Thursday, February 25, 2010

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

I've been absent for a few days, mostly because of this lingering sickness that rendered me unable to do anything except for cough, sneeze and watch reruns of Law & Order.

Anyway, now I'm back, kind of. I'm off to Iowa as we speak, but perhaps something blog-worthy will happen along the way :)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Quote of the Day

"To live without risk is to risk not living" - Pope Pius XII

Friday, February 19, 2010

No Shame

"There is no shame, in having no shame".

Lifted from the archives, of one of my favorite blogs.

Tiger Woods

Did you watch today's press conference?

I did, and I must admit, he seemd genuinely sorry. I'm not sure if he's sorry for his actions, or if he's sorry that the world sees what a scumbag he is. I guess only time will tell.

While I was watching him, I was thankful that Elin wasn't standing next to him. I tried to put myself in her shoes, wondering what I would do if I was in her circumstance. I like to think that I would try to find it in myself to forgive my husband, to uphold my marital vow, to turn the other cheek. In our first session with the Priest that is marrying Scott & me, he talked about marriage as a covenant. He explained that what defined this covenant was the promise to uphold your vow to one another regardless of the other's actions (in other words, if one of us was unfaithful, the other should find it in themselves to forgive... thereby upholding our portion of the marriage covenant).

It's one thing to believe that you could be that way, and another to actually do it. How humiliating must it be to have your husband cheat all over your vows. How hard it would be to have your parents, grandparents, the whole world reading all about your husbands sexual dalliances. I can't imagine what she is going though with the public knowing all of her business.

Even more, I can't imagine what Tiger was thinking. Clearly he has a problem. I'm not a psychologist, but I am so curious why he got married in the first place. If he wasn't married, none of us would have probably learned about his sex-ploits. And if we did learn, we probably wouldn't care. Either way- he DID get married, and apparantly that's something that he doesn't care about. I can't imagine that he'll ever rebound in public opinion. Certainly I will never view him positively again.

One commentator said that the only way Tiger can redeem himself now is to single-handedly capture and kill Osama Bin Laden. Well... Happy Hunting.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

40 days and 40 nights...

Hello, Lent. Goodbye, Chocolate.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Giving credit where it's due

Dick Cheney supports repealing the abhorrent "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

Here's to equality!

(After this perhaps he will lose my "least favorite Dick of all time" title. Note the, ahem, capitalization).

Sunday, February 14, 2010

I love love

"Love one another and you will be happy. It is as simple, and as difficult, as that" - Michael Leunig

Post script: I think Valentine's Day is kind of silly. A day focused on only romantic love? What about all the other kinds of love... Familial love? Friendship? Those don't exist, and part of me wonders if that is because we wouldn't spend $17.6B (that is not a typo!) on those holidays. Maybe I'm just being cynical, but I don't think it should take chocolate or roses or a date in February to tell those we love that we do.

All that aside, I'm a sucker for love. Happy Valentine's Day! :)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Photo of the Day

Six months ago today. Gulf Coast of Alabama. (Look at all that water!)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Six months ago today...

Without being all dramatic, allow me to simply say that six months ago today was a day that changed my life, and I have thought about that day every day since it happened.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Photo of the Day

Biltmore Estate. Asheville, NC.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

#9 Learn to Cook

Perhaps it's premature to check this off the ol' list, but it's my list, so I'm doin' it anyway!
In the past, "cooking" required doing little more then setting the microwave timer (ie: Lean Cuisine's).

While I still do that a great deal, I've done more cooking in the past six months then in the preceeding 25 years. I have found that I actually ENJOY (gasp!) spending the time in the kitchen. Here are a few images to confirm my newfound cooking:

Some of you are probably looking at these pictures and thinking that this is a pathetic attempt, and that at 25 I should be able to do this and more... if you happen to be one of those people, well, perhaps you should leave :) I am proud of my first steps in to actual meal preparation... and in the words of my smart mama, "progress, not perfection"!
(Other images added as I cook them!)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Monday Funday

So Mondays? Kinda suck. (Even with a job you love!) I'm really not sure why they are so rough, if it's just the idea of coming down from a fun weekend, or the thought that the next one is five whole days away. Either way, Monday's can be kind of... painful.

So today is the start of "Feel Good About Yourself Monday". And tonight? Tonight I'm going to paint my nails and drink a Diet Coke. Because the Diet Coke? Looks like this:

And how can that not make you smile?!


"I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious". Albert Einstein

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Quote of the Day

"Everyone has sorrow. Everyone has obligations. Everyone keeps going. You lean on the people who love you. You do the best you can, and you keep going". Jennifer Weiner, Certain Girls

Divided Loyalties

Who to cheer for in tonight's big game?

Initially, I was cheering for the Saints. Mostly because of what happened to their city, but partially because my mom & I visited there earlier this season, and I thought that it would be kind of cool if they won the same year as our Mother/Daughter trip.

This changed tonight my brother informed me that the Colts have two former Hawkeyes on their roster. I had no idea! Apparently I need to follow pro-football a little more closely!

So now? Well, while I'm still torn, I will still be hoping to ask "Who dat?!"

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Team Jenny

"Enduring love is an act of will, not just the feeling" - Jenny Sanford, to Barbara Walters

Sidenote: WHAT a woman. If you didn't catch it tonight, I highly recommend finding the Barbara Walters interview of Jenny Sanford. She just oozes class, poise, strength, intelligence.

Post edit: After watching the 20/20 interview last night I did some internet digging on Jenny. She's so interesting. One of the pages I came across, clearly needs to be updated. Thought it was good for a laugh!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Tim Tebow

With the Superbowl just around the corner, many people have asked me which team I'm rooting for. While I'll be cheering on New Orleans, I must admit that more then anything, I am cheering against Tim Tebow (and honestly, it's not just for his politics or the hoopla surrounding his controversial ad... although I am confident that he is my political opposite).

Rather, I am planning on channel surfing during his commercial because I cannot stand him as an individual. My distaste for him stemmed from seeing him sobbing big tears after his team lost the Florida/Alabama football game this fall. He wasn't crying because of what is actually wrong in the world. He wasn't even crying because of a season ending injury. Rather, he was crying because his team lost. A game. He was a 22-year-old man, acting like a sore loser and a child.

So on Sunday, I plan to act similarly childish, and turn the channel when he comes on :)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Quote of the Day

"We can disagree, without being disagreeable". - Teddy Kennedy