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Happy New Year's Giveaway

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It's time for another giveaway!  How fun!  I told my tumblr followers I would do a giveaway when I reached the 100 follower mark and I now have 104, so it's time!  I think it's nice that it is also corresponding with the new year. Here's a photo of the three items I'm giving away: 1. Merida's Bow and Arrow  -  Hone your archery skills like the heroine Merida with our Brave Bow and Arrows. Brave Bow is made of sparkly plastic with purple accents and strung with elastic. Bow also comes with two arrows that feature suction cups on one end for sticking to smooth, flat surfaces. Working Bow and Arrows is safe for use against enemies, real or imagined. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Brave Bow and Arrows is an officially licensed ©Disney/Pixar product (description from partycity.com ) Brave has become one of my newest favorite movies and I was going to dress up as Merida at DragonCon , but it didn't work out. I wanted a bow and arrow like the one she u

The Longest Day in Bright Pictures

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Yesterday was the last day of my vacation, so I'm glad that it was a long one. In fact, it was one of the longest and most full days I've had in years, as I was up from 10am until 7am! Probably the last time I had stayed up all night was either when I was sick or when I was attending college. I will tell the story of my fun day through lots of pretty pictures. Around noon we started towards Seattle.  I had only been there once before when my brother took me to the first REI a few years ago.  It was fun, but I of course want to see more of a city than just one establishment.  This time, he took my family to the Pike's Place Market , which was a lot of fun.  Here is a picture of the famous public market sign with the new ferris wheel behind it. The market is so crowded that you have to walk very fast.  It was sort of risky taking these pictures, but I just couldn't help myself!  The market is full of bright and beautiful neon signs.  This is just one: I would lo

Artsy Fartsy Anacortes

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I'm visiting my brother in Anacortes . My mom and I walked around the downtown area today and I must say, I approve of this town.  It's small, but not too small-after a few hours there were still a few funky shops that sadly, we missed.  There are a lot of used bookstores here and I definitely approve of that-I love a good bookstore.  I wish my own town had more of them!  Except for the weather, I think I like Anacortes better than my own hometown, which is just suburban sprawl for the most part.  I did the typical touristy thing and took a lot of pictures.  I played around with some of the sort of strange ones on Picasa. Here is the outside of a copying store that had the lyrics to "God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen" written on it: I thought it was a neat idea and I felt happy, as I started to hum the song along in my head. The town also has these weird cutouts of past residents posted on the buildings all around their downtown area.  Some of them are cute and some o

Christmas Vacation 2012 - Fun in Bellingham

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Today we did not just lounge around all day, but instead went sight seeing in Bellingham , Washington state and we had a lot of fun!  After looking around a few quirky shops, we had lunch at Mount Bakery .  Mount Bakery is a cute cafe with excellent food.  In fact, the restaurant has won many awards for their sweets and soups. Here is my very pretty chai tea latte: Everyone drinks hot tea or coffee in Washington.  I have never seen so many coffee shops in my life, but I can feel why-it is much colder here than in Georgia! I also had a delicious half sandwich and salad: " Hot Turkey and Gouda -  Hempler’s Turkey with mayo, sliced red onion, our homemade cranberry relish, and Dutch  Gouda " Great sandwich!  The cheese was hot and stringy, the mayo kept the sandwich moist, the relish added sweetness and color.  Yum-yum.  I love a good sandwich.  Still, I was glad I got the half portion-size, because it was a bit rich. The cafe was painted in bright colors, which I loved

Christmas 2012 - On Privilege

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Merry Christmas from Anacortes, Washington!  Here's my brother's Christmas tree: I am very happy today.  We unwrapped presents and then lounged around for most of the day, which is why I was glad to get up and help my mom make dinner and dessert - pecan rice, asparagus, beef tenderloin, and apple pie! (My mom's in the middle juicing a lemon.) Yummy!  The cinnamon apples with their crumbly crust tasted great, especially with the vanilla ice cream.  We had apples left over, so we made applesauce too. It's wonderful days like this when I realize just how privileged I am - I have a loving family, stable shelter, an abundant amount of food, warm clothes, the medications I need, and I received presents of things that I really don't need.  I also cannot overlook that I am stable on my meds, which hasn't always been the case-I have spent many a Christmas in the depths of anxiety and depression.  One thing I am not privileged in by our society's standards is be

Merry Christmas Eve!

