Tuesday, September 30, 2008
And I'll tell you, I had a town hall meeting in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, and a woman stood up and she said, "Senator McCain, I want you to do me the honor of wearing a bracelet with my son's name on it."
He was 22 years old and he was killed in combat outside of Baghdad, Matthew Stanley, before Christmas last year. This was last August, a year ago. And I said, "I will -- I will wear his bracelet with honor."
And this was August, a year ago. And then she said, "But, Senator McCain, I want you to do everything -- promise me one thing, that you'll do everything in your power to make sure that my son's death was not in vain."
That means that that mission succeeds, just like those young people who re-enlisted in Baghdad, just like the mother I met at the airport the other day whose son was killed. And they all say to me that we don't want defeat. "
And, why is the media not playing this story? I can only say that if the parents of the soldier whose bracelet John McCain is wearing had said in public that they want him to stop wearing their son's bracelet the news would have been coast to coast, and wall to wall, not just ignored in Madison, Wisconsin.
Monday, September 29, 2008
The skirts have gotten much shorter, the tops tighter, and short enough to reveal the mid-drift. Many costumes like cats, witches, french maids, pirates, and other characters now sport corsets and more resemble the revealing ones made for adults.
I can understand that children enjoy looking like like their older counterparts, but does that mean they should be dressing this revealing? By the descriptions of the costumes above, you might think I am describing costumes for teenagers. Nope.
...Which brings me to my next "find". Costume catalogs and web sites, filled with images of pouty preteens modeling the latest in Halloween fashion, seem almost to verge on child pornography, and ooze with attitude. While searching for "Toddler Alice in Wonderland Costumes" this is what I come across...
Seriously, "Sexy"??? How can you morally call a child's costume that? I mean it's bad enough to sell something that skanky, but to flat out call it a "Child Teen SEXY Alice Costume"? And look at that sizing chart... You know what a 27" chest and 24" waist (their medium) calculates out to? The average 6 year old!!! Still think it's sexy?
These costumes would be a better fit in Fredrick's of Hollywood or a Hustler store than in the Children's/"tweens" section of our local costume shop. And don't even get me started on teens costumes these days. I'll just leave you with the following picture. Now just mind you, ALL of these costumes were listed under the "Teen/Young Adult" section BUT individually described as a "Teen Costume".
Oh and congrats to all the child molesters and child sex offenders out there. You seem to have hit the jack pot this year! So get your Sam's Club bags of candy ready! The kiddy buffet's coming your way!!!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
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Saturday, September 27, 2008
A iways faithful
R ight by her husband's side
I n moments of sadness she stands strong
N ever an easy job
E verything at home rests on her shoulders
W aits by the phone for a call
I pray for my husband's safe return
F ears for her husband's safety
E ndures long separations
Friday, September 26, 2008
1) Gather your materials:
- plastic bags
- a wire clothes hanger
- a sharp pair of scissors
It's really as simple as I disabled the ability. Why? Because I find it hard to police all the content others write. I have a hard time going through reading all the comments and deleting the spam. It's just a lot easier for me to post my email address and take questions directly.
With that said, If you have a question, comment or concern about anything from: My page, Military life, or Parenting... Don't hesitate to shoot me an email. My actual emails come through on my Blackberry and it's a lot easier for me to respond via that then come on here and sort through comments.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Ever wonder, What would your name be if Sarah Palin was your mother? Well now you can find out!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
"My Political Point… And I Do Have One
You know how usually I talk about cell phones or kitty cats or cheese pizza… well, this is sorta like that… without the cell phones, the cats, or the pizza.
There’s a California Proposition on the ballot that’s a little confusing. It’s Proposition 8. It’s called, “The California Marriage Protection Act” — but don’t let the name fool you. It’s not protecting anyone’s marriage. Not yours. Not mine.
The wording of Prop 8 is tricky. It’s like if someone asked you, “You don’t want dessert, right?” But you do want dessert so you say, “Yes,” which really means you don’t want dessert. And if you say, “No,” which means you do want dessert — it sounds like you don’t. Either way, you don’t get what you want. See — confusing. Just like Prop. 8.
So, in case I haven’t made myself clear, I’m FOR gay marriage.
And in order to protect that right — please VOTE NO on Proposition 8. And now that you’re informed, spread the word. I’m begging you. I can’t return the wedding gifts — I love my new toaster."
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, Cofounders
Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc.
Dear Mr. Cohen and Mr. Greenfield,
On behalf of PETA and our more than 2 million members and supporters, I'd like to bring your attention to an innovative new idea from Switzerland that would bring a unique twist to Ben and Jerry's.
Storchen restaurant is set to unveil a menu that includes soups, stews, and sauces made with at least 75 percent breast milk procured from human donors who are paid in exchange for their milk. If Ben and Jerry's replaced the cow's milk in its ice cream with breast milk, your customers-and cows-would reap the benefits.
