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Name: Kelly Wolske

Maryland born, Florida raised, and transplanted to the Mojave for the love of my husband. Big Red's wife, Tele's mom, part time student. Child of God, Christ follower, United Methodist in exile. More than anything I strive to hear His voice every single day.

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There's a song in the air...
Worst. Day. Ever.
Coveting your prayers...
The world is still rotating on its axis...
Our last Vegas move?
Wednesday Morning, 3AM*
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Reading: The Pilgrim's Progress
Project: Sewing/ craft corner

Monday, September 03, 2012
7 Foods for 1 Entire Month?
On the recommendation of a friend, I just finished reading 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess.  I may begin speaking to this friend sometime in the future...  Just kidding.  Really, though, this book has simply wrecked me. Wrecked me.

I have been praying for some time about living a gentler life.  I am not, by nature, a gentle person, so this would have to be Kelly getting out of the way and allowing God to step in. Of course, I was also trying to control exactly what I would let Him have!  How typical. {sigh}

Recent events have forced me to give up some control- specifically over changes at work.  I really wish that i did not need to learn lessons the hard way, but that simply is not the case for this girl.  Anyway, 7 has given me a starting point, a way to loosen the death grip of control I have on my life.  Here's the scoop:

Jen Hatmaker (author, mother, Bible teacher, and all-around pretty-cool-sounding-chick) embarks on a seven month journey with her family.  In each month, she fasts in a different category.  Food in the first month, clothing in the second, and so on.  The seven categories are as follows:

I'm beginning with food because I think it will be the hardest one.  I will likely choose "stuff" for my second month.

How does this work?  For the next thirty days, I will only eat seven foods.  I am still working on my list, but so far I have the following:

  1. Fin Fish
  2. Apples
  3. Peppers
  4. Broccoli
  5. Squash
  6. Cucumbers
  7. Eggs

I will drink water or bone broth-- no tea! (Ack!)  I am allowing salt, pepper, oil, and lemon as my seasonings. No garlic, onions, rosemary, or other yummy stuff.  Also, please notice that bacon is not on my list.  I think this shows how seriously I am taking this fast. On day thirty-one, though...  Watch out! :)

This begins tomorrow, BTW.  Today is for prayer, shopping, and prep.

Au revior, bacon.  So long, burgers.  See you later, avocado!  We'll have lunch in a few weeks.

  posted at 7:57 AM  

Sunday, August 09, 2009
A Few Thoughts on HR3200 (part one of however many it takes to get through this bill)
So I have decided to forgo ironing this afternoon and begin reading:
H.R.3200 - America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009

I just figure I'll jot down my thoughts as they come. Blogging is, after all, the very essence of vanity publishing, is it not? Of course, I may be setting myself up to be ratted out, so read this disclaimer:

The following is not intended to be information, simply commentary. Any information should be garnered from the source, a link to which has been provided. Please don't rat me out!

1) I notice that none of these measures takes effect until 2013, which beg the question: why such a hurry to pass this legislation?

2) Sec 113 (a) sets new rating rules. Only age, area, and family enrollment may be used to determine rate classes. I think that means Jon's rate would increase, since men typically pay less for health coverage (though more for life insurance).

3) Sec 116 (a) seems to set a limit on profits earned by benefits providers (they aren't really insurance companies, but this means Sierra, BC&BS, et al.). If profits exceed this limit,premium rebates must be extended. I wonder, will there be a "rainy day fund" established? Would that not be more fiscally responsible? After all, that's the goal, right?

4) Sec 121 (c) Sounds good to me. I wonder what "clinical appropriateness" REALLY means and who determines this
"clinical appropriateness" for us, though. I have read enough bureaucratic crud to know better than to presume a phrase means what it sounds like.

5) Sec 122 (b) Lists minimum coverage requirements, which now includes maternity care and considers children to be 21 years of age or younger. Now this is, it is my understanding, the minimum coverage requirement for ALL plans after the grandfathering period (5 years).

I am going to be very unpopular here, but I don't think that maternity care coverage(routine care, not complications) should be required as a minimum standard. I know that my current plan covers this, but I consider that to be a lovely bonus, not a minimum. When we were shopping for individual plans, most covered only complications, not routine expenses.

6) Sec 122 (c) Interesting that there is to be no cost-sharing for preventative care. I personally think that something provided for free loses its value. While I don't want someone to miss something crucial like a cancer screening because of cost, I do think that it is reasonable to expect people to claim some financial responsibility to their health. Getting my annual Pap smear is like getting the oil changed in my car-- a necessary evil, but my responsibility nonetheless.

