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How fun and thought provoking is THIS (it’s the Foreword from a book that I’m buying tomorrow, Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman):

“We were keeping our eye on 1984. When the year came and the prophecy didn’t, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares.

But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell’s dark vision, there was another – slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley’s vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions”. In 1984, Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.

This book is about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right.”

Woot! Can hardly wait to dive in! Have you read it? I’ve missed y’all… but have been having a great time, learning TONS of fun and inspiring “stuff”!!!

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“God is not an elusive dream or a phantom to chase, but a divine person to know. He does not avoid us, but seeks us. When we seek Him, the contact is instantaneous.”

The God of the universe– the One who created everything and holds it all in His hand– created each of us in His image, to bear His likeness, His imprint. it is only when Christ dwells within our hearts, radiating the pure light of His love through our humanity that we discover who we are and what we were intended to be.

“In the very beginning it was God who formed us by His Word. He made us in His own image. God was spirit and He gave us a spirit so that He could come into us and mingle His own life with our life. ” ~Madame Jeanne Guyon

“Made in His image, we can have real meaning, and we can have real knowledge through what He has communicated to us.” ~Francis Schaeffer

“For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete.” Colossians 2:9 (NASB)

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We made a fun family memory the other night thanks to Sci-Port and Duane “Digger” Carey!!!

We had the BEST time and Digger Carey and his wife were absolutely precious!


Lydia takes advantage of Noah’s love of ice-cream and captures the conversation!

Talking shop.



Mr. Digger sharing the secrets of bodily functions in space!





Lydi-Lou doesn’t want or need help making paper airplanes ANYMORE! She can follow directions all by herself! She’s so BIG!!!

Ta-da!!!







Learning about galaxies.



Making a spiral galaxy.

Learning about galactic bulges.

What fun!

Digger pretending to scribble all over Noah’s back, after signing his NASA hat.


Noah can’t be fooled! 🙂

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I did!  It was fairly fast and lots of fun!
I wouldn’t have said I was a “radical libertarian”… but this test is pretty darn accurate!
Feel free to question me! 🙂  I’d LOVE it!

Radical Libertarian
You scored 84% Personal Liberty and 89% Economic Liberty!
A radical libertarian believes in little to no government intervention for both personal and economic matters. A radical libertarian generally believes in one out of these two options: (1) A government that is extremely small and limited to the extent of protecting people’s liberty – this view is known as Minarchism (2) No government at all, in which the private sector takes up all legitimate functions that a government would have – this view is known as Anarcho-Capitalism. Radical Libertarians tend to be strongly opposed to war, police powers, victimless crimes, foreign intervention and what they consider to be a welfare state. Radical Libertarians tend to be inspired by the Austrian school of economics, classical liberalism and 19th century individualist anarchism. Libertarian thought is individualist in nature. They try to protect both personal and economic liberty. Examples of Radical Libertarianism would be Murray Rothbard, H.L. Mencken, Ludwig Von Mises and Lysander Spooner.

This test tracked 2 variables. How the score compared to the other people’s:

Higher than 91% on Personal
Higher than 96% on Economic
Link: The Politics Test

She is a SCOUNDREL!!! And I absolutely ADORE her!!! ♥

Mind you, I missed the first half… bathing babies and trying to get CNN to load on my computer. 
Here goes:
This debate is absolutely comical! 
Are you not terrified of McCain’s “tamper-proof biometric documents”?!?  Enjoy your microchips, McCain fans!  Not for me and my house!

Huckabee said, “More equal or less equal”… how can you be more equal or less equal?  EQUAL- “to be identical or equivalent to”  *gah*
What do you think about McCain not questioning ANYTHING Ronald Reagan EVER did?!?  Oh my GOSH!!!  How much are you going to suck up, McCain?!? 
I felt like Romney was trying to get Bush’s endorsement.  Don’t be desperate, Romney!
Go RON PAUL!  “You’re arguing about who said what/when?!”  “We need to be talking about foreign policy and the constitution!”  Amen!
Go Huckabee!  “I didn’t come to umpire a ball game between these (McCain/Romney) two…”  Right on!  Now… I can agree with THAT!
Romney is a big eye-roller!  Have you guys noticed that?  He’s like the cute guy in high-school… Mr. Popular, class clown, prom king… so superior… saying with his eyes, “Whatever… just hurry up and let me talk.”  He needs someone to knock that snarky smirk off his face… it’s terrible!  It’s childish and unpresidential!  Whenever another candidate spoke, Romney kept looking as though he was holding back laughter.
You know, I don’t want to “look to a governor” OR  a senator… I want to look to a REPRESENTATIVE!  A man OF the PEOPLE, FOR the PEOPLE!   
The President is the commander in cheif of the MILITARY!  The president is not the commander in chief of me. 
The president is not the MANAGER of me or the rest of America!  The PEOPLE are to run this nation! 
Good grief!  I will NEVER elect someone who thinks I need to be managed!!!
Romney on the military… “it’s not like checkers”… “it’s more like 3-d chess”… is that all he’s got?!? 
He used Lincoln as an example… poor example. 
I wish Ron Paul would talk about more than the Federal Reserve, though…  ugh…COME ON, Dr. Paul!

