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The Fakeness of Facebook

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I know I already posted today, but something is getting on my nerves and I just want to rant about it.

Facebook - it is one of those necessary evils in the world it seems. People are my "friends" who, while I know of them, or rather knew of them 15 years ago, I am guessing that is all that is required to be "friends" in the virtual world of Facebook.

I get into it, posting corny status updates and endless pictures of my cats, because I am sure people care. Rather, I am sure that my Grandmother and the three or four "real" friends I have do actually care.

In reading my newsfeed I have come to realize a few things...

1. If you have to tell everyone how much you love Jesus and how great God is and feel the need to put Bible versus in your status... something tells me you are not the Christian you think you are.

2. If you have to talk constantly about how wonderful your life is, how great your kids are and how much you love your husband... something tells me your life is pretty miserable

3. If you have constantly let everyone know what a stellar parent you are and how much you love your kids and how great being a parent truly is.... something tells me these are nothing more than lies you tell yourself to make the regret you feel for not getting that abortion seem a little less.

4. If you constantly post Doom... Gloom... Despair and Agony... and talk about how much your life sucks... then you most likely need a job, hobby or something to that effect to focus your attention on

5. If your status updates are quotes from other people, song lyrics et al, that pretty much signifies that you have no original thoughts in your head. It doesn't make you witty... and do you even know who Anton Lavay really is??

I think that is all

ps: spell check helps... lol

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BRIGHTEYES86 11/28/2011 1:14PM

    Facebook is fun and awful at the same time... it promotes stalking for sure, as I can see every last thing that everyone does on there and where they are at when they do it. I do enjoy seeing pics of your cats and reading your statuses though... and I like that other people post things about music and tv shows, because I don't have cable and I don't listen to the radio... so I choose someone with similar interests and see what they're into so i don't have to listen to Ke$ha. I also really enjoy offending people. I do it daily, and it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside to know that sometimes my friends and family gag a little when they read what I post. Myspace was better in a way... more personal... but there are a lot of people who I don't care to know that well, so I add them on Facebook to avoid being rude, and hide them from my newsfeed. emoticon

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BILL60 11/25/2011 9:46AM

    So sad when one has to capture the negative aspects of things. It is for that reason that I try to surround myself with those who seek the goodness. It just makes my life so more worthwhile. You sound like a very lonely person. Hang tough, get over it and smile at the good things.

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GSWINNIE 11/25/2011 12:07AM

    I can appreciate where you are coming from, it's part of the reason I have yet to be on facebook. Yes STPATTISON you aren't the only one.

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JIBBIE49 11/24/2011 11:35PM

    All that matters is that we give LOVE. I'm happy to have a chance on FACEBOOK to find people I knew back in my childhood and high school days since I'm 62 now and live in Florida where I don't see them. I wrote to many young people telling them how I knew their parents growing up and how thankful I was for what they did for me. One woman was my 4-H Club Leader when I was 10 and living on a farm where there was little to do in the summer, I cherished going to that Club Meeting once a month. This woman at the time had several pre-school children, but I was glad for what she did for me.
I'm not on FACEBOOK much, but am happy to find real people I have known. I started on AOL back in 1997 and there I never found but one person I knew from high school as most people didn't even want to give their real names or anything about themselves. I went into a "chat" room, only to find that even in the Weight Loss Room, they talked about sex. I'm not against sex, but I wanted to talk about losing weight. One woman told me "Oh, I know I'll always be fat, so I don't want to talk about it, so that is why I'd rather talk about sex." This was NOT what I wanted, so AOL was not a place I enjoyed.
So, I'm glad to find FACEBOOK with REAL people I know. Yes, I'm sure that many of them have unhappy lives. I've not done much with mine except stay at home and raise five children, who have all turned out well. I worked from age 14-34.
I struggle with my weight although I wasn't fat until after I was 41 and my hormones changed. Gary Taubes' says in "WHY WE GET FAT AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT" that INSULIN is the problem with our weight gain and we have to stay away from sugars/starches that make us fat. I've gotten so much out of reading his book that I got at the library.

