Wednesday, January 4, 2012

5 Things I'm Loving Today

1. Glee. Okay so first of all, I have to admit that I used to think Glee was the most ridiculous thing ever, but a month ago I started watching it and I am absolutely hooked! I'm just about to start Season 3 and it's got to be one of my favorite shows ever. I adore the writing, the witty one-liners, the characters, the songs! I typically watch an episode or two a night after Henry goes to sleep, and it's definitely something I look forward to. I hope the other seasons are just as good!

2. Positive women lifting each other up! Okay cue the cheesy music (sometimes I think I should just have it constantly running on this blog...HA), but really, I love love love seeing girls supporting each other instead of cutting one another down. It makes my day. One of my goals for the new year is to be a kinder person, and this includes surrounding myself with kind people. You really are the company you keep, and I'm so tired of seeing the same girls acting the same way...30-year-olds behaving as if they are in high school. Even if I'm not being a "mean girl," standing alongside these women makes me guilty by association. And I don't want to be that kind of person, or be that kind of example for Henry. No one is perfect; we all have those judge-y thoughts that run through our heads from time to time, but I'm trying to move past that and focus on the good, and only the good.  This doesn't mean living life with blinders on, but it means just keeping it real, and being kind to every person I meet, be it online or off.

3. Goodbye Michele Bachmann!  Oh, happy day.  Now obviously this goes against my number two item but sorry, I can't do it. Not a fan. And I should say that I'm equally unenthusiastic about a number of the other possible candidates for President too, but in my humble opinion, anyone who is so vocal about homosexuality being so terribly wrong would make a horrible leader. You can't run a country thinking that a huge portion of its population has a "sexual identity disorder." I respect everyone's' beliefs, but when it comes to someone being in a position to drastically affect lives, I can't stand behind that. Now, I know this may have half of you disagreeing with me and will probably open me up to comments about it...but that's okay! We're all different and believe in different things for different reasons, but I stand very firm in the belief that all people deserve equal rights, and I proudly support the right for people to marry whomever they choose. I know that Michele suspending her campaign doesn't change the fact that many of the other candidates have similar agendas, but after following her for awhile I've really come to dislike her as a politician, especially after watching a lot of the town hall style forums she held. Knowing that there is a slim to none chance she could be running our country puts me a little more at ease...although then I think about a few of the other candidates and I'm terrified. That's another blog for another day though.

And because this is such a public blog let me add this- comment whatever you would like on the topic, I invite and welcome differing opinions in this space, but know that I will not stand for any hateful remarks. It's a shame that I have to say that but last time I brought up my feelings about this topic I received some comments that I wouldn't have wanted my homosexual friends to see. It was mean. And those kind of comments are not welcome here!

4. Working out in the early morning. You'd think I'd learn by now but whenever the holidays roll around (or a particularly busy time) the first thing I end up doing is staying up far too late to be able to make it to the gym in the morning. So I end up going around 9 or 9:30pm, getting home at 11, and then I'm not able to relax until like 1am. I get no sleep and the cycle continues. I function best going to bed early and waking up early, and this week I'm back on track and loving. On a related note I also really enjoy those quiet moments when I get home from the gym- no one else is awake yet, it's dark outside and the house is just so still and calm. I love it.

5. The idea of turning 30 in May. This deserves a blog post all its own and will definitely get one, but I am just really excited about this birthday. Is that weird? I feel like my 30s are going to be the best decade yet and I'm really just looking forward to seeing what the future holds. This year a ton of my friends are leaving the good ole 20s so it has been on my mind a lot. I don't want a big extravagant to-do, but I would love to spend a fun evening with the people I love, toasting to my 20s and this next adventure too. Can't wait.

So those are the 5 things I'm thinking about and loving today! How about you?

xo

59 comments:

  1. Amen to number two. I've never understood (cheesy moment in three, two, one) why we all just can't get along. ESPECIALLY as adults.

    As for me, I'm loving your blog, which I just discovered today! Keep it up!

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  2. Oh my gracious, I am SOOOO happy you are on board the GLEE train :) I can assure you things in Season 3 only get BETTER :) The music, the stories, the characters...it is muy fabulous.

    Also loved your way of stating your opinion on #3. I think that everyone's opinion is important and that everyone should, in fact, have an opinion on things. Unfortunately, I think people too often leave respect and grace behind in order to prove their side of things. So thank you, again, for being such a class act :)

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  3. amen sister. try having michelle bachmann as your representative...nothing good gets done!

