Saturday, May 30, 2009

Forever a Jock

Without getting into too many details, let me just say that I find it sad that people are willing to work the system/rulebook in order to win in a co-ed softball league. My softball team was made up of athletes. Baseball, softball, basketball, swimming, water polo, soccer. I'm sure 100% of us played our sports with integrity and pride. We gave our all to win and if we lost, it is because we were outplayed by a team giving 100%. That was not the case last night. We faced a team that decided to use their 5 female team members as placeholders. I am NOT a placeholder. Each female stood at home plate with their bat resting on their shoulder, watching the ball go by, hoping for a count of 4 balls so they could get on base. Rarely did each female player attempt to hit the ball. Which you know, is the POINT of softball. Hit the ball, get on base. Hit the ball, don't get on base. But TRY to do something. Pathetic. Meanwhile, our 5 females swung the bat. We may not have always made it on base but we tried. The thought of getting walked never entered our minds because we play with integrity. Yes, even in co-ed recreation softball. For lifelong jocks, integrity never goes away. It stays with us through everything that we do. So we lost, 10-15. I could say that if their females swung at the pitches and grounded out, they probably wouldn't have had half their runs. But the fact was they used a chicken**** strategy to win. They took the easy way out to win. They didn't give 100% to win. Shame on those men for using those females are placeholders and not valuing their presence on the team. Shame on those women for not standing up for themselves and allowing their voices to be heard. And thank God for the men on my team, who would NEVER have asked 5 strong females to stand at home plate, bat rested on our shoulder, waiting to take a base we didn't deserve to stand on. Really, we won. Go us.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

It's A Birthday Party!

Some pictures from my sister's birthday party last night. I love spending time with my family!
When you have a 4 year old, you always have a Dora candle in the house.

Make a wish!

The birthday girl with her yummy Coscto cupcake! Diana and Grandma V

My mom put pictures of my sister as a baby in this frame with pictures of Diana at the age age. My sister asked Diana who was in the first picture. It was a pic of my mom holding my sister after she got out of a bath when she was 2 or 3 years old. Diana guessed that it was her! They are nearly identical people! Reason #1,064 that I love my husband: He puts this expression on Diana's face! How cute are we?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Happy Bird-day, Sister!

100 internet points to the person who can identify where the phrase "Happy Bird-Day" is from!
Happy Bird-Day to my sister-friend!
This is the only non-wedding picture I have of her but it is so cute showing her little pregnant belly!
Thanks for being the best sister in the world!
Unthanks for getting a year older because that means I am a year older too.

Help Wanted: Fashionistas

FASHIONISTAS NEEDED.....
Please help me find shoes to wear with this dress. Color, style, etc. This dress will be worn out to dinner for my 1 year wedding anniversary. The restaurant will not be super fancy shmancy. Yes, I will iron the dress before I wear it. If you link to specific shoes, I will give you 100 internet points*. Thanks for help fashionistas! *Internet points have no value on the internet or in real life. I just said that because people like free stuff and internet points sounds cool.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Trouble With Texting

When I go to send a text message, the last three people I sent a text to appear before all other possible phone numbers. Usually the top two spots include my sister and my husband. I type out the following text message and hit "send to" Im going to get a gift card for my sisters birthday present. When I hit "send to", I automatically hit the button to select the first person on the list and send it before I can think twice. Unfortunately, the first person on the list was....my sister. Very quickly, I send another message to her "IGNORE THAT". Too late. Her reply: "Sweet! Sounds good to me...make it a good one." Have you ever had any texting mishaps?

