Friday, October 31, 2008
Oh, and you should all start your own blog... it is WAY too much fun to be missing out on. :o) Just a thought!
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Thursday, October 30, 2008
Both of my parents were impressed with his abilities! He did a great job... He was dump cart king by the time we left this morning...
I on the other hand didn't get to be in the main action. I was the one doing the "behind the scenes" stuff like working ground for next season... :) Actually Monday I made 3 trips from Ringsted to Fairmont, MN (about a 40 minute drive 1- way) for different parts and/or errands, I think that is a personal record! Tuesday and Wednesday I spent behind the wheel of a tractor. The coolest part was that my dad has this new gadget that actually steers the tractor for you. Basically you don't have to do anything except turn around and pull the machinery out of the ground. Though it may sound nice (and it is) it can get boring.... Not a lot to concentrate on when you aren't steering! :) Much more efficient though because it doesn't allow for human error- kinda nice to have that kind of job.
Here is the view I had:What can I say, I am a huge nerd and I love this tractor!!!
Who wouldn't be intimidated by me?
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday we got up and pretty much messed around at home. I had borrowed our Wii from work so there was some friendly competition throughout the morning... (I may have even convinced JR that we need one!!!) Lots of bowling, tennis, and golf were played. By no means am I a gamer but I have to admit I am addicted to that gaming system!!! While everyone was getting ready Jenna asked if she could paint her and my toenails. I (of course!) said yes because #1 how can you say no to your niece and #2 seriously what isnt' fun about a 2 year old wanting to paint toenails?? Jenna was so cute too, she watched everything I did even down to taking my finger to touch up around her nail beds. She concentrated really hard to get it "just right" and made sure that I liked it. I can honestly say I haven't met many 2 year olds that are as smart as she is. Everytime I see her I am amazed! Here we are painting our nails
After lunch we headed out to run some errands and show Jamie how much Mankato has changed since we were in highschool... Later that afternoon we headed off to the park down the street to let the puppies blow off some steam... Bear has really been pushing my limits lately and I am thinking part of it is 'cuz he isn't getting enough excersize. So off to the park we went.... Jenna ran around and played on the jungle gym , went down the slides, and tried out all of the swings. Brody came along and enjoyed the day out in the sun. It was nice to have some descent weather before the crap storm of Sunday morning/afternoon...
To round out our day we carved some pumpkins, baked the seeds, and enjoyed some ice cream cake in celebration of Bear's 2nd birthday! :) Jenna was very excited to eat the cake might I add!! Scott and Lisa came over to meet the fam and it was nice to all have a chance to hang out.
Sunday morning after everyone got up and going the Burdorf's were on the road again... Just in time for our first "snowstorm" of winter.... After everyone left Justin and I started talking about how much fun we had. Brody is at such a fun age 'cuz he is just learning to crawl so he is kinda awkward in what he does but it is adorable. He just laughs and smiles so easily!! Jenna is just Jenna, full of spunk, humor, and independance. We both laughed about how much we liked having everyone around. It was great to get to hang out with all 4 of them and I hope we can do it more and more often!!!
I was going to do a slideshow so I didnt' have to upload so many photos but for some reason it won't let me right now... I am too tired to fight it but I will add one later!! (I won't steal them all Jame!!)
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Somethings that really have stood out were the phrases "your perception is your reality", "everything I need to know I learned in Kindergarten", and that we are all going to die with a to-do list.
The perception phrase is one that we used a lot at Seeds of Hope (and among our friends) but it was good to have a little refresher. I don't think we ever really stop and just think about how many different ways things can be interpreted. When you really break things down and take a closer look, we can see how life experiences and other various things will effect how we look at something. You may see a broken -oh I don't know- bike, and I might see a well loved bike. Silly example but really it is nice to just have that to fall back on when I sit and think "Man so and so is WAY out in left field, where did they come up with that". It is kind of my little saying that I use to keep myself in check.
Everything we need to know we learn in Kindergarten.... Funny concept until I really thought about it. How true it is!!! We are all taught as kids that we need to share, be nice to others, if we hurt someone we need to apologize, say please and thank you, and last but not least- the golden rule. Wouldn't adulthood be SOOOOOOO much easier if we all still thought that way? I mean really I see people being trampled and trampling over one another just to get ahead. What happened to sharing with your friends. The competition is so fierce we can't just enjoy anything.
Be nice to others- how did this become so foreign. I am just as guilty as everyone else but seriously, why? I am the first to admit that I have no problem tailgating a driver that is "an idiot" in my book but why do I do that? I am not gaining anything I just get a millisecond of satisfaction and then I move on with my day. I could have one less stress if I just let it go...
