Friday, August 8, 2014

7QT What if your local supermarket closed?

More Quick Takes at Jen's Conversion Diary

Places we may never go again. The mall, the movie theater, the moon & .

2. Well Market Basket isn't closed. We're in boycott for about three weeks now. The story is somewhat national, when they fired the co-shareholder/CEO for two CEO who have a background of not running grocery story chains, but for 'busting up' grocery chains (selling off/closing stores) and retrieving golden parachutes in the process.

We thought we could 'force their hand', to sell to the co-sharehold/former CEO by draining money from the store. We thought (with reason) these people listen to money and if the store is losing 10 million a day, and reduce sales by 90% they would listen to the customer.  We want a real CEO who want to run a profitable grocery store, not a private equity firm or a megachain that would close stores and treat workers poorly.

Well... apparent the hatred between the two sides of the shareholders is so great, the other won't sell for fair value. BTW we're not talking millionaires. We're talking billionaires here.

3.  So while we do have a BJs membership, we still used Market Basket and instead of being able to get milk in walking distance. I can either drive to BJs which is 20 minutes or deal with the chaos of other supermarkets in the area, because EVERYONE is participating the boycott.

What would happen if you couldn't shop at your supermarket?

4. It has been a slow summer of posting. The kids are home and I haven't been sleeping well.Really, it is because of the 'taboo' subject matter I usually post on and have been posting on for over a decade. Yeah, no one is going to behead me, but the strangeness that expressing the importance of family structure is somehow 'intolerance' or 'hatred'. It is amazing how PR really works to destroy someone. 

5. So far I've survived the gauntlet.

6. Still you find  a news article on the subject. "Why the decline in marriage among first-time mothers matters for their children" Washington Post July 9, 2014. 

7. Jen loves Banana suits! Here is one at a Market Basket rally!  

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Answer Me This

Currently in Lowell we are in a customer/employee rebellion with the Board of Directors of Market Basket. Not sure if the protest/boycott/rallies have been going national.
Saw the writing on the wall when they ousted Artie T. that corporate raiders would plunder and pillage the grocery for pure profit without any care for the community (hello, their customers).
1. What’s your favorite thing on YouTube?
I have not used YouTube that much, but my kids watch StampyCat. He does the MineCraft videos.
2. Who taught you to drive?
My parents, but not well. At 13 my brother died in a car accident. They should of let me drive a lot more with my permit.
3. What’s your favorite thing to cook?
Anything in a slow cooker.
4. Are you a hugger or a non-hugger? Why?
Non-hugger, except with my own kids. Wish I was, so jealous of huggers growing up.
5. Where do you pray best?
Alone and anywhere.
6. When is the last time you saw/spoke to your grandparents?
A few days before my grandmother passed away in January.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Answer Me This from Catholic All Year

More answers over at Catholic All Year

1. What’s something you've won and how did you win it?
A basket of wine, when I signed up to be bone marrow donor. It was the item with the least about of raffle tickets in the jar, and instead of going to the popular Red Sox Tickets.  I had a better odds of winning. I do this at raffles and pick the least popular item. 

2. Do you save old greeting cards and letters, or throw them all away? Why?
Only from my husband. I do have all of our wedding/baptismal cards. A lot gets tossed, unless it is a hand written letter. 

3. When you’re at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot?

4. Who’s the most famous person you have ever met? 
Politicians. Sen John McCain in 1999 and our current  Governor Deval Patrick

5. What has been your best work of art?
I can't draw a triangle and flunked handwriting in 4th grade. 

6.  What’s your strongest sense? 
I don't have a superior sense, in any of the five sense. I would say hearing. I never failed a hearing test. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

7QT Thoughts of Having #4 ""Are you out of your mind?""

 This is a Decade in Blogging series from my old blogs. This Quick Takes originate from six years ago, not as quick takes!

Remind you that #4 is now six years old! 

1.Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Whenever you visit someone, to them it's a small party of six guests.

2. Saturday, July 26, 2008
Nobody has giving me a lecture I'm destroying the environment or using up all the world's resource... so far.

3. Monday, July 28, 2008

Consider myself lectured, that I have too many children.

Population Policy Needed In Order To Combat Climate Change, Experts Argue

4. Sunday, August 03, 2008

Forgetting the pain when becoming a mother

Was out in public today with the new baby, anyone who was a mom commented how 'they wanted another', it is amazing how women can completely forget the stresses of labor when looking at a infant. 

5. Thursday, September 18, 2008

"Stay Up Late" by the Talking Heads

Too many people lately commenting on the size of my family. This song cheers me up. For parents children have costs and sacrifices, but to brothers and sisters siblings are free! 

6. Monday, December 29, 2008

Well, I guess I'm different.

Something about birth is personal between baby, mother, and father. With my birth only my husband was present and when I was ready people visited slowly. By the fourth baby came around though no one was interested toimmediately see the baby, which really didn't bother us.

