Monday, February 02, 2009
OK, this is it. No really. It is our final answer.We are not joking, and we will not change our minds. Again. All the speculation, guessing, wondering, and all that is over. Said and done. And we do apologize for all the change, we hope everyone will understand. As for me, I blame Obama. As Commander in Chief, this is his responsibility. So, it's his fault.
March 28. Probably shortly after lunch, like around 1:00.
We shall be wed.
And if we have intimated that you will be invited, make sure we have your address for your invitation. Email or DM it to either of us ... and if you are friends enough to be expecting an invite, you should already have our contact info, yes?
So why blame Obama? Well, it's like this ... Rich's oldest son has been in Iraq since December '07. He was originally due to return home in March. That would have put him on leave in May, which was our original wedding date. However, since the coalition forces have done such a bang up job in restoring security, peace and democracy in Iraq, many of them are coming home early. We first got word of this change last fall, but we still did not know what dates Adam would be on leave. It took this long for his higher ups to let him know exactly when he could come home. We just confirmed the dates within the last week, and now have a firm date for the wedding, when we know Adam can be here. Now, since this massive confusion is due to the Army and Obama is the Commander in Chief, he gets the blame. See? I have learned something in the last 8 years.
We are going to have the wedding out on the deck at Rich's mother's house. Risky to have an outdoor wedding in late March in East Tennessee in a year when we've had weird weather anyway? Why yes indeed! We like to live dangerously! It will be a fairly non-formal deal ... if I can find one I like, I will be in a dress, and Rich in a sport coat and slacks. So, guests can be comfy in dressy casual wear ... like you'd wear to a nice restaurant or party. The reception will be late lunch buffet with cold sandwiches, veggie and fruit platters, pasta salad and other finger foods. I have some ideas about my cake, and the groom's cake has already been planned. It will come as no surprise to anyone that knows us at all.
The ceremony we are planning will be deeply spiritual but also fun. We have a large family, and some really super friends, and we want everyone to be involved! We don't consider this to be the beginning of our marriage ... that began months ago when we first vowed our covenant with each other and God before some of our closest friends and our parents. This is a celebration of our commitment and our new life together.
Now, we just gotta put this lil shindig together in less than two months! Yikes!
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Friday, January 02, 2009
What? It’s 2009 already?My how time flies when you're having fun! It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in 2008. How did we get here so darn fast?
One year ago, life was much different, that's for sure! I was not working, focused on school. Rich and I were entering the "comfortable" phase of our dating life. My kids were making plans for their respective flights from the nest. Rich was expecting his second grandson at any moment, and enjoying the heck out of his 1 year old first grandson. In February, we celebrated the first anniversary of our first date and Valentines Day, which occurred within days of each other. We cuddled our way through the cold winter months, into spring. We went to Wasabi for my birthday in March, and welcomed the warmer days in April. That is also when my darling daughter ventured out on her own, moving to Chattanooga. In May, we experienced some turbulence, but that turned out to be God working on both of us, getting us ready to enter into our new covenant of marriage. June saw the rebirth of our relationship, Rich's birthday and the family trip to the beach. We returned to make final preparations for the wedding of Adam and Sasha in July, which was followed shortly by Rich's formal proposal and again, we vowed our commitment to each other before God, and in front of our friends and family. We repeated this at our official engagement party in August. September, I got the formal offer for my job and enjoyed my last days of being a lazy lay-about, getting up each day at noon ... or later. I started back to work in October - talk about a shock to the system! In November, I finally got my ring and we started our holiday celebrations - our first as a combined family. December just passed in a blur, with kids coming home from all over, tons of activities and events, a house to decorate, meals to plan and presents to buy (mostly online - I loves me some Amazon.com!) And a wonderful holiday it was, even though my dad spent his in the hospital with a severe exacerbation of myasthenia gravis, and me running back and forth to take my non-driving mother to the hospital and back home, while preparing dinner for 20 people. We are planning to wrap up Christmas with them tomorrow, now that dad is home and feeling tons better.
Whew! What a year! But wait! It gets better!
Now that the New Year has rolled by, we are turning to the planning of our wedding, which started out being planned for May, but has now been moved up to March. Yikes! That's less than three months from now! We have to put together a guest list, design and print invitations, choose a back-up location for the wedding - since late March weather is so unpredictable, a wedding on the deck of the lake house almost seems too risky. Rich is all about the honeymoon. When I told him we need to get cracking on this, he sat down and started looking at Disney World and Universal Studio deals and packages. I've got the feeling he thinks that is his only duty in all of this ... heh, he's got another think coming!
