Saturday, December 31, 2005

Historical Dictionary of American Slang

They've decided on "Jump the couch" as this year's #1 new slang. This, of course, referring to crazy Tom on the Oprah couch and meaning "frenetic or bizarre behavior."
Runners-up:
"floodweiser" the bottles water supplied by Budweiser for Katrina relief.
"whale tail" the thong peaking out of low rise jeans.
"flee-ance" runaway bride
"drink the koolaid" blindly accept a philosophy etc
"dirka dirka" from Team America

Thursday, December 29, 2005

I'm So Boring

It's true, I haven't been here because I have nothing to say! How is that?? I love to talk and there should be plenty to talk about...after all, I sit at home all day with my kids and other people's kids. Okay, so maybe that's why. Here's what I've been thinking about:

Why the hell would they have this many weeks of reruns in the middle of the season?

We finally got our Hawaii vouchers, we are going and I'm not so worried about leaving the girls anymore!

The last part of Romans is pretty good, it makes me like Paul a little better.

I can't believe I'm reading the Bible.

Mini bagels are perfect for salami and cream cheese sandwiches.

I would shrivel up and die without the internet. (How did our mothers do this?)

Why can't I find a decent movie that starts with N, K, or Y? I'm ready to settle for Young Guns.

I like Matt but I can't stand Katie.

Kate Beckinsale is really hot in Underworld, but I don't really like her in other things.

I hate AOL and hate that we have to use it again just so we don't have to pay for internet.

There you go, a peek into why I haven't been posting anything.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Tuesday Fun with Links

Love, love, love this one, Go Fug Yourself. I have never enjoyed People or US or celebrity magazine shows but these girls are so funny!
Another one is Awful Plastic Surgery. It points out obvious celebrity work.
(Both of these links were found on Star Spangled Haggis...we didn't visit plastic surgery until very recently as we were afraid it would be botched surgeries, eww.)

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Tuesday Fun


We passed this billboard somewhere in Georgia. The picture is linked to a website with other absurd flag-related things. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Tuesday Fun


From Sozadee via Star Spangled Haggis... Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Who Are You and What Have You Done With Cincinnati?

So, Mark Mallory is the new mayor and council got four new members. I'm so pleasantly surprised I don't know what to say...I literally did a double take when they called it for Mallory. Jedd was laughing and I'm saying, "What? Did they say Mallory? Did he really win? No fucking way!"
When City Beat endorsed issues 2-5 they basically said, "we know we're ruined the way we're going so let's at least try this new thing." That's sort of what I was thinking about Mallory. He's the guy who DIDN'T say that Price Hill didn't look that bad to him.

The "Conversion" of Anne Rice

First, I have to say that I am devastated that Anne Rice will discontue her vampire books. The last two were SO good. Had Kenai been a boy, we thought we would name him Tarquin after her newest vampire. Anyway, it drives me absolutely CRAZY to hear the media acting SO SHOCKED over the new subject matter! If you've read her previous books, it should come as no surprise that she would go this way. She's always had a kind of religious romanticism in her books, a struggle between good and evil and the Christian God. Memnoch the Devil is, of course, the best example of her religious streak. She returned to the Catholic church in '98 so this wasn't some sudden, "I'm a Christian now, no more vampires!" I'm kind of excited that Christian literature has a great new author, someone I actually want to read, someone who thought The Davinci Code was "a scream".
Thanks, Brad, for reminding me about this. This is not a response to your comment.

Tuesday Fun

Two Drunken Moose Invade Home for Elderly
November 08, 2005 8:38 AM EST
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - They rarely have problems with drunks or rowdy animals, but residents of an elderly home in southern Sweden had to deal with both when a pair of intoxicated moose invaded the premises.
The moose - a cow and her calf - had become drunk over the weekend by eating fermented apples they found outside the home in Sibbhult, southern Sweden, said Anna Karlsson, who works there.
Police managed to scare them off once, but the large mammals returned to get more of the tempting fruits. This time the moose were drunk and aggressive, forcing police to send for a hunter with a dog to make them leave.
Police did not pursue the culprits, but made sure all apples were picked up from the area, local police chief Bengt Hallberg said. No one was hurt.
Copyright 2005 Associated Press.

