Tuesday, October 23, 2012

i'm not into politics but...


I'm not political by any means. I find politics kind of boring. However I have been surprised by the attention women have been getting this year so close to the big day and I feel like I have a few things to say about it. I heard someone say to another girl (who was voting for Mitt Romney), "You are a disgrace towards women if you are voting for him and you shouldn't be allowed to vote." Seriously people? You can't really call yourself a "liberal" if you are wanting to take away people's right to vote right?! Haha. I heard another girl (a liberal democrat) put it in terms I loved. She said "I feel like the democratic party is just treating me like I'm a vagina! I'm so much more than that." Amen sister!! All this fuss is pretty much about 3 things: abortion, birth control, and fair wages.

Now i'm going to go ahead and debunk the wages myth right now. All the surveys that have been put out that say that women get paid about 77% of what men do (that are doing their same job) have been proven false because in these studies the women were not working the same amount of hours, therefore, they got paid less. Here is an excerpt from Thomas Sowells article "The Real War on Women" to better explain:


"Since women average fewer hours of work per year, and fewer years of consecutive full-time employment than men, among other differences, comparisons of male and female annual earnings are comparisons of apples and oranges, as various female economists have pointed out. Read Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the Manhattan Institute or Professor Claudia Goldin of Harvard, for example.  
When you compare women and men in the same occupations with the same skills, education, hours of work, and many other factors that go into determining pay, the differences in incomes shrink to the vanishing point — and, in some cases, the women earn more than comparable men." 

So if any party tries to tell you otherwise, or some internet bully tells you you must hate women if you are voting for Romney, just know that that information has been fudged (as has many figures given from both parties). 

Now as for abortion, I don't have much to say about this issue (although I am against it) but I just ran into an interesting article (same one above) that made me think... Are those who are Pro-choice really ok with everyone's choice? I know that many make the case that some women aren't ready for a baby, or can't afford it, or can't raise it by themselves, or are scared... but what of those who abort their babies because of gender or because they have a birth defect? Although only about 7% of abortions in the US happen after the point of gender specification, in many other countries like China and India women get abortion all the time because the baby is a girl. Are these feminists really in favor or aborting a fetus to lower the numbers of their own gender? Another thing addressed in the article is that some women were having abortions purely because the child wasn't perfect. This ranged from down-syndrome, to things as minor as a clubbed foot.  Now I'm not trying to question people's views, but I'm just curious to know how many people in this world are REALLY 100% on board with abortion? Just curious. Bottom line, abortion is legal, some states have different criteria, but it's legal. I think some liberals forget that.

And lastly, those who are telling me I'm against women's rights because of some Republicans (and a few democrats) position on birth control... This is total garbage. First off, I would like to point some things out. I don't like the idea that Obamacare forces religious institutions, and small religious owned businesses to provide birth control to their employees when it's against their religion. I am on birth control, and my religion has never said anything against it, so this is mainly directed towards the catholic church (that's the only one I know where it's against their religion but I'm sure there are others).  However I believe this is a gross violation of the catholic churchs first amendment rights. If you want your work insurance to cover birth control I believe you should either: 

a) Don't work for anyone whose religion forbids it

or

b) Buy birth control yourself!!! Guess what... I've boughten the pill without insurance... and it was $9!! That's it! So stop your whining and stop telling me that I'm not supporting women and that I'm taking that away from them by disagreeing with this portion of Obamacare. Some versions of the pill are more than that WITH insurance even! So you might have to get a generic brand, or a brand that doesn't have a commercial on TV, but it does the same thing. The only exception I would include, is if you can prove you are allergic to the pill, or can't take it for some reason, then your work should be forced to cover part of your "more expensive"  contraception (such as an IUD) no matter their religious preferences.

So there you have it. Like I said I'm not knocking anyone's ideas, and I'm not an extremist either. In fact I am very much in favor of gay marriage (I mean seriously the government gets to say who we marry? That doesn't seem constitutional). I just had read a lot of comments bashing any woman who wants to vote for Mitt Romney (because of women's rights) so I thought I'd express my feeling on the fact that being a woman should have nothing to do with it. Bottomline, just get out and vote no matter who it's for! That's the most important thing! 

On a lighter note... here are two youtube videos that I find hilarious that have to do with politics. The first is a spoof on Gangname Style, and the second is the "roast" Mitt Romney did at the annual Al Smith dinner. Who knew this guy had jokes??







Friday, October 12, 2012

things that can go and things that can stay

There are a lot of things I am sooooooooooo over, and there are some things that I just can't get enough of these days. So here is a list of 5 of each by your's truly!


