Sunday, March 28, 2010

Lately I'm really cooking-oriented. Kind of obsessed to a point. I'm not always very good at cooking, but I'm getting better at it. It only makes sense that I start learning how to cook more things because I love food! So what can I do without it?

I've been writing up a list of dinner plans for the past two weeks and have tried to stick to them. Cooking at home should be less expensive than eating out too, so that's another good thing. Last night I cooked BBQ Chicken Breasts and some recipe off of a box of Velveeta for Pasta Primavera which was just noodles, cheese, and frozen vegetables. Tonight I'm planning for tacos. I guess my cooking skills are pretty elementary at this point but at least they are something.

I'm attempting to write a paper for my English class right now and I think I am doing an okay job, but I'm probably going to go way over the 5 pages I needed. It's a rough draft that is due tomorrow so hopefully it's okay if it's going to end up a little long...

A week from today is Easter. Yay! The plans so far are that we're going to head to church with Mark's family, and then there is dinner at his cousin's at 2, and I have no idea what my side of the family is doing yet. If I recall I think last year I didn't do anything with my family besides Easter morning baskets and whatnot so maybe we aren't even having a big dinner at all. I plan on going over there later that night anyway and I'm going to make dessert for both (the same dessert) so we'll see how that goes! Cooking is one thing, but baking seems to be so much harder for some reason.

The wedding is in 15 months. 15 months feels like a long time away. I am trying to not let that get to me though. It will be here before we know it. And then I will be glad I didn't try to make it for April because we'll have really nice weather in the end of June. I hope.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

This weather...

As much as I am thrilled that spring is here (technically speaking) the weather is just about killing me. Michigan weather is always like this. Warm one day, cold the next, and for whatever reason it just does things to you. I've been so exhausted, both in the sleepy sense and in the just physically tired sense. My throat has been quite sore, but it's been a really odd type sore throat that only bothers me at certain times of day. And now I have a horrible neck ache. My night class was cancelled tonight and I planned on getting a head start on writing some papers so I don't have to spend all weekend doing that, but for now I think I'll just take a nap. Mark will be home in about an hour and a half which is perfect timing for him to wake me up.

And then I'll (hopefully) get cracking on those papers. April 27...last day of exams...April 27...where are you? Please come sooner!

Monday, March 22, 2010

All this political him-haw...

...puts me in the mood to research politics. I get into moods like this sometimes. I cooked one meal this weekend and suddenly found myself in a frenzy of recipe searching and grocery shopping. It must be some form of OCD perhaps. But I digress...

I really would like to say something about all of this stuff going on with the government and health care and so on, but I don't feel like I am as informed as I should be to be making statements based on any specific bills or laws. But for now I am going to gather my ideas and write them out as I understand so far, and keep on researching and learning more about what the facts are and how I personally respond to them based on my own beliefs.

The first thing that has gradually been causing me to think a little bit more, especially in the health care regard, is the free market. I've noticed this with cell phone companies, cable companies, health insurance companies, ect. There aren't a lot of options to choose from. And, this is probably an elementary statement but, when there is not a lot of options, those companies have more power over the consumers than they probably should have. Just an observation. I would like to have some cheaper cable. But the only options for me in the area that I live in right now are Comcast and AT&T. Even WOW isn't available here. That doesn't seem right to me.

I would say the same for health insurance. Mark and I, as everyone knows, are in the works of getting married but have postponed so that we can keep our parents health insurance for a bit longer. I tend to get sick somewhat frequently and I might have to get my tonsils out in the winter. If we got married, could someone please inform me of my options? I've looked into student health insurance which from what I can gather, absolutely sucks. The cheapest plan that Mark's parents' informed us of is about $50 and pretty much only covers you if you are about to die or get cancer. There's probably no way that we would qualify for Medicaid. I saw that commercial for "Assurant Health" and other such companies, but the disclaimer at the bottom says that $100 per month charge is for a 35 year old male in good health or something like that. So will I be age discriminated? What if I'm not found to be in good health?

