Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Something Strange This Way Comes...

I'm not sure what's going on, but I gotta tell ya, I'm in a HUGE funk. I'm hating just about everything right now. Nothing in particular, but everything in general.

Nothing is holding my interest for any length of time. Not the computer and all my wonderful friends out there in cyber land, not the TV and the new season of shows I have on the DVR, not my books, not my music and NOT my furbabies. And seriously not even the family... the hubby, the daughter or the grand daughter.

I officially began my classes at Ashford University yesterday, not even that is keeping me stoked. OMGoddess! Some of the people in this first class with me...I wonder how they ever finished HS and got into any type of college. Again, I'm just being over irritable. But hey, at least I know how to use spell check, LOL!! I did get my introduction posted, replied to the introduction posts of 3 *classmates* to fulfill that requirement, posted my first discussion question, just haven't replied to anyone on that thread yet.

I need to do some deep meditation to try and figure out what is blocking me and making me feel so anxious, I lit the candles, turned on the iPod, and BAM!! this door gets slammed in my face... *sigh...I'm just all outta whack.

Maybe I need to take a break from ...what?? ... I honestly don't know this time. I can take a break from everything on the computer EXCEPT my classes, would that help?? Am I on electronic overload? I know I'm wanting to be outside in the evenings, but the damn mosquitoes eat me alive. I have Deep Woods Off, but I HATE that stuff.

Hmmm, just looked at the weather report for this weekend, 85 and cloudy on Thursday, 80 and Thunderstorms on Friday and *GASP!!... 68 and cloudy on Saturday?? Really?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

From Irritation to Big Cheesy Grin

My week hasn't all been unsettled. After I got over being pissy about the game making the rounds on FB that was supposed to *raise awareness* for breast cancer, I had a couple great/awesome...(insert your choice of descriptive word here)...things happen to me.

I don't usually watch DWTS, but I've been watching the posts about DWTS and the lineup for the new season, which includes Chaz Bono and Carson Kressley. Boy let me tell you, this has caused QUITE the stir among some people...uh hmmm, the One Million Moms, for example. They are associated with American Family Association who BTW, have been classified as a hate group. One Million Moms feel it is their *Christian* duty to monitor the entertainment industry and if they find something they feel is objectionable for children to see, the begin an email/letter writing campaign to the powers that be over at whichever network they have targeted to *make* them pull the plug on the objectionable show in question. This is their email to ABC regarding DWTS:

As a mother and a member of OneMillionMoms.com, I strongly encourage ABC Network to reconsider their celebrity casting choices for "Dancing with the Stars" this season. I am extremely concerned that ABC feels the need to be politically correct instead of creating show as strictly a dance competition. ABC has crossed the line in pushing the LGBT agenda into what some families would consider safe entertainment.

Some programs in the entertainment industry have gone too far on controversial issues, and "DWTS" is now one of them. This show airs twice a week 8/7c while children are awake, and for ABC to promote a destructive lifestyle is irresponsible.

I am prepared to join thousands of other voices in urging advertisers to place it on their "do not advertise" list and consider pulling all ads from the entire ABC network in protest of this now highly offensive program.

If this is meant to be a family-friendly show, then I hope ABC will take this request seriously and replace Chaz Bono and Carson Kressley (who was added last minute anyway because of another cast member's injury) in this season's lineup of "DWTS". Otherwise, Christian families will not enhance the ratings by watching the show when it returns September 19.

I look forward to hearing from you regarding my concern.

So, instead of making sure which program their children are watching and checking to see if it is appropriate for children OR better yet, NOT making a big deal about a transgendered person being on the show (c'mon...what young child is going to know about transgender??), OMM, has pledged NO Christian support for DWTS this season. Really? Seriously?? Oh yes.

Instead of being what some would consider a responsible parent and just change the channel if there is something on they didn't want the child to see, they are trying to mandate which shows are appropriate for TV. Hmmmm, I don't watch Christian TV, but I don't tell CBN they have to take Pat Robertson off the air. How ridiculous!

Here's where the BIG grin comes in...some of us Pagan/Witch folk have joined the OMM website (ya gotta be a member to send their email), taken this email and done a little editing to show our SUPPORT of Chaz and Carson and then SENT it to ABC directly from the OMM site. Oooppsie!!

There were a few of us who checked out the OMM's Facebook page, and even *liked* the page so we could post our comments to some of their threads...(lots of hate and discontent there, mixed in with alot of out of context scripture) however, when they saw we weren't *on board* with what they were saying and that there were even some witchy folk in the bunch, they *unliked* us and blocked us from their little party. How sad...

This got me to thinking, and I posted a question in my status update... *I wonder how many pagans are on Facebook?* Which BTW, received quite a few *likes*. So off I go, and create a One Million Pagans page. In just 24 hours we have reached 253 *likes*!

