Friday, October 31, 2008

Knit bag fever

Hey guys,

I've been remiss in my duties as a blogger. I've been knitting like a crazy nuts. I'm doing a show this weekend-mo' money,mo' money,mo'! I've decided to include a new segment into my daily blogging habits. Wednesday will be soup of the week. I'll show case a soup I've conquered and made my very own-and yes there will be pictures(I hate cookbooks without pictures). I have recently made potato soup and three bean soup with roasted chicken. This weekend I'll be making tomato soup and pumpkin soup. I'm looking forward to some non-knitting time-not that I don't love knitting-but knitting under deadlines can be stressful.

check in later kids


Friday, October 24, 2008

Why I can't listen to christian radio stations anymore

Hey guys,

Let me warn you-I'm feeling peevish right now-so bear with me. Let me start off by saying I am a follower of Christ. I believe in the virgin birth-Jesus Christ's death-his burial and his resurrection. That being said what I don't believe is that God is republican or Democrat. I also don't believe that I should vote for a candidate simply because he says he's (pro-life,anti-gay,for the ten commandments being posted in every government office across the land)(besides I'm a lover not a hater)or any other hot button issue used to keep us from the real issues. Our economy is dying-this is what happens when you stop being the leading exporter and start being the leading importer. Not much is made in America anymore. You have people who have basically worked their entire working life in one place being displaced by outsourcing. They keep saying that it's a global economy-why can't we have one that works for everyone. The real issues(health care,education,living wages)are not being talked about. I've been listening to several christian radio stations-mainly because I like some of the christian artist -great praise and worship songs. The commentary however set the vein in my neck throbbing. The tag line that I heard most frequently was" I'm not going to tell you who to vote for but..." They did everything but call Obama a Muslim and a terrorist. You would have thought Obama was a used car salesman selling snake oil. I heard how America was falling for "slick"talk. They kept telling their audience to not be fooled. I for one like listening to someone who challenges me to be a better American. We need encouragement. Then they talked about Obama being called the "Great Hope" and then went on to explain that our hope was to be in Jesus. Then they got on the socialism band wagon and talking about how it's not the government's responsibility to help poor people. They said it's the Churches responsibility. So only poor people get help from the church-it's the government's responsibility to make sure abortion is illegal and gay people don't have the same rights as the rest of America? So let me get this right. They will vote for a candidate who says he's anti-abortion-(matches up with the whole thou shalt not kill) and hates gay people,but they won't vote for a person working to help the poor and needy(hmmmm... could have sworn Jesus did that(Luke 4:18-19)). They never talk about the policies that got us into this mess. When did it start making sense to give tax breaks to companies outsourcing jobs? Do CEO's really need to make 400% what their workers do? Is it okay that we reward CEO's who do a horrible job with huge severance packages-while your company just filed bankruptcy? What about these shady morals? Morality is so much more than who's sleeping with who-or who had an abortion. I don't think government should be in private decisions. You can't legislate morality. Everyone should make their decision based on the big picture. We need a president who's familiar with all segments of the population-not just those making more than 250,000 a year. An American dream that excludes people on any bases is a nightmare. God gave us free will for a purpose. Choose for yourself-No one has the right to make decisions for you-If God doesn't do it-why is it okay for Conservative Christians to do it?

I'm a African-American Christian Woman and I approve this message.


Monday, October 20, 2008

This is the first day of the rest of your life

Hey guys,

Today was my first day at my new job. Thanks to all of the people who wished me good luck. It was fun and I like the way they do things. I'll have to get used to the customers and such but all and all it was good. I would like to say nothing out of the ordinary occurred but I would be wrong. We had a diabetic go into shock and spasm on the floor. We called the paramedics and my new boss had to hold the I.V. bag for the EMT guys. I'm not a lookey lou but I ended up leading a patron over their because they needed a book in that area. I like the people at the branch and they are so welcoming-different from the stone-but still good. The drive wasn't bad and I made it to the gym today(yeah me!). I'm excited to turn the page and start a new chapter. One of the guys at work asked me how my first day was. I told him that i liked it. He said jokingly- so I'll see you tomorrow then? So I'm starting to fit in. I danced like crazy nuts tonight. Tonight I learned an urban waltz-it was a jazzed up version of some enchanted evening-so awesome. I also practiced a new way of doing the twist-so awesome. Before you know it I'll be doing some ballroom dancing(as soon as I become rich-it's expensive). So today is a day of exploration and getting my feet wet-(quack quack-or should I say Aflac)

be good to yourselves


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Last Chance-Last Dance

Well guys,

Friday was my last day at work. I didn't put any less effort into it-I figure that the way I leave one place is the way I'll go on to another. I did however have a wonderful conversation about Heart(the rock group)and Journey with my friend Genni. I gave her one of my goodbye cd's. I was totally rocking out the night before to Stryper-Now I have "He is the reason for the season" and "To hell with the devil"along with "Never" by Heart and "Lovin',Touchin',and Squeezin" by Journey stuck in my head. I'm going to miss my peeps. I just thought about how wonderful it is to be able to say your going to miss the people from your old job. Okay enough with the touchy-feely bit. I went to the pumpkin festival today. Was it worth it? Ms. A allowed me to drag her into a 2 hour car trip to go. Circleville wasn't that far away but the traffic sucked donkey balls. It took you forever to get to the festival. Once there I sampled-pumpkin pie-pumpkin burger-pumpkin turnover with pumpkin ice cream and Cinnamon sauce-yep I'm pumpkin ed out. The biggest pumpkin weighed in at a hefty 1375 pounds. I'm glad I went but don't know if I'll do it again next year. I'm home and now going to crash.


