Wednesday, March 7, 2012

On my mind today...

our little food shopping buddy!
photo from last night- seriously, look how BIG Henry looks! I can't even believe it...

Happy Wednesday everyone!  I've kept relatively quiet about how sick I've been the past few days but I am finally feeling a tiny bit better so I'd thought I'd share. On Saturday I went to Urgent Care upon returning home from San Francisco and was diagnosed with bilateral ear infection. FUN! Not really. I had actually been having intense headaches for a couple of weeks, along with strange neck pain but I attributed it to stress and tried to ignore it. Flying home made me feel a lot worse so as soon as I landed and made it to my parents' Hank took me to the doctor. The doctor at the Urgent Care put me on antibiotics, but on Tuesday I woke up with a 102.5 temperature. I went to a doctor here in town and he thought that I probably had strep, although my culture would probably come back as negative due to the antibiotics I'd been taking since Saturday. He advised me to finish up the pills, and come back in a week if I was still sick to rule out any other viruses (like mono, ugh!). Anyway, to make a long story short I am still on antibiotics, still feeling terrible, but not as terrible. So that's good. I will say that since weaning Henry I feel like my body has been totally out of sync, from my skin to just overall health. I don't know if that is a normal thing that all Moms experience, but I have never been sick this many times in such a short period of time! So right now I'm just trying to focus on taking it easy and letting my body heal.

In other news, it's so good to be home! I love traveling, but nothing beats coming home to your house, your family, your sweet puppy! I have one more trip planned in two weeks and then that's it for a long time.  I sometimes feel like an unplanned weekend is way too rare around these parts, and I really think we should focus more on having them. Due to me feeling so sick I think this weekend will be one of those, and I'm happy to just relax, relax, relax.

Here are some other things on my mind right now:

1. KONY 2012.

This is all over the internet today, which is awesome...but then I started to research a bit more. I have actually worked with Invisible Children in the past- my last group of seniors had chosen them as one of our outreach organizations for a semester project- but hadn't done much research into their organization as a whole. Whenever I see a large group of people behind something, especially when something goes viral like the Kony 2012 video, I always want to question and learn more about it. This morning I even posted a photo supporting the Stop Kony movement with a link to the video, but after doing a bit of digging decided to take it down, primarily because I didn't feel I had enough information about IC to represent them, and what I did find left me with a lot of questions. The fact that they are bringing this issue to light is wonderful, but I just don't feel comfortable promoting an organization that I am so unsure about. If anything, researching it has left me more confused. At the root of it though, awareness is the most important thing, and they've accomplished that. I'm sure that millions of people who didn't know who Joseph Kony was yesterday, know who he is today. But what I did learn from tweeting about my IC-confusion...is not to tweet about political things ever again. People sure take it personally when you question something they believe in, and although I got a lot of valuable feedback, I was also left feeling like I was so wrong for even wanting to know more. Remind me to stay off of Twitter during the election, please! I don't know if I can take it...

2. The Hunger Games movie

Now I feel kind of weird jumping from a very important topic to something about a movie, but I can't help but write about how excited I am for this premiere. Every single time I watch the trailer I get the chills. I absolutely loved the books, and from what I've seen the movies are going to be awesome. I know it might be hard to judge from a 2 minutes clip but the overall feeling I get is that the film going to portray the book pretty well.  I was contemplating getting midnight tickets on opening night, but I'm so weird about crowded movie theaters that I'll probably wait and see a 9am showing on Sunday or something, along with my Mom and sister. Are any of you planning on seeing the movie? How about the midnight premiere?

3.  Trader Joe's

Another reason to celebrate...Trader Joe's is opening in our little town on FRIDAY. Yes, this Friday. Hank and I have been freaking out pretty much everyday, and last night while food shopping we kept saying "well, we could buy this now...or wait until Friday and buy it at Trader Joooeeee's!" All said in a whispered tone of course, since we were in our local natural foods store, and didn't want to have anyone hear us talking about their competition in such a way! However TJ's will always win for us- there's really no competition- and we feel so happy and lucky we will have one of our very own! I can't wait.

What's been on your mind today? I hope whatever it is, you've had a happy day full of good stuff. And if today wasn't so good, I hope tomorrow is better!

