Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sacred Sunday: Mary

I was asked, last week, for a little clarity on Mary's role in the Catholic Church. This week my daughter Bethany has written a guest post on this topic. Please enjoy.



Icon of Mother of God 1 by Michael O'Brien


For Sacred Sunday, I get to do the blog takeover!  I am going to talk about The Blessed Virgin Mary.

Now, many people are confused about why we, as Catholics, venerate Mary. Some misunderstand and believe that we worship her. This, however, is quite far from the truth.
Catholics do not, in fact, worship Mary. We do venerate her though. 



Let’s take  the saints as an example. We pray to the saints so that they could lift our intentions up to the Lord. We do this because they are in Heaven with Him and they could… put in a good word for us, so to speak. 


Recognizing this, Mary is the Lord’s own mother. She is the only human known to be born free of original sin, thus making her worthy to be the Mother of God. Because of her sinless nature, she was assumed into heaven, body and soul, to be with her son. Therefore, who is better to carry our intentions to the Lord? Who is better than His own mother? 

In the Bible there is proof of this. There is a Gospel story called The Wedding at Cana. This is where Jesus and Mary went to a wedding and the wine ran out. So Mary went and told Jesus to transform the water into wine. When he denied the first time, she turned to the servers and said “Do whatever he says.” It was then that Jesus obeyed his mother and converted the water into wine. And thus began His ministry. 


Mary is a highly important figure to Catholics, and is the holiest of all saints, but she is not to be worshipped like God.



I hope this cleared up things!


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Thank you Bethany. That was simple and to the point. If readers are interested in more of Bethany's ponderings and musings, feel free to hop on over to her personal blog, Dear Charlie.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Weekend Rerun: Silence of the Snow Reduex

This morning at 5:00 a.m.




It is still snowing. We probably have about 4-5 inches. The ground was warm enough that the streets don't appear to be slick but I haven't ventured out on the roads yet. In honor of the snow, my weekend re-run will take us all the way back to March 1 of 2009 when we had our last major snowfall. Enjoy.

They are calling for 4-8 inches of snow by tomorrow morning. In our area of the country, if this prediction comes true, things will come to a standstill. Those that do venture out will be at the mercy of those who have no business being on the roads. There will be accidents galore. Our twisty, curvy roads weren't built for this type of weather. We do not have the equipment to remove snow from the roads. Our trucks do their best to spread "slag" but usually only on major thoroughfares. Coming home from work tonight, I found the roads to be extremely treacherous despite driving a 4 wheel drive SUV. But until the mayhem of tomorrow morning, I thought I'd treat you all to, what is for us, a rarity...the beautiful silence of freshly falling snow.

video



Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday Follies - January 29, 2010

Winter Storm Edition


Well, we are bracing for a winter storm. They are predicting up to 4 inches of snow and at least an inch of ice by Saturday. I spent this week "winterizing" my car. My brakes were so bad that they had to be replaced, along with my balding tires. My car is ready for the coming assault, but are we?


I'm not sure if it's like this in your corner of the world, but when severe weather is predicted here, it's literally mayhem at the grocery stores. You'd be fortunate if you were able to find a gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, or a roll of toilet paper on the shelves by the time the storm is estimated to arrive. 


Most of you know I live in NC. I honestly don't blame North Carolinians for this behavior. After all, when Hurricane Hugo struck, people were trapped in their homes, without power, for weeks. Roads were blocked and the whole area was brought to a standstill. But that was a "storm of the century". Our winters are relatively mild compared to most of this nation. 


With that said, however, we usually receive 1 or 2 snows a year. A few inches accumulate at most. Sometimes an occasional ice storm visits us. We may even be without power for a day or two. But it ALWAYS melts by the 2nd or 3rd day. 


Honestly people, you don't NEED 10 gallons of milk, 20 loaves of bread, and a case of toilet paper to get you through the storm. But gosh darn it, why is it I always happen run out of those 3 particular things right before the storm? 