Yes, I have to say that I am one of those people who hasn't accomplished much with my life, but I am happy to find people I've known long ago on FACEBOOK and show them some LOVE, as I'm thankful for my childhood. I didn't realize how fast it would go by and be over with. I tell my children to enjoy their lives as the time flies by so quickly. If I can help someone else feel better today, then I know that I've had a good day. It is all about what we can give to others. emoticon

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STPATTISON 11/24/2011 11:05PM

    I don't mind your rant, as I am probably one of the only people left in the world who isn't on Facebook. Basically I keep in touch with the people I love and cherish by talking to them and interacting with them personally.OK I live in the same state as most of them so it is easier!!

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Thanksgiving - Part II

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I don't remember doing it, but somehow I volunteered to work until 7am. I had dinner at my in-laws (well my boyfriend's parents, but my in-laws for lack of a better term) at Noon. Needless to say, I went on about three hours sleep. I wasn't as tired as I thought I would be.

Lunch was really good. My boyfriend's mother made a lot of awesome food.
Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potato Casserole
Green Bean Casserole

Deserts were some kind of pecan type pie and mudslide (which is like a crust, with a cream cheese middle layer, chocolate pudding layer and whipped cream)

I didn't eat a lot. I had little bits of Turkey, Stuffing, Sweet Potatoes, Green beans with small second helpings of the sweet potatoes and green beans (when I say this stuff was awesome, I really mean it!) For desert, I had a small portion of the mudslide desert, and a small bite of my boyfriend's pie. As weird as it sounds, I don't like to eat large portions in front of his family. His 90 some year old grandmother was there, and she is pretty old school. I just feel like they are watching what I eat and thinking negative things about it. I don't know why, I am sure it is silly, but both his mom and grandma come from the school of "ladies don't eat much and to always leave the table a little hungry" Of course maybe if I followed that philosophy I might not be in the situation I am in? Not sure on that...

I am at work right now, and I am here till 5am. I threw together a nice cranberry-apple chicken (turkey) salad for my dinner tonight. I figure that I will get hungry here later on.

I do not plan on doing any Christmas shopping tomorrow - I get off work in time for a lot of great sales, but honestly, that is just too much for me.

I think that is all for now


... but she doesn't deserve it...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

You know, I am really tired of my coworkers thinking that because I don't have children, I don't deserve to have Christmas off. My co-worker who shall remain nameless said

"Well, I don't see why she won't work Christmas for me, it isn't like she needs it off, she doesn't even have kids"!

No, I don't have kids, and I never will, however, that doesn't make me any less deserving to have a holiday off.

Truth be told, I actually wouldn't care if I had to work. I might have even agreed to switch if said co-worker would have asked me nicely and would not have been a whiney girl about it (said co-worker is male) but because he had to act like a twat, I will not cover. In fact, said co-worker can forget about ever asking me to cover for anything ever again... Besides, I want to watch 24 hours of a Christmas Story with my boyfriend!

So, I had an awesome Thanksgiving dinner with my family yesterday. It was very enjoyable. We had so much yummy food. I ate a little of this and that, but I didn't go overboard. I had just enough. I am so thankful I have such an awesome family.

My grandmother gave me the money to buy a bike rack for my Jeep - and I am super stoked. It should be here between 11/30-12/6. I can't wait to get it! It attaches to my spare tire. It is going to be sooo awesome! It will make it so much easier to ride my bike. I won't have to run around trying to get the F150, and loading the bike into it and I won't be stuck on riding back and forth in front of my house. This is exciting. I plan on riding it throughout the winter as long as there is no snow on the road. To be honest, with the tread my tires have I should be able to ride in the snow since they are wide and thick.

When I was at my parents house yesterday, my mother had the brilliant idea for me to clean out the stuff I had left there. Needless to say, some size 20 girl is going to be loving me! i gave 2 HUGE garbage bags of donations to the Salvation Army. There is a lot of like new clothes from Lane Bryant in the mix. A lot of expensive dress and casual clothes. Most everything that I gave away still fits, however, I haven't worn it in over a year, so there is really no need to keep it. I am that way... I am the anti-hoarder...

My mom and I have made a movie date to see Breaking Dawn on 12/6. I think it is going to be awesome. We are going out to dinner after the movie to Texas Roadhouse. I am looking forward to it. We always have an awesome time.

On 12/10 I am having my holiday get together with my friends. We won't be able to do it any other time that month. I am almost done getting their gifts, I just have one more to get. I am not sure what to get my friend... she is easy but hard to shop for.

