Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom


"If you can't annoy somebody, there's little point in writing."
Kingsley Amis



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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Come on over for a tour of our backyard paradise!

It's no secret that winter does little for me. I live for spring and summer, where the temperature is perfect (even when it's super hot and humid) and the the sun is shining, making all the colors more radiant.

My parents built our house not quite 15 years ago. A few years after moving in, us kids and my ma convinced my dad to put in a pool and now our backyard has morphed into our own little oasis (from May-October, that is.) My dad is obsessed with landscaping and has quite the knack for it. He's landscaped and maintained the entire yard and, even though I may be slightly biased, it has to be one of the most beautiful yards I've seen.

If you'd like, join me for a little tour of our Midwestern Paradise...

go ahead and park on the driveway and take a walk along the winding brick path. don't forget to say hello to Macklin!

need to take a load off? grab a seat on the bench and watch some killer diving moves off the diving board!

prefer a slightly quieter setting? how about an ice-cold beverage under the pear tree with a beautiful view?!




take a stroll along our back garden. during spring & summer, something is always in bloom!


currently, you'll find an array of beautiful day lilies!




walk up the steps, past my touch from Hawai'i-- Plumeria from Maui & O'ahu (attempting to grow)!

ready to relax? there are plenty of chairs to choose from!


on your way out, be sure to stop and smell the flowers in the garden!


how about one last look for the road? Murphy says goodbye, too.



Y'all come back now, ya hear?

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Funny Video + In Need of Your Suggestions!

I have a super huge secret and I need your help with a minor part of it. I can't tell you what the secret is yet, but believe me, as soon as I can, I will!

So here's what I need: if you were to create an online dating site, what would you call it? I need something pretty creative.

And no, I am NOT starting an online dating site.

As for the funny video-- my hilarious girl Pam is a total youtube skank and finds the greatest videos I have ever seen. She posted this one the other day and I was laughing so hard. I think I've played it 8 times and have laughed harder every time. There are no words to describe it...





Remind me to try out those moves next time I'm at the club.

Happy Tuesday, y'all!


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Monday, June 28, 2010

Monday Minute; Gucci Mama; The End of Gino; & An Award!

Alright folks, up first is Ian's Monday Minute. Today he is co-hosting with Jana @ Boobies, Babies, and a Blog, who helped write the following questions. If you want to play along, click on the button below, answer the questions, and link up!

Monday Minute


1. Has anyone you've known personally lived to at least 100?
Nope. But I pray my Grandma lives to be 100 (she'll be 89 August 1st), and my Great Uncle Mac lives to be 100 (he's 88)-- I say them now because they are my oldest living relatives and I don't know how I'm going to deal with their deaths. I've been fortunate to have yet to lose a close relative and have an understanding of it (three of my grandparents passed before I was born, my great aunt's and uncle's passed when I was too young to really get it.). I also pray that my parents and brother and I live to be 100.

2. What material possession do you value the most?
Aside from all the photographs and home videos in my house, I'd say a few jewelry pieces (a ring and 2 necklaces from my parents; 5 cross necklaces; a turquoise ring from Hawai'i), but especially a ring my Grams gave me when I graduated 8th grade. It's a solitaire white sapphire set in yellow gold that she received for her Sweet 16. It was an antique when it was given to her, so it's probably well over 100 years old now. I haven't been able to wear it for a few years because one of the prongs that holds the stone is broken, but I can't wait to have it re-set.

What do you think happens to us after we die?
Our physical body can be found 6 ft under, our spiritual body goes to either heaven or hell.

Most embarrassing item in your house?
Hah, beats me. I live with my parents though and that can be pretty embarrassing ;)

and finally...

If you could rename yourself, what would your name be?
Actually, I really, really like my name! It's not a common name for people my age and I love that the spelling isn't very common. Plus, it's old-fashioned, vintage, classy, and unique- which is kind of my personality. I'm such a name freak though (as in, I have names picked for my kids...), so it is kind of surprising that there isn't one I'd prefer over my own.

Thanks Ian & Jana!


