Wednesday, January 30, 2008

President's Race

I do not like McCain.

I do not like McCain.

I do not like McCain.

 

I do not like Romney.

I do not like Romney.

I do not like Romney.

 

According to the presidental candidate selector at selectsmart.com however, my results are shown below. Obviously I need to do more research on McCain to see if I can get over his angry-little-man personality and support him since apparently I do, in theory, agree with most of his positions.

My big issues are foreign policy [do not give up on Iraq; support free trade], immigration [increase legal immigration;offer a guest worker program and amnesty, build a fence for security going forward], lower taxes, absolute opposition to universal health care, support of 2nd amendment gun rights, and in general a president who will discourage congress from getting involved in domestic issues they have no constitutional jurisdiction over [like marriage, divorce, funding for the arts, etc, etc].

1.
Theoretical Ideal Candidate (100%)

2.
Alan Keyes (78%) Information link

3.
Chuck Hagel (not running) (76%) Information link

4.
Sam Brownback (withdrawn, endorsed McCain) (72%) Information link

5.
John McCain (71%) Information link

6.
Stephen Colbert (gag; campaign halted) (71%) Information link

7.
Newt Gingrich (says he will not run) (71%) Information link

8.
Tom Tancredo (withdrawn, endorsed Romney) (68%) Information link

9.
Duncan Hunter (withdrawn) (68%) Information link

10.
Mitt Romney (67%) Information link

11.
Kent McManigal (campaign suspended) (66%) Information link

12.
Fred Thompson (withdrawn) (66%) Information link

13.
Wayne Allyn Root (63%) Information link

14.
Ron Paul (62%) Information link

15.
Jim Gilmore (withdrawn) (58%) Information link

16.
Rudolph Giuliani (withdrawn, endorsed McCain) (56%) Information link

17.
Mike Huckabee (49%) Information link

18.
Tommy Thompson (withdrawn, endorsed Giuliani) (45%) Information link

19.
Bill Richardson (withdrawn) (37%) Information link

20.
Christopher Dodd (withdrawn) (36%) Information link

21.
Michael Bloomberg (says he will not run) (36%) Information link

22.
Hillary Clinton (33%) Information link

23.
Joseph Biden (withdrawn) (33%) Information link

24.
Al Gore (not announced) (31%) Information link

25.
Barack Obama (31%) Information link

26.
John Edwards (31%) Information link

27.
Wesley Clark (not running, endorsed Clinton) (27%) Information link

28.
Mike Gravel (26%) Information link

29.
Dennis Kucinich (withdrawn) (23%) Information link

30.
Alan Augustson (campaign suspended) (17%) Information link

31.
Elaine Brown (7%) Information link

Monday, January 28, 2008

Burning down the house

What's new with you today? Here is what's new with me today: I almost burned down the house. :(

I set some oil to cooking on the stove to deep fry some fryjacks- a new Belizian dish we learned while on vacation. I went upstairs to check email for a moment and forgot about the oil and fell asleep. The smoke detectors upstairs woke me up and I went downstairs thinking "Crud, I smell burning, I'll have to toss out the oil and start over" Imaging my shock and surprise when I entered the kitchen to find the oil on fire with flames up to the over-the-range microwave. The microwave was on fire as was the cabinetry. There was thick black smoke dancing across the ceiling [that actually looked pretty freaky and cool, like a river on the ceiling]. I freaked out and called 911 and they showed up about 4 minutes later [after the 911 operator told me to get out of the house immediately].  I grabbed the doggies and my laptop and went outside to wait for the firemen. It seemed like forever before they came and I could hear the fire crackling inside and began to worry.

The men came blazing up in 2 or 3 trucks which drew the curious neighbors attention. It took the firemen only a few minutes to put out the fire. I hoped it wasn't too bad but when I went inside and saw the black ceilings and where they had used the axe to rip the microwave off the wall....when I saw the blackened cabinets and glass on the floor and melted stove display.....blah

So the fire marshal interviewed me and told me after to call my insurance company immediately. The insurance company [USAA, the best company ever] took my info and told me the smoke damage fixer people would be coming to give an estimate on the smoke removal and damage reversal. The smoke people came out this afternoon and took pictures and said they would be back tomorrow with a fancy tool to check smoke levels in every room and on different surfaces. In the meantime they recommended staying out of the house until they finish their clean-up later in the week. Once clean up is over, then the repairs/replacements can begin.

