Nov 26, 2008

Fabulous

I received the Your Blog is Fabulous Award from the wonderful Mrs. Guru at Off the Beaten Path AND from KLC at Tales of a Northern Belle. Thanks! If you haven't read those blog head on over and get to reading! The rules to the award are to pass it along to 5 fabulous blogs and list five fabulous addictions.

1. Blogging. (Obviously!)
2. Tea. I like Hot Tea. Sweet Tea. Iced Tea. Flavored Tea. Green Tea. Chai Tea. I love it all!
3. Fleece blankets. I live in a permanent state of cold (a side effect of mild Raynaud's disease) and so I can frequently be found wrapped up in a blanket. I have them in every room of my house.
4. The smell of clean laundry. I love the fresh clean linen smell - it makes my disturbingly organized self feel better to know that everything is in its place and clean.
5. Learning. I know its nerdy, but I love to learn! I read the NYTimes, Dallas News, and Financial Times every day. We get Time Magazine, The Economist, and U.S. News. I watch the markets every day. I read non-fiction because I think its interesting. I am truly a nerd. And I'm okay with that!

I'll pass this little sucker on to:

The Funny and the Creepy

threesome blogspot. I like the number three. It was my soccer number all through high school. Despite my love for the number three I am certainly not helping house wife in threesome. The appeal just isn’t there for me. I certainly am not looking for grand parents for threesome with couple and have serious concerns about whoever is. Even worse multiple people have gotten to my blog by searching for niece wants threesome with auntie. Sickos. I’m so disgusted I can’t even come up with something somewhat amusing to quip.  

Apparently my sexiness just oozes out of my blog though. People are all about the sex searches. So for the record. I don’t do threesomes. I don’t swing. So whoever searched for swinging housewife confessions I’m sorry to disappoint you. Actually I’m not sorry. Sicko.

becoming a christian housewife. This is much better. Fits my blog much better. I wish you luck on your journey. And if I knew who you were – I’d pray for you.

dd0f6beb683f4ddb07258fb5865b9e05. Really? You searched for that? Why?

deceased person summoned to jury duty in dallas,tx. Seriously not fair. No one wants me on a jury (and I want to be called) but the dead get to serve? What did I do wrong? Actually, my Dad got called to jury duty after he passed away… but I never blogged about it.

fine looking pics. Thanks.

perfect housewife. I know. Thanks!

wedding gifts in 1970s. Well, I got married in 2006 not the 1970s but I can’t imagine gifts changed too much. Cash, gift cards, dishes, pots, china, crystal. What exactly were you hoping to find?

who made the wedding dress in the movie mona lisa smile? If you find out would you mind telling me?

do newlyweds live in Dallas? Yes.

Fantastic GRE scores. Thanks. I was proud of them! And they got me in. 

sometimes when I am alone I Google myself. Who doesn’t?

dr. pepper rain boots. If you find them, please send me a link (or better yet just send a pair). My husband would die!

I’m a housewife. Good for you.


I couldn’t make this stuff up!

Nov 23, 2008

I didn't.

My MIL gave me her treasured family recipe for Thumbprint cookies last week.  I planned to make them this weekend.  I didn't.

I want to make said cookies to take to her on Tuesday or Wednesday as a Thanksgiving surprise.  (She makes them every year for holidays but because of her recent surgery isn't doing any cooking this year).  To do that I planned to go buy a cute cookie tin.  I didn't.

NMB at Puttin' On the GRITS posted her Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe and I wanted to try it this weekend so I could decide if I would bring it to Thanksgiving.  I went to the store and bought ingredients so I could make it.  I didn't.

My bedroom is a disaster with baskets of clean clothes sitting around everywhere (and all of my drawers almost empty.)  I planned to put everything away this weekend and give it the good thorough cleaning it needs.  I didn't.

I planned to read Blink, my book for book club this weekend since I know next weekend will be busy.  I did manage to buy it.  But reading it?  I didn't.

Casey and I are trying to save money so even though I really want these new Ugg slippers  I didn't.  (I did get these similar ones from Target though!  I'm wearing them now and loving them!)

I planned to find paper to back the shelves in my office.  I looked.  And looked.  And searched.  And tried to find something I liked.  I didn't.