Next order of business:

**Update: It isn't up today (she posted something pertaining to her previous two posts, so it only makes sense). I'll link you to it when it is up ;)

I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by the hilarious Gucci Mama (or, as I like to call her, Guc (gooch)! She's supposed to post it on her blog today (this is a scheduled post), so if you have a minute, hop on over there and check it out! These aren't your traditional, "What made you start blogging, what's your favorite color" type questions. And if it isn't up... err, whoops?

Sayonara, Gino.

I emailed Gino back. If you're new to my blog (or need a refresher), click here for the first story about Gino, here for Gino's email, and here for the potential replies to Gino. I sent him the one I wrote. Here's what he had to say in response:

Your advice..

Hello.. thank you for responding to my email.. and for the advice.. I will consider what you have said.. I just wish to say that perhaps some people are more open minded than others.. and I am very persistent.. I know who I am searching for.. and the qualities I am searching for in that person.. I wish you all the best as well.. As for the compliments.. those remain the same.. I would extend them to you if we were to pass on a sidewalk, expecting nothing in return, except maybe to make your day better, and possibly your smile a little brighter..

I wish I had remembered to educate him on how to properly use an ellipsis!

Anyway, it seems as if my advice was a waste and he will continue on with his ways. Oh well. I do find it funny that he didn't answer my questions, or address the pre-historic nature of his pictures. I did, however, respond back and say, "I still appreciate the compliments-- I never doubted they were anything but sincere. I'm also probably one of the most open-minded people you will ever meet. Best wishes, I hope you're successful in your search for love." Apparently having no interest in dating a man twice my age makes me narrow-minded? Interesting. This concludes any and all things Gino related. I'm sure a few of you are relieved that you'll never have to read about him again ;)

And last, but not least.
The wonderful Tree @ Mother of Pearl It Is was kind enough to give me a blog award! Thanks, Tree!



Hope y'all had a good weekend and have an even better week! And a special shout out to my Ma-- HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! I LOVE YOU!!


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Friday, June 25, 2010

If I Make it through this Schedule...

... without being hospitalized, it will be a miracle.

I will be applying to two different nursing schools this fall (start of the program is in January). They are both bachelor's programs, one is 18 months, one is 16 months. The 16 month program has more prerequisite requirements than the 18 month program. I've met with an advisor for the 16 month program and she was emphatic that it is entirely possible to complete all of my hours this fall and be ready to start their program in January 2011 (graduation date May 2012). Since I'm always up for a challenge, and always take on more than I can handle, the following is my schedule for this fall.

Note: 2 courses are only 5 weeks, 2 are only a month and online. Also, I am taking courses through two different schools and will be at four different campuses.

Five week courses: Marian University Adult Programs
8/16-9/25: PSY 205/BUS205 Statistical Methods (3cr)-- Monday's 5:45 pm-9:45 pm

11/1-12/11: PSY 230 Abnormal Psychology (3cr)-- Monday's 5:45 pm-9:45 pm

Full semester courses:

8/23-12/19: Ivy Tech Community College (at Lawrence & Anderson campuses)

APHY 201 Advanced Human Physiology (4cr)-- Monday's 12-1:20, Wednesday's 10 am-1:20 pm

PSYC 201 Lifespan Development (3cr)-- Thursday's 11:30 am- 2:20 pm

8/16-12/11: Marian University

CHE 100 Elements of General Chemistry (4cr)-- MWF 8-9:30 ** this ticks me off because I took CHE 101 at Ivy Tech last fall, but they said it wasn't enough. BS.

Online Courses: Marian University
November-December: Human Nutrition (2cr) & Professional Role of Socialization (1cr)

Total Credit Hours: 21

I had to send out an email to all my families and tell them I won't be able to commit to regular hours next fall. It broke my heart, as I love the kids (and the income), but it just isn't realistic. Although I may keep my Tuesday family, just because he'll be 1 in July and still naps a lot, so I'd still have time to get work done.

Like I said, if I don't end up in the psych ward of the local hospital, it'll be a miracle. And if I do survive this semester, I don't think I'll have any problem surviving nursing school!



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Email Replies to Gino.