P. S. I found my milk and bread at Walmart, on my way home from replacing my tires. I can breathe a sigh of relief and honestly say, "Bring it on!"

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Alphabe-Thursday: The Letter B




TO B OR NOT TO B


In honor of the letter B, please indulge me while I pen the following:

Beastly boisterous boys behaving badly behind Best Buy, 
brandishing broken bottles.
Big bully Billy blatantly boinked Bobby's buttocks.
Bobby bled.
Billy bolted.
Bummer.


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The Bellyache


My son was complaining of a bellyache the other day. He said it could be from something he ate. I asked him what he had. The following conversation ensued:


"Well," he began, "I had a bowl of Goldfish."
"That doesn't sound bad."
"I mixed in some sweet tarts."
"Oh, kind of like a trail mix. That still seems pretty tame."
"Actually, I squirted chocolate syrup all over the top."
"Ewww!"
"And I added chocolate pudding."
"And you ate that?"
"Uh huh."
"Yes, I can see how that would give you a bellyache."


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If you would like to participate in Jenny's Meme, please go to the following LINK for complete rules and guidelines. Best of all, there will be prizes! 

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Silly Haiku Wednesday - Changes




Image is from the book cover of Memory 
by Phillipe Grimbert




Changes



Hiding from myself
Within depths of subconscious.
Buried, forgotten.



But the Light shines forth,
Awakening the lost child
To find her way home.


I would like to thank my daughter, Bethany, for penning the last line. 
For me, it was the perfect ending to this introspective haiku. 
I hope you enjoyed it.

For more Haiku hijinks, 
please visit Jen over at You Know…That Blog?
Next week's theme:  Reality


Join the fun!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tuesday Tidbits-Janary 26, 2010


Dear Mr. Microwave,

I'm seriously disappointed in you, dude. Wimping out on me like that! Now how am I going to heat up leftovers, make Munchie's oatmeal, and reheat my tea/coffee? Leaving me hanging like that was not cool and has definitely crimped my style. I am now forced to actually turn on the burner or run into the arms of my toaster oven for our breakfasts and lunches. How could you? We've been together for so long. Well, I'll have you know that I've found another. He'll arrive later in the week at which point I'm sending you packing.

Oh, just so you'll know, my new microwave is strong, dark and quite handsome. He'll fit in just fine. You'll see.

No longer yours,

Mrs. Sister

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Dear Daisy,

Houses weren't meant to be climbed. Just sayin'.

Your surrogate mommy,

Mama 5th

P.S. Silly dog. It's just rain. Hurry up and go pee! For a formerly outdoor dog you sure have become pretty wimpy.
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Dear Madam Freezer,

What's your problem? Did we do something to make you mad? Yes, we had to let your friend, Mr. Microwave, go but why on earth would you pop open your door, exposing your innards and allow ALL of our food to defrost in retaliation? This is such a financial blow to the food budget. Which means that your belly won't get full anytime soon. You only hurt yourself. And you better watch it, missy, or you'll be next to go.

With frosty regards,

Mrs. Sister

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My blogging friend, Kimberly, at Terra Del Sol, is having a very unique giveaway. She is giving away art. Yes, actual art. You see, she's a collector and is willing to share a work of art with one of her faithful followers. So head on over and check her out. Follow her for a chance to win. What are you waiting for? Go. I'll be here when you get back.

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An old high school friend of mine has begun a new blog. To help him get started I thought I'd give him a shout out. I would like to formerly introduce you to Jim Hawley of It's Either This or Go Crazy. Let's all give him a nice welcome to the blogosphere. Jim is a unique character: an intellectual, a self professed liberal (but don't hold that against him), an ordained minister, a scholar, a member of the academe, silly and irreverent at times,  and just an all around nice guy. Or as he succinctly puts it, "A pastor/literary critic/musing guy ruminating on the ambiguities of life..." Go on and pay him a visit!

