Archive for May, 2014

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Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Beth Carson

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Thanks, Day 140

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

So, I know, I missed a few days… again… I’m trying, I promise.

Today was a rough one, a friend of ours passed after a two year battle with a vicious strain of breast cancer. But, in a positive turn of events, a federal judge struck down the PA marriage ban.

I posted the following on my Facebook page:

My News Feed has been flooded with extreme sadness and extreme happiness. A friend passed overnight and several friends got married as soon as they possibly could.

The cool part of it all is that the same-sex marriage ban being lifted today was kinda a perfect salute to my friend. While she was married and in love with an awesome guy, she was always a staunch supporter of equal rights. Her daughter came out of the closet, welcomed with open arms, which of course only strengthened my friend’s desire to right the injustice thrust upon same-sex couples.

So, as much as my heart is aching for her husband and children, I also get the sneaking suspicion that she’s got a big smile on for her friends and her daughter, who finally get some rights that they should have had long ago.

This kinda sums up the day, so in other words, I’m thankful that a big step was made towards fairness and equality in PA today. I’m thankful that love prevailed. And… I’m also thankful that The Lego Movie came out digitally today.

Oh… one last thing… this is my favorite part of what the ruling judge said when he struck down the bullshit PA same-sex marriage ban:

Some of our citizens are made deeply uncomfortable by the notion of same-sex marriage. However, that same-sex marriage causes discomfort in some does not make its prohibition constitutional. Nor can past tradition trump the bedrock constitutional guarantees of due process and equal protection.

I’m thankful for the fact that discomfort does not equal reason enough for a law.

Thanks, Day 136

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Today, I’m thankful that it’s Friday…

Like really, really thankful…

Trying to Be Thankful

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

I’ve had a rough week on the thankfulness tip. I try to stick with the idea of being thankful every day… I mean I always have things to be thankful for… but bitterness has crept in this week in a big way.

I’m sincerely sick of self-righteous self-deceiving church leaders who shit on the little people… and it makes it hard to call myself a Christian. I love Jesus, but so many of the people who claim to follow him don’t even seem to try to follow His words at all.

So… I AM thankful for my friends who keep the faith and fight through the bullshit, but I AM NOT thankful for these men and women “of God” who power trip and refuse to live lives that God would be proud of. I know I fail time and time again, too, but it’s hard to believe that some of these church leaders even try to live a faithful life.

Praying for the people being oppressed by these powerful men and women who pretend to be living for Christ… there are people hurting right at this moment that I type and my heart goes out to them.

Thank, 5 Day Catchup

Monday, May 12th, 2014

As you can see, despite best efforts, I typically only post about three times per week these days. Here’s some catchup on things I’m feeling thankful for right now…

I’m thankful for the mothers in my life… especially my wife, my mom, and my mother in law.

I’m thankful that the problems in my life are manageable and that I have the means to be able complain about things like my hot tub cover being broken.

I’m thankful that even though it’s Monday, it’s only a few days until the weekend returns.

I’m thankful that I have a job and a pretty good one at that.

And, I’m thankful for reminders that life is precious and there are more important things to focus on than money, material things, or petty concerns.

Thanks, Day 127

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Today, I am thankful that I can watch Californication despite not having cable. Hank Moody is the shit, motherfucka!

Thanks, Days 125-126

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Yesterday and today, I’ve been preoccupied with a situation. Essentially, I’m waiting to hear some news… I think it should be great news but I’m trying to tamper my expectations, just in case.

With that, I’m thankful for the prayers of my friends, the support of my family, and the distractions my kids provide from my annoying anxiety.

Today, I’m also thankful for the gorgeous weather, which will provide the perfect backdrop for a nice run/walk today.

Step by Step: A Fresh Start

Monday, May 5th, 2014

I’ve tried to lose weight for years. Sometimes successful, sometimes not. But permanent changes are needed. Today, I start. I need some rules for eating, rules for exercising, and rules for living.

It’s time…

Thanks, May the Fourth

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Last week was kinda tough because I couldn’t get out of my head. I’ve been waiting to hear about a job I interviewed for and it has been eating at me, but… I’m thankful.

I’m thankful because getting this job isn’t a life or death thing. I have a job already. It pays sufficiently. I have my issues but I don’t hate it. So, if I don’t get it, life will still be alright.

For that I am thankful. And I pray for those who are not in this privileged position.

Thanks, Day 123

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

It’s been 5 days of forgetting to update, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thankful, right?

This week, I’ve been thankful for fun work presentations (I love when I get to be a trainer), a great family, and a great landlord who had to deal with our flooding basement during crazy storms.

I’m also thankful for my family’s overall health. A friend of one lost his 4 year old brother this week after weeks of holding on in the hospital. My heart breaks for him and I thank God my family isn’t going through that right now.