Friday, December 21, 2012

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree....

On the First Day of Christmas (at the Devito house) my true love gave to me...

One Life and Health Insurance Exam (passed)...

On the Second Day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

Two days of swim meets (in sickness and in health), and One Life and Health Exam.

On the Third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...

Three days of classes, Two days of swim meets, and One Life and Health exam.

On the Forth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....

Four kids with fevers, three days of classes, two days of swim meets, and one Life of Health exam.

On the Fifth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...

A FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR DEDUCTIBLE FOR FIVE DAYS IN THE HOSPITAL!... four kids with fevers, three days of classes, two days of swim meets, and one Life and Health exam.

On the Sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...

A sixth grade band concert, five days in the hospital, four kids with fevers, three days of classes, two days of swim meets, and one Life and Health exam.

On the Seventh Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
Seven Avon orders to deliver, a sixth grade band concert, $5000 DEDUCTIBLE!, four kids with fevers, three days of classes, two days of swim meets and one Life and Health exam.

On the Eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....
Eight breathing treatments a day, seven Avon orders, a sixth grade band concert, Five days in the hospital, four kids with fevers, three days of classes, two days of swim meets, and one Life and Health exam.

On the Ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
Nine rooms to clean, eight breathing treatments, seven Avon orders, a sixth grade band concert, $5000 deductible, four kids with fevers, three days of classes, two days of swim meets, and one Life and Health exam.

On the Tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
Ten bottles of Lysol!!! *amen*, nine rooms to clean (and disinfect), eight breathing treatments, seven Avon orders, Sixth grade band, 5 days in the hospital, four kids with fevers, three days of classes, two days of swim meets and one Life and Health Exam..........

On the Eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
Eleven stacks of make up homework, ten bottles of Lysol, nine rooms to clean (and disinfect), eight breathing treatments, seven Avon orders, sixth grade band stuff, $5000 in bills, four kids with fevers, three days of classes, two days of swim meets, and one Life and Health Exam......................

On the Twelveth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....
Far more than 12 fantastic friends and family, without whom, I could never get all of this done. THANK YOU ALL for your love, help and prayers in this past crazy two weeks that is my life.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Worst Inspirational Rant Ever

I have a test to study for and it isn't going to happen unless I spit this all out at you, so here goes. I'm dusting off the soap box to spew into the universe my take on things. MY TAKE! Not your's. You may not agree, and there is an excellent chance that you won't agree so if you are easily angered or offended, I suggest you take this

Merry Christmas and be on your Merry Way.
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Date: December 16, 1784
You live in Connecticut with your two children. There is gunfire in the woods behind your house. Your husband grabs his MUSKET and heads into the woods to help the battle that has been going on for nearly 3 years now. Its late in the day and while you're teaching your children their Bible verses and cooking dinner, two soldiers from another colony knock on the door. They are allowed to eat your food, sleep in your bed. You can't really deny them because they are your soldiers fighting for your newborn country - the same as your husband.

Date: December 16, 1791
Your name is Benjamin Franklin. You and your friends, George and Alexander are at the local pub having a beer because yesterday the Second Amendment was created and added to the Constitution of the United States of America. America is its own country, protecting itself and just beginning to form a military power. Ensuring that citizens can protect themselves in the home, the Second Amendments allows the Right to Bear Arms. Many citizens have muskets, and some bayonets from the war that just ended twelve years previously and a few are lucky enough to have hunting rifles.

Date: December 16, 1863
Your name is William. You are a Union or Confederate soldier. It really doesn't matter which because the only weaponry you have ever really fired is your father's rifle that you used to hunt deer and bear to get food for your family. You are now sitting in front of what someone called a machine gun. The entire system is far too heavy to carry and the belt of bullets is difficult to maneuver, but its effectiveness in war is apparent. All you want is to get home to your family, your own bed, and some food but the war wages on.

Fast forward through the technological advancements of weaponry because really, I'm not an expert (and wikipedia could be written by me) through semi-automatic rifles, the Glock, the a-bomb, Patriot missiles and Joe down the street with and AK-47 because he can.

Date: December 15, 2002
Your name is Joe. You have some serious angst against the system that you can't quite shake. You're pissed off at your mom, your dad, your teachers, your mailman, and your so called friends. You also have a job at Wal Mart where you have worked for the past 4 years while you lived with Mom. You've saved $3000 and with the click of a button, you are the new owner of this....

