Oy

It’s been a while, eh? Holiday season, last few weeks of school, pain, and projects are harshing my mellow. But no fear, I’m getting things back under control and will be back with you regularly starting now.

How is your schedule so far?

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Ultimate Blog Challenge is almost over

What happened to October?  It feels like it just started.

I decided to take part in the Ultimate Blog Challenge to help me get back on track and post more often.  I’ve learned a few things about myself.    UBC-banner2

  • Yes, I can post 31 posts in as many days.  Some days were post-free, but I made up for them.
  • 31 posts in 31 days may be too much for me on a regular basis.  Between work and other blogs, my brain shuts down and my creativity wanes.
  • I need to keep a notebook handy so I can jot down ideas.  I used to do it regularly and feel out of habit.
  • I really need a pain remedy that doesn’t knock me out.  But I already knew that.

Another good thing about the challenge was the challengers.  I found new blogs to follow and enjoy them. I’ll keep reading into November and beyond.

Did you participate?  What did you learn?

Bigotry

It’s an ugly word and an even uglier state.  I read an article and shared it on Facebook yesterday.  Over 300 comments later (some deleted by the poster), I’m not sure some people get it.

An upstate South Carolina soup kitchen denied an atheist group’s request to pass out care packages to the patrons.   It’s well within the soup kitchen’s rights to deny the request, but the director’s comments about it we’re anything but Christian:

“This is a ministry to serve God” she said. “We stand on the principles of God. Do they (atheists) think that our guests are so ignorant that they don’t know what an atheist is? Why are they targeting us? They don’t give any money. I wouldn’t want their money.”

I take issue with her comments and see them as bigoted.  Some agree with me and some disagree.   I understand not wanting an outside group helping in a church-sponsored facility.   I don’t understand why a difference in belief translates into ‘a disservice to the community’ when the groups share a common goal.

Is it a denial based on the myth that atheists only care about themselves?  Is it a superiority thing?  Is it just the old lesson I was taught about not associating with the unequally yoked?  I am honestly asking, not looking for a fight.

Maybe I just expect too much from people in general.  I believe we all are equal.  Our different points of view, ways of life, sizes, and flavors are beautiful.  Anytime we can recognize and celebrate our similarities is beautiful as well.

Rant – stop hating on the poor for not being ‘poor enough’

I am a liberal politically, but post this isn’t about politics.  It’s a rant about mean people, lack of compassion, and mean people.  Yes, I’m aware I mentioned mean people twice.

There is a nasty, nasty movement going on now.  Apparently, having appliances, nicer accessories, a computer, a decent car, and even an air conditioner are too good for you if you receive government assistance.  It doesn’t matter if you rent a home that came with appliances or had a loved one give you that car, phone, or accessory as a gift.  It doesn’t matter if you bought those things before your year-long layoff.  You have them, so apparently you’re cheating the system.

I ran across a post a while back on food stamps and pre-baked birthday cakes.  If you’re on assistance, you supposedly aren’t allowed to use your own cash to buy a premade cake (according to the original poster and a few of her buddies).  Your kids  get home-baked cakes only!  How dare you try to make their birthdays special?  You’re poor!

And remember Rick Snyder?  The lovely governor from Michigan proposed that foster children only use their clothing stipend at thrift stores.  He explained himself after the store went wild and backtracked.  I have no issue with thrift store shopping and do it myself, but that’s different from telling a specific group of people they have to shop there.

Poor people are supposed to sit back in rags, disheveled, wear shoes with holes, live in hovels, and make sure everyone knows without a doubt just how poor they are.  They’re not allowed to have decent lives.  They’re not supposed to have game systems or computer, televisions, DVD players, cable tv, or anything more affluent people have.   Guess what?  Cable companies run crazy cheap specials.  Electronics can be cheap, especially when picked up used.

What happened to decency?  When did people get so messed up?  People even complain about a parent trying to give their kid a nice birthday cake.

Some people just plain suck.  And if you sit around complaining about how someone isn’t acting poor enough, you’re one of them.

:deep cleansing breaths:

Ultimate blog challenge? Bring it!

Happy October, people! Can you believe 2013 is this close to over? My kids were just babies yesterday! I heard time would start to fly once I hit 25, but wow!

October is a busy month for me and mine.  Hubby and I celebrate our wedding anniversary, his brother and his wife celebrate their anniversary, a couple of family birthdays come this month, a clean eating vegan challenge, new fitness/rehab schedule, and the holidays are coming up.  With all that’s happening, what sane person would jump into another project?  Me, of course.

