Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I'm proud to say my Rep. voted against this. It has been theorized that this little bill may increase our energy bills by 90%. One supporter of the bill was reported as saying, "We'll make it so that people have no choice but to conserve." This may be a very cold winter & next summer may be quite warm.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I can usually estimate fairly closely within a few words of a comment the general age or at least the generation of the author. I recently received a comment on one of my videos on YouTube that I really questioned if it was in English at all. I am fairly sure this person had to have been under the age of 18...if not, this is just sad & inexcusable.
First, there were no capital words. Irritating. At one point in the comment, I got the impression he/she was talking about some store but I'm not sure if it was the name of the store or the type of store.
Second, there was an absence of any kind of punctuation. Punctuation is so important. Now, I'm not an expert at it, & any of you teachers out there have probably mentally marked this whole post in red, but, at least I use periods, question marks, exclamation points, whatever necessary to indicate that I have finished that particular statement.
My final, irritation with this comment was the great usage of abbreviations for things. I swear, every other word was a series of letters, I'm sure represented something but I'm not sure what (espcially with no capitalizing or periods). This kind of writing makes me think the person writing it must be drunk or some type of mental illness. This is usually the number one indicator as to the age of the author, however.
Anyway, that rant is over. :)
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Ok, yes, I know that is a lot of books for one to be reading all at the same time but at least half of them are reference books that I only use on occasion & a couple of them I haven't even started. So, to get to it, I will be starting with the book on the left & moving right as I describe each one.
Perspectives: A Spiritual Life Guide For Twentysomethings by Colin Creel: I am totally loveing this book. There are parts in it that I think are changing my life. I better hurry up & read it, though, since I am 29. However, at least from what I have read so far, most of this could apply to any life stage you happen to be in.
Backfired: A Nation Born for Religious Tolerance No Longer Tolerates Religion by William J. Federer: This is a very interesting book. I started it about a year ago but put it down & just haven't picked it up much since. It is a very interesting book but I tend to get distracted easily, I think I was reading a couple of other books at the time for some small groups. Anyway, the title pretty much sums up what this book is about. I'm only to the point where the American colonies have decided to allow Catholics to hold office & such.
Sanctuary: Creating a Blessed Place to Life and Love by Pamela J. Bailey: I just got this book last week. So far, I'm only a couple of pages into the book & she is talking about how she came to the point where she decided to turn her house into a home. I'm enjoying it so far. She has said a couple of things that I have really liked. The most meaningful for me being, "Intentionally or not, a home is a reflection of the person or people who reside in it." That is basic knowledge I already knew but that really "hit home" for me because I do not like what I see around me right now & I want to reflect something much nicer & peaceful.
Lady in Waiting: Becoming God's Best While Waiting for Mr. Right by Jackie Kendall & Debby Jones: This book was recommended to me by a friend about 9 or so years ago & I just now decided to read it. She really liked it & said she got a lot from it. I guess I need to keep reading because of what I've read so far, I've gotten very little from it. The first chapter dealt with issues single women typically deal with but that I feel I have already put behind me. This book seems very surface level & probably would be great for 17-21 year old women. Granted, I did start this book coming off my Captivating high. (Captivating being a very deep book that I can not recommend enough & has completely changed my life & idea of God.)
Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life by Margaret Kim Peterson: This is one of the books I haven't started, so I have no idea what it will be like. I'll let you know later.
A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart & Home to Others by Karen Ehman: This is another book I haven't started yet but I really like the title & I can't wait to get to it.
Too Much Stuff: De-Cluttering Your Heart and Home by Kathryn Porter: This book I was probably the most excited about ordering but since Santuary came first, that's the one I started reading first. So, this one will probably be next.
No Ordinary Home: The Uncommon Art of Christ-Centered Homemaking by Carol Brazo: Not really sure if this will be relevant for me at this life-stage but I'll give it a whirl. It is highly rated on Amazon.
Life Application Study Bible (NLT) by God with help from His prophets: It's the Bible. I've been reading this particular one for about 3 years & it is beginning to show it's wear. I love all the little notes that they put at the bottom of each page.