*As always I welcome ALL opinions, but if you do chime in via the comments please keep them respectful and kind. I always feel like I need to add this here if a post takes a political turn, since people tend to have emotion invested in those types of topics. HOWEVER if you leave a comment saying you hate The Hunger Games I will delete you and block you from my blog forever. Those kind of opinions are simply not welcome. ;)

65 comments:

  1. I am SO EXCITED about the Hunger Games movie, I think it looks AMAHZING and I think I've watched the trailer a billion times and made my husband watch it a billion times too.

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  2. I get the same feeling from the trailers too! ♥ I bought tickets for midnight but hope the crowds don't ruin the experience for me..

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  3. You explained my feelings on Kony 2012 exactly. I think the fact that millions of people now know about Kony is what is most important, though I am not exactly a supporter of IC. The video made it possible for people to know about the atrocities, and to form an opinion about it. Oh, and Hunger Games. OMG! Cannot wait. :)

    Hope you're feeling better!

    xo, Eden

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  4. I love your heart, and I love that you are researching things, and I love that you are trying so hard to not offend anyone and just being super polite about it. I've worked at a Mega church in the DC area for 5+ years and have done some things with IC. Yes I agree I don't get super involved with anything political on twitter, Im afraid I may inadvertently hurt someones feelings when I am trying to find out more information on certain things, I'll have to turn my off during the elections as well ;-)

    Gosh I hope you feel better soon! Yes I feel like my body has been out of synch since I had Judah. All kinds of tummy issues. Things I could eat before I was pregnant I no longer can.

    Yay for Trader Joes!!!! we are so lucky to have one down the street from us! I get excited when ever anyone has one open up near them :-)

    Im thinking I am so grateful my guys are not as sick as they were this weekend, how Spring is here! How the flowers are blooming and how we may go to DC this weekend and I BET we will see the gorgeous pink cherry blossoms out :-)

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  5. Oh and this by far is one of my fav pics of Henry :-) He is ADORABLE with that hat!

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  6. My mind has been occupied in almost exactly the same way today (with the exception of Trader Joe's, I'm pretty sure that's not opening near me)! I've been a little bit amazed at the reactions to anyone questioning the Kony issue today, and definitely makes me want to steer away from political tweets & blogging for now.

    I'm so incredibly excited about the Hunger Games film! I devoured the books, and the trailer has me super hyped- it definitely looks like it'll be a great representation of the book. I did see the release of the film related to the release of Twilight earlier today though, and I'm not too sure I'm on board with that ;)

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  7. YAY HUNGER GAMES! The trailer totally gives me chills, too. I just read the books toward the end of 2011, so I am relatively new to the madness but I did adore the books so much and the movie looks like the best book adaptation since Harry Potter (and as a HUGE HP fan, that's saying something.) I've tried unsuccessfully to get my sister to read the books and the fact that she "just isn't into it" breaks my heart into a million little pieces every time I think about it. Sigh. That's little sisters for you, huh?

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  8. After reading your tweet I decided to look further into everything, and I thank you for that. There is more information out there than is being shared. People are not about to hear it though. I think you summed up my feelings perfectly.

    Also woo hoo Hunger Games! I cant wait!

    As for Trader Joe's... Canada needs these I am sure I have heard nothing but great things about this store and would love one in my area.

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  9. I don't know why but after reading this post, I just want to give you a big hug. Maybe it's because you are so lovable and so relatable. Hope you feel 100% soon!!

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  10. I agree with the whole Kony thing as I told you today. I know enough now that I don't feel comfortable giving money to IC, but I think as you said them bringing the story to light is a great way to actually get Americans giving a shit about something other than our iPhones. I also took down my post about it just because I hate arguing on the internet (haha).

    It makes me so angry how you can't tweet about anything real without people getting riled up and annoyed, or just plain unfollowing. I was talking to a friend the other day about how much I censor myself on Twitter and the blog world because everyone is so damn sensitive in the weirdest ways. :Sigh: end rant.

    I'm excited to see Hunger Games, but not nearly enough to wade through a few hundred people at the premiere. Then again I'm in kind of an "old town" so maybe it wouldn't be too crowded, haha!

