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Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Subject:Oh, hi.
Time:5:30 pm.
As stated in my post from December 8, 2008, I stopped posting to LJ for fear that my friends would grow tired of hearing about my wedding planning, which was consuming my mind at the time.

Then, the wedding happened and I was too busy to post about it. Then I went to Japan and that would have been awesome to post about, but I was all self-conscious that people would think "oh, she posts about Japan but not her wedding?" So I delayed some more.

So I'm going to try to play catch up on what's happened in 2009, but not all in one post. Don't be scared.

So first I'll recap the wedding.

Tom and I actually got married on the Autumnal Equinox, September 22, 2008, in the Viera Courthouse. We walked in on Monday morning and walked out 15 minutes later as a married couple. We didn't see any reason to wait until our wedding to tie the legal knot, so we got it out of the way on a day that felt symbolic for us, cheesily representing our new equal partnership. Then we began planning our wedding for the day following the Spring Equinox, March 21, 2009, 6 months later.

Apart from Tom's Best Man, Dave, and my Man of Honor, Jeremy (jobu138), it was a family-only wedding, so please don't be offended if you weren't invited. We had a total of around 40 people, which is a pretty great turn-out considering that 85% came in from out of state. Since we got the legal bit over with, and had no need for a religious officiant, we had different members of the wedding party lead each section of the ceremony which we wrote ourselves, over many months, using Google Docs since we still lived 50 miles apart. It was a morning wedding in a beautiful public Orlando park, followed by a picnic style lunch and lawn games. Since Tom and I are the suckiest dancers ever, we decided to do a first hula hoop as husband and wife - to music of course. The day's sound track was all 1950s tunes, which tied in with my 1950s inspired dress (even Tom sported a skinny tie like his dad wore at his parents' wedding) and we even got a great 1961 impala convertible to show up for some photo opps.

All in all it was a really fun and meaningful wedding and I think everyone had a great time.

For more information than you ever wanted to know about our wedding, including the entire ceremony script and photos of the wedding AND the honeymoon in Japan, check out our wedding website, which I have been assured will exist forever.
Tom and Rebecca's Wedding Website

Thanks for reading. More updates on 2009 to come!
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Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Time:9:27 am.
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Monday, January 12th, 2009

Time:3:42 pm.
I think a lot about the meaning of words. I try to choose my words carefully and I try to be aware of the meanings they carry.

Recently I thought about the word courage. From what I gather in the dictionary, it is synonymous with bravery and means the ability to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear.

That got me to thinking about fear. Isn't fear a good thing to have? It's fear that keeps us safe. Without fear wouldn't we all put ourselves in situations that have a good chance of killing us? Wouldn't it be better to face a situation despite the fear that you feel, rather than to face it without fear? I feel like that should be the definition of courage. Is there another word for what I'm describing?

What do you think about this?
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Monday, December 8th, 2008

Subject:Been a While
Time:8:37 pm.
I've been a huge LJ slacker as of late. I think part of the reason is that I know I'd just blather on and on about wedding stuff and I'm trying to spare the masses from that pain. Under 4 months until the Big Day(TM) and most of the details are in place.

This past weekend I chose not to go to a family gathering down in Miami and it turns out that this was an extremely fortuitous. Had Tom and I gone, he would have either missed an amazingly good job opportunity or we would have had to travel back up here immediatly to get him ready.

Tom's birthday was Wednesday, but seeing as how we live 50 miles apart, we put off a celebration until Friday. Thursday, after work, I headed out to the coast to deliver my home-made birthday cake to my love and we dashed off together to his Air Force squadron's holiday party. I had already met many of the guys, but I got to meet many more. It was a nice time and it felt good to get dressed up and chit chat with some people.

Friday's plans were to have a lazy morning and then head back to Orlando to do a little indoor wall-climbing for Tom's birthday. Instead, we found out that Tom had been selected for a special 60-90 day assignment out in LA and would need to fly out on Sunday. Still wanting to keep our Friday night and Saturday night plans, we worked our butts off to get things taken care on out on the Cape that day. While Tom headed in to work to make sure his travel arrangements were made and transferred all the files he needed onto his government laptop, I did laundry so he'd have some clean clothes to take on that long assignment. I also transferred any foods that could be saved into his freezer and packed up the rest to take to my house.

