The Life of Erin

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Obama, Clinton, and Edwards, Oh My! October 30, 2007

Ever since comedian Stephen Colbert announced his candidacy for President, I’m having this internal struggle.  There seem to be quite a few “high-profile” Democrats making that decision (no confusion as to why, of course), and I’ve been trying to decide which one I would be happiest having in the White House next year.

 I just happened to turn on MTV last night, and they were having a special with Barack Obama as a guest at Iowa’s Coe College, answering live and “live” online questions from students and virtual voters.  This was the first time I had seen any of the candidates speak on the issues that they have on their platforms, and I must say, I was very impressed with Obama’s answers and views.  You can see a summary, and some videos, of that question and answer session here.  I was most impressed by this segment.

MTV had a similar question and answer session with John Edwards.  I haven’t watched any of the footage or read the summaries yet–let me know what you think if you do.

 Then I read in the paper this morning Drexel University  will be hosting a Democratic debate tonight and it will be shown live on MSNBC from 9-11.  You can also watch it live on or  Candidates include Obama, Clinton, Edwards, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, Dennis Kucinich, and Bill Richardson.  I’m pretty excited to watch this.  

You can take this fun quiz to see how the candidates rank compared to your own views.  These were my results:

Your Results:             

1.  Theoretical Ideal Candidate   (100%)
2.  Joseph Biden   (85%)  Information link
3.  Barack Obama   (84%)  Information link
4.  Dennis Kucinich   (84%)  Information link
5.  Hillary Clinton   (83%)  Information link
6.  John Edwards   (82%)  Information link
7.  Wesley Clark (not running, endorsed Clinton)   (77%)  Information link
8.  Al Gore (not announced)   (76%)  Information link
9.  Christopher Dodd   (75%)  Information link
10.  Alan Augustson (campaign suspended)   (75%)  Information link
11.  Mike Gravel   (67%)  Information link
12.  Bill Richardson   (66%)  Information link
13.  Michael Bloomberg (says he will not run)   (65%)  Information link
14.  Ron Paul   (42%)  Information link
15.  Elaine Brown   (41%)  Information link
16.  Kent McManigal (campaign suspended)   (41%)  Information link
17.  Rudolph Giuliani   (31%)  Information link
18.  Mike Huckabee   (28%)  Information link
19.  John McCain   (27%)  Information link
20.  Tommy Thompson (withdrawn, endorsed Giuliani)   (23%)  Information link
21.  Mitt Romney   (22%)  Information link
22.  Chuck Hagel (not running)   (21%)  Information link
23.  Newt Gingrich (says he will not run)   (17%)  Information link
24.  Sam Brownback (withdrawn)   (15%)  Information link
25.  Alan Keyes   (12%)  Information link
26.  Tom Tancredo   (12%)  Information link
27.  Duncan Hunter   (10%)  Information link
28.  Fred Thompson   (9%)  Information link
29.  Jim Gilmore (withdrawn)   (7%)  Information link
30.  Stephen Colbert   (4%)  Information link

The Squirrel: My Power Animal October 19, 2007

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OK, so I am assuming that everyone who reads my blog already knows that I am weird, but this may top everything.  I have developed a slight obsession with the squirrels that run around in our back yard.  I could literally just stand at the back window and watch them for a good 3o minutes.

There is a black walnut tree in our neighbors’ back yard that they get all of their food from:

Then they come next door to our yard, chew open the walnuts, and leave little piles of shell in various areas:

I’ve also discovered at least ten holes like this one all over the yard, and in my flower pot on the front steps:

What I don’t understand is why they don’t cover the holes back after they’ve dug them?!  I am glad that we are providing these services for my newly adopted wild pets.  They are so cute I can’t help but love them.

Now here is where I get even weirder.  I was searching around the internet and found this website on “Power Animals.”  After reading the description of the squirrel, I am convinced that it is my own Power Animal.  Let me know if you figure out what your power animal is–I think everyone should have one!


Technical Difficulties?

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I think WordPress has been experiencing some technical difficulties.  I will try to create a new post tomorrow.


Ghibli Museum, Japan October 14, 2007

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This is an experiment.  I’m curious to see how many hits, and from where, this article I wrote a few years ago will get.