First, I want to say this, because apparently there's been some confusion: my commentary in my match email posts are solely for this blog and are never actually sent to any man on match. It's all meant to be funny. I have a snarky, sarcastic sense of humor. So, basically, any post that isn't screaming, "I'M BEING SERIOUS!" should be read with sarcasm, mmmk?

Ok, great. Now that we have that taken care of...

Who knew someone I have absolutely no interest in would get so much attention on this little blog?

The other day, I shared with you the email I received from Gino, the wanna-be guido. I then asked for your feedback as to what I should say in an email reply. I've replied to guys in the past with a nice, encouraging email (as in, "Thanks for the email, your perfect woman is out there, it's just not me. Best wishes in your search!" type of encouragement), but I wanted something different this time.

Only two people were up for the challenge of creating a great reply, and, boy, did they send me some pretty stellar responses. My good friend, Nate (he's a real-life friend and doesn't have a blog, although, he should), sent me this hilarious email that literally had my mom and me crying because we were laughing so hard. He makes a lot of references to G-money's email, but not in an obvious manner. It was the exact response I was hoping for.

Gino,

Thank you for such kind words. They certainly cheer me up and put a huge smile on my face. Your email makes me want to share the joy and words you give me with everybody..even people I don't know very well.

You haven't mentioned where you went to school because the way you speak so eloquently makes me think that you have studied the English language to great extent. If I had to guess I would say Harvard or Yale. Am I close?

My favorite part of your email was your compliment about my eyes and smile. That means so much to me because I have had problems with them in the past. You see (no pun intended), I was born cross-eyed and had to wear thick glasses just to see a book eight inches from my face. Then..by some miracle..at summer camp in 1995, I was kicked in the head by a horse which straightened my eyes and cured my blurry vision but at the same time knocked out all my teeth. As a result, I traded my thick glasses for braces and headgear that I had to wear up until my 22 birthday.

I'm glad there is at least one gentleman left in this world. I have been looking for one for 23 years. I was a little skeptical at first to read, view, and look at your profile because I had specifically said that I was interested in men that were 23-31, no children, and not divorced. I realize now what a mistake I made. Why would I want those things when my mind can be so easily changed by a few poorly thought out compliments?

I would love to chat with you on ym. My screen name on there is FU..Gino. Please don't email me again. I'm young enough to be your daughter and it is just disgusting. It's like me trolling the kindergartens for young men.

Sincerely,

Me



I dare you to tell me that didn't make you laugh out loud.

Then I received this little diddie from one of my favorite bloggers, JB. I sing her praises a lot, but, if you've never checked out her blog, go! Her wisdom astonishes me. Here is what she had to say.

Dear Gino,
If you would like some feedback - keep reading. Otherwise ignore this e-mail.

When you disregard the information in my profile about what I am looking for, I am left to wonder where you are coming from and what are your motives?

My impression of you is that you want what you want and don't regard my preferences.

Please respect my choices and yes that means you are out of the running. You were never in. There is nothing you can do to be in except be younger, never married and without children.


Pretty awesome, huh? I should ask for reader feedback more often!

I then came up with my own response. I'll admit, it may come across as a little rude, but I don't think it's going to hurt him to hear it.

Dear Gino,

While I certainly appreciate the time you took to email me and the kind words you had to say about my appearance, I am left wondering if you actually took the time to read my profile, like you claim.

If you don’t like brutal honesty, I suggest you delete this email now.

You see, Gino, in my profile it clearly says what I am looking for. Since you obviously didn’t read it, I will lay it out for you here.

1. I want someone between the ages of 23 and 30.
2. Someone who has never been married.
3. Someone who doesn’t have any children.

Given the above, I am curious as to what about my profile led you to believe we were compatible.

Not only are you not between the ages of 23 and 30, you are literally twice my age. While that may work for some people, it obviously does not work for me. If I didn’t care about age, I wouldn’t have indicated an age preference in my profile.

Secondly, while I admire that you took on the task of raising your son alone (truly, I do.), at this point in my life, I do not wish to date anyone with a child. And when and if I should change my mind, that child better not be old enough for me to date.

I’d like to offer up some advice, if you don’t mind.