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    1. By the way, sorry to hear you're sick! I also had to be on antibiotics recently and one of them made me SO sick.

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  11. I felt the exact same way about the Kony thing. Facebook friends have wondered why I haven't re-posted but my first instinct was to ask questions and research it, and I came out feeling like I still didn't know enough to support it wholeheartedly. I rarely comment, but I wanted to show support and give appreciation for you having a platform and not jumping on a trending topic as quickly as everyone else seems to have. Don't get me wrong, the atrocities in Uganda/Sudan/Congo are terrible, but it is so important for people to know the facts behind what they choose to support. thank you.

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  12. Also idk I've you've seen this post about Kony 2012/IC but I thought it was one of the best I read today.

    http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012/03/07/stop-kony-yes-but-dont-stop-asking-questions/

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  13. I hope you feel better soon. And yes I found out about Kony 2012 today and had to explain to one of my old students who was "annoyed" that people are finally finding out about this. Awareness is a good thing.

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  14. I admire you for trying to get the facts straight before hoping on the bandwagon. It's the only way to make any decision, so don't you ever feel wrong for it. :) We have to let our hearts and our heads work together.

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  15. Also, I'm so bummed that all the opening night tickets are sold out in my town. Stupid tweens buying up all the tween movie tickets. :) Hehehe

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  16. I haven't read the Hunger Games books but they're on my amazon wishlist! Ideally I want to read the first one before I see the film.

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  17. First of all, I really do help you feel better very soon.

    And secondly, I'm glad you wrote what you did about the Kony video. To be honest, I haven't watched it yet and I'm not sure if I will, but I've seen people on both sides of the fence. And I'm glad that you're promoting research of a non-profit before jumping on a bandwagon. Everyone has a right to an opinion and one of the things I love about your blog is that you express yours without trying to be politically correct (although never offensive). I try to be pretty diplomatic most of the time and I wish I felt more comfortable about being more expressive. Don't let twitter trolls get you down. I mean, really. ;)

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  18. So glad someone else has the same mindset as me with the Kony thing. It is very important to not just post a video without doing a little research first. I agree that it's an issue people should be aware of, but posting a video doesn't suddenly make you a human rights activist. I'm glad to know your heart is in the right place.

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  19. Ha I love your little disclaimer at the end. I usually don't like to get to involved in politics because people are so opinionated about it, but I have been known to strongly defend a book or movie that I love lol. I am so excited for the hunger games!!!!

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  20. I am totally guilty of being emotionally moved by the Kony video to a point of somewhat spamming my Twitter immediately after watching it. I didn't do extra research, which I should have done. Thank you for reminding me of that (I've just read an article someone linked to in another comment). There is obviously a lot more to this than is being presented in the Kony2012 campaign.

    Also, I just read the first Hunger Games book last week and LOVED it. I remember first hearing about the movie and books when you blogged about the trailer a while ago. I can't wait until I can read the 2nd and 3rd books.

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  21. I'm sorry to hear you have been under the weather, especially since you just had that awesome San Fran Method experience. Glad to hear that you are on the mend, though!

    Your heart was/is in the right place, regarding your venture into having an outspoken political voice. I'll leave it at that.

    I am stoked beyond repair for The Hunger Games - my boyfriend and I are going to the midnight showing, then taking off the next day, to sleep in and spend the day together. I actually don't mind midnight showings - yeah, the theater is crowded, but most of the folks there are die hard fans, which means they won't talk during the movie. There will be a bit of chatter, especially when certain characters make cameos and when important scenes arise, but I don't mind if its excitement for the film.

    Trader Joe's is awesome, I'm glad you are finally getting one closer to you. I try to support local businesses as much as I can, but if I shop at a chain, I feel less guilty when I frequent TJs.

    My day hasn't been too eventful - the highlight was receiving a case of Chobani, to come up with new recipes for my blog. The first portion of graduate research paper is due tomorrow, and it is looming over my head. I can't seem to get into it. I made my cover and reference pages, but haven't even started reading the articles that I need to use in order to write my introduction. Its on utilizing film in the Social Studies classroom, so its not boring subject matter - I'm just not into doing it right now.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, and don't go too crazy in Trader Joe's on Friday, haha!

