Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Is Tipping A Regional Thing?

If I receive poor service, I tip accordingly or not at all. It is my firm belief that a tip should be based upon quality of services rendered. It would seem tipping is a foreign concept here outside of the restaurant environment.

Thus far, the dog groomer, the window tint guy and the car detailer have all acted incredulous when a tip was offered. The auto detailer (who performed a $250 service for $50) went so far as to say nobody had ever tipped him!

So, am I tipping when I don't have to (or shouldn't) or is it weird for people to not receive a tip in various industries if they do an exceptional job?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Making A Good Case For Requiring A License to Breed

Have any of you been following the story of the Canadian parents who are keeping the gender of their child a secret? The short end of it is, they don't want their child to feel societal pressures regarding gender so they are keeping it a secret. Only their midwife, the child's doctor and their other children know the gender.

These parents are adamant that there is no such thing as gender, and that people are only determined to be male/female based upon how society reacts to them. To wit, their older son wears dresses, etc. Older articles discussed at length how their older daughter feels, but I don't remember. I'm sure if you wanted to learn more about the other siblings you could Google.

These people are ludicrous in their thinking. They're so concerned with society imposing their values and opinions, that they've neglected to notice they're clearly and blatantly imposing their quirks on the poor kid.  Obviously parents have a moral obligation to impart upon their children what they view as right from wrong, but this is off the charts nuts.

This poor kid does not stand a chance at normalcy with two nutcases at the helm. Nobody would've ever cared about this family or this baby until they decided to exploit the child.

Mind you, their issue is not about sexuality, only gender. So, what do you think-are they genius in their "experiment" or are they irresponsible for burdening their child in this way?

Friday, July 15, 2011

I'm Rich!

No, not really. In fact, not even close if we're talking abot material possessions. However, I decided to get all of my financial affairs in order prior to my c-section on the 26th. Since moving I have not really set up my filing cabinet or organized what we brought with us.

Two bags of trash and countless papers to shred later, I am the proud owner of several gift certificates. Some were left over from our wedding! I don't know how this happened since I love to shop as much as the next woman but I won't look a gift horse in the mouth (such an odd saying!)

We still have a lot of stuff we need to buy so this will really help! God always provides, that's all I can say!


Sorry for the lack of posting as of late. I know I don't have a huge following, and it's highly likely anything I write is interesting only to me or close friends. But that said, I feel like I'd rather write nothing than write something even more mundane just to fill space. I have a lot of things brewing in my head but I absolutely need to stop procrastinating on that other side of my life, AKA Motherhood, and prepare for this pending major life change. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

You Might Not Know This, But...

I am a HUGE civil war fan. Well, really I love all history but a few events are my favorite: The Civil War, World War II, and all things (ancient) Egyptian. Today I needed to buy some stamps but they were out of the cool new ones I'd had my eye on. As luck would have it I was being served by Mr. Surly and he is not usually patient while I choose my stamps. So, we're going through the file folder and I am not seeing anything I like (what? stamps are serious business!) because they were all famous-yet-irrelevant-to-me people.

But then! Then! He offers me 150th anniversary civil war stamps. Be still my beating heart! I very excitedly tell him those are the ones I want and he replies, "I have never seen a woman get excited over civil war stamps. They almost always wants something floral or girly. You have shocked and amazed me."

For the first time since living here Mr. Surly perked up and showed some personality. I love meeting fellow history nerds!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Burned Out But With Good News

I'm burned out on religion stuff. I am supposed to be doing a course where I read the entire bible in 90 days (a tedious undertaking if you want to actually digest what you're reading), a women's bible study on the book of Ruth, and Crazy Love by Francis Chan for our "small group."

I think it is difficult to savor what it is you're trying to learn when you have so many other critical or important things you're trying to do. But! At small group tonight we were discussing a chapter of Crazy Love when I have my own revelation.

God is consistent. Sin is sin. What God views as a sin on Tuesday he will also view as a sin on Wednesday. This makes life very easy. You always know where you stand. Some people might resist this notion because it makes it hard to justify things but if you let the principle guide you, you'll probably do pretty good. It is when you approach with the attitude of, "Well, we're all sinners so I am bound to fail. I will just ask forgiveness later" then you're probably setting yourself up for failure in God's eyes and your own. Nobody has to fail. That is a comforting feeling to end my week with.