Blog Challenge, Day 31: That’s a Wrap

I’ve come to the end of my month-long challenge, and of the 31 days in October, I missed 15 daily posts. Given that I posted a bonus, I’ll say that leaves me with a 14 count deficit, or two weeks unblogged. Is that the best I can do? No. Not by a long shot. I’ll attempt to post with more regularity from now on, as I really do appreciate your support via follows, likes, and comments.

This exercise has been good for me. I’ve noticed that when I miss a day, I can usually write the next day without much difficulty, but after 2 or 3 days I find it harder to put my thoughts into words. I have some ideas of how I can improve my writing based on this challenge. I would encourage any other bloggers who are struggling with writer’s block to force yourself to write more often. You really can push through and find inspiration, just start writing!

Other than a blog challenge wrap-up, there’s not much to write about. It’s Halloween, yet we haven’t had a single visitor so I guess we’ll have to eat the Tootsie rolls ourselves. Sacrifices, sacrifices….

I’m glad for the quiet. My youngest has had a migraine headache, so we’ve been sitting in the dark most of the afternoon. She takes after her mother with the headache sensitivity. The new fad at school is apparently strongly scented hand sanitizer, and while I appreciate the desire to kill germs it makes life miserable for those of us who begin feeling ill around strong fragrances. My youngest has it worse than I or my other kids, as she has severe eczema and allergies, so she not only gets a headache, but can actually break out in a rash just from scented sprays. That makes the new air freshener dispensers installed all over the school a touchy thing …

I can’t help but wish that instead of scents and copious amounts of topical alcohol, there was a sudden desire amongst the enrollees and staff to use good old soap and water. You remember soap and water, right? It’s that ancient form of cleansing we all used pre-germx. Good times. Kids used to have clean hands and not grimy, sanitized hands. I suppose cleansing rituals are taking away too much of our valuable classroom time, and we’ll never get those test scores up if children are focusing on silly things like proper hand-washing.

I’ve noticed some other unneeded courses have been cut, like wood shop and home ec. It would be a shame if our kids should learn something so mundane and useful at the expense of real intellectual pursuits like understanding global warming or how to eat healthy. I still get a little angry and amused when I think of how my oldest came home from 3rd grade telling me about how unhealthy pizza is with a free pizza buffet coupon in her backpack because she made honor roll. I took her to the buffet and explained to her that feeding her healthy food with an occasional treat was my job as her parent, and worrying about dieting was not something a 9 year old needed to be concerned about. I’m still highly annoyed with the school telling healthy children that eating their favorite foods is going to make them fat, especially when some of the teachers aren’t poster children for a healthy lifestyle. I’m guessing some of the suits in charge of education could stand to step away from the dinner table, yet they feel entirely righteous in this pursuit of making children afraid of food.

If I could suggest a different approach, I’d lay off the lessons in how everything you eat is going to make you fat and kill you. That isn’t going to cause children to make good choices so much as it’s going to encourage eating disorders. You could start by bringing back home ec. Have students plant and cultivate a garden. If you must have a ‘health class’ and talk about food, tell kids about the awesomeness of food! They’d be shocked to know that fruits and vegetables have vitamins and anti-oxidants, that food could make you healthier! As an anemic, I’ve had to learn which foods are higher in iron. My dad battled a life threatening disease and had to eat certain foods to regain his strength during recovery. This is interesting science! Don’t make kids fear food, teach them its benefits!

And while we’re on the subject… why not teach kids how to properly wash their hands while teaching them about germs? It’s science that’s actually useful.

Blog Challenge, Day 26: More Free Crap

I was going to write about the ridiculous new Obama ad, which I’ve seen described favorably as ‘quirky’ and ‘cute’, but mostly as just creepy. I’ve read the message boards, and even on the hard-core leftist blogs I’m seeing people figuratively shake their heads at how disconnected the Obama campaign is. To my everlasting joy, I’ve seen this super creepy video convince women to vote for Romney because they’re just sick of being ‘sexualized’ by Obama with his ‘lady parts’ and ‘first time’ ads.

I was going to write about this latest self-destructive, crazy, liberal meme, but Steven Crowder made a parody video…. and well, it just doesn’t get any better than #MoreFreeCrap.

