Balance

How do you balance life, work, family, and fun?

Ummm, I don’t. Hence the sleep deprivation. And my lack of updates on this blog.

Best Friend Forever

Do you have a best friend? Who is it?

Yes. My best friend is Mathew.

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We met in middle school and became good friends during high school. We have been best friends for over a decade and have lived together for about 6 years. We have been through thick and thin together. Most people think we act like an old married couple, and we do. I cannot imagine my life without him.

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Hobby Lobby

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I am fairly sure no one would have a hard time figuring out my position on the recent Hobby Lobby decision. Bogus is one word of many that comes to mind. I have had a few discussions about it over the past few days, read many articles and voiced my opinion quite loudly on Facebook.

But it was today when I realized that not everyone is seeing the bigger picture. Today I was informed that the ruling is not as big of a deal as the media is making it out to be. I was informed that Hobby Lobby did not state that they don’t think women should have access to any birth control, just 4 out of twenty. And my first thought (mind you that I was on the brink of a Taco Bell lunch coma), is that “well that’s not so bad.” But then after I woke from my greasy food stupor, I realized, that is not what matters.

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What matters is the idea that a corporation could have a say in your healthcare based on religious beliefs you yourself do not hold. It matters because once the Supreme Court stated that Hobby Lobby could deny paying for any number of contraceptives for women, what else could a corporation deny due to religious beliefs? What if a corporation states that they believe that homosexuality is an abomination. Does that mean they can discriminate against hiring those they believe to be homosexual? Does this mean they can discriminate against customers who they believe are homosexual? Does this mean they do not have to provide health benefits to the partners of their homosexual employees? Does it mean that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell could rear its ugly head in the work force?

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Even avoiding what most likely will happen regarding homosexual individuals and “religious freedom,” denying certain forms of birth control can one go further. I will be honest in stating that at this moment I am not sure which forms of birth control Hobby Lobby does not have to pay for, but I am guessing it is contraceptive such as plan B because they see this as a form of abortion. However, unless you have been living under a rock for a few years, you know about the “when does life begin” debate.  So what if Hobby Lobby decides that life begins even before conception. You probably just scoffed then, but I am serious. So then they decide not to cover any birth control because birth control stops fertilization, which somehow is abortion (do not ask me how because I will scream in frustration).

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The ruling that a corporation has personhood and therefore a set of beliefs is absurd. While some may see it as “not a big deal because they are only objecting to covering some forms of birth control,” it is much bigger than that. Where does the line get drawn? Where does “religious freedom” end? As many have pointed out on Facebook, the end is nowhere in sight. Plus, as many have also pointed out, this “religious freedom” seems to only work for those who are Christian or have Christian faith.

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No corporation should be able to force their religious beliefs on anyone. One step further, no corporation should have religious beliefs.

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Sorry if you came to visit my site in the past few hours. The hosting company I have been with for years suddenly decided not to exist any more. I am fine with the person in charge deciding they no longer want to host websites, but it might have been nice to get some notification. I emailed, and even messaged the owner on Facebook just wanting to know if my hosting package was being renewed or not. Nothing. Personally, I find the behavior rude and will no longer be using any of the owners services.

Through Sarah I was able to find A Small Orange and I love it. The transition was very smooth and I love their message and mission! So far I am very impressed. Everything is easy to follow and easy to work with. My mind has been blown with everything that comes with their cPanel. I can’t wait to really dig deep. I highly recommend them! Please check them out using the link above.

Side note: Can anyone recommend a good book review plugin?

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Mini Album

I created my first mini album!

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I am so stinking proud of it! I think it turned out pretty good for my first scrapbook mini album. I cannot wait to make another one. This one I made at my local scrapbook store. It was a class on how to make this particular one with Graphic 45 papers and elements. I am in love with it. I love the process and I love the end result. I have also been working on a more traditional scrapbook. I have also been making cards when the opportunity arises. I made Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Springtime and Baby Shower cards. I enjoyed making them all but I enjoyed making the mini album more. It is the kind of paper crafting I have been dying to do.

In other news, my site might disappear momentarily in the next few days. The hosting company I was going through to host this site has apparently disappeared. I have tried to get in contact with the owner but she has ignored me. According to my last invoice the hosting package expires on 06/28. I am not exactly sure how going about it this way is good business, but whatever. I will most likely be getting a hosting package through the company that I have the domain name through. I have looked at various companies but they are all a little too pricey for me. If you have an recommendations, please feel free to share! Thanks!

 

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Sensitive

The last I wrote I was going in to get my temporary crown and some fillings. What was supposed to be a 2½ hour appointment turned into 3½ hours. It was hell. And for the two weeks I had the temp on, I couldn’t chew anything on that side of my mouth. It was extremely sensitive and when I went to get the permanent crown and the dental assistant was prodding around with the metal hook thing, I thought I was going to punch someone each time he hit a sensitive spot.

I officially dislike going to the dentist. And of course, I had to go back today. Why? Because I am still experiencing horrible sensitivity. I was told that it’s normal given the tooth and I was given a prescription for toothpaste that I am supposed to use before I go to bed and hopefully that will reduce the sensitivity. So here is hoping that works. I am scheduled to get more fillings in the middle of June but part of me wants to push it back and give myself a break. Ugh. But I know that I shouldn’t.

This past Saturday I busted out my camera and did an engagement photo-shoot for a friend. It was amazing. I forgot how much I love taking photos. It has been almost a year since I have picked up my camera. I couldn’t believe it. Now I feel like there is no stopping me. Here is a photo of Pluto I took the night before.

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Christina. Twenty-eight. Platonic life partner to Mathew. Mother to two furbabies, Zoe and Pluto. Professional and Technical Writer. Feminist. Bisexual. Pagan. Activist. Volunteer.
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