I had to call my doctor at home on Saturday because my recently operated on ankle swelled up to the size of an orange.  He told me to take it easy and not walk too much or do too much.  So I didn't.  Hopefully the swelling will be down by tomorrow because I don't want to have to go see him on Monday (He pretty much said if I need to go see him I am back in the boot.  I hate the boot.  I've worn it for months and months.  I can't go back!)

Instead, I spent the weekend buying a new Christmas tree(!!!), buying an ornament for my exchange partner, watching the Cowboys game (woohooo!! still in the playoff chase!), and coming up with some funny blog material for later in the week (I finally went through my google analytics info).

Nov 21, 2008

My Office

It isn't finished yet - but this will give you an idea of my closet.. err... office.

I started with this.  (i.e.  I started with not much!)
And here is what I have now.  I painted the walls a very subtle green, added a hot pink office chair, organized my craft stuff into white boxes, added a hot pink mat for the puppy, added a hot pink file box with soft green file folders, added a cute white lamp with pink and green plaid trim, put my pencils and pens in hot pink pails, added a soft green bucket for a trash can and whala!  It isn't fancy and I know it would look better if I painted all of the wood, but it's mine!
I still need to find a comfy chair to put in the corner (where the black and red chair is) to read in and I want to back all of the shelves in a cute pink and green paper (I just haven't found the right one yet!)

A long overdue post


A few weeks ago, Casey and I went to Nascar.  All I can say is: Wow!  It was my first time at a Nascar race and it was so much fun!  We went with BB&T, who sponsors Clint Bowyer in the number 2 car.  
We started the day off in the hospitality tent where we ate a great lunch and got to meet Richard Childress of Richard Childress Racing.  If you've never heard of him I suggest you Google - he is mighty impressive!  

After lunch, we were able to go on a pit tour and meet the crew who runs the number 2 car.  It was incredible.  We
were down standing and talking to the crew while the cars were racing around the track doing their practice laps.  You could FEEL the cars zoom by.  I couldn't believe the size of the tires - look at Casey compared to the tires!  We were also able to watch them change the tires on a car and I was really impressed with just how fast they can change a tire.  (I can't even get a lug nut off let alone change a tire - and they can do the whole thing in seconds!)

We had great seats for the race and could see the entire track.  BB&T also provided us with headsets so we could listen to the drivers and pit crews talking.  I spent half of the race wanting to shout at the drivers - I mean when you are driving at 180mph you shouldn't be talking!  But it was pretty amazing to listen to them.

I was horrified by the things people wore to the race and I wish I had taken pictures!  

You wouldn't believe the number of girls wearing bikini tops.  It was warm, but not hot.  There was no reason to leave your shirt at home!  Please check yourself when you walk out the front door.  If you forgot a shirt but remembered stilletos you have problems.

I (not surprisingly) saw numerous mullets and had to continuously fight the urge to break out the Billy Ray Cyrus music:
I want my mullet back.
My ol' Camero, an' my eight-track.
Fuzzy dice hangin' loose an' proud.
ZZ Top, they're playin' loud.
A simple time, that's what I miss.
Your mini-skirt an' your sweet kiss.
Things are changin' man, an' that's a fact.
I want my mullet back.
Please tell me I'm not the only Billy Ray fan..... But really, do people with mullets honestly think they look good?  Are they that oblivious to the snickering and pointing?


But really, characters came crawling out of the woodwork and I think they were all sitting around us!  We had a great day, and even though our driver, Clint, didn't win the race that day, he did win the series this season!

Nov 19, 2008

Corn

I'm sure everyone has a staple vegetable that you eat WAY too much of (or is that just us?)  We eat A LOT of canned green beans.  When I haven't been to the grocery store in a while it is always my go to.  Well tonight I'm feeling green beaned out and so I dug way back in my pantry and found canned corn.  Exciting.  Except I'm not sure what to do with it.  I normally make a corn souffle or a corn casserole or creamed corn.  Tonight, not so much.  When I heat a can of plain green beans I know just what spices to throw in to make them taste special.  With corn, I don't have a clue.  I turned to trusty friends Google and Tastebook and neither of them had an "add sugar and spice and all things nice" to make your canned corn taste great.  Apparently we're eating plain old canned corn tonight!

March 17, 2002

I've spent all morning sorting through the boxes and boxes and boxes of stuff that were stored back in the tiny room that I am going to use as my office.  It's been a so process - but I'm getting there!

