Waiting For The Inauguration, I Snark + Laugh + Celebrate A Blogging Milestone

Tomorrow is THE DAY when 81,009,468 Americans finally will get to say: “Don’t let the door hit you on the butt as you leave, Donald. You’re fired.”

[Lock him up.]

I tell ‘ya, what a clusterfork these last four years have been*. I’m emotionally exhausted by the hate, intellectually tired of the stupidity, and morally outraged by the greed.

You probably are, too.

However, be that as it may, as we wait for better days ahead, here’s a smorgasbord of four images I’ve saved over the last few months, waiting for the perfect time to share them here.

Why today? Two reasons.

First this is something to do until the adults take over the government tomorrow. And secondly, yesterday was the ten year anniversary of this blog** and I wanted to quietly make note of it.

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I saw this sticker on a car, an old Impala sedan. A bit of fast research and now I know that it’s a way to say “Baby on Board.” I’m unclear if this is new or old urban slang, but it caught my eye on a car out here in suburbia.

Have you seen this sticker before?

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I’m seeing this saying all over the place, however I’ve no primary source for it which is a bummer because it is clever. I realize that attempting to overthrow the government is serious, but this sentiment amuses moi.

Thoughts, anyone?

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When I opened an old family cookbook out fell this newspaper clipping for a drink called a Trojan Horse. One of my ancestors, probably my father, must have saved this absinthe, anisette, and gin drink that is described as: “infiltrates slowly without your knowing it and then hits you all of a sudden about an hour later.”

None for me, thanks. And you?

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Moira Rose of Schitt’s Creek is one of my favorite TV characters. Thus I shall leave her immortal words here as a way of thanking the wonderful people who read this blog. You’re the best.

I’d be nowhere without my own wolf pack, now wouldn’t I?

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* Don’t blame me, I voted for the lady with the emails.

** First post is here.

166 thoughts on “Waiting For The Inauguration, I Snark + Laugh + Celebrate A Blogging Milestone

    • Pam, yep, this is going to be a long day and night until noon tomorrow. I saw someone on Twitter say Moira was her spirit animal, too. Mine is Snoopy, but I do like Moira’s spunk.

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  1. I’ll be at work tomorrow at noon when there is the transfer of power, otherwise I would be popping champagne, and I’m not even American!
    I am a comparative latecomer to this blog, but a big fan nonetheless. Thank you for always giving me something to think about, or smile about, or both.

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    • Arlene, I have a bottle of Prosecco in the refrigerator ready to go at noon. We’re both here courtesy of Covid-19, so we’re going to celebrate in style. Thanks for your kind words about this blog. I try to do exactly what you described!

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  2. Congratulations on the blog anniversary number 10 – wow! I’m behind you with # 8 in February. Two comments: Politically, I’m looking forward to better days ahead. And, I abstain from absinthe. Van Gogh and Hemingway imbibed, and while they were creative things didn’t end well for either the artist or the writer.

    Again, CONGRATS! 😀

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    • Marian, I’m as surprised as anyone that I’ve managed to write a blog for this long. Wasn’t my goal when I started, but here I am. 🤷‍♀️

      No way would I drink absinthe. Pretty much for the reason you mentioned. It was the downfall of many a good person. Plus I bet it tastes awful, but leave it to my dad to have a drink recipe with the stuff in it.

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  3. Cannot wait for tomorrow! I have been glued to CNN since November and I have learned so much. I am so relieved for America and for the world. Now we just have to get rid of our own “British Trump” (as Trump called him, and I agree, they are cut from the same cloth). Four more years though, barring overthrow.

    Never seen or heard of the bumper sticker before. I’m afraid I read it in a slightly more crude way as in the baby is still on board the mum, and cooking, not out and in the car 😕

    Love the Trojan horse cocktail but 1 Oz of absinthe? That would finish me on its own. I think that’s a perfect name for that drink.

    Congratulations on 10 years of blogging!! I think I’ve been around for most of that 👏🎉 Always enjoy your writing 🙂

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    • Polly, hello and HOW ARE YOU? Lovely to see your comment here.