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  4. 1. Glee rocks. I judged it at first too, but now I love it.

    2. So true. Positive energy all around!

    3. Amen, and Amen!

    4. Thanks for the inspiration!

    5. 30 will be fab!

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  5. Loved this :)
    In regards to #2 - one of my favorite things I've read recently was something like "you are the culmination of the 5 people you spend the most time with." It's really stuck with me. I think of it often and strive to surround myself with the people who's character I value most.

    I'm excited to get back into some healthy gym habits and get my hound out for fresh air more often myself! It really is amazing what just a week of good [or poor!] practices will do for your body and outlook!

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  6. I'm not a Glee watcher, however I have been ADDICTED to "What Not To Wear" lately, haha!

    As for presidents, honestly, I'm a lesbian and my wife is a transgender MtF lesbian and neither of us could stand him. I don't really get much into politics, but when I heard the speeches being made... Yowza. Like you, I understand how important it is for everyone to have their own belief... But when it's the person who runs our country, I can at least hope they treat us like their sons and daughters almost. It'd be a scary and sad shame if we had a president who "disowned" so many of us because of who we love and who we are!

    Love your blog, lady and YAY for turning 30!!!

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  7. I welcomed my 30th birthday with open arms and a smile. I don't know why people are so afraid of their thirties. Embrace it, everyone :)

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  8. #2 is so true. It's been hard for me removing some of my friends from my life because I realized how negative they were or how negative our friendship was, but honestly it feels better not having that influence/drain/negativity. friendships should be all about quality, not quantity.

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  9. Oh gosh, isn't Michele Bachmann straight up CREEPY?! That woman makes me so angry. What I don't understand, is how a woman can be in politics and not defend/promote/support women's rights - it makes no sense to me. Rick Perry is also really awful and scary (did you see his video about gay soldiers? Disgusting), and Rick Santorum is downright sexist. (That's a whole different comment ;)) I am a Christian, and all three of these candidates claim to be also - but what makes me so sick to my stomach is the fact that Christianity (at least the Christianity I grew up knowing) is all about love, for EVERYONE, whether you're straight or gay, white or black or purple or orange, tall or short or in between - it shouldn't matter who you love or what you look like or where you come from. Love does discriminate nor is it conditional, and everyone deserves compassion, respect, and support. My friend just got engaged to his boyfriend, and seeing how happy they are, I don't understand how anyone could tell them they're wrong, or what they're doing is "bad". These candidates, these so-called "Christians", are downright hateful and spiteful and discriminating and honestly, they're bullies. And that goes against everything our faith teaches. (Sadly, most Christians get it wrong nowadays. They have it so backwards and it breaks my heart to pieces, it really does.) I wish there was a candidate out there who had compassion and empathy for everyone. Sadly, most politicians are lacking in that area, and it's really unfortunate.

    Phew! Off my soapbox now. ;) Love to you, lady!

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  10. I am completely where you are on the positivity. I want to be a good role model for my nieces, nephew, and friends and family. I cannot do that while surrounding myself with or following those who have a general malevolence toward the world. I am excited to see what new friends I make because of this decision. I hope that you see a lot of good come from your changes as well.

    (I still think the blinder coincidence is hilarious. Haha)

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  11. I back you 100% on Michele Bachmann. I was so happy when I read today that she is out of the race. I'm sorry but you cannot run a country with such a negative message. We all live different lives and believe different things but we can all agree that hate cannot be a factor in running a country.

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  12. All aboard the GLEE train ;)!!! Love that show!!

    Agree with you on Bachmann. She's a scary and horrible lady. Mitt Romney scares me a lot too! Haaaate him.

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  13. I told you on twitter... But, I'm way into Glee recently. And... Totally with you on everything else. Michelle and the mean girls.. :)

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  14. I used to pole fun of a friend of mine for her glee obsession until I recently started watching it and yup... it's addictive.

    And there is NOTHING worse than grown ass woman still acting like they're little highschoolers.

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  15. Giiiiiirrrrllll... there is nothing about Glee that I should like, but I LOVE Glee. It sucks you in (in the best way). So good.

    Oh... and I'll be leaving my 20s on Friday. I'll be saying hello to a new chapter in my life. So crazy. I'm looking forward to all of the amazing things that my 30s have in store.

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  16. I just started watching Glee too after thinking I hated it. I totally agree! It's so cute! Also, so totally agree about surrounding yourself with positive ladies. I really don't like "girl haters", you know, those girls that just seem to hate all other girls for no good reason. Ugh.