    Michele

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  22. I'm excited for the hunger games too! I actually read the series when you mentioned it in a post awhile back and became obsessed with it. Thanks for guiding me to an awesome read :)

    Hope you feel better soon!

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  23. I feel the same way about the Kony 2012, I think bringing about awareness is a great thing, but it seems hard these days to find good solid charities. :( I also think it's a shame people have to be crazy when someone doesn't agree or at the very least questions something.

    I am so excited about The Hunger Games movie! I haven't really enjoyed such a great book series in a while.

    Oh, I wish there was a Trader Joe's here! or at the very least closer than an hour away!

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  24. I have heard of crazy things happening after weaning, even post-pardum depression like symptoms. I hope you feel better soon. <3
    PS Can't wait for Hunger Games either! The trailers look like they took the movie straight from my imagination. Except I imagined Katniss being a lot more frail looking.

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  25. Yes yes yes! I agree with everything! I cannot wait for the Hunger Games, I have so prebooked my tickets and am dragging the Mister along with me!
    It cannot come quick enough!
    Amy xo

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  26. Henry is so perfect! Cant get enough!

    http://tinydais.blogspot.com

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  27. today was so much better than yesterday for me. i had some very loud girls get in my face at the start of tuesday.... you used to be a teacher, right? perhaps you can relate. usually my seniors are dolls, but they have there moments .... eek.

    love the hunger games!

    xoxoxo
    sarah

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  28. I've been wondering how you've been feeling since you weaned Henry....it isnt talked about too much but our bodies do crazy things after weaning, I had major ppd and anxiety after I weaned and didnoyu see Joanna's post over on Cup of Jo about her post weaning? Hope you feel better soon!

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  29. Love that I am not the only one obsessing over the Hunger Games! I cried the first time I saw the trailer and the scene of the reaping, and just started reading the first book AGAIN today. I read it years ago when it came out and want to brush up :)

    I am so weird about movie theaters bring crowded as well, that I am going to go Sunday afternoon. I attempted to do a midnight event with the second Twilight movie and never regretted something more in my life! Not worth it. So for the last Twilight movie I did a Sunday afternoon (still opening weekend, mind you) and seriously there were a handful of people! I totally recommend this plan of action for those above 21.

    As far as the sickness...I totally agree! I have had a ton of problems with this as of recent. It seems like it will never end!
    xo,
    Lauren

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  30. Trader Joe's is opening in Fort Collins soon too... :)

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  31. Love your small print disclaimer!

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  32. i LOVED your lil' post-script statement regarding the Hunger Games. Totally agree! I *devoured* those books. My girlfriend and I sat trying to coordinate schedules to go see the movie at some point during opening weekend. Can't hardly wait either...we are hoping a Sunday matinee will be less crowded than a Friday or Saturday night!

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  33. That picture is so cute. Makes me miss my little guy <3 I hope you get much better in the next few days! That sounds terrible, I can't imagine feeling it :(

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  34. I can't even remember the last time I was as excited about a movie coming out as I am about The Hunger Games. I have a feeling it's going to be great. I think that since the Harry Potter movies (and Twilight probably deserves some credit here too, though it is not exactly my personal fave), there's a lot of pressure from the fans to get the movie as close as realistically possible to the source material. So that makes me really excited for this movie (and the sequels? I hope!). I'm definitely planning on a midnight showing. I'm a sucker for those, the level of enthusiasm in the audience is unmatched.

    And I LOVE Trader Joe's. They're opening stores in Colorado soon and I am so stoked.

    Hope you start feeling better soon!

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  35. I hope you feel better soon. I am trying to track down and read the Hunger Games before I see the film, looks so good! x

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  36. People acting rudely is exactly why I don't have a twitter account lol ! I appreciate your views on the Kony thing, it seems everyone and their mother (literally) have been posting the video on facebook, yet I am not really on the IC bandwagon, and it's easy to feel really bad by not automatically supporting the latest "popular" cause. Raising awareness is fantastic though. And as someone who usually doesn't get too excited about movies, I am embarrassingly excited about Hunger Games!!!!

