Archive for November, 2008

FSU v. MD

 

So, after the UF game on Saturday, I kind of don’t want to talk about FSU football, but here are some photos from the FSU/MD game that Mike and I went to a couple weekends ago. It was SUCH a good game. It was our first “away” game, and the only game of the season that Mike and I got to go to. 

 

It was FREEZING that night, with a wind chill in the 20’s at kickoff. Mike and I tailgated, but let me tell you… tailgating with only two people is LAAAAME. But we still enjoyed sipping our hot cider and eating free burgers and hot dogs from the Seminole club. Most of our photos showcase my layers – Layer #1, Layer #2, etc. I eventually looked homeless, but I was warm(ish)!

 

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Layer #1 on the Left                                                                                Layer #2 on the right

 

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Layer #3

 

By the time the game started, I had on:

jeans

long johns

tights

two pairs of socks

sneakers

camisole

long sleeve tee

short sleeve tee

long sleeve tee (again)

fleece

zip hoodie

jacket

another jacket

blanket

2 hats

gloves

3 scarves

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This is how close we were to the field. The guy in the white baseball cap in the photo on the right is Bowden.

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That’s Graham Gano in the ski mask. 

 

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These last two pictures are post-win. There were, like, 20 Terps left in the stadium.

 

 

 

 

 

img_3912The victors slap hands with the losers. Ah, sweet victory.

 

I’m pretending yesterday didn’t happen. No Gator-love comments allowed. Seriously, I’ll delete ’em. Don’t mess with me. 

😉

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No time for loneliness…

Check out all the cool people we get to hang out with over the coming weeks! I am so excited!

Mike and I are headed to North Carolina to meet the Garment family for Thanksgiving. When we return, I’ll upload pictures from the AWESOME FSU/MD game on Saturday. We froze our tooshies off, but victory was ours!

 

 

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“Bear”-ing my Soul

I can’t help including another email. This is one in response to the many “reply all”s to my mom’s Thanksgiving email But this one was just from my dad to me. 🙂 (We share a love of bears)

 

 

…and I especially thank you, Lord, that Laura is coming here to the mountains for Thanksgiving.    I couldn’t bear not seeing her!

 

My dad is so cheesy! But regardless, I loved this email. It made me smile. 


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…of paradigms and politics…

Good morning to all,

In an effort to draw my wondering and often slothful mind back into the realm of academia, I have created a new blog.  The blog is entitled “…of paradigms and politics…”. (michaelicardijr.wordpress.com)  A professor of mine in college was enthralled with the concept of paradigm shifts in populaces and how they were stimulated, functioned and ultimately failed as a new shift occurred. I am interested in causing a new shift, politically.

Being in D.C. and feeling the energy and vibrancy with which politics captures most of the citizens in the capital area has invigorated me.  When it comes to passion, the topics are few and far between that cause a more rousing debate than government, how it functions, and why. 

I have felt a pull on my heart to consider how I am using my down time and putting into action the gifts I have been given.  I love politics.  I am passionate about politics.  I fear for this country.  I am horrified about the state of our country. 

Through this new blog I want to consider two things.  First, Constitutionally what should the Federal government look like and how should they operate?  Through this I will highlight policy areas, try to include research and  discuss a constitutionally-based picture of how a candidate’s agenda should reflect the basis for our country, with discussion on how this looks in the modern day.

Second, I want to take that policy and discuss Biblically how it applies to us as Christians and what it means.  We have become apathetic, lazy and disconnected from many areas and responsibilities as the Church.  There is not a better grassroots organization that could have an unending impact on the political climate as the Christian Church, and yet they haven’t taken action.

I ask that you comment, disagree, link research and discussions on topics and generally make this as interactive a forum as possible as it goes on.  I hope during slow times at work I can write more, but when it gets busy posts will likely be more spaced out.  If there are specific topics people are interested in, let me know, I’ll touch on those first.

Mike

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Thanksgiving. I love my family.

An email from my mom this week… (Mommy, hope you don’t mind). She sent this to all her children, plus Daddy.

