Tuesday, September 30, 2008

AOL Journals going Bye-Bye

So by now we all know that AOL is going bye-bye for the journal community ... that's why we're all migrating here to blogger. Hope Blogger doesn't abandon us 5 years from now when they start believing they don't have enough people blogging.

So cheers to all of us who have moved here ... I hope we can all find as much if not more support that we did with AOL.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Economic Crisis

I have kept politics out of this journal because I know that it's a no-no topic to keep friends ... but in this case I think we all have the right to be informed on what's going on & who has caused what. Ya see, over the weekend I found this YouTube video (not the one above) where someone took more time than I have to do the research on who is truly at fault for our economic crisis that our country is facing. Anyway ... late this afternoon I found an article stating the video was removed by democratic supporters who believe the Obama Truth Squad should come in & sweep "lies" under the rug.  The only problem with the "lies" statement is that all the evidence in the video is backed up by simple google searches. Well, I went back to the article to show my DH what I found, only to find that the article had been modified to say that the video was pulled because the author of the video did not have legal rights to the music. Come on ... how many YouTube videos have you watched? Do you think they are pulling those videos? No ... but they have pulled several ... even one of John McCains that was "lies" was pulled early this morning.

Anyway, the author of the video that was pulled simply re posted his video with slight modifications. His old one reached 1.2 million views in only 4 days (all positive views I must add). How many views will this one reach before it is pulled because of some bogus claim?

How far is this going to go? Don't we as Americans have the right to speak what we wish? Why is the truth so hard to swallow? As I type this ... law enforcement agencies are in MO pulling any & all ads that "LIE" against Obama! What about his own false ads?  The Obama camp is also in Ohio going to homeless shelters & colleges busing anyone they can to register & vote on the spot. As far as I can find ... this is an illegal practice. When you register to vote that information is taken to the county court house and then it is processed to make for sure you are eligible to vote. By eligible I mean you can not be a felon, you can't be registered more than once, you can not be homeless, etc. Once your information is verified you are mailed a voter registration card. You are to take this card with you when you vote. If you are unable to vote on election day due to being overseas (soldiers and such) you can opt for a absentee ballot. Did you know that absentee ballots aren't counted unless the race is very close? That's right! From what I have gathered ... the party who is behind can ask for certain counties to be counted. The reasoning? If they pick the county then they can pick the counties that are heavily voting for that said party. This is what happened in the 2000 election with Bush/Gore.

I'm not telling you who to vote for ... I'm just asking you to be informed! There are a lot of great sources everywhere but the one I have found to be MOST honest on both sides is www.factcheck.org .

Friday, September 26, 2008

Birthday Update

All I wanted was clothes ... I usually hate buying clothes cause I refuse to try them on in the stores and I also hate looking at the size. I'm slowly but surely getting over this hang up ... maybe it's because I don't have many clthes left that I can fit into.

DH baked me a cake ... my candles we're strawberries!

So yesterday started off slow as DH had to work the night before & was exhausted, DD was at riding lessons, and DS was here with me doing his school work. The little booger took every opportunity to get away from school work by showering me with hugs and kisses. I didn't get upset over it though ... sometimes I can't be such a hard ars teacher.

So I picked DD up from riding lessons & she tells me that I had three calls to wish me happy birthday ... one was my mom which was a little bit of a shocker, the next one was my dad and the third one came up private so I'm thinking it might have been Lisa. If it was thank you for calling me Lisa ... sorry I missed your call.

Anyway, called mom back ... she sang happy birthday to me. Started telling me how my niece has been sick this past week. Come to find out she took my 10 yr. old niece in to get the cervical cancer shot. I thought you had to be at least 11 for this shot. Oh well, I voiced my concerns with her & she assured me that my niece would be just fine cause her ex is a nurse & looked into it. My question is ... why does a 10 year old need to have these shots so young ... what's the rush to make her grow up?

