17 February 2005

Only one day until Friday

Earthdate 17022005...

Tomorrow is Friday. I will be so happy when this week is over. It has been a tough week.

Today is my cousin's funeral. I am not going to be able to make it since it is in Michigan, and I am in Pennsylvania.

Yesterday, I got up, showered & washed my hair, got dressed, and was out the door with my husband at 7 a.m. Did not have time to exercise. After dropping John off at work, I drove to UPMC-Magee's in Pittsburgh to see my infertility specialist. First of all, I got stuck in a traffic jam on 51. I finally got off 51 to take 885 North, but somehow ended up on 43 South, which is a toll road. So I paid the dollar to get on since I could not turn around. Drove to Elizabeth. Got off 43, then turned around and took 43 back to 885 North, paying another dollar to avoid taking 51 North again and spending another hour in the traffic jam. Once I was on 885 North, I had no trouble getting to Magee's. I pulled into valee parking paying the attendant a dollar tip, and proceeded to the bathroom first, since I had just spent a few hours in traffic, and then to the 3rd floor. My doctor was on the 5th floor. No, I had not had any coffee or breakfast at this time, and remember, I had not done my exercises either, and I spent a few hours in traffic, so my brain was not fully operational. After realizing I was on the wrong floor, I took the elevator up to the 5th floor and signed in. In the waiting room, the Today Show was on for a short while before Montel Williams Show came on with Sylvia Brown. So I watched the show, and just as it got interesting with something about a couple dolls that are supposedly evil, my name was called. So I was taken to a room where they took my blood pressure, 120 over 84, and weighed me, I lost 4 lbs from my last visit, and was taken to a room to wait. And wait. And wait. Finally, Dr. Sanfillippo knocked on the door and entered with his student, and young pretty long dark-haired caucasian looking girl. Dr. Sanfillippo gave her my folder, which by this time has gotten pretty thick, and told her to take notes. Then he proceeded to ask me questions like if anything has changed since out last visit. Then he gave me news of some results he found since our last visit. He said that even though I have fibroids blocking my tubes, the fibroids could move, and I could get pregnant, but if I did, I would miscarry again. I have a chemical in my system which causes my blood to clot easily and causes miscarriages. More bad news. By this time, I was feeling pretty defective. So, I have to get down to my ideal BMI so I can have the surgery to remove the fibroids because the surgery is dangerous. Then I have the laproscopy. Then I have to go on a low dose aspirin therapy before even hoping to have a baby. I now have to make an appointment with a Hemotologist and my PCP. I then turned my folder in where I was given a return appointment on March 25th at 8:30 a.m. My next stop was the ATM, and then the cafeteria, but then realized I forgot to get my valee parking stub stamped (with the stamp, I pay $6 max on parking), so I went back upstairs for the stamp. Then ate lunch. I was still numb from the news and was feeling pretty bad by this point. So at the cafeteria, I got a grilled chicken salad and a skim milk. This was after I got change for $20 and phoned John to give him the news. I left a message on his voice mail at work. When I finished, it was 12:30 p.m. and traffic was busy. I figured I would miss the lunch rush, so I stopped at Panini's and got a chai tea latte. At 1 p.m., I drove to Bowser to get an oil change as well as a transmission fluid change, and for them to check my brakes. They said that they were booked up, but the could do just an oil change. So I had the oil change. He also did an air pressure check on the tires, and adjusted it. When I picked John up at work, I moved over to the passenger side as usual and let John drive. John said the car was not handling correctly. I told him I had the oil changed and they adjusted the tire pressure. John then commented that the guy did not know what he was doing and underinflated the tires so it did not handle as well.

We then stopped at Kmart to get cat food, litter, and some food. John then cooked dinner while I fed the cats & fixed their cat litter.

After dinner, John phoned a terrific long time friend of his to learn that his friend's wife has a cancerous growth on her thyroid. I pray she will be o.k.

Today is another day.

15 February 2005

A time of grieving

Earthdate 15022005...

Today is Apostle Onesimus (of 70)
Venerable Paphnutius
Ven Eusebius of Syria
1 Peter 3:10 -22
Mark 12:18-27

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day yesterday. Yesterday was not so great for me. Not because of my husband. He is wonderful. But because my dad called. The only time my dad as ever phoned me was when someone died. It always starts out the same. As soon as I find out it is him instead of Mom, I ask "who died?". His reply is always the same. "How did you know?" I reply, "The only time you ever call is when someone dies." "Sorry," is his reply. The sorry bit has become a bit shallow considering it has happened a few times now. This time it was one of my cousins. He was only 32 years old.

