Monday, April 28, 2008
I'm just stressed about the car and what might be wrong with it. Sigh.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
In more serious matters, check out this piece from the NYT. It's about Laura Berg's 2005 letter to her local weekly alternative paper, The Alibi (think Jackson Free Press-style paper). Berg is a psychiatric nurse for the VA and is being threatened with charges of sedition. Sedition? That's right, sedition. As in promoting rebellion against the government. Those of you who remember anything from high school American history will recall the Alien and Sedition Acts from 1798, which were basically just the Federalists' way to silence the voices of opposing factions, namely, the Democratic-Republicans, as well as to get rid of foreigners living in the US that voiced discontent with American policies.
Anyway, so this nurse wrote a letter to The Alibi voicing her extreme displeasure with the way the Bush Administration had handled the Katrina disaster and the ongoing Iraq conflict. You can read the text of the letter here. Someone at the VA didn't like what she had to say and, under the pretense that she was using her VA computer to write this letter, initiated an investigated. So this letter got passed along to the powers-that-be and it wound up in the hands of the FBI, which investigated Berg for sedition. Sedition? I think not. Just an everyday person who had the courage and the eloquence to say what many of us (myself included) have been thinking the whole time. The point of all this is that she's been awarded $10,000 by the PEN/Katherine Anne Porter First Amendment Award for her letter and subsequent struggles. Good for her.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
CNN Senior Pentagon Correspondent
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A U.S.-contracted cargo ship fired warning shots in the Persian Gulf at two small patrol boats believed to be from Iran, U.S. Navy officials said Friday.
The crew of the Westward Venture, which was under contract to the U.S. government, reported that it radioed a warning and fired flares before resorting to warning shots Thursday, the officials said.
The ship carried a Navy mobile security team that is authorized to respond to perceived threats, as do all military-contracted ships in the 5th Fleet's area of command in the waters surrounding the turbulent Middle East and East Africa, the Navy said.
The cargo vessel was en route to Kuwait and about 50 miles from the Iranian coast, according the reports.
The Revolutionary Guard, part of Iran's military, says no such incident took place, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency.
Tensions in the Persian Gulf have been high this year. The United States and Iran, which have no diplomatic relations and blame each other for problems in Iraq, have had at least two other tense incidents in the Gulf since January.
This month, the U.S. military reported that three small Iranian boats approached the patrol ship USS Typhoon in a "taunting manner." Two of the boats turned away, but one came within 200 yards of the Typhoon, prompting a crew member to fire a warning flare.
Through its state-run news agency, Iran denied reports of the April 10 incident, saying the U.S. media "tries to portray the Persian Gulf as a turbulent area in order to prepare the grounds for the permanent presence of U.S. forces in the region."
On January 6, five boats belonging to Iran's Revolutionary Guard "harassed and provoked" three U.S. Navy ships in the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow shipping channel leading into and out of the Persian Gulf, the U.S. military said.Though the United States deemed the encounter "significant," an Iranian official told Iran's state-run media that it was not a serious incident.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Have they forgotten the 2000 debacle? HELLO!!!
Oh, and since it's so en vogue to put "-gate" after anything controversial (ie, Watergate, Monicagate, Bittergate), I have a suggestion for what to call the situation between the Democrats and their fight for delegates: deleGATE.
What's next? Charging for oxygen masks?
Air travel is hellatious enough as it is. This just means people will be trying to carry on more and more crap, not only making security lines worse, but also making it more difficult and time-consuming to get on and off the plane.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Okay, so this made sense to me, as a person who sometimes (still) struggles with the desire to under-consume. I know that when I was deep into my eating disorder, food (avoiding it) was the center of my life. Most of my thoughts revolved around food--how to avoid eating it, how to lie about what I had or had not eaten, how hungry I was, how "proud" I was of myself for avoiding food... You get the idea. Anyway, food had taken over my life. I had a spiritual and psychological hunger. At that point in my life, I was a glutton. I turned away from everything that had previously made me happy and content. I needed nourishment (spiritual and physical, really) but didn't see how to get it since my mind and soul were focused elsewhere.
So where does that take us with 1 Peter? Well, God gives us gifts (food, family, friends, the earth, etc) to enjoy. Our job, as humans, is to taste/experience these gifts and enjoy them. We are to take care of them, be good stewards. The pastor asked, "Would we really need as much if we really tasted (enjoyed) what we had?" Good question. I don't think so. I look at W's toy box and see it overflowing with toys he rarely plays with. His favorites are near the top and stacked to the side, but the majority of the stuff in there is ignored. Whose fault is that? Mine. A lot of times, I buy him a new toy not because he is bored with his current selection, but because I am bored with his current selection. I kind of think that's how society at large operates, though. Maybe it's just human nature.
Which brings us back to the pastor's message and God's desire for us to turn to Him. The last verse in the passage mentions the people's reception of God's mercy, something all of us have a shot at. Shouldn't that be enough?
