Mid-Week Doldrums

4 years ago

This & That

Ho-Hum, it's Wednesday.  I think the reason they call it "Hump Day" is because it is so hard getting up to finish the day.  Then the rest of the week is full steam ahead!  Didn't get much accomplished today, unless you consider cruising the internet and watching a Lifetime Movie productive!  ha ha

In The News

I try to at least look at the news through MSN every couple of days and take their poll.  Today's topic:  Dream Act would provide aid to illegal immigrants (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/50549158?gt1=43001). 

 The Poll Question is:

Do you feel illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the US?

- Yes, they deserve the opportunity

- No, they are here illegally

 - Not sure

More times than not, my polling resuls aren't with the majority.  However, I think most Americans are actually voting with their brain attached this time.  These are the results:  Yes (19% - 906,106 votes);  No (77% - 380,083 votes); I'm not sure (4% - 22, 262 votes).
For those that voted Yes and/or I'm not sure, and the Federal Government - what part of  "ILLEGAL" do you not understand?  The United States has always been known as the Melting Pot because of our vast array of nationalities.  However, those people who came over from Ireland, Germany.... on the boats - came here LEGALLY.  I like that I don't see the same people everywhere I go - color is a great thing.  
The DREAM Act (The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act) would help provide scholarships and federal funds so that they can go to college.  A statement made by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver,
"Our immigrant families, like many struggling in these trying economic times, need financial help to achieve their educational goals. Investing in these inspiring students represents an investment in our future."
Don't you think our first cause should be to make sure that every legal immigrant and US citizens should have the same opportunity?  In my teaching career, I've know several students that were in this country legally.  It was almost impossible for them to receive any type of scholarship or financial aid to attend a college/trade school. So now, we are going to champion a cause that provides for those who are here illegally.

The labor-backed, progressive Fiscal Policy Institute estimates the cost of the Dream Act to be $7 million a year, while the Senate Republicans a year ago estimated the cost at as much as $30 million.

Advocates have estimated the cost at $20 million.

A labor backed policy..... would this be the same people who employ illegal immigrants for 1/4 of what they pay others, have them live in rat infested shacks, and treat them like dirt?  Of course, it's labor backed - this way they can make more money off of those who want to make a better life for their families. 

Don't get me wrong - I really don't have a problem with those that immigrate to the United States.  IF YOU DO IT LEGALLY and you become a US Citizen - then you can have all the "perks" that each of us are entitled to.

Did You Say Free?

Lil' Lunas (http://lilluna.com/printables/) is one of my favorite go-to sites when I want something different to print.  With Valentine's Day coming up, I know that finding the perfect gift for a special friend or a teacher can be difficult.  Especially, if you don't want to break the bank and give something that can be found at your local discount store.

I thought this was really cute and such a great idea:

Kristyn, the host of Lil' Lunas has provided the instructions and the free printable here:


Next, Kristyn has show her Favorie Fonts & Dingbats.  This is just a sample:

You can either go here (http://lilluna.com/favorite-valentines-fonts-and-graphics/) or you can go to the main site, DaFont (http://www.dafont.com/theme.php?cat=804).  These are free to download onto your computer.  Once you have downloaded them, you can add them to your Microsoft Word documents.  You can choose different themes, fancy, foriegn look, Techno, and many more.  Such a fun way to add some pizzazz to your creativity.

What's For Dinner?

That is a very good question.  I don't have to cook tonight, because the Hubster has a Shrine Meeting and he will eat there.  I may go grab something, just not sure what sounds good.  Last night on the menu from Crockpot Vegetable Beef Soup.

Crockpot Vegetable Beef Soup

1 small beef roast

1 can whole tomatoes (I use the tomatoes I canned last summer, but store bought will do)

1 cup beef broth (I use bouillon that I purchase from the Amish Bulk Store, but you can use canned beef broth)

2-3 potatoes, peeled and cubed

2-3 celery stalks, cubed

1/4-1/2 onion, chopped

1 can whole kernal corn, drained

1 pkg. frozen mixed vegetables

Salt to taste

Put the roast and the whole tomatoes in the crockpot to cook overnight on low.  In the morning, remove the roast and cut/shred into pieces .  Then add the cut/shredded meat back to the pot.  Add the rest of the ingredients into the crockpot.  Stir and let cook all day on low.

When I was working, I would do this over a couple of days.  One day, I would cook the roast and then I'd prepare my vegetables and put in the fridge.  Then when I was ready to have soup, I would just dump everything in the pot that morning and go to work.  When I got home, dinner was served.

I don't add salt to this when I'm cooking because the Hubster is having some blood pressure issues.  You can also add any other vegetables that you like.  Sometimes, I add chopped cabbage, green pepper... the possibilites are limitless to what you like. 

DVR Movie Review - The Casey Anthony Story

I had DVR'd this movie on Saturday and just got around to watching it today.  Rob Lowe does a great job as the lead attorney for the state, Jeff Ashton.  The movie is based around the book that Ashton wrote about the case. Even though I knew that Casey Anthony had been acquitted of the murder of her daughter - it still held my attention.  I'm still not sure how a jury couldn't come to a guilty verdict, but that's on them.  I followed this case from the time it happened and have no doubt in my mind that if she didn't kill her daughter, she knows what happened.  Who can go 30+ days and not know where your child is... most of us can't go 30 seconds.

Ashton's character says something really fitting at the end of an interview he is doing once he lost the case.  He said, "I believe in Karma.  Karma is a funny thing, it eventually comes around."

If you missed this movie and can't find it playing again on Lifetime.  You can watch it via computer here:  http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/prosecuting-casey-anthony

Have a great evening!  Laters - Ronda


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