Friday, July 14, 2006

This and That

Ok, so this blogging thing and me haven't been getting a long lately. Some of it has to do with the internet I'm using...errr...borrowing. The connectivity goes in and out so it gets on my nerves pretty quick. The cable guy comes on the 18th next week though, so I'm excited about that.

I've also been in a little bit of a funk, and trying not to think of what's to come, i.e - sleeping in way to late, and being highly unproductive until about 4pm or later. My bed has been my haven lately. Bad, I know.

I was thinking about my recent blogging last night and I realized that I never mentioned how pretty NY is, or how I really do like it here. The tree's here are endless, it's gorgeous. The little town I live in is about 12 miles from Watertown, NY, which is where we go if we want to go to the mall, or Lowes, or any big store like that. The city of Watertown is a little run down, but it has a great strip for all your shopping needs. It's funny though because even though it's only 12 miles away, (20 miles to the main strip) it takes at least 35-40 minutes to get there because on the way from our town you hit 3-4 little towns and drive through them and have to slow down and all that. Plus it's got these huge hills on the way, I have to downshift all the time, plus my ears need to pop at least 2 or more times. Awesome views really can't beat it. One of these days I'll have to stop the car and take a pic.

Carthage is also about 8 miles from Fort Drum, and the way you have to drive to post is pretty cool too. The whole way I follow the Black River, it's right next to the road, and a pretty big lake, so it's definitely a nice little drive.

Oh! And the people in NY are soooo polite and's insane. I love it, but would have never expected it. They are all about customer service if your at a store or restaurant, and even your average person off the street seems very friendly and matter where you go. Of course I'm speaking for Upstate NY, not the city, but still, for some reason, I didn't expect it.

They blow people in the Midwest out of the water as far as friendliness and such - they all seem very down to earth.

Also! I think I failed to mention that before we left for NY, we traded in my Toyota Matrix for a 2006 Mazda 5. I was out at a Dollar General by Andrews grandma's house and I saw it..and at first I though it was a Matrix, but then I looked a little closer, and it kind of was, but had way more cargo room than my car. When I went back to the house I half mentioned it to Andrew, and his ears perked up right away. He got on the net at his moms and searched for a Mazda dealer near her house. We went there that night just to look at them on the lot. The next day we went to talk to the dealer to see if trading in ours was an option..seeing I hadn't even owned the Matrix for a year yet. We told them we just wanted to check into it and see if it was possible without making our payments any higher, and possibly lowering them.

Turns out it was possible, and my payment went down $20 a month, and I am now the proud owner of a wanna-be minivan. Gasp! It's like a mini van...but not. It's a mini version of a mini-van. hehe Oh, and I forgot to mention it's a manual tranmission, so that's another reason we saved money on it. I love driving a stick so I was all for it.

It was really nice for the trip up here, since we needed every bit of space we could get, it has a huge back cargo area, that is also a third row of seating if the seats aren't folded down.

Anyway, I love it. It gets good gas mileage and everything. Soccor Mom here I come!! ;) or not. haha.

Here's some pics of it. These are some that I snatched off the web. My car looks the same though..color and all. The pics make it look like a full size mini van..but trust me it's not. It's pretty short in comparison.

OK, I better get going. I have more to say, but I don't think it's fair to put it all in one might get a little long. Maybe if I blogged more than once a week I wouldn't have this problem...hmmmmm. I make no promises though..but I'll try ;)


Sarah said...

Oh yay! I'm so happy you like your new home and area! It sounds lovely... I would love to see some pics!

And you un-mini van is wicked cool! I love it!!

Hopefully you can start blogging more when you get your internet. I miss you!!!

Glenda said...

Awww. I'm missed :) Thanks Sarah! I like my mini un-mini van too, so far it has really come in handy with some large loads we've had. I will try and get some pictures up tonight or tomorrow..not of my town (cause I haven't taken them yet) but of Niagra falls and Cape Vincent. And come next week, hopefully I'll be back in full force :)

Dwain said...

I read something the other day and thought it was strange but from what you wrote its true. New York was top of the list for friendly states. Not the city like you wrote.
You didn't have the van when you came here did you? I thought you still had the other. You did didn't you?
Got to get out of the funk girl and call me, :).
Love you big sister!!!

Anonymous said...


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for ascertaining uninterrupted
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a season for every activity
under heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die. A
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harvest. A time to kill and
a time to heal. A time to
tear down and a time to
rebuild. A time to cry and
a time to laugh. A time to
grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones
and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a
time to turn away. A time to
search and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to
throw away. A time to tear
and a time to mend. A time
to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.

