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After a surprisingly good night’s sleep, I wake up to massive work stress, people shooting themselves and their children because they cannot access social services, polar bears resorting to cannibalism because of food scarcity due to the decline in Arctic ice, Obama backing Sebelius’ decision to limit Plan B coverage, and the GOP filibustering middle class tax cuts *again* while proposing slashing unemployment benefits in exchange for that tax cut. I want to put a blanket over my head. Does anyone have some good news to share? I could use it.


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Dec. 9th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
My personal life is about as much of a shambles as the overall state of the world right now, so...no :( The polar bear story was particularly disturbing.
Dec. 22nd, 2011 06:06 am (UTC)

Heading towards a new year, ajo! Here's hoping it is brighter for all of us!
Dec. 9th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
I've got a baby in pirate pajamas, does that help?

Dec. 22nd, 2011 06:06 am (UTC)

YES. It really does help. K, could your little one possibly be cuter?!
Dec. 22nd, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
His cuteness is what keeps him alive, lemmetellyou. Yesterday was a hellmonkey day, and when I was just about at the end of my rope he sat down on the floor, flashed me a ridiculous grin, and giggled.
Dec. 9th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
Lady, you will go INSANE if you keep swimming in news articles! I take mini breaks from the news and it truly helps my sanity. It doesn't mean I go into a cave with my fingers in my ears; I'm still aware of things, but sometimes it really is refreshing to not allow myself the chance to get worked up.

In fun, random news: my bengal cat and my sister's horse have become major BFFs. Like, cuddling and sleeping and running together. It cracks me up.

Dec. 9th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
Pics please kthxbai!
Dec. 22nd, 2011 06:07 am (UTC)
Aw! I would love to see pics! That sounds so goddamn cute!
Dec. 9th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
I agree with Alicia! Sometimes you need to take a break from the news (which is almost exclusively bad news) so your head doesn't explode.

My good news: my husband's academic book has been accepted. My daughter, who has "monster anxiety," has done a great job lately at trying to conquer it. I've started writing fiction again, even if only briefly and in spurts. We taught our kitten to sit in my daughter's doll highchair when she wants food. She looks extremely funny!

Sometimes, it's the little things that let you hold onto your sanity.
Dec. 22nd, 2011 06:09 am (UTC)
Congratulations to your husband and hugs for your daughter! Lilith is on the tail end of a rough patch with monsters. From what I understand, the pink ones give her cake and sing with her, but the green ones try to eat her. The purple ones bother the ghosts in her closet, who are now her friends and take baths with her.

Being 3 is very complicated.

Gratz on the writing inspiration! I'm trying to get my head on straight so I can start writing in earnest again. It ain't easy. Life always seems to get in the way lately.

Kittens are so win. Wish I hadn't become allergic when I hit 16. =(
Dec. 23rd, 2011 05:37 am (UTC)
All of the ages are complicated. Anyone who tells you that it gets easier is lying -- it just get complicated in different ways. But it also gets incredibly amazing in other ways, too.

That's so cute about Lilith, though! Maybe the pink ones can shoo away the green and purple ones.

Honestly? It took me eight years (my daughter's age) to realize that life is *always* going to get in the way, so I have to seize the moment when I can. I might only get to write while my daughter is in Spanish class or Mad Science, but hey, a couple of pages a week is 100% more than I had been doing.

That's so sad. :( My daughter is allergic, too, but luckily it only seems to be triggered at certain times of the year, and not badly. I'm so relieved, because it would break my heart to have to re-home my kitties! The bad news is that she's more allergic to dogs, but even then, once the initial exposure is over, she's okay.

Sorry, TMI! I hope you're able to clear your head and get writing again. You have so much on your plate, I'm not sure how you do it. But I know you will.
Dec. 9th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
Punk (aka Miss 2) has apparently mentally color coded my essential oils. She keeps asking to smell purple and red. We're way over target to recall Gov Assface :cough: sorry, Gov. Walker, and the cronies are scattering like rats when you turn on the lights.

And best of all, it is peppermint ice cream season.
Dec. 22nd, 2011 06:10 am (UTC)
That's awesome!!! Which ones are purple and which ones are red? =)

Walker. What a horrible, soulless piece of shit he is.
Dec. 22nd, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
Lavendar is purple, lemongrass and eucalyptus are both green, and rose geranium is red. I don't know if she's come up with it independently or if she's picked up on some clue I just don't see. Either way I love it.

And yes. Walker. Well, I don't think we'll be dealing with him for much longer.
Dec. 9th, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
If you've seen the Jonah Mowry video on YouTube (a kid holds up and discards cards talking about what's going on for him-- namely that the poor little bugger's been bullied since first grade because he's gay and he's feeling hideous because of it), it's gone viral and people like Lady Gaga have been offering him support as well as a heap of randoms.

I dunno, that makes me feel a bit better about the world: I was in tears when I saw the original video and was worried about that kid.

But it looks like one person can make a positive difference sometimes.
Dec. 22nd, 2011 06:11 am (UTC)
Link pls?
Dec. 22nd, 2011 06:17 am (UTC)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdkNn3Ei-Lg&feature=colike (GRAB THE TISSUES BEFORE YOU PRESS PLAY).

This video has gone viral, and people like Lady Gaga and George Takei have linked to it and basically the non-douchebags of the internet who're on YouTube have gotten behind this little guy. It's heartbreaking, but his honesty and forthrightedness have moved people and made them sit up and take notice.
Dec. 10th, 2011 12:51 am (UTC)
Probably the happiest bit of news I've seen recently was that, in the wake of all the horribleness that went on with the various Occupy camps in different cities being evicted violently, I was fully expecting that to happen where I live (Toronto) as well - but it didn't.

The camp here did get evicted, but it happened in a totally peaceful and nonviolent way. The protesters, city workers and the cops negotiated all the details to make sure they had time to remove any valuable items, anyone who didn't want to risk arrest would be safe, and any items left in the tents at the time were carefully collected by the city workers and labelled so that they could be reclaimed. Those of the protesters who were not willing to leave took the nonviolent civil disobedience route, just sitting down until they were arrested and removed. The cops were surprisingly respectful, overall. There is actually a video up on YouTube from the day, that shows a handful of cops hanging out with one of the protesters who's playing "Give Peace A Chance" on his guitar - and some of the cops start singing along.

It was totally astonishing to me, given what had gone on with the G20 protests before. I was expecting another scene like that, but it was the polar opposite. And gave me hope that maybe we're not really heading into full-on fascism just yet...
Dec. 22nd, 2011 06:11 am (UTC)
That is SO wonderful! Tremendous news!
Dec. 10th, 2011 12:56 am (UTC)
Oh, also - my delightful 4-year-old mad scientist never fails to brighten my mood with the weird and wonderful things he says and does. I have chronicled a fair number of them here if you're interested...
Dec. 22nd, 2011 06:12 am (UTC)
What a wonderful read! Thank you!!
Dec. 12th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
Interestingly, since seeing this post, I've seen a number of cool good-news stories posted by various friends on Facebook. Here, have a few:

Carrots in the car park. Radishes on the roundabout. The deliciously eccentric story of the town growing ALL its own veg

Led by the child who simply knew (a family learning to accept and support their transgendered daughter)

Awesome 17-Year-Old Girl Invents Nanoparticle That Kills Cancer Cells

Mom’s hug revives baby that had been pronounced dead
Dec. 22nd, 2011 06:11 am (UTC)
Love you. Thank you for the links!!
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