The American Bible Challenge ~ Review and Giveaway

  I recently had the opportunity to watch “the making of” The American Bible Challenge. While I will not be able to watch full episodes of this new game show (for charity), I did find the concept interesting. I’m a big fan of trivia and there’s definitely a lot of wonderful material in the Bible to quiz people on! My 9 year old son would have definitely enjoyed watching this show as well. He knows his Bible well and loves trivia even more than I do. He is constantly (seriously) asking us to quiz him on random facts. Another fun plus to this game show, is that it is hosted by Jeff Foxworthy (shhh, I’ve secretly enjoyed his material for a number of years now!) He is engaging and funny and makes contestants feel at ease, I’m sure!

Here’s a little bit more about the show (keep reading because I also have some wonderful items to give away to one lucky reader):

The American Bible Challenge Description:

 Comedian and author, Jeff Foxworthy hosts this studio-based game in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible. Utilizing current as well as historical references, questions will be drawn from the rich, dense narrative found in the world’s best-selling book. The contestants will share their compelling back-stories and each team will be playing for a charitable organization. The American Bible Challenge is produced by RelativityREAL for GSN, with RelativityREAL’s Tom Forman (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) and Embassy Row’s Michael Davies (“The Newlywed Game,” “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”) serving as Executive Producers on the project. Nick Stuart and Maura Dunbar of Odyssey Networks are Consulting Producers.
About the Host:
Comedian Jeff Foxworthy is the largest selling comedy-recording artist in history, a multiple Grammy® Award nominee and the best-selling author of 11 books. Widely known for his redneck jokes, his act goes beyond that to explore the humor in everyday family interactions and human nature.
This show has aired weekly for the last two weeks and I encourage you to check it out on the Game Show Network (GSN) Thursday at 8/7c.
For more information:
Twitter: #TheAmericanBibleChallenge and @GSN

And now, for your chance to win.We’re giving away a The American Bible Challenge T-Shirt and Zondervan Quest Bible!

To enter all you need to do is leave me a comment and tell me you’d like to win!.

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4) Blog about this contest and give me your link (3 entries) – Don’t forget to comment 3 times for this one!

Comments close at 1pm Friday, September 7th, 2012 and a winner will be drawn at random.

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Emergency Room Doulas

I really think that there’d be a market for them!

This past weekend I had an interesting experience at the Charles V Keating Emergency and Trauma Center. First off, let me say that this emergency department is the spiffiest I’ve even, but perhaps I’m just just used to Montreal grunge. Comfortable chairs, televisions, access to information on what is going on in the emergency department, a highly efficient set up (the wait was not terrible considering I wasn’t triaged as a priority case as while I was in pain I wasn’t in threat of loss of limb or life), comfortable areas within the actual department once you are taken back to treatment.

While the staff was mostly wonderful, I could have used a doula. While I am a doula myself and will go all out for my clients at their birth, I tend to freeze up when it comes to my own health. Before we had children, Mike was a wonderful advocate for me if I ever found myself in a position to need medical care. He’d come to appointments and make sure that whatever we’d discussed previously was brought up to the doctor. He’d make sure I wasn’t forgotten in some back room. He’d fetch pillows/blankets when I was puking (aw, don’t I remember the joys of hyperemisis gravidarum). With children, he gets the kids and I get to stick up for myself.

Since that is not my forté, I could have used a doula to:

1. Remind me that going into the hospital at 4:30 without having eaten is a bad idea. You will be there over shift change and no one will be moved out of the waiting room for over an hour. You will be hungry and will spend $2.90 for a tiny granola bar that you will have to choke down.

2. Ask a nurse to speak to a group of people in the tiny assessment room about quieting down. I was sitting with another women in significant pain and nearby there was a wild couple with the cellphone going off every two seconds who were discussing their various issues with children’s service and the law (including vivid descriptions of robberies with a butcher knife *gag*). It really sucked the energy out of the room and made everything feel really negative and everyone else in the room was actually sick and in pain and didn’t need to hear that. It was a relief when the lady decided to go home without seeing a doctor.

