Friday, August 29, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
She's been stoked for the last week and literally jumped out of bed this morning. Granted Pre-school is afternoon only 5 days a week but she didn't care. And she was equally stoked when she and Steve came home.
We decided to go over to mom's so Jenna could enlighten her. SHe wanted to use her scooter. As we left she ran over her foot with her scooter and got a surface scratch on her ankle. She sniffled the whole way to mom's.
Once she had her juice box she chatted it up with mom. Once she saw the scratch on her ankle she wanted a band-aid of which it clearly didn't need. That made her pout. She didn't even say goodbye to mom and said she didn't want to ride her scooter home. I had to push Mallory so I basically told her she was SOL, but not in so many words. Then she started to cry and mildly sob.
Mom's hollerin' at me to count to 10, slowly. Two houses down I holler back, "3!"
At the corner Jenna's still crying and dragging her scooter so I pass her and walk ahead. This made her cry even more. I got to the other corner and waited until she was closer then walked up to the house. I got a couple nasty looks from drivers and I'm walking and Jenna's crying.
Mal and I got to the house and I waited until Jenna could see me go into the house. She came, still crying, so I told her to go to her time-out corner in the living room. She cried for another 10 minutes.
I went over to her to see what the problem was. She said her ankle hurt. It's been over 30 minutes since she scraped it and she was carrying on like her foot was going to fall off. She said she wanted an ice pack so I told her to get one. Then the phone rang.
It was mom making sure everyone returned to the house alive. I went into Jenna's room to tell her the whole story up to that point. I came back to the living room and got food for Mallory. I started to feed Mallory when Jenna started crying AGAIN.
"What is it this time???"
"You said you'd come back after the phone call!"
"Jenna, I am back. Oh, you meant back to you."
"What do you want, Jenna?"
"I want you to hold my icey!"
So once again, "Mother Of The Year" is gone until 2025.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Look at the grin on her face as mom shows her the plate!!She's got it figured out now!!This is Mallory's version of "Peek-a-boo"!!Trying a lime-flavored popsicle....Jenna plowing through her burger....Jenna is all stoked as she started pre-school today. All I can do is shake my head. She's in school now. She's growing up and I have to trust part of her development to someone else and fret about what she'll pick up and learn under peer pressure.
I'm not ready for this.....
Friday, August 22, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Know what it says? Ass Orgy. Now, here's the kicker; this is a State-approved plate. It has been verified by Snopes.
So then I started looking around for plates that have gotten through the DMV radar and been approved. Some are rather ingenious.
A handicapped person with a sense of humor:
Another handicapped person with an even better sense of humor for using a classic South Park reference:
A green-conscious person:
And its counter-part:
My friend, Nicole, is a nurse and used to work on a cardiac floor. She wanted to get a plate that said "IV PUSH" but the DMV wouldn't approve it becuase of its drug reference. HOwever, I did see a plate that read "RX DLR"; Drug Dealer. How did that one get through?
The new Nebraska plates consist of three letters and three numbers. Apparently the new letter sequence coming out consists of "WTF ..." and many people are refusing the plates. Personally, I would LOVE to have a plate that just said "WTF".
Have you seen any creative plates out on the road?
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Having an international event of this magnitude in a country like China comes as complete lie to me.
Here is a closed nation, a Communist nation, that is trying to put on such a front, a phony front at that, and it just makes me sick.
Starting things off was the opening ceremonies when the little girl lip synched because the face of the actual singer wasn't pretty enough. Sure, at our huge sporting events the acts are lip synched but it's the actual artist singing.
The Chinese governement is going so far as to squelch any protests and is clearing out the homeless to give the false image that they are in control and eveything is all hunky-dory.
I think what bothers me the most is the human rights issues with this country; creating false crimes to arrest people. I belong to Voice Of The Martyrs, a non-profit organization that raises awareness of the crimes committed against Underground House Churches and its fellow followers, condeming them for following Christ and denouncing their National Religion.
I write letters of encouragement to imprisoned pastors and believers of Christ as they endure torture and lengthy sentences. I admire these people for having the faith and courage to stand up for Christ in the face of adversity.
Ask yourself this: would you defend Jesus if you were threated with death of either yourself or your family? Would you renounce your faith in Him if faced with this in order to protect yourself or your family?
I don't think I could. Yet these people do on a daily basis. They strongly and proudly profess their love, faith, and devotion to the Lord. I was emailed the following story today about a pastor in China who was arrested because he was behind the Olympic Prayer Bands that have been circulated around the world.
Inspiration for Olympic Prayer Band Arrested
Pastor Zhang “Bike” Mingxuan, known for traveling across China on a bicycle to evangelize, was arrested by Chinese police just two days before the Olympics began. Pastor Bike was the inspiration for the recent partnership between The Voice of the Martyrs and China Aid Association to create the Olympic Prayer Band.
