Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
I'm so excited, though! It came with a great recipe book. I'm cooking up some pesto bread as we speak. Yum!
My mom is coming up today and we're going to go pick up the new dining table from World Market. Double hooray!
PS. The bread maker also makes jams, sauces, and chutneys. Wow! :-)
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I won't be around a computer tomorrow, so I thought I'd take a minute today to wish a happy birthday to all the gods born of a virgin mother on December 25~
Horus c. 3000 BCE -- mother: Isis-Merion
Attis of Phrygia c.1400 BCE -- mother: Nana
Krishna c. 1400 BCE (possibly as early as 5771 BCE) -- mother: Devaki
Zoroaster/Zarathustra c. 1000 BCE or earlier -- mother: Dughdhava
Mithra of Persia c. 600 BCE -- mother: Anahita
Buddha (Siddartha Gautama) c. 563 BCE -- mother: Maya
Heracles c. 800 BCE -- mother: Alcmena
Dionysus (aka: Bacchus) c. 186 BCE -- mother: Semele
Tammuz c. 400 BCE -- mother: Mylitta
Adonis c. 200 BCE -- mother: Myrha
Hermes -- mother: Maia
Prometheus -- mother: Themis
...and of course
Jesus -- mother: Mary
PS. Thanks to American Atheists and Edwin Kagin for the list.
Friday, December 19, 2008
I gave Eric a couple of his presents today. I love giving gifts... I can't ever wait until xmas day to give them! I always give him some early. Lucky him :-) I thought this calendar was funny and knew he'd appreciate it:
I'm going to visit both families next week. It's going to be a lot of driving (for Eric... I'm just riding along), but then I'll be home the whole week after xmas. Hopefully I can catch up on sleep and get my brain back :-)
Oh, I sent my sister and bro-in-law this for their fetus. I think it's so cute!!! I got the ladybug.
Okay, that's all for now!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Well then, you can imagine my excitement when I got a catalog in the mail from Heifer International. On their website, they explain their program:
Bringing an End to World Hunger Through Unimaginable Blessings
Today, millions of people who were once hungry will be nourished by milk, eggs and fresh vegetables.
Families who for generations knew only poverty will be building new homes and starting businesses.
Children who once headed out to the fields to do backbreaking work will be heading into schoolrooms to learn to read.
And people who never thought they’d be in a position to help someone else will be experiencing the joy of charitable giving.
How is this possible?
With Heifer’s proven approach – almost 60 years in the making – to helping people obtain a sustainable source of food and income.
So, I'm flipping through the catalog, and lo and behold, a page of goats!
Moral of my post: If you're looking for a gift (especially a gift for me!), consider a goat. It would make me really happy. Not to mention, the family who gets the goat :-)
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Sunday, December 07, 2008
I'm going to go for the next two weeks without eating any carbs. I just realized how addicted to them I really am after a big (carb-free) meal the other night when I still felt hungry.
Why two weeks? Well, on the Atkins website, they provide two weeks' worth of recipes. Plus, that will get us to holiday time. If reducing my carbs makes me feel as good as everyone says it will, I'll have no problem continuing through the season. I don't get tempted so easily.
We're going to the grocery store later today. Just finishing up my shopping list. I just have to be really careful to balance my ecotarian-ism with the meat-happy Atkins' plan. Off we go!
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Anyway, I've posted extensively about this. I thought perhaps a little song-and-dance number might be fun, instead!
Monday, December 01, 2008
Eric, you are fantastic in many ways.
- You cook delicious dinners for me every day.
- You rock out on your guitar and make up songs for me.
- You let me sing and dance around the house without rolling your eyes too much.
- You take out the trash and recycling (except when you forget!).
- You tuck me in when I'm crazy-tired.
- You let me give you kisses whenever I want.
- You rub my feet. A LOT.
- You do the laundry, which is the bane of my existence.
- You are quiet when I watch Grey's Anatomy (and you re-enact scenes with me when I REALLY need to) (that actually only happened once, and it was to make a point) (I'm not crazy, I swear).
- You like that maybe I might actually be a little crazy.
- You like to talk about feelings.
- You bought me my first tattoo.
- You look like a loon when you dance. It's cute :-)
- You drive.
- You water my plants when I forget.
- You listen to all of the stories about my students and remember their names when they come up in later stories.
- You play tennis with me.
- You give nice hugs.
- You're not jealous.
- You read cook books for fun.
- You're still friends with the people who were in kindergarten with you.
- You have really nice friends.
- You eat the baby corns from my Chinese take-out.
- You have comfy sweatshirts.
