30 November 2008

getting to know me

Well, I have been tagged by my good friend and fellow blogger, Eric, of intern[life] to write 6 random things about myself. I'm pretty random, so this seemed an appropriate task.

The rules are:
-link to the person who tagged you.
-post the rules on your blog.
-write 6 random things about yourself.
-tag 6 people at the end of your post.
-let each person know he/she has been tagged.
-let the tagger know when your entry is up.

Here goes.

1_Maybe I'm just slow, but it takes me a while to figure some things out. For example, for the longest time, I thought the theme song to "The Golden Girls" said "and the heart attack would say thank you for being a friend." My mother later informed me that it was 'card attached'. Also, for the longest time, I thought that Sara Lee slogan went "Nobody does it like Sara Lee." Come to find out, it's "Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee." I think the first is better and makes more sense.

2_I've had the chicken pox twice. I figure that surely gives me a reprieve from having to do something awful later in life.

3_I don't eat turkey at Thanksgiving. Call me un-American, but I just don't. I don't really even like it. I'll eat turkey deli meat on a sandwich with other stuff, but certainly not by itself. The main reason for this is that my grandpa Chuck [my mom's dad] refused to eat poultry of any kind. Therefore, my mom doesn't really like turkey either. Growing up, our traditional Thanksgiving fare was always hamballs, or sometimes we'd be completely random and just cook a favorite large meal, like corned beef and cabbage. This year I ate smoked salmon. No turkey. [By the way, you know, the pilgrims didn't actually eat a turkey. They likely had waterfowl of some kind. NPR said so.]

4_My mom and I have almost identical birthmarks.

5_I hate any workout that isn't dancing. Were it not for making me feel and look better, I probably wouldn't exercise at all.

6_I thought I would try to be a vegetarian for a month this summer. That lasted for about 2 days. Then I ate a bratwurst.

Now I tag:
Sam, whose blog is pretty much dead

I know - that's only 5, and probably only 2 people will do it, but that's all I got, people. I would tag Amy, but her blog is dead, too!

22 November 2008

tiny wooden peoples

IF I were to be so traditional as to put two tiny peoples on top of a wedding confection, I would order these freaking adorable little wooden peoples - custom painted to look like Don and myself from GooseGrease on Etsy. [Or I'd save $35 bucks and paint some myself...] 

Don was not so much filled with child-like delight when I showed them to him... Clearly something is wrong with him. Or he's not a miniature obsessed girl. 

p.s. If you do not know of the wonderful, handmade loveliness that is etsy.com, go there now! DO IT! 

10 November 2008

American History

I've been avoiding politics on this blog. So, in lieu of politics, I give you a piece of American history (ok, slightly political). 
I was in Grant Park to witness one of the most significant moments in American history. I was in Grant Park the night America elected its first African-American President. I was in Grant Park the night MY vote actually helped to elect a president. I was in Grant Park the night MY generation stood up and took responsibility for their country's future. 

On November 4, 2008, Don and I joined 120,000 other people on Hutchison Field in Grant Park to celebrate the election results and hear Barack Obama speak. This night was a full circle experience not just for our country, but for Don and myself as well. Ever since the 2004 DNC, we've been hoping Barack would run for president. For the first time in our young lives, we were involved in a political campaign. Beginning in January of 2007, we started doing our part to support Barack Obama's bid for the Democratic nomination, and eventually president. We donated our money, our time, our cell phone minutes, and our prayers. We called volunteers and voters. We voiced our opinion even when it wasn't popular. And for the first time our vote for president counted. 

Because Don is so awesome, he was able to score us a much coveted ticket to get onto the field for last Tuesday's party. Before we were on the field, I was really nervous about being in the midst of such a large crowd. Once we were there, however, my fears were calmed. The energy of the crowd was so positive and electric. Each time CNN announced that another state had come in for Barack, the crowd erupted in cheers. During John McCain's concession speech, the crowd in Grant Park was extremely respectful and clapped for the great Senator. (I would like to note, that although I'm a fervent supporter of Barack Obama, I have the utmost respect for John McCain, and think that his speech that night was very gracious and genuine.) Then the celebration portion began. We said the Pledge of Allegiance with 120,000+ people. We listened in awe during the National Anthem. And then Barack Obama took the stage and gave a serious and inspiring speech. People were crying, hugging, laughing. On November 4, 2008, Chicago was the center of the world. And we were a part of it - a night that I will forever remember. 

Whether you agree with Obama's policy or not, you can not deny what a great and historical moment this is for our country and the world. You also can't deny that he is the first transformational figure to inspire my generation, a generation of apathetic entitlement, to get up and get involved in their government and communities. Millions of Americans, of all ages, who had never been involved in politics volunteered their time and talents to help elect Barack Obama. 

And it worked. 

So I ask you, what were you inspired to do to help your candidate? Did your candidate inspire you to make phone calls, join your neighbors and volunteer, or donate small amounts of money to make a positive change? Did your candidate inspire you to research BOTH sides of the issues, to respectfully listen to both parties, and to engage in intelligent and respectful discussion with those whom you disagree? The election is over. An overwhelming number of Americans voted and put their trust in our next president. And as Americans, we all have a responsibility to work together to be involved in our government and communities to make our world a better place. If that's not something worth believing in, then I don't know what is.

This last picture is the sea of people filling Michigan Avenue after the rally. As far as you could see up and down Michigan Avenue, were thousands of elated people walking, dancing, cheering. There were 250,000 people in the Grant Park area, and not a single incident or arrest occurred. 

(On an even more serious note, I ask that you please pray for the safety of our President-elect and the other servants and leaders of our great country. They sacrifice more than we can ever imagine for our freedom, and it is our patriotic duty to do so.)