Friday, January 30, 2009


I'm trying desperately hard to NOT be judgemental. However, I am losing this battle. I have judgement on this particular issue. I'm also quite thankful that it wasn't me. I am kid friendly. I hope to have children some day. I applaud single mothers and fathers! It takes a village. Hopefully, all single parents have a wonderful support group. I'm not opposed to fertility drugs, but I think that my definition of responsibility might differ from some others. However, 14 children?! I'm curious as to your thoughts.

Now granted, we do NOT know many or any of the true details that surround the latest multiple birth mother. What we think we might know/or do know is the following:

1. a woman gave birth to 8 babies
2. all the babies have lived
3. there might be 6 other children at home
4. home might still be with the maternal grandparents
5. there might not be a father or a husband involved
6. the mother might still be in her 20s.
7. there was a doctor who made the decision to prescribe and offer medical advice while administering fertility drugs.
8. my mouth is definitely hanging open
9. I'm definitely scratching my head
10. the words "selfish," "mental," and "WTF" are definitely running through my head

Thoughts? Questions? Comments?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

It's Official! says I'm a Slightly Dorky High Nerd.  Click here to take the Nerd Test, get nerdy images and jokes, and write on the nerd forum!

I'm a Slightly Dorky High Nerd. It doesn't have the same ring as "Neo Maxi Zoom Dweeby," but it will do. I think I knew that I was a SDHN all a long, but it has been solidified today. I'm a DORK.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I Pledge...

MySpace Celebrity and Katalyst present The Presidential Pledge

I pledge to, not only teach, but also truly practice compassion, tolerance, and the art of humanity. Our president has called for our service. What do you pledge?

Tears of Hope

Today, I stream tears of change, hope, inspiration, and pledge to answer the calling of service. It is our individual and collective responsibility to help remake America. Through service, communication, dedication, and hard work we will succeed.
President Barack Obama's Inauguration Address
My fellow citizens:
I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.
So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.
These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land - a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many.
They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America - they will be met. On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day,we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics. We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom. For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.
For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn. Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions - that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.
For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.
What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them - that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works - whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account - to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day - because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control - and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart - not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.
As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort - even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.
To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West - know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages.

We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment - a moment that will define a generation - it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.
For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.
Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.
This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence - the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed - why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.
So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

"Let it be told to the future world...that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive...that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it]."
America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Smile For The Camera

As previously posted, my sister bought herself a pound puppy. Millie is a Blue Tick Hound Mix. When she first picked Millie up from the Animal Shelter, Millie had pneumonia and kennel cough. An emergency trip to the Emergency Animal Hospital and several weeks of antibiotics have brought us to where we are today. I'm here to report, she's feeling FINE now. She is all psycho puppy now. She's gaining weight like it's her job and growing quickly. Her legs and belly are so long and big that she sits sideways like a toddler does. It's funny.

She has found a new favorite food other than her puppy chow...popcorn. She is a popcorn whore! She damn near took my sister's hand off trying to get the popcorn bag away from her. Bryn took this picture as Millie was eating her stolen goods. I died laughing because it looks like she is trying to smile for the camera. Silly Puppy!

Soundtrack of My Life

It's silly, but fun.

If your life were a soundtrack, what would the music be?

Here’s how it works:
1. open your library (iTunes, winamp, media player, iPod)
2. put it on shuffle
3. press play
4. for every question, type the song that’s playing
5. new question - press the next button

Cocoon by Jack Johnson

Free Fallin' by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Fools Rush In/I Can't Help Falling In Love by Lick the Tins (Elvis Cover)

Have Mercy On Me by Loretta Lynn

Diary by Alicia Keys (Unplugged Version)

Restless by Alison Krauss and Union Station

Pastures of Plenty by Alison Krauss and Union Station

My Adidas by Run-DMC

Shoop by Salt-N-Pepa

I'm Going Slightly Mad by Queen

My Mic Sounds Nice by Salt-N-Pepa

Trip Through Your Wire by U2

Now I Know by Cowboy Junkies

One Night Gone by Brianna Lane

Something Beautiful Remains by Tina Turner

Down To The Waterline by Dire Straits

Lies by Glen Hansard

Moonshadow by Cat Stevens

Dreaming My Dreams With You by Cowboy Junkies

It's Been A Hard Day's Night by The Beatles

Beautiful Goodbyes by Jennifer Hanson

Atonement by Lucinda Williams

Kokoleoko by VooDoo Katz

I'm actually a bit speechless. Some of the songs were fairly accurate when I think back to those times in my life. Others at first glance were shocking until I listening to the lyrics. I suppose as human beings we can find meaning in just about anything. It was still a fun little walk down memory lane and perhaps jaunt into the future.