- You make me leave my comfort zone a lot, but only when you know it's okay.
- You stoke a mean fire in the chiminea.
- You taught me about glug. Oh, wonderful glug :-)
- You let me finish the wine. And you buy merlot for me, even though you prefer cab.
- You sold your motorcycle (although, you think you want to buy another one, now).
- You learn about things that are important to me.
- You can do stuff with cars.
- You smell nice.
- You look sexy with a beard, without a beard, with the van dyke, just about any way... just not with a skeevy mustache.
- You like to kiss me in the bookstore.
- You buy me presents.
- You are a crazy liberal, just like me.
- You support my new-found love of goats.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
1. President-elect Barack Obama
2. A healthy fetus-niece
3. New jobs
4. My heater
5. Year-round farmer's markets
7. Family within 100 miles in either direction
8. Birth control
9. The 11:00pm hour on Comedy Central
10. A 2nd pair of glasses
11. A progressive community
13. Great students
15. My awesome Mac
17. Savings accounts
18. The incoming economic team
19. Sarah Palin lives in Alaska again
20. My front porch
22. Eric's yummy dinners
24. Lots of brothers and sisters
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Jen and Lance are having a girl!!! I'm really excited, since I love girls and I love being a woman. Now, I'm going to have to be the awesome aunt who teaches her all about feminism and being a strong woman :-)
I just found a funny blog called Bishop Higgins 3rd Ward. If you know anything about Mormonism (and I mean cultural things, mostly, not "magic underwear" things) or have ever lived in Utah, you'll probably get a kick out of this. Erin, Dad, Jeannette, Annie... I'm mostly talking to you :-)
Monday, November 24, 2008
2. I was out on Saturday night and my glasses broke. The right part that goes over your ear? Came clean off.
3. I downloaded an AWESOME album from iTunes. It's from the Pickin' On series... a bluegrass tribute to classic rock. I LOVE it.
4. One of my classes was AWFUL today. Three referrals. I haven't written that many referrals all year! When is Thanksgiving break again...?
5. The newest Beaujolais Nouveau is out! Yum.
6. We're having my favorite Moroccan dish for dinner. I love Eric :-)
7. It's cold. I love it!
8. We went to the grocery store today for the first time in... weeks? A really long time. The farmer's market opens back up in April!
9. I got to catch up yesterday with a middle school friend. It was great! She's in surgery, and I HAD to relate everything she was talking about to Grey's Anatomy. I'm retarded. But I couldn't help it! Oh, Dr. McDreamy...
10. Because who wants a list of only nine?
11. Ten is boring, too. I'm listening to my bluegrass version of I Love Rock and Roll at the moment. Did I mention that I love this album?
12. Oh, I just remembered one more! Apparently, many people in this country are DUMB when it comes to, um, this country. On the Civic Literacy Report Civics Quiz, the average American scores a 49% and the average elected official scores a 44%. Great.... I'm happy to report that I had an 84.85%. Phew!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Thu Nov 20, 2008 at 09:57:03 AM PST
Yesterday I wrote about the great gains in Salt Lake County in Utah, but couldn't do a side-by-side comparison since AP hadn't updated its numbers. Well, they're updated, so I'm posting the comparison maps so we can marvel at what progress looks like:
The glowing county is Salt Lake, and notice how neighboring Summit County also turned blue. Mouse over every neighboring county, and they've all become less Republican. Sure, some of the gains are marginal, but it's all progress as long as it's moving in our direction. And the 80,000-vote swing in Salt Lake County will be the foundation upon which the rest of the state is gradually worked.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
The London Times’ Charles Bremner has identified one positive aspect of President Bush’s foreign policy legacy:
With Russian tanks only 30 miles from Tbilisi on August 12, Mr. Sarkozy told Mr. Putin that the world would not accept the overthrow of Georgia’s Government. According to [Sarkozy’s chief diplomatic adviser, Jean-David] Levitte, the Russian seemed unconcerned by international reaction. “I am going to hang Saakashvili by the balls,” Mr. Putin declared.
Mr. Sarkozy thought he had misheard. “Hang him?” — he asked. “Why not?” Mr. Putin replied. “The Americans hanged Saddam Hussein.”
Mr. Sarkozy, using the familiar tu, tried to reason with him: “Yes but do you want to end up like [President] Bush?” Mr. Putin was briefly lost for words, then said: “Ah — you have scored a point there.”
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I don't know that I can adequately express ALL of my feelings about this in a single post. But, if you want to know where I'm coming from with this, please watch Keith Olbermann's eloquent response before reading on.
