Saturday, November 29, 2008

I Heart Brains

I want this necklace so bad. It’s from Beatblack on etsy.

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I don’t know why but I HAVE to own it. I could probably make one myself seeing as it’s made of clay, but I think buying it would be much simpler.

Does anyone else tend to find things for themselves while Christmas shopping? Oops...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

One Hand In My Pocket

I tend to forgot how much I freggin ADORE Alanis Morissette until I pop in the handy old Jagged Little Pill album. Then, from the first song I'm sucked in and happily jamming along in my car.

I think this album (especially this song) is the perfect anthem for 20 somethings.



Enjoy :)

Oh, I love this one too...Uninvited.

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind...

...then what are we to think of an empty desk?”

I’ve talked a little before about my fondness of guys who dress preppy but I failed to mention my overall love of “nerdy” type guys. People always talk about what favorite body part they’re into, but I am a brain girl all the way. Seriously, there is nothing like a smart guy who doesn’t try to impress you. Bad boys and players are okay for a one night stand, but pick a geek for a mate. Trust me.

One of my crushes is Einstein (of course) and I stumbled upon these pictures a few days ago:

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These are images of Albert Einstein’s desk in his office at Princeton that were published by Life magazine in 1955, just months before his death.

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The advantages and disadvantages of having a messy desk have been argued, some of whom argue that chaos can be more productive than an order too strict. However, nothing like the quote attributed to Einstein himself to put things in its place: “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to think of an empty desk?”

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So the next time Ryan complains about our messy house, I am just gonna remind him it’s my genius showing.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Freggin Brilliant

I LOVE Banksy. He is a British graffiti artist. His messages are usually anti-war, anti-capitalist or anti-establishment. He is pretty much just kick asstic. (This happened in 2006 but I just learned about it. I thought it was brilliant and wanted to share.)

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Banksy replaced Hilton's CD with his own remixes and given them titles such as Why am I Famous?, What Have I Done? and What Am I For?

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He has also changed pictures of her on the CD sleeve to show the US socialite topless and with a dog's head.

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A spokeswoman for Banksy said he had doctored 500 copies of her debut album Paris in 48 record shops across the UK.

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She told the BBC News website: "He switched the CDs in store, so he took the old ones out and put his version in." But he left the original barcode so people could buy the CD without realizing it had been interfered with.

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My favorite part of this whole thing, "No customers had complained or returned a doctored version." HA!

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I have TONS of picture to share but until then, his website is on the right. Check it out...

Marriage Doesn't Represent My Relationship

I have never had a positive image of marriage. My parents never married and my grandparents were long divorced before I was born. In fact, I can’t think of one happily married couple from my childhood. Like me, most of my friends were raised in single parent homes. Even when I moved in with my aunt and uncle, I realized that sometimes it is actually the marriage itself that is poisoning the family cohesiveness.

It doesn’t take a psychiatrist to tell me that this is probably the main reason I don’t want to get married… ever.

So with everything that’s been going on with prop 8 and Ryan’s sister getting married, I have been thinking about this a lot. I realized that even if I wanted to get married, I wouldn’t do so when gay couples aren’t given the same opportunity. And I won’t. Not until marriage becomes the true embodiment of love, sacrifice and family instead of some hollow religious check mark on the way to the playground in the sky.

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So that’s it. No big rant or fact checking on this one, just my simple declaration to try and love Ryan with the same dedication and joy gay couples around the country embody everyday.

Maybe one day marriage will reflect that.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Election Withdraws

Now that the election is over, I am going through serious political withdraws. There just isn’t as much to talk about. Not that I’m not interested in news from around the world, it just doesn’t light a fire in my heart so to speak. Even all the “leaks” of possible cabinet members is doing little to keep my attention.

So what’s a girl to do? Well, I don’t know about other people but I just resort to a few of my other obsessions hobbies. One of which, is finding random crap on the internet. Here are some things I thought were interesting:

The Plugless Sink.
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Once you’ve finished with your bowl of collected water, tip it backwards into the spillway. It is designed so you have to dispose of the water yourself, and thus gain an appreciate of how much you’re sending down the drain. Brilliant.

The Ammonite Sink.
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Named after the extinct marine animals that have left such bewitching fossils for us along the shorelines of the world. Super trippy.

Bookcase Stairwell.
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I want these bookcase stairs somewhere in my house. Well, at least the house I might will someday own. I love loft designs and these lead to a loft bedroom above.

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I’m seriously in love.

Craft gift for Christmas

I have been completely obsessed with crafts the last few days. I am trying to think of some simple gifts to make Holden’s great grandparents since we will get to see them this Christmas. (We are really bad about sending pictures.)

I am leaning towards making this mini accordion book for the Stevens. It is super adorable and I can bust it out in a few hours.

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I will probably make mine larger using full 12 by 12 scrapbook paper though.

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I found directions here.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

I actually sold an effing painting!!!

I am so happy right now it’s orgasmic. Seriously, I never truly thought I would sell anything and the feeling is worth the trouble.

I wish I could bottle this feeling and sell it to upper class suburban teenagers. I’d be rich in a day.

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This is the one I sold. Even if I never sell another painting, I feel like I finally accomplished something.

Friday, November 21, 2008

WTF?

I am listening to Incubus and I just heard:

"To resist is to piss in the wind
anyone who does will end up smelling"


I want to know who read those lines and gave their professional opinion to go ahead...