Sunday, May 24, 2009

A Day At The Zoo

When the weather is at a calm 83 degrees, sitting inside the house all day should not be allowed. Me and the hubs decided to make a trip to the zoo to take some pictures of the animals with the new camera. We switched back and forth being the photographer which worked out well. We have over 100 pictures of flamingos, giraffes, tigers, lions, monkeys and ducks playing in the pond. Here are some of the best! I told Chris that his next photo challenge will be to take pictures at my softball game this Friday night. We will see what happens with that!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

30 Day Shred: Day 1

I received my copy of the 30 Day Shred on Friday and had ever intention of doing it that night but instead, I took a nap and watched tv. Go me. I woke up Saturday morning and went to the gym, did 20 minutes on the bike, 20 minutes on the treadmill and headed home to complete day 1 of the 30DS. Let me just say that I had to have my husband get me a glass of water, with a straw, and hold the glass while I worked out and drank water at the same time. 20 minutes and I was huffing and puffing the entire time. My arms were shaky for the next 2 hours. My fingers were sweating. I am excited to do this every day for the next 30 days (actually, it will be more due to being out of town) and see how things shape up. And by shape up I mean my butt. And by my butt I mean I want it to be a smaller shape.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Three Days of Rest

I am so looking forward to this weekend! While we don't have anything huge planned, there are things that I need to get done. Clean the house up, clean my car, exercise, do something fun with the hubs, try not to pig out. The usual. I have a hard time believing that it is nearly the end of May already! This time last year, I was just two weeks away from getting married. Time really does fly! I thought it would feel like forever until we reached our 1 year anniversary but it is nearly upon us. I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

American Idol!!

picture from www.ew.com
That look pretty much sums up how I felt last night too! Obviously, I was happy that Kris won. I think he is a great singer and performer but wow was I shocked!
I was actually hoping that Kris wouldn't win. Why? The backlash. The questions. The conspiracy theories.
There is already talk on several websites of the Christian vote pushing Kris to victory. The Christian vote????
WHAT THE DONK? This is AMERICAN FREAKING IDOL people. Americans pick a singer that they like and they vote for them. I voted for Kris 60 times Tuesday night because I like him as a singer/performer.
Yes, I like Adam too. He is has amazing set of pipes and can perform like a pro. But I personally like Kris more. His style is more my style. Why can't we leave it at that?
I heard on the radio this morning a clip of the questions reporters were asking Adam and Kris after the show. Someone said "bloggers are going to say you lost because you are gay, Adam. What do you think about that?" Ummmmm hmmmmm. If people didn't vote for him because he is gay, how did he make it to the final two? He has a huge fan base of people of all ages. Shoot, my mother likes him! Turning a singing competition into a political-social commentary of discrimination is redonkulous.
More people voted for Kris. Plain and simple. He most likely received votes from Gokey fans because Gokey is more similar to Kris than Adam.
The bottom line of American Idol is this: Win or don't win, you will be successful if you have talent. Look at all the top 10-13 people from the past 8 seasons. Pick the people out that actually have a great voice and decent performance skills. Did they get signed to a label and put out an album? Are they successful on tv, theater and other avenues of the entertainment industry? YES.
What about those 10th place or 13th place finishers? No real career right? No top 100 selling album. No singles on the radio. But we wouldn't expect that because they had about 1 week of exposure and compared to other talented people, aren't really at the top of the list to have a singing career.
Adam will get signed. He will tour. He will be on broadway. He will do whatever he wants because he had 14 weeks of exposure and his talent is undeniable. Who cares if he isn't "the American Idol"? And who cares if Kris is? You don't have to win to be successful. You just have to be talented.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Something New

I have read great things about Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred dvd. One blogger that I follow has worked herself into FANTASTIC post baby shape just from using this dvd. Color me inspired. You are supposed to use this everyday for 30 days. The workout is 30 minutes non stop. No breaks but very intense. It is actually a bit scary reading the reviews because people are shocked at how hard it really is. But I am up for a challenge. I think I will supplement this with swimming and light cardio (biking, walking) at the gym. I need something to get my butt in gear and this may be just the thing to do it. I get the video on the 26th (ordered through Amazon) and plan to start using it that day. I will be gone on vacation June 6-10 so I won't be able to do 30 days straight but I will do my best! I will give you a review every week in case anyone out there is interested in trying it. And if any readers are currently using the 30DS, please let me know how it is!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

