Thursday, November 29, 2007

I loved this article.

I almost sent it to everyone I know via email. I refrained and am posting it here instead.


November 28, 2007
Commentary: Clinton camp has problems doing their math
Is Obama as unexperienced as the Clinton campaign claims?
WASHINGTON (CNN) — I just finished watching the Monday night piece on Sen. Barack Obama that aired on ABC’s Nightline. During the broadcast, anchor Terry Moran read a comment from the Clinton campaign that said if the junior senator from Illinois was elected president, he would have less experience than any president in the 20th century.
Here is what Deputy Communications Director Phil Singer wrote Tuesday after an Obama foreign policy speech:
"With the critical foreign policy challenges America faces in the world today, voters will decide whether Senator Obama, who served in the Illinois State Senate just three years ago and would have less experience than any President since World War II, has the strength and experience to be the next president. Sen. Clinton, who has traveled to 82 countries as a representative of the United States and serves on the Armed Services Committee, is ready to lead starting on Day One."
George W. Bush only held elected office for six years before becoming president. He was elected governor of Texas in 1994 and won the presidency – OK, liberal bloggers, the Supreme Court ruled in his favor – in 2000.
Obama is in his 11th year as an elected officeholder – eight years in the Illinois state senate, followed by three as a U.S. senator. Clinton is in her seventh year of elected office.
So the question has to be asked: Is the Clinton campaign struggling with their math, or hoping we all can't add?
If the Clinton camp is saying state experience doesn't matter, does that apply to Bush, who never served at the federal level prior to coming to the White House; President Jimmy Carter, who was governor of Georgia before residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue; and even her husband, Bill Clinton, who was governor and attorney general of Arkansas before being elected in 1992?
I sent Singer an email asking for a clarification. I'll let you know if he gets back to me.
– CNN Contributor Roland Martin
Filed under Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton
Posted 11/28/2007 11:18:21 AM Permalink

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Admitting my defeat.

I failed at NaNoWriMo. To make myself feel better, I'd like to list my excuses:

1. It was the first time I've written any fiction in my adult life. The last time I tried to write a fictional story I was in the sixth grade. I illustrated that one myself.

2. I decided to NaNoWriMo on Oct 25th. It starts Nov. 1st, of course. This was not enough time to prepare. I will probably start now preparing for next year.

3. I didn't have an outline. I've never in all of my life written anything substantial without doing an outline first. I know there are some people out there that can just sit and write. I've heard that these people think it is silly to do an outline because how can you know what you will put in the conclusion of a paper if you haven't written the paper yet? I am not this way. I will spend two weeks fleshing out the outline for a 30 page paper, and then sit down and write the paper in a day. I don't know why I thought I could write a novel without having an outline.

4. Writer's block. Probably because I didn't have an outline.

5. Not having time to write for three days preparing for and on Thanksgiving.

6. Not writing for an entire week-end because I went to Orlando and Disney World is more fun than stressing about writer's block.

William says I should be proud of myself for as much as I did write (I wrote around 20,000 words. The NaNoWriMo goal, in case you didn't know, is 50,000), since I've never done anything like that before. This is easy for him to say, as he has written one book, and is almost finished with a second. (The one he is almost finished with will be published. I'm sure of it. And he will probably be on Oprah. Ask him about it.)

I really did start to like my story. It think its a great idea and I'm growing really fond of my characters. I am going to work on character profiles and an outline over the next year, and I'm going to try NaNoWriMo again. If I were really diligent I'd go ahead and finish this one and then dedicate next November to a sequel. But, really. I'm a PhD student, for crying out loud.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Giving thanks for the food

So, we had a great Thanksgiving. We started the morning with the Turkey Trot. We both did the 5K. William beat his last time by 2 1/2 minutes and I beat my last time by 4 minutes. We were both happy to see improvement.

After that we spent many hours in the kitchen cooking up a fantastic meal. Our friends Tyler and Debra came over, and we had a great time. The big hit of the meal was my families' legendary stuffing recipe, of course. It was the first time I'd made it on my own, so I'm really glad it turned out right. William did a great job on the turkey as well. All around we had a lot of yummy food. Oh, and the PIES! We made three of them. William's apple pie was the prettiest apple pie I've ever seen. And yummy to boot. He also made a chocolate mousse pie. I made a double layer pumpkin pie, which a cheese cake layer. All three pies we're a very good end to the meal.

We also went and saw the new Disney movie Enchanted. It was cute, and pretty funny. We appreciated Disney's ability to make fun of itself.

So, of course today I put up my Christmas tree. When we first plugged it in this morning there were some lights out. So, we headed to the WalMart (yes, on Black Friday) to buy some more lights. And a few other decorations, because I'm all about that. The table looks more like Christmas than Thanksgiving now.

And we made a new discovery at WalMart that I'm really excited about. These. You see, usually when I eat chocolate covered cherries I eat everything but the cherry. These ARE everything but the cherry. Sweet glory. You know I bought some. You can see them in the dish at the center of my table.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


So, maybe I'm really excited for Thanksgiving. I am excited that I'm excited because I was afraid I'd be dreading it. This will be the first Thanksgiving that William and I don't get to be with family. (In fact, we won't for Christmas either, but thats for later blogging.) Anyways, we've got the whole meal planned out and we're having some friends over and I just can't wait. I've already got the table set up (minus the candle, which I forgot to remove before I took the picture). I know its dorky, but I'm super excited.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

More Disney

We went to Disney World again this week-end. We had a great time. We started off in Magic Kingdom, where they have already put up a host of Christmas decorations. Actually, they've put them up in all the parks, but its most fun in Magic Kingdom.

