Monday, September 29, 2008
However... this is no longer the case. Little People, Big World is pretty much the abomination of my life. I've never liked A Baby Story or Jon & Kate Plus 8, and I think Rock the Reception and Say Yes to the Dress are two of the most annoying show titles/premises ever.
But now I think TLC has finally gone too far, and here is my proof:
17 Kids and Counting
Ok. Like Jon & Kate Plus 8 wasn't enough? We need more shows about families with ridiculous numbers of children? It's getting ridiculous! Also, is it weird that I find this couple annoying without ever having seen the show? The dad's name is Jim Bob, which is sad, but don't worry, it gets worse. Here are the names of their kids--and they all start with "J." All seventeen of them. Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jeremiah, Jedidiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah and baby Jennifer.
Ugh. TLC, this is not okay. Your shows are becoming crappier by the season. Please stop it immediately.
Ok, kids, here we go. And first I would just like to say that I don't know why I've never watched these debates before, because they are fascinating. In case you didn't get to watch, here is a basic overview of how the debate went (and I promise you this is not a biased account. I have strong opinions, but I am very good at checking if my reactions are based on what I feel or what I'm actually seeing):
Obama: answers his questions, sometimes agreeing with McCain and sometimes disagreeing. when he does agree with McCain, says "John is absolutely right" and acknowledges that they agree.
McCain: manages to argue with Obama even when they're actually agreeing, and almost every answer begins with "what Senator Obama doesn't quite understand..." or includes something about how many years he's been in politics or how he's been to the country in question.
It's true, and if you watched it you know what I'm talking about. It really isn't smart on McCain's part, by the way. He's running for president of the entire United States, not just the Republicans. By acknowledging that he agrees with a lot of what McCain says, Obama appeals to the independents and the people who are in the middle. McCain, by trying to make Obama sound completely incompetent regardless of what he says, alienates anyone except for his own staunch Republican supporters. Not a good tactic, to say the least, and not smart.
There were a couple things that I really liked in McCain's answers. For example, I love his attitude about reducing government spending. Obama also says he wants to reduce it, but has a less enthusiastic approach; and while I don't think it's a good idea to put a complete freeze on spending except for veterans' affairs, the defense department, and entitlement programs (leave it to McCain to cut out everything but the military and the elderly), I really appreciate how big a priority that is to him.
There was a little graph along the bottom of the screen that showed audience approval ratings while they were talking, and there were three little lines, one for Republican, one for Democrat, and one for Independent. Obviously the Republicans' approval was higher while McCain was talking and vice versa for Obama, but the part we were watching was the Independents, because they're not automatically attached to one candidate or the other. It was pretty even for the first half of the debate, if I remember right, but during the second half... well, almost every time it switched from Obama to McCain, their little green line went down and stayed there. Usually about halfway through McCain's comments he would start getting higher approval ratings, and here is why I think that was: for the first twenty or thirty seconds of his responses, McCain would talk about how Obama doesn't know what he's talking about--and then, when he finally got around to answering the question, he would say something that agreed very closely with Obama. Kind of annoying, but I must admit, very entertaining to watch. :)
So the general impression I was left with was Obama as the clear victor, in both policies and campaign intelligence. My steadily increasing feeling about McCain is that while he does have more experience, all of it is related to the military--and he seems to think that everything about being president is, too. Since it is clearly not, his extra experience no longer holds a lot of weight against Obama, and in fact appears to be quite a hindrance in his understanding of things unmilitary.
Anyway, there you go. I am super excited for the vice-presidential debate this week. In closing, here are some amazing SNL videos. My favorite is the one with McCain, followed closely by the one with Palin and Clinton. Hi-freakin-larious.
I don't think this one's AS funny as the rest, but still funny.
Friday, September 26, 2008
However. They called today and I didn't get it. I had a really good interview on Wednesday, so I have no idea why. For a job that only requires you to type things in for eight hours a day, it seems like someone who types 100 wpm and is a nice person should be ideal.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Here's the thing. I've always loved writing, but I never do it very much. I have a hard time with handwriting because I can't write fast enough for my brain (and also because when I handwrite I grip the pen really hard and get really bad cramps in my hand). However, typing on my laptop is no good either. It doesn't feel glamorous enough. This is the solution, my friends! Especially because this one is red. My goodness. I found it on ebay and I wish I could get it right now. Someday I will though! Someday.
P.S. I don't know much about typewriters right now but the one distinguishing factor between ones I like and ones I don't is the keys. They have to be on those little pegs--I don't like the ones that look like modern keyboards. That essentially defeats the purpose. Example of a stupid typewriter:
Yes. Well, then. I suppose that is all.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
If you will remember, last Tuesday I wrote a very whiny post about how I was feeling crappy. In that post I mentioned a thing that I'd been really hoping we'd get to do around Christmas this year, but I didn't think we were going to be able to do it. Well, we've talked about it more, and some things have changed (such as Mike getting a job), and now it turns out that we are going to be able to do it.
And so we have decided. This December, the weekend before Christmas, Mike and I are moving to Texas.
We've been discussing it for about a month now, so--while it is only three months away--it's not quite as hasty a decision as it seems. The original plan was that we would do Thanksgiving here and Christmas in Texas this year. Then one day I was talking to my mom and she mentioned that if we just came for Christmas and stayed, we would save the money we would've spent flying down there (which is not an insignificant amount--plane tickets when I last looked were $400 each). Since we don't have an apartment contract, there's nothing to actually hold us here, so it makes a lot of sense for us to go now.