What made you laugh today?

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Autumn Lilies


I took this in our yard in August Posted by Picasa

Our neighbors' tree Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

My First Halloween

I went trick-or-treating for the first time last night. My ultra-bizzaro-pentacostal-burn-your-smurf-dolls-religious family did not celebrate Halloween. Instead, we scared the hell out of each other "learning" about how witches will sacrifice your cat and cast a spell on you if you so much as accept leftover Halloween candy from your friends. No kidding, last year my mother was horrified that E was in a little Halloween outfit. I told her the demons wouldn't get her via her outfit...my mom says "You don't know!" Can you believe that?? So in yet another example of "I would do this anyway, it's just a perk that it pisses off my parents" we celebrate Halloween in all it's druidic fun.
What I did, of course, is take my daughter trick-or-treating. It was scheduled from 6-8 pm in our neighborhood and I had a last-minute job interview at 6:30 pm. So I got home and raced around getting Elliet into her cowgirl costume and didn't think to change out of my boots with the five inch heel that are too small since I had kids but too cute to get rid of. So, I learned that I LOVE trick-or-treating now and would have LOVED it even more as a kid. The beauty of it now is showing off your adorable cowgirl to all the neighbors. Our neighborhood is full of old folks which makes it that much more fun; one couple gave her two dimes instead of candy. This is what I learned: (1)the shyest of toddlers will bravely do anything to get candy from strangers, (2) get out there early, little girls get grumpy FAST and, (3) never, ever wear a heel, you will inevitably become the horse to your daughter's cowgirl for the long last leg of the journey.

Tuesday Fun

I stumbled across this funny blog and realized we went to school with this guy. Unfortunatly, I get my Justin's all confused so I don't know which one he is. At any rate, the theme is "Thank you, _______, for making me embarassed to be a Christian." You can see the potential right?

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Monday, October 17, 2005

Tuesday Fun

Canoe con leaves reporter high, dry

A TV reporter's stunt left her up a creek yesterday.
Michelle Kosinski, covering the New Jersey floods for NBC's "Today" show, appeared on a Wayne street in a canoe. She even complained, "It's really tough to control a canoe or a boat when you're out in it."
But then two men walked in front of Kosinski, in water that was only ankle deep.
Back in the studio, hosts Matt Lauer and Katie Couric cracked up.
"Are these holy men, perhaps walking on top of the water?" Lauer gibed.
"Gee, is your oar hitting ground, Michelle?" inquired Couric.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Tuesday Fun

Okay, this little story has to be worth at least a chuckle...
A few years ago I took one of my daycare kids, 5-year-old Ke'Ajea, to the pet store. They keep a talking bird near the front door. As we walked by, the bird was squawking but I wasn't really paying attention. When we got out of earshot of the avian loudmouth, Ke'Ajea looks at me all serious and concerned..."Miss Sarah, that bird just called me a cracker!"

Monday, October 10, 2005

Mama-Blogging

Baby food meat smells like ASS. It has to be in the top three of worst smells, which is why this is really good news. Researchers are trying to debunk the traditional first-food "myths", yes that's what they call the schedule your pediatrician gave you, a myth. It makes sense though. Rice cereal is considered the best first-food but, thanks to South Beach, we all know what white rice does in your body; you may as well eat sugar. They are also saying you should go ahead and feed them strong flavors. Bring on the hummus!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Tuesday Fun

A few ideas for your holiday decorating:


I know it may bring more wrath but I have to call this one Katrien!







