Belated Imbolc Blessings

My excitement over the Super Bowl made me forget to do a post about Imbolc. I’m correcting that mistake now.

Belated Imbolc blessings to all.

1st Post 2014!!! ** UPDATED **

Belated blessings, greetings, and Happy New Year to my dear readers! It may appear that I dropped the ball and neglected to do a post for the Winter Solstice AND the New Year; in fact, I was enjoying my honeymoon and decided to disconnect from the ‘Inter-webs’ for a time. I am enjoying the Seahawks standings in the NFL immensely and have re-discovered a certain long-running British series, so I have plenty to talk about besides the bullshit of politics and pop culture. Without further ado, let’s get started and get the ball rolling again!

First off, my fiancée and I tied the knot in December – I started 2014 as a married woman! The wedding was a small, intimate affair which was attended by a few select family members – it was perfect. Who says you need a huge, chaotic service with 100+ guests, a champagne fountain, open bar and catering? How anyone can stay sane putting together something lavish and over-the-top is beyond me. Just the little thing we threw together was mildly stress-inducing, but we pulled it off!

Our honeymoon was delightful, especially since we didn’t need to travel far from home and get stuck in an overcrowded airport somewhere. The deep freeze that has slammed most of the USA has left the West Coast virtually untouched, as usual. We got a little bit of snow during the first week of December, and have had some frozen mornings when it’s been clear and cloudless overnight, but nothing close to the blizzards and 20-below temperatures of, say, Chicago or New York City. Amazing that our hummingbirds are still around – seeing them zipping about when there was snow on the ground was pretty amazing! They are surprisingly tough and resilient little critters. Speaking of critters, the deer wander through on a semi-regular basis, and we have seen a ring-tailed masked bandit make a few nocturnal visits. We’ve dubbed him “Sir Fluffy-pants” and have marveled at how stealthy and careful he is – he sets off the motion-detector lights once in a while, but not every time he skulks through the yard. I love our local wildlife! We also blasted into the New Year with a nice volley of fireworks – and we still have some left to shoot off on July 4th, but we will buy more before that date rolls around.

James LaRue Avery: 27 November 1945 – 31 December 2013

I was saddened to hear of the death of James Avery, the gentleman who played ‘Uncle Phil’ on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I used to watch that show on a regular basis…I’d almost forgotten that Will Smith was enjoyable before he got sucked into the cult of Scientology! Go figure…there was a Fresh Prince marathon on the Centric channel a few days after the news, so I tuned in to a few episodes for a bit of nostalgia. I finally found a channel that has repeats of Bernie Mac and Girlfriends – I absolutely LOVE those shows! Rest in peace, Mr. Avery…you join the ages.

Speaking of great shows, I was in despair over the limited fare that has taken over the BBC channel. Used to be that I could find hilarious episodes of Mr. Bean, Absolutely Fabulous, The Young Ones, and One Foot in the Grave, just to name a few. Now there’s tripe that must appeal to AmeriKKKan audiences, such as James May’s Man Lab, Top Gear, the Graham Norton Show, and endless Star Trek: TNG repeats. Don’t get me wrong; I like Star Trek but have pretty much seen every single episode, so it’s just gotten old. Not to mention, the things about it that annoyed me when it first came out are more glaring and irritating to me now that I’m paying more attention! Anyway, there was a Doctor Who marathon on between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day – I’d forgotten how much I love that show! I watched it off and on during my ‘teens-ages’ because it would be shown on PBS from time to time. It had obvious appeal to a fan of the original Twilight Zone and Outer Limits series, which could be seen on Nick at Nite from time to time.

Segueing from the small screen to the large: We finally saw The Desolation of Smaug at a small, local theatre and had a great time – I look forward to the final installment, but still feel that plenty of justice could have been done by making it a single, 4-hour movie. At any rate, I’d forgotten that a movie experience can be enjoyable when there are less than 15 people in the seats, spread out so nobody is interfering with anyone else. The trailers for upcoming movies continue to show why I only see one film per year, if any! Ye gawds…mindless dreck such as a sequel for 300 – really?!? Or how about Devil’s Due, which seems to be an infinitesimally re-written and re-titled remake of Rosemary’s Baby. Holly-white hasn’t had a new idea in decades, but people still lap up the shite and call it sugar. Go figure!

Speaking of consuming fecal matter, self-hating psychotic Dennis Rodman continues to smooch the ass-cheeks of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. Looks like Dennis was tapping into his inner Marilyn Monroe when he sang ‘Happy Birthday’! No surprise there…whatever diseases he caught from all those white-trash cunts, on top of all the drugs he’s done over the years, have finally taken their toll. Perhaps young Jong-Un will put him out of his misery! Deon Cole, one of the writers on the Conan show, had a great take on ‘the Worm’…check it out!

Conan O’Brien: Deon Cole on Dennis Rodman

Finally, to the story that made nationwide (and possibly international) headlines: ‘Rocky Mountain High’ has a new meaning, now that Colorado became the first state in the USA to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. My home state of Washington is supposedly going to do the same thing in late spring or early summer, so we’ll see about any so-called ‘pot tourists’ passing through. It would be a better crowd than the usual, local tweakers!

Well, that’s it for my first post of 2014. I have a bit of playoff fever and am ready to see a big game between my Seahawks and the Saints later today. They met earlier in the season and the ‘Hawks put a walloping on the Saints; I have a feeling that today’s game will be well-played and hard-fought on both sides, and the score will be a bit less lopsided…Seahawks by 10 points would be my wager, if I bet on sporting events!

** UPDATE **

My Seahawks were victorious over the Saints! Final score: 23 – 15…I fell within my own 10-point spread estimation! Not too shabby, if I do say so myself – anyway, the NFC Championship game will be in Seattle on Sunday, where the San Francisco 49ers will face the ‘Hawks and the thunder of the “12th Man” at ‘the Clink!’ This will be a game for the ages…I can’t wait!

Time for some tunes – enjoy!

U2 – “New Year’s Day

Slade – “Here’s to the New Year

Renaissance – “Northern Lights

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