Sunday, September 28, 2008

Lazy Sunday


We grabbed breakfast this morning...um....afternoon, at Mom's Restaurant in Ringoes. My friend/co-worker Sarah works there, so we stopped in to say hello and eat yummy omelette's, roasted potatoes and rye toast in this little cafe.

We cruised by Terhune Orchards afterwards to grab an Apple Walnut pie and some preserves. It reminds me of the cider mills in Michigan, only not nearly as fun. The smells weren't the same, no fresh hot doughnuts....I appreciate the organic veggies, but I really would have liked some hot cinnamon-sugar Yates Cider Mill doughnuts. It's just a few minutes from my parents home and each fall I look forward to the traffic back-up along Avon Road and Dequindre and the mass amounts of people filing in to savor the limited time each year they're open to the public.

Yet another thing to miss about Michigan.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Birthday!



My 28th birthday was this past Friday. In spite of being away from home, my family, friends and coworkers found ways to make it special. I received tons of well-wishes via e-mail, text, phone, facebook, myspace, etc., a homemade cake from my co-worker Cindy, huge boxes of gifts from my parents and sister filled with clothes, cookbooks, baking equipment; great clothes from my sister-in-law and my friend Rachel, a Edible Arrangement from Dana, Scott and Chase, and last but not least, Jason gave me a beautiful sapphire ring (my birthstone) to match the necklace and earrings he bought me a few years ago.

Thank you everyone who thought of me on my birthday and thank you for all of the perfect presents! I had an amazing birthday!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

enough with the fluff

I can't hold back any longer. I've stayed away from my political commentary for a while, in lieu of fun stuff like cooking, weddings and fashion, but alas, I hear the call of feminists in need.

I have hours of commentary about Sarah Palin that I have held back, but after last night's speech, I am fired up!!

I am not going to bash on her for having a 17 yr old daughter who is preggers. However, I am going to bash on the fact that the GOP is saying it is a political statement about Palin being pro-life. No 17 yr. old should be made into a national spectacle to prove a political point.

I will stand up for her right to be a candidate. I do not believe she should be attacked based on her gender, but rather, only on her politics. The fact that she is a former beauty queen does not disqualify her from running for elected office. Having said that, Sarah Palin is a woman, but she is no more for women's rights than any other socially conservative republican - man or woman! Does everyone understand that? Her political beliefs mean more to me than her gender. Her experience and lack thereof can, in no way shape or form, be compared to Barack Obama, nor should they.
#1 She is running for VP, he for President.

#2 Her status as a local politician, mother of a son in the military, business owner and mother of 5 are all great things. They make her a real person and give her perspective that is part of her political game. I appreciate that she brings that to the table in a way that a man might not be able to, however, these things DO NOT make you qualified to be 2nd in command of our country.

I have worked for a "small town" mayor and I have worked with "community organizers" - the difference is best explained in this video: