Friday, July 31, 2009
5 things that make me smile.
- 1. your belly
- 2. scot – everything scot, but especially when he does his silly dance with the snapping. The snapping is the cherry on top.
- 3. pokey and marly
- 4. the thought of us all being together in
- 5. the next generation of us. And how your little lover taco face is going to be a role model to my little peanut nose.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
A senior American military adviser in Baghdad has concluded
in an unusually blunt memo that the Iraqi forces suffer from
deeply entrenched deficiencies but are now capable of
protecting the Iraqi government and that it is time "for the
U.S. to declare victory and go home."
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
*I'm living for these shoes today. picture from stylesight.com
Although I've been running around like a lunatic all day, thought I'd stop for a moment and share some bits of happiness I'm thinking and feeling today...
1. I got to spend some brief time with Rachel, whom I never get to see, so it was truly a treat. She is one of the best moms out there and yet balances all of life so seamlessly that I can only pray to the Goddesses of chillness that I be so capable.
2. today is my friend Rocky's birthday. And although almost all of you don't know him, you must have trust in me when I say this man is perfection and deserves the best evening of celebration and the next year of his life to be full of nothing but goodness.
3. the sun is shining and the air is HOT. my ideal day.
4. I just spoke to my doctor and apparently all is wonderful with the babe. I had a huge scare last week but in the end she says everything is great and there's no need to be worried.
5. Jenna, after a huge scare of her own and being in and out of the hospital, is finally ok. She's such an unexpectedly tough one. You never ever hear her complain about anything. Amazing.
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From the new J. Crew catalog for Fall 2009. They constantly do a brilliant job. Season after season they blow everyone else away. How do they do it? Oh yes, I know, they have a team of the most talented people in the business. Lucky. I need to go work over there soon...
Does anyone know who shot their new stuff? Please leave a comment if so.
As most of you know from my begging and pleading for a great running playlist, Ashley (seen in the photo above) is running the NYC marathon on November 1st. Please click on the link below and donate to her amazing cause - Free Arts NYC:
To find out more about Free Arts NYC, go to: www.freeartsnyc.org
Monday, July 27, 2009
This comes from the NY Times yesterday...sooooo funny.
Things Can Always Be Worseby Gail Collins
Once again, it’s time to look for a silver lining.
The health care bill is a mess in Congress. But at least the Senate voted to stop constructing the stupid F-22 fighter — and they did it before the plane contract’s 30th anniversary!
California is about to whack the heck out of funding for its school system. But on the plus side, the Legislature rescued the money that localities needed to continue identifying dead bodies in their morgues. We hate it when they balance the budget on the back of the corpses.
In New York (Most Dysfunctional State in the Union! Thanks, National Journal!), Albany is being run mainly by thugs and people who were appointed to fill sudden vacancies. But I’m happy to report that we do have a lieutenant governor for the moment, thanks to an emergency swearing-in ceremony at a steakhouse in Brooklyn, two minutes ahead of Republicans waving court orders.
The governor of Nevada is being sued by a cocktail waitress, who claims he assaulted her outside a nightclub, and his wife, who wants a divorce. But at least he is doing better than the state’s lieutenant governor, who is facing felony charges for misusing funds when he was the state treasurer. And not all that much worse than Nevada’s U.S. senator, who had that affair with the campaign bookkeeper who was married to his chief of staff.
No matter what dreadful embarrassment your state is facing, you can always console yourself by remembering that you do not live in New Jersey. On Thursday, a vast corruption sweep there netted three mayors, two state assemblymen, five rabbis and a guy who had allegedly been running an organ-trafficking business that has left swathes of the population of Moldova walking around with only one kidney.
If you do live in New Jersey, console yourself by remembering that the organ-trafficking business was actually run by a guy in Brooklyn.
Among the indicted mayors was Peter Cammarano III, Hoboken’s 32-year-old “thoughtful fighter” whose reform agenda had raised hopes in a city so beleaguered that it had been under control of a state monitor.
“Though we campaigned with fists raised, I now extend my hand,” Cammarano said after taking the oath of office. This was three weeks ago. At the time, no one understood it was a double-entendre.
I hate it when reform mayors get indicted. Although it does make me feel better about the fact that in New York, the reform governor was not actually indicted but only forced to resign because of a hugely humiliating sex scandal.
The New Jersey story is particularly dispiriting because it appears that the original federal investigation was not aimed at government corruption at all, but a money-laundering scheme centered in a town appropriately named Deal. This case involved Israel, Switzerland and an Apple Jacks cereal box stuffed with $97,000 — all of which was very regrettable, but not the sort of thing likely to give nightmares to lovers of democracy around the globe.
However, it turned out that once the informant began driving around with a trunk filled with laundered money, government officials popped up like so many beagles sniffing an unsupervised hot dog. And these public servants were depressingly inexpensive. Five-thousand dollars appeared to be the going rate for pretty much everything in the political favor department. Although there was a reform assemblyman who allegedly got $15,000. And, of course, the kidney would set you back a bundle.
According to the indictments, one employee of the Hudson County Board of Elections did complain that he was being shortchanged when he was paid $2,500. And although his name is now linked to a scandal that is roiling New Jersey with shame, he is probably comforted in the knowledge that he was absolutely right.
Hard to come up with any consolation for the people of Hoboken, who turned on the TV Thursday night and saw their brand-new mayor being hauled off in handcuffs. While Cammarano was campaigning to “build a better, stronger, more-affordable Hoboken” he was also allegedly sitting down at a diner with a federal informant, who promised to give him two $5,000 payments in return for help with various development projects.
And, oh, bitter pill — the prosecutors say he lightheartedly told the informant that he was so popular that he could win the election even if he was “uh, indicted.”
The voters can tell themselves that at least they tried. Cammarano’s official biography boasts that he championed ethics and open government and sponsored a law requiring “that all wood products purchased for municipal projects are certified as non-rain forest in origin.” Whoever told us to beware of politicians bearing rain forest resolutions?And it could have been worse. At least Hoboken’s indicted mayor isn’t the cut-rate $2,500 kind. And at last report, everybody was still hanging on to their kidneys.
over the beach. This was 10 min after it first shined so you can only
imagine how vibrant it was to begin with.
Beautiful, just like the little princess of jumping castles. Happy
birthday Little A!!