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Awards Update

Thank you, Lee, from Headaches, Hotflashes and Hormones, and Kimberly of Tera Del Sole for the sweet Sugar Doll award.



Oh and Kayla from Bashful Toast thinks I deserve the Happy 101 recognition.



And, finally, Weezer, of Weezer's Haven, handed out the A Lovely Blog award to all of her followers.




Thanks, dear friends. These awards mean so very much to me and I'm glad you felt enough of me to pass them along.

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That's all of the "tidbits" I have for you today. Come back tomorrow to see what prose I have come up with for the weekly Silly Haiku Wednesday meme. It was a collaborative effort, this time, and one I think you all will appreciate. Until then, have a terrific Tuesday!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Monday Musings-January 25, 2010

Today is the 29th anniversary of my brother's death, by accidental drowning at the age of 18. I would like to take a moment to remember the crazy kid he was. 


Mark loved life and lived it to the fullest, despite being diagnosed with a seizure disorder his freshman year in high school. He ran on the cross country team, drove a Suburu Brat, and adored his brand new niece, Laura Beth. He was a friend to all animals. He endured going fishing with his father and secretly disliked hunting (shhhh...don't tell Dad).  His favorite flower was the yellow rose. His favorite music artist was a toss up between Ted Nugent and AC/DC. He had tons of casual friends but a few very close ones. He enjoyed the occasional clandestine beer. He was both silly and bright. My Munchie Boy reminds me very much of him. 


Yes, we were very close in age (15 months) and fought like cats and dogs growing up. But we loved each other very much. We always had each other's back. I will always remember the time he stood up to the school bully on my behalf, such a tough little guy he was.  I still miss you, Mark, but the memories of your infectious smile, your love and your giving nature are the patches to the hole in my heart. May God continue to bless your soul. 


For a previous post on Mark, please visit this link

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sacred Sunday: Holy Mother

I recently came across a blog called The Way of the Upright is a Highway  Jackie, the author, has the following video located along her sidebar. I fell in love with it! I had never heard this song before and thought it would make for a perfect Sacred Sunday post. 


Please enjoy Eric Clapton and Luciano Pavarotti singing "Holy Mother".






Hail Thou Star of Ocean

Hail thou star of ocean,
Portal of the sky,
Ever Virgin Mother
Of the Lord Most High.
O! by Gabriel’s Ave
Uttered long ago,
Eva’s name reversing,
Established peace below.

Break the captives’ fetters,
Light on blindness pour,
All our ills expelling,
Every bliss implore.

Show thyself a Mother,
Offer Him our sighs,
Who for us incarnate
Did not thee despise.
Virgin of all virgins
To thy shelter take us,
Gentlest of the gentle
Chaste and gentle make us.


Still, as on we journey,
Help our weak endeavor,
Till with thee and Jesus
We rejoice forever.
Through the highest heaven,
To the almighty Three
Father, Son, and Spirit,
One same Glory Be.


Amen.



Saturday, January 23, 2010

Why Respiratory Therapy? Part Two



Part One can be found HERE.

After several years I thought I'd try something different. I accepted a home care/sales position with an out of town company. Worst job of my life. Seriously. I am NOT a sales person. And the commute was 1 hour and 15 minutes one way! It was during this time that  that the push was on for home care companies to become accredited by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission already made inroads in many hospitals and medical centers and decided to branch out in the mid to late 80's. I helped write and implement policy and procedures and set up a Quality Assurance program at this company. I still hated the job, though.

Shortly after going through the accreditation process and receiving a positive review, the CEO of a home care company in Ohio came knocking at our door. He was interested in how we received the positive results. My boss asked me to speak with him. Big mistake on his part. I ended up being wined, dined, and recruited to become the QA manager for his company. I was ready to take a leap of faith and accepted his offer. Off to Columbus, Ohio was I!