I think the out-of-pocket limits are interesting. I suppose this is to keep younger, healthier people from choosing cheaper plans with higher limits and skewing the risk pool? Interesting. I guess life has to be fair, after all. (RHOS)

As to the actuarial values-- I admit to not being smart enough to completely understand this. I'd wager most of the fine men and women voting on this bill aren't either.

7) Sec 123 Lays out the new
Health Benefits Advisory Committee and its responsibilities. Basically, appointed by the POTUS and GAO for three year terms. There must be one practicing physician on the board. Only one? Truly?

Ok, that's enough for today. I do need to at least get some sort of evening meal on the table. It's going to be a long week.

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Saturday, December 06, 2008
There's a song in the air...
1) Actually, there are lots of them. Lots and lots of "Holiday" music everywhere. The Rockstar rolls his eyes a little less, now that it is officially December. I understand his frustration, really. I have been pretty good about not playing Christmas carols too often. I'm thinking that next year I shall pull together a playlist of Advent carols and secular winter songs for his enjoyment until December 24; that way, we're at least honoring the correct season.

2) This is my first Christmas back in retail in eight years. I am grateful that, while we are very busy, the nature of our business prevents me from having rude people physically right in my face. I mean, once that call is disconnected. Scrooge is someone else's problem and I am totally free to rolls my eyes!

3) People often say that they will pay more for certain things: quality, customer service, and to support an organization that perhaps treats their people well. Guess what? Most of them are lying. Look at a W@!m@r+ parking lot if you think I am wrong. Sorry if that sounded bitter, it was really just meant to be jaded.

4) I am back in the Liturgy and quite happy there. It's a great connection to be able to call my mum and dad 2800 miles away and talk about readings and teaching points. I have missed that connection.

5) Jon and I have put up our tree and two decorations on it. Overtime has been taking alot of our time lately, but I think we can finish tomorrow. There are only four weeks each year when this opportunity comes, and we are taking full advantage. Twelve hours each this week and maybe fifteen going forward. Yay! Emergency fund getting replenished!

6) I am twenty pounds away from the maximum allowable enlistment weight for my age group. Still striving to get more disciplined, but I'll make it. I have to take the ASVAB again, as my scores are too old. That's fine with me. It's really not the twenty pounds I am concerned with-- it's the twenty push-ups. Ugh! All things in time.

7) Date night tonight was Australia, which is an ideal date movie, IMHO. It has been some time since I was so captivated by a film. Baz Lurhman is truly a storyteller.

That's my bratty brain dump for now. I have several skeins of yarn calling my name. Three hats and two scarves on the agenda for this week! I will have to pry some of the yarn away from Jon. I think he is still petting it!

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Thursday, November 06, 2008
Worst. Day. Ever.
I am still a little numb, though Jon and I are both still employed.

Thank you for your prayers, I fill in more later.

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Coveting your prayers...
So, we are waiting to hear some potentially big news that may or may not have huge ramifications for us. How's that for clarity?

If you are praying people, I'd love a few of them. Jon and I will know more this afternoon.

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  posted at 9:22 AM  

Wednesday, November 05, 2008
The world is still rotating on its axis...
I am an early-to-bed early-to-rise kind of girl. I fell asleep before the polls closed and surfaced around 9 PM to ask The Rockstar if Senator McCain had conceded. Got my answer and went back to sleep. Very uneventful evening at our house- no crying, no pouting, no gnashing of teeth; just a typical early night at chez Wolske.

Here are a few jumbled thoughts on the election and what I think it means for me and us:

1) I was not surprised that Senator Obama won the election, nor was I surprised by the impressive margin by which he won. Congratulations to him and good on all of you who worked so hard to put him in office!

2) Many of my fellow conservatives who are also Christ-followers have written and spoken things along the lines of, "I am praying hard for our country," or, "I am trying to see God's hand in all this." Here' s the thing: we (as Christ followers) should always be praying for our country and her leaders, no matter who they may be! Additionally, how arrogant are we when we expect or even demand that God "show us" His hand or anything? We sound like petulant children asking our parents "why?" when they tell us to do something. Rest assured, God is Sovereign and no power on earth can take that away. If I don't "see" His hand, the fault is mine- either in expecting to be "let in on" everything or in my blindness.

