Friday, October 29, 2004

I feel so... Suzy Homemaker

I am now learning to sew on my machine.
I'm knitting for the winter.
I'm contemplating switching to cloth diapers.
I have a freezer full of food, including several meals worth of Tomato Basil Soup I made with the last of the fresh basil from a friend's garden.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Another shopping tip has some great prices, but icky shipping rates. I saw a nice fleece for Kate (that matches a hat and mittens she already has) for $8.49. Guess how much they were going to charge me to ship it? $6! So, I went to my local Old Navy, which didn't have it, but they placed the online order for me from the store. When you do that, the shipping is free (and it still comes right to your doorstep).

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Tuesday, October 26, 2004


So, what's up with reformed people thinking John 6 is not about communion? What sort of Zwinglian crack are they smoking?

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Monday, October 25, 2004

*help* Feminine Modesty Tapes

It's been a long time since I listened to Doug Wilson's Feminine Modesty series (and when I did, it wasn't as carefully as I should have.) Can someone tell me how specific his recommendations get? I am making modesty-related recommendations to my dear friend, who happens to be a campus minister's wife. She's trying to collect resources for the collegiate girls they work with. Any help would be appreciated!

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Friday, October 22, 2004


So, I think my wife is going to slowly take over this blog. Well, I think she has done it, but I really didn't fight. I've been so terribly busy over the past few months. Things are going really well at work. On November 4th, I'm speaking at Open House on the topic of "Why Latin?", then on November 8th, I have to send the board members of our school a short polemic on why 3rd/4th grade latin should be taught by a dedicated Latin teacher (this isn't too hard) and why we should begin teaching greek along with latin beginning at 3rd grade. This is going to be a difficult sell because of practical issues that affect education; however, the board is open to the suggestion and I have many allies at school, in the administration, and on the curriculum committees.

I'm actually tremendously excited about my job. In addition to my upcoming deadlines (and teaching!), I'm planning out the latin (and soon, greek) curriculum for the grammar school and beginning to plan out potential classes for the upper school in years to come. If we adopt Greek and Latin instruction beginning at 3rd grade and continuing through 12th, the possibility for classes in the upper school are endless. Imagine what your NT class could become with students who are more than comfortable working in the greek NT; Ancient History/Lit when you can actually read the primary sources (instead of translations of primary sources). I've been thinking about teaching an introductory elective on Indo-European, courses on Linear B. Phew, I get excited just writing about it.

Kate is also growing right before our eyes. It is amazing to hold her and then look at a picture of when she was just born. The comparison is extraordinary. She's becoming such a big girl, yet she's still my little girl. Her ability to recognize faces and voices, her tendency to smile and laugh with daddy warms my heart.

Okay, now back to my wife's regular posting.

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Smart. Real Smart.

And no one even bid on the auction.

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Thursday, October 21, 2004

All Things Kate

After reading Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott, I decided I really needed to record some of the day to day fun of being Kate's mom. Well, I am awful at pen and paper journalling after four (!) years of blogging. I'd also been struggling with how much Kate to include on This Classical Life.

The easy solution -- a new blog. All Kate, all the time. There will occasionally be cross posts with this blog as well. You can find it at All Things Kate.

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Why I Still Read Bunnie

Even though she's a crazy confessional LCMS person who would refuse to serve me communion, I still love Bunnie's blog for posts like this:
Competing kid polls came out today. Scholastic, which publishes children's reading material, ran a poll for kids that declared Bush the winner. Nickelodeon, which reruns episodes of Full House, administered a poll showing Kerry the winner.

So children who read pick Bush and children who watch Who's the Boss pick Kerry.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Update on Kate

Well, she's been sleeping upright and has been doing well ever since. Back to the old 7 hour, eat, 4 hour nights. We were at my parents this weekend and Kate started crying as she has been and my mom commented, "she is definitely in some kind of pain." So I am glad that I recognized that and did not just shrug it off as boredom or some sort of baby disobedience. My new favorite likely culprit is teething. She's not really spitting up, so I doubt its reflux. It was my first guess because I have it, and sleeping upright helps it. However, I think sleeping upright would also help alleviate the pain of teething. I don't know. What I do know is, my baby is happy again!

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Monday, October 18, 2004

Photo Updates

I added a few more pictures to the September album and started an October one. Access them here. Now that we have a faster internet connection, I'll probably upload them a few times a week.

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Friday, October 15, 2004

Have you seen it?

Charles Krauthammer's column in today's Washington Post is a must-read.

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15 seconds of fame.

Mike was quoted in World Magazine a few weeks ago and we almost missed it! Mike talked to John Dawson about Dr. White last December, and we have never looked out for the article. I randomly happened upon it reading back issues of World online. We wish we subscribed, but it's a bit too pricey for us.

