Monday, November 12, 2012

Not home for the holidays

Thanksgiving and Christmas will be different in the Godbey-Jones household. For the first time EVER, ewe will have the holiday dinner at a restaurant. If this experiment works, then perhaps we have started a new tradition, if not, then t back to the old tradition. 

My sister has always hosted Thanksgiving, and we host Christmas, but last year she tried to put together the big meal, while guests were staying at her house, and it was obviously a lot of work. Also, our parents live in apartment, without a traditional oven, or a dishwasher. Our kitchen and oven aren't big enough, (my sister has two ovens), so there you go, we will try something different.

We usually host Christmas, but this year, we will go to Chicago, because it's getting harder for my mother in law to travel, and we're overdue to go there for the holiday, as we haven't been since before Bruce and  I were married. Since we won't be home, we probably won't decorate the house. We aren't trying to be scrooges, but it just doesn't seem to make sense deck the halls, when no one will see them.

However you celebrate the holidays, enjoy and be thankful for each other!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Last installment of the reptile list series, for now.

This will be my last entry, because it occurs  to me that this list is judgmental. I hope my true friends, and my family know that I am not.

Today I mention former senator, John Edwards. Call me nutty, but I don't see how having a cancer-stricken wife is an excuse to cheat.  As a cancer patient, I know first hand that the disease takes its toll on marriages, but when it started to hurt mine, my husband and I went to counseling. Edwards cheated and lied, to his family, his supporters, all in the hopes no one would find out, and he could become president. I think his wife, now deceased, was just as ambitious about being First Lady, but still she was clearly hurt.

Adding insult to injury, it was the National Enquire, of all rags, that exposed him.

I know it's a tall order, but please give me some truth and authenticity in our politicians. Maybe someday.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

I'm taking a detour from my reptile list to share some thoughts about the recent presidential election, in a place I hope is a safe and appropriate place to share my thoughts.

I very much understand that those who disagree with President are very passionate, and I'm assuming that they voted for Mitt Romney, as is their right. Some think this country, as we know it,  is over; that we are now a socialist nation, under the command of someone is who isn't Christian, or American; that we the people are takers, not makers.

I don't believe America is a socialist nation. Sweden may be closer to that model, but many are upset at the notion of the government trying to provide healthcare to its people, thus the concerns about socialism.  People want goods and services, but don't want to pay for them. Easier said than done. I would not want to live in a country with no government. I'm willing to pay taxes to promote the "general welfare" of my fellow Americans.

Regarding the president not being a Christian, didn't people kick up a fuss about his Pastor? Somehow, some people think that because Obama's father was Kenyan, he (Obama) is a Muslim, or maybe it's because Obama lived for a time in Indonesia. I believe people of all faiths should be welcome here.

Which brings me to Obama's citizenship. He produced a long and short form of his birth certificate, plus unless someone can argue the point Obama's mother was born here, Obama is a citizen.

I didn't vote for Romney, because since the economy is so bad, and Americans dislike taxes, it didn't make sense me to run a candidate who only paid 14%, according to the tax return he provided.

Enough. I've said my piece. This was way too long of an election cycle, and too expensive. My friend Rich said it best.

If your guy won, congratulations. If your guy lost, my condolences.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Another reptile

Today I give the nod to Ann Coulter. Please don't buy her books, and members of the media, please don't invite her on your program. If she is that good at writing books, she shouldn't need to yell it at the top of her lungs.

Still she'll say provocative things, not to start an intellectual argument, but to promote her books that bash "liberals". If someone questions her, she'll harp, "Read the book!"

News outlets invite her on, thinking she'll bring in ratings with another incendiary comment about gays, our president, or 9-11 wives. Just boycott her. She has nothing new to move a conversation forward. Confession:  I have never read one of her books, but I have read her columns. I can't believe she believes what she says or writes.