Archive for November, 2006


Rice is going bowling…

November 25, 2006

for the first time in 45 years!!! Today’s win over SMU clinches a bowl game for Rice. It also broke our little streak of having one point games at Rice Stadium. Now we just have to wait and see which bowl we’re headed to. I’m really hoping for the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth because it’s closer and I think that a lot more of our fans will come to a game in Fort Worth over New Orleans or Birmingham (especially over Christmas break).

On a side note, I can’t believe that I’m actually into football now. Well, college football at least. I actually watched an entire episode of Sports Center. This is very strange for me since I’ve always hated watching football. However, I’m still a much bigger basketball fan than I think I’ll ever be a football fan. Growing up when the Rockets were good made me love basketball. Growing up with the Oilers sucking made me hate football. It’s amazing what a winning season of Rice football can do.


Fashion Question

November 16, 2006

What color and style shoes can I wear with this dress? I bought it this summer at BCBG in Maryland (it was a steal) and I haven’t worn it yet. I’m going to wear it this weekend, but I don’t know what shoes to wear. HELP!!


The Last I Will Say About the Election

November 15, 2006

I’ve talked to a lot of people about the recent election and most of them seem surprised by my responses. I am very happy with the outcome of this election. I normally identify more with Republicans because I am a conservative (leaning little ‘l’ libertarian). However, in recent years the Republicans have lost touch with what they are supposed to be. They were supposed to be the party of smalll government. What happened to the Contract with America?

This time I was rooting for the Democrats. Since they won, the Republicans will be forced to make some changes if they want to have the slightest shot at winning the Presidential election in 2008 and win back their seats. They will have to back off of the borrow-and-spend mentality that has become so prevalent in the party. It’s really sad when Democratic candidates are bashing Republicans for increased spending during election season. I’m all for tax cuts and budget cuts, but the latter must come with the former. The amount of debt that this country has is absolutely outrageous! This is the reason I supported Charlie Stenholm back in 2004. He said (paraphrased because it’s been a couple of years) that he would rather be a tax-and-spend Democrat than a borrow-and-spend Republican. Granted, I think there are areas where we could significantly reduce the budget, but for everything else we need a way to pay for it. Not later, but now.

The Republicans under Bush have expanded the government like there were no consequences. Well, guess what? There are. You just lost your majority in both the House and Senate. In the next two years, the Republicans will have to distinguish themselves from the Democrats as the party of small government again to survive and I’m really looking forward to it.

Here are a couple of notes to everyone expecting the apocolypse with the Democrats having a majority in both houses: 1) they don’t have a super-majority in the Senate, which is needed to pass legislation or overrule a veto 2) nothing that is that major will actually become law because Bush can (and probably will) veto anything outrageous.


Sarah: The Medical Oddity

November 15, 2006

Some of you who know me have realized that I always end up with the strangest illnesses and injuries. How many people tear their meniscus walking through a parking lot? How many people tear their MCL because their dog ran into them? How many people get deQuervain’s Tenosynovitis? How many people have all of these problems before the age of 21? I’m willing to bet that not very many people besides me have these outrageous injuries and illnesses that I have had.

My dad just laughs now when I tell him the names of the medical problems I’ve had. I constantly annoy and confuse doctors and nurses with all of my allergies. Being allergic to four of the major antibiotic families is quite problematic. Half the time I end up spelling the names of my allergies to the poor receptionists or nurses. Having a latex allergy also poses some problems. Gloves, tourniquets, bandaids, and tape are just a few of the items made with latex used in doctors offices. Once they figure out my allergies and try and work around them, I have to burst their bubble and tell them I’m allergic to the adhesive in those non-latex cloth bandaids.

Sometimes I just wish that I could be normal. That I could fill out those medical history forms as quickly as most people my age. I wish that I didn’t have to use extra space to list all of my allergies on release forms for trips. I have an orthopedic surgeon who I’ve seen more than some members of my family. I have seen almost every kind of specialist there is for my various illnesses.

Why can’t I just be healthy for more than a few weeks or months at a time? I want to be one of those people who just goes to the doctor once a year for a physical. Why can’t I be one of those people?