Gassing Up with Obama

hahaha! *wiping tears* My favorite part is the drip at the end.

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(RSS readers – I had to import this from Vimeo, which means you probably won’t see it in your readers. Please click the title of the post to watch the video).

Also in gas-related news:

Senate rejects GOP bill to expand, speed up offshore drilling

The Senate on Wednesday rejected Republican-backed legislation intended to speed up and expand offshore oil and gas drilling.

The statement alleged that the plan would “hastily” open areas in the Gulf, Alaska and Atlantic to leasing without adequate environmental analysis. It also noted that the Interior Department plans to hold the Gulf lease sales referenced in the bill by mid-2012 anyway.

But Republicans said the plan contains effective safeguards and cast the measure as a common-sense way to boost domestic energy development. “If there is one word that should be used to describe this bill, it would be ‘modest,’” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the top Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, on the floor Wednesday. “Everything within it is straightforward. Nothing is outlandish, nothing goes too far; there’s no poison pills in it.”

Here’s my favorite comment from the article:

Can’t waste resources tapping into our own energy supplies- after all, we promised Brazil we would be their best customer.

Really. That about sums it up, don’t you think?


It’s Official – I Am the Mom of a High School Graduate


Ugh. I have a post-graduation hangover.

It’s a done deal. Dude is officially a graduate. He’s now free to become part of society … in August. lol That’s when he will buckle down and get a job. Why August? Because we are going on a family vacation in late July and there’s really no point in the boy looking for a job when he’s going to have to ask for a week off right off the bat.

I’m sure that wouldn’t exactly endear him to his employer.

And, the kid deserves a break. He’s worked his tail end off for 13 years – he deserves to have some time off and just goof off.

But I reserve my right to nag him beginning in August. 😀

Yesterday was busy. Dude went to his graduation rehearsal at his school at 9:00 yesterday morning. He didn’t want to go, but I made him because I’ve never done this before and I had no clue what was going to happen or where he was supposed to go. I’m glad he went because he was able to connect with his friends and make plans to meet them at a certain time so they could all sit together.

I walked/jogged my three miles before cleaning up and going to the office for a few hours. When I dropped Jazz off back at home after school, I checked on Dude – who was in bed with a stomachache. He said the pizza rolls he had cooked for himself had been bad, and they might have been, but I really think it was a case of the nerves. He’s always done this, even when he was a little boy. Whenever something came up that he would have to participate in, or was nervous about, he would suddenly develop a stomachache or some other ailment. He keeps insisting he wasn’t nervous about the graduation ceremony, but I knew better. Still. I have learned to pick my battles and I left him alone, curled up into a fetal position on his bed.

In the meantime, I got my crap together and called Qdoba to order a Taco Bar from them for Saturday’s graduation reception. I’m expecting about 20 people to show up – give or take a friend or two. I’ll be picking the food up at 11:30 – the reception starts at noon.

I hope I’m not cutting it close. (Incidentally, I have to pick the cake up between 9:00 and noon on Saturday, too. I’m anticipating stressful moments).

But back to yesterday …

Five o’clock rolls around and it’s time for the boys to change into their dress clothes. Luckily, Dude fit into Kevin’s old dress slacks and I didn’t have to buy him any. It’s funny, but Kevin is always commenting on how skinny Dude is and yet, his old slacks fit Dude perfectly, indicating that Kevin was pretty skinny at one point. Both boys are stick figures – they have inherited that extreme skinniness from their father.

Definitely not from me. HA!

We were going to go out to eat at a nice restaurant, but no one was hungry, so we ended up going to Subway. Dude could only stomach chips and Sprite, whereas Jazz and myself had a three-inch sub sandwich. I’ll admit it, I hardly ate anything yesterday. I was too nervous to eat, too.

