Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
And, just so you all know- I got myself a hobby! I will post a blog about it later...
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I wanted to blog, though, about the bailout for a couple of reasons: 1)This is an historical time with historical significance, and I want my thoughts/feelings recorded for posterity 2) I have really tried to figure out what is going on, and still have no answers, so I truly want to hear what everybody thinks about this (even you Brits!) and your opinions. Honestly, there are no right or wrong answers- it is just a mess! But, I did hear of a poll that said that as of today 44% of Amerians thought the bailout was a bad idea- which is a lot. With that said, however, I bet 90% of Americans don't understand what is really happening (I am definitely included in that 90%!!!)
So, here is what I want to know from you:
1. Should there be a bailout?
2. Do you understand much about the bailout? Can you give us some insight?
3. What are some pros/cons of the bailout?
4. Are there any other solutions?
5. How will the bailout affect you personally?
6. Are you scared about the economic state of the US right now, or is it being blown out of proportion?
7. Any other thoughts you might have about the bailout.
Obviously, you don't need to answer all of the questions! Notice none of the questions involve giving the blame to anyone- there will be enough time for that later.
Like I said, I have tried to read and watch the news and understand what is going on. My thoughts so far (and this is definitely an evolving process, hence my wanting to hear other viewpoints): It seems that a bailout is necessary in some form. 700 billion seems like an awful lot. If there is a bailout, I definitley think there has to be some form of oversight, and CEO's who take part in the bailout should relinquish all rights to bonuses (if they are leading a failing business, why should they get a bonus?) . I certainly do NOT think we should give Bush complete power like he was asking for last week, and I do think whatever happens should be well thought out, not rushed into, so I am ok with the bailout taking time to work through the details, even the stock market continues to fall.
I think it is very scary, though, to put the taxpayers in such a horrible position. If the bailout doesn't work, we are all in trouble. I do think this is a scary situation- at ward conference on Sunday (church) all they talked about was the economy, which was interesting.
I am also worried because while this happened in large part because of bad loans, that doesn't take into account all of the credit card debt this country has. I don't know all of the numbers, but I know the average family has like $14,000 of credit debt that they can't pay. What about when all of those loans come do? Will there be another bailout to Visa and Mastercard? Maybe we should let the market works itself out. I thought analysts said that in a market economy there would be a recession every 15 years or something.
Anyway, I won't say too much now, but rather wait for some comments and begin a dialogue that way. Like I said, this is all just the beginning.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Now, I am giving you all a fair warning: This is a liberal talkshow, and if you are going to get angry or offended STOP READING/LISTENING NOW!!! My purpose in posting this blog is not to upset anybody or get into a huge discussion about anything, I just thought it was cool that I was on the radio, and the great thing about blogs is that you don't have to read them if you don't want to. So, really, if you don't want to listen to it, by all means, don't!
A little background (again, don't read if you are going to get upset). Ben got this e-mail from his friend:
I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight.....
If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're "exotic, different." However, grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, you're a quintessential American story.
If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic "Muslim" (who, by the way, is a Christian). However, name your kids Willow, Trig andTrack, you're a "maverick".
Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable. However, attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.
If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become thefirst black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law Professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs Committees, you don't have any real leadership experience. However, if your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive and next in line behind a man in his eighth decade of life.
If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian. However, if you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and then left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a true Christian.
If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society. However, if, while governor, you staunchly advocate Abstinence only,(with no other option in sex education in your state's school system) while your un-wed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you're very responsible - and are settng a good example.
If your wife is a Princeton graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America's. However, if your husband is nicknamed "First Dude", with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25, and was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.
OK, much clearer now. About sums it up for me.......
End of e-mail. Ben and I, of course, loved this e-mail, and Ben was doing some research trying to come up with a witty comeback to agree with him on his points. He went to Rush Limbaugh's website (a huge mistake, I know- that men is sure to be thrust into Hell, I don't even think he will make it to judgement day), and of course all it was was hate and lies against the dems (absolutely NOTHING about the Rep. party, only hate), and there was this big huge thing that said: "Yes, it was the Dems who caused the mortgage crisis" or some crap like that.
I was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO mad to say the least. The Rep. have been in complete power the last 6 of 8 years, they have had the presidency the last 22 of 30 years, and they still want to blame the dems for everything! You would think Rush would want the Dems to win because it must be very draining trying to come up with constant lies to blame the dems for all of the problmes the republicans come up.
Here's the real thing, though. I am willing to admit that the dems aren't right on everything. I disagree with a lot of things they do. I just want ONE republican to step up to the plate and say, "you know, I believe in the intent of the republican party, but some of the leaders we have chosen are corrupt and have made some mistakes that have really hurt our country." But no, that is too beyond their capacity- they haven't ever done anything wrong. So, that is why I called the radio show.
To start us off, I thought I would post the recipe at the bottom. It is a delicious pasta recipe that fed Ben and I for two dinners and then made 4-5 lunches for Ben (one of the best ways we have saved money is to try not to buy the Marie Callendar's or whatever for lunch, but instead that I would make him frozen meals that he could take to work. It has worked out pretty well so far, and saves us $10-20 a week. Instead of making 1 casserole for dinner, I will make 2, and then divide the second one into small tupperware containers and stick in the freezer for his lunches. With this reciepe, I didn't double it and it still made the 4-5 lunches just with the leftovers). So, here is our cheap and delicious recipe:
Easy Pasta Bake
1 lb ground beef
1 (30 oz) can or jar spaghetti sauce
1/2 c Parmesan cheese
5 c cooked pasta (I use a full box of penne pasta)
8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
Brown beef, drain. Add sauce, Parmesan cheese, and pasta. Place in a 13x9 inch baking dish and top with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Makes 8 large servings.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Should we take the easy route? No way- we could do it!