I then replied to one of my sister's emails and told her that Richard was dead. She was closer to him than I was since they were both the same age. He was born 4 days after she was.

My sister emailed me today and let me know that Dad told her that they found my Aunt Dorothy in Texas (Richard's mom) and told her. She is on her way back to Michigan now.

I feel very numb over all this. And to make matters worse, when Dad told me, he was also angry because he and mom had been fighting for 2 days over another one of my aunts. So the whole thing pretty much sucks.

Last night, I phoned Julie, my sister. We talked for about an hour or so. According to Julie, her husband was upset with me for emailing her to let her know at work. I know with something like this, I would want to know right away. Oh, well, let him be angry. I really do not care. I know. Sad to be apathetic about a family member, but that is how I feel.

I am so fortunate that I am married to my husband when I see how some other husbands are. Makes me appreciate mine all the more.

14 February 2005

Happy February 14th

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Happy Saint-Valentin!!!

Happy Dia del Amor ya la Amistad!!!

Happy Family Day!!!

Today is also: Venerable Auxentius

Isap Cyril Slav Apostle

Venerable Maron of Syria
1 Peter 2:21 - 3:9
Mark 12:13 - 17

Over the weekend, I took a break from exercising, and I definitely felt it this morning. It did feel good though once I was done.:-) My arms got the biggest beating during the exercises. They are so sore.

John has the flu in full force now. I am surprised he actually went into work instead of calling in sick...it is the responsible personality of his that is getting him to work...definitely not his body. Here I am typing this as I am sneezing myself. I still have to take my medicine this morning.

Yesterday, John was up at 7 a.m., so I got up and got ready for church. I meant to go to St. Spyradon (sp?) Greek orthodox church in Monessen, but ended up at St. Michael Orthodox Christian Church. It was weird that I ended up at St. Michaels because before leaving for church, I got on Yahoo and pulled up directions on how to get to the Greek Orthodox church. Yet I got completely lost and just ended up at St. Michaels. I guess I was just meant to be there. I went up to the church not even knowing it was Orthodox and was happy when I saw it was. Then hoped I did not miss service. Turns out I made it to the beginning of Orthos, so I did not miss a thing.:-) The Father there noticed me and actually came over to me (I sat in the last row even though I had arrived before everyone else) and introduced himself. He told me about himself, and asked me about myself. He was very nice and friendly. Then when the congregation came in, they were very nice and friendly also, greeting me.:-) Afterwards, I went downstairs for coffee and a fried grain patty. It was more delicious than it sounds.

When I got home, John had lunch ready for me.:-) He made fresh homemade bread, meatball soup, and a Thai stir fry. It was very delicious. Unfortunately, we were both not feeling great last night and left the soup out, so that is now wasted.

It is Valentine's Day, so I need to think of something really nice for him. He definitely deserves it.:-)

12 February 2005

CNN web article from Reuters

I read this article this morning, and it ticked me off. There definitely needs to be a full investigation and impeachment hearing on this:

http://cnn.aimtoday.cnn.com/news/story.jsp?idq=/ff/story/0002/20050211/0052645334.htm&photoid=20050210WAS302D

10 February 2005

Let it snow

Earthdate 10022005...

This morning I woke up to a blanket of snow outside. It is 28 degrees F now. Still, it is very beautiful. I got up with my head pounding feeling horrible, but got dressed, washed, put my hair in a barrette, made the bed, then did my yoga and exercises. Amazing how much better I felt after the yoga. It surprised me. After taking a load of laundry downstairs (yes, I know I did all my laundry yesterday, but laundry is one of those things that accumulates daily.), opening the inside door for the cats so they can see outside, cleaning the cat litter, I did pushups and toe lifts using the stairs. Then I washed the dishes that were soaking last night. Things were fine. I went to the bathroom afterwards to get lotion for my hands since the dishwater played havoc on them, and decided to weigh myself. How frustrating. I did not eat supper the night before, I did not eat breakfast yesterday, or lunch. Last night for supper, I had some angel hair pasta, and I had some popcorn afterwards. Yet it showed me putting on 7 lbs and going up 1 percent in body fat from last time I weighed myself. That is very frustrating. My clothes do not fit as though I have gained weight. Actually, it is the opposite. I want to scream. Ok, I am still about 10 lbs lighter than I started, and I know muscle weighs more than fat so I just have to stay the course. Plus, it could also be water weight since I did drink 3 bottles of water yesterday. I have been trying to drink 8 cups a day, and a bottle is 24 ounces. When I was 20, I looked awesome in a little black french cut bathing suit. When I was 30, it was easy for me to turn heads. 40 is tough for me. I can do it though. I can get back there. The women from desperate Housewives are a great influence. One is 40 & another is 42, and they both look fantastic. So that is my goal & I know I will make it.:-) Last night, I watched West Wing, and noticed Stockard Channing (sp?) looks better now than she did when she played Rizzo in Grease, which just goes to show that women can still look great over 40.

