Wednesday, February 27, 2013
See this pretty Kindle Fire? Isn't it loverly? I found out today at 10:46AM that I won this!! Yeah!! I, the woman who never wins anything.. won this!!
I entered Kieren Kramer's The Earl is Mine pre-order contest and won the Grand Prize!! I had a choice, I could have had either the Kindle or a Coach Handbag, which was gorgeous, but I am not really a purse person. I have this basic black Coach purse that I use for everything.. so I have my Coach.. and yes I already have a regular Kindle but this is so much more.. It's a tablet!!
Of course Word Girl has already asked if she could have my old one.. Yeah, that's not gonna happen. She has an iPad so she can download books right to it.. And the Fire and the Kindle have different positives and negatives. The Kindle doesn't have backlight.. I read A LOT and the backlight totally messes with my eyes.. So I need my Kindle!!
But all in all who cares.. cuz I am so doing the happy dance! I won a KINDLE
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Recently the subject of gun control has gotten louder and louder.. a demand for gun control and an equally loud voice for our 2nd amendment rights. While I can see the point of both sides I have to wonder if everyone is missing the greater point.
We have become what I like to term, The Make a Law Generation. We don't like something, we try and make a law. A quick fix to a difficult situation except it really doesn't fix anything. Not the underlying problem.. It's just like the need for prescription pills, if there is a problem (being overweight, ADD, depressed) take a pill.. Don't try and fix the underlying issues first.. nope take a pill and feel better now. I am not against prescription medication of the need for laws.. what I am against is the need for the quick fix.
What we need to do in order to "fix" the issue is find out what is causing it. Could it be that the days of barely there parenting is finally coming back to bite us in the butt? The concept of quality time finally hitting us where it hurts? We, as parents need to take the time to teach our children what is right and wrong. From the beginning... be there for them.. not overwhelm and over protect them. Nope let them fight their own battles.. in school (you know when they get a bad grade because they didn't do their homework).. in spots (guess what when you play a game one side wins and one side looses.. suck it up).. yep teach them how to deal with issues. Fight their battles and learn that actions have consequences.
We complain about the government interfering in our lives then when life gets difficult we demand a law be made. Guess what folks, that is the government interfering, we are GIVING UP our rights, WILLINGLY..
Don't get me wrong, there will always be those who are ill and need attention. Both physical and mental. They may not be able to be helped.. there will be times when one person can bring a community to it's knees.. but if we, as parents, adults, community leaders step up there will be less. Take the time to show our children from birth the right path. Teach them the national anthem so they can sing along with it.. Not only the words but the meaning.. teach them what the flag represents so they understand WHY we should respect it. Teach them that life is hard, that there will be times when it will seem like the world is against them (it isn't I mean how important are they?). Teach them that hard work will deliver them if they take it one step at a time, not expect instant results. Teach them faith not fanaticism Teach them that parents, teachers, firefighters and police are the REAL heroes.. not someone whose claim to fame is that they can throw/hit/kick a ball.
Give them hope.. teach them that everyone should have dreams, even the unrealistic ones.. but that they have to work to make them come true. It won't happen if you don't work for it. Teach them that the single most important thing they can do is to take responsibility for their own actions.
As for making a law.. yeah, that works *snort*. But we can demand that our elected officials started acting like we matter. To be the role models they should be. Stop stealing from us, stop living by George Orwell's concept that "Some animals are more equal than others". They aren't..
We will never have utopia, we can't we are merely human and will make tremendous mistakes BUT I firmly believe in the theory of nipping it in the bud.. teach our children early and often and many (sadly not all - referring back to the entire we are human concept) BUT there will be less issues because more people will understand.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
I recently read an article about how some people find this new official state logo offensive. Say it's not very female friendly and sends the wrong message. I suppose they could be right.. the thing is, seriously get a life. In my Honest and Humble Opinion, this is a clever and witty tie in to the business industry the state of Florida is trying to attract. Sure it has a tie in it.. but what better way to connect the dots? The tie is a recognizable symbol for a businessman. Ok, yes business man but we recognize what it represents and it works.
Ladies, don't you have something better to get offended by? I can think of a list.. valid, actual complaints.. There is a time to consider what battles are worth fighting. I, and last I checked I am female, didn't even see an offense until I read the article. I just saw a clever logo. I am still not offended.. I have to wonder how many women agree with me. Oh sure they may be mildly offended, shrug your shoulders offended, don't care or disagree.. There are a lot of women out there.
Personally, I would rather women get offended by spousal abuse, child abuse, breast cancer and a varied of other real issues than looking at a tie and saying oh this represents all that is wrong with America today. Do I see where you are coming from? Of course I do.. if we use a picture that is typically male, subliminally it means women are not going to go as far in the business world.. *rolls eyes* So wear a tie.. Sorry if I sound flippant I am just tired of over political correctness.