7 Quick Takes-Thwarted By the Weatherman

1. Two posts in two days, can you even HANDLE it? I'll pretend that my semi-frequent updating is due to me getting my s*&# together, and has absolutely nothing at all to do with wicked third trimester pregnancy insomnia. I mean, what else am I going to do when I wake up at 4:30am, a mere 5 hours after I fell asleep? Okay, I suppose I could find something to watch on Netflix, but at least by blogging I feel somewhat productive.

2. Colorado weather is really throwing me for a loop. We had some gorgeous days here this past week; sunny, in the 80's, perfect pool weather....and then the rainstorms began. Pre-kids, there were few things in life I loved more than rainstorms. Storms meant spending the afternoon in a coffeeshop or Barnes and Noble, a latte in one hand and a book or my journal in the other. Now? I dread storms. Every time we hear a clap of thunder, Alessandra shrieks, "oh no!!!" and runs and buries her face in my shoulder. Okay, so that's actually very endearing. Storms bum me out now because my kids get bored FAST, and there are only so many activities around the house I can offer up that we haven't done a million times already. By mid-afternoon, everyone is crabby. 

3. Determined not to let the constant rain get to me, however, I rounded up the kids a few days ago, and purchased a kiddie pool from Target. I had my eye on a simple but sturdy-looking inflatable pool that was big and safe enough for both kids, but Tony somehow managed to talk me into the "super cool" kiddie pool with a slide, a palm tree, and a sectioned off splash area. I had a hard time saying no, especially since this bad boy was on sale for $28. 

4. I'd like to take a moment to personally thank the Target employee who assured me that this particular pool came equipped with a manual pump. Anyone want to take a wild guess as to what WASN'T included in the box?

5. I can neither confirm nor deny that there is a picture of me flipping off the un-inflated pool in our backyard, while my kids whined and cried a few feet away. 

6. Fortunately, all those Army moves over the past 10 years were good for something. We have air mattresses galore in this house (anyone want to visit us in Colorado? We have a variety of sleeping arrangements for you to choose from, and, umm, rain. Lots of it). Air mattresses have electric pumps. Electric pumps actually work pretty well for kiddie pools. Unless, of course, you were expecting to inflate the slide and palm tree as well. Then you're out of luck.

7. No matter! The husband, who has been absent these past few weeks due to field training, will be home in a matter of days. After an appropriate amount of time to recover (I'm thinking half an hour, tops), he will be available to do all those husband-y type things around the house that need doin'. I'm sure he absolutely can't wait to return home and blow up palm trees and hang curtain rods.

Happy Weekend! For more Quick Takes, visit Kelly at This Ain't the Lyceum.


  1. Reasons to Believe in Jesus

    Reasons to believe Jesus is alive in a new life with God can be found in quotes from two prominent atheists and a biology textbook.

    Thus the passion of man is the reverse of that of Christ, for man loses himself as man in order that God may be born. But the idea of God is contradictory and we lose ourselves in vain. Man is a useless passion. (Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness: A Phenomenological Essay on Ontology, New York: Washington Square Press, p. 784)

    Among the traditional candidates for comprehensive understanding of the relation of mind to the physical world, I believe the weight of evidence favors some from of neutral monism over the traditional alternatives of materialism, idealism, and dualism. (Thomas Nagel, Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False, location 69 of 1831)

    And certain properties of the human brain distinguish our species from all other animals. The human brain is, after all, the only known collection of matter that tries to understand itself. To most biologists, the brain and the mind are one and the same; understand how the brain is organized and how it works, and we’ll understand such mindful functions as abstract thought and feelings. Some philosophers are less comfortable with this mechanistic view of mind, finding Descartes’ concept of a mind-body duality more attractive. (Neil Campbell, Biology, 4th edition, p. 776 )

    Sartre speaks of the "passion of man," not the passion of Christians. He is acknowledging that all religions east and west believe there is a transcendental reality and that perfect fulfillment comes from being united with this reality after we die. He then defines this passion with a reference to Christian doctrine which means he is acknowledging the historical reasons for believing in Jesus. He does not deny God exists. He is only saying the concept of God is contradictory. He then admits that since life ends in the grave, it has no meaning.

    From the title of the book, you can see that Nagel understands that humans are embodied sprits and that the humans soul is spiritual. He says, however, that dualism and idealism are "traditional" alternatives to materialism. Dualism and idealism are just bright ideas from Descartes and Berkeley. The traditional alternative to materialism is monism. According to Thomas Aquinas unity is the transcendental property of being. Campbell does not even grasp the concept of monism. The only theories he grasps are dualism and materialism.

    If all atheists were like Sartre, it would be an obstacle to faith. An important reason to believe in Jesus is that practically all atheists are like Nagel and Campbell, not like Sartre.

    by David Roemer


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