Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I just totally stole these pictures from my new addiction, Notes on Bar Napkins. Jeremy, you rock! I, too, DETEST these 8 legged buggers, but damn if this little guy isn't the cutest little sucker I've seen in a long time. Enjoy some hairy, spidery, smiley goodness....

All Bow Before the Smiley Spider

Monday, January 26, 2009

I don't consider myself a movie snob, but there are just some movies that I DO NOT want to see....Any Sex in the City movie, for example. Or the "dance" type movies, like Step Up or Off or whatever the hell they are, and torture porn, AKA the Saw movies, or Captivity or crap like that.

This weekend, we decided to watch "Burn After Reading." We both wanted to see it--great cast, written and directed by the Coen Brothers....we had high hopes. Oh, to have those hopes dashed, and the beauty of Brad Pitt and George Clooney go to waste. We were, to put it mildly, disappointed. It was like they couldn't make up their minds about the storyline. Is it a comedy? Is it a thriller? Usually the Coens are tops at combining these elements, but, at least in our estimation, this effort fell very, very short of the goal.

So, as a filler before BAR started, we watched part of a movie I had zero interest in seeing, and that I actually ended up thinking was pretty damn funny..... Disaster Movie. I usually hate these "movie movies" but honestly,this had some damn funny parts. Anytime Hannah Montana gets killed by an asteroid, Kim Kardashian bites it, and someone shows the SitC girls for the aging whoooores they are, I'm in. Yes, it was stupid, yes, some parts sucked, but for the most part, if you just turn your brain off and let yourself enjoy it, it is pretty fun. For us, the best part was Nicole Parker, who I have never seen in anything else (I guess she's on MAdTV, but I never watch that). She was GREAT!!!! Her "Enchanted" princess is very funny....

So, now that I have admitted my fondness for a movie a lot of people consider to be a giant turd floating in the Hollywood bowl, here's a question for the one or two of you who actually read this drivel:

What movie or TV show have you ended up watching and really enjoying, that you had no interest in, or thought was gonna suck?

Sunday, January 25, 2009

I was reminded recently of this movie....I always liked it, but in a lot of ways, I am living it now....

Hope Floats

Birdee Calvert-Pruitt is back in her hometown of Smithville, Texas after discovering that her husband is having an affair with her best friend, Connie. The entire town knows what happened to flawless beauty Birdee since Connie let her know about the affair on a national talk show. Back in town, she's dealing with catty old friends and acquaintances from high school who can't help rubbing it in her face that she isn't as perfect as she thought while still trying to get back on her feet with her daughter, Bernice. Deeply depressed, she runs into an old friend, Justin Matisse, who tries to help her through, but is still in love with her. Birdee must make a new life for her and her daughter, but will Justin be able to be part of it?

Yeah, yeah, it's a chick flick and normally, I DO NOT do chick flicks. But I really liked this one. In a way, I have become Birdee.....and I found my Justin.

Thanks for taking this beat-down, sad, broken girl and giving her more than she thought she ever deserved. I know, I know....I'm being all sappy and happy shoot me.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

My fellow citizens:
I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.
Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.
So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.
That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.
These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land - a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.
Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many.
They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America - they will be met. On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.
On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.
We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.
In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.
For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.
For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.
For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn. Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.
This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions - that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.
For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.
Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.
What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them - that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works - whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account - to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day - because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.
Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control - and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart - not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.
As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort - even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.
To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.
To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West - know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.
As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages.
We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment - a moment that will define a generation - it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.
For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.
Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.
This is the price and the promise of citizenship.
This is the source of our confidence - the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.
This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed - why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.
So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:
"Let it be told to the future world...that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive...that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it]."
America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

This is it. Today is the day America grows up, changes, begins to heal.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen.
I am trying very hard not to get too emotional, because I am at work.
HE will be at work soon, for you and me, and all of us.
God Bless America!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

From Sofia, posting on Pajiba......

Where would your ideal wedding take place, and what would it be like?

all comments welcome......