Earlier this year, Pastor Bike pleaded with VOM staff to ask Christians to pray for persecuted Christians in China during the Olympics. The pastor voluntarily preaches the gospel openly in China despite being persecuted. He has asked for his identity to be revealed to bring continued attention to the persecution of Christians in Communist China.
Thanks to Pastor Bike’s inspiration and the commitment of concerned Christians across the United States, more than 800,000 prayer bands have been circulated. On Aug. 6, Pastor Bike was arrested while trying to deliver medicine to his ailing wife. His wife and another pastor were also arrested. We have also learned this week that Chinese officials are opening a full investigation of the Olympic Prayer Bands that were distributed to house church members within China. Despite this increased pressure from Chinese authorities, Chinese Christians continue to ask for prayer and to make their plight known.
Order your Prayer Bands today!As the Olympics goes on, the harassment of Chinese evangelists continues to increase. Please help remind others to pray for persecuted Christians like Pastor Bike by ordering your prayer bands today!
More about Pastor BikePastor Bike, president of the Chinese House Church Alliance, rode his bike more than 10,000 miles, visiting 24 Chinese provinces to introduce nonbelievers to Jesus Christ. Armed with a Bible and his business card, which declared “Believe in Jesus, Earn Eternal Life,” Pastor Bike brought the gospel to thousands of people. He and other Chinese evangelists have been repeatedly harassed by Chinese officials during this Olympic year. Please pray for the release of Pastor Bike and his wife.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
*sigh* "Yes, Steve.....you may now call her 'Knot Head'."
Monday, August 11, 2008
Caption Contest Winner: Out of default this week's winner is Nadine with, "You put both hands in and you shake them all about...you do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself about...That's what it's all about!"
Weight Watchers Update: At the end of Week 9 I dropped another 1.8# giving me a total of 22.6#. However, after this weekend, I know I put all of that back on and more. Last night I stuffed a chicken with home made pesto between the skin and meat and cooked it on the grill for a couple of hours along with some corn on the cob.
Damn. Thems some guuuud eats!
Not much else to report this weekend....can't believe that schools around here start back this week. When I was in school we didn't go back until the week before Labor Day. But the middle of August?? That's just nuts.
Mallory is pretty much walking exclusively. Stay tuned to tomorrow's post.
Friday, August 8, 2008
It was the better part of four days before Britain heard from her Queen. Raised in the Monarchy and brought up to be private and strong, QE2 had a difficult decision to make about making an appearance and altering the traditions of Britain that were centuries old. Because Diana was no longer part of the Royal Family it was her decision to not have a public funeral and left that matter up to the Spencer's.
But with face of the Royal Family on the line with her people, QE2 relents and attends the funeral though is clearly uncomfortable with it. It's a conflict of time-honored tradition against progressiveness. At one point she threw her hands in the air and exclained that perhaps the Monarchy should go away.
Good rental, if not for the plot but rather for Mirren's Oscar winning performance of QE2.
Sorry for the absence this week; nothing exciting to report other than Mallory is wlaking almost exclusively now and has finally cut her fourth tooth. Though the way she chews on her hand there are more to come.
In honor and spirit of the Olympics opening tonight I submit yet other Olympic-themed photo for the contest. Have a great weekend and I'll see you Monday!!
Monday, August 4, 2008
Netflix Movie of the Weekend: "Freedom Writers" (2007) Stacy gave me the heads-up about this movie in one of her previous posts. Hillary Swank stars as Erin Gruwell, a first-time teacher in Long Beach in 1994 after the Rodney King Riots. Again, this is another modern-day "Dead Poets" where the teacher rallies her students to work together for the greater cause.
I think one of the most profound moments in the movie was "The Line Game" where Gruwell put a tape line down the center of the room and had those students approach if a question pertained to them. At first you could see the posturing and intimidating stares of rivals when they approached the line. Then the questions started getting more personal, "How many have lost a friend to gang violence?" Now instead of posturing and intimidating, these kids, whom have seen and experienced more than anyone should at the tender age of 15, these kids start to see each other as a bit more human instead of the enemy.
I didn't want this movie to end. I really enjoyed this movie so I Googled Erin Gruwell and her Freedom Writer's Foundation. There's a CNN clip about a teacher in Indiana who was suspended for 1.5 years, without pay, for using the book, even though the book is in their library. If you haven't already, I recommend this movie. I think I'll have to check out the Freedom Writers' Diary as well.
Weight Watcher's Update: Only down 0.2# this weel but I had *ahem* female issues to contend with. It's still a loss so I'll take it! This puts me down 20.8# in 8 weeks.
Didn't do much this weekend as it was too blasted hot. Yup, it's August. Nebraska gets hot but rarely does it reach 100. On average we reach 100 maybe 5 days in the summer. But with our high humidity the heat index easily surpasses 110. I did grill both Saturday and Sunday as I'm not outside for very long. It's supposed to break and get back down in the 80s mid-week.