Descriptions of 2011- part 1

21 07 2011

I thought I better start capturing things about the year our baby was born so that she can see this or we can include it in her baby book!

This week (mid-July 2011) there is a raging heat wave across the country. Just what this pregnant momma does NOT need.

In the Maryland area temperatures hit 104 degrees and will stay high through the weekend. All over the country pretty much the same heat is affecting everyone. I think I will look back on pregnancy and remember this heat wave during my 8th month. One funny thing I did was drive to a meeting just across the parking lot at work because it was so hot this week. I felt justified being pregnant and all! Paul is off to Seattle for a training all week...just at the point where I am starting to feel pretty uncomfortable and the heat isn't helping...let's hope the week goes well!

Things that come to mind about 2011 so far...

January 17th- Paul and I left Florida after watching dolphins in the morning and seeing a double rainbow on the way to the airport...and found out we were pregnant when we got home!
April 29th- Kate Middleton married Prince William in England- with millions of people watching!
May 1st- President Obama and the United States celebrate that Osama Bin Laden was caught and killed.
July 9th- South Sudan successfully becomes it's own country.

Celebrity births: 

Heiress Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner had daughter Arabella Rose

Singer Jewel and Ty Murray had son Kase Townes

Fashionista Victoria and David Beckham had daughter Harper Seven

Actress Kate Hudson and Matthew Bellamy had son Bingham Hawn

Many Americans have a smart phone, Ipad, and laptops. Thousands of apps are offered to make life easier on-the-go: banking, online shopping, movies, photo sharing, coupons to favorite restaurants (i.e. Groupon, Living Social), and games. Social networking applications are soaring (i.e. facebook, google +, twitter) as vehicles for people to quickly stay in touch with hundreds of others globally and quickly access current event information around the world. Information and data is now being stored in the "cloud" as a virtual way to store, slowly diminishing the need for individually managed hardware/servers/networks.

American Livelihood:
The economy is bad, unemployment is very high! Some of the reasons may be-
-Overspending on defense and occupying countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq following the War on Terror.
- The downturn of the real estate market in the past five years, shady lending practices by big banks, too much debt taken on by Americans, and the government bank bailout in 2008
-Many efforts have gone into American Recovery efforts, but things remain shaky
- Gas prices have soared  reaching over $4.00 per gallon in the US
-The US has lost many jobs to foreign countries (including manufacturing) over recent years, there are few jobs available here
- The health care spending continues to increase and cost the average American far greater than the rate of inflation
- Some people say we have the worst income and wealth inequality since the 20s


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