Of course that is just my personal experience with health insurance and health care. I'm sure that a lot of students and/or young adults may have run into similar problems, or will soon. At this point, even if I didn't plan on getting married next year, I'd be off of my parent's insurance for graduating this December, or once I turned 25 if I was still in graduate school. And then what? I realize now from the statistics I've read that millions of people go without health insurance but frankly I do not want to be one of them. I'm not being a pessimist - I'm just being a realist. Things happen. I would hate for something to happen to me and to be stuck with not only loads of student loans, but a ton of medical bills to boot.

Although the personal level is important to me in and of itself, the public level is what really gets me. In some ways I think that my internship has really opened my eyes to a lot of sad and horrible situations that poor families are in. I really can't blame any one person. I want to blame the parents of course, but it is such a vicious cycle of poverty and destitution that who knows who to blame anymore? Probably stems back to the government actually.

But anyway...I just feel as if Medicaid is one of the best things that could have happened for a lot of these families. Messed up things happen to a lot of these kids, and Medicaid actually covers quite a bit of their expenses to see psychologist, counselors, ect. Some kids are sexually abused and need medical treatment. Kids get raped, get pregnant (now I'm thinking about the movie "Precious"), and then need medical care for themselves and THEIR children. Some kids are just plain misinformed and think it won't happen to them. It happens to upper and upper-middle class kids ALL THE TIME but those kids are lucky enough to have coverage from their own parents. These kids in urban areas do not. And health care is just scratching the surface...school reform; I won't even get into that right now. I could go on for days about my ideas (I haven't researched anything on that so I don't even know what the governments plans are).

To sum - I believe that health care is important for all people and that there should be more affordable options available. Whether this bill that was passed addresses that appropriately, I couldn't tell you (can anyone really? It seems to be a whole lot of opinions at present). Hopefully at some point in my life there will be a way to provide better options to those who need them.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Well, what can I say about the latest developments in my life? The wedding date stands as is - June 25, 2011. I'm sure it will "fly by" as everyone says, I am just an impatient individual about such important things (ie-wedding, graduation, moving out, ect). I feel like I'm always in such a hurry to grow up. Well Samantha, your wish has been granted (although 21 years old is not THAT grown up...but it does scratch the surface a bit).

I'm incredibly anxious to get done with this semester already. I have been exceedingly unfocused as each semester passes - note the declining GPA which started out absolutely phenomenal semester 1 of freshman year. Are people honestly meant to go to school this often and for this long? I'm sure part of the reason is that gradually I have been working more and more. Mind you, freshman year of college I lived on campus and didn't have a job at all, hence a lot of free time for studying and obtaining a great GPA. But now it feels like there is always so much going on, and having my mind on weddings doesn't help things much either!

This weekend we have a florist appointment with a gentleman from that bridal show I attended a few weeks back. He has some pretty good deals going on right now and I don't want to miss out if we end up clicking. I also have another appointment in about two weeks with a different florist, so we'll see how that ends up as well.

My kitten is still cute. And my wonderful lover is extra cute now that he shaved off that horrendous beard that was six months in the making! Blah blah.

Friday, March 5, 2010

My March To-Do List

1. Two florist appointments...maybe set up some more too? For the two I have now we need to book by the end of March in order to get a discount.

2. Set up a dentist appointment - seriously do it this time!

3. Be sure to get a head start on the papers that are due at the end of the semester.

4. Start house/apartment hunting! Our lease is up in a few months and we need to give notice that we're moving out 60 days in advance, which would be at the end of March.

5. Start my workout plan. SERIOUSLY.

6. Try to survive the day-to-day classes, internship, and work.

7. Keep tweaking the guest list and budget. Ugh. Those two are by far the hardest part of planning a wedding.

8. And dun dun dun...will move our wedding date again? Will we keep it as is? This decision should be made this weekend!