Monthly Archives: April 2010

Loan Approved

That is all.

We close at the end of May!

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Movin’ on up

Parker just took another little step up the growth ladder…by changing car seats.

This past weekend, we decided to make the full transition from this:

To this:

Parker thanks his grandpa for the excellent purchase! Parker will remain rear-facing in the new seat until, at the very least, 35 pounds and one year-old, but it’s actually recommended these days to keep children rear-facing longer, even to two years-old if possible.

We’re going to out this weekend and pick up another so we can have one in each of our cars. I know Parker is happy to not have to be strapped into the infant carrier anymore!

One month away…

Until our closing date. We’re still waiting to hear back on our final loan approval, but hopefully that is coming soon.

We’re refusing to pack anything in our apartment until we hear back (don’t wanna jinx it), but the waiting is absolutely excruciating.

Here’s hoping to keeping our sanity for the next month…

The Dangers of ‘Labeling’ Millennials

A friend of mine yesterday sent me a link from Slate Magazine, with an article by Jessica Grose titled, “Generation Scold:  Why millennials are so judgmental about promiscuity”.

The article basically argues that millennials are more judgmental than their generational counterparts on the concept of promiscuity, that is, sexual relations with a multitude of different people, citing that even millennial men are more likely to use negative connotations to describe men with multiple sexual partners.

They say it’s judging promiscuity, I say it’s eliminating the double standard. And while the article touches on this point, I believe it’s the far bigger point to be made. Promiscuity, even during the ‘free love’ era in America in the 60s and 70s, has never been widely accepted in the United States. Sexuality, in general, and its derivations, have never and will probably never be a widely discussed subject compared to other nations. To suggest that millennials are judgmental towards promiscuity seems, premature and even incorrect. But, we do see millennials assigning less double standard to men and women (the old ‘slut’ vs. ‘stud’ argument).

The article cites the authors Neil Howe and William Strauss and their book, Millennials Rising, where they called Gen Y deeply conventional and traditional. What the article fails to mention is Millennials Rising was written in 2000, when even most senior millennials were still in high school.

And thus is the danger of pegging millennials. We can look at the polls and the research, but when millennials are still in high school, I think it’s premature, especially in 2000, to start labeling millennials. In fact, the Pew Research Poll (taken at the beginning of this) suggests that millennials are anything but traditional, values-oriented, and conventional.

I encourage journalists, authors, and researchers to use caution before labeling an entire generation before we reach adulthood.

Las Vegas

Blogging will cease this week as I travel to Las Vegas, NV for a work conference.

Have a great week everyone!

Easter Weekend Wrap

This was a banner weekend for the Bryant family, culminating in Parker’s first Easter.

On Friday, my wife drove Parker to meet his grandma to spend the weekend in Paulding, so that he could partake in Easter egg coloring and other ‘festivities’ with his 8 cousins.

On Saturday, I ran a few errands around town, most importantly picking up a gift for my sponsor at church from a Catholic gift store nearby (it only took me forever to actually find a gift store that catered to Catholics).

Easter Vigil Mass was beautiful. The three catechumen in my class were baptized first, followed by the confirmation of the 15 of us that had already been baptized in other Christian faiths. At the appointed time, I professed my faith, went up to the center of the church, was presented to the priest (using Arnold, my confirmation name), and marked with chrism. Before Eucharist, and after all my class had been confirmed, our priest presented us to the congregation, calling us, “the newest batch of Catholics.” It was a moment that I know meant a lot to me, my family, my sponsor, and, I’m sure, my classmates. We’ve been attending class diligently since September.

In a way, RCIA creates a sense of longing, and with the culmination of Easter Vigil, the longing is finally fulfilled. On the way back from Paulding yesterday, I looked at my wife and said, “I’m really glad to be Catholic.” And I meant that.

After Easter Vigil Mass had ended, we went downstairs for our reception (of course, in Catholic tradition, with plenty of beer and wine). Each of us was individually recognized and presented with our gift from the Church, a ‘Catholic’ Bible (aka, the New American Bible). From my sponsor, I received a plaque to display in our new house. I gave him a small statuette of his favorite saint, Francis of Assisi.

On Sunday, we got up early to head to Paulding to attend Easter Mass with our family (and specifically, Parker).  It was nice actually being able to take part a little more ‘regularly’ in Eucharist (at Easter Vigil Mass, it was more, “God, please don’t let me look like a buffoon”). My brother-in-law also became Catholic this weekend, so after church, we had a combined Easter/welcome-to-the-faith celebration. I received some more Catholic gifts and Parker got his Easter presents.

All in all, it was a really great weekend, and it’s definitely nice to have Parker back. Hopefully this week we’ll hear back on at least the appraisal on the house, if not the loan itself. Have a great week!

An Easter Message

I just wanted to write a short post and wish everyone a very Happy Easter.

As I’ve mentioned before, this Easter is extra special to me, as tonight, I become part of the Roman Catholic faith. But no matter your religion, whether you even have one or not, I hope you take the time this Easter to spend some time with your loved ones and express your gratitude for them in your life.

Have a very happy Easter, from my family to yours.