Holy Crap Pictures, Images and Photos

hahahahah...

Great Deals

Most people don’t know that I am super cheap (…ok, I don’t like the way that sounds. Thrifty is a much better way to put it.) I LOVE LOVE LOVE shopping but I refuse to spend too much and always buy things on sale. In fact, I have a really hard time paying full price for anything and have no problem waiting a year for something just to save money. It seems I am really lucky though, since the clothes and shoes I like the most always end up on clearance. (I try not to think too hard about what that says about my taste.) Besides clothing, my favorite things to buy are household items. I am a sucker for furniture, kitchen gadgets, textiles, and odd decorations. I like to own things that you’re not going to find in every house you visit.

On my quest of owning more crap then necessary, I found this totally awesome website called GreenerGrassDesign. All the items they feature are really funky (in that hand made retro way). I also love sites that offer price based shopping. Here are some of the things I love so far:

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SUCK UK CALENDAR TAPE BY LABORATORIUM. Multi-functional sticky tape that works as a calendar, diary, organizer & planner. As well as being pretty useful packaging tape! For 12 bucks I just can’t pass it up.

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SUCK UK ORIGAMI STICKY NOTES. Re-cycle your old sticky notes and turn them in to fun 3D models! Each pad has instructions for 10 different shapes, including: pig; penguin; boat; crane; butterfly; squirrel; lily and water bomb. Only $5.

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FROZEN SMILES by Jason Amendolara. All of a sudden, dentures aren’t just for Grandpa anymore! Freeze up a batch of Frozen Smiles and drop them into any glass. Frozen Smiles is made from soft, food-safe synthetic rubber. Ok, this is just ridiculous but it will make the perfect gift for my boyfriend’s goofy little brother, $7.

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INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS- EMMA FILE FOLDER Set of 6. What more needs to be said? These are just gorgeous. 6 for 10 dollars.

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GOOD CHEMISTRY SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS. This clever porcelain salt & pepper set reduces our favorite condiments to their elemental essentials. Must be the nerd in me, but I HAVE to have these, $16.

So there are some of my favorites. I wanted almost every item in the office section. Check it out.

Dalai Lama’s 18 rules for living

From: owenkelly.net

At the start of the new millennium the Dalai Lama apparently issued eighteen rules for living. Since word travels slowly in the digital age these have only just reached me. Here they are.

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three Rs:
Respect for self
Respect for others
Responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

My Etsy Shop

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”

I finally bit the bullet and opened a shop on Etsy. I was super nervous (still am actually) about how much to price my art and how to display things. I don’t know how it will work out but I guess there is no harm in trying.

Check it out if you like.

I have more to add but I thought I would start with just three different examples of the way I paint.

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So Much to Touch (Poetry)

So Much to Touch

I miss the roughness of your hands
Against the softness of my skin
And the sweet and salty taste
Of your passion on my lips

The way that just one look
Can pierce the darkest levels of my soul
You treat me like a beggar
Leave me writhing on the floor

Make a map of trials across my body
With your fingernails and teeth
Just a little bit more pleasure
The hurt brings me to my peak

You pull tight back on my hair
When you are ready to receive
The beast I have within me
Is fed with your relief

Your facial hair across my stomach
Sends shivers down my spine
I wish I could consume you
In these moments you are mine

As soon as you get near me
With your sweet and musky scent
My body starts yearning
For the night to be well spent

So press yourself against me
Put some fire in my void
Remind me why I let you
Treat me like a soiled toy

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Gay Porn

I feel kind of uncomfortable blogging about sex. I actually find that pretty odd considering I LOVE sex and talk about it more then I probably should. In fact, I would enjoy asking people totally uncomfortable questions regarding their sex lives for a column or book. As of now, I just ask totally uncomfortable questions.

So, I guess you could say I am a huge perv.

I like to read (and write) erotica and love porn. LOVE it. My boyfriend and I are completely open about our mutual porn admiration and it has actually turned into something we sometimes like to do together. I've noticed some people think it's strange that I actually like gay porn the most. And not just woman/woman either. I am totally for porn that features only men (and lots of them lol). I don’t know why, but the idea of two guys together really gets me going.

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There are a lot of judgmental people when it comes to liking gay porn. Most of my friends think it’s totally gross and don’t understand what I see in it. Because of that, I’ve never really talked about the extent in which I love it. I guess that is why I’m writing this.

My new gay fix is blogs written by gay men. I know it’s totally retarded, but that’s what I’m into right now. For a while it was the men seeking men on Craigslist. (I’ve brought it up before but seriously, if gay men don’t bother you then check it out. The people are utterly scandalous and totally shameless. Definitely one of my favorite combinations. lol) One of the blogs I like to frequent talked about Xtube a lot. You think a perv like me would have checked it out before, but I never had.

Well, that would no longer do.

So last night I got an account and went a little crazy with the video watching. Most of the videos are short, which works the best for me since I tend to get bored with sex scenes. I also really like amateur porn. I get off on the idea of watching real people having real sex in their real homes. There are also a lot of guys who just masturbate in front of the camera. This is another thing I am totally into. I have no idea why, maybe it’s some sort of penis envy. (I have tried to convince my boyfriend to let me watch but he is completely uncomfortable with it.)

