Friday, May 23, 2008

Where's my toolbar?

It's gone!! So I can't change fonts or insert pictures. So weird.

Guess I'll see if I can fix it although I have no idea where to start.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

This and That

Life keeps on moving!

Boulder is doing well. We haven't heard from the family he's been matched with, I called them yesterday to set up a meeting. I hope I hear from them soon. He's a good boy though, at least we have that. His only real issue is that he likes to mark EVERYTHING. When I walk him he pees about 5476 times in a 10 minute span. Worse yet he has done it in the house. I'm guessing he was just neutered recently. I know he'll figure it out, he's a smart guy, but his issues have him on a "If I can't keep an eye on him he has to stay in the crate" rule right now. This is a picture of him. He's a cutie for sure!
Yesterday we played outside most of the day. We had a meeting from 10-12 with 3 moms from my LLL group who are all going to work on becoming leaders (yay for having help with the group). Once we got home we played in the pool for the first time this year. They were having so much fun I let Ian skip his nap. Both kids got a lot of sun and had a lot of fun. I'm so glad it's spring!!!

Gracie is sick today. I'm not sure what, I was wondering if she had heat stroke but I think it's more than that. She has a fever and a headache and she's actually taking a nap right now. We have had a stretch of sickness ever since our trip to the Carolinas. We've had just a few healthy days, otherwise there seems to always be a runny nose, a cough, or a fever in someone. I'm really not sure what's going on, I'm beginning to wonder if the kids don't have seasonal allergies like I do and that's mixed in there as well.

My allergies are much better now that I am medicating. I still have lots of fullness in my ears and sinuses but at least the dripping and the itching have stopped. I wish there was a better way to deal with all this but I haven't found anything yet.

James is plugging away at his second class, this one is bookkeeping and accounting and it's proving more challenging than the last class. I know he will be glad to have this one behind him!

Well, I'm going to go enjoy some peace and quiet now! Bye!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Shouldn't we be outraged??

Do you want the government to own your DNA?

Cause they will.

Bush signed a bill earlier this month that allows the DNA of all newborns to be taken and databased by the government.


And people think he's conservative............

"President Bush last week signed into law a bill which will see the federal government begin to screen the DNA of all newborn babies in the U.S. within six months, a move critics have described as the first step towards the establishment of a national DNA database.

Described as a "national contingency plan" the justification for the new law S. 1858, known as The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act of 2007, is that it represents preparation for any sort of "public health emergency."

The bill states that the federal government should "continue to carry out, coordinate, and expand research in newborn screening" and "maintain a central clearinghouse of current information on newborn screening... ensuring that the clearinghouse is available on the Internet and is updated at least quarterly"."


"Soon, under this bill, the DNA of all citizens will be housed in government genomic biobanks and considered governmental property for government research," Brase writes. "The DNA taken at birth from every citizen is essentially owned by the government, and every citizen becomes a potential subject of government-sponsored genetic research."

"The public is clueless. S. 1858 imposes a federal agenda of DNA databanking and population-wide genetic research. It does not require consent and there are no requirements to fully inform parents about the warehousing of their child's DNA for the purpose of genetic research."

This requires no consent. They will just take it. How insanely scary is that? You think you live in a free country?? Think again.

I don't know what if anything can be done about this since it has already been signed into law. It's just so disheartening. I don't understand why. Why do our government officials insist on pushing legislation that CLEARLY violates the Constitution? Oh I know........$$$$$. I can only imagine how much money is involved in this, how many contracts are out for the storage and maintenance of this database. I can only imagine how much of that money was given by lobbies to campaigns and elected officials. I can only imagine how much money is involved in the "research" that will be done our this DNA without consent of the person it came from.

My questions to our government are these: Why on earth do we need this? What possible public health crisis would require the DNA of an entire country? How does this benefit our nation? Why can't we opt out? Better yet why can't we opt in?

My question to you is this: How long will you sit idely by and allow our government to erode your freedoms? How long will you let 9/11 and the terror that occurred be your motivation for handing over what should be your rights? Do you realize how many rights we have surrendered since that day? When will it stop? When will we act, as a people, out of strength, not fear?

I hope, for our children's sake, that day is soon.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A new (temporary) family member

Tomorrow we will be taking in our first foster dog from Retriever Rescue of Colorado

His name is Boulder and he is a 2 year old retriever mix. He's very cute, you can read all about him here, just scroll down to find his name, you'll see his picture and a short description. They wanted us to foster him because of his fence jumping abilities, since we don't have a yard and always walk Maggie when we take her out they know he will be safe here. I guess he's climbed out of the yard of his present foster 3 times now!!! Besides the fact that he's a Houdini hound he sounds like a great dog, he loves kids, cats, and other dogs and is just needing the right people to find him.

So wish us luck. This is kind of a trial thing, we'll see how this first one goes and decide if we want to keep doing this or not. I'm hoping for the best, planning for the worst, and figuring for something in the middle. I'll keep you updated!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

I Declare Defeat

Last night around 11pm, after laying in bed scratching my eyes in misery, I dragged my allergic little self to the kitchen and took an Allegra.

I had the best night of sleep I've had since we returned from our trip.

Today I took a Claritin so I wouldn't be drowsy because the Allegra literally kicks me to sleep.

I feel so good. I have been a major bitch the last few days due to the allergies, seriously I felt horrible from top to bottom and was so exhausted it wasn't even funny. Today I am my normal self, I feel just fine and I like my kids again. Dr. Jekyll has disappeared, I am once again Ms. Hyde.

So, I am turning in my crunchy card on this one. The drug companies have my money for the 6-8 weeks I need relief in the spring. It is what it is, I have tried so much and been so miserable.

So thank you to those nerdy scientists who hide out in the labs figuring out how to make our bodies behave the way we want them to. I'm generally a cynic but today I am glad for your overpriced little white pills. I just pray I don't grow an extra limb because of it.

Amen and amen.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Checking In

Wow, could it really be almost a month since I last posted?

Time has been flying by. Our vacation went very well but preparation for it and settling back in afterwards ate up about 3 weeks. Crazy!

Gracie turned 4 on May 1st, it came up so quick after our trip that I was caught without having bought any presents just 4 days before her birthday. Thank goodness for a swap that gave me lots of goodies to start with, and then to fill out the rest. She got half her presents the day after her birthday but she didn't care!

My allergies have been on overdrive, it's truly horrible. I'm red, I'm runny, I'm sneezy, I'm exhausted, I'm stuffy, and I'm itchy. I'm trying to handle things naturally with homeopathics and vitamins and a few doses of raw honey a day, but honestly I'm about to give in to the drugs. I don't know what else to try. I'm holding out til after this weekend though because.......

We are headed to Estes Park for LLL of Colorado and Wyoming bi-annual Parenting Conference. I am very excited about this, I went for just the day two years ago and it was awesome. This time we are going for the whole conference up at the YMCA camp in Estes Park. (Side-note: James and I actually had our first date up at that camp, attending a concert!) We have some friends that are going as well and I know the kids are going to have fun and be exhausted from running with all the other kiddos. And maybe I will learn a thing or two about being a better parent also!

Anyway, I don't want to start allergy drugs while at 10,000 feet, I figure that's probably not a good idea. So I'll wait til we come back home on Monday and if I am still miserable I will start them up then.

James got his grade for his first Grad class. He got an A-!!! Yay James! These classes are definitely challenging, they are all 8 week block courses with one week off between, year round. It's a lot of work, he was averaging 15 hours of school work per week!!! With that one completed we are now 1/16th of the way through his MBA. I know it's not much but sometimes you gotta celebrate the small stuff.