Give It A Try

Last week I went into my local liquor store and was kindly greeted by an elderly gentleman. "May I help you?" he asked. After asking him where the 2007 beuajolais nouve was, he pointed out the cases stacked up in the front of the store. The wine expert told me to give it a try and "have fun with it. It is very fruity and has a hint of banana." So I bought a bottle of Georges Duboeuf Beuajolais Nouve, and I had "fun with it." I could smell the hint of banana and I certainly could taste it as well. I enjoyed it and would encourage you to try it as well.

University party

At the end of 2006 I left the International Office of Leiden University to work with the kids I still work with today. At the same time, the International Office celebrated it's 5th anniversary and since the office is housed in an old medieval fortified house in the Leiden city centre, the party naturally was set in a medieval setting. It was also my going-away party and I couldn't complain about this great atmosphere and decor!

Where's The Outrage?

A 19 year old gang rape victim in Saudi Arabia was sentenced to 6 months in prison and 200 lashes because she was with an unrelated male when they were attacked and the woman was gang raped. The woman was originally sentenced to 90 lashes but this was overturned when the rape victim appealed the sentence. Because the gang rape victim was in a car with a man who was not her relative she was guilty of Saudi Arabia's rigid Islamic law requiring segregation of the sexes. This victim was gang raped, and now "raped" by Saudi Islamic law!

Where is the outrage by the US over this incident. The Saudis are supposedly friends of the US. When is George W. going to speak out against this travesty? When is the US going to demand this sentence be overturned. George W. and the US certainly have not hesitated to insist that Pakistan allow Bhutto her freedom. The US has not hesitated telling Musharraf he must move forward with democratic reforms. Why has there been no response to Saudi Arabia by the Bush Administration?

Finally A Candidate That Admits His Humanity

Could it be that we finally have a presidential candidate who admits that he's human and that he's done some rather stupid stuff over the years? I am still very undecided as far as which democratic presidential candidate I support, but more and more, I like Barack Obama's positions and attitude. Today Obabma admitted that he has tried drugs and used alcohol in high school. Not the "smoked marijuana but didn't inhale" lie that some have used in the past. Not the "nope, not me" lie that others have given in the past, but an honest, open, "You know, I've made some bad decisions that I've actually written about. You know, got into drinking. I experimented with drugs..." Obama admitted to not only smoking pot, but doing a little cocaine in his earlier years. Some undoubtedly will see this as a weakness, but I myself see it as a strength. A strength in being honest, admitting one's youthful stupidity, and moving forward to be a productive member of society.

A Little Weekend Fun


(Waring: Rated R-if you're under 17, leave; if you're sexually uptight, leave)

All Systems GO

Final approval was given last week on the mortgage, and Settlement has been set for Nov. 30th. So now timing is everything. I was hoping closing could be a bit earlier, but the Seller cannot do it before the 30th. That means I will have to pack up my stuff, load it on the truck on the 29th, and take it to Settlement on the 30th as I have to be out of my current apartment by the 30th as well. The crunch is on to pack stuff, but what do I pack and when? I still have to function for the next 2 weeks, so I cannot pack away everything. And then there's the utility companies that have to be informed so the switch can be made so I have lights, heat, and most importantly, cable and internet. I am very excited, but at the same time apprehensive about all that needs to be done as well as the new debt that I have incurred with the purchase of a home. I just keep looking at the tax writeoffs and hoping that makes it all worth it. As everyone has told me for the past 5+ years, now I will not be just giving my money (aka rent) to someone else. My philosophy has been "been there, done that" in respect to being a homeowner, and now I'm doing it again. I am hoping for the best!

Any Similarities?


Add a mustache to the photo below...........see the similarities?

Do Something With That, Tom!

What's with the new do, Tom? You've got to get rid of that look.

Has The Whole World Gone Friggin' Nuts?

Am I just getting older and going through the "WOE IS THE WORLD" syndrome ( you know the one where old people sit around and complain about all that's wrong with the world), or is the world really going crazy? Just look at some of the news from the past couple of weeks:

Philadelphia Police Charge Teen in Shooting of Two Officers Serving Warrant

Cops kill boy who brandished clothes iron

Cop: Teens Beheaded, Burned Man For Thrill

I just killed Jae-Leigh, dad told mother-in-law

20 years for family man who went on knifing rampage

What is it with all the killings? Why are people so hateful that killing is an everday occurrence? Makes no sense to me.

A Quick Preview of My New Place

On or before November 30th. More to come.........

Steve Irwin Was Psychic?


Steve Irwin, the Aussie Croc Hunter, was psychic according to his wife. Steve's wife, Terri, has revealed that Irwin predicted he would die at a young age. A psychic or a genius? My response: NO SHIT SHERLOCK!! How about I start a hobby of running across Rte. 322 shoeless during rush hour? Then I too can predict my early demise!

Post Halloween items




These were made for my son's friends and school teachers for Halloween. I SO enjoyed making these cute little boxes. They go superfast and are very easy to make. I don't even print a pattern for them and just make the score lines on the papercutter. Then I cut the lines out that aren't necessary and use the rest to fold and make the boxes.




The lolliholders were made by 3x6 pieces of doublesided halloween cardstock. Scored at 2 1/2, 2 3/4 and 5, fold on scorelines and punch a hole in the are between the 2 1/2 and 2 3/4 folds. Put the lollipop stick in there and secure with a gluedot or doublesided tape. Embellish front as needed.




Hope you enjoyed these, even though they are a bit late.




Have a great weekend and lotsa hugs
Sandra


Who are you???






Which Disney Character is your Alter Ego?
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You scored as Cinderella

Your alter ego is Cinderella! You often find yourself doing a lot of housework, but if you are patient, your hard work usually pays off. You are prone to losing things, so dont rush through everything.


Cinderella


81%

The Beast


75%

Sleeping Beauty


63%

Goofy


63%

Peter Pan


56%

Donald Duck


56%

Ariel


44%

Pinocchio


44%

Cruella De Ville


25%

Snow White


19%