We headed up to MSU. We wanted to go early in order to ensure a parking space. I was really worried that it would be so chaotic that we would be challenged to find anything within a reasonable walking distance. (Thank God we had nice weather yesterday). However, I was surprised to find that parking was not an issue – at all. As we were driving around to find a decent parking space (Kevin wouldn’t let me park in one parking lot because he was afraid I would get a ticket since I didn’t have a pass. I kept telling him that the university didn’t enforce that rule for events like this, but he wouldn’t believe me. It might have had something to do with the fact that I told him that the university didn’t enforce the permit rule in the summer either, and yet, I got a ticket when I used the university library one day. Oops).

I saw my parents walking toward the building as we were heading toward the parking garage, but since my mom didn’t have her cell phone on (*AHEM* MOM), they disappeared into the crowd.

I knew where Jazz was supposed to go (he was scheduled to play with the band – he had done this last year, so we were good to go on that), but I had no idea where Dude was supposed to go. He said he was meeting his friends in “the alley”, but I didn’t see any sort of alley. We ended up walking around the building (which actually consisted of two buildings squeezed into one which translates into HUGE and I’m walking fast because the clock is ticking and I’m trying hard not to sweat because I tend to sweat in really embarrassing places and I had on khaki slacks and just .. no).

Luckily, Dude spotted his friends and before I could say “good luck!”, the kid was gone and out of sight. I continued walking around the building because Kevin and his family were in the back of the building and I was in the front, when I just happened to spot my parents at another entrance.

I say “happened” because by this time, there were hundreds of people milling around. I shoved my way through line to join them, (okay, I didn’t shove, I just politely “nudged”), called Kevin and we agreed to meet when we were allowed in.

We stood outside for about 45 minutes before they finally opened the doors. Again. Thank God it was a nice evening because that really would have sucked if it had been raining.

We found Kevin and his family and were able to snag seats in the same row. (We weren’t supposed to save seats so I was a little stressed that we would all be able to sit together).

The graduates filed in. I carefully studied the kids as they came in and when I spotted Dude, I poked my mom and mother-in-law in excitement. “There he is!” I said. My heart jumped, my breath caught and …

… it wasn’t Dude. Oops. I laughed. And felt like an idiot. Apparently, I don’t know my own son. HA!

I watched the kids like a hawk come into the room, searching each face and looking for my first-born son. When I finally spotted him, I took a half second to absorb that fact that it was actually him – that this was actually going to happen, before my heart jumped and my breath caught in my throat once again.

We had good seats. We were able to see him clearly. However, Kevin was a few seats down from me and had a better view of him than I did. He told me later that Dude was virtually stone as he sat through the ceremonies and speeches – he barely moved a muscle. I had to smile because I knew what that meant – he was really nervous.


I could understand why. To be shoved into the spotlight in front of thousands of people (the stadium was packed) for an introverted, shy personality was pretty close to hell.

We all patiently sat through introductions, songs, and speeches before the event we were all eagerly waiting for started – they began calling the seniors down to receive their diplomas. (Well actually, they didn’t receive their diplomas until afterward, but we all get the ritual, right?)

I’m surprised I had the presence of mind to even tape this. My heart was pumping so hard I was barely able to hear them call his name.

There were about 400 kids in his graduating class. That was the biggest in the city. And even though there were a lot of kids, it went pretty fast. When it was over, it was time for the kids to throw their hats into the air. I wondered if Dude would throw his hat.

He did.

When it was over, we stumbled out into the cold (BRR) and I fielded calls from both Dude and Jazz until we finally located each other. Then we took the traditional pictures:



And it was over. It was like someone had punctured a balloon and all the air was slowly leaking out. Our excitement ebbed and we headed home. Dude had had the chance to go to Project Graduation (which is a supervised party at a community center that was supposed to last until 4:00 in the morning), but he didn’t want to go, so we went to Taco Bell to buy him some food (because his “stomachache” was mysteriously better) and we went home.

We’re exciting that way.

We didn’t discover, until we were driving home, that Dude had actually gotten his diploma. They gave it to him after he left the arena. I was surprised because I thought they would just mail it to him, but nope, he was able to put it into his diploma holder and we all admired it all the way home.

And that’s it. It’s over. It’s official.

