Jan 30 2010

2012.

This past weekend I saw the movie 2012… again. Even though it was only the second time it feels like it was the millionth… the movie had a great plot, amazing effects and was sprinkled with some awesome actors. However, the movie sent my little heart racing + my mind throwing panic attack after panic attack.

The movie 2012 was based off of a phenomenon, to which is said to be the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mayan calendar. Though many scholars from various disciplines have disputed the idea that a catastrophe will happen in 2012, suggesting that predictions of impending doom are found neither in classic Maya accounts nor in contemporary science. To the modern Maya, 2012 is largely irrelevant, and classic Maya sources on the subject are scarce and contradictory, suggesting that there was little if any universal agreement among them about what, if anything, the date might mean. Meanwhile, astronomers and other scientists have rejected the apocalyptic forecasts, on the grounds that the anticipated events are precluded by astronomical observations, or are unsubstantiated by the predictions that have been generated from these findings. NASA has compared fears about 2012 to those about the Y2K bug in the late 1990s, suggesting that an adequate analysis should preclude fears of disaster.

Now, the panic attacks were in no relation to the mass population of people that believe that the world is going to end in 2012. I am not freaked out about, and if it does end then, I get to meet my maker so, ce la vie. The man causer of the attacks was the gruesome depiction of buildings collapsing + people clinging on for dear life; that brings up repressed images of 9.11.

All in all, it was a good film.


Jan 30 2010

so, i’ve been thinking…

I finished up my bachelors in Abuse + Family Studies this past month, and have been desiring to eventually go get a masters in psychiatric nursing. Back in November, I completed a Phlebotomy course + really enjoyed it, however, with this economy places are not hiring people with less than a year experience… I am currently working part time as a psych tech + nannying on the side – but as always I am craving more. And the fact that I don’t have things to occupy every day {plus of course the fact that only working 4 days a week has the down side of a lot less mooola in the bank-o-rama…} I was talking to my mum yesterday and she brought up that being a CNA is a super stepping stone to getting my RN. There’s a class I can get into the week of Feb 22-26 and its only $400…

Thoughts? Ideas? Comments?


Jan 29 2010

devotion and faith at its core.

A few days ago, I stumbled upon a blog of a family who’s once joys of pregnancy have turned to a tumultuous terror filled emotional journey. Shey + Sean were so excited when Shey found out she was pregnant, according to her husband – “When we found out we were having a baby we became so excited.  My wife told half the world before she even told me!  Then she told me that we weren’t going to tell people, which really did not stop me from being the most excited dad in the world.” It wasn’t long after that their hopes were shattered. “After we were done with the ultrasound the nurse asked us if we would wait in the waiting room while she showed the pictures to the doctor.  We knew what that meant and we began waiting to find out what was wrong.  The doctor came out and we began talking with him as he told us that our fairy tale  would not play out the way we imagined.” Shey + Sean learned that their daughter had a lethal diagnosis – Triploidy – and that they would be lucky if the fetus survived to birth. Many people told them that not continuing with the pregnancy would be for the best, however they chose to act on faith and continue throughout as long as the Lord would grace them with her presence – “we are not going to intervene in this pregnancy, regardless of the diagnosis.  The reason that we chose to do this was mostly for knowledge.  There are certain chromosomal abnormalities that are completely incompatible with life (Trisomy 18 & 13, just to name a couple).  If we know before she is born that she has such a condition, we will be able to just hold her and be with her in the moments after her birth, as opposed to the doctors whisking her away and trying to work on her to keep her alive.”

Through reading the blog posts of their journey throughout this emotional whirlwind, I have felt the fear and have only imagined the questions of faith that they have encountered. In one of post’s Shey commented about a organization called String of Pearls, this site is an online organization that offers support to women who are carrying to term despite a fatal prenatal diagnosis.This is definitely a site that is going into my organizations to follow, the creation of this site fields as a support community for families with fatal prenatal diagnosis’ that will result in the death of their baby prior to, or shortly after birth.

The thing that scares me the most about this store is that Shey struggled for years with Anorexia. A demon that keeps poking it burly little head into my life. Having a mother who has worked as a neonatal intensive care nurse for much of my life – it {and she} has scared me into recovery. {disclaimer: this is not the only reason I am seeking change}.

Shey had this song posted on her blog recently and it brought me to tears, I Will Carry You by Selah.

Follow Shey, Sean + Whitney’s Journey here.


Jan 26 2010

under the radar.

For over a year, Chad Hedrick, the adorned USA Olympic Speedskater has attended Capital Church and this weekend was his last Sunday before heading to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Little did I know, for the past 6 months I have been caring for his beautiful daughter, Hadley. This weekend our church did a little send off for him, not only did he grace us with picture taking opportunities + the chance to hold his gold metal, he shared his testimony.

Chad stated in his testimony about how he changed not only since the 2006 Olympics in Turin, but within the past year. Chad found the love of his life Lynsey Adams and married her 2008, in March of 2009 they welcomed an adorable daughter into their world, this December they announced that they are expecting the next addition to the Olympian family. Good thing Chad’s main sponsor is Pampers + they will have a life time supply of diapers! To read the post that the tribune wrote about him click here.

Once he’s done with the Olympics, he’ll be moving back to Texas with his family. It was a pleasure to meet Chad and I wish him all the best in Vancouver! To follow his journey in Vancouver check out his blog at chadhedrick.com!


Jan 26 2010

four amazing years.

Can you believe it? Four years has came and gone in flash. It seems like just yesterday we had meet up for our first date. Today we celebrated in style! He took me too the Melting Pot, one of my favorite restaurants! {second only to Benihana or Noodles + Co.} It was absolutely fabulous… and utterly filling! I went all out and made a snapfish photo book {their software is pretty spiffy, I recommend it to anyone wanting to make one!} In an attempt to make him decide on something I gave him pretty much free range over the menu and here’s what we ordered:

last morsels of fiesta cheese fondue. yum.

Fiesta Cheese Fondue – instead of the usual Wisconsin Trio – It was actually very good, a lot like a queso, not my fave, but delish to the last morsels – it even came with tortilla chips. Unfortunately they were out – yes, out – of their raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing. Boo double boo. As usual we got our fill of Salmon, Chicken, Shrimp + Sirloin – in the Mojo. Always amazing.

yummy oreo chocolate fondue!

As a special treat we tried the Oreo Chocolate Fondue – It even had marshmallow in it, sugar coma central -we couldn’t even finish it! {ps join their email club and you get a free desert on your anniversary + birthday!} So, off went our very full bellies attempting to digest all this yummy food! I sure feel like I have eaten a house… or an elephant!

happy 4 years! heres to many more! (: