Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Years Eve - An Ode to Bread and Cheese

New Years Eve is fondue night at the Lula O household.

Cheese fondue is our favorite:

2 tsp. dried mustard, 1/3 cup flour (Mix these two together in your fondue pot). Add -- 2 cups half n' half, slowly until smooth, 2-3 tsp Worcestershire, and 2-3 cups of shredded sharp cheddar.

Stir until melted. Keep on low heat. Serve with diced french bread, cubed cheese, cauliflower, broccoli, sliced apples, more bread....Just about anything - except for maybe my son's old shoe - is good with cheese on it.

We also have another pot of peanut oil for diced chicken and steak, served with a variety of whatever sauces you carnivores eat...

I always feel like a beached whale after eating this stuff, because I eat mostly the bread.

Bread and cheese.....Hmmm....Is there anything better?

Happy New Year...Try not to drink too much, you party animals.

Welcome to the World - Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston!
Since the Palins like to name their male family members after parts of speech words that start with the letter T, here’s some other more common names for the Palin heir that were rejected.

- Trace - Trey - Ty (Could have confused many a teacher and spelled it Thai! Double points!) - Treb - Trek - Tipper
Names the new parents considered until the last moment
- Techh - Tundraa - Tempp - Tickk - Tonsill - Tatterr - Traderr - Trainerr - Trailerr
- Tripp (Whoops! They picked that one. I wonder how many times his name will be misspelled. Like a Gazillion!)

I can already hear the phrases written in the back of his yearbook every May -
Don’t ‘tripp’. Have a nice fall!”
Did I ‘tripp’ ya too much this year?”
Are you leaving on a ‘tripp’ this summer?”
Watch out for that ‘tripp’taphen. Those turkey’s make you tired.”
My name means Celtic fortress so what do I know, and my two boys are named Saxon and Nash.... so I probably shouldn’t tease. Funky names are definitely on the rise with this new generation of kids. Last names are now first names. (Remember Linda Tripp? Anyone?) School teacher’s are no longer the ones that cringe.
Poor school teachers...
And it could've been worse. He could've been named Zamboni.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Dave Barry's Year in Review - Bailing out of 2008

How weird a year was it?
Here's how weird:
O.J. actually got convicted of something.

Gasoline hit $4 a gallon -- and those were the good times.
• On several occasions, Saturday Night Live was funny.
• There were a few days there in October when you could not completely rule out the possibility that the next Treasury Secretary would be Joe the Plumber.
• Finally, and most weirdly, for the first time in history, the voters elected a president who -- despite the skeptics who said such a thing would never happen in the United States -- was neither a Bush NOR a Clinton.

Of course not all the events of 2008 were weird. Some were depressing. The only U.S. industries that had a good year were campaign consultants and foreclosure lawyers. Everybody else got financially whacked. Millions of people started out the year with enough money in their 401(k)'s to think about retiring on, and ended up with maybe enough for a medium Slurpee.
So we can be grateful that 2008 is almost over. But before we leave it behind, let's take a few minutes to look back and see if we can find some small nuggets of amusement. Why not? We paid for it, starting with . .
For the rest of the article click here.

What makes Bush sweat

While reading the current People magazine I came across this question in
an interview with President Bush.

Interviewer: "Which moments from the last eight years do you revisit most often?"

Bush: "I definitely think about the familes I've met of the fallen soldiers-about the compassion, love and determination of the families, to make sure that the Commander-in-Chief hears their stories and knows their pride.

I think about throwing out that pitch at the World Series in 2001. My heart was racing when I got to the mound. Didn't want to bounce it. Didn't want to let the fans down. My heart was pumping so hard, I wasn't sure if I could lift my arm. I never felt that anxious any other time during my presidency, curiously enough."

Really? That is what made you the most anxious and one of the things you revisit most often? Not visiting the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina? Not the moment you found out about 911? Not when you declared war or when they captured Hussein? Am I surprised he said this? At first yes, until I remembered this is President Bush.

