Month: January 2008

A Couple Rants

Normally I would post a cartoon of some sort, but I’m running a little low on time…

Rant #1: Dance Wars. Okay, I was kinda diggin’ this show at first. I found it kinda fascinating to watch very talented people both sing and dance which is not easy to do. Now, I’m finding the numbers cheesy and not all that well done. The only person I really feel has BOTH talents in both singing and dancing is Zack. Just make him the next McDreamy Timberlake. He’s really awesome. There is one person who is driving me NUTS- Phillip. He’s obviously made it through by having great abs and zero talent. If he pulls open his shirt one more time… *groans*

Rant #2: I just saw a headline on a newspaper website saying “Stocks Dive On Worries Of A US Recession”. Okay. Firstly if the media would just stop TELLING people that there is a recession, maybe people wouldn’t be so freaked out. At least here in Minnesota, the unemployment rate is down, concerts are selling out, restaurants are packed, flights are full… so tell me… if there is a recession, why do so many people have enough money to go out and do these things? ON that note… the housing market has also been played up in the media as being so horrible. Now, for the person with zero credit and a foreclosure on their 3/1 arm, sure, they aren’t going to be buying a house any time soon. As a matter of fact, they probably shouldn’t have been able to buy a house in the first fricken place! Interest rates are low, especially for first time mortgage products and housing prices have dipped even lower which makes NOW the perfect time to buy.

How fucking stupid do people have to be to listen to the media as truth??? Think outside the box, do your own research and make your own damn decisions!

Ugh! Rant over.

On a lighter, happier note… Husband and I have been invited to Playa del Carmen, Mexico for a trip through my hubby’s work!! YIPPEEE!!!! Gotta love anything that is virtually free. We leave on Valentine’s Day (awwww) and are counting the days to getting out of the frozen tundra that is Minnesota. We figure I will have my BFP really soon too because… well… it’s Murphy’s Law!

This Makes Me Sick & Sad

These are the stories that make me agree with the death penalty. What kind of sick son of a bitch does something like this????

Slain Marine’s ATM card found in Carolina bus station
Story Highlights
NEW: Slain Marine’s ATM card found in North Carolina bus station
Maria Lauterbach killed four days she was before reported missing
Nationwide manhunt on for Cpl. Cesar Laurean
Lauterbach had accused Laurean of raping her

JACKSONVILLE, North Carolina (CNN) — The ATM card of slain Marine Maria Lauterbach was found in a Durham, North Carolina, bus station over the weekend and the truck of the Marine suspected of killing her was reported in the area, police said Monday.

Lauterbach, 20, last spoke to relatives in the Dayton, Ohio, area on December 14.

The search for that suspect, Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean, was “Earthwide,” Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown said at a news conference Monday. He said a $25,000 reward is available to anyone providing information leading to Laurean’s capture.
Laurean has evaded authorities since Friday, when his wife gave authorities a note the Marine had written saying Lauterbach, 20, had killed herself and that he had buried her in the backyard of their home near Camp Lejeune, police said.
Brown said he expected Laurean was getting help in hiding and asked friends or family to turn in the Marine corporal if he makes contact.
“I would imagine he’s getting help … even though he’s committed this horrible crime, he’s still got friends,” Brown said.
Laurean, 21, of Nevada, is believed to have been driving a black Dodge pickup with North Carolina license plate TRR1522.
The sheriff described Laurean as “dangerous,” especially if cornered.
A warrant for Laurean’s arrest on murder charges was issued over the weekend.
Brown said evidence shows Lauterbach, who was eight months pregnant at the time of her disappearance, was killed on or about December 15, four days before she was reported missing to local law enforcement authorities.
Her burned body and a fetus were believed to have been found Saturday in a pit in the backyard of Laurean’s home. An autopsy was pending.
Lauterbach, a lance corporal who worked with Laurean, had accused Laurean of raping her last spring.
Brown described the scene authorities found in Laurean’s back yard over the weekend — a charred body with a fetus.
The fetus was developed enough that the “little hand was about the size of my thumb. The little fingers were rolled up,” he said.
“One of the things that will probably stick with me for a long time, and forever, is that little hand, the way those fingers were turned, that had been burned off the arm. That is bizarre. That is tragic. And it’s disgusting.”
Lauterbach disappeared from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, shortly before she was to testify at a military hearing about her rape accusation against Laurean.
Lauterbach’s relatives believe her pregnancy was the result of the alleged rape, said Lauterbach’s uncle, Peter Steiner, a Kentucky psychiatrist.
Lauterbach’s mother, Mary Lauterbach, reported her as missing from Camp Lejeune on December 19. Mary Lauterbach said she had not talked with her daughter for five days.
Military officials said Laurean was not taken into custody after Lauterbach reported the alleged rape because there was information the two carried on “some sort of friendly relationship” after she filed the complaint against him. Steiner disputed that and said his niece had no relationship with Laurean.
In a statement issued Sunday evening, the Marines said they are investigating what information Lauterbach’s superiors had and what steps were taken regarding the case.
“It is premature to discuss those actions until the review is completed,” said Lt. Col. Curtis Hill, a Marine Corps spokesman.

Happy 2008!!

Wow. 2008. I can’t believe it! This year, I did something entirely different for New Years Eve and I highly recommend it. My husband and I took a trip to northern MN, stayed in a condo on beautiful Lake Superior and did a whole lot of NOTHING. Couldn’t think of any better way to ring in the new year! No fighting with friends to figure out what to do and where to go and what to wear… no fighting with friends once we get where we decided to go… no people coming over to destroy our home… no driving on the roads with a bunch of drunks. Just me, my dog, my husband, a bottle of wine and a jacuzzi. Need I say more?

Of course it wouldn’t be a new year without making a bunch of resolutions I’ll never keep. So… here they are, my official 2008 resolutions:

1) I will lose weight and keep it off. It is essential for me to be at my hottest when we go to Jamaica in the fall (or Cancun… or Tahiti…). It is also essential for me to be at a lower BMI to be eligible for IVF (if my journey comes to that).

2) I WILL get pregnant in 2008.

3) Have our house sold and our new house built by the end of 2008.

4) I will stay positive in everything I do and not get mad about the little things. Especially all the other new year’s resolutions that will be at the gym for the next month, taking my spot in the locker room… taking my step spot in the studio…

5) My husband and I have resolved to spend more quality time together- and have vowed to once a month go to dinner and see a movie.

5 sounds like a good number. Any more and most of them will fall off the list within days. I think the important thing out of all these resolutions is to stay positive about them. To accept my failures and celebrate my successes. How hard can that be?