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Amish Paradise

As I listened to that song coming home this afternoon, I wondered... isn't the plow a technological advancement?

Anyway, it's day one, week three, and I've lost two more pounds!

I didn't make it to the gym this morning because 1) I was tired (cats again), and 2) I slept wrong on Saturday night, so have the upper back pain compounded by sore skin from laying on the shiatsu machine yesterday afternoon. Ouch. I need to lay on the heating pad tonight, I think, although I avoided that because, well, it's freakishly hot here now. (The low last night was 82f.)

Yesterday I mostly continued to break down my manuscript into chapters and watched movies on TNT, although I finally got the vacuuming done. I haven't heard from the current submissee (is that the right term?) on the list - so of course one can expect the next rejection slip any day now. But rather than getting me down, I continue to persevere, simply because the more people who read it the more good things I hear about it, so I KNOW it can find an audience. Somehow!

Good episode of Doctor Who this weekend - and for those who haven't seen, Season 3 starts on July 6 on SciFi, with both The Runaway Bride and Smith and Jones.

The new system at work has started, and despite theoretically being "easier" (and it really is), I felt like I was running at full tilt ALL DAY LONG, skipped lunch, and STILL didn't get done. And no one else did, either, except one woman - and checking her work proved she finished mostly because she simply stopped separating documents and writing claim numbers on them. *sigh* Just makes more work for the rest of us. So I was pretty grumpy by the time I left, having stayed an hour late, and we don't HAVE to go in early tomorrow, but we CAN - which means, of course, I will. But since we can't have any overtime (word from the Big Bosses), it HAS to be taken as comp time, so somehow this week, I get some time off - and counting Saturday, I now have six hours to take. I mean to take them in order to go talk to the bank about our loan. I'm chomping at the bit to get started!


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Jun. 26th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
the plow is a technological advancement
A major one. Part of the Neolithic Revolution and key in the move from hunting and gathering to agriculture. But you really need draft animals to work them properly, The Agricultural Revolution dates from 9000-7000 BCE in the Fertile Crescent. The Native Americans of the Eastern Seaboard never developed plows because they had no draft animals. They used hoes to turn over their soil /history teacher


Jun. 26th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
Re: the plow is a technological advancement
Yes, and the Amish use them! As well as other important technological advancements, like the wheel (the buggy) and the butter churn. So what, exactly, is wrong with electricity and telephones? Where does it stop being God's work and start being the evil villainy of man?

I want to know these things!

In the meantime, I feel for your nightly awakeness of cats. Mine are no longer kittens, but the awakeness is there...

Jun. 26th, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)
God's work and start being the evil villainy of man
My mom's paternal side of the family was Mennonite, which is Amish Lite, and there's some really good reasons they have for being :simple:

They think working hard brings them closer to God. That labor is sacred, that individuality as opposed to the good of the group is bad, and that they need to be humble in the eyes of God.

Strangely enough, it's not unlike Buddhist monks, but more Christian and with children.

My mom is good friends with the Retired Director of the Lancaster Mennonite Museum/Historial Society and we used to visit an Amish Bishop and his family in Lancaster PA when mom was doing her research there.

I don't quite get what they believe, or why, but they're really sweet, gentle people. I guess because they don't have their heads filled with crap like Britney Spears and Viagra commericals!
Jun. 26th, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
Re: God's work and start being the evil villainy of man
Oh, I do think they're nice folks - when I was younger, my grandma lived in Shippensburg, which is just a hop, skip, and a jump from Lancaster. It was a very pleasant, nice place, and I do admire their ability to live like that (and their recipes!)... I just always wonder where the lines are drawn.

I mean, sometimes I'd like to be simpler, less cluttered -- but on the other hand, computers! iPods! Multi-leveled music! Doctor Who!

That and my own beliefs that God gave us a brain and science for a reason, and I get confused about anyone who refuses to use the science God gave us... (and because science itself comes from God, I don't see an evil in it, unless people themselves bring it). But that's me. *g*

Jun. 26th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
One of my best friends in Grad School went to Ship!

Do you miss Shoo Fly Pie or is it just me?

Hey, there is not enough money to tempt me into being Amish. No Who, sexist, bad clothes, no healthcare, and no air conditioning.

Good pie, though.
Jun. 26th, 2007 12:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Shippensburg,
My Uncle still teaches there!

I don't think I ever tried shoo-fly, but I love oatmeal pie.

Really good pie. And amazing bread. Mmmmmm, bread.

Jun. 27th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
Re: God's work and start being the evil villainy of man
Husband has a book called "Amish Enterprise" that explains that their problem with technology is that it is harmful to social communities--e.g., using a combine that requires only one person instead of a bunch of people using non-powered tools. Or sitting on your ass wathcing TV by yourself instead of socializing with neighbors.
Jun. 26th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
Two pounds?! Wow! And that work sitch sucks - especially the woman who simply didn't bother to do the job. I hope there are repercussions.
Jun. 26th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC)
Well, one can always do pretty well in the first few weeks - I don't expect to keep that up (but I can always wish!).

