Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
The dogs lay very, very still . . .
The birds gather at the bird bath . . .
I'm going to brunch in an air-conditioned restaurant . . .
The good news it that it is local, so I can ride my bike there!
In the mean time, I'm watching the classic Disney flick - The Love Bug!
What are your plans for the day?
Saturday, June 21, 2008
I've mentioned before that I rarely, if ever, use an alarm clock. No need when you live with the canine alarm clock, Hanna. As soon as the sun peeks over the horizon, she's at the side of the bed nuzzling me to get up and get her breakfast. This time of year, that occurs somewhere between 5:20 and 5:30 a.m. In her defense, she tries to be patient, and will sometimes comply with my request that she "go lay down". But even when she does that, I can feel her eyes boring into the back of my head for the 5 minutes this respite lasts. I'm one of the few people that looks forward to shorter days.
With the temperature expected to be in the 90s today, getting up early has its advantages. Chores are taken care of before it gets too hot, and before the summer crowds make parking or getting out of town impossible. By 8:30 am we had gone for a walk, watered all the flowers, gone to the grocery store, gone to the drug store, picked up some Costa Rican coffee beans from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, gone to Nick's Deli for one of his world famous breakfast burritos, put on a pot of dog stew to simmer, and headed out to the front porch to enjoy the morning quiet.
Here we are sitting on the front porch. The sight of Hanna sitting next to me like a proud princess, and Noodles sitting on my lap usually draws a few comments from passers by . . .
Friday, June 20, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Honolua Bay . . .
Me in Honolua Bay . . .
Fishies below me in Honolua Bay . . .
More fishy photos to come!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
I cast on yesterday, and am making pretty good progress.
I finally finished listening to Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer - a modern take on the Count of Monte Cristo. Many parts of it had me on the edge of my seat, and sometimes I'd have to stop listening for a bit because the suspense was killing me.
Overall, a very nice weekend. Hope your's was too.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
10 things you should know about John McCain (but probably don't):
John McCain voted against establishing a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now he says his position has "evolved," yet he's continued to oppose key civil rights laws.1
According to Bloomberg News, McCain is more hawkish than Bush on Iraq, Russia and China. Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan says McCain "will make Cheney look like Gandhi."2
His reputation is built on his opposition to torture, but McCain voted against a bill to ban waterboarding, and then applauded President Bush for vetoing that ban.3
McCain opposes a woman's right to choose. He said, "I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned."4
The Children's Defense Fund rated McCain as the worst senator in Congress for children. He voted against the children's health care bill last year, then defended Bush's veto of the bill.5
He's one of the richest people in a Senate filled with millionaires. The Associated Press reports he and his wife own at least eight homes! Yet McCain says the solution to the housing crisis is for people facing foreclosure to get a "second job" and skip their vacations.6
Many of McCain's fellow Republican senators say he's too reckless to be commander in chief. One Republican senator said: "The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He's erratic. He's hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me."7
McCain talks a lot about taking on special interests, but his campaign manager and top advisers are actually lobbyists. The government watchdog group Public Citizen says McCain has 59 lobbyists raising money for his campaign, more than any of the other presidential candidates.8
McCain has sought closer ties to the extreme religious right in recent years. The pastor McCain calls his "spiritual guide," Rod Parsley, believes America's founding mission is to destroy Islam, which he calls a "false religion." McCain sought the political support of right-wing preacher John Hagee, who believes Hurricane Katrina was God's punishment for gay rights and called the Catholic Church "the Antichrist" and a "false cult."9
