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I think I’m going to like Michelle Obama

Posted in 1, Family, Politics, relationships with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2008 by bloggingmom67
Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

Obviously, I don’t know Michelle Obama, and I never will. But from what I read and see of her in the media, I continue to be impressed.

What impresses me? I like her comfort level with Barack Obama. They appear connected and, quite frankly, like they know each other very well and love each other. I hope that’s true. It’s good to see it in a married couple. I saw an interview with them after the election, and I just loved how Michelle gently jumped in when she felt Barack wasn’t quite making his point as well as he could. They came across as a team, a real partnership, and she didn’t come across as subservient to him, as so many wives of the powerful do.

I love how she is trying to raise her children as normally as possible. It must be an impossible situation to try to be a good mom in the midst of a media frenzy, but I think she’s up to the challenge. I think she’ll be a good role model for American moms because she has balanced work and family firsthand. She’s been a mom who works outside the home and one who doesn’t. Granted, her income level is higher than most Americans, and she has access to help in a way most working moms don’t. But I think she gets it. Deep down inside, she gets it. 

I know she got criticized during the campaign for complaining about Barack’s smelly morning breath. Some felt it was too personal. Perhaps. It didn’t bother me. I’ve been know to complain about my own husband’s morning breath. To me, it humanized her. It made her seem like one of us. And it made me think their relationship is real — not a candied version of a marriage — but a real one.

I think she’s smart, and I admire her for not hiding her intelligence as so many women do to not get labeled a know-it-all fit in.

I love that while she’s healthy and in shape, she doesn’t try to hide the fact that she’s got curves. Good for her!

And I like how she dresses, despite all the controversy about her red-and-black dress on Election Night. I like that she wears form-fitting clothing that’s feminine. She doesn’t try to turn herself into a man in a power suit. I like that she wears vivid colors. I think they match her bold personality, which I can’t wait to see more of.

You go girl!

bitchy mommy

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Thanks, America, for electing Barack Obama president

Posted in 1, Politics with tags , , on November 5, 2008 by bloggingmom67

Fox and CNN have called it: Barack Obama will be the 44th president of the United States.

I can’t even explain how I feel: joyful, exhausted, thrilled, delighted, excited, optimistic, hopeful. There’s really no one word for the rush of emotions surging through my body.

But I also feel thankful, very thankful. I’m thankful that our nation has spoken and pulled itself out of its apathy to elect a leader who I believe will be good for American — and the world.

I’m thankful that, perhaps, we can begin to rebuild our nation and improve our status in the world. I believe we can change the way the world thinks of us — as spoiled, ethnocentric brats who use much of the world’s resources and in return tell other countries what they should do.

I’m not Pollyanna. I know that Obama has his work cut out for him, and that no man — or woman — could fix every problem in our nation.

But I’m hopeful and thankful that he can begin to make change. Did I say YEAH yet! If not, YEAH!!!!

Thanks, America.

Love ya,

Bitchy mommy.

Why the whole world wants Barack Obama to win

Posted in 1, Politics with tags , on November 5, 2008 by bloggingmom67

As I sit and worry about the election, I happened upon this video. It’s telling and insightful. It’s one man’s explanation of why so much of the world — outside the United States — supports Obama.

According to this man, an editor of Ode magazine, it’s not because of his policies per se. It’s because he gets it. He’s part of the wider global community because of his heritage, his background, his mixed race, his childhood in a foreign country, his ethnic name. The world loves Obama for some of the very reasons that the ultra conservatives dislike him.

I found the video compelling. Hope you will, too.

One benefit of recession: Great deals at the mall

Posted in Family with tags , , , on October 18, 2008 by bloggingmom67

One thing about me, I love a bargain. I’m not super great at shopping — I like to buy more than I like to chase a deal. But I love when a deal just lands in my lap, like today.

I won a $25 gift certificate in a contest at work, so I headed to the mall tonight. The hubby took care of the kids, bless him, so I could shop uninterrupted.

I headed to J.Jill — my favorite store — first and found an absolutely beautiful sweater. It started at $59, was marked down to $34.99, and then it was 25 percent off that. I ended up, with tax, paying just $2 and change over the gift certificate. Who-hoo!

I swore I wasn’t going to kid shop on my night of freedom, but the 50-percent-off sale at Children’s Place pulled me like the undertow in the ocean. I ended up with two Rugby-style shirts for my son. They started out at $16.50 each, were marked down to $11.99, and then I had my trusty 15 percent off coupon. Final bill: $10 and change for two heavy winter shirts he really needs. (He’s outgrown or worn out almost the rest of his winter shirts.)

All this got Bitchy Mommy, who was feeling pretty bitchy today, in a much better mood.

I know the recession is bad overall, but I’m glad if we have to go through, at least I can get bargain

Whoa! I’m a CSS genius

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 12, 2008 by bloggingmom67

Well, not really. But I’ve spent the past three hours tinkering with this site to get it just right by changing the coding using something called CSS — cascading style sheet.

Stopped at the library this afternoon and borrowed two books on Web design and CSS, and I’ve been studying my heart since then.  Also found the wordpress FAQ very helpful.

Through trial and error — lots of error — I’ve finally gotten my page to look more like me. (I used a template and adjusted it.)  I’m not quite a Web designer, but at least my page has my personality.

Soon, I’ll start actually writing something someone might want to read. Promise.

Bitchy Mommy.

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