      I can understand why you’ve been watching CNN since November. The endless news about Trump’s mediocrity has dominated everything in this country, perhaps the world, for the last four years– and it’s time to send him to the curb. Good riddance to bad rubbish, as they say.

      I didn’t know what to make of that bumper sticker. I think it’s stupid, but whatever, dude. It’s your car, do with it what you will.

      I agree about the absinthe. No way would I drink any of it. Probably tastes awful, too. But the name of the drink is great.

      Yes, you’ve been around since the beginning of this blog. Thanks for that. I appreciate it. When are you going to start blogging again? Miss you.

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      • Ally, all good here, thank you. School is online and I’m working at home, so dodging the covid. The cat goes out more than I do now! Thank goodness for wifi and internet and blogs and being able to connect with people. Goodness knows what life would have been like if covid had struck before those things were accessible. Not sure about blogging – I think about it from time to time. You are very kind.

        The inauguration is 5pm our time, so a perfectly acceptable time to pop the fizz open and toast the grown-ups coming back into the room. Stay safe Ally! Much love x

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        • Excellent point about the WWW and how it’s keeping us connected & sane during these ridiculous times. Stay safe and best of luck to you– and your cat, the little bon vivant!

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  4. Thanks for this cleverly written blog. I’m 1,000 percent with you on the end of the Trump presidency. I won’t call it an administration, because that word implies order and leadership. The authorities are talking about charging Trump with obstruction of justice and other felonies. I hope it happens.

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    • David, I agree with you, this wasn’t an administration. You nailed it, no order and no leadership. I’ve read the same things you have about The Donald being charged with just about anything and everything. If it happens I’ll be interested in seeing the man experience some real consequences for his actions– perhaps for the first time in his life.

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  5. Happy Blogging Anniversary, My Dearest Bean. Looking forward to clinking flutes with you tomorrow, and to all the days together going forward. May the World take heed of your words and sentiments and see the light.

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    • Zen-Den, thank you for your support during these last ten years of blogging. I mean, without you I’d have no one to bounce ideas off of– and I’d be nowhere without that. Looking forward to toasting better days ahead tomorrow, oh say, about noon! 🥂

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  6. Congrats on #10. Of course you should celebrate. Why let him kill absolutely EVERYTHING?

    Love the coup d’etat meme. (Of course.)

    I had such Joy today, not only writing a *1* on my countdown whiteboard, but also erasing the S at the end of Days. My television will be off all day, and I will be maintaining my Zen.

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    • nance, that’s exactly what I decided. I wasn’t going to write anything about year 10, then thought HELL TO THE YES I’m going to mention it, 45 be damned. Good point about how we can now remove the letter ‘S’ from the tRump days left. Oh what a small glorious triumph. Keep Zen and carry on through the remaining hours.

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  7. Love the coup d’état meme but can’t help you with its origin. It’s been around since at least early Nov, though. I’m not American, but in common with many other non-Americans, I am happy to see him leave.

    Congratulations on your ten years! That’s quite an accomplishment. 😎

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    • Lynette, I only recently began seeing the coup d’état meme, which shows how out of touch I am with social media. I’m as amazed as anyone that I’ve kept a blog for 10 years. I’m not sure how it happened, but here I am. So happy that we met along the way.

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  8. Congratulations on your decade of blogging! How wonderful!

    Tomorrow can’t come fast enough, but that won’t be the end of turmoil, we all know that. Sparkling white terrorism, homegrown and nourished, has a loud new voice, an ugly sound that has been repeated here since 1619. But I am hopeful that these people have finally gone too far, I’m encouraged that their own families and friends are turning them in and offering evidence.

    I don’t think I’d go anywhere near that drink….

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    • Dorothy, I agree with you that tomorrow won’t magically end all this hate and chaos, but it will be a start toward justice and leadership and hope. I also agree that it’s fascinating to see families and friends FINALLY stop enabling the ungrateful idiots who want to destroy this country. About time, if’n you ask me.

      I won’t be having that drink, either. I cannot imagine what it’d taste like. *blech*

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  9. Happy bloggoversary!
    And, yeah, me, too: I got Pandemic burnout on top of “emotional exhaustion by the hate, intellectually tired of the stupidity, and morally outraged by the greed & indifference” (changes mine, but same sentiment).
    Part of me wants to **not** watch the Inauguration – fears of scenes from Jan 6th…but regardless, the first formal steps are being taken towards a shift away from the status quo of these past 4 years. Yippee!

