Saturday, June 26, 2010

Mee-Meuw Milk

She puts her clothes in the dresser drawers, she throws little pieces of paper in the trash, she wants dirt or anything off her hands ASAP, she even puts dirty washcloths on the floor back into the kitchen drawer! She takes a rag and helps clean the glass on the tabletop. She's Mommy's little helper! It's the most rewarding experience to watch her grow. Yesterday she was helping my husband pull radishes in the garden. He would give her the radishes and ask her to bring them to me. She walks over to me with her cute, stubby legs saying "Mommy, Mommy," in her adorable little voice. She likes to chase the cats and squealing around the house while doing it. She hugs her teddy bear and says, "Nice". She calls her milk "mee-meuw"; and it has to be warmed up or she will hand back her cup and make this sound, "Uh-uyha". I love holding and rocking her before I put her in her crib. She smiles at me with her thumb in her mouth and her pink blankie by her cheek. There's no other feeling like it in the world. I didn't realize I was capable of loving someone so much.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cop Car Accident

I was whining to my husband about not wanting to go to work that day. But I was making myself go anyway. I had just turned from our street onto Evansdale Dr. approaching the intersection when all the sudden the car in front of me was stopping at a red light. I was trying desperately to stop my grandmother’s car to no avail. I had a choice. Either slam into the car in front of me, the snow bank on my right, or the car who was in the left lane. I slid on the ice and snow covered road, pushing on the break pedal as hard as I could. I swerved to the left (trying to get in between to the two cars) and BAM! The crunching sound of the metal, the jerk of my neck, and my tight grip on the steering wheel... the adrenaline was coursing through my veins. The man got out of his car and checked the damage to his passenger door. It was dented badly. My grandma’s car was a tank. The only thing wrong with it was a broken headlight and a scuff on the fender.

A minute later, the man I hit told me he was an off-duty cop! Crap! Thankfully, he was really cool. The officer that did come to file the accident report didn’t give me a ticket and blamed it on the road conditions. Whew!

Needless to say, I did not have to go to work that day!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Microwave Ovens Reconsidered

This is why we don't have a microwave. We use a toaster oven.

by James M. Haig

They are unquestionably convenient and almost impossible to avoid, but microwave ovens have always been shadowed by controversy. Despite the many serious health issues posed by microwaves, few people are aware of their potential dangers.
One study that did recently receive national press coverage found that broccoli cooked in a microwave oven lost almost all of its antioxidants (a stunning 97% depletion), compared to 11% lost by conventional steaming. Given that the antioxidants in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables (like cauliflower, Brussel sprouts and cabbage) are known to have powerful anti-cancer effects (in part by modulating estrogen metabolism), this is indeed a serious loss. This reaffirms an earlier Russian study showing a 60-90% decrease in food value in microwaved food.
Bad though this is, however, it may pale in comparison with some of the other problems posed by microwaving. A Swiss study from 1992n conducted by Dr. Hans Hertel, which was suppressed by several years of legal maneuvering by a powerful electrical appliance trade organization, found a decreased number of red blood cells, and of their oxygen bearing hemoglobin content, in people eating microwaved foods, along with increased cholesterol levels. Even more troubling is the creation in these foods of radiolytic compounds hitherto unknown in nature, the effects of which on the human body remain completely unknown.
The piece de resistance of this same study, however, was its report an increased number of leukocytes, or white blood cells, present in the body after the ingestion of microwaved foods. White blood cells are the foot soldiers of the immune system, so what his suggests is that the body was perceiving the microwaved food as an invader, or toxin, rather than as nourishment. Perhaps the reason for this may have to do with the way microwaves restructure food molecules. They part line is that microwave ovens produce a type of electromagnetic energy similar to naturally produced by the sun; but solar microwaves generate direct current (DC) while microwave ovens rely on alternating current (AC) to create heat by molecular friction or agitation.
Protein is made up of building clocks called amino acids. These amino acids can be found in two forms: those with a levo or left-handed molecular spin (indicated by the L-suffix), and those with a dextro or right-handed molecular spin (indicated by the D-suffix). Most amino acids are toxic in their D-fourm, and are not generally found this way in nature. But another study from earlier this year reported that microwaving does indeed reverse the molecular spin on at least one amino acid (the only one studied), changing it from the benign L- from to the toxic D-form. This may very well be the reason behind the Swiss discovery of the immune response mounted by the body following the ingestion of microwaved goods, as well the Russian report detailing the presence of numerous carcinogenic substances in such food.
In addition to the worrisome concerns over the microwaving process alters food chemistry, microwave ovens also generate a large and powerful electromagnetic field when in use. This field, which can extend as far as six to eight feet from the appliance, has the potential to damage the DNA of any biological system (including you!) That it contacts, and at the very least would be expected to set off a cascade of rampaging free radicals, dangerous molecules missing an electron that steal electrons from otherwise healthy tissues, damaging them sometimes irreparably, in the process. Because of this, it is extremely unwise to stand near a microwave oven when it is in use , and children in particular should be instructed in no uncertain terms to stay away from them. While technology can indeed offer us tremendous benefits, we would be foolish to ignore the very serious risks that microwave ovens pose to our health in favor of mere convenience. Plenty of other alternatives exist, including quick-heating toaster ovens.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Kids do the Darndest Things

