12.30.2011

Conversation #126: Read this

I love the Dension Forum on Truth and Culture and read it daily.  I happen to think everyone should.  However, after reading a book entitled God's War on Terror by Walid Shoebat a couple of years ago, topics regarding radical Islam really interest me.  I recommend reading that book as well as this article.  Then I urge you to pray as well.

12.29.2011

Conversation #125: Some news stories on my mind

Long time readers know that I like politics and I used to post about them often back in the day (especially preceeding the last presidential election).  I haven't posted much lately because I have pretty much just been so saddened by the current state of politics that I was trying to go by the motto, "Ignorance is Bliss."  Well, I think that will probably change over the next months as we get closer to the next Presidential Election. 

Anyway, this article is indirectly political.  Full disclosure, a close relative works for this company so I'm sure that I'm a little biased, but I think I am more biased in knowing about it versus my feelings about it.  For example, if my relative didn't work here than I probably wouldn't pay attention to the story, but I would still feel the same way about it even if it were about a different company in the same position.

A couple of weeks ago I spent a couple of days at our local state transportation office learning how to properly use federal and state funds for projects.  Basically, I learned that money isn't worth all of the ridiculous amounts of red tape they make you go through.  However, one rule I learned is that you must "Buy America" if you are using steel or iron materials.  I love how the government puts these restrictions on us, but yet though don't seem to follow the same rule.  Read the article below and you'll see what I mean:

Contract would preserve U.S. jobs
Hawker Beechcraft files suit over Air Force contract



By Molly McMillin


The Wichita Eagle


Published Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at 11:11 a.m.


Updated Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at 9:18 a.m

Wichita — Hawker Beechcraft Corp. filed suit Tuesday with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims questioning the Air Force’s decision to exclude its AT-6 aircraft from a contract potentially worth nearly $1 billion...For the past year, Hawker Beechcraft has competed against Brazil-based Embraer for a contract to supply 35 aircraft to the Air Force. That number could grow to 55 and be worth up to $950 million. Deliveries were scheduled to begin in 2013...If Hawker Beechcraft wins the contract, it would preserve 1,400 U.S. jobs at 181 companies in 39 states, the company said. That includes 800 at Hawker Beechcraft, Boisture said...


Read the entire story here.

12.28.2011

Conversation #124: Merry Christmas, uh, a little late

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I do hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  I have been out of blogging for a couple of weeks because I had just been so busy with work, nightly activities, and spending much needed rest time with family.  In fact, the hubby and I are heading out tomorrow for more family fun, and I can't wait.  I am so thankful that God blessed me with my amazing family (immediate and in-law), and I'm glad I was able to celebrate Christ's birth with them.

I'm actually typing this while trying to ward off a migraine.  I have learned now that they only come generally at one time of the month (I'm sure you ladies know what I mean).  Trust me, this is better than almost daily before I started treatment, but now I REALLY dread this week.  It doesn't matter how much water I drink, caffeine I take, or sleep I get.  It just seems to happen.  I got over 8 hours of sleep last night and woke up with this darn headache.  Anyway, how do you explain to people why you have a headache and why you know it won't go away when the answer is awkward, like "I'm on my per..."  I'm trying to help my boss with something and I keep yawning and having to sit down because I don't feel well (I have no idea why yawning helps) and he keeps asking if I'm okay.  I guess my coworkers will just have to think I'm a little crazy today, or hungover, but I hope not that because I have never been hungover in my life (different thought for a different day).  Oh well!

So I just wanted to drop in and say hi.  I will try to get back to more regular posting and commenting.  Again, Merry Christmas (late) and Happy New Year!

12.08.2011

Conversation #123: Open to Interpretation

First, I apologize for two posts today.  The other one was supposed to post yesterday.  I wrote it during lunch, but it didn't post properly.  Oh well.


OTI


So I started reading Kayla's blog during her last wardrobe challenge, and I loved it.  I also loved when she and Amy and Erica started doing this series called Open to Interpretation.  I have no idea why, but I never thought of taking an outfit I saw in a catalog or a magazine and then recreating it or something like it with what I already own.  This has really helped me not only stretch my closet but also push me to try some new fashiony things (without going out to spend a ton of money).

Here is the photo inspiration (I just copied it from Kayla's blog):
And here is my interpretation:

Outfit breakdown:
Sweater - Old Navy, $8
Striped Shirt - LOFT (from the event last week), $20
Pink pants - JCPenney, Juniors section (don't tell Stacey and Clinton), $10
Leather Oxfords - J.Jill, $30

Mine is pretty close to just being a copy, but I wore pink pants instead of red because my red cords had a little problem in the washing machine last weekend so they are in need of repair.  I also didn't crop my pants because I had to work and it is chilly outside.  Also, I didn't wear heeled oxfords because mine are dark brown and my striped shirt is black and I cannot yet mix dark brown and black.  I can do cognac and black but that is about all.  Anyway, use the link above to click over to Kayla's blog to see all of the interpretations.  This was so fun, I hope we get to do it again!

Conversation #122: I want to be content

I think I have fallen back down into the depths of "want."  All of the sale emails and such have just consumed my mind with "wants" that I don't need.  I haven't bought a ton lately, but I have spent too much time pouring over sale websites and such.  I'm kind of glad I'm feeling this way and sick of myself becasue that is usually when I decide to change!  I also let myself be a little bad this week with holiday goodies and exercising, and that is going to change too!

So in the meantime while I'm trying to better my mind, here are a few simple OOTD for you:
I love this vest!  Outfit breakdown:
Vest: H&M, $20 (more than I would normally spend, but I love it and I'm cheap)
Tee: Lands' End Canvas, $10
Cords: Lands' End Canvas, $17
Leather Shooties/Booties (not sure the difference): JCPenney, $25

I have no idea why, but I got this idea for a sweater paired with a short, floaty skirt and my leather shootie/booties, and then I found this at Old Navy so I decided it was meant to be!
Outfit breakdown:
Sweater: Gap Outlet, $15
Skirt: Old Navy, $11
Leather Shooties/Booties: JCPenney, $25


I have to say I'm a real leather snob.  I would rather hold out for leather shoes or a purse and know that it will last me close to forever.  Therefore, I have been spending more like $20-$50 on shoes to get  leather ones, but I still think that is a pretty good steal for leather.

Okay, that is all for now.  Here's to no more wanting!

12.01.2011

Conversation #121: A new method

So this will be short and sweet because I'm posting on my new android phone (Christmas and bday gift from the hubby). I'm very excited to try out the app, and even though I'm used to a keyboard, the touch one is working pretty well.

So I'm attending a local LOFT event tonight so i may post that outfit later, but here is my work appropriate look for the day:

I'm not sure how this will work with the picture when I actually post, but here is the outfit breakdown:
Cardigan: Coldwater Creek, $15
Blouse: Lands' End Canvas, $12
Pants: Lands' End, $10
Boots: Target, gift

Hopefully this post sort of makes sense.  I can't wait to share about the fun evening event so check back tomorrow! Oh, and the other nice thing about my phone, a better camera so at least my uninspiring outfit photos are slightly better quality. Have a happy day!