Cheers to 2014!

At some point, this actually happened.

At some point, this actually happened too.

Happy New Year, y’all!

Holy crap, so 2013 happened.

There is a suitcase on the floor of my room right now that has a pair of Cole Haan pumps and a dress that needs to go to the cleaners. It’s been there since I got back from New York. In October.

Side note: When I did the Huckabee show, I ended up wearing Uggs with my dress instead of the dress shoes. Because I’m me and cold and also the red eye flight the night before.

Anyway. The suitcase is still there.

Oh yeah, also I went to New York City and met Mike Huckabee, and did a quick segment on his show. Such an awesome experience! La la love the peeps at Fox News.

So life has been a little bit busy, slightly overwhelming, and generally surreal as I’ve been adjusting to being single for the first time since I was 18. Only now I have kids. Single at 18 is different than almost divorced at almost 31, that’s for sure.

Laundry now consists of three baskets on top of the washer and dryer — one for me, and one for each of my daughters. Things get a quick fold as they come out of the dryer, and that’s it. Thankfully we’re all girls and don’t have a problem changing downstairs as we’re practically on our way out the door. Also thankfully we have blinds.

We got a cat. Oswin is awesome. Her name is short for Clara Oswald. 10 points for you if you get it.

Thing 1 turned 10. She’s going to Virginia on a class field trip in April. What kind of school is this? Oh yeah, one that also teaches her Latin and Mandarin and most importantly cultivates her love of learning.

Thing 2 is in kindergarten. Interestingly, her teacher is the little sister of one of my high school acquaintances. Small, small world this is. She is loving every second of it. Thing 2, not necessarily the teacher, but her teacher is so awesome that I bet she’s (mostly) loving it too.

What else? Oh yeah, I got a full time job. I’ve been freelancing at The Stir since its inception, but they needed a full time staff writer at the exact moment I needed a full time job. Perfecto! That’s mostly why I haven’t been blogging here. I write 33 posts a week for them. By the end of the day, I’m more interested in cuddling girlies or zonking in front of Hulu than updating y’all on my life.

Speaking of updating y’all on my life … I started this blog post on the first and now it’s the fifth. Did I mention that I’ve been busy??

2013 was a crappy year. It happens. You know what though? Life throws you curveballs. God in His infinite wisdom refines us in ways we never saw coming, but ultimately, if you love HIM at the end of the day, and trust not in yourself or in His other creations, but just in HIM, He will not lead you astray.

Through every trial, He will prevail, but one thing I’ve learned over the last several years is that you have step out of the way of yourself, let go, and let God.

Here’s to a lovely 2014.

Cray Cray Crazy Beautiful & Busy Life

Oh my goodness. Today I ran around like a one-armed wallpaper hanger on crack and speed. Or are crack and speed the same things? I don’t know, I’ve never been very fluent in drug-lingo, having never partaken of things like crack or speed, and also I’m not a cop and I’ve never appeared on an episode of Miami Vice.

Regardless, today was crazy busy.

It was my first day back at The Stir. I wrote about silly school districts unintentionally giving kids heat strokes, and also Miley Cyrus’s VMA debacle. You know, because that hasn’t been talked about enough. Can people please stop talking about Miley? Oh, I should take my own advice? Hmmm … well then let’s just say I wrote some social commentary about teen culture in America.

Also in there somewhere, I carted the kiddos to school, which is now a 30-minute commute, saw my therapist and went through the usual emotional meat grinder and came out a lovely sausage at the other end (or something), picked up my brand new kindergartener at the ‘transitional’ 1 pm pick-up time, ran home for an hour to relieve Furbaby and cuddle with said kindergartener, ran back to school to pick up the fifth grader, and ghostwrote a couple of fundraising emails for my other job. Also laundry, dishes, breakfast, lunch, dinner, homework, and bedtime stories.

I’s is a leetle bit tired. And I can’t wait until next week when I can pick both kids up at 3 instead of this skewed pickup time nonsense. But only one more day of that for me, because Leif is in charge of them from tomorrow evening until Sunday! Holla! Don’t get me wrong, I miss them like nutso when they’re gone, but I’m glad they love their daddy, and honestly, it gives me a few days to play catch up. I might even put that pile of clean laundry away! Hahahahahaha — I almost believed myself there for a moment.

So many people have asked me over the past several months … how are you going to live? It’s been asked in various contexts (emotionally, financially, sanely, etc.), but the answer to them all is one day at a time. At least for right now.

It’s odd and strangely freeing to not know exactly where I’m going to be a year from now. I’ve always been the girl with The Plan. The Plan has changed every now and then, because hey, life requires adaptation, but right now there is No Plan other than love my girls like crazy, work hard enough to pay the bills, and rely totally and fully on God.

I’m sure His Plan is better than My Plan anyway.

Here’s to a good night’s sleep. Goodnight and God bless!