In one of the boxes, I found a journal I bought my Senior year of high school for my English class.  Mrs. Dickson required us to each show her one journal entry a week for 6 weeks.  She hoped it would create a lifelong journaling habit - sadly it didn't - but it was nice to go back and see what I had written.  She gave us the assignment the week Nana Miller (my Dads Mom) passed away.  My first journal entry isn't very upbeat.  I stopped writing the week both Nana and Poppop (my Mom's parents) were diagnosed with cancer and given 3-6 months.  My last entry is also not so positive.  (2002 and 2003 were rough years in my family.  Nana Miller passed away in March 2002, Poppop July 28, 2002 and Nana Davies followed just 3 days later on July 31, 2002.  My father followed less than a year later on July 7, 2003.  It's no wonder my short attempt at journaling is so morbid!!)

The entry I'm going to share isn't so sad though.  Mrs. Dickson must have given us writing prompts to use as ideas if there was a week we were stuck.  My March 17 entry:

I guess I'll write Mrs. Dickson's prompt for this weeks English journal - ya know - the one I wasn't planning on doing, but it seems so appropriate: "what makes a good marriage prospect?"  I know that I want someone intelligent, honest, compassionate, someone I can talk to, someone I can be quiet with and not have it be awkward, a protector, and a Christian.  I am looking for someone with the same moral values as me, who is devoted to me.  I hope my true love is a good kisser (it sounds petty but it is important to me!)  I need someone who can make me laugh and who I can be goofy with.  I would like a guy whose hugs can make me forget all of my problems and let me just live in the moment.  I want him to be romantic, spontaneous, open, accepting, and a good listener.  I hope he remembers the things I say.  He needs to accept my friends and the things that are important to me.  I would like a man who can listen to my problems without feeling the need to give me advice.  I hope he is confident, good with children, patient, and has self-control.  He must be willing to admit when he is wrong and not rub it in when he is right.  I hope he has nice hands, a full laugh, and a great smile.  He needs to be goal oriented and have an idea what he wants to do with his life.  I hope he is able to talk about his feelings, respects me, accepts me for who I am, and loves my flaws and quirks.  I want him to be forgiving and a guy who doesn't bring up old fights or event during a fight.  I hope he is bilingual, open to other cultures, and adventurous.  I want him to be good-natured.  I need him to enjoy cuddling!  Most importantly I am looking for someone who I always feel safe and secure with.  Wow!  What should have just been a short and quick English assignment turned in to a pretty long list.  

I wonder if a guy who fits all of these really exists - hmm it would be nice. 

I can honestly sit here today 6 years later and say that I have found a man who fits almost all of those characteristics.  He isn't bilingual (unless World of Warcraft nerd speak counts!) but I'm okay with that.  I am so fortunate to have found my Mr. Forever and can't wait for him to get home so I can show him my journal entry!

Nov 18, 2008

Office Help

I'll post photos of my painted room and my inspiration rooms tomorrow - but for now:

I am in the process of converting my craft room into my new study for school.  It was a pretty ugly craft room (Give me a break.  I just moved in.) and I'm not able to do everything it needs so it won't be perfect.  It is still going to have odd wooden built-ins (and while I would love to paint them white - and some day probably will) it isn't happening before classes starts.  It will still be off of "the man cave" (a wood paneled room that is currently empty - save for the wet bar - that will someday house Casey's pool table).  It will still have a large dark room off it (and since I only use a digital camera - more like it has a storage room that just happens to have a sink!)

But now, instead of walls painted with multiple shades of white and tan over time, it has pretty pale green walls.  

I am trying to make this room very "me" and do it in shades of pink and green but I'm having trouble finding the right valance.  Any suggestions?

A Free Shopping Spree!

I went on a HUGE shopping trip yesterday.  And it didn't cost me a penny!  

Yesterday I drove up to my mom's house and I went Christmas shopping in her garage!  It was fantastic.  I got a few Snow Village peices from my Dad's train set (not all are the Department 56 brand so Casey and I will probably switch them out as our collection grows), a set of Budweiser Clydesdale Beer Steins (they sound tacky but I swear they will be great for Christmas parties!), some big decorative Santas, a few serving peices, a candy dish, a 3" tree to put in the family room (our big tree will go in the living room), a few ornaments, some really pretty gold ribbon, gold and white tree picks, and some yummy smelling pine cones. 

Now I have a big pile of Christmas decor sitting on the floor and all I want to do is start putting it up!  

