Wednesday, July 18, 2007

the most awesome virtual recipe box ever My officemate and good friend, Kady, jokingly calls me "google girl" because I love google and all their cool gidgets and gadgets that make life online easier. I know google has it's drawbacks, and they probably know more about me that I know about me, but still you have to admit . . . This is just too cool! What is this? It is Google's virtual recipe box (still in beta). When you choose something from the pull down menus (which are actually checklists), the listings below instantly change to meet your criteria. How cool is that!?! The pull down menus available to you and the options inside them also change according to what you have checked in the other pull down menus. You can even choose "grid view" and see the photos associated with the recipes (of course sometimes that might mean a picture of grandma, but I am sure she is the cook). You can sort by a myriad of options so that the listing (or grid) falls into line in the way that best fits your needs. Clicking on a recipe could take you to either a website hosting the info or a special "google base" page dedicated to that specific item. Speaking of "Google Base," the virtual recipe box is actually just a small part of the larger "Google Base," which is way bigger (and just a tiny bit scary): Google's goal is to organize the world's information, and that includes almost anything you might want to contribute, whether it's your store inventory, collection of original poetry, or research paper on cancer receptors. You can submit your information using either the standard web form or, if you have more than 10 items to submit, via our bulk upload options. Wow. Just wow. Google (the noun) is giving all new meaning to google (the verb). ~*~*~*~*~*~ Don't forget you can still vote for amanda. hint. hint. :)
i want to be a mommy (I know nothing about Kellie Coffey except for this song.) Many women in my family (including me) have PCOS, which is the leading cause of infertility in women. 1 in 10 women have it. The powerful emotion that this song evokes causes tears to stream down my face. I long to have a family, to be a wife, to be a mom . . . this singer has tapped into my heart of hearts, but even she has more than I do. She has a "husband to love." It would be so easy to be bitter and envious. But you know . . . in reality--in the nitty-gritty-in-your-face-this-is-life reality--I would still choose to be single and childless if it means God is better glorified in my life. Oh, make no mistake, being a wife and a mother is something I really, really want!!! But glorifying God is something I want even more. (Clarification: Not that he wouldn't be glorified if I became a wife and a mom, but only He who knows how he can best be glorified in my life.) Tears continue to fall. He is all-powerful--He can do what he wants when he wants. He is all-good--He is a gracious, loving Father who gives good gifts and keeps his promises. He has met my greatest need of all and blessed me way beyond I deserve. What right do I have to be bitter or envious? None whatsoever. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. (Psalm 73:25) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17) And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) ~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Two Additional Thoughts First, you know what else? Even though her song is powerful and brings tears to my eyes each time I watch it, I am not sure I would be willing to die in order to become a wife and a mom. Namely, the pragmatics of it just don't make sense. If I died to become a wife or a mom, well then I can't really be a wife or a mom now can I? I'd be dead. Second, after I first heard this song . . . I later thought about the One who HAS died for me. . . it is humbling. I am grateful for His tender loving mercy and everlasting grace. How undeserving I am! . . . yes, the tears are falling again.

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