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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Confession: I'm annoyed.

...but I have seen some stuff lately that has really irritated me, and thus merited a post of some sort. And apparently, if I do it #confessions style with Kathy, nobody can judge me. Or judge all you want, whatever. I'm too pissed off about nonsense and the abject, ignorant stupidity and bandwagon mentality of so many people to care.

Real quick disclaimer: let me preface this by saying that these rants are not directed at any people in particular, unless specifically mentioned. People who believe differently than I do are completely and totally entitled to their beliefs, and I am in no way insinuating that I am smarter/cooler/better/whatever than anyone else, regardless of whether we agree or disagree. I would encourage people from both sides to comment (if you're interested), because I like the conversation, but I'm not trying to start an argument or put anyone down by what I'm about to say. 

Vodka and Soda


I confess // There is an article on Buzzfeed right now wherein 22 female employees answer why they take birth control. FIRST of all...WHO THE HELL CARES? No one, that's who. SECONDLY... I am sick and tired TO DEATH of hearing people bitch and moan about how birth control is their own business, and people do it for themselves blah blah blah, and "hey government/employer/everybody who doesn't agree with me, stay out of my business!" while simultaneously DEMANDING that government/employee/taxpayers actually get all up in their business and PAY for their birth control. Seriously?! Seriously. Shut up, you're contradicting yourself and making absolutely no sense. 
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And for the record (pay attention here, folks, because this is the biggest thing everyone is ignoring here): Hobby Lobby is NOT saying, nor have they ever said, that they refuse to pay for birth control because of their religious beliefs (which, by the way, is their RIGHT, as guaranteed by the First Amendment). They simply did not want to have to pay for the IUD or the morning-after bill. There are a lot of other kinds of birth control that they are very happy to cover with their insurance plans. 

And also...if you so desperately want to be in control of your own reproductive health and rights, then take control of all aspects of it yourself, including paying for it. Freedom of religion is freedom of religion, even if you don't agree with it.

I confess // all this nonsense about raising the federal minimum wage is stupid. As someone who has spent a pretty significant portion of their working life working at minimum wage, do I think it would be easier if it were higher? Well of course I do... But where is the money supposed to come from? 

If a company has 8 employees who work 40 hours a week, and are paid $7.25/hour, that means the company is spending $2320.00/per week on their compensation. That doesn't even take into account the additional cost of potential benefits like vacation time, retirement savings or profit sharing, sick leave, health insurance (the cost of which is skyrocketing, by the way, thanks to the president and his dumb plan), etc. Nor does that take into account the overhead costs of running a business - building space, liability insurance, utilities, equipment, cleaning costs...and the list goes on and on. 

If the minimum wage gets raised the 39.3% up to $10.10 that has been proposed, that means that compensation costs alone for the aforementioned hypothetical company will go up $911.76/week, or $47,411.52/year. Where, exactly, is that extra $50k supposed to come from? All that will happen is that companies will be forced to lay off or otherwise let go of employees because they simply can't afford to keep them anymore, thus reducing the amount of service they could provide, which in turn will most likely result in a decrease of customers since the service and/or product has suffered, leading the company to make even less money, meaning they have to let more people go.....and the cycle continues. How in the world is it that people don't see this? 

The beauty of capitalism is that it allows people to work hard and do whatever they can to better themselves, rather than reducing people who are successful down to a lower level, so that other people can benefit from their success. It's not a perfect system, but historically speaking, it does tend to be the most fair, and sustainable system. 

I confess // the fact that people actually believe that Obama's healthcare plan is a positive thing because it reverses "job lock" kind of blows my mind. That fact that people can't see that it's a blatant call for people to just not bother having jobs so they can instead just depend on the government for everything blows my mind even more. Since when is having a job and supporting yourself as best you can ever a bad thing, even if the job isn't all that enjoyable? I personally would much rather work and know that I'm supporting myself, even if it's not fun for me, than be dependent on the government for my needs. But hey...maybe that's just me. 

I confess // I cannot stand Jay-Z and Beyonce. Like, at all. Jay-Z has always irritated me, but I used to like Beyonce, back when her music was fun, and showcased her talent, instead of her ability to dress in next to nothing and shake her ass. I find it so sad when people who are so ridiculously talented sell out just to stay in the headlines. Like really, what's the point? 

I confess // my blood pressure has gone up while I've been writing this post. I can feel it. Whoops. I'm going to go walk around the block a few times to get it back where it's supposed to be. 

Peace out. 

Also linking up with Liz, because it's Wednesday. 
The Hump Day Blog Hop

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Friday, July 11, 2014

....and what a week it's been.

Can we all just breathe a big huge sigh of relief that it's Friday, FINALLY? I don't know if it's life, or just me, but man alive, this week dang near killed me. But it's over (or at least it will be in a few hours), and there are supposed to be some big things happening in my world this week, so we are just going to be excited for those things, and cross our fingers that nothing gets in the way. Mmmkay? 

Other things.. 

1 // I had a really difficult assignment that was due this week. I have been working on it a bit for the last month, but the final part of the project was due today. I'm an overachiever though, and turned it in yesterday, so booyah to me. I'm just hoping that I did it correctly the whole way through though. I didn't get much (read: any) direction on it, so I was kind of flying blind, and it would really suck if I got the whole dang thing wrong. 

