Archive for August, 2005

CNN.com – Marine’s mother:�Support the fight – Aug 17, 2005

CNN.com – Marine’s mother:�Support the fight – Aug 17, 2005

Just Another Day in Paradise

Knitting night!! Yay me! And dh was home early, so I left early, planning to hit the bookstore, grab a bite, and then knit. Stopped and picked up Jenna on the way. Drove to the bookstore. Yay me! Picked up a couple we needed for school, one for me

(Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon. First book of the best series ever. Yes, I have already read it. Yes, I actually *own* a copy of the UK version. But this one, it’s one of those slick, almost hard backs. The super-size paperbacks that actually STAY OPEN. Woot!)

and 3 big fat history books, one an eyewitness account of Hitler’s Germany, one biography of Nicholas and Alexandra, and a book of a book of original documents related to America. These are FAT books. Thick books. Books that only a real geek would read, bwahahahaha. And it was buy 2, get 1 free. How can I pass history at buy 2, get 1?

So, next, bite to eat, right? Oh, so very, very wrong! Next up, van will not start. Finally get it started, drive about 20 yards, and it died. Dead. It died pure-t dead. Finally some guys pushed it into a parking spot, and there it sits.

Jenna’s mom came after us. After all, Dh was home with all the kids, right? AND, in case I did not mention it, all the car seats were in the van anyway.

Out to knitting group. The lady who had needed my help was not there, so I said I was having a horrible night, jumped back in with Jenna and her mom, and we all left. We were just gonna skip it, but on the way back, decided to drop Jenna’s mom back home and at least go get something to eat. On the way to get the food, Jenna really wants to go to knitting group, so fine, Burger King, and then we’ll go knit.

Burger King. Yumminess of food. I carefully fold my paper over the bottom of my burger so as not to spill anything on my *white* shirt. White. Did ya get that? So, half through the wonderful burger, I glance down and there is red stuff. on. my. shirt. Recheck paper, yes, it’s there, eat. Check again, huge red mess on myself. I had, boys and girls, managed to create a FUNNEL with the paper, so that every time I tipped the burger to bite it, I was POURING red sauce down my front. Sigh.

On to knitting group. The lady who needed me had pulled in as we were pulling out. The ladies there did not understand what I said as I was running out the first time, and had called home to see if they could help me in any way. We had good laughs over all this. They know I always bring Dh’s cell phone with me on knitting nights. Yes. Except for tonight. Yes.

I did help the lady. I did lust over some Cherry Tree Hill. I did finish the leg on sock pal’s sock, I did work on my custom. And, Oh Virginia, I went to Krispy Kreme and the HOT SIGN WAS ON. I had 2. They were so good. They just kinda made the whole rotten evening an “interesting experience” instead of a “demon-driven night from the pit”.

Anyway, here was my lovely shirt.
Ruined Shirt

Oh, frustration update. Today was MUCH better :)

CNN says………

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — Authorities arrested a Pakistani citizen as part of an investigation into a possible plot to attack the Israeli Consulate and several other Los Angeles-area targets.

Hammad Riaz Samana, 21, was taken into custody August 2 and has been detained in Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Federal officials would not say Tuesday what charges he could face

Samana’s arrest developed from a terrorism investigation in which authorities found what they believe was a target list after arresting two men on suspicion of a series of gas station robberies, according to a law enforcement official who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the investigation.

That list included three National Guard facilities in the Los Angeles area, the Israeli Consulate and several synagogues. Law enforcement authorities warned the consulate and guard that their buildings were on a list of possible terror targets.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Budget Office predicts a budget deficit of $314 billion for the coming fiscal year, almost a $100 billion decline from last year’s deficit.

The new report by the nonpartisan CBO, which does budget analysis for lawmakers in Washington, gave the latest proof that surging revenues and a steadily growing economy are combining to bring the deficit down from a record $412 billion posted last year. The coming budget year starts October 1.

The report is welcome news for President Bush, who has seen the budget situation during his tenure deteriorate markedly from predictions of unending surpluses when he took office in January 2001.

“The CBO report confirms the dramatic improvement in the 2005 deficit picture that the administration reported last month,” said DS#2t Milburn a spokesman for the White House budget office. “A strong economy fueled by tax relief is generating stronger-than-projected revenues.”

I admit I am shocked the MSM decided to tell us this, but I suppose stranger things have happened.

JERUSALEM (CNN) — Israeli troops Wednesday entered the largest Jewish settlement in Gaza, Neveh Dekalim, to evacuate as many as 4,000 people, many of whom had barricaded themselves inside a synagogue.

In protest against the evacuations, a 54-year-old woman in the Israeli city of Netivot set herself on fire Wednesday, police said. She was taken to a Beer Sheva hospital in serious condition. A protest was being held at a junction nearby, authorities said.

