Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Monday, December 29, 2008

Happy Holidays!!!


Yes, I know I'm late. I'm tired. I'm unmotivated. I have a ton of stuff to do this New Year...and I'm feeling overwhelmed. I'm trying, I'm trying...

We had a wonderful holiday, but I'm glad it's over. Lil'MissRefney got too much, of course, but she was a trooper through all the traveling and the upset routine.

Have a very safe and Happy New Year!!!!
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Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!!


We enjoyed great food and tons of swinging in the fog... :)
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Freedom of Choice Act

I recently saw some of my Facebook friends joined a group called "Fight FOCA!". I jogged on over to see what it was referring to. It is a group formed to fight the passage of the Freedom of Choice Act, a bill that has been introduced to Congress and one that President-Elect Obama has said would be the first bill he would sign into law once in the Oval Office. The Facebook group states, in part:

"Basically anything goes, partial birth abortions, ridding of babies born after botched abortions, and any other "unrestricted" type of abortion. Not only that but this act would hold TAXPAYERS responsible for the nationwide costs of abortions. That means YOU AND ME. This act isn't too far away from becoming a reality in the United States, but we CAN stop it, so please sign the petition! Obama may have won this election, but it is ironically up to the youth of the United States to fight for those without a voice! WE CAN CHANGE THIS!"

A good summary of the bill reads as this (from

Freedom of Choice Act - Declares that it is the policy of the United States that every woman has the fundamental right to choose to: (1) bear a child; (2) terminate a pregnancy prior to fetal viability; or (3) terminate a pregnancy after fetal viability when necessary to protect her life or her health.
Prohibits a federal, state, or local governmental entity from: (1) denying or interfering with a woman's right to exercise such choices; or (2) discriminating against the exercise of those rights in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information. Provides that such prohibition shall apply retroactively.
Authorizes an individual aggrieved by a violation of this Act to obtain appropriate relief, including relief against a governmental entity, in a civil action.

Take a smart, responsible bill and trash it with overtly anti-choice propaganda to gain support. Did they not even READ the bill? It states a declaration that every woman has a right to choose to bear the child, terminate BEFORE fetal viability, and/or terminate in third trimester WHEN NECESSARY TO PROTECT HER LIFE AND/OR HER HEALTH!!! Where does it say it will "make taxpayers pay for abortions" and encourage an "anything goes" attitude?

This bill may overturn the Partial Birth Abortion ban which in actuality only bans one certain procedure of many. It may also impact waiting periods, trigger laws and parental consent laws (Thanks Mac, for your excellent summary).

Fewer than 1% of all abortions are performed after 20 weeks, and are typically limited to cases of severe abnormalities. No healthy woman, after carrying a pregnancy for 20 or more weeks, decides to just up and have an abortion for the hell of it. Please, people.

People, do your research. Be you pro-choice or anti-choice, be smart and do your research.

Watch lame duck Pres. Bush very carefully these last two months he has in office. He is pushing to redefine contraception as abortion.

Monday, November 17, 2008

The family spent the day at the local Renaissance Festival with two of our closest friends. We had a wonderful time! I can't believe Lil'Miss lasted for 6 hours out there...she got pretty fussy toward the end of the day, but all in all she was wonderful!

She took lots of walks with Daddy:

From The Renaissance Fair

Cheered on the jousting knights:

From The Renaissance Fair

From The Renaissance Fair

From The Renaissance Fair

And had an all around wonderful day. The weather was gorgeous; the company comforting.

We were at one of the stalls trying princess hats on Lil'Miss when a cameraman came up to us filming her. Handed us a release form and said it may be used in next year's commercial!!! A Star is Born!!!! hahaha :)

The Renaissance FairCheck out the rest of the pictures here


Monday, November 3, 2008

Yes We Can

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.
Yes we can.
It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.
Yes we can.
It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.
Yes we can.
It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballots; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.
Yes we can to justice and equality.
Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.
Yes we can heal this nation.
Yes we can repair this world.
Yes we can.
We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics…they will only grow louder and more dissonant ……….. We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.
But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.
Now the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea –

Yes We Can!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

NOW endorses Obama for President

While I don't agree with every facet of NOW, I can definitely get behind this endorsement.

Please share this with as many people as you can.

Interesting that for the first time ever, the NOW has endorsed a candidate. The reasons are boldly spelled out in this email.

FYI, The National Organization for Women has endorsed the Obama-Biden ticket for just the reasons listed below.. They usually do not endorse, but in this case believed it was absolutely necessary to take a stand. if you agree, please pass this on.

