Friday, December 22, 2006

O Tannenbaum!


This is my and Jeremy's humble Christmas tree. We bought it a couple weeks ago but I've been too lazy to actually get a picture up of it. Plus, I was waiting until we got our ornaments for it. Yes, there are two ornaments on it - a tennis ball for me and a hamburger for him. It's hard to decorate a tree when you don't have any ornaments. We resorted to one strand of lights, candy canes, and a paper chain. For some reason, making paper chains was a lot more fun in the fourth grade than it is now. We got tired after a few sheets of paper and decided it was long enough and quit. Hence why it doesn't go all the way around the tree. We also bought a tree topper for our tree - a light up angel! It blinks.

Tomorrow we leave for Kansas City/Kansas/Michigan!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

'Tis the Season

For vinerbrods! I made a batch Thursday night and they're all gone already. I brought most of them to one of the courts I work with. We have the weekly docket meetings Friday morning so that seemed like a good time to share them. Plus I was told by my boss that bringing in some type of Christmas goody is a good way to keep all the court people on board with us and the research project. The rest of them Jeremy and I polished off my Friday night.

Here are some pictures from the endeavor:


Rolling and folding...
Final product!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Smart people don't eat cows

I ran across an interesting article in the Washington Post today about vegetarians entitled "Kids with High IQs Grow Up to Be Vegetarians." This is something that I have actually noticed recently. Out of all the vegetarians I know, none of them are dumb. Or even remotely dumb. All, in fact, are quite smart - very smart actually. (Not that I'm saying that I am smart, it's just that everyone I know that is a vegetarian is incredibly smart.) It makes sense really. A vegetarian diet is not only healthier, but the social implications of foregoing meat are also great. A diet full of meat similiar to that of which the typical American eats is in no way good for the planet. It takes an incredible amount of land, water, and other resources to raise animals so that we can eat them. There is a reason why most of the world's population does not eat meat - it is not efficient! They get much better use our of their land to grow vegetables to eat instead of raising cows or other animals. I strongly urge people to read Diet for a New America which I would link here, but I'm lazy and the link is on the right hand of the page already, scroll down.

And eat less meat!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Old Age

I financed my new car and I have a retirement plan and a 401(k). When did I get so old???

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Eating with Geeks

I just got back from a potluck for the computer science department here at UT. Jeremy made me go with him and it was everything I expected it to be and more. The comp sci stereotype definitely rang true - most of the students and staff were some what socially awkward and talked about geeky tech stuff a lot. I now know what it is like to be at Michigan Tech. I feel so bad for my sister, Allie, who's there. But then again,I bet she gets the honor of being the coolest person around a lot.

The event was particularly funny to me in how different it was from our social work events at Baylor. First of all, the social work potlucks were mostly all girls where as this one was nearly all guys. Also, social work students know how to cook and there is always a lot of good food at potluck type things. Comp sci guys are a little lacking in that area. Social work events always had something somewhat related to social work - guest speakers, lectures, social work paraphanelia raffles, etc. This had a geek trivia contest - everything was related to computers and technology and the prizes were little boxes of nerds. I am proud to say that I did know two of the answers (how much did google buy YouTube for and what two Steves started Apple computers). We never had trivia contests at social work events. I'm not sure what type of social work trivia there is though.

All in all it was an interesting event and I'm happy that I am involved in a discipline where people are generally sociable and not completely awkward.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

I like to Read

My new job has be driving quite a bit since the counties I work in are about an hour or so to the south down I-75. This leads to much time spent in my car listening to either the radio or cds, both of which I am becoming tired. Today I decided that maybe I should look into books on tape and therefore make my trips more productive. I have never really listened to a book on tape, at least, not that I can remember. I'm not sure if I'll like them. Part of me is a book purist and think that books should only be read. But then again, maybe listening to a book on tape would be like in elementary school when my teachers would read outloud to us. However, I was always the kid who would check out whatever book the teacher was reading the class and finish it on my own because I didn't want to wait for the ending since they would read to us at what I thought was an excruciatingly slow one-chapter-a-day pace. It's a good thing I out grew being such a nerd.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Another Thanksgiving over

Jeremy and I went up to Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving to visit some of his family. We had a pretty good time and I met his grandmas and assorted aunts, uncles, and cousins. For brevity sake, here is a bulleted list of the week:
  • visited seven states on the trip (Tennessee, A LOT of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennslyvania, New Jersey, and New York)
  • Saw Brian in Philly and then rode the train from New Jersey to NYC with him and spent the evening there seeing the sites
  • Found out that Anali was also in Philly so I got to see her at 2am at a diner!
  • Successfully did not eat meat on Thanksgiving, but then had a bite of a cheesesteak in Philly the next day. I am weak.
  • Saw quite possibly the world's fattest dog
  • Met a Facebook friend for the first time (Jeremy's cousin who Facebook befriended me before ever meeting me)
  • came home and SLEPT

Monday, November 13, 2006

Employment: Take 2

So I have a new job, again. Except this one I like. I'm a "research specialist" for a study that is being conducted by the Children's Mental Health Research Center. Since the Center is at the University of Tennessee, I am now an employee of UT! Which means great benefits such as free tuition. The study is a five year long project and is looking at how a certain type of intensive therapy (MST) is effective in rural areas. My job is to travel to my counties and go to juvenile court each week to find families for the study. I then interview them at that time and then again 6, 12, and 18 months later. So far I really like the job. I'm still training so I go to other courts and observe the other Research Specialists and learn from them. They're all really nice and helpful.

I bought a new black briefcase-type bag for the job. Now I feel important and official when I'm in court. Which is good because part of my job includes getting in good with the judges and court staff. I don't have to, but I'm strongly encouraged to go out to eat with the judges and others if they invite me. So far I've had lunch with two judges and their assorted staff. It's been, interesting. Definitely a learning experience about the justice system, that's for sure.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

When Texas is Better than Tennessee...

I was spoiled while living in Texas and never even realized it until I moved to Tennessee. Do you even know how hard it is to get some good Mexican food in this state? Nearly impossible! After living in Waco for four years, I grew accustomed to being able to get a decent meal pretty much any time of the day or night. Not so here.

I believe I have eaten at about four different Mexican restaurants in Knoxville and at best they have been mediocre. Two of the restaurants are always packed, which led me to believe that they would be good. Not the case. Actually, they were pretty bad. I have no idea why they are so busy. One was new so I decided to try it out, but it was just as bad as the other two. The fourth one was somewhat decent, but did not come close to Lupita's, Cancun, Ninfa's, or anywhere else I ate at in Waco.

At two of the restaurants I've tried here, they have had a "vegetarian" section on the menu. I thought "Great! This is just what I need!" Well, except that by "vegetarian" they mean that they take a burrito, quesadilla, enchilada, or whatever and fill it with the frozen broccoli, cauliflower, carrot veggie mix and then pour this strange cheese mixture over the concoction. The end result is pretty horrible, as you could imagine. I had the "vegetarian" burrito at one place and could only stomach half. I tried the "vegetarian" quesadilla and another restaurant, thinking that it would be full of cheese, beans, stuff like that. Nope, broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. Who makes a quesadilla with frozen vegetables??

I miss me some good Mexican food. :(

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Luther is my Homeboy

Last night we had the first annual (hopefully) Oktoberfest at church. It was a lot of fun - I mean, when is a potluck NOT fun?? There are always so many casseroles at those things! However, this time there was not any jello salad with vegetables in it. That is my all time favorite potluck food. Although there was a lot of kraut and sausage since it was an Oktoberfest/the Reformation celebration (and a keg and lots of wine...).

There was also a trivia contest!! I love trivia. This one was over Martin Luther, the Lutheran church, and random German words. My team (Team Schnitzel) totally kicked butt even though we were comprised of two not raised Lutherans who go to a Lutheran church (me and Jeremy) a Catholic, and two Lutherans. The other team (The Bavarian Boozers) was all Lutheran and they went down! So I may have read up on Luther and the Lutheran church on Wikipedia this week in preperation for the trivia contest. That might have helped us just a bit... I can't help it, I like reading about stuff on Wikipedia. We each won a "Luther is my Homeboy" cup filled with riesens. Our pastor was wearing a "Luther is my Homeboy" t-shirt and had to ask Jeremy what it meant. It was pretty funny.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Confessions of a news junkie

Today, as I was reading the local paper while watching the 6:00 news, I realized that my news addiction is getting worse. I read five newspapers online today (Daily Press, Waco Trib, Baylor Lariat, Washington Post, and NY Times) plus the News Sentinel in print. On top of that I read through the news at cnn.com and yahoo news. I do this pretty much every day. Except for the News Sentinel - for some reason when I opened the front door today there was one there. This happens every once in a while for some reason. I don't complain; it's another newspaper to read!

Also, the other day I was talking about the morning news in da U.P for some reason and about how I used to watch it before school every morning. When I was 12. I guess that should have been a clue then as to what was to come.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Back in Knoxville, where it is fall!

I'm back in Knoxville. Long story.

Yesterday I attempted to make Swedish pancakes. By myself. This was the first time I have ever done this without the help of someone more experienced than myself. While they did not turn out quite as good as Mom's, Granny's, or probably even Melissa's, they were decent and I finally got the timing and technique down for flipping them. I also could have used Allie for help with the cinnamon sugaring, but I managed. And I find it funny that out of all the people I just named, my younger sister who is 19 is the only one without a blog. Yes, my mom, grandma, and oldest sister all have one but she does not.