Now for the news...it seems like the news has been filled with gossip. Between the molestation charges of both Michael Jackson & Bill Cosby, the engagement of Prince Charles & Camille (like who didn't see this coming. I am just surprised it took so long), the pope being released from the hospital (I wish him the best), a reservist with 11 children going to Iraq (why this is news, I do not know since he joined the reserves hoping to go to Iraq after every active service turned him down)...all gossip. It is like news stations we count on for real news have turned into nothing but gossip magazines. Thank god for the internet. About the best thing I saw on the news this morning was snowboarding, and only because it made me want to go out and play in the snow. That is it.

Last night after West Wing, I watched Wife Swap while John went into the office to play one of his war games. I cannot believe the ignorance of some people. Here was this woman who proclaimed to be a Christian, who did not act Christian at all. She was incredibly materialistic, rude, judgmental...these are not Christian traits. To be Christian is suppose to mean to live as Christ did. Christ was not materialistic, and he definitely was not judgmental. After all, he is the one who said "Love thy neighbor as thyself" and "who amongst you without sin shall cast the first stone" and "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God". The woman who professed to be a Christian, I feel sorry for because the bible also says that what we do onto others will come back to us 10 fold, and what she did to that Lesbian woman was cruel. If the "Christian" woman is treated even half as badly as she treated the Lesbian woman, I think the Christian woman may break and not understand why God had done that to her, not seeing her own sins. I was very proud of the Lesbian women because it seems like they handled themselves well and they love their daughter. The "Christian" woman was completely out of line in calling the Lesbian women sexual predators just because they were Lesbian. That was completely uncalled for. I liked the "Christian" husband when he was separated from his wife, but as soon as he was with his wife, he seemed very weak to me. Thank God my husband is strong and not like the "Christian" husband, though my husband is a Christian...a real Christian. Going to a Christian church does not make a person a Christian. It is about what is in ones soul. It bothers me because I am a Christian, and for someone to treat someone else as badly as the self proclaimed Christian mom treated the lesbian mom was not Christian behavior at all, but evil. And on behalf of Christians, I sincerely apologize to the lesbians for this horrible demonstration of prejudice.

09 February 2005

Happy Year of the Rooster

Earthdate 09022005...

Good morning world. I caught the flu bug, so basically nothing got done yesterday. Poor John did not even get supper cook for him. Today, I still feel horrible, but am trying to fight it. Last night, I took a long shower and washed me hair using a new shampoo that is suppose to make my hair silky. It does make my hair feel soft, but it is hard to do anything with it, so I just have it in a ponytail. I made the bed, then did some yoga and a few exercises. I waited until 8 a.m. to do laundry because we have downstairs neighbors. While downstairs, I also cleaned the cat litter, even though we have an automatic scoop. My head is still pounding, and my eyes want to burst out of my head, but there is just too much to do.

So I would like to thank our government for running far short on flu vaccinations so we could have this wonderful flu epidemic.

And speaking of our governments idiotic, why in the world are we at war with Iraq and Afghanistan when 15 of the 19 terrorists of 9-11 were Saudis from Saudi Arabia?

I would also like to know what it is that we, as a whole, want to change the world instead of accepting other cultures and learning. Here in the states, the right to privacy and individuality is huge. Yet, last night as I lay sick watching Frontline, I saw how we influenced Iraq. What gives us the right? So where is the line between enforcing what we believe and infringing on what someone else believes? I hear our government as well as citizens say "mind your own business." Is this another case of "do as I say, and not as I do"? Just wondering.

08 February 2005

Happy Fat Tuesday

Earthdate 08022005...

