Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I'm back! (With a new look!)

It's amazingly ridiculous how much I've neglected this thing. I mean, only one post in all of 2009? Sorry, bloggity blog.
Hopefully, with this new header, designed in my 30-day trial version of InDesign, I'll be more motivated to update. But now...homework!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as ...

... a Fiddler on the Roof!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

In Pictures, Part II - Featuring Red and Blue

In pictures.

Part II.


Featuring blue.

And red.

And bled.

And rue.

Rue de Mûre.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

In pictures.

Friday, August 29, 2008

I am now a proud mother!

... of an Olympus Evolt E510 Digital SLR Camera!

Isn't she precious?

You're looking at a large part of my summer earnings, but definitely a good buy! (Don't worry, I did my research). This will really come in handy with my job at The Cluster, and it will allow me to take a Digital Photography class, completing my photography minor. As soon as the battery charges, I'll be posting some photos with my beautiful new Olympus!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

New House on New Street

Begin rant.

First of all, how do any of you stand uploading pictures to this thing? The photos are inserted at the top, where they clearly do not belong. And then you have to move them down, but it's completely impossible if you have a vertical picture above a horizontal picture at medium size because you can't drag the top picture far enough to make it go below the horizontal picture! To get these photos on here after the first one, I had to upload them to a hosting site, then copy and paste the HTML. Grrr!

Rant over.

So my good friend Emma and I are now living in an adorable two-bedroom house, only minutes from campus by foot, bike or car. Prepare yourself for a virtual tour!

This is the view from the creepy, vacant house across the way.


Sorry these photos are gigantic. This is our living room that you see as soon as you walk in the door. We have yet to decorate it, obviously.


If you turn to the left as you walk in the front door, you'll see my room.


Here's my desk, where I will do much studying.


Don't hate on the craft corner!




This is the mantel in my room. There are mantels all over the house, even in the kitchen.


And speaking of the kitchen ... voila!

Next to the kitchen is a sunroom and dining area, which I love. Definitely my favorite part of the house.


Another view of the bookshelves in the sunroom.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Gay Marriage? Not our business.

From Georgia native and nationally syndicated columnist Charley Reese ...

You would think to hear some people complain about gay marriage that heterosexual couples would drop dead or become impotent as soon as some state approved a gay-marriage law. Whether gays get married or not, it has no effect on the rest of the population. Except for gays, it's meaningless. It's a non-issue.

In the meantime, there are plenty of issues that do affect all of us -- the devalued dollar, high energy costs, loss of manufacturing jobs, wars overseas and ballooning debt, both public and private.

As a heterosexual, I personally don't give a hoot one way or the other about gay marriage. If gays wish to provide more business for divorce lawyers, it's no skin off my nose. If they think making the state a third party to their marriage is desirable, it is OK with me. It's one of those legal matters I don't have to worry about, and I like those kinds of legal matters a lot.

What irritates me is busybodies who want to stick their nose in other people's business. For God's sake, let us all mind our own business. The world will be a better place if we do.

Most people believe that homophobes are in fact latent homosexuals and what they really hate are their own secret urges. So under no circumstances should any child be driven to despair and suicide because someone disapproves of his or her sexual preference. Whether homosexuality is a matter of nature or nurture, I don't know, and it doesn't matter. It simply is not important enough to cost the life of any child.

Furthermore, if the state recognizes a contract -- which is all marriage amounts to, in secular terms -- it by no means sanctifies anything. No one accuses the state of sanctifying sales contracts.

The religious aspect of marriage is separate and apart form the state's involvement. In fact, I don't think the state should be involved, but it has involved itself. But whatever is holy and sacred about marriage is a matter of religion, not a state marriage license, which is no different from a plumber's license.

If you wish to worry about marriage, it is better to worry about the all-to-many marriages that fail. It is better to worry about all the single mothers struggling to raise children without a father. It is better to worry about a sleazy culture that disdains the necessity of marriage and treats a relationship as nothing more than a sleepover. There are a lot of legal and moral issues that need to be addressed in our society, but gay marriage isn't one of the. It's an issue only for a small minority of the population. If they wish to live together in a state-licensed relationship, it's nobody's business but their own.