Thursday, September 27, 2007

Wonderful News for Student Loan borrowers!

From the Gavel:

Last week, Speaker Pelosi sent the College Cost Reduction and Access Act to the President for his signature. The legislation will help millions of students and families pay for college at no new cost to taxpayers, boosting college aid by roughly $20 billion over the next five years. This morning, the President signed the landmark college student financial aid bill into law and now the College Cost Reduction and Access Act is looking for somebody to love:

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Kira's not a baby anymore :(

OK, so this shouldn't be sad, but our little girl really isn't a baby anymore. She turned 2 on Sunday and had a really nice little party at our house to celebrate. Yesterday she started at her new daycare, too. We felt so happy dropping her off yesterday - and this morning. Something we haven't felt since January. She was just really happy to be there and it is just such a much nice place to bring her. No treacherous stairs to climb. No packs of wild children running around. No garbage in the parking lot from a nearby ever-overflowing dumpster (mostly due to the discount furniture store on the first floor). Best of all when we picked her up yesterday she was playing on the swing set with two other kids and didn't rush to us to leave. We also got to actually talk to the person who watched her all day. We also were halfway home when we looked at the clock realized that by that time we'd normally be picking her up from her old daycare and still have to make it back across town.

These past 2 years have gone by so fast. She's our sparkley, happy little girl and we love her so much. I'm sad that I don't see a baby anymore when I look at her, but I am also filled with amazement and love at how wonderful she is.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Visit with Chris & Barry

When I posted my brief update the other day, I neglected to mention my dear friend Chris stopping by for a visit on the 27th. He and his boyfriend Barry came to WV for a short visit and it was wonderful to see them. We had dinner at our place and Amber and Amelia came over too. Kira and Amelia had a great time from what I could tell doing 2-year-old stuff and Steve whipped up a great meal for us to enjoy outside on our patio. Chris lives way far away in Seattle, so it is always great to get to visit with him. The nice thing is, I never feel like the distance really changes anything. It was also wonderful to finally meet Barry. He's so nice. I hope he had a good time, too. I think this was his first visit to WV. People who have never been here always have lots of preconceived notions about our state...some true, most not. was a good visit, even though it was short. Hopefully we'll get to come out to Seattle sometime not too far away.

Fred Thompson running for President...WHO CARES?

I just read this on CNN:

"(CNN) -- After months of not-so-coy will-he-or-won't-he political flirtation, Fred Thompson has finally and officially announced that he is a candidate for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination."

My question is...does ANYONE CARE? Aside from the candidate of course. I just wonder why he think he has a chance in an already crowded field. Am I missing something?

Does anyone really know who the hell he is anyway?

I'm probably giving this too much of a brush off, but I'm really tired or reading these headlines about whether he will run or not. I mean come on...does he really bring anything new to the table? He's just another older white dude on the Republican ticket. I'm just glad he finally announced so those who write these stupid headlines and seem to think we care whether this guy is in the game or not can stop speculating.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Time flies by

Well faithful readers...what have I been up to. Lots of stuff happening this time of year.

Well, August 25 was my 32nd birthday. It was a fun time. I wanted to go to Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse for dinner that night so I asked a bunch of friends and immediate family to come out with me and help celebrate. It was fun. Kira did better with the chopsticks than I did, I think.

Then this past weekend (Labor Day) was our anniversary, and I made Steve come up with the plans for the day since I tend to decide what kinds of things we do. He decided to drive Kira and I down to Canaan Valley for lunch and a ride on the ski lift. It was a really nice day to be out and it was fun. We ate at the lodge which had a brunch buffet going on. The view from the top of the mountain was really spectacular. It really is a huge valley. It was a bit hazy though. The drive was really nice, though. I enjoy going through these little towns I never get to see like Thomas and Davis. I can't remember ever going through Parsons before, but we went back that way and I thought it looked like a nice little town. It really isn't that far away, but it is a nice change of pace. The windmills in Tucker County are also really cool. I don;t know why people get so upset about them. I think they look awesome. I would much rather see those than coal power plant smoke in the distance or cell phone towers. They are really impressive...and I thought they were really quiet.

Yesterday we went to my dad's for a labor day get together, which was fun. My sister and her husband were there, my brother Noah and family friends, Tom and Pat came by too. It was a nice afternoon. Kira was ornery and entertaining as usual.

Two weeks ago I also started teaching my class for the WVU School of Journalism again. This will be the fourth year I've taught. It is a lot to manage, but the class is always interesting. By that I mean getting to see what the students some up with design-wise.

That's all for now...have to go teach that class.