Saturday, July 23, 2011

There Will Be Consequences

I'm concerned that the average citizen of our great nation is losing something important - a voice. In fact, I'm starting to suspect that the "great" part of our great nation, is quickly fading. I could easily be convinced that the whole voting process is a sham. How would we know?

It appears to me that the people we have elected to office have stopped caring about the country and are only looking to increase their own power and wealth and other self-interests. What's so disturbing is that they keep telling us everything they are doing is on our behalf. They are lying.

The communist system was "for the people", too.

Our system is broken, and it can only be fixed by self-sacrifice. But everyone must sacrifice - sacrificing personal perks and handouts. And because not everyone is willing to do that, and it really has to be everyone, it won't happen. It won't be fixed.

Most people are apathetic. We talk politics. We complain. But we do nothing. Those who organize and try to take a stand are generally dismissed as wackos and extremists. The rest of us just go about our business assuming nothing will really change. And we're OK with that. And then when it really does change - and not in our favor - we will be caught completely by surprise. How could this happen? Why didn't anyone do something?

And I have no recommendations. I have no hope that I could make a difference. I continue to write my representatives, but am I alone? If not, why are we not heard? In some ways I look forward to when it all comes crashing down. Just get it over with. There are consequences to how the country has been going about its business, and those consequences can be delayed but not denied. It's going to be ugly.

Friday, July 22, 2011

On The Bright Side

(This post goes with the previous post.)

Lest anyone think I'm wallowing...

1) At least it will all be over before we leave for our trip next weekend
2) Swapping pillows seems to be solving this problem
3) I can't complain about starving
4) Even if I did, I'd have spent it all already
5) It rained this week
6) My husband is blind to dirt and clutter
7) We're going this week
8) I have a job
9) I have no fashionista expectations hanging over me
10) Mike loves me
11) I didn't lose the stone, just have to get it put back in
12) I know some people
13) I know it's out there, I just have to look
14) I have a weekend coming
15) Done!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

At Least the Astros Won

Moody! Yes, I am! In fact, all conditions seem to have aligned perfectly to create in me a Perfect Storm (emotionally speaking). Blah!

Here's the list:
1) It's THAT time of the month - except it isn't - it's a week early!
2) I have a pain in my neck - for real
3) I'm fat
4) I have no money
5) It's HOT and humid - Oh so oppressive
6) My house is a mess
7) We've skipped church the last two weeks (I know this is a key ingredient in my emotional and spiritual health)
8) I'm feeling undervalued at work (and overworked and underpaid and...)
9) My clothes don't fit (see #3) or are old and ugly or worn out or all four
10) Mike feels as bad as or worse than I do (he's still not smoking though, mostly)
11) The diamond fell out of my engagement ring
12) Our computer is screwed up and horribly slow - I know it's gonna die any minute
13) I can't find purpose (existence is futile)
14) I have no beer
15) The sink is full of dirty dishes

But the Astros won two in a row!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Baby Steps

Mike and I are not typically very social. We enjoy each other; we make each other laugh. Other people generally don't seem to get us. We recognize, however that we need community.

And this weekend was full of other people. Friday night we had dinner at our place for Mom's birthday - that was 5 of us. Saturday was a trip up to the north side of town for lunch with the Payton's, my folks and my brother and niece. Followed up by the family coming back to our place again to hang out. Sunday we went to two different Sunday school classes (test driving) plus church. Then we spent the evening at my brother's place with his daughter, my parents, and my other brother's family. Today we went to a 4th of July party that one of the Sunday school classes we went to was having.

As we walked up the driveway, we looked at each other. Mike says, "This feels weird."

We're standing outside some one's house we don't know. We don't know anybody, in fact.

"Let's not go in," he says.

"We can do this."

"But why?"

Now another family is making it's way up the drive.

"You told them we were coming, right?" I ask. "We can do this."

We went in. It was weird, but nice. I'm not sure a lot of them really knew each other well anyway. We chatted. We ate. We hit overload and left after about 45 minutes. It probably didn't help that Mike decided to try and quit smoking today.

We'll do better next time. It's a marathon, not a sprint, right?