So there it is. I don’t know if I’ll blog about sex much more considering some of my friends read this, but I wanted to throw that out there. This is a video of some guy jerking off. Please don't watch if you are uncomfortable with sexual material.









Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Random pic of the day

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Sometime you just got to Rant

This entry is just me bitchin about a few things that are irritating me. I am going to write more about some of these things later on.


1. People who look up videos or news articles they disagree with just to rant about it. If you don’t like a certain band, then why would you feel the need to watch their videos and take the time to comment about how much you hate them? It doesn’t make any sense to me. I happen to be crushin on Keith Olbermann hardcore right now, and every time I go to one of his videos on youtube there are people going crazy over every little thing he says. It’s INSANE. Yes he’s a liberal. You know it, I know it, and he knows it. To watch his videos and then get angry over that fact is just plain retarded (I know they’re conservatives but geez…lol). I loathe Bill O’Reilly and you don’t see me bitchin to the people who like him. Just give it up people.

2. People who think that abstinence only sex education should be taught. Never mind the scientific research that shows it DOESN’T work and makes kids a third more likely not to use protection, that’s just them godless liberals twisting the truth (which is only what is written in the bible of course).

3. Anne Coulter. Seriously, who is buying her books? I know they are always on the New York best sellers, but I don’t know anyone personally who reads them. I just watched a ton of her interviews (and no, I didn’t feel the need to comment) and all she ever does is talk over everyone without actually saying anything. Being loud doesn’t make you right. I don’t know how these news casters keep from kicking her in the face, especially with her comments about the 9/11 widows.


4. How people quote the bible. Sheeple, you usually just end up making my argument for me. I know the bible more than most Christians and it ends up being far too easy. (And if they start with the book of Mormon I throw my hands up in victory before they even finish their sentence.) They entire idea that the books infallibly usually puts you on a course you don’t always want to be on.

5. Ron Paul fanatics. It’s crazy how hard core these people are and it’s completely ridiculous. (I’m not even going to go any further due to the threat of my house being fire bombed for having the audacity to have a dissenting opinion.) There is NO chance he will ever become president. Accept it.

6. The term “Pro-life.” I have yet to meet a person that isn’t pro-life. This is really just a way for us to forget their true position of Anti-choice. (But wait, that wouldn’t look so good on posters would it?) I have decided to always refer to their position as anti-choice and/or forced childbirth.

7. The Catholic Church calling the protesters of the LDS church bigoted. WOW. Has that guy ever picked up a history book? The Catholic Church labeling anyone bigoted is like Christie Alley calling Tyra Banks fat. It just doesn’t make sense. The Catholic Church is so heavy with moral injustices I don’t think it can even see its feet anymore, or its purpose.

8. Rumor of Sarah Palin being offered 7 million dollar advance to write book. Really? (I guess someone got a taste of Valentino and liked it.) I am flabbergasted.

Monday, November 17, 2008

To Paint or Not to Paint

I am totally down right now. I just completely ruined another painting I loved. I know it happens and a lot of good things can come out of mistakes, but it is hard to see that right now. (Sometimes you can’t help feeling a certain way, even if your brain knows better.)

Moments like this make me wonder why I even do it. The whole reason I started painting was because I just felt like I had to, but why do I continue to do it? Even though I have gotten better in the last year, I know I still have a long way to go. I keep telling myself that I don’t want to show anyone until I get a good size collection but my heart knows better; I’m scared. I don’t want to be rejected and have all my doubts voiced by someone else.

I just don’t know.

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At least the panel I ruined was small and easy to replace. I had drawn the peace sign in sharpie so it will only take me a few minutes to redo. I also wasn’t completely happy with the shade of yellow I had chosen so I will probably change that. (Ahhh….is that the infamous silver lining coming out to play?)

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I also just finished this one. I am not too sure about it right now but we’ll see what happens. (I can be really fickle.)

LDS Church

In my late night browsing of random brain destroying entertainment available on the internet, I stumbled upon this: Review the 501(c)(3) status of The Church of Latter-day Saints (The Mormons). It’s actually a petition to try and get the LDS Church's tax exemption status revoked.

"The LDS church contributed a significant amount of money and effort to endorse PROP 8 in California via its network of church, media, and community outlets enshrining discrimination under the law for thousands of Californians and their families.

"In general, no organization, including a church, may qualify for IRC section 501(c)(3) status if a substantial part of its activities is attempting to influence legislation (commonly known as lobbying).""


They are aiming for 20,000 signatures and only have about 800 to go. While I don’t think this will actually happen due to the way it may affect other churches, I do think it sends a message. Maybe it will make churches think twice about directly involving themselves in government.

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Feel free to check it out. :)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Things to make you laugh

Since my job is ubber boring, we (the office gals) tend to watch a lot of random stuff on youtube. Whenever I see that someone before me is still logged in, I like to save random videos to their account. Mostly music I know they don’t like and the most retarded stuff I can find. Yes, because I’m pretty much a total ass.

The last time I got to do this was actually on Sunday. My mistress, a.k.a. Steve, and I were having way too much fun with this girl Victoria’s account and he showed me this video. It is completely ridiculous and the first time I saw it I was laughing so hard people will giving me crazy looks.

It’s from a boy called Dancing Drew Teaches You. He actually lives in Salt Lake and obviously has way too much time on his hands. Here is “The Milkshake” dance. It doesn’t really start till a minute in but my favorite part is at like a minute ten.



