Frog Prince

2020, a retrospective

Where did you begin 2020? At a 1920's-themed party with hubby and lots of friends. Fun was had by all.

Were you in school anytime this year? Nope.

Did you have to go to the hospital? Nope.

Did you have any encounters with the police? I got a speeding ticket. Oops...

Where did you go on vacation? My house? Staycations were the all the rage in 2020...

What did you purchase that was over $100? I don't think I bought anything that cost $100 or more. Now, multiple items that totaled over $100? Yeah, a couple of times.

Did you know anybody who got married? Nope.

Did you move anywhere? Nope.

What sporting events did you attend? None.

What concerts/shows did you go to? None.

What have been your favorite moments? The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl! For the first time in 50 years! I literally cried with joy!

Any new additions to your family? Nope.

What was your best month? Well, the Super Bowl was in February, so I guess February.

Made new friends? Nope.

Favorite nights out? We flirted with disaster and went out to eat at actual restaurants on occasion. Properly masked and socially distanced, of course.

Other than home, where did you spend most of your time? Pharmacy techs are essential, so, work. Work and home. All the fun stuff was canceled.

Have you lost any friends this year? I don't think so?

Change your hairstyle? Nope.

Have any car accidents? Nope.

Do anything embarrassing? Probably every day, just a difference in scale.

Get married or divorced? Nope.

Get hit on? By my husband, that totally counts, right?

Been snowboarding? Nope.

Did you get sick this year? Nope.

What did you do in 2020 that you had never done before? Lived through a pandemic.

Did you keep all of last year's resolutions? It's hard to go back to the gym when it's closed, so no.

Have you any resolutions for next year? Go out and do stuff. Take the opportunity to enjoy what the city has to offer.

What countries did you visit? None.

What would you like to have in 2021 that you didn’t have in 2020? Serenity

What was your biggest achievement of the year? Surviving it.

What was your biggest failure? Lack of patience

Did you suffer any illness or injury? Nope.

Did anyone close to you give birth? The daughter of a friend whom I've known since she was in a high chair had her first child this summer.

Did anyone close to you die? Nope.

What was the best thing you bought? Russ' Christmas present.

Where did most of your money go? Bills.

What did you get really really really excited about? The Chiefs winning the Super Bowl.

Compared to this time last year: i. are you happier or sadder? Sadder. ii. thinner or fatter? About the same. iii. richer or poorer? About the same. iv older or wiser? Older and more cynical.

What do you wish you'd done more of? Exercising?

What do you wish you’d done less of? Social distancing.

How will you be spending New Year's Eve? At home.

What was your favorite TV show? Outlander, The Witcher. I'm still working my way through The Mandalorian. I don't binge-watch well.

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? No, but I still despise Trump with every fiber of my being. He is truly a person with no redeeming character traits whatsoever.

What did you want and get? Trump losing the election.

What did you want and not get? An end to the pandemic.

What was your favourite film this year? I haven't seen a new film in forever.

What was/were the best books you read? The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

What was your greatest musical discovery? Nobody new, but this was the year I really started getting into Bring Me the Horizon.

What did you do on your birthday and how old were you? It was a regular day. I was 52.

What one thing would have made your year more satisfying? I think we all know the answer to that one.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2020? Ultra-casual. Dressing up was rather pointless.

What/who kept you sane? As always, my family.

Which celebrity did you fancy the most? Keanu Reeves still doesn't know he's married to me.

Which political issue stirred you the most? The election. Biden wasn't my first choice, or even my fifth, but he is still a million times more qualified than what we have until January 20.

Did you fall in love in 2020? Other than my husband? No.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned. See what happens when you don't wash your hands?

Are you happy to see 2020 go? Aren't we all?

Been naughty or nice? Mostly nice with some naughty thrown in for interest.

What are you looking forward to most in 2021? The Biden inauguration in January, and hopefully an end to the pandemic.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: When we forget the infection, will we remember the lesson?... from "Parasite Eve" by Bring Me the Horizon
Frog Prince

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Trump and Fauci: One of them is not like the other.

Fauci: Must do no harm because of his hippocratic oath
Trump: An oath to serving himself and no one else, but practices hypocrisy with harmful intent.

Fauci: Truly committed to a healthy society.
Trump: This sociopath ought to be committed.

Fauci: Can be trusted to deliver only facts.
Trump: No nothing liar you dare not trust.

Fauci: Truly knows what he’s talking about.
Trump: Prepared to pretend he knows everything.

Fauci: The man you want to protect and save your family.
Trump: The man who will kill your family to save himself.

--Bill Fiske
Frog Prince

Art Buchwald and Watergate: What comes around goes around

These are difficult times for people who are defending the Nixon administration. No matter where they go they are attacked by pseudo-liberals, McGovern lovers, heterosexual constitutionalists, and paranoid John Dean believers.

As a public service I am printing instant responses for loyal Nixonite when they are attacked at a party. Please cut it out and carry it in your pocket.

1. Everyone does it.

2. What about Chappaquiddick?

3. A president can't keep track of everything his staff does.

4. The press is blowing the whole thing up.

5. Whatever Nixon did was for national security.

6. The Democrats are sore because they lost the election.

7. Are you going to believe a rat like John Dean or the President of the United States?

8. Wait till all the facts come out.

9. What about Chappaquiddick?

10. If you impeach Nixon you get Agnew.

11. The only thing wrong with Watergate is they got caught.

12. What about Daniel Ellsberg stealing the Pentagon Papers?

13. It happens in Europe all the time.

14. People would be against Nixon no matter what he did.

15. I'd rather have a crook in the White House than a fool.

16. LBJ used to read FBI reports every night.

17. What's the big deal about finding out what the opposition is up to?

18. The President was too busy running the country to know what was going on.

19. What about Chappaquiddick?

20. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

21. McGovern would have lost anyway.

22. Maybe the Committee for the Re-election of the President went a little too far, but they were just a bunch of eager kids.

