Archive | August, 2008

Thank You, Dr. King

29 Aug
I watched the coverage at the Democratic National Convention tonight with E and his friend Pat, and it was magical. To see Senator Obama giving such a life-changing speech was truly historic.

I have never voted in Canada, nor do I have the right to vote here, but for once in my life, I’m giving in to the Political spirit. As a recent immigrant, and someone who was raised in a country where health care and pensions were a given, I can see the current political situation in perhaps a different light than those in my social circle, and in both my and E’s families. The couple of months I didn’t have health care here were horrific, and full of worry that something would happen and we wouldn’t be able to pay for it. I can’t imagine living that way for my whole life.

John McCain would’ve made a great president – 4 years ago. 8 years ago. But not today. We need a change, and I do not think the Republican party is willing and able to give us that change. We can’t survive even another year on the policies that the current administration has laid out before us.

Senator Obama is, at least for this election, the right answer. Yes, it would be amazing to have an African-American president in office, especially in the same year as Same-Sex marriage being re-legalized in California. This election is not about colour, and I truly hope that people will stop focusing on that. If Senator McCain was black, he wouldn’t stand a chance.

Remember today, and every day –

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!”

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Suds or Duds?

28 Aug

E and I recently moved into our first home, during an especially rushed and hectic time. We’ve lived here for a little over a month, and have done absolutely zilch in terms of decorating or organizing. Heck, we still don’t have bedroom furniture, so most of our clothes are hidden in one of the cabinets in our living room!

We have grand plans, and a lot of renovating to do, but it’ll probably only start happening next summer. One of the things I’d love to do is semi-finish the basement. Right now, our basement is totally unfinished, with nothing down there but a washer/dryer and some paint cans and trim. The stairs even have blue astro turf on them! I’d love to set up a lot of wire shelving around the perimeter to take advantage of the space, repaint the walls (they’re currently a stale, stained white) and either repaint the floor with garage paint, or lay some waterproof tile. I’d also love to set up a happy, organized laundry ‘station’, kind of like this.

I’m not sure how feasible it is to do so, especially with the slight moisture issue all basements around here seem to have. I’m assuming to be able have drying areas and such, the moisture would have to be gone, otherwise mildew will definitely be a problem. Plus, we have delightfully large hopping crickets that might not enjoy the space as much as I will, so they may have to be relocated…to the woods.

Now just to get E onboard!

Why Not?

28 Aug
Since I’m known for hopping on bandwagons, why not a blog?

I’m a big fan of reading blogs, and thanks to my handy-dandy Google Reader, I can now follow up on all my favourites (and there are a lot of them!). However, I’ve never had a REAL blog of my own, or at least not one I didn’t bore easily of.

I can’t promise a post a day – but I can try.

It has been busy around here, you know. In June, I moved from Montreal to Huntington to be with my love, in July we bought Clara, our new-to-us-home, and in August, we got hitched. There’s a lot to do – write out the thank you cards from our reception in May, our 2nd shower in July and the wedding itself; unpacking all the boxes and organizing the house; planning renovations and remodels (Clara’s an old lady, and will be 90 next year!); finishing up the semi-last leg of immigration paperwork, to be able to do nifty things like get a job and leave the country.

There’s also all the travelling we want to do; nothing major as of yet, but a lot of little trips planned, especially to concerts. We love music, and can never pass up the chance to see a good show. Plus, wherever we go, I can bring my camera, and take some great (to me) shots.

With that, I’ll leave you with some shots from our mini-moon at The Wine & Jazz Festival at Snowshoe – We had a blast!

The Pocahontas Historical Society Museum – admission was only $2!!!

Outside of the Pocahontas Historical Society Museum.
There were several different varieties of butterflies and bumblebees flitting in, out and around the various blooms planted.
This is one of them.

Deer!
There is a momma and two babies that we saw bathing in a little random pond on the side of the road.
When I saw them, I made E turn around, so I can run across the road and take this picture.
As soon as I had the shot, they were startled by a car and ran off.

The road home

GPS – a cure and a curse all at the same time

The early morning view of the mountains from our condo –
I believe the farthest mountains are in Virginia

E and I at the Grand Tasting – our favourites were a blackberry Cabernet, and a tawny port.

I love when E takes pictures of me – can’t you tell?