Well, it’s not over quite yet, though. We have the reception on Saturday. We were planning on having it outside on our new patio (more on that in a bit), but it looks like rain. We’ll see. This time of year is so unpredictable because even though they’re calling for rain now, the weather could easily change before Saturday. We’ll see.

So. I have a high school graduate.

I feel old. lol

In My Opinion

In My Opinion: May 18, 2011

A weekly vlog of me answering questions. I’m doing this primarily to leave a bit of myself behind for my children. Thanks for bearing with me as I make a fool out of myself. 😀

Here are the questions for this week:

1. Describe the best live musical performance you’ve ever attended.

2. What scents bring back vivid memories for you?

3. Is the price of gas making you drive less?

And here is my video response to these questions:

Next week’s questions…

1. If you could be invisible for the day, what would you do?

2. What household project have you been putting off?

3. Did you watch the royal wedding and what were your thoughts?

Abundant Life

Audio Teaching: Healing: God’s Gift of Mercy and Grace

by Dan Gallagher
In Christianity today there are many questions surrounding the subject of physical healing. Have you ever asked, “Is healing available today, and if so what provisions, if any, has God made for our healing?” Or, “What are the factors that affect healing, what role does faith play, and why don’t we see more healing in the Church today.” How about, “Why are there so many different ways that healings occur in the bible,” or, “What must I do to receive the healing I need?” In this teaching, Dan Gallagher answers these questions, and more, by providing key insights and foundational understandings that affect every Christian’s ability to receive the healing that God desires for them.

Understanding the material presented will provide you with a solid doctrinal understanding of healing, resulting in an increase in your faith and the faith of those to whom you minister. Learn that healing is not “prescriptive,” and that there is an interrelation among physical, emotional, spiritual, and moral healing. If healing is something you desire for your self or others, this is a teaching you will not want to miss.

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Our (Almost) Graduate

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The clock is ticking. Dude graduates Tuesday night, but we took pictures early because well … that’s just the way I am.

In the meantime, now that he is done with school and has all of this free time, I’ve been “coaching” him on how he can stay busy during the day. He seems eager to hear my ideas, which is surprising. I think he realizes just HOW boring his days are going to become if he doesn’t have something to occupy his time.

He made a decision – he wants to get a job and work full time for a bit, then take one, or two classes, in the spring. This will give him some time off from school, save some money, get some experience out in the “real” world, and a chance to make some new friends.

It’s amazing how relaxed he already seems since taking his last final Friday. We went to a graduation yesterday for his cousins and it was really good for him to hear the motivational speeches about not being afraid to take the first step toward his future and to always give 100% in anything that he attempts. I really think it gave him food for thought (even though I’ve been telling him the same thing for a while now, it always sounds different when coming from someone OTHER than mom or dad). It also helps him to hear the plans of other kids and to understand that this whole job/future thing is a natural step to the next level.

At any rate, I’m sure I’ll have tons more pictures with family on Wednesday to share with you. The weather, as of now (Missouri weather changes so quickly), shows that it’s supposed to be sunny and mid-60’s on Tuesday so HOPEFULLY it’ll stay that way.

I’m getting really excited – especially after attending the graduation yesterday. I can’t wait to watch him walk across that stage and get his diploma!!

Abundant Life

Teaching: Discovering Your Individual Gifts of God’s Grace

Every Sunday I provide videos and valuable links to the Truth or Tradition teachings. We’ve been following the Truth or Tradition teachings for many years now and they have truly blessed our family. We have found peace and happiness through our beliefs and we walk confidently for God. My hope, by passing on this information to you, is that what you find here, or on the Truth or Tradition website, will guide you to a better, more blessed and abundant life.

If you would like to read my views on religion and how we got started with the ministry, you can read this.

Let’s get started:

Regarding a person’s gifts, I have been asked the question, “How do I find out what my ministry is?” In some ways that is like putting the cart before the horse. The gifts will define the ministry. In a similar way a horse will not be very effective in fulfilling its function of moving a cart along if it tries to push the cart from behind. However, if the horse is properly hooked up in front of the cart, it can pull a great load and fulfill its calling, so to speak. This analogy is helpful when it comes to the discussion of gifts, ministries, and the works of God.

