Posted on Nov 18th, 2009 by Allison (Soapbox, Style & Fashion)

My favorite bra - ipex racerback full coverageWhy is it that just when you find the perfect bra…. the one that fits comfortably, provides good support, doesn’t slip off the shoulders, offers a nice shape (rather than rocket boobs), in a wide range of colors…

…why is it that just when you need to order a new one you find out that Victoria’s Secret has stopped making them! And without warning!

I hate you, Victoria.

And yes, I looked just like this in my bra.

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Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 by Allison (Soapbox)

Have you seen the latest Pizza Hut commercials with some idiot yelling JACKPOT! about some new ring of cheese on the crust? (see below if not)

I hate them.

Every time I see the commercials I want to throw something at the tv. Tonight I got irritated enough that I looked up the customer feedback phone number on the website and called the company to complain about it.

It’s been a long time since I offered my valued feedback to a company about a commercial (I’ve done so a dozen times over my life – both positive and negative). But this one is the most irritating thing on tv right now, imo, and something had to be done.

On the other hand – I smile every time I see the new Prius Hyrid commercials.

What commercials are you loving or hating?

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Posted on Aug 19th, 2009 by Allison (In the Garden, Soapbox, Whatever)

Bad, evil lightEvery night I take a little stroll through my little garden, listening to the crickets, frogs and bubbling fountain. Keeping an eye out for slime trails so I can dispose of the giant slugs that invade my plants, and curse the obnoxiously bright “safety light” on the back of the building that illuminates the rock wall and my garden with an unnatural peach colored glow. Safety, schmafety. It’s nearly as bright as day in the areas where it shines. I hate light pollution – and it seems to follow me wherever I go. I like night to feel like night!

“Darkness is as essential to our biological welfare, to our internal clockwork, as light itself.” -Verlyn Klinkenborg, “Our Vanishing Night,” National Geographic magazine, November 2008

The horrible light was off for the first year and a half I lived here – and then, all of a sudden there it was. No amount of objecting or begging moved the property manager to turn it off.. Since then I’ve been plotting ways I could destroy it, but it’s simply been out of my reach. if I had access to a 15 foot ladder I’d have climbed up and pulled out the bulb long ago. I’ve also been petitioning the condo manager to turn it off…. going so far as to get signatures from other residents in my building that they wouldn’t object to it being dark out there.

I love a dark night!Well. as I opened the door to take my nightly stroll this evening I was greeting by the most wonderful sight. DARKNESS. It’s so dark that I can barely see anything but the stars! I’m so happy I could cry.

Next week I’m going to hang up my orange twinkle lights on my patio – which I haven’t used for almost two years (useless with that bright light shining). So drop by and sit out on my patio with me at night… it’s going to be great!

And keep your fingers crossed that the darkness is permanent!

How do you feel about the lighting in your area?

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Posted on Sep 4th, 2008 by Allison (Politics / Social Issues, Soapbox)

Please people.  You really should know better by now.  


You know the ones….  because you’ve probably received them.  You’ve probably forwarded them.  Stop it

Just say no.   And tell your friends to just say no!

Friends don’t let friends email lies and stupidity.

In fact, if you get one, just delete it.   They are designed to prey on your fears and biases by using half-truths, distortions or outright lies.  The authors have a specific agenda and recognize most people won’t bother to check the facts, and will simply buy into the nonsense…. and then forward to all your friends.  

And when you do forward it, it just makes you look uninformed and like a dolt (to your friends who are on top of the program)…. or you are guilty of perpetuating lies and confusing your less informed (and gullible) friends.  
You’re also adding to the problem of a misinformed public, and the negative, partisan divide that has plagued our country for the last several years.  Stop making things worse!   If you can vote, be responsible with that privilege and get the facts before wielding your uninformed finger in the voting booth.
If you simply must read these emails you receive – then before you do ANYTHING with it….

  • Go straight to   
  • Or
  • If it quotes a speech – find and read/listen to the actual speech. 
  • Look for a reputable news source (not Fox) to verify it… maybe even more than one.
  • And when you find out the facts, send a link back to the person who sent you this nonsense in the first place with a request they check their facts before forwarding these to you.
  • If you don’t FIND anything corraborating what you received – delete it.  Or you can email and ask me about it

Here’s a great articleabout this at  PLEASE READ IT.

That Chain E-mail Your Friend Sent to You Is (Likely) Bogus. Seriously.

Please people. Only you have the power to stop this nonsense.

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