Where To Find It In The Bible: The Ultimate A to Z Resource by Ken Anderson: This is one of my reference books. I don't use it that often but I really like it.
The Ultimate Guide to the Bible by Carol Smith: Another reference book that is quite good but I've read very little of it.
Halley's Bible Handbook: This is a great reference book that I grew up seeing my dad searching through all the time when he was preparing for a Sunday School lesson.
The Kingdom of the Cults by Walter Martin (author) & Ravi Zacharias (editor): This is a fantastic book wonderfully detailing many of today's religions including Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science, the LDS, Buddhism, Scientology, New Age, Islam, & others. Both of these men are highly respected & probably considered two of the leading Christian apologists. I am a particular fan of Ravi Zacharias after listening to a few of his radio sermons. I've only made it through their chapters where they define a cult & other language they use & only half way though their discussion of the psychology of a cult.
Handbook of Today's Religions by Josh McDowell & Don Stewart: This is another apologetics book I occasionally pick up. I am highly interested in differing religions to the point that, one day, I would like to write maybe a small group study on some of them. I may write more someother time about my interest in this subject. Anyway, this book covers many of the same religions as The Kingdom of the Cults including a few more like Occultism, some religions I've never even heard of, & some that people may not classify as religions such as atheism, agnosticism, Marxism, Secular Humanism, etc... I've only read through Islam & most of their chapters where they introduce & discuss the language & definitions of a cult.
Handbook of Denominations in the United States by Frank S. Mead, Samuel S. Hill, & Craig D. Atwood: This book is pretty interesting in which it breaks down each denomination within the US. It gives the founding date, the estimated mempership, how they formed from the parent group, what their basic doctrines are, &, if available, their headquarter's address & website address. I haven't really used this book much but I'm pretty sure it would be interesting.
Webster's II New College Dictionary: It is a dictionary. :) I have it here because, while reading, I occasionally come across a word I don't really know, so I look it up. Very old-school, I know.
Well, that's about it right now. I think I'll end up moving most of the apologetics books & reference books to one of the shelves on the bookcase in the living room as soon as I get them organized. If I don't use them regularly, I really don't need them out, do I? :) I know I have a couple of more books in the apartment complex office that I need to go pick up but they should be the last for a bit.
So what books are on your nightstand or desk or car or purse or where ever you tend to read?
Ok...it is definitely WAY past my nap time. Later.
Anyway, I am working on this. As Christians, we are called to be hospitable & I know I am not. I never feel like my home is clean enough (& it really isn't) for guests & I don't feel that my cooking skills are where they should be to offer meals to people who need them.
A couple of weekends ago, I finally told God, "Fine, let's do this." & really allowed Him to convict me fully on the subject. That Saturday, when I went to church, what do you think the pastor preached on? That's right...hospitality. "Ok, God, I get the picture."
So how does one go from pig to princess? From clutter & chaos to comfort & peace? From "get me out of here" to "I wish I could stay longer?"
Well, I don't know about others, but I'm a nerd & I research things to death. I ordered several books on homemaking, organization, clutter, etc... I have become obsessed with several blogs regarding homemaking, organization, cooking, frugality, cleaning, anything to do with running a home.
I know it sounds a little like feeding a problem to order more books for a person who already has a serious issue with clutter & way too many books to begin with, but I'm working on a plan. A couple of weeks ago, the weekend I finally had gotten the message, I cleaned out a cabinet in my bathroom hallway that had been bugging me for weeks. I threw out boxes of stuff. I felt guilty about throwing some of those things out but I've had them in that cabinet for almost 5 years now & still haven't used them, I doubt I ever will...I usually just end up buying another what ever it is when I need it anyway. For example, I found 5 large bottles of Tums in that cabinet. I can't even remember the last time I had indigestion. By the way, I kept one bottle & took the rest home to my mom & dad.
That same weekend, I also cleaned my closet & got things a bit more organized in there.