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    • Laura, I’m fighting pandemic burnout, too. I show up here to the blog with less and less to say– because I’m doing less, of course.

      I’m watching the inauguration with Prosecco in hand. It’s the least I can do to show support for this country’s democratic process AND because there’s going to be a woman VP. I cannot, cannot, cannot overemphasize how happy I am about that. 🥂

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  10. Me every morning to my husband for the past 2 weeks: “Just 14 more days!” “Just 4 more days!” “Just ONE MORE DAY…”

    I want to celebrate the country’s survival…and yet so many didn’t make it. 400,000 people lost is staggering. Especially when it didn’t have to be that way.

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  11. As a wise blogger once wrote, “good things don’t happen without the correct amount of angst,” I would suggest that we’ve had our fill of angst these last 5 years (counting the run up to that black day in 2016.)

    I’m ready for the changeover, too. So ready. I’m still holding my breath until the buffoon is caged.

    In the meantime, happy 10th!

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    • Maggie, I stand by my early thoughts on how life works. In my experience I’ve not seen anything to change my mind on that point.

      You’re right about these last five years. I still *almost* cannot believe that The Donald, a reality TV host and failed real estate businessman, became president of this country. Now, of course, it’ll be up to us to get this country back on track and moving forward. As for what becomes of 45, I don’t care, do you? 😉

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  12. Congratulations Ally Bean! While I will perform a small happy dance upon seeing the oath of office enacted tomorrow (although I have to work so it will probably be after the actual event) I still feel apprehension and probably will for some time. There is too much unrest, plotting and subversion still going on to feel the orange idiots reign is really over. The drink sounds awful, but I am not a fan of anything licorice/anise flavored. I bet it would knock you on your proverbial a** though.

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    • Deb, I’m apprehensive, too. I live in a politically conservative area where people enjoy their white privilege and no doubt will be whining about how Joe and Kamala are taking it away from them. Must do something about it. Just what they’ll do, I don’t know… but the events on January 6th give me pause.

      I agree about the Trojan Horse drink. It sounds dreadful to me, but one of my ancestors saved it for some reason. 🤷‍♀️

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    • L. Marie, thanks! This milestone snuck up on me, focused as I have been on the news. You’re right that we have many reasons to feel exhausted– covid cabin fever being one of them. Lord love a duck, I’m looking forward to spring.

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    • Rivergirl, I don’t know what absinthe tastes like but I’m going to go ahead and say I don’t like it. Leave it to my father [probably] to save a recipe for a drink like that one. He loved the chemistry of cocktails.

      Agree about tRump paying the piper. He’s done damage that’ll take decades to fix, but in the meantime a little jail time might do him good.

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      • I had my first absinthe cocktail about 7 years ago in a prohibition style bar. It has a very strong anise/licorice flavor, if licorice were left to ferment in your basement for 10 years or so. It’s quite overpowering … and deadly. Literally and figuratively.
        😉

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        • I didn’t know that was the flavor of the stuff. I wouldn’t like absinthe at all. I can eat a springerle cookie at Christmas, but even those taste strong to me. Now as for a prohibition style bar, that I’d like. 🍸

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  13. Congratulations on your blog anniversary! I appreciate the care you take in finding the right words to share your thoughts and feelings and life with us. I think I found your blog around August 2020 so we are only celebrating our 5 month anniversary but I am so glad I found your blog. Thanks so much and best wishes for a happy blogging future!
    I will feel so good when Biden/Harris are officially in charge! Yay!

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    • Ellen D., thank you for your kind words. I’m pleased that you like what I say here, I do try to write clearly and speak from my heart. It’s interesting that you’re a relative newbie commenter yet I feel like I’ve known you forever. Therein is one of the small joys of personal blogging– connecting with people in the simplest of ways.

      Yep, we’re all holding our breath until Biden/Harris are sworn in. Let’s get this new show on the road, quickly.