And my personal favorite... Posted by Picasa

Monday, October 03, 2005

Mama-blogging

One of the joys of motherhood is trying to use a public restroom with your baby, without a stroller. Yesterday, my sister and I took the girls and drove up to Columbus to our cousin's wedding reception. I stopped at a rest area to change Kenai. After I changed her, I needed to use the restroom so, instead of taking her back out to the car, I held her on my lap. She's sitting on my left leg...and she spits up...straight into my underwear. Oh sure, I remembered to bring a spare shirt for myself in case of spitup but NEVER thought to bring a change of panties. After Emily heard this story and then spent 2 1/2 hours halfway between the front and back seats trying to get the screaming baby to sleep, she may have decided not to have children after all.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Tuesday Fun


If you like T-Shirt Hell's baby shirts, you have to check out this sight...really funny stuff for nieces, nephews or my kids if you're looking for someone to buy for! Posted by Picasa

Friday, September 16, 2005

Zoo Babies

I love the zoo. In fact, our membership was my Mother's Day gift this year (kudos to Jedd since I didn't even ask for it!) I really love all the exhibits but I'm having fun exploring the smaller ones, like the tiny wetlands area where we found this Sandhill Crane staring at us. I love to stare down in the water and see if I can spot the blue gill and red-ear sliders under the surface. Last week, we walked by the polar bears pretty early and this bear was standing at the edge of the pool, peeing into the water. When we walked by an hour later, he had gone back inside...this bear had come out for his morning piss and gone back to bed! We also learned from a friendly zoo employee on a bike that the gibbons are actually the most dangerous animals they have...this was right after he told us that, yes, they can swing right out of the exhibit...but don't worry, they stay there for the food...except for one that was loose for a few hours last week. Megan and I decided to take our babies and move on at that point! Today, we learned that elephants have only four teeth and they get six new sets in their lifetime. They also only digest about 50% of their food, so their dung has a lot of unprocessed food in it. This can feed small animals when food is scarce and is the first thing baby elephants eat...that's right, baby elephants eat their mothers' dookie because they don't have the enzymes to eat raw vegetation. Fascinating.


Elliet and a Sandhill Crane



Elliet sharing her water with Kenai Posted by Picasa

Thursday, September 15, 2005

More TV


Okay, I know it's probably pathetic to be blogging about tv...so it's got to be even worse to be blogging about kids' tv, but we love the Backyardigans! Austin (the kangaroo on the right) is the topic lately because he is frequently missing from entire episodes. Jedd thinks he is the cool, skater-type kid in the neighborhood but I think he's more likely absent because of flute lessons or something...I think he's a homeschooler.
BTW, does anyone know if season four was the end for Six Feet Under? Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Six Feet Under

Man, I love this show. I'm on season four, disc four and David's talking to Keith about getting married, Keith says, "We basically are married; even if the law refuses to recognize it. Then again, I refuse to recognize most of the Bush administration so I guess it all evens out."
It's a great show; Jedd crapped out third season, too dark and dramatic I guess. I love it though...except that Nate and Brenda are quickly turning into a (darker and more dramatic) Ross and Rachel.

Tuesday Fun



I think Jedd has an unspoken fear that he will come home and find this.
It actually made me think, "Aww, little Brad-and-Katrienlings" Geez, you two are fun to pick on! Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

What we have here is failure...

Google the word "Failure" It's totally worth it...
One more stolen post from Star Spangled Haggis.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Kanye

From the Washington Post--about a benefit on NBC last night--minus the crappy commentary from the author:


West and Mike Myers had been paired up to appear about halfway through the show. Their assignment: Take turns reading a script describing the breach in the levees around New Orleans.
Myers: The landscape of the city has changed dramatically, tragically and perhaps irreversibly. There is now over 25 feet of water where there was once city streets and thriving neighborhoods.
West: I hate the way they portray us in the media. You see a black family, it says, "They're looting." You see a white family, it says, "They're looking for food." And, you know, it's been five days [waiting for federal help] because most of the people are black. And even for me to complain about it, I would be a hypocrite because I've tried to turn away from the TV because it's too hard to watch. I've even been shopping before even giving a donation, so now I'm calling my business manager right now to see what is the biggest amount I can give, and just to imagine if I was down there, and those are my people down there. So anybody out there that wants to do anything that we can help -- with the way America is set up to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off, as slow as possible. I mean, the Red Cross is doing everything they can. We already realize a lot of people that could help are at war right now, fighting another way -- and they've given them permission to go down and shoot us!
Myers: And subtle, but in many ways even more profoundly devastating, is the lasting damage to the survivors' will to rebuild and remain in the area. The destruction of the spirit of the people of southern Louisiana and Mississippi may end up being the most tragic loss of all.
West: George Bush doesn't care about black people!
Myers: Please call . . .
At which point someone at NBC News finally regained control of the joystick and cut over to Chris Tucker, who started right in with more scripted blah, blah, blah.
West's comments would be cut from the West Coast feed, an NBC spokeswoman told The TV Column. (The Associated Press later reported that only his comment about the president was edited out.) The show was live on the East Coast with a several-second delay; someone with his finger on a button was keeping an ear peeled in case someone uttered an obscenity but did not realize that West had gone off-script, the
spokeswoman said.

