You all are laughing at me. I can hear it. The Patriots signed Tim Tebow. Sigh. How am I going to maintain my loyalty to a team that has signed a player I’ve railed against? It’s no secret that I don’t like Tim Tebow. My initial distaste began for him back when he was a Florida Gator….one of LSU’s biggest rivals in the SEC. But that evolved into a bigger reason once he went pro: I hate that the media focuses on his Christianity so much. And before you get offended by that, please understand that I think the same standard should apply to other areas of players personal lives as well. When Jason Collin’s announced that he was gay, I thought “So?” Again, why do I need to know this, or care? Your religion, sexual preference, race or favorite color shouldn’t be the headline you are garnering. I’ve never been able to distinguish if Tebow plays up the religion angle himself for exposure, or if he truly is a good, humble kid that has been the target of unfair scrutiny and/or exaltation.
That said, I did feel a bit sorry for him when he had such a bad season with the Jets and then was flailing in the wind. My thoughts at this moment is that he probably is a good kid, but no franchise wanted the accompanying hoopla that comes with having a publicly polarizing figure on their team. Cross reference Terrell Owens for an example of this. So after thinking about it for a while, I figure the Patriots are probably the best place Tebow could have landed. I dare say, I am happy for him. First, Belichick has better control over his players and their public image than any other coach in the NFL. I like that. Remember the flamboyant Ochocinco? You didn’t hear peep from him during his season with the Patriots. Some people may say this stifle’s the players and makes them less personable. I say for young athletes who can’t handle the spotlight near as well as they think they can, it’s in their best interests.
Secondly, even though I am sure we can all agree that Tom Brady is the best quarterback in the NFL, he is getting up there in age. My hope is that Belichick sees something in Tebow that the Broncos and Jets clearly didn’t (or didn’t utilize to their advantage). And that he believes Brady can mentor him to take the reins in a few years. I think that is what most of the speculation is at the moment. But who really know what is going on in that boiling cauldron between Belichick’s ears? Whatever it is, thou shall not question it. Just know, it will be good, because HE wills it to be so. And we all know Tebow can follow the herd.
I have plenty of conservative friends, so 80% of my news feed usually consists of graphics in which I have perfected the art of “roll and scroll”…rolling my eyes and continuing on down the line. Rarely these days will something grab me with the repulsion that this did.
This is WRONG. I shouldn’t have to explain why, if you don’t know, you are part of the problem. There shouldn’t be an instance when a child should even HAVE to use a gun, if they are being raised and protected properly by parents. And if they did, then does that means they have access to a gun when the parent isn’t around? It should be no surprise that is hails originally from a page titled “Redneck Pride and Dixie Forever” and I have friends sharing it like Boone’s Farm at a teenage campout.
I’m going to teach my daughter plenty of things, like respect for herself and respect for life. I will teach her to stand up for herself and others. Lastly, the bottom line is misleading…it says “Share if you believe Women should be able to protect themselves.” But the graphic clearly indicates teaching a CHILD to shoot….not a woman. There is a big difference.
I’ll say it again….this is WRONG. This is DISTURBING. And I don’t want to be part of a society that thinks it is right.
While rocking a restless baby in the wee hours of the morning, my mind tends to wonder. Last night, for example, I came up with the entire plot of a children’s book that I am certain would be a bestseller. More on that later. I also mentally streamlined my bucket list. You know, the list of things you would like to do before you die, which I hope isn’t any time soon because I have a good bit to accomplish. I firmly believe that if you write goals down, you have more of a chance of accomplishing them. In my early twenties I wrote such a list of things that I wanted to do by the time I was 30. At the time I never thought I’d get through half of it. Looking back at it….I did all but one. Most of my future goals involve either traveling, which is my favorite thing in the world to do, or learning a new skill. I don’t have much time for either these days, but I am set on doing these things. So here in no particular order, is that list:
- Learn to sew and create amazing costumes for myself and my kids including the “Lily” Legend dress
- Go to Paris
- Have a role in a play (local theater)
- Learn another musical instrument like the piano or flute
- Create a neighborhood garden in which children could actively learn to grow their own food and eat healthier
- Write and publish a children’s book (I have it all in my head, now I just need an illustrator.)