I have no idea what kind of dress I want ... color, length, style. Nothing ... I got nothing. I do want to lose some weight though, so I will be getting on a diet plan, probably Nutrisystem, and hitting the gym hard. The wedding itself will be fairly casual ... all I want is some prayers, some vows and a little music with me and him and a preacher man with our family and friends there with us. We might have a cake, and some food, and some music to dance to after. But it won't be a formal procession ... just friends and family hanging out, then a little ceremony, then back to hanging out for a while before we take off. No muss, no fuss.
But once that is all over ... then what? I'm thinking drop from exhaustion!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
An idea is taking shapeYou know how you get these ideas and then they won't go away, and they just keep nagging at you, bouncing around in your head until you just have to DO something about it? Yeah ... this is one of those. I call these "God moments" where I just know that He is directing me to do something. Not long ago, He woke me up at 4:00 in the morning and told me to read the first 6 books of Acts. Then I was led to read Jeremiah 29. It's beginning to make sense ... sort of.
But anyway, this is what's next ... The Fellowship of Christian Bloggers.
Beyond that, I am not sure. Perhaps a group blog? Or a discussion forum? A web site, unaffiliated with any particular church ... affiliated only with the Bible, a place for those of us who believe it is the whole, true and inerrant Word of God. A web site where Christians can share, discuss, pray and enjoy the fellowship of other Christians around the world.
I am convinced that soon we will need each other more than ever, that we need to draw close to each other as we draw close to God. The world is changing, and not necessarily for the better, especially for Christians. More than ever, we need for our voices to be heard, telling the Truth and glorifying Him, supporting each other as we bravely face the future and all that it holds. While these coming challenges may seem daunting, it is also exhilarating and awesome to be a Christian today.
So ... ideas? Format, content, rules, administration, whatever. Tell me in the comments here, or email me: lissakay at gmail. Know a Christian blogger? Send them a link here. God brought you here, let's do all we can to bring Him Glory!
Monday, November 17, 2008
What a difference a year makesI come from a rather small family. Growing up, it was my parents, my brother and me. Both of my parents were only-children, and their cousins, while numerous, were hundreds of miles away. The biggest gathering we had was with both sets of grandparents, for a grand total of 8 people for the holiday. Even after I had three children, my side of the family was still small and close-knit. Last year, it was two of my three kids, my parents and me ... 5 people, at Thanksgiving and Christmas, as it has been for years. This year, it is different. A LOT different.
I have joined up with a very large family. A HUGE family. So big, we are having two Thanksgiving dinners. Rich has 6 kids, plus a new daughter-in-law, plus my 3 makes 10. His sister and her husband have 5. His brother, the slacker, only has 1, but his Ex is still part of the family and has another son. Some of the kids have significant others, plus two babies. Then there's a couple of friends that are like family ... and I lost count of kids around 20. Then the 8 in our generation - Rich and me, his sister and her husband, his brother and his girlfriend, and two Ex wives. Rounding out this crowd are Rich's mother and my parents. Hmm ... 30-something-ish is the total crowd count. And I will be cooking for nearly all of them. With some help, of course. Being the geek that I am, I made a planner in an Excel spreadsheet, complete with a menu, recipes, shopping lists, Gannt timelines and then I shared it online with the family to coordinate this feast.
The feast itself will consist of two turkeys - one roasted and one fried, and a ham. Plus at least 6 veggie casseroles - broccoli, green bean, sweet potato; potatoes done two or three ways; two kinds of stuffing; gravy by the gallon; bread and rolls; overnight fruit salad; cranberry-pear relish; deviled eggs; caramel apple, pumpkin and pecan pies, raw apple cake, pumpkin gooey cake, and homemade ice cream.
Are ya hungry yet?
Being a foodie thoroughly addicted to the Food Network, I got most of my recipes from there, and quite accidentally, came up with an apple themed menu - at least for the parts that I am making - Brined Roast Turkey, Apple Sourdough Bread Stuffing, Apple Cider Gravy with Giblets, and Raw Apple Cake. Yum. Mee!
I can hardly wait. I love to cook, and I love having a big family to cook for. I could possibly achieve nirvana if the kids would clean up after me. Heh ...
