28 January 2009

25 things meme

Cheating & posting my Facebook time suck of the week her too.

25 random things about me

1. I am tired of email.
2. If I could only eat one food, it would be chocolate.
3. I thought my 2nd child was a girl (he wasn't).
4. I am lactose intolerant.
5. I would really like to get more sleep.
6. I hate trying on jeans.
7. I love snow as long as I can observe it from inside.
8. I totally stole a bunch of [my friend who sent this to me]'s answers.
9. My job is ok, but I wouldn't do it for free.
10. I wish we could visit Alaska this year.
11. My space-heater rocks.
12. I read Hollywood gossip online when I get bored during conference calls at work.
13. I don't like grapes but I do like raisins.
14. I like organizing things.
15. I don't like cleaning.
16. I think my sons are even more stubborn than I am (scary).
17. I am not afraid of confrontation.
18. I don't really like using the phone even though I like talking to people (and spend hours on the phone at work).
20. I am a huge fan of Target.
21. I played the piano seriously in elementary school and junior high - now I can't even really read music.
22. I'm not into computer games at all.
23. I like my family.
24. I can only do wimpy girly push-ups (but I'm working on it).
25. I have post-apocalyptic dreams on a regular basis. They usually involve what I will pack if I have to take my family & live in the woods.

26 January 2009


My brother has no health insurance.

He is a single 30-year-old freelancer. No employer to offer him insurance. Too old (and graduated from college) to be a dependent on my parents' insurance plan. Too single to tag onto a spouse's plan. He made a few dollars to many (literally) to qualify for our state's low income subsidized plan.

This article by Atul Gawande is a fantastic explanation of how we could get to universal health care, partly based on what the state of Massachusetts has done. I believe the time has come in the United States for universal health care. I hope President Obama is the one who can make it happen.

21 January 2009

Is 32 supposed to feel warm?

After weeks of below-freezing temperatures and days where it never got warmer than -1 or 0 (Fahrenheit), it's finally supposed to get up to 32 today and tomorrow and I can't wait!

The Incredible Disappearing Blogger

I don't know what happened. I guess the Thanksgiving - sick kid - birthday - Christmas - sick kid (the Wombat developed another cold on Christmas Eve) - New Year's - holy crap it's 2009 - back-to-work sequence just took a toll.

So, now it's January and we have a new president. Yes! We! Can! I got chills and teared up over and over while watching the inauguration yesterday. I also decided that if Barack Hussein Obama can get elected as the President of the United States of America, I can get my ass to the gym. Amid a silent chorus of "Yes you can" and Eminem and ABBA on my iPod I did 30 minutes on the treadmill. 1.75 miles. It's a start.