Sunday, November 16, 2008

Getting in the holiday spirit...

Marty and I are trying to be ahead of the game when it comes to Christmas shopping this year. The worst thing is when half of December has come and gone and the Christmas list is still a mile long. We were inspired one September day in Target when we saw the perfect present for my Mom. We decided then, it was never too early to begin Christmas shopping. We have been shopping in little bits and pieces ever since. We are waiting for some good Black Friday deals, and we discovered this great website that explains all the deals stores are having this year. Click Here. Some stores are having great deals and some are not, depending on your shopping demographic. Real Simple's website also has some great ideas and tips while preparing for the holidays. Click here . That is enough of Christmas for now, lets celebrate one holiday at a time. As a kindergarten teacher, Christmas seems to last for months and months because of the kids' excitement!

PS- Congratulations to Amanda and Jake for their recent engagement!

Amanda and I are blinded by her ENORMOUS new bling!!! Great job Jake!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The magic voting time...

Today teachers at my school had an in-service day, yet our school was also a voting poll. I had to fight for a parking spot this morning, literally stalk old women walking slowly to their cars to park my car to get to work. Inside, there were lines throughout our entire school filled with people waiting to vote. This morning Marty had to wait in line in the rain for two hours! I have heard stories of people waiting in lines going outside voting buildings and down streets in the pouring rain. In light of all of this information, I decided to leave work a little early so that I could get in line to wait my turn. I arrived at Taylor Elementary School in Norfolk, to discover no lines outside the school. I felt relieved thinking that it may only be an hour wait. I continued inside the school, down the hallway and still did not see anyone. I started to get worried, maybe they closed the polls early, maybe I missed my turn. I arrived at the cafeteria to find one person voting and five voting booths completely empty. All the workers told me I choose the perfect time to come and vote, and they told me stories of ridiculously long lines earlier in the day. So, ladies and gentlemen, next time you go to vote, go exactly at 3:35pm and you'll be in and out in less than 5 minutes!

Last thought- Where have all these voters been for previous elections? That is what I find completely shocking about today. I know that this is a major, historical election, yet shouldn't every presidential election cause everyone to investigate the candidates, register and vote?

Monday, November 3, 2008

My homecoming weekend experience

Let me start this blog with the following disclaimer. I love my little sis in-law. She is an unbelievably intelligent and beautiful young woman. With that said let me tell what I hate (in no particular order). I hate long drives on crowded roads. By crowded I mean two lane roads across the Commonwealth in the rain. Meredith and I drove across what I call the Virginia Hunt Country. Goodness on a normal day I would have peed myself in just anticipation of driving through the area, it is absolutely gorgeous. On our particular Friday it was cold and rainy. It was a terribly miserable drive. That carried us through what I call the highway to hell or 81. This highway was designed before cars could do more than 35mph and before trucks were even invented. Now its dominated by Mersk, Walmart, Perdue, and countless other companies shipping their goods across the country via this integral roadway. I still think its hell. That is enough about what I hate let move on.

Meredith and I arrived at the Sleep Inn part of the wonderful Choice Hotel chain. Two big problems. They put us in a room that faced the Highway to Hell, and the continental breakfast was set up for a crowd of oh 2, yet there were like 400 people in this room. There was a sign prominently displayed that said not to take food out of the room, but with no where to sit I was left with only one choice, to break the rules (I hated it). After breakfast we sat around in the hotel room waiting for, "the game," to start. For lunch we headed to town to grab a bite before kick off. Cathi and Ron (In-Laws) decided that the diner in town was the best place for lunch. We had no idea we were in for the rudest waitress ever. I asked a simple question regarding the contents of my sandwich. It was a bacon cheeseburger melt. (I was wondering if it hand Catsup, Mustard, Lettuce, Tomato, Mayo or anything else on the sandwich. Apparently asking questions about your order in SHippensburg is frowned upon. Her response, "I dont know what does the menu say." Do you think I would ask if the Menu told me what else was on the Sandwhich. Think about it. I might sound slow just because a little twang in my voice, but Seriously, I mean Seriously I don't think I look that ignorant.)

Upon arriving at the game it rained and then it rained harder and got colder.

For the game itself well.... Lets say I have seen pee wee leagues that play better football. There was a total lack of anything resembling college football in Shippensburg that day. The highlight was the band, they were good.

Halftime finaly arrived, only problem was that I was in need of life support. I think I got frost bite. Bethany had set herself expectations not to finish 5th out of the finalist. It was already a feat that she had made it to the finalist. This is not some small school. Ship is 6-7k of the finest from PA. She did well, and looked great doing it. Immediately following halftime, Meredith and I returned home. (Drove through the same beautiful countryside this time with out Rain. It was amazing. I love the Commonwealth of Virginia, The Old Dominion, The Mother of Presidents, The Capital of the Confederacy, The Cousin of Vice Presidents it is such an amazingly beautiful state.

With that my rant over the weekend is done. I would keep going but im getting bored of typing. I hope all is well

Homecoming Weekend

Last weekend Marty and I traveled across the state to visit my sister, Bethany, at her college, Shippensburg University. We went to visit because she was chosen to be on Homecoming Court. We were so proud that we wanted to go and support her on her special day. She was a beautiful court member and we think the best looking gal there. The football experience was completely different from Tech. It was a glorified high school football game, and I don't think Bethany would be offended by that statement. It also didn't help the team that it poured the entire game. Despite the rain, Marty was so excited to get 3 free water bottles from the college girls.

The beautiful Bethany ready to get wet at the game!

We are trying to love the rain.

Marty with three water bottles in his jacket, looking mischievous.

The cousins and Bethany

Congrats Bethany!

Although she didn't win queen, we were very proud of her and excited that she was able to make it that far. Even though the day was rainy and miserable out, yet we had a fun time getting soaked, watching a sub-par football team and cheering on Bethany!