If you are on match to find someone to spend the rest of your life with, I strongly suggest you narrow your search. Do not waste your time emailing girls in their early-20s. I can assure you, any girl in her early-20s that isn’t a gold digger, nine times out of 10, won’t have any interest in someone twice her age. There are plenty of beautiful, intelligent women out there in their late 30s and 40s. I suggest you spend more time trying to communicate with these ladies, as you are more likely to find your life partner in that range.

Furthermore, I strongly suggest you take the time to read the profiles of the women that catch your eye. It’s rude to email her when it’s so blatantly obvious that you haven’t read a thing about her. Second of all, if you don’t fall into her criteria in any way, shape, or form, keep on searching. Persistence always pays off.

Also, one minor suggestion, but you may want to consider putting pictures up that weren’t taken in the 1980s.

I apologize if I have offended you, but I’m overly annoyed with the amount of people emailing me that clearly didn’t take the time to read anything about me. There’s more to me than just a picture.

I wish you nothing but the best in your search-- especially if you take my advice.

Sincerely,
Me

None of these have been emailed... yet. I can't decide which one I like the best... or if I have the balls to actually send something that isn't all rainbows and lollipops. However, they all have the perfect amount of funny and snark, and that's just my cup of tea :)



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Thursday, June 24, 2010

I took my rage out on a con man today.

Perhaps it's because I'm stressed about school. Or, perhaps it's because I'm already overwhelmed by my schedule for the fall and it won't even go into effect for another month and a half. Or, perhaps I'm incredibly annoyed that the only people who try to communicate with me on match, based on their profiles, are complete bozo's who possess zero of the qualities I am looking for in a man. Seriously, had another one today that might as well be Gino 2.0. Whatever the case, something lit my butt on fire today and I took it out on him.

"Who's him?" you may ask. Let me tell you. Him is the jerk of a scammer whose spam mail managed to sneak into my inbox. He told me he had a business deal worth, and I quote- with his punctuation, "Twenty Two million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars." And I? Well, I told him to put the money where the sun don't shine.


I am Mr. Vincent Cheng Hoi Chuen, GBS, JP Chairman of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited.i have a business proposal of Twenty Two million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only for you to transact with me from my bank to your country.

All confirmable documents to back up the claims will be made available to you prior to your acceptance and as soon as I receive your return mail Via my email address:choi_chu808@yahoo.co.jp and I will let you know what is required of you.

Your earliest response to this letter will be appreciated.

Best Regards,
Mr. Vincent Cheng


Here was my bitchtastic reply:

Dear Mr. Vincent Cheng Hoi Chuen,

You are full of shit. I'm sure what is required of me is my SSN, my PIN numbers to my bank accounts, my bank account numbers, and any other private information you could use to steal my identity and rob me blind. Am I correct?

Of course I am. You, sir, are one of the millions of scammers trying to get rich quick by stealing from innocent people. Fortunately, I have enough sense to recognize your bullshit and call you out on it. Here's a thought: go get a real job and work for your own money, just like I, and billions of others, do. If you have any conscience at all, you'll feel better about yourself.

Take your "Twenty Two million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars" and shove it up your ass.

And for future reference, it is the United States. Not United State. There are 50 states. Plural. Got it?

May the devil have a special place saved for you in hell.

Sincerely,
Me


So this, friends, is one of the only times where I thought very rudely and spoke very rudely. And I don't feel bad about it at all. Scammers make me so mad because you know there are people out there that are naive, or mentally ill, enough to believe it. Maybe I did this for the sad old man on A&E's Intervention the other night. He was a morphine addict and has lost $600k to online scammers. It broke my heart. So, little old man drug addict-- that one's for you, bub ;) Scammers are cold-hearted, callous, manipulative little twerps and I wish the worst karma on their souls.

I'm sure he at least read it, as he probably thought the return email was some ignoramus who fell for his little scheme. I wish he'd reply though.

Coming up next: replies to Gino.


