Blogging is a good way to
procrastinate homework and cleaning organize my thoughts. Just saying.
I am so thankful for REI being located in the same state as I live. Quick shipping and…WATER PROOF RUNNING SHOES! The prospect of having dry feet is making me so happy. LOL. Maybe too happy.
In the grocery store this afternoon, I noticed Johnny Depp on the cover of People. It would appear that he is on the market again. Cocoa and Ben, if you read this, don’t tell Mama. Just kidding. Not even really.
Dear makers of exercise balls – these jokes of air pumps that you include with your devices will someday be featured on Snapped as the device that made somebody see red, black out and go on a rampage. You might want to start on a fund for that lawsuit. It’s coming.
Last night I got polled about whether I would vote for Newt Gingrich. I don’t know whether to be excited that it is known that our household is not anybody’s guaranteed vote, or disturbed that Newt Gingrich is a major candidate. Shrug. Tomorrow is Friday.
Recently I’ve been talking to two friends and I’ve had a vibe that something was just not right, but I did not want to push the issue for fear of invading their space. One of them was going through a loss of a loved one and another was going through another type of crisis. Lately, it seems like it’s been a challenge to balance stuff like this – when people should be left alone and when they don’t need to be left alone. Sigh. I’m getting there.
This morning I woke up to the sound of running water. Since I have a couple of preschoolers, my first impulse was to check the faucet, but the water was running outside. The rainfall sounded as if our house had been built under a waterfall. A small one, mind you, but a waterfall nonetheless. I surprised myself when I was getting ready for Max’s parent-teacher conference. Instead of reaching for some nice, safe neutral scheme that would blend in for the weather, I got cheerful colors made to reflect the sunlight. It made me feel a little better about the rain. After I learned a bit about the progress Max has made during the year – and the things we will need to work on this summer – I came home to more rain, planning and fun stuff like that. While I was looking at yet more roses for my garden next year, I came across this beautiful variety named for the Delany Sisters. It is beautiful and dainty in appearance, yet very strong, not unlike the Delany Sisters.
The latest and greatest.
My Mom is recuperating very well. She has had a spasm or two but nothing like what she experienced before she had her disk replaced. I’m thankful for that. Life is moving forward around here. I have a miniature tea rose in my flower bed that my husband planted a couple of years ago. I’ve been thinking about clearing the side of the house and planting a rose garden and having a few smaller roses in the flower bed too. I think I’ll keep one Azalea and one Rhododendron since I planted them to be in bloom the Spring after Little A was born. I’ve got my eye on a few fragrant varieties including this one (falling in love).
So we can be clear, Tony Hayward has his life back?
At this point, words just fail me when I read or see anything having to do with the situation on the Gulf (whether it is the fact that the state has not EVER been paid proper royalties for its oil, the craptastic equipment that BP had in place, or company’s safety record). If you haven’t seen the company’s response to the situation in the Gulf, here it is.
Toyota got slapped on the wrist with a $16.4 million fine (it’s the largest in history) for hiding the sticky gas pedal fault between last September and this January. Never mind that the NHTSA was complicit in the cover up (where is THEIR fine? huh?) or that records of the fault extend back to the previous presidential administration.
Change I can believe in.
A report by the office of federal ethics finds that our current presidential administration employs former lobbyists in two dozen of 2900 positions. The former administration employed over 100 lobbyists.
What we spend.
Here’s an interesting break out on what the average American household spends for different things. It’s broken out by single, married, with and without kids. I found it really interesting because the overall spending numbers don’t appear to be that far apart to me on average.
The past few days I have really felt like I was doing the right thing, in the right place at the right time. That aspects of my life were just opening up to reveal the next huge step or idea or whatever is waiting for me. Now the trick is going to be retaining all of these lessons/experiences and moving forward. That’s always the hard part.
If you’re in the central, mountain or pacific zones, there is still time!