3. Have an idea of what I hoped to accomplish before we saw the doctor and remind me if we were getting off track. The first night I did well at explaining and the doctors were sympathetic but the doctor on the second day was not good. He said several things that were just plain wrong. I’m a little bit educated on human anatomy and whatnot so I knew that there was no way that he could tell me that certain areas were fine from the tests he did but I kept my mouth shut. I knew that I wanted further investigation done. I knew I was very uncomfortable going back home to wait months for tests. I needed someone to insist he look at my photos. I needed someone to remind me to find out what the doctor’s speciality was and to help me advocate for seeing someone in the right department (as that is why we went to the city).

4. To take notes. The doctor gave me a whole load of instructions on release but they were all done in chicken scribble and I can barely make them out. It also would have been handy to have someone sit with you and brainstorm about what you would like to ask before hand.

I think that ER support people would be wonderful at sitting with people while they wait for tests/treatment. It can be scarey and when it is overcrowded, the staff will ask people’s family to leave the treatment/assessment areas and I know that some people really need the support. Elderly people could use someone to be with them most certainly. This should be a service that is provided to people coming into the emergency room department on their own. I think it would improve people’s experience and feelings that the treatment/assessment was effective. Instead, people leave not quite knowing what the next steps are, what the side effects of their medications might be/or how to take them, upset because they forgot to ask certain things, etc, etc, etc……it turns out that Mike came with the children to the emergency room department with the kids while I was in consultation with the doctor and the nurse did not ask if he would like to come in. My advocate was just outside the door and I didn’t know it! Unfortunately, he remembered all the things I’d wanted to ask that I’d forgotten but it was too late!

Maybe after all this, I’ll market myself as a general hospital doula…….has there ever been a time you just wanted someone there?

Goal Planning Monday – Week 84

Welcome to Goal Planning Monday!

IIf you are new here be sure to check out the guidelines and join in. We would love to have you! If you are returning, I hope you had a good week. Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends as we all could use some accountability from time to time! I hope to see some new members this week. Keep spreading the word as we could all use some encouragement and support as we go about achieving our goals. If you have a moment get sure to hop over and see what others are doing.

1. Nap. Partially done. I rested a few time in the afternoon. Mike made himself an office upstairs in our room and he asked me to lay down while it did some work on his computer a couple of times.

2. Sleep at night. Done! Except for the few nights that pain kept me awake. I did take melatonin a couple times at the beginning of the week.

3. Drink water. Not done. No interest in water.

4. Keep up with some activities with the children. Done. Morgaine finished her lapbook. Liam is making good progress. I played lots of truckies with Ruadhan and a few boardgames with both older kids.

5. Make a few phone calls to see what referrals, if any, went through. Done. But no answer as to whether anything went through. Cannot see my family doctor until the 20th of September and I’m bring along a list of tests that doctors from Halifax (where i hung out in emergency for a fair part of the weekend) want me to have completed.

6. Keep the gluten out and cut out eggs and corn. Not done. Or rather, I started eating gluten because I was as distended and in as much pain as normal even  GF and when I had to appetite to eat I didn’t feel like preparing meals for just myself. I did not eat corn or eggs, though. Diet doesn’t seem to make any difference to me.

7. Visit everyone that links up. Not Done.

8. Perhaps change my blog around a bit.  Done. But not sure if I like it. I don’t really know, yet, as I haven’t hung around my blog much. It’s very pink and blue. I can make some changes but I think I will have to upgrade my account to really make it work for me and I don’t have any intention on doing that.

This week’s goals

1. Get my kitchen under control. We ended up going into the city when we weren’t planning to and the kitchen wasn’t really ready for us to be gone for a couple of days.

2. Stop researching on the internet. Seriously. Whatever will be, will be. I’ve done enough arguing and talking to doctors until much later in September. Time to just deal and not play the what ifs.