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  14. Congrats on the 10 years, Ally. So glad to have been reading for quite a few of those. I will have to read #1 because I don’t think I have. So ready for tomorrow. I may just cry. It will be sweet if #45 gets in trouble for his evil deeds but I am afraid that his “followers” have been so brainwashed that they will try to carry on without him. There are a few more people that need to be removed (IMO) from their lofty seats. I’ll be doing what I can to promote healing, one smile at a time!

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    • Janet, my first post is a simple one, but it did get the ball rolling. Looking back on things it seems to me that you’ve been around here forever. I say that in a good way. Thanks for your support and comments– and smiles.

      As for tRump getting his comeuppance, we can hope. That being said the faster he and his cronies fade into history the better it’ll be for all of us. The bottom line is I don’t care about him, never did, so time to move forward again.

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  15. Happy Anniversary! I have a cake recipe for you.
    I have been feeling misty all week knowing he is leaving the WH. I realize there is a long road ahead, but it feels better already, you know?
    Moira wasn’t my initial favorite character and in fact, she didn’t get her amazing inflection and her character didn’t truly develop until season two. I think. Then I fell madly in love with her too.
    When it wasn’t David. 🙂

    I shall celebrate with you all week. Anniversaries, inaugurations. What a great week indeed.

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    • Kari, I hadn’t thought about making a cake to celebrate, but now that you mention it that’s a good idea. I mean, YUM cake! 🎂

      I didn’t take to SC until season two. I fast-forwarded through season one, but then sometime during season two I was hooked. Had to see where the story was going. Loved the characters. Now the whole show makes me smile and feels like something wonderful.

      I agree that things feel better already. Just get 45 out of the picture, and we can move forward again. Noon tomorrow cannot get here too fast.

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  16. Congratulations, Ally! Five years is a long time and considering how long 2020 was and how long 2021 might be, it might be 10 years in covid years. I will celebrate the inauguration tomorrow praying for peace and hoping this country can begin to heal. So much damage has been done it is reprehensible. I am proud to be among your followers.

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    • Maggie, I aged about a decade during 2020! Good point about how long 2021 may be. At least once we have the transfer of power tomorrow at noon, I can relax a little bit, breathe a bit more deeply, indulge in some hope. But you’re right, the damage that has been done is reprehensible.

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  17. Ally, I’m glad you’re here.😊 You take such good care of your readers & deserve your moment. Ten years is impressive! I wish I could relax & celebrate but feel too nervous. I live in the D.C. area and the vibe here is tense even in the suburbs where for days large military aircraft carrying troops have populated the skies.😐 I believe in Biden & Harris but am nervous about all the emboldened crackpots and extremists who are far from ready to give up their agendas. All that said I think we share the view that it’s best to try not to get too worked up.

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    • Colette, thanks for taking the time to read and comment on this blog. I appreciate it. You make me smile.

      I didn’t know where you lived and your insights into what’s happening are disheartening but expected– and maybe a last gasp? Of all the awful things that have happened during 45’s time in office, the emergence of crackpots and extremists has been something difficult to process. I knew these people were around, but honestly how ungrateful can you be? This is a great country. Treat it with respect.

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  18. Happy blog-oversary. What do we get you? New glasses? A Silver ribbon? Hmmmm…there must be something for 10 years.
    I’ve seen the ‘Baby Up In This Bitch” bumper sticker and I was shocked really. Even for me who has a potty mouth…I just don’t like it when referring to my car and my baby.
    Funny about the cocktail recipe. I’ll also take a pass.

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    • Suz, I don’t know what the appropriate gift is for a 10th blogging anniversary. Hallmark needs to get on the ball and create an official list.

      I thought the Baby Up sticker was odd. I don’t see a need for it, but apparently enough people do so they make them.

      The cocktail recipe charmed me, if only because there’s NO WAY I’d drink one. But someone in my family saved it, for some reason. I come from a peculiar [hard drinking?] line of folks.

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    • Judy, I’d like your magical switch, too. But I realize that the inauguration tomorrow is just the start of getting this country back on its feet. And I hope that means I won’t be seeing tRump’s name in the news every stinking day. Make him go away now…

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  19. Congrats Ally Bean on 10 years! Tues in nicely with entry and exit (dt). Will be watching the inauguration maybe not live because of time difference. But will definitely be glued to the set. May there be a peaceful transfer of power. Familiar with the coup’dëtat meme which keeps on popping up. Watched some of SC but been advised I really have to see the first four or five episodes before passing judgment. So will persevere.