Happy Fat Tuesday to the Catholic and Protestant world!!!

Happy Mardi Gras!!!

Happy Martes De Carneval!!!

Happy New Moon!!!

Tomorrow is:

Ash Wednesday

Mercredi des cendres

Miercoles de Ceniza

Chinese New Year (Year of the Rooster)

So this is a time of celebration in many cultures. Now this is the part that gets me. The Christian Bible never gives an exact day or month for that matter of when Christ was born. We just know that it was during the "rainy season". Now, We celebrate Christmas a week before our new year, yet our year is suppose to start when Christ was born. Yet Christmas is celebrated when Christ was born. This is also the rainy season in the Middle East, which is the beginning of the Chinese New Year, so our New Year and the Chinese New Year could have easily been around the same time, yet there is over a month's difference. Why? Why do we humans try to separate ourselves instead of unite? I realize there are people who look for individuality, which I think is great. There are also those who go out of their way to be different, and refer to society as a whole as "clones". That is definitely their perogotive. We are all individuals, and I love and respect the differences in all of us. At the same time, we seem to expunge on those differences instead of seeing the similarities that unite us all.

If people got out from behind their own self imposed walls, there is a beautiful array of life. Yes, it can be scary for many. But that is part of the thrill. And what good is life if we are not really living it? Experience different cultures, even if we do not understand. So with all these holidays, I hope we all get a chance to experience the positive aspects of other cultures and have fun.:-)

07 February 2005

Cause & Effect

Earthdate 07022005...

Congratulations to New England Patriots on a wonderful football season, and for winning the Superbowl last night. Great game.:-)

I am not a smoker. I do not like smoking. Still, this is ridiculous. In Lancing, Michigan, U.S.A., 6 people (mostly women) were fired because they have nicotine in their system. They were not smoking at work. They only smoked at home. The supposed reason the rule was created was to lower health care costs. Smokers pay more on average. So where is this going next? Fire people who are over-weight, handicapped, over 50, junk food junkies...where will this end. Will companies on have workers who are young, athletic, physically fit? This is ridiculous? How did we get here?

Lets go back to WWI...

We (the U.S.A.) at the time trusted our government. Yet our government was secretly sending weapons to England to help them fight the war. Wilson, who was president, was ill, but there was a cover-up so the general public would not find out and his wife made most of the decisions. Hence the prohibition. Then there was the sinking of the Lucitania. It was suppose to be just a passenger ship. A German U-boat fired a shot into the storage area of the boat thinking it would just wound the ship and send the ship back to port. The captain of the U-boat did not realize that the storage area for filled with gun powder, and the Lucitania sunk. Media sent the word out that the Germans fired several shots (this has been proven inaccurate decades later...but too late to change the course of history) into a harmless passenger ship killing thousands of Americans (sound familiar?). Next thing we know, we are sending soldiers over to Europe to fight Germans. A young man named Adolph Hitler was lieutenant in this war.

Germany was defeated, and as a result, this powerful country was stripped of its money to pay for war damages. As a result, children were playing with money since it had no value. It was a dark time for Germany. The only people that seemed to have all the money were Jews since they would get money from family and/or friends in other countries. This caused resentment.

Remember that young lieutenant, Adolph Hitler? He wrote a book on how he would restore Germany. In that book, we wrote of invading the Soviet Union (what is now Russia). The United States government liked the idea of someone invading the Soviet Union since there were people here that were very anti-communist, and the Soviet Union was a communist country. So Hitler got money to start his plan from 3 Jewish business men, then started his plan in action. Hitler was either half or quarter Jewish himself. This is something that has been debated. Some people will say half. Some will say a quarter. There are even those who will say an eighth. So let's just say Hitler was part Jewish. Yet, he forced thousands of Jews into slave labor in horrendous conditions. There were even more Jews that were forced into gas chambers and huge ovens. Many more died of starvation.

Hitler kept his word according to what he wrote. He attacked the Soviet Union. But the Soviet Union fought back fiercely and proudly. The Soviet Union was able to push back Hitler's army, and the Soviet Union was saved. Germany was allied with Japan. It was during the time with the Soviet Union had pushed back Germany that Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. We know now that our government knew of Japan planning to attack, but this was a secret. The public did not know back then. The reason our government did not do anything to prevent more damage or to warn people was because the average citizen back then did not want anything to do with WWII. We had enough during the first world war. At this point, our government was friends with England and wanted to get involved in the war. So, Pearl Harbor being attacked got Americans rising to the call of revenge (or as we like to call it, justice). We were now at war with against Germany. In the meantime, all people of Japanese heritage here in the United States were rounded up and forced to live in concentration camps because of the prejudice against the Japanese because of the Pearl Harbor attack.

