Friday, May 6, 2011

A Wedding, a Death, and a Baby

So I've been MIA for a few weeks. Sorry. I'm still really trying to get on my feet with this whole blog thing.
It's been a bit of a crazy few weeks for me. But I wanted to at least touch on a few big things that happened this past 2 weeks.

First, the death. The death of a man most hated by Americans, Osama bin Laden. Almost 10 years after the attacks on America on September 11, he was found and killed by US special operatives. FINALLY!!
There is a lot of debate about the mission. If it was carried out properly, if they could have taken Osama alive. So many ifs. But what it all comes down to is we got him. Honestly, I am kind of glad they were not able to take him alive. It would have caused more problems than solutions. Where would he be tried? Who would represent him? How much money would it take to house him until the trial? Guards 24hrs a day? What if he was killed while waiting for trial? What would happen to that person?Or worse what if he escaped while waiting for trial? The we would have to start all over again with our search for him, and I don't think he would be as easy to find a second time around (not that he was easy to find this time, but you get my drift).

Then there is the debate about the photos of his dead body. Should they be release to the public or not? Obama has decided not to release the photos. And I'm not going to attack him for that. There are certainly pros and cons to each. And there may be things the president knows about what they found during the raid that may have swayed his decision as well. I have to admit to being a bit curious. But at the same time, from the description released, any of the photos looked very gruesome. I don't know if I actually do want to see them. Also there will be doubters no matter what you do.

Now onto much lighter subjects

Second, of course is the royal wedding. I can't help but touch on this a little bit, it is historical after all. It will most likely be the only time I will witness the wedding of a future King (I was born after Charles & Diana's wedding). I have British blood in me from both sides of my ancestry. Of course every girl enjoys a wedding as well. What will the bride's dress look like; what kind of flowers will she have; what hats will the guests be wearing; what will the bridesmaid's be wearing? And this wedding was even more momentous as we witnessed Catherine Middleton go from commoner to royalty. And boy she sure looked the part. She. was. stunning. Her dress was amazing, and just what I imagined her wearing. It was elegant and simple. The jewelry was perfect to compliment the dress. And it was so sweet to see the way she and Prince William interacted.

This is the one time we really get a look into the life of royalty. I really enjoyed seeing what their wedding customs were. Learning that the bridesmaids are usually children, and that this was the first royal couple to have a "maid of honor" and a "best man". Also that they were the first royal couple to have lived together before marriage. Their ceremony is very deep with tradition, and I loved learning about that.

I wish I could have been able to watch the ceremony live. But unfortunately I needed to work. It would have been fun to get dolled up and watch while drinking tea and eating crumpets. But at least I was able to record it (thank you modern DVR's) and watch it the next day. All 6hrs of coverage.

Finally, my cousin (whom is like a big sister to me) had her baby a two weeks ago. I was able to get to the hospital only an hour after her bundle of joy had entered this world. It was amazing.Baby was still with mom post birth and had not been weighed or measured yet. I think this might be the only time I will witness this other than when my own children are born. Surreal is the only word that comes to mind as I watched this new life trying to take in the world. I am so glad I was allowed to be there to bear witness to this wonderful time in my cousin's life with her new family. It will be amazing to watch her daughter grow up, (and of course spoil her in the process) and hopefully I will have children for her to play with someday. In just a few short weeks she has already begun to learn about the world around her.

While on the baby subject, I just feel a bit compelled to touch on one more thing. This week the Top names of 2010. Most of the names in the Top 10 are classics, Michael, William, Emily, Sophia, Ect. However, there are more and more "trendy/modern" names creeping up there. Jayden for instance for a boy. I would love to know who started the damn "replace random vowels with 'y' and heck just add in a random 'y' where ever you want. I want to go back and time and convince this person that it is a horrible idea.

These poor kids are going to grow up having to spell their name for everyone. There were always names out there that could be spelled multiple ways, Stephen/Steven. But all you had to ask was is that with a v or a ph. Not oh is there a Y in there instead of one of the E's. I think 3/4 of this list this year contains random different spellings of traditional names. And really you are not making your kid "you-neek" by spelling their name different. The only difference now is that there is not going to be 11 Jennifers in one class instead there is going to be a Jenipher, a Jennyfyr, a Jennyfer, and a Jynifer. Really it's still the same name people. Sorry I know there are people out there that do like these names, but I know there are many out there like me who feel the same way about these names. End rant.