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I'm on vacation with my parents, visiting my brother in Anacortes, Washington state.  Anacortes is a small town on Whidby Island.  It's very beautiful, although cold and rainy.  Like the time when I was in Florida earlier this year, I'm going to try to blog everyday...We'll see if that happens! The view near my brother's house: I haven't done a lot today, but it's sort of fun to just lounge around sometimes, especially in a nice, warm house with a scenic ocean view and a brother that I don't get to see that often.  The one big thing we did today was do a big grocery store.  I must admit that I got really anxious towards the end and almost started crying.  The place was really crowded and I got overstimulated, plus we were buying a lot of food, which triggers some old eating disorder anxieties.  I decided to use the DBT skill of distraction to get my mind off of the food.  Fortunately, I always have a book with me and so when I got to the car, I r

"Lose Your Way" With Some Snacks

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This is another entry from my Color Me Calm coloring book.  It says, The only way to find what you're looking for is to lose it.  Lose your way. This saying made me think a while. It's sort of like sometimes in recovery, you get so caught up in what you're supposed to be doing that you forget why you're doing them in the first place, which is to be able to enjoy life for what it is. A good example is when I was following a meal plan-I was consumed on trying to follow it correctly, but I wasn't really enjoying what I was eating. I still needed to let go of trying to be perfect. It took a while, but once I let go, or "lost my way," I was able to savor and to truly enjoy my food. As any person in recovery from an eating disorder knows, snacks are an essential part of the day. Snacks get a bad rap in our culture, but they keep our energy up, which in turn means that we are more productive and happy. Snacking is absolutely nothing to feel guilty abou

Is Rise of The Guardians a Racist Movie?

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**It has come to my attention that several of the characters are actually aliens, including the bad guy.  Some people are of the opinion that this makes the movie not racist.  I still stand behind my opinion that there should be more people of color represented in the movie and in children's movies, in general.  I still think that if there is an evil character that is represented by darkness, then there should definitely be some good characters who are dark-skinned too.  I still believe that always positing darkness as evil is racist.  But I did concede that perhaps the fact that some of the characters are aliens does change some of the racist overtones that I see from the advertisements, and so I changed the title of this blog post from a statement to a question.  What do you think?** Here are pictures of the good guys and the bad guy from the new children's DreamWorks' movie, Rise of The Guardians.  Look at both pictures and see if you can tell me what the problem is

Reproductive Justice, Cookies, and Fatshion

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A few weeks ago, I had a really awesome experience!  I attended a workshop for legislative advocacy for reproductive justice, which is an issue that is near and dear to my heart.  It was held at the Women's Feminist Health Center in Atlanta.  It was really cool to be in a room with around fifty other people who are all passionate about the same social justice issue.  It was very liberating and empowering!  It is sort of wild for me to think of myself as someone who might lobby for justice.  In my mind, lobbying is something that only people with a lot of power and self-confidence do-definitely not me, BUT then the question remains, if not me, then who?  More and more I am seeing that everybody just plays at being confident at least some of the time and if we keep on deferring activism to someone else who seems better able, then really, nothing much will get done. But the workshop was special to me for another reason too.  Years ago, I took a NAMI Peer to Peer class and we had to

A Wise Woman Must Be Heard

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We are fed the lie that the Bible has hardly any stories in it about women, but I think it is really more true to say that the Bible has hardly any female-centered stories in it that are deemed acceptable by our society.  I keep on stumbling on violent and powerful female stories in the Bible that I never had heard of before, like this one in second Samuel: (Note - Sheba is not a country, but is a bad guy in this story.)   Sheba passed through all the tribes of Israel to Abel Beth Maakah and through the entire region of the Bikrites, [ b ]  who gathered together and followed him.   15  All the troops with Joab came and besieged Sheba in Abel Beth Maakah.  They built a siege ramp  up to the city, and it stood against the outer fortifications. While they were battering the wall to bring it down, 16  a wise woman  called from the city, “Listen! Listen! Tell Joab to come here so I can speak to him.”   17  He went toward her, and she asked, “Are you Joab?” “I am,” he answered. She s

One: The Gospel According to Mike - Another Book Review

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The company, Speakeasy , is having me review another one of their books: One: The Gospel According to Mike by Michael Williams  Unfortunately, mine isn't a favorable review.  I'm finding a common theme in that many of the spiritual books I am getting are written in a very eager style.  I suppose they're supposed to come off as passionate, but to me, they just seem annoying and a bit unprofessional.  This book's author is so eager to share his version of the good news - which does not seem all that good to me! - that half of the book seems to just be about how happy he is and not on the facts.  I just want to shake his editor! The book is touted as a very progressive book, which makes me feel like an oddball, because the book still isn't progressive enough for me.  I'm finding most of these books aren't, in fact.  The book is progressive in that Williams posits that God is not, in fact, angry with us, is not sending us to Hell, and that every little ne

November 2012 Books

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Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie - I first heard about this book when I was studying contemporary poetry in college, as Alexie was a poet before also becoming a novelist.  I meant to read the book then, but I soon forgot.  Last year, a friend of mine recommended the book to me, which reminded me that I had originally wanted to read it years ago.  I wish I hadn't forgotten!  This book was really good!  In fact, I think it has the makings of a modern classic and I immediately put his other two   works of fiction on my Christmas list.  Alexie speaks from an American Indian viewpoint, which is one that is sadly underrepresented in our culture.  It is a story about an Indian rock group called Coyote Springs.  The book talks about the hardships that American Indians face: the extreme poverty, alcoholism, mental illness, abuse, race relations, lack of resources, education, and hope, and yet the story is not one of extreme gloom.  Ultimately, the story offers beauty amidst desolatio