Fill In The Blank Friday

Today is a teacher prep day in between the semesters. However, I have very little to prepare for seeing that I have the same classes next semester. Having little to do at this exact moment sent me on a google search of Blog Memes. I found this one. Feel free to borrow, link, and complete. It's a fill in the blank meme. Have fun.
1. Enough with the bullshit.

2. The death penalty causes me to be conflicted.

3. I've been craving Asian cuisine.

4. Baby giggles make me laugh.

5. I wish I could go to the London Theater District next week.

6. Ghosts from the past have been on my mind lately.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to seeing TheBoyFriend, tomorrow my plans include more time with TheBoyFriendand Sunday, I want to watch football!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Email To Family and Friends

Dear Family and Friends,

I must warn you that we won't be seeing much of one another until the ground thaws in the midst of May. There is cause for my hasty departure, for it is the new season premier of American Idol this evening. Yes, a new season has begun! By mid May we will have yet another soon to be failing singing/songwriter/artist to forget about. However, in the mean time I will faithfully be watching as they build a new song bird every Tuesday and Wednesday and rip apart another by the wings. I will vote on Tuesday nights with the other million or so Idol obsessed individuals. On Wednesday, we will sit in our living rooms holding our breath to insure that our votes really counted! We shall spend time hating Paula, wanting to hug Randy or buy him another cheeseburger, and have thoughts of physically intense make out sessions/boxing matches with Simon. Be strong, my loved ones, and GOD BLESS the producers of American Idol.

With love, (I'm singing this)


Brought To You By The Letter...

Here’s how it works…You leave a comment on this post, and I’ll assign you a letter. You write about ten things you love that begin with your assigned letter, and post it at your place. When people comment on your list, you give them a letter, and the chain continues on and on. (I copied that from The Evil Twin's Wife and she copied off someone else, so... feel free to rip it off again).So, I left a comment and she gave me the letter "E." Here's my list:

1. Elephants: I have been slightly obsessed with elephants since the first day I can remember. I love them. I love watching them, learning about them, being around them. I'm even a proud owner of a T-shirt that was painted on by Steph at The Sedgewick County Zoo! I love elephants. If you were to step into my apartment you would see close to 100 elephant figurines, crystals, lamps, tables, stuffed versions, etc. Obsession.

2. Eggplant Parmesan: It's what I order when visiting Fazio's. I love eggplant parmesan.

3. Eggs Poached Softly: I am a poached egg snob! It is the one of the few items I will send back to the kitchen if it is not prepared perfectly. I am not one to do this to a restaurant kitchen unless they have messed with my egg! I love a perfectly poached egg on a toasted piece of sourdough bread. Southern Kitchen used to make the best next to my mom. I make a pretty mean poached egg myself. For Christmas I even received this.

4. East of Eden: by John Steinbeck. It is my favorite book ever written. I had to read it as a junior in high school and have read it ever summer since! I buy it as gifts to friends. Friends have bought copies of it for me. You can't go wrong with a summer day and a copy of East of Eden.

5. Education: We are privileged to have the ability and the right to an education in the United States! Education leads to knowledge. Knowledge leads to power. Power leads to change!

6. Edward Cullen: I have joined the ranks of millions of teenage girls and closeted soccer moms. I am in love with a vampire! If you read the Twilight series, you would totally understand. If you didn't, it's not my fault that you suck! (Just kidding. You don't really SUCK. You're just missing out on a lot. Ok, you do kinda suck.)

7. E-mail: What did we do before Al Gore invented the Internet? Seriously?! Not that I don't LOVE receiving a hand written note (it's a dying art form), but let's face it, there isn't anything like the instant gratification that comes with the phrase of "You've Got Mail!" I love e-mail. It's fast, free, and frequent!

8. Eskimo Kisses: Is there anything sweeter, especially when you see little ones Eskimo kissing?!

9. Eat: Lord knows, BABY like to EAT! I mean, come on, two of the 10 items on this list are foods! 'Nough said.

10. Earned: Not given. Not handed out. Not pitied. Earned. A job well done and compensated. Hard work. Is there any better feeling than having earned something? Well, maybe a few, but it surely does feel nice.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Scaredy Cat

<----------------This was me when I saw that one of you "Square Pegs" worshippers had let your Sweater Dress sneak out of your closet today. Seriously, the Sweater Dress ran down the hall after me and burned its corded eyes into my soul. I was scared and alone.

Why is it that of all the cool decades the 80s had to become the newest and vogue-est of the fashion trends? Don't these kids realize that once was enough!? First came the slouch boots, then the leg warmers and off the shoulder sweat shirts. I swear, if the next step is pegged jeans and jacked up belt buckles, I'll take my Cabbage Patch Kid and my Jem and The Holograms T-shirt and hit the highway! Then we will really see who is Truly, Truly Outrageous!