Thursday, June 26, 2008

Gotta Love Those Bulldogs

Robert was so proud of his Alma Mater as they won the CWS last night 6-1 over GU. I was pretty excited too. It was so much fun to watch the game together. (And I am NOT a baseball fan.) I must admit I was on the edge of my seat watching every play. So good job Bulldogs! We knew you could do it.



Thursday, June 19, 2008

Food prices... Take action!

So most of you know I work for Foster Farms. Today the President of our company sent out an email about the cost of grain and the impact it is having on the food industry. I would like to share some of it with you...

"A bushel of corn cost about $2.25 in 2006 and today that same bushel cost $7.26. The production of ethanol for fuel from corn has been a primary reason for this dramatic increase in corn cost. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 created the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that mandated the use of 4 billion gallons of ethanol in 2006 increasing to 7.5 billion gallons in 2012. The RFS was modified in 2007 increasing the use of ethanol to 9 billion gallons in 2008. Approximately 34% of this year’s corn crop will be used for ethanol production.

We all recognize the need for a National Energy Policy that frees the US from our dependence on imported oil. Wind energy, solar, nuclear and drilling in our own untapped oil reserves are all alternatives we must explore. Ethanol from corn is not a part of the solution. It is subsidized by the government at $0.51 per gallon to the benefit of the producers. It is mandated to be used regardless of price by the RFS. It is protected from competition by a $0.56 per gallon tariff on imported ethanol. It is a major contributor to the 9% food inflation we now are suffering. It threatens our success both individually and as a company."

I am asking all of you fellow bloggers to take action to let our government know how you feel about the cost of food going up. It is bad enough that fuel is up to $4.50/gallon here in California, we need to try to keep food prices down. What will we do when chicken is $7/lb?!? It looks like without a change that may be coming sooner than we think.

Here is the web page to take action www.nationalchickencouncil.org. On the right-hand side you will see a logo for "Food Before Fuel; Ethanol Fueling Crisis". Please join us in the fight to keep our food affordable.



Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Carmel

We had a wonderful time in Carmel two weekends ago. It was really neat that our anniversary happened to fall on Memorial Day weekend, just like in 2003 when we were married. The weather was perfect. We stayed in a beautiful B&B I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone who would like to visit the area. It was only a short walk to downtown Carmel, steps to the beach, and about a 10 min drive to Monterey. So here are some pics from our trip.



We ate lunch in Monterey before going to check-in at our hotel. The very first thing I did when we got there was use the bathroom. It was very small, as you can see, and the pocket door didn't close all the way, so I locked the door to keep it closed. The unfortunate thing is you cannot unlock it once it is locked. So I called Robert over for some assistance, no luck. He had to go down the hall and ask the cleaning lady, who spoke no English if she could help. (I would just like to thank our Heavenly Father for sending Robert to Brazil on his mission. He still speaks fluent Portuguese and can communicate in Spanish quite well.) So after some work she busted the door open. Lesson learned, the door was not locked again!



The beautiful Carmel Mission.




17 Mile Drive...

The Lone Cypress Tree.


One of the many beautiful golf courses.


The young buck that jumped in front of our car.

One of the many reasons we love the beach.


A cool little BMW we saw walking in downtown on Monday.


Lunch at a yummy little resturant before we said farwell to the city by the sea.