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Monday, December 07, 2009

December 7: A date which will live in infamy

Reprint of FDR's speech is below. We often forget that it wasn't just America who was attacked on that day. We also now know that Japan's intention was to declare war on us before the attack, but things literally got lost in translation and we didn't get the message in time. Granted, I doubt it would have helped us because it was vague. At least the carriers were out at sea.

Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with the government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleagues delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

This morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As commander in chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounding determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, Dec. 7, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Last of my cross-offs on the old list.

So I was able to cross off a few more things before I create a new list starting 1/1/10.

7. Get a facial
I went to a spa with my sister about a year ago and got a great facial and it was wonderful. Not something I want to do all the time, but it was fun.

28. Buy new mattress
Actually, Tim paid for that back in April.

32. Read a book that is out of my normal realm
I read 1491, which is history but not my usual history. I tend to gravitate toward American, European and Russian/Soviet history, and much of this was about pre-Columbian South America with some pre-Columbian North America thrown in. There was a lot of information to take in, but it was pretty good.

35. Buy new glasses
Yep, did this about a year ago, maybe two years ago in November. Love my pink glasses!

38. Buy better DVD storage
Just bought this and am still getting more. I bought nice folders that hold DVDs, and they take up a lot less space. Will get some for my CDs, too.

61. Visit Eastern State Penitentiary
I visited Eastern State with our interns back in July. I really enjoyed it, and plan to go again soon. Our tour focused on the synagogue that has been restored.

66. Watch all the Buffy DVDs
Fun goal! I've probably done this a few times since I set this goal. :)

Haven't tracked this in a while!

Heh, been a while since I've been on my 101 List blog -- last post was 2007. So, for 2010, I'm going create a new list. I figure this gives me time to think about it. I'll take a last look to see if I can cross anything off and some of what I have here may carry over onto the next list.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Update -- a few more crossed off

Haven't been here for a while, but I after a visit I realized that I could cross a few things off the list. There are a few others I need to change -- like taking a stitching class at CATS. Since there is no more CATS, that won't be happening. I may still take a class at the Celebration of Needlework if I go, so I won't completely get rid of it.


17. Read Harry Potter 7
Read this the weekend it came out. I loved and hated it, if you know what I mean. I knew some people would die, but there was one death in particular that really upset me. I hated the epilogue, but the general story I really enjoyed and got through it pretty quickly.

48. Get a cell phone
This was probably a weird one for most people, but I only got a cell phone a few months ago. Honestly? I was going to get one when I started working in the city but Tim wanted me to wait so that he, his mom and I could get on a family plan. Well, a year later he got sick enough of T-Mobile that we went to the closest Verizon store and took care of it. I'm really glad I have it.

72. Wear colored and/or patterned tights

I love tights, and now that it's November and fall has finally arrived, I can wear them! I've worn some pretty black ones with a floral pattern and some lacy capri leggings. I'm going to buy some more of the lace tights because I love the look of them and they would also look pretty over tights of another color, which would also keep me a little warmer.

100. Replace all my pillows -- couch and bed
Did this a while back. Kohls was having a big sale on pillows and I bought some beautiful new chocolate brown and turqoise pillows for the living room -- four of them cost me around $45. I also bought standard bed pillows.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Two more are done

2. Finish Liberty Sampler
I finished this by working on it like crazy on July 4th and finishing it on July 5th. I'm really happy with it and will probably end up giving it to my parents.

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27. Read Mary Hunt's Debt-Proof Living
I read this last week and got through it pretty quickly. I don't agree with everything she said but for the most part liked what I read. She and Dave Ramsey seem to pretty much be on the same page, but Mary tends to do a lot of little things at once whereas Dave tends to focus on one thing then the next. It really depends on what makes you more comfortable. I also like her Freedom Account idea. Dave talks about that idea briefly, but I think Mary does a good job of explaining how it works and going into details about some ways to make it work.

