Friday, January 4, 2008

Google Maps and the end of civilization

Sheesh. What a day. Not lousy, exactly. Just long and frustrating. Starting with Toby waking up at 6 am. Then taking off his clothes and peeing on the wood floor. THEN I decided to explore and go to Walmart and such today. On my own. Well, the only adult.
So I google mapped everything I wanted to do and set off.

First I drove out of the way to go to the bank, only there was no bank there. In phone consultations with the MOG, we eventually determined that "Bank of America" was actually some banker type in a house. In other words, not the bank. So he redirected me to another bank, and off I went. When I reached State Line Avenue, I called him... something a little funny there. Oh, right. The OTHER way. And now I'm in Kansas. Which was less than 10 miles away, but still. KANSAS.

So we mapped bank option 3, in Kansas. And I actually found it and finally that was okay. I now had less than an hour to find Walmart, shop and return prior to Toby waking up, at which time Toby's daddy would spontaneously combust. So off I went. Back to Missouri, to the road where Walmart was. Only it wasn't. More driving. More phone consults/mapping. Found an empty WM, shut down. Went to Big K. Turns out Big K doesn't really have groceries. Toby wakes up, I head home. 2 hours to make a deposit in another state and buy some crackers and Cheerios.

We drop the MOG off at IHOP and I forge on. We have to have food, darnit. And I HATE Price Chopper. So I just drive around. And lo and behold, a Sam's Club! Which means Walmart! Somewhere around! Only not!

3 cart boy consultations later, I am finally directed by an elderly woman in a fur hat, back over to the state line. And sure enough, Super Walmart. Something familiar, FINALLY. I grocery up and drive home, where I back into the garage door, cracking it and scratching my bumper. And my wisdom teeth are coming in. I think I need to be put down.

Ah, and politics? Later, later.


  1. They probably wont come in,only threaten every now and then.While they are threatening they are somewhat painful but it will probably pass.
    Sounds like you are getting the lay of the land. Soon you will be cheerfully jaunting about to WM and Target with well-dressed, well-behaved little children who never scream to break the windows in the store, pee from the basket or have to be dragged out by their snowsuits.I love you, Mama

  2. HuckaBEEEE

    Christian or Muslim????


    I love exploring new towns........

    and different states.....that is kinda kewl.....wanna shop in Kansas or Missouri.....different state every week.....flip flop.. break the manotany.....

    Did you ever find Tobias a snow suit of his own?

    Poor naked baby...

  3. MnM are spending the night with Bedste and we are meeting Wesley and Emily and Priscilla at Olive Garden and then taking off to the MOVIE for a Matinee.....

    What a blast!

    Priscilla was in charge of finding a G or PG movie....She gave me the choices of two movies.....ONE being The Golden Compass.....PG 13..

    I bought DIED..........

    I quickly sounded off with all my knowledge of the movie and what I have heard ect......and vetoed it '

    We decided on Water Horse......

    Safe and maybe cute.......

    O my goodness.......

  4. Teenagers are so are PRETEENS

    I told MnM that they were going to home group with me and that they could pic out a book to bring so they could sit and read...

    Madi asked how long we would be there and I told her about 2 hours.

    "You can participate or sit there and read a book"

    "I am dying! I am dying!"

    "Why are you dying Madi?"

    "2 whole hours- so BORING!

    I am dying!"

    Good Grief......

  5. hi jecissa! bedste wont let me stay at her house!!! know in going to be bored to death! -madi


    bedste... thanks for the gay bible you gave steph... geez



  7. now that's in very poor taste & gossipy, vg

    the other guy is not muslim

    not that i would vote for him

    but the comment is not Christ-like at all



    what would Jesus say????

    shame on you

    don't bring yourself down to a politician's level

  8. New Year's Advice

    Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
    Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a distance.
    Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
    A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
    Words that soak into your ears are whispered... not yelled.
    Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.
    Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.
    Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
    It doesn’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
    You cannot unsay a cruel or unkind word.
    Every path has a few puddles.
    When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
    The best sermons are lived, not preached.
    Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.
    Don 't judge folks by their relatives.
    Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
    Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.
    Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't botherin' you none.
    Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
    If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.
    Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
    The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'.
    Always drink upstream from the herd.
    Never squat with your spurs on.
    Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
    Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.
    If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.
    Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

    God Bless You and Yours

  9. It is getting aweful deep in here..

    I will NEVER vote a Muslim into Office........