3. Take (at least) a full week break from facebook (again).

4. Eat. Yep. A goal.

5. Finish my Intro to Wellness course. I likely will not continue with the Family Herbalist Course. I am looking at starting prenatal lessons here in Cape Breton and building my doula practice so I will probably do that.

I think that is about it for this week. I’ll have more in the coming week’s as we get more organized but I’m not feeling terribly motivated today (I think it’s because it is so VERY hot here….I’ll be happy for fall.

Goal Planning Monday – Week 82

Welcome to Goal Planning Monday!

IIf you are new here be sure to check out the guidelines and join in. We would love to have you! If you are returning, I hope you had a good week. Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends as we all could use some accountability from time to time! I hope to see some new members this week. Keep spreading the word as we could all use some encouragement and support as we go about achieving our goals. If you have a moment get sure to hop over and see what others are doing.

Last week people mentioned how they might like to add in other jobs that they got accomplished during the week when they are updating how they did during the week. I think it is a wonderful idea as I often think, “Well, I didn’t accomplish this goal but I did x instead.” Now you can let us know if you want!

I did good this week, I think. I spent most of Thursday cleaning because I knew that my energy would dwindle by the weekend and I’d be upset if there was a lot to do. I spent Friday doing lapbooking with Morgaine from the couch and I decided to significantly limit my interactions on facebook.

1. Big cleaning of the bathroom. DONE! In it’s entirety. I even scrubbed the walls.

2. Big cleaning of the kitchen and fridge. Partially done. I got the kitchen completed but as for the fridge? Well, I threw out anything questionable (there wasn’t much) but then we did a big groceries and it got all filled up and I didn’t feel like emptying it to do the big scrub I was contemplating.

3. Dump and rinse recycling bins. Done. While the bags don’t fit the bins quite perfect, I now have them hanging in there so people can throw their stuff directly into the bag and if they don’t rinse well then the sticky stuff stays in the bag and not in the bottom.

4. Work on lapbook with Morgaine (try to complete it). DONE! We didn’t get it quite completed but I am happy with our progress. I will likely focus almost solely on lapbooking (and extra resources to accompany them) this year.

5. Dust everything. DONE! And vacuumed behind/under everything, too.

6. Organize toy boxes. Not done.

7. Cut down on electronics. DONE! Virtually no facebook this week. A wee bit of blogging and Mike and I have taken to playing Ticket to Ride together on our electronic gadgets in the evening but that is about it. The 2 year old still played a fair bit of Angry Birds!

8. Order something for science for Liam. Not done. Shipping was sooooooooooo expensive. I need to look for a e-book or maybe just continue with resources from the library. He really wants science but doesn’t know what he wants to do. He’s been focusing on computer programing most of the summer.

9. Find a place to store the camping stuff. DONE! It is out of the downstairs hallway and moved into the alcove in the upstairs hallway. Not ideal, but not bad either. It has likely found its new home.

10. Keep up with the gluten free thing. DONE! As distended as I would normally be at this time, though. *sigh* I do not think gluten (or milk as I cut way down on that, too) is the culprit. Do not have a clue what do next, though.

11. Find a Linky tool! DONE! We are going back to Mister Linky. They were good to me. We may have lost our links for the last couple of months because suddenly Linky Tools decided to start charging me and I think that is way everyone’s link disappeared a couple weeks ago.

This week goals will be all about taking care of me. I’m at the point of time of my cycle where my symptoms are getting to their worst point (not yet, likely Tuesday) and last month was really hard and I don’t expect things to be that different this month either. I won’t be doing any big cleaning, that’s for sure!

1. Nap. Even for 20 minutes each afternoon. Ruadhán is old enough that the older kids can sit and watch an episode with him or draw with him for a little while so I think that my mini cat nap that I crave needs to happen.

2. Sleep at night. I’m contemplating taking a wee dose of melatonin as I’ve been waking (because my 7 year old turns on the light in the room we are sharing) at about 2am every night to fix her blankets/find her water cup and then I cannot fall back to sleep (and wee boy nurses a TON so sleep is lacking.