We had a whirlwind weekend, taking care of business, seeing PZ Myers speak and then spending a few hours chatting it up with him afterward. We also got to attend Jim's Redneck, Trailer Trash, Hillbilly Christmas Party, which was a nice distraction from the fact that it was my last night with Tom until he comes back for Christmas.

So that's life right now. I'll have more open weekends for a while, which will be good for cooking soups, sewing and spending more time with Jeremy. So it's not all bad. But I will miss Tom. ::Sigh:: The life of a military wife...
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Subject:If all my friends jumped off a bridge...
Time:1:52 pm.
"Reply to this post, and I'll tell you one reason why I like you. Then put this in your own journal, and spread the love."
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Monday, November 10th, 2008

Time:1:47 pm.
I can't go 24 hours without mentioning some aspect of the wedding. Thankfully, this had not yet made Tom leave me. Today I was looking for readings to share at the wedding that I can really connect with. There aren't many.

And then I thought about Carl. I found the following Carl Sagan quote and wanted to share it. Not only because it is about love in general, but also because it reminded me of the recent talk of socialism in the news.

~ * ~

Human history can be viewed as a slowly dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group. Initially our loyalties were to ourselves and our immediate family, next, to bands of wandering hunter-gatherers, then to tribes, small settlements, city-states, nations. We have broadened the circle of those we love. We have now organized what are modestly described as super-powers, which include groups of people from divergent ethnic and cultural backgrounds working in some sense together — surely a humanizing and character building experience. If we are to survive, our loyalties must be broadened further, to include the whole human community, the entire planet Earth. Many of those who run the nations will find this idea unpleasant. They will fear the loss of power. We will hear much about treason and disloyalty. Rich nation-states will have to share their wealth with poor ones. But the choice, as H. G. Wells once said in a different context, is clearly the universe or nothing.

From Cosmos, 1980
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Friday, October 31st, 2008

Subject:New Whole Grain Recipe to share
Time:2:15 pm.
Here's the latest of my whole grain recipes. Enjoy!

Sweet Fruited Bulgur Stuffing

3 cups apple juice
1 red delicious apple, chopped
1/2 cup chopped apricots
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup chopped dried pitted dates
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp nutmeg
grated rind from 1 orange
1 1/2 cup bulgur

Throw all ingredients except the bulgur into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Add the bulgur, cover and simmer for 16 minutes or so. You may also top with toasted almond slices.

Super easy! And delicious. Great for Thanksgiving.
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Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Subject:The Wedding Will Be in Orlando
Time:1:01 pm.
Hello family members who read my blog. This post is a little FAQ on the upcoming wedding.

Q: When is it?
A: March 21, 2009 - at 10:30 in the morning. The reception will be a lunch.

Q: Where is it?
A: Here in Orlando at a lovely park near downtown.

Q: A Park? Isn't it hot in Florida?
A: The average temperature in Orlando for March is 66.7ºF. Both the ceremony and reception are in covered areas. Nice and Shady.

Q: But won't heels dig into the ground? And won't men be hot in their jackets?
A: Good point. We recommend flat shoes or wide heels. As for jackets, leave 'em at home. We suggest "dressy casual" meaning slacks and nice shirt for the men and dresses or skirts for ladies although slacks are certainly acceptable for the ladies as well.

Q: So when am I getting my invitation?
A: Who said you were getting one!? Just kidding. This is a family only wedding. If you're family, you'll be invited. If you got a "we tied the knot" announecment, you'll be invited. We hope to send out invitations within the next 2 weeks. Try not to let it get lost with all your holiday cards.

Q: No friends?
A: That's not a real question. But I'll bite. Yeah Tom and I will each have one best friend in attendance: Tom's Best Man, Dave and my Man of Honor, Jeremy.

Q: Are there other weddingy events going on that weekend? How long should I plan my stay in Orlando?
A: Weddingy? Really? You expect me to answer that? OK. The night before, I am having the wedding party to my house for a rehearsal dessert (parents, g-parents, siblings and bridal party). Even if you're not part of that group, we recommend arriving in Orlando some time Friday because the wedding is on Saturday morning. After the lunch reception and party on Saturday you're on your own for dinner. Tom and I will escape for a special night alone. Then we'll join you all for a Sunday brunch at my house hosted by my mom. I suspect everyone will leave Orlando later on Sunday.

Q: Will you be offended if we plan an Orlando vacation around your wedding?
A: Not at all! We'll even get you discounted tickets to the many attractions here if you ask nicely. Additionally, Tom is more than excited to give tours of Cape Canaveral if you want to head over towards the Kennedy Space Station during your visit (1 hr drive east of me).