1 Corinthians 12:4-6
(4) There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.
(5) There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.
(6) There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.

The individual gift in one’s life is like the horse that is part of God’s creation. The horse supplies the power much like the gifts, also part of God’s creative work, can be an avenue whereby the power of God is released in various ways. This correlation continues by understanding that a cart is man-made, as are ministries (ways of serving). While the gifts in a person’s life remain constant, his way of serving will change over time due to a variety of changes in his life. Likewise, the same horse can pull different carts according to the job to be done. In the case of gifts and ministry, as well as a horse and cart, the purpose is to get work done. The horse/cart carries a load from one place to another, while gifts/ministries are intended to carry out the works of God among His people.

As a person gets clear about the gifts he has received, the type of ministry through which these gifts will be put to work becomes more focused. Discovering the individual gifts of God’s grace in your life is a process, and generally will happen in three ways. The first avenue to consider is your personal assessment of your experiences, passions, and talents. None of these should be discounted as necessarily coincidental. God watches over His children from before birth.

Psalm 139:15 and 16
(15) My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
(16) your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

In the wisdom of God, all we are and will do are redeemable for His purposes. Being self-aware is very important in this discovery process. Personality inventories can be helpful in distinguishing for ourselves how we relate to life. Generally, individuals fall into two major categories, which are relational or conceptual. A good place to start is by taking into account how you relate to the world around you because God has gifted you in a way that is consistent with your way of relating to life.

Experience is also a great teacher, and even what we consider negative experiences can be very instructive. A difficult experience I had some years ago helped to clarify for me the fact that I am more conceptual than relational. I volunteered to lead a discussion group made up of members in our church. Each week I struggled with these meetings, becoming more and more discouraged as time went on. The discussion, as well as the overall experience of the small group, suffered as well. Eventually, I asked my wife, Mary, to lead the discussions. We both realized how gifted she was at leading small group discussions and how much better the group dynamic became.

Twenty-twenty hindsight is a great teacher, and many times our individual gifts of God’s grace become apparent in retrospect. As you look back and consider times you have served others, it is helpful to take into account how the experience affected you emotionally. In 1 Corinthians 14:1, we are told to be zealous for spiritual matters, of which the individual gifts in one’s life are a part. Ask yourself, “Was I energized or drained emotionally by the experience?” Even though physically exhausting, serving in a way that allows your gifts to be used can be very energizing emotionally.

Any honorable service rendered in love to others is commendable and will be rewarded by the Lord (Matt. 10:42). However, ministry (service) produced out of the individual gifts of God’s grace in your life has the potential of the power of God energizing it so as to accomplish the purposes of God in significant ways.

Another avenue a person’s individual gifts can become apparent is through the input of others. Brothers and sisters in Christ can provide confirmation and/or prophecy to help identify these gifts. The local fellowship is an indispensable resource whereby individuals can discover their gifts of God’s grace as well as see others’ various gifts in operation. The local fellowship is a safe environment to try different ways of serving. Personal mentorship and team ministry help us sort out over time how we are equipped to serve most effectually.

It is a good exercise to be aware of what stirs us in a way that might not move others. Many times I like to put it this way: “When you look at the Body of Christ or culture in general, what screams at you that needs to be done?” Those who lack maturity tend to tell others that they should do something to meet this “obvious” need. However, many times it is not so obvious to others because they do not have the gifts with which to minister most effectively in that area of need.

Finally, God can reveal to each of us either directly or by way of Scripture, the gifts He has given us. God has given individual gifts of grace to His children so that the Body of Christ can be served and His purposes advanced.

Philippians 2:13
for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about God’s wonderful message, please visit the Truth or Tradition website. You can also keep track of the ministry through their Facebook page, their YouTube Channel, or follow them on Twitter.

Thanks for reading.

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More from Write From Karen


Obama’s Hot Air Energy Plan

So the Obama energy policy is this: higher prices, less safety, fewer jobs, and real environmental damage in place of harmless carbon dioxide emissions. That should be a winner in 2012.


