Monday, May 31, 2010

Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul

Memorial Day is kind of a big deal, especially for me. I have a Dad, brother, several uncles and cousins and Grandparents who are serving and have served in several branches of the Armed Forces. My family also has many (well, actually most) family friends that are military. I have a lot of friends in the Army (a few are actually deployed right now) and I have even more friends in ROTC programs at several universities and at West Point. My entire life has revolved around the military. I am so proud of all those who serve our great country and for the sacrifices they and their make to keep us free and safe. Those that I have known that have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country and never made it home will never be forgotten by me and I am so grateful for their sacrifice. They are truly loved and missed. Never forget what Memorial Day is really about-it's not just a day off from school/classes. I went mini golfing & go-karting with my family today and the young guy that worked there, like early 20's, asked my Dad if he was military and thanked him for his service and gave us a good deal for the cost of what we were doing. Usually I only see older people do that and I am glad that some people in my generation still understand and it was nice. I am so grateful for all the veterans, especially those in my family and my friends. I am honored to know you and am so proud of you. They are courageous and so great and deserve our utmost respect.

"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die."
-G.K. Chesterton

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Everything you're doing I'm doing in heels, I just want you to think about that.

Youtube is basically one of my favorite things, definitely Top Site worthy. I can find just about everything on it. I rather enjoy a lot of the videos on it. These are just a few of my favorites.

INJURED BAD-this is my FAVORITE of all time. I can say it while I watch it with the little boy...lets not lie, I can say it all with out watching it.

LERROOOYYY JENKINS!-okay, I don't really like WOW but this is SO dang funny! Me and Jessica die every time we watch this. Thanks to my brother David to showing it to me like 3 years ago. 'Leroy you are just as stupid as hell.' You got to watch it more than once to get all the funny stuff, these people are just ridiculous

also at 1:05 when one of the players jumps in the air, I don't know why, it just kills me.

JACKIE AND DEBRA-Super hilar! Thanks to Annette for showing me this one a couple weeks ago. Like I don't even know, it's so funny. I think there are more of these, I'm going to go check on that because I bet they are just as funny.

'Jackie! I'm kidding!'

*Side note-the title of this post is a quote from Date Night with Steve Carell and Tina Fey (I love Tina Fey). I watched it last night, it's such a funny movie.* end side note.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Stay out all night, forget tomorrow

I realize I may have blogged about this slightly before or at least touched on some of it.
Life is always changing. Through the monotony of the everyday-waking up, working, school, family, friends, whatever-through the monotony of life, everything is constantly changing, for the better and sometimes for the worse. Paradoxical, yes; but it's true. We are always moving forward, looking towards what we want to happen and what we want to have in the future. Even if we don't want to be moving forward. As we reach goals, our goals change. Our hopes and dreams are constantly altering and changing too. What about the now? Why do we always have to be moving towards something? As we progress through life we write, end and began new chapters of our lives. We experience things that change us, change our views. People are always coming into our lives, some stay but some are always leaving too. We are always coming in and out of people's lives too. And all the people in our lives, just as we are, are changing and striving for different things. This constant movement in our lives is what crosses our paths with others. Our paths cross, run alongside with, veer away and turn back to each other and merge together all throughout our lives. I'm a little tired of all the change however, there are some times in my life I wish we were all just in a vacuum of time. The days still pass but we're not working to something off in the distance, we aren't worrying about anything too dramatic, we don't have to/aren't making life changing decisions, we're not coming or going, we're just...being. Doing whatever with friends or family. Nothing to depressing is happening; it's like those few lazy days of summer, you know? When we are in between the chapters of our lives and time just moves slower and we spend the days and warm nights with friends going to movies, having bonfires, playing frisbee, swimming, going boating, to theme parks and watching reruns of our favorite shows. Can't we ever have those days for longer before we all start moving on again, to often in different directions. Obviously we can't and if we did we wouldn't change...for the better most of the time. And we can't block our paths that will cross over into so many others. But it's hard sometimes to look ahead when we want time to stall. It's hard to want the things we want for ourselves and our friends when we know they may stand between us. I hate missing people I love and I always am. I adapt well to change, I've had to being in a military family that moves every 1 to 3 years, but I have never said I liked it much.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.