The following was the best 6 months of my life. I met Mr. Sister 3 days after moving there. I was busy, busy, busy designing and implementing policies and procedures and was an intregal part of the company receiving  a positive outcome in their Joint Commission review. Unfortunately, it was too good to be true and I was laid off. I wasn't needed anymore.

It was difficult finding work at that time. I did free lance accreditation consultant work in addition to working triage in a medical clinic for the indigent. One of my free lance jobs had me travelling to North Carolina. What a pretty, pretty state. It was a fun contract and it gave me a sense of accomplishment to help this particular company receive their accreditation. On the heels of this job, Mr. Sister was offered a position at a Charlotte bank that was to eventually become Bank of America. We discussed this and thought it was a wonderful opportunity so off to Charlotte we went.

Wow. That was 20 years ago! We've been here ever since. My first "gig" was as a home care therapist for a pediatric home care company, then I managed a home care company for a short while. Home care still wasn't what I enjoyed. I decided it was time to get back into direct patient care within the hospital setting. I got my foot in the door at an orthopedic hospital, that was eventually bought out by the hospital group I currently work for. When they built the hospital closer to home, I jumped at the chance to join. And you know something? I love my job!

Isn't it funny how life comes full circle?

Friday, January 22, 2010

Alphabet-Thursday, One Day Late






Today is brought to you by the letter A. 


Whenever I think of the letter A I am reminded of Dr. Suess. I adore his ABC book and, to this day, have all the letters memorized. So today....


Big A, little a, 
A    A    A
Aunt Aunie's Alligator
A    A    A


Follow this link to read the rules and to join in on the fun. 
It's hosted by our very own Jenny Matlock
Oh, and there's a give-away involved, too!

Why Respiratory Therapy?



MJ of Life, Interrupted posed this question to me on my Blogger's Block post earlier in the week. I thought it was an excellent one and will try to answer here.


When I was 16 my first job was at the local hospital. I was a "trolley girl". What that meant was that I worked in the kitchen preparing patient meal trays, delivering trays to the floor (on a large trolley cart) and cleaning up after. After a year I was promoted to the snack bar where I prepared milk shakes, sandwiches, burgers and such. There was the funniest and nicest woman who always came in, dressed in colorful uniforms. Her name was Amy and she worked in the Respiratory Therapy department. I decided, upon high school graduation in 1979, that I'd try to get a part time job within that department. Little did I know what I was getting into.


This was a small hospital and Respiratory Therapy was still in it's infancy as a profession in my home town. The department manager was a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) and he personally over saw the work of his "assistants". I was trained on the delivery of different therapeutic modalities, how to initiate and monitor the ventilator, and how to procure arterial blood gases (ABG's). At that time, ABG's were drawn using reusable needles and syringes which we sterilized ourselves. This was in the era prior to AIDS. I was also trained in CPR. It was a badge of honor to respond to a Code and become covered, head to toe, in blood! Gloves? Nah. Not way back then.  I worked the evening shift (3pm - 11pm), usually by myself or with one other assistant.


I really enjoyed the work and continued to work part time through my 1st year of college as a biology major. My dad kept harping on me on my choice of major saying that the only thing I could do with a biology degree was teach. Regardless, I enjoyed the sciences and really didn't know which direction I was going to go.


I ruminated on this as I continued to work. It was during this time that I met the very 1st patient to have a severe impact on me. His name was Jeremy and he was a tiny little baby. He had Cystic Fibrosis. Oh he was so sick. Whenever he was admitted we would do round the clock therapy on him. (even though we had no night shift, one of us would stay to continue his treatments). I got to know his parents (very young). I didn't know that much about this disease process but quickly learned much in Jeremy's short little life. He died at 6 months of age and his death affected me dearly. Could I have done anything that would have helped prolong and improve the quality of his life? I don't know. I just knew that, eventually, I was going do something in his honor. I thought maybe I might study genetics. I really didn't know. After all, I was just a small town Respiratory Therapy "Assistant" studying the sciences at Marymount.


