Sunday, August 31, 2008

Presidential candidates and such...

I remember being in DC with my mom when I was 14 or 15, and being bored to tears in the National Museum of Art. I couldn't have cared less about art, and spending an afternoon looking at it, was on my top ten list of tortures. However, art interests me much more now. Same goes for politics. I am by no means an expert on anything having to do with political, but this presidential campaign definitely holds my attention.

Mark and I both feel that it's about time a democrat is back in office. Bush really hasn't done a whole hell of a lot during the past 8 years, and we feel it's definitely time for a change. I will be VERY disappointed if McCain is elected president, and it's kind of disheartening for me right now. It's a well known fact that most people in the military are republican, so most of our friends here are all for McCain. Add to that the fact that we live in Oklahoma, and you've got quite a few more Republicans around... That would be the day anyway, when Oklahomans would elect a black president.... And to top it all off, it seems as if most of our families are voting for McCain. I've taken quite a few of those quizzes online that tell you who matches your stance on political issues, and every time it comes up Obama.

First and foremost, one of my main concerns is getting us out of Iraq. I don't feel it is our job as a nation to babysit other countries and this subject is near and dear to my heart since my husband will have to go to war for 6 months at a time. Granted, I know that's what he signed up for, but I would still be much happier if I didn't have to be by myself for 6 months and worry about him being in a war zone. Plus the fact that McCain can joke about it and sing "bomb bomb bomb Iran" just completely rubs me the wrong way. I'm 100% sure that's probably not something to joke about...

Another thing that I think is proof that McCain is a little old for the job is that he's never used a computer. Doesn't know how to email, never google'd something, nada. Name one major corporation in America where the CEO doesn't know how to use a computer. That just doesn't work, and I think it proves he's a little out of touch with reality. Besides, isn't he the one saying that the economy is just fine right now? .... It is?....

So McCain chose Palin for the VP. Uhh... wasn't his major complaint against Obama that he was inexperienced? So he goes and chooses someone who has even LESS experience than Obama??? What sense does that make? At least Obama chose Biden, who has a lot of foreign policy experience. He chose someone to balance him out. I don't think McCain did the same thing. Mark said - What experience did Bush have when he was elected? He ran 3 businesses into the ground and was governor of TX.... That's it.

Lastly, I'm tired of republicans trying force their morals on everyone else. Republicans in general, what the gov't to stay out of people's lives, unless it's about trying to force their morals on others - and then they want a law made. Banning abortion would not be right. I don't agree with people using abortion as a form of birth control at all, but I think banning it would be a huge mistake. Sometimes abortions are medically needed and I don't think it's the gov't's business to tell a woman what she can and can't do with her body. If gays want to get married, so be it! They aren't hurting anyone. I personally don't think it's a sin. I think that love knows no bounds and, while it might not be something we're all comfortable with, I don't think we should hold it against them. If we'd all worry about ourselves half as much as we worry about what others are doing, we'd be a lot better off.

We both feel that Obama is smart enough to surround himself with the right people and quick enough to catch on pretty quickly. I do feel that this country needs a change, and we both think Obama is the best choice.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Doctors and stupid commercials

Lately I feel like I've pretty much lived at the doctors or dentists. In the past 2 months I've been to the dentists 3 times, been to the doctors 4 times, gotten my blood drawn 3 times, gotten a shot in my arm, and gotten 3 shots in my mouth. I should preface this by saying that and used to be TERRIFIED of needles, and I still am to some degree. The last time I got a tetnus shot (in 1996) I almost passed out afterwards. I hadn't been to the dentist in almost 3 years bc I'm scared to death of them also. My 2nd time at the dentist here was not fun. I was sick to my stomach I was so nervous and sat in the stupid chair and cried before they gave me the shots. But the last time I went I wasn't really even that nervous at all and didn't even come close to crying. I used to freak out about needles of any sort but I have a "friend" on base now that is the phlebotomist (draws blood) and she knows I'm a big wuss. She's very gentle and really nice so I don't mind having her draw my blood anymore and don't get nervous about that at all. Yesterday I went to the dr and decided I should get another tetnus shot since it'd been 12 years and I initiated it, which is a HUGE step for me. I was a little nervous but the actual shot didn't hurt at all, my arm just feels like it's going to fall off now, but it's getting better.