President Ronald Reagan said that btw^

Papparazzi as I had never expected to hear it before

Now, I love Lady Gaga, she's basically insane but I don't care I love her songs. They're too catchy and get stuck in my head like everyday. But this Greyson's version of Paparazzi is my song of the week [my songs of the month are Haight Street, The Resitence, Hello Alone~Anberlin; Catch Me, Don't Forget~Demi Lavatol A Perfectly Good Heart~Taylor Swift; Gotta Go My Own Way~HSM2 (oh, yes all the High School Musicals rock); and Magic, The Way I Loved You~Selena Gomez) But anyway-this is sooo good. I've listened to it at least 15 times today....I'm listening to it right this second, and when it's over I'm going to start it over.

♪♫ Music♪♫ I love LOVE LOVE music. The voices, the instruments, the feeling and story; a single word and note in a song can be my favorite part of the whole song. It kind of depresses me (seriously) that I am not the most adept at singing. I listen to music more hours of the day than not I think. It would be impossible for me to tell you my favorite songs-I have WAY to many. But to make a very short list of artists I really like---you know, actually I'm not going to go there. I can most likely find a song I like by any artist, band, soundtrack, or genre. And I freaking love musicals, they are amazing. Imagine my joy the day I realized (when I was a bit older and aware I was alive) that like all Disney movies are MUSICALS! haha I have nearly 3,000 songs on my iPod and my "Top 25 Most Played" playlist changes quite often, songs come and go and come back again. I have a set of CDs in my car entitled "My Jams Volume ___. I have 18 volumes before I bought an iPod adapter for my car. My family gets really tired of when nearly every song that starts on the radio I say "that's my jam!" And then I proceed to sing every word of that song. I learn the lyrics to songs quickly and can tell you the song and artist of a song seriously within like 1 second of the song. (Ask Marian, she knows from witnessing it as we went through her iTunes naming songs from imported CD's that didn't have the name of the artist or song). I love how a song will play I haven't heard in years and I still know the words. I love singing in my car the most (who doesn't really? lol). Some of my best times at school this past fall and winter was driving places and road trips blasting the radio and singing, whether I was by myself or my friends, especially me and Jessica. We share a lot of favorite songs and love to rock out in my car. I really miss all that. I sing in the car, in the shower (oh yeah, you do it too, don't lie. It's all good), in my room, when I'm working on the computer. Music is so very powerful and songs can have little meaning to us and the next you can hear it again and it describes your life perfectly. My favorite songs usually remind me of a place, a person, a time in my life (past and current) or a memory. Music can describe what we cannot always say ourselves. It can be therapeutic and cathartic, pump us up, calm us down, help us remember...or forget. I wish sooo bad I could play the piano and guitar, that is actually what I am trying to do this summer-teach myself to play one or both of them. It would make my day(s) haha. It is my summer goal and I would love it so much. Music is just amazing, it brings a lot of joy and answers to my life. (BTW-I've listened to Paparazzi about 6 times while I wrote this, like I said-song of the week. Next week's song will be different.)

There is in souls a sympathy with sounds:
And as the mind is pitch'd the ear is pleased
With melting airs, or martial, brisk or grave;
Some chord in unison with what we hear
Is touch'd within us, and the heart replies.

~William Cowper

Saturday, May 8, 2010

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.

