Monthly Archives: August 2005

I’m really not a huge Amazon.com fan

I haven’t been for quite some time because of the big bru-ha-ha a few years back about the book they sell about ped*phil*a. I don’t even know what all came of that, but I just remember that basically their argument was, “Tough.” Sort of a “we’re this huge conglomerate, so you don’t scare us,” type of attitude. So when I can I try to do business elsewhere. Not a boycott per se, but just trying to make wiser use of my money.

So then Chewy Mom told about an experience with Amazon.com that SO does not surprise me:

P.S. As an addendum to this story, I have since received a response to my email that basically said, that’s our policy, deal with it. And please continue to let us serve you in the future. Ummm…no thanks.My dh also called and spoke with an employee who reiterated the point that “Amazon is always right, the customer is wrong, and we can screw you because we are big.”

And then today I read at Michelle Malkin this lovely tidbit of information:

Where is Amazon.com? And how about Yahoo!? Microsoft? Dell? Cisco? Countless readers and a few bloggers have wondered why these tech companies, which stepped up the plate to help raise millions of dollars for tsunami victims last year, have not yet set up fund-raising efforts.Let’s concentrate on urging Amazon.com to set up a one-click donation similar to its tsunami relief effort. Send an e-mail to Amazon.com here.

130pm EDT update: Just saw this on Information Week. Amazon.com says it doesn’t plan on helping with the Katrina relief efforts. The article notes that other tech companies are not jumping in to help:

[M]ainstream Web sites that had jumped to pull in money for the tsunami victims showed no evidence of repeating it here in the U.S. for Katrina’s. Amazon.com, which raised more than $14 million for the American Red Cross in January via a donation link on its home page, didn’t have one as of mid-day Monday. Nor did Google, Yahoo, MSN, or eBay, all of which hustled earlier in the year to put up donation links on their portals. (Google slapped up an “Information about Hurricane Katrina” link on its Spartan home page, but that led to news sources and stories.)An Amazon spokesperson said that the online retailer had no plans to post a donation link on its site. “Each case is different,” she said. “The Red Cross has essentially given over its entire site to donations. The tsunami came out of the blue, so it was an ‘all hands on deck’ situation, but the Red Cross has been getting ready for this and getting its message out there for several days.”

So, needless to say, Amazon has re-motivated me to spend my money elsewhere.

[Update: Amazon.com changes its mind. Thanks to all who wrote in]

  
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Blog Relief Day for Katrina

I told my dh last night that I’ve had to almost PURPOSEFULLY not think about Hurricane Katrina, or it overwhelms me. But boy I tell ya, I’ve been just burdened for these people. I couldn’t stand it anymore when I saw this man telling how he couldn’t find his wife’s body. The reporter had just stopped him on the street and asked how he was doing. She had no idea what she had gotten herself into and ended up crying along with him. Dh and I joined them both.

Blestwithsons opened my eyes to why many of these people stayed behind. It’s so ridiculously obvious yet I’m so spoiled that it passed me by:

My friend and I were discussing all the people that were shown being rescued. “Why didn’t they leave?” she said. And I was struck by a ridiculously fresh thought. “They couldn’t afford to,” I said to her, “Look at the people.” The refugees shown on the television were obviously not what you would call well-to-do. It is unimaginable to me. I have never known hunger. I have never known a single day of wondering where my next meal or my rent check is coming from. Yeah sure, I had some tense moments now and again where I had overspent on little treats and had to do some juggling to make sure the rent check cleared – but never any real financial worries. Color me shamefully obtuse, but it never occurred to me that people couldn’t just whip out the plastic, head down the road, and go visit family or friends. (Or do like we did when we avoided Hurricane Isabella, head down the road to a hotel and have some fun! Go to museums, eat at restaurants, and swim in the hotel pool… ) The idea of having nowhere to go, and no resources to go with… I can’t process it.

As I loaded the dishwasher and prepared supper (with running water and electricity), I just cried and prayed. I wanted to do something but didn’t even know where to begin.

And then I stumbled upon a post at Daddypundit:

As Hurricane Katrina becomes the most destructive hurricane ever, relief workers are rushing to the Gulf Coast to help out. Bloggers can help by joining Blog Relief Day tomorrow which is an idea first proposed by Hugh Hewitt and seconded by Glenn Reynolds.Here’s how it works: each blogger will select a charity to encourage readers to contribute to for relief effort. Glenn Reynolds has posted a list of charities providing relief. Pick one and then go to the Truth Laid Bear registration page to register your blog and the charity that you will be supporting. Then post throughout the day and encourage readers to contribute to your charity.