- Do more volunteer work in either in an environmental or social outreach program
- Own a convertible again
- Visit these U.S. cities: Boston, New York, San Francisco. Also drive up through the Northeast states (Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine) during the fall
- Travel to a least one far-away exotic location such as New Zealand, Rio or Bora Bora
- Do a mission trip to Africa with a group from my church
- Order a custom mermaid tail from the Mertailor
- Continue to photograph Louisiana cemeteries and eventually publish them in a photo collection
I am quite sure my list is unlike any other bucket list, because I have some quirky interests. But these things always come up again and again for me in conversation and daydreams, so I know they are genuine. I want to commit them to paper, and in doing so committing myself to the challenges. Would love to hear about your own bucket lists!
The enchanting Hever Castle…my favorite place on Earth!
It’s the little things that can make me smile for days on end. About a week ago I spotted this doll at Wal Mart. I was equally creeped out and amused. I could not BELIEVE how much it looked like Londynn. I didn’t buy it then, and I’ve been thinking about it since. So when I went back to get it and of course it was gone. So, I went to two other Wal-Marts today and found it. Same fat cheeks, large forehead, blue eyes, fuzz hair and pouty lips as my own sweet baby girl. And I couldn’t believe she has the same outfit and even BOTTLE that Londynn has. I bought two…one for her to have a mini-me when she gets older and one for my neighbor’s little girl who adores the “real live” Londynn. Love it!
It’s no secret, I have had a terrible week. My son was sick, then I got sick, and my baby is teething. And, due to my husband’s work schedule, I’ve been enjoying all this misery alone. Not that it is an excuse, but I’ve pretty much been a bitch to everyone both in person and online. For that I apologize. Sometimes, I let things build up in me and then when I am at my breaking point, I lose it. The bad thing about it is that when I go public with my anger, then I cringe when I look back at it on better days. It is not my best quality and certainly not the example I want to set. I tell my son that you put good into the world and it will come back to you…and vice versa. I really want to live that for him as well.
Thanks to some strong antibiotics, and a nice night out, things are getting better. Also I have to give big props to my mother in law who has kept the baby for me several hours this week while I went to the doctor and got some much needed rest. And thanks to everyone who still loves me even when I don’t deserve it. Because I really do appreciate each of you…even if I lose my mind and manners on occasion.
Here’s to a better week next week. And here is a laugh for your weekend. Well, I laughed anyway.
Do you ever scroll through facebook and talk to people in your head? I’ve been doing that a lot lately and I need to purge. I need a place to dump this toxicity so I can stop thinking it and move on. Forgive me, but I am taking a mind dump, right on this page.
- When you know the difference between the British flag and the Confederate flag, then we’ll talk politics. Until then, keep twirling your hair.
- While you are busy tanning your fake boobs, your daughter is searching for a role model.
- You aren’t getting that promotion because you are an asshole.
- Quit believing emails forwarded to you by your drunk uncle. And Fox News. Same thing.
- Get a damn job. Principles are nice, but so is eating.
- For $30K in cosmetic surgery I could look that good too.
- Every minute of your child’s day doesn’t need to be scheduled with an extracurricular activity.
- Just because you go to church, it doesn’t make you a Christian.
- I liked you better when you had an ounce of humility.
- I’ll take relationship advice from you when you are with someone for more than a month. Live with someone for 15 years and then talk to me about your preconceived notions.
- He’s bad for you. Run.
- You can dish it but you can’t take it.
- Your child is a monster. Negotiation isn’t working….it’s time for an ass whipping.
- In less than a year, you’ll be pregnant and he will leave. Patterns, honey.
- I don’t trust you but I have fun with you, so that’s something. I guess.
- You look like Pamela Anderson. If Pamela Anderson were a transvestite with fish lips.
- Quit trying to live through your kid and improve your own life.
- There are absolutely no redeeming value in beauty pageants. Especially child beauty pageants.
- Oh you have a new best friend. For the 10th time this year. Can’t wait to see a dozen new instagrammed pics of you guys drinking.
- There is no such thing as a “social media expert.” Quit trying to sell that.
- They’ve looked past your gold digging because now they want some of your gold.
- Quit. Stealing. Oxygen.
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH…..I feel better.
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