Instead, I am off to the courthouse to request defensive driving for my silly ticket.

Nov 14, 2008

Baby Fever

Nope - I'm not posting that I'm pregnant.  But between friends from blogland, high school, and college I have had 7 people announce pregancies in the last few days!  I am so ready to be ready to have a child.  I know that doesn't make sense.  So let me explain.

I want nothing more from life than to a good mother.  If I can do that while being a professor - I'll be even happier.  If I can't than motherhood is all that I need.  Casey really wants kids too.  We've talked a lot about when we will have kids and we both know that now isn't the right time.  Casey is working incredibly long hours AND going to school.  To have a child before he graduates wouldn't be fair to him.  It would also be nice to have at least my qualifying exams done before I am trying to squeeze studying in during nap times.  

All of the logical reasons tell us that waiting another two years makes sense.  But that doesn't make the waiting any easier when I hear all of these happy moms-to-be.   

The one thing that might make it easier:  

all of the little ones already in my life.  Casey and I have nine nieces and nephews who all live close by.  Whenever I really need a baby I can borrow Maddie (1) or Ryan (2).  When I want a little sass Courtney (6) and Landry (6) have plenty to offer!  A bundle of sweetness you certainly turn to Cooper (4).  If a tornado of energy is your thing than McKinley (4) or Aaron (8) is the best bet.  For quiet mischief than Megan (4) is the answer.  And when we want a reminder of the difficulties of parenting, a conversation with Abby (12) who just started dating does the trick.

We are so blessed to have such great family all near by - and when I start feeling sad that we don't have our own rugrats yet we can always babysit!

Nov 13, 2008

Had to share...

My mom just e-mailed this to me and I thought it was just too funny!  




Jack wakes up with a huge hangover after attending his company's party.
Jack is not normally a drinker, but the drinks didn't taste like
alcohol at all. He doesn't even remember how he got home from the party.

As bad as he is feeling, he wonders if he did something wrong.
Jack forces himself to open his eyes, and the first thing he
sees is a couple of aspirins next to a glass of water on the side
table. And, next to them, there is a single red rose!! Jack sits up and sees
his clothing in front of him, all clean and pressed.
He looks around the room and sees that it is in perfect order,
spotlessly clean. So is the rest of the house.

He takes the aspirins, cringes when he sees a huge black eye staring
back at him in the bathroom mirror. Then he notices a note hanging
on the corner of the mirror written in red with little hearts on it
and a kiss mark from his wife in lipstick:

'Honey, breakfast is on the stove. I left early to get groceries to make you your favorite dinner
tonight.

I love you, darling!
Love, Jillian'

He stumbles to the kitchen and sure enough, there is hot breakfast,
steaming hot coffee and the morning newspaper. His 16 year old son is
also at the table, eating.

Jack asks, 'Son, what happened last night?'

'Well, you came home after 3 A.M., drunk and out of your mind. You fell
over the coffee table and broke it, and then you puked in the hallway,
and got that black eye when you ran into the door.' Confused, he asks
his son, 'So, why is everything in such perfect order and so clean?
I have a rose, and breakfast is on the table waiting for me??'

His son replies,
'Oh THAT... Mom dragged you to the bedroom, and when she tried to take
your pants off, you screamed, 'Leave me alone bitch, I'm married!!'

Broken Coffee Table $239.99
Hot Breakfast $4.20
Two Aspirins $.38
Saying the right thing, at the right time:

PRICELESS

Make-Up?

In my efforts to save money, I bought drug store mascara last week.  A number of you have mentioned Cover Girl Lash Blast on your blogs - and wow!  I can't say enough!  My lashes look ridiculously thick!!!! I also bought the Neutrogena Facial Peel and my skin is so smooth right now!

I've never done drug store makeup before because of skin issues - but I've pretty much outgrown all of them and so I'm ready to take the plunge.  I normally wear a combination of Fresh and Paula Dorff and pay like $42 for foundation, $45nfor powder, $45 for bronzer, etc.   I want to try and find something less expensive to wear on normal days (I think I'll stick to my combination of Fresh and Paula Dorff for special occasions and church).  

Do you have any product recomendations for me?  What should I try? What should I stay away from?  What are your experiences with drug store make-up?

Nov 12, 2008

Changes Are Coming

I tried to resist.

I purposefully kepy quiet.

