Saturday, February 28, 2009
- Here is a great "Yeah, but how do you actually DO this?" site. I found it just today. I especially care for the use of pictures and how the mother repeatedly states ways about how when washing"Notice how my hands don’t touch a single diaper..." and compares her effort and use of pocket diapers as generally the same as with disposable diapers. I really liked the five part tutorial - showing the basic set up of her cloth diapering, the washing procedure she uses, putting on and taking off the diapers, and going out and about with cloth diapers. Side note: this woman's website is chock full of advice on breastfeeding, mothering, and basic info about life with a baby. I appreciate the candor and quality of her writing.
- Here is a site that is a tutorial, as well as a shopping source. The Stork Warehouse seems to have pretty good basic information about the main types of cloth diapers, as well as accessories that, if you are like me, you might not have even considered. Such as wet-bags as diaper pail liners. The Get Started Page discuss the best way for you to go about buying the necessary supplies - depending if you are looking to save money, looking for most convenience, etc. Side note: also provides great info and resources for cloth "mama pads".
- The next site I visited was Diaperpin.com. It has lots of how-to and getting started advice, as well as product reviews. This is one way I will decide what brand/style to buy, as well as a nifty calculator tool to determine how much money I could save compared to plastic diapers.
- Then I went to this site, an everything about birth site, which has cloth diaper information, tutorials, and accessories. Side note: also has products for home births, such as umbilical cord clamps. Doulas and midwives probably would find this part more useful than I do!
- Thinking about trying cloth diapers... but don't want to plunk down all that money? Here's a program I learned about through BabyCheapsake.com. Its Jillian Drawers, a company with a fantastic website. You get a trial month of a variety of cloth diapers for $10~ AND you get to return all/any of what you don't want.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I think someday when I have a little more emotional stamina and energy, I will post more about how this progression worked in my life.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Children's Sermon: Meaning of Lent
Can anyone tell me where to find the word "Christmas" in the Bible? Probably not, because the word is nowhere to be found in that book.
Well, how about the word "Easter?" Surely that word is somewhere in Holy Scriptures. Try as you might, you won't find that word in the Bible either.
Now we are in the church season of Lent. Do you think "Lent" can be found in the Bible? Isn't that interesting, none of these three words can be found in God's word, because they are words which have been used in the Church to mark our days of celebration and our days of preparation for Easter, and they call came into use after the Bible was written.
The word "Lent" comes from an Old English word which simply means "long." And do you think you might know why we use this word to speak of our period of preparation for Easter? I'll tell you. If you notice, Lent always comes during that time of the year when the days are getting longer and we are seeing more and more sunshine. And that's what lent is supposed to do for us - to shed more and more light in our lives so that the darkness disappears.
Lent has 40 days, not counting Sundays (Sundays are always a mini-celebration of Easter, and very seldom do we let anything interfere with our celebration of Easter each week), but it hasn't always been 40 days. The Church has changed it so it will be the same length as the days Jesus spent in the wilderness where he fasted and was tempted by the devil at the beginning of his public ministry.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Tonight he's playing volleyball. He is a sub in a league that's already began. A competitive team and a competitive league.
I'd never feel comfortable joining an already established team. I'd feel so left out. I also don't feel comfortable playing volleyball. I can't always do that Bump-Set-Spike mentality. Sometimes I am just happy getting to the ball, and I forget to follow the play. I also don't like the pressure of being on a competitive league. I hate letting others down because of my own inadequacies.
I also don't like the unpleasant noises -squeaking shoes and ref whistles - that go along with volleyball.
But he does. He is all the above things. He rocks at volleyball, so maybe I'll go watch him play sometime.
- Dysfunctional (disordered) eating is chaotic (dieting, fasting, bingeing, skipping meals),
or it can mean overeating or under eating much more or less than the body wants or
needs. Irregular meals, irregular portions of food. Its like skipping breakfast and lunch, and then eating a whole bag of Doritos.
• The disordered eater eats less for nourishment, and more for purposes of reshaping the
body, for thinness, or to relieve anxiety and stress. Food is seen as the enemy, not as the source of nutrition. Eating might mean changing body shape.
• Often eating causes distress. Afterward, instead of feeling better, the disordered eater
may feel guilty, ashamed, uncomfortably full, or unsatisfied and fearful of bingeing. This emotional responses are not normal responses to the physical act of eating food.
