Archive for August, 2008

Yesterday I went to the mall because there were a few makeup and skincare “essentials” that I had run out of. After I finished getting the things I needed, I decided to go over to Lane Bryant to see if they had anything on sale that I could use to add to my wardrobe.

I found some cute things and since one of the saleswomen had handed me a spend $75, get $25 off coupon, I decided to get them. So, for $64 (after all of the discounts), I got:

This dress looks GREAT on, and was only $23.99
This dress looks GREAT on, and was only $23.99
This top is more of a burgandy/wine than it shows up in this picture.

This top is more of a burgandy/wine than it shows up in this picture.

I also got two tops: One is a red, johnny collar shirt with black, white, and yellow dots on it in a “splotchy” pattern.  I wasn’t sure if it was a bit too bright, but I figured with the right jacket over it, I could make it work.  Plus, for $12.99, how could I not get it.  The second top is brown, with small stone embellishments on it.  I have a skirt with a sort of subdued animal print on it that should work nicely with it.  This one was only $9.99.

I’m happiest with the dress, because it’s an 18/20, and my usual size in dresses has been 22/24 at Lane Bryant.  It feels so good to be into a smaller size!  Plus, the dress looks really nice on me, and I feel sexy in it.  What more can you ask for an item of clothing?

I think I did really well with these purchases, and they will help supplement my wardrobe nicely.  It’s difficult not to buy too many things, but I keep telling myself that I don’t want to spend too much money on this “transitional” wardrobe.  I’d rather keep the cash for my “real” wardrobe, once I lose all the weight.


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I don’t know if I can wait that long.

I find it very interesting that the day after Barack Obama gives the speech of his life, John McCain finally decides on a running mate. How diabolically desperate was his choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate?

  • Diabolical because on the surface, those disenfranchised Hillary supporters may want to vote for a woman, for anyone, other than the man they think took away Hillary’s chances (how stupid of them). Sarah Palin is as far from Hillary on every issue, practically living in a different universe. Pro-life, a member of the NRA, has ties to oil because of Alaskan drilling, and the list goes on and on.
  • Desperate because this woman is the governor of Alaska, a state with a total population of less than the city I live in. So in really, she’s like “mayor of Alaska.” For two years. Yet somehow she’s got enough experience to run our country, should something happen to 74-year-old McCain? Gimme a break.

All I can say is I can’t wait for the debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin.

The other devious thing about McCain’s choice is his timing. I’m sure it was no accident that he chose to announce this running mate the morning after Barack gives one of the most amazing speeches ever heard on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech at the Democratic convention. What do you think more people were talking about this morning? Barack’s amazing speech or this vp choice? The latter, I’m afraid. Again, diabolical and desperate. Poor McCain.

But enough of unpleasantness. I truly believe that we won’t have to worry about McCain and his antics because the clear choice, the only choice, is Barack Obama. Not convinced? Watch this video and then you’ll understand why this man can motivate, inspire, and instill a fresh feeling of hope in so many – from the 18-year-old senior in my journalism class to my 68-year-old father. This man is going to be our next president. (And if by some quirk McCain pulls it off? I’m moving to Canada. Although Mexico does have nicer weather and prettier beaches…) But, nah, that’s never going to happen.

Yes WE (he) Can!!!

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President Clinton’s speech at the convention was good, but I agree with him, it was very difficult to follow his wife – her speech was far superior, and had much more energy from the crowd than his. People do love Bill Clinton, though, and it took him several minutes to get the crowd to be quiet enough for him to begin speaking. I remembered all of the things I love about Clinton when he was president as I watched that speech. What a great time for our country when he was running it. How we’ve all suffered since he’s been gone. He may have lied about having an affair, but compared to the lies we’ve been told by the Bush Administration, that was small. No one died because of Clinton’s affair; can we say the same about Bush’s lies?

I have to admit, I didn’t know much about Joe Biden until tonight, when I watched the video they played about his life at the convention. I can’t believe he lost his wife and one child (his daughter) in a car accident. I can’t even imagine his pain. I love the fact that after such a loss, he put family first, even while fulfilling his duties to his constituency. His son’s words about his father was so poignant to me. How he overcame his stutter, how he signed a bill protecting women against domestic violence, and how he stood against Slobodan Milosevic and the genocide. {On a side note, I was very impressed with Beau Biden and think we may see him running for president in the future}. I like Joe Biden’s background in foreign politics and the way that he’s willing to speak out about things he knows are wrong or unfair. He seems to be a man of character and leadership. The fact that Obama said he thinks the most important thing that Biden brings is his honesty sounds like such a refreshing aspect to a politician, especially considering what we’ve dealt with lately.

The part of his speech that I thought was the best was when he said, “everyone is equal and everyone is equal to you.” That is a motto that I believe in, and I agree with Biden that we hould take that motto back as part of our new American Dream. As Biden said, “Barack Obama is the great American hope.” When he said, “these times require more than a good soldier, they require a wise leader…Barack Obama is going to deliver the change we need in this country.”

I love how Barack came out to surprise everyone at the convention. He is like a rockstar! I think Obama & Biden make an amazing ticket, and look so good standing next to each other. I see America’s future there on the podium tonight.

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I thought that Hillary gave a powerful speech last night, and the part I loved the most was when she repeated Harriet Tubman’s words, “keep going, keep going, keep going.” She couldn’t have said it better, because just as those runaway slaves faced danger in the unknown as they fought their way toward freedom, we as a nation face danger if we allow more of the same politics that we’ve had to endure for the past 8 years.

As I was watching Hillary speak, I did wonder what it would have been like if Obama asked her to be his running mate. I know that it was a decision that wouldn’t have been made for several reasons, but can you imagine the impact of an Obama/Hillary Clinton ticket?

(Fast forward this video to 20:07 in order to hear the Harriet Tubman section of the speech, which I think is one of the most brilliant parts):

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The tribute to Ted Kennedy and his inspiring words were wonderful, and reminded me of why I became a Democrat to begin with. The man is a fighter, and I hope he is able to stand on the podium in January to welcome Barack Obama as our new president.

Michelle Obama’s speech tonight is what truly moved me to tears. She is an amazing speaker, and spoke with such poise, dignity, and intelligence, that I have no doubt that as First Lady she will lead this country to become what it should be, as she said. I am so impressed with her speech tonight that I simply cannot find the words.

I can’t wait to hear from Obama on Thursday. Our country needs this change, and I cannot wait to be part of history in November when I vote for Barack Obama, a man who can once again make us proud of our president.

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The Kennedys are true American royalty, and Ted Kennedy’s speech tonight at the Democratic National Convention was one of the most inspiring things I’ve seen:

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Once again, I didn’t buy flowers until today.  But hey, as long as I keep the tradition alive and buy myself fresh flowers once a week, I’m still keeping up a great new treat for myself, right?

These flowers are called the Summer Sizzle Bouquet and were only $6.99 at Safeway.  Such a steal!!

I really do love this new, inexpensive luxury I’ve started for myself.  It makes the room happy, and it feels so nice to do something special for myself, even though it doesn’t cost that much.

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