But I'm not the type to keep secrets.  So I have to tell you all.

Well, actually, I want to tell all.  But I can't.

So this will have to do.

We all know that the financial news hasn't been pretty. The news on Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, AIG, Merrill Lynch, etc. sent shockwave through the financial system.

I've mentioned before that my husband works for a mutual fund.  Not pretty days for them.  Even worse, his fund is a subsidiary of AIG.  

We know that there are changes coming.  What we don't know is what these changes look like.  Due to SEC confidentiality stuff I can't really say more than that, but I would really appreciate your prayers.

Not knowing is the cruelest of all punishments.  The waiting and the uncertainty forces you to almost put life on hold.  I keep having to remind myself to trust in Him.  

I know that He is wonderul and He is omnipotent, but I frequently wonder why He remains quiet.  A few days ago Amy at Chapters wondered why God didn't use a bullhorn.  I agree.  A little comforting would go a long way.  A little assurance would help.  I know He has a plan.  I know He doesn't have to tell me what it is.  But a few hints now and then would be nice.  

For now I just keep praying:

"Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand....For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you." (Isaiah 41:10,13)

Nov 11, 2008

Sad News

Over the years I have bought a number of things for both myself and my husband at Harold's.  The clothes are certainly not trendy, but if I needed a nice dress in a pinch I knew they would always have something classic that I would like and would fit me well.  My first fancy date with Casey, I wore a Harold's dress.  I got engaged wearing a dress from Harold's. I wore a dress from Harold's to my rehearsal dinner.  I wore numerous Harold's dresses on my honeymoon.  You get the idea?

Today they declared bankruptcy.  Sad.  You can all bet that if they do a liquidation sale I'll be there!  (if anyone learns when/where this is - please tell me!)

Ikea Fun

I got suckered into going to Ikea today.  They do on day "Seize The Day" sales on Tuesdays and this week they had a set of dishes for $9.99 that my sister wanted.  It was limited to one per guest so Gretchen needed helpers.  I had told her that I couldn't go (a number of times) but she doesn't listen so well.  So, after my breakfast series*, I headed to Frisco.

Casey and I are trying to save money so I intended to be strong.  I don't need anything.  Why buy anything?  


My strength lasted right up until I saw the Ikea ad when I saw this.

 For only $59!!!  My vision for my sunroom was a round table.  But for $59?!?!  

Did I mention I drive a tiny little convertible?  Did I mention it was really overcast this afternoon?  And yet there I was driving down the highway with the top down and my flat pack box hanging out......  Anyone want to put my table together for me?






*Omygosh!  I knew I wanted to go back to school, but I had forgotten how much I love it!  I had SO much fun this morning!  I can't wait to start classes in January.  This morning I went to the second lecture in the SMU Dallas Young Alumni Professional Series.  Professors Simon and Wilson (both of whom I had as a student) spoke on the recent elections and the ramifications.  I was in heaven!

Nov 9, 2008

Awards and Giveaways

I have received two awards in the last few weeks!  

The first, from Katrina at My Life as a Married Girl, is the Superior Scribbler Award.


Here are the rules for this award:

1. Post the award on your blog.
2. Link me for giving it to you.
3. Link the originating post here.
4. Pass the award on to five more deserving people.
5. Post these rules for your recipients.

I also received the Smile Award from Gwen at Confessions of a Control Freak.


The qualifications to receive the award are:

A. Display a cheerful attitude
B. Love one another
C. Make mistakes
D. Learn from others
E. Be a positive contributor to the blog world
F. Love life
G. Love kids

The Rules:
1. Must link it back to the creator
2. Post the rules
3. Choose 5 people to give it to
4. Recipients must fill the characteristics above
5. Create a post to share this
6. You must thank the winner

I pass both of these awards on to:
  1. Belle of the Ball - she introduced me to Neutrogena Facial Peel and for that I will always be grateful!
  2. Jimmy Choos and Tennis Shoes - her wedding is so soon!!  And how can I not show love to a girl who jsut might love the Dallas Cowboys as much as I do!
  3. Make Mine a Mojito - I just realized I have never passed anything on to Rachel - one of my real life BFFs and a bridesmaid in my wedding!!
  4. Elefantitas Alegres - she just passed the bar!!
  5. Mrs. Bliss - she is doing really fun dinners during November each focusing on a traditional Thanksgiving food - I love reading about their family dinners!
And finally, Lauren at Adventures of a Southern Newlywed is giving away an incredible Keurig Platinum Coffee Maker - so go check out her awesome blog and enter her giveaway!!