California Students Sent Home for Wearing U.S. Flags on Cinco de Mayo

Administrators at a California high school sent five students home on Wednesday after they refused to remove their American flag T-shirts and bandannas -- garments the school officials deemed "incendiary" on Cinco de Mayo.
The five teens were sitting at a table outside Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif., on Wednesday morning when Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez asked two of them to remove their American flag bandannas, one of their parents told The boys complied, but were asked to accompany Rodriguez to the principal's office.
The five students -- Daniel Galli, Austin Carvalho, Matt Dariano, Dominic Maciel and Clayton Howard -- were then told they must turn their T-shirts inside-out or be sent home, though it would not be considered a suspension. Rodriguez told the students he did not want any fights to break out between Mexican-American students celebrating their heritage and those wearing American flags.
Dariano's mother, Diana, told she and parents of the other four students are now demanding an apology from officials and are considering a lawsuit.
"We want an apology," Diana Dariano said Thursday. "Who in the United States of America would have an issue with that? It's a sad, sad day."
Dariano said her son has at least four T-shirts with American flags that he wears often and did not try to cause any conflict at school.
"I'm more hurt than anything," she said. "It is so hurtful and disrespectful the way this has turned. These are American kids."
The boys told Rodriguez and Principal Nick Boden that turning their shirts inside-out was disrespectful, so their parents decided to take them home.
"I just couldn't believe it," Julie Fagerstrom, Maciel's mother, told the Morgan Hill Times. "I'm an open-minded parent, but it's got to be on both sides. It can't be five kids singled out."
Galli told NBC Bay Area, "They said we could wear it on any other day, but today is sensitive to Mexican-Americans because it's supposed to be their holiday so we were not allowed to wear it."
In a statement released Thursday, Morgan Hill Unified School District Superintendent Wesley Smith characterized the incident as "extremely unfortunate" and said the matter is under investigation.
"The Morgan Hill Unified School District does not prohibit nor do we discourage wearing patriotic clothing," Smith's statement read. "The incident on May 5 at Live Oak High School is extremely unfortunate. While campus safety is our primary concern and administrators made decisions yesterday in an attempt to ensure campus safety, students should not, and will not, be disciplined for wearing patriotic clothing. This matter is under investigation and appropriate action will be taken."
Officials at Live Oak High School did not return several messages seeking comment on Thursday. A secretary told the Morgan Hill Times that Boden and Rodriguez were unavailable for comment on Wednesday.
According to its website, Live Oak High School is a 1,300-student institution in the southern part of Santa Clara County, with most students residing in the nearby cities of Morgan Hill and San Jose.
"The student population reflects the rich ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of the community," the website reads.
More than 100 students were spotted wearing the colors of the Mexican flag -- red, white and green -- as they left school, including some who had the flag painted on their faces or arms, the Morgan Hill times reported.
While bandannas of any color are banned at the school, its dress code policy does not contain references to American flags.
"However, any clothing or decoration which detracts from the learning environment is prohibited," the policy reads. "The school has the right to request that any student dressing inappropriately for school will change into other clothes, be sent home to change, and/or be subject to disciplinary action."
Freshman Laura Ponce, who had a Mexican flag painted on her face and chest, told the Morgan Hill Times that Cinco de Mayo is the "only day" Mexican-American students can show their national pride.
"There was a lot of drama going on today," Ponce told the newspaper.
Some other Mexican-American students reportedly said their flags were taken away or asked to be put away, but no other students were sent home on Wednesday.
Eugene Volokh, a professor of law at the University of California-Los Angeles, said the students are protected under California Education Code 48950, which prohibits schools from enforcing a rule subjecting a high school student to disciplinary sanctions solely on the basis of conduct, that when engaged outside of campus, is protected by the First Amendment.
If the school could point to previous incidents sparked by students who wore garments with American flags, they could argue that the flag is likely to lead to "substantial disruption," Volokh said.
"If, for example, there had been fights over similar things at past events, if there had been specific threats made," he said. "But if [school officials] just say, 'Well, we think it might be offensive to people,' that's generally speaking not enough."
Volokh said the students and their parents likely have a winning case on their hands if they decide to take the matter to court.
"Oh yes, it's almost open and shut," he said.
Lis Wiehl, a former federal prosecutor and a Fox News legal analyst, said the incident appears to a "blatant" violation of the students' First Amendment right to free speech. She noted that inciting violence is an exception to a First Amendment legal defense, but Wiehl said she saw no indications that the students provoked anyone.
"Unless I'm missing something, this seems like a blatant violation of the First Amendment," said Wiehl, adding that uniforms are not required at the public school. "And they're wearing, of all horrific things, the American flag."
California Principal Apologizes for Forbidding U.S. Flag Shirts on Mexican Holiday