Q: What if I think of another question when this interview is over?
A: That's what the Comments section is for.
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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Subject:Author still thinks Palin could win the election for McCain
Time:1:14 pm.
Here's an interesting article from CNN's Ed Henry.

I found it kind of weird that conservatives were referring to liberals as "elite" in an attempt to make them look bad. I mean, really? Elite is bad? Education is bad? I understand their angle. Try to make liberals out to be "out of touch" with the average American, who, I guess by this stretch is uneducated. I don't buy it. I don't think that poorly of the average American.

But now, in this article, their turning this weapon on their own party.

"But there may be a disconnect between elite Republicans and the party faithful.

'I think Sarah Palin is still very popular among the conservative base,' said Rick Stengel, managing editor of Time magazine. 'There are other conservatives, the conservative intelligentsia, who have peeled off and think maybe it was a mistake.'

So if you don't like Sarah Palin, you're obviously one of those elite Republican. You know, part of the conservative intelligentsia. I suspect this is a reaction to Powell's endorsement. A way to say "Yeah, he's a republican, but he's not really one of us. He's one of those elitists we've been warning you about."

It's terrifying, really.
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Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Subject:Walk About
Time:3:42 pm.
Although I am still eating cautiously, I am eating heartily, and I decided it was time to get off my butt and start walking again. Last night I logged 4.8 miles as I met up with Jeremy and we walked out to the park where I'd like to have my wedding in March. It's got a perfect gazebo for the ceremony and a lovely pavilion for the reception. The trees are all mature and would make for some great photo back drops. I won't book it as a definate until Tom gets back from California and I can sell him on the idea.
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Subject:2nd Pres Debate
Time:8:22 am.
I wasn't overly impressed with either candidate during last night's debate. They mostly spouted their catch-phrase talking points. It was so bad, I would say outloud the line that the next guy would say to rebut a point. It's all canned. But it was still entertaining and it provided an opportunity for each to show a little personality and adress some issues (though they did avoid answering some questions).

This morning, NPR did a short a sweet little fact check on some of the assertions they two made in the debtes. Here is the transcript. The checking is from NPR reporters, Factcheck.org and The Associated Press. Enjoy.

EDIT: I'm looking at a transcript of last night's debate and I'm reminded of some of the reasons I yelled at the TV.

Official count of times McCain said "my friends": 22

When asked "What don't you know and how will you learn it?":

McCain: There are challenges around the world that are new and different and there will be different -- we will be talking about countries sometime in the future that we hardly know where they are on the map, some Americans.

Me: How about increasing our education budget so that Americans know where countries are.
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Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Time:1:00 pm.
If you've got an hour to kill, I highly recommend this article on McCain's story. I knew a lot of what it said, but learned a bit more and saw some sources for things I had heard but wasn't sure if they were true.

I have little confidence that any McCain supporter would read the entire article.

And for anyone out there who has no clue what Barack Obama's plans are, you can read his "Blueprint for Change" here. I love that 1) he has plans and 2)he is willing to clearly state them, put them in writing and be accountable for them. (They're good plans too)

On an unrelated note, my health is on the upswing, finally. I am still taking it easy and eating cautiously.
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Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Subject:Mini-Moon around St. Augustine
Time:12:10 pm.
Since Tom and I tied the knot last week (Oh, didn't I mention?), my boss offered us her beach house in Crescent Beach for the weekend. We're calling it our mini-moon.

Saturday we stepped out the back door onto the beach and made an awesome castle. Tom planned the structure, inspired by the forts we were going to see later that weekend. We even made a wooden drawbridge from driftwood planks. BTW, I didn't bring sunglasses, and after raiding the Suzanne's house all I found were the Elvis glasses you see in all my photos below. After getting cleaned up from the beach, we headed out to Fort Matanzas, the "back door to St. Augustine." The fort was built in 1740 by the Spanish, out of coquina which is stone made of compacted shells. When it comes to visiting historic sites with dudes in costume, you really only get out of it what you want. So we asked tons of questions about the artillery and other stuff. I made Tom stand in the sentry box for a photo and he got one of me from the very top of the fort which you can only access by ladder. There was also a nice nature trail.

We returned home for a nice nap and then prettied ourselves up to head out to dinner at Opus 39. This is a fancy fixed price, 5 course meal place that I'd always wanted to try but never had the chance. It was extremely good. I ate four different animals! (cow, rabbit, duck and scallop) To give you an idea of the froofiness of the place, Tom began his meal with a fresh fig salad with bacon vinaigrette.

