Tuesday, November 25, 2008

It's official... and really sad

I am diabetic. Mildly.

I am not insulin dependent, though, so that is a bit of good news. Diabetes tends to run (I mean gallop) in my family, so it was really only a matter of time. Now I really need to remember to take my glucophage and watch my sugar/carb intake a little more closely.


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A talking fool

Alex got to talk to his Grandma today, he has recently learned that he can actually talk into the phone and get a response! It was hard to get a clear pic because he is so animated when he talks...


Do you remember in the Asimov tale I, Robot where all the robots are "automatically updated" and begin attacking the people?

Last night, or early this morning... whichever way you prefer to look at it... Microsoft had a massive update which included the XBOX 360. Our phone and internet were disabled for the automatic update.

Just to let you know, I am not a conspiracy theorist... I am not worried that "Big Brother" is watching my every move... I am not paranoid...

But the update reminded me of how "connected" our lives are. Through the Internet, our computers and some other electronics can be updated or monitored by Microsoft, our ISP, the government, and hackers galore... notice I said CAN BE, not ARE...

I find it mildly interesting to think about how much we value our freedom and independence, but for many, the idea of not receiving the newest/shiniest/biggest/baddest/latest whatever it is that they love so much is the stuff of nightmares! We are slaves to commerce!

How would our society function if we no longer had electricity? If we could no longer play our XBOX or watch our TV or access the Internet... what would we do?

Would we panic and sit in our darkened houses waiting for someone to come and fix the problem? Find the nearest landbased phone and call in the special forces to repair our world? Drive, shakily to the store and buy generators and battery packs to power our lives?

Or would we step, blinking, into the sunlight outdoors and meet our neighbors? Take our children to the park and have a picnic? Take a drive on a Wednesday afternoon instead of waiting for Sunday? Lose weight by getting off our couches and moving our bodies?

Something to think about....

Monday, November 10, 2008

My Kitchen

I have a Blog dedicated to food, and my obsession with it.... many of you know already, but I just wanted to throw this out there....

You can always reach it from my sidebar here on this blog, and conversely you can come back to this blog from the sidebar on my kitchen blog. Here is the link to it anyway:

A Day in the Kitchen of a Choice Spirit

Happy eating!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Barack Obama is the President of the United States of America

The LDS faith has something called "The Articles of Faith". These are some of the basic tenets of our faith, and one of them is:

We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.

To me, this means that even though I didn't vote for Obama, I am subject to the laws of the country I live in and I should support him, pray for him, and not badmouth him....

I just wanted to say that I WILL be praying for our new President. I will support him in any way I can. I will NOT badmouth him. That doesn't mean that if he misuses his authority or breaks his Presidential Oath that I will still support him, I do not have blind faith in him... I would have voted for him if I had complete confidence in him... But I DO TRUST GOD! I trust that God is there for me. I trust that God will hear my prayers.... so I will pray for our leaders and leave the rest to God. We may not understand the reasons for all that happens in the world, but...

Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God...

On the spur of the moment

We took our car in for maintenance today, then I dropped my election ballot off at the fire department, it was pretty ordinary... getting things done...

Then we decided to walk on the ferry and go to Seattle today! It was so refreshing to just GO. We had nothing else to do, so we just decided to go! We drove to the Bainbridge Island Ferry, parked the car, walked on the ferry, had lunch at the Crab House on the waterfront in Seattle, then came home.

I know it doesn't sound very exciting to the average person, but it was fantastic for us. We don't have a lot of money, we are on SSI... so it isn't very often that we just go out to eat or do something that costs money like taking the ferry, we are so careful with our budget... we don't have a lot of wiggle room. But today we decided to just go... we needed it so badly. When you live a life that is the same day in and day out, a wild and crazy spur of the moment adventure is required to keep one's sanity intact.

I just felt the need to share and to write about our adventure today.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is over... we didn't get any trick-o'-treaters... we stayed home and watched 10,000 BC, it was good!

Next year, Alex will be old enough to enjoy the holiday.... that will be fun!