Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Forget, health care & this imaginary "climate change" hoopla, Pres. Obama, this is serious! I have a reasonable amount of personal research to believe that candy crunching is a major player in all the wars in all the times.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
A fellow blogger & Texan now living in Nevada recently posted on her blog the following sentiments about some of the great attributes associated with living in this state.
YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN TEXAS IN JULY WHEN:
The birds have to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground.
The trees are whistling for the dogs.
The best parking place is determined by shade instead of distance.
Hot water now comes out of both taps.
You can make sun tea instantly.
You learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty good branding iron!
The temperature drops below 95 and you feel a little chilly.
You discover that in July it only takes 2 fingers to steer your car.
You discover that you can get sunburned through your car window.
You actually burn your hand opening the car door.
You break into a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:30 a.m.
Your biggest bicycle wreck greatest fear is, "What if I get knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and cook to death?"
You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.
The potatoes cook underground, so all you have to do is pull one out and add butter, salt and pepper.
Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to keep them from laying boiled eggs.
The cows are giving evaporated milk.
Ah, what a place to call home.
God Bless Our State of TEXAS
A poem for all Texans
Bless this house, oh Lord, we cry.
Please keep it cool in mid-July.
Bless the walls where termites dine,
While ants and roaches march in time.
Bless our yard where spiders pass
Fire ant castles in the grass.
Bless the garage, a home to please
Carpenter beetles, ticks and fleas.
Bless the love bugs, two by two,the gnats and mosquitoes that feed on you.
Millions of creatures that fly or crawl,
In TEXAS, Lord, you've put them all!
But this is home, and here we'll stay,
So thank you Lord, for insect spray.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Ok, after writing that post this morning & thinking through things & talking to a couple of friends...& buying a new Wal-Mart brand Spanx like thing so I'll feel a little less jiggly in my bridesmaid's dress, I'm feeling a little less depressed & on the verge of tears. Ok, so maybe I was never really on the verge of tears, just dissappointed in myself & wanting to have an out of body experience in which I smack myself upside the back of my head. Don't get me wrong, I'm angry as heck at myself, but there's point in dribbling in a dark corner over my mistakes when there is work to be done.
I've never done the whole reward thing but I'm thinking it may be time for that. I think I talked about this a bit in another post. Anyway, I've decided to give myself a small reward for when loose 5 lbs & a bit bigger of a reward when I get to a 10 lbs loss. Since I'm trying to also live a little more frugally, I'll appreciate each of these prizes more.
For my first 5 lbs reward, I'm thinking about some new underware from Victoria's Secret. My sis got some from them the other day that she really liked them. A bit more expensive than Wal-Mart, nicer too, I'm sure.
For my 10 lbs, like I mentioned in that previous post, I think I'll get the new Sims 3 game. I was going to wait till I got to be under 170 but I think if I can loose 10 lbs in a decent amount of time (aka, by the end of Sept) then I'll be "back in the groove" & I'm afraid I may give in & buy it if it takes too much longer. :)
For my 15 lbs mark (the second 5 lbs), I'm thinking one of these rings. I love almost every one of the ones they offer but these two are my favorite. The first has a portion of Philipians 4:13 on the outside & the reference to the verse on the inside. Philipians 4:13 has been a kind of mantra for me since embarking on this journey. I would chant it over & over to myself when my trainer would want me to lift an impossible weight "just 5 more" times.
The other ring, references Proverbs 31 on the top with the rest of the band made of the letters making up "Woman of God." This ring seems to have more meaning to me now for some spiritual things I am going through. Maybe I'll get one of them at this mark & the other at another point.
I'm not sure what the rest of rewards will be. If I haven't had to purchase a new cell phone by the point I hit the 150's & given it fits into the policy I share with others, I would like to get an iPhone. I will also be needing some new running shoes soon but I'm not sure that would be as much of a reward as much as a necessity...& they're certainly not as fun as a game or something like that.
Anyway, I'm excited to get my new things so I better get cracking. :)
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The author went on to say:
"When the government has people dependent on a medical system it starts to treat them like property and tells them how to live. It also makes decisions on whether they live or die by telling them whether or not they will get an operation."
"The change Obama wants for America is fundamentally inhumane and dangerous. Real change begins next November when we clean house and start sending politicians home. Take away those who vote for his bills and he becomes a paper tiger with the words “One-Termer” on his forehead."
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Trivia question:Where in the US Constitution does the phrase "separation of church & state" reside?
Answer: No where. The phrase has been tracked down to have first occurred in a letter between Thomas Jefferson & the Danburry Baptist Association in 1802.
Many people claim that the First Amendment is speaking of "separation of church & state."
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Well, I guess it is a bit.
It does say that the government cannot make a law against or exalting a particular religion, but it says nothing about a religion getting involved in politics.
As a bit of interest, it does appear in another country's constitution. Here is a direct quote translated into English with the country's name removed so you can guess the country:
ARTICLE 124. In order to ensure to citizens freedom of conscience, the church in ______ is separated from the state, and the school from the church. Freedom of religious worship and freedom of antireligious propaganda is recognized for all citizens.
Can you guess which country?
