September 14, 2009
I'm a novice crocheter, but Lucy's pattern wasn't too hard to follow. I just had a hard time with the face fur: I made two heads and a couple different faces until I got the one I liked.
Maybe when the kid is older...this hat?
September 12, 2009
So I hate to leave you hanging. I will update from time to time on my progress.
I am 15 weeks along. Yesterday I had an appointment with a fantastic nurse practitioner. She spent an hour with me, longer than all the time I spent with my fertility doctor combined over the past year. She answered all my questions and repeated that I am in charge of my pregnancy and they will do anything they can to give me knowledge and help me along. I got a great vibe off of her and hope that I continue to work with people like her.
She listened to baby's heartbeat, and right in the middle of it was a big THUD. Baby kicked the ultrasound wand. I couldn't feel it, but we both heard it and laughed.
I am doing well. I have a tummy and look newly pregnant. My mind over matter decision seems to have worked: the day I announced I would no longer be morning sick, I started eating again. I have gained back the weight I lost in the first trimester and have just hit the hungry phase over the past few days. Yesterday, out of the blue, I wanted Ruffles and onion dip. I may come to regret the fact that I no longer eat only fruit and water...
The nurse practitioner also told me to avoid unpleasantness as much as I can. She said that with my history of loss and a deployed husband, I will be prone to anxiety. So, she said, the best thing to do is to have as much fun as possible. Eat fun things, do fun activities, and try to make this the hap-hap-happiest six months of my life. Sounds good to me. I plan to play skee-ball soon.
And eat more onion dip.
I thought this was worth watching and thinking about yesterday...
September 11, 2009
I am reminded of Nelson Ascher's post again today.
My anger has been spread thin lately.
September 09, 2009
Thomas Friedman Is a Liberal Fascist
September 08, 2009
My husband has sent a couple emails lately that show he's been thinking a lot about our daughter. He's wondering what she'll look like and how their relationship will be. I find it endearing. I haven't thought about her much beyond a theoretical level yet, so I found it cute that my husband thinks about her concretely.
But today I realized that someday, like Chuck, my husband will get to do this.
It's the pink jacket. The jacket just made that picture.
September 07, 2009
Count me in as relieved and thrilled that Van Jones was forced into resignation. He was a big part of the reason I wrote that I was unsettled. The fact that a man like that was anywhere near the White House is chilling.
In light of all we now know, this gauzy January 12 profile of Jones in The New Yorker is well worth a read. What do you see? I see the too-rapid rise of an inexperienced and poorly vetted man (poorly vetted by the entire liberal establishment, not just the White House) adept at getting and wasting vast sums of money for virtually non-existent plans, all based on seductive political rhetoric rather than substance.
I just watched David Axelrod, the top ranking political advisor in the White House, and Robert Gibbs, the President's spokesman on "Meet the Press" and "This Week" respectively. Neither of them was willing, even after repeated questioning, to offer a single negative word about Van Jones. Not one word. A 9/11 Truther and defender of Mumia-Abu Jamal is not radical enough for this White House to distance itself from the man in any way. Again and again, this White House has been offered chances to condemn the man's views and they have willfully and quite deliberately refused.
The point, of course, is that Obama vetted Jones just fine. President Obama is not Mr. Magoo â€” haplessly gravitating to Truther Van and Ayers and Dohrn and Klonsky and Davis and Wright and the Chicago New Party and ACORN, etc. Jones is a kindred spirit. Obama knows exactly who he is. Jones was given a non-confirmation job precisely because that circumvented the vetting process. This isn't one of those things that just happen. This is Barack "Transparency" Obama gaming the system.
And similarly, from VDH:
When Van Jones talks of the aims of the civil rights movement and its initial minimalist agenda, he references the ultimate desire of 'redistributing all wealth.' When one collates that revelation with Obama's own off-handed "spread the wealth" comment, his 'fair share' sermons, and his 2001 public radio interview thoughts on â€œthe issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society,â€ we begin to see a pattern in which oneâ€™s income and wealth do not properly belong to the earner, but are seen as illegitimate and thus legitimately can be redistributed to others.
I am glad that man is gone. But the fact he was ever there in the first place still alarms me.
September 05, 2009
I read the EJ Dionne opinion piece in my parents' fishwrap and thought blah blah blah and then forgot about it.
There is an overwhelming case that the electronic media went out of their way to cover the noise and ignored the calmer (and from television's point of view boring) encounters between elected representatives and their constituents.
But later I remembered it and connected it to a graph I saw at The Corner:
EJ Dionne's core beef is probably the same as mine: that whatever the media reports is whatever becomes important. Ignore Iraq and Afghanistan altogether and the public quickly forgets it and thinks things are going fine or winding down. Ramp up talks on health care and that skyrockets.
The number of news stories people read or hear on an issue shapes how important they think it is. The media has so much power in this realm. They frame most debates and set the order of importance for national issues.
Oh, but wait, that's not the generic conclusion EJ Dionne came to...
But the only citizens who commanded widespread media coverage last month were the right-wingers. And I bet you thought the media were â€œliberal.â€
September 03, 2009
As Jonah Goldberg said, this video clip will hurt your brain.
This is why people are fed up these days. Our politicians are dimwits who cuss at and belittle their constituents when asked simple questions of fact.
People are straight-up tired of pompous politicians, jerks who think they're better than us because they appropriate our money to fly around on fancy jets.
I'm with Glenn Beck: if Congress can't agree to this simple 5 point pledge, then they're worthless.
The more we borrow, the richer we are...seriously? That is the dumbest thing I've ever heard.
September 02, 2009
I envision an ugly future. Despite the fact that I have joked with my mother that I was born during the Carter administration and everything turned out OK, I worry. I see my child being born into an America I can't even recognize.
I find myself channeling my inner Sarah Connor lately.
I used to think that we were living Atlas Shrugged. But lately, I think we're seeing a different ending. I don't see the politicians kidnapping Galt and asking him to fix it fix it fix it; I think they want the broken system.
I don't know how to live in a broken system. I feel like I need to spend some time learning how.
And even the plains aren't enough to calm my soul.
September 01, 2009
Do you see what I see?
I saw it first.
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