Tuesday, November 25

Respect Our Police

Everyone in the country has an opinion today about the events that unfolded in Ferguson Missouri.  According to Twitter it's assumed that because I am a cop wife, I automatically side with Darren Wilson.  Obviously because us cop wives can't think for ourselves right?  Well let me tell you a little secret.  Us cop wives are probably able to understand this case the best and come to a conclusion based on facts, better than the average citizen.

My husband has been a cop for 11 years.  I'm obviously very immersed into the law enforcement culture.  That means I know that not only are there some amazing cops, but some really crappy ones as well.  I know the stories of police brutality and the departments that sweep evidence under the rug to protect cops. I know the stories of police heroics that never make it to the news.  I know the laws for use of force.  I know the amount of cops who are assaulted every year...the ones who are spit on..called names...treated like dirt.  I know they have a split second to make life or death decisions....decisions they really wish they didn't have to make. 

I respect that the family of Michael Brown is and should be mourning his loss.  They lost a loved one and that is so hard, regardless of the circumstances.  He did not have to die that day.  But I don't make that statement because I think Wilson was wrong in his actions.  Wilson was attacked.  He feared for his life and so he acted according to the law to protect it.  {Let it be known as well that in Missouri a person can use deadly force if they are concerned that someone is going to commit a felony against them...hitting a cop is a felony} Where is the outrage over that?  Where are the protests when a cop is killed or assaulted just for being a cop?

I respect that a lot of people want to open up discussions on race in this country.  While I think the media is the one who made race an issue in this case, I agree that racism is still a problem in this country, from all sides.  What I would also like to see is open discussions on a need for respect for the police.  It's never okay to assault a police officer...to call them names...to throw things at them...to blame them when YOU do something wrong.  They are human beings who just want to try and keep this country safe and come home to their families every night.  They work 16 hour shifts...miss holidays and birthdays.  They are screamed at, spit on, and hit with things...on a daily basis.  They say goodbye to their families, their children, never knowing if they'll come home again or not.  And yet it's okay to hate them just because they are police?

There is a reason I didn't blog about this topic before today.  Because I was waiting for the facts, waiting to hear the evidence.  The facts are that a police officer was attacked and followed the law in use of force to save his own life.  Please, research the law....research the facts...before you form an opinion.  There is a lot our country needs to fix, and that I think we can all agree on.

I believe that every single American deserves to feel safe and treated with respect.  And that needs to include our police. 

Friday, November 21

Five on Friday

One day I'll be able to write real blog posts instead of just bullet points.  Sadly, today is not that day, so here's a little Five on Friday!

{one} After 2 1/2 weeks of being sick, I finally went to the doctor yesterday as I had woken up with some severe sinus pain.  My cold had turned to a sinus infection, but at least I can finally take some meds to help kick this.  Which is good because poor Skip has succumbed to it now and is currently trying to sleep it off upstairs.  Better this week than next I guess?

{two} It has been *freezing* here this week....actually below freezing.  I'm so not ready for a real feel of 10* in November.  Fleece leggings {from Family Dollar!} for the win.

{three} My Charlie is the sweetest, squishiest love ever. 

However she also knows how to push the boundaries more than I ever imagined.  I don't think it's fair to talk about my kids' behavior on here much, but let's just say I am just about at my wit's end recently.  I took her monkey away for a few hours yesterday...monkey is her absolute favorite toy in the whole world since she was a baby.  It was really hard on her {and me!} but I'm hoping it will help correct her behavior.  If not I'm going to need a lot more diet coke and candy to survive.

{four} We are all awaiting the news from Ferguson Missouri.  I will probably have lots to say once the decision is in, but for now I will say that I am a proud cop wife who proudly stands with our police.

{five} I am ridiculously excited for next week...Frozen on Ice..Thanksgiving..football...Emmy's birthday...I can't wait!  But the absolute best part?  Skip is off from Thursday-Sunday....like everyone else in the country!!  This never happens!  I seriously can't even remember the last time he was off on Thanksgiving, let alone for the whole holiday weekend.  I'm going to soak up every second. 

