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Thursday, January 22, 2009


If you're a google reader-er .. I almost always change something in my post after I 'publish' it once - I see a mistake or just want to add/change something - and I hate how it doesn't change in google reader.. so you should just click to the website to read the correct post!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

to do

I was listening to the news while doing some things around the house last night and I heard them talking about all the things Obama has coming up really soon. All of the important meetings he has to attend to figure out EVERYTHING.. he has quite the schedule coming up.

It made me wonder if Obama is a list-maker. I like to make lists of things I want to get done today or this week or sometime soon. I usually scribble it down on the nearest piece of paper and stick it somewhere I will see it often enough.

Can you imagine Obama's list?

-fix the economy
-create millions of jobs
-figure out what to do in the middle east
-get a dog for the girls

And I thought my lists were pretty important

-buy more toothpaste
-get some more cereal
-make a dentist appt.

Monday, January 19, 2009


Here is the exact speech from Martin Luther King, Jr. (according to ) I don't know about you, but I don't think I have actually read the whole thing.. sadly. So here it is! A must read for this week.

"I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied, as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating "For Whites Only". We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"


The weekend consisted of many of the things it was supposed to consist of. Shopping was done, money was spent (yes, too much). I did a couple drawings that I think turned out pretty well... so far. Hopefully I will actually complete a project I have in mind.

There was one surprise this weekend, though. The dog decided to sneak into my Target shopping bag and grab my new pack Trident gum. I didn't see this until about 20 minutes later and saw a couple pieces of gum and shreds of paper. Trident is sugar free and contains something called Xylitol. Xylitol is what makes gum like Trident good for your teeth, but is REALLY bad for dogs. It doesn't take much for it to be toxic to them. So I called the Vet Hospital and they told me to bring her in. This was at about 7:00 on Saturday night, the night that I had plans to hang out with the friends I haven't hung out with in forever! So, off to the vet hospital. It didn't end up taking too long.. 30-45 minutes probably. They had to give her something to make her throw up everything she had eaten. Since it wasn't too long ago, it hadn't digested, so that was good. They checked some things and then brought her out.

I was expecting the bill to be a little more ridiculous - it wasn't all that bad. I have pet insurance, so will hopefully get it reimbursed. I haven't used the insurance yet, so we will see how it all works out.

I stayed home with the pup the rest of the night to make sure she was all fine.

I had the house all to myself and it was glorious. The weather was absolutely beautiful this weekend, too. Sunday morning, the dog and I went on a ridiculously long run/walk. I was exhausted afterward. I wanted to go to a certain area to check out for future move possibilities. The walk there wasn't bad, but the walk back felt REAL long. I'm just not in shape for that right now!

I'm a little addicted to Craigslist, but it is too early to be looking for a place for April/May. There was one available in March that is pretty much perfect.. but that's just a little too early. Hopefully some perfect ones will come along when the time is right. I think I need to forbid myself from looking on there right now though.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Listening to Ingrid

Excited to play some soccer tonight

Sad I'm missing a fun weekend in the mountains

But glad for a quiet weekend in Denver

Excited to hang out with the long lost friends on Saturday (long and lost for a month)

Spending some gift cards and probably some of my own $ this weekend

Will buy new brown boots

Need some indoor soccer shoes for indoor soccer league

Have not played indoor soccer in quite awhile... forgot differences in rules..?

Taking the dog to get groomed, toenails clipped, ears cleaned, teeth cleaned..

She's going to hate it

Thursday, January 15, 2009

purely grey's anatomy

Is Izzy leaving Grey's Anatomy? The only reason I can think for Denny to be on the show again, is if he came for Izzy. He said that actually. One episode, he kept saying to Izzy "I came for you".

So, is that what he meant? And then, just now he sat on the edge of the bed next to Alex and said "we need to talk".


P.S. Apparently it is de-lurking week, so if you are someone that reads this business, I'd love to know!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I like this

The frames behind the couch...

I saw it here

I think I am going to take this idea and do a li'l something. We'll see how it goes. There definitely won't be shells in my version though - those would have nothing to do with me and wouldn't really make any sense in my living room!

We had another K-State watch party last night. I love them.. even if we do lose to KU(Boooooooooo). I love catching up with all the fun K-Staters out here. Free food and drink specials are also very nice.

Last weekend with the family in Keystone was so fun. I had a great time hanging out and am so glad they came out for the trip. This weekend I will be in Denver, which will be so nice! I saw some of the ladies last night and I haven't seen them in forever it seems like, so I will be getting some more hanging out time with them this weekend!
I will also be able to work on the little project above and maybe throw a little shopping in. :) I can't let those gift cards hang around too long!

More news... It looks like I will be playing soccer on Tuesdays starting next week! I took a break and I am ready to play again. I'm sure the first game will be pretty rough - gotta get back into soccer shape.

I'm just ready to take some time this weekend to get organized for this new year that already started! I just haven't had time to catch up with the calendar.

Hope everyone's having a good week. Happy Hump Day..

Friday, January 09, 2009

jus a lil post

Another weekend of snowboarding ahead. Keystone this time. The family is visiting and we're staying up there. Tomorrow will be my 7th time (I think) out this season. That's huge for a girl from Kansas! I'm just really glad I am putting the money I spent on my gear and my pass to work.

I took the pup to her doggy daycare/boarding place. She loves it and I love seeing her get all excited when I drop her off.

I'm starting to think about when I'm going to move out of the current house and on to my own place (eek! I've never lived alone!). It is looking like May will be the moving month. There's a certain place I would love to move into.. I just need to find an opening at the right time and hope the price is right.

Let's seeeeeeee.... not much else going on really. I haven't quite gotten back into the swing of things. I have some gift cards from Christmas I am waiting to spend - shopping, shopping, shopping! I need to dedicate a Saturday or Sunday to some shopping, but haven't had a free one yet! I also got a surprise bonus from work.. so not expecting that, but definitely a great way to star the year off- with some extra bucks in the bank..

I probably should just put it all toward paying off the credit card, but I don't wanna. I put some toward it...

Tuesday, January 06, 2009