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Sunday Morning Moose Check-in and Open Thread for the Moosen

  Make sure you let your peeps know where to find you!  

If you are new to the Moose, Kysen left a Moose Welcome Mat (Part Deux) so, please, wipe your feet before you walk in the front door start posting. Check out donnamarie’s 1/5/2013 Introduction diary for some info on new moose and old moose (and leave your own intro so we know whoose youse are). nannyboz did an Orange/Purple, Orange to Purple Roll Call diary that you can hotlist for a handy cross reference (if we knew where hotlists went!).

The important stuff to get you started:

– Comments do not Auto-refresh. Click the refresh/reload on your tab to see new ones.

– To check for replies to your comments, click the “My Comments” link in the right-hand column (or go to “My Moose”). Comments will be listed and a link to Recent Replies will be shown. (Note: Tending comments builds community)

– Ratings: Fierce means Thumbs Up, Fail means Thumbs Down, Meh means one of three things: I am unFailing you but I can’t Fierce you, I am unFiercing after a mistaken Fierce, or Meh. Just Meh.

(Some other commenting/posting/tending notes for newbies can be found in this past check-in)

Here is a great link to have open in a tab: Motley Moose Recent Comments


This is pretty darned easy to remember … the posting rules for a new diary:

Be excellent to each other… or else

From Kysen’s keyboard to your eyes:

Think of our comment threads as dinner table conversations. We start with the assumption that all come to the conversation with good intentions and go from there. If you get upset or angry, get up from the table and step outside for a bit.

For those looking for a second chance to make a first impression, that is very good advice.


Mooselicious Comments – Share Your Finds Here

As you graze in the comment threads and come across a funny, witty, brilliant, thought-provoking, or coffee-spewing comment, please save it off and post it here in the check-in. Include a link, if you can, or at least the commenter’s name so that we can admire them and their wit and wisdom.


See you in the threads!



  1. In the Orange/Purple Roll Call last night, a startling “revelation”:

    Kysen here…

    ErrinF in Orange.


    by: Kysen @ Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 18:35:31 PM CST


    And in the Caturdai diary, when Nurse Kelley asked bubbanomics if he picked up her laundry while he was “out running errands”, this excuse reply:

    i was going to, but then I ran out of gas.

       I… I had a flat tire. I didn’t have enough money for the internet cafe. My moose costume didn’t come back from the cleaners. An old kossack came in from out of town. Someone stole my iPad. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Frus-trati! IT WASN’T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!

    by: bubbanomics @ Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 18:14:16 PM CST

  2. DavidW

    Had some pistachios leftover so I made Spring Biscotti last night. It’s got cranberries, pistachios, white chocolate and orange zest in it. Nice combo for the rainy day and night we had yesterday. I can’t remember the last time it rained all day here? It’s 63 now and it will probably get back up into the 70’s today. Have a friend coming to visit for lunch and a walk through an art “festival” on the Avenue. So hoping for decent weather.

    Spring Biscotti:

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  3. Khloe

    Wind advisory is up giving us a wind chill of minus 6. Big windstorm went through last night with thundersnow. Several thousand don’t have power right now. I’m very happy I have power. Way too cold to lose it!

    G’Mornin’ everyone!

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  4. Jk2003

    High of 18 today. Two  more showings today.  We have to make ourselves scarce for a few hours midday.  Think we will go drive around our prospective new neighborhoods and check things out.  But I am NOT house hunting until this place sells.  Have a great day!

  5. tonyahky

    morning, but forecast to get bitter cold for at least a few days starting tomorrow. Maybe we will finally get some snow. We’ve had snow all around us–in the north, east, and western parts of the state, but nothing more than just a light dusting here. I want some real winter.

  6. DeniseVelez

    today, tomorrow and Tuesday here in Hudson Valley NY.

    Have my coffee but am in a bad mood – friend sent me this link to WaPo article I don’t know why I am allowing WaPo to ruin my day but …

    I’m a feminist.

    I guess statements like this

    But a significant group of Americans – feminist Americans – have been vocally disappointed with her choices and feel let down by her example.

    are getting my goat.

  7. iriti

    Headed for a high of 47.

    So thanks to the unseasonably warm weather that ended last weekend, the plant life has gotten confused. Which is a nice way of saying, “I have poison ivy @#$^$#%^, how can that happen in January, especially since it’s cold outside now?!?!”

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  8. SheltieMan

    Good sign. He also doesn’t seem to be passing blood anymore. He’s perkier, as well. More and more, it looks like he’s turned the corner. 😀  

  9. trs

    Attempting to wake up – coffee cup next to me, and just consumed a healthy breakfast of Pop Tarts.

    Yesterday we met with the excavation contractor and paid a deposit. He may have started work yesterday, depending on the status of his other job he’s currently working on. We also went and bought the workshop building yesterday. Iriti says I’m an expensive date. What, doesn’t everybody spend $9000 on a Saturday before noon?

