Sweet & Sour

February 20th

Gardening

Sweet::

— I hurt my neck this week lifting weights and am finally feeling better. Amazing how easy it is to take our health for granted until you are immobilized and in a silly amount of pain. Three cheers for the power of Aleve, massage and heating pads.

— I am volunteering to feed a group of 45 visiting church officials who are in Phoenix this weekend for a conference. Tomorrow I’m making breakfast for the crew. If I can do community dinner for 20, I can do eggs and bacon for 45 — right?

— Spending time with my little garden has brought new joy to my life. I spent a few extra minutes out there this morning before work, watering my tomatoes, encouraging the lush bunch of beets and cajoling the cilantro to last a wee bit longer. I’m officially a happy hippie in the gardening department — and the crazy girl who talks to her plants.

— Started Ultimate frisbee this week (which I can only imagine is MUCH more enjoyable without the throbbing pain of trying to keep your head upright) and my team is rad. Truly, 100% rad. They aren’t obnoxiously competitive. They aren’t jerks. They aren’t frisbee hogs. In fact, not only did I get to touch the frisbee in the first game, but I scored. And the team was screaming, cheering and encouraging all the girls the entire time. Love it!

Citrus season

Sour::

— Whomever leaked the photo to the media of a beaten and bruised Rihanna should be ashamed. She may be a radio star, but in this case she is also a domestic violence victim and it is not at all cool that we can all see her misery.  Truly, horrifically shameful.

— Elitism in the United States. I must say, I have a distinctly sour taste in my mouth when it comes to those who think their power puts them ahead of the rules. We’ve recently been bombarded with ugly examples of the elite run amok: Madoff, the new Stanford investment guy, A-Rod, Ted Haggard, the Illinois governor and now the senator too, half of the originally nominated cabinet for Obama’s administration who couldn’t serve because they don’t pay their taxes, etc. It is gross and frankly — not American. This deceitful, selfish behavior could not be less patriotic.

And so, today, with this tangy and tart combination — one can only hope for a bit better of a world. Let’s hope this weekend brings renewed strength to remember what makes us a great nation, and the characteristics that we need now more than ever. This recession is a great time for us to pull together, meet our neighbors, help those in greater need and remember the morals and strengths that truly do make us great — even if only the off-kilter clowns get the press.

Cheers,

K

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14 Responses

  1. I’m happy to hear you’re feeling better and enjoying your growing garden! I’m sure you will accomplish the task of doing a good breakfast for so many people, and I hope they will thank you.

  2. Ulitimate frisbee huh? Sounds interesting!

  3. Regarding Rihanna: I couldn’t agree more. I accidentally saw the photo last night, and I was so outraged for that woman that I could barely sleep. Outraged that something she has thus far kept so private was now splayed around the world for all to see. Outraged that anyone would sell OR buy that photograph. Outraged that she experienced the initial assault, and then this secondary one. I can only hope that all those people who are standing up for the perpetrator will look at that photo and SHUT THE HECK UP.

  4. Ultimate Frisbee? You are way cool! I would be far too clumsy for that.
    Releasing that picture is just shameful. I can’t imagine having something like that become a defining moment of me in the public eye. I hope she finds peace soon.

  5. I agree with you regarding Rihana bless her heart. I also agree on your view of Elitism, its a shame. Hope you feel better…

  6. I’m so glad you’re feeling better, Kelli. And good for you for volunteering to cook breakfast for all those folks; I’m positive they’ll greatly appreciate it. As for the other stuff going on, such as invading Rihanna’s privacy, the tax evaders, etc.–shame on them!

  7. Tina in Duluth February 20, 2009

    Your post in a word: Character.

  8. I am jealous of your gardening in Feb. I would love a fresh tomato right now.

    The Rihanna thing is just gross. I get tired of hearing how she “must now be an advocate against domestic violence.” Maybe she just wants to recover and get on with life? It’s hard to relive that stuff over and over.

  9. Kelli, I’m glad you are having little joyful moments in your garden. Isn’t life all about the roller coaster ride–the sweet and sour, the ups the downs. Good luck and have a blast doing the eggs and bacon for 45! I know you’ll pull it off no prob! 🙂

  10. I pay 32% of my income in txes! and I don’t mind! Those who is leads should be leaders in every way not only when it comes to ways they benefits form, it is not civil cheating!

    Making food for 45 sounds like fun! I have done bacon and scramble eggs for 65 and it was no problem! Good luck.

    EWian

  11. But elitism in the US has always been a part of it’s history. Politics encourages it. How is what is happening this year even a surprise? US history, the politics, the culture…they all influence elitism in the US. What is happening today is, in fact, very “American”. It’s just all being uncovered at a very sensitive time and at the same time.

  12. Love that garden of yours. 🙂

    As for Rihanna,(also considering I’m a survivor of domestic violence), showing a picture of her was in totally bad taste. My late husband had some major issues.

    Anyways, I’m looking for cosmos this year for my flower garden. I had them last year and want other colors this year. So, off to the seed section for me at the first of the month. I’ll start them early this year.

  13. Great post. Hope your neck is better! Ditto on our “sours.” I wish for things more sweet!

  14. Yay! I love ultimate frisbee!!!!!

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