• When food is restricted, thoughts of food, eating, hunger and weight often dominate
waking hours. Its like when you deprive yourself of something, its the only thing you can think about. Or, if you are trying to lose, you are only thinking of your body shape, not the real life that is going on around you.
• Because food is unsatisfying and may be limited, the dysfunctional eater often feels
tired, irritable, unable to concentrate, and increasingly self-absorbed. Without proper nutrition, it is normal to expect reactions to be abnormal. I turn inward, rather than being social.
For me, I know I am experiencing disordered eating when I am worried about what food will be served at parties, and if that determines my presence or absence at a party. It is also manifested when I forget about the friend or date I am having while eating at a restaurant and only worry about the menu choices and mull over the other choices I "should have" picked. If I get upset because I didn't get to have a certain food type or product for a meal or snack, that is disordered eating. Attaching emotion and preoccupation with food and eating are disordered eating patterns.
Disordered eating has negative effects on overall health - emotional, social and physical. It may cause the individual to feel tired and depressed, decrease mental functioning and concentration, and can lead to malnutrition with risk to bone health, physical growth and brain development.
• Normal eating promotes one’s natural weight, weight stability, and helps prevent both eating and weight problems. It nourishes wellness, health and the growth and development of children. Normal eating does not cause weight gain. This was a major turning point for me in my recovery!
• Normal eating furthers clear thinking, the ability to concentrate, mood stability, and healthy relationships. Thoughts of food and weight take up only a small part of the day. Normal eating lets me be me, and allows me the mental energy to participate in others' lives.
• Normal eating – at meals – means food choices likely provide balance, variety and moderation, the principles of good nutrition. It means all foods can fit. There are no “bad” or feared foods. Food becomes a source of nutrition only, and is de-stigmatized.
Monday, February 23, 2009
NEDAwareness Week 2009 Key Messages
The goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is to attract public and media attention to the seriousness of eating disorders and the pressures, attitudes and behaviors which contribute to them.
...Until Eating Disorders are History.
This year the National Eating Disorders Association made a decision that it is time to stress that eating disorders can seriously impair a persons health, and ultimately be life threatening illnesses. That is why we are stressing that we must get these important messages out to the public, until such time that eating disorders are history. It is our hope that every coordinator this year will stress that 1) eating disorders are serious illnesses, not lifestyle choices; 2) we need to ensure that insurance covers appropriate treatment for these illnesses as necessary; 3) that more efforts must be made to educate the medical, educational and work communities to help with education and prevention ; and, that increased funding for research is essential to find better treatments and cures. On behalf of the individuals and families we intend to strive for these changes, until eating disorders really are a thing of the past, just history.
Be comfortable in your genes
Like eye color and skin color, our body size is largely determined by genetics. While eating and exercise certainly play a role in the size and shape of one’s body and overall level of health, the importance of genetics is often overlooked. Because body type and shape are strongly influenced by your genes, they are not something that can be drastically changed, much like your eye color or height. However, too often individuals struggle against their natural, genetically determined size just to fit into that pair of “skinny jeans” in the back of their closet. Fighting your natural size and shape can lead to unhealthy dieting practices, poor body image and decreased self-esteem. While you can adopt a healthy lifestyle and aim to be fit for your particular body type, you cannot change your genes. We want individuals to feel comfortable in their genes and to wear comfortable jeans.
Eating disorders are illnesses, not choices
Help is Available, and Recovery is Possible.
Yep, still experiencing morning sickness. And now, it is almost entirely in the morning. Sure... sometimes a 3:30 pm wave of nausea hits and I can't ride it successfully. And then there is the nausea that comes right before bed time.
Good things though... For the last week and a half, I've had an appetite. Sometimes, a STRONG appetite that, left unquenched, results in a negative barfing experience. I wanted PIZZA two nights in a row last week. It was sooooo good. Its been awhile since I've been able to enjoy a food!
Another good thing is that I am finding myself off the couch more than on it. I did three loads of laundry, start to finish. I also have emptied the dishwasher on a pretty regular basis - a feat that was impossible just a month ago! It is so nice not to fall asleep on the couch at 8:30 pm!