Monday, January 12, 2009

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Someone told me recently that things happen in our lives that we don't understand...we may never really understand why some things happen, and maybe it is for someone else to sort out. This may be true. I have had something happen quite recently that has taken me quite by surprise. Something I truly did not expect.....I found a quote that somewhat sums it up:

Find a guy who calls you beautiful instead of hot, who calls you back when you hang up on him, who will lie under the stars and listen to your heartbeat, or will stay awake just to watch you sleep... wait for the boy who kisses your forehead, who wants to show you off to the world when you are in sweats, who holds your hand in front of his friends, who thinks you're just as pretty without makeup on. One who is constantly reminding you of how much he cares and how lucky his is to have you.... The one who turns to his friends and says, 'that's her.'

huh......didn't expect that now at all......

Friday, January 09, 2009

For all of my Pajiba-friends....welcome to the Sacred Order of the Snuggie!!!

And, imagine the possibilities of a Snuggie, made entirely of SHAM-WOWS!!!!
Ahhh, warmth and absorption all in one!!!! Makes sitting thru the entire ballgame or movie THAT MUCH MORE CONVENIENT!!!!

Knightstown ‘Children’s Home’ to close

KEN KUSMER Associated Press Writer

INDIANAPOLIS — The state of Indiana will close a 143-year-old home for troubled children in May, disappointing alumni who had found refuge there and the veterans groups that supported it.
The Indiana State Department of Health said it would close the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Home in Knightstown and move its 114 students in grades 5-12 into community settings after the current school year ends in May.
Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Judy Monroe noted the state would need $65 million to $200 million to renovate the 50-acre, 53-building campus that once housed 1,000 children.
“We really need to put our money into services, not bricks and mortar,” Monroe said in an interview Wednesday after announcing the closure to the staff at the home about 25 miles east of Indianapolis. “Institutionalizing children is just not where society is at today.”
However, alumni fondly recalled the years they spent there.
“It was the best thing, really, that ever happened to me,” said Tim Brown, 71, who became a star running back with the Philadelphia Eagles. He and his brother moved there from Richmond in the 1950s after their father, a World War II Army cook, and their mother split up and the family disintegrated.
“People say, ’Oh, you went to the Children’s Home,’ and I say, ’Thank God,”’ Brown said from his current home in Palm Springs, Calif.
Private funders founded the home in 1865 to care for and educate orphaned and destitute children of Civil War Union Army veterans. The state took control two years later, and in the 1890s the school began accepting the destitute children of all veterans. Eventually, it opened its doors to other at-risk children, with preference in admission given to those of veterans.
Veterans groups including the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars adopted the home as one of their pet projects and paid for new buildings and capital improvements. The Indiana Department of the Legion pays for the class rings and class trip of graduating seniors.
“We have a tremendous number of e-mails and phone calls from our members around the state who are very concerned about this,” said Hugh Dagley, assistant adjutant of the Indiana Department, which is holding its midwinter meeting this weekend in Indianapolis. “It’s going to be cussed and discussed.”
The home received financial support not only from the Indiana Department but also individual posts around the state, Dagley said.
Monroe said the decision to close the home was unrelated to recent Indiana budget cuts but rather culminated from a three-year review that also included state education, budget and social services officials and architects.
The state spent more than $10 million to operate the home last year at an average cost of nearly $250 per child per day, Monroe said. Parents and guardians could remove their children at any time, and 72 children out of 185 left during that year. The average length of stay had fallen to just two years.
It’s much different from the experiences of Susie Yagher and four younger siblings who went there from a troubled family in southern Indiana in 1969, when she was 15 and the home housed 500 children. Yagher, 55, of Ormond Beach, Fla., operates a private Web site for alumni of the home’s Morton Memorial School.
“We are all just devastated,” she said. “Everybody was in the same boat, and you became brothers and sisters, basically.”

She feared the state would convert the campus into a prison, making it no longer accessible for alumni to visit.
Joseph Fistrovich, chief financial officer of the Indiana Department of Correction, said officials in the administration of Gov. Mitch Daniels have informally discussed turning the grounds into a prison.
“At this time there is no funding in the budget,” Fistrovich said.

For anyone interested in signing the petition to save Indiana Soldiers & Sailors Childrens Home or as the thousands of students who lived there ove the years called it 'The Home'.