How about: If you hurt someone, tell them you are sorry. It takes what 5 minutes to really apologize for hurting someones feelings. Shoot send an e-card if you have to but at least you are acknowledging that you screwed up. I think that gets us a lot further in life than just trampling through or over everyone.
And honestly how easy is it to follow the golden rule??? If I can do it, you can do it!
Now to touch on the fact that we area ll going to die with a to-do list. Again, not something I would normally think about but I suppose that would be true. I mean obviously we don't' know when our time is up SO that is why we have to live life to the fullest. Live for today!!!
Here is my last quote from the trainings: "Hard to see the picture if you are in the frame" Sometimes it is helpful to just step back and take everything in. I think if we all did this a little more often we might just have something that we can be proud of.
Thanks for humoring me!!! :o)
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Yesterday I got up and headed over to work. I actually got lots of stuff done so that was good! I even got to play a little catch up with a friend of mine too so that was nice. JR and I did a little shopping and then went out to grab a bite to eat. We haven't been out just the 2 of us in a long while so it was really nice. After Blue Bricks we checked out a newly opened place that is more "upscale"... It was pretty nice. I was ready to call it a night WAY before Justin wanted to but that is pretty normal at our house these days.
Today we spent watching the Vikings and the Packers. Truly a GREAT day for me- Vikes/ Cowboys lose and Pack win! WOOT WOOT!!
Ever since we moved in here we've wanted to have a fire in our wood burning fireplace. Today we finally got to try it out. :) I think its going to rather cozy downstairs later this winter!
Other than that not much is happening around the Hunecke house. Justin starts his 7 days off stretch on Thursday. His sister and her family will be up here over the weekend so we are pretty excited about that! Hope everyone has a good week
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Anyway back to the debate. I am just sick of the whining, complaining, etc. from both sides. the next 18 days (or whatever) can't come soon enough. I am ready to cast my ballot and then wait 3 months till the next stupid mudslinging ads come out for the 2009 election.
I was talking to my mom this morning and though I don't know that we agree 100%- (she would never say that cuz she says I would argue to the death so she just lets me say my piece and then we move the convo along) she had a great point.... She said "Isn't it just really sad to think that all of these promises from both candidates probably won't happen?"
Great point! I mean, I think we all realize this when we are going through this whole process but still.... isn't it a little disheartening? This doesn't mean that I am wavering my support for Sen. Obama, I am just saying... it kinda sucks!
*** one thing I just thought of! I really liked the part where John got all excited and made his big comment "I am not George Bush. If you wanted to run against him you should have ran for President 4 years ago." Really? You aren't George Bush? OK, what are you going to do to prove that? hmmmmmmmm kinda what I thought.
Sorry just had to throw that in there! ***
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
At work I have so many ideas/projects/and new things in the works I can't seem to get my day to day stuff done. I want to start ALL of the new FUN stuff, but then they never have the turn out or quality that I want. As soon as I start to feel caught up I look down at my 3 page to do list and think- "Man, I am never going to catch up!" This wouldn't be so bad if I felt like I was accomplishing things to the best of my ability. I have really been lacking in that I think so I need to figure out a better way to organize my thoughts.
When I get home I look around and just don't feel like organizing things here. I have it easy (and I know it!) since I don't have little ones running around my feet so I can't imagine how all the moms do it on a day to day basis. Hopefully I can get something figured out soon so I don't feel so much like a chicken with my head cut off... Some days I wish there were just more hours in the day so I could have more time to shut work off and have a little more me time! Selfish I realize but wouldn't that be nice?
I just talked to a friend of mine and she already knows what she is going to be for Halloween and I have no idea..... I need to be something that I can move around in all right while working so -- NOTHING slutty!
(I can honestly say I am totally over that, UNLESS I someday have a rockin bod again and feel the need to show everyone-just sayin it could happen! HA!)
So if you have any suggestions I would love to hear 'em. Thanks!
Monday, October 13, 2008
I caught a few minutes of the Hawks game and that was a GREAT win since I was beginning to lose faith... (not total faith but I was getting nervous!)
Saturday night I went with a friend to the new Richard Geare (sp??) and Diane Lane movie... I had read the book so I didn't know if that would make it better or not. I enjoyed it but I still think the book was better. I think both Becky and I agreed that it definitely wasn't one of our top 10! Still well worth a night out and the money for the ticket.
