Saturday, December 20, 2008

Housing crisis

I don't feel even remotely close to qualified to analyze the crisis our country is in. But last night I was watching "Dateline", and they had a couple of segments about the housing crisis. Chris Hanson was on the scene to show officers evicting people from their homes. I started watching out of curiosity, and was quickly moved to sadness. When things are going good in your world you tend to have blinders on. At least that's how it is for me. I know I am blessed and I am very thankful to be where I am. But seeing families evicted from their houses was heart wrenching. Kids, unsure of what's going on. All they know is they are being forced to leave the only place they've known as home. This just breaks my heart. I could go on and on about this I'll just leave you with this. Enjoy the ones you're with this holiday season.

Monday, December 15, 2008

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas

Whew, what a busy week! It started on Sunday of last week. We went to a Christmas orchestra concert. Emilys' mom Nancy is in the orchestra, it's also the same orchestra Emily is a member. She is on sabbatical until she is finished with grad school. The concert was a good time. Then on Tuesday we went to a dinner/Theatre at the Jacob Henry Mansion. It was all the ,usic from "Whitw Christmas", Emily's favorite Christmas movie. I wasn't sure what to expect at first, but by the end I was having a good time. Things didn't stop there. We went to CLC for their Christmas production, "Christmas Presence". My niece Grace was in the first scene as a ballerina. The show just built from there. The singers and band were on fire. The only bad thing of the night was the fact that the Bears were on and I wasn't glued to the TV. Thankfully we were able to get the score at intermission. I caught the last few minutes plus over time on the radio during our drive home. So three Christmas productions and a Bears winner really made for a good start to the holiday season. Every Christmas season I have one movie I have to watch "It's a Wonderful Life". I watched it last night and it just put the cherry on top of the past eight days. So let's bring on Christmas!

Monday, December 01, 2008

Saying goodbye to my 20s

Today is officially my last day as a twenty something. It's been an interesting decade. Early on I was legally able to go to the bars and drink. I didn't abuse that privilege much, but definitely took advantage of it. At 22 my dad was diagnose with cancer and by 23 he had passed away. After that I began having some health problems. I went from walking to a walker to a scooter to a wheelchair in my mid-twenties to today. I've gone from attending the Olympics in 2002 to going to Italy in 2003. In 2006 I spent time being bed-ridden to being in the hospital and also spent time in a couple of nursing homes. Looking back it's been a fun and interesting 10 years. When I was 18 I never thought I'd make it to 30. That seemed to be so far away. Now here I am a day away from 30 and I'm excited. I have no clue what this decade will bring, but I'm excited for the journey. It was good to know you 20's, now I say hello to my 30s.