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  37. Hope you feel better. Weaning may definitely have something to do with I've read/heard about stress, depression, zits, hair falling (again, really) and the like all associated with weaning. Hang in there!
    Also, really great comment on the whole Kony2012 thing. I'm surprised by how quickly it went viral and how upset some people become of any critique. By questioning the financial transparency and methods/solutions of IC, people are not attempting to endorse the LRA/Kony or make light of the situation, just understand the bigger picture.

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  38. I do the same, going out and researching things I don't feel I know enough about, but I've been really heartened to see how many of the people commenting on here are thanking you for doing so. It makes such a change from all the Twitter aggression.

    Hope you're feeling better soon!

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  39. I'm sorry you're not feeling well. That's really a big deal. I'm glad you're feeling a little better & have been seeing doctors. Are you still seeing your naturopath or was that a one-time thing? It'd be interesting to hear an update about that. Hope you're getting lots of rest!

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  40. You poor thing, I hope you are feeling better soon :)

    x C.

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  41. I haven't read the hunger games books, but I'm hoping to jump in on the movie band wagon :)

    and I hope you feel better soon!!! that just sounds terrible.

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  42. We are very excited in my family for the HG movie. My oldest son has a countdown going and I have been busy buying up the China Glaze nail colors :)
    On your health...sorry to hear you have been so sick. I hope you feel better soon. I breastfed both of my boys for about a year each and after weaning it took 9 months to a year to really feel like "myself" again. Listen to your body, feed it right, and get lots of rest!
    Take care!

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  43. Omg Hunger Games. I'm SO excited. I want to reread, but I lent my sister my Nook so she could read them.

    As for the Kony thing. I still haven't seen the video, I currently have no speakers on my desktop computer and just haven't had the time to get on my laptop lately. But I read up on it for a minute or two and was also wanted to learn more, before jumping on the bandwagon. So I definitely understand where you're coming from.

    And yeah, political posting anywhere can get NASTY. I hate politics for that reason, people get so crazy.

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  44. have you seen this? an interesting response from invisible children in response to the criticism:

    http://s3.amazonaws.com/www.invisiblechildren.com/critiques.html

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  45. Am very excited about the HG movie think we have to wait a little longer for it over here in the UK which sucks! I loved the book.
    http://dandelionsandkisses.blogspot.com/

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  46. I had the same thoughts about the Kony thing. Definitely excited about The Hunger Games movies. That series was so great. Our bodies do such crazy things when we are nursing and weaning. Hope you feel better soon. That pic of Henry is the cutest!

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  47. ahhhh!! TRADER JOES!! you know we're in on the countdown, gurrrl! i'm even trying to talk chad into coming to yoga with me on friday night so we can head over to check it out afterwards...and you had better believe that yesterday when WE were shopping at new frontiers we were totally doing the same thing! haha! i know tj's will be considered competition for them, but really tj's is it's own store and i've been dying to have one in my town for the past 6 years that i've been living without! we're stoked! let's have a party! ;)
    p.s. feel better! there is so much i want to do today but i'm starting to feel a little "funny" too and i know i should just stay home and rest...it would give me the perfect opportunity to read the hunger games, since i am way far behind the times and don't even know what it's all about! i've heard one too many people mention how awesome it is to not give it a shot.

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  48. OMgggggggggg yesss HUNGER GAMES!! I get chills EVERY SINGLE TIME too. Specially at the very end when that 4 note melody plays like the one Rue whistles. lol

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  49. Have you seen this?
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2012/mar/08/kony-2012-video

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  50. 1st of all boo to being sick. I hope you rest up all week and enjoy a much needed "unplanned weekend" I am waiting on one of those weekends myself.

    2ndly, I am 100% with you on the Kony situation. Glad it was brought to light, that's a good thing for sure, but not 100% on IC. And I hate that if you have the opposite opinion of someone, you get reamed. Freedom of speech friends, can't we all just get along?

    3rdly, I have never read the books but am getting excited to hear about them!

    4thly (haha) YAY for Trader Joes!! We don't have any of that awesomeness around me, but I've been in one before, maybe in San Fran? I don't remember now! I'd love to have a costo!