After dinner we walked past the cemetery to the zero mile marker of the Old Spanish Trail, an auto highway that once spanned the country with a full 3,000 miles of roadway from ocean to ocean crossing 67 counties and eight states along the Southern border of the United States. Work on the auto highway began in 1915 and, by the 1920s, the trail linked St. Augustine, Florida, to San Diego, California, with its center and headquarters in San Antonio, Texas. The cities in between boasted a shared heritage of Spanish missions, forts and Spanish colonization. We hope to find the other end when we're in San Diego. Since I'm going to have to drive my car to San Diego when we move, this might be the route I take, though I have read that much of it sucks now.

The next day was our designated educational day in St. Augustine, the oldest continuously occupied European-established city, and the oldest port, in the continental United States. We hit up a great little museum and then headed over to Castillo de San Marcos on which construction began in 1672 and lasted 23 years, completing construction in 1695. They were training new cannoneers the day we were there so they were firing the cannons irregularly, but about once an hour. It was pretty sweet.

After the fort, we headed off to the Spanish Quarter Village, which is full of reenactors who answered all sorts of questions we had. We got to hang out with 2 people making leather stuff and we learned about pattern cutting, stitching, tanning, oiling, and more. We also got to hang out with the blacksmith and the scribe who wrote up a nice little certificate for "La Familia Essenpreis" in his fancy calligraphy. He commented on my trilobite necklace too. Nerds unite! We also got to see what a regular kitchen would look like and then got to have some sangria at the local tavern.

Thoroughly pooped, we headed back south and stopped for pizza before crashing for our last nap at Suzanne's beach house before the drive home.

All in all, a totally awesome mini-moon weekend.

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Subject:How Fings Are
Time:6:40 pm.
I've been rather healthy over the past year. The only time I've been sick was with sinus infections which I've become rather good at treating myself with no need to visit a doctor. The last time I was to the doctor was when my arm sustained that nerve damage and they put me through over 4 weeks of medical testing only to tell me nothing was wrong with it. Well, it still goes numb or gets pins and needles from time to time, but I guess I will just live with it.

Anywho, after that episode I switched to a new primary care physician but I haven't needed to go to them. They explained that they require new patients to make an appointment to "get established" before they are considered an existing patient. This basically means that you must pay for a doctor visit when you are healthy in order to be seen in a reasonable time if you do become sick. If you never make that appointment, there is a minimum 1 week wait to see someone (sometimes 3 weeks). Apart from paying for that pointless appointment I'd have to take time off from work, which is yet another expense. So I never did it.

So today when I called in they weren't able to see me, of course. So I tried the walk-in clinic at Walgreens. My symptoms scared the clueless physician there so she said I should go to an urgent care facility.

The urgent care facility had me wait a good hour, but it was actually decent care. The folks were nice and seemed to care. I liked them better than any doctor I've seen in years.

It turns out that I have some random virus that attacking my stomach. There is no medicine to kill a virus so they prescribed a pain killer for my sharp stomach pains. I didn't fill it though. I just took some of the ibuprofen my oral surgeon gave me back when I didn't need it.

I've had a fever hovering at 100 since the middle of last night so I'm feeling pretty crappy. I'm drinking tons of water and just hanging out. I can't think of the last time I took a day off from work for being sick.

Oh and from a random web search I found this Yahoo Answers page which I really enjoyed. I love everyone's answers on this, especially all the Brits who type their accents out. Awesome.
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Friday, September 26th, 2008

Subject:My engagement ring
Time:4:03 pm.
OK, after a month of trying to find the perfect ring, I have it.
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The center stone is an orange sapphire. The style is called "bypass" because of the way those channel set diamonds go off to either side of the center stone. It's pretty rad. and totally Tom*esque.
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Friday, September 19th, 2008

Subject:Per Timb, Mary and Brent...
Time:3:52 pm.
Per Timb, Mary and Brent...

Take a picture of yourself right now.
Don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair... just take a picture.
Post that picture with NO editing.
Post these instructions with your picture.

I hate when my friends see what I look like as a cube farmer, but I'm game. Are you?
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Subject:A, B or C
Time:3:24 pm.
I'd like everyone's feedback on this one.

