• We finally finished up the big tin of (grocery store brand EV) olive oil that I must have gotten on sale who knows when.  (Its expiration date was in 2018, so it can’t have been too long ago, can it?)  I don’t think I will ever buy another one of those tins again now that we’re rich.  They’re too unwieldy to just use, and now that we’re affluent I will no longer have to use a big tin to refill the smaller glass container that we use regularly.  I can just buy smaller glass containers.  Now we have a bit more pantry space (to store small containers of super fancy olive oils from one of the oil and vinegar boutiques in the city), and think of all the minutes and non-oily hands I will be saving every few months!  (Ok, it wasn’t a real hardship, but… I’m glad that I can stop doing that.)
  • both ENIGMA and Illuminati are following our blog now
  • would the real illuminati be so brazen about it?
  • or maybe that’s what they want us to think…
  • DH’s company hasn’t been able to fill a position, so they just gave everybody an across the board 5% raise.  He is now the breadwinner.
  • Men at work are so emotional! OMG.  It is not fair that women have to be so professional all the time and moderate men’s feefees so they don’t have to deal with the outcomes of their tantrums and sulks.  Like, no, we can’t punish this person who used to work here because that is petty and would make the department look bad.  And a majority vote is a majority vote even if you don’t like the outcome.  Come ON guys, it’s just work!  A job.  Get some perspective.
  • I went for a walk and got caught in a rainshower. Now my pants are wet. Options: 1. Be late for a faculty meeting while DH brings me pants from home, 2. Show up to the meeting in my regalia
  • DC2 was asking why zie had DH’s last name and not my last name.  Hir response to my answer was “What’s a pastry market?”  I would rather have a pastry market than a patriarchy, personally.  (Or better yet:  a pastry party!)
  • figured out what That Smell in DC1’s room was.  Hir shoes.  So we washed and heavily baking soda’d them.

Link Love

A woman affected by prenatal rubella in vitro has this message for anti-vaxxers

Sustained and ongoing disinformation assault targets Dem presidential candidates

How the government abused eminent domain the last time it built a border fence in Texas

I am reminded what a great book this is

What are twitter reply guys?

Cristiane Serruya is a serial plagiarist

Time spent learning isn’t wasted

Don’t feel bad if you can’t retire early.

2018 books of the year megapost (I already bought one and it was fun!)

Taking an afternoon break and saw this on a blog: and first I was like, I should never make that because I will eat NOTHING BUT THAT FOREVER. And then I realized that I have just a *little* bit of leftover pretzels at home already… I have all the ingredients at home already… dot dot dot. (IM from later tonight: FOOD COMA SEND HELP)

night shift

I don’t know how to feel about this.

In case you’re wondering how I’m doing on the February challenge:  I’m on rung 4.  Oddly, I’m having more trouble with the pushups than the sit-ups.  In the past it has always been the other way around.  The other week I did get a terrible leg cramp after running, so I’m a bit concerned that there’s not enough stretching or something in this workout.

Link Love: Protest on Monday, Call/Fax your MOC this weekend

President Trump went full Fascist this week, declaring a fake state of emergency to steal funding for his wall from other projects, and we need to protest this assault on democracy.  Yes, I know (hope, really, don’t know for sure because who knows anything these days) that the courts will probably put a stop to this eventually, but we still need to take action because if we don’t, he will keep pushing the limits, and the next thing may not be stoppable.  Congress needs to do their job to prevent him from destroying the country.  He is only able to do this because he is being enabled.  Mueller is not going to save us.  We have to save ourselves and future generations.  Bustle is providing an updated list of what to do.  Events for Monday are still being planned and posted, so if you don’t see one nearby on this website, check back later.   Here’s the 5calls script.  Because it is a 3 day weekend, it is likely that the voicemails will fill up.  You can send a fax for free from this website.

I can’t believe that it was only earlier this week that we found out about Bezos, the National Enquirer, the Saudi’s, Trump, and the Blackmailing of US Democracy.  If you missed it, the Enquirer, a huge supporter of Trump, tried to blackmail Bezos with dick picks.  Bezos, being a billionaire and well on his way to a divorce, wrote about the blackmail instead of succumbing to it.  But if they’re doing it to Bezos, can this also account for a lot of the Republicans who suddenly turned around to back whatever crazy fascist thing Trump wants to do?  It’s not paranoid to connect those dots.