First and foremost, I hold that it is the job of the government to PROTECT our right to believe whatever we want in regard to religion, etc. Not to DICTATE to us what to believe.
If you are a member of a religion that views homosexuality as a sin, that is your prerogative. The government cannot demand that you change your mind about that. You do not have to allow homosexual members into your church, you do not have to perform gay marriage ceremonies, you do not have to provide any kind of service to them.
However, you cannot claim that same privilege to believe how you will, and then turn around and deny that to others. You cannot expect the government to protect your rights yet deny those same rights to people who think differently than you. The government cannot force you to accept homosexuality. AND, the government cannot deny others their own homosexuality.
The government of this country is NOTHING if it does not treat all of its citizens with equality. The government CANNOT dictate to you what is right or wrong in regard to your PERSONAL beliefs. How can you say that the government has a right to allow marriages between people who think one way, but not to people who think another way?
It is not the role of government to decide who is right or wrong in this issue. It is the role of government to allow equal treatment of all of its citizens. That is what the Constitution is for!
Second. I must again wonder, What are you afraid of?
I have had discussions this week with my students about why urban areas tend to vote more liberal than the rest of the country. Without fail, in every single class period, the students were quick to respond with the word, "Exposure." When you have friends who are black, or Muslim, or homosexual, or green, or whatever, you realize that they're really just as normal and boring as you are. You realize there is nothing about them that you need to fear. They're just people.
Are you afraid of losing the "sanctity of marriage and the family?" I would have to say, then, that that is only because you know no families with two parents of the same gender.
Again, back to my school. There are a number of homosexual faculty members in long-term relationships. One in particular has been with his partner for YEARS. They have 2 adopted children. They are one of the most loving families I've ever known. They do birthday parties and parent-teacher conferences and swimming pools and everything else typical, two-parent families do. The children are perfectly well-adjusted. And they don't seem to be "catching" any "gay germs" from their fathers.
You want to protect families? Allow them to exist!! Allow homosexual partners to marry, adopt children, and raise those children in loving, warm homes.
What are you afraid of?
Third. This was pointed out most poignantly by Olbermann. If we did not "redefine marriage" it would still be illegal across this country for black Americans to marry.
I hope that by this day and age, you can look back at the laws against miscegenation and recognize their ridiculousness. But at the time, people were just as scared that the "sanctity of marriage and the family" would be destroyed if a black and white couple were allowed to marry.
Last. Marriage is defined as a man and a woman in the Bible. That is all. Thankfully, we use the Constitution to govern this country, not the Bible.
If you do not want to marry a person of the same gender, don't.
But why do you have to stick your nose into someone else's life and dictate their decisions? You expect them to stay out of your decisions. Why can't you stay out of theirs?
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
There are so many questions I want to ask those people who voted in favor of Proposition 8 and as a result banned gay marriages in California:
- How is your marriage any more secure now that homosexual marriages in your state are broken?
- What do you say to the children of gay parents who question why their mommies or daddies can’t be married?
- Can I vote on the legality of your marriage?
- How does this vote change your life?
- Are you proud of yourself?
- What did you say to your gay friends (if you have any) when you saw them post-election?
- Will your actions bring gay people closer to Christ?
- When gay marriage is finally legalized (it won’t be long), are you going to lie and tell your children your church led the charge for equal rights or will you tell them the truth and say you were the reason for the delay?
- How do you defend your position to your children?
- Are you in favor of lifelong commitments between two people or against it?
- What effect do you think this gay marriage ban will have on gay people? Young people? Non-Christians? Young Christians?
- Is this what Jesus would do?
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America – I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you – we as a people will get there.There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government can’t solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it’s been done in America for two-hundred and twenty-one years – block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.
-- President-Elect Barack Obama
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
I had a fun time and met a lot of people while I was working on visibility to get out the vote.
If you haven't voted yet, you still have time! As long as you're in line by the time the polls close, you can vote!
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
So, here are a couple of pictures!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
In fact, I'm not even starting the series tonight. Tomorrow. But no promises :-)
However, here's a preview of my list:
I am a Liberal because I believe in:
- public interest over self interest
- equality of opportunity
- separation of church and state
- civil rights for everyone
- diplomacy before war
- government transparency
- being my brothers' and sisters' keeper
By the way, I'm really excited because Bill Richardson is coming to the high school where I teach tomorrow afternoon for an Economic Town Hall. In my cafeteria. Wahoo! I'm excited to meet him.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
The article is written specifically to LDS members, but I think it can be applicable to anyone who believes in family values and compassion.