Now, the Germans are expecting the United States to enter Europe through Africa to Greece, so Greece was invaded by Germans and Italians. Italians were allied with Germany in this war. For every German soldier that was killed, 50 Greeks would be lined up and shot (women and children also...no discrimination). All the food was taken from Greece to feed German soldiers, so thousands of Greeks died of starvation. Yet, the U.S. did not enter from Greece, but through Normandy, France. It was a bloodbath. My father-in-law was one of those that were there. He crawled from France to Germany, getting wounded in Belgium along the way.

We defeated Germany, and then divided the country in 4 sections (United States, France, Great Britain, Soviet Union). The Soviet Union cut off their section with a great wall, and their part of Germany became known as East Germany. This was the beginning of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Iran bordered the Soviet Union, and we liked to know what was going on in the Soviet Union. So our president at that time, Jimmy Carter, made an agreement with the Shaw of Iran to keep our listening posts there at the border, in return, we would not send any CIA into Iran. We trusted the Shaw for our information. The Shaw was overthrown. We had no intelligence there, which we needed to watch the Soviet Union because of the Cold War. Enter Afghanistan. There were rebel forces there fighting the Soviet Union. So Jimmy Carter sent Russian weapons to these rebel forces so they could not be traced back to the United States. Then Ronald Reagan won the presidential election and decided to take Jimmy Carter's action and push it a lot further. Our president Reagan at that time decided to send the CIA in to train these Alkida (sp?) rebels. He also supplied them with anti-aircraft weapons. These same rebels that we trained and supplied with weapons are the same rebels who hijacked 3 planes and destroyed our twin towers.

Now the Soviet Union does not exist, but is now Russia. Russia now has free media, and all the freedoms we used to have. Notice the word used to. And the United States trying to defeat the oppression of the Soviet Union has itself become oppressed. We no longer have free media. As a matter of fact, most of our freedoms are being taken away. Even the freedom to smoke a cigarette.

04 February 2005

afternoon world

Earthdate 04022005...

It is fifteen minutes after noon right now, and I finally got a chance to sit down and eat my first meal of the day. This morning, John and I were out the door by 7:30 a.m. to fill the car up with gas and go to UPMC to see Dr. McGrath, one of the "stomach" doctors there. We got there with no trouble. The weather is absolutely beautiful at 40 degrees F though John did have to scrape ice off the windows before being able to get into the car. We gave the receptionist at UPMC our new insurance. Then the lady came out with John was in the restroom to ask about this insurance since they did not accept it. I told her it was a PPO, and that the insurance would pay a percentage of the visit, a lower amount than if UPMC was in the insurance network. What really sucks is that UPMC is the best hospital system in the entire 300 mile radius, and it is not covered by our new insurance. Dr. McGrath is well worth it though because he really listens and keeps himself up to date. It is obvious he loves what he does and is not in it solely for the money or prestige like so many doctors seem to be. Can you tell I seriously recommend UPMC?;-)

O.K. Now lets talk corruption. This really ticks me off. I donated my long beautiful hair for children with cancer just to learn yesterday that the school that cut my hair still has it. After almost a year, they never sent it to the charity like they promised. I only found out by calling the school to get a receipt for my hair donation, just for lady in the school to tell me that she was looking at my hair and they did not send it out yet. This seriously ticks me off. The only reason I let them cut my hair short was because they talked me into donating my hair for children with cancer. It has been almost a year. This is seriously ridiculous. They completely lied to me. And I suspect they are probably using my hair either to teach with or for extensions. Either way, that is not it's intended use. I loved my hair long. So did my husband. I intended to keep it long. The only reason it was hacked off is because I got a sob story about children with cancer who really needed it, just to find out almost a year later that it was never donated.

And to top off an already bad day yesterday, I learned Gonzales is now our new attorney general even though he wrote about condoning torture. This makes me so sick. So now I get to worry about our MIAs and what this will mean to them. As a military brat, this absolutely infuriates me.

