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Today, I am hosting my first Thanksgiving. It isn't at my house...I'm at my parents' place in Terre Haute. But my father is recovering from hip replacement surgery and he wanted to enjoy Thanksgiving and I said I'd make that possible. I took the week off from work, came down here Tuesday, and today shall be glorious! On Tuesday I cleaned and went grocery shopping, I baked all day yesterday, and now I've been up since 6AM and there are just a couple of dishes to put together before enjoying a day with family.

We are having a 20 pound bird. One pound for each person coming to Thanksgiving today. Whew! We sure do know how to celebrate here...come one, come all!

I hope you all enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

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May. 31st, 2010 08:09 pm
spirithorse21: (A Toast to Friends)
Had a lovely long Memorial weekend in Terre Haute with family, horses, and pets. Just thought I'd share the pictorial highlights. :)


Everyone say, "AWWWW!"




This is my 4 yr old niece.






Also of note, spent a lot of quality time with my Dad while he helped me build jumps. I will take pictures of unassembled and assembled jumps soon. Had good quality time with my Mom too...we went shopping. :)

Highlights

May. 31st, 2010 08:09 pm
spirithorse21: (A Toast to Friends)
Had a lovely long Memorial weekend in Terre Haute with family, horses, and pets. Just thought I'd share the pictorial highlights. :)


Everyone say, "AWWWW!"




This is my 4 yr old niece.






Also of note, spent a lot of quality time with my Dad while he helped me build jumps. I will take pictures of unassembled and assembled jumps soon. Had good quality time with my Mom too...we went shopping. :)
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Happiness for Thursday. You see, if it's thursday, it means it's almost friday, and on Friday I get to take a half day at work and go to Pokegon for a family reunion. Much funness!

In other good news, I no longer have to use my bathtub to strain pasta or brush my teeth. Maintance did an excellent job and everything is all fixed-- everything! They are coming back today to check on the dishwasher again, but that's it. Oh, and there are no more boxes in my house. The last one went out yesterday morning. My place is all set up.

Things I still want . . .
1. A set of chairs for the table.
2. a folding table to act as a desk for my work and crafts.
3. Maybe a filing cabinet.

Things I still need to do . . .
1. Hang my posters
2. Hang my metal signs in the bathroom
3. Sort through all pictures and rearrange albums

(sigh) contentment . . .

I was bad last night. I ditched Palak and Jeff and I did not visit Sam. But, I had a good reason. The weight training session last night kicked my ass and even after hanging out for 45 minutes I wasn't perfect. I did get home, but I think that's only because of my autopilot abilities. I sat down and watched Princess Bride and then went to bed.

But tonight . . .Tonight Palak and I pick up Tina, I visit Sam and maybe take a short ride, and then we all hang out. Happiness.

In other news, my brother, Matt, has finally had word that active duty is coming. He is in the Chemical Corp with the 76th Brigade reserve unit out of Indianapolis. In May, his unit will be called up and God only knows where he will go. For those of you who pray, keep him in your prayers.
spirithorse21: (Default)
Happiness for Thursday. You see, if it's thursday, it means it's almost friday, and on Friday I get to take a half day at work and go to Pokegon for a family reunion. Much funness!

In other good news, I no longer have to use my bathtub to strain pasta or brush my teeth. Maintance did an excellent job and everything is all fixed-- everything! They are coming back today to check on the dishwasher again, but that's it. Oh, and there are no more boxes in my house. The last one went out yesterday morning. My place is all set up.

Things I still want . . .
1. A set of chairs for the table.
2. a folding table to act as a desk for my work and crafts.
3. Maybe a filing cabinet.

Things I still need to do . . .
1. Hang my posters
2. Hang my metal signs in the bathroom
3. Sort through all pictures and rearrange albums

(sigh) contentment . . .

I was bad last night. I ditched Palak and Jeff and I did not visit Sam. But, I had a good reason. The weight training session last night kicked my ass and even after hanging out for 45 minutes I wasn't perfect. I did get home, but I think that's only because of my autopilot abilities. I sat down and watched Princess Bride and then went to bed.

But tonight . . .Tonight Palak and I pick up Tina, I visit Sam and maybe take a short ride, and then we all hang out. Happiness.

In other news, my brother, Matt, has finally had word that active duty is coming. He is in the Chemical Corp with the 76th Brigade reserve unit out of Indianapolis. In May, his unit will be called up and God only knows where he will go. For those of you who pray, keep him in your prayers.
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I have been very sad in the last few passing weeks, and as conflict grows more omnious, I have become more conflicted and more depressed. I finally reached my breaking point today because I have been repeadetly confronted with the issue of war today. I watched President Bush's speech last night. I have been against this war from the start. My brother is a soldier and a damn good one at that. Under no circumstance will I NOT support our troops.