Monday, October 13, 2008

The quilted giraffe and other oddities

Hey guys,

I finally started listening to some of the music left on my mp3 player. The first song is called" The quilted giraffe" It's like weird ambient music. I'm not sure I like it's enya/moby/yanni feel. There's other weird titles like: Instant love,angry girls and cowboys,and afraid to love. Maybe if I give it a chance it'll grown on a rash. Oddities numero 2-Shadow box. I went to shadowbox friday night with my college friends. I should have know by the shows title(Raisin' Hell)that I was in for a night of surprises. Shadowbox is a live skit/musical/comedy club. My favorite skit of the night-SCI-FI story. Yes there was a intergalactic war between the Trekkie's and the Jedi knights. The skit spawned such songs as- everything's better with chubaka,when you're a Jedi,and Uhura,I just met a girl named Uhura,etc. I had a good time and laughed my bottom off. The music was okay-I liked the skits better. I was however creeped out by the vampire/zombie music dance scene. It just looked scary. Well I've got to rest up for tomorrow.

check ya later


Sunday, October 12, 2008

Thank goodness it's fall.

Hey guys,

The nights are getting cooler(yeah). It's almost jeans and sweatshirt weather. My mind immediately turns to two things. 1. What am I going to knit this season and. 2. What fall goodness will I sample. It's not hard to find good normal food at a fair price-If you know where to look. I found this beautiful produce

At my local Sandy Hill produce store. Sandy Hill is celebrating it's 60th year in business. I like them because you can get good produce that is mostly locally grown at a reasonable price. So how much do you think I paid for: 12 apples,13 peppers,7 plum-apricot hybrids,1 spaghetti squash,1 butternut squash,and dried cranberries,banana chips,sesame seeds,and dried apricots? $25? $20 the low low bargain basement price of 19.95? I got all this

For 14.92. That's right, I can make soups and snack mixes from this bounty for at least two weeks. I had and interesting weekend and I'll tell you more about it Monday. Just picture Jedi knights and Trekkie's in a musical(Sci-Fi-Story).. Until we meet again, TTFN(ta-ta for now)


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Runnin' on Empty

I'm in transition mode. I have a new position at work and I'm excited about all the new opportunities I'll have to shine. While I'm happy-it's so hard to say goodbye. I've been waiting so long for that all important call(You're Hired!!) that I didn't think about how hard it would be to leave my old position. I've been in my current position for the past 8 years. That's a long time and a lot of history. I find myself saying good bye to customers. It's almost like a this is your work life episode. I've watched children become young adults. I loved the volunteer coordinator aspect of my job. It gave me a chance to encourage my students-not just the whole after school special spiel("Don't be a fool-Stay in school" Just say no! Take a bite out of crime") I was more interested in talking to them about their finances. If I can influence one kid to stay debt free-my job is done. I'm talking to them about Roth Ira's(after tax money put in a mutual fund)-deferred comp(pre tax money put into a mutual fund).I also tell them about the perils of getting into credit card debt. If someone had explained to me what interest was(i.e. it's the devil and causes you to give credit card companies money they don't deserve)I would have thought twice about getting that MasterCard. One of the mother's of a volunteer told me that her son is now a freshman in college(I'm not getting older-I'm just getting better)I couldn't believe it. I'm getting teary eyed as I write this post(cue the violin's). I know that i'm a different person because I had to wait for my promotion. I don't think I've become jaded-I'm just a little tougher now(not exactly tonka tuff but close enough). I guess it's like any adversity- you come through it equipped to deal with the next challenge. I do feel a little like wonderwoman(without the lasso of truth or the invisible airplane). Here's a little boys to men for you.


Sunday, October 5, 2008

I'm in Love......With........

Hey guys,

I'm totally into my new main squeeze-He lets me push his buttons all the time. He's always whispering sweet music in my ears. Oh! to hear him croon to me at night-or encourage me at the gym. He's full of sound advice. He told me that Jesus was the reason for the season. I also now that He can't go for that-uh uh no can do. Did you know that peter piper picked peppers but Run rocked rhymes? He also told me that I can't hurry love. That it's best to wait for love. He also tells me to get down on it. If you haven't figured it out yet... I have a new MP3 player-2GB(score!) it's 40 bucks well spent. I thought I'd treat myself to some good tunes. The only weird thing? When I went to load the music on the player-someone already had music on it. I guess that's what you get when you buy a clearance item. I haven't listened to their music yet-I'll probably end up erasing it but it's weird all the same. I know it's been a while since my last post. I've been a busy little bee-I'm moving into a new position(yeah me!!) I'm so excited to be doing something new and adventurous. I'm also continuing my downward trajectory on the scales.(Take that! Captain Waggle bottom)