Monday, November 29, 2010

Holiday Re-cap

And so the countdown until Christmas Break begins! J What a great week of Thanksgiving Break though. I made a mental pro-con list in my head during the week that I would like to share; it was more of a like-dislike list. My first like: my aunt Viki, and cousins Corey and Tony, stayed at my house. We had a good time watching some old home movies and Corey makes the best food every time she is here! Dislike: Tim didn’t make it. It would have been really fun to have him play in our football game, which brings me to my next like. This year my cousin Jake came up with the idea to have a Turkey Bowl so Jake and my cousin Ty acted as team captains and drafted our teams during Game Night on Friday, which is another like. So on Saturday at the Burnett Thanksgiving, we played an awesome football game and I happened to be on the winning team that still remains nameless haha. It was perfect weather and we had a good crowd and good teams. The whole day was great and we had tons of good food. I also was the recipient of the Red Plate (finally!) due to my recent role of Dorothy and my role as Sandy this past summer. We had predicted that I would be in the running for it this time around so it was fun to actually be correct haha. Another like: the cousin talent show. For the second year now, we did a cousin’s talent show, thanks to Viki’s great idea. My cousin Connor did a great job with “Blackbird” on the guitar; it was awesome. My cousin Sam danced to my favorite re-mix of “Singin’ in the Rain,” and my cousin Van wrote a really funny poem about all of us. My cousin Pauline, my sister Bunny, and myself did a lovely mini-play with “Matchmaker” from Fiddler on the Roof and it was hilarious. I used a Swiffer instead of a broom for modern reasons, and everyone loved the dance. We even lit real matches at the end. The only dislike that came from the weekend festivities was my lack of sleep, but that’s nothing to worry about. Sunday was great too; we actually went to church as guest performers at Liberty Baptist Church. Amen! Haha, you had to be there. It was great though, we sang our greatest new piece, “E’en So Lord Jesus Quickly Come” and a couple of old songs that we usually do. It was a really fun service and I enjoyed watching my grandpa preach a bit haha. After that we had some lunch before we went and performed again at the Dingledine Center on Bradley’s campus. There were a lot of really talented musicians at this event and it was so much fun. We ended the evening with a viewing of Harry Potter 7, which was great. But, now it’s Monday again, and with about two weeks left before finals, I’d like to be over and done with school more than ever. Hopefully it won’t go by too slowly, and maybe if we’re lucky we’ll get some snow soon. And so the countdown begins.

"AMEN!"  :)
"Be thankful!"

Friday, November 19, 2010

Tis the Season

It's Friday, it's chilly, my best friend is coming home today, and all is good in the world. I'm really looking forward to the Richwoods game tomorrow and continuing the ever so awesome BU weekend :) It's funny how I keep coming up with good things to blog about and then when I actually get here, there doesn't seem to be anything of much importance to write about. So until I get my timing right....

BU Weekend Part 1. Let the wahhhh wahhhhh continue :)
There isn't a child who hasn't gone out into the brave new world who eventually doesn't return to the old homestead carrying a bundle of dirty clothes.  ~Art Buchwald

Monday, November 15, 2010

BU or BU?

 What a weekend with my best friends at BU, Butler University that is J and this weekend my best friend Elissa will be back home and she, Hannah and I are going to take a stab at round two of our BU weekend at Bradley. The timing of this visit was perfect and the campus was beautiful! Amazing food too; we went to a delicious bagel place for breakfast on Sunday, and the cupcakes from the Flying Cupcake were to die for! So was the frozen yogurt dessert at uddlesH Huddles! And I forget the name of the place but we had the best delivered pizza ever on Saturday night. It makes me hungry just thinking about all of this good food! Haha Good thing Thanksgiving is closer and closer! I’m so excited to go to town on Thanksgiving food J

   While I was gone they made a lot of progress on the wood floor in the basement, as in, it’s there. All that’s left is to seal it and shine it and sand it and stuff. Oh, and remove the layer of sawdust that covers every room in the house at the moment, and I’m not even exaggerating. I slept in my sleeping bag on top of my bed last night because it was so bad. I’m really looking forward to that deep cleaning that’s going to have to happen…not. That’s probably going to make my new piercing a little more difficult to keep dust-free. Metamorphosis, the tattoo parlor that we went to, pierce my cartilage was awesome. A little intimidating but pretty awesome. I’ll refrain from giving details about how I made a fool of myself with fear and then having it not hurt at all haha.
Well, now the countdown begins until I pick up Elissa from the train station on Friday. Cheers to another great weekend!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Listen and Listen Good

I was just on facebook, excited about planning my weekend trip to go to Butler to visit one of my best friends, and congratulating another friend on a college acceptance when my mood was completely ruined due to the small fact that people have no respect, no filter, and no decency left.

