Sunday, November 23, 2008

Where have I been?

So I looked at the calendar today, and somehow it's almost December. I guess I really could've looked at the Christmas tree in my living room to figure this out as well, but there's nothing like a calendar to deliver sobering reality.

So, what have I been up to this past month, you ask? Why have I abandoned all of my loyal readers?

Well, here's the list:

1. Not much.
2. Working. I have almost completely moved up to full-time at work. I still enjoy it, and feel like I really contribute to the success of our office.
3. Election
4. Greg visiting. We had fun--he had done a LOT of campaigning for Obama, so it was good that a) he was able to celebrate the victory in VA and nationwide. and 2) he was able to escape DC craziness and come to Charlotte to see where I live now! (It was also good because Jim was out of town for most of the week, and I hate staying home alone--I'm such a scaredy cat).
5. Baby shower for Mike and Courtney Barrett in Fredericksburg. We stayed with my family, and it was good to visit with them, even though it was short. Also very wonderful to see all of the Fburg peeps that were there. I love being at an age where I have just as much fun with parents (mine, Jim's, and friends') as I do with my friends. That is going to be one cute smart wonderful baby! Stopped in to visit with Kate and Rob on the way home, which again, is always fun!
6. Dinners with friends around town.
7. Cute haircut
8. Put up the christmas tree, and made my first batch of christmas cookies. Have to brush up on my decorating skills for this year!
9. Small art projects--see pictures below
10. Loving on my kitties and my Jim
11. Going to church

Those are the big things. Now, let me entertain you with pictures!









These are my recent art projects: stockings for the cats and a felt silhouette of a bird.



Sunday, November 9, 2008

Post: Election

I realize that I haven't blogged yet about the election, which I suppose is surprising since I posted several political posts during the election, and I clearly have opinions about politics. It has been very hard for me, however, to express exactly how I feel about the results of this election. Obviously I am ecstatic, but it's so much more than that. Then today in church, it all hit me at once during a song that I have sung a million times in my short lifetime.

This Land is Your Land

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California, to the New York Island
From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me

As I was walking a ribbon of highway
I saw above me an endless skyway
I saw below me a golden valley
This land was made for you and me

...

In the squares of the city - In the shadow of the steeple
Near the relief office - I see my people
And some are grumblin' and some are wonderin'
If this land's still made for you and me.


I have sung this song many times as a child (and even a few times as an adult), and it never occurred to me that there are some people who may have never felt a connection to this song, who have never felt that this truly was their land. Now, I feel like there is a chance, there is HOPE that even if they don't now feel that this is their land, one day it may be possible. The emotion and the hope and the possibility that were palpable in our sanctuary today rushed over me as I clapped and sang and swayed, and I cried.

Yes, we can continue the efforts of generations before us, and strive for equality. Yes, we can make every voice be heard. Yes, we can make a difference in this world.

Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice. --Martin Luther King, Jr. August 16th, 1967

Saturday, November 8, 2008

What I'm Reading

Book:
A Boy Named Shel by Lisa Rogak

A biography of beloved poet and cartoonist Shel Silverstein. It's not very good. I feel like it's very much like my 6th grade research paper on Elvis Presley. I didn't feel like doing a lot of reserach and putting in all the footnotes and such, so I made everything anecdotal in nature, and just used what I knew of him (I even mentioned Cheap Trick's remake of Hound Dog--SUCH a child of the 80s)! I got an 87 on the paper, and that's what I would give this book so far.

Magazines:

Real Simple
In Style
Ready Made
Domino
Food & Wine
Charlotte Magazine (and Charlotte Home and Garden)
Vegetarian Times (it was a guilt purchase from an underachiever who came to our door.)

Blogs:
A lot of friends' blogs that I will mention if I still feel like typing.

http://www.sorryimissedyourparty.com/

daucus carota...all things inspiring

C Jane Run along with

Nie Nie Dialogues

Bricks and Stone Gossip

It's Lovely! I'll Take It!

Ikea Hacker

Other Websites I frequently check:

Kirtsy

Etsy.com and then I search for whatever I'm in the mood for.

CNN

Hungry Girl

Charlotte Craigslist

Friends' Blogs

Joanna friend from my college years and beyond, teaching English in Budapest.

Elizabeth (Ib) My wonderful sister! If you want to know the hottest (good) music, here's your place (no pressure, Ib!)

Ryan My brotha! He doesn't blog, but he does update his gallery quite often with his new work. Check it out!

Dawn My cousin who reviews girly stuff!

Sarah friend from college and beyond chronicling the daily wonders of her beautiful baby Maddie.

Beth friend from college who happens to be Sarah's sister (and she just announced that she's going to have a baby in May!)

Kate One of my very best friends in the world (any two who can survive La Maison Francaise and live to tell about SHOULD be best friends!)! Glad the blog is up and running now!!

Jim Does he need an introduction?

Jeremy friend. If you're like me, you won't understand most of these last two blogs mentioned. Computer Geeks, UNITE!

Tasha friend and Potter extraordinaire! (also Jeremy's wife!)

Melissa Tasha's sister and Foodie

Melissa and Glenn College friends (and an Old Navy vet) who recently had a baby!

I guess most of these are in my Blog List off to the side ---> but now you know who these wonderful people are to me!

Oddly enough, I've been trying to spend less time on the computer lately, but it seems to be a failed attempt for the most part.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

The King and I

Well, even though our Halloween weekend was kind of a bust, I still had a good time getting dressed up and making Halloween treats. Most of them were a repeat from Kate's birthday party last year, but I added a new one as well. The pumpkin carving was of course my favorite part, and they turned out great! And, of course, we have yummy seeds to snack on now!!

Jim was of course Elvis (if you had a white custom jumpsuit hanging in the closet, wouldn't you wear it?), and I went as Priscilla. Any chance to buy white platform Mary Janes, is one I cannot pass up (they'll probably stay in the closet until next year--not exactly office-appropriate!)

Here are some pictures--most are self-explanatory.



















This is Mispies 2.0 hiding in our Entertainment center. Too cute!