|You Are a Mai Tai|
And when you're drunk, watch out! You're easily carried away.
Sending my son to an all boys Catholic High School was not in my plan. However when he started taking interest in the school I listened with an open heart. We looked into the school and found many aspects of it that would be of great benefit to him and to our family. Now that he is there, I find that I have not completely let go of my reservations and I continue to watch what they are teaching him and HOW they are teaching him. Each day they start their morning announcements with a prayer. The school publishes each of the daily prayers on it's web site. Here is one from a few days ago:
Tuesday, September 20
"Lord God, help me to understand people who think differently, talk differently, value differently, pray differently from me. There is already too much violence in our world based on the fact that “they” aren’t the same as “us” or thinking that “they” aren’t as good as “us.” Help me to appreciate that life is a mosaic of differences and that differences are good. Keep me from thinking that everyone should be just like me. I ask this in your Son’s name. Amen."
When I read this, I was relieved. It is exactly the kind of message that I have been sending to my kids their whole lives. My heart is warmed by this inclusiveness from this Catholic Organization. This school is doing right by my kid (so far), and I'm thankful for that!
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Brian, over at KRON 4 The Bay Area is Talking, made a brief mention that sent my mind reeling back to my early childhood (with some flashbacks to late night college days also).
Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp. He was my hero. He made me laugh without fail. He just tickled my funny bone. Come to find out, you can buy a DVD of Lance Link shows!
" Dear Santa: I've been a very good girl this year (well, mostly, don't ask around too much). What I would really like under the tree this year is my very own Lance Link DVD. I must share this with my children. I must have Lance for myself."
Thanks, Brian for that stroll down memory lane!
It has been 4 weeks and I have lost 10 lbs! I started getting more exercise this week and that has really helped quickly. I don't expect this rate of loss to continue, but I must say that I'm enjoying it. I try to keep to 1,300 calories a day and try to make most of that happen before dinner, keeping my evening meal light. I'm also drinking LOTS of water.
I feel great. My clothes fit a little differently.
Everyone around me has been very supportive. Even my kids. I'll be spending this weekend on a houseboat, in a bathing suit. More motivation! Anyway, thank you for all of your kind words. It really does help.
Where the hell did all of our forks go? Why do we have many fewer forks than we do the rest of our silver wear? We bought them in equal numbers, so why are there so many unaccounted for?
Are they hiding out together with the socks somewhere laughing their asses off at me? This isn't funny. Every time I go for this most useful of tools in my kitchen, I seem to meet with an empty spot amongst all of the other utensils and am forced to dig into the dishwasher and pick out a few to hand wash.
I don't like doing this. Please, oh please, dear forks. If you can hear me, please come home. I miss you.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The youngest son of
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was arrested early Friday and charged with public
intoxication and resisting arrest, law enforcement officials said.
All I can say is: There but for the grace of God goes my family. Actually is has more to do with the fact that my family doesn't have a history of alcoholism and as families go, we are not disfunctional in any major ways, at least.
Holy Cow. That family needs some group counseling. It really is sad. Regardless of the fact that they are one of my least favorite families around, I still can't help but feel sad for them. Maybe I'm a bleeding heart Republican...NOT!
Mo' money, mo' power, mo' problems.
The Amazing Grace Davis has sent out a request for bloggers to help her keep up with the fabu work she is doing over at Hurricane Katrina Direct Relief. If you are a blogger and have some time each day to spend helping Grace (from the comfort of your own home), please send her an email and let her know that you can help.
This is a great opportunity for you to contribute the the direct relief effort (direct meaning that supplies will go directly to the shelters and not through gargantuan agencies first, creating a HUGE time lag).
I could not be more proud of my dear friend and fellow mommy blogger, Grace Davis. She has outdone herself yet again. Check out her wonderful work over at Hurricane Katrina Direct Relief. She has leveraged her techi skills to help out in the relief effort. The story is a great one. So great that she was featured on KRON TV this weekend. Check it out for yourself! And please, go to the Direct Relief site and find out how you can send relief directly to the shelters that need stuff.
Just watched Bonds hit a double and score a run in his return to the Giant's lineup. Hubby and I freaked the dog out as we yelled, screamed and hi-5'd what looked like an HR at first. Turns out a fan reached over and touched the ball which then went into the stands for a ground rule double. No worries, I'll take a double.
I know what people think and say about Barry, but I have a soft spot for him. He has done a lot for San Carlos Little League over the years (he used to play here when he was a kid and his son, Nikoli, played here for a couple of years when Payton was playing). He was kind and generous to the kids and supported us financially. He came to some games and was a gentleman.
