Sunday, November 1, 2015

A Lovely Experience and a Discovery

Yesterday I head off to the arts & crafts store Michael's. They sell glow sticks that can be converted to bracelets and were a real hit last year with the trick or treaters. So I decided to pick some up again for last night. A woman with her two daughters were in front of me making a decent sized purchase. I heard the mother say to the daughter, "You can find it on my phone." I assumed she meant the coupons Michael's sends out every week. Another minute passed then it was my turn at the register. When I was tallied up, I bought 4 things of glow sticks, the same woman leaned over with her phone and handed it to the cashier and said, "Here use this." She had kindly passed her coupon that I guess she did not use onto me. Fortunately I had my wits about me to say thank you and paid 40% less than what my order was. In my wallet was a Michael's coupon I did not pull out. For some inexplicable reason I did not think it would apply to the glow sticks. Brain fart there. I turned around and passed my unused coupon to a young woman who had a hand basket filled with stuff. She was delighted. I had never experienced a true "Pay it Forward" moment and I have to say it feels really good to be the recipient and the giver. Refreshing really. Hooray humanity!

Next topic.

In the last few months I have noticed tiny holes at the bottoms of my shirts. While I allow for the fact that some of these shirts are thin and come from the cheap store Old Navy, I could not for the life of me figure out why on earth these holes were appearing. Did we have moths? Did my seat belt gain an appetite for cloth? Are you ready for this? The thin cotton material rubbing against my jeans button while I lean against the counter doing dishes or cooking is what has caused this destruction of my wardrobe. And there are quite a few blog posts and articles about this phenomenon online. This is a pretty detailed one. Short of wearing skirts all the time, the only other solution would be a nice, yet heavy duty apron. I would prefer a heavier cotton and well made clothes, but I don't think that would matter much. I am vexed by this discovery and...

That is all.


Friday, October 30, 2015

Because It Is Friday

And the day before Halloween.  BOO!

And everyone in mi casa are getting over having wretched colds. Yuck.

Okay, it is serious time here. As a mature woman I understand that there are people who take the Bible word for word. I still think they cherry pick, but let's not get too specific shall we? I am usually pretty okay if while speaking with you I find your views differ than mine, but I do not approve of them if they are akin to sharia law. Allow me to intro you to a hardcore right wing pastor, named Kevin Swanson, who pretty much touts a Christian ideal not dissimilar to some of the intense parts of sharia. Not a big deal  you think? Oh yeah, here are some things he has said:

Kevin Swanson repeated his criticisms of the Girl Scouts, which he previously said to be a "wicked" organization that is "turning young girls into lesbian communists."
Me: The only wicked thing the Girl Scouts has done is made their cookies smaller.

He also stated that Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina were divine punishments of "pro-homosexual cities."
Me: So what is his explanation for the F2 and up tornadoes that routinely whip down the Bible Belt?

Working women hate men and their children and are destroying America.
Me: I see, so single moms and women whose husband's have died and had to go to work have ruined the moral fiber of our Nation? Not the people who rape or commit murder or molest children. Gotcha.

Halloween is a celebration of the victims of Noah's flood.
Me: I got nothing. Well, except that Christianity adopted a lot of Pagan practices, but you need to figure that out for yourself Mr. Swanson.

This shining ray of love and light will be hosting the National Religious Liberties Conference in Des Moines, Iowa next week where he has invited GOP candidates like Mick Huckabee, Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz to speak.
Let's beat the dead horse shall we?
Religion has NO business being mixed with politics. People have different ways that they connect with God, if they even believe, and one way is not the right way or a better way.
I am tired, so tired, of being told I am going to hell because I have gay friends or support education. You Sir want your parishioners uneducated so you can control the masses. I want them educated so they can decide for themselves if Beyonce is a spawn from Satan or just a talented artist who gives a boring interview. Why the fear of an educated parishioner? Scared of them questioning you? Shouldn't that be a good thing?

If you are not an American you need to understand the GOP has a big old hard on for the Founding Fathers. Funny, they only love the quotes or ideas that align with their ideals. Yeah I know, all political parties do this, but the GOP, they always forget an important one like separation of church and state, which is IN OUR CONSTITUTION. Nor do they seem to recall that most of those folks that fled to the Americas because they had enough of their own country's bullshit and decided, hey, maybe religion infringes too much on our personal lives or we want to do our own thing.
Here are some quotes from the Founding Fathers that someone posted in the comments on article about Mr. Kevin Swanson on Gawker. I agree with each one.

