Trustworthy people


chefs who aren’t skinny [#2 disagrees with this-- if you have a really high bar for quality food, you naturally eat less of it]

personal trainers who are buff

elderly tailors [#2 is a bit queasy about getting into demographic stereotypes... but um, she has noticed that the best phlebotomists tend to be female immigrants... that's probably because discrimination means that in a better society they'd be doctors]

female gynecologists

NOT trustworthy:

makeup artists whose own makeup looks extremely terrible (but what about hair salon people?  do they cut their own hair?) (hair salon people are fine, and a good hairdresser is a jewel to be treasured)

financial planners who work for cut-rate franchises like Edward Jones (if they really knew what they were doing, they wouldn’t be working there)

Grumpeteers, can you add to the lists?

In which #1 tries to cajole #2 into blogging about her move

#1: We don’t have much in the blog queue. A bunch of ask the grumpies though, so we’re set on Fridays for a few weeks. I put a book review on Monday, but there are many other Mondays ahead if you feel like doing something monetary.
#2: I dunno bout money.
#1: Well, anything to do with the move and career is money, because career is money. And quality of life can be money.
#2: Hm. I’ll think about it.
#1: I bet our readers want to know what’s up with you, even things you find boring.
#2: We don’t really know what we’re doing right now anyway
#1: you can post about that
#2: sometimes we have a serious talk, and then sex.
#1: I don’t think they need to hear about the sex
#2: (sometimes we have sex without the talk beforehand, too)
#1: it would be sad if you only had sex after serious talks. I’d be like, let’s talk about global warming.
#2: I’ll warm your globes, baby!


#2 would like to espouse the opinion that moving is the MOST TEDIOUS of all things and it even bores ME, and I’m the one doing it.  Oof!

What do you all want to know about #2′s current situation given that she’s quit her job, recovered from pneumonia, and is in the process of scheduling a move, finding a new job, and reinventing herself?  (Note that talking about the logistics of moving makes her seriously grumpy– speaking from experience.)  Please keep it PG-rated.

I like complex music

As the post title says.  I like bagpipes with 3 kinds of drums, picking the different rhythms and types of drums.  Mozart (yay), not Haydn (boo).  Not Chopin or Debussy, ew.**  Handel hella-yes, Bach hella-yes!  Fugues and Baroque music yes.  Rap music, yes.  Patter songs.  MC Frontalot, Salt N Pepa, Macklemore (sorry, I know he’s Wacklemore*).  My brain finds it interesting.  Things that are too simple allow my mind to wander towards my worries; things that are complex allow my mind to relax.  It’s interesting to think about.

I’m with Dr. Crazy that Dark Horse is a weird song and yet, I have memorized all the words to the rap section of it.  Although the lyrics are problematic, I find wordplay amusing.  I like to listen to a song I’ve heard many times before and find something new in it.  I also find it so useful how rappers usually announce their name in the song, so that if you like it, you know who you want to listen more to!

#2 has also been wanting to write a post about how much she likes patter songs, which, of course, includes a lot of rap.  Though only the not-misogynist stuff, of which there is a lot (though man does she miss the girl rapper groups of the 90s).  #2 hates techno because the repetition is boring and hurts her brain.  #1′s not much on techno either.

*#2 likes Thrift Shop but finds Same Love to not be that clever, although it may be well intentioned.  Still…


**#2 finds Chopin to be complex, and also likes Debussy in moderation.  Pretty pretty.  Though with classical, #2 is really a Romantic at heart even though that’s separate from patter.  Now she has Rossini stuck in her head because patter is awesome.

Tell us whether you like complex music and if so, what we should listen to!  Esp. female rappers.

Love the links you’re with

Guess who’s been avoiding grading this week?

Historiann already gives at the office

You need this tshirt.

Who has the largest vocabulary in hip-hop? (note: almost no women in there.  I spot Lil’ Kim, Nicki Minaj, and our favs, Salt-n-Pepa)

Early high quality preschool for low income kids results in better long-term health.

What could women buy if we got paid the same as men?  (DON’T read the comments.)

An insightful explanation of Why colleges mishandle sexual assault (thereby betraying the victim even further)

 this speech makes me cry (in a good way)

We continue to love The Little Professor

We’re really liking Bad Advisor’s current string of posts.  Go learn to paint or some sh*t.