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    • Susan, thanks for reading and commenting here. I am amazed that after 10 years I’m still writing this blog. Not sure how that happened.

      We’ll be watching the inauguration live, of course. You said it: “May there be a peaceful transfer of power.” I only recently began to see the meme, so never let it be said I’m up-to-date on such things. 😉

      SC grew on me. I was indifferent to it at first, merely enjoying the quirkinesss. Then one day I realized I was thinking to myself: I wonder where this story is going? I NEED TO KNOW. And I was hooked.

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  20. Happy 10th Ally Bean🎉.

    As a neighbour to the north, I have to say I will be glad to see the end of your current administration. The damage that buffoon has caused is surreal, I can only hope karma steps in once he departs the White House.

    Moira Rose, well she & the cast from Schitt’s Creek brought me so much light this past year. I waffle back & forth as to who my favourite character is, they all bring their game & are so much fun to watch 💕

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    • Lynn, yes, yes. What you said: “The damage that buffoon has caused is surreal, I can only hope karma steps in once he departs the White House.” I’m a big proponent of letting karma do her thing.

      I feel the same way about Schitt’s Creek. It was the perfect show to watch while stuck at home. I love David, but in the end it’s Moira who stole my heart. She is a goof, who means well– and wears the most memorable outfits of any TV character I’ve seen.

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  21. Am I being too literal here, does the BABY UP IN THIS BITCH mean that the driver is pregnant? I don’t get slang, so I assume I’m being too literal. It is funny.

    I love the coup meme.

    Congrats on 10 years. Happy to have stumbled upon you 9 years in and to be counted as part of your wolf pack. I do take great comfort in the support and laughs I get from my readers and you sure have a great following here. Well done!

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    • ernie, yours is a possible explanation of what the sticker means. Sure, I can go with that. Be as literal as you like.

      I’m glad we connected here in blogland, too. It’s interesting who comes and goes from this blog. I appreciate all my readers and commenters for the very reasons you mention: support and laughs. Blogging can be fun when you let it be!

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  22. Happy Blogiversary! Ten years of anything is a milestone worth noting.

    Back in the late 80s, I had a postcard on my fridge that looked like the (at that time) new “Baby on Board” car signs, with a picture of a naked doll nailed (through the head) to a piece of lumber at the bottom of it. So, you can image my appreciation of your new iteration. (As a twentysomething beyond irritated with the Boomer shadow I’d lived my whole life under, I found the thirtysomething crowd’s adoration of their offspring a bit too precious.)

    And, I will admit that I spent more minutes than I care to admit looking for the deeper meaning of the cocktail recipe with respect to current events. I was sure there was significance in the egg whites. Kind of spooky how much every word of that recipe reads like code for what’s happened to us.

    I will also jump on the Schitt’s Creek bandwagon, and agree that if it weren’t for the pandemic, I don’t know that I would ever have gotten past season 1. Can’t we all, at least to some degree, relate to feeling as if our world got pulled out from under us with no warning? Still just in season 3 here, trying to dole it out to myself like candies.

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    • Rita, I FOUND YOUR COMMENT IN SPAM. Clearly it went to the wrong place.

      I don’t remember ever seeing the naked doll picture you describe, but I take your point about the Boomer adoration of the Boomer kidlets. ‘Twas a bit much. As if no generation before had had children.

      The cocktail recipe is trippy. I hadn’t thought to look at it from a current events point of view. I was more literal, wondering if I could even take a sip of the drink.

      I doled out SC, too. I watched two episodes at a time, then made myself wait until the next day. You’re right about relating to the feeling of our world being pulled out from underneath us. That may be part of the reason why the show became so popular during these last few years. Plus, of course, Moira’s wigs + costumes. They’re like a character with its own plot line within the story.

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  23. I wrote a reasonably witty comment that I think might have been sucked into the WordPress vortex, but I wasn’t smart enough to copy it before attempting to log in. Just wanted you to know, in case it was, indeed, sucked, that I tried to be a cool kid. Happy Blogiversary! I’m glad you noted the occasion.