You can read the article here: A Mormon's Lament.
Here's an excerpt I found especially relevant:
So here we are, in 2008, and now the threat is gay people who are already gay, who love each other and in many cases live together, and want to get married. How does this hurt the average Mormon family?
If the concern really was the practical welfare of the family, perhaps the Church could instead invest its vast resources into making healthcare universal and affordable, expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act, cracking down on child predators, and improving the quality of our educational system. All of these issues have a direct impact on my family and millions of others.
You hear of marriages ruined all the time because of abuse, neglect, or stress over finances. But I have personally never heard of a divorce caused by another gay couple getting married.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Today, the Obama-Biden campaign released a new two minute TV ad, "Defining Moment," in which Senator Obama explains what he will do to as president to address the economic crisis, healthcare, job creation and taxes, as well as how he will pay for his proposals.
"Defining Moment" will air across the country in key states beginning tomorrow.
Read more about Barack's plan to bring real change to our economy.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Citizens McCain and Palin on "elitism":
WILLIAMS: Who is a member of the elite?
PALIN: Oh, I guess just people who think that they're better than anyone else. And-- John McCain and I are so committed to serving every American. Hard-working, middle-class Americans who are so desiring of this economy getting put back on the right track. And winning these wars. And America's starting to reach her potential. And that is opportunity and hope provided everyone equally. So anyone who thinks that they are-- I guess-- better than anyone else, that's-- that's my definition of elitism.
WILLIAMS: So it's not education? It's not income-based? It's--
PALIN: Anyone who thinks that they're better than someone else.
WILLIAMS: --a state of mind? It's not geography?
PALIN: 'Course not.
MCCAIN: I-- I know where a lot of 'em live. (LAUGH)
WILLIAMS: Where's that?
MCCAIN: Well, in our nation's capital and New York City. I've seen it. I've lived there. I know the town. I know-- I know what a lot of these elitists are. The ones that she never went to a cocktail party with in Georgetown. I'll be very frank with you. Who think that they can dictate what they believe to America rather than let Americans decide for themselves. [Emphasis added.]
See, that's funny (and no, I don't mean the fact that Palin and McCain disagree on whether elitism is geographically determined, though that's also funny; and no, I don't mean the idea of a guy with 8 houses and a gal who just dropped $150K at Neiman and Saks chiding others for elitism, though that's funny too). John McCain says that people in Washington, DC want to force their beliefs on America. That's hilarious. Hell, that's the definition of irony.
You see, the half-a-million residents of the District of Columbia -- I'm one of them -- pay taxes, register for selective service, and otherwise bear all the responsibilities required of citizens of the United States. But unlike Citizens McCain and Palin, we don't have representation in the US House of Representatives. We don't have representation in the US Senate, unlike those lucky Arizonans who elected John McCain. And perhaps worst of all, our city/state government doesn't have the ability to pass its own budget without the approval of Congress and the President.
In other words, the District of Columbia is a colony. And even the haughtiest elitists of Georgetown have less ability to dictate their own city's governance than do the hardiest, simplest patriots of Wasilla.
But what's truly ironic about McCain's statement is that as a US Senator, he routinely has played God with the colony that is the District of Columbia. Because our elected city government doesn't have the ability to spend our own tax money without approval by Congress and the President, we've had our budget held hostage by a number of Senators -- people who live outside of our city -- who nevertheless like to use our city as a petri dish for their pet causes. Like when Congress forced school vouchers on the city against our will. Or when Congress attempted to repeal our gun laws, against our will. No other city or town in the country is subject to that kind of legislation -- but John McCain co-sponsored both those bills, dictating what he believed to the District rather than letting the District decide for itself.
So while I'm not the biggest fan of Sally Quinn and the Georgetown cocktail party set, it's pretty clear to me that we colonial Americans in the District of Columbia aren't forcing our beliefs on the rest of America -- we're getting John McCain's forced on us. That's elitism we can believe in, I guess.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Some Al Qaeda affiliates are endorsing John McCain. “Al-Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming election,” said a commentary posted Monday on the extremist Web site al-Hesbah, which is closely linked to the terrorist group. It said McCain would continue the “failing march of his predecessor,” President Bush.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I got to spend a couple of days down with the family because of a conference I attended there. Chris was showing me his mad skills with PhotoShop, which I totally don't know how to manipulate. Here's a wolf picture he spruced up. I think it's pretty cool!
Lastly, my dad got a Facebook page. Go look for him if you want to be his friend and I haven't already suggested you to each other! Now, I think it's about time Eric joined the cool kids and got his own page! :-)