Then we went to Epcot. We enjoyed playing there, including some extra time spent in Canada, where they have a new 360 type circle vision movie. It was nice.

We also at dinner in Germany for the first time. They have a really nice restaurant you generally need reservations for. This time we remembered to make them. I'm so glad because it was sooooooo yummy. Like, life changing yummy.

Saturday we went to Animal Kingdom - and rode Expedition Everest twice, of course. And they have a new restaurant called the Yak and Yeti in the Asia area of Animal Kingdom (I wanted to put a link here so you could see it on their website, but its so new it's not on the website yet). We had lunch there - it has an inside nicer part and a cheaper outside fast food type part. We had the fast food for lunch. It was good. Not near the experience we'd had with the German food the night before... but it was good.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Just fix it!

So, I've been having an issue with Blogger for some time now. Tonight I got fed up with it and wanted to find a solution. I searched and search their help site. I also tried really hard to find someone I could email or something to find the answers. I found nothing. I think that really bites.

The problem I've been having is when composing posts. I would generally prefer to compose my posts in the "compose" tab. But, for a long time now, it doesn't save any of the formatting when I publish the post. None of it. I have to manually go into the html tab and tell it where I want paragraphs and where I want font in bold, etc. The main problem with this is that I don't really know html, and so you can forget me ever posting anything complicated. And its so much work to make lists and things like that. It really sucks. And I think blogger sucks for not giving me a way to figure out whats wrong. The only thing I've found is some manner of message board wherein I can post my woes and other bloggers can give me suggestions. I would prefer it if I could just email some blogger tech person to find out what to do.

I feel like contacting Dell tech support, just for fun. They are super.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Shop til you drop.

Yesterday afternoon we went shopping at the mall. I desperately needed new clothes. And this wasn't just like the I-want-to-go-shopping-because-I'm-bored-with-my-closet desperation. I've lost weight over the last year and its gotten to the point where nothing fits. I've been hesitant to go buy new clothes because it costs money, and we are still starving students, as it were. I did buy some new pants about a month ago, but I've lately been feeling like man cannot live on one pair of jeans alone. Especially since all my shirts are baggy too. I've been looking super frumpy. Which is sad because if I've lost weight I should feel like I look good, right? And when I told William I wanted to go shopping for new clothes, I didn't get the oh-no-how-much-will-this-cost attitude I might have expected. Instead I got a get-in-the-car-let's-go type of attitude. Has it been that bad?

Anyways, I wanted to report my success. We went to Burlington Coat Factory and Ross. I got three pairs of pants, 4 tops, and two jackets (light ones that are good for Florida winters, since I didn't really have anything like that). And all of that I got for just over $100.00. We had plenty in savings to cover that, so I don't even feel like I set us back much. And now I have things to wear that fit. Yay me!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Oh yeah, the week-end...

I realized today that I have forgotten to share the events of the week-end on my blog. The main reason for this is that it is undocumented on film. I'd packed my camera, but forgot where...

Anyways, we went camping at Port St Joe's. I've never camped that close to the beach before and it was really fun. The stars at night were incredible. And we had some great camp food. Our friends provided dinner and came with some amazing marinated chicken and then some foil potatoes. And we had hot chocolate and s'mores, and then I made a dutch oven fruit cobbler. In the morning William and I made a egg potato bacon hash. And, of course, we had more hot chocolate. Sorry about the menu description, but do feel like camping is mostly about the food.

On the way home we stopped by the Apalachicola Seafood Festival. William tried raw oysters, but I chickened out when for fried shrimp instead. And fried green tomatoes. Gotta love the south.

Edited later to add: I also took hot chocolate camping with us. It was hot cholocate that my sister made for us last year for Christmas. Thats right, she made it. Irish Cream, Hazel, and French Vanilla. Everyone loved it. (Happy now Camille?)

Saturday, November 3, 2007

6 Things (I got tagged!)

The rules of the game should be posted at the beginning of the post. Each player lists 6 facts/habits about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

1. I hate doing the dishes. I'm really good with everything else. I can do laundry, and vacuum, and clean the bathrooms. I can put the dishes away after they are washed. I cannot wash them. Luckily William does them for me.

2. I love food. All kinds. I love to eat it.

3. I'm really excited that the holiday season is upon is. Christmas music most of all.

4. I get hiccups if I eat too fast. Thats all I have to say about that.

5. I'm doing NaNoWriMo this month. And since I've actually committed to write a novel this month, I'm opting out of the NaBloPoMo. I will blog occasionally to tell you how the novel is going.

6. I watch too much TV. I try to cut back, but I love the reality tv so much and there is always reality tv on some channel at any given time.

I tag Sarah, Sonya, William, Amelia, Kelly, and Megan, bless their hearts. I'm not putting notes on their blogs though. I'm lazy.


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