Friday, November 18, 2011

Days 5 & 6

Day 5, Tell me about a time you've thought about killing yourself?

wtf? Never.

Onto Day 6, "30 Facts about yourself"

  1. I love horror movies . 
  2. Because I'm such a horror movie fanatic, sometimes I play with zombie apocalypse/horror movie scenarios on my head (...like, where would I hide out, if there was a zombie horde surrounding my house? - or What would I do if I were getting chased around the woods by a psychotic murderer?) Strange, I know, but that's what happens when you watch too many horror films. 
  3. I have deep longing to live away from the city, on a plot of land, where I can be a hippy, raise & grow my own food, and not be concerned with keeping up in this rat race. (I don't know where this comes from, I have a black thumb, and the only animals I've raised have been dogs.)
  4. I have a love/hate relationship with my phone (mostly hate.) But I don't want to shell out the money for a new phone, and I'm addicted to checking my emails/tweets on it. Damn u, smartphone, damn u.
  5. My husband and I co-sleep w/ our 2 year old, even if it's a detriment to our sleep patterns.  Kicks to the head, and the ribs are a frequent occurrence.
  6. I have just recently mastered the art of balancing my checkbook.
  7. My husband and I have put ourselves on somewhat of a spending freeze - but the exception seems to be when  we're shopping for our son.  Then, magically, it becomes a free-for-all.......within reason.  We will not be buying Calvin an iPad, or any game consoles anytime soon. (Yeah, we failed at that last statement. We are in possesion of an iPad 2, and more expensive toys) smh
  8. I'm nearly always late on returning my library books. Much to my chagrin.  But hey, 2 wks is simply not enough time to read all the goodness that I check out!
  9. I think most everyone I work with spends about..........70% of their time surfing the web on the job. 
  10. I've struggled to lose weight since I've had Calvin. Pre-baby I was around 120-125, which was still on the unhealthy, non-fit side of things - Calvin is 2 1/2 now, and I'm around 135.
  11. I snore. Heavily.
  12. I am left-handed for hand-writing purposes, but I use my right hand for nearly everything else.
  13. I am inept at hairstyling.
  14. My favorite soda is ginger ale.
  15. When my nails grow long, they curve downward, resulting in a not-so-pretty look.  So I have to sport them short, OR get acrylic tips, which I kinda hate.
  16. As of this past summer, none of my grandparents are living.
  17. I have a love-hate relationship with the military (since I grew up a military brat, and have issues with how much time my dad spent away from the family).........and because I know the military life sort of breeds dysfunction.........long distance, separation from family, from your roots, being transient.....it just messes with you. My husband is ex-Army, and was deployed.....A LOT.
  18. I have a goal of having 3 months' worth of our income in savings, and being debt free by 2014.  
  19. I am a pretty darn good cook.
  20. This is my second marriage.
  21. I have a soft spot for big, cuddly, dogs.
  22. I refuse to share a bathroom with my husband. He is a slob.
  23. I took swimming lessons long ago, and I still swim poorly.
  24. I have never been skiing or snowboarding.
  25. I make a kick ass chicken adobo.  I am 33, and I just now mastered this Filipino dish.
  26. My purse is usually a hot mess most of the time, yet I damn myself  by continually purchasing large purses.
  27. I like second-hand, thrift store scavenging.
  28. I detest sentimental hoarding.
  29. I love volunteering, and getting involved in the community.
  30. I can never follow t.v. series - I resent having to plan my life around t.v. shows.





Friday, November 11, 2011

Day 4, "Yours Views on Religion"


When I was a kid, my mom would drag me to church with her most Sundays.  When you're growing up on a miltiary base, you generally have 2 options: Catholic mass, or Protestant service.  My mother told me, pointedly, that my dad was raised Catholic, she was raised Protestant - when they went to get married, the Catholic priest would not marry them because my mom wasn't Catholic.  She had an obvious disdain for the rules and ways of the Catholic Church. 

A high percentage of Filiipinos are Catholic, and most of my classmates in school went to Mass regularly.  When I went to Protestant service, it was filled with mostly Anglo-American families. But I liked how no-nonsense it was.  There were hymns, a sermon, some hymns, Communion, bless your neighbor, more hymns, and we all went home.  When I witnessed a Catholic mass as a young adult, I was fascinated with all the ceremony, the rising, the kneeling...........the ritual. It was foreign to me, and I felt alienated from it.

I don't like the idea that there is a only 1 path to know God.  I also have a real issue with churches, and their views of the LGBT population, birth control, abortion. I also have a real conflict taking peoples' interpretation of the Bible as gospel truth.  If you've ever had a religious studies class in college, than you know there are numerous translations and versions of the books of the Bible, because they have been translated from "original" texts so many times over the centuries.  Clergy and churches have had the opportunity to alter the word of God many many times, and I believe strongly they can interpret Scripture, in any way that benefits them.

Since Calvin's been born, I have often thought about introducing a religious element into our lives, but I want him to view life open-minded.  Too often, I feel that religion closes minds - I struggle to find a way to provide spiritual enrichment in our day-to-day, without excluding various points of view. 

Compassion, empathy, hope, sincerity, self-lessness.........I know many religions espouse these ideas.  I want to instill these in Calvin, in our family..........but I still can't bring myself to adopt just one way of looking at the world.