Thanks to all who ask about me and who remember me in their prayers. If I am one of those unlucky women who are sick everyday for 40 weeks... I'll be needing more encouragement and prayer!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Here's my list:
- Totino's Pizza Rolls
- Heinz Ketchup
- LOVE stamps (or the prettiest stamp available)
- Hidden Valley Ranch
- Girl Scouts Thin Mints
- Until very recently, VS bras. They just don't have an up-to-snuff pregnancy bra.
- Dr. Pepper, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Diet Coke.
- Bounce dryer sheets
- Mr Clean Magic Eraser
- Acuvue contacts
- Bic mechanical pencils
- Quick Trip
- Windex Vinegar or Lime Action Cleaner
- Garnier Nutrisse Hair Color
- Goody Ouchless hair ties
- Chapstick brand balm - the natural kind, or the moisture blue kind
- Hershey's chocolate syrup
- Kroger store brand multi-grain waffles
For many things - health and beauty products, produce, household items - I am totally cool with trying a new fragrance, brand, or variety. Usually, the sale or special features are what sell me on an item. For the items listed above... I'd pass up a clearance on sub-par items because I know they'd just not "do it" for me.
Cloth diapers use lots and lots of water. Heating the water for a "hot wash cycle" uses lots of energy, which increases the carbon footprint. Cloth diapering laundry services use laundry soap, which can pollute water systems.
Disposable diapers have a production factor - factories emitting chemicals, lots of energy used in the production process, and the eco-impact of shipping disposables from factories to local retailers influences the overall carbon footprint of disposable diapers. Disposable diapers use chemicals and absorbent gels that must be mass-produced and are not naturally occurring materials, as compared to organic cotton, fleece, hemp, or bamboo fibers.
I decided to research this as well. I typed in "impact of disposable diapers on environment" and "impact of cloth diapers on environment" to a search query.
Here's a few snippets from the research I found, along with the sources and links.
Source 1 It is estimated that roughly 5 million tons of untreated waste and a total of 2 billion tons of urine, feces, plastic and paper are added to landfills annually. It takes around 80,000 pounds of plastic and over 200,000 trees a year to manufacture the disposable diapers for American babies alone.
Although some disposables are said to be biodegradable; in order for these diapers to decompose, they must be exposed to air (oxygen) and sun. Since this is highly unlikely, it can take several hundred years for the decomposition of disposables to take place, with some of the plastic material never decomposing. The untreated waste placed in landfills by dirty disposable diapers is also a possible danger to contaminating ground water.
Pro-disposable advocates say that cleaning cloth diapers uses more energy and contributes to the load on sanitary sewer systems and potential water pollution. This view really makes no sense if you think about it. The amount of water used per week to wash cloth diapers at home is about the same amount consumed by an adult flushing the toilet four or five times daily for a week. Also, the greater amount of water and energy being used by diaper service companies to wash large amounts of cloth diapers multiple times; the per diaper impact on energy and water supplies is actually less than home washing.
Finally, when flushing solids from a cloth diaper down the toilet and washing the diapers in a washing machine, the contaminated, dirty water from both toilet and washing machine go into the sewer systems where they are properly treated at wastewater plants. This treated wastewater is much more environmentally friendly than dumping untreated soiled disposable diapers into a landfill.
Source: The New Parents Guide
Source 2: When both types of diapers were studied, the *whole* lifecycle of the product was scrutinized - materials, chemicals and energy consumed during production, usage and disposal. The environmental impact categories the diapers were assessed against were climate change, ozone depletion, human toxicity, acidification, fresh-water aquatic toxicity, terrestrial toxicity, photochemical oxidant formation and eutrophication. The resulting report was over 200 pages and can be viewed here (PDF)
To give you some idea of the environmental impact of both reusable cloth and disposable diapers on non-renewable resource depletion and global warming, the study states that over the 2.5 years a child would be in diapers; it would equate to driving a car up to 2200 miles.
Disposable nappies are made from petroleum byproducts and tree products such as fluff pulp. Cloth diapers are usually made from cotton - a pesticide, herbicide, synthetic fertilizer and water intensive crop.
