The M-Word

The M-word. Marriage.

I wrote a six-word story about this earlier and I’ve been thinking about it all day.

My boyfriend and I met over five years ago by chance. I was 18. He was 27. Our age difference is a major reason we didn’t get married, but as I get older I just don’t see the point.

Marriage is a commitment and it’s hard. Relationships are hard. Dealing with people in general, is hard.

We love each other and want to be together, but we like the idea of taking things one day at a time… and keeping our finances separate.

I’m a firm believer that each couple should do as they please. Get married or don’t.

But people are still stuck on this tradition, that in my opinion, came from the days of trading cattle for your wife and men married women so that they would know which child was theirs. Monogamy is a way to guarantee a child you’re providing for is yours, not your neighbors. Now, that’s just my theory.

It also has religious meaning.

I am not religious, so a marriage would merely be a government contract. I don’t need a contract to know that my sweets loves me and vice versa.

Are modern marriage a government conspiracy!?

So people, please stop asking. Should we ever decide to sign a contract, we will invite you to our contract-signing party.

 

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Marriage 6-word story

I came across this article.

This article hits home for me. My boyfriend and I have been together for 5 years and have no intention of getting married. I don’t see the point. We love each other and will stay together for as long as we choose.

 

Free milk. Don’t buy the cow!

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Occupy Everything

I came across this website after googling “99 percent”. I can’t decide my opinion with this whole Occupy movement. I believe that some of these posts are people being whiny and looking for hand outs, but there are some people who have worked hard for what they have, only to have to ripped away from them because things have become so unfair. But were they ever fair? If so, when?

We need to remember that we are lucky to live in this country. The majority of us have running water, a warm place to lay our heads at night and the ability to better ourselves. Whether or not we take advantage of these things is our choice and we have to choose to better ourselves and our country.

I agree that things in this country have gotten out of hand. We are more concerned about profits than people, but is it the 1 percent’s fault? If you had the opportunity to make lots of money, wouldn’t you do it? I sure as hell would. We forget that we’re selfish creatures, that we look out for ourselves. Fight or flight? Survival instincts? We’re animals and supposedly we’re smarter than the average bear, but I’m beginning to think that we’re not. If faced with a situation to give yourself a million bucks or the guy next to you, which would you choose? I would most definitely choose myself.

I think that the Occupy movement has some very valid points. They are pointing out corporation in banks, corporations and government. If we are the 99 percent, we’re the ones putting money into the pockets of these banks, corporations and government. The 99 percent is still very powerful. I’m glad that there are people who are willing to recognize that and fight for what they believe in. I haven’t done that.

I think that Occupy needs to refocus. Stop camping out in public places and attracting homeless people who shit on the sidewalks. Stop blocking bridges while the 99 percent are trying to get home. You’re just pissing the rest of the 99 percent off, because I guarantee that no one trying to cross that bridge was a 1 percenter.

I overheard an Occupy protestor on the bus the other day. He referred to a fellow protestor who worked full time as “partially dedicated”. Really, he’s only partially dedicated because he has a job and can’t camp out? The fact that he is still dedicating himself to his job so he can provide for himself makes him less dedicated? I find that a little ironic!

Let’s do this. Let’s protest bullshit like college football coaches getting paid millions of dollars. I understand that football programs generate revenue for schools, but shouldn’t our focus be on the education a school provides.

Let’s protest reality starlets making millions for weddings.

Let’s make our government balance budgets. Let’s take religion out of politics.

Let’s fix our mindset. That is the root of the problem. We are so focused on having others take care of us that we forget to take care of ourselves like the 1 percent did.

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More Holiday Cheer!

This makes me happy. It’s nice to see people who are willing to help our vets. But wait, they won $245 million and only gave away $1 million? I suppose I should just be happy that they gave any away!

Lottery winners. Help charities. Help vets.

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Delaying the Inevitable

Isn’t this nice? A little bit of Christmas cheer?

