Friday, July 27, 2007

Happy Birthday to ME!!

I am going to take this oppurtunity to say just how blessed I am by my freinds & family and to thank them for their love and support! I feel appreciated and thats a GREAT feeling! I woke up this morning to flowers, a card and 2 gift bags from my wonderful, gorgeous husband!! I got a new GOOD wallet (yeah!!) and a new leather purse, which I love. Lots of chocolates and I'll open the other bag tonight! Last night my folks called from SA to sing to me Happy Birthday! It's hilerious as my dad purposely signs off key and wanders all over the musical scale..it just cracks me up! I then opened the gift they had sent months ago while on the phone with them...thought it would be more fun! It was a STUNNING necklace and braclet that matched earrings I'd gotten for Christmas. And yes, you're right - my mom DID make them!!!! I know, SUPER talented mom!!
Anyway, I got to work, and my desk was covered in confetti and balloons and gifts and cards and flowers! Also I had a starbucks drink brought for me, as well as muffins and donuts for everyone! I felt so spoiled! The girls at work then took me out for lunch which was wonderful! Tonight, Steve and I are going out to dinner as a joint celebration of my
b-day and his starting a new job on Monday! We'll probably go to our favorite hole in the wall place, called the Pasta Connection, in Newport/Costa Mesa. We've been there for every major milestone in our lives..from our first date, to the day we got engaged to the day we got back from our honeymoon!
Then tomorrow we're going to my sister's and Steve's folks will join us for a celebration there! My sister had me put in my request, which of course was a Roast!!!!
I just feel so blessed to have so many people celebrate with me!! THANK YOU to everyone in my life who has invested in me, loved me and encouraged me!!!
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Dreamz

My freind Cate killed Obi-Won and I dine with celebrities (read her blog-Stitch in the Ditch). I told my sister my dream and she said she's so glad she doesn't live in my head as it would be exhausting!! It would! Trust me!
So my dream started with me being invited to Courtney Cox and David Arquette's house for dinner. (In real life, Steve's cousin is their personal assistant so it COULD happen! heehee) I remember that it was so much smaller and more foofy than I thought it would be. Lots of mix-match floral designs, and lots of doilies. The problem was when ever I wanted to say something, which was alot as I was trying to make a good impression and not come across as socially awkward, my mouth would be full of apple, i was constantly chewing apples, so while talking, apple bits would shoot out my mouth. It was so embarrasing! The next thing I knew, it was actually their wedding ceremony and it looked all decked out, Hollywood Club meets Paris Catwalk. I couldn't believe I wasn't prepared and I didn't dress right or have my makeup done. I was trying frantically to do my hair and makeup and at least look presentable, but it was in a porta-potty with other people trying to do the same thing. My freind then came in with her hair all gorgeous, so I tried to do it like hers but it wouldn't stay up!!! EERRRR...before I knew it, I was now on a back lot style place, where car races were happening. I was now filming them and right in front of me the one car crashed really badly. Prince Charles was driving and I was the only one who had his "death" on camera, because of that, I was the one who had to call Prince William and Prince Harry and tell them about thier dad. It was the worst phone call I had to make, as it was such terrible news, but I was so excited to be talking to the princes!! ( how insensative am I?!!!!) Then, a huge processional came down the main roads, with convertable rolls royces and full brass bands in each of them playing God Save the Queen. I then took my hat off and held it over my heart and I felt I was being so disloyal to my dad as he can't stand that anthem or the royal family! And then I woke up!
Wierd!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Operation Clean-Up - Some Facts

This is the article that goes along with the photos below. I guess it just makes me wonder how someone can get away with this, AND how he's been using this sort of "terror" for so long and that the world turns a blind eye on it. It makes me so sad! I can't seem to find the author of this, so I apologize not mentioning his name.

Operation Murambatsvina: Operation Cleanup:How Robert Mugabe Punished 1.5 million Black people in 1 month
Here is a quick summary of the background of what you are about to see:-
· In June 2005, Robert Mugabe unleashed a rampage of hell against those who voted for the Opposition in March 2003.
· European Union observers stated that the March 2003 election was stolen by Mugabe.
· Knowledgeable insiders have estimated that the MDC won the March 2003 election by a factor of 2:1 against Mugabe.
· The Police, with earthmoving equipment smashed and burned the houses where 1.5 million Black people lived.
· They also smashed businesses (e.g. Grocery stores, hair salons, etc) and even demolished a Muslim Mosque.
· Black people say that Police and earthmoving equipment arrived suddenly and started smashing and burning down houses without warning while all their possessions were inside.
· Two Black children were crushed to death inside their homes before their parents could save them.
· Eddie Cross of the MDC estimates this country-wide campaign will ultimately result in 2 million Blacks losing their homes.
· To date, the estimated number of Black people arrested number a staggering: 46,000 (and rising).
· It is estimated, that in less than a month Mugabe has destroyed 25% of the economy through this action.
· The United States Govt and the European Union have condemned this. The United Nations will investigate it (but will they side with Mugabe?)
· Over 200 Human Rights groups have protested against this action.
· The South African Govt and the African Union (replacement for the OAU) have refused to condemn or criticise any of this.
· Mugabe has publicly praised the Police for what they did. Take a look at the photos below and decide if you agree with this.
· The 26 photos I have assembled below are from many sources, including the BBC. Many of these photos had to be smuggled out of Zimbabwe secretly.
· (This page was compiled on: 26th June 2005. More information may yet come to light later on).
· Mugabe, in his typically deceptive manner, pretends that this is a "Cleanup" operation to "restore law and order." But the opposition MDC and Zimbabweans in general regard this as payback for voting against Mugabe. · Since running the White Commercial Farmers off the Land, Zimbabwe's economy has imploded. Unemployment is now at 70%. Now Mugabe is turning on the Black majority because they refuse to support him.

