Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dogs vs. Babies

The other day at the medical clinic, I was prepping an elderly lady for a back injection procedure and we were carrying on small talk when she asked if I had any kids.

Me: "Oh, no, ma'am.  Not yet.  We just got married a little over a year ago and are waiting a couple years since we have graduate school plans...but we have two dogs, and we treat them like our children!"
Old Lady (in a crotchety snappy voice): "What?! Married one year?  You could've had two kids by now!  Dogs ain't the same!"
(doctor comes in the room)
Old Lady: "Doctor, I was just tellin' your girl here that she should start makin' babies!"

Now I know everyone's situation is different - some women just want to get married and start a family and are content with being a stay-at-home mom.  Some women are career driven and wait until their 30s to start "settling" down with their family.  Some women just go with the flow...I've always been that "driven" woman, but now that I'm married, I like to think of myself as a "go with the flow" gal.  But I honestly just don't feel ready to have a baby.  I love children, and I look forward to being a mom...but newborns scare me.  The are just so fragile and dependent and I am not ready for that responsibility.

Enter the "dog" years.  A young married couple's trial period of responsibility and care for another living thing.  Here is a list of pro's and con's in regards to dogs vs. babies:
  • Dogs learn quickly.  You can have them potty trained in a week if you are really consistent.  Babies require constant attention and numerous diaper changes for a couple years.
  • Babies eventually grow up to be young children who go to the bathroom when they please.  Dogs who go when the please require you to keep a large supply of paper towels and cleaning spray.
  • Dogs nap a lot.  Babies nap a lot.  Dogs bark a lot.  Babies cry a lot.
  • Dogs smell.  Babies smell.
  • Dogs need a dish for kibble and a dish for water.  Babies need to latch onto your nipples.
  • Dogs will love you even if you yell at them for chewing on your shoes.  They most likely already forgot about the shoes and are looking to you for a belly rub during your reprimanding...and they'll keep on loving you. Babies will love you from the moment they are conceived.  But will eventually grow up to teenagers who'll roll their eyes at you when you reprimand them...but they'll get over it and keep on loving you.

We are very happy "parents" to JoJo and Mcghee - even when they pee on the floor or chew up the carpet.  And we look forward to the day that we can introduce them to a baby of our own.  I don't need to worry about when I'll be ready or feel pressured by other women my age who are starting to have kids.  God has a plan for our family and it's in HIS timing.  So we will do our best to continue to love our dogs as if they were our own babies until God's plan is revealed!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

It's Fall!!

The streets are blocked off and parked cars line every inch of road.  Music is blasting outside.  The faint smell of corn is in the air.  That's right.  This weekend is Octoberfest in Appleton.  We aren't going, even though we live a couple blocks away from downtown.  But the feeling of fall is now officially "kicked off" with this event.

Earlier today we went to a park for Matt's fall work picnic.  It was nice to meet some of his co-workers and get free food.  The weather was really chilly for a while, but when the sun came out, it was the perfect fall day.

I've been crafting like crazy this week.  Made some REALLY cute things for our future nephew...but I can't post a picture yet just in case my sister-in-law sees it before her baby shower.  So stay tuned for some cuteness!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Automotive Mishaps

Two exciting car stories from this week.  OK, not really that exciting, but out of the norm for me:

1.) On Tuesday night, around 11:00pm, I got a call from my friend Erica.  Her car tire POPPED OFF and she needed someone to come pick her up and wait with her until AAA came to tow the car.  I was just bumming around listening to a recording of a science symposium lecture about Genesis 1 (...I know, who does that?) so I gladly offered to come to her aid.

When I got to the exit, I saw not one, but TWO cop cars waiting there with her.  Why they always need a "backup" cop, I don't know.  I guess Erica is just that important :)  I awkwardly pulled up to the lane next to them and explained I was there to wait with her.  As she was getting into my car, I got a glance of her front left tire - it looked like a loose tooth wiggled out of it's normal alignment...Very impressive.  Luckily for her, there was a man on a motorcycle who stopped to ask if she was OK, and he happened to own a car repair shop and gave her his number.  Also, the cops were very nice and decided we could leave and they would wait for AAA and would call Erica when the car was being towed.  God was definitely working that evening to make sure she was safe and taken care of on a cold and dark Tuesday night!

2.) This morning, I got a text from our office manager letting me know that I didn't need to be at the clinic until 10am because doc was getting interviewed for a local news segment.  Sweet, I thought, I get to sleep in another hour or so.  I slept for a bit and then had a weird feeling about driving to work.  I looked out the window, and sure enough, my hubby had taken MY car to class this morning - meaning his old rusty car was left behind.  So I called work and explained the embarassing truth - I don't know how to drive stick-shift.  I was left transportationless until Matt came home from class.  Luckily, he came home shortly thereafter, so I was able to get to work by about 10:45am.  Of course, my wonderful husband made fun of me and gave me a "I told you so" for all the times he's tried to teach me to drive stick.  It's just so awkward!!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

It's the Great Pumpkin (shortage), Charlie Brown!

So apparently there is a pumpkin shortage that has been going on for the past 2 years.  I did not know this until searching for canned pumpkin for a recipe today...and there was none to be found.  I drove all around town today, hunting down this precious commodity.  FINALLY, I found some at Aldi.  Boy, do I love that store.  They have everything and it is super cheap :)  Why didn't I just go there first?!

I'm baking pumpkin chocolate chip muffins for our small group today.  YUM.  We are starting a study on the book The Reason For God, by Timothy Keller.  I think it will be a great introduction to apologetics and how to answer some of the "big questions" about life and Christianity.

I also had a fun time hunting down that book today at the local Family Christian Bookstore...but I'll save that rant for a later post.

Off to bakey bake!!  I can't wait to smell the pumpkin and mouth is watering!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Revamp. Reboot. Re-blog.

I recently decided to revamp/reboot my blog so that I can... actually use it.  As I've been pondering my purpose in life, I decided that my blog should no longer be a random collection of useless rants, but should also have a purpose. Herein lies the great project to keep track of my life and to learn more about myself in the process.

Click here to read an introduction to the quirkiness that is me :) Click here to read about why I started this blog. (there are also tabs to these pages up above...see how helpful I am?!)

Happy reading!!