As I listened to Bush's speech last night I was struck very deeply and sadly. Our nation seems to be in a state of confusion-- we are being govered (we being the general populas of people, not the government) by emotions, and so we support or don't support the war. None of us seem to have any logical thoughts floating around out there because we are so quick to blame everyone else (whoever the everyone else might be). My thoughts on the speech, as I listened, were that just about every place Bush said Iraq the word America could replace it. America has also been a bully and a dictator. America also has weapons of mass destruction. America also refuses to listen to the rest of the world. This made me sad. But this did not make me any less american. I am still proud to be a part of this system that in my opinion works. As I relized my own patriotism, I also realized that Bush, as much as I have disagreed with him on this point, has been waiting and waiting and waiting. In this sense, he has given peace a chance. He could have blown Iraq to pieces months ago and he did not. I hope that he won't blow Iraq to bits now.

Another thought. I was with my family this weekend, and my brother, my dad and I all had very strong opinions and words to voice about the impending war. Unlike my father, my brother was willing to talk with me. At the same time, I also had a book with me-- Black Dogs of Fate by Peter Balakian. Matt read the back of the book and said to me: "this description gives me a new perspective on Americans. Do you realize that the majority of Americans are people who fled from terrorist and dictator regimes? It's no wonder Americans always feel they should rescue those who are being wrongfully repressed." and I added in kind "Yes, this also makes sense why so many Americans have guns and maybe even why so many Americans die from gun shot wounds-- because Americans are a people who have fled terrorism and dictators and now they feel they must protect themselves."

Are we protecting the iraqi people? Are we making a mistake? I don't know. It's a very complicated issue. Saddam is a bad person. He kills his own people. He doesn't let them advance in this world. He has dangerous weapons. If we don't strike, he will strike. But, if we do strike, there is still a mess. At this point, I believe there is a far more complicated issue at hand rather than peace or war.

My brother will fight in this war, and I will pray for him and I will support him and all the other troops that go overseas to fight this war. I still do not like what we are doing, but I don't think that waiting is an options much longer anyway. Do we attempt to free the iraqi people, or do we let them all be, pretend we're being non-invasive for once, and watch the whole situation blow up in the end anyway? I don't know. Just think about the fact that there is much more at hand that peace and war.
spirithorse21: (Default)
I have been very sad in the last few passing weeks, and as conflict grows more omnious, I have become more conflicted and more depressed. I finally reached my breaking point today because I have been repeadetly confronted with the issue of war today. I watched President Bush's speech last night. I have been against this war from the start. My brother is a soldier and a damn good one at that. Under no circumstance will I NOT support our troops.

As I listened to Bush's speech last night I was struck very deeply and sadly. Our nation seems to be in a state of confusion-- we are being govered (we being the general populas of people, not the government) by emotions, and so we support or don't support the war. None of us seem to have any logical thoughts floating around out there because we are so quick to blame everyone else (whoever the everyone else might be). My thoughts on the speech, as I listened, were that just about every place Bush said Iraq the word America could replace it. America has also been a bully and a dictator. America also has weapons of mass destruction. America also refuses to listen to the rest of the world. This made me sad. But this did not make me any less american. I am still proud to be a part of this system that in my opinion works. As I relized my own patriotism, I also realized that Bush, as much as I have disagreed with him on this point, has been waiting and waiting and waiting. In this sense, he has given peace a chance. He could have blown Iraq to pieces months ago and he did not. I hope that he won't blow Iraq to bits now.

Another thought. I was with my family this weekend, and my brother, my dad and I all had very strong opinions and words to voice about the impending war. Unlike my father, my brother was willing to talk with me. At the same time, I also had a book with me-- Black Dogs of Fate by Peter Balakian. Matt read the back of the book and said to me: "this description gives me a new perspective on Americans. Do you realize that the majority of Americans are people who fled from terrorist and dictator regimes? It's no wonder Americans always feel they should rescue those who are being wrongfully repressed." and I added in kind "Yes, this also makes sense why so many Americans have guns and maybe even why so many Americans die from gun shot wounds-- because Americans are a people who have fled terrorism and dictators and now they feel they must protect themselves."

Are we protecting the iraqi people? Are we making a mistake? I don't know. It's a very complicated issue. Saddam is a bad person. He kills his own people. He doesn't let them advance in this world. He has dangerous weapons. If we don't strike, he will strike. But, if we do strike, there is still a mess. At this point, I believe there is a far more complicated issue at hand rather than peace or war.

My brother will fight in this war, and I will pray for him and I will support him and all the other troops that go overseas to fight this war. I still do not like what we are doing, but I don't think that waiting is an options much longer anyway. Do we attempt to free the iraqi people, or do we let them all be, pretend we're being non-invasive for once, and watch the whole situation blow up in the end anyway? I don't know. Just think about the fact that there is much more at hand that peace and war.

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