 

Hello all!  With Thanksgiving coming up, I have been feeling nostalgic.  Do you remember some of the projects we did when y’all were little to encourage you to concentrate on the things you were thankful for?  In case you don’t, let me refresh your memories.  One year you each could take a construction paper “link” each day and write on it (or have Daddy or I write on it for those of you too little to write what you were thankful for.  Of course, the links were fall colors – I do love a theme.  We put the links together to make a chain of thankfulness which we draped in the dining room.  Two or three years later we did the tree of thankfulness.  Sarah painted a tree trunk on the ever present newsprint which we got for free from the Tribune, and I painstakingly cut out autumn leaves (again, fall colored construction paper) for you to write your ‘thankfulnesses’ to glue onto the background. (I discovered several years later that one can actually buy fall leaf cutouts.)

 

Recently Daddy and I were going through the foot lockers full of keepsakes.  They had unfortunately been stored in the shed behind the church building here, and the contents all suffered some water damage (or at least dampness) to a greater or lesser degree.  I came across the chain and the tree.  Despite their mustiness, they still convey to me a sense of cute little kids wanting to express their gratitude for things large and small.  I thought y’all might get a kick out of hearing some of the things you were most thankful for.  Of course, during each time you all expressed thankfulness for each other, Daddy and me, grandparents, etc.  So I didn’t list any of those, only some of the more unusual ones for you.  When there is a name attached I have listed that.  Otherwise they were anonymous.  Here goes:

 

God and Jesus, Holy God – Sarah

Being a little girl in a sweet loving home

Three things, God, Jesus and the holey Ghost (Original spelling)

Puzzles

Typewriter – Robbie

Thank you God for not letting me have a broken knee

Christmas trees with windup song – Robbie (Anyone know what he’s referring to?)

Flowers

Shelter, clothes, food – Emily

Chicken – Robbie

Sunsets

Being able to stay home with the kids – me

Pencils – Laura

For Science Fiction and TV – Sarah

Animals, especially cats, horses and bears

For meadows and flowers and forests.  And we are able to do as we please unlike other countries – Sarah

Trips alone with Bob – Me

Coming home to little ones – also me!

Zana and piano lessons

Pigs

All cats – “Guess who”

Casey and Fuzzy – Emily

Making Angel Grandpa better

Jeff and Judy

Christmas – Sarah (I assume she meant the holiday, not the dog, since this was pre-doggie, I’m sure)

The sky – Laura

Bed – Laura (Hmmm, not much has changed.)

Little kids’ funny words, e.g. “citizen toast!” – Me

Imagination

Good books

Toys

Cookie Monster – Robbie

Butterflies – Robbie

Our (use to) pool – Laura (Not sure what this is referring to either.)

 

On the year of the chain, Daddy wrote these links: 

For my father who taught me the manly art of gentleness

For my mother who never let on if she thought my dreams were silly or impossible

For Mary – my very best friend and God’s helpmate for me

For Sarah – my “little princess “ (read the book) to whom God has given a deep caring heart

For Emily – whose courage and confidence come from God and whose heart belongs to her family

For Robbie – who chose me for his best friend

For Laura – who is more entertaining than TV (and cuddlier too!)

 

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the little kids you were and the adults you have become.  I love you all.

 

Mommy

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Life in these here parts

Today was Veterans Day, which meant Mike and I didn’t have to go to work. We decided to take a trip to the Natural History Museum in downtown DC. Here are some of our photos from the day…

 

 


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img_3845My grandpa, uncle, and cousin are all named Albert. So this is like a distant relative!

 

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Apparently long and clunky necklaces have always been in style…

 

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What’s a day off without climbing a tree?

 

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This is where we sat to have a picnic lunch. It was coooooold.

 

img_3886So we moved inside the truck to eat, with this being our view. See the White House? And that’s a grown man and his elderly father with two cute dogs. It was a very nice view!

 

And some random other pretty/interesting pictures from today and recently…

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The view from our bedroom window…

 

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The view from our living room window…

 

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We went to a McCain rally on the Saturday before the election.

For our Democratic and/or Obama supporter friends, we want to say that we will do everything in our power to support our new Commander in Chief. We will pray for him and submit to his leadership because we believe God sets all leaders over us, even if we did think that McCain was:

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But I think I know why McCain lost. His campaign workers can’t spell:

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And a few snapshots to give you a feel for our experience at the rally:

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This is how close I got when the rally was over. I got almost close enough to shake his hand… but not quite.

 

The end!

 

 

 

 


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*Sniff*

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