Subject: Women and Sarah Palin

We are writing to you because of the fury and dread we have felt since the announcement of Sarah Palin as the Vice-Presidential candidate for the Republican Party. We believe that this terrible decision has surpassed mere partisanship, and that it is a dangerous farce on the part of a pandering and rudderless Presidential candidate that has a real possibility of becoming fact.

Perhaps like us, as American women, you share the fear of what Ms. Palin and her professed beliefs and proven record could lead to for ourselves and for our present or future daughters. To date, she is against sex education, birth control, the pro-choice platform, environmental protection, alternative energy development, freedom of speech, gun control, the separation of church and state,and polar bears; to say nothing of her complete lack of real preparation to become the second-(and possibly first)-most-powerful person on the planet.

We want to clarify that we are not against Sarah Palin as a woman, a mother, or, for that matter, a parent of a pregnant teenager, but solely as a rash, incompetent, and altogether devastating choice for Vice President. Ms. Palin's political views are in every way a slap in the face to the accomplishments that our mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers so fiercely fought for, and from which we've so demonstrably benefited.

First and foremost, Ms. Palin does not represent us. She does not demonstrate or uphold our interests as American women. It is presumed that the inclusion of a woman on the Republican ticket could win over women voters.

We want to disagree, publicly. If you agree that Palin is an irresponsible, even dangerous, choice for VP, please consider participating in this drive. Gentlemen, send this to the women you know and care for. I know it's tough to understand the way this choice is impacting women, but I have never seen so many women so outraged, angry and distraught in my entire life. We'd like our voices heard.

Friday, October 17, 2008

changed my mind...

I'm so not creative. Send me ideas for a new name for my blog. I may even change the url!!! :)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Lining up my thoughts coherently...

Yay, It's my birthday!!!! But I'm not changing the name of the blog...I'm sneaky like that. :)

I'm working on a blog post. A political one. A personal one. I've never been very good at getting points across with great eloquence, so I'm taking my time on this. Hopefully I'll be able to get it all out by Election Day.

One quick thought:

I almost leaped out of my chair last night watching the debate. The moment? When McCain put my health in his smartass air quotes during the abortion discussion.

McCain: Just again, the example of the eloquence of Sen. Obama. He's "health" for the mother. You know, that's been stretched by the pro-abortion movement in America to mean almost anything.

You just lost the few middle of the road women voters you did have. You patronizing, misogynistic old goat. You just showed your true disdain for women everywhere. I shouldn't be surprised. He voted against Equal Pay for Equal Work, told horrible jokes about Chelsea Clinton, even (documented, not hearsay) called his own wife a "cunt" in the presence of others. His own running mate, when she was mayor of her tiny little town in Alaska, supported charging victims of rape for their own rape kits.

Yep, he's exactly the president I want my daughter to grow up under.

More later. I have to make a doctor's appointment, ya know, for my "health". Because I'm sure in your mind, postpartum depression can mean just about anything, right? It's all in my delicate little head...


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sarah Palin

Ms. Palin:

Your use of the sexism card is insulting to women everywhere.

Put on your big girl panties and answer some questions. Truthfully. Unlike your pat "Thanks, but no thanks" you lied about on the Bridge to Nowhere. You sure did keep the money, didn't you?

Republican Party:

You really think putting a vagina on the ticket will woo the Hillary supporters? Really? REALLY?????

Your party has been insulting to women for years, what with voting against Equal Pay, reproductive rights, etc...but we ain't stupid.



Ok...I'm off my soapbox now.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Degree? Nope, not yours.

I had to drop my classes today. No cashola came through for school. Yes, I know I should have been trying to save more throughout the year, but dammit, we have to eat too, ya know?

I'm just depressed about it. Some days my brain feels like mush. I feel like my one year old is smarter than me.


Thursday, June 12, 2008

Moving more ways then one.

Well, Aislinn is walking. Full-throttle motion. She is so cute to watch. It's hard to believe she'll be a year old in 2 months. Where does the time go, really? I never understood the axiom "They grow up so fast" until I had Aislinn. Every day she is doing something new and it makes me wonder where that little newborn I brought home is.

Mama is also moving forward. I'm finally going back to school this fall. I was advised yesterday (by someone with the worst personality for advising) and have only 15 hours left to graduate with my General Studies degree. So I'm taking 9 hours this fall (Career Planning (haha), Spanish 101 and Philosophy 314-History and Principles of Evolution...I'm sooo excited about that course!) and will take 6 in the spring and then I'll be graduated!!! Finally. I started college all of 12 years ago...I coulda had a doctorate by now!!! :)

Steve is still working hard. Finishing up a large project this week and moving on to another busy calendar. He works so hard to allow me to stay home with our child. I love him to bits!!!

So, that's just a little update on us. Maybe I'll get to writing here more often...but I can't promise it.