Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Cabin Fever

This is what happens when Portland has record snow and I can't get to work. I turn the myself, Ben, Jess, Akeke and Barack Obama into elves and we can get down too!

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

I hope everyone has a great holiday and a happy new year!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

No on Prop H8 Rally

In support of Alex and Dani (and the entire LGBT community).

Seriously, who would want to deny hotties like this the right to marry? All babes deserve equal rights. If you disagree, watch out. The sign says it, their moms are not happy that their daughters rights are being taken away. I'd be afraid, they are some tough ladies.

It's been a while since we've had a sunny Saturday. We were thrilled we wouldn't have to attend the rally in the rain. Hmmm...maybe a sign from God. Looks like God might heart the gays after all. And damn, we're a good looking group.

A future activist in the making. K-man had a good time at the boy-boy/girl-girl rally, as he calls it.

My future sister in law.

This is quickly moving up my list of favorite pictures ever, so sweet. K-man loves his Lex.

I loved this cute little family. The kids were so excited to be there. I can't get over how concise and neatly lettered their signs are, they're so coordinated. That kind of thing makes me happy. Some day when I have kids, I hope we look this organized at our protests.

Just a little piece of the crowd. I have to admit I cried when I saw the woman holding the sign that said "I love my gay son" and the teenage girl with the "Let my brother marry" sign. I can't help it, I'm sensitive.

There are no words.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Our Trip to AZ (in pictures)...

Ben and Phil mid Camelback hike.
Classic Jen, the insane bride.

Tesh & Tara

Carrie, Stacey and E enjoying a healthy meal at Culvers. Just like old times, some things never change.

Eskimo kisses with E.

Me & Stace.

Tara and I with Jen at the wedding. It was beautiful Jen and Paul, we're so glad we could be there!

The nieces and nephew love their Uncle Ben. Ben says Kaia (in pink and green) looks like Bill O'Reilly. I disagree.

The Axis Mortgage Crew...I miss you guys! Thanks so much for lunch and all my stuff. Even though it meant I had to take an extra suitcase home.

Can everyone please e-mail me pictures from the luncheon. Carrie send me any others you took as well. Tara, I need copies of any wedding pictures you took.

I miss you all already!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Barack Obama is my new President

A revolution...

I have to admit I'm a little teary. Granted I get teary at just about anything; politics, weddings, commercials but this is big.

I don't think I've ever been more proud of my country.

Now I just have to hope the gay marriage bans in California and Arizona don't pass. Lex said it today when she asked if getting Obama elected and nobody losing their civil rights was too much to ask for in one day.

I'm going to let it go and enjoy this victory. Donna Brazile said it best (as usual):

"Tuesday, November 4, 2008 will go down as the day America opened its history book, turned the page and started a new chapter of change.

This is truly an historic night — a moment many of us prayed for, marched for, organized for and some even died for. This is not the end of a journey, but the turning of a major page in American history.

If Dr Martin Luther King were alive, he would have cautioned us not to stop praying, not to stop marching, but to keep the dream alive.

As Senator Barack Obama has stated so long ago, change never comes easy. Tonight the people of America will tell the world that they are ready for change and they will back Obama in leading the change."

Happy Election Day!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Portland Represents

I'm finally getting around to blogging the Project Runway season finale (Erin H - what did you think? I know you loved Korto...)

The final collections were good. I like Korto, a lot. Her dresses are amazing, I can't even discuss Kenley. She annoys me and clearly ripped off other designers. Okay, I did love her feather wedding dress but mostly I love anything with feathers. It was clearly an Alexander McQueen look a like but I have to admit I did like her take on it better than his.

Leanne won, of course because she's freaking awesome but I'm also pretty excited that she's from Portland.

I sometimes think that Ben exiled me to Portland (the land of Clarks and North Face fleece) as punishment for my excessive shopping. I'm kidding of course, I absolutely love Portland, it would be home if I could just transplant my friends here but the fashion scene might be a little lacking.

As far as the season finale goes: I want to be married in this...

And I want to be buried in this:

Truly, I want this blog to serve as my living will. At the time of my demise I want my family to take the money they would have spent on a burial site, headstone, funeral services and instead purchase this outfit, dress me in it, dig a hole in the middle of nowhere, toss me in and cover me with Christian Louboutins (or knockoffs because hey, I'm dead, what do I care at that point), throw some dirt in and call it a day. Knowing that this will be accomplished; I'll be able to die happy. Is that wrong?