Using cow's milk for your ice cream is a hazard to your customer's health. Dairy products have been linked to juvenile diabetes, allergies, constipation, obesity, and prostate and ovarian cancer. The late Dr. Benjamin Spock, America's leading authority on child care, spoke out against feeding cow's milk to children, saying it may play a role in anemia, allergies, and juvenile diabetes and in the long term, will set kids up for obesity and heart disease-America's number one cause of death.
Animals will also benefit from the switch to breast milk. Like all mammals, cows only produce milk during and after pregnancy, so to be able to constantly milk them, cows are forcefully impregnated every nine months. After several years of living in filthy conditions and being forced to produce 10 times more milk than they would naturally, their exhausted bodies are turned into hamburgers or ground up for soup.
And of course, the veal industry could not survive without the dairy industry. Because male calves can't produce milk, dairy farmers take them from their mothers immediately after birth and sell them to veal farms, where they endure 14 to17 weeks of torment chained inside a crate so small that they can't even turn around.
The breast is best! Won't you give cows and their babies a break and our health a boost by switching from cow's milk to breast milk in Ben and Jerry's ice cream? Thank you for your consideration.
Executive Vice President
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I told her, "It's ok, he scares a lot of us" ...I don't know what she's gunna do if he gets elected president.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
So this brings me to today, September 20th. Seeing how last weekend it was 90 something and beyond humid, I really expected today, being overcast, to be about the same... Boy was I wrong. Stupid me had the brilliant idea to wear a tube top to the airshow to try to get rid of my tan lines for the Navy Ball in 3 weeks. Stupid stupid me... I apparently didn't get the memo that there is no middle ground between summer and winter here in Hampton Roads. Even though it was 90 degrees last week, nope not anymore seeing how it's like 2 days till fall. 65-70 degrees. CRAZYNESS. Yes, that's me below, the idiot in the tube top... If you were at the airshow I'm sure you saw me! I was the ONLY idiot out there WITHOUT a jacket or sweatshirt... and in a flippin TUBETOP!
Friday, September 19, 2008
A Marine Wife has so much to bear, She's everything at once, no one could compare, When God made her, he had perfection in mind, For nowhere on Earth is another of her kind. She leads a life not many would choose, For her job is the hardest in the military to do, She is courageous and strong, one would say made of steel, But way deep down is a heart that can feel. She stands by her husband, so proud and so tall, And waits many night by the phone for a call, She's Mommy and Daddy all rolled into one, She'll never rest easy until her job's done. She sits all alone and in silence she cries, Did I do a good job, is my family alright? But deep in her heart she knows that it's true, God is right beside her helping her through. Marine Wife
Then, a couple of years ago, I came up with the idea to go through all my recipes, and cut out the ones I was interested in. I taped both the picture and the recipe to a piece of paper and put it in a sheet protector in my binder. And then...I recycled the rest of the magazine. The recipes are organized in my binder by appetizer, main dish, salad, dessert, etc. It takes up much less space than a boxful of recipe magazines, and best of all...I use it all the time!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
When? I don't know.
Why did they need to inspect our irrigation? Still don't know.
Who were these "representives"? No clue
Well I was out and about Thursday and figured they had just come by while I was gone... None the less, I cleaned the house, half expecting them to come by Friday... No one ever showed up... So I blew off the letter...
Did they come by Saturday? No. Sunday? No. Monday? No. Tuesday? No. Here is it 4:15pm on WEDNESDAY! Nearly a week after they put the letter on my door. Now they decide to show up! It just urks me. And they expect me to just let them in my house now? Don't think so.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Here are some of the ways I save money on groceries:
1. Meal plans! If you plan out what you will eat for the upcoming week your house will be full of everything you need to eat healthy meals and snacks at home. Otherwise you're bound to wind up spending extra on fast food and convenience store snacks.
2. While you are planning, check out the grocery ads. I plan my meals based on what's on sale or can be bought cheaply. Ground meat is on sale? I feel some meatloaf and chili coming on! Whole chickens become roast chicken, chicken soup, and chicken salad for the week.
3. Clip coupons and use them wisely. Don't clip for products you know you'll never use. And try to match up the sales with the coupons. Much success can be found if you look at the coupons that come in the newspaper 3-4 weeks after they are distributed. This is when the stores tend to put those items on sale. Extra savings all around! If the idea of trying to match them up on your own fogs your brain, not to fear! Many frugal and thrifty blogs gladly share when they do!
4. Don't be brand loyal. Most of the time generics are just as good as brand names, and sometimes they are even made by the same companies that charge more!
5. Be careful where you look! Many stores put the most expensive items at eye level, so be sure to check high and low on the shelves. And don't be so quick to toss items from the aisle endcaps into your cart. Just because they are there doesn't mean they are all on sale!