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Expect a few words from me every day his month.  I get the chance to share more about wahm life, scams, managing schedules, and working around the challenges of illness and injury.  And maybe something about The Walking Dead, Supernatural, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  My geek is strong and the 2013-14 tv season was apparently meant for me.

For now, I’m off to finish dinner.  The family is having roast chicken.  We’re all having beans, kale, and rice,

Be safe, all.  And hug the loved ones.

I’m rich so says the United Nations Compensation Unit

I’m rolling in cash and all I have to do is pick it up. Yeah.

Any message from the United Nations Compensation Unit is a scam. Always. Lucky me, I received two this week.

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From: United Nations Organizations(u.n.o@un.org)
Subject: United Nations/World Bank Reimbursement Payment

United Nations Compensation Unit, In Affiliation with World Bank Our Ref: U.N/WBO/04/2013.

Congratulations Beneficiary,

You may not understand why this mail came to you. We have been having a meeting for quit sometime now and we just came to a logical conclusion few days ago in affiliation with the World Bank president. This email is to few well listed people that have been scammed in any part of the world, the UNITED NATIONS in Affiliation with WORLD BANK have agreed to compensate them with the sum of USD500,000.00 Dollars each.

These includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their contract sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or international businesses that failed due to Government problems etc. We found your email in the list of those who are to benefit from these compensation exercise and that is why we are contacting you, this have been agreed upon and have been signed.

You are advised to contact Dr. Jim Ovia of our paying Bank in Africa, as he is our representative in Africa. Contact him immediately for your Cheque/ International Bank Draft of USD500,000.00 Dollars.Your payment is in form of a Bank Draft for security purpose, he will send it to you and you can clear it in any bank of your choice. Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number your correct mailing address where you want him to send the Draft to you. Contact Dr. Jim Ovia of ZENITH BANK PLC with your payment code: /09/05/1982/ immediately for your Cheque at the given address below:

Contact Official: Dr. Jim Ovia
Email: dr.jimoviazenplc@gmail.com
Phone: +2348183400711

I apologize on behalf of the United Nation organization for any delay you might have encountered in receiving your fund in the past. Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you cash your Bank Draft. Making the world a better place. You are required to contact the above person and furnish him with the following of your information that will be required to avoid any mistakes:-

1. Your Full name:
2. Your Country:
3. Contact Address:
4. Telephone Number:
5. Fax Number:
6. Marital Status:
7. Occupation:
8. Sex:
9. Age:

Congratulations, and I look forward to hear from you as soon as you confirm your payment making the world a better place.

Regards,
Ms. Valerie Amos.
United Nations Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs,
Emergency Relief Coordinator.
http://www.un.org/sg/

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Two days later, this one arrived.

From: United Nations Organizations(u.n.o@un.org)
Subject: EE: payment code: /09/05/1982/

Attention:

Have you contacted Dr. Jim Ovia? Do ensure that you forward your payment code as well as your information so that Dr. Jim Ovia of Zenith Bank Plc will give you the directives and instructions to receive your payment.

Do ensure that you contact him directly with the below information as well as your payment code:

Contact Dr. Jim Ovia of ZENITH BANK PLC with your payment code: /09/05/1982/ immediately for your Cheque at the given address below:

Contact Official: Dr. Jim Ovia
Email: dr.jimoviazenithbankplc2@gmail.com
Phone: +2348183400711

Congratulations, and I look forward to hear from you as soon as you confirm your payment making the world a better place.

Regards,
Ms. Valerie Amos.
United Nations Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs,
Emergency Relief Coordinator.
http://www.un.org/sg/

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They really want my bank info so they can clear it out. Silly, stupid scammer. Not happening.

Mars Revisited

Yeah, baby!

Gorgeous, isn’t it?
Image courtesy fotographic 1980.

I’m an Aries, so Mars is my ruling planet.  I’m as fascinated by the big red planet now as I was as a kid, so Curiosity’s mission is bigger than a playoff game to me.

Wow.

Don’t mind me.  I’m a little distracted.

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th!

Have a fantastic, safe, and happy Independence Day!

All About My Kid Today

It’s my teen girl’s birthday.  Not just any birthday, but her 18th.  She doesn’t see it as a big deal, but I do.  She is a big deal and has been since day one.   She inspires me, makes me laugh, infuriates me, and gives me hope for this world’s future.

Happy birthday, J.  And thank you for everything!  You are my heart, honey.