ASUTBC

"Always Stand Up To Be Counted"

My late Nanny (Grandmother) coined this as her phrase. "ASUTBC" she told her children, grandchildren, great grandchilren. It means so much to me that I have it tattooed on my ankle. ASUTBC means something different to everyone. It means you should vote and have your voice heard. It means you should speak up if you are in the minority or majority. It means never shying away because you don't think your opinion matters. It means speaking up if you look at your receipt and feel that you were overcharged. My nanny was an amazing woman who was ahead of her time. She worked when other women didn't work. She involved herself in many organizations and kept very busy. She always stood up to be counted in this world and she encouraged her family to do the same.

I created the ASUTBC award for the blogosphere. Obviously, I don't read every blog out there but I have about 64 blogs on my google reader and I have 29 "followers" and 56 people subscribed to my blog through reader. If you have a blog that you would like me to read, leave me a comment!

I will be giving out the ASUTBC award on a monthly basis. I will leave a comment on your most recent blog post and if you choose to accept the award, you can email me your address and I will send you the picture so you can 1)post it on your blog 2)blog about the award, linking back to this post 3) roll your eyes at a stupid blog "award" and move on with your life. It is up to you.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Things You Might Not Know

The summer after my junior year of high school, I went camping for a week with a group of people. I had a really great time despite the hot weather and the freezing temperature of the nearby body of water. And the bugs. Ick. I hate bugs. Along with bug bites, I left the campgrounds with something else. The inability to hear out of my left ear. I didn't get hit with a bat nor did a bug implant itself in my cochlea. I have no idea what happened actually. I do remember a fizzling sound but it wasn't painful. I barely noticed it at first and thought maybe my ear was just plugged up. Nope, it was broken. I had a hearing test done at the end of my senior year. I remember wearing my senior t-shirt. I have NO idea how I remember that but I have a visualization of myself walking through the hospital wearing that shirt. Anyways, I went into the sound booth and did all sorts of hearing tests. I already knew that my hearing was damaged in my left ear. I could no longer hold the phone up to my left ear and be able to hear the person on the other line. There is some sound but not clear sound. Put your hand over your mouth and talk. That is what it sounds like if I try to listen to earphones in my left ear only. Anyways, tests were run and the results were clear. If memory serves, I have 7% hearing in my left ear. Yup, that sounds about right (but only in my right ear. Get it? That sounds right? hahahahahaha). It turns out that I had nerve damage that could not be fixed by a hearing aid. A hearing aid would just increase the distraction noise and not improve my hearing. You know when headphone cords get twisted and the wires bend and break? The headphones no longer work and there is really nothing you can do to fix them. That is my ear. Bended and broken. I can't run to Target to pick up a new ear although if I could, that would be awesome. I would hope Wal-Mart would have a cheaper ear but I hate going there so I would pay more for a Target ear. I went to graduation that night or the next day (it was 12 years ago, I don't remember) and told my friends why I had been saying "WHAT" all the time and needing them to stand on my right side to talk to me in crowded places. My hearing loss was a pain in the butt. I had to explain to people all.the.time why I needed them to repeat themselves or why I had to move to their left side. Annoying to say the least. But there was a plus side. If you have ever lived in a colleg dorm, you understand the noise levels that go on. At Long Beach State, the people that lived above us liked to scoot around the tiled floor in their chairs and drop stuff on the floor constantly at all hours of the day and night. My mid-day naps and late night sleeping were always interuppted by these sounds until I would roll over and lay on my right side. Deaf ear up=good sleep. This is really the only upside to having a deaf ear. I can block out those annoying night time noises by rolling over. Most of the time, at least. I have no idea what is going on in our apartment but last night there was a noise even my 93% deaf ear wouldn't block out. It was like someone was tapping on our wall over and over and over. I was going insane trying to block it out mentally but I couldn't do it. I freaked out. My husband said "try rolling over on your other ear." I love that he knows me and my tricks so well.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Photo Day