I love Kanye and agree with the sentiment; I just wish he had said it in a way that made sense so it couldn't be dismissed. It sounds like maybe he didn't even have a real idea about what he was gonna say before he got up there.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Burning Man

Burning Man started last Sunday...I really want to know if the folks out there know about the Gulf coast...I mean, they knew it was coming but none of us knew it would be this bad. I just wonder if the organizers have let people know or left the week to be what it is, a week of seclusion from the real world (or the only week of true reality, depending on how you look at things). I know of one guy who said he was bringing a satellite phone with him (I cannot comprehend why he would do this) so I'm sure people know, I just wonder if they are telling everyone. I wonder if the people from the area would leave early or just stay since they can't do anything anyway. I really hope no one out there knows about the bigger tragedy of all the people we've left down there for days with no food, water, communication etc...When you are there, at Black Rock City, you really start believing in the goodness of people and the oneness of humanity...let them have their week, I say. I'm eager to hear this year's stories and I'm already planning for next year...Jedd and I are going!!! I think Em and her boyfriend will come with us and if anyone out there is interested, the bigger the group the better...economically speaking. Okay, enough of that geekery...these are the thoughts that fill my days; well, my good days.
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%*#@$%!!!

From The Conservative Voice:

Planned Parenthood's shameless post-hurricane publicity stunt
September 01, 2005 10:04 AM EST

WASHINGTON, D.C. - "It is absolutely unconscionable that Planned Parenthood would use the tragedy of hurricane Katrina to push its shameless agenda on the American public," said Jim Sedlak, executive director of American Life League's STOPP International. Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas has offered to provide free birth control pills at its Houston clinics to individuals with a Mississippi or Louisiana driver's license.
Those Bitch Lesbians, actually helping women. Making people think they actually care about women and the victims of Katrina when we all know they are really there to kill babies and convert our daughters into lesbians.

This article from the same folks who believe the looters are "scum of the earth" and "human waste" whose children should be institutionalized. They preface this punishment with the statement that it should only be for those who stole something besides basic needs...BUT that MOST of the looters were stealing jewelry and "fancy clothing". Amazing, these people have been abandoned by the country, have no food or water and were not considerate enough to steal the cheap clothes instead of the fancy ones.
I like what Neat Things had to say about the looters article.

Better Sources

This guy is posting from the ground in New Orleans. It's interesting and probably closer to reality then what we're getting from mainstream news sources. I got the link from Star Spangled Haggis who got it from a long line of others. It is also interesting to read Howie Luvzus as he evacuated from the area with his family, you can really feel his desperation and shock.

On another note, the president was just on, talking about how they were working on a long-term plan for the area...we all know how good they are at long-term planning. *sigh*

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Oh, You Fucking Moron

I was going to say something about the president's statements on tv this morning...I was so pissed I didn't really know what to say. I'll refer you to Bob Harris so I don't have to post all those links myself.
By the way, if you don't visit his site already, let me tell you, his polls are great fun.

Why I Wear House Shoes

This will sound ridiculous to some people but I haven't gone barefoot in a few years. I am never without my "house shoes", a term I actually picked up in the ghetto. The closest thing we had growing up were knit by my Nana and we called them slippers...we never wore shoes around the house. My Mom would yell at us to stop going around in our "stocking feet" (which she managed to make sound like a dirty word) because we were turning our white socks black. Anyway, living in Price Hill I started wearing house shoes and never stopped. My husband HATES them and truth be told, so do I. So, why wear them? Aside from the ghetto reason of, you're going to step on something dangerous...we have hardwood floors, I've only had carpet for about 6 mo. of my adult life. If you go barefoot, you have no choice but to recognize how disgustingly filthy your floors are. The thing is, you can mop everyday and your feet will still turn black and then you have to think about your little baby crawling around on the same floor that turns your feet black. If you wear house shoes, you can pretend your floors are clean until the kids start sticking to them!