THING THAT CAN GO:

I've been seeing a lot of bum cheeks lately, and here is the culprit. Number one on our list: 

1. High waisted, cut-off, jean shorts 

I'm going to go out on a limb and say VERY few girls can even pull this off. And that doesn't necessarily include those who can afford Forever 21 or DIY themselves a pair. Thanks for stopping by this summer, jean shorts. Feel free to move along. Thnx. 

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Speaking of no clothes this summer, I never thought I would see the day when the belly shirt came back in style, but if you've walked into a Pac Sun in the last 10 minutes, you know that all you're going to get are shirts that are too wide and too short. Which brings us to number 2:

2. Belly shirts

     Glamour Kills Girls Idol Worship Cap Sleeve Crop Top



Is it just me or are the above 2 trends outright proof that the 80's are back! Those who lived it regret many of those photos, lets not repeat our mistakes! 


3. The Platform and The Heel-Less Bootie (need I say more)

    

4. Taking vain pictures of yourself repeatedly 

You think they are hot, we think they are ridiculous. And the best is when these girls put the cheesiest captions like "Be sexy. Be true. Be wild. Be you" or "What makes you different, makes you beautiful." Who are you trying to uplift? Because clearly you have enough confidence to feel a large stadium. People who know they are beautiful don't need to take pictures of themselves... they actually have FRIENDS that can do it for them. You do have friends you say? Then why are you the only one in all your pictures? Now I'm not knocking a vanity picture every once and awhile. I have a few myself  from back in the days, but the non-stop bombardment or self-absorption is getting out of hand ladies. 

 


5. Internet harassment 

Recently I was on Amber Fillerup's blog barefootblonde.com. If you've never been on her blog it is FAB and she is gorgeous so I'm not surprised people hate her! haha. She recently posted a simple fashion post and mentioned that she was voting for Mitt Romney (which has now been deleted). You can not believe the amount of "Anonymous" hate comments she got in a matter of minutes. Some saying she was only voting for him because he was mormon, some saying she was an idiot for voting for someone who hates women, and one just said "Die." It was appalling! It's funny how easy it is for people to throw around the word "ignorant," especially during an election season. I've noticed too while watching Youtube videos, commenters who don't even know eachother break into text fights. It's easy to call people names or make yourself look like a political know-it-all when you are hiding behind a screen and not divulging your identity. And it's even worse for teens! My 13 year old niece use to get the meanest comments from girls on her FB page. I am so glad Facebook wasn't around in my teen years. However if someone attacks me first or someone I love, I always take a little pleasure in dishing it back. I mean we ARE girls after all! 

 

THINGS THAT CAN STAY:

1. Loafers

I'm so happy these grandma shoes are back in style. I had a pair of pink ones I got at a thrift store in high school and I loved them! I want a pair in leopard so bad!

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And while we are on the subject...

2. Leopard Print

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   (Your's truly in her new white leopard pants)


3. Instagram

Seriously I'm obsessed. I check it more than Facebook, Twitter, and my email combined. I love pictures. And for all those who whine about all the food pics on Instagram... get over it! Food is yummy and beautiful and I've discovered great places to eat by other people's pictures. Stop complaining about the food pictures and start deleting your cleavage, and under age drinking pictures! haha. 


4. Studs

I love that studs have made their way from punk to chic. As most of you know I got a studded iPhone case and I absolutely love it! Stud everything!!!!!

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5. Gel/Shellac Nails

There IS a God in heaven... because finally we can get a manicure that instantly dries and doesn't chip 3 days later. If you don't know what gel nails are, then I'm going to forgive you by assuming you were kidnapped and forced to live in a cult, or have been doing charity work in Africa for the last 5 years and had no access to the internet or a salon. I don't know what it is about that box of UV magic, but I'm indebted to it. Although... I will NEVER get over the feeling of walking out of the salon and being extra careful not to touch anything because my nails are wet. It's an instinct women are born with. 

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(my last gel nails )                                                          (my next endeavour - black outline!)



Any trends you guys would like to see go? Happy friday!!!



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

crafts and fabric



Yesterday I took Spence to dinner to congratulate him on his new job. He is now working at a supplement company that sells pills to make you gain weight. Sadly for me they aren't diet pills, because he gets them free. We ate at the same restaurant that we ate at after he proposed to me and low and behold the hostess sat us at the exact same table! 
On another note, I'm in the process of picking out fabric for the chair's I am reupholstering. Our room is Navy blue and white, with accents of yellow. I finally picked this blue pattern below and decided to leave the chairs brown instead of painting them white. I'm a sucker for white chairs, but all the wood in our room is brown so I thought it might look out of place (plus it's a lot more work). Below that, are the 2 fabrics I am deciding between for accent pillows. Fabric.com seriously has some great stuff! Very modern!     


