Sunday, August 31, 2008

Happy Blog Day

Blog Day 2008

I learned today, thanks to Chris Brogan, that it is blog day. I would like to contribute 5 blogs I have found.

1. Pundit Mom - With the tag line "Having an opinion never goes out of style" you can get an idea that this is someone who enjoys sharing her thoughts with others. And thank goodness. This blog has great commentary on the latest political news. what I appreciate is her dedication to take great thought before just posting on the latest "Breaking News". She really hits it on the head for this Democrat.

2. Feisty Charlie Writes- Blog about her artwork and parenting. I like to hear about both. Check out the artwork and projects she is working on.

3. Momocrats - Awesome group of women giving political commentary and coverage of stories. Really enjoyed reading about their time at the DNC.

4. Manic Mommy - Stories that make me realize it's not just me.

5. Grow By Love - Being a lesbian mom, I found the mission of this site hit right at home - To enrich, support and celebrates all families. Great stuff

To learn more about Blog Day 2008 visit

Keep Swimming

Ok this is what I have to remember during the week 3 training of the 100 Push Up challenge. Completed day 2 last night and it was very tough. I have a feeling I will need to repeat this week.

The good news is I do feel stronger and am absolutely able to do more push ups so the program is working. I will follow Dory's advice and "just keep swimming... just keep swimming..."

Friday, August 29, 2008

Fierce Urgency of Now

I have never watched as much of one of the Democratic National Conventions as I have this year. My Tivo was working overtime. The day of Barak Obama's acceptance speech was the 45th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech "I Have A Dream." I happen to be listening to the radio in my car and I heard the speech from the begining. I hear the end so often but have not heard the entire speech much at all. I was parked and just sat and listened. As I listened to Dr. King I was struck by what he was dreaming of and what was about to happen that night. Is America really here...finally. I was also struck by the parallels of what was happening at the time and the current stuggles the Gay & Lesbian community. One phrase that stood out to me was, "the fierce urgency of now." How appropriate for both then and now. I can't imagine another four years of leadership like we have the last eight. I sense fierce urgency of now everyday in my life. Seems like everyone is just barely keeping themselves afloat. I feel the urgency, the country feels the urgency and we are ready for a change. So I couldn't wait to witness history that night. But I couldn't help but stop and think about the whole week of the convention and how this had all come about.

The media hyped drama leading up to the convention was intense and because of the whole Clinton - will they or won't they debate I was sucked in. I believe the Clintons are true leaders of the party and I had confidence they would do their job, but I still wanted to see it all happen. So I watched.

I was instantly capitvated by Sen. Ted Kennedy. I had the opportunity to see him speak when he came to the Human Rights Campaign's Equality Convention in March. He was absolutely amazing to watch. And I felt the same thing watching him address the convention. Such strength, commitment, and resolve. When he promised to be on the floor when a President Obama gives the State of the Union it was just too perfect.

I saw Dennis Kucinich give such an energetic speech. "Wake Up America," he kept shouting to us all. I wish more people would listen when he speaks.

I saw Michelle Obama who will be a fine First Lady and in my opinion will represent America very well. It is nice to have diversity to talk about in this election. So many strong women, African-Americans, Hispanics, and some white guys. We are getting somewhere in being able to show a more true picture of America.

I saw Hillary give an amazing speech to make all women proud. What an amazing run she gave us. But this was not the year of the woman. This year History was meant to go somewhere else. She left no doubt about who she was supporting and who all her followers should support as she said, "No Way, No How, No McCain."

I watched Bill give his speech and forgave him a little for having such a negative effect on Hillary's campaign. He is a powerful speaker and still has a lot to give the world and make change for the better.

I watched as a number of servicemen showed why it is important to have a Democrat as Commander in Chief. Why there is an urgency to fix the situations we have gotten ourselves into and why we must do better at providing the services for those men and women when they come home.