2 // I'm going to Zumba tomorrow for the first time in almost two weeks, and I am ridiculously excited. I was planning on going on Monday and Tuesday this week, as is my general habit, but when I got back from vacation, I was feeling kind of yucky and sick/achy, so staying home and resting seemed like a much better idea. But it's been a long time since I've been to a class, and I'm itching to just go let loose on the dance floor. 
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3 // I turn 30 in two weeks from today, and even though I have been freaking out about turning 30 since right around my 13th birthday (apparently 30 was my "scary age"), the closer I get to it, the less I am worrying about it. I think my main issue now is just general disappointment in myself for not being where I had always wanted to be in my life by the time I got to this age. And even though I do know that my life is pretty damn amazing just as it is, missteps and everything, it's tough for me to let go of the image I've had in my head about what my life is "supposed" to look like at this point. 

4 // Apparently, someone in blog world faked their own death yesterday. I just don't understand. If you want attention, okay, I get that...but if you fake your own death, all that happens (at least from the way that she did it) is that people will make fun of you and then completely forget about you. How is that productive? I don't know. The whole thing just seems weird and really sad. I think anyone who would stoop so low as to do something like that must be really sad, and that makes me sad. 

5 // It's only July (also, holy crap, it's already July!), but I am already getting excited about my planners for next year. I know I'm going to have a Whitney English planner again for work, because man alive, has that done wonders for my productivity. And of course, I will also have an Erin Condren for daily life happenings. I keep thinking up ways to become more and more organized in my life, and I absolutely LOVE looking back on used planners that have lots of stuff written down, and stickers, and different colors. There's just something about that that makes me really happy. I know, I'm a total nerd for getting excited about next year's planners already, but I'm too psyched to care. :) 

Cheers to the freakin' weekend, people! :) 

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Confessions - 7/9/14

It's Wednesday. Let's get to it. 

Vodka and Soda

I confess....I recently started watching "Nurse Jackie" on Boyfriend's recommendation, and I loooove it. I can't believe it took me this long to get to it! It's hilarious and even though I want to really dislike Jackie because she's kind of a shit, I just can't help but love her because she is so beautifully flawed and brilliantly written. 

I confess...I wrote this at 12:17am on Monday night/Tuesday morning. I still haven't gotten my cookie, and I'm more than a little peeved about it. 

I confess....I am having the hardest time coming up with anything to write that's worth posting. I have a bunch of drafts that only need a little bit of work, but I can't quite figure out what will be the final touch, so in my drafts, they continue to sit. 

I confess....there are a lot of people that are all like "oooh, I'm totally going to eat healthy, and lose weight, and ahhhhhhhhhh everybody look at my instagram photos and be totally proud of me because I'm being awesome!"......but then all of a sudden, I see them posting pics of late night ice cream sundaes, and all manner of fried foods, and candy and all that. And I am in no way judging them - I am no perfect eater myself, and I am ALL for people doing/eating whatever they want, but like.....I just don't get it. Do you want to lose weight, like for real? Cuz if you do, rumor has it that takes a lot of hard work. But if you don't, or you don't have the discipline to do it, that's fine too! I can tell you right now that sure, I'd love to lose weight, but I'm not at a place in my life where I am willing to dedicate as much time and effort to it as it would take. So if that's where you stand, why not just say that? 

I confess....people confuse the ever living out of me. Cryptic, yes, but more on that, specifically, later, when I get my head together enough to actually write it. Fair warning though: it's political, and will probably offend some people. Whatever, though ... free speech, and all that. 

I confess....that's about all I've got today. My brain hurts. Life is hard, people. 

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Never gonna do it..

I was out of town on vacation last week, so I pretty much ignored all things blog/social media for the whole week. There is a chance I will do a vacation recap at some point, but right now I'm still exhausted from the trip (why is it that vacations are always so exhausting??), so today I'm just going to steal a prompt from Juliette, and call it a day.
Today's prompt is "Things I'll Never Do". 

1 // Stop thinking photobooths are cool. They're just too much fun, and the pictures I get from them, no matter how silly or stupid or terrible, never cease to make me smile. 

2 // Have a big dog. I don't really count myself as a dog person at all, but I do tend to like the cute little ones. Boyfriend and I have plans to get a little pug puppy as soon as we live in a place that allows pets, and I love my sister's little schnoodle (I think that's what he is, anyway), but big dogs like labs or German shepherds, or retrievers, etc? No, thank you. 

3 // Play the lottery regularly. Sure, I may buy a random ticket here and there, but regularly spending money on a ticket when your odds are ridiculously slim just seems stupid to me. Of course, I can't really play in Nevada anyway, since the powers that be (see also: whoever is financially invested in all the gambling that happens here) don't allow it. So that works out.

4 // Stop correcting grammar/spelling in my head (and sometimes out loud). I know it's a really annoying habit that I have, so I really try to keep it to myself most of the time...but I had a really good grammar education, so my brain just does it automatically and I can't help it. 

5 // Eat fugu. First of all, seafood (gross). But then also, poison. How is this an actual dish people eat?? 

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