Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

     I've been asking people what kind of posts they would like to see me write on here. I guess I should have known that Christmas would be a popular topic, since it's, you know, Christmas time. But that's perfectly fine. I don't think I've ever written a Christmas post before.

     My friend Ashley just told me to talk about Christmas. My brother Tony specifically asked me to talk about traditions that I've had, and traditions I would like to start with my boyfriend, Wolfy. He also asked about gingerbread houses, hot chocolate, and snow. Kianwi (of Simply She Goes- her blog is having technical difficulties but she will be back soon) asked me about our decorating and holiday plans.

     Let's just get started with this.


     That is the tree this year. It doesn't have any presents under it because we opened them all because we don't have our parents telling us not to open them before Christmas. The only reason we actually have a tree is our roommate bought one on sale to "welcome me to the apartment". That thing it's on? This laundry basket and an old sheet. That thing by the tree? I'm not really sure but I think it's eyes follow me around the room.

     That's all the decorating we really did this year. Wolfy had pulled out some extra Christmas lights but those never got used. We just never got around to hanging them up this year. Next year, I'll probably want to do a little more to celebrate, but considering I just got here, I'm surprised there was even a tree.

     Our holiday plans this year? He actually has tomorrow off, so we'll probably sleep in. Tonight, he's having some friends over when he gets off work. That means I had to put on real pants, which doesn't happen very often unless I'm going somewhere, which is almost never. I've worn makeup a total of three times since arriving, not including when I was on the plane.

     Other than that, I honestly don't know. Like I said, we already opened presents. He found out what his was early so I let him unwrap it and he didn't even bother wrapping my present. From our roommate, he was like, "Hey. You can open it now." so I was like "...Okay." and then we opened our presents from him. Today, the box from my mom came in the mail, so we just opened that too (that resulted in the room being totally trashed).

     He just texted me and told me that he got the last eggnog in the store since he's been telling people all day that they were out. So, apparently we're going to have eggnog.

     Um... I don't know. Is that all we're doing? We'll probably end up watching Netflix all day tomorrow. I honestly don't know.

     For traditions I would like to start? Actually opening presents on Christmas. Maybe actually cooking something when we have a bigger kitchen (or food- we really, really need to go grocery shopping). Decorating with Christmas lights because they're pretty. I dunno.

     When I was little, my grandparents used to invite all the family who couldn't stand each other and make massive (not very tasty) meals, with corny Christmas music and throw "classy" parties to show off to all their friends. Those are my general memories of Christmas as a kid, plus presents. But we couldn't just open them. There could be my grandparents, two uncles, their significant others, my great-grandparents, my second cousin and her husband, my mom, and anywhere between 5-8 cousins. We each got to open one present, "ooh and ahh!", take a picture, and then move on. And we would get in trouble if the card wasn't read first.

     Then when I got older, I started spending them with my dad. We all know how I feel about him, but let's just ignore that part and continue with this little story. Memaw is... Let's put it this way- She should never be allowed in a kitchen. She was always in charge of dinners. Depending on where my dad currently lived, we would have a Christmas with one family member and then all go to his parents' house to repeat the process. It's a good thing I stopped going when I did, because I once caught my cousin's friend stealing my underwear and that's the favorite stocking stuffer (I typo'd that as "suffer" but it still fits in this) from that family. Which you have to open in front of everyone.

     The best Christmases I had were the last couple years with Momma. She would cook. I would help by stirring and making sure nothing spontaneously combusted when she would go to the bathroom. And we would watch the parade and open presents. And I would piss her off by guessing what was in each present before opening it, until last year when she duct taped everything too much.

     All I really know is that in future Christmases, I want them to be more like the one I had with Mom. Not chaotic. Just simple and about actually celebrating good things, instead of trying to show off or show everyone in the family what underwear which person owned. One year, I would like for it to snow on Christmas. I've never had snow that time of year, only around Valentine's Day.

     I've almost never been around snow since I lived in the south my whole life, but when we did get it, we would be buried. I would get to wake up, run outside for like three hours, and the snow would be melted. But it was awesome and I want that to happen on Christmas one year- which will probably be more likely if I didn't live in a desert, but oh well.

     Also, I only ever had one gingerbread house. Momma and I tried to build it. We couldn't figure out what we were doing and then something happened and it broke and it was messy and just a super bad idea. It makes me a little sad, since my friend from the restaurant and her toddler nieces just made a gingerbread house and it looked pretty good.

     As for hot cocoa... Yes please. I would like some. Hot cocoa is good. I prefer it with milk though, instead of water, and we don't have any milk. Which is why I couldn't eat cereal this morning. We're adult enough to eat the food we have, but then we run out and forget to buy more.

     Is there anything I left out? Are there any other blog topics you'd like to suggest?

P.S. Don't suggest details on school, about the move, what it's like here, or what we do for fun. Those topics have already been suggested.