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A Gift from Italia

My sophomore year of high school (which feels like forever ago) I had the opportunity to go with my parish's youth group on a mountain trip. We loaded up the vans and were off to Upstate New York-- The Adirondack Mountains-- for 7 days of camping next to a gorgeous, secluded lake. Another three days were spent in Toronto, Canada at World Youth Day. All of my pictures were from a film camera and are tucked away, otherwise I'd share.

For all of you non-Catholics (or really, anyone who doesn't know), WYD was started by the wonderful Pope John Paul II. It occurred (I don't know if it still happens now that JPII is dead) every 2 years at some wonderful place around the world. Hundreds of thousands of people from across the globe attend. It's an awesome experience, especially being in the presence of the Pope and being with so many people from so many different walks of life. I met people from Cambodia, Australia, Colombia, Japan, France, England-- EVERYWHERE.

The best part was when the cutest old man in history came riding in on his Pope Mobile-- and I was literally only 10 feet away!!!! It was incredible. My favorite part of the ceremony was when he did a blessing of every religious item we wanted blessed. I had my gorgeous rosary that I received for my First Communion blessed. The rosary goes with me anytime I do long travels-- either by plane or car. It's my protector of sorts.



Anyway, for a mountain trip, one can probably assume one would need mountain/hiking boots. So I bought an amazing pair and used them all over upper NY and Canada. And then buried them in the garage for later use.

Well, I've never used them again (yet), but they sure have done a lot of traveling. A few years ago my friend was preparing for a summer in South Africa where she would be doing medical research. She needed hiking boots, so I gave her mine.

A few weeks ago, my darling neighbor, who just graduated high school, was preparing to go to Europe with her high school's history club. Part of the plan was to hike the Alps, so she needed hiking boots. I gave her mine.

So now these boots have been around the world-- North America, Europe, and Africa! Too bad I can't say I've been around the world with them!

When my neighbor came over the other day to give me the boots back, she had a surprise for me.




Isn't it gorgeous? And, by the way, turquoise is my favorite color-- but she couldn't have possibly known that. Girl did gooooooood!

She not only bought it at The Vatican, which, hello, is the Buckingham Palace of Catholicism, but, she also dipped it in the Holy Water at The Vatican. I was absolutely speechless.

So now I have two protectors to travel with and pray on. Two gorgeous, special, meaningful protectors.



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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Featured on another Blog...

A while back, Momma Fargo 'nominated' me to be interviewed on another blog. When I received the email from Dee, over at Say Anything, I was so excited. I love being interviewed! Today, Dee has featured my interview on her blog, so hop on over and check it out if you want!

Thanks so much Momma Fargo, for the nomination, and Dee, for the feature!!

Also, an embarrassingly long time ago, Elizabeth and Jess both passed on the this blog award:


Thanks, ladies! I'm supposed to share 7 things about me, but I'll have to do it later. I'm also supposed to pass it on, but no one ever takes it when I do. But, if you want it, it's yours. Back to studying for microbiology. Lovely way to spend the summer, huh?

Happy Hump Day!




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Wednesday's Words of Wisdom


"The ignorant take themselves too seriously. The brilliant know better, and laugh at themselves"
From the novel "Second Helpings," by Megan McCafferty


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Monday, June 21, 2010

The Return of Gino

Well, I do have another match story typed up and on reserve, but this takes precedence.

Remember Gino? Yea, how could you not? The last time I posted about him, he had just winked at me. His wink and profile alone provided me with enough entertainment-- or so I thought. Late last night, I logged onto my email account that I never use for the first time in a few days. It is the one where I receive all my match notifications. Low and behold, I had an email. From none other than G-money himself.

*Per usual, my commentary is in aqua, everything else is as he wrote it. And Gino is his real name. If only I could figure out a way to show you all his picture.*

hi..

