Monday, June 19, 2006

Moved...

Moved to MySpace

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Another try at school

I decided to take Beth to Sunday school as a way to give "school" another try. She has been asking to go to school, and I want her to go, but it's tough to spend $150 only to find out Beth hates the school and doesn't want to go back. So, I'm thinking Sunday school is the answer - only once per week, only a few hours at a time, no naps (which she HATES), and Momma is right down the hall if she freaks out and needs me.

This Sunday was our first Sunday school experience, and she seemed to enjoy it, all things considered. It's a VERY small church, so her Sunday school class is only going to be two other kids, and both were on family vacations that week. She was the only kid in Sunday school. She seemed to like it, although she was more interested in exploring the room than in listening to the lady talk about the Last Supper. She definitely does not have the school mentality yet - she wanted to paint and that's *it* and no one was going to convince her otherwise. Where DOES she get that stubbornness? :-)

After Sunday school, everyone gets together for the start of the regular service. Everyone was so friendly with her, and one lady gave her a Veggie Tales CD that she got from a Chick Filet kids meal (it's just weird to me that there's a religious fast food place, but nevertheless...) Beth really liked the singing. She stood on the pew and sort of swayed back and forth. It was VERY cute! Then the pastor called the kids up to the front of the church, and they all sit on the stair together and he gives a 3-minute kid's version of his sermon. His lesson was that 'man cannot live on bread alone'. He kept it literal with the kids, and asked them if they would like to eat nothing but bread all the time. One of the boys said, "No, I would get tired of it, like I get tired of applesauce." When they were done, the kids went off to the nursery to play while the grown ups had the rest of the service, although the pastor didn't stay literal with us - he stayed on the bread-alone theme as a speech on materialism, which just happens to be a pet peeve of mine so I liked the service too.

Every 3rd Sunday they have a group for Shorties, a special kids group where they do activities and crafts and music. I know Beth would have liked it, but we would have had to go back at 3 and momma was too pooped. Besides, with her being the only kid there, I was afraid she wouldn't get the idea of how fun that group is going to be. But yet again, momma was wrong. She has asked to go back several times, and she asks me every night what day it is, as though she's counting down in her mind. This morning she even asked about the Veggie Tales CD, which is weird because we only listened to it on the way home from church, which was about 7 minutes - tops.

I'm sure in a few more weeks and after the other 4 year old girl comes back from vacation, Beth will enjoy it even more. And hopefully the other girl will be a good influence and demonstrate how to listen to the teacher. :-)

I really liked the church too. Like I said, it's very small. Maybe 40 people, and no choir, but Pastor Matt still wears a microphone, like we wouldn't be able to hear him otherwise. The service feels more like a conversation rather than one crotchety old guy giving a stern lecture trying to tell us to do-this-or-you'll-burn-in-hell. The church is beautiful - it's so simple, there's not even any stained glass. It's sort of like what I'd imagine churches looked like 200 years ago.

So Beth and I will definitely be going back, and I'll be the only atheist in the church.

We all have our secrets, I guess.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

My bedroom makeover

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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

VOTE FOR FELICITY!!!

Vote for Felicity

Not that there's anything wrong with the stay at home moms or the couple with the huge green bedroom. But if you are blessed enough to be a stay at home mom, or blessed enough to have a huge ass house, you don't need to win an HGTV contest. Felicity lost everything in Hurricane Katrina, and she's a nurse at a homeless shelter! Most deserving and best personality... vote today!!!

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Unethical?

This article, though interesting, strikes me as unethical:

Study: Lifting Weights Attacks Belly Fat

Quote:
In it, 164 overweight and obese Minnesota women ages 24 to 44 were divided evenly into two groups. One group participated in a two-year weight-training program and the other was simply given a brochure recommending exercise of 30 minutes to an hour most days of the week. Both groups were told not to change their diets in a way that might lead to weight changes.

So they have a group of overweight and obese women, and tell them NOT to change their diet and lose weight? As medical professionals, they have an obligation to educate these women. If they CHOSE not to diet, then that is their choice, but a medical professional cannot, in good conscience, tell an overweight or obese patient NOT to change their diet!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

What women find attractive

A study conducted by UCLA's Department of Psychiatry has revealed that the kind of face a woman finds attractive on a man can differ, depending on where she is in her menstrual cycle.

For example: If she is ovulating, she is attracted to men with rugged and masculine features.

However, if she is menstruating or menopausal, she tends to be more attracted to a man with scissors lodged in his temple and duct tape over his mouth while he is on fire.

No further studies are expected.

Please help the fight against cancer

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2006, about 9,710 cases of invasive cervical cancer will be diagnosed in the United States. Some researchers estimate that noninvasive cervical cancer (carcinoma in situ) is about 4 times more common than invasive cervical cancer. About 3,700 women will die from cervical cancer in the United States this year.

Research has made great strides and a vaccine has shown promise in preventing the cancer-causing strains of a virus which is present in half of the adults in the US. This vaccine protects against HPV 16 and 18, which together cause 70 percent of cervical cancers. Traditional treatment of cervical cancer often includes a hysterectomy, performed whether or not the uterus is occupied. But hopefully with further research, no woman will ever have to choose between her life and the life of her unborn baby.

Please support the Relay For Life of Raleigh by clicking here to make a tax-deductible donation. Any contribution, no matter how big or small, makes a difference in people's lives.

Thank you so much!