Thursday, January 31, 2008
Live Blogging the Democratic Debate (by a non-pundit)
-Barack is a class act, immediately acknowledging John Edwards.
-Hillary's opening statement was better: more focused, less rambling.
-90 day moratorium on foreclosures? How does that work? Can I have a free house, too?
-It's a Democratic lovefest. We are great; Republicans are not great.
-Phone rings with a friend/attorney with a med mal question for her hearing tomorrow (let me know how it went!)
-Phone rings with another friend calling me back because I had a bad day at work. (Thank you.)
-Phone rings with a friend and colleague from work to talk about our bonus system.
-Anyone know what's going on in the debate???
-Allowing illegal immigrants to have driver's licenses is apparently a difficult political issue.
-A little crack in the lovefest is plugged with Hillary's words, "united Democratic front," following digs from both sides.
-Barack worked as a civil rights attorney, turning down lucrative corporate jobs.
-Hillary didn't work for a firm when she got out of law school; she worked for the Children's Defense Fund.
-Hillary says the US government is more than a business. Agreed.
-Obama cracks a joke - gets a laugh, but doesn't answer the Mitt Romney-based question about how he can "run" the business of our government.
-Hillary handles the question about losing out on the Kennedy endorsements well. Then rambles.
-T walks in to say goodnight and get the cat to administer her ear drops.
-Hillary says, "the reason is because." One of my Mom's big pet peeves.
-Wolf gets in a dig by asking Hillary, who refuses to admit her vote on the war was a mistake, if she was naive in trusting President Bush and his presentation of the case for war in Iraq.
-Obama says not only does the President have to be "ready" on day one, he or she has to be "right" on day one.
-There goes that laugh of Hillary's. To the best question of the night: "If you can't control your husband now, what will it be like if you are in the White House?"
-The Obama/Clinton, Clinton/Obama ticket question: great last question. Obama wouldn't acknowledge he'd be Hillary's running mate, nor would he admit Hillary is on his short list. Hillary says, "I have to agree with everything Barack just said." Then she pitched her own website and plugged some online townhall meeting she's having Monday night. Such politicians.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Vacation, All I Ever Wanted
God willing, I'm going to Florida in the spring. T will be away for 2 whole weeks, and I am in serious need of time off and sunshine. And the beach. And a beverage or two.
I'm 85% certain I'm going to drive, to save the cost of airfare. I have no particular destination yet, and am not picky. I just need a decent place to stay, preferably on the beach but near will do, that will not completely break the bank.
I'm planning now, so I'm asking for your "musts" and "must nots" regarding a spring break trip to Florida.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Apparently, campaigning for a third term as President of the United States is exhausting work.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Walk Like An Egyptian
As some of you know, T is scheduled to take a 2 week trip to Egypt and Jordan for her spring break, beginning at the end of March. Both excited and nervous, I can't quite wrap my mind around the fact that she has this amazing opportunity at such a young age.
We attended the 3rd of 4 "Egypt meetings" a couple of weeks ago. Toward the end of the meeting, the teacher primarily responsible for organizing the trip told us (students and parents) she had a story to tell that she hoped we would find funny.
Seems the agency in charge of assigning a guide to the student group for a portion of their trip was having trouble deciding between two men, each of whom had his strong points and reasons why he would be a good fit for the group. The catch? The agency (and subsequently the teacher) hoped we parents wouldn't become skittish upon learning the name of one of the guides, should he be assigned.
His name? Jihad.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Unclear on the Concept
I read with amazement the comments of a woman from South Carolina, who was discussing Barack Obama and his bid for the Democratic nomination. "He says he's the one, and says 'I have a dream.' But I say to him - you're not Martin Luther King, and it's not your dream."
If what Ms. Parks said were true, the dream would have died with King. But the dream is alive, and it belongs to all of us.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
More Kudos for T
Hope you haven't yet run out of congratulations for T. We're happy she is about to be gainfully employed, but I am ecstatic that she has just made the honor roll at her very academically challenging high school for the 2nd quarter in a row.
Fantastic work, love, I'm super proud of you!!!
Extended family is getting together this weekend for some post-holiday family time. Plans call for our first ever dirty santa (white elephant, etc...) gift exchange as a family, with gifts in the $5 -$10 range. At Christmas, a couple of family members spent some time explaining the rules as they've played them in the past. All assembled thought it sounded like fantastic fun - all except me, that is.
I decided right then that I'd rather sit back with a glass of wine and watch the festivities than participate. Mom and Dad tried to talk me out of my decision yesterday, but I held fast. I know my own limitations and they include this: if I open a gift that I'd really like to keep, I'm going to get pissed if someone takes it. That's it in a nutshell. I'm all about minimizing stress and conflict when possible.
Dad, in claiming my position is "quite a little quirk," pointed out that the game is "potluck" and that if you go into the exercise with no/low expectations, there'll be no disappointment in the end. He also tried to claim that you go into the game with nothing, and come out with an unexpected gift of some sort. But of course you go in with a known $5-$10 gift, and could come out with some jacked up shiz. I much prefer the spectator sport approach.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Today's Top Text
Friday after work I was out for drinks to help celebrate one of my friend's birthday. T sometimes gives me a hard time when I'm out and she doesn't have her own plans. As the evening progressed, I sent her an occasional text message to check in and give her an update on where I was and what I was doing. This exchange occurred just after 9pm:
Me: Just ordered a pizza, at a bar, don't ask.*
T: Wasn't planning on it. Dude, if you're out, you're out and NOT texting your daughter every 5 minutes, k? That's kind of the point of going out.
