Tuesday, August 11, 2009

On a Lighter Note...

...I love my goldendoodle to pieces!



She is so stinkin' cute and a sweetheart to boot! We love to cuddle and share the bed.



I love you, Tinkerbell!

My Views on Health Care, the Annotated Version

I've talked before about how my religion influences my politics, and with this whole health care debate that is raging, I am feeling the overlap again.

I hear a lot of people talking about the cost, etc. Well, I guess I just trust the Obama administration when they tell us over and over again that this reform is aimed at cutting costs. If other people refuse to believe him then I can't do anything about that. (I do wonder what makes Obama so untrustworthy and Bush presumably trustworthy. There is one major difference between them. Hmm, what could it be...) Also, I would support a single-payer system, so I am not too bothered by the Obama plan.

But what I really keep coming back to is this:

"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

I just feel strongly, based on my core beliefs, that reform is the right thing to do, no matter what the initial cost may be.

Advice

I am in need of serious advice. Facebook has brought a lot of positive things to our lives. I know that I have been able to keep in touch with people I haven't seen in years through Facebook. But it also has a lot of negatives. It now provides a forum for people to express their opinions to all of their friends at once. So my question is this: what is the proper way to deal with all of this information that's out there? More specifically, how much restraint should you exercise when you encounter someone who posts things that you disagree with?

This is a hard decision for me. On the one hand I want to stand back and not say anything because I realize the futility of arguing with some people. What's the point?

But on the other hand, I feel like these people need to be challenged and called out on the untrue things that they say. But then you run the risk of offending people who are long-time friends, parents of friends, former teachers, etc.

This is not an easy decision. What are your opinions on it?

Monday, August 10, 2009

Adios

Today marks a monumental occasion. Today I bought a new pair of pants. And the size of said pants is a single digit.

That's right, I've left double digits behind. I am no longer a perfect ten. I am a little sad about that, to be honest.

Although really I'm only in the single digits in one store's sizes, and I have a feeling they use vanity sizing to make the customers feel special. So this is not really that monumental of an occasion. But it still feels like it. I can't remember the last time I bought pants in a different (smaller) size.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Judging a Book By Its Cover

Thank you, Avon Press, for ensuring that every surface of this book is too embarrassing to be seen with in public. Thanks a lot.