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Archive for April, 2007

Oops. Bills.

Posted by thoughtful1 on April 30, 2007

I was about to log off when I suddenly remembered that today is the last day of April. And I haven’t finished paying this month’s bills. Doh.

Most important: Homeowner’s insurance. If I screw that up and the mortgage company gets wind of it, bad things happen. So I wrote that check first.

Now I am just writing out checks and I have to figure out how much to transfer from my savings to my checking to cover the minimum balance required to avoid any fees. Blech. This was a yucky month, mostly due to two big bills coming due and a surprise bill. I spent a bit too much on stuff in general, plus my airfare to the UUA’s General Assembly. So my main credit card balance was a bit heavy. Next, the bill for my PC came, and then the 0% interest period on my washer and dryer ended. So a lot of money flying out the door this month. At least I can cover it. And in the next few weeks my W-4 changes should go through and my cash flow should improve measurably.

Gotta love that mortgage interest deduction 🙂

But, in the meantime, I have bills to pay.

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SimCity’s siren call…

Posted by thoughtful1 on April 30, 2007

… is calling out to me. But I really should catch up on my TV shows. I have a backlog.

The nice thing about getting the DVR is that I can toodle on the PC and not worry that I’m missing the first 10 minutes of Heroes because the DVR is recording it. The downside is that I have a backlog – I’m behind two eps on Gilmore Girls, and odds are by tomorrow night I’ll be three eps behind. Oh, and I’m more likely to record stuff I normally wouldn’t, like some Discovery show on cities.

So I should go with my original plan of watching TV. Except that I’m feeling that urge to play SimCity. I started a new city this weekend, and it’s going well. But, of course, I want to do MORE. But, if I do play it, then I run the risk of staying up too late. And that does me no good. It just makes me sluggish and cranky at work.

Hmm… OK, Gilmore Girls can wait. I really want to see what is happening on Heroes. I will be good and watch TV and not give in to the evil that is SimCity.

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God Called Laurie Kendrick

Posted by thoughtful1 on April 28, 2007

In lieu of me actually writing anything today – I’m having a nothing day today – I’m giving you all a link to this.  God and Laurie had a good chat. May not answer all our questions, but it does give me a insight to why things happen the way they do.

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For all you Black/African transracial adoptees out there

Posted by thoughtful1 on April 23, 2007

I stumbled across this blog by Lisa Marie, a transracial adoptee of African descent. So, if you are a transracial adoptee of African/black descent, all or part, and you’ve been feeling left out of the transracial adoptee group hug us KADs get to have, then you might be interested in the Yahoo Group trarepresent – Black/African Transracial Adoptees.

Info on joining is near the bottom of the page. You can either just send a subscribe request to the Subscribe Address (duh) or login with a Yahoo ID and join that way. (As a veteran member of several Yahoo Groups, I recommend using a Yahoo ID. It makes managing your group membership much easier.)

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What kind of white people are these?

Posted by thoughtful1 on April 23, 2007

I went to see The Namesake two weeks ago. Very good movie. I had also read the book. However, there was one part of it that mystified me, mostly because I’ve heard other Asians talk about this, as if all white people did this:

When the main character, Gogol, brings home his WASP girlfriend, she rattles his Indian parents by immediately calling them by their first names. Horribly rude. Especially in Indian (and Asian) culture.

A few months ago I got together with several other Asian Americans – NOT adopted. They got to talking about trying to raise their children and bridge that divide between general (White) American culture and the Asian culture that they were raised with. One comment people made was how the white people in their church would call people by their first names, even if it was a child talking to an adult. I got the feeling that every white person they encountered did this, that it was perfectly normal in white American culture to call adults by their first names if they are significantly older than you.

Who are these white people? I don’t know any of them, and I live in a very, very white world!

Yes, I did call my mom’s friends by their first names, BUT only when I was told to! I never presumed to call any of my friends’ parents by their first names. I never went over to so-and-so’s house and said, “Hi Dave and Judy!” It was always, “Hi Mr. Smith! Hi Mrs. Smith!” And none of my white friends ever presumed to call my parents by their first names. My mom will tell people to call her by her first name, but my friends only do that because she tells them to, and I think they feel a little weird about it.

So, who are these white people who go around thinking everyone can be on a first name basis? Are they uber-wealthy liberal WASPs who are soooo entitled they can ignore Amy Vanderbilt and Emily Post?  Or is it just a situation where a handful of white folks are doing this, and in turn have given the impression to Asian immigrants that all white Americans do this?

Who are these people?

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But it’s brand new!

Posted by thoughtful1 on April 20, 2007

A few weeks ago we had screen doors put in.  Tonight I noticed that already there’s a hole in my screen.

*sigh*

I guess I’ll be heading to the hardware store for a screen repair kit.

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What are you doing on Earth Day?

Posted by thoughtful1 on April 19, 2007

Me, I’m thinking of taking a day off from using power… sorta.

I’m not going to unplug everything in my home, but I was thinking of spending the day without booting up the PC, or watching TV(!) And I was thinking of staying home – not driving anywhere. Instead, I could spend the day reading, walking around town, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll get around to unpacking some boxes….. 🙂

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Already the jackals are out

Posted by thoughtful1 on April 18, 2007

Already scam artists and crooks are exploiting the Virginia Tech tragedy to make money off well-meaning people.  Read here for the executive summary and a link to more detailed info.

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A white American raised by Asians

Posted by thoughtful1 on April 18, 2007

I thought the transracial adoptees out there would find this article interesting, especially the Asian adoptees. Daja Wangchuk Meston is the son of an American couple, but at the age of 6 his mother left him in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery where he lived until he was 16.

I think some of us can identify with some of the things he went through.

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Cho showed even more signs of mental illness

Posted by thoughtful1 on April 18, 2007

Today we learned that Seung Cho showed more signs of mental illness and was even forced to undergo treatment after becoming suicidal.  And still he did not receive enough help.

But, listening to NPR I heard several mental health professionals says that they cannot reliably predict if someone will become violent.

That is really frightening.

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