Yesterday Jeremy and I decided to go apple picking because it's fall and he's never been before. We found a nearby orchard on the internet and set out. After getting a little lost, we finally found it and crashed what appeared to be a family get together. There were a bunch of people in lawnchairs sitting around a table with a lot of food, watching the UT-Alabama football game. But they welcomed us, gave us some hot cider, and showed us to the trees. We ended up coming home with a dozen apples and a gallon of cider. Now we just need to find an apple pie recipe.

The leaves are nearing their peak here and it's so beautiful. It makes me miss da U.P. but not Texas. Although I do miss Waco, especially since it was Baylor's homecoming this weekend. AND we actually won! 36-35 over KU. That's right, Baylor beat both K-State AND KU this year! Wow, who woulda thunk?

****EDIT****
So upon some investigating, I have found out that Allie does indeed have a blog! Bout time you get with the program, lil sis...

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Live from St. Louis

So I typed this up already, but then I had to restart my computer and I lost it. I broke down and bought a one month subscription to the internet while I'm here because i'm an internet addict (what?? no free wi-fi at the hotel?? This is the 21st century!!).

I'm in St. Louis now after my 3 day stint in Philadelphia for "training." It wasn't too much fun, but at least I got to see Brian while I was there! We explored downtown some and it was a lot of fun. Then we fixed his car because I'm a mechanical genius (I wish!) and he was able to bring me back to my hotel in New Jersey.

Tonight I'm going to see Laura and I'm very excited about that! We're going out with some of her friends from here since it's her birthday tomorrow.

Work is....well....interesting. Not quite sure how I feel about it yet. So far, I'm enjoying St. Louis better than Philadelphia. Basically what we're doing is talking to people in the city about things that are on the ballot here in Missouri, mainly raising the minimum wage and stem cell research. I'm a "field manager" which means I supervise a team of canvassers who go door to door talking to people. It's...interesting. Today wasn't too bad actually. I just hope that I can do this 6 days a week for 3 weeks without going crazy (while living in a hotel room).

Monday, October 09, 2006

Jetsettin'

So I have finally been hired - by an organization called ACORN. I will be doing community organizing for their new office here in Knoxville. However, first I have to go through about four months of training. I'm leaving tomorrow for Philadelphia for 3 days of training and then on to St. Louis for about 2.5 weeks (through election day). In St. Louis I will be helping with a voter registration drive since the minimum wage is on the ballot in Missouri and the congressional races are pretty close there. After my time there, I'll come back to Knoxville for a day or two and then I'll go to my real training somewhere else in the country for about 3 months. I may or may not have an additional month of training after that and then finally I'll be back in Knoxville to work.

Whew. I feel like these next few months are going to be exhausting.

Monday, October 02, 2006

My boyfriend, the hippy

So Jeremy is turning into a hippy, right in front of my eyes. It's kinda funny. Examples of his hippy behavior:

- not only has he joined Freecycle and couchsurfing, but today he joined the local food co-op
- it was HIS idea to buy vegetarian cookbooks from a used bookstore and then make a vegetable curry soup for dinner tonight
- he eats more fake meat than I do and I'm a vegetarian!
- he is obsessed with converting a diesel car into a car that runs on used vegetable oil
- he's growing a beard
- he recycles everything he can

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Bloody Brilliant

Jeremy and I had a friend the past few days. A British friend. He's on a three month backpacking trip around the States and made a stop in Knoxville for a bit. He stayed with us during this part of his journey, thanks to a website called couchsurfing, which is a network of people who open up their places to visitors as they are passing through. You can search the site for the town you're going to be in, email someone in that town for a place to stay, and then, well, "surf" on their couch or an extra bed. And best of all, it's free. It makes it cheaper and easier to travel the world. Oh, and it's perfectly safe. To be a verified member other verified members have to vouch for you and say that you're a good person and not a psychopath. And you can leave "reviews" about people to say what you thought of them.

Anyways, our British friend was here and he was a lot of fun. We tried to show him around Knoxville the best that we could during his short stay. He had already been down the east coast to Atlanta and is now making his way out west. We brought him out line dancing, ate fried green tomatoes, and ate at Waffle House and Shoneys. All things you must do while in Knoxville.... We were going to bring him to Cracker Barrel, but didn't have time. We also brought him up in the mountains and explained what meatloaf and corndogs are. Now he's in Louisville for the sole purpose of eating fried chicken in Kentucky.

He took out a loan to pay for the trip and will spend the next year working to pay it off. Then he plans on taking a trip around Eastern Europe and then working that off. That's the life. Just travelling, working until you have enough money, and taking off again. I wish I could do that.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

I'm feeling very fallish today

After spending the past four years in central Texas, I was very happy today to experience a real fall day. The weather was actually cool. In fact, it was so cool that I wore shoes and socks for the first time since about March completely for the sake of warmness. And I even wore my favorite fleece that I wear just about every day when the weather is cool. It was the first time I've worn it probably since about April. I was very excited. And I felt so fallish.

Now I just can't wait for the leaves to start turning. Which is something I have not seen since the fall of 2001. That was my last fall in Michigan and seasons are nonexistant in central Texas. In Waco the leaves didn't so much turn colors. Instead, they just died and fell off the very few trees that there were all of a sudden one day. No color. Ever. It was a very disappointing four years of "fall." And the weather never really cooled down to the point where I'd have to dress warmly and wear shoes until Novemberish.

I'm glad I'm back in a place with seasons. And trees.

Monday, September 18, 2006

I WAS blind, but now I see (the truth)

The organist at our church here in Knoxville is retiring and the new one is starting next week, I think. Yesterday was the last Sunday for the retiring organist so she picked out all of her favorite hymns to play for the service. And they were some great hymns, some of my favorites. One was Amazing Grace, who doesn't love this one?? So Jeremy and I are singing it, not really paying attention to the hymnal because we know the lyrics, or at least, we thought we did. The fourth verse starts and it's not the right fourth verse!! We look at each other all confused, look at the hymnal, and yes, definitely a different fourth verse than we're used to. We were expecting this:

When we've been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we'd first begun.
But what we got was:

The Lord has promised good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
So when I got home yesterday I did some investigating and turns out that the fourth verse we knew wasn't even written by John Newton! He originally wrote six verses for the song and none of them were this one. It was actually written by Harriet Beecher Stowe for her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.

I feel tricked. How can this verse go around masquerading itself as part of the song when it wasn't even written by the John Newton??

Friday, September 15, 2006

Spinach can be scary. Who knew?

I'm very upset about this bagged spinach e.coli outbreak. So far one person has died and dozens more have become sick in ten states so far. I love bagged spinach!! I used to eat it all the time in Waco. I went through quite the salad phase for a while there last year. And I eat it occassionally still, but not nearly as much as I once did. Maybe that's a good thing. Because this way, I haven't eaten any in a while and am not at risk of anything since there is currently none in my fridge and hasn't been in a few weeks.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Title.

Baylor made the Washington Post today. Some sociology professors have done this massive study across the United States on religion and had some interesting findings. You can read about it here and I highly recommend it. One of the professors involved, Dr. Paul Froese, was my intro to sociology prof three years ago. It was his first semester at Baylor then and he pretty much came just to be involved in this study. He was VERY excited about it and talked to us about it all the time. I'm glad to see that they finished part of it and have some good results to show.

Dr. Froese was also the guy to get me interested in living wage issues. He had us read Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America. This was the first time I really started thinking about the working poor and it got the ball rolling for the rest of my time at Baylor and all that I was involved in with Baylor Students for Social Justice and the 1 John 3 Campaign.

So good job Dr. Froese and all the other profs who are involved in the study. I think that they are still working on it and are going to be doing more surveys and stuff in 2007. At least, according to another article I read about it.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Ann M. Martin = Genius

Yesterday I finished reading this book:




Which made me sad because like all books that I enjoy, I didn't want it to end. I wish it could have gone on longer than the 536 pages that it was. But no, it had to stop. Why?? WHY??

Then I started thinking about another author that I enjoy greatly - Ann M. Martin. See, her books were great because even when the book did end, you knew that there would be another in the best series ever - The Babysitters Club!! Ahhh, those were great. Real pieces of literary genius. Yesterday I was compelled to look up stuff about the books and I found that there are roughly 200 books in the series, once you include the super specials, mysteries, etc. And of those roughly 200 books, I have read about 160-170ish probably. And most of the books that I haven't read were published after I turned 12 or 13 and decided that I should no longer read them. Thank goodness when I was about 17 I realized that that was a HORRIBLE idea and Erin and I swapped all of our books and refound a lost love. I only wish now that I still had mine. Unfortunately, sometime after high school I sold them all in a rummage sale. What a bad idea. (Unlike Kristy's idea, which was great. Book #1 anyone??)

Monday, September 04, 2006

More on Tennis

So all this watching the U.S. Open has got me missing tennis. I want to play. Really play. I am teaching Jeremy to play, and it's been fun. But I miss competitive matches. Singles, doubles, anything. I miss being on the team in high school and every August through early October being devoted to all things tennis. I miss playing Monday night doubles down at the courts every week throughout the summer. I miss playing Venus and Serena tennis with Brian after hours of playing normal tennis with other comrades. I even miss being sore the next day because of all the Venus and Serena tennis.

