ramblings from the noisedoctor

February 18, 2007

for now, we wait

Filed under: Christianity, clomid, family, infertility, IUI, marriage — noisedoctor @ 10:58 pm

After much discussion tonight (and prayer over the past 24 hours), my wife and I have agreed to wait another month before starting her on Clomid.

Some of you just read that last sentence and went “what in the world is Clomid?” Some of you read the last sentence and went “why in the world would you hesitate to start Clomid?” Let me try to answer both of those questions.



what a blessed way to spend a winter Sunday

Filed under: family — noisedoctor @ 10:24 pm

Given the snow/ice combination earlier this week, I knew this weekend would provide a great opportunity for some sledding. We put the word out to the family yesterday. Today, we were visited by my wife’s Dad and his wife along with her daughter, my wife’s brother with his wife and daughter, my parents, my sister with her husband and three boys.

What an amazing blessing it was. We had lots of laughs, a little food, a lot of hot chocolate, and tons of fun. Unfortunately there were a couple mild injuries (my hyper-extended ankle was the worst–as I soak my ankle in ice water right now).

Today was a real great time, taking ourselves away from house projects, discussions about our fertility treatment plans, etc. We just scrapped everything and hung out with our family.

to clomid, or not to clomid

Filed under: Christianity, clomid, family, infertility, marriage — noisedoctor @ 1:05 pm

Today is the day that my wife and I have to decide whether she should start taking Clomid on this cycle or not. I’m pressed for time at the moment… but would covet any prayers for our discussions, that God would lead us to choose what is His plan for us.

update: we decided to wait at least a month.

February 14, 2007

how a simple “no thanks” made a big statement

Filed under: Christianity, marriage, no good deed goes unpunished, soapbox — noisedoctor @ 2:39 pm

I was just browsing some of the recent blog postings here on WordPress. One mentioned today being the release of the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. I don’t know if that’s a fact or not–to be honest, I couldn’t possibly care less. But, it reminded me of how I made a very loud statement two years ago without intending to, just by saying the simple and polite words: “no thanks.”

See, I was consulting in New York for a division of a large magazine publisher, which I won’t mention but you shouldn’t have to think too hard to figure out. In the lobby of the building were large racks that held copies of the recently published magazines. Employees (and apparently contractors) were allowed to grab a few copies of whatever magazines they wished.

I was happily working away (headphones on, hunched over the laptop) when I heard someone trying to get my attention. I turned around to see a young woman who I had seen many times delivering mail to the employees. She had a very full mail cart and was handing me a magazine. I believe it was wrapped in brown paper but I am not positive about that. I asked what it was, and she said, “It’s the swimsuit edition.” (As I came to learn, they distribute it one-per-employee rather than the usual “rack distribution” for normal editions of the magazine)  I didn’t really even ponder it and immediately replied, politely, “no thanks.” I got the most interesting look in reply. I think she asked if I was sure–but, again, I could be wrong. The administrative assistant in the cubicle next to me jumped to her feet saying, “I’ll take his copy.” I didn’t mind–whatever.

I put my headphones back on and got back to work. A few minutes later I heard a small group of people gathered outside my cubicle so I took off the headphones to hear them talking about me and what I had said. So, the most head-honcho guy that I worked with there, and only very tangentially (he was a C– level person), saw that I had turned around and said to me, “You don’t want the swimsuit edition?”

“Not really,” I said. “I just don’t think it would be edifying to my wife.”

I’m sure I must have instantly grown another head or two, because I got the strangest looks.

what type candy heart are you?

Filed under: marriage, web quizzes — noisedoctor @ 12:56 pm

Appropriate for Valentine’s Day huh? Not that my wife and I do anything much–her quote: “every day is ‘Valentine’s Day’.”

Interesting how this quiz nailed me pretty well–especially with only 5 questions.

Your Candy Heart Says “Get Real”

You’re a bit of a cynic when it comes to love.
You don’t lose your head, and hardly anyone penetrates your heart.
Your ideal Valentine’s Day date: is all about the person you’re seeing (with no mentions of v-day!)

Your flirting style: honest and even slightly sarcastic

What turns you off: romantic expectations and “greeting card” holidays

Why you’re hot: you don’t just play hard to get – you are hard to get

What Does Your Candy Heart Say?

February 10, 2007


Filed under: Christianity — noisedoctor @ 9:34 am

Tim Challies has a great post on the definition of discernment. It’s something I’ve been thinking about on my own. I believe it’s a skill that I posess. That’s actually one of his points, that it’s a skill, not purely a gift. I think it’s definitely worth a read.

