Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
It's always a little scary typing a post like this because you can read any "tone" into it that you choose. I will say that I mean none of this in a sarcastic or malicious spirit, these are just my feelings and my take on the issue.
I can honestly say that I feel like I understand both sides of the argument. I understand why people are for it and why people are against it. I feel like I'm standing on a fence looking at both sides. That isn't to say that I'm ON the fence on the issue, I just mean that I can see the validity of both arguments.
For me, the issue is way less about gay marriage itself and more about the ramifications of passing a bill like the one proposed in California. Two main issues stand out as the most important points, neither of which are the marriage of two same sex people.
First, it seems like there is an underlying social issue here. My understanding is, if Proposition 8, or a measure similar to it, were to pass, it would then open the door for the public school systems to teach about marriage and families however they see fit. Isn't this essentially the same issue as the separation of church and state? How?
Joe Atheist doesn't want his child learning about God in school. Bob Christian doesn't want his child reading the Koran in school. Dave Muslim doesn't want his child learning about Hanukkah in school. It all sounds very reasonable to me...religious ideology and social issues have no place being taught in a public educational setting, hence the reason for separation of church and state. So why then, would it be OK for the public school system to teach the child of a straight couple about gay marriage? Conversely, why would a gay couple want the school system teaching their children that there is only one definition of marriage? Social issues have no place in a public forum, especially where young, impressionable minds are present. Social and moral issues should be taught in the home and in accordance with the values of that family.
Secondly, I don't care what two consenting adults do in their own home on their own time as long as it's legal. But if society decides to change the "definition of marriage" doesn't that open the door for other things like polygamy as just one example? If two adults of the same gender are allowed to be married, shouldn't 1 adult man and 4 adult women be able to marry using the same logic? In most states it is illegal to marry a sibling or a cousin - would that then be legal under the proposed new definition of marriage?
I find it ironic that a small percentage opponents to the proposition , the same ones who are fighting against "injustice and intolerance" are the same ones who are targeting those people who voiced an opinion different to theirs. Isn't targeting religious institutions with hatred and violence for their support of the measure really just another demonstration of "injustice and intolerance"?
I believe most people are reasonable - on both sides. I believe most people just want to have their voices heard and to be respected - on both sides. Don't we live in America where the right to speak freely is among our choicest freedoms? Can't people have differing opinions without the need for hatred and intolerance - on both sides?
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Whenever she goes to the bathroom she always calls me in to "wipe her bummy". Today when I headed in there, she goes..."mom, aren't you lucky". And I said what do you mean and she said "well, grandma always says aren't you lucky whenever you have to wipe my bummy...so aren't you lucky today mom".
Also today while I was "wiping her bummy" (side note, this kid has got to have the cleanest intestinal tract of anyone alive, she is constantly pooping - sorry tmi). Anyway, today she goes "mom isn't that so interesting". And I said "isn't what interesting" and she said "it's just interesting mom". I think she's hearing new big words and is trying them out and hoping they'll fit somewhere.
And today while we were walking out of the chiropractors office she says "Mom look at that map. It says we have to stop at Ikea".
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
After a while she comes wandering in with "pretty things" taped to her skirt so that it wouldn't look so plain. I seriously never know what this child is going to come up with next!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Annie: mom today while I was watching my princess movie, Sleeping Beauty wasn't talking like herself.
Me: oh that's too bad.
Annie: mom, she was talking like a veenero girl and I didn't hear her.
Me: a what?
Annie: a veenero girl so I didn't hear what she was saying - can you fix it?
Then it occurred to me that in this particular movie there is a game on the DVD that you can play using the remote. Well, she must have gotten to the menu part somehow and changed it to Spanish because when I checked it, Sleeping Beauty was speaking in Spanish. No wonder Annie didn't understand what she was saying.
I'm still trying to figure out is what a veenero girl is???
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Along with that...
Why is it that when you call someones cell phone and the answering system comes on that that lady comes on and says something like press 5 or press 2 and it takes you nearly 4 extra minutes to actually get to the voicemail system of the person you're trying to call. Who actually pushes those extra buttons rather than leaving a voicemail?