In Neveh Dekalim, unarmed Israeli soldiers led or carried away settlers or protesters who had infiltrated the settlements. Some of them were angry and tearful. Buses full of troops and policemen were brought in to transport them.

“I don’t want to, I don’t want to,” screamed one woman as she was carried away, The Associated Press reported.

Officials said four troops would be brought in for every person refusing to leave. The buses transported settlers to temporary housing.

There’s quite a bit more to the article, well worth a read. I just don’t see how any good can come of this at all. Seems lik eit would be awful hard to gain peace from uprroting families, having them carried off by soldiers. IMNSHO, I think these folks have been betrayed by their government. After all, Sharon isn’t losing his home, now is he?

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Authorities have offered a reward of up to $25,000 and established a tip line to solve the slayings of two Florida civil rights pioneers whose home was blown up on Christmas night 1951.

The investigation into the deaths of Harry and Harriette Moore has been revived periodically over the years, most recently by Attorney General Charlie Crist, who is running for governor.

“Perhaps a surviving relative of the bomber or bombers would like to clear their conscience before they meet their Maker,” Crist said at a news conference Monday with the Moores’ daughter, Juanita Evangeline Moore. “That crime has never been solved. It needs to be even if the perpetrators no longer are living.”

Better Today!

I am feeling much less overwhelmed today. I re-did the chore chart so that I did not have to be everywhere in the house at once (duh!), and simplified it a bit. This morning, the tidies are done, and the dryer and washer are both going :)

I thought I’d get one more caffeine hit, and introduce you to a few more knitters before I start school.

Sarah has a newsy blog. Unfortunately, she’s starring in her own version of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Ruth has a picture rich blog. She recently took a trip to Lambtown. That entry is a must-see for the fiber addicted among us. You We know who you we are.

Catherine at Bossy Little Dog has recently started a new job. This is a blog about her life, and includes knitting. Expect to find a bit of everything here. I’ll even forgive her politics, because she writes so well. Beware, she occasionally uses some salt!

Terri at the spinningwheelsure makes some pretty yarn goodness. Check out this entry, no words– just pics from fleece to swatch! Yummy!

kNiThEaD is a funny gal with lots of adventures, not all of them knitting related.

KnitSteph has started a lovely Flower Basket Shawl I’ll enjoy watching the progress on this.

Best. Birthday Card. Ever.

cardout
cardin

How did she and God know that today was the day I really needed this?

Funnies and Friends

Joe Republican’s Day and Joe Democrat’s Day. Both from Federal Review. You’ll be rolling in the floor, no matter what your political persuasion.

A few more “friends”!

Approaching Glory isn’t writing very much about knitting these days. She’s got more important things on her plate. Keep her in your thoughts, eh?

At my Knit’s End is working on some bee-yoo-ti-ful lace!

Behold Grumperina! There’s really not much more to say about that, is there?

Ok, that’ll have to do ya! I need to get the boybarians down, feed the baby, and work on this house a bit. Then I shall sit and crochet :)

Frustration

Do you ever have days that are so very frustrating? Nothing in particular happens, just life, and its so frustrating?

My kids have gone crazy, my house is a wreck, and it seems like there is just not enough time in the day to get it all done. I can’t keep the clothes washer or the dishwasher going fast enough to keep ahead of the piles. Do we have to much stuff? Am I just lazy? Or is this chaos just the result of living with so many small people? What needs adjusting? I know life is not supposed to be like this!

Case in point: This morning, after I fed DD#4, I left the living room. I went potty, then into my room, made my bed, put on a little face, and got dressed. I was gone, all total LESS THAN 5 minutes. And Dh comes into the bedroom as I am putting on my socks, to check on me, see if I am ok. I told him I was fine, just tired of looking like a hag from being “busy” all the time.

It was a real eye opening moment. If I am this “busy”, something is just ………. wrong.

I want to read a book. I want to think a thought of my own. I want to wipe my behind without someone standing outside the bathroom door (if i am lucky) waiting on me.

I am trying to teach the children how to do the tasks that they can handle, but it’s horribly slow going. I feel like a harpy. I get tired of repeating myself. Maybe Teddy Roosevelt was right, walk softly and carry a big stick.

Sorry to those of you who came here looking for news or knitting. I thought it would be better to take this out on the blog than on the children. I’ll be thinking on these things as I continue through the day. But for sure today will see the laundry and dishes caught up, and the kitchen restored to MY standards.

Comments welcome, hugs gratefully accepted.

last Words on Cindy Sheehan

It’s all over the internet, her husband has filed for divorce. I’m sure other news items will abound in the coming days. She will continue to be vilified and glorified. I’m through after this.

This is the startling thought I had this morning. I just wonder if she realizes that other mothers’ sons died to give her the freedom to protest that she is using right now? I certainly hope so.

I’ll be back to post on other things later.

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