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Thursday, October 14, 2004

Sleep, where is thy rest?

So, to commemorate the completion of her third month, Kate slept about seven hours (and then another three or four after eating) for a week. Since then, she has regressed to going about five hours between feedings and waking up 8-15 times a night needing a pat and a pacifier, etc. The thirty minute sleep chunks are killing me. Last week, when I was at my parents, I tried cosleeping for a night and that was just as bad. Moms, any suggestions? Right now I am desperate enough to want to add a little rice cereal to my milk in a bottle to give her right before bedtime to see if that konks her out.

UPDATE - 10/15 - After a week of nightwaking, I was concerned something might actually be wrong with Kate (other than a lack of sanctification and good sense). I put Kate to sleep in her carseat. She woke up once, after 6.5 hours, for a feeding, then slept another 4 hours. Maybe she's getting reflux sleeping flat. Who knows. More nights of sleeping upright to follow.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Baby Gap

So, Kate got over $100 in cash and more in target giftcards after she was a month old, and had most of what she needed. So, I've been slowly spending her money to get her really cute church outfits, a coat, etc. Here's the key to get the most for your money at Baby Gap.

1/ Never ever buy anything until it is on sale. It WILL go on sale. Everything does, after about 5 weeks.
2/ Buy it on sale and save your receipt.
3/ Take your receipt in after 10 days or so, and get the price adjustment (they will do one within 14 days of purchase).

I have gotten several $50+ outfits for $20 or less that way. Gymboree and The Children's Place don't discount as much, or as quickly, and I've never asked about price adjustments because I've never bought anything there myself. Anyway, these observations are courtesy of living less than a mile from the mall, which makes such stalking possible.

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Sunday, October 10, 2004

On the Debate

I've been reading a great deal of commentary on the debate on blogs and newsmedia, and no one has picked up on my favorite piece of terrible logic. After been asked about federal funding of abortion, Kerry said that we needed to provide the rights the constitution affords to those who can't afford them. Okay, then, Senator Kerry, I'll send you the bill for a new house and gun, because the constitution certainly gives me the right to bear arms and to hold property, and we can't afford them. The taxpayers are supposed to pick up that bill, too, right?

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We've had a busy last few days. On Thursday, Mike went on a Logic School retreat, and Kate and I headed to North Carolina, where we caught up with folks in Chapel Hill and Wake Forest, including Andy, Bekah, Jamie, et. al. We both returned Friday afternoon. All weekend, our church was holding its annual Faith and Life conference. Michael Scott Horton spoke on suffering. Kate has been quite fussy all weekend, for no apparent reason. Mike has also had a bad cold all week. We are all quite tired.

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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

From the Washington Times

"Carrboro, NC, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Police were called to quell a slap fight between two University of North Carolina students that began with an argument over who Jesus would vote for president.

James Robert Austin, 19, and Robert Brooks Rollins, 22, apparently let their passion get out of hand after watching the U.S. presidential debates Thursday night, the Durham Herald-Sun reported.

Austin reportedly slapped Rollins and Rollins slapped back -- and the slap fight escalated to where Austin fell on a concrete patio, hitting his head, police told the newspaper.

Rollins called an ambulance and Austin was taken to UNC Hospitals for examination, then released.

Both students decided to turn the other cheek and declined to press charges."

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Monday, October 04, 2004

More Pictures

The latest Kate pictures can be seen here.

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Sunday, October 03, 2004

Public Rebuke

Jen W------, you are hereby banned from reading this blog until 2:45 PM CST on Saturday. If Texas has a newly aquired loss on their record, your sentence will be expanded to two weeks. This is a response to recent evidence displaying moral corruption and general distaste. Exhibit A, Second Picture. You have been caught red-shirted. When asked for comment, Kate responded, "ah-goo." Translated, this means, "I am very disappointed for your insensitivity towards me and my family at this time." I think this means you are also suspended from fan club duties.

Hook 'Em!

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Saturday, October 02, 2004

Marcus T. Cicero?

We recieved our monthly apartment newspaper recently, and it had a list of quotes, one of which was attributed to "Marcus T. Cicero".

Marcus T. Cicero? Who in the world has ever referred to Cicero as "Marcus T. Cicero"? It makes him sound like an American hack-job essayist.

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Friday, October 01, 2004

Rich Mullins Often Says it Best

Sometimes my life just don't make sense at all
When the mountains look so big
And my faith just seems so small ...

And I wake up in the night and feel the dark
It's so hot inside my soul
There must be blisters on my heart

So hold me Jesus, I'm shaking like a leaf
You have been King of my glory
Won't You be my Prince of Peace

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