hi.. (Salve-- check out my Italian, Gino.) I sincerely and honestly (Redundant much?) enjoyed viewing, reading (Again with the redundancy.) your profile and would very much like to chat with you.. know more about you.. (Why would I waste my time telling you more about me when you didn't pay attention the first time. It clearly says I'm interested in men 23-31, non-divorcees, no kids. You, sir, don't fall into any of those categories.) I would like to say, as a gentleman (yes, there is at least 1 left) (Shouldn't that be up to me to decide? In your profile you boast about your amazing physique; now you're boasting about your mannerisms. My guess? Contrary to what you claim your height to be, you have little man syndrome.).. it was your amazing warm bright and beautiful smile (Thanks. See, I'm not a total biotch ;)) that immediately grabbed my attention .. and I must add.. you have an extremely captivating pair of eyes (Ah, yes, the joys of red eye removal.).. I hope you enjoy reading, viewing (There's that redundancy again.) my profile (Well, since you mentioned it, I did enjoy your profile. It gave me great writing material. Probably not what you wanted to hear, is it?) and receive an understanding of who I am as a person (Oh, I think I understand you plenty.)..how I feel about compliments (What's your take on constructive criticism from a woman literally half your age?).. how a woman should be treated .. and who I am searching for (You put up pictures that are 20+ years old and hit on women who could be your daughter. Yea, I think I understand who you are searching for. Unfortunately for you, if I know anything about being a woman, your search is going to be a long, arduous process unless you give a fair chance to women closer to your own age.).. I may be reached thru ym (That's cool... What the hell is ym?)..use my profile name as the id (It sounds like you think I'm going to actually IM (or is it YM?) you. That's mighty presumptive.).. hope to hear from you soon (You might. But you won't like what I have to say.)... bye for now.. (Dude, if you're going to continually use an ellipsis for every form of punctuation, at least get it right. Three dots, sir, not two.)


Now here is where you get to help me, dear readers. I want to email him back. I normally don't respond to the guys I have no interest in (probably slightly rude, but oh well.), but now I want to. So, which ever one of you comes up with the best email response to Gino wins. I'll email it to him and do post about it and any follow emails I receive from him.

If I emailed him and was totally uncensored, I'd probably say things like, "What the hell could you possibly have in common with a woman half your age?" Or, "Hi, Dad. I mean, Gino." Or, "Your ineptitude in bed shines through in your email and profile in the form of 'little man syndrome'." You know, something completely snarky. However, I think ruder than I speak, so I would never actually say those things to him. Unless, of course, he deserved it, which, thus far, he doesn't. But give me the best that you've got ;) Good luck! Either email it to me (ficklewhitewoman@gmail.com) or leave it in the comment.

P.S. HAPPY SUMMER!!!!!!

P.P.S. For all of you in Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, and any other state hit by Mother Nature's fury recently, my prayers are with each and every one of you.


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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Straight from the Headlines

Maybe this is the case in all states and I'm just not aware of it, but Indiana's news headlines tend to be about the hickest people from the hickest part of town in one of the hickest states. The people that are interviewed in any given news story usually have four teeth, overalls, and the thickest hick accent I've ever heard. I can't help but laugh and roll my eyes.

Last Tuesday I came across this story on the local news' website. The best part of the story is in yellow. The very best part of the story is in yellow bold.

Police: Driver In Chase, Fire Just Released From Jail

Police: Man Stole SUV From Greenfield Auto Dealership

POSTED: 4:58 pm EDT June 15, 2010
UPDATED: 6:14 pm EDT June 15, 2010
A police chase that spanned two counties came to end along Interstate 70 on Tuesday afternoon when the vehicle involved caught fire, police said.

The high-speed pursuit began just after 4 p.m. in Greenfield when a black Ford Bronco was stolen from Stanfield Auto Sales at 849 W. Main Street in Greenfield, said the Hancock County Sheriff's Department.

The man then led police westbound on I-70, crossing into Marion County just after 4:30 p.m., where the vehicle started to overheat, police said.

The driver stopped just east of Post Road. The SUV was smoking when police pulled the man from the vehicle, which then quickly caught fire.

Skycam 6 showed fire crews extinguishing the flames just before 5 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Police said the man -- Michael Wilson -- had just been released 10 minutes earlier from the Hancock County Jail. When asked why he stole the car, police said Wilson replied that he needed a ride to Indianapolis.

Police said the man -- Michael Wilson -- had just been released 10 minutes earlier from the Hancock County Jail. When asked why he stole the car, police said Wilson replied that he needed a ride to Indianapolis.