And I can’t really post a video without including the “grape lady.” If you haven’t seen this, then you’re missing out. This will make your day a little brighter, I promise. (55 seconds in…)



hahahaha………..

Lord of the Silver Bow

I just finished reading Lord of the Silver Bow (first of the Troy Trilogy), by David Gemmell, and it was pretty amazing. I thought the look at ancient Greece was refreshing and completely different from what I’m used to. The writing style actually reminded me a lot of the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin in the way it’s told from various character points of view (plus, it’s laden with the same type of war, betrayal, and strange gods.) Since I LOVE Martin, this book was just up my alley.

The story follows Helikaon, a sailor, warrior and possible King as he deals with love, death, loss and gain. Odysseus is a homely character that tells impossible stories but see the world with insightful clarity. I’m not going to get into any more than that, but there is more detail information here.

Definitely worth a trip to the library.

Random pic of the day

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I thought this was silly, And totally true in my case.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Gay Marriage...again...

Ok, not to beat a dead horse but I am gonna rant a little about the issue surrounding gay marriage again.

I read a blog earlier today, God Bless America , from a woman who was glad that proposition 8 had passed in California and I found myself becoming furious.

As usual, the way I handled that anger was to channel it into writing, so here we go…
I voted Yes on 8 as all of you know. And I am proud to say that 5,725,000 other people feel the same way I do. Once again the Sanctity of Traditional Marriage is sacred again. But, as one spokeswoman for the Mormon Church says in an interview this morning, "This measure in no way changes anything for Gay Rights." It's true. We will continue turning a blind eye to same sex couples co-living together and setting up housekeeping. They will still be covered in the insurance offered by various companies. Even though I disagree with couples living together outside of Marriage this also covers those who do. This woman continues on by saying, "...All this measure does is define that the Sate of California can only recognize a Marriage as Traditional, between a man and a woman.

First off, marriage as we know it today is not “traditional.” Traditional marriage is long gone (and good riddance).

Husbands are no longer required to fully care financially for their wives without reciprocation, no matter how rich she is and how poor he might be. In traditional marriage, women were not able to enter into independent contracts without consent and their husbands could sell off any of their property without any form of permission. Not too mention that there was no way to prosecute a husband for raping his wife, no matter the circumstances, since it was considered the same as “raping oneself.”

That's traditional marriage and I don’t know about you, but for me there's no sanctity in that kind of ownership masquerading as partnership.

I also think the overall idea that marriage in itself is sacred is completely false. For me, it's the LOVE inside a marriage that’s sacred and that must come from within and be realized over time through little sacrifices in the day to day trappings of being with a person.

The true problem is we don’t know how to define marriage. (All dictionaries do is track common usages of terms, so that is not the place to go looking.)

We know what it does; it turns strangers-at-law into next-of-kin, but not what it is.

The most popular forms of marriage until the 19th century were common law marriages. Common law marriages are acknowledged by the law without being a creature of it and show us that neither the content of marriage (day to day) nor the legal form (rights) requires different genders.

Yet, even knowing that, the law still can't find a way to define marriage.

I also don’t think that civil unions are the answer. Because what does it really say about society when the law offers civil unions with the perceived same amount of rights, but without the “sacred” title of marriage? That is more offensive than no rights at all because the civil union scheme intentionally distinguishes differences between homosexual couples from heterosexual ones. We are essentially degrading gays by offering a separate-but-equal civil union while still denying them the social form of marriage.

(I do want to point out that civil unions are no where near equal to marriage. you can find a great summary here.)

Moving on to another issue that will soon be coming up in this State. Gay couples being allowed to adopt or foster children. The State of Arkansas voted Yes on Prop 8, also took it to another level… It will soon become clear if we need to follow Arkansas lead on Gay Couples being able to adopt or foster children. As for me, I disagree with the whole adopting thing. I believe that a child should be raised in Traditional Home with Traditional Values. Being Gay is a choice. Your choice. And I commend you for that. But, it does not mean that being Gay is Right.

Ok, wow. I don’t even know where to begin.

First off, the traditional home means very little today what with divorce, single parenthood, standard adoption, family guardians, and in-vitro fertilization.

Second, a lot of these couples already have children through past relationships. In fact, the 2000 census reported 594,000 households as being headed by same sex couples (that number doesn’t even take into consideration all the people that didn’t divulge that information) with 55 percent having children under the age of 19 in the home. Yet heterosexual families are still going about there daily lives just fine.

People need to understand that the true threat to marriage is DIVORCE. That’s right people; not what gay couples do in the privacy of their homes, but what you do in yours. And yet, where are people raising millions of dollars to outlaw divorce? Or shotgun weddings in Las Vegas? As long as that continues the “sanctity” of marriage will never be more than a joke.
Voting Yes on 8 does not make anyone racist it only defines what California wants, No Gay Marriages Allowed.

That definitely is true. It is not racist, but it is bigoted since this is clearly an attack on gay marriage using the pretense of "saving" heterosexual marriage.

It's also unequal, as any law is unequal if it draws upon or enhances the view that some group is held in morally less regard.

So lets call a spade a spade and be honest with ourselves.