He positions himself as pro-environment, but he scored a 0�"yes, zero�"from the League of Conservation Voters last year.10 -
1. "The Complicated History of John McCain and MLK Day," ABC News, April 3, 2008 http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/04/the-complicated.html"McCain Facts," ColorOfChange.org, April 4, 2008 http://colorofchange.org/mccain_facts
2. "McCain More Hawkish Than Bush on Russia, China, Iraq," Bloomberg News, March 12, 2008 http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aF28rSCtk0ZM&refer=us "Buchanan: John McCain 'Will Make Cheney Look Like Gandhi,'" ThinkProgress, February 6, 2008 http://thinkprogress.org/2008/02/06/buchanan-gandhi-mccain/
3. "McCain Sides With Bush On Torture Again, Supports Veto Of Anti-Waterboarding Bill," ThinkProgress, February 20, 2008 http://thinkprogress.org/2008/02/20/mccain-torture-veto/
4. "McCain says Roe v. Wade should be overturned," MSNBC, February 18, 2007 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17222147/
5. "2007 Children's Defense Fund Action CouncilÂ® Nonpartisan Congressional Scorecard," February 2008 http://www.childrensdefense.org/site/PageServer?pagename=act_learn_scorecard2007 "McCain: Bush right to veto kids health insurance expansion," CNN, October 3, 2007 http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/10/03/mccain.interview/
6. "Beer Executive Could Be Next First Lady," Associated Press, April 3, 2008http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h-S1sWHm0tchtdMP5LcLywg5ZtMgD8VQ86M80 "McCain Says Bank Bailout Should End `Systemic Risk,'" Bloomberg News, March 25, 2008 http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aHMiDVYaXZFM&refer=home
7. "Will McCain's Temper Be a Liability?," Associated Press, February 16, 2008 http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=4301022 "Famed McCain temper is tamed," Boston Globe, January 27, 2008 http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/01/27/famed_mccain_temper_is_tamed/
8. "Black Claims McCain's Campaign Is Above Lobbyist Influence: 'I Don't Know What The Criticism Is,'" ThinkProgress, April 2, 2008 http://thinkprogress.org/2008/04/02/mccain-black-lobbyist/ "McCain's Lobbyist Friends Rally 'Round Their Man," ABC News, January 29, 2008 http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4210251
9. "McCain's Spiritual Guide: Destroy Islam," Mother Jones Magazine, March 12, 2008 http://www.motherjones.com/washington_dispatch/2008/03/john-mccain-rod-parsley-spiritual-guide.html "Will McCain Specifically 'Repudiate' Hagee's Anti-Gay Comments?," ThinkProgress, March 12, 2008 http://thinkprogress.org/2008/03/12/mccain-hagee-anti-gay/ "McCain 'Very Honored' By Support Of Pastor Preaching 'End-Time Confrontation With Iran,'" ThinkProgress, February 28, 2008 http://thinkprogress.org/2008/02/28/hagee-mccain-endorsement/
10. "John McCain Gets a Zero Rating for His Environmental Record," Sierra Club, February 28, 2008 http://www.alternet.org/blogs/environment/77913/
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Friday, June 06, 2008
Of course, they are number one on the list of sweetest dogs. And maybe also number one on the list of dogs that are able to make the most annoying screeching noises that will lead to every living creature with ears in the surrounding area giving in to whatever the basenji wants to make it be quiet.
I've been a good streak with my reading lately. I'm totally digging Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer in my car - a modern day take on the Count of Monte Cristo. I also just finished Getting Stoned with Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost, recounting his days living in Vanuatu and Fiji.
At work we're trying to pound out a big project due Monday. The good news? I made the boss bring in tacos for lunch. Yes, I can be bought for two chicken tacos, chips and guacamole.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Monday, June 02, 2008
He seems to be laboring with his breathing, so I'm not hopeful that he will be another Buddy and make it through the night, but we'll see . . .
Update - Sadly, Rufus didn't make it. His breathing never got easier, I had a hard time warming him up, and he died about 9:30 last night. Thanks to everyone for their good wishes for a baby bird.
On a cheerier note, my gladiolas are going crazy!
Sunday, June 01, 2008
One sock started with some caramel yarn
A lot of Pinot Grigio was enjoyed