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  51. Yesterday I was getting so angry that people were dissing the whole Kony campaign. Today I woke up and said to myself, I'm not an angry person, I've ALWAYS been pro choice.....we all have our own right to decide what we will support etc in our life. So always go with what you feel, and no matter what people say at least you knew you were true to yourself! Love and Peace xox

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  52. TRADER JOE'S! TRADER JOE'S! Are you going tomorrow? We're going tomorrow. You'd better try and go in the morning because we're emptying the shelves in the evening.

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  53. Ugh I ended up w/ double ear infections after my last plane ride, sooo unpleasant! Wish we had a Trader Joe's where I live =(

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  54. aw! don't worry about the KONY situation. I think it left a lot of people confused, me included. the video they've put together was certainly amazing and just made you feel like you instantly wanna be apart of it and conquer the world! I, like most, retweeted, posted, called family, etc. right away without thinking about it.. i was so pumped. the next morning i woke up and was a little confused as to how i jumped on board with something so quickly. either way it is a great cause and i definitely don't think things get solved by sweeping them under the rug. hope you get to feeling better soon! your boy is adorable. xo!

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  55. I havent heard about the hunger games before, but i looked it up and ordered the first book right away! Thanks!!

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  56. Have you thought about going back to your Naturopath? Hormonal imbalances are a huge deal after weaning. I would definitely focus on eating/ juicing foods to support hormone balance. I hope you get to feeling better soon, its miserable when you don't feel like yourself.
    I noticed the Kony video all over the place and ignored it at first cause it seemed like such a bandwagon. There's always some video going "viral" right? Lol I finally broke down and watched though but I just felt weird, like you, I want to know more. Thanks for always being so real. Love your blog!

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  57. I'm watching NBC Nightly News and they just mentioned that on Monday, they'll be in Uganda getting more information about KONY and looking for a "reality check". Thought you might find it interesting. :)

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  58. People like to hide behind the facade of a faceless internet and they get a puffed sense of bravery and attack, attack, attack. Meanwhile, we all know who you are because you have put yourself out there for us to see and appreciate and maybe sometimes disagree with. I feel out of the loop for not knowing anything about this knoy thing but I encourage you to not loose site of your opinions and continue to have courage to stand behind them. Maybe instead of outright ceasing any further political commentary, you can ask yourself, "Is this the hill I want to die on?" and if it is, then say what you wish. :)

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  59. Just wanted to take a moment to say I've been feeling the same way about the Kony 2012 project and I'm glad you're encouraging others to collect more info themselves. I watched the video as well, and while it is an extremely well-made video it raised more questions about the issue for me than we're answered therein. Awareness is never a bad thing, but informed is better. Thanks for sharing; I was feeling like I was some kind of mean person for not wanting to share and repost and get involved because of my reservations about IC. Plus, yay Hunger Games lol! Hope yOu have a great day!

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  60. Yippee for Hunger Games! it was filmed in my city and a lot of my friends were extras in it or were hairstylists for the extras!

    Also I adore Trader Joes and am so excited that you have one in your town now. It's life changing!!!

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  61. I must admit, I was one of the people that shared the Kony2012 video a million times over after I saw it, I even bought the action kit. I have to say though, I'm not ashamed. My heart was and still is in the right place and even though I don't 100% agree with IC, especially with only 31% of funds going to the actual cause, I'm still going to put up their posters, but in a way that only focuses on the cause and doesn't advertise IC.

    After I researched more, I still decided to keep the video on my blog, but wrote a short post right after it about the questionable facts about IC as well as linking to blogs opposing them for more info. With both posts still up, it gives both sides of the story so that anyone who reads it can form an opinion for themselves.

    Now I'm in a frame of mind where it's not about the charities you choose, but the way you spread the word and try to educate people after doing research. I'm not going to shove my opinion down anyone's throat though. lol Anyways, sorry for making this so long! Just thought it would be good to give my perspective.

    I'll have to look into seeing Hunger Games and reading the books! And yay Trader Joe's, love their pumpkin cream cheese spread! I love your blog. :)

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  62. You might really like this Kony 2012 blog post by Rage Against the Minivan. I read it and thought of your post: http://www.rageagainsttheminivan.com/2012/03/white-privilege-and-impulse-to-help.html

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