I wish I had three friends who played tennis here in Knoxville. And could actually play tennis. None of this "oh yeah, I play tennis - we should play sometime" and then when you actually get out on a court with them you soon realize that by "play" they mean "can sometimes hit the ball back decently." Yes, I admit it, I'm a tennis snob. But I don't care. Just like you wouldn't agree to sing a duet in public with someone who can't sing at all when you have a really good voice, why should I have to playing tennis with someone who is no good? I just want some good tennis partners. And some competitive play.

Friday, September 01, 2006

When Love Means Nothing

We're in possibly two of the best weeks of the year right now. That's right, it's time once again for the U.S. Open. But I'm conflicted. Tomorrow (I'm assuming at night, under the lights, on Arther Ashe Stadium) Andre Agassi plays Benjamin Becker. So what's the problem? Well, I don't know who to cheer for. See, it's Agassi's last tournament. He has announced that he will retire after the Open. I've never been a HUGE Agassi fan, but I can appreciate what he has accomplished during his 21 year or so career and all that he has done not only for the sport, but for others as well. He does a lot of humanitarian work (he has a Boys and Girls Club in Las Vegas that he funds as well as a charter school, among other things.) However, Benjamin Becker is a Bear (read, he went to Baylor!!). He played tennis for Baylor for three of the years that I was there, used up his elgibility (not sure if he graduated) and went pro. He qualified for the Open this year (after also qualifying for Wimbledon in June), and has now reached the third round. Which is pretty good for a qualifier. He beat the 30th seed - Sebastian Grosjean - in straights yesterday and now faces Agassi who had a tough 5 setter that went until 12:30am.

So I want to cheer for Becker because he's the underdog and I generally go for the underdog. And he's from Baylor!! But everyone is going to be against him since he's playing Agassi. And he's Agassi. He HAS to win, according to EVERYONE, because it's his LAST Open. And I want to see Agassi do well since he is, afterall, retiring, but I also want Becker to do well.

I just don't know who to cheer for.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Friday, August 25, 2006

I just hope the tabloids don't start coming around

So my little brother, Kyler, is pretty much famous. Check out this link about his latest kayaking trip in Kansas. That's him with the giant ancient mastodon skull in the back of his kayak. Apparently it's quite the find and is in newspapers all over Kansas and Missouri.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Blast from the Past

Today while I was putting something in my filing cabinet, I came across a bunch of letters, cards, and notes from freshman year at Baylor. I didn't even realize I still had all of them. They ranged from pictures and charts drawn by Cecilia when she visited me, to letters from my family, to encouraging messages from Jefner written on kit-kit wrappers telling me to kick my chemistry's final's butt, to random comrade (and comrade parents) letters. Some made me laugh (A LOT), some made me sad (but in a good way), and some just reminded me of a somewhat simpler, yet somewhat more complicated, time in my life. And all reminded me that it is times like this that I'm glad I'm a packrat.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Keep on recycling, my Freecycle friend

A couple months ago I joined a local Freecycle group. What are Freecycle groups? They are groups of people who are committed to not throwing away stuff that they don't need anymore. Instead, they realize that other people may have a use for their "trash." No money is involved, everything is free - hence the name. If you have something you no longer have use for, you post an offer an the email listserv. People who need that item will email you and you give it to whomever you want, usually the first person to respond. Also, if you need something, you can post an "ISO" - in search of. That is how I got my dresser! I didn't have one, didn't really want to buy one, so I got one from the Knoxville area Freecycle group. Actually, that is where a lot of stuff in my apartment came from. And I have given stuff away too that I no longer need. It really is a great way to get and giveaway stuff. I'm a fan.

Jeremy and I are such fans of the entire Freecycle concept that we have contemplated putting up an offer. It would read something like "Offer: two friends. Will go camping with you. Will ride in your boat with you. Will go four-wheeling with you and will participate in many other friend activities!" I wonder if we'd have any takers...

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Open letter to FoodTV

Dear FoodTV,

I am writing to tell you that I am an avid fan of your channel. From 30 Minute Meals to The Secret Life of..., I like it all. Even now that I have more than 5 channels, I watch your network frequently. However, I have noticed something missing from your lineup. While there are many shows that cater to many diverse groups of viewers, you do not have anything geared towards us vegetarians. I believe that a show that focuses on vegetarian cuisine would go over well with not only the non-meat eaters, but with everyone. Even people who do not abstain from meat could learn tasty new dishes.

I hope you take into consideration by suggestion. I look forward to the new show and cannot wait to learn new vegetarian cooking ideas.

Affectionately Yours,
Golda Waselovich

Monday, August 07, 2006

Pretendin' it's the weekend

Today, partly inspired by Jack Johnson and partly inspired by the fact that there are enough bananas in my freezer to feed a small country banana bread for a year, I made banana pancakes! I didn't use a recipe - just winged it, and they turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. Banana-y, but not over the top. I'm pleased with my culinary excursion of the day.

If anyone has a good recipe for bananas besides banana bread/muffins, I'd like it. I'm trying to figure out some more creative ways to use them than the usual.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Democracy and Capitalism

I got back to Knoxville yesterday after some delays in the Detroit airport due to weather. And once I got back Jeremy and I realized it was election day so we voted in the primary and then rewarded ourselves with Icees from the gas station. Gotta love the Icees. While I was in Detroit I was spoiled though - there was a 7/11 on every corner! Ahh, Slurpees.... Anyway, back to the election, Harold Ford Jr. won the Democratic primary for senator, much to no one's surprise. The people running against him weren't even really running. I think one guy was also on the ballot for one or two other offices. Ford will be against Bob Corker in November. From what I've heard about him, he's a relatively moderate Republican. It should be an interesting election in the fall - a somewhat moderate Democrat against a somewhat moderate Republican.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Dream a little dream...

Two nights ago I had a dream that the Israeli army overtook the United States. I was so confused because I thought that we are kinda allies with them or something, but in my dream, it wasn't so. They had overtaken the country much like Germany did with much of Europe during WWII. There were even check stations all over that we had to pass through. For some reason one of the soliders was trying to kill me so I had to run away through the woods. Right when I was getting to tired to continue running my friends drove up and gave me a ride home. But of course we had to go through all the checkpoints. Luckily the soliders there didn't know that the other guy was trying to kill me so I wasn't detained. I got home and found that my family had to house two young soliders. And my grandma was there, even though in real life she's dead. We were all terrified of the soliders, even though they were incredibly nice to us. We didn't want them to kill us. Cuz who would?? I was really upset because I couldn't even email anyone to tell them that my family was being forced to house these soliders (isn't that against some sort of amendment? 3rd? 4th?) because all emails and blogs were being read. About this time I woke up and realized that the country had not been overtaken by anyone and that I was in Detroit still at my sister's.

Maybe it's time to stop reading/watching the news before I go to sleep. I think it's starting to get to me.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Newsworthy Articles

I've run across a couple interesting articles today and last night. The first one shows the benefits of eating a vegan diet. It pretty much is in line with one of the books I'm reading right now (see "Currently Reading" section). The article is all about how a vegan diet is much healthier and all that. If I had the will power, I'd be a vegan. I really don't think I can cut out all dairy and eggs though. Being a quasivegetarian (I eat fish and seafood) is hard enough, especially when I eat out. Maybe I should just cut down on the dairy and eggs. But that would mean less ice cream. I'm not sure if I could do that.

The second article Jeremy sent me and it's about a possible raise in the minimum wage! Also in my inbox this morning was an email from Sojourners urging me to call my representative about the bill. I'm resisting going on a rant about the current minimum wage and the republican controlled congress - just read the article instead.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

The quack attack is back, jack

From the mailbag at cnnsi.com/bocceball (bonus points to those who get this), which i hadn't read in quite a while before today:

Forget Wimbledon or Match Point. Check out the latest anime sensation to come out of Japan, The Prince of Tennis: 178 episodes focusing solely on the sport of tennis. Those with PCs and Internet Explorer can check out the new English dub (and get a good chuckle) at toonamijetstream.com. Unfortunately, neither Macs nor Firefox are supported at this time.
-- R. Light, Indianapolis

I can't open this either. But I'm typing this while staring at a Talladega Nights billboard and I'm thinking, you know what tennis could really use? A decent movie. Not that wince-inducing Wimbledon or the metaphor-fest that was Match Point. A real tennis movie that celebrates the sport (and its quirks), a flick that will do for tennis what Caddyshack did for golf or Slapshot (or even the Mighty Friggin' Ducks) did for hockey. You've got a global sport, played by the Beautiful People, a disproportionately large female fan base. Surely with all the tennis-Hollywood connections (Arnon Milchan, red courtesy phone), someone could make this happen.

Tennis anime?? No thank you. But I agree, we do need a Mighty Ducks for the tennis world. And while they're at it, they should make a trilogy, just like the "Mighty Friggin' Ducks." I love those movies...

Monday, July 17, 2006

I'm boycotting titles

Today Jeremy and I drove out to Oak Ridge, which was where the atomic bomB was worked on and all that during WWII. It was basically a secret town, not on any maps or anything and with ultra high security, during the war. Now however, it's no longer a secret. It's a full town now and there are still all these government projects that are going on including the assembling of nuclear weapons. Yes, the government is working on nuclear weapons about 30 minutes from where I live.

