Feelings, Vacation

Chit Chat Catch-Up

I usually don’t do posts where I just ramble about what’s going on in my life. Mostly because it would consist of me talking about how I can’t feel my legs because I’ve been laying in bed for the past 6 hours. However, some new and interesting things have happened to me in the last week or two that might actually fill up a blog without me having to mention what I ate.

My mom and I decided to travel the world and go to Nashville to check out real estate. Why do they call it that? Couldn’t they just call it estates? Like, obviously they’re real. No one would look at fake estates. We spent a lot of time relaxing at our hotel mostly because it was awesome. The Gaylord Opryland reminded me of a Vegas hotel; there was so much to do inside the building, that you didn’t really have to leave to have a good time. It was decorated with sparkly Christmas lights and big wreaths. GaylordOprylandHotelHolidayDecorations1

I have two qualms about The Gaylord Opryland. The first one is having to say the name Gaylord. The second one is the word Opry. Where did the Grand Ole Opry get it’s name? I like to think the name originated when opera singers would travel to the south to perform and Tennessee natives would say, “Imma go see the dern Opry to-nite!”

My guess was actually kind of close. It does have to to with opera but I’m too lazy to read the paragraph that wikipedia has on it.

After our adventures there, we went onto Austin, TX. You know the saying, “Keep Austin Weird”? Well, I think Austin will always be weird whether or not people try to keep it that way. There are all walks of life there. Which is good. Prime people watching. While we were there we looked at some estates and met up with some of my mom’s cousins. It’s funny because whenever my mom meets up with them her southern drawl comes out and they all talk about how they’re “blood”.

While we were there we saw Anna Karenina at this cute theater called the Violet Crown. It was rad because it also served as a lounge/bar so you could really make a night of seeing a movie. The movie itself was pretty good.

After that we got fro-yo because why the hell not? It was yum but I couldn’t tell if our cashier was a boy or a girl for real. It was like, the hardest. I think she was a girl. Very Boys Don’t Cry. She was keeping Austin weird. She had also never heard of Anna Karenina.

For some reason I'm really attracted to Hil Swank in this movie. She looks better as a boy. There I said it.

For some reason I’m really attracted to Hil Swank in this movie. She looks better as a boy. There I said it.

Perhaps the best part of our trip to Texas was seeing our blogger friend Jell Jell! You can read all about our meetup here. I was on a blogging high after that and suggested that we do a blog tour and force meetups with every blogger we know.

After that, our trip ended and my mom and I went our separate ways. It was good seeing her and spending some quality mother/daughter time together. Don’t worry, we’ll be reunited at Christmas and I’ll get to show my brother around Victoria for the first time. Lots of special moments.

So that’s where I’ve been. What has everyone else been up to?

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Holidays

It’s Christmas Time, and by golly, you’ll like it!

Those who are politically correct belong on the Island of Misfit Toys.

Pretty much everyone in the first world knows that it’s Christmas time. We’ve been celebrating it for the entirety of our lives. We have our traditions, our family, our homes, and delicious food to look forward to. It’s a time of happiness, and most importantly, celebrating the birth of our Savior. Some would say it’s a magical time.

It seems like people have lost sight of what a special time this is, though. The world is becoming more and more focused on being ‘pc’ or politically correct. In an elementary school in Canada, the faculty told the students that they were not allowed to have a Holiday Party. Why? Because some people don’t celebrate the holidays. I can see where they were going with this, but I have to strongly disagree and say that this is child abuse. Okay maybe not child abuse, but I would threaten to kill myself if I went to that school.

Maybe the kids whose parents don’t celebrate the holidays WISH they could. Maybe this school party was the one thing that would put them in the holiday spirit and the school stomped all over their dreams. The school decided that they would have a party in February so it wouldn’t coincide with any specific religious events. Oh how politically correct of you! You really make school such a fun experience by taking away any sort of enjoyment that they could’ve had.

In 1998 I was in 5th grade. I remember vividly that my class had a CHRISTMAS PARTY every year up until 5th grade. The 90’s were a great time because everyone was semi-racist and Christmas was the only holiday that was recognized. “Oh, you’re jewish? Use this candy cane to catch your tears.” In 5th grade I opted out of public school and decided to do homeschool instead. Not because I was boycotting the fact that there wasn’t a Christmas Party (because there definitely was), but because I started to hate everyone at the ripe age of 11.

It’s so wrong to take away a child’s school party. That was one of the best things to look forward to! I have some of the best Christmas tree decorations that I made in elementary school. So classic. I don’t remember making menorahs. And I pretty much ignored Kwanzaa’s existence until college.

I would say the majority of kids in school celebrate Christmas. When you take it away for the one kid that doesn’t, you ruin everyone else’s fun. And let’s face it, that one kid would have so much fun eating Christmas cupcakes and making a wreath out of macaroni for his parents.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays! Whichever one you celebrate (or don’t), have a good one!

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Judging

The Doctor Is In

I think its about time that everyone was introduced to Dr. Kenford Nedd.  Every so often my TV-watching schedule is blessed with a 1 minute session (commercial) from the doc. Dr. Ken Nedd has been practicing family medicine for 20 years, so he’s pretty much a genius in his field. And by genius, I mean…not-genius. He specializes in stress relief. Let me give you an example of what I see on a day to day basis:

Besides scaring the crap out of me, he has a point. Unfortunately, I have come across that point a little less than a hundred times in my life. Like, really? That’s your one minute? You have one minute on-air and that’s the lesson you choose? The only epiphany I have after these commercials is that I should’ve become a doctor of family medicine because it seems incredibly straight-forward. Also, it seems like I could be a Harvard professor as well since the study that he contrived is the most obvious thing known to man.

Maybe I have trouble taking him seriously because his name is Dr. Ken Nedd. Also because he’s being over-enthusiastic to the point of disbelief. No one is that excited about doing something unselfish. Except Jesus. And that’s why we celebrate his birthday unselfishly by giving gifts to other people (and secretly hoping that we get everything off of our lists that we unselfishly made for ourselves).

I appreciate having a minute with a doctor without leaving my couch, but I just think it should be a little more worthwhile. My minutes are precious, doctor.

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