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Tuesday Funnies


Today's juvenile humor courtesy of Jedd... Posted by Picasa

Please feel free to add your own...please.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Texas Chupacabra


Sorry for the not-so-great photo...wtf?! What do you think this is? Guess we'll find out. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Mix Tapes

I was making my sister a CD for her trip to CA this week and decided to mix one for myself. It's not my "favorite songs ever" or anything but we are enjoying right now. I wonder what you all would put together, not as the greatest mix but a mix of what you are listening to right now? Here's the one I made:

California - Phantom Planet (the song from "The OC")
Beverly Hills - Weezer
All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna be a Star) - REM
No Rain - Blind Melon
Runaway Train - Soul Asylum
Wishing Well - Terence Trent D'Arby
Hallelujah Here She Comes - U2
Beautiful Girl - INXS
Boys Don't Cry - The Cure
Mr. Brightside - The Killers
Sweetness - Jimmy Eat World
The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm
Intergalactic - Beastie Boys
Clint Eastwood - The Gorillaz
Feel Good Inc - The Gorillaz
Rock and Roll - The Roots
All I Ever Wanted - Mase
Sugar (Gimme Some) - Trick Daddy

I put "Stacy's Mom" by Fountains of Wayne as a hidden track for Jedd; personally, the song kind of creeps me out. I would like to have added 2Pac's "Baby Don't Cry" and "Hell 4 a Hustler" both off of the Still I Rise Album, seriously one of the best albums ever, even if you don't like rap...Jedd doesn't care for anything heavier than Outkast but even he likes Still I Rise.

Friday, August 26, 2005

The Weather Underground

Revolution scares me to death. The thing is, I was sitting there watching this documentary and as they would go through the lists of what the Weathermen bombed and why, I wanted to cheer...and that scares me. I know violence is an evil we have to live with but how do I justify my own "stick it to the man" belief in what the revolutionaries were trying to do? Of course, they were trying to avoid casualties, certainly not something our government concerns itself with. I also have to say that I like America and I'm glad I live here...but I don't think an American's life is worth more than an Iraqi's (or Vietnamese'). I think the body counts should always include American soldiers and Iraqi civilians, after all, it's not them we're fighting, but it is them we are killing. I guess I am struggling to come to terms with my own violence and how we can safely justify violence. Seeing movies like Dogville and The Magdalene Sisters reinforces my fear that once we decide that violence is okay--that one (kind of) person is worth less than us (a frighteningly prevalent idea among Americans) we are capable of all sorts of atrocities.
I don't know where else to go from here but this post has been sitting in draft long enough!

Mormon Drama

I've just wasted a shameful amount of time reading these three blogs. Honestly, I didn't realize that people this entrenched in their subculture were allowed to have internet. Highly entertaining and even educational these kids are, just don't let 'em know I sent ya; I'm kind of scared of them.

Bateman 365

I found this Bateman short thoroughly entertaining/enraging/overdone. I haven't looked around much yet, but it looks like a good place to visit.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Puppy --UPDATED

This random puppy picture made me smile so I thought I'd share... Posted by Picasa


UPDATE: Turns out, some people don't like cute little puppies... ;)

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Tuesday Funnies

This is one of those things you HAVE to laugh at because it is just that ridiculous. Apparently all those GAY people who really want your kids to be GAY found a new way to target them.
I saw something on tv the other night about underage drinking and how the industry must be targeting teenagers with their ads full of 25 yr olds because "don't all teenagers want to be 25?" Um, I think EVERYONE wants to be 25. (I know, that was completely unrelated)

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Tuesday Funnies (UPDATED)

Well, I've been sitting here all morning trying to find something funny...Tuesdays, as it turns out, are far more conducive to hatred and depression. I tried to find my mug shot but I guess I'll have to call the justice center and see if they keep those sorts of things if you are not convicted of a crime. Then I got sidetracked while singing "Twinkle, Twinkle" to Elliet's barbie because I cut her (E's) hair but it's uneven and now I'm afraid I'm just gonna keep cutting it shorter and shorter to get it even...I did that to my little sister once. This is kinda funny, if you know them...Jen and Dan Thompson are having twins. No hormones involved and neither has twins in the family...that's actually more scary than funny. Okay, I've got nothing, anybody care to contribute?