Monday, December 29, 2008

"The Politics of Prayer"

This guy (not Obama) keeps appearing in the newspapers like Brittany Spears appears in traffic court. Nobody understands why either keeps happening.

Who is Rick Warren and why is it such a big deal Obama 'saddled' him with the job of giving the invocation at his inauguration in a few weeks?

The Reverend Rick Warren is the founder of the Saddleback Church in California. Some people compare him to Billy Graham in that he's immensely popular and appeals to a wide range of people. The only other time I've heard of him is when he held that 'friendly' forum for both McCain and Obama before the election, in which he asked supposedly unscripted faith-based questions to each of the two candidates separately. (Unscripted means McCain answered the questions so well - and he went second on the program - I was sure he got to hear them first.)

Warren supported California's Proposition 8, not very well according to some conservative Christians, who from what I've read continually complain he's is not 'conservative' enough, whatever that means. They say he's not made these hot topics the cornerstone of his ministry. He apparently tithes 90 percent of his considerable income to charitable causes. (So he gets 10 million instead of 100 million. Hmmm...) I wonder how much he gave to the Prop 8 campaign?

He says he's against gay marriage. But wasn't Obama as well? What did Biden say in the VP debate, that they - meaning he and Obama - are for civil unions but not gay 'marriage'? During his campaign Obama said that he believed marriage to be the union “between one man and one woman,” but when Prop 8 passed didn't he say he was disappointed? Ah, typical politician.

By inviting Rev. Warren to be part of his inauguration, he's trying to have it both ways, and that's what all the hullabaloo is about. Some of his ardent supporters aren't happy about it.
Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen accused Obama of condoning a man who “dehumanizes” homosexuals. NPR talk-show host Diane Rehm called some of Warren’s comments on gays “ugly.”

In light of some of these reactions, what exactly is Obama's motive in selecting Warren I wonder? Is Obama just trying to build bridges to a greater good? Or is it a calculated political move to further his rockstar status?

Perhaps he is trying to compile an inauguration that embodies the diversity that is America today. His choice for closing prayer, or final blessing, in some religious traditions the most important prayer of all, is the Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery. An African-American, 87 years old, a Methodist well-known for his civil rights work with Martin Luther King. A gay rights supporter and some say a "lifelong champion of equality for all."

In all honesty, I think it's both. A calculated move and an olive branch. So I will add my words to what's already been said, brilliant move Obama.

*****A side note - in the picture above, which one is cute as a button?? contest I'm afraid.)

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Just an unrelated side note -

If anybody's interested - some friends and I have started a book review, reading/writing blog called Strictly Letters. We're looking to add people who would be willing to participate. If you or someone you know is interested, check out the What's up for 2009 post, leave a comment with your blog name, email and url and we'll make you an author so you can post reviews of what you've read in 2009.
This is a fun way to increase your reading volume, find out what people like or don't like, and if you're interested in writing, a way to practice and get some feedback.
Hope to see you there ladies!!

Not too far into the future...

And we thought the photographer that built a fire under it for just the perfect shot was bad.
Thanks Steve Benson

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Christmas Eve!! A deep thought....

Did you know?
-Real Christmas trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes.
- Every acre of Christmas trees grown produces the daily oxygen requirement for 18 people.
- Fake Christmas trees were invented by a company who made toilet bowl brushes...
So those of you that have a fake tree, when you see this -
My Charlie Brown real Christmas tree

Try not to think of this -

Happy Holidays
From the National Christmas Tree Association

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

"Great Deregulator or Great Despoiler"

It's no secret I'm not a fan of our current president but seriously, what is this guy doing??
This editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

George W. Bush may be the undisputed champion when it comes to presidential vacations, but his staff is working overtime. As the clock ticks down to Inauguration Day, the Bush administration is working feverishly to dismantle at least 10 major safeguards of the nation's air, water, endangered species and national parks.