You really think Obama has our country’s best interest at heart?


I’m thinking – no.

Pass the word. We seriously can not AFFORD four more years of this man.

Friday Fun

Friday (Edible) Craft: Quick Meals

It’s 5:00 o’clock (somewhere). Do you know what you’re serving your family tonight?

Meals used to stress me out something terrible. I was that person – the person who got caught in the headlights, eye wide, heart pumping, whenever dinner time rolled around and I had three hungry males panting in hunger and growling in my face and I had no idea what to feed them.

I’ve since learned to plan ahead. Now, I make a week’s worth of menus up ahead of time, shop for all the items I’ll need for those recipes all at once and meal times are a LOT less stressful.

But we fall into ruts where we eat the same dishes week after week. Mainly because I’m too lazy to learn new recipes but also because I HATE spending more than 20 minutes on a meal. I hate the time it takes to cook the meals and then the massive clean up afterward.

At any rate, whenever I come across fast and easy meals, I’m eager to share them. Here are a few of my favorites from the Family Fun website.

Ham and Cheese Empanadas

These savory turnovers are easy for kids to assemble and even easier for them to eat (their name comes from the Spanish word empanar, “to bake in pastry”). Empanadas can be found throughout Latin America in a variety of sizes, shapes, and flavors. Assemble them with smaller pastry rounds for an appetizer (empanaditas) or use larger wrappers for a lunchtime treat or side.


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
8 ounces cooked ham, chopped
2 tablespoons bread crumbs
8 ounces mild Cheddar or Jarlsberg, shredded
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Pinch of black pepper
1 package empanada wrappers (we used Goya brand) or 2 packages
Pepperidge Farm frozen puff pastry shells, thawed
Egg wash made from 1 large egg lightly beaten, combined
with 1 tablespoon water


In a medium skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and parsley, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is transparent, about 3 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat, transfer the mixture to a medium-size bowl, and allow it to cool.

Add the ham, bread crumbs, cheese, sour cream, egg, and a pinch of black pepper to the bowl, and mix well.

To assemble the turnovers: Place 2 heaping tablespoons of filling in the center of an empanada wrapper and lightly moisten the edge of the circle with the egg mixture. (If you use a pastry shell, you’ll first need to roll it out into a 5-inch circle on a lightly floured work surface.) Fold the pastry in half and press the edges firmly to seal. Crimp the edge with a fork dipped in flour and pierce the top with the fork to allow steam to escape. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling, then refrigerate the empanadas for 30 minutes or freeze for later use.

Make-Ahead Tip: To freeze your empanadas, place the unbaked turnovers in the freezer on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. When frozen, stack them in sealable containers. Pop them in the oven frozen when you’re ready to bake them (following step 4). Just increase the baking time by 15 minutes.

Heat the oven to 375°. Brush the turnovers with the egg wash and bake them on a parchment-lined baking sheet on the upper oven rack until golden, about 20 to 25 minutes. Allow the empanadas to cool for a few minutes before serving. Makes 12 medium-size turnovers.

You can read the nutritional information here.

Cheesy Potato Skin Pizza

Kids love these pizza-topped skins because they end up with two of their favorite dishes: mashed potatoes one day, potato skins the next.


6 medium-size russet baking potatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
2 1/2 cups favorite pasta sauce, warmed (we used meat-based)
Suggested toppings: chopped olives, chopped green peppers, sliced and sautéed mushrooms
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups grated mozzarella or other pizza cheese


Heat your oven to 400°. Scrub the potatoes, poke them with a paring knife, then bake them for 50 to 60 minutes, until they’re tender at the center. Cool the potatoes briefly, then halve them lengthwise and scoop out most of the flesh (use it for mashed potatoes), leaving a thin potato wall. Cool the skins. If you’re not preparing the pizza the same day, refrigerate them.

To continue preparing the pizza the same day, heat your oven to 400°. Arrange the skins on a well-greased baking sheet, radiating out like the spokes of a wheel, as shown. Cut some skins in half the long way and tuck them into the gaps between the whole skins. Lightly salt and pepper the insides of the skins.