So this presents quite a few opportunities to lessen impact by: lowering washing temperatures, use earth friendly washing detergents effective in cold water, stock up on diapers and wash only when you have a full load, refrain from using additional wash enhancers, air dry diapers, offset your electricity use with green tags, or switch your electricity supply to a green provider, reroute washing machine water runoff into your garden or install a greywater recycling system, don't iron diapers
The other point to note is the diapers in the study were made of cotton, and I assume not organic cotton. The growing of cotton constitutes approximately 25% of the world's insecticide and more than 10% of the pesticide usage. Cotton is the fourth most heavily synthetically fertilized crop globally. The cotton industry has also been responsible for massive environmental disasters such as the destruction of the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan and Kazahkstan.There are alternatives to "normal" cotton - organic cotton. Better still is hemp. Hemp fabric is said to be three times stronger than cotton, more durable and has a better ability to absorb moisture. I haven't seen 100% hemp diapers around, but you can certainly buy organic cotton/hemp blends - usually around 45% hemp and 55% organic cotton.
In summary, while you can't make disposable nappies "greener", you can certainly have less of an impact on the environment with reusable cloth nappies through careful purchase decisions and proper usage. Source: Green Living Tips
Source 3:"Using reusables and washing them at 90 degrees Celsius [194 degrees Fahrenheit] with detergents in a half load with tumble drying can be overall more damaging in terms of the carbon footprint than using disposables," he explained.Doing so constantly would boost the carbon footprint of washable cloth diapers to a whopping 990 kg of carbon-dioxide equivalents, nearly twice that of the bag-and-toss kind.
In order to come in under the line set by disposable diapers, cloth-friendly parents might have to sacrifice some convenience — and possibly some hygiene."It's better for the environment to wash at 60 degrees [140 degrees F], full load using an energy-efficient washing machine and drying outside on the line," Mulla says.But the lower wash temperature may not kill the millions of fecal bacteria lurking in the soiled fabric, though Mulla insists it's safe. And drying outdoors simply isn't possible year-round in most of North America.Little brothers or sisters also might not like the report's third recommendation — that well-used cloth diapers be passed down from older to younger infants.
So it's at best a draw between disposables and reusables when it comes to global warming. What about more immediate concerns?
"Both the disposable and reusable diaper options create solid waste and wastewater that must be treated and/or disposed," explains Jeremy O'Brien, director of applied research at the Solid Waste Association of North America. "More solid waste is created with the disposal option, while more wastewater is generated with the reusable option."
Penn noted that more than 95 percent of parents in the United States and Western Europe go for disposable diapers, and added that P&G had spent the past 5 years drastically reducing energy and water use, as well as manufacturing waste and carbon-dioxide emissions.Source: Fox News - How Green Are Disposable Diapers?
Source 4:Cloth diaper-wearing children go through about 6,000 diaper changes. If thrown into a landfill, cotton diapers decompose within six months. Since disposable diapers are discarded after a single use, usage of disposable diapers increases the burden on landfill sites, and increased environmental awareness has led to a growth in campaigns for parents to use reusable alternatives such as cloth or hybrid diapers. An estimated 27.4 billion disposable diapers are used each year in the US, resulting in a possible 3.4 million tons of used diapers adding to landfills each year.
The environmental impact of cloth as compared to disposable diapers has been studied several times. In one cradle-to-grave study sponsored by the National Association of Diaper Services (NADS) and conducted by Carl Lehrburger
and colleagues, results found that disposable diapers produce seven times more
solid waste when discarded and three times more waste in the manufacturing
process. In addition, effluents from the plastic, pulp, and paper industries are far more hazardous than those from the cotton-growing and -manufacturing processes. Single-use diapers consume less water than reusables laundered at home, but more than those sent to a commercial diaper service.
According to industry data from Franklin Associates and the American Petroleum Institute, 3.5 billion gallons of oil are used to produce the 18 million throwaway diapers that end up in landfills each year. Washing cloth diapers at home uses 50 to 70 gallons of water every three days, which is roughly equivalent to flushing the toilet five times a day, unless the user has a high-efficiency washing machine. An average diaper service puts its diapers through an average of 13 water changes, but uses less water and energy per diaper than one laundry load at home.
Other studies have indicated that reusable diapers are more damaging to the environment . The United Kingdom based Women's Environmental Network has claimed that all such studies promoted there were directly funded or commissioned by disposable diaper companies. In one instance in July 1991, such companies withdrew their claims amid pressure from the press upon the release of analysis done by The Landbank Consultancy, an independent environmental agency. The Landbank Report of January 1991 concluded that, compared to cloth diapers, throwaway diapers use 20 times more raw materials, three times more energy, twice as much water, and generate 60 times more waste.
