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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Budget Cuts?

What government budget cuts are you concerned about?

I've been disturbed to see the proposals concerning public radio and libraries, despite this good news from earlier in February.

Classes continue to heat up, so I've not been around as much as I'd like. Happy reading, everyone!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Snow Day Remnants

Came across these photos I took during the snow days a couple of weeks ago. 

I might have gotten just a bit punchy...






Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Heard in Our House

Jason has a hard time waking up in the morning, so I try to get him a glass of cold water to help in that. This morning, he was stirring, and I said, "I'll get you some water as soon as I finish this."

Him: That's sweet.

Me: That's not a word I hear used to describe me very often.

Him: Silence.

Me: Maybe I should work on that!

lol
To his credit, he was pretty tired. And I'm not that sweet. ;)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

February Fun

Jason and I went out last weekend to celebrate our engagement anniversary (six years...woop!). Then we had some fun taking pictures at Starbucks.



Can you see us in the iPods? Silliness. :)









Fred also enjoyed his eighth birthday!


Monday, February 14, 2011

Weekend Wrap-Up

I really meant to finish First Mothers this weekend and get a ton of homework done and catch up on a few things. Instead, I just...didn't. *sigh* Sometimes you need a break, right?

Meanwhile, here are a few tidbits from the reading world...

An Alabama-produced peculiar little video about plagiarism (but I like the librarians at the end)...



Glad to see the library at Alexandria is holding up in the midst of the unrest in Egypt...

Meanwhile...Apple is trying to get a better share of the e-book market, and apps are changing how people read on the Internet.

Back to those e-books (and that pesky plagiarism issue), how do you cite them anyway?

And I'm not looking to take on any more book reviews, but if you are, check out Shelf Awareness.

Hope everyone has a Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Give Life for Lent

I don't usually do videos...or fundraising, for that matter, but this one (it's only a minute-and-a-half) is worth watching--especially if you're giving up something for Lent.

I'm giving up meat...more on that to come.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Wearing Wednesday: Pajamas and Makeup

We have another snow day here in Fort Worth (after our four last week), so I'm back in my PJs today. However, it wasn't clear what the weather was going to do until the last minute, so I had to be ready to go to work as usual. Thus, the makeup, which, unlike the pajamas, was something I did not wear at all last week. (Yay for my skin; sad for Jason.)

Friday, February 04, 2011

Snow Day 4

God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’ So that everyone he has made may know his work, he stops all people from their labor.

I haven't taken too many snow pictures this year. Felt a bit anticlimactic after last year's dumping. But I kept thinking of that verse this morning when I saw that about another inch fell overnight on top of the solid sheet of ice we've had since Tuesday.

It really was beautiful!




Kamsahamnida's first snow...


Snow nose...



And here are a few of the ice. It completely encased the leaves on one of our bushes and then left icicles hanging from it. Weird, but lovely!




Word of warning: the snow makes the ice a bit easier to walk on. It does not make you invincible. {Ouch.}

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Shakeology Cleanse: a review

Before I introduce you to Shakeology, let me introduce you to Michelle. I first encountered Michelle on a list of seminary students' blogs, and I quickly got hooked on her encouraging writing and fresh perspective. I highly recommend following her on Twitter--she'll bless your day!

Anyway, Michelle is a big fan of Shakeology and, at the new year, proposed a three-day cleansing challenge. I was intrigued with the idea of a healthy cleanse, but our grad school budget combined with holiday travel meant that it wasn't a good time for me to do it. So I saved some pennies and decided to go for it in February.

Here's what I liked:
-It really was a healthy cleanse. No three days of cabbage soup, grapefruit, and lemon-pepper water or anything like that. You still had a bit of fruit, veggies, and protein incorporated into what you ate, and I think I had around 600 calories/day. (Very rough estimate.)
-It tasted pretty good! On a normal basis, you would combine the Shakeology with almond milk, peanut butter, fruit juice, and all other sorts of yumminess. This was just the mix, water, and ice. It wasn't the best thing I've ever tasted, but it certainly wasn't as bad as cabbage soup. :) I can imagine that, added to the other stuff, it would really be delicious.
-I was never hungry or shaky. Sure, I craved the taste of other types of food, but my stomach felt full the entire time. The thing I missed most was my coffee, but I was so excited that I never even got a caffeine headache. Definitely doable.

Here's what I didn't like:
-Even though I didn't get hungry, my energy levels were a little low. I think it turned out to be a blessing that I was off of work those three days!
-As with any cleanse, by the end I was ready for some regular food and, again, COFFEE.
-The cost. Sad, but true. The cleanse was affordable, but I don't think I could shake (bad pun intended) the monthly cost of this stuff. Maybe one day. :) If you can, I'd recommend giving it a try!

Saved by Grace

Saved by Grace by Sonya Buchanan

SunnyFaith Christenson is a girl who loses her way. A Christian, but entranced by college, relationships, and the distractions of the world, she heads down a path that is not pleasing to God.

Saved by Grace is the story of the consequences of her decisions and the redemption of her life.

It's a familiar story. My walk with Christ was not what it should have been in college, so I could relate to SunnyFaith.

However, I think I was expecting a novel, and the book read more like a series of devotionals that you might find in the introduction to a Sunday School lesson. It wasn't bad, but it was told on a surface level that wouldn't allow readers to become fully involved in the plot or emotionally invested in the characters.

Buchanan also includes Bible verses and discussion questions that could be helpful; although, I was curious about which translation she used for the verses. But these also served to break up the story, and I was reminded again that it didn't seem like a novel.

Saved by Grace would be an interesting book for church groups to use as a starting point for discussions, but I wouldn't recommend it if you're just looking for a good read.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Wearing Wednesday: Mittens

We're going on our third snow/ice day here in Texas. Woohoo!

Normally, on a break like this, I would drink lots of hot chocolate, eat chili, and play plenty of Mario Kart.

Instead, I drank lots of Shakeology, ate...well, mostly Shakeology, and played homework.

But even though I didn't goof off, I was so so grateful for this break. I hate feeling behind--especially this early in the semester, and this was a huge help in getting caught up. It's been good thinking time, healthy eating time, and I've actually been able to get some sleep.

Good way to start off February!

Read from the beginning...