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

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Skin Condition

Did I tell you about my skin condition, yet? I forget. The doctor says it's not contagious and that it could just 'pop up' anywhere - even on my nose.

Well, it's not only been 'popping up', it's been 'popping up' everywhere simultaneously. It starts as a small, round, red splotch, which may or may not be itchy, but is usually tender. It then grows at an alarming rate, becoming swollen and painful. Usually, by the time it begins healing, it's huge. The first time it happened, the ER (cuz I was freaking out) diagnosed me with cellulitis and gave me a massive dose of steroids and it was gone in two days. The second time it happened, I went to my regular doctor, who diagnosed it as something completely different and said that it'll appear every now and then and I just have to live with it. But he did add that if it begins happening frequently, to come back and see him.

Well, it's happening frequently, doc. In the past week it's shown up on my left and right arm, my torso, my rear end, my leg, and now my face. My lip and cheeks are so swollen I can barely form a seal and I'm not even sure I can eat or drink anything, yet. It was definitely a God-send that I unexpectedly got today off work, because I don't think they'd want me in there looking and sounding as I do. =(

If you see this post, please say a little prayer that the doctor doesn't treat this flippantly, but tries to find a solution to the problem. Thanks and God bless. =)

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!!

EJ woke me up Calvin early this morning, excited as a kid to open his presents. Turns out we both got each other the same thing! Thankfully, that wasn't the only thing we bought for each other. =P

Christ is born!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Christmas Eve!!

The other day at work we had an old, old man come in who looked just like Santa Claus. He had the long white beard and wore a bright red fleece (no clue if he was aware of his appearance or not ... I like to think he was). But he ordered his sub, then said strongly, "Merry Christmas, young ladies, and don't you ever say Happy Holidays to me! It's happy Holy Days! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!" I think he would have tried to beat us with his walker if we'd even thought of saying Happy Holidays.

I liked him.

Have a happy Christmas, all!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A little calmer than yesterday...

Thankfully, with a good night's sleep, I'm thinking a little more levelheadedly than when I made my last post. I realize that this kind of stuff has to happen. Even if this isn't a harbinger of the end of the world, empires rise and fall - inevitably - and I, and every other American still breathing, just happened to be born at the end of our nation's life. Stinks, but that's the way things go.

Oh, and even if you do nothing else today, read the following article about how this is all leading up to a totalitarian global takeover. It is so spot on as to be frightening - in a good way.

From Meccania to Atlantis - Part 13 (2): Harpo, Gekko, Barko, Sarko

Monday, December 21, 2009

Oftentimes, it's so hard to remember that this is not our final home

Senate Democrats Clear Hurdle on Health Care Bill

And we creep ever closer to insuring the 30 million uninsured Americans at the expense of the other 270,000,000...

Friday, December 18, 2009

CPSIA

I emailed Glenn Beck tonight about the looming CPSIA deadline. I can't believe I actually did it. I dunno if he's already covered it (I don't watch all of his shows), but I'm desperate enough to try anything at this point. Way back when I first heard about the CPSIA, I emailed one of my congressmen, along with my representative, but, really, other than that, I feel totally impotent.

I'm in the midst of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged and I've been blown away by the similarities between her mid-century distopian United States and our bleak-futured, post-millenial one. I'd recommend the book to anyone, but be aware that Ayn Rand was not a Christian, and her worldview reflects this. Also, there is some surprising sexual content (including condoned adultery) which I was not expecting when I picked it up. Despite these two drawbacks, the book paints an excellent picture of where we are headed and what to expect along the way. Honestly, I was quite shocked at how much I myself have bought into the lies of our age, thinking they were promoting the good of the people, when, in reality, they were a detriment to all.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Uuuugh...

Hillary pledges US will join $100 billion developing nations fund

Because it's not like WE'RE IN A RECESSION or anything, right? Where do they even get these numbers from? $100 billion? Clearly, money grows on trees for these people.

Yay! And the importance of tithing

Oh my gosh, *whew* What a relief. I got the job. I'm so thankful to God.

This job is pretty much perfect for us. It comes at a time when we've been having some money issues above and beyond what I mentioned before. Both of our cars need parts replaced; EJ's car may be beyond repair and we might have to live as a single-car family for awhile. BUT, that's okay now, because this job is right across the street from our apartment. I can just walk there, rain or shine. God is so good and knows what we need.