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    • Rita, I hate it when the vortex eats my comments. I’ve had that happen more times than I can count. You’re a supper cool kid for trying and THEN trying again until your comment appeared here. Thank you. I hesitated about mentioning the 10 year mark, but felt like I should. I usually let such things slide by unnoticed.

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  24. I voted for the lady with the emails too. Congrats on your blogversary! I’m not sure what that “Bitch…” bumpersticker means, but I have seen the sparkling white terrorism one, and it made me smile/grimace. That cocktail wouldn’t be for me since I don’t like gin, nor would I like a drink that tastes like black licorice. And egg white? Ugh.

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    • Margaret, so many of us voted for the lady with the emails, yet here we are today. I’m not one to shirk blame, but in this case I wanna be clear. The bitch sticker baffles me, too. But there it was on a beautiful old car. Go figure.

      I will not be making the Trojan Horse drink. I don’t like any of the ingredients. But someone along the way must have felt it was worth saving the newspaper clipping. Still, ick!

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  25. Happy Blogoversary! An immpressive accomplishment as far as I’m concerned.

    I don’t wanna be a rain cloud but I’m scared to death for the inauguration. I keep imagining some loyal Trump supporter “taking back America.” If we get through it, Mr. Biden has an overwhelming number of things to try to fix after the last four years. I believe it’s going to take working together as a country and letting go of all the hate – and I don’t see that happening. I have hope but it’s tempered with bleak, depressing, fear that the poison in the well is not going to be easily neutralized.

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    • Zazzy, I take your point. I’m hardly a Pollyanna [as I’m sure you’ve noticed] but I will take the high road about what Biden & Harris can accomplish once in office. At least they can point the country in a forward direction instead of this unrealistic concept of going back in time. We all move forward, that’s how life works.

      I’m not sure you can ever deprogram someone who enjoys hate, but you can squelch their opportunities to be hateful and get any external validation for it. Maybe that’s the reality we have to face first. I dunno. To quote Klinger in M*A*S*H, “if I had all the answers, I’d run for God.”

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  26. A drink with absinthe? Pass. My kids let me try some of theirs and I almost gagged! 🙂 I voted for the email lady too and it seems like the time between Nov. 3 and today has been about 473 years!

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    • Laurie, I’ve never tasted absinthe and don’t want to, but the drink recipe drew me in, both because of where I found it and how it was described. You are soooo right about how the time between Nov 3rd and now has been 473 years long. *sigh*

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  27. My husband and I were talking this morning about the return of the grownups to Washington DC, and we agreed that we probably would have been looking for another country to live in if the election results were different. It will be 9am here when we have the changing of the guard so, unfortunately, there won’t be champagne (at least in the morning)… lots of happy dances, though. Part of me wants trump and his family to just disappear into obscurity, and part wants to see them outfitted in orange. I guess I’ll be happy either way.

    Happy blogoversary and thanks to the link to your first one. How young and innocent it was!

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    • Natalie, thank you. I’m glad we met out here in blogland. You make me smile. Who’d of thunk I’d be around as long as I have been. As for tomorrow, fingers crossed.

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    • Markus + Micah, I hope things perk up for this country, too. First, of course, we have to get through tomorrow. That bitch sticker was completely out of the blue, but I think I understand its meaning. Yep, I’m as surprised as anyone that I’ve been here for 10 years. Who knew?

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  29. Tomorrow at noon cannot come soon enough, that’s for sure. Happy blogiversary Ally. A decade is quite a milestone but you said you had been blogging for a while before WP. My 8th blogiversary is next month.

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    • Linda, we’re all just waiting now for tomorrow noon. What a weird thing that is. Yes, I had a few blogs before this one. It took me a while to get the hang of blogging. Eight years is a long time, too. Such a fun thing to keep a blog.

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      • And it’s over, thank goodness. I’ve been watching the highlights … now breathe in deep as we survived. I remember you said you had other blogs. It is fun keeping a blog but I had to cut back on my posting as it was too much keeping up in Reader too and I was perpetually behind.