La Shawn Barber is encouraging us to do the same:

Tomorrow bloggers will unite in a hurricane relief day to blog and give to the charities of their choice.

So I CAN do something in addition to praying. I have chosen Samaritan’s Purse as my charity. To donate click here.

Technorati tags: flood aid, hurricane katrina

  
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Attention All Starbucks Lovers

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about Starbucks making a comeback in the “gay pride” department. *big sigh* (Actually that sigh is on behalf of my dh. I’m not a coffee drinker, but he makes up for me LOL!) Crystal tells more about it here.

  
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Birth Order Predictor

You Are Likely A Fourth Born

At your darkest moments, you feel angry.
At work and school, you do best when your analyzing.
When you love someone, you tend to be very giving.
In friendship, you don’t take the initiative in reaching out.
Your ideal jobs are: factory jobs, comedy, and dentistry.
You will leave your mark on the world with your own personal philosophy.

Wrongo, Bongo. I’m the oldest of 2. LOL!

  
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Legalism

I’ve come across a couple of blogposts recently that really strike a chord with me, and I thought it interesting how well they “jive.” Patrick at Tent Pegs discusses legalism and how it “looks”:

Legalism is not a love of the law. It is not wanting to do the right thing to please Jesus. Legalism is saying that you must have Jesus AND…. or that you can’t have Jesus UNTIL… and then placing barriers around the would-be disciple.

Meanwhile, Cindy at Dominion Family shares how it has been hard for her family to find a church because they have high standards but hate true legalism.

I have found most families to be a mixed bag of standards and very often it is hard to figure out why a family doesn’t do one thing but does do another. I know from the outside that is how our family looks.

I’ve seen all of that in action, from both sides. I’ve been called legalistic because of certain standards that I have. I’ve been frowned upon because I have failed to meet someone else’s standard. People have called me inconsistent because I’m “conservative” in some areas and “liberal” in others (which REALLY means that they agree with me in some areas but not others).

I’ve often heard people say that legalism means that you have to hold to some sort of standard in order to be saved. I’m not real sure about that. (Usually that comes from someone who is trying to hold someone to their standards LOL!) I’ve heard the talk, and unfortunately it has sometimes come out of my mouth (forgive me, Lord!!!): “She’s a new believer. Once she is more mature in the faith she’ll xyz.” (Implying that she doesn’t meet our standard because she just isn’t a “good enough” Christian yet.) “The Holy Spirit hasn’t revealed the truth about xyz to her yet.” (As if we have the corner on The Truth about xyz.) That sort of thing doesn’t doubt the person’s salvation, but it sure does reek of pride and…yes…legalism. An adherence to the letter of the law while ignoring the spirit of the law. And unfortunately most of the things that people are legalistic about are things that are extrabiblical anyway, so it’s not even God’s law they are adhering to!

I pray that the Lord would smack me in the head when I even come close to acting like a Pharisee….

  
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Monday Madness

Monday Madness

1. Do you own a dishwasher (and if not, do you even want one), or do you have to do your dishes by hand?
DISHWASHER ALL THE WAY.
2. Do you put your dishes away immediately after washing them?
As in, right after the dishwasher gets done washing them? No.
3. In the warm weather, do you like hanging your laundry out on the clothesline to dry, or do you prefer a dryer?
I’d like a clothesline, but I don’t have one.
4. How many loads of laundry are done in your household each week?
About 7-10 (depends on if someone wets the bed LOL).
5. Do you own a pet? If so, do you buy them presents for holidays? Do you consider your pet(s) spoiled? If you don’t own one, do you think you will one day?
No pets, but we might have some sort of outside pet someday. Definitely no inside pets ever.
6. It’s Friday evening and you’re planning your weekend. What’s on your agenda?
Probably some sort of yard work cleaning on Saturday, maybe some errands. Sunday is church and grocery shopping in the evening.

  
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The Breakfast of Big Government

Personally I think it is getting harder and harder to parent these days, but I’m guessing that’s not the case for most. Spunky posted about the School Breakfast Program and the government’s hopes to increase participation.

Why don’t they just take the children full time and let the parents check them out like a library book when they want to spend time with them? It seems to be the next logical step don’t you think?

