Odds and Ends

  • According to my blog stats on my WordPress dashboard, yesterday was a record day for my blog with 877 views. The previous record high day was something in the 500s. Most of those appear to be from the Thanksgiving reading, poems, and quotes posts — a lot of people must be looking for material for the holiday. I hope they found something useful. I don’t know if that number means people actually saw my posts or if my posts just came up on an Internet search — probably the latter. Of course, with over 29,000 spam comments (most ably captured by Akismet) since the inception of this blog, maybe a lot of those views were spambots.
  • I had written earlier about dental woes…..I had an appointment to have a permanent crown put in this past week and thought I was done for a while. But the dentist said with this one he had had to drill away very close to the nerve (in fact, I narrowly escaped a root canal) so he just wanted to put temporary seal on this one for a few months and see how I do with it. Unfortunately it does hurt when I bite down directly on it, so I don’t know what the alternative is. I don’t want to go through another bridge experience — not only is it traumatic, it’s expensive, especially after just having paid for a crown for this same tooth. But I guess we’ll see what happens. When I went to have my permanent bridge put in on the other side, that part went relatively easily (it was the extraction and drilling earlier that was hard to sit through), so I was expecting this visit — just taking off the temporary crown and putting on the permanent one – to be pretty easy. But getting the temporary off hurt and then the scraping to get the temporary glue off was quite painful. The assistant kept saying, “That’s not too bad, is it?” No, I always sit in the dentist’s chair with white-knuckles hands grasping the armrests. And I get to do it again in a few months since he only wanted a temporary seal this time! Argh. I wonder if I can get numbed for that.
  • I don’t know why I put off things I dread when it would be such a relief to get them over with. And I don’t know why I dread making phone calls to make or change appointments, but I do. I finally called this morning to change Jason’s appointment for getting his wisdom teeth out. That was scheduled for Wednesday — the day before Thanksgiving. I had been trying to talk him into changing it to Christmas break because he’d have a longer time to recover. Plus his girlfriend will be here for Thanksgiving break, and it wouldn’t be much fun for her to have her boyfriend sleeping off the effects of anesthetic and waking up with chipmunk cheeks and pain. It took us a while to figure out when to try to reschedule it for, but we finally got that done.
  • Speaking of girlfriends….this is our first experience with one. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the whole courtship vs. dating issue. We don’t embrace everything involved with the courtship model, but we did feel the repeated date/go together/break up cycle was not good training for marriage, so we encouraged them to avoid pairing off or having a specific girlfriend during their high school years and rather do things as a group. So they’ve been “in like” before, but this is the first full-fledged actual girlfriend. I have to say it has been nice to have another female around the house! She’s very sweet and everyone seems to like her and she seems to like all of us. They are able to spend most Saturday and Sunday afternoons and evenings here, and it has been fun getting to know her (and seeing how Jason acts. 🙂 )
  • We finally saw the Amazing Grace DVD this past weekend. You have to remember that it is a Hollywood film about a Christian and not a Christian film — there are a few words I wish they hadn’t put in — but otherwise I thought it was very good. The film seems in keeping with other things I had read about Wilberforce, and the filmmakers portrayed him as a genuine, heartfelt, joyful believer who acted on his principals tenaciously until he saw them through. It was amazing to hear the arguments of the opposition for the slave trade — the economy, the charges of sedition, etc. — while ignoring the face of human suffering. All in all it was a very inspiring film. I’d like to find a good biography of Wilberforce.
  • I’m still working on those missionary Christmas gifts. Even a ministry you love and enjoy has its frustrations…..I won’t go into that, but I am hoping to have even the Stateside packages out this week and be able to close the door on that and start thinking about our own Christmas. There is no more “surface mail,” the cheapest overseas rate. The way it was explained to me was that most customers preferred speed to a lower price. So even still I think everything will get there on time, and I think the higher shipping methods are more reliable. We’ll just have to see what it all costs and then decide if we should change anything for next year. We want to be a blessing and to be generous, but we want to be good stewards, too, and need to find the right balance.

So — it looks like my week is cut out for me. Hope you have a good day!

6 thoughts on “Odds and Ends

  1. It’s interesting you should mention Amazing Grace! Wes and I were in an electronics store the other day, in their movie section, and I picked up a copy of that DVD and read the back. It looked really good (surprisingly!), but I was concerned about the rating. Now I know that it might be good to see, so I’ll see if the library has it. We always rent it or borrow from the library before we buy a movie! Thanks for the little synopsis of it!

  2. Sorry about the dental woes. I know how aweful that can be. And I’m the same way with the phone calls. I don’t know why I put those things off either. Hope you’re having a wonderful Monday 🙂

  3. Oh, ouch! I’m like you, putting off appointments (my own — the kids get in when they should) as long as possible. I even put off the eye doctor for a couple of years because I just hate dealing with it.

  4. I enjoyed reading your take on the new girlfriend experience, and how it’s fun to have another female around the house. My sons, at 19 and 20, are in that same place, having spent lots of time in mixed-gender groups over the years, but this year for the first time, starting to look seriously at girlfriend-type relationships. Though no girls will be joining us for this holiday, I think it will happen within the next year or so. Thanks for a little glimpse into my future!

  5. I hope you can get your dental woes all taken care of soon, Barbara. My husband needs to have his teeth pulled and get dentures and he has put it off for years. He is the closest to having it done now than he’s ever been, so I am praying that he finally does. I know that he would feel so much better, but I also realize that it is a HUGE step.
    Regarding your son’s girlfriend, we feel the same as you and raised Daniel similarly. He was not allowed to have one girlfriend after another during his school years. I think that is why I was so surprised that he got married so soon after graduation. He married our sweet “daughter-in-law” during the winter break of his first year of college. Now, two years later, they both have wonderful jobs and are happy as can be.
    I’ve not done missionary gifts before, though we support them financially. Perhaps that is something I will do this year. Any suggestions?

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