Me: Hilarious. Ok, I'm out. But no parties. Ttyl.
Me: Bye, but I'm blogging this.
T: Omg, go!
About 30 minutes later came this exchange:
T: I want you home before 1 and call if you need me to drive.
*This doesn't sound odd, but I intended to say: just ordered a pizza to be delivered to a bar, which is a little more unusual.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Happy Birthday, Pops!!!
T has joined the ranks of the working. That is, assuming she passes her drug test, to be taken early this coming week.
She'll be the 3rd family member to be working at Friday's. In here it's always Friday, folks. Please send T some well wishes on this major step.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Down With High-Def
T and I were at a stoplight last night, behind a car with a bumper sticker that read "StopHD.org". There was some small print underneath that was illegible to both of us, and I pointed out that the bumper sticker was rather ineffective, given that I had no idea what HD was and why I should want to stop it. I opined that most folks, even if curious, would later forget the message and not take the time to visit the website.
Then began the speculation about what HD might be. T guessed High-Def. I laughed at the absurdity of it, then reconsidered. After all, analog broadcasting is about to be a thing of the past, right? Surely there are thousands of people with only analog TVs; perhaps there was a movement to stop the process of making them obsolete, thereby creating more "e-waste," etc...
Turns out HD is Huntington's Disease, of which I am not trying to make light with this post. But I'm a nurse and didn't know the disease was known as "HD," so I'm guessing lots of other people don't, either. And when I visited the website, it was clear the purpose of the movement was to stomp out HD, but it still took some digging to figure out just what HD is - I don't see an explanation anywhere on the home page. A little web re-design, and perhaps a bumper sticker overhaul, might go a long way toward helping the cause.
Meanwhile, how do we stop High-Def?
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
I Cannot Abide
People, people. Mike Huckabee cannot be my President, he simply cannot.
The other day I heard a pundit, or perhaps a reporter, opine about Obama's current popularity and the recent apparent wave of excitement he is riding following the Iowa caucus. Whoever it was (Bob Schieffer?) said he thinks Americans see Obama's success and they are proud of how far our country has come - and that his succcess (separate from his policies and goals) gives them hope for the future of our country.
I agree with that sentiment, and I can relate to it, but I find the pride and hope incredibly tempered by the support Huckabee receives. This man wants an amendment to the U.S. CONSTITUTION that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. His self-proclaimed number one priority is to secure our border. Rumors reportedly swirled today that he wants another constitutional amendment that would prevent children born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants from automatically becoming U.S. citizens. He is now denying that rumor, but barely. Moments ago I saw Wolf Blitzer question him about this issue, and his wishy-washy explanation was that he simply said he would support whatever the U.S. Supreme Court decided if the issue ever reached them. Wolf "pressed" Huckabee by asking for his personal opinion on birthright citizenship. Huckabee did not take the opportunity to share his opinion, but instead gave the same "answer" about upholding Supreme Court law he had already given.
I'm not especially bothered by Huckabee's views. I'm bothered that so many thousands of people in my country, in 2008, think he should be our leader for the next four years. Frightening.
Monday, January 07, 2008
I'd have a tough time arguing I'm not a pack rat. In my defense, I don't hoard or collect, I just make piles that I never get around to de-piling, and I have a tough time getting rid of things that have sentimental value to me - including e-mails.
But today I proved that there is hope for my eventual recovery. I knew my "Deleted Items" folder at work was out of control, but I kept thinking I would eventually clear it out one day, after first glancing through every item I've deleted in the past 2 1/2 years to make sure there wasn't something I should keep. The absurdity of that plan is hitting me as I type it. Hilarious.
Today I was overcome with the need to delete the deleted. I had over 6,700 items and I commanded Outlook to permanently delete them all, all at once. It took 9 minutes, but the cleansing feeling that followed was worth it. Here's hoping I become hooked on that feeling, and manage to rid myself of other useless things, preferably possessions, throughout the year.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Today I take a musical and technological leap into the present. My fantastic parents bought me my first iPod for Christmas. T has volunteered to load my music onto my iPod for me, but because for the most part I only want certain songs from my CDs loaded, I'll probably do the actual loading myself. I have asked her, though, to please load iTunes onto my laptop while I am at work today, and she has agreed.
I'll catch up with this century one day.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Mom and I went to a lame-ish Home and Garden show downtown today. (We had a good time doing some other things, too, but the actual "event" left a little to be desired - I think she'd agree!) While we were there and looking at one of the displays, she turned to me, looked at my face, and with wide eyes exclaimed, "Wow, we look really sallow!" Mind you, there was no mirror in sight, so the use of "we" was appreciated, but not accurate.
I know getting sun isn't good for your skin, but I just hate how pale and icky my skin gets in the winter. I'm yearning for the next time I can sit outside and relax, my face turned to the sun to drink in a little Vitamin D.
And speaking of my awful skin tone, with its freckles, dry spots, and blemishes, Deb has talked me into trying this. I don't wear foundation or powder, not because I don't need it, but because I never think it looks quite right. I'm going to give this a try and if it works out, I'll report back.
Friday, January 04, 2008
Don't even try to imagine how pissed Hillary is today. You can't.*
*Apologies for the repeat pic, I couldn't help myself. Time to frame it, I'm thinking!
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