Wow, so let me get this straight…all I have to do is get everyone ready in the morning, which doesn’t even include breakfast anymore, stick them on a bus, have them ride the bus to some sort of after-school program after school, and pick them up from there and take them to some sort of sport/lesson/etc.? So all I’ll have to deal with then is supper (which is easy to do in the car by driving thru, doncha think?), homework, and bedtime. Cool – maybe 3 hours, 4 hours tops that I actually have to spend with my children and still call myself a “parent?” Where can I sign up?

NOT.

(Note, I know some of you (Barb hee hee) have your kids in some sort of institutional school, and you aren’t really who I’m talking about. It’s the push by the government, and sadly, by society in general, to outsource our parenting to other entities. The mainstream parent goes along with it with absolutely no clue.)

  
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Imaginary Friends

I’d like to introduce you to some imaginary friends in our home:

Lucy Thomas – L’s first and favorite. Don’t let the name confuse you – Lucy Thomas is a boy. Yesterday he was L’s husband, except he was at work. When I asked her what he did for a job, she said he crawled around under the house killing something (can’t remember what she said) and killing snakes. He is also a firefighter. Lucy Thomas is involved in nearly every make-believe thing L (and C LOL) does. Whenever he needs to take on bodily form, he is very large teddy bear.

Hoop-Loop – another boy, except I get the impression that Hoop-Loop isn’t very nice. He likes to tease C. (Even C plays with L’s imaginary friends LOL!)

Inna – We don’t hear much about Inna, but she occasionally shows up. Usually she takes the form of a Dora the Explorer cuddle pillow.

C and L also have named pretty much every stuffed animal they play with (which is a LOT):

George – he is a Ty Beanie Baby “Schweetheart.” C won him playing Bingo at a thing at church. HE IS C’S BELOVED STUFFED ANIMAL. J loves him too, and I am trying to win auctions for him at ebay because they fight over him constantly. :-P

George’s Mom (yes that is her name LOL) – she is one of those old sock monkeys, except she is missing an arm

Benjamin (may he rest in peace) – George’s baby brother. Benjamin was made from a styrofoam ball painted brown and a brown pipe cleaner. C made him in children’s church. Oh the excitement. That afternoon I heard George’s Mom “at her ultrasound.” “Look, here’s the head, and the tail, and the arm, and here’s the head again….” But S got a hold of Benjamin…which is why he is no more.

Austin – a little beanie-like puppy.

Sarah – Austin’s twin sister.

And then there is the Cat Family:

Bob – an orange tiger that USED to growl. C is DYING to have a cat, and Bob has satisfied that for now.

Sarah (yes, another Sarah!) – she is a fluffy white kitty with a lavender bonnet

Tyrone, Tasha, Hoplo, and Uniqua – these came from McDonald’s Happy Meals. (We LOVE Happy Meal toys around here!!!) I CRACKED UP when the kids named them, and I was thinking they were sooooooo creative! But as it turns out those are names from the Backyardigans or something like that!

What is so funny about all of these is that both C and L know exactly who is whom, their stories, how they are all related, etc. I LOVE it when they play Cat Family or something like that. Unless Hoop-Loop comes and ruins the fun! ;-)

  
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Faith Meme

I’ve been tagged again – this time by Sal.

Ten Questions to Ask at the Start of a New Year or On Your Birthday

There are actually 31, so I’ll give them all a shot. (We’ll see how it goes!)

1. What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?
Pray more.

2. What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?

Have me be the mom He wants me to be. There is absolutely no way I can do it unless He does it through me.

3. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?
See #1 and #2.

4. In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?
Once again, see #1. What will I do about it? Still trying to figure that out, but I think one major thing is to make sure I set apart a time for prayer each day in my schedule.

5. What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?
Probably the internet. Our new schedule should help with this, since I’ll only have particular times when I’ll be able to get on it.

Although I think another time-waster, though it’s less obvious, is simply not knowing what to do or when to do it. So I sort of “flit” aimlessly, OR I get distracted on my way to do something. A schedule should help with this also.

6. What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?
Hmmmmm, I’m not sure about a “new way,” but I’m planning to get more involved.

7. For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?
My children’s.

8. What’s the most important way you will, by God’s grace, try to make this year different from last year?
More order to our days. It will definitely be by God’s grace since I still have no idea just HOW to get it to work with my dh’s (lack of) schedule!

