Monday, May 25, 2009

A Thank You...

I'm sure that this will be just one of many posts you read about Memorial Day, but I really do feel that it's so important to remember what today means, who we celebrate and why.

Although I've never lost someone to a war, I know people who have fought and who are fighting and who are getting ready to enter that world. And to those people, I want to say "Thank you." Thank you, Great Uncle Johnny for joining the United States Army and surviving not only Japanese POW camps, but the Bataan Death March as well. Thank you Len Biedermann, for joining the United States Coast Guard, and preparing to storm the beaches of Iwo Jima. Thank you, Geoff Biedermann, for joining the United States Air Force and flying in Desert Storm. Thank you, Jason Murphy, for joining the United States Army and going to Iraq, where you are still stationed. I worry about you driving your truck in conveys...Thank you, Kelly Leeper, for joining the United States Army and fighting in Afghanistan, I'm glad that you're somewhat safe by working in the motorpool. Thank you, Nate Walker, for joining the United States Army, and preparing to go wherever you are needed to fight for us.

Thank you all, for the amazing services that you performed for our great country. You are all amazing, and I love you all!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Let's Go Red Wings, Let's Go!!

I read an essay by Joel Stein in TIME today and it sparked a chord in my heart. His whole essay was about how his editor doesn't want him to write about hockey in his articles anymore because it's not something that the majority of Americans can relate to. His editor, Josh Tyrangiel, says that he's "actually more likely to tackle somebody than put on ice skates."

Well, Mr. Tyrangiel, let me tell you a little something about the entire state of Michigan. Those of us who dwell in the Mitten (America's High Five!) have a love for hockey that is comparable with the love Homer Simpson has for Duff beer, or that the Pope has for the Bible! We love hockey, especially our beloved Red Wings, more than any other sport. Of course we love our Pistons, our Tigers, and even our Lions, but our love for the Red Wings is something different.

Look, I am the kind of girl who would rather paint her nails than watch sports. In fact, I generally will only watch if my boyfriend will agree to rub my feet or play with my hair. But anytime a game is on, I find this undeniable tug in my heart and I even find myself cheering a little. In fact, if I notice that when the Wings score I was doing something like, twirling my hair, I'll keep doing it. If I realize that while we deflected another possible shot by the opposing team I was scratching my nose, I'll keep doing it when they try to score again. Before I know it, I don't want to see how the season finale of Grey's Anatomy will end because I need to know how the Red Wings game ends!

Hockey is not something that is only played in Canada. Here in Michigan, we play hockey 365 days of the year. We start our boys -and even our girls! - at age 4, when they're barely big enough to hold a stick and stand up on that blade, and they keep playing until they're almost too big for the stick and you wonder how that blade is able to keep them standing.

Hockey should be a part of Joel Stein's column because, whether his editor realizes it or not, there is an entire state who lives for hockey. We aren't, of course, the only state in America who loves hockey, but I can promise you this, we love it and our players more than anyone in any other state. I defy you to find another state with more hardcore fans than the Mitten...I promise, it can't be done.

So Joel, whether or not your editor understands or relates to your hockey stories, keep 'em coming, because all of us in Michigan do, and we can't wait for more!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Oh The Treasures I've Found...

So I'm getting ready to move again, and I forgot how much you can find when you pack!! I went through my purses (I'm supposed to be deciding which ones I'll give away to Salvation am I supposed to do that!?), and you would not believe the things I found...

2 Pens
1 Highlighter
1 Sharpie
2 USB Memory Sticks
8 Lipglosses
1 Chapstick
1 EMU Football Ticket
2 FREE drink coupons to Sidetracks!!
4 Hand Lotions
3 Hair ties
25 Bobbie Pins
1 Earring shaped like an Owl
1 Earring with fake silver pearls
1 Pack Tums
2 Midol pills
1 4-color eyeshadow set
1 Pack Dramamine
1 Pack Oil Absorbing Sheets
2 Keys to...???
$1.27 in change...almost all in pennies!
1 Wine Corck
2 Checkbooks
1 Pack Ricola Cough Drops
1 Old Navy Credit Card
1 Ice Scraper

I think I may want to start cleaning my purses weekly...