What a mess. Thank God no one was hurt and the fire was contained to the kitchen. I had no idea that oil could just burst into flames all on its own, without a match or existing fire to spark it. But apparently when it gets hot enough [something called a flashpoint according to the fire marshal] that is exactly what happens.

So the insurance company is covering us to stay at a hotel until the smoke people tell us the clean-up is finished and the toxic fumes are gone. Probably that will be at the end of the week.

Please keep us in your prayers.

And if you didn't see my note about where to find our travel blog entries for our trip to Belize, they can be found here:

http://www.travbuddy.com/jenniparks/blogs

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Back from Belize

Hello. Did you miss me? In case you hadn’t noticed I was out of the country for the past 2 weeks. (Thanks to Jeanette for noticing!)

As is my usual m.o., I’ve written all about our adventures and included plenty of pictures as well. I use travbuddy.com – a popular travel community- to do my travel blogging. So you will need to follow this link to view the blog of our trip and see the pictures. You don’t have to sign up for anything and you can read all the entries without having to become a travbuddy member [although if you do become a travbuddy member, make sure to add me to your friends list].

At this point I’ve only filled in entries and pictures for the first 5 days, so you will need to bookmark the site and check back later this week to read entries for days 6 – 12. Tell me what you think. You can comment on the travbuddy.com site, on my regular blog here, or send me email. Love to hear from you.

Here is the link to my travbuddy travel blog: http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/22977

Friday, January 11, 2008

Morocco 2009

I am so excited! I've picked out the tour company we are going to use for our Morocco Trip in 2009. Looks like an amazing itinerary...take a look:

http://www.kumuka.com/Dossier.aspx?TourId=MO1

We hope to go May 2009.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Joke for Today

“Guy is riding down the highway when he hears a warning on the radio that some crazy is driving the wrong side of the highway. He thinks to himself: one guy? They’re all driving on the wrong side!”

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Weekly Update

Still feeling great.

Nothing like a bit of 74 degree weather to inspire joy in the midst of winter. Top down on the convertible, Bon Jovi on the XM Radio, life is good!

I don't think it is possible for me to be any more in love with my job. I am now working 2 days a work from home every week - Mondays and Fridays. Which of course means I only have to go into the office 3 days a week Tues-Thurs. I love it! I am feeling so productive and I get so much more work done when I don't have to deal with the commute. Plus I'm home in time to make a delicious dinner for my husband and straighten up the house and I can spend my lunch time relaxing in my own house, eating a homemade lunch.  I also found out today at work that I have been named the new Requirements Manager in addition to my SAS Administrator and Systems Administrator roles. New responsibilities and challenges and that is good.

WOW! I just saw a former coworker of mine - Andrea Tantaros- on the O'Reilly Factor. She's a notorious republican strategist now. Very cool. I knew her when!

We leave for Belize on Sunday. Still to do - purchase some long cool cotton or linen pants and a few extra secure digital cards to hold photos. And we need to pack of course.

Life is good people. Life is very very good.

I don't want this to be a one way communication medium. Comment or drop me an email if you're reading this and share what is new in your life.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Feeling Great

It is a brand new year and I am feeling great! Productive, efficient, organized, energetic, joyful, enthusiastic, and spirit filled are all good words to describe my current state of mind.

Perhaps it is the sense of opportunity that a new year brings. Perhaps it is the sense of peace carried over from my recent holiday vacation. Perhaps it is the new multi-vitamin kicking in. I'm not sure, but I am enjoying the burst of energy and joy.

On a more somber note, a warning for those of you who wear the yellow "live strong" Lance Armstrong bracelets. It seems that in many states yellow coded wristbands applied by the EMTs/nurses in the ER mean "do not resuscitate" . That is, when the patient is admitted their records are checked and if there is a DNR order on file a yellow coded wristband is put on the patients arm. Apparently there have been a few near miss cases where doctor's have seen the Live Strong bracelets and assumed they were DNR orders. Major mistake! Read all about it in the article here:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/12/071218122409.htm

Finally, a side note for those of you reading this blog through a syndication channel, such as on a livejournal feed. Blogger does not allow images to be linked from external sources, so you won't see pictures I post in this blog (including all of those lovely Christmas trip pics) unless you click through on the syndication link to my actual blog on blogspot.com to read the entries.