was not practical (when is it ever) and then being too pooped to do much more than collapse when I got home put a crimp in things too but now, I'm mostly back to my normal grumpy self. So, here I am.

While I was out sick/on vacation, our VP decided to make a Brochure template using our new desktop publishing software. He did a fine job, except for one little thing. All the tacky, meaningless, lovely image files the PR firm decided we should be using as our corporate imagery were too large to embed in the document. So he made them linked images. Which would have been okay if those images were stored on the local server. They weren't. They were stored on our UK server. It took five minutes for the finished template to open in our office. Not an exaggeration. So it's up to me to clean up his mess. I copied the images to our local server and relinked them in our copy. Now the file opens - poof!. Of course, it took half an hour to relink half a dozen images, but now at least the damn thing opens. He's a bright guy, usually. Why this solution did not occur to him, I have no idea.

It's good to be needed, I guess.

Much crazy shit has been going on in our country since last I blogged. Shootings, freshman Tea Baggers threatening to cut NEA and PBS funding as a a solution to our deficit, claims of "blood libel" by the professional victim, and here in Texas, Gov. Big Hair is positioning himself for a presidential run. How you say? By pushing through "emergency items" sure to be favorites with his "base" - a Voter ID bill , another to end "sanctuary cities", a bill requiring a sonogram before getting an abortion, and legislation calling for a balanced Federal budget. Yep, we're $27 billion in the whole as a state but the Feds need to get their act together.

Speaking of that enormous budget shortfall, guess what our Republican supermajority wants to cut first? Education. Sure, why not? Speaking of education, we got rid of one crazy person on the Texas State Board of Education and replaced him with someone who thinks Intelligent Design should be taught. Guess which subject area the SBOE is tackling next? Science. Way to go, fellow Texans. It seems Texas will continue to be the laughing stock of the nation. Austin ISD is already contemplating cutting over 400 teaching positions because of the budget problems.

I have a nightmare - a winning Perry/Palin ticket in 2012. If either or both of these idiots gets into the White House I'm putting in for a transfer to our UK office. I would rather live in the ass end of Northampton than here if that happens.


It's enough to make me want to scream. Or go look at cute doggie videos.

I know it's not Christmas but Bailey is too much fun to pass up.


Sidhe said...

Nice to hear from you again! Hang in there, it can't get worse (sidhe says as she heads back to land of delusion and piles of books).

Wild Child said...

Hey True Blue, so nice to see you again. Yes, all that stuff makes me cringe. Daily in my house, my poor husband raves against the Republicans wanting to make the rich richer and to hell with the rest of us. Your news about the state of Texas education makes me cringe. Our new governor in the state of WI thinks we too should have state ids. And abolish the dept of commerce to make a "private/public" partnership.

If the next presidential election comes to the ticket you mention, I think we'd ask your help to move to the UK as well.

Will we ever have a centrist position that makes sense and people that are willing to end up in the center?

Aliceson said...

Good news that you're feeling better. Too bad the political news in your state isn't improving. You're right, A Perry/Palin ticket is downright frightening. Throw Michelle Bachman in there and we'll all be applying for residency in other countries.

The puppy video was s definite smile maker, though!

Psst! I started a new blog and this time I'm not giving out the URL to my family. Check it out when you get a chance.


Nance said...

Watching the SOTU address right now. The Prez is doing a fabulous job of selling the need for infrastructure and education spending. He's hammering the tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans--"Before we take schools away from our children, we should ask the wealthiest Americans to give up their tax breaks." That guy makes me proud.

Stacy Uncorked said...

Glad you're feeling better - nice to 'see' you around again. :)

It is nice to be needed, isn't it? Even if that means extra work for you... ;)

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