Monthly Archives: April 2006



I’m not an exemplary housekeeper. Never have been. It isn’t my mom’s fault – she taught me how to do everything necessary. It’s my own. I’m a procrastinator. Have been most of my life (if not all of it). I know what needs to be done, but I “don’t wanna” do it. So, since I’m an adult, often I choose *not* to.

I have improved. I do better now than I did several years ago. Also, I have older children who are helpful. There is marked improvement.

*IF* you’d seen it before.

If you’ve never seen my house, you might not think it was all that great now. But trust me, it’s improved.

My goal is to have it where we can spontaneously invite company for dinner “tonight” and not have to have 2-3 days to make sure everything is done.

More Random Thoughts

More Random Thoughts

I’m up way too late. I really ought to go to bed when I’m *ready*… it’s when I push past that, that I end up staying up too late.

My husband has a PDA. It has a game on it called “swars” which is a space-type text trading game. The object is to retire (after 50 turns) with the most cash. It’s an addicting little game. Can’t find it for PC though, nor can I find the PDA game anywhere *else*.

I have a tooth with a partial root canal. I never went in to have it finished. It doesn’t hurt, because it has no nerve. I suspect, however, that if it had a nerve, it would hurt. I can “feel” it if I push on my face just below the cheekbone. I can “feel” it if I push by my nose, or under my nose on that side. That is also the side of my throat that has been sore for a couple weeks now (I attributed it to sinus… maybe it is, maybe it isn’t). I wonder if I should make an appointment to have it pulled. I strongly feel that I will be one of those elderly ladies who has false teeth. So many of my teeth hurt at times, that I think I’d be perfectly happy in some ways to have none at all. I hate to say that. My husband really wants me to keep my own teeth, but I just don’t know.

Along the same lines, I really need to get my dc in to have THEIR teeth taken care of. The older three each have something that needs attention. I have a list of 4 local dentists that accept our insurance; just need to get an appointment with one of them.

I got some of my bedroom picked up – the clothes that needed to be put away, are. We can walk behind the bed again, and get into the 2nd closet (storage closet). It’s good.

There’s a thing in Huntsville tomorrow, but I doubt we’ll go. It’s $6/person for one thing, and Robby’s very busy tomorrow for another thing. It looks like a great homeschool field trip, but sometimes these things just don’t work out.

This weekend is Madison Baptist Church’s annual Ladies’ Array – a meeting for ladies that includes preaching, teaching, crafts, food, and fellowship. I look forward to it every year. I find it delightful as well as convicting and inspiring. Plus, it’s nice to see the ladies there that I only see once a year.

Well, it’s 2am and I’m *supposed* to be getting up at 6 – though my clock is set for 7.

Good night.



Some thoughts I’ve had recently, in no particular order.

  • My baby is growing up too fast! He’s already starting to sit up alone! Not very well, yet… but he’s getting there quickly!
  • I think I tend to be a bit too complacent. I get comfortable. “Status quo.”
  • I got a really good deal today, on a 1.3 megapixel digital camera – only $15!!

Guess that’s it for the moment.

My new favorite song!

My new favorite song!

My brother told me about it. It’s called “O’Shaughnessy’s Lament” and he found it on iTunes. This page tells the story of the song, which is based on a real person.

If you have iTunes, check it out. It is the only song that comes up on a search of “O’Shaughnessy” (which, incidentally, is my maiden name). It is well worth the $1 it costs to purchase it!

Two dreams this morning

Two dreams this morning

First dream – I was working on decluttering & cleaning my house, and making progress … I had several great open spaces and clean surfaces! (Too bad I see no way to TRULY do that in this house.)

Second dream – I was at a flea market with the family. At one booth, I was looking at baby clothes, and chose a few to buy, and the lot included a blanket. After paying, I noticed that several of the outfits were girl things. I thought, “Well, I can use them with the next one, if it’s a girl.” Then I asked someone with me to put the blanket over John Luke. As they were unfolding it, there in the blanket was a baby girl! She was about John Luke’s age. I thought, “What a GREAT deal I got!”



Oh, dear. This is WAY TOO *me*!!