The OMP page is NOT in competition with OMM's, I wanted to create a page where ALL pagans on Facebook could share their thoughts and network with many other like minded people. My hope for the page is that we can all talk about the events in our area's, ask questions on different paths, share favorite music and shopping places. I don't want to cause hate and discontent like some of the other pages and places. I'm hoping this will be a positive thing. And I sure as hell don't want OMP to try to dictate to anyone what they believe, how they feel, what show's their children can watch, or how to live their life.

So, if you're on Facebook and haven't already found One Million Pagans, we'd love to have you stop by and join us for a spell...hehehe

Things That Irritate Me...

This past week has been chock full of things that have either pissed me the fuck off or made me grin like an idiot. And most of it takes place on Facebook...yeah I know, Vickie, get real...FACEBOOK?? I have MANY friends on FB, some I know personally, some I'm hoping to meet very soon and others are my virtual friends who mean just as much to me as if I had a face to face personal relationship with them.

There's this "Status Update *Game*" going around that is supposed to promote breast cancer awareness. First, let me clarify, it does absolutely NOTHING to promote awareness of anything, let alone breast cancer. It goes something like this:

Ok pretty ladies, it's that time of year again, in support of breast cancer awareness!! So we all remember last years game of writing your bra color as your status?.....or the way we like to have our handbag handy? Remember last year so many people took part that it made national news and, the constant updating of status reminded everyone why we're doing this and helped raise awareness!! Do NOT tell any males what the status' mean, keep them guessing!! And please copy and paste (in a message )this to all your female friends to see if we can make a bigger fuss this year than last year!!! I did my part... now YOUR turn ! Go on ladies...and let's have all the males guessing! .. It's time to confuse the men again (not that its really that hard to do :)) Everyone knows it makes their brains work wonders on what we're talkin about!! The idea is to choose the month you were born and the day you were born. Pass this on to the GIRLS ONLY and lets see how far it reaches around. The last one about the bra went round all over the world.

So you'll write... I'm (your birth month) weeks and I'm craving (your birth date)!!! as your status. Example: Feb 14th: I'm 2 weeks and craving Chocolate mints!!

January-1week, Febuary-2 weeks, March-3 weeks, April-4 weeks, May-8 weeks, June-9 weeks, July-10 weeks, August-12 weeks, September-13 weeks, October-14 weeks, November-16 weeks, December-18 weeks.

Days of the month: 1-Skittles, 2-Starburst, 3-Kit-Kat, 4-M&M's, 5-Galaxy, 6-Crunchie, 7-Dairy Milk, 8-Lollipop, 9-Peanut Butter Cups, 10-Meat Balls, 11-Twizzlers, 12-Bubble Gum, 13-Hershey's Kisses, 14-Chocolate Mints, 15-Twix, 16-Resse's Fastbreak, 17-Fudge, 18-Cherry Jello, 19-Milkyway, 20-Pickels, 21-Creme Eggs, 22-Skittles, 23-Gummy Bears, 24-Gummy Worms, 25-Strawberry Pop Tarts, 26-Starburst, 27-Mini Eggs, 28-Kit-Kat Chunky, 29-Double Chocolate Chip Crunchy Cookies, 30-Smarties, 31-Chocolate Cake

Not only did I find this particular game tasteless, but it was down right hurtful and in my opinion, insulting to MANY people. Case in point: I have a friend on FB whose daughter has been told she won't EVER be able to have children. So imagine the surprise and joy my friend felt when she saw the daughters status update saying she was "X" weeks and craving "X", only to be devastated when she finally spoke to her daughter at the end of the day and daughter told her it was only a "game" she had been playing.

And, I can't for the life of me see where this "game" raises awareness for cancer or for anything else. NO WHERE in the "game" does it say anything about breast cancer. You get the blurb in the message sent to you from your friends who may be participating. But, HOW IN THE HELL does anyone else know what you are trying to do?

Oh yeah, have I mentioned yet that Breast Cancer Awareness month is OCTOBER?? And men can and do get breast cancer just as often as women do?

Ya'll know me, I can't keep my mouth shut even on my BEST days...and this past week, there weren't many of those days. So my outspokenness resulted in me being "unfriended" by someone who played this game, thought it was fun and told me I need to lighten up, stop being so serious about things that don't directly affect me, just have some fun, and that it was no wonder I suffer from depression. I see the unfriending as a GREAT thing. I was getting pretty tired of the constant "it's all about me" coming from her. And let me tell ya, my news feed has been alot nicer place since she's gone, LOL!!

Well, my lovelies, that's all I have for this post. Keep your eyes open for the one that lets you know what has me grinning like an idiot...