Then comes the rest of the holiday season, and this year I am STOKED and ready for the Christmas spirit. We have already been up to The Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge to look at decorations, then wandered around Gatlinburg one chilly evening. We even found our first Christmas gift. Can't say what it is or who it is for, because they read this site! (Neener!) Later we are going to try to catch A Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood and the annual Christmas Craft Show in Gatlinburg, and the Fantasy of Trees in Knoxville. I am hoping we can get to the Clayton Holiday Concert at the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, but that's the same weekend as the Tran-Siberian Orchestra concert, and we already have tickets for that. Somewhere in there, we are going to decorate the house with TWO trees and most of our combined accumulation of Christmas decorations, and plan our Christmas feast.
Whew! I'm getting tired just thinking about all that.
I really want this Christmas to be extra special because this is our first as a combined family, but I am well-aware that the harder one tries to have a good Christmas, the more screwed up it all gets. So, I am going to take it as it comes, and mostly, focus on the Reason for the Season.
But oh, I have a sudden craving for peppermint ice cream!
Sunday, November 09, 2008
It’s a done deal ...It's official now. We're (gettin')* hitched.
I talked him out of buying a gun at the gun show and get this instead ....
A little while ago, I realized that today is the 8th anniversary of a very significant event in my life, one that colored my perceptions of just about everything and changed the essence of who I am, which I have been struggling to come to terms with ever since. Today, I think I can safely say the healing is complete.
*We consider ourselves already married in God's eyes. We will have the public and civil ceremony in May of next year.
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Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Get a grip!Puh-LEEZE!
Look people, I know you are deliriously happy that your messiah
Oh yes, get it out of your system ... I'm just being all bitter and mad because my side lost, right? If thinking that makes you happy, go for it. The reality is, I was against your guy and only marginally for his opponent, McCain. I think Sarah Palin will one day be a mighty force, but her time has not yet come. My vote was cast against a man that appeared out of nowhere, with no experience, with ties to some pretty ugly ideologies, and a platform that promises economic disaster, higher taxes and big government. I was not taken in by the promises of "change" nor was I willing to support his socialist ideas. I believe that Obama will be very bad for our country, worse even than Carter.
So when I see people getting all weepy at how wonderful it all is, droning on and on about how beautiful the world is all of a sudden, I throw up a little in my mouth. Get real, people. This election was bought and paid for with rampant voter fraud and egregious campaign finance shenanigans. Someday that $600 million bill is going to come due, and you know what? You are going to hate paying it even more than I will. And pay we will, and so will our children and their children too.
I find it funny that all through the campaign, Obama and his throngs of fans insisted that race has nothing to do with it. Race is not a part of his campaign, and it should not even be mentioned. Now that he is elected, well ... NOW it's all about race! Ya'll have been telling me all this time that even noticing his race implied racism, now look at you all ... you RACISTS!
Even more hilarious are the calls for "unity" and "bipartisanship" ... give me a freakin' break, would ya? You have GOT to be kidding me! Not only have we spent the last 8 years listening to you harp on Chimpy McBushHitler and the evil Bush/Cheney/Rove machine, attributing absolutely everything bad in the world to Bush, but then you had your little slime fest at Sarah Palin's expense. And not just her, but her children as well! NOW you want unity and bipartisanship? Oh really??? Even as you whine about the crowd booing Obama at McCain's concession speech, in practically the same breath you still bash on Bush and Palin.
I'm sorry, but you have got to be out of your bloody minds!
You mocked President Bush with "Dubya" for 8 years. I claim the right to refer to Obama as Hussein. Fair enough?
I will give Obama just as much respect as he earns, or as much as was given to Bush ... whichever is the lesser of the two. I will mock him as much as he deserves, or as much as Bush was mocked, whichever is the greater. When he proposes policy that is not in my country's best interest, or is against the Constitution, I will say so loudly and repeatedly. I will fight for my liberty and my freedom, to death if need be.
Which reminds me, I've been meaning to ask ... just what is there, if anything, that liberals are willing to die for? Anything that they cherish and value as much as their own life? Anything they are willing to really fight for? (And that doesn't include marching up and down the street, holding signs with stupid slogans and chanting even stupider slogans). Is there anything in a liberal's little life that is worth defending?
Oh that's right ... they'd fight for "choice," aka the right to murder their children. Anything other than that?
I didn't think so. And that is so sad.
