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5 Steps To Embracing Your Single Self In 2012 « Thought Catalog.

 

My additions to the 5 steps:

1)  I will say goodbye to my toxic “special friend”.  Seriously.  I need to realize he’s a douche-a-rino.

2.  I want to run a 5k.  I realize that sounds pathetic…but with a smoking habit and asthma (shut up h8rs…), I can barely run to catch the pizza delivery guy.  And I’d like to learn about photography.  And blog more.

3.  I would like these friends:  vodka-y, hippie, republican-y(so i can say i have diversity in my life), veggie, and finally:  rich-y 😉

4.  I am YOUNG!  stupid pressure to settle down.  i swear, if you are my friend on facebook, you will get engaged/married/pop out spawn in the next calendar year.  lucky you for being friends with me.

5.  It took me a long time to get to a place where I can say I’m comfortable with who I am.  I’m still not lavishly in love with myself but I’m happy with where my life is headed and how things are panning out.  I’m being conscious…and conscientious.  To thine own self be true.  I’m living it.  ❤

I realize that organ and tissue donations is a complex issue that most people have serious moral and ethical issues with. Being an organ and tissue donor is a personal choice that is made by you individually. Coming from a family that has been blessed by organ and tissue donors (my sister has had 2 heart transplants and a kidney transplant), the story I’m going to link here breaks my heart. A girl with a mental disability is being denied a kidney transplant at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) due to her condition. I’m going to attach the link to a petition that can be signed that will be forwarded along to CHOP. The story is now receiving national media attention. If you don’t agree with organ/tissue donation, that’s fine, it’s your choice. If you do support it, please take the 3 seconds to sign the petition. The attention that this case is receiving could eventually change the transplant ethics board’s mind at CHOP…which could save this little girl’s life.

 

The petition:

http://www.change.org/petitions/executive-vice-president-and-chief-development-officer-allow-the-kidney-transplant-amelia-rivera-needs-to-survive

Amelia’s story:

http://www.wolfhirschhorn.org/2012/01/amelia/brick-walls/

 

Feel free to forward this along to anyone you think would be interested in signing the petition.

Let’s talk sports.

sports!

I’m a chick.  Most chicks couldn’t give a damn about sports.  I am not most chicks (duh).   I love me some sports…but I’m picky about it.  Out of the “major” sports, I don’t particularly enjoy basketball, racing (of any kind), hockey, or 95% of Olympic sports.  I like football…and baseball (and even then I’m picky!)

Reasons why I don’t like other major sports:

-Basketball-borrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrring.  Have never enjoyed it.  Even when I was a basketball cheerleader in HS.

-Hockey- I can’t follow the damn puck around the ice.  If I can’t follow it…I don’t want to waste my time.  And watching people get their teeth knocked out is gross.

-Racing- vroom.  Vroom.  Vroom?  Watching a car run in circles for WAY TOO DAMN LONG is not for me.  I’ve even been to the real thing.  It’s boring.  And loud.  And smelly.

-The Olympics- I watch swimming/gymnastics in the summer games.  I watch figure skating in the winter games.  That’s about it.  And I only started watching swimming  because of Michael Phelps and his 6’ + wingspan.

-I kind of like soccer.  Or Futbol.  Whatever.

-There are obviously a lot of other “sports”…I like to watch cheerleading and gymnastics.  I enjoy figure skating.  I’m a chick.  GET OVER IT.

Let’s talk football.  I don’t really like professional football.  I will wear Philadelphia Eagles apparel and “root” for them only because my dad was a HUGE fan and it makes me feel close to him.  Other than that, professional football is annoying…I’d much rather watch an interesting plot of paint dry than watch professional football.  They get paid exorbitant salaries to be fat and run around.  The exception to this may be Tim Tebow because I admire him…and wanttotakehisvcard.  BUT let’s talk COLLEGE FOOTBALL.  This is my jam.  I attended The Pennsylvania State University (commonly referred to as Penn State) from 2003-2007 and am re-enrolling this fall.  I literally bleed blue and white.  I HATE Ohio State but I HATE MICHIGAN MORE!  (What time is it?  4PM and Michigan STILL sucks?)  This didn’t start in college.  Hell, football was one of the main reasons I wanted to go to PSU.  BUT, this obsession with the Nittany Lions stems from when I was a little girl and my Daddy or Grampa would watch them on TV.  This love of Penn State football was practically bred into me.  I personally wouldn’t change that alliance for all the money in the world.  (WE ARE!…PENN STATE!  THANK YOU!…YOU’RE WELCOME!)  In general though, NCAA football is just straight up awesome to watch.  These players WANT it…regardless of a paycheck.  This isn’t about money, it’s about pride.  I can sit down and watch any football game, but if I had to choose it would be 1) PSU vs. anyone OR 2)NCAA football in general.

