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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Olivia Confesses her Faith

While reading a book about Christmas yesterday evening before dinner I asked, "Can you say Jesus?" Olivia grinned a big grin and said, "Jeeeee!" She's been saying it ever since. And I can tell she even knows what she means, in a toddler sort of way.

I'm a proud mommy, in awe of God.

Monday, November 28, 2005

The ideology of distraction

This little NPR snippet on distraction and the Internet nails an observation that's been plaguing me for months.

Working in the tech industry, I find that lately I can hardly read a measly paragraph without losing focus and clicking erratically on every hyperlink I see. If I do get through more than a few sentences, I eventually find myself at the end of whatever I was reading with no clue what the author has actually been writing about.

Writer and thinker Neil Postman made the excellent observation that technology always carries with it an ideology. It seems like the ideology of the internet is that everything anyone has to say about anything should be entering my brain at this very moment.

By definition, hypertext--those links that are the cornerstone of the internet, taking you from one place to the next--require you to leave what you are currently concentrating on in order to check on something else. It's a vicious cycle... Referencing the referenced reference until you've found yourself back at this site, blind and drooling.

I've been trying to re-train myself to actually think when consuming information, to quit being a slave to the mindless scroll and click. We'll see how it goes.


Now what was I doing?

Thursday, November 24, 2005

I'm thankful!!!!!

Mom told me that today is Thanksgiving. So I'm going to share with everyone the things that I am thankful for.

Wednesday it started snowing. I think that it is pretty cool. When Mom showed me the white dots falling from the sky I whispered, "Whoa!" I'm thankful for the snow. But later, Mom put me in the snow, and I was scared, so I'm also thankful that I'm still small enough to be held.

Mom, made cookies for dinner today. I don't when I get to eat them because Mom said that they are, "hot, ouch." I am thankful that I know what hot means, and that some day I can eat a cookie.

My Papa likes to buy me lots of clothes. I am thankful because our house is really cold, and I have a lot of warm things to choose from to wear. I put on two socks on each foot. That makes me very thankful because I very much enjoy putting my foot out for Mom to put a sock on it. I got to do it twice as much this morning.

I am thankful for Mom's friend Eliza who came to play with me last night. She is so much more fun than Mom and Dad. Mom said thanks to Eliza a lot, too. I think Mom was cooking a lot of food, and so it was good that I had a friend to keep me company. Eliza also taught me how to count. It goes like this, "TWO, DA!" I am thankful for numbers.

I am thankful for all the animals in the world, especially Dogilies (dogs), Kitties, MoeKies (Monkeys), and Kucks (ducks).

I am thankful for my family. For Uncle Dan who taught me to dance, and for Emily who has the coolest toys, and for Uncle Mike who picks me up a lot. Everyone else is older, and I don't pay as much attention to them, but I did learn how to say "Molly."

I am thankful for Jesus too. I am Jesus' little lamb, my Mom tells me. We talk to him before dinner every night. We like to hold hands as we thank him for the dinner Mom made. I guess Jesus does everything, even though it seems like Mom does it, but they always thank Him for dinner, so He must be the invisible helper. After we thank Him for dinner Mom and Dad say, "Amen," and I say, "OH!" or, "DA!" It means the same thing.

We also talk to Jesus before bed, and on Sunday morning we go to His house where we see Angie and Pastor Kozak. I like them. So I am thankful that they live at Jesus' house where I can see them all the time.

That's what I am thankful for, how about you?

Wednesday, November 23, 2005


Seven things to do before I die:

1. Become a Doula
2. Write a book
3. Fix up a turn of the century home, and restore it to its original shape
4. Adopt
5. Drink a pint in an Irish pub
6. Have more babies
7. Get my PhD

Seven things I cannot do:
1. Speak French
2. Crochet a circle without it turning bumpy
3. Think realistically
4. Fly a plane
5. Spell
6. Type
7. Keep the floor clean

Seven things that attract me to Hubby:
1. His sensitivity
2. His intelligence
3. His sincerity
4. His looks
5. His creativity
6. The way he loves me and Olivia
7. The way he trusts me (Why do I only get to pick 7?)