UPDATE: In the interest of posting SOMETHING...I've gone with nostalgic self-deprecation.

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Sarah Xmas '85

Friday, August 12, 2005

Weighing In


I am so tired of the ID "debate" It doesn't matter where your kids go to school, you will have to counter some things they are taught. For instance, I went to a tiny Christian school in 1st grade where they taught us that the higher your hands were raised in worship, the happier God would be. "God doesn't want bushes, He wants trees!"
But seriously, teaching Creationism in a public school is ridiculous and trying to make it sound less religious by calling it Intelligent Design is even worse. "...it could have been Dumbledore, or aliens, we're not saying it was God." Yeah, that's good science. I grew up with "science" teachers who were bent on proving that God created the world exactly like it says in the Bible. What a complete waste of time. If your faith is that precarious maybe you should be working on that instead. I'm not hard-core Darwin by any means, personally, I really, REALLY don't care how we got here. I like to think it had something to do with God but that's just how I make sense of the world. I think I would be so freaked out all the time if I believed in this idea of spontaneous, big bangy, poof-we're-all-here. I would just be waiting for the next big bang, like I'm not jumpy enough already. I can't talk about the science behind any of it, I was never taught evolution and I don't really care to study it now.
The thing is, we're not talking about a class on how we came into being or why we're here, it's a science class and evolution is a scientific study. If you don't believe in evolution, tell your kids that...after all, you're the ones arguing that your kids values should come from the home/church and not the government. Maybe you should teach your kids to think for themselves and not believe everything they're told. But you can't do that because then they might not believe you, and we can't have that.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Tuesday Funnies

I cut this out like two years ago. Jedd wanted to send it to Pat so it sat in our rolodex under "Rock" for a really long time. Now it's on a board in the kitchen so I guess this is as close as it'll get to reaching the Rocks! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, August 07, 2005

A Faith Story

This story I found, completely by accident, may not appeal to some of you...if you read it, read it all the way through, there are like ten parts or something. I liked it. Oh, but don't read the comments, they are annoying and they made me not want to finish the story.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Just in Case...

If you read the post last night (and I know at least one of you did!), sorry if it was confusing. Sometimes I feel like screaming and this feels like a good place to do it...or at least better than anywhere else I can think of. But that is all it is, venting...

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Follow-up to Tuesday Funnies


This is, as you know, the Best Man giving his toast...I want to know if the coke was an attempt at sobering up a little for the event? The second picture is the actual response of guests...that's my aunt in front, usually a lovely person.


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Tuesday Funnies

This is a classic: The Best Man's toast at our wedding...here are some highlights!

"I've said a lot of things that I regret...about their relationship."
"I've modeled a lot of what I've learned about love and my own relationships on you guys...and everyone that's heard me say some despicable things about you guys may not believe this."
"As far as you guys...help them out in financial ways...do whatever you can to help this starving couple!"
"Help them out in financial ways!" (This one was yelled out a few times)

Toss in plenty of incoherent, drunken stammering and a little swaying and, well...

