Gustav, the GOP and life at home

So, first of all, hurricane Gustav is keeping my husband insanely busy. He has been on the phone and on email since Saturday evening preparing. He is in the business continuity and emergency preparedness business, so, this is his thing. But, I have never been right here when it happened. Last summer was light on hurricanes and I was preparing for school, volleyball and everything else and was working 12+ hours a day myself. Now, I am at home, keeping things going while he works those hours.
The good news is that in a situation like this, after he puts in his 12 hours, he can come home and turn off his phone and get away for a bit. Usually, his phone is on 24/7 and he has to answer it. In a situation like this it is the only way he can get a break.
I think I did good today. I tried really hard to not place any demands on him when he got home. Dinner was ready as I knew he would be hungry. Other than that, he needed his kiss bank filled up and his back rubbed and he was content to relax on the couch. Hopefully it only goes on for a few days because I think after that I will require more brain power of him and he just won’t be able to give it.
In other big news headlines, I was just reading the Governor Palin, (Alaska), recently announced as John McCain’s running mate, has announced that her 17 year old daughter is pregnant. This was to apparently combat rumors that Palin’s son, Trig, born in April, was actually her grandson. No. It’s really the governor’s child.
All I can say is… really? You have a four month old son and a pregnant teenage daughter and you’re going to even think about being the vice president of the United States? I’m all for advancement of women and such but first of all, if you are a woman and a governor, you should be on birth control. Governor and pregnant/mother of an infant are two things that do not go together.
It just seems like with an infant and a pregnant teenage daughter AND being the vice president (or the governor for that matter) you’re only going to have time to do half the job of either thing. That’s just too much for any person, especially a mother. Of course, that’s just my opinion. And take it for what it’s worth as I am someone who really wants to be a stay at home Mom. I think the Planned Parenthood people should visit the Palin’s though. Really.
At home, well, the kitchen is a mess (though only half as messy as before as I cleaned some) and the to-do list didn’t get much crossed off today.
I am feeling a tad nervous about hanging my laundry out to dry after seeing the snake on the back porch the other day. So, I didn’t do laundry yet. I really want to start my compost bin but I feel rather unsure about that whole process as well, so I didn’t do that either. I did however, go out and prepare some space for growing lettuce or whatever and pull some more weeds out of the flower beds.
I made some really good soup for dinner, by just pulling stuff out of the pantry. I used a can of corn, about 5 diced potatoes, a can of diced tomatoes, a can of green chile sauce, a can of navy beans and a can of beef broth. It made a really nice Mexican soup. And, it thickened up nicely while it was cooling so I think it will be a nice stew tomorrow. Maybe I can make some cheesy bread or some tostadas to go with it tomorrow. I made it in the crock pot, which was great. The kitchen didn’t get all heated up like it does when I use the stove, so that was nice.
I made another batch of mint tea as well. I have been going out and cutting a handful of mint leaves from the garden and boiling them with a pinch of loose tea and some sugar. Then putting it in the fridge. It is really good and refreshing. Minty but not overwhelmingly. I really like it as an alternative to just plain water which I normally drink.
I have a lot more to write about from the weekend but I think I will save it for another post.. when I am more awake and can include links and such to information. Right now I’m sleepy so it’s making me rather lazy.

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