Lanikai Basketweave White/Navy

Premier Prints Chipper Slub Corn Yellow   Premier Prints Suzani Slub Yellow/White

My Halloween crafting has been coming along. Besides a wreath, I think I'm all done!
Some pumpkins I did with my mom and sister's for a craft night.
My candy corn bottles. They didn't turn out as clean as I wished. If I did it over I would just paint them or find spray paint with a more accurate nozzle. 

Here are my ghosts I hung from our balcony (see below)! Bought styrofoam balls, drew eyes on them with a sharpie, and then covered them with a tattered bloody mesh I found at the dollar store in their Halloween decor.    

My balcony!

Last Friday I stayed at my parents house, and although Spencer wasn't there, I got to snuggle with my cute little Kitty Magoo! I've missed her so much!

Me and my old roommates went to see Looper in our sweat pants. It was one of the best science fiction movies I've seen in a long time. I highly recommend it for any Sci-Fi fans. 

I've been trying some healthier recipes so the other night I made homemade, baked fries (with spicy fry sauce), and zucchini boats.
Recipe for boats here.

My iPhone case came! So cheesy but I don't care. 

Hoping to go see the leafs up the canyon with Spencer this week. Any suggestions on where to drive to?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

my battle with food



So slowly but surely I have been trying to make my blog look nicer. I'm still working on all the changes and updates so bear with me. Today though I want to talk about food! 

So those of you who know me well, know I am one of the pickiest eaters in the world. It's something I am sensitive about and trust me I wish I could fix it. People who aren't picky just think that it's so easy to change. "Just eat it. It's good! Why wouldn't you like it? What's wrong with you?" These are just a few of the great thing people say to me. I really don't notice my "handicap" unless I'm invited to someone's house to eat. That's where it get's awkward. I wish I liked everything, I really do. My taste buds can be rather crippling and it's not something that's fun for me but i've grown accustomed to being like this. To get an idea of what I don't eat, here are some examples:

  • I pretty much don't eat meat. In fact I call myself a part time vegetarian. I've gone full vegetarian, which is easy for me, but I had to stop because I don't like enough things to be able to get all my nutrients without it. One day I plan on going full vegetarian when I lean how to make more nutritious meals. However, now I pretty much only eat meat if we are eating out.
    • I don't eat red meat at all. That's right, no beef (unless beef jerky counts)! That is so hard for my husband to understand. 
    • I also don't like turkey 
    • Or seafood (that includes all fish and crustaceans)
    • I'll eat most forms of pig (bacon, ham, salami, etc) but I don't eat pork chops or pork loins. 
    • And as for chicken, I'll only eat it if it's fried, or if it's drowning in BBQ sauce.
  • I only eat one kind of soup; chicken Top Ramen. The rest are gross. Especially if it has meat or vegetables in it. I like almost all veggies, but I HATE when they are cooked. 
  • I don't like eggs. Period. But I found 2 recipes that kind of mask them and I'm going to try them out.
  • You can count most ethnic food out of my diet:
    •  I don't like Mexican  except for cheese quesadillas, and chips and salsa. I mean how can you like any of their food when you don't like rice, beans, or meat? That's pretty much it.
    • The only Chinese I like is orange chicken and sometimes sweet and sour. Once again I don't like rice, and I also don't like chow mein. 
    • Middle eastern food is just out of the question entirely.
  • A few other random things: Avocados, broccoli, mustard, sushi, raisins, cauliflower, cabbage, mushrooms, ranch, beans (unless they are pickled); (now for the Thanksgiving themed list) gravy, stuffing, all pies (except for strawberry and chocolate), cranberry sauce, yams, squash, almost all casseroles (because they have at least one of the above ingredients in it). And the list goes on...   

Well obviously knowing the main ingredients I don't eat that are a staple in most cultures diets, then you can rule out a ton of other dishes as you can see. However I am really trying to find some new things I will eat that can nourish my body, instead of the same old things. Quinoa is really nutritious so I've been looking for recipes I would eat that include that. I found some great things on a list of 100 recipes for vegetarians, put together by Martha Stewart. Of course I would only eat about 10 of the dishes on the list but it's a start. Here are some examples. 

Vegetarian Lasagna
Recipe: Here

Cheese Flautas with Cilantro Pesto
Recipe: here

Greek Salad Sandwich 
Recipe: here

Chickpea, Cherry Tomato, and Feta Salad
(never had chickpeas so not sure if I like them)
Recipe: here

Baked Eggs in Tomato Cup
Like I said I don't like eggs, but this is a recipe I am willing to try.
Recipe: here


If anyone else has any recipes you think I would like feel free to make a comment!