Friday, August 29, 2008

Wow - ed and Shocked - all in the same night

I was undecided before this speech and though I've only been able to vote in 7 presidential elections, I've always voted Democrat, but this time, I just wasn't sure.

At first, I thought Obama all the way and then after reading a some posts on the internet, I began to think that I should at least listen to what McCain had to say.

When I watched that speech last night, I was wowed. He did say exactly what I wanted to hear, I'll give you that and he backed it up somewhat by trying to say how he was going to come up with the money to get all this done, but I need to hear more about that.

I'm going to listen to McCain Monday and see if I feel the same emotions as when I heard Obama. I may not have made my decision completely by then, but I plan to learn alot about these candidates and make an informed decision - not just an emotional one.

Weird thing is, my father-in-law is a true Bush supporter, against what MLK, Jr was about - the whole nine yards and usually my husband is in total agreement with his dad's political views. When we watched the speech last night, he shocked me by saying that he was considering voting for Obama. I think this is the first time we've ever agreed on a consideration of a presidential candidate - hmmm, there may be hope for us yet.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Some would call him inventive

DJ (15) and Heather (18) - leaving for college in 8 days:*( had a rather heated disagreement about a month ago ending with a hole in the bathroom door made from a broomhandle. I still don't know what the argument was about.

DJ set about figuring out a way to keep himself out of trouble. Darrell was out of town, so he had some time. Before I got home from work, he had taken about 3-4 doors off of the hinges looking for one that would fit the bathroom. The only one that would work was Heather's closet door, but she wouldn't let him have it. He offered to pay her for the use of her closet door and she took him up on the offer.

He then exchanged the bathroom door for her closet door and thought he was home free. When I got home, they told me of the incident, but I really didn't see any harm in keeping this info to myself - after all, what did it really hurt? Of course, they got a huge lecture about fighting - but I'm sure it went in one ear and out the other.

As I sat on the toilet, I looked at the door and realized that there was no lock on the doorknob to the closet door - I laughed at DJ and said he wasn't as smart as he thought. He promptly retrieved the drill from the garage and changed the doorknobs as well. Smart kid, huh?

All went off without a hitch until earlier this week when Darrell got into Heather's closet for something and noticed the hole. Heather fessed up immediately that it was totally DJ - he exchanged the doors all by himself and she had nothing to do with it. She didn't mention the hush money. He called me and I said yes, I did know that they had done it, but the problem was taken care of and they had to work as a team to get it accomplished, so I wasn't worried about it. I guess he sided with me because he dropped it too (BIG, BIG SURPRISE), but he did tell DJ that since he had so much money (he's been working all summer mowing grass) that he could now look forward to paying for every single thing the he destroyed in this house and that he would do the work himself. Do you think this will keep him from horseplaying, fighting, etc???? I sure don't. I know this sounds terrible and I'm sure I'll change my opinion when he really screws something up, but I was a little proud of him for thinking of that and also for implementing the plan all by himself - well, with a little help from his big sister. He's sure gonna miss her when she's gone - we all will.