Monday, June 18, 2007

OK, here are my changes

I didn't make a huge amount of changes, but I deleted some and replaced them with others that seemed more important over the next couple of years.

18. I changed this from mentoring a child to teaching a child or an adult how to read.

22. This one is actually done -- re-read Dave Ramsey's "Financial Peace." His books have really been helping me focus on getting rid of my debt.

23. This was about catching up on my framing, but now focuses on teaching myself how to do it in order to save money.

26. This one is also done - read Ramsey's "Total Money Makeover." I was hesitant at first, thinking it would be the same as the other. However, both books are very good and useful for different reasons, and I'm glad I have read and own both so that I can go back when I need inspiration.

27. Read Mary Hunt's "Debt-Proof Living." I'm reading this one this month. I've heard she has some ideas that work very well with the Ramsey plan and that's good. The more I read about this stuff, the more motivated I am.

49. Get $10k in savings. This will be my 3-6 months expenses so that if something happens I'm OK financially.

50. If I follow my plan, I'll have all my debts paid off except for the student loan by the time my 1001 days are up. I'm looking forward to it.

81. Replace livingroom tables -- this is in progress. I have a table I inherited from my grandmother, made by my grandfather. However, I'm not using it for much at the moment because it has a loose leg. Once I find someone who can help me fix it I'm going to replace one of the glas tables with it. The other glass table will also go. I don't think I'll replace that one, as I need to get steps for Smokey to get in the window (he's 13 and getting arthritic) and they will take up the space where that table currently sits.

84. Start funding my retirement with 15% of my income. I'm not sure if I'll be able to start this within the 1001 days or not, but I put it here to help remind me.

More changes

OK, I will be making more changes to my list shortly. I'm working very hard on getting rid of my debt and saving up 3-6 months of expenses for an emergency fund. When I originally made this list I felt that there was too much buying listed, and now I'm convinced I was right. I knew from the beginning this list would change, as things come up that become more important than when you start these kinds of lists.

So, I'll be taking some away and adding some that are more important to me at this time.

Friday, May 11, 2007


I'm making another change to my list. One of my stitching goals was to finish Sleeping Beauty. After much soul searching and discussion, I've decided to give her away to someone who wants to finish her. :( The design is beautiful and I love the color of the fabric, but it's Wichelt and it's driving me crazy. She's been a WIP for 5-6 years and I don't see every finishing her when I have so many other pieces using Zweigart, fabric I find I prefer.

So, I'm going to gather the WIP, the chart and all the floss and see if I can find a home for her. I'm sure I'll find a good home over at the Mirabilia BB. Eventually, I'll buy and start her again on fabric I like. I bought that fabric before I knew the difference between fabrics. Lesson learned.

Instead, I'm going to replace that goal with finishing Liberty Sampler. That is a huge goal of mine for the year, so I think this is a good place for it, too.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Two more items scratched off

1. I have completed my Rush CD collection! Yay!

2. I got all my stitching stuff in one place, finally. Technically, it's in two drawer systems, but all in the same area. I found the largest 4-drwaer system Target had, and it's almost as tall as me, but it's still not enough for everything. So, I have an additional smaller 3-drawer system where I keep my specialty floss, beads and other stuff. I feel so much better now that I know where everything is. My charts are all in binders sitting on top of my piano. Once I get decent bookshelves I can put them there, but at least they are all together, that's the main thing.

I also changed a few of mine, as some of my goals have changed. I'm working on organization in my livingroom area right now, hence the stitching organization mentioned above. Tim has decided he likes how open the livingroom is now that the tree is down and I haven't put back the honkin' huge and impractical glass-top round coffee table. So, he's OK with me not putting it back, which concerned me because he likes the look of it.

I'm getting a small side table with a drawer from my grandmother's house, so that will replace one of the matching square glass-top side tables, and I plan on getting another sidetable in a cherry-type wood (will match the other table) to replace the second glass-top side table. I may still end up getting a coffee table, but it will be small and will have a drawer or shelf or something. This place is too small to have furniture that does nothing except collect dust and not store anything