I also hate it when I get someones voicemail and they are either way too serious, give you way too much information or are trying way too hard to be funny..."Hi this is Emily. I have 2 kids, I used to work in an architectural firm, I love to read and cook, I'm a Libra and I wear size 11 shoes. My kids are adorable and I have some left over pot roast in my fridge. Please leave me a message and I'll call you back as soon as I can but I have a dentist appointment so if it takes a while, I'm sorry."
If you're going to call me that's fabulous, I would love to talk to you. I would NOT love to sit and listen to dead air while I try to come up with new things to say every 2 minutes. There is a certain someone that calls me a lot (who doesn't read this blog, so don't worry, it isn't you) and whenever they call me they say "I was just calling to talk to you" but then they sit there and I have to come up with EVERYTHING to say. When that gets old (which only takes a few minutes) I do the classic try to get off the phone phrases which NEVER work with this person! "Okay, thanks for calling, I'll call you later...".
And finally...when you're done talking and you've said all you need to say, end the conversation and hang up the phone. Nothing bothers me more than a 10 minute good-bye. My favorite end to a conversation is "okay BYE" - click!
Anyway, we went and Annie had a really good time - which is all that matters I suppose. I couldn't belive how much had changed and at the same time how much it stayed the same. I used to think that my mom was crazy for liking the sky ride the best and now I guess I'm old or something but that's my favorite ride too (or maybe it's because it was the only ride I rode ALL DAY long)! We were lucky and had good weather so all in all it ended up being a pretty fun day (though if I don't go back for another 10 years, I won't feel too bad).
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I'm sad that I live in a country that has come to seem more like communist China than the land of the free as far as freedom of speech and a balanced journalism is concerned. I've heard the most outrageous stories of people being arrested and put in prison for speaking out against Obama. I've watched more than several interviews where the "journalist" asked the most outrageous, ridiculous questions of anyone leaning even slightly to the right. I've watched men and women being unfairly accused and hung out to dry by the media - and I've had enough.
I never thought, especially a year ago, that I would be crossing my fingers for John McCain and hoping he would win. I don't agree with most of his policies. I don't think he has a good plan for America, I don't think he is qualified to lead this country. BUT I think Barack Hussein Obama is evil. I truly in the core of my soul believe that about him. So I find myself compromising my views and standards of what I believe this country is about and thinking of voting for the lesser of two evils - when did it come to this?
I could go on and on and ON about how much I disdain Obama and anyone that in any way supports or agrees with him (and yes, I really do. If you have even one thing in "common" with Obama I feel as though WE have nothing in common). I could go on and on about how evil and dishonest I think he is. I could go on and on about the flattering media coverage he is receiving and how duplicitous this campaign has been. I could go on and on about the unfair coverage Sarah Palin has received. If people said the same things about Hillary Clinton or even Barack Obama for that matter, that are being said about Sarah Palin, people would have lost their jobs, companies would have been boycotted and the media would be in a frenzy. I could go on and on and on about all of my frustrations - but I won't. I'm tired just thinking about it.
"...and by your fruits ye shall know them."
How many more leftist radicals, racist bigots, terrorist and criminals does Obama have to associate with before people see his true colors? I'm tired of the ignorance pleas. I'm tired of the excuses. I'm tired of everyone turning a blind eye to the fact that Obama is friends with all of these people. I'm tired of the lack of media coverage.
Obama doesn't salute the flag. Can you imagine, a President who doesn't salute the flag? Why is he even being considered for President let alone leading in the polls? Whatever his "personal reasons" may be, it is unacceptable to have a potential commander in chief who is unwilling to support the values that made up this country - and the flag as a symbol of that.
"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism ." ~George Washington
I'm tired of the games.
I'm tired of the lies.
I'm tired of the selfishness.
I'm tired of it all.