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Here's a sampling:
On Friday night, in the midst of making liners for my matchstick shades, it quit working. I took it to the repair shop in Saturday, where they regretfully informed me that the gears were shot and that it would cost $189, plus parts, to fix it. It's at least 30, maybe 40, years old, so I don't think I'm going to go that route. It'll be cheaper to get a new one, but that's going to have to wait until next month, because the ol' bank account can't handle it till then.
So if anyone has a machine s/he loves/hates, please let me know, because I'm in the "research" phase of this purchase. Singer? Brother? Pfaff? Elna? Bernina? White? I'm overwhelmed!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
That's right, Jeopardy. A few months ago, I took the online contestant test. Well, I received an email last night saying that I had done well enough on the test to qualify for an in-person interview/audition for the show. So on May 29, I'm heading into NYC to do just that! Wish me luck!
Now I need to get to studying some random facts....
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Here is the pillow I made out of the Spring Line-Up cross stitch I did.
Here's a side view of the pillow. By the way, this was the first thing I sewed on my sewing machine! Not bad, huh?
Here are the shirts I embroidered for the church's silent auction that was held last Friday night.
Here's a picture of Mike and W from our visit to the Gulf Coast. We spent a few days there visiting his parents when we went down to MS for Easter.
There's a really cool kids' museum in Gulfport. W had a great time exploring all the neat stuff they had.
There was a "train" that W enjoyed. He liked putting the "coal" into the "fire box". The coal was actually chunks of black foam.
There was an "airplane" that W liked piloting. He really likes steering wheels. He let Mike co-pilot for a little while.
Here's W challenging his Grandpa Bobbly to a rousing game of Tic Tac Toe.
Outside the museum they had some nice play structures. One was supposed to be a train. Here's W crawling through one of the train "cars".
Totally unrelated, here's W's first self portrait. He knows how the camera works; I found him with it a few weeks ago and he was taking his own picture with it. Very nice.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Here goes, as per Mama Can-Can:
The rules are:
1. the rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
2. each player answers the questions about themselves.
3. at the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog.
What I was doing 10 years ago: trudging through my Senior year at BHS... Ready to get OUT and head to Smith!
Five things on my to do list today (since it's after 7 pm, this is actually stuff I got done today--minus #2, which has yet to be done):
1. Take W to story time at B&N
2. Do 2 loads wash
3. call my mom
4. get outside and enjoy the beautiful day
5. shower--didn't get one yesterday
cross stitching, sewing, gardening, reading, working sudoku/crosswords, spending time with friends and family
Three of my bad habits:
-not checking voicemail
-nibbling at cuticles (on thumbs these days--it used to be all ten of 'em!) when anxious/stressed
-not keeping in touch with friends
I have lived:
I want to know more about (a nice way of saying TAG!):
I don't know... Anyone who would do this, I 'spose.
4.Kate (my favorite secret-reader)
5.Andie (another favorite reader)
That's all. Over and out.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Big score of the day: I needed new athletic shoes. I had been wearing the same pair of New Balances for a ridiculously long time and needed a new pair, not necessarily a fancy-schmancy pair, for the gym. So I got some Asics at Kohl's today. When I tried them on, they fit great. It was hard to tell how much they cost (of course) so I went to the "price check" kiosk. Originally $69--on clearance for $13.99. What?! They had two pairs left, both in my size. I guess not that many people wear 6-and-a-half?? Really, I should have gotten both pairs, I suppose, to have another pair when this pair goes ka-put. But I didn't think of that then--I was so thrilled about my great deal. This is what my shoes look like, except that they're purple where the blue is:
I also got a silly t-shirt in the juniors section. It's incredibly tacky, but I love it. It's got characters from Sesame Street all over it. W loves it. It's definitely a "wear around the house" shirt, not only because of the design on it, but also the fit. You know how all the stuff in juniors is incredibly tight... The largest size they had was a large, and it fits me like a glove. No dryer for this shirt! I hate my shirts being uber-tight, so I won't be wearing it out in public. But it's a great shirt. It makes me happy.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
We got the backyard planted yesterday. I'm cautiously optimistic about my plants. I'll post updates as things progress.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
New Kids on the Block reuniting
Yes, it's for real. It's not April Fool's, I promise.
And check out the accompanying picture: Danny Wood looks goofier than ever.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
- July 19 is W's 2nd bday
- my mom will be here from July 17 till July 23
Awhile back, Mom generously offered to "treat" me to a trip down for the reunion. I'm torn, though. I'd want Mike to come with me, but even with Mom paying for one ticket, it'd be around $300 just for airfare, plus getting/paying a house/petsitter and the $100 per couple for the event itself to cover food, DJ, space rental, non-alcoholic bevvies (there's a cash bar), and "decorations".
Not to mention the fact that I haven't exactly been the best at keeping up with my classmates. When do I see them, it's nice and all, but I'd say I haven't spoken to probably 85%+ since graduation. Is it worth shelling out close to $700 for this? Mike didn't go to his, and that was back when we were still living in MS (I was 8 months preggo and pretty much confined to the bed/couch, but that's besides the point). So I guess you could say that I'm torn as to what to do. That money would go pretty far in my kitchen remodel....