Operation Clean-Up

Herewith some pictures from 2005's "Operation Clean-up"
This is a before and after shot. You'd think it was from a Tsunami!
I knew about this at the time, and realize this is 2 yrs late, but with all the new things going on, it just brought this back to mind. So, to those who didn't know, here it is.




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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A Country in Crisis

It is beyond me how one person can single handedly destroy a country, literally destroy it and push it's people into the hard, dry ground, watching, until they breath their last breath. This is the current status of the country I was born and raised in. The country my dad fought for, my mom worked for (she worked in a government lab), and the country my forefathers traveled too in covered wagons over dangerous terrain in the early 1800's. It is such a beautiful country, with rich natural resources, breathtaking views and the friendliest people. My childhood was simple and lovely. I wouldn't change a thing about it. Except I wish we'd taken more pictures of our homes and gardens and favorite places. The older I get, the harder it is to remember my favorite spot in the garden, or in the house. I guess I never thought we'd leave. But, I couldn't be more thankful that we did. (Side Note: We didn't only leave because we noticed the country was going downhill, we left because my dad was offered a job in a different country.) However, knowing what a rich and great country this was, and now reading the headlines on CNN, it just turns my stomach. The President, who I'll have you know has been in power since I was 2, (I'll be 30 next yr- you do the math!) has ordered a price cut on all staple supplies, causing a panic with mass buying and empty shelves. Not only does the population now have no food to buy, but suppliers can't afford the price cuts, and so literraly, there is no food. The inflation rate has reached a new high of 4500%, but financial experts think it's closer to 9000%. About 80% of the population are unemployed and if you had a job in the city, guess what? Now there is no gas to put in your car, so most businesses are empty. Store owners who refused to cut the prices have been jailed and so many members of the opposition have been beaten and abused. This makes me just so sad, knowing that there are people who have worked their entire lives, to save up for retirement, and have shed blood, sweat and tears and will not only have little to show for it, but will literally have NOTHING. I feel so badly for those who haven't had a chance to leave and now, won't ever be able to, because their millions of Z$ are worth US$100.00 and thats not enough to bribe government officials to let them through the borders. Surrounding countries are already feeling the hurt of thousands of refugees, but if you want to go somewhere legally and make a new life for yourself, your chances are zero to none. I feel so sick in my stomach, that these people, white and black, have worked hard their WHOLE life, have a good work ethic, and can't go to work, not because they are lazy and would rather shoot the breeze, but because they CAN'T go to work. I used to think that it was in shambles, but during the elections, I thought a great new leader would emerge & lead the people to victory, overthrow the evil government, but thats impossible when the elections are rigged, the oppostions beaten even murdered. I thought that was bad, but now, how does a country recover from this? There are hundreds & thousands of famished, dying people, no food, farms have been destroyed, because don't forget the "take-over the farms & kill the farmers", there is no fuel to fuel the fuel tanks. Honestly, where does one go from this? How do people survive? I guess they don't. We'd received emails from freinds over there, and by the grace of God they are alive. Who knows for how long. How dare one man treat millions of people with such evil, so that he can prosper and live in confort! A quote I saw on CNN said "I think the government will finally unleash the impatience and anger of our normally agreeable and peaceful population". And, he deserves every little & large bit of anger and judgement coming his way. My consolation is that he will face final judgement one day& will be accountable for his actions.

The photos are as follows:
1) Nyanga...a place of solitude, we'd vacation there when we weren't at a Game Reserve.
2) The City of Harare...I recognize soem buildings, but who knows how much business is being conducted there.
3) Victoria Falls...should be one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.
4) And...a scene from just another day in Zim.





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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

4th of July

WIshing everyone of my fellow American's a Blessed and safe 4th of July! This is my first time celebrating this day of Independence as an American Citizen!!! And it's the first time my sister and her family have been in the USA for this holiday! My thoughts and prayers go out to all the armed forces overseas fighting for our freedom and honor! God Bless you all!
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