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        • Yes, we have a new President and I am happy. You’re right about keeping a blog. Overall I enjoy it, but it can be time-consuming and there are days when I wonder how much longer I’ll do this.

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          • Me too, even if I couldn’t vote as I’m Canadian. Biden was my choice. I see some dignity restored, just from watching the highlights of the inauguration. I told myself I had to step back after the new year began as it was consuming massive amounts of time and I can’t get other things done in the house, reading. I have photos from last Fall, that I’m still sorting out, so I will have content through the end of March as I didn’t get time to go through the photos timely and keep up on WP as well.

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  30. ALLY! I laughed my way through this entire post, thank you. Loved all those memes although I’ll skip the absinthe and gin, thank you. I am soooooo happy for the transition about to occur. To better days ahead.
    HALLELUJAHHHHHH!!!

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  31. The sparkling white meme was my favorite and I’m passing it along as soon as I get done saying hello (hello!!).

    Happy 10th, Ms. Bean. I know I’m very grateful for you. Today is going to be a good day. (Fingers crossed, wishing and hoping, holding my breath.)

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    • Katie, I liked that meme, too. Subtly funny on a few levels. Thanks for your well wishes for this blog. I’m glad to have connected with. you here in blogland. I’m with you about today. I want a peaceful transition of power and no more of tRump ever.

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  32. It’s a beautiful day today. I CAN BREATHE AGAIN.

    Love the memes, but more than anything else, I love this: “Don’t blame me, I voted for the lady with the emails.”

    Me, too!! And I too refuse to take blame for the four-year shitshow we just endured.

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    • Swinged Cat, I know how you feel about being able to breathe. It’s delightful and about time.

      Yes, I voted for Hillary– and doesn’t that seem like a lifetime ago? How different I am now…

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  33. By the time I got to reading this, there was no Orange shadow over your country – hurrah! I watched bits & pieces of the inauguration and was moved. The highlight for me was the pure delight & joy on the face of your new female VP. I’d have voted for “the lady with the emails” too if I’d not been a Brit – nice euphemism btw 🙂 I hope you & Z-D enjoyed your fizz & the upswing in optimism.

    As to Absinthe – no. Just no. I’ve been a big drinker in my past (rugby clubs will do that to you) but would have steered clear of it even back then. Recently Himself found a Youtube channel where a young Irish crowd try out various products, quite a high percentage of which are alcohol. They had an Absinthe feature which went downhill extremely quickly.

    Ally, I’m so pleased you made it to 10 years, and even happier that you decided to mark it. Many congrats & here’s to as many more as you’re willing to share with us.

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    • Deb, I enjoyed the whole inauguration. It was calm and dignified, it was inspiring, and it gave us our first woman VP. It’s the last point that gives me the most hope. I like Joe, mind you, and think he’ll do great BUT Kamala has won my heart.

      I’ve no desire to try absinthe. The flavor sounds dreadful, the history of the stuff is dreadful, and I fear I’d behave dreadfully if I imbibed any of it.

      Thanks for your support regarding this blog’s birthday. I wasn’t going to say anything then WP sent me a notice telling me it was the anniversary of this blog, so I felt it was a sign for me to toot my own horn. In truth, I don’t know how much longer I’m going to keep writing this blog [it is work-y] but if I go I’ll let everyone know, not slink off into the night [like our former so-called president].

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      • Even by his extremely low standard, that was so lacking in class. I think even our Trump-lite will manage to display a bit of chutzpah when his time comes.

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  34. Congratulations on your 10 years of blogging 💕 and best wishes for the next ten years!
    I’ve only been watching Schitt’s Creek for a couple of months now — it’s one of the few shows that regularly makes me laugh out loud, a rare thing during the pandemic. Spent the whole day yesterday glued to the TV, at first to make sure the orange nightmare actually left and then to make sure he wasn’t coming back. After Harris and Biden were sworn in my husband and I broke out in cheers and clapping and then prayed that he will be up to the task of cleaning up the mess left behind…

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    • Barbara, thanks for your kind thoughts about this blog. I doubt that there are ten more years left in me, but a few more… perhaps.

      We watched the inauguration while eating lunch. I had Prosecco on hand so we could toast to Joe and Kamala– and to a better future for all of us good people.

