Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I don't get this

Let me get this right. The big three car makers are in DC trying to get the government to give them $25B of taxpayer money to "bail" them out?

How did they get to Washington? Why, they flew on a private jet that cost $36million. How much did that flight cost, $20,000. How much would a first class airline ticket on Northwest cost them?,2933,454844,00.html

Are you kidding me?

And, I am having a hard time understanding why a person who works for the UAW makes more than my husband who is in law enforcement. My husband did not go into the line of work that he is in in order to get rich. But, should a person assembling a car be making more than a person who is putting their life on the line every day for the last 12 years?

You can't tell me that there isn't some way to rearrnge things in the auto industry to make it a better business model. How about selling off those $36 million jets. Ford reportedly have eight of them. Just the cost of them are $288 million. How much do they cost to keep up. Wouldn't it make more sense to utilize the airlines to do what they do to get people around?

I am just having a hard time understanding this. The CEOs of the Big Three are flying around in private jets begging the American people for $25billion. I drive my 2003 Chevy Suburban, I pay my car payments. I live within my budget. I think that the Big Three need to take a look at what they are spending their money and take a long look at what could and should be cut before they come looking for more of my hard earned money.

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Simple Woman

FOR TODAY, November 17, 2008

Outside my window...there is a slight breeze. It is a clear day, I can see the local mountains. Leaves are in the driveway. So are the newpapers that I forgot to get this morning.

I am thinking...that I wish my headache would go away. I am not getting anything done today.

I am thankful for...birthdays. They are always happy times.

From the learning rooms...nothing yet today. Like I said, I have a headache and I am having a hard time being motivated today.

From the kitchen...a batch of quick rise honey-wheat bread is cooking in the bread machine.

I am wearing...jeans and a print shirt. No shoes.

I am creating...lists of things that need to get done today.

I am eat a light lunch and then go lay down to see if that will help my headache.

I am reading...Where Are You Now, by Mary Higgins Clark. I just finished Like Water for Chocolate. Watching the movie a couple of weekends ago made me want to read the book. The movie follows the book pretty closely, but I gained more insight into the movie after reading the book.

I am hoping...that my headache goes away soon. I think it might be time for more Excedrin.

I am hearing...A and G talk about the newspapers they are bringing in for me.

Around the house...I hear D playing the piano. She is getting Christmas songs ready.

One of my favorite niece, Erin. She is so sweet.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Dance classes as always, a 60th birthday party for my sister-in-law's father at Lake Arrowhead, the Feast of Christ the King.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...My son and godson/nephew playing Guitar Hero at my daughter's birthday party. A look into something that might be in their future? My brother can play seven musical instruments that I can think of. Our kids are musically inclined as well.

Friday, November 14, 2008

I just found out that the baby daughter of a friend of mine died on October 29th. I hadn't heard the news until last night. I felt so bad that I didn't know.

I do have to say that I see this friend at the dance studio where our daughters dance together. It was fun to see her belly get bigger and bigger as her pregnacy progressed. She really didn't get that big to tell you the truth. She had an easy delivery. Her baby, Nichole, was beautiful.

I just have this overwhelming feeling of sorrow for this family. I think it is because that three of our children are the same ages. Whatever the reason for the sorrow and the tears, I pray for the family every time Nichole comes to my thoughts. There is a reason that this has effected me so deeply. I am not sure why. Maybe it is because they need the prayers.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

FOCA will kill some of the "support network."

Some of my family and friends were talking about the Freedom of Choice Act and how this will effect Catholic Healthcare, before the election. A family member of mine talked about how important it is to have support networks so that women who find themselves pregnant have a place to go, instead of having an abortion.

I pointed out that the Catholic Church has just such things in place and has had them there for years (if not for centuries).

This was taken from

Catholic Health Care9
Hospitals: 557 Catholic hospitals treated 83,795,186 patients
Other Health Care Centers: 417 centers treated 7,271,716 patients
Specialized Homes: 1,538 assisted 756,902 residents
Residential Care of Children: 163 locations assisted 30,106 residents

These numbers were for 2007.

FOCA will force the hand of healthcare providers and will require them to perform abortions. It doesn't matter what your religious viewpoint is.

You know, Catholic hospitals and other Catholic providers don't care what religion you are. They care that there is access to healthcare. Because they are not-for-profit agencies they can offer ways to pay or not to pay.

If Catholic hospitals do close because of FOCA, where are those 83,795,186 patients going to go?
What is going to happen to the clinics that offer immunization shots for children and adults who don't have a means to pay? What is going to happen to other "support networks" that seem to be so vital to Obama? His signing of FOCA is going to put in jeopardy a huge provider of healthcare and support services that he is calling on to come forward to help people. Not to mention all the people that he is going to put out of work.

The Simple Woman

For Today November 12, 2008
(I am a couple of days late)

Outside my window...It is overcast. The sun is just peeking through the clouds and is making things bright. It is really a contrast to the mountains in the distance that are still dark under the clouds.

I am thinking...I like my new morning walking routine with Abbie, our German Shepherd.

I am thankful for...the gift of health.

From the learning rooms...Things are going smoothly. Today, that is great.

From the kitchen...there is a batch of bread going in the machine.

I am wearing...a white t-shirt, jeans and USC flip-flops

I am creating...a wish list of travel trailers we would like to purchase from (used of course).

I am Mom's Night Out tonight.

I am reading...Clled Out of Darkness a spiritual confession by Anne Rice. This is absolutely an amazing story. I do happen to be Catholic, as Anne Rice is, but you do not need to be Catholic to appreciate the loss of her faith, her years of being an atheist and how she came back. Her reflections on her writings while she was an atheist are interesting to read.

I am hoping...T can come on our Thanksgiving holiday with us.

I am enjoying their cereal

Around the house...things are spit spot and ready for the school day.

One of my favorite things...My BeautiControl neckwrap when it is warm and around my neck.

A few plans for the rest of the week:MNO, dance classes for the kids, tap class for me, one last chiropractic appointment before I am released from the accident therapy, J's 15th birthday and horseback riding for her on Saturday, church on Sunday.

Here is picture thought I am sharing

This is my little guy. He loves Batman. Now that I have this here, I am thinking that I might have posted this before. LOL. Anyways, seeing this photo always brings a smile to my face.

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Just a post about a blog that I have been enjoying.

A great blog for Moms doing the extraordinary mom thing. :)