On a similar topic, who is freaked out by everything in the Middle East?? On the way back from Oak Ridge I saw a sign on a church that said "Pray for Jerusalem." Umm, shouldn't we be praying for MORE than Jerusalem?? How about praying for all of the Middle East or even the world... Just a thought.

Friday, July 14, 2006

And the travels never end

After being out of it for only a little over a week, I'm returning to the great state of Michigan on the 24th!! My sister, Betsy, and brother-in-law, Trent, are flying me up to visit them in Detroit! I'm VERY excited - I've never been to Detroit before! I hope I don't get mugged or shot.

In other news, Meredith, a friend of mine and Jeremy's, came to visit us! Well, she really came to look at a grad program at UT, but I'm pretending like she came to visit us. We tried to show her why she should probably move here and hopefully we convinced her.

It was a lot of fun to have a friend in town, I hope I make friends here soon.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Back

I'm finally back in Knoxville after 11 days split between Michigan and Texas. Jeremy and I went up to da UP for the Fourth and had a good time with the comrades. We actually watched the ENTIRE Gladstone Fourth of July parade this year. It's the longest parade on earth and will allow just about anyone to be in it, I swear. It's always fun though. Also got a good amount of fourwheeling in along with the eating of traditional yooper foods (pasties, walleye, sayklly's candies...). All in all, a great time was had in da U.P once again.

Left from there and went directly to Houston for Davra's wedding - got to see all my roommates and apartment friends from college. A good time was had by all. The reception was a blast! I have never seen that many people actually dancing at a wedding ever. And not just college/post-college people, but real adults and family members as well. We had an "after party" at the hotel after the reception and that was a lot of fun as well. We met some of Michael's friends and told funny Davra and Michael stories.

Oh, and I was a bridesmaid so I got to do fun bridesmaid things all weekend like get my hair done as well as a manicure and pedicure. Mine and Whitney's hair turned out HORRIBLE (we had the same lady) so we redid it the best we could at Davra's house. It was very entertaining at least - making fun of each other's hair the entire car ride back. At least our fingernails and toenails looked hot if our hair didn't.

We didn't have a car while in Houston so we had to rely on others for rides everywhere. Which was fine for the most part until everyone left Sunday afternoon and we were stuck at the hotel with nothing to do and no where to go since we were flying out the next morning. So for some reason Jeremy thinks that it would be a good idea to walk and find a place to eat dinner. And for some reason, I agree to do it. Keep in mind we're at this hotel on the highway with nothing really in walking distance. We ended up walking down the access road for over a mile in Houston summer weather (HOT and HUMID) to go to a Taco Cabana. And part of the time we had to walk over a bridge and there was no shoulder. It was so scary - all these cars kept zooming past and I was pretty convinced we were going to get hit. But we didn't. Whew.

We got back to Knoxville yesterday evening and it's great to be home. Travelling is exhausting, especially when you never really get to sleep much the entire time. I like my own bed.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Some Political Links of Interest (to me at least)

George W. Bush singing U2? Well, I found it pretty funny at least....

The candidate I will be supporting for my Senator now that I am a registered voter in the great state of Tennessee.

Last but not least, this is an op-ed about poverty issues written by a social work grad student at Baylor. It was in today's waco trib. I lobbied with Meredith in May at Chet's Waco office.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Make New Friends, scratch that - Import the Old

Since Jeremy and I haven't really made any new friends yet in Knoxville, I decided that it would be easier if we just import our friends to Tennessee instead. Seriously, that way we don't have to go through the hassle of actually meeting new people and all that! Our campaign kicked off this morning when my friend from Baylor, Mallory, rolled through town. She was on her way to the People Against Poverty and Apathy conference/event/Fest that is outside of Knoxville. She rode up here with some other people from Texas/that area and they got into town at about 6am and crashed on the living room floor for a few hours before heading out to the campsite. It was great to see her again and hopefully I'll be able to make it out to part of the conference at least.

Our second friend will be imported in July. Meredith, another friend from Baylor and Jeremy's old roommate's girlfriend, is coming to look at grad school at Tennessee and is staying with us. I hope she does go to school here because then we really will have a friend in Knoxville!!

If anyone else wants to come visit, you're be most welcomed! I swear. And if you want to MOVE here that would rock even more. Just think about it.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Blah, politics

So the Republican controlled Senate defeated a bill that would have raised the minimum wage to $7.25/hr. Sigh. However, the House did just vote to raise their salaries by over $3,000! Boo.

And I just read an article about how the governor race in Michigan between Granholm and Dick Devos is really close. Then I realized that I am now registered to vote in Tennessee so I can't vote in Michigan anymore. That kinda freaked me out some.

Also, our Republican representative for this district hasn't co-sponsered the Hunger Free Communities Act 2005 bill. Maybe I should call him up. I do like calling representatives a whole lot.

T minus 9 days until I'm in Michigan! Who's pumped??

Thursday, June 15, 2006

I'm so spoiled

I really am, it's the truth. Case in point - on the way to Kansas City my car broke down and my parents helped me. We were a little over an hour away from Knoxville, my car had been driving a little funny but I didn't think too much of it. I had just gotten it all fixed up before we left Waco and it ran perfectly the entire trip here. Well, about an hour into the trip I smelled smoke so I woke up Jeremy and pulled over at a Shell station (thank goodness we were right by an exit!). Jeremy looked at the car and realized that it was the rear axle that was the problem and found a car place in town to take it to. We got there (barely) and waited for them to diagnose the problem. Turned out that it was something with the rear axle, something having to do with something that sounds like calculus (differential something or other??). And to get it fixed was going to be waaaay more than I could afford. I was stuck. Literally. There was no way I could drive the car anymore without getting it fixed. So what did I do? Called the parental units for help. I'm such a spoiled kid, what can I say? Sometimes it drives me crazy just how priviledged I am. Don't get me wrong, I'm VERY thankful, but it makes me sick sometimes to realize how much I have when so many people have hardly anything in comparison.

They were going to be able to fix it that day but then ended up not having the part they needed and they couldn't get it in until almost a week. Now this was last Friday, we were supposed to be in Kansas City that night so we could go to two weddings of friends of Jeremy's from high school the next day. At this point I really thought that we'd have to go home and forget the trip, but luckily that didn't happen. Enterprise ended up having an incredible deal for rental cars with a weekly rate so next thing we knew we were pulling out of the parking lot in a 2007 Chevy Silverado four door pickup and back on our way to Kansas City.

I had so much fun driving that truck. I loved passing cars on the highway and pretending like it was actually my car and not a rental. Like I would actually own a car that big and nice... Ha. It was a great truck though, even got pretty good gas milage. But today I had to give it back. They finished my car so Jeremy and I drove out and got it and had to turn back in the truck. But, on the plus side, my car is great! Ran so smoothly the entire way back.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Third (Fourth?) Time's the Charm

I now, after three days, officially have a Tennessee driver's license. I suppose it started in April when I lost my wallet. Since I had a Michigan's license and I was in Texas, it was hard for me to get a new one, so they sent me a temporary license until I could get the official one. Well, at this time I knew that I would be moving to Tennessee in about a month so there was no point in getting a Michigan license if I would just have to get a Tennessee one in a few weeks. So I kept the temporary license until I moved here. Once we got to Tennessee, Jeremy realized that he needed his birth certificate so we waited until he got his and then went to the DMV on Monday to get our licenses. I had forgotten to bring some sort of document with my social security number on it so I couldn't get mine. And Jeremy found out that the carbon copy of the internet/cable hookup would not count as a "proof of residency" because it's a carbon copy. However, a copy of an apartment lease counts, if that makes any sense.

We both returned the next day, ready to try again. This time I got turned away because the office I was at could not work with temporary licenses. Who knows why, but they couldn't. They sent me to a different office, one that does driving testing so there were a ton of 16 year olds and their parents. I sat there for probably half an hour before my number was finally called. When the lady at the desk eventually came to help me, she told me that my piece of mail - the box my checks came in - would not count because they don't accept any mail related to checks or credit cards. Defeated yet again, I left. Luckily I had one other piece of mail at home and could use that. I don't get a lot of mail so it has been hard to find stuff that will fit into their narrow rules for "proof of residency" but I found an envelope in the trash and returned today and I am happy to say that after about an hour spent at the DMV, I FINALLY have my license and am registered to vote!

The entire time this was going on and they kept refusing to give me my license, I kept thinking that this would be so much harder if I was homeless or did not know how to get all the forms of identification that I needed. The entire process reminded me of my internship in Waco when we'd help people get their birth certificates/Social Security Cards/licenses, etc. And, I have access to a car so going back and forth to the DMV isn't a problem for me like it would be for so many of the people I worked with last year. I guess that even though it took me three days and a lot of wasted time, I was fortunate to get my license so easily.

And I know have a form of picture identification so I no longer have to use my passport for that!

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Defending myself from cancer

Life is hard without a microwave. You never realize how much you take it for granted until you no longer have one. How do you soften butter? Heat up leftovers? Do anything??? Things that would normally take 45 secounds to 1 minute to warm up now take about 15 minutes, assumming I have to first pre-heat the oven. It's a pain. I guess this is helping me to learn patience. I can't have something(food) the moment I want it. Now I have to wait. Or not eat because I'm that lazy.

On the upside, I'm sure my body is healthier since I'm not around all that radiation from a microwave....