A California high school principal has apologized for telling five students they couldn't wear U.S. flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo, the local superintendent said Friday.
Tensions at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill had risen in the wake of the decision to forbid the shirts, as the students who wore the shirts defended their right to show their patriotism -- even on a Mexican holiday -- while a large group of Hispanic students staged a walkout Thursday in protest.
"This has certainly been a very difficult time for our school district," Superintendent Wesley Smith said in prepared remarks delivered Friday at a news conference.
Smith affirmed that students are free to wear patriotic clothing on campus, but the campus also must be kept "orderly and safe."
"School leaders have to make judgment calls on when to take preventative measures to pre-empt a possible incident or conflict," Smith said. "In this situation, it appears that a decision was made too quickly."
The five teens were sitting at a table outside the school Wednesday morning when Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez asked two of them to remove their American flag bandannas, one of the boys' parents told The youths complied, but were asked to accompany Rodriguez to the principal's office.
The students were then told they must turn their T-shirts inside-out or be sent home, though it would not be considered a suspension. Rodriguez told the students he did not want any fights to break out between Mexican-American students celebrating their heritage and those wearing American flags, the parent said.
One of the parents told that the preemptive action was unnecessary, and that Rodriguez "overstepped his bounds."
Superintendent Smith described freedom of expression as "a sacred American value" and said the lesson learned is that it should be celebrated "thoughtfully and fairly."
"It is unfortunate that some people want to leverage their personal agendas off of this incident," Smith said, noting the national media attention on the school.
"Most of the kids on our campus have said, 'Enough is enough.' they want to get back to normal."
Morgan Hill Police Department Cmdr. Joe Sampson said two officers were stationed at Live Oak High School school midday Friday to give a "visual presence" in order to thwart any potential acts of violence.
"We want to give them peace of mind should they need us," Sampson told Fox News.
Sampson confirmed that no arrests were made during a walkout at the school on Thursday.
More than 200 Hispanic students reportedly skipped class on Thursday and marched to school district headquarters while chanting "we want respect" and "si se puede" -- "yes we can," the Morgan Hill Times reported.
"We did this to support the Latino/Hispanic community," Francine Roa, a 2005 Live Oak High School graduate, told the newspaper.
This is absolutely ridiculous, those students should not have gotten into trouble for wearing an American shirt in AMERICA. Are you offing kidding me!? Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday, if you’re of Mexican decent then celebrate yourself, whatever, but those who aren’t and who don’t give a crap don’t have to celebrate it in the United States. To me May 5th has always just been May 5th, another day in my life as it is to most people. Other countries don’t celebrate the 4th of July for Americans, and they shouldn't, they aren’t American. The principal (anyone notice what his last name is btw, just saying) said he didn’t want fights to break out and that it was disrespectful to the mexican students. What he did was disrespectful to the American flag, everything it stands for and this country.The principle is WAY out of line and an asinine idiot and he better have damn well apologized. I would be bringing a lawsuit against him, the school/school district so fast it would make their heads spin. And what about the 200 Mexican students who skipped school to protest for respect or whatever the hell they were getting at, were they reprimanded for their illegal school absences, like the other boys with the American shirts were? I highly doubt it. There is no possible way for a kid to wear a shirt with the American flag on, regardless of the day, and it be disrespectful, he’s in the freaking United States. I am amazed at the stupidity of people, I can’t even fathom on what level that principal thought he was being intelligent. I am so glad the boys refused to take off their American flag shirts or flip them inside out, they are patriotic and I would have done the same thing. I'm glad they stood up for their country. (The kicker is, two of those boys are actually of Mexican decent. But they are Americans and clearly you can see where their loyalty lies).

Sunday, May 2, 2010

You know it's a good day when you don't hit or bite anyone.

No, the title has nothing really to do with this post, I just think it's funny :)
A picture is worth a thousand words, so this basically speaks for itself. I will say this though-I love my friends, I have a lot all over the world and I would trade nothing for the times and laughs (laughing hysterically until we can't breathe and are crying) we've had and the memories we've made and the many more that are coming.

It’s amazing how some people come into your life just when you need them most.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Great Adventure's of Caitlin and Kelly-Part 2

  1. We got to Caitlin's house on Sunday night, we went through part of the city to get there. I hadn't been to NYC in like 10 years.
    Torrential downpour. I can't think of a more excellent way to start the dayRoad trip status? Complete