Last Thursday my inner arch on my right foot hurt a lot - kind of more on the side of my foot than the bottom. I couldn't walk on it at all, and Friday it was some better, but I decided to go to the dr yesterday bc it hadn't gotten any better. Turns out I have tendonitis pretty bad. He pushed on points up past my ankle and it hurt like hell! So he put me on steriods to try to treat it and said if it's not better I get to go to a podiatrist for it. I've also been having trouble breathing lately. I constantly have the urge to yawn, but I can never catch my breath, so I'm always gasping for air. This usually happens in August and September for me. So it turns out I have some sort of seasonal respiratory disease (asthma) and he gave me an inhaler for it. But I don't like the inhaler. It takes nasty and kinda freaks me out some, but it does seem to help. So I'm still in one piece, barely. I have my last dentist appt on Monday and I'm going to the DO (dr of osteopathics aka fancy chiropractor) on tuesday to get a kink in my neck taken care of. It's a DAMN good thing I'm on Tricare (military insurance) because I haven't had to pay for anything at all so far. Military benefits are very nice.

Today we were watching TV and I saw this commercial for Klondike bars that completely pissed me off. There was this guy and his wife or girlfriend or whatever sitting at this table by a sidewalk. They were having a deep conversation and this "hot" girl walks by and the commentator of the commercial says that the guy deserves a Klondike bar because he didn't take his eyes off his wife to check out the hot girl. I was like "What?!" You've got to be kidding me. He doesn't deserve a reward for being a decent man and paying more attention to his wife than someone 15 years younger than he is that walks by, and if he did check the girl out he deserves to be smacked upside the head! I'm SOOO thankful that my husband isn't like that at all. I don't think I could deal with that at all. That commercial really made me mad!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

August update

Today we bought Mark a new bike that we're pretty excited about. We got him a nice Trek 7100 multitrack. It's just like my bike that I got a few years ago, except mine is the 7200. We tested them out and went for a 5 mile bike ride to Braum's for lunch with our friend, Jessica.. Mark scared the crap out of me by almost crashing it once, but luckily he kept the bike upright, he just knocked the chain off. If I had done what he did, I would have done a face-plant in the middle of the street. I told him that's why he's not allowed to ride the bike without his helmet.

So we got the money for the bike, by selling our old keyboard for $350. We were pretty excited because Mark put it for sale on and we got a call about it 10 mins later. She wanted us to call her if we dropped the price... That wasn't going to happen. So another guy called a few hours later and bought it for our full asking price. So it's nice to have the keyboard sold and it's really nice that Mark has a bike now. Now we need to get a little trailer for our weina dogs. I really want to get one that we could one day use for kids, but in the meantime, use for weina dogs. I think they'd like to go for bike rides with us. We're excited to use the bikes in Arizona - I think they'll have nice trails there.

In other news, we've started collecting quite the plant collection. I've never been much into gardening, but we got a little hanging plant for outside our front door. I took good care of it and it's really big and pretty now. So then we got a big pot of a variety of plants and that's taken off too. So then I decided to get a few indoor plants last week. They're doing good too, except the damn cats chew on them and Max knocked one of them off the windowsill yesterday. So now I've put tape all along the windowsill, hoping that they won't like the sticky stuff on their feet and will leave them alone. I'll try to take pictures of them sometime soon and post them.

We've also discovered that Sadie howls. If you get her really excited (by talking fast and in a high pitched voice to her) and then squeeze her, she'll howl. It's hilarious and she's really loud!! We'll have to video it sometime. We got her running around the back yard like she usually does yesterday. She just takes off like a bat out of hell and runs and mach 3 in no specific direction. Sometimes she even jumps over Ollie in the middle of her runs. Hence her nickname - Crazy. She's pretty cute.

That's all for now. Mark's playing his stupid flying video game and it makes me sick (as in motion sick) to watch it. Ugh.