"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country. " ~Samuel Adams
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
8 TV shows I love to watch:
So You Think You Can Dance
channel 5 news
Little People, Big World
8 favorite restaurants:
California Pizza Kitchen
8 things that happened yesterday:
I actually made dinner - chicken enchiladas
did stuff for Super Saturday
worked on the computer (big surprise)
watched a few episodes of The Office
I wore winter clothes for the first time this year
talked on the phone a LOT - but not by choice
I went to bed early
at home most of the day because we are back to one car
8 things I am looking forward to:
having 2 cars
my birthday - I always look forward to my birthday, I just like feeling "special" for a day
the next time I get to go to Disneyland
going to California for Preston's work Christmas party
the first big snow fall
getting our basement finished
checking most of the things off our house "to-do" list (I think that will take a few years)
Halle being able to sit up on her own
8 things I love about fall:
definitely fall food
the change in the weather
clothes that cover more of my fat
standing by the fire and getting warm
my birthday - of course
8 things on my wish list:
another car (sadly, I want a mini van)
a cleaning lady
money to pay off our debts
free stuff from Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware
digital SLR camera
more storage space
access to a private jet
Monday, October 13, 2008
This last weekend, Preston and I went to St. George to watch Big River on Friday and Les Miserables on Saturday. The plays were excellent, the conditions we watched them in were not.
"...do you hear the people sing, singing the song of angry men, it is the music of a people who will not be slaves again..."
The music of Les Mis is probably the best I've heard. I love it! I love it when I see it at the theater, I love listening to the soundtrack, I DO NOT love listening to the lady next to me sing along with the actors while the play is going on! Why do people do this? Am I supposed to be impressed that she knew the words? Was she hoping the director would hear her and give her the lead in the next production?
Then as if trying to avoid listening to Celine Dion next to me wasn't enough, I had to try not to listen to the dude in front of me explain every nuance of the plot to his ditsy girlfriend. I don't know if it was that she was really that stupid or if he was so into it that he felt the need to tell her what was about to happen. Isn't that what the plot summary in the playbill is for?
Friday, October 3, 2008
-digital SLR camera with a few lenses
-satellite radio for the car & house
-the office season 4 DVD
Me: Annie, what does you sign say?
Annie: Mom, it's a circle and a line and a kid.
Me: oh yeah, and what's that for?
Annie: It says that no children can come in my room and mess it up because I cleaned it a lot of times and it made me tired so no more children are allowed.
Who can argue with that logic? What I want to know is...how in the world did she learn all of these things? They really are sponges!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Annie loves horses but seeing as how she's not the bravest soul, I didn't think she'd actually get on and ride one. By the end of the stay at the ranch, she was riding a horse by herself...
There is something SERIOUSLY wrong with this picture...
This one is much better...Annie at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to measure how much money she's worth according to her height. Depending on the day, I'd take it (kidding)...At the Library of Congress they had a display about the National Treasure 2 movie about the Presidents book of secrets. One of my favorite things was the World War II Memorial. I wish I looked cuter but the memorial was fabulous...One of our good little travelers...Again, I wish I looked cuter on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial but at least Lincoln was cute...The Vietnam War Memorial. My dad thought it was cool that you could see the Washington Monument in the reflection...Annie thought riding the Metro (or underground train) was really cool...Who needs a double stroller?Another one of Annie's favorite things was taking pictures. She actually ended up being really good at it, but she had an enfatuation with taking pictures of her feet. We seriously have like 20 pictures of her feet, 50 pictures of Halle and at least 20 pictures of random peoples bottoms...The Nationals stink and they played the Marlins who also stink, but who doesn't love a baseball game - especially when you get a free T-Shirt...The Iwo Jima memorial. It is a lot bigger than I imagined it being...We met up with our friends Ryan & Ashby and went to Sweetwater Tavern. The food was fabulous and it was fun to see them. Annie and their daughter Brooklyn had the BEST time playing together. Annie had a major meltdown when we told her it was time to go...
Of course we had to get a picture of the White House...We went to the Air and Space Museum by Dulles International Airport. It was WAY cooler than the one at the Smithsonian on the Mall...