Sunday found both Bear and I even more lazy. (see the pattern?) I did however, get up and run a few errands at Target so I suppose that is successful! Got to watch the Packers win so my football teams were successful this weekend! Speaking of football man, there were lots of really good endings this Sunday. The Cowboys/Cardinals ending was STUPENDOUS!! Take that ROMO! (sorry about your bum pinkey but I mean really....) Justin's Vikings won so I guess everyone was happy this weekend.
I ended up spending the rest of my night working on the newsletter for work and didn't go to bed until well after midnight. I think the last time I looked at the clock it was around 10 to 1:00 so I am sure I was up into the 1:00 hour. Part of my problem is that I can't shut the TV off when CSI:Miami is on. I could watch those darn reruns a thousand times. Drama with just the right amount of humor and sarcasm. I am a sucker!
So needless to say after my lazy weekend I have lots of things that I need to get caught up on but I have decided to just take it one day at a time. What else do I have to do?! HA!!!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
I started my day with an ultrasound and then headed to the Dr's office for a consult with my Dr's nurse. She told me that the cyst we had been trying to shrink had only gotten bigger. She ran through a lot of things that could be causing it and even went as far as to say that worst case scenario I could possibly need to have a procedure done take care of the cysts. She also mentioned that a lot of times when she sees something like this it means that the woman is a great canidate for endometriosis which could make it extremely difficult to nearly impossible to get pregnant. Let me tell you this was not what I wanted to hear!
I spent my day going over and over everything in my mind... I was totally crushed and felt awful most of the day.... That is until I received a phone call around 3:00 pm.
Our Dr's nurse called me back and started the conversation by apologizing profusely. She said that she was sorry but after talking to the Dr. she found out she was wrong. Our doctor wasn't concerned by the ultrasound results and she thought we should go ahead and proceed with other measures of treatment!!! She said that we would keep an eye on everything but she thought even with the cysts we could keep things going. I can't tell you what a relief that was!! SO back to blood tests, meds, and Dr. appointments. So much better than the alternative.
I am so happy that the original discussion didn't end up being the final word. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Hopefully everything will go well and I won't really need to report too much through out the next few months. This time I am keeping a positive attitude!!!
Monday, October 6, 2008
Justin was totally pumped to get to run the skid loader.
I got to drive the 4-wheeler so I was having a good time too.
I had to get in and try to drive it too!! I have to say that toy is pretty addicting!!
You can't see it overly well but Bear is covered in rocks. He had to be in the center of the action and he actually fell asleep in that spot while Justin and I continued to drop rocks on and around him. He never moved a muscle!!
Obviously these plants are not blooming but we decided not to cut them down right away after we transplanted them so my mom actually knew what she would have where... I can guarantee I wouldn't remember where they were next spring!!!
My main issue with Governor Palin is her sarcastic, overbearing attitude- the EXACT same issue I had with John Kerry 4 years ago. I feel like she is untruthful and that I can't trust her and her beliefs. I don't think it is fair to say that because I am a woman I should be able to support where she is coming from. People tried that on my with Hilary Clinton and sorry folks I don't trust her as far as I could throw her either. I will not "like" someone just because they are the same sex as I am! :) I can't support someone, male or female, if I don't agree with what they are saying.... I think it would/will be wonderful to have a woman running office at some point I just haven't seen one yet that I would really like to say "yes, she is my president". To be honest I can't say that about several of our Presidents but that is neither here nor there! :) Just Kidding!!
Back to Palin, it scares me to think that some of her ideals would or could become the "norm" for our country. Mostly because I don't think having a country that only believes in the conservative value or liberal value system is appropriate. There are several ways to look at peoples lives and/or situations and I don't think that EITHER side of the aisle necessarily does that on a daily basis but I suppose that would only happen in a perfect world! Hence my need to stay Independent!
I don't feel that Governor Palin can look at 2 sides of a coin, or at least that is my opinion. She hasn't really shown me that she understands why someone like me would believe that abortion is a choice, or that people who love one another can be together-legally, or that if I were raped in Alaska and went for a much needed exam, I would need to pay for that. I don't think that is right. There are other things that I don't believe she has considered but these are my main frustrations at this moment. I realize neither Senator Obama or Senator Biden believe that same sex marriage should be legalized but they are at least open to the idea that some people think it should be a right.
People have asked and others may wonder how I am pro-choice when my own mother was adopted. I realize I may not even be here had abortion been the option her biological mom had chosen BUT I do feel in some situations it is a necessary option. I am a woman that wants desperately to have a baby of her own but I also know that if something horrible would have happened to me to conceive that child I would have a VERY difficult time carrying it to term. There is no doubt in my mind that those women that have been forced to do this have suffered deeper than anyone could know. I also think that if there are health issues for a mother that could cost her life, it should be an option she can weigh. Who am I to say what a person would want to choose?
