Showing posts from April, 2007

netti pot

**noise:the air

have you ever seen one of these?

it's called a netti pot. i bought one this weekend to see if it would remove all the crud in my nose and hence...cease the snoring i seem to have taken up within the past month or so. this is the dissolve a sodium mixture in warm water and place it in this little pot. you slide the spout into your poor nostril and tilt your head allowing the water to flow into your nose. if you're in the 'right' position, the water flows through your nose and out the other nostril. if you're not in the right position, you feel a lot of pressure and then it all comes out your mouth. neither one of them is a pleasant experience. but i have to admit. i am breathing tons better than before. if you have nasal problems and want to try a natural way, i do recommend this option...but remember it is not comfortable. ohh...and when your pregnant and the water flows down your throat, you get the added gag re…

new eriv site

**mood:ready to leave
**noise:yelling in the hall

the new Riverview website is up and running y'all. go check it out here. great job Eric and Kristie. it's rockin'

calling all losties

**mood: now i'm hungry
**noise:rock and roll heaven's gate ~ indigo girls

We're staring up the Wednesday night parties again. We were taping the shows and watching them on Thursdays, but we just can't do that anymore. So, you are all invited to the Newman abode to watch Lost from 10-11 on Wednesdays for the next month. Come on over. Oh, and if you want to hit Jim and Dani's for Wednesday Night Dinner, do that too. Call or email for directions. They are awesome folks who make dinner for all us sinners every Wednesday. It's a great way to meet new folks and enjoy community. Well, and eat yummy food too!

I want, I want...please help!

**noise:grace master ~ kate havnevik

Steve and I have been looking all over for this print for the bebe's room. I can't find it! Both and AllPosters have it listed as unavailable...and nothing on Ebay...If anyone has seen this, let me know. We really want it. It's called 'My greatest friend' by John Drysdale.

These are the other 2 pictures we're putting up. We already have we just need the Dysdale print! It's kinda a Africanie scene.


has anyone heard of g-dipers? Steven (a friend, not the hubby) was talking about them on saturday so i thought i'd do some research. they seem pretty cool. they look like cloth diapers although instead of the inner absorbent material being cloth, they're a contoured pad that can be flushed down the toilet or composted. you can also throw them in the trash...but what's the point?
Flushable refills contain tree farmed fluff pulp and Super absorber. These lock away cells hold up to 100 times their weight in liquid so your baby stays dry. The outer material of the flushable is all natural fibre and is 100% compostable. The stay dry feel keeps wetness away and ensures your baby is comfortable and happy both day and night.the pad looks like a big menstrual pad that you just tuck in the creases of a liner that actually snaps to the outer cover. when it gets soiled, you pull it out of the liner and take out the liner for washing (the cover is usually clean and dry to use aga…

why procrastination sometimes pays off...

last october i posted my ipod woes. the other day after months of procrastination to switch my ipod over to the mac, i thought i'd give it one more try. so with bated breath i plugged in my little music box and within a few seconds i looked in wonderment to see the mac actually seeing the device. i'm not sure if this was just a upgrade to the itunes software making it possible to switch from one computer to the next, or if it was some type of mac miracle. but i have to say for all of you planners and doers and got to get it done right now kind of folk...sometimes, just sometimes procrastination pays off.

porn for women

**mood: excited
**noise:jabula ~ vusi mahlasela

found this in the latest XXX Church newsletter.

Oh, we have heard the comments…what about the women? Just wait, we are putting together an event designed for women. Women who struggle, mothers who need to be educated, and spouses that have been hurt. All three groups will be addressed only at Porn and Pastries. Email if you are interested in bringing any of these events to your church.


**mood:ready to leave
**noise:file cabinets

i believe this kiddo within me is going to be a gymnast, or a boxer, or kung fu expert...anything that involves a lot of spinning and kicking and thrashing. i swear this child is doing somersaults inside of me! it's so bizarre.

this isn't me...but this is what i feel like she's already doing!