I watched as Beau Biden, who will be heading off to war soon, introduced his Dad as the VP candidate. Joe Biden is an excellent example of how someone can still do the right thing after being in Washington so long. I could actually be happy if he was the Presidential Candidate. He was hard-hitting and strong.

Then we got to the stadium. McCain says Obama is a rock star. Apparently that is something McCain may have gotten right. McCain is having trouble getting 10,000 people to show up for him, yet Obama fills a stadium with 84,000 people. I'd say that is rockstar like.

I watched Will.I.Am perform his "Yes We Can." Shows me once again which party understands how to use the technology of the 21st century to deliver its message and which one is still trying to figure out how someone can announce something to millions by text message and email.

Then I was struck by Sheryl Crow. However, not for any real profound reason just because - Um Hello -- Hot! (sorry honey).

Then I watched as Bill Richardson said, "John McCain may pay hundreds of dollars for his shoes, but we are the ones that will have to pay for his flip flops." I love quotes. All of his talk about having a President that respects all Americans and doesn't spy and will honor the Constitution. What a concept. Very energizing and very powerful speech.

Then of course we have Al Gore, the person who had the Presidency stolen from him. Still drives me nuts. Sad to hear him talk about what it would have been. "I believe in recycling but that is ridiculous." What a great way to say McCain will just be another Bush administration.

Then finally the man himself Barak Obama. When he officially accepted the nomination you could feel the crowd come to life and it was incredible to witness that moment of history. It is hard to put the right words to describe the feeling of the speech. Historic is the word that keeps coming to mind. The speech was inspiring yet had a lot of substance. I also felt he did a great job hitting John McCain hard on many issues.

The convention from night to night was fun to watch. each night leading to a bigger historic moment. It was amazing to witness this piece of history. I just hope the election continues this historic journey and Barak Obama will be the next President of the United States.

That Was A Pain

Ok, all I have to say is wow talk about cranking it up a notch. Week 3 day 1 of the 100 Push Up Challenge kicked my ass, to put it mildly. I must admit right up front that I was not a good listener. I did not follow the guidance of the site and do my exhaustion test a day or two ahead of starting the Week 3 workout. It's not that I didn't want to I just forgot. that was a mistake I won't make again.

I did the test first thing yesterday morning. No problem I will do the workout last thing before bed. That will be just fine. Going from a workout of 5 sets totaling 69 push ups with 2 minute rests between sets to a workout of 5 sets totaling 99 push ups with 1 minute rests between sets was more than my arms were ready to handle. They kept saying to me, "I thought we did this already today. We don't want to do push ups again today. check back with us tomorrow." The program says you may take longer rests and I absolutely listened to that. I ended up needed to take closer to 2 minute rests before sets 4 and 5.

By the end of the week all of the sets will be of 20 push ups or more. This week I really feel will be a big challenge and I think may prove to be a week I need to do more than once before moving on.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I Must Be Doing Something Right

Today I start week 3 of the 100 push up challenge. I have switched the time of day that I do the push ups. I was doing them in the early afternoon when I got to work or in the morning. I am now doing them at the end of the day before bed. For some reason I perform much better at this time. I struggled less to complete the workouts. I'm not sure why this is (I was thinking maybe the beer with dinner was giving me strength) but I am sticking with it.
I completed the exhaustion test with 26 so I am maintaining level 3. Sometimes I wish I would look at the requirement levels before I do this since I keep barely making level 3. In looking at the upcoming workout I am pretty intimidated with just the day 1 workout. The sets have increased greatly and will definitely provide a challenge from the start.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Hey Mom Look - No Muscles!

