Posts made in August, 2008

Couldn’t Be More Excited

Posted by on Aug 29, 2008 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

So glad it’s not Romney.  Double down on change, baby. 


In her own words…(from John Cornyn’s site where she guest blogged).

On Energy & ANWR

by Gov. Sarah Palin


What will it take for Congress to enact comprehensive energy policy that includes increased domestic production of oil and gas, renewable and alternative energy, and conservation? It seems to us outside of the Capital Beltway that virtually every effort to accomplish this is met with criticism and failure.

In my opinion, the debate about energy policy is no longer theoretical or abstract. Our failure to enact an energy policy is having real consequences for every American in their daily lives and has begun to affect America’s place in the world. Alaska is ready, willing, and able to assist the nation in addressing our acute and expanding energy needs. Like many other states, we would like the opportunity to help.

Congressional approval of responsible petroleum development in the coastal plain of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) – the most promising unexplored petroleum province in North America – would be of incalculable benefit to my state and our nation.

In the last few weeks, proposals have been tabled to permit oil exploration and development in the 80 percent of the federal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)which is off-limits to such activity. I strongly support OCS development in Alaska and elsewhere as a necessary component of a sound energy strategy. However, it makes no sense to consider the OCS and to ignore the possibility of exploration and development in highly perspective upland areas,including ANWR.

As this is written, the Alaska Legislature is considering proposals to commercialize and transport the vast quantities of clean-burning natural gas that are located on the North Slope.

Already, 32 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves have been identified, and many trillions of additional cubic feet are thought to exist on the North Slope and in off shore areas of Alaska.

This gas is important to consumers in the lower 48 states, as prices rise and we are increasingly concerned about the carbon footprint resulting from energy utilization.

If we don’t move now to enact an energy policy that includes more oil and gas production from domestic sources, including ANWR and the federal OCS, we may look back someday and realize that we failed to perceive a critical crossroad in the history of this nation. I don’t think it’s overly dramatic to say that our country’s future and the quality of life for every American depends on the decisions that are made or not made in the next few months.


Sounds good, no?  I heart her.  Heart.  

Oh, and her comments about her son Trig who was born with Downs in April of this year?

 “I’m looking at him right now, and I see perfection. Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?”

Love it.  Love. 

Now my soul won’t shrivel up when I vote for McCain.  At least I’ll be voting for Palin too. 

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Where I’ve Been

Posted by on Aug 27, 2008 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Mostly on the sofa napping.  But there is a good reason for it.  We had this fantastic weekend that involved a three hour drive to South Dakota for a wedding that was so incredibly fun.  Pretty much all of Jud’s friends from college were there (and I’m sure I can say that they are all my friends too). 

Months and months ago, while at his company’s Christmas party, he refused to dance with me, instead  promising to dance with me at this very wedding reception.  Not only did he hold up his end of the bargain, he was actually pretty good at it.  It was a little intimidating at first (and not just because I had on four inch stilettos).  There were a gaggle of thin tall beautiful people who actually knew how to dance FOR REAL.  They were doing steps and twirling and just in general moving quickly to the music.  We got into the middle of them and shuffled around at first.  By the end of the night, though, I’d say people were pretty impressed by some of our moves (see: stomping for over three minutes straight; and, also: the cockroach).  Jud performed the later.  It was pretty much hilarious.  

Thanks for getting married, friends!  We totally enjoyed the party (the ceremony was a TEAR-JERKER, the rehearsal smooth and fun with pickles that I am going to attempt to replicate for Jud this very weekend). Can’t wait to see the two of you at our house for the game!  Happy honeymooning.

Special thanks to Adam for the photo and Grandma & Poppy for keeping the kid so we could party.

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He Doesn’t Say Airplane Yet

Posted by on Aug 20, 2008 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Technically, I suppose you could say that we all took Gideon to the air show last Saturday, but let’s be really honest.  Poppy took Gideon to see the things they both love and the two of them had a great time together.  We were glad to be there too, Jud, Grandma Paula and I, but there’s something extra in the way Poppy tells him about the planes. 


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ER Take Two

Posted by on Aug 18, 2008 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

Late yesterday afternoon, while playing outside with some neighborhood kids and enjoying the slip-n-slide, Gideon walked into a hole.  Not a big hole.  A hole created by a ground squirrel.  A tiny hole that fits a tiny leg just perfectly.  And then he refused to put any weight on it.  

Shortly before the fall….

We took him back inside and attempted to feed him things he loves – cheddar brat – broccoli – banana – muffin.  He ate okay, but not like he usually does (which is about twice as much as you would ever expect a 15 month old to consume). He seemed much calmer, so we attempted to let him walk again.  Both feet on the hardwood, three steps and then collapse.  He was crying and seemed to be in quite a bit of pain after our experiment.  So off we went to the emergency room.

It’s been a little over a month since we took him in with the broken arm.  I was gearing up for CPS visits and interrogating questions.  I was sweating about it, really, wondering if they’d do a home visit, preparing myself for the.absolute.worst. 

We finally get back into a private room to wait for the doc and he comes in happy and warm.  We tell him what happened.  He feels around a bit.  He takes Gideon from me so that he can walk back over to me and we can all see what happens.  And he walks runs back to my arms without so much as a limp. Then he plays shy for a little bit and the doctor pronounces him fine.  No x-rays, of course, because he’s using it without any problems.  

Even though I was pretty sure something was wrong, I’ll still gladly pay $150 to not have a broken legged baby. Whew. 

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Posted by on Aug 12, 2008 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I’m not sure why or how or, again, why but someone put up beautiful paintings on billboards along the main road that runs by our house. There are three of them that I pass on my way to the interstate and I can’t help but wonder why someone in this city (the city that does not care much about aesthetics or even just not looking like an industrial melting pot of filth) thought that they should purchase giant spaces to showcase art.  I’m not sure who did it or why or if it will leave me soon, but it makes me incredibly happy to see those three billboards.  It gives me so much hope.

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