Every time I'm in the hospital to birth, I see multiple upon multiple of unessential visitors. That's right unessential, I'm a meanie I guess I don't think grandparents, aunt's and uncles, even new aunts and uncles, and cousins should visit mother and baby in the hospital. They can wait until mother is settles at home. 

7. Monday, December 29, 2008

"Are you out of your mind?"

The above quote was said to my husband and I of all places BJs where you buy in bulk in response to the size of our family. While the next day at Mass, someone said we were so lucky to have more then two. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

7QT "A magic moment for unwed parents"

7QT More Seven Quick Takes at Jen's Conversion Diary...

 Quick Take on unwed parents is #7

1. So here I sit here in Massachusetts under one party rule, what is practiced and what is preached are two different things. Politicians say things to feed the lobbyist desires, meanwhile the rest of us are concerned with public policy and at times there is conflict.

2Yeah, it's chaos. Officially.

Sometimes you can't ignore it, but don't succumb to it either.

3. Marriage decline and the public policy chaos.
You can search numerous scholarly online articles about the decline of marriage over the past three decades, but it you search in general terms of marriage decline you will no longer see articles on public policy. All we get is just insanity on social media mocking marriage.
4. The high maintenance cost of sexual liberation
My newly divorced 31-year-old self was on the pill so I didn't even consider asking a man to wear a condom. Then, after I'd been single for about six months I saw a report on the news about the rise in cases of herpes. I was surprised and frustrated.

I assume when she is referencing herself at the age of 31, it is the early/mid 1980s. We carry the burdens of such thinking. 

5. I never understood how our dependence on contraception is so blind. There has been numerous mainstream media reports and fertility apps on smartphones are great.

Birth control may affect long-term relationships via CNN April 2012 

So it may not be as much the issue of going off birth control as it going on it in the first place. Sexual health expert Dr. Madeleine Castellanos cautions women to think carefully about their choice of contraceptive: "Some of these side effects are so serious that I now urge young women to consider just using condoms and leaving the birth control pills behind."
6. I update my sidebar, for some reason there has been an uptick on my cross posts from Opine.  

7.  A 'magic moment' for unwed parents: Best time in child's life for unwed parents to marry -- ScienceDaily
"The odds improve somewhat when mothers marry their child's biological father, Gibson-Davis said. After 10 years, 38 percent of post-conception marriages involving biological parents had dissolved. In the same period of time, 54 percent of marriages to a stepfather had ended. Those findings held true across racial lines."

How interesting in social media we are constantly being told that marriage has little to do with a child having their mother and father parent under one roof, but there are studies on it's importance whenever there is a healthy relationship between the two.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Listen to the victims of sexual abuse.

It is so important to hear the stories of victims of sexual abuse. Warning on the sensitive subject matter.

Comment from Instapundit 

People like to turn a blind eye to pedophilia and child abuse. For some, it's just too horrible to even think about. My own mom turned a blind eye all those years because her mind could not handle it. I've forgiven her over time, but it was hard. Years later, after my father died, I asked her 'why did you not stop it?' She said she didn't want to know.
Please read the whole story.  


Also Mudblood Catholic's To Forgive Predator 

The tortuous slowness with which Christians are coming to face the reality of sexual predation within our congregations is horrifying; probably almost the only reason that the Catholic Church is doing as well as it is, is that it has been forced to, by the ghastly revelations of a decade ago. Meanwhile, every few months or so, I hear some new story of abuse, often at the hands of church leaders, sounding like something out of a nightmare. But the problem is beginning to be recognized, and in some degree dealt with. Above all, the wicked culture of silence on the subject is being dispelled.

The high maintenance cost of sexual liberation

I assume when she is referencing herself at the age of 31, it is the early/mid 1980s

Older People: Having Sex, Getting Diseases By 

"My newly divorced 31-year-old self was on the pill so I didn't even consider asking a man to wear a condom. Then, after I'd been single for about six months I saw a report on the news about the rise in cases of herpes. I was surprised and frustrated. I'd been so excited about my new sexual freedom, and now I realized I could catch genital warts. My single girlfriends and I talked about this, wondering what we should do. When we go out with someone new do we say, "please pass the salt and oh by the way do you have herpes?"
Now to be completely transparent (as if I haven't already been) I didn't initially consider that my partner might be having sex with others at the same time he was having sex with me (I know, so naïve of me) and the problems this could cause. This point was brought up by my gynecologist during an annual appointment. What a revelation! Of course the test didn't mean anything if he had sex with someone else between when he showed me his results and before having sex with me again. So, calling in the "big girl pants" again, I now had to learn how to have the "monogamy conversation" (with him and myself).
She does go on to give the proper advice, but why are we as women (and men) getting the idea of such high risk behavior in the first place that one needs to be coached? 

Monogamy and celibacy are perfectly good options, it doesn't mean one is lonely.