Thursday, November 30, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006: The day began in Des Moines and as crazy as this sounds, I went to work! I needed something to do and work just seemed like something mindless I could do for a little while to pass the day. I only worked half a day because I wanted to make sure I had everything packed and ready to go. Heaven forbid I get in a foreign country and not have something that I just couldn't live without for 10 days. After I left work and was all packed I went and picked up Theresa who suprisingly was not completely packed. So while she finished, I bummed around and made small talk (only because I was so anxious to get to Europe). When she finished, we headed back to my house to pick up Cindy and then head to the Harrisons so Molly could take us to the airport.
While in the Des Moines airport, you can imagine the long lines, cramped seating, and annoying people surrounding us. J/k, there were about 20 people there. Go figure. After about the 1st hour (Cindy wanted to be there early), we decided to take some pre trip pictures to pass the time. Lets just say, well, we were really bored. Our flight left at 5:10 pm and we were off to Memphis. We arrived in Memphis and boarded the plane for Amsterdam right away. Finally we were off!
Friday, September 15, 2006: We arrived in Amsterdam at about 11:00 am that next morning. (Didn't sleep much on the plane but who really can!) Went through customs, found our luggage, and the search for Mirjam was on. We hadn't seen her in about 5 years so we were hoping she hadn't changed much. After about 45 minutes we decided we would try our luck with the phones. Once we figured out that we didn't have to dial the country code (the phone already knew we were in Holland) we called Mirjams cell phone but had no luck. Eventually, we all found eachother and the reunion was complete!
We jumped on a train to Zuidhorn, Holland to go stay with Mirjams parents. Thank the Lord Mirjam was there because I did not understand a word that the ticket man said, after all, I am not fluent in Dutch. I was so excited to finally be there I think I forgot about the time change and how I was supposed to be sleeping at that time. When we arrived in Zuidhorn, Mirjams parents welcomed us with open arms. Her house was so cute and her family is so great. The town in which they live is unbelievable. Everything is just so dutch. (No kidding!) We went for a walk around her town, ate some dinner, and then just relaxed. We were all pretty tired from traveling and wanted to be refreshed and ready to go for the next day. My first day in Europe and I couldn't stop smiling!
Quotes from the day:
"The phone already knows it's in Holland." (A friendly Dutch man trying to help us with the phone in the train station)
"Mirian, its like party on" (Theresa's explanation of how to pronounce Mirjam's mothers name)
Mirjam: "She's taken a picture of our asses."
Cindy: "Where's the S?" (while looking towards the sky)
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Dyn-O-Mite! Greatest TV catchphrases named
The TV Land cable network has compiled a list of the 100 greatest catchphrases in TV, from the serious Walter Cronkite's nightly signoff "And that's the way it is" to the silly: "We are two wild and crazy guys!"
courtesy of MSNBC.com
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
provided to me by Hayley Slater... I dont know where she got it from, just a little history lesson for you!
1963 : John F. Kennedy assassinated
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, is assassinated while traveling through Dallas, Texas, in an open-top convertible.
First lady Jacqueline Kennedy rarely accompanied her husband on political outings, but she was beside him, along with Texas Governor John Connally and his wife, for a 10-mile motorcade through the streets of downtown Dallas on November 22. Sitting in a Lincoln convertible, the Kennedys and Connallys waved at the large and enthusiastic crowds gathered along the parade route. As their vehicle passed the Texas School Book Depository Building at 12:30 p.m., Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly fired three shots from the sixth floor, fatally wounding President Kennedy and seriously injuring Governor Connally. Kennedy was pronounced dead 30 minutes later at Dallas' Parkland Hospital. He was 46.
Vice President Lyndon Johnson, who was three cars behind President Kennedy in the motorcade, was sworn in as the 36th president of the United States at 2:39 p.m. He took the presidential oath of office aboard Air Force One as it sat on the runway at Dallas Love Field airport. The swearing in was witnessed by some 30 people, including Jacqueline Kennedy, who was still wearing clothes stained with her husband's blood. Seven minutes later, the presidential jet took off for Washington.
The next day, November 23, President Johnson issued his first proclamation, declaring November 25 to be a day of national mourning for the slain president. On that Monday, hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of Washington to watch a horse-drawn caisson bear Kennedy's body from the Capitol Rotunda to St. Matthew's Catholic Cathedral for a requiem Mass. The solemn procession then continued on to Arlington National Cemetery, where leaders of 99 nations gathered for the state funeral. Kennedy was buried with full military honors on a slope below Arlington House, where an eternal flame was lit by his widow to forever mark the grave.
Lee Harvey Oswald, born in New Orleans in 1939, joined the U.S. Marines in 1956. He was discharged in 1959 and nine days later left for the Soviet Union, where he tried unsuccessfully to become a citizen. He worked in Minsk and married a Soviet woman and in 1962 was allowed to return to the United States with his wife and infant daughter. In early 1963, he bought a .38 revolver and rifle with a telescopic sight by mail order, and on April 10 in Dallas he allegedly shot at and missed former U.S. Army general Edwin Walker, a figure known for his extreme right-wing views. Later that month, Oswald went to New Orleans and founded a branch of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, a pro-Castro organization. In September 1963, he went to Mexico City, where investigators allege that he attempted to secure a visa to travel to Cuba or return to the USSR. In October, he returned to Dallas and took a job at the Texas School Book Depository Building.