“This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it.”
-John Adams
“In every country and every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty.”
-Thomas Jefferson
“Strongly guarded as is the separation between Religion and Government in the Constitution of the United States, the danger of encroachment by Ecclesiastical Bodies, may be illustrated by precedents already furnished in their short history”
-James Madison

Granted, if you believe in God, have faith of any kind and practice in an organized way, good on you. I do my own thing and on my own terms. That is the beauty of being allowed to believe or not believe. The one thing that should be a constant is to show mercy and love as Jesus did, but that is so far gone from most hardcore belief systems that it is frightening. We can certainly debate about death penalties, homosexuality, abortions, divorce, why forgiveness should happen and is so damn hard, etc, but at it's most simplest, getting your hate on is not religion. That is more like someone else my dears.

Peace and enjoy your weekend.

Monday, October 26, 2015

When You Grow Out of Things

Not your actual clothes, but the style, books, music movies and other facets of culture.

Some years back a friend of mine decided she wanted to re-read some classics. She had always been a fan of The Great Gatsby. From what I recall, she was not as much of a fan when she returned to all things Nick Carraway. There is something disappointing about something you once loved falling short on the second go around. For me it was "Catcher in the Rye". There seemed something trite about Holden Caufield when I was no longer a rebellious teen/young adult. I am not saying Salinger sucks before someone gets all upset, I am just saying, that book was good for me at a prior point in my life, but not now.

Sex and The City. I hear shrieks across the Universe. On a whim I decided to rewatch it and while I am almost done with Season 2, I have to say, Carrie Bradshaw is one of the more annoying, least empowering women characters ever presented. This is nothing about SJP personally, just the character she played. I found myself rolling my eyes about her ridiculous shoe habit, her smoking habit, her whining and her horrible outfits. I never liked how she dressed and could not for the life of me understand everyone drooling over Patricia Field's "fashion eye". For real??? Explain this mess to me, please? Howdy to my old boss Mr. Bon Jovi.

Ugly outfits aside, each woman on the show had positives and negatives, but Carrie pushed me over the edge numerous times throughout. Also the idiot writers using Suffern, NY for Aidan's cabin and calling it country. Suffern happens to be right over the border from New Jersey and trust me, is not as country as say the Catskills area or Adirondacks. This was just sheer laziness. Yet I continue to watch.

Embracing the 80's look. The latest fashion crazy is wearing leggings and having fringe on everything. Someone get me the aqua net! Yes, I was a tween/teen in the 80's so it is a been there done that and to be honest some of it was ugly the first time. Leggings are not horrible, but how people wear them are.

I can no longer listen to Led Zeppelin really. I blame the old 92.3 in NYC for that. They played them every hour sometimes every half hour. I liked their music, but it has been a long time since I went out of my way to purposely listen to one of their songs. There are other bands I just downright hate, but that's another post.

A list of things that I have semi grown out of recently.

NYC. Have lived next to NYC all my life. It is now this uber expensive place in almost every area. I miss the grittiness, the sex shops, the dirty low down clubs, but I understand change happens. I am all for a better, safer NYC, but with that has come housing price points the average human being will not make as a salary in their lifetime. We still visit, but each time I wait for the bridge to cost close to twenty bucks soon. Damn shame.

Frugal living/Simple Living Blogs. This is an arena where you need to find the ones that suit you best. In my case, I messed that up for awhile and was all over the place. Some blogs are extreme frugal living while others have ti down to a nice science. Parts of living a frugal/simple lifestyle work for me, but not every part. In our house we like to eat out and I like to have my eyebrows done. Does it put us in the poor house? No, so I will not feel guilty when I don't want to cook and prefer to order in sushi.
As an aside, I feel bad for so many readers of these blogs who comment. Some are in real tough economic times and advising someone to just grow tomatoes is not going to pay their electric bill, especially if they already do grow their own food. This is why I pared down my frugal living blogs to those that offer sound advice and I am glad I did. I highly recommend Assortment, Frugal Queen or Down to Earth in case you need someplace to start.

Food Blogs. This is also an area I had to pare down. There are so many good ones out there, but what's the point of me keeping it just for the pretty pictures? Allow me to ask though, what is with the incessant amount of ingredients for simple things like cookies? Scones? Chocolate chip loaves? I love the exotic as much as the next person, but sometimes you just want something you can use. I am happy to browse, but am no longer bookmarking in that category.

So there's my list. Nothing earth shattering or exciting, but it is funny how one has to literally decide what to do with their time on the internet. I even forget I have a Pinterest account sometimes. LOL Good times.

Have a wonderful evening.