**mood: wrecked
**noise: my heart

it's been over 12 years since a friend of mine put a gun to his head. the first 5 years or so were hard. i thought of him daily at first. i couldn't stop...then the daily went to weekly then monthly. i still think of him often, but lately he's been on my mind. 12 years and he's still there. maybe it's guilt for not being as close to him that last year. maybe if college life didn't consume me, i'd be around more for him. maybe i'd be able to see the 'warning' signs. maybe it's this growing person within me that brings up all these emotions, or maybe i just miss him. i don't know. but these tears keep coming. yesterday a person i work with made the gesture of putting a gun in his mouth, and although i've seen him do it before, this time it bothered me enough to tell him not to do it around me anymore. just a few days ago steve and i were talking about how his death bothered me and what to…

food craziness

**noise:broken things ~ julie miller

i think the baby is growing like crazy. within the past few days, i cannot eat enough. i've been trying to be really careful not to over indulge, but i just can't help myself. i can eat every hour and still get to the point where i think i'll pass out if i don't eat now. this is crazy!

it's only noon and today i've eaten:
an egg sandwich w/ havarti cheese
a cookie ~ thanks heather!!
a handful of kashi crackers
2 granola bars

and now i'm starting on lunch...a turkey sandwich, tomatoes, some natural cheetos (yummy!), carrot sticks and probably the other cookie heather gave me. i need help. and why am i craving rice crispie treats?

le bebe newman

Here are the ultrasound pics from yesterday. I told le bebe to hide all their special areas from us, and they were are well hidden! the baby was so scrunched up (which is funny since that's how I sleep!) we could barely see the face, let alone any other protrusions... so the mystery continues!

enjoy!! and yes, there's only one!

a pic of the foot. above the foot you can see the heel of the other foot and on the actual picture, you can see the piggies in the background, although you can't see them very well in the scanned pic

leg and foot. this was actually funny because I keep feeling a kick, kick, kick. and while she was doing the ultrasound on the leg, our little one decided to show us just what that kick, kick, kick was. stinker! now I know what they're doing!

this is's the entire baby. head, spine, arms and legs. you can see all the bones.
the face can see an eye, nose, cheek and mouth. the hand is curled up by the right cheek
what a co…

congratulations dereck and connie perkins

**noise:the hallway

cool pics from the wedding.

danielson famile

**mood:ready to go home!
**noise:the HVA in my office

steve is a huge danielson famile fan. honestly, i can't stand them. or really, brother daniel's voice drives me so up the wall i could scream. which kinda sucks since well...#1 steve loves them and #2 i think they're brilliant. i just cannot stand daniels voice most of the time. so when steve got excited to hear that there is a documentaryabout the famile, i was a bit flustered...knowing he'd want me to watch it and knowing i'd probably sit there ripping at my ears...but i was wrong. the documentary rocked. i recommend everyone to watch it. danielson famile fan or not. although it really should be called a danielson family and sufjan stevens documentary since sufjan is in the majority of it. brother daniel truly is a brillant man. his music and style and ideas are amazing and the meer fact that many of their followers are non-believers is stunning. and now that i know that sufjan spent so much time with…


**mood: rested but hungry
**noise:i believe in love ~ the indigo girls

i felt i needed to post this for all of you to see just how much of a hypocrite i am. i shopped at walmart yesterday. and after about a 2 month conversation back and forth with steve, we've decided to buy certain things at the store. as we continue to live on 1 salary and the fact that we'll soon have another one to clothe and feed, we decided to do some cost comparisons of a few things.

yesterday we picked out a crib at babies r us. very cute and one of the cheapest, yet sturdy, cribs we could find. the cost...$299.99. we could have gotten one of their credit cards which would have given us 10% off. the mattress we chose was one of the lowest end mattresses, at 79.99. so lets see. 299.99+79.99 = 379.98-10%= approx.342.00. they didn't have the crib in stock so we put our names on the list and decided to finally make a run over to the local walmart to just start checking out prices. by the way, …


**noise:jesusland ~ ben folds five

i've always been a huge animal fan. i had them throughout my childhood and i had a cat all through college...which i found a good home for because my husband is deathly allergic. has been his entire life. he can be around them for an hour or two, but then it affects his breathing. i've heard him wheeze so bad before, i thought we'd have to make a run for the er. he's allergic to dogs too, but not so bad. we both love dogs, but it's just not worth it unless we found a hypoallergenic one. and even that, i'm not sure if it would be worth the try. but i still daydream sometimes about having a dog. my favorite would have to be either a golden, aussie or great dane...but for some reason i've always liked pugs too. any thing with a face like that and snores is cool in my book...i ran into this picture on the web today and just had to share...who could say no to this face?


