January 7, 2014

Getting back into the swing of things.

We’re on the final week of the Kidlet’s Winter Break. Three Weeks. Three weeks away from routines, and so on and so forth. It’s going to be chaos next week, I can tell. Just last night, the Little Kidlet threw a fit when I tried to get him to go to be in his room (versus having a sleepover on his air mattress- everyone else in the house had to get up early for work). Or, maybe they’ll surprise me and just snap right back into their school routines. Who knows?

All I know is that I’m completely thrown off. I keep losing track of the days (though thank you Supernatural Family for reminding me that it’s Tuesday).

I’ve been somewhat uninspired, when it comes to blogging. Which for those who’ve been here awhile probably know means that I’ve been writing fiction. It tends to be a situation where it’s blogging or fiction, never both. Someday I’ll find that balance.

We’ve started watching Orange is the New Black – and I’ve been struck by how much I love the show. Because of it’s mostly male free cast, you’re allowed perspectives and relationships that you don’t typically get to see on television. And the writing is sharp, and characters that you wouldn’t expect to have facets do. Piper, the main character, is relatable but often shown to be shallow and quite often mean. And she often realizes that she’d made assumptions based off her privilege. Unlikeable characters are often shown to be human, and the ones who seem to be ignorant are sometimes more tolerant than characters who thought were nice in the beginning.

And that’s not even mentioning the fact that they have a trans character who’s presented as a person, not a punchline. Which is extremely rare.

It’s a show that’s all about perceptions and stripping them away. I’m a big fan.

There’ve been some things that I’ve wanted to blog about, but I wasn’t sure they were worth their own post.

Like the fallout over the guy from Duck Dynasty. I’m not even going to get into the particulars, but this is what bothered me. One, were the people who claimed A&E had no right to punish him for his opinions. Wrong. Freedom of Speech means that you’re allowed to have an opinion and speak openly about it. It doesn’t mean that you’re free from any repercussions from stating those opinions- so A&E was within their rights as an employer to do as they pleased. Second, A&E’s actions weren’t a war on Christianity. They were reactions to him comparing homosexuality to beastiality as well as making extremely callous remarks about life during segregation. The problem was with his remarks, not with him saying it was because he’s Christian. Want an extreme example of the logic? Why do you dislike Westboro? Is it because they’re a Church or because all they do is spew hatred? Odds are, it’s because of what they say. That’s what A&E’s issue was. His remarks, not him being a Christian.

I can’t tell you how many people I dropped or hid on Facebook because of that. Honestly, I don’t care if you disagree with me on a lot of things (heck, my best friend was an atheist and I’m not. My father-in-law is conservative and I’m liberal, but I love the man and we have some nice discussions). If you’re going to twist logic to try to create an imaginary war on a majority? I’m going to ignore you. Life’s too short.

I got a brand new microphone, and once the kids get back in school, I’m looking forward to using it for the vlog! (Which will return in February. January got a little busy)

Tell me internet, what have you been up to?

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