Archive for March, 2012

Race

Posted March 31, 2012 By kmarrs

If you are expecting a race of humans, and get a race of fish people, take issue with it.
If you were expecting George Washington to be played by a white man, and he is instead played by a black man, take issue with it.
If the little mermaid is being played by a one-eyed one-horned, flying purple people eater, take issue with it.
If Rose Parks is being played by a white woman, take issue with it.

By all means.

But if a “dark skinned girl” that you think might be white, though why is beyond me, is indeed being played by a dark skin girl, and you are surprised: You need to sit down and shut the fuck up because you are only making yourself look dumb. 

And racist.

And?

Adding “Not to sound racist” in front of your protest, only makes you look more racist.

Not to sound confused but… how the fuck does the skin color of an actor/character affect the quality of the story anyway?  It’s just skin.

Unless of course, it’s a white guy playing Martin Luther King Jr.

Then and only then can you get any sort of pass on thinking the color of someone’s skin “ruined the movie”.

General rule of thumb: If they aren’t in a history book, there are no firm rules on what they look like.

And not to sound like a judgmental bitch but:

Yes, you are racist.

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Clearly A Threat

Posted March 29, 2012 By kmarrs

I mean, with the hoodie and all.  Thank GOD she doesn’t have an skittles in her hand! Lord knows what she could do with that (admittedly soggy knowing my daughter) rainbow of taste!

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The Best Part

Posted March 27, 2012 By kmarrs

So I’ve reached the point of realization of the best part of my job.  Or, at least for this week.  There is always a new best part every week.  Which might actually be the ultimate best part of my job, now that I think about it.

But I digress.

I have found the best part of my job, for this week.

Yesterday.  On a glorious Monday (I know but Monday sees me escaping my kids for a few hours of adult time after the weekend with them.) saw me kicking off my sandals and writing the beginning of a poem.  At work.  On the clock.  With branch manager, and actually district manger, encouragement.

There is a contest at work involving creativity.  Branch verses branch, not employee verses employee.  Though, I guess bankers aren’t the most creative sort.  They can be.  They just aren’t known for it.  The whole left brain verses right brain thing.  I think I wrote about that somewhere before, very recently.  Ah yes, here it is.

So I volunteered to head my branch’s submission.  And yesterday I got to business.

And for the first time in my life, was paid to write something creative.

Go figure it was part of my bank job.

I’ll see about sharing it later once the contest is over.  Sorry, but it’s kick-ass and I don’t want the goods stolen.

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10 Glitter Bits

Posted March 26, 2012 By kmarrs

Last week? Sucked! So it is way past time to discuss the moments in my life that were epic this past little bit.

1. I got to work out some anger towards a PR bitch who wanted me to blatantly lie to you guys.  For 10 dollars. Not that 10,000 would have made the difference. The 10 dollar part was simply insult to injury. Where I am willing to be sponsored or link ads to the right places, I won’t lie about it. Period. And I’ll only support what I am willing to stand behind.  I did take great joy in sending her a link to the dictionary definition of “authentic”, though.

2. One of the local Kmarts isn’t able to renew their lease due to the rent being randomly doubled.  Which sucks but they are in “please buy everything we have as fast as possible” mode and my mom took me to cash in on some good deals.  I was smart enough to stick to a list of things we’ve actually been needing for a long while.  Cuts down on the “you spent what on me?” remorse.  Plus, some will be paid back when I get my bonus in May.  So, there is that.  She/we bought:

  • Shoe rack for the bazillion pairs of shoes we have lying about.  5 people does not simply equal 5 pairs of shoes.  Nope.  We’d been using a laundry basket to dump them in.  See below.
  • Laundry baskets.  10 of them for 15$.  Yes, they are cheap and small, but still better than what I’m replacing.
  • Laundry hamper that I heart so bad! Old one? Also falling apart.
  • Shoes for me.  White dress sandals because I had a serious gap in that department.  Black flats to replace ones that are falling a apart.  And a pair of flip flops that are comfy as fuck and were like 6$.
  • Summer clothes for Sammy.  We are keeping it simply because I’m thinking it’ll be hot as Hades this year, so we stocked on onesies and some cute little sundresses
  • Trash cans.  Buying trash cans isn’t glamorous unless you have been in serious need for a couple new ones for a long ass time but can never seem to get around to it.  20% off already inexpensive?  Yeah, we can get to that!