Shortly thereafter I met a young doctor, from the University of Kansas Medical Center, doing a rotation in our small town Emergency Room. I was smitten. We went out a few times and he told me tales of life in the big city and the big city medical center. I learned that there was actually a degree program for Respiratory Therapy and that I could major in RT. Hmmmmmm. Intriguing. I decided it was worth checking out.


I took a trip to Kansas City and met with the dean of the School of Allied Health. I learned my credits were transferable but I needed a few more courses under my belt. These courses were offered at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. They were interested in accepting me because the training I already had. I decided that this was the path for me.


A few short years later I was graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy and passed my boards to become a bona fide RRT. (Little did I know that a 4 year degree in this field was a rarity and only recently the push is on for therapists to obtain this degree.) My 1st job, after graduating, was to work for St. Luke's Hospital in KC. I adored this job. I was exposed to so many aspects of respiratory care. My favorite was working in the Neonatal Intensive Care. I got to go to high risk deliveries to help stabilize the premies, run the ventilators and other oxygen delivery devices, performed all kinds of therapy. It was very difficult work but I absolutely adored it. St. Luke's also provided me with the opportunity to become a member of the Life Flight team. You know, those medical helicopters you see at the scene of accidents transporting the patient to the nearest trauma center. It was enjoyable but I still loved the babies best.


To be continued....


Thanks MJ, for this suggestion. It's been fun going down memory lane! Be sure to grab your well deserved button at the top of my blog!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

My Favorite...

Toilet Cleaner?





She even does windows!


Shampoo?


Whatever that delightful, but overpriced,
peppermint scented product they use at the salon.
But since I can't afford that I usually end up
buying a knock off product at Costco.


Laundry Detergent?









Tide, of course





But I'm switching to the Costco brand.
I'll let you know if it performs up to par.




Movie Quote?





"A child's voice, however honest and true,
is meaningless to those who've forgotten how to listen."
Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azcaban


Song Verse?



"Who am I that the voice that calmed the sea,
 would call out through the rain and calm the storm in me."
from "Who Am I" by The Casting Crowns


Gospel?




The Gospel of John
Image is a crop of El Grecco's Painting 
of St. John the Evangelist


Jewelry?









My wedding ring. It is quite simple, really. 
It consists of my engagement ring (diamonds and sapphires)  
between 2 thin bands that I had soldered together. 
Mr. Sister had offered to replace the diamonds with larger ones 
around our 10th anniversary but I refused. 
This ring symbolizes our humble beginnings as man and wife.


This personal side of The 5th Sister was brought to you based on a suggestion by Michelle over at The Domestic Mama. Michelle, grab this button in my appreciation!


The 5th Sister


Disclaimer: No reimbursement or free product was received for any product placement or positive commentary of said products within this blog post. These are my personal opinions alone.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Silly Haiku Wednesday: Freestyle

Join the fun!
For more Haiku hijinks, 
please visit Jen over at You Know…That Blog?


24 Hours


Awake! Arise! Yawn!
Get dressed and go walk the dog.
Scoop that stinky poop.


Grab a coffee cup.
Mr. left pot halfway full.
Gotta love that man!


Turn on the PC.
Check email and other blogs.
Reply and hit send.


What to blog about?
Blogger's block freezes my brain.
Needing fresh ideas.


Blog friends to rescue!
Great suggestions run amuck.
Which ones should I choose?


Time to school my son.
Grammar, Spelling, Science and Math.
We skip History.


Check the blogs I follow.
Comment, then comment some more.
Very addictive!


It's time for lunch.
Left over BBQ planned.
Finger lickin' good.


I'm back reading blogs.
So many blogs to check out
And so little time.


Tear myself away?
I really need to clean house.
Please? Just one more blog.


Button was promised.
Kind of tough to figure out.
I learned something new!


Free time! Clean kitchen.
Dirty dishes in the sink,
Crumbs on the counter.