Most of the damage took place before Nov. 15, 60 days before Inauguration Day. That's because most new federal rules take effect 60 days after being published in the Federal Register. Once in effect, they are more difficult and time-consuming to undo.
In recent weeks, the Bush administration has:

Opened up 2 million acres of Western land to the development of oil shale, one of the dirtiest fuels on the planet. Another 360,000 acres - including large swaths of public land near Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park in Utah and Dinosaur National Monument on the border of Utah and Colorado - were opened to oil drilling.

Exempted large factory farms and mountaintop mining operations from parts of the Clean Water Act. The prohibition against dumping mining waste into rivers and streams dates back to the administration of President Ronald Reagan, who was not exactly an environmental radical.

Loosened clean-air rules to make it easier to build power plants, refineries and chemical plants near national parks. It also changed rules to make it easier for coal-fired power plants to avoid installing pollution controls or clean up soot and smog emissions.

Changed rules to prevent Congress from blocking uranium mining on claims filed near the Grand Canyon. Higher prices for uranium have prompted hundreds of new mining claims on federal land. In June, a House committee ordered that about 1 million acres of land near the Grand Canyon be exempt from mining. The rule change would block that.

And several days ago, the Washington Post reported that a new rule that is close to being finalized would prevent federal agencies from taking climate change into consideration when they make decisions about imperiled animals and plants. That's apparently being done because polar bears were added earlier this year to the list of species in jeopardy. The administration reportedly believes that the move could serve as a pretext for imposing a cap on carbon emissions.

The Bush administration previously had eliminated rules that require independent scientific reviews of federal agency decisions that could harm protected plants and animals. The effect of that change, for all intents and purposes, is to institutionalize conflict of interest by allowing agencies that propose new projects to avoid the complications that would ensue if other federal agencies asserted that those projects would harm endangered animals or plants.

Many of the proposed rules changes, such as the Clean Air Act rule on coal-fired power plants, would accomplish things the administration tried and failed to win in Congress.

Bush seems determined to cement his place in history as the Great Deregulator. Given the amount of damage he's doing to popular environmental protections, it seems more likely he'll be remembered as the Great Despoiler.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Sweet Caroline, New York Senator, A scene from "All in the Family"?

Who is this woman, I wonder?

We all know of her public persona - born to privilege into our American version of Camelot, quiet, attentive, and soft spoken mother, author, behind-the-scenes social activist.

Shall we add politician to that now as well?

Over the last week, while letting her intentions be known that she is interested in filling Hillary Clinton's vacated senate seat, she's almost changed overnight, leaving her quiet life behind for a more public one. Traveling the state of New York, hiring consultants, camera's are following her every move, and in taking more questions from reporters, even filled out a short questionnaire done by the NY Times in which she detailed some of her as yet unknown political beliefs. A few are -

- She's pro-choice, for equal rights for gay and lesbian couples, and gun-control.

- Supports withdrawal from Iraq, the path to citizenship for undocumented workers, and the auto bail-out.

Locally, her views are slightly more controversial in that she's a past supporter of Republican Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg and state Democrats want someone in the senate seat who will support upcoming candidates for that election. (Bloomberg is apparently trying to change the law so he can run for a third term.)

People are asking, even Democrats, do we really want another Kennedy in public office, on the national stage? Does her name, her "family heirloom" thereby ensure that she should be given a free pass into political office, this time only needing to convince one voter, New York Governor Paterson, that she is up to the job, even though she has little experience in the political arena?

I don't buy the 'do we want another family heirloom' argument because politics runs in the family all the time. They are hardly the first. Current Attorney General of NY, Andrew Cuomo is also up for the job - his father is Mario Cuomo, the Governor of NY. There's Beau Biden whose being considered to replace his father Joe in DE. Hillary Clinton rode the coattails of a famous family member. In Utah, the Bennett senate seats went from father to son, the Romneys, and heaven forbid the Bush's. And in the farther past, the Adams, the Harrison's. The list goes on and on.