In October 2008, "An updated lifecycle assessment study for disposable and reusable nappies" by the UK Environment Agency andDepartment for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs stated that reusable diapers can cause significantly less (up to 40 per cent) or significantly more damage to the environment than disposable ones, depending mostly on how parents wash and dry them. The "baseline scenario" showed that the difference in green-house emissions was insignificant (in fact, disposables even scored lightly better). However, much better results (emission cuts of up to 40 per cent) could be achieved by using reusable diapers more rationally. "The report shows that, in contrast to the use of disposable nappies, it is consumers’
behaviour after purchase that determines most of the impacts from reusable nappies. Cloth nappy users can reduce their environmental impacts by:Line drying outside whenever possible. Tumble drying as little as possible. When replacing appliances, choosing more energy efficient appliances (A+ rated machines [according to the EU environmental rating] are preferred). Not washing above 60°C [140°F]. Washing fuller loads. Reusing nappies on other children."
There are variations in the care of cloth diapers that can account for different measures of environmental impact. For example, using a cloth diaper laundering service involves additional pollution from the vehicle that picks up and drops off deliveries. Some people who launder cloth diapers at home wash each load twice, considering the first wash a "prewash", and thus doubling the energy and water usage from laundering. Cloth diapers are most commonly made of cotton, which is generally considered an environmentally wasteful crop to grow. "Conventional cotton is one of the most chemically-dependent crops, sucking up 10% of all agricultural chemicals and 25% of insecticides on 3% of our arable land; that's more than any other crop per unit." This effect can be mitigated by using other materials, such as bamboo and hemp.
Another factor in reusable cloth diaper impact is the ability to re-use the diapers for subsequent children, sale of used diapers through diaperswappers.com, craigslist or other online communities, donation of used diapers through recycling groups such as freecycle or to charities such as miraclediapers.org . Many reusable diaper users take advantage of these resources and may even join communities like livejournal's clothdiapering in order to find ways to make their diaper-washing routine more efficient or get feedback about different types of reusable diapers. These factors can alleviate the environmental and financial impact from manufacture, sale and use of brand-new reusable diapers. Source: Wikipedia, DiapersSource 5: The disposables industry and the cloth advocates have battled for decades over which diaper is greener. The Real Diaper Association, an advocacy group founded in 2004, estimates that 27.4 billion disposable diapers are used each year in the U.S. (according to the EPA, that translates into more than 3.4 million tons of waste dumped into landfills) and that producing those diapers also consumes huge amounts of petroleum, chlorine, wood pulp and water. Team Pampers argues that the water and energy required to launder cloth diapers cancel out those costs. Source: TIME, Diapers Go Green.
There are so many other sites, so many other arguments for and against cloth diapering. SO MANY. Here are some other ones:
- Increased scrotal temperature in single-use diaper may lead to male infertility. Source:Partsch, Aukamp, and Sippell. "Scrotal temperature is increased in disposable plastic lined nappies." Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Department of Pediatrics, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel. May 2000
- Disposable diapers linked to asthma .Source: Mothering, Issue 98, www.mothering.com
- Dioxin, a by-product of the paper-bleaching process, may exist in single-use diapers. Dioxin in various forms has been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, liver damage, and skin diseases. Source: EPA, "Integrated Risk Assessment for Dioxins and Furans from Chlorine Bleaching in Pulp and Paper Mills."
- Disposable diapers make up the third largest source of solid waste in landfills, after newspapers and food and beverage containers. Source:EPA, "Positive Steps towards Waste Reduction," June 1989
- Diaper rash.According to the Journal of Pediatrics, 54 % of one-month old babies using disposable diapers had rashes, 16 % having severe rashes. A study done by a disposable diapers manufacturing company shows that the incidence of diaper rash increased from 7.1% to 61% with the increased use of throwaway disposable diapers. Source: Journal of Pediatrics.
So, what did all this research teach me? I suppose I learned how to respond to people who say that cloth diapering is just as bad as disposables. It also reaffirmed my choice for using cloth diapers.
Up Next: Product Review Guides, sources for purchasing cloth diapers, FAQ, etc.
Friday, February 20, 2009
I ordered online at Papa John's. And though my neighborhood is 2 miles out of the delivery range, they brought it out! Whoohooo!