Our dear president is traveling the country going to states that voted for him but have Democratic Senators to try to push his social security plan through. The only people this plan will help are corporations. And we have seen how well Bush handles corporations with the Enron scandal. Bush did nothing. How can we expect him to protect our social security from corporations when he could not protect thousand of employees pensions from Enron? It is ludicrous.

good afternoon world

Earthdate 04022005...

It is fifteen minutes after noon right now, and I finally got a chance to sit down and eat my first meal of the day. This morning, John and I were out the door by 7:30 a.m. to fill the car up with gas and go to UPMC to see Dr. McGrath, one of the "stomach" doctors there. We got there with no trouble. The weather is absolutely beautiful at 40 degrees F though John did have to scrape ice off the windows before being able to get into the car. We gave the receptionist at UPMC our new insurance. Then the lady came out with John was in the restroom to ask about this insurance since they did not accept it. I told her it was a PPO, and that the insurance would pay a percentage of the visit, a lower amount than if UPMC was in the insurance network. What really sucks is that UPMC is the best hospital system in the entire 300 mile radius, and it is not covered by our new insurance. Dr. McGrath is well worth it though because he really listens and keeps himself up to date. It is obvious he loves what he does and is not in it solely for the money or prestige like so many doctors seem to be. Can you tell I seriously recommend UPMC?;-)

O.K. Now lets talk corruption. This really ticks me off. I donated my long beautiful hair for children with cancer just to learn yesterday that the school that cut my hair still has it. After almost a year, they never sent it to the charity like they promised. I only found out by calling the school to get a receipt for my hair donation, just for lady in the school to tell me that she was looking at my hair and they did not send it out yet. This seriously ticks me off. The only reason I let them cut my hair short was because they talked me into donating my hair for children with cancer. It has been almost a year. This is seriously rediculous. They completely lied to me. And I suspect they are probably using my hair either to teach with or for extensions. Either way, that is not it's intended use. I loved my hair long. So did my husband. I intended to keep it long. The only reason it was hacked off is because I got a sob story about children with cancer who really needed it, just to find out almost a year later that it was never donated.

And to top off an already bad day yesterday, I learned Gonzales is now our new attorney general even though he wrote about condoning torcher. This makes me so sick. So now I get to worry about our MIAs and what this will mean to them. As a military brat, this absolutely infuriates me.

Our dear president is traveling the country going to states that voted for him but have Democratic Senators to try to push his social security plan through. The only people this plan will help are corporations. And we have seen how well Bush handles corporations with the Enron scandle. Bush did nothing. How can we expect him to protect our social security from corporations when he could not protect thousand of employees pensions from Enron? It is ludicrous.

03 February 2005

Good morning world

earthdate 03022005...

Yesterday, after trying to dry the white clothes for 8 hours, I decided the drying definitely needed to be fixed. John took a look at it and said that the drying vent hose was collapsed and that is why the dryer did not work. So we went out and bought another hose and put it on the dryer. That was pretty much our evening. We still do not know how to keep the cats off the hose. It is amazing what they can get into to. Gotta love them though.

For dinner last night, I cooked pork chops and stuffing. It turned out lousy. Be biggest problem was that pork chops take a really long time to cook through and stuffing does not take much time at all. Oh well. So today, I need to think of something good for dinner to make up for last night. Right now, I do not have a clue.

While eating dinner, we watched the show Lost. It is a really good show. Then afterwards, the presidential state of the union came on. So John went to the office and played a video game and I turned off television in the livingroom and went to the bedroom. In the bedroom, I tried to find something on television that was not the State of the Union. I found My Boss's Daughter on the Starz channel. The movie had already started, but I figured watching the end of a movie I have never seen before had to be better than anything else on. John came in and watched the rest of the movie also. It was pretty funny. Then we turned to the Food network and watched Good Eats with Alton Brown making duck. I only tried to make duck one time in my life, and it turned out very greasy. Never tried again. After seeing the show, I just may try it some time. Maybe.

Now on to news...

I have been thinking about why prejudice exists, and I think I have some ideas. First of all, lets talk about war. During war, soldiers try to "dehumanize" the enemy so it will be easier to kill them. After all, no one wants to think about killing someone who may be like them.

Second, assumptions. There is a lot of propaganda, and many people believe propaganda. Without getting to know someone else, we assume what the other person is like according to propaganda that is heard.

Third,lack of exposure. When people try to stay around "their own kind" and not expose themselves to different cultures, how are they suppose to really know what others are like?