P.S. #2 Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and all of that stuff.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

This Post Is A Mess

     Let me just start this post by saying that I have never watched Duck Dynasty. I don't know what it's about, but they are now extremely famous and are selling everything with their name on it. That's literally all I know about them, except that now a preacher on that show is under fire because of racist and homophobic things that he's said?

     All I see is support for him. Shared pictures of him on Facebook. Retweets saying that you should support him. Friends changing their pictures to him. With all of that and the captions, which usually say that if you don't support him then you don't support freedom of speech, it's really starting to piss me off. Last time I checked, you can say whatever you want to say. But some things just shouldn't be said out of respect for other people.

     I don't know what brought on his comments in whatever magazine it was. I don't know if certain parts were edited out to make it a scandal. I don't know if it was taken out of context. I don't know if he is actually racist, homophobic, sexist, or the nicest man that you'll ever meet. Because I know nothing about the show and I don't know the man himself.

      Without having all of the facts, I refuse to support the man but I also refuse to condemn him. He has every right to say what he saw and his own personal beliefs, even if I don't like what he has to say. Everyone has their own right to say and believe what they want.

     My beliefs are that everyone is created equal and that everyone has the right to marry whoever they want to. So what if you think they're going to hell? You don't get to decide that. You're not God and you don't know what He's thinking. You don't have to marry anyone you don't want to so it doesn't have a damn thing to do with you. However, when you start treating somebody with disrespect, that's a problem.

     And don't even try to use the religious "but I'm trying to save their souls". Don't even start with me on that one because in every religion I have knowledge of, the best thing we can do is treat everyone equally and love each other and all the good things like that. I believe that as long as you're a good person, things will work themselves out. When you start pretending to be a good person as a disguise to be a jerk, that makes it even worse than just being a jerk in general. Extremists are in all religions, or non-religions.

     So what do I have to say about whats-his-name and all of this mess?

     Because the things he said were taken the wrong way, he should issue an apology for offending people, whether he meant to or not. He doesn't have to apologize for how he feels, just apologize for how he made some people feel bad. He can say whatever he wants to say by the freedom of speech and we're not losing it if he's removed from the show, because the network is trying not to offend people. Clearly, I'm saying whatever the fuck I want to right now. But there is a line that shouldn't be crossed by anyone and apologies should be made when overstepping that line.

     As for how he feels, he can keep feeling that way. We don't even know what exactly he does feel. Beliefs don't typically change over night. Just be nice and understand not everyone feels the same way, so unless you want to start a shitstorm, be careful of what you tell other people. The worst thing you can do with your beliefs is make somebody feel bad with them.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hi, I'm Rachel

     It's been a while since I've had a real life update here. A few of my regular readers had no idea of some things that I mentioned before, mainly facts about myself. Since I've recently gained a couple new readers (hello!), I thought maybe I should sort of reintroduce myself and let you all know what's been going on lately.

     For starters, hi, I'm Rachel. I honestly kind of hope that you knew that already unless you just stumbled onto this blog and never heard of me before.

     I was born 20 years ago, but I'm 7 at heart. (My Disney princess bandaids and stuffed animals will back me up on that.)

     I recently moved out of my mom's house, halfway across the country, and into my boyfriend's apartment. You can call him Wolfy. (We do have a roommate but he's irrelevant since I never see him and only hear him snoring when I'm in the kitchen.)

     I have a cat at my mom's house, because we couldn't have her in this apartment. Hopefully, sometime next year, I'll be able to get her back.

     If you ask me a question in the comments, I will reply. Most people don't realize that and then I answer the same thing a million times. (Actually, I generally reply to all comments.)

      I like weird socks. (I own ones with kitties, rainbow colors, music notes, butterflies, cheetah print, etc. And then regular black ones I had to wear when I worked in the restaurant.)

     Before moving, I worked as a runner, hostess, and then server in a restaurant. It's a job that I think everyone should have once in their lives so that they'll learn how to treat and tip people. (Way too many stories on that to know where to begin.)

     Currently, I don't have a job, since I'm finishing up my highschool diploma so that I can work in a daycare. (If you want to know why I don't have it yet, you can read it here and here.) (I have doubled the credits I had since arriving here, in the past three and a half weeks, plus raised my GPA to 3.90!)

     Some of the fastest ways to piss me off are by bullying, lying, or being a creeper. Especially if it involves somebody I love.

     Some of the fastest ways to make me happy are letting me have ice cream, stuffed animals, or Disney related things.

     For some reason, everyone asked me for relationship advice before I started dating my boyfriend. But now that I actually might have an idea of how to help, nobody asks for relationship advice. I find it weird.

     Wolfy is determined to teach me to play video games. So far, I haven't broken anything and I know how to push buttons. I'm kind of proud of that.

     Sissi is my sister but we're not actually related. Brother is my brother but we're not actually related, and he now lives like twenty minutes away (and his name is Tony!)

     I dye my hair more than I should. It's currently redbrown because the red didn't take as much as I had hoped. Next time, I'm going for bright red. Probably. I want purple or blue but I refuse to bleach my hair.

