09 September, 2011

Friday Randomness

I swear I'm going to try to post more than once a week. The creative juices just haven't really been flowing lately... Which is why a "randomness" post comes in handy! =)

I haven't really been up to much lately. I had no idea I could ever be so tired!!! Some days I don't even feel like taking a shower. For the record, I do shower even when I'm feeling lazy. =P Of course, I don't think anyone understands the tiredness pregnancy brings until you're pregnant yourself. It's crazy. Add in some morning/most of the day sickness and it's a wonderful combo! Thankfully, I'm getting a handle on the morning sickness but there are also good and bad days.

Monday we went with some friends {Annie, Jennifer and their hubbies, to be exact} to the sandbar and rented a boat from the Marine Corps base. I had kind of wondered how I'd do on a boat - since I tend to get motion sick anyway - but I was fine the last time so I assumed I'd be ok. Do you know what happens when you assume??? I do! I had a good time but I was fighting nausea the entire day. It was a really nice day...other than the waves rocking the boat. =P

I even tried paddle boarding! =) I stink at it - and even fell once - but it was fun! Joe was way better at it than I was.

And then we tried paddle boarding together. This was taken after Joe attempted to stand on the end of the board with me sitting in the middle. I don't have to say that that idea didn't end well. =P

Despite the on-again-off-again nausea, I had a good time hanging out with friends. And, bonus, we had someone take a picture of all of us this time so we could prove we were actually together! =)

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Did anyone else watch Obama's pep talk speech last night? I didn't really want to but I knew if I didn't I'd be kicking myself later. Plus the historian in me just can't help it sometimes. 

Please tell me I'm not the only one who was extremely unimpressed by his speech! I will agree that he has some good ideas, but that's all they are. I'm also willing to as far to say that he has absolutely no clue how to put any of his ideas into action. Do you know he hasn't even submitted his glorious, job-creating, money-sucking plan to Congress yet? You would think that giving a speech on it, he would have done so already. How can he even beg Congress to pass something they haven't even seen yet?!

My biggest problem with this idea is that he never said what it entailed. Oh sure, he said it'll create jobs here, here and here but did he say how? Did he say "here's where the money is going to come from?" NO. In fact, he even mentioned that he was going to give tax breaks to businesses who hire people. Um, really, Obama? Let's give tax breaks, therefore lowering the government's income and then spend $440 billion on a bill that will hopefully create jobs. That sounds like a brilliant plan!!!!

Oh wait, it gets better. Remember how he mentioned cutting payroll taxes? That means $240 billion less going into Social Security. {thanks for the info @jamiedupree} And to make up for that shortfall, money would have to come from the general fund. It just keeps getting better and better.

If you are following me on Twitter, you read all of my tweets about this. At one point he said, "It's time to do what's right for our future." I think he's right on target...if, in fact, he means elect a new president. =P Someone please tell me how this plan is even feasible!! How is it possible to lower the deficit - which he's promised to do since day one - spend $440 billion creating jobs, and cutting payroll taxes? Hmmm?

My favorite part of the speech {I hope you sense my sarcasm} was when he said this: "What kind of country would this be if this chamber had voted down Social Security or Medicare based on some rigid idea about what government could or could not do?*" At this point, I about lost it. I'm not sure if he meant it the way I took it or not but to me it sounds a whole lot like our president - whose main duty is to uphold the Constitution - is bashing the Constitution and the rules that it has in place for our government. And if you don't like what the Constitution says you can or can't do you have two options. 1) Get the heck out of this country or 2) Change it. I'd prefer he do the former, personally. 

And just so we're clear on the issue, this country would be a country that is not reliant on the government for everything if Congress had voted down Social Security and Medicare. I say this as someone whose grandparents are completely reliant on the government for those two things. I've seen them struggle over the past 5 or so years to make ends meet using their sorry excuse for a paycheck and pay bills for hospital stays, surgery and medications Medicare won't cover. I've seen people abuse the Welfare system and Medicaid. I think the idea behind all of these government run programs are great, but they are failing our country and allowing its citizens to take advantage of what it offers.

If you were wondering, I feel much better now. =P

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In other news, my hubby got me something very sweet and unexpected yesterday. =)

"Just because" flowers!! And not just any flowers either - tulips! In case you didn't know, tulips are by far my favorite flowers. =) In the picture above some of the flowers were a little sad and weepy. Today they are nice and perky though!

I love, love, love them! I've been getting "just because" flowers fairly often since he got back. I don't know if he's trying to make up for lost time or what, but I'm totally okay with this showering of flowers. Especially when they come in the form of tulips! =)

Hope y'all have a great weekend! We have no big plans and I'm hoping for a nice, lazy weekend. =)

*Emphasis is all mine. You can view his whole speech here.


Skinnie Piggie said...

Aww looks like you guys had a blast! Sorry you're battling with nausea!

Joe Blest said...

"A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty." ~ James Madison

Emma said...

Paddle boarding looks like so much fun! Looks like y'all had a great time!

Chantal said...

The symptoms get better!! Mine followed exactly what the books said: At 6 weeks, nausea. At 12 weeks, everything pretty much stopped. I was EXHAUSTED for that first trimester, but hitting the second I got better. I'm still sleepy some days, but not that dead on my feet exhaustion as before.

Kelli said...

I hope the nausea passes quickly!!! Beautiful flowers =)What a sweetie!

JG said...

What a fun day! Kudos to you for going even feeling yucky. I think I would just be curled up on the couch. :)

I haven't watched him speak except once. I wind up screaming "You lie!" at the TV the whole night, and that's not good for my blood pressure. :) If his lips are moving, he's probably lying. So I figure I'll just catch the highlights/rebuttals after the fact and spare myself the ridiculousness.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Hopefully the nausea will go away soon! Glad you're out there having fun!

Taylor said...

I just found your blog and I love it!