We were on a road trip to Lincoln when we pulled into a Subway parking lot to grab some lunch. We get into Subway bathroom and to my dismay I find there is no baby changing table. What's up with that?! So I bring Arabella out to the dining room and since it's below zero outside I figured it would be much better to change her inside rather than in the car. She was lying on the chair when I take her diaper off and all the sudden out of nowhere comes this rushing fountain of pee! It was trickling all over her pants, on the floor, and my shoe. At home I can change her and she never pees on her changing table. She can even run around the house commando for awhile and she won't even go. But as soon as we're in public in the middle of a subway restaurant she decides to let loose. My foot was freezing from the wet spot on my shoe, for hours. Ah, the joys of motherhood.

Where Will we be in Five Years?

I haven’t written a blog in quite sometime; here is a long overdue one. I am so glad the sun is finally shining.

I am in the process of learning a new job. It seems to be going well for the most part. There are a few confusing things, but hopefully it won’t be too long before I start to understand.
I was just thinking about a few things yesterday...

First, how very awe inspiring to see a tiny snowflake stuck on your windshield that is still in it’s perfect, beautiful, "star like" form. Some are intricate and complicated patterns while others are symmetrical and look like an asterisk. It is absolutely amazing to me how a small snowflake can be so detailed. God truly is amazing.

Second, where will my family and I be in five years? I would LOVE to be out of debt and living in a house of our very own. We have thousands of dollars of stupid credit card debt, medical bills, and student loans. It sucks. It’s like a giant weight on your shoulders and always in the back of your mind. Once we get all that mess paid off we could actually have a chance of buying a house. No more renting. Thankfully, currently we are very blessed. We are living in my grandmothers house for the time being, for free! We honestly don’t have to pay anything. We were originally going to live with my parents until we got the money situation under control. Thankfully, we didn't have to do that! I mean I love my folks and all but it would have gotten really crowded fast (not to mention we would really get on one another’s nerves like crazy.) Instead we received a call from my grandma offering us to stay in her home (since she got remarried and moved) until we got on our feet. We have this huge two story acreage to ourselves. I don’t know how in the world we would have been able to afford rent if she didn’t do that for us. It just go to show how much God really does take care of us.

Until next time. Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

It Might Be Hope

By: Sara Groves

You do your work the best that you can
You put one foot in front of the other
Life comes in waves and makes its demands
You hold on as well as you're able

You've been here for a long, long time

Hope has a way of turning its face to you
Just when you least expect it
You walk in a room-
You look out a window
And something there leaves you breathless
You say to yourself,
It's been awhile since I felt this
But it feels like it might be hope

It's hard to recall what blew out the flame
It's been dark here since you can remember
You talk it all through to find it a name
As days gon on by without number

You've been here for a long, long time

But hope has a way of turning its face to you
Just when you least expect it
You walk in a room and look out a window
And somethings there, somethings there,
And it's hope....
It's been awhile since I've felt this
But it feels like it might be hope.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Meaning of Christmas

I get really tired of the commercialism of Christmas. When people expect a certain amount of money spent for gifts and when they get upset because you can't spend a lot (if any) on presents. All I have to say to them is grow up. If that's all Christmas is to you, then you are selfish. And you don't realize the true meaning of Christmas. In case you forgot:i t's to be with your family and friends and help those less fortunate. To all those who give to get, I genuinely feel sorry for you. Okay ,I will get off my soap box now. Unfortunately I am beginning to not like Christmas, the American way. It's sad. My good memories of Christmas are in the past. I am determined to make it different next year!