Love/Hate

Things I Love:

1. Vanilla scented candles and Nag Champa incense. (Nag Champa are the only incense I burn and because of that it always smells like home to me.)
2. Our Sunday tradition of going to Wise Guys to see live stand up and then going to Dees for a plate of cheese fries.
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3. Fresh baked rolls.
4. Q-Tips. (I know it sounds weird, but I have a crazy ear fetish and I can’t stand for my ears to be dirty. These things are life savers for makeup too.)
5. Nookie in the afternoon.
6. Tattooed guys who dress preppy. (pics of Dan Gold)
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7. Fried chicken. (I don’t eat it too often so I am always super satisfied when I do.)
8. Watching my son, Holden, learn something new out of the blue.
9. Reading the “men seeking men” on Craigslist. (I just love them because they are so outrageous. Example, “I'm 235, six foot, one inches. 8" uncut & thick cock that love and needs a warm wet mouth to take care of the load inside my sack. if your interested and can host or meet me let me know.” Hahaha…yes, I’m a weirdo.)
10. Sunflowers.
11. Margaritas. (Hold the salt…)
12. Ikea. (I actually just LOVE furniture and a good deal.)
13. Firemen.
14. Libraries and book stores. (And curling up with a blanket, an afternoon to blow, and a cup of coffee.)
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15. Scrabble.
16. Shoes. (Of course…)
17. Music from the 90’s.
18. Star Trek: The Next Generation.
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19. Staying up ridiculously late.
20. Stand up comedy in general.


Things I Don’t Love At All:

1. Bill O’Reilly. (No explanation necessary. I found this picture on photobucket and thought it was hilarious.)
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2. Fake Plants.
3. Ham. (I like bacon and sausage but not ham. Weird…)
4. Throwing up. (I know this one’s a given, but I really really hate it!)
5. Sneezing while driving around a corner.
6. Mayonnaise. (Or fry sauce. Fry sauce has like a cult following out here and it’s on the freaky side.)
7. Washing the dishes.
8. When Holden learns a curse word.
9. Waking up early.
10. Crazy conservative Christian right wingers.
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11. Running. (I wish I liked running or jogging, but I would seriously rather be run over by a car.)
12. Pop Punk music. (Or anyone who dresses like these people.)
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13. Constitutional amendments against gay marriage. (Might as well throw illegal wire tapping and torture in there too.)
14. Wind. (Not light breezes on summer days, but that crazy wind you get where you can’t see because of your hair whipping around but you’re too busy trying to clutch your jacket to your body to stop it. Yeah, that sucks.)
15. Having my picture taken.
16. My super white, never tans, sun burns just thinking about the sun, skin.
17. Busy work. (Sometimes at work we have to put giant stacks of paper into piles of 25. I hate being reminded I am only a trained monkey.)
18. Star Trek: Voyager
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19. When I drive to a store to find I just missed closing by ten minutes.
20. Deep V-neck shirts on men. (Seriously people, stop it.)
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

How to Tick People Off

I found this website called Stumbleupon.com and have come across some ridiculously entertaining stuff online with it. The site is actually pretty awesome. All you do is sign up for free here and then you download their toolbar. After selecting your favorite topics, you just hit the “stumble” tab and random pages that fit your topics pop up. I do end up skipping a lot of sites, but I have still found some really interesting things so far. My favorites include everything from politics, religion, cooking, to just plain old odd facts.

I found this and thought it was silly. I put my favorites in bold.

How to Tick People off

1. Leave the copy machine set to reduce 200%, extra dark, 17 inch paper, 99 copies.
2. In the memo field of all your checks, write "for sexual favors."
3. Specify that your drive-through order is "TO-GO."
4. If you have a glass eye, tap on it occasionally with your pen while talking to others.
5. Stomp on little plastic ketchup packets.
6. Insist on keeping your car windshield wipers running in all weather conditions "to keep them tuned up."
7. Reply to everything someone says with "that's what you think."
8. Practice making fax and modem noises.
9. Highlight irrelevant information in scientific papers and "cc" them to your boss.
10. Make beeping noises when a large person backs up.
11. Finish all your sentences with the words "in accordance with prophesy."
12. Signal that a conversation is over by clamping your hands over your ears and grimacing.
13. Disassemble your pen and "accidentally" flip the ink cartridge across the room.
14. Holler random numbers while someone is counting.
15. Adjust the tint on your TV so that all the people are green, and insist to others that you "like it that way."
16. Staple pages in the middle of the page.
17. Publicly investigate just how slowly you can make a croaking noise.
18. Honk and wave to strangers.
19. Decline to be seated at a restaurant, and simply eat their complimentary mints at the cash register.
20. TYPE IN UPPERCASE.
21. type only in lowercase.
22. dont use any punctuation either
23. Buy a large quantity of orange traffic cones and reroute whole streets.
24. Repeat the following conversation a dozen times.
"DO YOU HEAR THAT?"
"What?"
"Never mind, it's gone now."
25. As much as possible, skip rather than walk.
26. Try playing the William Tell Overture by tapping on the bottom of your chin. When nearly done, announce "No, wait, I messed it up," and repeat.
27. Ask people what gender they are.
28. While making presentations, occasionally bob your head like a parakeet.
29. Sit in your front yard pointing a hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down.
30. Sing along at the opera.
31. Go to a poetry recital and ask why each poem doesn't rhyme.
32. Ask your co-workers mysterious questions and then scribble their answers in a notebook. Mutter something about "psychological profiles."