9. What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?
Actually have a set prayer time.

10. What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity?
Teach my children the Bible.

11. What’s the most important decision you need to make this year?
Oh my. I honestly have no idea. We don’t have any PLANS for the year that would involve an “important decision,” but I’m sure something will come along!

12. What area of your life most needs simplifying, and what’s one way you could simplify in that area?
Our stuff. And I can simplify it by getting rid of most of it.

13. What’s the most important need you feel burdened to meet this year?
The need for my children to have more order to their days rather than everyone (me included) just flying by the seat of his/her pants. No one knows what to expect, and we need a routine.

14. What habit would you most like to establish this year?
A routine!

15. Who do you most want to encourage this year?
My husband.

16. What is your most important financial goal this year, and what is the most important step you can take toward achieving it?
Severely decreasing our debt. At a minimum getting our credit cards paid off. That is a MAJOR task, and definitely a God-sized one. The most important step is to simply continue what we’ve been doing – cutting back on the non-essentials and snowballing our debt.

17. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your work life this year?
Come up with a schedule and stick to it.

18. What’s one new way you could be a blessing to your pastor (or to another who ministers to you) this year?
Praying more fervently for him.

19. What’s one thing you could do this year to enrich the spiritual legacy you will leave to your children and grandchildren?
Make sure that I live what I teach my children about the Bible.

20. What book, in addition to the Bible, do you most want to read this year?
The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

21. What one thing do you most regret about last year, and what will you do about it this year?
Expecting some sort of routine to our days (and nights – ugh) to come together on its own. I know now that I need to make it happen.

22. What single blessing from God do you want to seek most earnestly this year?
That’s a toughie since I’ll take any blessing He’d like to give me. But I guess if I had to choose it would be for G to own his own faith and for me to see fruit in his life.

23. In what area of your life do you most need growth, and what will you do about it this year?
Serving others even when I don’t feel like it. I think the only way TO do it is to just suck it up and do it LOL!

24. What’s the most important trip you want to take this year?
Since I never go anywhere unless I am moving LOL, I’d take any trip! ;-) But I wouldn’t mind going to some sort of WholeHearted Mothers Conference or something like that.

25. What skill do you most want to learn or improve this year?
Organization that actually LOOKS organized.

26. To what need or ministry will you try to give an unprecedented amount this year?
Our church.

27. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your commute this year?
Be dressed. (Since my “commute” consists of about 6 steps downstairs. ;-) )

28. What one biblical doctrine do you most want to understand better this year, and what will you do about it?
Honestly I just sort of think on stuff as I’m presented with it. But I’d like to do an in-depth study on parenting. (I know that’s not really a “doctrine” though!)

29. If those who know you best gave you one piece of advice, what would they say? Would they be right? What will you do about it?
Suck it up and do it. Yes, they would be right. I’d like to say that yes, I would just suck it up and do it.

30. What’s the most important new item you want to buy this year?
A new house.

31. In what area of your life do you most need change, and what will you do about it this year?
See #17 and #29.

Let’s see…I think I will tag:
Sprittibee, Catez, and Chewy Mom.

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The Harvest

I’m actually getting food from my garden!!!! So far I have harvested 4 zucchinis and 4 kidney beans. LOL!!!! Still growing: several zucchinis, an ear of popcorn, a slightly-larger-than-softball-sized pumpkin, a racquetball-sized pumpkin, several more kidney bean pods, and about 5 carrots.

I’m doubtful about my watermelon plant – shouldn’t there be something there by now? LOL

Next year we have already decided that we’ll be able to add in additional rows. Our garden is somewhat stair-stepped, and we only have one row on each “step.” Now to figure out how to keep the deer (or whatever critters) from jumping the fence and eating my cantaloupe plants….

  
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Aloha Friday #26

Woo hoo it’s Aloha Friday!!!

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise your readers.
I enjoy pulling weeds.

How many houses/apartments/royal castles have you lived in so far in your life?
14. The longest I’ve ever lived at one address was 6.5 years – ages 13-19. Oh wait, I lived in one house from when I was 4-10, and I’m not sure what time of year we moved into it…so it may be somewhat of a tie. Since I’m almost 31, that’s a little over 2 years at each address on average. How sad is that???

Link to a news story from this morning you think might be interesting to us!
Wisconsin Program Helps Illegal Aliens Get Mortgages
Good grief.

  
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Muddling the Stem Cell Debate?

Daddypundit shares his thoughts.

  
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