Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Did we really need all those debates?

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Hot Flat and Crowded

So I started my new book from the library today. So far, I love it, here's my favorite quote so far:

"There is a third trend, though, and this is the one that gives me hope. This is the trend toward what I call "nation-building at home". While Washington may be gridlocked and drifting sideways, and our economic management has been anything but responsible, our country is still exploding with innovators and idealists. Every week I hear from people with thier new ideas for making clean energy, or with new approaches to education or with new thoughts about how to repair something in our country that desperately needs repariing. And though some of these ideas are wacky, the number of people experimenting in the garages and local communities certainly tells me that this country is still bursting with vitality from below. Our young people are so much more idealistic than we deserve them to be, and our broader public, though beraten down at times, is still eager to be enlisted-enlisted to fix education, enlisted to research renewable enery, enlisted to repair our infrastructure, enlisted to help others. You can see it in the number of college graduates lining up to join Teach for America. They want our country to matter again, they want to be summoned, not just to do nation-building in Iraq or Afghanistan, but to do nation-building in America-to restore and revitalize something they cherish but feel is being degraded."

Thomas Friedman-Hot Flat and Crowded-Why we need a green revolution - and how it can renew America

Monday, October 06, 2008

Here's my main question..

The housing market is a complete disaster, but those stupid dancing people advertising for cheap morgages are still dancing in the middle of my news articles. Shouldn't they be gone by now?

Saturday, October 04, 2008

What I've been making

This is not my picture, nor are any of these pictures mine, but this is from my new favorite blog Smitten Kitchen that Amanda turned me onto. I'm going to be attempting this apple cake this afternoon. I've been trying to get a lot of cooking done on the weekends and then eat it all week. Here's my list:

Macaroni and Cheese

Black Bean Soup

Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Beef, Leek, and Barley Soup

Whole Wheat Zucchini Pancakes

Thursday, October 02, 2008

So many books, so little time

Remember the good old days of Pizza Hut Book it? Those were the days. So the library here in Lincoln is amazing!(Said in a Kelly Kapoor voice from the office). There are five libraries and you can request a book on the website and they will drive it over to the library that is closest to your house. This might be how most library systems work, but coming from a one library town like Logan, this is big time for me. They also have a really nice interlibrary loan system that pulls from all around Nebraska. So when we first got here I went crazy and checked out all sorts of books and never got around to reading them all before we had to take them back. So I've gotten better but this week all of these books that I've been on huge waiting lists for have all showed up and they all have people waiting for them after me so I feel like I should get them all read. So here is my reading list for the next couple of weeks:

Currently Reading:
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver 352 pgs
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch 206 pgs

Currently waiting at the Library for me to pick up:
Hot, Flat and Crowded Why We Need a Green Revolution - And How it Can Renew America by Thomas L. Friedman 438 pgs
Alcohol Can Be a Gas! Fueling an Ethanol Revolution for the 21st Century by David Blume 591 pgs.

Now for some of you (Amanda, Brooke) this would be no big deal, but I am less diligent about picking up a book when I have a spare second but it will build character.