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the good from the Savior of the
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-- President Abraham Lincoln

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be as a City upon a hill. The eyes of
all people are upon us. So that if we
shall deal falsely with our God in this
work we have undertaken, and so
cause Him to withdraw his present
help from us, we shall be made a
story and a byword throughout the
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of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1630

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no man can tell how sudden a
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- Lord Tennyson (Poet)

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every year." - President John Quincy Adams

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- Immanuel Kant (Philosopher)

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- Charles Dickens (Author)

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- Sir Isaac Newton (Scientist)

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let the natural sciences progress in
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Since Christ's miraculous Resurrection
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gratitude for this wondrous sacrifice
and for God's promise of freedom for
the oppressed, healing for the broken -
hearted, and salvation. --President
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"It cannot be emphasized too strongly
or too often that this great nation was
founded, not by religionists, but by
Christians; not on religions, but on
the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this
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have been afforded asylum, prosperity,
and freedom of worship here."
--Patrick Henry (original member
of the Continental Congress)

God designed humans to want to
believe in something. That's the
image of God that is in us. But as
G. K. Chesterton famously put it,
when we reject the God of the
Bible, we don't believe in nothing;
we believe in everything -- including
Little Green Men. - - Chuck Colson

I am trying here to prevent anyone from
saying the really foolish thing that people
often say about Jesus Christ: "I'm ready
to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher,
but I don't accept His claim to be God."

That is the one thing we must not say.
A man who was merely a man and said
the sort of things Jesus said would not be
a great moral teacher. He would either be
a lunatic -- on a level with a man who says
he is a poached egg -- or else he would be
the Devil of Hell.

You must make your choice. Either this Man
was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman
or something worse .... You can shut Him up
for fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a
demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him
Lord and God. But let us not come up with any
patronizing nonsense about His being a great
human teacher. He has not left that option
open to us. He did not intend to. -- From
Case for Christianity, by C.S. Lewis

"Let every student be plainly instructed and
earnestly pressed to consider well the main
end of his life and studies is to know God
and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John
17:3)." - - - The Laws and Statutes of
Harvard College in 1643

"All scholars shall live religious, godly,
and blameless lives according to the rules
of God's Word, diligently reading the Holy
Scriptures, the fountain of light and truth;
and constantly attend upon all the duties
of religion, both in public and secret."
- - - Two central requirements in Yale
College 1745 charter

If you stop believing what your professor
told you had to be true and if you start
thinking for yourself you may come to some
conclusions you hadn't expected. You may
find the Bible makes more sense than you
thought or were told to think. Allow yourself
to be ruined, ruined with regard to what you
always thought could be true. Can you believe
what you don't understand? You and I believe
everyday what we don't understand unless it
comes to the issue of salvation.
- - - Dr. Woodrow Kroll

There is simply no historic foundation for the
position that the Framers intended to build the
'wall of separation' that was constitutionalized
in Everson. The 'wall of separation between
church and state' is a metaphor based on bad
history, a metaphor which has proved useless
as a guide to judging. It should be frankly and
explicitly abandoned. - - - Chief Justice of
the US Supreme Court, William Rehnquist

In 1796 the US Supreme Court issued this
ruling, "By our form of government, the
Christian religion is the established religion,
and all sects and denominations of Christians
are placed on equal footing." Some 57 years
later, after Congress was petitioned to separate
Christian principles from government, in 1853
the House Judiciary Committee issued their
formal report, including these words: "In this
age there is no substitute for Christianity.
This was the religion of the founders of the
republic, and they expected it to be the
religion of their dependents. The great vital,
conservative elements in our system is the
belief of our people in the pure doctrines
and divine truths of the gospel of Jesus
Christ." - - - Dr. Gerald Beavan

"It is the duty of nations, as well as of men,
to own their dependence upon the overruling
power of God and to recognize the sublime
truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and
proven by all history, that those nations only
are blessed whose God is the Lord."
-- President Abraham Lincoln

Trust in yourself and you are doomed to
disappointment; trust in money and you
may have it taken from you; but trust in
God, and you are never to be confounded
in time or eternity. - D.L. Moody

Faith and love are apt to be spasmodic
in the best of minds. Men and women live
on the brink of mysteries and harmonies
into which they never enter and with their
hand on the doorlatch they die outside.
- - GK Chesterton

Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
Dr. Whoami

P.S. Here's some blogs that I found
of interest
as I negotiated my way
through cyberspace:

Is Jesus God?
Religion Comparison
Watch The Jesus Movie
Muhammad or Jesus???
Answering Islam
A Short Look At Six World Religions
God's Word in different languages...
How to become a Christian
Who Is Jesus?
See The Word
Around the Well
Every Student
'Thought & Humor'

Only one of these is amalgamated with me -
can you determine which one??? Tell me
sometime what your thoughts are
about all this:O)