Answer: The USSR
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
A friend of mine posted a comment on her Facebook page about socialized medicine recently which sparked quite a debate. Most commenters were very much against Obama's plan but one commenter was quite for it. This idiot went on to say "BUT everyone should must have the same opportunities to Health care. And that includes limiting treatment to the "hope less cases" empty the nursing homes!!!"
Wow. Nice guy. Now this guy is 49 yrs old & not in prime condition by the looks of his profile pic so, I guess he is either planning on taking advantage of Obama's plan to make euthanasia available so that he can all spare us the cost. (I won't even go into his issue with grammar & writing...I guess, using my logic, since he isn't a teenager, he must have been drunk when writing this comment.)
Most people assume they will either drift off in their sleep or have a massive heart attack & that will be that. But with the technology we have today, that is not often the case. The problem is we survive. We go on. We don't die. We continue for months sometimes years. Now, this sounds great, but is it? Working in health care, I would say most of the people who come in that need immediate intervention to continue to live get it & survive. However, many of these lives are changed forever. They may be as bad off as to remain in a coma for years & years to come or may just need the assistance of a walker for the rest of their lives. But, do we really want the government to say when our time is up? If this particular man has a stroke but survives leaving him unable to care for himself completely but still coherent & able to carry on a conversation with someone, do you think he will still be in support of "emptying the nursing homes?"
Obviously this buffoon has never had anyone close to him suffer. While not everyone on the left may feel like he does, I have a feeling more than we think do.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Frugality is a very important part of homemaking. You have to guard your finances. Money, according to almost every poll I've ever read, is the number one stressor in people's lives & the number one reason many marriages fall apart.
I was quite lucky to have been raised by great parents that stressed the importance of minding your finances well. I am so far ahead of many of my peers. The only debt that I have to my name is my car & that is very close to being paid off. I was lucky enough to escape college without having to take out any loans. I would say the majority of people cannot say this & there is nothing wrong with that, I'm just very lucky. The other major form of debt comes from credit cards. Again, my parents made us swear that we would pay off our credit card in full every month or we couldn't have one. That one rule will save you from so much grief later on.
Even though I don't have any real debt, finances still stress me a bit. I want to buy a house sometime soon & don't have the money saved that I would like to have before buying. I also love to travel but don't get to do it near to the extent that I would like. So, in hopes of growing a bit of a nest egg, dreams of travel, & aspirations of being a smarter homemaker, I'm going to start living a bit more frugally.
Last month I had a higher than usual credit card bill & made a commitment to not buy anything unnecessary (ie, no makeup, no music, no movies, no clothes, etc...) until after Kim's wedding in August.
Well, you know when you make a commitment, Satan cocks his gun & attacks. If you aren't familiar with the computer game The Sims, it is not exactly a game with an ending. Basically, you create a family, buy them a house, get them a job & let them live. You tell them when to eat, go to the bathroom, shower, sleep, go to work/school, socialize, etc... Essentially, you play God. It is basically like playing with dolls for the more sophisticated. :) I've owned both The Sims & Sims II. I love the game & play it all the time for the first few months of owing it, then I'll sit it down & not touch it again until the next edition comes out. Recently, they came out with Sims III. I wasn't planing on getting it but then I found this blog & it really got me interested in the new attributes of the game. So, naturally, I want it. Now, normally, I would have given in to our society's new culture of instant gratification like I have become so guilty of lately, & bought the $40+ waste of time. But, Kristy, you made a commitment, remember. CRAP! Ok, so I'll have to wait, fine.
But then, I decided to one up myself. As of late, I have been having difficulty getting back into the weight loss mode. Granted, I am supposed to be plateauing until after Kim's wedding but I have recently gained about 7 lbs back. Not good. Not enough to freak me out but enough to slap me in the face & say "get your butt back in the gym." So, as an incintive, I have said that I will buy myself the game once I get into the 160's...that's about 15-17 lbs to go. I've never done the whole reward system thing. Never really needed to. I thought loosing the weight was reward enough. However, now that I've lost as much as I have & I'm feeling healthy & sexier, it is getting harder to stick with it, so maybe this will do the trick. Just to end this part of my story on a good note, I've lost about 2 lbs this week & kicked my butt in the gym all week.
Ok, back to the frugality issue. This week I went in to Wal-Mart for some groceries. Well, evil WM has now rearranged their store so that the makeup & stuff are right next to the groceries. Before, I would have had to walk to the other side of the store & I am usually too lazy to do that unless I just have to. Well, instantly, I turned down the nail polish aisle. Ok, here, I must say, I rarely paint my nails except my toes & that is usually done when I get a pedicure & even at that, I have some nail polish in the cabinet at home. I do need to get some lighter pink for Kim's wedding if she wants our toes painted, plus I had split one of my nails this week & thought I should get something to repair that. Well, after several minutes, I had decided on a color, a repair, & a base & top coat combo. Each of these over $5. Then I started toward the groceries all the while feeling quite guilty. Then I stoped. I remembered that we will be getting pedicures before the wedding & she may paint our toes, plus, I don't know if Kim even wants our toes done or if she just wants us to have French tips. So, I U-turned & put back ever last bottle. After doing a victory lap around the forbidden section, I moved on to my list. Even though this was a little thing, I felt like I had won some huge battle. Yay me! :)
Here are a few links I just found that I liked about the frugality:
6 Great Reasons to be Frugal
Free frugal budgeting & personal finance advice