letter M i-sf letter C h31 E L L is for textiLe letter E I read about the site Spell with Flickr on Julia's blog. How adorable, right? Click over to Julia's blog for her own twist on the project of taking pictures of letters and spelling out just about anything! I spent a couple of hours with my friend Kim and my camera in Folsom today. Yes, it was about 102 degrees and we were walking outdoors in minimal shade. Yes, we are crazy but we were both husbandless today so it was a good day for a date. Plus, we had a margarita in between photo shoots so it was an awesome day. Here are some pictures I took:
This is the fountain at the same place where I was married almost a year ago. No weddings were interupted during this photo shoot.
It was a very fun day of photography. Thanks for being my photography pal today, Kim. I had a blast!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Hot Weekend!

This is my 400th post! WOW. I blog a lot. It is currently Saturday morning, 9:23 a.m. and I have been awake for 2 hours. Silly, really. Our bed is getting delivered between 11-1 (hopefully closer to 11) and we had a lot of work to do to get our bedroom in shape for someone to actually see it. Now, everything is vacuumed and cleaned, Chris is finishing up his 10 loads of laundry and we are sitting around in our air conditioned apartment kind of bored. We will need to get new sheets so I might head out to do some shopping in a little bit. It is going to be HOT this weekend. It is already 75 degrees and will get into 100 by tomorrow. I think I will call my mom and see if she wants to come up to go kayaking on the lake. Dipping my toes in the cool water feels so good and I can get a tan on my leggies. Score!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Results (Spoilers)

It is currently 6:56 p.m. California time. I am following the American Idol results on the USA Today:Idol Chatter website. Refresh, refresh, refresh..... I am preparing myself for Kris to go home. I'm just waiting to see it on my screen.... 6:57....nothing posted yet 6:58....still waiting. 6:59....dude, come on. Just type it. 7:03....ok, something dramatic must have happened for it take this long. Usually, the post is up pretty fast. 7:04: OMG. SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW. SO HAPPY. YES YES YES. I realize that Kris won't win but I don't care. I am just happy Danny is GONE. This should be a great final two. Completely 100% different singers but great performers. Woohoo!!!!!

American Idol

Correct me if I am wrong, Paula Abdul, but did you tell Kris that he hit a bum note last night? Did you? And wasn't it you that said not one bad thing about Danny Gokey and his final screechy, horrible, "bum note" last week during "Dream On"??? In fact, you gave him an A for effort. What is this, pre-school? Are they all going to receive participation ribbons and told they are all winners? Paula, I know you love to fall in love with the male contestants on this show so maybe because Kris is married (and his wife stands 15 feet from you twice a week) you show no interest in him. If you aren't going to try to cover up your obvious bias and love for Danny Gokey, fine. But at least give Kris the same verbage you gave Danny last week. "A For Effort" although he deserved a lot more than that. His version of "Heartless" was awesome (despite my husband giving an eye roll because he pink puffy hearts Kanye and doesn't think anyone should touch his songs ever). I voted for Kris about 80 times last night. I am 100% sure he will go home tonight as the producers will not allow their pre-determined Adam-Danny finale to be infiltrated by Kris. And at this point, just to laugh at this season that has been so strange, I hope Danny wins so the outrage overshadows his non deserved victory. People will be LIVID if Adam doesn't win. It will be like the Ruben-Clay finale of Season 2. I'll sit on my computer at 6:55 pacific time, refreshing USA Today's Idol Chatter page to see the results posted when the show airs on the East Coast and then I will prepare myself for the most important tv event of the year...the Lost finale!!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Keepin' It Fun: Challenge #1