Seven things I say most often
1. "Awesome, lol?"
2. "No, Thank you."
3. "Which I hate..."
4. "Could you make me some coffee?"
5. "Where are you, Olivia?"
6. "Are you blowing up monsters?"
7. "Rob-o... ?"

Seven books or authors you love:
1. Chaucer
2. C.S. Lewis
3. F. Scott Fitzgerald
4. Tolstoy
5. Dr. Suess
6. Tolkien
7. Shakespeare

Seven movies you watch over and over again:
1. Oh Brother Where Art Thou
2. Shadowlands
3. Waking Ned Divine
4. The Incredibles
5. Lost In Translation
6. The Terminal
7. Henry V

Seven people I want to join in, too:
1. Uhm I hate tagging people.

HT to Indiana Jane and TK

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Olivia Reads Theology

Originally uploaded by Devona.
Yes, she takes after Rob.

If you've read Chaucer you know this is not a compliment

The Prioress
You scored 15% Cardinal, 53% Monk, 67% Lady, and 35% Knight!

You are a moral person and are also highly intellectual. You like your
solitude but are also kind and helpful to those around you. Guided by a
belief in the goodness of mankind you will likely be christened a saint
after your life is over.

You scored high as both the Lady and the Monk. You can try again to
get a more precise description of either the Monk or the lady, or you
can be happy that you're an individual.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 7% on Cardinal
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 75% on Monk
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on Lady
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 16% on Knight
Link: The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test written by KnightlyKnave on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

HT to the Duchy of Burgundy Carrots

Monday, November 21, 2005

You know that you've been blogging

forever when you:

  • Start talking to your Real Life friends about your friends online, and expect them to know what you're talking about.
  • Can't remember which blog introduced you to which blog.
  • Feel guilty for not updating beacause you're worried that people who don't really know you might be wondering what you're up to.
  • Can remember how many hits you had this month last year.
Let me just say that Blogging has been a vehicle for my self discovery upon becoming a Lutheran, Wife, and Mother all in one year. Thanks for paying attention everyone.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Lutherans and Contraception

I've been invited to join this blog. Which I have, but I'll say I feel a little intimidated.

So, if you'd been invited, and you're a young (uneducated) NFP practicing mom, what would you write about?

I'm thinking about posting a personal introduction and how we came to use NFP and how it has effected us. Is that a good start?

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

The new Meme. Which I love...

is googling your name and "needs." It's so wonderful. I've seen it on a few blogs, so I can't really hat-tip. But I just had to give it a try.

Here are the top ten four things Devona needs:

1. Devona needs to recognize her role.
2. Devona needs 3(s) dager with andre cards first. (Huh?)
3. Devona needs to learn to keep her mouth shut, it seems. (I don't have anything to say about that)
4. Devona needs help? This seemed very fishy to me, seeing that Devona is an empowered warrior of legend around here. (You bet I am)

Oh wait. There are only 4 things that I need. I must be very fulfilled.

Always reconsidering how public we are

This was in our extreme tracker log. It's cute, and I'm glad I posted the picture. But then I got this weird feeling that someone I don't know, and completely uninterested in our family might have downloaded the pic and is looking at a picture of Olivia in their own home. The img isn't copyrighted. They have every right to, it's in the public domain.

So maybe someone is photoshopping this image and using it to make a book about infants learning to eat, maybe they are just getting a good laugh. I don't know.

But seriously, who image searches for babies eating?

L blogs should always change to K blogs

Our very favorite Minnesota Blogger, TK of Be Strong in the Grace, has made a major move. She's now the proud owner of Katie's Beer (great title by the way). I'd like to also thank TK for choosing a title that is in the same position alphabetically on our blogroll as she used to be. That made for an easy template change.

Hop on over there, give her a hug, and read a lot.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

I love extreme tracker

because I used itto find this gem, which pointed me to this gem. I just had to share these wonders with you.

Hooray for finding more things to read on the internet!