Monday, November 10, 2008

Money Problems

I hate money. It is such a hassle and it seems like there is never enough to go around. Then every blue moon when we seem to have a little extra, it’s still not enough to take of the major things that always get put off.

I. Am. Tired. Of. It.

I don’t even want to be rich. I just don’t want to stress month to month that we can’t afford something or be stuck worrying about which bill has to be late this month so we can pay the bill late from last month. The stress is exhausting.

I can admit the main problem is my job. My job is super easy and I just got too comfortable working there, but I really need to work more hours. It’s just so hard to be motivated when I know that is just more time away from my family. At this point though, I have few options.

So Convergys it is. I’m not too excited to work phones again but I can make a lot more than my crappy wages now and they can offer the opportunity to work more hours.

I guess we all got to suck it up and do what needs to be done every now and again.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Glad to be home

Work today was horrible. I know I shouldn’t complain since my job is usually pretty laid back, but today was INSANE. I work at a recreation center and I always explain it as doing absolutely nothing broken up by moments of complete utter shit. Well today, it was like a shitty torrential downpour.

We started indoor soccer today and the coordinator couldn’t come in to take care of the hundreds of problems we always have at the start of any program, so I essentially had to apologize over and over about things that weren’t my fault and could care less about.

Because honestly, I don’t care if your coach didn’t call you or your jersey is a little too big. Maybe if I did I would be a better employee, but I can’t bring myself to fret over a five dollar plastic trophy. Considering I am one of the best employees we got, you are pretty much screwed.

Then there was a rock wall birthday party no one knew about so I had to plead and beg one of the guys to come in so the kids could climb. Of course, the parents didn’t care that I wasn’t the one to blame, so on went my shoveling shit hat…

Now I am at home and I still can’t get out of this mood. You know what the really depressing thing is though?

I only worked three hours.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Proud to be a Heathen

“Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.”

I was raised agnostic. My mother never talked about or imparted any ideas of god or religion to me, for which I will always be grateful. If I wanted to go to church I was allowed, but it was never forced or required. When I did in fact go to church, it was for purely social reasons. I never actually understood what the people around me believed. But as I got older and learned more, I realized that I wanted nothing to do with Christianity or god.

“The reason there are so many opinions is that no one knows the truth.”

I tried, as a teenager, to convince myself that god exists. I sat in the pews with the best of them but faith could never permeate my reason or thinking. Believe me, I would like nothing more then to be comforted by the idea that there is this body of energy that loves me completely; someone who watches over me endlessly and wants nothing but the best for me or that every horrible thing that has, and will, happen in my life is part of some mysterious plan and I should just scamper along like a good obedient monkey.

“Perhaps our role on this planet is not to worship god, but to create him.”

Over the years I have become agnostic atheist, which is just a fancy way of saying I don’t believe in god but ultimately don’t think anyone could possibly know. The truth is that you cannot believe in god without abandoning logic to some extent. You give up any possibility at looking at a situation with clear eyes and free thinking because there is always a good possibility you will see something that contradicts your religious views. (If in any way you doubt that, think about people who refuse to believe the age of the earth or any of the PROVED scientific research.) Then, unfortunately, most people will reject any findings just to preserve ideas that are dated and out of touch with reality. This is not enlightenment, it is delusion.

“The fundamental cause of trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.”

Even though I think established religion as a whole is a bad thing and that there is NO way and all loving entity can exist, I still keep a measure of doubt. If theists could say the same thing the world would be a much more tolerant place, but there has never been room for doubt in religion. Richard Dawkins said something along the lines of: since atheists don’t have faith, (which is belief in something without any proof) reason alone cannot propel one to total conviction that anything definitely does NOT exist. A lot of theists try to throw this in atheists face as proof we are unsure or not confident in our disbelief of god, but for me it is part of the appeal of not belonging to a structured belief system. I am free to make my own decisions and I am totally open to the possibility that I could be wrong. My world would NOT come crashing down if god DOES exist so it doesn’t make too much of a difference to me. (I also can’t imagine that if god does exist he would ultimately care how many prayers he received.)

“Blind faith is an ironic gift to return to the creator of human intelligence.”

Now what has brought this about you might ask (though those who know me well know I don’t ever need a reason). First, the situation with gay marriage has really gotten to me. Second, this girl I knew in high school posted a bulletin on myspace about the end of times. She truly believes we are living in the end of days and Jesus is coming to save all the good monkeys from hell on earth. The fact that someone, of whom I know to be intelligent, could possibly think that is mind boggling.

Sometimes it feels like our country is moving backwards (especially to the dark ages). Do we really live in a time where we think its still okay to teach our children that people who disagree with us will spend eternity in torment by the very all loving god who created them? Or that it’s somehow dangerous to teach our children about sex or condoms even though science backs up that information is the key to lowering teenage pregnancy and STDs? Or that people walked the earth with dinosaurs? Or that it is somehow “unnatural” to love someone? (On a side note, can we even do anything unnatural? Doesn’t the fact that we are capable make it natural, if not just unusual?) Or that atheists aren’t really American?

I really hope the answer is no.

I wil leave you with this:

Top Ten Signs You're a Fundamentalist Christian

10 - You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.

9 - You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.

8 - You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.

7 - Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Allah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees!

6 - You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.

5 - You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.

4 - You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs -- though excluding those in all rival sects - will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving."

3 - While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christianity.

