A Dollop of Sour Cream

I'm not much into spicy food. I have recently discovered that if a meal is just a tad too spicy for me, I can put sour cream on top and make it not just palatable, but wonderful. This blog is devoted to doing the same for life.



New template

Sorry about the new look. Something went wrong with the old one and I could not fix it, even by reapplying the template. So I decided to apply a new one. I doubt I will stay with this one. But I'm walking out the door to work soon so it will work for now.


Pain go away?

Yeah, I know. I'm not the best blogger. At least this last week I had an excuse. I came home from class last Thursday to my network being down. In the midst of getting it fixed, I got a backache. No injury, nothing spectacular happen at all that would explain. Between one step and the next I realize I have a back ache. That's weird. Friday morning, I woke up early (and my temp was down, could this be implantation pain? OTOH, it was early.) The pain was there still in the lower back, but it was manageable.

Saturday morning, it was very much reduced... But we made turkey on Saturday and I insisted on checking the temperature, and somehow in the process of pulling the turkey out just far enough, I twisted the wrong way and aggravated it such that I couldn't even reach to the bottom of the dishwasher! My very faithful husband was quite willing to help me and absolutely forbid me to do anything else to aggravate the joint. Although I had gone shopping in the morning, that evening it was so bad there was no way I could go out at all.

Sunday, other than going to church to see a friend's daughter baptized, I stayed at home, in bed as much as possible, doing as little as possible. Hoping to help it get better.

Monday morning, it still hurt, so I went to the doctor. She diagnosed probably inflammation of the SI joint, prescribed a hot pad (my husband had mentioned this but I could not find where we put ours after the move), and physical therapy, and naproxen (for the pain). She also suggested I go get a X-ray, but when I went down there they suggested I wait because this is a high-risk scan. So I did.

I bought a new hot pad -- it's worked wonders. Should have let Mr. Boaz go out and buy it before. Took the naproxen. And tonight! I don't hurt at all. There's stiffness there, and the promise of pain if I push it. But turns out naproxen isn't just a pain reliever. It's also an anti-inflammatory!

So for the moment I am completely pain-free, praise the Lord! Hopefully this will keep up so I can go to the Thanksgiving service at church tomorrow night!


Feeling the Blues

So now it looks pretty certain we are moving, I am looking around and realizing I have more here than I thought. Previously, I thought the one thing about here I'd really miss are our rocking friends-close-as-family. But yesterday I was sitting there in church, in uncontrollable tears at the idea of leaving our church.

I'll never finish the Bachelor's degree I've been working on since before we got married. I will never sit in on another Adoption Sunday, or have the possibility of helping over at Antioch Adoptions (or even to adopt through them should we end up not being able to have kids.) No more Marriage Rally at the mall. No more wonderful, crazy baby showers for 4 or 5 gals at once through the Newly Marrieds class -- I had just changed churches when I got married, so no one really cared at the time. And now it appears if we get pregnant, we'll be in the same situation (and we have to change churches! Mr. Boaz has never found a church before. And I have made some really bad choices in the past!... Though it does help that Boaz is confident that he can ask for advice before we leave and we'll find where God wants us when we get there) And I won't get to do meals anymore. And our church has excellent programs to really train the junior high and high-schoolers to confront the world with the message of Christ. Will we be able to find another church with that? certainly the ones I grew up in did not have it.

I fear losing one of my friendships that has been hard to stick together since we moved out of the same complex.

Oh and I love our apartment here. And my boss is wonderful. Even if I can stay with the company when we move, the dynamics of the people will be different. And they may not value me like here does. And I really crave being needed.

And I am just beginning to meet people from online who are local. And it takes me forever to get settled in/make friends/etc... I had not thought until yesterday that I would miss my church so much even. I had thought it was too big.

Since it is impossible to get my degree before I leave, I wonder if I should ease off on the classes to give myself more time to be with the people here before I leave. But... The classes offered are so interesting just for information sake how can I leave it behind?


How many of me are there

The Engstrom's put up this quiz. I thought "cool. I know two people with my name already" so I took it.

LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Wow! I know 40% of my results already. Now I'm curious to find more.


The Normal becomes the Spectacular

I wasn't going to post this at all but it's been eating at me. And I came back to Headmistress's post about her husband

My husband is so wonderful.

Have you ever had one of those situations where you are doing something very ordinary, and someone sees you doing it, but in their eyes its not something ordinary at all. And when you realize how they are seeing you, you realize how much you mean to them?

That's the kind of thing my husband is good at doing for me. Lifting me up and letting me know how much I mean to him. Even on ordinary days.


Quotes I don't want to lose

I heard this morning something about someone big in the evangelical world being brought down. (Dobson? I wonder. But just idly and don't really believe. Maybe that guy behind the Purpose driven stuff) But no details until I got home from work. In which case I get email from focus on the Family that today's broadcast was about Haggard. (Who?) So I go out and find out the current status of things. For someone supposed to be so influential in the evangelical world though... I don't think I'd heard of him before this so maybe not?

But anyway, the usual suspects are saying the usual things. But a few things have also been said that I want to capture because it is really relevant to remember in any situation where someone you respects sins publically (Or at least sins are discovered publically). and we KNOW that will happen.

La Shawn Barber
Christians constantly are being watched, and rightly so. Any little thing we do that appears hypocritical, unbelievers jump on it. To justify their own sin and rebellion, they 'expose' ours and say, 'See? The self-righteous hypocrite!' They rejoice when they 'discover' we’re human, too!

and from Jonah's mailbag on The Corner:
Romans 7:18-19: 'For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.'

Every bona fide Christian knows and believes he is a hypocrite because, in moral and ethical behavior, he constantly falls short in his heart and in his deeds. Pointing out Haggard's hypocrisy is therefore to point out that, yes, the grass is green. It is an irreducible plank of Christian theology that all persons are sinners, all persons are flawed, all persons require redemption, and all persons are subject to immutable moral laws. Rejection of these ideas, and not some person's failure to live up to them, is why the Left goes bananas when a pastor stumbles.

Concerning your reader's comment, "...and if he's doing it, then doesn't it follow that he knows it's not really wrong?" I laughed so hard I almost fell
out of my chair.

I've done plenty of things in my life that I certainly knew were wrong, and I'm sure your reader has too. There's a reason why every language in the world has words for "I'm sorry": We're all sinners and sometimes find ourselves in need of those words.

Check out if you have missing money!

I was reminded about this over at Organized Home -- but states keep a copy of property that is unclaimed for whatever reason. If you do a google search on unclaimed property, then you can probably find the link to your state's version.

But 34 states have also come together with this site (linked to in the title) that you can put a name in and see if they have any unclaimed property in the database.

Unfortunately, I seem to have been too good at finding my own property and claiming. But just fooling around with names I know, I seem to have found about $200 for my sister and nearly $500 for another friend.

This seems to be things like utility deposits that were never claimed, medical refunds, stock options, etc.