38% Flamboyance, 43% Originality, 32% Deliberateness, 25% Sexiness
[Tasteful Conventional Random Prissy]

You don’t pay too much attention to fashion and far be it from you to
spend hours on designing outfits which could shock your friends. If you
ever shock them it’s by how little you care about the clothes you’re
wearing. The only thing you pay attention to is not to look ridiculous.
You don’t need to draw attention wherever you come but you definitely
need to know you are not the object of jokes. You are happy to blend
in. I’m sure this approach leaves you a lot of time and energy for more
interesting things than fashion.

The opposite style from yours is Catwalk God(ess) [Flamboyant Original Deliberate Sexy].

All the categories: Librarian Sporty Hottie Office Master Uptown Girl/ Boy Brainy Student Movie Star Fashionista Glamorous Soul Fashion Enemy Bar Cruiser Kid Next Door Sex Bomb Hippie Kid Fashion Rebel Fashion Artist Catwalk God(ess)

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 5% on Flamboyance
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You scored higher than 8% on Originality
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You scored higher than 0% on Deliberateness
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You scored higher than 2% on Sexiness

Link: The Fashion Style Test written by mari-e on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Enneagram “test”

Enneagram “test”

the Peacemaker
Test finished!

you chose BX – your Enneagram type is NINE.

“I am at peace”

Peacemakers are receptive, good-natured, and supportive. They seek union
with others and the world around them.

How to Get Along with Me

  • If you want me to do something, how you ask is important. I especially
    don’t like expectations or pressure.
  • I like to listen and to be of service, but don’t take advantage of this.
  • Listen until I finish speaking, even though I meander a bit.
  • Give me time to finish things and make decisions. It’s OK to nudge
    me gently and nonjudgmentally.
  • Ask me questions to help me get clear.
  • Tell me when you like how I look. I’m not averse to flattery.
  • Hug me, show physical affection. It opens me up to my feelings.
  • I like a good discussion but not a confrontation.
  • Let me know you like what I’ve done or said.
  • Laugh with me and share in my enjoyment of life.

What I Like About Being a Nine

  • being nonjudgmental and accepting
  • caring for and being concerned about others
  • being able to relax and have a good time
  • knowing that most people enjoy my company; I’m easy to be around
  • my ability to see many different sides of an issue and to be a good
    mediator and facilitator
  • my heightened awareness of sensations, aesthetics, and the here and
  • being able to go with the flow and feel one with the universe

What’s Hard About Being a Nine

  • being judged and misunderstood for being placid and/or indecisive
  • being critical of myself for lacking initiative and discipline
  • being too sensitive to criticism; taking every raised eyebrow and twitch
    of the mouth personally
  • being confused about what I really want
  • caring too much about what others will think of me
  • not being listened to or taken seriously

Nines as Children Often

  • feel ignored and that their wants, opinions, and feelings are unimportant
  • tune out a lot, especially when others argue
  • are “good” children: deny anger or keep it to themselves

Nines as Parents

  • are supportive, kind, and warm
  • are sometimes overly permissive or nondirective

Renee Baron & Elizabeth Wagele

The Enneagram Made Easy

Discover the 9 Types of People
HarperSanFrancisco, 1994, 161 pages

My test tracked 2 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 36% on ABC
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You scored higher than 12% on XYZ

Roseart Magnetix are dangerous!

Roseart Magnetix are dangerous!

A Quote:

This letter comes from a local midwife’s client whose son was injured…

“The word needs to get out so that Roseart, the maker of Magnetix, will be forced to do the right thing by comsumers.

Magnetix is a toy building set – consisting of marbel-sized metal ball bearings and posts and other shapes, which have magnets encased in the ends / corners – intended to be used by children for building toy structures. Some of the shapes break easily, letting the small but very strong magnets fall out.

There is a ‘small parts choking hazard’ for children 3 and under on the box, but no other warnings. The recommended age for this product listed on the label is 6-100. I have not heard of any choking deaths from magnetix, but there have been several serious injuries (in children as old as 8!)and at least one death from the swallowing (ingestion) of the magnets. There has also been one serious injury, requiring surgery, from inhaling two of the magnets.

My son was seriously injured last month, when he swallowed two of the magnets, resulting in a bowel obstruction, which put him in critical condition and required him to have surgery.

I met with the investigator from the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) sent to investigate my complaint. A recent press release from this agency looked like a recall had occured, however, the Magnetix ‘recall’ is NOT a true recall.