PS -In order for me to enjoy my pizza, I need a generous amount of mushrooms, cheese, and one or all of the following, in sparse: tomato, onion, beef. I also want the cheese to be slightly browned. Oooo, and if artichokes or banana peppers are a choice, add those too!
But when I see a girl scout making her rounds or outside of a shopping center, I go out of my way to make sure I am approached and offered a chance to support there organization (my need for cookies).
Thursday, February 19, 2009
My baby is 4 and a half months old (kind of... or should I say he's negative four and a half months old?). When things were so dark for me, I really didn't believe I'd get pregnant and stay pregnant. Now it seems as if we will get to have this baby, this time.
I am lucky to have someone to talk to almost anytime I need to talk. I have friends that I can email with, text to, or call up. Yes, it sucks that many of my besties aren't living anywhere near me, so I can't grab lunch with them. But I know I can have a phone-date with most of them! How sad it would be for me not to have a support system like this.
My health is getting better. Sure, I still puke a lot in the morning (frequency, not volume. EW), but usually I feel very well in the afternoons. I am having more good days than bad ones. Hurray for this!
I can usually express how I feel about things. I think being able to communicate, being literate and well read, as well as having the words to describe emotions and thoughts are critical skills.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
My mom always bought us a nice card, chocolates, and a CD/DVD. She'd put them on our breakfast table or in our bathroom for us to find in the morning. It was really nice.
In elementary school, we had classroom parties. I loved making the Valentine cards for others. I actually didn't do home made ones... just the cartoon ones from the store. But I still liked filling them out! I think I felt a little like I was doing something important.
I like the Valentine's Day decorations most stores have, too. Lovely place settings, pretty candles, sweet wreaths. How fantastic would it be to have a birthday in February? Well, if you are female and like lacy, pink and red, and LOVE theme decorations. (Which I do.)
For Valentine's Day this year, my husband made me heart shaped pancakes for breakfast and put lovely pink tulips on my bedside table. He also planned for our dinner at a fancy Chinese restaurant, and had I felt well enough, gone to see a movie he wouldn't have otherwise selected. Instead, we watched one of my favorite movies/books of all time Pride and Prejudice. (I like both versions!). Another special thing he did was get me an entire box of Fun Dip Valentines. The kind you are supposed to give out to your friends, if, say, you are a little kid. On each Valentine, he wrote a cute name for me on the TO: line (Honey, Good Lookin, Babe, My Dearest) and then FROM: Dan. I thought it was so great! I screamed and jumped up and down a little.
Oh yeah... next week we are going to the Ryan Adams concert here in town! How's that for a great date Valentine gift??
I wish there were more days devoted to appreciating those you love. Like, one per month!
Sorry, faithful, happy readers for not providing you with anything super neat to read. Our internet is down at home, and I have just been living "chicken with its head cut off" type of a week!
I keep thinking of my two mantras:
1) Breathe. Breathe.
2) Just do the best I can.
Hope things are great and relaxed in your part of the world!
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Historically, though, I've gained a lot of insight about the kitchen from watching my parents cook, seeing my aunt prepare pies at Douglas Company, and reading cookbooks. I have two new cookbooks from Christmas that I haven't had time to study, and I look forward to trying those!
But for now, I am off to bake potatoes in the oven, per the recipe and advice on http://howtobakeapotato.com/. Maybe one day I'll start doing step by step photo recipes of my own, so I can contribute the the online community that has helped me become the cook I am today!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
So here are some good things that I've done or have had done for me lately:
1) I had the foresight to schedule a day off on February 12, and to ask for support from my husband. I knew I'd feel so uneasy and sad on this day, and I am proud of myself for taking care of my needs and asking others to help. Its not easy!!
2) We bought a photo album for the baby. Its blue suede and has a ridiculous giant silver baby carriage on the front. Cheese-o rama. But, it is pretty upscale and it will help to organize the dozens of ultra sound photos we have gotten and will continue to get. I am going to officially beginning the memory-collecting process for this baby!