      I figure tRump is down in FL pouting and plotting and pilfering all he can before they send him packing. When he’s worn out his welcome there, who knows where he’ll go. Eventually no one ever wants him– and isn’t that the hallmark of a sad, sad life?

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  35. Love all your memes, especially the sparkling white one. The first one, Baby up in this bitch, may be a Baby on board variant, but the fact that it’s on an Impala makes me think it’s probably a Supernatural reference. The boys tool around hunting monsters in an Impala inherited from their father, and Dean calls the car Baby. Just a thought. Congratulations on your blogiversary, congratulations to us all for having you to help us through these last 400 years — I mean 4 years, and thanks for the laughs. 😀

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  36. Happy 10th Anniversary on the blog! I loved Schitt’s Creek and was so sad to see it end. Angela Gorman’s poem was beautiful and I hope we all can embrace her ending lines: “For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

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    • Amy, thank you. I’m amazed I’ve written a blog this long, but I have. I agree that seeing SC end was sad but it left on a high note and that’s good.

      I liked Gorman’s poem and her poise. Our future is in good hands if she represents the adults to come. Very impressive.

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  37. Oh, I do not like a drink that sneaks up on you. I drink too much, too fast, of anything I’m drinking…water, tea, soft drink, juice, alcohol, so something like that would probably put me in the hospital. Best left to those who can nurse a drink all evening.

    Congratulations on your blogaversary! It’s been great to ‘know’ you lo these many years.

    Here we are on the other side of Inauguration Day, and I feel like I’m slowly starting to unclench a bit. I have a friend who has been posting on Facebook…way back when Trump first took office, he would post every day, “This is not normal. Day 1.” And so on. He did that for quite awhile, and I’ll admit that it was stressing me out. Then last year he started posting, “This is not normal. 150 days until we can change it.” That felt great! Then after the election, he posted, “This is not normal. 60 days until it is.” Finally yesterday, after the inauguration, he posted, “This is normal.” SO GREAT to read it and feel it.

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    • J, I drink beverages quickly, too. I could never enjoy the flavors in the Trojan Horse, let alone drink it slowly. It’s not for me, no matter how historically accurate the recipe may be.

      THIS IS NORMAL. I love that way of confirming that Joe and Kamala are in charge now. I can understand how your friend meant well with his not normal count, but so much better to focus on the good than mark the time with evil.

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  38. Lol! I’ve stayed away from posting political views and totally agree. I’ve been so stressed out. My solar plexus have finally relaxed after four tumultuous years. Time for core exercises! 😂😎

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  39. I voted for the email lady, too. And I wish I had a dollar for every time someone said, “But her emails!” to me. *rolls eyes all the way to Pluto*
    They called me an alarmist, which must mean Spot The Fork On, eh?
    Gin and I do not agree, but yeah, the cocktail sounds tasty.
    I do see that sign, cause I live in the hood, yo.

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    • joey, I, too, rolled my eyes more in the last four years than in all the years before. The whole idea of not voting for someone because of a few emails seems quaint now, everything considered.

      I’ve never seen that sticker on a car before, so it seemed new to me, but I doubt that it is. What really got me was the car it was on was so perfectly maintained, then that sticker. 🤔

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  40. I’m sorry to be late with my congratulations, but I’m giving them to you just the same. Ten years – wow! I’ve only been at this about 2.5 years, but already I can tell that most people – even the ones you think will stick it out – come and go with their blogs. I get it. Life gets in the way. But still, I’d like to think that someday I will hit my ten year blogging anniversary. I guess we’ll know in 7.5 years. Anyway, well done on your stick-to-it-ivness.

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    • The Travel Architect, thanks! I wasn’t going to mention this milestone then I had a change of heart. One of my late mother’s good friends who reads along here told me I needed to “toot my own horn.” She’s a wise woman so I did, quietly.

      You’ve hit upon what I think is one of the most difficult aspects of blogging. I, too, understand that people come & go and why it happens, but sometimes it’s sad to see someone who I thought of as a friend… just ghost. I’m dropped like a lead balloon.

      I look forward to reading your 10 year anniversary post. I see you as a blogger who’s in it for the long haul.

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