Maine Middle school Offers Birth Control

After an outbreak of pregnancies among middle school girls, education officials in this city have decided to allow a school health center to make birth control pills available to girls as young as 11. – link

Wow that is absolutely ridiculous. Beyond middle schools taking the initiative to provide birth control to kids… the pill? The pill, a synthetic hormone, prevents pregnancy, if taken properly. It also regulates periods. It does not prevent AIDS, herpes, hepatitis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and on and on. A child as young as 11 years old has no business pumping synthetic hormones in their body, goodness knows there are grown woman that would think twice about putting that in their bloodstream.

At my kid’s school, you can’t take a Tylenol without parental consent — and often without a doctor’s written approval. How the can this even be legal?

…treatment is confidential under state law, which allows the students to decide whether to inform their parents about the services they receive.

Maybe the problem isn’t so much the lack of available birth-control methods, but the lack of sound education and leadership in the school’s environment.

Wow, wow, wow.

Knitting Earflap Hat Progress

I’ve finally made the transition from MT over to WordPress. Comments were always such a headache with MT, but I liked the format. This will take a bit of getting used to. I still have some tweaks to do, too.

Oh. Well.

Knitting: Working on a hat with ear flaps. Due to the girth of my hair, I need a large hat. I can’t seem to find large hats!! Frustrating. So, I decided to make my own. This is the first time that I’ve worked (successfully) with circular needles. Progress Picture?

Earflap Hat Progress (1)

 

I hope to have this finished before the end of the month. We go up to the cabin next week, and that will give me some time to work on it. Knit, read, knit read…

Edit: Update, finished hat is here.

Black Bean Cuisine

Bean Cuisine Soup I’ve purchased a few Bean Cuisine soups recently. They come in a bag the size of an eggplant, all dry ingredients (the black bean ingredients are: Beans, Spices, and Red Bell Peppers) and are under $5. For the most part you add some veggies, onion or peppers and maybe some meat if you have it. You could also just serve/make the soups as they are.

Today I made the black bean and added chopped carrots, onion, a pepper, a can of V8 and about 1 cup of frozen corn. Oh, and a leftover piece of pork we had. It was delicious. The kids loved it. Topped with a bit of cheese and sour cream — yum. We had tortilla chips with it, too. Bean Cuisine makes a few different soups. We’ve had the split pea one and the lentil one. All were very good and ended up being devoured by the family. I give these puppies a thumbs up.

If you google them you can find them in many different e-places. There is a 6-pack at Amazon. But, like I said, I pick mine up at Cost Plus and keep them on hand for a simple dinner.

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Link: No website — found on Amazon