Thursday, June 30, 2005

Being Generous to Your Mate

Jon suggested this for a blog topic because I just said he could buy a new computer. Now, before anyone who knows our financial situation gasps in surprise, Jon had gotten a bonus at the end of the year, and it pretty much covers the cost of the computer. The bonus is his, and I'm glad he's spending it on something he wants and will enjoy, because he usually ends up spending it on something we need.

So being generous to your know, this really is a good topic, because there's nothing like getting married (or being in a serious relationship) to show you how selfish you really are. I guess all through life we have been taught and raised to be independent. Sharing an apartment with roommates took unselfishness, but you could just head out the door and say you were busy. (Not that I ever did that...)

A relationship is very give and take. It's an amazing thing when I find myself--a pretty selfish person--doing something for Jon because I know he needs it, or it would make his day. Sometimes it's cleaning the house before he gets home, or taking care of him when he's horribly sick. Or sometimes it's doing the dishes--something he has come to never expect me to do. :)

Now, of course, I still have my selfish moments, and they probably outnumber the unselfish ones. But it becomes easier to understand the sacrifice Christ made for his bride, and the sacrifices we should make for others (and for Christ).

Jon is very unselfish. I find myself telling others everything he does around the house, and they always ask, "Exactly what do YOU do??" So it's no generosity on my part to "let him" get a computer. He absolutely deserves it.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Blog Number One!

So this is blogging, eh? Well, I will tell everyone about it, so if someone gets reeeaaaaally bored, they can read it!

Hello to everyone who I sent this to who is now reading this!!

So what to write in this wonderful forum where ideas are heard, innovations are born, and my brain wanderings are posted... Well, I'll write updates of things going on in my life (and Jon's, since our lives are inextricably and wonderfully linked) and things going on in my brain.

Such as my idea for a way to never lose things in the house. I am always losing stuff in my house. Now, if you've seen the place, you know it isn't that big! Since we haven't been here long, I haven't developed a pattern of where I put my purse when I walk in the door, although I lost my purse in the apt. too. Anyway, no need to discuss WHY I've come up with the idea. On to the idea:

When something enters the house for the first time, it is scanned into a database. The database can be sorted alphabetically, by the room where it should be, by size, by color, by anything that would help me find it. Then, when I lose something, I simply click on it in the database, which sends out a signal to find my lost item. The lost item has a homing beacon and ...well, I don't understand all the science of it, but what will happen is that the item starts beeping!! You know, like those things you put on your keychain for when you've lost them. But EVERYTHING in the HOUSE beeps!

Where is my purse? *BEEP* Oh! In the kitchen!

Where is my other flip-flop? *BEEP* There it is under my computer desk!

Where is the cereal? *BEEP* In the refrigerator! Now I remember!

See? The possibilities are endless! And oh, so practical!

Does anyone else have any great invention ideas?? (And remember, the fun part of the blog is the conversation that comes from all the comments. Please add your comments!)