Thursday, November 27, 2008
In this day of working too much, going to school, successfully managing roles of wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend...I often neglect telling people I love I am thankful for them.

Every Thanksgiving, or about a week before, I decide to write little note cards out for those I am thankful for and passing them our or mailing them. I do this every stinking year. Then Thanksgiving rolls around and I'm too chicken shit to follow through.

My niece and I talked a little bit about this and we decided to try a different idea. It's one I've seen elsewhere on the Internet, but can't remember where. We're taking a basket, some smallish pieces of paper and some writing utensils. We'll leave the basket out with a sign that simply says, "I am thankful for..." Periodically throughout the day we'll take turns reading the deposited slips of paper aloud. No one needs to sign them and I am quite sure some funny ones will end up in there as well. My niece has already declared she is thankful for Orlando Bloom!

I have so much to be thankful for. Mr. Snob, Booger, my family and friends, and many of dear friends inside the computer. I hope we get to meet someday, I'd like to be able to tell you in person how much your endless support helps me in my daily life.

Sunday, November 23, 2008
Picture meme and some other stuff.

I was tagged awhile back to post the sixth picture from the sixth folder on my computer.

Since I am at the old computer right now and the external hard drive is all the way downstairs, I'll post the sixth picture from the only picture folder left on this computer. How's that? It's a picture of Booger from April 2006. I find it fascinating how she has changed so much, yet still not really changed at all....

I saw Twilight over the weekend and am putting my FIRST POST together for Please Pass The Popcorn. (sorry it's taken me so long, Mrs. Chili.) Will let you know when it's ready.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Ten Things - Random version
1. I've already fallen off the NaBlo wagon. I'll get back on, but am so just simply slipped my mind.

2. One of my friends inside the computer just lost a dear son-in-law. It's a stark reminder of how lucky Mr. Snob was with his quick recovery. I will hold him extra tight today. Stop by Gerry's place and if you are so inclined, offer words of support.

3. It's cold. I hate it already.

4. This semester is almost over. I have a rough draft argument paper due tomorrow. I haven't started. God, I'm such a procrastinator.

5. Problem with the argument paper is that I don't know what to argue. Can't be anything on the professor's list - abortion, death penalty, etc. Might take a stab at term limits. If it goes well, I'll post it.

6. Did I mention it was cold? And that I hate it?

7. A dear friend is pregnant with triplet boys...they're arriving soon and I'm beside myself with excitement.

8. Booger's teacher had nothing but nice things to say about her during our parent-teacher conference. I'm so lucky she chose me!

9. I am loving not working retail this holiday season.

10. The dead flowers outside my window at work make me sad. I think I'll cut them down.

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Monday, November 10, 2008
Pointing out the obvious.
Can I finally say "I told you so?"

"No other president's disapproval rating has gone higher than 70 percent. Bush has managed to do that three times so far this year," says CNN polling director Keating Holland. "That means that Bush is now more unpopular than Richard Nixon was when he resigned from office during Watergate with a 66 percent disapproval rating."


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Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Yes we can.
I'm working on a big post summing up my thoughts from last night.

For now, though, here is part of the text from the speech. I'm curious to know how much President-Elect Obama (!!!) wrote and how much was written by someone else. I think my writing style is more speech-writer than literary work so I'm naturally drawn to good speeches. (Sounds like a potential Ten Things post.)

"This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment."

“This is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can."

Yes we can.....and it feels so good.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Election Day
I took Booger with me this morning to cast my vote. We only had to wait about 20 minutes. She was tardy to school, but it was worth it. At age almost-seven, this is likely the first presential election she will remember. Regardless of who wins, it is an historic event. I'm thrilled to share this day with her and we will spend time this evening discussing civics and my favorite kind of math - electoral college math!

Crossing my fingers for a safe day for all. Go vote! Let's change the world.

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Monday, November 03, 2008
Monday Meme
Stolen, with love, from O'Mama.