Elsewhere on the Internet…

Ok, this time I have an excuse for being so late with a wrap-up post – Someone died. Honestly, I haven’t even thought about rounding up my posts from elsewhere on the internet because I’ve been walking around in a daze since last Thursday. So please forgive me, blogging buddies, for being just a leetle bit behind schedule.

Last Week at The Stir:

The fact that Media Matters for America is a nonprofit organization is infuriating enough, but their CEO David Brock is a joke. He needs to go.

Obama’s reelection campaign manager Jim Messina sent out a fundraising email full of lies about the Koch brothers. They fired back.

Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith was attacked again. What is with all the bigotry?

Last Week at Moms Matter 2012:

I don’t care how much money a presidential candidate has. I’m more concerned about how they live their lives and the decisions they make.

Elsewhere on the Internet…

Holy moly, is it Thursday already? How did that happen? How did I not blog for a week? Because sure as day, I’m looking at my blog right now, and the most recent thing I have up is last week’s round-up. Although to be fair, I didn’t post that until Friday…

Holy moly, again! Am I on schedule? Alert the presses, people, this is news!

Anyway, I was crazy busy around the internet this week, and have lots to share with you. File that under ‘things that sound dirty but aren’t.

This Week at The Stir:

Gas prices are going up and it’s all President Obama’s fault. Drill, baby, drill!

A grandfather was arrested in New Hampshire for holding a criminal at gunpoint until the police arrived. Seriously. That happened.

This story was incredible difficult to write, because it involved child abuse. Read it and be outraged.

This Week at Moms Matter:

I wrote about why I believe endorsements and/or potential VP and cabinet picks might affect my vote for a candidate in a primary election.

This Week at Big Hollywood:

I got all caught up with Glee. This write-up involves education and immigration, two very hot-button issues for me. For the record, I’m all for both. Let’s just be smart about it, mmmkay?

I also went on a bit of a tear over the winter finale episode. It had to do with bullying and suicide. No, one does not cause the other.

Elsewhere on the Internet…

It’s Friday again, so maybe I’ll just officially move my weekly round-ups to Friday. Except then I probably wouldn’t get around to doing them until Saturday, and that just won’t suit.

So we’ll just call this Thursday and change, kind of like how I’m going to be 29 and change in a year instead of 30. Kapish? Excellent.

This Week at The Stir:

While I was at CPAC, the silly kids from the Occupy crowd tried to cause a ruckus. Jerks. Smelly, smelly jerks. How the media praises them and vilifies the Tea Party makes me ill.

I wrote about Media Matters and their leftest agenda. Which I totally don’t have a problem with, by the way. I do have a huge problem with their bias when they claim 501(c)(3) status as a nonprofit organization. By the way, Instapundit picked this one up. I’m just bragging. That’s all.

Did you hear about the little girl that had her unhealthy turkey sandwich confiscated by a government official? The school replaced her sack lunch with a hot meal from the cafeteria, of which the four-year-old ate three chicken nuggets. Yeah, so that happened.

President Obama wants to cut back our nukes by 80%. Now that’s just plain stupid.

This Week at Moms Matter:

I did a bad, bad thing in the eyes of the feminists. I failed to see how the legal right to end the life of my unborn child is more important than the economy, national security, education, job creation, energy exploration … should I go on?

This Week on Twitter:

Keith Olbermann blocked me, so that was exciting. I feel like I’m part of an exclusive club now. If someone tells me where the meetings are, I’ll bring the wine.

Elsewhere on the Internet…

Only one day late! I’m off to a great start bringing back these round-up posts, huh? Sometimes I impress myself with my timeliness. That’s my plan to live forever, actually … just be perpetually late for death.

I think it’s a great plan. I’ll let you know how it goes. In about 500 years.

Here’s the stuff I wrote on teh internets that wasn’t here:

This Week at The Stir

Was Clint Eastwood’s Halftime in America Super Bowl about politics? I say yes. You’re shocked, I know.

Get yer tinfoil hats ready, I’m talking about drones coming to the private sector.

This Week at Moms Matter

Which candidate do I support over Obama? The Republican.

It is past time for the Department of Education to go.

 

Happy Reading!

Back by Popular Request: Elsewhere On the Internet…

I stopped doing weekly round-up posts a couple of months ago because I was sporadic at best, and honestly, I didn’t think the interest was there. But I’ve gotten tons of requests for them recently, so I decided to resurrect them. The majority of my weekly articles are usually published by Thursday, so I’m marking Thursday on my Google calendar as Elsewhere On the Internet Day.

Let’s dive right in, shall we?

This Week at The Stir:

I wrote about author Charles Murray and his ‘elitist bubble’ concept published in his new book, Coming Apart, The State of White America, 1960-2012. I scored a 37. I think that number, like my age and my weight, is just a number.

Apparently food stamps are going to fix the economy. They’re going to fix it so well that the government is giving out $75,000 grants to groups that devise ways to sign more people up for food stamps.

