pop culture

Over it!

So I’ve shared a bunch of things with you that I J’adore, and now I’m going to share with you some things that I am just OVER.

  • High Heels.  I have a few that I’ve kept in my closet for wedding emergencies and what not but I’m just done.  I’ve finally gotten to the point/age that I just can’t put fashion over comfort.  Luckily Crocs makes some really cute styles that I can even wear at weddings!  Woot!
  • Jennifer Aniston as THE VICTIM and Angelina Jolie as THE VILLAINa.   America, here’s the deal.  It’s been like 5+ years and a baker’s dozen worth of kids since Brad & Jen broke up.  I know you all feel sorry for Jen that her marriage failed.  I do too.  It sucks.  Since then Angelina hasn’t been running around trying to break up marriages.  She’s still with Brad. I’m not a part of their relationship but it really does seem like they genuinely love each other and the life they have made together.  Plus, they are parents to adopted kids so that earns them bonus points in my book.  And guess what?  Jen is JUST FINE.  She is wealthy beyond words, has good friends, constantly appears in movies, and has since dated a bunch of very handsome men.  She’s fine.  She’s currently canoodling with Gerard Butler people. YUM. I don’t feel sorry for her one bit.  I would, however, like for her to change up her hair.  She’s had the same hair forever!
  • American Idol. I knew I’d quit watching it after this season since Simon is leaving, but this season has just been boring to me. Even with Ellen (who I LOVE) it’s just lost it’s oomph. So, I’m done.
  • Keeping Same Sex Couples From Adopting.   America…sigh.  Really?  I can’t believe it is 2010 and I have to talk to you about this.  Here’s the thing America.  There are SO many children in foster care who need parents.  For some reason the overall idea that the American people have in their heads is that adoption is for either the rich or infertile.  SO not true.  Even if your ovaries are a burstin’ you can still adopt.  It’s true!  It’s not a myth!  But I digress, it seems America also seems to think that adoption and foster care is also only for heterosexual people.  Why?  Let me tell you something America.  You have no right, NO RIGHT, to tell people, qualified, loving people, that they can’t be parents to the parentless unless you are prepared and willing to parent those children yourself.  There was a same sex couple in our adoption classes and they are going to make amazing parents!  They are loving, generous people who are so excited about being parents.  The fact that they are a same sex couple has no bearing on their parenting skills whatsoever.  It blows my mind that the Washington DC Catholic church would rather put an end to their social services program (including adoption) than let same sex couples adopt.  Insane.  Isn’t a loving home with 2 moms or dads better than no loving home?
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Please delete these phrases from your vocabulary

We’ve talked about those grammatically incorrect words & phrases that annoy us (Could care less, etc.).  These are grammatically correct phrases that annoy me:

  • Gave up for adoption. Let me tell you something right now, any child that has been PLACED FOR ADOPTION has NEVER been given up on.  It takes an incredible amount of courage and selflessness to make an adoption plan for your child.  Adoptive parents may not know everything about their children’s birth parents but one thing they do know is that terminating parental rights (in most cases) is no easy decision.  Allowing your child to be adopted is one of the most loving things you can do.  Just think about it, you’re hoping and praying and trusting that your child will now have a better life than the one you could give him.  That is NOT giving up on your child.
  • Your Own.  As in “child of your own”.  As in “Oh, since you’re adopting does that mean you can’t have kids of your own?”  Implying that our children will be something less than legitimate or not wholly loved because they are adopted.  They aren’t rentals, people!  They are as much our own as any child we could have given birth to.  Please erase that phrase from your vocabulary.
  • Seed.  Like Duke is the third seed in the basketball tournament.  ( I don’t know what their real position is, just using them as an example).  The word “seed” makes no sense to me here.  Seat would make more sense.  Like how violinists are first chair and whatnot.   The seed thing always drives me nuts this time of year.
  • Sleeping together.  Or “I slept with him”, etc.  WE ALL KNOW there was no sleeping involved so call a spade a spade!  That’s like me saying I went out racing every time I get in the car to run errands.  I may never get my car over 45 miles an hour in town but I’m telling people I went racing?  Say what you mean!!!  I bet you weren’t even tired!

What phrases/sayings get on your nerves?


Things that just need to stop right now

Please, I beg of you, stop it.  If you are guilty of one of the crimes below, please know that I ask you to stop out of love.

  • Giraffe print bags.  OMG these are EVERYWHERE.  Listen up, if you are carrying the same bag as every other woman in the mall, then it’s time to get a new bag.  fuchsia-large-vicky-giraffe-print-faux-leather-satchelI was out at lunch having the soup/salad/breadsticks deal at Olive Garden with a girlfriend and we counted 7 of these bags within sight of our table.  THAT’S TOO MANY!
  • People who ask themselves questions and then answer them.  Ugh.  This gets on my nerves so badly.  Does it bother me?  Why, yes it does!
  • Facebook profile pictures that aren’t of you.  As we all know, FB is a virtual high school reunion.  When I get a friend request and I can’t quite place the name I’ll instantly look at the profile pic.  If the pic shows a child or a dog or a sports team’s logo and you are NO WHERE to be found in said picture, I click ignore.  I understand that people love and are proud of their dogs, children, teams, etc.  But we want to see your face!  So annoying when I want to see a long lost friend’s face and I have to dig through albums on their FB page because their pic is of a mountainside!  Look, everyone is a little self conscious.  This isn’t a beauty pageant. No one’s judging. Find the most flattering, RECENT, photo of yourself and stick it up there!
  • Speidi
  • Jon Gosselin
  • TV shows about people who have 49 children.  Hooray!  You gave birth a bunch of times!  Lots of people do it.  All over the world.  Not impressed.  Now, go adopt 23 kids (most with special needs) like this family and I’ll watch your show. They don’t have a show.  They should, because that my friends, is  IMPRESSIVE.