6. Ask for rainchecks. When a sale item is out of stock, be sure to go to the customer service desk and see if a raincheck is available for the item. Be sure to get the writer of the raincheck to put the limit you may buy on it, so when they get it back in-store you can still get the 4 (or however many) you would have been able to get when it was still on sale.
7. Sign up for those store savings cards. It is free at every single grocer I have ever been to, and by simply handing over your key chain card you can save a lot.
8. Don't be afraid to try out your local discount stores for groceries. You may be pleasantly surprised by the quality (and price) of their goods. My favorite is Aldi, but I've been known to step out over to Save-A-Lot from occasionally.
9. Keep an eye out for good deals at places you wouldn't think to buy grocery items. Drugstores often have the best price for basics like milk. Dollar stores and chains like Big Lots, Dollar General, and Family Dollar can be great sources for snack foods and beverages on the cheap.
10. Checkout your area's discount circuit. Our town has a great outlet store that sells breads and cakes for much less than the grocery stores. We also have a discount bakery that sells delicious baked goods for a fraction of the price of other bakeries.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I'm preferential of course, but I thought Makayla was the cutest girl there and I had a smile on my face the entire time watching her.One thing that's not ideal: there's only a small window high up to watch the girls, so you have to stand the entire time in a narrow hallway, crowded by other parents, to watch them. And the window is covered with some film, which makes taking photographs nearly impossible. (I think it's there so the dancers aren't distracted.) But that doesn't really matter I suppose cuz I was approached by the director after the class and informed I am not allowed to take photos, even of my own child because all the material in her class is copywrited and if I wish to have a photo of my child, I will need to wait till picture day in like 2 or 3 months.
Anywayz, other then that, today was great. Makayla had so much fun. I was shocked to see that Makayla wasn't that far behind the other kids... Especially seeing how Makayla was placed in the 3-4 year class. There's 5 kids in her class... Makayla's the youngest BY FAR... Makayla doesn't even turn 2-1/2 for another 2 months... And the next youngest kid in the class turns 3 next month... So they're all OVER 7 months older then her... The other 3 kids in the class are 3-1/2... But Makayla's just as tall as the rest of them... If not an inch or so taller. The only barrier there, is the language one. Makayla still babbles a lot and the words she does say it's near to impossible to understand unless you really really listin... Which the instructor clearly doesn't have time to do.
On September 11th, 2001 I had just started my 2nd week of Junior year in high school. I woke up like I did every morning at 5:55am, walked into the living room to make some coffee and found my mom already sitting there with the news on. She asked "Did you see this? Some idiot hit a building with a plane." The first plane had hit the World Trade Center at 8:46am EST, only 5:46am California time. We made a few jokes about "How can they not miss something the size of a building" not fully understanding the severity of the situation. ABC news kept playing replays of the first crash. Finally I got up and said "I wish they'd stop playing replays, I'm gettin tired of watching that" just as I got up to poor a cup of coffee the news caster states "This is not a replay! A 2nd plane has just hit the World Trade Center in New York City!" At 6:03am (9:03EST) I still don't think it had really sunk in, I mean I was more confused then anything. I never thought it was possible for US to be attacked, so that just never crossed my mind. I asked what the chances of 2 people hitting the towers were... My mom had no answer. We sat there for the next 30 minutes watching the news casters replay those images that have forever been burned into our minds... People jumping from the building, people standing in disbelief... My mom and I sat there until 6:37am (9:37EST) until the news reported "We are now getting reports in that the pentagon has been hit" it wasn't until then that I realized our country was under attack. I just remember feeling numb, not really scared, but just in shock... We sat in disbelief as the news casters reported there was possibly a plane headed for the White House and as those words left his mouth, the first tower fell at 6:59am (9:59EST). My mom and I sat there in silence till the 2nd tower fell at 7:28am (10:28EST) and we finally got word that there may have been a related plane crash in Pennsylvania 20 minutes prior (Flight 93). My mom and I sat there in shock for nearly 45 minutes... Watching people run from the smoke clouds... First responders pull bodies out of the rubble... Watching people weep in shock.
Finally, I had no choice, it was 8:15, class had started 15 minutes ago, I finally got up, showered and got ready for school. My mom had called in sick from work because she didn't know what else to do. I was over an hour late for school, as were most students. I just remember sitting in our classes watching the news coverage, talking about what happened. Later in the day we were pulled into the chapel (I went to a privet school) and we prayed and watched more reported news coverage until around 1pm and they finally just sent us home (school wasn't scheduled to end till 2:33).
Driving home from school, I remember seeing people standing on every street corner waving American flags and holding signs saying things like "Honk for the USA". It's the little things like that I wish I had a camera for. It's something I'll always remember, but can never fully describe to someone else without a picture.