On another note, I'm watching the national spelling bee on espn. These kids are wicked smart.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

On Being Homeless

I'm finally in my new apartment and am slowly getting settled in. However, this all comes after being homeless for about a week. Due to some leasing complications, we decided not to move into the original apartment complex and began the search for a new one once we got to Knoxville. Which went fine, we found a new complex but because of renovations could not move in for a few days, which meant, being homeless. I worked with homeless people all last year for my social work internship and I can say that my experience was vastly different from theirs. First of all, I could afford to live in a hotel for a week. I did not have to go to a shelter, although there is one in Knoxville and I know where it is. Also, I have the means to pay a deposit and all that on an apartment so I am not reduced to live in a place where you pay weekly and end up paying much more than you would if you could pay monthly just because you don't have the cash up front.

The day we checked out of the hotel we had to do so by noon, but the apartment would not be ready until 5pm which meant having to find a way to occupy ourselves all afternoon. So I thought, what would the people I work with in Waco do? Go to the library! Well, we did something similar - we went to Barnes and Noble and hung out there for a while reading magazines. Then off to the park, just like people do in Waco.

I'm sure my "homeless" experience is nothing compared to what most people go through. But it was interesting to think about during that week in which I really did not have a home to call my own. When filling out paperwork for places, like the hotel, job searches, etc, i didn't know what to put for address for I did not have one.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Done...or just beginning

I graduated today. I'm now officially a Baylor alum. It hasn't fully sunk in yet. I've been to busy pretending to be packing I guess. Actually, I've been fortunate enough to have some great sisters who have been helping me with that. But tomorrow will be the big moving day and then we roll out for Knoxville Monday morning, assuming my car is done being fixed.

The School of Social Work was first to go today at our ceremony so I was 13th to walk the stage. Which meant the rest of the time I had to find a way to entertain myself. Luckily I was sitting with my social work friends so we entertained ourselves/everyone around us (although that part was unintentional). Laura brought a Sudoku book and let me do some puzzles. The guy next to me (he was aviation science since I was the last social work student) was playing freecell on his pda. Jeremy played gameboy throughout the entire ceremony. Another guy (computer science??) was listening to his ipod. Yeah, we were paying attention to the 1001 business students who were graduating... Ha.

When we graduated, most of the faculty of whatever school it was were standing by the stage so you could shake their hand/hug them/whatever. It was funny to watch all the different schools do different things. Some just smiled and walked by, some shook hands with a couple they liked, we in the School of Social Work hugged ALL of our profs - even those we may never have had. Those got side hugs, our actual profs got real hugs.

I need a job. I hope I get one soon that I don't hate. That's my goal - to do something that I actually like. We'll see how that goes.

And now, here's an op-ed that Jon wrote about Bono, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, and other stuff.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

I'm Freeee (Free falling??)

Well, my undergraduate career and my time as a Baylor student has now come to an end. I am officially done with all work expected of me as I just took my last final. Yes, a final on a Saturday, gotta love Baylor...

My original plan for yesterday was:

finish the Johnny Cash paper and turn it in
study for my economics of poverty and discrimination final
go see Bono in Dallas
come home, study, go to bed
get up early, study some more, take the final.

But of course nothing happens the way you plan...

I did finish my paper and got it in way before the 5pm deadline, but then i decided that i like doing other things (like nothing) better than studying. I did study some, but not as much as i should have, looking back. But i didn't know what was to come. We went up to Dallas (Oh yeah, thanks mom for the tip about Bono coming! Did i forget to tell you that I was going???) and saw Bono speak (thanks Seth for the hookup with the tickets!!). Bono was, of course, great. As was expected. He's so passionate about poverty/AIDS/hunger related issues it's inspiring. It amazes me what great things he's doing and how much he brings to people's attention that normally our society probably wouldn't care about. What was really weird though, was that Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (aka, all the way Kay...) introduced him. Now she was the one who was, well, rude to me and my friends last summer when we were in DC for lobby day for Bread for the World. We were lobbying a piece of domestic hunger related legislation and she was flat out rude and disrespectful for us. And she really has never done anything for Bread or ONE or anything like that. So why was SHE introducing Bono??? I'm sure Seth will have much to say about this in the days to come... (I overheard him saying "blog" a few times yesterday so I suspect it might be coming soon...)

Anyways, after Bono finished being amazing a bunch of us went to Chuy's to celebrate Cinco de Mayo so we didn't end up leaving Dallas till 11pm. Pretty much as soon as we got on the high way it started storming/raining/lightning. We got home to Waco, dropped off Mallory, dropped of Claire, and right after I got home the tornado sirens started going off. Also, all my roommates, and our three apartment friends and their dog were all camped out in the living room. Most of them slightly freaking out. They were also clearing out underneath the stairs so that they could go in the closet. I tried to calm them down, having spent a significant part of my childhood in Kansas where tornado sirens were the norm, but they were still freakd out. Apparently there were five tornados in the area.

It stormed for a while, hailed, and the power went out, Jeremy and his roommate, Chris, came over since they live six doors down. So now were there 9 people and one dog in the living room which led it being very hot and stuffy since there was no AC. The rain let down so we could finally open the front door. Well, then the two male neighbors and their two female friends came over. Yes, 13 people and one dog in the living room. Finally, after much, much, MUCH, more entertainment the power came back on at about 2:30am, everyone who was still here cleared out and I went to sleep around 3am. Which meant I had to wake up at 7am to "study" for my 9am final.

Yes, I took my last undergrad final ever on less than four hours of sleep and pretty much no real studying. But now it's all over. I wish I could celebrate but no one else is done yet to play with me.

I graduate in exactly one week, leave for Tennessee two days later. I need a job...

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Social Workers Unite!!

Today social workers overtook the Baylor Science Building. It was great. The graduating MSW students were doing their practice colloquium presentations all day and the School of Social Work was offering CEU (Continuing Education Units) for social workers so there were a ton of social workers from the community there. You have to get so many CEU's a year to stay licensed or something like that. Anyways, it was so funny to see all those social workers running around the science building all day, proclaiming it as their own. I had to be there for a good five hours since I was "monitoring" some sessions. We lowly BSW students got to do this for them... Really it wasn't bad at all, we just had to introduce the session and presenter, keep track of time, and make sure everyone did their evaluation sheets right. Oh yeah, I got to punch people's CEU attendance sheets too. Good fun. And since all the sessions I went to had to do with children and how to handle them, I feel that now I can raise healthy and adjusted kids who behave. Just kidding, that won't be happening any time soon... Seriously though, it was a lot better than I expected and all the sessions I went to were really interesting.

Now it's back to the paper that counts for my final in my Psychology of Religion class. I'm writing about Johnny Cash. Yeah, that's right - Johnny Cash. I hope my prof likes it...

Saturday, April 29, 2006

When being an addict finally pays

Last night I was dragged to Buffalo Wild Wings to play trivia with some of Jeremy's friends. Ntn. Have I mentioned that I don't like ntn before?? It used to drive me crazy when I worked at Damon's and my tables would be playing it and would never leave. Anyways, I didn't want to play because most of the trivia is pointless and it all comes down to how good of a guesser you are. The first game started and it was current events trivia!! Heck yes! Since I'm somewhat of a news junkie, (Hi, my name is Golda and I'm addicted to newspapers/online news.) I totally kicked some butt. All the guys kept whining and saying that they don't watch the news ever. HELLO! You don't have to WATCH the news! Just click over to cnn.com, yahoo news, the washington post, etc. Read the headlines! I'd say about 75% of what I read online is only the headline and maybe the first one or two paragraphs. That's all you need a lot of the time! And all the guys are bioinformatics/computer science majors so I KNOW that they're online a significant part of their days. Just read the headlines and then you'll know that it was Snoop Dogg who was arrested in London at the airport, there has been an outbreak of mumps in the midwest, and scientists figured out how to make flatuence-free beans. That's all there is to it.

I totally won that round of trivia out of everyone in the restaurant who was playing, even after I botched the last question, which ended up making me #88 in the nation. Can't say I did so well during the next round which was movie trivia. I'm not a movie junkie...

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Please Don't Box me in

I've been thinking the past few days and I've realized how much I hate being fake. I just want to be me. I don't want to have to change who I am because of who I am around. That drives me crazy. And I hate having to schmooze people. I refuse to do it. You can't make me. If you don't like me how I am, then that's too bad. I'm not changing.

This came about for a couple of reasons. First, we had an all school meeting for the School of Social Work the other day. Basically we all had to get together to discuss different school issues - the new building, graduation, the family dinner, convocatation, etc. Well somehow my friends and I got coerced into being "table hosts" for the family dinner. Basically you just make sure everyone is okay, included in conversations, knows what to do and what's going on, stuff like that. Not a hard job. But all the table hosts had to stay after the meeting to discuss final things and one of the grad students asked to be told if someone "really important" is sitting at one of our tables. And the Dean said that she'd make sure we would know if there was a big donor or someone like that. That really irriated me. I'm not going to act differently if there is a donor or not. I'd like to think that I would be acting in a way that it wouldn't matter who is at my table!! And I am NOT going to schmooze anyone at this dinner! I. refuse. to. do. it.

