Archive | March, 2016

High Hopes for the New Year: Update, Helping Those in Need

27 Mar

Back just a few months ago, when everyone was making New Year’s Resolutions, I posted a blog called “High Hopes for the New Year“. So far, so good.

Here is the update of what I’ve collected so far. It doesn’t look (or feel) like much, but the goal isn’t to save the world. The goal is to inspire others, and to even help a little bit. Something, after all, is better than nothing.

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The items I’ve collected, January – March:

  • Pads
  • Socks
  • Tampons
  • Razors
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • Brown Gravy (2)
  • Lipton Noodle Soup
  • Hormel Compleats Smokey Bacon Parmesan Rigatoni
  • Motts Cinnamon Apple Sauce
  • Brown Rice
  • Canned Mandarin Oranges
  • Canned Cut Green Beans
  • Canned Sliced Peaches
  • Campbells Vegetable Soup
  • Chef Boyardee Beefaroni

That is 15 items, representing 15 trips to the store over 3 months. That is 5 trips per month to the grocery store. By the end of the year, that will equal 60 items.

I would still love to have someone join me! The rules are simple: 1) items have to be generally non-perishable, 2) you have to buy something each time you go to the grocery store, 3) items don’t need to be large or extravagent

 

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Real Talk: I REALLY Want to Love My Period

26 Mar

Okay folks, we are about to get down and dirty and really gross in here. And I mean REALLY. I understand if you choose not to read, but real talk is what I’m looking at, so here we go!

According to the internet, there seems to be a lot of stigma about periods. I don’t really abide by anyone’s rules, though, and will openly talk about periods with anyone. To remove the stigma, some people want to tell you that periods aren’t “gross” but “natural”. I, on the other hand, am here to tell you that no..periods are really disgusting. You know what else is natural? Poop. Pee. Bloody noses. Just because these things are natural it does not make them any less gross. If you poop your pants, change that shit. (No pun intended.) If you pee on yourself, please…don’t just walk around with a pee mark on your pants. And I fully expect that if you have a bloody nose, you stop it and clean yourself up.

I, honestly, have no idea why periods would be any different.

Gross alert: If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you probably know how opposed I am to pubic hair (and just general body hair). If you want a full set of pubes, by all means…go ahead! I will not be joining you. I saw a post just a few days ago talking about how we treat our pubic hair, and how there is a desire to look “pre-pubescent”. Listen, it isn’t about that! Hair usually serves a purpose, and we always say that pubic hair serves to keep gross stuff out (like nose hair), but it is also really gross. It is subject to all of your bodily functions, and here is where it gets real: If you wear a tampon and you leak or you wear a pad (which I can’t even think about how this is possible) and you have pubic hair it is going to stick around! It sticks together, and don’t even get me started on if you throw a clot. Then, you can either hope to get some of it out, shower immediately, or maybe you even have cleansing wipes/products for this exact situation. This is DISGUSTING. So, here we illustrate two things that are dear to me: 1) Periods are disgusting and 2) pubic hair is disgusting.

 

Now that we have that straightened out, and everyone can breathe again…

 

With all that talk and “gross” factor of periods, they are still very natural. The thought of being on any sort of birth control that stops such a natural process legitimately concerns me, even though I hate them. Periods are also something womanhood shares across ages and cultures, and sharing this kind of connection…well…makes you feel connected to your fellow woman. Just yesterday I had to ask strangers not once, but twice, for a tampon. Women can commiserate and revel that we are woman, and we are all connected.

This brings me to my point: I really, really want to love my period.

Every time it comes around, I want to be able to say I am healthy, I am woman, I am remarkable…THANK you mother nature for giving me this gift.

But I struggle…after all, it serves a purpose that I am not connected to (procreation) and again, it is really gross, uncomfortable, and inconvenient. I think that if I could just take that week off of work to “soul-search” and center myself, I think I’d come to love it. I think if I could not have to use hygiene products to keep it contained, I think I’d come to love it.

So, dear readers…

Ladies: Do you love or hate your period? If you love and embrace it or are working toward it, what steps are you taking? What advice do you have?

Fellows (if I haven’t lost you): Is there a lady in your life that revels in all that is woman? How does she do it?

 

Aside 5 Mar

Confession time:

I want to walk into a house and instantly feel an overwhelmingly ominous presence (because it’s haunted).