I think that is all for now

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JIBBIE49 11/24/2011 11:52PM

    Honey, show LOVE to your whiny co-worker twat as you are a bigger person than he is in knowing what it is to be loving and kind. What you send out will always come back to you in some way. If he sends out bad, he will get it back, but you don't want to be a part of that negative vibration.

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 11/24/2011 9:13AM

    Agree and glad you say it like it is.

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-POOKIE- 11/24/2011 8:48AM

    *nods* people need to learn to ask the right way about things.

Good for you standing up for yourself.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 11/23/2011 9:46PM

    People are so self centered! Good for you for standing your ground!
emoticon on the bike rack!


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CRYSTALLEAH 11/23/2011 9:42PM

  I completely agree that Christmas is no less important just because you don't have children. Doesn't mean you can't enjoy the holiday just the same. Sounds like your holiday season is off to a good start. Enjoy the new bike rack.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

I have to work on Thanksgiving, so my family is having dinner for us tomorrow. I think that is pretty swell... the usual Thanksgiving fare will be on the menu, however my mother does make mashed potatoes with skim milk...

-mashed potatoes
-stuffing (not baked in the bird - but in a separate roasting pan)
-baked corn
-candied sweet potatoes
-green bean casserole

-pumpkin pie w/o the pie
-regular pumpkin pie
-some other TBD desert

I don't like pie crust, so every year my mother bakes me a pumpkin pie with out the pie. Basically, it is just the filling baked in a dish. I am pretty sure that cuts out a lot of fat and calories, but I am not really sure. Either way it is good and I enjoy it.

My mother doesn't make her own gravy either. She buys the packets that you add to water to. There are not a lot of calories or fat in those. I don't really use it anyway...

I don't really worry too much about what I am eating tomorrow. I will eat a little bit of everything, but I won't over do it... just bits of this and that to not feel deprived and enough that I feel satisfied.

I am really working on the only eating until I am full thing. I am starting to get a pretty good handle in it. I have found however, in doing this, that I seem to be hungry more often? I wonder if that is normal?

I have encountered a few, quite nasty people on the boards lately. They seem to want to criticize everyone and everything. Like say someone asks...
"I love bananas! Does anyone have some fun banana recipes to share?"
mean spark person says "Bananas are loaded with carbs! You shouldn't be eating them! Carbs are so bad for you!"

or maybe someone posts...
"What is a good menu choice when dining out?"
crabby spark person...
"You really shouldn't be eating out. When my family goes out I stay at home and eat my own homemade hummus and raw green beans."

their negativity and holier than thou attitudes have really made me stop being interactive on the boards. I use to like asking questions and giving responses, but now because of these people... I would just rather not

I think that is all

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 11/23/2011 9:11AM

    I agree, thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

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BILL60 11/22/2011 9:52AM

    Hang in there and keep on asking your questions. Ignore the negativity.

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PASTORMIKE7 11/22/2011 12:01AM

    Thank you for sharing this blessing of a blog!!!

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kitty cat photo blog

Monday, November 21, 2011

Behold! My two precious kitty cats

this is lucy

this is leroy



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JIBBIE49 11/24/2011 11:41PM

    Bad, Bad, LEROY Brown. Baddest man in the whole dang town. Meaner than a Junkyard Dog.......................... Love that old song. Hugs to LEROY. And of course, I LOVE LUCY. emoticon

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HEYBUTT 11/22/2011 11:34AM

    What a beautiful family you have!

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-POOKIE- 11/22/2011 9:33AM

    They are super cute!!

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CORTNEY-LEE 11/21/2011 5:29PM

    both of my kitties are rescue cats. They have both came from humane societies. They are my children :) i love them so much!

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GENRE009 11/21/2011 5:12PM

    Remember that animals are our family too! They give so much joy to our lonely lives. I just resqued a cat I was feeding for one year! If I hadn't found her at the human society, most likely her life would be over.Farrow cats aren't given the time to acclimate or socialize to humans! It was pathedic to watch a year old cat struggle threw a foot of snow because it was living outside, and starving!And it's boyfriend who it attached itself to for protection kept knocking it up! Luckily I found her within four days after someone caught her, and she was taken to an unpopular resque facility. Her name is spunky.And other then play that I am stalking her at night, her is very sweet, and is still a baby cat. Your pets are a gift from god to make your journey here more enjoyable I am sure. Bye.

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