3) New favorite bra brand... its called Olga and I found them at Kohl's last weekend. These have done wonders for my new, no-longer 34 Bs. I had no idea that I could change so quickly. All my lovely, VS fun to wear funderwear has been put into storage and I've got these "serious, heavy duty" bras. I officially feel like an adult woman now! No frivolous lacies or extra enhancements necessary! Seriously. I'd read so much about the need to get good, supportive bras during early, mid, and late pregnancy. I was at a loss for exactly what counted. FYI: Nothing at Target counts. VERY few things at VS count.
4) Heart shaped pancakes! My husband prepared them for me for breakfast. Its just the type of thing that he would do for me. And I am just the type of person who would be slightly disappointed with oval shaped pancakes on Valentine's Day!
5) Looking forward to a vacation! I'll get to spend some time with BBF Ann and her fun and funny husband John in late March. Though I haven't bought the plane ticket yet, I am especially excited for flying. I think I would even take extra layovers/plane switches just because I think riding in planes is so much fun!
6) Car pooling. Husband's new job is RIGHT on the way to my school. I simply take one exit from the highway, let him off, and am on my way. Literally 60 seconds off normal driving schedule. This means we get to spend time together talking in the car before and after our work days. This is an especially nice thing to do! On Wednesday when I was uber hungry, we even ate an early Buckingham's BBQ dinner together at a park. At 4:15pm. Yes, I am aware that it seems senior citizen-eque. But so does our breakfast date at Cracker Barrel on Thursday!
7) The excitement of announcing our baby's gender to family members. Yep, it was going to be a surprise, but sometimes, I just can't stand to wait. So we know. They know. I'll let you know very soon!
8) LOST is back on! For you other losties, here's a great website that I check periodically for other fan theories! It helps connect the dots between Eloise Hawking and Widmore, Faraday... good stuff!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
For God so loVed the world,
That He GAve
His on Ly
Believeth In Him
Should Not perish,
But have Everlasting life."
My mom sent this forward to me this morning, and though I usually don't read them, I think this forwarded email is nice. So I am sharing it with you!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
We do our night chores, create a pizza together, and then settle in for an evening of suspense and fun... LOST viewing. Usually we discuss our theories and predictions after the show.
Very few things have gotten in the way of this tradition. Once, husband played in a softball game on LOST finale night, and that really messed with our week. I even decided to forgo a women's Bible study in which I wanted to participate because it fell on every single Wednesday of the entire season. I don't attend meetings on Wednesdays. We don't take phone calls during our show. We have sometimes had a co-LOST viewing party with our neighbors, but only very rarely.
Here's our little "secret" recipe for our favorite meal.
Ingredients: Bread that comes with garlic butter spread on it, in foil ready to bake. Ragu Traditional or Kroger Pizza Parlor Style Pizza Sauce. Bag of Pizza Cheese/Mozzarella cheese. Fresh mushrooms. Pepperoni.
Method: Scrape almost all of the garlic butter off the bread... but make sure when you are scraping it that all the bread gets a fine layer over the top. Spread about half of the pizza sauce on both halves... any more and its just "too much!". Put pepperonis on husband's half. Cover both halves with a thick layer of cheese. Now add mushrooms, nice and thick, over the top of both pizzas. Bake in 375 oven for about 25 minutes, or until the cheese begins to turn brown.
Yummmmm. Pizza's being prepared right now... only 1 hour until we eat!!!!!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Here's a list of who is participating this year and my thoughts...
- Jewel I hope she sings the song "...break the yolk and make a smiley face, kinda like it in my brand new place, wipe the spots off of the mirror, put the cap back on, never fool with towels on the floor any more 'cause".
- Jewel's husband, Ty, who is a rodeo cowboy. I think he'll be sporting chaps with fringe and glitter before too long!
- David Alan Grier - I have no strong opinions. I don't think he'll be as naturally talented as last season's Maurice, but he does have a crowd pleasing smile! And when that other comic Adam Corrolla was on the show, it was fun.
- Steve W, Apple co-creator - He just doesn't look like a dancer. I hope he's not paired with one of my fav. girls - Juilianne H, Cheryl Burke, or Edyta. He'll be out FAST.
- Lil Kim. I'm not a fan of hers. So I really don't have an opinion.
- Chuck Wicks - I've never heard of him. But looking at his photos online, he will be the season's cutie for sure! And he's with Julianne! That is a great match. I bet they sing a country duet together. Maybe they'll win!
