Tuesday, October 15, 2013

An Open Letter to Our Government

I know those first two are humorous.  But friends, this situation isn't humorous.  Not at all.

In fact, I think the last photo sums it all up pretty well.

For those who don't know me well, I need to let you know that I can get pretty fired up about politics.  I didn't for about 12 years because I was laughed at and ridiculed for trying to have adult conversations about politics.  But now that I am me again, I talk about this stuff.  And I love it...to the point that I hate it.

But this post isn't about choosing sides, or pointing fingers.

This post is to publicly say that I'm beyond disgusted with the childish behavior of EVERYONE in DC.

That's great that the Republicans took a stand against what they think is wrong (Obamacare).  But at the expense of their constituents' pay checks?

And the Democrats, Obama included...you are not holier-than-thou.  Stop acting like it.

You all are supposed to be adults.  I hired you to make decisions on my behalf.  Shutting down the government was NOT on my agenda.

You are playing a (losing) game of chess with the greatest nation on Earth.  Each day that you all hold out on each other, you are weakening this nation.

Mr. President and Members of Congress, YOU are solely responsible for the demise of this country.  You are personally responsible for hundreds of thousands of families currently living without income.  You are responsible for those people possibly defaulting on THEIR BILLS.  Ironically, they probably had working budgets before you took away their incomes.

If I was this indecent and uncooperative at work, I would be fired.

Members of Congress, I hope you're enjoying your time in office.  Election season can't come soon enough.

And Mr. President...well, great work with the "legacy" that you are helping leave on this nation.  Very disappointing.


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Thursday, October 10, 2013


I have nothing to hide.


I was carded two weeks ago.

38 is going to be an AMAZING year!

I hope you enjoy my day as much as I do! :)

Have an awesome day!

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

One Time...At Band Camp...

One time, many moons ago, I met this girl.  She hated me.  I was "going out with" the boy she liked (mind you, 1989, I'm 13, this boy, I saw him once).  That was the summer before our freshman year...the year that two schools merged and 180-some 13 and 14 year olds sorted it all out and became friends and enemies.

And that girl...she and I became best friends.

That was 24 years ago.  GULP.

Over the past 24 years, we've been through A LOT together.  And we've been through a lot apart.

We've lived close.  We've lived a million miles away.  We've been married and divorced and partied and been hermits.  We've loved, laughed, cried, been angry, done stupid shyte.  There are a million zillion memories floating in my head right now.

She ran away to Greece a few years back...lived there for five years.  She married an amazing Greek guy, came home to Oregon and made two beautiful babies.  Have I mentioned how much I love being Auntie Ang?  That warms my heart every single day!

She's the reason I went to Spain last year.  It all started with a trip to Greece, including a side trip to Spain...because, you know, they're close to each other and stuff (they are the opposite of close, p.s.).  When their plans fell through, she encouraged me to still go to Spain.  And so I did.  And for the rest of my life, I will be thankful for that encouragement.

Tomorrow she starts her next life adventure.  Tomorrow her life moves her to Ireland.  And I'm trying really hard to not be sad.

But I'm sad.

But I'm excited.  I'm so very excited for their next adventure.  What an incredible opportunity!  And she and the hubs are so looking forward to it all.

Unfortunately, I never made it to Greece the first time she was there. Yes, I understand how dumb that is.

Luckily, I already have plans to be in Dublin next fall.  Oktoberfest in Ireland?  Yes please!

Kris, I'm so very excited for you guys.  I will miss you deeply and so very much and stuff, but facetime, skype, all of the other crap...it's going to be all good!  I love you, be safe, have fun.  Enjoy every second of it!!

Love you!
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

At night
When I miss you
The wind
It lulls me to sleep.

It rattles the house
and shakes the windows,
Just the way you shook my heart and soul
When you walked into my life.

That smile.
That laugh.
The very first night
I was hooked.

The fact that you knew
Only a couple hours.

I played it off
Thought it was a joke.
But you knew...
And I BELIEVE that you knew.

I let down my guard
And let you in.
And I am thankful that I was willing to accept you

Have an awesome day!

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Our Paths

Do you understand how true this is?

The random person that crosses  your path, that makes a mark, that helps you understand:

How beautiful you are.
How amazing you are.
How fortunate you are for the things you have, and that they may have lost.
The person who helps you understand that your life isn't nearly as horrible as you make yourself belief.
The person who shows you, teaches you, heals you...helps you understand that love is real and won't always be painful.
The person who helps you realize that all things come in time...not necessarily YOUR time.
The person who gives you grace for your faults.
The person who knows where you've been and gives you hope and comfort by saying "me too."
The person who sees you for you, even if you won't show you.
Even the person who teaches you a life lesson...in the worst way possible.

They all cross our paths for a reason.

I list all of these things because they are all things that I have or do struggle with, and I have crossed paths some amazing people in the last (almost) four years that have taught me lessons that are so very valuable.  And I am thankful for every single one...even the painful ones.

Do you take time to reflect on your relationships?  Do you take stock in what you've learned from your people?

Have an awesome day!

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

You Be You, Right Where You Stand

here and here

Alright, I'm just going to get it out of the way.  Just a small rant.  I am a strong disliker of winter.  I don't like being cold.  I don't like snow.  I don't like that it gets dark at 7 p.m. (and 4 p.m. when we're knee deep in it all).  I just don't like it.

<end rant>

Thank you.

On to better thoughts.  The quote above...the words struck my soul this evening.  That whole idea of fear of failure...it's annoying, isn't it?

Fear grips us in our worst moments and holds us paralyzed there for any amount of time that it so wishes.

And it's annoying.

Luckily, there is hope.

Do you know how to avoid the fear of failure?  Believe in yourself.

I know, I know.  Sounds simple.  So why don't more people do it?  Because we too often listen to others who are afraid themselves, and we let them drag us down in their own fears.  And then we become afraid that THEIR fear of failure may be OUR fear of failure.

But it's not.

YOU have nothing to be afraid of.  YOU are amazing.  YOU are strong.  YOU know what you are doing, and what you need to be doing.


So stop being fearful.  Stop listening to the opinion of others.  Be strong in your convictions.  Be strong in yourself.  Because YOU are AMAZING!

Have an awesome day!

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A Weekend In Photos

Meeting more family.

The attempted Boise State football conversion (GO DUCKS!).

Tailgating at said Boise State football game.

A 4-wheeler trip to his secret piece of heaven.

It just keeps getting better.

And I like it.

How were your weekends, friends?

Have an awesome day!

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