Birthdays and Other Weirdness

I got an early birthday present from Dave@Justus For All. Thanks Dave. I had so much fun sitting down and opening cards with Angel today. She had so much fun doing it, that she broke down and bought a pre-constructed deck when we were at the mall. It was the highlight of my day!

I hadn’t really thought about my birthday much, other than joking with my husband that he needed to spend 300$ on magic cards for me for my birthday. It is coming up and yet another year has passed and I’ve been living it and loving every minute. I’m so blessed in my life to have good friends and wonderful family. I have been made very aware of that this week by all of them and I am very grateful for it.

Here’s the backstory: My hubby is on a business trip. He hasn’t left town in three years, and before that it had been a very long time since he’d left me and the kids at home.… [Read More]

Guide Dogs

In my Japanese class this quarter, we have a welcome addition among the students. His name is Lanny and he’s a four year old yellow lab who has a full time job working as a guide dog. He’s still very much in the puppy stage and is very sweet. Sometimes, his owner lets him off work during class when she won’t be moving around, and he accosts my instructor, particularly if she’s wearing a skirt. When he’s on duty and his owner is sitting still, he rolls over onto his back and takes a nap. He’s a great dog above and beyond the job he has to do every day. He works hard, and those naps in class are well-earned rewards.

Today was a bit different for Lanny and his owner. Today, we had some students from Osaka come over and watch a presentation at the school, and of course, the Japanese classes had to go because these students don’t speak English.… [Read More]

A couple little things…

First thing, to everyone who has been curious and emailing me, (and I know you all know where my blog is), I’m fine. I’ve been busy with college life and real life, but otherwise all is well. I’ve just had a lot to think about and a lot to get done lately.

Second thing. The Va. Tech shootings. Surprise, surprise. I’m a college student and I’ve been watching the headlines go by about this story for days. I’ve got a couple things to say regarding it and then I will return you to your regularly scheduled static.

The shooter was mentally ill. There is no reason why his record should not have been flagged so that a background check would have said that he was not able to purchase a gun. Even the authorities in Virginia are mystified on this point. He should not have been able to purchase a gun period… let alone two guns.… [Read More]

So it goes: Kurt Vonnegut

I heard it on the radio this morning and had to slow down. Kurt Vonnegut died. A fellow native of my hometown, I’d only actually read his works for the first time this past fall when I read Slaughterhouse Five for the first time. The book was amazing and had a profound impact on my thinking.

My condolences to his family and loved ones.… [Read More]

Rights For Men.

This excellent article just had to be passed on.

Over the past several years, I have noticed that men, in terms of reproductive matters, have no rights as it pertains to their offspring and control over their own ability to reproduce. That power has been handed over to women who make decisions with or without the consent of their child’s father. It’s very upsetting.

Who decides that women make better parents than men?

Right now, this is, by and large, the decision of our court systems and for the majority of custody cases, the courts choose women to be primary caregivers. This labels women with an omnipresent gold star that screams out in neon lights, “Better parent!”

This is not always the case. I have known and known of many men who were better choices for full time care of a child than the child’s mother was. I wish the courts would really consider what is in the best interests of the child, but they skip through these cases falling back on the assumption that “Mother knows best.”

As a society, we need to learn to do what is best for our children, and not what is best for ourselves or what’s easy and convenient.… [Read More]