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  18. Amen to everything in this post! (Except Glee, actually...I haven't jumped on the Glee train yet but I still might!)

    Danielle, you are such a role model to me, and this post just confirms it. I love that you are not afraid to proudly state your beliefs. So many other bloggers stay silent for fear of offending their readers! Homosexual people are HUMAN BEINGS, people. It shouldn't even be a question as to whether or not they are allowed to marry, or have children, or be treated like straight people. It makes me so sad that there are people convinced otherwise. Here in Australia our government recently changed their platform to theoretically support gay marriage, which so many people are thrilled about. Baby steps!

    I'm 22 now - I started reading you over a year and a half ago, when I was feeling a little lost in life. Reading about your life and your love of education, the written word, and family, all things that I value, really inspired me. In fact you inspired me so much that I decided to enrol in a Master of Teaching! I start in March. I'm going to be a secondary English teacher too :) Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such a fantastic role model.

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  19. So I've never seen Glee... but a lot of people love it so maybe I should look into it when I get back stateside!

    I agree with number two as well. :) I don't like it when people are mean to each other because they think its cool or they are just following the band wagon. its absolutely ridiculous. I know I am not perfect and I need to work on it sometimes myself.... but there are still people worse then me.

    Gays and Lesbians have the RIGHT as human beings to marry who ever they want. Be with whoever they want to be with. There is NOTHING wrong with them, its not a disease or a disorder.... its their way of life. I have some awesome friends who are gay and I love them to death. And I'm really protective of them when people start ragging on them because they happen to like the same sex. It doesn't matter who they like... they should be treated just the same as the rest of us. People are allowed to have their own opinions and beliefs, it says so in the constitution, but if you are going to run our country then you need to be open minded at least a little bit.

    I love your blog as usual and thank you for sharing your opinions. :)

    <3 Jenn

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  20. Well said. All of it (well, I have no opinion on Glee, but you go for it!). Number two is pretty much my mantra and number five - I'm 33 now and it's definitely the best decade so far!

    I can't comment on American politics, but across here there's a similar debate going on in the churches (will they accept gay ministers? would they conduct gay marriages?); to me, demonising people because of the gender they fall in love with is just unfathomable.

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  21. I actually think the earlier seasons of Glee are better! And I agree: equal rights for all, whatever your personal beliefs about homosexuality/religion/race/etc.

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  22. I like this.... I hope you make it a regular thing. As I am in Oz, we only get snippets of whats going on in US politics and it seems that all kinds of weird is happening. I still get shocked when someone comes out with something so filled with ignorance and hate. Maybe I'm naive.
    Plus I turn 30 in Febuary and I can't wait, friends and I are going on a 5 day surf/yoga retreat. :)

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  23. I really tried to get into Glee when it first came out but I just dont get it. I feel like I should like it but oh well. haha!

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  24. I turned 30 last year and no one else could understand why I was so excited about it. I'm loving mine - especially loving making lots of really grown up decisions like learning to drive, moving home and most exciting of all - deciding to take a leap of faith and go back to college to change my career. Happy Birthday when it comes xx

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  25. I'm a glee fan too and I'm also a fan of working out early. I have not been to the gym in three weeks. Same thing as you, staying up to late, etc. I'm starting again Monday!

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  26. I am one of those people with the differing opinion on #3. BUT being a Christian(and a decent human being) I believe that everyone should be loved and respected. I hate when Christians think they are doing what's right when really what they are saying doesn't go along with what they claim their faith to be. God loves everyone and it doesn't matter who you are or what your story is. So people like that should stop judging and find something better to focus on. Even if there are things I disagree with, it's a simple plain fact for everyone: Treat others as you wish to be treated. No one deserves hate. And every opinion & person should be respected. I think you stated your opinion perfectly.

    Anyway off of that subject...

    I've never been able to get into Glee. I'm not sure why but it's totally not my kind of show. The singing is good though!

    I'm glad to hear that you are one of those people who is excited to turn 30. I see lots of women getting depressed about it and I'm like cheer up! It's just a number and you can still be your awesome self in your 30's. I guess I can't have an opinion on why they are upset though since I'll only be turning 20 this year so maybe I'll feel differently when that birthday comes for me. But I think it's better to remain positive and just enjoy your life, no matter what birthday you are on. And I'm happy to see that you are one of those people :)

    Sorry for the comment that was longer than a novel. I tend to babble.

