Strikes suck. I find that I've got far too much time on my hands now. *sigh*
Oh well... I guess this means I finally have a bit of time to do some non-work related reading. So, "yay!" for that. I also need to find a way to pull in some x-tra cash for the holiday seasons. We try not to use credit cards for the holiday (and we have a holiday savings), but...the kids seem to be wanting more expensive things than usual. I was going to buy P#4 a Thomas the Tank Engine Table. I've been keeping my eye out for one, and thought that I was going to score at ToysRUs when the Big Toy Book came out. But, they wanted $200 for something just a bit nicer than this (the one I like has drawers instead of rolling bins).
Needless to say, I'm not all that thrilled about paying that kind of money for one. I have no doubt that it would blow his little mind and be the best present ever for him...but, call me crazy, I think we could build him something nicer for that kind of money. I think, between dad, DH, and I, we could build something. I can definitely handle the painting. Anyway...I post this here because I know there are a lot of parents who read my blog and they may have suggestions. I also know that there are a few engineers and construction people, so any suggestions on building one would be fabulous. P1 and P2 really want Ipods. I don't want to spend too much, but...again, suggestions would be wonderful.
In atheist-related-news, I finally came all the way out of the closet with my father today. He had sent me an e-mail regarding the Ramadan postage stamps. The e-mail was one of those e-chain mail things that had been forwarded about five thousand times. And, of course, like most chain mail -it was a scare tactic piece with very little accurate information. And, it was extremely vile towards Muslims. So, I got a little more irritated than I normally would and wrote my father back explaining why his forward disappointed me so much. I explained to him that when you allow things like that to pass from person-to-person, without checking the facts, you're promoting a lie and bigotry. I then told him about William and John. About how they've created e-rumors about our family and sent chain e-mails out and started their own hate blogs about our family. I'm not sure if he made the connection between what he sent me and the methods of W and J, but... I was very clear about my status as an atheist. I even told him about my blog. He, to his credit, apologized for forwarding the piece and said he hadn't researched it before sending it. Now, I'm just hoping that we're going to be okay. They, obviously, know I don't do church anymore...and I've been fairly vocal about my thoughts on Catholicism and what-not,...but I really don't know that they understood just how passionate I am about promoting positive atheism and secular parenting. I think some of the stuff on this blog would surprise my folks. And, despite the fact that I'm pushing my mid-thirties and have been on my own for a long while, I still respect my parents and want a good relationship. They're an integral part of our lives (as you can see from the pics). We, quite honestly, would have a difficult time without them. So...yeah. The entire cat is out of the bag now.
As to John's blog - in a way, it's kind of a heady feeling to know that someone despises you enough to build a blog that's anti-you. :) LOL But, the majority of my heart and mind is in mama bear defense mode. He *did* take the pictures down (to his credit).
OH! Pullman gave a great interview on the Today Show, addressing criticisms of the Golden Compass. Here's a transcript of his interview. I thought he did a nice job of addressing his critics without being hostile (and, some of the critics deserve hostility in return). Good on him!