So I just finished Day 1 of Week 2 of the One Hundred Push Ups program. So far what I have learned (or confirmed) is that I have scrawny arms. I find that even though the number of push ups done in each set seems small it is quite challenging to complete all 5 sets. I also have some other friends doing the program. We all started at different levels and they are all being equally challenged. One of the nice features of the program are the check ups along the way. At the end of this week I will perform another exhaustion test (doesn't that sound fun) and that will tell me what the appropriate level will be for the following week. There will also be checks in the future to see how my progress is and to let me know if I need to repeat a week. So far I am really enjoying this program. Now if I could just find those muscles that are hiding...

Thursday, August 14, 2008

100 Push Up Workout

I have been hearing a lot about this 100 Push Up Workout so I thought it was time to give it a try. I am in decent shape but have never had great arm strength. I also have some back and neck problems that push ups seem to aggravate. However, this course is designed to build you up to 100 push ups after 6 weeks and I felt comfortable with what they were asking me to do and thought the plan was worth a shot. I completed the initial test with 15. Then after taking a rest period (I didn't take a full day like they suggested - just 15-20 minutes). I then did the first day training. The work out consisted of 5 sets of push ups and a rest period in between. I was able to complete all the sets and in the 5th set even did 10 push ups (3 over the min. number required).  I m excited about the work out plan. stay tuned to see how my progress goes. Better yet join me by going to the website and getting started yourself . There is no registration or sign up required. Then leave your comments on how you are doing as well!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Canada Rocks

My wife loves Canada. She tells me every time she hears about one of their great political moves that we are packing up and heading to Canada. I have a hard time arguing with her. However, one of our kids I had with my ex and some how I don't think she would be very keen on me running off to Canada with my daughter and I certainly am not willing to leave her. So here we stay jealous of how it seems that intelligent, tolerant, and fair minded people are so close and yet so far.

The link below takes you to Canada's latest success story in proving my wife's point that we really should just pick up and move. For those of you who have not heard of Fred Phelps he runs a "church". He and his followers (mostly his family) attend events like gay prides, marches, and recently soldier's funerals. They like to hold signs like this:

I have personally had to deal with this while participating in the Millennium March on Washington in 2000. The hatred these people spew is incredible. I applaud Canada for taking a stand against this man. Although I must say I wish they had let him in and then maybe we could have revoked his citizenship or something.

Anti-gay Phelps group barred from entering Canada

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Technology Rocks

I am impressed with how easy it is to share thoughts on this blog. I can do it from a computer or my blackberry (as I am testing now). Hard to believe how advanced and varied communication has become and yet our President and the Republican Nominee can't seem to master the spoken word when off script. The thought of them texting, blogging from their phone, or twittering is about the same as imagining monkeys doing the same. Wait, I didn't mean to offend the monkeys I think they actually would have a shot at making it happen.
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So here's what I am thinking. I remember taking one of the kids to the ER a few years ago and having to endure some odd looks when the docs and nurses were trying to understand if it was "ok" for this child to have two moms. Today same kid different ER and nothing. Not one odd look, not one "Oh, I see, your one of those" just great care provided to the child. Everything was "normal".

Isn't that really what it's all about this concept of what is normal. The funny thing "normal" is an impossible thing. Everyone's definition is different therefore how can anyone or anything be normal? I look around my life and I see families going about their day. Taking their kids to school, grocery shopping, heading to work, and I think, "gee my family does all of that." To me that is a sign of normal when people do things everyone else does. My family has the same struggles a heterosexual family has. In fact, there is an article from that shows how even an Archbishop sees the similarities between gay and straight committed relationships.
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams wrote in a series of letters that biblical prohibitions on homosexuality were not aimed at gays but at “heterosexuals looking for sexual variety in their experience.”

“I concluded that an active sexual relationship between two people of the same sex might therefore reflect the love of God in a way comparable to marriage, if and only if it had about it the same character of absolute covenanted faithfulness,” Williams wrote in one letter. (Full Article)

Well there you go. Thank you Archbishop for being able to see that families may look different but if they are loving, supportive, and care for one another, maybe, just maybe they can all be called "normal."

Those are my thoughts. Maybe you have some too.