Spoon the sauce into the skins, dividing it equally. Sprinkle one or more toppings over the skins, if desired, then cover them evenly with the Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with the mozzarella. Bake on the center oven rack for 15 minutes. Cool for several minutes, then serve. Makes 5 to 6 servings.

Lasagna Soup

When Meredith Deeds was working on her cookbook “300 Sensational Soups,” her son, Kyle, came up with the idea of turning his favorite meal, lasagna, into a soup. The tomato-y broth, brimming with sausage and pasta, melts the mix of cheeses placed in each bowl before serving. A quick swirl of the spoon ensures diners will get a bit of gooey cheese in every bite.


2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds Italian sausage (bulk or with casings removed)
2 onions, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons oregano
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
6 cups chicken broth
2 bay leaves
8 ounces fusilli pasta
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh basil
8 ounces ricotta
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch of pepper
2 cups shredded mozzarella


In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the sausage and sauté, breaking it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until the sausage is no longer pink, about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain any excess fat from the pot. Add the onions and sauté until softened, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes and sauté for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and sauté until the paste turns a rusty brown, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes with their juice, the broth, and the bay leaves and bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Add the pasta, then increase the heat to medium-high and boil the soup until the pasta is tender to the bite, following the time recommendations on the pasta package. Discard the bay leaves, then stir in the basil. If desired, season with salt and black pepper to taste.

In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, the Parmesan, the 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and the pinch of pepper. To serve, place about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture in each bowl, sprinkle with some of the mozzarella, and ladle the soup on top. Makes about 13 cups.

You can read the nutritional information here.

Chicken Curry

(This is one of my personal favorites. Curry is my favorite spice EVER. I haven’t tried this specific recipe, but that spinach? Looks like a delicious addition).

A great way to introduce kids to international food. This simple, fast curry is made rich and creamy by adding canned unsweetened coconut milk (available in the international section of most supermarkets).


1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 can (12-14 ounces) unsweetened coconut milk
1 cup canned diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 cups packed fresh baby spinach


In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the onion and the salt. Cook until softened, about 7 minutes, stirring often. Add the curry powder and cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute.

Stir in the coconut milk, tomatoes, and tomato paste. Cook for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
Add the chicken, stir well, and cook 5 to 6 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Stir in the spinach and cook for 3 minutes or until wilted, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt. Serve over rice. Makes 4 servings.

You can find many more quick meal suggestions at the Family Fun website.

*I was not compensated in any way for this information. I dig Family Fun. I hope you dig them, too.


Rambama Is Now Our President *snort*

WHY are people so determined to make Obama into some sort of saint or holy man?

Or a super hero?

Seriously people, it’s pathetic and downright embarrassing. There is a segment of our society so desperate to disguise, diffuse, and divert attention away from Obama’s dismal policies and mistakes (just take a look at our economy if you don’t believe me – unemployment is still at unacceptable levels – rising gas prices – 1 in 7 people now on food stamps – how CAN Obama supporters defend that? Short answer, they can’t), that they will stoop to even lower levels to achieve that distraction.

Behold our president – the super hero:

Navy SEALs have become national heroes since news broke that they took down Osama bin Laden, so it’s fitting that the newest action figure from a Connecticut company is a fierce-looking President Barack Obama as a SEAL.

The minute Obama said late on the night of May 1 that the U.S. had found and killed bin Laden, Emil Vicale knew which his action figure company’s would make next — Rambama.

On Wednesday morning, Hero Builders released the Obama SEAL Team 6 action figure — a muscular President in fatigues armed with an M1-A4.


What a colossal slap in the face for our Navy Seals.

Look. This whole bin Laden deal – Obama deserves credit for giving the okay to take out the son of a bitch. If the operation had gone badly, Obama would have received a lot of heat. Sure. I give credit where credit is due.

