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Crazy Cat Lady


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October 31, 2009 at 1:36 pm

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This is our 7th year carving together! Mine is on the left.



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October 31, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Trip to St. Louis

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Go Colts!



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October 31, 2009 at 1:23 pm

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Mom’s Birthday Lunch

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Me with my mom, sister, and niece



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October 31, 2009 at 1:19 pm

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Date Night

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Just two days ago I swore off blogging until I am done with my qualifying exam. But, here I am. I couldn’t resist telling you about the wonderful time I had last night. We went to the Eagle’s Nest. It’s a restaurant on top of the Hyatt in downtown Indianapolis. And it spins! We’ve wanted to check it out for awhile, but a) we heard the food wasn’t that great, and b) it’s expensive. Early in the week we decided we were overdue for a real date, though, and since we’ve tried just about everything else – not in the whole city, of course, but in our little walkable area of the city – we opted for this place. And it was definitely expensive. But worth it. The food was fantastic! We went all out with a bottle of wine, a shrimp cocktail, steak for Jon and halibut for me, and then dessert drinks. Even better than the food was the view, though. Indy is gorgeous when it’s all lit up at night.┬áThe state house was especially beautiful. It was neat to have a changing view as the night progressed too. I think we made two full rotations before we headed home. The best part of the evening was spending time with Jon. Sometimes I forget how easy and interesting conversation is with him. We could have stayed there all night talking. I love that after all this time, I still can’t get enough of him.

So, I may or may not be back for awhile. I have to keep my head in the game, and to help me do that, I’m disconnecting a little bit. Blogging, Facebook, and TV are all getting shoved to the back of the cabinet for the rest of this semester.

Written by Lisa

October 17, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Classroom Activity: Spaceship Exercise

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This semester I am teaching a service-learning course called Community Problems and Outreach. We are focusing on three main topics – families in poverty, debates over marriage, and domestic abuse. My students are volunteering at communities that serve low-income families in the community. We spend part of our time in the classroom discussing academic material on these topics, and we spend part of our time discussing their volunteer experiences. Yesterday I devoted a good portion of class time to the service side of the course. To help the students become more aware of the assumptions, biases, and prejudices that they hold, which can affect their interactions with the people they are serving, we did a short group activity. Perhaps you’ve seen a version of it before. I adapted it from a version that I participated in at a recent domestic violence training for Family Service of Central Indiana.

Spaceship Exercise

The fate of the human race lies in your hands. NASA scientists have identified a meteor that is barreling toward the Earth. It will make impact in 60 minutes. There will be total devastation. We have time to prepare only one spaceship that can carry only 7 people off of the planet. They will be sent to colonize Zuno, a recently discovered Earth-like planet. You must choose these 7 people from the following list of 12 candidates. You have 15 minutes.

Age Gender Sexual Orientation Race/Ethnicity Language Occupation Other Information
1 24 Male Heterosexual African American English Medical student
2 32 Female Heterosexual Caucasian English and Spanish Prostitute
3 28 Intersex Bisexual Caucasian/Jewish English and Hebrew Rabbi
4 28 Male Heterosexual Caucasian English Farmer Has had a vasectomy
5 55 Female Heterosexual African American English Infectious disease medical researcher
6 6 Male Asian American English and Korean
7 19 Male Homosexual Native American English Professional athlete
8 26 Female Heterosexual Mexican American Spanish Homemaker 6 months pregnant
9 14 Female African American English Born with leg deformities and needs a wheelchair
10 60 Male Heterosexual Caucasian English Retired CEO of major pharmaceutical company
11 40 Male Heterosexual Caucasian English Mechanic Homeless
12 36 Female Homosexual Multiracial English and German Fourth grade teacher

So, who would you choose? Based on what criteria? What do your choices reflect about what you value in people? What do they reflect about your assumptions regarding the characteristics about these individuals?

Come on, baby. Everyone knows breastmilk is bad for you! Here, have some celery.

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Don’t we call it “baby fat” for a reason?!

This story is just absolutely ridiculous.

A four-month old baby was denied coverage by an insurance company – Rocky Mountain Health Plans – for being too fat. He was 17 pounds and 25 inches tall, putting him in the 99th percentile for weight and height for babies his age. And? So what?!

There are plenty of chubby little babies that grow into slender children. It’s just unfathomable to me that anyone would see this as a problem. But apparently, 21% of people who voted in an online poll thought that it was fine for an insurance company to deny a baby coverage due to its weight.

Doctors and scientists agree that we should not restrict children’s fat intake until they are at least 2 years old. Some are even arguing that it is inappropriate to restrict fat intake until children are at least 5 years old.

So unless you have some evidence that weight is a symptom of some underlying preexisting condition, how can you deny this baby coverage? Of course, I would argue that it would still be bullshit to deny him or anyone else coverage, but I’m one of those people.

Btw, the overwhelmingly negative public reaction to this absurdity put enough pressure on Rocky Mountain to change its policy.

Written by Lisa

October 13, 2009 at 1:18 pm