Haven’t done this in a while! What is going on with me? I have resorted to reviewing a lot of books on the blog because I listen to audio books while working on weekdays. And the only other things going on are working, cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, and taking care of the toddler for a few hours in the evening when I get to see him. He’s teething, if anyone cares. Which means we are back to being up every 2 hours all night long. We are currently on Day 3 of no sleep, which is partially why I haven’t posted much.
Warning: I will be posting a review of a spiritual book on Sunday. I know not all my readers are Christian/Protestant so feel free to skip it if you’re not, I’m not hurt. Just don’t leave me for good!
In addition to the devotional book, I read “The Vagina Monologues” by Eve Ensler on audiobook this week. In my opinion, I don’t feel that there is an inherent contradiction between feminist viewpoints and biblical ones. Sure, there are some areas in which the two collide, but they are far less than I think either side would have us believe. I could go off on a tangent about how, if you read the gospels, Jesus shows that He put a huge value on women and included them in his closest inner circle, which was completely unheard-of in His day and culture. But that would just be a whole other topic and I try to stay away from controversy on this blog. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and interpretations of those principles. If I see inflammatory comments on this post, I’m probably going to delete them.
On Twitter, I mentioned I would do a review of the V-monologues on this blog. However, I was so underwhelmed by this book that I can’t think of anything to say about it. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad. There was just nothing in it that I guess I hadn’t thought of or was new information. I know most women aren’t comfortable with that part of them, and that is unfortunate. I am glad some women went on a journey to be OK with their bodies. Yay for them! But I just can’t either recommend the book or bash it. It’s just there. If you are not OK with carnal knowledge or cursing (there is one entry from a prostitute that I would probably steer away from), I would not recommend it. It probably would shock or disgust a lot of people, it just didn’t happen to shock me all that much.
It did kind of make me sad that childbirth was only addressed in one of the monologues, and it was not clear if it was natural or medicated/hospital birth. I mean, childbirth is one of the most amazing things that body part does. Oh well.
As far as Baby #2 goes, so far we’ve been SO green in our preparations (reduce! reuse!) that we’ve done pretty much nothing. That’s probably not green so much as lazy. Things we have done so far: ordered more BumGenius cloth diapers, purchased a type of bureau configuration in which to put Little Sir’s clothing from Ikea, so that we have somewhere to put the new baby’s clothing, bought a few tiny t-shirts, opened some baby registries. I am still searching Craigslist for a bassinet I like so that the child has somewhere to sleep.
I just want to sum up this week by saying that I really hate insurance. Health insurance, mostly, but also car insurance. It’s open enrollment time at both our workplaces, and it is really shocking that the cost of our health insurance each month is one of our highest expenses after rent and childcare. We are both completely healthy and so is our child, and the coverage isn’t even that great. If I quit my job to stay home after this child is born, the health insurance will more than double in cost and the coverage will be cut in half. I will never believe anyone who says this system is not broken.
In addition, some goober hit our nanny’s car while it was parked on our street this week and the goober’s auto insurance is refusing to pay for a rental for her, and will be taking 2 weeks to fix her car. In my viewpoint, that is NOT indemnity. That is illegal. But there isn’t really anything we can do. Fortunately next week is a 3 day work week so that shortens the time that the 3 of us will have to share 2 cars.
This weekend I am really looking forward to seeing my BFF Millie, who lives in Kansas City and is coming through on her way to East Texas for Thanksgiving! We are going to eat some Twisted Root Burger (they have veggie burgers, but we also get Fried Everything!) and go to Ross to try on clothing that is very wrong for a number of reasons. If we take pictures, I will be sure to post them!
Well that’s all for this week, be sure to visit Conversion Diary for links to more 7 Quick Takes Fridays.