Monday, August 01, 2005

These Dreams

Man, I have been having the craziest dreams! Last night, I spent a few hours with none other than Pat Robertson (yes, that one). He had saved one of my girls from the lake in the latest HP book so he was all wet and grimy and then he and I went to church together. I finished HP last night but I refuse to believe that Pat was Dumbledore in my dream!
Two nights ago, I dreamed I went to the doctor and they looked at me like I was a complete idiot and said, "Sarah, you're pregnant" It's not that I wouldn't want more kids eventually but right now...an evening with Pat Robertson would be preferrable.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

A Benefit to Having Kids

I was sitting here working on this blog the other day and my two-year-old pointed to the Weather Pixie and said, "Mommy!" God, I love her. Of course I said, "Yeah! That's Mommy!" (well, minus about 60#)

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Tuesday Funnies

As much as I enjoy Tuesday Hatred and Tuesday Depression, I thought I could lighten the mood a bit. So, when you leave there, come here and I will have something worth a chuckle, or maybe a chortle. Those three of you who read this, feel free to leave something of your own...no jokes please. Today: Cops that wear shorts. No hatin' here, but unless you're on a bike...

Friday, July 22, 2005

So...Should I be Concerned about Testicular Cancer?

Have you seen the commercial for estrogen where they say something like, If you have a uterus, such-and-such can increase your risk of uterine cancer. Wouldn't you think that those who didn't have a uterus would understand that "May increase your risk for uterine cancer" does not apply to them? After all, I don't assume that if I take Cialis, I could get an erection that lasts longer than four hours...

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Hey, I Know That Guy!

Have you ever had one of these experiences? You're watching the news and, man that guy looks so familiar. I know he's a sex offender, that doesn't mean I don't know him, I've met a lot of people, more than a few of them crooked that way; but he looks really familiar. Then, they finally tell you his name and sure enough, "Hey! I totally went to BIBLE COLLEGE with that guy!" I might have even had a little crush on him at some point. This guy's poor friend, also a proud CCU grad brought his youth group to stay at his house! He had no idea his old Bible college buddy was a convicted sex offender who wasn't technically allowed to be around minors.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Rockets' Red Glare

We didn't do much for the Fourth but take Elliet outside to see the fireworks that people in our neighborhood were setting off, it was an impressive display actually, by the "richer than the rest of the neighborhood" family a few doors down. Elliet enjoyed it for a while but decided it was time for bed after a particularly loud succession. Far more entertaining than watching my two-year-old's reaction to the noise was watching Brad and Katrien dodging phantom fireworks. Granted, the neighbors on the other side of us were a little funny with their aim...

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

When the world falls down around you, you get to rebuild it.

I remember so vividly when I started thinking. I am forever ashamed that it took me so long, I was 23. It started with the trip to Burning Man. I was so sad that I found there what I thought should be found in the church. I have never felt so accepted, so loved, so...at peace. I had nothing and no one to fear but the sun and dust. So I came home from the desert and started school (final semester at the Bible College) and a week later watched in real time as the second plane came into view; holding my breath with the rest of the world as we slowly realized what was actually happening, that this plane was going to hit as well, that this was not an accident.
As (luck?) would have it, I had a great professor for New Testament Seminar. So, right when my personal doctrine completely fell apart, here I was in a class where we were presented with more than one way of looking at scripture. It was here that I first realized that a rejection of the Dobson/Robertson doctrine I grew up on was not a rejection of Christianity or, more importantly, of Christ. I can't believe that I really didn't know that and that all this time, I believed I was thinking for myself. At this point, I razed what had been built for me and started building something of my own from the ground up.
All this is also to say that I have only really been a thinking person for about four years now, so you'll forgive me if I haven't followed some thoughts through to their conclusions. As here (see the comments), one might think I'm a pacifist but I'm really not. I think the peaceful solution should always be thoughtfully considered; that violence only and always begets violence. I choose to live peacefully when I can but I know life doesn't always allow for that. For more on this idea of "wow, I don't have to believe what they told me" Look at Disambiguation, he has a great post about inerrancy.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Another reason I should go to the gym more often

Tom Cruise has really gone off the deep end. We thought something was up when we saw him on Oprah but after this interview with Matt Lauer, there's no denyin' it, he's flipped his lid. Here are some highlights from the interview where Tom tries to explain his comments re Brooke Shields and her struggles with post-partum depression:


