Soapbox

It has only been a few days but I am still extremely distraught over the shooting in Connecticut.  I cannot turn on the television, get on the internet or even check my email without being reminded of it.  I think the general question everyone is asking, is WHY.

Why did this happen? Why them? Why did he do it? Why did no one know?

There has been talk about gun control.  While that is a valid concern and there is still some work about making sure to control who has access to guns, I believe there is a discussion that should be had about what happens before these people feel the need to pick up guns.

The article below describes a parent who has a child with severe mental health issues.  It shows how badly parents across the country need help with this issue.  I can only imagine how hard it is to find help for your family who is struggling with this.

I think it’s time to look deeper than the superficial gun control argument.  We need to prevent the ideas people have about wanting to pick up guns.  We need to help these people going through daily problems with mental illnesses.  It is important to help those with minor to sever mental problems because it does not just affect that person or their family.  It affects ALL OF US.  The shootings the past year are extreme situations of how it affects all of us, but it affects us every single day whether we know it or not.

Well, that is my soapbox rant for the day.  I won’t stop thinking of all of these shootings.  They weigh heavy on my heart and I hope we can all continue looking for preventative ways of fixing this.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/16/i-am-adam-lanzas-mother-mental-illness-conversation_n_2311009.html

“It’s easy to talk about guns.  But it’s time to talk about mental illness.”

-Liza Long

Survival Kit

Finals is already kicking my butt, and they haven’t even started yet!  First I have to finish all the end of the semester projects due and then I get to move on to the final tests and final projects.  LAME.  My brain is fried and I can barely hold a conversation with someone because I can not even remember my own name sometimes.

I am so brain dead, that the only viable option for my survival is to become a burrito.  See example below.

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Therefore, I’m trying to take breaks(lots of them!) and try to recharge my brain by watching something absolutely mundane or of no importance.  Here are the things keeping me alive.

CATS! Duh.  Special thanks to a few friends that showed me these photos.  They were greatly appreciated.

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Shel Silverstein’s Poems.  I was obsessed as a kid, so I thought, why not go back to my child hood while my brain catches up with the 5 page paper I just wrote.  So I rented one of his books from the library(kid section…..also a great place to nap).  His poems also have some great inspiration so it is nice to read when I’m on the verge of being submitted to a mental hospital.

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Kardashians:  They are the most brain dead people and it is wonderful to watch when all that my brain can retain anymore is “sleep.  food. sleep.”  They work well with my one-word-at-a-time mentality.

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Welp, time to head back to studying.  I just have to remember that this WILL end and I need to keep my momentum up so it ends well.

Happy studying!…….?

 

FYI

So my sister called me a while back in hysterics trying to express that she found this blog about being a cat lady.  She was so excited to tell me.  Once I saw it though, I was in hysterics too!  It is fantastic, I swear!  Ever since then, I check it all the time.  It is filled with cat lady comics and it is very true about my life.

Her name is Yasmine and she currently has a book out as well(on my Christmas list btw).

cat versus human: Cat Lady.  This is one of my favorite comics from her.

Anyways, check her out if you already haven’t.  You won’t regret it.

Procrastination Station

Oh how I procrastinate! Let me count the ways:

1. Facebook(duh)

2. Pinterest

3. Painting my nails.

4. Playing with the kitten

5. Napping

6. Cooking

7. Blogging

8. Reading other blogs

9. Writing my Christmas list

10. Figuring out Adam’s present

It is currently hell week and I am going cuh-rayzay trying to get everything done(do professors know they all assign 93749023431 projects at once?!).  Pretty sure Toulouse hasn’t been able to find me this entire weekend because I am buried under a pile of papers and books and my computer.  However I am also spending an equal amount of time procrastinating.  And I am VERY good at it.

Hope all of you are surviving your exams.