But if it hadn’t been for Bush’s policies/procedures (yes, I’m alluding to the “enhanced interrogation techniques”), then bin Laden wouldn’t have been put in a position to BE caught. And the fact that he was is because America has KICK ASS special ops teams. These men put their lives on the line to carry out these incredibly dangerous missions all so we, Americans, can peacefully sleep at night. (And our awesome military? Doesn’t even get paid that much. And we’re thinking of cutting defense and reallocating that money to entitlement programs? Get your priorities straight, America, Do you want to be safe or don’t you).

And as a side note – I wonder how the liberals will feel with the fact that their super hero president is sporting a GUN of all things. *gasp* What happened to appeasing our enemies? What happened to a peaceful solution? (This is the liberal mindset, not necessarily mine. Though I’m all for finding a peaceful solution in lieu of violence, I’m also realistic. Peaceful doesn’t stand a chance against insane, hate-filled people toting guns).

This is just too crazy to even talk about anymore. It’s like I’m living in an alternate universe or something.


Last Full Day of School

So I blackmailed Dude with the whole, “but it’s MOTHER’S DAY and this is what I want for MOTHER’S DAY” [insert whiny voice] guilt trip this past weekend and made him pose for pictures with us. hehe. I’m glad to report that it worked.

He’s such a softie, my first born is.

We got some decent shots, but I wish we had had the foresight to steam the wrinkles out of the backdrops first.


Oh well. We’ll look back on this and laugh.

I’m pretty happy with the photos, overall. I ordered three 5 x 7’s of this photo and three more 5 x 7’s of two more poses of just Dude through Snapfish. I also ordered four 4 x 6’s as well.

That’s 13 photos for a WHOPPING $10.00. Yeah. I’m pretty much in love with Snapfish. They’re affiliated with Flickr, so if you have a Flickr account and want to order prints, it will automatically send you over to Snapfish to complete your order. (You do need to sign up for an account at Snapfish, though). Not only are their prices VERY reasonable, but they deliver fast, too. I should have the photos by either Friday or Saturday.

I don’t think this whole graduation thing really hit Dude until he saw himself in his cap and gown. And I found out Tuesday night that the boy’s last “official” day of school is TODAY!! Actually, since Dude made such good grades this semester, he only has to take ONE FINAL tomorrow and that’s his first period class. After that? HE CAN LEAVE!

So today is his “official” last day of school. And I don’t think he really has a lot to do today, either. He will be going to his memories assembly and then probably goofing off and signing yearbooks the rest of the day.

He’s ECSTATIC, of course. I’m ecstatic for him! I remember how exciting it was to be a senior, feeling oh so important and “all that” *snap* around the underclassmen.

Dude has to go back to school on Tuesday morning in order to practice for graduation – and then he OFFICIALLY graduates Tuesday night. Jazz is playing with the band at graduation, so it’s going to be crazy getting everyone there and in position. Dude’s school is the last school to graduate in the city and another school will be leaving as we’re getting there so I anticipate a lot of chaos – but that’s okay, it’ll be worth it.

It still seems so unreal that we’ve reached this point. You work 13 years to get here and suddenly, HERE IT IS!! It’s just a bitter-sweet experience.

I have no idea what Dude is going to do after graduation. We’re not really going to pressure him to get a job until we get back from our vacation in late July, so he has a few months to relax and enjoy his new-found freedom. He did tell me that he wants to start experimenting with some sort of computer program and we received an OTC fall schedule in the mail the other day, so we’ll likely discuss him taking one (possibly two?) classes this fall. This will be in addition to his job, because he WILL be gainfully employed as well. (Granted the kid can find a job in this crappy economy).

He’s also expected to get up at a decent hour every morning, shower and change into regular clothes as opposed to sitting around all day in his jammies. With me, Kevin and Jazz all going our separate ways, that’s the least the boy can do. And he wants to anyway. When I asked him what time he was going to get up in the mornings he said, “7:00 o’clock,” so I’m pretty sure he knows the “rules” of living at home.

Now we just have to enforce them and show him that we’re serious.

At any rate, THIS IS IT! We’ve arrived at a crossroad in Dude’s life. Pull up a chair, have some popcorn and let’s watch to see which road he decides to take.