I'm going to mention it to our lead worker, and I'm sure she'll be talked to, but Glenda's one of those set-in-her-ways older women, who says all the time she'll do exactly what you tell her to do and then proceeds to drop back into old habits within a week - she's also big on lecturing others about doing the exact same things she herself is guilty of. But she's worked at here since she left high school, some 30-odd years ago, and still hasn't become acclimatized to the new "you get paid for being good, not just being here" mentality of the company...
Jun. 26th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
Which raises the question as to why she's still there, of course.

Your icon reminds me... Is the mnycokerewards site opening for you at the moment? I got in and entered some codes earlier, but now it's being balky. Hmph.
Jun. 26th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC)
Well, our company doesn't FIRE people, it just sort of... allows them to leave. We went through a period of encouraged retirement, but she's still several years away, and as long as she doesn't actively buck policy (you know, misuse of the Intrawebs or allowing strange people to enter the building without a badge), my guess is that she gets ranked a "1" (as opposed to a "2" or "3," which I where I usually am) and doesn't get a good raise, and then gripes loudly about the money she's not getting...

Our company really does try to be good to its people, but several years ago realized that meant they were rewarding, well, slackers, just because they'd worked there since the time of the dinosaurs, and they changed policy to encourage good work. This confused a LOT of long-timers, who were used to getting along without actually exerting any effort. We have THREE people in our unit who've worked there 30 years or more, and two more with 25+ years under their belts.

I make more than some of them. I've been there going on 9 years. Makes one think!

ANYWAY, I just was inputting codes tonight, and it seems to be working, although the first code I tried to put in came up "this has already been entered." Since I JUST pulled the end off a 12-pack, I just kept trying until it accepted them. It seemed to be working okay when I finished and logged off.

Jun. 26th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)
It doesn't make much sense to have policies and not back them up, though. And I just got the mycoke page to open via netscape, so it must be an aol issue. *sigh*
Jun. 26th, 2007 04:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, well, the wheels do grind slow.

When I started there in 1998, they were still using DOS.

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Jun. 26th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
I can but hope. I had a few glasses of Riesling (a little dry) and some Advil. And we'll see how it goes tomorrow...!

Jun. 26th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
Season 3 starts on July 6 on SciFi, with both The Runaway Bride and Smith and Jones

Or some of us are watching it on CBC...

Jun. 27th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
Yea for losing two pounds!! I'm impressed. Hey, would you be interested in kind of being my virtual weight loss buddy? I'm trying to drop 1 to 1-1/2 lb a week and am having a hell of a time sticking with it. Are you tracking calories, or using some other method?
Jun. 28th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)

I'm not tracking calories as tightly as I should (i.e., not writing them down), but I'm keeping a mental ticker going - light meals, not skipping breakfast, plenty of antioxidants, regular workout (not so much this week, *sigh*), STOPPING eating after dinner (hopefully before 7:30 p.m.), no snacks in the evening. I'm not specifically denying myself anything, but I'm trying to keep the portions pretty small, so I hover below 1400 calories a day.

Since I only have about 20 pounds to go, I'm also saying to myself, "you can't have that NOW, but in five pounds you might treat yourself" occasionally if I get in the mood for something; or I go ahead and have it and then be extra-good the next day.

Jun. 28th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
I think part of my problem is I need to try more lower-calorie recipes. I eat salad and turkey for lunch a lot, and then I get bored... and I come home and eat bread and butter or something. I got the Eating Well diet plan and I need to start following it more closely--recording how much I eat and exercise. It's really pathetic that I could get rid of the weight in only 6-8 weeks or so but can't make myself follow a diet for an entire week.
Jun. 28th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
I've found a lot of it is forcing myself to read labels and measure serving sizes. Even chips and salsa aren't bad provided one sticks to the prescribed serving size! Yes, I'll count out chips or crackers, or weigh a serving of cereal - and once you get the knack for seeing what a portion size should look like, you start to really become aware of when you overeat.

I don't really make too many "low-cal" dishes - I just watch what I buy now and how much I make. We've totally given up high fructose corn syrup, for example - and that means reading every label in the store, sometimes, because you would be surprised what all that's in (and they wonder why Americans are fat!). I don't drink much with calories - I like VitaminWater because it's sweetened with real sugar (and a whole bottle is only 125 calories anyway) and of course milk; I have the occasional glass (or two) of wine or a mixed well drink, but I haven't had a beer in ages and never drink sweetened soda.

"Dieting" is, really, a recipe for failure. I've learned in the past five years that the only real success is changing ALL your habits. I've gone off the counting calories several times - one of the reasons it's taken so long to lose all the weight - but each time because I stayed aware, I've also managed to maintain each and every one of the major losses (from 230 to 190, from 190 to 170, from 170 to 150, and now on the final run!).

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