Friday, November 18, 2011

Ferris Bueller, You're My Hero - 7QT, Volume 50

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This one goes out to my lovely cousin who had to prod me a few times in the last few weeks due to lack of posts/quick takes. Normally I would post a picture of us as babies, but I forgot to ask permission.
Here's one I think she would appreciate:
(Owned by Focus Features)

I love my job because it allows me to travel to and fro and pays for hotels with views like this:


We were in Ft. Lauderdale last week and one of my co-worker buddies suggested we take the rest of the weekend to relax instead of flying out. Relax we did (with a minor hiccup on the way home).

We tried to go in the sun, but it was so windy and there were so many (albeit fast-moving) clouds that we ended up back in the hotel hot tub every few hours. It was glorious to sit and read outside, especially when I was in my ski jacket in the Virginia mountains just two weeks ago:


I'm obviously the one taking the picture and NOT standing on the waterfall above. A group of friends from college gathered at one friend's family house in a Virginia ski resort at the end of October. REUNION!

We were driving up the mountain, minding our own business, and it starts to snow. And it snowed and snowed. And snowed.

My beau was going to have to join on Saturday because he did something very impressive that Friday (big pat on the back, AGAIN, you-know-who-you-are) and took a big exam. I was worried it would be unsafe for him to come up after the snow, but come he did, just in time for the pumpkin-carving contest.

It's hard to see it, but ours is the cat next to the turtle.

It was during that trip that I realized I'm officially an adult.

You would have thought that might have happened at Confirmation, 18, 21, or any other year in the last six, but no. Half of the folks on our little reunion trip were married (to one of the other people on the trip). Adult.

Perhaps it negates the epiphany into adulthood when one points it out...

To distract you from that, I would like to urge you to read Scott Hahn's "A Father Who Keeps His Promises." I haven't done enough studying of the Bible, so the idea of walking through the entire Old Testament into the New Testament intimidated me.

Read it, you'll know what he means when he says our God really is a Father who keeps His promises. Over and over and over again. Especially when we don't deserve it.


Now for the reason for the title:

Liesl of "The Spiritual Workout Blog" is my hero.

She went to the doctor yesterday for something entirely unrelated to her face, yet the first thing the doctor mentioned was birth control treatments for acne. Liesl said her in-head reaction shouted, "Yes I would like to pollute my body in exchange for getting rid of a zit."

Later that night, Liesl constructed her words and called the doctor to leave a voicemail. She thanked the doctor for her time and attention that day and then confronted her about her rash suggestion for birth control. She asked her, as a patient, to consider the extremely harmful, carcinogenic side effects of The Pill before off-handedly prescribing it to the women who walk in her door.

How many of us stand up and raise our voices like that? Well, Liesl did and she wins the Catholic (really, this should apply to all women) Superhero award.


The Bright Maidens were *cough* unable to *cough cough* post this week. Thank you for your patience, but we're going to post on the topic, "Moments we realized God fully exists" on THIS Tuesday.

As Mary said, "Perfect for Thanksgiving week!"

Yes, yes, that's exactly why we're posting it late...


Liesl said...

I'm so honored! The Catholic Superhero award? WOW! :)

To be fair to the doc, she did take care of the other business before bringing up the acne and BC - so I guess it was at the end of the appointment. Of course, if she would've said it at the beginning before she had just cut things off of my skin, I probably would have been in a better mindset to take on her BC suggestion in person, instead of being so shell-shocked (and I'm going to go with numb) that I couldn't speak up until I made a phone call later... next time...

Kendra said...

So proud of you Liesl! Somebody needs to plant the seed for docs who simply have never questioned the birth-control-for-everything mantra, and I'm sure you did so respectfully but firmly.

I really want that Scott Hahn book. I'm adding it to my Amazon wishlist like asap.

Spence Ohana said...

Wow, fun places you've been traveling.

Louise said...

Your traveling sounds awesome! Feel free to post about it anytime so I can live vicariously. :)

I've had the adult epiphany over and over and over...I don't know when it will really sink in.

And props to Liesl!

Emily said...

Go Liesl!
That baby is adorable. And that book looks really good.
I love hearing about all your travels! I can't wait to start my job and get to travel some too!!

The Catholic Couponer said...

Sometimes I think doctors will purposely try and prescribe BC for other things (especially in young girls) as a way to prevent teen pregnancy. 16 yr old goes into doctor for acne oh you should go on the pill so she doesn't have to embarrassedly go on the pill for the real reason. (Just an observation idk how old Liesl is)

I know people have said well if your period isn't regular you should go on the pill. Really I need to take drugs to regulate my body? That is dumb why is it sooo important that it come every 28 days instead of of every 40. I have heard that about acne but I really don't know much about it whether or not it's true. For now I just deal with the acne and use foundation to cover most of it up :)

I know the feeling about the "adult ephiphany" I've felt that a lot over the past few years. I think it really started to sink in not when my friends started getting married but when my friends started having PLANNED CHILDREN.

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