    Oprah is spending way too much time pushing the public into seeing things his way.

    Not to big on being manipulated or forced or anything from Oprah.


    Last time someone said Shame on Me was the last time ANYONE ever said SHAME ON ME>

    SHAME on YOU!

    THis is a light hearted blog not a serious one.......We all enjoy saying anything we want on here.

    Sorry if you are offended......

    I am NOT


    Life it too short......

    lighten up

  10. Arberto..............

    you're grounded

  11. Eva, I emailed you back on the photobucket thing.

    I like that advice up there... good stuff. Especially "Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. "

  12. Happy Saturday ......

    I will let you know what the kids think about Water Horse......


  13. "Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God."

    I like that quote... but, I'm learning the next principle...which is....

    that WHILE and AS I'm leaving the rest to God....

    I'm having to actively CHOOSE to LEAVE it there...

    and then to speak HIS truth over the situation so that my mind won't push me over the deep end.... worrying what might happen...

    so, therefore, I need to program MORE of HIS TRUTH into my mind and spirit...

    so that I can pull it up when my old man mind is distracted by all the "what-ifs" and "why comes"....

    how's the weather up there?

  14. for the record... there are no muslums running for president...

    a good sighn that you have a religious demon is when you try to shame a fellow brother or sister...

    Trust me I know.. I am just now getting set free... and am begining to see the light.

    Man was I ugly... That monster had me bound ... now I can be free.. and persue Him in a deep and sincere way.

    He is my precious tresure.. my deep secret...

    peace and Life - Rob

  15. Since this is an open FORUM and we live in AMERICA I am posting the following info hot off the press.

    Subject: OBAMA CONCERN
    Very interesting and something that should be
    considered in your choice.

    We checked this out, it is factual. Check for
    yourself. Who is Barack Obama? Probable U.S.
    presidential candidate, Barack Hussein Obama was
    born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Hussein Obama,
    Sr, a black MUSlim from Nyangoma-Kogel, Kenya and
    Ann Duham a white ATHIEST from Wichita, Kansas.
    Obama's parents met at the University of Hawaii.
    When Obama was two years old, his parents
    divorced. His Father returned to Kenya. His Mother
    then married Lolo Soetoro, a RADICAL MUSLIM
    from Indonesia. When Obama was 6 years old, the
    family relocated to Indonesia. Obama attended a
    MUSLIM school in Jakarta. He also spent two years
    in a Catholic school.
    Obama takes great care to conceal the fact that he
    is a MUSLIM. He is quick to point out, he was once
    a MUSLIM, but that he also attended a Catholic
    Obama's political handlers are attempting to make
    it appear that:
    Obama's introduction to Islam came via his Father,
    and that his influence was temporary at best, in
    reality, the senior Obama returned to Kenya soon
    after the divorce, and never again had any direct
    influence over his son's education.
    Lolo Soetoro, the second husband of Obama's
    Mother, Ann Dunham, introduced his stepson to
    Islam. Obama was enrolled in a Wahabi school in
    Jakarta. Wahabism is the RADICAL teaching that
    is followed by the Muslim terrorists who are now
    waging Jihad against the Western world. Since it
    is politically expedient to be a CHRISTIAN when
    seeking a major public office in the United States,
    Barack Huessein Obama has joined the United
    Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his
    Muslim back ground. ALSO, keep in mind that,
    when he was sworn into office, he did NOT use
    the HOLY BIBLE, but, instead used the KORAN.
    Let us all remain alert concerning Obama's
    expected presidential candidacy. The Muslims
    have said they plan on destroying the US from the
    inside out, what better way to start than at the highest
    level, through the president of the United States, one
    of their own!!!!