My concern would fall more along the lines in that she has little experience in politics. For a person who obviously guards her privacy, will she be able to handle the scrutiny of public office? So far, she still seems gunshy.

Unlike Hillary Clinton - who only moved to NY the required amount of time to run for office there - Caroline is actually from that state, but Hillary spent alot of time campaigning for months ahead of time, letting the voters get to know her, not just her famous name. Caroline is only now beginning, and it's starting off shakily.

But then again, she only has to convince one voter while Hillary had to convince a whole state.

So, should people be given a free pass just for having a famous name, or in all fairness, should it be earned? Should the little girl pictured below follow in the foot steps of her iconic father?

Somehow, I hope she can.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Letterman's Top Ten Bush Moments - Ah, music, sweet music...

I thought #5 - the confused stare, was pretty good. Anybody have a favorite? I know it's hard to narrow down. There are so many.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Too Funny...

OK, I will try to post and see what kind of backlash I get:) I saw this article and it made me laugh (I am not sure why, it isn't a laughing matter at all).

Levi Johnston's mom arrested on drug charges
Johnston is the father of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's future grandson

(That was a really roundabout headline to say that the mom of Bristol Palin's boyfriend was arrested)

Now, this goes back to the Moms question about coverage: why on earth is THIS being reported, and not the church bombing? Granted, it will not make national nightly news I am sure, but it was on MSNBC.COM on the front page.

Anyway, I don't want to get into a battle of liberal media- we've hashed that to death. BUT, my husband and I were talking about why the church might not want the vandalism and violence taking place on the news. We thought that, perhaps, by putting them on the news it gives them power. Like the Columbine shooters- they became infamous for a heinous act, and now others copy what they did because they also want to be on the news- and, hey, if you are going to commit suicide anyway, why not be famous all over the country? So, we thought maybe it is good that the church bombings (Governor Palin's church- I don't think any of ours have been targeted) and such are not being broadcast, because that would then give power to the movement, not the church. Does that make sense?

Anyway, I am curious to see what others think.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Let's not look at theories, let's look at facts...

Anybody else see that extremely high rate of growth (CO2 concentration is the atmosphere) that began in about the 20's? Anyone? Bueller?

What happened that would cause such an increase I wonder. Hmm..

Option A: It's the cows and their methane-filled bowels. They just started pooping more during the Depression. (You know that was a stressful time, even for cows.)

Option B: Al Gore was born and God wanted him to have a mission in life.

Option C: Hell (and the North and South Poles) stopped freezing over when the Democrats took power.

Option D: The world population exploded, cutting down more trees than ever before; the burning of fossil fuels increased; millions upon millions of combustible engines produced more fumes than a Grateful Dead concert.

I'm going with Option A, no I mean D. But don't take my word for it. How about a group of scientists from around the world.

On Feb. 2, 2007, the United Nations scientific panel studying climate change declared that the evidence of a warming trend is "unequivocal," and that human activity has "very likely" been the driving force in that change over the last 50 years. The last report by the group, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in 2001, had found that humanity had "likely" played a role.

Christmas Quiz

How much do you really know about Christmas?