Assuming these each happen on different dates, which is the biggest, most important and significant date:

A) The day a couple becomes engaged
B) The day a couple become legally married
C) The day a couple celebrates their wedding, with family and close friends

I had this discussion with a woman I work with and she tells me I am horribly wrong. She thinks that B. is the biggest. I think that B is the least significant. To me, A. was the day the of true significance for us as a couple and C. will be the day we symbolically join families. To me, B is just paperwork (though I understand the benefits and responsibilities that come with it).

So, readers, what do you think?
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Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Subject:walking log
Time:8:02 pm.
It's only Wednesday and I already got in 2 days of walking this week. Monday Jeremy and I got rained out so I only walked 3.5 miles. Today I got in 6.8. w00t!
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Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Subject:"Alaska Women Reject Palin" Rally
Time:9:59 am.
Governor Palin just spent 3 days back in Alaska, as you may have heard in the media. What you may not have heard was the success of a HUGE "Alaska Women Reject Palin" rally, organized by a small group of women, that turned out to be the biggest political rally in the state's history.

This blogger wrote about it and the photos alone give me so much hope. Just some of the protest signs the women held:

Bush in a skirt
he's 72... Palin v Putin scary
Pro-choice Anti-Palin
Palin: Candidate to Nowhere
Alaskan for Obama
My Mama is for Obama
Hey HockeyMom Keep the Puck Out of D.C.
Pro-woman Anti-Palin
Another Alaska Woman NOT For Sarah Palin
I'm a Valley Mom and I say... Thanks, but No Thanks!!
Voted for Her Once: Never Again
WAR is not a family value Sarah
Vote Issues Not Gender!
Like the Palin KoolAid?
My daughter deserves better
Palin = wrong woman, wrong message
Smearing Alaska's good name one scandal at a time
The Alaska Disasta'
Palin = George Bush with Lipstick
Great performance SP, but we're not that stupid
How's that abstinence only education working for you, Sarah?
American should not sleep if Palin is Veep
I vote with my brain, not my gender
Country First? How Patriotic is Alaska Independence Party?
Ask me why I'm Palinoid
McCain/Palin Lies to Nowhere
Teens for Alternative Energy - Drilling is not the Answer
Don't Insult My Pitbull
Blink Before Going to War
Think!!! It's not illegal yet!!!
Women vote issues not gender
energy rebate does not buy my vote
Keep your church out of my state

Read about it

Update: I'm finding a few more media outlets covering this, though I haven't seen anything national.
Anchorage Daily News
Their photos here
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Monday, September 15th, 2008

Subject:Liberal v Convertive
Time:1:37 pm.
Many months ago, my friend Jim, commented on various attacks in the media said, "I thought liberal was a good thing. Doesn't it mean generous?"

So today I just checked what the dictionary had to say. For fun.


lib·er·al [lib-er-uhl, lib-ruhl]
1. favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
2. (often initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.
3. of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism.
4. favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, esp. as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.
5. favoring or permitting freedom of action, esp. with respect to matters of personal belief or expression: a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.
6. of or pertaining to representational forms of government rather than aristocracies and monarchies.
7. free from prejudice or bigotry; tolerant: a liberal attitude toward foreigners.
8. open-minded or tolerant, esp. free of or not bound by traditional or conventional ideas, values, etc.
9. characterized by generosity and willingness to give in large amounts: a liberal donor.
10. given freely or abundantly; generous: a liberal donation.
11. not strict or rigorous; free; not literal: a liberal interpretation of a rule.
12. of, pertaining to, or based on the liberal arts.
13. of, pertaining to, or befitting a freeman.
–noun 14. a person of liberal principles or views, esp. in politics or religion.
15. (often initial capital letter) a member of a liberal party in politics, esp. of the Liberal party in Great Britain.

con·serv·a·tive [kuhn-sur-vuh-tiv]
1. disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.
2. cautiously moderate or purposefully low: a conservative estimate.
3. traditional in style or manner; avoiding novelty or showiness: conservative suit.
4. (often initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the Conservative party.
5. (initial capital letter) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Conservative Jews or Conservative Judaism.
6. having the power or tendency to conserve; preservative.
7. Mathematics. (of a vector or vector function) having curl equal to zero; irrotational; lamellar.
–noun 8. a person who is conservative in principles, actions, habits, etc.
9. a supporter of conservative political policies.
10. (initial capital letter) a member of a conservative political party, esp. the Conservative party in Great Britain.
11. a preservative.


'Change' anyone?
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