Seriously, I just can't say enough how the Lord has been so faithful through this whole ordeal. No matter what's happened so far, Jesus has provided for us so we haven't gone a penny deeper into debt and we even have a little left over.

Sorry, I hope I don't sound like I'm bragging or showing off, I just can't keep in my gratefulness to the Lord.

~Bless!~

Gulf Petro-Powers to Launch Currency in Latest Threat to Dollar Hegemony

And we have the second mass currency forming. I'm not so much interested in the "threat to dollar hegemony" (though that would certainly put this country into even more of a fiscal bind) as I am in the fact that, from what I've heard, this is a fulfilling a prophecy in Revelations.

I'm confused, though, (it's been a while since I've read Revelations) where does it actually say the world will move from many currencies, to a few currencies, to one global currency? Is it a more obscure passage, from which scholars have deduced the world will do so? Is it even in there at all?

~~

Job interview in a few hours. Please, please, please God, don't let me blow it.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Interview

I have a job interview with a subway restaurant (not the Subway) tomorrow at 2. It would be a God-send if I get this job. Please say a little prayer that I don't make a fool of myself.

*crosses fingers*

Teh Grk

Why is it necessary for the priest to give even the announcements in Greek and then English? Our parish is currently transitioning priests, and the new one is of the Greek tradition. I realize there's an ethnic flavor to every Orthodox Church currently in America and I don't think anyone minds a little ethnic spice here and there, but, really, even the announcements?

We have quite a few Russian/Ukrainian/Bulgarian members, as well. What about them? What about the lone Egyptian woman? Or those who speak no language but English? Why with all the Greek?

Should I not be questioning this? Is it disrespectful? I don't mean to be, but, honestly, I feel kind of disrespected, being relegated to the secondary church language in my own country...

EDIT: Then again, I could have been raised a Russian on Old Church Slavonic. Maybe I should consider myself lucky I can understand the Liturgy at all...

Monday, December 14, 2009

I HAVE FOUND MY WEBSITE!!!!!

Oh, you thought this was my website? Au contraire, my fine friend. my website is now officially www.iamneurotic.com. That's right. IAmNeurotic.com

I suddenly don't feel alone in my desire to shuffle stacks of paper until every piece is perfectly aligned, or make sure whatever I'm reading on a website is perfectly within the top and bottom cutoffs, or silently thinking "B-E-A-UUUUTIFUL" whenever I'm spelling that word. When I was little, I also used to never touch the sides of the bathtub because I thought Guy Smiley - yes, the Sesame Street character - would materialize out of them. Now I know that I'm not the only one. *sniffle* This is such a beautiful day. =)

(Yes, I did think "b-e-a-uuutiful" as I typed it again. =P)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Prayers for Michelle

Duggar Baby 19: Michelle Duggar Gives Birth to Daughter, Josie Brooklyn Duggar
Michelle Duggar, star of the TLC reality show "18 Kids and Counting", has given birth to her 19th child in an emergency C-Section.

New baby, Josie Brooklyn, born Thursday evening, weighs 1 pound 6 ounces and is in stable condition at the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Arkensas for Medical sciences, TLC reports. ...

Duggar's baby was not due until March, but TLC is reporting that Duggar went into the hospital early suffering pain from a gallstone. People magazine reported Monday that Duggar had been airlifted to a hospital in Little Rock because her gallbladder proeblems were causing contractions.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dumplings

I finally figured out how to make dumplings today, using this recipe from About.com. My last attempt at making dumplings failed so miserably that I didn't touch them again for five years, but tonight the curse has been broken, dumplings have been boiled, and husband has enjoyed them thoroughly.

For those who, like me, have had trouble in the past, or who have never tried it at all, here are several tips which I discovered are essential for making a decent dumpling.

1.) You do not want a sticky dough. I tried working with a sticky dough at first, only to find that, no matter what I did, my dumplings came out looking like a cross between a Shar-pei and an avocado. So, flour up that dough and make sure it sticks to nothing but itself.

2.) Don't roll the dough out too thinly. I finally found that about an eighth of an inch worked well. Thinner than that, and it might not have enough strength to support the filling.

3.) Don't use too much filling. About a teaspoon, or somewhat less, is perfect for the recipe above.