3) The is no supermajority. This is good for all of us, no matter our respective political philosophies. When a minority voice can still be heard, all is well in our republic.

4) Senator Obama, you were not my first choice. Heck, you weren't my second choice! You are, however, going to be my president. You were elected by a majority of the citizens of this great nation, and I defer to their collective voice. Please do your best to remember the rest of us as your govern these next few years.

5) Senator McCain, you were not my original first choice. In fact, I wondered whether I would vote for you at all! However, you gained my support. This was the first presidential election in which I felt I was making a choice FOR a candidate, rather than AGAINST. Thank you for being bold enough to stand up for what is not popular in the short-term, but right in the long-term. Thank you for standing up for small-business owners like my parents. Thank you, also, for your graciousness in defeat. You have earned my respect, sir.

6) My friends who are so overjoyed this morning: Remember this feeling. Savor it and own it. The next time you are on the "losing" side of things, that memory will allow you to be gracious in defeat.

7) My friends who awoke to disappointment: Remember this feeling, savor it and own it. The next time you are on the "winning" side of things, that memory will allow you to be gracious in victory.

8) Finally, remember that President-Elect Obama (is President-Elect a real title or his be Senator Obama until 1/20/09?) is a man. It is not in him that we should place our ultimate faith. He was elected by men to preside over our government. Remember that we are ruled in the USA by law and in life by God. Placing our faith in a man, any man, is a recipe for disappointment (at best) and disillusionment (most likely).

The sun rose this morning on a beautiful autumn day for Green Valley. I will continue to pray for our world, our country, and her leaders. Today, I added a new name to that list.

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  posted at 8:51 AM  

Thursday, October 09, 2008
Our last Vegas move?
I am certainly hoping so! This weekend, we are leaving Desert Shores behind for the quieter Green Valley. Instead in 27.5 miles of freeway, our daily commute will be 2.5 miles of bike lane. I can completely understand why people who live in Henderson seldom leave. I can completely see myself becoming one of those people who seldom venture north of Flamingo or west of Industrial. Why should I? Everything is here!
Here's the rundown on the new digs:
2 bedroom/ 2.5 bath, detached
Single car garage
1300 square feet
Backyard is completely enclosed (slump block, so lots of privacy)
2 good-sized pine trees providing lots of shade
Fresh and Easy is less than one block away!
2.5 miles from Zappos
Closest movie theater is 1/2 mile away
Less than one mile from the beltway, so easy access anywhere
45 minutes closer to Yuma

Those are the important things, I think. I picked up the keys this morning and am taking a carload of things over this afternoon. Tomorrow, Jon is renting a truck and moving the bulk of everything. We will finish up over the weekend. Monday afternoon is the walk through here with the Realtor representing the bank. If all goes as planned, we shall then be able to replenish our poor checking account, which took a beating today (security deposit, first month's rent, and so forth). The gas people cannot come out until Tuesday, but we will survive.

Time to get back to my packing!

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Saturday, October 04, 2008
Wednesday Morning, 3AM*
I am a girl who needs her sleep. My body requires a solid 7 hours to even function well, and I really thrive when I can get 8.5 hours. (I know it is not cool to admit to a need for sleep; I hear those around me bragging about how little sleep they get. Ugh) Needless to say, I am less than thrilled to have my nights interrupted by concerns, both real and imagined. In an effort to purge my overact brain of this junk, I am going to put the crazy thoughts out into the world and look at the rationally.
1) We have to move. The woman who owns our condo defaulted on her mortgage. Ok. Nothing to be done but move.
2) We don't yet know where we are going to live. We filed an application for a cute little house down in Green Valley. It's 2.5 miles from Zappos. Just waiting to hear, so nothing more to be done there.
3) What if we don't get that house? Well, it's not like there is any shortage of homes in the valley. So we will find someplace else.
4) What about A finding a job in Virginia Beach? I don't know why I am worried about this, because I don't think she is. Who appointed me great worrier of the family?
5) What about the others? And their kids? I think that the same response applies here.

Yeah, so that's the ridiculous crap that is keeping my up at night. The funny thing is that these things are NOT worrying me during the day, when I can consciously give them over; it's just at night that my guard is down and the doubts creep in. I am going to go for a run today and, hopefully, exhaust myself beyond senseless worries that are keeping my up at night.

*My sincerest apologies to Simon and Garfunkel

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  posted at 3:56 AM