I recognized a name on one of the comments left on my friend's wall, so I clicked on them to see their default picture to get a better look. This picture was of three people, all wearing shirts and holding signs that said "God Hates Fags" and "When Fags Die God Laughs." Words cannot describe how disgusted I am from this. I can't even BEGIN to describe how stupid, trashy, rude, offensive, and completely false those statements are. Thinking about this logically, first of all, if there is a God above, He hates no one. Read the bible. I guarantee He doesn't hate anyone. But if He had to, I wish He would smite people like that. Yes, I realize that me wishing that is slightly contradicting, and I guess I don't really mean it, but the problem is that people who say things that really do mean it. Secondly, what makes people think that it's ok to say things like that? What the hell does that accomplish except to upset and embarrass people who have a different sexual orientation than the norm? The world is changing faster than a lot of people change their underwear, and to think that something like this is still going on is a shame. So many people have worked so hard to make this world a safe place for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals to be and be comforted knowing they can be who they are here and yet people like this can make us take a hundred steps backwards every time this happens. You'd think that with all of the recent, and even the not so recent suicides and deaths due to abuse and bullying for being gay that people would step up and be the bigger person to not go out of their way to make such a statement. Even if you don't agree with the concept of gays, even if you don't understand or if you have a different opinion on the matter, the least, and I mean VERY least you can do it quietly accept them, because (excuse the irony) God knows you have differences too that people live with and accept. Just because you don't support them doesn't mean you have to be a straight up jerk about it. You don't have to be for them, but you certainly don't have to be against them either. It's so unbelievably frustrating to me that there are people like that in this world. It makes me not even want to be in it. Imagine how someone who is gay feels when they see that. They definitely don't want to be in this world, so who is really to blame when they aren't anymore. It's just a big chain of events that some people don't even have the heart to admit to.

Maybe it's because I'm a theatre person and have always been open and accepting of everyone, but who has the right to stereotype? Honestly? Who has the right to say, "Well that's weird that they're doing that activity," or, "Ha...I would never be caught doing that," or my personal favorite, "That's gay." What happened to the teaching of diversity? The acceptance of people's differences? The beauty in the different cultures and beliefs and unique values? Not every guy that is a singer or an actor or a dancer is gay. Not every girl who likes shooting ranges and sports and cigars is gay. But even if they were, WHO CARES? Let people be who they want to be! We only have one life for crying out loud, who are we to tell other people how to live that life? That one, short life that could be everything we want it to be, but isn't because of people who put others down for daring to be different, or who dare to admit to being different. I commend people who can come out and share that part of their life with people, because that act alone takes more guts and security than any of those haters will ever have in their lifetime. We all have freedom of speech, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Who are we to stand in anyone's way? We are all people. We are all living in this one world. We are all equal.

So my request to you is this: you don't have to campaign for peace, you don't have to lock away all of the people who disagree. But when you see or hear someone saying something like this, let it be your job to squash it. You'd be surprised at how much a simple sentence can affect someone. Some people don't even realize how offensive they are, so it's our job to show them. It's not right to be that unkind to anyone for any reason, even if it's deserved. There is a right way and a wrong way to voice your opinion, and wearing a shirt and picketing a sign that says God Hates Fags on it is the wrong way. Everyone has a right to their own opinion and preference, and everyone has a right to voice your opinion, but there is a professional way to do it and there is a correct way to do it. It is equally effective, if not more effective, to persuade someone or to share your opinion with someone in a nice manner than it is to slam them with criticism and crude comments. So to everyone that agrees with the way those people held those signs and those sayings, grow the hell up and take a good look at the world surrounding you, because someday that same world will look very different to you. Even if you never admit you're wrong to go about your thoughts in this way, just know that the world may turn on you someday the same way you are turning up your nose now.

"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself."
Harvey Fierstein

"No government has the right to tell its citizens when or whom to love. The only queer people are those who don't love anybody."
Rita Mae Brown
Speech, 28 August 1982