Lauer: But Tom, if she said that this particular thing helped her feel better, whether it was the antidepressants or going to a counselor or psychiatrist, isn't that enough?
Cruise: Matt, you have to understand this. Here we are today, where I talk out against drugs and psychiatric abuses of electric shocking people, okay, against their will, of drugging children with them not knowing the effects of these drugs. Do you know what Aderol is? Do you know Ritalin? Do you know now that Ritalin is a street drug? Do you understand that?
Lauer: The difference is —
Cruise: No, no, Matt.
Lauer: This wasn't against her will, though.
Cruise: Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt —
Lauer: But this wasn't against her will.
Cruise: Matt, I'm asking you a question.
Lauer: I understand there's abuse of all of these things.
Cruise: No, you see. Here's the problem. You don't know the history of psychiatry. I do.
Note: If anyone ever says this to you, end the conversation! What he is saying that nothing you say from here out will matter because he knows about this and you don't.
Lauer: Aren't there examples, and might not Brooke Shields be an example, of someone who benefited from one of those drugs?
Cruise: All it does is mask the problem, Matt. And if you understand the history of it, it masks the problem. That's what it does. That's all it does. You're not getting to the reason why. There is no such thing as a chemical imbalance.
He should know, he's completely imbalanced and it's got nothing to do with chemicals.
Cruise: But what happens, the antidepressant, all it does is mask the problem. There's ways, [with] vitamins and through exercise and various things...
If only Andrea Yates had kept up with her Flintstones and Pilates.
Lauer: But a little bit of what you're saying Tom is, you say you want people to do well. But you want them do to well by taking the road that you approve of, as opposed to a road that may work for them.
Cruise: No, no, I'm not.
Lauer: Well, if antidepressants work for Brooke Shields, why isn't that okay?
Cruise: I disagree with it.
He's NOT saying people can't do what works for them. He's saying people can't do what works for them if he disagrees with it.
Lauer: I'm not prescribing Ritalin, Tom. And I'm not asking anyone else to do it. I'm simply saying, I know some people who seem to have been helped by it.
Cruise: But you're saying this is a very important issue.
Lauer: I couldn't agree more.
Cruise: It's very — and you know what? You're here on the "Today" show.
Lauer: Right.
Cruise: And to talk about it in a way of saying, "Well, isn't it okay," and being reasonable about it when you don't know and I do, I think that you should be a little bit more responsible in knowing what it is.
Stop being reasonable, Matt! You're making me look bad. Hey, you aren't nodding your head and smiling while I talk...what's going on here?
Cruise: Matt, but here's the point. What is the ideal scene for life? Okay. The ideal scene is someone not having to take antipsychotic drugs.
Lauer: I would agree.
Cruise: Okay. So, now you look at a departure from that ideal scene, is someone taking drugs, okay. And then you go, okay. What is the theory and the science behind that, that justifies that?
So there you have it. Anything that is a departure from the ideal is intolerable. Must be nice in Cruise world. I don't mind admitting that I've never liked Tom Cruise. I should also tell you that I wanted to punch him just for being rude to Matt Lauer. But, all that aside, it's completely irresponsible to make these kind of comments when people are suffering and plenty of them are being helped through psychiatry and medicine. It is easy to say that drugs are overprescribed, everyone knows that. I've seen a dozen+ kids on ritalin and I've only known it to work for one of them. But for the one that it worked for, it made a huge difference and gave him the ability to control his behavior and succeed in the classroom. Honestly, I would be more interested in learning about Scientology (Tom's apparent solution to all the world's woes) if there were anyone involved with it who didn't come off as a complete lunatic.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

You know, free love, just not that kind...

My hope is that I can create a place where I can feel completely free to express my ideas and beliefs and feelings. Hedonism in our behavior is not something I generally support, a little close to anarchy really and I just don't trust people enough. However, I am creating this blog during the time of year when I have Burning Man on the brain. I haven't been back since my first trip in 2001 but it is never far from my mind...If you love where you came from, your home or family, that is how I would describe my longing for playa dust between my toes. It is the place you go, never as often as you would like, and when you get there you take a deep breath and you can almost feel the shedding of all the pretense and the ideas about who you are that the people at work/church/playgroup...have formed. This is not a blog about Burning Man, just a post about it and a vague, incoherent attempt at an introduction.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Saturday, January 01, 2005

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