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7 Quick Takes Friday - May 25, 2012

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I still haven't been paid. As of June 1, it'll be a total of two paychecks that have been withheld. The company keeps asking us to "trust them" and promises they're working on it. I told the president of the company to his face that he hadn't given us any reason to trust him. And yes, I'm looking for another job, but there's not a lot out there. I can't make less than I'm making now (full-time), otherwise we'd just be paying for daycare and there's no point in that. Sigh. Lots of stress around here lately, especially now that our income has been slashed. We JUST paid off all of our credit card debt (for the first time ever) a few weeks ago, but now we've had to use our credit cards just to buy groceries.  --- 2 ---
I also told the president of the company that they might as well lay me off, because I couldn't continue working -- if I can't pay my daycare, I can't work. Instead of laying me off, he gave me permi…

7 Quick Takes Friday - May 18, 2012

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Happy (belated) Syttende Mai from this Norwegian gal!

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Two recent "William-isms": We won a pan of bakalava at the Baking Malcolm Home event. Upon tasting it, William declared that it was "crunchy-licious!"

Whenever he's stalling (for example, at bedtime), he pretends to gasp for breath and says, "Mommy, my breath is out!"

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I'm not a happy camper today. I was supposed to get paid on the 16th, but as of yet, no paycheck is forthcoming. Upper management claims "funding issues" and keeps making promises that don't pan out. According to state regulations, they have until the 22nd to pay me for the May 1-May 15 pay period or else they're in violation of the law. It's a stressful situation and not too great for our finances.

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On that note, anyone need an editor/proofreader/document conversion specialist/freelance writer?

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In happier employment news, Collin was selected to be trained as a b…

Why I Cried on My Way to Work This Morning

This morning, during my commute, I listened to the latest episode of one of my favorite podcasts, Among Women. The featured guest was musician Sarah Hart, and one of the songs played on the podcast moved me to tears. It's called "Child of My Heart," and she wrote it for a friend who had suffered a second-trimester miscarriage. You can listen to the entire song on the podcast.

I can't find the lyrics online at the moment, but let me assure you - this song will deeply resonate with any woman who has lost a child to miscarriage. 

I'm definitely adding Sarah Hart's music to my iTunes library. She has a rare and wonderful talent, both as a musician and as a songwriter. I loved every single song featured on the podcast.

7 Quick Takes Friday - May 11, 2012

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I'm so happy that the Baking Malcolm Home event is tomorrow. I could REALLY use a couple of hours surrounded by people who aren't insane. (Too much time on FB and Twitter this week. Sigh.)

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In related Malcolm news, check out this fantastic online auction! I ADORE the Yoda hat. Gabriel would look so cute in it!

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I've been in a serious funk lately. It all started with Hilary Rosen's comments about stay-at-home-moms. It just renewed my desire to BE a stay-at-home-mom, and I feel very depressed every morning I have to wake up and go to work instead.

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Collin got his prospective graduation date (9/10/12)! If he can get a job that pays more after he graduates, maybe I can realize my dream. But that's a big "IF" in this economy.

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I've also taken another step that may help us reach that goal. I don't know if it'll come to fruition, but... well, we'll see what God has in store. I don't want to be too spe…

Lies, Damn Lies, and... More Lies.

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This is in response to the opinion piece "War rages against women’s reproductive health choices" that appeared in the city of Surprise newspaper this week. I wrote a letter to the editor that debunked the lies told in the second paragraph of the piece only; the 250-word limit did not allow for a more thorough vetting. Thankfully, I have a blog.
Did politicians across the United States declare a war against women's reproductive health choices in 2011 continuing today?Terrible grammar aside, the answer is no.
These are the facts:Forget the alleged war on women - war has been declared on truth and honesty, if the following is what passes for "facts" nowadays.
They passed HR 358 that would let hospitals refuse to provide emergency abortion care to a woman, even though she would die without it.False. The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act already requires hospital workers to do whatever is necessary to stabilize the condition of both the mother and her “…

7 Quick Takes Friday - May 4, 2012

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Have you checked out the giveaway for Harper at the Ironic Catholic yet? If not, do so!


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Have you checked out Betty Beguiles' Mother's Day giveaway? If not, do so!


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Have you checked out the new book Style, Sex, and Substance yet? It's high on my wish list!


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What about the Smith's iPad Giveaway to benefit sweet Malcolm? Time is running out!


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If you're in the Phoenix area, don't forget that the Bake Malcolm Home event is next weekend!


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Here is a Kindle Fire giveaway to benefit sweet Declan!


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I'm terribly excited that Steven's account has gone from $10 to $55 since I became his Guardian Angel! It's progress! I may have to have a giveaway of my own in a bit to raise more funds...


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It's Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you!




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Catholics for Choice Killed a Strawman

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Remember my post about Catholic Butts? One of the smelliest derrieres out there is the oxymoronic Catholics for Choice


A brief summary the essay linked above: contraception isn't abortifacient, because pregnancy doesn't begin until implantation. Therefore, contraception is OK. The end.

She provides no evidence, other than "because the ACOG says so," to support her assertions. What's interesting is this article from the American Journal of OB/GYNs stating that over half of OB-GYNS who responded (57%) believe that life begins at conception. Only 28% believe pregnancy begins at implantation (16% weren't sure, apparently). It seems that ACOG's official stance doesn't necessarily reflect the beliefs of most OB/GYNs! Imagine that.

She makes no mention of when human life begins. If she believes that life begins at implantation, and not conception, there's a wealth of scientific evidence to the contrary.

She also makes the ludicrous claim that she and…