As I approach the 1 year anniversary of my marriage to my wonderful husband, I realize how important it is to keep things fresh in a relationship. We have been together for nearly 5 years and have lived together for 3 years. Sometimes, life just gets boring and redundant. Wake up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, go to sleep. Boring. But there really isn't too much you can do Monday through Friday to change things up in your daily life. That is why it is important to change things up in your relationship with your husband/spouse/significant other. Keep things fun! Exciting! Thrilling! Use a lot of !!!! when you talk to each other. On Saturday night at 7:00 p.m., I found myself very bored. Chris was watching "Notting Hill" and I was getting really sick of sitting around the house not doing anything. I was tempted to just go lay in bed until I fell asleep when I came up with an amazing idea. I turned to my husband and said, "Lets go to Wal-mart and do something fun." "Umm like what?" he replied. After thinking for a few minutes, I came up with an idea. We were to go into Wal-mart with a goal of spending between $7-$13 dollars to buy items that the other person would want if they were on a deserted island. Luckily, Chris was on board so we drove a few miles to the Super Wal-mart, grabbed baskets and went on our way. We ran into each other a couple of times and managed to hide our baskets from each other. Strangely enough, we finished at the exact same time. I checked out first, put my purchases in the trunk and waited for Chris to get to the car. The short drive home was very exciting! I couldn't wait to see what he got for me! We changed into our pajamas, sat on the floor in the media room and shared our findings. Chris got me: an US Weekly Magazine, a flash light, Ghiradelli Chocolate, a Barrel Of Monkies, and Marshmellows. He wanted to find matches or a lighter but it wasn't in his budget. My turn! I got Chris: a crossword puzzle book and pens, mini Oreo cakesters, a toy bowling game, a pocket sized video game, and a bottle of Mountain Dew. He went over budget by $1 (spent $14), I was under by $2 (spent $11). The best part of the whole night? When Chris said, "lets do this again next weekend but with a new theme." I challenge you and your loved one to do something fresh, fun and exciting in the next week. It doesn't have to cost money or take a lot of time. We were back to our apartment an hour after we walked out the front door. If you do take this challenge, come back to my blog and leave me a comment. I would love to get ideas! Keepin' It Fun Challenge #2....Coming Soon!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

I love Moms!

Happy Mother's Day to all moms! Happy Mothers Day to my mom, who just 11 months ago walked her youngest daughter down the aisle. My mom is amazing. She is one of my best friends. I talk to her nearly every single day. My mom would do anything and go anywhere for her kids. She is a hard worker and takes so much pride in her job. She is funny and silly and loves her family. When I find myself thinking "I am turning into my mom!!" I don't get freaked out. I get excited because why wouldn't I want to be like this amazing woman? Happy Mothers Day to my sister. We may look like twins but me and my sister are very different. Our differences make us love each other more. My sister is fun to be around. My sister is a wonderful wife to her busy basketball coach husband. And most importantly, my sister is the mother to a wonderful little girl named Diana. I can't explain how much I love and adore Diana. My life has been better since I first held her in my arms nearly 4 years ago. That little 5 pound baby is now a 4 year old chatter box and I am having the time of my life watching her grow. And to make things even better, in just 4 months, another baby will make my sister a mother of two. I can't wait to meet this new baby!! I am so anxious to be Au Bob Part 2. Happy Mothers Day to my Mother In Law. Thank you for always making me feel like a part of the family. Thank you for raising such a great son, my husband. My MIL loves her family and loves spending quality time with her three children. I still remember 3 years ago when Chris moved up to Folsom to live with me. No doubt, it was very difficult to see her oldest son fly the coop and I felt like I was taking her son away from her. She has always been so supportive of us and excited for all that we do. Last but not least, Happy Mothers Day to my dear friends Lisa and Kelly who will become first time moms in September. I have known you guys for 9.5 years when we were just a bunch of college kids let loose in a dorm and I am so happy to have witnessed your weddings. I am beyond excited for you to experience motherhood! I hope all of you mothers have a great day and are treated to lots of love! My mom is in Washington D.C. right now so I am sending her love from the Left Coast.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

American Idol: I can't get enough

Is this season over yet? The finale will air, Adam will win (beating out Hokey-Gokey) and a week later, all thought of American Idol will be forgotten. Thank Goodness. But for now, here is a fun video. If you love American Idol, you should check out Entertainment Weekly's website for weekly Idolatry recap videos. Good stuff. There are also post elimination interviews with all the people. I am anxiously awaiting Allison's exit interview since the guy who hosts the videos is her biggest fan. And if that isn't enough, there are videos back to the 2007 season. If you care that much. I don't. I'm off to watch behind the scenes "Survivor" videos now. Man, I am a loser.