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  27. Yay for #3! I'll have to say, I was a little disappointed though when I thought of all the comedic performances we are going to miss during the campaign. That woman is a walking joke. Hopefully we can weed out some of these other wing nuts soon so we can be completely out of the woods. We MUST have equal rights soon!

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  28. I was starting to think I was a friek, practically hiding in my closet, after the kids are in bed, with my laptop, watching Glee... Gracias a Dios I´m not alone!!!!

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  29. SOOOO with you on Michele Bachman. SeeYa Bia!

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  30. I will also be turning 30 in May and I can't believe how excited I am. It's weird because I thought I would be freaking out like some of my friends but the older I get, the better life gets. I can't imagine a few years from now if it keeps going this way ;)

    Great list!

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  31. Totally agree with #3. As a Christian, I don't believe any politician who claims to be a Christian EVER really acts like a Christian. It's just their way to get the Christian vote and it makes me sick. Spewing hate is definitely not very Christ-like. So glad she's gone! The whole lot of them need to be cleaned out.

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  32. I back you up on #3 100%. I have many homosexual friends, and my uncle is gay, and it makes me so upset when we have so many presidential candidates that so openly state that if they became president they would not support homosexuality. How can you prepare to be a leader of our country and not support a good portion of the population? It just makes no sense to me and upsets me a lot.

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  33. AMEN to No. 3!!!

    Did you see the video not long ago where Bachmann told some high school kids that gay and lesbian people had equal rights as everyone else, that they were as welcome as anyone else to marry someone of the opposite sex too? I mean... she doesn't even get it. She can't answer a question with any logic or sense. She was trying to be clever with her answer, I think, and failed miserably.

    I just... don't see the need for people like her. At all. SO SO SO glad she is out of the race.

    xo!

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  34. I agree with you do much on this list, especially 3. I don't follow politics much because it upsets me so much. I can understand they might not agree with it, but I hate most of their reasoning. It's upsetting, but I guess we can just hope for the best in the next few weeks. :P
    It's nice to see you're looking forward to 30! So many people I hear from are scared and don't want to turn 30, but it's refreshing to see you excited. I'm sure it'll be a great decade!

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  35. Glee is super fabulous! I've been watching since the very first episode of season one. Trust me, the rest of the seasons are just as good as the current one! I wish I had the motivation to get up early and workout - it just doesn't work for me.

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  36. Love how gracefully you stated your thoughts on Bachman and homosexuality. I've seen a lot of blogs who decide "You're insane if you disagree with me," and it's so rude! You are right on, everyone is entitled to their opinion... even if we sometimes wish they weren't! =P

    And your number two is right on! I've dealt with a lot of cattiness and drama in my life and it drives me nuts! Once I got out of high school I was relieved to know it was finally over, but yikes! It was just getting started!
    I have pushed all of those people completely out of my life now, with the exception of one person I can't just yet... but it's coming! Two of them later came back to apologize for their behavior and thank me for not encouraging/enabling it.
    I think it's the smartest decision you'll ever make!

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  37. I so feel the same about number 4! I never get to workout as early as I want but I should be going to bed earlier lol.

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  38. Hey, lady!

    I completely agree with your post. Hands down!

    1. I'm a little behind on Glee, but got Season 2 on DVD for Christmas. Woo hoo! That doesn't stop me from playing Glee Karaoke on Wii. Get me some!

    2. Yes, yes, yes!

    3. I couldn't agree with you more. I loved how you addressed this issue with Bachmann. We're all entitled to our own opinions, so let me state that I'm terrified of people like Bachmann with their anti-homosexuality agendas. That is the opposite of what we need now and ever. This country is a melting pot founded on (religious) freedom, so we have to be open minded.

    4. I love working out in the morning too. However, I work at 8, so it gets a little tough. I usually workout right after work at 4-5, which gets me hungry :)

    5. Lastly, 30 will be fantastic!

    You're such an inspiring woman and I always look forward to what you have to say.

    Love, Ashley

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  39. I'm turning 30 in 5 days! Happy to hear someone else is looking forward to the big 3-0. My birthday gift to myself is going to be a sweet elbow tattoo...I'm excited!

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  40. You're such a well spoken writer when it comes to voicing opinions that not everyone will agree with. Even if you DID like Michelle (are those people REALLY reading your blog? My image of her supporters does not fit the one I have of your readers!) your way of explaining what it is about her you don't like is simple, straightforward, nonjudgmental... easy to respond to with, "Ok, well, that's your opinion!" I love that you're passionate about the topic but not outraged. It's refreshing. Keep it up, girl!