Florida detention center expands, packing in migrant children “like sardines”

Contractors building Trump’s wall in TX are ALREADY DESTROYING a butterfly refuge.

Field notes from an ethnographic description of school shooter training.  It’s pretty awful.

23 black female scientists who changed the world

Books to check your white privilege

We have racist GOP ranked members and GOP members meeting with Holocaust deniers, but pundits and (d) leadership micropick at Illhan Omar even if they don’t know what she meant.

Harassment in the D&D development community.

The DIY divorce

If you inherit retirement accounts, you may be required to take minimum distributions while you’re still young.

Manage money anxiety

I thought she could have gone a little farther with this from the RE side (I don’t think the FI part is very MLM-y, but boy howdy does some of the Retire Early crowd exist this way):  Why the FI movement sounds like MLM

Financial blogs/forums for the Prius millionaire

Object oriented programming concepts

How to be alone by lane moore book review by captain awkward.

This thread on Vivienne Westwood’s 1994 line, or no officer, I don’t know how my wealthy husband died, is brilliant.

Link Love

There’s still time to get your ask the grumpies in for the next set of ask the grumpies!  (Of course, you can always ask the grumpies via email at grumpyrumblings@gmail.com)












Another sexual assault allegation against the VA Lt Governor.








A creepy experience with rich people at a private club

Delagar describes her son’s recent visit to Planned Parenthood

What happened to the four finalists for the 2016 National Teacher of the Year?  (Also, dude, why are 3/4 of them guys … that seems bizarre given the gender balance of teachers)

Lori Lakin Hutcherson explains white privilege


Advocating for women helped optimizeyourlife’s career

STEM Role Models Posters

How to take your own passport photo (guess whose passport is about to expire…)

An experience using credit card rental car insurance

On budget constraints, endogeneity, and interconnectedness

Q&A with the costume designer for Crazy Rich Asians.  Peik Lin is my favorite.

Name a cockroach after your ex and then feed it to meerkats.

Just a reminder

Kittens and books




Link Love

This week in Texas Fascism.  Here’s an earlier story that lays it out.

Dunning Kruger effect explained Trump

Why are people assholes?  We don’t know either.  Maybe power?

This is frighteningly terrible (thread)

Yet another pf blog talks about how eating out should be worth it .  I like the chart!

Awesome downsized house (h/t agaishanlife)

No scrubs


Link LOve


tw:  #MeToo unfolding in government comment forms where DeVos is trying to weaken how schools deal with sexual assault and harassment claims

Potential long term effects of missing a month of pay for government workers.

White house tips for surviving the shutdown without pay

Thankfully this did not pass

Just say it’s racist

The most sobering thing about the racial dot map

I’m not sure what to say about this link.

Links for how minors with anti-vaxx parents can get vaccinated

Metformin use in non-diabetic (non-PCOS/non-IR) obese pregnancy (spoiler:  it doesn’t help)

Work is not a calling!

I’m pretty sure that DH was the only guy who has ever been interested in me that didn’t see me as a manic pixie dream girl

I don’t understand modern music

When we move into our open office location in a few months, I am going to get me one of these.

Link love

Thousands more migrant children were separated from parents, according to new watchdog report

Young trans children know who they are

A handy way to keep track of your senators’ and reps’ votes on issues important to you. Of course there are other ways to look them up but this has a nice interface.

TW:  sexual assault.  We all have to survive

Mixed race authors writing books with mixed race characters

black feminist bookshop

Variation in women’s success across phd programs in economics

RIP Jack Bogle

This is a good description of anxiety

If you liked tough mudder you’ll love the latest obstacle course for adults: navigating your depression

Some controversy about the gilette ad. #1 liked it, but is disappointed that they’re only showing it online, not on TV. Good way to target demographic but not really that brave.

Modern building materials

How I fought through burnout and found a new career

So many ads for underwear

Amazing paper art (h/t revanche)

I am hooked on these videos