Arsenal AK74 Pre Ban Type w/Side Folding Stock 7.62x39, 5 Rd Mag
THAT, my friends... for the weaponry idiotic, like myself, is a

ARSENAL AK47 7.62X39, W/SIDE FOLDING STOCK, 5 RD MAG

and for a mere $999, Joe has it just in time for a holiday meltdown.  

I'm not being flip, making light of a situation that should never even have to be fathomed, or taking anything lightly. Quite the opposite in fact. I spent the majority of my afternoon in tears and sick to my stomach on 12/16/2012 over some asshole named whatever who I wish was still alive so I could use his right to bear arms on his ass! 

Now, here's the thing. My husband is a hunter. I live in town and a state full of hunters. I don't, in any way, believe anyone should take their guns from them. HOWEVER, the fact that I only had to Google, "Shop, AK47" and a multitude of sites showed up to help me get the best deal on something that no citizen of this country could ever possibly need is beyond belief!

Do I think people will stop buying guns because its illegal? No. I'm not that stupid. We can compare this to drugs. Do we have a drugs in this country? Of course. Are they illegal? Of course. Are they expensive? For the most part, yes unless you make it at home. And we have people who will pay to the death for them... but its not the norm. And the street value on a $1000 gun would be far greater than a gram of heroin, making it far more expensive to come across, thus, less common in itself. 

What about my right in the Second Amendment?
What about your right? Can I offer you a bayonet? How about a musket? Do you honestly, forget the amendment for now,.... HONESTLY think that Benjamin Franklin and John Hancock assumed that Crazy Joe next door would have an AK 47?? Wait,.. do you think they even could imagine a world where we could purchase them via a screen in our kitchen while playing Assassins Creed and texting our friend in Japan? Times change. We aren't fresh off the American Revolution anymore but its damn sure time for another revolution.

*End rant*




Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Definition of Insanity

 

Ah, the joys and rhetoric of another Presidential Election year in the US of A. Its February and already its dog eat dog stupidity of not only the candidates sides, but in the general population of over-zealous citizens as well; myself included. We pick-pick-pick at ever single little thing that anyone says, look for flaws and perfection that we'll NEVER find in any candidate and expect whoever is in office to be the Messiah. Its never going to happen and I, for one, am done trying to look for it. I'm going to be happy with progress. I'm going to be happy with *whispers* change... You know that great big scary word that we've all poked and prodded at for the last four years with our current El Presidente. That man in the oval office who has yet to have an affair but loves his family and - despite what may believe by the numerous Facebook posts I've seen since he's been in office- his country as well.  Now stop for a second and think about this with me - who would put themselves through what is undoubtedly one of the most stressful jobs on the planet if they didn't love and want what's better for their country? Its not a job people line up for, unless they think they can make things better. I truly believe that no one goes into office to take down the entire system but to CHANGE what is there. I mean, isn't that what we're always asking for is Change?

So, my question is, why - if we're always seeking change, *whether we want to admit it or not* or even reverting back to the way it used to be - which is still change, are we freaked out by a guy who wanted just that? And what about the other guys who wants to change things in a different way? What about the people who want to change the way we think about our families and what is important in our lives? I highly doubt they are saying things to ruin our country. They are allowed to have an opinion - albeit they sound like pigs at times, but they aren't horribly wrong on the whole. I heard an interview this week with Mr. Freiss who suggested that a Bayer aspirin between the knees is excellent birth control. He's exactly right - if no one had sex, we wouldn't have more babies! I don't think teenagers should be out sexing it up but there is no way in HELL I'm naive enough to think that telling them no will stop them. And what about me? I'm married with four kids and I DESERVE birth control for delivering those four little angels with no epidural!  Still, I think its safe to say they want whats best, in their opinion, for our society and country - they just don't have the tact to say it in a way that doesn't make us all want to punch them in the throat.

Now, here's where YOU come in. Please,... PLEASE America. I'm begging you from the bottom of my socially liberal and financially conservative heart - EDUCATE YOURSELVES!!  Please don't be a 75 year old stubborn ass who doesn't want anything to change because, dammit, it worked for my dad and it worked for me so lets leave it the way it is. I don't know if you've noticed, but things aren't the way they were 20 years ago - let alone 30, 40, or 50! Think about what is important to You, to your neighbors, to your City, Your State, and your entire Country and THEN make a decision. And once you've made that decision - have some FACTS to back up your opinions. After all of that, remember that I have the full right and ability to also be right and completely disagree with you. Don't knock someone out just because they are in a different party or might want to shake things up. It might just be what we've needed.
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