Friday, May 8, 2009

What A Week!!!

I am having a tough time believing that it is Friday night right now. This has been a strange and busy week. Let's recap, shall we? Monday-Completely out of it all day. Felt like I was getting sick. Prepared for a huge work event that was taking place on Thursday night. Tuesday-home sick, missed work stuff, suckage. Wednesday-horrible sore throat turns into horrible ear pluggage and pain. Ouch. What? Ouch. Thursday-Huge work event is a success, horrible ear pain persists, I spend 20 minutes crying in bed with a hot wash cloth on my ear and my husband trying to console me. I offered to go sleep on the couch since I was keeping him awake. He would have none of that. Friday-make dr. appointment, get antibiotics, drive far for a work event that is a bust, back to the office, home, dad to airport, to softball game 25 miles away, LOSE our last game of the season so we are no longer undefeated, watch Survivor on DVR, shower, clean bathroom, drink a Coke Zero, find entertainment on the internet while waiting for my geeky husband to get home from a 9:45 showing of Star Trek....in Fairfield....45 minutes away. See, I told you. What a week!!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Who I was, Who I want to be

When I went to Italy in August 2004, I didn't have a digital camera. Why I didn't get my pictures put on a disc when I got the film developed is beyond me but I only have the hard copies. My macro setting on my point and shoot took a decent picture of the picture, if only just to show off my old self.
The skinny arms. The skinny face. The skinny torso. Oh boy.
The skinny thighs
Looking at these pictures depresses the heck out of me. Seriously. I am not happy at what I have become. I watch The Biggest Loser and I hear the contestants talk about how they will never go back to their former fat selves. And while I hope they do keep the weight off, I know what kind of struggle it can be. For nearly 5.5 years since losing 50 pounds, I have always worked out. For me, it isn't about the lack of exercise. It is food. I have a food addiction. Saying no is very hard for me. Near impossible. Tomorrow night, I have a work event and there will be cake. Plenty of cake. I think tomorrow, on my 11 month wedding anniversary, I am going to say NO. No to delicious Costco cake. No to a life of being unhappy with my weight. No to struggling to be happy when I look in the mirror. The person above had tons of confidence. Sure, I am still a confident person but I fight with myself everyday to say NO to what I should turn away from. For those of you that have also struggled with food addictions, how do you do it? How do you say no? What overwhelming power comes over you to make that decision to pass on that cookie, cake, candy? I did it once and I can do it again. I just need to say NO.

American Idol

I was trying to explain to my husband last night that I really do believe that the judges and producers of this show will do whatever they can to have a finale two of Adam vs. Danny. They have wanted it from the beginning and tonight more or less proved my point. Even a Danny fan has to admit that his performance was bad. My sister liked it, as she told me in a text message but I can't get on board. My Danny fan husband even grimaced when he screeched that finale note. Was he trying to be like Adam? FAIL, Danny, EPIC FAIL. But as I predicted, the judges did not rail on him like they should have. They gave him an A for Effort. Are you kidding me????? And of course, they knocked Kris and Allison down on performances that were decent (Kris) and amazing (Allison). And don't get me started on Kara's lack of music history knowledge. "Dream On" was one of Aerosmith's first songs, released in 1973. She suggested that Danny should have done an "earlier song,like Cryin'" which was released in the 90's. Wow. So sad. I love American Idol. I have never missed an episode in 8 seasons but for me for you, American Idol, this season has been disappointing from the get go. Not because of the contestants but because the overall feeling is that the finale is determined and the winner has already been announced. I'm expecting to see Kris or Allison go home tonight. And I'm expecting either Kris or Allison to go home the week following. An Adam and Danny finale will only be awesome because 1) Adam blows Danny out of the water vocally and the comparison will be amazing 2)listening to Adam sing a cheesy AI winner song will be laughable.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Sick? No thanks, not now

