Sunday, July 29, 2007
Also, we will put the lavender on top of the ground coffee or mix it in. Last time, we put the lavender in first and coffee on top and it got all stuck in the holes kind of.
Hey… I guess you could add it to regular coffee brewing too, eh? I played around with the idea of making an all lavender latte. Rob grimaces.
Lutheran Peace Fellowship
Journal of Lutheran Ethics
Equip For Peace
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Foreign Policy in Focus
Declaration of Peace
Global Policy Forum
National Priorities Project
Center for Defense Information
Arms Trade Resource Center
There are lots more but I'll have to go back to the original document to see them; I'm tired of copying links. And these are just here for my future reference, not as an endorsement. I'm just organized in my curiosity.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Sometimes Snap Shots bring you the information you need, without your having to leave the site, while other times it lets you "look ahead," before deciding if you want to follow a link or not.
Should you decide this is not for you, just click the Options icon in the upper right corner of the Snap Shot and opt-out.
Friday, July 27, 2007
I ran a poll on Facebook asking people to finish the following sentence: "I think that making the Bible available to all people everywhere in their mother tongue is…" I limited the poll respondents to those who listed "The Bible" among their Favorite Books in their Facebook profile. I also limited the poll to the first 100 respondents. These are the results of that poll. Click on any of the graphs to the left to see them larger.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
The next task, which I unsuccessfully worked at on Monday, was to get an appointment with a civil surgeon to redo our medical paperwork. It would appear that all the civil surgeons in the area have increased their prices. We had both of our exams done for $220 in January. Now, the best price we found was $200 each. Yikes! And most places were booked up until mid-August, due to the recent hike in USCIS fees. We did manage to get an appointment, after much calling, with a civil surgeon in Burlington, WA for Monday. Hopefully we'll get out of there fast enough to successfully overnight the forms to the misisonary to take with him on the plane. Though we could just mail them express international, I guess. It's only $25 plus $5.50 for document replacement insurance.
So, yes – we're aiming to be somewhere in southern Africa by September. More to come, as details becom clearer to us.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Interesting media bits en route:
* saw the movie Dhoom 2; very fun Bollywood action movie, will be buying it
* am reading Inventing the AIDS virus by Peter Duesberg in the car; highly interesting, well referenced book
Monday, July 02, 2007
Clues to stress-infertility link
OK, not so funny. The next line, though, had me doubled over in my chair:
Stressed-out African naked mole-rats may provide clues about infertility in humans, researchers believe.
Suddenly, all I could see in my head was a cluster of stressed-out African naked mole-rats, chain-smoking cigarettes and twiching as they give researchers the clues as to where they'll find the elusive infertility cure. After I blew my nose and regained some measure of self-control, I went to the article as linked and saw this:
Spasmic laughter resumes. Methinks the mental image alone of stressed-out African naked mole-rats might induce infertility in even the most (previously) amorous of couples.
So, what are we doing in the meantime? That varies from day to day. Here are some of our projects of late:
❂ Rob has been working with his recording gear. We put down some tracks for a musical collaboration that he's been into with a drummer that he met online. We finished up some voiceover work for a game that we like to play, for another online friend, Adam Miller. For this, Rob has been using his new audio gear that he'll be using in the field. He set up in a house that we house-sat for a few days last week, somewhat simulating field circumstances. Hey, you work with what you got, right?
❂ I began an online record of churches that are partnering with us. This was more a way for us to remind ourselves of who our partners are but also creating a place where we can go and access church websites and contact information readily. I also thought that I might be able to use it when contacting new churches, if we end up doing that sometime in our near future partnership development, as sort of a "Wondering about us? Here are some churches that can vouch for us."
❂ I used a flowchart program to organize my thoughts on Namibia plans, referencing whatever pertinent documents I had on hand. I have documents on BSN and LBT priorities and merged those in this flowchart program. I added those to my own thoughts and sort of narrowed the playing field for future projects by this method. Just thinking, processing, getting thoughts down.
We've been doing other projects that aren't directly related to LBT but that keep us on an even keel emotionally, something that we're finding to be increasingly important the further away we get from our most recently projected departure date of end-of-May. These include:
❂ Rob has been doing driving and heavy lifting tasks for his folks, where we're living right now. With his dad's vascular surgery recovery and his mom's torn retina recovery, that leaves task-gaps that Rob can fill (e.g. lawn mowing, putting out the trash).
❂ I have been in charge of vacuuming and communication with family and friends on his dad's health.
❂ I recently started answering questions on a question-answering website. Not Bible-related stuff, actually. I've been making it research-related. Like, someone wondered about their caloric intake requirements while they're recovering from anorexia. So, I searched http://scholar.google.com until I found her answer. I posted a thorough, fully referenced and hyper-linked answer. She thanked me. Everyone's happy.
❂ I've been taking photographs and video footage with the new digital camera, with great results. My flower series (video sample of some shots in the column to the right of this blog entry) was especially gratifying. The shots are clear, esthetic and soothing to the soul. This camera makes photography easy.
I'm finding these things to be helping me feel better while I wait to go overseas. There's just something about completing a series of short tasks with immediate, grateful and/or positive feedback from others that does wonders for lingering feelings of futility.
This afternoon, Rob and I are going to have a little business meeting, talking about future plans. Specifically, we're going to be looking at little LBT-related projects that we might work on to achieve that elusive mood-boost.
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