Monthly Archives: September 2008

Congratulations, Ann!!

Speaking of weddings….

My sister-in-law, Ann, just got engaged!  John told me last night that she told him and sent a photo of her ring last week (hey, he’s your brother, Ann!).  They’re looking at next March 31 as a wedding date. Is that right, Ann?  All right, party time!

Look!  You can have your cake topper look just like you!

That’s REVEREND Erin, if you don’t mind!

It’s been a big week for announcements.  I haven’t gotten my breath back yet from all the earth shattering news.

Clay Aitkens is gay?! CLAY?!  …. gay?!

Okay, the only surprise I felt was finding out he had a kid.  I didn’t know that.  Cute baby.

And THEN, Obama and McCain announced that they were going to stop campaigning so they could *gasp* do their job!  I know, right?!  You want to yell, SHUT UP! That can’t be true!  Instead of only doing one third of their job, they’re going to do 100% of it?!  Can you imagine if I went to my boss and said, Hey!  Instead of me running around the country, interviewing for a new job, paying those expenses with other people’s money, doing 1/3 of the work you hired me to do but getting my full paycheck, I am going to do all the work you hired me to do….  well, I’m sure he’d jump out, give me a big bear hug, and say “I’m not worthy!”

Thank goodness it only ended up that the two of them went to one meeting, because if they actually did their whole job, I don’t know if my heart could have handled it.  I’m out of shape, you know.

Will all of this going on, I figured this is a good time to drop my own bombshell.  I’m becoming a minister.

Genuflect, baby.

Ok, seriously, I don’t want to sound disrespectful to true ministers.  What I’m actually doing is becoming able to perform ceremonies such as weddings.  I can do them now, but this way, they’ll be legal, and that’s always a good thing.

I’ve been thinking about this for months, ever since a friend of mine talked about how hard it is for some loving couples to have someone perform the ceremony.  If “society” doesn’t approve for its long list of reasons, they put pressure on the ministers, judges, and other authorized people to not marry these couples.

That’s wrong.  If a couple is committed to each other and wants the legal protection for their rights as a couple, society should keep their hypocritical noses out of it.  I would not want someone getting in the way of me getting married.

So I figured I shouldn’t just talk about it, but do something about it.  With me licensed to perform marriages, society can’t put pressure on me like civil servants, because I am not elected.  They can’t threaten to withold votes.  And as I don’t have a church, they can’t threaten to cut off my funding through the congregation.  It’s just me, signing your marriage license so you too can have a true partnership with all its rights.  I even have the beginnings of a great “sermon” and a variety of wonderful vows if you want to do a ceremony.

It’s been wonderful researching this and discovering the other people who are doing it.  For some couples, it’s a way to have a close friend or someone in their family as an integral part of their wedding.  I really am enjoying reading all these different people taking this path.

I started with the first steps last night.  I plan to investigate everything I need to do to be legal for my state at least, and then talk to my friend who first sparked this for me.  If they think it’s a good idea, I’ll do the rest of the steps.

Seriously.

Tongue in cheek, if you want one of the more unique ceremonies, hey, I got married in an old Vaudeville theater! I totally understand your need to have a ceremony and vows that reflect you.  So if you want to be like the couple who went down the water slide, I am so with you.  If you want to dress up like the Renaissance period or Klingons or Jedi Knights or the cast of Friends, I’m there.  Something like skydiving… we’ll talk.

Happy Birthday, Mom

You would have been 80.  Instead… you’re gone and life is nothing but one miserable day after another.

Happy Birthday to my husband!

I think I’m enjoying his birthday almost as much as he is, since he not only got my birthday wishes, but our friends are sending wonderful messages too.  Some of their creativity is great!

Our one friend on Tagrel loves hearing John sing, especially Mack the Knife.  So she made this birthday greeting for him:

(A little birthday song to the tune of Mack the Knife)

Oh this kid has pretty knees, dear
And he shows em pearly white
On his birthday he’s McChic, dear
And he’s such a hit of the site

When McChic strikes up a pose with
Scarlet boas that knock you dead
Fancy hats too has McChic, dear
So you never ever see his bald head

Out in Hershey, one summer Sunday
Sits these bodies, oozin’ style
Somewhere Tim Gunn’s screaming murder
You beat his Runway by a mile

Now your birthday, time to celebrate it, dear
With a spoof that is all kinds of wrong
You know it’s sent with my good intentions
Please forgive cutting up your favorite song

So kookie moley, and roguepony, Cathy Big Red, and your good friend John

Hey the line forms, on the right dear
To wish Happy Birthday Johnnyblack!

Blackie’s back in town!

That still blows me away!!

And then our friend in Trenton, also named John, and Photoshopper extraordinaire:

Happy Birthday, JB!

