Sleeping. Crocheting. Reading. Relaxing. Snuggling. What a fun day!
Riga, one of our kitties is in Heat. The first time for both of us. She is crying, running around in pain. Time to schedule that spaying. I hope we make it through the night. Crazy kitty.
So, today is exactly 1 month since I last blogged. I feel pretty awful about this and yet at the same time it was a nice break. I was very busy over the holidays. I actually have some posts written from last month, which you may see popping up. I hope they are interesting and fill in some of the holes from December.
Today also marks the launch of the application implementation I was managing. How fitting that it happened on Friday the 13th. I couldn’t have scheduled it better.
I did cross stitch! I am very excited. BozoBoy’s mum gave me a small child’s pattern years ago when I showed interest in the amazing work she and my sister-in-law did. Last night I started it. As it turns out it was quite easy and mentally relaxing. I will have it finished in no time.
I also decided to crochet a blanket for my friend who is due in June. I finally got a pattern I like and away we go. I figure I will have it done in about 3 weeks if I keep it up. The material is that typical baby trio of colors. It has been at least 5 years since I have even attempted any crocheting projects. I am still a novice. I plan on purchasing a book soon that demonstrates the stitches. I need to visually see them to learn them. Reading them does me no good.
All this crocheting is making me feel more maternal. Not sure how I feel about that.
A nice start to winter:
Fake tree decked out in living room.
Presents wrapped under the tree.
Kitties attacked and break their first bulb.
House now has security lights hooked up.
Soon outside evergreen tree will be light up too.
I am off for 2 weeks. Well not actually off but I don’t have to go back to the office until after the New Year. My project has been delayed until I return. I am happy about that. Now I will go and contemplate what I will do with all that time off, in between doing some real work too.
I got a strange email last week. It was from an old beau, my first grown-up beau. I havenâ€™t seen or heard or even thought about in over 11 years. It was kinda weird. I emailed back and he called. Caught up. It was awkward. Now it is over and I can let this small blip pass over me. Isnâ€™t strange how some relationships we have seem to resonate at that given moment in time. Even if they donâ€™t end the way we had hoped at the time in hindsight it just seems so right. That trying to glance back and look forward with that person just seems so wrong. I am thankful everyday for the loving relationship I have with BozoBoy. It just keeps getting better and better. And today, that was reinforced. I love u BozoBoy!
I thought I would share this website, which I enjoy Dr. Weil. The site is for a Dr. Weil who promotes healthy lifestyle via vitamins, homeopathic remedies and alternative medicine. I actually receive several newsletters throughout the week, with lots of tips. Try out the eBulletins.
I keep reading and hearing buzz about Condi running in the next presidential race. There seems more talk about her as VP but I am sure nothing is set in stone. So, what are your thoughts about her? What about Mrs. New York? I hear she is putting her hat in the ring as the next leader as well.
I have to say I am quite inspired, not the candidates per se, but the idea that there may actually be a woman is these long male-led positions.
I am the first to admit that I am liberal and somewhat a bleeding heart. Yet, I am not registered with any particular party. I believe we need to focus more education, public health and humanitarian efforts. I would like to see a candidate who will offer real solutions to our internal problems. I don’t vote party lines, I vote for an individual whose idealogies are the same or close to my own.
At this moment, I know for sure I wouldnâ€™t choose Condi. There is just something about herâ€¦I canâ€™t get behind. I canâ€™t even say I would vote for Hilary, I would need to know more about her goals. The last election I had hoped that McCain and Dean would hook-up. I know crazy! But they seem to portray honesty and realism, something that seems so lacking in this city. I always think how great it would be to have a mixed Pres & VP.
Do I feel guilty for not selecting the black or female candidate? No. Is having a female or minority candidate something that could influence my decision? Absolutely. I can never escape what I amâ€¦a woman, a minority and an American. Thank God I am afforded the freedom to exercise my choices.
There seems to be a lot of discussion about immigration. I am will be the first to say that I donâ€™t have it all figured out. And that I probably have some ideas that others may disagree with, but they are my opinions and I am certainly not a politician just a voter. So, what are my ideas?
- The INS needs to be restructured. Having firsthand knowledge of this pathetic institution I can vote for that. It took BozoBoy and I 5 years to get through the process, just to even have our interview so that he could get his 10-year green card. This process should not take so long. I donâ€™t know what they are doing at that agency but it needs re-work.
- My opinion is that illegal immigrants should not be able to get a drivers license. I think they should have to go through the formal process of applying for resident alien status just like other legal immigrants. Unless this process is a stepping-stone to formal immigration status. A driverâ€™s license is a basic right that you are afforded as a contributing member of our society. It is a doorway to many avenues, as a legal source of identification. Yes, I understand that undocumented aliens are here and that they are filling a gap in our employment structure. Doing jobs that others wonâ€™t and not making much money. I am not saying they should be thrown out, I believe that you should be offered the opportunities to better yourself, the same that were offered to others who came before. But do I think that should include providing medical assistance to illegal immigrants? No, we arenâ€™t even doing that for the people we have currently. I admit I do think we should do some backyard cleaning before we offer to have a party in it.
- Do I think that babies born to undocumented aliens are America? Yes, I do. A child born on this soil is an American. Donâ€™t ask me to explain thisâ€¦just one of those crazy principals.
- Finally, could my mind be changed? Of course, if someone came up with a detailed plan, that addressed my concerns or most of them would I be willing to change my position. Maybe. I donâ€™t have the answers but I sure would like to have a real discussion about the options.
Watch out, I am on ranting rampage.
I am quite fed-up with this general American attitude that I now see daily that exerts this idea that “I deserve everything and if I donâ€™t get it itâ€™s because they wonâ€™t give it/let me have it.” Everywhere I turn I get this sense of entitlement. Are we turning into a culture of entitlement, expecting others to do for us without returning the favor?
Far to often these days when I hold the door for someone they just continue through without even saying thank you. Even if I say after them, â€œsure, no problem,â€ they turn looking perplexed. HELLO! a simple thank you or please is all Iâ€™m asking for?
Even eating out or shopping has become tedious. Often I find that wait staff or sales clerks arenâ€™t that interested in helping me. They could really care less. I am not asking for more than I would offer, a smile a hello, assistance if I have a question. Not a huff or sneer or roll of the eyes.
This leads me to my next observation. It is not surprising that our young people are quickly adopting these negative characteristics. Honestly, I am saddened by what I see as complacency in kids today. The general disrespect that I would never have exercised as a child is typical from kids you pass in the mall. I often feel embarrassed when I make new friends from outside the U.S. who have recently moved here. They are so overwhelmed by the wealth in this country and the unlimited possibilities available to them. And this cultural entitlement is growing and visible everywhere you look.
I know there is no easy solution, especially when our government and corporate leaders set poor examples and consistently display apathy and disregard at staggering numbers. I am just so pissed about it. I work hard and I admit I have expectations that I accomplish certain goals, but I donâ€™t blame others or expect things to happen without a little sweat. America is an ideal, something that some have forgotten, with tremendous blessings it bestows on us daily. So, why are we all so blame drive? Where has our gratitude for the opportunities we are afforded every day?