Obviously this is a bittersweet decision for everyone (except my family). We're going to miss Mike's family a LOT, and of course our friends here. (The timing couldn't be worse, for example, to coordinate with Lindsey's move; depending on when she comes, we could miss each other completely, and that would be very sad.) Finding out that Candice is going to have a baby was a pretty big setback, too, because of course we want to be here for that. Leaving the kids in general is going to be incredibly difficult, because we have loved being around while they grow up. Mike is really liking UVU, so he's sad about leaving that just as he's getting into it. And of course there's always the fact that we generally hate moving. So all around, it was a pretty tough decision.
However. There are a ridiculous number of pros to the plan, too. One, I'll get to be by my family again. I've been away from home for over five years now, and I am really excited to go back. Two, (as anyone who reads our blogs knows,) we are so tired of struggling with the Utah Valley job market. There are more jobs available in the Dallas area and, more importantly, they pay so much better. I can't even tell you how excited we are for that. We are also excited for the housing situation, which is infinitely better because landlords have to actually care about keeping their tenants. Gas is cheaper (well, when they're done recovering from the hurricane it will be), winter is warmer, and apartments are nicer (but not necessarily more expensive).
Anyway. So that's our news. We will miss everyone terribly, but this is a big step for us, and we feel like it's the right one for now. In any case, it's an exciting/slightly scary time for us, and we can't wait to see what happens!
Anyway. Yesterday I was sitting in the left turn lane at a light and this car pulled up behind me at the exact same time that the exact same car made a left turn directly across from me. It was quite bizarre--for a minute I wasn't sure what I was seeing.
It's not really that good a story, but there was no one with me at the time, so I just felt like I needed to share.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
This is not helped by the fact that I know Mike is feeling crappy too.
There's something that I was really, really hoping we would get to do around Christmas this year. We've been talking about it for a few weeks now and it was never 100% for sure that we could, for various reasons, but in my head I always thought we would end up doing it. Now I'm less optimistic and I'm pretty depressed about the idea of not getting to do it.
Also, the reason we wouldn't get to do it is money, which would be stressful even if there wasn't this other thing. Mike and I are both unemployed now and job hunting, which we hate. We have money to hold us over for another few months, if we need to, but that money was supposed to go to the thing that I really wanted to do, and if we use it up there won't be any chance of doing it.
$450 a month is a ridiculous amount to ask students to pay, and you'd think college advisers would know that.
I'm really tired today. The past month has been really stressful and it is starting to wear on both of us. I applied at Buckle, although I'm not really sure why--they called and asked to set up an interview, but I'm not sure I want to go. I applied there once a few years ago, and here's how the interview process went: the manager took me to the back of the store, right behind the registers, and we just stood there while he interviewed me, and then told me right after that I wasn't what they were looking for. So basically I'm not sure I want to interview there again if what I'm going to get is rejection straight to my face and in the middle of the store.
Hahahaha I just looked over at Mike's computer and saw a really funny picture. I hope he's going to post it on his blog so you can all see it.
On the bright side, my hair is getting pretty long. On another bright side, I would really like to have Sami cut it again in December (which is when she cut it last year), and maybe perm it again. I liked the perm a lot. :)
I guess there are still bright sides to life. I just have to look a little harder to find them right now.
Also, my shift key is being stupid. It randomly doesn't work sometimes, and I find myself having to go back and capitalize letters that should've already been capitalized. Jerk shift.
I like getting to talk to my sisters online. Talia works at a computer so she's on every day, and Dafni used to get on and talk to us before she got a job. She works 8-5 at a day care now, though, so she's pretty much never on. That is sad. I don't talk to my family as much as I'd like to because whenever I talk to my mom it's usually a 2+ hour conversation, and sometimes that's hard to fit into a schedule. Logically, you might say it'd be better to call her more often because then the conversations would be shorter--you'd think this would be the case, wouldn't you? To be fair, it does sometimes work that way, but not usually. My mom and I can talk for a really long time. If you know her (or me) you will believe this.
Mike is bugging me to look at his blog. You should go look, I'm assuming it will be something funny.
Hahaha I was right. Mike is hilarious. (It was the picture of the squirrel that I saw earlier and it made me laugh. Chipmunk? Squirrel? I don't remember which it is. You'll know what I mean.)
Speaking of hilarious things, I shall post some funny comics to make me feel better.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
First of all, the text in that video is absolutely absurd! Whoever the ridiculous person is who posted it, he is either retarded or just good at twisting words. Obama said NONE of the things that that person said he did.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
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Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I don't have much to write though... except my contact is suddenly spazzing out in my eye, it really hurts. This is not awesome.
Also Benjamin flipped my dad's truck last night while he was driving home from a friend's house... Good times, huh? There seems to be no end of adventures for my family this year. Talia sent me a picture in my email but this computer is really weird about saving pictures and I can't quite figure out how to do it, so I'll try and get it up later when I'm on my own computer.
Speaking of my own computer, man do I miss it. I can't wait until Mike's parents get a wireless network here.
Anna's home sick right now and she's watching Ocean's 13, which I have to say is a pretty great movie. I love the style of the Oceans movies... like in this one, where they all start winning everything and it shows the numbers above the people's heads, how much they won. It's pretty cool.
Anyway, like I said, I don't really have much to say. Sooo Lindsey, here you go.