1. The name of the mother of Jesus was:
a. Martha
b. Mary
c. Eve
d. Deborah
2. Jesus was born in what town?
a. Jerusalem
b. Nazareth
c. Bethlehem
d. New York
3. Joseph was a:
a. Carpenter
b. Doctor
c. Engineer
d. Fisherman
4. Why didn’t Joseph and Mary stay at the inn?
a. It was too expensive
b. There was no inn
c. There was no room
d. None of the above
5. How did Joseph and Mary get to Bethlehem?
a. Colt
b. Mary rode a donkey and Joseph walked
c. Wagon
d. Who knows?
6. After being born, Jesus was placed in a:
a. Basket
b. Manger
c. Pile of hay
d. On the back of a donkey
7. A manger is a:
a. Stable
b. Feeding trough
c. Wooden table
d. Barn
8. Which animals does the Bible say were housed in the stable?
a. Cows, donkeys, sheep
b. Lions, tigers and bears
c. Goats, sheep and cows
d. The Bible doesn’t say.
9. What sign were the shepherds told to look for by the angel?
a. A lion and a sheep together in peace
b. A tree with a star on top
c. A star over Bethlehem
d. None of the above
10. With what words did the heavenly host of angels praise God?
a. "Joy to the World, the Lord is Come"
b. "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah”
c. “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”
d. "Glory to God in the highest,"
11. What is frankincense?
a. a form of gold
b. an incense from a tree
c. a jewel
d. none of the above.
12. What is myrrh?
a. a musical instrument
b. a spice used for burial
c. a valuable wine
d. none of the above
13. How many wise men came to see Jesus?
a. One
b. Two
c. Three
d. The Bible doesn’t say
14. What does "wise men" most likely refer to?
a. lawyers
b. star gazers.
c. priests
d. doctors
15. The wise men met Jesus in a:
a. manger.
b. castle.
c. stable.
d. house.
16. Who told Joseph and Mary to go to Bethlehem?
a. an angel
b. Caesar Augustus.
c. Herod
d. No one told them to go.
17. The child Jesus went to Egypt:
a. to meet pharaoh
b. because Joseph was told in a dream to take him
c. Joseph did not take Jesus to Egypt
d. none of the above
18. According to the Bible, the little drummer boy met Jesus:
a. when Jesus was in the manger
b. at a house
c. When Jesus was about two years old
d. none of the above
19. In which books do we find the story of Jesus’ birth
a. Matthew
b. Mark
c. Luke
d. John
20. December 25th has been celebrated as Christmas since the Bible was written.
a. True
b. False
1. B
2. C
3. A - Matthew 13:55 “Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother's name Mary,…”
4. C
5. D - The Bible doesn't say. Some suppose that she rode something since she was so far along in her pregnancy.
6. B
7. B
8. D
9. D - Luke 2:12 "And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."
10. D
11. B
12. B
13. D - Some SUPPOSE that there were three since there were three gifts, but that is just a guess.
14. B
15. D - Matthew 2:11 "And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother,..."
16. B
17. B
18. D
19. A & C
20. B

How did you do? I found this quiz at I was planning my lesson for Primary and I couldn’t find in the Bible where it talked about Mary being on a donkey. I guess I know why now.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Injured Iranian woman wins "an eye for an eye". Literally.

Four years ago an Iranian woman, Ameneh Bahrami, was attacked by a stalking suitor with a bucket of acid. This incident left her blind and permanently disfigured all because she had refused to marry him.

Late last month, an Iranian court ordered that five drops of the same chemical be placed in each of her attacker's eyes, acceding to Bahrami's demand that he be punished according to a principle in Islamic jurisprudence that allows a victim to seek retribution for a crime. The sentence has not yet been carried out.

"At an age at which I should be putting on a wedding dress, I am asking for someone's eyes to be dripped with acid," she said in a recent interview. "I am doing that because I don't want this to happen to any other women."

In a part of the world where spouse or family ‘honor’ killings and corporal punishments allowed under Islamic law are not uncommon, I will no less be surprised if this sentence is actually carried out. The Middle East is a man’s world after all. Women have few, if any rights, but this particular case has sparked much interest within the country.

Perhaps if carried out, it will send a clear message. What message will that be I wonder? Attack a woman who is not related to you and suffer like consequence. Abuse, maim or kill your sister or wife for making a bad decision, like marrying someone she loves or daring to look at another man, and receive only a slap on the wrist.

Like I said, justice is a fickle bedmate in these parts of the world.

Do I think this man deserves his sentence? It’s not for me to say. I believe it should be up to the victim. And she has spoken.

An eye for an eye.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Happy Christmas! Day 8

I can't tell who's more frightened in this picture, the kids or Santa.
I bet he's thinking,
"They sure don't pay me enough."
For more gems see Sacred of Santa.

