Friday, September 25, 2015

Random Thoughts

I don't have a topic for a whole post, but have some random things on my mind.  I should mention that I have had a cold for a week, so some of this might be contributed to disconnected medicine head.  You have been warned.  Here we go:

*I have had my car for two years.  At what point will I figure out that I need to push to open the gas door instead of pull to open my trunk?

* I continue to hate fall.  When the leaves get crispy and the golden rod blooms, it makes me so sad, and makes my nose run.

* I do not like things with Pumpkin Spice.  Pumpkin Spice makes me angry.

* I am not sad that Ryan is in the last few years of needing a costume.  I am somewhat confused as to why being a banana is still socially acceptable, but being The Flash will now cause ridicule.

* The only good thing about Halloween is that you can get fun sized candy bars in so many options.  I do enjoy a really fresh Clark Bar.

* I have a cold.  I am blaming it on Fall. or maybe Dave since it started with him.  It is making me really crabby.

*If you have a cold, is there really a better feeling than when one of your nasal passages clears enough to give you a deep breath of fresh air unimpeded with mucus?  It is as if the sun is coming out after a long storm, only to be covered up with storm clouds again.

*I really like this Pope.  I like his humility and humanity.  I like that he is looking out for everyone and is not about pomp and circumstance.  He is what the world needs now.

*I get to take 1 niece and two nephews to lunch today, and I am so very excited.  Now that they are 23, 21, and 18, they are so interesting and fun to be with.  I am just glad that they let me hang out with them.

That wraps it up for this edition of Random Thoughts.  Stay tuned for future episodes of my stream of conscience.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Political Post - Consider This Fair Warning

 I have always been a "live and let live" kind of person.  I don't try to push my beliefs on others, and I don't appreciate having others push theirs on me.  I like to think that I have an open mind, so if you want to have a calm, rational discussion on a touchy topic, lets discuss, and perhaps I just might change my mind.  Even if that doesn't happen, at least I will have learned from the experience.

With that being said, I just can't understand why people think that it is okay for that crazy woman to deny a marriage license to same sex couples.  It is not a question of who is right or wrong, it is a question on whether or not this woman is doing her job.

First, if your beliefs don't allow you to perform your job duties as outlined by the law, then you should not be doing that job.

Second, if you are going to pick and choose which aspects of the Bible you are going to agree with, that is not very Christian of you.   Just like statistics, you can bend the Bible to say just about whatever you like.  I may be wrong here, and if I am, please let me know, but I think God wants us to live our lives as an example of kindness and compassion.  If you are a criminal element that causes harm to others, and I am on jury duty, then it is my duty to pass judgement. Even though I have been called for jury duty three times, I have never been on a jury, so my opinions should never have legal consequences to anyone.

Finally, I believe that this woman is going to end up as a sad footnote in history.  Her actions will be seen as being as ridiculous as people that tried to stop women from voting.  I believe that people that are in a committed relationship with another person should be given the same rights and consequences as this woman who has been married four times.  I believe my friends who have three children together should be able to visit one another in the hospital if one falls ill.  I believe that they should not lose their house to others when one of them passes away.  I believe that medical benefits should be provided to their whole family.

I am sad that a presidential candidate had a rally when she was released from jail; that he even shed a tear.  I want God to bless America, but I want him to bless all of us, not just ones deemed "normal" to those that stand in judgement of anyone that might be different.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Yes, I am still alive, and no, I have not emotionally abandoned this blog

I know it has been almost a year since I have written on this blog.  I have a million excuses why I haven't, most of them because I have been busy, and some because I haven't had the emotional energy, but mostly because I haven't taken the time to feed my own likes and hobbies since I am supporting those around me.

Colin is 15 and has completed his first year of  the wonderful world of High School.  I feel that he deserves his privacy and the opportunity to create his own online life.  He is amazing and talented and funny.  All of the things I was dreaming of for him are coming to fruition.  His wise-beyond-his-years personality has finally caught up with his chronological age, and it is so fun to watch him grow into himself.

Ryan is 10.  He is still a bundle of energy and joy and light.  He still makes me laugh every day, and he still makes me crazy.  His smile could light up the sun itself, but he also has the dead-eye stare that will one day strike fear in his children's hearts.  I think he got it from my dad.

In the last year, we have survived and actually enjoyed a season and a half of marching band, winter and summer swim, travel baseball and travel basketball.  We lived through Freshman Year in high school, and third grade.  All of this alone is a good excuse for why I haven't been writing.  I can thank Ryan's guardian angel for getting him through third grade math.  Thanks Sara!

This year we are living the high life as a member of safety patrol.  That has single-handedly made fourth grade the Best Year Ever.  I am a bit worried what is going to happen when the florescent sash has to be passed to the next guard as this is only a one month position.  Only one person gets to be the safety patrol captain who gets to be in charge all year, and there is some fierce competition.

As for me, I will continue to drive the kids to and fro from hither to yon in a quest to give them the same experiences that Dave and I had when we were growing up.  The chance to be a part of a team, and feel like they are involved in something bigger than  them.  For us, it is the chance to watch how far they have come, and dream about how far they can go.  After all, isn't that our job?  If not, tell me because this is a lot of work if I am doing it wrong.