Nov 8, 2008

And We'll Have Fun Fun Fun

Today I'll be going to: 
To see:
And sing this:

And hopefully watch SMUs second win of the season (those of you who have blogged about your teams need for prayers -- at least you've won more than one game this season!)

Go Ponies! Beat Memphis!


And if we don't do so hot it will still be a great day! Today in my mailbox I found:
 and .

Thanks so much Allison and Lulu!!  I can't wait to put the ornament on the tree and use the gift card to make something like this from Amy or this from Pottery Barn.



Nov 7, 2008

Try 2: It Has Gone Too Far

I think I corrected whatever it was that was causing the post to be unreadable - let me know if you still can't read it!

My husband and I have weird conversations. There is no topic too weird, too taboo, too out there. We pretty much talk about everything. Here is a glimpse into one of our convos....

I mentioned to Casey that I think our eating healthy has made my stomach weaker. I needed to eat fast food Tuesday night between meetings and it seriously made me feel ill.

That led to a discussion of favorite restaurants that (we think might) have healthy options. We both decided we need to go back to Kosta's - a great little hole in the wall greek place. Well Kostas is next to a bar called Spankee's: Your Neighborhood Bar with a Twist.

For a long time I thought it was a Gay Bar - and one time asked Mark if he and his friends ever go there. It turns out the Twist is much twistier than that. It's a swingers club! So now I can't think of Kostas without getting a little weirded out. This of course led to a discussion of swingers, which, by the way, is totally not a taboo topic since there was a prime time series about it! (I never watched it - did anyone?)

Me: I don't really think of myself as jealous - but swinging seems oogie to me! What good can come of it? If you're both happy with your sex life why throw something like that into it?
Casey: But if you're interested in swinging you obviously already know you're missing something in your own life.
Me: If all you know is your spouse than how the heck would you possibly know that something is missing?
Casey: Could you have truly been happy if you had never known about Vera? You would always know there was a better bag to put your initials on somewhere and keep looking and looking. Just think of swinging as some peoples desperate attempt to find Vera Bradley and if you already have Vera you don’t need to look!

Wow. Gotta love my husband! Not sure I buy the argument – but I applaud his attempt to bring the conversation back to something I understand.

I think I have a problem. My husband equated our sex life to a Vera Bradley tote.

Nov 5, 2008

Weigh In Wednesday


No Change.  At all.

Vitamin E

I haven't been blogging for as long as we've had Rory so many of you don't know about my poor baby's health issues.

About a month after we got her, we found out she had a whipworm which was seriously upsetting her poor little tummy.  She lost A LOT of weight while we fought it.  She then had a bacterial overgrowth, first in her small intestines, and then when she was over that it came back in her large intestines.  This sort of complication is apparently common with whipworms - but that doesn't make it any easier!

We finally got over all of these tummy issues in June and she started putting on some weight.  Until then she had never gotten above 6.2lbs (and has dropped below 5lbs at one point).  Based on her height, her healthy weight is probably 8-12lbs.  

We took her to the opthamologist yesterday to have her little eyes checked out (remember why?)  Well it turns out - her eye issues are because she didn't eat for a while.  She has a Vitamin E deficiency.  I'm so excited because this is something we can easily fix - a few vitamins and some tasty treats and she'll be good to go!

A Prayer

I have a lot to blog about so stick with me - I'll probably do a few posts today - the election, Rory's vet appointment, Weigh-In Wednesday, and my Nascar fun from the weekend all need posted on!

After Kappa Prep posted about Poll Watching I contacted my local offices and volunteered.  I worked three days and each day visited three locations in Oak Cliff (for those of you who don't know Dallas it is a primarily African American neighborhood).  I was inspired by the number of first time voters I saw but very disheartened by how little they knew about the man they were voting for.  They were voting for a fellow African-American and couldn't tell you anything else about him.  I also Poll Watched yesterday, though I wasn't able to talk to as many voters.  At the end of the day I stayed to watch the polls close and the ballots sealed and delivered to the regional headquarters.  I sat and spoke with the election judge and election clerk for a bit.  They were both Obama supporters - and both admitted they voted for Obama in large part due to his race (which disappointed me a bit).  Before we left, the election judge asked us all to bow our heads and pray.