- The Naked Neighbor fom SATC movie - Admit it, didn't you hit rewind to see him and his when you first got the DVD? No? Well, maybe you were one of the gaspers or screechers in the movie theater making so much noise! I hope he's put with Cheryl. That will be steamy
- Steve-o. Ew. I hope he's not with Edyta. Or Katerina. They deserve "normaler".
- A football hall of famer named Lawrence. No opinion, really. I bet he'll go to the final six or so, the voters usually do that.
- Belinda Carlisle. Didn't know her name or face, but then I found she sang the song "We got the beat, we got the beat we got the beat.... yeeeeaaaaaaaaaaah, we got the BEAT!". She's got to be better than Susan Lucci last season!
- Denise Richards - I think she's a mix between Brooke and Kim Kardinshan... older cutie mom plus reality star. I think she'll make it to Top 4 at least.
- Shawn Johnson- I hope she's with Derrick! That will be fun to watch. Or if she is paried wtih the tallest guy out there... Tony? That will be more fun! I think she'll be extremely talented and well suited to this, if she can act mature enough for ballroom and those sexy dances!
- Nancy O'Dell - Eh... I'm not into gossip hosts doing these shows. No thanks!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Confession: Another TV Event I'm Ignoring. Subtitle: My Thoughts About Economic and Life Choice Bail Out Plans
This week its the Presidential Address. I am not totally interested in listening to President Obama speak about the economy and how much our country needs an economic stimulus package. I'm just not buying it.
If my neighbor had two cars, and I had a friend who had no cars, it would be illegal for me to go demand and take the extra car from neighbor 1 to help neighbor 2. I couldn't just call up the mayor of our city and demand that this transfer of ownership occur. I feel like this what is happening with our bailout philosophy.
I know it seems hard core, but I think that some businesses flourish and others fail. And when business leaders make bad choices about what their consumers need/want, or poor financial decisions, I think there should be a natural consequence of failure. Pick yourself back up, start again. Or maybe sell out to a competitor and use that money to start another business. Either way, that business owner has learned important lessons and I think can be more successful in the future.
To some extent, this is a belief I hold about raising children and school systems. Life should be full of obstacles to enhance learning experiences. I want my kids to be creative problem solvers. I want my students to have to work for knowledge, to puzzle over inconsistencies in data or theories, and explore the world to form their own conclusions. (I've found this is extremely difficult to do for students, as well as for teachers. Its so much easier to "give" notes and test basic information. My kids are so resistant to active learning. I think that they'd prefer not to struggle, but to just eke out an easy path in the world. I think the Bail Out plans are along the same line of reasoning)
I went to work this morning to set up things for a sub. In order to be ultra-organized and have the students be productive on a day I am out (actually advance in the content), it takes me roughly 2 hours to prepare. If you aren't a teacher, know this: it takes a lot of work to be gone for a sick day!
During that time period, I barfed. A few times. Once the principal came in to check on me. During the barf. How embarrassing!! Random students popped in all first period, increasing the amount of time I had to be at school. Its nice to see happy faces in the morning, but I couldn't get them to leave. I told them my breath was toxic. Most didn't buy it and replied "Pregnancy isn't contagious!". Ah, at least the paid attention during the lessons about communicative disease!
I am not sure if I have some sort of stomach virus, the achy respiratory flu, or am just feeling very sick. Yesterday I barely moved and ate very little. Its about time for me to nap.
I hope to put a few things away in my bedroom so the room doesn't stress my husby out any more. I am trying to do very loving things for him this week, it being Valentimes and all.
Oh... here's something else interesting that happened as I was at the pharmacy (its actually called a Medical Pharmacy. That seems like a redundant phrase, no?) refilling Zofran. Some one asked me for money or food. Usually downtown, the homeless people are drunk and offensive. This person looked sad. I didn't have any pocket change or even Saltines (yes, they go everywhere with me these days), but I did come back after I'd bought a sandwich for my own lunch with some food for him. People in Columbia seem very reluctant to give beggars anything, and I always feel socially sanctioned for giving booze or drug money. I think I should start carrying around little snacks to give people who are brave enough to ask for a hand out. How "down on my luck" would I have to be to actually beg? That seems pretty brave to me!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Now I can take a nap, leisurely clean up my bedroom, and then go for an afternoon outing with husband (once he wakes up from his Saturday nap!).
Saturdays really are a welcome balm that soothes my spirit.