So, enjoy your little honeymoon and your dreams of Hopey Changefulness while you can. Reality is just around the corner, when you find that The One is just another corrupt politician spouting false promises to get your vote. The best that we can hope for now is that he really was lying his ass off during his campaign. You can't be taxed into prosperity, and appeasement will not bring peace. You really don't want the government to be your caretaker, because that also makes it your overlord.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
What day is it?I voted three weeks ago. For me, today is just another day ... except it is not. At the end of it, I will find out if the country that I know and love will continue to be strong and proud, a nation of self-sufficient, independent and free people, or if we will embrace a new way ... one in which we depend on the government for our basic needs, and cede responsibility for ourselves and our well-being to our socialist care-takers.
Obama's insane plans to "fix" our healthcare system (which isn't broken in the first place) and his outrageous energy plan that will leave us all in the dark after he puts the coal companies out of business, and his plans for a "national security force," his Truth Squads and his vow to take our guns, leaves me feeling quite ill. Now, if he does win this thing and is like most politicians and does not keep his campaign promises, we might be OK. But someone ... some unknown entity ... has bought and paid for this election. We will find out who and what that is probably shortly after the inauguration, and just before they put the stranglehold on our country.***
So, today, for the first time in my life, if I may paraphrase a bit, I am very much NOT proud of my country or half of my fellow Americans that will ask for this to be brought down upon us. I will say this ... I hope, and pray, with every fiber of my soul, that one day my Obama-worshiping friends can say to me, "I told you so!" but I deeply fear that the reverse will be the case. The best situation, of course, is the one in which Obama goes back home to Chicago to continue practicing his corrupt, radical politics there, and our nation continues to be the proud, free and independent people that she has always been.
I am not going to glue myself to the TV tonight, or internet news streams, or blogs, or Twitter tonight. We are going out to dinner and hopefully forget about all this mess for a little while. We can face the future tomorrow, whatever it may be.
***No, I am not going to cite sources to back up these statements. I am not going to waste my time and energy on something you can easily Google for yourselves. I have found, over the course of this election campaign, that linking to sources is useless ... people do not click the links. If they do, they don't read the article. If they do read it, they don't believe it. If they do believe it, they excuse it and continue to support the slimeball anyway, even in the face of factual evidence of his corruption.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Marking All ReadSince returning to work about a month ago, I have had to make some drastic changes in how I deal with my spare time. One of the major adjustments is in how and when I use the Internet.
While I was not working, I did keep fairly busy with school work. It seemed like there was always a quiz or assignment to prepare for, tons of reading, or just fretting over getting it all done along with everything else. But I still had time to cruise through my RSS feed reader several times a day and keep up with what was going on with my friends, local happenings and in the world in general. I had time to respond to anything and everything that got my interest, subscribe to new writers and check out all the recommended sites to see.
Now it seems that I am hitting the "Mark All Read" button quite often. Even over the weekend, since we stay quite busy with family and leisure activities, I don't have time to catch up on the feeds. I sometimes wonder what I am missing ... and right at the moment, it's either quite a lot, or nothing worth bothering over. I focus on a few feeds, mostly ones that are local people, and some general news. But the days of comparing what one pundit has to say with another, then contrasting that with yet a third, those are well and over. Entering into the fray of the discussion? Not likely at all. I am lucky to have time be able to comment with any regularity at the blogs of personal friends. A few media outlets have been interesting to post it and debate with others the topics of the day, but even those take quite a lot of time. So, I have pared down my reading list for now, hoping that, as my new schedule gets settled a bit more, I can get back to reading and responding as before.
And now, I must fly ... time to get to work!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sarah winked at me!Yesterday, the weather was gorgeous. There was just a hint of autumn chill in the air, and the mountains of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina were in full color under a dazzling sun and sapphire blue sky. It was one of those days that reminds one just how awesome God is, and how wonderful it is to be alive. At the apex of this journey, we heard Sarah Palin speak at the Asheville (NC) Civic Center.
We also made the acquaintance of some really nice folks as we stood in line, and had a marvelous time in fellowship and good cheer. Even as protesters yelled out their epithets at us, we smiled and often laughed together. We stood in line for over two hours, and then we ended up just barely missing out on being in the same auditorium as Sarah, but we did get to listen to her via video feed in a smaller auditorium. It was almost as good as being there. The crowd was excited and roaring ... and for the first time in weeks, I was filled with optimism that our country will endure even if McCain and Palin are not victorious. All we need is for the good people that support them to hold the line against the "Change" that is in store for us, and "Hope" for a better day.