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Monday, November 17

Everything I Touch Turns to......Dust?

Phew...I am happy to see last week gone.  It was a trying one for sure.  Thankfully nothing really major happened, just a few first world problems.  But sometimes it's hard not to think that karma is coming after you.  In the past two weeks it seems like everything I touch breaks:
baby monitor
cell phone
Skip's car
I think that was it?  Thankfully the vacuum, baby monitor, Internet, and Skip's car were able to be fixed relatively easily and quickly. 

There were all kinds of problems with our computer, so that was in the shop all last week.  Which would have been fine since we all have phones, IPads, etc, but that's where I've been writing my book!  Well, I hand write it first in a notebook, then type it up.  But not being able to type or look back at all really threw me off my game.  In fact I think it spurred the change I decided to make to the end of the book, meaning I deleted 30,000 words and now have to start over from there.  Good times.

Then Wednesday afternoon, my cell phone just decided to stop working.  Sadly Apple couldn't do anything to fix it {and of course my warranty expired three weeks before...if that's not a conspiracy I don't know what is} I was able to get a new phone and back online on Saturday, though I lost everything picture wise from the past week {since I didn't have my computer to back it all up}

Add in the fact that my foot still hurts and I have a never ending head cold, I'm more than over this week.  Oh, and I'm on day #4 of no voice.  Fun stuff.

But this is a new week and I'm determined to get back to normal again, even if it's Monday and pouring rain.   Fingers crossed I don't break anything else for at least a while!!

Tuesday, November 11

We Thank You

I could not let this day go by without a huge THANK YOU to all our veterans. I am so blessed to not only be married to one, but also have several other family members and friends who served. Thank you for all that you do and have done. Thank you for sacrificing your time and comfort so that we may be free. I felt so blessed to be able to take my daughter to school today, a privilege not given to many.  And it is all thanks to all of you.  So thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

And a very special thank you to my man Skip.  The girls and I are very excited to celebrate you today and take you out for your free dinner tonight!

So if you know, or see a veteran, make sure to give him or her a big hug and say thank you....it's the absolute least we can do.

Thursday, November 6

Brain Dump Thursday

I love a good brain dump post, especially on a cold rainy day, when Emmy is home sick, and I was up until 3:00 am writing.  It's going to take about a vat of coffee to get my through this day.

- Speaking of writing, I've been making some real progress with my book.  Skip just helped me flesh out the ending last night.  It's the first time I actually know how the whole story is going to end.  I'm super excited about the progress I've made and am now hoping to push myself and have it all done by Christmas.  We'll see!

- Good news and bad news at the podiatrist last week.  Good news is that I don't have a stress fracture.  Bad news is I have an inflamed nerve in my foot.  The doctor taped up my foot and I was banned from working out for a week.  It has been so frustrating to not be able to do anything for the past week.  I hate taking off this much time, but I listened well as I didn't want to injure myself further.  I have to call the doctor today to tell him how I'm feeling.  It's not 100% better, but definitely an improvement.  Hopefully I get the all clear to work out again soon!

- I went to check on Charlie the other night before I went to bed and this is how I found.  Oh how I love this girl.

- Skip and I officially have the worst team in our fantasy football league.  That combined with the Giants' loss the other night makes me want to boycott all football until next season.

- It was nice and warm the other day, so the girls and I spent some quality time at the park.  With possible snow showers in the forecast next week, we soaked up every moment of this!

- Streaming Gilmore Girls all day long makes everything seem a little better.

- One day I'll be able to make a dent in my to-do list.  I fear it won't be today though.

- Shiba actually came downstairs and hung out with us for a bit the other day.  It was amazing...like she was a real dog!

- I am almost done with Christmas shopping for the girls!  It was totally unintentional.  I just started buying things as I saw they were on sale, and my basement has accumulated quite the collection.  Nice to get a jump start on things!

- These two have been fighting a lot, but when they're not, they're being ridiculously sweet with each other.  I love these moments so much.

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