Minnesota Senate Race

January 7, 2009 at 9:14 am (reflections) (, , )

Is it just me, or do you think that the Minnesota Senate Race should just be over already?  One of you just needs to give up.  In my opinion, preferably Norm Coleman.

My view of the campaign was this.  It was dirty.  More dirty on the Republican side than the Democrat side, but that could be colored by my own liberal bias.  But by election day,  I was so tired of the name calling, accusations, and general nastiness.  Election day i cast my vote and hoped for the best.  And that part of my ballot still has not been decided.

On Election night, i understand, it was wayyy too close to call.   So, a Recount.  That made perfect sense to me.  But, the recount cost the state approximately $90,000.  (Minnesota Public Radio) wow!!!  in a state, like many other states in this nation, that is tightening up budgets because of the economy. 

Ok, the recount is done.  And Al Franken came out 225 votes ahead.  and really, all of these votes were counted by real people, not computers, under extremely supervised circumstances.

And now, it is going to the courts.  And Minnesota is short a Senator in Washington to protect our interests.   And really, how long is it going to take?  Is Coleman going to appeal if the the court finds in favor in Franken?  Is Franken going to appeal if they find in favor of Coleman?

Even former Republican Govenor Arne Carlson says Coleman should concede.  In summary, he said it would not only hurt the image of the Republican party, but there will be a “tremendous amount of  public anger” that would also ruin Coleman’s image. (Star Tribune)

Maybe we can just throw out all the votes, and start all over.  Granted, that would cost more money, and i don’t know if it is legal or not, but at least then maybe we would have an answer.

Here’s to another two months of waiting….

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Thankful Month

December 1, 2008 at 7:02 pm (reflections) ()

Ok, i failed at NaBloPoMo.  But, i think i needed a structure.  and i thought of it.  Thankful Month.  This month, i am going to blog every day about something i am thankful for.  and that is in December, which is 31 DAYS OF THANKFULNESS.  Some of these, you may think are dumb, or cool, or whatever.  I would love to know your thoughts, and what you are thankful for.  can you come up with a list of 31?

Day One:

It is hard to choose the first thing to be thankful for.  these are in no order, i would like to include links and pictures with some, but that isn’t going to happen tonight.  So, one i don’t have to do that with.

I am thankful for my job.  It is not a dream job, and I thought it was a temporary job, and a year and a half later, i am still there.  But, it is a job that has security in this terrible economy.  A job that i am good at, and have been recognized in.  a job where i get to do different things (Have I mentioned i recently started in the Pharmacy 2 days a week?  LOVE IT!)  It is a job that has given me a lot of self-confidence back.  It is a job that many people look down on, and don’t understand, i mean, who would have thought that i would be working retail 5 years out of college?  not me.  But, it works for me right now.

Stay tuned for more thankfulness!

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Dear Clothing Manufacturers:

November 19, 2008 at 10:10 am (reflections)

Now, this really only applies to you if you make clothing for women with thighs.  if you make clothing for women with toothpicks for legs, just ignore me.  But, me, as many of the women i know, have thighs.  and they rub together when we walk sometimes.  I am a big girl, there is no denying it.  Would you do us a favor?  Sink some money into figuring out how to make the upper leg area of our pants a little stronger, without making it uncomfortable.  really, could that be so hard?  I know i would not be the only one thrilled with that technological advance.  Thank you.

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November 7, 2008 at 10:00 pm (Life, NaBloPoMo, reflections, Work)

Lately, we have been really shorthanded at work.  So, for the last couple of weeks I have put in a couple of hours of overtime every week.  now, not a lot, but, anything on my paystub under overtime goes right into the savings for a car.  So, that is helpful.  But, i am struggling with, how much overtime do i work.  I know it probably sounds stupid, but i am not real great at working a crapload of hours.  I am in desperate need of downtime.  and my days off have been full too.

So, i struggle.  Do i work as much overtime as i can get, and be closer to a car, sooner.  sounds great.  but if mentally, emotionally, i am a mess everywhere else, what is the point. 

I think i need some me overtime.  but until then, i keep plugging along.  I really wish i would be independently wealthy and didn’t have to work.  That sounds terrible!  but i just would love to work part time in a bookstore or craft store, and enjoy myself the rest of the time.  oh i can dream…

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Lack of Motivation, Christmas Music, and more

November 2, 2008 at 1:28 pm (blogging, Life, NaBloPoMo, reflections) (, , )

I really did not want to go to work yesterday, hence the title, lack of motivation.  But actually, I was motivated.  To do stuff at home.  I wanted to stay home, update my Ravelry Projects, cast on a shawl, do laundry, etc, etc.  But, i had to go to work.  So today, I don’t have to go to work, but i don’t have that same motivation.  crap.

So yesterday once i went to work, i noticed something that I was quite annoyed with.  CHRISTMAS MUSIC.  on Nov 1.  ugh.  Yes, i have an aunt who listens to Christmas music in July, but not me.  I am going to be VERY tired of it once Christmas actually rolls around.

I went to church today for the first time in a long time.  So, i should be good until Christmas now, right?  It is hard, since that used to be a central point in my life, and isn’t anymore.  I don’t if it is the church, or just the whole thing. Being there makes me kind of irritated, and then i am irritated at myself for being irritated with church, and it is a whole vicious cycle, and I leave, really not getting anything out of the whole experience.  I feel as if my day would have been better served by me staying at home.  Things to ponder I guess.

Off to find that motivation….

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Family Tree

September 22, 2008 at 9:56 pm (family, reflections) (, )

I have been thinking, and talking about my grandfathers a lot lately. 