Speaking of happy, we leave for AZ in 3 days. It's a lot of visiting to pack into 5 days but we are so excited. I can't wait to see you all next week, I miss you!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Oh shit, I'm the antichrist?!

Yep, Erin the antichrist and yes I am once again upset by an e-mail received from my grandparents. So, here we go...

First, I cannot believe that in this enlightened day and age someone would actually insinuate that Barack Obama is the antichrist. Secondly, the e-mail you forwarded below states that the Book of Revelations says that the antichrist will be a man, in his 40's of Muslim descent. Actually it is the Book of Revelation, not Revelations (let's at least get the name right). It also makes no reference to the antichrist being a man, in his 40's or of Muslim descent. The Book of Revelation was actually completed before the religion of Islam came into existence. It therefore would be quite difficult for it to reference a Muslim. Even if it did, it would be quite difficult to construe it as a reference to Barack Obama as he is not a Muslim but rather a Christian.

What the Book of Revelation does say is this: For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

So by this biblical definition; your own granddaughter (that's me!) is actually the antichrist as is her soon to be husband, one of your grandsons, my future sister and brother in law and many of my best friends. However based on the definition of antichrist from the Bible, who cannot be the antichrist? Barack Obama: because he has accepted Jesus Christ as his savior.

I am increasingly frightened by the irrationality of people. That aside one thing I absolutely will not tolerate is hate mail in my inbox. It will not go unresponded to and it will not be accepted by me. I won't just delete it without a reponse because it must be stopped. The e-mail below is racist, it's fear mongering. It's unresearched and a blatant lie and it was clearly written to incite hatred.

You would exploit your religion because you don't like a presidential candidate, here's some advice... Just vote for the other guy.

The e-mail author asks, Have the American people lost their minds? I second that but for me it's not a question, when Americans are sending this type of e-mail without first doing research I am terrified, I believe we are at the edge of reason. The author also asks us to reflect on actual historical events the first of which is the assassination of Bobby Kennedy by a Muslim extremist. I assure you if Bobby Kennedy were alive today he would find this e-mail deplorable, despicable.

So yes, let's reflect on the words of Bobby Kennedy, "A revolution is coming — a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough — But a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability."

If disagreeing with this e-mail lumps me in with stupid Federal Justices as the author of the e-mail states. Well then: I'm with stupid.

**Let me know if you want to see the actual e-mail I received, I couldn't bring myself to post it here, I'm sure it's been distributed enough as it is.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Humble Request

Let me just start by saying that I will be THRILLED when this election is over. My ballot is in the mail and soon Barack Obama will be President. Or not. Either way, I just want this election over with, it's stressing me out. I want my nights of peaceful sleep back. I want my mindless blogs about clothes and my weekend plans back. Just not quite yet...

A "humble request" from my friend and one of my favorite people in the world, Dani.

Please, please, please. Please. (Please?) do not vote for John McCain. If you like me, and especially if you love me, please think about me before you vote (or as you are voting). Sarah Palin (who could very well be the next president of the United States of America) recently told the Christian Broadcasting Network that she supports an amendment to the constitution that will ban same sex marriages. I understand that some of you may not support gay marriage, and some of you might go as far as to say that you are vehemently against gay marriage, but just know these few things that I consider to be absolute truths: 1) I am a human being, 2) I am a person with morals, 3) I am a lesbian, from birth, 4) I deserve the same rights as any other human being, 5) I deserve respect from all American citizens (and citizens of this world, for that matter) because I do nothing but offer respect to everyone, and 6) I eat, breathe, sleep, walk, talk, work, pay taxes, get my teeth cleaned, draw, play music, watch movies, and do many other things that every other person on earth does, in very similar ways. These are not all of my truths, but they are the most relevant to this election.
In conclusion, and in the most simple terms: I AM GAY, AND I AM A NORMAL PERSON.
John McCain and Sarah Palin would not be just another couple of normal politicians while in office. They would not offer the same governance that George W. Bush has offered over the last 8 years. They would be WORSE (I know, how could anything be worse?) for so many reasons. But, if you have failed to see the countless reasons brought to your attention prior to reading this note, please find reason in me.
Even if Sarah Palin's opinion wouldn't drastically affect the chances of a ban like this being passed, the mere prospect of gaining momentum it is absolutely frightening.
A ban on same sex marriages is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. It is an abolition of rights. Please don't let people enter the white house who could take away my rights.