Less than an hour after Kennedy was shot, Oswald killed a policeman who questioned him on the street near his rooming house in Dallas. Thirty minutes later, Oswald was arrested in a movie theater by police responding to reports of a suspect. He was formally arraigned on November 23 for the murders of President Kennedy and Officer J.D. Tippit.
On November 24, Oswald was brought to the basement of the Dallas police headquarters on his way to a more secure county jail. A crowd of police and press with live television cameras rolling gathered to witness his departure. As Oswald came into the room, Jack Ruby emerged from the crowd and fatally wounded him with a single shot from a concealed .38 revolver. Ruby, who was immediately detained, claimed that rage at Kennedy's murder was the motive for his action. Some called him a hero, but he was nonetheless charged with first-degree murder.
Jack Ruby, originally known as Jacob Rubenstein, operated strip joints and dance halls in Dallas and had minor connections to organized crime. He features prominently in Kennedy-assassination theories, and many believe he killed Oswald to keep him from revealing a larger conspiracy. In his trial, Ruby denied the allegation and pleaded innocent on the grounds that his great grief over Kennedy's murder had caused him to suffer "psychomotor epilepsy" and shoot Oswald unconsciously. The jury found Ruby guilty of "murder with malice" and sentenced him to die.
In October 1966, the Texas Court of Appeals reversed the decision on the grounds of improper admission of testimony and the fact that Ruby could not have received a fair trial in Dallas at the time. In January 1967, while awaiting a new trial, to be held in Wichita Falls, Ruby died of lung cancer in a Dallas hospital.
The official Warren Commission report of 1964 concluded that neither Oswald nor Ruby were part of a larger conspiracy, either domestic or international, to assassinate President Kennedy. Despite its seemingly firm conclusions, the report failed to silence conspiracy theories surrounding the event, and in 1978 the House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded in a preliminary report that Kennedy was "probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy" that may have involved multiple shooters and organized crime. The committee's findings, as with those of the Warren Commission, continue to be widely disputed.
Friday, November 17, 2006
I'll tell you this though, I'll take the Christmas fun without the cold weather this year! Theres nothing like a white christmas, except when its 40 degrees below zero and you can't even go outside to enjoy the snow. (Did I just have enjoy and snow in the same sentence).
Anyways, I just got excited all of a sudden for Christmas music and its not even Thanksgiving yet. Oh well. Enjoy the Holidays everyone. And remember, Jesus is the reason for the Season!
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
I still get that familiar feeling when I hear the theme song to Laguna Beach start up, or the infamous beginning to the OC. Theres so much tied to music that its almost as important as the tv show itself.
I can remember back to my freshman year of college when I lived in the dorms. My roommate would always play Enya in the middle of the afternoon when she was getting ready to take a nap. To this day, when I hear "Only Time" my eyes start to feel heavy and that sense of "sleepiness" comes over me. Is it because I'm tired? Probably not. I became so accustomed to associating Enya with sleep that in the middle of the day, her music makes me drowsy.
To all those producers and executives who think plot lines and characters are the most important part of the television show, I tell you to take a look at the most successful tv shows of the 80s and 90s and think of their theme song. Granted, the shows were popular so the theme song caught on, but it works hand in hand. I say, go back to those catching theme songs. To think that the generation after mine won't have a theme song like "Saved by the Bell" or "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" to sing along to. Well, that’s just frightening and wrong! :)
ps happy birthday michael ( i know it was yesterday!)
Friday, November 10, 2006
A woman was shopping at her local supermarket where she selected:
A half-gallon of 2% milk,
A carton of eggs,
A quart of orange juice,
A head of romaine lettuce,
2 lb. can of coffee,
And a 1 lb. package of bacon.
As she was unloading her items on the conveyor belt to check out, a drunk standing behind her watched as she placed the items in front of the cashier. While the cashier was ringing up her purchases, the drunk calmly stated, "You must be single."
The woman was a bit Startled by this proclamation, but she was intrigued by the derelict's intuition, since she was indeed single. She looked at her six items on the belt and saw nothing particularly unusual about her selections that could have tipped off the drunk to her marital status. Curiosity getting the better of her, she said "Well, you know what, you're absolutely correct. But how on earth did you know that?"
The drunk replied, "Cause you're ugly."
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
"But select capable men from all the people-- men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain -- and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens." Exodus 18:21
Find out where the candidates stand at http://www.iowachristian.com/voterguides.htm
Friday, November 03, 2006
What makes me laugh? I really just love laughing so hard that you forget what you're laughing about. And people tripping or running into things really makes me laugh
What's my favorite possession? hmmm, i really do love taking pictures so probably my photo album
What superhuman power would I most want to have? who doesnt want to fly
What did I want to be when I was little? I wanted to be lots of things. A teacher, Miss America, a shoe saleman
What is my motto? "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." Ephesians 6:10-13
What would you do with $1,000 in spare cash? Vacation!!!!
What's your simplest pleasure? a long walk on a cool summer night
What would your "I'd rather be..." bumper sticker say? at the beach
What's the craziest fashion trend you've ever followed? everything from the 80's was pretty crazy. Maybe stretch pants, yup, definitely strep pants
The big decision I'm currently wrestling with is...? long term goals, mostly career wise
Would you rather be a little smarter or a little sexier? how about a little bit of both
ps. thanks Real Simple for the questions.