Happy Holidays! Keep home. For now.

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Focus

Ah, I’ve got a case of the Mondays. This isn’t any old case of the Mondays. It’s a case of The-Monday-After-Thanksgiving-Only-Two-Weeks-Left-Till-Christmas-Break Mondays.

I’m having such a hard time focusing. I don’t want to spend an 2 hours on the bus to go to and from school.

I’m also feeling a little homesick. When I was back in Coeur d’ Alene this summer, I felt like I would never want to move back there. This trip was completely different. I miss being around my parents on a regular basis. They are fun people! I miss not having to plan your day around traffic, the small town vibe, sunny days and snow. I miss going into a grocery store and having people talk to you. My mom and I were at Fred Meyer and I was trying to figure out how to work the  bulk coffee. A nice lady started chatting us up and telling us all about it. I miss that.

I miss the feel of the small town. I love Seattle and I’m so glad that I moved here, but sometimes it’s a little overwhelming. There are so many people. Luckily living in West Seattle feels much more like a small town than living in the city, but Alki gets completely overrun with people in summer. It’s such a peaceful place to walk in the winter, a little chilly, but there is no one around.

Also, the cost of living out here is outrageous. I know most people make more money in urban areas, but sometimes I just feel like I may never get on my feet. With the debt I have from school, how will I ever be able to buy a house, travel or have a family with the cost of everything here. We didn’t exactly pick the cheapest apartment on the market, but I wanted to live in a safe neighborhood that felt homey.

Coeur d’ Alene took a huge beating with the recession. I know it would be hard to find a job, but being close to my family would be worth it. I can’t believe I’m actually thinking about moving back there!

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Black Friday

Next year, forget Thanksgiving. Black Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Like every year, there is much to be thankful for this year.

I’m thankful for my family and friends, my dog, my home, my education, my human rights.

Most of all, I’m thankful that I live in the United States. Even though I don’t think we get it right a lot of the time, we have wonderful lives. We make them complicated and stressful, but in general we care about each other. We will reach out a helping hand to someone in need. I’m thankful that we are a decent nation.

I don’t go hungry. I sleep in a warm bed. I have running water and electricity. We forget that these are LUXURIES.

Thank you to all who made this possible.

Save the kids!

Sleep alone!

Mom, dad, stop sleeping with baby!

Once a cheater, always a cheater

I had an exam in my Communication for Small Groups class today. The class is relatively simple, but the tests are not. Our professor is a huge fan of memorization. I’m not a memorizer. . Holly, my study buddy, is an excellent memorizer and even follows me into the bathroom and forces me to rehearse phrases and definitions for our tests.

Because I know how these tests I are, I understand why one guy in my class thought that cheating was an excellent idea.

Our instructor wasn’t feeling well today, so he had a colleague come and proctor our exam. Obviously he didn’t realize that the proctor was a little younger and more lucid than our professor and that cheating probably wasn’t such a great idea.

Our proctor saw Cheater Guy pull out some sort of notecard within the first minute our exam was out. She pointed at him and walked back to him. Cheater Guy was sitting behind me and I didn’t want to whip around and oogle at his embarrassing moment so I just listened closely. He muttered the words, “I messed up” probably hoping she would just take the notecard away from him, but that’s just me assuming. She grabbed his test and notecard and gestured for him to follow her out of the room. *WhoOMMP Whoomp*.

Why cheat? I mean ya, it would be so much easier to write these answers down on my wrist instead of trying for days to memorize, but then I would just feel guilty. And what if I got caught. I couldn’t even imagine calling my parents and telling them! “Um, so ya, I got kicked out of school because I’m an idiot and thought that cheating was a great idea!” I could just picture how proud they would be!

Do people who cheat on exams cheat in life?  Do they cheat in everything? Work, friendships, family? And why? Sometimes the shortcut will be a shortcut, but if you get caught it becomes a major hurdle. Worth it? I think not!

Honesty is always the best policy!