  16. I would seriously pay someone good money sometimes to change a diaper for me. How do such little beings put out such horrible smells?

  17. VKG- You sent out an email about 6 months ago about that Obama being a Muslim stuff and I sent you back a link that gave good information. FACT- Their is NO REAL info that says he is a mormon. His non-existent father was a Muslim and gave him a Muslim middle name. Does that make him Muslim? Here's what I sent back to you. Please check a site like before forwarding these twisted slander hit peices. (Note- I am not where near an Obama supporter, just like truth.)

    Summary of the eRumor:
    Various stories and questions about Democratic Senator Barack Obama.

    The Truth:
    Senator Barack Obama announced his candidacy for President of the United States in February, 2007. As with other high profile politicians there are stories and questions that began circulating on the Internet about him.

    Obama is actually Muslim-Fiction!
    There are several emails circulating that, in different ways, say that Obama is Muslim.

    Obama's middle name is Hussein (named after his father, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr.), his heritage does include Islam, and his grandfather was Muslim. But there does not seem to be a time when either he or his parents were practicing Muslims and Obama regards himself as a Christian. He is a member of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ where one Sunday morning in 1988 he said walked down the aisle during an alter call by the pastor, Jeremiah Wright.

    One of the emails says that Obama used the Koran for his swearing-in ceremony in the Senate, which is not true.

    Some of the most definitive information about Obama's faith comes from an interview he did with journalist Cathleen Falsini. She writes that Obama was born in 1961 in Hawaii to a white mother who came from Protestant Midwestern stock but whom Obama describes in his own book as a Christian but "a lonely witness for secular humanism." Obama's father was a black African from the Luo tribe of Kenya. Obama called him agnostic. Obama's grandfather on his father's side was Muslim. When he was six years old, Obama's mother and father divorced and she married an Indonesian man who was a non-practicing Moslem. They moved to Indonesia where Obama said he attended a Roman Catholic school until he was 10. An article Scott Turow on in 2004, however, said that while in Indonesia, Obama spent 2 years in a Moslem school then 2 more in the Catholic school.

    In terms of actual beliefs, Obama told Falsini that he has a deep faith "...rooted in the Christian tradition." He added, "I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people, that there are values that transcend race or culture, that move us forward, and that there’s an obligation for all of us individually as well as collectively to take responsibility to make those values lived." He said his mother "...was a deeply spiritual person and would spend a lot of time talking about values and give me books about the world’s religions and talk to me about them. Her view always was that underlying these religions was a common set of beliefs about how you treat other people and how you aspire to act, not just for yourself but also for the greater good." He also told Falsini, "Alongside my own deep personal faith, I am a follower, as well, of our civic religion. I am a big believer in the separation of church and state. I am a big believer in our constitutional structure." Regarding his conversion experience, Obama said, " It wasn’t an epiphany. It was much more of a gradual process for me. I know there are some people who fall out. Which is wonderful. God bless them. For me, I think it was just a moment to certify or publicly affirm a growing faith in me." Critics have said that his Christian faith is a political choice to help his image and conceal Islam in his life. Supporters point out that his conversion took place before he ran for any public office. In the Falsini interview he said he reads the Bible, although not as much as he wants to, and that prayer is a part of his daily life but not in the formal sense. "I think I have an ongoing conversation with God. Throughout the day I’m constantly asking myself questions about what I’m doing, why I am doing it," he said. "The difficult thing about any religion, including Christianity, is that at some level there is a call to evangelize and proselytize. There’s the belief, certainly in some quarters, that if people haven’t embraced Jesus Christ as their personal savior, they’re going to hell," he told Falsini. She said Obama did not believe that he or anyone else was going to hell and that he wasn't sure he was going to heaven either. "What I believe in is that if I live my life as well as I can, that I will be rewarded. I don't presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die. But I feel very strongly that whether the reward is in the here and now or in the hereafter, aligning myself to my faith and values is a good thing.” Obama's support of abortion, including the controversial partial-birth abortion procedure, resulted in controversy when he was invited by evangelical pastor Rick Warren to be the keynote speaker at an AIDS conference at Saddleback Church in Southern California in 2006. Warren, who is opposed to abortion, said his invitation to Obama had nothing to do with abortion and that he wanted to embrace diverse voices in his fight against AIDS. Abortion opponents argued, however, that someone like Obama whose support of abortion included something so extreme as partial-birth abortion should not be given such a prominent platform and endorsement from pro-lifers.