Four family members:
Mr. Snob, Booger, Ally the Wonderdog, and the dust bunnies.

Four places that I go to over and over:
Grocery, Barnes & Noble, Sephora, work.

Four people who e-mail me (regularly):
Mr. Snob, Ness, D, and Mr. Obama’s campaign

Four of my favorite places to eat:
Cousino’s Steakhouse, The Original Pancake House, Home, and Wixey Bakery!

Four places I would rather be right now:
Home (I’m at work), California, School (yes, really), or with family.

Four TV shows I watch over and over:
Grey’s, The West Wing, Sports Night, and the news.

Four things in the room I’m in:
My desk, cell phone, bottle of water, and baseball I use to toss around instead of biting my nails.

Four concerts I’ve been to:
Counting Crows, Metallica, George Winston, Brian McKnight (eclectic, no?)

Four things on my calendar:
Next big exam for school, ELECTION DAY!!!, niece’s birthday, release date of Twilight movie.

Four fears:
Sarah Palin (I stole this from O’Mama), icicles, failure, a harsh, harsh winter.

Four things in your purse or wallet:
Wallet, picture of Booger, cuticle nippers, lipstick.

Four chores you hate doing:
Putting laundry away, mopping, mowing the lawn, washing windows.

Four favorite animals:
Dogs, goldfish, dolphins, pigs (because of Mr. Snob’s new heart valve came from a pig.)

Four speed dials on your cell phone:
Home, Mr. Snob’s cell, Sister, Sister in Law

Four places you have called home:
All are within 30 miles of current home.

Four favorite pieces of jewelry:
Wedding band, mother/daughter pendant, charm bracelet, earrings from Mr. Snob.

Four websites you visit:
CNN, O’Mama, Chili, Kizz.

Four people who have been in your car:
Mr. Snob, Booger, Ally the Wonderdog, Mom.

Four things you are wearing:
Four usuals – watch, wedding ring, charm bracelet, necklace. I have clothes on, too, but they’re just boring work clothes.

Four things you are looking forward to:
Graduating (though it won’t be for awhile yet), Thanksgiving, Booger’s birthday, Christmas.

Four favorite types of candy:
Green & Black’s milk chocolate, Hershey’s chocolate, Reese’s peanut butter cups, Butterfinger.

Four sports teams you like:
BGSU Falcons, Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Indians, St. Francis Knights.

Four things found in your fridge:
2% milk, Diet Coke, Cheese, Ketchup

Four rituals you do daily:
Brush my teeth, have my morning Diet Coke, watch the news, snuggle with Booger.

Four things currently within reach:
Cell phone, water bottle, at least 19 pens, family picture.

Four things you know how to cook:
Melt in your mouth cheesecake, pot roast, mashed potatoes, beef veggie soup.

Four Halloween costumes you’ve worn:
Martian with some stupid blow up thing on my head, cheerleader, devil, Cyndi Lauper (yes, really).


Sunday, November 02, 2008
You are a

Social Liberal
(80% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(8% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also : The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

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Saturday, November 01, 2008
I'm going to give it another try. I'm pretty sure I'll fail, but I won't know unless I try.

Speaking of trying, Election Day is approaching. Please vote. I would like for you to vote for my guy, but either way, you should vote.

I stopped by the local campaign headquarters for my guy the other day to see what kind of swag they still had. I walked out with 3 posters, 2 stickers, a long-overdue yard sign, and a temporary tattoo. I'm perplexed by the tattoo, but might put it on anyway. Just for fun. (in an inconspicuous spot so as not to be prohibited from voting.)

From one of the free posters and it gives me chills every time I read it:

I will never forget that the only reason that I'm standing here today is because somebody, somewhere stood up for me when it was risky. Stood up when it was hard. Stood up when it wasn't popular. And because that somebody stood up, a few more stood up. And then a few thousand stood up. And then a few million stood up. And standing up with courage and clear purpose, they somehow managed to change the world.
-Barack Obama

Let's change the world, shall we?

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