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Monday, January 31, 2005
News of the bizarre

Sunday, January 30, 2005
God Bless the Iraqis!!

Saturday, January 29, 2005
Good News
From my rheumatologist: he doesn't see any pressing need for me to add any medications to my daily Ibuprofen. Good news for me and baby Jay.

Friday, January 28, 2005
Why Does This Surprise Me?
Apparently, any hypothesis which includes God is de facto non-scientific these days. And if, as a journal editor, you don't realize that this is so, you'd better be ready to retire, not only from the editorship but from your research job as well. What's worse, is, it doesn't sound like the ex-editor in question is necessarily a Christian. Pray for him!

I forgot to post the link to yesterday's Thursday three. As a result, a couple of my loyal readers answered in my comments, instead of in Terry's. Mea culpa. I will endeavor to do better in the future!

Thursday, January 27, 2005
My return to the Thursday Three
This week’s object of curiosity--ANIMALS! Everyone loves animals, you know.
So then, answer these questions about our furry/scaly/slimy friends:
1) Of all animals, what is your absolute favorite one to eat? (Since we have covered something akin to this in other questions, we add this proviso: ASIDE FROM HICKORY-SMOKED PORK.)
That's a hard question to answer. There are so many delicious animals. Peeps, chocolate bunnies, gummi bears, and then there are the ones that God makes. I like catfish, beef, chicken, and I really like Eastern-style (aka vinegar-based) pork barbecue, along with other pig products. To paraphrase a jingle: You can't eat just one!

2) What is the most number of pets/livestock you have ever had at one time?
Well, I guess that depends, since my little brother had a whole passel of tadpoles at one time while I still lived with the folks. Other than that, it'd have to be the time I took in cat number two with her litter of four kittens, bringing the total quadruped count to 6.

3) Which of your pets is, or has been, your very most favorite?
Has to be my Kostya cat. He used to follow me around like the proverbial puppy (often still does), and he's always on the lookout for a babyless lap, so look out if you sit down in my house!

Speaking of OTC
I really like these. These, on the other hand, just seem wrong. And these are right out.

Back when Jay's legs would do the newborn-pedal when you held him up, I called him Babyzilla, 'cuz he just looked like a tottering dinosaur. Last night, the nickname was resurrected as his progressing manual skill led to carnage and destruction in the living room. First came the Oriental Trading Company catalog. I had Jay on my lap where he could lean over and reach the catalog, which he first scrunched with repeated scrunchy-motions, then started ripping. Wary of paper cuts (at long last), I removed the pieces of catalog from his grasp and set his basket of toys in front of him. By the time Paul made his way into the living room, there was a school bus on its side at the near (to me) end of the basket, and a police car on its roof at the far end. To think this is just the beginning...

Here's an Article
Which never should have had to be written. Does the Academy really believe that Mel Gibson's The Passion is a partisan work? Really?

Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Just Wondering
Is the expression "courtesy call" the epitome of a euphemism or is it just a bald-faced lie?

Friday, January 21, 2005
Best Yet
The fishy glitter in his eye became intensified. He looked like a halibut which had been asked by another halibut to lend it a couple of quid till next Wednesday.

From the Wodehouse Random Quotation Generator.

Hat tip: Hubby

Thursday, January 20, 2005
Better her than me!!

Saturday, January 15, 2005
The Exhaustion Strategy
We took Baby Jay to a party last night in Durham, which we didn't leave until 11. He didn't appreciate being packed alone into the dark back seat of our cold car, so he cried for the first 15 minutes and slept for the remaining 20. He woke up when Paul brought him inside, got fed shortly thereafter, and by 12:30 or so had been changed and bedded down by Daddy. No crying he made, from the time he was fed, until... 8:30 this morning!!! I had to go in and check on him at 7:30 when I woke up, since he hadn't made any reassuring gasps or whimpers within 5 minutes, and then I went back to bed, having only gotten 4 hours of sleep on Thursday night (partly because I just couldn't sleep). Anyway, when Jay woke at 8:30, I talked Paul into bringing him to me, and baby Jay and I slept for most of the next three hours. 'Twas heavenly!!

Friday, January 14, 2005
Interesting Times, Indeed
For the church I grew up in. (Hat tip: Possumblog)

Thursday, January 13, 2005
New Blogroll Items
Just found out that a good church buddy, Andrea has a blog. Also decided to quit lurking here and blogroll the good lady.


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Tummy time!!
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Please disregard the wails in the background...

Monday, January 10, 2005
BabyCenter... *Sigh*
So another hour (two?) lost to BabyCenter. The "Dilemma" (last week's, apparently) was about raising a child in the church or not (mom is Baptist, dad doesn't want the child(ren) to go to church). Of course this leads into atheists/agnostics/whatever bashing on Christians and vice versa. This is always embarrassing to us, but I'm not sure the other guys have much stake in what their comrades have to say. Anyway, I drafted a nice long (very long) response in answer to someone's typical challenge-the-Christian questions about evil in the world, Moslem babies dying, etc, only to have it disappear when I went to preview it. ARRGH!! So then I had to start over again, previewing frequently in order not to waste a whole lot more time.

I say I had to start over, but you know, someone threw down the gauntlet. Several folks wrote in after "Curious"'s long post saying "I bet you won't get any responses". And oddly enough, there weren't any when I first logged on. By the time I was done, there were a few others who had already weighed in in a manner worthy of a Christian, I'm glad to report. One good thing (I guess) is that people have such low expectations of us, it's not too hard to exceed them. The original questioner specifically asked for a respectful response. I doubt that will stop the disrespectful (unfortunately), but you'd think it goes without saying that you'd like to be treated with respect!

Then these people claim not to be hostile while taunting you about how Christians have never been able to answer these questions. Or maybe I'm oversensitive. And to top them all was the person going on about how Christians always want to force their views onto everyone else, but atheists are so laid back about everything. Ummm... the whole reason this mother wrote in was that her husband didn't want their children exposed to Christianity at all!!

Saturday, January 08, 2005
Busy, busy!
As hubby mentioned, we took a long road trip out to Louisiana so Paul could take a picture of baby Jay with Bishop N.T. (Tom) Wright. I guess he listened to some lectures, too, while he was at it. Although we traveled straight through Possum country on I-20, we didn't really have a chance to visit. It was a rather grueling trip, and we were all pretty exhausted. I was tired because I didn't sleep well, and Paul was tired from doing practically all the driving. We DID get a deal on a room at the Amerisuites in Hoover on the way home, which almost made up for the crummy room we got at the Days Inn in Bessemer on the way west. Unfortunately, the logistics of exploring Antique Alley with a rather heavy infant intimidated me too much, even with my newly acquired Cozy Rider, which happened to be on clearance at Target for about $10, so we just wandered the mall instead (BTW, it gets a bit grueling to carry him that way for more than 20 minutes or so without a sit-down break, but maybe I just don't have it on right). Anyway, we had some good food at the original Golden Rule Barbecue in Tuscaloosa and some gator fritters at Bubba Luigi's in Monroe. And baby Jay did pretty well at sitting in his car seat for the better part of four days, considering how much he likes moving around, new sights and sounds, and all that for stimulation. Of course, I am glad to be back home!

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