Friday, January 30, 2009
I will preface this by saying that I grew up in a very sheltered home. Not sheltered like my parents tried really hard to keep the good in and the bad out, but sheltered like I lived in a small town where there was not a lot of diversity. My parents also taught me to keep things to myself and not ask probing questions. This was not a lesson that was taught in a sit-down session or anything like that, but just a learned lesson by watching them. They never talked politics like who they voted for, pay grades, religion (other than that we were Catholic) but never that everything we did was right, but also that other people weren't wrong.
So, we were sitting in class and we were supposed to give examples so the other people in the group could talk about empathic listening. Where you seek to understand before you talk to be understood. Anyways...one of the groups members situation was that people would ask her about her religion and then when she told them what she believed in (she didn't tell us) they would tell her she was wrong. I could not believe that people would be so rude. Then of course the next person went and she talked about how she would like to talk to her co-worker about religion. Now if this wasn't awkward enough, she went on to say that she saw how her co-worker was living and was afraid that if she didn't tell her about what she believed then she feared for her co-worker when she died. So there was a clash just between the two members in my group and I can only imagine what would happen if this 60+ year old woman tried to tell her coworker about what she believed would happen to her if she didn't listen to what she said.
So yeah, I am glad for my keep it to myself attitude then these people! My situation was that I was annoyed at mi esposa because of something silly, not anything so serious like religion!!!!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
And then it got me thinking even further. I have a cousin who has 2 autistic sons. Now I am very impatient. She is not. She was able to handle me drunk on more than one occasion and that is a task in itself. I won't even begin to compare it to what she deals with on an everyday basis but I really don't think I could handle it and she does with flying colors. Everytime I go to her house it is clean and she is able to keep a schedule from what I understand. So apparently God (or whomever you choose to believe in) saw something in her that said she can handle it and these two little boys deserve to have someone that can see their true potential.
So if you are someone out there doing something amazing with a situation that you didn't ask for or that you don't think you can handle just know that someone is looking out for all of us and you are appreciated.
Monday, January 19, 2009
So also, I was thinking about the courage it must have taken to stand up for what he believed in. I for one do not have a lot of things that I feel strongly about that I would have taken to the streets to spread the word that it was wrong or right. One thing I know I would do anything for is my family. If something was wrongly happening then I would do everything in my power to correct it. So I think everyone should take time from their day today to think about the courage it takes for people to make a change. And hope President Obama can make the changes he has said he will make in the next four years. Because I want my kids to be able to have a dream and I want them to be able to act upon their dreams.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Hubby: Can you watch him I am going to go lay down
Me: Of course dear. You must have had a hard day watching sick kid and need some rest (I may be exaggerating here!)
Maybe 3 minutes later
Hubby: (footsteps running down the hall) ralph
This is fantastic! So, I watch the monkey for the rest of the evening. Go grab some dinner because I am tired and don't want to fix anything. Blog a little then go to bed about 10. I wake up at about 1 feeling clammy and sick. Uh oh...that's right stomach bug. 3 for 3. You got the Fernandez household. But it will not happen again...until next year I am sure!
We are all better as of today but I am off because I have to work Saturday so I get the pleasure of cleaning and de-contaminating a sicky-infested house. yippee.
Hope today finds everyone well!
Monday, January 12, 2009
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Such a Pretty Fat: Jen Lancaster is freaking hilarious! She is an overweight woman (who isn't) that can't be more than 3 things: Fat, Renting and 40. She chooses not to be fat. And does it hilariously so we can all laugh with her and know that we have been right there with her. The only sad part was when I realized I was reading a dieting memoir as I shoved my face with Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. Oh well...you know from my previous blogs I'm working on that! Anyone who hasn't read any of her books should run right out and do that now. I'm not kidding...stop reading and go!
As for Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief and Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. They were both good books. Definitely easy reads since they are meant for young adults but still quite good. No Harry Potter but I finished each one in a day so obviously good enough that I didn't want to put them down! I really like mythology and I think that any book that wants to get kids to learn more than about vampires and true love then these are good books. I also liked that the characters ventured outside of what they think is there comfort zone. Obviously these characters are not real (or are they...) but from what we get about who they are they step out of their comfort zone to help friends. Also good qualities to teach impressionable kids!
So those are my reviews...I will get back to you about the last three in the series and I would really like to read Revolutionary Road when I get done with those.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
- The hubster and I fought a lot less frequently due to a newborn now being a walking, talking monster. We laughed a lot more than we cried and I was/am very thankful for that.
- The little monster grew up (a little bit!)...awww...good and bad!
- My immediate family is spending a lot more time together which I LOVE LOVE LOVE!
- I got a new position in a place that I really like!
- The hubster got added pressure at an already stressful job but was looked at by higher ups and that will be a huge help in the future if he decides to pursue anything higher!
- We both have our jobs and our health and that is a GINORMOUS plus with the way the world is turning on it's head!
Ok, so that is a small look at things that have happened to me and mine during the past year. My biggest resolution for the real world is to budget this year! I think I am going to do it! And my bloggy resolution is to try and find good topics to write about to make this blog a little more exciting to read!
Hope everyone's new years went smashingly and that everyone made it to their 2009 safely!