Sunday, September 28, 2014

Meanie Beanie: The Simple Woman's Daybook

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For Today:  Sunday, September 28, 2014

Outside my window … Cloudy skies that are drawing me towards a Sunday afternoon nap.

I am thinking... about taking a nap.  No, I'm thinking about doing another 30 day blog/photo challenge soon.  I think it would help me get through the winter months.  I think it will be fun to hunt for beauty during the ugliest months of the year.

I am thankful... for a great worship service this morning.  I missed early service again, [tsk tsk tsk] but second service was wonderful.
In the kitchen...  Grabbed quick snacky things for lunch.  Not sure what I'm doing for dinner.  I've got to get a better plan. 

I am wearing... tank top and shorts, aka, summer pajamas.

I am creating...
 Finished up the baby set.  Now, I'm working on more orders in the Workshop and getting ready for the Christmas sale at the First United Methodist Church in November.

I am going...  to take a nap.  I've got worship team practice this afternoon.  A friend of mine and I are going walking on the Ladiga Trail if it doesn't rain.
I am wondering... why I'm in need of another nap  I took one yesterday.  I was really hoping to come home and get some work done, but a sleepy artist is a sucky artist. 

OK, so I took a nap...
I am reading...  Finished  The Diva Principle by Michelle McKinney Hammond. The review is here.  I'm still reading White Chocolate Moments by Lori Wick and restarted God is Not Mad at You by Joyce Meyer.

I am hoping... for a good productive week.  I'm hoping for more orders as I complete the ones I'm working on.

I am looking forward to...
the Christmas sale, the Kyle Comfort 5k, possibly helping with the church's fall festival, and Jacksonville Christian Academy's homecoming.  My grandniece, Madison, is a Thunderette.  I have got to see this. 
I am learning
… that "no" is a complete sentence and if anyone can't accept that as a sentence, they have the problem, not me.

Around the house... I need to take a day to get some neglected chores done.  Hopefully, I get to do that Wednesday.
I am pondering...  over an article shared by a friend on social media this week.  It's about the "new phenomenon" of mean girls.   

WARNING:  Rant coming.

Since when are mean girls a new phenomenon?  There is nothing new about girls bullying each other with words, actions, snubs, or fists.  Yes, with the onslaught of social media and limp-wristed parents who won't take little darling's phone or computer and smash it with a hammer when they act like this, there are more outlets for meanness, more bullies who feel perfectly justified in acting like morons, and  more bullied girls who feel powerless and depressed.  But meanness it's not new.  Trust me.

I think the supposed newness is because of who is now being targeted.  When I was in school in the 70's and 80's, unattractive, poor, or overweight girls were the victims (try being all three).  Now, the beautiful, well-to-do girls are victimized, and all of a sudden, the dookie hits the fan.  It was just fine for the fat, ugly girl to be teased and shunned.  After all, she IS fat and ugly; she asked for it.  But now girls are being called fat and ugly who are anything but, so it's time to DO something.  We've got to better train our daughters.  We can't have this happening on our watch.  We've got storm the gates, leap over the walls...blah, blah, blah.

Where was all this uproar when I was in school?  Nowhere.  Not even at home.

As the years have gone on and I've reconnected with some of my classmates, I've realized a couple of things.  One, the girls who weren't mean to me in school felt they had to avoid me because they were scared to stand up to the mean, popular girls.  Trust me, I don't fault them, I was not worth losing their status or friends for. Two, many of the mean chicks from back in the day are still mean and condescending now.  The girls who were mean in high school most likely have raised mean daughters, and dadgum proud of it.  It never bothers them until their daughters become victims of it.  Then they break out the torches and pitchforks.

Hey, here's a clue.  How about stopping it in your own home first?  How about stopping it on your newsfeed and twitter account?  How about stopping the hateful comments you make to your daughter about people you see out in public?  How about stopping the hateful comments you make about yourself in front of you daughters (and the ones you don't think she hears, but she does)?  If they don't grow up learning how to hate themselves, maybe they won't feel so justified in being hateful to others. And for the love of Mike, stop acting like this crap is new.  Just a thought.

OK, rant over (I think; there may be a new one later)...
A favorite quote for today... 

“All human work, however complicated or simple, is made possible by the operation of the Spirit of God in the working person; and all work whose nature and results reflect the values of the new creation is accomplished under the instruction and inspiration of the Spirit of God.” - Miroslav Volf

"I have a pretty high tolerance [for marijuana]: just slightly lower than Cheech and a little bit to the left of Snoop." - Greg Proops

(I am not advocating the use of marijuana, but you've got to admit, that's pretty funny right there...)

One of my favorite things... Marching bands.

A few plans for the rest of the week:   Not sure.  I'll be at Sav-a-Life tomorrow, but I'm not clear on the rest of the week.

A peek into my day...  Here's some of my finished projects:



  1. So true - bullying is not new... (Sadly!) I agree that modeling kind behavior is a great place to begin the change.

    1. Exactly. Thanks, Annie. I appreciate you so much.