HEY!  He just said what I did about the president being commander in cheif of the military…not the manager of the people! 

*sigh* 

Yep!  He’s my candidate!  :o)
OH!  I LOVED Huckabee’s point on the federal govt’s mandates to the states! 
GO Huckabee! 
That is RIGHT ON! 
The fed govt needs to leave the states alone! 
That’s why I’m voting Paul! 
That was good, Huck!  Really good!

What if Paul & Huckabee ran together?!? 
GOSH!  Disregard!  I don’t like Huckabee, though, right?!?

Gosh, that baby picture of my Aunt Lori is SO Huckabee (I type this as Huckabee is endearing himself to me, though)! 

I wish they had spent less time trying for a dead president’s endorsement and more time talking to the American people!

Huck and Paul got NO time!  Shame shame shame! 

xoxox
tina

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This is UNBELIEVABLE!

Scraping the walls of a cliff at 100 miles per hour!!!
(Don’t watch if you’re offended by the “s” word!)

Noah wants a wingsuit for Christmas.  He thinks it might be better than being an astronaut and that wearing one to Mars would “be stinkin’ cool”! 

Doesn’t it just make you giddy?!?

GEAUX TIGERS!

Here’s “Space Age Santa”

(Click the thumbnail to make it bigger)

 

Isn’t he COOL?!?
And what a sweet note to Lydia!
How fun is that?!?
Of course, you’ve seen “When I’m an Astronaut” 
The print (with the poem) he sent is too big to scan.  On it, Pignatelli wrote,
For Noah,
From the original boy
astronaut to the new
boy astronaut.  Keep
reaching for the stars.
All my best.
Smitty Pignatelli
2008
I know!  Isn’t it sweet?
He also sent two bumper stickers:

I thought about putting them on our cars, it would be such fun… but then I thought they’d be even MORE fun in the munchkins’ baby books!
Hush!  It doesn’t matter that I don’t even have Noah’s first birthday in his… or that I only have Lydia’s name in hers!  We’re too busy MAKING memories to RECORD them, right now!  Sometime, though…  I’ve a stack… we’ll get it done!
Oh… here is Smitty Pignatelli:

He looks like a nice guy!
Okay…
So!
I’ve got to run!
I’ve been feeling much better today.
I need to run to my parents’ though.
The family is heading home today, cutting their ski trip short because Momma broke her leg!  They’re trying to get her into surgery Sunday.  It’s pretty bad, apparently.  I’m going to bring a wheelchair out there, before their flight comes in.
Pray for mom!  Pray that she’ll be patient and sweet and not too grumpy or irritable about this situation!
Gotta run!
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Of course… I don’t find out until AFTER I shower and brush my teeth…

oh well!

NO LAUNDRY!
NO DISHES!

Do you know what this means?

I’m going to take a NAP this afternoon! 

That’s right!  I’m going to have my munchkins go into their tents and I’m going to climb into the most comfortable bed on the planet and read or sleep or a little of both!

I can’t believe it, either!  This has got to be the greatest day EVER!

*happy sigh*

I was going to make a delicious dinner tonight… sticky pineapple-apricot ribs, seasoned rice with almonds, steamed “stir-fry” veggies like broccoli, carrots,  and snap peas… now, though… I think we’ll have frozen pizza!  If the weather stays like this, we’ll HAVE to eat it al fresco… not on the deck, but on the leaf-covered lawn!

It’s a good day.

Oh!  I’ve been made aware that I’ve not posted Noah’s party pics, xmas pics, or ice-cream adventure pics (I think that’s all some of you are waiting for).

I’m going to enjoy this afternoon… perhaps I’ll post them tomorrow or this weekend.

xoxox
me

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