2 - You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.

1 - You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history - but still call yourself a Christian.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

ThingsAreFine Posters

These are some posters I found on Stumbleupon.com. They are from a site called, ThingsAreFine. I am sure plenty of people won’t get the meaning, but I thought they were an interesting way to try and get people out to vote. Even though the election was yesterday, I wanted to share.

If you go to the site you can actually download any of them, in three different sizes, for free. I usually use Snapfish to order posters and online prints. They are really reasonably priced and it doesn't take too long.

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Pinch Me ...a message from Michael Moore

I am friends with Moore on myspace and this is a bulletin he sent out. As usual it hits the nail right on the head.


Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Friends,

Who among us is not at a loss for words? Tears pour out. Tears of joy. Tears of relief. A stunning, whopping landslide of hope in a time of deep despair.

In a nation that was founded on genocide and then built on the backs of slaves, it was an unexpected moment, shocking in its simplicity: Barack Obama, a good man, a black man, said he would bring change to Washington, and the majority of the country liked that idea. The racists were present throughout the campaign and in the voting booth. But they are no longer the majority, and we will see their flame of hate fizzle out in our lifetime.

There was another important "first" last night. Never before in our history has an avowed anti-war candidate been elected president during a time of war. I hope President-elect Obama remembers that as he considers expanding the war in Afghanistan. The faith we now have will be lost if he forgets the main issue on which he beat his fellow Dems in the primaries and then a great war hero in the general election: The people of America are tired of war. Sick and tired. And their voice was loud and clear yesterday.

It's been an inexcusable 44 years since a Democrat running for president has received even just 51% of the vote. That's because most Americans haven't really liked the Democrats. They see them as rarely having the guts to get the job done or stand up for the working people they say they support. Well, here's their chance. It has been handed to them, via the voting public, in the form of a man who is not a party hack, not a set-for-life Beltway bureaucrat. Will he now become one of them, or will he force them to be more like him? We pray for the latter.

But today we celebrate this triumph of decency over personal attack, of peace over war, of intelligence over a belief that Adam and Eve rode around on dinosaurs just 6,000 years ago. What will it be like to have a smart president? Science, banished for eight years, will return. Imagine supporting our country's greatest minds as they seek to cure illness, discover new forms of energy, and work to save the planet. I know, pinch me.

We may, just possibly, also see a time of refreshing openness, enlightenment and creativity. The arts and the artists will not be seen as the enemy. Perhaps art will be explored in order to discover the greater truths. When FDR was ushered in with his landslide in 1932, what followed was Frank Capra and Preston Sturgis, Woody Guthrie and John Steinbeck, Dorothea Lange and Orson Welles. All week long I have been inundated with media asking me, "gee, Mike, what will you do now that Bush is gone?" Are they kidding? What will it be like to work and create in an environment that nurtures and supports film and the arts, science and invention, and the freedom to be whatever you want to be? Watch a thousand flowers bloom! We've entered a new era, and if I could sum up our collective first thought of this new era, it is this: Anything Is Possible.

An African American has been elected President of the United States! Anything is possible! We can wrestle our economy out of the hands of the reckless rich and return it to the people. Anything is possible! Every citizen can be guaranteed health care. Anything is possible! We can stop melting the polar ice caps. Anything is possible! Those who have committed war crimes will be brought to justice. Anything is possible.

We really don't have much time. There is big work to do. But this is the week for all of us to revel in this great moment. Be humble about it. Do not treat the Republicans in your life the way they have treated you the past eight years. Show them the grace and goodness that Barack Obama exuded throughout the campaign. Though called every name in the book, he refused to lower himself to the gutter and sling the mud back. Can we follow his example? I know, it will be hard.

I want to thank everyone who gave of their time and resources to make this victory happen. It's been a long road, and huge damage has been done to this great country, not to mention to many of you who have lost your jobs, gone bankrupt from medical bills, or suffered through a loved one being shipped off to Iraq. We will now work to repair this damage, and it won't be easy.

But what a way to start! Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th President of the United States. Wow. Seriously, wow.

Yours,
Michael Moore

First Snow

Imagine my surprise when I woke up and my backyard looked look this:

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This is our first real snow of the winter. I used to hate winter when I first moved here but I have adjusted pretty well. I actually like winter more than summer here in Salt Lake. Hopefully this snow will melt quickly though so we can put our patio set in the shed.

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Our dog LOVES the snow and he full on prances in it. Prances.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Obama Wins!!!!

Some people will mark these last few years as the century that America lost its moral standing in the world.

Tonight Obama was voted the 44th president of The United States of America.

Lets us hope it will be the first step onto a better path. One we can be proud of.

Teaching outside the Curriculum

My favorite teacher would have to be hands down my 11th grade history teacher. His name is Mr. Furrow and he taught American History. But more important than World War Two or Watergate, he taught us about life.

I knew I would love him from the start because of his teaching style. The entire curriculum was made into power point presentations and projected onto the wall. That way he could stand at the front of the class and lecture while having visual references. I quickly realized that this is the best way for me to learn. (I have always like lectures and I can remember images of words most of the time.) As most people when they lecture, he would go off on tangents and use personal experiences to help us relate to people and situations.

