Friday, August 26, 2011

Wedding Gown

Cute couple, and quite young. And they are truly very much in-love according to my kids. My son took their engagement photos, but could not attend the wedding because of school commitments. Wedding dress picture was sent through their iPhone. Luv the

ETA: These two divorced soon after their son was born.  Very sad.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

High School Speech


To the students and faculty of our high school:

I am your new principal, and honored to be so. There is no greater calling than 
to teach young people. I would like to apprise you of some important changes 
coming to our school. I am making these changes because I am convinced that most 
of the ideas that have dominated public education in America have worked against 
you, against your teachers and against our country.

First, this school will no longer honor race or ethnicity. I could not care less 
if your racial makeup is black, brown, red, yellow or white...
I could not care less if your origins are African, Latin American, Asian or 
European, or if your ancestors arrived here on the Mayflower or on slave ships. 
The only identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize, is your 
individual identity -- your character, your scholarship, your humanity. And the 
only national identity this school will care about is American.
This is an American public school, and American public schools were created to 
make better Americans. If you wish to affirm an ethnic, racial or religious 
identity through school, you will have to go elsewhere. We will end all 
ethnicity, race and non-American nationality-based celebrations. They undermine 
the motto of America, one of its three central values -- e pluribus Unum, "from 
many, one."

And this school will be guided by America's values. This includes all 
after-school clubs. I will not authorize clubs that divide Students based on any 
identities. This includes race, language, religion, sexual orientation or 
whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political correctness.
Your clubs will be based on interests and passions, not blood, ethnic, racial or 
other physically defined ties. Those clubs just Cultivate narcissism -- an 
unhealthy preoccupation with the self -- while the purpose of education is to 
get you to think beyond yourself.

So we will have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, 
music, astronomy, languages you do not already speak, carpentry and more. If the 
only extracurricular activities you can imagine being interested in are those 
based on ethnic, racial or sexual identity, that means that little outside of 
yourself really interests you.
Second, I am uninterested in whether English is your native language. My only 
interest in terms of language is that you leave this school speaking and writing 
English as fluently as possible. The English language has united America 's 
citizens for over 200 years, and it will unite us at this school. It is one of 
the indispensable reasons this country of immigrants has always come to be one 
country. And if you leave this school without excellent English language skills, 
I would be remiss in my duty to ensure that you will be prepared to successfully 
compete in the American job market. We will learn other languages here
-- it is deplorable that most Americans only speak English --but if you want 
classes taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your 
Third, because I regard learning as a sacred endeavor, everything in this school 
will reflect learning's elevated status. This means, Among other things, that 
you and your teachers will dress accordingly. 
Many people in our society dress more formally for Hollywood events than
for church or school.These people have their priorities backward.
Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school. 

Fourth, no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school's property 
-- whether in class, in the hallways or at athletic events. If you can't speak 
without using the f-word, you can't speak. By obscene language I mean the words 
banned by the Federal Communications Commission, plus epithets such as "Nigger," 
even when used by one black student to address another black, or "bitch," even 
when addressed by a girl to a girlfriend. It is my intent that by the time you 
leave this school, you will be among the few your age to instinctively 
distinguish between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.
Fifth, we will end all self-esteem programs. In this school, self-esteem will be 
attained in only one way -- the way people attained it until decided otherwise a 
generation ago -- by earning it. One immediate consequence is that there will be 
one valedictorian, not eight. 
Sixth, and last, I am reorienting the school toward academics and away from 
politics and propaganda. No more time will be devoted to Scaring you about 
smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment or global 
warming. No more semesters will be devoted to condom wearing and teaching you to 
regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health issue. There will be no 
more attempts to convince you that you are a victim because you are not white, 
or not male, or not heterosexual or not Christian. We will have failed if any 
one of you graduates this school and does not consider him or herself 
inordinately lucky -- to be alive and to be an American. 

Now, please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our 
country. As many of you do not know the words, your teachers will hand them out 
to you.

A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give.... 
By Dennis Prager.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Try this recipe with spaghetti and hot dogs

From Pinterest: Spaghetti Hot Dogs
 We used Oscar Mayer 98% Fat Free Weiners; and Ronzoni Whole Grain Spaghetti.
 Even the hubster loved them!

Below was what gave me the idea (from Pinterest )

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Auto Mechanics on the go

Here's a first for us: Auto mechanics who make house calls. Hubby chose them through Craigslist because one car (our Ram) did not start. After the development of a fuel leak on  the other car, the Mini Van, why not kill two birds with one stone and just get someone over here to take a look at both automobiles? So, here come mechanics Jonathan & Victor at approximately 7 AM:

Jonathan & Victor

These guys did not work out. Too inexperienced. Not willing to put in the extra effort.Too much guess work. 
Back to our mechanic in Chicago we go.

The good news
Mini Van -- Mechanic soldered the part. No more gas leak.
Ram Van -- God willing, it's fixable. Still waiting for the computer part that had to be ordered from out of state.

The bad news:
Part for Mini Van that was ordered was not needed after all. However, Ford dealer said it is not returnable. Huh? They did not mention this policy when I placed the order through the phone. If I had known, I would not have placed the order with so much guess-work going on. We have not even picked up the part. I contested the charge through Discover Credit Card. Another burden to cast into God's care. Help, Lord, for vain is the help of man.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Fruit Cones: Berry Dessert

One of my favorite topics to explore on  Pinterest is Food + Drink.  Found this it-looks-easy berry dessert that I wanted to try. We used Keebler's Waffle BOWLS instead of cones, so I'd call this Fruit Bowls instead of Cones. Layered Dannon's Light and Fit Yogurt with the berries. Learned that it must be served immediately so it's not soggy. Otherwise, delicious and simple. Luv ♥ it!

What it SHOULD look like

Friday, August 5, 2011

Daniel + Tamara's Wedding 2011

We were honored to be invited to the wedding, through Frank and Connie (parents of Daniel). The ceremony was held outdoors on the grounds of The Country Squire. The reception was indoors. The color scheme was a gorgeous combination of Hot Pink, Orange , and White --- Awesome!