    Obama, who is currently U.S. Senator from Illinois, also served 8 years in the Illinois State Senate, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, and was the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review.

  18. So he's not a Muslim, but by his own words, he is for sure NOT a Christian. He thinks his faith is based in Christianity, but we can see that is isn't a true faith is Christ that he has.

  19. Ops, I said Mormon once instead of Muslim in my post to VKG. Typo.

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  21. We just got back Friday from our two weeks of travel- 1 week in Texas, 2 days home, 4 days with Shannon's family.

    We REALLY enjoyed seeing everyone in Texas!!! We had a great time and wish we could've been there longer to spend more time with folks. Blessings!

  22. Back to work for me tomorrow after two weeks with my wonderful family. = (

  23. at least you'll have 8 hours sans stinky diapers, josh...

    always look on the bright side!

    we enjoyed our brief visit with you all 2 Sundays ago, wasn't it? that was the day you were having severe jet-lag....

    do you remember seeing us? :-)

  24. sheesh... you article posters... hows bout a hyperlink?

    no state hopping today... church at IHOP... I miss home.

    I always enjoy a little controversy to get the blog hoppin... muahhahahaha

  25. Thanks Josh...

    I think he is a closet Muslim.....

    and not "out there" with it yet.

    My oppinion....I do not trust him.

    He wouldn't pledge allegiance to our flag under the USA etc......

    too much .........

    Thanks for setting the record straight....but I do not care.

    I do not like him and I think he is a muslim and he is not for our one nation under GOD and a bunch of other stuff..

    I know that everything you read on the internet is NOT fact........

    You have to be careful not to upset people.....we all have the right to vote however we would like.....and I appreciate that your heart and Arberto's heart is for TRUTH........and that is awesome and commendable.

    I still do not like him or Hilary...

    o yea..........
    she has already been president.....

  26. what's IHOP church like? same as prayer times, or is it different on Sun a.m.'s ?

  27. man, we had some prayer meeting Sat night with Leah's team topping it off with that awesome ANGELIC PRAYER LINE ASSIGNMENT drama...

    very nice and well done....

    it's so good when all MCF comes togetha.... all the different strengths and personalities COME HOME and make a nice mix....

    God has a plan.... and a good plan it is....

    Lord, give us strength to do what You call us to do... one day at a time.... and willing to be perfected in love... and Lord use all of us who call on Your Name to perform Your will here on earth as it is in heaven....


  28. Hey Jess will you post this again tomorrow so everyone can see MamaPC and PapaPC and their wonderful house.?

    Work work work way too hectic manananana.

    love you

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  30. Click on "Mama&PapaPC-OpenHouse" and then click on "slideshow" and see all the great pics of their beautiful new home.......

  31. hey eeeva
    I think I fixed your photobucket problem

  32. Yay!

    You fixed it.........

    Thanks Baby!

  33. it's hard to know whether to believe anything you read or hear on the news or anywhere else. however, no matter which one of those stories is true. neither really says any better for Mr. Obama, does it?

  34. this is how you link to an important article:,2933,320506,00.html

  35. have to copy paste it into browser address...

  36. THIS is how you link... just erase where I put spaces
    < a href="">Click here< /a>


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