3. Drink water. A friend, who knows about reproductive issues, was concerned that perhaps dehydration played a part in how ill I felt last month.

4. Keep up with some activities with the children. They so want me to do things with them and would be happy to just have quiet time with me but I’m usually to busy/tense to even try to make that a priority.

5. Make a few phone calls to see what referrals, if any, went through. I don’t know that I want to keep hunting down doctors. Debating whether to try and get a walk in appointment with my own GP this week (she’s never seen my abdomen distended).

6. Keep the gluten out and cut out eggs and corn. I likely won’t feel much like eating anyways.

7. Visit everyone that links up.

8. Perhaps change my blog around a bit. I don’t really know. Maybe just a new header.

Storytelling

Overheard between my 2 year old, Ruadhán, and 7 year old, Morgaine.

Morgaine: Ruadhán, tell me a story.

Ruadhán: Once there was a monster. A monster truckie, actually.

Morgaine: Oh, yeah?

Ruadhán: And the big monster truck growls *insert cute, but ferocious, growling*.

Morgaine: And why did the truckie growl, Ruadhán?

Ruadhán: Because he had no feet, of course!

Making Time For Me

If you’re a friend of mine on facebook page or if you’ve stopped by this sadly neglected blog, then you probably know that I’ve had my fair share of medical mysteries (and misery) this summer. I’ve felt pretty alone trying to keep everything afloat while feeling under the weather, weak and in pain. As it has been so hard to keep up, I’ve noticed myself falling farther and farther behind because the motivation to catch up has been lacking. Depression runs in my family and I’ve always said that my bout of misery with that as a teen was due to circumstances and not a biochemical thing as I’ve never had issues that deep since my life turned around when I met my husband. That being said, my natural state of being is to fall into not caring and giving up when things get challenging.

Depression?

Yeah, likely.

Situational?

Yeah, likely.

While I wouldn’t say that there is anything terrible going on in our lives right now it has been a stressful summer. We’ve been applying on grants to get repairs on our house since last November. We expected to work to be done by now, yet there is more and more red tape. Repairs that we could have completed ourselves (to make the summer much more tolerable) we’re put off because they would make us ineligible for the grants. Windows that were purchased last summer could have been installed but we’d need to change the window sizes in some rooms and we are not “allowed” to. So we’ve sat in a sauna like house all summer because we do not have many windows that open. I’ve been ill. If not with swelling, pain, and severe fatigue, than with neuralgia pain and because Mike is so busy the house falls into shambles (or something resembling them) and I’m still nearly solely responsible for the children and their education (which will laid back still needs some Mum involvement). I never listen my body and keep trying to do more, more, more. I’m never in bed before midnight because the evening is when I can get work done and them Mike wants me to spend some time with him, too.

Well, we will say that in the last two weeks, I’ve reach a bit of a breaking point. I’ve spent far too much time yelling at the children, letting the dishes pile up (and then despairing over the state of the house), sitting around on facebook and generally feeling pretty hopeless about everything (like really hopeless). Something has to change so I’ve decided that I need to take the time to get up and take care of me! So, starting yesterday, I greatly limited the amount of time I spend on facebook, pulled my hair back, got the kids set up on projects and scrubbed my house.It’s better than despairing over the state of it, right? There’s something immensely and immediately satisfying about starting a job and getting it finished and sweeping always gives me a sense of moving energy around and out (yes, witchy perhaps…but it’s just about moving out the energy that has gone stale and sour). I also made sure to take many breaks to sip on a super nourishing curried bone broth soup I’d prepared the night before. While I didn’t actually go to bed any earlier than normal, I cuddled up on the couch to watch a movie instead of thinking about all the things I didn’t get accomplished. I dedicated all my energy to being in one spot and not all over the place and that’s a step in the right direction. I kept the focus on the simple things again today and played outside in sun showers with my children. It felt good to not feel tense and resentful and to just be.

