Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Car Troubles

Let me tell you a little about our driveway. In the driveway on a typical evening are three vehicles: one blue Astro van (my baby since last December), one Ford Explorer (my mother-in-law's vehicle), and one Ford Escort (my husband's "baby" - that hasn't moved - in a year - and will take $800 dollars to fix- if he would fix it - but he hasn't yet...)

And now, the Ford Explorer has a problem - we think it's the fuel pump. Which, of course, is in the gas tank. So the hubby can't really fix it. So off it goes to Firestone.

I hope it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. I need those appendages.

Thankfully, my coworkers are giving me a ride to school. So we're covered with that. God provides.

What fun!

Monday, October 20, 2008


So, my doctor has let me go off my medicines because I am losing weight. So the weight loss is good for my health.

Several people have noticed the 14 pound weight loss and commented on it. That's good, I suppose.

But I want my motivation to be pleasing God - I wanted to be motivated by living in obedience to His word. I haven't been doing well in about a month, and it shows. I have used the excuse that I don't have an accountability partner.

The only accountability partners that matter are God and me. I don't need to change my eating habits for anyone else. I want THAT to be my motivation. So, here we go - again.

Sometimes I wish not eating was an option - but I know it's not.

Monday, October 13, 2008

A Day off School

Thank you, Mr. Columbus!

But seriously, I am enjoying the day off. We had Friday off too; it was our fall break. At least I didn't fall and break anything.

I am at the local library making this post. I was surprised it wasn't closed today! But I needed to come here to email some stuff from my son's jump drive, so I'm thankful they are open.

I just submitted three sample articles, a cover letter, and a resume to one of the local newspapers, The Northern Virginia Daily. They are searching for freelance writers to cover community interest stories, etc. I am excited about the possibility, because I enjoy writing. When I have an objective to get across, I am usually articulate. (I know, hard to believe from these rambling posts.) I'll keep you up to date on the progress.

Dale graduates from Marine Combat Training on the 21st, and we have not heard from him. Just one brief phone call that must have been on someone's borrowed cell phone. No letters or phone calls, but they have spent 6 days a week in the field training, so I can understand. He will be next going to a base in Maryland for Combat Photographer training. So he may get to be home for Christmas and Thanksgiving.

I am now in a post-migraine fog, having woken up with one this morning. I am blessed that I don't suffer as some do for days with a migraine; it usually takes three tylenol and a healthy dose of caffeine to take it away. But that "fog" hangs around all day. Bleh.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Debate

We watched the debate last night, and I have one thing that is eating at me. I know I went into the debate with preconceived notions - knowing who I am voting for, etc. So this opinion is obviously biased - but I wonder if anyone sees this the way I do?

When the candidates were asked whether health care was a right, a responsibility or a privilege, Obama responded that it was a right, and shared the story of his mother in the hospital fighting about coverage.

She was receiving care, wasn't she? The question was paying for it, but she was receiving the care. The question is - is the access to FREE or "affordable" health care a right? I don't think it is one of those things guaranteed in the Constitution.

As I said, I'm biased - I know that.

(Spoken by a woman who has health care benefits and is very glad about it!)