23. I'm not for breaking the law, but sometimes you have to do it to save the country.

24. Nixon made a mistake. He's only human.

25. Do you realize what Watergate is doing to the dollar abroad?

26. What about Harry Truman and the deep freeze scandal?

27. Franklin D. Roosevelt did a lot worse things.

28. I'm sick and tired of hearing about Watergate and so is everyone else.

29. This thing should be tried in the courts and not on television.

30. When Nixon gives his explanation of what happened there are going to be a lot of people in this country with egg on their faces.

31. My country right or wrong.

32. What about Chappaquiddick?

33. I think the people who make all this fuss about Watergate should be shot.

34. If the Democrats had the money they would have done the same thing.

35. I never trusted Haldeman and Erlichman to start with.

36. If you say one more word about Watergate I'll punch you in the nose.
(A) If the person is bigger than you -- If you say one more word about Watergate I'm leaving this house.
(B) If it's your own house and the person is bigger than you -- What about Chappaquiddick?
Frog Prince

Long, long ago, there was a trick or treating list

Um, yeah, haven't posted in awhile. Bean is 13 and in middle school. She's at that age where she's transitioning out of toys and into clothes and electronics. This will probably be her first Christmas without Littlest Pet Shop, which makes me kind of sad.

However, she still wanted to go trick-or-treating this year. She went as a steampunk goth, and I dressed up as a Handmaid.

I also didn't do the annual list last year. I was out with Bean, hubby had to work; and, bless his heart, Dad G tried to keep a list for me. However, his handwriting and spelling are both atrocious so I couldn't make out half of what he wrote down. Anyway, other than a couple of skeletons, witches, and other kidlets I have no clue what they dressed as, we had fewer than 20 last year.

This year we had 45. I attribute this to the fact we didn't decorate last year but we did this year. Anyway, here's the list!

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baking/food

Recipe: 4-Cheese Bacon Stuffed Smothered Chicken Casserole

This recipe is not for those on a diet (well, maybe low-carb or keto folks. I wouldn't know for sure.). It's also not for those looking for a quick 30-minute dish, as the prep is a bit labor-intensive, but it's worth it. It's rich and creamy and cheesy and delicious with a glass of chardonnay. It's a definite winner winner chicken dinner at Chez G!

Ingredients

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin
1 lb bacon, cooked and chopped, divided
1 can cream of chicken or mushroom soup
1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup water
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
8 oz softened cream cheese
1 tablespoon onion, minced
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and butter to a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped bell pepper and onion. Cook about 3 minutes until slightly softened. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a bowl, beat cream cheese, onion, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, pepper and lemon juice until blended. Stir in half of the cooked and chopped bacon. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture on each piece of chicken and spread it out into a thin layer. Roll up the chicken and secure with toothpicks, if necessary.

Lightly dip the chicken rolls in egg mixture, followed by coating them in the Italian bread crumbs. Add olive oil to a skillet and heat. Brown the rolls on all sides on medium-high heat. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl add the water and the cream of chicken soup and mix well. Add in the bell pepper/onion mixture and the Monterey Jack cheese, and combine. Pour the mixture into a 3-quart baking dish and place the chicken rolls on top, pressing down lightly to cover the side with the mixture.

Spread any leftover cream cheese mixture on top of the chicken rolls, followed by a teaspoon of the onion mixture. Sprinkle the cheddar and mozzarella cheeses evenly over the rolls.

Bake for 25 minutes or until chicken is completely cooked through. Add the remaining chopped bacon on top and return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes.
Frog Prince

Dammit, Chiefs

You'd think we KC fans would learn. Every year, we make the playoffs, and every year, we find a unique way to lose the game. There was the game where the kicker missed 3 times. There was the game where neither team punted. There was the one where the opposing team scored nothing but field goals and the 2 point conversion that would have tied the game for us was reversed on a questionable call.

This year, it was a touchdown pass from the quarterback...to the quarterback. Yep.

I'm honestly beginning to think I'm going to die before the Chiefs win their next Super Bowl.

Better luck next year, right?

*sigh*
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For Inauguration Day

Let the Record Show


I listened as they called my President a Muslim (as if it were a bad thing). I listened as they called him a monkey. I listened as they said he wasn’t born here. I watched as they blocked every single path to progress that they could. I saw the pictures of him as Hitler. I listened as they openly said that they will oppose him at every turn. I watched as they did just that. I listened and I watched and I paid attention. Now, I’m being called on to be tolerant. To move forward. To “Get over it.” To accept this…

I will not. I will do my part to make sure this great American mistake becomes the embarrassing footnote of our history that it deserves to be, as quickly as possible. I will do my part to limit the damage that this man can do to my country. I will vote. I will watch his every move and point out every single mistake and misdeed in a loud and proud voice. Do not call for my tolerance. I’ve tolerated all I can. Now it’s their turn to tolerate ridicule. Be aware, make no mistake about it, every single thing that goes wrong in our country from this day forward is now Trump’s fault just as much as they thought it was Obama’s. I find it unreasonable for them to expect from me what they were entirely unwilling to give.

They will find no shelter here.

by Jeremy Mitchell


If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal”, then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.” -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy


Remember, Remember,
The Eighth of November,
The KGB hacking and plot.
I think of no reason
The GOP treason
Should ever be forgot.

--Katie Berger Tremaine