PSi<3U

Ahhhh baseball.  America’s past time.  Unfortunately I haven’t watched or followed much MLB in the last few years but there was a time when I lived and breathed for it.  Mostly because my boyfriend at the time was such a fantasy baseball freak that I couldn’t escape it but also because I fell in love with how sexy baseball players are.  The Boston Red Sox would be considered “my team”…  I followed them closely all throughout college and really enjoyed it.  And J.Pap is hot…and I like to yell BIG PAPIIIIII.  I hate the Yankees because their fans are obnox-sauce and they get paid way too much.  I digress, the Bo-Sox are the 2nd highest paid team in MLB.  Whatever.   I will also say I support the Philadelphia Phillies…because most of their team is SMOKING hot (and my Pappy was a big fan).  Cole Hamels is just dreamy. Baseball is kind of boring to watch on TV but it’s tolerable.  GOING TO GAMES on the other hand…it’s amazing!  I recommend it if you are a hater.  It’ll change your opinion.

Cole Hamels...marry me?

 

So yeah.  Basically I love college football and I like hot baseball players.

Being Vegetarian…and sometimes organic.

Recently (Decemberish), I made the decision to become a vegetarian. You would think I renounced Jesus and took up full time Satan worship, according to my family. The whole lots of my family (and most friends) think I’m crazy. I don’t particularly care. The vegetarian aspect of my life was part of my “get healthy” lifestyle change.

happy little veggies. just like happy little trees.

So the decision was sparked by a particularly awful segment of my environmental biology class. Factory farming and feed lots are the most disgusting things on the earth. Google it if you don’t believe me. This opened my eyes that this is no joke, and the way food is “made” and brought to me is something I need to be aware of. So I decided NO MORE dead animals. (Or at least very very rarely will I eat them because I can never turn down a good chicken wing!) I then RE-READ the book Skinny Bitch (again, GOOGLE!). This made it worse. On the animal front, unless someone can guarantee me that no antibiotics, hormones, or poor conditions existed in the birth/raising/death and processing of said animal…I wasn’t gonna touch it. This is my decision, regardless of other opinion. I decided that dairy was ok because animals aren’t slaughtered for my eggs/cheese/milk/etc. So now I’m ovo-lacto vegetarian. (Please don’t argue with me that dairy is animal product and eating it makes me NOT a vegetarian. I know the dairy products I consume came from animals. I took MANY nutrition classes. I also know most dairy isn’t healthy for you. BUT, the pros outweigh the cons, and I LOVE DAIRY. There is a reason I am not vegan. Vegans don’t eat certain brands of gummy bears and they are anti-JELLO!) I was never a big meat fan to begin with so this hasn’t been so difficult. I’m not going to declare that I will NEVER eat meat again. I will. I know I will. The difference is that I’m making a conscious effort to not be part of the problem (which is how animals are manufactured to feed America!). I will also say that I may eat some seafood here or there. It’s not something I consume regularly now and it won’t be something I consume regularly now that I don’t eat chicken/pork/beef/etc. Look up some information on aquaculture/aqua farming of seafood…it’s equally gross! I’m not a big fan of tofu but there are a lot of other meat substitute options. I’m excited to try new things…and grow my sphere of goodness.

girl you crazy!

YOU WOULD THINK I GREW 2 HEADS! My family doesn’t understand, they make fun of me, and they ridicule my food choices. I wish I could make them understand but they don’t have enough of an open mind to understand my point of view so I’m done trying. THE ONLY reservation I have is that my dad was an avid hunter and he would not be happy about this choice. BUT, this is something I have to deal with on my own. Eating organic is just something that I’ve been trying to do since I learned about chemicals in foods. I try to eat less processed (pre-packaged/boxed/etc.) foods. I drink out of BPA containers. I avoid plastics when I can. I know that my organic food is going to have little to no chemicals/pesticides/antibiotics/hormones/preservatives/etc., and I think this is better for my body. The food tastes the same. You get the same vitamins/minerals/calories/etc. YES, it is more expensive. I DO NOT CARE. (According to my grandmother, you can taste “the organic” in the food and it tastes bad…she’s certifiably crazy.) Artificial products in foods have been proven to raise the risk of cancer. BPA has been linked to cancer. Antibiotic resistance in children and adults is linked to heavy antibiotic use in livestock. In general, the less going in, the less chance of a problem. I eat whole/raw foods when possible. Eating better=eating healthier=healthier ME. This idea makes me happy. I like that kind of math.

math+apple=FUN!

Here’s the rub, kids. (Shakespeare reference…duh.) Being a veggie who likes organics is HARDDDD in rural hell. Grocery stores lack variety in fruit/vegetable offerings. Grocery stores in my area barely carry ANY organic foods. I have to drive over an hour to get to an organic/vegan/veggie friendly grocery store. NOT COOL. Not only does my family/friends think I’m crazy, but I guess the grocers in rural hell want to make this a fun game of “hide and seek” too! So you’ll find me in the corner choking down on my raw veggies and other ovo-lacto foods while everyone laughs and points. And frankly, my dear…I don’t give a damn. (GUESS THAT MOVIE!)

State College, PA – Penn State Football: Tom Bradley Officially Out at Penn State.

 

I’ve never met you Tom.  I have heaps of respect and admiration for your poise and strength through this mess.  I hope the best for you.  PSwe<3U

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