She prayed for the future of our nation.  She prayed that our country would have the strength to survive the economic downturn.  She prayed for the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistsan and that the terrorists would not take advantage of Obama's desires for peace.  She prayed for the continued safety of our nation from those who fight against our beliefs and way of life.  She prayed that Obama would successfully navigate the challenges that will no doubt come his way.  She prayed for Obama's character - that he would find God within his heart and realize who was truly in charge.  She prayed for unborn children and their right to live.  She praised God because as a woman who attended a segregated high school in Dallas in the 1970s she never believed she would live to see the day an African American was elected President.  She prayed that God would fill Obama's heart and lead our nation down the path of His righteousness.

To her prayer I add my own.  

I pray that Obama lives us to the expectations of his supporters and he turns this country around for the better.  I do hope for the best for this country and pray for every American citizen to open their hearts to new leadership. I pray that in two years I can say I was wrong because Obama turned out to be an honest President and a man of character.  I sincerely pray that he keeps this country safe and that terrorists don't see this as an invitation to attack with no consequences. I pray our nation is not hurt by his lack of experience and his belief that present is good enough.  I pray that our two party government can survive a period with one party in control as most our government turns blue in just 76 days.  I've been praying for the this election over the past few weeks.  Now that we have new President elect I will now pray to God to grant Obama for safety, guidance, and wisdom. 

We are so blessed to have been born within the borders of this country which grants us so many freedoms and rights.  We all witnessed history with this election and should be proud of our country for turning a blind eye to race - an issue which plagued us for decades - and voting our consciences.  Despite my disappointment and mourning today, I am proud to be an American.

Funny Facebook - What are people saying today?

Patrice at Not Yet a Girl did a great post about friends facebook statuses and I just had to share a few I saw this morning:

For Obama (Sorry the quantity of Obama to McCain was about split but the Obama supporters weren't as funny!)
  • is yes, we did!
  • to anyone who is ´praying for our country´ because Obama won, you´re praying to the same God we´re thanking that he did.
  • Thanking God! I don't have to move to Canada or Europe! Go Obama!
  • is so thrilled about the new President OBAMA and the Dems dominating the house, and senate!!!!! i just continue to hope you people in cali voted NO on prop 8!
For McCain
  • thinks the judgement of this country has gone to shit after the win of socialism & the loss of what this country was founded on, free entrprise &...
  • likes Daniel 2:21, God "removes kings and sets up kings".
  • is thinking Spain looks pretty good right now...thank goodness my degree is in Spanish...I knew it would be handy one day!
  • has decided its not so much the result that bothers her, but the rude liberals who don't know how to win with humility & grace.
  • is pretty sure W just took up drinking again.
  • is ready to slice her wrists with a rusty spoon...which would feel much better than being lead by a socialist.
  • is in mourning....
  • saw this coming just hope it won't be like Clinton's term. I hope I can at least have some respect for this guy once his term is up. (i'm guessing 8 years)
Unhappy About Spreading the Wealth
  • just emailed my boss and asked for a pay cut, i need to work on my short game
  • is looking forward to working less and making more money. Welfare...the perfect job.
  • is celebrating the election results and the new taxes he wants so desperately to pay.
  • is disappointed. And wondering if 'spreading the wealth around' means other people will help me pay off my student loans.
  • was just told by Barack that "we will get there"....sounds like an exciting journey i wonder how much its going to cost me?
Glad It's Over
  • is congratulations! Now can we change the subject!
  • is annoyed at all the fair-weather fans of America. It's the same country as it was yesterday. I'm proud to be an American every darn day. Including today!
  • is glad that people statuses are going to start referring to things other than politics.

Nov 3, 2008

Election Day Treats!!

If having a say in the political direction of our great country doesn't motivate you to go out and vote tomorrow (November 4th) maybe this will!

Starbuck's
According to a new 60 second ad spot being presented from the folks over at Starbucks Coffee, the coffee is their treat on November 4th, 2008. Head into any participating Starbucks location, tell them you voted, and get your free tall brewed coffee!

Ben and Jerry's
Ben and Jerry's is offering free scoops of ice cream between 5:00-8:00pm. Wish there was one near me!

Krispy Kreme
Krispy Kreme has a free snazzy star shaped donut for anyone who shows an "I Voted" sticker!