As a point of reference, here is the original ad (which to my delight you can find by Googling ‘creepy Obama ad’): Really Creepy Obama Ad

And now the hilarity and refreshing honesty of Steven’s parody: 

Yes, ladies, feminism has shifted from strong, independent woman to weak, totally dependent lady parts. Welcome to the Julia-ization of America, where we need government from cradle to grave and must make important decisions based on what’s best for our vagina. OR, you could, ya know, vote for the man who’s more interested in your resume and providing you with a job so you can look after your own lady…. issues.

Blog Challenge, Day 22: You Didn’t Watch That

Yes, America, I am aware that there was a presidential debate tonight. No, I did not watch it.

I know who I am voting for, and every time I sit through an hour of Obama lies I feel my blood pressure increase like the national debt, so it just ends up feeling like torture.

Instead of watching a genial Mormon and a lying socialist face off over issues that the lying socialist has proven himself to be horrifically unqualified to handle, I watched “Last American Cowboy.”

“Last American Cowboy” (LAC), for those of you who don’t know, is a reality show about 3 ranching families in Montana. The show sheds light on the difficulties of ranch life, the grit and determination needed to be a rancher, and the methods ranchers use to care for thousands of head of cattle over tens of thousands of acres of land. It’s interesting and scenic, and kept me from wanting to throw a brick at my tv. Each family featured on LAC talked about how their ranch was passed down from one generation to the next, and the narrator pointed out that the ranches were settled and established after the end of the Civil War, and have continued to thrive through the efforts of each new generation.

That… hold your horses there, cowboy, that would mean these ranches were begun before Montana was a state!?

That can’t be….

How on earth do the families on LAC have successful ranching businesses when their ranches were begun before federal roads and schools?! After all, if you’re successful “You didn’t build that.”

I bet the owners of the Stucky, Galt, and Hughes ranches would be shocked to know their ancestors didn’t build that. All those days in a saddle herding cattle in sub-zero temperatures… yeah, they didn’t build that. There had to have been a road involved somewhere…. only I didn’t see any highways or interstates. It’s possible that the roads maintained on the ranch were made and maintained by the efforts of the ranchers themselves, their tractors, and possibly a road grader. I’ve seen my dad make a decent road with a tractor, so it’s possible.

Well then, education! You know the government has to get a little credit here somehow. Surely those ranches couldn’t exist without state schools… except that ranching is taught through hard work and experience, and not learned in a classroom. Being so isolated they likely homeschool. Hmm… guess that argument isn’t going to work.

It seems that some success stories are, in fact, built by individuals.

Too bad those successful individuals have to pay taxes into a system that not only rewards the unproductive, but mocks those who make it possible for others to live comfortably with little effort at all.

Blog Challenge, Day 19: Selective Outrage

To paraphrase and summarize some of the ‘news’ from this week…

‘Binders Full Of Women’ is “ZOMG SEXISSSST!” referring to binders full of women’s resumes, but ‘Not Optimal’ is “ZOMG Cut the dude some slack, he’s TRYINNNG!” when referring to the deaths of 4 Americans in a terrorist attack.

Yeah, that makes sense. No double standard there.

Of course it’s no surprise to conservatives that the media and the Obama campaign… but I repeat myself.. that they would practice selective outrage over verbal ‘gaffes’. I’m not convinced Romney’s statement is a gaffe, as it is in no way embarrassing that he noticed that women weren’t being represented and he actively worked to fill important cabinet positions with qualified women by asking for said resumes, but to imply that Romney cares about the plight of women or that women might care more about jobs than birth control destroys the carefully crafted ‘war on women’ narrative.

Of course, Obama and friends would much rather talk about binders, birth control, and Big Bird than Benghazi. Leaving our embassies unprotected on the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, running off to Vegas for a celebrity fundraiser the day after the murder of Ambassador Stevens, referring to the deaths of 4 Americans as ‘bumps in the road’ and ‘not optimal’, and lying the whole time about the nature of the attacks and the administration’s handling of such weighty issues is, shall we say, Not Optimal. It’s no wonder the Obama campaign would like to divert our attention away from Benghazi, and when a debate moderator isn’t handy to hush up the issue we’re being inundated by faux war memes by the media at large.

