My boyfriend is running in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for the Arthritis Foundation. He wants to raise awareness and help me get better! He always helps me out a ton when I’m in pain, and it would be wonderful if you guys considered donating to his cause, or at least passing this along so that he can raise the final $50 he needs.
Dear parents who are upset by Glee’s portrayal of teen sex:
-Usually teen sex consists of pressuring and/or against-the-will kind of stuff, so um be happy this was consensual and loving. See also, Rachel made the decision even though Finn was ready, and their mutual decision and discussion about sex led to it being a great moment for them. Likewise for Blaine and Kurt.
-Teens actually (gasp!) think about whether or not to have sex. A TV show or music won’t make their decision for them.
-The kinds of kids the watch Glee normally aren’t whoring around (just saying).
-Keep in mind that the parents who are most upset over things being depicted on TV are ignoring their own issues. Your kids are the most likely to be having wild crazy sex under your noses. Maybe you should watch your kids and not be mad at TV?
Bed Size: Queen, but I want a bigger one! Chore you Dislike: Vacuuming sucks (literally)
Dogs: Meh. Puppies. Essential Start to your Day: Meds. Then breakfast. Then shower… sometimes. Favorite Color: Purple/blue Gold or Silver: white gold
Height: 5’ 4.5” Instruments you Play(ed): Piano, Ukulele Job Title: Captioning Assistant/Graduate student/crazy Kids: Nope! Live: SE Wisconsin Mother’s Name: Michelle Nicknames: Kirstie (Lou Who), K, kirbir Overnight Hospital Stays: None yet, but I’m sure that’s because I avoid hospitals like the dickens, not because I didn’t need it Pet Peeves: Ignorance and lying Quote from a Movie: I have way too many… “If you need to spew, spew in this.”Righty or Lefty: Righty Siblings: My sister is pretty freaking amazing Time you Wake Up: Between 7 and 9am Vegetables you Don’t Like: Mushrooms and onions (usually)
What Makes you Run Late: My RA and being sleepy/fatigued X-rays you Have Had: Back/chest, arm joints, leg joints, hands, feet, and teeth
Yummy Food you Make: I make yummy cookies but my boyfriend is the best cook ever Zoo Animal Favorite: Oh god, please don’t make me choose. I love the whole zoo! But especially the hippos… and the penguins… and the elephants and giraffes and rhinos and turtles and all the amimals :)
As a survivor of sexual abuse, this situation with Penn State makes me sick. Literally.
On a selfish note, it’s bringing up bad memories for me, and non-coincidentally my pain levels have been through the roof lately.
On a less selfish note, WHAT THE FUCK?
How can someone who sees an abuser in the act not act? More importantly, how can they tell important people within the university, only to have nothing done about it and apparently not bring it up to the police? How do you not jump in there and save that child from that horror? Some people have mentioned that maybe he feared for his life, and I’m sure I’m bias in this thought, but what is my life if I don’t help people in need, save people from horrible things?
I just - nothing was handled right at all over there, not by anybody. The only person who deserves to be a good person in all of this is Victim 1. It is very difficult to talk about abuse for survivors. It brings up those memories and feelings all over again. It is a wound that will never heal. While we don’t bear physical scars (some of us anyway), we do always carry the emotional and mental damage caused by our attackers. For Victim 1 to be able to speak up and talk about the abuse- and for any of the victims that have come out- it’s horrifying all over again. But by sharing what he’s gone through, he is helping to stop further abuse - not just from Sandusky, but from people all over the nation (hopefully). All over news networks right now, there are stories about how to watch your kids for warning signs of abuse and what to do if you suspect issues like this. Even Obama last night in his news conference said that we should be examining our priorities and doing what it takes to protect what is most dear to us - our children and our future.
"In severe cases, newer drugs called biologics may be used. They include several that block tumour necrosis factor (TNF), an immune system signalling molecule. Anti-TNFs work, but they are expensive and can have severe side effects."
I’m on Humira, a an anti-TNF biologic. My RA is severe then, eh?
Working all day for a mean little man With a clip-on tie and a rub-on tan He’s got me running ‘round the office like a dog around a track But when I get back home, You’re always there to rub my back
Hey Julie, Look what they’re doing to me Trying to trip me up Trying to wear me down Julie, I swear, it’s so hard to bear it And I’d never make it through without you around And I’d never make it through without you around
Hours on the phone making pointless calls I got a desk full of papers that means nothing at all Sometimes I catch myself staring into space Counting down the hours ‘til I get to see your face
Hey Julie, Look what they’re doing to me Trying to trip me up Trying to wear me down Julie, I swear, it’s so hard to bear it And I’d never make it through without you around No, I’d never make it through without you around
[Bridge] How did it come to be That you and I must be Far away from each other every day? Why must I spend my time Filling up my mind With facts and figures that never add up anyway? They never add up anyway
Working all day for a mean little guy With a bad toupee and a soup-stained tie He’s got me running ‘round the office Like a gerbil on a wheel He can tell me what to do But he can’t tell me what to feel
Hey Julie, Look what they’re doing to me Trying to trip me up Trying to wear me down Julie, I swear, it’s so hard to bear it And I’d never make it through without you around No, I’d never make it through without you around No, I’d never make it through without you around
This 12 year old talking about his dad having passed two years ago. Anderson is amazed at this kid’s ability to talk about it. It’s heartbreaking to watch Anderson be so sad, and to hear this kid talk about telling his dad it was okay to go. Around the same age, I lost my great-grandmother. I can’t imagine doing the same.
I hate crying. So does Anderson. He never cries, he says with tears in his eyes.
Should I be watching this right now?
I keep hearing people talk about death and loss. It’s not helping how I feel right now. I keep thinking about getting sicker and losing my ability to do things, losing my fight against being sick so long.
It scares the living shit out of me.
People say that every day is a gift. But can it still be a gift when you are in pain almost all of the time? How so?
I’m normally super optimistic, but lately I’ve been grumpy pants.