1 - You can make fun of me. It's okay. But I think that secretly you like this song, too.
2 - So the post from last night was pretty heavy so this will be light and cheery, okay? Okay.
3 - This is what I want it to look like outside my house:
I'd like it to be at least 10" deep. I'd like for my husband to have a snow day wherein we sleep in and make waffles for breakfast. I want to stand on my porch in the morning when the sun is up but the roads aren't cleared so everyone is inside and everything is still. And I want to listen to the silence that only comes when a deep snow is still fresh. Then later I want to build a snowman with the kids and pull them in the sled. I want to go in and make hot chocolate while Travis and L and Ben shovel and JF and Resa nap upstairs.
I want a snow day!
4 - Do you watch the show Ghost Hunters on Syfy? If you do, the Jan 30th episode will supposedly be about the Peoria Asylum, an abandoned facility that closed in the 1970's. It treated people with mental illness and locally it is well known for its supposed ghost stories. If you watch the show or if you ever visit the site, please remember this, which is something I shared on Facebook earlier this week:
I know people just want the fun of a thrilling, local ghost story, but as the granddaughter of one of its former inhabitants I am bothered. If you're interested in the history of Peoria Asylum that's one thing and I respect that. I'm interested in it too. But if all you're looking for is a thrill I'd like to remind you that real people suffered in there. Real people lived their lives in there and those people and their memories deserve our compassion and respect, not our morbid curiosity. The stories my mom has shared with me of visiting her own mother (who had suffered brain damage) at the Peoria Asylum are nothing but sad. No one should make money or have a good time at the expense of another person, even if those people have been dead for awhile and especially if those people suffered because of mental illness.
5 - Downton Abbey question: Why is everyone so mean about Lady Edith? Maybe I just identify with her too much and so I have a natural soft spot. But I don't think she's that bad.
6 - NFP question: Travis and I would like to switch to the Marquette Method of natural family planning but there are no instructors in our area. Has anyone else learned it via the website and emailing with a staff member? I'm concerned that I won't learn it as well but we're also running out of options for methods that will work for us.
7 - This is funny, eh?