Michael Wilson

The owner of the car lot, Todd Stanfield, told 6News' Rafael Sanchez that the 1995 SUV was his personal vehicle at one time. He said the key was in the ignition of the SUV when employees were moving vehicles around the lot.








What a looker, eh?

This story had me laughing so hard. He's a grandpa. Just released from jail. And stole a car because he needed a ride home from jail. You can't make this stuff up!!!


*hopefully better blog material in the near future. life's been kind of dull lately and the creative juices aren't flowing. although I do have another dissected email from match on reserve ;)*



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Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Post in Which I Praise Barack Obama.

Have you picked your jaw off the floor yet? Don't worry, I haven't completely lost it (yet), so just hear me out.

By now, most of you probably know that I am not, nor ever will be, the president of the Barack Obama fan club.

But this post isn't about the 901 things I dislike about our head honcho. Here is where I am going to say the (very) few things I actually like about him and/or some of the decisions he has made.

1. I like that he broke the mold and became the first non-Caucasian president. Speaking of which, did you get the memo that he is bi-racial? K, good.

2. I like that he proved one need not be a geriatric to win the title of President of the United States of America.

3. I like that he proved one need not be a southerner in order to lead this fine country.

4. And last but not least (hey, I said there were very few things, did I not?), I like *parts* -- really, only two provisions-- of the new health bill.

What parts, you make ask? The part that says children can stay on their parents' insurance until the age of 26. And the part that says people may not be denied or dropped from insurance because of pre-existing conditions. I thought these were good ideas when I first heard them, but now that they apply to me, I like them even better.

When I turned 23, I was released from my parents insurance, per the company's policy. While this sucks, I moved on and applied for insurance with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (they are the only health insurers in Indiana), thinking I would have coverage and all would be right in the world.

Apparently sometimes I'm a little too naive for my own good.

I was denied coverage.

After spending an hour on the phone filling out the bloody application, I get denied. I want my hour back, Anthem, ya hear?

If you know anything about me, you know I'm not the healthiest person this side of the Western world. I'm not dying, but I do have a handful of chronic issues. But these issues, according to the gems at the insurance company, earned me the label of being "high risk" and that I have "too many pre-existing conditions to be covered."

I beg your pardon? So what you're telling me is that someone who needs health coverage so she can get her medicine and keep her body in check is too unhealthy to be covered?

If any of that makes sense to any of you, please enlighten me.

Like I said, I'm not dying. And every pre-existing condition I have is out of my control. It's not like I'm on blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes medicine because I'm morbidly obese and could just lose weight and be cured. I have migraines (neurological), polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) (endocrine and reproductive), asthma/chronic bronchitis (respiratory), and fibromyalgia (neurological). I certainly have far more issues than a 23-year-old should have, but such are the cards I was dealt and I can't help it. All of the above can be managed, but not cured. And all of the above, generally speaking, and as is the case for me, are hereditary. It just boggles my mind that they find it suitable to say, "Thanks, but no, thanks."

Because I was denied coverage for something so trivial, I can only imagine how many other people are denied coverage daily. And chances are, some of them have worse-- and possibly life-threatening-- conditions than me. I don't know about you, but to me, that's scary. If one can afford coverage, is willing to dish out the money for it, but is still denied-- well, clearly there is something wrong with the system.

So, Barry (I can call you that, can't I?), I applaud you and your decision to tell insurance companies to get their heads out of their asses and stop giving coverage to only the healthy people of this country.

And the part about being covered until 26? I love this for a few reasons. One: My dad's company will allow me (er-- has to allow me) to rejoin my parents' plan in January. Two: I'll graduate nursing school at 25. God willing, I'll have a job before I'm 26 that provides good health coverage in its benefits package. This would mean that I would never have to be on my own insurance plan. More money in my pocket + the opportunity to never be denied coverage again = happy, happy Marianne.

You see? I can find a positive in every negative. I may not like Obama 98.46241% of the time, but sometimes, I do agree with him. And once in a (great) while, the decisions he's made save my tuchis and countless others', I'm sure.

In honor of that hiney saving, I raise my glass to you, Mr. Obama.

But just this once.





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"When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself."
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