Monday, April 30, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
I have no words to describe how I felt -- only that I wish you could bottle such moments for when you feel down.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
As an American living abroad, I have to say that this story is truly disturbing. We take for granted that in the US there is a presumption of innocence. Sadly, that is not the case in many other countries. In fact, if you watch the Dateline report, you will hear the prosecutor speak about how Volz's defense team failed to prove his innocence. While I certainly take issue with her interpretation of their defense strategy, I particularly bristle at the idea that the burden of proof falls upon the accused. I have a feeling, of course, now that this story has hit the US media, the verdict will be overturned.
It was a truly priceless moment.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
There are five major parties involved in this election: Labour Party, Scottish National Party, Conservative and Unionist Party, Liberal Democrats, and the Scottish Green Party. Here is what each party is claiming they will do (at least according to the literature that's been flooding our mail).
- Create new jobs
- Build new schools
- Provide more affordable housing
- Crack down on crime
- Improve public transportation
- Reduce NHS wait lists for key operations
- Accommodate the needs of the elderly
Scottish National Party
- Invest in local infrastructure
- Replace current Council Tax with a fairer Local Income Tax based on ability to pay rather than house valuation
- Reduce massive student debt
- End fuel poverty among the elderly
- Support small businesses
- Remove weapons of mass destruction from Scotland
- Solve the dental crisis in the NHS
- Hold independent referendum to allow the people to decide the way forward
Conservative and Unionist Party
- Interestingly I haven't gotten anything in the mail from them. Hmmmm...
- Cut crime
- Build new health care centers for faster diagnosis and treatment
- Promote green measures to protect the environment
- Reduce class size by building new schools and hiring additional teachers as well as fight the childhood obesity problem with an hour of physical activity a day in schools
Scottish Green Party
- Improve rail and bus service rather than expand roads and airport facilities
- Help local businesses and give communities a voice in planning decisions
- Create new jobs in renewable energy
- Provide warm, affordable, energy-efficient homes for all
- Protect and improve public services, such as the NHS, Eduction, and Water
Monday, April 23, 2007
Needless to say, Addison's bizarre sleep postures have not changed since the switch. I honestly don't know how he can sleep that way.
You will note in both photos that Sully from Disney's Monsters, Inc. has joined Baby on the night crew. He was an Easter present from Mommy and Daddy.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
I was at Morrison's supermarket yesterday doing our semi-weekly grocery shopping. Trey was home with the boys. When I left, Davis had just gone down for his afternoon nap and Addison was just waking up. About 1/3 of the way through my shopping all of a sudden I hear my name and Trey is standing in front of me. He's in short sleeves and looks frozen to the bone. "Addison locked me out. I was putting the trash outside and he closed the door behind me. Do you have your keys on you?" I was stunned. Believe it or not, this has actually happened to me once before, but Trey was in the house so I just knocked to get back in. This time, however, no one else was inside to let Trey back in. Apparently Addison thought it was hilarious to close the door on Daddy not realizing from his limited two-year old perspective that the front door automatically locks when closed, imprisoning him and Davis inside, keeping Trey out in the freezing cold. With no other viable option, Trey was forced to trudge the 3/4 of a mile to Morrison's to get my keys. After Trey left with them, I started thinking about all the horrible things that could happen to Addison unsupervised and I had to stop myself. "He is in God's hands and he will be fine," I thought. Sure enough, he was. He was playing contentedly with his toys when Trey got home. Thankfully the gate to the upstairs was locked, so he was limited to our fairly baby-proof first floor. Davis was safe and sound asleep in his Moses basket upstairs. Never even knew we were gone.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Can anyone say hide-a-key???
Friday, April 20, 2007
Ironically after failing to interest the National Portrait Gallery in London in the painting, the owners brought it to America where "it has more friends". I'm not sure whether to be flattered or offended.
Really, I think, the only appropriate response is to echo the words of Mrs. Elton: "I do not profess to be an expert in the field of fashion (though my friends say I have quite the eye) but I can tell you, there is a shocking lack of satin!"
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Re: Thanks to Rebecca Holloway
For the spotless bathroom scales. Have discovered that my bicycle needs to lose a few kilos.
He is my little peanut weighing 10 lbs., 11 oz. (25th percentile) and measuring 21 3/4" (9th percentile), but in true Holloway boy fashion, his head is on the large side (75th percentile).
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.
It is odd that some of the most tragic events in American history have happened in the month of April -- the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the sinking of the Titanic, the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, the shooting at Columbine High School. There is something even uglier about these events occurring in a month when the world around us is springing to new life.
We pray for healing and comfort for the students and families affected by the shooting at Virginia Tech.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
These are the moments that make all the hard days worth it.
Friday, April 13, 2007
I wish the Governer a speedy recovery, but I must confess to laughing in disbelief when I read the story. It almost seems too weird to be true. I'm telling you, you can't make this kind of news up. It's a great state, isn't it?
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
You can't make this stuff up because no one would believe you.
Last week, in an effort to promote the sale of Easter candy, the UK grocery store chain Somerfield issued a press release disclosing the results of a survey it had conducted designed to gauge the average Briton's understanding of Easter. However, the dismal results of the survey, which revealed widespread ignorance, weren't the most appalling part of the press release. Somerfield claimed that the holiday celebrated the birth of Christ. But, wait! It gets even better. When the error was pointed out, the chain reissued the press release stating that the holiday actually celebrated the re-birth of Christ.
I'm not sure which error is worse. You can read all about the debacle yourself here.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
So back to the interview, which will be conducted via Skype (isn't technology amazing?). Should I wear the power suit from Missterious? (pardon The Office joke)
Like I said. We'll see you at Christmas, Target!
Monday, April 9, 2007
I just got Addison up from his nap and, before bringing him downstairs, proceeded to change his diaper. I discovered, to my great pleasure, that he was more than just wet. As I'm cleaning him up, he matter-of-factly announces, "Dump!"
I promise he did not learn that from me...
Sunday, April 8, 2007
Today I had another little "whiff" of home. Wednesday Trey bought me a hyacinth in a galvanized pot -- three bulbs with nothing more than about two inches of green poking their heads out. I had little expectation that we would have flowers by Easter, but, hoping against hope, I watered the bulbs and put them in my kitchen window. We were blessed all week with lots of sunshine, and I could see the leaves and buds advancing a little further each day. Yesterday I thought to myself, "It'll be open by Monday."
Well, when we got home from church this afternoon, I pulled the kitchen curtains open, and what do you think I found? The hyacinths were in full bloom! And the fragrance filled the kitchen. Don't laught, but I pulled out some chocolate from the cupboard, closed my eyes, and just enjoyed the memories.
We wish you all a very Happy Easter and hope you enjoy the new photos added to the Easter album. He is risen! He is risen, indeed!
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Thursday, April 5, 2007
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Well, I had that happen today. The temperatures soared into the mid-sixties, and it almost felt like summer...almost. Tonight while I was taking the wash off the line, I got a whiff of our neighbor's barbeque. The combination of warm air and grilled food, well I might as well have been at a ballgame or down the shore. I closed my eyes and I was home...for a moment.
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
So go ahead and check out Addison's new album!