Then yesterday I had to present my social work portfolio to a panel. And a lot of the points I got taken off for my presentation had to do with stupid things like I didn't use enough "social work jargon" or I didn't talk enough about micro and mezzo social work but only focused on macro. I'm not going to throw out social work buzz words just to use them. I think that's stupid. And I don't like micro and mezzo social work!! It's not me!! I like macro. And I don't even see myself going into traditional social work so I am not going to pretend like I'm going to and talk up all this social work stuff that I don't even care about. Not happening. I'm going to talk about what's important to me and what I see myself doing in the future as it is, not what others want me to say I'm going to do or what I like. Because that would be a lie.

Maybe it's because I'm stubborn, maybe it's because I tend to have issues with authority, but I'm not going to try to appease people by changing who I am.

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In other news, yesterday we had all afternoon classes cancelled since our new president was being inaugurated. We were supposed to go to it but I didn't. BSSJ's 1 John 3 Campaign had an ad in the paper welcoming him to the univeristy though. And it was the best ad in there, if i do say so myself. It was the only half pager and the guy who designed it was awesome.

Since we didn't go to the inauguration, Jeremy and I went on a motorcycle ride. To my favorite person's town - Crawford. That place cracks me up. I got my picture taken with a cardboard cutout of him at one of the gas stations. And they had a guest book to sign and everyone who wrote in it was going off about what a "courageous and strong leader you are, Pres. Bush! And such a man of faith!" It made me laugh. I REALLY wanted to sign it too, but I couldn't think of anything appropriate to say so i thought i should abstain.

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Four days left of classes.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

I feel loved

Today i defended my thesis at 9am and then presented it to whomever wanted to hear about it at 7:30pm. It was a day o' the thesis, that's for sure. Overall both went well, I think. About what i expected so that was good. And i won the made up award from Claire for having the most fans at my presentation. Basically the presentations are supposed to be 10-15 minutes long, SUPPOSED to be, most people went waaaay over, and it's just an overview of what you've been working on for the past year or so. It's so the underclassmen can come and see what you did so that they can get ideas for their theses and for anyone else who wants to come and see you. Somehow I managed to get about 25 people to mine. Which is about 25 more people than most have at theirs. I'm not quite sure how i was able to convince that many people that it would be fun to come listen to me talk, but I did. It was great to have a cheering section! Made me feel loved and appreciated. And since I was third out of the four people in my session to present, most of my fans got restless/had to leave and go do stuff so they all took off as soon as i finished. It made me laugh. But i'm very thankful that they all came out to support me. And i'm thankful that it's all behind me now.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Ready or Not

I'm back from Tennessee and can I say that I love it?? It was so great. Well, east Tennessee is at least. So much prettier than central Texas, that's for sure. It's by the Great Smokey Mountains, which we went to on Saturday. So beautiful. We drove/hiked up to the very top of one and it was amazing.

I went to the school and met with one of the social work profs on Friday. She did her undergrad at Baylor and was most helpful in answering all of my questions about the school and program. She even said that she'd keep her eyes open for a job for me and helped us some with looking for apartments. And honestly, out of all the universities I visited to learn about their social work programs, Tennessee's is my favorite. I really think that it will be a good fit for me. She kept talking about social justice issues and all that. And there is even a prof there doing research on the working poor!! Seriously, if that's not for me, I don't know what is.

Appalacia culture fascinates me. On the way back down the mountain on Saturday we took a different route/got a little lost and ended up going through a little tiny mountain town. I'm just so intrigued by it all. I want to learn more.

In one month I'll be in Knoxville. To live. That kind of scares me just a little. I have (potentially) a place to live. I have a new phone number. Now all I need is a job. Minor detail...

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Four Day Weekend Here I come!

Today I got a Passover package in the mail. It was my first Passover package ever so it was pretty exciting. I got two types of macaroons, some matzah, and even a Passover hotpad!

Tomorrow/3:30am tonight I'm leaving for Knoxville for the weekend. I've never been to Knoxville. In fact, the only other time I've ever been to Tennessee I was at the Memphis airport on a layover and my little sister, Allie, was throwing up everywhere. I hope this Tennessee experience is better than that one.

Over and out.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

For Those Who Care

I'd like to thank everyone who participated in my survey today. It consisted of one question - "Am I a nerd?" I got 2 definite yeses; 1 no, 'but you can be weird;" and 5 kindas/maybes/you can be's/"you have nerdy tendencies". Finally I took an online nerd test to see if I really am. Here are the results:

I am nerdier than 76% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

Friday, April 07, 2006

Here Come the Oscars (and other stuff)

My acting career began, and most likely ended, today. A friend of mine, Sam, is acting in some movie that these telecom guys are making for some big final project they're doing for a class. They needed someone to play a customer at a garage sale so I said I'd do it. Jeremy came along and ended up being in it also. I was "Customer #4" and he was "Customer #6." I got to throw a basketball at somone and Jeremy got to break a chair made from pizza boxes and fall. I didn't think it would take too long, but two hours and one sunburn later we wrapped up our scene. It was fun, but HOT.

Yesterday was Diadeloso so we had no school. I took a personal day from my internship so I could play with everyone. Baylor spent $12,000 on bringing in 60,000 pounds or fake snow for the event. Kinda crazy if you ask me... I can think of MANY better ways to spend $12,000, but no one asked me. Anyways, it was pretty funny to see all the professors' kids playing in the "snow." I'm assuming they have never gotten the chance to have a snowball fight before. It was actually very apparent because they didn't know the best things to do - facewashes, snow down the shirt/pants, etc. No, they were just throwing it at everyone. Amateurs.

On a more serious note, there was a hate crime on Baylor's campus last weekend. A Muslim girl was walking back to her dorm and was assaulted by a guy, who is most likely not a student, who shouted out racial and religious slurs at her, pulled her hijab, threatened to kill her, and kicked her in the ribs, I believe. The FBI is investigating it and everything. Completely ridiculous if you ask me. I just don't get people sometimes. At all. Why would anyone ever do something like that? What makes it sound like a good idea to hurt someone just because they are different than you? It makes me mad.

Monday, April 03, 2006

I Want my FoodTV!

Today while I had a few minutes to kill I decided to turn on the TV and see what was on. Now, as many of you know, we only get about five channels since we do not pay for cable. One of these channels, and our apartment favorite, is FoodTV. We love it. When you only have five channels, you have to take what you can get. I spent my summer, during the days, watching Mike Lieberman, Giada, Bobby Flay, and of course, Rachel Ray. However, today when I went to catch the beginning of Molto Mario, he wasn't there! Instead, it was CourtTV! WHAT??? I forgot that the cable people changed the channels sometime recently. I hadn't tried watching TV in a few weeks so it had completely slipped my mind. I don't know what I'm going to do now. No more Good Eats, 30 Minute Meals, nothing. Just CourtTV.

I'm in mourning.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Torn

I've pretty much officially checked out of school now. It's bad. And I thought senioritis in high school was bad. I'm definitely on the senior slide now that the thesis is turned in and I shouldn't be. I still have a lot of work, aka my social work senior portfolio, to finish. I've pretty much convinced myself that it's not going to be that bad and that I don't need to stress about it. Instead, I should be out having fun all nights of the week because soon I'll be gone and never see these people. Ahh, the conflict between spending time with friends and doing schoolwork. I wish it wasn't so torturesome!

I want school to end, but I don't. I don't really want to start working. Being in the "real world." That frightens me. But then again I want all the papers to be over with!! No more journals, process recordings, annotations! Make them go away!!

Do I have to graduate?? I don't want to grow up!!/Will graduation ever get here?? I want out!!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

The Rain in Spain

Really does stay mainly on the plain! Or at least that's what Anali told us.

So I'm finally getting around to posting my pictures from Spain. They are on facebook or you can see them in a yahoo photo album. I'm too lazy to put up descriptions and all that in the yahoo photo album so you might be better just looking at the album on facebook.

I started typing this yesterday, but one of my roommates decided to use my computer and close my browser so it all went away. Here's a quick recap of everything since once again, I'm too lazy to do anything.

Art museums: Went to the three major ones. Saw Picasso (Guernica!), Dali, Van Gogh, Monet, and many, many more.

Other tourist-y places: Royal Palace (way cool) and a really old monastery about an hour outside of Madrid (also way cool and very cold!!).

Food: ate lots (of course!) Felt the need to eat dessert at every meal because, hey, when are we going to be in Spain again??
Favorite meals - eating outside at this little cafe while drinking some really good sangria.
our two dinners, in a row, at a way awesome vegetarian restaurant
Least favorite meals - the Kosher food they gave me on the plane.
Favorite desserts - flan at the little outdoor cafe, tirimisu at the vegetarian restaurant, ice cream brownie sundae at way awesome ice cream shop.
Least favorite desserts - ha, like I have least favorite desserts....

Hostel: Very nice and cheap! Much better than the one I stayed at in NYC in the fall. Laura and I had our own room, two twin beds, and our own bathroom. Well, we had a shower and a sink - the toilet was in the hall. Still, it was a great arrangement. No complaints here.

Random stuff we did: sat in a coffee shop for three hours, went to a pilates class at Anali's school (I'm horrible, imagine that...), almost got pickpocketed TWICE (we thwarted those attempts though! Ha!), went shopping A LOT (I swear, it's Spain's national hobby or something).

Also, if at all possible, NEVER fly through the Paris airport. Now I see why my dad hates it so much. We missed our connecting flight on the way there, along with everyone else in that airport. A good half, at least, of the people on our flight to Madrid had missed the previous flight because the airport is so horrible. Even if your plane gets there on time, it's almost impossible to make it to your next flight. Unless you did what we did on the way back and play the "rude American" game where you run through the airport pushing people out of your way. We HAD to make the flight to Houston - there were no others that day. And we made it to the plane 15 minutes before it was supposed to leave. It was a miracle I tell you.

