K-Cali and I snorted with laughter over this last night... It even made USA Today.
Durn - and I always liked vacuuming.
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
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K-Cali and I snorted with laughter over this last night... It even made USA Today.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
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This woman ALWAYS has Diet Coke when I visit. And she's really sick.
I've never done an all out prayer request in this medium, but if you'll just take a moment - her name is Carol (where my middle "C" comes from) and she's my favorite 77 year old.
My family and I would appreciate your thoughts.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
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I remember sitting at Salty Nut, watching the swirling colors the day before Katrina hit. I don't watch much TV and I hadn't really paid much attention to the catastrophe-waiting-to-happen. But that night, as I drank a beer and ate a grilled chicken wrap in the comfort of a wooden shack on Greene Street, I (think I) could sense what was to happen. I (think I) knew it was going to be bad. However, I had no idea that our government would have no idea how to handle the problem. In fact I'll go as far as saying, our government made it worse.
These are the people charged with protecting us and, failing that, rescuing us. This department was put together based on the belief that everyone would be safer with every facet of preparedness, protection and response under one umbrella. The first time this new system was tested, it failed. And it failed on Mr. Chertoff's watch.
Right now, almost six months after Katrina hit, families are being forced to leave hotels and are moving into shelters in Louisiana. If that is not a disaster, we do not know what is. This crisis isn't over, but officials aren't behaving as if they are on a crisis footing. There is no sense of urgency in the White House or in Congress to ensure that people get the help they need.
Many people died. Many more can yet be saved.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
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Some people are meant to stay in your life forever. Some are only supposed to be around for awhile. The older you get, the easier it is to know the difference.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006
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Monday, February 13, 2006
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Sunday, February 12, 2006
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For instance, one of my dearest friends (and my favorite Bridesmaid Dress picker-outer) has registered for this. I want it bad. She's so getting it. Of course, I asked her if that's what she really wanted, as she doesn't cook. Like, at all. Her response? She's big on presentation. Hard to argue with that.
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Now, you too can receive real time advice from the internet, via www.shouldidumphimornot.com. Fabulous. Women (and I'm sure a few men) will now give you advice on what you know - deep down - you should do.
Just what I need - more people telling me I'm making (or have made) a mistake!
Saturday, February 11, 2006
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I know I write a lot about makeup. I like it. It's fun. As much as I like to color my hair, I like to play with makeup. (And I like to color my hair... a lot).
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So, this afternoon we left GM and headed to Hollywood 20. The problem was, however, when I hopped out of the car to look at movie times, I had no idea what movie was what. I hadn't seen any of the coming attractions on TV. Titles meant nothing. I did see the Chronicles of Narnia. Dad had been lobbying for it - Mom and I kindly followed. We contemplated letting him go to the movie alone and us catching The Pink Panther, but as a family we took our seats in the already darkened theater.
It was fabulous. Seriously - greatest movie I've seen in quite a while. I usually despise movies with animal characters - but Mr. & Mrs. Beaver almost stole the show. The scenery was magical. And, of course, the story is more than moving. I loved it!
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Friday, February 10, 2006
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Thursday, February 09, 2006
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It was my second performance in the Monologues at USC and I'll admit, I loved every minute of it. I'm not an actress; I get irrationally nervous on stage; I rarely like to be in the limelight... But give me a copy of Eve Ensler's play and a voice comes outta nowhere and I am transformed.
My senior year of college I was "My Short Skirt" and I actually made (sewed and stitched) the *shortest* skirt I could, replete with a sequined American flag on the back. I was a hit.
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Wednesday, February 08, 2006
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Tuesday, February 07, 2006
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Sunday, February 05, 2006
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MTP this morning is featuring the new House Majority Leader, John A. Boehner.
1) He's taken a lot of trips to resorts.
Shock! A legislator taking trips on the government's dime? Whoa! But, really - his excuse almost works... That's where people in power are - that's where the conferences take place - that's where the legislator needs to be. At a place like this. Yeah, I'm not so sure about that, Johnny.
2) He doesn't think he's taken anything from Abramoff.
If I was making my first appearance - my first live interview so to speak - I would make pretty darn sure that I had checked my FEC report thoroughly enough to ensure the American public that I had accepted nothing from Abramoff. Not even a postage stamp to mail a postcard from the swanky hotels I had been staying in.
3) He passed out moola on the floor of the House in 1995.
Even I think that's tacky. And, the money was from tobacco companies! Tacky, tacky, tacky. I don't care if it was a long time practice of the House. So was spitting in spittoons at one point. Not good enough.
This is the best the Republicans can come up with? Are they so wounded that they couldn't find someone a little more, shall I say it, astute at coming up with excuses?
Saturday, February 04, 2006
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If the nation's industries can increase hires - almost every industry reported hiring increases - then where are all these jobs? If in three months, this nation can prod industry to create 229,000 new jobs, than what are we doing wrong in South Carolina?
What are our leaders doing?
We need a new Governor. A Governor who will work with small businesses, manufacturers, new industry to provide quality jobs for South Carolinians. It doesn't make sense for a state with as many natural resources as ours to be faltering in the job fight. We have technical schools, we have colleges and universities and we have an amazing workforce - folks in South Carolina are dedicated and loyal, hardworking... We need a Governor who will work just as hard as the people who elect him.
We need a Governor who will dig in and get the work done.
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Why, she asked, are networks so keen to poke fun at Christians? I personally think it's more fundamentalists that networks like to portray in a negative, if hysterical, light. And I think it's pretty general fundamentalism. Anything that is too far right or left or dramatic in any way is going to draw attention.