Apparently, Roseart has implemented a voluntary replacement program. If a comsumer wants to exchange the toy, Roseart will give them a free replacement toy with parts too big to be swallowed. Other than an obscure icon on Roseart’s website linking parents to this information, Roseart is not advertising – either via the media or in the stores about this program or the dangers of the toy. It’s up to the public to figure it out and contact the company.

Roseart was notified in early Novermber of 2005 about a child’s bowel injury/surgery from swallowing the magnets. Roseart did NOTHING to change the warning on the label or to warn the public – even after another boy died from the same type of injury on Thankgsgiving Day later that month!

Roseart KNEW of this danger and did NOTHING to protect children. They just sat there and sold as much as they could for Christmas – and they are still selling!

Then, in an interview, Roseart LIED when they said they had no knowledge of any other injuries or deaths prior to the 2-year-old’s death on Thanksgiving day.

Dangerous Magneitx sets are STILL on the store shelves with inadequate warning labels.

Magnetix is a popular toy and big money maker. How many kids are going to have to die or be seriously injured before the toy gets recalled!?

If your child has been injured, at least make the CPSC aware of it by making a report on-line or by mail (see their website ). You don’t have to take any legal action, but do report the incident. You can even choose to have your name kept private. The number of incidents reported affects the action the CPSC can take against the manufacturer. You can also use this website to check for recalled products.

There are several lawsuits nationwide in different stages of the process, but publicity that puts pressure on Roseart from any source will help.

PLEASE, email/tell everyone you know – whether they have kids or not – about the dangers of Magnetix and about Roseart’s apparent lack of concern for our children. They are profitting off of us, at the expense of our children’s safety.

Contact your local TV stations and ask why they are not reporting on this danger to children, and on Roseart’s lack of integrity.

Talk to the managers of the stores that carry Magnetix – better yet – send/hand them letters & contact the main offices of the corporations. Ask them why they are still selling this dangerous toy. Remind them that even though there hasn’t been a mandatory recall, the store can be sued right along with the manufacturer for injuries and deaths resulting from products they sell, so taking Magnetix off the shelves would be in the store’s best interest – not to mention children’s best interest.

Get the word out any way you can.

Believe it or not, it is actually less costly for big corporations to just keep selling the toy and use a portion of the profit to keep the victims tied up in the court with endless, costly legal battles. Bad publicity is the only way to make it less expensive for Roseart to do right by the victims than to keep on selling its dangerous products to our kids.”

We went camping for the first time this year :)

We went camping for the first time this year :)

We were getting antsy, knowing camping season was coming up and looking forward to it eagerly! So we decided we would go at the end of March (March 29-April 1).

So we spent a couple weeks sorting things and buying things, etc; and we attached the trailer and headed out on Wednesday, March 29. We got to camp about noonish, and set up. We spent a couple hours trying to set up an overhead tarp without trees to which to tie it, and finally gave up.

We all changed into swim clothes and headed for the creek! (Not very far away, just down a little “driveway”)… it was COLD!!! The air was beautiful (mid to upper 70sF) but the water was upper 40s/lower 50s I think [[BRRRR]]!!! I didn’t get all the way in on Wednesday. John Luke & I sat on the bank and just enjoyed the sun! I did put my feet in (and John Luke’s) a little bit. And later, I dredged a little and got pretty wet that way.

Wednesday night, it got COLD! We were glad we’d bought a tent-heater. It didn’t make the tent WARM, but it cut the cold a bit.

Thursday we got up and had breakfast (bacon & eggs & toast cooked on the campfire) and as soon as it was a little warm, the kids changed into their swim stuff again and hopped in. It got warmer during the day and I actually got almost all the way in the water playing with the kids. Brr. Cooked lunch & dinner over the campfire (I love cooking over a campfire!) and just enjoyed the fresh air.

Thursday night it wasn’t quite as cold, but we were still glad to have the heater.

Friday morning we got up and had to make a Wal*Mart run for charcoal (I’m fine with a wood fire, but Robby would rather we cook over charcoal ’cause it doesn’t take as long to get hot and stays hot longer)… we got back and shortly after that were told that we couldn’t camp in that location. Since our setup is elaborate enough that it isn’t worth it to pack up just to move, we went ahead and came home a day early.

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