     I'm really bored but I think you guessed that already.

     I need more books to read. I like the Harry Potter series, The Night Circus (which I finally finished yesterday), The Hunger Games, and A Series Of Unfortunate Events. I didn't like any of the Twilight saga or romance books. Start suggesting please. (I've read a lot of other books. I was trying to go with widely known books.)

     I should probably go check on laundry so I can remake the bed?

     I don't know. This was just a random list. If anybody ever needs or wants to contact me, you can comment here or email me (pertinax_puella@hotmail.com) or tweet me (@whenalionsleeps). I'm pretty good at replying right away, as long as I see it.

     And now tell me three facts I don't know about you since I told you a shitton of stuff.

     (Oh yeah, this is a curse friendly blog. Except earlier this year when I gave up cursing for Lent, which went way better than expected.)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Questions #9

     When I was doing the A to Z Challenge in April, I asked my readers for some questions so that I could do a post for Q. I didn't think I would have enough questions so I asked my friend Ashley to send me some. She sent me eight hundred so I decided I would accept the challenge and answer them all (like she also decided) but I would split it up with posts. I'll be continuing from where I left off from the previous post. You can see the other posts by going here.

     (For the record, this post was written when she sent me the list for the Challenge, so not all of the answers are completely up to date.)

206) Do you prefer BBC or ITV?
     I do not know what those things are.

207) Have you ever been surfing?
     I've never even been to the beach.

208) Have you ever been snowboarding?
     I rarely ever even see snow and its never been enough for that.

209) Who was better; The Beatles or Elvis Presley?
     They were equal, in their own way. I just prefer Elvis' music.

210) What's your favorite type of foreign food?
     Chinese food. I love it.

211) What foreign country do you dislike the most?
     I have nothing against any countries, especially without visiting them.

212) Do you like your music loud or easy listening?
     Usually, loud. But I have very sensitive ears and I get headaches easily, so that doesn't last too long.

213) What's your favorite animated or cartooned program?
     A TV show? I don't know. Probably Courage The Cowardly Dog or the original Loonytoons.

214) Do you sing in the shower?
     Not anymore.

215) Are you a clean or messy person?
     Clean. I always keep things clean in my house, but when I go to somebody else's house, it ends up a wreck. I'm not sure how. (Updated: The apartment is clean but there's stuff everywhere. I managed to make it both and I don't know how.)

216) What's your preferred playing piece in Monopoly?
     The dog. When I was little, I owned the limited edition Disney version and I'm pretty sure I always played as Princess Aurora because she used to be my favorite princess.

217) Can or do you still play Twister?
     I haven't played it since I was little, but no. I have too many problems with my right shoulder now. (Updated: I could probably try now but chances are, I would fall on my face.)

218) Can you play Chess?
     Nope.

219) Do you know the dance steps to an annoying, cheesy pop song?
     I don't know the dance steps to any song. (Update: Wolfy is determined to change that.)

220) Do you prefer straight or bendy straws?
     Bendy! It was an exciting day when the restaurant got bendy straws instead of regular ones. They're gone now though and that sucks. (Update: The last part is now irrelevant since I no longer work there, but it was really exciting for the whole week it lasted.)

221) Have you ever entered a talent contest?
     I was forced to at a church camp. It was required so that everyone had fun. I don't remember much that we did, but my group and I put on a talk show act, along the lines of the helping hands game from Whose Line Is It Anyway. I was the host, one friend ended up with makeup all over her face, the other friend was her 'arms', and we had one girl act like a crazed fan. We got a lot of laughs.

222) And did you win?
     Nope, but it was a lot of fun.

223) Do you like poetry?
     Most of the time. My favorite, to date, is this poem.

224) Are you a bad loser?
     Not really. I might get irritated if I constantly lose but that's about it.

225) Which would you choose? Jelly or ice cream?
     If its a peanut butter sandwich, jelly. Any other time, ice cream.

226) What's your favorite type of pie?
     Apple. With ice cream.

227) What's your most used phrase?
     "Okay." "Maybe." "Sure." "Yeah." "I don't know." "Why?" "You tickle me too much." Take your pick.

228) What's your most used word?
     Take any from #227.

229) Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
     Me! I wanna play me because I know myself better than anyone else. Plus, it would be cool to be in a movie.

230) What would your dream job be?
     That I can actually achieve, to open and run a daycare.

231) Which song do you hate most?
     Basically anything with rap. Or I'm Not Gonna Write You A Love Song by Sarah Bareilles. I like the meaning of it but I can't listen to it without my ears hurting.

232) How long does it take you to get ready?
     About an hour, to do full makeup and hair. (Update: On a good day, I can do it in half an hour, but my hair won't be straightened and I won't have eyeliner on.)

233) What do you think the greatest invention has been?
     The heater. It gets freaking cold during winter, okay?

234) What's your favorite feature on the opposite sex?
     Personality, eyes, and then smile.

235) What's your least favorite feature on the opposite sex?
     Feet.