Nice to have you back, Barry. And I'm not the only one who feels this way...
I woke this morning in a relatively good mood, considering. Considering we are still in the midst of a national emergency/tragedy. Considering it is the 4th anniversary of 9/11, a day that effected me beyond my wildest imagination. All things considered, I was feeling pretty good. I was getting ready to drive out to Vacaville with Payton for the 4th and possibly 5th baseball game of the weekend. Looking forward to the drive, just the two of us. Sitting in the sun, watching a ball game and maybe indulging in an ice cream.
Then I blew it. I started reading the news via the web. I happened on this CNN story that sent me through the roof.
"WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Companies with ties to the Bush White House and the former head of FEMA are clinching some of the administration's first disaster relief and reconstruction contracts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
At least two major corporate clients of lobbyist Joe Allbaugh, President Bush's former campaign manager and a former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have already been tapped to start recovery work along the battered Gulf Coast."
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Read the whole story. Or not. I don't want to ruin your day, too. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not so naive as to think that Clinton's cronnies didn't get some favors from the White House. But the scale at which the Bushies are making money on the tragedies of America sickens me to my core. The outright lack of ethics that this administration shows on a day to day basis is unforgivable.
Is it really 3 whole years until the next election? If this guy were running a company, he would have been fired by now. But then again, he would have found himself a nice new cushy job at Halliburton or one of its subsidiaries.
I'm going to a baseball game now.
During this time of national emergency, it is important, of course to solve the immediate problems. Then there comes a time to look at the underlying cause of those problems. Although it is easy to point fingers and blame the current administration (which is deserving IMO of the finger pointing), it is also important to dig deep and identify all of the wrong turns we made. And so I give you this...
"To be poor in America was to be invisible, but not after this week, not after those images of the bedraggled masses at the Superdome, convention center and airport. No one can claim that the post-Reagan orthodoxy of low taxes and small government, which does wonders for the extremely rich, also inevitably does wonders for the extremely poor. What was that about a rising tide lifting all boats? What if you don't have a boat?"
- Eugene Robinson, columnist.
Source: The Washington Post
I loved this blog entry on SFist. It reminded me that I live in an area that is highly likely to experience a HUGE disaster in my lifetime. I have an emergency kit, but it dawns on me now that I haven't checked it out, added to it, or replenished it in several years. Shame on me.
What I've learned from Katrina is that we need a much larger emergency water supply. Must get to it.
This just in from badgerbag who is right now in the Astrodome.
"They locked out the people out of the dome, evacuees and volunteers. we have not had volunteers able to come in all morning. people just screaming broke into the gate to get in and all the people and volunteers ran into the dome. hundreds, at least 200 or 300 people started pushing in. no one was on the other side of the locked gate, no traffic no guards, etc. my volunteer guy telling the story from the human rights campaign ran in too. finally one police officer tried to corral people and push them back out. and in ffact everyone was pushed out. except my guy who pretended he had been in all along. and the people who had been in were pushed out and locked out."
Go to her site to read more...
Please keep an eye on a new blog called Hurricane Katrina Direct Relief. It will have updates from a Gulf Coast Mom on what is happening and how to help. She has some great ideas already. Our rock star Mommy Friend, Grace, is hosting and posting the updates from this Mom whom she met on Craigslist.
Technology is a wonderful thing...
It's been 10 days since I decided to start making changes in my life around my health and weight. I'm pleased to report that this morning the scale confirmed that I have been doing good things for myself (I weighed in at 189, 4 lbs less than 10 days ago). Now I know, that's a lot for 10 days. But historically my body has responded to change very suddenly and then it slows down as it gets used to the new plan. I am eating enough calories that I should be losing about 1 lb a week. I want to do this right. I'm not starving myself. I even had several slices of pizza last Sat. for dinner.
I have gone on a few walks and I intend on increasing the amount of exercise I'm doing as it makes sense in my schedule. I do feel better. Mostly because I feel like I have some control over this now. If I lose about a pound a week, I should be between 170 and 175 by Christmas and about 160 by spring break. If I could be at or around 150 by next summer (and feeling great and strong and healthy and be able to stay there)....mission accomplished! Most charts say that my ideal weight should be between 130 and 135 but I just don't see that. I was at 155 about 5 years ago and I was in a size 9/10 and feeling great. I haven't been 130 lbs since the 8th grade for heaven's sake.
Anyway, I'm on my way and feeling great!