Called my dad back ... I think he's about to pick up & move again. He hasn't really flat out said he was but usually when he starts taking a lot of vacation time that's what it means & this is his second vacation in less than 2 months time. Business is slow right now so he said he could use the time off. I know he works hard during the summer months and things always slow down in the winter months but come on ... he hasn't done this since he's been living here but this is what he did when he was considering moving here. Visited us 3 times in 3 months! I'm a little sad by this cause I have loved my dad living so close ... when dad leaves that means my brother will be following him shortly after. =(

Anyway, hung up with dad and my baby brother called to wish me happy birthday. I love that kid. He's not really a kid anymore but he is 9 years younger than me so he's a kid. =) He seems happy that dad is going out of town cause that means he gets to be boss while he's gone. Who doesn't want to be boss for a little while right?!

Anyway, hubby woke up ... came out in his undies singing happy birthday to me ... yes it was funny but after everything I had heard on the phone laughter is just what I needed. He took me out to lunch .. Primos ... I ordered what I thought would be a healthy mean, a sandwich with potato salad. What I got was a fried mess! I couldn't eat it all cause I couldn't really swallow the food. It was called a Monte Cristo ... the board said it was a warm ham & swiss sandwhich ... what it didn't say was that it was deep fried on french toast & sprinkled with powdered sugar & cranberry sauce on the side. Now if I wanted french toast I would have ordered that ... but I didn't. Oh well, it was a new place that we wanted to try out ... one we won't be going back to.

After lunch DH took me shopping ... told me I could buy whatever I wanted. It's not that he didn't know what to get me ... it's the fact that I have been telling him for months not to get me anything at all. I just wanted a nice sit down dinner with him & the kids. I mean it is just another day in my life. I'm not sad by turning another year older ... I don't even hide my age from people. I'm proud to be 36!!! I have never freaked out by my age. Why do some people do that? Age is just a number right? You're only as old as you feel. I feel like I'm in my late 20's so it's all good as far as I'm concerned.

So I bought lots of clothes! =) I love clothes but I'm really picky with what I buy. I went to Victoria's Secret for a new shirt, sweats, and a bra ... I love the color PINK and they had tons of pink in so I had fun. Then I went to Kolhs but didn't find anything that I likes, Ross ... nothing ... was thirsty so we stopped in Target & I found clothes. 2 beautiful shirts & a pair of casual pants. I don't have many of those. Jeans or sweats is my usual attire but every once in a while I look like I'm dressed to impress. Not often, but sometimes. =) Took the kids to the book store ... I was sure there was a book I wanted but honestly as soon as I saw the shelves of books I couldn't remember the name of even one book or author that I wanted. As I was walking out the door I though ooooh Nicholas Sparks ... his newest doesn't come out until Monday & I already have it on pre-order.

I was tired from shopping so we came back to the house. DH started dinner ... home made Chinese sweet & sour chicken with white rice & broccoli. Yummmmmmmy! The for desert he made angel food cake. We were gonna have fresh strawberries on it but it was so good alone that we didn't add a thing to it.

DH had to go into work but that was ok ... CBS had a present for me SURVIVOR!!!!!! =) It's one of my favorite shows. Looks like it could be a good season this year.

So that was my day. Nothing exciting but it was fun.

Oh ... my girlfriend in TN called me. She NEVER calls me unless she has a problem that she needs me to help her work through ... she called me just to wish me a happy birthday. It was so good to hear from her & it be because of me. You just don't know how draining it can be when a friend only calls when they need something & never call to just say HI... how are you doing?

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Birthday Wishes!

I'm still around just been busy with teaching the kids, spending time with DH before he heads off to 3rd shift, running errands, trying to not go on an eating binge. Thankfully ... despite not doing more than walking 4-6 days a week (1.5 miles) with DH and not sticking to any diet I have managed to hold my own with my weight. After 5 weeks of not weighing in I found that I have gained less than 1 pound. I was shocked but so darn happy. Maybe there is something to not stressing over the weight.

Anyway, today is my birthday & I've already had some great b-day cards sent to me. Thank you so much to all of you who remembered my day. It makes me feel so warm to know I have friends like you!


<-- Love it Joyce!

Also thank you to Lisa, Margie, & John who sent birthday cards snail mail style.