; Life is like champagne......: 2009-11-01

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Walkway done!

Besides two stones that I have to set again and fill a little dirt around the perimeter, my walkway is finally done! I was lucky to get my husband and our friend set the very large stones in front of the steps this past weekend, something I could not do myself. I even worked on the walked way on election day between polling time filling in the cracks with stone dust. Just a little cleanup of the left over stones back in to the rock shop and this project is fully done. Now what? I was thinking a fireplace or fire pit......my husband votes on the fireplace and I would like a fire pit.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Power of Parents: MADD

I am a statistic. I was fortunate and walked away from an accident where a drunk driver hit me head on, and this occurred less then 2 miles away from my home! How do you think my parents felt when they got a call at 11pm from the police hearing their daughter had been in an accident and on her way to the hospital? Probably a million thoughts running in their heads and I never want to be in that position with my daughter!
Now I am a mom and although my daughter is just turning 3, I know I will be up against the issue of underage drinking and driving. Parties will occur and there will likely be alcohol available. I know I will have to talk about the dangers of alcohol abuse and how it can effect her life for ever. When that conversation occurs, I will also tell her about my accident and how I was the fortunate few to have made it alive and little injury. It is estimated that about 6000 people will die this year in relation to underage drinking and driving, a statistic that can be greatly changed just by parent intervention.
Underage drinking has emerged as the number one youth drug problem. By being an informed, caring parent you can strongly impact your teens decisions regarding alcohol. In fact, 74% of kids will turn to their parents for guidance on drinking. As moms we are the number one influencers in dealing with this issue. For teens, alcohol is an illegal drug—and a zero tolerance policy is the best policy to have as a parent.
October 27th is MADD(Mothers Against Drunk Driving)is launching The Power of Parents: It's Your Influence. It is a program designed to help parents with tips, information and tools to help communicate to our children the danger of underage drinking.
For more information and tools, check out their blog at http://maddparents.blogspot.com/ and take a safety quiz at http://www.madd.org/parents/highschool-drinking2.html.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of MADD. A donation was made to MADD in my name to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Election Day Recap

Yesterday was an important day to send a message. If you are not happy with how your town is governed, you have to let them know and voting essential! Many residents have been very unhappy with the state of our town and the results of the election proved this point. This was the most exciting and challenging election we have had since I have lived here. We worked together as a united group having the same goal; to elected our group of candidates into office and we did it! It was not a year of who can we stick in this position just to fill the seat or no one having interest in running. These are all qualified candidates who have a vested interest in their town and want to make a difference. I have to say I fell in love with my town again. I ran for two positions in town, Town Treasurer and Zoning Board of Appeals, against two candidates who are very well known in town, well liked and respected. I only have gratitude for them and the time they have invested to these positions. Yesterday, I won both seats and today I find myself excited, nervous and content with the work that we gave to get not only me but all of us to this point.
What did we do to get us to this point? We worked for it, not one person but all of us. From fundraising efforts by selling chocolate covered bacon, walking door-to-door, giving up our homes to organizing and meetings, donating time to be available to meet us as candidates, showing our faces as much as possible. It was not about one person but all as a united front. That is what made us successful. Sure we lost a small handful of seats but they we not lost by much and the message was sent to those candidates load and clear, you do not assume you get thee seats handed to you every election, there is no entitlement. It is a privilege and an honor to serve your community and do not take it for granted.
Tuesday I spent almost all day standing in front of the polls greeting people. I did not ask them to vote for me, I know the brochures went out to everyone in town and I had my badge on stating who I was and what I was running for. Instead I chose to just say "Thank you for coming out to vote today!". Taking the time out of a busy schedule that we all have, making a choice and exercising your right which many do not have around the world. Out of all the people I stated this to, only one person gave me a snide remark, telling me I was harassing her and it should be illegal for me to be here. I know you can't please everyone and maybe she was just having a bad day. She also might not realize she is lucky she is able to speak her mind and to vote on who she wants.
My daughter asked me what voting was about since she saw me going to all sorts of meetings, standing outside the voting area and hearing all of the talk. The simplest way to give her the answer was classic.....freedom of choice. "What's choice?" she asked, good question. "I have grapes and I have apples for you to have for a snack, which would you like to have today?", she replied "Grapes because I love grapes". That is making a choice on how you feel. She understood in the simplest terms.
I encourage everyone to give back to your community in some way, teach our children about the process and not everything is handed to them easily, stay true to your beliefs and listen to others.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Do you know who this chicken is?

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Either a nightmare or someone who is audtioning for the new Chick-fil-A commercial!

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