Friday, November 30, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God [...] The mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union. It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God; to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord.- Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation October 3, 1863
Thursday, November 15, 2007
You are the most beautiful, intelligent and sassy girl I know and I'm wishing you the happiest birthday in the world!
Since I might not be able to make it to the birthday bash on Saturday, I wanted to be sure to participate in the grand Enke tradition of telling you reasons why I love you:
01. you give amazing hugs
02. you always have delicious smelling lip gloss
03. you tell the truth
04. you know you are a daughter of God
05. you are a trustworthy and faithful friend.
Happy Birthday sweet girl! You deserve a magical day! xoxo!
A special birthday shoutout to my favorite fashionista! You are so sweet & fun & loving & kind & you understand the importance of pearls! You also seriously have one of the best giggles in the world. I'm so glad we are friends. I wanted to get you a little something from Chanel...enjoy. Happy birthday darling!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
A week from today I will be at home with my family celebrating Thanksgiving! Oh, I can't wait to be tucked in with them in our lovely warm house, laughing and playing games and just soaking in all the love and snuggling up with our kitty. I'm really grateful I don't have to sail like the Pilgrims had too...I am thankful for planes. I'll remember that next week while I'm sitting in La Guardia Airport.
The other thing I did last night was work out. For a really, really long time. You see, my family and I are going to Hawaii for Christmas. We've known about this trip since last December, and have all taken necesary steps to become "bikini beautiful." And not only that purpose--although it is uber-uber-important. According to my dad, here are the reasons to be in tip-top condition for this holiday:
I need to be able to go pretty hard for our time in Hawaii. That will include walking up and down a bunch of hills on the golf course (big hills per the guys in HI), surfing until my tongue hangs out, zip lining and loving it, riding bikes should the need arise, cookie baking, cooking of dinners, and, AND, multiple marathon sessions of poker, Rack Rummy and other semi late night activities, all while adjusting to a six hour time change. Yep, I think I am going to need to be in pretty good condition to be on top of all aspects of my game at Christmas. In fact, I now have an answer for people who ask me why I am training with such vigor and purpose : Christmas!!
Dad, I couldn't agree more. And while I won't have to climb the arduous hills of the golf course, we will have to (get to!) listen to you lot talk about it, so maybe I should add some inner ear conditioning to my regimen. You know, ear drum presses and auditory calisthenics. What do you think?
Yeah, this green bikini lady doesn't have anything on me. After a month of working out with her (+ lifting + cardio + not eating seconds at Thanksgiving dinner + gulping down protein shakes every morning) I'll totally be that hot. Who wants to take the bikini challenge with me?
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Well. I have changed my tune. Not only was the chicken BETTER THAN ANYTHING I'VE EVER MADE BEFORE but it was the easiest as well, and a snap to clean up. Food prep that allows me to spend the day with my sweet and then return home and dish up an amazing meal? She was right, it is sexy. I am a true convert to the cult of the crockpot and now cannot wait to receive my very own at Christmas!
Friday, November 9, 2007
After she won the rest of the game went by in a blur. But as we were walking through the halls of the Superdome after it was all over, we passed through a large group of Superdome staff. They all started cheering and clapping and whistling for Jessica--it was totally awesome. She is a superstar!
The rest of the weekend was just a whirlwind of fun and amazing food and so much laughing. Just the way I like it. Mmm...bananas foster.