Sunday, November 16, 2008

Getting there

I haven't shown the room in a while, so here's an update. It's now a functioning office, although we still have a lot of work to do to finish it up. The ugly door and window are slated to be replaced professionally in the near future, and we have lots of molding to put up and other small touches.

One thing that made a surprisingly big difference was re-staining the paneling. We had to stain the areas that had been hidden by the old drop ceiling for years, and we found a color that was close but not a perfect match. So we ended up redoing the whole thing, and I like it much better now.

For comparison, see this previous post.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Obama WINS!


Finally, we get rid of the Republican regime! Maybe we can start to fix this country. I hope he can do it. This article from the Onion is sadly accurate in many ways.

I think it's cool that we elected a black man finally, but that's not the big victory to me. I am much more interested in the candidates' ideas and attitudes than in any of their personal attributes. The whole Republican greed + religious idiocy combination makes me so angry and frustrated all the time.

Besides, I have been saying for 20 years that we would elect an African-American president before we ever got a woman president. For a while there was a chance I would be proven wrong, but no, Hillary Clinton's intelligence and ambition were too threatening to most of the moronic public. In addition to what I think is a greater exposure to and tolerance of multicultural backgrounds, Barack Obama is hardly the stereotypical black man, so he's really not all that threatening to most Americans.

P.S. I know it's a little late for Sarah Palin bashing, but if you haven't seen this video, it's hilarious. I think if she had managed to get elected I would have lost all faith in America and started looking into moving to another country.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Picture Perfect Halloween

Fall colors are so beautiful....

This was the first year Genevieve was able to carve her own pumpkin. She picked it out at the farm, drew on the face and did most of the scooping and carving herself.

I think it came out great! She dubbed it Frankenpumpkin.

We had the most perfect weather possible for Halloween this year. It was warm enough to go without coats, which always ruin everyone's costumes. This was truly amazing since it had snowed all day just two days before. In the morning I went to Genevieve's school for a Halloween party where they decorated pumpkin-shaped cookies and made lots of spooky arts & crafts. I didn't see the costume parade because I had to go to work, but it was a lot of fun to see the kids in school. Apparently they walked next door to the nursing home and visited the old folks there. Must have been nice for them, too.
Here is Wonder Woman getting ready for Trick-or-Treating (coat tossed aside). Note that this is the child-appropriate 40's version of the costume, not the over-sexed 70's version.

We went with friends in a nearby neighborhood. This year they really got it. The girls were running from one house to the next, and really enjoyed themselves. The younger siblings could not keep up, and one by one they gave up and went home. We kept losing the other parents, too, as they stopped to talk with friends. Genevieve had no patience for that!

When we got home and sorted the candy, I was amazed to see that it was all good stuff that Genevieve liked. All I was able to snitch was a packet of peanut M&Ms. That's what happens when you go to the good neighborhoods, I guess.
It was really nice to have Halloween on a Friday night, and to have John able to join us for the whole time. Overall I give the day an A+.