Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Um... tenderness...


So... Jordan grew up too fast!

She just took her senior pictures... here are a few!

Friday, April 24, 2009


Friday, April 17, 2009


For those of you who didn't know, a new law was passed in Afghanistan. We can't get so caught up on our bubbles (cause I do) that we allow things like this to happen around the world! What should we do?

Here is an article from the Chicago Tribune!

Afghanistan women: Afghan women pelted with rocks as they protest marriage law
By Heidi Vogt Associated Press

April 16, 2009

KABUL, Afghanistan — The women shouted: "Equal rights and human rights!" A few feet away, men hollered back: "Death to you dogs!" and "Death to the slaves of the Christians!" Then some men picked up small stones and pelted the women.More than 100 protesters — mostly young women — demonstrated Wednesday against an Afghan law they say legalizes marital rape.But some 800 men and women staged a counter-protest and shouted down the group's megaphone-led chants with insults and accusations that they were puppets of the Christian West. Female police held hands to create a protective barrier between the groups.The law, quietly signed last month, says a husband can demand sex with his wife every four days unless she is ill or would be harmed by intercourse. It also regulates when and for what reasons a wife may leave her home alone.
Though it would apply only to the country's Shiites — 10 percent to 20 percent of Afghanistan's people — many fear it marks a return to Taliban-style oppression of women. The Taliban, who ruled Afghanistan from 1996-2001, required women to wear all-covering burkas and banned them from leaving home without a male relative.Governments and rights groups around the world have condemned the legislation, and President Barack Obama has labeled it "abhorrent." Afghan President Hamid Karzai has remanded the law to his Justice Department for review and put enforcement on hold.A host of Afghan intellectuals, politicians and even a number of Cabinet ministers have come out against the law. But they faced quick criticism from conservative Muslim clerics and their followers, as Wednesday's protests showed."You are a dog! You are not a Shiite woman!" one man shouted to a young woman in a head scarf holding a banner that said, "We don't want Taliban law." The woman did not shout back at the man standing a foot in front of her, but replied: "This is my land and my people."Others were not so quiet."The holy book doesn't say to keep women in the house like a jail!" shouted 18-year-old Faroq Yosouf.But having chosen a risky spot to hold their protest — in front of the mosque of the main backer of the legislation — the demonstrators were outnumbered by those who supported the law.The counter-protest even appeared to include more women. A few hundred Shiite women marched behind banners to the mosque."We don't want foreigners interfering in our lives. They are the enemy of Afghanistan," said 24-year-old Mariam Sajadi, one of the many counter-protesters who blamed the anger over the law on meddling by foreigners.Sajadi is engaged to be married and said she plans to ask her husband's permission to leave the house as put forth in the law. On the other side of the shouting, Mehri Rezai, 32, urged her countrymen to reject the law."This law treats women as if we were sheep," she said.

Colors Fest

I totally forgot to post pics from Colors Fest! Skyler had to work, so I went with the girls!!

A few boys came too...

There were tons of people!!! They expected 15,000!

Considering that each of those people had bags of colored corn starch... it got messy!

Some got messier than others...

I loved our pants!!!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Ode to the Love of My Life!!!

This is going to start out as a tangent...

Yesterday, we had the Linguistics and English Language Department Awards Banquet. Interestingly, I was invited to come with Skyler and told that I was going to receive an award. However, they didn't tell me what... so the suspense has been killing me for like 2 weeks. I couldn't figure it out... I thought it might have to do with my thesis... but I didn't know for sure... so I was dying... Long story short... I got the Outstanding Applied Linguistics Thesis Award. I was soooo excited! I was kind of shy at the banquet but I was really really excited that I had gotten it. The plaque will have to go somewhere, but who knows where, and I got a small cash award... which will eventually go towards work cothes, I think. Needless to say, Skyler and I got ice cream cookies to celebrate at Smart cookie. They were fabulous! Even this morning, I woke up and was still excited about it.

Skyler had a big research paper due today. He helped make lunches after I ran to work and they were a little meager because I didn't get enough cooking done this weekend. So, I said, "don't worry honey... I can take care of it" That of course meant that I would eat more when I went home at 5pm... and maybe get a little something extra at the vending machine throughout the day if needed. The reality was that I ate 2 donuts and that supplemented my lunch... then to my surprise I saw my lovely husband's face about 4:35pm. He handed me a mysterious brown paper bag and smiled at me. I said, hi and asked him what was inside... he told me he didn't know and that Josh, friend from Gilbert, would know. Josh's response was that it came from a man on a bus... so I opened the bag and could not believe my eyes!!! It was two burritos and a nacho from TACO BELL. Sheer bliss entered my heart!! I knew that this was a big token of love for the following reasons: 1. we are trying not to spend our budget on fast food unless we really really need to. 2. we are trying to eat healthy... and Taco Bell doesn't really fit that bill. 3. he had to run to work after class... and so didn't have a lot of time. He looked at me and said, "I thought you might be hungry!" I felt like I had just gotten a bouquet of flowers... I made an announcement to the entire office about it!! (so at that point, more people knew that my husband brought me Taco Bell than that I got a department thesis award)

The moral of this story is that life is funny. Sometimes, the little things are really just as big as the big things. I was so excited about my brown bag and I felt so incredibly loved... and appreciated! Even though I am still excited about my "plaque", my burritos and nachos really were "an unexpected gift at an unexpected time" (name that movie)...

So... anyway, Skyler is really cool and I am glad he asked me to marry him!!!!!!!!