The Ultimate Babysitter

Why do parents bring their sick kids to church? Can someone please explain this to me? They keep them home from school, why should church be any different? And I am not talking about the cold they have had for a week or the lingering cough they are nursing. I am talking about the big contagious illnesses. I don’t think I will ever understand it (just like I don’t understand why parents bring babies to movie theaters).

About a month ago my husband and I went in to teach our class of 7-8 year olds. One of them had a bloodshot eye, and I thought to myself, “Wow, his eye is red. I hope it isn’t pink eye. No, it can’t be. Who would bring their kid to church with the HIGHLY contagious pink eye?” He later said something about staying up late that night playing video games so I assumed that was the cause of the red eye.

Well, later in another class I overheard him tell a friend he had pink eye. Ugh! Thanks for the warning. Well, guess what happened? Two days later I woke up with two sore, gooey eyes. One swelled shut the next day. It lasted for over a week and then after it went away I got it again, 2 days later!!! My question is, why bring your child with pink eye to church? Even I know it is extremely contagious and this is coming from someone who had never had it before.

Then this past Sunday one of the kids was telling us about her week and she said, “Well, I was sick Thursday, Friday and Saturday throwing up.” Ahhh! Why are you here?! I don’t know about your families but the stomach flu is considered the modern day plague in my family. Maybe I just don’t understand yet because my child isn’t old enough. Maybe at some point when he gets older I will morph into the woman that brings her very contagious kids to church. I can only hope not!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Happy Christmas! Day 9 ~ Enough with Santa already~

A woman I know once told me that when her kids questioned whether Santa Claus existed, she would reply,

"If you don't believe you won't receive."

That phrase and the picture from my last Christmas post got me thinking about a problem I've been having the last couple of years with my older children and Santa Claus. Call me Scrooge, call me a Bah Humbugger, but enough already with that charade. It's one thing when the children are little - they really get into it and it's not hard to fool them - but it's quite another when they're pre-teen and teenagers.

I feel like I need to train with the Secret Service specializing in:

~~the careful selection of different kinds of wrapping paper

~~how to disguise handwriting (I write with my LEFT HAND, duh)

~~making sure the gifts are hidden in Fort Knox- like places

Good grief it's a lot of work!

I was ten when I finally recognized the words, From Santa, in my mother's handwriting. I asked her about it, she gave me the skinny. Simple as that. She was probably relieved, like I would be that the circus of disguise could finally end.

I however, have one older son who refuses to get the hint - that Santa doesn't exist. Aren't they supposed to figure it out on their own? Aren't they supposed to put two and two together and finally ask?

So my problem is thus: Should we tell them the truth when they ask about the big Elf, or should we prolong it with a phrase like the one above? When they reach a certain age, is it just time to tell them?

One of the joys of parenting is bearing the heavy hand of truth.
Just one more thing no one tells us about before we reproduce..

That eventually we'll have to, in essence, kill Santa.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

"My corpse is still warm, you know?"

The headline today read:

McCain declines to back Palin for 2012

Full article here (I can barely contain my glee, hee hee)

Er, Happy Christmas?? Day 10

Had to change the naked Santa. I could only look at that so long before I started to see similarities to my own body. This one is a better fit. It's probably a stunt I'd pull...

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Good bye Mr. Polar Bear! Oh, how we loved thee...

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and his department finalized rules last Thursday changing the way it administers the Endangered Species Act, enabling other government agencies to decide on their own whether a project would harm an imperiled species without an independent scientific review.

They will eliminate some of the mandatory, independent reviews that government scientists have performed for 35 years on dams, power plants, timber sales and other projects, a step that developers and other federal agencies have blamed for delays and cost increases.

Opponents say the move destroys the checks and balances that have helped the government save hundreds of species from extinction under the 1973 law.

"As the Bush Administration fades off into the sunset, it continues to take brazen pot shots at everything in sight, including America's landmark conservation law, the Endangered Species Act," said the House Resources Committee Chairman, Nick Rahall.