I am not saying I would necessarily choose this option but at least it is an option if someone really needs to exercise it. Do I think Gov. Palin is awful for knowingly giving birth to a child with downs syndrome? ABSOLUTELY NOT! I think it is wonderful that she followed through with her pregnancy because she knew she could love her child no matter what. Unfortunately not everyone is as accepting of having an "imperfect" child and their child suffers. Adoption is wonderful (and my mother along with several friends are living proof of what a gift it is) but there are children out there suffering because their mom felt they had no options. I can't say enough how wonderful I think adoption is. I am so happy that so many people have gotten to live life because of this option, just remember not everyone could do it. That is my main driving force behind my belief on this.
On the McCain/Palin ticket....
I don't think that just because John McCain was a POW he knows exactly how to lead our country out of war. Do I know that my choice in candidate can do it for sure either, not 100% but I am willing to see what he can do. The fact that he is a "Maverick" he can be trusted to know exactly what is being done. Why, if he is such a maverick, did he vote right along side Obama and Biden for the bail out bill, among other things?
I don't think that Governor Palin "poor attempt at a joke" comment on not knowing what a Vice President does was overly funny. I guess if you don't know what the job is for why should you want it? How could you even know what you are campaigning for if you don't know what the title entails? Again, Biden isn't perfect because he himself said he wouldn't consider being a Vice President BUT he also thought he was going to have the top chair, I can't say that for Palin.
Again as I have said before (not necessarily on here) I don't think that Obama/Biden can get everything done that really needs to be done but, I think they have ideas on how they could. I realize these are "ideas" but isn't that how everything starts? Without having some plan/ideas we can't do anything. I am sure McCain/Palin have some ideas on how they would make our country a better place, and I can admit some of them are interesting and could work but, when I look at the bigger picture I don't see the success of our nation under that umbrella. Maybe I will be proven wrong IF they are elected but as of now I personally do not think so. Who knows I could be completely wrong!
I will end this entry with this: I will agree to disagree with all of you who have questioned my thought process. :) I respect your thoughts and value your opinions! I appreciate your challenges and know that we couldn't have an America without it. Isn't free speech awesome!?!
With that said, I will TRY to stop voicing my opinion so loudly on here because I don't want people to stop reading about the happier things in our lives! Thanks for reading my blabbering. Ok, I am FINALLY stepping off my soapbox for awhile.... Have a wonderful day!
Thursday, October 2, 2008
First of all I will begin by saying that I respect that Gov. Palin and Sen. Biden can get up in front of the American people and speak.... With that said, my respect for Gov. Palin stops there.
Most of the debate I felt like I was being taken on the most confusing ride I had ever been on. I realize that part of politics is to just keep talking till everyone is so confused they can't oppose you BUT, seriously JUST ANSWER THE FREAKING QUESTION!!! When the mediator would ask a question I swear Ms. Palin never actually answered any of them. She was so focused on her views on energy producing state and fumbling with her words that she couldn't formulate a concise answer. I am sick of the "hockey mom", the "Joe six pack", and all American girl arguments... WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WERE TO BECOME PRESIDENT? That is my question and I still haven't heard your answer. I don't care that you and your running mates are going to be "mavericks".
I fundamentally disagree on her views of abortion. Just as simple as that. I don't agree with how "HER" state made rape victims pay for their exams. I don't agree! I am for victims, not against them. We shouldn't be making victims jump through more and more hoops to get the care that they deserve.
I still keep my Independent views and can't go 100% either way but to me a McCain/Palin ticket is DEFINITELY NOT the way to go.
I am sorry if my opinion offends you but I am just tired of hearing the same arguements and never hearing any answers to the real questions!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Tonight I enjoyed one of my favorite shows... "Private Practice" (the Grey's spin off)had just begun last season right before the writers strike and they only had a few episodes written SO I had to wait all year to get caught back up. I have to say I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this evenings episode! Just made my stomach churn with all of the dynamics surrounding secrets. Very good! I have to say I do love Kate Walsh too so that may have something to do with it- Taye Diggs isn't to shabby either!
I didn't get into it too much earlier but I have to say I think that "Brothers and Sister" (Sundays on ABC) has some fantastic writing. Justin will even sit through that show and he is usually telling me how ridiculous the shows are that I watch!!!
Tomorrow is the big Vice Presidential debate, I CANT WAIT! I am such a nerd... I don't know how it is going to go but I am sure I will have something to say afterwards. Aren't you lucky!? Only 34 days till the election and then the stupid campaign adds will be over- for 2 more years till the next election process begins.... oh joy!