May 2007

Thanks, Michael Scott, for that pearl of wisdom.

With Lost and Battlestar Galactica wrapped up for the season, we have aimed our sights at catching up on past episodes of The Office and Heroes.  We’ve already zoomed through the first disc of The Office, which is every bit as hilarious as our friends had warned. Definitely a must see, particularly for anyone who works or has worked in an office setting. Heroes is also a decent show, good enough to see us through until next spring when Lost reappears.

I always read while eating my morning cereal. I prefer the daily paper, but will read the back of the cereal box in a pinch. This morning I was looking at the Anchorage Daily News from this last Sunday. Having finished off the rest of the paper, I had only the sports section left. I usually pass up the sports news, but this morning I noticed an interesting article about former Juneau resident Carlos Boozer. In case you haven’t heard, Boozer is now a basketball star, playing with the NBA’s Utah Jazz. And, I might add, they’re deep in the playoffs and doing well.

The reason this article was so interesting to me was that Carlos played basketball during my freshman (and sophomore?) years of high school. Sitka and Juneau are in the same conference, so I often watched Boozer from the pep band section as we cheered on our team. I once even stood right beside ‘Los as we observed a girls game from the sidelines. I know, that practically makes me a celebrity. I think he may have even sweated on me.

So, tonight for the first time in the history of Janeen, I am going to willingly tune the T.V. to an NBA basketball game. The Jazz are playing the Spurs in game two of the Western Conference finals (whatever that means). Utah is down one game to San Antonio, so my cheering will be even more important tonight. How many games do these guys play anyway? Best out of three? Best out of seven? Oh well, I’m sure one of the announcers will fill me in…

For mother’s day Kevin edited this photo of Jimmy and put it in a frame for me. A great gift.


It’s been a while since I’ve looked at the 2008 presidential candidates. While reading the blog Making Home the other day, I came across the author’s musings on the candidates, and her nomination for Mike Huckabee. She had some interesting things to say, so I surfed over to Wikipedia and checked him out. Apparently Mr. Huckabee supports “FairTax” (as he stated in the May 3rd debates). What is FairTax? Wiki was nice enough to link me right to a page on this proposal.

FairTax is a push for the elimination of the current taxation system (both business and private) in favor of a countrywide sales tax (with tax rebates for those below the poverty level). This is an interesting idea, with proponents claiming that it would have positive effects on economic growth, saving, and international business. This tax would also have the added benefit of allowing the government to receive tax from illegal immigrants. Opponents say that FairTax would shift the tax burden to the middle class, and might increase the federal deficit.

An overhaul of the entire taxation system is very scary to me. However, I think it is worth the government researching FairTax to see if the benefits would outweigh that of the current system. I find myself thinking about how things might be different for our family if FairTax were in place. We might be taxed less, because we are relatively frugal people. On the other hand, we would lose our current benefits from mortgage interest and charitable contribution deductions. So, it could go either way for us, depending on the specifics of the program.

If you have the time, glance at this FairTax site and ask yourself the question, “would this benefit me?”

Jimmy Bin Laden

Jimmy had his 15 month check up today. As part of the check-up, he received two more shots. He did great until after dinner tonight, when he started to get the chills. Over the next hour he developed a 102 degree fever. Poor kiddo! It was so hard to see him sick, but it was a great chance for me to get to cuddle with him. On a normal day he will barely stay in my lap long enough to read a short book. Tonight he laid in my arms sipping juice and watching baby einstein for over an hour. It is so hard to see him sick! But, I relish the opportunity to cuddle with him. Maybe this is one of the reasons God allows sickness. It’s so that moms can part from the usual chaotic, running around day and spend some quality time cuddling and appreciating their brood.