Friday, February 08, 2008

Don't waste your life on fast food :)

I just finished the book Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper, and am currently reading Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. Lately when the kids go to bed, and the dinner dishes and kitchen are cleaned, Kevin and I sit and read. Reading is something we both love to do and think is important. I love reading to the kids and hope that they will come to develop a love for good books as they grow.

Don't Waste Your Life was good overall. I liked the second half better than the first I think, mostly because in the first part he's putting forth some of his foundational beliefs and maybe it's the way he puts it, the words he uses or the tone he sets, but something about it I just didn't like. But the second part, that talks about missions and your job and taking risks for the Lord, was wonderful. I think he has a message for America that is timely, and good.



Fast Food Nation is fascinating! For one thing I'm amazed by how much of this stuff Americans consume. On average it's something like four hamburgers a WEEK. Yikes. And soda? The average American drinks 56 GALLONS per YEAR. (If you listen reallllly closely you can hear Becky screaming.) It's also interesting to learn the history behind the industry. I haven't gotten to the part yet that talks about what's in those burgers and tacos but I have a feeling it won't be pretty. (We really don't eat much fast food--I cook each night and then maybe once every month and a half or so we go to McDonald's. My kids never drink soda, as I figure they'll have plenty of time once they're older to give themselves cavities. :) On a side-note, I worked at the Atascadero Taco Bell for three months in high school. You know, so I used to be part of the "industry"--ha!)

I hope you're having a good Friday. Kevin's at work and the kids and I are playing at home. I'm still in my pj's at noon (though all four kids are bathed and dressed), Kaitlyn just went down for a nap, and my three oldest are happily running around the backyard. Before long it'll be time for lunch, then naps for the big kids, and some alone time (and a shower!) for me. And lest you think this sounds too "idyllic", I'll have you know that Yosef just dumped a dumptruck-full-of-rocks in the HOUSE, and I hear Anna crying about how Biniam put her rocks in the lawn...



Have a great weekend! (Oh and these pics aren't from today, just of the kids playing together and watching their favorite movie, "Sleeping Beauty.")

10 comments:

Rachel said...

last summer Aubrey went through a very short phase of dumping water from her water table inside the house. Phase two was dumping it in my lap while I talked on the phone outside. That was also a very short phase.

Samantha said...

I LOVE the little legs and feet! SO CUTE!

Becky said...

Yeah, soda is so bad for you on so many levels. I think chocolate has more nutritional value than any soda!!!

Regarding Piper, I didn't agree with everything he said, but he's good at articulating why our actions on earth matter. It challenges me to think globally, eternally, and reminds me God really care about where my heart is, not just my words, but my actions.

Tamara said...

If you love reading to the kids and want some variety, check out sonlight.com. Even if you ultimately don't homeschool, the books a great for cuddling up and reading.

graceling said...

Jammies til naptime is perfectly acceptable.

Kristen Borland said...

always love the pics!!

sarah said...

Their little bottoms are so cute in that last pic!

I'm not sure if you've seen the movie of Fast Food Nation, but there were definitely a couple of hard scenes to watch. I eat mcdonald's/fast food rarely, but it made me want to eat it even less often! :(

Rachel said...

I think the movie was Super Sized Me. It was a great documentary.

sarah said...

Super Size Me ~was~ a great documentary. But Fast Food Nation is a different movie, made in 2006 i believe. There are scenes in the slaughterhouses, etc. And some very disturbing statistics.

Brianna Heldt said...

Unfortunately I still haven't seen "Supersize Me", but after I'm done with this book I'm wanting to see "Fast Food Nation" for sure. Sarah I just read about the slaughterhouses, ugh. Not that I ever had FOND thoughts of them, but now...yeah, pretty sick. And pretty eye-opening!

 

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