Thursday, August 30, 2007

Family Search Indexing

About two weeks ago, I began working on the LDS Church's Family Search Indexing project. The project is to extract information from old records so that people working on their genealogy or family history can use this information in their search. I've only done about 200 names, but I just find the little bit of information I see so fascinating. I wish I knew more about all of these people. I wonder about the poor mother who has had so many children die or why a woman was still single in to her late 20s. (Remember these are old records, so it would have been odd for the time.) Anyway, I really do find it very interesting.

By the way, you don't have to be LDS to take part. So, if this sounds like something you would be interested in doing, please visit the Family Search Indexing website.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Family History Work Continues

The birth certificate for hubby's maternal grandmother arrived today. I was so excited. In fact, I am pretty sure I was more excited than he. And I did gain some valuable information as I now know the name of my husband's maternal great-grandmother, Emma M Hauck. I hope to be able to get farther on his mother's family line now, but for today I am just excited to finally have this information.

I also want to give kudos to the City of New York. They make it so easy to order a birth certificate as you can do it online without having to pay a third party. I have not found another city or state, including New York state that give you this option. I think it's great that New York City has provided this option, so I wanted to make mention of it here.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Some People Just Have Nerve

Some people just have too much nerve. I don't know if it is that there ego is just so large. Or if it's that they are just too arrogant. Or if it's that they are just too stupid. Or maybe a combination of the three. Well, let me tell you about somebody who has just really gotten to me today.

Okay, my husband loves Slashdot. I would say the majority of slashdotters are not real friendly toward religion of any kind and I don't mean just Christianity (as the following discussion will show). Part of the discussion of life on Mars moved into a discussion on religion Part of this discussion just has me flabbergasted. Here's the pertinent parts of the discussion (you can read the original story and entire thread here.)

Person A posted:

I'm an atheist. A few weeks ago, a Christian friend asked me, "When you look out at the night sky, across billions of light-years of interstellar space filled with billions of worlds we haven't even imagined yet, aren't you a little afraid that you might be wrong?"

Your idiotic post made me realize -- way too late, of course -- that I should've asked her the same question in reply.

Person B in reply stated:

If she's wrong, it doesn't matter...

Person C, who is the subject of this post, then states
(and this is not the scary statement):

Yes, it does.

Think of how much more she could have accomplished had she not been wasting time on religious rituals and discussions?

My husband then replies to Person C:

Yea just think what Gandhi, Sister Theresa or Cardinal Tutu might have done if hadn't been wasting their time on spiritual things.

Please even if you don't like religion I doubt that it is as big of waste of time as TV, music, or Slashdot.

Person C then replies: back (and this is the scary part):

Gandhi, Sister Theresa, and Cardinal Tutu could have achieved more if they spent more time on learning reality, rather than fantasy. I'm not saying they didn't achieve great things; I am saying that they would have had more time in their lives. As you imply, I could do more also (I could be programming instead of typing this, and I could have rejected fantasy-based thinking for scientific thinking earlier in my lifetime).

What I don't understand is how anyone could have the nerve to say that Gandhi, Mother Teresa or Desmond Tutu could have done more. There is only one man who would have the right to make that judgment and Person C is not that man. I can't even imagine thinking such a thing, better yet saying it. I know I am not worthy to make that statement. I am just so shocked that Person C thinks he is that special.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Which Rurouni Kenshin Character Are You?

I am a big anime fan. Without a doubt, my favorite show is Rurouni Kenshin. I took a litte quiz to see which character I might be. I had pegged myself for Kaoru, but no. Here is who I am.

Which Rurouni Kenshin Character Are You?

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I just don't think David is going to agree with this one. :O)

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Stupid Quote of the Week

Okay, I found this quote on the CNN website regarding Michael Vick and I am making it my "stupid quote of the week".

Jeff Wise of Atlanta, Georgia
Why not give him a chance to play again? Seriously how many chances has the NFL given to Ricky Williams? Smoking pot is against the law, but he's been given a number of chances, and STILL isn't banned from the NFL!

How many people really think that smoking pot is the same as what Michael Vick did to those poor dogs? Those people are just nuts. Yes, smoking pot is illegal. And yes, it is wrong. However, it is not now, nor will it ever be, the same as torturing and killing dogs. Period. End of statement.

Facebook - My New Obsession

I've been on Facebook for awhile, bot over the past few days I've really gotten into it. There is actually a lot of fun stuff to do. I originally thought it was kind of boring, but now I think it is way better than MySpace.

One of the things that I like about Facebook is that you can invite your friends to get involved in the same Facebook activities that you are involved in. So, I have been having a lot of fun the last few days.

So, if any of you are on Facebook, feel free to add me as a friend. Here is my profile.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Michael Vick - Banned for Life

This is exactly what I want to see happen to Michael Vick. He deserves this and so much more for what he did to those poor dogs. A man like that should not be allowed to play in the NFL. What Michael Vick did was plain evil and now he should get his just reward. And his just reward should be more than time spent in prison. He should be banned for life from playing professional football.

I know what some people think. They think we should overlook what he did, because he has apologized to all the people he has hurt. Well, when do I read about his apology to the dogs he hurt? They are the ones who truly suffered here. Plus, he should be sorry. Even if he really means it, and is not just saying it, repenting of a wrong does not mean that you get to avoid the consequences of having done something wrong. And one of those consequences should be a permanent ban from professional football.