            “Let’s lose our way together,” I read in the brochure I received at the entrance of the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, Japan.  “There aren’t any set routes that you must follow.  You are the one to discover your own way.  Those who can lose their way and fully enjoy this space are welcomed at the Museum.”  I decided I would have to remember back to the first time I went to Tokyo with my family, almost 20 years ago as an 8-year-old, when I was overwhelmed with every new sight and sensation.  I gazed up at the painting on the ceiling of a giant, tangled vine-like beanstalk featuring characters from Ghibli films with a smiling sun in the center and immediately felt the years start to melt away.  A group of professional animators called Studio Ghibli created the pastel colored, magical museum in Inokashira Park, Mitaka, a suburb of Tokyo.  Hayao Miyazaki, the most well known animator of Ghibli, has produced many of the popular films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and the recent Academy Award winner Spirited Away.  Studio Ghibli’s animated features, some of which have American versions, offer adult themes in a form fit for children (and childlike adults).  Princess Mononoke voices the importance of nature and protecting the environment and My Neighbor Totoro introduces two young sisters whose mother is sick and are being brought up by their father.  It’s a good thing the museum didn’t exist when I was a child (it opened on October 1, 2001) or I would have begged my parents to take me every day.  Children ran amok through the maze-like museum and after I got over the initial shock of being encouraged to act with no inhibitions in a museum, I joined them.  My mom and I tried hard to get lost, and eventually did, leaving my father and brother behind to explore on our own, as we peeked behind every door and around every corner.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t join in playing on the giant, fuzzy cat bus, one of my favorite characters from My Neighbor Totoro (little tykes only).The Ghibli Museum reveals secrets behind the films by displaying replicas of the animators’ rooms and studios complete with authentic sketches, photo albums, and books, which show works-in-progress and the animators’ inspirations.Museum goers can see unique, original short animated features from Studio Ghibli in The Saturn Theater.  Outside on the roof, accessed only by a winding metal staircase, stands a life-sized statue of a robot from Miyazaki’s futuristic film Laputa: Castle in the Sky (sorry, kids, no climbing allowed).After running ourselves ragged, my family met at the gift shop where we picked up some souvenirs and then relaxed at the Straw Hat Café.  We sat in the shade on the edge of the park and sipped our cold “Lamune,” a very sweet and fizzy drink, before we headed home, ready for a nap, with years stripped from our hearts and weight from our shoulders.


No pics today…just a weekly recap

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  I’ve been having trouble charging the camera batteries but I think I finally fixed the problem.  Recap: was in Chicago last week for a conference.  It was fun, but cold, and I hadn’t packed properly for the cold.  Saw some really cool architecture: the “spitting” fountain (click here); had dinner on the 80th floor of this building; very cool stuff.

Last night we went to a friend’s wedding at the Mansion at Cabrini College–it was a lot of fun but I couldn’t take any photos. 

Once my battery charges up, I will have some photos of some fun backyard activity and my new obsession: squirrels.  I know you just can’t wait for that!


Day of Fun! October 8, 2007

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Matt and I had been doing so much work on the house and yard lately that we decided to treat ourselves to a day where we only did fun things.  My boss had told me about a winery in Chester County called Va La so we planned our day around that.

The winery was adorable and friendly, and the wines actually tasted very good, but they were way too expensive so we didn’t buy any.  There were some fun grounds in the back:

I successfully used the camera timer to take this shot. 

In this one I didn’t, obviously!

Then we decided to go to Glen Willow Orchards right down the road.

Hay animals greeted us on the way in:

I wanted the squirrell:

We bought lots of (cheap) fresh produce there and a couple of pumpkins.

Then we had some lunch at a really authentic Mexican restaurant down the street called El Sombrero.

Mmmm.   Mango drink and tacos.

The next and final stop was Chaddsford Winery.  I had never been there before and it was a lot of fun, although the wines aren’t very tasty!

The “tasting” vines:

We were so exhausted when we got home!  But as we drove back into the city, the Phillies “P” was lit up on this building, although I didn’t get a great shot of it:


test October 7, 2007

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