We are all the same people.
With sinning hearts that make us equal.
Here is my hand, not words said desperately.
It is not our job to MAKE anyone believe.



Sunday, October 26, 2008

@marklee3d WE ARE

What a great weekend for sports!! =) My Aggies won, Texas won, Penn won (loved @marklee3d's twitters after the game hahaaaaha soo cute!), Texas Tech won [big time!!!lol], annnndddd the Phillies took game 3!!! =D that was amazing! They could have played better of course but the W in the column at the end was nice. Im glad they play in Philly the next two games!!! I would give [almost] anything to be there!! Wow, how awesome would that be?!
If the Stars had pulled off a win the day would have been perfect!

The real test to the weekend will be my Cowboys.....
Our D has got to stop Dunn! They just have to! Johnson has to stay calm and look for smart plays. And if our RBs aren't more productive, all is lost. Barber needs to make more of the plays when he has the chance and dang it, our WRs need to do the same! TO has been avg to say the least and Roy Williams needs to show what he's made of! It's a team effort....team....one team, my Cowboys. They can pull off the win today if they just play like a team. Such a cliche sentence but still oh so true!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

baseball and the things that really matter

The Phillies got their first win of the series tonight and I wish I could honestly say, "I could care less" but I can't nor would I just to appease anyone. Call me a bandwagon fan if you want, I don't care. I have every intention of watching the Phillies until I lose my desire for baseball; ironic though it may be that this season, my first as a fan, they happen to go to the WS. Do you detect a slightly bitter tone to my words? If not, you should.

That being said, congrats to the Phils tonight on their win! Chase was amazing, like always and Hamels did what he does best-play great ball. Wish Rollins would get his bat going more.. wish the same for Howard too but if not then I'm glad to see guys like Vic and Chase getting things done for the Phils. Werth had some good hits tonight as well, I was impressed.

Enough on baseball though...

I've lost focus on some things in life and these past few days I've tried to figure out how to change that or if I even want to see it changed. Last night I was going through my AOL email account, one I check maybe once every two months now that Ty doesn't email me there anymore, and I came across some emails that really slapped me in the face.
I posted bits of some but its what I didn't post that I can't seem to get out of my head. In my rediscovery of past correspondence I all too eagerly went to my desk and pulled out the old pictures he sent me of him in Iraq and of his family in FL. It felt so surreal to see those smiling faces surrounding him in the pictures. His two kids...wow, it was like I was seeing them look up at an empty space grinning from ear to ear rather than Ericka with her cute little pig-tails and Tyrell with his boyish smirk and quizzical brow starring up at their daddy. I cried-- I cried and couldn't stop myself. For what seemed like hours I read and reread his letters and surveyed every inch of the pictures of his once cherished family.

I've stopped speaking up for guys like him and it's brought in me a guilt I cannot even begin to describe. I started a website at the beginning of the year.. it was a place meant to rally support for our troops and to put approved information about the war accompanied by a chat room and Internet forum.. it was rockin! But this summer I got distracted and stopped working on it. At the time I thought the distraction was worth it but after going back and remembering what I was being distracted from I realize, it really wasn't...or was it?

So, as I sit here trying to find the drive to get this website finished I wonder, is it even worth it? Such a loaded question but one I feel must be answered before I can move on.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

iCasualties.org

Today is a slow day for us, we are packing up some stuff to move to another place, blah blah. I guess that is better than the alternative-- getting shot at or blown up. I count my blessings


I found some old letters, emails and pictures from Ty tonight.... its been a sad night for sure.


My kids are little Angels. Erika 3, and Tyrell (aka Buddy) 2. I know all parents say this but they are beautiful and very intelligent. They show me what love and patience are.


I hate to think what all has changed over time for them.


I like that you have a passion for learning; most people never take the time to go look up those unanswered questions. If I had to choose something to be passionate about, that is definitely a keeper.


Loved this guy! Miss him more.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Broken finger or not I still love Tony and cant wait to see him out there again! :)


Im pretty stoked about Roy Williams. We wont have to depend so much on Crayton and Autsin now and with Brad going with more of a running game, having Williams should be great! Of course...a lot of things SHOULD have been great with the 'Boys this season and werent... :/ Oh well, I still believe!!! :)


GO COWBOYS!!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Crazy much that I had 42 posts in September and now only 4 in October..

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

A vocabulary of truth and simplicity will be of service throughout your life

"Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value to its scarcity."
Samuel Johnson

In his autobiography, My American Journey, Colin L. Powell tells of an experience when he was a colonel in Korea.
Powell had worked hard to carry out the wishes of his commanding officer, Major General "Gunfighter" Emerson. It was not an order that he agreed with. It was an attempt to impress a visiting dignitary and he felt it was a waste of time and energy for his men. Nevertheless, he dutifully accomplished the assignment.

When the ordeal was finished, Powell felt like a fraud. With his head drooping, he was visibly embarrassed. A first sergeant fell into step with him as he walked away. "That was a hoot, sir, wasn't it?"

"It was stupid," Powell blurted out. "I hate to see the troops do stupid things. And I hate to be the one responsible for it."

The sergeant was quiet for a time. "Colonel Powell, don't worry. We don't know what that was all about. But the men know you wouldn't have cooked up something that dumb on your own. They trust you. They won't hold it against you. We went along because you needed it. Relax, sir."

It was this next paragraph in General Powell's story that struck me. "In all my years in the Army, among all the citations, medals and promotions, I never appreciated any tribute more than I did the sergeant's words at that low point."

Here is one of the most admired and respected men in the world, who was deeply affected by the kind and supportive words of a subordinate. I wouldn't be surprised if that sergeant doesn't even remember saying what he did to Colin Powell that night.

No doubt there have been people in your life who have said something to you that inspired or encouraged you at an important time.

We all affect everyone else. And we rarely know when it's had an impact on someone. What we say, what we do and how we are being, can make a profound impression on others. If we're constantly looking for ways to encourage and support others, we will surely make a difference.

Who can you encourage today?

O/D on, off?? What thaa?

So the question was raised the other day in regards to O/D so today I thought Id look up the answer to said question.


O/D stands for Over Drive. In basic terms it is another gear. If your transmission is a three speed, the O/D makes it a four speed. It is comparable to fifth gear in a manual transmission. The reason for the O/D is to let the engine work less harder while maintaining the same vehicle speed. It does save fuel on the highway and that is the main reason for it.
Whether you should leave it on or off depends a great deal on where you drive. If most, say 50% to 75% of your driving is local city driving below 40 mph, you should leave it off. If most of your driving is highway above 45 mph, then it would be best to leave it on.



Dont laugh, I seriously had no idea what O/D meant and it freaked me the heck out when it flashed on my car the other day lol