Friday, November 28, 2008

A Thankful Game

My friends Kristine and Cliff recently posted this on their blog. I wanted to post it as well! Tis’ the season (although, I might argue we should think of these things more than just once a year!)

Here are some specifics:

Something functional in my house that I'm thankful for is:
My dishwasher. Seriously. And having a shower with a shower curtain.

Something about my body that I'm thankful for is:
I like that I am sufficiently curvy. . .

Something hard that I've been through that I'm thankful for is:
Times in my life that I have been really depressed and anxious. I think they have sealed in me a sense of security that doesn’t come from within.

Something about this country that I'm thankful for is:
That people, for the most part, respect boundaries and laws.

Something about 2008 that I'm thankful for is:
Getting to see the west coast for the first time!

A word I'm thankful for is:

A sound I'm thankful for is:
Laughter (keeping Kristine’s answer).

A place in nature I'm thankful for is:
Anywhere that stars are easily visible by the millions.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

It's High Time. . .

My dear friend, Kristine, recently tagged me in an 8 things list. By recently, I mean a couple of weeks ago. I've been meaning to get back to that, but I just haven't. So, without further ado, here it is:

8 Things I Am Obsessed About Right Now:
1.) My Dog, Tuck. He’s AWESOME! (See the picture)
2.) Red Cups at Starbucks
3.) Reflecting
4.) The Office (I freakin’ LOVE that show!)
5.) Figuring out how to create and live on a budget
6.) The idea of running a 10k in February and a Half in April (not so much the practicality of it.)
7.) The music of Andy Davis
8.) Cooking!

8 Words Or Phrases I Use:
1.) "That's what she said."
2.) Friend
3.) LOVE it!
4.) Calling
5.) Uh. . . Really?
6.) Are you kidding?
7.) hahaha
8.) Seriously? Seriously!

8 T.V. Shows I Love To Watch:
1.) "The Office"
2.) “NCIS”
3.) "Bones”
4.) "Grey's Anatomy"
5.) "Private Practice"
6.) "SNL”
7.) "Criminal Minds”
8.) "Numb3rs”

8 Things I Did Yesterday
1.) Flew home
2.) Forgot to eat lunch
3.) had dinner with my mom at Cracker Barrel (YUM!)
4.) Did the Thanksgiving dinner shopping
5.) Missed my dog
6.) Worked on a secret project
7.) Slept on the couch, plane and in my brothers bed
8.) Read

8 Favorite Places To Eat:
1.) CafĂ© Cappuccino!! (OH SO GOOD! Kristine- when you visit we’re going here!)
2.) Pancake Pantry
3.) Clay Pot
4.) McDougals
5.) Jason’s Deli
6.) Cracker Barrel
7.) Rosa’s
8.) Cheddars’

8 People I tag:
1.) Grace
2.) Claire
3.) Tiff
4.) Mel
5.) Smudd
6.-8.) Anyone else who reads this and wants to do it. . .

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New Hallmark Line!

There is a neat new line of items from Dayspring called Simply Inspiring. If you are looking for a neat gift for someone in your life you should check it out at your local Hallmark Store.

You can check out the creator's blog link here: Inspiring Ideas

Also, she has an Etsy Shop you can check out Here: Simply Inspiring by Jeanne Winters

Freedom of Choice Act

The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is piece of legislation that President-Elect Obama promised to sign into law as his first step as president. This act concerns me a bit and let me tell you why.

FOCA would eliminate every restriction on abortion in every state nationwide. This includes not only bans on partial birth abortions, but also laws that require parental notification for minor children. This takes power away from the states to determine how abortions are handled. The 10th amendment of the U.S. Constitution states:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
This clearly indicates that states are supposed to have the power to decide these such things, and the FOCA would take away that power.

Additionally, FOCA would require that faith-based hospitals and clinics provide abortions. Which is an interesting violation of the Constitutional right to Freedom of Religion, and therefore actually taking away the freedom of choice to doctors and administrators at such places.

I ask that you consider looking into to FOCA. Additionally, there is an online petition that you can sign if you disagree with this bill. You can go here to read more. You can also check out the Facebook group if you are user of that!

Regardless of one's opinion and stance on abortion, the FOCA gives far to much power to the Federal government to make decisions and limit religious freedom. It is a dangerous road to begin to travel!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Wedding Music!

Two months from now a friend of mine is getting married and she asked me to be the "dj" at her wedding reception. I'm working on creating a playlist for her and would love input! Any wedding must haves?!

This is kind of a fun project, so if you are planning to get married and want a cheaper way to have music at your wedding, I'm available for booking!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

It's Finally Over?

I've been looking forward to this day for what seems like years- the end of the 2008 Presidential election (oh wait, it has been years). All that anyone has talked about it seems has been this election. And it's finally over, so we can all go back to life as normal, right?

Apparently not.

In the days leading up to the election it appeared that all my Facebook friends were donating their status to one candidate or the other. Now those status messages have transformed either into elation or decrees that the world is ending.

The reality is our country has a new, historic president. And, it was within my parents and grandparents life time that this went from being impossible, to reality. That to me is incredibly humbling.

Even though I did not vote for Obama, and disagree with him on many issues, I have to admit, it is so neat to be a part of his piece in history. How awesome is it that we got to see the first black president? I saw a news clip on where a democratic strategist commented that what was most meaningful for her was that when he is sworn in, he will be sworn in on the Capital steps that were built by slaves. Slaves who never would have dreamed that this day would be possible. It seems that our country has come full circle.

Regardless of party affiliation, as a Christian I am called to respect and obey governmental authority. Even if I am disappointed, and there are things that concern me, I am still proud to be an American.

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