Check out this site all the time:

Tabloid headlines without the sexism

“I need help. Because I’m F*CKING reading.”

girl historian’s blog is always full of fun finds

wow this cat really loves his spoon

the f-word trap: “I used to say I wasn’t a feminist, but I was in high school and I grew up.”  (#2 has *always* been a feminist.)

there’s a book called the encyclopedia of sushi

Six dating rules you should stop following

Alfred Hitchcock explains MacGuffins

Neil DeGrasse Tyson continues to be hott hott hott

Retire by 40 states that engineers should plan early retirements.  Agree?

I will not follow the herd.

SUV drivers are dickheads (that’s the scientific term) (our SUV-owning readership being notable exceptions, we’re sure)

Double standards

this page just makes me want to get even MORE books

Google may not have all the answers, but we do

Q:  how do you pay for a phd when you have a family

A:  You don’t.  The PhD needs to pay you or you shouldn’t get it.  (Assuming you’re asking this question because you don’t have enough money, not that you’re asking which trust fund you should sell in order to keep up with your lifestyle while you’re away from being a middle-manager at daddy and mummy’s company.)

Q:  list 10 interview questions to ask her mother like about school life, etc

A:  Seriously, kid, if you’re trying to cheat on your homework now for these low-ball, no-wrong-answer sort of things, you’re going to be a huge PITA when you hit college.  Instead of asking the internet, sit down with a pencil and paper and just think about this a little bit. What kinds of questions would be interesting to you?

Q:  can la people tell youre from the midwest?

A:  People in LA will ask you where you’re from and all sorts of invasive questions before they have a chance to figure out you’re from the midwest based on your tells.

Q:  why does my husband feel bad for living a better life than his parents

A:  Was he raised Catholic?

Q:  how to teach someone not to take things that are not theirs

A:  If this someone is over the age of say, 4, you should probably seek professional help on this question.  For ages 4 and under, gently say, “No, this is X’s [thing].  We don’t take other people’s stuff.”

Q:  the inlaws got new carpet so no one got thr usual chridtmad money?

A:  Good for them!  You know, that money is a gift, not an entitlement.  You should not be expecting it.

Q:  how to make my face look friendly

A:  Probably not permanent makeup

Q:  how to transform the mean priming to percentual

A:  Um.  Math?

Q:  if you have a masters in accounting does that make you a phd

A:  No.

Q:  how do gifted students cope with stupid kids

A:  They grow up and write snarky blogs.

It’s a long way down to the bottom of the LINK LOVE

this site is so interesting

A Brooklyn Boy at the Library

Poor Dr. Notorious.

Tips for the library book sale, from perennial favorite Book Riot: pro tip:  don’t click on their “Book Fetish” series of posts or you will lose your entire afternoon!

seems right to me

so much this

When can you shoot a student?

Somewhat touching.  Also parenting in the eldrich realm

We cannot wait!  Though our waistlines will probably suffer.  In moderation!

I was about to send you that cartoon! That exact one!  Also.

chris kluwe continues to be cool

hahahaha oops

Obvious state.

I should download this video.


Because you always need more emergency kittens

Gorgeous and worth watching all of:

Ask the grumpies: longest owned item

Debbie M. asks

What one thing have you owned the longest? How have you maintained it?

Hm, I have some of my mom’s books (children’s classics) back from when she was a child.  They maintain pretty well in bookcases or boxed up.  I also have a couple of child-sized wooden rocking chairs.  DH refinished one of them when DC1 accidentally left some water on the seat of one of them.  Embarrassingly I have some white socks from middle school PE.  I know they’re from middle school because they have my name across the toes.  I maintain them by never exercising.

#2 says:

Something I have owned the longest would probably be things I have had since I was a baby, like a blanket and a teddy bear.  These things aren’t “maintained” as such, and they are well-loved.  Somewhere is a picture that my mom’s friend made for me upon the occasion of my birth.  I also have things that belonged to ancestors (such as my great-grandmother’s costume jewelry from 1900s), but I didn’t get these things until I was older.

What about rest of you grumpeteers? 


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