~~My question to Kempthorne who says, "Nothing in the regulation relieves a federal agency of its responsibilities to ensure that species are not harmed," is thus, who will now provide the unbiased view? The unbiased, unaffiliated opinion?

Hours after Thursday's announcement, three environmental groups, Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife and Center for Biological Diversity, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco seeking to halt regulations that they say are inconsistent with the act.

The regulations don't require federal agencies to seek consultation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service before approving projects, the lawsuit said.

So, in other words, under the new regulations, the federal agencies would have the discretion of deciding whether or not to ask for a consultation and opinion. They can do what they want, basically, so more logging, powerplants, dams, condos, and freeways, can be put up alot quicker and with alot less RED TAPE. (Red tape = polar bear habitat, wetlands, rivers, etc. You know that stuff in the way of the paved parking lot they want to put in.)

So once again, the tally widens. Bush - 4500, animals and their habitat - 0

How long until he leaves again??

Happy Christmas! Day 11

~~How to keep your house filled with sweet holiday smells instead of little boy, ah... odors.~~

Heat in a small pan on the stove:

2 cups water
1 tsp whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp rosemary
1 bay leaf
1 tsp whole allspice
orange rinds

Keep on low heat. Remember to check periodically throughout the day as the liquid will burn away eventually. I just keep adding water. The spices should last two - three days and keep your house smelling of gingerbread.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Happy Christmas!! Day 12

~The Jesus and Virgin Mary World Tour~
~ For the Holidays~

First stop - High Ridge, Missouri - The Divine Cheeto

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Books I read in 2008

Whew, I'm tired. I had a busy year reading -
My favorite was Katherine. Excellent, super romantic, historical fiction.
Least favorite - Wicked. Green hermaphrodite. Yeech..
About half of these I read for my neighborhood book club.
How about a little contest for 2009?? Who can read the most? Post a review here and we'll keep track on the side.
I'm trying for 50. (Impossible you say? I laugh at impossibility)
Anybody interested?

1. Jane Eyre - by Charlotte Bronte
2. Twilight - Stephanie Meyer
3. New Moon - Stephanie Meyer
4. Eclipse - Stephanie Meyer
5. The Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
6. The Pretties -Scott Westerfeld
7. The Specials - Scott Westerfeld
8. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter -Kim Edwards
9. Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie
10. Standing in the Rainbow - Fannie Flagg
11. Katherine - Anya Seton
12. The Green Darkness - Anya Seton
13. To Kill a Mocking Bird - Harper Lee
14. Austenland - Shannon Hale
15. Wicked - Gregory Maguire
16. Fearless Fourteen -Janet Evanovich
17. The Woods - Harlen Cobin
18. Book of a Thousand Days - Shannon Hale
19. The Enchanted April - Elizabeth von Arnim
20. Where Memories Lie - Deborah Crombie
21. Live to Tell- Surviving the Rwanda Holocaust - Immaculee Ilibagiza
22. The Time Travelers Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
23. Mudbound - Hillary Jordan
24. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
25. The Duchess - Amanda Foreman

William Ayers- The Unrepentant Terrorist??

"Demonization, guilt by association, and the politics of fear did not triumph, not this time. Let's hope they never will again. And let's hope we might now assert that in our wildly diverse society, talking and listening to the widest range of people is not a sin, but a virtue."

William Ayers, NY Times article Dec 6, 2008.

I've never heard such wild, radical 'terrorist' thinking in my life.

I find it interesting that those of us who profess to be religious, non-judgemental and kind to those who have made mistakes, will allow no other's to do the same. That Obama has been held accountable and tainted for just talking to someone who has made mistakes in his past, or who preaches from a pulpit in his church, reeks of hypocrisy.

Is that what its come to in life? If I want to run for public office must I always perform a background check on everybody that's in the same room with me from the beginnings of my adult life? Must I choose which city I'm from carefully lest its torrid political history be held against me?

I find it sad, and silly, and just plain dumb. (Oh sorry, can I say that word??)