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So This Just Happened...

So my tooth just sensed that a holiday weekend was coming up, the dentist would be closed for the most part until next Wednesday... and then it figured: let's just be all dramatic and crumple up when she eats a potato chip. OH... and let's not make it one of those "can wait until later" things. Let's expose the nerve and make life interesting, so that everyone has to drop what they're doing and pay attention to me. Diva tooth!

News From My House

Patrick is off at college and except for an occasional text, I don't hear from him.  I know he doesn't want to talk to me knowing that I will pester him to get his paperwork done for fall.  The kid ran off to college and is paying IN CASH (well, check!) for his classes and all that.  You knowww he's going to run out of money very soon at this rate.  Mom and Dad are not co-signing here, kiddo.  We will pay half but we can't co-sign $70,000 or whatever two years of college plus board and books would run ya.  Nope.  Nuh-uh.  Not happening.  (Yes, I worry.)

In other news, Elf and Emperor both got their permits about a week apart!  Oh yeah, it's busy here.  D and I have taken these kids out driving several times and I really do wish everyone would just stay home while we're out on the road.  Even in the burby area near my local park, people were tailgating us and getting all upset that we weren't speeding about.  I think half the danger is from not intimately kn…

Happy Father's Day!

Long Island City, Queens, 1950.  My father is the twin on the right.  He remembers the hats as being yellow.  One great/ hard thing about being a twin in the Barron family was that they had to dress exactly alike until they were something like 13.  When one child got dirty, they were both required to change.

Missouri Representative Mike Moon Chops up Live Chicken, Internet Freaks Out

Ok, so Representative Moon posted a video on facebook of him ripping a chicken's head off while he introduced a proposed bill.  Hey, at least he is killing his chicken for food.  With abortion, there is no excuse.  I get his point.  But it doesn't seem to me to lend any proposed bill the serious consideration it deserves.

I read the article in the Kansas City Star and saw the video.  I guess I was waiting for something more shocking to happen.  One of our blog friends posted a "how to prepare a chicken" series several years back - perhaps you remember it.  She'd raise chickens from egghood and after a good life, it was time to prepare them as food at maturity.  There was a set method to it and it was reasonably quick and humane.

Mind you, she didn't ramble about abortion on in her post, dig in around the innards, yank out chickie's heart and proclaim she's gonna get to the "heart of the matter" or anything like that.  Yeewhh.

I do find it …

Trying a New Telephone

Patrick was not going to take the extra flip phone I had on hand with him to college.   He doesn't want to be responsible for it.  It might get lost or stolen.  Or whatever.  I was pretty frantic about it.  This isn't 1978 - it isn't as though you can find a pay phone around every corner.  What if something happened?  There would be no way to get in touch with him.

Patrick wasn't worried about it.  D didn't care - he figured he'll just borrow a phone from a friend.  I'm thinking by that line of reasoning, let's send him off with no tuition money or food.  Friends can help out!  Maybe he can just live in a tent on the campus lawn and save dorm costs, too!  Sigh.

Ok, so what if something happened to you or you needed help?  How would I know?  Well, he reasoned, you would recognise my dead body on the news, right?

Way to make poor old Mom feel ok about sending you off to school, tell ya what.  Thanks for that.  Please just take the phone.  Ughh... finally …

Moving Day

So Patrick is moving soon to the university.  I will only have four children left at home - or five, because he'll be back intermittently... but it won't be the same! 

The last several weeks have been about putting old books he never uses and various childhood memories into boxes, packing up his LEGOs (which he never uses but he's not wanting to get rid of, ever) and going through stacks and stacks of paper.  This guy has kept college fliers from 2010.  Time to let it go! 

At this particular college, you have NO IDEA which room you'll get until you arrive.  Classes?  Bah.  You can't sign up for classes until the very week before they begin.  Meal plan?  Oh... that begins right when classes do.  So you'll arrive but I guess you pay cash or starve until classes begin.

It's a big ol' place so I don't understand why they're running this as though one guy in the main office has to hand sort everything for 5,000 students.

Anyway, so much dust has been…

My Bible Adventure Review

Pack this little book in your purse.  Instead of the Ipad, read this to your kiddo in the waiting room or bring it to church to occupy him during the sermon.  My Bible Adventure Through God's Word by Tommy Nelson is just the perfect size for little ones to tote about in one of those little Bible carriers, too.

It's hard-bound and 334 pages long!  Don't let that overwhelm you, though.  The type is larger - I'm going to guess about 14 point type - and there are plenty, plenty of engaging but simple illustrations.  The cover is pretty representative of what you get inside.

If I had to classify it, I'd say it is a small treasury of well-known Bible stories with a bit of commentary for smaller children.  I would use this as a devotional to read aloud to a younger child.  Children who can read on their own will be able to read almost all the words when they're at a second grade level or so.  Cute stuff!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free fro…