Friday, October 31, 2008

YES on Prop. 8!

My dad and I have been faithfully campaigning by knocking on doors, hanging door hangers, and holding signs on busy street corners in support of proposition 8. Today was kind of an intense day for Prop. 8 campaigners. We had a show-down on the corners of San Benito and Fourth street in Hollister. We had people on the corners this morning and they were there for about 3 hours, but just as they were leaving the "No on 8" group started to show up. Everybody that had been there got called back, and anybody who could come and join got summoned. Within about 1/2 hour we had all four corners covered with people waving signs and and it felt good to be part of something you beleive in and know that you are making a difference. As supporters of "no on 8" drove by they flipped us off and yelled obscenities. The "yes on 8" supporters honked to show their support, but did nothing to the "no on 8" group. That to me, is a clear reflection of the type of people that support gay marriage; angry, self-absorbed, and hypocritical. They can't peacfully and properly support their cause, they have to push their objective by lying, malicious conduct, and yelling obscenities. They are the tolerant ones and we are the angry ones? Really!? We aren't the ones maliciously stealing yard signs and retaliating. Not that I want them to have any support, but maybe they would be more effective if they held their signs the right way. I gave Cassie and Seth some signs to hold out the window as we drove and honked several times through the intersection. After we did that for a while Seth and Javier went home, while Cassie stayed with me and held signs on the curb. I know they don't understand the issue, and I wouldn't want them to at their age, but someday they will see the pictures and hopefully feel proud that they were out there with me. I will be happy when this is over with and we have won again. Hopefully this time it will last for a longer period of time than when we passed Prop 22.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Husband Tag

1. Where did you meet? We first saw eachother at a dance in Costa Rica, but weren't properly introduced until my date and I ran into him at McDonalds one night. My date introduced us. My date was a big loser, so I was happy to be introduced to someone else!

2. How long did you date before you got married? 1 year and 4 months.

3. How long have you been married? 10 years!

4. What is your favorite feature of his? His athletic build-mmmmmmmhhhhhhhh!

5. What is your favorite quality of his? Always tries to find the positive in situations when we face challenges.

6. Does he have a nick name for you? When we were dating he used to call me "preciosa", which is preciously beautiful in Spanish. Once in a while he still says it to me if he wants to butter me up.

7. What is his favorite color? Blue

8. What is his favorite food? A nice juicy steak.

9. What is his favorite sport? Soccer! I better get that right.

10. When was your first kiss? Definately too soon. That's the beauty of falling in love, right!

11. What is your favorite thing to do as a couple? Date night which is the usual dinner and a movie, and pillow talk. He gets grumpy if we don't get to go out Friday night.

12. Do you have children? 2, Cassie is 5 and Seth is 4.

13. Does he have a hidden talent? Yeah, but I can't write about it here ;)

14. How old is he? 36

15. Who said I love you first? He did, he asked me to marry him after 10 days. I laughed at him, and then said I loved him too.

16. What is his favorite type of music? Anything with a good rythm. Pop and Latin music.

17. What do you admire most about him? His ability to overcome obstacles and challenges.

18. Do you think he will read this? If I tell him to :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Puppy Update

We have had Twinkie now for about a month, and I have to confess that my previous post about her being "mellow" is not accurate. I spoke to soon. Given the circumstances in which we found her I think she was literally starved and that's why she didn't have much energy and we interpreted that to mean she was mellow. We were dead wrong. She has been eating regularly and has regained her strength and vitality and is a very happy, hyper puppy. Cassie has a little mechanical puppy that wags it's tail, walks, and barks when you push the buttons. Seth got it out the other day to play with Twinkie. She flipped out and was barking and growling like crazy. She hunched down in attack mode like she was going to pounce on the toy puppy. So Javier grabbed the toy puppy and made it run at her while making a growling noise and she backed away lightening fast and tried to hide behind the couch. We couldn't stop laughing, especially Seth. I think it is safe to say she is all bark and no bite! What a chicken! As for not chewing things up, I spoke too soon about that too. She goes into any open closet and hauls off with a shoe and then goes behind the couch and goes to town on our defenseless shoes. Since I have caught onto her little scheme, I thwart her chewing frenzies by making sure all the closets are closed. So what does she do? She tries to chew the shoes that are still on our feet! She managed to chew-up something pretty expensive in the garage.
My wet-mop cord! Now I have to buy a new one. I guess we can't let her sleep in the garage anymore until she grows out of chewing. Anybody know how long that takes? One good thing is that her gas has significantly lessened. She must have gotten used to her food, thank goodness. I can stop burning so many candles. My Partylite supply was starting to get low! Even though she is a hyper chewing monster-everything I was afraid of- she has grown on me and now I couldn't get rid of her. Even if I wanted to, we micro-chipped her and she would just get returned to us ;)

One of Javier's soccer cones she chewed into oblivion.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Tahoe Trip

For our 10th Anniversary we went on a little escape to Tahoe. We arrived Thursday night and went golfing together Friday morning. Golfing is something I knew he would like and doesn't get to do alot so I figured we could take advantage of our free time and golf together. I am definately not a very good golfer, but I have to say I did improve a lot by the time we finished. I think I could be good if I did it consistantly. He was patient with me. I have to say though, I was better at putting than him. As for hitting them down the fairways, I was pathetic. I was sinking the close ones more often than him. We even had a competition to see who could make it in the hole most by putting, and I beat him fair and square.
Isn't he cute with his golf hat and shoes?
After golfing we went back to the hotel and bought lift tickets for the ski lift to take us to the top of the mountain and overlook Lake Tahoe and the valley. It really is amazing and worth every penny. It is the same lift they use for skiiers, but they run it in the summer just for people to come up and see the view.
At the top if the mountian there is a restaurant and bathrooms, and if it were winter it's where the ski runs begin. In the summer they use the ski runs for hiking trails for those that want a little more adventure. Hiking is not my thing, I need to be moved around on something with wheels-especially if it's uphill. We found some chairs and enjoyed the view and people watched for a little while and got a kick out of this sign. We laughed and joked that since we were there for our 10 year anniversary and since he is just turning 21, then we got married when he was only 10! The next thing he did for me was my favorite thing ever. He treated me to a massage at a salon we passed on the way to take the ride up the mountain. He left me there for an hour and fifteen minute hot stone massage while he waited in the hotel watching t.v. I just love massages! I don't think I could ever get enough, or get tired of them. When the girl was massaging my neck she was seated behind my head and looking down my face. She asked me if I had braces as a child. I thought that was a random question, but told her that yes I had. Then I was quiet for a minute and my curiosity got the better of me. I had to ask her why she asked me that. She told me that she could tell because by looking down my face she could see that my nose was crooked with the rest of my face, and that was a sign that I had braces as a child because when you are young your bones are still moving and shaping and when you have braces it forces those bones into place for your teeth to be straight. When I came out I saw Javier in the lobby waiting for me to go to dinner. As soon as we were outside he asked me "How did you like it?" just as I asked him "Is my face crooked?" He was confused by the question, so I quickly explained. Then he said "yeah a little." Oh well, little imperfections make us more interesting, right? RIGHT!? Good, you agree. I feel better now. Then we moved on to my next favorite thing, which is eating! We went to the Chart House, which was up on a hill overlooking the lake and the lights of South Lake Tahoe. By the time we were done, we had to practically roll out of there and back to the hotel to play some roulette. I kept playing "26" because that was the special number of our day. I hit it a couple times, but in the end lost our "fun allowance." It was a fun trip and it just made me want to get away more so that I can have him to myself more often.