Monthly Archives: January 2009

Tale of Horror of the Day

Courtesy of “The Clone Age: Adventures in the New World of Reproductive Technology” by Lori B. Andrews:

After Jonathan Slack cloned headless frogs, other researchers suggested cloning headless humans to serve as organ donors. They argued that, with no brain, such creatures would not be considered persons under the law.

I just had to stop eating my Cheerios after that. I mean, most of the book talks about human life being treated in a horribly callous way, but that…takes the cake right there. Even in the researchers’ argument, they are looking for ways to depersonalize and dehumanize…human people! The question is more like: “How can I make this not a person, so that I can do whatever I want to it and others will not object?” Well, a good start would be to call it a “creature.” Oh, wait. They already did that.

So disgusting.

Icicle Mansion, Part Deux

We have gotten even more snow and ice and stuff. Yuk. As a Floridian (heehee), I am repelled. However, I am also morbidly fascinated by the large icicles hanging off my house. I did at one point attempt to knock them down, but the evil little buggers just fell into a window. I was happy that the window did not break, but I do have a good size hole in the screen now. That ended (most of) my icicle-knocking-down fun. My pride and joy is the icicle which is only about 8 inches from touching the ground — FROM MY ROOF! That’s gotta win a medal or something! πŸ™‚

And so, for your viewing pleasure, I bring you:
And, yes, those are my Christmas lights. I was wondering if they might put out enough heat to start melting the icicles in the front of the house, since it looks like there is ice piling up on the roof a bit, and that can’t be good.
And here is my front door…about 1/4 to 1/3 obscured by the Ice Picks of Doom — obviously, this is not the entrance that I use daily.
Yeah, yeah, my porch light is still orange — from Halloween 2007. I love how there is a little corridor between the house and the Wall of Ice. And aren’t the Christmas lights all pretty and sparkly? πŸ™‚
And finally, my pride and joy, the Big Huge Icicle. I like how these ones in back are a little concave, probably from the wind while they were being formed. πŸ™‚

Because You Want to Know…

…what I look like waking up in the morning. πŸ™‚

But, even more amusing is what I looked like the morning after Clam and Canuck’s wedding! Because I went to bed with all that hairspray and curls and stuff and slept on it! Then, WENT TO MASS! In PUBLIC! Bwhahahahahah!



Yes, these are photos of me taken moments after waking up. I did not touch my hair before taking them. That is total bedhead. I did brush it out a little and clip some back before attending Mass, however. πŸ™‚

Please Pray for Elianna


Elianna will be undergoing cardiac surgery this Monday, February 2nd, for a patent ductus arteriosus. Please pray for a successful surgery, a rapid recovery and continued good health. For the skill and wisdom of her surgeons and caregivers. And especially for her mom, dad, and siblings during this time of anxiety.

“In the day of distress I will call
and surely you will reply.
Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord;
nor work to compare with yours.” — from Psalm 86

What Happened to My Prayer?!?!

Okay, I know it’s icy out there and the roads are horrible. My car seems to think it would be a great idea if it were, say, a sled. I seem to slide all the time. Which, at near-highway speeds, is not always a good thing (is it ever?).

So, I do a lot of praying when I drive, too. πŸ™‚ I pray for my safety, and the safety and wisdom of all the drivers on the road. I pray for my friends and family. I pray for people I see in the ditch, or in accidents — for their safety, for quick aid, and for a help with finances in case they need repairs or worse.

Tonight, when I was driving home, the road was pretty much clear…. Except for the viaducts, where patches of ice would lie in wait for me. Sure enough, I’d hit them and my car would go skidding sideways a couple feet — not too much, but enough to make me anxious, especially if there were people in the lane next to me.

My first reaction when this happens (besides correcting the car’s trajectory) is to pray. I thoroughly anticipated praying something like, “Lord, please don’t let me crash!”

Oh no. That’s not the prayer that came to me.

Remember I said that I had someone that God put on my heart? I was to pray for them — kinda like a job? (I love that job, by the way!) Yeah. My prayer was, “Please, Lord, keep him safe!”

Wait a minute! Isn’t this supposed to be about ME??!? *I* am the one slipping over here!!

Nope, nope. Sorry. It’s about him. Seriously, every time I slid (which was a lot).

Since when are prayers for me turning into intercession for him??!! I guess…um…since now.

Interesting. πŸ™‚

Great Weekend!

Sorry if this post is incoherent.Β  Not much sleep this weekend, but it was so much fun!Β  πŸ™‚

First, the Priests vs. Seminarians game on Friday.Β  I arrived early and got to tag along on a tour of the Sacred Heart by Jonathan the Seminarian.Β 
The game was good, and although the “official” score was 73-73,
that was only after a mercy-gift of 30 points at halftime.Β  Fr. JJ was the impromptu coach for the Priests.Β  I was thoroughly on the side of the priests, but I was watching for that #13 player, who was our gracious tour guide.Β  πŸ™‚Β 
After the game, we hung out at the bar (yes!Β  Seminary has a bar!Β  With $1.50 beer!)
and had some pizza which was provided.Β  Then, I tried to give Lindsay a tour from what I remembered.Β  We made it to the chapel and the library and found the hallway with the old photos of our priests when they went to Sacred Heart.Β  That was so funny.Β  I took pictures.Β  πŸ™‚

Is this not the best Boy Band hair you have seen? πŸ™‚
Fr. JJ, The Boy Band Days -- DSCN5711

Saturday morning I had my hair done,
and got ready for the wedding.
I was really early, perhaps the first one at the church, so I ran between Katie and Joe a little bit before the wedding, as I do.
They had 4 priests, a deacon, and 2 altar servers.
See, I’m not kidding! πŸ™‚
It was a beautiful wedding, and I was so glad to be able to witness it!

Here’s a link to the video of the beginning of Fr. John’s homily to Katie and Joe.Β  Here’s a link to my Flickr page with all the pictures I took at the wedding.

After the wedding and the reception at Picano’s, there was an after party at the hotel. Then, I went home and danced a bit on my own, before collapsing in bed. I did manage to make it to Mass the next day with gorgeous Morning After hair (actually, wasn’t too bad). Then, I spent all day getting stuff uploaded. πŸ™‚ Didn’t get anything else on my list of things-to-do done this weekend, but a great weekend overall! πŸ™‚

Now…. What’s next??? πŸ™‚

Priests Rock!!

Tomorrow evening is the Priests vs. Seminarians basketball game at Sacred Heart Major Seminary!

Obviously, I’ve already chosen which side I’m rooting for! πŸ™‚
Sacerdotes delent!  Scholares modo velint! -- DSCN5617

Sorry, seminarians, but the ordinati have my heart! πŸ™‚

And, I’m just all excited about that T-shirt. There is something most appropriate about a Latin-language smack-down. πŸ™‚

If you can make it down, the game starts at 7 pm. Fr. Mark said that he will be playing. πŸ™‚

Go Priests!!! You rock! πŸ™‚