After Thanksgiving

Well it’s after Thanksgiving, and I didn’t go to the Black Friday sales or the Cyber Monday deals. Why? Don’t need it. Already figured out what to get the families in October. I like to plan ahead that way since November and December are full of birthdays. When January rolls around, it’s quiet. No birthdays to worry about. No major holidays where everyone goes crazy.

Anyway, I just got admitted into the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), and ladies, if you think you have an ancestor who was a patriot serving the American Colonies during hte war, go to www.dar.org for more info about what we do.

Christmas will be upon us shortly, so since I have a lot to do this month, belated Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Update

Since the last post, some things have happened. First, all the Great Dane puppies have found homes. Second, I’m working on a fiction novel centered around the wreck of the Yankee Blade off Santa Barbara, California back in 1854. The wreck itself is now protected by the military, seeing as how Vandenberg Air Force Base is right there, and therefore no one is allowed to dive to it.
Third, the fireplace is almost done! We had an old fireplace which was enclosed and huge compared to the size of the room. We knocked it down and we’re replacing it with something smaller and in more proportion. I’ll post a before and after shot once it’s all done.
That’s it for now. Need to work more on the novel.

Government shutdown aftermath

For those of you who were furloughed, I say kudos for being patient and sticking it out. Pres Obama refused to sign anything touching his baby, the healthcare law, so numerous deals which would have defunded Obamacare and had used that money for funding the governemtn (which would have left us with financial breathing room) were nixed. The only one he let pass was the one which had the requirement to verify income. That’s it. That’s all the Republicans were allowed to pass.

By the way, if you think the Republicans were to blame, don’t. They extended numerous invitations to the Senate Dems who refused to play ball. They refused to play the game unless they were allowed to change the rules, and expected the Republicans to follow them.

In the aftermath, my husband finally got to go back to work, but he told me this morning, he won’t know for how long. Still, he’s pulling in a paycheck. Fret not: all good things come to those who wait. If we’re patient, we can vote out Obama.

In the meantime, check out the related articles which are abundant on the internet.

How has it affected you? Sound off in Comments.

Great Dane puppies

I’ve been helping out these past few weeks feeding, watering, cleaning up poo, with puppies. There used to be 11, now they’re down to 6. The majority of them are females, with only a few males. They started out somewhat small, now they’re huge! Their father’s head comes up to my chest, and I’m 5’5″. The coloring is known as fawn (brown/tan coloring, like the color of deer), with three of them white with brown and black spots/patches.

9/11/2013, 12th anniversary

It’s been 12 years since 9/11/2001. On that day, I was in eighth grade, and my math teacher solemnly walked in, leaned against the board, and she said, “I have some news to tell you. This morning, around 8am, the Twin Towers were hit.” I didn’t know where the Twin Towers was; I later learned they were in New York City. We were sent into another room where we sat on the floor and watched the footage from that morning. I remember watching with horror as the towers collapsed, hearing the screaming people inside. Questions ran through my mind: Why were we attacked? Who did this to us? How could a plane be hijacked in midair? What would happen now? Are we going to war?

There were some boys sitting behind me and I heard then say “Cool! Awesome!” as soon as the planes hit the towers. I couldn’t believe anyone could say something like that.

Reasons why The Mortal Instruments are cooler than Harry Potter and Twilight

With every critic comparing the Mortal Instruments to Twilight and rolling their eyes at another teen franchise, I’m sorry to say, I’m an adult and I absolutely LOVE the Mortal Instruments. That being said, here are reasons why the Mortal Instruments will beat Harry Potter and Twilight.

1. The Shadowhunters are descended from angelic blood mixed with human blood, making them blessed.

Sorry Harry Potter. The Shadowhunters are faster, more powerful, and don’t need spells to fight. Just runes, and in Jace’s case, a black motorcycle that runs on demon energy. Twilight vamps, better get on Raphael’s good side. Oh, it helps to have fangs, by the way.

2. They have a warlock that throws awesome parties.

I mean, seriously. Where else can you attend a party where you have vampires, werewolves, fairies, and Shadowhunters all at the same time?

3. Even without a stele (wand for Harry Potter), they are still powerful.

Shadowhunters kill demons for a living. They use all sorts of weapons fashioned from a blessed material. So, Twilight vamps and wolves: what are you all worried about?

4. Shadowhunters have a home country.

A home country where Shadowhunters are essentially raised and sent where needed. And they have a whole country to themselves.

5. Their werewolves aren’t hairless Chihuahuas, neither are they mindless.

In the third Harry Potter movie, their representation of what a werewolf was brought to mind a hairless Chihuahua. Unfortunately for Twilight, we don’t get to see werewolves in that one. But Aro said that most were wiped out. Sorry, I would take a werewolf over a vamp any day.

6. There’s going to be more books in the series than Harry Potter and Twilight combined.

The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments, and the newest series (which won’t come out until a couple years down the road) is called the Dark Artifices.

So, there you have it. I can’t wait to see how they adapt City of Ashes, can you?

Hasan found guilty of charges

Maj. Nidal Hasan was found guilty of 13 counts premeditated murder, and by a military jury, 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder. Under the law, that makes him eligible for the death penalty.

After killing 13, and wounding 31 in a killing spree at Ft. Hood in 2009, his deadly rampage ended when a police officer shot him in the back, paralyzing him from the waist down.