Friday, July 28, 2006

Onward...

So I talked to my mom on the phone last night, and she said it was about time to update my blog because people were all fired up. I told her that I like when people get all fired up... but we've only had about 3 comments in the last 24 hours, so I think she's right that it's time to move on.

Don't worry, dear readers, I'll have another topic for you all to go nuts about one of these days... but I'm switching back to a little happier tune for awhile. So it's time for some randomness:

Pregnancy Update:
Guess what? I've officially gone 24 days without puking!!!! That's ALMOST a whole month! It's time to jump for joy! (Or at least keep my fingers crossed that I'm done with the puking for awhile). I still don't really crave food at all even though I feel hungry most of the time. I never know what I want to eat... but eating does help me stay feeling fairly normal. I'm excited for the day when my actual appetite returns. That will be fun. In other news... if you haven't checked my sidebar in awhile, I've started putting weekly Baby U updates on it so y'all can see how the little one is growing too. It's fun for me to read the updates and someone suggested I post them... so there they are for your enjoyment if you care to read about Baby U.

Weirdness Update:
I had a dream last night that I was back in high school (I've had lots of high school dreams lately.) In this particular dream, I was in the lunch room with about 15 of my friends around a table. I sat my lunch down, and got back up to go to the line to get my salad. When I got back... they had moved my chair, moved my lunch and left me NO place to sit. Then they spilled my salad and EVERYONE was laughing. I was incredibly angry that no one would tell me what had happened to my food or my chair so I began to cry and I ran out of the lunch room. There was only one girl who felt bad about what they had all done and she never said anything but I could see it in her face.

Which brings me to my next point:
I do NOT like bullies! I do NOT like when people make fun of others! And I do NOT like hearing my friends (who I'm pretty sure back in the day were not the cool kids who made fun of people) start making fun of people now. It's so dumb and it makes me mad, and even though I know I am also guilty of it sometimes, I've decided that I really seriously despise feeling like a bully or being around people when they're acting like bullies. GRRRRRR. I suppose this all stems from being in the not-popular crowd in high school. Though I was pretty lucky to be more of a wallflower nerd than a nerd who stuck out... so I didn't get made fun of ALL that often. But boy was I hurt when I did. People are mean. We need to stop that.

I leave you with this:
Last weekend I heard a speaker say that we're all called to love one another in the truest sense. But as soon as we do that... it seems like someone finds a reason to take offense. It's strange really. But I guess look at Jesus. All He did was love unconditionally... and so many people hated Him. They hated Him so that they crucified Him. People really are a strange bunch.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Get the facts straight about something.

Okay, people, seriously... this whole embryonic stem cell research thing REALLY bothers me. It seems like no one in this country really knows the facts. Do you know that there have been no medical cures resulting from Embryonic Stem Cells? But... Adult Stem Cells and Cord Blood Stem Cells have already found cures to like 70 different diseases. Anyways... it's so dumb to me that just because we've got this money-hungry country that we have to put up with people arguing for research that yields no results... when they could be spending all that lawsuit money and time on funding Adult Stem Cell Research and Cord Blood Stem Cell Research which have already been proven effective.

Anyway.. read my friend Chuck's article if you want more info:

Embryonic, in vitro offer false promises
BY CHUCK WEBER
Michael Kinsley's commentary "Anti research but pro fertility clinics?" (July 11 Opinion) succinctly highlighted why bioethics is the fundamental cultural issue of our day.

In sterile, unapologetic language, Kinsley linked two issues that my colleagues and I are actively calling attention to in the public square: the false promise of embryonic stem cell research, and more effective, morally acceptable solutions to the genuine problem of infertility.

Kinsley exposed a dirty little secret: Countless live human embryos are literally flushed away (a few are frozen) each year by the assisted reproductive technology industry -- fertility clinics. Emotionally vulnerable, infertile couples will do virtually anything to start a family, and the ART industry is indeed a "ruthless" accomplice in this highly profitable quest.

Live human embryos -- remember that we're all former embryos -- are the new mother's milk of research scientists focused on embryo destruction to harvest stem cells and conduct unpredictable human cloning experiments at taxpayer expense.

Embryonic stem cell research, human cloning and procedures such as in vitro fertilization all entail the destruction of human life -- something vast numbers of Americans from diverse walks of life and faith traditions find horrifying and reprehensible.

Lest Kinsley and others judge this to be "willful ignorance" or a simple-minded "just say no" attitude toward science and research, consider this: Scientifically superior, morally acceptable alternatives to these issues and problems are now available for those wishing to explore them.

It's simply indisputable that controversy-free adult stem cells already help people suffering from more than 70 diseases and conditions (see the Web site www.stemcellresearch.org). Media hype about embryonic stem cell "advances" notwithstanding, nary a single cure has yet resulted, despite years of fully funded, unrestricted research in labs worldwide.

Likewise, there is authentic hope for infertile couples, thanks to a new women's health science called NaPro Technology. Developed at the National Center for Women's Health in Omaha, NaPro Technology treats infertility with medical and surgical techniques at a success rate 1 ½ to three times higher than in vitro fertilization at a fraction of the cost, and without the need to create and destroy "excess" human embryos. Couples are accessing NaPro Technology through more than 175 FertilityCare Centers, including one in Wichita.

Why haven't we heard more about these scientific advances? It's a complex answer, but start by following the money.

If some researchers get their way, many intend to patent and sell embryonic stem cell "lines" at a handsome profit. The ART industry's vested interest in the new status quo is clear: It's a multibillion-dollar business where desperate couples spend $10,000 or more on a single cycle of "treatment" with barely a 1 in 3 chance of achieving pregnancy.

