In the name of God, here's looking forward to a single, unified Orthodox Church of the United States.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Depressing Post - Beware

I'm feeling so frightened and frustrated right now. I've been trying to avoid the "healthcare reform" coverage because it makes me so angry and I know I'm so helpless in the face of those who rule over us, but don't really care anything about us. The only thing that brings me any sense of peace is spending time with the Lord, both because it's distracting and because He created the universe. I know we're all going to die eventually, but I just wish our rulers wouldn't try so hard to make our lives worse and worse while we're still living them.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me

22 years ago today, I was born

40 years ago today, we landed on the moon.

56 years ago today, UNICEF was made a permanent world agency. (>.<)

65 years ago today, Count Claus von Stauffenberg, with the help of many others, tried and failed to assassinate Hitler.

83 years ago today, a convention of Methodists officially allowed women to become priests 106 years ago today, Ford Motor Company shipped its first car.

145 years ago today, the Civil War Battle of Peachtree Creek was fought near Atlanta, Georgia.

271 years ago today, the french explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes sieur de la VĂ©rendrye reached the western shore of Lake Michigan.

Yep, lotsa stuff happened on this day. =)

EDIT: I just found out it's Anna's birthday today, as well. =)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Baby Talk

I was talking with some people recently and the difference between the words "fetus" and "embryo" came up, which led into a non-aggressive discusion about abortion and one of the people said they didn't think aborting up to the end of the third month was a problem because the baby was still just a blob at that time.

(0.o)

I can't believe some people still don't know how early the basic life-systems form in an embryo.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Breastfeeding Article

I had lunch with the priest's wife today (I don't know what they're called in the Antiochian tradition, so I'll just stick with what I know and call her "Matushka"). She has a three month old daughter who is adorable, but fussy, so her breast was at the ready for much of the visit. In my (sadly limited) experience with young babies, it's been a while since I've been around one who nurses. One of my friends, the mother of my godchild, had insufficient flow, and another friend, the one who had a baby just a little while ago, wanted to breastfeed, but her milk didn't come in and so bottlefeeding was the only way to get her son some food (and, unfortunately, because of disuse, her milk never came in). It's definitely encouraging to finally see someone who doesn't seem to have any problems nursing on demand. I was beginning to wonder if it was even possible for me not to have problems simply because so many others have (and yes, by "so many" I mean "two").

To whit, a potentially inflammatory article: Watch Your Language. Thanks to one of the commentors on Anna's blog.

EDIT: Completely off topic, but Matushka's little girl was born on the feast day of St. Mary of Egypt. It's so neat to think that, while I was sitting in church listening to the amazing story of St. Mary being read, a little baby that I was soon to meet was being born!

Monastery Blend Coffee, Part 2

Well, I just ordered my first batch of Monastery Blend Coffee. I chose the "Organic Shade-Grown French Roast" and the "Deacon's Decaf". Yikes, with shipping it turned out to be rather expensive, but it's for a good cause. I hope it tastes good!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Ongoing School Dispute

Holy smoke, I mentioned for the first time to my mom today how I still needed three credits to complete my degree and she nearly blew a gasket! She wasn't angry at me, but at the school for letting me graduate and then telling me after the fact that I still needed these credits. I completely understand why she was so upset though, she and my dad footed most of my hefty bill for four years and expect to be treated better than this.

I'm still upset at the school as well, but I'm also upset at myself for letting this slip by. I should have caught it.

Seriously, Hillsdale is a good college, better than most, but it is not the savior of the world most conservatives think it is. It has its hypocrisies, its surrenders to the culture, etc, and it spends altogether too much on making itself look good to the outside, rather than making sure its dormitories are up to code. No school is perfect, I just wish I wasn't on the receiving end of one of the things that doesn't make it perfect.

I wouldn't trust sending my children to a government funded college, for sure, but I would also take everything any other college says with a hefty grain of salt.

EDIT: I should say that, if you haven't been reading my blog for long, these thoughts didn't just appear with that email from the registrar's office.

What do you want to bet nobody takes any notice of this...

...just as they haven't taken notice of the real reason for abortion since Margaret Sanger?

Ginsburg: I thought Roe was to rid undesirables

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Prayer

Another excellent, instructive post by Father Stephen about the realities of prayer.

It's so wonderful to be finally starting my official catechism soon. I've been longing for this for so long. Christ be praised!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Admitting Quietance

(Like the word I just made up?)

It seems like my posts are getting shorter and farther apart. I don't know why. It's not like I don't have things to blog about - but ... I just don't know if I need to share everything I'm thinking or that has happened to me. I just want to be quiet for now. While I'll probably never shut down this blog, and I think I'll still post links to articles, movies, etc. (basically what I'm doing now), I don't know how often I'll keep making original posts.

Still, I do have one story to relate: After a long 4th-of-July weekend (or a "96" in military parlance), EJ is finally back at work today and the apartment simply reeks. We had two of his friends from the shop over from Friday to Sunday morning and they, all three of them, smoked, fried up burger after burger, didn't bathe, and now I'm left desperately trying to get some of the stink out. Even after two days I'm still smelling it, a testament to just how strong it is. So, today I sprinkled some powdered odor eliminator on the carpet and began vacuuming, but I only got our little living room area swept up before our vacuum completely died for no apparent reason! Now I'm left with this powder covering the carpet and the smell of "English garden" (better than the alternative) until we can buy a new one! >.< Thank goodness for little electric brooms, which helped get up a little of the rest, but still, this carpet will need a good sweeping as soon as possible.

EDIT: I've read a lot of deodorizing tips on the internet, both natural and synthetic, and the Vamoose deodorizer got rave reviews.

New Puppy

My family back in Michigan is getting a new puppy. This time, while they're sticking with the Brittany breed, it's a liver colored female. My mom just emailed me asking for help with names - but I really have no idea. I suggested "Sweetie" or "Livia" (cuz, you know, she's liver colored (haha ... ha ... well, I thought it was funny)). It's hard to name a puppy when you don't know anything about them.

Movie Recommendation

Her Cardboard Lover for a bit of silly nonsense. =P

It wasn't well received at the time of its release, but I thought it was goofy and fun.