Thursday, February 28, 2008

Making St. Patrick Official

You may or may not have seen the recent Guinness commercial that asks you to sign a petition that will make St. Patrick's Day an official holiday. I wasn't sure if this was for real or not so I did a little digging. Proposition 3-17 is indeed alive and well. I was the 74,583rd signature of the million needed. Click here to sign your name with a mouse- trickier than it sounds but quite fun at the same time. One of the reasons Guinness is pursuing this unique initiative is that "it will allow people to express their Irishness." I love it!

I haven't been able to find the commercial itself online but rest assured, I will post it once it's available. In the meantime, I leave you with thoughts of Irish Eyes which are smiling at the thought of another day off from school and work.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

It's not quite a love letter but it's still from Barack!

Leigh --
You did it.

Not just on Tuesday, but every day for a year, you did what the cynics said we couldn't do.
You said the time has come to get beyond the same old tactics that divide and distract us, and you gave people -- young and old, rich and poor, black, white, Latino, and Asian -- a reason to believe again.

I'm proud of the work we've done together here in my home state, and because of you, we won 101 out of Illinois' 153 delegates -- our single biggest delegate gain on the most important day of this campaign.

And the momentum you created won't stop now. Together we're building a campaign that will compete in the general election -- and a united Democratic Party that can lead this country for the next generation.

You've set an amazing standard and provided a huge boost as we gear up for the next round of contests. Thanks to you, we have a new wind at our backs, and we're ready to carry our message across the nation.

It's the same message we took from the Old State Capitol in Springfield to Iowa and South Carolina and 22 states on February 5th -- the same message we had when we were up and when we were down -- that out of many, we are one.

And if we are met with cynicism and doubt and folks who tell us that we can't, we will respond with those three simple words that sum up the spirit of this nation:
Yes, we can.

Thank you for all of your hard work,

Thursday, February 07, 2008

The Saga Continues

This morning I visited Bernie and Mary, my matchmaking family. I had no sooner sat down than Mary made the comment, "So you found out there were restrictions." I filled her in on my meeting with the Ethics Committee. I tried to frame it in such a way so that she knew that this was also my choice not to blend my personal and professional worlds. Mary was still a little bummed and pointed out how our families knew each other. However, I only know Bernie and Mary because Bernie is my hospice patient so it's still not a loophole. Apparently I made a big impression with Tom though. Mary told me that he's willing to wait, which is very unlike him. Chivalrous, eh? I told Mary that I liked her and Bernie too much so I'm hoping he sticks around for quite a while longer. I'm certainly not putting my dating life before my patient's life! I can't blame Mary for rooting for me to get together with her grandson in the end. It's misguided but sweet.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Dogs are Inspirational

I told a coworker yesterday that I have lost all of my childhood joy when it comes to snow. I have come to view snow as a messy inconvenience, except for the odd moment when I plop down to make a snow angel. I don't want to be a snow grump. My resolution is to be more like this dog. But hopefully we won't get THAT much snow tonight!