So that's pretty much our trip. It was a lot of fun, but tiring. It was good to return and sleep in my own bed again.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Done

The thesis is turned in. All 84 pages of it. Were the cord that I'll wear and the asterick that will be by my name in the bulletin worth it? I'll let you know after I defend the sucker in April. But for now, let the celebrating begin!! I'm off to Cricket's.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Home

And I'm back. We got home yesterday evening without any flight problems. Thank goodness we made the connecting flight in Paris!! The trip was great, pictures to come soon. Actually, it will probably be post Wednesday before I get those up since I'm supposed to be working on the thesis straight until then. A full report of the trip will come after I get that thing turned in too.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Out of Commission

I'm leaving for Spain in less than one hour. See ya in a week.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Pictures

Pictures from our spelunking adventure.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

I Love to Play with Fire...

but seriously, who doesn't know that about me already??

The fire ban was lifted for our area so that meant that we got to have a fire on our camping trip this weekend! I was beyond excited. What's camping without fire??

Turns out that I didn't miss anything by not running in the bearathon this weekend. The spelunking expedition today was more hardcore than running. It was insane. You had to climb down this little tiny hole just to enter the cave and from then on, there were two, maybe three, places in the entire area where you could fully stand up. Most of the time we were crawling on our hands and knees through tight, enclosed spaces. Some of the time we couldn't even crawl, we had to lay on our stomachs and pull ourselves through the guano because the ceiling was that low. It was seriously hardcore and I thought about turning around and chickening out at the very beginning, but I'm glad I stuck it out. Although I'm bruised and sore now. But, the good news is that since I had done all that training for the half marathon, I'm in shape and I'm not sore because I'm out of shape, but just because I'm beat up from all the rocks and whatnot.

Since we were pretty much crawling/dragging ourselves through the entire cave, when we were actually able to stand up and relax it was beyond great. We were so freakin happy for the chance to stretch and not be so intimate with the bats that were two inches from us as we crawled through some of the tighter areas. At one point near the very back of the cave we could almost walk it - we were still somewhat hunched over, but we were almost able to stand up. We kept saying that it would be so great if the entire cave was like this. It would have rocked if we could have walked the entire time, or nearly walked. But then again, if we were able to do that, then we would not have appreciated walking, or almost walking, nearly as much. It wouldn't have been anything special. We would have taken it for granted. Like everything else in life.

Last night around the campfire we talked about suffering, as Lent has just started and Jesus sufferred so greatly for us. I was thinking about it, and compared to many people, I haven't sufferred at all. My life really hasn't been too bad in the grand scheme of things. I mean, sure, there have been rough times. Times I wish never happened. But when I look at others and what they have gone through, my life hasn't been that bad. Then today when we were in the cave I got to thinking about suffering some more. If we were suffering when we were crawling around, bruising and scraping our bodies, how much did we appreciate it when that ended? We were ecstatic for the chance to relax, stand, stretch, not be two inches from the cave walls on all sides of our bodies. The suffering made it worth so much more. We appreciated it more than we would have than if the entire cave was walkable.

The great times in life make the hard times worth it. No matter what we must go through, there will eventually be sunlight coming down through the hole at the exit of the cave. And that light will make the entire trip worth it.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Afghanistan, Crawford, and Waco

So, guess who made a surprise visit to Afghanistan today?

Hint: it wasn't me.

Our very own President Bush!

Now guess who had lunch with him, the first lady, President Karzai, and the King!

Hint: someone I'm related to and who is Afghanistan.

Mi padre!

My dad wasn't supposed to have lunch with them, but Pres. Karzai saw him in the hall on the way to lunch and pulled him in as his "guest." So my dad dined with Bush and talked about me. I guess they were talking about Texas and so he had to mention that he has a daughter in Texas, going to Baylor (but no plugs for the library, sorry...). Bush told him that once he is retired to Crawford that my dad should come visit him at the ranch while he's visiting me at school. Minor detail - I'm graduating in May! There will be no visiting of me going on in Waco (most likely) post May. Although my dad is trying to convince me to stick around here a while longer. Hmm, probably not going to happen, sorry dad...

(I would like to point out that I kept all my political views out of this post. Which, if you know me, is very hard. But now I'm afraid that the government is watching me. I need to be on my best behavior.)

Monday, February 27, 2006

Correction

That last post should have included this: "Jeremy is great. I have a great boyfriend. His name is Jeremy. I think I like him. And by 'him' I mean Jeremy."

Is that better?? :)

Weekend of Fun

So, it was a good weekend. I turned 22 on Saturday and had a pretty great day if I do say so myself. I have great friends and a great family.

Sunday I got to see Coldplay for free. It rocked. Claire and I volunteered for Oxfam - Make Trade Fair. It was pretty much the same deal as with the ONE Campaign and the U2 concert - we walked around with clipboards and tried to get people to sign. It wasn't too bad of a deal. And we got to see Coldplay for free! Although our seats weren't QUITE as good as for U2, I'm not complaining. And the guys next to us, who were about 40 years old, were definitely smoking pot during the concert. I'm pretty sure that isn't allowed. Especially seeing how the concert was inside!! Ahh, crazy people. And, at the risk of getting laughed, I'll say that this was my first experience being around pot. I know, I know....

I lost my keys at the concert. They're not in Claire's car so they must be at the American Airlines Center. They must have fallen out of my pocket. Stupid pants.

I lost my phone today. Except that I know where it is. I can see it, I just can't get to it. It fell out of my pocket. Stupid pants.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Confessions of a Social Work Intern

Yesterday at my internship I had some time to kill. At first I was productive - I posted my resume on monster.com. I know, I know, that's a big step for me since I'm still terrified of graduating/figuring out what to do with my life. Well, I got tired of doing real world-adult stuff so I decided that my time would be better spent facebooking.

It all started when I noticed that it is my my friend Johnny Cash's birthday on Sunday. I was looking at his profile when I saw that he is in a facebook group dedicated to made up facebook people profiles at NYU. So I just HAD to browse that and I ended up befriending Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, John Kerry, Peanut Butter, ipod, the Democratic Party, and many more. Since I found Peanut Butter, I figured that there had to be more of my favorite foods on facebook. I'm now on my way to being friends with Birthday Cake, Vegetable Lasagna, Corn Bread, and Chocolate Chip Cookies. I'm just waiting for them to confirm.

Another productive day at the office...

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Running vs. Camping

So, about this whole "half marathon" thing. Yeah, not happening anymore.

I was supposed to run in one up in Fort Worth on my birthday - Feb. 25. But my friend who I was supposed to run with decided that she wasn't going to do that one, but run in the bearathon on March 4th instead. The bearthon is a half marathon that Baylor does every spring. It's a fundraiser for scholarships. Okay, no big deal, i decided that I too would run the bearathon instead. This would give me a whole week more to train.

I originally decided to run a half marathon to see if i can do it. Well, i can do it. I've run over 10 miles at a time, which means i can run 13.1. Now it's lost it's appeal. I no longer have to prove to myself that i can do it. Plus, people from my church are going camping and spelunking the same weekend and i really, really want to do that. I love camping!! I love camp fires!! So i decided that instead of running the bearathon i'd go camping instead.

Don't worry though, i'm not going to stop running completely. I'm still going to do it. I've grown to enjoy it almost.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Updates

So for my social work capstone class we have to make this portfolio that we have to present to people in April. It's comprised of papers/projects/whatever that we have done in all of our social work classes for the past 2-3 years. We also have to update the papers/projects/whatever and reflect on how we have changed or not changed since writing the paper/whatever. It's actually pretty entertaining, even though it sucks hardcore.

Last week we had to update our "values" paper from our introduction to social work class. This paper was 10-12 pages on our values and ethics in regards to the social work profession. Now seeing how this is the first class we take in social work, we really don't have any idea about our valeus and ethics as social workers. Needless to say, it's pretty amusing to look at it now and laugh at all the dumb stuff we wrote. We all got a kick out of reading parts of our papers to each other in class the other day.

My paper was quite naive. Imagine that. I mean, I had never really done any really social work at this point, of course it was going to be incredibly naive sounding. However, parts of it were entertaining because I would go off on all these rants about things that I felt were important issues - abortion rights, gay rights, the death penalty. I had totally forgotten all about these rants until I read the paper again. I didn't realize that I had felt so strongly about some of these issues then.

Although it was incredibly naive, I did enjoy reading it because it reminded me of why I actually chose to go into social work. After actually being out in the "field" I have seemed to have lost some of my drive and have become somewhat jaded to how the system works. The paper was a good reminder of why I'm doing what I'm doing.

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Speaking of being in the "field," I'm currently at my internship and some lady just accused me of "acting smart." She kept calling looking for a guy who works here, but who doesn't come in until later today. I kept trying to tell her that he isn't here and that I'm sorry, I have no idea where he is. She kept saying that we should know where he is and why don't we know where he is? She needs to talk to him! Finally, I said "I'm sorry, I don't keep up on his personal life. I have NO IDEA where he is, but he'll be here at 4." Well, apparently I was smart to her and she didn't like that and told me. Then she hung up.