Forth, being hurt. When we are hurt, we try to avoid getting hurt again. This is logical. When we are hurt from someone who has a different quality than we have in some way, we try to stay away from that quality to avoid getting hurt again.

Fifth, power. There are some people who are afraid and insecure who need to feel power. If a person feels that they cannot raise themselves up to what they believe another person's level is, then it is logical to try to bring the other person down to the insecure person's level.

So the way I see it, to make the world a better place and eliminate prejudice is to have peace; to quit assuming and quit believing propaganda; to start taking chances and meet new people; to face our own demons and learn to forgive; to find constructive ways to empower ourselves. I realize this is all easier said than done. Maybe we can do it one person at a time.


02 February 2005

Good morning world

Earthdate 02022005...

Happy Ground Hog Day!!!

Only 6 weeks left until Spring. Time is flying very quickly. But after the season of floods, snow storms, tsunamis, avalanches, mud slides, Spring will be a welcomed sight for many people I am sure. At 7:31 this morning, our famous groundhog Phil did not see his shadow, which is suppose to mean we will have an early Spring. The sun is shining right now which is really pretty. And a lot of people scoff at the idea of animals predicting weather. Yet, during to tsunami, only 1 non-human animal was found dead. It was a tragedy that thousands of humans died. So maybe we should stop our arrogance and start listening to nature and the animals. They just may have something to teach us.

The cats are up and playing. The machines are doing laundry. I just finished a bowl of Quaker Oats Supreme with apples and raisins & a half bottle of Deer Park Natural Spring water. The Today show is playing on the bedroom television, and world seems very peaceful right now. I only wish the entire world could know peace. We talk about our soldiers dying. I worry about the children. The children have not had a chance to have a life yet. Still, they are the ones that suffer the most in a war. It is my hope that one day all the children of the world will know peace.

This morning, Ashley wanted me out of bed. My sinus infection argued with her. But once I was up, the boys got up, and Ashley is running & playing with them happily.

My prayers go out to the Pope for his health, though I am not Catholic. I respect that he did apologize to the Orthodox Christians, though his apology was not accepted. The fact that he apologized says a lot about the man as far as I am concerned.

Yesterday, I phoned my senators about two issues...
First issue was about the proposal to elimate the amendment to limit the presidential term.
Second issue was about our MIAs and why we have not heard about them, and I am concerned with this hearing to confirm an attorney general who wrote a policy to "handle" prisoners and interrogations. If this man is sworn in, it could send a message to the world that it is ok for them to mistreat our MIAs, and that has me extremely concerned. No person should be mistreated, and personally, I do not support any document that says otherwise, no matter who it comes from.

Moocher is trying to get Ashley's attention now. Hard to believe he is the same 1 lb 6 oz quiet kitten we adopted. He has gotten very vocal. I am so glad he found his voice. Maybe it is a lesson we all should learn.

01 February 2005

Joke

I received this joke from Uncle George, and thought I would share it:


Subject: Typing the wrong email address!

A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday,with his wife flying down the following day. The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an email to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and without realizing his error, sent the email. Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home from her husband's funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory following a heart attack. The widow decided to check her email expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted. The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My Loving Wife

Subject: I've Arrived

Date: October 16, 2004

I know you're surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I've just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.

P.S. Sure is freaking hot down here!


Tax time and my head is killing me

Earthdate 01022005...

My head is throbbing behind my eyes. Tax time, and so much to do. I was planning to get on the irs web site and just file taxes electronically, but this has gotten so complicated. And then to add to the stress, I cannot seem to find what I am looking for. My head wants to explode. I look for current health insurance papers and I find ones from a former job I had. I am so stressed. I phoned the town bureau yesterday to see what we can do about the trash and end up learning that jumping the trash in the bin like our landlord told us to is illegal. I need to seriously destress. My blood pressure wants to fly though to roof...and to add to it world news...

So much in the news, yet so little. One great example you will see is if you go to http://www.care2.com and go to the Military Brats group. Owen has a wonderful post about MIAs. Notice, we do not hear about MIAs in the Iraqi and Afghanistan war we are in. Why not? All we see are "feel good" stories about soldiers coming home and reuniting with their loved ones. It is like the news is afraid of reporting "real" news after what happened to CBS for reporting about Bush not showing up for service. We all know it was true, yet many people lost their jobs over it. So much for freedom as the American way. God help us all.