  10. it is 34?!? here in Dandridge, TN.

    And in Bulgaria yesterday an armed assassin was stopped by…

    unarmed conference attendees who jumped him.

    On the same day, as was noted, five Americans were shot at gun shows celebrating Gun Appreciation Day.

  11. sricki

    which to us translates as “DAMN COLD!”

    I have to get up and clean up around my place in a few because my parents are bringing me a chair (Christmas present we just haven’t brought in yet). In fact, I’m posting a picture I hunted down online so that you can know the extreme awesomeness of the incoming chair:

    It is perfecto and will fit brilliantly in the spot I picked out for it and will pull together and bring out the colors in the rest of the room.

    **totally stoked**

    But I’d better get to cleaning soon. Wouldn’t want Mommy and Daddy to come across anything nawty.

    (Does sricki have nawty things? Something to wonder about…)

  12. Moozmuse

    my car looks as if we had ice rain during the night, ugh. As I have said before, I work at home and caught up on all my shopping yesterday during a mild midday spell, so I’m good for the next week or so without having to go out again.

    I’ve invited a couple more orange peeps to test the purple waters of the moose, we’ll see what happens.

    Have a great day! (mine is more than half over)

  13. wordsinthewind

    we’re enjoying another sunny day here. We’ve plans to work on our garden beds today and some general outdoor cleaning up. Winter isn’t over yet although we get these lovely breaks. As long as they don’t last long enough to trick the fruit trees I think they’re great.

  14. dear occupant

    suffice it to say it’s cold here on the lakefront and that’s without the wind chill, that slow motion kind of cold when nothing quite works the way it should.

    i’m all stocked up with provisions and have no reason and no plans whatesoever to leave the warm hive.


  15. The quilt is on the bed. I moved the unicon throw over to the bed frame to make room for it.

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    Pixie is up and waiting for me to make some coffee so she can try and get me to give her some. The answer is always no because a caffeinated Pixie would be a catastrophe.

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    I am all ready for my 49ers game. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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  16. Nurse Kelley

    Y’all wore me out yesterday so I’m going to pencil in a nap this morning. Right after I feed the pooties again.

  17. bill d

    Going to bump the 70 degree mark today in Fort Worth but it is pretty chilly right now.

    Wishing everyone the best.

  18. slksfca

    …the sky is such a lovely blue that I’m in a forgiving mood. And it feels mild after the recent bout of REALLY cold temps.

    A lazy Sunday in store for me, with (maybe) just enough housework to make me feel validated as a civilized human being 🙂

  19. ilovecheese

    The cat has replaced me in bed. My plans for today involve the football and “Downton Abbey”. Enjoy your National Cheese Lovers Day!

  20. bubbanomics

    warm here in LA today (surprise surprise).  Gotta lotta errands agin today, including Kelley’s cleaning which was fraught with peril yesterday.

  21. Aji

    Sub-zero wind chills here, but not actual temps, finally.  We hit 43 yesterday, and are supposed to do likewise today.  Which means that all those lovely feet of snow are rapidly turning to . . . MUD.

    But for now, here’s a shot from our place from a few days ago (I hope this works):

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  22. princesspat

    What a nice way to start my day!

    Good morning every one….27° in Bellingham today, but the fog is finally lifting.

    This article in the Seattle Times re chronic stress is interesting….

    WASHINGTON – Time roughs up presidents. Photos of Barack Obama on election night in 2008 look like they were taken much longer than four years ago. Now his face has deeper creases and crow’s feet, while his hair is salted with white.

    “You look at the picture when they’re inaugurated, and four years later, they’re visibly older,” said Connie Mariano, a former White House physician whose stethoscope checked presidential hearts from 1992 to 2001. “It’s like they went in a time machine and fast-forwarded eight years in the span of four years.”

    That’s because of the unabated, unfathomable stress that presidents face. “You see it over a term,” said Ronan Factora, a physician specializing in geriatric medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. “It’s a good study of chronic stress on a person’s overall health.”

  23. ursoklevar

    I use a Mac and on the toolbar I discovered that the icon one clicks to see what networks (?) are used in my area, there is one that says “FBI Surveillance Station #17.” Does everybody have one of those, or is it (gasp!) just me?

  24. JG in MD

    I went back to sleep at 10 am and woke up at 1 pm. Is there a midnight moose madness? I’ll be awake for it.

    It’s 55 degrees and totally clear and sunny Here Near DC.

  25. We have mid 70’s to 80’s again for the last few days and I can stop marveling at ice.  Great day outside of football.  My kids have their first little doll house and are moving in today and we get to babysit.  You ever notice how fast you’ll sniff your baby’s very butt when you think he’s dirty?  Just one of the things you notice when you’re hitting the bum like you’ve become a coke fiend and the dealer from Studio 54 has declared you’re best friends.

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