Please take the time to contact the
, Commissioner Goodell and your favorite team and urge each of them to seek a ban for life for Michael Vick. He deserves no less.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Happy Anniversary!!!

Today, my sweetie and I celebrate our 6th anniversary. I know there are a lot of people out there who didn't think we'd make it this far (we met online in an IRC chat room members of the LDS church). I was watching either the Democratic or Republican National Convention (I usually watch both) in 2000 and talking to another member about it. This interested my sweetie, so we started talking and now here we are celebrating our 6th anniversary.

I am so happy to be married to my sweetie. He really is the perfect husband for me. I didn't get married until I wad 30, but he was definitely worth the wait. I am also so grateful that we were married for time and all eternity, so that our marriage will last beyond this life. I really wouldn't want to think of our marriage ending on the day that one of us dies. That would be so sad.

Tonight, we are going to The Melting Pot in Melbourne to celebrate. We went last year for my birthday and the food there is so yummy. I've been looking forward to this for weeks.

My one disappointment is that my sweetie's main gift won't be here for another month. I think he'll be really happy when I tell him what it is, I just wish I had it to give to him today. (I would say what I got here, but he might read this before I have a chance to tell him.)

Anyway, today we celebrate six years of marriage and I for one hope to have many more anniversaries to celebrate many more anniversaries together.

Sweetie, if you see this, I want you to know:

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

{Daily ramblings and random thoughts}: Baby Moses Law

I just wanted to share with you a post from a friend's blog. I think what she has to say is right on and rather than repeat what she has said so well. I just wanted to share the post with you, so go check it out. The post is {Daily ramblings and random thoughts}: Baby Moses Law.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Movie Preferences

So, if you and your significant other are going to layout $30 to go to the movies (which is what it'll cost you if you add drinks and popcorn), which type of movie do you prefer to go see? That's my poll question for the week, so be sure to take a moment to vote.

Just so everyone knows my preference, I really believe it's "comedy". I enjoy dramas, science fiction, mysteries and romances (not much of a thriller girl), but I love comedies. I love to go see a movie where I laugh a lot. We went to go see Evan Almighty a few weeks ago and I loved it, because it was just so funny. I didn't expect to like it and I did. So, as much as I enjoy most types of movies, I really believe comedies really are my favorite.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The Beginning of a Journey

Six years ago today, my dh David flew to Dallas so we could be married. Six years ago we picked up our marriage license, went to Six Flags with my sister and brother-in-law and then ate at Razoo's with the aforementioned sister and bil, as well as my mom.

I picked David up at the Airport around 10:00 a.m. We then headed in to Denton to pick up our marriage license. After that, we headed up to Frisco to meet up with my sister and bil to Six Flags. David had never been and I hadn't been in years. We had a blast. I even rode three roller coasters, including Batman (I've never had the never to ride another coaster since). On the way home from Six Flags, we called my mom to see if she wanted to meet us for dinner, so we all went to Razoos as I had not yet had the opportunity to take David to that restaurant and it was one of my favorites.

It's hard to believe that all of that was six years ago. I remember how excited I was to be at Six Flags with my future hubby. It was just so awesome for me. I was just so happy that day.

Normally, I am not one who is very good with mental pictures. That is probably why I love scrapbooking. However, that day is just so vivid in my mind. Probably cause I had so much fun and was just so truly happy.

This coming Saturday, David and I will celebrate our sixth anniversary. There is not a day goes by that I am not grateful for David and that I don't give thanks that he is my hubby. I was truly blessed when David came in to my life.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

I Miss My Teaching Partner

Up until about a month ago, my hubby and I taught Primary (the little children) together. I loved it. Then about a month ago, they called him to be Sunday School President. And it just doesn't seem right that he's not there. He was so great with the kids. Really, he's much better with them than me. Not that I don't love Primary. I do. I think it's the best place in the Church to serve. I just think my hubby does much better with the kids than me. He is just a natural with them. I just don't think the class is going to be as good with me teaching it every week. Hopefully, I'll do a good job without him.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Pres. James E. Faust

A member of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints passed away early this morning, James E. Faust. You can learn a little bit about his passing here.

I'll have to say that I am sad to hear of his passing. I really enjoyed his talks, not because of his presentation, but I loved what he had to say. And he really did have a good sense of humor.

One of my favorite talks by President Faust was What It Means to be a Daughter of God. When this talk came out, I was still single and this talk really meant a lot to me and it has always stuck with me.

I know President Faust is in a much tetter place now, but I will miss listening to him in General Conference.

Monday, August 06, 2007

One of My Fav CDs

It's been missing for awhile, but I recently found it, so I was able to listen to it again. I know y'all are thinking this must be a George Strait album, y'all would be wrong. This is the music from Les Miserables. I love that album. The music just speaks to me. I swear I could play that album over and over again and never tire of listening ot it.

Three or four years ago, I was lucky enough to see a Les Miserables touring company in West Palm and I was not disappointed. In fact, it was absolutely everything I had hoped for. I had wanted to see it for so many years, I figured it could never live up to my dreams. This time I was wrong. It was exactly how I hoped it would be. Really, it was one of my dreams come true.

Well, I now have both CDs on my iPod, so I won't even have to take time to switch CDs. I am so happy. In fact, I listened to the whole album this evening and would listen again, if only I had the time.