Human life -- created in a petri dish or the old-fashioned way -- demands our utmost respect and protection from the instant of conception to natural death. Kinsley's unvarnished commentary succinctly linked two of the most crucial bioethical issues of our time. The unintended consequence is a wake-up call for all of us.


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Chuck Weber of Wichita is executive director of SaintMax Worldwide, a nonprofit communications and media consulting group.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Ode to Zoe

Some of you knew her well and some you had never met her... but my family had to say goodbye to our little pug dog Zoe last Monday. Besides her diabetes, obesity, near-blindness and 13-year-oldness, the vet discovered cancer in our little Zoe and my Mom and Dad decided it was time to let her go. Last Monday was a sad day for the Rausch family.

In remembrance of this great little pet, I'd like to share a few of my favorite memories, and invite you to share your own.

1) When we first met: I got home from the lake with my cousins and found an itty bitty pug puppy in Dad's arms. She was SOOOO cute and exactly the dog I wanted. She was also the first housedog we'd ever had!

2) How I was afraid of her: My uncle told me that if I accidentally bopped her on the nose, her eyeballs would pop out. So in my preteen years, I decided perhaps I should not play too hard with this little puppy because it would be quite gross to watch her eyeballs pop out.

3) The younger years: In Zoe's younger years (before she became obese) she used to dance around in circles while we offered her Snausages. She seemed so talented as a young pug.

4) The way she snored louder than dad. (We didn't even know that was possible).

5) The spider: One time when she was still pretty little she was sniffing around in the corner of our farmhouse. When I finally got her to look at me, she had an ENOURMOUS spider right on her face. I screamed and ran into the next room, which much have startled zoe because she yelped and ran right after me. Thank goodness the spider came off before she got to me. But then I had to spend the next 15 minutes convincing my brother that I wasn't just seeing things. He finally discovered this 3 inch spider in the corner and killed it... but ICK!

What memories do you want to share? Zoe had a superfluous amount of nicknames in her life... I'm sure a few of you remember those. Please feel free to share.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Do you know?

Name the character and the movie and you get a cookie!*

1) "Alright Beulah... do want to take this outside?!"

2) "Not THAT weird." (eye bat, eye bat)

3) "The cheese is old and moldy. Where is the bathroom?"

4) "And then this seagull came and he was all this is this and that is that."

5) "Like my sister... Lolita Chiquita Juanita Chihuahua... I think."

6) "You only THINK I picked wrong!"

7) "Nothin. What's a motto with you?"


*and by cookie, I obviously mean nothing. :)

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

4 Things

Thanks to Gina's webpage... I found a fun thing to post (it's quite possible that I've posted something similar recently.. but I don't remember so I don't really care.)

4 THINGS you may not have known about me.....

A) Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. Warren Theatre - cleaner, concessioner and box office attendant
2. Best Western Reservation Center phone rep
3. Marketing coordinator for an ad agency
4. Traffic director and sales assistant for a radio network

B) Four movies I would watch over and over:
1. Pretty Woman
2. Moulin Rouge
3. Wedding Singer
4. Dirty Dancing

C)Four places I have lived....
1. Andale
2. KU Campus dorms in Lawrence
3. Daisy House
4. Apartment with my hubby

D) Four TV shows I love to watch:
1. American Idol
2. Friends reruns
3. Jeopardy
4. Seinfeld reruns

D2)Four Shows I miss--Loved to watch:
1. American Idol in the off-season
2. Friends
3. Brady Bunch
4. Muppet Babies

E) Four places I have been on vacation:
1. Montreal and Toronto
2. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
3. Alamosa, Colorado
4. Florida

F) Four websites I visit daily:
1. Gmail
2. My yahoo
3. My blog
4. Pregnancy update websites

G) Four of my favorite foods:
1. Mom's Lasagna
2. Andrew's Grandma's spaghetti
3. Andrew's Salmon
4. Homemade fried chicken and mashed potatoes - Ma & Pa style

H) Four places I would rather be right now:
1. Hugging Andrew
2. Playing with a puppy
3. Chilling with my parents
4. On squishy the couch taking a nap

Friday, July 07, 2006

Nobody puts baby in a corner.

Hey fabulous readers!!! Guess what?

Andrew and I have a baby who is in the same week as this one:



Isn't that like the most amazing thing ever???!!!

This little tiny itty bitty child (who is someone between 1 and 2 inches long) is muy adorable!





I just had to share. Yeay for 8 week old babies!!!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

She's a...

Grand Ole Flag
She's a High Flyin Flag
And Forever.. in peace.. may she wave!

WOO PAA... that song gets stuck in my head like peanut butter sticks to too-fresh bread.

Last night the hubby and I and the Brendan family went to see the fireworks downtown. It was most fabulous. Prior to that we went swimming which is WAY fun when there's an 8 and 4 year old along. I was throwin kids around like my dad used to do to me and that made me happy. All in all... it was a neat 4th O' July.

In other news... is anyone else a little freaked out at these missile launches that N. Korea is doing? Seriously.. yuck.

Also... I guess the space shuttle had a good takeoff since I haven't heard anything... but the whole thing makes me nervous and I'm pretty sure we need to update our NASA-mobiles or get the heck out of the space program before we blow more astronauts up.

And it turns out we get to elect a new governor this year. I, for one, will NOT be voting for our current governor. This mostly has nothing to do with how effective or ineffective she has been as a governor... but more to do with the fact that she lives a publicly hypocritical life when it comes to being "Catholic" and "Pro Choice"... which are two things that absolutely and positively CONTRADICT each other... and that bugs me A LOT. It also bugs me that dear Sebelius gets a majority of her campaign money from Tiller, notorious Wichita abortion non-doctor. It grosses me out that the blood of babies helped her get into office. YICK!

Chew on that for awhile, dear readers. You want controversy?... you got controversy. Discuss.