My maternal grandfather, Charles (aka Charlie or Chuck) died just 3 weeks after my parents were married.  He was 46.  I never knew him, obviously, but i have heard so many stories about him, some good, some bad.  He was a charasmatic person, who loved the outdoors, loved to have a good time, and loved to play the guitar and sing.

My paternal grandfather, Vernon, died when I was 10, suddenly of a stroke.  My memories of him include the fact that he always brought us candy, seeing him taking off his back brace when we spent the night, and his fabulous laugh.  He too loved the outdoors, could talk to anyone, and was very much a “people person.”

Do you ever have someone in your life that you don’t know what they are thinking?  Or have you lost someone and wondered what they would think about situations that arise after they are gone?

I have had several conversations about these two men this last week.  And, I can’t help but wonder, would they be proud of me?  What would they say about my choices, my life?  How would things be different if they lived longer?

It is possible to miss someone you have never known, or not known very well.  It helps me to remember to cherish the time I have with those that are around me now.

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Did you know?

September 11, 2008 at 8:58 pm (blogging, reflections, things I love, Uncategorized) (, , )

I have another blog!  It has been under construction for awhile now, but I actually have some posts up and wanted to share.

The Voracious Reader

As you can guess from the title, here is where i put my thoughts on books, and would welcome yours too.  Please remember, it is a work in progress.


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A moment…

September 11, 2008 at 8:29 pm (reflections) (, )

Say what you will, but I am not a particularly patriotic person.  And I could go off on why and why not, but i don’t know that anyone wants to hear that today.

But today was a day i wish i had my camera. (I am hoping in the near future i can find this pic online)

I drove into town during my lunch break, and as I was coming over the bridge, my breath caught in my throat.

At the Fire Station, a ladder truck was raised, with a huge American Flag on it.  With the wind blowing, it just stopped me for a moment.

Today I remember the people who thought they were going to work like it was a regular day.

Today I remember the people who got on 4 airplanes, for business, for pleasure, to see family or friends.

Today I remember the Emergency Personnel who put their lives to the side to save others.

Today I remember the Rescue Personnel who worked tirelessly for months.

Today I remember the unlikely heros.

Today I remember the families and friends of the victims.

Today I remember the families of those who perpetrated this violence.  Because they too grieve.

Today I remember the generations of people, including my own, who are forever changed by what happened In New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC.

Today I remember that forgiveness is more important than revenge, though many times much harder.

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First Day of School

September 3, 2008 at 8:30 pm (family, reflections) (, , , )

Yesterday was the first day of school here in MN.  Or if you are my cousin, a kindergartener, today was his first day of school, because the teacher split up the class for the first two days.  So today in my email I had pictures of my cousins, one who started preschool yesterday, and one who started kindergarten today, on their first days of school.

I loved school.  it was something that most of the time i was really good at, and there is something about the beginning of a new school year that is, still, to me more momentous than the first of January.

There was all that preparation leading up to the first day.  The school supplies…oh I love school supplies!  I tease my mom that the reason she is a teacher is because she loves school supplies so much.   But there are the new crayons, new bottles of glue that aren’t gunked up yet, the shiny new paper, all neat and organized for the first day.  It won’t stay that way for long, but it is that way for the first day.

The choosing of the outfit.  I don’t know if this is a big deal for boys, but it is for girls.  You want to look good, but not look like you spent too much time choosing your outfit, & you want to wear your brand new shoes. (and yes, i thought about all this, even as an elementary schooler.)

And you would get to see your friends.  I was a country kid, and didn’t get to spend all summer with my friends.  In fact, my memories of summer were spending more time with my brother and sister or friends of the family rather than friends from school.    and you would get to the first day, and compare and compliment those carefully planned outfits, and try and figure out what kind of seating arrangements the teachers were going to give you.

My most vivid first day of school memory is probably the first day of college orientation actually.  My parents and I loaded up our van full of my stuff…really full.  I don’t think i knew what an 8×10 dorm room would actually fit.  We were headed westward.  I remember waking up in that hotel room in Bellvue, WA listening to my parents talk about me when they though i was still sleeping.  They were both choked up, and I cried silent tears while i listened.  As we drove to campus, I remember the flip flopping my stomach was doing of nervousness, excitement, scaredness, lonliness and homesickness all combined.  I had lived on the same land since i was a baby…I wouldn’t see my family til December, and what the hell was I thinking?  But it was so exciting moving into my room.  And my mom, as she has done in all the places i have moved since, made my bed before leaving, and my dad hid money in my room for me to find later.   I cried when they left, and really for quite a few nights after.  and when ever i got lonely, i would pull out the journal my mom wrote for me my last year at home.  I made incredible friends, and learned more about myself than i ever thought i would.

But it was one of the best decisions of my life.  and even though i am not directly using my education at this time, I wouldn’t trade the expirences and the friends i made in my freshman year or the years after.

Education often doesn’t make us smarter, it shapes us as people.  Thank Goodness for the First day of school.

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Lookin’ Good

August 24, 2007 at 10:52 pm (Life, reflections)

Do you ever have that day where you feel like you look freakin amazing? Today was one of those days. Seriously, the stars aligned, and I had good hair, good makeup, and good clothes all in the same day.

It probably helped that i got to wear jeans today, which are my favorite wardrobe item. On the friday after payday, we get to wear jeans if we donate $1 to the Children’s Miracle network. I can totally handle that! Good cause, and I get to wear jeans!

So i could feel myself happier, more confident, and more sure of myself today. I had a little bounce in my step. I love days like that. granted, it all fell apart about 7:30, but that is work stuff. Work was miserable today, and that is all I have to say about that!

I wish every day could be a good hair, makeup, clothes day. But, there is humidty, lack of time, and wrinkles to deal with. but i hope it happens again soon!


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