Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Letters

I wrote letters to my US Senators of Illinois today concerning the Marriage Protection Amendment asking them to advocate the motions towards this amendment. I feel like sharing it now:

Senator --------,
Thank you for representing the people of Illinois. I'm from Cary, a suburb of northwest Chicago, and am currently going to school in Utah.
I am writing to ask you to ratify the motions towards the Marriage Protection Amendment.
First, I feel that it is appropriate to protect marriage in general. Chicagolandmarriage.org states, "Children of single parents are more likely to engage in high-risk relationships and high-risk behaviors at an earlier age, than children raised by a married mother and father.... Over one-third of all cohabiting relationships involve children. These children are at greater risk to be physically and/or sexually abused, and they are more likely to repeat the high risk relationship behaviors of their parent(s)." Promoting marriage is essential for the welfare of future generations.
Second, we need to protect the traditional man/woman marriage relationship. Children need to be born into a family with both a father and a mother, and to do that, well, they need to be born. The male and female are meant to complement each other, a yin and a yang. It creates balance for the family as each parent brings a different perspective to the table. Marriage is, and has historically and culturally been, between a man and a woman and this is essential for society. The structure of society is built on the smaller units of family and families are the product of marriages between men and women. If we are going to improve society, we are going to need to improve and protect marriage.
If marriage is no longer protected as between a man and woman, else, what is it then? Being loose about this matter diminishes the importance and sacredness of marriage. Marriage is not simply a civil agreement, but it is a promise between man and a woman and God to take care of each other, to promote love and friendship, and to bring children into this world. Are these not good things? Are these not things that Illinois and the United States needs to stand for? Please be an advocate for this amendment. Please be an advocate for a solid future for Illinois and America.
Thank you, and I trust that you will make a good decision concerning this issue,
and my name went here.

That's all I have to say for the moment. There may be more politically-angled posts in the future, but I will not stop writing on miscellaneous topics. I promise that.

Friday, May 26, 2006

graphite

I believe in pencils. I really do. Pencils just might be the most wonderful writing utensils on the face of the planet. Of course, I'm going to be picky about my pencils and request that the pencil be wooden. I don't believe in mechanical pencils. As far as I'm concerned, they do not exist.
Wooden pencils are about the experience. The feel of the wood, the colors of the cartoon frogs so nonchalantly painted on, the rubberyness of the eraser, the smudges on the side of your hand, and, most importantly, the smell of a freshly sharpened pencil.
That smell...that smell...it brings you back, don't you think? To second grade, to math team competitions in highschool. Yesiree, you can get quite nostalgic over a pencil. I know I do. I think that from now on, until I die, I shall never buy a mechanical pencil. It is blatantly wrong to allow your hand to be smudged without the smell of pine. I also do not think I shall ever buy a pen, unless of course I need to write checks. I will use pen only for forms and never for math or writing. With a pencil, you can get lost in the moment. You cannot do that with a pen, so unforgiving to pressure and shading. Yes. I say, wooden pencils with a little pink (or orange or green or well, any color) eraser have a beautiful place in my heart and pencil jar.
And of course, you don't need a pocket protector for pencils. It's amazing! Wow. That just blows my mind.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

May

It's only May. Can you believe it? School's been out for a while now. We've gone and come back from Chicago and I've been working fulltime for a while now. It's summer, but it's only May.
And I haven't even gone swimming yet. Ok I take that back. I've done some laps in the evening, but not in the day with the sun and the hot girls sunbathing. It's summer, but I haven't even done anything summery.
This has got to change.
This weekend, I'm buying sunscreen.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

It's a real job. For real.

During the last post, I mentioned that I have a real job now.
I can give you more reasons why it's realy besides the cubicle.

  1. We had a meeting with the people who are funding us and I went to an official lunch with the said people.
  2. I took home 4 manilla folders yesterday so that I could work while McKay made dinner. There's a role reversal if I never saw one. I wasn't very happy with it either. Frankly, I'd rather be cooking than going through patents.
  3. The department is sending me to Park City for 4 days in July for a training class. Imagine that: a business trip.
So now we've concluded one thing: I have a real job. It's ok. It's not my favorite, but we've had this deadline with this paper for these people. At least it's been extended to the end of June, right?

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Cubicle

I work in an office and have a desk job. At first, I thought it would be fun to have a little cubicle all to myself.

It's not.

Gray walls, white ceiling. Computer staring at me with flickering eyes.

It's a good job, but the windowless corner of the Clyde building is needing something...like a tree.

My new boss was so quick to point out all the "good" traits of the office. There's a refridgerator and a microwave. And there's scenic pictures on the walls. But working eight to five is a hard thing. I think I'm actually busier now than during the school year. Go figure.

And there's a huge report due next Tuesday because the people funding us are coming down then.

And my boss doesn't know my name.

He keeps calling me "Heidi."

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Coming Soon

I will post again Friday...or Saturday. I 've had ideas, but I've been working 40 hours and going to school and doing homework. Really I have no time to breathe...