Then there's that dog hair!
Sweep, sweep, sweep, sweep then vacuum.
There's no time to mop!


Carpool duties call.
Off to pick up Bethany.
No bus for charters.


Sudden nap attack!
I will attempt one hour snooze.
That felt really good.


Carpool time again?
Bethany to rehearsal.
Sing, sing, sing your songs!


While she's at practice
I make weekly Costco run.
Daisy needs dog food.


Return home past dark.
The boys fended for themselves.
Leftover Pizza!


Pour a glass of wine.
Watch American Idol.
Then off to slumber.


Mister Sister up
At ungodly hour of 4!
Awake! Arise! Yawn.


A big thank you to my blogging friends who suggested more randomness. I don't think I could have been any more random than penning a day in the life of The 5th Sister in haiku!


The 5th Sister


Will Christine of Mommy Madness, ChristineM of Marvelously Mundane, and Nicole from Tattoos and Teething Rings please take the button above (that I worked so hard on) as my thank you for your help?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Blogger's Block


(Image stolen obtained from Google Images)

I have been suffering from severe blogger's block since my return from Kansas. I realize my posts have been lame of late and for that, I apologize. I'll have great ideas for posts but these ideas usually occur while I'm driving, as I'm falling asleep, or in the bathroom: places that make it dangerous to pen these thoughts, where turning on the light would disrupt Mr. Sister's beauty sleep, or where the only paper at hand is of the toilet variety.

So I've decided to enlist your help. What would you all like to read from me? I'm willing to try any topic, as long as it's not something nasty or profane. (I have certain values to uphold and besides, my children read my blog). I could do silly or serious. It's your call.

To make it interesting, if I use your topic I will give you a shout out and an award to dress up your blog!

Okay...keep those ideas flowing. I'm off to design the award now!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Monday Musings-January 18, 2010

Since the whole family is home, due to the Martin Luther King holiday, today's "Musings" will be an abbreviated version. Thank you for your understanding. 


Dear Tummy,


Stop rumbling. No! I just fed you. And besides, what has gotten into you, lately? (Besides the Snickers bar on Friday, the Baby Ruth on Saturday and the birthday cake on Sunday) You look like you're carrying around a large cantaloupe! I hereby order you to get in shape. There will be no carbs for you until I see some shrinkage! (Pizza doesn't count, does it?)


Gastronomically yours,


Mrs. Sister (aka fatty, fatty 2x4)


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Dear Christmas Decor,


Don't you think it's about time to put yourself away? I mean, seriously. Maybe I can enlist some house elves to help you out. 


Slacking off,


Mrs. Sister (aka Scrooge)


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Dear Laundry,


Same to you, buddy!


Lazily yours,


Mrs. Sister (aka the maid)


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sacred Sunday: Why Do Catholics Do That?

Why Do We, as Catholics, Confess Our Sins to Priests?



(photo from Google Image Search; Flickr.com)


Jesus Christ gave his disciples (by extension, priests) the power not only to "loose" sins (i.e., forgive in god's name), but also to "bind" (i.e., impose penances: Matthew 16:19, 18:18; John 20:23), as the representatives of God and ambassadors of His mercy. The absolution imparted by the priest is not a mere expression of hope but a sacramental, objective reality. One also learns humility by this practice, receives additional grace in order to avoid sin, and attains a certainty of forgivenes, which is superior to the mere subjective feelings. This Catholic practice is frimly grounded in Scripture and early and constant Christian Tradition.


Catholics are required to repent of (contrition) and confess all mortal, or grave, sins to a priest, in order to be absolved. The priest assings a penance (satisfaction), which removes the temporal punishment of sin. The famous Catholic writer G.K. Chesterton wrote:


"...the Church deduces that sin confessed and adequately repented is actualy abolished; and that the sinner does really begin again as if he had never sinned...God has really remade him in His own image. He is now a new experiment of the Creator. He is as much a new experiment as he was when he was really only five years old."


