Jan. 24th, 2009

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So what is Amy doing up at 8:30 on a Saturday morning? It is a very valid question!

I just got back from taking [livejournal.com profile] sleepykins, [livejournal.com profile] histrogeek, and Habibi to the airport; they are going to spend a week in St John, with some of [livejournal.com profile] histrogeek's family. And yes, I have already ribbed them about not taking their nanny on vacation with them this time.

But that is okay, because I have things to do! Oh boy, do I have things to do... in no particular order:

1) Do Disaster Relief Response on my bedroom- I really do think that is the best analogy, at this point, I don't think it has ever been quite this crazy before- which includes:

a. laundry, lots and lots of laundry
b. finding homes (somewhere in my room, that is- I am not giving things away!) for all clothing, books, CDs, etc., that are lying around
c. hang bulletin boards
d. possibly hang canopy netting and other things that require hanging (this will require assistance from a fully able-bodied person who is familiar with tools)
e. put new light bulb in overhead light
f. give or throw away obsolete clothing
g. create workable office-type space at desk

2) Find a way to get my DVDs and VHSs organized-ish in the library so things can be found on whim

3) Get myself acquainted with the ways of wordpress.com

4) Post on wordpress.com

5) Do some Palestine activism planning with [livejournal.com profile] whereisjoy, and related research

6) Find suitable decorations for Habibi's "Star Trek: The Toddler Generation" birthday party in two weeks (the theme was not my idea!)

7) Do more research on this whole doula thing- I've been advised that, as someone who does have a physical disability, being a birth doula might not work very well, but that there is even more need for post-partum doulas than birth doulas

8) Go spend a couple days at my dad's, finishing cleaning out my childhood bedroom, so he can start thinking about maybe selling the house

9) While there, play with dogs

10) Catch up on work for my Tuesday night classes, that I got behind on from being sick basically from Halloween to New Year's

... and I'm sure there are other things that will occur to me as the week progresses, but that's what I've got for right now. So my week will be full, even though I will not be spending 9-10 hours a day with an almost-two year old. I admit, I am looking forward to #9 the most- I miss my puppies, especially the 90-lb shepherd/yellow lab mix who thinks he is a lap dog.

Anyone who would like to claim some of my time during the week, speak up now! I am occupied Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and need to retrieve aforementioned family from the airport on Saturday evening. Other than that, not a lot of what I have to do needs to be scheduled exactly, so I am fairly flexible. I don't have any money, but although I don't want to drive it around a whole lot, I do have their car, so I am capable of getting somewhere if needed.

So with that in mind, while I wait the next hour for breakfast/community meeting, I will mosey on over to wordpress, and see what I can find.

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11) Watch this on YouTube!

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What's the best way to go about buying/reserving a domain name? I want to snap up www.joyfullysubversive.com before somebody else does.
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Since Gene Robinson's prayer was apparently cut from virtually every major media who covered the event, here it is:

and here is the entirety of the text:

Opening Inaugural Event
Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC
January 18, 2009

Delivered by the Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson:

"Welcome to Washington! The fun is about to begin, but first, please join me in pausing for a moment, to ask God's blessing upon our nation and our next president.

O God of our many understandings, we pray that you will…

Bless us with tears – for a world in which over a billion people exist on less than a dollar a day, where young women from many lands are beaten and raped for wanting an education, and thousands die daily from malnutrition, malaria, and AIDS.

Bless us with anger – at discrimination, at home and abroad, against refugees and immigrants, women, people of color, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Bless us with discomfort – at the easy, simplistic "answers" we've preferred to hear from our politicians, instead of the truth, about ourselves and the world, which we need to face if we are going to rise to the challenges of the future.

Bless us with patience – and the knowledge that none of what ails us will be "fixed" anytime soon, and the understanding that our new president is a human being, not a messiah.

Bless us with humility – open to understanding that our own needs must always be balanced with those of the world.

Bless us with freedom from mere tolerance – replacing it with a genuine respect and warm embrace of our differences, and an understanding that in our diversity, we are stronger.

Bless us with compassion and generosity – remembering that every religion's God judges us by the way we care for the most vulnerable in the human community, whether across town or across the world.

And God, we give you thanks for your child Barack, as he assumes the office of President of the United States.

Give him wisdom beyond his years, and inspire him with Lincoln's reconciling leadership style, President Kennedy's ability to enlist our best efforts, and Dr. King's dream of a nation for ALL the people.

Give him a quiet heart, for our Ship of State needs a steady, calm captain in these times.

Give him stirring words, for we will need to be inspired and motivated to make the personal and common sacrifices necessary to facing the challenges ahead.

Make him color-blind, reminding him of his own words that under his leadership, there will be neither red nor blue states, but the United States.

Help him remember his own oppression as a minority, drawing on that experience of discrimination, that he might seek to change the lives of those who are still its victims.

Give him the strength to find family time and privacy, and help him remember that even though he is president, a father only gets one shot at his daughters' childhoods.

And please, God, keep him safe. We know we ask too much of our presidents, and we're asking FAR too much of this one. We know the risk he and his wife are taking for all of us, and we implore you, O good and great God, to keep him safe. Hold him in the palm of your hand – that he might do the work we have called him to do, that he might find joy in this impossible calling, and that in the end, he might lead us as a nation to a place of integrity, prosperity and peace.

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thanks to [livejournal.com profile] tanyad:

Very, very cute!
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Would anybody be interested in/able to make me an LJ icon from this picture


cropped to around the head, with text that says "this is my skeptical face"?

I'll give you a kiss if you do!

Thank you!


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