Well! Nice of me to stop by…..on my…….own…….blog.
A few things on my mind that I’d just like to go ahead and get out there:
I keep reading about this potential government shut down. As in OUR government would be non-existent for an indeterminable amount of time unless our friendly neighborhood politicians can come to an agreement about our budget. And I use the word “budget” lightly. To me, a “budget” means you determine that you have x coming in and y going out. You must have at least x to commit yourself to y. Yet somehow we (the Land Of The Free) have a $14.2 trillion debt. Now I could be wrong, but it looks to me like somebody EFFED UP THE BUDGET. So I’d rather think of it in terms of our friendly neighborhood politicians REELING IN THEIR POINTY FINGERS AND COMING UP WITH A PLAN, STAN.
Let me clarify that me and politics go together like vanilla frosting and sardines. I see politics as the number one most perfect way to start an argument. However, I entitle myself to one political rant per year. This is it, folks.
I read this CNN article today by NPR commentator Ruben Navarrette, Jr. that SPOKE TO ME, Y’all. A few excerpts:
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who recognize that they have to live within their means, and those who don’t know what the heck that means. Many Americans fall into the second camp. So it’s no wonder that many of us don’t hold our elected officials accountable for their spending sprees and avoidance of debt. We see such behavior as normal.
President Obama and Democrats in Congress [would] just as soon leave the slings and arrows to someone else.
That’s what passes for leadership in Washington these days, not making progress on tough issues but making your team look good and the other look bad.
You see it in the talk of a government shutdown. Both sides claim not to want it to happen, but neither side is doing much to prevent it. Instead, all their energies are spent in trying to convince voters that they’re not to blame for it.
Here’s the real reason that professional politicians should do whatever they can to avoid a shutdown: After a few days of living without government, many Americans might just decide they don’t really miss it and could live with a lot less of it.
So. That’s all I have to say about that. (But I say it with smoke coming out my ears and a VERY STERN look on my face.) (VERY STERN!)
My babies had birthdays! (I should get an award for that fine segue right there.)
sixteen two on March 12th. Meredith turned sixteen four on March 22nd. We had an intimate little dinner at home, just their daddy and me and the birthday girls. I made them a Cat In The Hat cake upon very specific request and we showered them with piddly little gifts that only a 2 and 4 year old could appreciate. I can’t stand that they’re growing. I want them to stay babies forever and ever amen. Cuz pretty soon they’ll be long and lean and will be labeled “kids” and not “babies” or “toddlers” and I’ll have baby fever and I’ll look longingly at Chris and say, “Honey, I think………maybe…….I want….another…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………cat.”
I’VE LOST THIRTY POUNDS! GO AHEAD AND TELL ME “WAY TO GO” IN THE COMMENTS SECTION! (Ya know, if you want to.)
(You totally want to.)
(You’d be a rockstar if you did.)
And finally, an announcement. In 11 days, I will be 29 years old. That’s TWENTY-NINE years old. Which, for those of you with only 10 fingers and 10 toes, means I am 376 days shy of 30. THIRTY.
So, for all intents and purposes, this will be my last birthday. Next year I will be 29, once removed. SO. If you’re wanting to get me a totally rockin’ birthday gift, THIS IS YOUR YEAR!!!!!!!!