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Facebook Repost: "I was Raised in Pennsylvania."

I don't usually re-post all the do this if you {blank} status messages on Facebook, though sometimes one strikes me as particularly amusing. So, for the Southerns who think that they have the corner on down home and for the DC recruiters who often told me that "Pennsylvanians are hard workers, so don't forget to tell them where you're from," this one's for you.

"I was raised in Pennsylvania, where flip flops come out in February, we don't have fireflies, we have "lightnin bugs", we don't have cray fish in creeks, we have "craw dads" in the "crick", chipped ham is mandatory, "yinz" and youns are proper nouns, hoagies are baked in the oven, Sweet Tea is the house wine, we red up the house, we eat Gobs, and you would never disrespect your elders!"

DC Visit

After my sister's wedding two weekends ago, Greg and I packed up fuzzy cat to drop her off at my parents this past weekend and then drove down to the DC area on Sunday afternoon. We made a quick stop at Hagerstown, MD to pick up some clothes at the outlets on our way to Alexandria, VA where we spent the night with friends at their new house. After that we all got up and hit up IHOP for breakfast before Greg, Mike, and Joy headed off to work and I took our car for the day.

I headed out to get the car washed and pick up some things at Rite-Aid. Then I headed up to check out what was going on at AU before visiting Wesley and having lunch with Esther. It was great to talk to folks at Wesley and catch up a bit. And of course, lunch with Esther was lovely; catching up on what's been going on in our lives for the past 6 months. The rest of my afternoon I did some grocery shopping to pick up some fresh fruit for the week. I think Greg's enjoyed having Fresh fruit to take with him to work each day this week and I've enjoyed the yummy munchies. =P

Monday night after a great Indian dinner on barracks row with friends from Capitol Hill, Greg and I checked into our hotel for the week.

So this week I've been catching up with friends while Greg's at work and we've been meeting friends for dinner each evening. What can I say...life's so hard. Just kidding, it's been a great visit!

Sometimes You've Just Gotta Like Ike

"You do not lead people by hitting them over the head...that's assault, not leadership." ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

I know that I have a strong personality and a comfort in my own skin that many people do not enjoy. This often leads me to butt heads with folks displaying a seeming inability to hear or accept the validity of viewpoints other than their own, let alone admit that they may have a gap in their argument or admit the possibility of more than one appropriate feeling on a subject.

Sometimes a quote just calls out to you and in light of the above, Ike's quote above did just that. As I said, I have my own opinions and love a good debate, but I pray that God blesses me with the wisdom to hear other arguments whether or not I agree with them, as well as the tact to share my viewpoint without belittling, and the pupil's heart to learn from even beliefs that may contradict my own even if only to grow my understanding of my own mind.

Suprise Visit

Suzanne and Chandler decided to visit Greg and I this weekend. It was so much fun to catch up. They drove up from DC on Friday evening.

We had brunch at Eat'n'Park Saturday morning. Followed by a trip up the Duquesne Incline to see an overview of the city. We grabbed a snack and drinks at the Buckhorn Tavern. We all appreciated that over-sized couch and table enclave at the Tavern. A great beer special, yummy appetizers, and some great sports moments made it even better. We saw the overtime for England v. France in the Women's World Cup and saw Derek Jeter get his 3000 hit in professional baseball before leaving for our next stop...a cruise on the Good Ship Lollipop.

Okay, so the ship was actually The Princess of the Gateway Clipper Fleet in Pittsburgh, but the cruise was called the Good Ship Lollipop Cruise. It is an hour long site-seeing cruise on Pittsburgh's three rivers with a clown aboard to entertain and make balloon animals for any kids aboard. We wanted the site-seeing cruise but as they were only doing the kids cruise that day we decided to join the Lollipop adventure.

After the cruise we headed back to our place to relax. Suzanne and Chandler played some Little Big Planet for a while and then we headed out for dinner at a Pittsburgh institution- Primanti Brothers. Primanti Brothers is known for their everything included sandwiches made with your choice of meat (or vegetarian option)topped with cheese, hand cut french fries, coleslaw, and tomato, onion optional. Greg and Chandler went for the gold with a sandwich order while Suzanne and I stuck with a pizza and a quesadilla respectively. Everything was very yummmy. According to Greg, "life changing." I think that means we will be returning there again. =)

After dinner our visitors headed back to Virginia.

It was a great weekend.

Happy Independence Day, America!

As you celebrate this July 4th, here's an interesting article to consider:

Harvard says Fourth of July Parades Could Turn Your Kids Republican

My questions: Since when is patriotism purely a party line issue? And, since when does the definition of independence mean brainwashing your children about open mindedness while purposefully limiting their political purview because they liked a VFW parade float?

I guess what I'm saying is this; if your kids define their philosophies based on public displays rather than conversations with you, you have bigger problems than Independence Day.

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