Wednesday, August 24, 2016

One positive of being in a complete standstill

You get a shot like this. 

No more rebate apps

I'm so done using Ibotta and Checkout 51 for a while. As you can see, over the last few months, I've earned almost $900, and this is not including the combined deals I've gotten from coupons I've clipped. I'm just too obsessed with it. I have become obsessed with buying only what's in the apps, to the point where if I need milk and milk hasn't shown up in the app yet, I'll eat cereal with yogurt mushed in- which is good. But geez Danielle just get some milk. I've also become obsessed with the bonuses. The cash is king bonus, the mid month money maker bonus, the monthly level bonuses, the levels of cash is king bonus, the body wash bonus, the bread bonus, the pasta sauce bonus, the buy chips+ dip 3 times bonus. It gets crazy. A good thing that came out of this is that it got me into probiotics, which have really cleaned me out (not to be gross). And $900 is $900. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

I'd rather not attend

I had to apologize to my mother for staying behind in Georgia earlier this month to attend Evan's funeral when they decided for religious reasons not to attend. 

She explained to me once more that it is important to preserve the body so that at the final resurrection of the dead, we can all be presented. 

I told her that I don't know how, why, when, or even if that's ever going to happen. But if it does, then if your attendance and worthiness is judged based on the condition of your post-hummus body, then it's an event I'd rather skip. Kind of like a school dance where you know only the snob kids are going. 

My mother's religion also has a 40 days after death significance. I think they believe the soul roams the earth for 40 days and then goes to heaven. (But who knows, and who even cares). Since Evan passed on August 2, his "40 days" happens to be on 9/11. 

I remember watching a documentary on 9/11. A victim's mother said that what they identified of her son was "so minuscule". It was merely a fragment that contained his DNA. There were no bodies to be recovered after the 9/11 attacks, not unless they were of the people who jumped from the towers. And if I remember correctly, the church had something to say about that devistating choice as well. It just goes to show you that we can't help what will happen to our bodies after we are gone. And to go all the way to "the end of the world" (whenever that may be) and have to be worried about being kept totally intact... Or else be judged?  That's not a belief system I want a part of. And while I apologized to my mom for not doing things her way earlier this month, I was also up front with her about how I feel about this. Evan's death drove a hatchet between us that would only make things worse if removed. 

Double stranded necklaces

Fall Leaf double stranded necklace in progress

Other pendants to be used for double and/or triple strand necklaces:

Sunday, August 21, 2016


My daughter and I watched The Prince of Egypt again last night. It's a sad story, isn't it?  Especially this beginning scene. Moses' biological mother tells him, "I pray we meet again", but by the time he meets his older brother and sister and realizes who he is, it's assumed that she has passed away. 

I never paid much attention to the lyrics before. Historically, this was before the Ten Commandments (obviously, since Moses was still an infant), so monotheism had not been commanded yet. They were still probably practicing polytheism (or else there wouldn't have been a need for that commandment). 

The lyrics in the beginning of this scene, which are hard to catch, are "Elohim, Adonai, can you hear your people cry..."  In the ancient Caananite religion, Elohim (or simply El) and Adonai were both gods that Abraham worshipped. Jewish monotheism didn't happen in an instant. 

At the end of The Prince of Egypt, as the Hebews are being led out of Egypt, they start singing a song to Ashera. Ashera is a Caananite goddess. She's in the bible actually, but only in a bad light. That song to her in the movie is linked here:

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Book I want to read.

My parents would kill me if I read this book lol. 

But from what I've studied about pre-Christianity, the christianization of Greece was particularly brutal. And from what I have watched about the old Greek gods, a lot of the traditions are still in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Go figure?  

I do want to see if half price books has it before getting it from Amazon. I really don't think I'll be able to find this one cheap, tho.