There’s still a lot of work to be done but I have no doubt that part of my health issues are a cry out for me to stop and listen. There’s something missing in my life right now and as I work towards finding it I hope that I’ll be able to come back and be more present with my family in the here and now. As I sit here this evening, my abdomen is distending rapidly as I type (I knew it was coming and knew I had to get started on taking care of me before it reached it’s worst for the month). It is an unusual feeling (and still rather scary).I know that for the next week or so  I’ll likely be unable to do all that I want to accomplish as I end up feeling quite weak and out of breath. My goal is to take things day by day and listen to my body and do exactly what I need to do despite my desire to go, go, go all the time. I’ll remain away from facebook for a while still as it really does very little for my mood. I want to sit and read. I want to cuddle with little children. I want to sleep when I am tired. I want to be still. My body will not have to wreck havoc to let me know that things have to change.

(I’ll likely be writing here a bit but it is bound to be long and rambling (and perhaps on the personal side…I have no idea) so read at your own discretion….writing has always been healing for me and I’m feeling the desire to sit down and see what flows forth).

Goal Planning Monday ~ Week 81

Welcome to Goal Planning Monday!

IIf you are new here be sure to check out the guidelines and join in. We would love to have you! If you are returning, I hope you had a good week. Thank you for stopping in and sharing with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends as we all could use some accountability from time to time! I hope to see some new members this week. Keep spreading the word as we could all use some encouragement and support as we go about achieving our goals. If you have a moment get sure to hop over and see what others are doing.

Last week people mentioned how they might like to add in other jobs that they got accomplished during the week when they are updating how they did during the week. I think it is a wonderful idea as I often think, “Well, I didn’t accomplish this goal but I did x instead.” Now you can let us know if you want!

I haven’t be around my blog and missed out on last week entirely so when thinking of these goals I’ll be looking at home I did over two weeks.

Last (2) week’s goals:

1. Comment on post who leaves a link here this week. Not Done.

2. Rest when I need to. Not Done. I am chronically tired and dealing with 2am insomnia now, too.

3. Eat well. Done. I did pretty well on this.

4. Avoid gluten. Done. No difference in my health after a bit over two weeks but we’ll keep at it.

5. Get ready for camping and try to enjoy it and have it actually be a nice family outing. Done. There may have been a litle meltdown on the way home but it was mostly good.

6. Be patient. Partially done. Could be worse, could be better.

7. Some kind of major cleaning/organizing project (but I can’t think of what, yet, so I’ll let you know. Not Done. I don’t think I did anything particularly special. Cleaning up after camping was a bit of a chore.

This coming week I will be focusing on cleaning and getting the children organized. It is quite likely, I’m afraid, that I will mostly be out of commission next week and life goes on. It’s become a constant game of catch up so if I start ahead maybe I will feel better.

1. Big cleaning of the bathroom. I need to clean shower curtains and stuff. At least the washing machine does most of the work.

2. Big cleaning of the ktichen and fridge.

3. Dump and rinse recycling bins.

4. Work on lapbook with Morgaine (try to complete it).

5. Dust everything.

6. Organize toy boxes. Perhaps donate some more toys. My kids don’t really play with them.

7. Cut down on electronics. The 2 year old cries for Angry Bird and I cannot handle that and need to nip it in the bud.

8. Order something for science for Liam. I have a few choices but I haven’t made up my mind for sure.

9. Find a place to store the camping stuff. The hallway isn’t working for me!

10. Keep up with the gluten free thing. It really isn’t THAT hard once you get going on it but I don’t know if I will keep it up for that much longer if I don’t see any difference. It is a little bit of a pain to be so careful in the kitchen.

11. Find a Linky tool! (DONE!……I’ll add those of you that linked up in the comments to it…looks like we are back with Mr. Linky as Linky Tools wanted to start charging me more than I was willing to pay so I renewed my membership with Mr. Linky for quarter of the price!)

Thanks so much for hanging in there with me! I appreciate the kind thoughts and I hope I can get back on the ball with things soon!