Thursday, October 27, 2005

Week in Review

This past week has been loaded with happenings that I should catch up on.

  • C.E. (aka Pappy) had a successful back surgery on Wednesday in Nashville. The calcium deposits in his back were hampering him from being able to pick up his grandsons and putting a damper on his otherwise sunny & cheerful demeanor. (Joking, Charles) Kudos to him for taking the step to feel better. Here's to a speedy recovery.
  • On the sports front, the White Sox won the world series for the first time in 647 years which now puts the pressure on the Cubbies to end their 90+ year drought. My Bengals are having their most successful season in 15 years, but got routed in their first real test against the Steelers on Sunday. And my beloved Wildcats have an impressive streak going as only they can master -- in the past six quarters of football UK has 13 points and 7 turnovers. Did I mention basketball starts in two weeks?
  • Owen & Gus had their six month checkup with the pediatrician on Wednesday. Gus weighed in at a hair over 14 lbs. Owen, who chooses to burn up his energy by watching everything around him most of the day, weighed 13 lbs. 8 oz. Both the guys were high on the charts in terms of length (obviously from Amy) even compared to full-term six-month-olds. The boys' weight & motor skills were a little lower than full-term babies their age, but the doctor was impressed with their development as premature babies so we're encouraged.
  • Amy & I looked at a house in a nearby subdivision on Thursday to get an idea of what other options are out there in terms of dwellings. We decided to stay in our house for the time being -- after six years we have the colors, floors, feel, etc. that we want in our house. But eventually these little monsters are going to start moving around and we'll likely need more space. Hopefully we're a few months to a year away from that decision though.
  • Harriet Miers, President Bush's second Supreme Court nominee, withdrew her name from being the next Supreme Court justice on Thursday. This sets the stage for a major ideological debate on the horizon as Bush's next nominee will very likely be a conservative with a proven track record of experience that people can point to. The debate continues as to whether the Constitution should be interpreted literally as it was written 218 years ago or whether it is a living, breathing document that changes with the times and events of history.
  • And lastly on the political front, tomorrow is likely the day when indictments will be issued to White House officials in their role in the leaking of the identity of a CIA agent. Personally I truly think this is a very, very big deal. To me, more important than the actual leak is the issue that Cheney and the administration went to extraordinary lengths to keep dissenting opinions out of the debate during the leadup to the Iraq war. As a result the justification for the war has constantly changed, no weapons of mass destruction were ever found, and now 2,000 soldiers have lost their lives in a war of choice built on false pretenses. I only hope that we 1) hold our leaders accountable for their actions, and 2) that we learn from our past mistakes. Friday could be the beginning of a very revealing journey.
  • On a lighter note, Aunt Mel is coming to see her nephews on Friday. There will be pumpkin carving and Halloween events on the weekend horizon.

Have a safe weekend everyone -- cheers!

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