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The other day my friend, SW, sent me a link to a blurb from the New York Times – The Words They Used.  Basically, they analyzed the number of times specific words were used by the candidates on both sides during the DNC and RNC.  The big “C” word (change, duh!) topped the list on the Dems side – no surprise there.  And, beating “tax(es)” a mere 42 to 43, it was “God” that squeezed into the #1 spot for the Republicans.  No surprise there, either. 

It’s important that during this election year, we the people listen closely to what the candidates are saying – the WORDS they use.  That means, when watching one speak, don’t get sucked into whether the crowd surrounding them was too dull or overly boisterous.  It doesn’t matter what graphics they choose to slap on the screen behind them.  Don’t look at what color or pattern their tie is.  Ignore their hairstyle.  And, pay no attention to the theme song being played when they stride on stage.       

Anywho, I just thought it was quite interesting, so now I’m sharing with you all 🙂  Check it out here.

And now I digress on upcoming events. More specifically, getting married. Remember when high school graduation was around the corner, and everything was, “Oh, this is our last time skipping school together!” or “Can you believe this is our last high school party together?” Now, with my nuptials around the corner, friends are calling in to ask, “How was your last weekend being single?
We trade our Converse for high heels; our college sweats for work suits; and yes, eventually, our naked fingers for one particularly dressed ring finger. And, is it with that one particularly dressed ring finger that our life changes…a little bit? Somewhat? Significantly?
Will our single friends still want to hang out with us? Do we have to seek out more married friends? Will we each gain 25 lbs. and not even notice? Do we merge our CD collections and donate the duplicates? What if I want to change sides of the bed? Really important stuff here, people.
Of course, there’s no way of knowing all the answers. In fact, we don’t need to know all the answers. The experience of finding the questions is much more valuable.

Too much of no sound
uncomfortable silence can be so loud.

-lyrics from Miles Away on Madonna’s Hard Candy album

“New applications filed for unemployment benefits rose last week by…455,000…. That was the most since late March 2002.” –from newest Labor Department report

Well, suffice to say, we are not alone in our job hunting. That makes me feel better…just a little. In reality, though, it’s making us wish more than ever that we hadn’t left Australia yet.

On the very same day – August 7, 2008 – while US headlines read something like, “Jobless claims surge to highest level in 6 years,” Australia’s headlines boast “Strong Australian jobs growth surprises market.” I shit you not, I could not make this stuff up.

What’s to be made of some of our nation’s biggest companies making huge layoffs?! Starbucks, GM…even Bennigan’s! America, don’t you want your Chicken Finger Platters and Iced Mochas anymore?!! Order up! People need to work.

A bit disheartening, huh?! Nevertheless, not all is lost. We shall continue to up our spirits by keeping ourselves tan. Yes, tan. With Vitamin D on our side, we’re sure to stay standing tall (some studies say lack of the D can lead to osteoporosis and depression).

Yaaayy! JP is home! He made it home safely after a six-day trip to Haiti with Living Water Ministries of the Palm Beaches. It was an amazing trip for him and a great experience! They flew into Port-au-Prince, then made an eight-hour drive (yet only about 150 miles!) into the mountains of NW Haiti. JP was with a group of five other people, and collectively they helped fix a well pump, built showers, replaced doors and created a road. And, of course, JP taught some kids how to play Frisbee! Represent!

Here are a few pics from his trip (more to come later!):

Lots of donkeys; Haitian market

NW Haiti landscape; shower stalls JP built

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