Sarah delivered an inspiring message, one that promises a McCain-Palin administration that will be for the working people, for small business, for opportunity, and mostly, for our country. She told the tale of Tito the Builder, a legal immigrant who came here to live the American dream, which he did, on his own, without relying on anything other than his own hard work. She promised that she and McCain would be there for us, a government of the people, by the people, for the people ... as it should be. This is the hope that America can count on, that we will be supported as we do for ourselves, live free and independent ... not relying on a government to take care of us and directing nearly every aspect of our lives.
That is the America that gives me hope for our future. What we saw outside ... gives me chills. There were dozens of protesters there, although quite a bit fewer than I had expected. Their signs and symbols of protest ran the gamut from amusing to confusing to irrelevant, to obnoxious to offensive to sexist and racist, to downright hateful. Many of them were just stupid. At one point, I engaged with a young girl who was trying to convince people that Sarah Palin was actually a socialist. I listened to her reasoning ... the rebate that Alaskans received is "spreading the wealth" so therefore Palin is a socialist. Except for the fact that the definition of socialism doesn't cover this. Silly little liberal, trying so hard to defend Obama and his radical agenda by projecting it onto his opponent. I then countered that spreading the wealth does no good for anyone in the long run ... it just creates ill will and a lack of desire to succeed in those from whom it takes, and creates lazy, non-motivated dependents on the state among those it gives to. It's no win for anyone. However, in the end, she came around to agreeing with me that giving hand outs is not good, but a temporary hand UP is what welfare programs should be about.
Other sights that I saw and things I heard ...
Numerous SUVs and large trucks, including one belching massive amounts of black exhaust, sporting Obama bumper stickers ... a family (in an SUV, natch) with the window next to their 3 year old in a car seat open so the child could chant "Obama! Obama!" for us. Nothing like indoctrinating them early on ... uncountable Obama fans that hurled out various slogans, yet on when challenged, they could not defend whatever it was they were saying ... one fellow in particular had a sign that had a purple triangle, bordered in silver or gray and beneath it said "No Palin, Know Peace" but he was absolutely mute when I asked what that meant, except to say that he was "not a second class citizen." Later, we encountered this young man again, and this time he offered, "I will not be denied my equal rights." Just to be clear here, he was white, looked to be early to mid 20s, dressed in regular clothes - nothing unusual at all. I was like, Dude, if you have a message here, you need to be more clear about it. No one gets it.
At one point, a vehicle (again, an SUV) drove past the line we stood in and the woman chanted "Obama! Obama!" and when she got to a black man behind us, she yelled at him, "Shame on you!"
We were dumbfounded. If we hadn't seen it for ourselves, we almost would not have believed it. You can see it too, over at Rich's. He just happened to have the video cam running at the time. Amazing. Another black man was selling McCain-Palin buttons to the crowd. A woman confronted him and asked if he was just doing that for a job, and if he was, it just proved how awful the economy is if he had to stoop that low. He roundly set her straight, telling her he wholly supported McCain and Palin, and she was a racist for saying what she did.
So much for the party of love, tolerance and diversity, eh? I guess that only applies if you are one of them. God help you if you are a black that is not voting for Obama, or a woman that believes in the sanctity of life.
Country First! Go Sarah!
I only got a few still pics, I got some video but I don't have the patience to sort through it now.
Happy people, even after standing in line for hours:
Of course, God-fearin' and country lovin' people just tend to be happy!
And here, the liberal elite look down upon the happy conservatives from their trendy downtown condo, white Cabernet in hand, of course.
(As always, click to embiggen the pics in a pop up window, if you want)
Like Mother, Like DaughterA while back, I posted pictures and video from our trip to the firing range with some folks from our Bible study group. A few weeks ago, my daughter and some of her friends went out shooting ...
Isn't she lovely? She makes her Mama so proud!
Earlier today, a blogger associated with the local newspaper posted this:
Apparently, as the economy tanks, gun sales are up:
Gun purchases have also been climbing because of the worsening economy, which fuels fears of crime and civil disorder, industry sources and specialists said.
"Generally, we know that hard economic times always result in firearm sales," said James M. Purtilo of Silver Spring, who publishes the Tripwire Newsletter.
The story also notes that some
nutty, paranoidpeople people are stocking up on guns because they believe that if Obama wins, he will ban gun ownership.
To echo another local blogger, gun and 2nd amendment right expert, Say Uncle: Gee, ya think?
Lock and load, baby. Lock and load.