I woke up this morning which a killer sore throat and major nasal congestion. I ignored it and tried to fight through the day, which is the beginning of a very busy and important week at work. My energy is non-existent. My throat hurts more than ever. My head is pounding. My body is a tad bit achy. I probably have the swine flu. Probably. Probably not. Whatever I have better go away by tomorrow morning because as much as I would love to sleep for the next 3 days, I have a huge event to get done at work on Thursday and I do not want to miss it. I can't miss it. Why not? Because there is going to be Costco cake at this event. Only a crazy person would pass up Costco cake. Readers, friends, pals, amigas/amigos.....will me to recover by tomorrow. Do some sort of anti-sick dance in your living room tonight. It will count as exercise so you don't have to go to the gym and be next to sweaty, smelly folks and you will help me get better. Pretty good offer, if I do say so myself.

Happy Birthday, Mom!!

Happy Birthday to my wonderful mom!!! If you lived closer to me, I would treat you to 3 pounds of frozen yogurt at Big Spoon. I hope you enjoy your birthday! Love you lots!!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Warning: I'm soapboxing again

I'm currently watching Oprah and needed to blog about something. There is a group that stood outside of Oprah's studios wanting to get some airtime on her show to talk about their group. Invisible Children is a group of young people that are fighting to put an end to the violence in Uganda and the children of that nation being kidnapped by the Lord's Resistance Army. The young man speaking for the group on the show looked like he was in his mid to late 20's. When the panel for Oprah asked what they could do to help he told them to go to their website (which is currently down due to an overwhelming # of people trying to get on it, no doubt) and watch a video that was made. The site also has a donation page. The young man also said that they are going to The Hill this summer to plead their case and get help from the government to put a stop to this. I love kids. They are our most valuable resource, worldwide. Crimes against children enrage me. And while I think it is wonderful that a large group of young people are actually involved in making a change in the world, I would like American youth to focus on other American youth. Sidenote: 5 minutes after this segment aired with this group, the female audience is now fainting over naked movie clips of Hugh Jackman. Talk about perspective. Do people not realize that American kids are being abused and neglected everyday? Do they not realize that American kids are going to be our future leaders, coworkers, and CEO's? Shouldn't we help these kids first? This is the country in which we live!! The country where the people we interact with everyday, even just driving next to on the freeway, play a role in our lives. I am sad that children in other countries are being ripped from their homes and forced into dangerous situations? Yes, I am sad. It is tragic and horrible. But I would love to see the children in our country who are at risk of death by their irresponsible parents or caregivers be given a chance. If we are putting so much attention on the things happening in other countries, how can our country get better? People in America are homeless, without food, clothes, education and employment. Why isn't George Clooney dedicated to helping Americans struggling to make it through each day? Sure, we have resources available here but not enough. I know we should be more supportive of the world population but I want to give all to my country and when things get better for our country, then we can focus on others. Until then, I would love to see youth in our great nation stand up for children here, in America. Edited to add: I wanted to make clear that all children and their safety is vitally important. I just feel that sometimes, issues closer to home get overlooked because the issues of people in other countries are pushed into the forefront. Of course those issues are important. Of course they need people advocating on their behalf. I just want the kids in our country to get the attention and help they deserve as well. I tend to type and type without thinking and editing my thoughts. I apolgize if my intial post came across as insensitive towards the group I mentioned initially. They are doing something positive which I respect completely. I wish a group this large would come out to help kids in foster care or march on The Hill to fight for tighter laws that protect children against predators in America.