The thing about wars, though, is that there is a body count. In the case of Benghazi, we know the body count and we know our enemy, yet nothing has been done. In the case of women, there is also a body count; women and their doctors have managed to kill 55 million unborn babies via abortion in the U.S. alone since Roe v. Wade. Obama’s solution to that? Leave the survivors to die.

All things considered, binders aren’t really on my list of important policy issues at the moment. Or, possibly, ever.

Blog Challenge, Day 16: Debate Wrap-up

I’ll be brief, which is a skill that seems to elude Barack Obama:

Obama is a liar. He makes promises that he has no intention of keeping because he believes that people are too stupid to fact check him or check his record and sadly in many cases he is right.

If not for an occasional sob story, continuous references meant to invoke envy and class warfare, and faux ‘wars’ such as the ‘war on women’ Obama would have nothing, NOTHING, to fall back on.

We as a nation should be ashamed that this man was ever elected.

Mitt Romney may not be what anyone would consider ideal, but he is far better than the socialist currently in the White House. Romney was able to pass legislation as a Republican governor in a heavily Democratic state and he did it with bipartisan support. Obama couldn’t pass a budget with a majority House and Senate. Leaders lead, they don’t sit around and assign blame when they are cornered with questions as to why things haven’t been accomplished.

Shame on Obama for his lies, and shame on us for not protecting America, and double shame on those who would aid in the further destruction of this great country.

Blog Challenge, Day 15: A Day in the Life of a Hobbit

Recently I began reading The Hobbit again in anticipation of the movie release. Those who know me well are aware that I’m a huge Tolkien fan, so reading any of his work is quite pleasurable for me.

As I read Bilbo’s tale, I thought to myself, “I should live one day as Hobbit-y as I can, just to get into the spirit of things.” and so I did the two things Hobbits enjoy most today. That is, I ate (breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, & supper) and went for a nice walk.

I can report that the Hobbit diet is quite possibly the best diet on the planet. I wasn’t hungry once all day. I felt completely full and satisfied, yet I’ve not eaten more than I normally would, I’ve just eaten continuously. For instance, at dinner I had turnip greens and corn bread, and for supper I had tuna. Instead of having fish and vegetables at one meal, I simply had them separately. Tea was a delightful break in the day, and my kids enjoyed it (what with the china cups, flavored tea, and muffins). I would sincerely suggest trying this if you are attempting to diet; it makes you think about food all day (which dieters do obsessively) but in a good way (you always have another meal to plan, and you make better choices when not starving).

As for the walk outdoors, honestly it’s my preferred exercise. I’m not much of a runner as I enjoy a slower pace to appreciate the beauty around me. Even if you don’t feel like exercising, a few minutes in the sunshine vastly improves one’s mood. The dog enjoyed the walk as much as the kids enjoyed tea. Everyone wins!

This small experiment in living like a Hobbit for a day was so successful, I’m thinking of trying it again tomorrow. If it takes, you may well find me sitting at my front door blowing smoke rings and saying a jolly “Good morning!” just as Bilbo did at the beginning of his tale. Just don’t expect me to go thieving from dragons!

*Hobbit squee!*



Blog Challenge, Day 14: Shame

Definition of SHAME

a : a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety
b : the susceptibility to such emotion <have you no shame?>

: a condition of humiliating disgrace or disrepute : ignominy <the shame of being arrested>
a : something that brings censure or reproach; also : something to be regretted : pity <it’s a shame you can’t go>
b : a cause of feeling shame

Too often in our current age, it is considered wrong to feel shame or to cause another to feel shame. It’s considered detrimental to our self-esteem and indicative of bullying. Everyone is so determined to silence anything that they could define, by any stretch of the imagination, as bullying, that they often cannot see what is lost. Shame. Why should we feel shame? Well because we are sometimes guilty, and improper, and disreputable. When we feel as if we should be free of shame, we give ourselves the false impression that we should not regret our actions or be censured for them. It’s a delicate thing, this issue of shame. No one wants to feel it, but looking back in our lives haven’t we felt it? Didn’t we see clearly our shortcomings and strive to do better? Shame seems to evoke either a desire of improvement or anger at the perceived source of guilt, but to live without shame is to feel too self-important for any sort of correction. Without correction there is no respect: no respect for authority, for others, or for one’s self.

Just a thought