I also found that rolling out a slightly larger batch of dough all at once and cutting out circles with a biscuit/cookie cutter (or a Jif peanut butter jar lid, as the case may be), was much more expedient and led to much more uniform dumplings than rolling out individual dough balls, as the recipe suggests. Also, one of the comments to the recipe gave a tasty sauce for the dumplings.

So, have a try and keep experimenting until you find what you like!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Donate Plasma

Hey, thought I'd jump on the ever-laudable frugality bandwagon with my own suggestion: If you're near a center and have about four free hours per week (or even just two), why not try donating plasma?

Sure, sure, we've all heard the jokes, the people who mock it as something redneck-y and hick-ish, but, seriously, it's honest money and, for what you have to do, it's pretty good money. Expect an average of $20 each time you go (it fluctuates between $15 and $30, but I don't have the payment schedule on-hand) and you can donate up to twice a week. If you participate in vaccine trials, you could get even more (for instance, volunteer for the anthrax vaccine and it's a $50 flat rate for the next several visits).

EJ bemoans the amount of time it takes up, but he's still happy that, just as well as earning money, we're not out there spending any, either, while we're in the chair.

So yeah, that's my contribution for the day. Enjoy! =)

EDIT: Oh, and expect it to take a bit longer the first time you go (it took me 5 hours, but that was because they forgot about me for 2); you have to get a mini-physical, answer so many questions, and your blood probably won't flow very quickly to begin with, but things move along much more quickly on your return visits.

"Always Rejoice"

This article, posted by Father Stephen, has inspired me to modify my prayer to St. Sophia and her daughters, Faith, Love, and Hope. I normally ask that I not despair when I hear of all the stupid, illegal, and evil things our government does to its people (especially if it may impact my relationship with my future children), now I'm going to ask her to pray that I rejoice no matter what I hear or experience.

Always rejoice!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Now this is a happy story

And it has some beautiful history in it, to boot.

Armenians Lay Cornerstone for New Church on Jordan River

Onions

A neighbor of ours (an old woman with whom we never spoke) up and moved away a month or so back, leaving all of her container plants behind. These containers have been sitting outside ever since, their plants long dead.

I noticed that one of my grocery store onions sprouted a nice thick, green stalk yesterday.

Last night saw a storm such as we've not had since high summer - wind, torrents of rain, the works. It also happened to blow one of the smaller-ish containers right in front of our door.

We are broke.

You following?

Not being one to turn up my nose at random gifts of nature, said container is now sitting proudly on our other coffee table, onion planted firmly in some left-over potting soil EJ had bought to set his cactus in.

The only thing left now is to see how long it takes me to kill it. =(

1/6/2010 UPDATE: Zee onion, eet grows!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Last College Class Ever

Hopefully.

I finished the last class of what I hope will be my last college course ever. The only problem is that I've been down this road before, so, until Hillsdale excepts the transfer, I won't hold my breath.

Let me say, I'm much more appreciative of Hillsdale after taking this course. It has deepened my understanding of just how insidious the liberal academic mindset can be and how powerless students are to change things if they're dependent upon their teachers "liking them" to pass the class. Tonight was particularly hard, as my professor went on and on about feminism and imperialism and railed against western civilization for thinking they're better than everyone else. I just sat there and took it - and got heartburn in the process - while he extolled the work of Betty Frieden, calling the home a place of empty depression and heartache (sadly, I was the only one in the class who seemed to know anything about The Feminine Mystique). At least I didn't smile while he mocked 19th century missionaries for thinking Christianity was the "one true path". The truly amazing thing is that he was able to get away with this while Campbell University purports to have a Christian bent.

I seriously felt sick and almost ran out of the room after class was over. And now I feel sick because I was such a coward.

Damn colleges for giving professors the power to arbitrarily decide student's grades. Damn them for giving them tenure. Damn them for allowing this kind of filth to perpetuate.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

OH MY GOSH!!!

I just figured out how to clean my electric stove!!!

Okay, okay, bear with me. I've lived in this apartment for almost 8 months now and I've never cleaned under the electric coils of my stove. For serious. I thought it couldn't be done. I grew up with gas stoves and really thought that there was no good way to effectively clean under those darn coils; that the electric coil stove was the worse invention since ... well ... I don't even know.

So today, I finally grew a brain and decided to google it (only took me seven months, right?). Voila! Up pops this article and my world is suddenly so much cleaner! I hadn't a clue that the coils or the drip pans could be removed.

Hahaha. My stress level just went down another notch. =D