That was A LOT of corn!!! Really, it was a lot of fun- maybe we will take Audra in about 5 years!!!
Friday, September 12, 2008
The topic I would like to discuss is the Sarah Palin question- the question none of the reporters will ask, but as a mother I feel compelled to discuss. My friend Danielle posted an interesting article about how Palin may affect motherhood. Here is the link: http://www.slate.com/id/2199131
My concern comes from a greater depth than whether or not woman will lose their maternity leave- I am not so much concerned about that as I am about the choices Palin has made herself. I realize that she has excited the Republican base, and that certainly is exciting and wonderful. But, at what cost? As a stay-at-home-mom who gave up a career (which, by the way, I was very good at and had earned the respect of my colleagues, students, and their parents), and as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who understands that motherhood is the most important role a woman can undertake (if you are not a member of the Mormon faith, we believe strongly that men and women have certain Godly qualities instilled in us, and as women, the greatest quality we have is that of nurturing and taking care of children), I am very concerned about a mother who would publically humiliate her 17-year-old daughter on national television and leave/neglect her 5 month old son with down syndrome to head on the campaign trail. Last night in her interview with Charles Gibson (yes, I did watch it), he asked if she had to think about whether or not she could be VP. Her response was something like (sorry I don't have the exact quote): I didn't hesitate- when he asked me, I immediately told him that if he thought I would help him win the ticket, I was ready for the task.
That answer once again kept me awake last night. She didn't stop to think about how this would affect her children, her family, her husband? Ben and I have to stop and think about how us going out to dinner and leaving Audra at Grandma and Grandpa's will affect her, let alone taking the second highest position in the world. By her actions, she is showing to me that being VP is more important than being a mother.
This is the Palin question that nobody is talking about: Can you be a good mother and a VP (and potential president)? What is more important as a woman- motherhood or power? For me, that is what it boils down to. For the last 150 years leaders of the Mormon faith have told us time and time again how critical it is that we, as women, be mothers first and foremost. I would guess most, if not all, of you reading this blog have either quit your job, scaled down your hours, turned down a promotion, or the like because you wanted to be a mom first. That is what we value- family. For most of our society, family comes first- not country. Consistently stay-at-home moms talk about being undervalued and unappreciated- I believe Sarah Palin threatens to undervalue us even more.
I truly am not trying to get into politics here. I simply have a very strong belief system that has been engrained in me through my religion and my family that is now being hindered/destroyed by a woman who is purposely choosing to put power over family. I know this sounds sexist and is politically incorrect. But I don't believe I am being a hypocrite- as I said earlier, I gave up a career, money, respect, and power to be a mom. I don't expect everyone else to make that same decision, but I value women who do. I believe being a mom first IS the most important thing, and I hold much more respect for stay-at-home moms than I do female CEO's or female diplomats. I feel the same way about Hilary Clinton- I don't respect her anymore than I do Sarah Palin for the personal decisions she has made, and for the record- I never liked her. In my heart of hearts, I believe it is a bad decision to seek the honors of the world over taking care of your children, regardless of your political affiliation.
There is so much more I could say. But, really, I just felt I needed to say something, because to me this is a much bigger issue than Republicans or Democrats. To me, this is about the sanctity of motherhood. As I said earlier, I would love to hear comments. I am totally OK with people who disagree, but let's just keep this respectful. I have tried to be respectful, and I hope you all realize that and can at least appreciate that even if you disagree. I do belive this is a big question, and so I really did feel that I at least needed to bring it up as something for all of us to think about. Thank you for reading this very long post, and I look forward to reading all of your thoughts on this subject!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
The cutest, though, was Audra would lie on the floor and Chloe would come up and tickle her, take a few steps back, then come tickle her again. Kids are so fun! I just love how they keep themselves entertained!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
This is Ben putting it together- he is becoming such the handyman! Audra ready to go- we can't decide if she liked this or not, she never cried, but she never smiled either. Ready to go! We rode to the park, and it was so much fun! It was a great park, so we will definitely be going back. Ben is really excited to have this and now all he wants to do is go bike riding!
A brief update on Audra, as she is everyone's favorite (including ours!):
She is scared of heights. We learned this when we were out on the deck for the 100th time and Aud realized that if you looked between the slats you could see down 15 feet, and then all of a sudden she froze and started crying, refusing to move at all.
She loves to give kisses- but this consists of her coming at you with mouth totally open and her tongue hanging out, so they are very slobbery (we love them anyway)
She loves hugs and gives the best hugs. Often I will be making dinner or doing laundry and she will run up to me and hug both of my legs super tight so I can not move. Makes it difficult to get things done, but I don't care, I love the hugs!
She enjoys playing the drum set that we have in our basement
She loves taking out all of the diapers in her diaper holder, handing them to me, and then putting them all back in.
She likes making Indian noises with her hand over her mouth to test her voice (I know that is totally politically incorrect, but I wasn't sure how else to describe that, so I apologize, and if you have a better way to say it, let me know and I will edit my post!!!)
Today she kept pointing at her small stuffed giraffe and saying "dada". I am not sure what that means, as I am sure she knows her daddy isn't a giraffe, but perhaps I am wrong.
Her new favorite food is cheese toast (or cheese-its as we called them growing up)
She likes her rocking horse, and is very cute when she is on it as she tries to get it to go back and forth
She really is just the greatest thing that happened to Ben and I, and we are so grateful to have her in our lives!!!!! We love you, Audra!!!