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Sunday, May 28, 2006

What I'm Reading at the Moment

Published by cck at 11:06 AM

Thanks to KatieCali - I picked up this book yesterday. I can't put it down.

Don't know why.

I haven't read a book in months -- I've actually started picking up magazines, which I blame on travel completely. As a matter of fact, I looked everywhere for Everyday Food this morning on my trek to procure the newspapers -- but I couldn't find it. I think I'll have to make a trip to B&N (again).

I am totally procrastinating cleaning my house.

I loved this story. Yes, I cried too.

Published by cck at 10:48 AM

Today's Metro section from The State has a fabulous story. Read it here.

A solidier returns from Iraq to see his sister graduate high school. It just hits ya, right there.

It's Memorial Day Weekend. And I think of all the solidiers who are away from their families and loved ones at the start of the summer. I think of all the soldiers who will never return to their families and loved ones, who will never enjoy another summer.

We all have different opinions about the War on Terror. I personally think there's a great difference between the War on Terror and the Mistake in Iraq, but I think we all guessed that. I'm almost without words. The mistakes we have made in the past four years will resonate for generations to come.

The mid-term elections are coming up -- watching the news shows this morning, all the pundits keep mentioning that there's this monumental election around the corner. Thank God. It's time for a new perspective. It's time for new leaders. It's time to dismantle what the Republicans have done and begin to repair the damage to American lives.

AEN would be so proud.

Published by cck at 10:28 AM

I love WalMart. I know I shouldn't - but I do. There was a point in my life where the greeter, Mr. Louis, knew me by name. (Yes, seriously).

So today, reading the paper, I see that Chicago is taking a great stride in alleviating my guilt for shopping at the Big Box. The City Council is mandating an ordinance for a living wage for employees of companies with at least $1 billion in annual sales and have at least 75,000 square feet of space.

We should all be able to agree that the minimum wage isn't enough money to support a family. It just isn't. I'm not sure it's enough money to support one single person.

AEN used to tell me I shouldn't shop at WalMart; I disagreed. Almost every retailer treats their employees without consideration. If I stopped shopping at WalMart - what would happen to their bottom line? I won't lie though, I felt guilty picking up my Gatorade, stockings and Tide. I knew that the employees who were ringing up my random purchases didn't have a chance at the good benefits I enjoyed.

And, we know how I feel about the importance of benefits.

So, I think Chicago has a good idea -- we need to hold corporate giants accountable. It's about time.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Thank God for this Woman...

Published by cck at 7:35 PM

I went to Orlando a while back to see one of my dearest friends wed the man she loves. It was amazing. Beautiful, completely her and entirely romantic.
It was glorious to be around so many friends -- great friends who have seen you grow up and are still waiting for the day when you decide to actually be a grown up.

I also had a very interesting experience in Orlando. I walked around Lake Eola in a beautiful formal gown, that my dear friend had the genious to pick out... I walked around Lake Eola in the moonlight. And I have not stopped giggling.

Hence, the flats.

Always something new.

Published by cck at 7:14 PM

[19:10] LawHobbit: even if you're in the 99.9 percentile
[19:10] LawHobbit: there are 1.85 million people in the world smarter than you
[19:10] CCS: damn

High or Low?

Published by cck at 4:45 AM

I like shoes. Wait, I love shoes. I haven't bought new shoes in quite a while though.

So, today - when I realized I had to buy new shoes for a series of upcoming events, I was overjoyed. Until I started looking...
I need flats. Flats. No heel.

Let me tell you, save for Anthro, there are no flat sandals to be had. I think I'm going to scope out Main & Taylor tomorrow, if I can escape for a while. This might require a trip to Kicks.

Why, you might ask, am I looking for flats? This, from a girl who prizes her 3"+ heels? Tee hee hee.

Me & KCali...

Published by cck at 3:47 AM

Spent a great deal of the afternoon on the phone. The girl shouldn't be in the sun, but was gloriously lolling about by her pool in StL... I, having spent the day before (read: Saturday) in the sun on the lake, was working diligently from my living room.

Well, we decided we needed a vacation. Neither of us have been on a real vacation in years. She, as a hardworking student, and me, as a poor N4P gal, had missed the opportunity for vacation. We both realized we desperately needed some beach time.

Of course, between the weddings and Miss California's upcoming move, the summer is rather booked up. So, we've decided to make a Labor Day - Last Days of Summer - visit to the 'Bama shore.

We found the perfect condo and even entertained the idea of inviting some respective favorites. We shall see. I'm already excited.

Nearly a month...

Published by cck at 3:42 AM

Egads, it's been nearly a month! I was told, by a dear friend, that if I didn't get my butt in gear and start writing again, I was going to be taken off of her daily list.

I blame it entirely on having a new job and... Yeah, I have no excuse.

So, this morning - I grabbed The State, the AJC and the NYT off the rack at the local Publix and promised myself that I would read them front to back. That didn't quite happen. But here goes...

(And yes, it is three-something in the morning. I couldn't sleep. More on that later.)