Saturday, November 8, 2008

How cool is this??

So, I had a party last night... a candle/massage party. Just a simple get together (with about 20 people...thanks, Jacqui!). Don't ask me how we went through 2 bottles of wine in 1/2 hour, but I have a feeling it was a Friday night de-stresser, from all the hectic-ness of the work week. KWIM? And it wasn't a " product party", the type where someone gets up and does a presentation and you look through a catalog, order a few things, and try to get roped into having a party at your house. Not that those are bad (hell, I just enjoy getting out of the house :), but it was more or less me hosting a "get together" for my cousin who make soy candles, and a friend who is a massage therapist, and an excuse to have friends over for some wine and appetizers. Anyways, it was a lot of fun....the last person left at about 11:30pm., it ended at 9:00pm., needless to say I'm tired today...laying low. Okay, this really isn't even what I wanted to write about...... So, on with the cool info. I was listening in on last night.....

(A little bit of background info.) My mom used to do daycare for a lady in our neighborhood when I was growing up. She watched her kids from the time they were 3 months old - 5 yrs., when they started school. Through this we became great friends with the family and have stayed friends with them throughout the years. Well, of course the election was mentioned last night and Donna (the family friend) was telling us that her nephew from Ionia is Barack Obama's personal assistant! His name is Nicholas(not sure of the last name), and he grew up in Ionia, raised by a single parent, went to a community college for 2 years, then transferred to U of M, finished his undergraduate degree there and was eventually hoping to go to Law School. He was looking into Law Schools and from what she was saying is the Law Schools he was applying to are VERY competitive and EXPENSIVE! So, he decided to put a few years into just working and putting Law School on the back burner for a while. He moved to Chicago and while working at a Law Firm or City Organization(not sure which) in Chicago, he was introduced to Barack Obama.! Barack seemed to be impressed with Nicholas's character and ambition, and asked him to come and work on his campaign, eventually he become one of Barack's personal assistant's on the campaign trail. How cool is that!! I love the fact that he's just a small town boy from Ionia Michigan, an ordinary College Graduate (in debt) trying to make ends meet, working his way up in his field of interest, and now he has this awesome opportunity..... without even "knowing" the right people (for an in, getting your foot in the door)..... It's one of those "hard work really does pay off in the end" stories.....I love it! I can't wait to talk to my kids about it at school on Monday, it'll be my soap box speech... "you can be ANYTHING you wanna be stories, all you have to do is work hard", just listen to what happened to this small town kid from Ionia Michigan who was just an ordinary College Student a few years ago and now he's going to Washington D.C. with BARACK OBAMA, the new PRESIDENT of The United States!!! Oh, yeah I didn't mention that.... he's headed to Washington too! I don't think he'll have a problem getting into a competitive Law School now, what- do ya think? ;) I'm actually going to try to get a mailing address from her so my kids at school can write a supportive congratulations card to Barack! Yay!

I like this story, just thought I'd share some inspiration :)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

A blur......

Okay, my weekend consists of:

  • Laundry
  • Feeding Family
  • Grocery Shopping
  • A Target run
  • Picking up messes around the house
  • Laundry, Laundry, & more Laundry

I feel like my weekends are such a blur and so monotonous, especially during the school year when I'm working full time. What do your weekends look like?

And yes, we had a fantastico Halloween- my son loves Dora & Diego, my kids at school have Spanish in my room twice a week, & I've become fond of saying a few Spanish words lately... I'm a dork, I know, is fantastico really even a Spanish word or did I just make that up in my head?! ha! Anyways, I will be posting pics. soon of my "three ninja"... aka: Donnie, & my son who gets the shaft....awe, Nolan - (I'll explain later).