One lesson I still remember clearly today was about ultimatums. He warned us never to use ultimatums to try and force someone to do what you want (because that is essentially what an ultimatum is). He explained that in fact, all you are doing is putting yourself into a corner. The chances of that happening are high since you wouldn’t have had to give the ultimatum in the first place if they were willing to do what you wanted. Then you are stuck doing something you don’t want to do or go back on your word. And it is in those moments you define what kind of person you are.

I have never given an ultimatum.

He also taught us that some victories are worse then losing. I remember him reading excerpts of William March’s Company K. The most moving being the chapter about “The Unknown Soldier.” It is about the thoughts going through the soldier’s head as he lies dying, trapped in barb wire. He is basically giving a voice to whom that soldier might be and why he is unknown. I tried to find a link to it but I couldn’t so here is part:

“It’s all a lie that people tell each other, and nobody really believes,” I said… “And I’m a part of it, whether I want to be or not. I’m more a part of it now than ever before: In a few years, when the war is over, they’ll move my body back home to the Soldier’s Cemetery, just as they moved the bodies of soldiers killed before I was born. There will be a brass band and speech making and a beautiful marble shaft with my name chiseled on its base… The mayor will be there also, pointing to my name with his thick, trembling forefinger and shouting meaningless words about glorious deaths and fields of honor… And there will be other little boys in that crowd to listen and believe him, just like I listened and believed!”

Because the soldier doesn’t want to be part of that, he throws his tags and helmet away and rips up his identification so no one can identify his body.

“I’ve beaten the orators and wreath layers at their own game…Nobody will ever use me as a symbol. No-body will ever tell lies over my dead body now!”

My favorite line is at the end though.

“I have broken the chain,” I whispered. “I have defeated the inherent stupidity of life.”

Then he is shot in the head by a German soldier who has sat with him to end his suffering. I remember the story having a deep impact on me. He also sang a song one day called “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda” by Eric Bogle. The lyrics were lovely and sad at the same time. Is is about the battle of Gallipoli (which was pretty much like the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan).

This is a version by John Williamson:


There were other things as well. Things I can’t even recall but I know stayed with me. Helped shape the way I see the world. I remember our first period class watching the Twin Towers fall while trying to grasp what was truly happening in the world. He always gave the impression that he truly cared about us individually as people, but more than anything, Mr. Furrow helped me discover my love of history. That passion has stayed with me all these years.

And it is teachers like him that give me hope for public education.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Is Equality a Right or Privilege?

I sometimes wish I still lived in California. It has been hard adjusting to Utah and I miss my friends and family immensely. More than anything though, I wish I could vote NO on Prop 8.

I could go on and on about how tax paying citizens should have equal rights under the law or any other of the MANY valid points that sustain the idea that gay marriage should be a fundamental right, but I feel I don’t need to.

You should never need an argument FOR equality.

The truth is gay marriage does not hurt straight marriage. (And if the idea of two men together does, then you have a totally different problem going on.) What this comes down to is the basic idea of freedom. What do we have the freedom to do? Who do we have the freedom to love? Conservatives have a habit of pointing the finger and condemning the left of wanting more government in our lives, but having those questions answered by the LAW seems like government impeding in our lives in the worst way.

Another point the opponents of equality try to bring up is children. “It protects our children from being taught in public schools that “same-sex marriage” is the same as traditional marriage, and prevents other consequences to Californians who will be forced to not just be tolerant of gay lifestyles, but face mandatory compliance regardless of their personal beliefs.”

First off, I don’t believe I remember being taught about marriage in school. I am also pretty comfident the parents and churches of this school of thought will have that covered since they like to start the brain washing at a young age. Second, what is up with the line about being forced to be tolerent? Hello, you are supposed to be tolerent of different lifestyles when you live in a democratic country. And yes, you should comply with the law regardless of your personal beliefs. That is another cost of having personal freedoms that are PROTECTED by the law (as opposed to threatened).

I guess it just comes down to the way you look at things. I was watching George Carlin’s It’s Bad For Ya and he brought up a really good point. If rights can be taken away, then they aren’t rights at all.

They are privileges.



I thought this NO on Prop 8 commercial was funny.

And just to throw out the claim that, “It overturns the outrageous decision of four activist Supreme Court judges who ignored the will of the people,” I would like to point out that three of those judges were selected by Republican Governers. It is also not the courts job to follow the will of the people. (What about the people who thought it was okay to kill and maim any “colored” folk who stepped out of line in the south?) It is the courts job to interpret the meaning of the constitution, whether or not the people want to hear it.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sugar High

So Halloween is officially over. Not that I didn’t expect you to know that, but it still kind of makes me sad. I am making sure I take the time to put everything away properly today since I actually made some of the decorations myself.

My favorite decoration is this egg sack looking thing. I got the idea out of a Martha Stewart magazine and I love they way it came out. (Yeah, I was totally shocked too. Her ideas are totally spiffy but usually turn out horribly. At least for me. )

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Holden would NOT go trick or treating though. In fact, he was scared of his costume and would run from the room anytime I pulled it out. I can only hope that by next year he is a lot more willing and the costume will still fit. Though there is still no shortage of candy at my house since I had my friends bring a bag of candy each. At the time it sounded like a good idea, but now the house is overflowing with it. I also made cookies that no one ate. That’s right, NO ONE ate them. (WTF?) They are delicious and totally festive snicker doodles dipped in white chocolate.

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Overall the night was good. What better way is there to spend a sugar high then with good friends and good times?

NONE.