Monday, April 26, 2010

I Feel Like Vomiting...

In general, I have a strong distaste for romance novels.  I've never read one but I can pretty much guess that every single one is written almost exactly the same just with different character names.  There is one subgenre of the romance genre that really makes me go, "who would write that?" 

"The Pregnancy Plan"
"A Prince and a Pregnancy"
"Her Pregnancy Surprise"
"Bedded For Passion, Purchased For Pregnancy"
"Pleasure, Pregnancy, And A Proposition"

Are you frickin' serious?  People get off on this? 

I don't understand the draw to reading about some chick that gets knocked up, has some issue with the guy, has the bastard child, then lives happily ever after.  Even more, I don't understand reading the same type of story over and over again.  How the heck is that appealing? 

You've gotta be some kind of freak that's obsessed with being pregnant yourself.  And if you ARE that crazily obsessed, you need some kind of therapy. 

In general, I don't believe in "happily ever after."  It's a nice idea and all but I'm far too logical to believe that kind of crap exists.  I know that it makes me sound terribly "Bah Humbug" but this is how I feel.  Romance movies don't do anything for me either.  I just sit there and think, "how cheesy is this!?"  I like my feet planted in reality when it comes to romance.  No use in reaching for something that doesn't exist.

Friday, April 9, 2010

"Duggar Style"

I've recently become enamoured with a television show called, "19 Kids & Counting."  It's about a family in Arkansas, the Duggars, and their 19 children.  Jim Bob and Michelle, the parental units, recently gave birth to their 19th child, Josie, back in December.  Josie wasn't due until March.  Due to some very unexpected medical issues that put the baby and Michelle at risk, they decided to get the child out and try and save her life. 

The Duggar family has been recently flamed for their conservative Christian lifestyle.  The girls all wear long skirts or dresses, they are all homeschooled, and at one point participated in something called "home church."  The boys and girls go through courtship with the opposite sex until they find that suitable mate.  The Duggars don't watch television and their computer activity is closely monitored. 

The main reason that the family has been critisized as of late is in correlation to the birth of Josie.  Folks are asking, "how many is too many?"  Many find it absolutely ridiculous that Michelle and Jim Bob leave family planning up to God.  They let God decide how many children they raise.  Even after Michelle's health scare, they've chosen to not rule out having more kiddos. 

I pray that God kicks Michelle's body into menopause, though.  Those kids need her.  I'd personally hate to see something happen to her.  Watching her makes me happy.  She puts me in such a good mood.  Michelle is so soft spoken that it actually reminds me that I don't need to raise my voice when i'm upset about something. 

There's an article that I read that made some very good points about how the Duggars actually contribute to our economy.  Maybe some families could take little tips from the Duggars in successful family life.
  • The Duggars are debt-free, yet own a spectacular 7000 square foot home.
  • They eschew the often toxic dating culture, yet the oldest son, Josh, managed to find himself a lovely wife, Anna Keller, via a virtuous-style courting relationship. (The couple now has a baby girl of their own.)
  • They are entrepreneurial, not seeking government handouts. Both Michelle and Jim Bob, in fact, are licensed real estate agents, while Josh owns a car dealership. They have also saved the taxpayers of Arkansas hundreds of thousands of dollars (maybe more) by choosing to be homeschoolers.
  • They are civic-minded. Besides Jim Bob serving a stint in the Arkansas legislature, they will also be headliners at The Baby Conference to be held this summer in San Antonio, and they have participated in short-term mission trips to El Salvador.
  • They are stars, but celebrity has not turned them into Jon and Kate Gosselin. Their dress and manners remain modest and squarely grounded in middle America, not Hollywood. The Duggars make it clear they have one purpose and one purpose alone in this life: To glorify God. (My money is also on Michelle and Jim Bob to make good on the ‘till death do us part’ business.)
  • They don’t mind being whimsical, given that all the childrens’ first names start with the letter “J.”
Obviously i'm partial to the family.  Sure, I don't practice a lot of the things that they do but I applaud them for having such an amazing family.  They are some of the most courageous and gracious people i've ever seen.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Busy Spring

I've got a lot of cool things coming up that i'm pretty stoked for.  Normally around this time of the year I have nothing going on and nothing to look forward to.

This Friday, Barbara is coming down from Royal Oak and spending the weekend with me.  We're going to go out to Applebees (her favorite Sturgis "hot spot") and bake cupcakes on Friday after I get out of work.  Saturday, I wake up and go to work until noon and then we get to basically play Wii Cheer 2 all afternoon.  That night my friend Kris picks us up and we're all going up to Kalamzoo to see Miranda Lambert.  Can't believe the Miranda show is finally here.

Next Tuesday I get to celebrate my 22nd birthday with my family.  We're doing dinner at my mom's house (my fav, boiled dinner).  Then heading over to Chris and Chantel's where Matt's family will be joining us for cake and ice cream.  That night i'll be watching my favoritist show in the whole world, Glee!  So excited for it to start back up. 

I'll be continuing my birthday celebration by heading up to Ann Arbor on Friday morning.  Lisa is housing myself as well as my girlfriends from Detroit that night.  We're gonna go dressed up and go out to dinner and then find a place to enjoy some cocktails. 

Bryan White's show in Kalamazoo is April 22nd.  I haven't seen him since December of 2008 when he brought me up on stage to sing with him.  :) :) :)  Let's replay that in our minds right now, ok?  Ok!

Finally, on May 1st, Spring Awakening comes to Detroit so again, I head to the east side of the state for a fun-filled day with Lisa and her sisters.  We have stage seats this time.  I have the coveted CC7 seat.  Magic all around me.  Eeeek!

At the end of May is my Nashville/Memphis trip and and at the end of July is the Lady Antebellum concert a the Elkhart County Fairgrounds.  We kick things into high gear again October 9th when Matt and I take our moms to Walt Disney World for a week. 

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