**noise:all my friends ~ amos lee

i can already tell that the advice folks will be giving us with this child will wear on us. it's amazing that folks think that they will know how to raise your child better than you. when i told someone i was going to breast feed, she tried to scare me away from doing it for more than 3 months because if i breastfeed for longer my breasts will sag. when telling someone we're going to cloth diaper, we were told that 'i would never do that to my children. i wouldn't be able to stand seeing my child with diaper rash everyday'. then today when i was explaining that we'll be bed-sharing for the first month or so since it will be easier on both me and the baby since i'll be breastfeeding, i was told 'well, i think you'll reconsider that. they say now that that practice is so dangerous'. which is funny since it came from someone who hasn't raised a infant in 30 odd years. and the studies actual…


so this is what our babe may look cool!


here are some crazy statistics about pornography. Sex is such an excepted act in our society that it bleeds into every household through our televisions, magazines, internet and even our friends. I hope some of these stats affect you.

pay close attention to the end. this affects women more than we think. we are making great strides with prevention and support groups with men...maybe it's time to start looking at helping more women who are affected by this.

Internet Pornography statistics become outdated very quickly,especially in the Internet environment where numbers change daily.These statistics have been derived from a number of different reputable sources including Google, WordTracker, PBS, MSNBC, NRC, and Alexa research.

Pornography Industry Statistics
Size of the Industry ~ $57.0 billion
World-wide - $12.0 billion
US Adult Videos ~ $20.0 billionEscort Services $11.0 billionMagazines $ 7.5 billionSex Clubs $ 5.0 billionPhone Sex $ 4.5 billionCable Pay Per View $ 2.5 billionInt…

choxo n kicks

**noise: chasing cars ~ snow patrol

steve felt the babe kick last night. super cool. the doc told me to make mexican chocolate into hot chocolate to get my system flowing a bit i tried last night before bed. i'm thinking the chocolate, sugar and caffeine really got the babe in a roll because she was all over my belly. it was really cool.

this morning i caught steve walking into the babes room. he just stood there. as if he was looking in at the kiddo. it was a cool sight.


i'm starting to feel kicks! just lil' ones. i was in a strange position in bed on monday morning that seemed to propel the babe up a bit and while my hand was resting on my belly, i felt 2 kicks. then on my way to work, my pants were pushing in a bit and i felt more pushing from the inside. i keep feeling little pushes. it's so bizarre. so cool. steve still hasn't felt anything which is a bummer. i can't wait for him to start feeling the kiddo.

anyway...just an update.

baby update

**mood: happy
**noise: nothing...simply the quiet.

i hit the 20 week mark on saturday. we're half way there, which is a bit frightening as well as exciting. so far i've only gained 12 pounds. 10 in my first trimester, so in the past few months, i've only gained 2. which is nice. i wanna stay on track on my weight and not go too hog wild! also, my blood pressure was 90/50! wowza!! i usually have lower blood pressure ~ 110/80 (normal is 120/80) but 90/50, that's crazy! but the doc said it was fine. just know if you see me passed out in the hall somewhere, help me out!

we have an ultrasound on the 17th. we're excited about that. we don't want to know the sex, but it will just be cool to see the kiddo hanging out in there. hopefully we don't get a spread eagle shot where we see an appendage...we like the suspense.

well, anyway...just wanted to give an update. all is well with the kid. and the kiddos room is looking nice too!!

my story

**mood: ready to leave work!
**noise:the hallway

Noel wanted us to post 'our stories' today for what Tim Challies is calling Testimony Tuesday. So here I go..sorry, but it's as concise as I can get right now...

I grew up in a 'christian home'. What I mean by this, is we that we went to church, period. Other than knowing what the meaning of Christmas and Easter was, because I learned it in Sunday school, I didn't understand religion, faith or God. I was forced to go to church all through high school and during the services all I did was doodle and talk to friends. I did go to a youth group, but unfortunately it didn't involve Christ. It involved games and eating and movies…really, just a way for us church kids to get together I guess. In my youth I was a 'good kid'. Although I wasn't a great student, I was involved, played sports and didn't get in too much trouble. I was the typical girl though...seeking out male attention to feel worth…