Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Random Bits

Random Note #1:

I suppose these random notes would be status updates on Facebook if I still had Facebook. Which I don't. I mentioned the other day that I gave it up. I gave it up for a few reasons, one of which was because I'm not quite certain it is healthy for true and genuine relationships. It's easy for me to think that I know who a person is, how they think or what's going on in their lives based on their status updates. I might think I know the extent of things to the point where I don't seek them out in person to catch up and find out what's new in their world. Facebook seems to leave people living and relating to one another based on assumptions. Facebook is fun but even *I* don't use it to share what's real most of the time. I think blogs are better because you have more space to explain your person and your thoughts. Still, I don't think that a blog should cause anyone to think that they really know another. It's a fantastic start but if you really want to know me, have a good long conversation with me (or two or twenty) face-to-face. I'm quite cautious (despite what it might look like at times) about what I put in print online. I think great wisdom needs to be exercised in what is typed before the "publish" button is posted. Words do have their effect, be they written or spoken. Which sort of makes my point about Facebook . . . and sort of makes me feel like I should delete this post.

(Please do not read that I'm feeling high and mighty about my decision re: Facebook. I don't feel that way at all. Rather, I miss it. I have withdraws. I'm pretty sure I'm missing fun things. But it is what it needs to be right now.)

Random Note #2:

Some friends of ours watched the following documentary and then we followed suit. It was very intriguing. It's persuasive in a good way but we still refer to it as a "propaganda" film around these parts.

The general idea of the film is this: meat and dairy are bad for you. Whole grains, fruits and veggies are good for you. Eat the former, die sooner. Eat the latter, live a long, healthy and active lifestyle.

I'm not here to argue that one side or the other is right. We just thought this film was interesting. Jonathan was raised in a vegan home and I was raised in South Texas. (You know....the land of Barbecue and Crisco.) We combined our likes and dislikes when we got married. He discovered the deliciousness that is beef stew. I discovered that lettuce is not to be defined by iceberg and it is terrifically fun to eat produce fresh from the farm. Cheese makes most everything taste better.

We don't actually eat that much beef (more so when pregnant) and compared to your traditional American diet (these days) we're quite healthy. We make our own granola and yogurt, bake our own bread, and very seldom do we eat out. We're a few moderate steps away from being considered vegetarians as it is. We're not going to go all vegan just because we watched this one documentary but we've decided to take a few additional steps in that direction. Mostly we'll just eat even less meat than we have (ditching about half of our chicken consumption, I'd say) and eliminate beef (at least when not pregnant.) More fruits and veggies. I think that just makes sense. The biggest adjustment has been mine because I've been the major milk drinker of the family and I gave that up as of this week. (Whimper and sigh.)

Random Note #3 -

Today I had a doctor's appointment and received some updated immunization shots and had some blood work done. I came home with bandaids on both arms.

I live in the MOST sympathetic house when it comes to receiving "pokies" from the doctor. I showed off my Bandaid wounds to my children and received cries of horror and sympathy both.

I have endured much today. Strangely, this did not seem to translate into proceeding into the afternoon in a quiet and obedient fashion as a "reward" to mommy for braving the needleS. Ah well.

Random Note #4 -

I just finished reading Girls Uncovered: New Research on What America's Sexual Culture Does to Young Women and I'm prepared to start harping about it. Consider yourself forewarned. (If you have a daughter, go ahead and grab a copy! If you're single, go ahead and grab a copy!)

Random Note #5 -

I am off to figure out how to attack an eggplant and bring it under submission . . .


  1. I took a 15 month break from Facebook last year, and it was exactly right for me at the time. I find Facebook useful at the moment because of my level of involvement at the kids' school, but I completely agree that there are pros and cons.

    I haven't seen that documentary, but I have actually been adding more fats (butter, coconut oil, olive oil) and meats to my diet per the advice of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Definitely agree with the more fruits and veggies, but I think there are benefits to meat. I am convinced the quality of the meat makes a difference. I buy grass-fed beef and pastured, organic chicken rather than conventional, feed-lot kind.

    I'll have to check out the documentary just to get some food for thought. :)

  2. How cool! I never knew y'all were somewhat vegetarian/vegan! I've been vegetarian for over 13 years now, I guess, but I can't seem to go completely vegan. I am hoping for semi-vegan, though. Just Monday, I ordered a vegetarian/vegan cookbook(Moosewood Collective Low Fat) in hopes of some new healthier recipes for us.

    I know what you mean about Facebook. I've been trying to wean myself away from it, and it's MOSTLY gone for me, except for blogging. It is hard, though! :P

    Good luck with the eggplant! :)

  3. Facebook free for one year, as of this month! While I miss the opportunities it gave me to keep in touch with some friends, I find the benefits of NOT having facebook far outweigh the benefits of having it. I'm much more likely to spend actual face-to-face time with people I care about, and waste much less time on the internet.

    I'm shocked that you've given up milk, Carrie. Shocked and grieved. You'll be in my prayers. ;)

  4. For the record I also live in South Texas and have NEVER used Crisco. And, I consider myself to be a die-hard Texan! BBQ AMEN! In fact my future move to a certain southern State that considers BBQ to be chop-pork sandwiches is rather distressing. :)

    Glad the kids gave you love and hugs after your hard day. Here's one from TEXAS added to theirs! <3

  5. Darn it! No wonder I can't find you on Facebook! I wanted to be FB friends, but I'll settle for blog buddies :-)

  6. Facebook can be a bit much at times. I use it with caution, but agree with you that unless you know the person IRL, you will never fully get to know a person soley through facebook. I think of giving it up on a regular basis {as well as Twitter and Blogging} but always chicken out. I know it will happen sooner or later, but for now I take it all in stride :)

  7. I happen to enjoy these random bits.

    (We eat a lot of meat around here... though not at every supper.)

  8. I have Girls Uncovered on my Kindle - my Dad bought it for me - but I haven't gotten to it yet. Hopefully soon!

  9. I'm afraid we must part company over meat/milk vs vegetarian. I just can't go there.

    We had "award winning" BBQ here in RI this year. My husband and I were both disappointed. Just goes to show the only place to have BBQ is down South!