Ridiculously Easy

You know, it is ridiculously easy to eat McDonald’s. I mean, it’s cheap, easy, convenient (as you can’t drive for more than 5 minutes without seeing one), timely, and the food itself is good enough (for what it is). It fills you up and it’s tasty (the fries are my downfall!).

The problem is that it’s unbelievably bad for you!

It’s not a wonder we all struggle with our weight.

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Maryland Republican: Meeting gay couples left me ‘changed person’

Maryland Republican: Meeting gay couples left me ‘changed person’

A small bit of hope in this bigoted struggle:

“I saw with so many of the gay couples, they were so devoted to another. I saw so much love,” he said. “When this hearing was over, I was a changed person in regard to this issue. I felt that I understood what same sex couples were looking for.”

I think this gets to the heart of the issue. It seems like it’s very easy to sit far away from real people and keep your head in the sand on the issue of gay marriage. But, when you actually meet and get to know real people leading their lives, you realize the differences are few and far between. They have normal jobs. They have normal hopes. Normal dreams. Normal petty fights with their partner over who was supposed to take the trash out. They lead normal lives.

Just. Like. You.

Hangout Question

On this week’s MacBreak Weekly, they were discussing Google Hangout. (At least I think that’s what it’s called…might be Google+ Hangouts…I don’t know.) Hangouts is a feature kind of like video-chatting, but you can have multiple people (wait for it) hanging out at the same time. So, group chat, if you will.

Anyway, they were talking about the fact that President Obama used this tool a couple of weeks back as a way to “talk with the people”. Normal people had the chance to ask him a question directly and interact with him from wherever they were. Pretty neat concept, if you ask me.

That got me thinking. If I had the ability (or chance) to ask the President one thing, what would I ask him? I don’t think I would ask him some wonky question about policy or even the political process itself. I really think I would ask him something personal. My question:

“What is your reaction to the people who were so excited (so hopeful) in 2008 that seem disappointed in you now?”

And I really wouldn’t be looking for a soundbite or a political answer. I actually want to know what he (the man) thinks when he hears (of) the disappointment expressed by some who were so fervent just 4 years ago.

Just a thought.

Sisterly Love

Caroline woke up this morning in a, how do I put it, “feisty” mood. Everything was met with attitude and aggressiveness. Oh lord, it’s going to be a long day. Then, I got Brian up and dressed and asked him to go brush his teeth. In doing so, they got in to a little spat about something or other, doesn’t really matter, but I was counting down the minutes to getting them to their separate schools, so they could each go on with their respective days.

Wen I left them upstairs to go do something in the car, I walked back in only to hear Brian sobbing. First thought: What has she said (or done) to him that I’m going to have to go resolve? But when I got up there, I opened the door and found her trying to comfort him. See, he was scared that we would leave him in the room alone (they brush their teeth in our bathroom) and not take him to school. But, there she was trying to talk to him and hugging him.

Makes my heart feel good when I see them taking care of each other. Love them!