I feel bad that I only got him a couple cards.

Happy Birthday, sweetheart!

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Yay! At last, someone said it!

In an election that, as Lewis Black put it, has been going on since Eisenhower left the White House, someone said it:

I will gladly pay the $5.99 for the duct tape if it’ll shut these guys up.  Our pain is not their gain. They have no idea what my life and people like me are going through.  Enough lies about how they do.

Let’s see, who represents me best:

The bloated millionaire who gets free healthcare paid by the government through taxes, but says people shouldn’t get government paid healthcare?  -Or- The bloated millionaire who gets free healthcare paid by the government through taxes, but says people shouldn’t get government paid healthcare?

Hmmm…

The bloated millionaire who takes money from oil company people?  -Or- The bloated millionaire who takes money from oil company people?

Hmmm…

The bloated millionaire who is part of over a billion dollars spent in campaigning and says they understand how I have to scrape to make ends meet?  -Or- The bloated millionaire who is part of over a billion dollars spent in campaigning and says they understand how I have to scrape to make ends meet?

Hmmm…

The bloated millionaire who lies about opponent’s plans and actions?  -Or- The bloated millionaire who lies about opponent’s plans and actions?

Hmmm…

The bloated millionaire who lies about his own plans and actions?  -Or- The bloated millionaire who lies about his own plans and actions?

The bloated millionaire who repeatedly voted for Iraq out of control spending? -Or- The bloated millionaire who repeatedly voted for Iraq out of control spending?

The bloated millionaire who voted for the President’s bad energy plan?  -Or- The bloated millionaire who voted for the President’s bad energy plan?

The bloated millionaire who voted for the transportation bill that included the Bridge to Nowhere?  -Or- The bloated millionaire who voted for the transportation bill that included the Bridge to Nowhere?

The bloated millionaire who opposes the rights granted by marriage for any loving, committed couple because the Bible forbids it — but hypocritically does not support the Bible when it is against something they want, like having millions, wanting divorce, wanting birth control, wanting to judge people, and wanting the right to slay anyone they claim is an enemy?   -Or- The bloated millionaire who opposes the rights granted by marriage for any loving, committed couple because the Bible forbids it — but hypocritically does not support the Bible when it is against something they want, like having millions, wanting divorce, wanting birth control, wanting to judge people, and wanting the right to slay anyone they claim is an enemy?

The bloated millionaire who lied about their Oath of office because proudly standing in the Senate and swearing by the Constitution isn’t good enough? -Or- The bloated millionaire who lied about their Oath of office  because proudly standing in the Senate and swearing by the Constitution isn’t good enough?

The true swearing in of a Senator

The true swearing in of a Senator

Fake Swearing in Ceremony -- paid for by my taxes each time

Fake Swearing in Ceremony -- paid for by my taxes each time

What a shame.  We could use the money spent on those fake swearing in ceremonies for something the majority of Americans would rally around.  Like a free American Idol hotline.

But back to choosing who to vote for between the big candidates….

The bloated millionaire who voted for the big bloated federal budget while serving in the Senate.  –Or– The bloated millionaire who voted for the big bloated federal budget while serving in the Senate.

The bloated millionaire who says it’s okay to fulfill my Constitutional duty to point out what’s wrong with the government as long as it’s not his party?  –Or–  The bloated millionaire who says it’s okay to fulfill my Constitutional duty to point out what’s wrong with the government as long as it’s not his party.

The bloated millionaire who counts on America’s love for soundbites without checking facts. –Or– The bloated millionaire who counts on America’s love for soundbites without checking facts.

The bloated millionaire who choose a VP candidate that is exactly who he claims is unfit in Washington. –Or– The bloated millionaire who choose a VP candidate that is exactly who he claims is unfit in Washington.

Gee, I’m giddy from the choice.

Oh, by the way… I did the unAmerican thing.  I researched and got the facts for each one of the statements before l made them.

Castles in the Sand

My mom gave me a gift last year.  This art print by Steve Hanks:

I had found it and printed it out to show her because, believe it or not, the girl in it looks just like me at that age.  I even had a similar bathingsuit.  And at the age, I kept asking Mom to show me how to make castles like that where you drizzle the sand with some water through your fingertips.  I couldn’t do it; clumps would drop down like bombs onto the castle and she tried to show me again, until I’d basically do the body and she’d do the towers.  I felt so triumphant the day I finally could do it myself.

The print summarized so many feelings; it put into one image everything about that point in our lives.  Now, of course, I’m even more glad I have it and that it came from her.  Just like the gift of all those glorious days.

The Palin and Clinton skit on SNL

People were right; this is really funny.  “I can see Russia from my house.” LOL!