February 9, 2007

faith in faith or faith in God?

Filed under: Christianity, infertility — noisedoctor @ 10:57 am

My wife and I have been reading through a daily devotional book for couples (thought it’s more geared toward the woman than it is couples). A couple nights ago it raised the question, “Is your faith in God, or do you actually just have faith in faith?”

My initial thought was, “huh? Can you have faith in faith?” So, I’ve thought about it a little more and I do think it’s possible to start leaving God out of the equation. I think that when we start saying things like

  • “you have to trust that everything will work out fine” instead of “there’s no reason to worry since we know that God is sovereign and guiding us”
  • “it just wasn’t meant to be” instead of “God must have something else in mind”
  • “just keep a positive attitude” instead of “seek God’s will and cast your worries upon Him”

Perhaps we start saying some of these phrases without “God” in them so we don’t seem trite or overly “spiritual” but maybe that’s not such a good thing. It’s something I’m going to watch myself for.

Turning away from the serious to the humorous, I wonder if it’s like worrying about worrying 🙂

February 7, 2007

i’m a snapdragon?

Filed under: gardening, web quizzes — noisedoctor @ 4:58 pm

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

nerds://A Musical Software Satire

Filed under: geeky stuff, humor — noisedoctor @ 4:08 pm

A couple weeks ago, my Dad took me out for a “guys night out” (since my wife and mother both decided they probably wouldn’t care for the show) in celebration of my birthday. My mother had spotted an ad for nerds://A Musical Software Satire. It’s a musical spoof of the early days of the personal computer revolution–specifically at Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

We went to the first preview performance (one week before opening). We took the train down to Philadelphia and had dinner at a tiny little diner a few blocks from the theatre. After the show, we had desert at the same diner as we waited for the next train home–since we missed the 10:15 train and had to wait until 12:15. The kicker of the train ride was the train breaking down on the way home for 20 minutes, getting us home around 2:00 AM, instead of the scheduled 1:30 AM.

I’m really glad my wife chose not to go. She wouldn’t have gotten much of the humor at all. My Dad and I laughed our tails off. It was cleverly written and the performance was pretty good for their first show. If you’re a geek like me, it’s worth the time to see it.

The major surprise of the evening was a “wardrobe malfunction.” At one point, one of the female characters is supposed to pull down Bill Gates’ pants to expose his underoos. Let’s just say that she got a little overzealous and the underoos went along for the ride. I’m hoping that no other audiences will be blessed with that extra excitement.

February 4, 2007

excuse me, Mr. Rendell, didn’t you advertise a budget surplus?

Filed under: politics, soapbox — noisedoctor @ 9:13 am

Pennsylvania’s governor, Ed Rendell has announced that he is going to request a 1% tax hike in the state’s sales tax (from 6% to 7%). Now, before you say “it’s only a penny,” think about it in percentages–that’s a 16.6% jump.
Now, as much as this, and just about everything Ed Rendell does (like why does the state need to buy advertising time on the TV to advertise free health care for children–oh, that’s right, they do that to buy votes, sorry, wasn’t thinking), infuriates me, the kicker is a quote (note: from a democrat) in the article:

“I do know we are facing a deficit that far exceeds our surplus,” Sen. Vincent J. Fumo of Philadelphia, the ranking Democrat on the appropriations committee, said Friday in an interview.

In this past fall’s election, Mr. Rendell ran a non-stop blitz of TV commercials, including one that talked about how he had produced a budget surplus and expanded the state’s “rainy day” fund. Gosh golly, now that the election is over… now we’ve magically swung into a deficit that “far exceeds our surplus.”

This is of course on top of the hike of the state income tax by Rendell (10% hike) as well as the brand new “nickel-and-dime-you and maybe you won’t notice” tax (an extra $4 to $6/month) he introduced as well.

The sub-title on that news story is also “to help reduce property taxes.” But Mr. Fumo is saying that the increase is actually handle the budget deficit (that Mr. Rendell told us doesn’t exist). Why? That’s easy… Tell everyone in the state that this will lower property taxes (cough cough) and they’ll happily embrace it since everyone is sick and tired of being gouged on property taxes.

But that’s exactly the same smokescreen they used to push through the legalization of gambling in Pennsylvania. So, now that there are casinos in Pennsylvania, why do we need an income tax hike to reduce property taxes? Oh… that’s right… it’s just another lie. Got it.

Anybody now wishing you had joined me in voting for Lynn Swann?

I guess it’s time to start making more trips across the state line into Delaware and buy stuff tax-free.

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