Just a little blog about me and mine.

Thanks, Del Martin August 28, 2008

Filed under: the gays — Katie @ 4:07 pm

Del Martin, 87, died Wednesday.  She and her partner of 55 years, Phyllis Lyon, were the first couple to be legally married in California this year.  In 1955 she and Lyon were among the founders of The Daughers of Bilitis, a pioneering lesbian-rights organization. 

I’ve made an attempt to learn about gay and lesbian history, and about the amazing men and women who made the world a better place to live.  I’m not a brave person, and certainly wouldn’t have been in 1955, so thanks Del Martin.


Lawyers wrote it, but a politician voted on it. August 25, 2008

Filed under: family,work life — Katie @ 9:39 pm

In honor of PL’s first week of law school.

In Georgia…

It is illegal to use profanity in front of a dead body which lies in a funeral home or in a coroners office.

No one may carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket if it is Sunday.

All sex toys are banned.

All citizens must own a rake. (Acworth)

It is against the law to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp. (Atlanta)

One man may not be on another man’s back. (Atlanta)

One may not place a dead bird on a neighbor’s lawn. (Conyers)

Chicken must be eaten with the hands. (Gainesville)

Though it is illegal to spit from a car or bus, citizens may spit from a truck.(Marietta)


More Pet Owner Stupidity August 21, 2008

Filed under: pets — Katie @ 8:35 am


O’Malley will not be getting a Kook Dogz ice treat maker.  First, I hate when words are intentionally spelled wrong, and they have a double dose here.  Second, I have this great thing in my house known as a freezer with automatic ice maker.  It magically dispenses freshly made ice cubes just for my dog–he gets very excited by this.  Third, if you pour water and anything else into a big container and put it in the freezer, it will freeze, and make a Kool Dogz treat and save you $24.99.


For Discriminating Cats August 20, 2008

Filed under: pets — Katie @ 9:12 am

PL and I like to think we aren’t overly tempted by marketing when choosing the things we buy.  But, when PL went grocery shopping on Monday, she found that the cat food we normally buy was located next to a package that was the same brand, same price, same size, but with a free gift….

Our cat is now the proud owner of an officially licensed Fancy Feast ash tray…er, food bowl.


Wait, What? August 18, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Katie @ 10:49 am


On the way to a meeting on Friday I drove past this sign in the Decatur/Avondale Estates area.  It does seem that “All You Neat” is supposted to be “All You Can Eat”, but missing a few letters. 

The rest of it though…thin crab legs gay! 




Budget Check In August 15, 2008

Filed under: family,finances — Katie @ 11:59 am

We’re now officially halfway into our first month on our new budget, so I though I would check on our spending and see how we’re doing.

Good News:

1. Our health insurance now covers a doctor they previously didn’t, saving $95 each visit, adding up to hundreds and hundreds of dollars in savings a year. Now if they’ll just freakin’ pay more at the dentist.
2. Even though we set our grocery budget for about $100 less each month than we were spending, we still have about half of that budget left for the month and have been eating healthy foods that taste great. We are planning a Costco visit tomorrow, so we end up spending more, but then won’t buy detergent or anything for a long long time.
3. PL got called into work to help out at the last minute on Monday, and will be picking up several extra unexpected days worth of income over the next week or so before school starts. (The downside is less than an hour of reasonably awake time together on 4 out of the 7 days this week since she’s leaving for work when I get home, and I’m sleepy and ready for bed when she gets home.)
4. With one week left before orientation, all of PL’s student loans got sorted out, including the extra bit to help us eat and not get foreclosed upon for the next three years. She also got a pretty nice scholarship, which helps me to not have a stroke when I realize that just one semester of tuition plus everything else at that school costs more than I make in a year.

Bad News:

1. Eating out is our budgeting Achilles heel. We had a couple of unplanned eating out adventures because of an evening meeting and some social obligations, plus some times when we just wanted to eat out but didn’t really need to. We set a really low eating out budget ($50) for the month, and are already at $88, but still less than the over $100-200 we were spending.
2. It’s hot in our house. All the time. And we still paid $133 to Georgia Power.
3. Living on a budget sucks. But zero credit card debt is more fun than the new Amy Ray cd I suppose.


Memories August 14, 2008

Filed under: family — Katie @ 10:36 am

I found some old pictures this week, and among them was this beauty.

When PL and I lived in a tiny tiny apartment near Washington, DC, this was our fabulous bathroom. Our neighbor downstairs had a pink version, and I suspect in other parts of the building there might have been mustard and cocoa colored ones, and perhaps even a chartreuse one. The fact that it was in such good condition considering it dated back to when things were made this color is a testament to the building’s owner and his overall decency.

When I mention we had a blue bathroom in our old apartment, I suspect that people don’t quite grasp the fact that EVERYTHING was blue.  I was always glad that we didn’t end up with the pink one, but the gay man downstairs said the pink was “jazzy.”

That was our first apartment together, and despite it being unbearably cold in the winter, miserably hot in the summer, a whopping 665 square feet, and next door to a house that hosted Panamanian pentecostal church in it’s basement late at night, I cried when we moved out.