Blah.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Open Letter to United Airlines

Dear United Airlines,

I'd like to thank you for ruining my trip to San Fransisco. I'm not positive if it was entirely your fault or someone else's, but judging from the complaints I heard from others in the complaint line and judging by how I was treated by your customer service workers, I chose to blame you.

While you did offer to sell me a ticket for $1200 shortly after trying to sell my friend an extra 5 inches of leg room, I did not accept. Maybe I should have. I mean, if her 5 inches were worth approximately $7/inch, I should have gotten about 171 inches! What a deal! However, I sadly did not take you up on this offer.

Maybe it's for the better though. I mean, this way, I DO get to be in Waco this weekend! Who needs the Golden Gate bridge when you have the Suspension bridge?? Plus, I'll get to spend quality time at the library! Thank you, United Airlines!

Yours,
Golda Waselovich

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Out of Commission

I'm leaving tomorrow to go to San Fransisco for a living wage conference. I know, I know, it's exciting. Actually, I am pretty pumped for it - I've never been to California before! We're not getting back until Sunday night and I'm thinking that we won't have access to the internet so if no one hears from me, I'm not dead (unless of course I am, then you should worry).

Sine we're going to San Fransisco and will be hanging out with all these college students who are involved with United Students Against Sweatshops, my friends and I will probably be the most conservative people at the conference. Which is weird because at Baylor, we are some of the most liberal people. I guess it's all relative.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Because you only live once

Today this is what I did:


It wasn't really on a whim or anything, I'd been thinking about doing it for a while. Some of my friends were dead set against it, some were all for it. Ultimately, it was up to me and I wanted it. In social work we'd call this "client self-determination."

And here is a picture of me with the piercing lady putting the clamp on my tongue. Running through my head is "well, I guess it's too late to back out now!"


After I got it done, I went up to Waxahachie to see my family. My mom noticed right away because I accidently opened my mouth really wide while shouting about something. I believe her exact words were "GOLDA ROSE WASELOVICH!!! OH MY GOD!!" But she wasn't upset, just in utter shock. My grandparents didn't even notice, to my knowledge. Or if they did, they didn't ever say anything, which makes me think that they didn't notice. And for some reason, they didn't find it odd in any way that I was chewing on ice all day. Or that I ate all my food so slowly and so deliberatly. At one point my grandma did say to me "Your papa really likes to eat ice too!" To which my mom replied under her breath "yeah, probably not for the same reason though..."

Friday, February 03, 2006

Regents' Wives and Adequate Wages

I spent my morning today kowtowing to the Regents' spouses. I'd say the Regents' wives, but there was one male among them. Typical, the Regents at Baylor are mostly male. And mostly white males at that. Anyways, whenever the regents all get together for whatever it is they do, I think it has something to do with sitting in a room acting important - and sometimes they talk about people they like or dislike, sometimes they even vote on whether or not they like people, anyways, whenever they do what they do, the wives, er, spouses get together also. This time the School of Social work had the privilege of "hosting" the spouses. This meant that everyone within the SSW had to be on our best behavior and show why we are so great and why we should have our own building that's not in a parking garage. I had to, er, got to, present my research group's project from last year to the spouses. And then later in the morning I went out to the World Hunger Relief Farm with some of the women (and the one male) to talk about our internship/service learning placements. There is a grad student out there this semester and I did a service learning there for another class so we talked about our experiences and showed them around the farm. Unfortunately, I missed the best part of the day with the spouses - lunch. I have a class at noon that I couldn't really miss.

The best part of the day was being out at the farm and listening to Dale, the Developmental Director and social work prof for the grad school, tell the spouses about different aspects of the farm. He kept talking about manure and fertilizer with them and how the composting toilets work. And then he ripped on one of the farm intern's car - the guy, who is about to go to Latin America to be in the Peace Corps, drives a Lexus. He only drives it because his car just broke down and his dad gave him his old car to drive until he can buy himself a new car. But this guy is so upset that he has to drive around in a Lexus while trying to work to alleviate poverty. And Dale makes fun of his car A LOT apparently. So to hear Dale ripping on this Lexus to the regents' spouses who probably all have really nice cars was priceless. I loved it.

The second part of my day, post econ class, was spent in a task force meeting to discuss implementing an "adequate" wage at Baylor. The interim president who is no longer president set it up so that when the new president came in, we'd have continuity. This was our first meeting and I'm still apprehensive about the group and what we're going to accomplish. There are three students and then the rest are faculty, staff, administration, etc, from across the campus. It's strange because I'm "just" a student on the task force, but in some ways, I have more knowledge than a lot of the "adults" about what we're trying to do. And Jon let the cat out of the bag on my thesis - I'm analyzing living wage campaigns on college campuses, blah blah blah, so now the group knows that I've done a lot of research and want to see some of it.

Mental note, do more research about how schools ACTUALLY implemented a living wage.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

And the lonely voice of youth cries "What is truth?"

Tonight's State of the Union party went very well. I'd say that there were 60-70 people there easy. And it was the best time i've ever had watching Bush speak. I won't go into my opinions on what he said right now, but the discussion group we had afterwards was great.

About 25-30 of us stayed after to talk about the speech and respond to what Bush said. It was a group of professors, pastors, peace activists from Crawford, college students, and other random people from the community. An electic group to say the least. We quoted everyone from Socrates to Jesus to Machiavelli to Buddha. And many more. People had some interesting, to say the least, ideas about the role of government and what we should do. But my favorite part was when one of the professors at Baylor, Dr. Froberg, talked about his views on war.

Dr. Froberg is a professor in the classics department at Baylor. He is also the College Bowl advisor. He's about 55-60 maybe and is probably the smartest, most proper person I have ever met. He's a bow tie wearing, opera listening, greek and latin speaking man. Tonight he started talking about war and about how he has never seen a war that has impressed him any. He does not believe in war. In fact, during Vietnam he was very vocal in his protesting of it. He literally went door to door to talk to people. He was thrown off porches, yelled at, and worse. Dr. Froberg. This is the man who once was ragging on Bob Dylan's music during a quiz bowl practice. The man who is so polite and never seems to want to step on any toes.

People just keep on surprising me.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

So confused

I don't know who I am. I've been having this mini-crisis since about the end of September. I was better for a while, but then it all came back today. I don't know what I'm supposed to do, who I'm supposed to be, or anything at all. What if I don't want to do actual social work? Then what? What should I do with my life? Where should I go? I just don't know.

And then there's the whole church issue. I have no idea what's going on there. Maybe I need to go somewhere else. I don't know. I'm so confused. I don't know what I should do.

Tonight as I was biking back from the library this girl yelled at me "Julia! Hey! Julia! Julia!" I might not know who I am, but I'm reasonably sure I'm not Julia.

I was freaking out to my roommates a little bit ago about all of this and one told me to "do what I want to do." I responded "but if I don't know who 'I am' how do I know what I want to do?"

And my favorite jeans in the whole world ripped today. So now I'm having an identity crisis and I have no favorite pants. I'm an identityless-favorite pantsless person.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

More Politics

This is the State of the Union Party I'm going to on Tuesday and the reason why my social work class couldn't have our Fajitas and Margaritas party that night:

BU, Sojourners to watch Bush speech


Tribune-Herald staff reports

Saturday, January 28, 2006

President Bush's State of the Union address Tuesday will provide the opportunity for the faith community of greater Waco to assess “the State of Our Values.”

The Center for Family and Community Ministries in Baylor University's School of Social Work will partner with Sojourners – a Washington, D.C.-based organization led by progressive evangelical leader Jim Wallis – to view and discuss Bush's address.

Church and community leaders concerned with governmental policies affecting the poor will meet at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Gospel Cafe of CrossTies Ecumenical Church, 825 S. 10th St.

“This effort offers local Christians the opportunity to follow the biblical call to social justice and peacemaking,” said Jon Singletary, assistant professor of social work and director of the Center for Family and Community Ministries.

“Several proposed federal budget cuts would deeply impact programs that provide assistance to those in our society who often have the most need and the least power, such as children and the elderly,” he said.

The House of Representatives' vote on the 2006 federal budget is expected to occur Wednesday. The proposed budget includes the Budget Conference Bill, which presents significant cuts that would impact such programs as Medicaid, child support, child care, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, foster care and student loans.

“The State of Our Values” event was organized by Sojourners to focus on ways the needs of poor people are addressed in the president's speech and the role Christians can play, Wallis said.

For more information, contact the café at 753-5916 or Singletary at 498-6323.
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I got my mail from back home this week and in it was a very nice letter for Rep. Stupak. I called him over break about the proposed budget cuts (and I made Allie call him too) and he actually sent me a letter back. Here's part of it:

"The Republican leadership claims to justify these cuts as a way to pay for Katrina hurricane relief, for the war in Iraq, or to pay down the deficit, but this is just not true. The Republicans are cutting programs that help America's most vulnerable citizens by $50 billion just so that they can spend $106 billion in tax cuts for America's most wealthy...Under this tax cut bill, if your family earns $50,000 per year, you will realize a $80 tax cut; if your family earns $100,000 per year, you will realize a $250 tax cut; if your family earns $400,000 per year, you will realize a $1,500 tax cut; and if your family earns $1 million per year, you will realize a $50,000 tax cut. The Republicans do not have their priorities straight when it comes to helping out hard working Americans..."

They sure don't have their priorities straight.