Thursday, February 23, 2006

Limits. We as Americans don't seem to pay attention to them. Take for example speed LIMITS. They're not speed SUGGESTIONS or even speed BOUNDARIES with a swinging gate. I'm not going to say that I'm always going 65 when the sign says "Speed Limit 65," but why do we even bother calling it a limit when photo enforcement switches on at 76-11 miles over. Why do we get mad at someone on the freeway who's actually going 65 or, God forbid, 64? (Don't say you haven't done it!)
When it comes to food, one serving isn't enough. 2,000 calories a day is supposed to be our limit (in most cases), but we want more. We have a limit on our credit cards, yet if someone fills it up, just get another one or go over the limit and pay the fee.
The word "limit" seems finite. You're not supposed to go over, that's supposed to be your boundary. Yet more and more the word "limit" has lost its meaning and in a society that values "more," "better," or even "the best," it's no wonder it's more expensive to live. It's no wonder people are obese. It's no wonder people are in extreme debt in excess of $100,000. It's no wonder states like Arizona are resorting to photo radars on freeways to deter extreme speeders. There are no limits in the minds of most Americans.
And it's not like I'm completely innocent...

Monday, February 20, 2006

Ahhh, back in the blogging world! Sorry for my absence, but both my computer at home and at work have had issues with this site.
So we have a new "baby" in the house--a little black lab-chow mix puppy named Coal that will quickly outgrow the "little" part of his description. From the day I brought him home to two days later, he gained 3 lbs! I think he's gained some even since his last vet appointment on Wednesday. He's a growing boy. We're up in the middle of the night every night letting him out to go to the bathroom and then up every morning before seven to let him out again and play with him. We're crate training him and so far he's doing a great job and hasn't even pottied in his crate.
What else is new? Well, Ireland is quickly approaching with only 5 months left of fundraising. I think we've done pretty well though and should earn enough, but we'll see.
Also, our backyard is now all torn up because we've started the revitalization process. We're getting rid of the dirt and adding lots of grass--something Coal will be absolutely THRILLED with. We'll also be adding a fire pit and an above-ground water feature. I'll be really happy when it's all done and we have grass everywhere, but it looks like we're probably about two months away from that.
That's it for me now. I'll try to update more frequently now that I know I can use this computer to blog.