With his every deed he offered thanks to God Most High, 
in words of praise. 
With his whole being he loved his Maker 
and daily had his praises sung...
The Lord forgave him his sins and exalted his strength forever...
Sirach 47:8 and 11


(Other Related Scripture: Leviticus 19:20-22; Numbers 5:607; Psalms 32:5: Proverbs 28:13; Isaiah 43:25; Matthew 3:5-6; Mark 1:5; Luke 15:18-19; John 20:21-23; Acts 19:18; 2 Corinthians 5:8-20; James 5;16; 1 John 1:8-9) 


Disclaimer: I am not the author of the above. All information came out of "The Catholic Answer Bible" version of The New American Bible.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

You Must See This

Trust me...you must go visit my daughter's blog. 


Go now. 


Click HERE.


You won't be disappointed.


On that note, I'm off to another busy day at work




(Oh...and head over HERE to see Weezer's blog response to my recent foot post)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Munchie Boy Blog Takeover!




      The post you are about to read is rated:





Hello everyone,  what's up? 
Today I'm going to do a very special review. 
No, I'm not reviewing a game. 
I'm reviewing the Nintendo Wii!




The Wii is a great console whether ur 3 years or 30 years old! 
It is truly the best console out there!
The Wii is like a lot of consoles built into one!
The Wii can play Game Cube games or Wii games!
One of my favorite things about the Wii is the internet!


It is sad. 
Sometimes, I ask people if they have internet on their Wii. 
Guess what all of them said?
They said that they don't know.
If you get internet on your Wii 
there is a channel called Wii shop channel.
There, you can access Wiiware games and Virtual Console.
 (games from alot of systems)
All the channels are free. 
But WW and VC cost Nintendo Points (NP).
The way how you get NP is to go to a store that sells video games.
There you'll find a card that says 2000 nintendo points card. 
(They cost $20)
You redeem them on the Wii channnel and you got the points!
That's all I have to say about the Wii.


Note: Soon I'm going to make my own site 
that'll have forums, reviews, and all that stuff.


Poll of the week:
Would you buy a Wii?


Please tell me how I did for my review.
 Was it good, or was it bad?





                                                        
The 5th Sister says: This post was written and designed by Munchie Boy, my 11 year old son who is on the Autism Spectrum. Only a few misspellings and some punctuation were corrected. I don't know about you but I gave this effort an A for his Composition class this week. 

Thursday, January 14, 2010

More Randomness

A Random Photo from "My Pictures"





My daughter as an emu, many years ago.
(one of my very favorite hand made costumes)


A Random Tip


You all probably already know this but when I first heard about this it was a defining "Aha" moment.


Want an easy way to fill a baggy with leftovers, marinade, sauces, or whatever?


First, place your baggy in a large cup like this.







Then fill your baggy thus (I needed to marinate some shrimp)













No mess, no fuss!
I totally stole learned this tip from Luis, of Muddy Runner fame. 
Thanks Luis. BEST TIP EVER!


A Random Dinner








I've caught myself a nasty cold and was in the mood for some comfort food. I decided to put Black Beauty (my Kitchen Aid) to work and whipped up some handy dandy bread bowls. I then made a crock pot full of chunky clam chowder.  Yeah, it was pure comfort. I think I'll have some leftovers for breakfast. 


A Random Brag

My daughter auditioned, Tuesday afternoon, for her school's musical, "The Leader of the Pack". She got a call back and will be doing another audition this afternoon. Break a leg,  Bethany!

A Random Home Schooling Fact

When you have a cold and feel like making some comfort food you can call school off for the day. After all, you are mom, teacher, principal and school board all rolled into one. Don't worry, we'll still get in our required 180 days.

A Final Random Note

I will be working the next 3 days. I won't be able to comment on your blogs or do much writing myself. In my absence Munchie Boy has graciously agreed to takeover my blog write a substitute post for me. I'm sure his post will be entertaining. You all have a wonderful weekend!

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