Hence, the newest series on HBO. Big Love. It's about a polygamist, and not just a goodtime polygamist - but more polygamy for religious reasons. The story, I think, takes place in Utah. Fights between Wife #1 and Wife #2 (and Wife #3), seven children - three houses connected on a cul-de-sac. You get the picture. How this is funny or entertaining? Well, I can see how it would be both...
Something about it is wrong. I'm just not sure I can put my finger on it.
Thursday, February 02, 2006
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Wednesday, 01 February 2006
Jon’s interview with Leahpeah:
“For quite awhile during Leta’s first few months, I wasn’t sure what I would be coming home to at the end of a work day. The summer of 2004 was pretty bad, and I tried to be positive and upbeat, but ultimately I learned I couldn’t fix her. I think this is the biggest male-who-is-a-significant-other delusion; that we can somehow fix it. Learning this is fundamental to dealing with a person who suffers from a mental illness. I had to learn to accept and support. This was difficult and something I’m still working on.”
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
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Shopping for towels is a tricky proposition. Some are too thin, some are too small. I wanted the "bath sheet" type of towel. Difficult to find, lemme tell you. Eventually found it at JCPenney's. Thank goodness. Lynda Ann will not be shocked and appalled at the condition of my towels.
On my way back from BFE aka Sandhill's, I realized the only thing I'd eaten was a mis-ordered beef burrito. (I had ordered BEAN!). Yuck. I hate beef burritos. So, I was about to chew off my arm. I stopped at Five Guys - OMG. OMG. OMG. I heard about it from friends and family (Hat-tip Laurin & Lynda Ann). I got a hot dog. Glorious. K-Cali, they'll even put sauteed (okay, they call them fried) onions on top of your hot dog for you. French fries - okay, get this: you order the small and the nice people behind the counter still fill the fabulous paper sack with more french fries. I have died and gone to french fry heaven.
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I love stationery. Love it. In all forms, from cheap papers to expensive embossed - I adore writing notes on pretty paper.
I found a place on my recent venture to DC. The Paper Source. Go there. I got the *cutest* Valentines there, as well as some simply delicious papers and extravagant envelopes. (All relatively cheap in the way of stationery, too). I'm sure you DC regulars know all about it, but I was excited to find a new shop to browse in, get lost in and spend too much of my grocery budget in.
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I only heard him utter mass destruction once, but his efforts at energizing us about Iraq fell flat. Yes, the visual image of women holding up a blue finger is moving. And I'll admit - I didn't think we'd be where we are in Iraq by this time... But where (where!) exactly are we? To paraphrase Gov. Kaine, there has to be a better way to accomplish our goals.
Where is Burma? Oh, here. I never really thought of Burma as that much of a threat (to the United States). Guess I'm totally wrong.
"We love freedom and will fight to keep it." "No peace in retreat," and then, as almost an afterthought, Bush mumbled, "No honor in retreat." Yeah, yeah. But then came the comment that puzzled me: "We need to listen to the commanders in the field, not politicians in Washington." Now, I *totally* agree with that one. But I don't really think that's been the policy of this Administration. Especially when our Commanders in the Field have been asking for more help, more supplies, more protection, more defenses. Yeah, listen to our commanders - for the first time, Bushie.
State Shout Out - sort of... If the US has more new jobs, than what did he say? The EU and Japan combined? (correct me if I'm wrong), then what has Marky Mark and his slashed Department of Commerce been doing???
Healthcare. While portable benefits are awesome - as those of us that tend to jump to job to job will attest, the President lead his healthcare platform with electronic records? ELECTRONIC RECORDS? Are you kidding me? That's going to save the nation?
We're talking about a major crisis. And while I do kind of like the idea that I heard on George's Sunday show about health care being a civil duty like auto insurance, we have to make healthcare the affordable proposition that auto insurance has become. There has to be a way for every American to afford good health insurance. It just makes economic cents. (heh.)
And Liability Reforms for doctors? I have a novel idea, how about better doctors? This might be confusing, but here goes: If we sent our children to schools that have the same odds of educating our children as hospitals have of killing their patients (oh wait, we do send kids to schools like that), but really - if we did - this nation (maybe) would be up in arms about the state of American Schools. Why aren't we upset by the state of American Doctors and Hospitals?
Then comes my liberal arts disgust... "Let's ground our students in math & science." I would've failed high school, never made it to college, etc etc etc... The American Competitiveness Initiative is bunk. The *most* creative minds are not solely in the physical sciences, as suggested by our astute Prez. And despite USC President Sorenson marching to the President's beat, I quote VW (or Emerson, we couldn't remember), "Math and Science might rule the world, but where would we be without the humanities to shape and guide us as to the meaning of this new world?"
Tying abortion to the character of our country is horrible. As usual, the Republican has taken a private, serious, personal and painful decision and politicized it for shock value. I counter that the new statistics in reproductive choice are not due to abstinence education, but the increase in the availability of choice - from the pill to the ring -- choice prevents.
Campbell the Cat went absolutely haywire when he said that the courts should be "servants of the law, not legislators from the bench." Whatever, the Supreme Court now holds Alito and we're all in for it.
I really really really liked the line that, "All Americans are protected in justice, equal in hope and rich in opportunity." Liked it so much that I might even quote him once or twice. Of course, we all know that he really means it for his friends and not so much for the victims of Katrina.
What is the Ryan White Act? Seriously, I'm asking.
And finally, the thing I really agreed with - energy independence. Especially from an Oilman. I think it's high time we investigate alternative solutions to oil. Lord, if my SCE&G bill has anything to do with it, we should have been looking at this yesterday.