3. Wendy’s has this new sandwich that involves spicy chicken, bacon and guacamole.  OMG I have never had a fast food sandwich that tasted even half that good.

4. I took the time to really sit and study Sammy as she rolls from back to belly.  That shit is funny, yo.  But oh the adorables!  Also?  While I wouldn’t call her mobile, she is far from stationary.  Only, she can only really go in reverse.  And girl missed the line to have review mirrors installed.

5. I was able to prove maybe I’m more ahead of the ADHD game with my 4yo than I thought.  Fidget beads are a huge success!

6. I am taking the Chibi Challenge!  If you would like to aid in my mental health ego, you are welcome to comment with 3 words that describe me.  Think positive! The results are going to be built into a word cloud, not unlike what I posted all day Sunday.  They are fun to make though.  You can make them on Wordle.

7. I am in talks with Becky and while I’m not currently a Brain Behind The Band, my return is in the future once I get the rest of my life squared away.  I just need to focus on other things so that I have the energy free to give the band all the energy that I choose to give.

9. I am to the point where while a Mt Dew would sound awesome, I would no longer kill for it.  Just maybe maim.

10. My husband is seeing and commenting on noticeable signs of improvement in my mood over this time last week.  So maybe I am right that yes I can be off my meds, this past week just really did suck.  I got a lot of feedback from others as well that dude, the week sucked.  BUT if I can survive that week med free, I can survive anything med free.

So those are my glitter spots that I’m hanging onto.  Do you have any you care to share?

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Money and Happiness

Posted March 26, 2012 By kmarrs

Sometimes I think that if we, as a world, could see paychecks as a means of survival as opposed to means of happiness, we’d all be better off.

Yes, there are key things that money buys that are central to happiness:
Shelter
Food
Clothing
Medical

You’ll notice what’s missing though:
Gadgets
Gizmos
Hullabaloo

Yes, those things are great but they should not be what our happiness is centered upon.  They should be after thoughts.

And even the list of key importances are translated into mansions, caviar, Coach, and face lifts.

We are all guilty.  I’m aware I’m not immune to this.  But as depression and mental illness rates increase, so do the “coolness” factors of the latest and greatest iGadgets and such.

I just can’t help but wonder what life would be like, and how our economy both local and global would reflect, a mind set of paychecks being a means of survival and not means of happiness.

I think the days of people expecting to work (hard) for their income and survival would return, instead of this entitlement notion that seems to be sweeping across our youth.

I think the days of enjoying what we have instead of looking for our next electrical fix would return.

I think the joy of a walk in the park and a romp in the creek would be our primary anti-depressant.

Or the days of serfs, tariffs and feudalism would simply come back.

Because why would one simply want to enjoy what they have and not demand more?  And why wouldn’t having more lead to power and having less lead to peasantry?

That is, after all, how things really work.  With or without the latest and greatest iPad, huge mansions, and fast cars.

Or, maybe I’m just bitter because my phone is in fact rather dumb, my computer is confined to a desk,. and my favorite reading material is printed on paper.

Or maybe my greatest monetary achievements today were the new laundry baskets and hamper to replace the ones I have that have been busted for years and were only getting worse.  The shoes I plan to work in are pretty shiny too.

I am a girl.  I do like shoes though for far more than just the practical reasons.

Yet?  I’m my happiest barefoot in the soft sun kissed grass, or cooling creek.

So, which is it?

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Sam I Am VS Wordle

Posted March 25, 2012 By kmarrs

Also made this one into a shirt.

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