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

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"One Night with King"

"One Night with the King", a movie about the Biblical story of Esther, is a visually beautiful piece of work, but lacks talent among the actors, as well as its writers. The first thing I noticed (being me) was the lack of historical accuracy. Now, I don't mind some theatrical fudging as long as the plot and characters make me care about them more than historical exactness ("Braveheart", anyone?), but this was not such a movie. The excellent performances of the ever-awesome John Rhys-Davies, who played Mordecai, as well as Omar Sharif and John Noble (Princes Memucan and Admantha, respectively) failed to balance out the the other three main characters. Tiffany Dupont was the worst. While certainly pretty, she lent a very Americanized air to the character of Hadassah/Esther and I grew increasingly irritated by her jerky movements and less-than-smooth voice. Luke Goss was slightly better as King Xerxes, but his makeup was so distracting; he was so clearly a white man bronzed (and then laquered, I think), that I almost couldn't concentrate on his performance. Finally, James Callis, as Haman, did fairly well with what he'd been given, but had such a rough voice that I sometimes couldn't understanding him. And whoever wrote his part literally crafted him into a B.C. Nazi - giving his ancestry as the reason he wanted to kill the Jews, not his great pride.

So, all in all, I really wanted to like this movie, but the fly-in-your-face inaccuracies, as well as the writing and acting, kept me from fully doing so. Overall, I'd give it three out of five stars. Watchable, if for no other reason than to see Gimli and Denethor butt heads once more, (or if you like really pretty costumes =D ), but that's about it.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Leaving Country

With the government take-over of health care, collapse is now inevitable. The U.S. is already spending hundreds of billions more than it makes per year, so spending yet more isn't going to do anything but hasten the end. Right now I'm looking at Chile as a viable option for expatriation: homeschooling is legal, their gun laws, despite being stricter than we're used to, aren't as bad as some places, and their economy is growing.

I'm not going to fight any more. The people have spoken. Despite cries of "They don't represent us!" from the conservative end of the spectrum, the majority of voters found these men and women worthy of their vote. Even if Republicans do route the Democrats in the next election, nothing will change. They spend just as profligately as their more "progressive" counterparts (who introduced the first bailout again?) and some are now saying they won't challenge the new law at all. The country has spoken. In a democracy full of people of these caliber, there's nothing left to do but not be here when the foundations finally crumble.

I was worried, for a time, about finding the freest country in the world to move to, but, honestly, the two freest are both mostly urban and the next freest is going to lose its freedom once the Lisbon treaty takes effect. Chile seems like a fairly good choice for our family, so that's what I'm concentrating on. I like what Vox Day has to say on the matter of leaving the country:
The point isn't to look for freedom. It doesn't exist. The point is not to be where the collapse is going to mark a descent into chaos. There is no one correct answer, there is only a series of probabilities that vary depending upon your personal circumstances. ...

The most important thing is to live around good people in a place where the government isn't particularly interested in controlling every aspect of people's lives. In general, the more openly corrupt the government, the better. But most Americans can't deal with that because they're all so accustomed to being good little statists and complaining to the authorities if a dog barks too loudly.
The fact that EJ isn't just dismissing this with an eye-roll is quite encouraging. Before he gets out of the Marines, I can get my teaching certificate, some experience, and be all set to teach English as a second language down there while EJ finds a job and we get on our feet.

Sweet, I'm liking this idea better and better. =D

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Russia's Wooden Churches

Here's a site with pictures of some of Russia's wooden churches. They're old (some of them very old) and weathered and yet still manage to be beautiful and haunting.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Shirt Folding Machine

Have I posted a video of one of these things before? I think I'm going to ask to take home a big empty food box at work to make one of these. I tend to let the dirty laundry build up and build up (because I'm lazy and it's a pain having to walk to the apartment laundry facilities), so when I do do laundry, it's usually most of our clothes all at once. Those clothes then need folding and, even though I'm a fast, precise shirt folder as it is, EJ has so many t-shirts that if this handy-dandy little machine could shave a few seconds off of each one, it may cumulatively save me several minutes over-all.

Besides, it just looks fun. =)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Happy Happy Joy Joy

I just got off the phone with my allergist and he said all of my labs for Hereditary Angioedema came back negative!! There's no way I could have the disease!!!!

I never thought I'd be so happy to have allergies - but I am, because it means that my angioedema is eminently more treatable now that we know they're caused by something external, rather than by my immune system.

And I think the family doctor I've been seeing needs to just stop practicing medicine or something, because this was such an easy fix. He not only read the labs ordered by the ER docs incorrectly, he was then willing to just let me "live with" the disease, with no help or treatment, for the rest of my life (remember, he actually tried to talk me out of seeking treatment, saying there was nothing they could do). Also, remember that I practically had to beg him to write me a referral to an immunologist/allergist for a second opinion. Usually, I'm totally on the doctor's side, having grown up with a doctor father and having worked in two hospitals, but this guy is just unbelievable. Clearly, he needs to rethink a few things about his place in the medical profession.

But, whatever, that's all behind us. Now, with the help of a specialist who actually took the time to do his job, we can focus on treating the problem. =D =D =D

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Laziness

I've noticed lately that I've become disturbingly lazy. I've always had a penchant for sitting on my rear, but in the past few weeks, I just haven't wanted to do anything. More convenience foods are being bought and the apartment is messier than ever. Why? I could blame my job, but, the truth is, I really don't know.

However, there's no real excuse for my laziness. It's unacceptable - both for myself and my husband. I can't be a good wife or mother if I don't do anything. Motivation and will power have always been issues with me, but I can't make excuses any longer. I need to do something, anything, to get myself going again.

*sigh* Now, how to begin?

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Thinking Housewife

I've known about The Thinking Housewife for quite some time now, I may have even linked to some of her articles in the past. But, for some reason I can't explain, I never bookmarked her site or added to it to my regular reading list.

That is all about to change. A while ago I went back to the beginning of her archives and began reading - let me tell you, she is one of my new favorites. She speaks with the force, not just of conviction, but of truth on so many different matters related to femininity and masculinity through popular culture, history, etc. She is a human being and thus fallible, I do disagree with her on a very few points, but, for the most part, her pieces aren't just "Well, I think..." pieces, they are true.

She has now been added to my "Favorite Blogs" list (which I finally went through and cleaned up yesterday) and I look forward to more of her insights in the days to come.

P.S. I love her posts on Sarah Palin.