My next project, I hope to go through my book cases in my living room. Like I said, I have a serious issue with too many books. I'm going to be very selective & only keep the ones I am extreemly serious about reading. I have several that I have had for years & haven't even attempted to read them. Even though I always say, "I'll read it eventually," I never do, so those suckers are out. I have a friend who reads books like crazy so I'll offer some of them to her & the rest I'll take to Half Price Books & see what I can get for them, if there are any they refuse to take (which I highly doubt), I'll take them to my hospital (they have roving book shelves for the waiting rooms & patients). To be honest, I have gotten away from fiction lately. I use to say I would never read non-fiction..."it doesn't require any creativity, no imagination, it's boring"...but that's not really true. I love non-fiction now. I glean so much from it & I find it quite interesting. Like I said, I'm a nerd, I love to research & learn.
Most of the research (blogs, books, & websites) I have been making is by Christian homemakers, aka, stay-at-home wives/mothers/homeschoolers. I mean, they are the experts of homemaking, right? That's their job. I'm not sure if I'll ever marry or become a mother or a stay-at-home wife/mother but that doesn't really matter. If I do, I'll have learned a lot of great advice on how to run a home & if I never marry, I'll still have my own home to run. Practical life wisdom rarely goes wasted. I have already learned quite a bit &, hopefully, having real life friends that are homemakers & reading these other ladies blogs will continue to inspire me get my life on the homefront in order.
Last year, I guess, was the year of my physical life. God convicted me about my health & helped me to get in better shape, learn to eat healthier & like it, and loose approximately 70 lbs. While I still have at least 30 lbs to go, I guess God thinks it is time to move to another area of my life. I came to the realization that, like loosing weight, I can not get my house clean & in order in a day, a weekend, or even a whole month, it is going to take a long time to get it where I want it, even then, like struggling with weight, it will be a daily battle to keep undercontrol. When I realized that, I seemed to relax a little. I've been looking at this mess for so long thinking, "There is so much to do, I don't know where to start." & then I would find something much less productive to do. But knowing it will take months to sort & thinking in small goals, like my cabinet in the hallway or one book self at a time, seems much more manageable & much less stressful. The entire living room in one day, forget it...I'll just play Rock Band for a while. But, one shelf for today...I think I can handle that.
So, a couple of years ago, it was The Year (or Two) of Spirituality; last year, it was The Year of Health; & I guess, this year, will be The Year of The Home.
Well today, I read a short but wonderful article by Jeffery Jena in which he discusses we allow different people to call us by different names depending on how well we know a person & in what manner we are associated with them. Then he went on to reveal that by Sen. Boxer making this request of Brig. Gen. Walsh, she actually was asking him to insult her...which after her scene, I'm sure he was more than happy to oblige.
In his article, Jena talked about how he, a comedian by trade, was doing a show where the commanding officer happened to be a woman &, not wanting to insult her by calling her by the wrong title, he asked another decorated officer as to the proper way to reference her. He told him to refer to her as ma'am but then he went on to warn him never to refer to a military person by their title only unless you are trying to insult him or her.
Imagine, for example, you are an enlisted man and you are under the command of a Lieutenant Smith. If Lt. Smith is a competent leader you would address him as “Sir,” “LT” or “Lt. Smith.” If Lt. Smith is an arrogant moron you would always address him simply as “Lieutenant.”
So when General Walsh quickly came back with “Senator” and not “Senator Boxer” I laughed because I knew what he meant; this is a substandard person for whom I have no respect!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Anyway, I just wanted to share my thoughts before I head off to bed...late, again...but tonight is my "Friday" so I'll be fine. :)
Monday, June 22, 2009
These are good guidelines to follow. However, I struggle with everyone of them. I'm not a huge advocate for organic or raw living but I do think it is probably healthier to limit the amount of man altered foods in our diet.
This blog entry was found at Keeper of the Home.
Visit StopEPA.com to sign the petition. You have until tomorrow (6/23/09) to sign. President Obama sent me an email today asking all Americans to get involved/volunteer/help their community. Well, here's one way I will.