• I Heart My Blog*

    Okay. So, I changed the look again. But I think I’m going to leave it like this for a while because I LOVE IT! What do you think?? I got a sense that people weren’t feeling the ocean look… but this one is way cute.

    Thoughts??

    Shop Girl*

  • I Heart My Ghetto*

    Ugggggggggh… this week has sucked SO bad. On Monday I handed in a 15 page research paper about Nazi medical research. On Tuesday I had a presentation. On Wednesday I had homework and a French composition due. And today I had a big research presentation in one of my 4th year classes. Couple all of that with other readings, housework, putting in hours at both of my jobs (my grade 2s were OUT OF CONTROL today… not to mention they all have the flu and I think have made me sick) and you have one very, very, very tired Shop Girl. I’m so tired I might die. *sigh*

    At least it’s almost over. I have a big test and another presentation on Monday, and then after that I’m home free until the 19th of March. Four-ish more weeks until I can (hopefully) say that I am no longer an undergraduate student. I just have to make it that long. haha

    Anyway, life hasn’t been completely bad. Last Wednesday I decided to take off for a day and go visit my friends from first year in the my lovely little ghetto. It was fabulous.Meet Star* and Bo Bandy, two of my favourite people in the entire world. These are two of my very best friends from first year (which I did at a different university) that I miss greatly. I took the bus to the city, then the three of us went out for a lonnng lunch, and after went back to Star’s house and actually just talked until almost 7pm. (I also finally got to meet Star’s boyfriend whom I’ve been hearing about for over a year… haha! Just for the record, I whole-heartedly approve!) It was wonderful… I’ve made a couple of close friends here in town, but Bo Bandy and I were instant friends at the start of first year, and Star and I became closer as the year progressed. They are the type of people that you talk with and laugh with for hours… some of my best stories ever are with Bo Bandy! I really should tell the concussion story… Bo Bandy is partially responsible for the Hubster and I getting to know one another! If he hadn’t bumped his head… who knows? :)

    Anyway, it was a wonderful day. It FLEW by. I’ve decided I’m going to go for a sleepover before the end of the year so that I can see everyone before they graduate. I miss my people. :( The three of us did a bit of a photo shoot before we left… enjoy!

  • Food For Thought*

    I found this morning and found it rather interesting and thought I’d share! It’s written by Doug Robinson and was published in the Deseret Morning News on Janurary 8th.

    Better Duck–If You’re A Mormon
    I missed the memo that said it’s A-OK to make disparaging and often erroneous statements about Mormons.

    Apparently, they are fair game.

    Sure, these are hypersensitive times, when name-calling or perceived bias against any group will get you the Don Imus treatment, but you get a free shot with Mormons. You can say what you want about them with impunity.

    If you denigrate a racial group, you’re racist.

    If you denigrate women, you’re sexist.

    If you denigrate Mormons, you’re hip.

    No one would openly suggest that you shouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton because a woman can’t lead the country, especially an ornery one.

    Nobody would dare say that you shouldn’t vote for Barack Hussein Obama because he’s black, or of Muslim descent, or because he has a name that sounds like a terrorist. One Clinton worker even apologized for alluding to Obama’s use of drugs as a youth, so apparently it’s wrong to disparage former drug users, too.

    But nobody is shy about saying you shouldn’t vote for Romney simply because he’s a Mormon. It doesn’t even register on the PC-O-Meter.

    Just like that, 6 million Americans have been virtually disqualified from running for president. They’ve been rendered second-class citizens. They’re foreigners living in America. They face a glass ceiling.

    How un-American is that?

    It would be one thing if most of those who oppose Romney did so because they disagreed with his politics or character. But Romney is one of the few candidates who has no character issues, a “squeaky clean” man who has a distinguished record of accomplishments, success and service, with no divorces, no affairs, no scandal. The only thing opponents can say about him is that he belongs to a church they don’t understand.

    A Harvard law professor called Romney the most qualified of all the candidates and “the perfect candidate for this moment in time.” But there is his Mormonism, he noted.

    Even the self-styled PC chief of police, Al Sharpton, once jumped in on the action, saying, “As for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyways.”

    Mormons don’t believe in God?

    For his penance, all Sharpton had to do was endure a family home evening in Utah.

    It’s open season on Mormons. A few days ago, Miami Herald columnist Dan Le Batard stated on ESPN and in the newspaper that part of the reason fired coach Cam Cameron failed was because he got stuck with a Mormon quarterback — not a rookie quarterback (which he is) but a Mormon quarterback.

    “And you’ll have a hard time finding a leader anywhere in sports who was as unlucky this year as Cameron,” Le Batard said, noting that because of injuries, Cameron was forced to play “a United Nations huddle of a Mormon quarterback, Mexican receiver, Samoan fullback and some guy named Lekekekkkkerkker.”

    Now Mormons are foreigners?

    Ignorance makes no difference. You can say Mormons have four wives or that they aren’t Christian, and no one cares.

    Imagine the uproar if Le Batard had written that the Dolphins suffered because they had to play a black quarterback for part of the season? Or a Catholic?

    The Salt Lake Tribune has had a field day for more than a week since learning that Mike Leavitt and some of his like-minded cohorts met early in the morning to discuss Mormon theology and governance while he was Utah’s governor. What if it had been a Bible study?

    Nobody seems to mind when former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says his religion “defines me.” Or when Obama says his church guides “my own values and my own beliefs.”

    People worry that Romney will take his orders from his church leaders. They don’t worry that Obama will take orders from his church, whose “10-point vision” includes two references to its “non-negotiable commitment to Africa,” with no mention of America. Oh, and the church statement begins by noting on the Trinity United Church of Christ Web site, “We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black.”

    It’s a different set of rules for some out there. You can print newspaper cartoons disparaging Mormons. You can harass their families as they walk to their biannual conference with all sorts of foul language. When someone commits a crime, you can note the criminal’s religion, but only if he’s Mormon. You can make them a one-liner on Leno. Good luck reconciling all this with the paranoid political correctness that’s so in vogue.

    Meanwhile, the most politically correct presidential election field ever assembled — a woman, a black, a Mormon, a Baptist, etc. — has gone politically incorrect, but only when it comes to you know who.

    Thoughts?

    Shop Girl*

  • Stumble Upon*

    So I “stumbled upon” this wicked new site called…. Stumble Upon! (I know, I’m SO witty… haha) Anyway, it’s pretty awesome. Once you sign up (it’s free) they give you a list of interests and you simple check off the ones that interest you! Once you’ve done that, it gives you this wicked little toolbar and generates a groups of websites based off your interests that you might find, well, interesting! It’s kind of like the “next blog” or “random blog” button through blogger, only it applies to the entire internet!

    I’m kind of in love with it. For example, I love finding new recipes to try. I selected “food” and “health” as two of my interests and so through the site I’ve found SO many new recipe websites to try!! SO excited!!!! Also, if you find a site that you really like, you can give it a thumbs up and it bookmarks it for you/increases the site’s rating.

    So I think you should add it, it’s great for procrastination… haha! If you do add it, please give my blog a thumbs up! :) I’ve been trying to increase traffic (people) to my blog, and I figure this is a great way to do it!

    Just for the record, I would love to exchange links with anyone who has been reading my blog and blogs themselves… just leave me a message and I’ll add you to my blog circle!! :)

    Shop Girl*

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