Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday Force

May the force be with you during the holidays, always...

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas in Seattle

Macy's Christmas star in downtown Seattle

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Good morning Seattle

This morning the hubby & I went to Tip Pot in Queen Anne for breakfast. On our way home, we stopped by a park with a great view of the city. Simply beautiful....

Friday, November 4, 2011

Cupcakes

This Halloween I decided to bake some cupcakes. Inspired by a recent article I saw at Geeks are Sexy (http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2011/10/05/om-nom-nom-coconut-wampa-and-chocolate-wookiee-cupcakes/) I spent the Sunday before Halloween making Red Velvet cupcakes, then decorated them as Wampas & Wookies. This was the first time I have ever decorated cupcakes, other then sprinkles, and I was quite pleased with how they turned out. I think I like the blue eyes on the Wookies. I ended up taking them to work on Halloween for our potluck & they were a hit. Also, they were delicious :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Arty

A few weeks ago my husband and I went to the Seattle Art Museum. I haven't been to an art museum since the Smithsonian back around 1990. There was a lot of beautiful paintings, weird paintings and other objects that I still am trying to figure out what was artistic about it.

Here is a picture of one of my favorite pieces, non-painting category.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Thought of the day

Why do people choose to be around delusional narcissist psychopaths?
Especially after they have watched the DNP's crazy actions deeply hurt
numerous people they know and love? They seem to be oblivious to the
fact that the attention being given to the DNP just fuels the bad
behavior and they will end up one day hurting them as well.

When did we stop holding people accountable for their actions? I did
not receive the memo on this change of policy regarding moral
compasses & frankly do not agree with this new policy.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Oops, I am doing it again

Well, I did it.  I made the decision to go back to school and get my masters degree.  I started my online masters program Monday and so far so good; hears hoping the next two years are just as good.  I don't know why, but I really missed being in school.  Setting up calendars to track my assignments, reading, typing assignments - missed it all.  I know, I am a freak.  I figured that since I work for a good company and have a manageable work load, it would be a good time to start the degree I have put off for 11 years.  But as always, life is throwing me a few lemons.  I have been swamped at work with proposals & will be for the next month.  Guess I will figure out how to manage it all and make some lemonade.  Now if only I can figure out how to pencil in some workout time and then find my motivation/drive to workout; we are in business.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Frustration with the Government Shutdown

I think it is outrageous that the U.S. Government is going to be giving our Military IOU's instead of paychecks.

Before they take much needed money from the people who are defending this country and their families, I believe the current administration who the voters of this great nation selected to lead this great nation need to step up and take blame for the funding crisis created by them and they should work without pay until this funding crisis is resolved.

The citizens of the United States of America should also demand that the Obama Administration reduce the number of aides, assistants, and secrataries that Obama and his wife say are 'required' for them to be in the White House. The cost of the White House staff in 2010 was $38,796,307.00 for 469 employees. Yes, that's right $38 MILLION for 469 employees. Want to know who they are and how much they are paid? Check out http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/disclosures/annual-records/2010 for more information, you can even click on each person’s name to see what their 'official' role is.

In addition, I believe that all members of Congress, the House of Representative and all of their staff should go without pay before the thought of depriving the members of the Military one cent.

The biggest problem with this funding crisis - the people who we asked to lead this country don't seem to have the first clue to budgeting. I deal with budgets daily and the rule I learned was the first thing to go when funding gets tight should ALWAYS be unnecessary expenditures. Just a few examples of unnecessary expenditures would be: 1) Obama and his entourage flying all over the US 'campaigning' for our representatives up for re-election , 2) The first family taking vacations oversees, 3) Reduce staffing to a minimal number, which includes getting rid of redundancy (how many assistants and secrataries does the First Lady really need?). I could go on, but will stop with those 3.

At one point in 2009 Obama had 'appointed' 32 Czars who are paid salaries that are almost impossible to find when looking for them. This doesn't sound like 'transparency' to me, Mr. President. Maybe Obama's advisers should advise him to let ALL the Czar's go to help reduce the expensive burden their unknown salaries and benefits put on the tax payers of this Nation.

The figures provided by the Congressional Budget Office show that the budget deficit for February was at $223 billion. What does that mean? The Obama administration has put the US debt at a level that is more than borrowed in ALL of 2007.

We all knew Obama had lived a sheltered life, never having a 'real' job or any 'real' world experience when he announced he was running for president. Many people brought up this fact, but many of the voters choose not to listen to reason or wonder if he really was the right man for the job he was asking for. We are stuck with him for 2 more years, hopefully he doesn't do any more harm then he already has before he leaves office.

I challenge EVERYONE out there who is angered by this Government shutdown and the inability for our elected officials to do their jobs to take a stand and vote out EVERYONE who is currently in office when they are up for re-election. Especially those who have the audacity to say they want to 'raise' $1 billion for their re-election campaign at a time when we are paying over $4 a gallon for gasoline and many Americans are jobless.  Does he really not understand that people are struggling in the current economy?  What world is he living in?

Just a thought - why does do politicians 'need' so much money for re-election campaigns? Why don't we have a limit on how much funding politicians are allowed to raise as a way to even the playing field for all candidates, since many are ignored when they dont' have millions of dollars to spend on tv time?  Why can't Obama just pay for his re-election from the royalty checks he gets from the 'books' he has written? What to know how much he makes of them? Check out his 2009 financial disclosure form, the 2010 one should be posted sometime in May/June - http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/05/17/president-vice-presidents-financial-disclosure-forms

Albert Einstein once said "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. " It is time for this administration to stop making everything bigger and more complex - we, the tax payers, can't afford it anymore. Wonder if anyone in this administration has the courage or genius to take a stand and start moving us towards making sense & doing whats right by us, the Citizens of the great United States of America.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

its been a while

Well, it has been a while since I blogged last & alot has happened.  Quit job, moved, found new place to live, traveled to SoCal to visit family for Christmas, found new job - all in 2 months.  Love living in Seattle, it is so beautiful here.  Got to experience the end of Fall, some snow & Winter so far & it has all been enjoyable - I really missed the seasons.  I do miss some of the great people I met on Oahu, but not really missing living there at the moment.  The racism, high costs of living & small job opportunities just killed my Aloha spirit.  I am also glad to be in a new job that is still in the research administration.  Love my new job, still learning how to do things - but the learning curve is more on how they do things since they are not a university & about things I haven't done in years. 

One of the goals I have set for this year is to try to blog more.  Also want to get back into photography & knitting.  Realized recently that life is about enjoying the little things, and I miss enjoying them.  My anxiety disorder keeps me from doing so many things I want to do or try to do.  I know they are irrational fears and thoughts, but that doesn't always stop them from taking over.  I am going to find a way to express myself & my creativity without letting it overwhelm me or trigger my anxiety - that is my goal for the rest of my life.  Now that I have decided, just need to do the hard part - implementing it :P