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  41. for some reason i thought turning 30 was scary....but i have no idea why! being 30 is fabulous. i have grown into my personality even more and am embrace these years.

    and yay for positive energy and morning workouts ;)

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  42. oh, and speaking of positive energy..i thought of you today! i have been struggling with a negative friendship for 15 years and i ended it today. i know this is something you have briefly talked about and it made me think of you. it was so difficult to end this relationship but i realized i can't be friends with someone who is just not a nice person. it's all about surrounding yourself with positive energy.

    xoxo
    liz

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  43. LOVE this whole post! You are so uplifting and positive... I can't get enough of your blog!!

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  44. What a beautiful post! I love #2 on your list. I guess I need to start watching GLEE as well.

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com

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  45. Great list! I'm turning 28 this year and I used to dread the idea of being 30, but now I'm excited. I feel so much happier the older I get - I feel like I'm learning to accept myself for who I am and life is just much nicer and kinder when you love yourself (ooh sorry that's awfully cheesy!)

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  46. You rock! You'll love your 30's, its the best, you already have it together, you'll just go up from here! I enter my 40's in May. Eeeek! I have a very series list myself. Cheers to the count down to a new decade come May for the both of us!

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  47. I'm really shocked anyone reading this blog would be small minded enough to make rude homosexual comments. People who actually care about who other people are in relationships with really need to find happiness in their own lives!! Pathetic!! I like how open minded this blog and majority of it's readers are :)

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  48. This is an amazing 5 things I love! Agree, agree, agree!

    http://thecharleygirl.com

    xxoo

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  49. This a great list! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I keep saying,"Yep,that's so true." after each one. :)

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  50. Yay for positive ladies!! I would suggest watching Parks and Recreation if you're looking for something else to watch- filled with positive ladies having adult, female friendships and being positive!

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  51. Great list!

    #3 ~ I couldn't agree more. I am a lesbian and recently moved to MN, I was scared to move into her area...but I think people here actually hate her more than the rest of America, probably because of the embarrassment! Anyways, thanks for being such a eloquently vocal "straight, but not narrow!!"

    #5 ~ I can not wait to turn 30 and I've been saying that since I was about 23! Im so happy when I hear more people vocalize excitement over their 30s, its about time we get off of the social idea that 30s are bad and scary. :)

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  52. I am definitely not a Glee fan. I don't mind when they cover lame pop songs, but when they cover songs by Queen or the Beatles my skin starts to itch. They sap out any and all soul out of really amazing songs. I think that some young people think that those are Glee songs because they are unaware of the originals. But that's just me...and maybe the show is good despite the music? hehe Anyway, that's just my lame opinion!

    Michele Bachmann also makes my skin and teeth itch. There are few people I really, genuinely dislike, but I dislike her and I'm pretty sure I'd dislike her as a person. She has a stepsister who is a lesbian, and the stepsister has publicly stated how hurt she is for what Michele Bachmann stands for (and her husband's 'pray away the gay' program). It just breaks my heart that such bigotry still exists.

    Oh, and women hating on women drives me nuts. It seems like you can't do anything right--other women will tear you down over parenting, lifestyle, haircut, clothing, spouse...it's nuts!

    Thanks for this post my dear. I always appreciate your positivity and upbeat attitude toward...well, just about everything. :)

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  53. I am starting the think I may just have to give in and watch some Glee. I've heard nothing but good things!

    And Amen. You truly do become the company you keep!

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  54. LOVING how good your feeling about 30 I'm sick of people being depressed about it when it's the best decade of most peoples lives! Love Glee too, and completely agree with your political points, I'm not from America so it's doesn't affect me as-such but if the same was in England I would 100% agree! xx

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  55. First off, I would like to say that I am loving your curls and peter pan collar in that photo.

    Next, hats off to #3! I love that you voiced your opinion on this. I'm a Chicago gal, and here most of us believe that the religious right hail from a different planet. : p

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  56. Just saw Caitlin's comment and I had no idea Bachmann's stepsister was a lesbian. How awful!! I can't imagine my brother publicly degrading people who were just like me, so basically me. =[

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  57. just read this. so happy to discover your blog!

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  58. diana@ourcitylightsJanuary 8, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Good gravy, I totally agree with you on Bachmann. I was cringing at the candidate debate the other night, too. Do you follow LOLGOP on Twitter? It follows the candidates but with some humor. Although I won't be laughing if one of them gets elected D:

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  59. Being around positive people who just aren't like everyone else, peole who are proactive, not just reactive.

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