This one on Susan G. Komen defunding Planned Parenthood got such a hateful reaction that Mark Davis’s producer Susan contacted me to be on the show tomorrow morning to talk about it. Some people are just mean. If you’d like to listen in, I’ll be on at 7:04 Pacific, which means I’ll be locked in the garage or something while poor Leif wrangles the kids to get ready for school. I love you, Honey!

The Latest on Moms Matter:

This State of the Union Analysis is technically from last week, but seeing as CafeMom hasn’t posted this week’s article yet, I thought I’d include it anyway. Hey, it’s my site, I can post what I want to! :-)  (Even emoticons!)

What Happened on Glee:

Glee was new this week, which means I shut everyone out of my bedroom at 8pm on Tuesday to watch high school musical drama, write about it, and call it ‘work.’ My job kinda rocks. I ended up talking more about my marriage than the show though.

 

Happy reading!

Elsewhere on the Internet

Right now I’m wearing bunny ears because I’m writing a story having to do with Playboy, and that’s just the kind of girl I am. Seriously, if you can’t laugh at yourself, what’s the point of anything?

Anyway, I wrote some stuff on teh internets recently, and you should go read. Read some of the comments too – they can be highly entertaining!

You know that things are bad when Hawaii cuts welfare spending … could other states follow suit?

Maybe states will cut some lines out of their budgets, but it looks like the federal government won’t. Crack monkeys. And that’s all I have to say about that.

My favorite comment of the week goes to one on my Girl Hunter article. It goes something like, “Hunting is vile and disgusting! There is more than enough meat in the grocery store!” No joke.

Speaking of meat, Michelle Obama visited an organic farm while in Hawaii, saying that we should let kids just eat steak to adjust their palates. She also gardens in $495 boots.

Who doesn’t love the troops and want to support them with Christmas care packages? Professor Michael Avery, that’s who.

You know what will ensure that only criminals have guns? Make it near impossible for average citizens to buy them.

 

Happy reading!

 

Elsewhere on the Internet

Hey guys! What’s up? Has it been long enough since I’ve done a wrap-up post? Could it be any longer?

Sorry. I’ve been watching Friends on Nick-at-Nite recently, and Chandler Bing’s quirky personality seems to have rubbed off on me. And yes, I just said Friends is on Nick-at-Nite. Could I feel any older?

Dang. Did it again.

Anyway, I wrote some stuff for other sites recently, and you should read it. Or at least click on it, because honestly, the web traffic monitors won’t know if you don’t read it. But really, you should read. It’s good stuff! And then you should send links to your friends and family. Because the best advertising is word of mouth, and if all eight of my readers sent my links to two people each, and then those people sent them to two people each, and so on and so forth, I’d be crowned Queen of the Internet by 2013.

Nevermind. That sounds dirty. Moving on.

Stuff to click read:

PETA sued SeaWorld because they’re enslaving Shamu. Seriously. I can’t make this crap up.

Did Men’s Wearhouse support the Occupy kids, or was it just a ploy to avoid vandalism? Hmmm…

Should homosexual imagery be played during G-rated TV shows? By the way, my editors choose the pictures that go along with my articles – not me. Just wanted to make that clear.

Gloria Allred gives me a headache. Can Herman Cain recover from her venom?

Mississippi voted down the personhood amendment. Not like that matters; it wouldn’t have stopped abortion in the least.

And I have a few Glee updates on Big Hollywood:

‘Glee’ Recap 11/1/2011: Baby Mama Drama, Poking Fun at Bachmann’s Campaign Style

Last Night on Glee, 11/09/11: Gay Teen Sex — Let the Controversy Begin!

Last Night on ‘Glee’ 11/15/2011: ‘Angry White People’ Edition

Happy reading!

The Problem with Abortion

I am pro-choice. I am also pro-life. I know that on the surface, these two things don’t seem to be able to coexist, so let me clarify. I am pro-choice to that extent that a person should have the ability to choose how he or she acts, so long as it doesn’t infringe upon the rights of others.

I cannot steal, because it takes away another person’s right to own property. I am pro-life because abortion takes away a human being’s most basic right of all — the right to life.

I feel confident that most people in the United States agree that people not convicted of heinous crimes don’t deserve to have their lives cut short. The end of a life is tragic, and the premature ending of one is even sadder. The death of a child? Well, has anyone ever gotten through My Girl without at least half a box of tissues?

Yet somehow, abortion rights supporters have misled many people to believe that a fetus isn’t a human being. Dead babies are sad, yet dead unborn babies are to be worn like a badge of honor.

I read two stories on The Stir this week that made me ponder why more people don’t ponder more when that right to life begins.

The first story was the tragic tale of a newborn baby flushed down an airplane toilet. The second was a review of the TV show Friday Night Lights, in which a teenage girl gets herself pregnant by choosing to have sex, and then decides to have an abortion rather than facing the challenges God gives her as a direct result of her own actions.

The problem with abortion is that it’s impossible to figure out where the line of life is.

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