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Recently, I’ve found myself in a ‘downer’ sort of way, mostly because of some unexpected tragic news that pretty much smacked me in the face and got me thinking about mortality, something I try not to ponder about unless forced to do so. Let’s just say I’ve been forced. So what happened? Well, a former classmate of mine was murdered right outside of his home. My first thought was, “No! This guy sat at my kitchen table back in Junior High school! He was once a star basketball player… and now he’s leaving behind a son.”

Unbelievable – this kind of thing just doesn’t happen to people you know, the kind who’ve played on your school basketball team and sat next to you in biology. The kind you hung out with on weekends when you had nothing better to do. And yet a crime like this causes a person to rethink everything good in this world and to reconsider ever walking out the front door again, wondering “How could it have happened so easily, without a clue as to how or why?” Completely wrong. So very, very sad.

Meanwhile, life does go on.

Inauguration Day

Inauguration Day

Rather than head out to Washington DC to watch Barack Obama become President of the United States, I blogged about it from the warmth of my cozy and comfortable home. Here’s it is, unedited so be warned:

Today, January 20th, 2009, marks History-In-The-Making as Barack Obama is sworn in as President of the United States of America. In honor of the day, I’ve got my television streaming NBC’s Today Show non-stop so as not to miss a thing as it all unfolds, along with my handy ‘lil Dell mini and can of Diet Coke perched nearby for blogging purposes as this whole event happens. The anticipation is almost tangible, a feeling you just want to freeze-frame for all time. Whoa.
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Eye Candy

Eye Candy
This is so not a hoax – I really did take this photo earlier today, November 17th 2008. Makes me want to buy a few barrels to stock up on cheap gasoline for awhile. Is that even possible? Anyone know of a good deal on barrels out there?

Email-less President

As a former civil servant employed by the federal government, and as a Computer Programmer/Analyst at that, I can fully understand the complexity behind taking Obama’s BlackBerry away when he becomes a permanent fixture in the Oval office.  Presidents just can’t be like the rest of us who freely submit messages across the digital world.   But man, whoa.  Major email withdrawal.  Another reason why this chick will not be running for President of the United States any time in the near future.  Obama can have that email-less job, thanks very much.

Give me smartphone, or give me death!

Caught Twittering

Election Aftermath

Just when I think life is back to normal and all is groovy again, well, the United States of America elects a new President, Barack Obama.  I couldn’t be more thrilled about this news, meaning I can’t seem to keep my eyes off of that man on CNN, the local news and all over the newspapers.  Normally after so much of looking at one single person in the media 24/7, I’m all:

Noooooo!  If I have to see that face or hear that person’s name one more time, I’m going to run screaming down the street like an absolute crazy person!

But not this time.  Not with Obama.  I’m so extremely curious as to how this man can continue to pull off the whole well-spoken, stern and put-together presence in front of the paparazzi-like media that I can’t seem to take my eyes off it all.  It’s like I’m just waiting to see just one small stumble or fissure in what seems to be such a perfect façade.  And I’m left wondering if Obama is the real deal that we’ve all been waiting for… ?  Let’s hope.

In the mean time, McCain stepped away graciously and wasted no time in doing so.  Now that’s class.  The USA couldn’t have found 2 more qualified candidates to apply for the job in leading our nation, and now I just pray that the best one will be filling those presidential shoes.  Not only are we ready for change, but we’re ready for a big clean-up of the big huge mess Bush is leaving in his wake.  Talk about a big job there.

Bring it on, Obama!  Things cannot get any worse, that’s all I know.  God help us all.

Best Laid Plans

Halloween is just not happening for me this year, the first non-Halloween ever since the Catholic Goulies were born. Scary Pumpkins Instead, and I’m finally able to post this after being 99.75% done with packing my suitcases, this incognito catholic person will be taking care of her own wonderfully sweet little Mom (yes, all 5 feet and 1/2 inch of feisty Italianista) as she recovers from a surgical procedure. Because as it turns out, wonderfully dear ginormous Dad (yup, all 6+ feet of commanding retired Air Force Officer), will be out of town during her recovery time, leaving me next in line to step up to the plate.

Cool – another flight on Frontier Airlines with wildlife animals on the tail! I’m secretly hoping for another Foxy the Fox this time. Wish me luck on that.

But no worries about missing Halloween back at the homestead. We live in a world with such amazing technology that I won’t miss much with hubs ready and willing to send all kinds of digital photos and movies to me as I hang with Mom, hundreds of miles away from home. That’s right. I’ll be kickin’ back in the comfort of Mom & Dad’s house, smack dab in the middle of the boonies desert as I catch up on Halloween by way of the internet. Heck, Mom even tells me she stocked up on all of my favorite Lean Cuisine meals, microwave popcorn, and munchies. So how could I possibly be the least bit wistful about being away during Halloween..?

Prayers for Mom’s speedy recovery are most welcome. (You just have to love that woman.)

Here We Go Again

Have any of you witnessed the flub-ups by our presidential candidates lately on the news? I’m amazed at how a certain running mate can just stand by clapping and smiling while a certain person makes a complete fool of oneself in front of the media, the group who broadcasts it all on CNN or Headline News for those of us Joe Six Packs or Hockey Moms to witness firsthand.

Hello, McFly? Is anyone in there??? All I know is that voting for someone with a brain that doesn’t seem to coordinate with the mouth is not such a good idea.

And why aren’t the candidates coming right out with a stance on abortion? Because CNN cut that topic off immediately when a voter asked McCain. Hmmm…. why is this such a big conspiracy anyway? Let me tell you, there are a HUGE number of Catholic Sisters who are extremely interested, as well as Catholic Moms & Dads. Will they ever come out with it?

‘Fake’ Baby Craze

I don’t know about you, but this has got to be the wackiest craze ever:

Grown-ups who play with dolls

Something’s just not right there, especially when said grown-ups strap fake babies into car seats and sport them around town in baby carriers, as if they were real. What’s next? Fake toddlers?

Totally odd if you ask me.