Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Linky Love

How is everyone doing this cold January afternoon? In the NE we are bracing ourselves for the frigid temps that are heading this way. I actually planned my weekly meals around the idea of keeping warm. I think it will be a topic of my next post (not the meals, but keeping warm).

I just wanted to pass along a few things to you. As usual, no theme, but a bunch of random things to check out....

1. This post by Angie from Bring the Rain. She posted a video sharing the time she and the rest of her family was able to spend with her baby Audrey Caroline in the few short hours of her life. It was very hard for me to watch - I think I waited a few days before I found the right time. But as usual, Angie doesn't share just for the sake of sharing, it's always about pointing us to Jesus and allowing us a glimpse of how God was at work in midst of their personal tragedy.

2. This post by Shannon from Rocks in My Dryer. It is about the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) which will go into effect in February 2009. It is a billed designed to provide safety standards for children's products (it seems to be focusing on lead content). Safety is something we all want for our children, but it seems like this bill is too vague and broad and could potentially be devastating for small business owners, home business, web businesses, thrift stores, consignment shops, etc. There is even a question of how it will effect libraries! Basically all products need to be tested for lead, which costs thousands of dollars and really only the major retailers and manufacturers can afford that. It's a shame because it seems like the real reform needs to happen in our imports from China where the lead issues are steming from. I am probably not getting all of this right, that's why you should go to Shannon's blog and read more about it, and read the comments and check out the websites she gives (in today's post, not the one linked). I hope that there can be some revision so that, especially in this economy, hundreds and thousands aren't put out of business because they can no longer sell their handmade baby products and toys.

3. This recipe for sweet and sour chicken. I found it on Crafty P's blog and this is the second time I've made it since then. It is just that good! So I'm posting it now in case you didn't catch it when she first posted it. Hint. Make sure you actually read the recipe the whole way through. I didn't the first time and hadn't allotted enough cooking time. That happens to me more often than you think, just ask Matt how many times I've had to change dinner plans at the last minute because, oops that chicken/stew/casserole etc needs to cook for three hours once it's all put together. But don't worry, this one isn't three hours worth of cooking - only one! See now, you know. Also, the chicken turns out just like the picture posted on the blog.

4. Lastly, I've created a group on facebook for our Blogging Book Club. There is still time to start reading so please don't hesitate to join! The group is closed, so you must be invited to join and only members can see the discussions. I figured that it will better enable us to have discussions and make sure we know who we're talking with and to! I will send invites to everyone I have so far and if you decide to do it, just let me know by leaving a comments or emailing me (in my profile). If you don't blog, but stop by here to read it, you are more than welcome to be a part of this. Again, just let me know and make sure you check back here because I will probably post stuff here before I do on facebook. I am going to post some discussion questions on the facebook page - I would defintely recommending waiting until you are done reading before looking at them. It's mostly stuff to think about, I don't think we need to frame our discussion around them.

I think that's all. I'm getting ready to work on one of my resolutions and go get on the treadmill for the first time in a loooooong time. So far I've done really well at making my bed and that's about it. No big risks in the last week.

7 comments:

Teri said...

keeping warm sounds like a good idea! I heard more about the consumer act that is supposed to go into effect and I think they changed something about it so that it doesn't include re-sale...if I find a link to that info, I will post it for you.

Also, please read my blog about my frustrations (as noted on my FB). Maybe you could shed some insight w/ Matt working in a church & all. Maybe there's just something I'm missing :(

Thanks, Meg!!!

Megan said...

Hey Teri,
I read your post and I'll email you tonight...
Also, I did read about the resell stuff. I feel bad for all the Etsy people and friends who sew and create gift items that are completely handmade but yet they won't be able to test them for lead b/c of the cost. I just hope it's defined more clearly and can offer some reprise from small business owners and individuals. It would mean a lot less choice for parents and prices could go up....and on and on...I'll be interested to see how it all plays out.

Jenn said...

I have been keeping up with the Bring the Rain site as well and was thinking about doing a post about it--I agree the video was hard to watch, but it's amazing how something so sad can be so inspiring at the same time. She really has a gift in sharing her story.

Rebecca said...

Well. I joined FB (which you know cause we are friends now). So I'm all ready for the Book Club...just gotta finish the book!

I've read some of Bring The Rain, but truthfully, it's hard for me to read. I get very emotionally caught up in Angie's story...I think she is so incredibly strong and brave, but I just don't know how she copes as a mother losing a baby like that. I can't read it in long increments and I'm not sure if I can watch that video. Maybe. Like you said, you have to find the right time.

That recipe sounds good. I made some warm soup for tonight. Cause it's bitter out!

renee said...

i did see the video, and i almost couldn't see the video through the tears... :(

thanks for the recipe - looks yummy!!

being that i still haven't finished twilight yet (even though it's good!!), i'm not sure i'll even be able to start this book by the time you all finish it... :)
but that's okay - i would still read anything you recommend! i'm so glad you're doing the bookclub.
have fun with it!

shannon_milinovich said...

i made the sweet and sour chicken on tuesday night, before i read your blog - strange... it was my second time making it as well from christina's link - we are kindred spirits!

i only have a few more chapters in breaking dawn... it will be good when i am finished, i really need to sleep more.

go steelers!

Anonymous said...

Hey Meg, as your mom I am quite pleased that you have done a good job making your bed! Also, thanks for all the yummy recipe ideas. I enjoy trying something new.
Love, Mom

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